Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State says the sustainable peace and security enjoyed by residents of the state in the last eight years were resultant effects of the several initiatives evolved by his administration.
He made the disclosure on Thursday during a Public lecture and Fellowship Investiture organised by the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP) at the Subomi Balogun Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor delivered a lecture entitled: `Peace and Security Architecture for Sustainable Development in Oyo State.’
NAN also reports that the governor was honoured as a distinguished fellow of the society at the lecture.
Ajimobi said that his administration on assumption of office in 2011 took the restoration of peace and security as a priority, adding that the state was before then known as a `garrison’.
“As part of efforts to restore peace and security, we tamed NURTW perennial crisis, established Joint Security Task Force known as `Operation Burst’ and the first Security Trust Fund in the state.
“We also set up Oyo State Safe City Project which allowed installation of surveillance camera,’’ he said.
The governor also said his administration tamed the perennial crisis of NURTW leadership in the state, expressing satisfaction that his administration would be handing over a peaceful state.
He counseled his successor to take the issue of peace and security seriously, urging him not allow the state return to the era of brigandage.
“When I came in 2011 and the leadership of NURTW visited me, they told me they were for me and I said no! I am for peace. I warned them not to foment any trouble or they would be arrested and jailed.
“They conformed to the directive and peace was back. To make an omelette, you must break eggs. For you to make sustainable changes possible, you must step on toes.
“They grudgingnly agreed that the reign of terror had to stop and today we are talking about the prevalence of peace in the state.
“I make bold to say that if peace is the only achievement people will remember this administration for, I am happy for it,’’ he said.
Prof. Idowu Olayinka, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, said that none among other governors was more qualified for the honour than Ajimobi.
He hinged his judgment on the giant strides recorded by the governor in the area of peace and security which also led to immense growth in business.
“I know as of today that you cannot get any other person worthy of this honour than the governor.
” The point has been made that he occupied the Agodi Government House twice.
“When Ajimobi assumed office as the governor, there were only two universities in Ibadan. Today, there are many universities as well as many businesses which are indicative of presence of peace and tranquility which lead to the growth of commerce,’’ he said.
Earlier, Dr Nathaniel Danjubo, SPSP president, said the honour bestowed on the governor was based on the qualities he had demonstrated in governance.
He said that his administration had succeeded in taming the hitherto NURTW skirmishes, bank robberies and other notorious crimes in the state.
“We look out for individuals that have contributed to promotion of peace in the society. The society does not run after luxury and material things but credibility and human struggle to work and maintain peace,’’ he said.
Among Nigerians that had been honoured by SPSP as fellows of the society were a former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, a former governor of Niger, Aliyu Babangida and Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti.
COVID-19: Oyo CAN cautions Christians against flouting govt. directives
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Oyo State Chapter, has called on Christians in the state to comply with the all the directives of government including the lockdown of religious centres.
Akanmu said that it was important to make official statement to guide the leadership of various churches and fellowship centres, amidst misleading information which had rented the air.
“In a situation like this, it is pertinent that the CAN leadership in the state clear the air on misleading information circulating around to save followers from falling victims of fake news or misinformation.
“This, if not addressed, may eventually subject followers to severe punishment, as we all know that ignorance is not an excuse in the court of law,” Akanmu said.
He said that the Federal Government has done the appropriate thing by relaxing the measures to allow each state make decisions based on the current situation and report on COVID-19 pandemic in a particular state.
“As at today, the decision of Oyo government is to retain the restrictions earlier imposed on lockdown of religious centres, curfew from 8pm to 6am and on social gathering.
“As residents of the state, we all should adhere strictly to the state directives. As Christians, we must honour and obey government regardless of the motive behind the decision, order or policy — either in good or bad faith.
“Even in a situation where government deliberately work against the church, God did not permit us to disobey or involve in violence,” he warned.
“If we sincerely call for God’s intervention at this point, He will surely answer and set our nation free from the bondage of lockdown brought on us by the pandemic.
“Anything that is not of God, CAN will never support it. After all, it is the building that is lockdown, the spirit of Christ that dwell in us can not be silent,” he said.
Akanmu said that everything happens for good for those who trust in God, saying this was a period for the people to develop themselves spiritually.
“That’s why as Christian leaders we train followers of Christ to be adequately equipped with the words of God, prayer and walk in the righteous path.
“For no reason should any Christian go against the law and order of the government. I believe that the Lord will return all our losses during the COVID-19 period in multiple folds in Jesus name,” he said.
Buhari, Folarin mourn Oyo politician, Adelere
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the late Pa Adelere, an elder statesman and commited follower of Chief Obafemi Awolowo from Iseyin Local Government Area, died on Friday, aged 90.
late frontline politician believed and worked for the progress of Iseyin, Oke-Ogun and Oyo State as a whole.
He described the deceased politician as a giant and one of the surviving disciples of the Awolowo school of thought.
“Even after the demise of the late sage and when others abandoned the Awoist camp for other political philosophy, he remained steadily on the Awo progressive track,” he said.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport, described the late Adelere as a great politician who believed in serving humanity in one’s best ability.
According to him, “I had a very good relationship with Late Pa Adelere. He was a political leader and father who produced many worthy political leaders during his life time.”
Buhari prayed that God grant the soul of the political stalwart eternal rest and reward his good deeds on earth with Aljanna Firdaous.
The lawmaker also prayed that Allah uphold all members of his family left behind.
Gov. Makinde constitutes Oyo Credit Corporation, Sports Council
Special Assistant on Print Media, Moses Alao, announced to the appointment in a statement on Thursday.
“Jimoh, the newly appointed chairman of the state’s Agriculture Credit Corporation, attended Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin; University of Lagos, Akoka; Federal University of Technology, Owerri and Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State.
“Where he obtained NCE Technical, HND, PGD and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical/Electronics and Computer Engineering, respectively.
“He served as the Deputy Director-General of the PDP Campaign for Oyo North Senatorial District in 2019,” the statement reads.
He said that the governor also approved the composition of the Oyo State Sports Council, with former Chairman of Ibadan North-East Local Government, Gbenga Adewusi, as chairman.
According to the statement, other members of the Oyo State Sports Council are Bello Tajudeen, Ogundele Quadri, Oguntoye Issac and Ogungbenro Fatai.
Others are Miss Omolabake Alabi, Makinde Adegboyega as General Manager and Director, Policy Coordination, Governor’s Office.
“Adewusi is a graduate of Human Kinetics from University of Ibadan and a former Sports Trainer to President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Oyo gets new Customary Court of Appeal President
Oyo state governor Seyi Makinde on Thursday swore in Justice Aderonke Aderemi as the President of the Customary Court of Appeal with a charge on people in positions of authority to always act with humility and “a sense of tomorrow”.
“Whatever position anyone occupies is only temporary. We must always know that tomorrow will come when you will be out and have to give an account,” Makinde said at the ceremony.
Makinde urged Aderemi to use the new position to ensure that justice was served and in a timely manner.
While congratulating the new officer, Makinde said that his appointment was a clear demonstration of the fact that the state government was committed to doing what was right “without any political or religious coloration or gender bias”.
“If you look at all the Justices here, they are women. If you also look at the first five officials of the government, two are women. That is how I really feel we should operate, because whatever position we are occupying is just temporary.
“I will leave my position as the governor of the state and your tenure will end one day, but I pray you will end well.
“I want to use you as a point of contact to officials and leaders occupying positions of authority. We must have that sense of humility and do what is right all the times.
“I don’t have any doubt that in your current position, not only will justice be served, it will be served in a timely manner. I wish you a successful tenure,” Makinde stated.
Speaking with newsmen, Justice Aderemi promised to put in her best to ensure speedy dispensation of justice.
“I will put in my best as I have always done and continue to do my duty very well. I promise that cases will be attended to on time.
“My colleagues are working very hard and should continue to put in their best. We have a backlog of cases and shall deal with them on time.
“To the Customary Court of Appeal, the issue of COVID-19 is a challenge because we have to find a way by which we are going to be sitting without feeling that we are not safe.
“Now, we are going to be scheming; we will be having a case at a time. We won’t be having too many lawyers or litigants in the court room, so that we will be able to observe social distancing very well.
“On rape cases, we will first of all have to get to increase the jurisdiction of the Customary Court of Appeal before we can deal them.
“As women judges, we have gone round the whole country, sensitising the people on what it means and the need to train our children.
“When you talk about rape, it could be the man or woman being raped. So, we take care of everybody. That is what I am going to do when we get there.” She said.
Sports Festival: Oyo govt. rewards 2018 athletes, officials with N39m
The Oyo State government has rewarded the 242 athletes of the state who participated in the 2018 National Sports Festival, held in Abuja with N39 million.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the cash reward was given to the athletes and officials at the main bowl of the Lekan Salami Sports Complex on Thursday in Ibadan.
NAN also reports that the contingent secured eighth position at the festival, having won 16 gold, 36 silver and 45 bronze.
Mr Seun Fakorede, the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports, said that the gesture was part of Gov. Seyi Makinde’s efforts to engender sport development in the state.
Fakorede said that the gold medalists got N350,000 each and silver medalists N200,000 each, while bronze medalists were presented with N150,000 each.
“The coaches, who got gold medals received N200,000 each and N150,000 for silver medals, while those who got bronze medals received N100,000 each.
“The 15 sports officers got N100,000 each, while the medical personnel and allied officers received N50,000 each,” he said.
The commissioner, while saying that the gesture was a tip of the iceberg, added that lots of other gifts would be coming in the next few days for the contingent.
He lauded the governor for his love and commitment to sport development in the state.
Oyo police seek information on killers of 18-yr-old Bello
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Barakat, a student of Department of Science Laboratory Technology (SLT), Federal College of Animal Health and Production, Ibadan, was raped and stabbed to death by hoodlums in her father’s residence at Kara Akinyele area on Monday in Ibadan.
Speaking to NAN on the incident on Thursday, the state’s Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO), SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, said investigation to unravel the killers of the deceased has commenced.
“We solicit credible information from members of the public to urgently arrest those behind the incident.
“ The police are presently on top of the situation and we will brief the press when we have an update on the matter.
“Efforts are being intensified on the matter,” Fadeyi said.
It would be recalled that the father of the deceased, Kareem Bello, had said the hoodlums arrived their home possibly to rob when other members of the family were not at home except Barakat and her younger sister.
The father said that the hoodlums saw the deceased in the bathroom, raped and macheted her to death before her younger sister later saw her corpse in a pool of blood.
We’ll roll out face of Oyo Amotekun soon — Commandant
Retired Col. Olayinka Olayanju, Oyo State Commandant of Amotekun Security Outfit, says the much expected face of Amotekun will be rolled out very soon.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the forum, with the theme
‘Employing Technology For Adequate Crime Protection in Oyo State’, was attended by various groups in the state.
“But for the uniform, the face of Amotekun, very soon we will roll it out. We don’t want to do anything that anybody will come around to abuse us.
“If you don’t do due diligence in your approach, you are likely to nail yourself, to be blackmailed and we don’t want that,” he said.
“We are not coming as an independent body, but work in synergy with all security agencies,” he said.
He assured the people of the state that the security outfil was not going to be a dumping ground or job for the boys, saying they would ensure transparency and proper screening.
The retired soldier also assured that they would ensure that officers of the security outfit were groomed in line with their areas of expertise or specialty.
“I can assure you that once it rolls out, you will see clearly that this is a transparent thing. It is not going to be job for the boys or a dumping ground,” he said.
Olayanju, who described Amotekun as a community-oriented programme, said that matter of security was a collective responsibility of all and sundry.
He said that it was the reason why they brought various groups like Agbekoya, traders union, market women, Oodua Peoples Congress together to the forum to obtain the views of the people and feel their pulse.
COVID-19: Oyo activates 3 community testing sites
The News Agency of Nigera reports that the community testing initiative was intended to accommodate about 10,000 samples.
The community testing drive which was supervised by Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, began at the Alegongo Primary School, Lagelu West Local Council Development Area, Ibadan.
Olatubosun said that the community testing was free, and encouraged Oyo people to get tested when the team would reach their communities.
“We are treating this as an emergency; no amount spent by government on this is a waste.
”We believe the citizenry will contribute meaningfully to the productivity of the state and, invariably, increase the gross domestic product of the state when they are healthy; by so doing, it will improve the economy of the state further.
“That is the reason we are doing everything possible to make sure that the people have access to medical care, most especially against anything that has to do with COVID-19,” he said.
He said that the task force started with selective testing and later engaged in Drive-Through/Walk-Through Testing at Adamasingba, where it advised the people to drive in and get tested.
“But we are reaching a stage where we have to go to the community, and that is why we are decentralising testing, which we call community testing.
“We are now moving to communities, local government areas. where we have encouraged people from all the communities to come out and get tested.
“The essence of this is that we cannot sit down somewhere and be assessing people.
” In figures, Oyo State is rated fourth or fifth but we have tested far more than many states.
“We are doing this to have adequate and exact data to work with and arrest the spread of the virus from the community level,” the commissioner said.
The Incident Manager of the state’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), Dr Taiwo Ladipo, said that the community testing drive was the response of the State COVID-19 Task Force to the rising number of cases in the state.
Oyo Govt inaugurates committee on management of dead persons
Oyo State Government on Wednesday inaugurated a twenty-man committee saddled with the responsibility of ensuring proper management of deceased persons in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee was made up of professionals and stakeholders from various sectors and was drawn across geopolitical zones of the state.
The committee inauguration ceremony was held at the conference room, Ministry of Health, Secretariat, Ibadan.
The committee is expected to look into issues that could affect the dignity of deceased citizens and to ensure that communities in the state are safe from hazards relating to improper disposition of dead bodies in the society.
In her remarks during the inauguration, the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, said the committee would articulate necessary policies, processes, which were in line with international practices to the management of deceased citizens of the state.
Adeosun stressed that the initiative would embrace appropriate management of the dead and assist in achieving harmony between the bereaved family and the community at large.
She further said that the state Corona law 2018 would become operational while government would pay attention to “public education on death management, contemporary burial methods and all other aspects of management of dead persons.
“In this COVID-19 era and beyond, the committee will ensure that utmost dignity and proper respect are accorded to victims of disease outbreaks.
“The families and communities will be treated in a professional approach to avoid any type or kind of stigmatisation,” the SSG said.
Adeosun also said the state government would not deviate from the path of progressive and innovative policies that would address the need of the people of the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello, while speaking at the event, said that the arrangement would enable the family of the departed souls have access to whatever the deceased left behind through the support of the state government.
“Oyo State is the first to officially inaugurate dead management committee in the whole Federation and this is a signal of advancement level of our dear state.
“The dead will have their full honour, value and their relatives will equally have legal access to their inheritances, if everything is properly documented,” Bello said.
The Chairman of the 20-Man Committee, Dr Uwom Eze, said the committee would work together with relevant agencies, ministries and stakeholders to ensure best dead management practices in the state.
NAN also reports that the state government equally inaugurated 10 new standard ambulances as part of measures to strengthen health sector and eliminate all form of hindrances that could arise while dealing with emergency cases in the state.
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