Ajimobi Presents N267bn Budget Of Stabilisation For 2018

Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi presents 2018 budget of N267 billion to State House of Assembly with about N60 billion higher than the N207 billion presented in 2017.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the appropriation bill tagged, `Budget of Stabilisation, has capital expenditure in the bill was N149.1 billion while the recurrent expenditure was estimated at N118.37 billion.

The governor stated that capital expenditure and recurrent expenditure in the budget stood at 55 and 45 percent respectively.

Ajimobi also said that N156.42 billion was realised out of the estimated N208.65 billion revenue in the 2017 Appropriation Act as at September.

He said that revenue performance stood at 46.95 percent against 62.63 percent in September, while expenditure performance stood at 46.62 percent against 62.19 percent.

Ajimobi said recurrent expenditure, particularly on personnel cost, was heavier due to the continued commitment to payment of workers’ salaries.

“It is to be recalled that apart from consistently utilising more than the stipulated minimum of all the recurrent intervention from the Federal Government to settle salary/pension and arrears, our administration had conceded 100% monthly allocation from the Federation Account to payment of salaries and pensions of the state’s work force.

“This is hinged on our philosophy that only a motivated workforce can facilitate productive performance of an administration for the actualiSation of the delivery of expected dividends of democracy,’’ he said.

He, however, said that his administration was confronted with several challenges during the outgoing fiscal year, noting that government experienced decline in the monthly federal allocation throughout the year.

Ajimobi stated that the situation impacted negatively on the level of budget performance, adding that the 2018 budget was structured toward consolidating upon the gains of the previous years.

He appealed to tax defaulters to perform their civic responsibilities and join hands with others to contribute to government efforts at advancing the development of the state.

“To ensure the realisation of our internally generated objectives, we must continue to restructure government agencies in charge of receivables including the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

“This is our commitment for a well- structured financial system which will give us the impetus to demand from the people their obligations to government,’’ he said.

The governor said that his administration had in the last six years ensured security of lives and properties and massive infrastructure development.

(NAN)

Oyo Secures Order To Conduct LG Election

Oyo State Government says it has secured an order that will facilitate the conduct of local government election in the state.

Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun in a statement in Ibadan on Wednesday while quoting the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Oluwaseun Abimbola, stated that the interim injunction forbidding INEC from releasing the voters’ register to OYSIEC for conduct of elections into LGs and LCDAs has been vacated by the court.

“In respect of the case filed by Oyo baales challenging the LCDAs and in which the court had issued an injunction preventing the conduct of elections into LG& LCDAs, I made an application to the court to discharge the part of the Interim order preventing our conduct of elections into LGs since the subject matter of the suit is only on the propriety of LCDAs and not LGs.

“The other counsels in the matter all conceded to the point as canvassed by the Oyo State Government on this matter. Consequently, the Order 3 of the Interim injunction forbidding INEC from releasing voters register to OYSIEC for the conduct of elections into LGs and LCDAs has been discharged by the court. Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) is now at liberty to conduct LG elections only, but not into LCDAs which is still pending in court”, he stated.

Abimbola noted that this development would clear the air and misrepresentation by the people who believed that the state government was not interested in the conduct of the local government election.

He pointed out that the order secured was a demonstration that the state government was ready for the conduct of the election as the barrier had been removed.

 

 

Source: Daily Post

Every Oyo Schools To Have Computers In 5 Years Time – Govt

Oyo State Government has struck a partnership with Microsoft and Signal Alliance towards ensuring that each of the 2,375 primary schools and 678 secondary schools in the state has a good number of computer sets.

Speaking at State Secretariat in Ibadan, on Wednesday Akin -Alabi, said School Governing Boards of all schools of the state are expected to provide venues for the siting of the digital learning centres where students and teachers will be imbued with requisite Information and Communication Technology skills.

The collaboration targeted at engendering digital literacy in the state will, according to Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Education, Science and Technology, Dr Bisi Akin-Alabi, kick off with the launch of eight cluster learning centres.

She explained that four centres will be sited in Ibadan, two in Oke Ogun, one in Ibarapa and another on the Oyo-Ogbomoso axis, starting with three of the cluster learning centres funded by the state and others by the partners.

Furthermore, she said each of the cluster centres will contain computers for 100 students.

She added that state, through the collaboration, had shown its commitment to utilising technology to drive economic growth and facilitate a knowledge-based future.

In five years, every school in the state will have their computers. We are starting with eight cluster learning centres of 100 computers each. We will start by funding three of the cluster centres and our partners will fund other centres. We are also talking with our school governing boards to sign in their schools and provide venues/halls for digital learning centres,” Akin Alabi said.

Speaking, Commissioner for the ministry, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela, said the state had developed academic lecture notes in core subjects, in PDF format, among other learning resources that could be accessed at the cluster learning centres.

In her remarks, head of Microsoft Education Programs, Jordan Belmonte said the digital learning initiative aimed at helping to bridge the skills gap by providing teachers ICT and the framework that will enable pupils and educators achieve success.

Mrs Adanma Onuegbu of Signal Alliance noted the imperativeness for people to be equipped technologically to be up to speed with trends in today’s information age.

Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mrs Aderonke Makanjuola among others were also present at the interaction with journalists.

Era Of Gangster Politics Over In Oyo —Akintola

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Niyi Akintola, has said the era of political thuggery and establishment of what he described as ‘garrison politics’, has been dismantled through the astuteness and ingenuity of Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s government in Oyo State.

Niyi Akintola Akintola, an All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship aspirant, promised to build on the legacies of Ajimobi’s government if given the opportunity to serve. He warned the APC against making a mistake of fielding a wrong candidate for the 2019 governorship election. He said:

“The electorate is now wiser and knew who and what qualities they want in their governor,” he said. Akintola had unveiled his ambition for the Oyo governorship seat on the platform of the APC. Speaking in Ado Ekiti, weekend, Akintola said:

“If you look at the circumstance of our state before Senator Ajimobi came, one will be forced to appreciate his contributions. He has dismantled the garrison politics cartel in Oyo.

“In fact, life was brutish and hectic under PDP in Oyo State and our governor has addressed this and is adding value to the extent that our government is no longer being a government of the illiterates for the elites. “Before he came, Oyo even had a garrison commander, who fomented trouble every day.

Ajimobi has succeeded in banishing thuggery, hooliganism and killing from Oyo and I am ready to build on these values and legacies if given the opportunity,” he said.

 

 

Source: Vanguard

 

Oyo: FIDA Hails State’s Child Law, Demands Enforment

Fascinated with the domestication of the federal Child Rights Act in Oyo State, the Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA), the state chapter, said on Wednesday that it would give the fillip to the protection of children.

Women lawyers in Oyo state described this as commendable, the domestication by the Gov. Abiola Ajimobi-led administration, noted that the rights of children particularly the girl-child were often violated by adults.

Mrs Folake Ajayi, the association’s chairperson, told reporters in Ibadan that the girl-child in Nigeria is faced with several challenges and her rights were at a “higher risk” of being breached. “The Child Rights Acts 2003 has been domesticated by Oyo State and is known as the Child Rights Law. This law will provide for and protect every child in the state.

“These rights can be divided into four major parts — Survival Rights, Protection Rights, Development Rights and Participation Rights,” she said. The lawyer named the challenges as genital mutilation, harmful traditional practices, child betrothal, child marriage, indecent assault, prostitution, sexual abuse, domestic violence and death.

According to her, the most peculiar rights of the girls most violated are child betrothal and early marriage. Ajayi said:“Child betrothal and marriage is when a girl-child is betrothed or married off. Section 23 and 24 of Oyo State Child Rights Law prohibits child marriage and betrothal.

“Under the law, a child is said to mean a person under the age of 18 and section 23 of same law says a person under the age of 18 is incapable of contracting a valid marriage.

“If such a marriage does take place or  is contracted, it should be declared null and void and of no effect.” She, however, said the country’s 1999 Constitution “technically” approved of child marriage. “

It is depressing that Section 29(4) (b) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has technically approved child marriage by its provision that: any woman who is married shall be deemed to be of full age.”

On genital mutilation, the FIDA boss described it as a gross violation of a female’s body and the wicked mutilation of her genital., saying “it is a calculated attempt to suppress and oppress the woman in a girl.”

“Section 26 of Oyo State Child Rights Law specifically prohibits mutilation of the female genitals and anyone guilty of this offence is liable on conviction to a fine of N20,000 or imprisonment for a term of two years.

“Section 6 of Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act, 2015 carries a penalty of four years imprisonment and a fine of N200,000 or both.”

Ajayi regretted that in spite of the prohibition of female genital mutilation, some mothers still submit their daughters for genital mutilation and called on parents, teachers, religious organisations, the media, the CSOs, as well as law enforcement agencies to rise up to the defence of the rights of the Nigerian child.

She also called for increased advocacy by the media, the schools and parents on the rights of the girls at home and at school.

“There should be full implementation of these laws because a law that is not implemented, in my own opinion, is a toothless bulldog.

“Parents and guardians should be alive to their responsibilities; it is unfortunate that some parents still violate the rights of their children more. “Our young girls should see themselves as God’s creation that has been commanded to rule their world.

They are not created for man’s pleasure,” said the FIDA chairperson.

Nurse Caught Doing Surgery On A Patient In Oyo

The health facilities task force set up by Oyo State government said it has caught a nurse conducting surgery on a patient in a private hospital in Iseyin town in the state.

The Heads of the team while briefing journalists declared that they got to the Agbejemate Hospital and Maternity Centre in Iseyin at about 1:00 p.m and met the male nurse in theatre carrying out a hernia surgery on a patient on Wednesday.

It, however, noted that the hospital has been closed since then.

It was learnt that the nurse, who is also the owner of the hospital, was a retired theatre nurse. He was subsequently served a notice to report at the Oyo State Ministry of Health.

The task force, which visited other five health facilities in the town, also closed four other hospitals for offences ranging from non-registration of the premises, unhygienic hospital environment and failure to have qualified medical staff on ground.

Other four hospitals closed include; Awidire Annex hospital, Insha Allah Clinic and Maternity Centre, Providence Clinic and Maternity and Anwar-ul Islam Movement Hospital.

Chairman of the Task Force and Director, Secondary Health Care and Training, Oyo State Ministry of Health, Dr. Adebisi Ayoola, said that the management of the hospitals had been served to report at the state secretariat in Ibadan.

He added that “The ministry will penalise him for that because he is not supposed to operate patients at all”.

Ayoola who said visitations had also been made to other hospitals in Ibadan and Oyo also noted that the ministry received reports on medical negligence and deaths arising from unqualified medical practitioners from private health facilities on daily basis.

He said although nurses and community health workers were allowed to register and operate health facilities, only doctors are allowed to register hospitals and carry out surgical operations.

Ibadan Chieftaincy Moving From Ancient To Modern

Sunday, August 27, 2017, has become indelible in the history books of Ibadan. It will remain fresh in the minds for long that on that day, the builder of modern Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, the Governor of Oyo State laid one of the foundation stones of modern Ibadan, by crowning new Obas for the ancient town.

Courage is one of the essential attributes that distinguish the great from the small. It is common knowledge that change is often resisted by man, irrespective of how much good might be coming with it. This is curious as it negates empirical evidence that society is only able to progress better on the basis of change, particularly well thought-out change.

While some are kicking against the crowning of 33 Obas at Ibadan to support the Olubadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, who himself has been elevated to His Imperial Majesty, it is imperative to note that those moving in this direction are in the minority. The vast majority of Ibadan people applaud Governor Ajimobi for this action. This is indeed an answer to the prayers of the people for which formal petitions have been tabled before several previous governors of Oyo State, who for some not so obvious reasons failed to harken.

But as many know, everything happens at its own time. The clamour for the reform of the Ibadan Chieftaincy Law spanned almost three decades and has witnessed intellectual activism in form of books (Chief T. A. Akinyele penned a book on it over 20 years ago), judicial representations, with the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) and the Ibadan Elders Forum among notable bodies that have made formal petitions to the Oyo State government on this all-important matter.

For the records, the Ibadan Chieftaincy Law recently reviewed originally came into force in 1959 as Olubadan Chieftaincy Declaration made pursuant to the 1957 chiefs laws and other related chieftaincies in Ibadanland. It has also witnessed several reviews in the past.

So with the clamour refusing to die down and the inglorious treatment meted out to Ibadan High Chiefs at the coronation of the Ooni of Ife (where the High Chiefs were not allowed to sit among other Obas, despite their having the staff of office of the Olubadan and being duly accredited to represent him and the Ibadan kingdom); the governor was left with no choice but to yield to democratic principles and set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to review the Ibadan Chieftaincy Law.

Remarkably, the Olubadan participated in some of the consultations, which he had initially acceded to before mischief-makers started sowing seeds of doubt in him, in relation to the work of the Commission which “sat for three months and reviewed about 118 memoranda from several stakeholders,” according to Bimbo Kolade, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Oyo State.

The crowning of these Obas was a mere implementation of the recommendations of the commission, which the governor was constitutionally bound to. This has seen some notable politicians joining issues with the governor.

Without innovation, the human race would actually be retrogressing. That is why the governor’s position on the reform that “today’s innovations are tomorrow’s traditions,” is apt winning an argument against innovation with the governor becomes more difficult because it is a guiding light to his daring moves that have helped to lay the beacons for modern Oyo State.

On the transparency of the process of the reforms, Ajimobi pointed out, “I inaugurated a Judicial Commission of Inquiry on May 19, 2017, with a mandate to review the existing 1957/59 Chieftaincy Declaration of Olubadan of Ibadanland and other related Chieftaincies in Ibadanland. The Commission was given four weeks within which to conclude the assignment and submit its report. But as a result of the wide acceptance and popularity of the initiative, demonstrated by the attendance, presentation of memoranda and participation at the public hearings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, I graciously approved an extension of time for the completion of the assignment, as requested by the Commission.

It is interesting to note that out of the 118 memoranda received by the commission, 91 requested for additional beaded crowns, while the remaining 27 hinged on the review of ascendancy into the Olubadan stool. In the end, based on merit, the commission recommended the elevation of 11 high chiefs in the Olubadan-in-Council and 21 ancient Baales to the position of Obas. The Oyo State government, represented by its Technical Committee which reviewed the recommendations, added one more Baale for promotion based on historical antecedents.This is the Baale of Ejioku, a place where the commission’s report itself highlighted its historical antecedents. Consequently, the government approved the promotion of a total of 33 new Obas.”

It is apparent that not everybody would support anything, no matter how noble, but it is of concern that while the voiceless majority rejoice and applaud that the courageous and innovative governor has granted the long yearning of the people to reform the Ibadan Chieftaincy Law, some political jobbers have chosen to trade with it for political profit.

As is often the case, this minority has somehow resorted to media rants and brickbats, while trying to ruin the cordial relationship between His Imperial Majesty, the Olubadan, and the Governor. Given the massive numbers that turned out and attended the Commission’s hearings and the quantum of memoranda submitted by stakeholders to the Commission, it is evident that the reforms are people oriented. This is also buttressed by the fact that “from 1993 to the present, Ibadan indigenes namely Kolapo Ishola, Lam Adesina, Rasheed Ladoja and Abiola Ajimobi (still serving) had been governors of Oyo State. All of them were confronted with issues of review of Chieftaincy Declarations across the State during their tenures. Ajimobi is only different because he is courageous enough to take sides with the people in an attempt to resolve the subject.

It is important to note that what this reform has done is to elevate top class royal fathers in Oyo State in line with what obtains in other parts of Yorubaland, a situation that has seen the Olubadan promoted to His Imperial Majesty, while the 11 High Chiefs (Olubadan-in-Council) are promoted to Obas. The notable difference in status quo is that they can begin wearing beaded crowns.
Odulana wrote from Ibadan, Oyo State.

Even with this development, their major roles remains to assist the Olubadan in looking after the 11 local government areas under his domain, while he retains supervisory and fatherly roles over the entire Ibadanland and kingdom.

Governor Ajimobi captures the gains of the reforms in these words:“The logical question at this point is ‘what do we stand to gain with this review?’ This review enhances the status and title of the Olubadan as the supreme ruler of Ibadanland, who shall be addressed as His Imperial Majesty, the Olubadan of Ibadanland. Indeed, of what significance is a Field Marshal without Generals behind him? It reiterates the supremacy of the Olubadan of Ibadanland, conforms to the cultural realities and traditional settings within Oyo State and beyond, as we have multiple Obas in Egbaland, Igbajo, Ijebu, Lagos, and in all the Yoruba states of the federation.”

Ibadan history might have hit a turning point on Sunday, August 27, 2017, but it is evident that something refreshing has been added to the culture to reinvigorate it as depicted in the words of Henry James: “A tradition is kept alive only by something being added to it”. These reforms aside being the answer to the prayers of the massive majority of Ibadan people, also represent something good being added to the chieftaincy institution and culture of Ibadan.
Odulana wrote from Ibadan, Oyo State.

 

 

 

Source: The Guardian

Oyo Commissioner Assures Resident Of Effective Waste Collection

Chief Isaac Ishola the Oyo Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources has once again assured residents of Ibadan that his ministry through the public-private partnership it has entered into with West African NRG, will take care of their concerns regarding undisposed public waste materials in several parts of the city of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The renewal outcry for the resident in Ibadan by land mass that their waste products were not being cleared by PSP collectors as at when due.

Chief Ishola said that lack of capacity and ability of old Private Service Providers (PSPs) was to blame.

“We’ve been having problems with the old PSP collectors. However, we now have new PSP collectors with the capacity to deliver on board and they will be resuming shortly,” he said.

The commissioner added that new routes had been distributed among the PSP collectors for them to operate, adding that there will be effective monitoring of their performance to ensure that the job of waste collection in Ibadan metropolis is effectively done.

In Oyo: Man Arrested With Human Skull

The Oyo State Police Command has arrested a 32-year-old man, Olalekan, allegedly caught with a human head.

The suspected ritualist, according to the Public Relations Officer, SP Adekunle Ajisebutu, was arrested at Moyina area, Idi-Aro, Ibadan at about 6.30a.m.

The arrest of the suspect followed information by members of the public, who raised the alarm over his strange and suspicious movement.

Consequently, policemen attached to the Idi-Aro Police Division mobilised and promptly raced to the scene, where the suspect was eventually arrested with the exhibit.

During interrogation, the suspect disclosed that the exhibit was given to him by his younger brother, Saheed, currently on the run.

The investigation also revealed that the suspect and his cohort have been dealing in human parts.

Previously, two human skulls were sold to undisclosed clients. The latest recovered part was meant for a yet-to-be-identified pastor in Ibadan. Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, has directed the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Iya-

Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, has directed the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Iya-ganku, to take over the case.

 

Oyo To Evaluate Faulty Vehicles On Road – FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has urged relevant organs of the Oyo State Government to evacuate all faulty vehicles along with some major roads in Ibadan, the state capital to check accident.

Mr Austin Aipoh, an FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer, Zone 11, gave advice in Ibadan when he paid a farewell visit to Gov. Abiola Ajimobi in his office on Friday.

Aipoh, an Assistant Corps Marshall, is in charge of Oyo, Osun and Ondo zonal command of FRSC.

Aipoh said his advice became necessary because there were faulty vehicles on the express way along Oluyole, Egbeda and Ojoo Local Government Areas of the state, stressing that such development also posed danger to motorists

He further urged the state government to deploy its personnel to clear bushes on the side of the major roads to curb criminal activities and adequately equip its traffic management agency to complement to ease gridlocks on the roads.

In his remarks, Ajimobi said that the state government had reconstructed several federal roads in the state, adding it would not relent in evolving measures to improve the management roads across the state.

Ajimobi, who was represented by Chief Moses Adeyemo, the Deputy Governor, promised that the state government would continue to create an environment that would enable security personnel to operate efficiently and effectively, especially on roads.

“The present administration has been fulfilling the core promises for which our people voted for us. Among them is the provision of standard roads in and around the state.

“We cannot abandon federal roads in the state because they belong to the federal government; it is our people that ply the roads.

“We won’t allow such roads to remain in bad condition while motorists suffer, we have been doing this overtime,’’ the governor said.

Social Media Users’ Shocking Revelation On Oyo’s Task Force Operatives

Men of the Oyo State Joint Security Task Force, codenamed “Operation Burst” have been accused by citizens of the state for harrasing civilians.
The latest of the accusations was made online by a social media user  alleged that a lady was sexually assaulted as punishment for dressing indecently, Tuesday.
The group, made up of policemen, soldiers Air Force personnel, SSS, and NSCDC, was re-launched on August 4th, by Governor Abiola Ajumobi to curb crimes in the state.
However, they are notorious for beating innocent civilians who they think are improperly dressed. A 2011 report by The Nation said that girls and women who wear trousers or short dresses were harassed by the personnel. Men who wear earrings, dreadlocks and Afro hairstyles are beaten up.
However, no statement has been released by the task force to deny the accusation.