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Ex-CBN Deputy Governor, Adelabu emerges APC gubernatorial candidate in Oyo



Members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in Oyo State on Sunday elected former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Adebayo Adelabu as the gubernatorial candidate of the party ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Adelabu emerged as the gubernatorial candidate of the party at its primary election held at Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan, the state capital.

The former CBN boss was announced as winner of the election in the early hours of Monday by the Chairman of the electoral committee and a chieftain of the party from Lagos state, Chief Demola Seriki, in the presence of party members, security agents, INEC officials and journalists who kept vigil to witness the exercise that started Sunday morning.

Adelabu scored 4,889 to defeat his rivals among whom were former governor of the state, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala who got 65 votes, former commissioner of Health, Dr. Abdulazeez Adeduntan who got 07 votes.

Seriki announced the total number of void votes as 205 adding that 5, 203 delegates were accredited during the primary election.

MegaIcon recalls that former governor of the state; Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala had yesterday announced his withdrawal from the race due to alleged imposition of a certain candidate by the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

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Another aspirant, Dr. Abdulazeez Adeduntan also announced his withdrawal from the race without giving a reason.

The choice of Adelabu became evident when the trio of Engineer Joseph Tegbe, Dr. Olusola Ayandele and Dr. Owolabi Babalola said that they were stepping down in the interest of the party and the governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

They argued that they were stepping down for Adelabu in order to ensure unity and harmony in the ruling party in the state.

This made the contest to be between Adelabu and Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN), who said he was not ready to step down.

However, delegates, members of electoral committee headed by Mr. Demola Seriki, a chieftain of the party from Lagos state, journalists and observers were later surprised when Akintola announced his withdrawal midway into the election at about 6.50 p.m. Sunday evening.

His announcement was greeted by wild jubilation by delegates and party supporters.

Akintola, while speaking also announced that he was stepping down in the interest of the party.

This development made journalists who have been monitoring the exercise since Sunday morning to ask what was going on why the party was yet to announce Adelabu as the winner of the election.

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Chairman of the party, Chief Akin Oke, who addressed the journalists at about 7.30 p.m. on Sunday said, “Yes, Akintola has withdrawn. But, as you can see, we have already started the process. We are already in the process and we have to complete it. If he had withdrawn before the exercise started, that is another thing. But, he did not withdraw before we started.

“Secondly, you know Alao-Akala said he will not participate, but he did not withdraw officially, we have not seem his letter. So, we have to go ahead with the process that we have already started before we announce the winner. Because, we don’t want anyone to take us to court”.

The exercise was brought to an end in the early hours of Monday when Seriki in company of other members and party loyalists of the party in the state finally announced Adelabu as the winner of the two-day exercise.



Oyo govt working towards Independent Power Supply – Energy Commissioner



Oyo State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Barrister Temilolu ‘ Seun Ashamu, has declared that state has already begun efforts towards achieving independent power supply in the next few years.

He maintained that the options of building an independent power station were already being explored by the state.

Ashamu sought for the support of the leaderships of both the federal and state’s energy generation and power supply agencies for the government to improve the distribution of electricity across the length and breadth of the state.

Ashamu, while speaking on a radio programme, said that the government would take advantage of its potentials such as dams and landscape to power unserved areas in the state to increase the hours of electricity supply in the state.

He said: “The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is saddled with the responsibility of coordinating independent power in Oyo State to establish independent electric grid.

“We are working on creating a conducive environment for effective teaching and learning in schools. Also, there should be steady power supply in our hospitals and primary health centres.

“Last year, I sought permission from the governor to meet with the Transmission Company of Nigerian in Abuja. We met with them on how to improve the electricity distribution in the state.”

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The commissioner expressed the readiness of the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration to further improve on the well-being of citizens through the actualization of the independent power supply project initiative.

He added: “On the economic side of things, we know that if we want foreign investors in our state, we must assure them of constant power supply.”

He added that efforts were ongoing to identify potentials and resources in each zone of the state and locations in order to determine appropriate means of generating power for residents of each zone, saying: “We are currently on a survey to identify the quality and quantity of mineral resources we have in our state. This would attract private investors to the state for the development of the sector.”

He reiterated that the ministry would make use of natural energy solutions such as solar, wastes, water, farmland and air, among others, to address the issue of irregular power supply in earnest.

“As regards natural resources, we must first gather sufficient data before taking any step. This is what Minerals Development Agency is currently doing. They are surveying the entire state to know how many natural resources we have, their location, sufficiency and quality. It is this data that can be used to attract foreign investments.”

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Barr. Ashamu, who admonished residents of the state to be patient and cooperate with the state government in its quest to bring the independent power supply project into reality, said: “What we are looking at is to have programmes for our rural communities, which will be different from the urban areas. Of course, it is with this that we would be talking about generating independent power for all. We would use natural energy solutions such as; solar, waste, water and wind to generate electricity.

“We need the cooperation of the residents of the state. We also want our people to be patient with us. For instance, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has just been established, therefore, we started with establishing a management and staffing framework that we would be working with.

“Also, there are some strategies that would be adopted to reduce wastage in the use of electricity in residential and commercial buildings.”

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Makinde moves to boost Oyo’s IGR through speedy issuance of land title documents



The Seyi Makinde led Oyo state government has disclosed  that it has established a new era in the State’s Internally Generated Revenue drive, through speedy issuance of land title documents.

The Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Barrister Abiodun Abdu-Raheem stated this at a day retreat organized by Private Networks Nigeria LTD for officials of the Ministry, held at Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, Abeokuta Ogun State.

According to him, Oyo State is blessed with resources and latent revenue opportunities which is needed to be unlocked.

“As a major stakeholder in revenue generation for the state government, we are here to strategize on how to move the state forward, because the state is blessed with resources and latent opportunities that needs to be unlocked”, he said.

Abiodun added that a cursory review of previous years’ performances show that over Two billion (N2 billion) Naira is being generated annually for the past three years through Land Use charges but this is far less than what is expected from the Ministry.

“A cursory review of previous years shows that only Two billion (N2 Billion) is being generated annually from Land Use Charges. This is a far cry from the income expected to be generated by a state like ours that desires to be self-sufficient with or without the Federal allocation”, he noted.

He further explained that since the inception of the present administration of Governor Seyi Makinde, the Ministry has been able to improve on its Revenue Generating strength through recovery of over two hundred (200) plots of lands which has been reallocated for interested members of the public.

Also, the Ministry has introduced Three hundred thousand naira (N300,000.00) as an expression of interest application fee for Housing Developers, as well as settlement of pending litigations against the state government on land matters among other things.

Barrister Abiodun pointed out that the retreat which focuses on issuance of Land title documents such as Home Owners’ Charter and Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) will help the Ministry fashion out ways to let people obtain their documents easily and affordably.

“I wish to state here that the state Government under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde is establishing a new era where land title documents would be timely and accurately delivered to justifiable applicants”.

While speaking, Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinola Ojo described the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, as a major stakeholder in revenue generation for the state government.

He lauded the Ministry’s initiative to take part in the retreat, while he also assured that the Ministry of Finance will provide all necessary support at ensuring that the Revenue Generation initiative of the state government is not jeopardized.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lnads, TPL Ademola Ajibola said the retreat was very essential in educating and enlightening the officials of the Ministry on their roles at ensuring an increase in the revenue drive of the state government through the quick issuance of Land title documents.


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Makinde directs payment of five months salaries of OYWMA workers within 24 Hours




Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, directed the immediate payment of five months outstanding salaries of contract workers of the Oyo State Waste Management Authority (OYWMA) owed by the sacked contractor, West AfricaENRG, within 24 hours.

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the Governor issued the directive while addressing the contract workers, who converged on the Governor’s Office.

Governor Makinde, who noted that the delay in the payment of their five months salaries was because the sacked contractor, West AfricaENRG, failed to pay them as and when due.

The Governor said the delay in the payment of the contract workers’ salaries was due to lack of straight forwardness and clarity in the records inherited by the administration, noting, however, that the case file had already been approved and that the State’s Accountant General (AG) has been ordered to commence payment with immediate effect.

He said: “I know that the Commissioner for Environment has addressed you earlier this morning but when I saw you on my way to the office, I asked about the development, because I thought your money had been paid. But I was told the file was on my table and I have approved it immediately.

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“Because the records we met were not straightforward, you will come here and collect your money yourselves. Some officials have gone to meet with the Accountant-General now, if it is possible they will commence payment this afternoon (Tuesday afternoon) and if it is tomorrow morning, they will effect the payment.”

Governor Makinde stressed that the payment should be made directly to the workers who are entitled to the money.

He said: “The last time I addressed you was about a month ago and I told you that the money owed you by your previous employer, West AfricaENRG will be paid by the state government, because the state government was supposed to pay the contractor but I told them not to effect the payment until your own salaries are paid.

“When we are done paying your salaries, whatever is left will be given to the contractor, if it is what they have actually worked for.”

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