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MAKINDE’s 100Days: We are lighting up Oyo State to fight crimes

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…As NUT hails Governor’s initiative on Education***

The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Friday, flagged-off the light up Ibadan project, highlighting that the deployment of smart LED street lighting technology has become necessary if the battle against crimes in the state capital must be meaningful.

The Governor also, only few days after reviewing the State’s 2019 Education’s budgetary allocation from three to 10 per cent, announced that budgetary allocation to the Education sector will go up to 12 per cent from 2020. He instantly bagged a unique ovasion of the teachers.

Speaking on the occasion of his 100 days in office and the flag-off of the Light Up project, which took place at the Challenge interchange near the old Ibadan Toll Gate on the Lagos/ Ibadan Expressway, Makinde assured that the project would improve the security of lives and position the state for socio-economic drive.

Makinde, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, stressed that “the benefits accruable from the provision of standard and adequate infrastructures, particularly smart street lights, cannot be over-emphasised. It is indeed an essential component of our face-lifting and industrialisation programme.”

“Let me use the medium to reiterate our administration’s unflinching commitment to the uplifting of the welfare of our people and we shall always endeavour to bring to fruition our great dreams of better life for our citizens, be it in the rural or urban centres.

“I, therefore, appeal to all persons irrespective of political and religious affiliations to cooperate with our government in steering the ship of this state to greater heights,” Governor Makinde said.

He expressed the belief that Light Up Oyo State would improve the lives of the people in various ways and rightly position the state among the fast-growing metropolitan states of the world.

He charged the contractor of the project to be prompt in carrying out the project within a 45 day window.

He also charged him not to compromise on functionality and quality.

Governor Makinde equally called on residents of the state to give the contractor the needed support in the course of the project.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Works in the state, Professor Raphael Afonja, stated that the delivery of the smart LED streetlights infrastructure across some strategic routes within Ibadan metropolis was one of the achievements of the Governor Makinde administration towards improving security and infrastructure in the state.

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According to Afonja, the project approved by the Governor is worth N1.772 billion, having gone through public procurement due process and due consideration of the Executive Council, includes replacement of the existing underperforming street light fittings with improved modern technology street lights fitting and installation of new ones at the strategic routes.

The commissioner added that project’s major features would also include deployment of an improved smart LED technology street lighting, which is first of its kind in Oyo State in terms of the magnitude of deployment, efficiency and financial commitment.

Meanwhile, the Governor has indicated his determination to jerk up education budget of the State to 12 per cent from 2020, even as the state begins distribution of free textbooks and exercise books.

Fulfilling a promise he made earlier, the Governor, at the kick-off of the distribution of free textbooks and exercise books to all students in the state, cautioned that all hands must be on deck to ensure improved standards of education in the state.

“I enjoyed the same gesture from the government of Oyo State in 1980, so what we are doing today is not new.

They provided for us chairs, tables, rulers, pencils, Mathematical Sets”, Makinde said, emphasizing that he would take Oyo State to an era where education will be well-planned and well-funded.

“We need to reclaim the lost glory of Oyo State and reposition it among other states of the country.”

He expressed optimism that the state would have a better rating in next year’s school certificate examinations due to his government’s current interventions in the education sector.

Governor Makinde equally tasked the students to take their studies seriously so as to perform excellently in their various examinations.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Education, Professor Kehinde Shangodoyin, noted that the books would go a long way to help students perform well in their academics.

In the meantime, the National Union of Teachers (NUT), Oyo State Chapter, has commended the administration of Gov. Seyi Makinde,  for paying attention and giving priority to the education sector in his first 100 days in office.

Mr Samson Adedoyin, the state Chairman of the union, who made the disclosure in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday, said the governor had shown passion for quality and quantitative education.

“Since he came in, our salaries have been regular; he has also settled most arrears that he inherited, and our relationship with the government is now very cordial, to say the least.

“Promotion and promotion allowances have been effected; we are confident that before long, the education sector in the state will witness a turn-around. So far, we are happy with him,” he said.

Adedoyin, however, appealed to the governor for payment of the teachers’ 2018 leave bonus for Primary school teachers in the state.

“Apart from the leave bonus for our primary school teachers , we are also appealing for running grant for schools, since the administration has rightly abolished fees and introduced free education.

“There will be need to prepare adequately ahead of the new academic session; we need materials to teach and also undertake some expenses in some schools, this is where the running grants help.

“We have informed him of the above and we are absolutely confident that he will surely do something about it,” he said.

 

 

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Onslaught: Troops Eliminate 105 Terrorists, Arrest 140 Others In 1 Week – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) says the troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria operating in different theatres of operation eliminated 105 terrorists and apprehended 140 others in the last one week.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba said this at a bi-weekly news briefing on the operations of the armed forces on Thursday in Abuja.

Buba said the troops also arrested 26 perpetrators of oil theft and rescued 86 kidnapped hostages in the South-South region.

He added that the troops recovered 208 assorted weapons and 5,332 assorted ammunition comprising 95 AK47 rifles, one assault rifle, 39 locally fabricated guns, 34 Dane guns, 14 pump action guns, among others.

In the North East, Buba said the troops of Operation Hadin Kai neutralised seven terrorists and arrested four terrorists as well as recovered 20 AK47 rifles, two fabricated guns and 12 dane guns.

He added that 353 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 209 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, 34 live cartridges, 62 mobile phones and the sum of N100,000, among others, were also recovered.

According to him, 224 ISWAP/JAS terrorists fighters and their families comprising 23 adult males, 126 adult females and 87 children surrendered to troops in the Bama and Konduga areas of Borno within the week.

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In the North Central, Buba said the troops of Operations Safe Haven and Whirl Stroke neutralised 35 insurgents, arrested 65 violent extremists and 15 rescued kidnapped hostages.

He added that troops also recovered various caches of arms and ammunition within different theatres of operation.

In the North Central, the defence spokesman said the troops of Operations Hadarin Daji and Whirl Punch, neutralised 57 insurgents, arrested five and rescued 66 kidnapped hostages during the week.

In the South-South, Buba said the troops of Operation Delta Safe destroyed 18 illegal refining sites and recovered 657,300 litres of stolen crude oil, 23,750 litres of illegally refined AGO and 1,050 litres of DPK.

He added that the troops discovered and destroyed nine dugout pits, 19 boats and 21 storage tanks, 35 cooking ovens, nine vehicles, nine mobile phones, and three pump machines.

According to him, troops rescued three kidnapped hostages and apprehended 50 people suspected of oil theft and other violent extremists/insurgents as well as recovered 20 weapons and 243 ammunition, amongst other items.

In the South East, Buba said the troops of Operation UDO KA neutralised six insurgents, arrested five and recovered various types of arms and ammunition.

“All recovered items, arrested suspects and rescued hostages were handed over to the relevant authorities for further action,” he said.

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Food Prices: Tinubu Directs Immediate Release Of Grains, To Foreclose Crisis

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A little respite in the nation’s food crisis is expected as President Bola Tinubu has directed the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to release about 42,000 metric tonnes of grain including maize, millet, and garri. The gesture is to douse hunger and prevent looming protests.

Some Nigerians however told the Maritime First that the directive was a lot coming late; and the metric tonnes being expected, too little, for over a hundred million people. Some cynics bluntly blame the President for his inability to tame insurgency and terrorism, which apriori, prevented the farmers from going to work.

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Some states have begun dress rehearsal for the real crisis protests, over galloping food prices. A bag of rice which sold for N62,000 Tuesday, last week in Bodija Market in Ibadan, emerged N69,000 Wednesday morning. less than 24 hours later, throwing calculation to the winds.

The Maritime First can freely indicate that widows, single mothers, and those from polygamous-induced large families are presently, not finding it too easy to cope.

In the meantime,, the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria has also committed to immediately release over 60,000 metric tonnes of rice to the public. The body however failed to indicate why they waited till the Presidential directive, before making their commitment.

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, disclosed this after the meeting of the Presidential Committee on Emergency Food Intervention on Thursday in Abuja.

The Minister also failed to indicate measures to be adopted, to ensure that middlemen do not hijack and mess up Tinubu’s honest effort.

He said that these were immediate measures taken by the Federal Government to reduce the hardships faced by Nigerians who are made to bear the brunt of high prices of food in the market.

“These will be made available and we know that that is enough to take Nigeria in the next couple of weeks. One month, six weeks, perhaps up to two months.

“Now the whole idea of this is to crush the cost of these food items. And these are measures that will happen immediately.

“Now, the third item is that government is also looking at the possibility of, if it becomes absolutely necessary and as an interim measure, to also import some of these commodities immediately so that these commodities can be made available to Nigerians,” he said.

Idris also said that the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security would further invest massively in the farming process to boost production and ensure the country’s food potential is fully exploited.

He said that government would appeal to persons or groups to stop hoarding these products in order to maximise profit at the detriment of ordinary Nigerians.

“Government of course is also looking at all those who are hoarding these commodities because actually, these commodities are available in the stores of many traders.

“Government is appealing to them that they should open up these doors and make these commodities available in the interest of our nation.

“There is no point when the whole country is looking for this food you are locking up these products where you make more money and then Nigerians suffer. Of course, the government will not fold its arms.

“If they don’t respond by bringing these commodities to the market, the government will take appropriate measures to ensure that these products are made available to Nigerians.”

The Minister said that the government would also take measures to ensure that food continues to be accessible and affordable to Nigerians.

“We ask that Nigerians need to be more patriotic; be our brother’s keepers. Sell this thing, of course at a margin but at a margin that is not also killing to Nigerians.

“This is an emergency. Every nation faces emergency situations. This is our own time to face these challenges.

“The President has directed that whatever it will take, food will be available to Nigerians at a cost that is also very reasonable,” he said.

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President Tinubu Returns After Private Visit To France

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President Bola Tinubu has returned to the country after a two-week private visit to France.

The President arrived in Abuja aboard the presidential flight at about 9:0 pm on Tuesday.

He was received by top government officials led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. George Akume.

The president left Abuja on Jan. 24 for his first break since assumption of office on May 29, 2023

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