The government at all levels has been called upon to refrain from sins to ensure the promotion of a sanitised and secured society.
This call was made by the Founder, Spiritual Head, and Grand Imam of Shafaudeen-in-Islam Worldwide,Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Oyo state Nigeria, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke contained in his Eid 'L Kabir message.
''As we celebrate Eid 'L Kabir, let the Government at all levels and its people refrain from sins but focus on the onerous task of restoring sanity, security, and sustainable development in Nigeria,'' Prof. Olagoke counseled.
The Government at all levels is not doing enough to preventing the third wave of the deadly coronavirus(Indian variant) from causing avoidable havoc.
This assertion was made in a chat with Poverty Line on Monday by an Ex-Officio of the Oyo State Council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), who is also a former Chairman of the union, Comrade Andrew Emelieze.
''Considering the devasting effects of the coronavirus, the Indian variant, the government at all levels in Nigeria has not been proactive by ensuring that enough is done to avoid a crisis situation of casualties. Similarly, Nigerians are also complacent by refusing to abide by the stipulated protocols, we must change this attitude and guard against the fatal health condition'', Comrade Emelieze warned.
Kidnappers and other categories of criminals in Nigeria have been advised to desist from their evil acts to avoid the wrath of God.
This advice of given by a Christian cleric, Pastor Opeyemi Ajayi.
''My advice to kidnappers, terrorists, and other categories of criminals is for them to desist from their evil acts to avoid the wrath of God. They should turn a new leaf, if not the wrath of God would eventually consume them. If history is anything to go by they are already treading the path of destruction.
Also, the Government at all levels should make life more meaningful and bearable for Nigerians'', Pastor Ajayi concluded.
Strangely, poverty alleviation and reduction seem not to be on the priority list of the state actors at all levels of government.
The measures in the past years have failed woefully to empower Nigerians to be economically productive, with the sole focus of improving their quality of life.Transfer Money with Wise
Poverty alleviation programs do not cut across all sectors of the economy, failing to adequately address the problems of low economic growth and high poverty incidence.
Millions of Nigerians insist that beneficiaries of government advertised empowerment programs are not known to them.
The insecurity everywhere in Nigeria has foreclosed any way forward in the agricultural sector.
indeed, unemployment, access to affordable housing, satisfactory Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary health care delivery, quality education, potable water supply, and regular electricity supply among others, constitute the urgent needs of poor Nigerians, who are in the majority are beyond reach. And a result has brought about hunger, poverty, and stunted economic growth.
A member of the Ibadan branch of the Nigeria Bar Association(NBA)Ibadan branch on Thursday 23rd November 2023 accompanied by thugs broke into a building at 3, Kehinde Aderibigbe Street, Olorunsogo, Molete, Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria.
The trespassers placed a banner with the inscription, ''For Sale PROPERTY/LAND-contact-
The lawyer on 08057321344/0806762694, in a desperate attempt to sell off the property without the consent of the sole occupant.
Before this time, On Thursday 9th November 2023 at about 9.30 am at 3, Kehinde Aderibigbe Street, Olorunsogo, Molete, Ibadan, Oyo state, a lawyer with phone number-08053721344- alongside four thugs made an abortive attempt to serve a harmless citizen a letter in the midst of intimidation and threats from the thugs. However, the citizen bluntly refused to accept the letter.
This development was trailed by unthinkable actions of four operatives of the Nigeria Legion Corps of Commissionaires, who supervised the damaging of the padlocks of the two gates to the house and the pulling down of the doors of three flats in the building and making away with all the locks, two chains, and padlocks.
However, it is curious that the assailants opted to forcefully convey the only occupant of the building to the Iyaganku Central Police Station on a motorcycle after they concluded the lawless act.
At the police station, they were told by a senior female police officer that Olorunsogfo, Molete was not within the station's jurisdiction.
This turn of events made them quickly seek the assistance of the administrative officer of the Iyagnaku Area Command.
Sadly, at the administrative officer's office, threats, intimidation, and warnings were tools used by all those present to persuade the harmless citizen to sign an agreement, which he politely refused.
For so long, those in charge of law and order have acted contrary to what the law states in issues concerning members of the public. This has indeed made millions of Nigerians lose confidence in the law enforcement agencies.
An unspecified number of patients in the University College Hospital(UCH) Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria have expressed reservations over the high cost of obtaining medical reports.
The patients, who spoke incognito, lamented that they were made to part with N6,000 before they could be issued with the hospital's medical report at the records office.
''We were told that we could only be given a medical report on the payment of N6,000 in these hard times, it is beyond reach,'' they lamented.
However, the hospital's reaction, the Public Relations Officer, Mrs Adetuyibi Obafunmilayo disclosed that the hospital charges N6,000 for medical reports, adding,'' The patient makes a request for a medical report, while all the tests conducted on the patient are in his or her case note. Medical records officers do not write medical reports. It is the duty of medical consultants.''
''Yes, we do charge for our medical reports. The money we charge is N6,000. This forms part of the Internally Generated Revenue(IGR) of the hospital that we use to produce medical reports. The money goes to the Treasury Single Account(TSA). Medical consultants don't collect cash from patients, it is against our policy,'' Mrs. Obafunmilayo stated.
On the Non-Academic Staff Union and Associated Institutions(NASU)UCH branch, the PRO insisted that the Chief Medical Director was not behind the miscreants who invaded and sealed up the NASU office.
''When the issue of NASU election came up, there was a crisis and a report was made by the chairman and a panel was set up. The panel submitted its report and management wrote to the national headquarters of NASU, but they are yet to respond,'' the PRO concluded.
Millions of Nigerians are not feeling the impact of the multiple taxes collected by the government at all levels.
This assertion was made by a former chairman of the Oyo state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), Comrade Andrew Emelieze.
''It is quite unfortunate that millions of Nigerians who pay income and various other taxes are not feeling the developmental impact of these taxes. Majority of those who pay taxes are not given tax certificates and there is no tax rebate. It is as if taxation is all about the extortion of Nigerians. The benefits of the taxes government collects are not visible,'' Comrade Emelieze stated.
In his view, the chairman of the Non-Academic Staff Union and Associated Institutions(NASU) University College Hospital(UCH) Ibadan branch, Comrade Kehinde Abiona agrees that the impact of the taxes collected are not felt by workers saying,''the taxes workers pay must count, it is statutory for workers to pay taxes, unless there is a taxes relief or tax holiday, the situation will remain the same. When the government collects taxes let the people feel the impact.''
Hoodlums on Friday, 20th October 2023 sealed the branch secretariat of the Non-Academic Staff Union and Associated Institutions(NASU) in the University College Hospital(UCH), Ibadan, Nigeria.
According to the chairman of the union, Comrade Kehinde Abiona who made this disclosure, the sealing off was with the consent of the management of the hospital.
''On Friday, 20th October 2023 by about 9.00 am in the morning, miscreants, among whom were a few financial members and non-financial members invaded the office of the union in the name of protesting the non-conduct of the union's elections and made attempts to seal the office off, which I resisted, until the Chief Security Officer of the hospital came around to deceive me that the Chief Medical Director wanted to see me, at that point, I had to go; but on getting back to NASU, I met the office being sealed off and there was going in the presence of cameramen from the Public Relations department of the hospital who were busy recording on the instructions of the CSO,'' Comrade Abiona stated.
As lawmakers in both chambers of the National Assembly take delivery of their brand-new Sports Utility Vehicles(SUV), millions of Nigerians have become despondent.
This assertion was made by a former chairman of the Oyo state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), Comrade Andrew Emelieze.
''Our lawmakers in the Senate and House of Representatives are already taking delivery of their brand-new Sports Utility Vehicles(SUV), the unemployment rate is on the increase, fuel queues have resurfaced, the costs of foodstuffs have gone beyond the reach of millions of Nigerians, the difficulties and hardships have become unbearable, Nigerians have become despondent'', Comrade Emelieze lamented.
The chairman of the Non-Academic Staff Union and Associated Institutions(NASU) University College Hospital(UCH)branch,Ibadan, Nigeria has been elected to the National Executive Council(NEC) of the union.
This disclosure was made on Monday by Kehinde Abiona in a chat.
''The embattled NASU UCH branch chairman has broken the jinx by becoming member of the National Executive Council of NASU. We have over 2,000 members in UCH. Foir the first time ever, a sitting chairman of NASU UCH has been elected a member of NEC. This is the major reason why the hands of all members must be on deck to return the chairman for a second term for the intererst of the branch and for members' interest.''
The leadership in Zamfara state must have taken active steps to address the major security challenge of banditry in villages, including Kwatar, Bungudu and Boko.
It is assumed that normalcy has returned to Mada, Wonaka, Ruwan Bore all in the Gusau Local Government Area, and other villages that are undereported.
The people must be rested assured that the government is responsive and sensitive to their plight.
Perhaps. The leadership has all it takes to restore peace in different parts of the state.
The Federal Government has been called upon to carry out a review of the laws on the contributory pensions scheme in favor of workers.
This call was made by the chairman of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria(MHWUN), University College Hospital(UCH) branch, Ibadan, Nigeria, Comrade Simeon Ibekwe.
''Talking about the opposition to the contributory pension scheme, the perspective has to do with the fact that workers can only access a certain percentage of their funds while the other percentage remains with the Pension Funds Administrators(PFA). They don't have to dictate to us how we will use our money. I wish the government would review the law and set it aside. Once workers retire, they should collect all their money,'' Comrade Ibekwe stated.
Similarly, the chairman of the Non-Academic Staff Union and Associated Institutions(NASU) UCH branch, Comrade Kerhinde Abiona has advised workers to change their PFAs if they discover that their service delivery is not satisfactory.
''The window for people to move around is open. If any worker is not satisfied with his or her PFA such a worker can move. PFAs must sit tight, they know that anytime you can move your Retirement Savings Account(RSA, Comrade Abiona stated.
The economic support announced by the Federal Government to cushion the effects of the hunger and poverty in Nigeria has been described as a mockery of Nigerians.
According to a former chairman of the Oyo state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), Comrade Andrew Emelieze, '' the fact remains that millions of Nigerians are not in support of any form of palliatives.''
''The government is using palliatives to deceive and make mockery of Nigerians. The palliatives that have been announced by the government are insignificant compared with a country where millions of the population live in abject poverty. The government seems to be promoting wickedness, heartlessness and insensitivity. If they think that this is what Nigerians are worth, then Nigerians should not expect anything good from the government.''
The Police is not a Secret Society
It is a known fact that the Police is not a secret society, but when it selects journalists that will cover its activities when the Inspector General is visiting Oyo state, then there is more to it than meets the eyes.
As lawlessness, indiscipline and criminality continues unabated across Nigeria as ways of ife, the Ezendibgo of Ibadan and Oyo state, who is also the president of Non-Indigenes Traditional council in Oyo state(NITCIOUS) admonishies Nigerians to be law abiding and promote peace wherever they reside,in this press release.
I am very very glad the way peace reigns in Oyo state and everybody should endeavor to maintain the peace.
These last few years, since we established this association, the traditional heads have been meeting regularly as one family and discussions have been centered around the peace of society.
And members of the association unanimously nominated me to be the president of the association. And since then, peace has continued to reign in Oyo state. I am still appealing to all of us non-indigenes in Oyo state to always cooperate with the state government and show love to one another, irrespective of our different ethnic or religious affiliations; God the creator of heaven and earth created all of us. I am also glad that since this association was formed, all of us-leaders, have always nipped in the bud any rift or disharmony that may arise from altercations and rancor among the people. And we don't make noise about it and peace has continued to reign.
The first gift the government and all of us in leadership positions should give to our people is peace and security of lives and property, wherever we reside. And when there is peace and security of lives and property, development flows.
Myself, in particular, I believe that all ethnic groups in Nigeria are beautiful people and they are always willing to live in peace, particularly when they are given good leadership. Good leadership is the key to all our good expectations in the country.
I once again appeal to all non-indigenes in Oyo state to continue to be law-abiding and peaceful and also cooperate with the state government.
The government at all levels has been reminded of its primary responsibilities to Nigerians as citizens continue to groan in these difficult times.
This reminder was given by an Ibadan-based cleric, Pastor Opeyemi Ajayi
''Thoe elected into various positions at all levels should be reminded of the fact that they were elected to serve the people, to ensure the safety of lives and property, and to be accountable to the people whenever necessary. They should remember that are in their various offices to serve the people and not themselves. Nigerians are suffering,'' Pastor Ajayi stated.
In the same vein, a former chairman of the Oyo state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC) Comrade Andrew Emelieze has described the actions and inactions of the present administration as a ploy to buy time for unknown reasons.
''Thses crop of political office holders have nothing to offer, they are only buying time for unknown reasons,'' Comrade Emelieze stated.
Parents and guardians in Nigeria have been advised to expose their children and wards to very good upbringing to aid their positive development.
This advice was given on Thursday by Dr. Tunde Awosanmi at the maiden edition of an event tagged Nations Rhythm Festival at the Alliance Francaise center, Ibadan, Nigeria.
''Only parents who are wise will bring up their children very well. Your parents should give you a good experience for your development. Parents and guardians must bring up their children in the way of culture, in this lost world'', Dr. Awosanmi satd.
In his remarks, the founder and artistic director, Mr. Olalekan Adedokun explained that the festival was organized to teach all that is, to learn about drums. Mr. Adedokun maintained that drums were also relevant in assuaging health conditions, while also stressing that they were a tool that created joy and happiness.''
Impacting Positively on the Younger Generation
Parents and guardians in Olorunsogo, Molete, Molusi, Onafuwa Solanke, Oyegbami , oshodi, Scout camp, Aluko, Felele and several other communities in Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria now openly identify with their children who are deeply involved in immorality, lawlessness and criminalty. This unfortunate development paints the major purpose of education in a very bad light and suggests that the leadership at all levels are leading by example. Interestingly, Those-in-charge have failed to impact positively on the lives of the younger generation.
The Baale of Apena town,Ibadan Oyo state, Chief Lateef Adegoke has expressed hopes that President Ahmed Tinubu would sustain the pace of its actions so far throughout the lifespan of the administration.
This call was made on Wednesday by the Baale of Apena Town in the Ido Local Government Area of Ibadan Oyo state, Chief Lateef Adegoke
'' I personally congratulate President Ahmed Tinubu on his victory. I believe he is going to do well. We have started seeing the signs. What was covered is now in the open. I hope he continues the way he has started. I would advise all political parties to let us cooperate with the present government so that poor Nigerians will benefit,'' Chief Adegoke stated.
He also appealed to the Oyo state Government to facilitate the development of Apena town, saying,'' I appeal to the Oyo state Government to make the roads in the town motorable and also to establish mechanized farming. This will encourage the youth to participate in farming and also reduce unemployment.''
Similarly, Mr. Ikechukuw Paul Okoli a food seller along Olu Ayoola street, challenge Ibadan, lamented the hardships Nigerians were going through saying, '' things are going from bad to worse everyday, something must be done. The labor unions have failed Nigerians. Government must do something. We are now hearing that electricity tariffs would be increased by July 1. We are suffering, the suffering is too much. The President ought to have known the first things to do, Nigerians have no money to eat, transport fares have gone up,'' Mr. Okoli stated.
Workers in construction sites across Nigeria have been advised to shun illicit substances to avoid unpleasant circumstances.
This advice was given on Wednesday by Mrs Omobolanle Adedeji at a one day sensitization on GENDER BASED VIOLNECE, HIV/AIDS AND CODE OF CONDUCT, organized by the Women Safe House Sustenance Initiative for the workforce of the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project(IURMP) in Ibadan, Nigeria.
''If you break the law, the government will prosecute you. All workers in construction sites are prohibited from taking alcohol or illicit substances. If you are in possession of illegal drug and someone reports you, and your employer comes in and discovers it in you , it is an offence and the NDLEA will step in. And if the evidence is heavier than your story, you will go to jail,'' Mrs Adedeji stated.
She also harped on the dangers of violent behaviour, stressing, ''fighting is not allowed in offices and construction sites.
''Do not physically harrass your co-worker. Stealing is prohibited. Also, the possession of harmful and illegal drugs is prohibited, Mrs. Adedeji concluded.
In her remarks, an official of IURFMP, Mrs. Bola Dada maintained that all employees signed the same code of conduct, adding, '' we have had several issues. The company has the responsibility that we conduct ourselves well. If you don't comply with the code of conduct you will not go free.''
President Ahmed Tinubu, his Vice, state Governors and other elected political office holders in Nigeria have been called upon to become role models by immediately declaring their assets.
This call was made by a former chairman of the Oyo state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), Comrade Andrew Emelieze.
''This is an opportunity for President Ahmed Tinubu, Vice President Kashim Shettima, state Governors and other elected representatives of the people to become role models through leading by example. They should immediately declare their assets for Nigerians to repose unwavering trust in them. By delaying declaring their assets, they are not setting a good example for others to follow. For them to enjoy the support and trust of Nigerians, let them make the declaration of their assets public. This would serve as a solid basis in their fight against corruption,'' Comrade Emelieze posited.
High Cost of PMS-We are Helpless-NASU UCH
Similarly, members of the Non Academic Staff Union and Associated Institutions(NASU) University College Hospital(UCH) branch, Ibadan, Nigeria have expressed helplessness over the prohibitive cost of the Premium Motor Spirit(PMS).
The members made their position known through an Ex-Officio of the union, Comrade Emmanuel Olaleye.
''We don't have any power, both cash and kind. Manage,ment is yet to put any palliatives in place for workers, because the Federal Ministry of Health gives the directives. UCH does not have staff buses for its workers. We have only educated our members to reduce extravagant lifestyles. We hope the hardships will be temporary,'' Comrade Olaleye stated.
However, in his view, the chairman of the branch, Comrade Kehinde Abiona disclosed that the national leadership of the union had taken a position on the matter, saying, ''''it is a welcome development, we are going to pass through it and get over it.''
Nigeria is not an exception when it comes to bad leadership.
This assertion was made by the Ezendigbo of Ibadan and Oyo state, Eze(Dr.)Alex Anozie.
''There is nothing like that. I am only saying that truth and justice should always prevail.
As regards bad leadership, Nigeria is not an exception. I am talking about the whole world. Bad leadership is causing crises all over the world.
I am only showing sympathy for justice, equity and fairness and selfless leadership and leadership by example.
I have been Ezendigbo for 26 years, nobody is paying for my services. There is peace in my domain.
So, what I am saying is about the whole world at large and Nigeria is part of the world.
Everybody knows the situation in Nigeria.
But I must congratulate this government for putting machinery in motion for the completion of the second Niger Bridge. I was one of the people that first called for the construction of the second Niger Bridge and I am happy that we have seen the completion of the bridge.
If I have my way and also God's support, I would also suggest that we have a modern rail line from Lagos to Onitsha passing through Ibadan, from Onitsha down to Enugu, from Enugu straight to Abuja, from Abuja back to Lagos, a modern rail line,'' Eze(Dr.) Anozie concluded