By Daud Olatunji
There are some issues that should be watched out for in 2016 in Ogun State. They include the 40 years anniversary, PDP congress, local government elections, implementation of this year budget among others. 40 years anniversary of Ogun State
Come February 3, 2016 , Ogun State would be 40 years and the state government seems to be planning for the celebration of 40 years existence of the State. It was created February 3, 1976 . The State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has pledged he would commission not less than 40 major projects as part of activities to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Ogun State in February 2016. N200.2bn 2016 budget
Ogun State House of Assembly has passed the 2016 Appropriation Bill of N200,200, 453, 352.00 reflecting a marginal reduction of about N74m from the total of N200,274,453,352 presented to the lawmakers by the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun a month ago. Amosun had proposed a total budget of N200.27billion as Appropriation Bill for 2016 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly.
Governor Amosun had said the budget tagged ‘Budget of Optimization’, represented a moderate reduction of 4.79% compared with that of 2015, assuring that all avenues to ensure completion of projects would be vigorously pursued such that no project would be left uncompleted by the end of his tenure in May, 2019.
OGSIEC budgets N1.3 billion for LG polls
The state government is planning to hold local government elections in 2016 and a sum of N1.3 billion has been budgeted for it. The State Independent Electoral Commission has proposed a sum of N1.3 billion for the coming local government election and others scheduled this year.
Alhaja Risikat Ogunfemi, who disclosed this at the Budget Defence before the Ogun State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation, re-assured the people of the State of its determination to conduct free and fair elections across the 20 Local Government Councils in the State.
PDP state congress
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will hold congresses in some states in the country including Ogun State. Sequel to this, there seems to be tension in the party in the state as the current executive would be replaced. The party was being controlled by a Senator representing Ogun East, Senator Buruji Kashamu, who successfully installed his loyalists as the party executive in the state.
The aggrieved parties seem to have launched a come back move with a view to participating in the coming congress. Some leaders of the party such as former governor, Gbenga Daniel, former minister of finance, Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye, former Speaker of House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole among others may lock horns with Kashamu and his team to wrest the power from the current executive .
Currently, lecturers of the Olabisi Onabanjo University(OOU), Ago – Iwoye had embarked upon a strike action over the alleged worsening under – funding of the university and unpaid salary owed them by the state government. The strike action which was “immediate, total and comprehensive” in all the institution’s campuses, followed the resolve of the Congress of the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU), OOU branch, to down tools at its meeting recently.
OOU – ASUU chairman, Dr. Deji Agboola, said the lecturers elected to proceed with the strike action immediately as the Visitor to the university, the Governing Council and the Management have kept sealed lips over their demands. Findings have shown that, other government workers such as doctors, teachers among others may commence strike if their deductions were not paid on time.