Southwest Governors Plan 25-year Development Master Plan
The Southwest Governors' Forum, under the aegis of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, met in Abeokuta, Ogun State and unanimously agreed to develop a 25-year Western Nigeria Development Master Plan.
In an 11-point communiqué issued after the meeting, the forum also agreed to have a Joint Task Force to guarantee the safety of lives, property and prosperity of the people of the the region, while also declaring the region a zero tolerance zone to crime.
The governors, in the communiqué read by the host Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, further agreed that the artificial boundaries of states, religions and political affiliation will not act as barrier to the regional development, adding that all the states have been encouraged to improve bilateral cooperation and foster development.
Speaking on food security, they said a regional Agricultural Summit will be held in Ibadan towards improved food security in the region.
The forum revealed that it would set up a committee to codify the values and ethos of the Yoruba race, in order to strengthen the identity and unity of the people of the region.
It was also decided that the forum would henceforth be known as the Western Nigeria Governors' Forum.
In attendance with Amosun were Governors Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti State), Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos State) Rauf Aregbesola (Osun State), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State) and Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo State). ... See MoreSee Less
Ongoing ..... Southwest Governors meeting to address the challenges confronting the region and set goals towards ensuring it becomes a force to be reckon with in the nation. In attendance we have all the governors from the region. ... See MoreSee Less
All is set as Ogun State Governor host his colleagues from the Southwest, under the platform of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission at the MITROS Gateway Annex, Ibara Abeokuta. Ogun State. ... See MoreSee Less
Adebayo Faleti was a Zealous Promoter of Culture - Amosun
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has described as sad, the death of veteran broadcaster and actor, Pa Adebayo Faleti.
The governor described the deceased, who died at the age of 86, as a zealous promoter of culture, noting that his works will always be cherished.
Amosun also stated that the poet and writer will be remembered for his contributions to the birth and growth of the Broadcast Industry, particularly the Television.
"His role as one of the pioneers of the Western Nigeria Television (WNTV), the first television station in Africa and a consistent television personality, made him a pride to Broadcast Industry.
"Baba Faleti, as a broadcaster, poet and writer targeted his energy at the promotion of culture and his death at this time is regrettable. His sound wisdom would have been valuable now that we are all battling to restore our fading traditional values.
"He will be missed by all Nigerians, especially broadcast and theatre practitioners, who regard him as a role model", the governor added. He prayed God to grant his family to the fortitude to bear the loss as his creative soul rest in peace.
Otunba Dayo Adeneye Honourable Commissioner Information and Strategy Ogun State ... See MoreSee Less
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun will host his colleagues from the Southwest, under the platform of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission at the MITROS Gateway Annex, Ibara, Abeokuta on Monday.
The meeting will address the challenges confronting the region and set goals towards ensuring it becomes a force to be reckon with in the nation.
Other areas of common interest that the forum will deliberate upon, include security, education, agriculture, infrastructure, rail and road networks.
Expected at the one day meeting are, governors of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose; Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu; Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
Amosun believes the forum will further deepen multilateral and bilateral cooperation among the states.
Bashorun Adebola Adeife Honourable Commissioner for Regional Integration, Ogun State. ... See MoreSee Less
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has felicitated with his Ondo State counterpart, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, who turned 61 today.
In a letter to Akeredolu, Amosun said, "on behalf of my family and the good people of Ogun State, I wish you well and pray that the Almighty God continue to guide, guard and prosper you, even as He blesses you with many more years of fulfilment.
"Your rising political and public service profile, since you served as Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ondo State, between 1997 and 1999; Chairman, Legal Aid Council, between 2005 and 2006 and President, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in 2008, is a testimony to your forthrightness, diligence and doggedness.
"These qualities endeared you to the electorate and gave you allround success as the winner of the November 26, 2016 Governorship election in Ondo State", the governor added.
He said Akeredolu's patriotism and commitment to democracy and good governance will always be remembered and appreciated by the people of Ondo State in particular and Nigerians in general.
He prayed that the Almighty God will grant the Ondo State governor long life, good health, wisdom and prosperity. ... See MoreSee Less
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has mourned the loss of former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr. Olu Onagoruwa.
The governor, in a statement, said the demise of the former human rights activist is sad and would be deeply felt by the downtrodden and oppressed Nigerians that he passionately championed their cause.
Amosun recalled how the commitment of the late Senior Advocate of Nigeria towards the emancipation and better welfare of ordinary citizens, made him a subject of attack by the authorities, particularly during military regimes.
"We cannot also forget his patriotism, which was in the interest of the generality of Nigerians, when as Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, during the regime of the late Gen. Sanni Abacha, he condemned and dissociated himself from some draconian decrees promulgated without his knowledge.
"This action caused him and his family great discomfort but he was uncompromising. Even when his health was failing, he continued to speak against bad governance and human rights abuses", the governor added.
Describing late Onagoruwa as a distinguished human rights advocate and exemplary public officer, Amosun said his stand, during his brief tenure as minister, is worthy of emulation by elected and appointed government officials, who truly desire a vibrant and people-orientated public service.
He prayed that God will be merciful unto him and grant his family the fortitude to bear the big loss. ... See MoreSee Less
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has restated the determination of his government to meet its commitment and obligation to its workers towards their improved welfare.
He said this at the state's 2017 Public Service Day Lecture, with the topic, Stress Management and Keeping Healthy, held at the June 12, Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
Amosun said he is not oblivious of the fact that a productive civil service is deserving of a whole range of emolument, such as salaries, running costs, leave bonus and promotion, promising to do more as soon as the finances of the state improves.
The governor said apart from the N4.5 billion approved for the payment of six months salary deductions, government would also offset all the leave bonuses of the workers by September.
The state Head of Service, Mr. Abayomi Sobande in his address, enjoined public servants to ensure that they improve on the standard inherited from the founding fathers of the Public Service, adding that this is the only way to honour revered icons like Chief Simeon Adebo and Chief AAK Degun.
Speaking on the theme, Managing Stress and Keeping Healthy, Mr Sobande stated that Public Servants often encounter stress in the course of carrying out their duties and responsibilities, which often serves as a barrier to efficiency and productivity.
The head of Service explained that the Public Service Day has not only been celebrated with series of life touching and captivating programmes, but also been a day set aside to assess the level of stedwardship, diligence, efficiency, integrity and professionalism among other virtues expected of Public Servants, who he described as real agents of change in the society.
Delivering the lecture, Acting Provost, Neuro Psychiateic Hospital, Aro Abeokuta, Dr. Timothy Adebowale said everybody needs a little bit of stress in life for optimum performance because it serves as a form of stimulus, but that it must be moderate and not too much.
Adebowale noted that if stress is well handled, the people will live a healthier life, urging the entire workers to understand what stress is, its source, types and manifestations, to know how to manage. ... See MoreSee Less
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun at the state 2017 Public Service Day Lecture with the topic "Stress Management and Keeping Healthy" on Thursday at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta. ... See MoreSee Less
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has approved the total sum of N4.5 billion for the payment of cooperative deductions arrears to all categories of workers in the state.
This was disclosed on Tuesday in Abeokuta by the Honourable Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Wale Oshinowo.
Giving a breakdown of the payments, Oshinowo said N3.4 billion has been disbursed for the payment of six months arrears of outstanding cooperative deductions to all categories of the workforce at the state level.
Another N1.1 billion was disbursed for the payment of three months of outstanding cooperative deductions to workers at the Local Government level.
He said another sum of N1.2 billion would be expended on state expenditure.
Explaining the source of the fund, the Finance Commissioner said, it came from the N5.7 billion Ogun State government received from the Paris Club refund, which the Federal Government recently shared to different states of the Federation.
He explained that whereas the Federal Government advised state governments to use only 50 per cent of the fund for payment of workers’ emolument, Governor Amosun has decided to apportion 79 percent on the workforce because of the love he has for the workers.
“Ogun State is apportioning 79 percent to staff welfare and only 21 percent on state expenditure, aside the fact that the state government, in its usual practice, has paid June 2017 salary to all categories of workers at both the state and local government levels”, Oshinowo added.
He therefore thanked the entire civil servants in the state for their cooperation and understanding while affirming that “the state government is ready to offset all outstanding staff related expenses, as soon as more funds are available."
The Commissioner added that government would continue to do all within its power to cater for the civil and public servants in Ogun State.
Mr. Wale Oshinowo Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Finance, Abeokuta, Ogun State Tuesday, July 18, 2017. ... See MoreSee Less
Governor Amosun at the 50th birthday of the Acting President's wife
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun joined other dignitaries to mark the 50th birthday of Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, wife of Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja on Saturday. @ Aso Rock, Abuja ... See MoreSee Less
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun with leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), from Ogun East Senatorial District, when they paid the governor a courtesy call in his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office on Monday ... See MoreSee Less
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun on Monday charged the media and stakeholders in the Information Sector on the need to continually use the social media as agent for transforming the polity. The governor spoke while addressing members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ogun State Ministry of Information Chapel, during the 2017 Press Week rally at the Governor's office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta. ... See MoreSee Less
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun on Friday at the state Secretariat in Abeokuta commissioned ten bulldozers bought for extensive agricultural projects across the state. ... See MoreSee Less
Construction of rural roads in all the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and the 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of Ogun State, is to commence as soon as the report of the bid process is submitted by the end of the month.
The state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, made this disclosure at a meeting of leaders and stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), held at the party secretariat, Abiola Way, Abeokuta.
Amosun, who said the bid process is ongoing, added that "the names of successful bidders would be published and the contractors will be mobilised immediately."
The governor reassured the people of the state of his administration's commitment to ensure the completion of all ongoing projects across the state.
Speaking on the challenges facing the LCDAs, Amosun said this was expected, because the government is pioneering what has not been done before, stating further that the expected development cannot happen overnight.
He said that his administration is presently laying the foundation for future development of the state, expressing optimism that in few years to come, the challenges will be fully surmounted.
The governor also spoke on the need to sensitise people to register for the ongoing voters' cards registration, being conducted by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), noting that this is to capture those who could not obtain their voters cards in the last exercise.
Speaking earlier, the APC Chairman in the state, Alhaji Tajudeen Lemboye said the party will soon commence a sensitisation tour to the 20 LGAs and 37 LCDAs in the state, adding that registration of party members will commence soon. ... See MoreSee Less
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun met with leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and stakeholders on Friday at the party secretariat in Abeokuta, where he charged them to seize the opportunity of the ongoing INEC continuous voters' registration to update and regularise their records ahead of the 2019 election year. ... See MoreSee Less
Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has canvassed for the empowerment of local producers with a view to promoting local production of goods in the country.
Speaking at the nationwide Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Clinics (MSME Clinics), an initiative of the Office of Vce President, hosted by the Ogun State government in Abeokuta yesterday, Osinbajo said there is need for Nigerians to do away with the importation mentality, as such attitude kills the entrepreneurial skills of the people.
Saying the nation is the leading largest economy in Africa, the acting president noted that it is blessed with aggressive enterprenuerers, who are talented to make things work effectively in the MSMEs sub-sector of the nation's economy.
While identifying inadequate infrastructure regulatory framework as one of factors militating against the MSMEs, he called for proper orientation and enlightenment on best and ideal as well as easy way to establish small scale businesses.
He extolled the virtues of the clinics, noting that it will help to develop the economic sector.
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun in his remarks, applauded the Federal Government's initiative, saying that it will help further resuscitate the nation's economic sector.
He reiterated the efforts of his administration to rebuild the state through an economic blue print and assured that it would consolidate on past efforts by ensuring that the state sustains its status as the industrial hub in Nigeria. ... See MoreSee Less
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun; National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; the bereaved, Former Interim National Chairman, APC, Chief Bisi Akande; Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu; Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi at the Fidau prayer for the Late Mrs. Omowunmi Akande on Thursday in Ila Orangun, Osun State. ... See MoreSee Less