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.

 

Driver Dies In Ogun Multiple Crash

One person was confirmed dead on Tuesday in multiple accidents, involving three trucks on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the development.

He told reporters in Abeokuta that the accident was caused by a driver of an Iveco truck who drove against traffic and rammed into two other trucks around 6:30 a.m.

He said that the Iveco truck driver lost his life in the incident.

“The accident involved a MAN diesel vehicle with registration number FST 893 XT, Iveco truck without a plate number and a DAF truck with registration number XG 189 MKA.

“The Iveco truck driver who drove against traffic rammed into the other trucks in the early hours of the morning which resulted in the accident that claimed the life of the truck driver.”

Akinbiyi said that the body of the driver had been deposited at the morgue of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu.

Kashamu Denies Assassination Accusation By Daniel

ABUJA—Senator Buruji Kashamu, PDP, Ogun East,  has denied the claim by former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, that he sent assassins after him.

In a letter addressed to Inspector-General of Police, Idris Ibrahim yesterday, Kashamu said:

“The less than a clever attempt to link me with the alleged attack on Daniel’s residence is politically-motivated.

“It is part of the grand plot by Daniel to subvert the due process and the Rule of Law in Ogun State where he seeks to foist an illegal caretaker committee on the PDP in the State despite the subsisting and binding court judgment which expressly states that the Engineer Adebayo Dayo-led State Exco – which I belong to – should remain in office till 2020,”  a part of the letter read.

According to him, there’s no better indication that the petition has political undertone than his reference to the Supreme Court judgment on the party’s national leadership crisis. He wrote: “The authentic PDP Exco in Ogun State under the leadership of Dayo has a final judgment and orders in its

“The authentic PDP Exco in Ogun State under the leadership of Dayo has a final judgment and orders in its favor that are yet to be appealed, set aside or upturned.

What is more, the orders and judgment are binding on the Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission who were parties to the suit. “This cock and bull story of an attack is part of Daniel’s desperate bid to seek relevance, revive his dimming political career and hijack the structure of the PDP in Ogun State. He merely wants to turn the heat on his perceived political opponent and perpetuate the illegal caretaker in Ogun State.”

“This cock and bull story of an attack is part of Daniel’s desperate bid to seek relevance, revive his dimming political career and hijack the structure of the PDP in Ogun State. He merely wants to turn the heat on his perceived political opponent and perpetuate the illegal caretaker in Ogun State.”

 

Source: Vanguard

Ogun Stops Multiple Taxes

The Ogun State Government has harmonized various tolls and levies, which manufacturers and transporters operating in the state pay to different ministries for ease of business.

The Ministries include Commerce and Industry, Environment, Forestry and Agriculture, which collect levies on produce, logs and timbers, raw materials, finished goods and industrial wastes.

The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), truck and trailer drivers are among those who have consistently complained about multiple taxes by various government agencies.

Speaking on the development, the Commissioner for Finance, Adewale Oshinowo, declared that proper documentation and easy payment process must be done for both corporate bodies and individuals. This will save huge funds wasted to multiple toll collection and taxes as the government has created a one-stop shop for all fees and charges by Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).

Oshinowo explained that the cumbersome nature of the existing payment methods where tax payers would pay to each ministry separately at numerous toll points was unconventional and “not helping business to thrive.

Consequently, the new toll regime would have designated points across the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas of the State.”
He said arrangements had been made for corporate organizations that might want to pay quarterly, biannually or annually.

“Ogun State is now the preferred choice for business location, so we cannot afford to do things the old way. The new system of toll payment will further ease the movement of raw materials and finished products from and into the State without delay at toll points,” the Commissioner said.

He added, “Officers from the Ministries of Agriculture, Environment, Forestry, and Commerce are presently on evaluation tour to all the existing toll points across the State. Their report will be used in identifying the points for the new harmonized system.”

 

 

 

Source: The Guardian

Congress: We Did Not Violate Party Constitution — Ogun APC

The Ogun State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday refuted the allegation that the recently conducted ward congresses of the party violated the party constitution, saying, they were duly held with full compliance with the constitution of the party.

A group led by Chairman of Ogun Central, Kunle Adesina had alleged that the congresses were improperly conducted.

Adesina specifically alleged that party members who, according to them were not in the good books of the state governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, were denied participation in the exercise.

However, the party, through a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Sola Lawal, said every bonafide member of the party who was available at the venues of the congresses across the state participated and voted.

“A five-man Congress Committee headed by Alhaji Bashir Machina was sent to Ogun State by the National Organ of the party as was the case in all the 36 states to conduct the congress.

The group did its job and turned in its report to the national secretariat.

“Subsequently, Congress Appeal Panel also came, spent four days without a single petition filed with it.

If any one now suddenly woke up to cry marginalization it would be a mere after thought”

The party maintained that any of its members across the state who claimed not to be aware of the congress ”could not and should not lay claim to the party’s membership, since mobilization was done through the media Nationally, a process which Ogun State chapter of the party complemented by embarking on media announcement throughout the state some days before the congress.

The party also debunked insinuation of factionalism within its rank stating that, division, if ever there was one ended with the 2015 election.”

 

Source: Vanguard

 

JAMB To Build 5,000-Capacity CBT Centre In Ogun

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, has said that the Computer Based Test Centre being built in Abeokuta, will ease the pressure on candidates sitting for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations in Ogun, Lagos, and the other Southwest States.

He said this shortly after the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, laid the foundation of the building estimated to gulp N1bn, at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.

When completed, the building, which will be funded by the JAMB and the National Communications Commission, would seat 5,000 candidates.

Oloyede explained that 36 per cent of the candidates who register and sit for the UTME every year come from Ogun (17 per cent) and Lagos states (19 per cent) respectively, hence the need to have a mega CBT centre in Abeokuta that would cater for the population.

He said this would make the process of registration and conduct of the examination seamless for the candidates.

The JAMB registrar, who said the centre would be a10-storey building, added that it would sit 15,000 candidates per day.

He said, “The Federal Government directed that the NCC should construct two CBT centres in the North and Southern parts of Nigeria. I applied for a centre for Ogun State and it was granted. The Ogun State Government graciously allocated this expanse of land to JAMB.

“Our intention is to have a mega CBT centre in Lagos State but considering the space we have here, we went back to the drawing board and decided that it should be sited in Abeokuta. It will serve the entire South-West states.”

He further stated that similar centres were being constructed in Bauchi (Bauchi State) and Owerri (Imo State), among others.

Oloyede, who commended Amosun for allocating the land to JAMB for the centre, also lauded the recent return of the post-UTME screening test to the universities by the Federal Ministry of Education.

He said this “is the standard practice even in the United Kingdom and other.

 

 

Source: Punch

BoI Grants N450m Micro Credit To 7,000 Ogun Businesses

Seven thousand beneficiaries across 130 associations have received N450 million micro credit from the Bank of Industry (BOI) under the Nigerian Government’s Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) in Ogun State.

“We are issuing credit alerts and loan certificates to members of cooperatives who have successfully met the eligibility criteria for the Marketmoni loans,” said Olukayode Pitan, managing director of BoI, during BoI’s presentation of loan certificates to beneficiaries under the GEEP initiative in Ogun State.

Represented by Toyin Adeniji, executive director, micro enterprise, Pitan said the loans have tenor of six months, a grace period of 2 weeks, weekly payment and a 5 per cent administrative fee payable in arrears.

“GEEP is being executed by the BOI with a mandate to reach 1.6 million Nigerians in all 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Nigeria,” he said.

He said over 80 per cent of micro enterprises lack access to affordable credit which, she said, is a major barrier to business growth, adding that even when loans are available, they come at a very high cost to the borrower.

“Based on this premise, the federal government set up a social intervention programme to provide access to affordable micro credit to existing micro businesses in Nigeria. The GEEP provides non-interest rates loans up to N100,000 and N50,000 to first timers to qualified in 4 target segments which include market women, traders, artisans and farmers,” he said. Ibikunle Amosun, Governor, Ogun State, said Micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are a major catalyst for economic growth and development of big industries in itself but stressed that MSMEs in the country have not been able to reach their potentials due to lack of access to funds.

“Majority of the industry players in this sub-sector could hardly meet up with the stringent conditions attached to accessing funds from our conventional commercial banks. This is why the federal government has to come up with different interventions such as BOI and other specialised funding institutions,” he said, during the event tagged, ‘ Marketmoni alert train don land’.

He said GEEP is a welcome development in the state, adding that it would help to support and accelerate micro business activities and would impact positively on the economic activities of the nation’s informal sectors which are the bedrock of an economy.

He said the beauty of the ‘Marketmoni’ programme is that it relieves the burden on the beneficiaries and also enables entrepreneurs to focus their energies on business growth.

He urged beneficiaries of the loan to be judicious in the use of the facility and also endeavour to pay back as it enables the programmes to remain sustainable and stimulate the economic activities at the base of the pyramid.

“Marketmoni is targeted to several millions of Nigerians, therefore only our positive attitude will make it work. Let us take the advantage of this affordable finance ‎to grow our business, to break poverty barriers and push the frontiers of inclusive growth and financial advancement,” he said.

 

 

Source: Business Day

Auto Crash In Ogun Take The Life of One Passenger

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Tuesday confirmed the death of one person in an early morning accident that occurred on Owode-Ijako Road, Sango-Ota in Ogun.

Mr Adekunle Oguntoyinbo, the Sango-Ota Unit Commander of FRSC  in Ota that the accident occurred at about 2.00 a.m.

Oguntoyinbo said that the accident occurred when a DAF truck marked BDG 522 XS heading toward Abeokuta from Lagos lost control due to brake failure and rammed into another articulated truck.

He said that three persons were involved in the accident, but only one of them died.

“The corpse of the deceased has been deposited at the Sango-Ota General Hospital,’’ the FRSC official said.

The unit commander advised drivers to always maintain speed limits and ensure that their vehicles were road worthy before embarking on a journey to avert road accidents.

Oguntoyinbo said that the vehicles had been towed from the scene of the accident to prevent a gridlock on the road.

Ogun 2019: APC Yet To Decide On Zoning – Osoba

A former Governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, has debunked speculations that the All Progressives Congress, APC, has zoned the 2019 governorship slot to a section of the state.

Mr. Osoba made the clarification on Wednesday at a meeting with party supporters at his private residence in the Government Reservation Area, Abeokuta.

He said party members in the three senatorial districts of the state are eligible to contest for the slot, stressing that‎ no individual in the party, no matter highly placed, can determine where the next governor of the state would come from in 2019.

Mr. Osoba further explained that the party needs to embrace internal democracy in order to brighten its chances in the next general elections.

“As a party, there is nothing like zoning of office in the past. We give opportunity to everyone to aspire, but we always use maturity to settle it amongst us. That is unwritten, it is a convention. It is not the rule but nobody will go against the agreement.

“Now, so many things have divided us. The Ijebu now come together to be claiming the Ijebu agenda. We must leave the field open. We must examine the Yewa and Ijebu agenda.

“We are all in APC and nobody will leave the party for anybody. Go back and be united with the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members that just joined us.

“Go to the wards because it is the foundation. There is no more SDP. We are all APC. Let us bring more people to join APC. We should be in unity.”

Mr. Osoba had defected to the Social Democratic Party, SDP, with his supporters before returning to the APC after the 2015 elections.
He said there is no SDP anymore, insisting, “we are all APC.

“If there is no more SDP, we that were in SDP are back to APC, let’s bring people to join APC, we should bring in people from PDP, we should be in unity with the present administration.
He called for a transparent APC governorship primary in Ekiti ahead of next year’s election in the state which the party lost to the PDP in 2014.

“Anybody that wants to emerge should emerge. Don’t let us underestimate Fayose, you must fight him. We cannot afford to play with Osun either. Those two states are important.

“If we can do clean primaries in these two states and APC wins, then whatever happens in Ekiti and Osun must happen in Oyo and Ogun when it gets to our turn to deliver.

“Also, don’t ignore Ijebu agenda but let’s wait and see what the Ijebu agenda is all about and that will determine our next step,” Mr. Osoba said.

SENATOR [email protected]: Still In Service of People

For the young man born some 48 years ago without a silver spoon or indeed any spoon, not many would have imagined the man Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola making it this far in the affairs of our nation. In Lagos State where he was born to Ogun State parent, he has made a name for himself as a noted grassroots politician that delivers at all times in public office without blemish.

His meteoric rise as a technocrat politician winning four elections at state and federal levels consecutively apparently marked him out as a peoples’ politician. In our peculiar political terrain, the electorates are not that patient to continuously re-elect an indolent non-performing politician. Some performers are even knocked out on the altar of zoning or similar contraptions of our peculiar democracy. But mostly for reasons of delivery on his numerous mandates, the people he represents earnestly want him to serve in higher capacities.

His sobriquet ‘Yayi’, an abbreviation of the Yoruba name Omoyayi’ meaning a “Distinguished Son” indeed fits perfectly for his current elected position as a “Distinguished Senator” of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And in that capacity Adeola is living no stone unturned to deliver on his current mandate. You can easily count him out of the so called “bench warmer” legislators that are only seen but hardly heard during debates on issues of national importance. As a legislator of over 14 years experience at state and federal levels with a bias for public finance, it is not surprising his views are eagerly sought on legislation and oversight function of the Senate. Only last week a national daily newspaper published the statistics of bills sponsored by Senators of the 8th Senate in two years. With the exclusion of a present principal officer and a former one, Adeola has sponsored the highest number of bills among the 109 senators, two of which were recently passed as part of the Constitutional Amendment bills.

If the people of Lagos love his brand of politics to bits, his people back home in Ogun State are earnestly waiting for him to deliver the goods based on the experience gathered in the “Centre of Excellence” and his brand of politics in the race to succeed the incumbent, Senator Ibikunle Amosun as governor in 2019. When he made his political foray into Ogun State as far back as 2011 to contest for the senatorial seat of Ogun West, many easily acknowledged that he brought a paradigm shift to the way politics is done in Ogun West in particular and Ogun State in  general. The Yayi brand certainly found reception in Ogun State more so with many Ogun citizens in Lagos and others telling stories of the goodies of the man in service of Lagos and its people. It looks real that he was going to the Senate from Ogun pre- 2015.

But by some queer self interested politics of the ruling party and the power that be, he was advised to tarry a while in Lagos until a future time. Coincidentally, what he was denied in Ogun West he got in Lagos West to the embarrassment of the negligible few that opposed his foray into Ogun State politics. Since then he has left no one in doubt that he is in the race for Ogun 2019 with his massive consultation that resonates well with many in the “Gateway State”.

Across major party lines in Ogun State key actors from PDP, SDP, UPN and his party APC are teaming up with him. Some incumbent governor’s appointees are also leaving their positions to stake in for Yayi in 2019. At the grassroots level many will swear by Yayi even without physically meeting him. And when he makes appearance in his country home in Ilaro or elsewhere in Ogun State  it is always to the reception of welcoming tumultuous crowd who just want to have a glance at the man many are calling ‘incoming’ in reference to Ogun 2019.

For the few that grudge him and his touted ambition in Ogun State, all manner of dirty and debased politics have been played with such thing as his origin, his Lagos connection encapsulated in the ‘Tekobo’ concept, which backfired on its author, and even his contributions on the floor of the Senate. However the more they attempt to play the politics of exclusion of Yayi from 2019 race, the more it becomes clear that you cannot exclude a front liner who is now a household name from a race that is supposed to be democratic.   

Adeola was born on August 10, 1969 at Lagos Island Maternity Hospital to family of Mr. Ayinde Adeola Ogunleye and Madam Abeeni Olasunbo Ogunleye (nee Akinola) of Yewa South and Abeokuta South Local Government of Ogun state respectively. His paternal ancestral origin is Agbole Onibata, Ago Isaga, Pahayi, Ilaro-Yewa.  Yayi began his education at the State Primary School, Alimosho in Lagos State. On the successful completion of his primary education, he proceeded to Community Grammar School, Akowonjo, Lagos for his secondary education. His quest for educational advancement in life took him to the prestigious Ondo State Polytechnic, Owo now Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo state where he bagged the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Accounting. Adeola became a Chartered Accountant at a relatively young age. He is a distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, (ICAN), a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation as well as a Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

 Adeola variegated experience in both private and public sector finance started in “The Guardian Newspapers Limited”, where he put in almost 12 years of meritorious accounting service and rose to the position of Accountant.   He resigned from “The Guardian” and proceeded to Olatunji Omoyeni &Co where he led the audit team for several years and was later promoted to the position of a Senior Auditor Adeola later established his own company, Sootem Nigeria Limited, where he was the managing director and chief executive officer until his foray to serve the public through partisan politics.

Politically Adeola pitched his tent with the progressive arm of Nigerian politics by joining the then Social Democratic Party, SDP. In spite of challenges relating to military government, Adeola bravely continued with his foray into politics at the dawn of the 4thRepublic.  He won the primary of the then  Alliance for Democracy, AD and was elected as a member to represent Alimosho State Constituency 2 at the Lagos State House of Assembly from 2003 to 2007 and again from 2007 to 2011.

At the Lagos Assembly he was appointed the Chairman of Finance Committee and Joint Chairman of Appropriation Committee, where he was instrumental to the enactment of the law that strengthened the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service. The legislative reforms laid the foundation that catapulted the revenue of the state from a paltry N5billion monthly to about N30billion presently! He was also part of the legislative team that passed the Fiscal Responsibility Act and the Public Procurement Act of Lagos State, two laws that saw Lagos State qualifying to access developmental funds from international financial bodies like World Bank.

And in all his years as a legislator, Adeola set the standard for effective representation that saw his repeated re-elections. He is noted for his numerous personal and constituency projects. The people of Alimosho and indeed now Lagos West can never forget his developmental initiatives in the area of provision of water through boreholes, provision of electric transformers, regular free medical programmes and rehabilitation of roads. Other areas of  life changing programmes that are the hallmark of Yayi’s representation include educational empowerment and support in the form of building classrooms with ancillary facilities,  annual purchase of GCE forms and tutorials for indigent students as well as ICT training at NIIT for hundreds of youths in his constituency. 

 As a member of the House of Representatives, he was selected as the chairman of the only constitutional committee of the House, the Public Accounts Committee. It was a feat that he got this important post usually reserved for ranking members as a first time member of the House. In fulfillment of his core function as a legislator, Adeola sponsored and successfully pushed through to passage a bill that repealed the colonial Audit Act of 1956 and Re-Enact the Audit Act of 2014 on May 22, 2015. The new law seeks to establish the Federal Audit Service Commission as well as grant autonomy to the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation. 

Adeola, a Christian, is a believer in religious freedom for both Christians and adherents of Islamic faith. The great philanthropist is happily married to Mrs. Temitope Adeola and the union is blessed with children.

At 48 years of age, fourteen served as a legislator at state and Federal level and still counting, Adeola is setting a worthy record of an experienced legislator par excellence and look set for executive position having transverse the legislative hierarchy of Nigeria.

 

Kayode Odunaro

Media Adviser to Sen. Adeola

[email protected]

Why we want N107 billion World Bank loan – Ogun govt

The Ogun State Government on Monday explained why it approached the World Bank to secure a N350 million loan.

The government also dismissed reports that the House of Representatives Committee on Loans, Aids/ Debt Management had disapproved of the loan request.

The state government had on Wednesday sought the approval of the National Assembly as part of the requirement for securing the loan.

The Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Aderenle Adesina, while shedding light on the loan said any serious government desirous of development ‎should take advantage of such facility which she described as a concessionary loan offered at two per cent.

Ms Adesina, accompanied by her counterparts in the ministries of education, agriculture, commerce and industries,‎ explained that the Ogun government had become an “attractive bride” to international financial institution including the World Bank, due to the infrastructural development that it had undergone in the last six years.

“World Bank considers states that have demonstrated the ability to perform and partners with such states in development.
Firstly, the loan attracts just two per cent interest as against the 22 percent ‎obtainable in the normal financial market,” she stated.

“The loan is also payable over a period of 25 years with a five -year moratorium which means that we have about 30 years to pay it.‎ ‎It will be foolhardy for any government to reject such an attractive offer,” she said.

She further ‎explained that the loan is not like the conventional loan where the full amount being sought is disbursed at once, stating that disbursement would be made in tranches based on performance.
The commissioner emphasised that the highest that the present administration in the state could get is a maximum of 25 per cent.

“This is a loan mainly for the future as the subsequent administration’s in the state stand to benefit more as more tranches are disbursed in the course of time.

“It will, therefore, be misleading to claim that the loan is meant just for the present administration,” she said.

Ms Adesina explained that if the state is granted the loan, it would be used to further boost its transformational programme in the agricultural, educational and industrial sectors among others.
Reacting to reports that the House of Representatives had denied approval for the loan, she said that was untrue.

“There is a chain in the process. The Federal Executive Council, as well as the Senate, have already approved our request and we had also approached the House of Representatives for its approval,” she stated.

“The engagement with the House of Representative is ongoing and we are still on course and it will be wrong for anyone to conclude that the House had rejected our proposal,” the commissioner said.

Ms Adesina equally faulted claims that the Ogun State Government did not need such loan with a monthly Internally Generated Revenue of N7 billion.
She said the government under Ibikunle Amosun should first be commended for raising the internal revenue.

The commissioner also noted that the present administration intended to further raise the figure to N15 billion monthly and it needed to take advantage of such loans to affect more infrastructural development to move the state to an enviable height.

 

 

 

Source: Premium Times