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.

Olubadan To Get State Burial – Senator Abiola Ajimobi

Oyo State governor , Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has announced that the burial rites for the late Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Samuel Odulana, will begin on February 6, while his remains would be interred on February 12, in Ibadan, the state capital.

The governor, who disclosed this during a condolence visit to the Monatan, Ibadan, residence of the deceased, on Friday, said President Muhammad Buhari will be expected to lead other dignitaries to the city for the burial ceremonies.

He said that the decision was taken by a committee comprising members of the deceased monarch’s family, Olubadan-in-council and the state government to ensure that  the late oba is given a stately farewell.

The governor said: “We have decided to make it a stately burial and we will set up a committee made up of members of the family, of which I am one, the Olubadan-in-council and government officials. We have agreed that we will commence all activities from February 6 and complete the burial ceremony on the February 12 with the interment. The committee will decide the modus operandi of the ceremonies

“President Muhammadu Buhari and my fellow governors will top list of dignitaries we will be inviting to give late Oba Odugade a befitting burial. I’m using this medium to solicit the support of Ibadan people both at home and in the Diaspora to join hands with us to make the ceremonies grand.”

Lagos Begins Implementation Of 360 Degree New Education Policy

The Lagos State Government has disclosed plans to implement new educational policy initiatives to be called 360 Degree Education.

This, it said, would further promote the growth of functional and qualitative education across the state.

This is in fulfillment of its campaign promise of improving infrastructure renewal in public schools to make teaching/ learning environment more conducive for better performance.

Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Oluranti Adebule said this at a two-day meeting/ retreat held at Golden Tulip Hotel, Festac Town, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Friday.

The retreat was organised by the Department for International Development (DFID) and Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) to review the state’s educational development agenda and opportunities.

Adebule stated that the new 360 degree educational policy when fully implemented would make teaching and learning environment more conducive for total education of school children, as according to her, the new model schools will be fully equipped with state-of-the art learning facilities that will attract children to learn.

The Deputy Governor added that the newly approved school building under the new policy would provide spaces for visual and literary arts, sciences, visual and expressive school history, library and media centres, sports/ common space, ICT unit and other facilities necessary for quality teaching and learning.

Adebule, who disclosed that the State Executive Council at its last meeting approved the new policy for the state, added that government would ensure a significant improvement in teaching methods and staff quality, including the introduction of technology-based instructional tools to achieve better performance outcomes in all public schools in the state.

While expressing confidence that the new 360 degree education policy was an initiative that would raise the standard of education in the state, she assured that the state government would not relent in liaising with notable quality education support around the world to ensure success of its educational policies.

“The implementation of our 360 degree education policy will not be complete without partnership with platforms such as Department for International Development, DFID; Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria, ESSPIN and the Developing Effective Private Education Nigeria, DEEPIN, whose partnership and collaborations has been of key importance to the attainment of modest educational performance outcomes in the state,’’ she stated.

While reaffirming government’s commitment to the implementation of sustainable development of educational policies in the state, including adequate welfare for its teaching staff, the deputy governor noted that the very huge amount allocated to education in the 2016 budget was a demonstration of government’s desire for improvement and positive change in the education sector, promising that the state Ministry of Education under her watch would ensure successful implementation of laudable educational programmes that would reposition the status of education in the state.

Aderanti, while calling on all stakeholders in the education sector to double their efforts to achieve government’s desire for success in the sector, urged members and leaders of various Community Development Associations (CDAs) to join hands and support government’s initiatives by ensuring adequate protection for schools infrastructure in their areas so that government’s huge investment in education will not be a waste.

DFID, Southwest Acting Regional Coordinator, Mrs Margaret Fagboyo, stated that the two-day retreat/ meeting was organised as part of the measures to help the state to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in education, which she noted was very crucial to the attainment of other developments.

She said her organization would continue to support the state government in the planning and implementation of its policies in education because of its important position as a role model state in the country.

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Buhari Storms Ogun For ‘Operation 40-40’

President Muhammadu Buhari will be part of history making as Ogun Sate will be celebrating 40 years of creation.

The event, agged Operation 40-40′, is to mark legacy projects in the state.

Addressing a world press conference Friday at the Press Centre, Oke Mosan, the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa disclosed that the celebration is not for birthday for the state, but to harvest some completed projects across the three Senatorial Districts of the state.

Adeoluwa said, “our desire to celebrate the creation of the state is not for birthday. We want to speak less on the birthday, forty is a milestone, but for us in Ogun state,the issue goes beyond 40 years.

“We have a huge harvest of completed projects which have been completed for over a year, but we don’t like show off, but to do our thing the way we should be.

“But some elders called our attention to the state creation date which is February 3rd and said we should make it a huge celebration. We have over 100 projects across the state and about 60 have been fully completed. We have selected 40 legacy projects to be commissioned by the President to commemorate the anniversary.

“Buhari has most kindly agreed to visit and commission some of the projects. He will be in the state between Monday, 1 & Tuesday 2 February, 2016 to commission some of the projects. Though we are working to see if he can commission all, they are scattered all over the state. All other projects will be commissioned by our past Governors and administrators,” Adeoluwa said.

According to him, Ogun Central leads the pack with between 14-16 projects followed by Ogun East with 12-14 projects and Ogun West with 12 projects.

Projects to be commissioned in Ogun Central includes Alagbaagba Cocoa Plantation, Odeda; Owowo Farm Settlement; Tomato Plantation, Kotopo; Model School, Kobape, Onijaganjagan and Ewekoro.

Others are: A.A.K. Degun Workers Estate, Laderin,Abeokuta; Three Hills Estate, Kobape; Itoku Flyover, Salon Flyover, Iyana Mortuary Flyover, Ojere-Adatan road, OGTV-Ajebo road, Omida road and Isale Igbein road.

In Ogun East, projects to be commissioned include Model School, Sagamu; New Makun City,formerly Estate of Paradise City. The project was on a 50 hectares and was abandoned by the last administration, but was expanded to 750 hectares.

Other projects are: Oba Akarigbo bridge, Sabo Flyover, both in Sagamu. Model school, Ikenne, now HID Awolowo Model school; Model school, Ago Iwoye; Mobalufon bridge, Ijebu Ode; Lagos garage flyover, Ijebu Ode; Emuren Chicks Farms, which produces about 2,000 chicks daily; and Ijebu Ode township road.

In Ogun West, the longest road constructed by the Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration would be commissioned. The road cuts across four LGAs out of five in the district and it is 110km long. It begins from Ilara and runs through Ijoun, Tombolo, and Oja Odan.

Other projects are: Ilo-Awela road, Model School,Ado Odo; Sango-Ijoko road; OPIC New Dawn Estate, Agbara; Oil Plantation, Ipokia (50 hectares); Cashew Plantation and Rice Plantation,Egua.

As parts of the activities, all past Governors in the state will join the Special Executive Council meeting. All Ex-SSGs and all ex- HoS will also be in attendance.

A similar special session will be held at the Ogun State House of Assembly with all past Speakers in attendance.

Other activities are lined up for the day include novelty football match, quiz competition among public secondary schools, celebration of indigenous icons, Ogun Got Talent and a drama presentation titled “Ojo Ola” will be performed by Ogun Indigene Entertainment.

Ambode Directs Work To Begin On Ajasa-Command, Abesan Roads

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state has directed that work should begin with immediate effect on the Ajasa-Command and Abesan roads, describing their present state as disheartening.

Work, he said, would begin on the Ajasa-Command axis, after Ile-Iwe junction, where the earlier construction stopped, explaining that the project will accommodate walkways, street lights and drainage systems.

He spoke after being briefed about the road by Mr Rasheed Akindele, Deputy Director in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, and a community leader. Akindele said Lagos Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA) started the project around 2011/2012, while the ministry took it to the Command Bridge and Ipaja axis.

The road, he said, deteriorated because of high volume of vehicles. Motorists, he said, preferred to link Ipaja and Ayobo through the axis from Alagbado.

The community leader, Alhaji Abdulrazak Olajide, said their problem was lack of road, pipe-borne water, health facility, electricity and schools.

Responding, the governor said: “I felt sad when I got here to see the state of roads in this area. It is so displeasing, it is disheartening and it is totally unacceptable to me. I have been reading about the state of this area from several letters written to me by residents and that was what made me to decide to come and see things for myself.

“I will start from where they stopped work previously at Ekoro Road and we will fix the drainage from there to Ajasa here within the next two weeks. We will not stop at that, we will fix the roads also. We are going to fix this road from Command Bridge down to Command and Ikola.

“In addition to that, I have listened to one of the leaders in this community. We are bringing schools into this community. One of our priorities for 2016 which we have stated in our budget tagged: ‘The People’s Budget’ is to provide schools and health centres for all our communities and we will make sure that this part of Lagos is well represented in that provision.

“I just want you to be patient and cooperate with the contractors and when we do the road, we are also going to do street lights. Above all, when we do all these, you also make sure that you pay your taxes.”

At Abesan, Ambode, who trekked about 900 meters from Church Road to Giwa Street to inspect the Abesan link road, promised that work would begin on the road in two to three weeks.

Ambode said: “We are here in Ipaja and we have moved from the junction at Ekoro road joining from Church Street up to this point in Giwa. We have seen that the roads here are in a deplorable state. The best option for us is to commence this project immediately. We are going to construct from Church road down to Aboru and then do the bridge that will link this Giwa Street to Abesan Estate and also down to Iyana Ipaja.

“We will do the drainage, street light and then walkway also. What I just want to tell all the people in Aboru is to be patient with us. The contractor will move to site within the next two to three weeks. We have also told the contractor to employ people from this area to do the job. All you need to do is to cooperate with government and the contractor. Before the end of this year, the project must have been completed and we will be back to walk on the roads together”, he said.

Adetunji Is The Authentic Olubadan-In-Waiting – Ibadan Chiefs

Ibadan chiefs yesterday affirmed that Chief Saliu Adetunji is the authentic olubadan-in-waiting to succeed the late Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1 as Olubadan.

The leader of the Seriki Line, Chief Adebayo Oyediji, is laying claim to the throne has has gone ahead to file a motion in court seeking for a declaration compelling the Olubadan-in-council and the governor of Oyo State, Mr. Ajimobi to enthrone him Olubadan..

However, the Olubadan-in-Council yesterday held a meeting at the palace of Oba Odulana insisting that Adetunji will be the Olubadan-designate.

At the meeting were  Adetunji; the Otun Olubadan, Senator Lekan Balogun; the Otun Balogun, Chief Owolabi Olakulehin; Ashipa Olubadan, Chief Eddy Oyewole; Osi Balogun, Chief Olufemi Olaifa and Ashipa Balogun, Chief Abimbola Ajibola.

Ajibola, who spoke shortly after the meeting, said it was undisputed that Adetunji is the authentic Olubadan-in-waiting.

“Any other one is a counterfeit,” he said, adding: “In this institution, we have lines. There are only two lines recognised so far, both by law and otherwise. They are the Otun Olubadan Line and the Balogun Line. There is no third line.

“Nobody is competent to say he can be Olubadan. He cannot appoint himself. He cannot put himself there. We are not aware of any judgment that he is claiming because there is no Seriki or whatever. The 1959 Declaration Law says: Seriki, if there are two vacancies in one line, should come there. No other judgment can overrule the law; that is the law.They have no Seriki now.”

He noted that the only recognised Seriki then was the late Chief Adisa Akinloye, adding that since he died, there had been no execution and no awareness.

Ajibola wondered: “How can they say they want to be Olubadan? Who is going to sign for them? All the members of the council will not sign for whoever they (Seriki Line) propose. Who is going to sign for them?.

“The governor will not even listen to them. Whoever we present to be Olubadan as kingmakers, the governor is going to follow. Are they going to sign for themselves? They are not part of our meeting. We have never had any meeting with them. They have not been promoted.

“What they should do, they should do it right away in time. They did not ask Olubadan before he was late to promote them. So, there is nobody competent so far to lay claim (from the Seriki Line).”

According to him, there is no vacancy as the succession ladder.

“Well, we have filled the vacancies. There is no existing vacancy. Where are they going to come in? At the moment, the only person competent to come in would have been Seriki and there is none. This Chief Oyediji, claiming he wants to be Olubadan is only the Osi Seriki. He has not been promoted,” Ajibola said.

“He should apply to Olubadan to promote him first, before he starts arguing. He has no locus. The governor knows the right thing. He won’t listen.”

The Head of the acclaimed line, Chief Adebayo Oyediji, and five others yesterday filed a motion seeking an order compelling the government and the Olubadan-In-Council to instal Oyediji as the Olubadan.

Oyediji, 89, and others based their prayer on a 1989 Supreme Court judgment, which ordered the recognition of the Seriki as the third line to produce the Olubadan.

According to him and the motion filed by his lawyer, A.G. Adeniran, before the Oyo state Chief Judge, Justice Mukthar Abimbola, the Olubadan -in-Council had since 1989 when the Seriki line obtained a Supreme Court judgment in their favour, denied them the opportunity of being admitted into the Olubadan line.

The businessman alleged disregard for rule of law on the part of the Olubadan -in-Council. He said he was the next to be installed Olubadan based on the said judgment.

The motion will be heard next Wednesday.

Kwara Govt Constitutes Committee To Address Communal Clashes

The Kwara State Government is to set up a Reconciliation and Rehabilitation committee that will be saddled with the responsibility of finding a permanent solution to the issue of communal clashes in the State.

The State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed made this announcement on Thursday while receiving the report of the Administrative Board of Enquiry earlier set up to look into the causes of the recent Share/Tsaragi communal clash.

According to him, the essence of establishing the committee is to find out permanent solutions to all cases of recurring communal crisis between communities across the State.

The committee is to be headed by the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman, Kwara State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, who also chaired the Administrative Board of Inquiry.

While presenting the report, the Emir expressed hope that recommendations made by the board will go a long way in ensuring lasting peace in communities across the State, stressing that the peaceful coexistence enjoyed in Kwara must be sustained.

He also thanked Governor Ahmed for giving him and other members of the Commission the opportunity to be part of the reconciliation process.

It will be recalled that Governor Ahmed earlier this month inaugurated a seven-man Judicial Commission of Inquiry to find out the immediate and remote causes of the communal clash that broke out between Share and Tsaragi communities on December 19, 2015.