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Makinde, Agodi Gate auto parts market leaders meet over burnt market 



Oyo State governor,  Engr. Seyi Makinde met late on Monday with stakeholders of the Auto Spare Parts Market, Agodi Gate, Ibadan.

The meeting, which was  held inside the Government House,  Agodi, Ibadan, had in attendance leaders of the different segments of the market.

Governor Makinde had earlier told the market leaders to join him at the meeting to enable the government and stakeholders to find common grounds on the problems of the market.

In his opening remarks at the meeting, the governor  told representatives  of the market that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the immediate palliative measures the government could put in place to support the victims of the Saturday morning inferno.

He said that the meeting would also find a lasting solution to the future of the market.

“Just like I said when I visited you yesterday (Sunday) to see the extent of the damage caused by the fire incident at the market.

“I wanted us to see first so that we can discuss the immediate palliatives we can provide to support our people out there.

“Secondly, I want us to discuss the future of the market itself. So, that is why we are here today and I believe that at the end of this interaction, we should, at least, have a path forward. There is nothing the government can give you that can be compared to the properties and goods that have been lost to the inferno.

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” However, we still have to try to assist you. What is important is, we do not want to witness an incident like that again in this state.

“So, we have to be open and it is not about blame game. I understand the fire started around 11 p.m. the previous night but the information did not get out on time and people were trying to see if they could contain it “, Makinde said.

The governor, according to a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa assured that his  government would do everything possible to restructure the market, while also taking all decisions in the best interest of everybody.

Addressing newsmen shortly after the  meeting that lasted about an hour,  the Babaloja of the market, Alhaji Waheed Azeez, appreciated the governor’s gesture of receiving them warmly.

He also confirmed that the governor accepted the request put forward by the stakeholders on the plan to rebuild the market.

He maintained that the governor promised to send representatives to the market to help in the reconstruction efforts.

He said: “Our meeting went smoothly and we enjoyed our discussion with the governor.

“At the meeting, the governor accepted to give us all we requested for and he prayed for us as well. He equally promised that he would do the right thing for us.

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“On the relocation of the market, he promised us he would not move us away but repair the market to the level we want.”

The meeting had in attendance the following representatives: President of the market, Alhaji Morufu Olanrewaju; Baale, Alhaji Raimi Ewebiyi; Babaloja; chairman, Car Division, Hakeem Adebayo; Secretary-General, Akinyele Kehinde; chairman, Tyre Division, Rasheed Ayinde; chairman, Iron Division, Muili Olola and  the chairman, Lorry Division, Taofeek  Lobi.




Acting IGP retains Mba as Police publicist, appoints Inuwa as Force secretary





The acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba has reappointed a Commissioner of Police (CP), Frank Mba, and Acting CP Idowu Owohunwa as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) and Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP respectively.

He re-appointed Mba as the Force spokesman for the third time while Owohunwa’s reappointment also made it the third time he would hold the position as the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP.

Mba, who served as spokesman for the police twice before his latest reappointment, disclosed the developments in a statement on Friday

In a related development, IGP Baba also appointed an Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Hafiz Inuwa, as the Force Secretary and member of the Force Management Team.

The new force secretary takes over from AIG Mustapha Dandaura who has been redeployed to Zone-7 Police Headquarters in Abuja.

Prior to his new appointment, Inuwa was the AIG in charge of Zone-13 Ukpo -Dunukofia in Awka, Anambra State – covering Anambra and Enugu State Police Commands.

He also previously served as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Delta and Cross River States, among other strategic positions he held

Also, the IGP ordered the posting of some personal aides, including a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Idris Abubakar, as the PSO II to the IGP.

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Superintendents of Police (SP) Isah Abdulhamid and Nura Hanga were also posted as personal assistant and secretary to the police chief respectively.

Mba noted that the appointments and postings of the senior police officers and personal aides were with immediate effect.

“The senior police officers are expected to bring their professional and intellectual exposure to bear in assisting the IGP and his management team in developing and implementing strategic policing policies and plans, all directed at stabilising internal security, modernising police operations, and restoring police primacy in the protection of lives and property of citizens,” the statement read.

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Residents lauds Oyo govt. security taskforce for efforts in taming hooliganism




Sequel to painstaking and concerted efforts towards ensuring peace and a violence free society, Oyo State Government Security Taskforce  has been widely praised for its proactive efforts in taming acts of hooliganism in the state.

Ibadan residents, also paid glowing tributes to members of the Security Taskforce committee for their eagerness and readiness to rise against the suspected hoodlums who are terrorizing the notable places in the ancient city and its environs.

The showering of encomiums on Oyo Government Security Taskforce came in shortly after they mobilsed all the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and paramilitary officers to Idi-Aro, Kobomoje, Oranyan, Oja-Oba, Idi-Are re and others against the suspected hoodlums who are found culpable of terrorizing the places and subjecting the residents to tension, sleeplessness and fearful existence among others.

Report had it that the suspected hoodlums in the notable and famous places in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State have become untouchable and equally administering illegal governance, while they were alleged to have been precipitating the dastardly acts to make  people to live in fear and while many have been relocating from the areas.

Members of the Taskforce under the leadership of former Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni, the Special Adviser on security to Governor Seyi Makinde were said to have mobilsed all the security men to the places where the suspected hoodlums have been alleged of setting many houses ablaze and render the occupants homeless.

Jamiu Sulaiman, a resident of Idi-Aro Ibadan, expressed appreciation to the State Government Security Taskforce for rising against the miscreants whose duties are premised on causing lawlessness, social disorder and residents’ sleeplessness in the community among other notable places in Ibadan.

Sulaiman , also commended the Divisional Police Officer, Idi-Aro  Division, Sp Akinwande Aruna for his selflessness, readiness and professionalism exhibited to get rid of all the miscreants who are making the community tensioned on daily basis.

In a related development , Kayode Samuel, who hailed from Oja-Oba Ibadan lauded the Fatai Owoseni – led Security Taskforce, the Commissioner of Police, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko, Oyo State Police Command, Fredrick Faseun Group of Oodua Peoples Congress, Elder Mogaji Oloko, Soludero Security Outfit, Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Amotekun Security Network and others for their strength, patriotism and determination to stand up against the miscreants, in order to restore peace in the affected areas.

Samuel added that the combined efforts of Law Enforcement Agents and paramilitary officers had no doubt yielded fruitful results for the restoration of peace, togetherness and peaceful coexistence across the length and breadth of pacesetter state.

He, therefore encouraged them to summon more courage and exhibit professional tactics and strategies against the suspected hoodlums who are making people of the state to live in fear.

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Lagos consumes 1.8m heads of Cattle annually, says Commissioner




The Lagos state government has said that residents of the state consume 1.8 million heads of cattle annually.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, who disclosed this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, also reiterated the commitment of the government in exploring the state’s waterways to expand the fishery opportunities.

She noted that the Japanese would export shrimps and later import the products to Nigeria.

While describing the situation as ridiculous, the commissioner lamented that a lot more needs to be done to harness the abundant water resources in the state.

The Commissioner said, “We have these abundant water bodies around us, what are we doing with it? These are areas where Lagos would like to concentrate on areas where we have the competitive and comparative advantage.

“We would like to expand on what we can do in the red meat sector. Lagos consumes well over 1.8 million heads of cattle on an annual basis. We consume over 6,000 heads of cattle on a daily basis.

“When you consider the transactional value for cattle alone for Lagos, it’s over ₦328 billion but we are producing nothing”, she added.

The commissioner emphasized that since Lagos is the largest market for meat, it would make sense for the state government to set up ranches.

Olusanya disclosed that the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu -led administration is working on the move, explaining that the government will be rolling out an Expression of Interest to investors.

When asked what the market value of agriculture in Lagos is, the commissioner replied “Over ₦ 5 trillion,” noting that it translates to over ₦13 billion daily”.

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