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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 kicks off 70-year-old Eleyele dam project

After 70 years, Oyo State Government has jump-started the practical solution to the perennial flooding in Ibadan with Eleyele Dam rehabilitation.Under the project, the government has awarded the joint venture contract to Messrs CGC-CHWE as contractor while Tractebel Consultants is the consultant firm.

The scope of work on the rehabilitation included raising of the dam embankment crest from its existing height of 183.6m to 185.4m ask (1.8m of raising), erection of 1.0m high concrete Parapet wall on the embankment to prevent waves from overtopping embankment and increase on the discharge capacity of spillway from 368.9m3/s to 1269m3/s.

Also, there would be 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, replacement of all hydro-mechanical equipment inside the intake tower, rehabilitation of the scour tunnel for free discharge of water through the scour channel to spillway return channel and improvement in the access road within the water works premises.

Governor Abiola Ajimobi who flagged off the project stated that the benefits accruable from a rehabilitated modernized Eleyele Dam are enormous. Among them is the improved capacity of the dam to help contain flooding in and around Ibadan. “As a result of rapid urban development in Ibadan, the Eleyele Dam is now located upstream of some densely populated and fully developed parts of the city.

“ Yet another derivable benefit is that the capacity of the dam to supply treated water to the city of Ibadan would be greatly boosted. I can foresee a situation whereby the dam, when delivered, would become a major provider of clean water to support the burgeoning industrial revolution that is fast gaining ground in Ibadan particularly and other parts of Oyo State in general.”

Represented by the State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Chief Isaac Isola, Governor Ajimobi assured that the rehabilitation project would be completed in two years.

Ajimobi said, “One of the major challenges that first confronted this administration upon our assumption of office in 2011 was the devastating flood event of 26th August, 2011, an unfortunate incident that ravaged many parts of Ibadan, consuming in its wake, hundreds of human lives and several million naira worth of properties.“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.

“Even though the dam had earlier been threatened by two major floods in 1963 and 1980, the impact of the 2011 flood event was massive enough to discourage and derail a government of lily-livered office-holders. But that was not for us. As a government, we saw wisdom in coming up with an integrated, comprehensive and enduring solution to the problem of flooding in the city.

“In his address, the Commissioner for Finance and Budget, Mr Abimbola Adekanmbi disclosed that the contractors and supervising consultants were selected through a carefully and competitively bidding process in line with the policies and procedures of the World Bank. He assured stakeholders that the project, from the expertise and resources available to the IUFMP and the relevant partnering MDAs, will ensure qualitative and qualitative and timely delivery of this rehabilitation work.

Ajimobi wants Ibadan butchers relocated to multi-billion naira abattoir

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has directed butchers in the 11 Local Government Areas of Ibadanland to relocate to the multi-billion naira central abattoir by the end of April.

The governor gave the directive during a stakeholders’ meeting held at the House of Chiefs, at the Secretariat in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the multi-billion naira central abattoir is located in Amosun Village in the Akinyele Local Government Area in Ibadan.

NAN reports that the butchers were led to the meeting by the South-West Coordinator of the Butchers Association, Alhaji Biliaminu Elesinmeta, and the association’s state Chairman, Alhaji Azeez Alagunfon.

Oyo moves against insecurity in troubled zone

The Oyo government says it has put in place measures to address the incessant abductions in the Oke-Ogun area of the state. Consequently, a task force has been raised to tackle the menace.

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Toye Arulogun, stated yesterday in Ibadan that Governor Abiola Ajimobi ordered the establishment of the task force after a series of meetings with farmers, herdsmen, traditional rulers, security agencies and other stakeholders to look into the spate of kidnappings, maiming and clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the zone, noting that the panel had visited the affected area for an on-the-spot assessment.

He noted that the government had mandated security agencies in the state to beef up security and boost intelligence gathering, stating ongoing efforts were yielding result, as some suspected kidnappers had been arrested.

The commissioner observed that improved surveillance had doused the tension in the area, assuring the people that the Ajimobi administration would continue to protect lives and property.

Arulogun said: “The security situation in the state is not as bad as being portrayed by some mischievous individuals. The breach was more from external than internal persons. Our administration is known for peace, safety and security. This is evident in the four-star rating as a well as a qualified state to help foreign and domestic investors given by the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC). Also, the state was adjudged as the fourth best investment-friendly state and one of the only five states that attracted investment to the country in the last quarter of 2017 by the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

“It is based on the peaceful cum secured environment that new businesses are springing up with a renaissance of the night economy in the state and government is getting a lot of investment requests. We cannot allow anything to disrupt the peace in the state and that is the reason the governor set up a taskforce to address the issue of Oke Ogun in addition to the existing security apparatus.

“The security agencies in Oyo are living up to expectation and we should all join hands with them to ensure that security is not breached in the state. We should commend them for their improved intelligence as well as pro-activeness to ensure that the state is not turned to a crisis-torn zone. On our part, government will not fail to provide adequate security for its people and support all the security agencies to perform their duties well.”

Ajimobi urges Christians to pray for Leah Sharibu, peace in Nigeria

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has urged Christians to use the occasion of this year’s Easter celebrations to pray fervently for the country to overcome the socio-economic challenges currently confronting it.

In his Easter message issued in Ibadan, yesterday, by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, the governor called on Christians to pray for the restoration of peace in all the trouble spots across the country, particularly in the northeast.

Ajimobi asked the faithful to particularly remember to pray for the safe return of the last Dapchi schoolgirl, Leah Sharibu, and the Chibok schoolgirls still in Boko Haram captivity.

He said it was only in an atmosphere of love, togetherness and renewed commitment to the country’s unity that the people could attain the much-desired greatness and appealed to masterminds of terrorism, insurgency, militancy, kidnappings and other acts creating unnecessary tension among the citizenry to embrace amnesty and drop their arms.

“Violence and criminality are ill winds that blow no one any good. There is no religion that is in support of taking people’s lives under whatever guise.

“Therefore, we must put immediate stop to all acts of terrorism, insurgency, militancy and kidnappings in all parts of the country. I am appealing to the perpetrators to take advantage of the amnesty being offered them and drop their arms.

“We should all be promoting activities that will further enhance our peaceful co-existence and unity as a people. It is only under this atmosphere that our dear country can achieve the much-desired greatness,” he stated.

The governor urged Nigerians to emulate Jesus Christ, who he said offered himself as a living sacrifice for the redemption of mankind.

While congratulating Christians on the successful completion of the 40-day fasting, Ajimobi enjoined them to use the occasion to reflect on the essence of the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, as well as the opportunity it offers them to be closer to their creator.

He added: “Easter is not about wining and dining alone. Rather, it is an occasion to realise that we need to love one another, as exhibited by God, who, out of His love for mankind, offered Jesus Christ to die for our sins and to give life more abundant.

“Let us eschew all divisive tendencies, violence and other things that are antithetical to the teachings of Jesus Christ, which centred on love and compassion for one another.”

The governor commended Christians, Muslims and other religious adherents in the state for their peaceful co-existence, urging them to continue in their prayers for his administration in its quest to ensure better life for all.

‘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.