Osun State Government has lambasted the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state for the misconceived notion on the running of the state owned institution, Osun State University, (UNIOSUN), saying the rudderless opposition cannot pretend to be what it is not. The Government notes with disgust the mischief that the position of the Osun APC on UNIOSUN clearly portrayed, recalling the huge neglect that education sector, particularly UNIOSUN suffered throughout the ruinous years of the APC led administration in Osun state.
We are quick to note that UNIOSUN was left in a shambolic and ruinous positions by the APC administration to the point that it had no capital project or meaningful interventions over the years, which obviously weighed negatively on the growth of the institution, until the intervention of God sent administration of His Excellency, Senstor Ademola Adeleke.
We are using this medium to quickly cast the mind of the general public to the open admission of the Vice Chancellor of UNIOSUN, Professor Clement Odunayo, on the intervention of the Adeleke administration in the institution, resulting in the completion of many impactful projects for the university community within a short period of time. With this open acknowledgement of no less a person than the Uniosun Vice Chancellor, we are particularly irked and benumbed by the toothless APC misgiving regarding this citadel of learning as it invested no dime on in it since 2010. The only visible infrastructures in UNIOSUN were either those erected at the point of commencement or those solely sponsored by the TETFUND.
Yet, the APC that made no contribution whatsoever in that school is accusing the Adeleke administration of taking steps that would have negative bearing on the institution. The public is already in the know that APC as a political party is composed of nothing but irredentism that no right thinking person should take serious. We want to ,therefore,affirm the commitment of the Adeleke administration to giving the needed support, not just to UNIOSUN, but all other public institutions owned by the state. We also want to assure the general public, particularly the good people of Osun state , that this administration will not trade their interests as the APC did in the case of LAUTECH University and still not account for whatever come from such ignoble act.
Signed: Oluomo Kolapo Alimi, Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment.
I organise this event as a major landmark in our push for the making of a new Osun State. Our administration is using this gathering to prove to the world that a new Osun is possible. The main purpose is therefore to unveil a Multi-Billion Infrastructure plan to address the huge deficit the state is experiencing.
Sound infrastructure is a condition for economic growth and development. The difference between a growing economy and a dormant one has to do with how developed the state infrastructure is. In the case of Osun, I have used the last 11 months to address the over 90 percent infrastructure deficit our administration inherited. But more still needs to be done, hence the ambitious plan to launch this infra plan that covers roads, health, water , schools among others.
Osun as the cradle of Yoruba nation must move quickly on the ladder of development. We can and must surpass those presently leading among comity of states. We should carry first in new age sectors like digital economy, sound infrastructures and others. We must overcome our inherited burden and chart a path of 21st century growth for our people.
By today’s event, our administration is building the confidence of the investing public. Osun state is ready and open for business. By investing so much in infrastructure upgrades, we are laying the foundation for effective public private partnership. We are getting set to key into infra financing opportunities as long as it will not add to the financial burden of the state.
Let me declare here that the infra plan I am about to unveil is purely state sponsored without any loan from financial institutions. I must also add that we are hitting the ground running immediately after this launch. We are complying with all procurement laws and due process.
Very importantly, our administration is ensuring localisation in the implementation process. Local content in terms of sourcing of materials and workforce are key to transfer skills and economically empower our people. This is in line with the five point agenda of our administration which seeks to boost the local economy. High local content is married with a strong maintenance plan to ensure the sustainability of the infrastructure.
With the flagoff of today’s infrastructure development, we are poised to further boost the State Economy as 95% of the Projects shall be executed by local content. Osun Money will be spent in Osun. We are determined to eliminate capital flight as witnessed in the past.
Before unveiling the infra plan, I invite you to watch what we have done in some critical sectors in the last 11 months.
We could show you more but for time constraints. You saw the schools before and after. You saw the medical outreach and how several thousands benefitted. Of course, the roads were captured. You saw the boreholes and how they are serving our people. After showing you a glimpse of what we have done within the infrastructure sector in the last 11 months, it is my honour to unveil new projects and infrastructure for the state.
1. Rehabilitation of 345 Health Centers in the 332 Wards in Osun State: Rehabilitation will include, Provision of Potable water, new toilets, and bathrooms, Beds, Mattresses, Bedsheets, renovation and painting of buildings, new curtains, and Solar panels/Inverters for 24 hours electricity etc. Our approach is to take medical services to the doorstep of our people wherever they may be.
2. Phase two of Portable Water Provision in 332 wards of Osun State. Which includes, Overhead Tanks, dispensing taps, generators, or solar panels. Under Phase One as you have seen, 332 water projects were completed. They are all functioning. Under the new plan, another set of underserved areas across the 332 political wards will be served with water projects.
3. Phase two of rehabilitation of 31 schools in the 30 mother local governments of Osun and Area Council. This includes portable water, new roofs, new toilets, renovation and painting of buildings, and Provision of desks and chairs. As you have seen in phase one of the school rehabilitation, our approach is to take a school and completely rehabilitate the buildings completely with desks and other learning facilities.
4. As a follow up to the completed rehabilitation of selected schools, the government has commenced the process of recruiting new teachers to address teachers’ shortage in our schools. Currently, a need assessment is ongoing to determine the teachers’ requirements across subjects and schools. This will help to determine the number of teachers to recruit.
5. Construction/ Rehabilitation of 45 roads of at least one kilometer in each of the 30 mother local governments, making a total of 45 Kilometers. As you saw in the preview, we have earlier completed about 45 kilometers of roads across the LGAS. These new roads are fresh projects for phase two.
6. Dualisation of Roads: In a bid to ease traffic jams and reduce road accidents, we are dualising some roads in some major towns to start with. The listed towns include Osogbo, Ede and Ilesha.
7. Construction of five Flyovers to ease traffic accidents and traffic jams. The identified projects are as follows:
● Osogbo – two namely Okefia and Lameco junction ● Ikirun- One ● Ife- one, Mayfair ● Owode Ede- One
8. Street Lightning: We are to install street lights in all major towns, especially Osogbo as the State Capital. This is important to enhance security surveillance and boost the night economy.
9. Imole Medical Outreach
Two medical outreaches were conducted in two locations in each of the three Senatorial districts in the last ten months. Various surgical procedures, including cataract eye surgeries, were done during the outreaches. The outreaches will be conducted once per quarter in the years ahead
Ladies and Gentlemen and my good people of Osun, all these projects shall be completed within 12 months by the grace of God.
It is therefore my honour and privilege to flag off the multi- Billion Naira Infrastructure Development of Osun. I implore the good people of the State to cooperate with the Contractors that will be handling these projects with the best of hospitality.
For further technical details on these infra plans, I will now call on team lead for each of the sectors to speak on costing and other requisite details
● Senator Ademola Adeleke Executive Governor of Osun State delivered his speech at the unveiling of the multi billion naira Osun State Infrastructure plan.
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION, BURSARY AND SCHOLARSHIP P.M.B. 4418, Osogbo, State of Osun, Nigeria
Our Ref. HBS/PO/VOL.1/52 Your Ref Date: 07 September, 2023
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT.
IMMEDIATE CLOSURE OF OSUN STATE POLYTECHNIC, IREE.
This to inform the general public, particularly members of staff and students of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree to proceed on two (2) weeks break, with immediate effect. The immediate break is a necessary action in order to maintain peace in the Institution consequent upon the forceful return of the suspended Rector, Dr. T.A. Odetayo. The general public should also note that School accounts have been frozen with immediate effect and it is imperative that everyone cooperates fully and adheres to these directives. I thank you.
Announcer: Hon. Dipo Eluwole The Honorable commissioner for Education.
Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke has reiterated the commitment of his administration to the smooth and effective take off of University of Ilesa, Osun State.
The Governor gave this assurance while receiving the leadership of the National Universities Commission, NUC, led by the Executive Secretary, Ambassador Chris Maiyaki at the Governor’s Country Home, Ede.
Senator Adeleke assured the visiting NUC team that the state government will give all necessary support to facilitate the smooth take and sustainability of the young university.
The Governor described the Vice Chancellor of University of Ilesa, Professor Taiwo Asaolu as a round peg in a round hole who was appointed based on his pedigree and ability to take the newly established citadel of learning to stardom.
He solicited the support of the NUC for the two state universities, affirming the readiness of his administration to provide all needed logistics for the operation of the new university.
Earlier in his address, the Executive Secretary of NUC, Ambassador Chris Maiyaki commended Governor Ademola Adeleke for his nationally acknowledged enthusiasm for the development of education and passionate commitment to entrenching good governance.
Ambassador Maiyaki said the NUC team was in the State to gather first hand information on the state of preparedness of the university for academic activities saying that the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Taiwo Asaolu has briefed the commission adequately about the uncommon level of support given to the university by the state Governor.
According to him, their recommendations will enable JAMB to enlist University of Ilesa as a school of choice for admission seekers.
He added that their recommendations will equally enable UNILESA to be eligible to draw necessary support in terms of grants and aid from Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, and other relevant bodies.
Ambassador Maiyaki while soliciting the continued support of the Governor for the University in terms of sustainable funding lauded the Governor for his passion for education and good governance which he said has endeared him to millions of Nigerians within Osun State and beyond.
Signed Mallam Olawale Rasheed, Spokesperson to Osun State Governor.
osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke Has Reiterated The Commitment Of His Administration To The Smooth And Effective Take Off Of University Of Ilesa, Osun State.
Senator Adeleke Assured The Visiting Nuc Team That The State Government Will Give All Necessary Support To Facilitate The Smooth Take And Sustainability Of The Young University.
The Governor Described The Vice Chancellor Of University Of Ilesa, Professor Taiwo Asaolu As A Round Peg In A Round Hole Who Was Appointed Based On His Pedigree And Ability To Take The Newly Established Citadel Of Learning To Stardom.
He Solicited The Support Of The Nuc For The Two State Universities, Affirming The Readiness Of His Administration To Provide All Needed Logistics For The Operation Of The New University.
Earlier In His Address, The Executive Secretary Of Nuc, Ambassador Chris Maiyaki Commended Governor Ademola Adeleke For His Nationally Acknowledged Enthusiasm For The Development Of Education And Passionate Commitment To Entrenching Good Governance.
Ambassador Maiyaki Said The Nuc Team Was In The State To Gather First Hand Information On The State Of Preparedness Of The University For Academic Activities Saying That The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Taiwo Asaolu Has Briefed The Commission Adequately About The Uncommon Level Of Support Given To The University By The State Governor.
According To Him, Their Recommendations Will Enable Jamb To Enlist University Of Ilesa As A School Of Choice For Admission Seekers.
He Added That Their Recommendations Will Equally Enable Unilesa To Be Eligible To Draw Necessary Support In Terms Of Grants And Aid From Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Tetfund, And Other Relevant Bodies.
Ambassador Maiyaki While Soliciting The Continued Support Of The Governor For The University In Terms Of Sustainable Funding Lauded The Governor For His Passion For Education And Good Governance Which He Said Has Endeared Him To Millions Of Nigerians Within Osun State And Beyond.
Signed Mallam Olawale Rasheed, Spokesperson To Osun State Governor.
The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has described the recent appointments of principal officers for the University of Ilesa as part of the fulfillment of his promise to nurture a sustainable tertiary institution for Ijeshaland.
In a statement issued today at Osogbo, Governor Adeleke reaffirmed his commitment to building a sound footed university which he said informed his approval of a leading academic of international repute, Prof Taiwo Asaolu as the Vice Chancellor of the university.
Commending the applause the new appointments elicited from Ijesha society, the State Governor assured that the many laudable ideas recommended by the eartswhile Asaolu committee are now billed for implementation under the same man who chaired the review panel.
“I am elated that we are keeping faith with the Ijesha people. We are upholding due process, avoiding politicization of the academic environment, correcting errors of the past and fulfilling the decades old dream of Ijesha people.
“I commend the leaders, sons and daughters of Ijeshaland for their patience and acceptance of ongoing decisions of our government. I urge all stakeholders to cooperate with the new Vice Chancellor as he settles down to the urgent task of sustainable take off of the university”, the statement concluded.
Mallam Olawale Rasheed,
Spokesperson to the Executive Governor
The Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, state of Osun, Hon. Ajibola Famurewa, has canvassed the need to tap from the many inherent potentials of the Nigerian youths to enhance National Development.
Hon Famurewa made this known during a lecture entitled “Rejigging Universal Basic Education for the Development of Youths’ Entreprenurial Skills “delivered at the Second Annual Akeem Kareem Lecture Series held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The Osun SUBEB Boss noted that education is a veritable tool for national development and social integration, which if fully tapped from the root will impact entrepreneurial skills in children.
The former federal law maker however, enjoined the youths in particular to engage themselves in entrepreneurial skills acquisition as opposed to a craze of searching for a white-collar job which he noted are now very difficult to get in Nigeria.
He also enjoined all stakeholders in the country to map out strategies through the creation of an enabling environment to instill in the teaming youths the mulch needed entrepreneurial skills for both personal and national developments.