Oyo govt, APC plead for understanding from striking workers

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Oyo State government has called on its striking civil servants to demonstrate greater understanding of the situation which has affected the payment of salaries as at when due and call off their strike. The state Head of Service, Mr Soji Eniade, who made the call while addressing newsmen in his office, in Ibadan, on Tuesday, urged the workers to resume work and allow for further negotiations to be made between labour and the government. He confirmed the receipt of the letter from the state council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), to the effect that its national body had directed it to commence an industrial action immediately as a result of unpaid salaries. Eniade, however, said it was on record that since the inception of the current administration, payment of salaries had been effected latest by the 25th of every month, adding that this feat had been maintained until recently when allocation to states from the Federal Government started nosediving.

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Strike: APC faults Oyo NLC

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The All Progressives Congress has faulted the decision of the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Oyo State chapter, to order workers to embark on an industrial action. The Oyo state chapter of the APC accused the NLC of not following “due process or due consideration” before taking the decision. In a statement issued on Tuesday in Ibadan by its Director of Publicity and Strategy, Mr. Olawale Sadare, the APC expressed shock over the manner in which the state chapter of the NLC declared the industrial action, saying there was ongoing efforts by Governor Abiola Ajimobi to offset the salary arrears. “We received the news of the strike as ordered by the state chapter of the NLC with shock in view of its timing and the fact that the governor was never comfortable owing staff their dues as demonstrated in greater part of his first term in office.

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Fuel scarcity: Petrol hawkers storm major roads in Ibadan

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As petrol scarcity bites harder in the country, hawkers of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) have stormed major roads in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, selling the commodity in kegs of four litres each for between N1,500 and N2,000 per litre. The hawkers were sighted at Akobo Oju-Irin, Mokola, Apata, Ojoo and Akinyele in Ibadan yesterday displaying the commodity beside the roads. Some of them also approached motorists with a view to selling the commodity to them. Many motorists, who could not queue up for a long time at some fuel stations, dispensing the PMS at N87 per litre, usually go for the Black Market. But checks by Daily Sun revealed that only the major marketers dispensed at N87, while the  independent marketers of the commodity sold it for between N150 and N200 per litre.

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Hoodlums Threaten To Burn Down Fuel Stations As Fuel Scarcity Bites Harder

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There are strong indications that hoodlums in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State may begin to burn down filling stations that sell fuel to customers in the dead of the night for unbridled profiteering. Investigations conducted by the Street Journal revealed that  some filling stations are fond of selling fuel to customers between 1 am and 3 am to avoid the usual long queues that are always preponderant in the few filling stations that sell fuel during the day time. It was gathered that all Bethel filling stations  in Ibadan was one of the culprits of what the hoodlum termed illicit trade.  It was gathered that the hoodlums around Iyana Adeoyo and Ososami axis of the metropolis have threatened to storm the Iyana Adeoyo Bethel fuel station should the station open at the odd hour to sell fuel today.

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UI shut for two weeks over fuel scarcity

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Authorities of the University of Ibadan on Monday asked the institution’s students to vacate the premises immediately, pending the time the problem of shortage of water and electricity would be addressed. The directive was issued to students following ‎an advice given by the Committee of Provosts and Deans to the university’s management. The Director of Communication of the institution, Mr. Muhammed Oladejo, who confirmed the development, said the management only asked the students to proceed on a two-week mid-semester break. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that students of Independence Hall of the institution had, in the early hours of Monday, staged a protest. The students complained that they were facing hard time as a result of shortage of water and electricity.

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Micro Station opens Ibadan outlet

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In line with its commitment to deepening access to affordable and cutting-edge mobile devices, Micro Station Limited, a telecoms and mobile devices retailing firm in the country, has opened its Ibadan retail outlet. The new state-of-the-art retail outlet offers a one-stop shop where Nigerians can meet all their telecommunications and computing needs. Before now, existing Micro Station outlets in Victoria Island, Otigba Street in Computer Village, Awolowo Way in Ikeja, Oshogbo; Ikorodu, Mushin and Sango-Otta, as well as at the Kodesho Road, Ikeja have continued to serve the company’s growing customers in the area of access to affordable, stylish and demand-meeting devices, the firm said in a statement on Monday.

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Notorious armed robbery suspect arrested at his wedding

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AN armed robbery suspect, who has been on the run from the police for many months, has been arrested on his wedding day. And what would have been the happiest day for his bride in Ibadan, Oyo State, turned out to be her day of sorrow as the state Police Command swooped on the venue of the wedding to arrest the groom who turned out to be a wanted notorious armed robber. According to the police, the 42-year-old robbery suspect, Olumide Asiyanbi, was arrested just as he was about signing the dotted lines with his bride by policemen attached to the state task force team that has been on his trail for months. The police alleged that Asiyanbi was a member of a deadly six-man robbery gang that had been terrorising the people of Ibadan and other neighbouring states, pulse.ng reports.

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Mother, daughter kidnapped in Ibadan

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A woman identified as Mrs. Opeyemi Adeniran and her daughter, Oyinkansola, have been kidnapped at their residence, in the Odo-ona Elewe, area of Ibadan. The incident happened as the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Katsina, inaugurated the command’s Anti-kidnapping Squad, which is headed by Usman Dimka, at the state command, Eleyele, on Saturday. A Save Our Soul message sent by concerned friends and relatives of the family on the social media claimed that Mrs. Adeniran and her daughter were kidnapped about 8pm on Friday and driven away in an ash coloured Volkswagen Golf 3 car with number plate FKJ 238 BD.

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Oyo, Chinese firm sign MoU on light rail

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The Oyo State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese firm, CCECC, for the building of a light rail transport system covering about 24 kilometres within Ibadan, the state capital. Speaking at the ceremony, which took place at the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Ibadan at the week-end, Governor Abiola Ajimobi described the development as another milestone in his administration’s quest to modernise major cities in the state. He said  the project was long overdue for the state with a population of over 10 million, stressing that any city with a population of at least two million required a light rail system of “We believe that in our quest to modernise Oyo State, particularly in the area of transportation having a light rail system is a sine qua non.

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One dead, others injured as OPC, cultists clash in Ibadan

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The peaceful atmosphere of Apete in Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State was disturbed yesterday as some members of Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Vigilance Group and some cult members engaged in a bloody clash. The fracas left at least one person dead and others seriously injured. Another person was said to be unconscious after being beaten with charm. As a result of the chaotic situation that engulfed the town where most of the students of the Polytechnic, Ibadan, live, residents of the sleepy town ran helter-skelter to avoid being caught in the crisis that began at Apete market, some metres away from a police station. It was gathered that the violence was the aftermath of a perennial crisis that had existed between rival groups of OPC.  It was further gathered that some OPC men came from Bere area of Ibadan to demand that those at Apete stop operating under the umbrella of the real OPC. However, the heated argu-ment that ensued degenerated into a bloody clash.

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Makinde debunks quitting politics

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The Social Democratic Party (SDP), governorship candidate in the last general election in Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde, has refuted a media report that he had quit politics. Makinde, while reacting to a report that he had told his close supporters that if he lost the last election, it would be the end of his participation in partisan politics, said since the election was held, he was yet to meet with his followers on his political future, wondering where the writer got his information. The SDP governorship candidate in a statement by his Director of Media and Publicity, Alhaji Wale Adele, noted that the decision on the next phase  of his political direction would be taken after due consultation with his political constituency, adding this would also be made public. He said members of the press should not be in haste to infer what is in the mind of an individual, particularly, somebody like Makinde, who can be reached at the slightest notice by the said writer.

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3,628 Oyo workers interviewed for promotion

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About 3,628 employees of the Oyo State Local Government Service Commission    are currently being considered for promotion. The three -day interview exercise, which commenced onWednesday, at State Secretariat, Ibadan, is part of the processes for the 2012 promotion exercise for workers of all departments and cadres of the commission. The invited employees drawn across the 33 local governments in the state are those who had passed the examination conducted by the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), with a minimum score of 25 out of 50 marks. When  the Nigerian Tribune inquired to know why the interview exercise for 2012 promotion was being considered about three years after they were due,  the Permanent Secretary, Oyo State Local Government Service Commission, Mr Olaolu Olaoye, noted that the commission had to wait upon  ASCON to release the result of the promotion examination which he said, was recently released.

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Oyo state Gov’s daughter, Abi Kola-Daisi writes on love & learning to trust your partner

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Photo: Commissioner of Police consoles bereaved man

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COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, OYO STATE, MR MUHAMMED KATSINA, DONATING A MOTOCYLE AND FOOD ITEMS TO MR KUNLE AYOOLA, WHO LOST TWO CHILDREN TO CHOLERA WITHIN 12 HOURS, IN IBADAN ON THURSDAY

Ibadan’s Museum of Unity records 13,000 Visitors In 2014

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The National Museum of Unity, Ibadan, recorded more than 13,000 visitors in 2014, its Curator, Amos Olorunnipa, said on Monday. Olorunnipa, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on the sidelines of the 2015 International Museum Day celebration, disclosed that the visitors included local and foreign tourists. He said the figure was higher than the 12,000 which the museum recorded in 2013. “The turn out of school children and students of higher institutions at the museum this year is also encouraging. “We hope to record a higher figure in 2015,” he said. The curator said the 2015 Museum Day celebration was low key because of the economic challenge the country was contending with. “However, we thank God for being able to celebrate it with others in the world,” he added. Olorunnipa, however, urged public spirited individuals to partner with the museum in preserving cultural artifacts.

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I’m not joining APC —Alao-Akala

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THE Labour Party (LP) candidate in the April 11 governorship election in Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, has dissociated himself from reports that he plans to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC). The former governor described the report as “a mere figment of imagination of some people,” noting that he needed not defect to a ruling party in order to play a significant role, especially at this point in time when “there is a need for collective effort to build our state and Nigeria together.”In a statement issued in New York, United States, by his director of public affairs, Oludare Ogunlana, Alao-Akala said as a former governor and leader of LP in the state, he would willingly offer advice on how to move the nation forward if it was needed.

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Two siblings found dead in Ibadan

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The corpses of two siblings were discovered at House Number 13, Cele close, Agbowo, Ibadan, Oyo State on Wednesday. They were identified as three-year-old Munachi, and Amarachi Ukoha, 16. They were found inside one of the eight rooms of the bungalow. The mother, Chinoye Ukoha, said her son, Munachi, and her sister, Amarachi were living with her and complained of stomach disorder on Tuesday night. She said after they complained she gave them some drugs and only to discover their corpses on Wednesday morning. The case has been reported at Kajorepo Police Station while the corpses had been deposited at Adeoyo General Hospital’s mortuary in Ibadan. The cause of their death is not yet known but residents around the area said they suspected complications from malnutrition.

2 Indian hemp traffickers land in Ibadan court

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TWO suspected traffickers in Indian hemp were arraigned on Tuesday in a Federal High Court in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. The accused, Taofeek Akinlabi and Samson Adesola were arraigned separately for allegedly dealing in 2.4 kilogrammes and 5.8 kilogrammes of Indian hemp respectively. Mr Raphael Himinkaiye, the counsel to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Oyo State, said that the accused were arraigned on a one-count charge of unlawful dealing in Indian hemp. Himinkaiye added that Akinlabi and Adesola separately committed the crime on March 19 and April 7 in Ibadan and Ogbomoso areas of Oyo State respectively. According to the prosecutor, the action of the accused constituted a serious health risk to the society. He told the court that the offence contravened Section 11 (C) of the NDLEA Act Cap 30 of the Laws of Federation, 2004. The two accused persons pleaded guilty to the charge.

UCH Ibadan Performs Mass Burial for Unclaimed Corpses

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The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan in Oyo State, says it has carried out a mass burial for many unclaimed corpses in its mortuary. Deji Bobade, the spokesman of the college told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Ibadan. Bobade said the management took the decision because the unclaimed corpses had congested the hospital’s mortuary. He said some corpses of dead persons between ages one and 50 years old had been abandoned in the mortuary since 2012. The spokesman said that the management , however, contacted the relatives of the deceased before carrying the mass burial. He claimed the relatives might have refused to claim the corpses due to the culture that says that “parents should not bury their children”. Bobade explained that three adverts were placed in the newspapers at three different occasions with deadlines for the bodies to be claimed. “But the adverts generated no response from the relatives either.”

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Milo basketball: Yejide girls in semi-finals

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Yejide Grammar School Ibadan, Oyo State picked the first semi final ticket in the girls category at the ongoing Western Conference playoffs of the Nestle Milo Secondary Schools Basketball Championship. The competition is taking place at the sports hall of the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan. The hardworking Ibadan side defeated Queen Elizabeth School, Ilorin, Kwara State 53-5 to grab the semi-finals ticket with a very bold stance. Yejide girls coach, Yemi Abiodun, praised the girls for their resilience and what he described as job welldone. He said, “I asked my players to take it easy and play their normal game without underrating their opponents.” Also Zeal College Otta in Ogun State silenced highly rated Ugborikoko Secondary School Warri, Delta State by 10-8.

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