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Oodua group lauds Makinde over road maintenance

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The management of Western Hotels Ltd, a subsidiary of Odua Group of Companies has commended Governor Seyi Makinde for his promptness in the rehabilitation of the internal road network of the hotel and major roads within the Ibadan metropolis, which has made vehicular and people’s movement less stressful..

 

The commendation was made in Ibadan by the Managing Director/ CEO of the hotel, Mr Abimbola Alagbe during a courtesy visit to the Chairman, Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency, OYSROMA, Hon. Kamil Akinlabi Mudashiru, in his office over the weekend.

 

Also present during the visit was the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun and other government officials.

 

According to him, the gesture of the State government to rehabilitate the internal road network of the Premier Hotel was notable and historical as such repair work was done about 30 years ago.

 

“I make bold to say that our passionate appeal for assistance on the resurfacing of our hotel internal road network to His Excellency Governor Seyi Makinde was given prompt approval and attention, this is a major rehabilitation in the last 30 years.

 

“The present administration in Oyo State, led by Governor Seyi Makinde has given governance a human face, I can assure you and the whole world that the quality of the work done was unprecedented, we noticed same in the metropolis as many areas that were difficult to ply by motorists are now free, due to recent repair works by the government agency.

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” We are grateful to the government for the quality and standard in which the work was done. Within 5 days, the work was completed, we commend the level of professionalism that was put in place during the rehabilitation of the road network.”

 

In his remarks, the Chairman OYSROMA, Hon. Kamil Akinlabi Mudashiru, noted that the assistance of the government, through the agency, was to fulfill its promise of improving the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR of the Premier Hotel and the State at large.

 

“Governor Seyi Makinde made a promise to improve the Internally Generated Revenue IGR of the State, hence the rehabilitation of the Premier Hotel road network would Improve their patronage and by extension that of the State, there was also a recent approval from the governor for our agency to reopen our offices at the local communities to replicate the work we are doing in the metropolis, it shows this administration is for the people.”

 

In his contribution, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, stated that the State government would continue to deliver dividends of democracy to the citizenry through the provision of basic amenities within the nooks and crannies of the state.

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“The present administration in the state led by Governor Seyi Makinde will continue to deliver dividends of democracy to the people through the provision of good roads, quality education, free qualitative health care , security of lives and property across the nooks and crannies of the State”.

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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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