Month: July 2018

2019 Hajj: Oyo pilgrims, neighbouring states to fly direct from Ibadan airport – Ajimobi …as 1000 prepare for 2018 exercise

2019 Hajj: Oyo pilgrims, neighbouring states to fly direct from Ibadan airport – Ajimobi 

…as 1000 prepare for 2018 exercise

Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has disclosed that beginning from 2019, pilgrims from the state and other neighbouring states will be flying to Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem from Ibadan Airport.


The governor made the disclosure while addressing the 2018 Hajj pilgrims from the state before their departure to the holy land, at the Hajj Camp, Ibadan, on Friday.


Ajimobi, who noted that he was addressing pilgrims for the last time as governor, saluted them for their comportment, urging them to be prayerful and maintain self-discipline during the hajj exercise.


He said: “This is the last time I will be attending the farewell programme for hajj pilgrims as governor. I’m proud to say that the pilgrims from Oyo State have exhibited high level of discipline and maturity.


“I should also inform you that we are making frantic efforts to ensure that our pilgrims are airlifted to Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem from Ibadan Airport, starting from next year. Pilgrims from neighbouring states will also benefit from the arrangement.”


While assuring pilgrims of good welfare package during the exercise, Ajimobi said the airline that conveyed the state contingent to the holy land last year had promised to improve on its services this year.


He enjoined the pilgrims to shun any act that could tarnish the image of the state while in the holy land, but to rather concentrate on things that would enhance the fulfilment of their religious obligations.


The governor said: “You must be good ambassadors and role models. You must shun acts of immorality that are capable of tarnishing the image of the state. Let them, through you and your conduct, see that we are good and disciplined people in Oyo State


“You must also have the spirit of forgiveness. Hold on to God, make the Quran your best friend and remember to pray for the state and the country in general.”


In his address, the Chairman, Oyo State Muslims Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Taofeek Akewugbagold, said although the state was allotted 955 slots, 1,000 pilgrims would be going for the exercise.


Akewugbagold said that the first batch of pilgrims would be airlifted to the holy land on August 4, 2018.


He said: “We are grateful to the governor for giving the board the opportunity to provide the best welfare for our people. 


“Oyo State was given 955 slots but we have 1,000 pilgrims going to hajj from Oyo State. Even many states from northern Nigeria have less number. It is an indication that the state indeed takes good care of its pilgrims.”




Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has hinted that the crisis within the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state is nearing resolution, with the splinter groups said to be closing ranks with the mainstream.

The governor stated this while addressing journalists after a statewide party leaders’ meeting, which was held at the APC state secretariat, Oke-Ado, Ibadan, on Monday.

The three-hour meeting was also attended by the state Deputy Governor, Chief Moses Adeyemo; Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olagunju Ojo; a former Governor, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala and a former Deputy Governor, Chief Iyiola Oladokun.

Also at the meeting were members of the House of Representatives: Hakeem Adeyemi, Saheed Fijabi, Dada Awoleye, Gbenga Ayoade and Segun Odebunmi, as well as other APC leaders, led by the State Chairman, Chief Akin Oke.

The governor said that the meeting was called to evaluate the level of success recorded so far in reconciling the aggrieved members, who had earlier formed splinter groups, back to the party’s mainstream.

Ajimobi expressed delight in what he called the high level of progress in the reconciliation move, adding that seventy-five per cent of those that left the party had so far been brought back into the fold.

The governor said, “The meeting is about reconciliation. It is about talking with our leaders and about party politics generally. There will always be grievances. There will always be conflict.

“But, in politics, like in all human endeavours, there is bound to be conflicts and resolutions and we will continue to have that. That is why we are making spirited effort to be on the same page.

“We have achieved about 75 per cent level of resolution and some people are already coming back. Some are aggrieved, rightly so; some are aggrieved wrongly so.

“But, the most important thing is to appreciate that in all human endeavours, there is bound to be conflicts and there is bound to be resolutions. As leaders, we must continue to accommodate, to give and take; but there will not be winner takes all.

“All the same, there are those, no matter what you do, who will not reconcile. They are irreconcilable and there are those that, with little efforts, we will reconcile with. So we are ready for reconciliation. The process is ongoing.”

In a separate interview, the party’s Director of Publicity, Dr Azeez Olatunde, said that the reconciliation committee set up by the governor after the party’s congresses had submitted its reports to the meeting.

He said that the position of the estranged members of the party have been taken, with assurance from the party’s leaders to look into them in the spirit of give and take.

Olatunde said, “The recommendation of the reconciliation committee was accepted, while the demands of the aggrieved members have been taken. The leaders have promised to look into them for imminent resolution.




The Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has assured the people of the state that his administration will continue to embark on life-changing legacy projects and programmes till May, next year when his tenure will end.


He said this during the inspection of the state-of-the-art Jericho Pediatric and Maternity centre, a World Bank-assisted project of the state government under construction, in Ibadan, on Thursday.


Judging by the pace of work at the centre, the governor said he was optimistic that it would be inaugurated latest by the end of the year to institute integrated and modernized health delivery services in the state.


Ajimobi said that he was unlike some governors who would stop engaging in developmental projects when it is a year or less to the end of their tenure, a practice he said was against the promises made to the electorate while campaigning for election.


He said “This center is another testimony to the fact that ours is an administration noted for projects. We are not like some lazy governors that would have stopped embarking on projects a year before the end of their tenure and will instead be frolicking around.


“We will work till the last day in office because that is why we were elected. I was not elected for seven years but eight years and it will be completed in May next year by the grace of God.


“Our government is striving to bring a good standard of living to the people and this is not possible without good health delivery. That is why I am here. We must complete these projects in the next three to six months at the most and it will be opened to the general public.”


The governor stressed that the project, which he described as an integrated health delivery center, would rival the popular University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, in service when completed.


Ajimobi said that the place would be a referral centre for health issues like tuberculosis, maternal health and child-related diseases.



Ajimobi added, “We are known for modernizing Oyo State. We are not only modernizing the state through the education sector, we are also modernizing the physical environment and more importantly, we are modernizing the health sector.


“We believe that we should have here an integrated health service delivery center, where we can have a maternal and paediatric center, where we will have tuberculosis center and all centers related to health service delivery.


“We want to make this another UCH, so to speak, where virtually everything will be integrated, where any service you want will be on the ground when it comes to health.”

Computers Society names Ajimobi Digital Governor of the year

Computers Society names Ajimobi Digital Governor of the year  

The Nigeria Computers Society has conferred the award of ‘Digital Governor of the Year’ on Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, in appreciation of what the society called his administration’s digital strides in governance.

The award was presented at the 27th national conference of the society, which the governor declared opened at the International Conference Centre of the University of Ibadan, in Ibadan, on Tuesday.

Presenting the award, President, NCS, Prof. Sola Aderounmu, said that Ajimobi was given the award in recognition of his administration’s digital inclusion policies.

He said that the society was also impressed with the ingenious ways the state had proffered digital solutions to the management of its key structures and units.   

The NCS boss called on the Federal Government to formulate digital inclusion policy in order to overcome challenges confronting the country in the areas of health, economy, security and other facets of life.

He expressed concern that the benefits of Information Technology have not been fully harnessed, judging by the exclusion of a good number of women, children and the physically-challenged from the benefits of digitalization.

Aderounmu said, “Governor Ajimobi is deserving of this award because of his strides in deploying ICT to solve problems in governance. The success story range from administrative efficiency, prompt accounting system, effective health and education policies as well as security of lives and properties.

“When you talk of states that are peaceful in Nigeria today, you won’t count three before mentioning Oyo. The state uses CCTV to monitor flashpoints in Ibadan to nip crises in the bud. 


“The resolve of the state to establish the first Technical University in the country and creation of technological hub in Ibadan for foreign investors to produce materials, which will engender massive employment opportunities and grow the local economy, is also commendable.


“But, I must say that the benefits of the internet have not been utilized as expected in Nigeria. The consequence is that women, individuals living with disabilities, the poor and the rural populace have become extensively digitally excluded.

 “With nationwide presence and proper digital inclusion, healthcare delivery, poverty reduction, job creation, education, governance, food security and social harmony in the society will be greatly enhanced.”

 In his response, the governor said that the state was reaping the fruits of its heavy investment in digital inclusion in the management of security, payroll system, finance and other aspects of governance.

Ajimobi said that the state had attained the status of a digital hub where different policies and engagements such as security of lives and property, finance, civil service efficiency, contracts and procurements had been automated.

 The governor said, “We embarked on a well-rounded automation drive that was launched at the beginning of this administration, results of which we are now reaping.

“We have been able to identify many parts of digitalization applicable to general operations in governance. Our effort at making Oyo State a digital hub is being felt in security, administration, finance, the civil service and other aspects of governance.

 “In the furtherance of our agenda on safety and security and to consolidate on the peace we have achieved, we have partnered with IT and telecommunication companies, such as Huawei, MTN and Fast Deploy, to install CCTV across major centres in Ibadan.

 “In our civil service, the concept of e-governance is being felt. We introduced biometrics, which has helped in the creation of a functional digital database for the entire civil service.

“This, on its own, is a major plus as it has helped to check the problem of ghost and ineffective workers, as well as aiding payment automation.”

 The governor challenged the FG and states across the country to see digitalization and digital inclusion as the leeway to sustainable growth, good governance and responsive service delivery.

He cited the example of Finland, where he said that more than 90 per cent of her population was using the internet and in consequence adjudged the best country in the world.

Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, was represented at the event by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Hajia Ashimowu Mohammed.

Fayemi’s victory, a demonstration of Ekiti people’s faith in APC – Ajimobi

Fayemi’s victory, a demonstration of Ekiti people’s faith in APC – Ajimobi

Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has described the victory of Dr. Kayode Fayemi in the just-concluded gubernatorial election in Ekiti State as a demonstration of the people’s trust in the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party that has the capacity to liberate the state from mis-governance and gross under-development.

The governor stated this in a congratulatory message issued by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji in Ibadan, on Sunday.

He said that the outcome of the election which he described as free, fair and credible, was a reflection of the wishes and aspirations of the people of the state and a further demonstration of their faith that Fayemi’s second coming as governor would bring the socio-economic development which the state had been yearning for.

While congratulating the governor-elect for engaging in intellectual and issue-based electioneering in all parts of the state, Ajimobi described his victory at the polls as well-deserved.

He said: “Please accept my hearty felicitations, my brother, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on your outstanding performance at the just-concluded gubernatorial election which you won fair and square.

“It was indeed a well-deserved victory and a reflection of the trust and confidence which the people of Ekiti State have in our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party which has the capacity to liberate the state from the shackles of mis-governance and gross under-development.

“I am equally happy that the issue-based electioneering which you took to all the nooks and crannies of Ekiti State, coupled with the active support of the party hierarchy at the national level and in all the APC-controlled states, eventually paid off with your victory at the polls.

“I have no doubt that with your intellectual disposition, sagacity in public administration and as a tested hand, you will use your wealth of experience to turn things around for Ekiti and take the state to greater heights.’’

The governor also congratulated the people of the state for making the right choice by voting Fayemi and APC, and, by extension, returning the state to the mainstream, assuring them that the governor-elect and the party would not disappoint them.  

Governor Ajimobi equally commended the electoral umpire for conducting a free, fair and hitch- free election which has shown their level of preparedness and readiness for the governorship election and the 2019 elections.

Oyo introduces toll free lines, installs CCTV cameras, street lights in black spots in Ibadan

The Oyo State Government has commenced the installation of close circuit television (CCTV) cameras in some black spots and business districts in Ibadan metropolis as part of measures to enhance the security architecture of the city.

Besides, the state government has announced the introduction of call centres and toll free lines through which security agencies would be receiving useful security information from members of the public at no cost to them.

The Executive Secretary of the Oyo State Security Trust Fund (OYSSTF), Mr. Femi Oyedipe, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Ibadan on Sunday.

He also said that government had commenced the collection of security levy from business premises, churches, mosques and corporate organizations in the state, with an estimated income of about N2b annually.

Oyedipe added that government had started a project christened “Light Up Ibadan” through which street light would be installed in major roads within the city.

According to him, all these are parts of the Safe City Project being executed by the state government to enhance the security apparatus of the state in terms of logistics and technical capabilities as well as nip crime and criminality in the bud.

OYEDIPE Said that the CCTV cameras had already been installed in some areas in Ibadan metropolis, adding that the project would soon be extended to other areas and business districts in the city.

The Executive Secretary said that the security levy, which was expected to be paid by business premises, private schools, churches, mosques and associations amongst others, had already taken off in four local government areas of Ibadan.

Listing the local government areas to include Ibadan North-East, Ibadan North-West, Ibadan South-West and Ibadan North, he commended the affected corporate bodies for their response rate to the clarion call by government for them to partner with it in its efforts at providing adequate security for the lives and property of the citizenry.

Oyedipe said: “It is apparent that government no government can single-handedly shoulder the huge responsibility of funding security. That was why the Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration decided to set up the Oyo State Security Trust Fund in 2012 to serve as an avenue through which funds could be raised for the improvement of the security architecture of the state.

“It is also in furtherance of this that government introduced one per cent security tax on all the contracts executed on behalf of state government. This has also assisted the Security Trust Fund in the past years.

“I am convinced that by the time the security levy is spread to all the local governments across the state, close to N2 billion would be raked in annually and this would complement government’s efforts in the provision of security.’’

Oyedipe pointed out that a large expanse of land had been set aside at the Trans Amusement Park in Ibadan for the sighting of solar power for the ‘’Light Up Ibadan’’ project which, he said, would gulp about N750 million.

He said that the project, which would be done in phases, had received a boost from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through the donation of N50 million while other commercial banks had also assisted the state government with the sum of N250 million.

The Executive Secretary said that his Fund had donated 2,000 safety helmets to commercial motorcycle riders across the state while regular repairs were being carried out on the operational vehicles of the various security agencies and the state security outfit codenamed ‘’Operational Burst’’ to enhance their efficiency.

Oyedipe assured the people of the state that government would continue to do its best to ensure that their lives and property were security through a well coordinated security arrangement and public-private partnership in security funding.



Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has said that the state government will declare work-free hours for workers across the state to collect their Permanent Voter Cards in the last week of the registration exercise.


The governor disclosed this when the state Resident Electoral Commissioner,  Mr. Mutiu Agboke, led an advocacy team of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s top officials to his office, in Ibadan, on Tuesday.


Earlier, the REC had informed the governor that 756,000 PVCs were still unclaimed as at the time of their visit.


While challenging INEC to step up the drive towards ensuring more residents of the state collected their PVCs, the governor said it was unacceptable that such a high number of the cards still remained uncollected.


Ajimobi, therefore, charged INEC to come up with innovative ways of ensuring that a significant portion of the unclaimed PVCs were collected by their owners before the next general elections.


He said that this would ensure increased participation of citizens in the political process in the state.


Ajimobi said, “We will do everything humanly possible to encourage our people to collect their PVCs before the general election, including declaring work-free hours for civil servants in the last week of the voter registration exercise.


“When you say our people are not collecting their PVCs and they are also complaining of not meeting INEC staff at the designated centres or that the machines are not working properly, then you need to look into this.


“We have to look into ways of addressing these issues. Please educate your people to do their work as expected, even if it requires recruiting ad hoc officials. And, if you require our support in whatever form, let us know.


“We have told our local government chairmen to mobilize and make the exercise easy for the people. But this must necessarily be done in conjunction with INEC officials.”


Ajimobi also urged the REC to ensure that the 2019 election was free and fair by putting up a system that would engender trust among the stakeholders.


While thanking the governor for his decision to grant civil servants work-free hours to enable them to collect their PVCs, he said that the commission was also uncomfortable with the unclaimed 756,000 cards.


Agboke said, “We are reaching out to major stakeholders in the state, such as traditional rulers and the House of Assembly, among others, in our bid to ensure a successful general election next year. We are not pleased that we still have 756,000 PVCs yet to be claimed by their owners.


“INEC commenced the distribution of PVCs on April 27, 2017. We had three phases last year and this year we are already on the third phase. The exercise will be suspended on August 17 until after the 2019 general elections.