Highlights of the news from Oyo State for June 28-July 2, 2021
- Oyo State Government grants re-concession of Ibadan Circular Road, awards Oyo-Iseyin Road, Isaba-Ogundoyin Road, Eruwa, among others.
- Governor Seyi Makinde dissolves Oyo State Executive Council.
- LAUTECH gets a 5-year grant from the Bayer Science and Education Foundation, Germany.
- Governor Seyi Makinde appoints new LAUTECH Chancellor
More news from Oyo State
Induction and Training
The Oyo State Post-Primary Schools Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) organised a two-day Induction and Training Programme for 5,000 newly-recruited teachers and 700 others. The event held at Ansar-Deen Grammar School, Sango, Saki, Saki West Local Government Area, covered working ethics and conduct. Speaking at the training, the Chairman of Oyo State TESCOM, Pastor Akin Alamu emphasised the strict academic standards deployed by the authorities in their recruitment. Of the recruited teachers, 400 were First Class graduates, while the Computer Based Assessment’s cut off mark was 50%. (June 28, 2021).
Governor Seyi Makinde received a delegation from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), who paid him a courtesy visit. The delegation was led by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Architect Sonny Echono and the UBEC Chairman, Prof A.K. Usman. Governor Makinde thanked them for their support in ensuring basic education delivery in the state. He also announced that Oyo State will be establishing at least one ‘SMART’ school in each senatorial district. (June 29, 2021)
Contracts and Re-Concessions
The Oyo State Executive Council (EXCO) re-concessioned the construction of the Ibadan Circular Road project to Messrs SEL-Vydra Consortium. The length of the road was extended from the initial 32 kilometres to 110 kilometres at the cost of N138.2 billion. The project is to be executed on a public-private partnership (PPP) – Build, Operate and Transfer arrangement, classified as a User-Pays toll road.
The EXCO also awarded the reconstruction of the 34.85km Oyo-Iseyin Road and the 2.5km Isaba-Ogundoyin Road as well as the rehabilitation/sectional overlay of BCJ-Railway crossing/Up Jesus junction/Baptist Grammar School junction/NIHORT junction, with a spur to ‘Ye Are The Light Church’ Road, Ibadan. Other projects approved include rehabilitation and asphaltic overlay of the Kolapo Ishola GRA Roads and the construction of a 500,000-litre aviation fuel facility at the Ibadan Airport.
The Council also approved two bills for onward transmission to the State House of Assembly. They are the Oyo State Institute of Information Technology, Communication and Entrepreneurship Studies Law 2021 and the Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Tax Law 2021. (June 29, 2021)
Governor Seyi Makinde dissolved the Oyo State Executive Council. He thanked the council members for their service and wished them well in their future endeavours. The Commissioners are to hand over to the highest ranking officers in their various ministries. (June 29, 2021)
OYSIEC Ad-hoc Staff.
The Chairman, Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), Isiaka Abiola Olagunju, explained the delay in the payment of ad-hoc staff that participated in the conduct of the May 27 local government elections. He blamed the delay on irregularities in the information submitted by some of the ad-hoc staff. However, he said the issues have been resolved, and payments have already commenced. (June 29, 2021)
The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, has received a 5-year grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation delivered through Bayer Science and Education Foundation, Germany. The grant includes the establishment of a molecular laboratory in the institution. The spokesperson for LAUTECH, Mr Lekan Fadeyi, said the grant will run from August 2021 to July 2026. (June 29, 2021)
Governor Seyi Makinde received a team from the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) on a courtesy visit. The team was led by the institute’s President, Arch Sonny Echono. During the visit, Governor Makinde expressed his pleasure at the NIA’s choice to hold their meeting at Ibadan. He also encouraged the professionals to participate in politics so that their knowledge and experience can benefit the country and hasten development. (June 29, 2021)
Governor Seyi Makinde appointed the Emir of Katagum, Azare in Bauchi State, Umar Faruq Umar, Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH). The appointment as LAUTECH Chancellor was conveyed in a letter with hopes and expectations that LAUTECH will benefit from the monarch’s rich knowledge and exposure and help Oyo State realise the university’s unique vision. Emir Umar Faruq Umar replaces former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. (July 1, 2021)
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