GOVERNOR Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has signed the 2017 Appropriation Bill of N243.2 billion and the Educational Development Trust Fund Amendment Bill into law.
The governor disclosed that N111 billion was appropriated for capital projects alone just as he charged the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAS) to ensure strict implementation of the budget and fast track the processes of award of contracts.
Dickson declared that his administration was committed to completing most of the ongoing projects this year, while explaining that recurrent expenditures such as salaries, pensions, gratuities and overhead would gulp N132.2billion and assured the people that, the government would comply strictly with the provisions of the budget.
He commended the workers for their understanding and patience and promised to work out modalities on the payment of the backlog of salary arrears.
On the Educational Development Trust Fund, Governor Dickson hinted that certain aspects of the law needed to be amended to include the elevation of the qualification of the Secretary of the Board to the level of a Director in the public service.
While presenting the bills, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Benson Konbowei, said the N243.2 billion, total personnel ex-penditure, including gratuities and pensions was N52.5 billion.
Makinde presents cash donation to Yemi Likedat’s widow
Oyo state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has presented a cash donation to the family of the late Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member, Comrade Yemi Adeniran (Likedat).
This came two months after the government gave an automatic employment to the wife of the deceased, Mrs. Yetunde Adeniran, at The Polytechnic Ibadan.
The Special Assistant (Print Media) to Governor Makinde, Moses Alao, in a statement signed on Tuesday revealed.
Yemi Likedat, as he was popularly known, died in a motor accident in December 2019 on his way from Abuja, shortly after witnessing the Supreme Court judgment on the 2019 governorship election in Oyo State won by Engineer Makinde.
The statement added that Governor Makinde who was represented by his Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Matters, Honourable Babatunde Oduyoye at the event which took place at the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan naintained that the administration will continue to identify with the family though nothing could replace the deceased party loyalist.
The governor said: “On behalf of the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, I want to welcome you to the Secretariat. About eight months ago, we lost a friend, a comrade, someone who believed in the vision of this administration.
“We were there together for the service of songs and the burial and we promised to stay with the family. We identified about four steps. This is the second step.
“The governor intends to give succour to the family. There is nothing that the government can do to replace Yemi but, at least, we will continue to do what we should do to identify with the family and ensure that the children, most especially, get the best of education he would have loved to give them.
“We want to show how important he is to this administration and that is why we have few people around to welcome you here.
“So, this government will continue to stand by you. We have taken care of the first step and this is the second one. Insha Allah, the two others will come to pass by the grace of God. So, on this note, I thank you for coming and urge you to continue to stand for the children. We also thank you for honouring us by coming.”
While speaking on behalf of the family, the wife of the deceased Mrs. Yetunde appreciated Governor Makinde for supporting and fulfilling promises he made to the family.
“We appreciate what the Governor did today in supporting and assisting the family; God will continue to provide for the family,” she said.
Government officials at the event include the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr.Taiwo Adisa and the Special Assistant to the governor on Youths and Sports Development, Mr. Kazeem Bolarinwa among others.
Ex-president Obasanjo tests negative for COVID-19
Nigeria’s former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has tested negative to Covid-19.
The ex- President took the test last Friday, August 7, 2020, at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Pent House residence, Okemosan, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
His special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, who disclosed this on Sunday explained that the samples of the test, conducted by one Dr. Olukunle Oluwasemowo of the Molecular Genetics Laboratory 54gene, Lagos, Nigeria, was returned negative on Saturday.
The laboratory, as gathered is one of the accredited laboratories approved by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to conduct the crucial Covid-19 test on both asymptomatic and symptomatic.
Oyo: Makinde fires Works commissioner, swaps two others
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has fired his Commissioner for Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Professor Raphael Afonja of his appointment.
Governor Makinde, in a letter dated August 10, 2020 and signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, said the termination takes immediate effect.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the letter titled “Termination of appointment” as saying: “I wish to convey the approval of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, on the termination of your appointment as Honourable Commissioner, with immediate effect.
“Consequent upon the above development, you are hereby directed to hand over all the government items in your possession to the Permanent Secretary (Ministry of Works, Infrastructure and Transport).
“I am to add that, your contribution within the time of your sojourn is appreciated and commendable, and therefore, wish you successes in your future endeavours. I thank you.”
In another development, the governor has also approved the redeployment of two Commissioners, who were asked to swap portfolios.
An internal memo signed by the SSG with the subject: “Redeployment of EXCO members” indicated that the Commissioner for Special Duties, Chief Bayo Lawal, has been moved to the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, while his counterpart who was manning that Ministry, Hon. Funmilayo Orisadeyi, is to move to the Ministry of Special Duties.
The memo indicated that the redeployment takes immediate effect.
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