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Workers’ Strike: Gov. Abiodun meets Labour leaders

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Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has invited Organised Labour in the State to a meeting, today, Wednesday to resolve the industrial action embarked upon by government workers.

The meeting is expected to discuss all issues contained in the list of grievances raised by the workers for embarking on the indefinite strike action.

A statement in Abeokuta on Tuesday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Abdulwaheed Odusile, said the Governor is taking personal charge of resolving the grouse of the workers as part of his personal and Administration’s commitment to the welfare and wellbeing of workers in Ogun State, which has been amply demonstrated since the inception of the Administration.

“I am personally committed to ensuring an improved welfare of workers in Ogun State and will do all that is necessary to achieve this”, the statement quoted the governor as saying, adding that: “this is a workers’ friendly Administration and will remain so under my watch”.

“One of the first duties I performed on my first day at work as the Governor on May 30, 2019 was to approve the immediate payment of salaries of our workers, which had not been paid by the immediate past Administration until then. I also made a vow that salaries of workers in the State will be paid on or before the end of each month. And we have been doing that religiously ever since.

“Even in the face of dwindling resources, rising needs and this strike, the salaries are being remitted. I am sure they will start receiving bank credit alerts in the next 24 hours for the month of June. We are one of the few States in the country not owing workers salary and paying as and when due”, the statement quoted the Governor as saying.

It further explained that the whatever issues being raised by the aggrieved workers would be expeditiously addressed.

“Most of their complaints were inherited from the previous Administrations, but as a responsive and responsible Government, we are tackling them one after the other, even as we are being hampered by paucity of funds.

“The money accruable to us from the Federation Account and sundry sources have been dwindling for a long time now and this is affecting our ability to meet some of our obligations but even at that we have been prioritising the interests of our workforce”, Governor Abiodun added.

He assured the workers that he would do everything within available means to address issues of concern to the workers, whilst urging them to show understanding with the Government and call off the strike.

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Ekiti Workers Set To Take Industrial Action On Fayemi Over Unpaid Entitlements

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Ekiti State civil servants have given the state government 21 days within which to pay backlogs of their arrears or risk industrial action.

They said that non-payment of the entitlements had made life unbearable for them in the face of the present harsh economic realities.

The workers, under the aegis of Trade Union Congress, also bemoaned the incessant kidnappings in the state in recent times and charged the government and security agencies “to quickly rise to the challenge and nip it in the bud.”

In a communiqué signed by TUC State Chairman, Sola Adigun, and Secretary, Yomi Peters, at the end of its meeting, the body said Governor Kayode Fayemi promised to offset all arrears of payment before the expiration of his tenure in October, noting that he still had the opportunity of the next 21 days to redeem the promise.

Adigun and Peters listed their demands to include: remittance of already deducted dues such as co-operative deductions, contributory pension bank loans repayment, NHF fund, to the appropriate quarters.

They lamented that most members of TUC had not benefited from the new minimum wage after almost two years of implementation in the state, and called on the government “to implement the minimum wage across the board for all workers without further delay.”

While also noting that the 2018-2019 promotion exercise was selectively implemented, the union called on the government to ensure that others exempted should be immediately captured for financial remuneration.

The workers also frowned at the refusal of the Accountant-General of the state to continue with cooperative savings of Ekiti workers, due to the alleged presence of some syndicate operating in her office.

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Justice Ariwoola is an asset to Oke Ogun – Shina Peller congratulates the new CJN

A federal lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa Federal Constituency, Oyo State, Honourable Shina Peller has congratulated Justice Olukayode Ariwoola on his swearing-in as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

Honourable Peller’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement sent to ODUDUWA NEWS by his Spokesman, Popoola where he described the new CJN as an embodiment of integrity, justice, truth and the rule of law.

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Moreover, the federal lawmaker expressed confidence that the tenure of Justice Ariwoola as the CJN will restore sanity to the judiciary, while he recalled that his late father, Professor Moshood Abiola Peller, once described the new CJN as a trustworthy and upright person who is ever driven by justice for all.

The statement read:

“I congratulate Justice Olukayode Ariowoola on his swearing-in as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“It gladdens my heart, and that of my constituents and the people of Oke-Ogun, Oyo State, to see him reach the pinnacle of his career. I must say that this is indeed a big plus for the people of Oke Ogun, Oyo state and Nigeria at large. 

“Years ago, I could remember vividly how my dad, the late Professor Moshood Abiola Peller, described him as trustworthy, upright, and just. Without mincing words, the new acting CJN is an embodiment of integrity, justice, truth and the rule of law. 

“With Justice Olukayode Ariowoola at the helm of affairs in the judiciary, it’s safe to say Nigeria’s judiciary system is back on track and there’s no doubt about his immense ability to move the Supreme Court forward. 

“The 2023 general elections are fast approaching, and many are confident that the tenure of the acting CJN will restore sanity to the judiciary. 
Congratulations once again, Justice Olukayode Ariowoola.”

Justice Ariwoola hails from Iseyin local government area of Oyo State.

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Aseyin, I.D.U Hail New CJN’s Rare Historical Elevation

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The people of Iseyin, in Iseyin local government, the hometown of the next Chief Justice of Nigeria, Olukayode Ariwoola have been jubilating over the elevation of the new CJN.

This is coming on the heels of the resignation of the former Chief Justice, Tanko Muhammed on the grounds of ill-health on Monday morning.

The Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Dr. Abdul-Ganiy Salawudeen Adekunle Oloogunebi Ajinese 1, while speaking with reporters at Ibadan, congratulated the new CJN, attributing the elevation to years of toil, dedication and brilliant legal sojourn by Justice Ariwoola.

The monarch said the achievement would go into the history of the ancient town that one of its sons has made a remarkable accomplishment in the legal and judiciary system during his reign as the Aseyin of Iseyin.

“Today, I am so happy about this development of the elevation of Justice Olukayode Ariwoola to the esteemed, apex position in the judiciary, which is the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), he has made history as the first son of Oyo State, Oke-Ogun and Iseyin to attain this feat.

“I wish every youth of today will take after this achievement which is a product of years of legal toil, dedication to the legal career and a brilliant legal sojourn by the new CJN. now I can say that during my own time, Iseyin has been again put in the mouths of people around the world.”

The Iseyin Development Union (I.D.U) in a statement, signed by its National President, Alhaji Bayo Raji on Monday afternoon, said the body, which represented the interest and aspirations of the people of the community was proud and happy about the new CJN’s achievement as it would serve as a veritable point of reference to guide future leaders.

Raji prayed that God will guide the new Chief Justice of the Federation to deliver justice with the fear of God with maintenance of Rule of Law, equity and good conscience in his new judicial endeavors.

“On behalf of Kabiyesi, the Aseyin of Iseyin, His Royal Highness, Oba AbdulGaniy Adekunle Salaudeen, Ajinese I and all sons and daughters of Iseyin, both at home and in the diaspora, we hereby congratulate our father, elder and a great son of Iseyin and indeed Nigeria, Justice Kayode Ariwoola, the new Chief Justice of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on his elevation to the exalted position.

“This is marvelous in our eyes, it is a well deserved and long awaited elevation and we are very happy about it, we pray to the Almighty Allah to always guide him in delivering Justice with the fear of God, while maintaining the Rule of Law, Equity and Good Conscience, the whole town and indeed Oke-Ogun and Oyo State in general are proud of you Sir,” the statement read.

Alhaji Bayo Raji,
National President,
Iseyin Development Union (I.D.U),
Iseyin, Oyo State.
Monday 27th June, 2022.

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Aregbesola, Oyetola Reconciliation A Ruse – Osun APC Youth Leader

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Mr Seun Abosede, the State Youth Leader of the Hon. Rasaq Salinsile led faction of the APC in Osun State has described as untrue, the report that the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and his successor, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, have settled their differences.

Abosede, in a statement today, stated that the picture being circulated on the social media where Aregbesola and Oyetola were hugging each other is an old picture, saying the minister never met with Oyetola in recent times as regard settlement of the crisis in All Progressives Congress in the State of Osun.

According to him, the people circulating the picture are same set of people who had crucified, badmouthed and lied against Aregbesola to achieve their selfish goal, saying they should bury their heads in shame for smearing the former governor’s image.

“While we are not opposed to genuine reconciliation of both Governor Oyetola and Aregbesola’s camps, the picture being circulated by the “data boys” is not only misleading but mischievous”.

“The people behind the circulation of the picture should be humble and sincere enough to initiate a reconciliation move of they so desire. We considered the widespread circulation of the picture as tricky and an attempt to blackmail the minister.

“The general public should please disregard the fake news”, said Abosede.

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Breaking: Iseyin-Born Justice Tipped To Head Supreme Court As CJN, Tanko, Resigns On Health Grounds

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ODUDUWA NEWS has just gathered that the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN Tanko Muhammed has just resigned on health grounds.

His resignation comes amidst protest by Justices of the Supreme court on his handling of the Apex court.

Meanwhile, feelers from the Supreme Court have confirmed that the Iseyin-born Judge, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola who is next in line to Chief Justice Tanko may be sworn in by the President Muhammadu Buhari to head the Apex Court.

Details later…

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One Dead, Hotel Razed, Several Goods Destroyed As Rival Gangs Clash In Lagos

One person was killed while a popular hotel and goods worth millions were razed, at Oyingbo market area in Ebute-Metta, Lagos during a clash between two rival gang members popularly called Agbero. The fighting which threw both traders and motorists into panic was between Otto boys and Willoughby boys.

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Reports said the fight was as a result of possession of territory and who gets higher collection from motorcyclists and bus drivers. The quarrel led to the death of one Otto boy.

One of the traders, Chinonoso Agbo, a tomato grinder in the Oyingbo market told Vanguard that the incident happened 2 pm on Saturday during which boys from Otto and Willoughby engaged in the bloody clash armed with dangerous weapons. “Ever since the train track in the Oyingbo terminal bus stop got demolished, Willoughby ‘agberos’ who make their daily income from motorcyclists and bus drivers that park in the bus stop started losing money.

“In other to make more money, they try to extend their hegemony over the territory of their rival gang, Otto boys whose bus stop is just a few minutes’ walk from Willoughby so that they can also be entitled to the money collected by the Otto boys. Their encroachment and the refusal of Otto boys led to fighting between both gangs resulting in the death of one Otto boy, last week Friday.

“The police arrived the scene at about 4 pm yesterday, and restored peace only for the clash to escalate later after they left. it brought about peace for a while and immediately the police left resulting in razing the popular Mainland Hotel around 7 pm. The hotel was filled with thugs when Otto boys wanted to go inside and they resisted.”

A former resident in white-sand area, Oyingbo, Moshood Bakare said, “The fight has been on the ground since last week, Friday when one Otto boy was killed by the Willoughby boys and yesterday happens to be the burial. As a form of vengeance, the Otto boys burned down Mainland Hotel because it’s the denizen of the Willoughby boys after they were stopped from entering the hotel by force,” he stated.

Eyewitness account said the warring gang members were exchanging gunshots with the police when they arrived.

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Group Calls On Makinde To Take Urgent Steps Against Resurgence Of Banditry, Killings In Oke-Ogun

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The Alliance For Oke-Ogun Development AOD has called on Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde to take a drastic step against the resurgence of banditry and killings in Oke-Ogun.

This was contained in a statement signed and sent today to ODUDUWA NEWS by the Head of Planing and Strategies, Comr Ismail Alani as read in part:

“Time has riped to cry out and our voice be heard by all concerned authorities in Oke-Ogun, Oyo State and Nigeria.

“It is a known fact that Gov Makinde had invested on the security of people in Oyo State aftermath of Igangan incident last year. But to our surprise Oke-Ogun is yet to get her fair share of those benefits from Gov Makinde’s investment in the state.

“This is because, the way things are going now in Oke-Ogun calls for worries as a responsible youth group and tomorrow leaders of the region. It appears to us that those killer herdsmen who invaded Ibarapa last year have shifted their bestalities to Oke-Ogun region.

“This could be seen with an alam that was raised by WSN Oyo State Commander, Gen Togun few weeks ago. It’s sad that after the alam were raised by him and some of our members, leaders and government from Oke-Ogun and Oyo state government took no action in preparedness to forestall possible violence attack by Fulani marauders. Regrettably, before our very eyes, last weekend a violence attack was launched in Alaga Oke-Ogun, Atisbo local government area.

“The attack left scores in critical condition, our investigation revealed that many of the victims of this attack are between life and death.

“Similarly, on Thursday 23rd of June 2022 another attack was reported in Saki East local government area, investigation is still on to accertain the degree of the attack as at time of issue this communiqué.

“We hereby as usual call on the government of oyo state led by Gov Seyi Makinde, his Deputy Engr Rauf Remi Olaniyan, chairpersons and all other political office holders including political appointees from Oke- Ogun to show more concern to the plight of ordinary people living in the region.

“We also called on our traditional rulers to swing into action with sole aim of finding a lasting solutions to the mirage of security challenges confronting our region.

“It’s our hope that government, traditional rules, religious leaders, social groups, media and other stakeholders will work in unison to confront the scourge before it consume all of us because nobody and nowhere is save in oke-ogun region today.

“We are entitled to better live irrespective of where we came from”.

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Gov Makinde Approves Recruitment of Additional 500 Amotekun Corps

Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde has approved the recruitment of additional 500 men for the Oyo State’s Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) codenamed Amotekun Corps.

He said the measure is part of his administration’s efforts to enhance security of lives and property in the State.

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The Governor stated this at a security meeting with local government Chairmen, Vice Chairmen, heads of security agencies and traditional rulers among other stakeholders at the House of Chiefs, Secretariat in Ibadan at the weekend.

Makinde told the stakeholders that security issue is a collective responsibility that requires all hands to be on the deck to curtail insecurity.

According to him: “Security is everyone’s business and if we all play our parts well, we will have a safer and more secured environment.

“Although security of lives and properties is paramount responsibility of government, but government cannot do it alone except with cooperation of the entire citizenry and as we can see from the report gotten all over the country, Oyo State is relatively peaceful, this was not achieved by the effort of government alone but with the efforts of the all stakeholders, most especially the security commanders.

“This meeting is aimed at getting the situation report from various quarters on security as well as to dialogue on what to do as stakeholders and fine tune necessary steps, this will help government to put necessary machinery in place for people in the state to sleep with their two eyes closed and as the operation of the Amotekun corps is concerned, we have perfected the process of employing 500 more hands to enhance their performance and further deepen the security architecture of our State.”

While discussing the consideration on whether to incorporate local vigilante members into the existing security team for the enhancement of security in the State, Makinde urged all stakeholders and the general public to join hands with his administration in ensuring peaceful environment.

Former Oyo Governor Senator Rasheed Ladoja commended Makinde for being proactive in the area of security, which has greatly helped the State compared to neighboring States.

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Drama As Veteran Actor, Ogogo, Fights Dirty With Area Boys In Ogun

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It wasn’t a good day for the area boys who came to show that they own the city where Veteran Actor, Taiwo ‘Ogogo’ Hassan was inspecting one of his projects.

The not so palatable incident happened in the Actor’s hometown, Ilaro, Ogun state where he got into heated fights and arguments with some street urchins who demanded he pays a certain amount of money before they let him go.

In a video shared by Ogogo, he was seen confronting the touts in a very fierce encounter.

Narrating his ordeal, he wrote via Instagram;

“Before blogger’s pick this up, let me tell my side of the story and the truth. Was in llaro my own home town, for an inspection of a project, after which some unknown guys walked up to me for the normal appraisals. 1;We watch you movie

2; give up money

3; We watched you all through our childhood

All these as an actor we hear everyday I offer all i had on me and one of them dragged me by my agbada and demanded for an amount i can’t pay. Asked him to leave me, he said “Do your worse” the rest is story, please stop harassing actors or entertainers, Do you pay anyone for doing your job, No its our Job too. Accept all we offer when we do. Remember, Once a boxer always a boxer”

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