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We shall prioritise road infrastructure to attract investment to Ogun, says Abiodun

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Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun on Wednesday, said that his government would prioritise road construction as part of efforts to attract more investment to the state.

Abiodun said this during a town hall meeting held in Ilaro, in the Yewa -South council area of the Ogun-West Senatorial District of the state.

The meeting was held to take input from people of the area ahead of the preparation of the 2020 budget.

A similar meeting was recently held in Ijebu -Ode to seek the opinions of the people of the Ogun-East Senatorial District.

The governor said that it was important to embark on road infrastructure if more investments were expected in the state.

He explained that Ogun-West senatorial district remained the industrial hub of the state, hence, the need to ensure that road networks in the axis were of good quality.

“If indeed we want to be serious about bringing investments into our dear state , if we indeed want to support the senatorial district, we must do something about the quality of the road infrastructure.

” If we want this senatorial district to continue to be the leading senatorial district in this country in terms of industrialisation, we must do something about the quality of the road infrastructure so as to continue to attract more investment to the area.

“We will ensure that we include the roads in our budget and ensure that critical roads are given quick attention.

“It is a self-evident truth that without this senatorial district, we can not be Gateway state. I therefore consider this district as a priority,” he said

The governor promised that comments, recommendations and proposals of the people raised at the meeting would be carefully considered in the preparation of the 2020 budget

Many stakeholders who spoke at the meeting had described road infrastructure as the major need of the area.

They complained that most of the roads in the area were in deplorable condition. (NAN)

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Edited by Oluwole Sogunle

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Churches, mosques remain shut as Ogun govt. studies re-opening guidelines

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Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun says churches, mosques and other worship centres are to remain shut while the government reviews suggested guidelines on the re-opening of religious centres in the state.

Abiodun gave the directive on Friday at a news conference in Abeokuta.

The governor explained that the government had recently taken written submissions and met with religious leaders on Thursday to discuss modalities for the reopening of the worship centres.

He added that the meeting had agreed that a sub-committee, inclusive of the religious leaders, should review the submissions and the discussions to enable government arrive at a composite framework for the gradual lifting of the ban.

Abiodun stated that the committee is expected to submit its report on or before June 12.

He said that he would unveil the reports and suggested guidelines of the committee to the public in his next briefing.

The June 12 deadline for the submission of the guidelines is to enable the gradual opening of religious activities to tentatively commence on June 19, subject to the review of preparedness by our churches and mosques to the new normal,” he said.

Continuing on the fallout of the Thurday meeting, Abiodun said that a taskforce, comprising of the religious leaders, government and security agencies, would be established to monitor and ensure compliance with the agreed guidelines for religious activities.

“Any place of worship that violates the guidelines will be closed;

“The guidelines will be reviewed at regular intervals based on developments, including expert opinions and data from the field,” he said.

Abiodun warned that the existing guidelines put in place to combat COVID-19 in the state remained operational.

He gave assurance that the state government would continue to engage stakeholders and intensify enlightenment and education of the public on the various guidelines to combat the pandemic in the state.

“We have continued to be encouraged about our approach, that is deliberate, methodical and well-thought out.

“Not only are the outcomes commendable, we have continued to receive commendations.

As recent as Tuesday, a team of Presidential Task Force was in Ogun State and after the visit applauded our approach, especially keeping a sharp focus on Primary Healthcare Delivery system, despite the efforts to combat COVID-19.

“Therefore, our steady, cautious and focussed approach is our strength and it does work.

“Government does not derive any pleasure from asking for more time to free the space. It is both a moral and constitutional responsibility for us to ensure the welfare, wellbeing, wellness and security of all our citizens,” he said.


Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

 

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Police command in Ogun arrests lovers for faking kidnap

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The Police Command in Ogun has arrested a 17-year-old girl, Seun Adekunle, and her 25-year-old boyfriend, Basit Olasunkanm, for allegedly faking kidnap of the girl.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Abeokuta.

According to the PPRO, Adekunle and Olasunkanmi live at 32, Agura Road, Abeojuta, and 4, Ogun Radio Road, Abeokuta respectively.

He said the duo were arrested on Friday, following a report by the girl’s mother, Mrs Bukola Adekunle.

The spokesman said the woman had complained at the Enugada Police Division, Abeokuta, on Thursday that her daughter was missing.

Mrs Adekunle had made a report at the police station on Thursday that she sent her daughter to Lafenwa Market on Monday and she had yet to return.

“She stated further that she received a call from someone on Wednesday who claimed to have kidnapped her daughter and demanded N500,000 ransom for her release.

Mrs Adekunle also added that the caller warned her not to report the case to the police if she still loved to have her daughter back,” the PPRO said.

Oyeyemi said further that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Enugada Division, SP Baba Hamzat, quickly led some detectives on investigation to the hideout where the girl and her boyfriend were hibernating and hatching the plot.

He said that the suspects were promptly arrested and taken to the station.

“Preliminary investigations reveal that the boyfriend, a butcher, was the one who brainwashed the girl and lured her into the devilish plan because he needed money to settle some problems.

Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, has ordered immediate transfer of the case to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for further investigations and possible prosecution,” he said.


Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Ogun FRSC gets new sector commander

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Mr Umar Galadunci has been appointed the Ogun Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

Umar will take over from  Mr Clement Oladele, who has been transferred to Enugu as the Commander of the FRSC Academy in the state.

Oladele made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota, Ogun.

NAN reports that  the Board of the FRSC recently promoted 119 senior officers to various ranks nationwide.

Oladele and his successor benefitted from the promotion.

Oladele described his successor, who was transferred from Kaduna State, as experienced.

“I want to thank all the staff  of the command for cooperation with me during my stay in Ogun.

“I urge them to extend the hands of cooperation to the new sector commander,” he said.

 Oladele will resume in Enugu on June 12.


Edited By: Folorunso Poroye (NAN)Ijeoma Popoola

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Ogun to train teachers on digital literacy 

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The Ogun Government says plans are underway to train its teachers on digital technology, remote learning and centralised digital content.

The Special Adviser to Gov. Dapo Abiodun on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo made this known while speaking with newsmen on Friday in her office.

According to her, the initiative is part of the efforts toward enhancing and ensuring qualitative teaching and learning in secondary schools in the state.

She noted that the “Ogun Digiclass” project was designed to equip and develop teachers and students of the state during and post COVID-19 era.

According to Soyombo, this is in tandem with the vision of the present administration to advance quality education and human capital development driven by technology.

She explained that no fewer than 11,000 education professionals and stakeholders including principals and teachers of different subjects in the secondary sector were on board in the closed platform.

The Ogun DigiClass project is designed to develop our teachers and students during and after the COVID-19.

“It has been replicated in schools with online staff meetings and engagement between principals and teachers in the state in tandem with vision of Gov. Dapo Abiodun, to advance quality education and human capital development that is technology driven.

“Different clusters of above mentioned groups have been having virtual engagements from sensitisation to subject association meetings, and to shared resources such as learning materials and curriculum for 3rd Term to mention a few,” she said.

Soyombo promised that additional teachers and school leaders in the state Universal Basic Education Board would be trained.

Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Legislative, Judiciary Funds bills will promote democratic ideals – Ogun lawmakers 

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Ogun lawmakers on Thursday said that the bills on Legislative and Judiciary Funds Management remained veritable legislations aimed at promoting democratic ideals, self-independence and accountability.

The lawmakers took turns to lend their voice in support of the bills during the second reading at plenary in Abeokuta.

They unanimously noted that the passage of the bills was essential to the successful take-off of the Executive Order 10 issued by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

The bills include a bill for a law to make provision for the Ogun State House of Assembly Legislative Funds Management and other matters connected therewith.

There is also a bill for a law to make provision for the Ogun State Judiciary Funds Management and other matters connected therewith.

Mr Solomon Osho (APC-Remo North) explained that the bills were aimed at promoting separation of powers among the three arms of government.

Osho, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Justice and Public Petitions, noted that the bills were also aimed at strengthening the judiciary and legislature in the discharge of their respective duties.

Mr Abayomi Fasuwa (APC-Ijebu North East) and Kemi Oduwole (APC-Ijebu Ode) said that the implementation of the bills would make the state retained her leading position in the comity of states in the nation.

They said that the bills would improve the activities of the legislative and judiciary arms, with a view to achieving efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of quality service to the people.

Other lawmakers commended President Buhari for the issuance of the Executive Order 10, which they noted would reposition the system of governance in the nation.

The lawmakers added that the two bills would speed up the financial autonomy of the two arms of government and curb undue interference to bring about efficiency in the principle of check and balances through unhindered oversight function.

The Speaker, Mr Olakunle Oluomo (APC-Ifo1), noted that the bills which remained instrumental to the implementation of the Executive Order would rather promote harmonious relationship among the three arms of government as spelt out in the constitution.

Oluomo gave an assurance that the bill would bring about rapid development of the state’s economy, while putting the state in its pride of place among the progressive states in the country.

He, however, committed the bills to the Committee on Rules and Businesses for further legislative actions.

The Assembly, also passed a resolution calling on the state government to compel all companies and corporate organisations operating in the state to effect not less than 30 per cent local content in all categories of their staff composition.


Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

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N3.9bn Light project: Kwara Legislature demands prosecution of Ahmed, Ogunshola

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The Kwara  House of Assembly on Thursday urged the State Government to hand over suspects in connection with the failed N3.9 billion Kwara Light project contract.

The lawmakers specifically demanded for the prosecution of a former governor of the state, Abdulfatah Ahmed, and former Director General of Kwara Public Private Partnership (KP3), Abayomi Ogunshola, by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC)
over alleged improper execution of the project.

The News  Agency of Nigeria recalls that the N3.9 billion electrification project was awarded in 2015 by former governor AbdulFatah Ahmed to provide illumination on some major streets in llorin metropolis and other parts of the state.

The House made the demand at plenary on Thursday in Ilorin after adopting the report of its ad-hoc committee investigating the execution of the ptoject.

The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Abolarin Gabriel, while presenting the report, informed his coleagues that the project was not properly executed in line with specification.

The Speaker, while reading the resolution of the House after deliberation and adoption of the report, said it has become imperative to prosecute the former governor and Ogunshola who jointly undertook to execute the project.

The Assembly also want repeal of the state Public Private Partnership law to curb corruption and other sharp practices in award of contracts in the state.

Besides, it called for a review of the terms and conditions of the Light Up Kwara Project.

The resolition urged the stste government to compel the two contractors handling the project to complete it according  to specifications across the state.

The House called for transfer all activities of the project to the state Ministry of Energy for proper execution.

The speaker flayed the sidelining the ministry of energy in the award of the project, describing it as unacceptable.


Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Ogun assembly passes mortgages bill

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The Ogun House of Assembly on Thursday passed the bill establishing the Ogun Mortgages and Foreclosure Authority to regulate mortgages in the state.

Mr Damilola Soneye, the Chairman, House Committee on Lands and Housing, presented the committee’s report to the Assembly during plenary in Abeokuta.

Soneye (APC -Obafemi Owode) moved the motion for the adoption of the report and this was seconded by Wahab Haruna (ADC -Yewa North 11).

Mr Yusuf Sherif, the Majority Leader, moved the motion for the third reading of the bill and it was seconded by the Deputy Speaker, Dare Kadiri.

Mr Deji Adeyemo, the Clerk of the House, read the bill for the third time before the members of the assembly.

The Speaker of the House, Olakunle Oluomo, thereafter ordered that a clean copy of the bill be forwarded to Gov. Dapo Abiodun for his assent.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview on the importance of the bill, Soneye explained that the law would regulate mortgage banking and related businesses in the state.

The lawmaker said that the mortgage institutions would be better empowered to meet the demands of modern day housing development.

“The law will allow for proper mode of operations in managing our mortgages and foreclosure and ensuring the management of the expanding mortgage industry in the state,” he said.

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Ogun Assembly passes Health Insurance bill, another into law 

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The Ogun House of Assembly on Thursday passed into law a bill to amend the state Health Insurance Scheme.

Mr Adegoke Adeyanju (ADC -Yewa North 1) and Chairman, House Committee on Health, read the committee’s report on the bill during plenary in Abeokuta.

Adeyanju moved the motion for the adoption of the report, which was seconded by Mrs Atinuke Bello (APC-Odogbolu), who is also the Chief Whip of the house.

Mr Yusuf Sherif (APC-Ado Odo Ota 1), the Majority Leader, moved the motion for the third reading of the bill which was seconded by Ganiyu Oyedeji (APM-Ifo 11), the Minority Leader.

The Clerk of the House, Mr Adedeji Adeyemo, read the bill for the third time before the members.

Also during plenary,  the assembly passed into law a bill to prescribe approval of regulation by resolution of the Ogun House of Assembly and for connected purposes.

Mrs Modupe Mujota (APM-Abeokuta North) presented the committee report on the bill.

Mujota also moved the motion for the adoption of the report which was seconded by Abayomi Fasuwa (APC-Ijebu North East).

Sherif thereafter moved the motion for the third reading of the bill, which was seconded by Sola Adams (APC-Ijebu East).

Adeyemo, the clerk of the House, also read the bill for the third time for adoption by members.

Consequently, Mr Olakunle Oluomo (APC-Ifo1), the Speaker, ordered that the clean copies of the two bills be forwarded to Gov. Dapo Abiodun for his assent.


Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Lockdown ease: FRSC records 81 accidents, 40 deaths in Lagos, Ogun

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), says it recorded 81 road accidents with 46 deaths in Ogun and Lagos States between COVID-19 lockdown ease between May 4 and May 31.

Mr Samuel Obayemi, FRSC Zonal Commanding Officer in-charge of the two states, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.

Obayemi, an Assistant Corps Marshal, said that the crashes occurred in the four weeks of the Presidential lockdown ease in Lagos and Ogun.

“An analysis of the data of the Enforcement Operation carried out so far in the zone showed that we have a total of 81 road traffic crashes with only 24 fatal where 46 lives were lost.

“Forty-three of the crashes were serious which injured 154 people, while 14 were minor accidents,” he said.

According to him, the total vehicles stopped and returned to their originating places within the period were 2,872 while enforcing the Federal Government ban on inter-state travels.

The FRSC boss said that the zone arrested 770 vehicles for overloading as the most prevalent offence.

Obayemi, who urged motorists to drive with care, said that the lockdown ease should not be another death sentence to road users.

“As the flow of vehicles along major highways in the zone increases, road users should be conscious of safety and be very careful.

“This is important so that as they run away from Coronavirus, they won’t be killed through careless and reckless driving on the road.

“Many of these road traffic crashes recorded are avoidable,” he said.

President Buhari had on April 27, announced a “gradual easing” of COVID-19 lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, from May 4.

NAN reports that FRSC had recorded 57 road crashes with 20 deaths in Ogun and Lagos States in four weeks of COVID-19 lockdown.


Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)

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