THE 21 newly crowned Kings in Ibadan land today stepped out for their first official outing as Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state commissioned 5.5 kilometers reconstructed and rehabilitated Mobil-Oluyole-Wema Bank, Apata Road with Associated Bridge Works.
The event which had in attendance Mogajis, also featured community and religious leaders, security service commanders, transport union members as well as other stakeholders held at Oluyole Junction, Mobil Area, Ring Road Ibadan.
Speaking at the event, Governor Ajimobi said that the project was embarked upon to ease the traffic burden experienced by the people of the area, thanking God that he saw the completion of another project in the State.
He also added that his administration’s developmental projects are for the enhancement of the socio-economic development of the State.
According to him, “we are not just building roads, we are building multiple road network systems which are important for the enhancement of the socio-economic development of the state. We do not just dream, we ensure the actualization of the dream. We do not just plan but we execute our plan. What we are witnessing here today is the result of a careful plan which was executed in the course of our modernizing Oyo State..
“We thank God for seeing the completion of another dream come true and this is to alleviate the traumatic experiences of commuters and residents of this area. We saw the need to construct major and entry roads within Ibadan and across the state such as Saki, Iseyin, Ogbomoso and Oyo as well as Ibarapa axis and we have done this.
“As a result of our serene environment and developmental projects, foreign investors have started massive investments in Oyo State which is not only one of the five most investment friendly states but one of the only five to attract investments this year in Nigeria. We appreciate the people of the state for their patience and endurance whenever there are ongoing projects. We also commend the management and staff of the Ministry of Works and Transport as well as the contractor of this project for delivering the project within the scheduled period,” the governor stressed.
Ajimobi, however appealed to the paramount ruler of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Oguguluso 1 not to be swayed by distractive voices which have polluted the sacred throne with politics, noting that he has due regards and respect for the Olubadan as a father, a good man of repute and a royal ambassador of Ibadanland.
In his words, “I want to appeal to my father, Our Imperial Majesty, Oba Adetunji not to allow some disgruntled elements further pollute his mind and set him against the government. I hold the Olubadan in high esteem, I respect him, value him and have the necessary regard for the throne. But Olubadan should resist mingling with politicians who want to bring disrepute to the throne.
“We are not bothered by the pockets of resistance to the new change, rather, we are glad that we implemented the content of the White Paper to better the lots of Ibadan and Oyo State in general. I am not interested in whether an individual moves in traditional line or not. I am interested in the development of Oyo State and Nigeria as a whole,” Senator Ajimobi added.
In his remarks, Oba Lekan Balogun, the Otun-Olubadan of Ibadanland on behalf of the traditional rulers at the event said he was happy for Ibadan indigenes for having such an ingenious governor at a crucial time when States across the federation were in competition for development.
Balogun said “We are glad with the innovation and initiative of Governor Ajimobi. I do not praise people unnecessary, but I am happy with the present administration. Though, I am not surprised with his achievements, he has the managerial background and his antecedents speak for him. We thank the government for a job well done as well as cutting out indiscipline in the civil service and we expect more developmental projects.”
Also speaking on behalf of the residents of the area, Mr. Gboyega Adebunmi stated that the road is of high quality and its importance in the economy of the area cannot be over emphasized, stressing that the road has enhanced the business activities and traffic situation has improved tremendously.
‘Foment trouble, go to jail’, Makinde tells NURTW members
The Seyi Makinde led Oyo State Government has warned some leaders of the suspended National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state to desist from carrying out the threats of violence issued in a video, which has gone viral in the last 24 hours.
A statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Public Works and Infrastructure, Professor Raphael Afonja, on Sunday noted that the government would bring the full weight of the law to bear on anyone caught disturbing peace and order in the state.
The government further called on the residents of the state to ignore the empty threats by leaders of the suspended union and go about their lawful businesses, noting that the state government and all the security agencies in the state remained alert and on top of the security situation.
The government maintained that though the leaders of the NURTW might have misinterpreted the Park Management System, which is aimed at rebranding the management of motor parks in the state, it would not sit idly and watch some individuals threaten the peace of the state.
The statement reads in part: “The attention of the Honourable Commissioner for Public Works and Infrastructure, Professor Raphael Afonja has been drawn to a video that has gone viral in the last 24 hours, in which some members of the banned Oyo State Chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) were seen threatening to unleash violence in the state.
“It has come to the knowledge of the Ministry that a number of commentators and some of those who were seen threatening mayhem have misinterpreted the initiative that has yielded the planned rebranding of the Motor Parks in the State under the aegis of the Park Management System(PMS) introduced by the current administration in Oyo State.
“The Ministry therefore wishes to place on record that the government of the day in Oyo State will not open its eyes and allow unwarranted activities threaten the peace of the good people of Oyo State.
“The Ministry wishes to urge the peace-loving residents of the state to go about their lawful duties without fear and intimidation.
“Let it, however, be known to any agents of violence or purveyours of trouble that the state would not hesitate to deal decisively against any threat of violence within the ambits of the law.
“Those seeking to throw the state into confusion have been at it for a long while with the series of traps that have continued to fail.
“It should also be noted that the laws of the land, including the Anti-Terrorism Act, fully and clearly denominate acts of violence and threats to instigate the same. Those who stand accused of accessories after the facts of treason and Treasonable felony are in no way excusable under the law.
“The Ministry would therefore urge everyone who do business around the Motor Parks in Oyo State to continue to abide by the laws of the land. Anything to the contrary would bring the full weight of the law to bear on the accused.”
The statement further explained that new Park Management Systems (PMS) initiative, apart from being introduced to sanitise the poor state of the parks across the state, would also assist in boosting the State’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and also provide employment to the teaming youths across the state who would be recruited by the Park Managers.
“In another breath, the Ministry wishes to bring to the notice of the residents and the good people of Oyo State that the new Park Management Systems (PMS) that the initiative is aimed at sanitising the poor state of the parks spread around the state.
“Besides being a way of boosting the State’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), the PMS will also provide employment to the teaming youths across the state who would be recruited by the Park Managers.
“The fear of job loss by those currently involved in the Park systems is unfounded because every able-bodied, and law-abiding person willing to contribute to the proper management of the parks would be gainfully engaged.
“The Honourable Commissioner also wishes to reiterate the ban on activities of the NURTW at the Parks in the state, pending the resolution of the Union’s internal conflicts.”
VIDEO: 3 months after Supreme Court’s sack, dethroned Eleruwa resumes in palace
• Hires thugs, OPC men for protection
The sacked Eleruwa of Eruwa, Oba Samuel Adegbola on Sunday (February 16th, 2020) resumed at the Eleruwa Palace, Eruwa in Ibarapa East Local Government Area of Oyo state amidst hired thugs and members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Mega Icon Magazine reliably gathered.
It would be recalled that the Supreme Court had earlier sacked Oba Adegbola and six others, dismissing an appeal they lodged before it as lacking in merit.
The apex court, in an unanimous judgement by a five-man panel of Justices led by Justice Danttijo Mohammad, declined to set-aside concurrent verdicts of the Oyo state High Court and the Court of Appeal that held that they appellants had no right to the ancestral throne.
Appellants before the apex court were H.R.H. Oba Samuel Adebayo-Adegbola (Eleruwa), Chief Samuel Salako Adewusi (The deceased Odofin Eruwa), Chief Femi Atanda-Jagun of Eruwa, Chief I.O. Olabode-Olukuton of Eruwa, Chief Idowu Okeowo-Asipa of Eruwa, Chief E. Ojebis.
Also, respondents in the appeal included Mr. James Olatunde Idowu, (For himself and on behalf of Laribikusi ruling house excepting Lasubu family or section of OF Laribikusi ruling house/quarters), Alhaji Rasheed Oyedepo Ajao, Oyo state governor, the Oyo state Attorney General and the Ibarapa East local government.
According to the lead verdict that was delivered by Justice Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, the apex court held: “The appeal has no merit and is hereby dismissed, I made no order as to cost. Parties are to bear their cost, the appeal is dismissed”.
Having resolved all the five issues raised in the appeal against the appellants, it upheld earlier decisions of the two lower courts.
The video footage obtained by our reporter today via the social media platform shows the sacked monarch, Oba Adegbola returning to the Palace three months after the Supreme court’s judgement.
Also corroborating our reporter’s claim, two hours ago, one Akintunde Segun, the younger brother of the youngest Olori, posted on his Facebook timeline, “Don’t be too excited when you’re happy and someone is crying.
“Don’t be too excited when you got the answer and someone is failing
“EXCITEMENT as Good people of Eruwa welcoming ELERUWA OF ERUWA BACK TO PALACE ….. KABIYESI OBA SAMUEL ADEGBOLA.
However, this controversial development has been generating heated debates at different fora .
US based ToppyK holds Asa Day, harps on value re-orientation
ToppyK International has announced its intention to hold a cultural event tagged ‘Asa Day’ in the United States of America geared towards cultural revival and value re-orientation abroad.
The event billed for Friday 17 July 2020 will hold at Sacred Heart Church, 537 Grove Street, Irvington, U.S . Also, there would be exposition as well as an award ceremony.
According to a statement signed by its Chief Executive Officer, Alhaja Kudirat Temitope popularly known as ‘Queen of New Jersey’, and made available to Mega Icon Magazine, “the event is going to be loud. Let’s showcase our talents and the beauty of our cultural heritage. All tribes are invited. Let’s come together as one and show the world how great we are.
“ToppyK International is an international organization that is registered in United states that deals basically with fashion and entertainment promotion for less than a decade.
“Asa day programme is all about the exhibition of the values of the cultural heritage of Africa, dealing with Nigeria as a prominent and influential country in the continent
She stressed that the Asa Day programme is aimed at bringing together all the major tribes in Nigeria – Yoruba, Hausa and Ibo and exploring our cultural backgrounds in music, dance and fashion among others.
“It is to further achieve the unification of Africans in the United states, Nigerians in particular, and by extension translate these to further enhancements of the potential of individuals to better the lots of our present abode, the United states and by extension on home countries,” Temitope said.
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