Sunday 2nd October 2022

Osun Govt: Oluwo, Agbowu fight unfortunate

The Government of the State of Osun has described as unfortunate and avoidable, the face-off between the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed and Oba Dhikrulahi Akinropo, Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa town, during a peace meeting at the office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of zone 11, Bashir Makama last Friday.  

The government said it is aware that the State Traditional Council is looking into the matter.  It further stated that traditional rulers ought to protect and preserve the sacredness of traditional institutions. In a statement signed on Monday by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode,  the government further noted that situations where royal fathers engage in public display of temperament do not edify the revered stools of our forebears.  

“We believe in the dignity of traditional stools and sacredness of royalty. We will continue to preach peace among all our citizens and harmonious relationship among our traditional rulers.  “Government is aware that the State Council of Traditional Rulers has stepped into the matter and we are confident that the council will take appropriate steps to preserve peaceful coexistence among the Obas in the state. We do not want any crisis in any part of the State,” the government added.

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IPMAN Calls off Strike as Oyetola douses tension

OSUN: IPMAN Calls off Strike as Oyetola douses tension  The Osun State Chapter of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has called off the ongoing strike its members embarked on Friday, following the intervention of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.  

Oyetola held a meeting with IPMAN officials led by the association’s Zonal Chairman, Alhaji Dele Tajudeen at Iragbiji, on Sunday. The Governor assured the association that he would constitute a taskforce to look into the alleged extortion of its members by men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the State and address the issue in the interest of the public. 

Governor Oyetola also urged members of the public to remain calm and desist from panic buying. Briefing journalists shortly after their meeting with the governor, the Zonal Chairman, Alhaji Dele Tajudeen commended Governor Oyetola for his excellent decision and prayed God to give him more wisdom to pilot the affairs of the State of Osun. Tajudeen, who announced that the industrial action has been called off, assured that all the filling stations would resume operations immediately.

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Gov. Oyetola congratulates El-Rufai @ 60

Gov. Oyetola congratulates El-Rufai @ 60 Governor, The State of Osun, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola has congratulated Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai on the occasion of his 60th birthday anniversary. 

In a congratulatory message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Ismail Omipidan, Governor Oyetola lauded El-Rufai’s outstanding accomplishments as governor of Kaduna State, describing him as a true progressive who has redefined governance in the state. “On behalf of the government and the good people of the State of Osun, I felicitate with our brother, the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, on the occasion of his 60th birthday anniversary. 

“As you reach this privileged milestone in life today, I pray Almighty Allah grant you more years of sound health, wisdom and strength to continue to serve the people of Kaduna State in particular and humanity in general. Happy birthday to you,  my brother,” Oyetola added. 

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Full Automation Of Government Transactions/Services – Osun Finance Commissioner

No Going Back On Full Automation Of Government Transactions/Services – Osun Finance Commissioner

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Commissioner for Finance, Mr Bola Oyebamiji has said that the ongoing process to fully automate all government financial transactions and services is a step that the present administration will not renege on.

He said for the state to fully block all financial leakages, boost revenue and be ranked among the best economies of the country the automation process of the present government should be taken seriously.

Oyebamiji stated this during a meeting with the technical implementation team of the State Integrated Financial Management Information System(SIFMIS), a customized technology that will improve the state’s financial management system.

The Commissioner who urged officers selected from different MDAs for the SIFMIS programme to show high sense of commitment said the state has no choice but to embrace full automation of her activities so as to completely block all financial leakages.

He said, “Apart from the huge benefit which the SIFMIS programme is bringing to our state interns of improving our financial management system, I want officers selected for this project to see it as a form of skill acquisition which will in the long run be mutually beneficial.

“Automation of all our financial transactions and services is the best way to go right now, all strong economies of the world are on full automation. It brings about transparency and prudence in spending by the government.

“It makes the people who are being governed to have trust and confidence in the government they voted and will in turn improve their payment of taxes and other levies for growth and development. So I urge us all to take full advantage of this SIFMIS project.

“This project when completed will give the government and the people of Osun a globally acceptable platform for open Governance and further boost the accountable style of governance which the Adegboyega Oyetola administration has always strived to achieve”. Oyebamiji stressed.

It will be recalled that the state government of Osun had signed off on the contract to develop a customized State Integrated Financial Management Information System(SIFMIS) for improved transparency in governance.

The SIFMIS technical implementation team include: the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Bola Oyebamiji who is the Chairman, Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Prof. Olalekan Yinusa, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mrs Adebimpe Ogunlumade, Accountant General, Mr Sunday Igbaroola, Chairman, Osun Internal Revenue Service, Mr Gbite Ademikanra, Auditor General(State), Mr Folorunsho Adesina, Auditor General(Local), Mr Emmanuel Kolapo among others.

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Oyetola presents N1.2billion bonds to retirees at 2020 Cultural Day

Oyetola presents N1.2billion bonds to retirees at 2020 Cultural Day …reaffirms commitment to workers’ welfare Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Friday celebrated the year 2020 Cultural Day with workers just as he presented a total sum of N1.2 billion naira bonds to all categories of retirees in the State. 

The fund, according to the Governor, is for the payment of terminal benefits of some retired workers under the Contributory Pension Scheme. This is even as the governor reiterated the administration’s commitment to workers’ welfare in the State. Presenting the bonds at the Olukemi Olufunke Kolawole Lake Resort, State Government Secretariat, Abere Osogbo, Governor Oyetola said government would continue to bring smiles to the faces of all categories of workers. 

He expressed deep appreciation to workers for their commitment and dedication to service and assured them of government’s continued support. Oyetola described the pensioners as a significant population and elder citizens who have contributed significantly and meritoriously to the uplift of the State. 

He said, “Your welfare is of paramount importance to us, which is why, even in the face of limited resources, we have lived up to our word to pay your gratuity and pension as retired workers and the salaries of the serving workers. “About two days ago, we released the sum of N50 million naira for the payment of gratuities of retired workers under the Old Pension Scheme. Today, we are here to further fulfil our promise to enhance your welfare. 

“We shall release the sum of N550 million naira for the payment of terminal benefits of some retired workers under the Contributory Pension Scheme, as well as another sum of N647 million naira under the Scheme for retired Local Government Employees and Elementary School Teachers in the state. “Let me express my deep appreciation to you all for your commitment to the service of the State of Osun and assure you that we shall continue to do our best to cater for your welfare within available resources.

You will always be a significant part of the State you laboured to build. “It is in fulfilment of our resolve to pursue your interest without fail that we convened the Osun Economic and Investment Summit. We recognise that under the belly of our soil and in the minds of our hard working people lay the wealth of our State and the prosperity of our people.

We shall continue to labour to unlock these potential for your welfare”, Oyetola assured. Speaking on the significance of the 2020 Cultural Day, the Governor said the government dedicated ‘adire wear’, the traditional attire for the occasion, to commemorate the day. He said: “On this auspicious occasion of the 2020 Cultural Day, I reach out to all the sons and daughters of Osun at home and in the Diaspora. Osun is the cradle of Yorubaland. Consequently, we have decided to celebrate it in style by wearing adire, our traditional attire. 

“The love and the cultural heritage we share and the Omoluabi ethos that represents our code have singled us out as a hard-working, decent and morally-upright people. All these combine to fetch us outstanding outcomes and awards. “Osun is on the world map for its rich cultural and tourism potential for improved international presence and optimum growth and sustainable development. 

“When we resolve to employ dialogue as a weapon for charting the way forward and resolving our differences, we shall continue to employ peace, find creative means to tackle our challenges and consequently witness sustainable development”. He urged the citizens to continue to support the government by contributing their quota to advancing its economy, saying “when we continue to employ our talents, skills and ingenuity for the progress of our people, we shall forever bid goodbye to hunger, lack and want and deliver prosperity to our children and our children’s children.” Earlier in his remarks, the Head of Service, Dr. Festus Oyebade Olowogboyega, commended the administration of Governor Oyetola for redefining the civil service and for making life worthwhile for the workers in the State. 

He lauded the achievements of the government spanining across sectors in the last one year of Governor Oyetola’s administration. Olowogboyega also commended the government for giving priority to the welfare of pensioners whose footprints had served as inspiration to active workers in the State civil service. He eulogised the governor for approving a substantial sum for the payment of gratuities and pensions, saying the gesture would go a long way to improve on the economic wellbeing of the beneficiaries.

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Sultan to Oyetola: ‘You are a man of impeccable character, worthy of emulation’

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has described Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun as a humble man with impeccable character worthy of emulation.  Abubakar, who was in Osun to join other royal fathers at a one-day National Summit on Security organised by the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding, revealed that he calls Oyetola “Mr. Humility”.   

The Sultan made these remarks on Wednesday at a dinner organised in his honour by Governor Oyetola at the Government House, Osogbo, the State capital.   He added that on various occasions he visited the State when the Governor was the Chief of Staff under the immediate past administration, he never met with him.  

“Oyetola doesn’t do eye service. He did his work diligently. When he won the primary ticket of the All Progressive  Congress, I was asking my people, ‘Who was that man?’ that shows his level of diligence and humility,” the monarch stated.  Abubakar, therefore, urged other leaders in the country to emulate the Governor’s humility and unique leadership style and also implored Osun citizens and residents to continue to support his administration.

“Your Governor is a man of impeccable character, who would not let his people down.”, he added. Earlier in his remarks, Governor Oyetola lauded the Sultan for his leadership style, firm stand on religious tolerance and commitment to the peace and unity of Nigeria. He appreciated the Sultan for his support during the legal battle to defend his mandate, describing the monarch as a leader who loves good governance.

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Oyetola calls for holistic approach, implores security agencies to partner traditional rulers

Oyetola calls for holistic approach, implores security agencies  to partner traditional rulers  . As Sultan, Ooni task govt, citizens on peace, unity Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has called for holistic approach in the quest to end security challenges in the country. 

He urged Nigerians particularly the stakeholders and security agencies to partner the traditional rulers in the fight against the scourge. Governor Oyetola spoke on Wednesday while addressing the people at the National Summit on Security and Insecurity in Nigeria, held at Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding, Osogbo. 

This is also as the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Chairman and Co-Chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria respectively, tasked the government and the citizens to remain committed to the  peace and unity of the country. 

The duo, in their separate remarks, also pledged the readiness of the traditional rulers to partner with government in combating the scourge of insecurity in Nigeria. Governor Oyetola said for the country to overcome the menace, security agencies  must collaborate with the traditional rulers, sensitise and encourage their subjects to provide intelligence and expose the criminals in their domains.  

He lauded the organisers of the Summit for the initiative, advising that the programme should be held regularly both at state and national levels as a way of enhancing security in the country. 

”The state of Osun holds traditional rulers in high esteem as the embodiments and custodians of our culture, tradition and our Omoluabi ethos which make us tick,” Governor Oyetola added. Earlier, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, expressed the readiness of the traditional rulers to partner the government in strengthening security in the country, just as he reiterated the commitment of the monarchs to ensuring a united Nigeria. 

He called for good leadership and committed following as panacea for ensuring a sustainable peace in the country. Oba Ogunwusi who described security of lives and property as fundamental to existence, advocated the need for government to return security matters to traditional rulers for effective and efficient policing at the grassroots. Also, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, called on Nigerian leaders to do the needful in maintaining peace and stability in the country. 

He canvassed peaceful coexistence among Nigerians just as he expressed readiness to continue to partner government to enhance the security in the country. The Sultan, who advocated good governance and justice as panacea for national security, urged the citizens to rise to the occasion and speak up with one voice in all honesty and fear of God to ensure permanent peace in Nigeria. 

He also called for proper upbringing of the young ones, saying the gesture would go a long way to prevent vices in the society. He maintained that the time had come for all to follow the path that would continue to promote peace, unity, and tranquillity, particularly in the wake of dire security situation in the country. 

Those in attendance at the occasion were Former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye; members of the Osun State Executive Council, traditional rulers including Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran; Osomowe of Ondo, Oba Adenrele Kiladejo; Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin; Obasaaju of Oweland, Kabba, Obasaju Kehinde; Director- General, Developmental Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, Seye Oyeleye; security operatives; members of the civil society organisations; top government officials; and  political leaders. 

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Oyetola congratulates Fayemi at 55

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of The State of Osun has congratulated the Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF),  Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on the occasion of his 55th birthday anniversary.  In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on Sunday, the governor also praised Fayemi for using his good offices to impact positively on the lives of the people of Ekiti. Oyetola further said: “ As you clock 55 today, I join your family, brother governors,  friends and well-wishers to thank Almighty God for your life, which has so far been marked by outstanding accomplishments.  “Our Chairman, on behalf of my family, the Government and people of The State of Osun, I congratulate you on your birthday, and I pray  that the Almighty God will never cease to bless you immensely.   “I also pray that Almighty God give you wisdom, peace and happiness. Enjoy this day to the fullest, our Chairman! Happy birthday to you,” Oyetola said. 

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Oyetola inaugurates Rent Tribunal Chairmen

Oyetola inaugurates Rent Tribunal Chairmen, Members .Says:  we’ll continue to promote justice, retain Osun most peaceful state status

 The Governor of the State of Osun, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, has said that the administration would continue to support the judiciary in its efforts to promote justice, retain and sustain Osun’s ranking as the most peaceful state in Nigeria. 

Oyetola who described justice as fundamental to societal peace and the bedrock of development, assured that the current administration in the state would leave no stone unturned to ensure justice for all. Governor Oyetola spoke on Thursday while inaugurating the chairmen and members of the newly-constituted Rent Tribunals, at the Multipurpose Hall of the Local Government Service Commission, Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo. 

The governor had earlier approved the appointment of chairmen and members of Tribunals for the nine federal constituencies in the state last month. The appointment is in accordance with the Residential Accommodation (Rent Control) Law Cap. 144‎ Laws of Osun, 2002, Section 5(1)(a) and (b). Oyetola said the constitution of Rent Tribunals across the state became necessary in view of the need to enhance communal peace and dispensation of justice in landlord/tenant related disputes.  

The governor expressed confidence that with the constitution of the tribunals in the nine constituencies across the state, peaceful and amicable resolution of rent related issues would be guaranteed. He charged the chairmen and members of the tribunals to discharge their duties diligently with utmost sense of responsibility, integrity, competence and trust.  

“Peace is a product of mutual respect and justice while conflict arises from disrespect and injustice against one person or group.  “I would therefore implore landlords and tenants to engage in mutual respect and honour the tenets of their contract, resolve misunderstandings amicably and live together in peace.  

“However, in the few cases where amicable settlement is not achievable, aggrieved parties should approach the Rent Tribunals and avoid self-help as every society is governed by law. “In constituting the Rent Tribunals, we have sought for persons of requisite training, experience and impeccable character.  

“The Residential Accommodation (Rent Control) Law Cap.144 Laws of Osun 2002 is the regulator of rent matters in the State of Osun.  “As critical players in the rent business, both the landlord and the tenant must acquaint themselves with the Law and abide by its requirements in the interest of peace. 

“As responsible citizens we must realise that our conduct has implications for the ranking of Osun as the most peaceful State in Nigeria – for good or for ill. We must therefore strive to promote the peace and good image of the State.  “I implore you all to see your appointments as an opportunity to serve the people and add value to the state.  

“The State is proud of your individual pedigrees and is confident that your collective pedigrees will deliver justice for the oppressed,” Oyetola added. Earlier in his welcome address, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Olufemi Akande, admonished the appointees to discharge their duties with all sense of loyalty, honesty, and fairness. 

He called on them to see their appointments as a clarion call to impact positively on the lives of the people, particularly in the propagation and promotion of justice. “You must refuse the temptation to be induced. You must realise that your appointment is meant to write history. You must do justice to any issue brought to you and discharge your duties with all sense of commitment, loyalty, honesty and fairness,” he added. 

Speaking on behalf of the newly-inaugurated chairmen and members of the tribunal, the Rent Tribunal Chairman from Ila federal constituency, Mr. Segun Durotolu, thanked the governor for considering them worthy of the appointment, just as he lauded him for doing a good job in the State.  “We thank you for the trust reposed in us and promise never to let you down.

We love the way you are paddling the canoe of Osun State, and by the Grace of God, you will successfully lead us to the shore,” he added.  Those in attendance were the Wife of the Governor, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola; Wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Oyefunke Alabi; Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye; Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Charles Diji Akinola; Head of Service, Dr. Oyebade Olowogboyega; members of the State House of Assembly; and members of the State Executive Council, among others.

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Lassa Fever: 55 Placed Under Surveillance In Osun – Govt

lassa-fever-300x200Osun State government yesterday said 55 contacts traced to the index case of Lassa Fever in the state have been placed under surveillance.

Addressing newsmen in Osogbo, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Temitope Oladele, said the state could not be said to have recorded case of Lassa fever, because the confirmatory test that would have confirmed that the index case died of the disease, could not be run.

He explained that, so far, none of those being monitored have shown symptoms of the disease, adding that the state is in contact with the hospital where the doctor died to be abreast of new development on the matter.

According to him, the 33-year-old doctor that died in Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, OAUTHC, on Monday, whose blood sample proved positive in first test, lived in an unnamed neighboring state and only came to Osun on visit.

He added that second sample that should have been used for confirmatory test could not be taken from the index case before he died.

But in preparation for any eventuality, Oladele said monitoring room has been set up in the state ministry of health with mobile lines giving out to people to report any suspicious case.

He added that doctors working in all local government areas in the state have been put on red alert, while other health practitioners have been mobilised to prepare ground in case any incident of Lassa is reported.

Oladele further averred that massive sensitisation is being embarked upon by government for people, especially in the grassroots on how the disease can be contacted.

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