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Abiodun Reads Riots Act to Ogun Water Corp



The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has given a marching order to the General Manager of the state water corporation, Engineer Oluseye Maku, and his team, to be up and doing or face dire consequences.



The governor who expressed anger at the state of public water supply by the corporation gave the warning at the two-day Treasury Board meeting on 2021 Budget held at the Obas Complex, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.



The Governor’s warning came when Maku appeared the Board to defend the Corporation’s Budget proposals for 2021.



Abiodun advised the leadership of the water corporation to ensure the immediately supply of pipe borne water to all the nook and cranny of the state.



A visibly angry Dapo Abiodun had interjected the GM who requested for additional four weeks to put measures in place for a good pipeline construction, saying he hoped that Maku would be the person to execute the water project and not someone else.



This apparently sent a message that sent a message to the GM and his team to sit up or face axe, as the governor further engaged the water boss on the ways and manners of raising internal revenue without unnecessarily placing the burden on consumers.



In his contribution, Special Adviser on Water, Engr Kunle Otun, informed the governor that many damaged pipes arose as a result of the rehabilitation of roads embarked upon by the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, and that these construction works had adverse effects on water supply.



The General Manager, Ogun State Water Corporation had said the Corporation was working towards rehabilitating various water scheme and also constructing 20 water hubs to serve the people.



Abiodun there and then instructed the Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Okubadejo, who doubles as the chairman of the state Tenders Board, to always ensure that all connecting infrastructures are included in any contract that links two or more agencies.



“You are the chairman of Tenders Board, from now, you must ensure that any contract to be awarded must include the repairs of damaged infrastructure. All associated matters must be looked into and be included in any contract henceforth”, he said.



“No road contract must be awarded without consideration for public infrastructure like water pipes, electric wire and poles. Make sure every infrastructure along the right of way is factored into the contract and must be restored back to its former State or even better than how it was.



Prince Abiodun who described water as a basic necessity of life, decried the damage done to water supply in the State as a result of dislocation of water pipes during the expansion of roads in the state capital and other parts of the state, noting that, ” there should have been a provision in the contract for the restoration of the pipes by the contractor”.



“Commissioner for Finance, you are the Chairman of the State Tenders Board, I want to publicly admonish you that never again must a road contract be awarded without due consideration to any other infrastructure that the construction will affect. Those questions must be asked, which other infrastructure, be it electrical poles, power lines, water infrastructure – all that must be captured in the scope of that contract”



“You cannot on one hand be awarding contracts to improve on road infrastructure, whilst you are now damaging water infrastructure. I mean, what are the gains there? Is it more important for us to travel than to have water?” Abiodun asked rhetorically.
The Governor berated the Corporation for non-performance, said it was a critical sector whose services were very important to the well-being of the people, urging the management to brace up for the task of ensuring that the people have access to portable water supply.



On housing, Governor Abiodun while reiterating his administration commitment to building 2,500 housing units in the first two years of his administration and implementing the 10, 000 Federal government Housing Scheme, said that the sector was important for economic sustainability as it generate employment and provide accommodation for the people.

In their support submissions, the Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Akande Omoniyi, said the Ministry was currently constructing 150 housing units at Kobape, Prince Court phase 11, while 100 housing units are being constructed at Sagamu and Ijebu-Ode.

The houses under these schemes, the commissioner said would be ready in 2021



Kemta-Ilugun-Obantoko road re-construction nearing completion as residents laud Abiodun



Go after killers of Fatinoyes, Abiodun tells police

Kemta-Ilugun-Obantoko road re-construction nearing completion as residents laud Abiodun


The re-construction of Kemta-Ilugun-Somorin-Obantoko road in Abeokuta by the administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun has reached 80 percent completion stage.

The 6.9km road serves as a major bypass linking Obantoko with Kemta-Idiaba.



Repair work on the road has already increased economic and social activities of the adjoining communities.

Sequel to the construction of the road, hotels, shopping complexes, private schools and modern buildings have been springing up in the area.




Residents of the area have been upbeat and happy that the construction of the road has become a reality after waiting endlessly for succour which did not come until Governor Abiodun came to their rescue.

Some residents said they had hoped that the location of the residence of Nobel Laurette, Professor Wole Soyinka in the area would spur the state government to do the road.






The residents also expressed surprise that the road construction is being done without their houses being demolished because, the immediate past government of governor Ibikunle Amosun had earmarked some houses for demolition to pave the way for the road project.

An excited resident, Mr Abimbola Ogunmuyiwa, said the new road had brought development to the area in different dimensions.






Ogunmuyiwa said: “We are very grateful to the administration of Governor Abiodun for this particular road construction which has improved life in communities in this area in no small measure.

“Before this road was constructed, getting home after the day’s work was very difficult but now you are at the Federal Medical Centre within 10 to 15 minutes, unlike before when you spent hours.”






A journalist, Ernest Nwokolo, who lives at Ilugun, said the construction of the road was a big relief to residents of his area.

Nwokolo said: “Though the road is not yet 100 per cent completed, it has been of tremendous help to the people and it has increased the value of properties in the area.






“With the construction of the road, one can now keep appointments because one does not need to wait for a very long time before getting vehicles to Idiaba and from there to other parts of Abeokuta metropolis.

“For those who drive their own vehicles, relief has come for them because it will now save them the money being spent on spare parts to repair their vehicles.





“Apart from saving the man-hours being spent before bursting out at Kemta Junction, the road has made the value of properties to appreciate. A plot of land that was being sold for N500,000 in 2018 is now being sold for N3million and above depending on how close it is to the main road. Some are sold for as much as N5million.”

The impact of the road is not only being felt by residents of the communities as people who commute daily from Osiele, Camp and Obantoko are now enjoying these dividends of democracy as the long man-hours being wasted in traffic on Obantoko-Asero-Adatan Road, is now over.





Dr Adewunmi Ayodele, a lecturer at the Federal College of Education, Osiele and whose house is at Laderin, said the road was a major relief for him and others that are living in the metropolis but working at either FCE or Federal University of Agriculture.

He said: “Before this road was constructed, I used to leave my house at Laderin by 6:15am and I won’t get to the office earlier than 8:30am due to the long hours spent on the deplorable Asero/Obantoko Road.







“But now, I can leave my house at past seven and get to my office earlier than before because with this road, I just burst out at Somorin and off I go to Camp. It is a great relief for me and others working at Osiele and Camp axis.”

Also speaking on the impact of the road, a taxi driver, Mr Mudashiru Alao, commended Governor Abiodun for a job well done.






According to Alao, he can now carry passengers directly from Lafenwa to Osiele in a shorter time, unlike before when he spent hours in traffic.

Alao, who said the road is now an outer ring road to Abeokuta from Idiaba to Somorin Obantoko, expressed delight that his income had increased because he now prefers to ply Lafenwa/Obantoko/Osiele directly without wasting too much time in traffic, stating that people should reward the good work by supporting Abiodun’s second term election bid.

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Do more to arrest land grabbing in Benin kingdom, Oba Ewuare charges Obaseki



Oba Ewuare

Do more to arrest land grabbing in Benin kingdom, Oba Ewuare charges Obaseki

By Elvis Omoregie

Oba Ewuare

The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has called on governor Godwin Obaseki, to do more in arresting the growing incidents of land grabbing in the state, especially in Benin and its environs.

The Monarch said this yesterday through the Benin Traditional Council (BTC), in clarification of the recent crisis in Ukhiri and Ulegun communities in Ikpoba-Okha local government of the State.




Speaking for the Oba, Chief Henry Obazuaye, the Aiwerioghene of Benin kingdom, said the land grabbing leaves the victims without compensation or respite.

“The practice of land grabbing in Benin City and environs has reached alarming proportions. Individuals and corporate owners of vacant lands in Benin City and environs often see their property encroached upon and sold off by unscrupulous community youths. This land grabbing is sometimes even condoned by community leaders”.



“They sell other peoples’ land knowing full well their action is illegal. Worst still, the purchasers are also often aware they are purchasing other peoples’ land illegally”.

He said those who engaged in the land grabbing argued that once a structure is hurriedly erected on the illegally acquired property in Benin kingdom,the Palace of the Oba of Benin forbids such property to be brought down.




According to him, the practice has reached unacceptable dimension and must stop. In Ukhiri village and other parts of Benin.

“The Palace is inundated with cases of land grabbing by victims who come to the Palace to seek redress. In many cases, peoples’ farmlands are invaded and sold off to willing accomplices””.




” It should be noted that several parcels of land belonging to the Palace, have been taken over by land grabbers. The recent incident at Ukhiri happened because of the impunity of the Enogie and Youths of Ulegun, and the illegal buyers who typically built up structures hurriedly to avoid the law”

“The Palace condemns the practice of grabbing other peoples’ land in Benin as it is against our culture. The palace regarded this as akin to domestic terrorism and kidnapping”.




He however described the incident as a reconstructed form of the outlaw Community Development Association (CDA) notorious activities which he said will not be condoled.

“The Palace wishes to commend and encourage the State Government to do more in arresting this unsavouring behavior of grabbing other peoples’ land and leaving the victims with no form of compensation or respite”.




Recall that several houses allegedly built on the land allegedly belonging to the Oba were demolished at Ulegun on the order of the Palace.

The residents of Ulegun on Monday staged a peaceful protest over the alleged demolition of their houses supervised by the Palace Chiefs.

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Atorise Lands In Trouble After Attacking Prophet Oladele Genesis Over Rev Esther Ajayi




Atorise Lands In Trouble After Attacking Prophet Oladele Genesis Over Rev Esther Ajayi


An Abuja-based lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi, has warned singer, Lanre Teriba Atorise, to apologise and desist from threatening prophet, Israel Oladele Ogundipe Genesis over his bashing of Rev Mother Esther Ajayi.

Recall Ogundipe, who is the Shepherd-in-Charge of Celestial Church of Christ Global Genesis Parish, had slammed Ajayi of Love of Christ Generation Church, Cherubim and Seraphim, Lagos for abandoning him while he was in custody.





Reacting to the public rebuke of the clergywoman, Atorise in a video on his Facebook page on Tuesday expressed his love for Ogundipe and disappointment at his public bashing of Ajayi. He went on to demand that Ogundipe apologises to her within 24 hours.

“Mama Ajayi doesn’t owe anyone anything. She is our benefactor. She prayed for you. I want to give him 24 hours to reverse what he has said. I will go to his church and fight him dirty, he knows me well.’’ You can’t talk to an elder like that,” he said.









Olajengbesi via his Facebook page on Wednesday cautioned Atorise about his outburst and threats.

He said, “Lanre Teriba Atorise is advised to quickly caution himself with his nature of utterances in the dispute between Prophet Israel Ogundipe Genesis and Reverend Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi. He should control his emotions now, nothing under the law gives him the right to threaten anybody. A threat is a crime under the law.











“The law allows an aggrieved person to express himself or herself just like Genesis has done, but the law will jail a person who threatens another even if he has not carried out his threats. Atorise is well advised because if anything happens to Genesis negligently, Atorise has bought a case he did not pray for. The person to apologise in 24hours so far now is Atorise.”

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