In the news this week
- Oyo State Executive Council approves Ladoke Akintola University of Technology [LAUTECH] amendment bill.
- Oyo State Government disburses N250 million in gratuities to retirees.
- Governor Seyi Makinde commiserates with the Ibadan robbery attack victims.
More in the news for February 7-11, 2022
The Oyo State Government disbursed N250 million in gratuities to over 100 retirees to clear outstanding payments owed them by the previous administration in the state. In an event which took place at the Boardroom of the Ministry of Establishments and Training, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan, the Commissioner for Establishments and Training, Alhaji Siju Lawal, said that the beneficiaries were drawn from between December 2013 and January 2014. Alhaji Lawal said that the present administration already cleared the 2012 and 2013 gratuity backlogs. (February 7, 2022)
Governor Seyi Makinde inaugurated the Road Safety Advisory Council (SoRSAC) to educate drivers and the members of the public on the proper use of the roads and highways across the state. At the event, Governor Makinde said that the role of the council is to advise the State Government on the measures to take to make the road users safe in the state.
The 10-man council includes the Chief of Staff, Hon Segun Ogunwuyi as Chairman; Commissioner for Works and Transport, Prof Daud Shangodoyin; Commissioner for Health, Dr Bode Ladipo; Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Oyelowo Oyewo (SAN); and Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barr. Rahman Abiodun Abdul-Raheem. Others are Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinola Ojo; Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Prof Musibau Babatunde; Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Abiodun Oni; Oyo State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mrs Uche Winifred Chukwurah (fsi); and a Representative of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Engr. Victor Ogunranti, (February 8, 2022)
The Oyo State Executive Council approved the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso amendment bill, an executive bill, for onward transmission to the Oyo State House of Assembly. Speaking on the proposed bill, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Oyelowo Oyewo (SAN), said when the bill is passed into law, it would make LAUTECH a conventional university offering additional courses in arts and humanities. He also said the bill proposed an amendment of the institution’s name to Ladoke Akintola University (LAU). (February 8, 2022)
The Oyo State Executive Council approved 1.7 million US Dollars for the second phase of the Start Them Early Program (STEP). Dr Wasiu Olatubosun, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, stated that the approval will cover six more schools from six of the fourteen Federal Constituencies of the state. STEP is an initiative implemented in partnership with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). The programme was flagged off on July 15, 2020, and had seven schools in the first phase. Dr Olatunbosun further confirmed that the payment will be in three tranches to IITA which collaborates with Oyo State Agribusiness Development Agency (OYSADA) to run the programme. (February 8, 2022)
Ibadan Robbery Attack
Governor Seyi Makinde commiserated with the victims of a robbery attack that happened at the Idi-Ape axis of Ibadan which resulted in the deaths and injuries to Ibadan residents. Governor Makinde, in his statement, said that the security agencies are all working collaboratively to investigate the incident. He further expressed his gratitude to those who called 615 to report the incident and promised to improve the response times using the apparatus available at the state level. (February 10, 2022)
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