As part of measures to improve infrastructures and make life easy for the people of Oyo state, the Seyi-Makinde led administration on Thursday promised to put public infrastructures on the front line.
The state Commissioner for Works and Transport, Prof. Raphael Afonja, also disclosed that efforts were ongoing by the government to ease movement of people and goods in and outside the State to create a haven for investors and business interests as well as farmers to grow.
“The Seyi-Makinde led administration is keen on making sure that our roads are good and safe and that every necessary facility is in place when it comes to the safety of our roads.
“This administration shall not wait till people suffer before we take proactive steps to provide good governance especially in the area of public infrastructures. You are in the knowing about the way the governor revoked the contract on Iseyin-Moniya road and immediately invited the general public to bid on the new contract. That is how a responsive government works.”
He added that the Governor believed in the security of lives and properties of the people and that the progress of any society depended on infrastructures which made the Governor takes it seriously to make sure that the infrastructural development of the State is at the front line.
“Every road project, bridges, and anything rated infrastructure will be completed so as to make life conducive for everyone in the State, while lives and properties of the people are also secured”.
Afonja disclosed further that the present administration would engage local contractors in the execution of all State projects in order to build wealth in the State and also improve the economic condition of the people, saying that the priority of the Ministry of Works and Transport is to make sure that every project relating to public works, infrastructures and transportation had good quality.
“We will police every contractor to make sure that the quality of work done is not compromised.”
In his address to the Staff of the Ministry, the Commissioner, however charged each to play their roles so as to achieve effectiveness and productivity, adding that efforts were ongoing to make the working environment conducive for all and assuring them that the Ministry would transform from analog way of business transaction to digital, as new ideas, innovations and technology would be incorporated.
Nigeria: Undisrupted financial services during COVID-19 lockdown
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had issued a directive restricting the movement of people – excluding those on essential service – with effect from 11pm on Monday, March 30, 2020, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos and Ogun States, as a response to the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Subsequently, the Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria obtained Presidential approval to permit critical financial services to function during this period.
Consequently, relevant security agencies have been requested to grant passage to critical staff of these institutions to enable essential and strategic financial transactions to go undisrupted during the period of the lockdown. These institutions include:
i. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN);
ii. Deposit Money Banks (DMBs);
iii. The Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) Plc;
iv. Switching companies,
v. Mobile money operators,
vi. Payment solution service providers.
In view of the ongoing restrictions and in order to check further spread of the corona virus disease, the CBN hereby urges the general public to limit their use of cash and avail themselves of the use of alternative payment channels such as mobile banking, Internet banking, Mobile money, Point of Sale, and USSD. The public is therefore assured that financial institutions will remain operational during this period and therefore should guard against panic withdrawals from their banks.
We also urge all Nigerians to adhere strictly to the movement restrictions and follow stipulated guidelines by the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and other relevant health agencies of government to curb possible spread of the virus in Nigeria.
Oyo: My COVID-19 confirmation test result is positive – Makinde reveals
Oyo state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has tested positive for coronavirus and is in self-isolation.
Governor Makinde disclosed this on Monday through his verified Twitter handle, adding that he is asymptomatic.
“I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result,” he tweeted. “It is POSITIVE. I am asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate”, he tweeted.
The governor also directed the former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, Prof Temitope Alonge, to be the Head of COVID-19 Task Force as he recovers.
“I have designated Prof Temitope Alonge, former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, as the Head of COVID-19 Task Force while I recover fully.”
Governor Makinde further urged the people of Oyo State to comply with instructions from the COVID-19 Task Force.
“Stay home, stay safe,” he urged Oyo residents.
He is the third governor in the country to test positive for coronavirus.
Curfew: Respect journalists as essential service providers, Oyo NUJ cautions security
The Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ), Oyo State Council on Monday cautioned security agencies in the state to respect journalists as essential service providers as the dusk to dawn curfew declared by State Government began.
In a release jointly signed its Chairman, Mr Ademola Babalola and Secretary, Mr Sola Oladapo in Ibadan, the Union maintained that journalists are major stakeholders in the efforts to curtail the spread of corona virus(COVID-19).
The NUJ also called on heads of security agencies in the state to caution their officers from harassing journalists in the discharge of their duties during the period of the curfew.
It further called on media organisations to provide kits and sanitisers to their crews and ensure only experienced reporters are made to handle critical report at the period.
The NUJ urged members to maintain social distancing at their live interview programmes, while handwashing basins and sanitisers be provided at every important corridor.
The union also called on media managers to allow colleagues work from home except where it was absolutely necessary to come to office or studio.
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