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.