Oyo Unveils Master-Plan For Model And Sustainable Ibadan

The unveiled Ibadan City Masterplan also aimed to plan for the next 20 years, For purposes of physical development as well as flood prevention, Oyo State government says it will, next month.

The state adds that it is its vision that, by 2036, Ibadan will be a model, sustainable and resilient city where development addresses the population’s needs with thriving employment and good quality life for all.

Mr. Waheed Gbadamosi, the special adviser of the special adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Physical Planning and Urban Development, at a press conference on the development of the  City Masterplan in Ibadan, the state capital.

“The objective of the Masterplan is to prevent flooding and mitigate its impact  on settlements; it is also to protect, manage and enhance the natural environment to improve connectivity and integrate with the emerging transport developments and to promote the city’s economy, attract investment and meet the social needs and requirements of the existing and future population”, Gbadamosi said.

“this is also aimed to provide adequate utility infrastructure for the existing and future population; to protect and promote the culture and heritage of the city; to enhance the quality of life for all and to provide a sound planning framework for efficient delivery and implementation”.

According to him, the spatial vision of the Masterplan is also underpinned by a set of principles which has informed all stages of the planned development and implementation, adding that the principles framing the vision are the sustainable city, connected city, cultural city, resilient city, green city and the enterprising city.

The state government hopes that the development of the Masterplan will provide direction for future expansion and identify key development opportunities, noting that “the Masterplan is to guide growth and support development and not urban renewal. So, there won’t be any form of demolition. It is not a document that promotes or recommends demolition.”
Gbadamosi, who was supported at the Press Conference by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Toye Arulogun and Special Adviser to the Governor of Communication and Strategy, Yomi Layinka, said that the traditional architecture and cultural landscape of the city will still be maintained.
 “We are not going to tamper with the traditional homesteads and cultural landscape that typifies and beautifies the city. There won’t be demolition and we will stick with that”, he assured.
Gbadamosi added that the state government set up the Ibadan Urban Flood Management  Project  (IUFMP) with the assistance of the World Bank (WB) to prepare a master plan for Ibadan to ensure coordinated physical growth, improved socio-economic development, noting that the existing structures make the city of Ibadan vulnerable to natural disasters such as flooding as witnessed on August 26, 2011, in which many lives and properties were lost.
He explained that “the resultant effects of this lack of robust planning are manifested in the existing poor roads and drainage networks;  in challenges of inaccessibility and in mismatched land uses. Other effects of the absence of a master plan are the existence of slums and urban squalor, inadequate provision of social amenities and facilities like potable water, electricity, schools, health facilities and poor solid waste management.”
He assured that the present administration in the state will institutionalize the Masterplan to ensure that coming administration’s key into it, adding that the master plan will go to the state House of Assembly for proper legislation and, once it becomes a law, every administration will follow suit.

Ajimobi Is Ruling The State With Impunity – Barrister Adebayo Shittu

Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, has stated that Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi was ruling the state with impunity.

“This impunity must stop; it must be checkmated at all costs,” Shittu said at the weekend, while featuring on a live television programme ‘Bottom Line,’ on MITV.

The minister expressed concern over Governor Ajimobi’s “continued appointment of handpicked people to serve as caretaker chairmen.”

According to him, “Facts should be said. The stakeholders are frustrated by the way the executive has been treating them.

“The governor does not even deem it fit to invite me to the stakeholders meeting; this issue of impunity must be checkmated”.

Ajimobi had last Friday in Ibadan inaugurated caretaker chairmen for the 55 local governments and local council development areas in the state.

He also assured people of the state that elections into the 33 local governments and 35 local council development areas (LCDAs) would be held as soon as the suit against the election was settled.

A Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice John Tsoho, had in January 2017 ordered the Oyo State Independent Election Commission (OYSIEC) not to proceed with its plan to conduct the election earlier slated for February 11.

The order was sequel to a motion ex-parte filed on behalf of 16 Baales from Oyo Federal Constituency by their lawyer, Mr Ahmed Raji, SAN, pursuant to the creation of 35 LCDAs in the state.

LAUTECH: Oyo, Osun Pay N500m To End Crisis

The Oyo and Osun state governments have paid N250 million each to the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) to end the crisis rocking the institution.

The Nation confirmed the development from a very top source in the university yesterday.

The source said: “Yes, both states have paid the amount as promised and the sum is now in the kitty of the university.”

LAUTECH students have been at home for eight months due to the industrial action by all categories of workers in the institution.

The crisis reached a peak last week when LAUTECH students protested to the Office of the Governor of Oyo State in Ibadan, the state capital.

While addressing them, the governor promised that each owner state would contribute a sum of N250 million to get back workers to their duty posts and build on it afterwards.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi said the sum would enable the institution to pay some salaries and reopen for academic activities before the end of this month.

Reacting, the President of the Students’ Union Government of the institution, Olatunde Bakare, commended the two governors, saying it was a way forward.

According to him, the sum, though not up to exactly what is needed to clear salary arrears for two months, would help kick-start the process of implementing the short term solution to the crisis.

Bakare said once the short term solution is implemented, it would pave the way for the
medium and long term solution the financial problem plaguing LAUTECH. He promised to confirm the payment.

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Oyo Tackles High Maternal, Children Mortality

Oyo State government in its bid to checkmate what it called unacceptable deaths of mothers and children said 312,464 children under one year will be immunised against the six major killer diseases in the State during the Maternal Health Week ending on Friday. Dr Abdul-Azeez Adeduntan, the Commissioner for Health announced the resolve of the state government to prioritise health care services at a news conference to herald the 2016 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health week (MNCHW) in Ibadan.
Adeduntan stated that the five-day exercise would also afford vitamin A supplementation and deworming to 1.25milion children and malnutrition screening for children below five years.
The interventions, he stated were free to eligible children in all public health facilities in the state, adding that it would also afford focused antenatal care for 390,581 pregnant women and family planning services for women of child bearing age.
The Commissioner, who urged women and children to take advantage of the free services, declared “government is doing all to ensure that mothers and children do not suffer.”
He decried many Nigerian women getting delivered by untrained birth attendants and its resultant complication such as Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF).
Adeduntan also reaffirms Oyo State government resolve to make the state a Mecca of health delivery as it renovates all its hospitals, establishes a cardiovascular centre and launches its health insurance in the new year.
According to him, “our hospitals are to be renovated to make sure that people do not die untimely. The commonest cause of death in Nigeria today is sudden heart attack from uncontrolled high blood pressure. Again, we are targeting all these.”
Adeduntan, on behalf of the government appreciated the partners, which are UNICEF, WHO, Food Basket of Nigeria, NPHCDA and others, who had contributed to the programme.
The commissioner said in his six months in office, he had been able to bring the state’s 622 primary health care centres under one roof and ensure the passage of the health insurance bill by Oyo State Assembly.
He declared a reduction in incidence of malaria cases from 64 per cent to 27 per cent through the distribution of long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs).

Economic Recession: Aregbesola, Ambode, Ajimobi Charge Women On Forthrightness

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

As part of efforts to rescue the nation from the shackles of the current economic imbroglio, southwest governors on Wednesday admonished women to form a formidable bulwark capable of liberating the nation from the present economic predicaments.

The trio of Governors Abiola Ajimobi, Rauf Aregbesola and Akinwunmi Ambode of Oyo, Osun and Lagos respectively, called on governments at various levels to place women’s interests at centre of development as they contribute significantly to national economic growth and development.

The governors gave the charge while addressing women during the 5th National Women’s Summit of Oyo State Officials’ Wives Association (OYSOWA), held at Professor Theophilus Ogunlesi Multi-purpose hall, Ibadan, Oyo state.

In his remarks, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who commended women for being resolute and resilient in the face of the current economic situation, said much needed to be done to opt the country out of the current socioeconomic, political and religious challenges.

Aregbesola said for Nigeria to survive, women must be empowered to work and participate actively in the economic activities of the country so as to enhance all round transformation, growth and development being aspired by all.

According to him, it has been well established by studies upon studies that the level of development in a society is directly proportional to the level of empowerment of women and the role they play in the economy.

He said the future of every society is determined by the quality of the women in such society, hence calls for total reawakening of women’s virtues to enhance economic advancement of the nation.

Aregbesola said every serious government must take women empowerment as an integral aspect of governance, adding that no tangible policy could be successfully implemented if women are schemed out.

He said women empowerment must begin with compulsory education of the girl child, saying “educating a female child is more or less an act of building a nation”.

Governor Aregbesola called on the three tiers of government to always raise the status of women and help them to realise their greatest potentials.

The Governor submitted that, if women are properly empowered, there potentials can make meaningful contributions to nation’s building.

“Women must be empowered because there is no society that shackles more than half of its population that can develop or progress. We must resist anything that reduces the chances of women in our society.

“We must empower women to be able to face any challenge particularly women at lower economic ebb. We must organise women to be economically viable, independent and resourceful.

“This must begin with compulsory education of the girl child. I have searched the religions traditional, Islam and Christianity, I did not see anything that stands in the way of women education and empowerment”, he added.

Analysing some of the women’s oriented programmes being implemented by his administration, Aregbesola said Osun has succeeded in taking women empowerment to be an integral aspect of governance.

“Our O’meals programme in which we feed school children in Primary 1-4 every school day is basically a women empowerment programme. As a government, we share the belief that, if properly empowered, our women, particularly from the rural areas, can make meaningful contributions to the development of our dear state.

“We are determined as a government to elevate the status of our women, both in the rural and in the urban areas. Beyond the economy, we are also mindful of their potential to contribute meaningfully in politics as we are making serious effort to encourage women to take up more prominent roles in political affairs.

“It is our belief that women position in government will serve to encourage more women to develop a higher level of confidence in their political capacities and efficacy.

Aregbesola implored women to rededicate themselves and champion their feminine roles especially in building a virile, productive and sustainable society.

“While commending our women for mobilising other women for self-actualization, we must equally remind them on the need to remain focused and determined in supporting men to provide society that we all aspired.

“The ultimate women must be a champion for eradication of Female Genital Mutilation as the acts is cruel, wicked and inhuman”, he stressed.

The Governor of Oyo state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, said the roles of women must not be ignored by every serious government as they determine the democratic success of the society.

He called on government at all levels to place women interest at centre of socio-economic and political decisions.

According to him, the interests of women must come at the economic forefront. They must be well represented and considered in every aspect of governance if truly we want to build a nation that will a model.

He added, “The ultimate women are essential at this period of significant economic shift that shapes our collective lives.

“The significance of women in life is as important as pivotal role plays by tripod that holds objects because women are the pillars behind every success recorded by men. They are the masterpiece of nature, sustainable pillars and architects of good things in the society.

On his part, the Governor of Lagos, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, lamented on the recession that has hit the nation’s economy, saying in spite the economic realities, the southern governor would not rest on their oars to rescue the country.

He said all hands must be deck to revive the country from being consumed by the menace.

Ambode said the country has gotten to a stage where everybody’s ideas especially the women must be taken serious to redeem the nation for the betterment of all.

Lagos state Governor said, “the current economic situation has posed a serious challenge on us as individuals and governments, thus calls for collective supports to move the country forward.

“Both men and women must be resilient, forthright and undaunting at finding solution to the current situation.

“We must not shy away from our responsibilities but rather form a formidable force to make our nation great again.

Earlier, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Hajia Aishatu Buhari, canvassed support for women, saying women are ready to make the country great again.

Hajia Aishatu who was represented by the wife of Zamfara state governor, Hajia Hasman Yari, charged governments on the need to invest greatly in women as they (women) are potentially endowed to accomplish government’s dreams.

The convener and wife of Oyo state Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, said the 5th edition of the Oyo State Officials’ Wives Association’s National Summit was aimed towards creating the ultimate women in the face of the harsh economic realities.

She said the forum had over the years been a viable mechanism in finding remedies to socioeconomic, political and religious challenges confronting women in the country.

Osun, Oyo Reaffirms Joint Ownership Of LAUTECH

The joint ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso wasWednesday evening affirmed as the governors of the two owner states met in Ibadan to end the crisis in the institution.
After a meeting which lasted for about three and half hours at the office of the Governor of Oyo the two states agreed to maintain the status quo.
There have been calls for the two states to agree to part ways on the joint ownership as some indigenes of Ogbomoso under the aegis of Ogbomoso Parapo accused Osun of tactically killing the institution with its alleged nonchalant attitude.
Reading the communique on behalf of his colleague shortly after the four hours meeting co-chaired by the two governors, and attended by their deputies and senior government officials from the two states, at the Oyo state Governor’s office, Governor Ajimobi, said the two states have agreed to an irrevocable commitment to the joint ownership of the University in accordance with the laws setting up the institution.
He said the owner states regret the current challenges of funding and management confronting the institution, calling for undaunting commitment to move the institution forward.
Ajimobi said the two states have reached a common ground on the necessity for a comprehensive restructuring of the institution to ensure fair and effective development and distribution of academic resources, physical structures and assets of the University across the two states in order to achieve national, regional and global reckoning.
The communique reads in part: “After a meeting co-chaired by the two governors, and attended by their deputies and senior government officials from the two states. The meeting regrets the current challenges of funding and management confronting the institution and restate commitment to moving the institution forward.
“The meeting thereafter stated that in view of the historical affinity and long relationship between the two states of Oyo and Osun, the meeting resolves to rededicate all efforts towards the development of mutually benefited goals that will further cement the bond of friendship and brotherhood between them.
“As brothers, sisters and family members of the same Yoruba ancestry, the meeting agreed that this should be a time of consolidation between the states rather than a time of fragmentation.
“Consequently, the meeting agreed to an irrevocable commitment to the joint ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso in accordance with the laws setting up the institution.
“The meeting also agreed on the necessity for a comprehensive restructuring of the institution to ensure fair and effective development and distribution of academic resources, physical structures and assets of the University across the two states in order to achieve national, regional and global reckoning.
Appealing to the striking workers of the institution to resume duty, Ajimobi said, “the two states appeal to the academic staff who are currently on industrial action to resume academic activities while amicable and sustainable solutions are being worked out to sort out their grievances”.
He added, “the duo states hereby enjoin all residents of the two states as well as other stakeholders including students, teachers and workers to go about their lawful duties and to resist any temptation to take the laws into their hands.
“The states warned that any one or group that does otherwise will face the full wrath of the law.
The owner states announced a legal luminary and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Chief Wole Olanipekun, as the Chairman Visitation Panel whose terms of reference include, among others, the review of the current terms of engagement with a view to consolidating the joint ownership, the conduct of an audit into the institution’s sources and application of funds as well as proposing strategies for the overall improvement in its quality of education and service delivery.
While other members of the Panel include: Hon. Rasheed Afolabi, Prof. (Mrs) Akinola, and Prof. Sola Fajana representing the state of Osun, whereas, Dr. Tunji Olaopa, Prof. Ayo Salami, and Barrister S.A. Raji representing Oyo state.‎

Oyo Govt Defends Cancellation Of Automatic Promotion In Schools

The Oyo State Government said on Sunday that its decision to cancel automatic promotion in public secondary schools was informed by the large percentage of failures recorded in the Senior School Certificate Examination(SSCE).

The state’s Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, said this in a statement he issued in Ibadan.

The statement said government would not go back on the decision to stop automatic promotion in public secondary schools as part of efforts to reform the state’s education sector.

It said that no amount of protests would change the government’s position on automatic promotion.

” It is unacceptable for Oyo State to occupy the rung of the ladder position in the Senior School Certificate Examination.

“We should be setting the pace, the state is known for many firsts and her education sector should be the benchmark for others,’’ the statement said.

According to the statement, the ongoing reforms in the education sector were inevitable because of the persistent failure in the SSCE over the past 15 years.

“The WAEC examination is a key yardstick for performance measurement and the statistics we have from the Ministry of Education strongly supports the state government’s stance, “it said.

The statement said that in 2008, out of the 61,232 that wrote the examination, only 5,608 passed while only 7,204 passed out of the 60, 444 the following year.

“In 2010, 65,330 sat for the examination , 8,757 passed, in 2011, 72,559 sat for the examination and 12,314 passed while in 2012, there were 75, 179 candidates and 12,314 passed.

“The situation has been the same in the last three years.

Governors, Ministers Back Sale Of Assets To Fight Recession

There was an insight yesterday into the Federal Government’s battle against the recession that has hit the economy.
The government’s plan to exit the recession which got the backing of the National Economic Council (NEC) includes
assets sales;
advance payment of licence renewals;
infrastructure concessioning; and
implementation of fiscal stimulus.
The NEC is the highest economic decision body chaired by the vice president. Other members are governors and key ministers in charge of the economy and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor.
Some experts and leading politicians have suggested the sale of some assets, saying this will provide the cash to reflate the economy, reopen factories and put money in the people’s pockets.
Pushing this view are business giant Aliko Dangote, former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Muhammad Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano and Senate President Bukola Saraki, among others.
But Labour has condemned the idea, saying it will make a few to amass the wealth of all and deepen the seeming despair in the land.
Yesterday’s meeting, which started about 11.10am, was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
No fewer than 23 governors attended it. They include Governors Ayo Fayose (Ekiti), Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Abubakar Mohammed (Bauchi), Willy Obiano (Anambra), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Abdufatah Ahmed (Kwara), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa).
Deputy governors of Rivers, Nasarawa, Katsina and Lagos represented their bosses.
A statement from the media office of the Vice President on the meeting said: “Rising from its monthly meeting today at the Presidential Villa, members of the National Economic Council, NEC, presided over by Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), expressed support for the plans and proposals of the Federal Government to steer the country out of recession.
“While acknowledging the current economic challenges and difficulties, governors at the meeting also endorsed the work of the President’s Economic Management Team and specifically commended the Budget & Planning and Finance Ministers.”
Among the measures for economic revitalisation, he said, are a plan to generate immediate larger injection of fund into the economy through assets sales, advance payment of licence renewals, infrastructure concessioning, and use of recovered funds etc to reduce funding gaps, implementation of Fiscal Stimulus/Budget Priorities.
“Council members in response commended the Economic Management Team and generally welcomed the presentation and expressed support for the plan to steer the nation out of recession.
“Under AOB, Council members expressed confidence in and unanimously commended the EMT and both the Budget & National Planning and Finance Ministers for the presentations to the Council, praising their efforts, competence and capabilities.”
The NEC also expressed confidence in the capability of Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma and Minister of Finance Mrs Kemi Adeosun.
Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and a few other senators on Wednesday pushed for the removal of Udoma and Adeosun for their ‘poor’ handling of the economy and the recession.
But, speaking with reporters at the State House yesterday at the end of the NEC meeting, Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu said NEC praised the handling of the economy.
He was accompanied to the briefing by Ajimobi and Ogun State Deputy Governor Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga.
Bagudu said: “The National Economic Council met today at its sixth meeting of the year, which is the 70th National Executive Council meeting and the Ministers of Budget and National Planning and the Central Bank (of Nigeria) Governor made presentations and the highlights of the presentations were the sad news that the economy was in recession largely due to the dependency on single commodity which is crude oil, which prices we do not control.
“Oil price collapsed to less than $30 per barrel in first quarter of 2016 and market expectation is that it will remain low for a longer period.
“However, this crisis holds a silver lining to restructure the economy towards other areas that we believe we have comparative advantage.
“Fast track procedures through legislation and strategic implementation plan of the budget, meaningful diversification of the economy which will cut down importation.
“The members of the council responded and acknowledged with commendation the presentation by the economic team and support the plan to steer the nation out of recession.
“And, in particular, it was noted that our economic managers the National Economic Team are responding in competition with economic managers elsewhere. So it is not an easy task, it is a very difficult task and we crave the indulgence of our nation to give them a chance for the measures to take effect.”
Ajimobi said the Presidential Technical Committee on Land Reform (PTCLR) presented the draft regulation on Land Use Act 2013 to NEC.
According to him, the regulation seeks to make provisions to streamline mortgage transactions and clearly delineate the rights, duties and obligations of a mortgage.
Ajimobi said the Minister of Finance made a presentation on Public Private Partnership (PPP) Initiatives on Affordable Housing.
Highlights of the presentation, he said, included target of N1 billion fund to operate PPP (N500 billion initial) to create a blended pool of long term funds to intervene in housing development finance and mortgage provision
He said the fund will deliver family housing for as low as N2.5 million up to N18 million delivered in a ready to occupy condition with essential services (water and power connected).
Ajimobi said: “The delivery target is 400,000 to 500,000 housing units per annum. The ultimate aim of the programme is to channel funds from savers to borrowers, so that builders have the required capital to construct and prospective buyers can access credit to purchase.
“The fund will attract low cost local and international capital, including from domestic pension and insurance funds, Federal Government funding, as well as contributions from state governments and other agencies.”
The states are to designate a liaison with whom Family Homes Fund can interface, expedite building plan approval process and security of land title, invest in enabling infrastructure, such as Federal roads.
Other benefits, Ajimobi said, include improved urban planning and development, employment generation and skills enhancement, and expansion of tax base.
Mrs. Onanuga said the NEC was briefed that the balance on Excess Crude Account (ECA) as at 20th September, 2016 was $2.453 billion.
She said Adeosun and CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele briefed NEC on best options for managing the floating forex policy introduced by Emefuele.
Highlights of the presentation, Mrs Onanuga said, included CBN -introduced cautious Monetary Policy orientation as dictated by consumer price and exchange rate, adoption of policy tightening measures for flexible forex rate to address persistent pressures caused by scarcity and speculative demands, improving market dynamics by CBN, interventions to states in the area of salaries and in commercial agriculture.
She said that the presentation also noted that controlling inflation is key to stabilising other macroeconomic indices and the current stance of monetary policy is expected to continue to help lock-in inflation expectations.
On the update on Budget Support Loan facility, Mrs Onanuga said the minister of finance reported to Council that N50 billion had so far been disbursed to state governments while the facility was ongoing.

President Buhari Commissions Osogbo Government High School (Photos)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, commissioned the newly constructed Osogbo Government High School in the capital of Osun State, when he visited the state. President Buhari was accompanied by the governors of Oyo, Lagos, and Borno, and hosted by Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. See pictures below;

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President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari (Middle); Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (3rd left); his wife, Sherifat (2nd left); Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode (2nd right); Governor of Borno State, Kashimah Shettima (right) and Osun deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, during the commissioning of Osogbo Government High School by President Buhari, at the State capital on Thursday 01-09-2016
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President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari (Middle); Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (3rd left); his wife, Sherifat (2nd left); Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode (2nd right); Governor of Borno State, Kashimah Shettima (right) and Osun deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, during the commissioning of Osogbo Government High School by President Buhari, at the State capital on Thursday 01-09-2016
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From right, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari; Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; his wife, Sherifat; deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, during the commissioning of Osogbo Government High School by President Buhari, at the State capital on Thursday 01-09-2016
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President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, at the just completed Ataoja Government High School, where president Buhari was received, during his official commissioning of Osogbo Government High School, at the State capital on Thursday 01-09-2016
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From left, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari; Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; his wife, Sherifat and Senator Olusola Adeyeye, representing Osun Central, during the commissioning of Osogbo Government High School by President Buhari, at the State capital on Thursday 01-09-2016
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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, addressing the gathering, while President Muhammadu Buhari (left) listening immediately after the Commissioning of Osogbo Government High School by President Buhari, at the State Capital on Thursday 01-09-2016
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From left, Deputy Governor of Osun, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode; State of Osun Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Minister for Communications and Technology, Barrister Adebayo Shittu; President Muhammadu Buhari; Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Borno State Governor, Kashimah Shettima and others, testing the comfort of the newly installed furniture facilities procured for the students, at the commissioning of the Osogbo Government High School by President Buhari at the State Capital on Thursday 01-09-2016

Oyo Seeks Workers’ Understanding Over State’s Finances

The Oyo State Government has clarified issues surrounding five-month salary arrears being owed workers in the state and its decision to apply for a fresh N14.1bn loan from the financial sustainability plan of the Federal Government.

At a press briefing addressed by the state Commissioner for Finance and Budget, Mr. Bimbo Adekanmbi, and the Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, said the financial status of the state was responsible for the decision of the government to apply for the loan.

They also stated that dwindling allocation from the Federal Government was responsible for the inability of the state government to pay workers’ salaries and pensions.

Adekanmbi clarified that the N14.1bn would be used to pay salaries, stressing that it would not be paid to the state in bulk, but in tranches of N1.3bn monthly for the first three months and N1.1bn monthly for the next nine months.

The commissioner explained that the delay in the payment of salaries and pensions to workers and pensioners in the past five months was not a deliberate action as being rumoured in some quarters but due to non-availability of funds.

The commissioner also cleared the air on the N84bn alleged to have been collected by the state government from the Federation Account between May 2015 and May 2016, saying that only N37.48bn accrued to the state coffers within the period after all statutory deductions from source and irrevocable commitments.

He explained that within the same period, N40.48bn was paid directly to the local governments as their share of allocation, part of which was used to pay for the salaries of primary school teachers and local governments’ workers.

Adekanmbi said, “Oyo State Government is not deliberately denying workers their salaries. Such misconception was borne out of ignorance and sometimes deliberate mischief by those who can never see anything good in this administration.”

Oyo To Go Ahead With Private Sector Partnership On Public Schools – Ajimobi

The Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has said the proposed stakeholders meeting on public-private participatory management of some public secondary schools in the state will still go ahead despite the opposition it has attracted from labour unions.

The chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Waheed Olojede, and six members of the congress are presently detained in Agodi prison after they were arrested and arraigned for disrupting the meeting to discuss the return of schools last week.

The union members were charged with seven counts and remanded in prison last week.

Ajimobi, who spoke while addressing members of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Oyo State chapter, in his office, said those who disrupted the meeting had no stake in the education sector in the state.

He added that the initiative would go ahead because of the advantages it would offer.

The governor stated that the state would not tolerate public disturbance and brigandage by any group of people.

Ajimobi said, “Before any partner can be allowed to get near our schools, they must have met some stringent conditions. Even in the nearest future, government would still monitor the schools to ensure adherence to standards. We will take the schools back if they fail us.

“We are not selling any school. We are not privatising. Those people will only be our partners and I want to ask you to go out there and help educate our people that Oyo of today is democratic and our policies are hinged on consultation and participation.

“Good governance is anchored on transparency, consultation and participation of subjects in the activities of the government.

“You all know what went down at the last organised stakeholders’ meeting, which was disrupted. We invited all those that have stakes in education in the state to jaw-jaw on the partnering proposal in education and those without stake, as shown in their behaviours, went there to cause disturbances.

“The era of brigandage and wanton destruction of public assets has gone. We would not allow any person or group to draw us back. If anybody has issues to present at the meeting, why didn’t they participate instead of disruption?”