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Oyo: Makinde swears-in SSG, HoS, commissioners, Perm Secs

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Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has sworn-in the Secretary to the State Government, the Head of Service and 16 Commissioners.

The Governor also swore-in14 Permanent Secretaries, including the Accountant-General of the State, held at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.

He charged the SSG, Head of Service, permanent secretaries and returning commissioners to see their appointments and elevations as a call to greater work and responsibility, saying: “To you all, this is a call for more work. Some of the commissioners worked with me during the first tenure and some of you already know how I work and nothing is going to change.”

“Some people have said that the second term administrations are usually very lax because they are not looking for anything. Well, we are looking for a strong legacy to give back to Oyo State. So, we are not going to let our people down.

“I want you to know that we have a lot to do for our people. We already prepared the roadmap for sustainable development 2023-2027. Please, key into it.

“These are very difficult periods. A lot has happened in this second tenure, and from what we have seen, a lot will be required from us. Please, there should not be laxity. You have all taken the oath of office and I expect you to deliver according to the oath you have just taken,” the governor added.

A former Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Ibadan, Professor Olanike Kudirat Adeyemo, was also sworn-in as the Secretary to the State Government, while the Head of Service, Mrs. Olubunmi Oni was also sworn-in, following her appointment in May.

Makinde assured the people of the state of quality service delivery under Omituntun 2.0, stating that he and the political appointees and top civil servants sworn-in on Wednesday, would serve the state to the best of their abilities.

The Governor said the state government would continue with the conduct of the examinations, urging those interested in becoming Permanent Secretaries to get ready for examinations, as the list of successful applicants for the top civil service posts has been exhausted.

Governor Makinde, who maintained that his administration has continued to follow through on its commitment to run an all-inclusive government that leaves no zone behind, said all 14 federal constituencies in the state have at least one commissioner among those sworn-in.

He charged residents of the state not to distract the administration with criticisms that are not constructive, but should rather allow the government to serve the best interest of the people.

He said, “Since we sent the names of commissioner-nominees to the House of Assembly, we have been inundated with all sorts of analyses – like who is from where? Who brought who and all that.

“Well, let me state it clearly that we started it during our first tenure. This is the first administration that had commissioners from all the 14 federal constituencies of Oyo State, and I know who came from where.

“I read a story where people from Oyo criticised the fact that the Governor is from Ibadan, Deputy Governor from Oke-Ogun, Chief of Staff from Ogbomoso and the Speaker from Ibarapa. And now, the SSG is also from Oke-Ogun. But have we forgotten Oyo Federal Constituency?

“Well, in front of me today, we have three commissioners being sworn-in from Oyo Federal Constituency. So, if you say one commissioner per constituency, Oyo Federal Constituency has three. So, when people do these analyses, I wonder why.

“This is a government that is still being formed. So, I will appeal to our people that if they cannot help us by criticising us constructively, they should not distract us. Let us serve the interest of the people of the state to the best of our ability.

“I think we should be talking about service delivery to our people. What we have demonstrated is that all these people are eminently qualified. That means if we look very well, there is no part of Oyo State that cannot contribute its quota to the progress and well-being of our state. And, as a government, we will continue to search for such people from all the nooks and cranny of Oyo State to serve the state.”

Responding on behalf of the appointees, the newly sworn-in Secretary to the State Government, Professor Adeyemo promised to work with the vision of Governor Makinde to deliver the agenda of Omituntun 2.0 to the good people of Oyo State.

A press statement by Mr Sulaimon Olanrewaju, Chief Press Secretary to the Oyo State governor listed the Commissioners and their portfolios are as follows:

Mr. Akinola Ojo (Ministry of Finance)

Professor Tunji Babatunde (Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning)

Barr. Seun Ashamu (Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources)

Mr. Biodun Aikomo (Ministry of Justice/Attorney-General)

Mrs. Toyin Balogun (Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion)

Mr. Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola (Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources)

Mr. Williams Akin-Funmilayo (Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban development)

Mr. Wasiu Olatunbosun ((Ministry of Culture and Tourism)

Prince Dotun Oyelade ( Ministry of Information)

Mr. Segun Olayiwola (Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters)

Alhaja Faosat Joke Sanni (Ministry of Special Duties)

Professor Daud Shangodoyin (Ministry of Public Works and Transport)

Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye (Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development)

Mr. Ademola Ojo (Ministry of Trade, Investment, Industry and Cooperatives)

Professor AbdulWaheed Soliu (Ministry of Education, Science and Technology)

Mr. Adeniyi Adebisi (Establishments and Training).

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Eidel-Kabir: FG declares Monday and Tuesday public holidays

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The Federal Government has declared Monday 17 and Tuesday 18, as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

This is contained in a statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Dr Aishetu Ndayako, on Friday in Abuja.

She stated that the Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated all Muslim Ummah both at home and in the Diaspora.

He urged the Muslim Ummah to continue to imbibe the spirit of peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be upon Him).

Tunji-Ojo also urged them to use the period to pray for unity, prosperity and the stability of the country.

The minister assured that the administration of President Bola Tinubu, was committed to safeguarding the lives and property of all Nigerians.

While wishing the Muslim Ummah a happy celebration, the minister advised all Nigerians to take responsibility in the resolve to hand over a prosperous Nigeria to our children.

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Tinubu to receive draft bill proposing regional govt system today

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…Afenifere chieftain unveils proposal for 8-region Nigeria, interim boundaries

…Coalition advocates new constitution in Nigeria’s Governance overhaul blueprint

…Union proposes retaining 36 States as provinces with reduced powers

By Sodiq Adelakun

President Bola Tinubu is set to receive a draft bill today that seeks to reintroduce a regional system of government in Nigeria.

The proposed legislation, titled ‘A Bill for an Act to substitute the annexure to Decree 24 of 1999 with New Governance Model for the Federal Republic of Nigeria,’ was authored by Akin Fapohunda, a chieftain of the Yoruba socio-cultural association, Afenifere.

The bill aims to establish a new governance model for Nigeria, which would involve a return to a regional system of government. If passed, the new laws would be cited as “The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria New Governance Model for Nigeria Act 2024.”

Akin Fapohunda, the author of the draft bill proposing a return to a regional government system in Nigeria, has announced that the bill will be transmitted to President Bola Tinubu on Friday.

Recall that this comes despite the House of Representatives’ earlier disownment of the bill, with its spokesman, Akin Rotimi, and the Chairman of the Committee on Rules and Business, stating that it had not been listed for deliberation in the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution.

“I’m submitting my letter (draft bill) today but I will wait for seven days before releasing it to the public,” he said

Also, Akin Fapohunda, representing the Coalition of Indigenous Ethnic Nationalities, has unveiled a proposal to divide the country into eight distinct geo-political regions, complete with interim boundaries.

Speaking to journalists, Fapohunda outlined the envisioned regions, with the southern region encompassing Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, and Cross Rivers States, along with other ethnic communities.

The South Eastern region is slated to include Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo States, while the Western region would comprise Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, and Ekiti States, with additional inclusion of Yoruba-speaking populations in neighbouring regions.

The Mid-Western Region would be composed of Edo and Delta States, potentially incorporating the Anioma people, while the Eastern Middle Belt Region would encompass several northern and central states.

The Western Middle Belt Region comprises Southern Kebbi, parts of Kwara and Niger States while the North Eastern Region will be made up of parts of Borno, Gombe, Bauchi, Jigawa, and Yobe States.

The North Western Region, according to the Afenifere chieftain, comprises Kaduna, parts of Kebbi, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara States.

Fapohunda said the coalition envisaged a two-tier government, federal and regions, adding that the latter would be at liberty to manage her affairs, “including the creation of sub-entities, based on the stipulations that are agreed upon and embedded in their respective constitutions.”

In its proposed governance stipulations, CIEN stated that “In the quest for re-configuration and downsizing, an option to consider might be to retain the present boundaries of the 36 States, as would have been adjusted, but to creatively downgrade the paraphernalia of political administration as follows:

“To introduce a new regional government framework with executive and legislative functions and bodies with the headship title of Premier.

“In the new dispensation, the present States (for example the six in the Western region) would be converted to provinces. Governance at this level shall be by Provincial Councils that integrate executive and legislative functions, with Chairman and Support Specialist Administrative Officers. The regions shall be at liberty to create provinces, subject to viability and self-sustainability.

“The present Local Government Areas are to be transformed into divisions, with divisional managers and specialist administrative officers; to operate as socio-economic development institutions. The new provinces shall also be at liberty to create divisions, subject to viability and self-sustainability.”

In the same vein, the Coalition of Indigenous Ethnic Nationalities has put forward a proposal for a new constitution, emphasising regional autonomy and decentralisation of federal power.

Among the key novelties outlined in the proposal is the freedom granted to regions to create, merge, or reconfigure their sub-political units without external interference, fostering a tailored governance approach to suit local circumstances.

The coalition envisions a streamlined public administration, with regions aiming to reduce the cost of civil service to a fraction of generated revenue.

Central to the proposed constitutional framework is the establishment of a unicameral federal legislature, wherein members are elected directly by their respective regions to represent their interests in the national capital, Abuja.

Furthermore, the coalition advocates for a leaner federal government, proposing a maximum of nine ministries and ministers, drawing parallels with the streamlined cabinet of the United States.

The return to a parliamentary mode of government, with built-in statutory rotation of regional leadership, is also highlighted as a crucial element in ensuring equitable representation and governance across the country.

“Regions and sub-regional entities are to be reconfigured such as would reduce the cost of public and civil service administration to less than 20 to 30 percent of generated revenue.

“In drafting their Constitutions, the peoples of the respective regional territories will take a cue and also dismantle any arrangement or configuration that will favour the politicians and the political class; with a focus on freeing resources for true development.

“A uni-camera federal legislature comprising members that are elected at the discretion of the regions for which they would be representatives at Abuja.

“Decentralisation of federal power in favour of not more than 10 regions on which there is a general national consensus, rather than the presently unwieldy number of 36 States. These old States are inconsequential indeed in being a viable unit of a truly federal system of government.”

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Lagos GDP grew by 50% in five years under my administration — Sanwo-Olu

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By Sodiq Adelakun

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said the Gross Domestic Product of Lagos, in the last five years under his administration, had risen by almost 50 percent, surpassing the size of the GDPs of over 40 African countries.

The responsible factors, the governor said, could be linked to the unending effort by his administration to improve the Ease of Doing Business and the decision to leverage the technology and entrepreneurial abilities of its population for economic activities.

Sanwo-Olu said Lagos had grown from being a state in deficit in the military era to becoming a hub for investment and technological advancements.

The governor stated this while delivering the closing speech at the ongoing 3rd AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF 2024) in Nassau on the theme: “Global Africa, Global Lagos: The Role of Sub-Nationals in Driving the Global African Agenda.”

“Lagos is an example of a unique African success story, shaped by an interesting mix of advantages and challenges. It is the smallest of Nigeria’s 36 States, yet is responsible for more than a third of Nigeria’s entire GDP.

“Lagos has grown to have a GDP that is greater than the GDPs of all but seven African countries. In the last five years, under my leadership, we have seen an almost 50 per cent increase in our GDP,” Sanwo-Olu was quoted as saying in a statement on Thursday by his spokesman, Gboyega Akosile.

“Lagos presents a significant context on how sub-national governments are vital in writing new stories of development and advancing the economic agenda of the continent. I am proud to say that we in Lagos State have indeed mastered the art and science of Public-Private Partnerships. Having pioneered this private sector-led development in Lagos, we are now exporting that template to other States across the country.

“Our growth stories speak to the importance of African solutions and African capacity for tackling African problems. As we work towards accomplishing our aspirations, it is clear that sub-sovereign entities, such as cities, states, provinces, regions, and municipalities, can be instrumental in translating African countries’ high-level goals into tangible outcomes. It is at this sub-national level that a lot of the most remarkable reforms and transformations are playing out,” He reiterated.

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