Ajimobi Approves Oyo Workers’ Promotion From 2012 To 2016

The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has approved the immediate release of years 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 promotions in the state Civil/Public Service of Oyo State.

The outgoing Head of Service, Mr Soji Eniade, made this disclosure in a statement on Tuesday in Ibadan.

Mr Eniade said that the governor is greatly committed to the welfare of workers in the state, pledging that the kind gesture would be adequately reciprocated by workers in the state through hard work and commitment while in the service of Oyo State.

The HOS charged workers in the state to be diligent, dedicated, devoted, committed and work assiduously towards ensuring financial sufficiency for the state, stating that the ongoing restructuring exercise in the civil/public service was embarked upon to clean and sanitize the system.

He solicited the support and cooperation of workers for the state government towards achieving desirable results in the ongoing state Public/Civil service reform in order to uplift the system to an enviable height.

Mr Eniade emphasized that the restructuring exercise of the government is not meant to witch-hunt anybody, saying that what the government is doing is a standard periodic self-check which is standard practice throughout the world where quality service delivery is expected.

The outgoing Head of Service commended the state governor for his wise and bold decisions that have kept the state afloat despite the present economic situation in the country, urging that workers should reciprocate the governor’s kind gesture with commitment, efficiency and effectiveness in discharging their duties.

Ajimobi Vows To Appeal Court Verdict On Olubadan Chieftaincy Review

The Oyo State Government says it will appeal the judgment which stated unconstitutional and illegal the Commission of Inquiry recommending the elevation of some Ibadan high chiefs to Obas.

Justice Olajumoke Aiki of Oyo State High Court had on Friday declared the retired Justice Akintunde Boade’s Commission of Inquiry which reviewed the 1957 Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other Chieftaincies as unconstitutional and illegal.

The state government had on Aug. 27, 2017 elevated some Ibadan High Chiefs, except one and some district heads (Baales) as obas, an action which pitted them against Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Olubadan.

The Osi Olubadan and former governor of the state, Chief Rashidi Ladoja, had filed a suit to challenge the propriety of the Justice Boade Commission of Inquiry.

Reacting to the judgment of the court on Friday in Ibadan, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi said that the state will appeal the verdict.

The governor made the assertion at the inauguration of a block of classrooms donated by Chief Akin Olujimi (SAN) to Community Secondary School, Ajara in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Olujimi was a former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation and an indigene of Ajara community in Ibadan.

“Today’s judgment on the Olubadan Chieftaincy review will be appealed immediately. We have embarked upon the exercise, not for joke, but for the good of Ibadan and the people.

“We will not relent in making Ibadan great and the greatness shall come from various ways, one of which is the review exercise.

“You should not expect people to accept change and radical policy for that matter, but we shall get there.

“ We will not allow the forces of retrogression to overtake the progress Oyo State is making,’’ Ajimobi said.

Just In: Court Nullifies Ajimobi’s Installation Of 21 Kings

An Oyo State High Court presided over by Justice Olajumoke Aiki on Friday declared the review of the 1957 Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration and other Related Chieftaincies in Ibadan land by the Justice Akintunde Boade Review Commission, which was set up by the Oyo State Government, as unconstitutional, illegal, null, void and of no effect.

The commission had recommended, among others, the creation of several monarchs in Ibadan which led to the installation of 21 kings by the state Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

But the Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land, Rashidi Ladoja, challenged the composition and recommendations of the commission in court, joining Ajimobi as co-defendant.

While delivering judgment, Aiki held that wearing of beaded crowns is beyond the purview of sections 10, 12 and 25 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law, stating that Section 25 of the Chiefs Law could not be treated in isolation to the provisions of Parts Two and Three of the Chiefs Laws.

The court also said provisions of Parts Two and Three of the Chiefs Laws, particularly sections 10, 12 and 25, did not give power to the governor to review the Olubadan chieftaincy declaration, while also restraining the government from accepting and implementing the reports of the commission.

Osun Govt Lauds Osinbajo, Ajimobi Others On Southwest Regional Youth Summit

The Government of the State of Osun on Wednesday eulogized the Nigerian Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, for exhibiting high sense of commitment towards the actualization of the southwest’s development agenda.

The state also extolled the tremendous impact made by the other southwest governors, the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, stakeholders, youth associations and individuals on the success of the two-day Southwest Regional Youth Summit, held in Osogbo, the state capital.

The commendation was contained in a statement issued and made available to newsmen by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, at the end of the weekly State Executive Council’s meeting, held at the Executive Council Chamber, Governor’s office, State Secretariat, Osogbo.

The Council expressed satisfaction on the impressive participatory strength and large turnout of notable personalities within and outside the region, describing the presence of Vice President at the summit as ‘encouraging’

The Council also encouraged individuals and organisations with landed property and business in the state who may not be resident to pay all due taxes on their business and landed property to avoid sanctions

The statement reads in parts: ‎ ‘‎Council received the report of the successful hosting of the Regional Youth Summit in Osogbo by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission and the State Government, between January 9 and 10, which attracted participants from all the states in the region.

‘Council commended the organisers of the summit and thanked the participants, particularly the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who delivered the keynote address; Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Governor of Oyo State; Ondo State Government ably represented by the state’s deputy governor; Ogun State Government that sent a delegation; and the youth organisations and individuals that attended the programme’.

The Council therefore‎ urged those who have landed property and business in the state, even if they are not resident, to fulfil their tax obligations to the state, so as to avoid running afoul of the state’s tax laws which carry severe consequences.

PHOTONEWS: Osinbajo, Ajimobi, Aregbesola Grace 1st Western Nigeria Youth Summit

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi alongside Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday attended the Opening Ceremony of the 1st Western Nigeria Youth Summit.

The summit which seeks to provide the agenda of development of the region till the year 2040 is hosted by the State Government of Osun.

The summit is expected to end tomorrow Wednesday at the WOCDIF Events Centre in Osogbo.

Here are photos from the well attended event as captured by Dolapo Julius.

I Washed Dead Bodies To Survive As A Student Abroad – Ajimobi

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Tuesday said that he washed dead bodies as a youth to pay his tuition fees while schooling abroad.

Ajimobi said this at a South-West Youths Regional Summit in Osogbo.

The governor, while urging the youth to have a positive mindset toward hard work, said he spent eight years abroad washing dead bodies to survive.

He said his parents only sent him 30 dollars all through his stay abroad, adding that he had to look for a way to survive.

“I left Nigeria in 1963 to study abroad, but throughout my stay there, I was washing dead bodies to support myself to go to school.

“When ever I got home from work, I will be weeping, remembering the number of dead bodies I washed.

“My boss at work then said I should not be afraid or fear, adding that such feeling is normal for first comers.

“He encouraged me to always see those dead bodies as iced fish.

“But against all odds, I survived and that is why I am urging youths to see hard work as the only way to success.

“I am saying this to challenge the youth of our next generation not to give up.

“This is our chance as youths and as Yorubas to come together to chart a successful pathway for the country.’’

Ajimobi, however, urged Yoruba leaders and governors to unite for the progress of the Yoruba race.

Source: NAN

PHOTONEWS: Tinubu, Ajimobi, Aregbesola, Akeredolu Welcome Akala, Folarin To APC

Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Saturday joined Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Abiola Ajimobi and Governor Akeredolu in Ibadan to celebrate Chief Alao Akala and others as they officially decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Here are photos from the Grand APC Rally that attracted thousands of supporters at the Ancient Mapo Hall in Ibadan captured by Dolapo Julius.

Ajimobi’s Chieftaincy Review Is Reversible- Olubadan

Controversy continues to trail the chieftancy review done by Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi as various lawsuits have been filed challenging the decision.

A statement signed by the media director of The Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, said on this note, the review was reversible.

A statement by Adeola Oloko, explained that Olubadan’s statement, was a response to Ajimobi’s declaration that the review had come to stay.

The statement said, “The Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi at last Friday’s Eid-el Maolud celebration at the Remembrance Arcade, Agodi, Ibadan, was quoted as saying that there was no going back on the enthronement of the new kings.

“The legal tussle over the controversial matter between the Oyo State Government and diverse stakeholders in Ibadan land is alive.

“All parties to the dispute are advised to respect the rule of law by giving the court the chance to play its constitutional role of adjudicating in disputes without let or hindrance.

“Some people erroneously believe that the chieftaincy crisis is a personal conflict between Governor Ajimobi and Oba Adetunji. This is wrong.

“There are at least five suits in respect of the chieftaincy crisis in the Oyo State High Court as we speak. What this shows is that the generality of our people believe that the issue at stake is a matter of great public interest as well as the outcome.

“As Olubadan, I am merely a custodian of the tradition and custom of Ibadan people. With an oath before our forebears, I do not see how, as a monarch, I will compromise the tradition and custom of Ibadan people”.

Family Of Late 3SC Player, Izu Joseph Petition Gov Ajimobi Over Unpaid Salaries

The family of the slain ex-defender of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), Ibadan, Izu Joseph, on Monday petitioned Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State over 8-month salary and 21 match bonuses owed the deceased by the club.

Izu who hails from Rivers State was holidaying ‎in Bayelsa State, when he was allegedly killed by men of the Nigerian Army after he was allegedly found with cultists.

 The Army, it was learnt, had marked the area ‘red’.

‎‎The family of the deceased in a letter, signed by Reuben Izu Jnr, copy of which was obtained by newsmen on Tuesday morning, urged the state government to assist the family in meeting its financial needs.

Izu Jnr, noted that the letter was resent to the Governor on Monday because the first letter which was also forwarded to Speaker of the State House of Assembly, failed to yield result.

He said, “The family wrote the letter concerning the poor handling of the death of Izu Joseph by the 3SC management.

“We had written a letter earlier sent to the governor; it was received by his CSO on 12th September 2017.

“A copy was sent to the Speaker Oyo State House of Assembly on the same 12th; It was received by Mr Obayemi in the office of the Speaker.

“We wrote this second letter over the 8 months salary and 21 months match bonuses owed him by the management.”

Full text below…

“His Excellency,
Senator Abiola Ajimobi
Executive Governor of Oyo State
Government House

Your Excellency,


My name is Reuben izu Jnr., I am from Okarki community of Ahoada west LGA in Rivers state, I represent the family of IZU REUBEN MARTIN.

We write to apeal to your Excellency for financial assistance to enable his family (wife and daughter) find there fit out of the hard conditions the death of there father IZU JOSEPH the Nigerian footballer who was murdered by men of the Nigerian army in Okarki town in ahoada west. Your Excellency sir his daughter who is a minor age 9yrs old is already having setback in her education and her mother relocating to the village to try to make a living.

We are appealing to your Excellency to help us within your abiliy to enable us train his daughter and pursue justice for our son who was until his death an indigene of Rivers state playing with shooting stars FC of Ibadan(3sc) who are still owing him eight (8 ‎months salary and twenty one (21) match bonuses.

Your kind support towards our family will be greatly appreciated as we look forward to a favorable response.

Thanking you in anticipation for your support as we know that your good works in the state have affected the lives of many oyo state indigenes and Nigerians at large. You are God sent and may the Almighty God continue to guide you through out your tenure as Governor of Oyo state.

Yours faithfully,

Reuben Izu Jnr
For the family”