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Osun: NGO, civil servants, others harp on eradication of FGM



By Ismail Azeez, Osogbo

Civil Society organisations, Non-governmental Organisations, Government Workers, and Media practitioners in Osun State have been charged to advocate for the end of the practice of female genital mutilation and cutting in the state.

The female genital mutilation and cutting laws were passed as direct legislation to prohibit the practice under the Osun State Law 2004 and assented to by the Governor to become enforceable on the 12th day of April 2005.

The circumcision of the female girls became illegal and punishable under Section 335, the Criminal Code of Osun State which stated that any person who is guilty of the felony is liable to imprisonment for seven years.

To have zero practice of female genital mutilation in all 30 LGA and one Area Office of Osun, Haley Health Initiative organised a 3-day Capacity Building Workshop for stakeholders on female genital mutilation, policies, and laws in Osogbo, Osun State capital.

Speaking, the Director of Legal Drafting, Ministry of Justice, Osun state, Barrister Kayode Titiloye said that female genital mutilation or cutting is grievous bodily harm to the private part of the victim that is against the consent of the victim.

Titiloye further said that the Osun state law for the Prohibition of female genital mutilation makes it a crime to submit self for female genital mutilation in the state.

The legal practitioner called for the amendment of the law of Osun state to compel the health workers, public officials,  traditional rulers, and religious leaders that discover the mutilation of a child or a woman to report the case officially.

“The Osun law for the Prohibition of female genital mutilation makes it a crime to submit yourself for female genital mutilation or courting and anybody who perpetuates such on a minor commits also an offense under the law.

“The justice sector is ready. But the enforcement is the challenge we have with the law because of a cultural orientation of not reporting our neighbors or community orientation of not indicting our neighbors especially you see that the perpetrator of FGM either grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, uncles, aunties, somebody, the family or the community.” he said

Meanwhile, the Representative of the Hacey Health Initiative, Mr. Ayo Alabi disclosed that the workshop was organised to build people capacity to campaign against the practice of female genital mutilation in the society.

Alabi said that the campaign is simultaneously going on in Oyo, Ekiti and Osun state to ensure people stop the pr

Alabi stressed that the organizers are trying to build a collaborative effort with government officials, NGOs, Civil Societies Organisations, and media practitioners to ensure that stakeholders reduce the prevalence of FGM.

He commended the residents of the state for their robotic support to eradicate the practice, saying the practice is drastically reduced across the state.

“We have trained over a thousand persons from the political offices, the local government Chairmen, the Counselors or the political office holders in the rural areas, and the community leaders and the markets woman

One of the participants, the ministry of women, children and social affairs in the state, Mrs Oluwatoyin Oyetola described the workshop as an enlightenment programme to know the negative effects of FGM on women.

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Ekiti set to improve traffic management with ring road project



The first Ring Road Project in Ekiti State was launched on Friday by Governor Biodun Oyebanji, who said it will transform the state’s development and traffic management when completed.

The Governor made this remark in Iworoko Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state, during the flag-off ceremony of the Ado Ekiti Ring Road Phase 1.

He said the project, which is the first of its kind in the state’s policy thrust, will connect Iworoko to the Ekiti State International Cargo Airport in Ado Ekiti and the Ekiti Knowledge Zone. The road will pass through Iworoko, Are, Afao, Araromi Obo, Igbogun and end at Aso Ayegunle and Ijan Ekiti area.

He explained that the road will help to ease the congestion in Ado Ekiti metropolis, which is often crowded with heavy trucks travelling on the Lagos-Ibadan-Ado-Lokoja Abuja Highway. This causes traffic jams and serious discomfort for commuters.

“This project will put an end to a long time of pain on some strategic roads in our state. This is a testament to the gains of continuity. It was first awarded by Governor Kayode Fayemi, but the contractor could not mobilise to site due to the outbreak of Coronavirus.

“But the project was made possible today because the electorate voted for our party, so this is the beauty of continuity. If we have been doing this, we would have gone beyond this level. Any state where you witness development, it means they have a government that has the privilege of serving back-to-back and enjoy the opportunity of sustaining their policies like they are doing in Lagos.

“This road will enhance trade and commerce, promote tourism and facilitate easy movement of agricultural products. It is a game changer, so the contractor needs your support. I know that our people are hospitable.

“I appeal to you to join hands with the contractor to deliver a quality job. Don’t disturb them, this could stop them from finishing on time. The beauty of it is that in my discussion with Craneburg Company leadership, they assured that labour will be sourced locally and whoever is employed as a worker should be ready to work.

“The local Contents bill is in the State House of Assembly and when passed into law will mandate all contractors to source their labour locally.

Oyebanji also disclosed his government’s plan to acquire large areas of land at the Ekiti State Cargo Airport area to implement a suburban development plan that will create a replica of Ado Ekiti town to attract investors to the state.

The Commissioner for Works, Mr. Sola Adebayo, highlighted the importance of the project, saying that with the ring road, commuters will not need to pass through Ado Ekiti to reach some destinations in the state. This will reduce the persistent agony of traffic logjam in the state capital.

Adebayo said the government prioritised the project because it will serve the Cargo Airport, Ekiti Knowledge Zone and tertiary institutions like the Federal Polytechnic and Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti.

“This will bring a significant transformation to the development of the state and it is a symbol that Governor Oyebanji places priority on the people by way of reducing traffic hold up to the barest minimum.

“Let me restate that this government is committed to transparency and accountability in the award of projects and this shall be strictly followed in the execution of this project. We will ensure that a quality job is delivered and compliance to standard is followed.”

The General Manager, Corporate Services, Craneburg Construction Company, the contractor handling the project, Mr. Elie Adem, expressed confidence that the company will not disappoint the trust placed in its expertise and technical know-how in delivering the best for the state.

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Ondo APC stakeholders insist on empowering Aiyedatiwa as acting Gov. after Tinubu’s intervention



Hours after the intervention of President Bola Tinubu in the political crisis rocking Ondo State, some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state have insisted that the deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, should be empowered as acting governor.

The APC chieftains, under the aegis of Ondo APC Progressives Stakeholders, in Akure at the weekend insisted that Aiyedatiwa should take over as Acting Governor in accordance with constitutional provisions towards resolving the political imbroglio in the state.

Tinubu had called for the maintenance of the status quo, urging Aiyedatiwa to continue as the deputy governor.

However, the Ondo APC stakeholders, after their meeting in Akure, expressed concerns over the continued absence of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, stating that it has adversely affected the governance and economy of the state.

In a statement issued after the meeting and signed by the Chairman, former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Afe Olowookere, and Secretary, Hon. Raman Rotimi, who was also a former APC Secretary in the state, the urgent need for the House of Assembly to empower Aiyedatiwa to assume the responsibilities of the acting governor was emphasised.

“APC party members should be allowed to participate and determine those to be appointed or elected into political and party offices.

“Elders and leaders of the party must be recognised and given their pride of place in the party, rather than being neglected and ostracised by the party.

“The system of writing the names of party executives and candidates without due process will be objected to and resisted with all political and legal means possible,” the statement said.

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Adeleke jets out to Europe, reiterates commitment on delivering of five-point agenda



By Ismail Azeez, Osogbo

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has embarked on a short working vacation to Europe and Asia to finalise partnership deals with investors and development partners.

This was contained in a statement signed over the weekend by the Spokesperson to the State Governor, Mallam Olawale Rasheed.

According to the statement, the Governor has not gone on a break since assuming office a year ago and is billed to conclude partnership deals in several sectors with investors who had earlier visited the state.

Adeleke before his departure, said Osun people have the right to know about the movement of their Governor, hence, his public disclosure of his short vacation abroad.

“This is a democracy. My masters are Osun people who elected me into office and to whom I am surely accountable. My trip is however a working one as I will be meeting foreign partners who are eager to join several sectors of our state economy.

“The last year has been rewarding as we have stabilised the state from inherited rot. We are reconstructing and simultaneously delivering good governance. That is why our 2024 budget is tagged budget of reconstruction and recovery.

“In one year, we placed Osun state on a path of sustainable development, upgrading critical sectors like education, health, culture and entertainment, water, sports, digital economy, workers’ welfare, infrastructures, and agriculture. We capped it with a multi-billion naira infrastructure plan now under implementation.

“I thank the Osun people for their continuous support and prayers. At home and abroad, I am committed to delivering on our five-point agenda for a better life for our people,” the Governor was quoted as saying.

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