Lassa Fever: Ogun Victim Responds To Treatment

The health condition of the lady diagnosed to be Lassa fever patient in Ogun state is perfectly encouraging, as she is fast responding to treatment and now stable to eat and drink without any symptoms of vomiting or diarrhea.

This was the statement made by the Senior Registrar, Internal Medicine Department, ( OOUTH), Dr. Olaitan Abimbola, who is directly attending to the lady that was on admission at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, OOUTH, Sagamu while briefing the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye on the condition of the victim.

Ipaye, who was at the teaching hospital Saturday morning to ascertain the level of response to treatment of the lady, also disclosed that the number of primary contacts to the victim has increased from 60 to 110.

He stated that the increase was due to the fact that all those that had been on admission before and after the lady in question, was brought into the two private hospitals had also been tracked down and placed under close surveillance.

The Commissioner declared that “if not for the pro-activeness of the state government and the prompt information by owners of both Central Specialist and Rubee hospitals to the Ministry of Health, the situation would have escalated.”

He added that all the 110 persons have been given a thermometer each to monitor the level of their temperature with one Surveillance Officer attached to each of them.

While thanking the two private hospitals, the Commissioner revealed that the hospitals have been decontaminated by the state health workers and would be reopening as soon as possible.

He stated that the state government regrets any indirect inconveniences the issues might have caused the hospitals.

In her response to how far the lady was responding to treatment, Dr. Olaitan Abimbola said, she was brought in with a confirmed case of Lassa fever with temperature of 39.8 degrees centigrade, adding that, by the time she was being administered the required drugs, the temperature had reduced to 38. 4.

“The persistence abdominal pain, restlessness, breathlessness have gone down drastically. She can now eat and drink with no sign of vomiting, diarrhea and no discharge from any part of the body.

“The victim has since been placed on Revavirin and other drugs and will be monitored until she has completed the 10 doses of Revavirin. Now that she is perfectly responding to treatment and no more abdominal pain, dizziness and any other complication, then, she will be handed over to the Surveillance Officer for further necessary actions,” Dr. Abimbola said.

Speaking with our correspondent, the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health, Dr. Nafiu Aigoro, said that the present administration in the state will never rest on its oars, considering the fact that some neighbouring states have been infected with the disease.

He said that Surveillance Officers and Health workers had been put on red alert, even before the first case was recorded in the state.

Also speaking, the Director of Public Health in the Ministry, Dr. Yusuf Qudus, confirmed that the lady was fast responding to treatment, compared to when she was brought in with so many complications.

Qudus declared that the over 100 persons under surveillance would be watched closely between 6-21 days incubation period, before they can be released to their family members.

The first case of Lassa fever was recorded in the state on 3 February, 2016.

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Prices Of Bread Go Up In South West

The effect of the foreign exchange is set to bite harder beginning from Monday, as the prices of bread are set to be increased in the South-West depending on the size of the commodity, Sunday Tribune can report.

The new prices of bread will carry between N10 and N50 increment, with bread sizes hitherto sold for N50, N60 and N70 attracting an increment of N10 each while those sold for N80 and N100 are now to be sold for N100 and N120 respectively.

Breads hitherto sold for N120 will now sell for N150; those sold for N150 will increase to N200 while those sold for N200 will become N250. The categories of bread sold for N250 before Monday will now come at a new price of N300, Sunday Tribune gathered.

While speaking with Sunday Tribune yon Saturday, the chairman of the Master Bakers’ Association of Nigeria, South-West zone, Mr Lukman Adewale, stated that the new prices, which will take effect from Monday, became imperative following the increase in the prices of ingredients for baking bread.

According to him, the increasing dollar rate has been affecting bread bakers since October 2015, noting that the association’s leaders had gone to meet the Federal Government to complain about how the prices of every ingredient for making bread, including flour, sugar, yeast and flavor, among others, had been going up.

But Adewale informed Sunday Tribune that the government’s position had been that the bakers should sell at the prices that match what they buy, a development he said warranted the bakers to meet and agree on the need to increase the prices of bread.

Also speaking on the development, an Ibadan-based bakery operator said the bakers had no choice but to increase the prices of the commodity, noting that bread bakers had been running the business at a loss for several months.
Bread remains one of the most accessible and affordable to most Nigerians, especially those on the lower rungs of the societal ladder.

Sunday Tribune

Ondo At 40: Bola Ilori Challenges Mimiko On Bailout Funds

An APC chieftain and former Special Adviser to the Governor of Osun on Environment and sanitation matters, Bola Ilori has joined other well meaning-Ondo State indigenes to congratulate Sunshine State as she marks her 40th year of existence.

In a statement released through his media office, Ilori said Ondo people can celebrate for living as one peaceful entity since the state was created by General Muritala Muhammed in February 3, 1976.

“It is however regrettable that despite its huge mineral and human resources, Ondo State is now competing with less endowed landlocked states like Ekiti and Osun for the title of highest salary debtor in the South West?

‘As of today, the oil producing and derivation collecting Ondo state owes more outstanding salaries, pension and deductions than any other state in the South West” Ilori said.

While calling for more openness in governance, Ilori lamented that “Insincerity has eaten so deep into the governance ethos of the current band in Ondo state house that shame could not allow them reveal the real debt profile of the state. When other states declared their true debt and got bailout which was subsequently paid to their workers, Ondo state government chose to lie about the real debt profile and its now reaping the profane fruit of deceit as the bailout fund was consequentially sank by Access Bank because of huge undisclosed outstanding debt.”

”I challenge the government to publish how it shared the twenty billion naira bailout fund he got from the APC led Federal Government in October 2015.”

“Nobody has received any salary or pension bank alert in Ondo State since October 2015 till date.” Ilori submitted.

However, Ilori who admonishes the residents to embrace the wind of charge blowing across the country, believes there are better days ahead for the State. He urged people of Ondo State to remember the saying that ‘a fool at forty, is a fool forever’. The people must take charge and rescue the State from the present rudderless PDP led government.

“No more foolery in Ondo, change cometh!”. Ilori concluded.

Alaafin Delegates, Others Visit Olubadan- Designate

A delegation of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi  Adeyemi has paid a courtesy visit on the Olubadan-designate, High Chief Saliu Adetunji at his Popoyemoja villa, Ibadan.

The high-powered Oyomesi delegation was led  by the Basorun Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Akinade.

Another guest, former Minister of Power, Elder Wole Oyelese described the incoming Olubadan as a man of history, being the first to ascend the throne from Popoyemoja area.

Former Permanent Secretary, Oyo State Civil Service, Chief  Ajibola expressed the belief that High Chief Adetunji’s era would be marked with tremendous development and peace.

Other callers at the incoming Olubadan’ house included Oyo state Chairman of NURTW, Alhaji Taofeeq Oyerinde, Artisan groups and religious organisations.

Radio Nigeria

Ogun @40: Osoba, Daniel, Kashamu Absent At Ogun Special Exco Meeting

Three former governors of Ogun State were absent at a special State Executive Council meeting held on Monday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the creation of the state.

They are Chief Olusegun Osoba, Col. Raji Rasaki (retd.) and Otunba Gbenga Daniel, the predecessor of the incumbent Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

The special exco meeting held at the Executive Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Former military governors in attendance were: Seidu Adeolu Balogun, General Oladipo Diya (retd), Oladayo Popoola, Oladehinde Joseph, Daniel Akintonde, Sam Ewang and Kayode Olofinmoyin.

A minute silence was observed in honour of the departed ex-governors, Brigadier Harris Egbagha; the first civilian governor of the state, Chief Olabisi Onabanjo and Navy Captain Mohammed Lawal.

The special session, which was aired live on both OGTV and OGBC, had each of the past administrators sharing their experiences with the present executive council members on how they fared as governors of the state.

They all commended the present administration in the state led by Senator Ibikunle Amosun for the giant strides in moving the state forward.

The past administrators spoke one after the other and identified areas where the state needed to work upon to improve its fortune.

In his remark, Governor Amosun thanked them for honouring the state and pledged his administration’s commitment to continue to work for the progress of the state.

The governor acknowledged the selfless service rendered by the past leaders and assured that the foundation laid by them would not be destroyed.

He however decorated his predecessors with state’s crest and gave them plaques.

Non former governors also at the special session were: Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Senators representing Ogun Central and West Senatorial districts, Prince Lanre Tejuoso and Prince Gbolahan Dada.

The Senator representing Ogun East, Prince Buruji Kashamu, was absent.

Ogun state was created out of the defunct Western Region on 3 February, 1976 by the Murtala Mohammed administration shortly after which he was assassinated in a coup on 13 February same year.

The state was administered by the military for 22 years while the civilians have governed it for 18 years.

As at the time of filling this report, President Buhari was being expected to commission some landmark projects in Ijebu Ode and other parts of the state as part of activities to mark the 40th anniversary.

All the former governors will move to Ijebu Ode with the state deputy governor to await the President and the governor who has gone to meet him at the Lagos airport.

PM News

Be Wary Of Politicians, Awujale Tells Ooni

The Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, yesterday advised the newly crowned Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, to be wary of politicians, sycophants and cheerleaders lest they lead him astray.

The Awujale gave the advice at his Ijebu – Ode palace, Ogun State, when the Ooni paid him a historical visit.

Oba Adetona noted that Oba Ogunwusi’s resolve since his ascension to the Ife throne to work for the unity and progress of Yorubaland, is a worthy cause but counseled him to be cautious in dealings with the nation’s politicians and their tendencies for division.

Adetona said: “If we are united, we can achieve a lot for our people. But if we allow politicians to infiltrate and divide us, they will spoil everything.We should not as traditional rulers sell ourselves out because of pecuniary gains. That had happened in the past and caused disunity in Yorubaland. We should not be partial. The interest of our people should matter most to us.”

In his remark, Oba Ogunwusi called for the replication of the cooperation and harmony that existed amongst traditional rulers in Yorubaland up till 1941 when the Obas in the area met.

The Ooni said the rapid socio – economic development of Yorubaland and her people could be achieved if there is greater unity among the traditional rulers, adding that he

was in Ijebuland to draw strength and wisdom from Awujale who providence has preserved for 56 years on the throne.

According to him, he would move closer to the Ijebu monarch so as to foster better cooperation and unity amongst Yoruba traditional rulers.

“The position God has put me today is not because of my power or might. It has pleased God to make me the Ooni in my youth. Therefore, I have resolved to come closer to the Awujale because since 1941 when Yoruba traditional rulers last met, we have not had any other joint meeting. This should not be so.

“It is our culture to respect the elders and there is nothing better than that before God. God loves the Yoruba people so much that He gave us everything. But if we are not united, we won’t know our worth. God has blessed all of us in Yorubaland but it is through cooperation that we can achieve the best,” Ogunwusi said.

Scores of Ijebu traditional rulers and chiefs joined  the Awujale to receive the newly crowned Ooni of Ife, as he made his maiden Royal and historical visit to Ijebu – Ode, Ogun state.

Oba Ogunwusi arrived the Awujale’s Palace, Ijebu – Ode, the Royal Home of Awujale by 1:16 pm.

The 40-year old Ife monarch was accompanied by dozens of Ife (Osun state) traditional rulers chiefs  and Palace aides while the Elewon Ooni(Ooni Palace drummers) chanted “Oodua mbo o” Oodua mbo o” along.

The Nation gathered that the visit was part of his agenda to foster greater unity, harmony and development of Yorubaland, Southwest Nigeria.

Few weeks ago, he had paid similar visit to the Alaafin of Oyo in Oyo town, Oba Lamidi  Adeyemi.

At the Palace with Oba Adetona to welcome the Ooni are Oloori Omoba, Otunba Subomi Balogun, the Ebumawe of Ago – Iwoye, Oba Abdul – Rasaq Adenugba, the Ajalorun of Ijebu – Ife, Oba Afolorunsho Oguntayo, the Gbegande of Ososa, Oba Toye Alatishe, the Olorogun of Ijebuland, Chief Sunny Kuku, the Alaporu of Ilaporu, Oba Jimoh Quadri, the Limeri of Awa  – Ijebu, Oba Amos Awobajo, Chief Duro Onabule among others.

Lassa Fever: Lagos Places 534 Under Surveillance

The deadly Lassa Fever has claimed another victim in Lagos, making it two people who have died of the disease while 534 people who have contacts with Lassa Fever patients have been placed under surveillance.

The Lagos State Government says the number of people who have tested positive to he disease are now four, out of which two have died, while the results of three more suspects were being awaited.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris said it was doing everything possible to defeat the deadly Lassa fever like it did during the outbreak of Ebola virus, just as it urged residents of the state to be on red alert by embracing personal and environmental hygiene.

He advised residents to block all holes in their homes through which rats could gain entrance, and also refrain from eating rat meat as well as any food already contaminated with urine, saliva and faeces of infected rat.

Idris said so far, the state has recorded 20 suspected cases, out of which 14 tested negative, while 4 cases were confirmed positive.
He said three results were still being awaited, while 537 contacts have so far been listed, out of which 534 were currently being monitored.

The commissioner said that the last confirmed case was a 27-year-old lady who travelled to Edo state on December 24, 2015 and returned to Lagos on January 2, 2016.

He said the lady, who reportedly travelled for burial of her relative, became ill on January 14, 2016 and received care in one private hospital and three churches before she was referred on January 23, 2016 to Ijede General Hospital with fever, vomiting, diarrhea and body weakness.

Idris said that the patient eventually died within few hours of admission, while the case was confirmed as Lassa fever on January 26, 2016.

The remains of the diseased, according to Idris, has been kept in the morgue in leak proof body bag, while she would be buried after due consultation with her family.

Out of that case alone, the Commissioner said 90 persons had so far been listed as contacts as at January 26, 2016, while contact tracing is currently on-going.

“Members of the public are being sensitized to note that Lassa fever can be contacted through: ingestion of foods and drinks contaminated by the saliva, urine and faeces of infected rats; catching and preparing infected rats as food; inhaling tiny particles in the air contaminated with infected rat urine or droppings, and direct contact with a sick person’s blood or body fluids, through mucous membranes like eyes, nose or mouth,” he said.

While assuring that Lagos State under the leadership of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode would continue to provide quality, affordable and accessible healthcare to the people towards achieving universal healthcare to all, the Commissioner assured that the government would overcome Lassa fever just as it defeated Ebola virus disease.

He urged residents to maintain basic environmental sanitation, including proper disposal of refuse and avoiding open defecation. He further asked the residents to embrace regular hand washing with soap and water, and maintain high level of personal hygiene as well as adequate nutrition.

While advocating early report of suspected cases, the Commissioner also urged health workers adhere strictly to infection control measures, while mortuary personnel must wear elbow-length gloves, face mask, gowns and other personal protective equipment while attending to remains of dead patients.

Aregbesola Commends Unilorin For Adopting Osun’s Opon Imo

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of the state of Osun has commended the management of the University of Ilorin for adopting the state’s initiative of Opon-Imo.

The Ogbeni also commended UNILORIN for developing “a seamless strategy for a stable academic calendar” in the institution, just as the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, praised the existing love and harmony among the University staff, which he identified as the reason behind its consistent progress.

The duo made the observations last Friday (January 22, 2016) when the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), led top officials of the University on separate visits to the Osun State Governor’s Office, Osogbo, and the Enuwa Palace, Ile-Ife, respectively.

The University’s management team, which included the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (RTI), Prof. Gabriel Olatunji; the Registrar, Mr. Emmanuel Obafemi; and the University Librarian, Dr. Joseph Omoniyi, was in Osun State to felicitate with the new Ooni on his recent appointment and installation as well as to thank the Governor for honoring the University’s invitation to its recent 40th anniversary and 31st convocation ceremonies.

Governor Aregbesola, who described the University of Ilorin as “the only public university in Nigeria that has escaped the customary breaks in academic calendar”, noted that “the University is doing very well”. He said, “When a student enters your school, the fear of not completing his/her education on time is totally eliminated”.

Pointing out that “this is Unilorin’s most important contribution to sustaining a credible academic environment in the country”, the Governor told the Vice-Chancellor, “We commend those who have developed this seamless strategy and we also commend those of you who are sustaining it”.

The Governor also commended the University’s “commitment to modernisation and knowledge tradition” with the distribution of i-Pad tablets to all its students. He said, “I am very much impressed by your adoption of the latest easy-to-carry-about and easy-to-use IT device”.

Ogbeni Aregbesola further noted, “That you have introduced and made compulsory the acquisition of this modern IT device by your students is a feat that must be seriously commended by those who genuinely want our nation to be at par with the best practices all over the world”.

The Governor also commended the University for its successful migration to STM 4, which is the latest technology in internet access, saying, “With this, the University has broken the digital divide between the developed and developing world and I am enthused by your leap in that direction.”

The Governor also expressed happiness that indigenes of Osun State constitute a substantial percentage of the staff and student population of the University.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor had congratulated the Governor on his re-election for a second term in office, saying this was a clear evidence of the people’s confidence in him.

Prof. Ambali disclosed that about 1, 400 of the newly admitted students of the institution are indigenes of Osun State. Pointing out that the state is also well represented on the University’s staff list, he said, “In fact, one of my Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Prof. Olatunji, is a proud son of Osun State.”

The Vice-Chancellor acknowledged Governor Aregbesola’s contributions to educational development, especially the “Opon Imo” (i-Pad) initiative for secondary school students in the state.

Prof. Ambali then reeled out some of the achievements of the University, which include the one-student-one-iPad initiative; the upgrade of the University’s classrooms to be IT compliant; upgrading of the internet connectivity on campus with the recent migration from STM 1 to STM 4; the operation of a paperless Senate; and a massive development of sundry plantations for teaching and research and for raising the University’s internally generated revenue (IGR) base.

Earlier at the Enuwa Palace of the Ooni of Ife, the royal father had commended the love and unity among the staff of the University of Ilorin, saying this was responsible for the stable academic calendar being enjoyed by the institution.

Oba Ogunwusi said, “I see love from Ife spreading to Ilorin and among University of Ilorin staff. You are working as a family and your oneness is the reason behind your progress” .

While thanking the Vice-Chancellor and the management team for the visit, Oba Ogunwusi promised to support the University of Ilorin in the area of the provision of hostel accomodation for the students.

The royal father said, “I am in discussion on the accommodation problem. I am deeply concerned about the need and I will work with you”.

He described Ife as a land of love, stressing that it is the love that makes descendants of the town to be playing critical role in the development of the University of Ilorin.

Oba Ogunwusi added that the Yorubas are a people blessed with rich tradition and culture. He thanked God for the wave of Unity among the Yoruba people, describing this as “a good development”.

In a show of his commitment to the provision of adequate hostel accommodation for students of the University of Ilorin, Oba Ogunwusi introduced one of his foreign friends, Mr. Laresh, an Indian and Managing Director of ML Construction Company to the Vice-Chancellor and his team. ML is a leading supplier of building materials in Nigeria.

In his own address, the Vice-Chancellor congratulated the royal father on his ascension to the throne of his forefathers, praying that God will help him to achieve all his good plans for the Kingdom.

Prof. Ambali explained that the purpose of the visit was to rejoice with the king on his recent installation, adding that it was also to show that the University of Ilorin greatly cherishes the monarch.

“We cannot talk about University of Ilorin without talking about the language we speak. We appreciate you and we want you to continue to think of Ilorin as one of your brothers in diaspora”, Prof. Ambali submitted.

Other top officials of the University on the Vice-Chancellor’s entourage included the Deputy Bursar, Mr. Munirudeen Dere; the Director of the Advancement Centre, Dr. Jeleel Ojuade; the Deputy Director of the Advancement Centre, Dr. Lateef Onireti; and the Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Kunle Akogun.

Senator Adeola Pledges To Continue To Empower Constituents

Senator Solomon Adeola, (APC, Lagos West) has stated that he is going to continue to expend resources for his constituents during festive season as goodwill gesture for his teeming constituents even if it means dipping hands in his personal resources.

Addressing over 500 State Executive members and other leaders from Lagos West, which is the largest senatorial district in Nigeria in terms of population, Senator Adeola said that it has been his practice and joy to share consumable items during festive seasons for  his constituents since his day at the House of Assembly adding that with the vastness of his 10 LGAs (28 LCDAs) in his senatorial districts the expenditure from his resources has ballooned dramatically from his day as a state legislator and House of Representative member.

While informing the leaders of the Lagos West district of challenges of he is facing representing over 13million people with the same benefits as other senators with less than half or even a quarter of his constituents, the senator said he has so far purchased 500 JAMB forms for indigent students as part of his educational empowerment programme stressing that at his proposed Town Hall meeting next month, other empowerment and poverty alleviation that is already on ground will be implemented.

“Since I became a senator about six months ago I spend over N20million on such items as cows, rams, turkeys and rice during Ramadam, Eid Kabir (Ileya) and the recent Yuletide. The items are distributed among leaders, market leaders, artisans,  religious leaders, CDC, royal fathers and other stakeholders in the district on each occasion as appropriate.” he stated.

He told the leaders that in terms of activities at the Senate, an amendment bill that has pass first reading and a motion stand in his name adding that a petition he presented for a constituent, Sgt. Amos Olaniyan was resolved in the constituent’s favour after the man was verbally suspended for 21 years for an offence he has been cleared.

Senator Adeola called for unity and understanding among the leaders and other constituents as the state approaches local council election soon adding that it was lack of unity that led to the loss of 6 representatives seats Senator Adeola said the nation under President Mohammed Buhari is passing through difficult times as a result of the mismanagement and corruption of the past administration as well as fall in price of crude oil adding that if the 2016 Appropriation Act is passed and faithfully implemented, Nigerians may heave a sigh of relief from the current difficulties.

Olubadan Was Fearless – Tinubu

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana, as a fearless and incorruptible monarch.

The APC chief, who showered eulogies on the late Olubadan during a condolence visit to his Monatan, Ibadan, private residence, on Sunday, added that his modest lifestyle is worthy of emulation by the country’s traditional institution.

Tinubu said that Oba Odulana would be remembered for his moral support for the governorship ambition of Ajimobi and his administration’s programmes and policies, climaxing with the conferment of a chieftaincy title of Atunluse on the governor.

He recalled that the late Olubadan did not hide his satisfaction and backing for the Ajimobi-led administration’s urban renewal and operation clean-up Ibadan; a city, he said, was dotted with heaps of refuse before Ajimobi mounted the saddle.

Tinubu said, “Our late Baba lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation by our traditional institution. He was fearless, courageous and incorruptible. We are proud of his Spartan lifestyle and discipline, including that of his children.

“Kabiyesi loved Ajimobi and I can say that he was one of his staunch backers for the governorship ticket. His support for the governor and his programmes, especially the urban renewal and cleanliness we are now witnessing in Ibadan, was without bounds.

“Ibadan was full of filth and heaps of refuse before Ajimobi became governor, but he cleaned up the city. Kabiyesi was so impressed by this, just like many of us, that he conferred the title of Atunluse on Ajimobi. We are proud of the governor’s achievements.

“But for its clean environment, he said that Ibadan could have been ravaged by the latest Lassa fever outbreak that has claimed more than 60 lives across the country.”

Tinubu expressed delight with the age-long seamless Olubadan of Ibadanland succession process, which, he said, would have been a worthy model for political succession, but for what he called the intrigues and do-or-die phenomenon introduced into the country’s politics.

He said, “Olubadan of Ibadanland succession process is very impressive and unique. When one Olubadan joins his ancestors, the city already knows the successor through the hierarchy. How I wish we politicians can adopt this model of succession.

“But this can hardly be possible because of some people’s belief in do-or-die politics and because some politicians are in politics for reasons other than service to the people.”

During the condolence visit Tinubu was in company with the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Michael Adeyemo; former interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Bisi Akande; National Vice Chairman, South-West of the party, Chief Pius Akinyelure; State Chairman, Chief Akin Oke, among others.

The team was received by the Olubadan-in council, led by the Otun Olubadan, High Chief Lekan Balogun; and Otun Balogun, High Chief Owolabi Olakulehin; as well as the children of the late foremost traditional ruler, led by Prof. Femi Lana.

Responding on behalf of the palace, the Otun Olubadan said the Olubadan-in-council and the people of Ibadan felt highly honoured by the visit, adding that the council was proud of Ajimobi and his support for the palace before and after the death of the Olubadan.

Balogun said it was “heartwarming” that Oba Odulana was on the throne and died when “the son of the soil” (an Ibadan indigene) was the governor.

Lagos Budget Will Be Fully Implemented – Lawmaker

Yinka Ogundimu, the Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Finance, has said that the legislature would ensure the full implementation of 2016 budget by the executive arm of government.

Ogundimu told NAN on Sunday in Lagos that the legislature had the constitutional responsibility through its oversight functions to ensure that the executive arm implemented the budget to its letter.

According to him, the House through its standing committees, would ensure strict compliance to the Appropriation Bill as passed by the Assembly on December 31, 2015.

The lawmaker said that the legislative arm would ensure that the executive arm stressing that the assembly would fulfill its statutory responsibilities to the citizens of the state without any hindrance.

“If, we members of the legislative arm perform our oversight functions dutifully, there is no way the executive arm will be smarter than us.”

The lawmaker called for a quarterly review of activities of all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government by the House Committees.

Ogundimu, who noted that the budget could not capture the entire needs of citizens, urged the executive arm to prioritise its the needs. “Many needs are begging for attention, but all cannot be captured at the same time,” he said.

“We cannot do all that we want at the same time because of limited resources, all we need is to prioritise.

“We just need to concentrate on the most pressing needs like education, health, security, infrastructure which cannot wait till another year.”

The chairman advised all MDAs in the state to adhere strictly to the implementation of the budgets. According to him, if there is the need for deviation, it must be made known for all to see and the legislature must be carried along.

“All MDAs must follow this financial law without deviation because anything out of this can lead to financial crimes that can lead to prosecution.”

On the plan by the state to borrow to finance the budget, the lawmaker said that it was better for a state to borrow to build infrastructure.

Ogundimu said that such would enhance an enabling environment for economic activities that would also improve the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.

The lawmaker, who said that 2016 was going to be very challenging, urged residents to try to endure and key-in into the plans of the government.