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Friends or Foes?!

Governor Ajimobi of Oyo State and former Governor Rashidi Ladoja hugging each other during a condolence visit of the governor to Senator Ladoja over the death of his mother, Alhaja Aalimotu-Sadia Ladoja in Ibadan

Senator Adeseun charges PDP members on 2015

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THE senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District, Ayoade Adeseun, has urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to work towards the success of the party in the forthcoming general election, especially the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan. According to him, the party needed unity now more than ever before to achieve victory at the polls next year. A statement by a member of Adeseun’s 2015 campaign committee, Mr Lekan Olawoyin, quoted the senator as saying that the PDP members needed to close ranks so as avoid power slipping into the hands of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). The statement said Adeseun, while addressing his supporters in Ibadan, Oyo State, at the zonal rally of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), called on the president to re-contest in 2015. He charged members of the party in the South-West to re-enact the 2011 feat by delivering the zone to Jonathan.

2015: APC charges aspirants to declare ambition

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Ahead of the forthcoming 2015 general elections, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has asked members desirous of contesting for any of the elective offices to make public their interest immediately, with a formal notification of the state secretariat of the party. This directive given at the party’s state executive council meeting held at its South-West zonal office, Alakia, Old Ife Road, Ibadan, was contained in a statement issued after the meeting, signed by chairman, APC, Oyo State, Akin Oke. According to him, “2015 is almost here and our great party cannot afford to take chances.

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‘He makes loves to me in the presence of our grown-up children’

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A Mapo Customary Court in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, has dissolved a 17-year-old marriage between Rukayat and Rasaq Muniru, over their diferences on sex. Rukayat told the court that Muniru was shameless and found nothing wrong in having sex with her in the presence of their grown-up children. “Muniru rented a room in a face-face apartment for me and our four children, both male and female, at Olunloyo area of Ibadan, Oyo State capital, because he has married another wife. “He sees nothing wrong in having sex with me in their presence as matured as they are.

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Ebola Awareness campaign in Ibadan

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By Typearls

The management of Odu’a Group of Company( Odua investments), in conjunction with the Oyo State chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association(NMA) and the Junior Chamber International (JCI Premier), has organised a one day  sensitisation programme against the spread of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) At the opening of the campaign in Ibadan on Tuesday, Managing Director of Odu’a, Mr. Adewale Raji, called on the public to respect all safety tips on ways to stop the disease, especially washing of hands. He said, “I want us to continue with frequent use of sanitizers, avoid eating bush meat and touching or washing the dead, among others,” Raji said.He said the partnership with NMA and JCI was initiated to increase awareness on the prevention of the spread of the virus, calling on the public to report any early symptoms of the virus to the nearest medical centre.

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Touching Story: My mother advised me against joining politics –Ladoja

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The mother of former Oyo State governor Rashidi Ladoja, Alimotu Sadia, was buried on Thursday according to Muslim rights amidst eulogies at the family house in Yemetu area of Ibadan, with the Accord Party leader describing her as his last general.” Ladoja’s mother died on Wednesday night at the former governor’s house in Bodija area of Ibadan. While praying for the deceased, Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheik Aruna, said having lived a good life for 94 years and survived by successful children, her life should be celebrated. “When you look at someone like Ladoja being her son and others as well, you can only celebrate her passage. She lived a good life worthy of emulation. In everything we do, we must remember that we will one day return to God,” he said. Describing his mother as his last general and only confidant, Ladoja said his late mother was always right in her decision.

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Arisekola-Alao bags posthumous award

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An educational institution based in Ibadan, Oyo State, Mimbar Children School, has nominated the late Aare Musulumi of Yoruba land, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Arisekola-Alao, as the third recipient of its Role Model Award. A statement by the chairman of the 2014 School Recognition Day Committee, Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said the award ceremony is scheduled for Sunday at the school premises at New Bodija, Ibadan.Balogun said the ceremony would equally mark the end-of-session programme of the school where awards would be given to outstanding pupils and staff members.

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Joy as IBEDC restores electricity to Ona Ara after 3 years of outage

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There is no doubt that a huge relief has come to the people, business owners and industrial concerns in Ona Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State and its environs, as the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) is set to make constant electricity available to them after over 30 months of power outage.IBEDC will, today, inaugurate the rehabilitated sub-station with two 15MVA and 33/11KV injections that distribute power to the local government and other neighbourhoods from five local government areas of the Ibadan metropolis.

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Akala, Ajimobi, others commiserate with Ladoja

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Immediate former Governor of Oyo State Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala has commiserated with the former Governor of the state Senator Rashidi Ladoja on the death of his mother, Alhaja Alimotu Ladoja. Chief Alao-Akala, in a statement, signed by his media consultant, Dr Abraham Ojo and made available to newsmen in Ibadan described the death as a big vacuum in the life of the former governor. He said “to any child, the demise of a mother is always a big loss, irrespective of one’s status or age. The death of Alhaja Ladoja, though at a ripe age of 94, has left a big vacuum in the life of Senator Ladoja.

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Oyo natural resources ministry can generate N300m monthly —Commissioner

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COMMISSIONER in charge of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Oyo State, Fatai Abimbola, has said that the ministry can generate up to the tune of N300 million, if the blueprint of the ministry is adequately implemented. He made this assertion on Thursday at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State council secretariat, Press Centre, Iyaganku, Ibadan, when he led other officials of the ministry on a courtesy call. Abimbola noted: “We have series of plans and objectives which I believe if adequately utilised the ministry can generate up to N300 million. Presently, we are generating N8 million monthly, even though the ministry was just created.”

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UCH graduates 172 nurses

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THE Nursing Education Department, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan has graduated 172 nurses in general, midwives, preoperative and occupational health specialties. Deputy Director of Nursing Education, UCH, Mrs. Fehintola Ogunde, said this at the 2014 graduation ceremony of the college yesterday in Ibadan. She said the graduating nurses were presented for six professional examinations organised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN). Mrs. Ogunde added that 100 per cent success rate was recorded in all the examination.

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Workers hail Ajimobi over pay rise

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Oyo State government has announced a rise in civil servants’ salaries after a meeting with the state’s Nigeria Labour Congress’ (NLC). Governor Abiola Ajimobi yesterday broke the news to workers, who were queuing to board the free Ajumose buses at the Government Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan. He said the union would brief the workers on the details of the salary increase, adding that the raise range  was between 10 and 30 per cent, depending on the grade level of each worker. Thousands were excited as the news of the salary increment got to civil servants. This came barely 48 hours after the governor approved the outstanding promotions of teachers.

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Four Ebola suspects cleared in Oyo

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The Oyo State Government said four persons suspected of having the dreaded Ebola virus disease have been cleared by four hospitals in the state. The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, and the state Epidemiologist, Dr. Gbolahan Abass, told newsmen in Ibadan on Thursday that contrary to the rumours that some patients in state and private hospitals have contracted the disease, tests have shown that the patients were free of the virus. The four patients were treated in private and government hospitals in Iseyin, Ibadan, Igbo-Ora and Ogbomoso. The commissioner said their blood samples were taken and sent to the laboratory for confirmation and that they all tested negative.

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‘Allah sign’ appears on man’s forehead in Ibadan

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Culled From Tribune

THE discovery of lines on a man’s forehead believed to spell the Arabic name of God, Allah, is astounding some residents of Ibadan, Oyo State. Abass Adebiyi Olore, a resident of Atagba, Boluwaji area of Sanyo, said in an interview with the Nigerian Tribune that he was a nominal Muslim who led a loose lifestyle before the said marks appeared on his head. The development, Olore said, emerged after he carried out instructions from a certain Christian lady and a Muslim cleric to pray and fast for a number of days. According to him, a woman who had noticed the sign after power supply had just been restored to their area on the fateful day drew his attention to it.

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Photos: Accord rally in Ibadan

Senator Ladoja welcoming new members to Accord Party on Tuesday at the Mapo hill

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FG trains Nigerian graduates

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By Olakunle Taiwo

The Federal Government, in its efforts to reduce the unemployment rate within the country, through one of its many schemes, Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), under the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), organised a 3- day workshop for interns attached to reputable firms and organisations in Oyo State. The workshop, which held in Ibadan recently, emphasised on self-confidence, good human relationship and other factors needed to be self-employed and employable, among others. Representative of the Federal Government and the project director of Graduate Internship scheme (GIS SURE-P), Mr Peter Pakpa, in his welcome address, stressed the necessity to equip graduates with few or no skills and low experience to enable them tackle challenges in workplace.

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Oyo, PDP chieftain trade words over demolition

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OYO State government and a People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) chieftain, Senator Lekan Balogun, traded words yesterday over demolition of structures to pave the way for  a modern neighbourhood market at Old Ife Road, Ibadan. The row begun with Balogun accusing the state government of “wilfully demolishing houses worth several millions of naira against a subsisting court order.” He said it was his obligation as a PDP leader “to correctly inform the public that it is sheer insensitivity on the part of Oyo State Government to have embarked on this demolition as they did few days ago of private properties worth N400 million when the case is still in court. “Moreso, when there is a subsisting court injunction restraining the same government from embarking on such a lawless act.

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Kidnapped Lebanese regains freedom

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By kemi Olaitan

A Lebanese, Mr. S. Sakalawi, who was kidnapped eight days ago by unknown gunmen in Ibadan, has been released by his captors. Sakalawi, the general manager of an Ibadan based plastic firm, Black Horse Industries, was abducted last Tuesday within the company’s premises after been trailed by the gunmen who drove there in a silver-coloured Honda Accord car. A police source, while speaking on his release yesterday, said Sakalawi was found on a road on the outskirt of Ibadan and picked up by some policemen who were alerted by passers-by. Newsmen learnt that the kidnappers who were about three in number, in a bid to achieve their goal, followed the vehicle of a female staff of the company and entered into the compound, thus beating security check.

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Oyo group advocates extention of voter registration

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A socio-political organisation, Oyo Advocate, at the weekend made a call to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, to extend the ongoing registration exercise for another two weeks. The group in a statement by its Chairman, Sayo Alagbe, maintained that the appeal became necessary to give ample time for every eligible voter in the country to have their names registered before the 2015 general elections. According to the group, INEC should extend the exercise for the benefit of the numerous eligible voters who are yet to have their names registered due to the obvious ill-preparation by the electoral body.

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South-West APC passes vote of confidence in Ajimobi

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The South-West Zone of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has passed a vote of confidence in the Governor Abiola Ajimobi-led administration in Oyo State, saying that the governor has done the party proud through his performance in the last three years. The party also commended the governor for the outstanding leadership quality which he had demonstrated while running the affairs of the state. The APC National vice-chairman, South-West, Chief Pius Akinyelure made these remarks when he led leaders of the zone on a courtesy visit to the governor in his office in Ibadan, on Tuesday. Akinyelure acknowledged the various achievements of Governor Ajimobi, as well as his commitment to the growth and development of the state and its people.

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