In the news this week…
The Oyo State Solid Waste Management Agency erected signposts across Oyo State warning the general public to desist from dumping refuse on the roads, medians, and channels like rivers and streams. Residents were encouraged to use waste bins and pay for waste removal. (January 25, 2021)
Governor Seyi Makinde attended a security stakeholders meeting with other southwest governors in Akure, Ondo State. At the meeting, a collective decision was reached to ban open grazing in the southwest zone. Others in attendance were governors from Kebbi and Jigawa States; security chiefs of the southwest zone led by the AIG Zone 11 and leaders from the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria. (January 25, 2021)
The Oyo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry into Police Brutality, Violation of Rights of Citizens and Unlawful Killings has started sitting at the House of Chiefs, Oyo State House of Assembly, Ibadan. 30 cases have so far been lined up for hearing on various dates beginning February 2, 2021. (January 26, 2021)
Security Strategy Announced.
The Oyo State Government has drawn up a security plan for the Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun zones. The strategies include:
- Redeployment of 200 members of Amotekun Corps to kidnapping/banditry hotspots.
- Townhall meetings and community outreaches.
- Implementation of the Oyo State Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Law, 2019.
- Documentation of foreigners especially those who are working in mines.
- Prosecuting suspects arrested for criminal activities connected to the tensions in Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun zones.
The state government also announced that it was mulling paying compensation to families of victims who were killed and to persons who lost their livelihoods to criminal trespass and damage by pastoralists. (January 27, 2021)
Governor Seyi Makinde met with President Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on the security situation in Oyo State. He also sought the collaborations required for some of the administration’s intended security plans to work effectively. He requested a partnership with the Nigeria Immigration Service to properly document foreign nationals working in mines in the state, and two additional police mobile force squadrons for Oyo and Ibarapa zones. (January 27, 2021)
Governor Seyi Makinde inaugurated the nine-member steering committee for COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (CARES) – Program for Results. This World Bank assisted programme will help mitigate the socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downtown caused by a drop in oil prices.
Governor Seyi Makinde accompanied by His Excellency Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, visited the Iwo Road Bus Interchange to inspect the project’s progress. The construction is proceeding according to plans.