2016: We will collectively turn the fortunes of the state around –Ajimobi
The Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, in his New Year message to the people of the state, expressed optimism that the people’s resilience would transform the country’s frailties and dire circumstances into a pyramid of possibilities.
Ajimobi, who described the New Year as a year of greater possibilities, said it provides great opportunity for the citizens to collectively create and enjoy what can truly become a year of spectacular new beginnings.
The governor declared that the remedial measures undertaken by his administration in the last four years would bail the state out of the global and national economic realities occasioned by the dwindling oil prices.
He said, “We have passionately spent the past four years preparing for the complete restoration of structures and values that will ensure the transformation and repositioning of our people and resources for sustainable development.
“Notwithstanding the negative predictions of some apostles of doom, I am very optimistic about 2016, because we in Oyo State are putting in the work.
“I am even more sure-footed about this year because our people have shown the courage and commitment required for turning around our dire circumstances into a pyramid of possibilities.”
Ajimobi said he was encouraged because young and old men, as well as women and children in the state had demonstrated the willingness to weather the storm despite the fog on the horizon.
Consequently, the governor said that the people should remain strong and resolute, with a view to exploring the opportunities in the New Year and collectively turn the fortunes of the state around.
Post by Ogbeni Ogunnaike on Jan 11, 2016 21:32:41 GMT
Redevelopment of Ogunpa Market begins today
The government of Oyo state has announced that the redevelopment of the popular Ogunpa Market will commence today Monday. It said the project would be undertaken through a public-private partnership.
"When the project is completed, the market will accommodate
more than 1000 shops in addition to modern social infrastructure."
The decision to commence the project was reached at the end of a meeting held between the stakeholders and the state government at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Ibadan, on Friday. It would be recalled that the government’s resolve to transform the market through a PPP arrangement had generated tension among the traders and other stakeholders.
Some of the traders were afraid that since the project would be executed by a private developer, they might not be able to afford the cost of the shops, which they said might be exorbitant. They were also worried that the original traders in the market might be shut out upon completion, while the completed shops might be allocated to more influential people. In a statement issued by the state government and gotten by IBPulse, it said it was able to assuage the fears of the market women. The meeting was attended by the representatives of the State Government; the Chairman, Oyo State Market Advisory Council, Alhaji Dauda Oladapo; his deputy, Mrs. Abake Lawal; and other markets leaders. Others in attendance included representatives of the Nigerian Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps; Department of State Services; Ogunpa Market; and Chairman of the State branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Taofeek Oyerinde. Governor Abiola Ajimobi was represented by a former Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Mr. Segun Abolarinwa. He assured the stakeholders that the interest of the traders would be adequately taken care of.
He said the state government decided to adopt the PPP model for the development of the market following the current economic realities that had made such partnership inevitable. “At least 1000 shops is being planned to replace the existing Ogunpa market. The project is expected to be completed before the end of the year. It is in line with the vision of the Governor to transform the State,” he said. “I want to assure the stakeholders that no underhand dealings will be permitted in the course of the project and in the allocation of the shops. No individual will be allowed to acquire multiple shops to the detriment of others. “We followed the due process by calling for bids in newspaper publications and we selected three out of the bidders. The developer we eventually chose has a track record of achievements.” According to Bolarinwa, the Market Advisory Council and the executive members of the Ogunpa Market Traders Association would be involved in the allocation of the shops upon completion. Furthermore, he said all necessary enumeration had been done and that no trader would be allowed to have more than one shop.
Ogbeni Ogunnaike this is the first positive news I'm seeing concerning Oyo state this year and that's why the thread is still in page 3.Ther's nothing to talk about.Hopefully we hear more positive things in the coming days
Post by Ogbeni Ogunnaike on Jan 11, 2016 21:46:42 GMT
Insecurity Forces Relocation of Telecoms Summit from Kaduna to Ibadan
The federal government has attributed the lingering insecurity in Kaduna, Zaria and some parts of North-central geopolitical zone of the country to the main reason why it is shifting its telecommunications road map summit from Kaduna to Ibadan in Oyo State, THISDAY has learnt.
The summit will hold between Janauary 22 and 23. A competent source at the Ministry of Communications in Abuja averred that it was better to avoid a region that has become enmeshed in hotbed of indiscriminate killings arising from religious upheavals in recent times. Every arrangement, including hotel bookings and space reservation had to be cancelled as a result of the new development. According to the source, ”There have been reports in the media of allegations and counter allegations still being traded by the army and the Shiite group over the where-about of their leader El-Zakzaky.” While this has further heightened insecurity in the region, he said the government had set up a probe panel to unravel the causes of the crisis.
“This time, government will be careful not to take anything for granted since critical stakeholders are expected at the all-important conference expected to chart a fresh road map for the sector.” the source hinted. Though the minister, Mr. Adebayo Adebayo, hails from Oyo State, the source added that the decision to move the summit from Kaduna to the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Oyo State, was not political as it has no bearing with the minister coming from the state. According to him, Ibadan is easily reached from every nook and cranny of the country. Reacting to questions posted via SMS on the summit to the minister, Mr. Victor Oluwadamilare, his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media on behalf of his principal, said topping the list on the agenda at the event is the fine-tuning of realistic and workable strategies on how to use the Information Communication Technology (ICT) to create jobs for Nigerians.
Adebayo in his inaugural address on assumption of duty had promised to use ICT as the nation’s cash cow to drive the economy through attracting investment into the sector and creating jobs. Because the summit involves all stakeholders, the minister said the plethora of complaints from GSM subscribers will be also holistically tackled once and for all. While the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST), is said to be undergoing reforms though without a substantive Postal Master General, the minister added that repositioning the parastatal for greater efficiency will dominate discussion at the retreat. Other areas of focus Shittu said include: “The ICT local content initiative, guaranteeing an enabling environment for ICT development, through creating a level playing field for all operators in the industry. “Creating effective synergies between the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT), GalaxyBackbone and NIPOST will all be given comprehensive attention.”