OGSG Sensitises Residents On Importance Of Family Planning

ogun-state-new-logoThe present administration in Ogun State has disclosed that it will not relent at sensitising the residents of the State on the importance of family planning and child spacing for improved maternal and child health.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Nofiu Aigoro, who stated this while featuring on a radio programme in Abeokuta, said the State had stepped up its sensitisation through its family planning unit in all health care centres in the State.

Aigoro said family planning remained a veritable means of ensuring that people procreate based on their financial capability, advising that spouses to agree on a family planning method before adopting it.

He commended the effort of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and other stakeholders in the health sector for partnering with government at intensifying efforts on family planning awareness.

Contributing, the State Focal Officer of an NGO, Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria and a member of Advocacy Working Group (AWG), Mrs. Omotayo Adeyemo explained that public health providers had been trained to educate, enlighten and appropriately administer the family planning methods on subscribing women.

She said some of the methods included the natural, short and long lasting family planning, adding that with the methods, spouses could enjoy healthier and desirable family.

Ogun Deputy Gov. Charges Workers On Diligence To Duty

yetunde-onanugan Ogun State workforce has been charged to be diligent and more focused in the discharge of their duties and promote service ethics that would further strengthen public institutions for higher productivity in 2017

          The Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Onanuga gave this charge at a prayer session to usher in the first working day of the new year with thanksgiving service held at her office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

          Mrs Onanuga who led series of prayers for the State and its workforce, urged the Civil Servants to be fervent in prayers throughout the year.

The Deputy Governor appreciated the workforce for their diligence to service of the people and government, calling on them to contribute more towards the re-building mission of Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration.

She enjoined workers to continue to display high sense of responsibility and commitment to duty at all times.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Rev. Gbile Olugbebi, charged the workers to draw nearer to God in the new year  by studying and meditating in His  words  and shun  acts  inimical to the principles of the service.

Monthly Oil Revenue Declines Further to N601.64 in August

Again, production challenges including a force majeure declared by Shell and series of shutdown of trunk lines and pipelines at various terminals impacted negatively on monthly receipts as gross revenue for August further dropped by about N28.67 billion to about N601.64 billion compared to about N630.3 billion in July.

The situation becomes worrisome in view of the huge monetary interventions and other initiatives by the federal government to check pipeline vandalism, illegal oil bunkering and other hiccups in order to improve revenue generation in the treasury.

Nevertheless, a total distributable revenue amounting to about N611.70 billion was yesterday shared among the three tiers of government for August.

It came as Chairman, Forum of Finance Commissioners, Mr. Timothy Odah, also said the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) believes the recent court judgment that the judiciary be put on the first line charge was unimplementable although it does not intend to bring the court judgment into contempt.

He said the matter was still being considered by the respective state governments to a final resolution on the issue.
Odah also re-echoed the committee’s stance that the oil subsidy programme be removed and the monies given to the states to better manage and prioritise the needs of their people.

However, addressing journalists after the monthly meeting of the committee in Abuja, Minister of State for Finance, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, said gross revenue from value added tax (VAT) within the month under review also dropped by about N3.95 billion to about N61.51 billion compared to about N65.46 billion in July.
The minister also said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) had paid N10 billion as first installment as part of its  N206 billion indebtedness to the federal government.

According to the breakdown in statutory distribution, the federal government received about N238.08 billion while the states got about N120.76 billion as well as about N93.10 billion to the local governments.

The sum of about N44.84 billion was shared to oil and gas producing states as under the derivation principle.

 

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Ogun, MDGs Partner On Provision Of Portable Water.

borehole1As part of the target to reduce by 70% the incidence of primary school pupils contacting germs and diseases through the hand after defecation, the Ogun State government in collaboration with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), would continue to sink more bore-holes in public primary schools.

            The special Adviser to the Governor on Millennium Development Goals (MGDs), Mrs. Hafsat Abiola-Costelo made the disclosure while commissioning more boreholes in Abeokuta South Local Government Area of the State.

            Reiterating her point further, Mrs. Abiola-Costelo said the action was to ensure that by the year 2015, the larger proportion of the population must have had access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities, saying that government was trying to help the pupils, teachers, and neighbouring communities achieve a significant improvement in their lives.

            She pointed out that, the seventh goal of the millennium declaration was to ensure environmental sustainability and reverse the loss of environmental resources.

            Parts of the primary Schools boreholes commissioned were Our Lady of Apostle’s Nursery and Primary (O.L.A) School, Oke-Ilewo, Imo Methodist Primary School, Oke-Iyeke and Baptist primary School, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta.

            Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Head Teacher, Baptist Primary School, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, Mrs. Risikat Iyabode Adenekan said she was impressed by the project saying posterity would not  forget the giant strides of the present administration.

            In his remark a pupil of Baptist Primary School, Master Benjamin Oluwatoyo expressed profound gratitude to the government under the leadership of Senator Ibikunle Amosun for providing water for the pupils, promising to maintain and make good use of it.

CDAs In Ogun Assured Of Govt’s Continued Assistance

OGUN STATE LOGOCommunity Development Associations (CDAs) in Ogun State have been assured that the State Government will always empower and involve them in the implementation of projects and programmes meant to ensure even development of all parts of the State as it continues to execute its “mission to rebuild agenda”

Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperatives, Chief Samuel Aiyedogbon gave this assurance at the Social Development Institute Shasha, Iperu Remo during the closing ceremony of a 5 day citizenship and leadership training course for community leaders in the State.

He described CDAs as agents of change whose partnership would be required by any government desirous of providing infrastructural facilities for the benefit of its people, recalling that the State government had in the recent past given financial assistance to them to execute self-help projects.

“The collaborative effort, active participation and synergy between the CDAs and government is a veritable instrument required for achieving national development as many countries in Asia, Africa and America have adopted community development as a strategy for achieving social economic development” Ayedogbon noted.

According to him, the training programme was put together to empower the participants who are leaders of their respective CDAs with skills and knowledge for effective administration as part of measures to realize rapid rural and urban development of the State, urging them to be more committed to self-help developmental projects and programmes in their various communities.