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Governor Adeleke celebrates Senator Fadahunsi on his birthdayi

OSOGBO– 12-07-2023– Osun

The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has hailed the Senator representing Osun East Senatorial District, Francis Adenigba Fadahunsi as a towering figure in the quest for a better Nigeria, extolling his sense of patriotism and selflessness in the service of the people.

Governor Adeleke who acknowledged Senator Fadahunsi’s contributions to nation building, said his birthday offers a moment to relish his devotion to public good through incredible service.

In a congratulatory message signed by the governor’s spokesperson, Adeleke lauded Senator Fadahunsi for remaining unwavering in the desire to effect meaningful changes in the lives of the people, especially his constituents in the Osun East Senatorial District.

“I warmly celebrate a wonderful politician, Distinguished Senator Francis Adenigba Fadahunsi, on the auspicious occasion of his birthday,” the Governor noted.

“Over the years, Senator Fadahunsi has shown to be a man of valour and principle, demonstrating commitments that have contributed to not only shaping the direction of our state, but also that of its people.

“Beyond his impacts as a politician, Senator Fadahunsi made commendable contributions to the impressive turns we see in the Nigerian Customs Service now while in service. He’s a great asset, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to share the same political platform with him.”

Governor Adeleke who urged the celebrant to sustain his interest in having a lasting impact in the lives of people, prayed to God to grant him many more celebrations in good health and sound mind to keep up with the huge expectations placed on him.

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,
The Spokesperson to the Executive Governor of Osun State

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The government of Osun state has chided Muslim Rights Organisation (MURIC) for its failed bid to foment religious crisis in the state, affirming that Governor Ademola Adeleke’s appointments of commissioners and permanent secretaries are based on merit and competency.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the state government noted that ever since assuming office, Governor Adeleke has premised his governance decisions on competency and commitment to state duty of appointees in his avowed commitment to deliver on good governance and correct inherited ills from previous governments.

His first appointees occupying commanding heights of the government were appointed not by religion but merit, competency and conformation with his style of leadership.

The same principle of meritocracy which produced the nominated commissioners was applied in the appointments of permanent secretaries who are accounting officers of the ministries. This policy of equity, fairness and competency also guided the many landmark decisions of Mr Governor.

With just eight months in office, the Governor has formed the habit of scouting for the best among indigenes who can support the concerted efforts to rescue the state from the many challenges of under-development, infrastructural deficit and poverty.

It should also be put on record that the Governor’s approach has paid off with superlative delivery and performance which is highly appreciated by Osun indigenes at home and abroad.

It must therefore be noted that no agent of destabilization with mere nuisance value masquerading as a religious body can deploy religion as a partisan tool to divide and distract a government that is busy with correcting ills of the recent past.

Osun state is a highly enlightened society with deep records of religious harmony and close understanding of the Governor as a cosmopolitan leader who has never and will never pander to religious bigotry, ethnic partisanship and unmeritorious decision making.

MURIC should look elsewhere for its merchandise of extremism and division. Religious leaders in Osun understand and support their Governor and their prayers uphold him every second.

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,
Spokesperson to the State Governor.

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Governor Adeleke Appoints Deji Bello as DG on Development Partners

OSOGBO – 07/07/2023 –

The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has approved the appointment of Engr. Deji Bello as the Director-General, Development Partners on Programmes and Projects.

The appointment, according to a letter dated July 6, 2023, was signed by the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Kazeem Akinleye.

Engr. Bello, who is a graduate of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), also holds a Master of Science from the United States of America. He is a native of Iwo and a former aspirant for the Ayiwola federal constituency.

The appointment letter reads as follows: “I am pleased to inform you that the Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke has graciously approved your appointment as the Director-General, Development Partners (Programmes and Projects) with immediate effect.

“It is hoped that this gesture will be reciprocated by ensuring that development partners are brought into the State to boost the development of the State in all ramifications.”

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,
Spokesperson to the State Governor

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The attention of the Osun state government has been drawn to a press conference by a pressure group within the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP) and fake news about plans to sack workers.

We affirm that there is neither a plan to sack workers nor any re-introduction of half salary. This was old fake news sponsored by agents of the opposition which the public is implored to ignore.

The government also wishes to state that Governor Ademola Adeleke is available to meet all stakeholders for the development of the state. As a responsive leader, the Governor has met many groups and associations since assuming office. Many of such groups are also lined up for appointments with the state chief executive officer including the protesting Pensioners.

It is however important to note that the Government of Governor Ademola Adeleke has remained committed to meeting its financial obligations to workers, both in and out of service. The government can however not pay off all outstanding salaries and pensions all at once due to paucity of funds which is known to all stakeholders.

The administration has adopted a phased payment system but with an increase in the amount paid monthly to the pensioners among others. In recognition of the state of the economy, the monthly payment has been increased from two hundred thousand naira under the former government to five hundred thousand naira. This is a decision under implementation despite the tight financial status of the state.

The government wishes to note that Governor Adeleke remains the only Governor in the history of Osun state to have made workers’ welfare his number one governance agenda, a fact acknowledged by the protesting Pensioners. The government remains committed to that agenda within the context of fund availability.

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,
Spokesperson to the State Governor

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The Acting Comptroller General of Customs, Mr Bashir Adewale Adeniyi pays courtesy call on the Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke at his Ede Country Home to mark the Eid Fitr celebrations.

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Governor Adeleke Drops Hints on Subsidy Palliatives, Receives Commendations from Oyinlola and Stakeholders

OSOGBO– 30-06-2023–

The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has disclosed plans by his government to launch palliatives to cushion the impact of subsidy removal, declaring his administration’s readiness to make life easy for residents of Osun state.

Former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola and other stakeholders of the party also commended the Governor for robust performance and delivery of good governance in the last seven months.

The Governor made the disclosure at a stakeholder meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at its party’s office in Osogbo on Friday, stressing his conviction to run a government that bring smile on the faces of the people.

Governor Adeleke who appreciated leaders of the PDP for their support since assuming office, noted that his administration has been working in line with “our election promises and the agenda of the party.”

While detailing projects and interventions implemented so far recorded by his government in the health, education and public infrastructure renewal, Governor Adeleke said the PDP-led government in the state has achieved what the APC failed to do under seven months.

“We are implementing programmes and projects in education, health and infrastructures: what the APC could not achieve in four years, we have achieved in under seven months,” he declared at the meeting.

“We have positioned the public service, build roads, bridges and channelisation. We have commenced payment of salary and pension debt.

“Your (PDP) government has launched the Osun digital economy agenda. Abandoned projects are being completed. Your government is beating old governance records within so short a period,” he stressed.

Speaking on plans to cushion the impact of fuel subsidy removal on Osun populace, Governor Adeleke pointed out that “We (Osun Government) will soon introduce public transport buses. We are working on adjusted work hours and days. We want to make live easy and enjoyable for our people.”

Governor Adeleke went on to assure party leaders and members that he will run an inclusive government that leaves no one behind, adding that “We will all be accommodated. We will be fair to all.”

“I appreciate your support then and now. This is your government. We shall all realize the fruits of our labour,” he said.

Stakeholders’ Commendations

Governor Oyinlola in his message at the meeting recalled the initial skepticism on the governorship of Governor Adeleke and posited that under seven months the Governor has proved skeptics wrong.

He noted the superlative performance of the Governor which he said aided the electoral fortunes of the party at the state and national elections.

“Governor Adeleke has surprised even his worst critics. His performance impresses all and it has strengthen the party and the state. We commend the Governor and his team”, the former Governor who speaks for other stakeholders noted.

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,
Spokesperson to the State Governor

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A peep into Adeleke’s infrastructural strides in Osun

By Sarafa Ibrahim

On the day of his inauguration, Governor Ademola Adeleke made some chilling promises. Recognizing the deplorable conditions of public infrastructure in the state, Governor Adeleke declared that it will “no longer going to be business as usual. And I repeat, it is no longer business as usual.”

It was daring, just as it sounded too good to be true, that many were skeptical about the realization of that pledge. And you can’t really blame them, knowing well the uninspiring outlook of things that the governor inherited from the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government. The reality of a strained treasury was enough reason for the doubts that trailed the governor’s pledge. It was really a mess.

Seven months in office, it was clear to all, even to his most ardent critics, that Governor Adeleke indeed meant business. Of course, the purse of the state is lean as a result of the gross mismanagement of the past, nevertheless, Governor Adeleke has been able to show to the people what genuine leadership can deliver for them in just a short time in office.

Take it from the Osogbo-Ikirun-Ila Odo dual carriage road, and you will definitely be marveled at the exceptional changes that Governor Adeleke has brought to the state. The 10.5km road was the second phase of the East bypass road started by the Rauf Aregbesola administration in 2013 but was neglected by his successor, Gboyega Oyetola, owing to the bitter politics that defined his four years in office.

Although Governor Adeleke and Aregbesola didn’t share the same party yet he mobilized contractors back to site and delivered the road for the use of the people within his first 100 days in office. It was so unprecedented that the then Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who was represented at the road commissioning by the Federal Controller of Works for Osun State, Engr. Orisaleye Ayodeji, stressed the importance of the road, which according to him, connects “Osun and other States to the Northern part of the country. That is why we are delighted that Governor Adeleke continued the projects.”

Sammy Adigun, the Chairman/CEO of Sammya Nigeria Ltd, the construction company that handles the road project, helped made so much sense on the impact that the completion of that road will have on Osun, pointing out how it will shore up the standard of living of the people. This is because the road solves the agonizing pains that motorists and travellers have endured on that road over the years, bolstering the prospect of trade and economic activities between the state and the Northern part of Nigeria.

The story is not so different for the 51km Iwo-Osogbo road. This road links at least six local governments in the state and serves as an important gateway for Osun state with the most populous city in Africa, Ibadan. At completion, the road will not just facilitate ease of movements, but contribute significantly to the economic renaissance of the state.

Internal road networks are getting the needed facelifts, bringing development closer to the people at the grassroots and even more appealing, stretch the development projects across the state. Between November 27, 2022 and now, Governor Adeleke has delivered 31km of road in the state and no fewer than 47km are at various stages of completion.

The relief that the construction of the 1.2km Oja Oba (Iso Ata/Iso Isu/Iso Eran/Iso Ewe) First Baptist Model Academy with Spur to Oba Oyetona Street in Osogbo has brought to the people can not be overstated just as the construction of the 1km John Mackay (Oke Ayepe)-Constain road has opened up Osogbo to Obokun.

In Ikirun, Ifelodun local government, the story is not any different as Governor Adeleke’s administration has delivered the 1.2km Monday Market-Station road, providing easy access for goods and services to reach that important economic hub. In the same Ikirun, the construction of the 1.5km Iyana Saturday-General Hospital-NUD2-Lawyer Bolade road is ongoing and will soon be delivered for the use of the people.

Also delivered by Governor Adeleke in the seven month he has been in office is the 3km Iresi Township road. The road that was practically impassable for so decades is now motorable, and facilitates easy access between four towns– Iresi, Ajaba, Edemosi, and Imesi– all in Boluwaduro local government. In Ikire, the 1.16km Ibadan/Ife Expressway Junction-Islamiyyah-Okiti Junction that was abandoned for over 35 years wears a new look and added to the road network of the state.

Similarly, in Iwo, the 1.5km Ansarudeen Central Mosque Junction-Kuti Junction- Hospital road has been constructed and delivered, resolving a 41 years agonizing pains of motorists, and in turn, open up Molete and Isale-Oba quarters. In that same range, the construction of the 1.23km Enuwa-Oniyangi-Ita Osun-Oke Atan with Spur to Egbedu-Ilode Junction in Ile Ife was delivered.

The 0.8km Ita-Ofa-Oromu-Araromi (Market gate) and the 0.4km Atakunmosa Market road; Obiteni-Omo Ofe roads in Ilesa are done and dusted while the 1.3km Oke Oye- Oke Ita with Spur to Ogodogbo and Temidire road fixed and open for public usage. In Ede, important roads like the 1.9km Akankan-Obada Junction and the 0.9km Anu Olu Hospital-Powerline-Hammadiya Junction Ede with Spur have been constructed by the Adeleke administration.

Other roads that has received the intervention of the Adeleke administration is the 2.1km Anu Olu-Obada-Alusekere-YTD Primary School Ojoro in Ede and the Oloruntedo Community (Costain)– Osogbo East Bypass road that has been rehabilitated and put in good use. This is in addition to the 2.1km Ogberin Junction-Akala Street-Oloki Junction-Olobim (Iso Ege) in Ede that now wears new look, all thanks to Governor Adeleke.

Also in the infrastructural strides of Governor Adeleke are the construction of the 1.5m x 1.5m Box culvert at Professor Abass road; the construction of 3.0 x 2.0m Box culvert Owoope/Okeola at Ajegunle in Gbongan; the construction of 3.0 x 2.5m box culvert at Adeeke in Iwo; the construction of eroded surface on Oke Onitea box culvert and Anaye Market in Osogbo; the construction of failed culverts at sasha (Uniosun Road), Osogbo; the spot Patching & Repair of Zone XI-Baba Eleyin U-Turn, Owode; the spot patching and spot rehabilitation of Olaiya Interchange-Abere Junction; the repair of Oke Onitea failed section, Osogbo; and the improvement of Oke-Fia road and failed section to Dele Yes Sir.

And this is just the beginning. Because at the moment, there are dozens of road projects initiated in different parts of Osun state. Even more inspiring, is the fact that a fresh 1.5km road is constructed in all the 30 local government areas and the area office, and in addition to this is one major road projects in the nine federal constituencies that made up the state.

The Adeleke administration has also taken step to complete the Ona Baba Ona road, and already mobilized contractors to the site. The project, which began under Aregbesola government, but was abandoned by the previous administration, denying the state capital the immense economic potential that the road offers to the state.

Also in Ede is the 23km dual carriage road from Akoda-Ido Osun, which construction has began, and when completed, will contribute significantly to the economy of Ede and Egbedore local governments. The road will also facilitate easy access to the Osun airport, which is under construction.

Going by the attention that Governor Adeleke has given to infrastructural developments in the state, the clear impression with the people is that by the time he exhaust his first term in office, most of the important roads in the state would have been fixed, and turn Osun into a place of choice for investors.

  • Sarafa Ibrahim is the Special Assistant to Governor Ademola Adeleke on Print Media and writes from Osogbo, Osun State.

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Governor Adeleke Restates Commitment to Improved Performance of Osun at National Examinations, Visits UBEC Executive Secretary 


The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has reiterated the commitment of his administration to improving Osun state performance at national examinations through strengthening the basic education foundation of the state.

The Governor who solicited the support and cooperation of the Univêrsal Basic Education Commission for the development of basic education in Osun state also disclosed the readiness of the state to fulfill requirements for accessing further UBEC grants.

Speaking while paying a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi today in Abuja, Governor Adeleke said his government is fixated on improving the examination rating of the state by addressing the basic challenges facing education at primary and junior secondary levels.

The Governor noted that enhancing the learning environment through upgraded school facilities are key areas of his focus , hence his visit to the UBEC Executive Secretary.

While commending the contributions of UBEC to the development of education in Nigeria, Governor Adeleke assured the UBEC boss that Osun will ramp up its fulfillment of conditionalities for assessing further grants from the commission.

According to him, his administration is aware of the importance of counterpart funding from the state government, assuring that he has reorganised the state’s SUBEB to ensure accelerated partnership between the state and UBEC.

Accompanied by the new SUBEB Chairman for Osun state, Hon Ibukun Fadipe and the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Hon Kazeem Akinleye, Governor Adeleke said Osun is poised for a new era of educational arrangement, submitting a list of areas of partnership to the UBEC boss.

Responding, the UBEC Executive expressed his delight at the visit and the assurance on counterpart funding, promising to work with the state body as requested by the Governor.

The UBEC boss who called on the state governments to embrace counterpart requirements for UBEC funding commend the Governor for his assurance, noting that billions of naira are waiting to be accessed by States which fulfilled the requirements.

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,
Spokesperson to the Executive Governor

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No Rift between the Executive and the Judiciary in Osun State-OSSG

OSOGBO-12/06/2023- The attention of the Osun State Government has been drawn to a false alarm by an agent of the All Progressive Congress(APC) in person of Mr. Yomi Aliu, SAN, who has turned himself into an unsolicited trumpet and a puppet of the Osun state Chief Judge. 

It is not surprising of Mr. Aliu to have cooked up a false story. It is customary of him the same way he did during the Osun governorship election petition. He had raised a fake alarm and unjustifiable insinuation that there was a serious security threat in the State. This nonetheless turned out to be unfounded.

It is unfortunate that a supposed learned senior Lawyer can go that low on the path of propaganda and unnecessary sensation without exercising any iota of decorum and dignity. 

For the sake of clarity, the present administration 
enjoys a very warm and harmonious relationship with the Judiciary as against the pseudo acrimony being peddled by Mr Aliu. 

Governor Adeleke is paying special attention to the welfare of judicial officers in the state as against the ridicule to which the past administration unleashed on the judges by irregular not payment of their arrears of allowances and by not attending to the pecuniary benefits of the retired judges.

Members of the public need to be informed that there is no controversy on the processes of disengagement or otherwise even with respect to the old and new law on the retirement age for judges of superior courts. All insinuations in the hatchet job are false and figments of imagination of the propagandist. 

Governor Adeleke as a due process leader is committed to full observance of the law without fear or favour and with due reference to impartial application for retirement or extension of tenure of public officials.

Mr Aliu is cautioned on his constant false alarm and his phantom claim of constitutional crisis in Osun when there is none at all. The Judicial Service Commission is an executive body and its staff are appointees and employees of the executive. Therefore, it is indecent of Mr Aliu to unduly meddle in the running of affairs of the government. 

The controversial senior Lawyer is known for propaganda and undue sensation as a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC). He is therefore to be ignored and not given any serious attention. 

He is also warned not to drag our noble Chief Judge into his infamous political agenda. In Osun state, all arms of government are in deep harmony for the good of the state.

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,
Spokesperson to the Executive Governor

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Osun Commences Work on State Electricity Market Policy and Bill

OSOGBO-12/06/2023- The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has disclosed plans by his administration to develop a plan of action for the making of Osun State Electricity Market policy and legislation.

Speaking on recent signing into law of a constitutional amendment empowering state governments to regulate electricity market within their boundaries, Governor Adeleke in a statement on Monday directed the setting up of a technical committee to prepare the state policy plan on the management of state power sector.

The Governor noted that the committee is to come up with a detailed plan to create Osun State Electricity Market Policy and a draft Executive bill to be named Osun Electricity Act.

The new policy will also include creation of Osun State Electricity Regulatory Commission to issue licences to private firms ready to engage in power production and regulate interface among operators within the power sector from the power generators, distributors and the consumers.

The planned policy will also facilitate private sector investment in the state electricity sector, encourage alternative energy sources from renewable to other green power sources, the statement noted.

Other part of the plan is to electrify Osun programmes to ensure all towns and villages in Osun are provided with power supply from mini-dams to other sources of energy.

Governor Adeleke who promised to inaugurate the committee soon also expressed the intention of his administration to seek the support of the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on the state electricity market plans.

The Chief Executive informed the state that the Executive bills he will soon be submitting to the legislature include the Osun State Startup bill, the Osun State Climate Action Bill and the State Electricity Market Bill.

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,
Spokesperson to the Executive Governor

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