I wish to appeal to the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, to urgently intervene to ameliorate the power supply problems confronting the people of Igbodigbo, in Okitipupa Local Government Area. More »
The Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, Ondo State Chapter, on Tuesday protested the non-payment and illegal deduction of pensions paid to its members. The pensioners, who carried placards with various inscriptions, took More »
Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State said on Thursday that the state recorded 111 per cent coverage in the first round of the 2014 National Immunisation Plus Days. Mimiko said the feat More »
Members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ondo State have been enjoined to identify with the leadership of Chief Olusola Oke, the party’s governorship candidate in last year’s election, in order More »
I wish to appeal to the Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, to urgently intervene to ameliorate the power supply problems confronting the people of Igbodigbo, in Okitipupa Local Government Area.
If I many use the word perpetual to describe the protracted darkness being experienced by the people of Igbodigbo; suffice it to say, it is a heart-rending experience which has lingered for too long. The last time the people had a feel of power supply was in December 2013, and that was after some months of darkness as usual. It is definitely not an understatement that power-electricity is a luxury in this part of the state. If power supply were erratic in Igbodigbo, it probably would have been a thing to be thankful for; but on the contrary, it is nothing close to it; it virtually does not exist.
The Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, Ondo State Chapter, on Tuesday protested the non-payment and illegal deduction of pensions paid to its members.
The pensioners, who carried placards with various inscriptions, took their protest to the Office of the Accountant General in Akure.
Speaking to journalists, Sunday Boboye, the Secretary of NUP in Akure South Local Government Area, said it was wrong to make deductions from pensioner’s little stipend.
“We are here to protest against illegal deductions and stoppage of our money since December 2013.
“Up till now, some pensioners are even yet to get December money. Some collected two months while some are being owed March pension.
“For instance, some have N3,000 and above being deducted from their money,
“It is disheartening that such allowance, which cannot be called salary, is not paid as being expected,” Mr. Boboye alleged.
Mr. Boboye said series of complaints have been made to the authorities concerned but all to no avail.
“We have shown our grievances several times but nothing good came out of it.
“We have told them that we are not satisfied with e-payment but they didn’t listen to us.
“After this protest today, we will meet again on Tuesday next week and take more concrete action against this unlawful act,” Mr. Boboye said.
But the state’s Accountant-General, Frederick Ajibokun, when contacted to speak on the deducted pension, said he was not ready to speak on the issue.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ondo State Chapter, on Thursday faulted a statement credited to the National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), Chief Dan Nwayanwu claiming that the LP candidate in the April 5, House of Representatives by- election is the winner of the election.
Consequently, he said the electoral body should declare LP Candidate as Representative-elect.
PDP through its State Publicity Secretary, Wale Ozogoro said “Indeed, the desperation of the LP Chair is pardonable as his lack of in-depth knowledge of the electoral act is questionable in spite of his legal background, call to question his sincerity.
“His vituperation and uncultured allegations that INEC in connivance with PDP want to get victory through the back door is uncalled for, unfounded and deceptive tendencies the party is known for.
Ozogoro noted that INEC in the State this time around has refused to be compromised, and consequently resisted dancing to the orchestra sound of the pipe being played by the LP and performed her job according to the electoral acts made her suspectable to the LP blackmail.
However, PDP pointed out that INEC reserves the right to declare election as inconclusive or cancel such outrightly and any party that is not satisfied with the decision is free to seek redress at the electoral tribunal or the law court.
The Statement said “The LP Chair should have sought legal advice from senior members of the bar before going bare to the press with his ignorance.
“The explanation offered by the Returning Officer was explicit, straightforward and concise enough for a deciphering mind to understand that the election is inconclusive and therefore, no winner has emerged.
” However, the desperation of the LP controlled Government has beclouded her sense of judgment and reasoning, knowing fully well that the people of Arogbo and particularly Arogbo Ward 2 will never cast their votes for a government that never care that any developmental project whatsoever be sited in their vicinity.
PDP urged LP to stop living in fool paradise by assuming that Akinjo would be declared winner of the election.
It said, “The LP Chairman and his party are being deluded hoping that INEC could be hoodwinked this time around. The ages of electoral malpractices and collaboration with INEC to subvert peoples wish are gone.
“The people are ready to defend their collective rights and perform their civic responsibility. it is pertinent to state that our Candidate Adewale Kukute will win the election when it is eventually concluded and will change the face of representation in that constituency.
” PDP has been law abiding and will remain so during and after the concluding part of the election.
“However, we have noticed some irregularities in some units and INEC should guide against it in the concluding part of this election, the LP thugs that were mobilized to foment trouble in the election were effectively curtailed by security agencies and we commend them for doing a good job which they must keep up in the concluding part of this election.
“PDP will continue to soar high and maintain her calm even at the slighted provocation. We are indeed very impressed and happy that Ondo State people have demonstrated that deceit and politics of capital flight, is fast becoming unfashionable, outdated and obscured.
” We want to assure our teeming supporters and citizens of Ondo State to keep faith with PDP as we are ready to redeem her from the excruciating pain occasioned by the colossal debt incurred by this administration.”
Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State said on Thursday that the state recorded 111 per cent coverage in the first round of the 2014 National Immunisation Plus Days.
Mimiko said the feat was as a result of well coordinated effort of the government in mobilising people for the exercise.
The governor spoke while inaugurating the second round of the exercise at Oja Oba in Akure.
He said the programme would afford children below five years the opportunity to receive two drops of potent OPV, using the house-to-house strategy.
The governor who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr Kola Ademujimi, said children below one year would be immunised against Tuberculosis, Diphtheria, Pertusis, Hepatitis, Measles and Yellow fever.
“You will agree with me that our collective support of the immunisation programme today signifies our assurance of a healthy, fruitful and productive future generation.
“It is in line with the above that all necessary machinery has been put in place to ensure that all eligible children and mothers are reached with the intervention during the exercise.
“Our administration will not relent in its efforts aimed at providing qualitative health care delivery to the good people of Ondo State through its planned programmes,” he said.
Mimiko said he had directed all the local government chairmen to personally inaugurate the exercise in their respective areas.
He said this would further demonstrate their active and personal commitment to the eradication of poliomyelitis.
Dr Dayo Adeyanju, Commissioner for Health, said the state recorded more than 78 per cent coverage for pentavelent vaccine.
Adeyanju expressed optimism that the 82 per cent national target would soon be surpassed.
He urged pregnant women, nursing mothers and their wards to avail themselves of the exercise at no cost between Thursday and Sunday across the state. (NAN)