Onanuga Gives Assurance On Summer Camp Reward

yetunde onanugaThe Ogun State government has expressed confidence that its ongoing summer camp for school children, ages 10 – 15, would significantly remould and broaden their intellectual capabilities for productivity and excellence.

           Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Onanuga said this while addressing students at the opening of the camp at the State Model School Ewekoro in Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state.

          Onanuga was of the opinion that the various programmes and activities outlined for the students would not only rub off positively on them but would also make their stay at the venue, worthwhile.

She highlighted some of the programme’s activities to include, live skills performance and creative arts, sports and academics, noting that notable Nigerian Artists  like Tunde Kilani, Jimi Solanke, Kate Hensaw among others have been lined up to impart their wealth of experience and professional prowess in the students for a better future apart from early morning devotion, academic works, endurance trek and individual games to mention a few.

           Speaking at the ocassion, the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Modupe Mujota said the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and his wife, would be visiting the children during the camping period.      About 100 participants have registered for the two week programme which commenced on Sunday 14th August 2016 according to a reporter while it is hoped that the number will be on the increase.

PDP Rejects Court Order, Says Convention Will Hold

MakarfiThe Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has said that the party’s national convention will go on as scheduled.

He said this while reacting to the order of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which stopped the convention.

He said that the order was not superior to the order the party received from Port Harcourt earlier in the day giving permission to hold the convention.

The former governor said the Court of Appeal will settle the issue later.

He said, “The convention is going ahead as the Abuja Federal High Court is not superior to the Port Harcourt Federal High Court which earlier today gave us the go ahead.

“Court of Appeal will sort it out “

Pension Management: PENCOM & Pension Bureau Chat On The Way Forward

1212-PENCOM-logoThe National Pension Commission in conjunction with the Ogun State Bureau of Local Government Pensions is charting the way forward towards the dispensation of optimum service and welfare for pensioners in the State.

This was made known by Mr. Murtala Madibbo, when he led a team from the National Pension Commission, on a week working visit to the Ogun State Bureau of Local Government Pensions, in Abeokuta.

Madibbo said the purpose of the visit was to review the level of compliance, operations of the Bureau and, where necessary, based on the experiences they had with self funded agencies and pension fund administrators, determine if the agency had been in line with the best global practices and make suggestions on the way forward.

He noted that the visit would afford them the opportunity to cover the organizational structure, human resource, training and record keeping under the contributory pension scheme.

‘’ For our one week visit, we will look at the ease of decision making, how reporting lines are, get the lists of staffs, looking at the training they’ve been exposed to and whether they are been allowed to go on leave. We will also check how best you keep records under the contributory pension scheme’’, He said.

In her remarks, the Director, finance and supply, Mrs. Grace Bankole, noted that the Bureau was happy at the timely visit of the commission, adding that it would afford both parties an opportunity of rubbing minds  with a view to charting a new way for the management and sustenance of the contributory pension scheme as ‘’ a key issue in the life of every employee who would later become a pensioner’’.

First Batch Of Pilgrims Arrive Medina

ogun pilgrimsNo fewer than 281 Muslim Pilgrims from Ogun State enlisted on the first batch of airlift, have arrived Medina for this year’s holy pilgrimage and have been cleared to proceed to the State’s House in Medina.

On their arrival, a Board Member, Sheik Rasheed Mayaleeke, who led the team, affirmed that the screening of the pilgrims was thorough and hitch-free, affirming that pilgrims were given a clean bill of health after following due process and adhering strictly to the rules and regulations.

          ‘’I really commend our pilgrims for the high sense of good ambassadorship being exhibited at the screening and their moral behaviour’’ Mayaleeke said.

          He said first batch of pilgrims. from the state, left for kingdom of Saudi Arabia 8.00pm on Sunday and arrived Medina International Airport about 1.45pm on Monday and were expected to stop-over in Medina for a brief stay before proceeding to Mekkah.

Amosun Hosts First NUJ National Summit

gov_Ogun_AmosunOgun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, is set to make history as he hosts the first Annual National Summit of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ.
Billed for between Tuesday, August 16 and Thursday, August 18, 2016, the Summit to be hosted in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, is the first of its kind and focused on engaging all stakeholders of the Nigerian media landscape to discuss the past, the present challenges and the future of the Nigerian media industry.
Speaking on why he has graciously agreed to host the historic event, Governor Amosun said, “It couldn’t have been otherwise since the history of the Nigerian media industry actually started here in Abeokuta.”
The governor added that, “we in Ogun State are known for always setting the pace. Don’t forget that the first newspaper in Nigeria, Iwe Iroyin Fun Awon Ara Egba, was published in Abeokuta in the year 1859 by the renowned missionary, Henry Townsend.”
He added that “even the idea of the first television station in Africa was the brainchild of yet another great son of this Ogun State, our own revered Papa Obafemi Awolowo, the late sage who was then the Premier of the Western Region and has gone ahead to also publish the oldest surviving private newspaper in Nigeria, The Tribune Newspaper.
“So from whichever angle you may want to view it, Ogun State takes the lead in the history of the Nigerian media profession just as it does in so many other areas of human endeavor. It is therefore befitting that we naturally should be the host of the historic first edition of an annual National Media Summit.”
Organised by the national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ in partnership with the Ogun State government, the 3-day Summit will have former President Olusegun Obasanjo, delivering a keynote address on Media and National Unity at the opening ceremony on Tuesday.
The event will also witness remarks from Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos State Governor; Ibrahim Dankwambo, Gombe State Governor; Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Kano State Governor; Seriake Dickson, Bayelsa State Governor; Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto State Governor and Abdulfatah Ahmed, Kwara State Governor.
There will also be remarks from the Minister of Interior, Retired General Abdulrahman Dambazau and Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, who is also the industry host, among several others.

Amosun Creates Platform For Youth Entrepreneurship

AMOSUNAs the world marks the United Nations’ International Youth Day, on Friday, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has announced the launch of a new initiative aimed at addressing the challenge of youth unemployment in Ogun State.
Speaking on the theme of this years’ International Youth Day which is, “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production,” the Ogun State governor said youth unemployment is now widely acknowledged as a crisis, “not just in Nigeria but across the continent of Africa.”
Governor Amosun added that, “It is with this shared understanding that I hereby announce the Ogun Platform for Youth Entrepreneurship.”
This initiative, the governor explained, will coordinate public and private sector efforts to support young people to build the State’s economy.
In order to achieve this focus, Governor Amosun said the initiative would reach out to not less than 10,000 young people across the nooks and crannies of Ogun State within the next 12 months and place them on the path of sustainable development through entrepreneurship.
With Ogun Platform for Youth Entrepreneurship, Governor Amosun said, “we are boldly declaring that our future depends on our youth. Through this programme we make manifest our commitment to invest in this future so that their tomorrow will be much brighter than our today.”

Amosun Congratulates Oyegun at 77

National-Chairman-APC-John-Odigie-Oyegun-360x225Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has congratulated the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun on the occasion of his 77th birthday on Friday.
While felicitating with Chief Oyegun, the governor said, “Your life has been an eventful one with innumerable achievements in many spheres, especially, in the public sector, where you have made significant impact.”
He added that, “In addition to this, the nation’s political landscape has benefitted immensely from your active participation, especially, when you served as the First Executive Governor of Edo State, and in the build-up to the formation of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
Governor Amosun said, “On this occasion of your birthday, we join you in celebrating the abundant grace of God on you and your family.
“It is my prayer that the Almighty God will preserve you for many more years, in good health and sound mind, so that you can continue to make significant contributions to the overall development of our party, in particular and Nigeria in general.”

Summer Camp Will Position Students For Leadership Role – Mujota

Mrs-Modupe-MujotaThe Commissioner for Education , Science and Technology in Ogun State, Mrs Modupe Mujota wants it known that the   two-week summer camp for students, beginning on 14th August 2016  will not only expose them to academic learning but also inculcate in the participants leadership skills through interaction, mentoring and personal development.

Mrs Modupe Mujota said the motive of the programme was to organise a two-week programme for students where they would mix with their colleagues from other schools and explore exciting new worlds through interactive learning.

She added that sports, personal development, social etiquette and mentoring amongst others were the benefits of the programme and enjoined teachers to employ student-friendly technique while imparting knowledge into them.

‘’This summer camp is organized to enable participants enjoy life, skills, performance and creative Arts, sports and academics. You teachers are therefore enjoined to make it interesting by making it more practical than theoretical’’. Mrs Mujota said.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Permanent Secretary, Mr Peter Kola Fagbohun, said arrangements had been put in place towards making sure that teachers, taking part in the programme had a worth-while experience.

At the end of the sensitization exercise, some participants enlisted for the programme, promised their unalloyed support towards ensuring the success of the camp with a request that it should be sustained and extended to other parts of the state.

Participants at the forum were later taken out on a guided tour of facilities at the state model school, Ewekoro in Ewekoro Local Government Area where the summer camp will take place.

About 200 participants are taking part in the exercise with some of them sponsored by the state government.

Our Legislations Would Enhance Improved Revenue Generation-OGHA

oghaLawmakers in Ogun State have stated that they would continue to synergize with relevant agencies towards formulating legislations that would assist government to rake in more revenue without putting unnecessary financial burden on the people.

This was their position at a seminar for lawmakers in the state tagged “Joint Tax Programme”, organised by German Agency for International Cooperation, Deutsche Gesellschaft Fuer Internationale Zusammenabeit (GIZ), held in Sango-Ota in  Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Suraju Adekunbi, represented by his Deputy, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo stated that the training would enhance the capacity of the legislators in formulating relevant legislations that would enhance development in collaboration  with other arms of government through the  execution of people oriented policies.

On his part,  the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice,  Dr Olumide Ayeni said the training would serve as a platform to enhance the development policies and system of governance, noting that the interdependence of all arms of government as enshrined in the constitution must be explored for the benefit of the people.

In his presentation, the State representative of GIZ, Mr Dada Bamidele, remarked that the state had benefited from GIZ programmes as a result of her readiness and commitment to the implementation of friendly policies for sustainable of the socio-economic development in the state.

In their separate remarks, members representing Odeda and Ogun Waterside State Constituencies, Honourable Yetunde Sogbein-Adekanbi and Adeyemi Harrison assured that all revenue generation strategies would be explored for the benefit of the state.

Ogun To Partner UNICEF On Exclusive Breast Feeding Campaign

breastfeedingThe Ogun State Government has assured the United Nation Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) of support in the campaign for exclusive breast feeding amongst women, especially nursing mothers.

The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Adedayo Adeneye, who received the South West UNICEF Nutrition Specialist, Mrs. Ada Ezeogu and the State Nutrition Officer, Mr. Olugbenga Idowu in his office in Abeokuta, said this is necessary because the campaign for exclusive breast feeding requires the support of all.

Chief Adeneye said his Ministry would not only make use of the State-owned media stations to spread the awareness on exclusive breast feeding but also relevant stakeholders in promoting the campaign geared towards educating and enlightening nursing mothers on the need to breast fed their babies exclusively even beyond six months.

‘’Exclusive breast feeding really has great impact on the child, because a healthy child would definitely be a productive child, hence the need for us to support the campaign. Apart from the emotional attachment the child develops with the mother, the health benefit is also important to the children,’’ he said.

The Commissioner further advised fathers to be willing partners for the exclusive breast feeding campaign as well as encourage their wives.

Speaking earlier, the South West UNICEF Specialist, Mrs. Ada Ezeogu appreciated the Government for providing veritable media platform that would fast track the dissemination of the campaign on exclusive breast feeding, saying the World Exclusive Breast Feeding Day was meant to create awareness on exclusive breast feeding of a child for the first six months of birth, adding that this process is the most beneficial and preventive measure against infant mortality.

‘’I want to commend Ogun State Government for the political will to partner UNICEF in enlightening the populace, especially nursing mothers,’’ she said.