Education Summit: Amosun Calls for Private Sector Support
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has reiterated the commitment of his administration to ensure that no child of school age is denied access to affordable and qualitative education in the state.
The governor gave this assurance, on Monday, while declaring the Ogun State Education Summit open in Abeokuta.
Speaking on the theme of the Summit, "Affordable Qualitative Education: Pursuit of Excellence," the governor also seized the ocassion to announce the state government's readiness to distribute a new set of educational materials to all schools in the state.
The governor added that the focus of his administration is to ensure that products of Ogun State schools have skills that makes them employable.
In spite of the successes recorded so far, the Ogun State Governor said, "we realise that the sector still needs to be improved upon."
He therefore called on stakeholders in the education sector to contribute their quota to its development as a means of ensuring a secured future for the nation.
Governor Amosun also spoke about reports that some youths in Ogun State were recently involved in the crime of hacking into the computer system of a public institution.
While warning those involved to desist from such nefarious activities, Governor Amosun assured that his administration would ensure that they are engaged and made to channel their intellect and energy positively.
In her welcome address, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota said, "the Summit would afford the state the opportunity to deliberate on the successes of the past years, review the outcome so far and also propose the next step beyond this present administration."
The Commissioner revealed that the Governor Amosun-led administration has over the past 6 years spent in excess of N60 billion in the provision of free and qualitative education.
In his presentation, the Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, who spoke on "Baseline and Assessment," charged tertiary institutions in Ogun State to do more in the area of competitiveness.
The JAMB Registrar added that skill acquisition, through vocational and technical training, should be considered as an integral part of the curriculum and not extra-curricular activities.
Speaking on the topic, "Technology as a tool for Education Advancement," Chairman of Phillips Consulting Limited, Mr. Foluso Phillips, noted that technology has literally changed the world while urging the state government to embrace the use of modern technology.
Dr. Doyin Salami of the Lagos Business School and Pan African University, who gave a critical look into the topic, "Funding versus Results," said education is the inter-generational gateway to development.
Dr. Salami also urged the organised private sector to support the state government in its quest to develop the education sector.
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The planned 2-day, Ogun State Education Summit, started in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, on Monday.
The Summit started with papers presented by the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Phillips Consulting, Mr Foluso Phillips and Associate Professor, Pan African University, Dr. Doyin Salami.
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Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Saturday, joined dignitaries from all walks of life, including the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to pay his last respect to the late General Robert Adeyinka Adebayo, former Governor of the defunct Western State.
Accompanied by his wife, Dr. Mrs Olufunso Amosun and some top government functionaries in Ogun State, the Governor was one of the dignitaries that attended a funeral service held in honour of the late General Adebayo at the All Saints Anglican Church, Iyin-Ekiti, Ekiti State on Saturday.
The Ogun State Governor and his wife, was received at the church service by Otunba Niyi Adebayo, former Governor of Ekiti State and son of the deceased elder statesman.
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Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Friday, visited the Iyin-Ekiti, country home of the late General Adeyinka Adebayo and Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, for the funeral of the former Governor of the defunct Western State of Nigeria. ... See MoreSee Less
Amosun Harps on Importance of SMEs to Economic Development
...Gateway Trade Fair Opens in Ogun
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has assured that his government would not relent at providing a favourable ambience for businesses to thrive in the state, noting that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and other categories of businesses are vital to economic development.
He said this while declaring open the 8th Gateway Trade Fair 2017, with the theme, "Promoting Agricultural Value Chain Through SME's for Nigeria's Economic Recovery", at the MKO Abiola Trade Fair Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta yesterday.
The governor was optimistic that the nation has a bright future because of current efforts by the government to take full advantage of the value-chain in agriculture.
He noted that Ogun State occupies a vantage position as it is endowed with favourable weather condition, peace and access to not only the rest of Nigeria but also the entire West African market.
In his address, National President of the Nigerian Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Chief Bassey Edem, appreciated the passion and commitment of the Amosun-led government in the development of infrastructure, which he said, has in turn attracted countless number of industries to the state.
Edem, who was represented by the First Deputy National President of the chamber, Iyalode Alaba Lawson, noted that the influx of industries to Ogun State has promoted economic development and improved the state as the industrial capital of the nation.
Speaking earlier, Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce and Industries, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, said the Gateway Trade Fair has provided a platform for manufacturers, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to come together and explore the diverse opportunities in Ogun State to improve its economy.
His counterpart in the Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Adepeju Adebajo, who explained that the potentials in agriculture would be explored to take the nation out of the current economic challenges, charged youths to be worthy participants in the efforts by taking advantage of the agricultural value chain.
In her address, the President, Ogun State Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, Chief Adesola Adebutu, while commending the state government for supporting and promoting the activities of the chamber, solicited more partnership from the government in the area of infrastructural development.
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No Meaningful Development Without Tax Payment - Amosun
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has urged Nigerians in general and Ogun State residents in particular, to ensure prompt and regular payment of taxes.
The governor who stated this, on Thursday, while declaring the 19th Annual Tax Conference of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria open in Abeokuta, said without prompt payment of taxes, meaningful development may be difficult to achieve.
Speaking on the theme of the conference, tagged, "Taxation and Governance: The Social Contract Imperatives," Governor Amosun said, "the theme could not have been more apt especially at this time when the nation is seeking ways to boost its revenue base."
The Governor added that it will be in the best interest of the people to pay their taxes regularly as a way of supporting the government in the provision of social amenities.
Governor Amosun also seized the ocassion to assure that his administration in Ogun State will continue to use tax payers' money in the most judicious and efficient manner.
Speaking earlier, President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in Nigeria, Dr. Olateju Somorin, commended Governor Amosun for raising the Internally Generated Revenue profile of Ogun State.
Not only that, Dr Somorin also praised the Ogun State Governor for the various infrastructural projects he has completed as well as ongoing ones in the Gateway State. She noted that the Institute was proud to be associated with the good performance of the Ogun State governor.
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COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE 5th MEETING OF SOUTHERN WIVES GOVERNORS FORUM IN ABEOKUTA, OGUN STATE 10 - 12TH MAY, 2017 AT THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE ABEOKUTA, OKE IGBEIN, OGUN STATE, NIGERIA.
The laudable efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria in reviving our economy is highly appreciated by the Forum as it further drives the passion of the Forum to provide sustainable support to the vulnerable group in our society; women and children as they bear the consequences of any economic challenge.
Against this backdrop, the SGWF in her 5th meeting resolved to address the economic and health issues of women and children in their domains.
Taking a cue from the initiative of our mother and wife of the president of the country, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, "Future Assured", the Forum wishes to address Polio or Meningitis, which is a recent health challenge currently affecting some states of the southern region.
The economy remains the superstructure of any meaningful development, the Forum therefore also resolved to sustain the momentum of the mental, emotional and economic empowerment of women in their states. In an immediate demonstation of this resolve, over 500 women were given economic tools to galvanize finances that will help stabilize their families.
Peaceful co - existence is imperative for the unity of our country, thus the Forum prized the sisterhood spirit that breaks through the ethnic, religious and political party lines that tends to divide us. As mothers and home builders, the effect of this spirit that the Forum generates in us goes a long way to affect our husbands, children and the society at large.
A communique of these resolutions and those of subsequent meetings are to be communicated to the Southern Governors' Forum for their valued inputs, support and effective implementations.
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday, narrowly escaped unhurt when a convoy of bullion vans belonging to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN rammed into the governor’s convoy on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The incident, which occurred around Ibafo, while the Governor was traveling to Lagos for an official assignment, saw the CBN convoy damaging the escort vehicle in the governor’s convoy.
The CBN convoy, driving dangerously, attempted to overtake the governor’s convoy without regards for the safety of other road users.
On sensing danger, the Ogun Governor’s escort commander used a public address system mounted on his vehicle to warn the CBN convoy to desist from such reckless driving.
Not only was the Governor’s escort commander ignored, the CBN convoy drivers went ahead to crush his vehicle and subsequently went after other vehicles in the Governor’s convoy, including the Governor’s official car, before they were brought to a halt by the security team attached to the Governor.
Reacting to the incident, Governor Amosun said, “this is lawlessness and the height of impunity.”
He added that, “if this could happen to a governor within his territory, you can imagine what they would do to our citizens who are simply going about their legitimate business.”
Governor Amosun expressed disappointment with the reckless manner in which the CBN bullion van convoy often conducts itself on the road and warned that such acts of impunity will not be tolerated within the borders of Ogun State.
“We will not allow such senseless and reckless behavior in Ogun State,” Governor Amosun said.
This is not the first time the Governor would have cause to personally caution reckless CBN convoy drivers in Ogun State. On several occasions, the Ogun State Governor had to personally turn back reckless CBN bullion van drivers who often drive against traffic, with impunity, on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
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Wives of the Governors of Southern states in Nigeria, on Thursday, converged on Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, to empower women with knowledge and material gifts. Shortly after paying a courtesy visit on the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, at his Oke Mosan, Abeokuta office, the visiting First Ladies proceeded to the June 12 Cultural Center for an empowerment program designed for women in Ogun State.
At the empowerment program, the First Ladies took turns to address the women, sharing with them entrepreneurial insights, knowledge and health tips.
They also seized the opportunity to share equipment and work tools, including sewing machines, hair dryers and grinding machines to women who are interested in pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams.
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Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday, played host to Wives of Governors of Southern States of Nigeria.
The First Ladies, under the aegis of the Southern Governors' Wives Forum, SGWF, paid a courtesy visit on the Governor at his office ahead of a women empowerment program and other activities aimed at positively impacting the life of women and the society at large.
In the course of their stay in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, members of the Southern Governors' Wives Forum also took out time to organise an empowerment workshop for women. #sistersbeyondboundaries #sgwf #abeokuta #socialmedia @futureassured @olufunsoamosun @aishambuhari #citiestraveller ... See MoreSee Less
The Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, CON, FCA, has accepted the notices of voluntary retirement from the Public Service of Ogun State of Engr. Tunde Awolana, General Manager, Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC) and Engr. Dele Bolujoko, General Manager, Ogun State Television (OGTV) with effect from today, Wednesday May 10, 2017.
On behalf of the Governor of Ogun State, I wish to seize this opportunity to appreciate the contributions of these General Managers to the development of the State and wish them success in their future endeavours.
The Most Senior Management Staff of the two (2) Government Agencies are hereby directed to take over the Management of the Agencies pending further directives from the office of the Head of Service. Thank you.
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The Governor of Ogun State, His Excellency Senator Ibikunle Amosun CON, FCA has approved the constitution of a new Governing Council for the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye.
The Secretary to the State Government in a release stated that the Council members who are drawn from the Academia, Business and Political sectors will be inaugurated at a date to be announced later.
The composition of the Governing Council is as follows:-
1) Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council: Mrs Mosun Bello – Olusoga 2) The Vice Chancellor 3) Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic): Prof. Ebun Oduwole 4) Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) 5) 4 External Members a) Prince Odubunmi Solarin b) Chief Samson Oderinde c) Mrs Abimbola Akeredolu S.A.N d) Laolu Olabimtan 6) 4 Members representing the University Senate a) Prof K.B Olurin b) Prof O Olubomehin c) Prof A.O Olatunji d) Dr C.O Adekoya 7) 2 Members representing the Congregation of the University a) Prof O.O Adebawo b) Mr Oluite Adekoya 8) A Member representing the Convocation 9) A Representative of the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology 10) The Registrar of the University, Mrs Lara Osunsanya will serve as the Secretary of Council
The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, on Wednesday, announced plans to construct a $200m power transmission project in Ogun State.
Managing Director of the TCN, Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed, disclosed this during a courtesy visit on the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
Mohammed said, the project, when completed, will address the inadequacy of the transmission capacity of the nation, which currently stands at 6,500 megawatts and also increase available power to industrial concerns and the general populace.
To facilitate the smooth take off of the project, Mohammed said the TCN will require land in places such as Lukosi, Abeokuta; Redeemption Camp and Mountain of Fire Ministries area along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway corridor as well as Ajegunle very close to Agbara and Arigbajo axis.
The TCN boss said the land will be used for building sub stations that will help to expand the nation's transmission capacity adding that the sum of $1.5 billion dollars has already been secured from donor agencies to finance the project.
Mohammed said the Transmission Company of Nigeria can not expand its transmission capacity without the active collaboration of the state governments, especially in the area of getting the right of way to acquire additional lands as well as payment of compensation to people who may be affected by its activities.
Responding, the Ogun State Governor said, power transmission is very key to overcoming the nations' power challenges and the Ogun State governor is ready to support initiatives aimed at improving the nations' capacity in this respect.
In the same vein, the Ogun State Governor, on Wednesday, expressed his administration's readiness to explore areas of common interest with the Republic of Indonesia.
Governor Amosun stated this while playing host to the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Harry Purwanto.
The Ambassador, who led a team on a courtesy visit to the Governor at his Oke Mosan, Abeokuta office, said a good number of Indonesian business concerns are interested in investing in Nigeria and they have found Ogun State to be a strategic and suitable destination for their investment.
In this respect, Mr. Purwanto said Indonesia is taking full advantage of the friendly investment atmosphere in Ogun State.
Governor Amosun, on his part, said his administration was interested in securing a working partnership with Indonesian government and businesses especially in the area of agriculture and agro-allied industries.
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Amosun Reiterates Call for Economic Diversification
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has blamed Nigeria's economic challenges on the neglect of agriculture.
Governor Amosun stated this, on Tuesday, when Participants of Course 39 at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru, visited him at his Oke Mosan, Abeokuta office.
While welcoming the Course Participants who were on a study tour of Ogun State, Governor Amosun said, "for Nigeria to get it right, the nation must move away from the monolithic economy."
The Governor recalled the years of groundnut pyramid, palm oil and cocoa, which he said, were used to develop the different regions adding that oil proceeds should have been used to develop other sectors of the economy.
He also seized the opportunity to talk about the giant strides his administration has recorded in the area of agriculture and industrialisation, which is one of the five cardinal programmes of the government.
Head of the delegation, Dr. Nasrudeen Usman, in his remark said, "there is no way we can talk about recent progress recorded in the field of agriculture in Nigeria, without a prominent mention of Ogun State."
He added that as a nation, Nigeria can employ science and technology in the area of seed improvement, farm mechanisation and agro processing.
Dr. Usman said the theme of this year's study tour, which focuses on how to use Science, Technology and Innovation to bring about agricultural development and establish agro processing industry, is very apt.
He said this was necessary because the nation needs to incorporate science and technology into agriculture in order to remain competitive.
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May Day: Amosun Pardons Dismissed Workers, Pay Withheld Salary
As workers all over the world celebrate International Workers’ Day, otherwise known as May Day, on May 1, the Ogun State Government has announced the pardon of three out of the remaining four workers earlier dismissed for acts that were in flagrant disregard of the civil service rules.
Announcing the pardon in his address at an elaborate ceremony to mark the Day, on Monday, the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun said, “the dismissed workers are pardoned, they will now proceed on retirement from the public service with full terminal benefits in accordance with the extant public service regulations."
Those affected by the pardon are Messrs Dare Ilekoya, Eniola Atiku and Nola Balogun.
In arriving at this decision, the Governor acknowledged the mediatory roles played by the National leadership of the labour unions, particularly the Comrade Michael Alogba-led NUT; the national leadership of the NLC and TUC, as well as revered Elders like Baba Olusegun Obasanjo and respected traditional rulers across Ogun State, amongst others.
The Governor added that, “the pardon does not apply to Mr. Akeem Ambali because, unlike the other three, he had approached the law courts to challenge his dismissal from the civil service.
While all parties await the outcome of litigation, as a responsible and law-abiding administration, we cannot be seen to have taken any action on a matter that is already before a court of competent jurisdiction.
That will be subjudice and an affront to the independence of the other arm of Government." In addition to this, the Governor reiterated that in the spirit of the May Day celebrations, the state government has also pardoned a section of the workforce that unlawfully stayed away from duty in the month of October 2016 and has therefore paid them for that month.
It will be recalled that a section of the workforce embarked on an illegal strike action in October 2016 and the state government evoked the ‘no work, no pay rule’ in response.
In the same vein, the Governor added that the state government, in its characteristic manner of always placing the interest of its workforce on the front burner, has ensured the payment of April 2017 salaries to all categories of workers before the end of the month.
While wishing workers in Ogun State, a happy workers’ day, the Governor urged them to reciprocate the gesture of the state government by rededicating themselves anew to duty and supporting efforts of the current administration in rebuilding the Gateway state.
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