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LG Autonomy: Makinde Tasks States to Boost IGR through Productivity

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Hours after the Supreme Court judgment granting financial autonomy to local governments, Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has called on states to focus more on productive activities that can boost internally generated revenues.

Governor Makinde said this on Thursday, while receiving the national executive members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by its President, Chief (Dr) Chris Iziguzo, in his office at the secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.

The governor, who was invested as the Grand Patron of NUJ, Oyo State Council, in recognition of his immense support to the body over the years, said Nigeria as a country blessed with arable land and good weather should not be importing food.

He said, “It’s a big shame for this country that we cannot feed ourselves. We should go back to those things that will allow us to bring confidence back to our people and to ensure that this country is back on the path of growth and economic progress.”

The governor added, “I would say that it (Supreme Court judgment) has nothing to do with us here in Oyo State because since I came in, we’ve conducted local government election twice, and for one day after we held the first election, there’s been no caretaker anywhere, we planned and gave allowance for election process to go on smoothly. So, it’s not a big problem for us.”

The governor, who lamented the inability of many of the local government areas to generate revenue outside of the federal allocation, said the focus of the country should be on how to increase productivity.

He said, “The issue we have is that we’re not producing enough, we’re not productive. Whatever it is that we’re sharing in Abuja, which is what this FAAC is all about, you want to have value for it, but our real problem is productivity.”

Governor Makinde also used the occasion to charge Nigerian journalists to always set aside personal and parochial interests but rather focus on overriding national and corporate interests while discharging their duties.

He said, “Whatever anyone wants to become, it is only possible when we have a country. So, all of us, including journalists, must always be guided by the overriding interests of developing our state and the country. Journalists must practise development journalism that stands for the interest of the generality of the people.”

While expressing his appreciation for the honour done to him, Governor Makinde said it would enable him to reconnect with journalists.

Earlier in his remark, the NUJ President, Dr Iziguzo, commended Governor Makinde’s people-oriented projects across all sectors in the state, which he noted had impacted the internally generated revenue of the state positively.

He added that the recognition as grand patron was meant to identify and appreciate him as one of the leaders that have been impacting meaningfully on the lives of the people.

The NUJ president highlighted some of the governor’s achievements in the area of health, education, security and particularly road infrastructure and urban development.

He called on journalists to embrace development or solution based journalism rather than over playing challenges confronting the nation, stressing that other nations across the world have diverse challenges also but have attracted investments and people from other parts due to positive projection of their images to the rest of the world.

The event had in attendance the Chief of Staff, Otunba Segun Ogunwuyi and Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Prince Dotun Oyelade.

On the entourage of the NUJ President were the Vice President South-West B Zone, Princess Ronke Afebioye-Samo; National Financial Secretary, Comrade Samuel Dada; National Trustee Member, B Zone, Comrade Adebayo Akamo; Zonal Secretary, South-West, Abdulrazak Alege and the NUJ Chairman Oyo State chapter, Ademola Babalola.

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Coronation: Beulah Adeoye Congratulates 43rd Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin

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The President of the Beulah Adeoye Foundation, Amofin Beulah Adeoye, has congratulated the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadanland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Akinloye Olalere Owolabi Olakunlehin, on his coronation as Olubadan of Ibadanland.

In his congratulatory message to the highly revered first-class monarch, Oba Owolabi Olakunlehin, and the people of Ibadanland, Beulah Adeoye described the Ibadan traditional institution as a model of democratic setting and principle of equality in all ramifications.

According to the Ipapo-born finance expert and legal luminary, “The ascension to the stool of Olubadan of Ibadanland defines the true nature of patience, high level of perseverance, and contentment as no one can jump the steps without being duly promoted and certified by the Olubadan in Council, as backed by the Ibadan chieftaincy laws and declaration.”

“Our Kabiesi, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Owolabi Olakunlehin, is a thoroughbred teacher, historian, builder, and retired military officer with the rank of Major.”

“Just as he has always been a guide and custodian of our history, traditional institution, and above all, the core values of Yoruba history, we believe he will continue in that line of duty even more as Olubadan of Ibadanland.”

“Kabiesi’s vast experience in different sectors of Nigeria’s economy will be greatly explored and thoroughly utilized in bringing more transformational development to Ibadan, Oyo State, and Nigeria as a whole.”

“Historically, Kabiesi Oba Owolabi Olakunlehin began the journey to the throne of Olubadan of Ibadanland in 1983 when he became Mogaji for the Ige Olakunlehin family of Ita-Baale in Ibadan North East Local Government. He rose to the position of Jagun Balogun of Ibadanland in 1986 under the reign of Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Oloyede Asanke. Dutifully rising through the ladder of the Olubadan of Ibadanland line of system, Oba Owolabi Olakunlehin was elevated to the Olubadan-in-Council under His Imperial Majesty, Oba Yinusa Bankole Ogundipe, the 38th Olubadan of Ibadanland.”

“Oba Olakunlehin’s journey to the throne of his forebears is motivating and encouraging, as is well known in the Ibadan traditional system. He has been using his strength and resources to advance the cause of Ibadanland and Oyo State for the good of all.”

“At Beulah Adeoye Foundation, we warmly congratulate the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadanland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Akinloye Olalere Owolabi Olakunlehin, on his coronation and issuance of staff of office, and the Executive Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Engr Seyi Abiodun Makinde, for being a proud son of the soil and for defending the traditional institutions of the state under his custody as governor.”

“It is interesting to note that the Beulah Adeoye Foundation has supported the coronation of the Olubadan of Ibadanland with the sponsorship of drinks and other menus for the traditional events at the ancient Hall of Mapo”.

 

“Kabiesi Oooooooooooo”

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Ekiti State First Lady, Dr. Oyebanji Visits UI

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The wife of the Executive Governor of Ekiti State, Her Excellency, Dr. Olayemi Jumoke Biodun-Oyebanji has been commended by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Kayode O. Adebowale, mni, FAS, for being a good ambassador of the University.

The Vice-Chancellor gave the commendation when Dr. Abiodun-Oyebanji paid a courtesy visit to the Vice-Chancellor in his office.

Professor Adebowale noted that the wife of the governor had allowed her academic knowledge to impact her relationship and services to the citizens of Ekiti State.

He commended Dr. Oyebanji for personally hiring adjunct lecturers to teach her courses in her department in order to mitigate the effect of her being away from the University.

The Vice-Chancellor then prayed that the tenure of Governor Oyebanji in Ekiti State would be known for great exploits.

Her Excellency, Dr. Olayemi Biodun-Oyebanji said she came on the visit to appreciate the University Management for granting her the opportunity to serve the nation as the wife of a governor and for also considering her worthy to be elevated recently by the University’s Appointments and Promotions Committee, to the rank of a Reader (Associate Professor) in the Department of Educational Management.

She said the elevation had greatly lifted her up in the estimation of all and sundry.

She reiterated her passion for education and her desire to come back to the University after the tenure of her husband, adding that since she became the first lady of Ekiti State she had supervised five PhD graduates and is still co-supervising others.

Dr. Olayemi Biodun-Oyebanji is a Reader in the Department of Educational Management, Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan. She had served as an Assistant Warden of the Queen Idia Hall of Residence. She is currently on leave from the University of Ibadan.

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Maxx Apartments MD Ade Adebanjo Visits Ibadan North Local Government Chairman to Strengthen Ties

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In a move to foster stronger ties and collaboration, Ade Adebanjo, the MD of Maxx Apartments, visited Hon. Seun Olufade, the chairman of Ibadan North Local Government, on Tuesday. This meeting aimed to reinforce the relationship between the local government and one of Nigeria’s leading real estate companies, Maxx Apartments.

Maxx Apartments, renowned for its extensive portfolio in the real estate sector, has a substantial presence both within Lagos State and internationally. The company has recently made headlines with the unveiling of its first apartment in the heart of London, a landmark achievement that marks its strategic expansion beyond Nigerian borders.

During the visit, Adebanjo emphasized the importance of a robust partnership between the private sector and local government in fostering economic growth and development. He highlighted how Maxx Apartments’ projects in Ibadan, particularly in prime locations such as Agodi Secretariat and Jenbewon opposite the Golf Club, have significantly contributed to the local economy and urban development.

Chairman Seun Olufade expressed his appreciation for Maxx Apartments’ contributions to the community, noting the company’s commitment to high standards and quality. He affirmed the local government’s support for the company’s future projects, stressing the importance of such partnerships in driving the area’s development.

The discussion also covered potential future collaborations, with both parties expressing optimism about the positive impact these would have on the real estate landscape in Ibadan and beyond. Adebanjo reiterated Maxx Apartments’ dedication to providing premium housing solutions that meet international standards while also addressing local needs.

Maxx Apartments’ recent expansion into the London market is a testament to the company’s vision and ambition. The newly unveiled apartment in London signifies a major milestone and reflects the company’s growth trajectory and commitment to excellence.

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Olubadan, Ladoja Absent as Makinde Commissions Ultramodern Palace

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Despite the torrential rain, dignitaries, residents of Ibadanland on Wednesday turned out in large number to witness and participate at the commissioning of the ultra-modern palace for the Olubadan.

Governor Seyi Makinde, Chief Bode Amao, and members of the Olubadan-in-Council led other dignitaries from all walks of life to the event.

Oba Olakulehin was represented by the Osi Balogun, Oba Lateef Adebimpe who presented a speech on his behalf.

The Nation reports that the Olubadan-designate has been in seclusion ahead of the Friday coronation as the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadanland.

Former Oyo Governor, who is also a member of the Olubadan-in-Council, Senator Rashidi Ladoja was absent at the event.

The new structure is the second but newest modern Palace to be inhabited by the Olubadan located at the Oke Aremo area of the capital city.

The completion of the project and its official commissioning brings to an end the project that started almost a decade ago.

Oba Olakulehin will be the first Olubadan to reside in the palace as plans have been concluded for him to move into the property immediately after his coronation on Friday.

The Nation reports that the first ultra-modern Olubadan Palace situated at Oja’ba was constructed and commissioned over four decades ago.

However, lack of space and other logistical challenges necessitated the construction of another Palace which was hugely facilitated by the Central Council of Ibadan Indigene (CCII).

Speaking at the Commissioning, Makinde thanked every indigene who had contributed to making the project a reality.

He thanked his predecessor in office, late former Governor Abiola Ajimobi for taking the bold step that set the project in motion.

He said the second phase of the palace project will see to the renovation of the Bowers Tower, to attract tourists to visit the palace and the state, adding that he will expand the economy of the state through tourism

He added that a maintenance mechanism to ensure the palace is well maintained has also been put in place with monthly contributions expected from the 11 local government areas in Ibadan.

Makinde said: “This palace, we have put in place a maintenance system because what usually affects projects like this is poor maintenance and we have asked the 11 local government areas in Ibadanland to bring something every month to maintain the palace.

“The nearby Bowers Tower, we will fix it because tourism is one of the things we would use to expand our economy and that will be part of the second phase of this project.

“I thank all those who have put in efforts that culminate in this palace today, but there are two people I want to thank specifically for their roles and effort in the actualization this project.

“First, I want to thank my predecessor in office, late former governor Abiola Ajimobi. He was bold in his action by kickstarting the process.

“The second person I want to thank is Chief Bode Amao. He contributed so much in all areas and I recognize that he is an asset to Oyo state and Nigeria as a whole.

“For all Ibadan indigenes who contributed to the success and actualisation of this project, I thank you all.

Oba Olakulehin said the idea of the palace was conceived nine years ago during the time of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

Olakulehin, who was represented by Oba Lateef Adebimpe, noted that former Governor Rashidi Ladoja gave approval for the allocation of land for the Palace.

He said the story of the palace will not be complete without appreciating the effort of Governor Makinde, adding that Ibadan will remain grateful for the effort of the governor towards the completion of the project.

He however said no palace in Southwest can compete with the newly commissioned palace

Some of the dignitaries who attended the event include: Deputy Governor Bayo Lawal; Secretary to State Government, Professor Olanike Adeyemo; and Oyo Speaker Adebo Ogundoyin who was represented by his Deputy among other top government functionaries.

The list also includes Ex-First Lady, Mutiat Ladoja; former Deputy Governor, Hazeem Gbolarunmi; Chief Adebayo Akande and his wife, Chief Mrs. Onikepo, former and serving Presidents General of the CCII, Chief Bayo Oyero, Chief Ajeniyi Ajewole, Senator Kola Baolgun, former Minister of Sports, Professor Taoheed Adedoja, among others.

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Coronation: Ayodeji Karim Congratulates Oba Owolabi Olakulehin

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The MD Costain west Africa and chieftain of the APC in Oyo state Ayodeji Ismail Karim extends his heartfelt congratulations to Oba Owolabi Olakulehin on his ascension to the Olubadan throne as the 43rd King of the ancient city.

Karim lauded Oba Olakulehin’s royal ascension as a divine occurrence that brings immense joy to the descendants of Ibadan both at home and abroad. “Kaabiyesi’s ascension,” he remarked, “comes at a momentous time as we proudly unveil the new palace for the Olubadan throne, heralding good fortune for our kingdom.”

He praised the king’s unwavering commitment to the development of Ibadanland over the decades and prayed for a prosperous reign filled with wisdom, peace, progress, and enduring legacy.

In conclusion, Karim congratulated the sons and daughters of Ibadan on this joyous occasion and prayed for everlasting joy in every household.

Kaabiyesi oo.
Ayodeji Karim

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Supreme Court Grants LG Financial Autonomy

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In a landmark judgement on Thursday, the Supreme Court declared as unconstitutional for state governors to withhold funds meant for local government (LG) administrations.

Justice Emmanuel Agim, delivering the lead judgement,noted that the denial of financial autonomy to local governments has persisted for over two decades.

This judgement followed a suit marked (SC/CV/343/2024) which was filed by the Attorney General of the Federation ( AGF) and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, which sought full autonomy for all LGAs in Nigeria as the third tier of government.

The Supreme Court criticised the use of state joint accounts, stating that governors had exploited this system to their advantage.

The court held that local governments should manage their funds independently and prohibited any further allocation of funds to councils without elected officials.

Justice Agim emphasised that the 774 local government councils in the country must receive their funds directly, bypassing state governors.

The apex court said the decision aims to ensure that LG funds are not misappropriated by state governments.

Three states, Delta, Ogun and Osun, were absent during the judgement and did not provide legal representation or notification to the court. However, the remaining states were represented by their respective Attorneys General.

Recalled the seven-man panel, led by Justice Garba Lawal, had reserved its judgement since the last proceedings on June 13.

However, delivering its final decision, the Supreme Court mandated the Federation Account to directly allocate all funds to local governments, ensuring their financial independence.

The apex court held that governors cannot dissolve democratically elected LG officials, as such actions breaches the 1999 Constitution.

The Supreme Court while delivering its judgement held that the state governors have constituted themselves as dangerous species to the development of democracy

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Precious Cornerstone University Gets Full Accreditation for New Programmes

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has accredited four in-demand programs at Precious Cornerstone University (PCU), Ibadan. The newly accredited programmes are Software Engineering, Cybersecurity, Mass Communication, and International Relations.

The results of the October/November 2023 accreditation exercise by the NUC were released via a letter dated 16th June 2024, granting “FULL ACCREDITATION” status to all the four (4) additional programmes.

Professor Timothy O. Adejumo, the Vice-Chancellor of Precious Cornerstone University, Ibadan, expressed his excitement about the good news. He stated that the result of this accreditation exercise was a testament to the excellent equipment, standardized teaching, and high quality services being provided at PCU.

According to Professor Adejumo, “apart from obtaining this prestigious accreditation, which is just one of the many developments at PCU, Ibadan, the University is working tirelessly towards establishing PCU as a world-class institution by having high-quality faculty; outstanding students; high volume of influential and widely-cited research publications; cutting-edge facilities; substantial financial support; innovative curriculum; employing effective teaching methods and technologies; and global engagement.

“I am pleased to inform the public that PCU now owns its transformer, which will provide electricity to the university community. We are also in partnership with Google-for-Education, which is providing 24-hour high bandwidth internet connectivity. PCU is the ideal place for your ward to study.”

Precious Cornerstone University (PCU), Ibadan is a faith-based institution established by the Sword of the Spirit Ministries (SOTSM).

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He Was a Beacon of Hope, A Partner in Progress – Faozey Mourns Hon. Akinremi

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A Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Faozey Oladotin Nurudeen has expressed sadness over the demise of House of Representatives Member, Honourable Prince Olaide Akinremi ‘Jagaban’ who died in the early hours of Wednesday, 10th July 2024.

In a statement made available to OYOMIND, Faozey described ‘Jagaban’ as a closed ally who was a beacon of hope for the younger ones and a true partner in progress.

According to him, the relationship he shared with Hon. Akinremi transcends politics as he pras that God brings comfort to his family and loved ones.

“I mourn the demise of Hon. Prince Olaide Akinremi, whose passing is a profound loss to his family, constituents and all who benefited from his dedication to his constituents empowerment and development. He was truly the leader that led and the representative that represented.

“Hon. Prince Olaide Akinremi was more than a politician – he was a beacon of hope for young people, urging them to strive for greatness and shape their communities positively.

“Transcending politics, Prince Akinremi was a brother with whom I shared life’s experiences. He was an ally I could depend on. He was my partner in progress, advancement and growth.

“He will be dearly missed.

“In total submission to Almighty Allah’s will, I pray his legacy continue to endure and his commitment to progress and development be always remembered.

“May the cherished memories of Hon. Prince Olaide Akinremi bring comfort to his family and constituents during this difficult time.“

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Senator Alli Mourns Passing of Reps Member, Musiliu Olaide Akinremi

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Senator Sharafadeen Alli (APC-Oyo South) has expressed deep sorrow over the passing of Rep. Musiliu Olaide Akinremi (APC-Ibadan North federal constituency)

This is contained in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Akeem Abas, and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Ibadan.

Senator Alli described the death of Akinremi as a significant loss to the nation, family, APC, friends and the entire political landscape of Oyo State as well as Nigeria as a whole.

Alli lauded Akinremi’s dedication to public service, commitment to the welfare of his constituents and tireless efforts in representing Ibadan North federal constituency.

“Rep. Musiliu Olaide Akinremi was a beacon of hope and a pillar of strength for many.

“His passion for improving the lives of those he served was evident in his numerous initiatives and projects aimed at fostering development and uplifting the underprivileged.

“His demise is a great loss that leaves a void in our hearts and in the annals of our political history.”

The lawmaker extended heartfelt condolences to Akinremi’s family, Federal House of Representatives, National Assembly, APC friends, and the people of Ibadan North local government.

He urged them to find solace in the remarkable legacy of service and integrity that Akinremi left behind.

“In this time of grief, may we draw strength from his exemplary life and continue to uphold the values he stood for,” he added.

As the news of his passing resonates across the nation, Alli called for prayers and support for Akinremi’s family during this challenging period.

He also stressed the importance of unity and collective efforts in honouring the memory of a dedicated public servant whose life was marked by unwavering commitment to the betterment of the society.

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