Thursday, September 30, 2021
Hon Bolanle Sarumi-Aliyu (BASA), commends Alfred Komolafe on his emergence as 4th District Commissioner in USA - Southwest-Frontier
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Hon Bolanle Sarumi-Aliyu (BASA) sends encomius to PTS Chairman, Dare Adeleke As He Marks His Birthday - Southwest-Frontier
The Federal Government has declared Friday, October 1 as a public holiday to mark the 61st Independence anniversary celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in a statement on Wednesday.
He congratulated all Nigerians on the 61st independence and assured of the government’s commitment to tackle and eradicate all forms of challenges and all diverse problems.
Aregbesola said, “Our warmth, welcoming spirit and love as well as the abundant wealth inherent in our human capital and the richness of our land, makes Nigeria unarguably the leading black nation in the world and Africa’s pride and beacon of hope, if we can rally ourselves together to harness our potentials.
“A country of about 200 million and above people whose natural talent, grit and passion glitter like the precious DIAMOND that we are, he said in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Shuaib Belgore.
“Nigerians are sparkling like diamonds in the pack, whether in Academia, Business, Innovation, Music, Movie, Entertainment, Fashion and culture.
“We are indeed the leading black nation in the entire world and no doubt Africa’s pride and beacon of hope”, he stated.
The Oyo State House of Assembly Wednesday confirmed the appointment of all 10 Commissioner nominees forwarded to it by Governor Seyi Makinde.
Recall that Governor Makinde had last week forwarded the list of the 10 Commissioners to the House of Assembly for screening as five ultimately for reappointment.
Their names were announced on the floor of the House on Wednesday by the Speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin while reading the letter to that effect from Governor Seyi Makinde.
The confirmation of the Commissioner nominees followed their appearance with reappointed commissioners giving presentation of reports of their Ministries before the State Legislators.
The five returning former Commissioners are: former Commissioner for Education, Mr Olasunkanmi Olaleye; former Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Seun Fakorede; Information, Culture and Tourism, Wasiu Olatubosun; Commerce Adeniyi Adebisi and the former Commissioner for Lands and Urban Planning, Abdurahman Abduraheem.
The new Commissioner designates confirmed are Mr Abiodun Oni, Professor Misbau Babatunde Adetunji, Mr Segun Olayiwola, Dr Bode Taiwo Ladipo and Alhaja Kafilat Omolabake Olayiwola.
It was gathered that, Prof. Babatunde Misbau Adetunji who is presently the Special Adviser to Makinde on Economic Matters, will be the Commissioner for Budget and Planning while Incident Manager of the State’s COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Dr Bode Taiwo Ladipo will be Commissioner for Health.
The Lawmakers took turns to ask questions, seek clarifications and give suggestions to the Commissioner designates on moving their various Ministries forward while the Commissioner designates responded one after the other.
The Speaker urged the Commissioners to do more in justifying the confidence reposed in them especially the Governor which led to their reappointment.
Oyo 2022 Budget: Oyo Assembly Deputy Chief Whip, Hon Yusuf Adebisi Commends Govr Makinde - Southwest-Frontier
The lawmaker representing Ibadan Southwest Constituency 1 in the 9th Oyo State house of Assembly, who also doubles as Deputy Chief Whip of the house, Hon Yusuf Adebisi has commended the Executive Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency Governor Seyi Makinde on proposition of 2022 Budget which was tagged “growth and opportunity” the budget was proposed for N294,516,445,107.00 billion.
According to Hon Yusuf Adebisi in a statement made available to SOUTHWEST-FRONTIER shortly after the budget presentation, He urged the Governor for a haste in ongoing infrastructure and developmental projects across the state.
While made a call to the Governor to recruit more security personnels to the local security outfit codenamed Amotekun to further strengthen the security of Oyo State.
The youngest lawmaker also appeal to the Governor to empower the local Government the more to enable them operate freely in other to execute laudable developmental projects at grassroot level.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Suspected armed robbers on Tuesday afternoon attacked a branch of Wema Bank in Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government Area of Osun State.
One Police officer simply identified as Hammed was reportedly to have been killed during the attack.
It was learnt that the robbers arrived at the bank, located few meters away from the palace of Aragbiji of Iragbiji at about 3:00pm and operated for about 30 minutes.
A witness, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said one person was killed during the robbery, while an unspecified amount was carted away.
According to the witness, the Police station located around the bank was attacked
It was also learnt that the robbers shot sporadically into the air and engaged the police in a gun duel before they fled the scene and escaped through Ada Road.
It was further learnt that an armoured personnel carrier (APC) station at the town was bombed and destroyed beyond control.
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Happy Birthday to our Generalissimo - Party Chieftain, Hon Gbaroye felicitates Dare Adeleke - Southwest-Frontier
Peoples Democratic Party chieftain, Ona-Ara local government area Hon Seye Gbaroye has congratulated the Executive Chairman of Oyo State Pacesetter Transport Services (PTS), Hon Dare Adeleke on the occasion of his birthday.
Hon Gbaroye in a statement made available to SOUTHWEST-FRONTIER, stated that he joined other well wishers to celebrate Adeleke’s life of service that has brought honour and goodwill to Oyo State.
“It is my fervent hope and prayer that Almighty God will continue to bless, guide and protect you.”
Happy birthday to our Generalissimo. The rest of your years will be your very best in Jesus name. Have a blast my Oga. Hon Gbaroye said.
Oyo South Senator [Dr] Kola Balogun: A unique representative at a glance - By Wuraola Akinfenwa | Southwest-frontier
Unknown Gunmen went on rampage in two locations in Anambra State on Sunday, killing four persons and injuring several people at an All Progressives Congress rally.
The hoodlums also set ablaze a car belonging to a leader of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo Campaign team, Dr Nelson Omenugha.
Soludo is the the All Progressives Grand Alliance governorship candidate in Anambra Satte.
While the attack on the APC took place during the party’s rally at Uruagu, Nnewi, the attack on Omenugha occurred at Nnobi in the Idemili South Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that an APC member, whose identity could not be ascertained, was killed in the attack at Nnewi with scores wounded, while the attack on the APGA chieftain took place in his home town, Nnobi, where three were reportedly killed.
The state publicity secretary of APC, Mr Okelo Madukaife confirmed the Nnewi incident.
He said, “The attack led to the death of our committed party official and the hospitalisation of many others.
“Our party regrets the invasion of our office and attack on members who were gathered for a meeting in Uruagu Ward 3, Nnewi, by persons yet- to -be- identified.
“We regret the loss and regard it as one violence too many in Anambra State that ought to be the safest state in Nigeria.
“We acknowledge that security in Anambra State as an area that requires serious intervention.”
On the attack on Omenugha, it was gathered that the attackers set his car ablaze, while he escaped to safety.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Ikenga Tochukwu while confirming the incident said, “They shot and attacked the unsuspecting members on transit along Afor Nnobi Market. The victims were rushed to the hospital and later confirmed dead by a medical doctor on duty.
“The Commissioner of Police in the state, Tony Olofu, has detailed a police crack team led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police for on-the-spot assessment.
“The team is to identify and apprehend the hoodlums and bring them to book.
The PPRO identified the deceased as Johnbosco Ojokwu (33), Rapuluchukwu Ugoeze (30) and Chukwuemeka Nwokebagu (31), adding that, “The hoodlums also set ablaze one shuttle bus, one Toyota Sienna and a Toyota Hilux”.
The APC governorship candidate, Senator Andy Uba, condemned Sunday’s killing of a member of the party in Nnewi North Local Government Area.
He said the murder was “obviously politically motivated, one murder
too many,” He urged security agencies to arrest the worsening insecurity
in the state.
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has activated the e-naira portal ahead of the official launch of the digital currency on October 1.
Although the platform has been activated, no transactions have been allowed on it for now.
The digital currency website, www e-naira.com was activated by the CBN on Monday.
The CBN’s Director of Corporate Communications, Mr Osita Nwanisobi, confirmed the development to correspondents.
He also confirmed that, although the platform has gone live, no
transactions are permitted on it until the official launch on October 1,
Already, the site has recorded over one million hits.
A cursory look at the website by our correspondent shows that only information on the workability of the e-naira platform is on the website.
However, visitors are told to download the app on the app stores on Android and iOS.
Monday, September 27, 2021
Yes! Makinde Is Bad Market To Your Party's Gross Incompetence, Monumental Failure – Oyo PDP Carpets Aleshinloye, Oyo APC
The management of the National Assembly on Monday morning beefed up security in and around the premises apparently to thwart a planned protest by some legislative aides.
The aides, under the auspices of Salary Arrears Affected Legislative Aides (SAALA), had vowed to ground activities at the National Assembly beginning from today over alleged non-payment of their 2019 salary arrears and allowances in the sum of N3.1 billion.
Investigation by The Nation showed that there is increased presence of security personnel including anti-riot and regular policemen, Department of State Services (DSS) personnel and Sergeant-at-Arms in the complex.
They were seen manning various entrances and exits in the complex.
It was also observed that the doors leading to the foyer at the White
House from the Senate and House of Representatives chambers have not
only been shut but being guarded by security operatives.
The Chairman of the National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum (NASSLAF), Salisu Zuru, had disowned the group, describing their planned action as illegal.
The SAALA had in a statement said the protest had become necessary to press home their demands.
The statement was signed by the Coordinator of SAALA, Mr. Zebis Prince, and five other members.
The SAALA maintained that they were being owed N3.1 billion, comprising N1.35 billion in salary arrears and N1.75 billion for consequential adjustment on minimum wage.
“We will picket the National Assembly Complex, as well as the venue of a training organised by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) billed for Monday, Sept. 27, to press home our demand for better working conditions,” they said.
According to them, while over 1,300 aides were still being owed salary arrears, none of the 2,345 legislative aides has received the consequential adjustment on minimum wage, since their appointments in June 2019.
They alleged that the Clerk to
the National Assembly, Ojo Olatunde Amos, had disobeyed a resolution passed by the House of Representatives mandating him to pay the arrears.
“It is clear that Legislative Aides have exhausted their patience and in the coming weeks, starting from Monday, Sept. 27, Legislative Aides will embark on series of actions to drive home their demands.
“For starters, we shall ensure that the selective training planned for Monday by NILDS does not hold by mobilising our members to picket the venue.
“From Tuesday, we shall also picket the National Assembly complex to draw the world’s attention to the embarrassment going on in the nation’s premier law-making institution,” the statement reads in part.
They listed their demands to include: Full payment of salary arrears from June 2019, the implementation of consequential adjustment on minimum wage, restoration of Duty Tour Allowance (DTA), holistic and comprehensive training for all cadres of legislative aides, among others.
In a swift reaction, Chairman of NASSLAF, Salisu Zuru, in a statement last night,
said the group is out to perpetuate illegality.
The statement reads in part: “Information reaching me has it that some disgruntled Aides are planning to disturb the peace of NASS.
“I seriously and urgently wish to bring to your attention the likely breach of peace in National Assembly starting from tomorrow being 27th September, 2021 by some disenchanted and egocentric Aides whose stock in trade is always confusion. Their grouse is that some of them have not been paid their Salary Arrears.
“Be verily informed that apart from the Protests they want to stage tomorrow, they have concluded plans to Disrupt the Training being organized by NILDS and which will start on Tuesday after tomorrow.
“These Aides are embarking on illegality because none of them is an executive member or Members of CWC of NASSLAF, the body constitutionally empowered to run the affairs of Aides.
“The peace of NASS should not be allowed to be disrupted in the guise of salary arrears.
The Clerk to the National Assembly, Ojo Olatunde Amos, said management had since met with the leadership of the group.
”Efforts were made to offset the arrears,” Ojo said, through his Special Adviser on Media and Labour Matters, Austen Adesoro.
“Management has explained to them categorically, with evidence on the efforts being made to raise funds to pay those of them that the management is owing arrears.
“The Principal Officers are doing their best to ensure that whatever needs to be done is done to ensure the release of the funds from the Ministry of Finance,” he said.
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