Makinde Appoints Ayodele, Fagbemi to head Local Government Commission, OYRTMA

The Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has approved the appointment of Dr. Remi Ayodele and Mogaji Akin Fagbemi as Chairmen, Local Government Service Commission and Oyo State Transport Management Agency (OYRTMA) respectively.

Governor Makinde also confirmed the appointment of Mr. Kunle Yusuf as Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This was contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019.

Makinde also confirmed the appointment of Alhaji Oyesina Oyedeji and Mr. John Adisa Oke as full time members, while Alhaji Oke Taiwo and Mrs. Nike Arewa were confirmed as part time members of the local government commission.

The newly appointed Chairman of the Oyo State Road Management Agency, Dr. Fagbemi, is a holder of a certificate in International Food Law from the Michigan State University, USA and a Master’s of Science Degree in Food Processing and Preservation.

He had his Doctorate in Biotechnology. Fagbemi had worked as an administrator with the National Agency for Food & Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for almost two decades.

He is currently a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan and possesses several local and international professional certificates.

OYO STATE : Why We Are Against Seun Fakorede As Commissioner- Ibarapa PDP Party Leaders

The Oyo State House of Assembly confirmed the nomination of Prof. Raphael Afonja, Alhaja Faosat Sanni and Oluwaseun Fakorede as commissioners after their screening exercise.
Confirmation of the three additional commissioners-designates forwarded to the House by Governor Seyi Makinde completed the total of 17 commissioners that have been confirmed by the state assembly in the last two weeks. The newly confirmed commissioners are expected to fill the three remaining vacant ministries- Ministry of Works and Transport, Ministry of Youth and Sport and Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion.
Among commissioner-designates was Oluwaseun Fakorede, a 27 years old graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University whose nomination was protested against by some party faithful from Ibarapa zone on the allegation that his father, Chief Olusola Fakorede defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) prior to the 2019 governorship election.
Alhaji Rashidi Sunmonu and Sir Samuel Olawuwo, spoke on behalf of leaders and some youths of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ibarapa North and Central Local Government areas of the state, alleged that stakeholders involved in the nomination of commissioner nominees failed to honour the zoning agreement.
They expressed that the protest is not stage to antagonize Governor Seyi Makinde nor on the account of the young man’s age but to register their displeasure over the choice of Seun Fakorede as commissioner-designate from the zone.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin gave an unflinching support to the nomination of Seun Fakorede as commissioner in Oyo State and ensure he was confirmed without hitch saying that the development has changed the trend of politics in Nigeria with Oyo State setting the pace of encouraging youths participation in politics and development of the nation.
Hon. Ogundoyin emphasized that involvement of more youths in politics and in running the affairs of the state will bring about a better and quality representation of people in government, noting that youths have quality of good decision making, quick thinking and intelligent to make the different.
While charging the aggrieved members of People Democratic Party in Ibarapa North and Ibarapa Central to remain calm, the Speaker noted that the nomination of Fakorede as a commissioner is a plus to Ibarapa zone and urged them to embrace him and join hand with him to develop the state.
However, in his reaction over the incident, Oluwaseun Fakorede said that the grouse between him and the protesters is a family issue which demanded to be addressed and settled amicably. He promised not to betray the confidence repose in him by the state Governor Engineer Seyi Makinde. He opined that his nomination will serve as a challenge to other youths out there to brace up and ready to make positive impact to the society.
The Oyo State House of Assemble also confirmed the nomination of Prof. Rapheal Afonja, a United State of America trained Civil engineer, from Ile Adesiyan, Isale Afon, Ogbomosho North Local Government, Oyo state and Alhaja Fausat Joke Sanni, a former Deputy Registrar at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, from Ojanla, Iseyin Local Government in Oke-Ogun area part of Oyo State.

EMPOWERMENT: Hon. Adebisi Unveils Beneficiaries Of His Vocational Training Programme

Member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, representing Ibadan South West state constituency 1, Hon. Yusuf Adebisi has completed arrangements to unveil first set of beneficiaries of his vocational training programme.
The training according to the Media Assistant to the lawmaker, Tope Eluyefa, will be holding on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at Vocational Training and Education Centre, Popoyemaja, Ibadan.
Hon. Adebisi, who is the Deputy Chief Whip in the state assembly, disclosed that the vocational training programme, which will be periodical for indigenes and youths in the constituency, will feature vocations like Computer Engineering, Tailoring, Hairdressing and Soap Making.
Also included in the programme is Bead Making, Cosmetics, Perfume Making as well as Free Coaching Classes For Primary and Secondary School Students.
Hon. Adebisi, who is the Vice Chairman, Committee on Youths and Sports, said that the programme is in line with promises made during the electioneering campaign to use resources at his disposal to make job available for youths in his constituency.
He promised to procure necessary tools for all the participants irrespective of vocations undertaken to allow them to start their businesses immediately after the training programme.
Hon. Yusuf Adebisi reiterated that the vocational training programme will complement the free birthing kits distributed to not less than 500 expectant Mothers in Ibadan South West state constituency 1 some weeks ago.
The youthful lawmaker posited that all effort is to ensure that standard of living of the people in his constituency improved.


Oyo State Information Ministry Has The Best Television Station but No Cameras, Vehicles, Equipment- Comm. Olatunbosun

The newly inaugurated Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun has said that he has developed a blue print to reposition the ministry and ensure the government enjoys a good relationship with masses.
Olatunbosun, while decrying the present deplorable situation of the Cultural Centre, stated that the neglect of edifice by previous administration was an attempt to kill culture in Oyo State.
The commissioner also lamented the deplorable condition of structures in the state Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, describing it as pathetic, disturbing and disappointing.
He disclosed during his tour to all agencies under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism on Monday, August 19, 2019.
He said that some government officials in the previous administration carted away some valuable equipment belonging to the ministry, especially those used during the 2015 general elections.
Olatunbosun, while rolling out programmes to drive information in the state, expressed his happiness over choice of people appointed by the Governor Seyi Makinde to work in his cabinet. He described them as people with latest experience in the happening in the country.
He explained that the Oyo State Ministry of Information has the best television and editing studios but has no single camera and other equipment to work with, including official vehicle for the Office of the Commissioner.
The newly inaugurated commissioner, in his assessment on the Cultural Centre, disclosed that Cultural Centre, which is supposed to be a hub of culture department is in dilapidated condition, and some other areas have become death traps due to neglect for over 10 years.
Olatunbosun, said that it is a deliberate attempt to kill culture in Oyo State, pointing that edifice like Cultural Centre is very rare in the country apart from one which is located in Lagos and another one in other state.
The commissioner also noted that situation of the state Press Centre in the Ministry calling for urgent attention, saying that the present administration under Engr. Seyi Makinde will turn around the fortune of the state Press Centre by changing all equipments that have been in existence since Lord Lugard era to the modern ones.

by Adegboyega Adekunle

SECURITY: Makinde Appoints Former Police Commissioner, Owoseni As Security Adviser

The Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has appointed Mr. Fatai Owoseni as his Special Adviser on Security. Owoseni was a former Commissioner of Police who had served in Lagos and Benue States.

This contained in a statement credited to the Office of the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Taiwo Adisa.

The CPS disclosed that appointment of Mr. Fatai Owoseni was in line with the recognition of security as one of the four pillars of the Engr. Makinde administration in Oyo State.

According to Mr. Taiwo Adisa, “The Governor, in the letter of appointment, wished Mr. Owoseni, who has been working as a security consultant since his retirement from the police after 35 years of meritorious service, success in his new assignment.

“Governor Makinde also urged Owoseni to discharge his duties with absolute loyalty and dedication.

“The retired Commissioner of Police was born on August 17, 1962. He retired from the Nigeria Police with the enviable rank of Commissioner of Police earlier this year.

“Owoseni, a holder of a Bachelor of Arts Bachelor in International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin and a Diploma in Police Management (DPM) from the University of Jos, as well as several certificates in police and professional courses at the local and international levels, began his police career in the early 80s.

“He rose through the ranks as an Inspector of Police and became the Commissioner of Police in charge of General Investigations at the   Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID), Abuja.

“He also served as the Commissioner of Police (CP) in Lagos State, the commercial capital/nerve centre of Nigeria, which has a Police strength of over 30,000 personnel, the highest in the country.

“He was reputed to have served more than two years on the Lagos hot seat, ranking among the five longest-serving (out of about 35) Commissioners of Police, who had served in the State.

“While on his tour of duty in Lagos, he effectively harnessed and utilised the available human and material resources to ensure the safety of lives and properties as well as providing the enabling environment for the social and economic development of the former Nigerian Federal Capital city.


“He was subsequently deployed to Benue State at the height of the Herdsmen and Farmers clashes and he was reputed to have recorded remarkable achievements towards quelling the spate of violence in the food basket state.

“He equally served as Commissioner of Police (Administration), at the Department of Operations, Force Headquarters, Abuja, where he made immense contributions especially by ensuring the success of the collaborations between the UNDP and the Police towards the successful conduct of the 2015 general elections.

“It is also on record that Owoseni contributed immensely to the overall performance of the Nigeria Police Force in the 2015 general elections particularly in the areas of personnel training and writing/production of “Handbook on guidelines for Police Officers deployed on election duties,” (the first time ever in the Police).

“The retired Commissioner of Police also served as an Expert on Mission and Seconded Staff (at managerial level -P5 position) to the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) and the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), while he made significant input (UN Police Component) into the United Nations Security Council Resolution on UNAMID, including the different levels of support programmes offered to the African Union by the United Nations, Department of Peacekeeping Operations (UN-DPKO),” the statement reads.

 Mr. Owoseni, is expected to bring his wealth of experience garnered over the decades through many local and international assignments to bear on the security situation in the state.