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Tambuwal, Badaru, Bagudu commend Fayemi on project quality, prudent spending

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Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has been commended by his colleague governors for completing projects that were abandoned by his predecessors in the state, describing the act as practical demonstration of leadership and good governance.

Governors Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi State, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State and Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State who spoke at different project commissioning events across the three senatorial districts of Ekiti State on Friday also commended Governor Fayemi for the high quality of projects executed and his prudent management of scarce resources.

The three governors, their host, Dr Fayemi, top government functionaries, traditional rulers and community leaders were part of the project commissioning which became a mini carnival as residents trooped out in large number to partake of the events.

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The commissioning of the road projects came barely one month after the state government flagged off the construction/ rehabilitation of another set of road projects across the state as well as the state capital.

Governor Bagudu, who inaugurated the Ijan-Igbemo-Ire-Ilupeju road project, commended Governor Fayemi for sustaining the tenet of good governance and leading by example in through the completion of projects and programmes that were initiated and abandoned by past administrations.

The Kebbi State Governor, added that he learnt from his Ekiti State counterpart’s good deed that politics was not “about abandoning predecessors’ work but ensuring that the work got completed to ensure the tax payers get value for their money.”

Also speaking while inaugurating the Oye-Ayede-Ikun Dairy farm-Kwara State Boundary Road project; which was first constructed by former Governor Niyi Adebayo, Governor Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State lauded Governor Fayemi for demonstrating prudence in expending the people’s resources judiciously on life lifting projects.

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The Jigawa State Governor said the quality of work done on the road and other road projects earlier visited when compared with the amount of money expended showed that there was value for the money spent on the project.

“When I look at the quality of these road projects and the amount Governor Fayemi spent on them, I know a lot of negotiation must have gone into it. This shows the Governor is committed to ensuring tax payers get maximum value for their money.

Governor Tambuwal who also inaugurated the Aramoko-Erinjiyan-Ikogosi road, praised Governor Fayemi for living up to people’s expectation by delivering quality road that would improve the standard of living of the people.

Tambuwal who is the Vice Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum said his relationship with Governor Fayemi was far above partisan politics but hinged on good governance and delivery of public goods to the people.

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Governor Fayemi, in his address to the benefiting communities said the Ire-Ilupeju-Igbemo-Ijan road was strategic as it connects the three senatorial districts together and houses the resuscitated Ire Brick Factory.

Dr Fayemi disclosed that the road project was initiated in 2014 before he left office and was subsequently abandoned by the last administration. He added that the road would be of great relief to commercial vehicles and other users of the road.

Speaking on Oye-Ayede-Ikun Dairy Farm – Kwara Boundary Road, the Ekiti State Governor disclosed that the rehabilitation of the road would boost the operation of Ikun Dairy Farm by providing unhindered access to the farm and marketing of the product.

He added that the newly constructed 13.5 kilometre Aramoko-Erinjiyan- Ikogosi road would boost tourism attraction and improve access to the resuscitated Ikogosi Warm Spring.

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He commended the contractors that handled the road projects for doing a quality job and delivering the project within the given time frame.

He said, “This is a very strategic road that connects the three senatorial districts and also houses the resuscitated Ire Clay Factory and its impact cuts across key communities and services.

“As a responsible government, we decided to terminate the contract and re-awarded it as rehabilitation to the initial contractor. The rehabilitation of this road will undoubtedly be a great relief to motorists using the road which is in fulfilment of the Infrastructure and Industrial Development of the 5-point Agenda.

“Rehabilitation of Oye-Ayede-Ikun Dairy Farm road which extended to Kwara boundary would no doubt boost the agricultural activities of the communities along this axis and the lives of the residents will be transformed in and around the State. The State’s Internally Generated Revenue will be enhanced because of the operation of Ikun Dairy Farm. This road will boost the operation of the company, facilitate easy access to the farm and marketing the products.

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“I commend the contractor for delivering a quality job on schedule. You have demonstrated that you are serious minded contractor. This government will continue to patronize those contractors who are performing to specification, while the non-performing ones would be shown the way out.”

Governor Fayemi appealed to the citizens of the state to work with the government in ensuring the longevity of the roads, stressing that indiscriminate dumping of waste in drains usually do incalculable damage to the roads.

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Gov. Makinde renews pledge to deliver good governance to Oyo people

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Oyo State Governor ‘Seyi Makinde Tuesday, promised that his administration will continue to use the state’s commonwealth for the good of the people in all the nooks and crannies of the south west state.

The governor, who stated this while receiving hundreds of members of the Iseyin Development Union, led by His Royal Majesty, the Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Dr. Abdul-Ganiyy Salaudeen, said all zones in the state will witness rapid development under his watch.

A statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), to the Governor, Taiwo Adisa, indicated that Iseyin residents led by the Aseyin and well-meaning indigenes of the town paid the solidarity visit to the governor at the Government Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.

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While addressing them, Governor Makinde maintained that residents of Iseyin and all other towns in the state should expect more monumental projects across the state, adding that these projects will welcome new faces and bring development to the state.

He explained that the only thing his administration can do is to leave the state better than it met it, calling on all and sundry to join hands with the government in its bid to develop the state.

Governor Makinde, who promised that his administration will continue to spread out and develop the state, said: “I want to greet the Kabiyesi Aseyin of Iseyin, other chiefs, and other dignitaries here present.”Sincerely, I am overwhelmed by this show of appreciation and the reason is that you are acknowledging the works I have been doing since I came into government.

“But indeed, it is your money that is working, not the money of Seyi Makinde’s father. It is our commonwealth and the essence of government is to use the commonwealth for the common good of our people and this is what we will continue to do as an administration.

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“The only thing we can do as a government is to leave the state better than we met it. And, fortunately for my people in Iseyin, where the geography places Iseyin zone, you can accommodate.

“You can see that the journey from Moniya to Iseyin is just 45 minutes now, and it means that someone can be working at Secretariat and come from Iseyin every day. So, it is not necessary that all of us must squeeze ourselves inside Ibadan. “We want to spread out and develop the state as a corridor for all the zones in Oyo state.

“Let me plead with you that development is still ongoing and the government is doing what it is supposed to do in terms of infrastructure. “The development will come naturally from investors but what we need from you is your cooperation with the government.

“Among the projects, we want to carry out is the Trans Motel in Iseyin, which should have been done. But there are few people who are constituting themselves as clogs in the wheel of progress. Baba, please we want you to talk to them because we want nightlife in Iseyin. We want those traveling to Ado-Awaye to have the opportunity to stay and spend the night at Iseyin.

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“Once the university also takes off, we need places for people to sleep. So, join hands with the government.

“If the economy becomes expanded, there won’t be poverty in the land. So, I want you to visualize what is coming. Iseyin is being linked to Oyo and when the road is completed in six months’ time, it will only take 20 minutes from Iseyin to Oyo. Iseyin is being linked to Ogbomoso and when the road is completed, it will be a maximum of an hour. So, we should expect an economy that will welcome new faces and development.

“Within 20 years, my focus is to make Iseyin link up with Ibadan. So, I want you to be prepared that development is almost at the arrival point to Iseyin and Oke Ogun zone.

“As you have come to show appreciation, we will double our effort as a government. “We will not disappoint ourselves and we will not disappoint you as well. I thank you very much and God bless.”

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Earlier, the National President, Iseyin Development Union, Alhaji Bayo Raji, said that the visit was to thank the Governor Makinde-led administration for the various monumental projects across Oyo State and especially in Iseyin and Oke Ogun land, which includes; the completed Iseyin-Moniya Road spanning 65 kilometers, which link Ibadanland and Oke Ogun; location of LAUTECH College of Agriculture and Renewable Resources in Iseyin; the ongoing Iseyin-Oyo Road construction.

Others, he said, include the recently approved Iseyin-Fapote-Ogbomoso road and the street light electrification at three strategic locations within the Iseyin metropolis as well as the completion of the Saki Township Road and the ongoing Saki-Ogbooro-Igboho Road construction.

Raji added that the government has equally completed various abandoned projects across the state, noting that the state has never had it so good since independence.
He maintained that within two to three years, the present administration has laid new standards for governance, saying: “With what your administration has done, we are assured that the future of Oyo State will be better.

“We cannot thank you enough. But we shall continue to pray for you and your government for redirecting the state policy, showcasing modern standards, and serving as a model in leadership, governance, and party management.”

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Also speaking, Senator Gbenga Babalola, appreciated the governor, saying that the people of Iseyin could not but identify themselves with Makinde, who he described as an uncommon governor, a promise keeper.

Babalola stated: “We cannot but identify ourselves with you. When you were seeking election, we were skeptical because we have always been inundated with promises that were never kept. But since you became governor, you have shown fairness. You have inculcated fairness in governance.”

The Lawmaker equally declared that as a mark of appreciation to the governor, the Iseyin community has decided to confer on him and his wife the titles of Aare Atunluto and Yeye Aare Atunluto of Iseyinland.

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NCC boss, Danbatta charges staff to sustain effective service delivery

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Members of staff of the Ibadan Zonal Office (IBZO) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) have been tasked to sustain their commitment to regulatory effectiveness in keeping with Commission’s strategic objectives.

The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made this call recently in Ibadan when he visited the IBZO of the Commission en route Osogbo to deliver the 10th and 11th Convocation Lecture of the Fountain University.

Speaking later at an interactive session with staff of the Zonal Office, Danbatta commended the zonal controller and his team on the good work they have been doing in ensuring the people of the zone feel the presence and impact, as well as the significance of the Commission’s regulatory activities.

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In a news release signed Tuesday by the NCC Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, EVC urged the staff of the Commission not to relent on the successes that have been recorded, imploring them to rededicate themselves to their assigned responsibilities, in order to sustain effective delivery of regulatory services to the people of the zone in keeping with Commission’s commitment to ensuring greater regulatory effectiveness.

Danbatta asserted that his appeal takes life off the fact that the Commission and its staff have become major drivers of the Federal Government’s vision for the birth of a robust digital economy as encapsulated in the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020-2030 and the Nigerian national Broadband Plan (NNBP) 2020-2025.

“The NCC CEO reminded the staff of the necessity to internalize the regulatory imperatives of the Strategic Management Plan (SMP), 2021-2024, as well as the Strategic Vision Plan (SVP) 2021-2025, both of which are streamlined implementation roadmaps by which the Commission plans to actualize the national digital economy and broadband targets as articulated by the Federal Government” the statement said.

In his response, the Controller, Ibadan Zonal Office of the Commission, Yomi Arowosafe who spoke on behalf of the staff of the Zonal Office, expressed gratitude to the Management for the visit and promised that the zonal office would sustain effective delivery of NCC’s regulatory services to the people of the geo-political zone.

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The EVC, management and other staff in his entourage were earlier received on arrival at Ibadan by Arowosafe, who led the EVC and his team on a tour of the Zonal Office.

In the EVC covnvoy were: NCC’s Director, Projects, Abigail Sholanke; Director, Digital Economy, Dr. Austin Nwaulune; Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde; Head Research and Development, Kelechi Nwankwo; and other senior management staff of the Commission.

Recall that the IBZO was established in October 2005 to bring the Commission’s regulatory services closer to the South West geopolitical zone, except Lagos and Ogun which are in the purview of Lagos ZonalOffice. However, the jurisdictional sphere of the Ibadan Zonal Office, however includes other South West states and Kwara State.

The recently constructed NCC Zonal Office building at Ibadan became fully functional in 2015 when the Commission’s Management directed staff to commence operational activities from the new complex.

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