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No fewer than  four contractors that have been allegedly failed  to meet up with performance specifications and time lag in Oyo State will soon have their contracts terminated.

The State Commissioner for Public Works and Infrastructure, Prof. Rapheal Afonja  on Monday hinted at his office in Ibadan.

Governor Seyi Makinde has recently said the administration was compiling list of non-performing contractors in the State as he lamented the agony being experienced by the people living in the affected areas where road construction works were ongoing.

According to  Afonja , “we have got complaints across the State about pace and quality of work done by these contractors, His Excellency the governor also inspects the pace of work during the day and even in the night, I can tell you now that soon, termination notice will soon be given to four non-performing contractors.

“Complaints have come across the State and when we came on board, we had to do a contract review and we realized that the quality of work done by some of these contractors were low, we also realized that most of the agreements have also relapsed and none of them had performance bond in their files, the performance bond is a way to tell a contractor that if you don’t do a good job, you will be penalized.

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“So we gave them time, which is the past five months which was to see if they could impress the government, we gave them our standard, our requirements, some of them have not lived up to it while some have, so with the approval of the governor, the next step is to issue termination notice to some of them.”

Among the contracts inherited by the present administration and are still ongoing as at time of this report is the dualization of Idi-Ape-Basorun-Akobo-Odogbo Barracks road in Ibadan and dualization of saki township along Oke-Ogun Poly-Ilesha-Ibariba road in Saki.

Others are Eleyele Junction-Akufo-Ido-Eruwa road, reconstruction of Moniya-Iseyin road and Agodi-Gate-Old Ife Road, Adegbayi in Ibadan.

Meanwhile the State government has said that the introduction of a new Park Management system in the State was aimed to plug holes in the income of of the State and not for political reasons.

The Commissioner for Public Works and Infrastructure, Prof Raphael Afonja said this while answering questions from journalists who were at his office after the inauguration of Park Managers for public motor parks in the State on Monday.

The Commissioner asserted that the people of Oyo State were happy that leaks in the State’s income were plugged while individuals appointed would work with trusted consultancy firm to generate income for the State, using technology to monitor activities and accountability of all players while all funds generated would go into the State coffers.

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Covid-19: Save UCH now, Oyo NUJ appeals to Buhari

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State council on Sunday appealed to the Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government to save the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan and provide it with enough funding to cater for the ravaging Coronavirus otherwise known as Covid-19.

The Union also frowned at recent development at the foremost teaching hospital in Nigeria, with confirmed four cases from its board and management.

In a release/tweet released by the CMD of the Hospital, Prof. Abiodun Otegbayo, he explained how he contracted the virus and tested positive for Covid-19.

The hospital management also confirmed that the Provost college of Medicine and his deputy also tested positive.

The fourth is the chairman of the board who had allegedly tested positive for the virus.

The NUJ in a press statement by its Chairman, Comrade Ademola Babalola  and Secretary,  Sola Oladapo wondered why due diligence was not done to ascertain the condition of all attendees at the meeting?

The Union also expressed concern on why the meeting had to hold despite the ongoing efforts to control Covid-19 spread in the state?

According to the NUJ, the CMD despite his knowledge of his exposure to a suspected case still went ahead granting interviews to journalists without warning them of his vulnerability.

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The union viewed this act “as irresponsible and avoidable.”

The NUJ has therefore called on the Federal Government to stop paying lip service to the hospital.

It tasked the government to devise means of specially funding the UCH to prepare adequately for this pandemic.

“The reason to call for better funding of the UCH stemmed from the recent statement of the CMD, soliciting for funds from well meaning Nigerians to help the hospital with consumables and other medical necessities to fight the virus.

“The Federal Government must act very fast before things snowball out of control,” NUJ warned.

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COVID-19: ‘Stop all physical interviews’, Oyo NUJ warns members

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo state council on Sunday warned members to stop all physical interviews to prevent being infected by corona virus (COVID-19).

This is contained in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Mr Ademola Babalola and Secretary, Mr Sola Oladapo, and made available to newsmen in Ibadan.

The union also  warned members to be cautious in performing their roles as essential service providers, saying the extent at which the virus was spreading is very alarming.

“Truly, our services are very essential at this period when the world is ravaged by Corona Virus (COVID-19). The public look on to us for information on this global pandemics.

“Our job leaves us more exposed to the ravaging virus. The rate at which this virus is spreading has become very alarming and it is no respecta of anyone.

“As journalists, we must be very careful of how we carry out our duties without being infected,” it said.

The Union, however lauded  members for their services at this trying period, praying that God would continue to protect them from all forms of infections.

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Photos: Oyo COVID-19 squad impounds 22 vehicles at club houses

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Oyo State COVID-19 Security and Enforcement sub-committee has impounded a total of Twenty-Two (22) illegally parked vehicles during its special night operations, to enforce compliance at club houses and public places in Ibadan.

Addressing the team of officers before the operation, the Chairman, OYRTMA, Mogaji Akin Fagbemi, who distributed protective tools to the officers such as hand gloves, portable sanitizers, nose masks and thermometers charged them to be professional in the exercise and respect fundamental human rights in the course of the operation.

He said, “The Oyo State COVID-19 Security and Enforcement subcommittee is made up of Oyo State Road Transport Management Agency and other security agencies and we have begun a special night monitoring and enforcement of Oyo State Government’s directive aimed at curbing the spread of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) among residents of the State, particularly through transport operators, night clubs and other public places”.


It would be recalled that Oyo State has recorded more confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 which led to a directive of a dusk to dawn curfew (7pm to 6am) and suspension of interstate transportation into and out of the State with effect from Sunday night ,March 29th, 2020  by Governor Seyi Makinde.

Governor Seyi Makinde also gave a directive that no public place or gathering should harbour above 10 persons at a time.

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Dispersing cluster of persons that formed crowd of more than 10 at club houses, the Special anti-COVID-19 squad gave sufficient information on the need for residents to comply with the State Government’s directives on social distancing, regular washing of hands and other guidelines.
Club houses the enforcement team visited included Platinum, Awolowo Road; Hexagon, Samonda; Pleasure Summit, GRA; Cimola Hotel, Mokola; Latitude, Samonda; Mauve 21, Ring Road; Ventura, Sango and Shanty’s club among others across the State.


Likewise, the Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) has deployed over 200 men and officers to join the COVID-19 Taskforce Health Advisory Sub-committee to embark on public enlightenment at markets and public places within Ibadan for a campaign tagged: ‘break in the chain of transmission campaign on COVID-19’.

 

Residents who claimed ignorance of the anti-coronavirus guidelines issued by the State Government, however pledged to become vanguards and ambassadors against the spread of the deadly virus.

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