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Oyo Assembly reduces state’s 2019 budget to N182 billon

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Oyo State House of Assembly, on Tuesday, reduced the 2019 budget of N282 billion passed into law by the immediate past administration under the leadership of Senator Abiola Ajimobi to N181 billion.

The review of the budget which started last week Thursday, was at the instance of the incumbent Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde, who described the budget earlier passed as ‘unrealistic’.

DAILY POST recalls that the Assembly had last week moved to slash the budget.

It has now reduced the budget and passed into law N182 billion as the state appropriation bill for the year.

The bill that seeks to review the appropriation bill 2019 was passed into law after the committee on public accounts, finance and appropriation on the Oyo state appropriation (review) Bill, 2019, presented its report to the house.

The breakdown of N182,389,434,405,52 newly approved for the year put the recurrent expenditure at N98,769,034,202:03, while the capital expenditure now stood at N83,620,400,203:49.

The Speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin said the bill was re-evaluated to the tune of N182 billion because the already proposed N285billion appropriation bill by the past administration was unrealistic.

A sum of N103 billion was cut-off from Ajimobi’s proposed 2019 budget before the house could arrive at the new appropriation bill for the year.

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ASUU breaks silence on UI staff arrested by DSS for alleged examination fraud – Daily Post Nigeria

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan chapter, on Tuesday declared that no single academic staff in the university was involved in examination malpractices at the Distance Learning Center (DLC) of the institution.

ASUU Chairman, Professor Deji Omole made this declaration in a statement made available to DAILY POST.

Omole was reacting to the arrest of six staff of the distance learning centre by the men of the department of state service (DSS) at the instance of the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Idowu Olayinka, for alleged examination malpractices.

DAILY POST recalls that six staff of the distance learning centre, among whom were Edward Eborgu (Head of UI DLC software Unit), Kehinde Ajao (Head Student Support), Shola Akintunde (Executive Officer and Media representative), Ademola Okunola (IT personnel), one Lanre (IT personnel) and a certain David in the Director’s office were picked last Thursday for the fraud.

But, Omole while speaking, lashed out at the Director of Public Communications of the University, Olatunji Oladejo, who some papers attributed the story to as misinforming the public.

Omole said that contrary to Oladejo’s claim, no academic staff of the distance learning centre has been fingered or linked to the fraud.

He added that no one should drag ASUU into the fraud since none of its members is involved.

Apart from the fact that the University committee, Omole said that “ASUU has a standing committee on ethics and standard dealing with ethical and unethical issues.”

He, however, said it will not take it lightly when her members are wrongly accused.

“Our members not involved in UI Exam fraud. Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan Chapter on Tuesday says no single academic staff was involved in examination malpractices in her Distance Learning Center (DLC).

“Seven non-academic staff of the Distance learning center of the Institution were picked up by the DSS last week Thursday over their alleged involvement in aiding and abetting examination malpractices and compromising the integrity of examinations.

“Academic staff have not been fingered or linked to the fraud and no one should drag them into it. The Union is not against punishing anyone linked to the fraud.

“Apart from the fact that the University committee, ASUU has a standing committee on ethics and standard dealing with ethical and unethical issues.”

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan wants corruption taught in all school levels

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Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate, has called for the inclusion of anti-corruption course in schools’ curricula to reduce the menace of corruption in the country.

Special Adviser (Media) to President of the Senate, Mr Ola Awoniyi, quoted Lawan in a statement as making the call while declaring open the third Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), National Capacity Building Workshop for Justices and Judges.

According to the statement, the workshop was organised in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute (NJI) held in Abuja on Tuesday.

The Senate President advocated for a review of the basic school curricula to include the teaching of anti-corruption tenets.

“I believe that we should look at our civic education. We shouldn’t wait until people commit corruption before we start chasing them.

“We should start educating our children in schools, basic education secondary level and even tertiary level, on the ills of corruption in any society.”

Lawan also said that the National Assembly would provide the necessary support to the anti-corruption agencies in the fight against corruption.

The EFCC and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) are the leading government agencies in anti-corruption war.

According to him, the 9th Senate and indeed the National Assembly will support the anti-corruption agencies to the best of its ability, to enable us eradicate the malaise.

“What we face today in the area of corruption requires that all hands must be on deck to fight it. And we are determined to work with other arms of government to fight it.

“It is a fight that should be fought by all and we are ready to initiate moves that will help in ensuring we succeed in the fight.

“We are also continuously prepared to support agencies like the EFCC and professionals like the Justices and Judges always,” he said.

The president of the senate noted that corruption had eaten deep into the very fabric of the society and had literarily became endemic.

He acknowledged that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari had done a lot in the last couple of years in fighting corruption but added that the fight had surely not been an easy one.

“Dealing with corruption is surely a task we must undertake very well. The consistency of the EFCC on its mandate is quite commendable.

“The best we can continue to do in our circumstance is to encourage anti-corruption agencies like the EFCC and the ICPC to discharge their mandate very well.

“The police are also inclusive because of their statutory responsibility of enforcing law and order, by preventing and detecting crime,” Lawan said.

He said the Justices and Judges need all the ethical, moral and institutional support to be exemplary in the discharge of their duties.

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Device peaceful resolution to solve LAUTECH ownership crisis – Adegoke tells Makinde, Oyetola

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Governors Seyi Makinde of Oyo state and his counterpart in Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola have been advised to deploy necessary peaceful means to resolve the age-long ownership crises that have been rocking the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.

DAILY POST gathered that the institution, which was established in 1990, is jointly owned by both Oyo and Osun States. The institution has been battling with ownership and financial crises in the last couple of years.

The joint ownership and financial contributions of both States have been generating controversies since the time of former governors Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo and Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun.

But, the Executive Director Finance and Chief Financial Officer of OES Energy Services, Chief Adegboyega Adegoke, while reacting, said that there was need for both Oyo and Osun States to find lasting solution to the perennial crises rocking the institution.

Adegoke, who is the Mogaji of Abose compound in Olubadan traditional lineage while speaking with journalists on Monday, said that this gesture would go a long way in finding lasting solution to the re-occurence crises that have been rocking the institution since the creation of Osun State from the old Oyo State in 1991.

He maintained that peaceful accord would also be a demonstration that the two leaders are capable and living up to the demands of their offices.

Adegoke insisted that peaceful resolution would make the institution stronger and meet up with the aspiration of its founding fathers.

He implored the government of the two states to design ways of making the institution self-sustaining like other universities which, necessitated that both states need to work together on matters of mutual interest rather than be seen as working at cross purposes.

“There is need for both the governors of Oyo and Osun states to sit down as brothers and look into the problems rather than allow intruders to come in between them.

“If both governors, the governing council and management team meet, they will be able to dissect the problem properly and jointly proffer solutions on the way forward.

“The management should also, look at the possibility of convening a tripartite meeting which will comprise of permanent secretaries of Education, Finance and Justice ministries with their respective commissioners in attendance to look at all the nitty-gritty of what has been causing disagreement between the two states.

“I want the two governors to realise that the indigenes of the two states are brothers and sisters, and in Yorubaland it is always a wise decision when amicable resolution takes place between the aforementioned relations without involving third parties.

“In the wise, both governors should demonstrate maturity for which they have been known for in resolving this present logjam without much ado in the interest of the students who are our children and future leaders.”

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