We’ll clear N11bn debt to workers by October —Ajimobi •We can’t wait for another 3 months —NLC

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OYO State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has said that the accumulated salaries owed the state workers had been reduced from about N17 billion to about N11 billion, assuring that the outstanding arrears would be resolved by the end of October. Governor Ajimobi disclosed this while briefing journalists at the Governor’s Office, Ibadan, on the efforts to address the state’s indebtedness to its workforce. Ajimobi who announced the approval of payment of about N2bilion to workers in the lower cadre, stated that the challenge was about N2.5 billion debt on the government’s monthly wage bill. “Our average monthly salary is between N5.2 billion and N5.5 billion, whereas what we get from the Federal Government inclusive our Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is about N3 billion. So, every month, we have a deficit of about N2.5billion.”

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Oyo Election Petition: Ladoja, Ajimobi set to present witnesses

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The Governorship Candidate of Accord Party in Oyo State, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, and the state governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, have been slated to present 202 and 150 witnesses respectively at the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ibadan, the state capital. Ladoja is challenging the victory of Ajimobi in the April 11 governorship election in the state. At yesterday’s hearing, Olumuyiwa Aduroja and Babatunde Aiku, both SANs, held brief for Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) and Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) for the first and second respondents respectively. For the petitioners (Senator Ladoja and Accord), their counsel, Richard Ogunwole (SAN), informed that his team was prepared to present 202 witnesses within 14 days as permitted by the law, while the first and second respondents told the Tribunal that they are ready to present “about 150 and 141 witnesses” respectively also within the statutory10 days permitted by the law.

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CBN staff donate borehole, generator to health centre in Oyo

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Staff of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Ibadan office have donated borehole and generator centre to Ojoo Health Centre in Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo state. The bank’s Branch Controller, Mr. Musbau Olatinwo, said the donation was solely financed from the monthly savings of the bank’s staff that were touched by the plight of the less privileged in the society. According to him, the bank’s staff has made such donations a yearly affair to support host communities, saying “and we owe Ibadan a lot and so many intervention programmes all over the country are being carried out to make the bank’s preference felt in all facets of human endeavour.”

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Islamic bank to begin operation in S/West

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The South-West zonal committee for the operation of Jaiz Bank Plc said the bank would begin operation in Ibadan and other cities in the South-West towards the end of the year after all documents and other logistics would have been perfected. The revelation was made in Ibadan during the first shareholders’ forum of the bank organised by the committee as part of the sensitisation effort towards the successful establishment of the bank in the South-West region. The Chairman of the committee, Lasun Sanusi (SAN), said the bank was aware of the teething problems it would face, expressing the optimism, however, that it would survive because of the success it recorded in areas where it was already operating in the country.

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We rape our victims before killing them – Robbery suspects

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Six armed robbers, who specialised in raping and killing their victims were on Thursday arrested by the Oyo State Police Command in Ogbomoso after they were traced through a mobile telephone they stole from one of their victims. Commissioner of Police in the state, Mohammed Katsina, said while parading the robbers that one of them died during a gun duel with the police while another was seriously injured. Until their arrest, the robbers were said to be living in different cities and only came together when they wanted to go for operations. Katsina said investigation took his men to Ijebu-Ode, Ibadan, Ogbomoso and Oyo where the robbers were picked up.

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Tribunal dismisses Ajimobi, APC’s motion

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The governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, has dismissed a motion filed before it by counsel for the state Governor Abiola Ajimobi and the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress to strike out the petition brought before it by counsel for former governor Rashidi Ladoja and Accord Party. Ladoja and AP are challenging the result of the last governorship election in the state which declared Ajimobi as the winner and Ladoja as the runners up. Ajimobi is represented by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), while Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) is the counsel for APC. Both are challenging the motion filed by Ladoja and AP counsel, Richard Ogunwole (SAN), dated July 3, 2015, on the ground that it was not signed by an identifiable counsel.

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Reminisce, Orezi, Skuki, Eva, others to storm Ibadan this weekend for Mauve Lounge Grand Opening

Reminisce, Orezi, Skuki, Black Magic, Eva and a host of other celebrities are storming the city of Ibadan for the grand opening of the most anticipated Luxury and Premium Lounge.  Mauve Lounge is the first and only lounge that offers premium and luxury experience to its customers at affordable price in Ibadan. The Mauve Lounge exceeds expectation in services, atmosphere, food & drink quality, presentation, customer service and overall customer experience. Mauve Lounge is arguably the lounge with the best ambiance in Nigeria.

Date:31st of July, 2015
Time:8pm [Red Carpet Starts @ 7pm]
Venue:Mauve Lounge, Mauve 21, Opposite First Bank, Ring Road Ibadan
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Absence of governing council stalls selection exercise for new UI VC

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The selection exercise for a new Vice Chancellor for the University of Ibadan that would succeed Prof Isaac Adewole has been put on hold for now. The reason for the suspension Daily Sun learnt is due to the absence of a Governing Council for the nation’s premier university. The selection process to pick a new helmsman for the university was kick-started by the Chief Wole Olanipekun-led governing council in which 13 Professors applied for the plum job. Less than two weeks after the Olanipekun-led council started the selection exercise for the 14th VC, President Muhammadu Buhari dissolved all Federal Government boards, parastatals and agencies.

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Non release of bailout dashed workers’ hopes —Oyo NLC

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The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Oyo State Chapter has beckoned on the Professor Yemi Osinbajo-led bailout committee to immediately release the bailout fund to states, noting that the non-receipt of the funds had dashed the hopes of many workers in the country. According to the union in a statement signed by Chairman, Mr Waheed Olojede, the delay in the release of the funds continued to worsen the burden of workers and pensioners. A situation regarded as being of grave concern, the NLC urged the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo-led committee to, as a matter of urgency, disburse the bailout funds to assist states in addressing the backlog of workers salaries and pensions in the many indebted states in the country.

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‘JAMB compromised, no longer relevant in admission process’

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CHAIRMAN of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan (UI) Chapter, Prof. Segun Ajiboye, has asked the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, to stop promoting a policy to favour private universities and exploit the poor. The ASUU boss noted that JAMB’s relevance in Nigeria ended when universities started conducting their own post-UTME examinations, saying that the board cannot solely be relied on for admission by universities. Ajiboye, who spoke on a television programme monitored in Ibadan on the recent policy of re-allocation of candidates by JAMB,said that it was sad that the body has suddenly become promoters of private universities by imposing an unpopular policy on the preferences and choices of Nigerian youths.

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Journalists not barred from gov’s office —Oyo APC

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THE All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has described as untrue, reports that Senator Abiola Ajimobi has restricted journalists from covering activities in his office. The party, in a statement by its Director of Publicity and Strategy, Olawale Sadare, said the reports circulated by a section of the media, misrepresented a routine accreditation exercise. “The secretariat of our great party was dismayed when a senior correspondent of a national daily (names withheld) called to inform us about the development and immediate inquiries revealed that no order barring journalists from the Governor’s Office emanated either directly or indirectly from Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who was not even in town as of the time the event unfolded.

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Ajimobi Pays Tribute To Former LAUTECH VC, Late Prof. Akinola Salau.

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With deep sense of regrettable loss, the Government and people of Oyo State commiserate with the family of late Prof. Akinola Muritala Salau. The late Prof. Akinola Salau was a blessing to this great state. His laudable efforts at ensuring that the state’s joint-owned university, LAUTECH attained the enviable height of the best state university in Nigeria whilst he was the Vice-chancellor between July 1999 – May 2005 can never be forgotten in the history of the state.

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Police avert bloody clash between Ladoja, Ajimobi’s supporters

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Some supporters of former governor of Oyo State and gubernatorial candidate of the Accord Party in the 2015 general elections, Rashidi Ladoja, and the incumbent Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, clashed yesterday. The clash between the supporters of Ladoja and Ajimobi took place outside the premises of the Magistrate Court, Iyaganku in Ibadan, where the governorship election petition tribunal for the state has been sitting. But for the quick intervention of police the clash would have been bloody. Ladoja had petitioned the tribunal to upturn the electoral victory of Ajimobi, joining the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as defendants.

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Journalists barred from Oyo Governor’s office

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Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, yesterday barred journalists from gaining entry into the Press Centre of the Governor’s office at the Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan. National Mirror learnt that only journalists from the state Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State, BCOS, and few others who always followed the governor on his trips within the state are granted access into the centre which has been there several years ago. The barring of the journalists came about two weeks after Senator Ajimobi ignored some journalists who asked him questions about his inability to pay workers of the state in Abuja. The rumour about the incident was peddled a fortnight ago, but just yesterday, a list of the select was pasted on the door of the press centre.

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JAMB policy: Call Ojerinde to order, ASUU tells Buhari

THE Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan chapter, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to call the Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, to order. This call was made by the ASUU chairman, University of Ibadan, Professor Segun Ajiboye, following the union’s opposition to the recent policy of reassignment of candidates against their choices being adopted by JAMB. Ajiboye said JAMB had made the admission process chaotic and exposed candidates to fraudsters, thus urging President Buhari to stop the rot before it got out of hand. “In the absence of a substantive Minister of Education, President Muhammadu Buhari should call the JAMB Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde to order, so as not to make the children of the masses who populate public schools suffer,” he said.

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Gospel music singer,Yinka Ayefele has gotten his hands on something new.

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The gospel tungba crooner has started a new business he has been nursing and pursuing for a long time. It took persistence and perseverance on the part of Ayefele for the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to approve Ayefele’s request for a radio licence. Ayefele now owns a radio station, Fresh FM transmitting from 105.9MHz, in Ibadan the Oyo State capital. The gospel singer, Yinka Ayefele, MON, has been given the go ahead to officially commence transmission. According to Ayefele’s Director, Corporate Affairs and Promotions Mr. David Ajiboye, “the NBC has certified the newly set up radio station to commence operations.”

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Oyo workers to be paid this week – NLC

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After months of agony due to unpaid  salaries, thousands of workers in Oyo State, will heave a sigh of relief this week, as the state government has agreed with the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress to settle them. This was disclosed by the State Chairman of NLC, Mr. Waheed Olojede in Ibadan, yesterday. Some workers in the state are yet to be paid their March salary, while others are being owed salaries of May and June. The state NLC boss added that payment would exclude the Local Government staff who had already collected their March and April salaries.

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32-year-old man docked for threatening to injure pastor in Ibadan

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An Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan on Friday arraigned a 32-year-old man, Emmanuel Ameachi, for allegedly threatening a pastor of Victory International Church. Ameachi, who claimed to be a freelance writer, is facing one-count charge of ‘threats’. The prosecutor, Sgt. Oluseye Oyebamiji, told the court that the accused, on July 17 at 1 p.m., entered the church located at Oluyole, and threatened to injure the complainant, Pastor Adewale Taiwo. He said the accused had told Taiwo to pay a sum of N150,000 to his GT Bank account and was angry that the money was not paid. The prosecutor said the offense contravened Section 86 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Vol. II Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge, and the Magistrate, P.O. Adetunyibi, granted him bail on the sum of N150, 000, with two sureties in like sum. She adjourned the case to Aug. 8, for hearing

Ex- banker re-arraigned over N19.5m theft

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A 31- year -old ex-staff of Stanbic IBTC Plc, Ogunsola Israel, was on Friday re-arraigned before an Iyaganku Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Ibadan over an alleged N19.5million fraud. The suspect was first arraigned at an Iyaganku Chief Magistrate Court on three charges bordering on stealing and fraudulent transaction. Isreal was previously arraigned on August 24, 2012, before Magistrate Sola Adekujoye. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him and was granted bail in the sum of N5million. During Friday’s proceeding, the police prosecutor, Inspector Ade Adebusoye, told the court that the re-arraignment was necessitated by the transfer of the presiding magistrate out of the court’s jurisdiction.

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UI distances self from controversial 250 JAMB cut-off mark

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As controversy continued to trail the alleged attempts by authorities of the University of Lagos, UNILAG, Akoka, and the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB), to change the official cut-off mark of JAMB from 180 to 250, authorities of the University of Ibadan (UI), have distanced the university from the controversial cut-off mark. On Wednesday, applicants billed to participate in UNILAG’s 2015/2016 post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME), protested the sudden change of the school’s cut-off mark from 200 to 250, saying that they were shocked to learn of the change at the point of registering for the screening test billed to hold on August 12 and 13.

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