PHR Facilitates Entrepreneurship Workshop in Saki and Oyo
The Politics and Human Rights Department of Justice, Development and Peace Movement Oyo facilitated an Entrepreneurship Empowerment Workshop for the Catholic Men Organization (CMO) of St Lawrence Catholic Church Saki and St Andrew Catholic Church Akinmoorin Oyo respectively on 16 and 17th August 2019. The thrust of the programme was to enlighten participants with various skills and business prospects that are abound in the society because of a need to diversify sources of income to families following the plummeted state of Nigeria's economy which have continue to affect families who often depend on salary and wages for survival alone.
Speaking to participants, the Head of Department, Politics and Human Rights (PHR), Mr Taiwo Dominic said our national economy is not doing well for a long time but the situation is more aggravated with inflation, accumulated national and state debt, dwindling price of crude oil in the global oil market and sharp practices by political leaders and career officers in recent time. He further stated that a single source of income cannot sustain most household in Nigeria again because of irregular payment of salaries, government insensitivity to the public yawning and unpredictable state of our national economy.
"There are many businesses you can invest your money in that will not cost you much. You only need to control your daily spending on consumables and other necessary household materials in such a way that it will increase your savings so that you will have at least a certain capital on ground before looking for credit facilities. The rule is, saving before you spend, not save after spending. Look around the environment where you are residing and examine business opportunities, calculate your risk and do SWOT Analysis to determine your stand"
"Remember there are opportunities everywhere, one only needs to be more analytical, determined, planned effectively and do information and evidence gathering through proper networking with the professionals in the proposed business. Success comes when opportunity meet preparedness. The most important thing is not even money; rather, it is your ability to determine the type of environment you are, geographically, economic-wise in terms of categories of people that lives there".
Some businesses such as phone accessories, restaurant/food vending, selling daily home appliances, second hand clothes auctioning remains a top notch for Saki and Oyo residents because of the easy access to Nigeria's border with Republic Du Benin where most products en route and because of many tertiary educational institutions which commands much youthful population who consumes most products these businesses offers."
Mr. Taiwo Dominic added that business owners or salary earners should ensure that they have varieties of products in their shops. He maintained that packaging is very important in any business because it is one of the basic things that propel a business on an edge over competitors, adding that any intending business owner in the region could also learn Pest Control business because of the agrarian nature of the area. He, however, cautioned participants against poor record keeping and negligence of duty over stock taking to avert serious problem during evaluation and assessment on business.
The facilitator vehemently stressed that building of Event Centre, Schools and Treasury Bills is also a good business if one is financially viable. He charged participants to be prudent in spending and more cautious in hoarding goods because of market fluctuation in order to minimize loss. During question time, participants raised alarm over acquaintances fraudulence activities arising from apprentices and family member's sharp practices as one of the major problem that affects most businesses while majority laments paucity of fund which has continue to limit their ideas.
The Priests of the two Parishes ; Rev Fr Eke Michael and Rev Fr Boniface Wuraola appreciated JDPM and the Catholic Diocese of Oyo for the initiative put in place to address the current challenges that affects most families especially at a time like this when the Nigeria economy is in bad shape which pointed to why families must intensify effort to generate revenue from more than a single source in order to reduce cases of family instability and enhance sustainability of household.
PHR Attends Citizen's Workshop in Ibadan
Corruption is a canker worm that eats up any nation, while injustice flourishes in a lawless state where the rich crush the poor unchecked, then justice must reign to subdue all these forces if peace must reign. On this premise, the Politics and Human Rights Department of Justice, Development and Peace Movement Oyo attended a day Workshop on "Using the Podus to pave way for the Enforcement of the Right of Detainees and the Upliftment of the ACJL and the Luanda Guidelines" held at Justice Lab, Soun Ajagungbade Avenue, New Bodija Ibadan on the 9th of August, 2019. The event featured participants from Ibadan, Oyo and Lagos with Lawyers dominated the most, followed by human rights activist, journalists and volunteers.
In his welcome address, the Founder, Project and Team Lead, Citizens Gavel, Barrister Nelson Olanipekun gave a brief introduction and analysis of the Police Duty Solicitors Scheme pursuant to the Force Order 20. He said that the provision is positioned to address frequent claims and jurisdiction on prosecution of culprits by the Police and other security agencies.
Speaking further, Barrister Femi Ajibade said, emergence of Gavel is a hope to the vulnerable and active poor who could not afford to hire lawyers on human rights abuse in the society, adding that the launching of PODUS App which can be downloaded from www.podus.ng would fasten treatment of human rights abuse by most security agencies in the society as it afford users opportunity to provide a quick complaint which will link them to an appropriate team of legal experts on the platform.
Unveiling the PODUS App, the ICT officer, Mr Dare Ayankoya, while demonstrating the app, asserts that the app provides a quick and easy accessibility through various interface and menu which makes it to get a prompt feedback on cases. He navigated the session through the www.gavel.ng website and the link to www.podus.ng where users are required to sign up either as a user or lawyer providing pro bono services.
The feedback and reviews session on PODUS App was interactive as participants deliberate on the viability of the initiative using tech to address series of social issues that have eroded our society for years. Barrister Nelson Olanipekun took the participants through the enforcement of the provisions of ACJL and the Luanda guidelines in relation to arrests and detention of suspects or an accused person.
He maintained that Gavel is a civic tech organization aimed at improving the pace of justice delivery through technology in Nigeria. He bemoaned the usual habit of many security agencies especially the Police and Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) who often brutalize Nigeria's citizens on inconsequential issues, adding that the Open Society Justice Initiative through the civic tech hub like Gavel, Civic hives and co are poised to put an end to the dastardly act of these security forces through series of outline mechanism.
JDPM OYO CELEBRATES REV FR DR FEMI OLADIPO AT 25
It was a special moment at the corporate office of the Justice, Development and Peace Movement Oyo on the 5th August, 2019 as staff and other well-wishers from all walk of life witnessed the commemoration programme in honor of Rev Fr Dr Francis Femi Oladipo who have been in the priesthood for the past twenty years.
Delivering his lecture titled "JDPM Today and Tomorrow, Challenges and Prospect" the celebrant, Rev Fr Dr Oladipo said that the beginning of JDPM Oyo was dated to 1995 when Oyo and Osogbo diocese were still together. He added that a need for social justice and peaceful society necessitated the establishment of the institution in the Western world before reaching Africa.
According to him, "Justice, Development and Peace Movement Oyo were conceived as a non-governmental and non for profit organization with emphasis on the active poor and the vulnerable for holistic and sustainable development at the grassroots. JDPM's goal from onset focuses on Political and Human Rights Education, Entrepreneurial and Rural development as well as Youth/Women empowerment".
Rev Fr Dr Femi Oladipo maintained that every society needs holistic development which might not come into reality in tackling social problems with the frequent changes in governmental policies unless development organizations or NGO's intervene promptly.
While analyzing the prospect of JDPM further, He submitted that the organization could not have achieve greatly in the last twenty five years if not for cooperation and networking with other related NGO's animated groups at the grass root and development partners/ donors on projects implementation, describing the journey so far as challenging, fruitful and all encompassing.
The experienced priest and scholar opines that JDPM must embrace proper periodic Internal evaluation , part of which is must be Board Meeting of Management at least twice a year in order to allow easy assessment of effectiveness and efficiency of the organization's programmes and efforts.
On the issue of JDP on Youth and other groups, the facilitator asserts that Catholic Social Teaching remains sacrosanct regardless any target audience the institution deals with. "Whether our society has gone astray or not, the Catholic Church is poised to ensure continuous compliance with the Social Teaching, spirituality of JDP staff and all that concern the organization in such a way that Youths and other groups upheld the values".
Rounding off his lecture, Fr Dr Oladipo said, Pastoral Circle is one of the most important veritable tools used in advanced countries to analyze social problems using situation and social analysis in dissecting arrays of indices to examine issues in the Church, family, society, organizations and the whole country at large, adding that Nigeria would have progressed beyond the present state if social analysis have been embraced by all and sundry.
KickStart International Showcase Irrigation Pump in Oyo
Following the emergence of technology in agriculture over the years, the trend does not exclude Africa and most especially, Nigeria where many farmers are no longer relying on rain alone. As a champion of best agronomy practices in Oyo Diocese, the Rural Development Programme department of the Justice, Development and Peace Movement (JDPM) Oyo brought KickStart International, an award-winning non-profit Social Enterprise with a mission to lift millions of people in Africa out of poverty to Oyo town in order to enlighten farmers about the new development.
Speaking to farmers at the venue, the Head of Department, Rural Development Programme (RUDEP), JDPM Oyo, Dr Matthew Ojo said, farmers in Oyo diocese and beyond can now smile because the innovative irrigation pump will make farming easier. He noted that if an individual farmer could not afford the machine, different farmers groups could combine their resources to procure the machine which would be shared among them.
Dr Matthew described the existence of KickStart as a blessing in disguise which would break grounds in stabilizing food security, promote economic development and minimize the effects of climate change on farming activities as it would enable farmers to cultivate crops all year round.
Addressing farmers during the testing of the machine, KickStart Country Representative, Mr Dayo Mosobolaje, said KickStart is a non-profit organization that cares a lot about poverty alleviation and comfort of farmers in Africa.
He added, "At KickStart International, we ensure that through the Money Making Max Pump and Money Maker Hip Pump, which are operated by applying pressure on it with either hands or riding, farmers are assured of quality farming throughout the year instead of relying on rain alone. We have been able to lift millions of farmers out of poverty and by 2020; we intended to raise another 1 million farmers from the shackle of penury."
"We don't deal with private individuals. Instead, we work with partners, local and international NGO'S, UN agencies, Relief Organizations, Government, farmer's societies among others. In fact, we have been operating in more than 16 countries from 3 hubs: East Africa Hub; Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. West Africa Hub: Ghana, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal. Southern Africa Hub: Zambia, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. So, RUDEP is one of our amiable partners to reach the farmers in Oyo diocese and our relationship has been cordial".
In his word, Mr. Nathaniel Ajayi of RUDEP charged farmers to be proactive and innovative in their farming activities by diversifying from monolithic farming especially cassava and maize to other crops such as cultivation of pepper, tomatoes among others as a means of minimizing unnecessary delay in realizing profit, citing a case of a farmer in one of the neighboring towns who makes about N75,000 weekly from the sale of pepper from his large expanse of land.
Appreciating the presence of farmers group's representatives, a field Officer, RUDEP, Mr Fakorede John, noted that farmers should embrace the new technology because it will make farming easier and increase farm yield. He added, "You should consider the approach as a good sign of development in agribusiness because it will give you the opportunity of irrigating crops easier and quicker especially the vegetables and leguminous farmers. Mere looking at the machine, it is easy to assemble and dismantle, strong, durable, portable, easily maintained, low cost, easy to operate with ergonomic design."
Money Maker Pump is called a money-making machine because it enables farmers to make an extra profit during on and offseason. It has been tested and trusted as it was purchased by small farmers and organizations throughout Africa for over ten years in more than twenty countries. The machines reduces famine risk and improves food sources, decreases reliance on foreign food aid, ensure production of high-value crops, enables farmers to sell high-value crops in the marketplace and allows for a greater diversity of cash crops.
Oyo Diocese Celebrates Communications Day
The Catholic diocese of Oyo joined the rest of the world in marking the 53rd World Communications Day with the theme "We are members of one another". The day which was observed with a seminar topic "Uses of Church's Gadgets and Announcement; News Writing Practical, And Photography" was organized by the Social Communications Department of Oyo Diocese at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Maryland, Ogbomosho between 30th May and June 1st, 2019.
In his homily, Rev Father Femi Ladipo asserts that communications has been in existence since the creation of the world as it constitutes a way of sharing ideas between people in the church and society. He maintained that one of the best gift of God to mankind is internet which the Catholic Church has been using to promote positive human relations that would lead to building a real communities with human faces not totally replacing face-to-face human interactions.
Welcoming participants to the event, the chairman, Church Pastoral Council (CPC), Our Lady of Lourdes, Maryland, Ogbomoso, Mr. Basil Ekwelechi, appreciated their presence. He charged them to be a good ambassador of the church mouthpiece, adding that emergence of internet and social media should not alter human interactions in the church and secular world, instead it should complement one another.
In his lecture, "Uses of Church's Gadgets and Announcement", Rev father Benjamin Jolasun, said that as communicators in the church, every information must be thoroughly assessed and fully prepared for before reading it to the congregation. He added, church gadgets are vital keys to a good worship in the celebration of mass and it has been influencing worship in other churches which Catholic Church has also been trying to improve upon.
In the word of Mr Faseyinro, a professional photographer, he said photography is not just about snapping pictures or taking shots to distract people during holy mass or other church programme, but it is about right positioning, calculative bearing and maintenance of balance. He took participants to practical session where everyone was directed to take shots with professional camera and smart phones.
Delivering her lecture on "News writing practical and video streaming", the Director, Social Communications Commission, Oyo Diocese, Sister Eunice Ikufisile, said news writing is a must skills for all communicators in the church. She added that information sharing from different Parishes requires proactive smartness and painstaking reportage without distorting the real message. According to her, "regardless where you are, whenever an important event holds in your parishes and you are expected to submit news/ articles as the case may be for publications, how do you want our office to publish your news if you don't have the required skills? Therefore, news writing requires constant practice just like other activities. As for live streaming of events on social media, you need to get a good network signal with sufficient data and more importantly, you must be very attentive to avoid recording wrong side attractions because live streaming speaks a lot about the church programme" she added.
Highlight of the seminar was the distribution of participants to groups for brainstorming on different topical issues as it concerns communication days, internet and news writing practical while a group photograph was taken at the end of the event.
RUDEP Attends Farmers Zonal Meeting at Abogunde
The Rural Development Programme Department (RUDEP) of the Justice Development and Peace Movement (JDPM) Oyo attended farmers zonal meeting at Abogunde village Ogbomoso in Surulere Local government area of Oyo State. It is a forum whereby farmers in the region meet once a month to discuss important issues on farming.
Addressing the farmers at the event, a RUDEP facilitator and field officer, Mr Fakorede John said that he was impressed at the speed of cooperation and unity among the group members. He further stated that the forum financial strength that has been growing on a daily basis is a good development that could fasten business growth among the farmers. The zonal meeting has attendance from Adodo, Iresa Adu, Alagbede, Sadinwin, the host, Abogunde among others and meetings are held on a rotational basis across the zone.
Mr Fakorede cautioned farmers against accepting just any seedlings from any group of people or independent groups who might storm their communities under the pretence of assisting them with a deceitful proposition. Some farmers raised concern over the cultivation of rice, cassava and soya beans whose price has been dwindling in the market in recent time. They blamed the effect of global warming and climate change as one of the major causes that marketing of the crops.
In his remark, the chairman of the group in Ogbomoso zone, Mr M.O Okedele, said that RUDEP has been a blessing to the group especially on knowledge acquisition on latest farming methods as well as mobilization of different farmers cluster groups which has increased its membership, improved the standard of livings of farmers, boost community development and attraction of many customers to the area among others.
Majority of farmers laments on the poor network signals of telecommunication mast which has impeded regular contact between most communities and RUDEP officers for prompt information on urgent issues.
The forum has a formidable credit scheme where members from each group in the zone contribute money and circulate evenly among members of each group for their agribusiness. The interest is affordable and its refund is convenient.
At the end of the meeting, it was agreed that the farmer's group should partner Ave Maria Multipurpose Investment Limited (AMMIL) Oyo, a microfinance institution that was established by the Catholic Diocese of Oyo in 2018 in order to enable farmers access more credit facilities for their business. It was also suggested that effort should also be channeled towards coming up with a creative investment by members to sustain the zonal credit scheme.
A Facilitator Trained Catholic Agricultural Development Initiatives (CADI) Trainees.
The facilitator, Mrs Nnena Adelabu, trained the trainees on the production of Vitamin A Cassava Flour-Beans Paste to produce "CADI bite" akara snack at the gaari factory premises of JDPM Oyo. According to her,the snack is an improvement on the erstwhile flour which many business owners have been using to producing.
Describing the procedural process involve in the production of the snack, she said whoever desire to produce it should soak the cowpea grains for about 5minutes depending on the quantity and de-hull, grind the grains together with onion into a smooth paste, avoid adding much water when grinding, measure 3 cups of paste and three cups of vitamin A cassava flour into a bowl, add salt and mix to form a paste that is thick enough to pass throug the extruder, avoid a paste that is too thick or too fluid, add water to soften if too thick.
she cautioned that if during grinding, excess water was added, the mixture will require more flour. Best results are obtained with equal quantities of flour and paste. The mixture is used to make tidbits and strips, besides, Cowpeas serve as the protein source.
she demonstrated all the process involved in the presence of all the trainees while majority of them were given the opportunities to partake in the session
CCGG, JDPM Engages DFID-PERL
CCGG, JDPM Oyo Meet with Partnership To Engage, Reform and Learn(PERL) of the Department for International Development (DFID), a UK development outfit to discuss pertinent issues and network on sustainable community development projects in Oyo and it's environs.
The Civil Coalition For Good Governance (CCGG), a community based civil society, has been on the frontier of championing national course through continuous civic engagement with the political actors and other relevant stakeholders at the grassroots level in the last few years.
Welcoming the team to JDPM Oyo, the Head of Department, Politics and Human Rights, Mr Taiwo Dominic,described the relationship between DFID-PERL AND JDPM Oyo as cordial and professional, citing the impacts of the organization during the 2018 Development Hive where all political executives and the citizens groups met to discuss national issues.
Speaking at the meeting, the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist from DFID-PERL, Mrs Suzan Ironsi said that it as come to the notice of many development institutions to pay more attention to community development and political advocacy, stressing that the DFID-PERL is much interested in working with the JDPM Oyo and Civil Coalition for Good Governance because they are voices of the masses to the world.
In his words, a development officer, Mr Kayode Iyala from DFID-PERL charged the group not to relent or allow religious sentiments cum ethnic bigotry to affect its performance. He was satisfied with what they saw at the venues visited such as : Community Primary School, Abojupa and Health Centre,Awe
Child Rights: PHR Held a Review Meeting with Stakeholders in Oyo and Environs
The Politics and Human Rights Department of JDPM Oyo held a Review Meeting with Teacher-facilitators of Child Rights Education in Basic Schools between 25 and 29 March 29th, 2019 at different zones in Oyo State with grand finale at the JDPM Office, Oyo. The Local government featured are: Oyo East, Oyo West, Atiba, Afijio and Ogbomoso South
This becomes necessary as a result of successive Child Rights programme in the selected Basic Schools in Oyo,Oke ogun and Ogbomoso respectively since its inception last year. The Dept facilitated a brainstorming meeting with teachers-facilitators in Okeho where participants who were from different primary schools in Kajola, Itesiwaju, Iseyin, Atisbo and Iwajowa LGA's converged for the event.Series of pertinent issues on the evaluation of Child Right Welfare Education were analyzed by participants and
at the end of the programme at each zones, having being divided into cell groups for discussion,each LG present a modalities through which the next phase of the project should consider for more efficiency.
Capacity Building: CRS trains JDPM Staff on Resource Mobilization
Towards enhancing the efficiency and capacity of staff on development works, the Justice Development and Peace Movement (JDPM) Oyo network with the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Abuja to facilitate a Five Day Workshop on "Resource Mobilization" for all the staff between 28th January and 1st February, 2019.
Addressing the staff at Justice Development and Peace Movement Office, Mabolaje Oyo, the facilitator, Mr Anselm Nwoke , a Senior Programme Manager at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Abuja, is an experienced development officer with a diverse skills in project management, journalism, problem analysis among other began his lecture with the Introduction to Resource Mobilization, Resource provider and opportunities as well what can motivate a resource. He said that many development organizations usually forget that some International funding organizations are diverting from donating funds to loan management because many African NGO's are not following their core principles.
According to him, CRS was formed by the American Catholic Bishops and work on three major areas: Agriculture, Health and Emergency. The Capacity building came at the right time when donor funding is increasingly becoming more tasking and competitive, aside that, because of need for improved technical skills in writing proposals to seek funds from prospective international Catholic donors and other secular resource provider. He took the plenary to different section where he coined "identification of resources gaps" which has to deal with finding certain things JDPM is lacking as an organization using template table where mission, strategic objectives, resources are illustrated to show some gaps.
The workshop witnessed much innovative approach as participants were divided into groups where tasks was given with a view of coming up with a simulated ideas that would later transpire into a valuable document. During the session overview, the facilitator mentioned four key component which are : Introduce, Explore, Build on and Begin as an integral part of the process before participants were later directed to identify various resource provider /donors to map out where they can fit into JDPM's mission and vision in terms of proposal writing.
"Resources can be categorized into Human resources, Money, Material goods, Technical assistance and other donations but in our case here, we can say Land, Labour, Capital and Management are the best variables to illustrate JDPM present resources which need to be augmented. As a matter of fact, you still have to simplify your vision and mission so that even a layman on the street can read and understand easily.
The Facilitator took participants to a session on concept note ; an essential term in resource mobilization where a template comprises issues such as ; Project title, Project timeframe (start and end date), Problem Statement and Analysis which should not be more than two pages showing the highlight problems and opportunities that the project seek to address, briefly discuss key immediate and underlying causes of the problem using a genuine data analysis and interpretation, consider gender issues was analysed. He also digressed to Project objectives, result, framework, project strategy, and theory of change (two pages), Project partnership, Management and budget (one page) where a prospective organization seeking funding from donors must outline and justify partners selection and proposed partnership arrangement, highlight relevant partners capacity and past experience, outline possible capacity strengthening needs for project implementation and management and briefly describe management and budget decisions made to date as appropriate.
At the end of five days, the facilitator called for corrections on certain areas on the harmonized document which groups was able to come up with. He maintained that Cost Effectiveness need to be adjusted because no organization should expect great success if she can't analyze funding circle of resource provider, juxtaposed the expenses to bring Consultants in for advance outlook. He, however, asserted that JDPM should be able to do research to find out appropriate resource provider for each programs under the project and come up with a realistic Concept paper and proposals.
Mr. Anselm Nwoke advocates a formidable Human Resources Management, "He said members of staff should be subjected to intensive performance appraisal by the HR on the recommendation of their HOD/Supervisor to evaluate their technical abilities so that individual's performance can be easily ascertained on the organization's goal"
He challenged JDPM to embrace social media platforms and quarterly production of newsletter or bulletin for regular publications to promote news and activities of the organization.
While appreciating CRS, the Coordinator, JDPM Oyo, Rev Father Gabriel Adeleke, appreciated the facilitator for his time in training the staff and seek more robust relationship with the International body for subsequent manpower capacity development. Members of staff also expressed their appreciation to CRS for the humanitarian gestures which will improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
Gubernatorial Encounter: JDPC, Civil Societies Engages Governorship Candidates on Citizen's Charter in Ibadan
Over the years, Nigeria have been bereaved of good leadership as a result of bad political will, unfulfilled campaign promises and continuous insensitivity to the plight of the masses by the political office holders who often forget that public mandate and welfare should be their priority. In view of this, the society has wake from their slumber and this led to the germination of ideas of "Social Contract" by civil societies and the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), Ibadan just as it was previously adopted in Osun State where the incumbent Governor signed the Citizens Charter and Social Contract Pact.
Unequivocally, Oyo State always set a space in national and international development; this is further justified by the initiative put in place through the Citizen groups in Oyo State as facilitated by the Justice Development and Peace Commission, Ibadan where some governorship candidates of different political parties in the state are engaged on February 7, 2019 at JDPC Ibadan event center to dialogue on pertinent issues, sign Citizen Charter and Social Contract Pact and to present their manifestoes to the people. Some representatives of the following Citizens Groups were present at the venue: Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Oyo State Council, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Oyo State Wing, Justice of Peace (JP), Muslim Community of Oyo State (MUSCOYS), Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Nigeria Bar Association (NBA),Ibadan Branch, National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), Oyo State, Justice Development and Peace Movement (JDPM) Oyo, Civil Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG), Educare Trust Nigeria, National Association of Women Journalist (NAWOJ), Oyo State Council, National Initiative for Social Development (NISD), Women Advocating for Women (WAW), Nigeria Youth Council (NYC), Oyo State wing and Justice Development and Peace Commission, Ibadan.
Welcoming the participants to the event, the Director of JDPC Ibadan, Rev Father Ezekiel Ade Owoeye, appreciated the guests, Press, civil society's representatives and Committee for the effort put in place. He said that Nigerians are coming up to fight off bad governance by holding their leaders ransom for some lackluster attitude whenever they are in public Office with the idea of social contract. He saluted the courage of the few gubernatorial aspirants who came out of their tight schedules for the event, adding that it shows they are telling the people that public wishes and welfare is their concern.
Rev Father Owoye charged all parents to be watchful of their children especially the youths who are often been used by politicians as thugs during electioneering period. He urged the people to exercise their civic right through voting rather than sitting on the fence in order to achieve a great Nigeria.
While moderating the programme, Prof Francis Egbokhare from the University of Ibadan, galvanized participants thought by citing cases of developmental journey of different countries where it was said that the problem with Africa is that those who have the idea lacks power and those who have the power somehow lacks the idea. He reminded the participants that the purpose of the gathering should be seen as a legacy which should continue beyond election time.
During the presentation of manifestoes by candidates of different political parties, National Interest Party (NIP) gubernatorial candidate, Bolanle Ashabi Sarumi, stormed the house with an unusual political oratory using her humble background to illustrate her understanding of the society and the plight of the people, born and bred in Bashorun, Ibadan, to a Nigerian father and British woman, she explored arrays of what galvanized her interest in politics which focuses on emancipation of the people from poverty, oppression, create massive employment through skill acquisition centers, improve quality of health care for children, pregnant women and the elderly ones while also aiming at increasing Oyo State industrial development among other.
In his word, Providence People's Congress (PPC) candidate, Pastor Taiwo Ibiyemi Otegbeye, who was a former Commissioner for Information in Oyo State said his government will focus on: holistic Agricultural development through conversion of bio wastes of animals on farms to generate power, promote goat milk production, fabrication of farm implements to save our local manufacturers from business collapse, create massive employment opportunities, revitalize dead waste management system in the state. He also promised a good health system through an improved Social Insurance Health Scheme.
Responding to the discussion, Democratic People's Party (DPP), candidate, Engineer Omobosola Owolabi Golohor, a native of Otu in Itesiwaju Local Government Area of Oyo State who has spent much years in Europe and North America said if she is elected Governor of Oyo State, she will ensure that the pace setter state remains progressive destination for investors in Technology, Innovation, Education, Research and Development with a special focus on poverty alleviation through Welfare programs for the elderly, Disabled and Unemployed youths. She added "I want to ensure constant power supply for the state through resuscitation of Ikere Gorge Dam in Iseyin in order to boost industrial development, digitized our school record system against constant loss of important data. In addition, I wish to ensure holistic capacity development of men and women to take self-reliant actions so that they can meet their own basic needs"
The event was rounded off by the projection of a Case study of Osun State signing of Citizen Charter by the incumbent Governor of the State of Osun before assumption of office. However, only the few governorship candidates on seat signed the Social Contract Pact in the present of all representative of Citizen Groups, Press and religious bodies with the hope that other aspirants from Action Democratic Party (ADP), Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala, All Peoples Congress (APC), Adebayo Adelabu, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),Engineer Seyi Makinde and African Democratic Party (ADP), Olufemi Lanlehin would make it up to sign theirs next week 12th February, 2019 having sent their letters earlier which clarifies reasons for their absence.
With this development, it is hoped many political office holder will now consider their campaign promises bearing in mind that they have signed an important document which the electorate can use to challenge their activities which will improve the quality of governance and service delivery to the electorate and also engender unprecedented development in Oyo State
Politics should be a Selfless Service to Humanity not to be Commercialized- Taiwo Dominic
If leadership is a burden and positional authority is a privilege, then, it should never have been a major source of tussles. Elections are complex undertakings with explicit and implicit risks before, during and after the exercise. Yet, the truth is that there will be no positive change in governance if all and sundry continue to "sit on the fence". This summarizes the submission of a thought-provoking lecture: Election in Nigeria: The Role of Priests and Laity delivered by the Head of Department (HOD), Politics and Human Rights, JDPM Oyo, Mr. Taiwo Dominic on 1st February, 2019 at the St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Iseyin Deanery.
Addressing the congregation, Mr. Taiwo Dominic, said politics should be a call to serve humanity not an avenue to enrich one's pocket. He added, commercialization of politics in Nigeria should be a thought-provoking issue for all especially as the sanctity in the system gets worse on daily basis and as a result of the 2019 General Election that is around the corner, yet the church fold their hands, no one is raising the alarm about the political comatose.
"All eyes are on Nigeria more than ever because of the general election that is coming up this month. When you look around many issues demands thorough analysis. The recent suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen and the swearing-in of the new Inspector General of Police (IG) Adamu Hassan who on assumption of duty relieved six Deputy Inspector General (DIG) who were his senior colleagues has raised the tempo of uncertainty that the coming election will be free, fair and credible. All the circumstances do not favor a productive Nigeria that you and I projected"
According to him, Nigerians especially Christians should be very careful and watchful during the election, adding that politicians are usually violent during the electioneering time because of fears of defeat, insatiable quest for power by crook and hook and for the sake of recovering the campaign expenses. He maintained that the power of the Catholic Church in shaping the society, molding public opinion and setting agenda for value orientation is long standing and legendary.
He charged the Catholic faithful to be law abiding before, during and after the elections. He cautioned the church that on election days, common interest should supersede personal interest to make peace to reign by adjusting to the situation, reconcile themselves with God and their neighbors for common good rather than joining those who destroy public properties and perpetrated other civil disobedience.
"It is a common knowledge that Catholic Church is the best institution for enlightening the mind of the people spiritually, socially and morally. So, I am very sure that Catholic Church through the Priests constitutes the guardian angels for society's sanity, survival and advancement."
Mr Taiwo further stated that as the repository of values and a fulfilled life, Priests should continue to lead Catholics to pray for stable Nigeria, encourage Catholics to stand up and speak the truth with peaceful disposition in all issues before, during and after the elections.
"I expected the Laity to be politically enlightened, preach political messages diplomatically without partiality. They must be able to change their mindset and others on stereotyping politics as a "dirty game". If we don't stand up and correct this bad system on time, we will continue to remain in the same spot."
The facilitator also cautioned the congregation to be security conscious, avoid involving themselves in unnecessary public political arguments, bragging of intended candidate of choice, walking around late in the night, carrying huge cash and mobile phones around, visiting popular joint for a drink among other before, during and immediately after the election.
He encouraged the congregation to use their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) wisely on election days, be wary of power hungry politicians who will want to buy their votes, avoid spreading fake news in public and on social media. He charged the Church to play politics and seek appointment and elected posts, deviate from running away from politics which has often been labeled as a "Foul Engagement" stressing out that virtually all the society's activities feeds on politics. This he pointed out with a biblical allusion from Isaiah 61; 1-2.
While rounding off his lecture, Mr. Taiwo Dominic, urged all Catholics and other Christians to be ready to pay the full price because nothing under the world is free, even our salvation was paid for by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. He said Laity should be determined to be active politicians by playing politics of justice and development for a better and stable Nigeria.
JDPM, CIVIL SOCIETIES ENGAGES POLITICAL STAKEHOLDERS ON SOCIAL SOCIAL CONTRACT IN OYO
As part of effort to sustain our democracy and rescue our fragile political system from the status quo of failed campaign promises and bad governance, the Justice Development and Peace Movement Oyo in conjunction with the Association of Civil Societies Forum in Oyo and its environs facilitated an interface between citizens and the aspiring political office holders in Oyo. The programme aimed at creating an enabling environment where different sections of the society will dialogue on pertinent issues to provide a roadmap for planning on the people felt needs.
Welcoming the guests, the Coordinator, JDPM Oyo, Rev Father Gabriel Adeleke, appreciated the participants for taking time out their busy schedules to attend the programme. He said that if Nigeria truly belongs to everyone, then we have to make it works because there is no place like home. Rev Father Gabriel added, "One of the mistakes many Nigeria made over the years is assuming that God will help us in rebuilding our nation like magic. God is always faithful to help but we also have to realize that we need to have ourselves. You did not collect Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to exercise your civic, yet you are expecting a sudden change."
He further stated that one of the JDPM's mission and vision is to maintain justice and holistic development in the society. "The role of the church is to pray for all and anticipate a sustainable development from renewed hope. We need to go out there and cast our votes if we desired a formidable Nigeria. Let us unite to reform Nigeria."
Addressing the participants at the event, the Chief Imam of Awe, Alhaji Hameed Muibudeen Boladale, said politicians must embrace honesty and integrity in fulfilling their campaign promises and in the course of discharging civic responsibilities. He preached message of peace as it concern all religion for a peaceful society. The Imam charged the politicians to avoid vote buying during the electioneering period, adding that many people have died as a result of bad governance and insensitivity to public affliction by the masses.
In his word, the representative of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Oyo East local government, Apostle Tayo Olusegun Adeleke, underscored the importance of peaceful coexistence among all religious bodies. He appealed to all participants to warn their youths against joining bad groups whom politicians use as political thugs. "Any politician who carries weapons and thugs around is not for the common interests of the society but his own personal gains. In fact, such fellow is not preaching peace. We need to caution our youths to shun social vices. These youths need to be properly engage for productive activities. Government should provide meaningful employment opportunities."
Speaking to participants, one of the invited politicians, Honorable Muideen Olagunju Alatede, a member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, who is seeking re-election said that the purpose of his office is for proper representation that reflects public wishes in his constituency. He cited series of motions such as; resuscitation of abandoned boreholes, controlling youth exuberance and violence in Oyo town, need to upgrade rural roads, urgent need for resuscitation of four Technical Colleges in the state, advocacy on proper funding of tertiary institutions in Oyo State , Local government autonomy among others which he has raised since his election to the parliament.
Responding to the discussion, Action Democratic Party (ADP) Candidate, Deacon Kayode Ajayi from Ilora, Afijio local government who is contesting for the Oyo State House of Assembly, said he joined politics because of his passion to serve the people and to correct many wrongs in our political system. He maintained that his policy intention if elected shall be: rural development, creation of employment opportunities, quality representation and effective community forum where he would be reporting his activities every three months.
In his submission, African Democratic Congress (ADC) candidate for the Oyo State of House of Assembly, Solomon Olugbade from Iware, Afijio Local government, said he wished to pursue some basic goals such as: revitalized health systems, holistic education, and rural development, organize empowerment programme for youths and women, provision of subsidized fertilizer for farmers, welfare of citizens for children and Persons Living with Disability, promotion of sport development for the youths and to give proper feedback to constituency at least once in six months if elected.
The incumbent Federal Honorable, representing Oyo West, Oyo East, Atiba and Afijio in the House of Representative Abuja, Prince Akeem Adeyemi, cited many examples of success he has recorded since his election to the National Assembly. "As a man of people in my constituency, I am bold to say that with the help of God and support of my people I have been able raise some motions and sponsored bills which as improve the livelihood of my people. A perfect example is the payment of SSCE and UTME of some indigent students, distribution of iPAD to secondary schools for easy learning, network with the House Committee on Water for the resuscitation of Erelu Dam, appointment of two different illustrious son and daughter of Oyo to the post of Provost and Rector for Federal College of Education (special) and Federal School of Surveying Oyo to mention just a few"
Goodwill message by the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Oyo, Emmanuel Badejo represented by Rev Father Boniface Wuraola charged all participants to be law abiding before, during and after the election. He said that politicians should consider leadership positions as a burden and privilege not as a place to amass wealth and show off their worth in cash. He stressed the need for all stakeholders to ensure that youths are properly engaged with meaningful activities that can keep them away from all sort of social vices. "If you look around the hall now you will discover that majority of us here are old. Who will take after us after we left, isn't it the youths? These people need to properly guide. Please do not let us be tired. Politicians should be a responsible citizen not the one who embraces violence."
He, however, promised effective representation, meaningful fundamental changes in governance and vows to continuously ensure that various oversight functions especially on the reconstruction of Iseyin-Oyo road which has been under a deplorable state for a long time as well as speedy completion of Ibadan-Ogbomoso express road is adequately attended to as soon as possible, adding that he has meet with the Minister of Power, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) which he believes is left to President Buhari because the contract has been awarded.
At the end of the programme, Social Contract Charter was signed by all the invited political aspirants alongside party leaders in the presence of all participants while group photograph was taken as each political actor and their aide were presented the document.
Catholic Diocese of Oyo Celebrates 2018 Annual Farmers Forum
The Rural Development Programme department (RUDEP) of Justice, Development and Peace Movement (JDPM) Oyo recorded another success as it celebrated 2018 Farmers Forum on 13th December, 2018 at the JDPM premises, Mabolaje Oyo. This year edition came with an astonishing focus on the topic "strengthening agricultural development through financial inclusion and commodity cluster formation". The atmosphere was lively as the invited guests from far and near graced the occasion. The event had guests from JDPMC Osogbo, JDPM Oro, JDPC Ibadan, Ave Maria Multipurpose Investment Limited (AMMIL), farmers groups from all the zones; Iwere ile, Ijio, Iseyin, Otu, Tede, Ago Are, Saki, Abojupa Oyo, Okeho, Ogbomoso, representative of the trustee and Legal holder of JDPM Oyo, Monsignor Anthony Akin Olawumi, Rev Fr Philip Onifade, Rev Fr Gabriel Agboola, representative of the Nigerian Police Force, Oyo Area Command Headquarter, ASP Sheidu Sulaiman as well as representative of partners from National Institute of Horticultural Research (NIHORT) Mr Alabi Olakunle, Dr Pelemo Adegbenga of the Goseed Unit and Dr Femi. Aina of the Cassava Breeding Unit of International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Oladele Mogba Foundation Oyo, Dr Adejare Opadeji, Country Manager of iCRA, Dr Idowu Gbenga to mention just a few.
Welcoming guests to the event, Chairman, Sustainable Farmers Association of Nigeria (SUFAN) Oyo State, Chief Alani Oguntona, said it is imperative for all farmers in the state to realize that commodity cluster system is the only way because it will allow numerous farmers to gain much from their farm produce. According to him "we need to answer five basic question before arriving at a reasonable conclusion, what do we have to do, how do we go about it, who are the people that will do it, where are we doing it and what will be the result of all the effort. We (farmers) can’t continue to labour in vain. We must embrace these new creative ideas of our facilitators".
In his opening remark, the Coordinator, JDPM Oyo, Rev Fr Gabriel Adeleke noted that the over the years , RUDEP has always been a principal actors in promoting the gospel of agricultural development in Oyo, Oke ogun and Ogbomoso leading to capacity building and knowledge sharing through networking with farmers in the regions. He, however, described the new paradigm shift in agribusiness through the financial inclusion and commodity cluster system as a welcome development which improves the livelihood of farmers and the make food security attainable in the Catholic diocese of Oyo and the entire Oyo state. He cited the recent commissioning of Ave Maria Multipurpose Investment Limited (AMMIL) as a good opportunity for farmers to access financial services for their agricultural business.
Keynote speakers, Mr Ajayi Sadiq from the Development finance department, CBN Ibadan and the Country Manager of iCRA in Nigeria, Dr Idowu Gbenga, noted that financial inclusion is very important for farmers in order to access financial services because without it, the commodity cluster system will not work. They added, Farmers must note that they need to have bank accounts with BVN and must work as a team in unity in each zone so that it will be much easier to sell their farm produce to big industries rather than selling individually because farmers cultivate different crops. Dr Idowu charged all farmers to embrace unity of direction with the tractor operators, weed management companies and other suppliers in order to make the commodity cluster system efficient.
On security issues, DSP Sheidu Suleiman from Oyo Area Command, Durbar Oyo, charged all farmers to be security conscious on farm. He suggested that farmers must maintain cordial relationship with their neighbors and must also embraced open dialogue through community leaders and representatives of Fulani heads to discuss herdsmen invasion on their farms rather than resorting to violence. He warned farmers to avoid going to farms alone while caution should also be taken on the time to harvest crops to avert hoodlum attacks. "As I speak with you, effort is ongoing to avert all forms of herdsmen crisis in Oyo East LGA. We engaged all the aggrieved parties to dialogue on how to resolve their differences because we noticed that some perpetrators of this heinous crime are nocturnal passerby’s herdsmen. Those who have been living within our environment have been so cooperative"
Delivering the goodwill message of Bishop Emmanuel Badejo to the farmers at the event, Monsignor Akin Olawumi Anthony, congratulated and thank all farmers, CADI trainees, partnering bodies RUDEP and JDPM staffs for their cooperation, unity and cordial relationship that made the day a successful one, adding that efforts should be intensified to spread the good deeds of RUDEP and JDPM Oyo to the nook and crannies of the state and beyond by the people so that the good work will continue beyond imagination.
The highlight of the event involved graduation and presentation of certificates with a token cash reward to the 16 Catholic Agricultural Development Initiative (CADI) trainees who have been under practical training on agriculture for the past a year with the institute in Oyo while Adesola Francis emerged the best trainee. Also, Awards were given to the Best Farmers of the year with Mr Dominic Ogunsola emerging the winner, while the best Farmers Led Extension Service (FLES) Award was won by Alhaji Sulaiman Salaudeen and Alfa Lateef Mafolasere clinched the Award of the Best Youth Farmer
Meanwhile, there was exhibition of products by the invited partners from IITA ( Cassava Weed Management Unit, Cassava Breeding Unit, Business Innovation Platform, Goseed, AgriServe) NIHORT, Divine Mercy Foods, Grow Mighty, Multichem industrial Ltd, Technisem. It is hoped the event will continue to further strengheteni g the existing cordial relationship between RUDEP, farmers and the partnering bodies.
Delivering the vote of thanks, RUDEP Programme Manager, Dr Matthew Ojo thanked all the farmers for their collaboration during the year and also referenced all the partners who graced the occasion. He then prayed that farmers will continue to grow and prosper in all their endeavors.
JDPM OYO ATTENDS CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP IN LOKOJA
The Politics and Human Rights Department of the Justice, Development and Peace Movement (JDPM), an offshoot of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo attended a Two Day Workshop on Campaign Finance Monitoring for State Coordinators and Field Monitors at Reverton Hotels, GRA, Lokoja, Kogi State between 20th and 21st December 2018. The programme was facilitated by JDPMC Osogbo in partnership with the International Foundation for Electoral System (IFES) the USA. The programme was held in the entire geopolitical zone nationwide. JDPM Oyo was grouped alongside Southwest and South-South region.
The training became necessary because of the previous achievement of JDPMC Osogbo on successful monitoring and observation of the recent Osun governorship election where field officers were deployed to the different area of the state to track campaign finance before and during the poll. In view of this, there is urgent need to organize such capacity building to train other volunteers in other states nationwide in order to checkmate the excesses of many political office holders who are fond of abusing offices through wrong usage of State Administrative resources during campaign activities and to train State Coordinators and Field Monitors on the strategies of tracking campaign finances by incumbent or aspiring political office holders especially as the 2019 general election draws near in order to save our democracy and the whole national politics from comatose.
Participants were taught seven different modules within two days in order to equip them with the necessary skills to carry out the mandate as they returned to their respective states. Each module addressed different issues in a pragmatic and analytical way with a view of galvanizing participant's thought on the best way to handle the mission. The modules ranged from Introduction to Campaign Finance and the use of state admin resources (SAR), Political Finance Regulation in Nigeria, Principles of Political Finance oversight (INEC’s roles), Campaign Monitoring and its approaches, Project structure, roles and responsibilities, working with reporting forms to Project Monitoring and Evaluation and a few others.
The programme also featured pre and post-tests for participants to evaluate the knowledge acquired during the workshop while they were also split into different groups for brainstorming and to demonstrate practical skills on how to go about the mission as they prepared to return to their respective states. The expectations of the organizers are high because the 2019 election must reflect public wishes while efforts have also been intensified to educate the public on why it is ethical to question abuse of public resources to influence election outcomes by political office holders during campaign activities. At the end of the programme,
participants later took a group photograph with JDPMC Osogbo team and IFES officers.
PHR ATTENDS STAKEHOLDER'S MAIDEN MEETING OF CITIZEN GROUPS IN IBADAN
The Politics and Human Rights Department of Justice, Development and Peace Movement (JDPM) Oyo, attended the maiden edition of stakeholder's meeting of the civil society on 10th December 2018 at St Patrick Catholic Church Basorun Ibadan. The Programme was facilitated by the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of the Archdiocese of Ibadan. It was convened by the organizer to provide a roundtable discussion on Social Contract between the people as represented by the conglomeration of civil societies and the aspiring political office holders in the state have realized the consequence of many failed campaign promises by many political office holders for a long time. The event had JDPC Ibadan officers, JDPM Oyo, representatives of Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria (FOMWAN), Muslim Community Ibadan, Christian Association of Nigeria, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), National Association of Women Society Oyo State, Programme Director, EducareTrust, President of People Living with Disabilities Oyo State, Youth Council of Nigeria, members of Civil Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) among others in attendance.
Welcoming the participants to the event, the Director of JDPC Ibadan, Rev Fr Ezekiel Ade Owoeye, noted that it is the time people of Oyo State wake up from their slumbering by fighting for their rights with active political participation rather than sitting on the fence on governance. He said "Nigerians should stop complaining about bad eggs in our government because of their poor orientation and irresistible gluttonous appetite. Majority of these people keep selling their rights for one Kongo of rice and token cash from politicians every year. Also, We need to stop spreading fake news on social media because of political differences. It is very disheartening!"
In his word, the moderator of the programme, Dr Oyedeji of JDPC Ibadan asserts that Nigeria has been bereaved of vibrant leadership since the beginning of the country because our pioneer leaders were not really galvanized to fight for independence but because of a quest to grab power among them. He added, "The norm of corruption has become a cankerworm that seems incorrigible but can still be defeated through you and me because if these power tussled leaders can be compelled to sign a social contract document, their quest to amass wealth will be reduced".
Corroborating the previous speakers, the Coordinator of Civil Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) In Oyo State who is also the HOD, Democracy and Good Governance department JDPC Ibadan, Mr Jide Bamgbose, said that the event was put in place for three main reasons; in order to discuss on the possible ways to mobilize and engage political actors who will reflect people's interest not their selfish desires as the 2019 general election draws nearer, in order to mainstream the wellbeing of the people's wishes especially on labour related issues, job creation, maintaining of unity for national integration and to intensify effort on the sensitization of the electorates against vote buying
Responding to the discussion, the representative of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Com Wale Araba noted that "VOTE BUYING" has become a serious problem in Nigeria because of poverty. He added, "Poverty is in the land and I really don't know how the masses can survive without bowing to the tactics of these bad politicians. Someone who has been hungry since morning will definitely sell his/her vote for a token whenever any political aide comes around.
The Assistant Secretary, Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) Ibadan, Com Amuda Adegoke said Oyo State politics has been bloody for a long time but has taken another dimension in recent time because of incessant occurrence of political thuggery among some road transport workers and jobless youths whilst high population rate, poor conditions of workers in the State.
A vast majority of participants at the event unanimously agreed that regardless of serious poverty in the land, a social contract between the people through civil society in the state and the aspiring political office holders is the way out because it will be a clause and reminder against the re occurrence of failed promises when some aspirants assume political offices. It was suggested that there must be a united league of civil society which will champion the implementation and follow-up of the social contract. Also, it was agreed that each group in the state must eschew all forms of religious bigotry, hate speech and ethnic sentiment for a useful unity of direction.
The house maintained that there should be continuous re-orientation of the public against the trending culture of 'vote buying and stomach infrastructure', there should be active citizens civic engagement on important national and community issues; there must be involvement of community animators and different interest groups and stakeholders while participants are urged to embrace proactive measures and civic education must be thoroughly taught in schools to imbibe the true spirit of integrity in the students and pupils. It was agreed that there must be collective efforts at eliminating hate speech, control of drug abuse among the active youths, tracking of projects as stipulated in the budget.
The JDPC Ibadan through Mr Jide Bamgbose later presented a social contract document which was a product of its intensive findings from all quarters to the participants. The document highlighted key areas such as education, roads, and environmental sanitation, industrial development, children and youths development, infrastructures, justice for a common man to mention but a few where efforts need to be intensified if Oyo State must be relevant in Nigeria and beyond. A five-man committee was constituted to deliberate on the viability of the document for further evaluation before the respective aspiring political office holders are invited to tell the public about their manifestos in January 2019.
CCGG HOLDS 2018 ANNUAL CONGRESS IN IBADAN
The Civil Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) Oyo State successfully hosted another edition of the programme at St Patrick Catholic Church compound, Basorun, Ibadan. The programme was facilitated by JDPC Ibadan with the concerted efforts of the CCGG Executives Council in the state. It featured prominent personalities and members of CCGG groups from Oyo, Ogbomoso, Oke Ogun, Ogbomoso, Ibadan. JDPM Oyo was adequately represented by officers from the Politics and Human Rights Department Led by Mr Dominic Taiwo.
In his welcome address, the outgoing State Facilitator, Hon. Taiwo Ibrahim extols the cooperative efforts of members at sustaining good governance in Oyo State. He underscored the paradigm shift in citizen's engagement and advocacy on pertinent national and community issues as one of the most attestable success the body in recent time.
According to him, CCGG has also blazed a trail on the institutionalization of community para-legal by training members in the state on how to maintain social justice, fostered a cooperative and cordial relationship between the elected political office holders and the public. Regardless of the achievement, he bemoaned the carefree attitude of some members towards the realization of CCGG vision and more importantly their turn out having to notify them some weeks earlier.
Different CCGG groups across the state highlighted their achievements at the event. The CCGG Oyo zone reported that the body has successfully inaugurated a new cluster group in Kisi, Igboho, Igbeti and Afijio LGA. Also, the group successfully carried out an Advocacy visit to all the Local government and Local Council Development Area in Oyo and its environs in order to acquaint the council bosses and staffs about the importance and roles of CCGG in Oyo and the state as large.
The Oke Ogun CCGG informed the house that the body has successfully resolved incessant abuse of Beninoise and Togolese nationals who are working as farmers in the region by Nigerian Immigration officers through constructive dialogue between the parties (traditional rulers and representatives of the foreigners) where the officers implored them to obtain necessary travelling document before crossing to Nigeria. The group also referenced the recent capacity building organized for parents on entrepreneurship by JDPM Oyo as part of what they enjoyed through the Catholic Church vision to free the masses from poverty.
Delivering his lecture titled " Making an Informed Choice in 2019 general elections: what should be considered; Prof Alex Gboyega, a retired Professor of Political Science from the University of Ibadan said Nigerians must shun all forms of religious bigotry, political apathy, ethnic distrust and vote buying if a credible election is to be achieved in the 2019 general election.
According to him, Nigerians must be informed that it took just a person to start a national revolution and it could be anyone who will lead the nation out of this mess, but through this worrisome trend of vote buying. People must stop selling their vote because of poverty. I am sure you all know that poverty is bad but it doesn't stop people from resisting selling their rights for token cash or foods.
"Nigerians must desist from fake news on the social media. Those who developed it meant well not what we are seeing in recent time. We have to guide ourselves against hate speech because it is killing our national unity gradually.
The highpoint of the event was the election and swearing of new officers from each zone in the state which will pilot the affairs of the body for the next two years. The outgoing State Facilitator, Hon Taiwo Ibrahim charged the new officers to remain focus and steadfast to the mission of the body as they serve as the mouthpiece of the voiceless in the state.
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 Micro-Finance Institution in Oyo
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.