Director Decries Inadequate Funding of Ibadan Varsity Affiliated Centres

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Prof. Adenike Emike , the Director, Institute of Education, University of Ibadan(UI), on Monday identified inadequate funding as a major challenge confronting its affiliated centres. She told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan that the affiliated programmes conformed to the standard of the institute in terms of quality and reliability. The process of affiliation with the University of Ibadan is one that takes quite some time because the process has to be go through rigorous scrutiny. “And various committees will look at the intent to affiliate by the college and then the university senate would have to approve after ensuring that all things are in place in terms facilities, in terms of lecturers, in terms of fund.” Emike said the four centres approved for the institute included the University of Education in Port Harcourt, the Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode, University College of Education, Ilesha, and St. Augustine College of Education in Lagos. She said that the host institutions of the programmes had the required equipment and manpower to man the centres in conformity with the standard of the university. ” It is an exercise that the UI takes seriously and with all this in place, you cannot but have a quality education at the centres,” she said. Emike said that the university staff also traveled to ensure effective monitoring of activities at the centres, adding that such travels posed some risks. She said that the university had standard agreement with the affiliated centres contrary to claims in some quarters. Emike, however, said that the university had no control over strikes by the staff of the affiliated centres, but explained that no amount of strike would compromise the standard required for the students to graduate.

Face-Off: Police, NSCDC Clash Over Arrested Vandals

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Men of the Oyo State Police Command and officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) yesterday clashed over arrest of suspected pipeline vandal in Ibadan. The suspected vandal was arrested along Oyo-Ogbomoso road in an unmarked Hilux Van containing about 15 jerry cans of petroleum while two buses loaded with fuel escaped. However, trouble started when the anti-vandal squad of the NSCDC was taking the arrested Hilux to their office and was allegedly intercepted at Poly junction at Sango by some policemen. Many members of the public scampered for safety as the two security agencies engaged each other. In the face-off, they shot tear gas into the air and also fired gunshot. The police team arrived the scene in a white vehicle marked XT 391 KRD and was joined by those in the Sango Police Divisional office numbering about 22. They reportedly attempted to disarm the NSCDC anti-vandal squad and manhandle them by physically assaulting them and deflated their tyre and eventually took over the arrested suspect. A member of the squad who pleaded anonymity said they have called their state commandant to intimate him of the incident. He also said when they resisted the attempt to release the suspect, the police team claimed that the NSCDC officials drove against traffic.

PDP group rejects governorship slot to Ibadan, blames Fayose

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A political pressure group in Oyo State, Ibadan PDP Forum, on Monday rejected the call to restrict the party’s governorship candidature to Ibadan Zone alone, saying the idea was a result of Ayo Fayose’s visit to the state. The forum said in a communique issued after its meeting in Ibadan that such a move would be counter productive given the antecedents of the past. “We have passed through this stage before and this kind of conspiracy had cost us the mandate to rule the state in 2011. “Similar alliances anywhere only result to nullity, fear, failure and unpopular choices. We therefore enjoin the aspirants to have a rethink in the interest of our party. “We must all embrace a level playing ground to pave way for a popular and acceptable candidate that will guarantee victory for the party in Oyo State come 2015,” the communique stated. NAN reports that a group of prospective aspirants from Ibadan Zone had on Sunday demanded for a candidate from the area to fly the party’s flag in 2015. The communique, however, said: “We are surprised that those who are supposed to be promoters of equality of all Nigerians could be promoting such division. “How could they gather somewhere and arrogate to themselves the priviledge to determine which part of the state should produce the governor of Oyo State without recourse to other stakeholders?”

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MultiChoice promises more premium content at Ibadan customers’ forum

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Subscribers to the services of leading pay-TV provider, MultiChoice, have been assured of continuous access to premium content. In addition, subscribers will also benefit from the advances in broadcast technology that MultiChoice is always striving to adopt to boost its services. These assurances were made at the Ibadan leg of MultiChoice Customer fora, which was held at the SDM House, Secretariat area of the city. Caroline Oghuma, public relations manager, DStv, while welcoming customers to the forum, said the objective of the forum was to thank subscribers for their loyalty and listen to their suggestions, advice and complaints, which provide constructive feedback necessary for the company’s effective operations. MultiChoice is an innovation-driven organisation that continues to add value to its subscribers, she said, saying “this forum is equally designed to bring customers closer to the DStv brand in order for our esteemed subscribers to know and meet some of the people behind their pay-TV of choice,” as DStv will not relent in its focus on offering premium content and service. Hundreds of DStv subscribers at the forum commended MultiChoice for the initiative, urging the company to ensure sustenance of such engagement, which they said “portrays DStv as a brand that engages its customers positively.”

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Crisis rages over choice of PDP guber candidate in Oyo

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As the crisis over who emerges the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in Oyo State rages, majority of the party members including some chieftains of Ibadan extraction have distanced themselves from other governorship aspirants insisting that an Ibadan man should be picked as candidate. There are insinuations that those clamouring for an Ibadan man are against the former Governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala and other non-Ibadan indigenes in the race. Most of those who felt the move would be antithetical to the reconciliatory move of the party came from 15 local governments, including 11 from Ibadanland. Some of them are Alhaji Nureni Akanbi, Chief Dejo Raimi, former Chairman of the party, Dr. Kola Balogun, former commissioner, Kunle Ishola, son of former Governor Kolapo Ishola, Olusegun Olayiwola, Taofeek Olayiwola and many others. The governorship aspirants except Kehinde Olaosebikan had insisted on Sunday that they would only support an Ibadan man as the party’s candidate in the 2015 elections. The aspirants opposed to non-Ibadan man included Senator Teslim Folarin, Prof. Soji Adejumo, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan, Alhaji Azeem Gbolarumi and Seyi Makinde. However, the Ibadan PDP chieftains met yesterday under the aegis of PDP Ibadanland Forum and dissociated themsfrom the stance of the other chieftains, saying; “we have passed through this stage as similar gang-ups and conspiracy cost us the mandate of the people of Oyo State in 2011. It is only a mad person that would continuously tread the same route to a goal and expect to get to different destinations.”

Mainstreet Bank leads in Ibadan service delivery survey

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By HallmarkNews

Our across the counter team recently paid a visit to some randomly selected bank branches in Ibadan, Africa’s largest city to assess the quality of service rendered by banks in the city. The report;

Main Street Bank House, Abayomi Bus stop, Iwo Road
A walk into this branch at Iwo road, very close to the busy bridge and motor parks that link the road to Lagos leaves a good experience on any visiting customer that came for transactions of all sorts. The very neat spacious banking environment is so attractive from the outside. Customers come in their tens as the banking hall was filled almost to the brim. We observed that most of the bank’s customers at least in that location were small business owners. Hallmark Across The Counter crew was pleasantly surprised that despite the storms the bank has been going through, a reasonable level of activities were going on. The banking hall, though quite big, at some point was no longer conducive for the waiting customers because the air-conditioner was not oscillating properly. One of the senior staff members that heard customers complaining quickly attended to that but his efforts were not very useful. The two Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) were working perfectly as the guards were on standby to assist customers in case of any challenges. The tellers were very slow in attending to customers who hissed and sighed while waiting. Some openly complained of the slowness and urged the bank management to either retrain the staff or upgrade their technology infrastructure to enhance speedy service delivery. Most of them were business owners who wanted to return to their shops faster. Customers’ cars were properly parked in an array of lines with security guards standing by to watch over. The water dispenser was filled with water and cups for thirsty customers to drink while some security personnel were going forth and back to make sure the atmosphere is save for business. Cleaners were on stand-by to mop up or pick dirt that may be left behind by customers. As good as their services were, some of the customers had to shout out before they were given a deposit teller as the one placed on the desk finished because of the large number of customers that came in for transactions.

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Alao-Akala commence governorship campaign after Sallah

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Culled From Tribune

Former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, is set to formally declare his political ambition to return to the Agodi Government House, Ibadan, on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after the Sallah celebration, the Nigerian Tribune has learnt.  The Nigerian Tribune gathered that arrangements needed to ensure the success of the exercise, which is being slated for Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, were nearing conclusion stage. According to a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, invitation letters to those expected at the formal declaration, including key party chieftains from within and outside the states, as well as federal level will be issued any moment from now. “Plans for formal declaration were at advanced stage. I can tell you that it will be after Sallah celebration, but I can’t tell you the precise date,” a source said. “It is even clear that he is coming back. He has been involved in series of meeting with stakeholders and do you know what? His ambition has been welcomed and also enjoys blessings of many, most especially those who were instrumental to his exit from Government House in Agodi in 2011,” said another source. Before now, loads of posters of the former governor have heralded his resolve to take a shot again at the governorship seat of the state. Many of the posters can easily be found on the walls lining major cities and towns in the state.

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2015: Group tells Ladoja, Alao-Akala to drop ambitions

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FORMER governors of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja and Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, has been advised to drop their ambitions to return to the Government House. The advice was given in Ibadan, on Sunday, by a pressure group, Oyo State Rescue Team, in a release signed by its coordinator, Mr Babalola Afobaje. According to the team, both Ladoja and Alao-Akala had had opportunities to serve the state at younger ages, asking them to discard another attempt at staging a return to the Government House. It said the ambitions of the two ex-governors to contest would unnecessarily heat up polity in the state, adding that the development could throw up another rounds of violence, skirmishes and killings. Rather than contesting, the duo, the release said, should play the role of statesmen and allow younger politicians to take the centre stage. According to the release, Lagos, Kwara, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Cross Rivers and a host of other states across the country were witnessing transformation because younger governors are at the helm of affairs.

Oyo council chief to would-be voters: protect your cards

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By Tayo Johnson

•‘PDP, others jittery over APC’

The Caretaker Chairman of Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State, Ope Salami, has urged the people to protect their voter’s cards. He was at the weekend  addressing All Progressives Congress (APC) members at Arulogun, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. Salami said:” We have received news that some opposition parties in this state have gone to bring money from Abuja to buy your voter’s card from you by pretending they want to give you loan. Please reject them and ensure that your exercise your right by voting.” Salami, who pledged the support of his local government for Ajimobi’s re-election, said: “Don’t sell your voter’s cards to anybody because the oppositions are very desperate to buy your voter’s cards to rig the election in 2015. Don’t use your voter’s cards to borrow money or take a loan from any politician. If you do, your are selling out your future to the termites that are bent on eating up the future of your children. “When INEC begins the voter’s registration soonest, please all of you must ensure that you register to exercise your franchise. The card must be kept safely until the day of the election. “The peace we are experiencing in this state during Senator Abiola Ajimobi’s regime is unique in the history of this state. Over the last three years in office, he has laid a solid foundation and for continuity purpose, we all need to support him to complete all this projects.”

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I’m the next governor of Oyo —Alao-Akala

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Immediate past governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, believes his re-election next year as governor is a fait accompli, highlights the factors that will play out in 2015 polls and speaks on other issues in this exclusive interview with DARE ADEKANMBI. Excerpts:

THE political field of Oyo State has been very active lately and it appears people are speculating about your intention to come back as governor. How untrue is this?
It is not that it appears that I want to be governor of Oyo State again. I am coming back by the grace of God and there is no doubt or speculation about it. Very soon, I will formally declare interest in the governorship election slated for next February. This will clear all doubts and sensitise the good people.

While you were governor, you could not win a re-election. How easy will you find it this time around, especially since you have been out of office for more than three years?

I was not in the office as governor when I won in 2007. In that regard, history wants to repeat itself in the politics of the state.

Are you coming back as governor to right some wrongs that you noticed after you had lost the 2011 election?
Not at all. Although nobody is perfect, I don’t think I have any mistake to correct. I am coming back to build on the solid foundation that I laid while in office. There is basis for comparison now and when you compare the immediate past and the current government, you know that the difference is clear.

But people are saying Governor Abiola Ajimobi has changed the face of the state, especially Ibadan and that it will be difficult for you or any other person to send such a man packing.

It is good you mentioned Ibadan. But Ibadan alone does not constitute Oyo State. We need a governor that will be for the whole state. Are the people who are executing the projects and contracts that the government claims to be doing from Ibadan?Government anywhere in the world is the biggest spender and if the money a particular government spends circulates within the economy of that state, it will surely help the economy of the state.

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Assassins kill land speculator’s mother, wife in Ibadan

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By Gbenga Adesuyi

Suspected assassins yesterday morn­ing struck at a residence of a land speculator (names with­held) in Olorunsogo area of Ibadan, Oyo State capital, killing his mother and wife in anger for allegedly miss­ing him. Sources said the assas­sins stormed the eight-room bungalow of the land specu­lator around 3.00a.m and de­manded for him. As gathered, when they could not find him, they reportedly killed his wife, thinking that the man hid somewhere in the house. They were said to have thought that their action might provoke the land speculator to come out of his hiding. Journalists gathered that his mother was also killed after she reportedly came out of her room as a result of the loud cries of her son’s wife and the commotion in the house. The assassins were said to have thereafter left without picking any item. Efforts at getting the names of the deceased were unsuccessful as emotion was still high in the house as at the time of filing this report. But sources revealed that the assassins killed them in anger for missing their target,the land speculator. One of the sources said the land speculator was at a nearby mosque,observing vigil when the assassins in­vaded the house. The man was, however, shielded from talking to journalists by family mem­bers, who were already making preparations for the burial of the two women. Police from a nearby Og­bere Divisional Headquar­ters of the Nigeria Police visited the scene of the inci­dent. A source at the division said investigations had com­menced on the incident.

Purported Impeachment Plot by PDP, a Hoax – APC

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By Mu’Sodiq Adekunle

The Chairman, All Progressives Congress in Oyo State, Chief Akin Oke, has described the 18 member-APC caucus in the State House of Assembly as a team of principled politicians, reliable party ambassadors and responsible representatives of the people.
Chief Oke’s remarks were contained in a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists in Ibadan today. The APC Chairman said the report of the purported impeachment move by the lawmakers was one of the antics of the PDP to set the state on edge and return Oyo State to what he called its “eight years PDP reign where life was nasty, brutish and short.” According to the APC boss, the lawmakers who are members of the party representing various constituencies in the State House of Assembly have proved to the world that they are indeed working for the people by rising in unison to discredit a sponsored story published by a national daily earlier in the week where it was reported that six unidentified members of the caucus were part of a meeting purportedly held with their colleagues in the opposition PDP and Accord Party at an undisclosed location in Ibadan recently ostensibly to forge an alliance against the APC and Governor Abiola Ajimobi in the build up to 2015 general elections. “With their prompt condemnation of the said report, members of the APC caucus in the State House of Assembly have made a loud monumental statement. Whatever it was that the sponsors of the malicious report intended has been defeated. Like many others before it, the evil plot of some unscrupulous elements in the opposition parties have fallen like a pack of cards.

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Folarin, Adedoja, Makinde, Others Want PDP Guber Ticket for Ibadan

Culled From ThisDay

In a move targeted at shutting the doors of the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State, seven governorship aspirants of the party yesterday met and appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan and the Adamu Mu’azu-led national leadership of the party to give the PDP ticket to Ibadan zone for the party to coast home to victory in 2015.
Before now, THISDAY reliably gathered that President Jonathan had inaugurated a team led by a former Deputy National Chairman of the party to advise it on which zone in the state should be ceded the gubernatorial ticket with their recommendations enlisting Ibadan, the state capital, which they noted accounted for close to about 55 per cent of the voting population. A former governor was said to have gotten wind of the report and had been battling to impress it upon the party’s leadership including those who wrote the said report to Jonathan that he had what it took to win for the party because of his state-wide clout as a former helmsman. But in a dramatic turn, the governorship aspirants of Ibadan extraction met yesterday in Ibadan where they unanimously agreed that the party must present an indigene of Ibadan as its candidate for the 2015 governorship election. Those at the meeting were former Power and Steel Minister, Elder Wole Oyelese; a former Deputy Governor, Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi; a former Sports Minister, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja; Prof. Soji Adejumo, Senator Teslim Folarin, Seyi Makinde and United States-based Vascular surgeon, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan while another aspirant of the party from Ibadan, Kehinde Olaosebikan, who was a former Chief Press Secretary in the state presented the resolution of his kinsmen. In a communiqué released at the end of the meeting, the aspirants promised to work together as a team to ensure victory for the PDP in 2015 elections and deliver the state to President Jonathan.

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No plan to impeach Ajimobi – Lawmaker

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Murphy Adigun-Ahmed of Oyo State House of Assembly says the House has never planned to impeach Gov. Abiola Ajimobi. Adigun-Hamed said the clarification was necessary to correct an impression making rounds that the House was planning to move a motion to impeach the governor. The assemblyman who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria by telephone on Sunday said the assembly was rather focusing on its constitutional mandate of making laws to develop the state. “We should be talking about moving the state forward; some people are just focusing on dragging us backward. “APC has 18 out of 32 members, so how possible is it for them to impeach our governor, we know where this is coming from,” he said.

History’s changing face at Cultural Centre

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OLUFEMI ATOYEBI writes about the Cultural Centre, Ibadan, a centre of quality entertainment

The imposing structure called Cultural Centre in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, can be seen from anywhere around the circumference that makes up the boundary of the Mokola Hills on which it is set. In the 80s and 90s, the centre was home to prominent artistes, cultural displays, stage performances, art exhibitions and other cultural works, with star performers like Moses Olaiya, popularly called Baba Sala, the late Duro Ladipo, Oyin Adejobi, and Ojo Ladipo, regularly entertaining and educating people. Jimoh Aliu, Yemi Elebuibon, Lere Paimo were also regular faces there. Designed by one of Nigeria’s most talented architects, Prof. Demas Nwoko, in 1977, the Cultural Centre was erected to complement the FESTAC 77 project, which brought large number of tourists to the country. The vision was to bring visitors and artistes who were in the country for the festival to Ibadan in order to have a first-hand feel of other parts of Nigeria apart from Lagos, where the event took place. Sadly, the former centre of cultural activities and the arguably busiest relaxation point in Ibadan now lives in its shadows, with a structure begging for usage and its obsolete fittings clamouring for replacement. Instead of the elegant and graceful environment that once showcased the mental picture of architectural and government vision, the Ibadan Cultural Centre is now referred to as an archaic establishment that has passed its usefulness. The scenic location, large car park that has the capacity to house at least 500 vehicles, a large hall with 1500 seats and two other halls, the artefacts carefully placed on the walls and other art works placed at its entrance are not only relics of its days of glory but a reminder that the place of the centre in cultural history is threatened.

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Polytechnic Ibadan resumes tomorrow

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THE authorities of The Polytechnic Ibadan, Oyo State, has officially announced Monday 21 July, 2014 as the resumption date for the second semester of the 2013/2014 academic session of the institution. A release signed by the registrar of the institution, Mr Hezekiah Ayodele Fehintola and made available to Journalists stated that all students are to commence registration upon resumption as the registration period won’t be extended. The release stated further that registration procedure would be communicated through the Polytecnic’s website, just as it will be made available at various faculties.

Police, Students Clash In Ibadan

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The Federal College of Agriculture, Adabeji, Apata, Ibadan was thrown into chaos yesterday following violent clash between the police and some students because of the arrest of one Boluwatife, a student. It was gathered that the students clashed with police in front of the school leading to a huge logjam on both ends of the Ibadan/Abeokuta motorway as a result of the commotion in the school premises. Eyewitnesses said the students were demanding for the release of one of them who was arrested by the police. Trouble started when some students of the institution mounted a road block along the road leading to one of their hostels begging for money from motorists in preparation for Bora Week celebration. The hostel, it was learnt is located some kilometres away from the school. One of the students who prefered anonymity said the police approached the group on the road to put a stop to the act which unfortunately led to the arrest of one of them. “I am a member of the school’s ‘Man O War’ and we were having our morning training when some students ran into the school from Bora hostel. “They said that the police arrested Boluwatife alias ‘Active’. He is aspiring for a students’ union position in the school. They said some students ran away when they saw the police but Bolu did not run away leading to his arrest and detention,” he said. The student added that around 9.30am several students were mobilised and went to the Apata Police Station to secure the release of Boluwatife but they were told to come back at 10am. “We told them that it was almost 10am and that we preferred to wait but they forcefully sent us out of the station. This led to the students’ fury”, he said.

We are Not Aware of Alariwo’s Shooting – Oyo Police

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If you recall, Whatsupibadan informed you that veteran Nigerian musician Alariwo of Africa stated that he was shot and robbed by armed men in Ibadan. The Oyo State Police Command on Friday stated that it was not aware of the shooting as well as the robbery attack. The Public Relations Officer of the Oyo State Police Command told reporters the shooting  was not reported. “We are not aware of the shooting you are talking about. It was not reported at all. When something like this happens, the appropriate thing to do is to report to the police and not on Facebook, Instalgram or any of the social media. It is not the best way to help security challenge in Nigeria. The victim should have reported the case and help us with information to apprehend the perpetrators.” said Olabisi Ilobanefor

10-yr-old girl endorses dissolution of parents marriage

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Those present at the Mokola Grade ‘C’ Customary Court, Inalende, in Ibadan North Local Government Area of Oyo State were stunned when a 10-year-old girl, Iyanuoluwa Olawepo  told the court to separate her parents. Iyanuoluwa’s mother, Mrs Abosede Olawepo had agreed to the prayer of her husband, Mr Olubayo Olawepo of the dissolution of their 11-year-old marriage, while she prayed the court to grant  her custody of the child. Forty-six-year-old Olubayo, a secondary school teacher,who resides at Idikan, Ibadan, Oyo State capital, had taken his wife, Abosede to court, seeking  divorce on grounds of incessant fight by the latter. According to him, their marriage was contracted 11 years ago, but  he was yet to  pay her bride price. Olubayo added  that their  marriage had never known peace since it was contracted, while efforts made at    settling  their differences by his  parents proved abortive. “I know she would have changed if her parents had joined hands with my parents in settling our differences, but they kept encouraging her to misbehave. “My lord, there is no more love in our relationship. I can’t  continue with her any more. I also  want the court to grant  me  custody of our child.” Reponding,  Abosede, who lives at Ajah in Lagos State said she had not enjoyed her marriage since  she got married to Olubayo. “My lord, my husband has failed in taking proper care of me. “He’s irresponsible  and sleeps with  a female pastor in our church,”  she said.

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Oyo Assembly to pass bill on community service

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THE Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourable Monsurat Sunmonu, has revealed that the House will soon pass the bill on community service into law in the state. Honourable Sunmonu gave the assurance on Thursday, in her office while playing host to members of the Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) that paid her a courtesy visit.According to the Speaker, the bill had passed through the first and second readings at the plenary, only for the House Committee on Public Petitions and Judiciary to put finishing touches to the bill for its eventual passage into law. Honourable Sunmonu expressed optimism that the bill, when passed, would go a long way in the quick dispensation of justice and thereby, reduce congestion in our prisons. Earlier, in her remarks, the leader of the team, Miss Aderonke Ige, applauded the dedication and  commitment of the speaker for the maintenance of peace, not only in the state assembly but in Oyo State at large since the inception of the seventh assembly.

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