Govt To Protect Consumers’ Right With New Measurement

ashiruThe Ogun State Government has disclosed its readiness at protecting customer’s right across the State by introducing new measurement bowl for gauging grains and other food stuff in the market towards ensuring standard and curbing fraudulent acts.

The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru who said this in Abeokuta at a meeting with market leaders from the three senatorial districts of the State noted that the parley was to discuss and work out modalities towards ensuring that all market women and men embrace the new measurement bowl in the State.

‘’Consumers are not getting value for their money and this must change. If you are buying a kongo of rice, it must be a kongo without doubt,’’ he said.

The Commissioner explained that government was not going to enforce the sellers to adopt the bowl but would educate and enlighten them on the importance of having a common measurement bowl in the State.

He noted that the new initiative as matter of fact would usher in better benefits for the consumers and the seller and also bring about development to markets across the State.

The Iyalaje Akile Ijebu, Alhaja Fausat Alatise commended the State government for the new initiative, urging other market leaders to support government’s effort at protecting consumers right by taking samples of the bowl for trial at their various markets.

Verification Exercise In Ogun Institutions Will Eliminate Ghost Workers – AG

As part of plan towards eliminating ghost workers and ensuring prompt payment of salaries, the Ogun State government has embarked on verification exercise of personnel in all tertiary institutions across the State.

The State Auditor General, Mr. Babajide Olubanjo who disclosed this during the exercise at the D.S. Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, Itori noted that the verification was aimed at ensuring an updated record of workers in tertiary institutions so as to give room for prompt payment of their salaries among other dues to genuine staff so as to reduce government undue spending.

Olubanjo represented by Principal Auditor, Alhaji Musibau Adekunle who led another team to Polytechnic, Itori said that the screening and verification of personnel was aimed at getting adequate data of staff.

‘’The verification exercise was necessary at ascertaining the total number of personnel working with the State government and to eradicate the issue of multiple payment for not existing workers,’’ he said.

Olubanjo added that it was a laudable step taken by the State government towards ensuring convenient in staff remuneration payment with minimal wastage.

In his remarks, Mr. Adekanbi Ariyo, Internal Auditor of the School, lauded government on the verification exercise, saying it would aid easy discovery of actual personnel cost of tertiary institutions’ and eliminate issue of ghost workers.

Ogun To Generate 336 Mega Watts In 18 Months

electricity-POWERIn its bid towards boosting the existing power generation in the State and ending incessant power outage, the Ogun State Government has approved 12 Independent Power Providers (IPPs) to actualise the project in the State.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Energy, Mr. Taiwo Fagbemi disclosed this in an interview with news men at his office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Fagbemi said the project was approved by the present administration in its plans to ensure uninterrupted power supply, saying that twelve power companies were selected to provide and generate a total of 336 mega watts within 18 months of its commencement that will cut across the 3 senatorial districts of the State.

He revealed further that the selected IPPs had completed their Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Waste Concession Agreement (WCA) and the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU), explaining that these documents had been dully vetted by the Ministry of Justice.

The project would be fuelled by natural gas, solar, Waste of Energy (WTE), hydro and Joule-Box which would ensure its sustainability.

Amosun Describes CDAs As Key Partner In Development

gov_Ogun_AmosunThe Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has described Community Development Associations (CDAs) as key partner in the implementation of government’s policies in the State.

Governor Amosun stated this during the closing ceremony of a four-day Basic Citizenship and Leadership Training Course organised by the State Ministry of Community Development and Cooperatives for Community Leaders in the State, held at the Institute of Social Development, Shasha, Iperu Remo Area of the State.

Amosun who was represented by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Suraju Ishola Adekunbi said CDAs remained one of the key stakeholders in the development of communities in the State, explaining that various activities and programmes of the Associations across the State had been complementing the developmental initiatives of government.

The Governor, noted that peaceful co-existence which is the bedrock of development of any nation rests on the family unit, representing the basis for a vibrant community and the best platform through which societal development could be achieved, assuring that the request of the Associations for the full implementation of the Anti-Land Grabbing Law would be carried out to the letter.

Earlier in his remarks, the State Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperatives, Mr.  Gbenga Adenmosun implored the over 290 participants of the course to take advantage of the training by encouraging their wards to be involved in other training programmes like Agriculture for self sufficiency.

Speaking, the State Chairman of  Community Development Council (CDC); Alhaji Abdul Rasaq Ikupoliyi lauded government for putting in place the training for members of the CDAs,  requesting for more people oriented programmes and policies across communities in the State.

One of the participants, Mrs. Omolara Famuyiwa noted that the training had impacted positively on the administrative capacity of the community leaders, appreciating the State Government for supporting community based initiatives for the development of the areas.

Amosun Tasks Pharmacy Technicians On Ethic Of Profession

amosunThe Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has charged the newly inducted Pharmacy Technicians from the six colleges of Health Technology across the South-West, Nigeria into Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN), to be worthy ambassadors and strive towards promoting ethics of the profession.

Amosun gave the charge at the maiden induction ceremony of 543 Pharmacy Technicians held at Ogun State College Of Health Technology, Ilese-Ijebu, Ogun state.

Amosun who was represented by the State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Modupe Mujota, emphasised that the path-way to success could be quite challenging but highly rewarding, if only one could endure it, noting that they should be good representatives of their states in their places of assignment.

“Your success that we celebrate today is not only a function of your personal struggle but also through the divine grace of God that has connected you with those who have contributed to this momentous occasion, people like your parents, guardians, relatives, friends, teachers, administrators and others. Though, the journey has been tough, but I thank the Almighty God who has given you the grace to witness this day.” Amosun said.

He lauded the Provost of the College, Dr. Abiodun Oladunjoye and the Management’s efforts at collaborating with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN)‎, noting that the graduating students, both past and present would obtain their Provisional Registration that would initiate them into the practice under the supervision of Registered Pharmacists in a Health Institutions, Industries and Universities approved by the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria.

The Registrar, PCN‎, Pharm. Elijah Mohammed stated that the induction of successful Pharmacy Technicians from six Colleges of Health Technology in the South West, Nigeria was the first of its kind by the Council.

He noted   that the new certificate was equivalent to the existing Pharmacy Technician certificate, saying added advantage was that, it could be used for direct entry into approved faculties of pharmacy in Nigeria Universities and officers cadres in Military and Para-Military medical personnel.

“Today marks a new beginning in the training and practice of Pharmacy Technicians in Nigeria, the National Pre-Certification Examination (NPC) which you all sat and passed leading you to the award of certified Pharmacy Technicians Certificate.” ‎Mohammed added.

Earlier, the Provost, Ogun State College of Health Technology, Dr. Abiodun Oladunjoye said that the induction ceremony was a landmark in the history of both the college as well as the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN)‎, explaining  that the inductees have the privilege of been the first set of Pharmacy Technicians to be professionally inducted in the country.

“Am delighted basically for two reasons about today’s induction ceremony, firstly, that the PCN deemed it fit to raise the bar of Pharmacy Technicians practice by officially inducting this set into the profession after a very strenuous process and secondly, that OGSCOTECH is found worthy of hosting the maiden edition of the induction.”‎ Oladunjoye submitted.

Oladunjoye added that the essence of the induction by the PCN was to raise the bar of the practice by Pharmacy Technicians in the country with a view to boosting health service delivery and also attract more practice to the profession.

He appreciated the visitor to the college, Senator Ibikunle Amosun whose administration had assisted the college in no small measures at actualizing its ‎goals and objectives, observing that the firm support of the state led to the accreditation of the college’s Pharmacy Technicians Programme by the PCN.

The six  colleges of Health Technology that produced the Inductees included Oyo State College of Health Science (OYSCOHS) Ibadan, Kwara State College of Health Technology (KWSCOHT) Offa, NNSMS Offa, Ekiti State College of Health Technology (EKSCHT) Ekiti, Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASCOHT) Lagos and Ogun State College of Health Technology (OGSCOTECH ) Ilese-Ijebu,

OGSG Cautions Teachers On Part-Time /Sandwich Courses

The Ogun State government says it will no longer allow teachers to go on part-time/sandwich courses during academic session as it impedes the smooth running of academic activities in the State.

A statement signed by the Director of Management Services, Teaching Service Commission, Miss. Omotunde Adeyemi said that the government would no longer tolerate the act of indiscipline among teachers especially for failing to resume at the first resumption day of the term.

The release stated further that teachers who intend to further academic studies in higher institution of learning should do so only during the school vacation period, warning that teachers who are found wanting in this regards would be dealt with accordingly.

OGSG Assures Single Digit Loan For Women

amosun Women groups in Ogun State have been assured of another round of single digit loan from government to enhance their businesses and make them self reliant.

The State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun dropped this hint at the Town Hall Meeting on 2018 budget held at Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.

“Women are important component in the rebuilding mission and government will stop at nothing to improve their wellbeing and create enabling environment for them to flourish in all spheres,” governor said.

Amosun noted that the present administration would continue to strive at creating more markets where women would display their agricultural products, saying the gesture would lessen the stress of moving their goods to markets outside the State.

‘’We have put in place the infrastructure needed to make agricultural development sustainable. We will be working till the end of this administration to ensure all projects are completed. The era of strengthening individual is gone in Ogun State, we would strengthen institutions to ensure all round development.’’ Amosun said.

Amosun recalled that women in the State had benefited from various empowerment programmes in the Ministry of Women Affairs in the past, ranging from provision of working tools, vocational training, loan facilities amongst others, assuring that government would not relent at supporting them.

No Nation Develops Without Efficient Judicial System – Ogun CJ

OGUN CJThe Ogun State Chief judge, Justice Olatokunbo Olapade has pointed out that no nation can successfully achieve its socio-economic development without an efficient judicial system.

The Chief Judge stated this while delivering her message at the 8th Edition of the Ogun State Bar and Bench Workshop with the theme:”Access to Justice through Multi-Door Court – House in the Contemporary Society.’’ held at the June 12 Cultural Center, Abeokuta.

Olopade said the workshop was borne out of the need to tackle challenges confronting contemporary Nigeria Society, explaining that Ogun State has maintained a strategic position in the scheme of things in the country through its various infrastructural developments aimed at attracting more investors with its attendant challenges which included access to justice.

‘’Efficient justice delivery is important to any economy especially a developing economy like ours. This is why it has become imperative for courts to have more doors for dispute resolution to face the challenges of contemporary Nigeria, which is participatory in nature and has the ability to preserve and maintain cordial relationship amongst the citizens, communities and this has added colour to the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism.

“The State Judiciary in response to the emerging changes of trends that exists globally established the Ogun Multi-Door Court House (OMDC) Abeokuta in February 2017,’’ Olopade said.

In her presentation, Director, Lagos Multi-Door Court House, Mrs. Caroline Etuk defined access to justice as a process where justice is dispensed speedily, efficiently and in a user friendly environment in compliance with human rights standards, explaining that the absence of this would deprive people from right of expressing their views, exercising their rights and challenging inequity.

She added that ADR appeared as a more better options in dispute resolution process than litigation, as it gives access to justice in the legal system for litigants and disputants to obtain prompt justice through the deployment of the mechanisms within the Nigerian legal/public justice system by resolving disputes and reducing the overcrowd that make the resolution of cases in court unnecessarily slow.

‘’One other growing concern in our country’s justice system is that there are shortfalls in the existing mechanisms of dispute resolution available to litigants. In order to overcome the many problems of litigations characterized by congestion in courts, resulting to delay in delivery of justice to the citizens, there is need for the provision of a multi-track dispute resolution system which integrates litigation and other alternative dispute resolution process,’’ she said.

Ogun Has No Case Of Polio Disease – Ipaye

Babatunde IpayeThe State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye has disclosed that the state is now free from polio disease.

Ipaye, who made this known while receiving Polio Plus Committee, Rotary International, District 9110 Nigeria at his Oke- Mosan Office, Abeokuta said that the last case of polio disease was treated eight years ago and there had not been any new discovery since then.

The Commissioner said the State would not rest on its oars towards sustaining the State’s status quo of being polio free in the nation, appreciating the partners for their support in the provision of qualitative and effective healthcare delivery to the citizenry.

“I can clearly say that we have eliminated Polio disease from Ogun state in the last eight years. The last case in the state was 2009 and we have not had a single case of Polio since then. However, we are not resting on our oars at maintaining our tempo” Ipaye said.

In his remarks, the Chairman, Polio Plus Committee, Rotary International, District 9110, Nigeria, appreciated the State Government for the warm reception and continuous partnership, stating that it would continue to sensitize members of the public to be more conscious of their health condition and work towards sustaining the State free status from polio disease

Town Hall Meeting Is A Platform Of Assessing State Policy- Amosun

gov_Ogun_AmosunThe Ogun State Governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun has described the State budget town hall meeting as a platform where people express their minds, examine state policies and suggest new ideas for effective running of the state affairs.

Amosun who made this known at the 2018 budget town hall meeting at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, said the opinions of the people were germane in budget planning of the state towards successful implementation of its policies.

“The Town Hall Meeting is a genuine platform where all opinions are not only explored, but are critically examined for the growth and development of our dear State” Amosun remarked.

The Governor pointed out that people oriented budget had been the priority of his government since inception, adding that it has contributed immensely to the rebuilding mission.

He added that the State Development Plan (SDP) was initiated early this year and would run till 2030 as a critical element for agricultural production and industrialization, saying it would increase financial and technical support from development partners to boost agricultural production, reduce dependency on oil as well as strengthen good governance

Earlier, the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Ms. Aderenle Adesina said the meeting was aimed at sensitizing members of the public on government plans for year 2018 budget and obtain their thoughts and contributions for inclusion into the budget, explaining that previous town hall meetings had added values to the administration’s performance.