Ogun State Government Raises Alarm Over Impending Floods.

The Ogun State Government, has raised alarm over an impending flooding in various places in the state as predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) in its 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction.

Briefing journalists in Abeokuta, the state capital, the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye said areas to be affected by the flood include Abeokuta, Ewekoro, Ijebu Igbo, Ijebu Ode, Ikenne, Ota among other towns in the state.

 

While asking residents to maintain a high level of personal hygiene, the Commissioner, however, warned them against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in canal, and water in the state.

“The 2017 seasonal rainfall prediction by the NIMET showed floods may occur in some states in the north and west even as a shorter length of rain is predicted in most part of the country, rainfall amount is predicted to be above normal in and around Sokota, Zamfara, Niger, Kwara, Ogun and Adamawa”, he said.

He further noted that, “NIMET predicts the earliest onset date to be February 25, over the coastal region of the Niger Delta, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Plateau, Rivers, Bayelsa, Ogun and Oyo states are predicted to record early onset dates by about, three to seven days range from their 30 years normal.

“NIMET also predicted that many Nigerians would likely experience “Above danger heat stress” this year, due to combination of heat and humidity, this impact is that exposure to excessive heat for too long could cause heat stress, which may in turn lead to severe illness collectively called “Hyperthermia”.

“We are appealing to residents not to block drainage channels, either natural or constructed, refrain from dumping waste into drainage channels and rivers or stream flow course” he concluded.

 

Source: Channels TV

Police arrests 22 year old man for beheading a 72 year old woman

The Ogun State Police Command says it has arrested 22 year old Adeoye Ikugbayigbe for beheading a 72 year old woman, Funmilayo Shada.

The  Force’ Public Relations Officer, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, said the arrest followed a report by the son of the deceased who narrated the incident at the Abigi Divisional Headquarters on Monday.

According to him, the son said that while he was on his way to the farm to meet his mother, who had earlier gone to the farm, he met the culprit on the road holding a polythene bag.

On sighting him, the suspect was said to have dropped the bag and ran into the bush.

”This aroused his suspicion and he quickly ran to check his mother but could not find her.

“He later came back to check the bag dropped by the suspect only for him to discover his mother’s severed head and her wrist in the said bag.”

”He quickly reported the case to the Police at about 14:45 hrs and immediately the DPO Abigi Division, SP Komolafe Omoniyi, led detectives to the scene, combed the surrounding bush and finally got the suspect arrested.

”On interrogation, he confessed to having committed the crime, claiming that he has been having running battle with the deceased over a portion of land.”

Mr Oyeyemi however said that “the severed head and the remains body of the deceased have been deposited in the mortuary while the cutlass he used has also been recovered”.

The Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, subsequently ordered that the suspect be transferred to the Homicide section of State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for further investigation.

 

Source: Channels TV

Ogun State Police Command arrests 2 fake soldiers

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested two fake soldiers who extort/maltreat innocent citizens.

The suspects named Joseph David & Adebayo Olanrewaju Ojoye were arrested by policemen around Agbado area of the state, Omojuwa.Com learnt

Items recovered from them include; military uniforms and other camouflage materials.

They were paraded by men of the Ogun Command after the arrest.

Ogun Government To Clampdown On Illegal Fuel Stations.

The Ogun state government says it is clamping down on illegal fuel stations and gas depots operating without proper approval from relevant agencies of government.

This according to them, is to forestall avoidable loss of lives and property.

The State Commissioner for Urban and Physical Planning, Mrs Ronke Sokefun and her environment counterpart, Bolaji Oyeleye, read the riot act at a press briefing which took place in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Sokefun said that a task force has been constituted by government to seal up illegal gas stations across the state.

“It is pertinent to state that henceforth,operating such illegal businesses will no longer be tolerated in the state,consequently, a task force has been constituted by the state government to seal illegal gas stations in order to curb avoidable loss of lives and properties’.

”In addition, owners of gas filling stations with required approvals from the state government will be urged to upgrade their safety measure equipment to meet up with international standards.

While asking operators to upgrade their safety measure equipment to meet up with international best practices, the government also stated that it would not allow anybody to set up gas refill depots within residential areas.

“Henceforth organizations or individuals will not be allowed to set up gas refill depots within residential areas,” Sokefun said.

The government also asked residents to be more conscious to reduce avoidable deaths occasioned by human errors

”I will also advise residents to be more responsible and responsive to the way they handle inflammables.

“They should stop storing fuel at home and they must as a matter of fact cultivate the habit of having fire extinguishers at home in order to reduce the risk of avoidable deaths” the Director of the State Emergency Service said.

In order to appeal to the consciousness of residents, the government says workshops will soon be organised for fuel stations and gas filling depots in order to equip them with the much needed information on best practices.

Following the fuel station inferno at Adigbe area of the state capital which claimed two lives and property worth millions of Naira, the state government seems to be taking the bull by the horn to avoid a recurrence.

 

Source: Channels TV

Ogun university students to protest school fees hike

A coalition of students’ organisations under the Save TASUED and Fund Education Coalition (STAFEC) has fixed February 6 to stage a mass protest in Abeokuta, Ogun State, against what they described as the continued neglect of education, and particularly tertiary education subsector in the state.

The organisations comprise Tai Solarin Students’ Union, National Universities Education Students’ Association (NUESA), Alliance of Nigerian Students against Neoliberal Attacks (ANSA), among others.

In a statement issued at the weekend jointly signed by Sanni Ramon, Ewetola AbdulRamon, Sanyaolu Juwon, and Tomi Aina on behalf of Tai Solarin Students’ Union, NUESA, ANSA and Students’ and Youth Activists Support Initiative respectively; the students condemned the fee hike at the Tai Solarin University of Education, and other higher institutions across the state.

The statement reads in part; “The Save TASUED and Fund Education Coalition (STAFEC) wishes to seize this medium to inform the mass of the Nigerian populace its resolve to stage a mass action against the anti-student/anti-poor policies of the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led Government of Ogun State on the 6th of February 2017.

“The mass action is aimed at showing our displeasure towards the premeditated neglect of public education especially TASUED. We take exception to the illegal and arbitrary tax of N10, 000 imposed on students and we reject in totality, the increment in acceptance fee from N30,000 to N40,000.

“The coalition maintains an outright rejection of the introduction of N25,000 registration fee; we consider it as fraudulent, thoughtless and unacceptable especially at the time the same students and their unpaid parents barely manage to pay the exorbitant N76, 500 school fees, astronomical acceptance fee and many other ridiculous charges.”

The students’ decision to protest came few weeks after a feisty exchange between Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology who were protesting the closure of their school for eight months.

The university has since resume although the striking lecturers have refused to resume work until their demands are met.

In their statement, the student leaders of both Tai Solarin University and Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ago-Iwoye, said they had not received subvention from the state government for more than 20 months, adding that salaries of workers are not paid in full, leading to poor commitment of staff to work.

“The astronomical school fees of TASUED, the increase in the charges of vocational studies (subsequently and fraudulently disguised as registration fee) from N1000 to N25, 000, the imposition of N20,000 as penalty for late submission of clearance file and the despotic increment of acceptance fee from N30, 000 to N40, 000; are few of the many anti-poor/student policies incited by government unacceptable neglect of the institution,” the statement added.

 

Source: Premium Times

Labour Party drags Governor Amosun to court over road projects

The Labour Party, LP, in Ogun State has dragged Governor Ibikunle Amosun to court for details of the contracts for all road projects awarded by his administration since 2011.

 

The party in the suit filed at the State High Court, Abeokuta, joined the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure as respondents.

 

The suit was instituted on behalf of the party by its state chairman, Arabambi Abayomi; secretary, Oginni Olaposi; and two members, Olufunmilayo Oginni and Sabur Aroyewun.

 

The applicants are seeking an order of mandamus directing the respondents to allow them access to the information on all road projects awarded by the state government under Mr. Amosun.

 

The party wants the information to include the names of contractors, costs of the contracts, and expected dates of completion.

 

The case comes for hearing on January 25 before Justice Mobolaji Ojo at High Court 4 in Abeokuta.

 

Source: Premium Times

Ogun State government begins enforcement of the 70 metres setback along Lagos-Ibadan expressway

The Ogun State government has commenced the enforcement of the 70 metres setback along the Lagos Ibadan expressway, with the evacuation of illegal structures and shanties around the Kara market.

Leading men and officers of the state ministries of Urban and Planning and Ministry of Environment, the commissioners in charge of the ministries maintained that the decision was necessary in order to restore sanity back to the area.

While asking residents and business owners along that axis to comply with the new development, they, however, affirmed the readiness of the government to enforce the state’s environmental law

“Over and over again, there have been serious incursion on the natural setback that our roads suppose to have. For example, the Federal Government has 45 metres while the state has 25 metres setback which is 70 metres from the median but consistently, this has been violated. If you have observed, this road, you see disused vehicles, shanties and illegal structures just like there are no rules and regulations.

“We are embarking on this essentially to restore sanity on this road and this whole areas. It is not limited here. We will keep going down.

“This is the continuation of the Urban Renewal Programme of the administration particularly at this border town in Isheri.

“If you you remember we were here last year for what we tagged Operation Green Ogun. So, it is the continuation of that programme which is aimed at reclaiming the setback and bringing some sense of order to the chaotic situation we are having here,” the commissioner for environment said.

As a result of this and the need to enforce a better environment, as an emerging economy, the government is embarking on the reclamation of the 70 metre setback, insisting that it would punish persons that violate the law.

“When it is absolutely necessary, we will not hesitate to shut down any erring organisation that contravene and encourage this bad behaviour. So, as we go along, if there is a need to make arrest, we will do so.

“About five minutes ago, you saw the leadership of the Kara market discussing with us. They are cooperating with us,” she added.

The southwest Nigerian state is the gateway to many parts of the country and the Lagos-Ibadan expressway remains the entry point to the state. Over time, this axis has continued to witness uncontrolled development with shanties and illegal structures taking compulsory up setback.

 

Source: Channels TV

Ogun State, Partners FG On Effective Drug Distribution

The Ogun state, in collaboration with the Federal Government, are set to improve supply, distribution, and management of drugs in order to guide against expiration, before they reach the end users.

This was disclosed by the State Commissioner for Health Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, while hosting members of the National Product Supply Chain Management, Programme (NPSCMP), Department of Food & Drugs Services, Federal Ministry of Health, Abuja, recently at his office in Abeokuta.

The Commissioner said the collaboration with relevant stakeholders, would further strengthen human capacity development for the Public Health sector, commodities management in Nigeria.

Ipaye said the state is always ready to partner with the Federal Government, particularly in areas that have to do with the health of the people.

He added that already, they had been efficient in the areas of distribution and management of drugs to all health care facilities.

Speaking earlier, the Team Leader for NPSCMP, Mrs Abdulhameed Wosilat, said the aim of the partnership was to coordinate all health commodities at the Federal level, through an effective integrated supply chain in Nigeria.

She added that it would also improve patients access to availability of drugs, as well as efficient last minute delivery of all other health commodities across the country.

Wosilat, then revealed that currently, the programme is running effectively in 14 states.

According to her, the initiative would also guide the end users, particularly those in the rural areas of the country, against the intake of expired drugs.

Also in his address, the Director, Pharmaceutical Department, Ogun State Ministry of Health, Olufemi Fafiolu, said the state would only need to key in to the programme.

Describing it is “laudable”, he says it would eradicate stock out, eradicate drugs being expired, ensure optimum storage and good condition of drugs, strengthen the logistic supply system of the state, as well as reduce the cost of destroying expired drugs across the Country.

 

Source: Channels TV

Female cult leader who masterminded clash in Ogun arrested

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested a female cult gang leader who is allegedly the brain behind a clash between rival groups which claimed lives on Tuesday.

No fewer than three persons were confirmed dead, while several others sustained various degrees of injuries in two separate clashes between rival cult groups in Mowe, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State.

Following the clash, the state police command arrested 10 suspects including the lady said to be one of the cult leaders.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the arrests on Wednesday while parading the suspects before newsmen.

According to him, the groups came to Mow and unleashed mayhem on the area.

“The cult members, who are not from the community, stormed Mowe and battled themselves to a standstill before they were chased away by the police.
“They vandalized vehicles and made life uncomfortable for innocent residents of the area.

“Distress calls were made to the Area Commander, Sagamu, and Divisional Police Officer, Mowe Division.

“Consequently, policemen were swiftly deployed in the area and they repelled the assailants.

“In the process, 10 of the hoodlums were arrested, including a female member.

“They were arrested in various locations in the area and thus far, investigations have revealed that one of the cults held a meeting in the house of the female member.

“The Area Commander of Sagamu, Issa Gremma, who led the operation, is still on the ground in Mowe, monitoring the situation.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP, Ahmed Iliyasu, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, Eleweran, Abeokuta, for proper investigation,” Oyeyemi said.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun swears in 3 new judges

Three new judges were on Thursday sworn-in by Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State at a ceremony held at the Executive Council Chamber of the Governor’s Office at Oke Mosan in Abeokuta.

 

The News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that the newly appointed judges are John Olatokunbo, Abiodun Shobayo and Eniola Fabamwo.

 

Mr. Amosun urged the judges to uphold the principles of fairness and equity in the administration of justice in the state.

 

He added that they should see their appointments as a call to service, adding that the assignment was coming with greater dedication and commitment.

 

“I appreciate the serving judges in the state for distancing themselves from all forms of attitude that could bring the judiciary arm of the state to disrepute.

 

“Even in the face of overwhelming challenges confronting the arm and the nation at large, it is important to be more resolute in discharging justice to all persons without fear or favour,” Mr. Amosun said.

 

The new judges, who expressed gratitude to the governor for their appointments, gave an assurance that they would contribute their quota toward efficient administration of justice in the state.

Ogun reinstates 12 sacked workers

Ogun State Government on Tuesday announced the recall of 12 out of 16 workers in the state public service recently dismissed.

The workers were accused of unethical conduct during this year’s Teachers’ Day celebration.

The Head of Service, Sola Adeyemi, made this known in a press statement, adding that the recalled workers had been directed to go back to work with effect from January 2, 2017.

“Government has also pardoned and directed all the 19 workers suspended in connection with their roles in the same celebration to resume at their duty posts with effect from December 1, 2016,” Mr. Adeyemi said.

Thirty five state workers were sanctioned on October 31 after a panel found them guilty of violating public service rules.

The Head of Service said, 19 of them were suspended while 16 were dismissed on the recommendations of the panel.

“Consequent upon this, government has been receiving appeals on behalf of the affected workers from the National and State leaderships of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), traditional rulers, elders, religious leaders, eminent personalities as well as the affected workers,” Mr. Adeyemi stated.

He said, following these interventions, the government decided to revisit the matter and consequently set up a machinery to carry out a case-by-case evaluation of the affected workers.

He said the government pardoned 31 workers, while four others remained fired while further investigations were ongoing.

“Let me state at this juncture that cases of the other remaining four dismissed workers, including Messrs Dare Ilekoya, Eniola Atiku, Nola Balogun and Akeem Ambali are still undergoing evaluation and assure you that government will come out with the conclusion in their cases in due course,” Mr. Adeyemi said.

No record of fraud in Ogun during my administration – Gbenga Daniel

Former Gbenga Daniel on Sunday undertook a cursory journey back into his eight years government in Ogun State and concluded that while it lasted, there was no record of “fraud.”

 

Daniel said the introduction of Treasury Single Account (TSA) was not a panacea to the nation’s economic recession, adding that bureaucracy had remained the major obstacles to its success.

 

The ex – governor made this known in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, while speaking at the Doyen Magazine Award in honour of former Head of Service of Ogun State, Mrs Iyabo Yusuf.

 

According to him, the TSA has not impacted positively to the life of the ordinary man since its introduction.

 

It should be recalled that TSA, a Federal government’s money administration system, was already introduced in Ogun State when Daniel’s successor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, came on board.

 

He rued a situation where TSA had made it almost mandatory that every expenditure must be approved first by the Governor before anything could be done, saying such process slows down governance.

 

“One of thing that shocked me was that, every single expenditure must be approved by the governor and I’ m not joking, even if the Permanent Secretary (PS) want to buy a stationary worth N1,000 he cannot approve it.

 

“He (PS) can only recommend and the Governor must approve. How then will the process of governance move?

 

“TSA is the most worst of bureaucracy. Alternative to TSA is for federal government to set limit of expenditure. In all my eight years, there was no single fraud in Ogun State, but I developed manpower,” Daniel said.

Witnesses in EFCC’s case against ex-Gov. Daniel refuse to attend court session

Hearing in the trial of a former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday suffered a set back as the prosecution again failed to present witnesses.

The EFCC Counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), explained that the witnesses could not appear in court because they said they needed the approval of the State Government.

Jacobs said the situation was a clear departure from the initial agreement with the witnesses and the others who had appeared before then.

He therefore requested for adjournment to be able to present the witnesses.

The defence counsel, Titilola Akinlawon (SAN), who remarked that prosecution cannot be an open ended game, but must have an end, argued that since the trial had been on since October 2011, it was wrong for the prosecuting counsel to still be chasing around witnesses.

Akinlawo , therefore, sought for the closure of the case of the prosecution, having given enough time and adjournment.

Justice Olanrewaju Mabekoje in his ruling said he was constrained in the interest of justice to grant adjournment to the EFCC to bring additional witnesses.

Mabekoje, however, warned that he would not grant any further adjournment.

He warned sternly against such occurrence.

He then adjourned the case to December 16 and 20, 2016.

Governor Amosun Appoints Igbo Permanent Secretary.

In a rare effort at integration, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun has appointed two ‘non-indigenes’ as permanent secretaries in the Civil Service of the state. One of them, Ndimele Emmanuel Ofor is Igbo from Abia State, while the other one is Ipinniwa Steve Olusegun from Kogi State.

 

In a society where minor disagreements between people are viewed through ethnic prism, Mr Amosun’s show of faith in non-indigenes to occupy such high offices is worthy of special notice. It may have even come to the beneficiaries themselves as a surprise.

 

Speaking at the occasion, the governor said, “I believe that if someone has been serving in a place for 20, 30 years he can no longer be called a non-indigene. He has been with us and he has worked with us. He is now part of us. He cannot be called a non-indigene, and in any event, it will be unfair and unjust to deprive someone who worked for you his deserved elevation on account of where he comes from.”

 

Mr Ofor and Olusegun were among the 14 new Permanent Secretaries sworn in by Amosun at the State Executive Council Chambers, Governor’s office, Oke-mosan, Abeokuta. In his speech, the governor added that, “As for me, hard work rather than where you come from should be the basis for promotion.”

 

He noted that “This is the first time we are having non- indigenes as permanent secretaries in the state and they are part and parcel of us, irrespective of where they are from, we’ll honour them because they have proven themselves to be hard working

Why I Named My Dog ‘Buhari’ — Trader

The Police in Ogun State, yesterday, released unconditionally, the 30-year-old trader, Joe Fortemose  Chinakwe, who was arrested last Saturday for naming his pet dog ‘Buhari’.

The embattled trader, who was visibly angry after his three-day incarceration in police cell, was let off the hook around 5pm on Tuesday after the intervention of both the Serkin Hausa and President-General of non-indigenes in the state.
It was learned that the prompt intervention of the elders made the complainant to withdraw the case he reported against the trader at Sango-Ota division which was later transferred to Police headquarters at Eleweran.
However, police sources said both the complainant and suspect were made to sign an undertaking not
to cause any breach of peace again.
Speaking to Vanguard after this release, the trader, a father of two from the Niger Delta, who trades on second hand clothing lamented that he was made to suffer for no just cause.

Complainant from Niger Republic
Narrating his ordeal, Chinakwe said “It is annoying because the complainant is from Niger Republic and I am sure he is one of those illegal aliens in this country.  He connived with one Police Sergeant from the Northern part of Nigeria called Musa, who works at Sango Police division to humiliate me.  Worse still, the Divisional Police Officer there, did not help matters as he refused to entertain any plea from me after I was arrested that Saturday night. He simply ordered his men to throw me into the cell.”

Why dog was named Buhari
Continuing, he said “I did not commit any offence. I named my beloved pet dog Buhari, who is my hero. My admiration for Buhari started far back when he was a military Head of State. It continued till date that he is a civilian President. After reading his dogged fight against corruption, which is like a canker worm eating into the very existence of this country, I solely decided to rename my beloved dog which I called Buhari, after him. I did not know that I was committing an offence for admiring Buhari.

Ordeal with Police
“I was intimidated and thrown inside the cell with hardened criminals for about three days. While I was there, the complainant from Niger Republic and Sergeant Musa from the North kept on taunting me saying people from my part of the country are trouble makers and that after detaining me, they will throw me into prison where I will die unsung.
”Even when my wife came with our baby on her back, they stopped her from giving me food.  One of my friends that came to see me was also maltreated.
“While taking me to Eleweran the next day, they handcuffed and chained me together with that my friend. Fortunately, when we got to police headquarters, both the Commissioner of Police and other officers were angry with their colleagues at Sango-Ota.
”They were wondering loudly why I was brought to the headquarters over such a minor case. It’s very unfortunate that I have to be so humiliated in my own country because of the antics of a foreigner in connivance with my brother from the North.”

Appeal Court upholds Amosun’s victory

The Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan on Thursday upheld the judgment of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal delivered on Oct. 23 in Abeokuta which upheld the victory of Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun.

 

The five-man panel of the Appeal Court headed by Justice H.M Ogunjimiju unanimously upheld Amosun’s victory and dismissed the appeal filed by Mr Adegboyega Isiaka of PDP.

 
Ogunjimiju held that Mr Benjamin Ibikunle, the Principal Witness for the appellant was not a credible witness, adding that his testimony could not be relied on by the court. She said that the evidence of PW9 was biased and could not be given any probative value because he informed the court that he was a member of PDP and could go to any length to ensure victory for his party.

 
The judge said that the report of the witness was inconsistent and that there was no doubt that he did not take part in the inspection of the electoral materials. Ogunjimiju said that the witness indicated to the court that he was not an expert while his testimony indicated an opinion of an expert
The panel said the court could not give any probative value to the testimony of the witness because he was not an expert. It said that only an expert opinion could be given probative value by the court, adding that the tribunal was right in dismissing the petition.

 
The panel said that there was no place that the number of voters exceeded the number of those accredited and that the election complied with the provisions of the Electoral Act. It said that the appeal lacked merit and dismissed it while declaring Amosun as the winner of the governorship election of April 11.

 

Credit : Vanguard

Ogun Names Estate, School After HID Awolowo

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state has renamed newly built estate, Plain Field Estate, opposite Governor’s office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, after the late matriarch of Awolowo dynasty, Mama Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo.

 

Also, the yet to be completed Model school in Ikenne town is also named after the woman, whom many have described as a great icon.

 

This was revealed Monday during the celebration of the lifetime of the late wife of Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

 

The Governor, while addressing a huge crowd at the Gateway International Stadium, stated that the greatest honour to be given to the woman by anybody is,
“to continue with those good virtues she was known for”.

Government functionaries today at the burial ceremony of HID Awolowo in Sagamu. Photo: Abiodun Onafuye

Government functionaries today at the burial ceremony of HID Awolowo in Sagamu. Photo: Abiodun Onafuye

According to him, “today, we are here celebrating Mama. She played a very prominent role during her life time. She stood resolute with Baba during the tribulation period, not only for the stability of Awolowo family, but for the whole nation.

 

“We are celebrating a good life of a great mother, an amazon. Although she will be sorely missed, her exit will create a big vacuum.

“The greatest honour we can give Mama is to copy all the good virtues, all the good work she did. If we keep the flag flying by continuing with all the selfless service she and Papa Awo rendered, they will be happy.”

In his tribute, the former Interim Head of Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, described Mama as a woman of exemplary character and a great pillar of support for her husband.

“Mama left an indelible mark, she was a virtuous woman. Her untiring efforts in steering the political wheel of the Yoruba race will never be forgotten. She will be missed, not only by her family but the entire people of the country.

“Mama HID Awolowo came, lived and contributed to carrying on the political philosophy of her husband. May her soul and that of her late husband, the late sage rest in perfect peace,” Shonekan prayed.

NADECO leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo eulogised the deceased, whom he said he had known since 1952.

He recounted a lot of good deeds and supportive roles played by Mama, especially during the dark era of the nation.

He advised wives of political office holders to be strong supporters of their husbands, adding that those were some of the good virtues no woman had surpassed Mama with in this country.

The former administrator in Ekiti state and the PDP governorship candidate in Ogun in 2011, Chief Tunji Olurin said the free education policy introduced by Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1955 helped him and so many of his generation to become what they are today.

He thanked the Awolowo family, on behalf of his generation, for giving their father, the late Obafemi Awolowo, the support and courage to championed the herculean task in his lifetime.

“I am speaking here today on behalf of my generation and those after us. As a young boy in primary school in 1955 when Awolowo brought free education, many people, including me, benefitted from it.

“All these could have not been possible, if not that someone was right there at home, holding forte for Baba Awo. Mama was a very dutiful wife, strong housewife, diligent supporter of her husband, a strong hearted woman, useful to the community and nation.

“She was an excellent woman in life and same in death. She did not snub anybody but admired everybody,” Olurin said.

Responding on behalf of the family, the first daughter of Awolowo, Revd. Omotola Oyediran expressed appreciation of the Awolowo family to everybody who had come from far and near to celebrate the demise of their mother with them.

“Let me warmly greet our excellency. I do not have so much to say, Nigerians have expressed their feelings towards Awolowo since Mama departed. It has been a wonderful celebration, indeed, Mama is celebrated. This is exactly what Mama wanted.

“You all have demonstrated to us that you appreciated what Baba and Mama did for Nigeria and Nigerians. We want to assure you that as Awolowo, we will always be there for you and we will not disappoint you,” she promised.

Wife of Nigeria’s Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo, who is also a grand daughter of Mama, thanked all the women in the state, including wives of some state governors, who accompanied her to the celebration of her grand mother.

She declared that she had lost a very close companion, adviser and real mother and prayed that her legacy will forever live on.

Dignitaries who graced the occasion include the Minister of Solid Mineral, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, a former National Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande, Mrs Bola Obasanjo, some House of Representatives members from Ogun State, wives of governors and former governors.

Others are religious leaders such as Pastor W.F. Kumuyi of the Deeper Life Ministry, various political groups, transport unions, student groups, marker men and women and artisans.

Mama Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo will be buried on Wednesday, the day she would have clocked 100 years.

She will be buried beside the grave of her husband, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, at the Maosoleum inside the Awolowo house in Ikenne.

 

Credit : PM News

RCCG Not Repairing Lagos-Ibadan Expressway – Ogun

The Ogun State Government has said the Redeemed Christian Church of God is not responsible for the palliative work being done on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Yesterday, some online media outlets had reported that some workers employed by the church were seen filling some potholes on the road.

However, the state government in a statement on Thursday by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Adejuwon Soyinka, stated that the state Ministry of Works and Infrastructure was already spending millions of naira in putting the road in a good condition for motorists.

He said, “The ongoing palliative work on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway is being handled by the Ogun State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.

“Concerned about the plight of commuters on the ever busy Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the Ogun State Government, on Tuesday, embarked on palliative work on some bad portions of the expressway.

“Not minding the fact that it is a federal road, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, who was worried about the plight of commuters that spend hours in traffic gridlock on the road, directed the state Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to immediately fix the bad portions of the road and also construct drainages.

“In giving the directive, the governor was particularly concerned about the need to immediately bring relief to the road users especially as the Redeemed Christian Church of God and other churches on the ever busy road are also billed to hold events that will attract millions of worshippers this weekend.”

Soyinka quoted the state governor as saying that the efforts made at rehabilitating the road were to complement the work of the Federal Government.

Amosun was quoted to have said the state would not neglect federal highways in the state since all roads were being plied by Nigerians.

He said, “The intervention job on the ever busy expressway is an initiative of the Ogun State government to rescue millions of Nigerians who spend hours in the gridlock occasioned by some bad portions of the road.

“It is also on record that the Ogun State Government had carried out similar palliative measures on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Sagamu-Ogijo-Ikorodu road and other federal roads within the state because the state is strategically located in such a way that goods and passengers going to all other parts of the country have to pass through the Gateway state,” the statement added.

 

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Amosun appoints 16 new Perm Secs

Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state today approved the appointment of 16 new Permanent Secretaries in the state.

Those appointed are; Dr. Ayinde Adesanya Ekundayo, Alhaji Adetimilehin Muftau Olumuyiwa, Mr Osota Kunle Lanre, Mr Adekunle Hassan Taiwo, Mr Olugbebi James Adebamgbele, Mr Kushimo Olufemi Emmanuel, Mr Odeyemi Oladipo Oladeinde.

Others are; Mrs Bosede Modupe Moradeun, Mrs Dina Yetunde Olubunkola, Mr Onasanya Ibikunle Aboaba, Engr. Abiodun Olayiwola, Mr Mobolaji Joseph Fabi, Mrs Dada O A, Otun Selimot Olapeju, Engr. Lawal Ganiyu Taiwo and Mr Adelekan Hakeem Olalekan.

The new Permanent Secretaries will be sworn in tomorrow at the Executive Chamber, Governor’s office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta by 8:30 am.

Also, the state governor will be swearing in the State Commissioners and the 20 Special Advisers tomorrow.

The swearing in will be held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.

Findings revealed that families and friends of the Commissioner’s designates will wear local attires (aso ebi), as they have been cooking and are fully prepared for the event.

The governor on Monday swore in the state new Head of Service, Elder Abraham Olusola Adeyemi.

He succeeded Mrs Modupe Adekunle who bowed out on the 30th September, 2015.

 

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Amosun swears in new Head of Service

Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun on Monday, administered the oath of office on the new Head of Service (HOS), Mr Abraham Adeyemi, at the state Secretariat at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Adeyemi was appointed on Oct. 19, following the retirement of Mrs Modupe Adekunle on Sept.30.

Amosun urged the HOS to make use of his new office to strengthen the civil service and ensure greater service delivery.

The governor also urged him to build on the performance of his predecessors and strive to promote a conducive working environment in the civil service.

“Please note that your appointment comes with added responsibilities beyond that of a Permanent Secretary.

“We expect that you will use your office to motivate the workers to key into the re-building mission of the state government,” he said.

The governor urged the family of the new HOS to show understanding as his new responsibility would demand more time out of home.

Adeyemi in his remarks thanked the governor and the state government for considering him worthy of the appointment.

He pledged to do his best to consolidate on the achievements of his predecessors and strengthen the civil service for increased productivity.
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See photo of Ogun State gov, Ibikunle Amosun in Mecca

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun joined other pilgrims in Minna, Saudi Arabia in preparation for Arafat rites as part of activities for 2015 hajj exercise.

The Governor, who arrived the camp at 2.15pm Saudi Arabia time was received amidst pomp and pageantry by pilgrims from the State when moving from tent to tent to greet the pilgrims.

Governor Amosun expressed satisfaction with the way and manner the pilgrims comport themselves since they arrived the holy land.

He also reminded them on the need to remember Nigeria and Ogun State in particular in prayers as they embark on spiritual activities.

While commenting on the provisions and logistics put in place by the State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Senator Amosun commended the Dr. Ishaq Yusuf led board members for improvement in their planning and programmes toward the hajj exercise.

The Governor was accompanied by the House member representing Abeokuta South Constituency, Hon. Idowu Olowofuja, former Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Architect ’Lekan Adegbite and former Chairman, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government, Comrade Rotimi Rahmon as well as Board Members of the State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board.

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Osoba, Daniel Set To Join APC

There are strong indications that former Governors of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, and Otunba Gbenga Daniel and their supporters are heading back to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Daniel and his supporters defected from APC to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) ahead of the 2015 general elections.

Osoba was a founding father of the APC but a disagreement with Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosu, also of the APC, and the inability of the national leadership of the APC to settle the quarrel led to his moving to the SDP with his supporters.

He also alleged marginalisation of his group by the national leadership of APC as the reason for the defection.

•Olusegun Osoba

Osoba and his group contested and lost the last election on the platform of the SDP, though there were several last minute moves to reconcile with the APC.

P.M.NEWS reliably gathered that the reconciliation moves have been revived and delegations from the APC have met twice with Osoba in his Abeokuta home to ensure his return to the party.

Sources close to the two time former Governor of the Gateway State confirmed toP.M.NEWS that the first delegation led by the National Deputy Chairman of the APC and former Governor of Ekiti State, Engineer Segun Oni, met with Osoba immediately after the Presidential and National Assembly elections in Abeokuta.

“I was with oga (Osoba) and the delegation led by Engineer Oni came. They told him to come back to the fold. They even wanted him to withdraw the SDP candidates from the governorship and state assembly elections. However, he stated that inasmuch as he will want to return, he cannot withdraw the SDP candidates from the election at this eleventh, noting that it will negatively affect his political status. He, however, stated that after the elections they can meet again,” our source said.

After the governorship and state assembly elections, another delegation led by another former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi met with Osoba in his Abeokuta home and the subject of discussion was his return to APC.

•Gbenga Daniel

For now, Osoba is out of the country and our correspondent learnt that when he returns, further meetings on the reconciliation move will be held to cement the agreement.

P.M.NEWS also learnt that Otunba Gbenga Daniel is also set to rejoin the APC fold.

Daniel was a member of the Alliance for Democracy in 1999, but left to join the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to contest the 2003 election against Aremo Olusegun Osoba in Ogun State. In 2011,  Gbenga Daniel founded the  PPN to install his protégé, Gboyega Nasir Isiaka a.k.a. GNI, as his successor after irreconciliable differences with former President, Olusegun Obasanjo-led PDP.  GNI, however, lost the election to present Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

In the run-up to 2015 elections, Gbenga Daniel first held a long romance with Labour Party, LP, in Ogun State, then dumped it to join the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. But his association with PDP was soured by his frosty relationship with Prince Buruji Kashamu, who denied Gbenga Daniel the Senate ticket for Ogun East.

Of recent, Daniel has been making moves to reconcile with APC leaders and was present at the wedding of Dele Alake’s son at the weekend.

Truths About The Osinbajo’s Ogun Family House

This photo of APC’s aspiring VP, Prof. Osinbajo has been trending on social media, claiming that Prof Osinbajo’s Father or brother still live in a mud house. Well there is a new twist to the story.

A counter information has provided otherwise and is being shared on social media too. The information provides the following:

1. Prof. Osinbajo’s father died in July 18, 1996. He was a UK trained engineer.

2. Prof. Osinbajo has 3 brothers, Femi, Akin and Tunde.

3. Femi is in the real estate business.

4. Akin is a lawyer and was the immediate past Attorney General of Ogun State.

5. Tunde owns a construction company.

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PDP Crumbles In Ogun State As Members Fight In Court

Following the exit Chief Obasanjo, PDP in Ogun state have been going through power tussles as two members of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State have dragged the Peoples Democratic Party senatorial candidate for Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, before the Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, asking it to disqualify him from contesting in the March 28 presidential and National Assembly elections.

The two members are Dele Ajayi of Ward 08 in Ijebu North Local Government Area and Saula Wasiu of Ward 003, Sagamu Local Government Area of the state.

They are asking the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission from recognising Kashamu as the candidate of the PDP for Ogun East Senatorial District in the forthcoming National Assembly elections.

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GMB Is Way Too Strong For Fayose To Handle – Gov Amosun

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has berated the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, for his continuous scathing remarks about the health status of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), saying Buhari is stronger than Fayose.

He said this on Monday while speaking with journalists after meeting with 705 community development associations and cooperative societies in the state at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.

Fayose’s recent remarks came on the heels of the ongoing visit by the APC presidential candidate to the United Kingdom, where he met former Britain’s Prime Minister, Tony Blair, among other engagements.

The Ekiti State governor had alleged that Buhari had gone for a check-up on his alleged failing health, instead of a working visit as claimed by the APC.
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Harvard Degree Is Not Enough Reason For You To Win Guber Ticket – PDP Ogun To Bankole

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Sunday accused a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, of attempting to cut corners in securing the party’s ticket for the 2015 governorship election.

State Chairman of the party, Dayo Bayo, told journalists at the party secretariat located along Presidential Boulevard, Abeokuta, that he was not aware of Bankole’s ambition.

He said the party had observed that Mr. Bankole was not ready to follow due process, rather, wished to cut corners.

“I’m still saying that I am not aware that Dimeji Bankole is contesting the governorship in Ogun State”, Mr. Dayo said.

“The money we are using to run this party is enormous. Some people have been doing that for years.

“Somebody cannot just say because he has been to Harvard, Cambridge or Oxford, he’s coming to lead us overnight. It’s not going to happen.

“So, if you are contesting you must come to the state secretariat and obtain an Expression of Interest form.

Source – Daily Post