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LEAKED MEMO: ‘Makinde only gave approval for construction, didn’t request LGs to donate funds’ – Adisa

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The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, has reacted to the raging controversy on a recently leaked memo, which indicates that the Governor mandated heads of local government administration to contribute 15 million Naira each for the construction of an ultra-modern Local Government Service Commission Secretariat’s Complex.

Adisa stated that the governor only approved the construction of the building, with a view to serving as the headquarters of the Grassroots system of government in the state as against the request for donation of funds which the leaked memo suggests.

The spokesman, who reacted via his official Tweeter handle @TaiwoAdisa13 with series of tweets, claimed that the said memo was leaked by some persons, ostensibly with the aim of embarrassing the Commission and the Governor of the state.

He said: “For the information of those who have constituted themselves as ‘nay-sayers,’ let it be placed on record that Governor Seyi Makinde only approved the construction of the building in question. He did not ask any local government to donate funds for unknown reasons or for the fight of imaginary security challenge.

leaked memo obtained by Mega Icon Magazine

“I have read the memo from the Local Government Service Commission of Oyo State, which was leaked by some persons, ostensibly with the aim of embarrassing the Commission and the Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde.

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“Come to think of it, what’s the essence of it all? The Governor gave approval for the construction of the Headquarters of the Local Government Service Commission, which in practice, is to serve as the headquarters of the Grassroots system of government in the state.

“There are three tiers of government in the country; the Federal, the State and the Local Governments. The Federal Government has its Federal Secretariats in the FCT, Abuja, and in different State capitals, the 36 States equally have their Secretariats in the capital cities of the States.

“The Local Governments have secretariats in the council headquarters but are also supposed to have a Secretariat at the State capital to coordinate their activities through the Local Government Service Commission.”

Continuing, he stressed that the councils in question had met and proposed a certain amount as their contributions, only for the Governor to wade in and persuade them not to do more than N15 million, while the commission would have to source for any balance if that sum cannot complete the secretariat.

He bemoaned how, in the state, for more than 35 years, the Local Government Service Commission and the Local Government Pension Board have been tenants at the Water Corporation building, with the attendant shortage of office space for staff.

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“Take note of the fact that the Local Government Service Commission services over 50,000 retired and service staff of local governments in the state. A state like Osun, which was excised from Old Oyo State, built its own Local Government Service Commission secretariat way back under the administration of Chief Bisi Akande at the start of the Fourth Republic.

“So why should the Commission in Oyo State continue to remain a tenant, when its services are in no way performed on adhoc basis?”, he added.

He, however, assured that the structure will be completed in a transparent process, adding that Governor Makinde, as an Apostle of accountability, will never preside over a system where the state’s resources would be frittered away.

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Osun begins fumigation exercise against COVID-19 in Ile-Ife

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In its efforts aimed at curtailing the spread of the coronavirus popularly known as COViD-19, the Osun state  government on Saturday commenced the fumigation of public places in Ile-Ife

The areas to be covered are markets, local council secretariats and the Ooni’s palace among others.

The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr Obawale Adebisi, lauded the residents of Ile-Ife for complying with the government’s stay-at-home order.

Adebisi added that the fumigation exercise was part of the efforts of the state government in ensuring  total eradication of COVID-19, assuring that it would have no adverse effects on the residents.

He appealed to residents to show understanding and be patient during the lockdown, saying it was for the general good.

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COVID-19: Oyo records one new case, set to fumigate markets next week

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The Oyo State Covid-19 Task Force on Saturday disclosed that the state has recorded another positive case of Covid-19, bringing to nine, the total of positive cases in the state.

A statement by the Acting Chairman of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force, Prof Temitope Alonge, on behalf the State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, which was made available in Ibadan on Saturday, confirmed that the latest case is a close contact of the second confirmed case who subsequently developed symptoms.

The statement indicated that the patient has been moved to one of the isolation centres in the state, while activities at the Emergency Operations Centre, (EOC) are being ramped up and reviewed to meet the evolving nature of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“With the index case in the state already discharged, the other seven cases remain stable,” Prof. Alonge said.

According to the statement, the diagnostic centre located inside the University College Hospital has commenced full and timely testing of samples, while it is committed to a turnaround time of less than 24 hours to provide results for samples taken.

“His Excellency is pleased at the progress that has been made at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Olodo, Ibadan with the training of key personnel and the readiness of the centre to receive patients starting from Monday the April 6,” the statement read.

 According to the statement, the state government has also received donations amounting to N125 million in cash and some other kind donations.

Prof. Alonge, who issued the statement shortly after the regular review meeting of the Task Force, said that the state has also concluded arrangements to decontaminate (fumigate) markets spread across the state.

He stated that the decontamination would be carried out using experts from the University of Ibadan, while the exact date of the exercise would be communicated through the heads of markets.

The statement reads: “The Task Force was also briefed about the School-on-Air programme designed to fill the gap for students in SS3, which is being  supported by Telecommunications  giant,  Airtel with a donation of 500mb of data to each participating student.

“The Commissioner for Education, Barr Olasunkanmi Olaleye, who briefed the Task Force, said that the programme being run on the radio and television channels of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), was already reaching between 60 and 70 percent of the student population.

“The Task Force was further alerted to the decision of Governor Seyi Makinde to roll out palliatives to residents of the state within a short while and that the Ministry of Special Duties and Women Affairs and Social Inclusion are working out the modalities for the distribution of the palliatives in a way that would ensure the people who are really in need are directly reached.

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Ibadan: Filling Station Defies Oyo Govt’s Order, Continues Construction

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Despite the directive of the Oyo state government ordering the cessation of the construction of facility intended for use as petrol/diesel retail outlet, construction works are ongoing at the filling station in Ibadan, the state capital.

The filling station, which is under construction at Apata axis of Ibadan is situated very close to St. Michael’s Primary school, Apata, and other business facilities including banks, pharmacy among others.

Mega Icon Magazine sighted construction work  vigorously ongoing at the filling station earlier sealed by the state government around February, 2020. In fact, the project is now more than 80 percent complete and full operations are expected to commence  soon,  as reliably gathered.

One of the Engineers  who confided in Mega Icon Magazine during our reporter’s visit to the site informed that they were not aware of any directive from the government to stop work, adding that all the necessary  requirements for the construction had been met.

It would be recalled that the Oyo state government had earlier sealed the filling station based on negative impact the facility would have on a nearby Primary School (St. Michael’s Primary school, Apata) and persons living within the premises.

The state  government through its Commissioner for  Environment and Natural Resources, Hon. Kehinde Ayoola, further disclosed that  the directive was issued, following petitions received from residents and business owners. He emphasized that the action was to correct the unfriendly habits of degrading the environment which may be receptive to people’s health.

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Ayoola added that his visit to the filling station was to access  the environmental impact of the construction site, take measures that would promote a friendly environment devoid of environmental threats, particularly the pupils of the School.

According to him, the safety of residents is paramount to the government, which he reechoed must not be compromised most importantly when a school is involved. Having considered  the fact that the facility does not have environmental impact assessment report and some other necessary permit that regulates environmental activities of the state, the Commissioner put a stop work order and sealed up the facility.

However, the residents who expressed their fears to Mega Icon Magazine on Saturday appealed to the Seyi Makinde -led government to come out with stern rules governing the siting of filling stations so as to avert unnecessary hazards and also  prioritize the safety of the primary school pupils.

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