Oyo teachers shun celebration over unpaid salaries


The Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan venue of the ceremony recorded a very scanty attendance of stakeholders comprising mainly of representatives of labour leaders from some schools across the local government areas of the state.  Majority of teachers in public and private schools in Oyo State on Monday shunned the World Teachers Day celebration apparently in protest against their months of unpaid salaries as well as arrears of pensions and gratuities of those in retirement. The Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan venue of the ceremony recorded a very scanty attendance of stakeholders comprising mainly of representatives of labour leaders from some schools across the local government areas of the state.

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…Oyo residents’ reactions overwhelm me —Shittu


OYO State ministerial nominee, Mr Adebayo Shittu has described the reactions of the residents of the state to the announcement of his name as a ministerial nominee as overwhelming, saying the purported plot against him by some party chieftains as inconsequential. Shittu’s name was rumoured to be among 21 names contained in the list submitted to the Senate President by President Muhammadu Buhari, last week by the media. But two advertorials in national newspapers advertorial on Monday, signed by the state chairman and secretary of his party, All Progressives Congress (APC), Akin Oke and Mojeed Oloye respectively, rejecting the nomination. In a reaction, Shittu, described the position of the party chieftains as misleading and against the interest of the larger majority of the residents of the state.

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Oke Ogun backs Adebayo Shittu for minister


A socio-cultural organisation of Oke-Ogun people of Oyo state, Oke Ogun Forum, Kwara state chapter, has condemned the protest against the choice of an indigene of the area, Barrister Adebayo Shittu, as a ministerial nominee. It is recalled that the Central Working Committee of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo state had in a statement moved against the candidature of Barrister Shittu as ministerial nominee principally on the allegation that the nominee hardly worked for the success of the party. A statement signed by the chairman of the forum, Chief Lasisi Adewuyi, which was made available to journalists in Ilorin on Monday said that Barrister Shittu worked relentlessly for APC in its victory during last election and said that the protest against him was a product of “deep rooted anger and hatred against the people of Oke Ogun in Oyo state”.

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Ministerial List: Why We’re Against Shittu’s Nomination – Oyo APC


The All Progressives Congress (APC) Oyo State chapter, has kicked against the purported nomination of Mr Adebayo Shittu from the state, as minister. The party, in a statement yesterday, said Shittu would not serve the interest of the people, adding that he is not a team player. The statement reads: “The State Working Committee (SWC) of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State met on October 1 and resolved as follows: “That President Muhammadu Buhari deserves commendation for beginning to lead the campaign for laying a foundation for the desired change by Nigerians through his enviable leadership within a short period that his administration was inaugurated. “That we pledge our unalloyed loyalty and support for the national leadership and levels of our great party while at the same time appreciate the followership for their cooperation in repositioning our dear country.

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Ajimobi, Afe Babalola for book launch


A book “Imaging the Nigeria Police: A Public Perception” written in honour of an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Sybil Olufunmilayo Akinfenwa, will be presented tomorrow. The event, which will take place at Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan, will be chaired by Aare Afe Babalola. Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase is the chief host.  Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi is the special guest of honour. Chief Kola Daisi and Alhaja Sarat Adeola Adesina are father and mother of the day. Chief Adejare Adegoke is the Chief Launcher while Prof. Oyesoji Aremu of the Guardian and Counselling Department will review the book.

Oyo APC rejects Shittu as ministerial nominee


THE All Progressives Congress (APC), Oyo State has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to have a re-think on the choice of a former Attorney General of the state, Mr Adebayo Shittu, as the state’s nominee on the ministerial list. The party’s state Central Working Committee (CWC) after a meeting, at the weekend, issued a statement signed by the party’s state chairman and secretary, Chief Akin Oke and Honourable Mojeed Olaoya, respectively and titled ‘Marginalisation of Oyo State in political Appointments.’  The party through the statement addressed to President Buhari through the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, expressed its dissatisfaction with recent appointments made by the President, noting that despite its contribution, the state has been unjustly treated in the scheme of things.

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3SC, Bayelsa Fire Blanks in Ibadan


Shooting Stars and Bayelsa United fired blanks in a match Sibi Gwar could have won for the Oluyole Warriors with two minutes left. The former Enyimba striker raced clear with team mate Ajani Ibrahim as company against a lone Bayelsa defender. He elected to shoot rather than pass to the better placed Ajani, and to the frustration of thousands of Shooting Stars faithfuls, the ball bounced off the post with the rebound wasted. That was followed two minutes later by Cletus Itodo directing a header wide from close range. It was part of a frenetic end to a match that admittedly offered little in goal scoring opportunities.

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Ajimobi Applauds SMEDAN, Advocates Capacity Building


Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has lauded the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN)’s activities in respect of promoting and developing Micro Small and Medium Enterprises in the State. He made the commendation during a courtesy call by the Director General of SMEDAN, Alhaji Bature Umar  Masari and top management of the agency. Ajimobi, who stressed the need for synergy between agencies operating within the entrepreneurial empowerment value chain, noted the need to build the capacity of our youths to be able to own and run small scale businesses successfully and sustainably.

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Alao-Akala’s wife, Akeredolu, others mourn Oyo LP chieftain

The death of the Oyo South Senatorial candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the March 28 presidential and national assembly election, Mr Nurudeen Owolabi Akinyo, has been described as painful and shocking by his associates and other dignitaries who attended his burial at his Ikolaba home in Ibadan, on Saturday. Wife of the former Oyo State governor, Mrs Kemi Alao-Akala; deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Bayo Adelabu, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, a former Secretary to Oyo State Government, Chief Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli and a former member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Babs Oduyoye, were among the dignitaries and friends who attended the burial. Akinyo, a former Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi, died in Garki Hospital, Abuja, on Friday, during a brief illness.

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Man arraigned in Ibadan for illegal possession of gun


A 35-year-old man, Waheed Akinsanmi, was on Friday arraigned in an Iyaganku Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan for illegal possession of a pump action gun. Akinsanmi of Fatai Akinsanmi Str., Monatan area, Ibadan, was arraigned on a five-count charge of conspiracy, threat to life, malicious damage, breach of peace and unlawful possession of a pump action gun. The Prosecutor, Insp Ade Adebusuyi, told the court that Akinsanmi and others now at large conspired to maliciously damage an uncompleted building belonging to one Adewale Ayedun. “The accused also threatened the lives of one Benedicta Adebayo, Solomon Adekunle and Ayedun and conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace in the area.

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In Oyo, herdsmen believe their animals are utmost


As a result of the cord of unity that binds all diverse ethnic groups together as an indivisible entity, it is not out of place for anybody from the 44 ethnic groups that make up Nigeria to live anywhere in the country. But, what happens if visitors now pose a serious threat to security of lives and property of their hosts? That aptly paints the picture of the frosty relationship between residents of Oyo State especially people from Oke Ogun area and Fulani herdsmen. The constant clashes between the two groups. The people of Oke Ogun are not complaining about co-habiting with the Fulani herdsmen, but their grudge against them stems from constant and unabated destruction of their farmlands by the cattle of these nomads.

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We ended Hajj in Kano —Oyo intending pilgrims


Pilgrimage to Mecca, as one of the five pillars of Islam, is a dream that every devout Muslim holds very dear to heart. As a true Muslim, Mr. Akanni Ganiyu Arulogun has been praying for an opportunity to perform Hajj rite since childhood. But  the opportunity never came until this year when he clocked 64. Thanks to one of his children who presented the opportunity to him and his wife on a platter of gold. So, his joy knew no bounds when his son told him and Mrs. Arulogun that he would foot the bill for their pilgrimage to the holy land. So, on May 12, 2015, Mr. Arulogun made the first payment of one million Naira  to Kaula Al-Imam Travels and Tours which was believed to have successfully made several intending pilgrims realize their dreams of going to Mecca where they ‘stoned the devil’.

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#NigeriaAt55: Read How Ibadan And Lagos Are Similar At Independence


In recent times, IB-bashing has been rife on social media. Pictures with derogatory memes are launched at Ibadan indigenes. Remember the classic song by the late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister extolling their peculiar use of sibilants? Ibadan also suffers the fate of having a more prosperous sister city in Lagos that lies barely 120km to its south. Both cities have more in common than social media would have you believe. Tunji Olalere, who has lived in both cities explores the similarities.

Both Were Military Outposts

Ibadan was founded by Lagelu, a generalissimo of the Oyo Empire. He had moved to camp with his warriors at this strategic location between the forest and the plains to fend off advances from the Owu and Egbas. Lagos was initially populated by the Aworis. It was however conquered by the Bini soldiers, who called it Eko and kept it as a military base before the British came.

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Independence: Stadium gates shut against celebrants in Oyo


For the first time in many years, the gates of the mainbowl of Lekan Salami Stadium was shut against people, who went to the facility with a view to participating in the 55th independence anniversary of Nigeria. The development prevented all people, organisations and schools that turned out in their large numbers from participating in the traditional march-past ceremony and consequently returned home disappointed. State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, did not show up at the stadium  and no representative was sent. Also, many of the groups under the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) came to the stadium for the independence celebration were disappointed.
Many people, who came to the stadium as early as 8a.m., waited endlessly for government officials and left at 12noon when they could not gain entry into the stadium.

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Yekini’s mansion may become Kidnappers den


Residents of Oni and Sons area of Ring Road, Ibadan have warned that the mansion of late Super Eagles hit man, Rashidi Yekini ,may become the den of robbers and kidnappers if nothing is done about the edifice which has remained unoccupied three years after the demise of the soccer legend. Daily Sunsports gathered that the residents had written to police authorities alerting them of the danger of leaving the place desolate. Lawyer to the late footballer, Barrister Jubril Muhammed, had however assured that the property would not be allowed to become the hide out of hoodlums as efforts were being made to put it into good use.

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OAU Students Protest Over Poor Education In Nigeria


Still in celebration mood of Nigeria’s 55th Independent Day anniversary, some students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife have expressed their grievances on the decline of education system in the country. The protesting students reportedly took their anger to Ibadan as they converged at Iwo Road enroute the Oyo State Government House, Agodi, Ibadan. The president of the Students’ Union Government (SUG) of the school, Omotayo Akande called on President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the 26% education budget as recommended by UNESCO in Nigeria.

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Happy Independence Ibadan!


As we celebrate this Independence of our Nation Nigeria, May it brings new achievements for Nigeria as whole and Ibadan as our domain.

#GodBlessNigeria #GodBlessIbadan

Lagelu FM will fill the Vacuum of originality in Radio Broadcasting- Asimolowo


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In recent times, the buzz is all about town on the emergence of the new radio station in the city of Ibadan that will be focused purely on Yoruba and Pidgin English Content- Lagelu FM 96.3. Everyone is talking about it and the expectation is quite high. Whatsupibadan.com, in this exclusive interview with the Chief Operating Officer of WestMidland Communication Limited, Owners of Splash FM and Lagelu FMMrs Bisi Ashimolowo brings to you excerpts from the chat with her. Read along as she talks on different issues, from the birth of the new radio station, the relationship with Splash FM, latest cross-carpeting trend amongst OAPs in Ibadan and various other issues. Enjoy… 

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Tribunal adopts Ladoja, Ajimobi’s final addresses


OYO State governorship election petition tribunal sitting in Ibadan, the state capital, on Wednesday, adopted written addresses of all the parties on the petition brought before it by the governorship candidate of  the Accord Party, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, challenging the election of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Chairman of the tribunal, after adoption of counsels’ final addresses, Justice Muhammad Aliu Mayaki, informed that the date of the judgment would be communicated to them. Senator Ladoja is challenging the April 11, 2015 governorship election in the state, in a suit number EPT/IB/Gov/22/2015.  The three-man panel is headed by Justice Muhammad Aliu Mayaki, with Justices Muhammad Karaye and J.E Ikede as members.

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Oke-Ogun rulers pledge loyalty to Alaafin


TRADITIONAL rulers from Oke-Ogun zone of Oyo State recently visited the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, at his palace, where they assured him of their loyalty and dedication. According to them, there was no place like home, adding that “we are here to see our father (Alaafin) whom we owe allegiance.” Speaking during the visit, the Amunijio of Ijio, Oba Samuel Adegoke, said “Alaafin is our father and there is nothing anybody can do about it. “Kabiyesi should forgive us wherever we went wrong. We are your son, hence we came to receive blessings as traditional norms demand.” The Akibio of Ilora, Oba Stephen Oyeniyi Oparinde, said: “I visit my father every other day for consultation, homage and blessings; he is a wonderful father to me and my people of Ilora. Long may he reign.”

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