Ogun Swears In Magistrates, Pioneer Presidents Of Customary Courts

 The Chief Judge of Ogun State, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, has sworn-in nine Magistrates and Presidents of Grade 1 Customary Courts, with a charge on them to always uphold the ethics of the profession, while making self- discipline their watchword, in the discharge of their duties.

          Justice Olopade who performed the swearing-in at the High Court Complex, Abeokuta, said the Presidents of Grade 1 Customary Courts being sworn-in are the Pioneer set in the history of Ogun State, following Amendments to the Customary Courts Laws of Ogun State, following the approval by the State government, to appoint new Magistrates and Presidents of Grade 1 Customary Courts.

           “As Pioneers, I charge you to put in your very best in the development of the Customary Courts in our dear State, and as Legal Practitioners, a lot is expected of you in term of integrity, uprightness and hard work. To the new appointees, I advise that in all your dealings with counsels, parties and even witnesses appearing before you, you must always  have in mind, the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers, show courtesy, be firm and never discriminate against anybody you have cause to administer Justice over.

          I enjoin you to always uphold the ethics of your profession and make self discipline your watchword as this administration would continue to maintain zero tolerance for corruption and corrupt practices”, Olopade emphasized.

           The Chief Judge said those sworn- in were appointed, based on their outstanding performances at both the written examinations and oral interviews, calling on them to bring their wealth of experience to bear on justice delivery in the State.

          Responding on behalf of the newly sworn-in Magistrates, Mrs. Afolabi Rafiat, appreciated the State government for giving them the opportunity to serve and contribute their quotas to the development of justice, reiterating that they would dispense justice without fear or favour.

          Also speaking on behalf of the Customary Court Judges, Mrs. Adeniji Adenike Fatimat, said they were delighted to be appointed as Pioneer Judges of Grade 1 Customary Courts, to serve at the three Senatorial Districts, pledging that they would ensure speedy dispensation of Justice without prejudice.

          A total of Nine Magistrates and Nine Customary Courts Judges were sworn in to aid the speedy trials of cases in the Magistrates and Customary Courts, which hitherto had Lay persons adjudicating over cases.

 

Ogun Assembly Adopts Report Of Public Hearing On Irregular Power Supply

The Ogun State House of Assembly has adopted a communiqué issued at the Stakeholders’ forum held on estimated billings, inability to provide Pre-paid meters to customers,  non compliance with National Electricity Regulation Commission  (NERC), and erratic power supply in the State by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company and Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

 

The adoption followed a motion moved by the Deputy Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, who is also the Chairman of the stakeholders’ forum, seconded by the Majority Leader, Adeyinka Mafe and supported by the Whole House through a voice vote at the plenary, presided over by Speaker Suraju Ishola Adekunbi.

 

According to the communique, there should be an immediate stoppage of estimated bill to electricity consumers in the State, with a recommendation that consumers should have the right to appeal against exorbitant bills, so as to pay for only what they consume.

 

The Communiqué added that there should be enumeration of customers by the Distribution Companies (DISCOs), prompt official report of exorbitant billing, service providers should maintain existing transformers and replace damaged ones.

 

It stated further that the energy providers should provide relief transformers, recruit more staff to checkmate the use of non-DISCOs staff, calling on the Federal government to expedite action at ensuring that the process of issuing meters by Meters Assets Providers (MAP) scheme was fast-tracked, to ensure that all energy consumers are metered soonest.

 

 

Meanwhile, the State House of Assembly has invited the State Commissioner for Environment, Bolaji Oyeleye, the General Manager, Ogun State Environmental Protection Agency, Mrs. Funmilayo Kuti and the Chairman of Coker-Ibogun Local Council Development Area (LCDA), as well as his Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government council counterpart, to appear before the Committee of the Whole House on Tuesday, 26th of June, 2018 at 10: 00am.

 

Speaker Adekunbi, who gave the directive while responding to the submissions of the lawmakers representing Ifo I State Constituency, Olakunle Oluomo and his Ado-Odo/Ota I counterpart, Akinpelu Aina, who reported the illegal dumping of toxic waste at the dumpsite at Ibogun, in Coker- Ibogun LCDA and Ota in Ado-Odo-Ota Local Government Area of the State from unknown sources from outside the State, commended the Environment Ministry on its efforts at promoting safe environment in the State.

 

Speaking earlier under personal explanations, the lawmakers explained that the unlawful waste disposal could pose harmful effect on the environment and the overall wellbeing of the entire people of the State.

Alaye Of Odogbolu Has Redefined Royalty- Amosun

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has joined other well meaning Nigerians to felicitate with his royal Majesty, Elesi 1, Alaye of Odogbolu, Oba Adedeji Olusegun Onagoruwa, on his 10th Year Coronation Anniversary, describing him as a role model and blessing to his community and the State at large.

Speaking at the thanksgiving service, held at the cathedral Church of St. Pauls, Odogbolu, in Odogbolu Local Government Area of the State, the Governor maintained that Oba Onagoruwa’s emergence has been iconic and his unique style and giant stride has redefined royalty, saying he is an inspirational leader.

Amosun who was represented by his Deputy, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga and other top government functionaries, including Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, commended the monarch for being good to his subjects by uniting and developing Odogbolu land with various developmental projects being witnessed since he ascended the throne, wishing him long reign, full of prosperity.

Earlier in his sermon, the Bishop, Diocese of Remo, Methodist Church of Nigeria, The Rt. Reverend Gboyega Ohu urged Oba Onagoruwa to remain close to God, so as to continue receiving divine directions, for more successful reign over his subjects, calling for unity among the traditional rulers across the State, ‘’as God dwells where peace and tranquillity abides’’.

Rt. Rev. Ohu while lauding Senator Ibikunle Amosun for his giant strides in all sectors across the State, especially, infrastructural development, urged him not to leave any of the ongoing projects uncompleted.

Responding, Oba Onagoruwa appreciated God for the wisdom to rule over his subjects, commending the people of Odogbolu for their supports, which had made it possible for him to rule successfully in the last 10 years.

‘’I want to thank you all for standing by me. I must also commend our Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for transforming the State; he’s doing a wonderful job and we cannot but complement his good deeds by making our people happy. Let us continue to work in unity, to move our state forward’’, he stated.

Ogun Assembly Partners Groups For Improved Power Supply

The Ogun State House of Assembly says it is ready to partner with Civil Liberty and other Non-governmental Organizations to liaise with stakeholders in the power sector, towards improving power supply across the State.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Suraju Ishola Adekunbi gave the assurance during a tripartite meeting with members of the Oyo State House of Assembly and some civil societies including; Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), Department for International Development, Civil Coalition for good governance, all under the auspice of Civil Society Coalition on sustainable Development Goal, led by its Coordinator, Oghogho Olabisi, at the Assembly Complex, Oke-mosan, Abeokuta.

Adekunbi, represented by his Deputy Olakunle Oluomo explained that the partnership became imperative to consolidate the efforts of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led-administration, which had distributed 500 transformers to communities across the State, to boost power supply.

The Speaker called on the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to step up measures at rendering quality service to its customers across the State, stressing issues of unavailability of meters and estimated billing, while enjoining the civil societies to embark on sensitization programmes to educate customers on prompt payment of their bills and promote maintenance culture.

In their separate submissions, the members of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourables Gbenga Oyekan and Olagunju Olalekan of Atiba and Oyo East/Oyo West State Constituencies respectively, representatives of the CSOs including, Olabisi Oghogho, Taiwo Dominic, Olaitan Olumide and Adesola Adariogun commended the Ogun State House of Assembly for putting in place, a motion to engage the distribution company towards dialoguing to ensure prompt service to the people.

Members of the CSOs equally tasked the IBEDC to immediately address issues on estimated bill, constant refusal to replace, repair and upgrade existing infrastructure, as well as shortcomings in the provision of prepaid meters to the consumers across the State.

Alma Mater: Ogun Commends Workers On Physical Devt Of Schools

Ogun State Head of Service, Mr. Abayomi Sobande, has commended Civil Servants for joining hands with the government in its drive to provide qualitative education by contributing to the needs of schools in the state.

 

The HOS who gave the commendation during his visit to St John’s Anglican Nursery and Primary School ll, Kuto Abeokuta, as part of the activities laid down for Year 2018 Civil Service Day, said the visit was to create awareness about the needs of schools across the state, especially primary schools, that required undivided attention by all stakeholders.

 

According to him, contributing to one’s alma mater was another platform for government to monitor activities in the schools, as teachers cannot predict who may visit them at anytime.

 

“This is an eye opener for all stakeholders, associations, marketers and others, as they have now made it a duty to visit their alma maters to mark their birthdays, ceremonies and anniversaries.

 

In her response, the Head Teacher, Mrs. Ademolu said the turnout of the old students has been encouraging, stating that it would help the schools regain the lost physical development within a short period, encouraging others to join the collective assignment in developing education across the state.

Get Govt. Approval Before Disposing Hazardous Waste, OGSG Warns

The Ogun State Government says it will henceforth impose strict sanctions on any industry found disposing of hazardous waste without authorisation from the Ministry of Environment.

The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye made this known while inspecting Kurata dump site in Ado-Odo Ota Local Government area, after a fire outbreak, caused by illegal disposal of some dangerous industrial waste, noting that government would no longer tolerate companies that avoid the normal procedure of disposing their waste.

Oyeleye said his Ministry and its sister agency, Ogun State Environmental Protection Agency (OGEPA) had commenced investigation into the incident, saying the company responsible for dumping the hazardous waste at the dumpsite would be sanctioned appropriately.

He said the industries were expected to liaise with the Ministry and OGEPA on how best to dispose of dangerous industrial waste, as it could be inimical to the well-being of residents of the State.

On his part, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko said, the Ogun Stat Fire Service was immediately contacted to extinguish the fire after it broke, adding that the present administration would always be alive to its responsibility of protecting the well-being of the people and easing the fears of those living close to the dumpsite, saying government would prevent a reoccurrence of such incident.

Ogun Announces Change In School Of Nursing Examination Date

The Ogun state Government has announced a change in the State’s School of Nursing 2018/2019 Admission Examination, scheduled to hold on Saturday, June 30, 2018.

A release signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Nafiu Aigoro, indicated that, due to the statutory state wide environmental sanitation slated for Saturday, June 30, the examination would now hold on Friday, June 29, 2018 at the School of Nursing and Midwifery Complex, Idi-aba, Abeokuta.

Applicants are therefore enjoined to be at the examination center before 8:00am.

June 12: Ogun Deputy Governor Lauds Buhari’s Declaration

The declaration of June 12, as Democracy Day, in place of May 29 by President Muhammadu Buhari, has been said to be a good omen for desired democratic growth that would entrench good governance.

Ogun State Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga stated this while reacting to the declaration in an interview with newsmen in her office, at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Onanuga appreciated the president for acknowledging the importance of the annulled June 12 presidential election, won by the business mogul, late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola, describing it as a welcome development.

She said, though the agitation for the recognition of the date of the historic election, as democracy day was long overdue, the action of the President would ensure that the event was indelible in the minds of Nigerians.

The Deputy Governor therefore urged Nigerians to reciprocate Mr. President’s gesture by participating actively in the nation’s democratic process, to further consolidate its gains.

Cooperative Societies, Inevitable For Socio-Economic Growth – Commissioner

The Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperatives, Hon. Gbenga Adenmosun has described Cooperative Societies as apparatus, capable of liberating people from the current economic challenges facing the country.

Adenmosun stated this at the commissioning of Educort Ventures Filling Station, owned by Imeko Afon Local Government Education Authority Staff-Cooperative Multi-purpose Society Limited and the presentation of Certificates of Registration to newly formed cooperative societies, at Imeko Afon Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The Commissioner, represented by the Director of Cooperative Service, Mr. Babatunde Oladipo, emphasised the need for cooperative societies to spread their tentacles, in order to have other means of generating income to assist their members.

‘’People think cooperative is just all about contributing and borrowing money, but it is also into ventures that can generate income, the commissioning of Educort Filling Station, is one of the testimonies, that cooperative is into oil and gas, agriculture, housing and so many other things’’, he added.

Adenmosun however, enjoined co-operators to always follow due process and not turn the society to a personal business, rather, uphold laws guiding it.

The President, Education Authority Staff Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited, Imeko Afon, Mr. Samson Farinto, earlier in his welcome address, said the project became imperative to generate more income into the society purse, so that its members could benefit.

He said cooperatives main objective was to impart positively on members’ lives, as well as promote the social economic transformation of the community at large.

The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of certificates to the newly founded cooperative societies which included, Progressive Imeko-Afon LGEA Staff CMS, Success Imeko-Afon LGEA Staff CMS and Peace Imeko-Afon LGEA Staff CMS.

Experts Endorse Land Degradation Neutrality Transformative Project In Ogun

The land degradation Neutrality Transformative Project, jointly embarked on by Ogun State Government, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority and Lafarge Africa PLC, has been endorsed by experts, drawn from various research institutes in Nigeria.

Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal revealed this, while speaking with newsmen in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

According to him, the researchers were invited from Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria (RRIN), Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Nigeria Institute of Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) and Nigeria Institute of Horticulture (NIHORT), saying they were to critique the technicalities and examine the land fruiting of the site of the project.

“They are to critique the technicalities, assess the suitability of the sites of the project, look into soil texture, gradient and availability of other factors needed for actualizing the project’’, he said.

Lawal said the land degradation Neutrality Transformation Project tagged “Ile Dotun”, situated in Imeko Game Researves and Aworo Forest Reserves, covered 108,000 hectares land, meant to avert deforestation and land degradation, through planting of cash crops and economic trees.

Also speaking during the interview, the Director, Forestry Non-Timber Forest Programme, Mr. Dolapo Odulana, said the project was part of the State government’s contribution to land degradation neutralities of the Federal Government Sustainable Development Goals of 2015-2030, explaining that one third of the land would be use for planting economic trees, while the remaining parts would be use to plant cash crops.

He concluded that after series of soil examinations and land fruiting, the researchers’ confirmed the viability of the project and pledge their total support towards actualizing it.