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FG's School Feeding Program 'll boost Economy - Amosun
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has described the Federal Government National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) as an initiative capable of stimulating the nations’ economy and combating unemployment.
The governor stated this, on Wednesday, while declaring open a two-day stakeholders’ workshop on the Ogun State Home Grown School Feeding Programme in Abeokuta.
"This program is like using one stone to kill several birds. Feeding primary school pupils in the country has the potential to turn around the economy,” Governor Amosun said.
He added that, "It’s a well-thought out program because the unemployed would be engaged. All the value chains of the agricultural sector would be involved; poultry producers will sell; the meat sellers will sell their produce and the agriculture sector will generally get a boost. Agricultural produce that often gets spoilt would now be mopped up and more money will come into the purse of the average farmer.
“The transport sector would equally be involved. They would convey the food to the schools. Youths would equally get employed. And I think this is a notice to the youths, it's time to work. You should not be going around asking for jobs again. You should key into this program.
"This program will also make our children stronger. When you feed pupils from primary school, you are trying to ensure a generation of healthy youths.”
Governor Amosun said the program would commence in the state in September, stressing that pupils in Primary 1 to 3 would kick-start the program, while those in Primary 4 to 6 will be considered later.
Senator Amosun revealed further that unlike other previous national programs, the NHGSFP would be a practical one involving the three tiers of government.
"It won't be a solely Federal Government program; all the tiers of government would be involved. Even our people at the ward level would be involved," he said.
The governor explained that, "We won't bring anything from outside the ward the school is located. Everything will be localised. The foodstuff would be bought locally. The food vendors would be those from the wards. Nothing would come from outside the ward except those items that can't be produced in that ward."
In a goodwill message at the event, the wife of the Governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, urged youths to key into the program and embrace farming, stressing that there is a ready made market for the end product.
The Program Manager of the NHGSFP, Mrs. Abimbola Adesanmi, in her remarks explained that the program is a key part of the campaign promises of the President Muhammad Buhari administration.
The State Focal Person for the program and Ogun State Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Adeleke Adewolu, in a welcome address, said about 200, 000 pupils drawn from 1,554 public primary schools would benefit from the program in Ogun State.
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Amosun Calls for Improved Productivity from Civil Servants

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Wednesday, declared the 3rd Quadrennial Delegates Conference of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria opened in Abeokuta.
Speaking at the Conference, the Ogun State Governor urged the organized labour to partner with government towards ensuring improved productivity.
Considering the tough economic situation in which the country has found itself, the Ogun State Governor said it was imperative that civil servants as critical stakeholders, cooperate with government especially for the purpose of ensuring improved revenue generation.
The governor also seized the opportunity to appreciate civil servants in Ogun State for being partners in progress.
"I must specially appreciate civil servants in Ogun State. Without your cooperation and support, we could not have achieved the progress so far recorded in our dear state," Governor Amosun said.
Speaking earlier, former Head Of Service, Ogun State, Mrs. Dupe Adekunle, described Governor Amosun as the most labour-friendly governor in Nigeria.
Mrs. Adekunle who was a labour leader before Governor Amosun appointed her as Head Of Service, added that it was not for nothing that the Trade Union Congress, TUC, recently honoured the governor with an award.
"Today, Governor Amosun stands as a shinning example as one of the very few governors who are able to pay worker's salaries as and when due," Mrs. Adekunle said.
Speaking in the same vein, National President, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria,
Comrade Bobboi Kaigama, described the Ogun State Governor as "a comrade governor." He commended Governor Amosun for the giant strides he has so far recorded in Ogun State.
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The Wife of the Governor,Ogun state, Dr.(Mrs) Olufunso Amosun joined by other members of Ogun State Exco paid a visit to the rescued 9year old boy, Korede Francis, who was chained on his neck to a heavy log of wood in a room by his father at a Celestial Church in Ado-Odoota,Ogun State today at Federal Medical Centre,Abeokuta where he is undergoing medical treatment under the supervision of the HOD of Paediatric, Dr. Morufat Ogundeyi who gave a clinical brief of Korede's recovery process.#UPLIFTingtheChildren #OlufunsoCareForthelittleChild #OlufunsoUPLIFTKorede #OlufunsoDemonstratingLoveFortheChildren #UPLIFTingtheVulnerableChild. ... See MoreSee Less

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Amosun calls for review of VAT-sharing formula
*Say wealthy elites dodge tax payment

*JTB targets 10m new taxpayers by December

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has canvassed a review of the sharing formula of revenues accruing to the federation account through non-oil taxes including Value Added Tax (VAT).

"The non-oil revenue sharing formula currently in use is obsolete. As at the time it was done 20 years ago, Ogun State, for instance was way back because of the number of industries we had then. Today, Ogun State is the industrial capital of Nigeria. The sharing formula should reflect this new reality.

This is derivation in another form," Governor Amosun stated on Monday while playing host to the management of the Joint Tax Board who had come on a courtesy visit to his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office.

While addressing the JTB management team led by Babatunde Fowler, Chairman JTB and Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Governor Amosun said, “It is a good thing that for the first time in the life of this administration, non-oil receipt accounted for over 70 percent of the fund shared at the last FAAC. It is a commendable and a welcome development because it signifies a major shift in focus from oil to non-oil revenue.

"But in the same token, I think it is very expedient to ask that we cast a second look at the formula we use in sharing the proceed from these non-oil revenue.

"If we make a lot of money from industries, we should also remember that these companies reside in a state and they put enormous pressure on the environment and the roads in those states. Those various state governments carry the can and pick the bill for cleaning the environment. It is therefore only good for the management of RMFAC to give more back to those states hosting these companies.”

The Ogun State governor also seized the opportunity to challenge the management of the Joint Tax Board (JTB), which includes chairmen of 36 states Internal Revenue Services, representatives of the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission (RMFAC), the Nigerian Customs Service and the Immigration Service, to “device creative strategies” for ensuring that more wealthy Nigerians are brought into the national tax bracket.

“The rich and wealthy don't pay taxes and even when they do, they underpay. They make a lot of money but don’t pay anything or don’t pay the requisite tax. We all go to other advanced nations and see that these wealthy people don't escape the way they do here. So the challenge for the JTB is to correct this. You must think out of the box to achieve this,” Governor Amosun said.

Speaking earlier, Fowler said the JTB management team was in Abeokuta for the 135th meeting of the group.

Fowler praised “the excellent performance” recorded by the Ogun State government in its Internal Revenue drive. He revealed that the state came first in 2015 as it grew it’s internal revenue base by 50 percent.

The JTB boss also announced that non-oil receipt accounted for over 70 percent of the over N500bn shared at the last FAAC meeting.
The Ogun State governor later attended the opening ceremony of the 135th Meeting of the Joint Tax Board where he enjoined the JTB management to increase their non-oil revenue drive.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Fowler explained that the meeting was to ensure uniformity of taxation and compare notes in tax administration across the various states of the federation.

He lamented that 33 states of the federation currently rely on federal allocation to fund their budget, saying the goal of the meeting was also to bring other states to a level where they are able to generate at least 50 percent of their budget internally.

The JTB boss noted that only 10 percent of taxable adults are currently being taxed in Nigeria.

Fowler however revealed that the JTB targets 10 million new taxpayers before the end of 2016.
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Ogun State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Wale Osinowo, Secretary, Joint Tax Board (JTB), Mohammed Lawal Abubakar, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Chairman, Federal Internal Revenue Service (FIRS) and JTB, Mr. Tunde Fowler, Chairman, Ogun State Internal Revenue Service (OGIRS), Mr. Adeosun Adekunle and Ogun State Head of Service, Elder Olusola Adeyemi at the opening ceremony of the 135th meeting of the JTB in Abeokuta ... See MoreSee Less

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Amosun calls for review of VAT-sharing formula
*Say wealthy elites dodge tax payment

*JTB targets 10m new taxpayers by December

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has canvassed a review of the sharing formula of revenues accruing to the federation account through non-oil taxes including Value Added Tax (VAT).

"The non-oil revenue sharing formula currently in use is obsolete. As at the time it was done 20 years ago, Ogun State, for instance was way back because of the number of industries we had then. Today, Ogun State is the industrial capital of Nigeria. The sharing formula should reflect this new reality.

This is derivation in another form," Governor Amosun stated on Monday while playing host to the management of the Joint Tax Board who had come on a courtesy visit to his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office.

While addressing the JTB management team led by Babatunde Fowler, Chairman JTB and Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Governor Amosun said, “It is a good thing that for the first time in the life of this administration, non-oil receipt accounted for over 70 percent of the fund shared at the last FAAC. It is a commendable and a welcome development because it signifies a major shift in focus from oil to non-oil revenue.

"But in the same token, I think it is very expedient to ask that we cast a second look at the formula we use in sharing the proceed from these non-oil revenue.

"If we make a lot of money from industries, we should also remember that these companies reside in a state and they put enormous pressure on the environment and the roads in those states. Those various state governments carry the can and pick the bill for cleaning the environment. It is therefore only good for the management of RMFAC to give more back to those states hosting these companies.”

The Ogun State governor also seized the opportunity to challenge the management of the Joint Tax Board (JTB), which includes chairmen of 36 states Internal Revenue Services, representatives of the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission (RMFAC), the Nigerian Customs Service and the Immigration Service, to “device creative strategies” for ensuring that more wealthy Nigerians are brought into the national tax bracket.

“The rich and wealthy don't pay taxes and even when they do, they underpay. They make a lot of money but don’t pay anything or don’t pay the requisite tax. We all go to other advanced nations and see that these wealthy people don't escape the way they do here. So the challenge for the JTB is to correct this. You must think out of the box to achieve this,” Governor Amosun said.

Speaking earlier, Fowler said the JTB management team was in Abeokuta for the 135th meeting of the group.

Fowler praised “the excellent performance” recorded by the Ogun State government in its Internal Revenue drive. He revealed that the state came first in 2015 as it grew it’s internal revenue base by 50 percent.

The JTB boss also announced that non-oil receipt accounted for over 70 percent of the over N500bn shared at the last FAAC meeting.
The Ogun State governor later attended the opening ceremony of the 135th Meeting of the Joint Tax Board where he enjoined the JTB management to increase their non-oil revenue drive.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Fowler explained that the meeting was to ensure uniformity of taxation and compare notes in tax administration across the various states of the federation.

He lamented that 33 states of the federation currently rely on federal allocation to fund their budget, saying the goal of the meeting was also to bring other states to a level where they are able to generate at least 50 percent of their budget internally.

The JTB boss noted that only 10 percent of taxable adults are currently being taxed in Nigeria.

Fowler however revealed that the JTB targets 10 million new taxpayers before the end of 2016.
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Ogun to Pay Salaries with BVN
The Ogun State government has said that effective from the end of April 2016, salaries of public and civil servants in the state will be paid based on the Bank Verification Number, BVN system.
This was one of the resolutions reached in a follow-up meeting between the leadership of the organised labour movement in Ogun State and officials of the state government led by the Deputy Governor, Chief Mrs Yetunde Onanuga on Friday.

Addressing newsmen after the meeting, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, Secretary to the State Government, SSG, said, “Ogun State is unique as we have continued to engage and dialogue with the organised labour.

“As part of our continuous discussions, we have both agreed that we should take advantage of the BVN system to ensure that our scarce resources are not going to ghost workers.
He added that, “In view of this, we have agreed that starting from the end of April 2016, salaries will be paid using the BVN of all workers.”

While responding on behalf of the organised labour movement, Comrades Olubunmi Fajobi, State Chairman, Trade Union Congress, TUC and Abiodun Olakanmi, of the Joint Negotiating Council, JNC said they were satisfied with the state government’s position on the need to use BVN for salary payment.

They however requested that the decision be officially communicated to the civil service through the office of the State Head of Service.

On her part, Chief Mrs. Onanuga expressed delight with the fact that in living up to its billing as a uniquely peaceful state, the leadership of the organised labour movement in Ogun State and state government officials have continued to dialogue with a view to finding a lasting and more sustainable resolution of the demands of the workers.

The deputy governor further explained that Friday’s meeting was one of a series of engagement between the labour movement and the state government.
“As stakeholders, we are committed to jointly finding a lasting and sustainable solution to the issues raised by the labour movement,” Chief Mrs. Onanuga said.

Signed

Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media),
Ogun State Governor
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WORKERS’ STRIKE: OGUN INVOKES ‘NO WORK, NO PAY’ RULE

Ogun State Government has invoked the ‘no work no pay’ rule of the Trade Dispute Act in relation to the ongoing industrial action by its workforce.

Consequently, the State Government has directed all workers to be at their duty posts from Monday 14th March, 2016.

According to a release signed by the Head of Service, Elder Sola Adeyemi, the application of the ‘no work, no pay’ rule followed the refusal of the striking workers to heed appeals from government and well-meaning indigenes of the State and the refusal of the labour unions to consider all entreaties to end the industrial action so that the State might be in a position to generate resources for the benefit of the workers and generality of the citizens.

Section 43 (1) (a) of the Trade Dispute Act provides that, “Where any worker takes part in a strike action, he shall not be entitled to any wages or other remuneration for the period of the strike, and any such period shall not count for the purpose of reckoning the period of continuous employment and all rights dependent on continuity of employment shall be prejudicially affected accordingly”.



The statement recalled that despite the fact that the State Government “has been consistent with payment of workers’ salaries as and when due and has paid workers up to February 2016 with a promise to meet other demands once the finances of the State improved, union leaders went ahead to call out workers on a strike on March 7, 2016 and physically prevented majority of the employees who reported for duties from gaining access to their offices‘’, the statement read.

The release added further that Government would not yield to pressure to downsize or reduce salaries of its workforce as being suggested in some quarters.

This according to the release, accounted for the reason why all employees should be at their duty post, assuring the workers of government’s commitment to their welfare and called for their understanding during the current economic downtown in Nigeria.
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Chief Gilbert Grant, Director, OKLNG; Umar Etsu, Information Technology Manager, OKLNG; Bernie Grant, External Relations Manager, OKLNG presenting a plan of the OKLNG complex to Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun during a courtesy visit to the Governor at his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office on Wednesday. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Institute of Directors today paid a courtesy visit to His Excellency Senator Ibikunle Amosun in his office. The governor later took them on a project inspection tour across the state capital. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 Hills now President Muhammadu Buhari Estate payment plan

1. Full payments N14,500/m2 (payment must be made within the next 1yr)

2. Half payments N15,000/m2 (50% down payment and balance 50% my May 2016)

3. 30% payment N16,000/m2 (30% down payment and balance spread equally over 1yr)

4. 30% payment B N16,500/m2 (30% down payment and balance spread equally over 18 months)

Payment process

Payment is a two step process as follows:

Step 1: Payment of N20,000 on submission of form

Step 2: Payment of cost of land on approval from ministry of housing.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE CHARTS ATTACHED FOR ACCURATE PLOT SIZES AND PRICES.
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3 Hills now President Muhammadu Buhari Estate payment plan

1. Full payments N14,500/m2 (payment must be made within the next 1yr)

2. Half payments N15,000/m2 (50% down payment and balance 50% my May 2016)

3. 30% payment N16,000/m2 (30% down payment and balance spread equally over 1yr)

4. 30% payment B N16,500/m2 (30% down payment and balance spread equally over 18 months)

Payment process

Payment is a two step process as follows:

Step 1: Payment of N20,000 on submission of form

Step 2: Payment of cost of land on approval from ministry of housing.
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Ogun State @ 40: The Sagamu flyover bridge and the akarigbo 6 lane road ready for commissioning. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ogun State @ 40: The mobalufon flyover bridge in Ijebuode ready for commissioning. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ogun State @ 40: The 150 shop complex at Sapon for the traders that were affected during the road construction. Also in the picture is the Sapon flyover bridge ... See MoreSee Less

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Ogun State @ 40: The onikolobo - Omida - Ake - Adatan 6 lane road. The picture shows the omida axis with the ongoing construction of 600 shops shopping complexes. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ogun State @ 40: 10 lane boulevard from Agoba to Itoku ... See MoreSee Less

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Ogun State @ 40: The 9km Brewery to Kemta 6 lane road with a 10 lane boulevard between Agoba and Itoku. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ogun State @ 40: Blocks of flats for those that were relocated to pave way for the construction of the shopping complex at Omida market. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ogun State @ 40: The onijanganjangan, ado odo, ikenne, kobape, ogijo model schools and hostels ready for commissioning. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ogun State @ 40: The completed 3 Hills estate with road, water and power infrastructure ready for commissioning and sale. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ogun State @ 40: The completed laderin workers estate ready for commissioning. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ogun State @ 40: The completed ilo awela, oju ore and other township road in ota ready for commissioning. ... See MoreSee Less

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Ogun State @ 40: Ongoing laying of asphalt on the iyana mortuary flyover bridge. Almost ready for commissioning. ... See MoreSee Less

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His Excellency Senator Ibikunle Amosun CON FCA inspecting the 3 Hills Estate at Kobape and the construction of 20 units of 2 bedroom bungalows for the affected villagers. ... See MoreSee Less

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Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, today 30/12/2015, signed into Law the 2016 Appropriation Bill in line with his administration's tradition of ensuring that the bill is signed before the end of the outgoing year. ... See MoreSee Less

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The architect of modern Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun during the inspection of the road construction at Lafenwa market today. ... See MoreSee Less

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OPEN LETTER TO ALL THAT CARE
KILIMANJARO FOR INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE

The number of displaced families in Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps has become an issue of national concern, this has propelled me to seek your assistance in an attempt to assist those in these camps.

I am troubled by the number of displaced women, children and families in IDP camps across our nation, and though I am comforted by the fact that our President His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, is resolute to conquer the insurgence in our nation, I still feel that any additional support by the citizenry towards this mission would not be out of place.

Presently, our mothers, children and relatives are flung far and wide in various IDP camps scattered about our nation, having been ripped out of their homes, torn apart from their loved ones and found themselves living in makeshift camps. Suddenly, for no fault of their own, their children have been yanked out of schools by bombs and as a result, lack formal education, they are traumatized by circumstances that led them to being in these camps and would benefit from psychosocial support to stabilize them and keep their hopes alive.

Five women, myself included, will be climbing out of our comfort zones on behalf of those in IDP camps by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds to improve the living conditions of those in these camps.

Personally, I will be climbing on behalf of Her Excellency, Mrs. Aishat Buhari, Wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who is so passionate about the plight of those in these camps and has demonstrated this in several ways.

Little drops of water make a mighty ocean…no amount is too little, however the more you give ,the more we can assist.

PLEASE DON’T LET ME CLIMB IN VAIN.

To support this cause, for the sole benefit of those in IDP camps, please pay generously into Wema Bank, Account name; Kilimanjaro for IDP Camps, Account Number 0122538124.

For relief materials and other supports supplies, please call Lydia on 08033186007 to arrange delivery.

All climbers will oversee and ensure that funds received are directly beneficial to the displaced people.

I seize this opportunity to thank you for your anticipated support.May God bless you as you give.

Yours sincerely,



Mrs Olufunso Amosun
Wife of the Governor
Ogun State, Nigeria
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3,196 TEACHERS IN OGUN SIT FOR PROMOTION EXAM.

Public Secondary School Teachers in Ogun State have been challenged to improve on their teaching skills and performance to justify the huge investment of Government on education.

The Permanent Secretary, Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Mrs. Olabisi Akinnuga gave the challenge while monitoring the 2015 written promotion examination for both teaching and non-teaching staff of the Commission held across the four divisions of the State.

She said the promotion exercise was meant to measure abilities and ensure that only competent and capable teachers were promoted, saying the just concluded accreditation of teachers had contributed to the success of the exercise.

Mrs. Akinnuga expressed satisfaction at the level of the conduct of the participants, noting that the physically challenged were adequately catered for during the exercise.

“I appreciate Governor Ibikunle Amosun for graciously approving the 2015 promotion for the teaching, non-teaching, Inter-Cadre and Inter-Service, I am pleased with the level of compliance and conduct of the examination, it shows they are truly teachers” she said.

Responding on behalf of the participants, Mrs. Christianah Emmanuel expressed satisfaction with the manner in which the examination was conducted, appreciating the Governor for the timely conduct of the examination and making the interest of teachers a priority in his administration.

Another participant, Mr. Oluwole Ogunsan said the examination was a very significant one, as it would afford them the opportunity to do a personal appraisal of their performance saying that as teachers, there was need for them to adequately improve themselves academically, which would in turn improve their teaching skills.

Three thousand one hundred and ninety- six teachers took part in the examination.
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AMOSUN COMMISSIONS 70th MEGA COMPANY IN OGUN

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has commissioned the 70th mega company to berth in the State in less than five years of his administration with a firm charge on industrialists to avoid environmental pollution that could have negative impact on their host communities.

Governor Amosun while commissioning the multi-billion naira Coleman Wires and Cables located at Arepo,along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway,described the electrical products factory as a private sector way of identifying with Federal Government power reform.

He said that the industrialisation drive of the present administration has continued to yield positive result since inception in 2011,assuring that Government would continue to strengthen the state's capacity by creating conducive environment for business to thrive.

The Governor assured that adequate security would remain a top priority of the State Government, noting that business and industrial activities could only thrive under a peaceful atmosphere..

While charging management of all industries operating in the State not to take the issue of safety and waste management for granted,Amosun affirmed that Ogun State Environmental Protection Agency (OGEPA) would readily collaborate with them to forestall environmental hazards.

"Our industrialisation drive has continued to yield result. This is the 70th mega company we will be commissioning since the inception of our administration in 2011.



We will continue to strengthen the state's capacity by improving political awareness and providing enabling ambiance for business to thrive.

Our industrialists should be abreast of the impact any form of pollution will have on their host community. We will collaborate with you to avoid environmental hazards, "He stated.

The State's helmsman also called on companies not to see community social responsibility as a talk show but a reality, advising them to complement Government effort on provision of infrastructural facilities through prompt payment of taxes.

He called on traditional rulers and elder statesmen from the State to encourage wealthy indigenes of Ogun to invest in their roots, noting that the present administration has simplified ways of doing business.

Speaking earlier, Chairman,Coleman Wires and Cables,Asiwaju Solomon Onafowokan,advised the Federal Government to diversify the economy in order to get the teeming youth gainfully employed.

The official commissioning had in attendance the Deputy Governor,Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Onanuga,Akarigbo and Paramount ruler of Remoland, Oba Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo,Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland,Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo,among others.
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GATEWAY SAVINGS & LOANS GETS NEW MD

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikune Amosun, FCA, CON has approved the appointment of a Chartered Accountant and Banker, Mr. Ebenezer Olawale Osisanya as the acting Managing Director of the State-owned Gateway Savings and Loans Limited. The appointment takes immediate effect.

The acting Managing Director who holds a Masters degree in Business Administration (Financial Management) from the Lagos State University in 2010 was until his latest appointment the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Jubilee-Life Savings and Loans Limited, Lagos.

A dynamic and resourceful Banker, Osisanya is a Fellow of various professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). He is also a life member of the Lagos Business School.

He has many professional awards to his credit, this include the PSR Development in Nigeria Merit Award in 2007; The Royal Merit Gold Award for Distinction (RMGAD), 2007; The Great Legend in Africa Gold Award (GLAGA); 2008 and the Africa Role Model Leadership Gold Award, 2008 among others.
52-year old Osisanya is an indigene of Ijebu North Local Government Area of the State.

SIGNED
Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa
Secretary to the State Government

Monday, 19th October, 2015
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PRESS RELEASE


AMOSUN NAMES ADEYEMI AS HoS

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, fca, con has approved the appointment of Mr. Abraham Olusola Adeyemi as the new Head of Service of the State. The appointment takes immediate effect.

Adeyemi, a member of the National Institute (mni) joined the State Civil Service as an Administrative Officer in January, 1982. He rose through the ranks and was appointed a Permanent Secretary in June, 2005. He was until his latest elevation, the Permanent Secretary at the Civil Service Commission.

The new Head of Service holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History from the University of Ibadan in 1980. He attended the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in 2008 where he served as Rapporteur for Study Group Two of the Senior Executive Course 30. He equally attended a top management course at the Manchester University Business School, United Kingdom in 2013.

An Elder of the Apostolic Church , 58-year old Adeyemi hails from Yewa North Local Government Area of the State and is happily married.

SIGNED
Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa
Secretary to the State Government

Monday, 19th October, 2015
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Ogun Assembly Screens 18 Commissioner-nominees

The Ogun State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, screened 18 commissioner-nominees whose names had earlier been sent before it for confirmation by the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

The commissioner-nominees who appeared before the House include six who had served the Amosun administration during the governor’s first term between 2011 and 2015.

The screening of the nominees, held inside one of the committee rooms of the Assembly in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, was presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Honourable Suraj Adekunbi.

During the exercise, which lasted about five hours, all the commissioner-nominees were asked various questions ranging from their professional competence, to experiences and capacity to serve the state.

The nominees include Adebola Adeife, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite, Gbenga Ademosun, Adeleke Adewolu, Afolabi Afuwape, Mrs. Yewande Amusan, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Sunday Bamiwola, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye and Chief Kolawole Lawal.

Others are Chief Jide Ojuko, Chief Muyiwa Oladipo, Ms Adenike Osoba, Bolaji Oyeleye, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun, Arc. Segun Abiodun, Dr. Olumide Ayeni and Rotimi Durojaiye.

In his remarks, the Speaker stated that the lawmakers' approval would enable the governor to appoint commissioners that would assist him in steering the affairs of the state creditably in his second term of office.

He charged the nominees to strengthen the existing relationship between executive and legislative arms of government in the state if they are eventually confirmed.

He tasked them to work assiduously towards improving revenue generation and ensuring completion of ongoing capital projects across the state.

Adekunbi, who expressed the resolve of the lawmakers to cooperate with the executive, said they would continue to put in place necessary framework to engender good governance.

"The purpose of this screening is to legitimise the appointments of the governor and make sure we have quality assurance. As soon as the cabinet is constituted, we believe the government will hit the ground running.

"We are on a sincere mission to rebuild our state. One of the factors that assisted us during the first term is the cordiality between executive and legislature.

"We are here to consolidate on the achievements of the first term. We want our commissioner-nominees to do their bit and ensure harmony among all the arms of government. We are ever ready to collaborate with the executive towards having Ogun State of our dream," Adekunbi said.
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Why Change Mantra Depends on Teachers- Amosun

Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the Ogun State governor, has said that the success of the change mantra in the nation’s socio-political climate depends, not just on the political leadership, but also on effective teaching and positive impact of teachers on learners.

The governor also disclosed that the state government is about to recruit 600 teaching and non-teaching staffs for it’s newly built Model Secondary schools.
He spoke at the 2015 World Teachers Day Celebrations event held at the M.K.O Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

“In the light of this, we are currently in the process of recruiting over 600 teaching and non-teaching staff into our newly constructed Model Schools across the State,” the governor added.
While congratulating teachers in Ogun State and all over the world, the governor, borrowing the words of Plato, a Greek philosopher said, “No society develops beyond the capacity of its teachers.”

He added that the success of the change mantra depends on the teaching-learning process and proper curriculum development to inculcate in the youngsters, the positive attitude of change.

Amosun said the Ogun State government, under his watch, had always been mindful of this fact adding that this accounts for why the provision of affordable, qualitative education took the number one slot on the list of his administrations’ five cardinal programme.

The governor said this also explains why his administration has “consistently dedicated 26% to education in our national budget since inception,” in May 2011.

“The choice of education as the first on the list is not a coincidence. It is a pre-determined motive towards building a society where citizens will not only be easy to govern but be useful to themselves and their various communities,” Amosun said.

He added that beyond distribution of educational materials, including textbooks, to students at no cost to their parents, the state government has continued to deploy different motivational strategies to encourage teachers.

This, he said, includes “increment in emoluments” and “regular payment of salaries and allowances.”
The governor also seized the opportunity to announce that the backlog of promotion of teachers in the state is being critically addressed while adding that “training and re-training of teaching and non-teaching personnel are being organised time and over again.”

Responding, Hakeem Lawal, President, Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools, ASUSS and Dare Ilekoya, state Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT both commended the governor for teachers’ welfare in Ogun State.

Amosun enjoined the teachers to reciprocate his administration’s gestures by being dedicated to their duties, “being peaceful and non-confrontational in making their requests and grievances known to government when and if the need arises.”
This years’ World Teachers’ Day was celebrated with the theme, “Empowering Teachers; Building sustaining Societies.”
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Amosun approves payment of backlog of cooperative deductions to workers

Ogun State Government has announced the commencement of payment of backlog of cooperative deductions and leave bonuses to its workforce.

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, broke the news during the Special Reception held in honour of the outgoing Head of Service and 35 retired Permanent Secretaries from the Civil Service at the Arcade Ground, Oke-mosan, Abeokuta.

Amosun said he had approved the immediate payment of the arrears from November 2014 to April 2015 from the bail out given the State by the Federal Government while it had on its own paid the deductions from June to September 2015.

He affirmed his administration's commitment to paying the salaries of its workforce as and when due, saying this had been the culture of its administration even in the face of the sudden economic downturn in the country.

Amosun, who also used the opportunity to inform newsmen that he had sent the list of his intended cabinet members to the State House of Assembly for clearance, noted that his administration would immediately hit the ground running in order to improve the fortunes of the state and mitigate the effect of the economic downturn on the State.

Meanwhile, the Governor has also lauded the immense contributions of the outgoing Head of Service, Mrs. Modupe Adekunle, describing her as a significant player in the success story of his administration.

He said, "Today, you can raise your shoulders high anywhere because you are a significant part of the success story of this administration. Tell anyone who cares to listen that you were part of the administration that transformed the entire landscape of Ogun State."

The Governor described Mrs. Adekunle and the 35 other retiring Permanent Secretaries as people of noble character and worthy examples for others coming behind.

The Chairman, Body of Permanent Secretaries, Mr. Sola Adeyemi, described the HoS as a woman of caliber who distinguished herself through hardwork and dedication and undoubtedly contributed greatly to the development of the state.

Mrs. Adekunle began her career in the civil service as a Class Teacher in Egba High School, Abeokuta in September, 1980. She was appointed the Head of Service on 21st December, 2011 by Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

She won over 30 meritorious and excellence awards to her credit including Distinguished Technocrat Award of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, Distinguished Integrity and Personality award, among others.
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AMOSUN NAMES SSA MEDIA

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has approved the appointment of a multiple award winning journalist, Mr. Adejuwon Soyinka as his Senior Special Assistant (Media). The appointment takes immediate effect.
Mr. Adejuwon was until his latest appointment the Deputy General Editor and member of the Editorial Board of the TELL Magazine, Lagos.

The new SSA Media whose experience spans over 16 years in the media industry holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in History and International Relations and Diploma in Law from the Lagos State University in 2005 and 2000 respectively. He also bagged an Ordinary National Diploma in Journalism and Certificate in Basic News Writing and Reporting from the Nigeria Institute of Journalism in 1999.

Mr. Olajuwon has won several awards including Nigerian Media Merit Awards as Foreign News Reporter in 2013, Human Rights Reporter in 2012, Print Journalist and Human Rights Reporter of the Year 2011.

Other awards in his kitty are the Wole Soyinka Prize Investigative Reporting (Climate Change Reporting Category) in 2010 and the Diamond Award for Media Excellence (DAME) Capital Market Reporting Award in 2009, among others.
The 38-year old indigene of Ogun State is a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE).

SIGNED
Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa
Secretary to the State Government

29th September, 2015
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Hajj Tragedy: Amosun Commiserates With Deceased's Families

Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has commiserated with the families of the pilgrims that died in Thursday's stampede at Mina, Saudi Arabia.

The governor, who is also performing this year's hajj, expressed his deepest condolences to President Muhammadu Buhari, Governors Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State and Kashim Shettima of Borno State, whose pilgrims were victims of the tragic incident.

In a press release signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Barr Taiwo Adeoluwa, the governor described the deaths as regrettable especially when they could have been avoided.

While urging pilgrims across the world to always observe codes that would engender an incident-free pilgrimage, Amosun called on the Saudi authorities to further improve safety measures in order to prevent recurrence of the unfortunate incident.

Amosun prayed to the almighty Allah to comfort the families across the world that lost their loved ones at the Grand Mosque and Mina and grant the deceased Aljannah firdaus.

He wished those that sustained injuries a speedy recovery.

Signed
Barr Taiwo Adeoluwa
Secretary to the State Government
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OGUN SHORTLISTS 3,435 CANDIDATES FOR RECRUITMENT EXAM

Ogun State Government has shortlisted 3,435 candidates for recruitment examination into the State Model Colleges slated for tomorrow Saturday 19th September, 2015 beginning from 9:00am.

A statement by the Chairman, Civil Service Commission, Dr. Mrs. Aderonke Folarin disclosed that the written examination organised by the Commission was aimed at testing the competence of the candidates for employment into the Model Colleges across the State.

The Statement enjoined all shortlisted candidates to be at Baptist Girls’ College and Lisabi Grammar School both in Abeokuta, venue of the examination with their calculators and writing materials.
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Lafarge, Ogun, NSIA plan to develop under-exploited forestry sector

Ogun State government, the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) and Lafarge Africa plc have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the joint development of Ogun State Forest Landscape Restoration Project.

Signed during President Muhammadu Buhari’s state visit to France, the MoU will enable the creation of a legal entity to develop the project, engage development agencies and climate change funds, while promoting it to large agriculture and forestry investors.

The project is set to transform 108,000 hectares of heavily degraded land into an arable green area. It is designed to employ innovative approaches to achieve best-of-breed environmental, social and economic results. The scheme’s uniqueness rests in the way it combines land restoration with business development objectives by applying the latest findings of agro-ecology and agro-forestry.

The first part of the area will be rehabilitated through mixed reforestation to provide biodiversity hotspots corridors, allowing nomadic herders to cross the area with their herds and encouraging subsistent farming.

The other part will be leased to agro-industrial investors interested in the development of large-scale tree crop such as cocoa, coffee, rubber and oil palm as well as annual crops such as maize, sesame, cotton and cassava, among others. Forestry projects within strict social and environmental guidelines may also be considered.

In his remarks, Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun State governor, said the restoration and enhancement of the state’s forests would benefit the environment and create jobs in rural communities.

“Increasing the pace and scale of restoration of forests is critically needed to address a variety of threats – including fire, climate change, deforestation and others – for the benefit of our ecosystems and forest-dependent communities. This project will show that enterprise and achieving strong mitigation are mutually supportive in tropical agriculture,” said Amosun.

Uche Orji, managing director/CEO, NSIA, said: “The NSIA Act permits us to participate in infrastructure projects of this nature. We are therefore committed not only to promoting economic development but also to stimulating greater environmental responsibility through the projects we support and participate in.

“We view this project as an important investment in sustainable development and remain focused on facilitating incremental participation in initiatives that reduce carbon footprint across the country and reverse deforestation for the benefit of future generations of Nigerians.”

Peter Hoddinott, CEO, Lafarge Africa, said: ”Our strong commitment to the environment and social sustainability of our operations and the communities within which we operate leads us naturally to support the Ogun State project that promises strong positive impact on these issues, particularly on climate change. The use of agro-ecology and agro-forestry principles in these project will increase their productivity, ensuring the land becomes one of Nigeria’s best carbon capture areas and generating biomass waste that Lafarge intends to use to fire its cement kilns.”
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L-R: Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar; Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari; and Managing Director, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Mr Uche Orji; during the Nigeria-France Presidential Business Forum held at MEDEF Headquarters, Paris, France ... See MoreSee Less

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2015 HAJJ DISASTER: NO OGUN PILGRIMS AFFECTED

No pilgrim from Ogun State is affected in the disaster that claimed over 100 lives at the grand Mosque of Ka’bah on Friday.

The Amri-ul-hajj of the State, Alhaji Rasheed Raji made the confirmation in an interview in Saudi Arabia.

Alhaji Raji said though the disaster was painful, but thanked God that no pilgrim from the State was involved in the unfortunate incident.

According to him, Ogun pilgrims are hale and hearty, noting that medical experts are fully on ground to take care of them.

The Amir-ul-hajj, who is also the Baba Adini of Egbaland, assured the people of the State not to panic as packages that would guarantee improved welfare of the pilgrims had been put in place.

In a related development, the Chairman of the State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Dr. Ishaq Yusuf has urged pilgrims from the State to carry out their hajj assignments with fear of Allah.

Addressing pilgrims in Makkah Saudi Arabia, Dr. Yusuf warned them to shun all acts that could rob them of their rewards, adding that they should exhibit righteous acts and demonstrate high sense of submissiveness in order to benefit from the blessings of hajj.

In an interview, the Olu of Itori, Oba Abdulfatai Akamo, who is also one of the pilgrims from the State, while commenting on the disaster, advised the pilgrims not to allow the shock of the ugly incident dampen their spiritual morale.

Meanwhile, the third batch of the muslim pilgrims from the State have visited historical places in Makkah as part of activities lined up for the hajj exercise.
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OGUN RECORDS SUCCESS IN RURAL WATER SUPPLY



Ogun State Government has stepped up measures towards increasing the supply of portable water in all parts of the State particularly the rural areas by constructing new water scheme and rehabilitating various boreholes across the State.

A Director in the State Ministry of Rural Development, Engr. Abdul-Rasaq Ojetola who stated this during an interactive session with journalists in Abeokuta explained that Government was committed to providing sufficient potable water to promote sanitation in an affordable way.

Ojetola added that the required infrastructure had been provided to facilitate and enhance Socio-economic development of the people in all the 20 Local Government Areas of the State.

“Hence, significant investment that will confirm State Government presence will be of importance to the rural dwellers through the provision of potable water, rural electrification projects and construction of roads. The existence of such projects in the coming months will surely create jobs, facilitate economic development and improve standard of living while discouraging rural-urban drift in the State”. He emphasized.

The Director explained that a total of 23 communities across the three Senatorial Districts had benefitted from the provision of new motorized water scheme with each scheme comprising 7.5KVA generating set and water tanks, stand pipes and fetching platform among others.

Engr. Ojetola said that the Ministry through its Department of Rural Water Supply also constructed solar powered borehole water schemes at Ikereku Olodi, Abeokuta North; Yewa Disu, Yewa North; Sigi Baido, Ewekoro; Lisa village, Odeda, Ehin Osun Village, Ijebu North East; Jabata Village, Imeko-Afon; Osunbudepo, Ijebu North; Fakale Village, Sagamu; Areago Village, Obafemi Owode and Oguru Village, Ijebu East.

Also the Agency under the Ministry, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWATSAN) organized a programme tagged “Ile kan, Ile Igbonse kan, Ko je lilo”, that is: “One house, One toilet for use.

He indicated that the present administration was committed to improving the standard of living of the people, as it is important for the citizenry to join hands with Government to further provide more of infrastructure for the rural dwellers, adding that the rural communities in the State would benefit maximally in the second term of the present administration.
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AMOSUN TASKS NANS ON CORRUPTION

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has charged the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Zone D, South West at its arm at Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED) to support the campaign against corruption and other vices in the course of their studentship in their various campuses.

Amosun made the call during the presentation of a twin Award of excellence by NANS/ TASUED to the Governor as the most outstanding Governor in South West at the Governor’s Office Oke –Mosan, Abeokuta.

While receiving the awards on behalf of the Governor, the State Deputy Governor Chief, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga appreciated the NANS executives for the honour, imploring the students to join the campaign against corruption, cultism and other social vices, noting that they are the future leaders.

“I want everyone of you to join the crusade against corruption, cultism and other vices and be very much alive to your responsibilities in your various campuses” Amosun said

He said the present administration would continue to support and be responsive to student union plights, adding that the school fees of tertiary institution have been stabilized in recent times. He maintained that bursaries and subventions were being paid as at when due while model schools were being put up across the three senatorial district in the state to upgrade the educational sector.

Speaking on behalf of the new elected NANS executive in South West, the Coordinator, Comrade Ogunsola Okikiola thanked the Governor for his support and outstanding leadership quality.

He said the award was in recognition of the Governor’s achievement and contributions towards the upliftment of the student union movement in South Western states of Nigeria.
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OGUN TO DISTRIBUTE 1,500 CERTIFICATES OF OCCUPANCY TO HOMEOWNERS

The Ogun State Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga will present another batch of 1,500 Cs of O and building plan under the Homeowners’ Charter Programme to beneficiaries at the Arcade Ground, Governor’s Office, Oke-mosan, Abeokuta on Thursday, 17th September, 2015 by 9.00am prompt.

According to a release from the office of the Director General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, beneficiaries are to come with valid means of identification and be at the venue by 8.00am for accreditation.
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OGUN BEGINS MONTHLY PARLIAMENTARY CAUCUS MEETING

In order to further bring dividends of democracy to all and sundry in Ogun State, the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration has begun a parliamentary caucus meeting that will help the common man benefit from good governance.

Speaking at the inaugural meeting held at Governor’s Office, Oke-mosan, Abeokuta, Senator Amosun said that the focus of the meeting which would be based on the need of the people, would be on a monthly basis noting that it would avail lawmakers the opportunity of rubbing minds together on any bill they intend to sponsor to avoid duplication.

He said that both members of the parliament and the executive would in this new dispensation collaborate to bring new lease of life to residents of the State, adding that, the caucus meeting would be system-driven.

“It is our inaugural parliamentary meeting. It is going to be holding on a monthly basis and it would be system-driven,

We want to see how Ogun people can benefit from voting for us. Our focus would be the need of the people and it is going to be interactive.

We are going to have Commissioners as part of this caucus to further enhance our scope”, Amosun noted.

Speaking on behalf of the Federal Legislators, Senator Gbolahan Dada, appreciated Senator Amosun for the initiative, which he said would enhance exchange of views and create an avenue for a better understanding of what is happening at both the State and Federal levels, pointing out that it would engender like-mindedness among Government functionaries.

In his remark, the Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Suraj Ishola Adekunbi, maintained that the only way they could better represent the people was through synergy and good relationship, adding that the monthly meeting would bring about good delivery of their mandate.

The maiden edition of the meeting had the Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga, and Federal Legislators, including Senator Gbolahan Dada, Senator Lanre Tejuoso, Hon. Segun Williams, Hon. Isiaka Ibrahim, Hon. Mikky Kazeem and Kunle Akinlade in attendance.

Others were Rt. Hon Suraj Adekunbi, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, Hon. Olowofuja, Tunde Sanusi, Yinka Mafe, Isreal Jolaoso, Ojuri, Olayiwola Ojodu, Maba as well as Secretary to the State Governemnt, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa among others.
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100 Days: Amosun Asks Residents To Keep Hope Alive

*Restates Support For PMB

Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has urged residents of the state to keep hope alive, noting that the current challenges across the country are but a passing phase.

He reiterated his total support for the policies and programmes of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that "they will bring within our reach and attainment the dreams of our people for a happy and prosperous nation."

In a press release signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Barr Taiwo Adeoluwa, the governor thanked the good people of the state for their abiding faith in his administration.

He said, "Challenges are human phenomena. Great nations of today had at one time or the other been confronted with challenges, which they successfully surmounted. Your unflinching support saw us through the first term. I have no doubt that your unwavering solidarity will make us to even surpass expectations in our second term in office."

According to the governor, "We have spent the last 100 days restructuring our finances due to the sudden economic downturn in the country. We participated in the FG bail-out programme with the active support of our forward-looking House of Assembly. The Treasury Single Account (TSA), which we introduced in 2011 and has now got nation-wide acceptance, has enabled us to block leakages in the system. We now look into the future with confidence," the statement said.

"Furthermore, as we reform our governance in line with current realities, we have paid greater attention to our environment. We are engaging local and foreign investors with tangible results in the number of companies now berthing in Ogun. We are taking stock, looking into new initiatives to raise our Internally Generated Revenue and consolidate our achievements through timely completion of all ongoing projects. We are laying a strong economic base for the future. We have hopes of a better tomorrow.

We shall remain focused and continue to work even harder to make Ogun State far better than we met it," the governor said.

Signed

Barr Taiwo Adeoluwa

Secretary to the State Government
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OGUN ASSEMBLY APPROVES N18.9bn LOAN TO OFFSET WORKERS’ DEDUCTIONS

The Ogun State House of Assembly has granted approval to the State Government’s request to obtain a total loan of N18.9b from Guaranty Trust Bank of Nigeria under the Federal Government Bail-out programme to offset the outstanding deductions/subvention to workers on its payroll.

According to Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s letter to the Assembly which was read by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Suraju Ishola Adekunbi during the plenary, the loan were broken down into N9.779b for outstanding deductions/subvention for the State and N9.139b for the Local Governments.

The Governor’s request was as a follow up to the House Resolution 008/2015 authorizing the restructuring of the commercial bank loans into Federal Government of Nigeria Bonds which would enable the State to fully participate in the Bail-out scheme.

The approval was granted through a resolution passed after the motion for the passage was moved by the Majority Leader, Hon. Adeyinka Mafe, seconded by Hon. Oluwasesan Soyebo and supported by the Whole House.

Earlier while opening debate on the motion, Hon. Mafe explained that the loan would cater for the backlogs of the civil servants deductions which would help in boosting their morale thereby enhancing productivity, adding that the loan which would be in a single digit interest rate would bring succour to civil servants at the State and Local Government levels.

On their parts, members including the Deputy Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, Chief Whip, Idowu Olowofuja, Minority Leader, Wale Alausa, PDP Whip, Jemili Akingbade, Honourables Akanbi Bankole, Tunde Sanusi and Ganiyu Oyedeji said that the loans would take care of cooperative deductions, salaries and outstanding allowances of the civil servants who had been active partners in the implementation of various government policies and programmes to achieve the Rebuilding Mission of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun -led administration.

Also contributing, Honourables Olusola Sonuga, Yetunde Sogbein and Adeleye Adebiyi were of the opinion that the payment of the outstanding deductions would serve as relief to government as debt owed public servants in the State would be cleared.

In another development, the Assembly has called on officials of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and other concerned agencies on road and traffic management to ensure strict adherence to traffic rules and regulations to put an end to incessant loss of lives and properties due to road accidents in the State.

Speaker, Rt. Hon. Suraju Ishola Adekunbi gave the charge while responding to the presentation of the lawmaker representing Ewekoro State Constituency, Hon. Israel Jolaoso under personal explanation on the recent accident that claimed the lives of 15 people including a final year student of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) at Awowo junction, along Lagos- Abeokuta Express way.
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