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Oyo Assembly makes U-turn, lifts suspension of 13 caretaker committee chairmen

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The Oyo State House of Assembly, at Thursday’s plenary, reverses itself and reinstated the thirteen Local Government and Local Council Development Areas Caretaker Chairmen earlier suspended due to their failure to submit a report of the earth moving equipment in thier respective councils.

The decision, as reliably gathered was taken after the presentation of the report of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters read by its Chairman, Hon Olusegun Popoola.

The House, had a few days ago announced the suspension of the 13 local government chiefs.

It will also be recalled that the PDP controlled House of Assembly had a meeting with the leadership of the Party in the state and the Oyo State Forum of Caretaker Chairmen begging the House to temper justice with mercy.

According to the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, the request was for the house to know the condition of equipment as many of roads in the council areas required grading.

Ogundoyin stressed that the House will not relent in its resolve to ensure good governance, defend democracy and also support efforts of the State Governor to bring democratic dividends to the people.

“Our decision was not to witch-hunt any local Council or Caretaker Chairmen.
“We are determined to deliver good governance at all times and I want all Government functionaries to have that in mind. We are satisfied with the performance of Governor Seyi Makinde.

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“We will be going on oversight functions to all the Local Government and Local Council Development Areas soon to monitor their projects.

“Let it be known today that the Oyo State House of Assembly will always stand on the side of the people.

“We shall not compromise on good governance”, Ogundoyin declared.

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Oyo govt. calls on DPR to sanction marketers hoarding petrol

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Oyo state government has asked the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to start monitoring filling stations in the state and sanction marketers found hoarding the product.

The State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Prof. Daud Sangodoyin made the call on Monday while featuring on a private radio station in Ibadan.

Sangodoyin said the scarcity of fuel that started on Sunday was artificial as there was no reason for most of the marketers not to sell to the people.

Most filling stations in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital were not selling fuel to motorists while those selling experienced long queues which also contributed to traffic gridlock in some parts of the metropolis.

“As government, we are doing all we can to make life easy for the people of Oyo State and this is reflected in the number of infrastructural projects around the State, for some people to be creating artificial scarcity of fuel for pecuniary reasons is wrong and inhuman.

“The Department of Petroleum Resources should as a matter of urgency swing into action and arrest the situation, they have the work of monitoring cut out for them and this is the moment to bring those marketers sabotaging government’s effort by hoarding products to book,” the Commissioner submitted.

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Imo: Gov. Uzodinma makes case for FCC, sponsors 4-day retreat

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Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma has canvassed for the strengthening of the laws establishing the Federal Character Commission  (FCC) to enable it perform its functions effectively.

Governor Uzodinma registered his position at a banquet the Imo state government hosted in honoured of the Executive Chairman and Commissioners of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) who were in the State for a retreat last week at the Government House, Owerri.

According to the Governor, the philosophy behind the establishment of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) was well thought out development, adding that to a great extent the Commission has assisted in efforts made at the unification of the country.

He noted that at this very trying moment of the country, the Commission needed to bring its functions to play to douse the tention giving assurance to the citizenry of a sense of belonging.

Senator Uzodinma stressed that it was in recognition of the great role of the Commission that the Imo State government opted to sponsor the retreat.

He admonished members to work together in harmony to enable the Commission deliver on its mandate.

In her remarks, the Executive Chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC), Dr Muheeba Dankaka thanked the Governor and Imo State government for accepting to host the retreat. She said the out come of the  retreat will go a long way in assisting the Commission in its assignment.

The FCC boss, however called on state governors to also come to the aid of the Commission, particularly by assisting the State offices to function effectively.

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Oyo: Kidnapped UI student regains freedom

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Victim of Monday’s kidnap attack at a  poultry farm in Oke Odan, Apete area of Ibadan, Oyo capital, Emmanuel Odetunde has been released.

It will be recalled that Odetunde was abducted around 5 pm on Monday while working at his father’s poultry. The abductors also demanded a ransom of N100m for his release.

Mega Icon Magazine, however learnt that the victim , a student of the University of Ibadan (UI) was released at 7:15pm Thursday .

 

In a tweet obtained by our reporter, via his Twitter handle @dr_emmay thanked friends, family and well wishers  for their prayers.

He also did not disclosed whether any ransom was paid or not.

“I was released at 7:15pm today. I am currently with my family.

“Thanks for the prayers. I appreciate @, Odetunde tweeted.

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