Makinde Assigns Ayoola, Olatunbosun 12 Others Portfolios At Swearing-In Ceremony

The commissioner designates, Kehinde Ayoola, Wasiu Olatunbosun and 12 others have been sworn-in, assigned portfolios by the Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde.
The swearing-in ceremony was conducted at the executive chamber, Office of the Governor, Secretariat, Ibadan today, August 15TH, 2019.

Gov Makinde, House Speaker, Deputy Gov. Olaniyan and the new Commissioners

The state governor, Seyi Makinde charged the newly inaugurated cabinet members to give the interest of the people of the state a priority and make it first in all their dealings.
While expressing that the inauguration of the cabinet will put an end to series of speculations and apprehension among the people, implored them to use their wealth of experience in the public and private sectors to uplift the state.
While assigning the portfolios, Governor Seyi Makinde assigned the former Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Kehinde Ayoola, and Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun the Ministries of Environment and Water Resources and Information, Culture and Tourism, he posted Hon. Adeniyi Farinto to the Ministry of Budget and Planning and Adeniyi Adebisi to the Ministry of Commerce.

Also assigned was Hon. Muyiwa Ojekunle, Ministry of Agriculture, Professor Oyelowo Oyewo, Ministry of Justice, Bar. Olasunkanmi Olaleye, Ministry of Establishment and Training, Bar, Seun Ashamu, Ministry of Energy and Rahman Abdulraheem, Ministry of Lands and Survey.
Others included Chief Bayo Lawal, Ministry of Special Duties, Funmilayo Orisadeyi, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Dr. Bashir Bello, Ministry of Health, Prof. Daud Shangodoyin, Ministry of Education and Akinola Ojo, Ministry of Finance.
Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, while speaking on behalf of others, assured the people of the state that the newly inaugurated cabinet members will do everything in their capacity to carry out their responsibilities with fear of God and interest of the people of the state.
The newly inaugurated cabinet members who were drawn from various sectors of academia, former legislators, professional and business are expected to hit the ground running by assisting the governor to pilot the affairs of the state with mandate to direct, supervise and manage their ministries.
It will be recalled that the Oyo State House of Assembly last week Thursday, confirmed the appointment of the 14-man list forwarded to it by the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde after the screening exercise was conducted.
Meanwhile, the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde is expected at any time from now to forward names of the three remaining nominees to occupy Ministries of Public Works and Transport, Youth and Sports as well as Women Affairs to the state assembly for confirmation.

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Oyo Assembly Confirms Commissioner Nominees, Adeniran As SUBEB Chairman

The Oyo State House of Assembly has cleared Governor Seyi Makinde’s commissioner Nominees, Hon. Kehinde Ayoola, Chief Bayo Lawal and Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun others as full time commissioners, to set the stage for their swearing in next week as promised by the governor.

 Also included in the list of commissioner designates screened by the state’s assembly is Bar. Adeniyi Farinto, Mrs. Funmilayo Orisadeyi, Dr. Bashur Bello, Prof.Oyelowo Oyewo and Mr. Muyiwa Ojekunle.

Others include Prof. Dahud Shangodoyin, Bar. Olasunkanmi Olaleye, Mr. Rahman Abdulraheem, Bar. Seun Asamu, Mr. Akinola Ojo and Adeniyi Adebisi.

 In their separate reactions on their plans towards the development of the state when inaugurated, Chief Bayo Lawal who was a three time commissioner and Director General, Seyi Makinde campaign Organization in the last general election, former Speaker of the state assembly, Hon. Kehinde Ayoola and Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, said irrespective of portfolios given to them, they are ready to share their wealth of experiences to develop the state. 

 Mr. Seun Ashamu identified the need for critical assessment of the condition of the Shooting Stars Football Club and other sporting activities with a view to revamp them.

 In his reaction shortly after the screening exercise, Speaker, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin congratulated the commissioner designates and urged them to use their knowledge and experience to justify the confidence reposed in them by the governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde. 

 He expressed confidence in the calibre of people nominated for the position of commissioner in the state, saying that majority of appointees are technocrats who have distinguished themselves in the chosen careers.

 Meanwhile, the Oyo State House of Assembly has also cleared Dr. Nureni Adeniran as the Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board.

 The House also screened  Mr. Akeem Oladeji and Mr. Dayo Ogungbenro as full time members of the board.

 The newly confirmed Chairman, Dr. Adeniran promised on behalf of others to use the position to develop education in the state. He added that the state will take advantage of financial assistance from the World Bank to take many children out of the street and return them back to classroom.

 He emphasized that education in Oyo State remains free, adding that the state will embark on sensitization campaign to ensure that child education, particularly female take the front burner.

Report by Adekunle Adegboyega


Oyo House of Assembly Approves Makinde’s N10 billion Loan Facility

The Oyo State House of Assembly has approved the request of N10 billion loan facility by the state Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde.
The loan which will be obtained from three financial institutions in the country is tagged to the development of infrastructure in the state.
The request was contained in letter July 18th, 2019 and read by the Clerk of the House at the plenary, today, July 23rd, 2019.
While passing the resolution of the House, the Speaker, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin stated that the loan is imperative for the present administration to hit the ground running.
The Speaker disclosed further that the current financial status of the state has clearly shows that the state is bankrupt to resuscitate decay infrastructure in the state.
His words, “we cannot keep complaining about the financial mess which we have found ourselves, because governance is continual. We just have to take responsibility and move on.
“While we are working on improving our Internal Generated Revenue by restoring the state owned industries and properties, we have to look at other means where we can get needed resources to complete the ongoing projects and improve our infrastructures.
“As lawmakers, we have taken many steps towards this request. We had several meetings with the Ministry of Finance, the concern banks and also financial consultants across the state.
“These meetings were fruitful and we can say boldly that the consultations as proven that the loan request is for the good of the people of Oyo State.
“Then as the representative of the people, our next duty is to monitor the spending of the loan, its allocation to ministries and the projects intended to be executed with the loan.”
In his contribution, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Abiodun Fadeyi lamented that the PDP led government met loads of debt running to 150 billion naira, which he described as a serious financial constrain.
He opined that as the legislative arm of government, they will make sure that the loan when obtained is equitably used by the executive arm of government on projects and infrastructural development across the state.

By Adekunle Adegboyega

Once Upon A time Baba Sala Cinema, A True Reflection Of Decayed Agbowo Shopping Mall Ibadan

If you want to have an idea of the deplorable situation of the Agbowo Shopping Complex Ibadan, a visit to the once upon a time Baba Sala Cinema inside the state owned Shopping Mall will give you a vivid idea of how wasteful government can become when maintenance of public institution is not part and core of its policies.
The late theatre legend and comedy icon Dr Moses Olaiya Adejumo managed the Baba Sala Cinema during his lifetime before he was frustrated out of the place due to arbitrary increase in the rent without commensurate maintenance couple with non-provision of basic amenities at the Mall even at a time when the economy was experiencing serious turbulence during the Political upheaval of June 12.

IbadanCity Announcer visited the Agbowo Shopping complex, opposite the University of Ibadan, we decided to check out the current state of the Baba Sala cinema but met the place in a terrible state, dusty, unkempt and dilapidated. The once upon a time hotspot for fun lovers, entertainers and many cinema goers from different parts of the world was desolate and we had to walk tip-toe to avoid stepping on human wastes both fresh and stale, laid from the bottom of the staircase leading up to the verandah, the entrance and inside the abandoned cinema.
Though the Agbowo shopping complex is owned by the Oyo State government under the management of the Oyo state Housing Corporations, this facility was made popular by the foremost comedy merchant Baba Sala theatre troupe until combination of factors made this facility moribund.
After the demise of the Baba Sala cinema, a Pentecostal Church took over the abandoned building and used it for a while as their place of worship before they also left the building which has not been occupied for more than 8 years now.
The sorry state of this public infrastructure speaks to the very ludicrous and unfortunate maintenance culture in this part of the world. The power supply has been cut off not just to the cinema but the entire Agbowo Shopping Complex, the cinema hall like other stores was in total darkness with disjointed sitting arrangement, the chairs were soaked in dust while the cinema screen have been removed completely, virtually all the doors within the cinema complex have been vandalized.
The Oyo State government can revamp this facility and privatize it for optimum usage. Private establishment can also take this up. We cannot afford to continually waste our commonwealth.

Since this facility was made popular by Baba Sala, the government can honour the name of the prominent comedian by revamping and re-branding the facility and name the cinema hall after the entertainment icon.

Report and Pictures By Adefarati Abiodun


Prioritize Your Children Education, Mahnatez School Founder, Hajia Adebisi Charges Parents

Parents and guardians have been admonished to give priority to the education of their children in order to become good ambassadors of their families.
The Proprietress, Mahnatez International School, Oluyole Estate, Ibadan, Hajia Bolatito Adebisi gave the admonition during the school annual end of the session and send forth programme.
The former Senior Special Assistant on Education to Senator Abiola Ajimobi, in his welcome ad-dress disclosed that the successes the school has recorded so far were burnt out of years of sacrifices, dedication, commitment and hard work.
She commended the parents and guardians for their support and cooperation all through the years and for believing in the vision and mission of the school.
“Your decision to trust us with your children is part of what brought us here today, your encour-agement and constructive criticism has given us the much needed encouragement to continue to serve you through the provision of better and qualitative education to your children and helping us to strive for excellence in all that we do.”

The proprietress, however, implored the parents to continue to give priority to their wards’ education, saying that it is only way for them to useful to themselves, society and becoming good ambassadors of their families.
She commended the students, particular the graduating students for the good character they have demonstrated during their stay in the school, urging them to keep the flag flying.
Hajia Bolatito, while applauding the effort of teachers and management of the school for their team spirit, dedication and cooperation towards the success of the school, reiterated that the school has organized Book Fair as part of effort to inculcate good reading habit into students.

The proprietress stated further that because many students these days find it difficult to choose career that will suit, hence the school will be organizing a Career Day to motivate the students about the career options and opportunities available to them in the future.
Highlights from the event include the demonstration of Taekwondo skills from the students Taekwondo Club, Choreography, presentation of gifts and certificate to outstanding outgoing students and cutting of end of the session cake to honour the graduating students.

By Adekunle Adegboyega, Photos by Teslim Adisa