Governor Seyi Makinde has revealed that his administration went against the land use rule in Oyo state to give approval for the burial of former Governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi at his Oluyole Estate residence.
Makinde who denied that his government was responsible for the delay of the burial, said Ajimobi’s family had sought approval for his burial in a plot of land at Agodi GRA, but the request was denied because the land was under litigation.
The Oyo state Governor’s spokesperson Taiwo Adisa said the Oyo state government later allowed the burial of the Ajimobi at his residence, against the state’s rules on lands in Government Reservation Areas (GRA).
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 gossip, 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.
“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.
“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.”
FG To Shut Third Mainland Bridge For Six Months
The Federal Government is set to shut the Third Mainland Bridge for six months starting from Friday, July 24.
This was confirmed by the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Olukayode Popoola.
According to him, consultations are ongoing for another phase of repair works to begin on the 11.8km bridge.
Popoola explained that the work will commence on the outward mainland section of the bridge, and the ministry is working with relevant agencies to perfect traffic during the period.
The bridge has gone through a series of repair works and was last shut in August 2018 for a three-day investigative maintenance check.
There have also been reports of some worn-out expansion joints on the structure, raising concerns over the state of the bridge.
This development will force motorists in Lagos who ply the bridge to begin making arrangements for alternative routes.
List of 5 Most Performing Chairmen in Plateau State, Hon. Kwallu Emerges Top – COA Media
In pursuit of our organisational objectives and consistent value of checkmating and encouraging good governance, the COA Media Group embarked on mirroring the performance of Plateau State LGA CHAIRMEN for the first half of 2020 (January – June).
With respect to this exercise, Hon. Isaac Kyale Kwallu FCIA, FCIPMA, the Executive Chairman Quaan-Pan Local Government Area made it to the top of the ladder in this maiden edition. He and other four (4) Local Government Chairmen emerged the top five (5) Performing Local Government Chairmen for the first half of the year 2020.
Other Chairmen who made it to the list are;
Hon. Joshua laven Ubandoma.
Executive Chairman Langtang North Local Government Area.
Hon. Shehu Bala.
Executive Chairman Jos North Local Government Area.
Hon. Nde Emmanuel lar.
Executive Chairman Kanke Local Government Area.
Hon. Gwalson Mafeng.
Executive Chairman Riyom Local Government Area.
Activities of these Chairmen ranging from Infrastructural Development, Poverty Alleviation, Security, Empowerment, Youth Engagements, awareness and aptness in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. The Improvement of internally generated revenue of their various local council areas, is not only applauding but worth emulating.
These Chairmen have indeed demonstrated excellent leadership and good governance to the admiration of many.
“This process involved opinions sampling generated from our over twenty thousand members online who participated in the monitoring. Evaluation process across the state after which primary data were received from the Local Government Areas..”
Justifying the criteria used in arriving at its decision, Amb. Cletus Akhimien, Executive Director COA Media Group said the organisation arrived at its conclusion through its over 20 thousand members who sent in opinions through an online platform which is verifiable.
However stated that the aim of the project is to raise the awareness and participation of Plateau people in the socio-economic and political development of the state through the Local Govt system..
‘We launched a platform which allowed all our twenty thousand members to determine the top five CHAIRMEN in Plateau State. They were accessed based on five prioritised areas which includes Infrastructure, Accessibility, Youth Engagements, Security and prompt response in tackling the spread of Covid-19 pandemic” he stated.
The COA Media Group added that the evaluation exercise will be done twice yearly. The organisation will subsequently commence the assessment of all the elected officials.
Source: Crest TV Nigeria.
3Million Candidates Apply For 400,000 N-Power Jobs
3 million Plus applicants have enrolled for about 400,000 in The Federal Government’s N-Power programme.
Candidates applied for the programme through the online portal of the N-Power scheme which was opened for applications on June 26, 2020.
N-Power is one of the National Social Investment Programmes of the Federal Government.
Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. It was said on Friday that it was carrying out the transitioning of independent monitors recruited to monitor Batch A and B of the N-Power programme as well as other NSIPs.
The Federal Government, through the N-Power office, had stated that it would absorb 400,000 applicants as Batch C beneficiaries.
Humanitarian ministry’s Deputy Director, Information, Rhoda Iliya, said,
“Enrolment of beneficiaries for N-power Batch C commenced on June 26, 2020. They received over three million applications since the portal opened.”
“Application process will be concluded as soon as possible to provide additional Nigerian youths access to the programme.”
It was inaugurated by the government in 2016. The mandate was to lift citizens out of poverty through a number of social interventions.
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