Soka gets health centre

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While the stigma of hosting the forest of horror in Ibadan before it was dismantled by government still lingers for residents of Soka in the Oyo State capital, the people of the community are moving on with their lives as they recently commissioned a health centre they built. TAYO JOHNSON reports.

Not many expected any good news to come out of Soka in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital so soon after the infamous discovery of an ‘evil’ forest littered with decomposed bodies and dozens of human parts in the community. But residents of the Oluyole Local Government Area community capital seem to have put the stigma of that discovery behind them and are moving on with their lives.

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Oyo, SMEDAN kick off agro-based OLOP project

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By Remi Feyisipo

About 90 processors who formed themselves into cooperatives are to participate in the Oyo State agro-based – One Local government One Product (0LOP) scheme. The processors, 10 from the cooperative societies in the nine local government areas participating in the scheme, will trained by Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) and Japanese International Corporation Agency (JICA). Nine local governments had been earmarked to take part in the first phase of the scheme.

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Ibadan court jails man seven years for arson

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By Oladele Ogunsola

A middle-aged man, Muritala Sanni, has been sentenced to a seven-year imprisonment over setting ablaze of Bodija Police Station on June 15, 2012 in Ibadan by an Ibadan High Court presided over by Adegboye Gbolagunte. At the hearing, the presiding judge also discharged and acquitted the first accused person in the case, Jamiu Abubakar, of the two-count charge of conspiracy of arson of the Bodija Police Station on the same date.

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Oyo PDP receives defectors from APC, AP in Ibadan

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The camp of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State Thursday in Ibadan got swollen as about 1,000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Accord Party defected to the party in Ibadan North-East Local Government Area of the state. At the Christ the King Primary School, Agugu in the ancient city, where the defectors were received, the state chairman of PDP, Yinka Taiwo, Adebisi Olopoenia, Tunde Laniba and chairman of PDP in Ogun State, Bayo Dayo and other party big shots were at hand.

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Oyo govt expresses displeasure over performance of students in WAEC

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The Oyo State government has expressed displeasure over the performance of students in the recent West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) examination, while disclosing that it had spent about N500 million on students writing WAEC and National Business Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) examinations. The state Commissioner for Education, Professor Solomon Olaniyonu, made the disclosure on Tuesday, during the commissioning of two blocks of 10 classrooms renovated by Chevron Employee Volunteers programme (CEVP), at Community High School, Alegongo, Ibadan.

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Oyo pastors score Ajimobi high, endorse his second term

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Pastors of various churches in the 33 local government areas of Oyo State have pledged their support for the continuity of the Governor Abiola Ajimobi administration beyond 2015. The pastors, under the aegis of Oyo State Pastors’ Forum, expressed their support when they paid a solidarity visit to the governor in his office in Ibadan yesterday. In his address, the President of the forum, Revd Michael Onifade assured the governor of the readiness of the pastors to pray for the success and continuity of his administration. “The pastors are out to pray for the continuity of this government till 2019. We are out to evangelise, mobilise, enlighten, educate and tell the truth about unparalleled achievements so far. We want to assure you that you have been anointed to take Oyo State to greater heights.

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Thugs beat up TV station director in Ibadan

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Culled From DailySun

Hell was let loose on Monday evening in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, as thugs suspected to be loyal to a member of the Oyo State House of Assembly descended on the Director of Engineering of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), Mr. Akinniyi Akinlabi, and beat him black and blue. The incident triggered a protest by members of the BCOS chapter of Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU) yesterday. The protesters locked up the gate of the corporation, saying they would not allow anybody, including Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who was to inaugurate a newly built Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) press centre into the premises of the television station.

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The Bread Connoisseurs 2014!

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The only Exhibition dedicated to Bread

On 1st October 2013, amidst the celebration of the Nation’s Independence, EXQUISITO Confectioneries organized the first ever bread Exhibition in Nigeria, bringing together nearly one thousand bread lovers. The exhibition was a free festival that celebrated healthy bread and healthy bread products. Tagged “The Bread CONNOISSEURS”, the exhibition is a corporate social responsibility from Exquisito Confectioneries with the aim of encouraging production and consumption of healthy bread and bread products. This is considered necessary knowing that bread is a staple food, and unhealthy production and consumption might result in an unhealthy society.

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M.A.C Store Launches in IBADAN

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M∙A∙C Cosmetics is excited to announce its arrival at The Palms Mall in Ibadan, the first M∙A∙C store in Nigeria’s Oyo State. Based in this location, M∙A∙C will provide a service destination offering skilled makeup applications and artistry, whilst embracing the brand ethos of All Ages, All Races, All Sexes.

Kayode Kasumu, CEO, Beauty and Fragrance states, “We are delighted to be opening a M∙A∙C Cosmetics store in Ibadan. This will be our first store in the Oyo State, and third store in Nigeria with the other stores located in The Palms Mall Victoria Island and Ikeja City Mall, Ikeja. We are excited to have found a prime retail offering in The Palms Mall Ibadan, located in the country’s third largest metropolitan area. Our experience with our other store openings in Nigeria has solidified the premise of a genuine need for the brand and intensified our desire to expand our footprint in this fast developing region”.

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Scream Awards Youth Nominees

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Scream Awards is the current buzz in the country amongst youths and students.The awards which is on her way to becoming the most celebrated awards platform among youths and students will hold on the 30th of october in Ibadan. This is definitely a positive step in developing entertainment in other growing parts of the country. Judging by the reaction and reception of youths so far,students/youths have embraced scream all youths awards with pleasure.

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2015: Adedoja picks Oyo guber form

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… Defends agitation for Ibadan native as PDP candidate

 Former Minister of Sports and Special Duties, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, yesterday picked an expression of interest form of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State to contest the 2015 governorship election in the state.This brought to eight the number of aspirants that had picked the form. The other aspirants so far, include former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala; former Senate Leader, Teslim Folarin; and former Chief Press Secretary to former Governor Lam Adesina, Alhaji Kehinde Olaosebikan.

Mecca boils over Oyo pilgrims BTA

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Uneasy calm is said to have pervaded the camp of the Oyo State Government-sponsored pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for this year’s hajj as they threatened to beat up the chairman of the state Pilgrims’ Welfare Board (Muslim Wing), Taofeek Akeugbagold, over non-payment of their Basic Travelling Allowance (BTA). Sources close to the Oyo pilgrims’ camp in the holy land confided in our correspondent that the pilgrims, who protested against the board’s action at a meeting held at their hotel, alleged that the board had not been fair to them. They were said to have also accused the management of the Liberal Gold for its uncaring attitude, alleging that since their arrival in Mecca, there had not been adequate welfare for them. They claimed that some of them were not given accommodation while the food had not been regular and that they had been struggling to survive since the board failed to pay them their BTA.

We are battle-ready for security challenges —NSCDC commandant

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The Oyo State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr Adebayo Ayeni, has said that the Corps’ officers and men are ready to cope with security challenges and governmental assignments that may present themselves in preparation for the 2015 elections. The Commandant stated this on Monday, at Ibadan North Local Government Area of Oyo State, during a one-day security summit titled “Security Alert, Insurgency, Terrorism and Insecurity: An Impediment to National, State and Community Growth.”

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Independence Day: Oyo FRSC to operate mobile courts

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The Oyo State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that it would operate Mobile Courts during the forthcoming Independence and Sallah celebrations to reduce motor accidents during the festivities. The state’s Sector Commander, Mr Luka Ikpi, said this in Ibadan, on Monday, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He said that the operations of the mobile courts would be to check the excesses of drivers and other road users during the aforementioned events. “We intend to make sure that we do not have avoidable accidents and loss of lives at a period when traffic volume is expected to increase.

Ebola: Disease surveillance system strong in Oyo —UCH CMD

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•Why Nigeria still at risk —Virologist

The Chief Medical Director of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Professor Temitope Alonge, said on Monday, that disease surveillance system had been strong in Oyo  State. Alonge told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Ibadan that, as a result of this strong surveillance system, any endemic situation in the area could be curtailed. The CMD disclosed that the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) scare in Oyo, was responsible for the close collaboration between the state government and the UCH, in trying to curb the spread of the EVD. He commended the state government for its constant support whenever the UCH management called on it.

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Court adjourns N16bn suit against Gov Ajimobi to Nov 6

An Ibadan High Court has adjourned further hearing or report of settlement in the case of N16 billion land dispute instituted by some families in the capital of Oyo State, against the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi and two of his commissioners, till November 6 this year.
The families had dragged Governor Ajimobi and four others before the court over 404.74 hectares of land released to them by the federal government, but which the state government had refused to hand over.
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‘3SC set to unveil The Golden Book’

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In line with the transformational agenda of the present government in Oyo State, the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Alhaji Farouk Alao Arisekola is set to unveil a compendium of the history of the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, together with the new jersey of the club, to celebrate the club’s impending glorious return to the the Nigerian Profesional Football League.

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Oyo governorship aspirants adopt electronic campaign

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Some governorship aspirants in Oyo State have adopted the use of electronic campaign bill boards to beat the ban on indiscriminate posting of campaign posters by the state Signage And Advertisement Agency, OYSAA.
The Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Congress, APC, aspirants have been using the electronic device to market their programmes.

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Havana Classic: Sigma to honour Ajimobi • KSA to perform

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Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, will be given an honorary award along with other top industrial and entertainment icons at the Pope John Paul II Hall of the University of Ibadan on October 24. The governor is being honoured for his positive contributions to youth projects and education in Oyo State. According to Mr Lamidi Adetunji of FCMB, who is also the Secretary General of Sigma Foundation,the decision to honour the governor and other undisclosed awardees was taken at a meeting in Victoria Island in July following the suggestion of Sigma Club of the University of Ibadan preparatory to the 60th anniversary of the popular Havana Carnival next year.

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APC govt in Oyo a failure – Akala

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The immediate past governor of Oyo State, Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala yesterday in Ibadan described the current All Progressives Congress government, APC,  in the state as a failure, declaring that the state has witnessed reverse in its developmental strides in the last three and a half years of the administration. Otunba Akala noted further “The last three and a half years in Oyo state has been that of serious pain and anguish in the lives of most of our people. So many lives have been lost; others are jobless while a whole lot have no means of livelihood, which is a clear indication that the present administration has failed the people.

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