The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Oyo State chapter, has commiserated with the family of late Chief Bode Oyewole, a former Chairman of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC).
It condoled with the family in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Niyi Alebiosu and Secretary, Adewale Tijani on Tuesday in Ibadan.
The association also condoled with the management and supporters of 3SC over the demise of the former chairman.
Oyewole, also a former state Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ), died on Tuesday after a brief illness.
The association recalled the administrative shrewdness and ingenuity of the departed football administrator.
This, it said, was responsible for the remarkable success recorded by 3SC during his time as the club’s chairman.
The SWAN chapter said that the late Oyewole was the chairman of 3SC when the club won the domestic league and West African Football Union(WAFU) in 1998.
It described the former football administrator as a seasoned journalist who served as chairman of the NUJ in the state between 1978 and 1980.
The association prayed God to repose the deceased’s soul and grant his family fortitude to bear the great loss.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
UI vice-chancellorship: Search team to get eligible candidate
Barely 90 days to the appointment of a vice-chancellor for the premier University of Ibadan (UI), the search team constituted by the Senate of the institution says it is searching for an eligible candidate for the post.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Tunji Oladejo, Director, Public Communication said this in an interview on Monday in Ibadan.
Oladejo stated: “The search team is mandated to look for anybody who is eligible to lead the university to be the vice-chancellor but who did not apply in the first instance but that person will now be encouraged to go and apply.
“Don’t forget that UI is a national treasure, a national institution so it covers everywhere in Nigeria.
“Because the whole of Nigeria is the coverage area of UI so the search team will look for any eligible candidates in all these areas.
“So we are at that stage now.
When asked of the next step in the race towards the vice-chancellorship, he noted that the contest “is a process and so it is one step at a time.
“But we have to wait for the search team to give their recommendations”.
Oladejo also said he could not tell the number of candidates that had applied for the post since he was not part of the council secretariat, noting that only the registrar could tell.
NAN reports that some candidates have withdrawn from the race having known that their chances of emerging in the race is slim.
Some members of the UI community said that they were praying for good candidate to emerge.
A member of the community who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that those at the frontline of the race include Prof. Adeyinka Aderinto, the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Ibadan, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration and Prof. Remi Raji, former Dean Faculty of Arts, among others.
The source said that Aderinto was perceived as a strong contender for the postion.
He, however, noted that the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes has raised the need for an Ibadan indigene to emerge as the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, presenting four candidates for the approval of one who could meet the criteria.
Edited By: Kayode Olaitan (NAN)
Oyo development agency completes 788 projects
Dr Idowu Oyeleke, the Board Chairman of Oyo State Community and Social Development Agency (OYCSDA), says the agency has completed 788 projects in 158 communities across the state.
Oyeleke, who said this in a statement in Ibadan on Monday, added that the projects included rural electrification, water provision health care services, education, environment and social economic empowerment.
He said the projects were part of the state government’s efforts toward boosting the standard of living of the people in rural areas.
“The World Bank Assisted Community and Social Development Project empowers communities to develop, implement and monitor micro social infrastructural projects in their community.
“The benefitting rural communities have been relieved as a result of the present administration’s efforts at strengthening the partnership with the World Bank in reducing poverty in the state.
” Before now, most women in the rural areas faced high risk of medical complications due to non-availability of health care services, while most communities were exposed to various water-borne diseases as a result of lack of potable water,” he said.
Oyeleke said the intervention of the present administration in the state had achieved reduction in maternal death rate and water borne diseases while many communities in darkness had been connected to the national grid.
“The beauty of the Community and Social Development Project is that the benefitting communities prioritise their needs, observing all processes, get approval and execute projects through their preferred service provider.
“Benefitting communities should ensure effective maintainance and sustain all projects in their domains,” he said.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Group trains agric officers on practices of organic agriculture
The Ibadan GO Organic Multipurpose Cooperative Society, in collaboration with Nigeria Go Organic Project is training agricultural officers, extension officers, producers, among others on the principles and practice and entrepreneurship in organic agriculture.
Dr Olugbenga AdeOluwa, the Country Coordinator of Ecological Organic Agriculture in Nigeria, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday.
AdeOluwa said the training mode consisted of the first phase, July 20 to July 31, a -two week intensive virtual class work with field trip, while the second phase was four months practical work.
He said the training firs phase of the training emphasised on livestock, while the second phase would last for four months, August to November.
According to him, the virtual training is also meant to improve profitable organic agriculture business drive.
“It is also intended to boost production capacity of organic agricultural producers, handlers and middlemen toward domestic and export market,’’ he said.
The training tagged: Training of Trainers(ToT), AdeOluwa said that the goal of the training was to train participants on the principles and practices of organic agriculture in an entrepreneurial way to enable them to train others.
“At the end of the training, participants are expected to have a good understanding of organic agriculture and the concept.
“They should be able to know how to run successful organic agriculture enterprises,’’ he said.
The EOA Coordinator was positive that trainees should be able to provide basic extension assistance to other practitioners within the value chain of organic agriculture.
AdeOluwa said the the training was important due to the increasing global market for economic development.
“The training is due to the misconceptions surrounding organic agriculture, emerging global health challenges, global change issues, and opportunity for diversification of income, among others.”
According to him, knowledge is the fulcrum of sustainable development.
“The exponential development of the global organic agriculture sector is based on adequate knowledge of the organic sector by practitioners.”
Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)
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)