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Accord members in Saki West joins APC.

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HUNDREDS of Accord Members in Saki West Local Government Area of Oyo state who are loyalists of Engr. Raufu Olaniyan, over the weekend dumped their party and joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The colourful event, held at the Saki West Town hall was witnessed by a large turnout of APC  faithfuls and top government functionaries.

The decampees which came from each ward of Saki West Local Government were led into the APC by their leaders, in the persons of Hon. Jimoh West, Hon.Najeem Omirinde, Baba Jimoh Dogo, Alhaji Rafiu Ojolowo, and Alhaji Mutiu Sekoni.

In his address, the Chairman of APC in the council,  Alhaji Ganiyu Oloba, expressed satisfaction that the party has attracted political titans in Saki West. He lauded the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who he said has done tremendously well in managing the affairs of not just the state, but the party as its leader. He added that the sagacious policies of his administration are noteworthy and will continue to attract people to the party.

Speaking further, Alhaji Oloba thanked Engr. Olaniyan, whose influence he said, has brought about the defection of  major players of Accord in Saki West into the APC, while appreciating him for the role he played towards facilitating political peace in the council since he joined the APC.

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Also, he noted that everyone is aware of the role the erstwhile OYSTROMA boss, Olaniyan played and support both financially and otherwise he gave Accord in Oke Ogun and beyond while he was a member of the party, assuring that  he will do even more now, that he is in a bigger and stronger party.

He, therefore urged members to heartily welcome the new entrants to the party emphasising that with the likes of Hon. Jimoh West joining hands with APC, meant that Accord is officially pronounced dead in Saki West.

Speaking on behalf of the decampees, Hon. Jimoh West expressed appreciation over the warm reception given to him and other new entrants from Accord. He thanked Governor Ajimobi for making the party attractive to be a part of. Similarly, he commended his leader, Engr. Olaniyan, who he said they followed into the APC.  He, however vowed to channel his resources to the victory and success of APC, not just in Saki West, but the entire Oke ogun region.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of the party symbol ‘the broom’ to the representative of the new members, Hon. Jimoh West by Dr. Morunkola Thomas, the executive assistant to Governor Ajimobi on political matters, who represented the governor at the decamping ceremony. Among dignitaries who witnessed the epochal event were the Deputy Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Musah Abdulwasi, Hon. Oseni Abudul Ganiyu, member Oyo State House of Assembly representing Olorunsogo state constituency.

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Others include, Mr. Karimu Adegoke, Caretaker Chairman of Saki West Local Government, Engr. Raufu Olaniyan, and Dr. Isiaka Kolawole.

It will be recalled that supporters of Engr. Olaniyan across party lines numbering over a thousand decamped from Accord, SDP and PDP  to APC in Ibadan North Local Government last week Wednesday. The defectors were received by the Local Government Party Executives led by its Chairperson, Alhaja Tinuade Adigun, the state party executives and some members of the Oyo State House of Assembly.

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Just In: Makinde appoints Ogunwuyi DG investments, public-private partnership agency

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The Executive Assistant to the Oyo State Governor on Investment Promotion, Honourable Segun Ogunwuyi, has been appointed as the pioneer Director-General of the newly-established Oyo State Investments and Public-Private Partnership Agency.

A statement signed by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to Governor Seyi Makinde, Moses Alao, indicated that Hon. Ogunwuyi’s appointment was approved by Governor Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday.

The appointment is to take immediate effect.

In a letter conveying the appointment, the Governor congratulated Hon. Ogunwuyi, wishing him success in his new task.

Hon. Ogunwuyi, represented Ogbomoso North/Ogbomoso South in the 8th House of Representatives. Prior to that role, he was elected into the Oyo State House of Assembly in 2011.
Hon. Ogunwuyi holds a B.Sc. in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

He is a Certified Accountant and Financial consultant, who has consulted for top organizations like TNT Logistics (UK), Baker Hughes (UK), Nokia Siemens Network (Finland) and NNPC (Nigeria), among others.

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Iwo Road interchange project will be delivered under one year – Makinde

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The government of Oyo State is set to collaborate with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on the management of traffic within the State, the Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has said.

The Governor expressed the commitment of his administration to collaborate with the agency on how to manage traffic gridlock on the roads and proffer solution for easy vehicular movements in the State.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the Governor as saying these while receiving the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, who paid him a courtesy visit in his Office.

 

Makinde maintained that the state government under his leadership will continue to support the activities of the FRSC in the State.

“Let us keep the cordial relationship going. We need a lot of support to lift the situation in our State- ideas and things that you have been able to provide solutions to at the federal level. We also want to key into them so that we do not make the same mistake all over again. I believe this is going to be the beginning of our working together,” Governor Makinde said.     

 

The Governor said his administration is committed to finding lasting solutions to the gridlock at the Iwo Road Interchange, which has been causing a lot of problems for the users of the road in that area, noting that the project would be executed within nine months.

 

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He said: “Also, at Iwo Road, it’s the same thing but we do have solution to that. What they are doing around that axis right now are just palliatives to make the place motorable. We have a serious plan for the road. Meanwhile, I have even been castigated on why I want to spend such amount of money on that interchange but it is a project that we believe will change the face of that place and sanitise the area.

“The Honourable Commissioner for Works is working on it and we need to follow the due process. So, it’s a little bit slow but I believe, within the shortest possible time, we can get this project underway and delivery has been given to us at nine months. Once we flag it off, within nine months, we believe we will be able to decongest the area and everyone will be proud of it.”

The Governor, therefore, stressed that he would consider urgently the modern trailer park project, noting that it was not ideal for trailers to cluster around the highway, saying, however, that the only justification to remove them would be to provide a modern park for them. 

Governor Makinde added: “What you mentioned about a trailer park will be sorted out. Before now, I have had discussion with the sector commander and Chairman of OYRTMA and I asked them to, first of all, clear that Toll Gate axis. About two weeks ago, I was going to Oyo and I saw illegal trailer parks along the road similar to what happens in Ogere. I was actually alarmed that once that kind of facility takes roots, it becomes difficult to uproot again.

 “So, it’s something we are also committed to fixing. Ideally, we should not be seeing trailers along the road. All along the express way, from Toll-Gate to Ojoo, we still have where trailers are parking at different points along the road, but once we have trailer parks for them, we can be justified to relocate and disallow them by stopping them parking indiscriminately along the road.”

Earlier, Dr. Oyeyemi appealed to the Oyo State Government to give priority attention to the construction of a modern mega trailer park in the state, noting that the project would greatly help to reduce traffic gridlock in the state, “as Ibadan is strategic to vehicular movement across the nation.”

While stressing the need for collaboration with the corps to abate instances of road mishap during the ‘ember months,’ the Corps Marshal also implored the Governor to equally work on the Iwo road interchange and disallow street trading on the Ibadan-Iwo road, Ibadan-Ife road and other major roads in the state.

 

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Nigerian radio stations broadcast agronomy recommendations on cassava weed management, best planting practices

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Three Nigerian radio stations are now broadcasting agronomic recommendations on the Six Steps to Cassava Weed Management and Best Planting Practices. The Six Steps to Cassava Weed Management and Best Planting Practices is one of the Decision Support Tools of the African Cassava Agronomy Initiative (ACAI). The radio stations include Splash FM (105.5 FM), Harvest FM (98.9FM) and Amuludun FM (99.1FM).

Research done by the Cassava Weed Management Project concludes that farmers are able to more than double the yield per hectare of cassava (from less than 10 tons per ha to more than 20 tons per ha) using the ACAI’s Six Steps to Cassava Weed Management and Best Planting Practices extension toolkit.

The three radio stations which are airing the toolkit are among the prominent listened to stations, according to Media Planning Services— an agency that advertisers depend on to make investment decisions.

The program on Ibadan-based Splash FM which is also streamed online is aired every Wednesday, 7.00 PM – 7.30 PM and is anchored by Seun Akinola with Godwin Atser, IITA Digital Extension and Advisory Services Specialist. On Benue-based Harvest FM, the program is aired in Tiv language by 1.00 PM -1.30 PM every Fridays and anchored by Joseph Kwaghdega with  Atser, while Amuludun FM airs the Yoruba version every Tuesdays (5.00 PM – 5.30 PM)  with Rasheed Adegbola as the anchor with Abiodun Olatoye, an extension agent with Oyo State Agricultural Development Program. Plans have also been concluded to broadcast the program on Radio IITA—an internet-based radio.

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In several rural areas in Africa, radio is among the top medium used by farmers as a source of information. With the traditional extension system being overwhelmed, ACAI is using the radio platform to reach out to millions of farmers in Nigeria. The radio programs being promoted by ACAI are aimed at changing the behavior of farmers and influencing the adoption of ACAI recommendations.

Radio channels being selected were based on reach and listenership. ACAI plans to undertake a study on the effectiveness of the radio programs after six months. At the moment, the private sector is excited over the radio programs and partnership support is being received from pharmaceutical and life sciences company, Bayer. More companies are planning to sign-up.

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