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Ogun Govt extends lockdown by another week



Ogun Government has yet again extended the existing lockdown by another week.

Gov Dapo Abiodun made this known while briefing journalists on Friday in Abeokuta.

He maintained that the state was constrained to extend the lockdown for another week as it continued to record more cases of the Coronavirus.

According to the governor, it is a painful but necessary decision that has to be taken to maintain the balance between lives and livelihood.

“We cannot ignore the fact that we are having a sudden rise in the number of new cases. We all decried an increase of 30 per cent last week when I was giving the weekly update.

“This week’s increase of over 37 per cent is even more worrisome, particularly as we are still under an eased lockdown, and considering the demography and location of the confirmed cases, we can confirm that community transmission is on the increase in our state.

“I have to state that after all considerations, we are constrained to take the painful, but necessary decision to continue the eased lockdown of Ogun State for another one week till Sunday, May 31.

“As we have always maintained the delicate balance between lives and livelihood, we will continue to have our window of relaxation, from 7 am to 5 pm on Monday, 25th May; Wednesday, 27th May, and Friday, 29th May.

“We must also bear in mind that the daily curfew from 8 pm to 6 am and the ban on non-essential inter-state travel as directed by Mr President still stand,” he said.

Gov. Abiodun, however, said that the second phase, to begin from June 1, would be accompanied by a further ease of the lockdown and expansion of the windows of relaxation.

He said that the guidelines and details would be provided in due course.

The governor felicitated with the Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the Ramadan fasting, but cautioned them against any form of gathering.

He enjoined them to comply with directives of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs  and offer their Eid prayers at home.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Ogun Assembly passes 2 bills as Legislative, Judiciary Funds bills scale first reading 



Ogun House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the State Technical and Vocational Education Amendment Bill, 2019 and State Official Order of Precedence of Public Officers and other Persons Bill, 2019.

The two bills were passed during plenary in Abeokuta following the Committees’ reports.

The Chairman, Committee on Education, Ademuyiwa Adeyemi (APC-Abeokuta South II) and his counterpart on Establishment and Public Service Matters, Mrs Modupe Mujota (APM – Abeokuta North) presented the reports.

The chairmen, thereafter, moved the motion for the adoption of the reports, seconded by Abayomi Fasuwa (APC – Ijebu North East) and Oludaisi Elemide (APC-Odeda) after which the bills were read and adopted Clause-by-Clause by the Committee of the whole House.

The motions for the third reading of the bills were later moved by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sheriff (APC-Ado Odo Ota 1), seconded by Ganiyu Oyedeji (APM-Ifo 11) and the Deputy Speaker, Oludare Kadiri (APC- Ijebu North 11) respectively.

Mr Deji Adeyemo, the Acting Clerk of the Assembly, thereafter, did the third reading of the bills before the members.

Responding, the Speaker, Mr Olakunle Oluomo (APC-Ifo 1), directed that clean copies of the bills be forwarded to Gov. Dapo Abiodun for his assent.

Meanwhile, the Ogun State Legislative Funds Management Law, 2020 and State Judiciary Funds Management Law 2020, were read for the first time by the clerk of the assembly before the lawmakers.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Principals, essential partners in reviving education standard – Ogun govt.



Mrs Ronke Soyombo, the Special Adviser to Gov. Dapo Abiodun on Primary and Secondary Education, has described secondary school principals as essential partners in reviving the falling standard of education in Ogun.

Soyombo stated this on Tuesday in Abeokuta at a meeting with All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) led by its President, Mrs Olubunmi Womiloju.

She said that it was important to develop meaningful synergy between the government and ANCOPSS by restoring healthy competition, boarding facilities, discipline, quality teaching, learning and serious advocacy back to schools.

The special adviser charged stakeholders in the state’s education sector to chart a course that would enable the state regain its legacy as a leader in the sector.

“In time past, Ogun State public secondary schools has always been our standard model schools that churned out great and successful people that are doing well in their chosen fields.

“Excellence and good discipline was the priority with healthy competitions among the schools back then, this is what the present administration is working to restore and we believe together we can bring the lost glory of our schools back.

“We are going to restore discipline, excellence and good morals back to our schools, results of our students will now be made public to foster more efforts and healthy competitions.

“Security in schools will be heightened, school management and standards will take a new shape from henceforth. With all these successfully put in place, our educational standard is guaranteed,” Soyombo said.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye, commended the principals for their leadership quality , saying government would not rest on its oars until better standards were restored in schools.

Ogunleye also said that schools would be properly fumigated before resumption.

In her remarks, Womiloju commended the state government for its plans to uplift school standards.

Womiloju promised that the association would continue to support the state government’s programmes, saying that the growth and development of the education sector remained a collective responsibility of all stakeholders.

The ANCOPPS president enjoined principals to maintain standards and adhere strictly to the decisions reached at the meeting wholeheartedly.

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)

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NARD supports Ogun doctors’ demand for improved work condition 



The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), South West Caucus, has called on the Ogun Government to improve working condition of its members in the state.

In a statement jointly signed on Monday in Ibadan by its Leader, Dr Sebastine Oiwoh and Deputy, Dr Taoofek Sanni, urged Gov. Dapo Abiodun to look into the demands of the doctors.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the South West caucus of NARD consists all members in Ogun, Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo states.

NAN reports that resident doctors at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, had demanded for improved working conditions.

The NARD said that the demands of their members in the employment of Ogun  Government was not “out of place, but in line with international best practices.

“These demands are in line with international best practices and needed for the care of the entire populace, especially at this time of COVID-19 pandemic where Ogun State is one of the epicentres in Nigeria.

The Federal Government and other state governments have since ramped up the needed policies, plans and protocols to properly position our members at a vantage position for victory over this unseen enemy.

“The association extended its solidarity and appreciated members in the state for managing to provide necessary health services to the people in spite of discouraging work conditions, inadequate facilities and poor remuneration,” it said.

The NARD also commended its members in various isolation centres in the state for their commitment, sacrifices and dignity of labour in spite of being owed their entitlements.

The association, however, frowned at the governor for alleged provocation and misinforming the public that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the doctors when such never existed.

“For the avoidance of doubt and to place the records straight, the most noble profession of medicine is a veritable and time proven repertoire of highly cerebral, emotionally mature, administratively astute and clinically sound hippocratic progenitors.

“All these is exemplified by our esteemed members at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, who are demanding for proper and adequate working conditions, while keeping the interest of esteemed patients at heart always.

NARD had expected the governor to carefully, holistically and pragmatically look into the demands which was devoid of emotional blackmail,” it said.

The association said that it was closely monitoring the present situation in Ogun and and act  appropriate.

Edited /Wale Ojetimi

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Ogun inaugurates small claims court



The Ogun government on Monday inaugurated a Small Claims Court as part of efforts to bring justice closer to the people and ensure quick dispensation of justice.

The Chief Judge of Ogun, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, at the inauguration held at the State High Court, Isabo, said that the court was established to provide easy access to informal, inexpensive and speedy resolution of simple matters.

According to Dipeolu, the court deals with simple matters such as debt recovery disputes, demands and damages that do not exceed N500,000.

She said that the establishment of such a court was  aimed at bringing justice closer to people at the grassroots level.

”The small claims court is targeted at some people who might find it difficult to hire the service of lawyers.

” The method of operation at the court is very simple. Litigants do not need lawyers to file claims or defend same and fees are also quite cheap and affordable,” she said

The chief judge added that the small claims court were time bound, noting that the entire proceeding from inception till judgment was not expected to last more than 60 days.

She also said the operation at the small claims court would commence in six carefully chosen Magisterial Districts which were in Abeokuta, Ota, Ifo, Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu and Ilaro.

The success of the court, she said, would determine opening in other magisterial districts.

Earlier, the chief judge had sworn in two magistrates–Mrs Alaba Sakirat Yetunde and Siyanbola- Alli Aminate Abosede.

She urged the magistrates to uphold the ethics of the profession and dispense justice without fear or  favour.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)


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Buhari felicitates with UNILAG VC, Prof. Ogundipe at 60



President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof.  Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, on his 60th birthday.

Ogindipe will be clocking 60 yeats on May 31, 2020.

In a congratulatory message released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday, the president joined family members and friends of the vice chancellor to celebrate the milestone, laced with great and memorable achievements.

Buhari rejoiced with the academia and professional colleagues of Ogundipe, who, ”through diligence and resilience, rose to become a Professor of Botany at 42, taking up responsibilities as Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies; Director, Academic Planning Unit; and Deputy Vice Chancellor.”

The president extolled Ogundipe’s commitment to upgrading and expanding of the departments, faculties and institutes in the university.

He particularly lauded him for paying attention to the dynamic global market, evolving trends in research, and most importantly, the need for character, competence and competitiveness.

The president commended the ongoing efforts to improve the quality of learning by attracting grants for infrastructure development and research, promoting scholarship and management of resources, with the larger picture of supporting governments to meet growing demands, especially in research funding and employment.

He prayed that the almighty God would continue to strengthen the highly respected academic and author, and grant him wisdom to achieve his dreams for the institution and the country.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Navy reaches out to households in Ogun community



The Nigerian Navy through the Naval Training Command (NAVTRAC) on Saturday reached out to another set of 250 households in Ota as part of its 64th anniversary.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that items contained in the palliatives include rice, beans, vegetable oil, condiments, hand sanitisers, gloves and face masks.

Rear Adm. Idowu Yusuf, the Acting Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) of NAVTRAC was in the community on behalf of the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) and the new FOC of NAVTRAC.

Yusuf accompanied by senior naval officers paid a courtesy visit to the palace of the Olota of Ota Land.

He also proceeded to the palace of the Baale of Idota Titun Land in Otun Ota where the palliatives were presented.

He said that the palliatives was to appreciate one of its host communities which host the Navy School of Music during this pandemic period.

He said that the gesture also represented part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and to improve the Civil-Military relation.

The Nigerian Navy traditionally celebrates its Anniversary with fanfare and pageant commencing with the activities at the end of May every year climaxing in the Navy Day on June 1.

“The week-long Anniversary celebration provides an opportunity for showcasing the various achievements of the NN and to demonstrate the Navy’s capabilities.

“Several host communities were selected by the Chief of Naval Staff to appreciate the outstanding cooperation and collaboration given to the NN,” he said.

Yusuf said that the global pandemic made the Navy to modify this anniversary which resulted to giving palliatives communities.

“The current global COVID-19 pandemic affecting the country has made the NN to modify this year’s celebrations.

“This informed the selection of Idota Tuntun Community as one of the several communities to benefit from the CNS palliatives to alleviate hardship caused by this global pandemic on our citizens.

“The palliatives is designed to assist 250 households with assorted food, PPE. I want to reiterate that COVID-19 is real.

“Consequently some of the active measures to curtail the virus include washing of hands with soap and water, avoiding touching of face, nose or eyes with your hands and maintaining social distance,” he said.

The Acting FOC, however, appreciated the contribution of Olota of Ota and the various Baales for the cordial relationship enjoyed by the Commanding Officer and the staff of the Navy.

Abdulkareem Odunaro, the Onikotun of Otun Ota, who represented the Olota of Ota, Oba Abdulkabir Obalanlege, appreciated the Navy for remembering his community.

The NN has always been there for us. We appreciate the NN for remembering us, it’s one of the biggest since we have been receiving palliatives.

“We want to appreciate the CNS, the FOC of NAVTRAC for reaching out to us,” he said.

NAN reports that the Western Naval Command had also reached out to two host communities of Imoore and Alayabiagba in Lagos state.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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4 dead,6 injured in 3 accidents in Ogun



The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun says four persons died while six others sustained injuries in three separate accidents in the state on Friday.

Clement Oladele, Sector Commander of FRSC in the state, gave the details in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Ota, Ogun.

Oladele explained that the first crash occurred at about 10.30 a.m. due to tyre burst and excessive speeding at Abeokuta-Sagamu route, near Showo.

It involved two vehicles: a Mazda bus marked AKM 125 AA and a KIA bus, marked KRD 34 CW.

He said that five persons were involved, with three sustaining varying degrees of injuries, but no fatality.

“The three injured persons were rescued and taken to an undisclosed hospital for intensive treatment,’’ he said.

The commander said that the second crash happened at about 1.30 p.m. around Arepo Bus-Stop, on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The lone accident involved a motorbike marked AYE 428 UL carrying three persons was caused by dangerous riding.

While one person died, two others sustained injuries.

“The corpse of the victim has been deposited at Idera hospital morgue while the survivors are receiving medical attention at ROA Hospital, Arepo in Ogun.’’

Oladele said that the third crash, which involved a Toyota Camry car, marked KTU 421 CA and a Bajaj motorcycle marked GGE 723 QF.

The accident, according to Oladele, happened at about 7.49 p.m. due to route violation and driving against traffic around the long bridge on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The commander said that car drove against traffic and rammed into the motorcycle that led to the death of three male adults while one person sustained injuries.

“The corpses of the victims have been deposited at Idera Hospital morgue while the survivor is also receiving treatment at the same hospital,’’ he said.

Oladele advised motorists to drive cautiously and desist from driving against traffic to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Student group felicitates with Gov. Abiodun of Ogun @ 60



The Progressive Students Movement (PSM), a pan-African student pressure group, has felicitated with Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, as he clocks 60 years.

The group also congratulated the governor for successfully piloting the affairs of Ogun in the last one year in office.

The felicitation is contained in a statement issued by Mr Bestman Okereafor, PSM President, on Saturday in Enugu.

PSM joins the world and good people of Ogun in celebrating Gov. Dapo Abiodun, on his double celebrations of 60th birthday and one year in office.

“As progressives, we congratulate the governor over his giant strides with direct positive impacts on people of Ogun.

“No wonder he keeps receiving accolades from home and abroad in the areas of youths empowerment, education, security, health care, agriculture and housing development.

PSM also salutes your style of political and ideology accommodation, which has obviously secured the loyalty of all oppositions in the state,’’ Okereafor stated.

He called on the governor to remain steadfast, dedicated and solid, and never be distracted by the “noisemakers”.

He said the group believed in his ability to take the state to greater heights.

“We pray that God Almighty will empower the very humble and indefatigable governor with good health and wisdom to realise his dreams of building a future for Ogun people.’’

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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APC lauds Gov. Abiodun’s achievements in Ogun



The All Progressives Congress (APC) has lauded the achievements of Gov. Dapo Abiodun led administration in Ogun in the areas of education, health, agriculture, social services and infrastructure in the last one year.
APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday while felicitating with the governor on his 60th birthday.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) joins other progressives across the nation, well wishers and the good people of Ogun to felicitate with Abiodun on his 60th birthday.
“On this momentous occasion, our great party is particularly delighted that the governor has been walking his talk and fulfilling his electoral promises to the people of Ogun in spite of lean resources.
“From the records of his performance in the last one year, the governor has made remarkable strides in the education, health, agriculture, social services and infrastructural sectors of the state without much funfare,” he said.
He expressed hope that the governor would redouble his efforts at leaving lasting legacies after his stewardship in office for the benefit of the present and future generations in the state.
“We wish the governor many more years of exemplary leadership and services to Ogun in particular and Nigeria in general,” Issa-Onilu said.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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