Wednesday 29th March 2023

Osun Council Workers Receive Promotion Letters

Local Government workers in the State of Osun have been charged to reciprocate the good gesture of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola-led administration in the state sequel to the unconditional approval of outstanding promotion and conversion exercises.
 

 
The Chairman, Local Government Service Commission gave the charge recently through the Coordinating Director of the commission, Lekan Babalola while presenting Promotion letters to officers in various departments of the Local Government councils.
According to him, the governor deserves commendations on this giant stride particularly on the welfare of workers, tasking the council workers in the state to understand the plight of the government, as the government is committed and sincere to pay all backlog of salary and pension arrears.
Barrister Babalola who was accompanied by some principal officers of the commission, including, Mrs M.O Irelewuyi, Director of Promotion, Appointment and Discipline and Alhaji Buraimoh, Director of Finance and Establishment assured the council workers a hitch free conversion exercise as experienced during the just concluded promotion exercise.
He added that those who sat for ASCON last January would also have the opportunity to attend the exercise.
Reacting, the Nigeria Labour Congress Chairman, Comrade Jacob Adekomi who is also a Local Government worker, while receiving his promotion letters appreciates the Governor of the state and the management team of the commission for the gesture.
While charging the staffers, Engineer Jacob Adeyeye, the State President of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees in the state pleaded for more commitments to duties by council workers, saying indolence must not be tolerated in any form in the service.
Also, the beneficiaries of the exercise pleaded with the state Government to backup the promotion with the necessary finances it deserves in time so as to cushion the effects of the current economic hardship.

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Osun Ranked Second Lowest State in Unemployment, Inflation Rate

The state of Osun has been ranked second lowest state in Nigeria in underemployment, unemployment and inflation rate.
According to a report released by the Financial Derivatives Company tagged ‘How the States Performed in 2017’, Osun has 19.0 per cent underemployment and unemployment, and 16.37 per cent inflation rate to come second to Taraba which has 13.4 and 16.18 per cent respectively.
 

 
In the measured “Misery Index” of the report obtained recently, Osun came second best with 35.36 per cent against 36.94 and 48.33 per cent of Ogun and Lagos state respectively.
Osun was also reported as the 5th state with lowest accruable revenue from Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).
Despite the position of the state in the FAAC, Osun is not part of the states with highest salary arrears, as shown in the ‘Delinquent States’ section of ‘How States Performed’ in the report.
Summarily, Osun was ranked the second less miserable and poverty-ridden state in 2017.
It would be recalled that the Managing Director of the FDC, Bismark Rewane had few months ago presented the report to the public.
Rewane said in one of the top three economic analysts in Nigeria, Osun had the lowest net FAAC allocation but was not delinquent in the payment of salary arrears.
Commenting on the report, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa attributed the positive ranking of the state to Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s ingenuity in addressing the financial crisis of the state.
Baderinwa said the report was a sincere, professional and realistic assessment of economic activities and development in the state in terms of income and expenditure and how it positively affects the people in general.

According to Baderinwa, Osun could not have been rated less going by the prudence and judicious management of the little resources accruable to the state by Aregbesola, who has demonstrated to be a good and focused manager of resources.
Baderinwa maintained that the projects, programmes and policies being executed by Aregbesola have no doubt developed the economy of the state, improve the wellbeing of the people and guarantee security of life and properties.
He said: “The FDC report is a welcome development; it actually reflects the social and economic development in the state. This type of report is coming for the fourth time in six months from veritable and independent sources – the first from the United Nations (UN) Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index 2016, second from the National Bureau of Statistics, the Renaissance Capital, a leading emerging markets investment bank in Africa and now the FDC Misery Index 2017.
“We make bold to say that all the three reports, the last of which is that of the FDC, confirmed Aregbesola’s ingenuity, vision and ceaseless efforts in transforming the State of Osun to an Eldorado, socially, economically and in terms of infrastructure.
“Programmes like Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) which provides regular resources for 40,000 youths, Osun Free School Feeding progamme named ‘O MEAL’ which employs over 3334 women who prepare meals for the school children, Osun Rural Enterprise and Agricultural Program (ORAEP), designed to empower the farmers have contributed immensely to the development of the state.”
Baderinwa said Osun economy will in no time receive boost when the $30.5million contract won by the Osun RLG/Adulawo Technology Company for the supply of Terrestrial Broadcast Set Top Boxes flows into the market.

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Osun Performance in WASSCE Has improved, Says Commissioner

What i offer to you therefore can be termed, Government Unusual – a Government totally committed to unlocking the latent potentials of our people
These were the words Aregbesola used in his booklet, ‘MY PACT with the people of the state of osun,’ which contained his ‘’Six–Point Integral Action Plan’’ which was presented to the people of Osun during his electioneering campaign in year 2007.
 
 
 
‘’Promote Functional Education” is the fifth action plan in this document with the vision to ‘’eradicate the frustration of youths caused by education that does not lead to employment.’’

As at November, 2010 when Aregbesola retrieved his mandate to govern the state of Osun, the situation in the Education Sector of Osun was marked with poor, dysfunctional, appalling, learning and teaching infrastructure across the State, non availability of adequate instructional materials, low morale of teachers, roughly dressed and malnourished pupils, poor monitoring and evaluation, low quality and dysfunctional Basic and Senior Secondary Education.
All of these were crowned with very poor performance of students in internal and external examinations.
 In order to address the challenges, an Education Summit was held in February, 2011.
A blueprint for the Education Sector was produced from, which radical and comprehensive policies and programmes were designed.
Government has since been implementing the blueprint.
 The modern, state of the art, world class infrastructure built by Aregbesola for the Elementary, Middle and High Schools have been applauded and commended by all commentators including even his detractors, as bold, unprecedented efforts to move education in Osun from darkness to light.
Not being able to defend the neglect and incompetence demonstrated in the seven years before Aregbesola, the detractors have continued to attempt to deceive and hoodwink the society by deliberately parading and spreading false, unsubstantiated, information that is not backed up by any credible evidence.
To ensure the truth is told and records are straightened for all to know, so that the public will no longer be misled by the shameless, who have no inhibitions in deliberately spreading falsehood, the Ministry of Education applied to West African Examinations Council to officially furnish us with performance results from 2006 to 2017 in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

The results, official from WAEC, show that the best performance by students in Osun, for those with five credits including English and Mathematics, in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), in the five years before Aregbesola was 15.68 %.
With the focused, deliberate and purposeful intervention of the Government led by Aregbesola in the Education Sector, the State has achieved 284% improvement in the performance of students in same examinations from 15.68% in 2010 to 44.47% in 2017 examinations.
Not good enough yet, but it is a pointer to a better future based on the foundation laid by Aregbesola, which should be allowed to germinate to fruition with continuity, by those who share his vision.
It is a deep understanding of the flaw in the philosophy and foundation of our education that differentiates the government of Aregbesola from many of its predecessors.
For Aregbesola, an educated man must be a true Omoluabi – ‘’Honest, Courageous, Rational.
A cultural icon with Character, truly Yoruba (truly African, fluent in his/her mother tongue), International (comfortable in one or more international languages), Critical and Creative thinking, Knowledge – seeking, Productive, Problem- solving, Respects laws, rules and rights of others, Thrifty and Investing, Collaborative, Time Conscious, Responsible.’’

The vision of Aregbeola’s government is to make our schools, ‘’world class schools’’ that produce confident, matriculate-able students who are first class scholars, cultural icons and models of good character, innovation and competence – the true Omoluabi.
They will compete well with their counterparts anywhere in the world, excel and transform the African society positively.
Aregbesola‘s vision of functional Education that will help every child to find his/her purpose in life as an Omoluabi, irrespective of circumstances of birth is the path from darkness to light for our society.
State Of Osun Education Infrastructure
Radical and comprehensive policies and programmes which have been carried out include:
• Decentralisation of school administration and management through creation of three Education Districts and Establishment of Teachers’ Pension Office (TEPO) for more effective monitoring
These are headed by Tutor Generals/ Permanent Secretaries.
•Further decentralisation by creation of nine Basic Education Zones headed by Head Master Generals/ Permanent Secretaries
• School re-classification into Elementary, Middle and High Schools for improved management efficiency.
• Osun School Feeding and Health Programme (O-Meals); The world acclaimed programme being replicated nationwide.
O-Meals has served more than 300,000,000 meals in the last six years.

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Osun performance in WASSCE has improved, says commissioner

The State of Osun Commissioner for Education, Mr. Wasiu Omotunde-Young, has said the performance of pupils in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination has improved by 284 per cent.
Omotunde-Young said this at a press conference in Osogbo on Thursday.

He said the state recorded just 15.68 per cent in WASSCE in 2010 just before Governor Rauf Aregbesola assumed office but said the state achieved this feat through the deliberate efforts of his administration to reposition the education sector.
 
 

 
He stated that the administration attached so much importance to the sector while stressing that this was why the administration embarked on massive infrastructural  development in schools across the state and to also reinvigorate the school feeding programme.
He said, “To ensure truth is told and records are straightened for all to know, so that the public will no longer be misled, the Ministry of Education applied to the West Africa Examination Council to officially furnish us with performance results from 2006-2017 in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination.
“The results, official from WAEC , show that the best performance by students in Osun for those with five credits including English and Mathematics in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination in the five years before Aregbesola was 15.68 per cent.
“With the focussed, deliberate and purposeful intervention of the Government led by Aregbesola in the Education Sector, the State has achieved 284 per cent  improvement in the performance of students in same examinations from 15.68 per cent in 2010 to 44.47 per cent  in 2017 examinations.
“Not good enough yet, but it is a pointer to a better future based on the foundation laid by Aregbesola which should beallowed to germinate to fruition with continuity, by those who share his vision.”
The commissioner said that Aregbesola was working to ensure that the sector in the state produced educated persons who were honest, courageous and rational. Such, he said, must be fluent in their mother tongue and at least one international language.
The Aregbesola administration, he said, set up Quality  Assurance  and the Morality  Enforcement  Agency and deployed education marshals which he added had led to a substantial reduction in moral decadence and indiscipline  among pupils.

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AfDB To Support Aregbesola in Completing Airport, Other Projects

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has offered support to Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola for the completion of some of his projects including the airport.

This was revealed during a meeting between top officials of AfDB with Governor Aregbesola at the Government House in Osogbo as part of a one-day visit to Osun on an exploratory mission to support the State’s developmental agenda.
The officials of AfDB led by its Country Director Mr Ebrima Faal, inspected facilities at the Technical College in Osogbo and the waterworks in Ede.
Faal said the visit gave his team the opportunity to see the developmental efforts of the current administration in the state and to determine the subsequent steps to be taken to support the State.
At the Osogbo Technical College, the AfDB delegation was taking to various departs and workshops where modern equipment for carpentry, shoemaking and other machines were displayed.
Technical engineers at the Ede Waterworks conducted the AfDB team round the facilities including the water dam and the water treatment equipment.
The AfDB delegation was accompanied by the Senior Technical Adviser to Osun State Governor on Development Partners and International Relations, Dr. Michael Olugbile as well as members of the State Executive Council including the Commissioner for Education, Mr Wasiu Omotunde Young, the Commissioner for Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives, Honourable Ismail Adekunle Jayeoba-Alagbada and the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Dr. Dauda Olalekan Yinusa.
 Dr. Michael Olugbile while acknowledging the ongoing support of AfDB  for the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS) project, said the visit of the AfDB delegation was part of efforts  to attracting more donor  assistance to the State to support the developmental agenda of Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led administration while also laying solid foundation for incoming administration.
Olugbile said the AfDB would support Osun state government on the upgrading and completion of the nine Technical Colleges in the state. He added that the AfDB would also support Osun on Urban water schemes and to complete the Osun airport christened MKO Abiola Airport.
In his response, Aregbesola said “I’m in a hurry to achieve this. Please, I cannot be patient to see this happening. Please let us move fast to achieve this because my tenure will soon end as governor of this state.
Aregbesola also used the occasion to showcase his numerous achievements to the team and urged AfDB to fast track the process of its intervention in the state.

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Jonathan Government Exploited The Masses – Aregbesola

Governor, State of  Osun,Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has taken a swipe at former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration in respect to treatment of masses in Nigeria.

Aregbesola in a series of tweets described Jonathan’s administration as one known for exploiting the masses while enriching selected few.
On the other hand, the All Progressives Congress, APC, governor described Buhari’s administration as one which improved the lives of the masses with little available resources.

“Jonathanomics is what I describe as an effort to enrich some selected pockets at the detriment of the masses while Buharinomics is the effort of a government to use little available resources to better the lives of the masses,” Aregbesola tweeted.
Aregbodola added that his political interest in the state was to promote equality in human lives in his state through education among others.
“My political interest is to reduce the inequality in the way of human life. This has been my vision since my political consciousness from age 9 in Primary 3,” he added.

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Aregbesola Didn’t Spend N4.6b on Trailer Parks

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The Osun State government has debunked claims that Governor Rauf Aregbesola spent N4.6 billion on four trailer parks across the state.
A statement yesterday in Osogbo, the state capital, by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa, said: “It has come to the attention of the State Government of Osun, the false and unfounded accusation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the noble person of Governor Rauf Aregbesola on the planned construction of four trailer parks in some parts of the state.
“The PDP, in its usual arbitrary manner, falsely claimed that Governor Aregbesola awarded a N4.6 billion contract for trailer parks, which was not executed.
“To set the record straight, the state government wishes to state that no kobo of the state was spent on the proposed trailer parks; the government had no financial commitment to the execution of the contract, and it had been terminated for a very long time.

“The contract was awarded on concession to Safeway Track Solution Limited in 2011, following the proposal it presented to the state government.
“The concession agreement was signed on November 30, 2012. The concession agreement was that the company was going to be fully responsible for the project financing; therefore, the government had no financial commitment to the project. And all necessary facilities were to be provided by the company in each of the parks that were to be built in Osogbo-Ikirun road, Osogbo-Iwo Road, Osogbo-Ilesa Road and Osogbo-Akoda Road.”
 
“According to the concession agreement, the concessionaire (Safeway Track Solution Limited) would build, operate and transfer the facilities to the state government after 25 years. Before the transfer, the state government was to have 30 per cent of the total profit earned while the concessionaire was to have 70 per cent.
“The only commitment of the state government to the planned park was the provision of land, which was provided to the Safeway Track Solution Limited by the Ministry of Works. The total cost of the contract was N4.6 billion, including the value of the provided land, which was N320 million.
“It is on record that the contractor worked for some time before challenges set in, which prevented further work on the project sites.

“Based on the inability or the failure of the concessionaire, the government terminated the contract. That is the fact of the contract.
“The PDP has been known for mischief, frivolous allegation and deceit. The party has failed in its deliberate attempt to misconstrue the concession agreement of the planned trailer parks. The PDP knows the fact but went ahead to tell cheap lies. It amounts to irresponsibility and outright absence of conscience for the PDP to misinform the public. This is not how to do opposition; it is simply a dubious character.
“The Rauf Aregbesola administration has been transparent and prudent in award of contracts and governance issues. The governor has been able to manage the meagre resources of the state for unprecedented and surprising development of the state. It is worthy of note that Osun did not witness any meaningful development when the PDP government, which got huge amounts of money, was managing the affairs of the state. We urge the PDP to stop this campaign of calumny and fruitless effort to smear Aregbesola’s good image.
“No matter how devilish they become, the people of Osun have chosen to continue supporting the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Aregbesola’s administration. The PDP should for once live a truthful life.”

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Aboderin’s death shocking, sad – Aregbesola

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has described the death of the Chairman of Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr. Gbadebowale Aboderin, as shocking and very sad.
In a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr. Sola Fasure, Aregbesola said the late Aboderin exited at a time he was most needed in the media and sport sectors.

 

 
The governor noted that while alive, the deceased was a pillar of sports, particularly basketball, on which he devoted time and invaluable resources.
Aregbesola stated that with the little time he spent in the media industry, he proved himself a shrewd businessman, who left indelible footprints on the sands of time.
The statement read in part, “I received with shock and utmost sadness the news of the death of Mr. Wale Aboderin, the Chairman of the Punch Nigeria Limited. To say that the news of his death was sad and devastating is an understatement. It sounded like a dream but the reality of the story jolted me back to the obvious — death, the necessary end of every creature.
“The deceased was a nice, quite unassuming and easy-going gentleman when alive. His enthusiasm was infectious. He was a man of deep conviction of his Christian faith but tolerant of others and never imposing.”
Recalling his time with the Aboderin, Aregbesola said, “The last time we were together, he was vivacious, humorous and full of life. He gave no indication of death or any health challenge that should give cause for concern. Being a scion of the illustrious Aboderin family of Ibadan, he certainly lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation. He contributed in no mean way to national development through the media, sports and youth development. He paid his dues.
“On behalf of my family, the government and good people of Osun, I commiserate with Wale’s immediate family, the entire Aboderin family and Punch newspaper on his departure. May the Almighty God give them the fortitude to bear this huge loss,” Aregbesola said.

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Agency completes 368 micro-projects in Osun

The Osun State Agency for Community and Social Development (CSDP) has competed 368 micro-projects across the state.
 
 
 
Its General Manager, Mrs Funmi Aderonke Abokede, broke the news during a training organised for CSDP desk officers from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as all the local government areas in the state in Osogbo, the state capital.
She said the state had adopted Community Driven Development (CDD) approach to donor-assisted projects in the state.
The agency chief described CDD as bottom-up approach that enables beneficiaries of such projects to partake in the process – from conception to completion.
 
Mrs Abokede hailed Governor Rauf Aregbesola for his prompt payment of counterpart funds.
The agency chief said this enabled the state to benefit from donor-funded projects.
She urged local government chairmen to embrace the CDD approach to ensure effectiveness of the projects in their areas.
According to her, the training was aimed at equipping CSDP desk officers on CDD as the right approach development.
Mrs Abokede highlighted the pragmatic approaches to engaging stakeholders on donor-assisted projects in their community and ensure that they are fully involved.

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Final Batch Of UNIOSUN Students Graduate From Ukraine Medical University

The final batch of Osun State University Students sent to Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkov, Ukraine by Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration in the State of Osun to complete their medical studies have graduated.
The last batch comprising 31 students were said to have passed the 2018 Ukraine National Medical Final Exams (KROK 2) when the results was released recently.
Reports have it that Miss Mustapha Lateefat Kemi , an indigene of Okuku emerged the overall best in Karazin Kharkiv National University this year  while another lady Adebayo Rukayat Abiodun an indigene of Ede emerged the 2nd overall best in the university.
It would be recalled that last year, 50 UNIOSUN Medical students who wrote the 2017 Ukraine National Medical Final Exams came out with outstanding results where one of them, Miss Latifat Abiola Oyeleye was declared the over best medical student of the University as well as the 2017 overall best student in Ukraine with an outstanding score of 95.6% in KROK 2 Exam.
The UNIOSUN students were sent to Ukraine by the State Government of Osun under the leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola administration to complete their medical studies as a result of non-availability of teaching hospital for their clinical studies.

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