Oyo Speaker Sponsors Lad To Frenage Soccer Academy


The Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Monsurat Sunmonu has given a talented young soccer player, Adelodun Usman, 14, a scholarship to nurture and further his career to become a future star at the Frenage Soccer Academy in Ibadan. The Speaker, who personally handed the kid over to the management of the academy, said she noticed the innate soccer talent in the boy while playing street football in their neighbourhood in Oyo and decided to invest in his future like Lionel Messi who was discovered at a very early stage and enrolled to Barcelona Academy. Sunmonu after inspecting the facilities being used by the academy inside Lead City University, Ibadan, pledged to extend the same gesture to many other talented kids within her constituency.

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Woman bathes maid with hot water


For not sweeping well

A 15-year-old citizen of Republic of Benin, Sadia (surname unknown), has regretted her decision to seek the job of a housemaid with one Mrs Bunmi Oladele, a full-time housewife in Ibadan, Oyo State. With her face swollen and both eyes shut from the effect of beating, tears rolled down her cheeks as she lay on the bed at a hospital she was taken for treatment after she was battered by her mistress. Crime Reports gathered that Mrs Oladele was arrested on Sunday, January 25, 2014, after neighbours noticed the housemaid’s swollen face, said to have been the result of the severe beatings from her mistress, and reported at the nearest police station.  The Divisional Police Officer in charge of Eleyele Division, Olawole Ayoola, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, ordered the arrest of the woman.

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Oyo INEC sensitises PWDs on Feb elections


AHEAD of next month’s general elections, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), Oyo State, has sensitised and educated the People With Disabilities (PWDs) in the state on the forthcoming polls. At a sensitisation and mobilisation workshop put together by the electoral body, at Oluyole Cheshire Home, on Thursday, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), in Oyo State, Ambassador Rufus Akeju, informed that the workshop was organised and sponsored by INEC in line with its deep-seated electoral responsibility and the policy of inclusiveness of every class or group of qualified Nigerians in the electoral process in order to engender participatory democracy.

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UPN adopts Alao-Akala as governorship candidate


IN order to be actively involved in the governorship election in Oyo State, despite its not presenting a governorship candidate for the election, the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), on Saturday, announced its adoption of the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in the state, Adebayo Alao-Akala. The party said, “today, we shall jointly and corporately move in that singular, particular direction to give our support and votes for a gubernatorial candidate of our choice among other parties in Oyo State; we know those that do not deserve our votes.”

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Balogun woos electorate for Folarin


A chieftain of the PeoplesDemocratic Party in Oyo State, Senator Lekan Balogun, has described the candidate of the PDP in the state, Senator Teslim Folarin, as an experienced, intelligent and educated man who can add value to the development of Oyo State. Senator Balogun blasted the incumbent governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, over his comment that Folarin should wait till Ibadan State was created before he could actualise his governorship ambition. Balogun, who spoke on Saturday, when the governorship candidate visited Lagelu Local Government Area of the state urged the people of the state to vote for the candidate of the party, because he was the most experienced among the contestants.

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Why I am bent on reviving our culture — Adewole


Adesina Adewole is the Chief Executive Officer of YorubaConnect, a platform that has been clamouring for the revival of Yoruba cultural values. In this interview with OLAKUNLE TAIWO, he speaks about what has kept his dream going and the next project of the organisation. Excerpts:

How has it been as the Chief Executive of YorubaConnect?

Seriously, it has not been easy. As my father ones told me when I was in school, “for someone to lead 20 youths successfully, he can lead a nation”. He believed that youths are difficult to lead because of their exuberance. Indeed, it has been challenging, but I thank God for being my strength.

You are the CEO of YorubaConnect. What does your organisation do?

The idea is to propagate the Yoruba culture. It is unfortunate that the Western culture has forsaken the Nigerian culture, which has made it possible to have influence on our thinking and behaviour. The beauty of people living together is to remain original. If you look at the way some people greet the elderly, you will notice that they bend instead of prostrating. Some people don’t actually speak more of Yoruba again; rather English Language has overshadowed the totality of our beautiful language. It is unfortunate that I am a victim.

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Why pension payment is delayed in Oyo, by Ajimobi


Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has blamed the delay in pension payment in the state on non-release of the 5 per cent pension fund by the Federal Government occasioned by dwindling federal allocation to states. The Governor spoke at an interactive session with local government retirees at Ibadan Civic Centre where he announced the establishment of an exit training programme for local government retirees to cushion the effect of their disengagement from service. He said the training programme would afford them the opportunity to share experiences with other fellow retirees.

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Oyo ex-speaker advises journalists on EFCC loot


As the governorship election draws nearer in Oyo State, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship campaign organisation of Seyi Makinde has called on journalists in the state to unravel the facts behind the controversial N500 million Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) loot that has generated heat in the state recently. The Director-General of the organization and the former Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Kehinde Ayoola, who spoke with journalists in Ibadan, tasked the pen-pushers to use their professional skills to bring out the truth of the matter.

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Ibadan poly students shut down campus over death of colleague -

Both academic and business activities were yesterday paralysed at the Polytechnic of Ibadan campus following protest of students of the institution over the death of one of their colleagues in an auto crash. As a result of the protest, the staff of the polytechnic and visitors to the institution could not also gain access to the school campus.
Though, the Public Relations Officer of the Institution, Mr. Soladoye Adewole dismissed the story as false, two students from the institution confirmed that one of them died in an accident while another boy was in a coma.
Sources revealed to our correspondent that the two victims were involved in the crash on their way to an undisclosed destination.
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PDP commends members for peaceful conduct in Ibadan


MEMBERS of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State have been commended for the peaceful way and high level of tolerance exhibited on Thursday, in spite of provocation from the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential train, which was in Ibadan for the campaign of General Muhammadu Buhari. A statement issued by the director, media and publicity, Oyo State PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Alhaji Kehinde Olaosebikan, alleged that instead of facing the campaign for which they came to the city, the APC members moved round the town, destroying billboards, posters and any PDP property in sight.

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Video: Buhari Danced In Ibadan!

Buhari can dance too…lol

Photos as Buhari- Osinbajo shuts down Oyo state with Mammoth Crowd

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Police deploy men in trouble spots in Ibadan


FOLLOWING the violence in Orita-Merin/Ayeye, an inside part of Ibadan, on Thursday evening, the Oyo State police command, on Friday, said it had deployed its officers and men in the area and other hot spots within the state capital. Spokesperson of the command, Adekunle Ajisebutu, disclosed this to Saturday Tribune in a telephone interview. After the presidential campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, held at Mapo Hall, there was commotion in the Orita-Merin area, which is close to the venue of the rally.

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New Music: D-BOY FT BK GMB- T.G.I.F

Brand new tune from new kid on the block, D-boy.The rapper connects with GMB powerhouse rapper and delivers a distinct rap/afro-pop feel good joint ‘T.G.I.F’ produced by D-boy himself (Dboy beatz). He has raised the bar with this new style of music,D boy is one to watch out for

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There is bird flu in Ibadan, don warns poultry farmers, marketers


OYO State has recorded cases of Avian Influenza in some farms and live poultry markets within the Ibadan metropolis, Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, Professor Gbenga Oyeyemi, has disclosed. He disclosed this during a one-day seminar to create awareness among poultry farmers and other stakeholders in Oyo State, organised by the Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Moor Plantation, Ibadan. This also confirmed what the Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, said on Wednesday that the viral disease had spread to 11 states in the country, including Oyo State.

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PDP’s 16-year rule nasty – Buhari


The campaign train of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), moved to Ibadan, Oyo State, on Thursday with a huge crowd welcoming the party’s leadership to the Mapo Hall venue of the rally. The event was also used to present APC flag to Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State. While addressing the crowd, Buhari described the 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party’s reign in Nigeria as nasty, pointing out that a high rate of unemployment, insecurity and waste of resources had brought Nigeria to its knees. He said the APC would solve the problems confronting Nigeria if voted into power next month. Buhari said, “I salute our party leaders that are present here. Sixteen years experience of the PDP has been a nasty one in Nigeria. Majority of Nigerians is in the age bracket of 30 and below are unemployed. This coupled with the insecurity in the country and corruption in the Federal Government have brought a great deal of suffering to Nigeria and the only way out is to vote the PDP out.

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PPFN launches family planning network in Oyo


THE Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) has launched a network for family planning in Oyo State. Speaking with the Nigerian Tribune at the official launch of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a move to activate PPFN networks on family planning behaviours and Practices, held at the Premier Hotel, Ibadan, the South-West coordinator of PPFN, Mr Kayode Akinpelu, informed that one of the major objectives of the programme is to strengthen the Cluster Model Initiative and transform it into cluster-plus to further improve rural/urban access to family planning services.

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I will pay your minimum wage, Alao-Akala tells workers


Former governor of Oyo State and Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate, Adebayo Alao-Akala, has assured workers in the state that his government will pay minimum wage if re-elected. Alao-Akala said this on Wednesday, in Ibadan, while addressing members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) at the union’s secretariat. He said he had commenced the payment of the minimum wage before the expiration of his first time and was stopped by the present administration. “I paid your minimum wage and I will pay you again if re-elected. I am the only governor, who identified with you without the fear of being threatened or punished,” he said.

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Oyo artisans, professionals pledge support for Folarin


Artisans and professionals, under the aegis of National Association of Tradesmen and Artisans, Oyo State chapter, have endorse the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State. The group, which was led by the state chairman of the association, Alhaji Amsat Kolayode, described Folarin as a vibrant, committed and humane individual who understood the plights of the masses. The endorsement, which took place at Aliwo, Gate area of the Oyo State capital, witnessed a large crowd and members of the associations. Some of the associations include; Association of Cutting and Grinding Mills, Association of Nigerian Barbers, Oyo State Carpenters Association, Iseyin Tradesmen And Artisans Association, and National Association of Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Practitioners.

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Ajimobi assures US of peaceful polls

Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has pledged to maintain his pedigree of peace before, during and after next month’s general elections in the state, even as he urged other governorship candidates to eschew violence during the electioneering process. He said this while hosting the US Consul-General in Nigeria, Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins, who led a team of the embassy’s officials on a courtesy visit to the Governor’s Office in Ibadan on Wednesday ahead of the coming general elections. Also on the team were the Political Chief, Mr. Tom Hines and the Political Officer, Miss Erica Chiusano. Having succeeded in enthroning peace and security in the state in the last three and a half years, the governor said he would spare no efforts to maintain the peace in the general interest of the people and the development of the state.

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