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Operation Amotekun is going nowhere – Makinde.


Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday said community security outfit, Amotekun, will be instrumental in keeping the state safe.

He made the remarks while addressing chairpersons of the 68 Local Government and Local Council Development Council Areas in the state, at a meeting held inside the House of Chiefs, Secretariat Ibadan, a statement from his spokesman, Taiwo Adisa, said.

The Governor also said Amotekun will not be under the control of the Federal Government.

“We want our people to sleep with their two eyes closed,” Makinde said. “Of course, security is one of the pillars of this administration and we must do everything possible to invest in the security of lives and property. In Okeho the other day, armed robbers went to rob and the community rose against them and apprehended them. They combed the forests and they got them.


“This is why I will continue to say it and I am saying it for the whole world to hear; Amotekun is here to stay with us. And it will not be under the control of the federal establishment. It will be under our control. Security of our people is extremely important, because nothing can take place, as far as we are concerned, in an atmosphere of insecurity,” he said.

Makinde gave marching orders to the caretaker committee chairmen to immediately go back to their domains to set up Security Committees with a view to tackling the security challenges in their localities.

He maintained that the state government would provide all enablements for them to succeed in the task.

“From where we are here, the biggest challenge we have seen so far is in the area of security,” he said. “We are getting close to the ’ember’ months, a period in which some people who have not worked all year and want to have a Merry Christmas, commit all sorts of crimes.


“So, we expect that there will be a spike in criminal activities. I want to, as a matter of urgency, urge you that you all go back to your areas to set up your Security Committees. It must be done almost immediately. And I will be happy to release funds; to give approval for you to spend some money on security within your domains.

“Oyo State is very large; in terms of land size, we are more than all the states of South-East Nigeria put together. So, we have a lot to do to protect the state. We have international borders, so there is smuggling taking place. They killed a Customs Official in Saki a few weeks ago; those things are not acceptable to us.

“As the government that is the closest to the people, you have to take control of the challenges of insecurity in your various domains and you should please, once those committees are set up, any enabler that you need, let us know. We will work with the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, to make sure those enablers are provided.”

The meeting was attended by top state government functionaries including the Deputy Governor, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan; chairman, State Advisory Committee, Senator Hosea Agboola; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Olawale Mogbonjubola, the Commissioner for Local Government, Chief Lawal and the Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Affairs, Hon. Babatunde Oduyoye, among others.


Oyo gov, Makinde sacks commisioner for works.


… redeploys two

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has sacked the Commissioner for Works, Infrastructure, and Transport, Professor Raphael Afonja.

In a letter dated August 10, 2020, and signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, the termination of Afonja’s appointment takes immediate effect.

“I wish to convey the approval of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, on the termination of your appointment as Honourable Commissioner, with immediate effect,” the SSG’s letter was quoted in a statement issued by Governor Makinde’s media aide, Mr. Taiwo Adisa.

“Consequent upon the above development, you are hereby directed to hand over all the government items in your possession to the Permanent Secretary (Ministry of Works, Infrastructure and Transport).

File photo of oyo gov, seyi makinde (Noble Reporters Media / Oyeyemi Gafar)

“I am to add that, your contribution within the time of your sojourn is appreciated and commendable, and therefore, wish you success in your future endeavours. I thank you,” the statement partly read.


In another development, the governor has also approved the redeployment of two Commissioners – Bayo Lawal and Funmilayo Orisadeyi.

The duo was asked to swap portfolios.

While Lawal, the Commissioner for Special Duties was redeployed to the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Orisadeyi who was manning that ministry now heads the Ministry of Special Duties.

According to the memo issued by the SSG, the redeployment takes immediate effect.


Fatima-Ganduje-Ajimobi blast Seyi Makinde | Must Read.


Fatima Ganduje-Ajimobi, who is married to late Isiaka Ajimobi’s son, Idris has taken a swipe at Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.

According to the daughter of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Seyi Makinde can never surpass the achievements of the late ex-Governor Ajimobi.

Fatima, who is SA to Speaker Gbajabiamila, said this in a tweet in response to a post by Nigerian activist Segun Awosanya aka Segalink on Tuesday.

Awosanya had tweeted, “I don’t know how many people are glad to know that Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State cannot be guilt-tripped into endorsing a heist wrapped in emotions at the expense of the beleaguered people of Oyo State. I’m personally happy he saw through the shenanigans.”

In her response, however, Fatima tweeted, “Lol. Face with tears of joy half-truth is dangerous sha! SM can never ever ever come close to Ajimobi. Not your mate!!!”


The Ajimobi family has been engaged in a feud with the governor since the death of their patriarch last week.

Ajimobi’s widow, Florence, had last week accused Makinde of abandoning the family, and being insensitive and refusing to condole with the family when Ajimobi died.

The family had also accused the governor of refusing to give them the approval to bury their father on a parcel of land in Ibadan.

Makinde had said the land in question was a subject of court litigation and thus could not allow Ajimobi to be buried there.



FG tag Makinde’s decision to reopen schools ‘insensitive’ – tell parents to nay


The Federal Government on Monday kicked aguainst the reopening of schools in Oyo State amidst COVID-19 pandemic, describing such as insensitive to the health of the people.

Mr Emeka Uwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, said this at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 daily news conference in Abuja.

NRM reports that Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State had earlier ordered the reopening of schools across the state.

According to the minister, it is expedient to recognise the fact that Oyo State is a government operating under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a Federating unit.

He noted that though the governor had the right to reopen school as he deemed fit, but added that the primary purpose of governance remained the security of its people.


Uwajiuba said the Federal Government had over 138,000 schools across the country and for the governor to open the schools was in the very least insensitive.

He, however, urged parents to, as a matter of urgency, keep their children and wards under lock and key, to forestall contacting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The minister appealed to parents and guardians, whose children and wards would be writing the West African Examinations Council to bear with the government, pending when the necessary arrangements would be made.

He noted that if there was anything the government could do to help in the present circumstances, it would not fail to act.

Uwajiuba stated that the ministry had fixed a meeting with WAEC on how it would arrange the examination time for the exit year children, for revisions in their subjects, to be able to prepare well for their exams.



Oyo commisioner’s death – PDP commiserate with Makinde. [Nigeria]

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commiserated with Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, over the death of his Commissioner for Environment, Kehinde Ayoola.

The party’s reaction was issued by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Thursday.

PDP said it was saddened by the demise of the governor’s associate.


The party described the late Ayoola as a loyal and dedicated party member.

It recalled how he played key roles in Makinde’s governorship campaign and eventual victory at the polls.

“Our party indeed grieves. Nevertheless, we take solace in the promise of the Almighty God regarding those who departed in good works,” PDP said.


The party condoled with the Ayoola family, the government and people of Oyo State.

The spokesman prayed God to grant everyone the fortitude to bear the loss and eternal rest for the departed.



COVID-19: Oyo state cannot be on total lockdown – Seyi Makinde. (Nigeria)

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has given the reason why the State can’t go on total lockdown over Coronavirus, days after President Buhari issued an order which restricted movement in Abuja, Ogun and Lagos.

The Governor who tested positive for the virus shared that he opted for a curfew instead of a total lockdown due to the high rate of poverty in the state.

He stated that a curfew will enable residents carry out their daily activities and earn daily incomes amidst the outbreak of Coronavirus in the state.

Speaking on a Fresh FM programme, Governor Makinde said,

“My own background is engineering and I kept saying to people that as an engineer, you take decisions that are based on logic and fact. It’s an uncharted territory. We kept on interacting with the experts to find out what are the facts emerging.

“Yes, Lagos can be on lockdown, Ogun can be on lockdown, Oyo State, yes, people have been saying have a total lockdown and then I have been asking them questions. What will be the benefits here? Are there alternative courses of action for us to take?

“If you ask people not to come out, you lock down the market places, there are people that what they sell today – the profit from today’s activities is what they will eat tomorrow. There are plenty people like that within our environment. So, are there alternatives available to us? Can we do selective lockdown? That’s why I imposed the curfew, to say limit interactions.

“I think, everything is on the table but it has to follow a logical pattern and it will need the input of experts. We are not just going to lock down because everyone is locking down.”

Governor Makinde went to disclose that he would follow the steps of some foreign countries that have successfully contained the virus.

He added,

“I have been watching CNN and the most successful place right now in containing this is the Czech Republic. And one of the things they brought out is that they made a law that if you must leave your house, you must wear a mask.

“It may be that route for us to go. I have asked them to start evaluating that. If we must make that law and say everybody that must go out must wear a mask, then, how about those who cannot afford it? Can we make masks locally? Can we get our artisans and our tailors to commit to that with the government supporting? So, those are the type of solutions we are looking for.”


We are making Oyo conducive – Makinde

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says his administration is already creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state.

A statement issued on Friday in Ibadan by Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, quoted Makinde as saying this while on an inspection tour of a private farm, Agrited Nigeria Limited, at Fiditi.

The governor said that his administration had started the process of making the state investment-friendly.

He added that efforts to turn the state into an industrial destination in order for businesses to thrive were already in top gear.

Makinde said that his government placed a premium on the promotion of agribusiness and would continue to assist investors in order to expand the state economy.

“What the government can do is to create an enabling environment for investors; they are private people and I strongly believe we should support them to do more.

“Government should not be running businesses and, even we are trying to turn over the businesses we have as a government to private people so that they can run them efficiently.

“This company, Agrited Nigeria Limited, is preparing to start operation and you can also see this is going to have a very huge impact as far as the economy of the state is concerned.

“And this is also because, as an administration, we said we were going to expand our economy, utilising where we have a comparative advantage, and agriculture is one of them.

“So, when I see this kind of the project coming into fruition, I am excited that jobs are being created and that suppliers will soon be flocking this place.

“And we have asked them what else the government can do to support them too,” he said.

The governor assured would-be investors in the state to put their minds at rest about the chances of the businesses succeeding in the state.

He added that the state had put in place the right security architecture and systems that would guarantee ease of doing business.

Also speaking, Mr Moty Ganon, the Deputy General Manager (Operations) of the farm, expressed appreciation to the governor for deeming it fit to pay to visit the farm.

Ganon sought the assistance of the state government towards the uplift of the farm.

He assured the governor that the company would partner with government to promote agriculture in the state, thereby expanding its economy.


Oyo opts to settle out of court with sacked chairmen

A ray of hope for peaceful resolution shone on Wednesday on the ongoing crisis rocking the Local Government administration in Oyo State as the Governor Seyi Makinde-led Peoples’ Democratic Party has opted for an out-of-court settlement.

The Governor had instituted a case against the 68 chairmen of the 33 Local Government Areas, LGAs, and 35 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, all of the All Progressive Congress, APC, he sacked on May 29, 2019, upon his swearing-in.

The sacked chairmen were elected on May 12, 2018, in an election that PDP boycotted on the ground that there was a court injunction against the conduct of the poll that was not vacated before the election was conducted. But the APC claimed that the injunction was vacated two days to the election.

The PDP claimed further that the Law that set up the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) that conducted the Council poll, did not give power to the Commission to conduct election into LCDAs, which the party said, had rendered the election illegal. But the sacked chairmen relied on the pronouncement of the Supreme Court and a letter written to the Governor by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and forcefully resumed in the 33 LGAs and 35 LCDAs of the State, after Governor Makinde had appointed caretaker chairmen for the Council areas in late December.

The State government however obtained an injunction from the Oyo State High Court last week, which restrained the Council chairmen, the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, among others, from further action on the matter.

At the resumed hearing on the matter before Justice Mashud Abass, on Wednesday, Counsel to the State government, Dr Akin Onigbinde (SAN), informed the Court that the State government had decided to adopt an out-of-court settlement for the sake of peace and would come back to the Court if the strategy failed.

Counsels to the defendants, Niyi Akintola (SAN) and Kunle Sobaloju, however said ”their clients would not accept any impediment against smooth dispensation of justice. They maintained that it would be necessary that all cases on the suspension of the Council chairmen be dispensed with before the out-of-court settlement idea could work.”

The presiding Judge, Justice Mashud Abass, commended the 3 counsels for their disposition and cautioned all parties to ensure that peace reigns in Oyo State, assuring both parties that the Judiciary would remain neutral on the matter and ensure that justice prevails.

The Court has, however, adjourned the case to February 12, 2020 for the parties to report back on the level of progress of the out-of-court settlement or the continuation of the case.


Seyi Makinde Merry!

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has commended inter-agency collaboration among security services in the state, saying it has greatly boosted the security situation.

Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Makinde, quoted the governor as making this assertion during a reception organised for the 163 newly promoted senior officers of security agencies in Oyo state.

The event was held at the Lawn Tennis Court, Police Headquarters Eleyele, Ibadan.

The governor said that the collaboration among the police and other security agencies in the state had helped the task of maintaining peace, security and protection of lives and property of the people in all the nooks and crannies of the state.

He said that the collaborative efforts of all the security agencies in state had helped to reduce crime to the barest minimum.

Makinde stressed that the inter-agency collaboration among the security agencies has made the objective of securing the state easy to achieve.

He thanked all the officers and men of the security agencies in the state for making it secured.

“I want to also specially appreciate the good work of the heads of the security agencies; the CPs, the Immigration Comptroller, Commandant of the NSCDC for the collaborative effort, because I know that there is no single agency that can cover this entire state alone,” he said.

Makinde, who described the inter-agency collaboration among security agencies in the state as top-notch, noted that there was always eagerness from one agency to assist the other in achieving the objective of securing the state.

He tasked the security agencies to “keep up” collaborative spirit and not relent in pursuing the goal of keeping Oyo state safe and peaceful.

The governor, while congratulating the newly promoted Senior Officers, charged them to see their promotions as call to do more for the country and urged them to be good ambassadors of the state.

He charged those still expecting their promotions to work harder, praying that God would uplift them in due course.

According to him, the heads of the security agencies cannot function and deliver without all of you that are seated here tonight.

“Those that have been promoted should know that it is a call to do more and those who are still expecting their promotion, by the grace of God, it will come but you have to work very hard.”

Earlier in his remarks, Mr Shina Olukolu, the Commissioner of Police in Oyo, appreciated the administration of Gov. Makinde for the huge support it has been giving to the security in the task of securing the state.

Olukolu noted that the Makinde administration, in just seven months, has surpassed the previous administrations in the state in terms of provisions to enhance the performance of the police in securing the state.

He added, “Some of the things that make officers of all the services want to continue rendering efficient, dedicated services to the society, which will enhance their performance, are training and retraining, logistics to carry out their operations, welfare matters and appreciation.

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo state

He stated further that the police and other security agencies in the state would continue to work together to maintain peace and security of lives and property across the length and breadth of the state.

He appealed to the governor to continue to ensure that security remains a top priority in his administration.


Amotekun has come to stay! – Ooni of Ife, Soyinka, Akeredolu, Makinde alleged

…Fury grows over Fed Govt’s hammer
…Sagay, Adams, YCE, NANS fault Malami

Angry reactions on Wednesday greeted the Federal Government’s declaration of Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) Operation Amotekun as illegal.

Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami said the power over security exclusively belonged to the Federal Government. He said no part of the federation could “singly or jointly” take security measure.

Malami warned that the law would take its course on any group or association linked with Operation Amotekun.

But on Wednesday, Chairman of the Southwest Governors Forum, Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, said his colleagues in the region were prepared to pursue Operation Amotekun to a successful end.

Lagos, Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun and Ekiti states jointly inaugurated the security outfit on January 9 to secure the zone from criminality.

Akeredolu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) gave the assurance that the Southwest region was committed to checking banditry, kidnapping, farmers and herders clashes, among other forms of criminal activities.

Akeredolu who said “Amotekun is not a para-military outfit,” noted that the introduction of the security outfit is merely to complement the efforts of other security agencies.

Nobel laureate Prof Wole Soyinka chided the Federal Government for its action.

Insisting that the establishment of the security outfit is legal, he urged the Southwest governors to defy the Federal Government.

“Whether they like or not, Amotekun has come to stay, because it is a creation of the people and you cannot deny a people their fundamental right to protect themselves, since government has failed to provide such protection,” Prof Soyinka said while addressing reporters in Lagos.

Soyinka said the current security concerns gave birth to Amotekun. He decried numerous killings of people in the villages across the southwest.

”I refuse to believe that any serious government will condemn the right of a people trying to protect themselves. And now some people who have been sleeping all this time and watching citizens killed, farmers sent away from their land are waking up and telling us this initiative is illegal and unconstitutional. They should go back to sleep.

“This country is sitting on a keg of gun powder implanted by inequality in administration of justice. If President Muhammadu Buhari takes a wrong action on this matter, he will wake up to find that he is the force that tore the country apart. He should stop making excuses,” he said

Soyinka urged the proponents of Amotekun to defy the attorney-general and go ahead with their operation. He challenged the AGF to go to court if he has any objection.

Soyinka added: “I have always believed passionately in self-policing. If it were possible to eliminate any kind of formal policing, I am for it. My preference is always, as much as possible, for community policing.”

He explained further, “This is to show how effective a determined community force can be. Policing the road is not the same thing as going into the forest to confront kidnappers, herdsmen and terrorists, but the policy remains identical.”

Mr. Solomon Asemota, who was a policeman, but now a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), raised concern that Nigeria is operating both the Common Law and the Sharia Law.

He said: “The attorney-general is Sharia compliant. I wrote a 19-page letter to him, which I also made available to the vice president, highlighting some of these things. But he never acknowledged it. I was hoping members of the National Assembly would ask the question when he appeared before them, but they confirmed his appointment.

”There is a conflict in Nigeria between those who believe in democracy and those who decide to use the tenets of their religion to achieve their aim.

”Nigeria is one country with two systems. But I am of the view that the Western states are in order. Either party in this dispute can go do court. Can anyone say the banks do not have a right to hire security guards or that you can’t hire a night watchman to protect your home.”

Asemota added: “Amotekun should not be the only solution. There has to be social action. That is What I am telling the governors that they should move from Amotekun to Arosikun (meaning they should provide food for the people). We must think of ways to feed our people. Hunger is real. Poverty is real and reaching a critical mass. We should start thinking of both Amotekun and Arosikun. “

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyemi Ogunwunsi said the introduction of Amotekun is not to take over the duties of the police or military.

He said the security organisation was established to clamp down on the nefarious activities of insurgents and other security threats in the region.

He said: “The Southwest governors decided to come together to set up Amotekun on complementary basis to support the already established security systems, such as the police and the armed forces, because of existing security realities. The governors, particularly the APC governors, are very close to the Federal Government and are in support of the progress of Nigeria, and the good work of this administration.

“There are some secluded places inside local communities that the armed forces cannot get to. Most breakthroughs in Boko Haram insurgents’ attacks followed results of the tips from the local vigilantes, traditional rulers and district heads.

“They would usually give hints of strange people and movements in their localities. They are the ones furnishing the military with information on where to go during such operations. And this have helped the military to do their job.

“Likewise, Amotekun is established on complementary basis, to give localised intelligent information. And that is the meaning of Amotekun in Yoruba. Like the animal masters its terrain, they have mastered the security intelligence of their terrain.”

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, who spoke to reporters in Abeokuta after a visit to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, said: I don’t think the AGF will just wake up and make his own laws.

”He may interpret and advise the President on legal issues but, I haven’t seen anything that gave that power to the AGF to make that declaration.

“You don’t run government on the social media. I am only reading about the Federal Government’s action on Amotekun on the social media like every other person, but If I see a letter or I get a call from the AGF telling me all those things, then it will be a different type of reaction from me.

”If you listen to my speech that day (of the inauguration of Amotekun), I did say that the outfit is complementary to the efforts of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies.

”In Oyo State, the government is placed on four major pillars. They are education, health, security and then expansion of our economy through agribusiness.

”So, security is a major pillar for us and we believe that we cannot have any development in an atmosphere that is not secured.”

The Osun State government ruled out confrontation in resolving issues and the tension being generated by the declaration of the security outfit as illegal by the Federal Government.

Commissioner of Information and Civic Orientation Mrs. Funke Egbemode, said Governor Adegboyega Oyetola would join his Southwest colleagues to find a solution to the matter.

She said: “Our governor is measured and determined to protect the people of the state according to the oath which he swore to. He is aware that the state socio-economic prosperity is anchored on security and he is poised not to shirk his responsibility on this. The economic and investment summit the state government recently held is an indication of the governor’s determination and commitment to improve the fortune of the state and to ensure the state is safe, secured and open to investments.”

She said the personnel of Amotekun had been trained to be civil and keep an eye on the activities of people in their assigned territories, which she said they are familiar with.

She added that the operatives in the Amotekun would work with the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in their localities by alerting them promptly on irregular activities they might notice.


Malami does not have the power to call Amotekun illegal – Seyi Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde has reacted to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami’s (SAN) declaration of Amotekun which is a South West security outfit ‘illegal’.

Speaking in Ogun during a visit to former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday January 14, the Oyo State Governor insisted that the AGF does not have the power to label the regional security outfit illegal.

Governor Makinde also stated that Abubakar Malami is yet to officially communicate the stance of the Federal Government on Amotekun.

He said;

“My personal position is that you actually don’t run government on the social media. If I see a letter or if I get a call from the Attorney-General of the Federation telling me what you just said, then it would be a different fact of reaction.

“So, I’ve been reading just like you read on the social media; I haven’t seen anything official to that effect. And besides, I don’t think for a country like Nigeria, the Attorney-General will just wake up and make his own laws.

“He may interpret and advise the President if there are legal issues, but I haven’t seen anything that gave that power to the Attorney General to make such declaration.”

Makinde who revealed that the security outfit will bridge the existing gaps in security in the six South-West states, added that it will complement the police and other security agencies.

The Oyo Governor said;

“I did say that this outfit is complementary to the Nigerian police and other security agencies. In Oyo State, the government is being placed on four major pillars: education, health, security and expansion of our economy through agri-business.

“So, security is a major pillar for us and we believe you cannot have any development in an atmosphere that is not secure. If you look at investments, money coming into an economy, such money is a coward. If such money sees anywhere that is not secured, they would fly and run away. So, security is key.

“The security agencies are doing their best, but there are still gaps. Just like in most sectors of our body polity, we do have gaps in education, in healthcare delivery. So, in security also, there are gaps and we believe that playing complementary roles will also help to narrow those gaps.”


South West Amotekun awaiting Malami’s letter – Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has chided Nigeria’s attorney-general and Justice Minister Abubakar Malami for declaring on the pages of newspapers the Western Nigeria Security Network illegal.

Makinde, who visited former Nigerian leader, Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun state said the governors are still awaiting Malami’s official letter, and until then his objection should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Government, he said, cannot be run on the pages of newspapers or through the social media.

Makinde told newsmen, that the security outfit with codename, “Operation Amotekun” was established to complement the work of the security agencies and bridge the gaps in the security of the geo-political zone.

The Governor claimed that the Minister’s comment was misguided, stressing that the Minister lacked the moral and constitutional power to make such declaration.

Makinde said Operation Amotekun has not in any way violated the nation’s constitution, but rather, it was an intervention to narrow the gaps in security in the South-West.

He added that given the centrality of security to governance, the governors of the South-West designed the Operation to complement efforts of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies.

“You don’t run a government on social media. If I see a letter or receive a call from the Attorney-General of the Federation saying that Amotekun is illegal, it will be a different reaction. For now, I have been reading on social media just like you and I have not seen anything official to that effect. Besides, I don’t think that in a country like Nigeria, the Attorney-General should just wake up and make his own law.

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state

“He may interpret and advise the President about legal issues but I have not seen anything that gave his office the power to make such declaration. This outfit is complementary to the effort of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies. In Oyo State, the government has four pillars; namely education, health, security and expansion of our economy through agribusiness. So, security is a major pillar for us and we believe we cannot have any development in an atmosphere that is not secure.

“If you look at investments, the money coming into an economy is like a coward; if such money sees anywhere that is not secure, it will fly. So, security is key and security agencies are doing their best but there is still a gap. Just like in most sectors of our body polity, we do have gaps; in education, health care delivery and the rest. We believe playing complementary roles will help to narrow those gaps.”


Fulani herdsmen sues Oyo governor, seyi makinde.

…over anti-open grazing law

Fulani herdsmen, under the aegis of Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria, have sued Oyo State Government, House of Assembly, as well as attorney general and commissioner for Justice over the recent anti-open grazing law of the state.

The herders described the law as a gross violation of their fundamental rights, and prayed the state High Court to declare the law illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.

As gathered, before the bill was passed by the House of Assembly and signed into law by Governor Seyi Makinde, the lawmakers had debated and organised public hearing, during which many stakeholders submitted memoranda, including the Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria.

Speaker Adebo Ogundoyin had said the law was made to check persistent clashes between local farmers and herdsmen in the state with a view to ensuring peace and food security.

In the suit, which was said to have been instituted in December 2019, the herdsmen want the court to grant them an order of perpetual injunction that would restrain all the respondents, whether by themselves, their servants, agents, officers or otherwise, from carrying out any act or omission that could aid the enactment or even enact or pass the anti-grazing bill into law as this would amount to a denial of their fundamental rights guaranteed under the constitution.

They also prayed for a coordinated attempt or strategy at curtailing the livelihood of the applicants and further frustrating their lives in breach of constitutional provisions, particularly section 33(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) goes to naught and same is invalid, null and void.

They also asked the court to grant them reliefs on aggravated, punitive and general damages of N100,000 against the respondents jointly and severally for the alleged violation of their fundamental rights.

“As a matter of cultural heritage, open rearing or grazing of livestock, having been passed onto generations to generations is the life and economy of the Fulani group on which the Fulani survives,” they said.

When contacted, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Oyelowo Oyewo, said he was outside the country and he would respond appropriately when he returns to Nigeria.


Oyo: APC reminds seyi makinde his promises during campaign.

…tell him to fulfill them

All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has felicitated with the people of the state for witnessing 2020, urging Governor Seyi Makinde to fulfil his campaign promises.

In a New Year statement in Ibadan by the spokesman for the party, AbdulAzeez Olatunde, the APC saluted “the people of Oyo State for their courage, resilience and steadfastness in the outgoing year.

The party, however, urged the people to take more than passing interest in the governance of the state via the formulation and implementation of policy frameworks that affect their daily lives.

It reminded Governor Makinde to walk his talk by fulfilling his campaign promise that Oyo State workers deserve more than the national minimum wage of N30,000.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

“We believe if Ekiti, Kaduna, Lagos and a host of other APC states had started payment of the new wage, nothing stops Oyo State government from paying, after all we are the pacesetter state.

“Of similar importance is the rule of law, with which democracy thrives. When actors obey the rule of law, that is when the beauty of democracy is appreciated. It gladdens one to read that Governor Makinde being quoted to have said he would not be ashamed to reverse himself where he had erred, hence our advice to the governor to consider toeing the line of nobility and statesmen by allowing the sacked, elected local government chairmen and councillors to exercise their mandate,” the party said in the statement.


Gov. Makinde sign 2020 budget into law,

…inaugurates 68 LG caretaker chairmen

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Monday inaugurated caretaker chairmen for the 33 local government areas and 35 local council development areas (LCDAs) of the state.

He also signed into law, the 2020 appropriation bill with a sum of N213billion, which he presented to the House of Assembly on November 28, 2019 and was passed into law on Friday, December 20, 2019.

Makinde inaugurated the caretaker chairmen at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat, Ibadan, while the signing of budget took place at the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s Office.

Speaking during the signing of the budget, Makinde said the budget was in line with his document on roadmap for accelerated development of the state that is a true reflection of the aspirations of the people, adding that the upward review of the estimated bill sent to the state assembly by N4.4billion cut across capital expenditure and recurrent expenditure. He said his administration would be committed to 70 per cent implementation of the budget.

Earlier during the inauguration of the caretaker chairmen, Makinde stated that the step was geared towards ensuring “that a vacuum is not created in governance, and that our people continue to enjoy the dividends that accrue from electing a legitimate government.

“I have often said that this administration is people-centered and will continue to put the interests of the people first. You will agree with me that the closer government is to the people, the more impactful and meaningful the activities of government will be to them.

“Therefore, this inauguration is an integral and essential part of the good governance that we promised the people of Oyo State.”

Makinde noted that the caretaker chairmen now occupy unique positions as a link between the state government and the people, adding that “Ideally, you are the first point of call that should address the governance issues of the people before escalating same to higher authorities.”


Governor Makinde of Oyo revealed how corrupt Ajimobi padded the budget.

…awards two contracts

Governor Oluseyi Makinde of Oyo State on December 21, 2019 painted a picture of the alleged corrupt practices that characterised the administration of his predecessor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in the management of the affairs of the state.

Makinde alleged that the era of the immediate past administration was characterised by corruption, budget padding, mismanagement of funds, kickback syndrome, inflation of contracts’ fees, lop-sidedness in projects management, award of contracts only to their cronies and re-awarding of projects at double price, among others.

He made this sttement on a live programme of the Oyo State Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State tagged ‘Live chat with GSM, a quarterly session with the Oyo State Governor’. He said;

“If I should talk about the finances of Oyo State as at the time we came on board, some people will not be able to walk on the streets. Up till date, we have not bought vehicles for the office holders. If we are to buy official vehicles for myself and other office holders, we will not spend less than N3 billion and we cannot afford that now. Up till today, I am still using my personal cars in office.

“Our priority is to the people. We prioritise what we can do to the people who gave the opportunity to serve them over ourselves. We don’t want to serve ourselves. On May 6, 2019, three weeks to take over, the last administration withdrew N5.2 billion and spent it to remain N19, 000 by May 29. Soon, those involve will have to explain how they spent the money on the people.

“When I resumed, I was scared. The government was running 67 banks accounts. So I asked for all the balances of the accounts. A particular account has N300 million, and another has N20 million. I asked the accountant general to prune the accounts down and put all the money in one account and which came to about N6 billion.”

“When we assumed office, some people came to me and said that this is how they shared money. I said don’t share the money to me. Let us use it to better the lives of the people of the state. IGR has gone up a bit because we have blocked loopholes. Let me also reveal this. We did not spend government money on those Christmas decorations that you see everywhere. Normally, at the end of the year, people and corporate organisations give gifts to the governor.

“So, when they came, I called my people and told them that these gifts should be channelled towards beautifying the state instead. So, we used the gifts to do those Christmas decorations that you are seeing. If we continue to be prudent, all will be well and things will go round. It is because we cut off the wastage, that is why we are able to do some of the things are doing”.


Court affirms Makinde, Sanwo-Olu, el-Rufai, others’ election

…apex court upheld the submissions of Olanipekun

The Supreme Court in separate judgements on Wednesday affirmed the election of Seyi Makinde, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Nasir el-Rufai and Udom Emmanuel as governors of Oyo, Lagos, Kaduna and Akwa Ibom states respectively.

In a unanimous judgment, a seven-panel of justices led by Justice Mary Odili, held that the various governors were lawfully elected as governors of their respective states.

In affirming Makinde’s election, the Supreme Court agreed with the submissions of Chief Wole Olanipekun SAN, that the majority judgment of the Court of Appeal which nullified the judgment of the Oyo State Election Petition Tribunal was flawed.

In a four-to-one majority judgment the Court of Appeal had voided the tribunal’s judgment on the grounds that its decision was perverse because the petitioner, Adebayo Adelabu, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was denied fair hearing in the matter.

However the apex court upheld the submissions of Olanipekun that the tribunal’s judgment was in order and that no party was denied fair hearing throughout the period of the hearing.

Justice Ejembi Eko, who delivered the lead judgment, agreed with the senior lawyer that the majority judgment was not in line with the position of the law, unlike that of the minority judgment which he said was more sober.

Justice Eko, therefore, set aside the judgment of the lower court and restored the decision of the tribunal as prayed by the appellant.

Makinde had appealed the judgment of the Court of Appeal which had set aside the judgment of the tribunal which upheld his election as governor of Oyo State.

In another judgment, the Supreme Court upheld the election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State.

A seven-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili affirmed the governor’s victory at the March 9, 2019 election after dismissing two separate appeals challenging the outcome of the poll.

Justice Paul Galinje, who delivered the lead judgments in the two appeals held that the appeals lacked merit.

One of the appeals dismissed by the court was filed by Prof. Ifagbemi Awamaridi and his party, the Labour Party.

The other was by Chief Owolabi Salis, and his party, the Alliance Democracy.

In the Katsina case, the apex court upheld the submissions of Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN, that the first respondent, Bello Masari, was eminently qualified for the March 9 governorship election.

The court also agreed with Fagbemi that the appellant did not challenge the basic qualification of the governor, other than mere allegations of submitting false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for his clearance for the said election.

Justice Mary Peter-Odili, while delivering the lead judgment held that the appeal by Senator Yakubu Lado, was devoid of merit and substance, and accordingly upheld the concurrent judgment of the tribunal and Appeal Court which upheld the election of Masari as governor of Katsina State.

Others whose elections were also upheld, were those of Governor Nasir el-Rufai and Governor Abdullahi Sule of Kaduna and Nasarawa states respectively.

The apex court in its unanimous judgment held that the appeal filed by Isa Hashiru, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 9 governorship election challenging the victory of el-Rufai of the All Progressives Congress (APC) lacked merit.

Similarly, the challenge of another PDP candidate in Nasarawa State, David Ombugadu, against the election of Governor Abdullahi Sule of the APC was also dismissed for lacking merit.

According to the judgment of the apex court, the appellants in the two different appeals failed to substantiate their claims of irregularities and substantial non-compliance with the electoral laws.

The judgment also noted that the two appellants did not show evidence to warrant the setting aside of the concurrent decisions of the tribunal and Appeal Court.

The Supreme Court accordingly upheld the election of both el-Rufai and Sule as governors of Kaduna and Nasarawa states respectively.

Others whose elections were also affirmed were those of Ogun, Lagos and Ebonyi states.


Kwara Governor Presents N163Bn Budget.

…Education, enterprise, health, roads top agenda
…CAPEX takes 53% of budget; REX down to 47%

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Wednesday presented the 2020 budget estimates to the State House of Assembly, with provisions for critical infrastructure and human capital development taking the larger chunk of the budget.

The N162bn fiscal plan comprises 53 percent capital expenditure covering road construction and rehabilitation, rehabilitation and re-equipment of schools and hospitals, rehabilitation of court rooms, and completion of a 500-seater hall building at the House of Assembly, according to AbdulRazaq.

“Basically, we are presenting a budget estimate of N162billion for 2020, up from N157bn budget of the outgoing year.

For this year, we propose 47 percent recurrent expenditure and 53 percent capital expenditure in a deliberate attempt to invest in the future and grow the economy through critical infrastructure and human capital development.

One unique thing is that this budget is having an opening balance of N7bn, or 4.3 per cent of the budget proposal, that we have saved in the past seven months,” the Governor said in a speech before the Assembly.

“Key highlights of the budget include construction of Kwara State innovation hub for information technology, large scale garment production factories, resuscitation of moribund industries, construction of new (urban and rural) roads, rehabilitation of public schools, capacity building for teachers for efficient service delivery, payment of UBEC contribution, rehabilitation of hospitals and health centres with provision of modern medical and laboratory equipment, payment of counterpart funds, and implementation of health insurance.

“We are also proposing construction of Ilorin Civic Centre (Ilorin Visual Art Centre), purchase of biometric finger prints and reader machines for e-auditing, commencement of e-Government, introduction of creative intervention fund for youth and graduates empowerment, provision of statewide irrigation scheme, agricultural mechanisation, commencement of the livestock transformation plan programme, and implementation of the Kwara State Social Investment Programme.”

He also proposed the purchase of vehicle for political office holders and Honourable members of the House, rehabilitation of Squash Court rooms and other sporting facilities at Stadium Complex Ilorin, construction of a twin Squash Court, interventions in the state-owned media, and active promotion of culture and tourism.

The governor said there is a plan to widen the state’s tax base without imposing new tax on the people but through blocking of leakages.

AbdulRazaq commended members of the Assembly and the Kwara public for their support since he assumed office, calling for more support and sacrifice in the new year in the strategic interest of the state.

“I also want to call on our compatriots that while we are ready to serve them to the best of our ability and within available resources, the situation of our state is such that all hands must be on deck to make all the necessary sacrifices and stay the course in our collective efforts to build a new Kwara that works for all.

However, we must be clear that we cannot build a new state where things work with the same mindset and attitude that brought us to this sorry pass. I therefore call on us, leaders and the governed, to tighten our belt for the overall good of our state,” he added.

The Governor said the budget estimates are predicted on the national oil price benchmark of $57 per barrel; oil production estimate of 2.18m barrels per day; official exchange rate of N305 per US dollar; Gross Domestic rate of 2.93 percent; and inflation rate of 10.81 per cent.

He added that the budget estimates match the exact revenue projections for the state in the fiscal year, including N48,943,215,564, or 30.2 percent of the total revenue; VAT receipt of N16,430,807,482, or 10.1 percent of the total revenue; other sundry revenue valued at N3, 838,863,505, or 2.3.percent of revenue; Internally Generated Revenue of N39, 783,008,301, or 24.5.percent of the revenue; income from other sundry internal sources valued at N193,322,646, or 0.1 percent; capital development fund/aid and grants put at N45,871, 444,487, or 28.3 percent; and an opening balance of N7bn, or 4.3 percent of the revenue projections.

Supreme Court confirms Gov Makinde’s victory.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the election of Governor Seyi Makinde of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the validly elected governor of Oyo State.

In a unanimous judgment, the apex court affirmed last month’s judgment by the Ibadan division of the Court of Appeal, which upheld the Election Petition Tribunal judgment that upheld Governor Seyi Makinde’s election, and had declared that the governorship election could not be nullified.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, had challenged Makinde’s victory, with the Tribunal dismissing his case and upholding Makinde’s victory. But rather than dismiss the petitioner’s case or sack the incumbent governor, the Appeal Court judges had ruled that if not for the expiration of the 180 days time limit, they would have ordered a retrial.


Seyi Makinde include Anti-corruption bill in oyo state law.

…Says: We won’t no one would be witch-hunt

Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday signed the Oyo State Anti-Corruption Bill 2019 into law, with a reassurance that the anti-graft agency that will be set up will not be used to witch-hunt anybody.

The governor also warned people in strong terms that they should refrain from writing frivolous petitions, because writers of such petitions would be dealt with according to the law.

Makinde, who assented to the bill earlier passed by the State House of Assembly, noted that his assent was a signal that his government was ready to enforce probity and accountability.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, confirmed that Governor Makinde, immediately after his assent transferred the law to the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Oyelowo Oyewo, for further administrative actions.

The governor had as part of initial declarations upon assumption of office declared that the state under his watch would establish its own anti-corruption agency to ensure probity, accountability and good governance.

While signing the bill into law on Wednesday, Governor Makinde said: “We have just signed the anti-corruption law for Oyo State. There is nothing to be afraid of. Why we have domesticated the anti-corruption law is just as we want the governance to get closer to the grassroots. We also want to guard the resources of the state in the same manner.

“Yes, corruption kills the society. When money meant for projects, salaries and certain developmental initiatives are diverted, we miss the opportunities.”
The governor, who spoke at the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s Office said that the law has no political colourations as according to him, corruption and underdevelopment have no political leanings.

“This is not a law meant to witchhunt anyone. It is not about politics or political interests. It is not about APC or PDP but about Oyo State. We know for a fact that if we tackle corruption, we will have enough resources to take care of our people and that is exactly what this law is meant to achieve for us,” he said.

The Governor reiterated his readiness to waive his immunity and face any corrupt charges against him, if he commits any infractions to the law.

He added: “So, we believe we have to tackle corruption. I said it during my inaugural address as the Executive Governor of Oyo State that I will be ready to waive my immunity to face any corruption charges against my person and I still maintain that position.”

The Governor, therefore, enjoined every citizen of the State to alert the Government of any unscrupulous activities, adding; “if you see something, say something.”
He also warned against writing frivolous petitions, adding that anyone found guilty of such would equally be prosecuted.

“I want to implore everybody, the citizens of Oyo State to say something when they see something. And I can give you the assurance that we will act. We do know that people may want to take certain things for granted.

“They may want to use this law to settle scores, because we have seen situations where people wrote frivolous petitions against somebody they have hatred for and, with that, they think they have the opportunity to square up.

“Well, we won’t condone that. If you write a frivolous petition to us, you will also be sanctioned because that is corruption in itself.”

He warned the civil servants not to petition themselves wrongly as anybody found doing so would face the law.

“And for my constituency, the civil servants, I do know that people jostle for positions, where they malign themselves to get into a higher position. This is not what the law is about. This law is to ensure that due processes are followed in our financial dealings and to ensure our resources are deployed for specific reasons why they were appropriated for, in the first instance.

The governor further said: “So, it’s a new opportunity for us to show the world that we can run a transparent and accountable government. I do hope that nobody here will fall into the trap of corruption.

“I did mention that there is a serious temptation in this job. For instance, I am being paid N550,000 and I have to run a yearly budget of over 200 billion Naira. Of course, we will be tempted but we have to resist the temptation. We have to know that whichever position we occupy is based on the trust of the people and when we leave, we will still go back to the larger society and, if we perpetuate corruption, the effect is waiting for us out there.

“So, I want to assure the people of Oyo State that this law will keep us in check, hold us accountable. And if you have anything about any of us, don’t hesitate to bring the facts out and the law will take its full course.”


Seyi makinde choose Ahmed murtala as special assistant.

…says the Kano indigene will serve as bridge between oyo and northerners.

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has appointed Alhaji Ahmed Murtala, an indigene of Kano State, as his Special Assistant on Community Relations I.

He also appointed Mr Femi Josiah as Special Assistant on Community Relations II.

Makinde further approved the appointment of Dr Olufunmilayo Salami as Special Adviser on Health while Chief Jacob Adetoro was named as Chairman of Federal Constituencies Liaison Officers.

A Government House statement said the governor named 14 Constituency Liaison Officers, representing each of the state’s 14 federal constituencies.

According to the statement, Murtala hails from Nasarawa Local Government of Kano State and had his primary and secondary school education at St. Brigid Boys School, Mokola, Ibadan and Community Grammar School, Mokola, Ibadan, respectively.

The statement also said: “He (Murtala) will serve as the bridge between the Oyo State Government and the Hausa/Fulani community as well as other northern groups scattered across the state.

“Dr Salami until her appointment as Special Adviser on Health was a health consultant to the state government.

” She was a United States of America-based Paediatric Emergency Medicine Physician.

” Gov. Makinde charged the new appointees, whose appointments took effect from Nov. 27 , to see their appointments as a call to service and urged them to discharge their duties with absolute loyalty, dedication and diligence.”


Oyo state Govt begins arrest of erring drivers.

The Chairman of the Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority, OYRTMA, Mogaji Akin Fagbemi, on Monday December 2, 2019 in Ibadan disclosed that henceforth, commercial motor drivers with more than one passenger in the front seat and cyclists with more than one passenger would be arrested and prosecuted for violation of the Oyo State Road Traffic Law.

Fagbemi stated that this measure has become imperative to reduce accidents on the road in the state.

He said that the number of accidents attributed to overloading in recent time had risen, calling on all motorists to comply with the State Road Traffic Law (2019) that compelled motorists not to allow more than a passenger on the front seat, while commercial motorcyclists were also to carry only a passenger at a time with compulsory use of crash helmet.

According to him, “Owing to the significant number of motorcycle-related road crashes recorded in the state in the last two quarters of the year, it has become imperative and expedient to fully and strictly implement the portion of the State Road Traffic Law 2019, which clearly stipulates that all motorists and motorcycles operating within the state should not at any point in time carry more than one passenger and must as well utilize the crash helmet.

“In the best interest of the citizens of Oyo State, particularly as the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration is committed to the security of lives and properties of the people, the governor has directed, through OYRTMA that all commercial motorists and motorcycles must adhere strictly to the traffic law on the number of passengers to load, so as to avoid accident”.

Fagbemi reiterated the readiness of the state administration to put any offender caught violating the law through the legal process to serve as deterrence for others.


N208.8 Billion: Governor Seyi Makinde Of Oyo Presents Budget To The Assembly..


Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Wednesday presented a N208.8 billion Appropriation Bill for the 2020 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly.

Media reports that the budget presented by Makinde was N77 billion lower than the N285.2 billion 2019 budget presented in 2018 by his predecessor, Abiola Ajimobi.

The N208,802,972,878 billion total budget proposal has N100,142,690,046 earmarked for capital expenditure and representing 47.9 per cent of the total budget estimate.

This was an increase of 20 per cent when compared to the 2019 budget.

Also, the total recurrent expenditure for 2020 financial year stood at N108,660,282,832, representing 52.1 per cent of the budget proposal.

Makinde said: “You will also note that our capital expenditure increased by about 20 per cent, compared to the 2019 budget.

“The importance of this increase should not be lost on us. Increased allocation to capital projects directly contributes to a more buoyant economy and sustainable development.

“We will not only be starting new projects but also completing all ongoing projects from the previous administration.”

N.Rs reports that works had the highest sectoral allocation in the 2020 fiscal year’s budget at 23.93 per cent while education came a close second with a total allocation of 22.37 per cent of the budget.

Makinde said that other sectors prioritised in the 2020 budget included healthcare which received 5.18 per cent of the total budget proposal.

He said: “4.43 per cent of the budget was allocated to the agricultural sector. We remain determined to utilise agriculture to drive our economy.

“We are implementing policies that will transform farming activities, increase production and improve the quality of food crops, livestock exports and industrial crops through application of modern technology.

“We are presently working at upgrading two of the nine farm settlements in Oyo State at Eruwa and Akufo into Farm Estates.

“These estates will also serve as crop processing zones with the required technology and mechanisation practices.”

The governor further announced the relocation of the headquarters of the Oyo State Agricultural Development Programme (OYSADEP) back to Saki in Oyo North Senatorial District while also promising a restructuring of the programme.

He said that the programme would be fully strengthened in order to ensure efficient and effective performance.

Makinde assured the lawmakers that the budgeted funds would be accounted for, stressing that every single expenditure was geared toward facilitating the accelerated development of the state.

He urged the Speaker, Debo Ogundoyin, and other lawmakers to give the proposal due consideration in a timely manner “so that implementation may commence and Oyo State will indeed get on the path to accelerated development.”

Ogundoyin, in his remarks, assured the governor that the House would give the proposal prompt attention to ensure the overall development of the state.