The Federation of Ibadan Students’ Union National Council on Saturday, 25th of June 2022 embarked on the 2nd edition of the Keep Ibadan Clean Project.
The Keep Ibadan Keep Project is a monthly sanitation of the Union which began under the leadership of Aare Fakolade Anuoluwapo TIMFAK.
According to the National President, Aare Fakolade Anuoluwapo TIMFAK said that the idea was borne out of the desire of their members in supporting the vision of His Excellency, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde which in beautifying and making Ibadan the most cleanest city in the country.
The first edition took place at Ibadan North LG while this month exercise took place at the market in Ibadan North East LG under the leadership of Chief Rauf Delesolu, the Aare Agoo Ile-Ibadan.
Receiving the team during the exercise were the baba loja and Iya loja, Chief Soliu Ayinde Delesolu Mofiola Sere 1 & Chief Mrs Alhaja Laaro Oluwakemi Akala respectively. They commended the Union for such initiative and encouraged them to keep it up, they further stated that the market will be willing to partner with the union in any of their consequent Programmes.
Finally, Aare Fakolade Anuoluwapo appreciates the market men and women for the their towards the success of the exercise, and said that the residents of Ibadan should anticipate their next Local Government for the month of July.
As the 9th Oyo State House of Assembly marks its 3rd year Anniversary, it has described the journey so far as eventful, impactful and outstanding.
This is just as the lawmakers say they have recorded uncommon achievements which have surpassed the records of past Assemblies in Oyo State.
A statement signed on behalf of all the 32 lawmakers by the Chairman House Committee on Information, Hon Kazeem Olayanju felicitated with the Assembly on the anniversary.
According to him, the sincerity of purpose demonstrated by all the Oyo Assembly lawmakers from day one and their uncommon diligence and commitment to their legislative duties led to the achievements and feats being applauded today.
The Statement read ” Today makes it 3years since we took oath of office as Oyo State House of Assembly lawmakers. Ours has been a wonderful, dynamic, cohesive and result-driven team and this why we have broken record as the Assembly with the highest number of bills and resolutions passed in the annals of history of our dear state. As we speak we have over 86 bills and 148 resolutions to our credit. That’s surely not a mean feat. It is a collective effort and the glory is for everyone of us. Despite the belonging to different political parties we have been working harmoniously since our inauguration and the results are not only visible to the blinds, they are also audible to the deaf.” Hon Olayanju said
Some of the bills passed in 2019 included Oyo State Investment Promotion Agency Bill, Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency Bill, Oyo State Open Rearing & Grazing Regulation Bill, Ministry of Finance Bill, Ministry of Establishments & Training Bill, Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development Bill, Ministry of Lands, Housing & Urban Development Bill, Ministry of Energy Bill, Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Inclusion Bill, Ministry of Special Duties Bill, Ministry of Investment, Trade, Industries & Cooperatives Bill, Ministry of Public Works & Transport Bill, Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources Bill and Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism Bill,
He also highlighted few of the bills passed by the Oyo State House of Assembly in 2020 to include Ministry of Information, Culture & Tourism Bill, Dogs (Amendment) Bill, Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Bill, Child Sexual Offences Bill, Oyo State Agribusiness Development Agency Bill, Oyo State Appropriation Bill, Oyo State Finance Bill, Ibarapa Polytechnic Eruwa Amendment Bill, College of Education Lanlate, Oyo State Amendment Bill and Oyo State Security Network Agency Bill
The Chairman House Committee on Information stated further that notable bills like Oyo State Open Defecation Prohibition Bill, Sexual & Gender-Based Violence Response Agency & Referral Center Bill, Oyo State Enterprises & Employment Trust Fund Bill, Oyo State House of Assembly Service Commission Bill, Oyo State House of Assembly Funds Management Bill, Elderly Persons Protection Bill, Infrastructure Maintenance & Control Agency Amendment Bill and Hotel Occupancy & Restaurant Consumption Tax Bill were passed in 2021 while few had equally been passed in 2022.
” We surely have a lot to showcase as members of the 9th Oyo State House of Assembly. And it is not out of place to mention that not less than 40 oversight functions were successfully carried out by the lawmakers in the last 3years. They include Oversight visits to some water projects in Oyo State, Oversight visits to all the 33 LGA’s on the status of earth moving equipments in the councils, Adhoc Committee Assignment on the need to find lasting solutions to perennial problem of gang violence in some neighborhood around Ibadan South West 1 Constituency, Oversight visit to the abandoned Strabag Quarry, Adegbayi Ibadan, Joint Committee work on ongoing road projects in the State as well as Ibadan Circular road and Oversight visit to Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) over reported cases of estimated billings. There were equally the screening of different nominees and members for government appointments and for different boards, agencies and parastatals ” Hon Olayanju said
He stressed that the Oyo Assembly lawmakers have written their names in gold adding that the 148 motions and resolutions passed by the Assembly are too numerous to be mentioned in the statement.
According to The Nation Newspaper, Prince Ayo Ladigbolu, the famous retired Archbishop of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, is one of the 48 contenders vying for the empty seat of Alaafin of Oyo.
On June 27, Ladigbolu, a member of the Agunloye reigning house’s Ladigbolu royal family, will turn 84 years old.
On Thursday, the reigning house handed over the list of applicants and their letters of intent to Baba Iyaji (head of princes and princesses) for presentation to the Oyomesi.
For a perfect pick, the Oyomesi, which consists of the kingmakers, will examine the applicants’ resumes, their credibility, and other relevant features, as well as consulting the Ifa oracle. The Basorun of Oyo is the head of the Oyomesi.
Ladigbolu is well known for his perfect relationship with people of other faith and unusual love for culture. He was very close to the immediate past Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III.
Handing over the applications to Baba Iyaji, High Chief Mukaila Afonja, the head of Agunloye ruling house (aka Mogaji), Pa Samuel Adeladan, said the applicants are eminently qualified, pointing out that they are accomplished princes from five branches of the ruling house.
He told Chief Afonja that the Mogaji of each branch of the ruling house conducted initial screening while the committee set up by the ruling house, which he also heads, discovered some who were found wanting in tracing their roots in the ruling house
Adeladan urged Chief Afonja not to accept applications from any other person, stressing that only the 48 are the true sons of Agunloye ruling house, adding that the family was ready to accept and support any of the candidates that is selected.
Responding, Baba Iyaji assured Agunloye and his committee members that he would follow the existing Alaafin of Oyo Chieftaincy Declaration which recognises only the Agunloye and Alowolodu ruling houses. He pointed out that he was aware that the state government has approved that a review should be undertaken to accommodate other royal families but that only a sitting Alaafin can undertake it.
He disclosed that some members of other ruling houses had been seeking his help to be included in the race, but he told them pointedly that he would not do anything outside the declaration.
In an interview with reporters, Adeladan explained that the family was looking forward to a candidate “that is capable to enhance culture and tradition of Yoruba land and Oyo in particular. Any Alaafin that is not in line with that is not satisfying the Yoruba race. Tradition and culture are paramount to us. Oyo has been in the lead.”
When asked about the age bracket of the expected candidate, he said: “Any qualified candidate will be fine. These candidates have been reviewed. Their documents speak volumes of their pedigree. They all have good education and are highly experienced.”
The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Oluseyi Makinde has announced that lecturers at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, LAUTECH, will be denied subvention if they fail to return to work despite the state government’s demand to resume academic activities at the university.
On Saturday, the governor made the news during a media engagement at the BCOS Television house in Ibadan to commemorate his third year in office.
The governor said that if the lecturers do not return to work, the state government will not pay their subvention.
He said, “If the lecturers were sensitive, they should not have joined the industrial action. As of today, their subvention is being withhold. If they don’t go back to school, I won’t pay their subvention.
“The students must know who to hold accountable. We expect 100 per cent cooperation but some want to play politics.
“We will only pay those who return to their duties. I don’t care whether it’s an election year. I will only do what is right till the last day of the tenure.”
The Executive Chairman of Ibadan North Local Government, Hon. Yusuff Sahib Oladayo (Agba Egbe ) has reiterated his commitments towards a peaceful and hitch free PDP Primaries, scheduled for 21st, 22nd and 23rd of May.
According to a press release by the special adviser on Media and Publicity to the chairman, Mr Bodija Akinwale, made available to newsmen in ibadan the Oyo state capital.
The council chairman appealed for calm ahead of the primary elections scheduled for Saturday, and also gave a stern warning to anyone or group of persons who wants to cause mayhem during or after the Primaries to desists from such intentions as he (Agba Egbe) and all other security outfits are ready and in absolute charge of firm security.
Agba Egbe, also implore the public, especially in Ibadan North Local Government to disregard the security anxiety rumors circulated by some online platforms as such news was in dispatch to discourage delegates from exercising their rights as party stakeholders.
He further noted that atrocious politicians, Political thugs who still wants to make Ibadan north local government an abode should leave ahead or be ready to feel the hard knock of the law, as whoever is caught irrespective of position or Influence will be made to face the law accordingly.
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His Excellency, Gov. ‘Seyi Makinde has approved the redeployment of three Permanent Secretaries to different Ministry.
The development was contained in a statement signed by the Head of Service, A. O Agboola (Mrs) addressed to the affected persons, Ministries and Agencies.
In the statement, B. A Olanrewaju (PhD) redeployed from Ministry of Energy to Oyo State Post Primary Schools Teaching Service Commission; Mrs B. A Atere redeployed from Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Inclusion to Ministry of Energy & Mrs Oderinde Grace redeployed from Oyo State Post Primary Schools Teaching Service Commission to Ministry of Women Affairs & Social Inclusion.
Oduduwanews had earlier reported that Gov. Makinde had promised to correct the anomalies in TESCOM when he held Sallah festive with some elders and Muslim faithfuls.
The body had been enmeshed with religious issues and crisis.
The People’s Democratic Party, House of Assembly Aspirant, Ibadan North Constituency 2 Hon. Makanjuola Oluwatosin Taofeek on Thursday, 5th of May 2022 sent his appreciation message to all the people of Ibadan North Constituency 2 for the love shown to him during his official declaration.
Hon. Makanjuola Taofeek Oluwatosin aka Tosin Gboye officially declared his interest to represents the people of Ibadan North Constituency 2 on Wednesday, 4th May, 2022 at the party’s meeting venue, Salvation Army School, Yemetu.
Following his supporters who came from far and near, including the constituents, eligible voters, party leaders and community leaders who graced the event, it’s necessary and important for him to acknowledged their presence and the time they sacrificed which will not be taken for granted.
Furthermore, Tosin Gboye also uses this medium to seek for further support most especially from party leaders as the primary election approaches.
Lastly, after unveiling his manifesto yesterday, and if given the opportunity, Tosin Gboye promises to live up to expectation, facilitate development to different communities in the constituency and at the same time, ensure the growth and development of constituents.
It is an incontrovertible fact that every man is a selfish being. That is a law of natural justice. This aptly informs my vehement objection to the biblical admonition of ” Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself”( Mark 12:31) The injunction here is practically impossible unless we want to be economical with the truth. It is an opium. This admonition is a sharp contrast to the Yoruba maxim that; ‘ Bi’na ba jo’ni, j’omo eni, t’ara eni, la a koko gbon”. The interpretation goes thus: it is logical to quench the raging fire on oneself before attempting to quench the fire on one’s son.
Globally, politics is about interest and alliance. Alliance could be swayed but interest remains sacrosanct.
People dabble into politics for numerous reasons. Numero uno, the quest for power tops the reason. Intention to impact on lives through good governance trails behind.
Succinctly, every politician adopted various strategy: mathematical and diplomatic, to curry favour and attract sympathy.
Arguably, a significant number of politicians are gluttonous. However, the fact that many of them are callous and dubious does not foreclose the fact that some are relatively good. The word ‘relatively’ is intentional, purposeful. Few days ago, I stumbled on the vituperation of the embattled senator Kola Balogun representing Oyo south senatorial district. I was captivated when I saw his reaction which I had been expecting, consequent upon his “disenfranchisement” to return to the senate. His reaction was conveyed and publicized by Oduduwa News, a reputable media.
So, one could imagine the interest I would divert to peruse such explanation from the horse’s mouth. His case is of paramount importance to me as a freelance and a public opinion analyst who cherish balance reportage.
So, one could imagine the interest I would divert to peruse such explanation from the horse’s mouth. His case is of paramount importance to me as a freelancer, human right crusader and a public opinion analyst who cherish balance reportage. I don’t engage in jungle journalism but care no hoot to say it, the way it is. Undiluted. No matter whose ox is gored.
Background to his Anger
In a bid to assert authority and reposition himself for the next election, the executive governor of the state, Engineer Seyi Makinde had entered into a political contractual bargaining with Chief Tegbe. It is not a misnormer to appease, entice and lure politicians with clout. Pedigree differs.
In view of the alliance, the governor, in his wisdom, had promised a senatorial ticket for the big fish from the ocean of APC. In reminiscence, Chief Tegbe was a staunch APC member and an uncompromised ally of former governor Ajimobi. The relationship between the late governor and chief Tegbe was so cordial that the former was the initial heir apparent and the anointed candidate of the tooth-gapped late governor. Power play from the above denied Chief Tegbe, otherwise, he would have been the APC flagbearer then.
As a human being, he never forgot the shortchange. Seemingly, he was embittered with venomous innuendoes. Therefore, because every man is selfish, one could not blame him for accepting the offer of the governor especially when it was not sure that he would be made the APC candidate come 2023.
Governor Makinde had previously wanted to snatch Oyo north senatorial ticket from Chief Bisi Ilaka who was the former Chief of staff to the governor. Yours sincerely had written on that; referring to Ilaka as “the most unfortunate loyal party man” in an article; ” Ilakaka Bisi Ilaka”. Despite serial disappointments, the Oyo – born politician never decamped from PDP. The governor met him in PDP. I make bold to say that.
Fortune however smiled on the bearded Chief when the governor reverted; opting instead to deny Senator Balogun who had enjoyed a term. So, the younger brother to the newly-crowned Olubadan became the eventual victim. ‘Ori wa ko ni gba abode.’
It is not unusual therefore that senator Balogun would react. Pinch yourself with a needle to fill the reflex action before you inflict such on others. The vituperation “…Governor Makinde reportedly made some claims that I am not performing and that I am not taking care of the party leaders in the nine local government areas in Oyo South Senatorial District.
“As a Christian, can he swear with the Holy Bible and with his life that those were the real and principal reasons he took that decision? I challenge him to publicly swear before the PDP stakeholders; before the people of Ibadan, Oyo South Senatorial District and the entire state that he took that decision solely because of the reasons stated in the report. If he can do this, I will come back to openly apologise to him.
“The allegation of non-performance against me is puerile. The record of my performance and achievements is in the public domain and it is hereby attached to this piece.
Governor Makinde was pressured by some powerful cartel in his Guest House who were of the fear that having a Balogun as the Olubadan and another Balogun as a senator would be too strong for the governor to control.”
The reaction above was encapsulated in a title; ” Why Makinde denied me second term senatorial ticket”. The nagging question is : why won’t he deny you?!
Senator Balogun needs to be conscious of two facts upon which I will draw the curtain on this piece. One, you may be good but some people may be better than you. Secondly, the governor cannot love you more than himself. He has his own interest as a sane man. For crying loud , he cannot prioritise you at his own detriment. Such would be at his own peril. It is though unfortunate that you have been traded but that is politics.
So, weep not ! If every other qualified person could have just a term, it would go round. It is not proper to castigate the governor publicly if the manner with which your elder brother ascended the throne is reverted to. If God had not used the governor, Senator Ladoja and destiny, the royal stool would have remained elusive to Ali-Iwo descendants.
Comrade Lekan Badmus is a columnist with Oduduwa News.
The Oyo State Government through the Oyo State Community and Social Development Agency (Oyo CSDA) on Wednesday presented a cheque of over #4.4m to Ajia Ifesowapo CPMC in the presence of Inukan Development Forum and the elders of Ajia and its environs for the construction of Police Station.
According to the Chairman of Oyo CSDA, Mr Esuola Hamid said that the project is one of the many projects the Agency usually embark on, and it’s always a collaboration between community and the agency. Speaking on the project, he said that the agency will provide 90% while the community will provide 10% as part of their own commitment fee, after which a sum of #4,495,500 was presented to the chairman, Mr Wojuade Adesina.
Presents at the event were the Chairman of Ona Ara Local Government, represented by Hon. Wakil Okunola, Supervisory Councilor for Culture & Tourism; Engr. Sunday Gbenjo, President Inukan Development Forum; Mrs Ige Olaronke Shera, Head of Local Government Administration of Inukan LCDA and other staff of the LCDA.
Speaking further, Mr Esuola Hamid appreciated Governor Oluseyi Makinde and equally seeked the support of the community for the administration of Engr. Oluseyi Makinde who’s a product of their community and doing everything possible to transform Ajia and its environs into a mini London.
Engr. Sunday Gbenjo, in his address commended the agency for deeming it fit to approve such project for them despite the numerous requests from different communities on their table. He said that the Police Station becomes necessary following the numerous developmental projects the government of Engr. Oluseyi Makinde has been doing to Ajia and its environs, he therefore appreciated His Excellency and reiterated the community’s support to His Excellency whenever he calls on them. He equally appreciated the presence of Ona-Ara Local Government Chairman, represented by Hon. Wakil Okunola.
In the entourage of Mr Esuola Hamid were Mr Salawu, General Manager of Oyo CSDA; Mrs Raji, Operation Manager, Mr Ojerinde and the PRO of Oyo CSDA.
Also, community elders presents Includes; Chief G.O Ajayi, Mr Tunde Aderonmu and Mr Ayoade J. O and other community members.
Mr Salawu, General Secretary of the Agency, while speaking charges the community to the transparent, accountable and ensure that quality and standard work is done, since it’s the community that will be constructing the Police Station while the agency will monitor and supervise the project, and said that the balance will be provided to them once the building reach the stage equivalent to the #4.4m first part payment.
In his vote of thanks, Mr. Wojuade Adesina, Chairman of the Project Monitoring Committee appreciated His Excellency Engr. Oluseyi Makinde and Oyo CSDA for the project and assured them that the community will make judicial use of the project, including its mantainace.
As the world celebrates the Easter Festival, Executive Chairman of Oorelope Local Government, Hon. Akeem Adepoju Raheem, has called on Christians in the Council to reflect on the season by following the examples of love, faith and submission to the will of God, which remain the major themes of Easter. Raheem, who stated this in a statement at the weekend, equally enjoined Christians to use the opportunity provided by the solemn season to make supplications for Oorelope Local Government, Oyo State.
He specifically charged them to pray for the leadership of the state, personified by His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, under whose watch the state has moved from poverty to prosperity. “Today, I celebrate with my brothers and sisters in Christ as they observe the Easter Festival, a solemn festival marking the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. “The themes of Easter are hinged on God’s love for humanity, Christ’s faith, his absolute submission to the will of God, which also portray his love for mankind to the point of laying down his life and the awesome power of God, which was demonstrated through Christ’s resurrection. “My charge to Christians is that they should use this occasion to reflect again on these lessons and imbibe them in order to become better. “I also encourage them to use this sober moment to pray for the continued progress of our Local Government and for our leader, His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, a man who means for Oyo State and has been doing everything possible to reposition the state and uplift its people. “I wish everyone a happy Easter filled with God’s love and blessings.”