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‘We have reached agreement with FG to construct Oyo-Iseyin road’ – Makinde

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Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Friday, said that preliminary works have begun on the planned Iseyin-Ogbomoso road.

The governor, who stated this in Iseyin, while attending the 8th Day Fidau prayer of the mother of the State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Omokunmi Mustapha, added that his administration will ensure the road is completed before the end of his tenure.

He said that survey works on the new road  have already begun, adding that the new road designed to connect Iseyin to Ogbomoso will boost the economic expansion drive of his administration.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, also quoted the governor as saying that the state has also reached an agreement with the Federal Government to construct the Oyo-Iseyin road.

He stated that his government will go ahead with the construction despite the Federal Government’s position that it would not repay the state if it constructs the federal road.

Governor Makinde, to the excitement of the crowd of well-wishers and residents of Iseyin, also declared that his administration will, in the next six weeks, announce the situation of a tertiary institution in the town in line with his promise during the electioneering period.

The statement further  indicated that the governor eulogised the late mother of the PDP chairman, Alhaja Nimotallah Alake Olayiwola, stating that she lived an enviable life.

The governor said that only an individual that is blessed by God could live up to 118, as he prayed to God for a long life for her children and those in attendance.

He said: “We want to thank God for Mama’s life and we are here today to celebrate her life. But as a government, we would like to say one or two things. On my way here, I had to time myself when we left Ibadan. From the roundabout in Iseyin here to where the construction of Moniya-Iseyin road stopped is just a 20-minute drive.

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“What that means is that by the time they are done, we won’t be spending more than seven minutes to reach that road. And if we add those seven minutes to the minutes one will spend from Ibadan, it means Ibadan to Iseyin won’t exceed 45 minutes.”

Speaking on the readiness of the state government to construct the Iseyin-Oyo road, Governor Makinde said that the state has reached an agreement with the Federal Government to construct the road, saying: “We have formally agreed with the Federal Government to construct the road from Iseyin to Oyo but they wrote in the document that the road belongs to the Federal Government.

“They said if we construct it, they won’t return the money but I told them that they should put whatever money we spend on the road in record, as a government that will refund the money to Oyo State might come into place one day.

“I am also pleased to tell you that survey works have begun on the road that will lead to Ogbomoso from Iseyin. Some are saying we should begin the road construction from Iseyin to Ogbomoso but, by the grace of God, we will not only start it, but we will also complete it in this administration.”

The governor also used the occasion to charge residents of the state on the need to take the issue of security more seriously, stating that security is everybody’s business.

He added that the introduction of the Peace and Security Committee in all local government areas, which will include religious leaders, traditional institution leaders and all stakeholders will help to stem the tide of insecurity in the state.

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“Apart from the prayers that you have been praying for us, I also want to urge you to take the issue of security very seriously. Our security is in our hands. We all know what happened recently in Ibarapa and the Oke-Ogun axis.

“There is nothing that is happening in our environment that you are not aware of. If any stranger or visitor enters any environment now, you will see them. So, what we are saying, in essence, is, if you see something, say something to the government. Let us come together and fix the issue of insecurity in our land,” the governor added.

In his response, renowned lawyer and Senior Advocate of  Nigeria, Barr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), while giving a vote of thanks, described Governor Makinde as a man of his words, praying to God to uplift him.

“Your Excellency, we want to thank you for three things. First, we want to appreciate you for coming here with your entourage. Secondly, we thank you for the road projects you have embarked on and the promise you have made to continue to construct more roads.

“The third is the commitment on the establishment of a tertiary institution in Iseyin. You told me one on one that you will bring a higher institution to Iseyin and, today, you have declared it, may God reward you abundantly.

“No matter how long you stay in office, you will leave one day but the prayer we have is that God should lift you higher. We really thank you. Oyo State will not witness retrogression under your tenure. You are a promise-keeper. And whoever makes promises and keeps it is who we want at the top.”

Similarly, the Chief Imam of Iseyinland, Alhaji Abdulhakim Olayori, commended the governor for doing well in terms of infrastructure and other aspects of life, saying the governor’s good works are showing and that the people want him to continue the good works for eight years.

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“You are doing well; we are seeing your works. You have given us good roads in Iseyin but we want you to also give us a higher institution of learning.

“When someone is doing something good, we tell him to continue. Your works are showing; we want you to continue for eight years,” the Imam said.

The event had in attendance top functionaries of the Oyo State Government, including the Deputy Governor of the state, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan; Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin,  and members of the House of Assembly; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Bisi Ilaka, among others.

Top politicians and chieftains of the PDP in attendance include Senator Gbenga Babalola, former Chief of Staff to the Oyo State governor, Dr. Saka Balogun, Chief Sunday Ogunlade, members of the Oyo PDP State Working Committee, former Oyo North Senatorial chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Yakubu Oladoja, Oyo North Senatorial chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Waheed Oluwakemi, PDP chairmen at the local government levels, among others.

 

 

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Oyo Speaker decries false allegations, assures constituents of more quality representation

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The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin on Sunday said he will not deviate from his mission statement of giving and providing good and quality representation to the people of Ibarapa East Local Government, Ibarapaland in totality and Oyo State in general not minding some unfounded and spurious criticism coming from some faceless political groups.

The Speaker’s statement is coming on the heels of some comments accusing him of non-performance, planned imposition of candidate for local government election, and alleged undue influence and dominance on him by his mother, Yeye Tina Ogundoyin.

Ogundoyin described the comments and allegations as totally untrue, just as he urged the faceless group sponsoring such malicious news to at least consider and judge him by his political activities , accomplisments and vision for the good people of Oyo State and his entire constituents.

The Speaker added that rather than coming up with and suggesting ways of moving Ibarapaland and indeed Oyo State forward, the masterminds of the misleading allegations were hell bent on scoring cheap political points through peddling of false information aimed at casting aspersions on his person, discrediting and blackmailing his political status and dragging the name of his mother in the mud.

“For the umpteenth time, I don’t have any preferred aspirant out of all the five qualified persons jostling to emerge as the PDP candidate for the forthcoming Local Government election in Ibarapa East. I also wish to appeal to the group and its sponsors to leave my mother out of their dirty politicking as Yeye ,who is the Mother to all in Ibarapaland will not impose nor influence the choice of candidate for the LG election. This is democracy and the wish of the people must prevail. My mum is not involved in anything in the Local Government. She has always been reminding me of my election campaign promises to my people and the need to fulfill them. Mum is an advocate of good governance and will not compromise on this,” he said.

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According to the Speaker, because of his love and vision for education, he paid WAEC and NECO fees for hundreds of students in his constituency while another fifty benefitted from free JAMB forms , not to mention a modern and functional hospital he built in Lagaye and a place of worship requested for by the people of Oloro village.

“I have two School projects about to be completed, a block of 8 Classrooms at Temidire and another block of 6 Classrooms at Ojonamo in Lanlate . The two will be commissioned during my second year in office in May this year. As I speak, there is an ongoing construction of ten boreholes across all the wards in my Constituency while I am equally set to distribute hundreds of Motorcycles, Refrigerators, Generating Sets and others amongst my constituents. This is part of the empowerment program meant to mark my two years in office. This is not to mention my effort on the present status of Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa and the facilitation of the accreditation of new courses for the Institution. ”

“Some of my Constituents have also enjoyed some employment opportunities and recommendations for appointment and other assistance through my good office. It is also noteworthy for me to mention my singular effort in the choice of Eruwa Farm Settlement by Governor Seyi Makinde for the 7.6billion naira Agricultural loan meant to develop two farm settlements into farm estates in Oyo State”

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While commenting on the activities of the 9th Oyo State House of Assembly under his watch, the Speaker said that it was unprecedented that less than two years , the House had passed about sixty laws, had one hundred and forty-two resolutions and eighty-two Motions as against seventy-four laws passed by the 8th Assembly in four years.

He added that this is aside from the oversight functions of the 9th Oyo State House of Assembly which had helped in engendering good governance, complimenting the efforts of all arms of Government and enhancing the delivery of dividends of democracy to the people of Oyo State.

“I am happy that the House of Assembly I preside over has achieved quite a lot in less than two years in office. Of note is the passage of the Open Rearing and Grazing (Prohibition) law, Oyo State security Network (Amotekun) Law, Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Law.

Oyo State Agribusiness Development Agency Law, Oyo State Investment & Public Private Partnership Agency Law, Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency Law, Lautech Amendment Law, Local Government (Pension) Fund Law, Tourism & Hospitality law and Child Sexual Offences Law just to mention but few. We are ready to do more as my vision is to set more records for the Oyo State House of Assembly as well as make lasting impacts in my Constituency and Ibarapaland as a whole. ” Hon Ogundoyin stated

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He again appealed to the faceless group and its cohorts to invest their energy and resources on more productive ventures and activities and desist from spreading baseless information him and his family.

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Oyo dep gov recommends bilateral meetings to resolve border disputes

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Oyo state Deputy Governor and chairman of Oyo State Boundary Commission, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan has recommended a bilateral meeting of boundary committees of territory-striving parties to facilitate effective understanding and hasten dispute resolution.

Olaniyan made the recommendations , when he led the state boundary committee to  attend the interactive session of the National Boundary Commission (NBC) alongside other Deputy Governors of the Southwest zone in Abeokuta, Ogun state.

He  asserted that a joint meeting of both parties will ensure a smooth understanding of every striving party’s background thus making it easy to compare notes, make compromises and resolve crisis without any party feeling cheated.

He further said he believes in the pattern of give and take adding that boundary dispute resolution  is not a winner takes it all but its a case of “no victor, no vanquished”.

Engr. Olaniyan enjoined the National Boundary Commission (NBC) to move to implement resolutions from dispute mediation so that all parties will know their rights, privileges and territories and crises will not rise again after a peace accord has been reached.

He pointed out that the traditional institutions have a role to play in territory marking but the government is trying to incorporate them to align with patterns of administration, stating that their roles in addressing border communities can not be relegated.

In his opening address, the Ogun state Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun enjoined the delegates to draw up practical recommendations that will serve as a template for all boundary dispute resolution in the country.

He added that the people at the communities will be at the receiving end and will suffer the effects of boundary related crisis and they should try to save the people from such suffering.

The Deputy Governor of Ogun state, Engineer Noimat Salako-Oyedele said that there has been a good relationship between Ogun and Oyo states and this has helped in deescalating disputes that could have snowballed into crises.

She called on the NBC to act as an independent arbiter to review existing policies and help in resolving lingering boundary disputes that exist between both states.

In their separate remarks, Deputy Governors from Osun, Lagos, Ondo and Ekiti unanimously agreed that it is necessary to look into the boundary related issues and resolve them to engender understanding and strengthen the relationship between all states.

The chairman of the plenary,  Emeritus Professor Anthony Asiwaju said boundaries are created as a bridge and should not be seen as a wall buy a link

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‘Cyril Fasuyi was never arrested or whisked away by EFCC ‘, says Blogger Watch

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Ekiti born politician and businessman, Cyril Fasuyi was never arrested nor whisked away by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ) for fraud as reported by some blogs recently according to Blogger Watch.

Blogger Watch, an independent fact-checking news platform while dismissing the media reports said, ” the story being circulated about the arrest and whisking away of an Ekiti born politician and business man , Cyril Fasuyi by EFCC for fraud has been found to be untrue, totally false, fake and a calculated attempt to destroy the personality and integrity of Cyril Fasuyi and EFCC’ .

Contained in a statement made available by Blogger Watch and signed by Stephen Moyes, the news platform submitted, ” According to the charter of our organisation we have diligently fact-checked the story and we found out that the said story  was malicious, frivolous  and fradulent  both in contents,  intention and direction “

Continuing, Blogger Watch further disclosed, ” We have contacted the EFCC and gone through its arrest list and there was no name of Mr Cyril Fasuyi on the list and no record of him being whisked by the organisation under any guise “.

The statement added that ” The purported news lacked merit and without a grain of truth because the time Mr Fasuyi was claimed to have been arrested and whisked away, he was having a business lunch with some notable personalities at Southern Sun Hotel in Ikoyi,Lagos’

The statement pointed out that , “It was a fact that Mr Fasuyi’s company and IPS Ingredis Dubai were engaged in  mutually beneficial business relationship which collided and ran into bad water due to global economic recession and which is being legally trashed out”.

Blogger Watch, however warned blog operators and influencers to always steer clear of concorted and malicious stories capable of tarnishing and maligning the integrity and reputation of individuals, corporate entities and personalities.

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