Oke Ogun Dev Council extols qualities of JAMB’s boss


The Oke Ogun Development Council (ODC) yesterday described the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde as a goal-getter, an innovator and an achiever with a golden touch.

The ODC, in a statement by its Acting President, Oladoja Oladele and Secretary, Jare Ajayi against the backdrop of the controversy generated by JAMB’s recent prescription for reducing the agonies of candidates who could not secure admission into tertiary institutions of their choice in Nigeria, maintained that the seasoned administrator acted with the best of intentions.

ODC is a community-based organization consisting of about 1.7 people of Oke Ogun area of Oyo State.

In the statement, the body maintained “Ojerinde has proved his mettle as Nigeria’s first Professor of Tests and Measurement in terms of the unprecedented innovations he has brought to examination management especially at the secondary and matriculation levels.

“Besides midwifing the second school certificate final examination, the National Examination Council (NECO), Dibu Ojerinde introduced an accelerated result of examinations regime to Nigeria.”

The Oke Ogun spokespersons went further to state that the Computer Based Test (CBT) introduced by JAMB under Ojerinde “brought Nigeria into the same orbit with what is obtainable in advanced countries globally as far as tests and examinations are concerned”.

They claimed that through the introduction of computerized system, results of JAMB-conducted examinations come out within a few days, if not hours.

“Indeed, Professor Ojerinde’s feat in examination administration was underscored not just by various awards and recognitions he got but also by his election as President of the International Association for Educational Assessment, (IAEA) and as Vice-President of the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa, (AEAA).

Commenting on the recent controversy, the Oke-Ogun scions asserted that the misconception would not have arisen were the matter and reason that informed it fully understood by those concerned.

It would be recalled that JAMB decided to send some candidates to other universities besides the ones they applied for with a view to enhancing their chances of securing admission.

The admission would be based on the candidates’ JAMB scores and on their performance at the Post UTME tests that individual university conducts.

Source: ngrguardiannews.com


Aso-oke: Fortune from uncommon venture


Some men weaving aso-oke

By Sikiru Akinola

As Nigeria battles youth unemployment, SIKIRU AKINOLA reports that production of special Yoruba traditional fabric known as aso-oke is generating employment opportunities and millions of Naira for youths of Iseyin, an Oyo community. 

Iseyin, the rustic town in Oyo State,  prides itself as the largest producer of the Yoruba traditional fabric, aso-oke.

Located about 80 kilometres away from Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, Iseyin is the gateway to Oke-Ogun, the northern part of the state with 10 local government areas. Continue reading

Oyo assures Oke-Ogun of support on planned varsity, others


OYO State Government yesterday assured Oke Ogun indigenes and community of its readiness to assist in the quick take-off of their desired university as well as the smooth running of its activities.

Deputy Governor of the state, Moses Alake Adeyemo, who disclosed this at the inauguration of the proposed Oke Ogun University Implementation Committee, which took place at Iseyin Town Hall said the present administration is appreciative of the unflinching support, which the people gave it in the past years and particularly during the last elections. Continue reading

In Oke Ogun, Farmers Are King


Raheem Akingbolu, who toured four towns-Igboho, Ogbooro, Otu and Iseyin-in Oke Ogun area of Oyo State, writes on how farming has become a goldmine for the people in the area, especially the educated youth, who are turning to either tobacco or cassava farming as sources of livelihood as opposed to seeking white collar jobs.

Like many undergraduates, Ayantokun Matthew, had many things running through his mind a few years ago while rounding off his Higher National Diploma programme in Marketing at the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree. Among other things, he thought of becoming a banker, a sales representative in any reputable manufacturing company or at worst, work in either state or federal civil service establishment. Continue reading

Oke Ogun rallies for Buhari’s man, Adebayo Shittu

 Gbenro Adesina/Ibadan


Thousands of the people of Oke-Ogun Area of Oyo State today stormed Ibadan, the capital,  in support  of the state former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice,  Adebayo Shittu.

Shittu is one of the nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari for the position of minister.

But  the leadership of the All Progressives Congress in the state has been fuming over his choice.

But Shittu’s kinsmen warned the APC leadership today that they should do   nothing to tamper with the nomination.
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Delegate clamours for Oke-Ogun State

By Innocent Oweh

Correspondent, Abuja

A delegate, representing forum of former House of Representatives, at the ongoing national conference, Hon. Sheik Sekoni, has advocated the creation of Oke-Ogun State to be carved out from the present Oyo State.

He alleged long standing marginalisation of the area which he said had been without any government presence despite their geographical location. Continue reading

We the Oke Ogun people and Gov LADOJA


WE the people of Oke Ogun have waited in vain since the inception of regions and states creation to have one of our own son or daughter to be appointed as the chief executive officer of a region or a state, as military administrator or civilian governor. The best and the closest we have had is deputy governor of Oyo State despite the fact that we have always had pockets of individuals that could be considered. Continue reading

Oke Ogun APC kicks against Buhari’s choice of Shittu as ministerial nominee


The All Progressives Congress youth assembly in Oke Ogun, Oyo State has kicked against the choice of Barrister Adebayo Shittu as a ministerial nominee.

In a letter issued on Saturday, Oke Ogun APC Youth Assembly stated that “Bayo Shittu has persistently engaged in anti-party activities such as negative press interviews and court cases against the leadership of the APC in Oyo State in the last two years just to score cheap political points. In some instances, he even went as far as instigating court cases against the APC and even appeared as the lawyer for litigants in such cases. Continue reading