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ODSG executed 787 projects in 4 council areas, says Commissioner

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The  Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu-led administration has executed 787 projects across four local government areas of Ondo State.

 

Mr Emmanuel Igbasan, the Ondo State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, on Friday said this at a consultative meeting in Ondo town on Friday.

 

He said that the projects were implemented in: Odigbo, Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo, Ondo West and Ondo East Local Government Areas of the state.

 

He also said that the meeting was in preparation for the year 2020 budget and the presentation of 2020-2022 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).

 

Igbasan, represented by the Permanent Secretary in  the ministry, Mr Bunmi Alade, said that projects executed include: road construction and rehabilitation, reconstruction and rehabilitation of of non-functional boreholes.

 

According to Igbasan, others are the construction of public primary schools, purchase and supply of ICT equipment, containerised bay toilets, and the construction of open market, civic centres and health facilities.

 

The commissioner said that 302 projects were executed in Odigbo, 232 in Ile-Oluji /Okeigbo, 89 in Ondo West and 164 projects in Ondo East.

 

According to him, Gov. Akeredolu has laid a solid foundation for sustainable development under the 2018 budget, while 2019 budget would build on the modest achievements of the 2018 budget.

 

He added that the 2020 budget would focus on projects that would further impact positively and transform the lives of the citizens.

 

He said this would focus particularly on youths and women empowerment through agriculture, micro, small and medium scale enterprises, among others.

 

Igbasan noted that most of the issues raised at last year’s consultative meeting with the stakeholders in the local government had been attended to.

 

He, therefore, called on the stakeholders to come up with their priorities and contributions to achieve an all-inclusive budget that would further develop their areas and improve the living standards of the people.

 

Earlier, the Director of Budget, Mr Stephen Aworere, said the forum was meant to enhance transparency and accountability in the budget preparation process of the state.

 

Aworere stated that the rationale behind the adoption of MTEF was to achieve an accurate estimation of resources available to the state within the medium term planning horizon.

 

He emphasised the need for an increase in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the state in order to meet critical needs of the people.

 

The traditional ruler of Oke-Igbo, Oba Oluwole Babajide, commended the Akeredolu-led administration for the various infrastructural developments across the state.

 

Babajide described the governor as a man of his words and passionate about the welfare of his people.

 

Also, the Chairman of Odigbo Local Government, Mrs Margaret Akinsuroju, applauded the governor for the rehabilitation and construction of roads, particularly the Ore Fly Over Bridge.

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ODSG restates commitment to eradicate open defecation by 2023

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The Ondo State Government on Friday reiterated its commitment to embark on thorough sensitisation and enforcement of law to attain the 2023 target on open defection-free road map.

Mr Emmanuel Igbasan, Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, made this known in Akure during a consultative meeting with traditional rulers, high chiefs, market women and other stakeholders in Akure.

Igbasan, also the Chairman, Committee on Open Defecation Free (ODF) in the state, explained that access to good sanitation, provision of safe potable water and toilet facilities were keys to achieving the goal.

He further described the practice of open defecation as unwholesome, with a lot of negative impact on the environment, public health, human dignity and personal safety, especially for women and children.

According to him, available records show that Nigeria has overtaken India as first in the practice of open defection in the world with about 47 million Nigerians involved in open defection and 1.4 million people in Ondo State.

He explained that it was also estimated that the country looses about N455 billion annually due to poor hygiene services, which increased spending on health and reduced human capacity.

The commissioner said that it was on this premise that Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu inaugurated a committee about four months ago to ensure that people living in the State have access to a functional toilet.

“There is the need for reorientation of the people against open defecation, which will no longer be permissible, as appropriate laws will soon be enacted for effective implementation and enforcement across the state.

“About 511,000 toilets are needed in private residences, while about 1,756 toilets would be required in public places such as schools, motor parks, and hospitals across the state. We will provide toilets in public places,” he assured.

He called on owners of private houses to provide toilet facilities in their residence.

Dr Bisi Orebiyi, Water Sanitation and Hygiene Consultant, UNICEF, Ondo Field Office, in his presentation, said one of four people in Ondo state practiced open defection.

He further called on the community leaders to assist the government by educating their subjects on the dangers of open defecation.

Also speaking, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, the Deji of Akure, said people should not be told to have a functional toilet in modern days, especially in the state Capital where refuse dump sites were absent, unlike the olden days.

Aladelusi, therefore, called on other traditional rulers in Akure community to inform their subjects on the need to have functional toilets in their respective homes.

The traditional ruler further commended the government for taking bold steps to stamp out open defection in the state and promised the cooperation of the people in the kingdom.


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ODSG bans commercial motorcycles on Ore Expressway

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The Ondo State Government (ODSG) has placed a total ban on the operations of commercial motorcycles, popularly called `Okada’, on the Ore Expressway following the frequent incidences of crimes in the area.

 

The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donal Ojogo, stated this in a press statement he made available to newsmen on Thursday in Akure.

 

He said that the ban had become imperative in view of the activities of some unscrupulous elements using their `okada’ to perpetrate evil on the Ofosu-Ajebamidele route along the Ore Expressway.

 

He said, “We are disturbed by the activities of these criminal elements, which include armed robbery, kidnapping, and their mode of operations as well as the heightening cases of loss of lives.

 

“The Ondo State Government has, therefore, placed a total ban on commercial motorcycles along the entire stretch of the route in question.

 

“This action is with immediate effect and shall subsist until further notice.

 

“By this development, all activities of commercial motorcyclists are, henceforth, restricted to internal confines of Ore town and other communities in the area.’’

 

He said that security agencies, especially the Police, should start to apprehend anyone who flouted the order.

 

The commissioner also appealed to the public to cooperate with security agencies in the enforcement of the ban in order to stem the growing rate of criminal activities in the area.

 

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the state had in December last year announced a partial ban on commercial motorcycles across the state.

 

It said that the activities of commercial motorcycles across its 18 local government areas should stop at 10 p.m. daily.

 

The Commissioner for Information and Orientation then, Mr. Yemi Owolabi, said that the development was to curb criminal activities and maintain law and order.

 

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ODSG  warns traders against unhygienic activities

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The Ondo State Government (ODSG) has warned traders in the state not to engage in unhygienic activities that could cause them harm.

 

Mr Olatunji Ifabiyi, the Special Adviser (SA) to Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives, gave the warning after an inspection of NEPA and Isinkan Markets in Akure on Thursday.

 

Ifabiyi, who expressed concerns over the sordid state of the markets, said that it was worrisome and saddening that the traders could leave the markets in such unhygienic conditions.

 

He admonished them to see the markets as their sources of livelihood which they should not allow to rot away.

 

“Some occupiers of these markets are lackadaisical, not maintaining the structures.

 

“Though the markets were built by the state government; it is for the use of the traders, and they must ensure they are hygienic and properly maintained.

 

“They need to see the structures as their own. Some of them arrive here very early and leave late in the evenings.  It means these markets have become their second homes.

 

“ A lot of dirty baggage littering the environment is an eyesore and not good for such modern markets,” he said.

 

The SA appealed to the traders to always pay their shop dues appropriately to enable the state government do the needed repairs and maintenance.

 

“I am appealing to them to pay their dues as expected because whatever repairs and maintenance to be done can only be possible within the revenue realised from the markets.

 

“We cannot go outside our budget.  It is what we realise from here that we plough back into it, “he urged.

 

Mrs Kemi Adedapo, the Iyaloja of NEPA Market promised that the traders would collaborate with the government to turn things around for the good of all.

 

Adedapo said that the government should take concrete steps that would ensure a total overhaul of the market’s structure and make it more economically viable.

 

Similarly,   Mrs Modupe Obayanju, the Iyalaje of Isinkan Market, urged those owing to pay up.

 

She said it was through such gesture that the traders would be able to enjoy positive responses from the government.

 

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ODSG establishes task force to curb car snatching

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Akure, June 10, 2019 The Ondo State Government has set up a task force to check the spate of car snatching in Akure and other parts of the state.

Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, Senior Special Assistant to the Ondo State Governor on Security matters, made the disclosure while speaking with Government House correspondents in Akure on Monday.

He said that Gov. Akeredolu had directed that the task force be supervised by Dr Adedoyin Odebowale, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties.

“The task force will intercept all vehicles with covered plate numbers, all tinted vehicles without police permit, and other private vehicles with Ondo State Government plate numbers,” he said.

Also, Dr Adedoyin Odebowale, SSA on Special Duties, said the task force would move out immediately to enforce the ban on covered plate numbers.

He explained that only two public officers, namely the governor and his deputy, were exempted from the ban on covered plate numbers.

“All vehicles bearing Ondo State Government plate numbers which,do not belong to us, will be confiscated.

‘‘Go and get a permit to tint your glass or go and remove the tint now.

“We are equally going to extend this to Okada riders immediately; nobody will be permitted to ride any unregistered commercial motorcycle.

“Any Okada rider, who is unknown to us or is without any form of identification, will not be permitted.

“We are also using this medium to appeal to the public to let us know, cooperate with us to give information on nefarious people with dark designs for the state,” he said.

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ODSG secures N2.1bn medical equipment from U.S.

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Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has secured a $6 million (about N2.1 billion) worth of new medical equipment for the state from MedShare, a U.S.-based non-profit organisation in Atlanta.

Akeredolu told the Correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency in Atlanta that he ordered 20 containers load of new medical equipment from MedShare to strengthen the state’s healthcare.

NAN reports that the non-profit organisation had donated more than $40 million worth of new medical equipment to strengthen Nigeria’s healthcare systems in the last 20 years.

All the 19 northern state governments and the Federal Capital Territory have benefitted from the organisation while southern states beneficiaries include Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Osun, Oyo, Lagos, Enugu and Abia.

Akeredolu said the partnership with MedShare would see the state securing up to 50 containers load of equipment to equip all its hospitals and health centres with new state-of-art medical facilities.

SOME NIGERIANS AT ONE OF THE MedShare WAREHOUSES, IN ATLANTA DURING THE CELEBRATION OF NIGERIA DAY AT THE ORGANISATION’S COMPLEX

The governor said when his aide secured the deal, he felt it was unbelievable, especially considering that in Nigeria, people believed used medical equipment could be shipped to the country.

“I went there (MedShare) myself and found out that everything they’re going to ship down is new and a lot of our colleagues have benefitted from this; nobody has ever mentioned it.

“I mean what I got from Nell (Diallo), the Vice Chairman of MedShare, is that initially she got the 19 states in the north to come and they all came and bought into it.

“Babangida (former governor Aliyu) bought into it in Niger State.

“Today, Bayelsa is doing a lot because it got people to sponsor them; Bayelsa is doing a lot of shipment.

“I now said if this be the case and we never knew and not only that, the Federal Government of Nigeria has bought into it.

“When we got into their storage facility, we saw a lot of packages ready to go to National Hospital, a lot are going to Bayelsa.

“And I was saying ‘wow, wow’ so we are missing out of these?

“I said to them immediately, we are going to order for about 20 container loads to start with,’’ Akeredolu said.

The module for receiving the container load of $300,000 worth of medical supplies and equipment involves the sponsorship of $25,000 for shipping logistics.

The governor said the bargain was too good and that the state government would source for funds immediately to pay the $500,000 for shipping logistics for all the 20 containers.

Akeredolu said: “We will raise funds to make sure that we are able to pay for it so that we can equip our hospitals with necessary facilities, which have been lacking for long.

“So my understanding with MedShare is for us to start with 20 container loads for now and then we proceed until we get to 50 (container loads).

“If we’re able to do that, then I’m sure all the medical equipment needs for all our hospitals in Ondo State, we will have covered it because everything we need, they’re all there.

“Anyway, things that are not there (MedShare), the idea is for us to let them know and they will source it and send to us too. So this is a good idea.’’

Vice-President, International Development of MedShare, Ms Nell Diallo, described Akeredolu as a serious-minded leader, who wants to make lasting impacts in the lives of his citizens.

“I am happy to work with serious leaders like the Ondo state governor, who makes a difference,’’ Diallo said.

NAN reports that MedShare is a Medical Surplus Recovery Organisation that collects and distributes surplus medical products to qualified healthcare facilities in medically-underserved communities around the world on an on-going basis.

The organisation was named a ‘Four Star Charity’ for the 13th consecutive year by Charity Navigator, which designation recognises the top one per cent of U.S. charities based on the criteria of transparency, organisational accountability, and measurable impact.

Currently, in its 20th year of operations, MedShare has collected over $207 million worth of lifesaving medical supplies and equipment that has helped over 19 million patients in over 100 countries and territories.

It uses the World Health Organisation’s standard for accepting donations to go to underserved countries.

At any given time, it has roughly $25 million worth of materials ready to be shipped.

Nigeria has received the largest number and percentage of the containers in the NGO’s 20 years of operation.

Edited by: Abdulfatah Babatunde
(NAN)

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Ondo Govt. to enforce precautionary restrictions to prevent Coronavirus — Health Commissioner

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The Ondo State Government (ODSG) will enforce strict compliance with the restriction order and other measures it  laid out to prevent  the outbreak of coronavirus in the state.

 

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, said this on Thursday in Akure at an inter-ministerial-committee meeting to update  the members on  the latest developments on COVID-19 in the state.

The commissioner said that this was in view of the situation in the country and the fact that neighbouring states with Ondo states had confirmed  cases of COVID-19.

 

He said that this was a cause for concern and it  calls  for enforcement of  laid down rules and regulations to forestall its outbreak in the state.

He said that the government had, consequently, directed its Special Task Force and security agencies in the state to ensure and enforce compliance where people were defiant.

The  commissioner highlighted regular hand washing as a very effective antidote to forestall the outbreak.

 

He directed all offices, both public and private, to provide wash stations and alcohol-based hand sanitisers in their establishments.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the state government had ordered  the closure of all schools in the state, banned private lessons as well as religious, social and political gatherings.

The government had  also  restricted  interstate travels, closed markets and directed its civil servants  from Grade Level  1 to Grade Level 12 to stay at home.

Adegbenro said that the government was working assiduously to establish screening centres in the three senatorial districts in the state as a proactive measure to combat the spread of the virus.

He appreciated the media for doing a good job in the area of sensitisation while appealing for more in the interest of all.

The commissioner said  that the governor had directed all the members of the state executive council to go to their respective constituencies to sensitise the people on the challenges ahead.

 

He added that the governor had also appealed to the citizens  of the state to cooperate with the  government to prevent COVID-19 outbreak in the state.

He said that the governor’s Special Task force and all security agencies in the state had been saddled with enforcing the  laid down rules to forestall the outbreak of the deadly virus in the state.

The Chairman of the Governor’s Special Taskforce, Dr Doyin Odebowale,  decried the non-compliance of over 40 per cent of religious groups in the state to the precautionary measures restricting gathering for services.

He warned that the government would deal decisively with any group or individual found to be flouting any of the measures put in place.

Odebowale said that owners of some schools who disobeyed the closure of school order had been appropriately sanctioned.

Also, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo,  likened the outbreak of COVID-19 – to a war situation, saying people’s rights might be trampled upon in the cause of safeguarding the lives and health of all.

Prof. Michael Odimayo of the Department of Virology, University of Medical Science, Ondo, said the world was in a critical situation and appealed to the  people in the state to make necessary sacrifice to forestall  the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Peter Dada
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Group tasks FG on PWDs access to reproductive health care services

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A coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSO) has urged Federal Government to ensure that women and girls with disabilities have easy access to sexual and reproductive health care services in the country.

Executive Director, Faecare Foundation, Ms Freky Andre-Essien, a spokesperson for the coalition, said this while speaking with the Nigeria News Agency at the sideline of a two-day workshop on sexual and reproductive health rights of  Persons With Disability (PWD’s) in Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.

The workshop was jointly organised by Inclusive Friends Association (IFA), Faecare Foundation, Haly Hope Foundation and Advocacy for Women With Disabilities Initiative (AWWDI) with a theme: “Prioritising inclusive budgeting for sexual and reproductive health rights of Persons With Disability (PWD) in Nigeria.

“We teach women to demand for their rights and we also want health care professionals to know that a woman with disability is sexually active and have a rights to be sexually active.

“We have women that will go to the hospital and the attitude of the healthcare workers will be, even you? she is a woman first and then disability is just added,’’ she said.

According to her, the coalition is aimed at creating more awareness and encourage women and girls to seek medical attention in healthcare facilities because they have right to sexual and reproductive healthcare services.

“We need government to either through the Ministry of Health, or government agencies to set out budgeting so that these services are tuned to the needs of women and girls with disabilities whether adolescent or reproductive health rights, pre-motherhood services or post motherhood services,’’ she said.

On gender based violence, she said the coalition was sensitising all PWD on the need to speak out and protect themselves from all forms of abuses.

“We are trying to build the courage of our women to be able to understand that in their relationships, they have voices and have a right to be loved and to walk away if it not working.

“We also want to create safe places for these women so that they can air and say their concerns because most times there is a lot of silence, bottling up because they feel sometimes that their relationships are privileges.

“So we want them to understand that they deserve love so we want government and others responsible for prosecuting perpetrators of gender based violence, rape and other abuses that if a woman with disability report a case take it and vigorously pursue it to the end.’’

She, therefore, called on government to adopt an enhanced budgetary system to enable persons with disabilities access medical facilities in Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) nationwide.

Edited By: Ikenna Uwadileke/Ali Baba-Inuwa

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Akoko community protests incessant accidents by heavy duty vehicles

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Residents of Iwaro/Oka Akoko in Akoko Southwest Local Government Area of Ondo State on Saturday trooped out in large number and peacefully protested over incessant killings through accidents caused by heavy duty vehicles.

The protesters, who carried placards with various inscriptions like, ”Don’t turn our community into ghost town”,  “Our lives matter’’;  No Solution, No Peace”; and “We are tired of accidents on Akungba/Oka Road”.

Others inscriptions were: “Ondo State Government (ODSG) construct alternative road on Akungba/Oka Road”; and “Incessant accidents make us homeless.’’

The protesters barricaded the Iwaro Oka road, preventing vehicular movement.

They noted that they had lost many lives and property worth millions of naira to the incessant accidents.

The Chairman of Iwaro Oka Community Union, Dele Ologbese, said the union decided to organise the protest due to the menace caused by drivers of heavy duty trucks.

Ologbese said the town had been suffering economically due to farmers neglecting their farmlands because of the resulting inferno from incessant tanker accidents.

He urged the state government to put permanent barricade against heavy duty vehicles and provide alternate routes for them.

The Regent of the Asin of Iwaro Oka, Adekemi Omorinbola, said the accidents were so rampant with nothing being done about complaints by the people of the town.

Omorinbola urged government to ensure it moved swiftly to proffer a lasting solution to save lives and property of the people.

“We are here because the accident is so much in this area. We can’t sleep with one eye closed, not to talk of the two eyes.

“It is affecting our people economically and psychologically,’’ the regent said.

Femi Akerele, a Youth Leader in the community had tried its best to appeal to government to put permanent barricade or construct alternative routes on the road to prevent further occurrence but to no avail.

The Chairman of the Community, Mr Jerome Orole, urged the state government to act quickly on the problem.

Orole said the youth had planned to protest in a manner that government would not like before the elders in the town quickly took charge.

However, the Chairman of the Akoko Southwest Local Government, Dapo Fasesin, when contacted, said the governor had promised to solve the problem facing the community with heavy duty trucks.

Fasesin said Iwaro Oka road was part of the first projects embarked upon by Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, urging the community to believe the words of the governor that a solution would be proffered to the incessant accidents.

Edited by: Cecilia Ologunagba/Adeleye Ajayi
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Imeh, Emmanuel power into quarterfinals of Rainoil Tennis Open

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Two tennis players, Joseph Imeh and Sylvester Emmanuel, have qualified for the quarterfinals in their respective games in the ongoing Rainoil Tennis Open, men single defending champion.

Christian Paul, who was seeded 13, Imeh had to dig in deep to win at 7/6 (3), 5/1 to move closer to the title race.

It was at a tight first set, and Paul’s level tailed off in the second set as he retired due to injury.

Imeh’s opponent in Friday’s quarterfinal fixtures will be Godsgift Timibra, who advanced at the expense of Clifford Enosoregbe.

Enosoregbe had carved out an early break against Timibra in the third game of the first set at 1-2.

While serving in the fourth game, the former national champion double faulted for 40-40 and reacted quite angrily, hitting the ball to the other side of the court where it met Timibra.

It was a different ball game for Emmanuel as he had an easy game playing against Paul Emmanuel, who he outplayed in two straight sets of 6/3, 6/2, to keep his hope of adding the Rainoil Tennis Open crown to the CBN title he won in June.

Also, through to the quarter-finals are Chima Michael and Thomas.

Chima rallied sensationally from a set down to knock out 3rd seed, Uche Oparaoji, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4, while 4th seed, Otu outclassed Joseph Iyorovbe 6-0, 6-2 to remain in the title chase.

In the ladies’ singles, tournament number one seed, Oyinlomo Quadre, produced a near-perfect performance to beat Loveth Donatus as she moved into the quarter-finals.

Bidding for her third straight national title, the 16-year-old Quadre surrendered just a game in a comprehensive 6-0, 6-1 victory.

The talented youngster will next take on 5th seed, Patience Onebamhoin, who advanced following a 6-1, 3-1 (rtd) win over Bukola Olowu, who retired due to injury midway through the second set.

Fourth seed, Christie Agugbom defeated youngster, Oiza Yakubu, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals.

The contest- a repeat of their quarter-final encounter which Agugbom won- began with Yakubu breaking in the opening game of the first set, but Agugbom broke back immediately for 1-1.

Both players would again trade breaks, before staying on serve until the 10th game, where Agugbom broke to take the set.

Second seed Aanu Aiyegbusi kept up her fine form as she eased past Toyin Asogba 6-3, 6-0 to also join the quarter-final train, while Ibironke Oladipo made light work of Amala Nwokolo, winning 6-1, 6-0.

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