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Osun rolls out 19 buses as subsidy palliatives, Promises More Goodies

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The administration of governor Ademola Adeleke in Osun State has announced that it has officially rolled out 19 buses yesterday Monday to cushion the harsh effects of the petroleum subsidy removal by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The urged the public to note that the 19 buses, each christened “Imole Bus” are to specifically convey civil servants, students and the poorest of the poor residents of the state to their various destinations at a token amount, which in turn, will be used by the government from time to time for the smooth running and maintenance of the buses.

Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Oluomo Alimi emphasized that virtually all the buses due to their almost grounded status and off the road conditions cost a total sum of 25,274,288.

00 (Twenty-Five Million, Two Hundred and Seventy-Four Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty-Eight Naira) to ensure their road worthiness so as to be able to carry out the new services of conveyance of people.

Accordingly, Osogbo the Osun state capital had five of the buses officially assigned to it for commuting people to the already earmarked routes.

Ede, Iwo and Ikirun had two each while the people of Ife/ Modakeke and Ilesha had 3 each. The remaining two of the buses are kept on a standby for other contingencies that may likely come up from time to time.

“With Osogbo, the capital of Osun state, used as a pilot scheme for the official commencement of Imole bus palliatives shuttle services, the government wishes to announce, with all sense of responsibility, that the bus services will be made to go round other towns and cities of the state very soon.

“The buses, it must be noted, are to work on two shifts daily as they ply all the officially designated routes, morning and afternoon of Mondays through Fridays,” the government explained.

According to the arrangements, the morning services will be between 6:45 am and 9:00 am while the afternoon shuttles will be between 3pm and 5 pm daily.

The government of Osun state reaffirmed its commitment to never let the public down by always keeping to our campaign promises of putting smiles on their faces.

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Insecurity: We’ll Win the Battle Against Criminals – Ododo

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Gov. Usman Ododo of Kogi on Wednesday vowed to lead and win the war against criminal elements in the state.

Ododo stated this during the inauguration of the Nigeria Police, Metropolitan Quick Response Unit office complex in Lokoja.

The Ododo administration initiated and executed the project within 90 days, as part of measures to enhance security network in the state.

The governor said his administration would not condone security breach, warning that: “I’m decisive in taking the fight to criminal elements’ hideout to wipe them out completely in the state.

“This is because my administration is not one that will be preoccupied by trying to deal with security challenges without an end.

“I am not here to do my best. I am here to defeat criminals.

“In fact, we are winning the war against insecurity and we are very intentional about our work to strengthen the state’s security architecture.”

The governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to combat crimes and ensure the safety, security of lives and property of the people.

According to Ododo, the Metropolitan Quick Response operation is a proactive step to enhance security and build upon the solid foundation of the state’s security architecture, which started under the administration of Yahaya Bello.

“Nothing would be spared to guarantee safety and security in every inch of the state.

“The Metropolitan Quick Response Squad aims to ensure a safe environment for all residents and visitors in Kogi, with a focus on 24-hour response capability, enhanced intelligence gathering, and community-based approach to policing,” he said.

While commending the security agencies for their dedication and sacrifices, Ododo pledged to prioritise technological enablers to enhance intelligence gathering capabilities in combating emerging security threats.

He acknowledged President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to reverse security challenges nationwide, and pledged continued support to the Federal Government’s war against terrorism.

The governor enjoined residents of the state to be vigilant and to provide credible information to the security agencies to eliminate criminal elements.

The Commissioner of Police, Bethrand Onuoha, commended the governor for his resilience in tackling crimes in the state.

Onuoha said the edifice would give the response squad ample space to operate and help the police and other agencies in dealing with criminal elements.

The quick response squad is a security initiative in partnership with the Rapid Response Squad of the Nigeria Police and the state’s Joint Task Force to tackle criminal activities. (NAN)

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Cleric Urges FG  to Avert Planned Youth Protest

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  The Chief Imam of Lagos State University, Prof. Amidu Sanni,  has advised the Federal Government to do its possible best to avert the planned nationwide youth protest.

Sanni said that the government could  initiate urgent  actions that would reduce the cost of living as a strategy to stop the protest.

The cleric spoke in an interview on Wednesday in Lagos.

Some groups  had  threatened to stage the protest over hardship in the nation.

The protest is proposed to start from Aug. 1 and end on Aug. 10.

Sanni said that the  protest should be avoided because it could be hijacked by hoodlums to cause violence.

“Some political players  may also cash in on the situation for personal reasons.

“Such politicians should be disappointed  by the government through making things easy for the citizens and averting the protest.

“What the national government needs to do is to set in motion, a feasible, visible and sustainable means of addressing food insecurity.

“It should make foods  affordable and available,” the cleric said.

He said that immediate, medium and long-term measures with scalable and verifiable outcomes were urgently indeed. (NAN)

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Tinubu Signs Development Commission Establishment Bills

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President Bola Tinubu has signed into law bills to accelerate development across geo-political zones in the country.

This is contained in a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, on Wednesday in Abuja.

The statement said the President assented to the North-West Development Commission (Establishment) Bill, 2024, and the South-East Development Commission (Establishment) Bill, 2023.

According to the statement, the North-West Development Commission is set up to facilitate the reconstruction of roads, houses, and business premises destroyed by multidimensional crisis.

It is also expected to tackle poverty, literacy level, ecological problems, and any other related environmental or development challenges in North-West states.

It added that the South-East Development Commission was established to ensure the reconstruction and rehabilitation of roads, houses and other infrastructural damages suffered by the zone.

It is also expected to tackle ecological problems and other related environmental or developmental challenges in South-East states.

“President Tinubu believes in building the nation on the fulcrum of fairness, equity, and unity.

“Hence, he is committed to ensuring equitable development, inclusive governance, and the provision of qualitative services to all Nigerians — no matter where they reside — while knitting even more tightly together the national fabric,” it said. (NAN)

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