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Makinde assures coalition parties of inclusive government

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has assured the coalition of political parties which supported his election that he remains committed to the formation of an inclusive government.

A statement issued on Thursday evening by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, said Makinde was reacting to insinuations that his government was shutting out some of the coalition parties from his government.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that some political parties had formed a coalition in the build-up to the March 9, 2019 election to ensure victory for the governor who was the PDP candidate.

But recent political appointments by the governor had made some members of the coalition parties, especially Zenith Labour Party and Social Democratic Party, to express doubts about the commitment of the governor to their pre-election agreement.

The governor in the statement, however, dismissed the insinuation and assured all the coalition parties that he remained committed to their agreement.

He said: ”Governance is work in progress, those that have not been reached, we will still reach them.

”The formation of government is work in progress, we will continue to operate an open-door policy which is rooted in probity and accountability.

“We will always appreciate our partners just as we will remain focussed on our goal of redefining good and open governance in Oyo State.

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Gov. Makinde’s first year achievements impressive, says Oyo CAN

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Oyo State Chapter, has said that Gov. Seyi Makinde’s achievements in the last one year was impressive.

Pastor Benjamin Akanmu, State Chairman of CAN, made the commendation while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Makinde had on May 29, rolled out the achievements of his administration in the first year, listing hundreds completed and ongoing projects.

“For our governor in Oyo State, it’s time of praise and commendation. Of course, no parents will bash or condemn a child that returns home with excellent report card, it’s impossible.

“Makinde deserves our praise if we put into consideration how his administration has positively affected lives of the masses in the state.

“To us, his report card is impressive and we congratulate the governor and his team for moving to the second year with enviable report card,” Akanmu said.

He said that the perspective for which they rated the governor’s performance defer from that of politicians, contractors or some other groups, saying they were not likely to be on the same page with him.

He said that the basis for which they rated the governor’s achievement as very impressive was the administration’s

direct impact on the masses and by extension, standard of living in general.

The CAN chairman said that the governor would always have the backing of the masses and civil servants, having being able to commit their regular remuneration to the welfare of their children and other associated bills.

According to him, pensioners and civil servants are able to settle outstanding bills, the purchasing power of the common man has been lifted because civil servants and retirees can afford to meet up with their needs.

“And that’s the only thing that has the power to set people free from the boundage of poverty and live better.

”Also, death rate among the pensioners and public servants has reduced drastically because they can afford necessities,” he said.

Akanmu noted that over 75 per cent of the population source for means of livelihood on daily basis, appreciated the governor’s decision not to lockdown the state during the rainy season considering its comparative advantage in agriculture.

“Let me tell you this, our position on his one year in office is also premised on the laid down principles of our Lord Jesus Christ, which mandates us to care more for the survival of people around us, especially the poor,” the cleric said.

The cleric advised the governor to embrace everyone, see criticism as motivating ladder and not to relent on his past achievements.

The CAN chairman further urged him to spread out his tentacles to touch other sectors and improve on those he had already started work on.

“We all know he cannot satisfy everyone, but larger percentage of the population should be able to speak well of his administration. He shall work harder than before, give checks and balances priority in his administration.

“Never embark on anti-people’s policies. Secure at least 75 per cent of their support for every policies to be introduced. There must be regular interaction between the governor and the people,” he said.

Akanmu urged the governor to be more vigilant and conscious of his environment while dissociating himself from sycophants.

He called on him to evolve a system that would ensure his lieutenants who failed to live up to expectations in the last twelve months are re-examined and their stories rewritten.


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Oyo owes N26 bn in gratuities–Gov. Makinde

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says the state has a backlog of N26 billion in unpaid gratuities to  6,274 pensioners.

Makinde made the disclosure in Ibadan on Monday while presenting cheques to some of the beneficiaries of the N180 million gratuity for 2013 retirees.

He said his administration had been making efforts to offset the debt inspite of the limited sources of funds for the government.

“I gave you a promise that as our economy is getting expanded, so also we will be adding more to what we need to pay to pensioners to ensure that we shorten the period within which we can offset this debt,” he said.

He said that his administration remained committed to finishing whatever the previous administrations had left undone, including payments.

“When a child inherits fortune from his father, he will not reject it.

“In the same way, if he inherits debt, he is duty-bound to do something about it and that is what I just explained; we are doing something about it,” he said.

The governor said that those who had served diligently needed all the support they could get from the state.

” Ordinarily, the payment of gratuity to retirees should come immediately after retirement.

“Despite the meagre resources available to the state, my administration will continue to bring relief to the entire workforce in the state and its senior citizens.

“This symbolic presentation of cheques is for retirees who finished the processing of their retirement papers in 2013.

“In total, 82 of these retirees will be paid their full retirement benefits.

“Seven years is a long time for anyone who could not work to wait to get paid their benefits.

“Such payment should ideally come immediately upon retirement and it is indeed disheartening that the previous administration did not do what was supposed to be done when it should be done.

“We are able to do this because we increased monthly allocation for gratuities from N100 million to N180 million with effect from June 2019.

” What this means is we have committed N1.908 billion to this payment in the past one year with a total number of 886 retired civil servants, hospital workers, teaching and non-teaching staff benefitting.

“When we came in, we still had the gratuity arrears of 2011. Now, we have completed the arrears of 2011 and 2012 and we are now on 2013.

“I give you the assurance that we will keep paying off these debts and I know we will finish paying them.” he said.

Makinde further said that his administration would continue doing its best to ensure that everyone in the state felt the impact of governance.

In his address of welcome, Prof. Kehinde Sangodoyin, the state Commissioner for Establishment and Training, said the Makinde-led administration had alleviated the sufferings of helpless retirees.

Mr Okusegun Abatan, Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners in Oyo State, commended the state government for the payment of the gratuities.

Abatan urged Makinde to sustain his efforts at bringing smiles on the faces of the retirees.

Some of the beneficiaries–Raji Ayinde, Rachael Ogundiran, Adeniyi Omofoye and Fausat Olanrewaju– commended the governor for fulfilling his promise to them.
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Gov. Makinde issues 200 digitised Certificates of Occupancy

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State  has issued 200 digitised Certificates of Occupancy to the first set of beneficiaries under the State Home Owners’ Charter Scheme which commenced on April 1.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the initiative is to ensure property owners obtain their Certificates of Occupancy within 60 days from the date of submission of application.

Makinde, during the symbolic handing over of the Certificates of Occupancy to seven of the beneficiaries at the Government House in Ibadan, said the initiative had eliminated the bottlenecks that characterised issuance of the document in successive administrations.

“Though there has been various unsuccessful attempts by similar initiatives under previous administrations in the state, with the new initiative by this administration, the problem associated with the processing has been solved for good in Oyo State.

“You will agree with me that anyone who has proper documentation to prove ownership and purpose of property will have peace of mind regarding that property.

“For entrepreneurs, being able to quickly obtain this legal document is important in making business decisions.

” In fact, how quickly such document can be processed can greatly influence an investor’s decision about where to situate a factory or other business premises.

“It is, therefore, government’s responsibility to ensure the right policies are put in place to make the documentation associated with home ownership quick and easy.

“This new platform has all operating equipment and facilities funded by the Oyo State Government, all data will be domiciled on state-owned servers and we will ensure the security and safety of all these documents.

“We have also installed new security features for these documents to checkmate forgery,” he said.

The governor called on those without the certificate to make use of the opportunity to get one, saying the scheme would be on till Dec. 31.

“You can buy the scratch card to obtain the application form for N6,000 and if you are among the first 2,000 applicants, you will get a 15 per cent discount for   processing the  C of O.

“I am pleased to extend this intervention to individuals in all the 33 Local Government Areas and 35 Local Council Development Areas of Oyo state.

“It is my hope that all will take advantage of this opportunity to regularise their home ownership documents and enjoy peace of mind; another perk that comes with legal ownership of property in the state,”  he further stated

Earlier, Mr Abdu-Raheem Abiodun, the state’s Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, had described the initiative as a step in the right direction.

Abiodun said the present administration in the state had reviewed the “inherited logjams” and set up a smooth, prompt and adequate computerised method of processing the certificates and other land title documents within 60 days.

He implored all eligible land owners in the state to subscribe accordingly, saying “this initiative if well supported by all will go a long way to add immeasurable value to individual and corporate land holdings across the state.”

Three  of the beneficiaries, Saheed Adeniyi, Margret Ajibike-Oke and Azees Babatunde, expressed appreciation to the Makinde administration for speedy processing of their Certificates of Occupancy.

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Makinde inaugurates mega plaza, promises to boost Oyo economy

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says his administration is committed to boosting the growth and development of the state’s economy.

Makinde stated this on Monday in Ibadan at the inauguration of a multi-billion naira commercial centre built by Gastab, a private firm.

The governor said the economic policies and programmes of his government had started attracting investors to the state.

He promised that his administration would continue to initiate policies and programmes that would create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state.

The Managing Director of Gastab, Alhaji Saheed Adigun, said the company has seven filling stations in Ibadan and 275 workers in the state, adding that he was committed to the  creation of employment opportunities for the people.

Adigun, who commended  Makinde for creating an   enabling environment for investors, gave an assurance that he would continue  to support  the administration in its employment generation drive.

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Dugbe Inferno: Property owner, victims laud Makinde over cash donation

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Victims of the recent inferno that razed a business complex in Dugbe area of Ibadan, have lauded Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State for assisting them with cash donations.

Although the amount involved was not disclosed, the victims expressed their appreciation through a letter addressed to the governor, with a copy made available to newsmen on Sunday in Ibadan.

In the letter, dated May 27 and signed by Mr Dapo Davies, Chairman/Managing Director of Pelly Foam, they thanked the governor for feeling their pains to have made the donations.

Davies said the governor fulfilled his promise by giving relief money to the building owner and occupants of the complex for them to move on with their lives.

He described the gesture as surprising, saying such stood him out as listening, friendly, responsible, honest and responsive governor.

He said that the governor surprised the victims “when he arranged and paid us the palliatives’’.

“We are indeed very grateful to you for fulfilling your promise barely one month after the unfortunate incident.

“This gesture stands you out as a listening, friendly, responsible, honest and responsive governor,’’ Davis wrote.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that fire gutted the complex, located at Lebanon Street in Dugbe area of Ibadan on April 15.

It destroyed several shops and goods estimated at over N500 million.

Makinde had, a day after he visited the scene, promised to give palliatives to those affected by the inferno, in spite of the challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor, who described the incident as unfortunate and heart-broken, also promised to launch an emergency fund to address disasters and emergencies in the state.

The cause of the fire is yet to be unravelled.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Gov. Makinde completes 307 projects in 1year, 236 others ongoing

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State said that his administration had completed 307 projects in the education sector, while 236 others are ongoing, within its first year in office.

Makinde made this known, in an address on the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) on Friday in Ibadan.

”The governor said that his administration had completed 239 projects awarded by the previous administration in the education sector as well as 68 others awarded by his government.

“These projects include: construction of schools and classrooms, Early Child Development centres, renovation of schools, installation of boreholes, supply of furniture and sports equipment among other procurements,” he said.

Makinde said that this was in line with his promise to build on the programmes of past administrations that were structured properly.

He noted that in spite of the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, his administration had remained focused and had leveraged on the setback to improve the health care system.

He, however, urged residents of the state to keep following the directives of the the State’s COVID-19 Task Force on social distancing, wearing of face masks and proper hygiene practices.

On the economy, Makinde said that there has been incremental changes in the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), following introduction of new framework in November 2019.

He noted that between December 2019 and February, the state’s IGR figures has been between N2.43 billion and N2.7 billion.

On Park Management System, the governor said the initiative was to bring order to the transportation sector.

He said it would also generate funds for the government, saying his administration was working toward ensuring a seamless process.

He noted that his administration was working with federal security agencies, by providing equipment and vehicles to tackle insecurity.

“The signing of the Oyo State Security Network Agency (Amotekun) Bill 2019, into law to complement the efforts of the federal security agencies is part of the administration’s innovations to ensure adequate security.

“Just two days ago, I commission a new mobile police force squadron, Mopol 72 at Ago-Are in Oke Ogun zone. We have provided vehicles and state-of-the-art communication equipment to facilitate their response to crime.

“We have also operationalised the Emergency Contact Number, 615,” he said.

The governor added that the administration had kept with the promise of prompt payment of salaries and pensions for public servants on the 25th of every month.

Makinde urged the people to keep supporting the administration, with view to making the best decisions for their overall good.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

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Lawmaker appeals to Gov. Makinde to reinstate 46 LAUTECH workers

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A member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr Sanjo Onaolapo, has called on Gov. Seyi Makinde to reinstate 46 employees of Ladoke Akintola University of Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, who were “mistakenly” disengaged in 2017.

Onaolapo, representing Ogbomoso South Constituency, made the call at plenary on Friday.

The lawmaker said that in 2017, no fewer than 223 staff from different government organisations and institutions, including LAUTECH, were disengaged.

He said 177 workers who appealed the dismissal were later reengaged.

The lawmaker said the 46 workers, who were part of the 223 that made the appeal, were not considered because the page containing their names fell off from the appeal submitted to the panel.

“The panel considered the various appeals and made its recommendations which eventually led to the reinstatement of the affected workers,” he said.

Onaolapo, who is also the Majority Leader of the House, said that the appeal contained 223 names but the panel considered and recommended the reinstatement of staff from serial number 1 to 177.

“The other staff (46) on serial number 178 to 223 whose names were on the last page were not considered. On enquiry, it was discovered that the page containing their names fell off from the appeal submitted to the panel.

“The fact, however, remains that all the affected staff from number 1 to 223 had the same issue which is disengagement for no just cause.

“Concerned that since the panel did not find any fault in them, they were recommended to be reinstated while those on the missing list numbered 178 to 223 were not considered at all.

“ It is my belief that if the panel had the list containing all the names, they would have been reinstated since they all have the same issue.

“For the sake of fairness and equity, I want to appeal for the magnanimous gesture of the governor to grant the request of the affected staff.

“The governor should consider the plea and appeal of the remaining 46 staff of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso and approve their reinstatement on compassionate ground,” he said.

The lawmaker said the current administration under the leadership of Makinde had been magnanimous and kind-hearted with regards to the welfare of workers.

He said a testament to that was the regular and prompt payment of workers’ salaries since the inception of his administration.

The House at plenary also passed the Debt Management Agency (Amendment) Bill 2020.

In the same vein, the Revenue Administration (Amendment) Bill 2020 was also passed.

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3SC FC skipper says Gov Makinde, Club’s management “doing very well”

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Omololu Waheed, Captain of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), the Ibadan-based soccer outfit, has commended Gov. Seyi Makinde’s special attention to the football club.

A statement signed by Tosin Omojola, 3SC Media Officer and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Ibadan. quoted the skipper as describing the governor as “a man of his words”.

Waheed, a central defender, said that the club had never had it so good “in terms of welfare”.

“I must confess that this government, under the leadership of Gov. Seyi Makinde, has shown great commitment to the cause of this club, particularly on the issue of players’ welfare.

“We get our salaries as at, and when due, in spite of the lockdown occassioned by the Coronavirus pandemic.

As I speak to you, we are not being owed a dime; our salaries and other allowances are paid regularly,” he said.

He expressed gratitude to the governor, his deputy, Mr Rauf Olaniyan, and the commissioner for youth and sports, Seun Fakorede, for their contributions to the club.

The captain also commended the Rasheed Balogun-led management of 3SC, saying that it had been “player-friendly and result-oriented”.

Our General Manager, Mr Rasheed Balogun, the Director of Administration, Alhaji Rahman Olapade, the Team Manager, Dimeji Lawal, have been so wonderful.

“Also worthy of commendation is the Edith Agoye-led technical crew. They also have been so wonderful to us.

“Even now that we are on break, we are enjoying the best of care. While the government is playing its role perfectly in terms of financing the club, the management team is equally doing well to make us happy”, Omololu added.

The 3SC skipper urged supporters and fans of the club to keep staying safe during the trying period, expressing hope that all would be well at the end of the day.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)

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One year anniversary: Makinde distributes seedlings, herbicides to Oyo farmers

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has distributed seedlings and herbicides to farmers in Iseyin community as part of activities to mark one year anniversary of his administration.

Makinde said the distribution of the seedlings was to assist farmers to improve on their farming in Oke-Ogun area that is noted for agricultural activities.

According to him, the high yield seedlings, cassava stems and chemicals distributed will enhance food production in the state.

He said his administration valued the contribution of the people of Oke-Ogun, who were predominantly farmers, to the food security of the state.

“That is the reason this administration awarded the Ibadan-Iseyin road to contractor.

“The road, when completed, will make transportation of farm produce to cities easier.

“Plans are also underway for rehabilitation of over 1,000 kilometres rural access roads across the states,’’ Makinde said.

The governor further said that his government would soon open another 6,000 hectares of land for cultivation in Ilero area of the state.

He advised beneficiaries of the seedlings to maximise the opportunity, promising that his administration would always support and provide assistance to farmers.

Earlier, Mr Jacob Ojekunle, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, expressed appreciation to the governor for the provision of the seedlings.

Ojekunle urged the farmers to plant the seedlings and put more efforts in their farming activities.

“The present administration will always stand with you,’’ the commissioner said.

The beneficiaries expressed appreciation to the governor for the gesture.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Makinde also gave out one motorcycle each to ease mobility of the directors of agriculture in nine local governments in Oke Ogun areas.

The beneficiary LGAs are Atisbo, Orire, Afijio, Onaara, Iwajowa, Ibarapa North, Oluyole and Ibarapa East.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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