Vice President Osinbajo Visits Ogun, Pledges To Support Flood Victims

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday assured victims of flood disaster in Abeokuta, Ogun, of Federal Government support and assistance.

Osinbajo gave the assurance when he visited the state to commiserate with the victims and the state government.

About eight people lost their lives while property worth millions of naira were destroyed following downpour on Friday evening which lasted hours.

The Vice President in company of Gov. Ibikunle Amosun and other government officials visited some of the affected areas including Amolaso Ago Ijesa, Itoku and Ijeja in the Abeokuta metropolis.

Osinbajo, who addressed journalists at Itoku area, described the incident as “unfortunate.”

He, however, gave assurance that the Federal Government would provide immediate relief materials to assist the victims.

He said if not for the drainage system, channelisation and the good infrastructure put in place by the state government, the incident would have been worse.

” Let say that what has happened here is very unfortunate indeed.

“A lot of drainage have been done but then level of the rain has been so heavy that it has overtaken the infrastructure in place.

“So, what we are looking at is how the infrastructure can be enhanced and we are also discussing with the governor on how the Federal Government can be of assistance.

“We have to really sit down and look at those challenges properly and also provide immediate relieve materials to support the state government,” he said.

The vice president said the incident of flash flooding was unavoidable, particularly in situations of heavy rains in areas like Ogun.

Osinbajo urged the people of the state to shun the habit of blocking drains through indiscriminate dumping of refuse.

He advised that in such situation, people living in valley areas should quickly move to “higher grounds.”

“On the whole, the loss of lives is very unfortunate.

” The Federal Government commiserates with the state government and families of the victims.

“I also want to say that God has been gracious to us here in Ogun because it could have been worse.

“We also have to be thankful to the state government for providing the right type of infrastructure and for its very quick response to minimise the loss,”

Some of the victims were seen salvaging their losses as at the time of the visit.

NAN

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Ogun Govt To Demolish Houses On Water Ways

Ogun State Government says it will embark on massive channelization in flood prone areas in the state to mitigate the effect of future flooding.

The State Governor Mr Ibikunle Amosun who spoke to journalists when he paid a visit to different spots affected by flash flood which occurred in Abeokuta on Friday claiming no less than seven lives said government would look into the possibility of giving necessary relief to those whose property and valuables were affected.

Governor Amosun observed that safe for the road expansion and channelization earlier embarked upon by his administration, the effect of the flood would have been more devastating.

The Governor who visited kuto, itoku, lafenwa,Akin Olugbade ,Amolaso, Igbore and other parts of the state, urged the people to play their parts by protecting public utilities and desist from dumping refuse in the drains as well as building on waterways.

Governor Amosun gave the assurance that the state would make representation to the Federal government to see how the federal government can help in providing relieve and needed assistance.

He warned that those houses that are obstructing waterways may be demolished to pave the way for free flow of water urging the people to always seek government approval before erecting structures.

Governor Amosun commiserate with the family of those who lost their lives in the flood praying against future recurrence.

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Just In: Gas Pipeline Explodes In Ogun

A gas pipeline in Ilara near Ogijo area of Ogun State has exploded.

Eyewitnesses say the explosion occurred at about 10:00 pm on Sunday and rescue officials are still battling to put out the fire.

The area has, however, been cordoned off by the police to avoid loss of lives.

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FRSC Returns Over 65,000 Euros To Accident Victims

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun command, said it had returned over 65,000Euros recovered from an accident scene to the victims.

The Sector Commander, Mr Clement Oladele said this in a statement by the command’s Public Education Officer, Mrs Florence Okpe, in Abeokuta on Friday.

Eight persons died on Tuesday in an accident involving a bus and a truck on Lagos-Ibadan expressway and the passengers in the bus came in from Spain and had chartered the bus to take them to Benin City.

Oladele explained that it was observed that some of the passengers were traveling with cash, including foreign currencies

He stated that the FRSC rescue team also recovered 80 pounds, 238 Euro cents, N84,800, 32 traveling bags comprising 16 large traveling bags, seven extra large traveling bags and nine large “Ghana must Go” bags.

“In line with the rule of the World Health Organisation, a hospital follow up of the victims of the fatal crash was done by the FRSC to Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu.

“The crash occurred on Tuesday and it involved a white Toyota Hiace bus, belonging to a transport company – Iyare Motors, with registration number BEN 313 YZ and a Mack truck with registration number MUS 730 XN, he said.

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2019: Ogun State And Amosun’s ‘Third Term’ Gamble, By Afolorunso Idowu

For over a year now, the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has been expressing a desire to hand over power to a man or woman of Ogun West extraction in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), come 2019. His sentiment, he has continually argued, is engendered by the clamour of the people of the area to produce the chief executive of the state just like the other two senatorial districts, Ogun East and Central have done over the years.

There has been a lot of stories in the media detailing Ogun State political journey since its creation of 1976. Some writers have argued that it was agreed between the old Egba and Ijebu Provinces to be rotating the governorship seat. Since 1979, it has always been a rotation between the old Ijebu and Egba Provinces.

Ijebu, of course has its Remo minority, while Egba has an Egbado minority, which they now call Yewa or Yewa/Awori. But Egbado remains the constitutional designation of the people of Ogun West until they came up with the idea of changing Egbado to Yewa/Awori without official gazette. Since this aberration was incorporated into Ogun State, it has been confusion. In all fairness, the agitation for an Egbado Governor might have been a product of insensitivity of the political class in the majority Egba, who did not cede the governorship seat to the minority Egbado when the opportunity came in 2011.

In the words of a scion of late Chief L.A.K. Ogunwoolu, former Principal Organising Secretary, Unity Party of Nigeria (1979–1983), Prince Akinyele Sharafadeen Ogunwoolu, “Amosun’s pronouncement on a choice of successor from Yewa remains the major cause of the unpredictable situation of the Governorship Election in 2019. His assertion is selfish and of no substance in the politics of Ogun State,” underlining what many have come to believe is a Third Term bid by Amosun. Ogunwoolu explained that after the tenure of Chief Olabisi Onabanjo, an Ijebu, it was Chief Olusegun Osoba, who filled the slot for the Egba Province. “It was the turn of the Ijebu Province in 2003 with Otunba Gbenga Daniel, who is from Shagamu in Remo, duly filling slot,” he said.

According to the Abeokuta-born politician, “Amosun’s intention to pick his successor from Yewa is just a gimmick to cause confusion as Ogun State never has the record or agreement of sharing Governorship among three Senatorial Districts as most baby politicians are clamouring. The provisions of the amended 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Section 71 has clearly without mincing words, clarified the purpose of creating three Senatorial Districts per State and do not change the Ogun State Politics.

Ogun State was created on the 3rd day of February, 1976 out of the merger of two old provinces of the Western State, that is, the Abeokuta/Egba Province and Ijebu Province. In accordance with the report submitted by the Justice Ayo Irikefe Panel on creation of states, and upon the memorandum submitted by the first Premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the state capital was to be located at Sagamu. But unfortunately on the 3rd day of February, 1976, Abeokuta, capital of Abeokuta/Egba Province became the capital of Ogun State.

He pointed out that one of the major factors that favoured late Chief Bisi Onabanjo from Ijebu to serve as governor, before soldiers truncated that Republic in 1983, was the need to compensate the Ijebus as the first elected chief executive of Ogun State, because the capital was taken from them. “When democracy, or half of it, resurfaced under Ibrahim Babangida, Chief Olusegun Osoba, an Egba, became governor.

By 2003, the Ijebu allowed Otunba Gbenga Daniel, a minority from Remo, under Ijebu to run, he became governor, served two terms and it was time for Egbado. This was the time all hell broke loose. Therefore, anybody who has been following Ogun State politics for a while would conclude, without any fear of contradiction that Amosun’s position is nothing more than what it is – a wish,” he said.

Observers agree that 2011, when the pendulum of Ogun State Governorship swung back to the old Egba Province, was Egbado’s turn, if the leaders of the Province had followed the good step of Ijebu leaders, who conceded the ticket to the Remo, being a minority in the division. A highly placed official, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, being a member of the state cabinet, observed that, “we are confused ourselves here, because we know Oga should not have come in after Akinrogun (Osoba) has just left. I know the argument on our side is that the Yewa did not show unity, thus giving away the Governorship, but we should have stood on the moral high ground and insist that none of us from Abeokuta should contest. That would have been honourable for us.”

An old politician from Abigi, Ogun Waterside Local Government, Chief Bashiru Ogundaini, said, “In 2003, none of the two major political parties fielded a candidate from Ijebu, leaving the political scene for the Remos alone. It was the same process in 2007, despite the emergence of late Otunba Dipo Dina (AC) and Alhaji Sefiu Adegbenga Kaka (DPA). We, Ijebus, told them through our votes it was not our turn, and both men lost seriously. The only political party that could be described as a major one after the then ruling PDP was the ANPP, which fielded Senaator Ibiunle Amosun. Ijebus are honourable, because we always stand by any agreement, no matter what is in it. I wonder why these other people are not doing the same thing.”

Foremost 2019 governorship aspirants of Yewa extraction in Ogun State APC include Lagos West Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (Yayi); Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Tolu Odebiyi; former House of Representatives member, Hon. Biodun Akinlade; Ipokia/Egbado South House of Representatives member, Hon. Kehinde Akinlade; and Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Suraju Adekunmbi. It is not clear if Yayi is still in the race as he was conspicuously absent at the recent State Congress of the party in Abeokuta, but it appears a protégé of Mr. Governor, Odebiyi, is the most favoured by Amosun to get the ticket. But all the others were at the Congress with their supporters in tow.

From Ijebu, it appears only the duo of Commissioner for Finance, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, and Senior Adviser/Counsellor to the Kaduna State Governor, Otunba Jimi Lawal, are left in the race from an initial list of nine aspirants following the controversial selection of Ashiru as the consensus Ijebu aspirant. The initial Ijebu list included former Deputy Governor, Alhaji Adegbega Kaka; 2015 deputy Director General of Buhari Campaign Organisation, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora; and Ogun State Commissioner for Culture, Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo, who is from Remo. Ashiru, according to a source has been cautioned twice by Amosun to desist from his ambition or resign from the cabinet if he is not prepared to support a Yewa candidate.

“That is why Otunba Bimbo Ashiru did not attend the State Congress of APC, which was held in Abeokuta recently. Mr Governor has told him to prepare for the deputy governor position, because there are two of them in the race. The second person being considered as deputy governor from Ijebu is the former Deputy Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Tola Banjo, who is also from Ijebu Ode like Ashiru. But it is very likely that Banjo will be considered given the fact that he is Amosun’s boy,” the source said. Otunba Jimi Lawal, who remains the only APC governorship aspirant across the divide that has gone round the 20 local government areas of the state selling himself to APC stakeholders was at the State Congress, where Amosun welcomed him warmly. It appears he is also the only APC gubernatorial aspirant with campaign secretariats in the three senatorial districts of the state.

Alhaji Ramoni Ogunleke, from Ilaro, who described himself as a former APC member but now without any political affiliation claimed he is peeved with Amosun over what he said is the governor’s desperate bid for a Third Term in office using a Yewa as stooge. “If the governor genuinely wants a Yewa to be there, we should be the one to determine who the person is. Our paramount ruler, the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, was mistreated because of his support for Yayi.

Go through the whole of Yewaland, there is hardly anybody of importance that does not support Yayi, because we believe he will not be a stooge to anybody. But because Amosun has a Third Term Agenda he does not want any independent-minded Yewa person as the next governor. If that is the case, he is not fighting our cause, he is only pursuing a personal agenda using Yewa people as crutches. That is why I left the party.”

Although the paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, who is very close to Amosun, has not openly expressed anger about the governor’s preference for a Yewa candidate, it is an open secret the king firmly believes it is the turn of the Ijebus to produce the next governor. During the New Year prayers for Ijebuland by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in his palace, Adetona openly distance himself from Ashiru as the consensus Ijebu aspirant, in a move that a credible palace source said was informed by his belief that the process of selection was done to please Amosun, who wanted an Ijebu as deputy governor. Adetona described the leading lights of the consensus arrangements as persons of questionable values who were only interested in what they could benefit and not the actual interest of Ijebus.

The palace source concluded that, “Nigeria has many Senatorial Districts apart from states and so on. But the only arrangement for rotating The Presidency remains between the old Northern Region and Southern Region. Nobody has ever talked about states or senatorial districts as they are saying in Ogun State today. We are waiting for APC to miss it so that they will know where we stand.”

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Ogun Lawmaker Denies Alleged Link With Murder Suspects

Lawmaker representing Sagamu State Constituency 1 and majority leader of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Yinka Mafe, on Friday denied link with suspected political thugs  being detained by the Operatives  of the Zonal Intervention Squad (ZIS) in Obada Oko, Abeokuta, in connection with murder.

The suspects – Olushola, Olusegun, Azeez and Abolore were arrested a week ago when ZIS Operatives stormed their den in Sagamu, for allegedly killing a man popularly called Arsenal-Nice in the town.

The suspects, after interrogation, allegedly claimed to have links with Yinka Mafe,and named him as their sponsor.

But reacting, Mafe said he was shocked to see his name being linked with the suspects, adding that at no point was he invited by the police for questioning.

Mafe said: “I was very shocked to read about the report because as an honourable man and the majority leader of Ogun State House of Assembly, I do not have a business sponsoring cultists especially at this moment when I have nothing to gain in sponsoring them.

“I am more surprised because this is coming at a time when we all know that Ladi Adebutu is visiting Sagamu and it is in the public domain he’s the one sponsoring the fake news against my person.

“We also know that he’s the one using the office of the AIG in Zone II and I have to put it on record that those names released by the police are not in the custody of police, it’s all lies and I know the police cannot produce the four persons.

“I was aware of the person that was reportedly killed, he was killed about seven year ago and it is in the public domain that he was killed during an infighting between cult groups and both sides recorded casualties, he was one of them.

“We have been working to have peace in Sagamu and that is what we are enjoying today and it saddens my hearth that Adebutu is bringing the name of Sagamu and Remo in the news for bad reasons because we’ve worked on these boys, counselled and re-orientated them and we are enjoying peace in Sagamu.

“It’s a pity that a lawmaker from the area whose governorship ambition is dead on arrival is trying to muscle out opposition to his ambition in Remo because he believe he owns Remo, but at the appropriate time, we will let him know Remo is not for sale and he can’t buy Remo.”

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FG’s School Feeding Programme Creates 33,000 Jobs In Ogun

The federal government school feeding programme has created 3,000 direct jobs and 30,000 indirect jobs in Ogun State, the Special Adviser to the Governor Ibikunle Amosun on Special Projects and Programme Manager, Mrs.  Tinuola Shopeju, has said.

The state government disclosed that over 270,000 pupils in 1,510 schools across the state have been placed on the school free meals project of the Federal Government, while 2,948 food vendors were employed to serve the free meals to the pupils during school hours.

The free meals scheme is being implemented in 40 schools across four local government areas of Abeokuta North, Ikenne, Imeko-Afon and Odeda.

Mrs Shopeju said the programme had been meeting its objectives of enhancing pupils’ nutritional status, empowering women and increasing agricultural productivity.

According to her, the programme has been successful due to effective monitoring and supervision by different agencies and groups, including the Women’s Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON).

 

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Ogun Speaker Shuns Pro-Restructuring Group

The members of a Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group campaigning for the restructuring of Nigeria’s socio-economic and political systems, Yoruba KO’YA Movement were on Thursday shunned by the Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Suraj Adekunbi when they visited the state assembly complex to submit a protest letter to the number three citizen.

The group members numbering about 50 who stormed the assembly complex in a peaceful manner demanded to see the Speaker were told by security personnel and staff of the parliament that the Speaker had gone to attend the ongoing All Progressive Congress (APC) Ward Congress in the state.

The visibly angry members of Yoruba KO’YA who flashed the acknowledgment copies of the two letters written to the Speaker on their visit said information available to them has it that the state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun ordered the Speaker and other members of the parliament including the Clerk, Deputy Clerk and Senior staff of the assembly not to attend to them.

Buttressing their allegation against Amosun and Adekunbi, the National Organizing Secretary of Yoruba KO’YA Movement, Mr. Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye alleged that all the pro-restructuring banners of the group erected across the nooks and crannies of the state have been removed by officials of the state signage agency and council officials on the order of the state Governor.

“We were here a fortnight ago to submit our protest letter on the state of the nation and the position paper of our organization on the ongoing restructuring debate but we were told to come back today because the Speaker was not around despite writing a letter to him to that effect.

“Last week, we wrote another letter to the speaker, acknowledged, reminding him of our visit today but unfortunately, he is nowhere to be found. Our representative was here on Tuesday, we were told that the Speaker had referred the letter to the Deputy Speaker but today, both the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker are nowhere to be found.

“All the Senior Civil Servants that we approached said there was an instruction from above not to receive any letter brought to the office of the Speaker today. Why are the duo of Amosun and Adekunbi afraid of restructuring? Why are they avoiding us? All our banners erected across Ogun State on why people should join the crusade to get Nigeria restructured economically, politically and socially have been removed on the order of Amosun.” Adeleye alleges.

Our correspondent who witnessed the protest confirmed that the gate of the assembly complex was locked against the pro-restructuring group.

A senior civil servant in the Assembly complex who spoke to our correspondent on the condition of anonymity said the speaker received the letter of the group on Tuesday and immediately referred it to the Deputy Speaker.

However, efforts made to speak to the Speaker have not yielded a fruitful result as at time of filing this report as his lines were switched off while text messages sent to his three mobile lines were not replied.

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Fresh Crisis Hits Ogun PDP As Two Factions Emerge

The relative peace enjoyed by the Alhaji Sikirulai-led Peoples Democracy Party (PDP) in Ogun State may have come to an end as the faction which was inaugurated by the national body of the party before the National Convention is now enmeshed in a supremacy battle with one of the gubernatorial aspirants of the party for the 2019 election, Honourable Ladi Adebutu.
According to multiple sources within the party, Hon. Adebutu had promised the factional Chairman, Alhaji Sikirulai, who is from Ogun Central, the deputy governorship ticket in exchange for his support to win the forthcoming primaries of the party. In the same vein, he has also promised three party Chieftains in Ogun West the same ticket.
The party Chieftains were said to have discovered the plot few weeks ago and this led to a shouting match between them. This development also led to the issuance of a ban on all party activities related to Hon. Adebutu across Ogun West by the Chieftains who argued that should the region not be clinching the gubernatorial ticket in 2019, it would not settle for anything less than a deputy governorship ticket.
A source within the political organization of Hon. Adebutu disclosed to us in confidence that the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Rural Development has stopped funding the party owing to the protest by Chieftains of the party not to handover control of the party to him.
Similarly, another source within the Buruji Kashamu controlled Bayo Dayo-led exco admitted that they have been holding series of meetings with the son of the billionaire lottery mogul and may eventually welcome him back once the 12 billion naira demanded has been paid and he has agreed to hands off all cases challenging the faction legitimacy in court.
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Amosun Inaugurates 15-Man Committee To Reposition State Civil Service

As part of efforts to reposition and reform Ogun state civil and Public service, the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has inaugurated a 15-man steering committee.

While inaugurating the committee at the Governor’s office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Amosun disclosed that the inauguration is aimed at developing the human capacity of the civil servants for greater and faster development of the state.

Amosun, who charged the committee members to be alive to their responsibilities, noted that the success of any government depends largely on the quality of the service.

“We want to review the way we work in the service and embrace world best practices, to bring back the glory of the Western region”, he said.

He also disclosed that the state government is collaborating with the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN,  in furtherance of its desire to strengthen the Civil Service.

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Five killed In Auto Crash In Ogun

Five persons were killed in an auto crash on the Sagamu – Ogijo road in Ogun, while two others were injured in an accident involving a truck and a Toyota camry car.

The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), Babatunde Akinbiyi, made this known in a statement in Abeokuta on Friday.

He said the accident happened on Thursday night around Igbara town stretch of the road.

Mr. Akinbiyi, who attributed the cause to malfunctioned brake system and excessive speed, said it involved a Toyota Camry Car marked AAA 889 ER and a Truck with registration number KNA 346 XA.

The TRACE spokesman said the driver of the truck had trouble controlling the wheel when his brake malfunctioned and rammed into the Camry car that was parked by the road side.

“The truck had a break failure due to over speeding and rammed into the Camry car parked by the roadside.

“All the five passengers in the Camry car, including the driver died on the spot and their bodies have been deposited at the morgue of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH).

“Those injured were the driver and a passenger in the truck, who are now at the Ogijo Divisional Police Headquarters as well as the vehicles,” Mr. Akinbiyi said.

(NAN)

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Ogun Govt Distributes Certificates Of Occupancy Tuesday

Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, will be distributing new sets of Certificates of Occupancy and other land title documents to another batch of beneficiaries under the Homeowners’ Charter Programme.

The Director-General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Mr. Biyi Ismail, who disclosed this in his office, said the beneficiaries would start collecting their documents from Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by 9:00 a.m. at the Arcade Ground, Governor’s office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

He urged all beneficiaries to come with valid means of identification and photocopies of same. They are expected to be at the venue by 8:00 a.m. for accreditation.

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