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Oyo sets aside N200m monthly to assist  tertiary institutions

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The Oyo State Government says it has set aside a N200 million special grant on monthly basis to assist state-owned institutions in off-setting their outstanding salary arrears.

The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun, said this in a statement in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the institutions are The Polytechnic Ibadan, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo and The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa.

Others are The Oke – Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo-Ora and The College of Education, Lanlate

Toye said that the first installment of the special grant would be released in March with the month’s allocation.

He reiterated that the assistance covered 2016 and 2017 outstanding salaries, while 2018 would be paid fully by each institution.

The statement also quoted Mrs Olawumi Ogunesan, the  Head of Service, as saying the action was part of the decisions agreed on when Gov. Abiola Ajimobi met with the governing councils and heads of the six state-owned tertiary institutions on Monday.

Ogunesan said that government had agreed to assist in off-setting the outstanding salaries within 32  months, adding that the institutions were autonomous by the law establishing them.

“The governing council of each institution is responsible for payment of salaries and allowances as entrenched in its laws.

“Government, therefore, is committed to provision of assistance to each institution.

“Consequent upon submission of Reports by KPMG Advisory Services on Financial Sustainability Review of each Institution, the governing councils pleaded with government to assist in defraying the backlog of salaries arrears owed till December 2017.

“Government resolved to assist the institutions to defray the backlog of salary arrears up to December 2017 to ensure the fiscal sustainability of each institution.

“Government, however, directed that the wage bills of all the institutions be audited and the audit report presented ahead of any assistance.

“Government has verified and confirmed the total salary indebtedness to the institutions totaling N6.8billion  representing the outstanding salary spanning January 2016 to December 2017.

“Government decided that due to paucity of funds, it shall set aside additional sum of N200 million  special grant on a monthly basis to assist the institutions in off-setting the outstanding arrears,” Ogunesan was quoted as saying.

She noted that the outstanding of N4billion  for LAUTECH, Ogbomoso,  presented at the meeting would be treated separately, noting that another meeting would be held within the next 14 days.

Ogunesan said the meeting would be between Oyo and Osun States and was  to work out modalities for settling the outstanding arrears.

NNN reports that workers in the institutions had staged several protests over the nonpayment of their arrears.

The State Government also reduced the subvention due to the institutions, calling on them to generate revenue to shore up the shortfall.

Ogunesan said the resultant effect of the reduction in subvention had led to the payment of half salaries to workers and the accumulated arrears.

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Oyo PCRC lauds Olukolu, ex-Oyo CP

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Rev. Peter Omofoye, the Oyo State Chairman of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), has lauded the immediate past Commissioner of Police in the state, Shina Olukolu, for reviving and saving the committee from going into extinction.

Omofoye said this on Tuesday in Ibadan during a send off party organised by the committee in honour of Olukolu.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Olukolu was deployed to head the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) in Lagos State and was replaced by Nwachuckwu Enwonwu.

He commended the former commissioner for his deep understanding of community policing, adding that his legacy in the state would continue to be remembered.

According to him, Olukolu combated crime in the state and the people appreciated him for the successes recorded during his tenure.

The successes of PCRC is not complete in the state without mentioning Olukolu. We really enjoyed him and salute his courage.

“Today we are trying to celebrate and show little appreciation for the policy and system you introduced in the state.

“We partnered with you and you made us to know that we are human beings, you made the world to know PCRC.

“We will continue to remember you and God will be with you,” Omofoye said.

Also speaking, the South West Chairman of PCRC, Mr Ibrahim Olaniyan, said Olukolu was a blessing to the Nigeria police, Oyo state and the Yoruba race.

Olaniyan called on the new commissioner to emulate his predecessor, saying that they trusted the wisdom and ability of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to send aseasoned police officer.

He said that the state’s PCRC and the national body in general would continue to partner with the police to reduce crime to the barest minimum.

The new commissioner, who was represented by DCP Attahiru Isah, congratulated Olukolu for his leadership style and prayed that he attained greater heights in his career.

In his remarks, Olukolu thanked the stakeholders for their cooperation and attributed his achievements in the state to them.

I appreciate the IGP, Oyo State government, PCRC and others for the opportunity and support they gave to me,” he said.

He also thanked God as well as officers and men of the command “who are always there day and night to ensure that the state was secured.”

NAN reports that Olukolu was presented with different gifts as well as certificate of commendation and recognition by the PCRC.

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Ibadan businessman petitions new Oyo CP over alleged rights infringement

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An Ibadan-based businessman, Mr Peter Asa, has petitioned the new Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, over alleged infringement on his fundamental rights by the police.
Asa, in his petition, entitled: ‘Save My Soul’, and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Ibadan, said that his rights had been grossly infringed upon.
He alleged that some police officers were being used to silence him over a certain property sold to him by a company, UAC, in 2020 for N26 million.
Asa, popularly known as King Zion, named a certain man as the brain behind his recent detention for three days at the Iyaganku police station.
The businessman said that the inaugural speech of the new police boss, where he pledged never to tolerate any infringement on the fundamental human rights of any member of the public by his officers and men, motivated his distress call.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Enwonwu, who took over from Mr Shina Olukolu, who had been transferred to the Force Criminal Investigation Department in Lagos State, assumed duty on June 1.
Asa, while alleging that the man in question had sponsored several attacks on him, using security agents, implored the police commissioner to carry out an investigation on the case.
“Two officers from Iyaganku, on a recent Thursday afternoon, around 2 pm., at the premises of a bank in Dugbe, arrested and treated me like a common criminal.
“I was taken to Iyaganku police station and kept in detention with criminally-minded suspects for three days.
“The officers arrested me and said my attention was needed at Iyaganku.
“There
is no iota of truth in what I was alleged of. They said I was responsible for the fire incident at the said property, which I duly paid for over 18 years ago.
“The ownership right on the matter is still in court and I will not want to go there. But as a pastor, I know truth will prevail at the end, as I have faith in God that I will get justice, no matter what,” he said.
Asa said that the fire incident happened in broad daylight on April 15 and that he was arrested on May 14, allegedly on a trumped up charge that he was responsible for the inferno.
He said that his arrest came after the officials of Oyo State government had fingered a welder working in one of the shops in the complex as the brain behind the inferno.


Edited By: Bayo Sekoni and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Gov. Makinde’s first year achievements impressive, says Oyo CAN

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Oyo State Chapter, has said that Gov. Seyi Makinde’s achievements in the last one year was impressive.

Pastor Benjamin Akanmu, State Chairman of CAN, made the commendation while addressing newsmen on Tuesday in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Makinde had on May 29, rolled out the achievements of his administration in the first year, listing hundreds completed and ongoing projects.

“For our governor in Oyo State, it’s time of praise and commendation. Of course, no parents will bash or condemn a child that returns home with excellent report card, it’s impossible.

“Makinde deserves our praise if we put into consideration how his administration has positively affected lives of the masses in the state.

“To us, his report card is impressive and we congratulate the governor and his team for moving to the second year with enviable report card,” Akanmu said.

He said that the perspective for which they rated the governor’s performance defer from that of politicians, contractors or some other groups, saying they were not likely to be on the same page with him.

He said that the basis for which they rated the governor’s achievement as very impressive was the administration’s

direct impact on the masses and by extension, standard of living in general.

The CAN chairman said that the governor would always have the backing of the masses and civil servants, having being able to commit their regular remuneration to the welfare of their children and other associated bills.

According to him, pensioners and civil servants are able to settle outstanding bills, the purchasing power of the common man has been lifted because civil servants and retirees can afford to meet up with their needs.

“And that’s the only thing that has the power to set people free from the boundage of poverty and live better.

”Also, death rate among the pensioners and public servants has reduced drastically because they can afford necessities,” he said.

Akanmu noted that over 75 per cent of the population source for means of livelihood on daily basis, appreciated the governor’s decision not to lockdown the state during the rainy season considering its comparative advantage in agriculture.

“Let me tell you this, our position on his one year in office is also premised on the laid down principles of our Lord Jesus Christ, which mandates us to care more for the survival of people around us, especially the poor,” the cleric said.

The cleric advised the governor to embrace everyone, see criticism as motivating ladder and not to relent on his past achievements.

The CAN chairman further urged him to spread out his tentacles to touch other sectors and improve on those he had already started work on.

“We all know he cannot satisfy everyone, but larger percentage of the population should be able to speak well of his administration. He shall work harder than before, give checks and balances priority in his administration.

“Never embark on anti-people’s policies. Secure at least 75 per cent of their support for every policies to be introduced. There must be regular interaction between the governor and the people,” he said.

Akanmu urged the governor to be more vigilant and conscious of his environment while dissociating himself from sycophants.

He called on him to evolve a system that would ensure his lieutenants who failed to live up to expectations in the last twelve months are re-examined and their stories rewritten.


Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Felix Ajide (NAN)

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Police seek information on kidnapped poultry farmers in Oyo

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The Police Command in  Oyo State has requested for credible information from residents of Olorunda area of the state to help in tracking the abductors of some poultry farmers.

The command’s Public Relation Officer, SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, made the plea in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Ibadan.

Fadeyi was reacting to a protest held by poultry farmers in the state on Monday over the abduction.

NAN recalls that the poultry farmers on Monday embarked on peaceful protest to the Broadcasting Cooperation of Oyo State where they appealed for the state government’s intervention over the kidnap of their members since March.

But the PPRO said concerted efforts had since been put in place with a view to apprehending the hoodlums.

He said that there had been massive deployment of policemen to Olorunda area to fish out the hoodlums.

On June 1, one of the kidnappers was arrested along the axis to show to the people that the police are working on the issue and more will be done.

“Likewise other measures are being put in place and as they begin to yield results, we shall inform the people, but we need credible information from the people of that area to enable us to be proactive,” he said.

The Poultry Farmers Association (PAN) Chairman in Oyo State, Mr Gbemisoye Agboola, told NAN that the serial kidnapping of poultry farmers began on March 2 when two sisters were abducted.

“The sisters were released after four days and having paid  N9 million as ransom. Not more than two days after they were released, another farmer was kidnapped.

“Within the space of one month,  three other farmers were kidnapped within Olorunda area. The case was reported to the immediate past Commissioner of Police and he promised to act on it.

“But the situation is getting worse now than we can bear; we believe that the protest will help to drive our demand from government and security agencies so that they come to our aid.

“Poultry farmers have witnessed a lot of unpleasant times, especially at this COVID-19 period.

” We cannot sell our eggs because of lockdown while raw material and feed ingredients are too expensive now that vehicles are finding it difficult to transport materials.

“Inflicting more pains by the way of kidnap is torture and we cannot allow that,” he said.

He further urged the state government to fulfill its promise to include eggs in the palliative materials being distributed to the people.

According to him, this will go a long way to boost the economy of the state.

“It means more eggs will be produced, more revenue for farmers, more jobs to be created and this will eventually lead to an increase in the state’s GDP,” he said.

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Oyo owes N26 bn in gratuities–Gov. Makinde

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says the state has a backlog of N26 billion in unpaid gratuities to  6,274 pensioners.

Makinde made the disclosure in Ibadan on Monday while presenting cheques to some of the beneficiaries of the N180 million gratuity for 2013 retirees.

He said his administration had been making efforts to offset the debt inspite of the limited sources of funds for the government.

“I gave you a promise that as our economy is getting expanded, so also we will be adding more to what we need to pay to pensioners to ensure that we shorten the period within which we can offset this debt,” he said.

He said that his administration remained committed to finishing whatever the previous administrations had left undone, including payments.

“When a child inherits fortune from his father, he will not reject it.

“In the same way, if he inherits debt, he is duty-bound to do something about it and that is what I just explained; we are doing something about it,” he said.

The governor said that those who had served diligently needed all the support they could get from the state.

” Ordinarily, the payment of gratuity to retirees should come immediately after retirement.

“Despite the meagre resources available to the state, my administration will continue to bring relief to the entire workforce in the state and its senior citizens.

“This symbolic presentation of cheques is for retirees who finished the processing of their retirement papers in 2013.

“In total, 82 of these retirees will be paid their full retirement benefits.

“Seven years is a long time for anyone who could not work to wait to get paid their benefits.

“Such payment should ideally come immediately upon retirement and it is indeed disheartening that the previous administration did not do what was supposed to be done when it should be done.

“We are able to do this because we increased monthly allocation for gratuities from N100 million to N180 million with effect from June 2019.

” What this means is we have committed N1.908 billion to this payment in the past one year with a total number of 886 retired civil servants, hospital workers, teaching and non-teaching staff benefitting.

“When we came in, we still had the gratuity arrears of 2011. Now, we have completed the arrears of 2011 and 2012 and we are now on 2013.

“I give you the assurance that we will keep paying off these debts and I know we will finish paying them.” he said.

Makinde further said that his administration would continue doing its best to ensure that everyone in the state felt the impact of governance.

In his address of welcome, Prof. Kehinde Sangodoyin, the state Commissioner for Establishment and Training, said the Makinde-led administration had alleviated the sufferings of helpless retirees.

Mr Okusegun Abatan, Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners in Oyo State, commended the state government for the payment of the gratuities.

Abatan urged Makinde to sustain his efforts at bringing smiles on the faces of the retirees.

Some of the beneficiaries–Raji Ayinde, Rachael Ogundiran, Adeniyi Omofoye and Fausat Olanrewaju– commended the governor for fulfilling his promise to them.
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New Oyo state CP assumes office

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Mr Nwachuckwu Enwonwu the new Oyo State Commissioner of Police has assumed office in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Enwonwu took over from Mr Shina Olukolu who was deployed to the Force Command Investigation Department (FCID) Lagos State.
Speaking shortly after taking over on Monday, Enwonwu urged officers and men of the command to maintain high level of discipline.
“I want you to extend the same cooperation you have shown him to me and try as much as possible to maintain the tempo.
“Once you do that you will be my friend but anything short of that will not be accommodated.
“As you go back to your various commands make sure you maintain high level of discipline because discipline is the bedrock of the Nigeria Police Force,” he said.
The new CP admonished them to respect the fundamental Human Right of Nigerians as enshrined in the Constitution.
Enwonwu said that he did not want to receive petition from the public against the police over violation of their fundamental human rights.
He appreciated the Inspector General of Police (I-G), Muhammed Adamu for the opportunity given to him, saying the I-G has ordered him to continue to control crime and bring it to the barest minimum.
Enwonwu said that a safe society would bring development, investment ,generate employment and improved the standard of living of the citizens.
Earlier, the outgoing CP, appreciated the I-G for the opportunity given to him to serve.
“I want to enjoy you all to extend that hand of fellowship to the new CP and not take his simplicity for granted.
“Apart from the support from the police, I also enjoyed tremendous support from the State Government, traditional leaders, religious leaders, vigilance groups among others,” he said.


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Makinde inaugurates mega plaza, promises to boost Oyo economy

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says his administration is committed to boosting the growth and development of the state’s economy.

Makinde stated this on Monday in Ibadan at the inauguration of a multi-billion naira commercial centre built by Gastab, a private firm.

The governor said the economic policies and programmes of his government had started attracting investors to the state.

He promised that his administration would continue to initiate policies and programmes that would create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state.

The Managing Director of Gastab, Alhaji Saheed Adigun, said the company has seven filling stations in Ibadan and 275 workers in the state, adding that he was committed to the  creation of employment opportunities for the people.

Adigun, who commended  Makinde for creating an   enabling environment for investors, gave an assurance that he would continue  to support  the administration in its employment generation drive.

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COVID-19: 21 patients discharged from Oyo isolation centre

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Twenty-one COVID-19 patients have been discharged from the Oyo State Isolation Centre in the past three days after receiving their second negative test results.

Gov. Seyi Makinde announced this through his official Twitter handle on Saturday night.

Makinde said the figure raised the number of discharged cases so far to 96 in the state.

He, however, stated that 30 new cases were recorded within three days from May 28 when their confirmation tests came back positive.

According to his tweets, 10 cases recorded on May 28 were all from iSON Xperiences – a company located in the Dugbe area of Ibadan.

On May 29, 15 cases were confirmed and 10 of it were from the iSON Xperiences while five cases were recorded on May 30, five of which were also from iSON Xperiences.’’

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the five new cases confirmed in the state were among the 553 recorded in 15 states on Saturday.

The total number of confirmed cases in Oyo state is now 282,

With the new development, Makinde further urged residents with any COVID-19 symptoms, such as cough, fever, tiredness, body ache and shortness of breath, to call emergency operations centre.

According to him, the numbers to call are 08095394000, 08095863000, 08078288999 and 08078288800.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Oyo APC Parliamentary Caucus meets, forges new direction for party

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The Oyo State All Progressives Congress (APC) Parliamentary Caucus met in Ibadan on Friday to strategize on ways of strengthening the party.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting, hosted by the party’s Deputy National Chairman (South), former Gov. Abiola Ajimobi,

was presided over by the State APC Chairman, Chief Akin Oke.

The meeting was attended by elected legislatures led by its National Assembly Caucus Leader, Sen. Teslim Folarin (Oyo Central).

NAN recalls that the party had on Thursday inaugurated its reconciliation committee led by a former governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, to reconcile aggrieved members of the party.

Oke expressed appreciation to members of the caucus led by Folarin for their roles in ensuring the party was strengthened.

He emphasised the supremacy of the party, urging them to represent the state and the electorate well.

The chairman advised the lawmakers to continue to carry the party along in whatever they were doing for their constituencies.

Folarin in his remarks, also underscored the supremacy of the party, calling for better coordination as well as unity between them and the party.

“We should all work collectively like a broom. It is only this way that we can achieve more,” he said.

He commended the party for initiating a reconciliation process to further strengthen the party, urging members and all aggrieved party loyalists to embrace it.

Rep. Segun Odebunmi (Surulere/Ogo Oluwa), in stressing the importance of the meeting, said it was imperative for members to work collectively for the progress of the party.

Among others present at the meeting were Reps. Tolu Akande–Sadipe (Oluyole), Akeem Adeyemi (Oyo), Musiliu Akinremi (Ibadan North) and Shina Peller (Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa).

Others were Reps Akin Alabi (Egbeda/Ona–Ara) and Olumide Ojerinde Orelope /Olorunsogo /Irepo).

The State Assembly members present were Asimiyu Alarape (Atiba), Wunmi Ladeji (Ogbomoso North), Oyeleke Adegbola (Ogo-Oluwa/Surulere), Kazeem Tunde Isiaka (Oyo East/West),  Bamigboye Abidoye (Oriire) and Seyi Adisa (Afijio).

Others in attendance APC State Secretary, Mojeed Olaoya, Oyo South Senatorial Chairman, Prince Adefisoye Adekanye, and Alhaji Rasaq Arikewuyo.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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