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Naira scarcity unrest: Abiodun calls for peace, meets traditional rulers.

Following the protests that rocked Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, over the cash crunch, on Tuesday, the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, has called on the protesters to stop their protests and allow the outcome of his engagement with the Bankers Forum and the Central Bank to yield fruits.

Gov. Abiodun, who made this known during the statutory meeting of the council of Obas, held at the Oba’s complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, noted that the Central Bank of Nigeria is doing its best to arrest the situation.

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The governor said the matter was being discussed at the highest level with both President Muhammadu Buhari and the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele, in the quest to resolve the crisis.

The governor recalled that All Progressives Congress governors had met with President Muhammadu Buhari, pleading that the old naira notes should be allowed to run as legal tender along with the redesigned currency, pending the resolution of the cash crunch crisis.

While calling for calm, the governor said the voices of the protesters had been heard loud and clear and that the government is responding.

“I call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage the government in finding solutions.

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“It has become necessary to formally appeal to all concerned, having heard from many concerned Nigerians and having conducted series of meetings, along with my brother governors, with President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele and security chiefs on the challenges, sufferings and pains being experienced over this cash scarcity and cash swap occasioned by the redesigning of our currency.

“I have also personally had to engage the controller of the Central Bank of Nigeria in Abeokuta and other bank managers to seek relief on the amounts that citizens can withdraw in exchange for deposits made in commercial banks and extracted a commitment that people would have access to their deposited funds without hitches, as CBN will supply adequately to the commercial banks.

“I understand the frustration, disappointments of our citizens queuing at Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), waiting to cash money for hours or entering banking halls only to be turned back or given so little that is not enough to meet their immediate needs”, the governor said.

He added that he does not have a doubt that the intention of this policy was not to unleash hardship and suffering on our teeming populace.

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“We will hear from the President as to what steps are being taken to bring succour and relief to Nigerians. My plea to our monarchs being the closest to the grassroots is to ensure the maintenance of peace in their domains with the support of their subjects.

“We will not be where we are in terms of socio-economic development in an atmosphere of insecurity; so we owe a lot to you and my charge to you this afternoon is that you please help us manage this situation.

“Our people will listen to you, they will trust and believe you, please help us to intervene. Ogun State has always had a record of managing our problems in a very different way. When we had #EndSARS, we remained the most peaceful state across the country and I do not have a doubt that in the same manner that we managed ourselves during #EndSARS, we will also do so during this period,” he said.

Governor Abiodun further said it is disheartening to see bank buildings being vandalised and people resorting to violence to register their displeasure.

“We shouldn’t allow our state to descend to that level. We are a peaceful and peace-loving people and the safest state in the country. I want to use this medium to plead with our youths that when there is a problem, the solution is not to hit the streets and to start protest marches; we can not solve a problem with another problem.

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“Civil disobedience will rather exacerbate the anguish in the land. Let us stay away from avoidable loss of lives and properties. Please, let us embrace peace. We are a very peaceful state; we are very orderly and we have spent a lot of time and energy to invest in the peace and security of our people. We must eschew provocation that could lead to a breakdown of law and order.”

In his remarks, the Chairman, Ogun State Council of Obas and the Paramount ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, while thanking the Governor for looking after the welfare of the traditional institution in the state, noted that the 2021 Obas law is a comprehensive piece of legislation.

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He charged monarchs in the state to go back and look at the laws all over again as it is meant to give a lot of guidance in terms of appointment of Obas and Coronet Obas


2023: Abiodun hosts trade unions, glamours on individual prosperity

The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, says his administration would continue to introduce programmes and policies that would ensure individual prosperity of the people of the state.

The governor added that his administration would continue to leave up to its vision of providing an enabling environment for enterprises to flourish in the state.

Abiodun made this known at the June 12 Cultural Center, Abeokuta, when he received leaders and members of the Union of Tipper and Quarry of Nigeria, Plank Seller Association and Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria, on Friday.

Abiodun who also noted that his administration in the last three and half years has embarked on the construction and reconstruction of over 400 kilometers of road across the state, added that his administration has also embarked on the construction of low cost housing units across the state.


The governor while noting that his administration has also begun to plant thousands of trees in the forest reserves across the state, added that the Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone situated within the Agro Cargo Airport would avail plank dealers in the state an opportunity to supply planks for furniture manufacturers that would berth in the zone

Abiodun, while noting that his administration was also looking to strengthen the entire timber value chain from the timber to the plant and furniture production, disclosed that the plank dealers in the state would be contracted to supply planks for the housing units being constructed in the state.

The governor who also assured the associations of more support, assured that his administration at the executive council level would look at other issues raised by them.

While calling on members of the associations to go all out and get their Permanent Voter’s Cards,.urged them to vote the All Progressives Congress during the general elections.

In their remarks, the state chairmen of the Union of Tipper and Quarry of Nigeria, the Plank Seller Association and Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria, Taiwo Oyeneye, Gbenga Marouf Faleye and Kehinde Talubi, respectively, thanked the governor for making the business environment in the state conducive for them, disclosing that they were in support of the second term ambition of the Governor Abiodun.




Unknown Gunmen kills farmer in Ogun, steals his keke napep.


A 32-year old Amos Oyemachi member of (Watch Video Here) Yemule-Ikangba-Agoro Fish Farmers Association in Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun state, who augmented his fishing business with operation of tricycle business has been murdered, while his newly bought tricycle was taken away. (Watch Video Here)

The Chairman of the Yemule-Ikangba-Agoro Fish Farmers Association, Comrade Lazarus Okole, made the this disclosure while briefing newsmen in Ikangba, Ijebu Ode on Saturday. (Watch Video Here)

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Following the incident, fish farmers around Ikangba-Agoro road in Odogbolu local government area of the state have pleaded with the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun to fix the Ikangba-Agoro-Ijebu Ode road, saying that the deplorable condition of the road now serves as incentive for criminals to operate at will on the road. (Watch Video Here)

Okole who spoke through, Nicholas Eko, the spokesman of the association, disclosed that the poor state of the road has become a nightmare for the users of the road.

Okole said his family had waited for him to return home in the evening of December 12, and had to raise alarm the following day, after which his mutilated body was discovered at Agoro end of the bad road. (Watch Video Here)

Oyemachi was said to have been buried on December 17, leaving behind a wife and two children, age five and two.

He added that not too long ago, a commercial motorcycle rider popularly called Okada was also killed on the same road while his motorcycle was also taking away. (Watch Video Here)

Okole explained that “we are still grappling with the sorrow of over N500m loss we suffered in July this year due to flood that washed away our fish ponds which was aggravated by the terrible erosion on the said road leading to overflowing of Yemule river, when one of us was also killed in a very callous manner while looking for what to feed his family with. (Watch Video Here)

He explained that fish farmers and other residents of communities in these areas now ply the Agoro-Okun Owa axis of the road with palpable fear as no one knows who will be the next target of these criminally minded people.

Okole said our demands are that the police should as a matter of urgency fish out the killers of Oyemachi while also ensuring heavy presence of security agents around this axis of road said to have been overtaken by swath of forest.

He said while police usually mount at least four check points between Obalende and Ikangba, their obvious absence around Agoro-Okun Owa end of the road must have also boosted the confidence of those perpetrating evil on this road.

The fish farmers equally demanded that the government compensate family of Oyemachi who left behind a wife and two children as a way of mitigating the tragic loss.

Okole said that Gov Dapo Abiodun and the federal government should also help to fix this road due to its economic importance while the Yemule river should also be dredged during this dry season to forestall another devasting flood and the attendant losses whenever the rain begins




“Let us all face Nigeria’s challenges together” – Dapo Abiodun urges.


The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun has called on Nigerians to rise up and confront the numerous challenges facing the country, stressing that no problem is insurmountable.

Abiodun made the call at the 67th Annual Convention of the Foursquare Church held at the Church Camp, Ajebo, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state.

He noted that the society was going through security challenges ranging from terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, cultism among others, declaring that the country could overcome these problems if the citizens work together as one.

“Our congregation must be conscientised on this Biblical injunction even as our society is afflicted with all manners of ills ranging from insurgency, kidnapping, cultism, banditry, sexual assaults and a host of others.

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“The role of the church as the conscience of the nation is an age-long fact which has become the guiding light for any society that desires development. It is, therefore, imperative that the love of God be extended to all, while people are implored to eschew bitterness.

“More so, the church as an organ of socialization is ever relevant, especially in propagating moral ethics in the society. For this reason, the church is enjoined to work harder in its responsibility by condemning the use of violence by individuals or groups to seek redress as this is enshrined in the Bible”, the governor stated.

He reiterated that his administration would continue to promote inter religious tolerance that exists in the state as well as initiate programmes and projects that would promote mutual understanding and respect for rights of worship of all religious beliefs.

He further enjoined the church to be steadfast in praying for the unity of the country so as to have a successful, peaceful, free, fair and credible elections.




According the governor, while the convention is a platform to appraise the church’s growth, he advised that children of God should seek better understanding amongst themselves and position the future developmental goals within the broader spectrum of the society.

“The church must be proactive and promote positive ideals, virtues and values that will help us optimize the developmental opportunities being created by the existing democratic platform just as our administration is determined to ensure the successful implementation of the ‘Building our Future Together’ Agenda and individual prosperity for all our citizens”, Abiodun added.

He, therefore, called on the people to play their part in politics by exercising their franchise during the forthcoming 2023 general elections, while charging the youths to be weary of politicians who may want to use them to cause violence and parents to rein in their children to desist from being uses as thugs.

In his sermon, the General Overseer of the Church, Rev’d Samuel Aboyeji who spoke on the theme of the Convention, “Encounter with the Supernatural”, said five keys are needed to obtain sustain and retain divine encounter as every encounter leaves one better than before.

The five keys, Rev’d Aboyeji noted include hearing the right things at all times; hearing correctly and reacting accordingly; removing every obstacle; presenting oneself and asking from God, saying that many christians go through turbulence time because they fail to speak positive things into their lives.

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The clergy called on Nigerians to speak positive things and act accordingly, while the nation’s present challenges should be handed over to God for divine encounter.


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Governor Abiodun and FG’s industrial revolution award: Seyi Bakare.


Recently, in recognition of his efforts to ensure rapid industrialization, enhance the ease of doing business and make Ogun State Nigeria’s top investment destination, the Federal Government honoured the Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, with the Distinguished Award for Industrial Revolution.

The award more or less coincided with the confirmation by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) that Ogun State, with its N100.9bn revenue profile in 2021, is one of the states with the highest internally generated revenue nationwide, coming only after Nigeria’s economic capital, Lagos; the FCT and Rivers State, a top oil-producing state. If anything, the award is cheering news for all and sundry in Ogun State, recognising the governor’s resolve to bring positive development to the state, especially in the area of industrialization. There is no state that can develop without industry and, contrary to the submissions of naysayers, a silent revolution has, in the last three and a half years, actually been ongoing on in the Gateway State.

In view of the fact that awards in this country often tend to be inspired largely by political patronage, it is legitimate to ask precisely what the governor did to win this exalted award, and that is actually the meat of this piece. First, Prince Abiodun was able to create an enabling environment for business to thrive in the state. Unlike before when the state was plagued with political crisis leading to assassinations, not to talk of the hounding of the opposition by the government in power, there is now calm and tranquility in the state. And this is remarkable because Governor Abiodun’s immediate past predecessor has maligned his character, image and government to no end during rallies across the state, desperately seeking to drag him out into the arena of conflict. But the governor has not budged. Instead, he has addressed security crisis squarely, making the state safe for investment and for residency. He has unfolded the state security outfit, Amotekun, and equipped the police extensively. And while there are still security concerns, security agencies in the state have the wherewithal to respond appropriately.

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The Abiodun administration is noted for providing a competitive tax climate, realising that businesses must first make money before they can pay tax. This was partly why he again won the good governance award at the Nigerian 62nd Independence Anniversary and Global Award Gala held in London, the United Kingdom and why, last month, he was adjudged by the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Zone B, as the best governor in the South-West in the area of infrastructure development. The award recognized the fact that in less than three years, his administration had been able to construct, reconstruct and rehabilitate over 600km of roads across the state. For instance, in Ogun East Senatorial District, it reconstructed the Ijebu-Ode-Epe road which has opened up the district to industrial development and in Ogun Central Senatorial, it built the 42km Sagamu Interchange-Abeokuta road while in Ogun West Senatorial, the 22km Atan-Agbara-Lusada road leading to the largest industrial estate in Nigeria has reached 80 per cent completion.

In June this year, the Federal Government recognized Governor Abiodun’s efforts to grow small businesses, honouring him with the award of Best State in Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Policy Support for the Year 2022 at the Presidential Villa. Prior to this, MSME Business Clinics had been organised in the state with more than 3,844 entrepreneurs in attendance. The objective was to create an avenue for relevant enterprise development partners such as CAC, NAFDAC, SON, Financial Institutions, R&D Institutes and Entrepreneurship Development Institutions (EDIs) to provide information on services relevant to entrepreneurs. The clinics also aimed at on-the-spot services in business name registration, product registration and standardization, access to finance and markets, and registration with the business membership organisations.

Actually, the administration established the Ogun State Enterprise Development Agency to provide support and capacity building to MSMEs, the bedrock of any economy. Among other duties, the agency facilitates MSME development through business development services, access to market and access to capital. It also assists in getting available intervention funds from the Federal Government and monitors compliance with the requirements. Besides, the OKoowo Dapo Scheme created 500 female entrepreneurs across the state, empowered 2,500 rural women through the provision of products worth N100m, and gave over 600 youth vocational training. It reorganised the Ogun State Investment Promotion Agency to provide a one-stop-shop for investors on the natural and solid minerals resources of the state, business opportunities, and the facilitation required to invest in the state. The facilitation includes land acquisition and ownership through the State Land Administration and Revenue Management Service (OLARMS), community relations, statutory documentation, and linkages with the suppliers, especially farmers through the Anchor Borrowers Scheme of the Central Bank. Over 40,000 agri-prenuers have been produced through the process. Indeed, the Ogun State E-Procurement Portal (eprocurement.ogunstate.gov.ng) was created for contractors/vendors registration and is aimed at allowing more MSMEs to bid for government contracts, being provided with free registration for MSMEs with contracts below N20 million.

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All along, the opposition kept attacking the governor, thinking that he would be distracted, but he has remained unruffled, focused on providing the dividends of democracy for the people of Ogun State. Of course, as we have already shown, it is not only the Federal Government that has acknowledged his transformation agenda: corporate organisations and Nigerians in the Diaspora have done so too. Prince Abiodun won the Vanguard Governor of the Year 2021 award, and Daily Independent gave him the ICT Governor of the Year award. Really, what is important in governance is for a governor to be able to deliver. In Ogun State, Nigerians can see a man with a clear-cut agenda and an action plan. The governor’s political adversaries had gone to Abuja to disparage him, saying he was not doing anything but when President Buhari came and saw some of the transformation going on in the state, he was shocked. He said that if the cargo airport being built in Ilishan was completed this year, then he (Buhari) was coming back to commission it. And he actually will, because the massive Agro-allied Airport City meant to cater to both cargo and passenger traffic is scheduled to begin operations in December. With the array of investors he has brought to the state, Prince Abiodun has surpassed expectations, doing in three and a half years what some governors have not done in eight years. And when his adversaries say that he has done nothing, tell them that the Olokola Free Trade Zone abandoned for many years is now a reality in Ogun State. It’s really such a beautiful moment in the Gateway State…

Bakare sent this piece through seyibakare@naver.com

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Governor Abiodun mourns passing of Alaafin of Oyo


Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has mourned the passing of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, who joined his ancestors on Friday.

Oba Adeyemi was reported to have passed on at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, at the age of 82.

Alaafin reigned for 52 years on the throne of his forebears.

In a statement on Saturday by Governor Abiodun’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, the governor described the monarch’s death as a tragic and occurred when least expected.

“I commiserate with the Oyomesi, the wives and children of the late monarch and the entire Adeyemi family over this irreplaceable loss. I pray for their comfort and peace at the trying times.

“It is unfortunate that Kabiyesi had to take his leave of us, at this period, when we need his wisdom the most, as we approach the 2023 general elections, a critical period in our political landmarks”, Somorin quoted the governor as saying.

Governor Abiodun, the statement further explained that the death of Oba Adeyemi has created a huge vacuum in the traditional and historical societies, saying that “his death is also a great loss because Nigeria will miss the services of a great reservoir of knowledge and historical narrations.

Governor Abiodun noted that Alaafin’s death will create a huge vacuum in the entire Yorubaland, while his sagacious and royal counsel will be sorely missed

Abiodun, who described the late monarch as a quintessential traditional ruler, custodian and exemplar of Yoruba culture and tradition, said that posterity and history will remember Oba Adeyemi’s service and dedication to the Yorubaland, and immense contributions to ensure peace and unity in the country.

Abiodun prayed God grants the departed monarch eternal rest and rewards him with Aljannah Firdaus




Easter 2022: Abiodun greets Christians, urges them to pray for Nigeria.


Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has felicitated the Christian faithful in the State on the Easter celebration and urged them to use the celebration to pray for Nigeria in general and Ogun in particular.

The Governor, who noted that Easter is one of the celebrations which signifies and renews hope in mankind, said the best way to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ is for the Christian faithful to imbibe and live the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Abiodun, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, on Saturday, said the greatest sacrifice Christ made and his resurrection should serve as an assurance that there is hope that the country will surmount its present challenges.

While calling on the people to see the Easter period as not only for celebration of the triumph of Christ over death, but a period of sober reflection, particularly, at this moment the nation is facing insecurity and economic downturn, the governor, enjoined them to celebrate moderately.

He also urged them to be their brothers’ keepers and share with those who don’t have, noting the essence of the celebration is to show love and be good neighbours.

Abiodun added though the greater love had been demonstrated to mankind by Jesus who sacrificed and died to give life to the world, spreading of love by the Christian faithful during Easter will be reliving the love Christ preached while on earth.

The Governor, therefore, assured that his administration will continue to work to ensure the state is safe and attractive to investors, submitting that Ogun residents will always be centrepiece of his administration’s policies and programmes




Gov’t bans NURTW from collecting levies.


The statement issued by the state Commissioner of Information Abdulwaheed Odusile on Monday February 8, came after internal fights over leadership positions of the union.

The leadership of the National Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Ogun have been directed by the state government to stop collecting levies on its behalf from transporters at motor parks.


The statement issued by the state Commissioner of Information Abdulwaheed Odusile on Monday February 8, came after internal fights over leadership positions of the union.

Odusile who noted that the illegal collection of revenue from transporters is against the existing decision of the government banning the activities of the NURTW in all the motor parks and garages in the State, said the failure of union leaders to vacate parks would lead to incurring the full wrath of the law.

He said;

“It will be recalled that following (the) crisis in the leadership of the NURTW in the State that threatened security of lives and properties, particularly public transport in the State, the House of Assembly in June 2020 passed a resolution suspending the activities of the union in the State.

“The government subsequently banned the activities of the union in all motor parks and garages in the State.


“Security agencies have been given firm directive to arrest and prosecute any operative of the NURTW or indeed anyone, group or association that has not been approved by the government to act on its behalf that attempts to defy the decision of the government or test its resolve to maintain peace and security in all parts of the state, including the motor parks.

“Unlike what obtained in the past, this Administration has been methodical and deliberate in its approach to maintain(ing) peace at the motor parks as well as management of transport union activities, and will not allow anyone to undermine the prevailing peaceful environment.”



Gov Abiodun ‘takes his stand’ on Sunday Igboho’s visit to Ogun State.


Abiodun hinted that the decision followed a briefing by security chiefs, who he said have been charged to put the situation under control and return normalcy to the areas.

Days after Activist Sunday Adeyemo visited Ogun State to chase away Fulani herdsmen, the Governor of the State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, reacted.

There had been cases of killings, kidnapping and raping by those alleged to be Fulani herdsmen in Yewa axis of Ogun State, causing some traditional rulers in the area to cry to Gov Abiodun.

The traditional rulers had reported how their subjects were brutalised by soldiers who they alleged also escorted herdsmen into their communities to graze on their farmlands.

Recall with NoRM that the traditional rulers and their subjects accused both the Federal and State Governments of turning deaf ears to their lamentations.


The security situation in Ogun State had prompted Sunday Igboho, to visit affected communities in Ogun West.

At his visit, Sunday Igboho was well received by residents and traditional rulers, who appealed to him to help them fight those they term as killer Fulani herdsmen, even as the state government said he was not invited.


Members of the community said they have lost count of the number of people killed, raped or kidnapped by the suspected killer-herdsmen, after destroying their farms.

During Igboho’s visit to Oja-Odan and Igua, Fulani settlements and a cattle market were set ablaze by hoodlums, who it was gathered took advantage of the situation and attacked the Sarkin Fulani and his subjects.

In his reaction on Saturday, Gov Abiodun said he had deployed a joint security task force to Imeko, Aiyetoro, Ipokia and other border communities along the Nigeria/Benin Republic border.


This, according to him, was to forestall a repeat of the recent, fatal farmer-herder clashes in the Yewa axis.

Abiodun hinted that the decision followed a briefing by security chiefs, who he said have been charged to put the situation under control and return normalcy to the areas.

While stressing that his government will not tolerate anything that threatens the security of lives and property, he disclosed that security agencies will be given the needed support to deal with the situation and bring the full weight of the law on anyone who chooses to foment trouble in Ogun.

“We have deployed a joint security task force to Imeko, Aiyetoro, Ipokia and other border communities along the Nigeria/Benin Republic Border, to forestall a repeat of the recent, fatal farmer-herder clashes in the Yewa axis.


“This decision follows a briefing by security chiefs who have now been charged to put the situation under control and return normalcy to the areas.

“As we will not tolerate anything that threatens the security of lives and property, the Ogun State Government will give security agencies the needed support to deal with the situation and bring the full weight of the law on anyone who chooses to foment trouble in the area and indeed Ogun State,” the governor said in a statement.



Dapo Abiodun inaugurates N20,000 cash grant for 3,500 Ogun women


Faruq said that the ministry was also working tirelessly to address some of the socio-economic problems that bedevilled all parts of the country.

The Federal Government on Saturday inaugurated its N20,000 cash grant each for 3,500 rural women drawn from the 20 local government areas (LGAs) of Ogun.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Faruq, performed the ceremony at the Obas Complex in Abeokuta.

Faruq, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Bashir Alkali, said the grant was designed “to give a lifting hand to some of the poorest and most vulnerable citizens”.

She said that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had paid priority attention to the welfare of the poor and vulnerable since its inception, in spite of its revenue challenges.


The minister said: “Poverty reduction has become a major objective of governments all over the world.

“This informed the president’s decision to initiate the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) as a strategy for poverty reduction and enhancement of social inclusion.


“The NSIP is adjudged as the largest social protection programme in Africa with over one billion dollars earmarked annually to cause positive change in the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable.

“Since its introduction in 2016, the social investment programme has impacted positively on the lives of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria.

“It is on record that so far, over 12 million households have benefitted from NSIP interventions.


“This includes the payment of a monthly Conditional Cash Transfer of N5,000 to one million indigent Nigerians to protect them against economic shocks and lift them out of poverty.

“No fewer than 1.1 million micro and small business owners accessed loans to boost productivity, increase income and reduce poverty under the Government Enterprise Enhancement Programme (GEEP).

“The N-Power programme provided temporary income-generating opportunities for 500,000 unemployed youths.

“Also, about 8.6 million primary 1-3 pupils in public schools are currently receiving one meal per day under the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme.


“It is in view of this, that Buhari graciously approved the expansion of the programme to touch more lives and lift more Nigerians above the poverty line.

“With the creation of this ministry in 2019, these programmes have been restructured and revamped to respond to the peculiarities of different parts of the country.


“This is to ensure that the right beneficiaries are targeted and to enhance impact on the beneficiaries,” she said.

According to her, the grant for rural women was introduced in 2020 to sustain the social inclusion agenda of the president.

“It is consistent with the president’s national vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years,” she said.


The minister said that no fewer than 125,000 rural women across the 36 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory would benefit from the “one-off” grant.

She advised the beneficiaries to commit the money into any small business venture they deemed fit to improve their living standards.

Faruq expressed optimism that the grant would increase the income and productive assets of the beneficiaries.

“I am optimistic that with the support and cooperation of the Ogun government and other stakeholders, we will remain on track to improving the livelihood of the ordinary Nigerian,” she said.


Mrs Abike Adebayo, a beneficiary from Odeda LGA, commended the federal government for the gesture.

Adebayo said the grant would go a long way in enhancing her poultry business.



Sexual harassment: Ogun Gov, Dapo Abiodun sacks Commissioner


The government assured the public that it would do everything to ensure that justice is served in this case.

The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has suspended Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, over an allegation of sexual harassment, levelled against him by a 16-year-old, Barakat Melojuekun.

The young teenager in a viral video which went round on different social media platforms on Saturday had accused Abudu-Balogun of an attempt to harass her sexually at his Ibiade residence in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of the state.


However, the commissioner in a statement described the allegation as cheap blackmail on the part of his political adversaries to tarnish his image.

The governor in a statement made available to newsmen and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, said the suspension became imperative so as to enable the commissioner to cooperate fully with the independent investigation being carried out by the police.

The statement said: “Whilst taking cognizance of the principle of a suspect being presumed innocent until proven guilty and the public statement issued by Hon. Abudu-Balogun denying the allegation, as a government with zero tolerance for gender-based violence and indeed any criminality, the suspension is a further demonstration of the commitment of Prince Dapo Abiodun Administration to fairness, equity, justice and the rule of law, no matter who is involved.”

The suspended commissioner had been directed to hand over to the permanent secretary in the ministry.


Rays of the afternoon sun pelted her head as she fanned the embers beneath the half-cut iron drum with the smoke permeating the air. “This smoke is unbearable, Iya Maria,” said one of the three neighbours conversing under a makeshift shed about five meters away. Their voices rose and fell intermittently…

The Lagos-Ibadan railway was inaugurated recently for a full paid operation by the Nigerian Railway Corporation after about a year of free test-run.



Dapo Abiodun presents N339BN budget to Ogun Assembly


The budget comprises recurrent expenditure of N162 billion (48 per cent of the total budget) and a capital expenditure of N177 billion (52 per cent).

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, yesterday, presented a budget proposal of N339 billion for the 2021 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval.

The governor, while presenting the proposed budget at the state House of Assembly Complex in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital, said the budget represented N110.974 billion reduction from the 2020 budget of N449.974 billion.

He stressed that the budget was meant to address the COVID-19 pandemic, #EndSARS protests, general feeling of disenchantment in the polity, socio-economic yearnings of the Ogun State people for good governance, as well as the stringent calls in all societal spheres for a more representative democracy that speaks to the issues of economic growth, consistent progress and equitable quality of life.


Abiodun said that the 2021 Appropriation Bill tagged “Budget of Recovery and Sustainability,” would be financed with the monthly Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) and the federal allocation

Highlights of the budget include infrastructure, N61 billion; social welfare and well-being N93 billion (includes health, housing, environment, physical planning, women affairs, etc); education, N58 billion; youth empowerment, N6 billion; agriculture, N15 billion and Enablers N106 billion.

Abiodun said the state would also set aside N12 billion for Stabilisation Fund and N10 billion for Public Debt Charges.

The governor reiterated his administration’s firm commitment to a legacy of hope, financial stability, and fiscal prudence, as he promised a drastic reduction in the discriminatory impact of poverty by strengthening all regulatory and institutional frameworks that are crucial to the preservation of the state’s rich cultural, financial and historical heritage.


“We have resolved to keep exploring Public-Private Partnership strategies in provision of infrastructure, social services, and conversion of our challenges to opportunities within the context,” he stated.

Speaker of the House, Olakunle Oluomo, in his remarks, pledged that the legislature would give the proposal expedited passage to ensure prompt implementation of the budget.



Storyline: Ogun governor, Abiodun weeps over Kashamu’s death


Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Saturday expressed “deep pain and grief” over the passing of Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Kashamu’s death was announced on Saturday after he succumbed to COVID-19 complications, according to former colleague Senator Ben Murray-Bruce said.

In a statement released by his spokesman, Kunle Somorin, Abiodun described Kashamu’s demise as one death too many and a devastating blow to the nation’s political family.

“I received the sad news of the passing of Senator Buruji Kashamu today, 8 August, 2020, with a deep pain and grief that words cannot capture. On behalf of my family, the Government and good people of Ogun State, I convey our deepest condolences. he said

File photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun. (Noble Reporters Media / Moyosoluwa)

“His demise further diminishes the tribe of my close political associates. He was a large-hearted politician and courageous fighter for whatever cause he believed in.

“He was not just a loving personality, a generous giver, and someone who lived for others, he was to many a beacon of hope of a better tomorrow. This painful exit is much more than the end of an individual.”


The governor described the late senator as a phenomenon who was faithful to his principles and convictions and even his critics would attest to his tenacity of purpose

“Our brother and friend was a consummate politician and patriot who will be sorely missed within and outside Ogun State for his larger than life disposition,” he said.

“Posterity will accord him his due recognition for his legacies of service and forthrightness. He was a worthy Ambassador of Ogun State.

“May Allah forgive and admit him to Aljannah Firdaus and grant the family, friends, and associates the patience to bear this painful loss.”


Update: Obasanjo condoles Ogun governor, Abiodun over Kashamu’s demise


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday condoled with Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, over the demise of Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Kashamu’s death was announced on Saturday after he succumbed to COVID-19 complications, according to former colleague Senator Ben Murray-Bruce.

In a statement signed by his spokesman Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said while Kashamu’s death was “sad”, his life and history left “lessons for those of all us on this side of the veil.”


“Senator Buruji Kashamu in his lifetime used the maneuver of law and politics to escape from facing justice on alleged criminal offence in Nigeria and outside Nigeria,” Obasanjo said.

File photo of former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo. (Noble Reporters Media / Adigun Michael Olamide)

“But no legal, political, cultural, social, or even medical maneuver could stop the cold hand of death when the Creator of all of us decides that the time is up.

“May Allah forgive his sin and accept his soul into Aljanah, and may God grant his family and friends fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

Before his death, Senator Kashamu was engaged in a long, legal battle against the federal government over extradition to the US to face alleged drug trafficking charges.


Ogun govt releases date for reopening of religious centres


The Ogun State Government has directed that all religious centres shut down as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic be opened for worship on August 14, in strict compliance to stipulated guidelines.

The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun announced this while updating newsmen on the efforts of his administration to combat the pandemic in the state.

Abiodun also ordered pupils and students in terminal classes in both public and private schools to resume lectures on August 4 in preparation for their various examinations. This means that Faith-based universities and secondary schools such as Covenant University, Redeemers University, Anchor University, Mountain Top University, Redeemers High School, Deeper Life High School, Faith Academy and Mountain Top Schools among many others can earnestly get back to work with their avalanche of employees.

He, however, stated that with the exception of students in the exit classes “all students in our schools will enjoy automatic promotion to the next class.”

He also declared that weekend lockdown in the state would continue till August 14, when Ogun reopens worship centres.


“In the last few weeks, two important subjects have pervaded public discourse as it concerns Ogun State and COVID-19. They border on reopening of schools and the reopening of worship centres. These two subjects have peculiar importance to us as a Government.

“The education sector has not only been one of the biggest industries in our dear State, and there is no gainsaying that we are the education capital of Nigeria. We also are homes to the biggest worship centres … in Nigeria:… and Christianity. Here is where people come from different parts of the nation and even from all over the world to worship God in truth and in Spirit.

We give praise and thanks to God for opening the doors of the churches and declare in faith that Lagos will be open in no time.


    Eid-el-kabir: Stay at home and celebrate – Dapo Abiodun advise residents


    Ogun State has banned all forms of gathering above 20 persons across the state during and after the Eid-El Kabir festive period as parts of efforts to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

    Governor Dapo Abiodun announced the news on Wednesday as he urged Muslim faithful to observe their individual prayers at home.

    The Governor also set August 14 as a tentative date for the re-opening of religious centres across the state.

    I understand that Eid-el-Kabir (called Ileya) will be on Friday, 31st July, 2020, but the COVID-19 circumstances will unfortunately deter the usual Eid prayers, partying or any other form of gathering of more than 20 persons at a time.

    — Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun – MFR (@dabiodunMFR) July 29, 2020


    Final year secondary school students in the state are expected to resume on August 4.

    A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

    “I understand that Eid-el-Kabir (called Ileya) will be on Friday, 31st July, 2020, but the COVID-19 circumstances will, unfortunately, deter the usual Eid prayers, partying or any other form of gathering of more than 20 persons at a time,” the Governor said while congratulating the Chief Imam of Egbaland, Sheikh Sa’addallah Alade Bamigbola, who made a courtesy visit to Abiodun’s office in Oke-Mosan.

    “I thank the entire Muslim Ummah for their thoughtfulness and cooperation as we observe this year’s prayers solemnly and at home with our individual families,” Abiodun added.

    According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Ogun state has recorded 1,336 cases of the novel coronavirus and 23 deaths, as of Wednesday evening.


      Dapo Abiodun inaugurate Business Environment ‘Council’


      Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has inaugurated the State Business Environment Council, with a charge on members to come up with sustainable reforms that would bring about improved and practical approaches towards Ease of Doing Business in the State.

      Inaugurating the Council in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Governor Abiodun noted that most investments over the years had been driven by investors themselves to benefit from the State comparative and competitive advantages.

      “It is important to leverage on the advantage and develop a structure towards improving engagement with potential investors and continually improve the processes to enable investors invest more efficiently with little or no red tape or bottleneck”, he said.

      The Ogun State Council On Business Environment members

      Speaking on the precarious business situation in the country, the governor quoted the National Bureau of Statistics’ report which stated that foreign investment in Nigeria had in the third quarter of last year, dropped to $5.36bn, compared to $5.82bn in the second quarter, adding that 29 states did not get any investment flow last year.


      “We thank God that Ogun State is still among the leading states that attract more foreign investment in the third quarter of 2019. Ogun State came third after Lagos and Abuja.

      “What this simple means is that competition for investment inflow is high, investment inflow is dwindling. Therefore, we most device sustainable strategy to attract investment into our dear State”, he advised.

      He said government has formulated policies and reforms to engender investment growth, listing some of them to include; establishment of the Public Private Partnership Office and the State Investment, Promotion and Facilitation Agency (OgunInvest).



      Mad Man turns burnt offering after doing this in Ogun state

      A mentally deranged man who allegedly killed five siblings has been burnt alive by irate mob at Asa Village in Ojaodan, Ogun State.

      The angry mob reportedly descended on the mad man and lynched him.

      The mad man was identified as Oladele Adeola, 35.

      The incident occurred around 9:30am at Asa Village in Ojaodan, a Lagos border community, NobleReporters learnt.

      Adeola reportedly used a cutlass to matchet the kids aged between two and five years.

      The children were said to belong to one Olaegbe Adeola.


      The children were identified as five-year-old Bolu, Johnson, Tosin, Joel and Sesan all aged two.

      The kids were reportedly playing when the mad man suddenly got hold of a cutlass and started matcheting them.

      By the time villagers knew what was happening, the kids were lying lifeless on the ground.


      The villagers were said to have mobilised and set the mad man ablaze.

      Police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi, Ogun Police Public Relations Officer confirmed the development.



      COVID-19: Ogun govt extends lockdown. [Nigeria]

      The Ogun state government has once again extended the current lockdown by another one week with windows of relaxation on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7am to 5pm to allow residents to restock essential needs and engage in commercial activities.

      Addressing journalists during his weekly briefing ,the state governor, Dapo Abiodun said the action is imperative in view of the substantial non compliance with laid down directives of government aimed at flattening the curve of the spread of the pandemic

      While asking for total cooperation and understanding of residents,the governor however sounded a note of warning against any forms of sabotage as the state has recorded 134 active cases,5 deaths while 54 patients discharged so far in the state




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      [Nigeria] Over 236 Health Centres Under Renovation Paused amid COVID-19 outbreak in Ogun – Abiodun.


      Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has regretted how the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic scuttled his plans to renovate 236 primary health care centres in the state.

      According to Gov Abiodun, the COVID-19 pandemic was a surprise to him because it happened just as he was beginning to roll out plans to reform the state’s health facilities, which he said would begin with the 236 primary health care centres.

      “This pandemic is a surprise to everybody. This happened just as we were beginning to roll out plans for total reform of our health facilities beginning with 236 Primary Health Care Centres,” Abiodun said.

      NobleReporters learnt that Abiodun, after his inauguration, promised to renovate or build at least, one health care centre in each of the 236 wards of Ogun within his first 100 days in office.

      He came under heavy criticisms when he was not able to fulfill the promise in his first 100 days as the governor of the Gateway state.


      By May 29, 2020, Abiodun would have completed his first year as the governor of Ogun.

      Speaking during a meeting with representatives of health workers in the state at his Office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Abiodun said “prior to the out break of COVID-19 pandemic, rehabilitation of hospitals had commenced with 236 Primary Health Care Centres across the State.”

      The meeting was coming on the heels of a three-day warning strike declared by resident doctors at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) on Sunday.


      At the meeting, Abiodun appealed to the health officers not to allow issues degenerate, asking them to keep communication open with his government.

      In a statement made available to our correspondent on Saturday, Abiodun promised the state health workers that his administration will put in place life insurance policy for them, while also reviewing their hazard allowance from 200 to 300 percent.

      “I want to inform you that we have put in place life policy for our health workers. We would have started immediately, but we will wait to go along with the Federal government which is also planning similar programme”, he said.


      The Governor stated that his administration was determined to provide adequate health care services to the people.

      He added that health workers would be appropriately accommodated in the new minimum wage.

      Governor Abiodun said he was impressed with the spirit of negotiation, adding that their requests and resolutions with government was a pointer to the fact that they were concerned with what was going on in the health sector.


      Speaking on the warning strike, he said “What transpired was because we have not been engaging each other as much as possible. I am impressed with the spirit of negotiation. Your requests and resolutions point to the fact that our health workers are concerned with what is happening in the health sector”, the Governor noted.

      He appreciated the health personnel, particularly those tackling the coronavirus, assuring them that Personal Protective Equipment and other accessories needed to perform their duties effectively, would be made available.




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      [Nigeria] Dapo Abiodun suspend Ogun state lockdown free days.

      Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun on Tuesday said the current relaxation of the lockdown in the state from 7am to 2pm would be suspended on Friday.

      The governor also said the state would soon commence strict enforcement of wearing of face masks in the public, saying it would help flatten the spread of coronavirus.

      The governor in the statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, urged the residents of the state to consider the extension announced by the President on Monday a necessary sacrifice to defeat an invisible and deadly enemy.

      He said, “Therefore, the current window of relaxation of the lockdown in the state from 7am to 2pm, which follows the same pattern of last week, will still be available for this Wednesday (15th April) and Friday (17th April, 2020) only.

      “This is to allow the residents prepare for the extension of the lockdown and restock on food and other essential items. However, Ogun State borders remain closed.

      Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun

      “It should be emphasised that people should only go out if they need to and are required at all times when outside their homes to wear a face mask, including locally made face masks, even as they observe other social distancing measures.

      “The state will soon commence strict enforcement of wearing of face mask in the public as it has been shown to help flatten the spread of the virus.”


      Construction: Ogun to rebuild Ijebu-Ode, Epe road

      The Ogun State Government on Friday said it has approved the reconstruction of the 14km Ijebu-Ode/Epe road to facilitate trade and movement of people within the state.

      The reconstruction is scheduled to be completed within 12 months, according to the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

      Abiodun made this known while inducting chairmen of the state’s 20 local government areas, their deputies and secretaries.

      Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.

      The induction was held at the Governor’s Executive Chamber in the state capital, Abeokuta and was designed to acquaint the local officials with the Governor’s vision for the State.

      Abiodun charged the local government officials to key into the vision of his administration, provide effective leadership and service delivery at the grassroots.


      Isheri residents warn Lagos, Ogun government

      Isheri Estate residents in Lagos and Ogun have called on the state governments to do a proper channelisation of the community and provide basic infrastructure in the area to prevent future occurrence of the flood that ravaged the community in 2019.

      They warned that “as it stands today, neither Lagos nor Ogun State could ever muster the resources needed to resettle the people who have built houses in the area, it is cheaper to solve the flooding issue than to contemplate the other options”.

      In a statement by Chairman of Riverview Estate Residents and Stakeholders Association, Mr Abayomi Akinde, the residents said that the two state governments erred in allocating the land without first making provision for how water would be channelled in the community and without providing durable infrastructure.

      The community however, said that it was not too late for the governments to do the right thing.

      It said channelling the water now could be capital intensive but the area was capable of paying for its own development several times over if the two governments could come together and involve stakeholders that have a clear understanding of the issues at stake.

      Lagos Governor, Babajide Sanwo Olu (Left) | Ogun Governor, Dapo Abiodun (Right)

      According to the residents, people were not complaining of flooding in the past because it occurred less frequently before the construction of the Oyan dam, adding that there were historical facts that the dam whose function included flood control had contributed significantly to flooding over the years due to its poor management.

      The community said that any suggestion that people should give up their houses was in bad taste and an obvious sign of lack of compassion for people who innocently bought into government schemes, invest all of their savings to build a home without knowing the danger they faced.


      Just in: Gov. Dapo Abiodun appoint Aide

      The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has appointed the National Public Relations Officer of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Azeez Adeyemi, into his cabinet.

      Adeyemi was appointed as the Special Assistant to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Students Affairs.

      His appointment was announced over the weekend, with immediate effect.

      Adeyemi, a graduate of Mathematics from the University of Lagos, was the Secretary-General of NANS in Ogun State from 2008 to 2010.

      In 2011, he became the Ogun State NANS Chairman; a position he vacated in 2012.

      The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun

      Adeyemi, who is currently a post-graduate student of UNILAG, said that he has the plan to unite and harmonise all students forces in the state.

      With his new appointment, the students leader promised to always ensure a cordial relationship between students and the state government; while assuring that all students’ needs would be pursued and achieved at all times.


      This is politics; we have our strengths – Dapo Abiodun

      The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has advised prodigal members who wish to return to the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to go through a dubious and unnecessary process which he referred to as ‘Backdoor’.

      Abiodun gave this warning at the inauguration of new members who had defected from other political parties to APC held at Ake Palace, Abeokuta.

      It would be recalled that last year December, his political rival Hon Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade (Triple A) had formally announced his return to the party after the Supreme Court judgment declared Prince Dapo Abiodun as the winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election.

      Akinlade who during his announcement promised to return to the party because of Amosun and because he used to be a member before the party declared Dapo as its governorship candidate. Meanwhile, Akinlade and his supporters are ready to return to the party without informing the state Caretaker Committee who had been in charge after the election.

      However, Abiodun noted that the only way into the party is through the front door, (Caretaker Committee).

      He also noted that the new members are now part of a big family, noting that he does not want the new members to be discriminated against in appointment and other party activities. “They are now bona fide members of the party.

      “I need to clarify that it is important that we appreciate each other. This is politics. We all have our strengths; we all have a role to play. If anybody intends to join us, we know what to do. Nobody can come through the back door. Anyone that wants to join us must come through the front door”, he said.

      “We have accepted them all. They are now part of us. I don’t want discrimination that one just came, while others have been here before them. No new member again. We are now one. We are joining hands to build the future of our state together.”

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