Lassa Fever: No Cause For Alarm- Ogsg Assures Residents

Babatunde IpayeOgun State Government has allayed the fears of residents as its Ministry of Health has taken necessary steps towards curtailing and preventing the spread of Lassa fever, following its import to the State, by a 20 year old commuter from Lagos State.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye who stated this while briefing journalists after the State Executive Council meeting held on Monday, said apart from the medical facilities put in place, government was also interacting with community stakeholders towards nipping the disease in the bud across the State.

According to the Commissioner, part of the plan was to involve Medical Officers to begin Community Level Mass Mobilization through various Local Government Information Officers who will take up the challenge of educating members of the Public, particularly on personal and environmental hygiene as well as the need to keep food supplies safe.

Dr Ipaye also made it known that surveillance system has been beefed up across the State while health officers from the 20 Local Government and 37 Local Council Development Areas( LCDAs) have been directed to alert the Ministry on any case of fever that has been treated for more than 3 days without changes.

He noted that the case of the 20 year old boy was the only case in the state as his primary contacts numbering up to 106 have been identified, quarantined and placed under surveillance for at least 21 days which is the longest incubation period of Lassa.

Ipaye , however appealed to health officers to adhere strictly to the universal precaution  so as not to  be infected.

OGHA Holds FORA To Empower People Living With Disabilities, Others

ogha     As part of its commitment towards formulating people-oriented legislations for the overall development of the State, the Ogun State House of Assembly will on Wednesday August 16, 2017, hold a stakeholders’ forum on bills titled: H. B No 012/OG/2017- People with Disability Law of Ogun State Bill, 2017 as well as H.B No. 013/OG/2017- Violence Against Persons (Prohibition Law), 2017.

 

The stakeholders’ forum according to a release from the Clerk of the Assembly, Engr. Lanre Bisiriyu, is meant to harness the contributions of all stakeholders towards protecting and promoting the rights of the people living with disability as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

 

In the release, the Violence Prohibition Law is meant to enhance peaceful environment by resolving domestic conflicts through modern dispute resolution measures in line with United Nations (UN) Social Order Policy.

 

The Assembly, according to the release will on Thursday, August 17, 2017, hold another public hearing on “HB No. 017/OG/2017- The Arbitration, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Other Related Matters Law of Ogun State, 2017 as well as “H. B No. 18/OG/2017: The Administration of Criminal Justice (ACJ) and other Related Matters Law of Ogun State, 2017” to allow stakeholders and the entire people of the State contribute their inputs to the bills aimed at creating the Ogun State Court of Arbitration with a view to providing simple and speedy alternative approach to justice dispensation.

 

It notes that the fora will hold at the Conference Hall of the State House of Assembly Complex, Oke- Mosan, Abeokuta, beginning from 10:00 a.m. each day as stakeholders are enjoined to be seated at 9.30 a.m. prompt.

Environmental Degradation: Amosun Seeks Manufacturers’ Support

amosunThe Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has called on all stakeholders, especially manufacturers to support government in tackling head- on, environmental degradation in the State.

Governor Amosun gave the charge at the 32nd Annual General Meeting of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) with the theme: ‘Developing a Workable’ Work Plan for Environmental Sustainability, Cost Implications, Benefits and Drawback’ in Ota.

Amosun, who was represented by the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, urged  manufacturers and other stakeholders to support government in protecting the environment by refraining from activities that could lead to desertification, environmental pollution, deforestation and other hazards occasioned by poor handling of the environment.

‘’Recent happenings around the world have made it imperative for us all to begin to address the issue of over-exploitation of the environment and the impact on its sustainability’’, he said.

The Governor pointed out that it was to this end that his administration had continued to empower relevant government ministries, departments and agencies to carry out their oversight functions in industries and business premises across the State towards sanitizing the environment.

He commended MAN for taking steps to sensitize its members on the best industrial waste disposal system and curbing degradation, while sourcing for raw materials.

‘’Undoubtedly, industrialization plays a vital role in the socio-economic development of any State. It is a panacea for poverty and unemployment. Industrialization process involves tapping natural resources to meet the needs of mankind. It is however important that we strike a balance in the way we explore and exploit these resources without destroying the eco-system’’. Amosun said.

The Governor said his administration would continue to leverage on the cordial relationship that exists between it and the association to chart better ways of improving the commercial status of the State.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Ogun State branch, Mr. Wale Adegbite, commended the Governor for his commitment to the growth and sustenance of the manufacturing sector, adding that the association would continue to work in tandem with government policies to ensure healthy environment for the State, notwithstanding the quest to improve on their productivity.

Govt Tasks NUT On Better Output

Ogun State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko has tasked the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Ogun State Chapter to continue to put in their best in achieving high level of productivity in teaching and learning.

Ojuko, who gave the charge while receiving the newly elected Executive members of the Union led by its Chairman, Comrade Adebanjo Titilope in his office in Abeokuta; equally commended them for their efforts in raising the standard of education in the State.

The Commissioner acknowledged that teachers’ role could not be over -emphasized, as they were the key agents of change in raising future generations, saying that the union remained an active player towards achieving the giant strides in the State education sector.

He affirmed that the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration was committed to ensuring improved welfare for teachers in the State, saying  ‘’this present administration is responsible and would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that those in charge of raising future generation of this State are adequately taken care of’’.

In his response, Comrade Titilope promised the unalloyed support of the NUT to the State government, stating that the union was pleased with prompt payment of salaries and allowances of primary school teachers as well as arrears of the 2015 promotion.

He added that the union appreciated the State government for using the Paris Club funds to offset deductions arrears of workers, stating, ‘’the Amosun administration has proven itself to be a government of all, by making the welfare of the workforce a priority’’.

Ogun Organises Final Hajj Seminar For Pilgrims

HAJJ In preparation for the 2017 holy pilgrimage to Makkah and Madinah, Ogun State Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board has fixed its final Hajj Seminar/Workshop for Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

A release signed by the Executive Secretary of the Board, Alhaji AbdulHakeem Kalejaiye, stated that the event was to acquaint the intending pilgrims with the essential principles which would enable them perform all Hajj rites effectively.

Venue of the seminar is the Secretariat Mosque, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, beginning from 9.00 in the morning.

The release enjoined all intending pilgrims to see the exercise as significant aspect of hajj operation and ensure full participation.

OGSG Harps On Clean Environment

bolaji-oyeleye 2 Ogun State Government has emphasized clean environment as it has announced that the monthly Environmental Sanitation will hold on Saturday July 29, between the hours of 7 and 10 in the morning across the State.

The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye who stated this in a press statement, said human and vehicular movement would be restricted across the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and the 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of the State during the period.

He warned that anyone caught for contravening the restriction order would be prosecuted at the mobile courts to be mounted across the State.

Oyeleye, advised residents to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse, erection of buildings on water channels, urging those living in flood-prone areas to move to safer grounds to forestall loss of life or property.

Industrialization Policy: Govt Set To Sanction Detractors- ASHIRU

ashiruOgun State Government has warned that it would not treat with kid-glove any individual or group whose activities or actions are aimed at derailing its industrialisation agenda.

The State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, gave the warning in Abeokuta at a meeting to mediate over a land dispute between Sona Group and Igbodu family from Igbesa in Ado Ota Local Government Area of the State.

According to Ashiru, the establishment of industries enhances economic stability, employment opportunities, higher standard of living, development of markets and increment in government revenue, noting that government would not hesitate to sanction any cynic whose actions could constitute a threat to its industrialization drive towards creating wealth for its citizens.

He appealed to the host communities not to be hostile to investors as their presence in the area would be of great advantage to them and the State at large, adding that no progress could be made in an atmosphere devoid of peace.

The Commissioner assured parties involved in the dispute of government’s determination to resolve the issues amicably without fear or favour, urging them to work together for the peace and progress of the State.

Speaking at the meeting, the Arokedi of Idi-Oke, Igbesaland, Oba Saheed Ifalohun Odusanya, commended the State government for its intervention, explaining that all efforts made in the past by the community to resolve the issues had proved abortive.

He called on disgruntled members of the family to let peace reign and cooperate with government to resolve the impasse.

Ogun Home Owner Charter: Expect 4,000 C Of O Monthly – Lands DG

homeowners-logoPlans are underway by the Ogun State government to increase the issuance of Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) under its Home Owners Charter programme to 4,000 monthly to meet the yearnings of applicants.

The Director General, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Mr. Biyi Ismail, disclosed this while responding to questions from  members of the State House of Assembly Committee on Lands and Housing led by Honourable Adebiyi Adeleye at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

The Director General represented by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Land matters, Mrs. Bimbo Oluyinka, explained that the process cut across inter-agency procedures involving the Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning, Bureau of Lands and Survey, Ministry of Finance, Internal Revenue Service and the Ogun State Property & Investment Corporation (OPIC).

He enjoined any applicant who needed clarification on the Home owner programme to call the designate call centres advertised by the Bureau, stating that the bureau had been strengthened with more personnel and equipment to ensure improved service delivery.

Ismail also assured qualified applicants of getting their Certificates of Occupancy before the end of the present administration in the State.

Earlier in his remarks, the Committee Chairman, Hon. Adebiyi, said it was incumbent upon the relevant agencies of government to fast track the process to make it more seamless.

Adeleye, in company with Honourables Olayiwola Ojodu, Israel Jolaoso and Julianah Akintayo, requested the Bureau to also address land allocation challenges being encountered by allottees of Isheri River View Estate within the next two weeks.

Women Affairs Commissioner Harps On Family Mobilisation For Devt.

Hon.-Mrs-Abiola-Kufile-Okonji-CommThe socio economic development of any State or nation depends mostly on the regular sensitization and mobilisation of the family being the smallest but very crucial unit in any society.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Abiola Kufile-Okonji made this assertion while speaking at the 4th edition of the Couples’ Forum, organised by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, with the theme “Ensuring Harmonious Family Relationships and Peace at the Home Fronts” held in Abeokuta.

She stated that reported increase in cases of kidnapping, abduction, ritual killings, rape and teenage prostitution, were indicators that things were not well at the home front, saying there was need for urgent attention to save the family in particular and the community in general.

While acknowledging that this year’s edition was to consolidate on the gains of previous couples’ fora, she charged participants to take maximum advantage of the programme to boost their relationships and co-exist harmoniously with others.

“I wish to charge participants to take maximum advantage of the forum to boost their relationships, device other means to resolve differences that may arise between their families and co-exist harmoniously so that the state, nation and the world can be a better place to live”, she said.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs Abiola Gbadamosi, acknowledged that the present economic recession had taken a great toll on the financial capabilities of parents to meet family commitments leading to increase in street children and deviant behaviour.

The Permanent Secretary who expressed optimism that participants would gain more from the facilitator’s wealth of experience, enjoined estranged and would-be couples to henceforth develop right attitudes towards each other to improve co-existence and family bond.

Amosun Charges Professionals On Socio Economic Development

amosunOgun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has charged Professionals to explore areas that would help achieve socio economic development in the country.

Senator Ibikunle Amosun gave the charge at the Investiture of Mrs. Funmi Babington Ashaye as the 48th President of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria at Victoria Island, Lagos.

Governor Amosun who was represented by his deputy, Chief Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga, stated that the ongoing diversification of the economy was long overdue, adding that it was high time all sectors identified best areas to key into the Federal government’s economic policies that would help to rescue the nation from over dependence in the oil sector.

While expressing the need for Practitioners in the insurance sub-sector to further intensify efforts at showcasing potentials embedded in the industry, the Governor urged them to increase business opportunities available in the sector.

He highlighted various business opportunities existing in Ogun State, calling on insurance professionals to collaborate with his administration by sharing ideas that could assist in effective implementation of the rebuilding mission programmes.

Governor Amosun congratulated the new President of the Institute, describing her as a source of pride for womenfolk and a worthy daughter of Ogun State who has contributed her quota to the development of the nation.

In her remarks, Mrs. Ashaye appreciated members of the Institute for the confidence and trust reposed in her while pledging to consolidate on the achievements of her predecessors through action plan with a view to promoting the industry.