The Oyo State Chapter of Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), on Thursday, commended Gov. Seyi Makinde, over the prompt payment of Pensioners’ monthly allowance.
Chairman of the chapter, Mr Olusegun Abatan, who spoke in a telephone interview with the Nigeria News Agency , on Thursday, described the governor “as God-sent”.
“I want to sincerely and most honestly tell you that we are indeed lucky to have Makinde as our governor.
“Just as in his campaign slogan; `new dawn has arrived in Oyo State’, pensioners are happy, workers are happy, everybody is feeling the impact of Makinde’s administration.
“Immediately after he was sworn-in, he dedicated his tenure salary to pensioners union, and he has not gone back on that promise as we get the alert of his monthly salary in the NUP account.
“He promised us that workers and pensioners will always get their salaries and allowances on the 25th of every month and he has been good to his words.
“Because 25th of this month fell on Sunday, Makinde paid workers and pensioners on Friday, 23rd, is he not God-sent? May God bless this man for us, he has put smiles back on our faces,” he said.
Abatan also revealed that retired primary school teachers in the state now received their full salaries as against the part-payment received under the last administration.
“Oyo State is a civil servants’ state, and we all depend on payment of salaries and allowances.
“Because Seyi pays early, market women are happy, artisans are happy, everyone is happy; we pray he continues like this.’’
Work resumes in Oyo State after Eid-el-Kabir holiday
Some workers in Oyo State on Monday, resumed work after the annual Muslim Eid-el-Kabir festival, celebrated on Friday, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Some of the workers monitored around Oyo North area of the state, comprising 10 council areas, showed up for work in their respective offices as early as 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.
NAN reports that the resumption of workers after observing the Thursday and Friday public holiday declared by the Federal Government, was witnessed by greetings and throw of banters among the workers.
Workers were also seen exchanging meat, drinks and gifts as they discussed the merriment of the festive period.
Some workers who spoke to NAN in separate interviews, expressed satisfaction and happiness over the festival time and resumption.
A middle-level council worker at Iseyin Council area, Ismail Ishola, said the period was enjoyable and memorable for him and his family members.
A top official at the Saki West Council, who preferred anonymity, also said the period was good for him and his neighbours.
Another worker in Iseyin Council area, Mrs Aina Adio, said the holiday was equally a memorable period, saying that she had a good time with friends and family.
She, however, decried unsteady power supply by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) saying that “very good time but we ran on generator for greater part of the period”.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)
Carefree attitude of Nigerians leads to national spread of COVID-19- Expert
was responsible for increase in spread of in the country.
He said: “As things stand right now, the increasing national spread and carefree attitude of the populace are challenges that Nigerians must contend with along with its heavy attendant costs.
“Healthcare professionals have been exposed as several patients have refused to obey the simple rules which make the enforcement of the precautionary measures in their facilities a mere ceremony.
“We are obviously at the most dangerous spot in the life of COVID-19 in our nation.
“We should give this scourge the right attention, otherwise, we will all become the victims of this novel disease.”
He, however, urged the Federal and State Governments to enforce laws that would compel people to adhere strictly to the use of face masks in the country.
The expert also said that taming the community transmission of COVID-19 was a critical step that should be taken by the government and the people in the country.
“The current trend of community transmission without a matching force from the government agencies is synonymous to sleeping with a flaming fire on the house roof top.
“Seven months down the lane, with unabating increasing daily tally of new cases, several recorded deaths, we should necessarily tighten our belts, if we must all win the war against COVID-19.
“Staying safe is not only a wish, but the doing of all concerned,” Ajibade said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
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
Eid-el-Kabir: Ajimobi’s widow preaches love, forgiveness
The widow of late former Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Florence, has urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness and sharing of love.
She made the call while playing host to a delegation of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Oyo State on Saturday evening at her Oluyole residence in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the delegation led by the council Chairman, Alhaji Ademola Babalola, had visited to celebrate the Sallah with the family of the late former governor.
Ajimobi urged Nigerians to use the opportunity of the Sallah to forgive each other and review their lives, saying the greatest gift for anyone was to make eternity.
“Let’s show love to those we know and love. It is not enough to love them in our heart. Let’s us learn to forgive each other.
“The greatest gift anybody could give himself is to make eternity. What are you going to do after 70 years on earth? Eternity is forever. There is no end to it,” she said.
Ajimobi also counseled Nigerians to use the opportunity of her husband’s death to review their lives.
She expressed confidence that her husband lived a fulfilled life, saying she would forever be proud of him.
“My husband lived 70 years. 70 years of fulfilment, achievements and impact on many lives. Forever, I will be proud of him. I called him my hero. He is my hero and will forever be my hero.
“For me, he is never late and we shall live forever. He is a man I love, cherish and will forever be in my heart,” she said.
She described her late husband as her greatest supporter and strength, adding that, his death came as a mark of destiny.
“I don’t want to behave like an unbeliever because I know nothing happens without God’s input. We are all here one day and we are all going back one day.
“Nobody knows when death is going to come. I believe so much in destiny and I believe my husband’s time was up. He lived a fulfilled life.
“I am crying because I missed him. I missed everything about him. I miss his love, his advice. Having him around me was my strength. He was my greatest supporter.
“He thinks I am a strong woman but this time, I tell you I am not a strong woman. He used to give me all the strength I needed as a woman.
“So when I cried, not because he hasn’t achieved much, but because I missed so much about him,” she said.
She expressed the belief that that her late husband made heaven, adding it was her greatest consolation.
“What does it profit a man even if he lived up to 90 years and he can’t make heaven? Abiola Ajimobi made heaven and he is at peace with God. That is my greatest consolation.
“Whoever is begrudging Abiola Ajimobi, who else do you want to begrudge now? The man is dead. That peace you cannot make again. You cannot rectify it.
“I know whoever is not happy with him will feel that guilt forever because the opportunity to make up with him is gone.
” Life is short. Abiola Ajimobi has gone today, who is next? Nobody knows. It could be anybody,” she said.
Ajimobi, who said she shared the best 40 years of her life with the late former governor, expressed the family’s readiness to uphold his legacies.
“I am proud to share the best 40 years of my life with him. I know the journey ahead of me is a long one but with God on my side, it is achievable.
“I know God will sustain us, our family and his political family. God will give the family the strength to uphold his legacies and to continue the good work he has done.
“When I listen to all the good things people have to say about him, I am so pleased to have him as husband. I am proud to be his wife,” she said.
She expressed gratitude to the NUJ for the visit, saying it gladdened her heart.
Ajimobi also prayed for the delegation, assuring it of the family’s support.
“For those of you that are here today, I say thank you from the depth of my heart. On behalf of my children and the entire family, I say thank you.
“What we are doing here today is to prove to the world that he lives on. My husband is not physically here but I know his spirit lives on.
“This is a trying period in my life, but your visit has further strengthened me. Thanks for the love. His political family has been so much supportive.
“I don’t know what we would have done without them. I want to reassure you that you can always count on this family for support.
“Abiola Ajimobi lives on in our hearts and the heart of his political family, Nigerians by extension, and for anybody that accepts him as somebody that came, saw and conquered,” she said.
Babalola, in his remarks, eulogised the late former governor for his legacies, praying Almighty God continue to strengthen the family.
NAN reports that the late Ajimobi’s family had distributed several rams, food items and cash to political associates as well as residents.
The family also hosted a forum to celebrate the Sallah which was attended by political associates and residents.
(Edited Benson Iziama/Mufutau Ojo)