In the news this week
- Nigerian Medical Association Oyo State Chapter calls off strike action.
- Oyo State Government commences the distribution of 15,000 free reflective jackets to commercial motorcycle riders in the State.
- Governor Seyi Makinde approves the release of 10 inmates in Oyo State correctional centres; commutes the sentences of four death row prisoners to life in prison.
More in the news: Recap for 25-29 December 2023
Commissioned: Ido-Omi Adio Road
Governor Seyi Makinde commissioned the rehabilitated 10.3 km Ido-Omi Adio Road which was executed by the Ido Local Government Council. In his remarks at the commissioning ceremony, Governor Makinde reiterated that the State Government will continue to support and collaborate with all levels of government to ensure that various road projects that target the State’s economy are executed. ( 24 December 2023)
Reopening of Bower’s Tower
The Oyo State Ministry of Culture and Tourism reopened the newly renovated Bower’s Tower in Ibadan. The facility was initially shut down for renovations sponsored by the CEO of Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resorts, Engr Dotun Sanusi. The event was graced by members of the public and dignitaries including the Ekeerin Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Amidu Ajibade, the President-General of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Barr. Niyi Ajewole, all CCII executives, and the Iyaloja-General of Oyo State, Alhaja Saratu Konibaje. (24 December 2023)
Governor Seyi Makinde at 56
Governor Seyi Makinde celebrated his 56th birthday at Fashola Agribusiness Industrial Hub in Oyo West LGA. Speaking at the event, Governor Makinde thanked everyone for the good wishes, gifts and for celebrating with him. (25 December 2023)
Governor Seyi Makinde and Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq paid a condolence visit to the family of H.E. Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu SAN on behalf of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. In his condolence message, Governor Makinde described H.E. Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu as a resilient and courageous leader who dedicated himself to fostering peace, prosperity and progress of the South-West region. (27 December 2023)
SAfER: Health Insurance for Oyo State Students
The Oyo State Government has paid health insurance premiums for students in State-owned higher institutions in Oyo State through the Sustainable Actions for Economic Recovery (SAfER) programme in 2024. The Executive Secretary of the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency (OYSHIA), Dr Sola Akande, pointed out that this initiative will improve the students welfare by giving them access to medical care in upgraded facilities in their various institutions. (28 December 2023)
Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem
Governor Seyi Makinde launched the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem. Speaking at the event, Governor Makinde appreciated the men and women in the armed forces, some of whom have paid the ultimate price to keep Oyo State and the entire nation safe and secure. He also assured that the Oyo State Government will continue to provide the Legion with the needed support. (28 December 2023)
News for the week of 1-6 January 2024
New Year Address
Governor Seyi Makinde delivered a New Year Address to the people of Oyo State. In his address, Governor Makinde assured residents that his administration would continue to put the interests of the people first. His Excellency also said that the implementation of the Budget of Economic Recovery would secure the State’s economy further. (1 January 2024)
Governor Seyi Makinde approved the release of 10 inmates in Oyo State correctional centres and commuted the sentences of four death row prisoners to life in prison. In a statement released by the Oyo State Correctional Services, the State Controller of Correctional Service, Mr Abdulraheen Salami, revealed that an additional four prisoners who were undergoing degree programmes at the National Open University had been granted conditional release and would be released upon completion. Mr Salami also stated that 15 inmates had their sentences reviewed downwards. (4 January 2024)
Free Reflective Jackets for Commercial Motorcyclists
The Oyo State Government commenced the distribution of 15,000 free reflective jackets to commercial motorcycle riders in the State. Speaking at the event in Ibadan which was organised by the Management Information Centre the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Prof Musibau Adetunji Babatunde said that the reflective jackets have a unique identifier barcode and that each rider would also be registered with the Oyo State Health Insurance Agency. (4 January 2024)
NMA Strike Called Off
The Nigerian Medical Association Oyo State Chapter has called off their strike action in the State. The NMA which has been in negotiations with the Oyo State Government called off the strike after the government agreed to meet some of their demands including the payment of skipping and hazard allowance. (4 January 2024)
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