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Makinde receives draft of Oyo State development plan 2021-2040

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Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, received the draft of the Oyo State Development Plan, 2021-2040, from the Central Working Committee and Technical Group.
He stated that his administration will unveil a long-term state development plan and a medium-term development plan from 2021-2025 in the second quarter of next year.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor,  Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor, while receiving the draft of the development plan 2021-2040 at the Executive Chamber, Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, said that the plan, which would be unveiled through an economic summit, would facilitate economic prosperity for Oyo State and serve as a guide for successive administrations.
He explained that the plan would equally help enforce commitment to promises made to the people, adding that the plan comprises economic development, human capital and social development, infrastructure development and physical planning, among others.
Governor Makinde also stressed that the development plan would keep the people abreast of the government’s visions in ensuring sustainable development in the state as well as promote participatory governance.
He said: “It was just about six months ago that we inaugurated this 27-member Oyo State Economic Steering Committee with a mandate to create the document that will serve as a roadmap for sustainable development for our dear state.
“Well, I am excited that today, we are receiving the document, the Oyo State Development Plan (Agenda 2040) and the medium-term development plan for 2021-2025.
“Well, you know politicians like making promises in every election cycle – in about two weeks’ time in 2022 – that will be the beginning of another election cycle. “What you see is either we make big promises or recycle old promises to the people but what ensures that these promises made become promises kept is having a roadmap with clearly defined milestones and deliverables.
“In fact, I can say that the economic prosperity that we are enjoying currently is because we are working with the roadmap. We already had the plan of what to prioritise, and now, we will prioritise it.
“We have seen what works and so, in keeping with tenets of our engineering a modern Oyo State, and as true pioneers of transformation, our administration embarked on creating this document so that those that are coming after us will not have to go through the same struggles that we went through.
“This development plan will, in the medium and long terms, provide reliable pointers to sustainable development. The document will be presented to the good people of Oyo State in all the geopolitical zones for their buy-in. This is because we do not think we are the most brilliant in the state or we know where the shoe pinches in all the geopolitical zones. So, we will give them the opportunity to see this document and also make their inputs.
“The document will be sent to the Executive Council for approval. We can make plans but when we don’t put timelines, it may just be a mirage. So, I will give a timeline of on/or before the third anniversary of this administration, we would launch the document.”
Governor Makinde, who stated that the development plans contained in the document were based on the four pillars of economic development; human capital and social development; infrastructure development; and physical planning and sustainable development; said it became imperative to plan for the future of the state.
“I must say that making this plan for the future is not an easy task.
“For example, the Nigeria of today is different from the Nigeria of 25 years ago. In the same way, the Oyo State we have today will be different from the Oyo State that we will see in the next twenty years.
“In putting together this economic plan, a metric that changes the dynamics of the society has to be taken into consideration. But you can be confident that a good job has been done in this document,” the governor added.
He appreciated the effort of the coordinating consultant, Prof. Olu Ajakaiye and members of the central working committee and the technical working group for their immense contributions towards the production of the Oyo State Development Plan (Agenda 2040) and medium-term development plan 2021-2025.
Earlier in his remark, the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Prof. Babatunde Musibau, noted that the development plan will be the first of its kind in the history of Oyo State.
He hinted that the plan is all about the identification of a more holistic solution to development problems, explaining that the development plan contained four pillars and 25 thematic areas in line with the global development agenda.
He also noted that the document has a specific time benchmark with clear vision and smart goals.

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Doctor suspended after being accused of depositing his semen in cup of tea he gave to a woman

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A doctor who allegedly deposited his semen in a cup of tea and gave it to a woman to drink has been arraigned in court.

The 54 years old doctor identified as Dr Nicholas John Chapman, has also been suspended from his post at the 4,000-patient North Curry Health Centre.

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He denies the allegation and has been given a chance to defend himself in court.

The details of the case against the doctor were outlined during a hearing at Taunton Magistrates’ Court in Somerset, England.

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Dr Chapman is charged with attempting to cause a woman aged 16 or over to engage in sexual activity without consent.

Prosecutor Giles Tippett said that the victim discovered a substance at the bottom of her cup once she had finished the drink given to her by the defendant.

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Mr Tippett said the incident was reported to the police three days later and a laboratory test confirmed the substance was “semen that related to the doctor”.

Nigel Yeo, defending, said his client’s response to the charge is “a straightforward denial”.

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South African born Dr Chapman qualified as a doctor at the University of Cape Town in 1993.

He was given the chance to defend himself at the trial in the magistrates’ court.

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He elected to be tried in front of a judge and jury at Taunton Crown Court. He will face a plea and trial preparation hearing on Monday, February 21.

Dr Chapman was released on conditional bail, including an order not to contact any named witnesses, by chairman of the beach Valerie Castell.

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Nigel Yeo said “all his community ties” are in the UK, where he lives with his partner and part time with a child.

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Anyaoku at 89: Peter Obi hails his fatherly role in Anambra

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A former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has felicitated with a former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, as he clocks 89.

Obi, in a statement, hailed the elder statesman for his great fatherly role in Anambra State and his think-home philosophy.

This was contained in a congratulatory message issued and signed by Obi’s Media Officer, Valentine Obienyem, on Wednesday.

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Obi described Anyaoku as an exemplary ambassador of Nigeria and Anambra, on the global stage.

He said that Anyaoku has continued to contribute to the peace and development of Nigeria and indeed Anambra, his home state.

Obi explained that while he lived in the United Kingdom, in the 90s, he always felt proud, as an Igbo man, with Anyaoku’s contributions to the Commonwealth of Nations.

He said: “I recall that it was in 1997, during Chief Emeka Anyaoku’s tenure, at the Edinburgh Conference, that the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC), of which I was an early member, was formed.

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“As a body saddled with the responsibility of enhancing trades and mobilising investments among member nations of the Commonwealth, the CBC played an active role in the economic development of member nations.

“Being an early member of the Council afforded me the opportunity of participating in their conferences in Malaysia, Mauritius, India, Australia, Malta, South Africa, etc.”

The former governor also recalled that he spoke at different Commonwealth events, especially the ones held in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

Obi said that in 2013, as the then Governor of Anambra State, he was a special guest at Anyaoku’s 80th birthday, hosted by the then Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma, at the Commonwealth Headquarters.

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He added: “Also as the then Chairman of South Eastern Governors, I co-hosted the 80th birthday celebration of Chief Anyaoku at Obosi.

“The Obosi event had in attendance all the then South Eastern Governors; former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu, and many other dignitaries from across the country and beyond.

“I am honoured to associate with and celebrate a man, whose greatness has rubbed off on us, both individually and collectively as a nation.

“It is my earnest prayers that God will grant him good health of mind and body now and always.”

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The internationally-respected diplomat clocked 89 on January 18.

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