The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Zone D (Southwest), on Thursday, lauded Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State over the appointment of Mr Victor Olojede as his Special Adviser on Student Affairs.
The commendation was contained in a statement issued by the association’s Southwest Coordinator, Mr Kowe Odunayo, in Ibadan on Thursday.
According to Odunayo, the governor’s gesture is a show of appreciation, adding that he (Makinde) had been fulfilling his promises.
“Youths, they say, are the vanguard of revolution and the true agents of change. This is not only true but profound.
“We sincerely commend the governor for his giant strides in Oyo State and also, for counting it worthy to appoint a befitting individual like Mr Olojede Victor as his special adviser on student affairs,” Odunayo said.
He said that the activities of the governor in recent time had proved himself to be worthy of the position he is holding.
“We can only hope that he sustains it, while implementing policies and programmes that will aid the betterment of the lives of the citizens,” he added.
The coordinator congratulated new special adviser, urging him to make judicious use of the office to aid students’ welfare in the state.
Edited by: Chinyere Nwachukwu and ‘Wale Sadeeq
Oyo govt. to repatriate trafficked indigenes stranded in Lebanon – Makinde
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says the state will ensure the repatriation of all its indigenes found to have been trafficked to Lebanon.
This was contained in a statement issued on Sunday in Ibadan by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa.
The statement indicated that Makinde stated this while receiving a brief on the plight of the state indigenes trafficked to Lebanon from the Senior Special Assistant on Diaspora Matters, Mrs Bolanle Sarumi-Aliyu.
The governor said that the state would not stand by and be watching its indigenes suffer dehumanization, under any guise, in any part of the world.
“We will pay for the repatriation of all Oyo State indigenes who have been confirmed to have been trafficked to Lebanon. Please, put all the necessary plans in place to bring them back.
“I understand that some well-meaning individuals and groups have made some donations to some of the victims. Let them use such donations as pocket money.
“This state will pay for their flights and the fees requested to conduct COVID-19 tests on each of them,” he said.
Earlier, Sarumi-Aliyu informed the governor that a number of Oyo State indigenes had been discovered to be illegal migrants who were trafficked into modern-day slavery in Lebanon.
She said that while 40 of such victims had been screened and ready for the journey back home, more were still being discovered.
The governor’s aide added that her office had been working closely with the Lebanese authorities to identify those indigenes stranded in Lebanon, adding that the 40 victims already screened would be returning home on Aug.12.
“Since the government found out that we have some victims of human trafficking, who are stranded in Lebanon, we have stepped in.
“On July 11, we received 11 victims and they are going through rehabilitation with the social workers in the Ministry of Women Affairs.
“The state has given commitment that they will all be empowered. The same thing will happen to those we are expecting from the flight from Lebanon this August, once they have been cleared.” Sarumi-Aliyu stated.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
At Bode Akindele’s burial, Methodist Prelate urges Nigerians to maintain Godly life
The Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, Dr Samuel Uche, has urged Nigerians, irrespective of their religious affiliations, to maintain Godly life for the development of the country.
The prelate made the call on Friday at the Methodist Cathedral, Agbeni, Ibadan, during the burial service of Chief Bode Akindele, a renowned industrialist, who died on June 29.
Uche, in his sermon entitled: ‘Christians: People with a Living Hope’, urged Nigerians to have hope in eternal life and strive to live a life that would make them leave good legacies behind after death.
He described late Akindele as a strong pillar of the Methodist Church, who had served in various capacities in the church.
“The last Chief Akindele was the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the church’s university, Wesley University of Science and Technology, Ondo, where he left many legacies behind,” The cleric said.
He further noted that the late industrialist did many remarkable things, all of which contributed to the growth of the church, calling on other good-spirited individuals to emulation his good deeds.
The prelate also lamented the rate of insecurity in Nigeria, calling for fervent prayers for the nation to overcome the challenges.
In his speech, Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, described the late Akindele as a legend who would continue live in the minds of the people.
“The deceased achieved success as an entrepreneur, industrialist and philanthropist, and so, he remains a model for me,” he said.
Makinde disclosed that late Parakoyi of Ibadanland called him a few months ago to offer his (Akindele’s) medical facility to be used as an isolation centre by the state government.
“He not only offered his medical facilities, it is also on record that Baba was the largest single donor for the Oyo state COVID-19 endowment fund,’’ he said.
The governor posited that late Akindele would not only be missed by his wives, children and grandchildren but by all, because of the good legacies he left behind.
He told the congregation that the greatest tribute they could pay the deceased was to follow his footsteps and ensure that his legacies did not die with him.
Edited By: Emmanuella and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Eid El Kabir : Oyo State opens praying grounds, harps on adherence to COVID-19 protocols
The Oyo State Government has directed that Muslim praying grounds across the state be opened for the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir prayers.
A statement to that effect was issued on Thursday in Ibadan by Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov Seyi Makinde.
Adisa said that the state government, however, warned that Muslim faithful must ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
“Upon the directive of the Gov Makinde, the Eid praying grounds across the state have been opened to Muslims for the purpose of the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir prayers.
“However, just like many aspects of our lives that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be an adjustment to Eid prayer gatherings.
“Leadership of each praying ground in the state must ensure that hand-wash points are made available and compulsory use of face masks.
“Other protocols that must be observed during the Eid El Kabir festivity includes: observance of the social distancing rule by allowing only 25 per cent of worshippers at every instance,” he said.
Adisa said that the Emergency Operations Centre, (EOC), of the Oyo State Covid-19 Task Force, had sent advisories to major markets and shopping malls on the need to strict comply with Covid-19 preventive protocols during this festive period and beyond.
“The EOC has also contacted all the health educators in the 33 Local Government Areas in the state with a mandate to reach out to possible places of gathering and advise on the need for responsible behaviour,
“In addition to these measures, however, all clerics and leaders are expected to take on the responsibility of guiding our people to pay attention to even the most minute details on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during this festivity.
“Also the need to follow all laid down guidelines on COVID-19 prevention must be emphasised to every resident of the state at this period.
“The Oyo State Government wishes the Muslim Ummah a peaceful Eid-el-Kabir filled with the blessings and benevolence of Almighty Allah,” he said.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)
Oyo State to set up employment scheme for repatriated indigenes
The Oyo State Government says it is working toward setting up an employment scheme that will provide work opportunities for its repatriated indigenes.
The Oyo State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism stated this in a statement it issued on Wednesday in Ibadan.
The ministry said that Dr Akin Fagbemi, the Chairman, Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA), disclosed this after a meeting he had on Tuesday with Mrs Bolanle Sarumi-Aliyu, the Senior Special Adviser to Gov. Seyi Makinde on Diaspora Affairs.
According to the ministry, the meeting centered on how the Department of Diaspora Affairs can effectively partner OYRTMA in the area of providing opportunities for Oyo State indigenes who for one reason or the other had to return home from different parts of the world.
The ministry recalled that some of the returnees were subjected to various degrees of inhuman conditions or harsh and hostile work environments while in the foreign land.
It quoted the OYRTMA boss as saying that his agency would collaborate with Sarumi-Aliyu, to make life easier for the returnees.
It said that it would create a special arrangement and training for some of them and subsequently co-opt them into the ‘OYRTMA Mayor Scheme’.
“This will enable them earn a living through government-provided stipends, whilst contributing significantly to the economic growth of the state by ensuring a free flow of human and vehicular traffic across the state.
“In addition, this will help take them off the street as they struggle to reintegrate back into the contemporary Nigerian society.” Fagbemi stated.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Peter Dada (NAN)