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Fresh chieftaincy crisis brews in Orile Igbon



INDICATIONS emerged on Tuesday that the Orile Igbon town is heading for another round of crisis as the Olugbon Royal Family in Surulere local government area of Oyo state accused officials of the state’s Ministry of local government and chieftaincy matters of attempting to “use the backdoor to impose a traditional ruler on the people of Orile Igbon.”

This came just as the dust raised by the controversial review of the Ibadan chieftaincy declaration by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state is yet to settle.

According to Adesola Akanbi, spokesperson of the Olugbon Royal family, who spoke to journalists on behalf of the family, also accused the authorities of the Surulere Local Government of not following the rule of law in addressing the brewing chieftaincy tussle.

Akanbi stressed: “The local government chairman in incestuous alliance with the Ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs and by extension the Government of Oyo State have constituted themselves into not just King makers, but some sort of alternate Royal family by selecting, presenting and appointing candidate for a vacant royal stool in scornful disregard to ancient customs and traditions of the concerned stool.”

“The people of Orile Igbon and the Oba Olugbon Royal family of Orile Igbon are still in deep disbelief that their protests which culminated in court recorded undertaking by the Lawyers representing both Surulere Local Government and the Government of Oyo State that their clients that is the Surulere Local Government,  the Oyo state government as well as Mr. Francis Olusola Alao  appointed Oba, shall do nothing to put the court in a helpless position in the ongoing case is consistently been observed in the breach by both the Governments and particularly Mr. Francis Olusola Alao.

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“It is an established fact of law that when a case is yet to be decided by the adjudicating court all parties to the case not excluding a government, her agents or privies shall refrain from any act or acts that could present the court with a fait accompli.

“To that end Mr Francis Olusola Alao has been technically directed by law not to parade himself as an Oba and the local government as well as the Government of Oyo State not to address him as or accord him any paraphernalia of office. The police to their credit have so far complied with this tenet of law.

“To the amazement of all and in a flagrant disregard of whatever the court stand for, Mr Francis Olusola Alao a party to the case has set in motion the processes for his ultimate coronation as Oba Olugbon with Mr Ibrahim Gbodeniyi the caretaker chairman of Surulere Local Government as the arrowhead of the processes and the mechanism of the Government of the State particularly those of the Ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs fully mobilized to support an illegal grandstanding.

“It has been shouted times without numbers that Mr Francis Olusola Alao is unknown to the Oba Olugbon of Orile Igbon Royal lineage and at best is a criminal impostor but Mrs Wumi Ogunesan the Amazon and Permanent Secretary in the Oyo state Ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs whom rumors has it exerts humongous influence on the Governor of Oyo State has from the word go refused to listen to the truth about her pet; Oba Olugbon by force project.

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“Governor Ajimobi hitherto regarded as a listening Governor with a sense of justice but whom we are told has been relying on his Ministry and Permanent Secretary for quality advice, but the Ministry personified by the Permanent Secretary in this case own a dangerous agenda of minting their own type of Oba; a king that is rootless and therefore has been deceiving the Governor in all purpose by orchestrating and trying to foist what can at best be categorized as a fraudulent precedent upon the throne and people of Orile Igbon as well as the Yoruba race.

“An injustice no matter the mode or color is an injustice and anyone with sense of justice and eyes on history must not be seen to be aiding, talk less of joining in undermining or worse, perpetrating naked injustice.

“The people of Orile Igbon kingdom and the entire history recognized members of the Oba Olugbon royal family are crying for justice today because wherever justice is murdered the immediate casualty is peace.

“There is an unnecessary crisis in Orile Igbon kingdom today because of an unwarranted audacity at rewritten a peoples’ history, Governor Ajimobi must be seen on the side of justice in the crisis, he must act to erase the fraudulent precedent and restore the people of Orile Igbon kingdom’s shattered confidence in him and his government.

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“Whatever we do, attempt to or failed to do today is tomorrow’s history and where or whenever we attempt to side with injustice, justice always has a way of getting back at us in a poetic manner. Mr Governor sir, we remain loyal”,

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Varsity Don to Governors: ‘Declare State Of Emergency As Measure to Restore Peace, Security In South West




The Director, Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Professor Tajudeen Akanji has  called on the Governors in the South West region; Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Rotimi Akreredolu (Ondo) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) to declare state of emergency as a measure to restore peace and security in the region. 

Akanji made this declaration recently while speaking as guest speaker at the 4th Surveyor Lasisi Lasupo Ali Annual Lecture entitled, “Emerging Security Threats, State Stability and Economic Development of South Western Nigeria”, organized by Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), which was held in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
At the event were the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin who was represented by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Muhammed Fadeyi, Chairman of the occasion, Mr Adelodun Olaiya, NIS National President, Surveyor Alabo Charles and Chairman, Oyo State branch of NIS, Surveyor Aderemi Femi Kobiowu.
The South West region, in the last few months, had experienced cases of kidnapping and reported cases of killings by some people suspected to be bandits and armed robbers. One of such cases was the kidnap of Dayo Adewole, a son of a former Minister for Health, Professor Isacc Adewole, at Iroko, near Ibadan.
However, Akanji while reacting, said that one of the panacea to the problem of insecurity which is said is alien to the region, is “for the governors to declare a state of emergency as a measure to restore peace and security to the region.”
Akanji who indicated that the drivers of insecurity include globalization which he said has broken down trade barriers between nations, expansion and integration of economies as well as people, also called on the Nigerian Government to reorganize its security and military formations by introduce state policing and as well address the poverty and unemployment in the country.

He blamed the high rate of crime in Nigeria to a number of factors including “the state’s incapacity to forecast and address early warning signals on insecurity. “Most of the challenges we face are results of governance deficit.

“Although insecurity is a global phenomenon, the difference between communities and states with security issues is their proactiveness and ability to prepare, forecast, project, confront and recover from the security challenges.”

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Ogundoyin in his address, said as part of efforts to nip the security challenges in the bud, Oyo State Government will soon unveil a new security architecture.

“We have taken security for granted in Nigeria. I recall that while we were growing up, we could move around freely without any fear.

“Oyo State House of Assembly is ready to partner with the Nigerian Institution of Surveyor in all possible ways including ways to ensure security in Oyo Sate.”

Olaiya lauded the efforts of NIS, Oyo State for considering it appropriate to honour Pa L. L. Ali with the Annual Lecture series saying the gesture shows the recognition of selfless service and respect “Baba” has for the profession.

Olaiya who spoke on behalf of L. L. Ali Family said Pa Ali’s honesty, discipline and virtues, have now constituted lasting heritage which brought about the annual lecture in honour of the celebrant.

Charles said the annual lecture in honour of the septuagenarian L. L. Ali is the best thing to for the man who has paid his due not only to the surveying profession but to humanity.

Kobiowu said the 98-year old Surveyor L. L. Ali is a connosus in the surveying profession because of his uncompromising respect for the ethics of the job in his active days and therefore he is being celebrated with the annual lecture.

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Oyo Will Certainly Break The Poverty Barrier When We All Pay Tax – Makinde




In order to be able to fulfill his promises on provision of social amenities, enduring infrastructures, regular payment of government obligations and other amenities, the Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has pleaded for the support of different stakeholders operating in the State on adequate deductions, prompt Remittance of Taxes and other levies.


This was stated during a One Day Sensitization workshop on Computations, Deductions and Remittances for Federal and State Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as Tertiary Institutions in the state held at the House of Chiefs, Secretariats, Ibadan.


Speaking on behalf of Engr. Seyi Makinde, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Internal Revenue Service, Aremo John Adeleke reiterated that the intention of the present administration was not going to over-burden any business enterprise either small or big but rather to ensure government get its fair and reasonable share of all its eligible tax revenue.


Makinde said, “Presently, the fluctuations and other complex gyrations of the international Oil market and the global economy means unstable and often lower revenue from Federal allocation. The need to look inward to generate enough internal revenue to cater for the much societal demand has never been this much.


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“We count on Companies and other businesses to ensure they regularly deduct and remit their employees’ PAYE tax to covers of our treasury. This will ensure mutual reciprocation of right and duties on the part of all parties. I regard such complying institutions, business and contractors as friends of my government and corporate citizens of this State of enduring opportunities.”


Welcoming the participants in his speech, Aremo Adeleke tasked Professional Bodies, Tax Professionals, Consultants, Taxpayers and Agents to discharge their responsibilities as stipulated by the National Tax Policy of 2017.


He also urged all MDAs, Federal and State as well as Tertiary Institutions to ensure they give patronage only to individuals and companies with a record of regular and up to date remittance of their employees’ Pay As You Earn (PAYE).


In his remark, the head of the partnering firm, Mr Femi Adeniji explained that the workshop was about sensitizing various agencies about their responsibility that pertained to tax and other dues, adding that participants will be taught the right ways of making deductions so as not to shortchange the government.


The workshop had in attendance officials of State and Federal Ministries,Directorates and Agencies (MDAs),private business sectors representatives and other stakeholders.

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A double-digit investment in the agricultural sector is needed to transform agriculture, says IITA’s Sanginga




A double-digit investment in the agricultural sector backed by a vibrant rural infrastructural network will help states in Nigeria to accelerate the transformation of agriculture, says Dr Nteranya Sanginga, Director General of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

“No matter our good intentions, we will not see a transformation in agriculture if we continue to invest less than 10 percent of our budget on agriculture,” Dr Sanginga said during a courtesy visit to the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, in Ibadan.

In 2003, African heads of state in Maputo made a commitment to invest at least 10 percent of their annual budgets in agriculture. Sixteen years after the declaration, only a few countries have implemented that declaration.

“One of the countries that has fulfilled the commitment is Ethiopia…Ethiopia is today investing more than 10 percent and that country is witnessing a rapid transformation in agriculture,” Dr Sanginga explained.

Making reference to the Oyo State Agricultural Policy framework, the IITA boss said that Oyo state’s investment in agriculture had nosedived from about 7 percent to 2 percent from 1995 to 2017, adding that the new administration needs to reverse the trend.

On rural infrastructure, Dr Sanginga said the government should pay close attention to rehabilitation of rural roads (feeder roads) to help the transportation of agricultural products from the farm to the markets.

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He decried the deterioration of infrastructure in several farm settlements in Oyo state and urged the government to tackle the trend.

Dr Sanginga also called on the government to seek ways to involve the youths in agriculture, stressing that inclusiveness was imperative for sustainability in the agricultural development agenda of the state.

In his response, Governor Makinde commended the IITA DG for the courtesy visit and pledged the commitment of the state to work with IITA to achieve agricultural transformation.

The governor noted that his administration had identified four pillars: education, rural infrastructure, economic development (agriculture), and security to help bring the dividends of democracy to the people of Oyo state.

He noted that for the state to attain economic development, agriculture must be transformed.

“This is because most of our people depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Besides, through agricultural transformation, we will be able to provide the needed jobs for our youths…the jobs we promised during the election campaigns,” he added.

On infrastructure, the governor said work on one of the major agricultural roads (Moniya to Iseyin) would commence soon. On completion, the road would ease the movement of farm produce to the market. He also said that discussions were in top gear with the federal government to rehabilitate the Oyo town-Iseyin road.

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On the courtesy visit to the Governor were Drs Kenton Dashiell, IITA Deputy Director General (Partnerships for Delivery); Alfred Dixon, Director for Development & Delivery; Tahirou Abdoulaye, Impact Economist; Godwin Atser, Digital Extension & Advisory Services Specialist; Toyin Oke, Manager, Resource Mobilization, Protocol and External Liaison; Oludamilare Odusanya and Adetola Adenmosun, IITA Youth Agripreneurs.

The meeting with the Governor was facilitated by Debo Akande, Executive Adviser to the Governor onAgribusiness.

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