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We don’t want rubber stamp legislature–Makinde tells commission

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo state on Tuesday, declared that his administration did not want a rubber stamp legislature.

He stated this while inaugurating Chairman and three other members of the State House of Assembly Service Commission in Ibadan.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Dr Abdulwasi Musah, the Deputy Speaker of the 8th State Assembly (2015-2019), chaired the commission while Moses Ojoawo, Adekunle Iyanda and Dele Hassan are members.

Makinde said his administration believed in the separation of power among the three arms of government; executive, legislature and judiciary.

“So we want you to assist us in achieving that objective, where debates on issues before the lawmakers would be robust, “he said.

Makinde further called the chairman of the commission to utilise the experience he gathered while serving as the deputy speaker of the Assembly in the new assignment.

He also urged the appointees to work toward the wider interest of the state while discharging their duties.

Makinde also inaugurated 14 Federal Constituencies Liaison Officers and called on them to be good ambassadors.

He also advised the officers to be unified factors in their respective constituencies and ensure that they serve well as feedback agents on demands and wishes of their people.

Speaking on behalf of the liaison officers, Chief Jacob Adetoro, promised that justice and equality would be their watchword in carrying out their assignment.

Edited by: Dada Ahmed

(NAN)

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Water supply: Makinde proposes N3bn investment plan

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has proposed a N3billion investment plan for water supply in urban and rural areas of the state.

Mr Najeem Omirinde, the Chairman of Oyo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), stated this on Monday in Ibadan while speaking with newsmen on the activities of the agency.

Omirinde said N500million of the N3billion water investment plan would be dedicated to repairing faulty public boreholes throughout the state.

He added that chairmen of all local government areas and Local Community Development Areas (LCDAs)had been contacted to submit the list of such 10 faulty boreholes in their respective areas.

Omirinde said Makinde had directed that every new borehole dug in public areas must be solar-powered so as to ensure the durability of the project.

He, however, called on residents to write the agency whenever they want to dig boreholes for public and private use.

According to him, the cost of digging boreholes by the agency would be cheaper in comparison to the cost to be charged by private borehole-drilling companies.

The RUWASSA chairman said that Makinde had assured the people of the state of his readiness to make water available to ease scarcity.

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Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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Recoveries from Coronavirus exceed 900 in Oyo State – Gov. Makinde

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A total of 925 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection in Oyo State, following the recovery and discharge of 91 more patients.

Gov. Seyi Makinde announced this via his official Twitter account on Saturday.

However, the state has recorded 85 new COVID-19 cases following tests carried out on suspected cases.

“Ninety-one confirmed COVID-19 cases received their second NEGATIVE test results and have been discharged.

“This brings the number of discharged cases in Oyo State to 925.

“Also, the COVID-19 confirmation tests for 85 suspected cases came back POSITIVE.

“The cases are from Ibadan N (17), Ibadan SW (13), Oyo E (9), Ido (8), Lagelu (7), Oluyole (6), Orelope (3), Akinyele (3), Egbeda (3), Ibadan NE (3), Ona Ara (2), Atiba (2), Ogbomosho S (2), Iseyin (2), Ibadan SE (1), Ogbomosho N (1), Oyo W (1), Ibadan NW (1) & Ibarapa C (1) Local Government Areas.

“So, the total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State today is 1,689.

“Please call the Emergency Operations Centre on 08095394000 | 08095863000 | 08078288999 | 08078288800 or visit a community-based testing centre, if you have any COVID-19 symptoms: cough, fever, tiredness, body ache, loss of smell/taste and shortness of breath,” he said.

Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Makinde constitutes councils for Oyo tertiary institutions

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has constituted the governing councils of tertiary institutions owned by the state.

A statement issued on Tuesday by Mr Taiwo Adisa.the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, announced this in a statement in  Ibadan.

The statement said the board of the Oyo State Waste Management Board was also constituted.

According to the statement, the Chairmen and Board members for state-owned institutions announced were for The Polytechnic, Ibadan; Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa; and Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo; among others.

The statement further announced the appointment of the chairmen of the governing councils of the state-owned tertiary institutions, including Dr Samuel Ogundiran (The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa) and Prof. Mathew Odedokun (Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo).

Others are Dr Bisi Ojebola (College of Education, Lanlate); Prof. Sunday Ajayi (Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki); Prof. Lateef Sanni (Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo Ora) and Prof. Kunle Akinyemi (The Polytechnic, Ibadan).

“Those appointed as members of The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa are Alhaji Musiliu Oyedemi; Barr. Segun Adebayo; Mrs Alice Adedokun; Mr Wazir Adekunle and Alhaji Azeem Badmus.

“Mr Banji Folaranmi; Al-Hassan Sakirat; Alhaji Liadi Busari and Chief Joshua Oyetunde were appointed as members of the Governing Council of Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo.

“Similarly, Alhaji Aliyu Tajudeen; Mrs Lawal Jumoke; Mr Ajayi-Ope Phillips and Mrs Mojisola Akande were appointed as members of the College of Education, Lanlate’s Governing Council.

“For the Governing Council of the Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Dr. Omotayo Funmilola Olubunmi; Mr. Isiaka Adegbayi Kareem; Prof. Stephen Adegbite; Mr  Ife Oyelere and Mr. Balogun Nurudeen were appointed as members.

“Mr Abdulrahman Alayande; Dr. Abegunde Ilori Amos; Mrs. Tunrayo Ajeigbe; Princess Adenike Adedoja; Mr. Lukman Balogun; Mr. Olalekan Kazeem Bello; Taiwo Akano; Mr. Adesope Elijah and Mr. Olawuwo Samuel were appointed as members of the Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo Ora’s Governing Council.

“For The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Prof. Sarafadeen Kareem; Prof. S.G. Odewumi; Jide Ojolowo; Mr. Adedapo Joshua; Moji Adeyemi; Abiola Taoreed and Bola Akinyemi were appointed as members of its Governing Council, ” it said.

The statement said  that Mr Seun Adelore would continue to chair the board of the state’s Waste Management Agency.

Members of the agency’s board, it added, included Mr Johnson Ojebiyi, Mr Azeez Adeoti, Lamunyegun Moses, Salawudeen Tajudeen, Ayuba Akinsola, Lukman Adesina, Isiaka Aliu, Mrs Janet Oguntona, Yusuf Sarafa and Shuaibu Oladayo.

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COVID-19: Makinde inaugurates another isolation centre in Ibadan

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Saturday, inaugurated an upgraded 10-bed space Agbami Isolation Centre in Jericho, Ibadan for the COVID-19 patients.

Makinde said on the occasion that the new facility would encourage private individuals to self-isolate at the centre.

He explained that the facility, which was a Tuberculosis (TB) Centre, was inaugurated at the twilight of the last administration.

“It has been upgraded now; we have oxygen concentrator here and you will get the type of care that you truly deserved.

“Now, there is COVID-19 pandemic in our hand and we also have high-earned individuals in Oyo State, who are not comfortable going to Olodo Isolation Centre, because they want individual room and privacy.

“For those individuals, we know some of you have aged parents at home and because we have to give concession for such individuals to self-isolate at home and monitor them, now, we don’t have to do much of that anymore.

“With the facilities here, you can self-isolate privately by just drive in.

“We will give you the treatment and we will ensure that you don’t infect others.

“Once you have been properly managed, you will go back to your various homes,’’ the governor said.

He enjoined people not to be negligent of the coronavirus, or afraid to confirm their COVID-19 status, adding that the disease was not a death sentence.

“I battled COVID-19; so, it is not a death sentence and it is not something to be ashamed of.

“The virus is here with us and it will be here for some times to come.

“It is not going to disappear in two or three weeks from now. So, we have to learn to live with it.

“If any of us is sick, we have the facilities; we have taken the opportunity of the disease to strengthen our health care facilities.’’

He said that after the pandemic, the facilities would remain and that government would continue to maintain them.

“You don’t need to go and hide at private hospitals where they don’t really have facilities, resources and the personnel to ensure that you access adequate care,’’ he said.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Flood: Makinde sympathises with victims, pledges to curtail menace

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Wednesday, sympathised with the victims of flooding in Ibadan, saying the menace would be curtailed upon completion of the ongoing projects in the state in the next 18 months.

The governor stated this when he visited some areas in Ibadan affected by flooding, occasioned by Tuesday’s downpour.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the communities visited by the governor included Onipepeye, Iyana-Agbala, Olodo and Iwo road.

NAN also reports that property worth millions of naira were destroyed in the affected areas, while many inhabitants were rendered homeless.

Makinde said that his administration had begun the channelisation of rivers and streams as well as construction of necessary bridges to pave way for free-flow of water, in accordance with the Ibadan city master plan.

He assured the residents that challenges of flooding would be minimal within the next 18 months, when some of the ongoing projects across the state would have been completed.

The governor, however, warned residents against building structures on waterways and dumping refuse on drainages and waters.

Rather, he said that they should imbibe necessary safety and hygiene habits to prevent perennial flooding.

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3 Oyo exco members test positive for COVID-19 – Makinde

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Wednesday, said that three members of the state executive council have tested positive for COVID-19.
Makinde, who made the announcement on his tweeter handle monitored in Ibadan, said that the results of two other members came back inconclusive and would be retested.
He stated that the affected members had been contacted, while contact tracing had commenced and their offices closed for decontamination.
He urged the people of the state to join in prayer for those who had contracted coronavirus and wished them speedy recovery.
The governor further tweeted “COVID-19 is still very much with us. That we are taking steps to re-open the economy does not mean that the virus has disappeared.
“We must each take actions to protect ourselves and our families.

“We must each own our actions and take preventive measures, which include washing our hands with soap and water, wearing face masks whenever we are with other people and maintaining proper social distancing from others.
“We also must not forget the various advisories the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has issued regarding what to eat to boost our immune systems.
“Sometimes, even after following all directives, we may still get the virus. When this happens, we need to have our bodies ready to fight the disease,” Makinde tweeted.
He called on residents of the state with any symptoms of COVID-19 to visit any community-based testing centre near them or call any of the emergency operation centre’s numbers.
The governor gave the numbers as 08095394000, 08095863000, 08078288999 and 08078288800.

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My administration’s commitment to agriculture development not lip-service – Makinde

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Saturday commenced the renovation and expansion of facilities at the headquarters of the Oyo State Agribusiness Development Agency (OSADA) Saki, in Oke-Ogun area of the state.

Makinde, who during the programme in Saki, said his administration was not paying lip-service to the development of agriculture but was truly committed to the development of the sector.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Oyo State Agricultural Development Programme (OSADEP) that was established in 1989, which had the headquarters  in Saki was later relocated to Ibadan, over administrative convenience during the tenure of Gov  Abiola Ajimobi.

Makinde, however, in November 2019, during budget presentation, announced the relocation of OSADEP back to Saki and later presented an executive bill to the House of Assembly to change the name from OSADEP to Oyo State Agribusiness Agency (OSADA).

The bill was signed into law in April and the name was changed to OSADA, which effectively replaced the OSADEP established in1989.

The governor, during the programme explained that the decision to return the agency headquarters back to Saki was very strategic, saying that any oversight functions of agriculture should be domiciled where agriculture was predominantly practiced.

He said that the facility had been left unattended to for a long time before his administration came on board.

He said that the practice of agriculture had come a long way in the state, “we are now talking of agriculture as a business, not as a developmental tool, so with the headquarters relocated to Saki, all the economic benefits of having the headquarters will come to Oke-Ogun area.’’

He said his administration had already mapped out strategies to expand the economy of the state through agriculture, declaring that it was time for implementation of those strategies.

He said the road linking the state capital – Ibadan to Saki, the headquarters of OSADA currently under rehabilitation would be given due attention to enable its timely completion.

He said that his government had written a letter to the Federal Government to allow it reconstruct Oyo town to Iseyin road to make vehicular movement easy and smooth in the area.

He assured the people of Oke-Ogun that his administration would continue to prioritise what would bring development to the area.

Makinde said that the relocation of OSADA to Saki would bring more business and expansion of local economy in Saki and Oke-Ogun in general.

“So I’m flagging off the upgrade of this headquarters through renovation and expansion of the existing facilities.

“We are taking the first step in establishing Oke-Ogun to be known not just as the food basket of Oyo state, but as the seat of agribusiness in Oyo state,” he said.

The governor further assured that the facilities at the headquarters would be completed in about five to six months and that local artisans would be engaged to carry out the renovation.

Makinde further disclosed that the Governor’s Lodge would be built within the premises of the OSADA headquarters in Saki.

“We are preempting that there may be development that will require the presence of the governor, so we are having the facility that will make it possible,’’ he said.

Earlier, Mr Mudashiru Busari, the Chairman of Saki West Local Government Area, appreciated the governor for bringing back the headquarters of OSADA to Saki.

Busari said the relocation would promote and enhance the practice of agriculture in Oke-Ogun area.

Meanwhile, the governor also paid an inspection visit to the Saki General Hospital on Saturday, where a 200-bed space isolation centre is currently undergoing construction.

Prof. Temitope Alonge, who is in charge of the Oyo State COVID-19 Isolation Centre, told the governor that the facility would be ready for use soon.

Makinde, who expressed satisfaction with the level of work done so far at the centre, said his administration would leave no stone unturned to curtain the spread of coronavirus in the state.

He admonished all residents of the state to abide with COVID-19 preventive guidelines.

Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)

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Gov Makinde flags off N1bn MSME development scheme

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Gov. Seyi Makinde has flagged off N1 billion Oyo State Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)Development Scheme as part of interventions targeted at stimulating economy of the state, post COVID-19 pandemic.

Makinde said the flag off of the scheme, which took place in Ibadan on Friday,  was part of the state’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery plans.

The governor, while carrying out the symbolic presentation of cheques to some of the beneficiaries, said the scheme would not only stimulate the economy of the state but create more jobs for its teeming youths and make owners of MSME to be self-reliant.

He urged all beneficiaries to make judicious use of the loan by abstaining from ventures and activities that could ruin their businesses.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Olarinde Olakunle, Ruth Adeniji and Taofeeq Oladimeji were among the beneficiaries that received N2.5 million, N3 million and N3 million, respectively.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Olakunle appreciated the Makinde-led administration for deeming it fit to provide them the loan and promised  that the loan would be used judiciously.

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Coronavirus: Oyo State conducted 3,065 tests in 8 days, says Makinde

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we tested 3,065 more samples due to the activation of 10 community-based testing centres.

“The total number of samples tested currently stands at 7,051,” he tweeted.

Makinde said that the more the state tests people for coronavirus, the more likely it is to record more positive cases of the dreaded disease.

“The more samples we test, the more positive cases we are likely to get.

“This means that COVID-19 is still very much in our midst and we need to take responsibility and follow the guidelines provided by the COVID-19 Task Force.

“We urge those with any strange fever, sudden loss of taste/smell or other known COVID-19 symptoms to please visit the nearest community-based testing centre to get tested,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state on Thursday recorded its highest single-day coronavirus cases with 103 new cases.

The state has confirmed 764 coronavirus cases with nine deaths as ss the time of filling this report.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Peter Dada (NAN)

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