Oyo State government on Tuesday said it was ready to use interface programs and different open fora to deepen democratic tenets and provide more opportunities for the people to interact and access their representatives in government.
The State Commissioner for Information, Culture, Mass Mobilization and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun disclosed this at a one day Forum on Citizens’ Conversation with elected officials, organized by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Ibadan, the state capital.
Olatunbosun, who was represented by the Director, Public and Grassroot Enlightenment in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Mass Mobilization and Culture, Mr Solomon Ayoade, noted that government communication should rather flow from bottom-top rather than from top-bottom in order to carry the populace along in government decisions and policy matters.
The forum which attracted top government functionaries and head of agencies like the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Oyo State, Barrister Mutiu Agboke, Director, National Orientation Agency, Oyo State office, Mrs Dolapo Dosunmu among other personalities was witnessed by other lawmakers, religious leaders, military and paramilitary personnel and community leaders was targeted at taking governance to the people for better interaction.
Olatunbosun said “Governor Makinde’s administration is people-focused. This administration’s programs and policies are tailored to meet people’s yearnings and expectations as we all know government cannot go to individual household to inquire about their needs, which makes this forum most important.
“The government will engage the people at every point along the way and that is why we are so happy to be part of this engagement. It is a welcome idea and it is in tandem with what our administration holds as sacrosanct to keep people abreast of our agenda and actions as well as to get feedback.
“Good governance requires bottom-up information flow and we are making use of this approach to know what the people want in particular communities instead of engaging in uniform projects across the State.”
Speaking at the event, the Oyo State Resident Electoral Commissioner Barrister Mutiu Agboke noted that the interface programme was appropriate and timely as elected political officers would know the need of their people through interaction with the people that voted them into offices.
In his remarks, the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin who was represented by Hon. Akintunde from Lagelu State Constituency disclosed that seventeen motions had been passed by the State Assembly in just 100days in office to ensure good governance and sustainable development.
FRCN denies harassing NUJ President in Ibadan
Chairman, Nigeria Union of journalists, NUJ, FRCN, Ibadan Chapel, Alhaji Nafiu Busari on Wednessday urged the public to disregard an information making the round that his members assaulted the union’s president, Chief Chris Isiguzo.
The chairman described the report as unprofessional and barbaric in nature, just as he implored the group that wrote the story to take time to upgrade their journalism skills to avoid dishing false information to the public.
In a statement made available to Mega Icon Magazine, Busari explained that the national president, Chris isiguzo and his entourage had earlier informed the management of their intentions of paying courtesy call on Tuesday, 25th February.
” On arrival, they came with Demola Babalola who has been facing legal charges on his eligibility to participate in NUJ election.
” My members held a congress earlier in the day and resolved that Babalola, and other syndicates were not expected in the station”, he said.
Busari added that the president with his entourage were welcomed by the FRCN management while others were politely informed that they were not welcomed.
“The Zonal Director, Alhaji Muhammed Bello gave a warm welcome to NUJ President and the meeting was fulfilling as Isiguso described Alhaji Bello as a good union man.
“If there was any rancor, it would be reflected in the pictures, NUJ delegation were comfortable as they even left with souvenir of FRCN.
” My members are decent and professional, I understand where the story is coming from and I understand their plights.
“We have a matter in court and we are determined to see that justice prevails. No matter how long.
“The public should disregard the information, the reality will soon be revealed to the public”, the statement concluded.
Unruly FRCN reporters harass NUJ President, Isiguzo, others in Ibadan
Some staff of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Ibadan Office on Tuesday displayed their unruly behaviour to Chief Chris Isiguzo, the President, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and other members of his entourage.
The delegation led by the president had visited the station as part of his ongoing official visit to Ibadan.
The members of staff led by Mr Adedayo Adelowo(Associate Member), Laolu Fawole(Suspended Member) and Mrs Abisola Oluremi (Associate Member) had besieged the gate harassing members of the delegation.
Some members of the delegation were later allowed into the premises leaving others who could not stand the harassment to leave the premises.
However, a top official of the station who craved anonymity, said the members of staff have just caused the station corporate embarrassment, saying they would pay dearly for the act.
It would be recalled that Mr Adewunmi Faniran, a staff of the station and immediate past Chairman of NUJ in the state had lost his re-election to Mr Ademola Babalola in the last election held on Dec. 18, 2019.
Faniran, who is from the FRCN chapel, one of the 10 existing chapels in the state had only six votes to the 179 votes polled by Babalola in the election.
Babalola and Mr Bamigbola Gbolagunte, NUJ Zonal Secretary(South West) in separate interviews condemned the act, saying such act was not good for the image of a government institution like FRCN.
The duo in their reaction said that the members of staff should have sought a better civilised way of channeling their grievances than resorting to self-help in the form of harrassment and hooliganism.
Babalola called for calm, saying they are yet to come to terms with the reality on ground.
“They are my members and you can understand when one of them came to plead for my understanding that they were acting on the orders of their boss.
“I know they are still suffering from the defeat of their boss but they should understand that power comes from God and only Him enthrones whosoever He wishes.
“They are my members and I will welcome them back to the fold anytime they are ready. For us, one out of existing 10 chapels in the State cannot hold the union to ransom,” Babalola added.
A text message sent to the Zonal Director of the station to get his reaction was not replied as at the time of filing the report.
On the entourage of the president were Mr Cosmas Oni, Vice-President(South West), Chief Wilson Bako, Vice President (North Central), Mrs Bimbola Oyetunde, SSA to the NUJ President, who is also General Manager, Bronze FM.
Also on the delegation are Alhaji Alli Atabor, National Trustee, Mr Silva Okereke, National Trustee, Mr Abiodun Olalere, Former Chairman, NUJ Osun Council, Mr Bamigbola Gbolagunte, NUJ Zonal Secretary(South West).
Others are Babalola, Oyo NUJ Chairman, Mr Sola Oladapo, Oyo NUJ Secretary and Mr Akeem Abas, Oyo NUJ Treasurer.
Kano govt. to continue N3.4bn probe against Emir Sanusi
The Kano State government has reaffirmed that it will continue the investigation into the alleged financial misappropriation of over 3.4 billion naira against Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II.
The government through Mr Muhyi Magaji Rimingado, Executive Chairman of Kano State public complaints and anti-corruption commission stated this while reacting to the ruling of the Federal High Court in Kano that quashed the interim investigation report.
Mr Rimingado at a press conference on Monday, said though the court has nullified the report on the basis of non-invitation of the Emir,but his commission will go ahead with its investigation and invite Emir Sanusi in compliance with the court ruling.
He added that another option available to the Kano State government is to appeal the judgment as there are numerous grounds for appeal.
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