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Oyo govt. raises committee to address Out-of-School Children problem

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Oyo state government has inaugurated an 11-man Committee on Enrollment Drive Campaign to address the Out-of-School Children problem in the state.

Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board,(SUBEB), who inaugurated the committee on Wednesday,in Ibadan said it would embark on an intensive mobilisation to facilitate increase in enrollment of more pupils back to classrooms.

He said: ”This will create the needed awareness on the need to address out-of-school-children in the state.

”The committee will adopt different strategies targeted at communities in the state, so as tcrease enrollment in public schools.”

The SUBEB chairman called on the committee to key into government’s intensive efforts to initiate fundamental reforms in the basic education sector of the state.

He said that that every Out-of-School child must return to school.

The SUBEB boss also urged members of the committee to deploy their expertise in various fields to execute the task ahead by putting in necessary resources for concerted actions toward achieving desired results.

Adeniran, expressed concern over the large number of out-of-school children in state, describing the percentage s not encouraging.

He, however, expressed confidence in the ability of the committee to mobilise all stakeholders in returning “these children back to school.“

Adeniran stated that inauguration of the committee was in tandem with the directive of the Federal government, Universal Basic Education Commission and UNICEF, on the implementation of free basic education in the country.

The committee comprises members from the UBEC South West zone, SUBEB, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, representatives of the Christian and Islamic faiths, among others.(NAN)

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Ajimobi mourns Oyo politician, Adelere

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Abiola Ajimobi, former Oyo State Governor, has expressed deep sadness over the passage of Pa Salau Adelere, a politician and foremost Oke-Ogun ‘Awoist’.

This is contained in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Bolaji Tunji and made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Saturday.

Ajimobi, All Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy National Chairman (South), described Pa Adelere as

one of Nigeria’s progressive-minded politician.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adelere died on Friday morning at the age of 90.

Ajimobi said though the late Pa Adelere lived to a ripe old age of 90 years, his death still came with regrets.

He described the Iseyin-born politician as one of the greatest advocates of progressive politics whose dreams had always been to ensure that Nigeria achieved her full potential.

“He was committed to the ideals of progressive politics as espoused by the late sage, all through his life.

“He was one of our greatest pillars of support in Oke-Ogun and by extension, Oyo State,” he said.

The former governor said that the death of Pa Adelere had left a vacuum in the progressives fold, saying the people of Iseyin, Oke Ogun and Oyo State would also miss his sage advice as well as support in years to come.

“I share in the grief of the Aseyin, his immediate family, associates, Oke-Ogun people, Oyo State and Nigeria, especially those who would continue to miss the void he left behind.

“In spite of his advanced age, I know that no words can adequately capture the grief and pains of the loss. I, however, pray that the Almighty God consoles you all,” he said.


Edited By: Angela Okisor/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

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Sen. Folarin worried over increased insecurity in Oyo

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Miss Bello Barakat, aged 19 years and a student of Institute of Agriculture, Research and Training(IAR&T), Ibadan, was gang-raped and stabbed to death by unknown persons.

“The horrific incident took place at the back of the home she shared with her family in Akinyele area of Ibadan.

“On Sunday, May 31, 2020, unknown gunmen invaded Ikereku, Pade and Olanla villages in Akinyele Local Government Area and gruesomely killed three constituents.

“Fact-check reveals that the deceased persons (Ope Babalola, Waheed Ganiyu and Yemi Osunolale) were shot dead in their farms by the attackers and their bodies picked up in the bush.

On April 25, 2020, the two-year-old twins of popular Ibadan-based Islamic scholar, Sheik Taofeek Azeez, popularly known as ‘Akewugbagold’ were kidnapped at gunpoint.

“They were kidnapped at the cleric’s residence located at Abatakan area in Ojoo, Ibadan. The twins were released eight days after the abductors were paid N4million ransom.

“The abuctors initially demanded for £100,000 which is equivalent to N55 million for the release of the children,” he said.

The former senate leader said that he woke up to the horrific and shocking news of Somuyiwa’s death on June 6.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content said evidence revealed that she was hit with an heavy stone on the head in her rented apartment at Aba- Ijefun, Akinyele Local Government Area of Ibadan.

Folarin, who commiserated with the families of all those who lost their loved ones, said the deaths and high wave of crime in the state were unacceptable.

“Just like other residents, I am deeply worried over the collapse of the security architecture in the state. The ugly situation must not continue.

Oyo State Government must declare state of emergency on the worrisome security situation in the state.Government must live up to expectations by ensuring adequate protection of lives and properties, ” he said.

He also said that the spate of killings, kidnappings and rape incidents in the state as well as other parts of Nigeria called for great concern by all tiers of government, stakeholders and citizens.

The lawmaker called on security agencies to speedily investigate the crimes with a view to bringing the culprits to book in order to serve as a deterrent to others.

“I pray for the families that lost their loved ones. As a stakeholder and senator representing Oyo Central, I am already working with relevant authorities to bring the perpetrators to book,” he said.

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Nwachukwu Enwonwu, has relocated his office to Moniya in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state.

Enwonwu, in a statement signed by the State Police Public Relations Officer, Olugbenga Fadeyi, said the relocation was to ensure that the killers of Bello and Somuyiwa were arrested to face the full wrath of the law.

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Killings: Oyo police commissioner relocates to Moniya

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The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mr Nwachukwu Enwonwu, has relocated his office to Moniya in Akinyele Local Government Area of the state following the killing an 18-year-old, Barakat Bello, and a 29-year-old, Azeezat Somuyiwa, in the area.

The Deputy Commissioner(Operations) and  Deputy Commissioner (Criminal Investigation Department) among other top officers had also relocated to the area.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bello, a student of Department of Science Laboratory Technology (SLT) ,Federal College of Animal Health and Production, Ibadan, was on Monday raped and  killed.

NAN also reports that Somuyiwa, who was seven months pregnant, was killed on Friday in the axis.

A statement issued in Ibadan by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, announced the relocation to the area in response to the killings.

“The police are aware of the dastardly killing of one Baraka Bello ‘f’ 18-years-old of Oloro Area kraal, Akinyele LGA of Oyo State on 31st May, 2020 and one Azezat Somuyiwa ‘f’ aged 29 years of Ijefun Community, Moniya Akinyele LGA, on 5th June, 2020.

` It should be noted that immediately the Commissioner of Police got wind of the incident, he relocated his office to the area along with the DC Operations, DC Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Area Commander, Moniya, DPOs Moniya and Ojoo with all the police tactical teams in company with Special Assistant (SA) and Executive Assistant (EA) Security from Oyo State Government House.

“Furthermore, intensified efforts are on by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Iyaganku, Ibadan, to unravel the mystery behind the dastardly killings.

`The Commissioner of Police therefore wishes to use this medium to put the records straight that Azezat Somuyiwa ‘f’ aged 29 years of Ijefun Community, Moniya, that was killed in the early hours of 5th June, 2020 by some assailants was smashed with stone on her head.

“The deceased is not a post graduate student of the University of Ibadan as widely circulated on the social media. Her murder seems similar to that of a ritual killing,’’ Fadeyi said.

The police spokesman said the commissioner reiterated the resolve of the command to get to the root of the matter and advised members of the public to be wary of hoodlums in their midst.

Fadeyi quoted the commissioner as warning residents to be security conscious and embark on bush clearing.

The commissioner also reiterated the command’s resolve to continue to rejig the security architecture for maximum protection of lives and property in the state.

He urged residents to continue to go about their lawful businesses without any fear of molestation, saying  adequate security measures had been put in place to respond promptly to any security threat.

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COVID-19: Oyo CAN cautions Christians against flouting govt. directives

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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.

Pastor Benjamin Akanmu, the State Chairman, made the call on Friday while addressing newsmen in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state government is yet to ease the lockdown on religious centres ocassioned by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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.

The CAN chairman said that the best way to chase away COVID-19 pandemic was for people to humble themselves before God,  confess their sins, turn away from evil and ask for the mercy of God.

“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.

“Jesus did not call the pastors alone, he called everyone. He says, go ye into the world and preach the gospel. In other words, lockdown shouldn’t be an excuse to be far from God.

“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. 


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

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Buhari, Folarin mourn Oyo politician, Adelere

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Two senators from Oyo State, Teslim Folarin and Abdufatai Bihari, have condoled with the people of Oke-Ogun area of the state over the death of Pa Salau Adelere, a committed ‘Awoist’.

In separate condolence messages, the two All Progressives Congress (APC) senators said Oke-Ogun area and Oyo State had lost a giant in the death of 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.

The former Senate Leader said in a statement signed by his Media Aide, Yekeen Olaniyi, that the

 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.

“All his life, Pa Adelere defined his politics and pitted his tent early in life with the progressive school.

“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.

Folarin conveyed his deepest sympathy to the bereaved family, the great people of Iseyin, Oke-ogun and APC family, praying Almighty God grant him eternal rest.

Also, Sen. Buhari condoled with the family, people of Iseyin and Oke Ogun on the death of a core progressive politician.

Buhari said that Pa Adelere’s death was a colossal loss to the family, Iseyin, Oke Ogun, Oyo State and the nation’s political system.

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.”

He stressed that in view of the vacuum created by the death of Pa Adelere, the late politician left indelible and memorable records in the political system of Oyo State as well as Nigeria.

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.


Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Gov. Makinde constitutes Oyo Credit Corporation, Sports Council

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Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has appointed Afees Jimoh, a former House of Representatives member, as Chairman of the state’s Agriculture Credit Corporation.

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 was a Reps member for Irepo/Olorunsogo/Oorelope Federal Constituency between 2011 and 2015.

“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.

“He is the current chairman of the Oyo State Handball Association and served as chairman of the state’s Badminton Association,” he said.


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Oyo gets new Customary Court of Appeal President

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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.

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Sports Festival: Oyo govt. rewards 2018 athletes, officials with N39m

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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.


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Oyo police seek information on killers of 18-yr-old Bello

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The Police Command in Oyo State has solicited for credible information from members of the public to unravel those who raped and killed an 18-year-old girl, Barakat 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.

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