OGUN STATE NEWS

DEMOCRACY DAY CELEBRATION: OGUN HOLDS SPECIAL PRAYER, COMMEMORATIVE LECTURE

Ogun State Government has released activities lined up to mark this year's Democracy Day on Wednesday, June 12, 2024.

A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, indicated that a special memorial prayer would hold at the family house of late Chief Moshood Abiola at ja Agbo, Gbagura, Abeokuta by 8:00 am.


The statement stated that the prayer would be followed by a commemorative lecture, with the theme, "June 12: Defining Moment in the Democratic Development in Nigeria", to be delivered by a Public Affairs Analyst, Mr. Richard Akinnola, at Hubert Ogunde Hall, June 12 Cultural Center Kuto, Abeokuta, beginning from 10:00 am.

The statement urged guests to be seated by 9:30 am.

 

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OGSG CONDOLES FAMILY OF LATE BPP DIRECTOR-GENERAL

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has described the late pioneer Director-General of Bureau of Public Procurement, Dr. Adesina Olanloye, as an outstanding Civil Servant, who lived a life worthy of emulation.

 Governor Abiodun, stated this during the 8th-day Fidau, organised for the deceased at his residence in Obantoko, Abeokuta, describing him as a good administrator, who had cordial relationship with people around him.

Represented by the Head of Service (HoS), Mr. Kehinde Onasanya, the governor said, "It is very painful to lose a dedicated and brilliant man like Dr. Adesina Olanloye at this crucial period, when the state needs him most. His sudden exit had created a vaccuum, which no one can occupy, but his legacy would not be forgotten".

On his part, the Mufaseer of lgbogilaland, Alhaji Surajudeen Yaya, who noted that death was inevitable, admonished people to live an exemplary life, urging family members, colleagues and other well-wishers to take heart.

While enjoining people to always do good and remember that death is the end of every creature, the Chief lmam of lgbogilaland, Abdul Afeez Afonka, pointed out that the late Olanloye’s contribution to the development of his community would remain indelible, appreciating government for supporting the deceased’s family

Speaking on behalf of Ogun West Local Government Officers Forum and Elders Council, Mr. Adeosun Oluwole, Head of Local Government Administration, Abeokuta South Local Government, described the late Director-General as a great and visionary leader, who would be sorely missed.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Abduwaheed Olanloye, thanked government, Head of Service and Body of Permanent Secretaries for their support.

 

Remilekun Adesina,

Press Officer, BPP

 

 EIGHT COMMUNITIES GET SOLAR STREETLIGHTS, MORE TO BENEFIT

Residents of Opuala in Ipokia Local Government (LG), Eredo in Ajilete, Yewa South LG, Oba T.T Dada Market, Ota, Ado-Odo Ota Local Government, Owudotun Araromi and Oke-Ola communities in Sokori, Adio Ajegunle, Soyoye, in Abeokuta North LG, as well as Isale-Abetu, Adatan and Kugba, in Abeokuta South LG in Ogun State, have joined the league of communities who benefit from government’s provision of solar street lights, to complement the existing power supply in the areas.

Speaking during the installation, Commissioner for Rural Development, Mrs. Olufemi Ilori-Oduntan, assured that more towns and rural communities would benefit in the renewable energy programme of Prince Dapo Abiodun through the Ministry.

Ilori-Oduntan, who was represented by the Director, Rural Electrification, Engr. Ismail Balogun, said the present administration would ensure more rural communities were lit up, just as more infrastructural projects, such as stable power supply, good road network, among other social amenities, would be executed, to improve living condition of rural dwellers.

 She informed that government was committed to ensuring even distribution of infrastructural development in rural areas, to curb rural-urban drift and make life more comfortable at the grassroots, appealing to residents to take ownership and make judicious use of the facilities, to enable government do more.

In his remarks, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Engr. Sakirudeen Salam, advised residents to imbibe maintenance culture of government facilities and not see them as no man's property, noting that siting monumental projects in a domain would propel development of the area.

Appreciating the government on behalf of benefitting communities, the Local Government Chairman, Yewa South, Mr. Akeem Adeleye and Baale of Adio-Ajegunle Soyoye, Adio Rasheed, enthused that the exercise would help boost commercial activities, ward-off external forces trying to destabilise the peace of the communities, as well as aid movements at night.

 

Taiwo Soremekun.

Press Officer, Min. Of Rural Development

 

2024 HAJJ: NAHCON LAUDS OGUN FOR OUTSTANDING COORDINATION

Ogun State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board has been lauded for its outstanding coordination of 2024 Hajj operations in Saudi Arabia.

A member of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Ulama Committee, Sheikh (Dr.) Rafiu Al-Ijebuwi, who commended the Board in an interview with newsmen in Mecca, described Ogun State as one of the most reliable states in Nigeria, in Hajj operations.

He highlighted the Board’s success in thoroughly sensitising pilgrims on their conducts while in the Holy Land, noting that no Ogun pilgrim had breached Saudi laws.

"I have always regarded the Board as one of the best, even from my days as a student here in Saudi. They take Hajj operations seriously and ensure their pilgrims are well-informed".

"During a collaborative sensitisation programme with my agency in Medina, I observed their high level of organisation and dedication to providing a seamless Hajj experience. Their commitment to excellence is evident here in Mecca as well", he said.

He urged the Board to continue its efforts in sensitising the pilgrims as the Hajj rites were about to commence in earnest, reminding them that all pilgrims were viewed as Nigerians in Saudi Arabia, irrespective of their state of origin.

Responding, the Executive Secretary of the Board, Alhaji Dauda Salau, expressed gratitude to Governor Dapo Abiodun for his commitment to the welfare of the state's pilgrims, acknowledging the support from the Ad-hoc Committee for the Hajj exercise, which had positively impacted the pilgrimage.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Salau said the pilgrims were fully prepared for the conduct of necessary hajj rites in Saudi Arabia, highlighting arrangements made with service providers to guarantee adequate tents for the pilgrims at Arafat and other Holy Sites.

"Our pilgrims have been fully sensitised about the Hajj rites on a daily basis. All necessary materials to ensure smooth operations have been provided. The Governor has supported every aspect of the pilgrimage exercise, ensuring that our pilgrims lack nothing", he said.

 

Lateefhat Ayoola,

Press Officer, OGMPB

 

GOV. ABIODUN JACKS UP GRATUITY PAYMENT, CONSTITUTES COMMITTEE ON PENSIONS REVIEW

Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has approved an immediate increase of the quarterly payment of gratuity from N1billion to N2billion, representing 100 percent in aggregate for both the State and Local Government Pensions.

The Permanent Secretary, Bureau of State Pensions, Mr. Adesoji Adewuyi, while speaking in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said the gesture was another government’s effort at alleviating hardship faced by the senior citizens in the face of present socio-economic challenges in the country, reiterating the present administration's commitment to improve the plight of pensioners and the generality of its workforce.

Mr. Adewuyi hinted that government had also set aside three percent of the gratuity for pensioners with urgent medical needs or hospital bills, assuring that the present administration would continue to accommodate the senior citizens in the scheme of things, to ensure a restful retirement period for them.

In a related development, Mr. Adewuyi has disclosed that the state government has constituted a Consequential Adjustment Committee, with a directive to review the pensioners' monthly income, in line with the present economic reality.

According to the Permanent Secretary, under the new arrangement, monthly pensions, which statutorily should be reviewed every five years, would now be N10,000 for those earning below the benchmark.

"In 2023, the governor approved the payment and it is being paid pending the conclusion for the general review of monthly pension by the Consequential Adjustment Committee", he said.

In his reaction, Chairman, Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), Comrade Waheed Oloyede, expressed gratitude to Governor Abiodun, for deeming it fit to increase the quarterly gratuity release from N1billion to N2billion.

He noted that the increment would assist pensioners to cope with the economic challenges facing the country, praying that God would continue to guide the governor and his cabinet to deliver more dividends of democracy to the people.

 

Sururat Odusanya,

Press Officer, Bureau of State Pensions

 

OGUN BEGINS SALE OF RICE TO PENSIONERS AT SUBSIDISED RATE

Ogun State Government has begun sale of rice at subsidised rate to pensioners, as a way of cushioning the effect of economic hardship facing the country.

Permanent Secretary, Bureau of State Pensions, Mr. Adesoji Adewuyi, who stated this in Abeokuta, noted that the point of sale of the rice is at the Pensioners Events Centre, Abiola Way, Abeokuta, saying Governor Abiodun ordered the sale for pensioners to acknowledge the senior citizens' contribution to the development of the state.

Reacting, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Comrade Waheed Oloyede, appreciated the state government for making the retirees' welfare a front burner in this economic situation, pledging members' continuous support to the present administration.

Some of the beneficiaries gave kudos to the governor for the gesture and prayed for God's guidance.

 

Sururat Odusanya,

Press Officer, Bureau of State Pensions

  

Mosunmola Feyisetan,

Editor, OGIS.
Ministry of Information & Strategy, Ogun State.
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