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Dignitaries Storm Ogbomoso for Buhari’s Ramadan Lecture.

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DIGNITARIES from all walks of life, including Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday stormed the ancient town of Ogbomoso to grace the 5th edition of Senator Abdulfatai Buhari Ramadan Lecture.

The lecture, held at Ogunlola Hall, Oja Igbo, in Ogbomoso had in attendance, Sen. Adesoji Akanbi, representing Oyo South Senatorial District, Minister of National Planning, Professor Sulaiman Abubakar, Deputy Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Abdulwasil Musa, former Chairman, Oodua group, Barrister Sarafadeen Alli.

Others include, the Chairman, Oyo State Muslim Committee, Alhaji Kunle Sanni, former chief of staff to Oyo state governor, Dr Saka Balogun, serving commissioners, local government chairmen in the state, top government officials , notable politicians, traditional rulers as well as Islamic scholars and preachers.

In his address, the chief host, Senator Buhari who is representing Oyo North Senatorial District explained that the lecture is organized to appreciate God and further enlighten Muslims about the teachings and way of living as enshrined in the holy Quran.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, Buhari also noted that the society can only be better if both the youths and aged exhibited good virtues and lived a modest life that is worthy of emulation by the younger generations.

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The lawmaker further tasked parents to teach their wards in the way of God and show great concern for their moral and spiritual growth while assuring the gathering of his commitment to the growth of the state. The Ogbomoso born politian also promised not to relent in his service to humanity and contribution to the growth of his constituency and state at large.

Speaking on the theme of the lecture “Impacting virtue on the youths; The way forward by the Ulamas, the guest lecturer, Dr Sobour Ghali Alaya said the parents have a lot to do in shaping the future of their children.

“ The work start before pregnancy , during pregnancy till the child grows up to become a responsible member of the society, the parent need not only to pray but also to ensure moral and spiritual guidance of their wards. Also the special guest of honour, Dr Kunle Sanni in his welcome address called on the federal lawmakers representing Oyo state to ensure completion of Ogbomoso-Oyo road before they leave office in 2019.

Former Chief of Staff to Oyo State Governor, Dr Saka Balogun in his remarks also called on the lawmakers and the state government to find a lasting solution to the problem of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomoso. “LAUTECH is our legacy , we cannot afford to lose it or watch it declining in status, we want you to please do something urgently, it is important”, he said.

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The governor, Abiola Ajimobi who was represented by the Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon Abdulwasil Musa in his speech said the government is making effort to find a lasting solution to the problem of LAUTECH.

 

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FG okays N9.4bn for power, road projects in FCT, Oyo, Ogun

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The Federal Government has approved a total of N9.4 billion for various projects including power and road in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Oyo and Ogun States.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed after the Federal Executive Council(FEC) meeting on Wednesday disclosed that the sum of N1.14 billion was approved for the award of contract for the installation of solar street lighting for the Karshi-Jikwoyi dual carriage road in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Mohammed added the contract was awarded to Messrs Bassman Nigeria Limited for a completion period of six months.

“This is a 20-kilometre street lighting project and the area hosts some very strategic institutions such as the Treasury Academy, the new Correctional Center which is under construction and it also houses the Federal Science College, the Armed Forces Post Service Housing Scheme in addition to Police Housing Scheme among others.

“Apart from beautifying the area, it also provides better security for the area. It means the SDG goal number 11 will be met and at the same time the global energy policy,” the minister explained.

Also, the Minister of State for Power, Godwin Jedy-Agba informed that the council gave approval for a 124.3 million variation of contract towards the construction of sub-station project in Lanlate, Oyo State, and Abeokuta, Ogun State.

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He stressed that this implies that the national metering programme directive by the President, will soon be completed and services will improve.

Niyi Adebayo, who is the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, also revealed that FEC approved the National Quality Policy.

The policy, according to him, will see to the establishment of quality testing centers and laboratories in the country to reinforce quality in exported goods.

“This policy will create a situation whereby the government and the private sector will be able to collaborate to set up quality testing centres, testing labs which we hope will have accreditation with international centres, such that any good that has approved to have met the standard, would be of international standard,” he said.

 

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Makinde meets Buhari, demands more Mobile Police Squadrons in Oyo

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Oyo state governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde on Wednesday, met with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the security situation in the state, just as he reechoed that his administration remains resolute about fighting bandits, hoodlums, armed robbers and kidnappers.

Governor Makinde, who addressed State House Correspondents in Abuja, the nation’s capital insisted that the real enemies of the state are the criminal elements.

While requesting for more Mobile Police Squadrons to be deployed to Oyo, the governor equally sought for greater synergy between the state and the federal security agencies, noting that collaborations are required for the state’s security plans to work effectively.

Makinde told the newsmen that he was in Abuja to brief the President on the security situation in Oyo.

“I came to brief the President on the security situation in Oyo State. There has been a lot of fake news all around and I wanted to be sure that the President clearly has first-hand information from me, which I did.

“We also exchanged ideas about what we need to do better; some of the programmes we have put in place to ensure that this security issue is tackled. So, that’s basically why I came here.

“The issue that I discussed with Mr. President is the fact that Oyo State landmass is quite big. Oyo State is close to 29,000 square kilometres. And the state right now only has two Mobile Police Squadrons.

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“So, I requested for more Mobile Police Squadrons to be deployed to Oyo State and also asked for support for the joint security outfit because the underlying issue here also has to do with limited opportunities. The tension will definitely go down if a lot of our youths are gainfully employed. So, I briefed the President on what we are doing in that regard.

“We have a history of living together peacefully among all the ethnic groups that are present in Oyo State. For instance, what triggered all of these was that Dr. Aborode was brutally murdered; that is criminal. But on the other hand, the Seriki, Alhaji Kabir, has been staying in that same place for 40 years. So, quite frankly, the people we are after are criminals – they are the bandits, hoodlums, armed robbers, kidnappers. Those are the true enemies of the state and those are the people we will go after.

“The Constitution of Nigeria guarantees that you can live in any part of Nigeria. You just have to be law-abiding and obey the local laws in such areas. That is what we are pushing and will continue to push as a government”, Governor Makinde said.

 

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‘I can’t be blackmailed, no more business as usual’ – FCC boss, Dankaka spits fire

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The Executive Chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC), Dr Muheeba Dankaka, has said nobody can blackmail her over sponsored false and fabricated stories to smear the Commission and her name, in her quest to return sanity to the system.

Dankaka also warned the purveyors of the fake news to get used to ‘no more business as usual’ as indeed the Commission has entered a new dispensation.

According to her, the Commissioners cannot work in isolation, stressing that the Directors and Career officers will join in the smooth operation of the Commission

The FCC boss, in a statement released on Tuesday and made available to newsmen in Abuja, by the Commission’s Director of Public Affairs & Communication, Dipo Akinsola, disclosed that no fewer than thirty commissioners are currently working in harmony to bring positive changes. She added that under her watch, the Commission has recorded successes in all areas and centralized the administrative structure of the monitoring and enforcement department.

The statement reads, “My attention has been drawn to a social media report in circulation in which it is alleged that some commissioners accused me of holding them to ransom by taking over their jobs and giving same to Directors with impunity. Over 30 Honourable Commissioners are currently working in harmony with me in bringing positive changes.

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“Five of the Commissioners are fighting for their personal and selfish interests; they want business as usual in the Commission which is not possible under my watch. The contents of the publication are false and mere fabricated stories to dent my image and that of the commission through social media.”

Dankaka, in the statement, also revealed that the monthly monitoring allowance of Commissioners has been embedded into their monthly salaries as approved by the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RAMFAC).

“These allegations are not true in all areas. We assumed office during the peak of the terrifying COVID-19 which slows down the operation of government generally.

“We thank God that there is an improvement in the allocation to the Commission by President Muhammadu Buhari, once the implementation of the year’s budget commences, there will be an improvement in the activities of the commission”, Dankaka assured.

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