Ogun, Lagos Face Fuel Scarcity…NNPC Blames Problem On Vessels Berthing

Lagos and Ogun states witnessed a serious turn out of desperate motorist and other users of petrol in many fuel stations on Saturday and Sunday following a brief relief from the serious scarcity that affected the country by December to the early week of January 2017.


On Sunday many fuel stations were closed down in both states and many stations dispensing sold above the regulated price of N145 per litre.


Filling stations sold at ridiculous amount between 160 and 180 especially in places like Ikotun, Ejigbo, Isolo, Idimu, Igando and Akute in Lagos, while motorcycle riders and other petrol users with purchased at a price of N200 from petrol attendants of other fuel stations that dispensed.


Black market operators were having a field day as they sold the product for as much as N250 per litre on Sunday.


On the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, outbound Lagos, the queues of motorists at some of the few stations that sold the product spilled onto the road, disrupting the flow of traffic.


The Executive Secretary, Depot and Petroleum Products Marketers Association, Mr. Olufemi Adewole, in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Sunday, noted that the queues had been eliminated to a great extent before now.


He stated, “Definitely, if marketers have fuel, there won’t be queues. It simply means there is insufficient supply, and the NNPC still remains the supplier of last resort. So whatever they give to marketers, that is what marketers will dispense to the public.


“If you go to some DAPPMA stations now, you will see the tankers of major marketers dispensing there because the NNPC has not given us enough products for the last 10 days. Many of our people did not get products, and in order to keep their stations busy, they resorted to buying from MOMAN (Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria) members.”


Adewole said there was no way DAPPMA members could get enough supply from major marketers because they were supposed to be getting from the same source and not to buy from MOMAN.


The National Controller, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Mike Osatuyi, said the Federal Government’s policy of supplying directly to independent marketers, which he described as a welcome development, had not taken off.


“When it takes off, IPMAN members will no more complain about buying at unofficial prices. This policy will enable IPMAN to identify our members who have good stations and can sell at the official price,” he stated.


The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, told our correspondent on Sunday that Lagos and its environs were being supplied with products mainly by MOMAN members, “because we have absolute confidence in their activities.”


“At the weekend, there was a technical hitch in ships berthing and discharging. But this has been rectified. So, today (Sunday) alone, 250 trucks have been pumped into Lagos compared with when we had the hitch and we supplied below 200 trucks. So, normalcy will return in a matter of hours in Lagos,” he said.


On the proposed direct supply to independent marketers, Ughamadu stated, “We are having an issue with independent marketers; they have three factions and each faction with a president; and if you were to be in the position of the NNPC, how do you solve this issue? You allocate to one faction, the other factions protest. We have told them to go and resolve their issue so that we can start allocating products to them directly.”


He said the NNPC was still supplying products to DAPPMA members.

Ogun Revenue Agency Generates N33bn In 8 Months

The Ogun State Internal Revenue Service (OGIRS), said that the agency generated more than N33 billion from January to August 2017.

This was said by Mr Adekunle Adeosun, the Chairman, OGIRS. He made this known during an oversight visit of the State Assembly’s Committee on Finance and Appropriation to the agency’s head office in Abeokuta.

He said that the amount generated with the eight months under review was part of the estimated revenue of N41 billion approved for 2017.

According to him, the agency has already recorded 81 per cent performance.

The chairman stated that of the N33 billion generated by OGIRS, N31.6billion came from personal income tax, more than N1.2billion from withholding tax, and N318.5million from road tax.

“Some of the revenue also came from property tax, pools and lottery, levies and also from registration and other miscellaneous collection,’’ he said.

Adeosun explained that the achievement recorded in the area of huge revenue collection could be attributed to regular tax education and enlightenment of the public by the state government

According to him, the enumeration of existing and potential tax payers also contributed significantly to the success recorded.

“We do not have any interference from the governor of the state on the issue of tax collection which has significantly contributed to the success of OGIRS in its aggressive revenue drive.

“It could also be attributed to collaboration and exchange of information with Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and aggressive tax drive within the confine of the law.

“Low level of voluntary compliance by self employed individuals and informal sectors and paucity of funds to buy operational vehicles are some of the challenges we are facing in OGIRS,’’ he said.

Responding, Chairman of the state assembly committee, Mr Akanbi Bankole, congratulated the management of OGIRS on the huge revenue collected.

Bankole, however, charged the management of OGIRS to expand the revenue base of the state with a view to delivering more dividends of democracy to the people.

He urged OGIRS to ensure that carried members of the Ogun assembly along in the execution of some of its policies and programmes to improve the relationship between the lawmakers and the agency.


Army To Launch ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ In Ogun

To address the security challenges in Ogun and its environs, the Nigerian Army said on Sunday that it had concluded  plans to launch a new security initiative code named “Operation Crocodile Smile.”

The Brigade Commander of the 35  Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Abeokuta, Basil Adoke, disclosed this in Abeokuta at a reception organised by the state government as part of activities to mark Nigeria’s 57th independence anniversary.

Adoke, who said that the initiative would commence ” in the next couple of days” across the state and its environs, is targeted at miscreants.

“ We are going to start Operation Crocodile Smile in Ogun and it involves series of actions to step up tempo targeted at miscreants,” Adoke said.

The commander,  who allayed fears over the initiative, called on residents to be calm, stressing that some miscreants had been identified and would be flushed out.

‘Though the state is relatively peaceful but we still have some miscreants to deal with, so when you see Crocodile Smile, don’t be scared,” he said.

According to him, the exercise is a replica of  Operation Python Dance recently carried out in Abia to tackle crime.

Responding, Gov. Ibikunle Amosun, commended the roles of security operatives in the state since he took over in 2011.

Amosun pledged continued support on any programme to make the state crime-free.

“ I want to appreciate our security agencies and we will continue to support security measures put in place to silence criminals in our state.

“This is because Ogun has grown to become the economic hub of Nigeria and investments can only continue to thrive in an environment of peace and order,’’ he said.

Reflecting on Nigeria at 57, Amosun expressed optimism that the nation would overcome all its challenges, stressing that ” this period is just a phase in our national life.’’

He stressed the need for Nigeria to consider and use its high population as a factor of strength in unity.

Amosun,  who described governance as service to the society,  expressed optimism that his successor would tread his path of serving the people and would equally record great achievements like him.

He said the model of governance through the selfless service introduced and established by his administration had transformed the entire state and changed the face of leadership in the state.

“When we got to office, we have raised the bar to the delight of the people and I believe that my successor will follow my path of achievements,” he said.

Notable guests at the reception included the first military governor of Ogun, Seidu Balogun, former military administrator of the state, Raji Rasaki,  and a  former military administrator of Sokoto State, Raji Rasheed.

Others were the Chairman, Ogun Traditional Council of Obas, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle,  and Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.

Hoodlums Attack Osun United Fans, Vandalise 8 Buses In Ogun

By Toba Ajisafe


Terror was unleashed on fans of Osun United Football at Dipo Dina Stadium Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state when suspected supporters of Ogun and Ondo football teams damaged the government buses that conveyed the team and wounded some fans.


According to a source, identified as Ambassador, who posted the pictures of the damaged buses on a Whatsapp platform ‘Osun Media and Allies Forum’ said “Thousands of our teaming fans are presently under siege of this hoodlums and held hostage.

He wrote “Osun United Fans saw hell today when Ondo and Ogun football supporters connived to unleashed terror with maximum beating to the supporters of Osun United, vandalized their vehicles at Dina Dipo Stadium, Ijebu Ode.”


When he was contacted on phone, he was not answering his call as at the time of filing this report.


The Spokesman of the Team, Mr, Tunde Shamsudeen confirmed the incident to OSUN DEFENDER on phone.


He said they were attacked immediately after the match and eight vehicles belonging to the team were vandalised.


He however noted that both the team and the fans did not sustain any injuries as claimed.


It would be recalled that Osun State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Mr. Bola Ilori was attacked by suspected thugs in Ondo.

FUNAAB Gets New Vice-Chancellor, Registrar, Bursar

It is reported that the Governing Council of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has approved the appointment of a new Vice Chancellor.

He is Professor Felix Kolawole Salako.

Prof. Salako, until his appointment, was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development) of the institution.

Similarly, the Council has also approved the appointment of Dr. Hakeem Adekola and Mr. Chukwunwike Ezepeazu, to the positions of the Registrar and Bursar, respectively.

The new appointments, according to the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Dr. Aboki Zawha, in a statement from the Directorate of Public Relations of FUNNAB, was guided by rules, regulations and the Act establishing the University.

Zawha said: “We, as a Council were guided by provisions of the Act, the rules of the University and Federal Character. We, as a Council decided to set up a Committee that conducted the screening of all applicants and afterwards mandated the Technical Committee to see whether the applicants complied with advertisement about the position they applied for.

“The Technical Committee came up with good list and presented it to the Selection Board. Recommendations were made to the Council and we approved the list and other recommendations that were submitted.”

The VC designate, a Professor of Soil Physics in the Department of Soil Science and Land Management, was born in 1961 and hails from Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

He attended Igbobi College, Lagos. He later proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nusukka where he obtained B.A Agric (Hons) and M.Sc degrees in Soil Sciences in 1983 and 1986 respectively and later bagged his Ph.D in Soil Science from the University of Ibadan in 1997.

Salako joined the services of FUNAAB in 2000 as a Senior Lecturer and moved up the academic ladder to become a Professor in 2006.

Meanwhile, the new Registrar designate was until his appointment the Deputy Registrar in charge of Senate Affairs at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye while Mr. Ezekpeazu was a former Bursar at the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja and visiting Bursar on sabbatical at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, in Abia State.

Aregbesola, Others Storm Edo For Public Consultation On Restructuring [PHOTOS]

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, his Ogun state counterpart, Ibikunle Amosun on Monday visited Edo state to hold zonal public consultation of the All Progressives Congress Committee on True Federalism.


The team received by Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki at the Benin Airport is expected to cover South-South and the North-Central zones.


Among issues to be discussed at the hearing are creation/merger of states, derivation principle, devolution of powers, federating units, fiscal federalism and revenue allocation and form of government.


Other issues are independent candidacy, land tenure system, local government autonomy, power sharing and rotation, resource control and type of legislature.


In the recent, agitations from Nigerians on the need to restructure the country has been on the rise which birthed the inauguration of Restructuring Committee by the All Progressives Congress, chaired by the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.


Governor Aregbesola while speaking said the “restructuring” of Nigeria remains on the front burner of public discourse, he noted that the practice of true federalism would accelerate development of the country.

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NBA General Secretary To Receive Chieftaincy Title In Ogun

The Installation of Mr Isiaka Abiola Olagunju Esq, the General Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association as the Bamofin (The Ultimate Law Officer) of Igbehin- Egba in Ogun State Holds on Saturday.

This is contained in a statement signed by the NBA Publicity Secretary, Bukar Alhaji Waziri Esq.

According to the statement, the event holds under the authority of HRM, Oba (Dr.) Oluwole Makinde, the Olu of Igbehin-Egba at his palace behind Redeemed Camp Main Gate, along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Loburo, Ogun State.

The statement however urges all members of the legal association particularly in the South West to attend the installation ceremony which begins at 11 in the morning.


Adeola Mourns Enugu Senator’s Wife, Ann Nnaji

The Lagos West Senatorial District senator and Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee of Communications, Senator Solomon Adeola has expressed deep sadness on the demise of Mrs. Ann Nnaji, the wife of Senator Gilbert Nnaji,  the Chairman of Senate Committee on Communication over the weekend.

Adeola, in a condolence message to Senator Nnaji, signed by his media adviser, Kayode Odunaro and made available to OSUN DEFENDER, said he received the news of the demise of the better half of his chairman with great shock and deep sadness adding that the untimely exit of the matron of the Nnaji family will not only be felt by his immediate family but the entire constituents of Enugu East Senatorial District as well as the people of Enugu State.

“No doubt she dutifully played the role of a wife, a mother, a great planner for his husband when she was alive in the tradition of behind every successful man there is a woman. And it is on record that the served humanity and God while alive” Senator Adeola remarked.

He prayed to God for the peaceful repose of her soul and for fortitude for the immediate family and other beloved left behind to bear the irreparable loss.


Sen. Adeola Wants Universities At Yaba And Ilaro

Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West) has commenced move for the establishment of federal universities at Yaba, Lagos State and Ilaro in Ogun State as part of his legislative agenda for educational development of Nigeria.

The Senator presented two bills in the Senate for the upgrade of two prominent tertiary educational institutions into technological universities namely Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, lagos State and Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State.

The bills “Federal University of Technology, Yaba (Est.,etc) Bill, 2017” and “Federal University of Technology, Ilaro, 2017” was presented and passed first reading stage for further legislative actions.

Speaking on the need for the upgrade of the two institutions into universities, Senator Adeola  said that there is need to continue to expand and create institutions of learning in view of the massive growth of our population and the need to keep up with human resource development needs of our nation adding that the upgrade of the two institution will further add impetus to our technological advancement .

“We have serious shortages of spaces for our youths to get requisite and quality education. These two institutions have excelled in time past in providing middle and top grade level of human resources for the nation. Their upgrade will advance their capacities to further develop our youth for the challenges of a technological society” he stated.

Senator Adeola further stated that the passage of the bill and establishment of the two universities will further redress educational imbalances in the areas they are located in terms of huge population and the non existence of such institutions in the area of location particularly in Ogun West axis of Ogun state.

OGUN 2019: Chieftains Of Ogun Central PDP Declare Support For Sen. Adeola

As various groups and individuals declare support for the governorship ambition of Senator Solomon Adeola aka Yayi for Ogun 2019 governorship race, a group of PDP chieftains from Ogun Central Senatorial District has declared “total support for the Senator”.

Led by Aare Tunde Alabi two time commissioner in Ogun State, the group have other notable leaders including Engineer Akeem Adesina, three time chairman of Obafemi Owode LGA and immediate past chairman of PDP, Ogun Central; Alhaji Moruph Ajisegiri, two time chairman of Abeokuta North LGA and former majority leader of OGHA; Chief Fohunola Abiola, a leader from Ewekoro LGA, Alhaji Saula Makinde, one time assistant Treasurer of PDP, Ogun state; Chief Oluwole Adeyi , former SA to Ogun State governor and Assistant State PRO of PDP ; Alhaji Nurudeen Olaleye, SLG to Abeokuta south LGA and Alhaji Lai Shobayo, a leader of PDP.

Speaking on behalf of the group at the end of their meeting with Senator Adeola, Aare Alabi traced the history of PDP crisis in 2011 and 2015 and the numerous court cases with frivolous judgments that led to electoral failure for PDP stressing that it is time to support a candidate that can win election and be in government come 2019.

“ By the special grace of God, a Yewa man will be the governor of Ogun State in 2019 and we believe that the person is Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola aka Yayi. We are supporting him fully for the race on any platform he decides to run” Aare Alabi stated.

Senator Solomon Adeola and Aare Tunde Alabi
Senator Solomon Adeola and Aare Tunde Alabi

He said by 2019 he hopes to be in government and not just a party man as the numerous crises of PDP since 2011 has led most of them to be only party men instead of being in government adding that he is not going to wait till 2019 for another failure which is why they are moving in early to an aspirant that they believe God will use to get them to government in 2019.

Earlier on, Senator Adeola has welcome them to his residence and inform them that he is presently engaged in wide consultation across the state on the need to take the state to a better level adding that God’s perfect will shall come to pass in Ogun State in 2019.

Among those present during the visit are Rt. Hon. Tunji Egbetokun, former speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Tunji Akinosi former Commissioner for Agriculture in Ogun State, Hon. Tunde Olaotan, former Consultant to Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Hon Daadah, former LGA chairman of Ijebu Ode among others.

Breaking News: Students Protests Rocks Abeokuta

News reaching Osun Defender reveals Students of Tai Solarin College of Education (TASUED), Ijagun, Ogun State, have taken to the streets of Abeokuta to protest what they called, mismanagement of their school by the current Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluyemisi Obilade.

The students who carried placards and banners with various inscriptions, called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC and other security agencies in the country to immediately begin the probe of their vice chancellor.

The protesting students also called for the government to immediately begin free education in the tertiary institution, saying they were not customers.

See photos from the protest below:

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