The Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr. Boboye Olayemi Oyeyemi, on Thursday lauded the Administration of Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, for transforming the State through massive infrastructural development.
He said the Administration’s commitment to infrastructure had been greatly felt by the Corps as manifested in the massive construction and reconstruction of intra-town, inter-city and inter-state roads across the nooks and crannies of the State.
This is even as the FRSC boss expressed the Corps’ readiness to partner the State in its efforts to advance the State and ensure safety on the roads.
Oyeyemi stated these during his courtesy visit to the Governor alongside other top echelons of the Corps, at Government House, Osogbo, Osun State.
He said the Corps was appreciative of the efforts of the State government toward infrastructure development, an initiative he said had helped to reduce the rate of road mishaps in the state.
Oyeyemi said: “I thank you for the audience. I have been monitoring the development in Osun because I was once the Sector Commander in the State and I knew how the state was then and how it is now with a lot of developments springing up here and there.
“Infact, when I came in, I couldn’t recognise Osogbo again because I couldn’t find my way again as I used to, simply because of many infrastructure development that had taken place particularly in Osogbo.
“With what I have seen since my arrival, your Administration had proved that infrastructure is a legacy that one can bequeath to the people and it is a thing that people can point at. These and many more show your capacity, capability and mission to develop, transform and take the State to enviable heights.
“I must also commend you for your noble gesture and great dexterity displayed alongside your Oyo State counterpart to put a permanent solution to the LAUTECH crisis. This is a milestone achievement as this will go a long way to redefine the institution to recover its lost glory.
“So far so good, I just thank you and your Administration for the timely support to the Corps. We have been receiving the hands of fellowship. You have done so well in all the sectors and I pray God to continue to be with you and your government.”
Oyeyemi who expressed the readiness of the Corps to partner with the State government to record more achievements on road safety, solicited collaboration to ensure the establishment of more driving schools and ambulance ports in the State.
Oyeyemi stated further: “I don’t come to make request but to collaborate with the State because I am in Osun to commission a driving school project in Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile-Ife, as the first University to build driving school and licence office.
“I think Osun can as well build more stations to complement the one in Osogbo as this gesture will help to generate more revenue for the state because we are ready to partner the State in this regard.
“We are proposing to have three driving schools in each of the three senatorial districts as well as the construction of ambulance ports as part of efforts to boost and strengthen our activities for an improved service delivery.”
In his remarks, Governor Oyetola, applauded the Corps for working tirelessly to sanitise the roads in the country.
He lauded the Corps boss for his unwavering commitment to repositioning the sector as being felt in the reforms being made to rewrite and redefine the Corps for the betterment of the citizens.
“I feel highly honoured to have you this morning. You have done a wonderful job in sanitising the road and you have equally done well in reducing roads mishaps. It is also on record that your leadership has done credibly well in the quest to strengthen the Corps for greater productivity and improved service delivery as seen in the lots of improvement process in the sector.
“We commend you for the way you have been handling accidents on our roads. You are doing a great job in this regard and your educative approach to road usage is commendable and I thank you for saving our roads nationwide.
“As we all know, derivers and other road users are always impatient, but with the high sense of diligence and professionalism being displayed by the officials of the Corps, this has been greatly managed on our roads.
“You have done a very wonderful job and we are appreciative of that. We will look at all you raised, particularly on the matter that has to do with the need to have driving schools and ambulance ports. As you all know, government has no business in business. So, if you have people that can partner with us to achieve this, we will be willing to partner with such individuals or agancies.
“On road signs, we will instruct our signage unit to work with you to achieve the set objective in this regard. Though we have functional and effective ambulance service, with the need to improve on this, we will not hesitate to partner you to improve on this.
“We have a lot of areas to collaborate. I appeal to our people, particularly the road users to be more cautious and to drive safely,” he added.
Cutting Costs of Governance: Presidency Should Lead Way – Ogunwale
A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Osun State, Senator Felix Ogunwale has said the Nigerian presidency should lead the way for others to follow in cutting down cost of governance.
Senator Ogunwale spoke on Wednesday in Osogbo while fielding question from a panel at a programme, The Frontliners’ organised by the Osun State Chapter of Association of Veteran Journalists, AVJ.
He said the right thing to be done was for the president of the country to show commitment to changing the narrative by not only asking Nigerians to endure the current hardship but to demonstrate the willingness to also make all arms of government to also feel the impact in their budget.
“I have always said it that we are note being driven by ideas in Nigeria but money. You can’t be asking those in the National Assembly to reduce their pay now when in actual sense the reason for some of them being their is to amaze wealth.
“Do you know what to correct this, it’s if our president, I am not referring to the current president, it’s the day our president decide to be riding bicycle to his office, the day the balance in his account is not more than 10 million, the day our president refuses to take more aides than it’s necessary, the day our president doesn’t believe in amazing wealth.”
The chairman of the event, Dr. Muyiwa Oladimeji who also shared the views of the guest urged the people of the State to continue to support the Administration of Senator Ademola Adeleke to be able to achieve his dream of developing all sectors of the State.
He commeded the AVJ for championing such efforts geared towards charting a way forward on how to achieve all round growth and development of the society and the nation at large.
Earlier, the chairman, AVJ, Adepoju Atobatele had described the programme as another opportunity to get Nigerians engaged on salient issues of national and global dimensions on the Front Liners.
Atobatele said, the association considered it a duty as professionals in the pen fraternity, to deepen democracy by constantly provoking Intellectual disputes that would widen public horizon of issues that are germane to the wellbeing, progress, security as well galvanizing interest in the affairs of the Country.
He said “The FRONTLINERS has been very active in widening discussions and analytical assessments of issues, events and personalities involved in determining the socio-economic and political directions of our dear Country, Nigeria.
“These we are carrying out successfully with the resources available to us in different ways, through the instrumentality of the Media.
“Ours as a professional body of retired media practitioners, still active in the concept of information management, has thus taken it as a sacred duty to act as change agents in a society yearning for objective information dissemination.”
IMO: Oyetola holds bilateral talks with Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Jamaica
…as Nigeria sets to sign MoU with Saudi Arabia
The minister of Marine and Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Tuesday, continued bilateral discussions with ministers and representatives from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Brazil and Jamaica, expressing Nigeria’s government interest in learning from their knowledge and experiences.
This was revealed through his media aide, Ismail Omipidan, in a statement issued on Tuesday evening.
Recall that Oyetola, on Monday, held bilateral meetings with representatives of Greece, Qatar, and Mexico, on the sidelines of the ongoing 33rd General Assembly session of the International Maritime Organization, IMO, in London, United Kingdom.
During his meeting with the Brazilian Chief of the Navy’s General Staff, Adm José Augusto V. da Cunha de Menezes, the minister said Nigeria would want to learn from the operations of the Brazilian coast guards, as the ministry was desirous of setting up one so as to further secure the maritime space and the country’s waterways.
Oyetola further noted that: “We want to also focus on sectors such as Marine Renewable Energy, Marine Mining, Subsea Cabling and Piping, Marine Genetics, and Biotechnology, so as to grow the marine and blue economy.
“As we continue to expand and develop the activities of the sector, there will be need to deepen security architecture within the maritime space. In this regard, we are considering setting up Coast Guards and we believe that they will complement the existing security architecture to further secure our maritime space.”
The minister while expressing Nigeria’s desire to tap into technology to revolutionalise the maritime sector, further said “technology and innovation are vital for boosting Nigeria’s trade and investment prospects within the Marine and Blue Economy. Advanced marine technologies, including innovations in maritime logistics and smart logistics solutions, will significantly enhance the efficiency and sustainability of maritime transport and port operations, making Nigerian ports more competitive globally.”
Oyetola also met the newly elected Vice President of IMO, who is the Bangladesh High Commissioner to the UK, Saida Muna Tasneem and Saudi Arabia’s Saleh bin Nasser AIJasser, who is the minister in charge of the Ministry of Transport and Logistics Services of Saudi Arabia, Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Both Saudi Arabia and Nigeria during the meeting agreed to sign a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cement their corporations, collaboration and partnership in the maritime space.
Twelve Calender Months Of Pace Setting Achievements – Odelade Hails Gov. Adeleke
The Special Adviser to Governor Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke on Rural Water and Environmental Sanitation Agency RUWESA, Chief Lanre Odelade has described the one year Administration of Governor Adeleke as pace setting.
Speaking with newsmen today,the Special Adviser says, the tactful method of Intervention in critical areas of the state’s economy and social welfare has given out the Administration as commited to the welfare and advancement of their living conditions.
Chief Odelade particularly lauded the state government for it’s quick response to correcting the infrastructural deficit,impaired health care delivery,and neglect of public sector workers,all of which were inherited from the previous ApC Governments.
The Special Adviser particularly noted the swift response of Government to water Provision which led to the sinking of solar and generator powered bore holes to the 332 wards in the state.
Chief Odelade is optimistic that Governor Ademola Adeleke will consolidate on the gains of the past one year with renewed focus on taking the local government Administration from the duldrums to the centre stage of development and self reliance in accordance with the five point agenda of the state government.
He called on the people to give maximum support to Governor Ademola Adeleke in his determined efforts to take Osun state to the promised land.
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