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Safe Handling and Storage of Harmful Substances Within Oyo State: Governor Seyi Makinde signs Executive Order No. 001 of 2024 and other news

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

Condolence Visit

Governor Seyi Makinde received the former Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Peter Obi, and his team on a condolence visit over the Bodija incident. Governor Makinde commended Mr Obi for taking the time to sympathise with the State, irrespective of political differences. (29 January 2024)

Bodija Incident Aftermath: Medical Support for Survivors

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The Oyo State Government set up a facility for survivors of the Bodija incident experiencing respiratory illness or symptoms suggestive of post-traumatic stress disorder. Affected persons will be attended to by a medical specialist at the facility at the Oyo State Housing Corporation in Bodija, where the Emergency Operation Centre is located. Survivors experiencing any health-related concerns are encouraged to register their complaints by calling 09047190962. (29 January 2024)

Condolence Visit: South West Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures

Governor Seyi Makinde received the South West Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures led by the Chairman of the Zone, Rt Adeoye Stephen Aribasoye, the Honourable Speaker for the Ekiti State House of Assembly on a condolence visit over the Bodija incident. During the visit, Governor Makinde appreciated the conference for their support and charged them with ensuring the delivery of good governance in their respective States. (30 January 2024)

Oyo State Female Football Team

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The Ministry of Youth and Sports is set to commence talent screening exercises for the State’s female football team across zones in Oyo State. This was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Ms Wasilat Adegoke. The screening to identify and train young talents for the team will commence from Tuesday, 6 February 2024, across the State. 

The screening schedule is as follows:

(i) Oyo Zone

Venue: Durbar Stadium, Oyo

Date: 6 February 2024

Time: 9 – 11am

(ii) Ogbomoso Zone

Venue: Soun Township Stadium, Ogbomoso

Date: 6 February 2024

Time: 1 – 3pm

(iii) Oke-Ogun Zone 

Venue: Kisi Township Stadium, Kisi

Date: 7 February 2024

Time: 9 – 11am

(iv) Oke-Ogun Zone 

Venue: Saki Township Stadium, Saki

Date: 7 February 2024

Time: 12pm

(v) Oke-Ogun Zone

Venue: Iseyin Stadium, Iseyin

Date: 7 February 2024

Time: 4pm

(vi) Ibarapa Zone

Venues: Methodist Grammar School, Igboora 

Eleruwa Township Stadium, Eruwa 

Date: 8 February 2024

Time: 4pm

(vii) Ibadan Zone

Venue: Ikolaba High School, Ibadan 

Date: 17 February 2024

Time: 10am

Ms Adegoke praised Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde for supporting sports and for his administration’s long-term vision for youth and talent development. (31 January 2024)

Executive Bills Approved

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The Oyo State Executive Council approved two executive bills, revoking the First Technical University Law 2012 and creating a new law which captures the changes to the university’s structure including renaming the university to Abiola Ajimobi First Technical University. The ExCo also approved a bill establishing the Oyo State Tertiary Institutions Commission to oversee State-owned tertiary institutions.  (31 January 2024)

Executive Order

Executive Order

Governor Seyi Makinde signed Executive Order no. 001 of 2024 on the Safe Handling and Storage of Harmful Substances Within Oyo State. The executive order requires anyone in possession of harmful substances in Oyo State to inform relevant authorities within 72 hours of effecting the order and, thereafter, within 24 hours of being in possession of the substances. According to the order, non-compliance with the provisions of the executive order constitutes an offence and is punishable under Chapter 38 of the Criminal Code Law, the Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000, and any other applicable laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. (31 January 2024)

Update: Bodija Incident 

Governor Seyi Makinde and his team paid a follow-up visit to Ground Zero of the Bodija incident. During the visit, Governor Makinde stated that most hospitalised victims had been discharged, with only one person awaiting surgery. Governor Makinde said the government would continue to engage with the affected community. His Excellency also revealed that the structural integrity tests on buildings around the site were complete, and an official report expected next week. He concluded that an expanded meeting will be scheduled for Tuesday, 6 February 2024, to discuss the next steps on the Bodija incident. (31 January 2024)

Oyo State Education

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The Deputy Governor, Barr Bayo Lawal, issued a directive for the immediate reopening of twenty-three 23 schools located in Atiba, Afijio, Oyo East, and Oyo West Local Government Areas closed for about 10 years due to a boundary crisis. Speaking during the stakeholders’ meeting organised by the State Boundary Committee in Ibadan, the Chairman of the Committee, His Excellency Barr Bayo Lawal, directed the immediate reopening and stated that the Ministry of Education will administer the schools and ensure that the children in the affected communities return to school. Barr. Lawal also charged the chairpersons of the communities to maintain the peace. (1 February 2024)

Mining Operations in Oyo State

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The Oyo State Government suspended Oba Gbolagade Muritala Babalola (Gbadewolu I) as the Onido of Ido in Ido Local Government Area due to intelligence reports linking him to illegal miners. In a letter signed by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Hon. Olusegun Olayiwola, the suspension was approved by Governor Seyi Makinde on 1 February 2024 while investigation on the matter continues. (2 February 2024)

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