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Oyo releases N9.7bn for LG workers’ salaries, pensions

The Oyo State Government on Wednesday disclosed that over Nine Billion (N9bn) has been disbursed for the payment of salaries and pensions for the workers under the payroll of Local Government Councils in the state.

The state commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Bimbo Kolade, who made the disclosure, explained that the sum of Nine billion, Seven Hundred and Seventy Six Million, Nine Hundred and Thirty Eight Thousand, Sixty-Eight Naira and Eighty four kobo (N9,776,938,064.84) was released for the payment of salaries and pensions for Local Government Staff for various months.

Mr. Kolade said that part of the money will also be used for the payment of primary school teachers’ salaries for the months of March and April 2018, Teachers leave bonus for 2016 and primary school pensioners’ pension.

The Commissioner explained that out of the over N9bn, the sum of N4,817,690,039.31 will be used for the payment of primary school Teacher’s salary for March and April, 2018 and leave bonus for 2016, while N438,752,827.86 is for payment of retired primary school pensioners.

He added that the sum of N4,520,495,197.67 will be used for the payment of salary and pension for Local Government Staff, saying that the money has been disbursed for local government councils across the state for the immediate payment of salaries of their workforce.

Mr. Kolade stressed that the money released will reduce the outstanding arrears owed workers at the local government level ranging from one to six months, urging the Local Government Council chairmen to use the money for the purpose for which government has approved its disbursement.

He stated that the government remains committed to the welfare of the workers and people of Oyo State, assuring that efforts are being made to clear the backlog of pensions and gratuities owed the retired primary school teachers.

The Commissioner pointed out that efforts that led to the payment of N200m for gratuities of pensioners at the state level is being replicated at the local government level with the release of over N400m, noting that the government will continue to strive hard to ensure that workers get their dues promptly.

AJIMOBI CONGRATULATES APC NWC, OKE ON SUCCESSFUL INAUGURATION OF STATE CHAIRMEN   

SETS UP RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE TO WOO AGGRIEVED MEMBERS

Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi , has congratulated the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress  (APC) on Monday’s successful inauguration of elected state chairmen of the party, describing the event as historic.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, the governor also congratulated the state Chairman of the APC, Chief Akin Oke, who was among those inaugurated by the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, in Abuja, on Monday.

By extension, the governor congratulated all elected state party officials at the ward and local government levels for the ratification of their election, as evidenced by the inauguration of Oke by the national headquarters of the party.

Ajimobi said, “I congratulate the NWC of our great party, the APC on the successful inauguration of party executives today (Monday). I also rejoice with my state chairman, Chief Akin Oke for being part of this historic moment.

“By extension, I also congratulate other duly elected Oyo APC state executive members from the wards to local governments for the ratification of their election, as evidence by the inauguration of Chief Akin Oke today.

“Let me use this opportunity to say that in Oyo APC, we are all members of one big family. As a result, I want to categorically say that it is a no victor, no vanquished scenario with today’s event. We are all winners.

 “Consequently, a reconciliation committee is being set up with the mandate to reach out to all our aggrieved brothers and sisters in order to move the party forward in the true spirit, norms and practice of democracy.

“I hereby implore all and sundry to take advantage of this globally accepted platform to resolve our differences. By embracing reconciliation, our party will surely come out much stronger to face our immediate and future obligation of building a more virile nation.

 

“As the number one party in Africa, the ruling party in Nigeria and the party in power in twenty-four (24) states of the country, including our dear Oyo state, it is not unexpected that there would be differences of opinions, methodology and strategy in accomplishing our constitutional responsibilities within and outside the party.

“Our role, therefore, must be to successfully address and tackle the challenges such differences may pose to us. It is in the light of this, that I strongly appeal to our highly esteemed membership to embrace peace, reconciliation and the tenets of statesmanship in resolving our differences.”

 

Ajimobi stressed that the APC would continue to work hard in order to sustain its dominant position for the continued progress and development of the country.  

TEXT OF THE ADDRESS BY GOV. ABIOLA AJIMOBI AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE MEDIA SUB COMMITTEE FOR THE APC NATIONAL CONVENTION.

TEXT OF THE ADDRESS BY GOV. ABIOLA AJIMOBI AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE OF THE MEDIA SUB COMMITTEE FOR THE APC NATIONAL CONVENTION.

Ladies and gentlemen of the press.

I welcome you to this press conference by the Media Sub-Committee for the APC National Convention.
There has been a lot of speculation concerning a range of issues pertaining to the APC National Convention. The date of the convention, in particular, has been a subject of speculation, as well as other internal party processes.

 

We wish to state now officially, although some of you may already be aware, that the convention is scheduled to hold in Abuja on June 23rd, 2018.

We would also want Nigerians, who gave us overwhelming support in 2015, to know that in line with our tradition of excellence and transparency, the Convention will be open to all aspirants who are deemed qualified in line with the Convention guidelines, to vie for positions they are interested in.

This is in keeping with our vision of entrenching true democratic ideals, not only in our party but also in our national politics. The business of the convention shall be conducted strictly in line with the most sacred democratic principles and the process will be free, fair and credible.

With regards to the distribution of leadership positions within the party, we have opted to maintain the current zoning arrangement. The purpose of zoning is to ensure equitable representation for the entire country.

To this effect, we have also introduced measures to ensure adequate representation for special interest groups such as women, youths and people with disabilities. In fact, we made history by appointing leaders for people with disabilities both in the national leadership of our great party and at zonal and state levels.

Members of these special interest groups are especially encouraged to aspire to leadership positions within the party. That is why concessions have been granted to women and people with disabilities.

Aspirants who fall in either category will only be required to pay 50 per cent of the cost of the application form for the positions they wish to run for.

We are hopeful that this will result in enhanced representation for different groups within the party.
We are confident that we will have a very successful National Convention, which, at the end of the day, will unify our Party; make us stronger and put us in a better position to further fulfil our electoral promises. I want to assure you that all the outstanding issues arising from state congresses, including the matter of ‘parallel congresses’ in some states, would be resolved before the National Convention.

Our Party has put in a place a comprehensive mechanism to deal with all of these issues and I am confident that at the end of the day, we will overcome and emerge stronger and as one big happy family.
Finally, I wish to assure you of the Party’s undying commitment to entrenching democratic principles and ideals in our national polity. As the party of positive, progressive Change, we remain committed to changing the narrative about politics and governance in Nigeria.

ASSEMBLY BYE ELECTION: AJIMOBI, OTHERS RALLY SUPPORT FOR APC CANDIDATE

Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has urged the people of Ibarapa land to rally behind the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) candidate for Saturday’s Assembly bye election, Mr. Olukunle Adeyemo, whom he described as the best among the candidates.

 

The seat had become vacant following the sudden death of the former Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Michael Adeyemo, who represented the constituency in the Assembly until April 27.     

 

Addressing a mammoth crowd of supporters of the party during a campaign rally at Eruwa, on Thursday, the governor reminded the people to reciprocate the good gesture of his administration as exemplified by the several completed and ongoing projects in the area.

 

The governor had led the campaign train of the APC leaders and supporters, including his wife, Chief Florence Ajimobi; State Chairman of the party, Chief Akin Oke; members of the House of Representatives; Assembly members, led by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olagunju Ojo; members of the state executive council, Chief Adeniyi Akintola, SAN, among others.

 

Ajimobi said, “Ibarapa people are very close and dear to me. I can unequivocally say that Ibarapa had taken a front burner since I became the governor of this state.  The access road to Ibarapa, which had long been abandoned, received the needed attention under my administration.

 

“Past administrations had merely patched the road. But, when we came on board, we decided to reconstruct and dualise it. Similarly, Ibarapa Polytechnic used to be a satellite campus of Ibadan Polytechnic, but today, it has become an autonomous polytechnic, courtesy of our administration”

“Apart from these, we are also working on the provision of potable water for Ibarapa, which is located in Ayete. We have nearly completed the project and it will certainly extend here. Ninety per cent of the work had been completed. It will serve several communities around here.

“But, I am hearing certain things from the grapevine about Eruwa. Some people are complaining that we created more local council development areas and reviewed the existing border delineation.

“Whatever the case may be these are minor issues that should be resolved through dialogue. Let’s settle them amicably. When our father, the Alaafin of Oyo (Oba Lamidi Adeyemi) pointed out some of our oversights during a similar exercise in Oyo we resolved the issues peacefully.

“This won’t be different. I’m a man of peace and I’m appealing to our people in Eruwa to embrace dialogue on the matter.”

The campaign train had earlier visited the Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola, to seek royal blessing for the APC candidate.

 

The monarch used the occasion to laud the Ajimobi’s administration for giving the people of Ibarapa a full-fledged polytechnic, located in Eruwa; a College of Agriculture and Technology at Igbo-Ora, as well as a College of Education of Education, in Lanlate.

 

 

He said, “We appreciate the efforts of the present government in Oyo State, led by Governor Abiola Ajimobi in the areas of standard road infrastructure. During this administration, new things that have affected the people positively have happened.

 

“We know many things are still in the pipeline but we appreciate the ones we are currently enjoying. We have a full-fledged polytechnic; our college of education is there in Lanlate and today, Ibarapa is proud to have the College of Agriculture and Technology at Igbo-Ora.

 

“The long-abandoned Ibadan-Eruwa road is enjoying reconstruction presently and we expect many more projects. We therefore need to consolidate on these and give further support to the Ajimobi’s administration. I wish the candidate success in the bye election.”

 

Democracy Day: My Administration has Delivered – Ajimobi

Democracy Day: My Administration has Delivered – Ajimobi

Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has declared that his administration has delivered dividends of democracy to the people of the state in the last seven years.

The governor, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, on Monday, gave his administration a pass mark, particularly in infrastructure development, security, education, agriculture and health care.

He said his government had built more roads than all the previous administrations combined since the inception of the fourth republic.

He listed some the completed roads to include the dualisation of strategic township roads in Ibadan such as Toll Gate interchange-Challenge; New Garage-Toll Gate Interchange and Onireke-Jericho-Aleshinloye-Dugbe-Agbarigo Road, as well dualisation of major township roads in Oyo, Ogbomoso and Iseyin.

Ongoing roads include Eleyele-Ologuneru-Eruwa road, dualisation of Saki township roads, Idi-Ape-Basorun-Akobo-Odogbo Barracks Junction Road; Gate-Old Ife Road-Alakia, as well as the expansion of Oke Adu-Iwo Road, the governor disclosed.

He did not leave out the construction of the Mokola flyover, the first to be done by any civilian administration in the state, as well as the revived Ibadan Circular Road project, which had remained a dream in the last 15 years, adding that the first phase of the project has been awarded to ENL Consortium Limited at the cost of N70bn, under a build, operate and transfer arrangement.

The governor also said the infrastructure upgrade included the urban flood management initiative targeted at checking the reoccurrence of the 2011 flooding in Ibadan, which consumed many lives and property.

He said the government had also tackled the perennial water shortage, which residents of Ibadan had been experiencing, by carrying out wholesale rehabilitation of Asejire Waterworks and also recently flagged off rehabilitation works on the Eleyele Dam, which was badly hit by the 2011 flood disaster.

According to Ajimobi, the state also recorded milestones in education with “the floating of the Education Trust Fund through which stakeholders now collaborate with the government to improve service delivery and boost the standard of education in the state”.

“This is aside the establishment of the Oyo State Model Education System Initiative (OYOMESI), which seeks to inculcate moral values in students and the School Governing Board (SGB) policy, which is a participatory model that brings together all stakeholders in the education system in the management of public secondary schools.

“Through this policy, more than N2bn has been injected into the education sector in the last one year, leading to improved infrastructure in schools. The SGB policy is now being studied by other states in the South-West zone as a masterstroke in participatory approach to the management of public schools”, the governor further disclosed.

Other success stories listed by the governor included, restoration of security in all parts of the state through the establishment of a special security outfit, code-named ‘Operation Burst’ and the provision of patrol vans, communications equipment and armoured personnel carriers for the police and other security agencies.

The governor said no fewer than 36 companies had been attracted to the state in the last seven years, generating about 4,000 direct employment for residents according to figures from the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, while the state was rated fifth most investment-friendly by the National Bureau of Statistics having attracted more than $61m (N22.4bn) in foreign direct investment.

“The health sector has also benefitted from the unique vision of our government with the floating of a N50bn Health Endowment Fund and a Health Insurance Scheme, both of which are firsts in Nigeria, as well as the launch of a five-year cancer control strategic plan to reduce cancer-related incidence and mortality”, the governor added.

Democracy Day: My Administration has Delivered – Ajimobi

Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has declared that his administration has delivered dividends of democracy to the people of the state in the last seven years.

The governor, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, on Monday, gave his administration a pass mark, particularly in infrastructure development, security, education, agriculture and health care.

He said his government had built more roads than all the previous administrations combined since the inception of the fourth republic.

He listed some the completed roads to include the dualisation of strategic township roads in Ibadan such as Toll Gate interchange-Challenge; New Garage-Toll Gate Interchange and Onireke-Jericho-Aleshinloye-Dugbe-Agbarigo Road, as well dualisation of major township roads in Oyo, Ogbomoso and Iseyin.

Ongoing roads include Eleyele-Ologuneru-Eruwa road, dualisation of Saki township roads, Idi-Ape-Basorun-Akobo-Odogbo Barracks Junction Road; Gate-Old Ife Road-Alakia, as well as the expansion of Oke Adu-Iwo Road, the governor disclosed.

He did not leave out the construction of the Mokola flyover, the first to be done by any civilian administration in the state, as well as the revived Ibadan Circular Road project, which had remained a dream in the last 15 years, adding that the first phase of the project has been awarded to ENL Consortium Limited at the cost of N70bn, under a build, operate and transfer arrangement.

The governor also said the infrastructure upgrade included the urban flood management initiative targeted at checking the reoccurrence of the 2011 flooding in Ibadan, which consumed many lives and property.

He said the government had also tackled the perennial water shortage, which residents of Ibadan had been experiencing, by carrying out wholesale rehabilitation of Asejire Waterworks and also recently flagged off rehabilitation works on the Eleyele Dam, which was badly hit by the 2011 flood disaster.

According to Ajimobi, the state also recorded milestones in education with “the floating of the Education Trust Fund through which stakeholders now collaborate with the government to improve service delivery and boost the standard of education in the state”.

“This is aside the establishment of the Oyo State Model Education System Initiative (OYOMESI), which seeks to inculcate moral values in students and the School Governing Board (SGB) policy, which is a participatory model that brings together all stakeholders in the education system in the management of public secondary schools.

“Through this policy, more than N2bn has been injected into the education sector in the last one year, leading to improved infrastructure in schools. The SGB policy is now being studied by other states in the South-West zone as a masterstroke in participatory approach to the management of public schools”, the governor further disclosed.

Other success stories listed by the governor included, restoration of security in all parts of the state through the establishment of a special security outfit, code-named ‘Operation Burst’ and the provision of patrol vans, communications equipment and armoured personnel carriers for the police and other security agencies.

The governor said no fewer than 36 companies had been attracted to the state in the last seven years, generating about 4,000 direct employment for residents according to figures from the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, while the state was rated fifth most investment-friendly by the National Bureau of Statistics having attracted more than $61m (N22.4bn) in foreign direct investment.

“The health sector has also benefitted from the unique vision of our government with the floating of a N50bn Health Endowment Fund and a Health Insurance Scheme, both of which are firsts in Nigeria, as well as the launch of a five-year cancer control strategic plan to reduce cancer-related incidence and mortality”, the governor added.

Committee disowns parallel congress, as Oyo APC elects new executives

The incumbent Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Chief Akin Oke and the Secretary, Mr. Mojeed Olaoya, were among party executive returned for another term of four years at the party’s state congress on Saturday.

Others who were also returned at the congress held at the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan, included Dr Azeez Olatunde (Publicity Secretary) and Mrs. Mabel Williams (Women Leader), while Mr. Lekan Adeyemo emerged as Deputy Chairman.

 

The new executives emerged through voice vote at the congress conducted by a five-man APC State Congress Committee headed by Alhaji Abdullahi Gwarzo and monitored by monitored by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

 

Gwarzo, while addressing delegates, said the committee was not aware of any parallel congress, adding the only valid congress was the one conducted by the committee and witnessed by INEC officials.

 

He said that the congress was conducted in line with the directives and guidelines of the party, adding “We did our best. We were able to elect the leadership of Oyo State APC without any rancour. You can see that everybody is happy, including the governor.

“The congress was well-organised and we are not aware of any other congress or faction. APC is one united party. Nomination forms were sold to all aspiring members of the party in the state and Lekan Salami Sports Complex is the recognised venue.

Other members of the committee included Alhaji Haruna Tilde, Mr. Muhammed Sanni Sidi, Mr. Emeka Okolie and Mr. Ayuba Idria, while the INEC officials were Mr. Olubunmi Ariyo from Abuja and Mr. Ayodele Folami from Ibadan.

The congress was attended by the immediate past governor of the state, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Olagunju Ojo, a former Senate Majority Leader, Senator Teslim Folarin and Senator Abdulfatai Buhari.

 

Other APC chieftains in attendance included Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN), Mr Sunday Dare, Mr. Zaccheus Adelabu as well as members of the House of Representatives, Hons. Akeem Adeyemi, Jide Olatunbosun, Dokun Odebunmi, Saheed Fijabi and Abiodun Awoleye.

 

Governor Abiola Ajimobi, while addressing newsmen, expressed willingness to accommodate all aggrieved party members, adding that the quality of good leaders was determined by their level of tolerance and ability to accommodate opposing views.

“In the spirit of true democracy, aggrieved members would be accommodated but the party won’t tolerate acts of thuggery, brigandage and unnecessary discord,” he said.

The governor, while charging the newly-elected executives to pursue peace and do everything within their means to unite the party, said “politics is about give and take. It is about reconciliation and interest. The most important is to accommodate others”.

Also, Alao-Akala, who expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the congress, volunteered to lead the team that would reconcile aggrieved members in the larger interest of the party.