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Osun State Government Palliative Buses Commence Operation

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Osun State government has unveiled commuter buses to cushion the effect of subsidy removal on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as Petrol or Fuel.

At the unveiling of the buses on Monday, the Executive Governor  of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke said passengers would be required to pay some tokens while boarding the buses to help run and maintain the vehicles.

Nigeria Updates understands that the buses are expected to convey civil servants, students, and other state residents along some selected routes.

Governor Adeleke, who was ably  represented by the Deputy Governor, Kola Adewusi, noted during the official unveiling of the buses in Osogbo on Monday that the buses would work between 6:45 am and 9 am for the morning shift, while those on the afternoon shift would work from 3 pm to 5 pm, from Monday to Friday.

“I assure residents of the state that their welfare remains paramount to the present administration. The administration will continue to embark on programmes and policies that will put smiles on the faces of the residents.

“I commend civil servants for their resilience and commitment to their duties despite the harsh economic realities. I assure them that this government will always prioritise their welfare,” the Daily Post quoted the Osun state governor saying.

Earlier in his remark at the unveiling of the buses, the state Commissioner for Transportation, Sesan Oyedele, assured residents of the state of more buses in the coming days. He described the Adeleke government as a workers’ friendly one.

“Passengers will be charged a token fee on each drop for the running and maintenance of the buses,” Oyedele added.

“The routes for the five buses in Osogbo are as follows: Dada Estate-Capital-Okefia-Olaiya and terminate at Abere (Secretariat). The second bus will ply Stadium Roundabout-Ayetoro-Old Garage-Olaiya and terminate at Abere (Secretariat).

“The third bus will convey passengers from Oja Oba-Isale-Osun-Odi Olowo-Olaiya and terminate at Abere (Secretariat).

“The fourth bus is scheduled to take off at Owode Ede-Abere-Ogo Oluwa-Olaiya and terminate at Old Garage, and the fifth bus will commence movement from Okinni-LAMECO-Dele-Yes Sir-East Bye Pass and terminate at Abere (Secretariat),” the government announced.

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IGP LAUDS OUTSTANDING RECOGNITION FOR NPF CONTINGENT IN INTERNATIONAL PEACEKEEPING MISSIONS

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The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has lauded the recent commendations for personnel of the Nigeria Police Force in international peacekeeping efforts.

 

The United Nations, through its Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), recognized 140 officers and men of the Nigeria Police Contingent for their professionalism and outstanding performance in fostering peace and stability in Northern Mali. Similarly, the African Union presented Awards of Excellence and Professionalism to the Nigeria Formed Police Unit, comprising 160 officers and men deployed in Somalia, acknowledging their gallantry, professionalism, and dedication in countering Al-Shabaab terrorist elements.

This was disclosed in a statement released by the Force’s Spokesperson ACP Muyiwa Adejobi on Saturday.

 

According to Adejobi, the accolades extend beyond individual police officers deployed to UN missions in South Sudan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, and Somalia, among others. The Nigeria Police Force has consistently received awards commending the professionalism, dedication to duty, and exceptional performance of its officers, earning them a reputation as among the best in the field. Furthermore, Nigeria Police officers hold key positions at the Police Division of UN Headquarters and African Union Headquarters, where they continue to diligently execute their duties, garnering respect and admiration.

 

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has expressed confidence in the integrity, professionalism, and outstanding performance of NPF officers. Consequently, ECOWAS has requested the deployment of Nigeria Police officers and men to its missions in Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone. It is noteworthy that upon arrival in peacekeeping missions, NPF officers undergo competence-based interviews and selection processes aligned with international standards and best practices. Their consistent placement in strategic positions is proof of their competence and commitment to the missions’ success.

 

The Inspector General of Police expresses gratitude for these prestigious recognitions, which serve as a testament to the dedication, professionalism, and outstanding performance of Nigeria Police Officers in promoting global peace and security. The IGP further reassures that the police will consistently adopt modern standard operating procedures to accord quality service delivery, in all spheres, to Nigerians across the country.

 

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Ogun APC Youth Group condemns PDP for hailing Speaker’s alleged removal

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A political group known as the All Progressives Congress Youth Alliance for Justice (APC-YAJ) in Ogun state has condemned the Ogun state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for hailing the alleged removal of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kunle Oluomo.

 

In a statement issued in Abeokuta on Saturday by its Coordinator, Suraj Fadairo, the group said, “The comments of the PDP shows that it has more than a hand in the orchestrated plot to change the leadership of the Assembly. Both the timing and the manner of alleged leadership change which happened a few days after the Supreme Court affirmed the re-election of His Excellency, Governor Dapo Abiodun (CON) goes to show that it was pre-planned.

 

“When the purported leadership change at the House of Assembly is viewed against the backdrop that the PDP and its defeated candidate were boasting that they would soon take over the reins of government in the state and had in fact made appointments and constituted an imaginary state executive council, then the full picture would be clearer to the discerning.

 

“The whole scenario of perjury and forgery has the trappings of the PDP. They are known for their crooked ways of inducement through vote-buying and money laundering.

 

“What is discomfiting and still a mystery is how some members of our party allowed themselves to be co-opted into the divisive and destructive politics of the PDP and its mindless minders.

 

“We hold that even if there were genuine grievances against the Rt. Hon. Oluomo-led leadership of the Assembly, there are channels of communication and ventilation of such within the party and government that could have been explored. But, what did we see? A few misguided members of our party in the House joining hands with the minority PDP to attempt a leadership change and thereby disrupt the cordial relationship peace being enjoyed between the executive and legislative arms of government in the state.”

 

The group said it noted the role played by the Minority Leader of the House of Assembly in the whole saga, adding that the comments by the PDP was in furtherance of his role and “the invidious agenda of his party”.

 

“We take particular notice of the conspicuous role of the Minority Leader in the whole saga and now the comments by his party, the PDP,” the statement read in part.

 

The APC-YAJ urged the leaders of the APC and youths to stand by the party and government.

 

“It is in the light of all these that we wish to urge the leadership of our party in the state and faithful party men, women and youths to rise up and stand by our party and government so that the defeated opposition (PDP) would not get through the backdoor what it could not get at the polls and the courts,” the group added.

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Oyo Gov’t Rules Out 2023 Tax Returns Deadline Extension

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The Oyo State Internal Revenue Service (OYIRS) has warned that there would be no extension in the deadline for the filing of 2023 annual tax returns.

 

The Executive Chairman Oyo State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Adebowale Olufemi Awakan gave this warning in a release from his office.

 

He warned Employers of Labour, Company owners, or their representatives to file their 2023 Annual Tax Returns before January 31st, 2024.

 

Awakan noted that the filing of tax returns is a law that all employers of labour must obey.

 

He warned that non-compliance would attract penalties, including a fine of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (500,000.00) for Corporate bodies. Individuals are given till March 31st, 2024 to file the returns on their Direct Assessment.

 

Non-compliance also attracts penalties.

 

All returns are to be filed online via the self-service platform. Kindly log on to www.selfservice.oyostate.com to upload the returns.

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