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Akeredolu, Makinde visits scene of Ibadan Fulani/Yoruba conflict.

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During his visit to the scene of the clash, Makinde said he will give palliatives to those whose wares were affected during the crisis.

Ondo and Oyo state governors, Seyi Makinde and Rotimi Akeredolu have visited the scene of ethnic conflict in Sasha community, Ibadan, Oyo State.

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The two governors met with the leaders of the Yoruba and Hausa communities and appealed to them to live in unity.

Several people reportedly died in a clash after a Yoruba cobbler was stabbed by a Hausa cart pusher in the market, hence, degenerating into an ethnic conflict

Makinde on Saturday imposed an indefinite curfew in the area on Saturday.

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During his visit to the scene of the clash, Makinde said he will give palliatives to those whose wares were affected during the crisis.

“You have been living together peacefully and all I am pleading to you is, no matter what is making anyone angry, we will solve it with patience,” Makinde said.

“One thing is, if you allow those who don’t have anything to lose here to blow this matter out of proportion, no one will be able to say where the crisis will end. By the grace of God, I pray we don’t lose any more lives,” he added.

In the same vein, Akeredolu, who was in the state on behalf of the South West Governors, said peace must be allowed to reign.

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“We have been living together for a very long time and this is not the time to start fighting ourselves. So, let us consider that,” he said.

“There are some things that could be making us angry but don’t let us look at that because things cannot be like this forever.”

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Just in: Oyo’s Makinde shuts Shasha market.

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The governor equally imposed 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew on the whole Shasha community, to forestall further breakdown of law and order in the area.

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has ordered the indefinite closure of Shasha Market, near Moniya -Ibadan, in Akinyele Local Government Area, following traders’ clash in the market.

Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, announced this in a statement on Saturday, in Ibadan.

The governor equally imposed 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew on the whole Shasha community, to forestall further breakdown of law and order in the area.

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Makinde urged residents of the affected area to go about their legitimate businesses peacefully and warned that anyone caught perpetrating violence would face the wrath of the law.

NoRM reports that the clash, which that started on Thursday, claimed one life on Friday while shops and property were burnt.

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Makinde ready to convert LAUTECH to conventional university.

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Makinde used the occasion to show appreciation to Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state, for putting aside all differences, especially partisan politics, “all through the negotiations.

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Thursday, expressed his readiness to convert LAUTECH from a University of Technology to a conventional University, so as to enable it to offer such courses as Law.

Makinde, who made this known while receiving the report of the state negotiation committee on Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, in Ibadan, said that the state would soon apply to the National Universities Commission (NUC) for approval of the conversion.

The governor also announced that he had signed the LAUTECH Bill 2020 into law, “so it is now time to move forward with our plan.”

Makinde added that a Governing Council would soon be appointed for the institution, to reflect the new ownership; saying that the council will birth new management in a few weeks time.

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He expressed appreciation to the committee for “a work well done”, saying that the mission was given to the committee, when inaugurated on Nov. 27, 2019, was to secure LAUTECH for Oyo State, as the sole owner.
He said that the sole ownership of LAUTECH would not negatively impact on students and staff of the institution from Osun, rather, the sole ownership would be done for the sake of easier administration and to move LAUTECH towards the goal of becoming a world-class university.

Makinde used the occasion to show appreciation to Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state, for putting aside all differences, especially partisan politics, “all through the negotiations.

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“We appreciate him (Oyetola) for applying wisdom in taking a stand, for what is best for staff and students of LAUTECH.”

The governor also thanked Prof. Olu Aina, who led the negotiation for Osun state, and further commended the versatility of Dr Suleiman Yusuf of the NUC, in midwifing the negotiations.

The governor also used the occasion to announce the creation of a College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, to be sited in Iseyin.

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He warned the people against allowing any individual or group to distract them from the economic gains his administration had achieved so far.

Earlier, Prof. Ayodeji Omole, said the process of negotiating the sole ownership of LAUTECH was “engaging, energy-sapping, time and money consuming and interesting.”

Omole urged the governor not to allow the report of the committee to be deposited in the archives, without the recommendations being fully and religiously implemented.

“This is the surest way to achieve your dream of returning LAUTECH to its old glory and restoring the institution back to being a University of the first choice,” he said.

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He thanked the governor, on behalf of the other committee members, for the opportunity and the support given to them to serve.

Highlights of the occasion were the presentation of award of recognition to Omole and other members of the committee by the governor.

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Oyo Gov’t donates vehicle to Army, VIO

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Makinde, represented by his Special Adviser on Security, Mr Fatai Owoseni, said the gesture was meant to add value to what the two institutions were doing in the state.

The Oyo State Government has donated two Hilux vans each to the Nigerian Army and Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) Unit of the state government.

Presenting the vehicles to the recepients in Ibadan on Saturday, Gov. Seyi Makinde said his administration would continue to support the agencies of government in the state to enhance their performance.

Responding on behalf of the institutions, the State Director of VIO, Mr James Ajayi, thanked the governor for the donation and expressed their readiness to improve on their performance.

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Ajayi said: “We promise that we will perform our duties diligently and make sure that all the vehicles on Oyo roads are road-worthy.

“This vehicle will further enhance our operation so we really appreciate our able governor.”

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Makinde orders activist be treated like criminal after alleged arrest.

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In her remark, Onadeko, pledged to make lives and property of residents of the state safe and secure saying that visibility policing had started in earnest.

Following the ultimatum given by self-acclaimed leader of Yoruba freedom agitators, Sunday Igboho, to people of Fulani ethnic stock to vacate the Ibarapa area of Oyo State, Gov. Seyi Makinde has now asked the new Commissioner of Police in Oyo, CP Ngozi Onadeko, to arrest him and treat him as a criminal.

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NoRM recalls that Igboho arrived Igangan town earlier and was welcomed by scores of youths at the Igangan Town Hall.

There was palpable tension in Igangan and other parts of the Ibarapa area of Oyo State on Friday morning, as the quit notice he had given to herdsmen in the area expires today.

Frustrated by the incessant killings, kidnappings, and destruction of farms allegedly being carried out by herdsmen in Ibarapaland, Igboho last Friday stormed the Fulani settlements in in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area and asked them to leave within seven days.

Giving the order for Sunday Igboho’s arrest, Governor Seyi Makinde on Friday when Onadeko paid him a courtesy visit at the Governor’s Office, Agodi, Secretariat, Ibadan.

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Makinde said that attempt to fuel security tension under any guise that would threaten the corporate vision of Nigeria would not be tolerated by his administration.

He said that his government was not against any ethic group, but was determined to flushing out criminal elements anywhere in the state.

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He stressed that the Hausa/Fulani ethnic group residing in the state was not his government’s target, but hoodlums, bandits, irrespective of their tribes and religion.

“For people stoking ethnic tension, they are criminals and once you get them they should be arrested and treated like common criminals.”

“For this administration, the major pillar for us is security because we know that all the good things we want to do economically won’t be possible in an atmosphere of chaos and insecurity.

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“So, when people say things that are not lawful and within the spirit of Nigeria’s constitution, it is not acceptable here.

“And they cannot hide under being people protecting Yoruba interest to perpetrate chaos in the state,” he said in a veiled reference to the quit order on the Fulani issued by Igboho.

Makinde reiterated that security remained one of the pillars of his administration, noting that all the good policies of his administration could not be actualised in an atmosphere of chaos and insecurity.

He promised to give maximum support to the Nigerian Police and other security agencies to ensure safety of lives, property and economic prosperity of the state.

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Makinde called for more synergy between the police and the Western Nigeria Security Network, code-named Amotekun.

He noted that those who demonised Amotekun were the ones issuing ultimatum to certain ethnic nationalities to vacate the state.

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The governor welcomed the new police boss and assured the CP of his support in tackling insecurity in the state.

“We won’t make the job difficult. We will be sincere, open and support you,” he added.

She assured the governor that men and officers of the command would display high level of professionalism and that corruption would be shunned, with the view to achieving common goal.

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“I’m here to formally tell you that I have assumed duty, we promise to make the lives and property of the people of Oyo State safe and secure.

“Since I came in, we have started with our visibility policing. When I came in, I noticed that there were no policemen on the road, maybe it was still the aftermath of the EndSARS issue, but we have been able to draft them back.

“We have asked them to occupy their space because it is their constitutional duty. We have to nip crime to hit the barest minimum in Oyo state.

“We are going to be professional about our work, shun corruption, synergise and work with other sister agencies.

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“We are all working toward one particular goal, that is, to make sure that Oyo State is safe and secure,” the CP said.

Onadeko further pleaded with the governor to assist the command with operational vehicles.

Secondus, S/West crisis: PDP Govs disagree

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During the week, the crisis rocking the crisis in the zone escalated with the setting up of parallel zonal reconciliation committees by the two factions.

There are strong indications that all may not be well among the governors of states controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

A prevailing cold war within the PDP Governors’ Forum is attributed to the inability of the governors to agree on the fate of the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, once his tenure expires in December.

Reliable sources also claimed that the ongoing intra-party crisis rocking the southwest zone of the party is another reason why the governors are allegedly at loggerheads.

Findings made by Noble Reporters Media indicated that while some governors are appealing to party leaders to consider allowing Secondus to get another term of four years in office, some others have made it clear that they would prefer that someone else takes over the leadership of the opposition party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Reliable party sources claimed that the division created by the second term ambition of the national chairman is festering by the day.

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A source at the national secretariat of the PDP said: “Secondus is not hiding his desire to secure a second term come December. And he enjoys the support of some prominent members of the party, especially within the camp of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, whose desire to seek the presidential ticket of the party is also an open secret.

“Some governors of the party, particularly those loyal to Atiku, are also working for the national chairman to retain his seat.

“But a number of PDP governors and chieftains are also determined to see the back of Secondus once his tenure ends in December.”

“Some sources have named Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State as one of those opposing the continued stay in office of the national chairman.

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“Also mentioned among those who may not want Secondus to continue in office are Governors Aminu Tambuwal, Ifeanyi Okowa and Ben Ayade of Sokoto, Delta and Cross Rivers states.

“And going by recent events within the party, the governors of Adamawa, Bauchi and Akwa Ibom appear to be working for Secondus to continue in office.

“It is not clear whether the national chairman will get the support of Governor Nyesom Wike of his native Rivers State.

“Wike, you will recall, was Secondus’ main supporter four years ago when he got his current mandate. It appears the duo differ over who should get the 2023 presidential ticket of the party, among other issues.”

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NoRM also gathered that the governors’ forum is currently torn apart by the crisis rocking the party in the Southwest.

According to reliable sources, Governor Makinde is angry that some of his colleagues are tacitly supporting moves by ex-governor Ayo Fayose to undermine his leadership of the zone.

He has also allegedly expressed concerns that the national leadership of the party is indulging Fayose and his group in the Southwest.

A source said: “The governors are also not on the same page on how best to resolve the crisis in the Suthwest. While Governor Makinde expected the national leadership and his fellow governors to be unequivocal in their condemnation of Fayose and his supporters over the crisis, some of the governors have been unflinching in their belief that the former Ekiti governor is an asset the party cannot wish away in the zone ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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“But some others have openly accused Fayose of acting the scripts of a former presidential candidate of the party who desires to clinch the ticket again in 2023.

“Others have even accused the former governor of plotting to emerge as a vice presidential candidate in 2023.

“Last week in Abuja, a PDP governor publicly warned Governor Makinde against pushing Fayose and his supporters out of the party.”

NoRM also gathered that the pro-Fayose group have been able to convince the Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) to refrain from supporting Makinde against Fayose in the raging crisis.

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Their argument, NoRM gathered, is that Fayose controls the larger chunk of the party members in the zone as against Makinde; an argument that may not be unconnected with the number of state chairmen in each of the warring factions.

Taking sides with Fayose, four out of the six state chapter chairmen in the zone have constantly accused Makinde of sidelining the party structures in the zone. They include Deji Doherty (Lagos), Clement Faboyede (Ondo), Dr. Sikirulai Ogundele (Ogun) and Elder Sunday Akanfe (Osun).

The Oyo State governor enjoys the support of only two state party chairmen.

Fayose also enjoys the backing of the recognised zonal caretaker committee members-Dayo Akintan, Mustapha Sikiru Banana, Martins Abiloye, Prince Nekan Olagbegi, Mrs. Funmi Ogun, Wahab Owokoniran and Mrs. Fadeyi Ayo Awolowo.

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Makinde’s group had earlier set up a committee headed by former Osun State governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, to reconcile aggrieved members of the PDP. Chief Saka Balogun, Chief (Mrs.) Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, Ambassador Omolade Oluwateru and Barr. Olayinka Kukoyi are members.

Dayo Ogungbenro, Acting National Vice-Chairman of the PDP, Southwest, issued a communiqué after the meeting.

The parallel panel instituted by Fayose’s faction is headed by Femi Babalola and has Chief Kolapo Ogunjobi, Ahmed Okandeji Mustapha, a lawyer, Chief Idowu Odeyemi and Chief Tunde Akindehin as members.


#Newsworthy…

Ex Osun, Ekiti Govs, Oyinlola, Oni, others get new appointment.

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The PDP leaders told the federal government and the National Assembly not to go ahead with the proposed clampdown on social media.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West have commenced moves to unite the party in the region.

Oyo Governor, Seyi Makinde, former Governors of Osun and Ekiti, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Segun Oni, Board of Trustees members, state party chairmen, among others met for deliberation.

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The meeting which was held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, released a communiqué signed by the Acting National Vice Chairman, South-West, Dayo Ogungbenro.

It announced the constitution of a five-man reconciliation committee chaired by Oyinlola.

Members are Saka Balogun, Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, Omolade Oluwateru and Olayinka Kukoyi.

The meeting agreed that PDP zonal executive positions be shared to all states in the region.

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The breakdown shows Chairman (Oyo), Secretary (Lagos), Publicity Secretary (Ekiti), Organising Secretary (Ondo), Financial Secretary (Osun), Youth Leader (Osun), Legal Officer (Ogun), Treasurer (Ogun), Women Leader (Oyo) and Auditor (Lagos).

“The meeting also resolved that, in the spirit of fairness and equity, additional slots of ex-officio members be given to Ekiti and Ondo states in view of the fact that they would occupy only one office each in the zone”, the communique read.

They advised authorities to strengthen existing laws to curtail fake news and the abuse of freedom of expression.


#Newsworthy…

Social media regulation: I am not part – Oyo Gov, Seyi Makinde spills

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Makinde said about 50 petitions have been received through the official portal created for members of the public to register their complaints.

Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde has distanced himself from the proposed clampdown on social media through regulation.

He also denied media reports Southwest Governors voted in favour of social media regulation bill.

Rather, he said the Governors only resolved the existing Cybercrime Act (Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention Act, 2015) should be allowed to take its course instead of duplicating an existing law in the name of social media bill.

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He spoke on Tuesday while inaugurating an 11-man judicial panel at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s office, Agodi, Secretariat, Ibadan.

The panel is chaired by a retired Chief Judge, Justice Badejoko Adeniji while Mrs. Oluwafolake Ogundele, an Assistant Director, Department of Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice is to serve as Secretary.

Other members of the panel include: Prof. Odutayo Akintayo, Dr Oluwole Akintayo, Mrs. Wumi Odutayo, Mr Nasir Sulaimon, Ms Mary Kolawole, Mr Babatunde Oduyoye, Mrs Maryan Badmus, Mr Falowo Saheed and Mr Agbeja Adebola.

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On the social media regulation, he said: “Let me categorically state that as far as I know, there was no such communiqué from the Southwest Governors that I am part of.

“Yes, I was in Lagos on Sunday, we did hold a meeting but our agreement at the meeting was that we already have an existing Cybercrime Act (Cybercrime Prohibition Prevention Act, 2015), so there was no need for any further duplicity in terms of a specific social media bill.

“So, should anyone choose to sponsor such, I should be categorically be counted out. Because the Cybercrime Act is extensive enough and covers any issues that any so-called Social media Bill may seek to address.”

He added: “And as I have said in various fora, we are fully aware of the trust deficit in the system right now, the trust deficit between the government, the leaders and the ordinary citizens. People are angry, there is a lot of anger in the land. There is a lot of hunger as well.”

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He urged members of the public with legitimate case of human right violations to bring same forward to the panel with evidence, nothing that such is the only way the job of the panel could be easily done.

“Some people have said it will not yield any result. Well, the only way it can produce a result is if people present their cases and bring evidences to support them, so that the panel can make their recommendations which will then be adopted and implemented.

“So, something would happen if people are able to come forward and present their cases before the panel.

“When it comes to judicial matters, it is a matter of evidence. Even if your brother is the judge, if you don’t have any evidence, nothing is going to happen.”


#Newsworthy…

EndSARs: Gov’t announces closure of schools in Oyo State.

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The governor said his government would continue to seek ways to engage with peaceful protesters.

Gov Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has directed that public and private schools in Ibadan should be shut.

Makinde gave the directive on Tuesday evening, in his statewide broadcast aired on the state-owned radio and television stations, over the ongoing EndSARS protests in the state.

“I have directed that all schools in Ibadan should be closed from tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 21, for the rest of this week.

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“The situation will be reviewed on Friday, Oct. 23, and then further directives will be given,” he said.

According to him, the past two days have seen a new dimension to the ongoing protests.

He said that thugs and hoodlums had taken advantage of the situation to perpetrate uncivil acts and harass citizens who were going about their day-to-day activities.

“Some thugs are going as far as forcing people who have businesses open to close shop and join in the protests.

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“We know these are criminal elements, and so, as a state, we must act to protect the citizenry.

“Therefore, we are deploying members of Operation Burst to various hotspots in Ibadan to arrest the situation and restore normalcy.

“The members of the team will continue to protect genuine protesters and their right to protest. But we can not allow persons with ulterior motives to hijack the protests.

“We remain committed to the process of meeting the demands of these protests,” he said.

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Makinde said that the Director of Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice, Oyo State, had withdrawn cases against End SARS protesters, and those in custody had been released.

He said that his government had set up platforms for reporting past and present incidents of police brutality and injustice.

These, he said, would naturally pave the way for the next steps in his administration’s quest to get justice for the victims.

He urged the people of the state to trust the process that his administration had set up.

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Makinde told them to rest assured that every case would be pursued to a logical conclusion.

He implored the general public to call 615, should anyone attempt to disrupt their legitimate business activities.

“Our plan is that in the shortest possible time, we can finally say the days of large-scale and wanton police brutality and injustice are a thing of the past.

“Let me also use this opportunity to call on members of the Nigeria Police to remain professional in the discharge of their duties, as they will be held responsible for their actions,” he said.


#Newsworthy…

EndSARs: Protesters set Police station ablaze after force gun down bystander.

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There were sporadic gunshots into the air as protesters and residents scampered for safety

Violence continued to erupt in Ogbomosho city, Oyo State on Sunday as the EndSARS protest continued after the killing of Jimoh Isiaka.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that the EndSARS protest, held on Saturday in Ogbomoso, had turned bloody, leaving Jimoh dead and several others injured.

No casualty was reported as at the time of filing this report.


#Newsworthy…

AfDB: ‘You Are A Pride To Yoruba, Nigeria’ – Makinde lauds Adesina.

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has congratulated the President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, following his re-election for another five-year term.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, Governor Makinde said that the victory was well-deserved adding that the ‘world class technocrat’, remains a pride to Nigeria and the Yoruba race.

To Makinde, Adesina has raised the standards and brought about immense growth in the multilateral development finance institution, in the last five years of his first tenure.

The governor said he was not surprised that Adesina was re-elected to lead the bank for another term.

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While describing his leadership as insightful, Makinde said Adesina “could not have gone unnoticed by stakeholders and member-countries.”

President of the African Development Bank, Akinwunmi Adesina is being re-elected for another five-year term

“The victory is well-deserved, and it did not come to me as a surprise, because Dr. Adesina’s astute and visionary leadership at the bank, in the last five years, have been so convincing that member-countries cannot ignore them,” the governor was quoted as saying.

“As a technocrat and development enthusiast, Dr. Adesina deployed his wealth of experience towards raising standards across boards in the bank and these have translated into immense growth for the bank and development for member-countries.

“This victory, I am convinced, is a platform for Dr. Adesina and the AfDB to achieve more positive results and meet set targets. I wish him well in his endeavours.”


#Newsworthy…

Operation Amotekun is going nowhere – Makinde.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.


#Newsworthy…

Oyo gov, Makinde sacks commisioner for works.

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… 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.

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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.


#Newsworthy…

News+: APC on Seyi Makinde

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The Progressives Front (PF), a group within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, says the proposed N100 billion bond being sought by Gov. Seyi Makinde is inimical to the state’s development.

The group said this in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, Olugbenga Olayemi, and Secretary, Wale Murphy,on Saturday in Ibadan.

It also backed the Akin Oke-led executives of the party in the state.

” For Makinde’s administration to take such a gargantuan loan whose details were opaque is akin to laying the foundation for financial enslavement of the state that unborn generations would suffer for.

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“When did we come to this sorry pass in Oyo State?

” We had thought with all his pre-election promises, Gov. Makinde had creative ways of generating revenue for the state.

” Makinde had promised to export maize to Botswana to increase revenue for the state.

” He also said that within six months, the state under his watch would no longer go cap in hand to Abuja to beg for federal allocation.

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“Obviously, all these were mere rhetoric to hoodwink our people to submit their mandate; a year and two months after, he is plunging the state into a debt burden,” it said.

The group said that the governor needed to do a lot more, adding that there was nothing on the ground to indicate governance in the state.

“If Gov. Makinde had condemned the past administration for incurring a debt of about N90billion in eight years, within his 14 months sojourn, he is about incurring a debt of about N150billion.

“What would happen after his tenure? It stands to reason that Oyo State would be in a debt hole it would find it difficult to get out of.

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” The government should have a rethink,” it said.

It also expressed confidence in the Oke-led State Executive Council of the APC, advising those behind calls for vote of no confidence on it to desist.

“Our late leader, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi had already established a template for bringing all aggrieved members together by instituting a Peace and Reconciliation Committee.

“We should therefore respect his memory and not embark on actions capable of further causing disunity.

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“We should all embrace peace and forge a strong front to take back the state from the misadventure of the present administration,” the group said.

The group acknowledged the support of the APC from Ogbomoso North for the Oke leadership but advised the executives to reach out beyond their immediate locality.

“Oke is the State Chairman. We however commend those who have shown their solidarity to him and his executives.

” We promise to reach out to many others of like minds as we move on in our avowed desire to further strengthen the APC in the state,” it said


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Oyo Govt dismiss 3rd term in schools – releases 2020/21 academic calendar

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Oyo State Government says it has cancelled Third Term for the 2019/2020 school session as promotion of students for all affected classes will now be determined by First and Second Term Continuous Assessments.

Mr Olasunkanmi Olaleye, the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, announced the decision after the State Executive Council meeting in Ibafan on Tuesday.

He said the state government has also approved the academic calendar to guide resumption of schools and other associated educational activities for the 2020/2021 session in the state.

According to the commissioner, Pry-6, JSS-3 and SSS-3 students will proceed on holiday from July 30 and resume for their examination as would be announced.

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He said Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) would hold between August 10 to 18.

The commissioner added that: “Competitive Entrance Examination into the Schools of Science- 19th August.

“Placement/Screening Test to JSS one- 20th August.

“Placement Test into Technical Colleges- 28th August.

“The SSS-3 will resume for their Examination as soon as WAEC announce the date.”

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He said the 2020/21 academic session, as approved by the State Council, is: “First Term- 21th September to 18th December.

“Second Term- 11th January to 9th April 2021.

“Third Term- 3rd May to 30th July 2021.”

The commissioner enjoined all stakeholders and members of the public to take note of the details of the academic calendar.


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Makinde ignore FG – insist Oyo WAEC will hold

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Oyo State government has announced that SSS3 students in the state would continue their preparation for the examination, despite the federal government’s stance on 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The state commissioner for education, science and technology, Olasunkanmi Olaleye, said that Governor Seyi Makinde-led government is still assessing the situation. The commissioner, however, noted that the state’s schools remained open with students in SSS3 continuing preparation for WASSCE.

The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, had on Wednesday, July 8, noted that the secondary school students preparing for their final examinations would not be able to return to school any time soon because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Speaking with journalists in his office, on Thursday, July 9, on the latest federal government’s position, Olaleye said that the state was also watching out for the reaction of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to the development. While acknowledging that WASSCE was a critical part of education for all students in the state, Olaleye pointed out that the state would make its position known based on its assessment of the prevailing situation.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

While stating that the federal government’s directive was specifically for its schools, Olaleye said the state’s schools remained open in compliance with COVID-19 protocols. “I listened to the federal minister of education and he was emphatic about FG schools. We have resumed in Oyo state and you must have seen the level of compliance to COVID-19 protocols by our schools.

“If you go to our schools, you will see that our senior students are still learning and the preparation for WAEC is ongoing. The examination is part of educational development. So the state government will assess the situation especially because of the fact that WAEC is an integral part of educational development hence it cannot be ignored. “WAEC is a regional examination that involves five countries so we are waiting for the reaction of WAEC. The state government will then assess the situation,” Olaleye said.


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Top Story: Ajimobi’s widow clashes with Makinde – Ganduje finds peace

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Late Abiola Ajimobi’s wife, Florence has slammed Governor Seyi Makinde over the way his government treated her husband in the last one month of his illness.

The visibly angry widow denied ever contacting Makinde or anybody in government for any kind of support during the illness of her husband, which eventually resulted in his death.

She spoke while receiving a delegation of Governors who were at the Oluyole residence to commiserate with the family and pay their last respects.

The delegation was led by the Oyo Deputy Governor, Mr Rauf Olaniyan.

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The former first lady, who acknowledged she was not supposed to talk, said she decided to break her silence since his husband fell ill about a month ago and died last Thursday because of misgivings emanating from the government.

While appealing to the govenrment to stop what she described as dirty politics, she said her late husband was for peace and served the state for eight years making him deserve better treatment even in death.

She said:

“Although I should not be the one speaking but I just want to clear the air on a lot of misgivings that has been spreading.

“On behalf of my late husband, children and the entire Ajimobi’s family, I want to sincerely thank you for all your support at this very crucial point of our lives.

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“My husband is not a very difficult man but thank God we are here today. For me, when things like this happen, I want to pick up something. It is a time for everyone of us to reflect on our lives because death is a necessary end. It will come when it will come. We don’t know who is next and we don’t know when our time will come.

“Either you are a Christian or a Muslim, both religions teach love and peace and I am glad that the deputy Governor of Oyo State is here because I need to put some records straight. It is the first time I’m going to make any public announcement or statement since my husband actually died.

“I opened the papers a couple of days ago and I saw the Oyo State Government writing a lot of things.

“Your Excellency, the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, for the avoidance of misinformation to the public and damage to the image of my husband because my husband is a peace- loving person. He lived for peace passionately.

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“My husband took ill on the 22nd of May and he was hospitalised and I was reading in the papers that the Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency Seyi Makinde, claimed he called me. But he didnt.”

Referring to the Deputy Governor, she said “I don’t have your number and I have never spoken with you on phone. But it’s important we put the records straight because this is a family of politicians and I don’t want anybody to tarnish my husband’s name and well my husband is gone. It could be me or anyone else tomorrow.

“Life in itself is vanity upon vanity. Either you are PDP or APC, the man is dead and he has been buried.

“But the Governor didn’t call me. Even if he had called me and I didn’t pick his calls, I don’t have his number and I have never spoken with him on the phone. He could have sent me a text message for record purposes.

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“And then today again, I read in the papers and saw how the Ajimobi’s family was lying about something again

“Mr Deputy, my husband never had anything against the Governor or anyone else. We were in different parties but he was an elder stateman and he slept on the ground.

“The Governor of Oyo State never called me nor sent a condolence message, my husband was hospitalised for one month. What politics are we playing, please?

“Life is short, I’m a Christian and my husband is a Muslim, we all should let the fear of God guide us in whatever we are doing. Ajimobi is gone today. Whatever he does doesn’t matter to me. It doesn’t matter to me as his wife and his widow. I’m going to mourn and respect my husband’s wishes and that was what I did today, laid him to rest peacefully.

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“I don’t want any controversy. Everything I read in the papers, I just swallowed them all and let it go. So, please, the press are here, we never had any rift with the Governor with the state government. I never dialogued with them. I never contacted them nor sent them a word because I didn’t know it was necessary for me to send official messages that my husband was hospitalised.

“I didn’t send messages to Governor Fayemi. I didn’t send to Governor Ganduje. I didn’t send to Lagos State Governor, I didn’t send messages to anybody because it was all over the social media and they knew that my husband was ill.

“I think the least anybody can do as a God- fearing person was at least to send me a word of encouragement at that time. And even after he died. Not even you Mr Deputy Governor called. If you had called me as you claimed and I didn’t pick, you could have at least sent me a message Sir.

“I don’t have your number, I am the wife of a politician, I don’t pick numbers that I don’t know Sir. You can send a message. Everybody is going to die. My husband is dead and he served this state for eight good years.

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“Are you saying he didn’t contribute anything to this state and you could not honour him for a second? The man is dead and I need to put the record straight. I don’t want anybody, any government to tarnish my husband’s image. He was a peace loving man. And he played his role and he’s gone.”

“Nobody can be on the stage for so long. You come, play your roles and you leave. Somebody else comes. I pray for Governor Seyi Makinde to succeed because that is the only time I would say that my husband succeeded.

“So, please let’s put the record straight. I never had any interactions with Governor Seyi Makinde, he did not contact the family and that is the fact. His deputy Governor is here, he did not even send me a text message and I don’t have your number and I don’t pick calls from numbers that I don’t know. So, please let’s stop dirty politics.”

The quick intervention of Kano Governor Umar Ganduje, who quickly called for prayers for the repose of the soul of the late Governor, put the matter to rest.


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Seyi Makinde denies involvement in delay of Ajimobi’s burial

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According to the reports, the Oyo State Government has come out to strongly denied insinuations that it is responsible for the delay in burying the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who died on Thursday.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the insinuations amounted to a wicked lie, NRM report

The statement read: “In view of the intense enquiries from news media organisations regarding the perceived delay in burying the late former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Oyo State Government wishes to place on record that there is no truth in the rumour making the rounds that the burial is being delayed by the state government.

“The rumour, which is being deliberately spread to give the state government a bad name and to play undue politics with the dead, initially came by the way of social media gossips, which gained traction to attract the attention of traditional media outfits.

“Several media outfits reached out to the Media Office of the Governor of Oyo State to make enquiries on this barefaced lie on Saturday.

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“Let it be stated clearly that the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has played no role at all in causing any delay whatsoever regarding the burial of his immediate predecessor, Senator Ajimobi.

“The truth of the matter is that the family, through a proxy, approached the state government and sought approval to bury the late governor on a plot of land at Agodi GRA, which is currently under litigation.

“Incidentally, it was the same former Governor Ajimobi who instituted the legal action.

“Governor Seyi Makinde had no choice than to state the facts as they are to the emissaries and turn down the request.

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“Governor Makinde, however, against the established land use rule in Oyo State, gave approval that the family can bury the late governor in his Oluyole Estate residence.

“It is to be noted that the rules guiding land use in Government Reservation Areas (GRA) forbid the burial of bodies in such locations as Oluyole Estate and Agodi GRA.

“Let us also put on record that whereas the family did not follow the laid down protocols in passing information on the sickness and eventual demise of Senator Ajimobi, Governor Makinde overlooked all that and directed the full cooperation of the government with the family on this matter.

“It can only amount to a wicked lie to insinuate that the incumbent government in Oyo State attempted to obstruct the burial of the immediate past governor.”


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COVID-19: 3 commissioners test positive in Oyo

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Three members of Oyo state executive council have tested positive for Coronavirus.

The results of the test for 2 other Commissioners are said to be inconclusive. They are to undergo a second test.

Governor Seyi Makinde stated this on his Twitter handle on Wednesday.

“Earlier today, we received COVID-19 confirmation tests for all members of the Oyo State Executive Council (EXCO). Sadly, three tests came back positive, and two were inconclusive so they will need to be retested.

The EXCO members have been contacted and contact tracing has begun. Also, their offices have been closed and will be decontaminated.

Let me reiterate that COVID-19 is still very much with us. That we are taking steps to re-open the economy, does not mean that the virus has disappeared. We must each take actions to protect ourselves and our families.

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We must each own our actions and take preventive measures which include washing our hands with soap and water, wearing face masks whenever we are with other people and maintaining proper social distancing from others.

We also must not forget the various advisories the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force has issued regarding what to eat to boost our immune systems. Sometimes, even after following all directives, we may still get the virus.

When this happens, we need to have our bodies ready to fight this disease.

We all join in prayer for our colleagues who have come down with the coronavirus and wish them a speedy recovery.”


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Oyo gov, Makinde reveal what he ate to fight COVID-19.


Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde last Monday revealed that he fought coronavirus with carrots, vitamin C and black seed oil with honey while in isolation.

The governor revealed this in Ibadan in a telephone interview with an FM radio station. He had last week announced that he was tested positive for the disease and went into isolation.


But two days ago, he announced that he had become negative after series of tests. The governor said he only made efforts to boost his immunity and used his time in isolation to regularly exercise on the treadmill.

Makinde said in boosting his immunity to fight coronavirus, he consumed vitamin C, carrots and black seed oil mixed with honey.


He said: “My very good friend and brother, Dr Muyideen Olatunji is the one in charge of the primary healthcare for Oyo State. He came to me and said, look, I am going to send to you this black seed oil, it boosts immunity. So, I mixed it with honey and took one teaspoon in the morning and one in the evening.

“So, there are local solutions to boost immunity. Our people should not fret. Just as I’ve been able to get the virus out off my system, so will it be for majority of our people.


“I’ve lost a little bit of weight which I think is good. When you’re in isolation, the tendency is just to watch television and eat, I was eating amala. But I was also using the treadmill. It has also been a period to reflect and look at the programmes, policies and the things we want to do for the people of Oyo state and also reflect on how the COVID-19 is going to affect us socially and economically.”

He faulted the Federal Government’s palliative measures in the state, saying


“Two days ago in the task force meeting, the Head of Service told me that the conditional cash transfer from the Federal Government would be N20, 000 to people in 10 local government areas of Oyo State and I said, it’s good, but this programme predates this administration and I’ve never been impressed for one day about the way they identified the poorest and the impact.

“They’ve been making noise in the newspapers that they have some items for us. So, I sent the people at the liaison office.

First day at the Nigerian Governors’ Forums’ meeting, I was told those items were taken to liaison offices. So, I called the liaison office in Abuja and asked, did you receive anything, but they said no.”


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COVID-19: Gov. Seyi Makinde test Negative days after Positive test.


Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has tested negative for the Coronavirus.

This is coming six days after the governor tested positive for the COVID-19 and was in self-isolation.


The governor had on March 30th, announced via social media that he had tested positive for the virus, stating that though he is asymptomatic, he will continue to self-isolate.

However, in a statement via his official Twitter handle, Governor Makinde in the late hours of April 5th, announced that he had received his second negative test result for COVID-19.

He thanked everyone who had prayed and supported him within the course of his isolation, with a special appreciation of Professor Temitope Alonge who stood in for him as head of Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force.

I am deeply moved by your prayers and support throughout this period. I am so thankful. This evening, I received my second negative test result for COVID-19. I especially thank Prof Temitope Alonge, who acted in my stead as Head of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force. pic.twitter.com/p0Tn1iH0H1

— Seyi Makinde (@seyiamakinde) April 5, 2020


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COVID-19: Seyi Makinde test positive.


Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has tested positive for coronavirus and is in self-isolation.

The governor revealed this in a statement on his verified Twitter handle on Monday where he disclosed that he is asymptomatic.


“I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result,” he tweeted. “It is POSITIVE. I am asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate.”

He also directed the former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, Prof Temitope Alonge, to be the Head of COVID-19 Task Force as he recovers.


According to him, “I have designated Prof Temitope Alonge, former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, as the Head of COVID-19 Task Force while I recover fully.”

Governor Makinde also urged the people of Oyo State to comply with instructions from the COVID-19 Task Force.


“Stay home, stay safe,” he urged Oyo residents.

He is the third governor in the country to test positive for coronavirus.


I just received my COVID-19 confirmation test result. It is POSITIVE. I am asymptomatic and will continue to self-isolate. pic.twitter.com/SX6UAYBb0S

— Seyi Makinde (@seyiamakinde) March 30, 2020


I have designated Prof Temitope Alonge, former Chief Medical Director of the University College, Ibadan, as the Head of COVID-19 Task Force while I recover fully. Please continue to comply with all the directives from the COVID-19 Task Force. Stay home, stay safe.

— Seyi Makinde (@seyiamakinde) March 30, 2020


Earlier on Monday, the Nigerian Government confirmed the second death from coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, announced this during the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He said, “Till date, three persons have been discharged after successful treatment. But sadly, another fatality was recorded over the weekend in the person of a patient who had severe underlying illnesses.

“We have intensified contact tracing and our strategy remains to promptly detect cases, isolate them, and follow up with their contacts and also isolate and treat, in order to reduce the spread of the infection.”


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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde fires Media aide, Muritala Adigun.


The Governor of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde, has sacked his Special Assistant on Digital Media, Muritala Adigun, for allegedly feeding the public with misleading information.

His letter of termination of appointment, signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Olubamiwo Adeosun, with reference number: SP/S.662/2/Vol1/115, was reportedly handed over to him on Friday.


The letter read in part, “I wish to convey the approval of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, on the termination of your appointment as Special Assistant (Digital Media), with immediate effect.”

It was alleged that the sacked media aide had, on Thursday, posted false information about the procurement of some kits on his Facebook page, alleging that they were bought by the Oyo State Government.


Sources said his action led to negative comments against the governor and the state government.

Adigun, a.k.a Adigun Ibadan, posted the picture of some tools, reportedly procured by the Lagos State Government, on his Facebook page, with a claim that it was procured by the Oyo State Government.


Makinde, who was said to have taken strong exception to the development, reportedly ordered the immediate dismissal of the media aide.

An official of the state government, who spoke with our correspondent in Ibadan on Friday on the condition of anonymity, said, “Adigun had initially apologised for publicising falsehood on his Facebook page.

“But, he later claimed that his page was hacked by some elements belonging to the opposition party in order to discredit him.”


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