Oyo State government has said that it has arrested and is prosecuting one Ademola Ibrahim, who was caught vandalizing solar powered street light.
It, however, warned that the full weight of the law will be applied on anybody caught vandalizing government properties.
Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, in a statement made available to DAILY POST on Monday said that the incessant theft and vandalisation of street and traffic light installation by the men of the underworld was thwarting government’s efforts to illuminate major roads in the state.
Arulogun then urged the people to serve at the watchdog of government properties as well as informing the security agencies of any trespass they noticed.
He disclosed that the Nigeria Police Force, Yemetu Divisional Headquarters arrested and charged the suspect, Ibrahim, who was caught in the act of vandalizing solar powered street light along Total Garden/Mokola Road (Queen Elizabeth Road) Ibadan to the Magistrate Court 1, Iyaganku, Ibadan for prosecution.
“We have observed with dismay the attitude of some individuals who vandalise government property.
“The street light panel along Queen Elizabeth Road, UCH was stolen and this has caused street lighting around the area to malfunction, throwing the city into darkness. The same thing is happening to the street lights around Jericho area.
“We have notified the security agencies about the activities of these vandals. Anybody caught will be dealt with and the full weight of the law will be applied. We will not tolerate anyone thwarting our developmental efforts and causing a breach of security.
“We want to call on the citizens to be vigilant as well. The government cannot do it alone and we cannot be everywhere at the same time.
“This is one of the key reasons for the government’s Safe Security Initiative. We want the people to support us by engaging in community policing”, he said.
The APC Young Women Forum has commended Governor Ajimobi of Oyo State for appointing Ms. Fatima Hassan as Special Assistant on Student Affairs. The group described the governor as a true progressive and expressed appreciation for finding one of their members worthy of being included in his cabinet.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by Shirley Aipoh, the forum’s public relations officer.
“The APC Young Women Forum would like to thank Governor Ajimobi for finding our Oyo state coordinator, Ms. Fatima Hassan, worthy of being in charge of the affairs of students in the state. We have had to fight an uphill battle concerning the inclusion of not only young people, but young women in particular in governance; with this appointment, Governor Ajimobi has proven to be a true progressive.”
“We have utmost confidence in Ms. Hassan’s ability to deliver on this mandate as she has proven her mettle over time. She is a student leader to be reckoned with not only in Oyo state, but in the South West as a whole. The capacity of our members when it comes to youth mobilization is without question and we are grateful for this opportunity given to her and by extension, the Forum.”
“We hereby call on other governors, not just within the APC, to ensure that youth representation in their respective cabinets extends to young women. Ours is a demography which is grossly underrepresented in politics and governance and it is, therefore, important for all to note that the term ‘youth’ includes young women also.”
“We wish our able coordinator all the best with her new assignment, and will be on ground to support her with whatever she needs in order to execute her duties to the best of her ability”, the statement read.
The Oyo State Government has made a declaration of demolishing the building that is found on water ways and drainages blocking it and letting it flow on the roads to cause erosion and flood in the state.
Chief of Staff to the Governor Dr. Gbade Ojo spoke yesterday at the monthly seminar of the Nigeria Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) in Ibadan, the state capital.
The NISER project report, with the theme: Socio-Economic Implications of Urban Renewal Programmes in Southwest Nigeria: The Case of Ogun, Osun and Oyo states, was presented by a Senior Research Fellow of the institute’s Social and Governance Policy Research Department, Dr. Abubakar Oladeji.
Oladeji advised that residents be enlightened on urban renewal as well as enforcement of legislation on environmental sanitation.
The governor’s aide informed the gathering that the government decided to remove them in the next few weeks to avert flooding.
He said: “Government will remove the structures. Those qualified for compensation will be compensated. But I can state categorically here that a mass demolition is coming.
“In the same vein, road expansion is also coming across the state. The government will, however, continue to step up the sensitisation and mobilisation of the public on the adverse effects of flooding with a view to checkmating the ugly trend.
“The state government is much more determined than ever before to enforce the urban renewal programmes with its current recruitment of able-bodied environmental enforcement officials. We can only advise and appeal to the public to be more prudent in their refuse disposal and environmental management.”
Heritage has seen as a social capital responsibility to partners with Oyo State government to reconstruct the health sector through an N50 billion Healthcare Endowment Fund.
The move is to make healthcare delivery affordable and accessible to all.
The MD/CEO of the bank, Mr. Ifie Sekibo at the inauguration of the endowment fund for restoration and transformation of government hospitals and health centres in Oyo State, said as part of support, Heritage bank would adopt a health and maternity centre at the state teaching hospital, thereby expanding its capacity from 45 to 60 beds.
He also stated that apart from the existing structure that Heritage Bank would improve on, it would furnish the adopted hospital unit with necessary equipment required for efficient healthcare delivery to the people.
Sekibo said Heritage Bank would support the state in its bid to renovate the facilities available in all the health institutions in Oyo state.
He said, over the years, Oyo State had been one of the key customers of Heritage Bank; hence the need for the support for the State now that it wants to add value to all its health institutions.
A statement quoted him to have stressed that for every business relationship to be meaningful, it must be mutually beneficial to the parties involved; otherwise, such partnerships would not last.
“At Heritage Bank, we believe in this project and that is why we have come to associate with it even from inception. No doubt, the motive behind it is laudable and, on completion, it would make resourceful to the health of the citizens as well as other residents of the Oyo State.”
Earlier speaking at the occasion, the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who commended Heritage for their continuous support said the proceeds from the Endowment Fund would be used to further boost the healthcare delivery in the State.
He added: “Today marks a turning point in the history of healthcare delivery in Oyo State. Preservation of healthcare is a duty of everybody – the government and the governed.
“Our duty as a government is not only to preserve the health care infrastructure available but to also improve on and expand the existing facilities. Through doing this, the sector would be able to effectively meet the demand of the day.”
The governor mandated that the health care scheme is accessible by all, even as he noted that every resident, including parents of a pupil in public schools before their wards, can be admitted and civil servants must register with the sum of N650 being part of their contribution.
The governor noted that to some people, the state may appear too ambitious with the Endowment Fund. However, he explained that Oyo State was ambitious because it has what it takes a state to be the medical hub of the whole nation.
Sterling Bank Opens Summer Camp on Coding Language
As part of an effort to improve digital literacy among children, Sterling Bank Plc, the one-customer bank, has opened a summer camp in Lagos to expose kids to coding language during the summer holidays.
The fun-filled summer camp, which is being organised in collaboration with Audax Code School is aimed at improving digital literacy through coding among primary and secondary school students in Nigeria. The camp, which commenced on August 7 will end on the 18th.
Speaking on the summer camp initiative, Chief Marketing Officer, Sterling Bank, Mr. Henry Bassey said that the Bank is keen to play a significant role in bridging any gap in the digital skills of Nigerian children and to empower them and their teachers in the science of coding because coding is the language of the future.
Bassey said: “At Sterling Bank, we are interested in activities that will foster creativity and critical thinking. We have ensured that learning at the summer camp will take place in a fun and collaborative environment so as to encourage many of them to take up careers in information and communications technology (ICT).
“The children will also be exposed to aspects of our Sterling Environmental Makeover (STEM) programme which seeks to promote environmental sustainability, good sanitation and hygiene, among others.”
He listed some of the modules to be covered at the camp as introduction to programming with python, web application development with Python, beginner web development, basic computer fundamentals and digital marketing/social media.
Sterling Bank is at the forefront of educating young Nigerians on the importance of saving and investing. In 2016, the Bank organised financial literacy trainings for children by staff volunteers across its network under the Employee Volunteer Programme.
In addition, 1,500 students were taken through the rudiments of financial literacy during the Financial Literacy Day on March 12, 2016.
Sterling Bank also distributed 4,000 copies of a book: My Little Money Book to about 600 schools pan- Nigeria.
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has spoken glowing of the late poet and actor, Chief Adebayo Faleti, describing him as someone whose belief in cultural values is remarkable.
Chief Faleti passed on quietly in his house on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at the age of 95 was known for his celebral carriage, poetry master and a celebrated actor. He said the country would miss dearly.
In a statement issued by his Media Office at the weekend, Tinubu said: “I learnt of the death of Chief Adebayo Faleti while I was out of the country. I was deeply saddened by his passing on, though at an advanced age.
“Baba Adebayo Faleti was a true Yoruba man and an illustrious son of Nigeria. He recorded many giant strides. He was an icon in the academic, literary and cultural worlds. He was a man of many parts- poet, actor, author, broadcaster, writer and translator- and in each of these areas he excelled.
“Chief Faleti was a pioneer of the first television station in Africa, the Western Nigeria Television (NWNTV). Many would also remember him as the one who translated the Nigerian National Anthem, as well as many other major speeches, from English to Yoruba.
“What Alagba Faleti did in the cultural field is no less remarkable. He was in the vanguard of the promotion of Yoruba language and propagation of the rich cultural heritage of the Yoruba.
“I had developed a close relationship with Baba Faleti since I was governor of Lagos. I kept this relationship with him till he breathed his last. I partnered with him in the production of some of his trophy creative work.
“I commiserate with members of his immediate family; I commiserate with the people of Oyo State, South-west and Nigeria. May his soul rest in peace”.
Mixed feelings have been expressed by the people of Oyo State as the State government has set in motion plans to have a law to arrest the prevalence of street beggars, destitute persons and mad men in the state. This was disclosed by the commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Isaac Ishola and his Ministry of Women Affairs counterpart, Mrs Atinuke Osunkoya while attending to an invitation by the state House of Assembly on addressing the menace.
The proposed bill, spearheaded by the state Ministry of Women Affairs, seeks to empower relevant social workers to arrest, prosecute and evacuate street beggars, mad persons, and other destitute persons.
He, however, stated that the state government embarked on daily raiding of the beggars, but they tend to return to their ‘workplaces’ later in the evening.
“The issue of street begging, destitute requires a strong strategy and there must be a legal backing. There is no way we will have effective enforcement if we don’t have a legal backing. We believe that once the bill, when passed to the Assembly, becomes law, we will have every power to enforce the law.
“Currently, we do daily raiding especially street beggars and destitute people. How do we arrest madmen? Hence the law will allow arrest, treatment, evacuation and sending them back to their states. We will engage some people to assist us in this regard but we have to be mindful not to avoid another Soka experience,” Ishola said.
Speaking, in similar fashion, Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Atinuke Osunkoya said the state government engaged over twenty workers to embark on daily raiding.
However, she noted that a law to prosecute and embarking on night raiding had become expedient to effectively address the menace.
She added that through the inter-ministerial efforts involving Ministry of Women Affairs, Health, and Environment, street beggars were counselled and reintegrated to their families.
The Oyo State Government has announced that another series of Free Health Mission (free medical services) will start today, May 15, 2017 at the Adeoyo Maternity Teaching Hospital, Yemetu Ibadan as part of the events commemorating the sixth anniversary of the Abiola Ajimobi administration in Oyo State.
The free health mission, which involves free surgical services, screening and treatment of high blood pressure, diabetics, malaria, family planning, HIV screening, immunisation and vitamin A for children under one year, will hold across the six geo-political zones of the state.
The state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, explained at the weekend that the programme was born out of the present administration’s concern for the well-being of the people of the state as well as to provide qualitative healthcare delivery, saying that the present administration has used its free medical services policy to treat up to one million patients in the past.
The Oyo State Government on Thursday said that its contracts with all private waste contractors have been terminated with effect from May 5th.
It stated that the Oyo State Waste Management Authority (OYOWMA) now has the mandate with full responsibility for the collection of waste in line with its commitment to ensuring a cleaner and healthier environment.
Equally, the government said that it had commissioned WestAfricaENRG, a leading Environmental Solutions company in Nigeria, to manage OYOWMA as well as take care of the full operational and legal duties of OYOWMA in the State.
Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Toye Arulogun explained that the WestAfricaENRG has been tasked to undertake a whole scale re-organisation of Waste Collection, Processing and Disposal in the State, starting with the upgrading and capacity building of all waste collection contractors.
He stressed that “This to increase job opportunities and the cleanliness of Oyo State. We still have an issue with public enlightenment and compliance and we are working tirelessly to achieve this.
“Effective May 5th, 2017 all Private Waste Contractors in Oyo State have had their contracts terminated, soon an Expression of Interest will be published nationally for the those with the relevant experience and capacity to apply for contacts in Oyo State. Until this is finalised OYOWMA has full responsibility for the collection of waste.”
“We are confident to say Ibadan is no longer the dirtiest city in Nigeria, a title which no city should aspire to hold. The strides we have made in Ibadan have been replicated across other cities and towns in Oyo State and we know that there is much more to be done,” the commissioner added.
He urged the citizens, groups, civil societies and communities to partner with the government to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment, noting that the concerted efforts of all and sundry will continue to make Oyo State a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing environment.
“We want to continue to keep Oyo State clean as part of our investment friendly strategy and improvement of the quality of the lives of our people, create the much-needed jobs for our youths, eradicate diseases and vermin caused by indiscriminate disposal of waste”, he stated.
He called on residents and business owners within the state to dispose of refuse in waste bins and stop disposing on the roads, urging that they should ensure that their waste bins were made available for collection by OYOWMA, and also pay the government for the services when due
Ibadan—FEDERAL Government in conjunction with Oyo State Government has finalised plans to resuscitate the moribund Nigeria Marble Mining Company which is located at Igbeti, Oke Ogun area of the state.
Already, a new management board saddled with the responsibility of injecting life into the company has been inaugurated. On the management team are representatives of the Federal Government, Oyo State, and Olorunsogo Local Government; while Dr Jadesola Sodipe, Chief Jacob Adetoro and Chief Connie-Jean Aremu (SAN) were listed as representatives of the Ashamu family, which founded the company.
On the management team are representatives of the Federal Government, Oyo State, and Olorunsogo Local Government; while Dr Jadesola Sodipe, Chief Jacob Adetoro and Chief Connie-Jean Aremu (SAN) were listed as representatives of the Ashamu family, which founded the company.
An official from the federal Ministry of Solid Minerals, Zonal Mine Office, Mr Donatus Umaro, was also inaugurated as a board member of the company.
Governor Ajimobi, on his own part, appointed the state Commissioners for Finance and Budget, Mr Abimbola Adekanmbi, and Ministry of Justice, Mr Seun Abimbola, and the Special Adviser to the governor on Solid Minerals, Matthew Oyedokun, as representatives of the state in the company. Blaming what he called decades of neglect of the company on
Blaming what he called decades of neglect of the company on the lack of technology and capable technical partnership, the governor said that the marble company had huge potential capable of contributing substantially to the state’s revenue base.
One of the members of the new board, who represents the owner family, Chief Jacob Adetoro, said he was happy that the Ajimobi’s administration had shown the eagerly-awaited interest to revive the company. Adetoro added that the business approach of government to the company would benefit the owners and particularly the community. He promised on behalf of the management team that no efforts would be spared to ensure that the company was revived in a short while.
Adetoro added that the business approach of government to the company would benefit the owners and particularly the community.He promised on behalf of the management team that no efforts would be spared to ensure that the company was revived in a short while.
He promised on behalf of the management team that no efforts would be spared to ensure that the company was revived in a short