WORLD CHILDREN'S DAY
At JDPM we are constantly aware of the need to protect the rights of children, regardless of skin, languages, ethnic differences or religious. Therefore, we are pleased to join the rest of the world today as we marked this special day in fulfilling one of the mandate of the Catholic Church and the United Nations (UN) because Children are free gift, yet a valuable asset from God.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DAY
The United Nations' (UN) Universal Children's Day, which was established in 1954, is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, promotes and coordinates this special day, which also works towards improving children's welfare.
On December 14, 1954, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should introduce an annual event from 1956 known as Universal Children's Day to encourage fraternity and understanding between children all over the world and promoting the welfare of children. It was recommended that individual countries should choose an appropriate date for this occasion.
At the time, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should establish a Children's Day on an “appropriate” date. Many of the countries respected this recommendation and the Universal Children's Day has since been annually observed on November 20.
On November 20, 1959, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and on November 20, 1989, it adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, Universal Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children's rights.
JDPM facilitates Leadership Training for Catholic Women Organization in Iganna
Leadership is not about being powerdrunk, rather, it has to do with ability to influence and exert oneself over others in such a way that things are done orderly to achieve the set objectives. In realization of this, the JDPM Oyo facilitated a Leadership Training for the Catholic Women Organization in Iganna, Oyo State. This was as a result of a need to improve coordination and management of diverse group of people in the church.
Delivering the lecture, the Facilitator, Hon Taiwo Dominic from the Politics and Human Rights dept of JDPM Oyo, said "leadership encompasses a multidimensional analysis, adding that a leader must realize that human beings are different from one another. So, a leader must be very intelligent, careful, tactful,diplomatic etc in order to get the best out of the followers, either in the church or secular world."
He charged the group to embrace unity, transparency and sincerity in dealing with one another. Hon Taiwo alluded the types of human beings in the society by citing various animals that depicts each individuals personality. " when you look around, you will see many different type of people in the society, some are snakes, they bites anyone who comes closer to them and badmouth others out of envy, hatred and jealousy. some are cat, they prefer to hibernate anonymously by playing on the intelligence of others codedly.which ever category you find yourself, always remember that you are not alone.But as a leader, you must be ready to manage each types of people in the church and society as a whole"
The Catholic Women Organization is a group of diverse women in the Catholic church that embraces love, unity of faith,using their skills and potentials to engender holistic development to the church.
CADII 2018/2019 Admission
ADMISSION! ADMISSION!! ADMISSION!!!
This is to inform the public especially youths, parents and guardians that admission into the Catholic Agricultural Development Initiative (CADII) for the 2018/2019 training session is ongoing. The centre which was established by the Catholic Diocese of Oyo to train youths in modern farming skills on ; snailry, poultry farming, fish production, goat rearing/piggery, beekeeping, vegetable farming welcome applications from all interested people. The centre has been an active actor in revolutionizing agribusiness in Oyo town and other areas in the state.
The training lasts 12 months while the form and accommodation is free but feeding is subsidized throughout the training period.
Prospective applicants must possess a minimum of Senior Secondary School Education (SSCE) while others with higher qualifications can also apply.
Short trainings are also available for group of interested people/Association or bodies who desires a professional training in agribusiness.
Interested applicants can pick up forms at Justice, Development and Peace Movement (JDPM) Oyo’s office/CADII centre inside St Bernadine compound, stadium road, Mabolaje Area, Oyo, Oyo town or at any Catholic church in Oyo diocese.
For Enquiry, Please call the following numbers- 08134380797, 08065205075 and 08137520659 or send a mail to us via- firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com
Entrance exams will come up on 15th January, 2019 while resumption date is 21st January, 2019
NB: This is an equal opportunity, gender balanced and non-discriminatory platform for all and sundry.
JDPM Assists a brilliant Indigent Pupil in Oyo Town
The Politics and Human Rights Department of JDPM Oyo has assisted an indigent pupil on 7th November 2018 in Oyo town. The ordeal of the brilliant pupil who was born to the family of multitude came to our notice through a Child right Volunteer in one of the selected schools in Oyo because he was on the brink of dropping out of school just like his other siblings who could not further their education beyond primary six.
The grandmother of the boy who came to JDP office said� Abdulqudus is a brilliant boy who could not afford to miss out on furthering his education. He has been dreaming of a glorious future where he could become an important figure in society. We wished we could help him but we do not have enough financial resources but thanks to this teacher. He realized our ordeal and volunteered to assist us�
"I have observed something about our society for years. Majority of people believed success has a lineage without knowing that it is a friend of those who never gave up. A vast majority of brilliant people in the society has nothing to offer than courage to prove devil wrong because they felt they are helpless. In the case of this boy, he is very sound and tenacious with a clear demonstration of intelligence on countless occasions. When the parent became worried because of his hopelessness on education after primary school, I was touched and felt that I could contribute my own quota to his life by networking with JDPM" The teacher said.
Addressing the parent and his teacher, the Head of Department, Politics and Human Rights department, Mr Taiwo Dominic, said every� child has rights to education regardless of how vulnerable they are. In fact, we have a programme on child rights in Oyo State at present which has been taken to schools to educate teachers, parents and guardian on why they should not deny these children their rights. I am glad we are touching the lives of many families and we will continue to do more.
Presenting education materials; textbooks, exercise books, school bag, broomsticks, waste bin, a brand new uniform, school sander etc to the grandmother and teacher who brought the boy, the Coordinator, JDPM, Rev Father Gabriel Adeleke, noted that it is one of the missions of the Catholic church to assist the active poor in the society, stressing that social welfare of young and old is much cherished. He, however, charged the brilliant boy to face his study squarely as he resumes to secondary school that day." I can assure you that in the Catholic Church. We don't discriminate to make an impact in the society; we are always touched by the mission to empower and chase poverty from the society. I want you to be more serious with your studies. Do not follow a bad company. If you do well, you will make your parent, teachers and even JDPM more happy and proud. May the Lord be with you." He concluded
While appreciating JDPM, the grandmother of the boy said �We are greatly indebted to you for this kind gesture. I sincerely appreciated your humanitarian assistance on my son, especially by reigniting his passion for education and rebranded his vision. God will continue to bless you and the organization shall continue to experience development in all area.�The boy has since resumed to Community High School, Ajagba Oyo for his Junior Secondary education. He left with a smile in the company of his teacher and unarguably, with a deep sense of hope and renewed commitment to achieve his vision in life.
RUDEP Attends Nutritious Food Fair in Lagos
The Rural Development Programme dept of our esteemed organization attended Nutritious Food Fair in the megacity of Lagos. The programme was held in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria between 7 and 9th November 2018. The Nutritious Food Fair (NFF) has grown to become a commercial platform for promoting the production, marketing and consumption of nutritious foods in Nigeria. The food fair which is in its fourth edition has as primary objective to gear political will and markets towards increased production of nutritious foods. This year's event attracts over 10,000 participants from within and outside the country. HarvestPlus improves nutrition and public health by developing and promoting biofortified food crops that are rich in vitamins and minerals and providing global leadership on biofortification evidence and technology within and outside Nigeria and Africa.
The opening Keynote speech was delivered by the Director General of National Orientation Agency (NOA) while Welcome Address was done by HarvestPlus Country Manager, Dr Paul Ilona. The second Keynote speech was delivered by the Director General, Nigeria Directorate of Employment, Dr Mohammed Nasiru Argungu. All keynote speakers underscored their office's roles in promoting nutritional food security in Nigeria.
The programme also featured a special Panel session where experts discussed a special topic titled "How the private sector can contribute to Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) reduction". Including a Presentation by Dr Francis for Aliko Dangote Foundation Integrated Nutrition as well as an educative presentation by NESTLE on "Strengthening Private Sector Commitment to the Nutritious and Food sector; Smart Mother Session-Motherhood and Nutrition" where mothers especially are sensitized on the importance feeding children with balanced nutrition.
The event also featured Dr Nitturka, who spoke to participants on Seed System Supports to Scale the production of crops and foods in Nigeria and Africa which has the potential to compete globally for balanced nutritional food security among the comity of nations.
On the final day, the programme ended in grand style because they afford some speakers from partnering bodies to speak about the relationship they have established with HarvestPlus Nigeria over the years. Notably, Mr Sola Oyekan of RUDEP spoke extensively on the activities of JDPM partnership with HarvestPlus since its inception couples of years ago. He described the relationship as cordial and strictly professional.
The high point of the event was entertainment of participants by an eccentric comedian, "Wooli Agba", a thrilling and fun-filled musical performance by King Sunny Ade (KSA),cultural dance display by the Cultural Troupe of Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo town, group picture of HarvestPlus partners in Oyo state (JDPM, OYSADEP and SAWEC). However, it is believed that this type of event should create an enabling environment for cross-cultural dialogue on mission achievement and a clearer roadmap in order to improve more service delivery to the target audience in the future. Without mincing a word, the event was a success and hopefully, it will continue to touch more lives in the society.
PHR facilitates Entrepreneurship Education for Core Parents in Iseyin, Iwere Ile and Afijio LG
Following the unpredictable nature of our national economy as a result of dynamism and the grappling reality of time, the Politics and Human Rights department of JDPM organized a programme on Entrepreneurship for Child Rights animators in the above-named towns between 7-9th, November 2019.
The programme aimed at educating participants on why they need to embrace numerous sources of income in order to save the families from unforeseen contingencies.
Addressing the participants, the lead Facilitator who is also the Head Of Department, Politics and Human Rights, JDPM, Oyo, Mr Taiwo Dominic, said "Nigeria is not a country where a responsible parent must rely on a single source of income, either salary or whatever way because there is hardship everywhere. Hence, parents must devise a means of finding at least two or three sources of income to sustain their families”
“To be honest with you, you all need to agree with me that our society is passing through a lot of difficulties in recent time because of there inflation while the so-called analyst are only saying another thing on the media that our economy has bounced back from the recessed stage. To me, I could hardly feel the impact. So, as parents, you need to have a micro business that can bring money from various sources before your bills piling up"
Majority of the participants at the venues described the initiative as a good gesture that could go a long way in alleviating poverty from the society. They promised to consider embracing the ideas in order to bail their families out from a series of unforeseen contingencies. Each family is represented by husband and wife and was asked series of questions by the facilitator on their next business ideas. The turn out was impressive and the programme is expected to hit other selected towns subsequently.
CCGG Inaugurates New Members in Fiditi
The Civil Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) Oyo, inaugurated new members in Fiditi, Afijio LGA of Oyo State on 31st October, 2018. The event which took place in St Patrick Catholic Church's compound, Fiditi, had in attendance; religious leaders, traditional rulers, women, elders, youths and other members of the community.
The group which exists as a watch dog and pressure group for sustaining dignity of the masses has been in the frontier of championing sanity on governance through constructive dialogue on pertinent issues that concerns community and national development has recorded some achievement in the time past till date. Between the reality of governance and assumption of truth, the forum stands as the mouthpiece of the voiceless and powerless masses without any political inclination.
The new members were charged by all key speakers, notably the facilitators for the zone, the parish priest and JDPM officials to imbibe unity, maintain focus, and eschew all forms of political jingoism as well as religious bigotry. However, it is believed that the inauguration will mark the genesis of restoring all the lost glory of the town through cooperative effort and networking with all stakeholders.
Abt Associate and HarvestPlus Visits CADI Farm in Ilora
The Abt Associates and Harvest Plus visited Catholic Agricultural Development Initiatives (CADI) farm in Ilora, Afijio Local Government area of Oyo State on the 24th of October, 2018 as part of the three-day tour to Harvest Plus Nigeria and its partners in Nigeria. The team which was led by Senior Analyst, Dr Abigail Conrad from Abt Associates on behalf of Bill and Melinda Gate was on a visit to evaluate the level of progress made by HarvestPlus and RUDEP of the JDPM Oyo on the implementation of biofortify Vitamin A Cassava on Agripreneurs. Abt Associates is an engine for social impact, fueled by caring, curiosity and cutting-edge research that move people from vulnerability to security. Whether it's welfare or weather disasters, the environment or economics, agriculture or HIV and AIDS, the organization addresses the world's most pressing issues.
She was accompanied to CADI farm by Mr Samuel and Mr Dayo from HarvestPlus, IITA, Ibadan and was taken around sections in the farm by RUDEP officers; Dr Matthew Ojo, Mr Shola Oyekan, Mrs Agnes Awowole and CADI farm manager, Mr Iyiola Gabriel. Fortunately, the visit coincides with the time when harvesting of the present Varieties of Vitamin A cassava is ongoing on the farm and she ( Dr Abigail Conrad ) partook in the exercise.
Expressing her satisfaction at what she saw, Dr Abigail Conrad, said the emergence of Vitamin A cassava multiplication and implementation in the state will go a long way in improving food security in Nigeria, adding that her previous visit to CATO Foods, Iwo, Osun State, a processing company where biofortified foods such as Vitamin A cassava are processed for public consumption convinced her to realised that HarvestPlus and partners are working at high speed to ensure that nutritional security is achieved in Nigeria.
Speaking at the CADI farm, Dr Matthew Ojo said the developmental auditing and evaluation visit remains one of the best things to ever happen to RUDEP because the varieties of Vitamin A cassava has been gaining ground and waxing stronger on yearly basis.
He maintained that the acceptance of the biofortified cassava stems among farmers as facilitated by RUDEP from HarvestPlus, IITA, Ibadan has been impressive because of massive consumption of the products such as ; Lanpon, a more refined version of the usual Lafun, Castard (Cassava Custard), yellow Gaari, yellow Fufu by farmers in their household and the public at large amongst others. "We have given out the present varieties of cassava stems to farmers for multiplication and dissemination purposes and we expected a more improved version next year," He said.
No doubt, the visit was a successful one as it exposed the rudimentary roles RUDEP and HarvestPlus have been playing in ensuring the stability of quality biofortified foods for sustainable food security in Nigeria as well as providing more awareness for people beyond the shore of the state.
Pro Bono: JDPM doyen facilitator sensitize Corp members in Awe
In an effort towards balancing the lacuna between the youths and politics in recent time, the Head of Department, Politics and Human Rights (PHR) Hon Taiwo Dominic, facilitated a thought-provoking programme at the St Paul Pastoral Centre, Awe, Oyo State on the 13th of October, 2018.
The lecture was organized by the National Association of Catholic Corp members (NACC) for the Oyo State Convention 2018 with the theme "Youth as a Church of Today and the Future ". While Delivering his lecture titled "Youths and the Church in the Dynamics of Nigeria Situation ", Hon Taiwo said Nigerian youths need to be active in politics and national development because the country needs fresh people who can take after the old ones. He further stated that Nigeria's political history is bedevilled with lack of faith in the impartiality and transparency of the electoral system due to the widespread of political corruption.
The former Honorable said "as a graduate, you must be able to realize that heaven helps those who help themselves. So, I am sure you don't need a soothsayer to tell you that the Nigeria labour market is saturated. You need to know that there is no productive employment fresh graduates can tap into but opportunities abound. You only need to covert those core and soft skills into a productive means of generating wealth. The government can never provide employment for all the citizens, that's not possible!. So, if I were you, I will try something new or improve on what I have been doing in order to make some money during this service year. By so doing, such things might be what you will develop as a business in the nearest future”.
He, however, corrected the usual stereotypical assumptions of many youths that politics is meant for dirty people which often make many Christians to compromise their faith. “When Christian youths refrain themselves completely from democratic practices, they leave carelessly leave their lives in the hands of wicked and immoral men. By abstaining from the public square, Christians are compromising on one of the most fundamental teachings to the Christian faith.”
He maintained that sitting on the fence cannot solve our national problems except the youths take the bull by the horns, citing "Not Too Young to Rule bill "that was recently signed into law. “it is very important for Christian youths to see the advantages and possibilities which come with democracy regardless of your level of education. You must be ready to play an active role to solidify democracy and make the process efficient. You need to stop from sitting on the fence. Act now!"
He, however, charged the Corp members to be more careful as 2019 general election draws nearer, adding that this time usually attracts price tags because politicians and their cronies will use their fame and influence to get anything done using corp members who as Adhoc staffs. He added that Corp members should be good ambassadors of their families wherever they find themselves “ Be reasonable, cautious, humble, but firm as specified by the electoral rule, do not carry your political preference to the voting centre. Do not compromise the teachings that are fundamental to Christian faith, stressing that they should create a meaningful time for prayer because of its importance to man’s survival on earth and beyond. “Make intercession for your families, friends and yourselves. As recorded in Ephesians 1:16, Paul prays for a Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation”.The organizer appreciated the facilitators for their presence and pledged to keep in touch for other programmes of like mind in the future.
CATII Conducts Examination for Trainees in Oyo
Knowledge is power and when it is acquired, one can boast because no pain, no gain. Hence, it wouldn't be an understatement to say that that the Catholic Agricultural Training Institute (CATII) practical aspect in training youths in agribusiness is well balanced with theoretical aspect because on the 5th of October, 2018, the Institute conducted examination for its trainees to assess their level of understanding on the training they have been receiving so far.
The examination subjects which are basically agricultural practices, concept of agribusiness; Marketing, ICT and use of English are designed by the centre to appraise trainee’s performance on practical and theory in order to allow proper evaluation. As a veritable tool for all round transformation development of youths in the Catholic Diocese of Oyo, the institute is poised to ensure that knowledge sharing and information is adequately instill in the trainees so that their training will be more effective.
Speaking at the examination venue, the Head of Training, CADII, Mr Timothy Ayanlola, said the examination modules are designed to critically appraise trainee's level of understanding on the practical aspect and theory. He further stated the Catholic Diocese of Oyo will continue to touch lives of many youths in the Diocese through channeling their efforts and energy to agribusiness. The trainees who have been receiving training for some months on; Poultry farming, Snail rearing, fishery/Aquaculture, Organic Farming, Weed Management, bee hiving ,Paravet to mention but a few are expected to utilize the privilege in unleashing their potentials to improve their standard of living, economic well-being ,contribute to community and national development in a best way.
At the end of the examination, a vast majority of the trainees appreciated JDPM and the Catholic Diocese of Oyo for the fantastic initiative that has been a blessing to their training. They vowed to continue in their individual's goal pursuit to become a successful agribusiness and vibrant consultant.
RUDEP OBSERVES THE LAUNCHING OF TECHNOLOGIES FOR AFRICAN AGRICULTURAL TRANSFORMATION IN IBADAN
The Rural Development Programme (RUDEP) Department of JDPM of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo graced the occasion of the launching of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) at the Oyo State Agricultural Development Programme (OYSADEP) Zonal Office, Moor Plantation, Apata, Ibadan on the 9th of October, 2018. The theme of the programme was "Training on Good Agricultural Practices in Cassava Farming System". The event was organized by Oyo State Government, Cassava Weed Management Unit of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Cassava Compact of the African Development Bank (ADB). Dignitaries present at the event were; Permanent Secretary, FMARD, Mr Victor Atilola, IITA Deputy Director General, Partnership for Delivery, Dr Kenton Dashiell, Special Adviser on Agriculture, Professor Adekunle, State Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Mr Popoola, Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development in Oyo State, Mr Oyewole Oyewumi, Programme Manager, OYSADEP, Mrs Akande F.F amongst others.
TAAT is essentially a knowledge- and innovation-based response to the recognized need for scaling up proven technologies across Africa. It supports Feed Africa by providing the needed, proven agricultural and food processing technologies and implementation strategies for inclusion within the Bank's loans to Regional Member Countries (RMCs). TAAT's approaches revitalize and transform agriculture while restoring degraded land and maintaining or strengthening the ecosystems that underpin agriculture.
Speaking to participants at the event, the Facilitator, Mr Godwin Atser from the Cassava Weed Management Unit (CWM) of IITA, Ibadan said "it is imperative that farmers take into consideration safe agricultural practices because some chemicals are injurious to human health. He maintained that agriculture in recent time has gone beyond mere spraying of herbicides on weeds and plants, rather, it has to do with the right application of the chemical that will not pose any harm to human beings."
In his Goodwill message, the State Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, (FMARD), Mr Popoola, said "farmers deserved a better livelihood, part of why such event came up to address the challenges they(farmers) faced in farming which continue to subdued their productive effort for a long time"
While facilitating the programme, Mr Godwin Atser from the Cassava Weed Management Unit, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, said the inauguration of the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation (TAAT) is an initiative that aimed at improving farmer's yield, reduce poverty and improve the livelihood of farmers. He added that that training farmer on good agricultural practices especially in cassava farming system would go a long way in improving the quality of farm produce, save stress and wastage of resources in weeding out unwanted plants in farms.
According to him" herbicide is a pesticide used to kill unwanted plants on the farm but there are many things attached to it because herbicide could be Selective and Non-Selective based on the type or categories of weeds.
He further stated that every weed has life cycle regardless of how stubborn they are, some could live for a year, live for more than one year but not more than two years while only a few lived for more than two years. The high point of the event was a group photograph and presentation of certificates of participation to the participants.
From Grass to Grace; How RUDEP imparted a farmer's life in Tede
Human activities require not just physical energy but also psychological and networking input from appropriate quarters. The Rural Development Programme Department (RUDEP) of JDPM, in the Catholic Diocese of Oyo, recorded another impressive achievement in Tede, Atisbo Local Government of Oyo State where their efforts have helped in greatly improving the life of one of their farmers who were able to build his own bungalow house from the proceeds made from farming activities..
Speaking to JDPM officers, the man, Alhaji Salaudeen Suleiman, said RUDEP has been a good agent of change for a long time in their locality. He noted that he came in contact with the RUDEP team, through a fellow farmer's friend who is a Catholic faithful during an argument over the economic viability of Vitamin A cassava compared with other varieties of cassava. According to him "when RUDEP first came to Alakuko Village to preach the gospel of Vitamin A cassava stems to farmers, my thought was that they came as one of those cheap talkers with the assumption also that the programme was targeted at the Catholic faithful alone. After a while, I decided to ask if the cassava stems are meant for only the Christians and I was told that it was meant for every farmer who is interested. So, I gave it a try by buying about fifty bundles of Vitamin A cassava stems. Though RUDEP doesn't give us any money, yet, they make sure they supervise, guide and give us professional advice and training as it concerns farming".
Alhaji Suleiman further stated that at a point in time, majority of his acquaintances tried to discouraged him because they thought whoever tries to empower anyone should not have said that they (farmers) should buy cassava stems in the first place, but he never gave up because he claimed to have projected that he saw light at the end of the tunnel. "You wouldn't believe that when the majority of those who tried to confuse me earlier saw the level of progress I was making, they volunteered to join. Although a vast majority still refrained without knowing that for anyone to succeed in life, one needs to take calculated risks"
While appreciating RUDEP, he said JDPM has touched lives of so many people in the area without segregating in terms of religion, adding that they should keep the good work because many are still left to benefit from the good economic sustainability of the scheme. He added that the effort of RUDEP has enabled him to build a beautiful house and even buy another four plots of land behind his residence. He said farming is a good profession but it needed a good professional counselling, guidance and determination because gone are the days of primitive farming where old farm implements are used, a lot of improvement has been made over the years, part of what I am benefitting today. It is therefore essential to let the public know that agribusiness is one of the best ways of bailing our nation from the shackle of poverty, youths unemployment and monolithic economy". He concluded
EXCURSION; RUDEP TAKES FARMERS ON A LEARNING VISIT TO ILRI
The importance of knowledge sharing in sustaining human effort can never be over-emphasized. Hence, the Rural Development Programme (RUDEP) of JDPM took farmers on a learning visit to the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), located at the international Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan on the 13th of September 2018. This was to enable farmers acquire knowledge as it concerns the production of livestock feeds made from High-Quality Cassava Peels.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for better and more sustainable use of livestock. It focuses its research on building sustainable livestock pathways out of poverty in low-income countries. ILRI works with partners worldwide to help poor people keep their farm animals alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock, farm productivity and find profitable markets for their animal products.
Welcoming the team to ILRI, the country manager, Dr Tunde Amole, said the centre has been repositioned to address series of challenges that farmers face in livestock production and agribusiness in general. He said ILRI's research addresses seven global livestock development challenges including vaccine and diagnostic technologies for orphan animal diseases, animal genetic resources, climate change,adaptation and mitigation, emerging diseases, and market access within broader market opportunities for the poor, sustainable intensification in smallholder crop-livestock systems and vulnerability of marginal systems and peoples.
Introducing the team, the Head of Department, Rural Development Programme, JDPM, Oyo, Dr Matthew Ojo, said the team's visitation was conceived on the need to improve agribusiness initiatives among farmers in the Catholic Diocese of Oyo. He further stated that it is time farmers start seeing agriculture from a business perspective and take advantage of the new technologies in both livestock and crop production. He further said that the farmers should take advantage of learning the new technology and find a suitable point along the cassava peels-for-feed value chain so as to improve their farm income and better their livelihood.
While taking the team around the facilities, the Field Manager, Mr Yinka Olasusi, said Since ILRI is focused on livestock production while IITA focuses on crop production with Cassava being one of the major crops IITA works on, ILRI decided to consider working with cassava to feed livestock. This birthed the research into a technology aimed at producing "High-Quality livestock feed from cassava peels. He noted that the problem of feeding livestock with locally dried cassava peel is the possibility of such peels been infested with aflatoxin - which arises from slow drying of cassava peels. This according to him has contributed immensely to poor health of most livestock. Hence, the technology for quick drying was developed. The developed technology is faster, safer and also gives high quality feed for livestock.
Responding at the factory section, Mr Yinka Olasusi, said ILRI is working with the government on setting up a prototype processing centre at one of the known cassava processing hubs in Oyo State, so as to promote the technology. He added that ILRI has been engaged in training people on the production of High-Quality Cassava Peel Feed since July and it will end in December. The training runs from Monday - Wednesday every week with 10 participants per batch. The training is sponsored by a donor agency in partnership with BOI which offers funding for interested trainees to set up processing facilities at a 5% interest rate. In the end, trainees will receive certificates.
On his part, Dr Tunde Amole said the research on the technology has been on for about 10 years but in the last 2 years ILRI has decided to publicize it due to the success of the research work. According to him feeding livestock with fresh cassava peels can cause abortion, foaming in the mouth, sterility to mention but a few due to the hydrocyanide content. The approved level of cyanide for consumption is 100mg. The Cyanide content of HQCP is between 90mg and 87mg. it has been observed that at the tolerable level cyanide serves as an antioxidant that aides longevity in livestock.
In his word, a RUDEP Officer, Mr Fakorede John suggested it would be beneficial to the team and members of the public to know certain nutritional formation that makes the technology economically viable than the usual primitive method just sun-drying cassava peels without concern for proper hygiene in the process. Responding, Dr Tunde Amole, said the technology is beneficial because it helps to reduce environmental pollution and climate change, reduces cost of livestock feedings, reduces competition for foods like grains, between man and livestock, creates employment opportunities for youth, and more importantly creates agribusiness opportunities for many.
While appreciating the Institute for hosting the team, the Coordinator, JDPM, Rev Father Gabriel Adeleke, extolled the past and present effort of the centre at sustaining livestock and keeping the hope of farmers alive. He charged the centre to attract more youths who have been inactive because of unemployment, adding that such gestures could go a long way in reducing youthful exuberance, crime and unemployment in our society. He maintained that JDPM would be grateful if the prototype centre could be set up in Oyo where many people will benefit from the technology.
At the end of the excursion, it is hoped that the views of many people among the team as well as the public will be changed on how modern technology can reduce environmental challenges and help improve the quality of life. Without mincing words, the excursion was indeed a huge success as it provided an opportunity for learning technology adoption.
PHR Visits JDPMC Osogbo, to Partners on Election Observation Amongst Other Key Issues
The Politics and Human Rights Department of the Justice, Development Peace Movement (JDPM) Oyo, visited the office of the Justice, Development, and Peace Maker's Centre (JDPMC), Osogbo on 4th July 2018. The purpose of the visit was to enable the two bodies to collaborate on various issues that have continued to engulf our national lives, particularly, election observation, budget monitoring, Child Rights amongst others.
The leader of JDPM team, Mr. Rasaq Olasunkanmi, appreciated the organization for putting up such arrangement which he believed would bring more cordial relationship between the two faith-based NGO's. He said that the duo could work together on how to train Adhoc officials such as Corp members, Public Officers amongst others on election observation for proper transparency and accountability on good governance with a bit of digression on the Osun Governorship election that is expected to come up in September 2018 as well the 2019 general election.
While welcoming the JDPM team, the Head, Democracy, and Good Governance programme Department, JDPMC Osogbo, Mr. Festus, extolled the past and present efforts of the two organizations on series of projects which ensued subsequent relationship. He added that he would like to know more about the outcome of the recently concluded 2-day lecture titled "STOMACH INFRASTRUCTURE" which JDPM team attended on 29-30th June, 2018 at Lagos organized by BudgiT to allow cross-fertilization of ideas from all and sundry about the popular aphorism trending on the political landscape of Nigeria which is now causing a serious threat to the sustainability of the electorates. He said the issue needs holistic approach by the two NGO's in liaising with the relevant bodies such as accredited donors, BudgiT and other stakeholders on how to sensitize the electorates about the repercussion of the ugly scenario.
Responding to the discussion, Mr. Rasaq, corroborated the first speaker's assertion that our society suffers serious setback because of increasing rate of poverty, citing cases of the recent rating of the global index where Nigeria have overthrown India as the nation with the highest number of poverty per families throughout the world and condemning how insensitive our political leaders have become to the affliction of the masses. Also, the groups agreed to work on drug abuse and crime among young people that is on rising in our society in recent time as a result of depression, bad companies, and poverty.
It was also agreed to collaborate on fighting off the prevalence of female genital mutilation in some part of Osun and Oyo State respectively as a result of continuous negligence by the government due to weak legislation in prosecuting offenders. It was agreed to strike out the balance between cases of Child Rights challenges in both States. It was believed that the project has been suffering a serious setback because of uncooperative attitude of some law enforcement agencies, especially the Police who have often been accused of compromising outcomes or results of rape, physical abuses amongst others. The police who are fond of wangled in many cases involving juvenile and under-age children are usually labeled by many people as a villain because of bribery
In a society where cases of sexual assaults on people, young and old, jungle justice are wielded arbitrarily on children for simple mistakes, the sword of justice is far from cutting the right set of offenders and as such, justice will be compromised. And as the general saying, justice delayed is justice denied. Therefore, it wouldn't be a cold in the hell if the two organization can work together to ensure a smooth free and egalitarian society being the mouth-piece of the vulnerable in the society. At the end of the visit, the groups exchanged Instructive Educational Materials (IET) with each other in solidarity while a group photograph was taken.
PROJECT PARTNERSHIP; RUDEP FACILITATES WEED MANAGEMENT EQUIPMENT FROM IITA TO BENEFICIARIES
Towards agricultural development and elimination of chemical infiltration on farm produce, a new technological innovation has been devised for weeding out unwanted plants on farms. In view of this, the Rural Development Programme department (RUDEP) had earlier on 10th September 2018 facilitated the pick up of an advanced weed management machine from the Cassava Weed Management Unit of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan to beneficiaries from Oke Ogun area of Oyo State.
Appreciating the JDPM, one of the beneficiaries, Ogunbode Opeyemi from Otu in the Itesiwaju LGA, said the machine will minimize unnecessary stress farmers undergo in the area of weeding out unwanted plants on the farm. According to him, "JDPM and IITA embodied a cooperative and impartial entity that caters for the youth's interest in agriculture. They do not discriminate on the basis of colour, religions, and towns.I wished to commend their efforts and I promised to make use of these machine in order to enhance my agribusiness".
In his word, the second beneficiary, Adeyemi Adelere from Iseyin LGA, Iseyin, expressed his appreciation to JDPM who has been an active frontier in channeling youth's in agriculture. "it has been a long time that I had to know JDPM because they used to visit some villages around here. So, I noticed their activities on encouraging farmers to be more productive. I thank God for my life because I never had a former education since childhood. But I didn't give up on my dream. So, I continued to work hard on the farm every day until God located me through JDPM. We are grateful to them" An Officer of RUDEP department, Mrs Awowole Agnes, charged other CADII trainees present at the venue of presenting the machines to learn from the beneficiaries. She added that creative mind, determination, discipline and prayer is essential to human survival on earth.
Speaking to the beneficiaries, the Head of Department, RUDEP, Dr Matthew Ojo, implored them to be careful in handling and maintaining the machines. He charged them not to relent in their effort at attaining greatness, adding that agriculture is a lucrative business for those in the right frame of mind. He further stated that the selection process was transparent and fair, adding that he expected the lucky beneficiaries to utilize the privilege.
The beneficiaries advised fellow youths at the venue (JDPM premises) to be more proactive, discover their potentials, get a mentor, encourage themselves and remain focus with prayer so that they will be proud of who they are. After all, we are all a product of the choices we made. While praising the impact of Catholic Development Initiative (CADII), they described the institute's contribution to the human capacity development and motivational source of inspiration to many youths who actively loved agribusiness. They vowed not to relent and keep evangelizing the good impact that JDPM is making in turning the myopic view of most youths from assuming that farming is only meant for the active poor and illiterates in the society.
JDPM EMPOWERS AN UNPRODUCTIVE WOMAN IN ILORA
As an apostle of Child's Rights and dignity of person in the society, the JDPM Oyo came to the rescue of a helpless daughter of a woman who has been unproductive for a while in Ilora, Afijio local government area of Oyo State. The teenager was said to have been subjected to a series of hard labor for a long time because of her parent's negligence. She has been the sole breadwinner of the family for a while, she peeled cassava and fried gaari at the local factory, sometimes after the school hours and on weekends in order to get some money. Esther has been so productive and in fact, striving hard to keep the fate of her vision to be an achiever for so long.
Her shocking state of financial problem and obvious penury came to our notice through the Child�s Rights facilitator and the members of staff in LA Primary School, Aro Ilora, who became more worried about the physical injuries the girl sustained while frying gaari one afternoon. Her navel mistakenly smashed with the hot plate and as such, she started suffering severe stomach upset and excruciating pains on her navel.
As concerned mothers compassionately touched by her ordeal, they (the school management) quickly seek to find her parent to know why she has been facing such a hash Child Abuse from a tender age. Hence, we were contacted to intervene in order to save the family from its impending danger and more importantly, the fate of the innocent child who has been physically and emotionally abused by parental negligence.JDPM facilitator posed with the daughter of the beneficiary
Poised with serious indignation and galvanized with how dastardly a parent could be so daft to forgone their parental duties, we swing into action and during the findings, it was gathered that mother of seven children, Mrs. Olusegun. has been unproductive for a long time while her husband was claimed to be a truck driver in Lagos State. He was said to have been helpful in terms of sending money to the family every month, even though it was not enough to offset the bulkiness of the family's bills. However, when she was contacted to know what she could do to feed the family afterward, she said that she would love to venture into itinerary trading and was advised to get closer to people who have been on the business for so long in order to get acquainted with the business tactics.
On the 24th July 2018, the Politics and Human Rights Department (PHR) OF JDPM visited LA Primary School, Aro Ilora, Afijio LGA of Oyo State to empowered Mrs. Olusegun in order to assist her to commence her micro business. While appreciating JDPM and the School Management for the laudable efforts in sustaining human dignity and Child's Rights, she maintained that no one took notice of her plight for so long and promised to utilize the facilitated materials in order to feed her family and continuously re-invest to make the business a productive one.
In her own word, Child Rights facilitator in the school, Mrs. Ajayi. Urged the JDPM to keep the good work in order to continue educating the public on Child's Rights. The lead facilitator of the team, Mr. Taiwo Dominic. assured the school and other observers of subsequent follow up on her business in order to monitor her progress.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IS VIABLE FOR A SUCCESSFUL BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION- Oyo Development Hive
Democratic governance sustenance remains a viable system not just for its operation ability but also o for its fairness, equity, and peaceful co-existence among the people. It is a system that allows a strong interactive interface between all and sundry unlike other types of government. Hence, the “Development Hive”, which was held on 9-10 August 2018 at the JDP office, Mabolaje Oyo was the first of its kind in Oyo State. The theme of the program was "Citizen Advancing Budget Performance in Social Infrastructure in Oyo and its Environs". It featured members of Civil Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) Oyo zone, delegates from Kisi, Igbeti, Igboho and Saki, lawmakers from the State House of Assembly and the House of Representative, representative of the Department for International Development (DFID) In attendance.
The forum affords members of the public and the elected representatives a greater opportunity to discuss important issues that are pertinent to the corporate existence of the state since there is virtually no public forum where elected leaders and the electorates could interact better than this. Speaking to the participants, Hon Muideen Olagunju representing Oyo East, West, Atiba in the Oyo House of Assembly, said democratic government is never an easy task contrary to majority’s view, adding that our society condones sharp practices because of political apathy, inequalities between the rich and the poor who have become subservient of the greedy leaders.
He bemoaned the substandard nature of the dualized road in Oyo town where the thickness and layers of the asphalt have made the project to be in a shambolic state in recent time. He further stated that the principle of accountability and transparency in governance works better on paper than in the real sense citing cases of various abandoned projects such as the proposed Atiba FM, the deplorable state of most local road due to unused grading machines during all seasons and usual extortion of the intending communities by most Local government who used to justifies their irrational action on fuel consumption and a need to maintain effective workability of the grader. He, however, condemned the unfair treatment of nursing students by the Oyo State Nursing School Board who have cultivated the habit of expelling students after a few months on campus on flimsy excuses. "I think we need to be sincere with ourselves here because I see no way the school continue to exploit students and parents. They knew the school admission capacity, yet, they find unnecessary excuses to expunge some of these students home after a while. They are just using them to make money, it's not fair. We have Oyo State School of Advanced Nursing here in Oyo, why can't it start functioning like before. Although the incumbent administration has promised to re-awaken the glory of the institution in order to continue to satisfy the purpose of its establishment. I can assure you that solid networking is ongoing to reposition the institute in due course" he said.
Highlighting his achievement since his election in 2015, he said he has successfully launched a viable free school shuttle system for the secondary school students in his constituency in order to address the problem of movement and ameliorate long distance trekking, empowered artisans, provides sixteen passengers canoe for the rural dwellers at Aba Olori in order to convey people since the burden of reconstructing their old bridge has proved very unbearable despite meeting with the Ogun-Osun River Basin Authority in Abeokuta. He further stated that he has successfully resuscitated a couple of abandoned boreholes by past politicians in order to address the issue of inadequate water supply to mention but a few.
In his own word, Hon Akeem Adeyemi representing Oyo East, West, Atiba, and Afijio in the House of Representatives, represented by his special aid, Mr. Ishola Abdullahi, said that the Honorable remains committed to the actualization of his mission and has since been working to get the job done. Stating his achievement, he maintained that Hon Akeem Adeyemi has successfully; constructed blocks of classrooms in Anglican Methodist Grammar School, Alaafin High School, Oke Olola Grammar School Oyo, distribution of eighty-five iPad to all outstanding secondary schools students in the Oyo Federal Constituency, Cash empowerment for forty outstanding students. On job creation, he said four people were employed by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp, five were absorbed into the Nigerian Army, ten into the Nigerian Police Force, one by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Six to the Nigerian Navy with two currently on rigorous training, one was employed by the General Hospital Abuja, one to the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to mention but a few.
During the question time and reflection on the talk, a vast majority of participants charged the lawmakers and other stakeholders to come up with a legislation that will involve community members in the formulation and implementation of projects in their communities in order to aids feedback and monitoring. They implored them to embrace the idea rather than employing the pure service of the technocrats who do not have sufficient idea on the felt needs of the people like themselves. Mr. Segun Olujimi, said it is time government at all level makes agriculture more attractive to the youths who have started to indulge in all sorts of immoral activities in recent time. Dr. Supo Iyiola implored the lawmakers to come up with a law that will compel all elected officials in government to complete any abandoned projects by their predecessors in order to put an end to the problem of project discontinuity by the new government as well as a reduction in the economic wastage of resources. Mrs. Olabode, asserts that the government should address the poor living condition of teachers and workers in general.
In the spirit of democracy and egalitarian society, accountability and transparency must be taken into consideration because citizen’s reflection on advancing budget performance in social infrastructures relies on the sustainable recognition of the public voices. Hence, at the end of the program, participants suggested that there should be a Community Whistle Blowing approach through citizen’s, religious and community leaders in order to track projects implementation, legislative engagement, Community Management Committee, partnering with media for publicity, Parliamentary system of government for restructuring while Hon Muideen Olagunju, vowed to come up with a bill that will inform members of a community to be acquainted with the nature of the projects before it is brought to the community for commencement. He charged JDPM and the Echelon of Catholic in the Diocese to always liaise with the government officials on most projects in order to fast-track quick implementation, adding that he will make the budget document available for public perusal in due course. Hon Akeem Adeyemi charged CCGG to intensify efforts in terms of influencing government policies especially on policymaking, budget, advocacy, and education as part of key actors in the socio-political transformation.
Responding to the discussion, representative of Department for International Development (DFID) who is on mission for Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn (NERL), Mr. Agbojo Adewale, charged the participants to take the bull by the horn in addressing various issues about government, ranging from budget tracking on projects implementation, community engagement on projects to active participation. He said the mandate of sustaining government is a concerted effort and until the people realize their rights to challenge their elected representatives on their stewardship, they can never get what they deserved.
Oyo Catholic Diocese Agog, As JDPM Unveils and Commisions Ave Maria Multipurpose Investment LTD
If the concept of poverty is a monster that must be wiped out of our land by all and sundry, then, It should not be a surprise to see this great achievement of the Justice Development and Peace Movement (JDPM) of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo because it was in consonance with one of the core mission of the Catholic church to ensure a comfortable life for all people in the diocese and beyond. The program which began with a celebration of Holy Mass at 11.am at the Pastoral Centre,St Bernadine premises,Durbar area Oyo town
History was made on the 18th September 2018 in Oyo town as the Ave Maria Multipurpose Investment Ltd (AMMIL) was unveiled and commissioned by His Excellency, Bishop Adetoyese Badejo of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo in the presence of dignitaries and well-wishers. The microfinance institution whose foundation was laid in December 2017 by Bishop Badejo was carved out of the Entrepreneurship Development Programme Department of JDPM, a centre set up for the empowerment of the active poor and middle class citizens for varieties of micro businesses.The event has in attendance the Archbishop of Ibadan Diocese, Archbishop Gabriel Lere Abegunrin, Archbishop Felix Alaba Job, President, Fintech Association of Nigeria and Chairman, Global Banking Education Standards Board, Dr Segun Aina OFR, Father Patrick Ngoyi, represented by Mrs Florence Ogunnipebi ,Rev Father Anthony Adebayo from JDPMC Osogbo, Mr. Phillip Amusan, Onimaalu Oyo representatives, Provision seller�s representative, Okada Riders representative. Also, representatives from Kisi, Saki, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education ( EACOED) Oyo�s Yoruba cultural group, Rev Sisters amongst others.
Welcoming guests to the program, the Coordinator, JDPM Oyo, Rev fr Gabriel Adeleke, said the microfinance institution (AMMIL) was established to achieve three main objectives; to make finance available for the active poor in our society,collaborate with and support Nigeria Government in realizing her target on financial inclusion and lastly, as a means of sustainability for JDPM as an organization knowingly the days of running an entity like this by foreign donors is winding up
In his goodwill message, the Legal Holder of the JDPM, Most Rev Emmanuel Badejo, said the establishment of the microfinance institution was based on the realization of a need for an improvement on the standard of living of the people in the diocese and beyond. He maintained that if microcredit scheme can be empowered with the cooperation of serious-minded people in the society, our land will be freed from poverty, adding that the commission was symbolic because it is an expression of the unrepentant commitment of the Catholic Church in Oyo Diocese to the welfare of the people of Oyo and its environs. He, however, alluded that Jesus Christ's message in John 10: 10 said that the institution is a demonstrative effort in transmitting ��give life and life to the full��.
In his sermon message, Monsignor Emmanuel Yakubu exhumed the genesis of Catholic Church�s philosophy concerning the sustainability of welfare of the people irrespective of age, skin, religion or gender. He said the Catholic mission to improve the well being of the people could be seen from the anthropological and scriptural dimension. Monsignor Yakubu further stated that replica of this initiative dated back to the Catholic Credit Society Association (CCSSA) founded in 1980 at the beginning of the Justice Development Peace Commission (JDPC), Osogbo.He charged the guests to be a good client in sustaining the corporate mission of the institution. He cautioned the staffs and management of JDPM and AMMIL to avoid sentiment in relating with clients in the course of discharging their duties to the people.
All the speakers representing different groups and individuals from Oyo,Kisi, Igbeti, Saki among-st others extoled virtues on the impact that Ave Maria Multipurpose Multipurpose Investment Ltd has been playing in their businesses.They charged the body not to relent in its microcredit crusade in order to liberate more people from the shackle of poverty and lost of focus in their respective area of endeavors.
Addressing the guests, the Managing Director, Mrs Orebiyi Oyekunle Taiwo, briefly highlighted the vision, mission, and the business objective of AMMIL. She said the coverage of the Ave Maria Multipurpose Investment Ltd has reached out to the people of Oyo, Ilora, Awe, Iwo Ate, Kisi, Igbeti, Saki, Iwere Ile, Itasa and Ijio. She added that the institution aimed at covering more areas like Ilaji-ile, Ilaji-Oke, Ayetoro Ile, Ayetoro Oke by providing financial services that will meet client needs. She further stated that AMMIL has been repositioned in such a way that its entire mission will be achieved within a short period. She analysed various services which are being rendered by the institution at present which include and not limited to; business and project advisory services, giving information, analyzing client's proposal and linking clients up with those that are vast in the business. Mrs Orebiyi Taiwo added that the body has many products in place for clients, citing the introduction of Internet Banking and Agency Banking through POS and MPOS as part of ways to provide efficient service delivery.
Speaking to pressmen, the Archbishop of Ibadan Diocese, Most Rev Gabriel Abegunrin, said the microfinance institution should be more careful in avoiding nepotism, favoritism and tribalism in attending to clients. He charged the board members and staffs of AMMIL to be more professional and must respect the rules and regulation of the financial sector. He further stated that AMMIL is not meant for people looking for a cool spot to hibernate for money laundering or those who wish to demand a massive million of naira for their businesses because the institution was created for the active poor who wish to achieve considerable mini projects in their families.
The high point of the event was the entertaining of the guests by the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education Oyo Yoruba cultural group which recites Yoruba panegyrics with a dazzling short awareness about the latest Microfinance institution in town, captivating dancing displays, musical rhymes and the cutting of tape of the new building by the Most Rev Emmanuel Badejo in the presence of all the invited guests. However, while the guests were conveyed around the building, consecration with the holy water was done by Archbishop Gabriel Abegunrin while group photographs were taken with the Board members, staffs of AMMIL, Catholic Good Women, all officiating priests, the Engineering team who built the building and the Managing Director of AMMIL.
CCGG VISITS AFIJIO LG, AFIJIO WEST LCDA, ATIBA LG AND SOORO LCDA ON PUBLIC ADVOCACY
As the general election draws nearer and public expectations from the government at all level wane daily, many political office holders are losing public trust regardless of the fact that the “stomach infrastructure” that have been devised over time to win public support are still intact, people are waking up to the need to be participatory in the political process. The society has rose to the reality of true emancipation from the subjugation of their interest in the hand of corrupt leaders and this led to the Advocacy visit by the Civil Coalition for Good Governance and JDPM team to the Afijio LG and Afijio West LCDA, Atiba LG and Sooro LCDA between 12 -13 September, 2018. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the council bosses about the neutral mission and philosophy of the group which has been strictly based on community development, public advocacy and social justice on national issues. Recall that the first phase of the tour began on August 1st to 2nd with a visit to the Oyo East LG and Oyo South East LCDA. The team was successfully hosted by a few key officers in Afijio LG ; the Executive Chairman, Hon Adeniyi Samuel, Local Liaising Officer, Mr. Bisi Adelabu, Deputy Director of Administration, Mr. Akadi M.D and the Head of Local Government Administration, Engineer Muili.
Welcoming the Guest, the Chairman, Hon Adeniyi Aderemi appreciated the visit especially because of a crucial time like this when Nigeria is in dire need of good leaders having witnessed a series of bad governance over the last few years. He said Nigerians need to rise up to the current challenge on governance where those in public offices could be summoned to give account of their activities anytime. According to the council boss, “Nigeria is a glorious country. We have every natural resources and human capacity to be great only the bad leadership is the major problem. What about poor maintenance culture on the usage of public properties such as roads, boreholes, drainage systems and lot more. Our people do not pay attention to those areas; yet, they keep blaming political office holders without knowing that they are also contributing to these problems in the society”.
Responding to discussion, the Deputy Director of Administration, Mr. Akadi M.D asserted that the group should continue to be professionally neutral on political issues, adding that Catholic philosophy over the years on social, political and religion has been remarkable. He charged them to keep the good work. The Head of Local Government Administration, Engineer Muili, appreciated the group’s efforts at sustaining democracy and good governance in the state. He further stated that government would have been more effective in discharging their duties if groups like CCGG and JDPM has been more vocal to critically appraise government activities.
At the Afijio West LCDA, Idi-Igba, Ilora, the team was received by the Chairman, Prince Ojo Oyetunde, Vice Chairman, Mr. Adewole Adio,the acting Head of Local Government Administration, Mr.Agboluaje M.A, amongst others. Speaking to the group, the Chairman, Prince Ojo Oyetunde said the council has been organizing an interactive forum between the communities and the council every six months since the previous administration in order to evaluate the level of progress on projects.
As the journey continues for the second day, the team visited Atiba LG secretariat, Offa Meta. Welcoming the group, the Chairman, Hon Gbolagade Okeniyi, represented by Vice Chairman, Hon Bayo Lateef, appreciated the visit and pledge support to host any of CCGG from Oyo zone on programmes that can bring development to Oyo. Other key officers present at the meeting are ; Deputy Director of Administration, Mr. Ogundiran E.O, Deputy Director of Finance, Mrs. Ojo K.I, Council’s Quantity Surveyor, Mrs. Raheem, Deputy Director of Social Services, Mrs. Kehinde and the Principal Admin Officer, Mr. Muritala N.A.
While highlighting the purpose of the visit, the State Assistant Facilitator of CCGG, Chief Adekunle Oluwole, said the group is an impartial, non-political and voluntary body with commitment to sustaining good governance and social development. He further stated that the group have been in existence for a while but stressed that it came to existence through the JDPM, adding that members are not beggars who lobby for gratification of all sort from politicians or any bodies but rather concern on how best they can point out areas where corrections need to be effected for a peaceful society to those in public offices or the society at large. He maintained that the group has achieved much success over the years. Highlighting part of the success stories, Chief Adekunle said the group successfully engineered restoration of stable power supply in Oyo town through synergizing with a few Honorable in the Oyo State House of Assembly; Hon Muideen Olagunju and Hon Gbenga Oyekola respectively, who make it possible by inviting the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) officers to the State House of Assembly after the group has earlier organized a peaceful protest in the Oyo metropolis. He said this achievement caught the attention of the Ogun State House of Assembly who later invited the group with the Honorable to dialogue on how they could learn from such idea.
Corroborating his success stories, CCGG facilitator in Afijio Local government area, Mrs. Olabode said the group held a constructive dialogue with the Nigerian Police over the proper way of dealing with youth exuberance and juvenile delinquencies among the secondary school students who recently protested violently in Oyo town over their poor Junior Secondary School Examination results. She also said the group has meet with the NDLEA, Oyo zone, to organize seminars for the youths, parents and guardians as well as schools on the negative impacts of drug abuse. She further stated that the group intervened in the deplorable state of Technical College, Oyo, and facilitated completion of abandoned classrooms in Olivet High School, Oyo after a series of follow up and untiring efforts in Abuja to mention but a few.
At Sooro LCDA, Sabo Oyo, the Chairman of the council, Deacon Oyelayo Sunday said the council has been trying to live up to the expectation of the people by improving their livelihood especially in the rural area where the dividends of democracy has been hardly felt over the years. The council number one man said the council is waxing stronger on daily despite paucity of funds from all expected sources.
Expressing his view, the council’s manager, Pastor Fasumbi, suggested that the group as well as the council must maintain proper documentation of events in order to address issues at the right time. He added that regardless of how constrained the council has been on finance, it has achieved a few success since they came on board, citing the rehabilitation of the council abandoned buildings for decades, rehabilitation of Sabo- Eleke road, some villages roads, resuscitation of moribund boreholes in villages, erected a concrete fence against illegal entry and hijacking by some neighboring land lords amongst others.
In her vote of thank, the Principal Executive Officer, Mrs. Okekunle A.I appreciated the group’s visit and charged members not to relent. It needs be stressed that all the council bosses promised to work together with CCGG and JDPM to correct public assumption about government insensitivity to public grievances, awake active political participation in citizenry through periodic seminars and sensitization lectures vis-à-vis strong collaborative efforts between the group and traditional rulers, religious leaders and Land lords Associations on community, social and political development.