Signing of MOU with Soprano PLC on 2nd March, 2020 at Helsinki, Finland.

Signing of MOU with Soprano PLC on 2nd March, 2020 at Helsinki, Finland.

Oyo State government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Finnish Consortium, which included a number of listed companies, to establish an Energy Innovation Centre for Excellence in the state.

The MoU which was signed through the state Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in furtherance of Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde’s agenda to ensure Oyo sets the pace once more.

Speaking shortly after the signing of the MoU, Oyo State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Temilolu ‘Seun Ashamu, who signed the MoU on behalf of the government, said that the signing was another step in the process to make Oyo State the hub for energy and mineral resources.

He said: “We just signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Finnish Consortium to establish an Energy Innovation Centre for Excellence in the state.

“This MoU is another step in the process, which began in September 2019, to make Oyo State the hub for energy and mineral resources in the region.

“We also held meetings with Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Finnish renewable energy businesses, who wish to establish their presence in the state and other stakeholders in the collaborative process.

“Governor Seyi Makinde’s agenda, as stated in the Oyo State Roadmap for Accelerated Development 2019-2023, was clear about creating the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. It was clearly stated that the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources’ mandate includes facilitating renewable energy research and development by establishing centres to develop the energy and mineral resources ecosystem.”

The State’s delegation to the Business Forum where the MoU was signed included the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Ashamu; Commissioner for Education, Sukanmi Olaleye and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources, ‘Segun Ajekiigbe.

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Oyo Govt. Revokes Contract with West Africa ENRG

Oyo State Government has revoked its contractual agreement with Messrs. West Africa Energy, which operated under the name Solous MRF. 1 Ltd. due to the fact that the company was found to be in material breach of the contractual terms.

Revealing the new development at his office yesterday, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Rt. Hon. Kehinde Ayoola said the company has failed in its performance under the contract it signed with Oyo State Government, which is significant enough for the State to terminate the contract.

The Commissioner cited instances that the State Capital, Ibadan, has experienced unbearable heaps of refuse in the last four weeks, saying the company has not lived up to expectation in cleaning the city.

Hon. Ayoola said, being the main employer of the contractor, Oyo State Government has deemed it fit to relieve West Africa Energy of its duties, so as to ensure efficient waste management  in the State.

He assured residents, that the State Government was taking holistic measures to ensure the State experiences a turn-around in the environmental sector, as well as, creating wealth from wastes.

He also revealed that the State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has appointed a Chairman for the Oyo State Waste Management Authority, in the person of  Prince Seun Adelore, who will see to the day to day running of the  disposal mechanism in the State, under the supervision of his office.

Speaking on the fate of Waste management Payment Service Providers (PSPs), the Commissioner allayed the fears of being sacked, however, he stated that individual contracts may undergo reviews.

“We have not sacked the PSPs. Rather, we would review their contracts, to ensure efficient waste management even as we shall add to the contractors so that the State could be well served”

It would be recalled that Oyo State Government reached a partnership agreement with West Africa Energy in 2016, with the past administration in the State.

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner,

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

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