The Ogun Government says it will resuscitate the Modern Garri Processing Factory in Ode-Remo, Remo-North Local Government area and make it a model through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
Mrs Kikelomo Longe, the State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, gave the assurance in Abeokuta on Wednesday at a meeting with representatives of the Remo Growth and Development Foundation.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the group had sought the intervention of the state government in resuscitation of the factory, which stopped operation in 2019. The commissioner said that Gov. Dapo Abiodun-led administration was committed to boosting jobs creation, alleviate poverty and promote food security.
Longe said that the state government was also willing to ensure that the facility started working again to boost livelihood of people and enable residents of the area to optimise the benefits of the state agro-cargo airport.
She explained that the airport was expected to be completed soon as well as a Special Agro-Processing Zone (SAPZ), in close proximity to the Garri processing factory.
“The airport and the Special Agro-processing Zone (SAPZ) will be game-changer for the state.
The projects will put the entire Ilishan area and Ogun State on the world map.
“It is important that clusters like this are gotten right.
Again, we want the Garri processing factory to be a model.
So, if we get it right, we are going to do it in other parts of the state,” the commissioner said.
She, therefore, called for an assessment of the current condition at the facility, stressing that all relevant stakeholders should be engaged, while relevant timelines for the implementation of the project should be stated.
In his remarks, Remi Ogunmefun, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Industry, Trade and Investment, assured the people that the current administration would support the Foundation in getting the project working again.
Ogunmefun said that it was important to consider the significant economic impact the project would have on entrepreneurs involved in the cassava value chain.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Olu-Ola Aikulola, commended the foundation for encouraging others to emulate the group.
Also, the General Secretary of the Foundation, Mr Wole Awe, said the foundation was interested in the revival of the project to aid the economic growth of the people in the area.
Awe said that the group was pleased with the PPP arrangement for the project.
The Ogun government on Thursday warned school administrators and teachers in public schools across the state not to indulge in extorting parents, students and other unwholesome acts that could tarnish their reputations.
The Chairman, Ogun State Teaching Service Commission, Mr Olalekan Ifede, gave the warning in his office in Abeokuta while addressing the Principal-Generals (PGs) and Zonal Secretaries.
Ifede stated that disciplinary action would be taken against any erring officer.
He explained that the present administration had made education free in its schools, to enable every child have access to quality education.
The chairman added that government had made financial provision for schools to cater for their expenses.
He urged the teaching and non-teaching staff to always accept posting in good faith, saying that redistribution of staff is done to propel academic excellence in schools.
He noted that the ongoing revitalisation in the education sector by Gov. Dapo Abiodun-led administration was yielding positive results.
He implored all stakeholders in the education sector to continue to support the government’s agenda in all ramifications for further development of the state.
In his contribution, the Permanent Secretary of the Commission, Abdulwaheed Olanloye, charged Principal-Generals and zonal secretaries to be committed to work and embrace integrity as academic leaders.
Olanloye reminded them that they were symbols of emulation to their subordinates.
Responding, the Principal-General, Yewa Zone, Mr Sunday Orobiyi, who spoke on behalf of the PGs and Zonal Secretaries, lauded the Commission for the admonitions and suggestions.
Orobiyi promised that they would discharge their duties responsibly, towards promoting educational standard.
Ogun Government has announced the release of entrance examination results into its College of Nursing Science for the 20222023 academic session.
Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, in a statement issued on Friday in Abeokuta, said that applicants could only access their results by logging into the school’s official portal: www.mohsonmportal.com.
Coker put the cut-off point for indigenes at 28 out of 60 points and 29 out of 60 points for non-indigenes, saying that information contrary to this should be disregarded.
She added that successful candidates would be contacted via SMS and e-mail for oral interview, scheduled for July 14 at 8 a.m. at the institution’s Abeokuta campus, within the premises of Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba.
The commissioner appreciated the candidates who applied for admission into the college.
She said that the Gov. Dapo Abiodun-led administration would continue to be fair, equitable and transparent to all.
Ogun Hospitals Management Board has said that plans are in top gear to digitalise hospitals’ management to prevent financial leakages and ensure proper data collection in all the facilities across the state.
Permanent Secretary of the board, Dr Qudus Yusuff, stated this during a familiarisation visit to some secondary health facilities in Egba zone on Wednesday.
He expressed the board’s commitment to efficient service delivery in government-owned hospitals to ensure that people of the state enjoyed qualitative health care.
“We’re concluding plans to digitalise hospitals’ management. This will help in preventing financial leakages, ensuring adequate data collection and assisting our advocacy needs,” he said.
Yusuff implored the hospital management team to always be punctual at work and monitor the activities of staff members.
“If the staff members know that they are being monitored, they will definitely be on their toes,” he said.
The permanent secretary commended them for their teamwork and dedication to duties, while encouraging them to support the Gov. Dapo Abiodun-led administration in improving the wellness of the people.
In his remarks, the acting Chief Medical Director, State Hospital, Ijaye, Dr Bababunmi Oshinaike, appreciated the permanent secretary and the board’s management team for the visit, promising to heed the advice given.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the facilities visited included: State Hospital, Ijaiye, Oba Ademola Maternity Centre, Ijemo and Dental Centre, Ijaye, all within Abeokuta metropolis.
Dr Quudus Yusuff, Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Hospitals Management Board, Wednesday, said that the government was working hard to contain exodus of qualified healthcare personnel from its employment.
Yusuff , who was recently appointed permanent secretary of the board, said this during a familiarisation visit to some health facilities in Ijebu-Ode area of the state.
He said that government has continued to prioritise the health and wellbeing of its citizenry, and has not relented in funding hospitals across the state.
Yusuff said that several health projects had been inaugurated in the last three years of the Gov. Dapo Abiodun-led government, adding that many more were in the pipeline.
He assured that the government would continue to motivate medical practitioners and other health officers to make migration unattractive.
“Though no amount paid to healthcare practitioners can match the hazards they are exposed to, but the remuneration of health workers in our state is equal to those of our counterparts working in federal government facilities.
“Over a thousand approvals for recruitment have been received and implemented since the inception of this administration.
“The recruitment are for the post of consultants, medical officers, nurses, pharmacists, scientific officers, health attendants, as well as interns, among others,” Yusuff said.
He added that the introduction of the Health Insurance Scheme for the downtrodden was another achievement of the government in healthcare financing.
Yusuff said that the insurance scheme was geared towards making healthcare accessible and affordable for indigent people in the state.
The permanent secretary advised personnel intending to travel out to seek greener pastures to follow the civil service rules before quitting.
Responding, the Chief Medical Director, State Hospital, Ijebu-Ode, Dr Oluseye Adetola, appreciated the government for working assiduously to provide quality health services for the people. (NAN)
It was hope renewed for Women in the thirteen (13) wards of Ijebu-North Local Government area of Ogun State as more women benefitted from the empowerment program of the Secretary to the Ogun State Government. Speaking at the presentation of cash gifts to the women beneficiaries, Ogun SSG, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi said the gesture was in furtherance of the Dapo Abiodun-led administration's commitment to genuinely improve the livelihood of women in the state. While giving envelopes of N100,000, N75,000 and N50, 000 to the beneficiaries, Talabi said "this is the second phase of our financial intervention for women towards boosting their economic power and this is the mandate of the Governor to all of us working with him and here in Ijebu-North, we are already doing us." He noted that more of such empowerment programs have been conceived towards providing democratic dividends to the people. The SSG hinted that the Women leaders in the 13 wards have been selected for the empowerment programme so that they could also build a common ground to empower others. Speaking on behalf of other beneficiaries, Mrs. Akeusola Adenike who is also the Women Leader of Ijebu-North appreciated the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun and the SSG for the gesture, saying the present administration has restored their long lost hope in government, pledging their unflinching support to the present administration. Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi has also donated a brand new Toyota Corolla Saloon car to Mr. Sanni Rasaq as part of his empowerment initiative, noting that the beneficiary has demonstrated leadership par excellence and uprightness in character towards stabilizing the polity of Ijebu-North Local Government Area. Sanni beaming with extreme joy said he is delighted that the Governor and the SSG has kept their promises of rewarding hardworking and uplifting the indigent in the society. He noted that he, like many others would continue to work assiduously for the success of the Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration, saying it is truly all-inclusive, serving the people without prejudice to the majority.
By Joy Akinsanya
The Ogun government says it has cleared 1,000 hectares of land in preparation for modern farming technology and climate smart agriculture in the state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina, made this known on Tuesday, when he led the state agric team to inspect the land at Apojula in Odeda Local Government Area of the state.
He said that the land preparation was a major drive towards ensuring adequate food supply, job creation and industrialisation.
Odedina noted that the Gov. Dapo Abiodun-led administration had promised to engage the youth and train them to realise its agricultural agenda for the state.
Odedina disclosed that 600 hectares of the land were cleared by the state government, while the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, assisted in clearing 400 hectares.
According to him, the land will be allocated to minimum of 1,000 interested youths in the area.
He added that the governor had earlier in the year mandated the ministry to engage in Climate Smart Agriculture.
The commissioner said that this informed the ministry’s plan to take advantage of Oyan dam, close to the farmland, for irrigation.
“In Ogun, we are concentrating on our strength. We are into cassava, rice and vegetables. We want to include facilities for irrigation here so that the young farmers will not only depend on rain.
“We want young people to come here and farm, and demonstrate profitably,” he said.
Odedina, while meeting the Baale of Apojula, Chief Jelili Ogundiya, appreciated the people for accepting government’s agricultural programme in the area.
He assured that there would be provision of more potable water, as plan was underway to erect a borehole for the inhabitants of the village.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Dotun Sorunke, described the people of the area as accommodating.
Also, Mr Yekeen Razaq, Deputy Director, Land Management, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that federal government’s collaboration with the state on agriculture was meant to provide sufficient food for the country and create jobs.
Responding, Ogundiya commended government for the project in the community and prayed for its successful implementation. (NAN)(NAN)
The Ogun Government says it will harness the Integrated Surveillance Response, as well as engaging in continuous education of farmers on preventive measures for the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease currently ravaging farms in the state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina, said on Friday at a seminar for poultry farmers at Veterinary Hospital Complex, Ita-Eko, Abeokuta, while reacting to the emergence of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Diseases (RHDs) in the animal’s farms in Ogun.
The seminar has the theme: “Promoting and Sustaining Healthy and Profitable Cuniculture in Ogun State”, as a way of combating the spread of emerging RHDs.
He also warned stakeholders in rabbit meat value-chain against the use of unauthorised vaccine, saying it would further cause outbreaks of diseases to farm animals.
Odedina, represented by Dr Dotun Sorunke, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, conveyed government’s sympathy to the affected farmers, whose farms were ravaged by RHDs.
He said that vaccination of rabbits against the disease was not an option as other nations of the world using vaccine had continued to have outbreaks.
“We empathise with the dire situation rabbit farmers have been plunged into in the last couple of weeks, and I must say that your losses have not gone unnoticed by the Gov. Dapo Abiodun-led administration.
“Having lost over 3,000 rabbits to this outbreak, concerted effort is thus being harnessed toward integrated surveillance response and continuous education of farmers and stakeholders in the rabbit meat value-chain.
“I must emphasise that vaccination of rabbits against Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease is not an option as other countries using vaccine have continued to have outbreaks.
“This is not uncorrelated with the presence of several variants of the virus and the absence of cross protection among the strains, thus lending credence to the fact that vaccine is not the solution to RHDs,” he said.
Dr Taiwo Jolaoso, Director of Veterinary Service, while delivering his lecture titled, “Cuniculture: Where It Was, Where It Is and Where It Ought To Be”, described Cuniculture as the practice of raising domestic animal for meat or food.
He said that it must be promoted and sustained as it was a source of employment and meat supply.
He, however, warned against contaminated feeds, importation of breeds from untrusted sources and poor bio-security that could destroy the industry.
The director also lamented that most rabbit farmers were not registered with the government, saying that unregistered farmers would not be recognised by the government and would not enjoy government’s intervention.
He noted that the habit of rabbit farmers not consulting veterinary doctors contributed largely to the outbreak of the communicable disease in the industry.
He urged farmers to make sure they were registered with the government in order for them to be recognised.
One of the participants, Mr Oluwakemi Balogun from Ijebu-Ode, said he was encouraged by the seminar, noting, “I am seeing government’s responsiveness and I’m giving Gov. Dapo Abiodun 100 per cent in responding to farmers’ plight.”
Balogun, promised to imbibe all the lessons of the seminar and work with the government to promote rabbitry busines.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Peter Ejiofor)
The Ogun Government on Wednesday said that it was making efforts to reposition the state’s health sector to meet international standard without leaving any stone unturned.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, said this during the opening of a five-day workshop with the theme: “Annual Operational Plan (AOP) of the Health Sector for the Year 2021”.
The workshop, which is holistic in nature, was organised by the Federal Ministry of Health in conjunction with some other development partners.
It is expected to provide a road map with timelines to take the sector to an enviable destination.
Coker said that the gathering was the first of its kind since the State Strategic Health Development Plan (SSHDP II) was initiated for 2018-2022 by the Federal Ministry of Health to improve the health status of residents of Ogun.
She said that embracing the plan would afford the state the opportunity to scale up effective service coverage, coordinating support for health, and increasing domestic health financing.
“The Gov. Dapo Abiodun-led government, indeed, has the political will to reposition the sector by coming up with this type of workshop to leverage the benefits of the SSHDP II.
“With this annual operational plan for the coming year, we are sure that we will be better for it.
“We need to design a way forward to achieve the goals set for 2018 to date so that by 2022, we will have done a lot on the plan,” she said.
Coker said that no fewer than 50 areas of interventions in the plan would be pursued vigorously without leaving any stone unturned.
According to her, the areas of intervention include: maternal and child health, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, tuberculosis, as well as family planning uptake, immunisation and infrastructure.
The commissioner stressed the need for the heads of various agencies and departments in the health sector to be up and doing in the pursuit of the plan.
She said that everyone was important in the scheme of things.
He said that the plan would support the sector’s efforts in the coming year.
Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Peter Dada
No fewer than 469 farmers under the Ogun Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, have been provided with agricultural inputs to further boost farming activities in the state.
Dr Adeola Odedina, Commissioner for Agriculture, made this known while inaugurating the distribution at the State Agricultural Development Programme (OGADEP) in Idi Aba, Abeokuta, on Wednesday.
The commissioner, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Dotun Sorunke, gave the assurance that government would not relent in assisting farmers in terms of training, innovation, mechanisation and extension services, among others.
“It is indeed another demonstration of the Gov. Dapo Abiodun-led administration’s resolve to revamp the agricultural sector.
“Apart from these inputs, we are also supporting them with training, innovation, mechanisation as well as extension services so they can get the expected yield.
“We will continue to leverage on the opportunities provided by CBN and other development partners,” he said.
Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, Dr Angel Adelaja-Kuye, maintained that the state would continue to collaborate with development partners to enhance capacity of the farmers.
She added that the state governor vowed to make everything possible to ensure that farmers had all they needed to be connected to inputs, land and other support services.
Mrs Oluyemisi Olukoya, Head, Development Finance, CBN, gave an assurance that the scheme would soon be extended to other commodities, urging farmers to work toward timely repayment, so that other farmers could benefit.
“Apart from the distribution, we have been aggregating list of farmers’ cooperatives, under the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and those that are not part of the association have also been well coordinated and registered to also benefit,” she said.
Also Mr Olusegun Dasaolu, Chairman, AFAN, who was represented by the Youth President of the association, Mr Olorunshola Osasona, appreciated the government for facilitating the inputs, urging his colleagues to make good use of them.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that inputs distributed include, herbicides, different sizes of maize seedlings, pesticides and fertilisers, among others.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)