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Oyo govt charts development assistance, institutional reforms.  

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OYO State Government at the weekend disclosed that both the public and private sectors as well as communities would be adequately mobilized and empowered as partners to make patriotic contributions to the state especially in the areas of revenue generation and development process.

It added that strategies for revenue generation would be deployed based on its peculiarities and unique strengths for development, noting that there would be institutional framework for economic planning, budgeting and development that would coordinate sectoral strategies across Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) which will serve as a pre-requisite for attracting    resources from multilateral/bilateral development partners as well as direct foreign investors.

These were part of the recommendations made at the end of a 3-day Workshop on Institutional Reforms themed ‘DEVELOPMENT PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION: VEHICLE FOR SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN OYO STATE’ organized by the State government at the House of Chiefs, State Secretariat, Ibadan.

The workshop, which had top government functionaries in attendance, was facilitated by a team of resource persons led by a Development Cooperation Expert, Dr. Yisa Kolawole, was in line with the principle of the state’s budget of self-reliance.

It was noted at the workshop that the financial grants, technical aid as well as concessional facilities by  Development Partners are readily available but sub-optimally harnessed by the Oyo State Government.

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In her remarks, the Host and Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Intervention funds and Developmental Projects, Dr. Adebukola Adebusoye, pledged that government would continue to advocate and promote the culture of value chain, especially towards agribusiness activities to enhance revenue base, noting that a combination of strategies for improved tax and non-tax revenues is important for equity in the system.

She assured that Ajimobi administration will work towards achieving a reliable database which will be adopted as a reference platform at all times, stressing that  reliable data base will aid the intervention projects, programmes and initiative of the Development partners to expand the frontiers of opportunity/cooperation required for the socio-economic development of the state.

Dr. Adebusuyi stated that the 3-day workshop was organized to create awareness on the new paradigm in development planning and international cooperation as a cost effective/feasible option for economic growth and development.

“We want to sensitize key actors on the imperative for institutional capacity/reforms to sustainably attract development grants, technical aid or concessionary loans required to facilitate the development aspirations of Oyo State.  This workshop is also to expose participants to new concepts and principles in development planning and international cooperation for broad based options in policy making as well as to review practices and learn from experiences of best practices,” she explained.

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Dr. Adebusuyi further revealed that the workshop was not going to be a one-off programme, saying that the government had  lined-up more of such workshops in order to involve all stake-holders in the implementation and workability of all government’s policies and reforms with a view to create socio-economic growth in the state.

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Catholic bishops advocate review of Nigeria’s security architecture

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Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province, comprising Ibadan Archdiocese, Ilorin, Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti and Osogbo Dioceses, on Tuesday called for a thorough review of Nigeria’s security architecture.

The bishops, who gathered at the Jubilee Conference Centre in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, also expressed concern over the rising insecurity in the country, adding that it was unfortunate that the Federal Government has remained impervious to this call.

The meeting had in attendance, Most. Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin, (Ibadan), Most. Rev. Felix Ajakaiye (Ekiti), Most. Rev. Emmanuel Badejo (Oyo), Most. Rev. Felix Job (Ibadan).

Others are: Most. Rev. AyoMaria Atoyebi (Ibadan), Most. Rev. John Oyejola (Osogbo), Most. Rev. Jude Arogundade (Ondo) and Most. Rev. Paul Olawoore (Ilorin).

According to them, “With the current realities, it has become more necessary than ever to demand the review of Nigeria’s security architecture. Given  the campaign promises of the present government and the cauldrons of insecurity erupting all over the country, it is unfortunate that the Federal Government has remained impervious to this call. As a consequence, we parade a Nigerian Army that has not been able to effectively check the atrocities of Boko Haram for over a decade. How does one deny the allegation that kidnapping and banditry are abetted by government when  even State governments pay bandits and herdsmen as a means of placating them?

“How can we claim to have a Nigeria Police, when the body is no longer trusted to protect the same people it was set up to serve in many parts of the country?”, the bishops questioned.

The Catholic Bishops, in a communique jointly signed by the President, Most Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin and the Secretary, Most Rev. John Oyejola  at the end of  their first meeting for the year 2021, identified the ongoing effort of the governors of some South Western States  to regulate the activities of Fulani herdsmen within the zone, noting that insincerity, selfish interests and lack of political will had in the past, caused needless destruction of life and property and inflicted untold pain and hardship on innocent citizens.

However, they urged the governors to shun deceptive adulations and empty promises on issues that impact the security of life and property.

The communique read, “they must work with the security agencies to courageously implement the law in all cases and sanction those who blatantly and murderously flout it in their territories. No Nigerian or foreigner should be above the law in any part of the country.

“It is frustrating to see Governors, constitutionally empowered  as the first security officers of their States, being impeded and rendered ineffective by mitigating actions and pronouncements allegedly made on behalf of the Federal government, when they take lawful steps to respond to security needs in their States. Such manner of governance, that exerts itself to protect the interest of a segment of the population at the expense of the security of life and property of the majority, makes the emergence  of militias and self-appointed messiahs inevitable.

“We therefore join all well-meaning Nigerians who have called on the authorities to allow alternative and lawful initiatives which are established for protecting life and property like the South Western Security Network (SWSN), codenamed Amotekun, to thrive. Such initiatives deserve to be supported and optimised  as a complimentary security organization for the benefit of the people in different parts of Nigeria”.

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Properties worth over N50m lost to inferno – Sunday Igboho reacts

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Yoruba activist and Oodua  Republic agitator, Chief  Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as ‘Sunday Igboho’ has said that properties worth  over N50 million has been lost to the early Tuesday morning inferno at his Soka residence in Ibadan

Reacting on Tuesday, shortly after his house went up in flames, Sunday Igboho explained that the arsonists broke the gate to the building to gain entrance before setting the house on fire.

He stressed that the two people living in the house fled for their lives in the chaos.

“Around 03:30 am this morning, my siblings living in my old house came to alert me that some hoodlums were at the house, shooting sporadically, and that they had forced the gate open and set the house ablaze.

“My siblings escaped unhurt but my house was burnt. When we got there, the hoodlums had escaped so we called the fire service to put out the fire.

“I am surprised that some Yoruba people could be supporting killer herdsmen to destroy my house. This saddens me.

“My agitations are for all of us to come together against killer herdsmen who have been terrorizing the Yorubas by kidnapping, killing our brothers, and raping our women in Yoruba Land.

“To my amazement, some Yoruba people are aiding these killer herdsmen.

I expected them to come and attack my residence where I live now to show that they mean business.

“I assure you if they had, I would have been able to give you evidence of the hoodlums that did this.

“The property destroyed in that inferno would not be less than fifty million”, he added.

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2 Operatives Injured , As Youths Attacked Amotekun In Oyo {Photos}

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The Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Operation Amotekun, in Oyo state has confirmed that two of its operatives from Ilesiwaju Local Government Area of the state were attacked by some ‘misguided youths’.

Oyo Amotekun also informed that though, there was no loss of life, but the officers were severely injured and are in critical condition at an undisclosed hospital.

It added that vehicles belonging to Itesiwaju Area Command were completely vandalized .

The state Command, in a statement issued on Monday explained, “On the 23rd of January 2021, two of our operatives from Itesiwaju LGA were travelling to Ago-Are enroute Tede were brutally attacked without provocation.

“They were granted free passage at Ago -Are end upon the explanation that they were from Itesiwaju LG and are on routine mission.

“However, at Tede end some misguided youths attacked the operatives with guns, matchetes and axes.

“Though there was no loss of life, our two operatives were severely injured and are in critical condition at the hospital.

 

“Unfortunately, after this unprovoked attack and assault, our vehicles belonging to Itesiwaju Area Command were completely vandalised and damaged”, the statement concluded.

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