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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Oyo Govt. warns against illegal Pension Processing

Oyo State Government has warned pensioners in the state to desist from patronizing individuals who collect illegal fees before processing their pension arrears and gratuities for them, urging that they should rather follow due process.
The State Commissioner for Finance and Budget, Mr. Abimbola Adekanmbi, who gave this admonition during the sensitization tour by the Management of Oyo State Pension Board to the twenty-nine (29) pension offices in respect of the forthcoming verification and Biometric capture of Civil Service Pensioners in the State, posited that pensioners are not expected to pay any amount as processing fee for their pensions and gratuities.

Mr. Adekanmbi, who spoke through the Executive Secretary, Mr. Olaleye Ajagbe after the board’s visit to Eruwa, Igboora, Saki, Igboho, Igbeti, Kisihi, Iseyin, Oyo, Jobele and Ogbomoso, assured the pensioners that government will not relent in its effort to have accurate, efficient and effective database of its Pensioners so as to be able to take proper care of their welfare.

The Commissioner also enjoined all the State pensioners to bring along their necessary documents for verification during the forthcoming biometric capturing in which the date and the venue will be announced later.

The State Chairman, National Union of Pensioners, Mr. Gbadegesin Akande commended the efforts of the Oyo State government under the leadership of Senator Abiola Ajimobi for ensuring that the welfare of the pensioners are well taken care of, pledging the union’s unflinching support for the success of this administration.

In a related development, teachers in the state have been charged to desist from securing loans that their net pay cannot cover in order not to embarrass themselves and the government.

The Coordinating Director, Oyo State Post Primary Schools Teaching Service Commission, (TESCOM) Mrs. Olubunmi Oni, made the charge while addressing the officials of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) at the
TESCOM headquarters.

Oni charged teachers to be decent in their approach and appearance, and consequently advised the teaching and non teaching staff who are retiring, to stop giving tips, patronising touts or any intermediary while processing their pensions and gratuity. Oyo/Dangote Partnership: Oyo receives 25 Metric tons seedlings for 292 farmers


The Oyo State Government at the Weekend disclosed that it has received 25 Metric tons of fertilizers and rice seedlings from Dangote Group of companies which is to be distributed to 292 rice farmers in the state.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, the Government stated that the distribution of the seedlings will start on Wednesday July 19, 2017,
explaining that the fertilizers and rice seedlings received by the State Government is in furtherance of the Dangote Rice Outgrowership Scheme under the Oyo State Agric Initiative (AgricOyo) which was
announced by the State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi during the official launch of WAMCO Milk Collection Centre, Saki last month.

Receiving the seedlings on behalf of the state government at OYSADEP Warehouse Saki, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, Hon. Fajimi Shakirullahi stated that about 800 bags of
the fertilizers have been delivered at a warehouse in Awe to take care of rice farmers in the area.

He noted that the remaining seedlings are for the benefit of farmers in Oke-Ogun zone of the State with about 500 hectares of farmland which has been earmarked for pilot project, stressing that the
farmland is expected to be increased to 6,000 hectares next farming season.

The Governor’s aide allayed fears that the fertilizers and seedlings might not get to genuine farmers, saying, “Farmers who registered with government will benefit from this gesture. We know them, we have been meeting with them and they will surely benefit”.

Hon. Fajimi explained “the programme is an outgrowers scheme between the Dangote Group of Companies and the Oyo State Government, whereby the farmers will plant rice with the fertilizers given to them free of charge and Dangote Group will further assist in buying up the produce
from them, serving as the off-takers between the farmers and the market. We want to urge our farmers to put in their best in the cultivation of their farms as there is ready-made market for them.”

He assured farmers in the State that with the enabling environment created by the Governor Ajimobi led administration as well as its drive for investors to come to the state, food production especially
rice, poultry and other crops will receive necessary support needed to boost the agricultural sector.

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