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Oyo Commissioner calls for revitalisation of Oodua Telecom.

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OYO state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela has stressed the need for the revitalisation of Oodua Telecom  which have been moribund for several years with a view to providing economic gains in  the Southwest region and Nigeria at large.

Professor Olowofela urged the Minister of Communication, Barrister Adebayo Shittu to  start working on how to revive the Telecommunication Industry.

The Commissioner made the call at the official commissioning of 150 capacity ICT Centre situated at the Oke-Ogun Polytechnic, Saki (TOPS). The ultra modern  ICT Centre was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Communication through its Minister, Barrister Adebayo Shittu.

Lamenting on the ruined state of Oodua Telecom,  the University Don noted that telecommunication is a money spinning investment, adding that if resuscitated, the revenue from the investment will provide some solutions to most of the challenges battling with the region such as unemployment and also provide revenues for the states.

Speaking further, the former council boss, Olowofela posited that ICT is the vehicle needed by any nation in all spheres of her developmental steps which education  formed the bedrock.

He also commended the courage of the Minister, Barrister Shittu for deeming it fit to reach the rural populace who formed  the greater percentage of the population and who coincidentally, needed to be touched by policies and programmes of government at all tiers.

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Remarking, the Minister of Communication Technology, Barrister Adebayo Shittu charged the management of Oke-Ogun Polytechnic to exploit intellectual capital  by harnessing the power of information technology  and advantages precipitated in it  towards  improving its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

While assuring the people of the state of more dividends, the Minister urged Nigerians to support and pray for President Buhari led government in its bid to continually provide succour.

 

By Idowu AYODELE.

 

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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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