Tuesday 9th August 2022

Again, Osun Is Nigeria’s Least Poverty Ridden State – UN Report

The State Government of Osun has said that it was not surprised that the state is again declared the lowest in ‘Incidence of Poverty’ in Nigeria by the United Nations Development Programme.

The Computation of Human Development Indices for the UNDP Nigeria Human Development Report (2016) which was released by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) recently rated Osun the lowest state in the ‘Incidence of Poverty’.
According to the report, Osun has 17.5 per cent incidence of poverty.
A statement made available to newsmen in Osogbo by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa said the government was not surprised with the UNDP and NBS’s report and described it as a compliment on Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration.
Baderinwa maintained that the projects, programmes and policies put in place by Aregbesola have no doubt developed the economy of the state, improve the wellbeing of the people and guarantee security of life and properties.
“We have done everything humanly possible to reduce poverty, create wealth and put smiles on the faces of our people”, Baderinwa said.
It would be recalled that the NBS had in 2013 rated Osun the second lowest state in poverty Index in 2013, one of the five states with lowest unemployment rate by NBS, and the second richest state in Nigeria by the United Nations’ Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index in 2017.
NBS stated in the report: “The Incidence of Poverty which is the percentage of Nigerians who are poor is 53.7 percent and the disaggregation by state shows that it is more prevalent (89.9 percent) in Sokoto state, followed by Jigawa state with 86.1 per cent, Rivers and Ebonyi state share 58.9 per cent each, while the lowest state is Osun state with 17.5 per cent”.
Baderinwa said: “The report is a welcome development; it actually reflects the social and economic development in the state. The confirmed Aregbesola’s ingenuity, vision and ceaseless efforts in transforming the state, improve wellbeing of the people and creation of wealth.
“Programmes like Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) which has usefully engaged 60,000 youths, Osun Free School Feeding progamme named ‘O MEAL’ which employs over 3334 women who prepare meals for the school children, and series of empowerment programmes have reduced poverty in the state.”
He added: “Osun was in deep financial quagmire in 2016 but was able to sustain her social protection programmes like O’ MEAL, OYES, building of schools, provision of soft loans and empowerment programmes for traders, provision of free ambulance services and treatment to accident victims and other programme.
“Over 38, 000 traders, business owners and small scale business owners have been empowered between 2014 and 2018. The social protection programmes of the Aregbesola’s administration are second to none in Nigeria. This is why Osun has lowest poverty rate in Nigeria.”

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NBS-UNDP Report: Osun Now Has Lowest Poverty Rate In Nigeria

Policies by the government of the State of Osun to revamp the economy and banish poverty in line with its six point integral action plan is yielding fruits with the latest report of the United Nations Development Programme UNDP with verifiable facts from the National Bureau of Statistics NBS placing Osun as the state with lowest poverty incidence in the country.
The Human Development Index Report which is done annually assesses the different indicators that contribute to the poverty level of states in the federation.
The Computation of Human Development Indices for the UNDP Nigeria Human Development Report (2016) which was released by National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) had rated Osun the second lowest state in Poverty Index in 2013, one of the five states with lowest unemployment rate by NBS, and the second richest state in Nigeria by the United Nations’ Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index in 2017.
The New Report however places the state poverty index at 17.5 per cent ahead Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital. It says in terms of poverty ranking, Osun state has the least poverty level (0.062) while Sokoto has the highest (0.453), closely followed by Jigawa and Yobe states with (0.399 and 0.385) respectively.
Furthermore, the Incidence of Poverty which is the percentage of Nigerians who are poor is 53.7 percent and the disaggregation by state shows that it is more prevalent (89.9 percent) in Sokoto state, followed by Jigawa state with 86.1 percent, Rivers and Ebonyi state share 58.9 percent each, while the lowest state is Osun state with 17.5 percent.
Also, the intensity of poverty in Nigeria is 41.9 percent which means that the poor Nigerians are deprived in 41.9 percent of the dimensions. It is highest in Sokoto State (50.4 percent) while Osun state has the lowest (35.5) percent.
It also puts Osun’s unemployment rate at 6.7 percent in the federation.
This is not the first time efforts by the Rauf Aregbesola administration will be appraised by both Local and International Economic Projection, Outlook and Assessment Researchers.
The incidence of poverty for the State of Osun was 10.9% in 2017 as against 37.5% in 2010. Therefore, Osun has experienced a significant drop in the incidence of poverty between 2010 and now.
The new ranking is a result of continued efforts of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in fulfilling his promise of Banishing Poverty through complementary and holistic implementation of both social infrastructure and social protection/welfare programmes and programmes.
According to National Bureau of Statistics (2018), the number of employed persons in Osun increased from 1,524,312 in 2010 to 2,365,622 in Q3, 2017 representing 55% increase over a period of seven (7 years)
It is important to state that the Misery Index released in Januray 2018 by independent research firm, Financial Derivative Company Limited, Lagos in which Osun was equally ranked second lowest (35.36%) has corroborated the previous and the latest Osun ranking in poverty index by OPHI.
Similarly, the latest unemployment rate published by National Bureau of Statistics for third quarter 2017 also shows that Osun still maintains the lowest unemployment rate (5.3%) with the new 6.7% in 2018.
For the past seven and half years, the government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has worked tirelessly to lift over 700,000 people in the State of Osun out of poverty.
The new report also reflects the social and economic development in the state. It confirms Aregbesola’s ingenuity, vision and ceaseless efforts in transforming the state, improve the well-being of the people and creation of wealth.
As deep as the financial state of Osun was in 2016, the state government was able to sustain her social protection programmes like O’ MEAL, OYES, building of schools, provision of soft loans and empowerment programmes for traders, provision of free ambulance services and treatment to accident victims, social intervention and other life enriching programmes.
Over 38, 000 traders, business owners and small scale business owners have been empowered between 2014 and 2018 alone.
Furthermore, the by-products of the OYES initiative have resulted in far reaching economic gains for the state. The over 1,600 Youths empowered in the agric enterprise academy, O-REAP Youth Academy located in the 9 federal constituencies for increased food production and empowerment, 10,000 youths trained in applied ICT OYESTECH, 150 OYESTECH graduates sent to Ghana for further training and more than 1,000 OYESTECH graduates empowered to be self-reliant among others have in no small measure provided new opportunities for beneficiaries.
Worthy of emphasis is the N200 million which is being injected monthly into the State’s grassroots economy through the OYES programme. This financial stimulant has recorded dramatic impact on local economies, creating multiplier effects for Osun people.
Through the Osun Broilers Outgrowers Production Scheme (OBOPS) programmes, more than 300 millionaires have been made in the state.
Asides OYES, the infrastructure revolution in the state has opened up the state to more economic prosperity. The humongous resources drafted to cover up for the monumental infrastructure deficit in the state has paid off with improved conditions for economic growth.
There has been quite marked and sharp increase in land prices along the corridors of the road projects thereby encouraging poor households who had considered their land holdings worthless to convert the land into economic benefits in the light of current realities occasioned by the road construction projects.
Road construction projects across the State have created over 5,000 direct jobs and over 12,000 indirect jobs for the local welders, plumbers, bricklayers, food vendors, etc.
The state in conjunction with the World Bank and the Federal Government has opened up and rehabilitated over 500km of rural roads all in a bid to creating a viable environment for the state’s economy to grow in all realms.
The rural road construction has opened up new areas for agricultural activities and also made it easy for about 20,000 farmers to transport their produces from farms to the markets thereby improving the income and livelihood of poor farming households.
The Osun land bank programme has in turn provided access to land to over 10,000 farmers including small, medium and large -scale farmers. Similarly, electrification projects at the rural communities have also opened new window of opportunities for the rural population to carry out value-addition processes for their produces.
In the mainstream economy, the government has done a lot in supporting traders, artisans, market men and women among others. So far, over ₦2 billion interest free loans have been disbursed to 133 Small and Medium Scale Enterprise (SMEs), 800 trade cooperative societies and 9,995 individuals across the 30 LGAs
Other interventions in the Trade and Investment gap include about 5,000 MSMEs (soap makers, traditional mat weavers, livestock rearers, local plantain chip makers, etc. empowered arising from collaboration between Osun and Department for International Development (DFID, UK) under the Growth and Empowerment in States (GEMS) scheme just as ₦500 has been disbursed to Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) cooperative groups with 10,509 cooperative societies registered.
The statistics from the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) shows that 1,596,530 jobs have been generated by the MSMEs in the State resulting from various initiatives and support programmes of the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration as well as the conducive business environment in the State.
In the last 7 and a half years, over 700,000 people out of poverty in Osun within a period of 7 years through different schemes which have re-positioned the living standards of the people.
New initiatives like the revamp of the Cocoa Industry Ede, Free Vocational Training for Indigenes of the state and timely support for Artisans, Trader associations, the Informal Sector and most especially the Private Sector has continued to place Osun on the pedestal of growth and development.
With Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s tenure ending in less than 45 days, citizens of the state look forward to a more productive economy with an improved growth rate, radical shortfall in the unemployment rate and improved economic policies from the incoming administration.
Measures also would be put in place by the Gboyega Oyetola administration to engage the Youths who play key roles in the diversification of the economy, Agriculture Enterprise, Increased Infrastructural Development among others to further reduce poverty to the barest minimum.

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Osun CSDP Meets Council Managers, Desk Officers To Review Performance Of Projects

The agency in charge of Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) in the State of Osun, yesterday held its innovative quarterly performance review with the Council Managers and Desk Officers in the 68 Local Councils in the state.

The General Manager of Osun-CSDP, Mrs Funmi Abokede said the innovative quarterly performance review was aimed at assessing the activities of CSDP in all the 68 Local Councils in the state so as to be able to evaluate the performances of CSDP and enhance improvement.
During the review meeting, the Council Managers presented the reports on major activities and events of CSDP in their respective local councils and also gave their scorecards.
The Council Manager of Atakumosa East Local Government, Titi Olajuyigbe said the council completed various CSDP projects including the extension of electrification and installation of a transformer at Idaado so as to ensure stable electricity for the people in the area.
Olajuyigbe said “We also provided a Health Centre for the residents of Itaapa so that people there would be able to get primary healthcare. We constructed civic centres at Ijemba and Ise-Ijesa so that people would have befitting place to hold events, particularly town meetings. We gave them a borehole at Ipole”.
Speaking in the same vein, the Council Manager of Olorunda Local Government in Osogbo, Alhaji Rasaq Olasunkanmi Azeez also highlighted the achievements of CSDP in his council.
According to him, “Through the CSDP, we have constructed mini bridges across the council area. We also provided electricity for the residents of Oluwatedo community at Malam Tope area. We provided transformer resident of Aratumi community. We provided borehole for residents of Ifesowapo Zone 3 at Kelebe. We also provided a transformer for residents of Iyanoso Ajayi Community at Ayekale area”.
Olajuyigbe and Azeez commended the Chairmen of Atakumosa East and Olorunda local councils, Honourable Femi Kujenmbola and Honourable Femi Anisulowo for ensuring the completion of the projects.
All the Council Managers from the 30 Local Governments, 32 Local Community Development Areas, the four Area Councils and the two Administrative Offices also gave their scorecards while the CSDP state officials also make presentation at the innovative quarterly performance review.
The General Manager of Osun-CSDP, Mrs Aderomke Oluwafunmilayo Abokede commended the Council Managers and Desk Officers for their dedication to their duties and commitment to ensure success of CSDP projects.
Abokede however lamented that despite the existence of Local Government, the social conditions in Nigeria are still poor even with the rich endowment of natural and human resources.
She frowned that Local Government social services provision still remains inadequate and often inappropriate because of the ‘Top Down, Supply Driven’ approach which was the practice in most local councils.
She noted that the ‘Top Down, Supply Driven’ approach has not been able to meet the actual needs of the communities and that this led to the poor track records of public service delivery.
She explained innovative quarterly performance review of Osun CSDP organised to improve the capacity of the Council Managers and Desk Officers on Community Driven Development (CDD) which is Bottom Up and Demand Driven.
Abokede said the CDD approach ensures that poor communities benefit from and participate in development efforts. She noted that CDD is an important approach focusing on appropriate development interventions and at the same time reaching very large numbers of poor people.
She said the innovative quarterly performance review is also a constructive engagement that serves as a platform for social accountability through which the Council Managers give report of their Local Councils’ Performance on the use of CDD approach and how they have used public resources to deliver services and improve welfare of the people in the communities across the state.
According to her, “It is expected that the feedback from this performance review will be used by the Local Councils to improve support for CDD projects, promote accountability in governance and better public service delivery.”
“CDD is responsive to local demands, inclusive and more cost effective compared to the Top Down, Supply Driven approach. It is imperative to have understanding of characteristics of CDD projects”, Abokede said.

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Discipline Has Increased In Our Schools – Osun Govt

The Osun Government says that discipline has increased in schools across the state within the past eight years.

Commissioner for Education, Mr. Wasiu Omotunde-Young, made this known on Thursday during a press conference.
“There is no rational observer that will not realise that discipline has increased in our schools in the last 8 years,” he said.
According to him, the Rauf Aregbesola’s administration has recorded achievement in the educational sector of the state.
The commissioner explained that the performance of secondary school students in the 2018 West Africa Examination Council, WAEC has improved.
On infrastructure, Omotunde-Young stated that the government has provided toilet facilities to pupils across the state.
“Our school is to train students to be able to think and become a problem solver. No single government has touched education in the last eight years especially in terms of capacity, human development, and physical infrastructure, like this government.
“The schools that were built before Aregbesola did not have toilet.We are confident that things will continue to improve,” he added.

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Osun 2018 Election: Facts And Figures

Specifically, Section 153 of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) empowers the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in pursuit of the provisions of the Act, to “issue regulations, guidelines or manuals for the purpose of giving effect to the provisions of this Act and for its administration thereof”.

However, the criticism against INEC on the conduct of Osun election clearly show that there is a serious challenge of not only ineptitude and incompetence of opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but also hypocrisy and nepotism. The resultant consequence of this is that the commission may be in danger in the hands of the opposition as the 2019 general elections approach.
This is because, INEC has made guidelines and regulations to protect the sanctity of voting processes and where the processes are disrupted to disenfranchise voters and such disruption will affect the result of the poll, the needful has to be done, which the INEC did in the instance case of Osun.
It is common knowledge that politicians hijacked ballot papers, chased away voters and disrupted processes and procedures to gain an unfair advantage on September 22 when the first ballot of Osun election was cast. Because the margin between the two leading candidates is less than the number of registered voters in the affected polling units, the INEC, in line with the guidelines and regulations it formulated gave the affected voters another opportunity to vote where their number will make a difference to the outcome of the election. The Commission has applied this regulation in several polls. So there is nothing new here. This was implemented in Governorship elections in Imo (2011 and 2015), Anambra (2013), Taraba (2015), Kogi and Bayelsa (2015) and several other polls.
As a ruling party PDP introduced inconclusive elections since 2011 and in 2018, the same party, as an opposition is telling Nigerians that Osun inconclusive election is unconstitutional. PDP has again proven his documented history since 2015, of raising hypocritical accusations on INEC and intellectual dishonest against Osun 2018 election. Amazingly, supporters of PDP, former ruling party who introduced inconclusive elections to Nigeria in 2011 spoke ignorantly on the issue of Osun 2018 rerun.
They ought to have been better informed rather than the shameful falsehood they tried to disseminate on the conduct of Osun 2018 election. These are verifiable facts. The PDP campaign of calumny for 2018 Osun election will not repair or reverse the damage which they inflicted on themselves in all their years of misrule in Nigeria. They betrayed the peoples’ trust and the people of Nigeria will not be fooled a second time. The downhill slide of their political fortunes is irreversible.
By conducting Osun rerun election, INEC sought to protect its integrity and sanctity of not just the Commission but its leadership as well as the professional capabilities of the Commission. However, due to irregularities which marred the election at some polling units in Ife North, Osogbo, Ife South and Orolu local government areas, including cases of card reader malfunctioning, ballot boxes snatching, among others, 3,498 votes were cancelled in the affected polling units and these are stronghold of APC in the state.
The candidate of the PDP, Ademola Adeleke, had polled 254,698 votes ahead of the APC’s Gboyega Oyetola, who polled 254,345 votes.
The legal contest of rerun was settled by the Supreme Court in the case between James Faleke, the running mate to Audu Abubakar, who won the 2015 Kogi governorship election and died before INEC announced the results.  The Supreme Court held that the INEC guidelines provides for a rerun where voting was marred by violence, processes are disrupted to disenfranchise voters and the margin was more than the margin of victory; that there should be a rerun in those places so as to enable disenfranchised voters there to participate in the process. What INEC has done is right, legal, proper and constitutional.
Those who are making a noise that INEC cannot do it were the same people making arrangements, talking to Iyiola Omisore to support them in the rerun. You can see that there is no sincerity in those who are making the noise.
INEC did it in Anambra in 2013, where election did not take place in some local governments, some polling units and some wards. So, they postponed the election and it took place, after which they compiled the votes and declared Obiano the winner. So, this has been the pattern. There is nothing wrong with what the commission did in Osun.
Some inconclusive elections in Nigeria which INEC has conducted since 2011 are Osun 2018, Imo 2011 and 2015, Bayelsa 2015, Anambra 2013, Taraba 2015, Kogi 2015 and other polls. With a margin of 482 votes, APC’s Gboyega Oyetola was declared Osun governor-elect by the INEC Returning Officer, Prof. Joseph Afuwape after the supplementary election held in seven units across four local government areas where election could either not hold on September 22 or was cancelled due to irregularities.
Nobody has questioned INEC on inconclusive elections in Nigeria. PDP did not go to court to challenge INEC on inconclusive elections from 2011 until Osun 2018 recently. The commission has been applying this regulation in several polls. So there is nothing new here.
INEC had issued an official statement about the conduct of the Osun State governorship election. In what can pass as the tightest governorship election in the annals of elections in the country, the Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Ademola Adeleke, polled 254,698 votes while his closest marker, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, of the All Progressives Congress, APC scored 254,345 votes. Adeleke led with 353 votes, which is a far cry from the 3,498 voided votes in Orolu LGA (three units, 947 votes), Ife South (two units, 1,314 votes), Ife North (one unit, 353 votes), and Osogbo (one unit, 884 votes). Consequently, while announcing the result of the Saturday’s election, the electoral umpire said it was inconclusive and ordered a re- run to be conducted on Thursday, September 27 in four council areas where 3,498 votes were voided. This emerged as the PDP kicked against the re-run and vowed to go to court, insisting that it won the election.
The affected areas are APC stronghold. APC won the election with wide margin in Osogbo with 23,379 against PDP 14,499, Ife North 6,527 votes against PDP 5,486 votes and Ife South Local Government 7,223 against PDP 4,872 votes based on result released by INEC on September 23rd. These are strongholds of APC where the party had clearly won the first ballot.
So, based on the results collated by the Returning Officer, the margin between the leading candidates is 353, and is lower than the number of registered voters in the affected areas. Extant law and INEC Guidelines and Regulations provide that where such situation occurs, a declaration may not be made.
Cases Of Inconclusive Elections In Nigeria
Imo Guber Elections 2015
Okorocha (APC)              –          385,671
Ihedioha  (PDP)               –         306,142
Margin                              –           79,529
Cancelled votes               –         144,715
INEC Decision: election declared inconclusive, supplementary elections conducted
PDP Position: Applauded INEC
APC Position: Kicked against rerun but eventually participated and won
Anambra Senatorial Election 2011
Dora Akunyili (APGA)                  –          66,273
Chris Ngige ( ACN)       –          65,576
Margin                              –               697
Cancelled votes               –            7,930
INEC Decision: election declared inconclusive, supplementary elections conducted
ACN Position: applauded INEC
APGA Position: Kicked against rerun but eventually participated and lost.
ACN eventually won with 69,765 votes against APGA’s 69,292
Kogi Guber Election 2015
Abubakar Audu (APC)    –         240,867
Wada Idris (PDP)            –         199,514
Margin                               –           41,353
Cancelled votes                –           49,953
INEC Decision: election declared inconclusive, supplementary elections conducted
PDP Position: applauded INEC
APC Position: Kicked against rerun but eventually participated and won
Bayelsa Guber Elections 2015
Dickson ( PDP)                –          105,748
Sylva ( APC)           –                72,594
Margin                     –                33,154
Cancelled votes       –                120,000 (due to over-voting)
INEC Decision: election declared inconclusive, supplementary elections conducted
PDP Position: kicked against rerun wondering how 120,000 total number of registered voters. All showed up on election date and cast their ballot for candidate Sylva!
APC Position: Kicked against rerun claiming he won all 120,000 votes as returned by INEC officer in Southern Ijaw LGA.
Both parties eventually participated in the rerun and PDP won
Anambra Guber Election 2013
Obiano ( APGA)        –               174,710
Tony Nwoye ( PDP)  –                 94,956
Margin                        –                 79,754
Cancelled votes         –                113,113
INEC Decision: election declared inconclusive, supplementary elections conducted
PDP Position: applauded INEC
APGA Position: Kicked against rerun but eventually participated and won!!!

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Osun Students Record 70% Pass Rate In 2018 WASSCE Mathematics

Osun High School Students recorded a 70% success rate for Mathematics in the just concluded 2018 WAEC School Leaving examination.

This was revealed in a detailed FACTSHEET on Osun WAEC results over the last 13 years based on WAEC data; effectively 7 out of very 10 Osun students in the 2018 WAEC examination had A1 – C6 grades for Mathematics.
In a press briefing on Wednesday in Osogbo, the State of Osun Commissioner for Education, Mr Kola Omotunde-Young said in a total number of 36, 107 candidates that sat for May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in 2018 in the State of Osun, 70.7%, 75.2%, 53.56% and 70% of the total number of candidates passed General Mathematics, Further Mathematics, English Language and Financial Accounting with at least credit passes respectively disaggregating the pass rate using subject basis.
Young said “Out of the total number of candidates, 19,496 candidates corresponding to 54.01% of the total number of candidates had at least 5 credit passes (including Mathematics and English Language). This is the best performance the State of Osun has attained within the last 13-year period.”
“The factsheet also presented a 13 year analysis of WAEC results in the state, from 2006 to 2018. The analysis shows a steady improvement in average pass rates of 10.95% in 2006 to 54.01% in the just concluded 2018 WAEC results. The last result being the best showing for the state in the last 13 Years.”
Omotunde-Young posited that before the advent of the current administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the best performance recorded in the period analyzed was 15.6% in the year 2010 but within the first term of the current administration between 2011-2014 , an average student performance of 20.82% and best result of 22.24% in the year 2014 was recorded.
The Commissioner for Education explained further that “the state recorded even better performance in the second term of 2014-2018 wherein the average pass rate was 40.89% and best performance was 54.01% in the year 2018. These results as derived from WAEC data, empirically proves the impact of the almost 8 year focus of the current administration on basic education as the foundation for repositioning the state for a better and more productive future.
He urged the conference to duel on fact based analysis that is provable and defensible, demanding that anyone who feel doubtful should reach the WAEC office to demand same data for analysis.
The Commissioner condemned the dubious efforts of the opposition to manipulate the performance of the state in WAEC with the very callous aim of undermining the unprecedented investment the current administration made in Education.
Mr Young also used the opportunity to debunk the claim the administration only focused on the infrastructure side of education reform. He clarified that, through its State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) alone, the State trained 29,695 teachers over 8 years, being an unprecedented feat in the state and arguably in the south west region. The report also provided a breakdown of year on year training from 2011 to 2018.
He revealed that the State sought out the best to deliver its training programs, working with reputable organizations like the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) , National Teachers Institute , Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU , Osun State University UNIOSUN among others.
The State Government through the commissioner stated that “the report was produced based on WAEC data and it incorporates raw data as supplied by WAEC for transparency. The Commissioner averred the data used can be independently verified from WAEC. The report will be shared with the media, non-governmental organizations and interested parties. It will also be publicly available on the State’s Website.”
“While recognizing that more can be achieved in advancing basic education reform , the State is proud of the bold achievements recorded in the last 8 years and feels grateful to have the improving WAEC results to show for it.
He concluded that the reform efforts in Teacher Training, School Reclassification , School Feeding , Tablet of Knowledge (Opon Imo) for High School Students to prepare for WAEC Exams, School Infrastructure Revamp among others are bearing fruits.
“Osun has set its course right in the area of education and is becoming a shining example in the area of public educational reform for the Nation and beyond”.

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Baba Sala: ‘We’ve lost another icon – Aregbesola

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has commiserated with the Adejumo Abogunloko family of Ijoka Ilesa, on the passing of its patriarch, Apostle Moses Olaiya, aka Baba Sala.
Aregbesola said the death of Pa Adejumo, ends an era of flowing and successful theatre career.
The entertainer who was reported to have died of age-related illness, held the Nigerian theatre stage spellbound for more than five decades.
In a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr. Sola Fasure, Aregbesola said the death of the comedy legend would create a huge hiatus in the thespian trade in Nigeria.
The Governor said every Nigerian, who grew up in the South-West, would attest to the prowess and productivity of the late Pa Adejumo either on the television series and later the celluloid at the cinema.
Aregbesola noted that Adejumo was unarguably the greatest comedian around for more than 50 years, which made him the darling and delight of every home.
He said: “I received the news of the death of Pa Moses Olaiya aka Baba Sala, with a deep and irreplaceable sense of loss. He has been in our prayers since he battled with ailments arising from old age for some time now. His death is significant in here in that he has gone to rest with his Lord permanently.
“Nevertheless, his exit signified an end to his own brand of comedy, which no one can rival or beat. His death has therefore left a yawning gap in the theatre arena in the country.
“Pa Moses Olaiya Adejumo was undoubtedly a theatre veteran, a comedian par excellence and a humour merchant of no mean feat.
“He was a multi-talented artiste whose works straddle music, theatre and comedy. He had a travelling theatre troupe, performing in concerts, got his works recorded on vinyl and LP albums, cassettes, cartridge, celluloid, CD, video CD and DVD. He was also an entrepreneur, with significant investments in entertainment, hotels and recreation.
“He would forever be remembered for his creativity, dramatic simplicity, far-reaching and rib-cracking humour.
“His humour is clean, elevating, uplifting, philosophical and borne out of wisdom. You can hardly watch him without laughing and getting highly elated. He was a harbinger of good fortune: he made people forget their sorrows through his talent.
“His death certainly has left a gap too huge to be covered in the immediate subsequent years without him.

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Osun Poll: Court Remands Man In Prison Over Alleged Vote Buying

A Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, State of Osun presided by Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara, has remanded a 35-year-old man, Adeagbo Wasiu in prison over alleged intent to indulge in vote buying.

Police prosecutor, Felix Okafor, told the court that the accused was arrested with the sum of N116,000 during the September 22nd governorship election at Kolabalogun area in Osogbo.
Okafor who alleged that the accused person with others now at large, had the intent of influencing INEC and other officials at the poll, stated that they also conducted themselves in a disorderly manner.
He added that the offences contravened sections 124(4), 124(5), 130(a) of the Electoral Act, 2010 and section 517 of the Criminal Code Cap 34, volume II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2002.
The accused in his plea, however pleaded not guilty of the charges.
In his ruling, Magistrate Ayilara ordered that the accused be remanded in Ilesa prison custody and adjourned the case till November 21, 2018.

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Aregbe: Celebrating Teachers With Style

Do you know that Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola is a teacher, teaching all of us good lessons with actions?  Are you aware that his passion for education and teaching cannot be compared to that of any Governor that had ruled this State, living or dead?  Do you know that he had several times mooted the idea of paying teachers wages more handsome than the rest of the workers if it had not fared ill with our economy? Do you know that it would have been right to do so, if we are to be fully internationally compliant with the best practice? Aregbe is always on top for innovations.  Yes!

Are you aware that the Education Marshall, a mobile force of dedicated men and women in uniform assisting to curb truancy, indiscipline and cultism in schools is applauded to be the first of such initiatives to curb the menace of ‘out of school children syndrome’?   Do you know that all societies yearning for development must love teachers more than the rest of the workforce? Teachers are the engine room of the society.  No nation can rise beyond the quality of its teachers.   Are you aware that teachers earn more than medical doctors in the United States, Canada and Japan?  Yes!  That is their secret of getting it right.
Do you know that those politicians criticizing Aregbe’s policy on Education and teachers for creating the positions of Headmaster-General/ Permanent Secretary, Tutor-General/ Permanent Secretary, dividing the State into Education Districts, re-classification of schools, Edu-Marshall, Schools Sports, building of new schools and renovation of existing ones, promoting and giving automatic conversions to officer cadre all graduate teachers and sundry initiatives of this great teacher are doing that,  as lawyers would say in court, per incuriam, (simply out of ignorance)? Do you know that Aregbe’s stand-point in education and teaching is grounded in the original philosophy of education as canvassed by Socrates, Plato, Aristotle of Stagira and Jean Jacques Rousseau?  (This issue will be trashed out another day).  All of us must love education. A corollary of this thesis is that we must love our teachers.  If you want to know more about that, come along please.
Do you know that we owe much to our teachers?  Do you know that teachers are the only creatures God made in His own image?  Yes! Do you know that all of us are just like clay and teachers are potters…. molding us to shape? Are you aware that if not for teachers, many of us could not have amounted to much? That fact dawned on Abraham Lincoln early enough just like it is dawning on Aregbe as the celebrated Governor of our State.  Do you know Abraham Lincoln? Have you read the classic letter he wrote to his son’s teacher? Do you know that the letter has created international agenda for the roles of teachers in our world? You care for it? Come along, please. Abraham Lincoln was born on 12th February, 1809 and was assassinated on 15th April 15, 1865. He was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through the American Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.  He had been rated as the greatest American President, dead or living.
As a statesman. Abraham Lincoln, like Aregbe, valued quality education.  Equally, he did not joke with the role that teachers could play in giving quality education and to imbue the pupils with the traction to navigate the pool of life successfully. This Lincolnian belief was further demonstrated in the classic letter he wrote to his son’s teacher, a letter that has provoked a new international agenda for education and teaching in our world.  The letter interludes: A Letter From Abraham Lincoln To His Son’s Teacher
“My son starts school today. It is all going to be strange and new to him for a while and I wish you would treat him gently. It is an adventure that might take him across continents. All adventures that probably include wars, tragedy and sorrow. To live this life will require faith, love and courage.
So dear Teacher, will you please take him by his hand and teach him things he will have to know, teaching him – but gently, if you can. Teach him that for every enemy, there is a friend. He will have to know that all men are not just, that all men are not true. But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero, that for every crooked politician, there is a dedicated leader.
Teach him if you can that 10 cents earned is of far more value than a dollar found. In school, teacher, it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat. Teach him to learn how to gracefully lose, and enjoy winning when he does win.
Teach him to be gentle with people, tough with tough people. Steer him away from envy if you can and teach him the secret of quiet laughter. Teach him if you can – how to laugh when he is sad, teach him there is no shame in tears. Teach him there can be glory in failure and despair in success. Teach him to scoff at cynics.
Teach him if you can the wonders of books, but also give time to ponder the extreme mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun and flowers on a green hill. Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong.
Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone else is doing it. Teach him to listen to everyone, but teach him also to filters all that he hears on a screen of truth and take only the good that comes through.
Teach him to sell his talents and brains to the highest bidder but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul. Let him have the courage to be impatient, let him have the patient to be brave. Teach him to have sublime faith in himself, because then he will always have sublime faith in mankind, in God.
This is the order, teacher but see what best you can do. He is such a nice little boy and he is my son”.
The date was October 5.  The year was 1966.  The UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers was signed to address the status and situations of teachers around the world.  World Teachers’ Day is held annually on October 5 since 1994 to celebrate this UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. This Recommendation outlines standards relating to education personnel policy, recruitment, and initial training as well as the continuing education of teachers, their employment, and working conditions. It aims to focus on “appreciating, assessing and improving the educators of the world” and to provide an opportunity to consider issues related to teachers and teaching. It is a day that all of us dedicated to chart a positive cause for education must come together for celebration.  The Executive Council must rejoice.  The House of Assembly must roll out drums.  The Court must be there.  The Press must speak.  Non-governmental organisations and parents wave white banners without stain …all in salutary positions to honour teachers.  This is the international agenda, the dream to grow to civilization. No wonder for 2018, the UNESCO adopted the theme: “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher.”
And one more thing, please! Do you know that the 2018 edition of ‘Teachers’ Day’ on 5th October, 2018 was to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) to serve as a reminder that the right to education cannot be realized without trained and qualified teachers?  Do you know that the right to education has been made a universal right for all children in the world under the aegis of Child’s Right Convention? Do you know the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? You care? Come along!
The 2nd World War was fiendishly fought between 1939 and 1945.  During this war, the Allied Forces adopted the Four Freedoms as campaign slogans—freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from fear, and freedom from want—as their basic war aims. That accounted for the persuasion to reflect these slogans in the United Nations Charter which was formed after that monstrous war in 1945.  The UN Charter interludes:
“reaffirms faith in fundamental human rights, and dignity and worth of the human person” and committed all member states to promote “universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion”.
After the war, the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany became fully apparent.  There arose a consensus within the world community that the United Nations Charter did not sufficiently define the rights to which it referred. It was consummated that a universal declaration that specified the rights of individuals was necessary to give effect to the Charter’s provisions on human rights to discourage other nations in future from the grotesque human rights abuses perpetrated by Nazi Germany during the 2nd World War campaigns. Abi! How would you feel as you see over six million people, men, women and children of the same genealogy lined up into toxic gas chambers alive and turned to fertilizer to plant vegetable, tomatoes and ‘alubosa’? Do you know that was a just a scene in the weird drama of Nazi Germany during the 2nd World War?
In June 1946, the UN Economic and Social Council established the Commission on Human Rights to undertake the work of preparing what was initially conceived as an International Bill of Rights. The Committee met in two sessions over the course of two years. That culminated to the call for a meeting of the General Assembly. The UN General Assembly had its 183rd meeting held in Paris on 10th December 1948 as Resolution 217 at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France. The Declaration consists of 30 articles affirming an individual’s rights which, although not legally binding in themselves, have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, economic transfers, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions, and other laws as basic rights of all living citizens of the world.  The Declaration was the first step in the process of formulating the International Bill of Human Rights, which was completed in 1966, and came into force in 1976, after a sufficient number of countries had ratified them. Some legal scholars have argued that  the Declaration which we are marking the 70th years of its advent (1948-2018), has become binding as a part of customary international law. No Nazi Germany or its war machines could crush it again.
The Declaration consists of a preamble and thirty articles.  The preamble sets out the historical and social causes that led to the necessity of drafting the Declaration.
Articles 1–2 established the basic concepts of dignity, liberty, equality, and brotherhood.
Articles 3–11 established other individual rights, such as the right to life and the prohibition of slavery, as well as a universal freedom of speech.
Articles 6–11 refer to the fundamental legality of human rights with specific remedies cited for their defence when violated.
Articles 12–17 established the rights of the individual towards the community (including such things as freedom of movement).
Articles 18–21 sanctioned the so-called “constitutional liberties”, and with spiritual, public, and political freedoms, such as freedom of thought, opinion, religion and conscience, word, and peaceful association of the individual.
Articles 22–27 sanctioned an individual’s economic, social and cultural rights, including healthcare. Article 25 states: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services.” It also makes additional accommodations for security in case of physical debilitation or disability, and makes special mention of care given to those in motherhood or childhood.
Articles 28–30 established the general ways of using these rights, the areas in which these rights of the individual cannot be applied, and that they cannot be overcome against the individual.
These articles are concerned with the duty of the individual to society and the prohibition of use of rights in contravention of the purposes of the United Nations Organisation. The 1968 United Nations International Conference on Human Rights advised that the Declaration “constitutes an obligation for the members of the international community” to all persons. The Declaration has served as the foundation for two binding UN human rights covenants, namely: the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The principles of the Declaration are elaborated in international treaties such as the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the International Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations Convention Against Torture, and many more. The Declaration continues to be widely cited by governments, academics, advocates, and constitutional courts, and by individuals who appeal to its principles for the protection of their recognised human rights.
Do you know that groups such as Amnesty International and War Resisters International have advocated without success for “The Right to Refuse to Kill” to be added to the Universal Declaration of Rights? Are you aware that we are essentially lucky to have the right to education in the Universal Declaration of Rights?  Do you know by the theme of this year’s Teachers’ Day, UNESCO wants to enlarge the scope of the right to education?  The 2018 theme is:  “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher.” This is to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and serves as a reminder that the right to education cannot be realized without trained and qualified teachers. We all hold our successes to our teachers.
Do you know that Nigeria has worst global education indicators? Are you aware that the UNESCO has released a damning report about Nigeria’s education sector? The problem of Out of School Children is global as UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS 2014) stated that worldwide, nearly 58 million children of primary school age were not enrolled in school despite global initiatives dedicated to achieving universal primary education. Among these world’s Out of School Children, over two-thirds are in Sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia.   In 2014, the entire world had about 58 million out of school children and 10.5 million of these children were in Nigeria.  This is the largest in the world. UNICEF Nigeria declares that Nigeria’s population growth has put pressure on the country’s resources, public ser-vices and infrastructure. With children under 15 years of age accounting for 45 per cent of the population, the burden on education has become overwhelming. We need to motivate our teachers more so as to put us on the boulevard of development.
Recently, Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education of Nigeria disclosed that the number of out-of-school children (OOSC) in the country had dropped from 10.5 million to 8.6 million in the last three years. He said: “When President Muhammadu Buhari came into power in 2015, UNICEF said out-of-school children in Nigeria were about 10.5 million. But I want to tell Nigerians that with the effort of this president, especially with the school feeding programme, it dropped from 10.5 million to 8.6 million as at last year.” There are 36 State structures in the country, translating to 238, 888 out of school children in each State of the Federation.  This is a time-bomb, having devastating payloads.  Parts of the result is the ferocious insurgency in some parts of the North of Nigeria.
There is current drive now to reduce the number of out-of-school children by the gradual spread of the implementation of the Child Rights Act among the States, the establishment of model Almajiri schools in selected Northern States, increasing number of States accessing and utilizing the Universal Basic Education Intervention funds, the promotion of school feeding programme,  promotion of vocational and technical education, better attention to teachers among others. One curious aspect of the report on out of school children is that 60 per cent of them are girls.  The multiplier effects of illiterate mothers can be mor colossal.  Do you know that it is Aregbe’s initiative that is reversing the negative statistics of out of school children in Nigeria and the world?  No wonder the British Parliament invited him to address the entire Parliament on this rare initiative.  Do you know that various researches proved the rightness of this initiative?
According to Kunle Taylor, in World Journal for Education, (2014) the study of the School Feeding Programme of public elementary school pupils in the State of Osun reveals that it has a potential to solve the menace of out of school children syndrome plaguing our country Nigeria. The study was done with a view to determining its effects on school enrolment, retention, and academic performance of the pupils. The study adopted survey research design and obtained its data from primary and secondary sources. The primary data were obtained through a structured questionnaire administered on 116 respondents in 10 randomly selected public elementary schools in the State. The questionnaire was complemented by in-depth interview of 23 purposely selected officers involved in the implementation and monitoring of the school feeding programme. The retrieved data were analysed using descriptive statistics.
The results showed that pupils were fed daily through the school feeding programme.  It was also found that the programme had resulted in an increase in pupils’ enrolment (78.4%), retention (44.8%), as well as regularity (58.6%) and punctuality (69%) in school attendance. It has also enhanced the pupils’ performance in curricular and extracurricular activities (55.2%). The study concluded that the School Feeding Programme in our State has increased the enrolment and improved the performance of elementary school pupils in the State.  This is a challenge to our country.  No wonder that the Federal Government has copied the programme. We must move further than usual to motivate teachers more so as to arrest the national drift in education sector.
We must all mount campaigns for compulsory education for the girl-child.  This is because there is low perception of the value of education for girls and early marriages are among the reasons. Some northern states have laws requiring education of girls and prohibiting their withdrawal from school. Girls’ primary school attendance has been improving, but this has not been the case for girls from the poorest households. Do you know that there is a reserve of out of school children in Osunjela here in Osun… serving as house-helps in affluent homes? Do you know that those young boys and girls that we see at Ola-Iya Junction in Osogbo, hawking bread on the streets during the school hours are the nearest examples of out of school children? Do you know that they constitute danger to themselves and the society as we watch them without sending them back to our teachers to train them for us?  Teachers are the mill.
The world has not given up in tackling the menace of Out of School Children.   In finding solutions, experts diagnosed the problems leading to the problem and attributed the prevalence in Sub-Saharan Africa to a variety of supply and demand side barriers. They argued that children’s poor access to education may be occasioned by inadequate number of qualified teachers, materials and schools, particularly for children in remote areas, children living with disabilities, children in IDP camps and ethno-linguistic minorities. On the demand side, they opine that poor demand for education leading to exclusion from school may be driven by mis-perceptions about the benefits of schooling and or poor quality of education.  Can you see that teachers are identified as key to the solutions?
It is on this note that we are saluting the rare vision of Aregbe for establishing The Edu-Marshals of Osun.  This outfit of young men and women is given specific mandates which included the detection and prevention of truancy among students; the apprehension of school age child hawking or selling in stores or shops during school hours; maintenance of school hours surveillance and arrest, detention and investigation and/or returning or registering any person of school age found outside school premises during school hours. Other functions of the Edu-Marshals are the provision of intelligence to relevant ministries, police and stakeholders on any matters relating to a child, to make a child under 18 years of age to attend school or learn a trade (skills acquisition) and to ensure that the streets of Osun are free of children during school hours. Today, sports competitions are done in our schools without violence.  Cultism among students is on a sharp decline.  Rape cases in schools are reducing.
To crown it all, our teachers in the State performed a wonderful miracle this year in West African Examination Council’s results.  We now have more than 50 per cent credit rating in English Language and 70 per cent credit rating in Mathematics.  With this feat, great percentage of our students are now qualify to matriculate in our universities. No wonder that Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola has given priority to teachers in the new 10,000 housing scheme that is to commence by Aregbe before handling over power to his worthy successor. Mr Gboyega Oyetola.  On behalf of the Public Service, we congratulate all our teachers on this year’s celebration of World Teachers’ Day.  Bravo!     The words of Lincoln resume again:
“ So dear Teacher, will you please take him by his hand and teach him things he will have to know, teaching him – but gently, if you can. Teach him that for every enemy, there is a friend. He will have to know that all men are not just, that all men are not true. But teach him also that for every scoundrel there is a hero, that for every crooked politician, there is a dedicated leader.”, namely Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola.

  • Culled From the October edition of the Osun Civil Service Bulletin

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Saraki-led protest, a charade and act of irresponsibility – Rauf Aregbesola

The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola termed the protest led by Senate President, Bukola Saraki against the defeat of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun governorship election as a charade and act of irresponsibility.

“The party that was defeated in the election is already in the tribunal. So, I don’t know what the protest is meant to do.
“It is a charade and an act of gross irresponsibility. After an election, the only option left for any responsible citizen is to go to the tribunal.
“If you are already in court and you are still doing a street protest, it is either you are not mentally stable or you need psychiatric attention.
The Governor also appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for providing the enabling environment for a free and fair election in Osun State.
Saraki had led members of PDP on Friday to engage in a protest to the Abuja headquarter of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the police headquarters over their displeasure at the outcome of the recently concluded Osun State Governorship election and demanded that INEC declare PDP candidate Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the Osun election.
Meanwhile, the Police have summoned Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki, Senators Dino Melaye and Ben Bruce who were arrowheads of the protest.

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