Friday 3rd February 2023

We’ve Laid Solid Foundation For Osun’s Future – Aregbesola

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has on Monday predicted a brighter future for the state.

Aregbesola hinged the future rosy future prediction on the fact that his administration has laid a solid infrastructural foundation upon which the future of this state could be erected.

The Governor gave this assurance in his address to the people of the state on the occasion of the anniversary of the state creation.
Osun was created in 1991 from the parent Oyo State.
Aregbesola said his administration has laid the foundation for prosperity and enduring development in eight years.
According to him, his government has also reawakened in the people of the state the Omoluabi consciousness, which he described as an infrastructure of the mind that prepares people for greatness through hard work and goodly disposition to fellow humans
Aregbesola said eight years under his watch, the economy of Osun received a huge boost.
However, the governor, sounding optimistic, noted that the best is yet to come for the state, adding that the path before Osun and its people is very bright like the northern star.
The Governor also reiterated the importance of education, one of the cardinal programmes of his administration, as central to growth, development and the path to greatness.
“The path to greatness remains a good and qualitative education. We must all strive to provide it for our children and those in need of it around us. We must remain creative and use our God-given talent to solve problems around us. We must all work hard and love and have peaceful disposition towards our neighbours.
“In our own way, we have contributed significantly to the growth and development of Osun and in spite of the daunting financial challenges we faced in the second term of our administration, we are leaving Osun far better than we met it.
“Osun has recorded political, economic and physical development in the last eight years, more than at any point in its history. From the 30 local government areas and one area office, Osun now boasts of additional 31 Local Council Development Areas, three Area Councils and two Administrative Offices.
“Elections were conducted into them under the parliamentary system of government and the councils have since been inaugurated and are providing democratic governance to our people at the local level.
“Under our watch, the economy of Osun has received a big boost. We engaged over 40,000 youths in social work, empowered more than 150,000 artisans and traders with more than N20 billion soft and interest free loans.
“We have transformed education with reforms in all areas which include the building of brand new 21 Elementary Schools with 531 classrooms; 30 Middle Schools with 770 classrooms; and 11 High Schools with 792 classrooms, in addition to refurbishing old ones. The fortunes of secondary school leavers who wrote external examinations have improved tremendously under our watch. From the 15 per cent matriculable pass archived in WAEC by the administration before us, the figure has shot to 54 per cent under our administration,” he said.
Aregbesola stated that his government provided security for our people, took care of the aged in a way that has never been done before.
He noted that with constructions of intra and inter-states roads as well as rural roads within the state, Osun has been opened up and every nooks and crannies are now accessible with little efforts.
He also disclosed that his administration’s emphasis on sanitation and healthy environment has left the state clean and neat than it was eight years ago.
He called on the people of the state to vote the candidate of All Progressive Congress in the governorship election on 22nd September so as to guarantee continuity of the progress and achievement recorded in the past eight years.
The Governor continued: “More importantly, we have transformed the physical environment of Osun. We did this through the construction of more than 2,000 kilometres of roads, including 10 kilometres in each local government area. We have taken care of the environment and curbed flooding. Osun, particularly the capital city, Osogbo, is neater and more beautiful than we met it.
“On September 22, less than a month from now, there will be Governorship election, preparatory to our disengagement. It is a historic point in the annals of Osun.
“I can only implore you to build on the foundation we have laid by ushering in a progressive government that have served you these past eight years by way of continuity.
“We should display the Omoluabi ethos during the election, conduct ourselves peacefully, avoid violence and manipulation of the electoral process and think of what is best for the state, all our people, our children and the future of our state.
“I must thank and express my deepest appreciation to all those who have taken this state to where it is, beginning from all former administrators in the state – military and civilians – and the pioneer civil servants.”

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Osun 2018: INEC Assures Free, Fair Election

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), in the State of Osun, Mr Olusegun Agbaje has assured that the September 22nd governorship election in the state would be free, fair and devoid of vote buying.
Agbaje gave this assurance while addressing newsmen in Osogbo on Thursday.
He said toward achieving the set goal, the commission had commenced repositioning its operations to prevent such negative development during the forthcoming and subsequent elections in the area.
“We are making arrangements to reposition the voting cubicle so that ballot papers cannot be shown to another person after thumb-printing on it.
“We are also looking at putting one of the three security officers closer to the cubicles so that showing of ballot papers would be prevented.
“We are working with INEC headquarters to see how we can prevent voters from taking their phones into the cubicles.
This is to prevent them from taking pictures of their ballots, with a view to exchanging it for money.
“We have also spoken with the Commissioner of Police and heads of other security outfits, to go round the polling units during the elections and arrest anybody buying or selling votes.
“In the same vein, I will also be going round the polling units too and arrest people who engage in vote buying, as there is something called civilian arrest,” he said.
Agbaje added that the commission was embarrassed by the reports of vote buying during elections, noting that the allegation was worrisome.
“It is embarrassing to have three security agents at a polling unit and vote buying still takes place right in their presence.
“We have been talking with politicians because if they don’t bring money to the polling units, no electorate will be selling his or her vote. According to law, vote buying is a serious offence.“
According to Agbaje, the commission is desirous of having a successful election in Osun, adding that whatever happens in the conduct of the election would reflect 2019 general elections.

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Aregbesola Has Changed Lives Through O’YES – Commandante

The Commandante of Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (O’YES), Colonel Enibunkun Oyewole Rtd, has stated that the State Government of Osun under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola has changed the lives of thousands of youths in the state through the scheme.

Oyewole said this during a media chat with newsmen in his office in Osogbo on Thursday.
The O’YES Commandante noted that the scheme has helped the state to manage unemployment rate to a considerable manner, adding that the National Bureau of Statistics, in its publication rated Osun State to have the least unemployment rate.
Oyewole who stated that many O’YES cadets have been sent abroad for training in various skill acquisitions, noted that a sum of 3.6 billion naira is expended on the scheme annually.
He explained that the success of the programme attracted the attention of the World Bank, which studied it and certified it to be a viable and sustainable solution to the problem of youth unemployment in Nigeria and consequently recommended it to the Federal Government and other states in the country.
The result, the Commandante said, is the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) and N-Power programme that was launched in Abuja, adding that about 23 states have sent delegates to the state to understudied the programme.
He said the scheme was established in 2010 out of the precarious effects of unemployment in the state while describing it as one the greatest achievements of Aregbesola in office.
“OYES was introduced to effect and affect life by putting an end to unemployment in the state. The youth have had a better life approach and positive attitudes through the job.
“Some of my cadets are landlords who have built their houses through the money earned from the scheme and over 22,000 indigenes of the state are in OYES in all the geographical zone.”
He also noted that over 42,000 youth have benefitted from the scheme, adding that peace, calm and good behavior have been restored in the lives of jobless youth who doesn’t have any job doing and has also served as additional multiple sources of income to those who are into business and other job in the state.
“The scheme has not just taken its roots, it has empowered over 40,000 youths with life changing skills top become better citizens.
“From their rustic pedestrian living, the volunteers have broken free from poverty to become employers of labour.
“With savings from their monthly stipend of ten thousand Naira (N10,000.00) per month per volunteer, it was shocking to discover how they have turned their meagre income into small and cottage scale business concerns with further assistance from their relations.”
“Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (O’YES) cadets which is a revolving volunteer scheme designed to eliminate the frustration and paralysing effect of high and seemingly intractable youth unemployment pervasive in the state and country at large.
“It aims at equipping as many young men and women with positive work ethics and culture, self sustenance, resourcefulness and respect for the environment. It is designed to develop youths with character and competence.”
He however directed those who applied for OYES to go and check their names online, saying the portal had been opened and that the list of qualified applicant has been released.
The Commandante said training will starts in all the local government areas of Osun State on Monday for those whose name is among the successful applicant that came out.
He therefore thanked Governor Aregbesola for creating the scheme to butter the bread of Youths in the state.

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Aregbesola Urges Corp Members To Shun Electoral Malpractices

Against the build-up to September 22 governorship poll in Osun, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, on Monday cautioned members of the National Youth Service (NYSC), serving in the state against being used by desperate politicians to perpetrate electoral fraud or any form of malpractice.

Aregbesola handed down the warning during the closing ceremony/terminal parade of the orientation course for the 2018 Batch B corps members, at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Ede, Osun.

He emphasised the need for the corps members not to succumb to monetary inducement from some politicians, who may want to seek favours, capable of eroding the sanctity of the election, stressing that it was imperative for the NYSC members to maintain the oath of neutrality throughout the election exercise.

According to Aregbesola, “you all have been rightly informed during the swearing-in ceremony of your role in the forthcoming election in the state.
Ensure to abide by the advice which came to you through seasoned officers of the scheme and its collaborating agencies when you are called upon for participation in the election process in the course of your service year.

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AU Lauds Aregbesola on Infrastructure

The African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council says Osun State Governor,  Rauf Aregbesola,  has justified the essence of governance with the level of infrastructural developments witnessed by the state in the last seven and a half years that he has been in the saddle.

According to the AU-ECOSOCC, Aregbesola’s efforts in terms of infrastructure development cut across roads, schools, hospitals, security, agriculture and other social intervention programmes.

For his effort, AU-ECOSOCC gave Aregbesola an “award of excellence in good governance and physical infrastructural, capital and human developments” in Osun State.
The governor’s Media Adviser, Sola Fasure, quoted the AU-ECOSOCC Representative in Nigeria, Dr Tunji  Asaolu, as commending his principal on Saturday when he paid a courtesy visit to the governor.
The visit, Fasure explained, came after the AU-ECOSOCC completed a three-day Agenda 2063 Advocacy Project Inspection Tour of Osun.
Asaolu visited Aregbesola in company with the AU-ECOSOCC Head of Secretariat in Nigeria, Ambassador Chinwe Maduke; the Ambassador of Antigua Barbuda in Nigeria, Wallace Williams; and AU-ECOSOCC attaché, Mrs Kamsi Onyeuche.

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Osun Approves Free Train For Sallah Holiday Makers

The Osun government yesterday announced that arrangements have been concluded for the annual free train service to convey holiday makers during the coming Eid-el-Kabir festival.
In a statement by the Ministry of Industries, Commerce, Cooperatives and Empowerment, the government said the free train will, as usual, convey passengers from Lagos to Osogbo, the state capital, along the usual Lagos, Ogun, Oyo routes to the state capital.
The statement, by the Commissioner, Ismail Adekunle Jayeoba-Alagba, noted that the first trip from Lagos will take place at 10 a.m on August 19 while the second trip will take place at the same time on August 20.
After the holiday, the statement said, the train will return to Lagos at 10 a.m on August 26.

The government said the gesture is in continuation of its usual practice since 2011.

The statement said: “The Rauf Aregbesola administration has been doing this in the last eight years to facilitate easy movement during festivities. We, therefore, urge the people to make the best use of the opportunities the free train offers them because government wants them to come home and enjoy the celebration with relations.
“It is also another opportunity for the citizens of Osun who are resident outside the state to come home to appreciate the massive transformations that have taken place in their state.”

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Aregbesola Approves New Phase Of OYES Recruitment

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has approved the recruitment of another batch of cadets for the year 2018-2020 in the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES).

The announcement was confirmed on the official twitter handle of the OYES @OYESHQ on Tuesday.
It said the recruitment portal will open tomorrow, Wednesday 8th August, 2018.
The new recruitment will see another batch of 20,000 Youths enlisted into the scheme which has so far taken off the streets 62, 000 unemployed Youths of the state.
Since inception in 2011, the scheme has opened doors of opportunities for cadets as they have recorded successes in all sectors of the economy.
Its components like OYESTECH, O’AMBULANCE, Traffic Marshals, Green Marshals and many more have provided platforms for those engaged to find veritable platforms to become business owners, professionals and job creators at respective levels.

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Osun Govt Organizers Free Skill Acquisition For Unemployed Youths

Over 500 Unemployed Youths and Adults in the State of Osun are currently undergoing skill acquisition training in different locations across the state.

The skill acquisition handled by different facilitators is coordinated by the Office of Wealth Creation and Enterprise as well as the MSME unit of the Office of the Governor.
The 5-day training which began on Monday August 6 has vocations like Tailoring at the Lake Side Resort in Abeere, Red Brick Production in Ofatedo,  Fish Farming at Agric Mattaz, Ceramics at Atamara while those learning production of Locust Beans (Iru), Snail Rearing, Black Soap and Animal Feed are based in Ibokun.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Wealth Creation and Enterprise, Mr Ademola Akintoyese said the programme is part of the laudable ideas of the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola administration to bridge the unemployment gap in the state.
He said after the training, participants in the skill acquisition programme will be proud owners of Small Medium Scale Enterprises SME’s.
Akintoyese however commended the vision of the Governor in building of the legacies of laudable programmes dedicated to poverty eradication in the State of Osun.
The trainees will be presented with certificates on Friday August 10.
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Aregbesola honoured in Trinidad and Tobago

Governor Rauf Aregbesola has been honoured with the Spirit of Emancipation Award of Excellence in Trinidad and Tobago by his host country’s Emancipation Support Committee.
The event held at the Lidj Yasu Omowale Village in Port of Spain, the capital city.

Aregbesola was accompanied by his wife, Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola, and top government officials, including the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Ajibola Bashiru; Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr Obawale Adebisi; the Special Adviser on Culture and Tourism, Mrs Taiwo Oluga; the Director General in the Office of Economic Development and Partnership (OEDP), Dr Charles Akinola and the Chairman of Osun State Tourism Board, Bimbola Daniyan.
Presenting the award to the governor, the Chair of the Emancipation Support Committee of Trinidad and Tobago, Mr Khafra Kambon, hailed Aregbesola for his commitment to the emancipation of the Black race in the tradition of the great pan-Africanists.

He thanked him for attending the Emancipation Day celebration and for identifying with the people of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbeans.
Kambon said: “We have decided to honour our brother, His Excellency Rauf Aregbesola, for his commitment to the emancipation of all black people in the rich tradition of the great pan-Africanists, like Dr Kwame Nkrumah, George Padmore, W. E. B. du Boise, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and others.
“We feel honoured for him to have attended this year’s Emancipation Day with a delegation from Osun State. We have, therefore, decided to honour him with this award, not just from Trinidad and Tobago, but also on behalf of all the people of the Caribbean.”
Aregbesola urged his hosts to carry on the torch of the emancipation of Black people so that the struggles of the past would not be in vain.
He said: “I feel at home, with my brethren here in Trinidad and Tobago. I can see that all black people are one. I share your aspirations and struggles and I urge you not to rest on your oars until there is freedom for all black people wherever they are found.
“I thank the Emancipation Support Committee and especially my brother, Khafra Kambon, for the honour done to me today. This award will spur me to greater commitment to fight for the freedom and emancipation of all black people.

“I look forward to greater cooperation between our two nations – economically, socially, culturally and spiritually. If the blacks in Diaspora are successful, it will lift the blacks on the continent. By the same token, if the blacks on the continent are poor and downtrodden, it will negatively affect the status of Diaspora blacks.
“I have had a good time here. My greatest joy is being able to connect socially, culturally and spiritually with our people. I will, therefore, take with me the happy and joyous memory of my stay in Trinidad and Tobago and the warmth of its people.”

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Osun Gov. Commended On Track Record In Youth Empowerment

Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration has for the umpteenth time been commended for his unprecedented track record in youth employment and empowerment in the annals of the State of Osun.
The commendation came from the State Coordinator, Osun Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO), Mr. Olufemi Ifaturoti while delivering his remarks at the orientation of 1278 beneficiaries of the Public Work-Fare (PWF) component of Osun YESSO held recently in Osogbo, the state capital.
Mr. Ifaturoti who was represented by the Communication Officer, State Operation Coordinating Unit, Osun YESSO, Mr. Oluwamayowa Fagbohungbe maintained that, YESSO is an offshoot of the highly successful Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) Initiative of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration which he said had received several accolades, laurels and awards.
The State Coordinator, who equally enjoined the beneficiaries to count themselves lucky to have been part of the laudable programme, admonished them to make the best use of the golden opportunity.
The Commissioner for Empowerment and Youth Engagement, Mrs. Mofolake Adegboyega equally harped on the need for the beneficiaries to allow the globally lauded programme to be a success by giving it 100% commitment.
Mrs. Adegboyega who was represented by Mrs. Omobola Odediji maintained that to whom much is given much is expected, adding that they should endeavour to constantly give the programme their best with a view to coming out very strong at the end of it.
In his address at the event, the Head, Project Implementation Unit (PIU)- PWF, Osun YESSO, Mr. Olugbenga Odulaja congratulated the beneficiaries for being part of the programme, enjoining them not to leave any stone unturned at ensuring that the objective of the support operation is constantly upheld by embracing diligence, responsibility and commitment which are pivotal to the success of the initiative.
Each of the beneficiaries who will be earning the sum of Seven Thousand Five Hundred Naira (N7,500) at the end of every month will be deployed to identified sub-projects across their communities which include cutting of grass verges on roads and footpaths in the communities, proper waste disposal and filling of potholes. They will equally enjoy skill acquisition training once a week for them to be self reliant at the end of the programme.
The objective of the public workfare program is to provide immediate labor-intensive work opportunities for unskilled youths from poor households.

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