The Ondo State Government on Monday said it had spent over N3.13 billion to offset the outstanding allowances of workers and medical staff in the state.
Mr Donald Ojogo, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation, disclosed this on Monday in Akure.
“The agreement for the payment was the outcome of last month’s (July) meeting between Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and union leaders in the state,” Ojogo said.
He said Akeredolu had last week approved that the outstanding allowances be paid following the conclusion of the series of meetings brokered by the Head of Service, Mr Dare Aragbaiye.
“Part of the resolution was that the July allocation from the Federation Account should be used to offset these allowances.
“Some of the already cleared outstanding allowances include deductions, leave bonuses as well as pensions,” he added.
Ojogo also revealed that 30 per cent of consolidated basic salary as hazard allowance for Medical Health Workers were also paid.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Ondo election: Agboola Ajayi best candidate for good governance — Mimiko
Dr Olusegun Mimiko, National Leader of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), has described Agboola Ajayi, the party’s governorship candidate, who is also the incumbent deputy governor of Ondo State, as the best candidate to deliver good governance to the people of the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Ondo State governorship election comes up on Oct. 10.
Mimiko, who is the immediate past governor of the state, spoke on Saturday in Ore, headquarters of Odigbo Local Government area of the state, during the party’s launch of campaign for its candidate in the forthcoming governorship election.
Mimiko also urged the electorate to collect the “stolen money” that some party had promised them and still vote for ZLP that would bring back good governance.
The former governor urged the electorate not to fear or be intimidated by those threatening to unleash violence on the day of the election, saying, “we own this state together.”
Addressing the crowd at the event, Agboola Ajayi promised to reduce tuition fees of the state tertiary institution from N150,000 to N50,000.
Ajayi said his administration would bring back good governance and a reformed civil service that would give jobs of the civil servants to consultants.
He promised to also start a programme that would cater for the elderly and bring back the various caring heart programmes that would benefit the people.
“We will create a civil service revolving credit scheme for civil servants who desire to build house and buy cars.
“We believe this will serve as support for them.
“We will initiate a zero pothole project across the state and start an “Operation Restore Power in the South” in the first 100 days in office,” he said.
Chairman of the Party in the state, Mr Joseph Akinlaja, said industrialisation would take centre stage with better welfare for the people of the state.
Akinlaja said the manifesto of the party was a social contract with the people of the state, which, according to him, is rooted in the principle of social democracy for the populace.
The event was attended by three former speakers of the state House of Assembly, namely: Bakita Bello, Taofeeq Abdulsalam and Jumoke Akindele, among other political bigwigs.
Edited By: Muftau Adediran/Donald Ugwu
Edo 2020: Group commends INEC on equal access for PWDs
Mr David Anyaele, the Chairman of the group, said this on Saturday in its preliminary statement on the conduct of the election.
Anyaele however, said that although priority voting was given to the PWDs, the elderly and pregnant women, other disability support aids where missing at polling units which hindered full participation of the PWDs.
“EVA4PWDs is impressed to observe that marginalised sects such as the aged, nursing mothers and pregnant women and PWDs generally were offered priority voting in most of the polling units observed.
“However, we are disappointed that INEC displayed minimal commitment to the implementation of the framework on access and participation of PWDs in the electoral process, as provided in the National Disability Act, 2018.
“The promised Braille voters’ guide and Braille ballot paper by INEC for easy access of election day instructions, guidelines and ballot paper for Blind voters were scarcely available.
“Where it was available, many INEC ad hoc staff did not understand its usage but got assistance from observers on how to use the Braille materials.
“This was the case in Polling Unit 003, Car Park Ward 1, Oredo LGA, where an observer assisted in locating the Braille material.
“There was absence of magnified lens at the Polling Units, INEC ad hoc staff who claimed to have at some polling units were unable to neither display it for observation and usage,” he said.
An Observer said that other observers reported that the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials such as Election Day instructions and guidelines to assist the deaf or persons with hearing impairment were also unavailable at majority of the PU’s visited.
Anyaele also said that reports showed that a large numbers of the PUs were not accessible to physically-challenged persons as they were sited at buildings without ramps and handrail, across gutters, and over staircases.
He noted that INEC Covid-19 guidelines were not adhered to in majority of the Polling Units visited due to uncontrolled large crowds.
“We have reports from areas like Greater Tomorrow High School, Oredo Ward 1, Ramat Park at Ikpoba/Okha, Oredo LGA, among other Polling Units, where the crowds were uncontrollably large,” he said.
Anyaele, however, urged INEC to address the major barriers identified in the Edo elections and make necessary provisions ahead of the Ondo State Governorship election slated for Oct. 10.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the group, in collaboration with the Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), an NGO, trained and deployed INEC accredited observers to the three senatorial zones of the Edo State.
The observers focused on equal voting access for persons with disabilities and monitored the provisions made by INEC for PWDs. .
Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo
Ondo Gov’s wife registers market women for democratic dividends
Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, has commenced online registration of market women to ensure that they benefitted from the dividends of governance in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mrs Akeredolu began the registration exercise on Saturday at Agagu market in Akure South and Ogbese in Akure North council areas of the state.
She said market women were crucial to the socioeconomic development of the society, adding that her visit to the markets was on how the present administration could make life more meaningful to the women.
“I understand the fact that there is a gap for government to reach out directly to the market women and this is the major reason of our visit to close the gap on why our market women are not getting what they are supposed to get from government.
“This present administration under the leadership of Gov. Akeredolu has rolled out millions of naira as soft loan to market women, but probably people cornered it,” he said.
She said the Office of the Eife of the Governor has trained people to register all the market women that would capture their details and totally avoid middlemen when reaching out to them.
Mrs Akeredolu noted that the recently launched Ondo Widow Cares Initiative was successful with the help of digital technology where all widows in the state got registered and got government benefits without bias of party affiliation.
The governor’s wife urged market women to register and again vote for continuity of Gov. Akeredolu to consolidate on his good programmes for the state and promised that government would not neglect them after the election.
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Women Affairs, Mrs Toyin Akimoyo, appealed to the market women to support Gov. Akeredolu’s re-election having seen all the laudable projects executed in his first term in office.
Akinmoyo noted that Gov. Akeredolu had performed beyond measure in the area of infrastructure development, creating meaningful life for women and youths and regular payment of salary.
Mrs Akeredolu also visited Ayede Ogbese in Akure North Local Government Area where the regent of the town, Alayede Ogbese, Catherine Akinyede, commended Gov. Akeredolu for rescuing the town from political marginalisation by making their son the council chairman in the just concluded LG election.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Wale Ojetimi
NiMet predicts cloudiness, rains Sunday to Tuesday
The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), has predicted cloudiness and rains from Sunday to Tuesday across the country.
NiMet`s weather outlook released on Saturday in Abuja predicted cloudy morning over the north on Sunday with prospects of isolated thunderstorms over Southern Borno, Adamawa and Taraba.
According to it, few thunderstorms are expected over Borno, Sokoto, Kebbi, Yobe, Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa and Gombe state in the afternoon and evening hours.
“The north central is expected to be cloudy during the morning hours with chances of a few thunderstorms and rains over Abuja, Niger and Benue.
“ Later in the day, isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect Kogi, Abuja, Kwara, Benue and Plateau.
“ Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over the inland cities of the south west in the morning, while moderate rains are expected over parts of the southeast inland, like Abakaliki, Awka, Cross-River and Imo.
The agency forecast moderate rains over the coastal cities of the south to include the coastal part of Ondo state in the morning.
NiMet predicted few thunderstorms and rains over most parts of the inland with chances of moderate rains over the coastal parts of Cross-River, Akwa-Ibom, and Rivers state in the afternoon and evening periods.
According to NiMet, cloudy skies are anticipated over the north western flank in the morning of Monday with prospects of few thunderstorms over the northeast to affect southern Borno, Adamawa, Taraba and Yobe.
“Progressing into the day, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Yobe, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi and Kebbi in the northwest, while a cloudy atmosphere should prevail over the north east.
“ The north central is expected to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Plateau and Benue.
“ As the day progresses, pockets of thunderstorms are expected to affect parts of Abuja, Plateau, Kwara and Niger, “ it said.
It predicted the south to be dominated by cloudy atmosphere in the morning with chances of moderate rains over parts of the inland and coastal cities.
The agency envisaged moderate rains over most parts of the south later in the day.
According to NiMet, thunderstorms are expected to affect some places in the north, like Taraba, southern Sokoto, Gombe, Bauchi and Adamawa in the Tuesday`s morning.
The agency envisaged cloudy conditions over the north with chances of thunderstorms over Taraba in the afternoon and evening periods.
“Isolated thunderstorms and rains are expected to affect places in the north central region, like Niger, Abuja, Benue, Kwara and Kogi in the morning.
“ Later in the day, cloudy conditions are expected to dominate this region with prospects of isolated thunderstorms and rains over Niger and Kwara.
“Cloudy atmosphere is anticipated over most parts of inland of south with chances of moderate rains over Enugu in the morning.
“In the afternoon and evening periods, moderate rains are anticipated over most places, “ it sad.
Edited By: Felix Ajide