The Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has revealed his administration’s plan to establish the state equivalent of the Federal Government’s Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) soon.
The Governor made the disclosure while speaking at a two-day induction programme for members-elect of the 9th Assembly of Oyo State, even as he mentioned the government’s readiness to fight graft.
He stated that the lawmakers would get a bill seeking to establish the Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency immediately after the inauguration of the House, adding that when the agency is established, it would be empowered to beam its searchlight on any individual or body in the state.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa,
quoted Governor Makinde as saying that he would readily waive his immunity
to appear before the agency if he is found not to be above board.
The Governor said: “The first Executive Bill we are bringing to you is for us to set up an Anti-Corruption Agency for Oyo State. And I will waive my immunity, if I am found not to be above board, to face that agency.”
Governor Makinde also explained his government’s determination to make Oyo State one of the safest in Nigeria by coming up with measures to tame insecurity.
According to him, the decision to proscribe the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) a few days after taking office was borne out of the resolve to ensure that the state is not held to ransom by a few individuals.
The Governor said that his government has a blueprint on the security
sector, adding that his colleagues in the South West are also working together
in that regard.
He said: “We are going to take the security of lives and property seriously. Few days after I was sworn in as governor, we proscribed the NURTW. I told them that we were not interested in stopping them from running their union, because it is registered under the law. But we cannot allow a few people to hold the state to ransom in the name of running a union. I am talking to the security agencies in the state; we know the flashpoints and we know exactly what needs to be done.”
He told the members-elect that he was looking forward to a cordial relationship with them in the 9th Assembly, adding that he was also hopeful that the incoming Assembly would become the best Oyo Assembly ever.
The Governor also promised to work with the state Assembly to guarantee financial autonomy to the local government areas, while also promising to work with all political parties operating in the state.
“The task before all of us now is to make Oyo State better and I look forward to us working together. I want us to deemphasize party affiliations.
“I want this ninth Assembly to be the best ever in the history of Oyo State. I know you can do it, because some of the qualities that you need to make that happen, you all have them: experience, youthful energy, and commitment. So, we won’t have any excuse not to deliver.
“I believe that this workshop has been insightful and interactive enough and you are in full appreciation of the task ahead of you. “As soon as you settle in, I will almost immediately be bringing an Executive Bill. We have four major areas that our government will focus on. We want to expand our economy and lift as many of our people as possible out of poverty. We want to use agriculture to expand the economy. It is not by just saying it; we have to see real action and most of our infrastructure will be made to target our economy. We need to work together on this.” the governor said.
Speaking on his decision to scrap the N3, 000 education levy being charged by the previous administration, the Governor stated that he had no regrets keeping his campaign promise.
According to him, during his speech at the inauguration ceremony on May 29 at the Liberty Stadium ” I said that the N3,000 education levy has been scrapped and a lot of people have been condemning the action, saying I should have waited to occupy the governor’s seat and see the magnitude of the challenges before making that move.
“We did our calculations and we found out that with the enrolment of students, we only require N1.2 billion yearly to take care of whatever the N3, 000 levy was being charged for.” he concluded.
Crisis: Ogun PDP Factions Reunite, Vow To Reclaim Ogun
The warring factions of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State led by the late Senator Buruji Kashamu and a former House of Representatives, Oladipupo Adebutu, have resolved their differences and reunited.
After over a decade of crisis and court orders, loyalists of both Kashamu and Adebutu who are the two major factions on Wednesday, reunited and bowed to reclaim the state in the coming 2023 elections.
The factions met during a reunion meeting held at the party secretariat in Abeokuta.
The leaders of the two factions resolved to work together towards strengthening the party for the 2023 elections.
Leading the Kashamu faction, Segun Seriki, declared that the party will henceforth operate under Sikirullahi Ogundele-led executive of the PDP, thereby collapsing the other faction which paraded Samson Bamgbose as the Chairman.
He expressed regret that the crisis had robbed off PDP the chances of returning to power since 2011 when the party was defeated upon expiration of Gbenga Daniel’s tenure.
Seriki called on party members to be committed to the reunion and work towards rebuilding the party for victory in the 2023 election.
Bamgbose applauded the leaders of the party for achieving reconciliation of the warring factions of the PDP.
He asked the PDP leaders and supporters to be ready for the battle to unseat the ruling party in 2023.
He said “We are going to the battlefront. We must be ready and win.”
The party Chairman, Sikirullahi Ogundele, said the reunion marked the beginning of a new relationship that would drive the party to power in 2023.
He said, “I am happy that the PDP of 2003 is now back. We are now together in harmony, looking forward to having a united PDP in Ogun State.
“We are going to get back our mandate from the misrule of the APC, a party that has no blueprint.
“They just wake up in the morning and embark on any project that comes to their head. They give water or road where not needed.
The PDP is the best party so far and we are winning in 2023.”
A former spokesperson to former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, and Goodluck Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, expressed happiness over the reunion of the factions.
Okupe, however, cautioned leaders in the party that “there will still be a fight, there cannot be equality. Disagreement is not disloyalty, if we don’t disagree, we can’t agree to move forward. There is a way to go about everything.”
Adebutu in his remarks enjoined party members to work in harmony, adding that the party has come as the alternative choice.
He said, “The people of Ogun State need a platform to rescue them, the PDP has come to rescue Ogun residents and Nigerians from the sufferings by the APC.”
Bisoye Fagade Takes Lagelu By Storm, Unfolds Plans For Oyo Development
Abisoye Fagade, the 47-year-old Nigerian marketing communication professional, is a man of many parts.
And if words on the streets of Ibadan are anything to go by, Fagade has his eyes fixed on two goals, his hospitality outfit, and politics. While his hospitality outfit, Alexia’s Place, situated in a serene environment in the Opebi area of Ikeja has continued to grow steam since its inception, the founder and CEO of Sodium Brand Solutions has been closing ranks in the Oyo state All Progressive Congress.
Fagade became popular in Oyo state politics when he made his entrance many years ago with the slogan, Oyo si ma dun (Oyo will be great) and now, the astute professional seems ready to return to politics.
To show he has his eyes fixed on the ball, Fagade was recently spotted in the Lagelu area of Oyo state where he began the process of reincarnating Lagelu in Oyo State politics. Fagade returned to his constituency to listen to his constituents and begin strategy towards taking Oyo state to an enviable height.
Speaking at a grand reception organised in his honour by the APC leadership of the party, Fagade said, “I must state here that I have personally taken up the gauntlet to join other well-meaning citizens in promoting the ideas of Progressive politics which we are known for in this part of the country.
The project has since commenced as we have done a lot to alleviate the suffering of the people, especially at the grassroots through the ‘Oyo Si Maa Dun’ Foundation.
I’m using this avenue to prepare our minds and encourage all of us to remain optimistic about the future of our dear state and that of our fatherland- Nigeria.
Jerry Gana Laments As He Returns To PDP After 3 Years
Former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, has alleged that there is no government in Nigeria.
Gana said this when he, alongside many of his supporters, returned the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday.
In March 2018, Gana, a member of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, had dumped the party for the Social Democratic Party.
But addressing the party members in Bida, Niger State, during a reception to mark his return to the party, Gana said the country is nose-diving and needs urgent rescue.
Prof. Gana said, “Today is not a day for lecture. It is not a day for campaigns. We just want to rejoice that we are back together solidly; and we are going to work together solidly, that we are going to work together effectively, that we are going to campaign powerfully.
“I tell you, we are going to go around strategically, in such a way that the All Progressives Congress (APC) so called government, whether in Niger state; is there a Government in Niger State? Because many people are not aware, or at the Centre? At federal level, we don’t even have a Government.”
Earlier, Party leaders from across the three Senatorial zones assured the party faithful that the PDP is ready to take over Niger and salvage it from the “deflated state that it is under the ruling APC”
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