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We’re creating enabling environment for investors to thrive in Oyo — Makinde

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Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says his administration is already creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state.

A statement issued on Friday in Ibadan by Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, quoted Makinde as saying this while on an inspection tour of a private farm, Agrited Nigeria Limited, at Fiditi.

The governor said that his administration had started the process of making the state investment-friendly.

He added that efforts to turn the state into an industrial destination in order for businesses to thrive were already in top gear.

Makinde said that his government placed a premium on the promotion of agribusiness and would continue to assist investors in order to expand the state economy.

“What the government can do is to create enabling environment for investors; they are private people and I strongly believe we should support them to do more.

“Government should not be running businesses and, even we are trying to turn over the businesses we have as a government to private people so that they can run them efficiently.

“This company, Agrited Nigeria Limited, is preparing to start operation and you can also see this is going to have a very huge impact as far as the economy of the state is concerned.

“And this is also because, as an administration, we said we were going to expand our economy, utilising where we have a comparative advantage, and agriculture is one of them.

“So, when I see this kind of the project coming into fruition, I am excited that jobs are being created and that suppliers will soon be flocking this place.

“And we have asked them what else the government can do to support them too,” he said.

The governor assured would-be investors in the state to put their minds at rest about the chances of the businesses succeeding in the state.

He added that the state had put in place the right security architecture and systems that would guarantee ease of doing business.

Also speaking, Mr Moty Ganon, the Deputy General Manager (Operations) of the farm, expressed appreciation to the governor for deeming it fit to pay visit the farm.

Ganon sought for the assistance of the state government towards the uplift of the farm.

He assured the governor that the company would partner with government to promote agriculture in the state, thereby expanding its economy.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni and ‘Wale Sadeeq

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Gov. Makinde constitutes Oyo Credit Corporation, Sports Council

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Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has appointed Afees Jimoh, a former House of Representatives member, as Chairman of the state’s Agriculture Credit Corporation.

Special Assistant on Print Media, Moses Alao, announced to the appointment in a statement on Thursday.

“Jimoh, the newly appointed chairman of the state’s Agriculture Credit Corporation, attended Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin; University of Lagos, Akoka; Federal University of Technology, Owerri and Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos State.

“Where he obtained NCE Technical, HND, PGD and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical/Electronics and Computer Engineering, respectively.

He was a Reps member for Irepo/Olorunsogo/Oorelope Federal Constituency between 2011 and 2015.

“He served as the Deputy Director-General of the PDP Campaign for Oyo North Senatorial District in 2019,” the statement reads.

He said that the governor also approved the composition of the Oyo State Sports Council, with former Chairman of Ibadan North-East Local Government, Gbenga Adewusi, as chairman.

According to the statement, other members of the Oyo State Sports Council are Bello Tajudeen, Ogundele Quadri, Oguntoye Issac and Ogungbenro Fatai.

Others are Miss Omolabake Alabi, Makinde Adegboyega as General Manager and Director, Policy Coordination, Governor’s Office.

“Adewusi is a graduate of Human Kinetics from University of Ibadan and a former Sports Trainer to President Olusegun Obasanjo.

“He is the current chairman of the Oyo State Handball Association and served as chairman of the state’s Badminton Association,” he said.


Edited By: Nkiru Ifeajuna/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Oyo gets new Customary Court of Appeal President

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Oyo state governor Seyi Makinde on Thursday swore in Justice Aderonke Aderemi as the President of the Customary Court of Appeal with a charge on people in positions of authority to always act with humility and “a sense of tomorrow”.

“Whatever position anyone occupies is only temporary. We must always know that tomorrow will come when you will be out and have to give an account,” Makinde said at the ceremony.

Makinde urged Aderemi to use the new position to ensure that justice was served and in a timely manner.

While congratulating the new officer, Makinde said that his appointment was a clear demonstration of the fact that the state government was committed to doing what was right “without any political or religious coloration or gender bias”.

“If you look at all the Justices here, they are women. If you also look at the first five officials of the government, two are women. That is how I really feel we should operate, because whatever position we are occupying is just temporary.

“I will leave my position as the governor of the state and your tenure will end one day, but I pray you will end well.

“I want to use you as a point of contact to officials and leaders occupying positions of authority. We must have that sense of humility and do what is right all the times.

“I don’t have any doubt that in your current position, not only will justice be served, it will be served in a timely manner. I wish you a successful tenure,” Makinde stated.

Speaking with newsmen, Justice Aderemi promised to put in her best to ensure speedy dispensation of justice.

“I will put in my best as I have always done and continue to do my duty very well. I promise that cases will be attended to on time.

“My colleagues are working very hard and should continue to put in their best. We have a backlog of cases and shall deal with them on time.

To the Customary Court of Appeal, the issue of COVID-19 is a challenge because we have to find a way by which we are going to be sitting without feeling that we are not safe.

“Now, we are going to be scheming; we will be having a case at a time. We won’t be having too many lawyers or litigants in the court room, so that we will be able to observe social distancing very well.

“On rape cases, we will first of all have to get to increase the jurisdiction of the Customary Court of Appeal before we can deal them.

“As women judges, we have gone round the whole country, sensitising the people on what it means and the need to train our children.

“When you talk about rape, it could be the man or woman being raped. So, we take care of everybody. That is what I am going to do when we get there.” She said.

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Sports Festival: Oyo govt. rewards 2018 athletes, officials with N39m

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The Oyo State government has rewarded the 242 athletes of the state who participated in the 2018 National Sports Festival, held in Abuja with N39 million.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the cash reward was given to the athletes and officials at the main bowl of the Lekan Salami Sports Complex on Thursday in Ibadan.
NAN
also reports that the contingent secured eighth position at the festival, having won 16 gold, 36 silver and 45 bronze.
Mr Seun Fakorede, the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports, said that the gesture was part of Gov. Seyi Makinde’s efforts to engender sport development in the state.
Fakorede said that the gold medalists got N350,000 each and silver medalists N200,000 each, while bronze medalists were presented with N150,000 each.
“The coaches, who got gold medals received N200,000 each and N150,000 for silver medals, while those who got bronze medals received N100,000 each.
The 15 sports officers got N100,000 each, while the medical personnel and allied officers received N50,000 each,” he said.
The commissioner, while saying that the gesture was a tip of the iceberg, added that lots of other gifts would be coming in the next few days for the contingent.
He lauded the governor for his love and commitment to sport development in the state.


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Oyo police seek information on killers of 18-yr-old Bello

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The Police Command in Oyo State has solicited for credible information from members of the public to unravel those who raped and killed an 18-year-old girl, Barakat Bello.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Barakat, a student of Department of Science Laboratory Technology (SLT), Federal College of Animal Health and Production, Ibadan, was raped and stabbed to death by hoodlums in her father’s residence at Kara Akinyele area on Monday in Ibadan.

Speaking to NAN on the incident on Thursday, the state’s Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO), SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, said investigation to unravel the killers of the deceased has commenced.

“We solicit credible information from members of the public to urgently arrest those behind the incident.

“ The police are presently on top of the situation and we will brief the press when we have an update on the matter.

“Efforts are being intensified on the matter,” Fadeyi said.

It would be recalled that the father of the deceased, Kareem Bello, had said the hoodlums arrived their home possibly to rob when other members of the family were not at home except Barakat and her younger sister.

The father said that the hoodlums saw the deceased in the bathroom, raped and macheted her to death before her younger sister later saw her  corpse in a pool of blood.

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We’ll roll out face of Oyo Amotekun soon — Commandant

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Retired Col. Olayinka Olayanju, Oyo State Commandant of Amotekun Security Outfit, says the much expected face of Amotekun will be rolled out very soon.

Olayanju told newsmen on Wednesday in Ibadan after Amotekun Stakeholders Forum held at the Western Hall of Oyo State Government Secretariat.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the forum, with the theme

Employing Technology For Adequate Crime Protection in Oyo State’, was attended by various groups in the state.

“Amotekun has commenced. When you are saying security, there are certain aspect of security that you will see which is the showmanship, but the actual security you don’t see them.

“But for the uniform, the face of Amotekun, very soon we will roll it out. We don’t want to do anything that anybody will come around to abuse us.

“If you don’t do due diligence in your approach, you are likely to nail yourself, to be blackmailed and we don’t want that,” he said.

Olayanju said that Amotekun security outfit, when rolled out, would partner with the existing security agencies in the state and Operation Burst, the state security outfit.

According to him, “Amotekun is to partner all the security agencies and help to ensure that there is effective and efficient security.

“As for now, the face of security in Oyo State is the police and we, when we finally roll out, what we are trying to do is to partner, support and collaborate with them.

“We are not coming as an independent body, but work in synergy with all security agencies,” he said.

He assured the people of the state that the security outfil was not going to be a dumping ground or job for the boys, saying they would ensure transparency and proper screening.

The retired soldier also assured that they would ensure that officers of the security outfit were groomed in line with their areas of expertise or specialty.

“I can assure you that once it rolls out, you will see clearly that this is a transparent thing. It is not going to be job for the boys or a dumping ground,” he said.

Olayanju, who described Amotekun as a community-oriented programme, said that matter of security was a collective responsibility of all and sundry.

He said that it was the reason why they brought various groups like Agbekoya, traders union, market women, Oodua Peoples Congress together to the forum to obtain the views of the people and feel their pulse.

NAN reports that the forum was attended by retired Gen. Kunle Togun, Chairman of the security outfit, other officers of the outfit and several Yoruba groups across the state.


Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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COVID-19: Oyo activates 3 community testing sites

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The Oyo State Task Force  on COVID-19 on Wednesday activated three sites for COVID-19 samples collection in different communities in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigera reports that the community testing initiative was intended to accommodate  about 10,000 samples.

The community testing drive which was supervised by Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, began at the Alegongo Primary School, Lagelu West Local Council Development Area, Ibadan.

Olatubosun said that the community testing was free, and encouraged Oyo people to get tested when the team would reach their communities.

Gov. Seyi Makinde’s administration believes that the health of the citizenry is paramount and that government would pursue with vigour, its commitment to the sound health of the citizenry.

“We are treating this as an emergency; no amount spent by government on this is a waste.

”We believe the citizenry will contribute meaningfully to the productivity  of the state and, invariably, increase the gross domestic product of the state when they are healthy; by so doing, it will improve the economy of the state further.

“That is the reason we are doing everything possible to make sure that the people have access to medical care, most especially against anything that has to do with COVID-19,” he said.

He said that the task force started with selective testing and later engaged in Drive-Through/Walk-Through Testing at Adamasingba, where it advised the  people to drive in and  get tested.

“But we are reaching a stage where we have to go to the community, and that is why we are decentralising testing, which we call community testing.

“We are now moving to communities, local government areas. where we have encouraged people from all the communities to come out and get  tested.

“The essence of this is that we cannot sit down somewhere and be assessing people.

In figures, Oyo State is rated fourth  or fifth but we have tested far more than many states.

“We are doing this to have adequate and exact data to work with and arrest the spread of the virus from the community level,” the commissioner said.

The Incident Manager of the state’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), Dr Taiwo Ladipo, said that the community testing drive was the response of the State COVID-19 Task Force to the rising number of cases in the state.

We have 10 facilities across 10 local government areas and are targeting 10,000 people, but we are starting with three LGAs today.

These  are Ibadan South East, Ibadan Oluyole and Lagelu,” Ladipo said.


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Oyo Govt inaugurates committee on management of dead persons

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Oyo State Government on Wednesday inaugurated a twenty-man committee saddled with the responsibility of ensuring proper management of deceased persons in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee was made up of professionals and stakeholders from various sectors and was drawn across geopolitical zones of the state.

The committee inauguration ceremony was held at the conference room, Ministry of Health, Secretariat, Ibadan.

The committee is expected to look into issues that could affect the dignity of deceased citizens and to ensure that communities in the state are safe from hazards relating to improper disposition of dead bodies in the society.

In her remarks during the inauguration, the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, said the committee would articulate necessary policies, processes, which were in line with international practices to the management of deceased citizens of the state.

Adeosun stressed that the initiative would embrace appropriate management of the dead and assist in achieving harmony between the bereaved family and the community at large.

She further said that the state Corona law 2018 would become operational while government would pay attention to “public education on death management, contemporary burial methods and all other aspects of management of dead persons.

In this COVID-19 era and beyond, the committee will ensure that utmost dignity and proper respect are accorded to victims of disease outbreaks.

“The families and communities will be treated in a professional approach to avoid any type or kind of stigmatisation,” the SSG said.

Adeosun also said the state government would not deviate from the path of progressive and innovative policies that would address the need of the people of the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Bashir Bello, while speaking at the event, said that the arrangement would enable the family of the departed souls have access to whatever the deceased left behind through the support of the state government.

Oyo State is the first to officially inaugurate dead management committee in the whole Federation and this is a signal of advancement level of our dear state.

“The dead will have their full honour, value and their relatives will equally have legal access to their inheritances, if everything is properly documented,” Bello said.

The Chairman of the 20-Man Committee, Dr Uwom Eze, said the committee would work together with relevant agencies, ministries and stakeholders to ensure best dead management practices in the state.

Eze is a Consultant, Forensic Pathologist, University College Hospital, Ibadan.

NAN also reports that the state government equally inaugurated 10 new standard ambulances as part of measures to strengthen health sector and eliminate all form of hindrances that could arise while dealing with emergency cases in the state.


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Rep, Oyo ALGON felicitate Alao-Akala at 70

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A member of the House of Representatives, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, and the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State chapter, have congratulated former Gov. Adebayo Alao-Akala on his 70th birthday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the former governor clocked 70 years on Wednesday.
In
separate messages made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Ibadan, Akande-Sadipe and ALGON commended Alao-Akala for his contributions to the development of the state.
In a statement issued by her Media Aide, Olamilekan Olusada, Akande-Sadipe, representing Oluyole federal constituency, described the former governor as a selfless leader.
The lawmaker, who is the House Committee Chairman on Diaspora, lauded Alao-Akala for his courage, forthrightness and diligence in providing exemplary leadership in the state and within the All Progressives Party (APC).
She praised Alao-Akala
for applying wisdom on issues pertaining to the state and living a life of service to humanity, saying that this had served as encouragement for upcoming leaders.
Also, the ALGON Chairman, Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, described the former governor as a quintessential administrator and consummate politician, with an exemplary leadership style.
He commended Alao-Akala for his strong convictions and unwavering commitment to service to humanity.
“Your life has been that of service to the people of Oyo State and the country. We can’t thank you enough for your great deeds,” he said.
The ALGON urged the celebrator, who is the Chairman of the state APC Reconciliation Committee, to give his best to the assignment, aimed at resolving the party’s internal crises and other relevant issues.
“As you mark 70th birthday, we celebrate you and all that you have accomplished through your humble beginnings to your illustrious career as a top notch police officer, former governor of Oyo State and APC leader,” he said.


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We’re committed to success of Makinde’s administration – Oyo State monarch

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Oba Oyeniyi Olabisi, the Okere of Saki says the success of Gov. Seyi Makinde’s administration is a priority to Saki sons and daughters.

The monarch made this known on Wednesday while receiving members of the Coalition of Grassroots Volunteers Against COVID-19 (COGVAC-19) in his palace.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that COGVAC-19 is a group set up by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Oyo State Chapter in conjunction with the Association of Local Government Information Officers (ALGIO).

The group had been to several local government areas in the state with its campaign aimed at sensitising the people on COVID-19 pandemic and the need to adhere strictly to directives.

NAN also reports that the group led by Mrs Funmilayo Orisadeyi, the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, was in Saki to kick-off their campaign in Oke-Ogun Zone II.

“Your visit to Saki today is very timely. Celebration of the governor’s one year in office is ongoing and the people of Saki are part of it.

“Makinde is our project and the success of his administration is a topmost priority for the indigenes of Saki land. We believe in this government and will give all to support it.

“We have suffered in the past. Most of the projects you see around were carried out by sons and daughters of Saki.

“Saki is a self-developed town. We lack social amenities and it’s quite unfortunate.

“Our roads are bad, though some already awarded. We have given our needs and bill of demand to the government.

“Now that we have people’s governor in charge of the state, we believe great things will start coming our way,” the monarch said.

The traditional ruler commended the governor for adopting good approach to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in the state, showering encomium on the COGVAC-19 team for a brilliant job.

“It’s an opportunity for us to benefit from this great project. It’s quite different from other programmes brought here on COVID-19 by various groups.

“We are really appreciative of government’s concerns for our people.

“We say a big thank you to Makinde, the people’s governor for all his efforts to protect our people from contracting this horrible virus.

“The governor has also sited isolation centre here in Saki and work is ongoing. The centre is a 100-bed capacity hospital, owned by the state government,” he said.

The monarch confirmed receipt of palliatives from the state government and described it as a good gesture toward the masses.

“The governor had sent palliatives here. In actual fact, I chaired one of the occasions where it was shared.

“It was fair enough for each family; so, on palliatives, the government has tried. Like Oliver Twist, we are expecting more of it,” he said.

The monarch described the commissioner as an outstanding ambassador of the Makinde’s administration, saying her humility was exceptional and great.

Earlier, the commissioner commended the monarch for playing a great role in providing for the needs of the people of his domain, assuring him of Makinde’s commitment to transforming Saki and its environs.

“Kabiyesi, you have proved to the people of Sakiland that they have a worthy King and to the great people of Oyo State that the role of a monarch is beyond playing a mediator role or collecting royalty.

“You have distinguished yourself as a true father; a ruler born with milk of human kindness. With what we met on ground, you have really helped the government at both levels in the state.

“Your personal palliatives to the people of the state as well as materials to prevent people from contracting the virus are highly commendable and worthy of praise across the state,” she said.

She commended the efforts of ALGIO in setting up the coalition and moving from one local government to another to save lives.

“This is excellent in my first outing with this group.

I can say I’m convinced that this actually is the real information dissemination, coming to the people and being able to apply different approaches to the campaign,” the commissioner said.

The commissioner advised the people of Saki and its environs to adhere strictly to the information as contained in the campaign, promising to communicate the activities of the group to the governor.

“My appeal goes to the people of Saki and other towns and villages around to keep observing every precautionary measures as listed to them today.

“I have listened and can assure you, this is the best and current update on prevention and protection against COVID-19.

NAN reports that the monarch had earlier distributed palliatives which he personally funded to the people, among which were food items, branded face masks, soap and sanitisers.

The items were effectively distributed to the people through Saki Parliament, formed by about 174 quarters.

Among members of COGVAC-19 team were, the state NLC Chairman, Alhaji Bayo Titilola-Sodo; state ALGIO Chairman, Alhaji Kunle Kareem; state Assistant Secretary of NUJ, Mr Dauda Aderogba; and the Consultant, Mr Adebowale Adeoye.

Others were, the state ALGIO Secretary, Alhaja Ramat Alade; a member of Advisory Council, Alhaji Khalid Ajibade; Mr Mutair Adeyemo, Mr Ademola Bello, Mr Akinwumi Adedoja and Mr Gafar Adisa.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

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