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Oyo Govt To Register Commercial Motorcycle Operators

The Oyo State government has revealed that plans are underway to issue identification numbers and registration jackets to commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada riders, in the State.

The Commissioner for Budget and Economic planning, Prof. Musibau Babatunde, said the registration is part of Oyo State Government’s drive to ensure effectiveness of the ongoing State-wide Residents’ registration programme.

He made this known in Ibadan on Thursday during a stakeholders’ meeting with over 100 Commercial riders Association leaders.

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Prof. Musibau said the registration will help in planning properly for the security architecture of the state, in the long-run.

“States across the south-west have been banning operations of commercial motorcyclists, but we know that will have its own socio-economic challenges. So rather than banning them, we felt it is pertinent to know the number of bike-riders in the State and use that for our security architecture”, he said.

He added that there are multi-dimensional benefits accruable to the registration exercise, both for the motorcyclists and the state, in terms of security and economic planning.

Also, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun said the registration will help regulate the influx of commercial motorcyclists into the state.

Olatubosun emphasised that the registration will be free, adding that the proactive approach to regulate the activities of commercial motorcyclists by the Governor Seyi Makinde led administration, is in order to prevent breakdown of law and order.

Dr. Olatubosun explained that the Oyo State Government has made necessary arrangements to update the database of the riders in conjunction with its Consultant.

“We will set up a task force consisting of both the union and other relevant agencies that will make sure that unregistered riders don’t operate within the state,” he said.

On his part, the Special Assistant to the Governor on ICT and e-governance, Bayo Akande, said that the registration process was initiated by the State Government to distinguish every rider operating in the state.

This, he said, had become imperative in order to curb every form of criminality and other social vices.

“Actually, registration exercises had commenced months back at every Local government and office of the Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority. All is now set to provide numbered jackets, in order to identify riders who are duly registered with the state”.

He said part of the dividends of the registration is provision of Health insurance and other palliative for Riders in the State.

The Governor’s Aide added that the registration will require each commercial bike rider’s name, address, fingerprint, passport-sized photograph, and a unique ID number will be given to their bikes.

Responding on behalf of the commercial bike riders, Comrade Yusuf Muritala commended Governor Seyi Makinde led administration for not considering a ban on their activities.

Comrade Muritala likewise said Oyo State Motorcyclists are ready to cooperate with the state government to register its members in the state’s database.

He, therefore, expressed the readiness of the commercial motorcycle riders in Oyo State to abide by the rules and regulations established by the government to regulate the activities of their operations.

He pledged the support of all motorcyclist associations in the State to the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration.

He however, appealed to the Consultant in charge of the registration exercise to work with leaders in each zone, so as to ensure an expansion of registration points for commercial motorcyclists.

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JUST IN: Ex-Ekiti Chief Pharmacist, Bamisaye Kidnapped

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Kidnappers have again struck at Orin Ekiti in Ido Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State where they abducted a former Chief Pharmacist in Ekiti State civil Service, Mr. Israel Bamisaye on his Farm.

A Commercial Driver and one of the Victims of the attack, Mr. Aina Vincent Femi who had escaped before the Kidnappers made away with Mr. Bamisaye said he was at the farm where he was offloading Miillennial seedlings he brought from Ado Ekiti when two of the suspected Kidnappers, one with an A.K 47 gun and another with a Cutlass surfaced and asked him to lie face down which he swiftly obeyed.

According to him, “all of a sudden, I saw another four Men with an A.K 47 each and the first question they asked me was the whereabout of White men working at the farm settlement? But I told them, I am a stranger who only came to deliver Millennial seedlings.

They later asked me, how much was with me? I told them, I dn’t have money but immediately, I rushed into my Car where I found #4,500 which was all the money, I was able to gather from my trip from Ado Ekiti to Orin Ekiti and I handed over same to them.

The suspected Hoodlums ransacked my Car, moved up and down severally while speaking in Hausa which I do not understand before releasing a gunshot.

While leaving us, they also removed the batteries of my Phone and that of a Woman Mrs. Aribasoye whom we were together at the Scene inorder to prevent us from making calls.

On their way, they sighted some Farmers and shot at them but they were managed to escape”.

But, confirming the kidnapping of his Father, one of Mr. Israel Bamisaye’s Children, Mr. Sunday Bamisaye said, the Kidnappers have not make any contact with the Family.

All attempts to reach Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Sunday Abutu to confirm the incident proved abortive as at filing this report.

But the Commander, Ekiti State Amotekun Corps, Brig Gen Joe Akomolafe, confirmed the incident.

Akomolafe said: “We are aware of the kidnapping and my men are really working on it”.

Meanwhile, People of Orin Community have stagged a protest to call on the State government and security Agencies to rescue the agrarian Community from incessant kidnapping attacks.

It could be recalled that, many People have been kidnapped with at least two People dead at Orin Ekiti in recent times.

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Akeredolu, Other Southwest Govs Meet In Lagos, Declare N9.3bn Profit From Odu’a Investment

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Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum and Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, on Wednesday attended the 40th Annual General Meeting of Odu’a Investment Company Limited, held at Lagos Airport Hotel, Lagos State.

Governor Akeredolu charged the board to strive more towards repositioning the company for the economic prosperity of the South-West region and its people.

The Governor also enjoined the company to accommodate the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission in the interest of the region and for efficient service delivery.

He called on the company to do more in Ondo State by inaugurating life changing projects especially in Agriculture.

Governor Akeredolu commended the board under the leadership of the immediate past Chairman, Dr Segun Aina, for changing the narratives of the company and shareholders, adding that a lot of strategies have been put in place.

He expressed delight that the outgone chairman was able to carry out those fundamental changes that the owner-States directed him to effect.

Other Governors present at the meeting are, Ogun state Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun: Ekiti state Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi represented by his deputy, Bisi Egbeyemi and Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Segun Ogunwuyi.

Also in attendance are the Secretary to the Ondo State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu; Commissioner for Finance, Wale Akinterinwa; shareholders and other Odu’a sons and daughters.

The AGM approved a total of N418.40m as dividends to shareholders. This is an improvement over the N364m dividends paid to shareholders in the previous year.

Mr Bimbo Ashiru from Ogun state was also unveiled as the company’s new chairman following the expiration of the tenure of outgone chairman, Dr Segun Aina.

Earlier, the outgone chairman of the company, Dr Segun Aina, revealed that Odu’a Investment grew revenue from N3.84 billion in 2020 to N4.01 billion in 2021, which represented a 4.4% growth in revenue.

According to him, Profit Before Tax grew significantly by 149.8% from N3.75 billion achieved in 2020 to N9.37 billion, driven by the increased focus on the different areas of the business and gains in investment properties.

“Our earnings per share also improved to N15.9 for 2021 compared to N15.1 in 2020”, he added.

The Group Managing Director of the company, Adewale Raji, promised not to relent in their efforts towards transforming the agricultural sector of the South-West geo-political zone through South-West Agricultural Company Limited (SWAGCO Ltd), among other various initiatives.

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Cybercrime: Yahoo Boy to wash toilet for eight months in Osun

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The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, June 20, 2022, secured five convictions before the Federal and State High Courts in Ibadan, Oyo State and Osogbo, Osun State respectively.

According to a press release signed by the Head of Media and Publicity of the Commission, Wilson Uwujaren, Amusa Abdulhakeem Oluwasegunfunmi, a final year student of Transport Planning Management at Tai Solarin University, Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, was sentenced to eight months community service for fraudulent impersonation.

The others are Amusa Abdulhakeem Oluwasegunfunmi, Ajisafe Sodiq Olaide, Lawal Samuel Morenikeji, Osuolale Abdullahi Abiodun, and Olamilekan Ridwan Taofeek. The statement said they were convicted on separate one-count charges each for offences relating to cyber-fraud. Upon their arraignments, they pleaded “guilty” to the charges preferred against them by the EFCC.

Given their pleas, the prosecution counsel urged the courts to convict and sentence them accordingly.

Consequently, Justice Ayo-Emmanuel of the Federal High Court, Osogbo, Osun State convicted and sentenced Oluwasegunfunmi, to eight months of community service for fraudulent impersonation, contrary to section 22 (2) (b) (1) of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act, 2015. The sentence requires him to clean the toilets at Ataoja School of Science, Osogbo, Osun State.

Also, the court ordered that the convict’s attendance register be kept by the School Principal and submitted on completion of his term.

Similarly, Justice Iyabo Yerima of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan, sentenced Ajisafe Sodiq Olaide to six months of community service for obtaining money by false pretence, contrary to Section 419 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Laws of Oyo State, 2000.

In the same vein, Justice Omolara Adeyemi of the Oyo State High Court convicted and sentenced Lawal Samuel Morenikeji to six months of community service; Osuolale Abdullahi Abiodun and Olamilekan Ridwan Taofeek to one week of community service as their offences violate Section 484 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Laws of Oyo State.

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Soil is life; Agric Don Charges FG To Invest In Soil Research

Professor Prof James Adediran, Professor of Soil Fertility and Organic Agriculture, has called on Federal Government to prioritize soil research and invest in it for the good of humankind.

Adediran stated this while delivering the 362nd Inaugural Lecture at Oduduwa Hall, Obafemi Awolowo University, on June 14th, 2022, in Ile-Ife.

In his lecture, titled, “The Natural Treasures Inherent in Soil: Explore and Manage It for Agricultural Production, Sustenance of Life and Survival of Mankind,” he said that the soil makes up life and that there are treasures in it which must be explored, exploited and replenished.

According to him, the soil has treasures and there is need to explore it, manage it for Agricultural Production for sustenance of humankind.

Adediran reiterated that the soil is very important to the human race, adding that God created human beings with the soil and from the soil, stressing that we will all go back to the soil.

He recalled that when Adam and Eve committed sin in the garden of Eden, God cursed him and his generations by using the same soil, saying that he would till the soil and toil with labour and sweat until he died.

Adediran highlighted the importance of the soil and its elements which make up life with certain treasures that make life sustainable to mankind.

He explained that plants, foods, fruits, vegetables and animals consumed by human beings are products of the soil.

He explained that there are so many ways we could manage the soil, that could replenish nutrients if they are missed in the soil.

He stated further that when we harvest our crops, we take some nutrients away, that we eat some of these nutrients, noting, however, that as we consume the yields of the soil, we also pass them out back to the soil.

Adediran said the nutrients we take from the soil would have to replenished back to the soil.

He advised humanity to explore the treasures of the soil and manage these treasures well.

Prof. Adediran said that whatever we do, we should take care not to damage the soil, that we need to take care of the soil and that if we do so, automatically, we are taking care of ourselves, of this generation and the generations to come.

He appealed to the Federal Government to give adequate attention to soil research in the country’s Agricultural Policy and urged all tiers of Government to promote Soil Testing Programmes and provide subsidy for Soil Testing to Nigerian farmers.

The Agriculturalist also called for recycling of organic wastes into fertilizers and the promotion of technologies on Integrated Soil Fertility Management involving alternative utilisation of resources. This, he said, should be encouraged by the Governments among Nigerian farmers.

Prof Adediran was the former Executive Director, Institute of Agricultural Research & Training (IAR&T) Moor Plantation, Ibadan, Oyo State.

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Police declares singer, ‘Portable’ wanted over viral video of jungle justice

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The Ogun State Police Command, on Monday, ordered the popular Zazoo crooner, Habeeb Okikiola popularly called ‘Portable’ to report himself to any nearest police station, over an allegation of inhuman treatment as contained in a video said to have gone viral.

The Command, in a release issued by its spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed that failure of ‘Portable’ to submit himself to the police, means that his arrest would promptly be ordered.

The hip-hop musician in the viral video was alleged to have organised some youths to beat up a man and inflict great bodily injury on the person.

“The sad incident was alleged to have happened somewhere in Ogun State over the weekend”.

The police disclosed that “such barbaric act is very unbecoming of a decent human being or someone serving as a role model to the youths and that the earlier such sadistic tendencies are dealt with in accordance with the law of the land, the better before the youth begin to emulate such condemnable acts”.

The release read, “the attention of Ogun State Police Command has been drawn to a video clip circulating on social media where a popular hip hop musician, Habeeb Okikiola a.k.a Portable, the Zazu crooner was seen organizing some youths to beat up a young man and inflict bodily injury on him.

“The incident was said to have taken place somewhere within Ogun State about two days ago”.

“Such unruly and violent behavior is not only barbaric, but unbecoming of somebody who supposed to be a role model for the youths and therefore should not be tolerated”.

“In view of this, the Command is using this medium to advise Okikiola Habeeb a.k.a Portable to report himself at the nearest police station in Ogun State, failure of which his arrest will be ordered.

“The flagrant display of impunity by portable in the viral video is condemnable and if not checked, it will send a wrong signal to the youths who are looking up to him as a role model.

“Jungle justice has no place in our laws and whoever embarked on it must be made to feel the weight of the law, no matter the status of such person”.

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Clerics Hold Prayer Session For Cross-Dresser, Bobrisky, In Lagos (Watch Video Here)

Prayer session was oraganized today by Muslim Clerics for a popular cross-dresser, Bobrisky who commissioned #400million mansion in Lagos.

“A Twitter user condemned such prayer held by clerics and tweeted as thus: “Religion leaders are forfeiting the words of God for the sake of money. How can Alfas and Chief Imam that a whole community is looking up to attend Bobrisky house warming party? Is this not like endorsing cross-dressing under Islam? “

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Photos: EFCC Storms Polling Units In Ekiti, Arrests Party Agents Over Alleged Vote-Buying

A party agent was reportedly arrested by EFCC operatives over alleged vote-buying at a polling unit in Ola Oluwa Grammar School, Ado Ekiti.

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Tinubu Picks Kabiru Masari As Running Mate – Faskari

The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu has named Kabiru Masari as his running mate for the 2023 elections.

A chieftain of the party Kabiru Faskari said this during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“Ibrahim Kabiru Masari is our vice presidential nominee. He was the Welfare Secretary of the APC under Oshiomhole (former national chairman of the party),” he said during the show on Friday. “He is a well-known politician in Kaduna State and his name has been submitted.”

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Faskari explained that picking Kabiru, who hails from Katsina State, does not violate the country’s laws as against the clamour for a Muslim/Christian APC ticket.

According to him, Kabiru is experienced, close to Tinubu, and will not have a problem working with the former Lagos State governor.

“He is young; he represents the youths and is grounded in politics and was even a national official of the APC. He is quite close to the presidential candidate and has been with him for a very long time,” he explained. “It is a very informed decision to put out his name.”

He said the decision followed wide consultations and that the party needs a person from a region with a large voting population.

“I think what it is is that it was the decision of the presidential candidate after due diligence,” the APC chieftain added.

The APC, it is believed is putting Kabiru as a placeholder to beat the deadline given by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for presidential candidates to submit the names of their running mates.

INEC had given a Friday, June 17th, deadline for the submission of the names.

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Oyo Govt Promotes 7, 460 Teachers; Distributes 9, 227 Letters

The Oyo State Government on Friday presented Nine thousand, two hundred and twenty-seven letters of promotion to primary school Teachers on Grade level 13-15 in the State.

This was revealed today by the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran during the symbolic presentation of 2017-2020 letters to Seven Thousand, Four-Hundred and Sixty Teachers.

He said the pending promotion letters are in fulfillment of Governor Seyi Makinde’s promises to teachers in the State.

Dr. Adeniran noted that the category of teachers who received their letters of promotion were placed on a six years waiting period by the previous administrations, adding that this policy had affected the morale of teachers in Public Primary Schools, because their counterparts in the Secondary Schools were not affected by the policy.

“I am pleased to be here this morning at the official presentation of Promotion letters to our teachers from the grade level 13 to 15. You are all aware that a similar programme was held in October, 2021 for teachers and non-teaching staff”, he said.

Adeniran appreciated the Executive Governor of the State, Engineer Seyi Makinde for his love for teachers, which was demonstrated by the approval granted, that six years waiting period be reverted with immediate effect.

“This by implication means that all teachers affected are going to enjoy their promotions with a month’s arrears and this takes financial effect from the month of June, 2022”, he said.

Dr. Adeniran added that teachers that have retired from service, in the course of processing the approval for the lifting of the six year waiting period will also enjoy the promotion due to them, simply by applying for the re-computation of their gratuity and pension in line with the Pension Act.

Adeniran said, “The present administration has positively impacted the lives of both public and Civil Servants because of its people oriented policies. In view of this, I want to admonish all our teachers to ensure that, to whom much is given, much is expected”.

He therefore called for the support of teachers, adding that the State Government, under Governor Seyi Makinde’s leadership has left no stone unturned to better the lot of teachers in the State.

“This administration will request your support to enjoy continuity of prompt payment of salaries and promotion as and when due, as well as, a conducive working milieu”, he said.

Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran acknowledged the support of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT) and Association of Primary School Head-teachers of Nigeria, (AOPSHON) Oyo State Branch to the success of this exercise.

“In all, a total number of Nine Thousand, Two Hundred and Twenty-seven (9,227) letters of promotion were produced for teachers on GL. 13-15”, he said.

“This has taken care of those that will benefit from two promotions. Once again, I wish to admonish all teachers to be patient and appreciative of the present administration’s various kind gestures, geared towards ameliorating their sufferings, improving their career progression and their well-being, all of which are unprecedented. These gestures can only be reciprocated by being more committed to their duties at all times, with a view to ensuring improved learning outcomes in our schools”, Adeniran added.

Speaking earlier, the NUT Chairman, Com. Raji Oladimeji assured the State Government that the gesture of the state governor would never be forgotten, adding that this would further encourage teachers in Primary schools to deliver good, qualitative and efficient education to the pupils across the state.

The event was attended by Principal officers of NUT, AOPSHON, Directors at OYOSUBEB, Teachers, among others.

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