Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde yesterday forwarded the Oyo State Anti-Corruption bill, 2019 to the state House of Assembly for legislative action, declaring that his decision to set up an anti-graft body is in fulfilment of his campaign promise.
Makinde, who formally presented a copy of the draft bill to his Special Adviser, Legislative Matters, Hon. Samuel Adejumobi, for onward transmission to Oyo State House of Assembly, further restated his resolve to waive his immunity to appear before the anti-corruption agency if he is found wanting in any way.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the Governor also charged Permanent Secretaries in the state to be accountable as the purse-keepers of Oyo State.
He declared that those who would want to politicise his move to set up the anti-corruption agency should think twice because according to him, corruption knows no political party.
Speaking further, he said corruption does not edify a state but promotes stagnation, adding that, “we want Oyo state to be out of stagnation.”
Makinde said, “The Permanent Secretaries are here, you are the purse keeper for the ministries and the ones responsible for all the spending, of course, the commissioners would soon be here but they are not the ones to account for the spending in your various ministries. Of course, they will give instructions and try to help me run the affairs of government to the extent of our promises to the people and also the agenda of our government.
“But we will hold each and every one of you accountable for the ministries that are been administered by you and I also want to be held accountable by anyone here. I am working from the standpoint here that nothing, absolutely nothing is hidden in this whole case.
“If people think they have hidden anything, it is the only thing that they can start and finish by themselves only and I don’t think there is anything like that in this place.
“For whatever that has to be done, there will be one, two or three participants. So, I can’t even start the process and finish it by myself alone. So, there must be accomplices and people who are ready to support me to do something that is not edifying, so if I think such things are hidden, I will be deceiving myself and it is the same for everybody.
“I know people may also try to put political coloration to this, corruption doesn’t know a political party and what corruption does is to stagnate our development and we want Oyo State to be out of that stagnation. We want Oyo state, just like we have always been a Pacesetter state.”
…names Vanguard Editor, Ajani, Media Adviser
Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has approved the appointment of the immediate past Sunday Editor of Vanguard newspaper, Jide Ajani as Special Adviser, Media.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, confirmed Ajani’s appointment, which he said takes immediate effect.
Ajani studied Mass Communication at the Ogun State Polytechnic (Now Moshood Abiola Polytechnic) Abeokuta and also holds a Masters’ degree in Communication Studies from the University of Leicester, England.
Through the instrumentality of some Executive Programmes, Ajani became an alumnus of Oxford University – Smith School of The Environment – Oxford; Aston Business School, University of Birmingham, Birmingham; Henley Business School, University of Reading, Reading; and Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, Manchester – all in the United Kingdom, (UK).
He was appointed Editor, Sunday Vanguard, in December 2011 having served as Politics Editor of the Vanguard between January 2000 and November 2008.
He was subsequently named Deputy Sunday Editor in November 2008 and remained on that post till December 2010 when he was named Editor, Northern Operations in January 2011.
In June 2011, he was re-appointed Deputy Editor, Sunday Vanguard and emerged Editor Sunday Vanguard in December of the same year.
Before rising to the position of Editor Sunday Vanguard, he had worked at the defunct Reflections Magazine between 1987 and 1988 as well as The Sunday Magazine, TSM, where he was a Staff Writer between October 1991 and December 1992.
Ajani had also worked as an aide to the former Defence Chief, General Domkat Yah Bali (rtd), and had been involved in public relations and public policy Advisory.
…bans illegal fees collection in schools
The Governor of Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde has placed a ban on illegal fee collections in all Primary and Secondary schools owned by the state government.
A circular released by the Head of Service of Oyo State, Mrs. Amidat Ololade Agboola which was directed to Permanent Secretaries, and heads of Education related agencies confirmed the order by the Governor on Tuesday.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor, Makinde, Taiwo Adisa gave details of the directive on Tuesday.
It indicated that the Governor during his inaugural speech on May 29th, 2019, directed that all forms of payment in public schools, primary and secondary, cease with immediate effect.
The circular read in part: “Therefore, collection of fees/levies in all Public Primary and Secondary Schools, including Technical Colleges across the State is hereby prohibited.
“I am to emphasize that collection of fees under any guise in Public Schools across the State remains illegal and any violator of this directive will be treated as a saboteur; heavy sanction awaits violators of this directive.”
According to the statement, the Circular has been made available to Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; Permanent Secretary (TESCOM); Permanent Secretaries (School Administration); Executive Secretary State Universal Education Board (SUBEB); Executive Secretary Board of Technical and Vocational Education (BOTAVED); Zonal Inspectors of Education; Local Inspectors of Education as well as all Principals and Head teachers of Public Schools.