Friday 3rd February 2023

Osun Assembly Expresses Commitment To Enacting People-oriented Laws

The state of Osun House of Assembly has reiterated its commitment to enacting laws that would enhance the welfare of the people.
 

 
Speaker of the Assembly, Dr. Najeem Salaam made the remarks on Tuesday while presiding over the plenary of the house at the Assembly complex, Osogbo, as the parliament gave further consideration to the State of Osun Asset Management Agency Establishment Bill 2018.
The bill was considered at the committee of the whole where the lawmakers proceeded with further scrutiny of the document.
Areas of the bill meant for the attention of the legislators were thoroughly debated, as contributions were made towards effecting necessary corrections in clauses 31-42 of the bill.
The amendments made as agreed were included to form part of the original bill, just as the clerk at table was directed to prepare a clean copy of the document for third reading and passage.
Also, the report of joint House Committees on Health and Judiciary on the State Health Insurance Scheme bill 2018 was read on the floor.
Therefore, this elicited comments by the lawmakers in which they lauded the two committees for a job well done, just as the speaker stressed the need to compare the report alongside the original copy of the bill.
Similarly, the State of Osun Parks and Gardens Agency bill 2018 was also read for the first time at the plenary on the strength of the motion moved and seconded.
The speaker had earlier in a remark stressed the need to fast track the business of legislation, noting that the House would soon proceed on recess.

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Security Is Important For Peace – Osun Governor

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has said that security is important for peace which in turn creates an enabling environment for success in business and economic development.
 

 
This, according to the Governor, is the reason his administration made it part of his six-point integral action plan.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Otunba Grace Titi Laoye Tomori stated this while speaking during the Osun State Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) Week held in Osogbo recently.
She revealed that the implementation of the administration’s peace plan across the state has been sustained.
“As part of the administration’s efforts at maintaining an atmosphere of peace throughout the state, the government had procured 25 Armoured Personnel Carriers [APC], 100 patrol vehicles, 1 surveillance helicopter, several bullet proof vests, security control centre.
“The state government is also in the planning stage of acquiring an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle [UAV] popularly known as a drone”, she added.
The governor showered encomiums on the Osun Command  PCRC Chairman, Comrade Amitolu Shittu thanking him for his ceaseless efforts in piloting the affairs of the committee.
The governor who maintained that the state was the most peaceful in Nigeria called for co-operation between the conventional and non-conventional security agencies.
Delivering a lecture on the theme of the week; “Community Policing and Responsibility of Stakeholders”, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmed Ilyasu was of the opinion that the ‘police is the public and the public is the police’.
He advocated for a conscious and relentless role to be played by various stakeholders, positive interactions, partnership, town hall meetings and community neighbourhood watch which serve as credible means of ensuring security.
Ilyasu added that service to the nation, the people and value addition are benefits of community policing.
“In order to ensure adequate and successful community policing, there is need for the police to check crime and restore confidence in the people, it should be a requirement for crafting perfect policy for a perfect society”.

 

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Osun Government 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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Aregbesola Renews Call For State Police

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has called on the Federal Government and stakeholders in Nigeria to decentralize the Nigeria Police Force in order to enhance growth and productivity in the country.
 
 

 
Governor Aregbesola made the call in Osogbo at the weekend when he met with the leaders and members of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) in the South West zone who visited him at Government House.
He noted that the present Police system in Nigeria would never create room for civilization which would enhance growth and productivity in Nigeria.
He stated that in all Federations such as we have in Nigeria, there is none that has centralized police system that Nigeria currently practiced.
“The Nigerian Police as it is already currently overburdened with task of keeping the Federal laws. Therefore any other assignment from the States is just a further burden.
“Let us be sincere with ourselves, there is no way a single man can sit somewhere and effectively control 36 police commands in a way that will bring about effective policing in all the commands.
“Why must each Commissioner of Police in the states take order from the Inspector General when we have the zonal police, which at present is just there as retirement forum. What is the work of the zonal Police now? Nothing.
“For effective policing, you must restructure the Police. The way to go is for the state to have its police.
“There is the question of where will the state get the money to fund the police. It is a good question but that cannot be a reason not to have an effective policing system in the country. The judiciary is a federated system. My high court here in Osun is a federated unit of the Nigerian judiciary system. It draws its funding from the Federation account and in that account, judiciary money is a first line charge. If the state judiciary can be funded from the federation account, state police can also be so funded.
“Nigeria has a federation account and the state police fund should be first line charge too on that account as the state judiciary commissions are funded.”
The governor pointed out that restructuring the Nigerian Police will bring civilizationwhich, he said, was only possible where peace and security existed.

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Community Leader Urges Voters to be Peaceful During Polls

A community leader in Iwo Local Government Area of Osun state, Niyi Oriolowo, has charged the people of the town to be calm and remain peaceful ahead of the September 22 governorship election in the state.

Oriolowo who hailed the contributions of the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Olawale Akanbi Telu to the peace reigning in the town, stressed the need for the monarch to ensure that all Iwo indigenes embrace peace during the poll.

The community leader, who spoke in Iwo at the Fidau organised for the late Ekerin Oluwo, Chief Bayo Aremu, said the people of Iwo should unite together and forget their individual differences in the interest of the community. He said the community needs the presence of the state and federal government to develop to the satisfaction of its founders.

According to him, “the people of Iwo are known for peace and tolerance and these attributes must be demonstrated in the forthcoming governorship election.”
Oriolowo also charged traditional rulers and religious leaders in all the three Local Government Areas that make up Iwo land to preach peace and tolerance to their subjects and followers ahead of the poll. He stressed the need for love to dwell among the people irrespective of political or religious differences, saying, “we can only achieve in Iwo land if we love ourselves and allow peace to reign in our midst.”

Also, he called on the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Akanbi to continue with his initiatives aimed at uniting all the indigenes of the town both at home and in the Diaspora.

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We Are Working to Transform Ejigbo’s Economy — Bello

Chairman of Ejigbo Local Government Council Development Area, LCDA, Mr. Monsuru Bello, has said the LCDA is working towards economic transformation of the area. He said this at the council’s first Ejigbo Business Summit tagged Corporate Governance: Road Map to Shared Prosperity in Ejigbo LCDA.
 
According to Bello, “this event is expected to focus primarily on corporate governance with emphasis on creating an environment conducive for business owners and develop-ment of small, medium and large business ventures as key drivers of economic growth and wealth creation.
 
“It will transform the lives of the people of our community and also reinforce a cordial and mutually-beneficial relationship between our government and the organised private sector, which will move Ejigbo closer to the vision of becoming Lagos economic and financial hub.”
 
To achieve this, according to Professor of Political Economy and Management, Pat Utomi, stressed that the local government was the most important level of government, because it is closer to the people. He urged corporate organisations to focus on future profits and partner with the local government.
 
“The oil of local government is the output of businesses, because when business is performing tops, it pays more taxes and the more taxes it pays will help the local government to provide more services to facilitate better performing businesses,” Utomi added.

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How Osun is Using Technology to Checkmate Farmers/Herders Clash

State of Osun has taken refuge in technology to nip potential farmers/herders clash that has claimed millions of lives in some parts of the country in the bud.
Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Technology, Oluremi Omowaye, who spoke in an interview with The Nationin Lagos, said the government has put in place an inquiry call centre and invested heavily in unmanned aerial vehicles that would gather data and relay same to the centre which would be analysed for action.
 

 
According to Omowaye, the response of the Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s government to the menace of herder/farmers incessant clashes was to think out of the box for a technological solution that would allow seamless flow of information about the movement of livestocks and their owners across the state.
He said: “We needed to set up an inquiry call centre and we needed a short code so that it will be easy for people to reach us.  We approached the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) which granted us the code after detailed presentation by our team.
“This technology will be deployed this week using unmanned aerial vehicles that would interface with the call centre. We want a scenario whereby all livestock in Osun would have a unique individual identity so that when a livestock strays into your farm, all you need to do is text the first three digits to the short code issued by the NCC and once you do that you will get a response from the call centre to check the owner.

“From the call centre too, the owner would be called. Aside that, we are also going to use it for other services such as ambulance services because in the call centre, you have the security operatives too so, we thank the NCC for quick response.
‘’I know the NCC is trying to establish a call centre at in Osun so we have an agreement that when they come up with their own, we will.’’
On supportive infrastructure on which the technology would ride, he said the state is one of the leading states in the federation in terms of the providing infrastructure.
He said:  “Osun is one of the leading infrastructure states in Nigeria. Governor Aregbesola has opened up a lot of roads, health and educational infrastructure. The government is even working in the area of electricity since it is the major challenge IT has. We are working on boosting power generation in the state but one thing that is unfortunate is that companies do not pay tax.
“There is no government that can function well without paying tax. What is coming from Abuja cannot pay salaries so we enjoin the companies to cooperate with the state government and pay tax. I am sure with the level of investment in infrastructure so far, Osun is the place to be for investors, both local and foreign.
“We are deploying IT solutions to ease tax collection but no matter the solution you deploy, computer is garbage; garbage out, if they do not cooperate, it won’t work. But we have deployed a lot of solutions that will enhance tax collection. There is always this allegation of multiple taxation by state governments too. We have also deployed solution that would end the regime of multiple taxation in the state.”
On the monthly internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state, he said it is less than N1billion while the wage bill for both employees of the state and local governments is above N5billion, stressing that a lot needed to be done in the area of increasing the state’s IGR so that the monthly wait for Abuja would become a thing of the past.
On the state of the art infrastructure put in place in the state, he said: “What Governor Aregbesola has done Osun is a world-class design, world class standard. The government encourages that the two ducts were built so that not only fibre optics would fly. The government is also thinking of building an industrial park so that the infrastructure would not be scattered all over the state. We are working on the industrial park. We are also talking to some Chinese investors for the industrial park and in the park, there will be a segment for IICT park,” Omowaye said.

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U.S-based NGO trains 125 traditionalist kids in Osun

United States of America-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), DuniaFore Foundation, has screened the popular Afrocentric movie, Black Panther, to children of traditionalists in Osogbo, Osun State capital.
 

 
 
The screening was part of the grand finale of the NGO’s annual month-long programme, tagged: Asalaye Academy, an initiative that enriches traditionalist children with academics while emphasising Pan-African awareness and pride in African culture.
The NGO’s founder, Dr Nzinga Olabisi Metzger, who is an African-America anthropologist with Sierra Leonean origin, told reporters her passion for the emancipation of the African traditional religion made her to set up the annual academy, which holds in classrooms provided by the Araba Awo of Osogbo, Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon.
The Asalaye Academy project, according to Dr Metzger, seeks to give a sense of belonging to children of traditional worshippers, who are condemned to the curriculum of Western education, which centres only on Islam and Christianity.
The academy, in the past four weeks, has trained 125 children, aged seven to 17 in Osogbo.

It has been feeding them, providing instructional materials and tutoring them in courses geared towards re-awakening the consciousness of traditionalist values in the religion.
It has also been motivating the children to pursue their futuristic dreams without minding the social stigma on them.
Dr Metzger said: “There is a kind of societal colouration to being a traditionalist. We have discovered that the normal school curriculum in Nigeria does not create a space for the traditional religion to be learnt as we have in the two religions brought by missionaries to Nigeria.
“We are also trying to establish the Pan-Africanism in the values of the traditional religion on them in a bid to change the idea of backwardness and illiteracy associated with the traditional religion and its worshipers. The curriculum also opens the children’s minds to the history of their continent, fusing it with the current trends in the global space.
“So far, some of the students have the full knowledge of the African continent, the countries, cultures and tradition. They have also been taught how to become self-reliant pan-Africanists.
“What has excited me more in all of these is the ability of those participants who have been able to learn more and become better traditionalists and contributors to their society.”

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Aregbesola Renews Call For State Police

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has called on the Federal Government and stakeholders in Nigeria to decentralize the Nigeria Police Force in order to enhance growth and productivity in the country.
 

 
Governor Aregbesola made the call in Osogbo at the weekend when he met with the leaders and members of the Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) in the South West zone who visited him at Government House.
He noted that the present Police system in Nigeria would never create room for civilization which would enhance growth and productivity in Nigeria.
He stated that in all Federations such as we have in Nigeria, there is none that has centralized police system that Nigeria currently practiced.
“The Nigerian Police as it is already currently overburdened with task of keeping the Federal laws. Therefore any other assignment from the States is just a further burden.
“Let us be sincere with ourselves, there is no way a single man can sit somewhere and effectively control 36 police commands in a way that will bring about effective policing in all the commands.
“Why must each Commissioner of Police in the states take order from the Inspector General when we have the zonal police, which at present is just there as retirement forum. What is the work of the zonal Police now? Nothing.
“For effective policing, you must restructure the Police. The way to go is for the state to have its police.
“There is the question of where will the state get the money to fund the police. It is a good question but that cannot be a reason not to have an effective policing system in the country. The judiciary is a federated system. My high court here in Osun is a federated unit of the Nigerian judiciary system. It draws its funding from the Federation account and in that account, judiciary money is a first line charge. If the state judiciary can be funded from the federation account, state police can also be so funded.
“Nigeria has a federation account and the state police fund should be first line charge too on that account as the state judiciary commissions are funded.”
The governor pointed out that restructuring the Nigerian Police will bring civilization which, he said, was only possible where peace and security existed.

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Osun Assembly Reiterates Commitment To Deliver Legislative Mandate

The State of Osun House of Assembly has said that it would continue to focus on its primary assignment, with a view to delivering on its legislative mandate within the remaining period of the current Assembly.
 

 
The speaker of the state parliament, Dr. Najeem Salaam made the remark on Monday while presiding over the plenary of the Assembly at the state House of Assembly complex Osogbo.
At the plenary presided over by the speaker, two items were deliberated upon as contained in the order paper for the day.
The first was the State of Osun Asset Management Agency Establishment Bill 2018 on which the House dissolved into the committee of the whole for further consideration.
Clauses 10-17 of the Bill were debated as the lawmakers engaged in deliberations with expresion of varied opinion while the Clauses were subjected to scrutiny.
The outcome was later reported as corrections and amendments made at the committee level were read out with unanimous decision on what was agreed upon to form part of the Bill.
However, the other item was the report of findings of the House committee on Judiciary, Human right, Justice Public Petition and Legal matters on administration of criminal Justice Bill 2018.
The report as submitted by the committee chairman Hon. Osuolale Bello from Ifelodun State constituency was debated on the floor after which the House suspended further deliberation pending the time the model used by the committee would be made available.
Addressing the plenary, the Speaker commended the committee for a job well done. He stressed the need to move faster in the business of the legislation and stating that the Assembly would focus on its primary assignment assuring that the parliament would delivered on its mandate to the good people of the state.
The speaker, Dr. Salaam also expressed His gratitude to those who keep faith with him during the just concluded All Progressives Congress Governorship Primary Election in the state.
According to him, “my gratitude goes to you all for keeping faith with our bond as one people with common destiny in the last few years, three years to be precise in the life of this Sixth Assembly. I am most grateful to God that makes our relationship uniquely defined”.
He appreciated those who stood by him while the battle lasted, while also thanked those who expressed their democratic right differently.
He then urged his colleagues to focus on their primary assignment to whom they are elected to do and be diligent in their legislative business.
He said “I will like to say that this parliament must strive to deliver on its mandate because in the next few months, this assembly would be winding up and posterity will surely judge us, using our productivity and delivery”.
He advised the parliament to set their binocular lens to all areas of their oversight functions and set up feedback mechanism on laws they have pass and structures they had consented to with a view to ensuring that their labour is not in vain.

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