Ajimobi: reasons for my Senatorial return. | Penzazo
Rudy Boy express Shock over a $2 Million Request DM on IG.        Donald Duke claims he has the answers to make Nigeria right.        Examiners disclose how private schools promote exam malpractice        Henry gets pushed aside by Monaco, PSG sweat over Neymar        Nollywood Actress Kate Henshaw Announced Judge For CBS Global Talent Show        Okorocha removed as APC Imo campaign coordinator        Police DIGs retire        Aso Rock Gust Buhari, host Mbaka        Yemi Alade thanks fans as she hits 100m Followers on YouTube.        Fire outbreak in Kano state University of Science and Technology        Omole Appointed as EKSU Pro-Chancellor        French Quiz Contest Introduced in Lagos Secondary Schools        Atiku Declares Davido Is The 'Reigning King' Of Nigerian Music        Los Angeles City Council , Stephanie Okereke Gets Special Recognition For Her Film 'Dry',        Expensive Items Recovered From Yahoo Boys In Ibadan        Be neutral Come 2019 Election Atiku urges security agencies        saved from crash,Vice-President Osinbajo explains why.        we’re very conscious of the promises we made when we were coming in in 2005.” President Muhammadu Buhari        JAMB Registers 1.2 million Candidates in 26 days        'illegal film upload is a sin against God and filmmakers ' Uche Jombo        Davido Aeact over being the Reigning king of Music in Nigeria        Gov. Ben Ayade presents N1.043tn budget estimates for 2019        Buhari to Visit Lagos Grounds Sports-city over Campaign        Flying Eagles World Cup Ticket Delayed by S’Africa        End ASUU Strike, Saraki Urges FG        Benue Oil Search to Commence soon, Says Buhari        Lava to lounche affordable mobile devices in Nigeria,        Facebook to provide users tips on protection of privacy        Fr. Mbaka to journalists about 2019 election        fear as NSE turnover nosedives by 42.38% in January        Nnamdi Kanu to Biafrans “ renew your slave status in Nigeria by voting''        congratulations new NLC leadership, President Buhari        Ortom claim Benue belongs to Buhari        I won’t change vote me, Buhari to Nigerians        INEC, we are yet to review our position on Rivers APC.        ''PDP will will return to power'' says Ekweremadu        PDP members to APC in Akwa Ibom        22 aircraft to fight Boko Haram, other crimes acquired by Air Force        Femi Odugbemi Reasons why MTF is investing in young filmmakers.        Wole Arole: I was told my movie would flop,        Teni gets emotional on stage As she goes Global        media hub on campus Nigerian student launches        students involvement in cult clash debunk by AAUA management        Malam Adamu Adamu: ‘FG will demolish illegal higher institutions’        ASUU, FG resume meeting To over Strike        ''Probe UTME registration fraud'' JAMB asks UNIBEN        Game of Thrones: Prequel gets Filming Date        Another Nigerian up for a Grammy this Weekend, Meet Ibra Ake        Fire outbreak: fire razes 70 shops in Kano market        Festus Keyamo: ''I never said President Buhari’s memory loss is normal''        Manchester United midfielder could break hearts at Old Trafford with this move        Nigeria Regain 4th position in Africa: FIFA rankings        Qatar’s players wins Asian Cup        Anthony Joshua: now global icon for Globacom        JoshuaWizkid, Davido winners at Africa’s Future Awards        Buhari: Consumer protection bill sponsored by Andy Uba approved        Former Miss Universe Torres cries to God over Cancer Attack        World Bank chief gose unopposed for 2nd term        Atiku Val to restore peace to Borno        INEC lists 13,637 corps members as ad hoc staff in Lagos        Tottenham VS Arsenal at Wembley as stadium wait goes on        super Sunday clash: Man City’s Aguero, Chelsea’s Higuain        Messi unable to inspire Barca winner as Madrid hold on for draw        Aigbogun targets win against Niger.        Digitization of services by Stanbic IBTC        Ojikutu, CMS Naija boss: Producing locally more profitable than going to China        21 Savage arrested, faces deportation.        Amaechi: If You’re Hungry, Blame PDP        18 roads in Lagos to be shut down for Buhari.        UEFA: PSG president Al-Khelaifi elected to executive committee.        Policeman killed in Ekiti while chasing armed robbers        Righteousness Alone Will elevate Nigeria.        Juliet Ibrahim Declaration “Thunder Strike Any Man Who’s Dating More Than One Woman”        ASUU suspends strike, ask lecturers to resume        ASUU: Why we called off strike        ''Postpone elections'' Rivers APC to INEC        ASUP directs chapters to hold referendum on suspension of strike        First campus TV in West Africa launched by UNILAG        ACPN to Ezekwesili ''Return our money or risk legal action''        Olamide Drops Smashing Song “Woske”        Has BOKO HARAM been defeated        Over 100 Nigerians languish in Chadian prisons, says Embassy        UK police confirm Sala’s dead body.        Buhari speaks on Nigeria in Ilorin        UN official blasts Buhari over top judge's suspension.        JAMB: We are ready to conduct 2019 UTME        Sarri unmoved despite Chelsea’s loss to Man City        We need peaceful and credible elections Nigerians in U.S. call out,        Facebook and Google news should be regulated, Cairncross Review says        Opinion Polls: Buhari will win        Troops attack in Adamawa        ‘I’m confident of winning’, Buhari        Ajimobi: reasons for my Senatorial return.        How PDP, Olusola lost Ekiti ele        APC in Cross River Confusion over judgment        Okowa to establish technical colleges in 25 local govt areas        250 filmmakers benefit from NFVCB grant in Ogun        Cardi B, Drake, Lady Gaga leads Grammy Awards awards chart        Lagos artistes declare support for Buhari, Sanwo-Olu        Penzazo: Spell the word "Valentine"        What will you use to surprise your spouse on valentine day?        what is your 2018 best song | Penzazo tv | street interview        Who murder jesus | Penzazo        PENZAZO TV: Can you marry a pastor        "80% corper's and students can't recite Nigeria pledge" PENZAZO TV        How romantic are Pastors | Penzazo tv        PENZAZO TV: Who is a whistleblower        At what Age will you like to get married and why | street interview | penzazotv        Can you marry someone for Money. PENZAZO TV        Wizkid's Stew vs Davido's Assurance        PSG gun down Solskjaer Man United for reality check        Ramsey signs 4-year deal with Juventus        Ramsey signs 4-year deal with Juventus        Nigeria, Mali clash for final ticket        England World Cup winner Banks dies at 81        Two arrested by Cyprus police over Super Eagle’s Uzoho probe        Apple quietly makes billions from Google Search each year.        Measuring returns on social media investment        Unlike APC, I won’t disappoint Nigeria -Atiku        FULAFIA 2018-2019 academic Session Resumption Date.        Resumption Date for UNIJOS        JAMB 2019 UTME Registration Situation Report So Far        JAMB: We Are Ready For The Conduct Of The Exam        ASUU Strike Lowers Nigerian Tertiary Institutions Ranking        Buhari names projects for South East        21 Savage granted release        SEASON OF LOVE        INEC offices on fire.        PDP alleges manipulation of voter register.        Police raid homes to stop Valentine’s Day celebrations says it promoted Western decadence and casual sex.        91m Nigerians living in extreme poverty        United Christian leaders forum endorses Atiku        Rowd hits Katsina for Buhari        Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay make joint bid for 2030 World Cup        Arsenal lose at BATE as Inter, Sevilla, Benfica win        Nnamdi Kanu calls off election boycott.        Simeone signs new Atletico contract until 2022.        Ahmed Musa’s brand new Mercedes Benz V Class 2019 Zero KM.        filming ‘Jumanji 3’ kicks off on Valentine’s day        New R. Kelly sex tape under investigation,"        Davido to appear on TV show, Comedy Central Roast in South Africa.        joins 2face Idibia to encourage peaceful voting on Saturday        Sterling Bank Leverages Entertainment To Raise Cancer Awareness.        Kaduna South Senatorial election goes to PDP        Breaking: Buhari wins presidential election in Kogi        Kogi West leads by Dino Melaye        INEC announces Buhari winner in Ekiti        Sen. Boroffice :Why APC loses to PDP in Ondo        Election: Atiku takes lead in Rivers        Presidential election: APC wins 6 additional LGAs in Kano        Operators foresee mixed performance in equity market over Presidential Polls        Buhari: I’ll wait for INEC, not depend on rumours over Election results        Attack on corps members on election duty in Anambra confirmed        "I did't congratulating APC senator-elect" Saraki        ECOWAS observers advise candidates "Accept results in good faith"        Buhari beats Atiku in Lagos with over 130,000 votes        R.Kelly granted $1m bail        Gunmen kill policeman accompanying election results in Ogun        My spiration is to win an Oscar award next year -Omotola        Ohanaeze raises alarm on situations in Lagos, Imo over Election        Returning officer-I declared Okorocha winner under duress        Buhari in Benue State.        Private Life, Outspoken Music -LadiPoe        Buhari wins 10 in 17 states        We demands adequate security for INEC offices -Akwa Ibom PDP        Rivers killing -US calls for end violence        "Yakubu worst INEC chair ever" says Opposition parties as they reject election results        stakeholders warn political parties Over Election        Buhari pays surprise visit to APC Situation Room        Another female senator Aisha Dahiru Produced in Adamawa        ELETCTION- Saraki wishes those who emerged best of luck.        Davido to break into U.S market this week        Tonto Dikeh- Why Nigerian actresses are labeled prostitutes        Gunmen attack Kajuru village in Kaduna again Killed many        ESUT teaching hospital builds 10 tons incinerator to prevent infections.        2019 ELECTION: Muhammadu Buhari declared winner        Full list of 2019 Presidential Election Result        Foreign intervention On Election        Court declines to disqualify Wike over alleged forgery        Thugs destroy INEC office, electoral materials with explosives in Akwa Ibom        Real Madrid exit a warning for Barcelona        Aisha Buhari        Hastag HealingInAPhone Twitter trend, Yaw, BigTimi, other influencers join        Messi Back in Argentina Squad after Eight Months Absence        Nollywood actor, Tony Anyasodor passes away in Imo        Breaking News: Over 120 Students Confirmed Dead as Lagos School Collapse        Coach Ronald Koeman says he regrets, Germany wins, qualify or Euro 2020 in Amsterdam        Africa Cup of Nations: Angola qualify ahead of Burkina Faso        2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Tragedy overshadows Zimbabwe's qualification        Sri Lanka Attacks: What a Sad Easter Sunday        Ukraine election: Comedian Zelensky wins presidency by landslide        Over 100 UTME Candidates Arrested For Malpractices        Exam malpractices: JAMB Probes Candidates’ Credentials from 2009-2019 via Names, Biometric and Others        UPDATED: JAMB releases results of 1.7m candidates, blacklists 116 centres for malpractices        Gun in Exam hall, candidate arrested        JAMB parades worker for fraud        How to check 2019 UTME result        Insecurity: Corps members withdraws from Bayelsa community by NYSC        EFCC: We arrested Naira Marley, Zlatan for fraud, money laundering        JAMB Calls for Embargo on Creation of New Varsities        Borno State University Post-UTME 2019: Cut-off Mark, Eligibility and Registration Details        Redeemer’s University Nigeria Post-UTME 2019: Price of Form and Application Procedure Announced        NEKEDEPOLY Post-UTME 2019: Cut-off mark, Eligibility and Registration Details        Is examination a true Test of knowledge        UI Post-UTME 2019: Cut-off Mark, Eligibility, Fee and Registration Details        Delta State Poly, Ogwashiuku Post-UTME 2019: Cut-off mark, Eligibility and Registration Details        We will ensure no Nigerian child is kept out of school - Buhari        JAMB Revokes UTME Results of Four Candidates Over Forgery        2019 UTME: 19-Year-Old Arrested For Upgrading UTME Score - JAMB        FUTO Post-UTME - DE 2019: Cut-off Mark, Screening Dates, Eligibility and Registration Details        FUNAI Post-UTME-DE 2019: Cut-off Mark, Screening Dates, Eligibility and Registration Details        1,000 Bitcoin mining machines seized by Authorities in Iran        'Terrifying' app that can undress women taken offline        Timi Dakolo’s wife alleges COZA founder raped her        Bobrisky defends Pastor Fatoyinbo on rape allegation against him        Hidden danger using FaceApp's you need to know        Uganda To Issue Birth Certificates To Cows        Woman Who Poured Boiling Water On Husband’s Private Part        Kidnappers Of Samson Siasia’s Mother Demand N70m Ransom        Man Commits Suicide After Chewing SIM Card In Akwa Ibom (Graphic Photos)        federal plytechnic oko 2019-2020 HND form is out        More than 350 million trees planted in 12 hours by Ethiopians        Snake forces Nigerian lawmakers out of chamber        Buhari govt begins recruitment into NSCDC [SEE HOW TO APPLY]        Blissnaija - WA (Official video)       

Blog Details

  • Home -
  • Ajimobi: reasons for my Senatorial return.
Ajimobi: reasons for my Senatorial return.
  • 12 Feb
  • 2019

Ajimobi: reasons for my Senatorial return.

Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi is the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Oyo South District. He broke the second term jinx as governor in 2015. Will he return to the Senate? Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU examines his chances at the poll.

Four years ago, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, governor of Oyo State, made history. He broke the second term jinx, thereby becoming the first governor to be re-elected for a second term. As the second term expires on May 29, the Ibadan-born politician hopes to return to the Senate, where he served as Deputy Minority Leader between 2003 and 2007.

The poll will not be a walk over for him. His rivals are Adesoji Akanbi of African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Dr. Kola Balogun of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The three major contestants are campaigning vigorously.

If Ajimobi is re-elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), he will be a ranking senator and elder statesman whose experience will assist in guiding proceedings in the Upper Chamber. He is highly respected in the APC, where his experience has been useful in mobilisation, reconciliation and crisis resolution.

When he was in the Senate, Ajimobi was not a bench warmer. As governor, he has endowed the Agodi Government House, Ibadan with honour. Ajimobi is perceived as a matured politician and a team player.

As a senator, he ploughed back to the constituency. Ajimobi established the first and the largest free vocational training centre in the history of Oyo State, offering training in computer engineering, computer operations, telephone engineering, fashion designing, hair dressing, tie and dye etc. The center has turned out over 20,000 students to date, who have secured employments in many reputable industries. The center has also been recognised and certified as a partner and training center by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF). Ajimobi also identified communities that lacked potable water in his district. He sunk boreholes. He also carried out many empowerment programmes in the district.

As governor, he enjoys tremendous goodwill. His greatest asset is maturity, which age, experience and wisdom could confer. He inherited a state in turmoil in 2011. Brigandage and violence had become the order of the day. Killings by factional drivers’ union defiled solution. Armed robbers were on the prawl in broad day light and banks were not insulated from their attacks. How to restore peace and security into a state of pandemonium where the rule of brawn had displaced the rule of law was his major priority.

Between 2011 and 2019, Ajimobi has restored sanity. Prevention, in his view, is better than cure. The starting point was the establishment of a well-equipped joint security outfit codenamed ‘Operation Burst.’ The governor also introduced the ‘Safe City’ project. Closed Circuit Television cameras were installed in many flash points. The efforts paid off. Criminals relocated from the state. Bank robbery stopped. To avert ethno-religious conflicts, the  Oyo State Inter-religious/Ethnic Committee was set up to foster understanding in some heterogeneous communities.

The governor built on this achievement by establishing the Security Trust Fund that has donated multi-million naira equipment to security outfits and refurbished many grounded patrol vans. Due to security, night life was restored.

Ajimobi also fought the infrastructure battle. He was appalled by the poor environmental sanitation in Ibadan, the state capital, which earned it the unenviable sobriquet of the dirtiest state capital. The governor embarked on road construction across the state. Where necessary, flyovers were constructed. Other projects include the construction of ‘Restoration Bridge’ and dredging of rivers to avert flooding and its attendant loss of lives and property, restructuring of the solid waste management system for a cleaner and healthier environment, the initiation of the First Ibadan City Master Plan, and the Ibadan Beautification Project through the creation of green areas, parks (Temidire and Podo) and gardens (Agodi Gardens).

The governor’s attention is not diverted by the electioneering. He is still supervising the rehabilitation and reconstruction of existing roads, and the dualisation of entry roads into major towns. These include the on-going construction of 110km Ibadan Circular Road, the construction of 49.02km roads and rehabilitation of 684.12km roads by Oyo State Public Works, the activation of Ibadan City Master Plan, Ibadan Drainage Master, Ibadan Solid Waste Management Plan and Ibadan Urban Flood Management programme in conjunction with World Bank.

The Ajimobi administration has defended education in Oyo State. It has established the first technical university in the state. Owning to the provision of conducive leaning environment, the state got the best West African School Leaving result in 18 years. The School Governing Board was able to attract more than N2bn non-governmental investment in the education sector. The governor also introduced the Education Trust Fund.

The 628 secondary schools now have Governing Boards, which have injected over N2b into their infrastructure development. This is now being understudied for Southwest states. also, the introduction of Oyo State Model Education Intervention (Oyomesi) as a structured character building curriculum, the launch of the Digital Literacy Drive, Science and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; and the professional training of teachers have been applauded. Besides, three model schools have been constructed and many secondary schools are being rehabilitated.


For ease of transportation, Ajimobi introduced the first mass transit system for the people. While citizens ride the buses at rock bottom controlled price, civil servants ride them free to and from their homes. Many people have hailed the governor for repositioning the Oyo State Transport System with 90 units of 63-seater buses at subsidized rates and providing another 100 units of 18-seater buses, in collaboration with the Industrial Development Bank. Also, modern motor parks and garages at Temidire and Podo were constructed.

In the health sector, the governor’s achievements are commendable. Under his leadership, Oyo became the first state to introduce the Health Insurance Scheme. A N50bn health endowment fund was lunched, in addition to the free health missions across the zones. Government also distributed medical equipment worth $2m to health facilities in the state.

Other achievements are the upgrading of the Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) Teaching Hospital, schools to colleges of Nursing and Midwifery, and the School of hygiene to College of Health Technology.

To promote industrialisation, the administration has provided a conducive atmosphere for investment to thrive. Thus, the state was rated as the fourth investment-friendly state by the NBS in 2016. According to the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), no fewer than 36 new companies sprung up and 3,884 people were employed. Also, direct Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) worth N22.8b was attracted.

Other achievements in the areas of trade and investment include Trade and Investment include the introduction the first State Industrial Policy in collaboration with UNIDO, four-Star rating as a well-qualified state to facilitate foreign and domestic investors by the Nigeria Investment Promotion Council (NIPC 2018), attracting FDI worth N22.8bn (NBS 2016), establishment of Polaris Free Trade Zone and Industrial Park on Lagos Ibadan Express way, upgrade of Oyo State College of Cooperative and Entrepreneurship Studies to an OND & HND Certificate Awarding Institution, Biometric Data Capturing for Informal Sector Operator, and onstruction of phase II of Bola Ige International Business Complex (BIIBCO), Gbagi through PPP to decongest phase I of the market.

Ajimobi has rehabilitated the existing water supply schemes at Eleyele and Asejire, resulting in 72 per cent water production in Ibadan and environs and improved water supply generally across the state. He completed the  Iganna, Ayete, Ogbomoso,  Asejire Waterworks and Eleyele mini-waterworks, and constructed six booster stations to boost urban water supply.

The state’s land, housing and survey has been restructured to prevent fromgrabbing, speculations and allocations based methods through automation, resulting in 60 days processing of Electronic Certificate  of Occupancy (C of O), Home Owners Charter, Geographic Information System (Data Capturing), Land and House Enumeration in conjunction with Nigeria Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV). The government also enacted the Land Grabbing Law. Stakeholders have also hailed the good foundation being laid in agriculture. These include the establishment of Oyo State Agricultural Initiative, AgricOyo; purchase of 388 units of tractors and implements for mechanized farming as 6,282ha of arable land was operated resulting in 40 per cent increase in land cultivation by farmers, establishment of Oyo State Pace Setter integrated organic Farm, Songhai Model, provision of 250,000 hectares of farm land to Agric investors in the state new agricultural land policy, N9 investment in rice production by Dangote group of companies, construction of 10,000mt mega silo in Oyo, establishment of two fertilizer blending plants in Oke Ogun and Ibarapa, construction and rehabilitation of 8,032.92km access roads across 28 Agrarian LGAs  with 5,023,060 beneficiaries in the Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP) across the state, cconstruction of 500km of rural roads to promote Agric economy, and disbursement of N1.0bn soft loans and grant to farmers and N250m for anchor borrowers’ programme.

In solid minerals, Ajimobi established the Mineral Development Agency and incorporation of Pacesetter Mineral Development Company. He resuscitated the moribund Nigeria Marble Mining Company, Igbeti, and explored Talc Deposit in Ilero and environs

Youth and sports development have not been neglected.  No fewer than 2,000 have benefitted from entrepreneurial training. The Permanent site of the NYSC at Agbakuta, Iseyin was inaugurated. Aslso, 5,000 were trained through the Oyo Ajumose Business Leadership programme OYO ABLE; N200m was released for youth empowerment through the Bank of Industry, and 300 artisans and tradesmen supported through the Oyo Nise Oyo Leko initiative. Government has also embarked on the estructuring, reorganization and inauguration of all sporting associations to enable them achieve the desired result and support the ‘Catch them Young’ initiative of the government, which has led to the increase in under age sporting activities.

In women development, Ajimobi has accorded priority to poverty alleviation. An important achievement is the passage a law to prohibit violence against women. Others include the training and release of grants to young persons for business in photography and video production, barbing, hand-made jewelry, computer centre operations; rehabilitation of Centre for People with Disabilities and equipped with equipment for ICT Training and shoe making with support from British American Tobacco (BAT), and educational and nutritional support for 10,514 children, including orphans, vulnerable, trafficked children.

Ajimobi has presided over an effective government. He is a lover of reforms. He has restructured the civil service for better efficiency through BVN and Biometrics verification, in addition to personnel quantity and quality audit. He established the Customary Court of Appeal to fast-track administration of justice and court decongestion. He also set up the Oyo State Multi-Door Court house and expanded the Oyo State Citizens’ Mediation Centre services to other zones. He constructed new centres in Oyo and Ogbomoso.

The governor introduced e-governance with phase one activated with payroll system automation. He expanded the tax net with about 500, 000 newly registered tax payers. He provided ten 63-seater Free transportation for workers and students to and fro; paid the 142 per cent  arrears of pensions totaling over N2billion, promotions of workers with backlog 2008 to 2011 with over 30,000 beneficiaries. He increase in car loan from N 200, 000 to N 500, 000 and  Housing loan from N1M to N2M, with N 540, 749, 997. 78 disbursed to about 850 beneficiaries. In 2011, he introduced the Treasury Single Account.

Under him, the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) increased by 250 percent  from N800m to N2billion He also created Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).


No Comment Found