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Ogundare Foyanmu To Resurrect As Oyo Celebrates Ijala Festival in October

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Oyo State government has assured of its readiness to support the 2019 Ijala festival initiated by Ona-Ara Development Council in Ibadan, the State capital.

 

 

Ijala rendition is an African oral poetry that is chanted by the Yoruba people to celebrate and commiserate and foremost among the major Ijala chanters was Late Chief Ogundare Foyanmu.

 

 

The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun disclosed this while hosting members of Ona-Ara Development Council, led by its President, Alhaji Kola Bolomope at his office.

 

 

According to the Commissioner, Ijala festival would be given adequate publicity by the media during the celebration slated between October 17th to 19th 2019.

 

 

Dr. Olatunbosun called on members of Ona-Ara Development Forum to always support the state government in its determined efforts at providing the dividends of the democracy for the people.

 

 

The Commissioner ordered that the Director of Tourism along with its official be part of the steering committee for the proposed Ijala Festival in order to enhance a successful celebration.

 

 

“This is a the type of events that promotes the culture and tradition of the Yoruba people and we have to support the group to bring it to life. Many of the Yoruba traditional literary genres have been long abandoned as they were not practiced like it used to be in the old and we are the one paying for it today.

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“This event will bring about memories of yesteryears as we all used to listen to Ijala from the great Yoruba poets like Baba Ogundare Foyanmu and others.

 

 

“It is a thing of joy that we still have individuals that can chant the Ijala poetry and we will give adequate support to this group to have a successful outing, come October.”

 

 

Earlier in his speech, the President of the Forum, Alhaji Bolomope informed the Commissioner that their main purpose of for the proposed festival is aimed at attracting tourism across the world to showcase the cultural potentials in Yoruba land.

 

 

He the solicited for the Ministry support to ensure a successful festival and other activities of the Forum in th overall interest of the people of Ona-Ara and Oyo State in general.

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OYSCATECH directs students to resume, constitutes COVID-19 task force committee

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The Board of Studies for Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora under the chairmanship of the acting Rector, Mr. Olaniyi Adekunle at its meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2020 approved the resumption of ND II and HND II Students for Monday, September 28, 2020.

According to the internal memorandum signed by the Acting Registrar, Mr. Paul Oyediran, lectures and other academic activities will commence immediately on Monday, September 28, 2020.
According to the revised academic calendar, Monday, September 28, 2020 to Wednesday, October 7, 2020 has been scheduled as 1st semester revision week for HND II and ND II Students.

Meanwhile, the 1st Semester examination for ND II and HND Il Students will hold between Monday, October 12, 2020 and October 24, 2020, while e-learning for second semester would commence by October 26, 2020.

Similarly, other categories of Students which include the ND I and HND I are to resume for normal academic activities on Monday, October 26, 2020, while the 1st semester examination for ND I and HND I is expected to commence by November 9, 2020 and end in November 21, 2020.

The Board of Studies at its meeting also noted the constitution of OYSCATECH covid-19 task force committee by the management.

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The Committee headed by Dr. Oladapo Ojo is mandated to ensure that Staff and Students adhere strictly to covid-19 guidelines.

The Board of Studies for Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igboora under the chairmanship of the acting Rector, Mr. Olaniyi Adekunle at its meeting last  Thursday, approved the resumption of ND II and HND II Students for Monday, September 28, 2020.

Contained in the internal memorandum signed by the Acting Registrar, Mr. Paul Oyediran, lectures and other academic activities will commence immediately on Monday, September 28, 2020.

According to the revised academic calendar, Monday, September 28, 2020 to Wednesday, October 7, 2020 has been scheduled as 1st semester revision week for HND II and ND II Students.

Meanwhile, the 1st Semester examination for HND II and HND I Students will hold between Monday, October 12, 2020 and October 24, 2020, while e-learning for second semester would commence by October 26, 2020.

Also, other categories of Students which include the ND I and HND II are to resume for normal academic activities on Monday, October 26, 2020, while the 1st semester examination for ND I and HND I is expected to commence by November 9, 2020 and end in November 21, 2020.

The Board of Studies at its meeting also noted the constitution of OYSCATECH covid-19 task force committee by the management.

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The Committee headed by Dr. Ojo is mandated to ensure that Staff and Students adhere strictly to covid-19 guidelines.

 

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Makinde’s Concession of Agbowo Complex: Is 4.9Billion Naira Equal 50years? | By Moruf Smith

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Yesterday, Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde flagged off the concession of the long moribund Agbowo Shopping Complex to Messrs Whitestone Global Limited at a cost of 4.9 Billion Naira on a long lease of 50years!

 

The company was given a mandate to renovate the complex to a commercial real estate and a 4-star hotel within 24 months. In his remarks at the flag off event, Governor Makinde took a swipe at the immediate past administration of late Senator Abiola Ajimobi which signed an MOU with Agbowo Mall Infrastructure Development Company Limited to remodel, redevelop and rehabilitate the expansive complex at a cost of 8 Billion naira. The said MOU was said not to have seen the light of the day until the tenure of the last administration wound up.

However, the concession of the complex by the current administration was not a smart move. It was not well thought out. Everything was wrong with the concessional arrangement; from the funding of the concession to the long lease of 50 years. It’s worthy of note to revisit the story behind Agbowo Shopping Complex.

The complex was constructed by the administration of late Chief Bola Ige in 1983 on 30 plots of land. The complex was being managed by Oyo State Housing Corporation and had been a source of employment and job opportunities for the teeming people of the state while it contributed to the economy of the state and a source of revenue to the government. But Agbowo Complex suffered neglect and mismanagement as successive governments in Oyo state made no effort to resuscitate the sprawling monument until the administration of late Senator Abiola Ajimobi decided to renovate it.

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The immediate past administration signed an MOU as explained above but a protracted court case remained a clog in the wheel of progress on the renovation of the abandoned complex. It’s however not clear whether the present government has resolved the issue of the court case on the complex before the governor went ahead to initiate the concession.

It ought to be commendable that, at last, pragmatic efforts were being made to get Agbowo Shopping complex up and running. But what cast doubts on the sincerity behind the latest flag off of the concession arrangement are the manner of funding and the years of lease. It would be recalled that during the first tenure of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Oodua Group under the chairmanship of Bar Sarafadeen Alli and Mr Adebayo Jimoh as the Group Managing Director, embarked on construction of Heritage Mall and redevelopment of Cocoa Mall in Dugbe Business District at the cost of 3 Billion Naira.

Construction of Heritage Mall was wholly financed by the Oodua Group, costing 2 Billion naira while Cocoa Mall redevelopment was carried out in partnership with Frontline Developer Services Limited, costing 1 Billion naira. Oodua Group is owned by governments of Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun and Ekiti states. After the construction and redevelopment of the two malls, Oodua Group outsourced the facilities to a consortium of facility managers who see to the functionality and maintenance of the malls. Heritage Mall and Cocoal Mall, housing Shoprite, cinema house and other important stores are doing well as we speak.

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If Oodua Group, jointly owned by states in the south west, including Oyo state, could finance construction of malls and other facilities without concession or long lease, what stops Oyo government to toe the same more viable path? 4.9 Billion naira is too paltry to seek concession and long lease for. If the present government is still creditworthy, it should be able to get a consortium of local banks to finance the project after which the government can also engage a consortium of real estate managers to manage the facilities.

It should not take more than ten years long to repay the local banks the loans and interests from the purse of the state while revenues from the management of the rejuvenated complex will have been accruing to Oyo state. This is unarguably a win-win situation for government in terms of increased revenue, for people in terms of employment and job opportunities and value chain, for investors in terms of return on investment and for facility managers in terms of professional engagements.

The present concessional arrangement of 4.9 Billion naira equals 50 years is a win to Messrs Whitestone Global Limited, a win to people in terms of job opportunities but a huge loss to Oyo state in terms of revenue as acute depreciation will have befallen Agbowo Shopping Complex after 50 years of its renovation when the state is expected to take it over. It may not be wrong to dwell on the allegation that the administration of Seyi Makinde may be preparing Agbowo Shopping Complex for personal gains of its principal.

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Even if Governor Makinde was going to spend 8years in Agodi, it will take another long stretch of 44 years for the state to recover Agbowo Shopping Complex from Messrs Whitestone Global Limited, which must have fed fatter and become chubbier on Oyo state’s patrimony. If we spend three years to prepare a man for madness, when is he going to storm market?

If Messrs Whitestone Global Limited manages Agbowo Shopping Complex for 50years to recoup 4.9 Billion naira and interests accrued, when will Oyo state begin to reap her investment and profits on the complex?

 

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Ladoja At 76: Alao pens emotional thank you message to ex-Oyo governor

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Ibadan North East/South East Federal House of representatives nominee of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in the 2019 election, Mr. Semih Oladimeji Alao on Friday penned an emotional appreciation message to former Governor Rasidi Ladoja, describing him as the most innovative personality in politics. 

 

 

The Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, Chief Ladoja, was born on September 25, 1944.

 

Alao in a message obtained by Mega Icon Magazine also thanked the former governor of Oyo state for his amazing efforts and support over the years.

The message reads, “Happy 76th Birthday to Osi Olubadan of Ibadan, the most innovative person in politics today. High Chief (Daddy) Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja.

 

“Not only do you seamlessly adapt to address the emerging challenges from the persistent ones that we face in our society today, but you are also always striving to make things better with new approaches and such unfaltering determination.

“I just want to thank you for all of your amazing efforts and support over the years!

“Many happy returns to you today Sir”, it added.

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