2018 Deworming Exercise: Ogun Targets 1.3 Million Pupils.

In a bid to reduce disability and mortality rate, caused by Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD), Ogun state Government again is set to deworm 1.3 million children of school age in the state.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye disclosed this during a One-Day Social Mobilization Meeting on Neglected Tropical Diseases Implementation Programme, organised by the Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health, in conjunction with Evidence Action, held at the NMA House in Abeokuta.

Dr. Ipaye, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Health, Dr. Nafiu Aigoro, said prior to the commencement of 2018 deworming exercise, there would be continuous mobilization of critical stakeholders, such as religious, community leaders and teachers, adding that this would prevent any hindrance to the success of the programme.

The Commissioner stated further that, the exercise would be in three stages; the first of which would be focused on School Based Deworming Exercise, in four Local Governments, with over 50 percent prevalence of NTD in the state, targeted at children of ages 5 to 14, the second phase was Community Treatment in 18 Local Government Areas, for people between age five and above, while the third would be second round of School Based Deworming Exercise in all the 20 LGAs in the state.

“Before we have another round, we will continue to sustain our mobilization and that is why we have organized this social mobilization programme, to engage the critical stakeholders. As we can see, part of the participants are community leaders, religious leaders and teachers that we’ve called upon to sensitize them, that we will be having another exercise”, Ipaye said.

He therefore advised parents to embrace the exercise, as it is free and tested to be safe and effective, noting that the improvement of the health status of citizens, particularly children, was of utmost priority of Governor Ibikunle Amosun led-administration.

“I will use this opportunity to tell our people out there that this initiative is for the benefit of all our children and these are leaders of tomorrow. We must ensure that they are healthy and the exercise will improve their cognitive function. So, I want to encourage all our mothers out there to embrace this, because it is free and it is safe. Do not listen to rumor’’, Ipaye stated.

Teachers Tasked On Regular Medical Check Up

Teachers in Ogun State public schools have been admonished to pay adequate attention to their health in order to avert untimely death.

Chairman, Teaching Service Commission, Chief Mrs. Olabosipo Ogunsan, gave the advice during a joint prayer session, organised by education stakeholders in Abeokuta, for teachers who died in active service.

Ogunsan said recent medical screening exercise carried out by the Commission, revealed that, killer ailments, like high blood pressure, sugar in the blood, high cholesterol level amongst others were prevalent amid public secondary school teachers across the State.

She advised teachers to take their health seriously by going for regular medical check up to ascertain their health status and get updates on healthy living, urging them to always eat balanced diet that nourishes the body.

‘’I must tell you that the screening exercise has helped us save many of our teachers from death. I want you to take your health very important, because health is wealth. Eat well, sleep well and go for medical check-up regularly and avoid thinking too much, rather, let us learn to cast our cares upon God, he cares for us and above all, let us be prayerful’’, Ogunsan advised.

Responding, the President of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Ogun State chapter, Chief Olatunji Ogundele and his counterpart from Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), Comrade Akeem Lasisi, said the three-day fasting and prayer session became necessary, in order to seek the face of God to avert such occurrence in the future.

Prayers were offered by Pastor Tunde Amosun of Rock Foundation Church, Idi Aba and Chief Imam Sa’adutul Abadiyya Organisation, Ismail Abdullateef.

Osinbajo Calls For Overhauling Of National Boundary Policies

Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has called on National Boundary Commission (NBC) to re-engineer Nigeria’s border and revamp its policies, with a view to stemming the lingering boundary crisis in the country. 

Osinbajo made the call in Abuja while declaring open a one-day retreat for stakeholders in the management of Nigeria’s boundaries.

The Vice President who restated the commitment of the Federal government to strengthen and reposition the Commission for effectiveness, also asked the commission to be more creative and innovative, in the discharge of its duties, to meet the yearning of the people.

Speaking with newsmen at the event, the Ogun State Deputy Governor, who also doubles as the Chairman, State Boundary Committee, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga, commended the unrelenting efforts of the State government in resolving border crisis in the State, charging the Commission to also play its role, by resolving boundary disputes amicably.

Onanuga described the retreat as timely and called for the adoption of the 1906 boundary instrument, rather than that of 1960, which she said was responsible for border problems in the country.

Speaking earlier, Director-General of the Commission, Dr. Bose Ahmed noted that, despite the efforts of the Commission, there was need for assessment of the operation and exchange of ideas, with the aim of resolving issues affecting Nigeria borders.

On his part, the Director-General, Bureau of Land and Survey, Ogun State, Mr. Biyi Ismail, was optimistic that the outcome of the retreat would go a long way at resolving the border crises.

Ogun Seeks PPP To Develop Other Sports

The Ogun State Government has appealed to philanthropists, corporate bodies and sports enthusiasts to support the development of other sporting activities in the State, rather than concentrating all efforts on football.
The State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, made the appeal at the Southwest qualifying round boxing competition, jointly organised by the State government and I-Yes Sport Promoter,  at the Alake Sports Centre, Ijeja, Abeokuta,in honour of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, who clocked 80th .

 

The Governor, who was represented by the State Commissioner for Youths and Sport, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, urged the general public to give the same supports given to football to other sporting events, in order to develop more talents and engage the youths in profitable ventures.
Governor Amosun commended the organizers of the event for their foresight, pledging that his administration would continue to provide enabling environment for a stronger Public Private Partnership.
Speaking earlier, the Oyo State Commissioner for Youths and Sport, Hon. Abayomi Oke, commended Ogun State government for providing enabling environment for sport development in the Southwest.

Ogun Celebrates 2018 Children’s Day

Ogun State will on Sunday, May 27, 2018 join other States of the Federation to mark this year’s Children’s Day, with array of activities, at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta.

In a release signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Kolawole Peter Fagbohun, the theme for the celebration is, ‘’Creating Safe Spaces for Children: Our Collective Responsibility’’.

The release further stated that school children, members of voluntary youth organisation and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) among others, would participate in a March past.

It added that the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, would be the Special Guest of Honour, while the first Lady, Dr. (Mrs.) Olufunso Amosun, would distribute prizes to winners.

All invited guests are expected to be seated by 9.00 in the morning.

Basic Education Certificate Examination Commences In Ogun

The 2018 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) for students in all public and private junior secondary schools in Ogun State will commence on Monday June 11 to Friday June 15, 2018.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota, enjoined principals to make adequate arrangement towards the successful conduct of the Examination, while students were urged to conduct themselves in an orderly manner during the Examination.

The release stated that necessary machinery has been put in place by the ministry for a hitch-free conduct of the Examination, just as it wishes all the students, success in the examination.

 

OGHA Meets Amosun, Reviews Progress In The State

Members of the Ogun State House of Assembly had met with the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, to review the progress made so far by the present administration.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, who spoke with newsmen after the close door meeting, said “it was a normal parliamentary caucus meeting, as the administration approaches the end of the third year of the 8th legislature.”

 

Hon. Oluomo added that the meeting afforded the Governor the opportunity to brief them on the economic and financial status of the State and its position in the comity of states in Nigeria, just as it also provided members of the Assembly, the opportunity to assess the level of success recorded and what more should be expected before the end of this administration.

He said the meeting among other issues discussed, highlighted what the legislative arm was expected to do to support the executive, in order to continue to make life better for the people.

Amosun Attributes Success To Stakeholders’ Support

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has attributed the successes recorded by his administration to the cooperation received from the State’s civil service, legislative arm and other stakeholders in the State.

Amosun who stated this at the breaking of fast with Body of Permanent Secretaries and General Managers, at the Government House, Oke Igbehin, Abeokuta, thanked them for their tenacity and hard work.

The Governor while assuring that his administration would not relent as it winds down, reaffirmed his commitment at leaving behind, a system driven environment that would put the state on auto drive.

He expressed delight that Ogun was recently ranked second in the comity of States in Nigeria, at the last National Executive Council meeting, as against the 29th position when he assumed office, seven years ago.

The State Head of Service, Mr. Abayomi Sobande, appreciated the Governor for the ongoing reforms in the state civil service, adding that his love and respect for civil servants was unparalleled.

The Chairman, Body of Permanent Secretaries and the Clerk of the State House of Assembly, Engr Lanre Bisiriyu, stated that they have been part of many administrations, but the present government has brought unexpected strategic initiatives and development to the State, assuring that civil servants would continue to give the administration necessary support.

Speaking on behalf of the General Managers, Engr. Mosurat Agboola of the State Water Corporation, noted that the State has never experienced the present rate of turn around, in its 42 years of creation.

Ogun Assembly Calls For Provision Of Waste Stations, Sites In LGs

Towards ensuring a clean and healthy environment, the Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a resolution, calling on the State Government to provide waste stations and dump sites in each of the local government areas in the State, for proper waste management and control.
The passage of the resolution followed a motion moved by the sponsor and a member representing Obafemi Owode State Constituency, Tunde Sanusi, seconded by the Minority Leader, Olawale Alausa and supported by the Whole House, through a voice vote during a plenary presided over by Speaker Suraju Ishola Adekunbi, at the Assembly Complex, Oke-mosan, Abeokuta.
Opening a debate on the motion, Sanusi said the State had witnessed influx of Industrial investment brought about by the ongoing massive infrastructural development, explaining that there was need for the creation of transfer loading Station and additional dump sites across the 20 Local Government Aras and 37 Local Council Development Areas,.
He maintained that the sites, when created, would address indiscriminate dumping of refuse, as being experienced in some parts of the State and would also assist industries to dump their wastes at designated points.
Corroborating the Sponsor’s submission, members including Olawale Alausa, Idowu Olowofuja, Adebowale Ojuri, Jimi Otukoya and Oyenuga Olufowobi, harped on the need for waste generated from industries and homes across the State to be effectively managed, admonishing residents to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse in water ways to avoid flooding.
They added that the sites upon creation, would facilitate more employment opportunities for the teaming populace, as well as prevent outbreak of disease, while transforming waste to energy, to further widen the revenue base of the State.
Also, Honourables Ganiyu Oyedeji and Akanbi Bankole posited that a healthy environment would bring about buoyant economy, calling for the speedy enforcement of the resolution.
Also speaking, the Majority Leader, Adeyinka Mafe and Deputy Speaker, Olakunle Olumo, assured that the Assembly would consider the amendment of the Environmental Protection Agency (OGEPA) Law, with a view to establishing the State Waste Management Agency, just as they tasked OGEPA to step up measures at ensuring effective operation across the State.
Meanwhile, the Ogun State House of Assembly has lauded the State Barbers Association, Ijebu-Ode Chapter, led by Mr. Anthony Ayodele, for partnering with political leaders in creating jobs for youths.
Speaker Adekunbi gave the commendation while playing host to the Executive members of the association, with a caution that they should not force people to join their association, but rather make the association a toast of prospective members, assuring that government would continue to encourage all the stakeholders to boost their business drives.
Earlier in his speech, Ayodele noted that the mutual interdependence among all arms of government in the State had led to unprecedented development in the State, appreciating the State Assembly for enacting people-oriented bills which had aided socio-economic development of the State.

Commerce Commissioner Charges Civil Servants To Set Attainable Goals

Civil Servants in Ogun State have been charged to set attainable goals for themselves and maximise their strengths in areas of comparative advantage.

The State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, gave the charge at the annual retreat of the Ministry, held at the Conference Hall, MKO Abiola Trade Fair Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Ashiru explained that to plan effectively and strategically, they needed to think out of the box, do things differently and remain unwavering in all their actions and intentions.

According to him, the retreat was to equip the staff with new knowledge and fresh ideas on critical issues affecting the Ministry’s performance and enable them map out short and long term strategies that could help address present and future challenges.

‘’This year’s retreat will be the 4th edition and we have clearly recorded great successes on the status of this State as the industrial hub of West Africa, we have changed the face of this State both in revenue generation and the influx of industries into the State’’, he said.

Earlier in his address, the Permanent Secretary, Engr. Jonathan Onajobi, attributed the various achievement recorded in the Ministry to the support received from the Governor, cooperation of collaborating MDAs and commitment of members of staff.

Engr. Onajobi disclosed that as a result of the favourable commercial and industrial climate created in the State, a total of 311 industries have been established since the advent of Senator Ibikunle Amosun Administration.