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Makinde names Emir of Katagum LAUTECH’s fifth Chancellor

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Oyo approves new concessionaire for Ibadan Circular road
• Partners UNICEF, others to reduce newborn deaths by 80%

Oyo State Governor and Visitor to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Seyi Makinde, has appointed the Emir of Katagum, Azare in Bauchi State, His Royal Highness, Umar Faruq Umar II, as the Chancellor of the university.

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A letter of appointment, signed by Makinde, which conveyed the monarch’s appointment as the fifth Chancellor of LAUTECH, indicated that the university would be happy to benefit from his rich experience as an administrator, community leader and first-class monarch.

IN another development, the state government has approved the award of the contract for the construction of the 110 kilometres Ibadan Circular Road to a new concessionaire named Messrs SEL-Vydra Consortium, at the cost of N138.2 billion.

The project, which is to be executed on a Build, Operate and Transfer concession arrangement, is also classified as a User-Pays Toll road.

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The new contract followed the expiration of the earlier contract for the construction of the 32 kilometres stretch granted to Messrs ENL Consortium by the immediate past government in the state.

A statement by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, confirmed that the contract was one of the last assignments undertaken by the State Executive Council, which was dissolved, last week.

ALSO, the state Ministry of Health, yesterday, launched its scorecard for 2020 to inform the public about its performance so far in the healthcare delivery system since the inception of the Makinde-led administration in the state.

Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Muftau Ayoola, said the vision was to improve the health status and socio-economic advancement of individuals and family members.

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He said the booklet comprises 11 chapters that highlight Governor Makinde’s health manifesto and activities in the health sector.

MEANWHILE, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has promised to partner with Oyo State to reduce newborn deaths by 80 per cent within the next two to three years.

Representative of the UNICEF, Dr, Ijeoma Ago, said that the Fund would continue to support the state to implement the reproductive maternal newborn and child health services scorecard in the state.

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