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6 bills scale second reading at Ogun assembly

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Six bills on Friday scaled through second reading at the floor of the Ogun House of Assembly.

The bills included Ogun State Official Order of Precedence of Public Officers and other Persons Law, 2019,  State Mortgages and Foreclosure Law, 2019 and State Technical and Vocational Education Board (Amendment) Law, 2019.

Others were the State Health Insurance Scheme (Amendment) Law, 2020, the State Public Health Law, 2020 and State Regulations Approval Law, 2020.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that all the bills were deliberated upon by the lawmakers during plenary presided over by the Speaker,  Olakunle Oluomo.

The lawmakers took turns to examine the bills shortly after separate motions for the second reading of the bills were moved by Mrs  Modupe Mujota (APM -Abeokuta North), Messers Damilola Soneye (APC -Obafemi Owode), Adeyemi Ademuyiwa (APC -Abeokuta South II) and Adegoke Adeyanju (APM -Yewa North 1).

They  were seconded by  Solomon Osho (APC – Remo North),   Sikiratu Ajibola (APM -Ipokia),  Bolanle Ajayi (APM – Yewa South),  Yusuf Amosun (APM -Ewekoro) and Olusola Adams (APC -Ijebu East) with the support of all other lawmakers  through a voice vote.

Opening debate on the State Official Order of Precedence of Public Officers Law, 2019, Mujota said the bill was meant to correct administrative errors by spelling out the order of protocols for political office holders in order to promote orderliness in governance.

On the Mortgages and Foreclosure Law, 2019, the sponsor, Soneye argued that the bill would assist the people in accessing national mortgage funds and address housing deficit with benefit to the state in boosting its asset on land.

In his lead debate on the State Technical and Vocational Education Board (Amendment) Law, Adeyemi posited that the legislative instrument would help revive state vocational institutions.

“It will encourage apprenticeship with international standards in vocational training centres toward  ensuring that the teeming youths become self-reliant in the technology-driven society,” he said.

On the State Health Insurance Scheme (Amendment) Law ,  Adeyanju sought the need for the state to key into the Universal Health Coverage Scheme through unhindered access to basic healthcare by workers in the formal sector.

Also, on the State Public Health Law, 2020,  Adeyanju said it would serve as a legal framework for the people to operate in relation to public health system before, during and after any outbreak of diseases.

The law, he added, would assign responsibilities to each stage of healthcare system on the mode of preventing, combating  and planning against any outbreak, as well as avoidance of duplication of responsibilities by health workers.

On the State Regulations Approval Law, 2020, Mujota stated that the bill was aimed at ensuring that regulations pass through the appropriate chain of authority before being approved.

She added  that delegated regulations to Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government were to be validated by the legislative arm in line with the principles of separation of powers.

Responding, the Speaker lauded the lawmakers for their robust contributions to the six bills.

Oluomo committed the six bills to the House Committees on Establishments and Service Matters,  Lands and Housing, Education, Science and Technology as well as Health for further legislative actions.

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Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

 

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COVID-19: CAN seeks roundtable over reopening of churches, mosques in Ogun

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The Ogun Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called for a meeting between leaders of religious groups and the state government to discuss modalities for the reopening of worship centres.

The Chairman of the state chapter of CAN, Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya, made the call in Abeokuta on Monday.

Akin-Akinsanya said the meeting had become necessary to sustain the gains recorded by the state in its ongoing efforts at flattening the curve of the spread of the coronavirus.

The clergy’s call is coming on the heels of the planned expansion of the current phase of the eased lockdown in the state necessitated by the coronavurus pandemic.

Gov. Dapo Abiodun had on Friday, announced that the current phase of the eased lockdown would terminate on Sunday.

The governor also said that the second phase, which would commence on June 1, would be accompanied with a further ease of the lockdown and expansion of the windows of relaxation.

Akin-Akinsanya in a statement, suggested a meeting with the government to analyse the achievements and challenges posed by the pandemic in the state “with a reflection of the realities of the days going forward”.

“We appreciate the positive strides and successes of the state government, particularly during this trying period of the global pandemic.

“The Ogun chapter of the CAN profoundly appreciates the great efforts and laudable initiatives taken by our state government to combat the negative impacts of the ongoing plague.

“The technological and technical innovations deployed to date by the government have been largely responsible for the curb of the expected surge in Ogun; given that the state is Nigeria’s index case.

“The government really deserves commendation for the management of the situation in spite of sharing technically non-delineated border towns with the Lagos State which is the national epicentre of this dreaded pandemic.

“We, therefore, applaud the systematic and carefully orchestrated steps taken by our government to minimise the deleterious effects of the COVID-19.

“We also appreciate the various palliatives provided by the state government for the body of Christ and the general public at large which had undoubtedly provided succour to the masses,” he said.

Edited By: Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

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Relocate Ota Toll-Gate motorpark, market, FRSC tells Ogun Govt

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The Sango-Ota Unit of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Sunday appealed to Ogun Government to relocate motor park and market at Toll-Gate axis to reduce incessant road accidents in the area.

The Unit Commander of FRSC, Mr Akeem Ganiya, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota.

Ganiya said that the relocation of the park and the market became necessary because of the defectiveness and steepness of the road from Lagos, Sango-Ota and Ilo-Awera axis.

He said that the government should provide urgent palliative measure to stem the continuous loss of lives and property on the road.

According to him, most casualties of auto crashes at the toll gate axis are motorcycle riders and passersby.

“The temporarily motor parks and market at the Ota Toll-Gate axis should be relocated.

“Even, if there will be accidents, the impact will be minimal,” he said.

The unit Commander reiterated the corps’ commitment to continue to collaborate with other sister agencies to save lives and property on the roads.

NAN reports that on May 14, a truck lost control at the toll gate due to brake failure and killed two persons and injured seven.

Also, on May 21, two people died and six injured as a result of brake failure from a articulate trailer, while on May 23, a trailer had brake failure and two persons were killed and one injured. 

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2 dead,1 injured in Ogun auto crash

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun on Saturday said that two passerbys died while another sustained injuries in a multiple accident at Toll-Gate in Sango-Ota,Ogun.

FRSC State Sector Commander in Ogun, Mr Clement Oladele, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the accident happened about 12.37 p.m.

He said that a Mack tanker with no registration number, coming from Lagos, lost control due to brake failure and rammed into a MACH articulated vehicle.

According to him, the registration number of the articulated vehicle is AAA 448 XJ, while the third vehicle, another articulated vehicle is marked GN-1276.

Oladele said that the victims, who were bystanders, comprised of two male adults who died, while the female adult sustained various degrees of injuries.

“The corpses of the two victims have been deposited at the Ifo General Hospital mortuary, while the injured person is receiving treatment at the General Hospital Ota,” he said.

Oladele said the crash was avoidable if the truck was mechanically sound and roadworthy.

He noted that the accident occurred at a bad spot, which required utmost care while driving around that portion of the road.

Oladele condoled with the families of the victims and enjoined them to contact the FRSC Command in Ota for details of the crash, and to reclaim the belongings of the victims recovered from the scene.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Ogun Govt extends lockdown by another week

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Ogun Government has yet again extended the existing lockdown by another week.

Gov Dapo Abiodun made this known while briefing journalists on Friday in Abeokuta.

He maintained that the state was constrained to extend the lockdown for another week as it continued to record more cases of the Coronavirus.

According to the governor, it is a painful but necessary decision that has to be taken to maintain the balance between lives and livelihood.

“We cannot ignore the fact that we are having a sudden rise in the number of new cases. We all decried an increase of 30 per cent last week when I was giving the weekly update.

“This week’s increase of over 37 per cent is even more worrisome, particularly as we are still under an eased lockdown, and considering the demography and location of the confirmed cases, we can confirm that community transmission is on the increase in our state.

“I have to state that after all considerations, we are constrained to take the painful, but necessary decision to continue the eased lockdown of Ogun State for another one week till Sunday, May 31.

“As we have always maintained the delicate balance between lives and livelihood, we will continue to have our window of relaxation, from 7 am to 5 pm on Monday, 25th May; Wednesday, 27th May, and Friday, 29th May.

“We must also bear in mind that the daily curfew from 8 pm to 6 am and the ban on non-essential inter-state travel as directed by Mr President still stand,” he said.

Gov. Abiodun, however, said that the second phase, to begin from June 1, would be accompanied by a further ease of the lockdown and expansion of the windows of relaxation.

He said that the guidelines and details would be provided in due course.

The governor felicitated with the Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the Ramadan fasting, but cautioned them against any form of gathering.

He enjoined them to comply with directives of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs  and offer their Eid prayers at home.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: FRSC deploys 1,200 personnel in Ogun

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun on Friday said it had deployed 1,200 personnel for its special patrol operations to ensure a crash-free Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

The State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Clement Oladele, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun.

Oladele said that the 1,200 Regular Marshals were added to complement the daily enforcement of the presidential directive on COVID-19 operations in the state.

According to him, a total of 36 patrol vehicles, five advance Life Support Ambulances, four high capacity Patrol motor bikes and a Heavy Duty Tow Truck had been deployed for the exercise.

He said the exercise would hold between Friday and May 30 to check the excesses of motorists during the Sallah festival.

” The FRSC operations will include continuous collaboration with sister security agencies in implementing the COVID – 19 directives issued by both the Federal and Ogun State Governments,” he said.

The exercise, he said, would prevent overloading of vehicles with passengers and goods, enforce physical distancing, ensure compulsory use of face masks as well as restrict movements across Ogun during the period of the curfew.

Oladele said the exercise would also prioritise giving prompt attention and care to victims of road traffic crashes and immediate removal of road obstructions with recoveries of valuables from scenes of road traffic crashes and handing them over to their lawful owners.

The FRSC boss enjoined all the operatives to display high level of diligence and professionalism during and after the special operations.

Oladele also warned that erring motorists arrested for contravention of traffic rules risk prosecution by special mobile courts.

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Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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Immigration arrest 14 Togolese, 10 Nigerians at Ogun border

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The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Ogun Command, has arrested 14 Togolese and 10 Nigerians at Ajilete and Ilase border posts in the state.

The NIS Spokesman, Mr Sunday James, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.

The Comptroller, Ogun State Command, Mr Kunle Osisanya, said that the arrest were made by NIS operatives in line with Federal Government directives.

According to Osisanya, the 14 Togolese, comprising eight female adults and six minors, were arrested in a J5 bus at Ajilete, in Ogun.

“The other 10 were arrested at Ilase, also in Ogun State, and out of the 10, five were victims of human trafficking.

“Hence, they will be handed over to NAPTIP for defying the directive of government on closure of land borders,” he said.

Osisanya said that the arrested persons  had been profiled accordingly by health officials in line with NCDC medical procedures and subjected them to COVID-19 test.

He said that the NIS Comptroller General, Mr Muhammad Babandede, complimented the officers for being gallant and professional.

He commended the efforts of the officers, noting that, some of the arrest were made along illegal points created by the human smugglers.

He, however, charged them to up the tempo of their patrol as the service would continue to ensure safety of the nation.

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Ogun govt. partners private aquaculture firm to enhance food security

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The Ogun government says arrangements have been concluded to partner with a fishery firm, Premium Aquaculture Ltd. to promote fish  value chain and enhance food security in the state.

Dr Adeola Odedina, the Commissioner for Agriculture, said the partnership with the firm, being one of the largest Tilapia fish farms in the country, would also help to generate employment for youths, apart from boosting food security.

Odedina disclosed this when he led a team from the ministry to the aquaculture farm at Oyan Dam under Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority on Wednesday.

He said that the partnership was necessitated by the Ogun State COVID-19 response plan to support food production and processing locations across the state.

The commissioner said that the aquaculture firms had the potential for food value chain opportunity that would train young people.

He said that government would provide necessary support for the identified firms to boost its food security agenda and meet the envisaged food crisis after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the envisaged food crisis, what we are doing in Ogun state is that we have an approved Agricultural COVID-19 Response Plan and prime among them is to visit to all food production and processing locations.

“So that the state will continue to provide support and our revised agenda on COVID-19 will run smoothly, food security will go on as well as our agenda for the youths,” Odedina said.

He, however expressed the government’s readiness to support small holder farmers to sustain their market, adding that they would be taught on best aquaculture practices.

He said that the support would help to achieve the food security agenda and continue to maintain the state government’s food security programme irrespective of the current global challenge.

Odedina said that since the beginning of lockdown, government had been visiting some food processing companies to see areas of partnership toward ensuring adequate food sufficiency.

He said that the Aquaculture Firm with a production capacity of 10 million tilapia fish would serve both the local and international markets as well as provide jobs for the youths.

“Since the beginning of this pandemic, we have been visiting food processing companies for possible areas of partnership.

“We are contributing our quota to food security and how much employment we can generate as they partner with us in training our young people,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Dotun Sorunke, said that the visit was to assess water assets that abound in the state and proffer ways of harnessing them and come out with innovative technology that would  benefit youth farmers in the state.

“We are going round to assess water and resources in Ogun state, so we can harness them. The companies here are using innovations and technology in aquaculture and we want our youths to key into it,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the firm, Mr Govinda Raju Siddagangaiah, disclosed that the farm has 200 metric tonnes production capacity, adding that it also produces frozen tilapia fish.

He, however, commended the team for the visit, promising to do more to meet envisaged food challenge in the postCOVID-19 era.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Grace Yussuf (NAN)

 

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Students commend commissioners’ contributions to rapid devt in Ogun

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The National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS) has commended the Commissioner for Women Affairs and her Agriculture counterpart, Mrs Funmi Efuwape and Dr Adeola Odedina respectively for their contributions to the state’s rapid development.

The National President of the association, Mr Gbemileke Ogunrombi, gave the commendation in Abeokuta on Thursday.

Ogunrombi explained that, though, more was still expected, it was important to commend and appreciate good job which would spur others to put in more efforts.

He said that Odedina had been at the forefront of the economic survival of the state through the Agric Ministry’s various projects while Efuwape had been at the forefront of empowering women to cushion the effect of the lockdown on them.

He noted that the efforts of Efuwape in the distribution of palliatives to the less privileged, especially widows, single mothers and the aged were commendable.

Ogunrombi said that the commissioners had shown exemplary character with their commitment in improving the living standard of the people of the state.

He added that the commissioner for agriculture had been sustaining the economic development of the state through his ministry’s various farm projects.

According to him, Odedina has brought to the fore, his vast experience in the agricultural sector and applied this knowledge to develop the state agriculture sector.

“Odedina has galvanised the agric sector in the state through Public Private Partnership. He has revived the almost dead sector and made agriculture more attractive for the unemployed youth.

“Notable among the achievements of the ministry is the facilitation of the CBN’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme. The 108,000 broiler project which saw over 9,000 youths’ enrolment, the Eggua rice project and the Tilapia fish project,” Ogunrombi said in a statement.

He explained that the exemplary character exhibited by the commissioners was not only commendable but also worthy of emulation by others.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

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Makinde appoints AK Togun Chairman Oyo ‘Amotekun’

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has appointed retired Gen. Ajibola Kunle Togun as the Chairman of the Oyo State Security Network, code-named Amotekun.

A statement signed by Moses Alao, Special Assistant to Makinde on Print Media, also indicated that Col. Olayanju Bisiriyu Olayinka (Rtd) was appointed as the Commandant of the security outfit.

According to the statement, the two retired military officers will oversee the state security network which was put in place to check insecurity in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Makinde on March 10, signed the State Security Network Agency (Amotekun) Bill, 2020 into law.

The governor remarked that the initiative was purely to complement the existing security agencies in tackling security challenges and not a replacement for the existing ones.

Vehicles and other equipment for use by the security outfit have been procured and expected that the appointment of the Chairman and Commandant for the outfit would pave way for its operations in the state.

The statement further reads, “The new chairman of the outfit, Gen. Togun, retired from the military having served as Director of Military Intelligence and former Deputy Director-General of the State Security Service.

“Togun, who attended the Government College, Ibadan, and Mount Olivet High School, Oyo, studied Zoology at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, between 1964 and 1968, before joining the Nigerian Army in 1968, where he served in the Awka Sector during the Nigerian Civil War.

“He was the first non-American Army Officer to score 100 percent in a military subject at the aptitude level.

“He served in various positions in the Army, including Presidential Guards, Dodan Barracks, Lagos; Defence Adviser in the Nigerian Embassy, Cotonou in 1979; Battalion Commander; Brigade Commander, Director of Military Intelligence.

“Similarly, the newly appointed Commandant of the Oyo State Amotekun outfit, Col. Olayinka (rtd), has several years of experience in the military, having served as Assistant Director, British Military Advisory Training Team, Defense Headquarters, Abuja;

“Deputy Chief of Staff (Logistics), Headquarters 2 Div, Nigerian Army, Ibadan and Sector Commander, Operation Safe Haven, Plateau State, among others.

“He began his military training at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji, Nigeria, in 1993, and holds a Higher Defense Management and National Security certification from the National Defense College, Abuja.

“He also holds a Masters of Strategic Studies certificate from the University of Ibadan, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and Security Studies from the National Open University, Abuja.

He also holds a Professional Diploma in Safety and Security Management from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, among other educational and professional certificates.

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Ogun auto crash leaves 2 dead, 6 injured

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The Ogun Command of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said that two persons died while six sustained injuries in a multiple accident along Toll-gate,Sango-Ota, on Wednesday.

The State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Clement Oladele, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota that the accident happened about 5.38 p.m.

Oladele said that an Iveco truck with registration number AAA 214 XL, coming from Ilo-Awera road toward Toll-gate, lost control due to brake failure and rammed into two vehicles and two Bajaj motorcycles.

The sector Commander listed other vehicles involved in the accident to include a Volkswagen bus with registration no.KJA 929  XG and a commuter bus with number KRD 835 XU,

One of the Bajaj motorcycles is marked  DED64 QG, while the second has no registration number.

He said that 18 persons comprising 16 male and two female were involved in the multiple accident that led to the death of two male adults.

Oladele said five male adults and a female adult sustained various degrees of injuries.

“The corpses of the victims have been deposited at General Hospital, Ifo, while the survivors are receiving treatment at General Hospital, Ota in Ogun,” he said.

 Oladele commiserated with the victims of the crash, and urged vehicle operators, especially those of  articulated vehicles, to ensure their vehicles are in good condition before plying the roads .

The FRSC boss advised members of the public whose relations travelled in the ill-fated vehicles to contact the FRSC Command at Ota, or the two aforementioned hospitals for detailed  information about the crash.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Buhari congratulates Dr Olagunju Ogunbiyi on recovery from COVID-19

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a message of congratulations to Dr. Olagunju Ogunbiyi, the distinguished Nigerian Consultant Surgeon on his discharge from hospital in London after recovering from COVID-19.

President Buhari, in a congratulatory message released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, on behalf of all Nigerians wished Dr. Ogunbiyi quick recuperation and early return to work

Ogunbiyi has taught several generations of UK doctors and is an eminent surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital, one of London’s leading reference hospitals.

He was under care for two and a half weeks and has now completely recovered.

A hospital source said Dr Ogunbiyi was “irreplaceable” – such was the regard he was held in the UK healthcare community.

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Interstate movement: FRSC turns back 1,292 vehicles from Lagos, Ogun boundaries

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), says it has turned back 1,292 vehicles from Ogun and Lagos States’ boundaries in the last two weeks, while enforcing the Federal Government’s restrictions on interstate movements.

Mr Samuel Obayemi, FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of the two states, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos that the statistics covered the first phase of the lockdown ease in both states.

Obayemi, an Assistant Corps Marshal, said that the operatives of the corps, turned back 369 vehicles at the Lagos boundaries and 923 vehicles at Ogun boundaries between May 4 and May 17 of the lockdown ease.

According to him, the corps recorded 26 road traffic crashes that claimed 11 lives and injured 61 people during the period.

“The zone has not relented on its oars in fulfilling our mandates, especially the Federal Government’s order as regards the ban on interstate movement to curb further spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

“The FRSC operatives turned back a total of 1,292 vehicles to their originating places at both Ogun and Lagos borders.

“We stopped 1,097 vehicles for routine check in the first phase of lockdown ease between May 4 and May 17.

“The zone also recorded 15 crashes in Lagos State where seven people were killed and 31 injured.

“Meanwhile in Ogun State, we recorded 11 crashes which claimed four lives and injured 30 people.

“As the second phase of the lockdown ease commence yesterday (Monday), we will continue to do our jobs of enforcing the Federal Government’s ban on interstate movement, except for essential services or commodities,” he said.

Obayemi, who warned against overloading, said that the zone arrested 395 overloaded vehicles in two weeks of the lockdown ease.

According to him, motorists and commuters should know that the ban on interstate movement is still in force.

The zonal commanding officer urged road users to drive carefully and take responsibility for their own safety on the roads.

NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari, had announced the gradual easing of the lockdown of Lagos, Ogun and Abuja, from May 4 to May 17.

The president, also placed ban on interstate movements, except for essential services to checkmate further spread of the virus in the country.

However, on Monday, Boss Mustapha, the Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, announced the extension of the gradual ease and ban on interstate movement for another two weeks, from May 17 to June 1.

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Lockdown: Police warn Ogun residents against flouting inter-state movement ban

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The Police Command in Ogun, has warned residents against flouting the ban on inter-state movement, put in place to prevent further spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Public Relations Officer (PRO), of the command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Ota, Ogun, on Monday.

Oyeyemi said that the warning became necessary because the command would not hesitate to make violators face the full wrath of the law.

He said a good number of people, that he could not readily ascertain, had been arrested and prosecuted in different parts of the state by mobile courts for flouting the order.

The PRO therefore, said: “Anybody who does not have any reasonable purpose of moving around should stay wherever they are to avoid contracting or spreading the virus.”

He noted that the Federal Government had put the inter-state movement ban in place, to curb spread of the deadly virus in the overall interest of Nigerians.

The spokesman solicited the cooperation and support of the people of the state in fighting and winning the war against the pandemic.

Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

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Media mogul, Deji Osibogun, quits Yoruba World Congress

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A renowned media mogul and convener of a Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Yoruba Ko’ya Movement, Deji Osibogun, has resigned his position as the Organizing Secretary of Yoruba World Congress (YWC).

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that YWC is an umbrella body of about 100 Yoruba Socio-cultural groups within and beyond Nigeria with Emeritus Professor of History, Banji Akintoye, as its President-General.

In a letter addressed to Akintoye, Osibogun said he considered it worthy of quitting as the group’s Organizing Secretary to pave the way for others to contribute their quota to the development of Yoruba Land.

“I am positive that in the inner recess of your mind and conscience you will agree that this is a positive decision taken to allow me to continue to contribute to the progress of Yoruba land.

“After working for the establishment of Yoruba World Congress and your emergence as its Leader, I think it is time to move on and allow others to play their part,” he said.

Osibogun appreciated the opportunity given to contribute to the development of Yoruba land.

He assured that he would continue to contribute his quota to the emergence of the Yoruba Nation.

“I thank you for the opportunity of working with you; it has been a lifetime learning experience.

“Be rest assured that I will continue to contribute my quota to the emergence of the Yoruba Nation,” he said.

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Gov. Abiodun pledges to ensure students’ welfare in Ogun

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Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has assured students in the state of adequate welfare package during the lockdown in place as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Abiodun gave the assurance on Sunday, during the distribution of relief materials to some students of Gateway ICT Polytechnic, Igbesa in Ado Odo Ota Local Government Area of the state.

The governor,  represented by his Special Assistant on Students’ Matters,  Azeez Adeyemi, said the state remained concerned about the welfare of students.

Abiodun said that the government would do all within its capacity to ensure that the students enjoyed dividends of democracy.

He said that the ongoing distribution of palliatives to students who were  stranded across tertiary institutions in the state was to cushion the effects of the hardship caused by the  lockdown in the state.

The governor urged the students to always  express their views, opinions and thoughts on how the state could  better fight the spread of COVID-19 .

Abiodun assured  that their opinions would be taken into consideration whenever any decision was being made by the State Executive Council or the COVID-19 Taskforce.

He said that his administration was committed to returning the lost glory of the education sector in the state, and students remained a key factor in achieving the goal.

The governor reiterated  that the government was doing everything possible to rid the state of Coronavirus, urging  the people to cooperate in its efforts to win the war.

He warned residents of the state against violating the compulsory use of face masks in public and the lockdown order, while they must always maintain social distancing.

Abiodun said that the only way to fight  spread of the  COVID-19 was by adhering strictly to the various precautionary measures put in place by the government.

“It is important for people to know that the only way for the state to win the war against COVID-19 is by adhering strictly to the various precautionary measures put in place by the government.

“The measures are not there to punish or inflict pains on anyone but they are there for the good of the entire people of the state, therefore, I urge you all to comply with them,” he said.

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Lockdown: FRSC arrests 776 offenders in Ogun

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun Command, on Sunday said about 776  traffic offenders were apprehended for various offences during the lockdown order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The State Sector Commander, Mr Clement Oladele, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun.

According to him, the special patrol operations stopped and checked 6,546 vehicles out of which 2,571 were sent back to their various destinations for violating the interstate lockdown order.

Oladele said that out of the 776 apprehended, 110 were arrested for overloading and contravening traffic rules and regulations.

The sector commander said that the exercise was made possible through the joint operations of sister agencies to enforce the lockdown order.

“The erring motorists were arrested and prosecuted by the Special Mobile Courts, while their penalties ranged from fines to community service.

”The community service could be four hours of sweeping the road, washing road bridges and clearing of drainage channels among others,” he said.

Oladele said that the punishments were meant to serve as deterrent to other road users and prevent people from flouting the lockdown order.

The FRSC boss said it was necessary for motorists to adhere strictly to the interstate directive to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

He said that the agency would continue to enforce the lockdown order with other sister agencies in the state.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

 

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Ogun Mobile Court convicts 67, fines 33 for violating stay-at-home order

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The Ogun Mobile Magistrate Court on Saturday convicted 67 people and order them to engage in community service for four hours, involving sweeping, picking of refuse and cutting of grass.

They were among the 103 people arraigned before Magistrate Jide Ilo, who presided over the mobile court sitting in Abeokuta, for violating the stay-at-home order by the state government.

Ilo also awarded fine of between N1,000 and N2,000 to 33 other violators, while three others were discharged following their genuine reasons for not staying at home.

Their prosecution and conviction were parts of the measures put in place by the state government to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the violators were arrested at Lafenwa and Ito-Osin areas of Abeokuta by the State COVID-19 Security Task Force.

They were arrested for disobeying the lockdown order and non-compliance with the compulsory use of face masks, while in the public in accordance with the state government’s directives.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Ogun extends lockdown by 1 more week

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The Ogun government says it will extend the current lockdown in the state by another one week.

Gov. Dapo Abiodun made this known while addressing journalists on Friday evening in Abeokuta.

He said it had become expedient to further add another week to the lockdown in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

He attributed the rise in the number of cases to the expanded testing capacity of the state, which is 450 per day, and stubborn residents who have continued to flout orders put in place to flatten the curve of the virus.

He noted that the relaxation windows of lockdown would follow the existing pattern of Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays till May 24.

“Consequently in view of the evidence of community transmission and poor compliance with the lockdown measures, we are constrained to extend the lockdown for another week till Sunday 24th of May.

“The current pattern of lockdown, with relaxation windows from 7.00a.m. to 5.00p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday continues.

“We must also bear in mind that the daily curfew from 8p.m. to 6a.m. and the ban on non-essential inter-state travel as directed by Mr President still stands,” he said.

Abiodun, however, said the level of compliance with the lockdown measures would continue to be monitored.

“Hopefully, there will be positive developments that will enable us further ease the lockdown at the end of this new lockdown period,” he said.

The governor added that the extended lockdown came as a result of a public opinion poll which, according to him, had 53 per cent in support of the continuation, while 43 per cent wanted a review just as 4 per cent were undecided.

He urged residents to be compliant with all the laid down rules and regulations, saying it should be seen as a moral responsibility and civic duty.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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8,000 health workers in Ogun get life insurance

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The Ogun government  says more than 8,000 health workers have been enrolled for life insurance policy in order to further motivate those working on the frontlines against COVID-19.

Dr Tomi Coker, the Commissioner for Health in the state, said this on Friday in Abeokuta while briefing members of the House of Assembly on government’s efforts to curtail the spread of the pandemic.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the assembly had on Wednesday summoned the commissioner and her Special Duties counterpart to come and explain  the administration’s initiatives on checking the spread of the virus.

Coker added that government had  finalised an incentive package for the health workers.

She also said 700 contacts had been tested, out of which 137 were confirmed positive while 59 were treated and discharged.

The commissioner further said there were 70 active cases while five deaths were recorded.

Coker noted that the available facilities at the isolation centres had made response to the pandemic steady in the state.

According to her, Sagamu and Ikenne have one centre each while three are in Abeokuta,

She said the centres were established in line with international best practices in being sited close to tertiary health facilities.

The Commissioner for Special Duties , Mr  Femi Ogunbanwo, on his part, said no fewer than 60,000 school pupils currently at home would be fed within the next two weeks under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme of the Federal Government.

Ogunbanwo explained that the intervention would be carried out in collaboration with relevant stakeholders including the Parents/Teachers Association and local government councils at the 290 designated distribution centres in wards  across the state.

He added that more than 2, 400 households in the state had been enlisted in the Conditional Cash Transfer initiative of the Federal Government.

Responding, the Speaker, Mr Olakunle Oluomo,  challenged the commissioners to improve on every measure aimed at combating the spread of the virus.

Oluomo  reiterated that the Ninth Assembly would continue to collaborate with the executive in ensuring that the state flattened the curve of the pandemic.

He urged residents of the state to adhere strictly to the guidelines set by government to curtail the spread of the virus.

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Edited By: Angela Okisor/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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Ogun CP commends security personnel over lockdown enforcement

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The Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Kenneth Ebrimson, has commended  security personnel in the state for effectively enforcing government’s  measures to curb the  spread of the COVID-19.

Ebrimson gave  the commendation in Ota on Friday while monitoring the lockdown in the community.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commissioner also visited other border communities   to monitor compliance with the restriction on movement.

The commissioner lauded police personnel as well as those in  Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps, FRSC and NSCDC for ensuring adherence to government’s directives.

Ebrimson urged the security personnel in different agencies to continue  to work together to enforce the restriction order as well as fight crimes.

He also warned the personnel against misuse of power while enforcing the order, urging that they should ensure that the rights of residents were not violated.

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Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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