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AMOSUN BLAMES INSECURITY ON PARENTAL NEGLIGENCE.

Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has identified parental negligence and the bastardization of institutions as some of the cause of insecurity and criminality in Nigeria.

Delivering a keynote address at the Institute for Security Studies of the Department of State Security Services, on Tuesday, the governor lamented the abdication of parental responsibility among several Nigerian parents.

Governor Amosun who spoke on the theme, “Institutional Weaknesses and Challenges of Development in Ogun State," pointed out that "the challenges of development as it relates to weak institutions are perhaps most noticeable in the declining standard of our education and family values.

He added that, "Parents who no longer have time for their children leave the important assignment of parenting in the hands of teachers in the school who themselves are often either ill-equipped or are not genuinely committed to proper training of the children under their tutelage.

"In any case, many teachers have become foster parents. While the family unit, which is supposed to be the first school of socialisation is losing its significance in the nurturing of children.

"Character and values are now formed by peer groups; peer groups who in themselves form their habit through the internet, satellite television and social media; the new and very potent WMD – weapon of mass development or sadly, weapon of mass destruction.”

The governor told his audience which is made up of participants at the Executive Intelligence Management Course of the Institute that, "Nigeria has a youthful population and this should be an incredible advantage. However, because they are mostly unemployed or under-employed, they are now channelling their energy into less-productive areas."

In view of this development, Governor Amosun said, "The systems need to be revamped to take into consideration a wider range of educational development pursuits for our technology, artistic, vocational and other interesting areas that will engage our youths."

The governor added, "We can confidently conclude today that the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has started to lay the foundation for that selfless leadership that our dear country desperately needs."

He also seized the opportunity to inform his audience of some of the activities of his administration in the last five and a half years.

The governor said apart from agriculture and education, "another sector we focused on is…infrastructure. The existence of a good network of roads forms the bedrock on which accessibility and efficiency of other social amenities are built."

Governor Amosun revealed that his administration "has rehabilitated, upgraded and widened over 100 existing roads totalling over 500km, opened new roads totalling 300km in length, and constructed new bridges and flyovers across the three senatorial districts of the state."

He added that his administration, has also grew the internally generated revenue of the state from N750 million monthly to a peak of over N6 billion, adding, "Ogun State is now 2nd only to Lagos as the state with the highest IGR, when compared with the allocation from the Federal Government."

The Ogun State governor said, "It must be noted that as at the time we were assuming office in 2011, Ogun State was ranked as 35th position on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria ranking. Three years after, our State ranked among the best four."

According to the report, “Ogun, one of the lowest ranked overall performers in both 2008 and 2010, is one of the top reforming states in 2014.”

Governor Amosun added that, "the State achieved the feat as a result of building good institutions which blocked leakages in the system. The Government did not increase the tax burden of the citizens, but we put in place a good framework to drive the revenue of the State."
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AMOSUN BLAMES INSECURITY ON PARENTAL NEGLIGENCE.

Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has identified parental negligence and the bastardization of institutions as some of the cause of insecurity and criminality in Nigeria.

Delivering a keynote address at the Institute for Security Studies of the Department of State Security Services, on Tuesday, the governor lamented the abdication of parental responsibility among several Nigerian parents.

Governor Amosun who spoke on the theme, “Institutional Weaknesses and Challenges of Development in Ogun State," pointed out that "the challenges of development as it relates to weak institutions are perhaps most noticeable in the declining standard of our education and family values.

He added that, "Parents who no longer have time for their children leave the important assignment of parenting in the hands of teachers in the school who themselves are often either ill-equipped or are not genuinely committed to proper training of the children under their tutelage.

"In any case, many teachers have become foster parents. While the family unit, which is supposed to be the first school of socialisation is losing its significance in the nurturing of children.

"Character and values are now formed by peer groups; peer groups who in themselves form their habit through the internet, satellite television and social media; the new and very potent WMD – weapon of mass development or sadly, weapon of mass destruction.”

The governor told his audience which is made up of participants at the Executive Intelligence Management Course of the Institute that, "Nigeria has a youthful population and this should be an incredible advantage. However, because they are mostly unemployed or under-employed, they are now channelling their energy into less-productive areas."

In view of this development, Governor Amosun said, "The systems need to be revamped to take into consideration a wider range of educational development pursuits for our technology, artistic, vocational and other interesting areas that will engage our youths."

The governor added, "We can confidently conclude today that the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has started to lay the foundation for that selfless leadership that our dear country desperately needs."

He also seized the opportunity to inform his audience of some of the activities of his administration in the last five and a half years.

The governor said apart from agriculture and education, "another sector we focused on is…infrastructure. The existence of a good network of roads forms the bedrock on which accessibility and efficiency of other social amenities are built."

Governor Amosun revealed that his administration "has rehabilitated, upgraded and widened over 100 existing roads totalling over 500km, opened new roads totalling 300km in length, and constructed new bridges and flyovers across the three senatorial districts of the state."

He added that his administration, has also grew the internally generated revenue of the state from N750 million monthly to a peak of over N6 billion, adding, "Ogun State is now 2nd only to Lagos as the state with the highest IGR, when compared with the allocation from the Federal Government."

The Ogun State governor said, "It must be noted that as at the time we were assuming office in 2011, Ogun State was ranked as 35th position on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria ranking. Three years after, our State ranked among the best four."

According to the report, “Ogun, one of the lowest ranked overall performers in both 2008 and 2010, is one of the top reforming states in 2014.”

Governor Amosun added that, "the State achieved the feat as a result of building good institutions which blocked leakages in the system. The Government did not increase the tax burden of the citizens, but we put in place a good framework to drive the revenue of the State."
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Waste to Wealth Initiative

Green Empowerment For the Youth (GEFTY) is a waste-to-wealth programme, flagged off by the governor's wife in 2013 to empower unemployed youths in Ogun State.
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Community Empowerment Programme 2014

Community Empowerment Programme 2014, an on-going programme where over several rural dwellers have been empowered to be self - employed and self-sufficient.
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BEING THE SPEECH DELIVERED BY HER EXCELLENCY, COUNSELLOR DR.(MRS.)OLUFUNSO AMOSUN (GMOC, MCasson) AS THE GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE 41ST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE COUNSELLING ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA HELD AT THE MULTI-PURPOSE HALL, UNIVERSITY ON THE 22ND AUGUST, 2016



Protocols,



It gives me great pleasure to identify with fellow Counsellors and be part of the 41st International Conference of the Counselling Association of Nigeria. I congratulate the President, the Executives, fellow CASSON members, participants here present and all facilitators for being part of such a wonderful event.

The theme of the conference 'Counselling Women's Health Education/ Empowerment and Sustainable Development' is very apt at this crucial time when our great country Nigeria, is gradually transitioning and metamorphosing into a prosperous Nation.

Without pre-empting our erudite scholars who are fully prepared to do justice to the conference’s theme and sub-themes, I wish to reiterate that women empowerment cannot be overemphasised and that Counselling is an integral part of women empowerment.

It is important to continuously sensitise, educate, inform and enlighten the global community about the emerging trends and paradigms of women's requirements as geared and poised towards sustainable development.

In this gathering therefore, it is expected that the academia, researchers, governmental agencies and counsellors in various counselling context will showcase their research findings in this regard.

Development in this context refers to man’s ability to meet the needs of life that range from mental, physical, material and emotional needs. Sustainable Development is achieved when the needs of the present do not compromise the attainment of future development and needs.

The population percentage of women is significant and requires attention. Women face extensive issues and challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, violence against women, human rights issues, marginalisation, political apathy, harmful traditional practices like female genital mutilation, early marriage, widowhood, sexual violence, emotional or psychological violence, physical violence in form of wife battering and workplace violence to mention a few. These all impact negatively on women's development.

It is encouraging to note that women no longer voluntarily take the back seat. We now participate and get involved in various socio-economic, cultural and political engagements by virtue of being adequately equipped academically and our exceptional intelligence as well as our ability to multitask efficiently and effectively. We have mastered the art of how to juggle our professional roles without neglecting other domestic commitments.

We contribute immensely to the development of any society and have earned the right to expect to be acknowledged and adequately compensated for carrying out these roles.



With the growing population of women which is said to be around 50 per cent of the total population of the world, I think it is only right and fair for us to be part of the decision making process, especially when it affects women directly.

A society that empowers its women will certainly boast of a buoyant citizenry as empowered women invariably contribute meaningfully to the actualization of an egalitarian society.

Personally, I have focused on women and youth empowerment through my foundation, the UPLIFT Development Foundation, by carrying out various programs that are carefully designed to alleviate poverty and assist disadvantaged people in the society especially in Ogun State.

This is in tandem with the Mission to Rebuild Ogun State trajectory that the current Governor, my dear husband, His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun FCA, CON has implemented in the State.

UPLIFT is an acronym for 'Understanding People's Limiting and Inhibiting Factors Today.'

UPLIFT facilitates intervention programs to empower the vulnerable and the less advantaged ones in the society in any which way possible. As the President and Initiator of UPLIFT Development Foundation, being a Counsellor by training, our ultimate goal is always to make beneficiaries self-sufficient on completion of our intervention program.

My main target groups since 2011 have been the physically challenged, those living with HIV/AIDS, vulnerable senior citizens, unemployed youths, vulnerable orphans, and disadvantaged women and children in general.

UPLIFT Development Foundation activities in Ogun State have impacted positively on many less privileged people in our dear State to the glory of God.

Through the Foundation, many women have been emancipated and supported to improve their general well–being, alleviate stress, resolve crises and increase their ability to be creative, innovative and make informed decisions.

For instance, we organise regular trainings. seminars, workshops and awareness talks for our women, providing them with the opportunity to interface and network.

It also provides a platform for them to impact positively on one another by virtue of dissemination of information and freedom of association.

We have facilitated various Micro Credit schemes for several women,

We have trained numerous unemployed graduates in marketable skills and given tokens to set them on their way.

Several women have been given business start-up kits and tokens to set up small scale businesses.

Physically challenged people have been empowered with small scale businesses.

Women living with HIV/AIDS have been assisted to become income earners.

Several youths have been taken through waste to wealth workshops.

Vulnerable senior citizens are given monthly stipends for their basic needs and free regular health checks.
Free cancer screening and free breast lump excision surgery is made available for individuals that need it regularly.

Just to mention a few of our activities under the Uplift Development Foundation. We actually have over 20 initiatives that are all aimed at empowering disadvantaged citizens one way or the other.

This conference places a great task on us as professionals to come up with practical and proactive steps to assist our society in ensuring comprehensive women’s health education/empowerment that can lead us to meaningful sustainable development.

The society looks up to us as Counsellors to help solve some of its ills, ails and attendant societal vices, by offering guidance and advice that can take us to the greater heights.

Conferences like this provide us with the opportunity to recharge and rededicate our services to the benefit of humanity.

Once more, I congratulate the organizers of the 41stInternational Conference and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my views and experiences with you.

I wish you fruitful deliberations over the next few days at this conference thank you all for listening.



Counsellor (Mrs.) Olufunso Amosun

22nd of August, 2016
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Dr.(Mrs) Olufunso Amosun Visits Ogun Summer Camp

The wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs.Olufunso Amosun, today,19th of August, 2016 visited the ongoing Summer Camp at the Model School, Ewekoro, Ogun State.

She seized the opportunity to interact and educate the children on of importance green environment.
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Dr.(Mrs) Olufunso Amosun Visits Ogun Summer Camp

The wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs.Olufunso Amosun, today,19th of August, 2016 visited the ongoing Summer Camp at the Model School, Ewekoro, Ogun State.

She seized the opportunity to interact and educate the children on of importance green environment.
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Dbanj Visits Ogun Summer Camp

Popular artiste, Dapo Oyebanjo, otherwise known as Dbanj, on Wednesday, visited the ongoing Summer camp at the Model School, Ewekoro, Ogun State.

D'banj, who is also a songwriter, harmonica player and entrepreneur, seized the opportunity to not only interact with and entertain the children, but also give them talks on the pains behind the Fame that he enjoys.

The popular artiste advised the children on the need to focus on their education and be the best of whatever profession they may choose in life.

Apart from D'banj, the children were also visited by the likes of film maker, Mr. Tunde Kelani and popular actress, Kate Henshaw, among others.
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Dbanj Visits Ogun Summer Camp

Popular artiste, Dapo Oyebanjo, otherwise known as Dbanj, on Wednesday, visited the ongoing Summer camp at the Model School, Ewekoro, Ogun State.

D'banj, who is also a songwriter, harmonica player and entrepreneur, seized the opportunity to not only interact with and entertain the children, but also give them talks on the pains behind the Fame that he enjoys.

The popular artiste advised the children on the need to focus on their education and be the best of whatever profession they may choose in life.

Apart from D'banj, the children were also visited by the likes of film maker, Mr. Tunde Kelani and popular actress, Kate Henshaw, among others.
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Obasanjo, Amosun Task Media on National Unity

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Tuesday, challenged media practitioners in Nigeria to work towards the unity and cohesion of the country.

The duo spoke at the opening ceremony of the maiden edition of the annual National Summit of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) held in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

While declaring the event opened, Governor Amosun said, "It is imperative that journalists as professionals should always be on their guard against forces that seek to take advantage of the formidable power of the profession for their selfish ends.

"It has even become more important that the profession divests itself of partisanship, ensure objectivity in its reportage and inculcate investigative journalism if it desires to continue to remain relevant.”

The Ogun State Governor said this was necessary because, "Journalism, as a profession, is seen all over the world as the fourth estate of the realm after the executive, legislature and the judiciary which occupy the first, second and third place respectively.

It serves as the watchdog of the government.
"Based on this position therefore, the people often look forward to the profession for information dissemination and unraveling of the hidden truth without fear or favour.

“The profession is seen as the best of all because it has a ready-made audience in the citizens who expect journalists to tell, inform and clarify to them those grey areas, especially as it relates to governance and happenings in their environment."

Governor Amosun tasked media practitioners to "also strive for continued professional development so as to keep abreast of the best global practices in the industry."

President Obasanjo in his address expressed reservations about the way the Nigerian media sometimes allow ethnicity to cloud its sense of professionalism.

Represented by the former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Peter Okebukola, the former President complained that the media often rush to town with false and unverified reports.

He cited an example of a recent media report where he was erroneously reported to have attended a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP event whereas he was only within the same premises to attend an entirely different meeting.

As far as the former President was concerned, the media, being the watchdog, must always exercise restraint in its activities.

“The media played a key role in the Rwandan genocide. We should learn from that. The media should not act as a wedge to separate us but a tool to weld us together as a nation,” Obasanjo said.

Also speaking at the same event, Minister for Interior, retired Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau who was represented by Major General Sales Isah, also enjoined the media to emphasize reports that tends to unite the nation.

The opening session of the three-day Summit also witnessed goodwill messages from the Governors of Lagos and Kwara States among several other dignitaries.

Signed

Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
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Amosun Opens First NUJ National Summit

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Tuesday, opened the first Annual National Summit of the Nigerian Union of Journalists held in Abeokuta.
Speaking at the event, which drew attendance from journalists from all the 36 states of the federation, Governor Amosun charged journalists to practice their profession in a manner that enhances unity and development of Nigeria.

The governor emphasised the importance of the media in national development and urged practitioners to be professional in their approach and always seek ways of improving on their trade.

Keynote speaker at the event was the former President Olusegun Obasanjo who was represented by former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC, Professor Peter Okebukola.

The 3-day Summit will feature presentation of papers by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, former Minister of Information, Prince Tony Momoh and several other dignitaries on day two.

On the third day, the visiting journalists will visit the three Senatorial districts of Ogun State for an on the spot assessment of various projects that have been completed by the Governor Amosun administration in Ogun State.

Signed
Adejuwon Soyinka,
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor.
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Amosun Hosts First NUJ National Summit

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, is set to make history as he hosts the first Annual National Summit of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ.

Billed for between Tuesday, August 16 and Thursday, August 18, 2016, the Summit to be hosted in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, is the first of its kind and focused on engaging all stakeholders of the Nigerian media landscape to discuss the past, the present challenges and the future of the Nigerian media industry.

Speaking on why he has graciously agreed to host the historic event, Governor Amosun said, “It couldn’t have been otherwise since the history of the Nigerian media industry actually started here in Abeokuta.”

The governor added that, “we in Ogun State are known for always setting the pace. Don’t forget that the first newspaper in Nigeria, Iwe Iroyin Fun Awon Ara Egba, was published in Abeokuta in the year 1859 by the renowned missionary, Henry Townsend.”

He added that “even the idea of the first television station in Africa was the brainchild of yet another great son of this Ogun State, our own revered Papa Obafemi Awolowo, the late sage who was then the Premier of the Western Region and has gone ahead to also publish the oldest surviving private newspaper in Nigeria, The Tribune Newspaper.

“So from whichever angle you may want to view it, Ogun State takes the lead in the history of the Nigerian media profession just as it does in so many other areas of human endeavor. It is therefore befitting that we naturally should be the host of the historic first edition of an annual National Media Summit.”

Organised by the national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ in partnership with the Ogun State government, the 3-day Summit will have former President Olusegun Obasanjo, delivering a keynote address on Media and National Unity at the opening ceremony on Tuesday.

The event will also witness remarks from Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos State Governor; Ibrahim Dankwambo, Gombe State Governor; Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Kano State Governor; Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor; Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto State Governor and Abdulfatah Ahmed, Kwara State Governor.

There will also be remarks from the Minister of Interior, Retired General Abdulrahman Dambazau and Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, who is also the industry host, among several others.

Signed
Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
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Amosun Creates Platform For Youth Entrepreneurship

As the world marks the United Nations’ International Youth Day, on Friday, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has announced the launch of a new initiative aimed at addressing the challenge of youth unemployment in Ogun State.

Speaking on the theme of this years’ International Youth Day which is, “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production,” the Ogun State governor said youth unemployment is now widely acknowledged as a crisis, “not just in Nigeria but across the continent of Africa.”

Governor Amosun added that, “It is with this shared understanding that I hereby announce the Ogun Platform for Youth Entrepreneurship.”

This initiative, the governor explained, will coordinate public and private sector efforts to support young people to build the State's economy.

In order to achieve this focus, Governor Amosun said the initiative would reach out to not less than 10,000 young people across the nooks and crannies of Ogun State within the next 12 months and place them on the path of sustainable development through entrepreneurship.

With Ogun Platform for Youth Entrepreneurship, Governor Amosun said, “we are boldly declaring that our future depends on our youth. Through this programme we make manifest our commitment to invest in this future so that their tomorrow will be much brighter than our today.”

Signed

Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
August 12, 2016
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Amosun Congratulates Oyegun at 77

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has congratulated the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun on the occasion of his 77th birthday on Friday.

While felicitating with Chief Oyegun, the governor said, “Your life has been an eventful one with innumerable achievements in many spheres, especially, in the public sector, where you have made significant impact.”

He added that, “In addition to this, the nation’s political landscape has benefitted immensely from your active participation, especially, when you served as the First Executive Governor of Edo State, and in the build-up to the formation of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).”

Governor Amosun said, “On this occasion of your birthday, we join you in celebrating the abundant grace of God on you and your family.

“It is my prayer that the Almighty God will preserve you for many more years, in good health and sound mind, so that you can continue to make significant contributions to the overall development of our party, in particular and Nigeria in general.”

Signed

Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
August 12, 2016
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Amosun Congratulates Oyegun at 77

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has congratulated the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun on the occasion of his 77th birthday on Friday.

While felicitating with Chief Oyegun, the governor said, “Your life has been an eventful one with innumerable achievements in many spheres, especially, in the public sector, where you have made significant impact.”

He added that, “In addition to this, the nation’s political landscape has benefitted immensely from your active participation, especially, when you served as the First Executive Governor of Edo State, and in the build-up to the formation of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).”

Governor Amosun said, “On this occasion of your birthday, we join you in celebrating the abundant grace of God on you and your family.

“It is my prayer that the Almighty God will preserve you for many more years, in good health and sound mind, so that you can continue to make significant contributions to the overall development of our party, in particular and Nigeria in general.”

Signed

Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
August 12, 2016
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Amosun Congratulates Funke Egbemode

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has congratulated Mrs. Funke Egbemode, Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of The New Telegraph Newspaper on her election as President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors.

Governor Amosun described Mrs. Egbemode’s emergence as President of the Guild as “a well deserved honour.”

He added that, “anyone who has followed the career path of Mrs. Egbemode over the years will not be surprised at how far she has come in her chosen profession of journalism.”

The Ogun State Governor also commended the Guild of Editors for electing Mrs. Egbemode in a rancor-free process.

Signed
Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
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Traffic Gridlock: Ogun Directs Julius Berger to work at night

The Ogun State government has expressed deep concern about the hardship being faced by Nigerians who regularly commute on the ever-busy Lagos-Ibadan expressway on account of the ongoing reconstruction work being undertaken by Julius Berger Plc.

It has accordingly directed that with effect from Monday, August 8, 2016, the contractor shall not work on the Lagos Ibadan expressway during the peak traffic hours, namely from 6am to 10am and between 4pm and 10pm. We encourage the contractor to work full blast between 10am and 4pm and also during the night after 10pm.

This measure has become necessary because we observed that the already bad traffic situation on the expressway has been further compounded by the increasing spate of armed robberies reported along the road.

The Ogun State government welcomes the ongoing reconstruction works in the full realization of the fact that this will ultimately bring greater relief to our people. We however note that the effort has come with temporary pain, in the nature of perennial traffic congestion and security challenges.

In the past few weeks, we took two steps. We increased police and security patrols on that axis and opened up discussions with the Federal Controller of Works, Ogun State and the contractor. We suggested that they should consider working late evenings and overnight in order to ameliorate the disruption to the lives of commuters on the ever-busy expressway and Ogun residents. It is a thing of regret that our suggestion was spurned.

The state government made this request based on experience. We recall that before the advent of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration, armed robberies occasioned by bad portions of the road; traffic congestion caused by unruly drivers driving against the flow of traffic and tanker drivers parking indiscriminately on the median, were the order of the day.

The public will recall that we confronted these challenges headlong. We set up a taskforce to checkmate the excesses of the trailer drivers so much so that the governor personally led regular enforcement teams on the expressway.

We also invested heavily on redesigning the security architecture of the state by deploying Armoured Personnel Carriers, elite Quick Response Squad, QRS; Operation MESA and the state Traffic Enforcement and Compliance Agency, TRACE etc.

We have also repeatedly intervened by undertaking major repair works on bad stretches of the road, not minding the fact that it is a Federal government highway.

Additionally, we took responsibility for clearing traffic, maintaining security and cleaning after the departure of our monthly religious visitors. These efforts ultimately restored relative sanity on the road and greatly reduced robbery incidents. But that was until this recent intervention by Julius Berger.

The objective of this directive is therefore to mitigate the man-hour losses as well as socio-economic disruptions occasioned by the ongoing reconstruction work.

In the meantime, we will continue to monitor the situation and proactively engage the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing and the contractors, Julius Berger Plc, with a view to fashioning a robust intervention that will address both the security and traffic situation on the road.

We implore our people to remain calm as we work round the clock to redress the inconveniences.

Signed
Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa
Secretary to the State Government
Friday, August 5, 2016.
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OGUN PARTNERS FG ON $60M RURAL ACCESS PROJECT

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has embraced the Federal Government's Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP) initiatives aimed at providing infrastructural facilities to enhance mobility and accessibility in rural areas across the country.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun made this known while receiving the National Project Coordinator of Rural Access and Mobility Project, Engr. Ularamu Ubandoma in his office in Abeokuta.

The Governor assured that his government was always ready for genuine developmental initiatives particularly in the area of rural and infrastructural developments that would improve the living standards of the rural dwellers as "this has always been a major part of our administration's 5 cardinal programmes, and our plan is to improve our Agro-Business and move the rural areas to urban standards".

The National Project Coordinator of Rural Access and Mobility Project, Engr. Ularamu Ubandoma, disclosed that under the programme, the Federal government would construct 500km roads, worth $60m in the rural areas of the state.

Engr. Ubandoma revealed that Ogun State met the criteria for selection, part of which included the interest of the state government and technical modalities agreement, adding that access to market, affordability in food production, access to raw materials for industries and increase enrolment of students in schools were some of the benefits of the project.

Meanwhile, the Ogun State government ids leaving no stone unturned in its desire to gainfully engage the youth and wants the German Agency for International Corporation (GIZ) to support its proposed Youth Summit which would soon be held.

The Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun was speaking as host to the Programme Manager of GIZ, Mr Torsten Schlink in his office, noting that GIZ was among the top organisations with the expertise and capability to support the state in deepening the value chains for development.

At the occasion, the Special Adviser on Trade and Investment, Mrs Abiola Costello, disclosed that GIZ was presently partnering the state on technical vocational training, adding that the organisation, to date, had investment worth 5million Euro in the state and was ready to spend another 6million Euro.

The new Programme Manager, Mr. Torsten Schlink noted that the state government’s policies were fully in line with the organization’s programme and expressed confidence that the government would turn the fortunes of the state around.
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R-L: Ogun State Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga, Deputy Head of German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), Stlvle Hoster, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Programme Manager of GIZ, Mr. Torsten Schlink, Special Adviser to the Governor on Agricultural Value Chain, Ludwig Kiefer and the Special Adviser on Trade and Investment, Mrs Hafsat Abiola-Costello during a courtesy visit to the governor in Abeokuta. ... See MoreSee Less

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Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State (middle), his Deputy, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga (right), National Project Coordinator for Rural Access & Mobility Project (RAMP), Engr. Ularamu Ubandoma (2nd left), Project Accountant of RAMP, Mallam Bello Argungu (2nd right) and Infrastructure Engineer of RAMP, Engr. Taiye Tehinse during a courtesy visit of RAMP leadership to the governor in Abeokuta.. ... See MoreSee Less

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FG to Partner Ogun in construction of 500Km rural roads

Plans are underway by the Federal Government in conjunction with the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led administration, to construct 500 kilometers of rural roads worth $60m in Ogun State.

This much was disclosed, on Wednesday, when the leadership of the Rural Access and Mobility Project, RAMP visited the Ogun State Governor at his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office.

Leader of the team and National project coordinator, Engr. Ubandoma Uharamu, disclosed that the road project would be structured in a manner that it will open up rural roads and increase access to education.

He said in order to make this happen, a technical team from Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP) is already in Abeokuta to discuss with officials of the state government on how this could be facilitated within the shortest possible time.

He told the governor that the project is worth $60m (US dollars), adding that RAMP is in it's third stage.

Uharamu revealed that Kaduna and Cross River states benefitted in the first phase while Adamawa, Enugu, Osun, Niger and Imo states are presently benefiting from the second phase.

He said his team would interact with Ogun State officials to ascertain the level of readiness of the state to participate in the third phase.

The World Bank, the French Development Institute and the African Development Bank, Uhuramu noted, are jointly sponsoring RAMP.

Governor Amosun, who was elated by the visit of the team, expressed confidence that Ogun would be one of the states to benefit in the third phase.

Signed

Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
August 3, 2016
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Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, presenting a gift to the Executive Vice Chairman of the National Communications Commission, Professor Umar Danbatta when the NCC management team paid a courtesy visit to the Governor's Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office ... See MoreSee Less

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Ogun State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga; Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and the Managing Director, GTBank Plc, Mr. Segun Agbaje during the final match of the GTB Principals Cup (Male and Female) played at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta ... See MoreSee Less

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(R-L) Ogun State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Afolabi Afuape; Ogun State Head of Service, Elder Sola Adeyemi; Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; Managing Director of GTBank Plc, Mr. Segun Agbaje; Ogun State Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa and the Ogun State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga, during the final match of the GTB Principals Cup (Male and Female) played at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta ... See MoreSee Less

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Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, presenting a gift to the Chinese Consul-General, Cho Xiaoliang, during a courtesy visit to the Governor's Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office ... See MoreSee Less

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WHOSE INTEREST ARE THEY SERVING?

Vanguard has unfortunately REFUSED to publish our rejoinder as stated below for reasons best known to them. In its place, they have chosen to publish their own report on page 37 of their August 1 edition.

REJOINDER TO VANGUARD REPORT TITLED, "ANY GOVT. OWING SALARIES SHOULDN'T EXIST - AMOSUN"

Our attention has been drawn to a report titled, “Any Govt. owing salaries shouldn’t exist- Amosun,”published on page 10 of the Vanguard Newspaper on Friday, July 29, 2016.

The erroneous report, which was curiously repeated on Friday, July 29, was first published by the same newspaper on Thursday, July 28 with the title, “Any Govt. owing salaries not worth existing- Amosun.”

While we are still at a loss as to why a reputable national daily would repeat the same report for two days consecutively, we are even more surprised considering the fact that the re-hashed report was not only false, but clearly a figment of the imagination of the writer.

For record purposes, we will like to state the true picture of what transpired as follows:

1. That on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, attended the opening session of the 3rdQuadrennial Delegates Conference of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, which was held in Abeokuta, the state capital.

2. That the governor shortly before declaring the conference open took time to address some of the issues that the workers had slated for discussion in the course of the conference.

3. Expectedly, one of the main issues was the current financial challenges facing the nation and the inability of some states of the federation to pay salaries as and when due.

4. The Ogun State governor while addressing this issue, explained that whereas the Ogun State government was not owing salaries, in most states of the federation, governors (including himself) are having sleepless nights trying to ensure that workers are paid their wages as and when due

5. He used the situation in Ogun State as an example, stating that the revenue accruing to the state from the Federation Account in some months is not up to N1bn, whereas the state has a wage bill of over N9bn to pay on monthly basis.

6. The governor further stated that in the face of this reality, governors still have to ensure that social amenities like security, infrastructure and other social services are maintained.

7. Given this scenario, Governor Amosun explained that he and most of his brother governors are constantly under pressure to meet the needs of the workforce in their states knowing full well that “a labourer is worthy of his wages.”

8. The Ogun State governor said, “I am not making a case for governors but we are Nigerians too.” He added that governors are not happy when they are unable to pay salaries and they are all trying their best to ensure that workers are happy but “we are no magicians.”

9. Governor Amosun said he and his colleagues are not oblivious of the need to meet the wage bills. He said, “Any business that cannot pay its workforce is not a business, including a state. A state that can’t pay salaries, there is a problem. We know it, I know it and I know my colleagues know it too.”

10. The governor further explained that the realization of this fact gives him and other governors sleepless nights as they work day and night to meet the needs of their people

11. The governor, therefore, solicited the support and understanding of workers at this critical time in the history of Nigeria saying that, “you are our landlords. If we are going to succeed, it is with your cooperation and support.”

12. He appreciated the workforce in Ogun State for their cooperation and called for their continued support, which he said was responsible for the state’s ability to pay salaries as and when due.

From the foregoing, it is clear that at no point did the governor say “states that are unable to pay salaries are not worth existing,” as erroneously claimed by Daud Olatunji, the Vanguard Correspondent in Abeokuta who incidentally has been in the habit of twisting the governor’s comments and reporting them out of context.

For the avoidance of doubt, this is not the first instance where the reporter in question would concoct reports totally at variance with the reality of what the governor might have said.

For instance, whereas on July 28, the Vanguard reporter falsely claimed that the governor said, “States that are unable to pay salaries are not worth existing,” other newspapers that covered the same event did not have a similar report. The Sun Newspaper, for instance, correctly reported the governor as having said that “Governors Are not Magicians.”

In another instance on July 20, 2016, the same Vanguard Reporter wrote a report with the headline “Salary Default: Govs Fail to Think outside the box- Amosun.” Whereas there is no direct quote in the body of the report to support that misleading headline, the Guardian newspaper of the same day, correctly reported the governor with a report titled, “Govs have not been mismanaging funds, Amosun insists.”

Similarly, on May 24, 2016, the Vanguard newspaper was once again the only newspaper that erroneously reported under the headline, “Poor Economy: Govs should think out of the box – Amosun.” Reporting the same event, on the same day, the Nigerian Tribune’s headline read, “Ogun Revenue rises by 98% - Amosun;” the Guardian reported, “Ogun Surpassed revenue target despite challenges, says Amosun;” while the Nation newspaper reported with the headline, “Amosun: diversification boosts Ogun IGR by 97 per cent.”

This is a disturbing trend. We therefore hope that you would use your good offices to ensure that professional standards and integrity, for which the Vanguard newspapers, has come to be known over the years, are sustained.
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Arepo: Amosun Thanks Buhari for Ongoing Military Operations

* Calls for Proper Clearance of Creeks
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for authorising the ongoing military operation against suspected militants that had been terrorising Ibafo, Ogijo and other neighbouring communities in Ogun State.

Amosun who spoke, on Monday, while visiting the affected communities, also called on the Federal government to ensure that the creeks, especially areas hosting petroleum pipelines, are cleared for proper visibility.

The governor who was appalled by the large number of jerrycans the hoodlums use to steal fuel from ruptured pipelines, noted that there was the need for the nation's creek line to be cleared of shrubs and bushes that makes it attractive for hoodlums to hide and rupture pipelines.

"We have gone round this place they say is the camp of the vandals, and I must say I feel sad, sad because some of us can deliberately be engaging in this type of economic sabotage.

"But I will advise the federal government to embark on a deliberate policy to clear our creeks. All the shrubs and bushes 500 metres of our creeks should be cleared.

As you can all see, this place is bushy and it is enough incentive to hoodlums to hide and operate. I want to believe this is how our creek is natiowide. We should be proactive and solve this problem." the governor said.

Senator Amosun who was accompanied on the visit by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga; Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon Adekunbi Suraj; Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa; Brigade Commander, 35th Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Ogun State; State Police Commissioner, Ahmed Illiyasu, as well as the State Director of the Department of State Security, DSS, expressed appreciation to the Service Chiefs for their focus and determination to rid the country of all forms of criminality.

He also advised residents of the affected communities to cooperate with the security operatives and ensure that their community does not harbour criminal elements.
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Amosun Visits Ibafo, Ogijo

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday, visited Ebute-Ibafo and Ogijo, two of the communities affected by the recent activities of suspected militants in Ogun State.

The governor's visit came on the heels of ongoing military operation against the militants who had recently terrorised the communities.

In the course of the visit, the governor assured residents of their security while advising them to cooperate with security operatives.

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Adejuwon Soyinka,
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor.
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Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun accompanied by the Commissioner, Ogun State Police Command, Ahmed Iliyasu; Brigade Commander, 35th Artillery Brigade, Brigadier General Mohammed Danwalis and Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Suraj Adekunbi, when the governor visited Ebute Ibafo, one of the communities where the military is currently battling suspected militants, on Monday. ... See MoreSee Less

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OGUN PAYS JULY SALARY DESPITE ALL ODDS

Despite the persistent downturn in the economic situation of the country, the Ogun State government is living up to expectation with the prompt payment of worker's salaries and pension as when due.

The state Commissioner for Finance, Mr Adewale Oshinowo, in a statement issued in Abeokuta, disclosed that the July salaries of the workers in the state have been paid, emphasising that it was paid before the month ended to enable the workers cater for their needs at the appropriate time.

"Workers in Ogun have started receiving credit alerts from their various banks, even before the month ended. This is to help them sort their needs. We are time conscious when it comes to the welfare of Ogun State workers", the commissioner stated.

He reiterated the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led administrations continued commitment to ensuring workers welfare is taken care of at all times, notwithstanding the current cash crunch nationwide.

Oshinowo enjoined civil servants in the state to complement governments effort by contributing their quota towards realising the rebuilding mission of the government by being punctual and committed to their jobs.
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OGUN STATE MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT

The monthly environmental sanitation exercise will hold tomorrow from the hours of 7- 10am in the morning.

There will be restriction of human and vehicular movement during the period and mobile courts will be stationed throughout the state.
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Ogun Not A Fertile Ground for Criminals - Amosun

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has declared that the state won't be a fertile ground for hoodlums and criminal-minded elements.

He made the remark while receiving the new Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Illiyasu, who was posted to the state to replace AbdulMajid Alli who was recently promoted as Assistant Inspector General (AIG) in charge of Zone 2.

Governor Amosun noted that the peaceful atmosphere prevailing in the state "won't be surrendered to hoodlums and criminal-minded elements now disturbing our people located at the riverine areas.

"I want to say Ogun State is still and would remain a no-comfort zone for criminals. We won't accept what some people are doing in the riverine areas presently."

The governor praised the AIG for ensuring that Ogun remains peaceful, and saluted Alli’s professionalism and competence. The governor said the new AIG’s promotion was well deserved.

Alli, while introducing the new Commissioner of Police, described Illiyasu as a very hardworking and no-nonsense police officer.

The new AIG Zone 2 therefore issued a red card to hoodlums terrorizing the riverine areas of the state, warning that, “We won't accept the present action of some criminal-minded people disturbing the people in villages near the waterways. I am issuing a red card to them.

They should stay clear of Ogun State.”
He declared that his number one priority as the AIG in charge of Ogun and Lagos states is "keeping our waterways safe for the people."

On his part, the new Ogun State Commissioner of Police assured the governor of his total commitment to the maintenance of peace and security in the state.

Illiyasu also commended the infrastructural drive of the governor, noting that, “I was in this state four years ago and I know how it was, but what I saw when I came now is a radical difference. I can see a serious difference."

Signed
Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
July 28, 2016
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Ogun EXCO Mourns Akarigbo

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday, led members of the State Executive Council to observe a minute silence in honour of the late Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Adeniyi Michael Sonariwo, who joined his ancestors on Saturday, July 23.

While informing the State Executive Council of the passage of the First Class traditional ruler, Governor Amosun said he will be sorely missed.
The governor described the passage of the late Akarigbo as "a great loss to the government and good people of Ogun State."

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Adejuwon Soyinka,
Senior Special Assistant (Media),
Ogun State Governor.
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