Ogun Completes Abeokuta/lLagos/Ilaro Roads Repair

The Ogun State Government has announced the completion of the  repairs some bad and damaged parts on the Abeokuta-Lagos and old Ilaro roads.

This would reduce the sufferings of motorists and other road users plying the roads

Mr. Olamilekan Adegbite, The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure,  in a statement signed by his media aide, Mr. Temidayo Agida, said the reconstruction became very important to cut short the number of hours people spend on the roads.

He said, “Though they are federal roads, yet the rehabilitation work became necessary, owing to the large volume of human and vehicular activities occurring on the roads on daily basis to make motoring safer in the area.

“It is our duty to ensure that all the roads within Ogun State are in good condition, but due to paucity of funds, we have to strategically choose the roads to be rehabilitated in terms of importance.”

The commissioner also explained that a number of federal roads had been rehabilitated by the state in the past six and half years, adding that the government could no longer wait for the Federal Government, as the affected roads were critical to the socio-economic growth of the state.

He said the state government would not relent in its efforts at ensuring that all roads, not minding their classification, were put in good shape.

Fulani Herdsmen Attack Teachers in Ewekoro

Two primary school teachers in Ewekoro area of Ogun State are currently battling for their lives at a government-owned hospital after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked them on Thursday, inflicting deep machete cuts on them.

The incident, which took place few metres to Atola Primary School in Ewekoro North Local Council Development Area, sent residents of the area into a panic while other schools in the community hurriedly dispersed for fear of being attacked, too.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the incident, saying some arrests had been made but it was discovered that the herdsmen arrested were not the perpetrators but those residing and known to the residents in the area. He said the said persons had therefore been released.

Chairman of Ewekoro North LCDA, Mr. Kehinde Adepegba, confirmed to reporters. He said “The Ogun State Government has taken over the case and as we speak the affected teachers have been transferred from our maternity hospital at Onigedu to the Ogun State General Hospital at Ijaiye. They are receiving treatment and are recuperating.

“Following the incident, all security agencies in the state have been placed on the alert. As a matter of fact, I even learnt that some arrests have been made. While still searching for the perpetrators of the attack; we have put certain strategies in place to forestall against a similar occurrence in future.

“From preliminary reports, we gathered that the herdsmen who carried out the attack only recently migrated to the area. They are not part of the Fulani community cohabiting with the locals. They are unknown in the locality but they will be apprehended.”

Herdsmen Kill Farmer in Ogun State

A farmer in his 60s, Adetona Owolabi, has reportedly been killed by suspected herdsmen who inflicted various machete cuts on him in Afon, Imeko-Afon Local Government area of Ogun State.

The farmer was said to have been working on his farmland located few metres away to the newly constructed bridge at Afon, along Owode/Abeokuta road when he was attacked by the herdsmen for challenging them when their cattle was grazing and destroying his farm produce such as cassava, yam and vegetables.

Ironically, the incident occurred few hours after the State Government held a meeting with security chiefs and representatives of various stakeholders such as leaders of the Fulani, Hausa communities and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigera in order to prevent clashes between herdsmen and farmers and also to ensure safety of lives and property.

Man Butchers Friend In Ogun

The suspect was identified as a middle age man, known as Adewale Odunlade, yesterday reportedly hacked his friend, Moruf Lawal to death in Atan in Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State.

The man, who was suffering from epilepsy, reportedly butchered Lawal to pieces after a disagreement.

It was gathered that both Odunlade and his deceased friend usually posed as security personnel and extort commercial drivers plying Atan road at night.

Further findings showed that a disagreement between the two friends over the day’s proceeds prompted the suspect, who reportedly lost his cool during the disagreement, to hack 38-year-old Lawal, popularly known as Kaka to death.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the incident, told Newsmen that the suspect has been arrested by Policemen at Onipanu division.

The PPRO said contrary to the general belief that the man was mentally unstable; he was only suffering from epilepsy.

According to the PPRO, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the DPO to transfer the case to the homicide section of the command for further investigations and prosecution of the suspect.

The people in the area expressed shock over the incident, saying the suspect had been barred from entering their houses due to his disease.

TRACE To Curb Reckless Driving By Tanker Drivers In Ogun

The Corps Commander of the Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), on Monday, decried the rising rate of fatal accidents caused by tanker drivers’ reckless driving.
Ogunyemi spoke in a telephone interview with the Newsmen in Ota while commenting on the death of four people allegedly caused by tanker drivers between Oct. 19 and Oct. 21.

The corps commander said that the increasing road crashes involving tanker drivers were due to reckless driving and poor maintenance of their vehicles.

Ogunyemi said that the tanker drivers were not heeding to the corps’ campaign on road safety and the need to update their training.

According to him, this attitude is not helping the corps in its efforts to curb carnage on the roads.

“Ogun Government can no longer tolerate and allow the tanker drivers to continue to kill innocent souls in the state.

“The state government will not hesitate to prosecute and subject erring drivers to psychiatric tests and sometimes jail if found guilty in the court of law,” he said.

Ogunyemi, however, urged the drivers to exercise caution while driving on the highways so that lives and property would no longer be wasted through needless and avoidable accidents in the state.

Ogun Gov Commends GTBank For Promoting Sport

The Ogun State Governor Ibikune Amosun, who spoke at the finals of the GTBank/Ogun State Principals’ Cup season five at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta, said there were no way talents could be discovered without having this kind of competition among schools in the state as the competition was aimed at encouraging the students. He added that the banning of all non-sporting activities at stadia was part of plans to promote sporting activities.

He added that the banning of all non-sporting activities at stadia was part of plans to promote sporting activities.

The Governor said the GTBank CSR, in collaboration with state government, would continue to work together at redefining and channelling the strength of Ogun state youths to positive things through sporting activities.

“Thank you for identifying with us, thank for identifying with our youth, there is no attainment in sports that they cannot achieve with this lovely initiative. I am very sure they are happy seeing this, I want to believe we are seeing the future of Nigeria here today.

“Ogun state is a home of sporting giant and we are going to do our bit to get more giants out of the state, giant-like Anthony Joshua, Segun Odegbami and the rest,” Amosun said.

At the end of the female final match, Iko Gateway Grammar School, participating in the tournament for the first time, defeated the current champion, Muslim High School, Isolu 4-2 via penalties after a goalless draw at regulation time, while in the male category, Pakoto High School, Ifo, defeated Ipara Community High School, Ijebu Ode 4-2 also via penalties after a 1-1 draw at regulation time.

This Ogun Road Is A Nightmare —Residents

Road users along Agbara-Atan axis of Ogun State and beyond have continued to experience most unimaginable frustrating gridlock on a daily basis, following the terrible condition of the road.

The Chairman, Idorawa Community, Igbesa, Mr. Olakanpo Opeyemi, was just one among many, who described their experiences on the road as nightmarish. To him, the road is in such a terrible condition that small vehicles contend with the many fully loaded container trailers that ply the road daily.

The complaints of the Chairman and residents of this axis, who feel abandoned by both the Federal and state governments were confirmed when reporters journeyed from Agbara through Atan to Abeokuta, the capital city of Ogun state, to have firsthand experience of the road.

To say that the road is bad from Agbara end of the road to Abeokuta is an understatement. Residents and commuters narrated the numerous cases of accidents and deaths resulting from the dilapidated state of the road and how their cries and pleas for the state government to come to their rescue fell on deaf ears. Findings revealed

Findings revealed that accidents occur frequently on the road and when it rains, you can neither estimate the number of hours you will have to spend in the terrifying traffic jam nor what awaits you in form of accidents or robbery attacks.

It has caused nightmares for most businesses in this area and sad enough, the relevant authorities know exactly what to do but they have refused to address the pains of the people.

It is just inhuman to subject citizens to such dehumanizing situation. Also sharing her views, a resident and stakeholder, Aisha Bello, said that although there were some ongoing repair works at some portions of the road beyond Atan, it was just like a drop in the ocean.

Painting a lucid picture of the road, she said, “The road is so terrible that we see hell every time we go out.

The situation has seriously hampered businesses and many people are on the verge of losing their means of livelihood and I want to add that the Ogun state government has failed us”.

However, a number of private school owners who also spoke to reporters described the road as “journeying with blood and sweat”. To some, a journey that would have taken not more than 20 minutes now lasts for close to three hours, while some teachers and pupils now record poor performances at schools, as they would have been physically and mentally exhausted before reaching their respective schools.

Investigations also revealed that some privately owned schools around this axis are losing their students to schools located outside the area, as parents groan on daily basis and are afraid of exposing their children to undeserving danger, like kidnapping, serious accidents or worse still, death, as a result of the bad condition of the road.

 

 

Source: Vanguard

IPOB: Arewa Warns Against Violence of Other Tribes In Ogun

The Arewa group (the Hausa) community in Ogun state has warned against steer violence between tribe, and not to forget the agitators IPOB ( Indigenous People of Biafra)  and their unrest in the different state.

The Caretaker Chairman of Arewa Community in the State Alhaji Sheu Uthman stated this on Sunday in Sagamu during a Senatorial interactive meeting with the leaders in all the local governments.

Uthman said the meeting with leaders of the community in all the local governments became imperative following the current state of the nation, saying, despite the fact that they are not of Yoruba extraction, they enjoy peaceful co-existence with their hosts.

He said ” We are gathered to let our people know the importance of living in peace.

We should live in peace with the people we live together and where we do our businesses”.

He, however, commended the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun who he said gave them the opportunities to enjoy peace in the state.

He said ” we. appreciate the governor who has been doing tremendous work changing the face of the state.

“The Arewa community in the state has been living in harmony and peace and the governor has given us free opportunities to do our businesses without any hindrance we thank him and urged him to keep up what he is doing in Ogun state”.

While speaking on the 2019 election the Arewa leader in the State urged the people to obtain their Permanent Voter cards.

He, however, appealed to the state government to include its members in the scheme of things, especially at the local government level.

“We are also gathered here to sensitise our people on the need to get their voter cards it is very important.

We are going to take the meeting to other senatorial are going to take the meeting to other senatorial districts.

 

Ogun Govt Evict Shop Owners In Moshood Abiola Stadium

The state Government of Ogun on Tuesday night commenced ejection of shop owners operating inside the Moshood Abiola international stadium, Abeokuta.

This chase of the eviction letters issued by the Development Control Department of the Ministry of Urban and Regional Planning Board.

“Sequel to our previous stop-work order, contravention, and demolition notices served on you, you are hereby informed to vacate the property within 24 hours from the date of service of this notice,” the letter emphasized.

The letter was reportedly served on the occupants at about 7.45 p.m., advised them to remove all valuables within 24 hours.

“Please note that the board will not be liable for any loss or compensation whatsoever suffered by you for any removable property or destroyed during demolition exercise,” the letter dated September 12‎ stated.

The stadium at about 8.00 p.m. on Tuesday where there were so much confusion and some of the traders were seen crying profusely, as they embarked on the hurried evacuation of their properties.

When contacted, the Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, said the eviction was based on a resolution reached by the State Executive Council, to suspend trading activities in the stadium effective from Wednesday

He disclosed that all stakeholders agreed that social vices, such as teenage prostitution, drug trafficking as well as noise and environmental pollutions, have assumed an alarming dimension in the stadium, which must be tackled head-on.

“We all agreed that problems at the stadium have become unacceptable and must be immediately addressed. In the meantime, we have all also agreed that all non-sporting activities be suspended in the stadium, with effect from Wednesday, 13th September, pending the decisions of the Joint Task Force,” Mr. Adeoluwa said.

 

 

Source: Premium Times

Hajj: 963 Ogun Pilgrims Return Home

The Ogun State Government says 963 pilgrims from the state have returned home from the holy pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.

A statement on Sunday by the Executive Secretary, Ogun State Muslims Welfare Board, Alhaji AbdulHakeem Kalejaiye, said the last batch of pilgrims would be “back next week.”

Kalejaiye, according to the statement, said the 963 arrived in the country on Friday.

He said, “So far, 963 pilgrims have been airlifted to Nigeria and by God’s grace, the last batch of our pilgrims (70) will be leaving Saudi Arabia for Nigeria next week.”

Kalejaiye said the state did not record any death, adding that the remaining 70 pilgrims would be leaving for Nigeria on Sunday.

He urged all the pilgrims to demonstrate the lessons learnt during the religious exercise by living righteous lives.

A member of the welfare board, Alhaji Abidoye Amosun, expressed optimism for an uninterrupted return arrangement.

 

 

Source: Punch

22 Feared Dead, 152 Injured In Ogun Road Crash

At least 22 people died while 152 others sustained injuries in 74 road crashes in Ogun during the last Sallah holidays, the state road safety authority has said.

Seni Ogunyemi, Commander, Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), told Reporters in Ota that 174 people and 43 vehicles were involved in the road crashes.

He said that 31 cases were recorded for commercial motorcyclists during which four persons died while 44 others were injured.

“Gov. Ibikunle Amosun is not happy over the high rate of an accident during the festive period.

“He, therefore, directed that TRACE should prevent a repeat of such sad occurrence in the state,” he said.