Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has approved the appointment of Mr Kamil Akinlabi, a former member of the House of Representatives, as the Chairman of the Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA).
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
Akinlabi, who served as member of the House of Representatives between 2007 and 2015, was until his appointment a member of the Oyo State Advisory Council.
He holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Quantity Surveying from The Polytechnic, Ibadan, and is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors.
The statement said the appointment was with immediate effect.
(Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Mufutau Ojo)
Ogun Governorship Election: Appeal Court reserves judgment in Akinlabi’s appeal against Abiodun
The Court of Appeal in Ibadan has reserved judgment in an appeal filed by Mr Adekunle Alabi of Allied People’s Movement (APM) against the victory of Mr Dapo Abiodun of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the March 9 governorship election in Ogun State.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Akinlabi appealed the Sept. 4 judgment of the Election Petition Tribunal in Abeokuta that upheld the victory of Abiodun as the Ogun State governor.
NAN reports that other respondents in the appeal are the APC and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The five man panel of the appeal court Presided over by Justice Abubakar Yahaya reserved judgment after listening to the argument of all the parties.
Yahaya said that judgment that would be communicated to the counsel.
Earlier, the lead Counsel to APM, Mr Sebastine Hon (SAN), said Abiodun submitted a false academic qualification to aid his qualification to contest the 2019 governorship election.
Hon contented that there was a difference between what he wrote in the form CFO submitted in 2015 to contest the Senatorial election and the one submitted in 2019 for governorship election.
He said that Abiodun was not qualified to contest the governorship election base on his false qualification and urged the court to uphold the appeal.
In his argument, Abiodun’s counsel, Mr Taiwo Osipitan (SAN), said his client was qualified to contest the governorship election.
Osipitan said the issue of academic qualification was a pre-election matter which ought to have been brought to court within 14 days after the document was submitted.
He said that the appellants did not have any grounds of appeal and urged the court to dismiss the appeal.
Edited by Bayo Sekoni
COVID-19: Arik Air distributes food items to Lagos communities
Arik Air Ltd., on Tuesday distributed food items to residents of Ewu-Tuntun Community in Mafoluku and Orile Agege Local Council Development Area of Lagos State to cushion effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the residents.
Mr Sylvester Egogo, the Business Head, West and Central Africa of Arik, said it was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility to support the communities and less privileged within its areas of operations.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 400 bags of 10kg rice and 400 bags of 10kg beans were distributed to the communities respectively.
“The situation in the country calls for concern and Arik managment is very much aware that government cannot do everything.
“We are not also trying to do everything, but supporting residents in various communities within our operations.
“Airlines have not been working for the past two months now, but we came to empathise with people to support in our own little way and also a way of giving back to the community,” he said.
Egogo said that the palliatives were channelled through the leaders of the communities, traditional rulers for effective administration, which he said was well coordinated.
He lauded the orderly conduct of the residents during the exercise.
Egogo enjoined them to obey the health advisory and protocols put in place by the government to contain the spread of the virus.
“We must continue to do the right thing by maintaining social distancing, washing our hands regularly and listen to information from the government and accredited agencies so that our lives can go back to normalcy,” he said.
In his remarks, Chief Nathaniel Osho, Chairman, Abolaji/Osundeyi CDA in Ewu-Tuntun, Mafoluku, commended Arik Air for the gesture, promising to distribute the food items effectively.
Also, Chief Oladele Akinlabi of Arigbanla Igbomedu in Orile-Agege, commended the airline’s support to the communities, assuring that the food items would be properly distributed.
Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
Oyo govt. warns community vigilantes against burning of tyres on tarred roads
Mr Kamil Akinlabi, Chairman, Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA), has warned community vigilantes and other people to desist from burning tyres on the roads across the state.
In a statement issued in Ibadan on Tuesday, Akinlabi noted that burning tyres on the roads usually created room for water to penetrate such roads, thus creating potholes.
He said the act would destroy the asphaltic layer of the roads, weaken them and shorten their lifespan.
“This has constituted additional problems, as some of the roads that we have recently rehabilitated or reconstructed are being spoilt by this act,” he said.
Akinlabi said that government was aware of the sacrifices being made by the people, particularly on the security challenges in some areas within the state, which had necessitated the burning of tyres on the roads.
He, however, said that such acts would only create additional problems on such roads.
The OYSROMA chairman, therefore, called on the people of the state to desist from the act, saying that roads and other government facilities should be protected for the benefit of all.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Ibarapa leaders petition Fasola, FERMA over deplorable Abeokuta-Iseyin road
Some leaders of Ibarapa zone in Oyo State, under the aegis of Concerned Ibarapa Leaders, have sought the intervention of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) over the deplorable state of Abeokuta-Iseyin road.
The leaders, in a letter dated March 14 and addressed to Mr Babatunde Fasola, the Minister of Works and Housing and the FERMA Managing Director, called for total rehabilitation and resurfacing of the road.
The letter, which was jointly signed, was made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Ibadan.
Among those who signed the letter were Hon. Tunde Adegbenjo, a former member, Oyo State House of Assembly, Chief Theophilus Adenrele, Chief Tunji Fadairo, Chief Lateef Akinsanya and Mr Katheer Azeez.
Others are Mr Akinyemi Akinlabi, Mr Fatai Adesina and Mr Adeloore Atanda, all former chairmen of Ibarapa Central, Ibarapa North and Ibarapa East Local Government councils respectively.
NAN reports that the 60-kilometre Abeokuta-Iseyin road is a part of the earlier designed Badagry-Sokoto road, and it spanned across six local governments in Oyo and Ogun states.
The road was constructed between 1976 and 1979 by the then military administrations of Gen. Muritala Muhammed and Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, with Strabag Nigeria Plc. as the major contractor.
Since the completion of the road over 40 years ago, it has not received any maintenance, resurfacing, repair or rehabilitation.
“Presently, the road has become a death trap for many users. Almost every metre of the road has at least two dangerous potholes. The deplorable condition of the road has made it the workshop of armed robbers and assassins,” the letter said.
The leaders recalled that on Jan. 23, Alhaji Fatai Yusuff, popularly known as Oko Oloyun, was gruesomely murdered at one of the dark spots on the road.
According to the letter, “Many people have been kidnapped on these dark spots in the past. Apart from this, there had been several accidents, leading to deaths, injuries and deformations of innocent citizens.
“Accidents on this road have also caused several farm produce being transported to cities to be wasted, in addition to having the cost of their haulage and transportation permanently high.”
They sought the intervention of the agency for the complete rehabilitation and resurfacing of the entire road, covering about 60 kilometres.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
Coronavirus: Lagos lawmaker distributes 10,000 sanitisers to constituents
A lawmaker, Mr Gholahan Yishawu, says he has distributed 10,000 sanitisers to his constituents as part of the efforts to contain the spread of Coronavirus pandemic in his constituency.
Yishawu, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Eti-Osa II, made this known on Tuesday during the awareness campaign in Eti-Osa area of Lagos.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the exercise was tagged: “GOY Coronavirus Awareness Campaign”.
Yishawu said that about 10,000 sanitisers with leaflets containing information on Covid-19 had been distributed so far since the exercise commenced few days ago.
The lawmaker, who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, explained that the idea was to complement the efforts of the state government.
“We have done a lot of awareness campaign to inform our people on the need to take preventive measures by regularly washing their hands with soup and sanitisers.
“At this time, all hands must be on deck to prevent Covid-19 in Nigeria and Lagos State,” he said.
A beneficiary, Mrs Semiat Akinlabi, appreciated the lawmaker for his kind gesture, urging other lawmakers to do same in their respective constituents.
Also, Mrs Alice Yusuf, expressed her gratitude to the lawmaker, saying that she did not expect him to give them sanitisers after creating awareness on how to protect themselves.
Yusuf said sanitiser was currently scarce due to the high demand for it, which was the reason its price was on the high side in the market.
According to her, we want to appreciate our lawmaker for deeming it fit to do this. It shows his concern to his constituents.
NAN reports that Covid-19 spreads between people through direct contact with the body fluids of an infected person and through airborne droplets.
Part of the prevention of the virus include: washing of hands regularly with soap and running water and sanitise it.
Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye
Court remands painter for allegedly beating wife to death
A Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered that a 45-year-old painter, Akinwale Akinlabi, who allegedly beat his wife to death, be remanded in a Custodial Centre.
Chief Magistrate K.B. Ayeye, who did not take the plea of Akinlabi
ordered that the case file be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advice.
Ayeye adjourned the case until July 28 for mention.
The defendant is charged with homicide.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, ASP Thomas Nurudeen, told the court that the defendant committed the offence at 8a.m. on Feb. 2, at Ijaiye Ojokoro area of Lagos.
Nurudeen said that the defendant and his deceased wife, Tope, had a quarrel over the volume of a radio, which resulted a fight.
He said the defendant pushed the deceased, who hit her head on the edge of a table and died on the way to the
Nurudeen said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 222 the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 222 stipulates death for murder.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor /Sadiya Hamza
Again, court orders EFCC to release of Okupe’s international passport
The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, ordered the release of the international passport of Doyin Okupe, former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, to enable him travel abroad for medical treatment.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, who granted the application, said she took the decision after careful consideration of the arguments of counsel to the parties in the suit.
Nigeria News Agency reports that Okupe, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), is facing a 59-count charge bordering on money laundering, criminal breach of trust to the tune of N702 million.
While Okupe is the 1st defendant, Value Trust Investment Ltd and Abraham Telecoms Ltd are 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively in the suit.
Okupe, through his counsel, Akinlabi Akingbade, had, on Feb. 11, filed a motion, seeking the court order to travel to the United Kingdom (UK) for medical treatment between March 10 and May 24.
He also sought an order for the release of his international passport no: A (Phone/Email) to enable him embark on the trip.
Akingbade, in his argument, said since Okupe was granted bail by court on Jan. 14, 2019, he had always attended all sittings and had not violated the terms of his bail.
The lawyer told the court that his client had the history of sick sinus syndrome which required a pacemaker implant.
“A cardiac pacemaker was consequently implanted on June 25, 2015, and the 1st defendant has required regular follow up check-ups with his doctors ever since,” he said.
Akingbade, who reminded that Okupe had before complied with terms of his undertaking when the court, on June 26, 2019, granted a similar application to travel abroad, said he would resubmit his travel documents upon return to Nigeria to stand his trial.
The lawyer drew the court’s attention to what he called, “scandalous claim” made by EFCC’s counsel in his written address, that “politicians want to travel abroad so as to relax with white ladies in Bahamas.”
However, Ibrahim Audu, counsel to EFCC, urged the court to discountenance Okupe’s plea.
He argued that the request was a ploy to delay proceedings in the matter.
Audu explained to the court that the video of the allegation he mentioned in his written address had been trending online.
He said that Okupe only had appointment with his doctors on March 12.
“My Lord, this is a criminal trial and for the applicant to be away for 8 weeks is unreasonable,” he said.
Audu told the court that “there are good hospitals in the country to attend to him.”
Justice Ojukwu, in her ruling, rebuked Audu for telling her to “take judicial note of a trending video” in his argument.
“It is not something you should put in your written address,” she said.
She said in as much as the prosecution counsel would have wanted Okupe
treated in Nigeria, “in reality, we do not have good hospital in the country” to attend to some medical concerns.
“Perhaps, if we have good hospitals, people would not travel abroad,” she said.
The judge, who ordered the release of Okupe’s international passport, ruled that the applicant should travel between March 7 and April 30.
She also held that the applicant should submit the travel document within seven days of return.
Justice Ojukwu, then, adjourned until May 19 and 20 for trial continuation.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
OYRTMA to partner LGs, LCDAs on rehabilitation of rural roads
The Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA) says it is partnering with all the local government councils and local council development areas (LCDAs) in the state on road rehabilitation.
This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday in Ibadan by the state Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.
The statement quoted Mr Kamil Akinlabi, the Chairman of OYSROMA, as saying this during his visit to the agency’s zonal operational office in Ibarapa, Oke-Ogun, Oyo and Ogbomoso.
Akinlabi said that the collaboration would foster accelerated execution of road repairs in rural communities, asserting that such partnership could not be underestimated in planning and execution of road rehabilitation.
“We cannot underestimate the efforts of our local government councils in the planning and logistics; so we shall collaborate with them in all our projects, for accelerated execution.
“The rural communities hold the ace in the development of the state, as most of the wealth-creating resources are in the rural areas.
“Agriculture can only thrive if the rural roads are well paved for transportation of farm produce; this will empower farmers and open up opportunities for youths to get empowerment through farming and other natural resources.
“So all we crave for is the support and collaboration of the council administrations and community leaders,” he stated.
The OYSTROMA chairman said that government would procure necessary equipment to facilitate road rehabilitation in all the zones, adding that personnel would be deployed to all the zones for ease of operation.
Akinlabi called on all the caretaker chairmen, community leaders and the people in all the zones to see road facilities as theirs, saying that their cooperation and support were necessary to make the operations of the agency hitch-free.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
Oyo govt. cautions residents against destruction of public facilities
The Oyo State Government has cautioned residents of the state against destruction of public facilities.
A statement issued on Sunday in Ibadan by the State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism advised them to have attitudinal change on acts that are detrimental to growth and sustenance of public facilities.
The statement quoted Mr Kamil Akinlabi, the Chairman, Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA), as giving the admonition, in Ibadan on Sunday.
Akinlabi also warned against burning of tyres on the roads during protests, saying such weakens the road asphalt and reduce the lifespan of the roads.
He said that there were other peaceful and non-destructive means to protest instead of destroying public facilities in disguise.
OYSROMA boss further urged the general public to consider public facilities as their own and refrain from acts capable of destroying them.
He also implored all residents of the state to imbibe maintenance culture to make public facilities last longer.
He disclosed that the management of the agency would embark on visitation to the agency zonal offices in the state to see the state of roads and areas that would need intervention.
He said the visitation would help the agency to have a first hand information and on the spot assessment of facilities in each of the four zones which include Ibarapa, Oke-Ogun, Oyo and Ogbomosho,
with a view to improving on them.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Isaac Aregbesola
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