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We want LGs as centres of development – Makinde

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Oyo state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde on Monday declared  that the newly inaugurated caretaker chairmen must contribute meaningfully to the development of the state, stressing  that the councils must be centres of development.

Governor Makinde made the declaration while inaugurating the 68 caretaker chairmen to oversee the 33 local governments and 35 Local Council Development Areas of the State in the state held inside the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Agodi, Ibadan

He asked them to serve as the eyes, ears and mouths of the Government in its effort to deliver good governance.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted Governor Makinde as saying that the inauguration of the local government chairmen was taking place in order to avoid a vacuum in governance at the grassroots.

According to him, the intention of his administration is to ensure that the people of Oyo State continue to enjoy the dividends of democracy.

Makinde stated that his government is a people-centred government that will continue to put the interests of the people of Oyo State first.

He also said that his decision to inaugurate the councils was to ensure that the closest level of government to the people is fully functional such that the councils could make meaningful impacts on their lives.

He said: “What we are doing here today, inaugurating the Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas Caretaker Chairpersons, is to ensure that a vacuum is not created in governance, and that our people continue to enjoy the dividends that accrue from electing a legitimate government.

“I have often said that this administration is people-centered and will continue to put the interests of the people first. You will agree with me that the closer government is to the people, the more impactful and meaningful the activities of government will be to them.

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“Therefore, this inauguration is an integral and essential part of the good governance that we promised the people of Oyo State.

“Permit me to use this occasion to share a few reminders with the Caretaker-Chairmen-designates. You are indeed occupying unique positions as a link between the State Government and the People.

“Ideally, you are the first point of call that should address the governance issues of the people before escalating same to higher authorities.

“Therefore, if we are to compare Oyo State to an enterprise with many branches, you are the Branch Supervisors taking responsibility of the affairs of the company at a local level.”

Makinde, who noted that the new caretaker chairmen would be the eyes, ears and mouths of the Government in engendering development and bringing good governance to the people at the grassroots, urged the chairmen to carry out key functions in driving the policy actions of the government in the areas of security, health, education and economic expansion to ensure accelerated development for Oyo State.

“In some circles, you will be said to be the eyes and ears of government. But when we say eyes and ears, we overlook another important function. If God had created humans with only eyes and ears, then it would mean that he only wants us to see and listen. But in all His wisdom, he did not leave off giving us a mouth.

“Therefore, in this instance, you will not only be our eyes and ears, but you will also be our mouth. You will see, you will listen and you will speak.

“What are some aspects of governance that you will be carrying out these oversight functions? Well, they are indeed many and varied. But I will talk about a few very important ones, given the needs of Oyo State at this time. Please bear in mind the four main pillars of our Roadmap to Accelerated Development in Oyo State, namely Education, Healthcare, Security, and the Economy through trade and agribusiness.

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“As an administration, we are very interested in the education of our children. The Commissioner of Education can confirm we have started distributing the compendium of past questions to the SSS 3 students in all secondary schools in Oyo State. Our goal in education is to ensure no child is out-of-school.

“I would be happy to see your plans to make sure that children get off the streets and into the classrooms. I know you will have more opportunities to liaise with the parents in a bid to implement our free education policies.

“You will also be in a better position to report any issues that may be working against this policy. In this, we need you to be our eyes, ears, and mouth. So, see what is going on, listen to the complaints and challenges the parents have and talk to them about our plans.

“Another key aspect I want to mention is with markets and small businesses. We are very interested in the growth of our economy through agriculture and trade. The economy of Oyo State cannot grow if small businesses do not thrive and this will mean our Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) cannot grow either. One of the points we raised during our campaign is how multiple taxation is killing businesses. We want to remove all the roadblocks to business growth.

“Therefore, we will be expecting you to work with local businesses and the State Internal Revenue Board to make sure that people are happy doing business in Oyo State at the local level. Let us know what the challenges are so that we can work together to resolve them.

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“I will not end this short speech without raising the issue of refuse disposal. One of the major functions of the Local Government Authority is to be responsible for waste removal. I expect that you will go around the areas to which you are assigned and see things for yourself, and hear the challenges our people are having with solid waste disposal.

“As I stated during my last media chat, by the first quarter of 2020, the challenges with refuse disposal will be a thing of the past and we will have a seamless system in place. So, I am putting you to task to work with the Commissioner for the Environment and Natural Resources, Honourable Kehinde Ayoola and the Oyo State Waste Management Authority (OYOWMA) to provide the necessary input to make this plan a reality. Data is key. So, let us have the data as we plan for costing and implementation.

“Once again, I welcome all 68 of you Caretaker Chairpersons. I enjoin you to contribute your meaningful quota to ensuring that we move Oyo State forward.”

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Family court was established by Ajimobi – Ex-Oyo attorney-general debunks Makinde’s claim

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Former attorney general and commissioner for justice in Oyo state, Asiwaju Adebayo Mutalubi Ojo on Thursday punctured claims by Governor Seyi Makinde that the architecture for the family court’s enforcement was not established.

Ojo during a chat with Mega Icon Magazine revealed that the court was established in the state by late Sen. Abiola Ajimobi while the  Child’s Right Law of Oyo State was assented to in 2006, just as he advised the present administration to desist from incessant lies and dissemination of false information.

Meanwhile, the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, who had earlier commissioned the Family Court at the Iyaganku GRA, Ibadan, the state capital on Thursday, in a statement signed by his mouthpiece, Taiwo Adisa, said , though the act was domesticated in Oyo State in 2006, but the architecture for its enforcement was not established.

Governor Makinde continued,  “Today, we are here to commission the Family Court. You may recall that one of the points raised in our Roadmap to Accelerated Development in Oyo State, 2019-2023, is to play our part in strengthening the laws around the Child Rights Act, 2003.

“Although this act was domesticated in Oyo State in 2006, the court where this law was to be enforced was not established. We all know what happens when a law is made but the architecture for enforcement is non-existent.

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But, the late former governor Ajimobi’s aide, Barrister Ojo said, ” It is not true as stated by Governor Seyi Makinde that the court did not exist in Oyo State before. It was established pursuant to the Child Rights Law of Oyo State, which prescribes that cases involving Children must not be done in a regular court environment.

“Senator Abiola Ajimobi released the money for the establishment of the court to the judiciary and it was well executed. It was undertaken during my successor’s tenure, Barrister Oluseun Abimbola. The building commissioned today was fully paid for by the immediate past government.

“Justice Aderonke Aderemi ( now the President of the Customary Court of Appeal) was the first presiding Judge of the court while Mrs. Kehinde Durosaro is the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court and Demola Salami was part of the Judicial Service Commission that brought it into fruition.

“Governor Seyi Makinde’s government only did the commissioning”, the former attorney general concluded

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Makinde constitutes Governing Councils of Tertiary Institutions, Waste Management Agency {See List}

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Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has constituted the Governing Councils of tertiary institutions owned by the state.

Also constituted is the board of the Oyo State Waste Management Board, a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa indicated on Tuesday.

The statement named Chairmen and Board members for state-owned institutions including The Polytechnic Ibadan, Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo among others.

It also indicated that Mr. Seun Adelore will continue to chair the Board of the state’s Waste Management Agency, while the members of the agency’s Board include: Mr. Johnson Ojebiyi; Mr. Azeez Adeoti; Apostle Lamunyegun Moses; Mr. Salawudeen Tajudeen Abiola; Ayuba Akinsola; Mr. Lukman Adesina; Mr. Isiaka Aliu; Mrs. Oguntona Janet Bola; Mr. Yusuf Sarafa and Shuaibu Oladayo.

The statement added that the nominees of the different ministries on the Board are: Dr. Olubunmi Ayinde; Mr. Alao Muyiwa Maruf; Mrs. Areo Bukola Oluseun; TPL Seun Raji and Mr. Segun Olakoju.

The statement further announced the appointment of the chairmen of the governing councils of the state-owned tertiary institutions, including Dr. Ogundiran Samuel Ogunwale (The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa); Prof. Mathew Odedokun (Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo); Dr. Bisi Ojebola (College of Education, Lanlate); Professor Sunday Ajayi Adesola (Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki); Prof. Lateef Sanni (Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo Ora); Prof. Kunle Akinyemi (The Polytechnic, Ibadan).

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Those appointed as members of The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa were Alhaji Musiliu Oyedemi; Barr. Segun Adebayo; Mrs. Adedokun Alice; Mr Wazir Adekunle and Alhaji Azeem Badmus.

Hon. Banji Folaranmi; Al-Hassan Sakirat; Alhaji Liadi Busari and Chief Joshua Oyetunde Abioye were appointed as members of the Governing Council of Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo.

Similarly, Alhaji Aliyu Tajudeen; Mrs Lawal Jumoke; Mr Ajayi-Ope Olatunde Phillips and Mrs Mojisola Alenkhe were appointed as members of the College of Education, Lanlate’s Governing Council.

For the Governing Council of the Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Dr. Omotayo Funmilola Olubunmi; Mr. Isiaka Adegbayi Kareem; Prof. Stephen Adegbite; Mr. Ife Oyelere and Mr. Balogun Nurudeen were appointed as members.

Mr. Abdulrahman Alayande; Dr. Abegunde Ilori Amos; Mrs. Tunrayo Ajeigbe; Princess Adenike Adedoja; Mr. Lukman Balogun; Mr. Olalekan Kazeem Bello; Hon. Taiwo Akano; Mr. Adesope Elijah Adesina and Mr. Olawuwo Samuel Adigun were appointed as members of the Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo Ora’s Governing Council.

For The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Prof. Sarafadeen Olateju Kareem; Prof. S.G. Odewumi; Barr. Jide Ojolowo; Mr. Adedapo Adekunle Joshua; Ayaba Moji Adeyemi; Hon. Abiola Ayorinde Taoreed and Hon. Bola Akinyemi were appointed as members of its Governing Council.

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Blocking me from Ajimobi’s 8-day fidau prayers was premeditated – Oyo Deputy Gov.

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The Deputy Governor of Oyo state, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan on Sunday alleged that some family members and aides of late Governor Abiola Ajimobi have continued to rebuff the hand of fellowship being extended to them by the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde.

Olaniyan made the allegation after he was denied entrance into Ajimobi’s residence to attend the late ex-governor’s 8-day fidau prayer.

The Deputy Governor also rubbished the family’s claim of not being aware that the state government delegation was at the gate because Mr Bolaji Tunji, the late governor’s spokesperson was called repeatedly by men of Civil defence at the gate.

Olaniyan in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Omolere Omoetan narrated, “today at the 8th day Fidau Prayers of the former Governor Oyo State Isaika Ajimobi, the Deputy Governor, Engr Rauf Olaniyan, was denied access to the venue of the event. The Deputy governor who led the government delegation comprising himself and some commissioners, on the approval of the governor, was kept waiting at the gate for over 15 minutes. Even when security men at the gate went in to tell them he was at the gate, no directive came back to grant his Excellency access.

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“At a point, the security personnels in uniform and mufti at the gates became very hostile and the ADC to the Deputy Governor was manhandled by men of the police force. It was at this point that the Deputy Governor decided to leave the scene that was becoming tense and wait in his car.

“Having waited for a while to see if the situation would change to no avail, he proceeded to take his leave.

“It should be noted that the Deputy Governor put a call through to Alhaji Kunle Sanni, Chairman of Oyo State Muslim Council, who was among the officiating ministers, that he was at the gate and was being denied entrance. Alhaji Sanni responded that his hands were tied. This is clear indication that what transpired was premeditated.

“Even if the Deputy Governor arrived when the prayers had started, it is a well known fact in Islam that when prayers are on-going and a male walks in, it’s an indication that the prayers have received Allah’s acceptance.

“However, Engr Raufu Olaniyan wishes to re-iterate that the visit of the government delegation to the 8th day Fidau Prayers of His Excellency Senator Isaika Ajimobi was a clear demonstration on the part of His Excellency, Engr Seyi Makinde, that the late Governor is held in high regard. He stated that it was only fitting for the state government to show respect to the late governor at the Fidau prayers held in his honour.

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“The Deputy Governor also wishes to put it on record that despite the way he was treated by the Ajimobi family, which he refuses to hold personal, has displayed maturity is prerequisite of the public office at this level. He holds no grudges and he will continue to pray that Allah grants the departed former Governor Al-Jana Firdaus.

“Engr. Raufu Olaniyan will also like to draw the attention of the Oyo state Commissioner of Police to the highly unprofessional and unruly conduct of the police personnel at the premises”, the statement concluded.

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