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Oyo SWAN tasks Makinde, new Sports Council boss



The Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in Oyo State has congratulated Mr Gboyega Makinde on his appointment as the General Manager of the State Sports Council.

The association, in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Mr Niyi Alebiosu and Secretary, Mr Adewale Tijani, urged Makinde to use his administrative ingenuity to impact positively on the lives of sportsmen and women as well as staff of the council.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Makinde was until the confirmation of his appointment on May 15 by Gov. Abiola Ajimobi had been the acting General Manager of the council since 2018.

The association said that Makinde had in acting capacity demonstrated tenacity for hard work, efficiency and professionalism, adding that the appointment was well-deserved.

The association pledged to sustain the existing cordial relationship between the council and sports writers in the state.

(Edited by Mufutau Ojo)


Appeal Court reserves judgment in Oyo LG leadership tussle suit



The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan on Wednesday reserved judgment in a suit filed by the Oyo government challenging a court order not to dissolve the 33 local government chairmen and 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Oyo State Government appealed against the Judgment of the High Court delivered on May 6, 2019 by Justice Aderonke Aderemi ordering the state government not to dissolve the elected 33 chairmen  and 35 LCDA in Oyo State.

NAN reports that inspite of the judgment, Gov. Seyi Makinde dissolved the 33 LG chairmen and 35 LCDA in the state immediately after his inauguration on May 29,2019. and appealed against the judgment.

The three-member panel of appeal judges chaired by Justice Jimi Bada on Wednesday, reserved the judgment after hearing arguments of counsel in the suit.

Bada further said that judgment date would be communicated to the respective counsel.

Earlier in his argument, counsel to the Oyo State Government, Kunel Kalejaye, SAN, said the lower court has not jurisdiction to here the case because it was premature as at the time the case was filed.

Kalejaye said that the chairmen filed the suit at the lower court based on a rumour they heard that Makinde would dissolved them after his swearing-in on May 29,2019.

He said that the case was filed at the lower court  and judgment obtained by the respondents before they were disolved.

Kalejaye urged the court to dismiss the judgment of the lower court and uphold the appeal.

In his arguments, Counsel to the respondents, Yusuf Ali, SAN said that the action cannot be termed immature because the law allows a person to approach the court when such person noticed that his right would  been threatened.

Ali said that the law always protecting the right of any individual and only an irresponsible person would wait for his eye to be plugged after noticing that such thing was about to happen.

He urged the court dismissed the appeal and uphold the judgment of the lower court to prevent such action from happening in future.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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Ibadan high chief, ex-Oyo NUJ boss felicitate with Alao-Akala at 70



The Osi Bashorun of Ibadanland, Dr Azeez Adeduntan and Mr Gbenga Opadotun, a former Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Oyo State Council, have congratulated former Oyo State Governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala on his 70th birthday.

The duo in their separate congratulatory messages made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Wednesday, commended Alao-Akala for his outstanding contributions to the development of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the former governor and APC chieftain clocked 70 years on June 3.

Adeduntan in his message, congratulated Alao-Akala for his many years of outstanding achievements in the service of the pacesetter state which had endeared him so much to the heart of many residents.

The former APC governorship aspirant in the 2019 general election said that Alao-Akala left behind legacies of excellence while at the helm of affairs in the Nigeria Police Force and as Oyo State governor.

I admire Otunba Alao-Akala for his pragmatism in politics, native intelligence, ability not to be taken as a fool easily, ability to always have an entry and exit strategy in any political party he joins without packing all his eggs in one basket,” he said.

He lauded Alao-Akala’s forthrightness, patriotism and passion in working for the good of the state, country and humanity which would continue to stand him out as a resourceful manager, exemplary leader and patriot.

Adeduntan, also urged the former governor to remain steadfast in love and loyalty to Nigeria.

He urged him to use his wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience to contribute more to the development of the state through mentoring of young leaders.

“On behalf of my family and supporters, I hereby join the family, friends and associates of the former governor in celebrating this important milestone and wish him well in his future endeavours,” he said.

Opadotun in his message, described Alao-Akala as a generous, humble and kind-hearted Nigerian who contributed immensely to the development of Oyo State and Nigeria.

The former NUJ chairman said that Alao-Akala exhibited high level of generousity and humility as a police officer, local government chairman and governor.

He recalled how he secured a bus for the state council of NUJ from Alao-Akala as governor in a lovely atmosphere with the likes of Dapo Falade, Alaba Igbaroola and Kolapo Carew.

“I told Alao-Akala every day that I was in his house to thank him for allowing a level-playing ground during the election and to solicit support for the NUJ as we are confronted with myriad of challenges, one of which is transportation.

Alao-Akala, then the governor asked if I also want to be ‘Oyato’ like he was popularly known as ‘Oyato Governor’ meaning a different governor. I quickly replied, Yes Sir.

“He told me that as soon as the buses they ordered were delivered, NUJ would get one. That was how the bus we are still using till date was donated by the former governor.

“The donation of the new 14-seater Hummer bus was one of the several support of Alao-Akala to journalism and the union in the state,” he said.

Opadotun said that he hoped that the incumbent, Gov. Seyi Makinde would donate another one as the old bus had seen better days.

“As you clock 70 years of age today, I pray that it pleases the Almighty God to bless the remaining years with good health, sound frame of mind and His peace.

“I also rejoice with my Mama, Chief (Mrs) Oluwakemi Alao-Akala, on this great celebration. She has been a source of strength, courage and love over the years to her darling heartthrob.

“She exhibited a high level of support to the celebrant,” he said.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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COVID-19: Cases rise to 317 in Oyo as 15 more test positive



Oyo State has recorded 15 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the state to 317.

The latest figures, released by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Tuesday night revealed that the 15 cases in Oyo were among the 241 new cases recorded in 14 states.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) of the state COVID-19 Task Force said it would begin the community testing for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

The exercise is to determine the behaviour of the virus in the state.

The testing, expected to hold in 10 locations, will kick off in three different sites in Ibadan.

NAN also reports that the task force, on Tuesday, alerted residents that the ban on religious gathering and the curfew, imposed as a result of the pandemic, still remains in force in the state.

The task force, chaired by Gov. Seyi Makinde, stated that it would not be able to follow the decision by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, which relaxed the ban on religious gathering and the curfew.

It said that the position was informed by the ongoing risk situation analysis being undertaken by a team of experts.

“The task force is awaiting a risk situation analysis report by a team of experts, earlier commissioned to do so.

“The report is expected at the end of the week and it is only after the report has been analysed by the task force that it can be in a position to make further clarifications,’’ it stated.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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COVID-19: Oyo yet to relax ban on religious activities, curfew — Taskforce



The Oyo State COVID-19 Taskforce, says  it is yet to relax the ban on religious activities and the curfew imposed as a result of the pandemic.

A statement issued in Ibadan, on Tuesday, by Mr Taiwo Adisa,  Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Seyi Makinde, confirmed that the Taskforce, chaired by the governor, made its position public after a two-hour online meeting on Tuesday evening.

Adisa said the taskforce was still evaluating the situation in the state and would not be able to follow the decision by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, which relaxed the ban on religious gathering and the curfew.

He explained that the position was informed by the ongoing risk, situation analysis being undertaken by a team of experts.

The Oyo state COVID-19 Taskforce wishes to alert the public that the ban on religious gathering remains in force in the state.

The 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew earlier imposed in the state as a result of the ravaging pandemic, will also remain in force until further notice.

“This is because the taskforce  is awaiting a risk, situation analysis report by a team of experts, earlier commissioned to do so.

“The report is expected at the end of the week and it is only after the report has been analysed by the taskforce that it can be in a position to make further clarifications,” he said.

He  indicated that the Taskforce would always make its decisions in relation to the behavioral patterns of the Coronavirus in its domain, relying on science, logic and data; assuring residents that the state was leaving no stone unturned in curtailing the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) of the Taskforce will on Wednesday, commence the community testing for COVID-19, with the aim of determining the behaviour of the virus in the state.

“The exercise, which is scheduled to hold in 10 locations, will kick off in three different sites in Ibadan on Wednesday,”  Adisa  further said..

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ifeyinwa Omowole (NAN)



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We ‘ll make primary health care system in Oyo functional, affordable – Makinde



Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde says his administration will make primary healthcare system  functional and affordable in the state.

Makinde stated this on Tuesday during the inauguration of the newly-renovated ALGON Comprehensive Health Centre, at Eyin Grammar community, Ibadan.

He said that healthcare development was one of the priorities of his administration, and the government would continue to invest in the system.

According to the governor, the state government has developed a new funding structure for Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs), and will follow the policy of paying counterpart funding wherever it is required.

” Oyo state paid a sum of N250 million as state counterpart fund for the Accelerating Nutrition Results in Nigeria (ANRIN) a World Bank project that commenced in March 2020.

“We paid a sum of N100 million as state counterpart fund on the Basic Health Care Fund project, also paid N19 million counterpart fund for the Integrated Medical Outreach Programme by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

“As I said in my One Year in Office Broadcast, we will start seeing the results of our new funding structure in the months to come.

“Before we came into office, we were determined to ensure a turnaround in our healthcare sector.

“In order to achieve this, we made health care one of the four pillars of our manifesto, the Roadmap to Accelerated Development in Oyo State 2019-2023,” he said.

Makinde said that since his administration took over the affairs of the state, it had made healthcare development one of its priorities through policies and actions.

“For example, here in Oyo state, we have 721 Primary Healthcare Centres, or PHCs for short, across the 351 political wards. Although this number is not enough, our top goal is to make what we have functional and affordable.

So, in revitalising the PHC service system, we are starting with the strengthening of a minimum of one PHC per ward. Therefore, we are focusing on renovating and equipping 351 PHCs in the state, for a start.

We started with the PHC in Oranyan community in Ibadan and used that as a standard for the subsequent ones,” he said.

On the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA) the governor disclosed that the state had been able to register 58,000 beneficiaries for health insurance and would start mobilising the community to bring more on board.

As our Cost-Benefit Analysis has shown, the average out-of-pocket payment for healthcare is N50,000/annum per resident of Oyo state.

“With healthcare insurance, you pay N8,000, a reduction of 84%. So, I urge you to  enrol in this scheme as the officers go from house to house to mobilise residents,”  he said.

Earlier, Dr Sola Akande, the Executive Secretary of the OYSHIA, said the healthcare centre was the second renovated PHC by the state government through capitation from Oyo State Health Insurance Scheme.

Akande said the facility was complete with the basic features of OYSHIA, accredited PHCs and had been equipped with medical equipment, furniture, solar power installation and a 40kva diesel electric generator.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)


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Oyo PCRC lauds Olukolu, ex-Oyo CP



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.

Edited By: Sam Oditah/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)

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Ibadan businessman petitions new Oyo CP over alleged rights infringement



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.
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



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



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.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)


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