Ogun Govt. Introduces E-Bills Payment On Land Use Charges

In an attempt to remove the bottlenecks, associated with the manual process of payment on land use and amenities charges, the Ogun State Government has organised a one-day training for Banks Tellers, to make payment convenient and efficient for members of the public.

The State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Adewale Oshinowo in his opening remark at the workshop, held at the Land Use Building, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, said the training was in fulfilment of the implementation of the Land Use and Amenities Bill that had been passed into law since 2013.

‘’As you are aware, the success of any financial inclusion policy or tool depends largely on the presence of a reliable, efficient, and safe payment system. With the advancement of technology, the electronic payment system possesses distinct advantages over the traditional paper-based system.

In line with international best practices, the State Governor has approved the commencement of the e-bill payment, in respect of the Ogun Land Use and Amenities Charge, with effect from Monday, June 11, 2018, so as to make the payment more efficient, convenient, safer and transparent’’, he said.

Mr. Oshinowo, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Dada, said the training had become necessary to ensure a hitch-free migration from existing manual process to e-bills payment platform, for more efficiency and reconciliation.

The Representative of Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc, Mrs. Abimbola Odedeyi, revealed that, though the electronic platform was already in place, yet the training was to formalise the process and rub minds with Banks Tellers on the technicalities of the platforms and its usage, as well as to address the challenges that may arise with the migration.

She noted that the e–bill payment platform provides an instant payment service, whereby every payment is credited to the Ogun State Land Use Charge Account instantly, via the NIBSS payment platform, adding that apart from paying through the designated banks, payers could use internet-banking or USSD platforms of their respective banks at the comfort of their homes.

Speaking on behalf of other Bank Tellers, Mr. Felix Onyemelukwe said the banks are familiar with e-bill platform, adding that, there was need to immediately mandate bank tellers to migrate to the new platform, expressing optimism that the migration would be a smooth drive.

The training which was facilitated in conjunction with the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc, would also afford Land use charge payees access to their payment histories, while payment could also be made from the comfort of their homes.

Be The Change Nigeria Needs: OGSG Urges Citizens

The Ogun State Government has said that the change mantra of President Muhammadu Buhari led-administration could only be achieved, if unity of purpose is given priority among its citizens, as the country was blessed with lots of potentials.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Trade and Investment, Dr. Hafsat Abiola-Costello, made this known while declaring open the, Deutsche Gesellschaft Tur Internationale (GIZ) presentation, on Training Needs Analysis held at Green Legacy Resort, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Dr. Costello emphasised the need for Nigerians to do their parts by putting in their best, to make the country a better place for all, stressing the importance of continuous training and re-training of unemployed youths, as the key towards actualising a better Nigeria.

The Special Adviser appreciated GIZ for it unrelenting efforts and impact, at bringing solution to youth unemployment in Nigeria, urging the organisation to increase the rate at which its  programmes are run, to enable large number of youths benefit.

In his remarks, the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET), Programme Manager, Mr. Horst, represented by the Team Leader, Mr. Rodrigo Sepulreda, disclosed that youth empowerments in Nigeria could not be over-emphasised, hence the  training of two beneficiaries in agriculture and construction to at the International Labour Organisation Training Centre in Italy.

Mr. Horst revealed that the beneficiaries, Mr. Sola Lawal from the Ministry of Education and Engineer Olatunji Oyeneye, from Peter Akinola Foundation, had since their return, came up with plausible and pragmatic approaches from the two sectors, which would be of tremendous benefit to the people and youths in particular.

The beneficiaries while giving their reports stated that, there was need to identify the knowledge and skills needed for labour market and encourage training and re-training of new and existing workers, for optimal performance.

Amosun Harps On Security For Development

No nation will experience peace in an atmosphere of insecurity, hence the need for all hands to be on deck for continued tranquillity, which was key to development.

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun gave this submission at the breaking of fast with Service Chiefs/Federal Government Agencies, at the Government House, Oke-Igbein in Abeokuta.

The Governor while commending the Security, Academic and the Health Sector for effective service delivery, enjoined people to maintain peace wherever they find themselves, saying that the people of the state are one, irrespective of religion, tribe and beliefs.

In their goodwill messages, the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Ahmed Illiasu, Commandant, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Commander Olusola Ayodele described the governor as a pragmatic man, who pursue his mission with vigour, noting that he has created footprints, that would take serious hard work to erase.

Also the General Manager, Nigerian Television Authority, Abeokuta, Mrs. Funmi Wakama and the Provost Federal College of Education, Osiele, Dr. Ayo Ajayi, commended the peaceful atmosphere being experienced in the State, adding that the infrastructural development has opened up the state to socio-economic development.

Communities Told To Explore Initiative Towards Education Development

Ogun State Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperatives, Hon. Gbenga Adenmosun, has urged communities to embrace initiatives that would further develop education and enhance academic performance of students in their domains.

Adenmosun made this known in his welcome address at the second edition of the quiz competition, organised by New Glory Area Community Development Committee (ACDC), Ogijo, for students in primary, junior and senior secondary schools in the community.

He said the theme of the programme ‘’’the future starts now’’, could not have been more apt, admonishing other community associations to emulate such projects, as it seeks to secure the future of Nigeria, adding that government cannot do it alone, therefore, all concerned must team up to ensure provision of qualitative education.

Also speaking, the Ologijo of Ogijo, Oba Kazeem Gbadamosi, enjoined parents to pay more attention to their children and not take their education with levity, noting that, they are tomorrow’s leader.

The Chairman of the New Glory ACDC, Prince Kolapo Adenuga expressed delight at the success of the programme, saying the ACDC had to deviate a little from infrastructural development, to help the children by supporting education, which is the bedrock of any nation’s growth and development.

Adenuga implored the children to be steadfast in their studies, so as to attain the pinnacle of formal education, adding that the competition would be a yearly event, while encouraging well-meaning citizens to join hands in taking education to an enviable standard.

The winners of the competition made away with scholarships, cash prices and other gift items, as rewards for their excellent performances.

Include Road Safety Education In Schools’ Curriculum- Trace

Towards arousing the interest of children in road safety rules and regulations for safer roads, the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), Corps Commander and Chief Executive, ‘Seni Ogunyemi has re-emphasised the need to incorporate road safety education into schools’ curriculum.

Commander Ogunyemi said this at a maiden road safety awareness colloquium for children in public and private schools in the State, put together by the TRACE Divisional office, Ota, at the Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Council secretariat, Ota.

Delivering an address on theme, ‘’Children Weep… Give Us Our Right… Make Tomorrow’s Road Safer for Us’’, the TRACE boss explained that the development would propel the interest of the children in road safety, while challenging parents and guardians, towards safeguarding the sanctity of life, through attitudinal and behavioural change.

‘’It is our belief that this noble process would awaken the consciousness of your parents and guardians towards consideration for the sanctity of life through attitudinal change and behavioural re-modification, for a secured and better life for our children, to make tomorrow’s road safer for them’’,  he said.

The Commander called on the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, to facilitate and fast track the process, adding that nation building and development in road traffic management should be inculcated in the psyche of the children at the early age.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government, Hon. Dele Adeniji appreciate the Corps for organising the seminar, advising parents and other stakeholders to always obey traffic rules and regulations and cooperate with the TRACE officials, to make the roads safer for the children and other users at all times.

Adeniji called on parents and guardians to ensure their children are comfortable by providing them with basic needs, such as food, clothes, shelter, advising them to inculcate religious values in them.

Speaking on the involvement of children in the enlightenment programme, the Divisional TRACE Officer, Ota, Commander Adekunle Ajibade, explained that some children had one way or the other lost their parents to road accidents, through reckless driving, drunkenness, over speeding, lack of maintenance of vehicle, making phone calls while driving, among others, emphasizing that with continuous enlightenment, the rate of accidents in the State would be reduced to the barest minimum.

Ogun State Government Celebrates The 2018 Childrens Day In Grandstyle

Any nation that want development will take care of the younger generations as they are the said future leaders that will take over from the older generations

Governor ibikunle amosun stated this at the 2018 children’s day which happened at the mainbowl of the mko abiola international stadium kuto in abeokuta

CHILDREN’S DAY is one dedicated to celebrate “childhood”, it is On this day that tribute is paid to all children in the world.

Children are loved by one and all and they win over hearts with their angelic eyes and innocent smiles.

Children’s Day is an event celebrated in many places around the world. The holiday is simply set to honour children and minors.

Dressed in their school uniform are children from different schools in ogun state as they converged on the mko abiola international stadium kuto abeokuta ready for the match past

Governor ibikunle amosun echo the childrens salute in  honour of the day congratulated them on yet another childrens day

Governor amosun assured these children of the best environment that will prepare them for their desired future

 

Amosun Surpasses Electioneering Campaign Promises- Onanuga

Ogun State Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga has revealed that Senator Ibikule Amosun led government has fulfilled and surpassed its electioneering campaign promises, tagged ‘’Mission to Rebuild Ogun State’’, within the seven years of the administration.

Onanuga stated this while featuring on the Special edition of the Ogun State Television enlightenment programme, ‘’NEW DAWN’’ (Otun Ojo), to mark the seventh year anniversary of the present administration in the State.

She lauded Senator Ibikunle Amosun for bringing about an enduring transformation to the State, adding that the Governor has carved a niche for himself, not just as one of the best performing Governors in Nigeria, but has written his name in gold for posterity.

The Deputy Governor noted that the Governor made it clear at the inception of his administration, that he would focus on, ‘’Affordable Qualitative Education, Agricultural Production/Industrialisation, Affordable Housing, Efficient Health Care delivery, as well Urban-Renewal and Infrastructural Development.

‘’You can all agree with me that the Governor has equipped himself equitably well in all these areas. His impact in all these areas reverberates across all three Senatorial Districts, Local Government and Local Council Development areas (LCDAs) of the State.

Chief Onanuga stated further that the industrialisation policy, infrastructural development and security, put in place by the present administration, had attracted huge numbers of both local and foreign investors into the State, making the State an industrial hub of the nation.

On rural development, Chief Onanuga who also oversees the Ministry of Rural Development appreciated Governor Amosun for the love he has for the grassroots for the recently commissioned pilot scheme 85 kilowatt sola grid at Gbamu-Gbamu community in Ijebu East Local Government Area of the State. She added that over 171 rural roads advertised would be graded before the end of this administration in 2019.

The Deputy Governor while commending the State workforce for their support towards the actualisation of the administration’s goals and objectives, described them as the best in Nigeria, in terms of commitment, loyalty, discipline and dedication to work.

Democracy Day Celebration: Ogun To Unveil Over 50 New Projects

As part of activities to commemorate this year’s Democracy Day on Tuesday, 29th May, 2018, the Ogun State Government says it would commission over 50 new projects across the three geo-political zones in the State.

Secretray to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa who disclosed this in a Statement in Abeokuta, said the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has directed that the projects commissioning should be postponed till the end of June, in consideration of Islamic faithful, currently observing Ramadan fast across the country.

“In keeping with our well known “Ogun standard”, the State Government plans to commemorate this year’s anniversary with the commissioning of over 50 new projects, spread across the three geo-political zones. However, commissioning of projects earlier scheduled for the Democracy Day, will be postponed till the last week in June when the Ramadan fast would have been over”, Adeoluwa said.

Commending all stakeholders in the State, for their tremendous support and prayers over the years, the State scribe assured that Government would continue to work tirelessly to further fulfill its mandate to “Rebuild the State”.

 

Ubec Boss Thumbs Up Ogun On Quality Education

The Chairman, Governing Board of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr. Mahmud Abubakar has commended Ogun State government for putting in place enduring structures, that would further improve the education sector, particularly basic education across the State.

Dr.  Abubakar gave the commendation during the assessment tour to the State, on the on-going National Personnel Audit, at the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Conference Hall, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

He noted that the State had always been a pace-setter in quality education delivery at all levels, adding that such commitment, if maintained by successive administrations, would ensure rapid socio-economic development of the State and the nation at large.

Dr. Abubakar explained that the on-going audit exercise, which for the first time, included the private schools, was to complement and strengthened the efforts of state governments at developing the sector, expressing  satisfaction at the high level of enthusiasm and commitment of the teachers in the schools visited by the audit team.

While appreciating the State Government for its unalloyed support for the exercise, UBEC Executive Secretary, Dr. Hammid Bobboyi, stressed that the exercise was a strategic policy, aimed at effectively realising the objectives of the sector, adding that data collated would engender a robust structured organisation and boost basic education in Nigeria.

Welcoming the UBEC team, the Chairman, Ogun SUBEB, Alhaji Olatunde Okewole, reiterated government’s commitment to basic education, assuring that the board would continue to address challenges as they unfold, in order to collectively sail the ship of education to the desired destination.

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.