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Oyo Speaker’s death: Ajimobi still shattered, visits parents, monarchs

…Monumental tragedy has hit us – parents 

…We are pained because he left behind parents, young children –  monarch

 

The death of the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Michael Adeyemo, has left the Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, in sombre mood even when he led the State Executive Council and Assembly members on a condolence visit to the deceased country home, Lanlate, on Saturday.

The sudden death of the 47-year-old speaker, early Friday morning, had thrown the entire state into gloom, following which the governor declared three-day of mourning during when flags are expected to be flown at half mast.

Since the sad incident occurred, the governor had been visibly devastated and had not made any public appearance, except during Saturday’s visit to the late speaker’s parents, monarchs and political leaders in Ibarapa zone, throughout when he fought back tears.

During the visits, the governor had refrained from making comments or uttering a word at each stop, only signing the condolence register opened at the Lanlate home of the Adeyemos.

The governor was in company with his wife, Chief Florence Ajimobi; Deputy, Chief Moses Adeyemo; all executive council members; members of the House of Assembly, led by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Abdulwasi Musa; State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Akin Oke, among others.

Amidst intermittent sobs, the parents of the late speaker, Chief Matthew and Mrs. Dorcas Adeyemo, had inaudibly said that a “monumental tragedy” had befallen them.

The governor also visited the Arowooje of Lanlate, Oba Lateef Olagoke; the Eleruwa of Eruwaland, Oba Samuel Adegbola, in their palaces to commiserate with the monarchs on the death of their illustrious son.

Adeyemo, who had represented the Ibarapa East State Constituency since 2011, was the highest ranking political figure from Ibarapa zone and was also the first from the zone to occupy the number three seat for two terms.

In his condolence message, the governor said that the death of the speaker was the greatest loss his administration and the All Progressives Congress family in the state had so far recorded.

Ajimobi wrote, “He was a brilliant, eloquent, intelligent, diligent and most patriotic speaker I ever met. He contributed immensely to the success of this (Ajimobi’s) administration.

“He was a peacemaker, bridge builder and a great son of Lanlate, Oyo State and Nigeria. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”

Speaking on behalf of the Lanlate monarch, the Osi Lanlate, Chief Adegboye Adelani, described the death of Adeyemo as a tragic loss to the town and the Ibarapa zone, following what he called his monumental contributions to their development.

The monarch assured the governor of the continued support of the people of the zone for his administration and the APC in spite of the death of the speaker.

He said, “I cannot begin to recount the positive contributions of Adeyemo to the progress and development of our land. He was our illustrious son whom we hold in high esteem. I appeal to the governor to continue to remember Lanlate for good, in memory of our son.

“My other appeal is to his colleagues in the Assembly to uphold the legacy of peace and sustain the existing cooperation between them and the executive, which Adeyemo established during his period as speaker of the House.”

Speaking on behalf of the late speaker’s family, a leader of the APC in Ibarapa zone, Apostle Samson Aderounmu, said that the parents and the entire family were taken aback by the news of his sudden death.

The APC leader said that he held a meeting with the late speaker on the eve of his death, during when he said he did not show any sign of illness or premonition that he was seeing him for the last time.

Since the sad news filtered through Lanlate and the entire Ibarapa zone, he said that family, friends and political associates and leaders of the deceased had been in anguish.

The Eleruwa said that he saw and ebullient and lively speaker when he visited him in his palace a few days ago to commiserate with him and the people of Eruwa on the death of one of the prominent chiefs in the town.

Oba Adegbola said, “It is not until the sad news of his death was broken to us that the entire zone realized the enormity of favour done to us with the zoning of the position of the speaker of the state Assembly to us. Adeyemo was a very responsible and caring son of the land.

“His death is a great loss to the state and the country as a whole. He will be remembered for his ability to manage the House peacefully and for promoting stability in the state. Our greatest pain is that he left behind his parents and young children.”

Oyo rehabilitates Eleyele dam to end frightening flooding in Ibadan, enhance water supply — Ajimobi

The proposed rehabilitation of the Eleyele Dam, in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, will substantially enhance residents’ access to potable water, as well as save the city from frightening flood incidents.

The Governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, stated this at a ceremony to flag off the rehabilitation project, held at the premises of the dam, in Eleyele, Oke Badan LCDA, Ibadan, on Friday.

Ajimobi, who was represented by the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Chief Isaac Isola, said the rehabilitation project was one of the befitting legacies he wished to be remembered for.

He said that the contractor handling the overhaul of the dam, Messrs CGC-CHWE Joint Venture, and other partners, had been given a maximum of 24 months to complete the project.

The governor explained that the devastating effect of an August 26, 2011 flooding spurred the government into embarking on comprehensive flood control measures across the city, including dredging of river channels and construction of bridges.

Ajimobi said, “One of the major challenges that first confronted this administration upon our assumption of office in 2011 was the devastating flood of August 26, 2011; an unfortunate incident that ravaged many parts of Ibadan.

“This Eleyele Dam, which was approaching its 70th anniversary then, was badly hit, leading to an overflow of the dam and degradation of the appurtenant structures.

“The implication of this was that one of the two fictional values of the Eleyele Dam, which was to help flood control during high flow periods through its reservoir holding capacity, had been compromised!

“Unlike the piecemeal and largely reactive responses of past administrations in the state, we decided to take the bull by the horns in our determined efforts to change the narratives of perennial flooding in Ibadan. The ceremony we are holding today is one of such efforts.

“On completion, the dam will have improved capacity to contain flooding in and around Ibadan. Yet another derivable benefit is that the capacity of the dam to supply treated water to the city of Ibadan and would be greatly boosted.”

In his address, the Commissioner for Finance, Planning and Budget, Mr. Abimbola Adekanmbi, said the contractors and supervising consultants for the project were selected through World Bank standard competitive bidding process.

He explained that the project scope included raising of the dam embankment crest from its existing height of 183.6m to 185.4m ask, erection of 1.0m high concrete parapet wall and increase on the discharge capacity of the spillway from 368.9m3/s to 1269m3/s.

Adekanmbi added that there would also be an increase in the width of the spillway channel to enhance its discharge capacity, rehabilitation of the intake tower in order to fully restore its capacity to supply raw water from the reservoir to the treatment plant, among others.

Gov. Ajimobi Expresses Commitment To Security, Welfare Of NYSC Members

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Monday said his administration was committed to ensuring adequate welfare and security of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) deployed to the state.

Ajimobi, represented by his deputy, Chief Moses Adeyemo, said this at the swearing-in ceremony of the 2018 batch “A” corps members deployed to the state, at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Iseyin.

He assured the corps members of the warm reception awaiting them in their places of primary assignments.

“I assure you that you will enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the entire people of the state throughout the period of your one-year national service,” he said.

The governor noted that NYSC remained the unifying chord that held the country together.

He said that the scheme provided youths, who prior to its establishment, were strangers to the diverse culture of other parts of Nigeria.

Ajimobi remarked that the orientation programme was designed to inculcate discipline in youths and instill in them a tradition of hard work, integrity and patriotism to Nigeria wherever they were posted.

“To curb the alarming rate of unemployment, you are enjoined to acquire more knowledge through personal development skill acquisition and entrepreneurship development training during the period of orientation course,” he said.

Earlier, the state NYSC’s Coordinator, Mrs Ifeoma Anidobi, said 2,412 corps members were registered, comprising 1143 males and 1269 females.

Anidobi urged the corps members to contribute their quota to the unity, integration and advancement of Oyo state in particular and Nigeria at large.

She advised them to make optimal use of the opportunity provided by NYSC Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development programme.

The coordinator remarked that the posting policy of corps members to places of primary assignment was tailored towards meeting the felt needs of the state, particularly in agriculture, education, health and rural infrastructure.

“Several activities have been lined up to make the course an exciting one; so take every camp activity seriously, from early morning meditation to lectures, drills and social events.

“You will also have opportunity to showcase your talents during the inter-platoon dance, drama, sporting and skills competitions,” she said.

Anidobi, however, appreciated the Oyo state government and the people of the state for their unflinching support to the NYSC scheme always.

The 2,412 corps members were sworn in by Justice Eni Esan, who represented the Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Muktar Abimbola.

Ajimobi’s Tripod Policy of Restoration, Transformation, Repositioning is based on Credible Data…..Oyo SSG

The Secretary to Oyo State Government, Mr Olalekan Alli has identified credible, reliable and accurate data as vital tool for the realisation of Governor Ajimobi led administration’s tripod policy of restoration,transformation and repositioning agenda.

Mr Olalekan Alli disclosed this while declaring open the stakeholders meeting on dissemination of multiple Indicators cluster survey held at the Western Hall secretariat, Ibadan.

He reiterated that the success recorded so far in the state was based on reliable data that assisted the government in formulating and implementing lofty policies that are people oriented.

Alli explained that Oyo state government would continue to rely on adequate data stressing that such would enhance good governance through effective planning and better implementation of government policies.

Earlier in a remark, the Special Adviser to Governor on Economc and Budget, Dr Isiaka Kolawole said the purpose of the meeting was to give reports of 2016 and 2017 multiple indicators survey that were conducted by the UNICEF in partnership with National Bureau of Statistics, pointing out that several surveys had been conducted since 1999 “and this will be the fifth time” .

He said the meeting was also aimed at gathering structured information on the situation of children and women in the state and as well to track the indicators on development programmes geared towards actualization of sustainable development goals.

Dr Kolawole noted that the reports at end of the meeting would afford the state government the opportunities to formulate and implement policies that would better the lives of citizens in the state.

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‘GBs have improved infrastructure in Oyo schools’

The Oyo State Government yesterday said that the School Governing Boards (SGBs) have arrested infrastructural decay in various secondary schools across the state, saying that over N2bn have been expended by SGBs, philanthropists and old students associations on new buildings, renovation of the old ones, laboratories, ICT centres, chairs, desks and boreholes.

It said that the participatory schools’ management model, the first of its kind in the country introduced by Governor Abiola Ajimobi a year ago, is executing one infrastructural programme or the other in various schools, explaining that out of the N2bn, the SGBs have spent N1.269 billion realized from the N3,000 session fee paid by each student while projects already commissioned put in place by Old Students, philanthropists and corporate organisations stood at about N0.8billion.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela during a three day expanded stakeholders meeting on Implementation of 2018 State Engagement Plan (SEP) organized by Ministry of Education in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) held at Emmanuel Alayande Resource Centre, Samonda, Ibadan disclosed that the total number of people engaged by Government for this participatory service (SGBs) is 5,652 members for the 628 secondary schools in the state.

Professor Olowofela explained that SGB is made up of nine members who are on voluntary services except the statutory members that are civil servants which include the Principals, who are the secretaries of the Boards, nominees of Council Chairmen and Local Inspector Education (L.I.Es) where the schools are domiciled.

The Commissioner said that the introduction of the SGB was a masterstroke to change the fortune of education in the state, saying, “the SGB has led to renewed rivalry among various old students associations as they are all trying to outdo one another in providing infrastructure for their schools.

During the launch of Education Trust Fund (ETF) in November 2017, the SGB of Government College, Ibadan was honoured as the best SGB and this has in no doubt propelled other SGBs to act.

“Recently, the SGB of Lagelu Grammar School also injected about N250m into the renovation of schools. There are so many SGBs working on renovations of their schools and this is evident in the present state on improved infrastructures as the government also observed that some of the buildings earlier earmarked for rehabilitation have already been renovated by SGBs or Old students.

“Our SGB intervention for schools is a success story and we need to commend various old students association for being part of this laudable achievement to renovate existing buildings, construct new ones, laboratories, ICT centres as well as provision of laboratories equipment, chairs, desks and boreholes,” Professor Olowofela said.

Oyo compensates owners of land acquired for cassava plantation

The Oyo State government has paid compensation to about 77 families whose lands were acquired recently for mass production of cassava in Otu, near Iseyin. The Commissioner for Lands, Housing, and Survey, Mr. Isaac Ajiboye Omodewu, presented the cheques to the beneficiaries at a brief ceremony in Otu, Itesiwaju Local Government Area of the state last week.

The commissioner, an indigene of Otu, lauded the governor for abiding by the law and demonstrating that the state believes in the peace and security of its citizens. He said: “It is the vision of the governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, to bring investors into the state. The community has agreed to release the land to the government and their compensations are being paid accordingly today.”

Mr. Wale Majolagbe, Director of Finance, Lexcel Group, and representative of Allied Atlantic Distilleries, one of the investors, said: “Since Oke-Ogun supplies most of the cassava we use, we decided to move to the 4,000 hectares of land available here for expansion. Activities will start on the land by the first week in April and the ethanol production plant will be ready in the next two years.”

Responding, the chairman, Itesiwaju Local Government, AbdulFatai Niyi Adeagbo, commended the governor for promptly paying compensation to owners of the acquired lands. He also counseled the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the fund. He assured the state government and the investor that the people in the community will work in close harmony with all stakeholders to guarantee the growth and development of the community.

Beyond the compensation and immediate employment of over 4,000 cassava farmers, when the ethanol plant is completed, it will reduce unemployment in the state be the catalyst for the growth and development of Otu and the Oke-Ogun area of the state.

Ajimobi appoints Bolaji Tunji as special adviser

Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has appointed Bolaji Tunji as Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy.

Tunji, a former Executive Director of the Sun Newspapers, is taking over from Yomi Layinka, who has been redeployed as Special Adviser, Ibadan Media City Project.

A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Olalekan Alli, disclosed this.

Until his new appointment, Tunji was the Executive Director, Special Duties at the Sun Newspapers, where he took a leave of absence to assume his new role.