Saturday 27th November 2021

Category: General

Osun Govt Grants Authority to Alaago of Alago- Ijesha to Wear Beaded Crown

The State of Osun Executive Council on Monday granted authority to Chief Oladipo Olaitan the Alaago of Kajola Alago-Ijesha in Atakumosa East Local Government to wear beaded crown. The approval is with immediate effect.

According to a statement made by Osun Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, shortly after the State Executive Council Meeting, the step is in line with Section 28, sub section 1 of the Chief’s Law Cap 25 Laws of the State of Osun.

The statement added that the authority to wear beaded crown on the throne of Alaago of Kajola Alaago Ijesha in Kajola town of Atakumosa East Local Government Area of the state is with immediate effect.

According to the statement,” The Council today granted authority to the Alaago of Alago-Ijesa in Atakumosa East Local Government Area of the state, Chief Oladipo Olaitan to start wearing beaded crown with immediate effect.

“This is in line with Section 28, sub section 1 of the Chief’s Law Caps 25 laws of the State of Osun”.

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Governor Oyetola celebrates Prof Adewole @67

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on Wednesday felicitated former Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole on the occasion of his 67th birthday, describing him as a patriotic Nigerian and a true Omoluabi.

The governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, commended Adewole for his contributions to the development of the State and Nigeria as a whole.

Oyetola also commended him for upholding the ethos of a true Omoluabi in whatever he does and wherever he serves.

He said “On behalf of the Government and good people of Osun, I felicitate former Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole on the occasion of his 67th birthday.

“Professor Adewole is patriotic Nigerian and a true Omoluabi. I appreciate him for his service and also commend him for his contributions to the development of our state and Nigeria as a whole.

” It is my prayer that God will grant you long life in service to Him and humanity”.

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With Oyetola in Osun, no one is left behind

By Ayo Olonode

The veteran Yoruba movie actor, Taiwo Hassan, popularly known as ‘Ogogo’, recently burst into the minds and views of people again after a long time. The spotlight wasn’t a function of a new cinematic experience, but a regurgitation of a scene from an old flick which probably resonates more with emerging realities on the Nigerian streets.

The viral scene had ‘Ogogo’, in his characteristically humourless and pensive tone, engage the phrase “gbogbo wa la ma je breakfast”, to preach life’s affordance of fortune to every human although within differing time zones.

It is not illogical to be apprehensive in a world that economists have posited those human wants are unlimited but the resources to satisfy them are limited.

In a place like Osun State, where the monthly allocation coming to it from the federation account is not only analogously little but subject to mammoth deductions aimed at liquidating financial commitments of yesteryears, it is not groundless that citizens are on tenterhooks about the possibilities of the government ‘cutting soap for them’ in the form of dividends of democracy.

But in a little over two years of his administration as governor of the State, Adegboyega Oyetola has made bold statements about the possibilities of dividends of democracy penetrative the nooks and crannies of the State. There is hardly a sector of Osun’s economy that the gentleman governor has not touched.

There is scarcely a Ward in the State that Oyetola has not impacted through actions that resonate with the needs of citizens. The 332 Wards across the State can boast at least one highly functional health facility, thanks to Oyetola’s revitalisation of Primary Healthcare Centres across the Wards. Oh, he also revitalised General Hospitals.

Oyetola saved a number of public facilities from outright ruin under his revitalization scheme. Some of the PHCs that had previously been overtaken by monkeys and other animals, according to reports, have been put back in shape and are already delivering values to the people of Osun.

As part of efforts at ensuring that the vulnerable in the society also have access to qualitative healthcare, Oyetola not only released take-off grant for Osun Health Insurance Scheme but also paid about Four Hundred and Seventy-Seven Million Naira as premium for the enrolment of vulnerable citizens of the State into Osun Health Insurance Scheme (OHIS).

At Local Government level, there is scarcely any of the existing 30 LGAs that Oyetola hasn’t impacted. Recently, Oyetola flagged-off the Osun Food Support Scheme by which he now feeds 30,000 vulnerable citizens, comprising 1000 persons systematically drawn from each local government, on a monthly basis with effect from March 2021.

At the Federal Constituency level, there is scarcely any of the 11 constituencies that Oyetola hasn’t either opened a new road or reconstruct existing ones that had become death traps.

Salvaging bad roads across the State, for Governor Oyetola, was not a matter of ostentation but of bringing economic and social relief to the people of the State. It was a matter of empowering rural farmers, for instance, to facilitate easier movement of their goods to the markets, mostly in the urban areas.

At the level of children, Oyetola has prioritised and paid purposeful attention to the education sector with the aim of making education more qualitative and functional in the State. With high-grade educational policy review and other strategic initiatives like the Smart School Initiative, Osun children are coasting in a 21st century-compliant learning environment, among other advantages.

The youths have also enjoyed dividends of democracy under Oyetola’s administration in scintillating and epoch-making fashion. Oyetola’s youth empowerment, youth engagement, youth entrepreneurship and youth education agenda, has seen him string a number of youth-centered policies and actions like dedication of two percent of 2021 budget to youth entrepreneurship and skills upgrade that will focus on ICT, mining, empowerment programmes, trainings and other related areas.

Oyetola has also flagged off business concerns that will provide huge job opportunities for youths, like the Dagbolu International Trade Centre and the Ethanol Bio-Refinery Factory.

The colouration of the State’s civil service has changed significantly in the recent history of Osun. Aside sharply departing from the practice of paying modulated salaries to workers, which was in force before his assumption of office, Oyetola lifted the ban on the promotion and conversion of workers since 2012, and in addition implemented the Federal Government’s newly approved minimum wage.

Even the senior citizens are not left out in the matter. Retirees who have had to endure the strains of unpaid pensions over the years now have their hopes renewed by a leader who sympathises with their plight. Oyetola, since inception of his administration, commits not less than Seven Hundred and Eight Million Naira every month to offset pension arrears and ensure that the welfare and wellbeing of retired civil servants isn’t thrown into jeopardy.

The thread goes on but the denominator remains constant, that Oyetola keeps ensuring equitable distribution of dividends of democracy in his administration.

And so, whether you are a teacher or a farmer, a civil servant or a business owner (MSMEs especially), a rural dweller or urban dweller, student or professional, and even regardless of affiliation or ideological subscriptions; the antecedents of the helmsman in just a little over two years call for calmness, because with Oyetola, nobody is left behind; everybody is at the dining table, for breakfast, for lunch, for supper.

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Mining pollution: Osun vows to go after defaulters

… as Oyetola inaugurates Committee on mineral resources management in Osun

As part of efforts toward sanitising the state’s natural resources sector, the Government of the State of Osun has warned mineral resources explorers who fall short of environmental standards in the state to henceforth comply with the government’s regulations or face legal action.

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola disclosed this on Wednesday while inaugurating the Osun Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee in the State.

Oyetola who bemoaned the negative impacts of the activities of some players in the sector, charged the committee to work towards reversing the emerging effects of pollution and environmental degradation.

“Most recently, the Osun River has been polluted with heavy metals and other contaminants thereby threatening our investments in the water sector. Our land is also littered with an array of abandoned mining sites that require decommissioning and reclamation.

“I hereby call on this Committee to rise to the occasion. The time to rein in the defaulters and ensure this ugly trend is reversed is now”, Oyetola stated.

In his earlier remarks, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Prince Abdullah Adeyanju Binuyo, lauded Governor Oyetola for his commitment to the regulation of the mining sector and enforcement necessary for commercialisation of the sector.

“The effect of the Governor’s intervention is culminating in the ease of social tension in the state as a result of the influx of a lot of miners from different parts of the country. It is also helping to improve and enforce compliance in the environmental sector of the State”, Binuyo stated.

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Nigerian Ambassador to Jamaica hails Osun’s rich cultural heritage, seek cooperation

The Nigerian Ambassador to Jamaica, Hon Mrs. Maureen Tamuno, has hailed Osun State as a place with rich cultural heritage, adding that the government and its people have invested appreciably in preserving its rich traditions.

Tamuno, who led a delegation from the Rivers State All Progressive Congress on a courtesy call on Governor Adegboyega Oyetola in his office, on Friday, described her experience in Osun as a revelation worth exporting.

She indicated her willingness to collaborate with the government of the State of Osun toward leveraging on the bilateral agreement that exists between Nigeria and Jamaica.

In his remark, the Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, lauded the Ambassador for seeing the possibility of a collaboration, adding that Osun deserves greater attention in the international space because of its huge cultural capital.

“Our state is the cradle of the yoruba race and by extension the cradle of mankind. So there is no reason why we should not seriously market what we have.

“During our annual Osun-Osogbo festival, people travel from far and near to come and celebrate the festival at the UNESCO rated Grove. We have several tourist sites all over the State and what we try to do is to bring in the private sector to participate in the development of these sites. We are ready to package these sites and market to other countries.

“I am glad that you have willingly tried to see the possibilities of a robust collaboration. That is the essence of having representatives who recognise the values in their home front.

“We are ready to partner with well-meaning people and export our culture in the process. We are ready to welcome investors. We are committed to creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive, and we make bold to say that Osun is relatively the most peaceful State.

“We are committed to a creative way of marketing what God has given to us, while also making gains from cultural tourism”, Oyetola stated.

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With Oyetola, Osun ain’t seen anything yet!

By Ayo Olonode

When he stopped our hunger, exiled in AFUSA and started paying our full salaries, we thought we had seen it all.

Then he started offsetting pension arrears, paying gratuities…

And then implemented the Federal Government’s new minimum wage,

And then lifted the eight-year long embargo on teachers’ and civil servants’ promotion and conversion in the State;

Then he started fixing forsaken roads and rebuilding badly built ones, clearing the mess of the past,

And then started constructing a premium flyover at the Olaiya Intersection in Osogbo to save precious lives from avoidable accidents;

Till he rebuilt and fully equipped 332 Primary Healthcare Centres and nine General Hospitals because he knows health is wealth,

And then financed health insurance for the vulnerable across the State because the poor also deserve to live;

Then he reformed the education sector and addressed the manpower deficit across public schools,

Then he restored stolen names and glories of all our schools;

And also gave our schools back their histories and uniforms,

He also allotted 18 percent to education in the budget of the current year (2021), a figure that situates Osun within the UNESCO’s benchmark;

Till he empowered many youths and other citizen groups through skills acquisition programmes,

And gave seed loans to MSMEs to bolster their trades;

Till he flagged off the construction of an International Trade Centre in Osun, the Dagbolu Inland Dry Port project,

And other industries that are improving the commercial lot of Osun people,

Among which include an Ethanol Bio-Refinery Factory, and a fruit juice factory at the Free Trade Zone;

Till he diversified the economy, and changed the narrative of Osun from being a civil-service oriented state;

Till he put mechanisms in place to address transport-related crimes;

Now, he is feeding 30,000 poor and vulnerable citizens every month…

And you think you’ve seen it all?

With Oyetola, you ain’t seen anything yet!

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Osun Food Support Scheme: Feeding the needy in thousands

By Ayo Olonode

Under the bright radiant and warm southern sun at the State Secretariat, Abeere, was a jubilant eruption of adulation by different groups and fervent prayers of monarchs for Governor Adegboyega Oyetola at the flag-off of the Osun Food Support Scheme.

The scheme, which was designed to feed 30,000 poor and vulnerable citizens once every month till the end of Oyetola’s administration, is a pace-setting Post-Covid-19 Social Protection drive in Nigeria.

The Covid-19-induced lockdown in 2020 was one singular event that unearthed the necessity of an emergency food relief for the economically vulnerable whose standards of living were worsened by the debilitating cousins of Covid-19 that accompanied it to our world and space.

The State of Osun was fresh off recording its lowest ever poverty and inequality index, according to a report from the Nigerian Living Standard Survey, thanks to the rocketing effect of the payment of full salaries of workers across the State and the good governance model of Oyetola’s administration, which restored the citizens well-being above the borderline of poverty.

As part of measures to consolidate this gain, which appeared threatened at the time by the economic externalities that trailed the pandemic, the government of the State of Osun responded with a multi-pronged food aid designed to help both the vulnerable and stakeholders in the agriculture and food supply chain.

Households numbering tens of thousands benefitted from the emergency food relief of the government at the time, distilled directly from the government through the 21-man Food and Relief Committee comprising eminent sons and daughters of Osun, set up by Governor Oyetola to help the cause of citizens’ welfare.

The participation of the private sector during this time was also notable, as a number of role players in the sector made donations of relief materials to support the government in the fight against Covid-19.

Notably, the government announced on 30th May 2020 that it took delivery of five truck-loads of food items – which included noodles, spaghetti, salt, sugar, etc. – from the private sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CA-COVID), adding that 75 trucks bearing the rice component of the donation were expected to be delivered to the state.

The government, on 30th July 2020, announced its readiness to commence distribution of the palliative by 11th August 2020, after the flag-off and official handover had been done by CA-COVID at Ede. Unfortunately, the distribution could not follow the timeline set by the government because CA-COVID had not officially handed over the donations to the state due to a delay in the delivery of the rice component.

The narrative was turned on its head by the tragic season of looting. Governments across the country had to explain endlessly that it didn’t hoard the palliatives to punish its citizens. The blackmailing community in Osun even went as far as saying that the items were being hoarded as campaign materials for the gubernatorial election that wouldn’t be held till 2022!

Although, the government made efforts to set the records straight as soon as the misinformation began to spread like wildfire, it soon got vindicated through a letter from CACOVID in the later part of November.

All the while that these slanderous episodes played out and the overwhelming flood of disinformation inundated the State, Oyetola remained single-minded in his passion for the welfare and security of citizens.

Barely four months after the best-selling looting epic and the propaganda that ensued from it, Oyetola dropped a joyful screamer of an announcement, that his administration was set to feed 30,000 poor and vulnerable citizens with effect from March 2021.

The Osun Food Support Scheme, according to Governor Oyetola, would run till November 2022, which marks the end of his administration in the first instance. By that token, Oyetola’s administration would have impacted 570,000 beneficiaries across the 30 Local Government Areas of the State.

The methodical manner of administration of the scheme, as outlined by the government, also attested to the perceptive objectivity that formed the foundation and ferment of the scheme.

The government had noted that for effective administration, the scheme would target persons with special needs and disabilities in all LGAs; the poor and the vulnerable in churches will be reached through the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN; the needy and the poor in the Muslim community will be reached through Osun Muslim Community; the vulnerable among artisans through their associations; the needy among other ethnic groups in the State through their leaderships; the traditional worshipers through their association and traders through Iyalojas and Babalojas.

Aside feeding the poor and vulnerable among citizens, one other interesting talking points of the scheme is its commerce-centered disposition and its overall implication on the State’s economy.

The scheme is another of Oyetola’s indirect effort to change the narrative of the State from being a civil service economy state, to a place of robust economic undertakings. The scheme came fully armed promoting Micro, Small and Merium Scale businesses both in agriculture and food supply chain, in a bid to boost local economy. It is sourcing all commodities locally to encourage farmers and businesses.

Monarchs, politicians, religious leaders, representatives of people groups in Osun, have all taken turns to laud Oyetola for the selflessness that underscores this initiative. They have taken turns to commend him for impacting the marginalised across the State in manners that lend credence to transformative and humane actions that are above politics.

He deserves it. Oyetola richly deserves commendations and superlatives in tons for the Osun Food Support Scheme initiative.

But beyond that, Oyetola deserves an apology from those who have tried everything in their evil arsenal to tarnish the hard-earned reputation of Mr Oyetola. This is one leader who has shown nothing but genuine passion for the welfare and security of the people of Osun, despite the limited resources in the State.

The man who was wrongly accused of hoarding food items for election purposes (not minding the expiration date of the items), is the same person who has started impacting not less than 30,000 households across the State on a monthly basis.

Oyetola has carried on, unperturbed by the accusations of the little men because he knows what his mandate is and he’s determined to ignore small-minded back-biters. His focus is to make the State of Osun better than he met it, and the Osun Food Support Scheme is one of his steps in that direction. Since Osun people are Omoluabis, the citizens have decided they aren’t just going to mask up and move on like nothing happened because this is one good turn that deserves sincere appreciation. And so, the people say thank you, Mr Governor

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Osun CAN Chairman lauds Oyetola’s development, welfare strides

The Chairman of the Osun State Christian Association of Nigeria and Diocesan Bishop of Osogbo Diocese of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Rt. Reverend Amos Olu Ogunrinde, has lauded the Governor Adegboyega Oyetola’s government for its development and public welfare programmes, which he described as improving the lot of the State of Osun.

Ogunrinde, while delivering his welcome address at the 14th Annual Synod of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Diocese of Osogbo, on Friday, commended Oyetola for not paying lip service to the issue of citizens’ welfare.

“We thank God for the present government of our State for taking the welfare of civil and public servants serious and making their wellbeing its priority. We have noted that Mr Adegboyega Oyetola and his team are not paying lip service to this at all, because since the inception of his administration up till now, salaries of workers are being paid in full and as at when due.

“Not only that, the embargo lifted on conversion, advancement, promotion, confirmation and career progression of the State civil and public servants by the government of Mr Adegboyega Oyetola is highly commendable.

“If the government would continue to match its words with actions as it has done so far, this would be one of the best things that has happened to us in the State of Osun”, Ogunrinde stated.

In his remarks, the Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, described the focus on development and welfare as an expression of his administration’s commitment to revitalising the economy of the State.

Oyetola, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Benedict Alabi, said: “Our commitment to revitalising the Osun economy is what has influenced the prioritization of the massive upgrade of our health sector; the sustained Investment in infrastructural development, especially roads; our improved social protection interventions; the diversification of our economy through agriculture, tourism and mining, among others.

“We are resolute never to relent until we build a State that we all can truly be proud of. On our part as a government, we will continue to work hard for you, our people, to put our State on the pedestal of sustained socio-economic progress”, Oyetola stated.

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Desist from using Hand Sanitizers from Mexico

…. NAFDAC warn Nigerians.

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians against the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers imported from Mexico.

The Director-General, NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, who gave the warning explained that the US Food and Drug Agency (USFDA) had placed all alcohol-based hand sanitisers from Mexico on a countrywide import alert.

The NAFDAC BOSS said the products were labeled as containing ethanol but were found to have methanol contamination, which is toxic and could be life-threatening if absorbed through the skin into the body system.

She reiterated that USFDA said until it is able to review the products’ safety, it will be on its watchlist.

Information has it that this marks the first time the Agency was issuing a countrywide import alert for any category of drug product to further safeguard the healthy living of all.

NAFDAC said substantial methanol exposure could result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system, or death.

It also warned those in possession of such products to discontinue its usage in their own interest.

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Bureau de Change Operators, Others, Funding Boko Haram

…. Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu

The Presidency says security agencies have arrested some Nigerians funding Boko Haram terrorists, who over the years have been operating in the country.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, who made the disclosure on a television programme noted that, Nigerians would be shocked when details of the investigation on the humongous sums of money were being made available to the group would be disclosed.

Shehu stated further that the sponsors included but not limited to some Bureau De Change operators who have strong contacts abroad.
He added that the Presidency further identified places of worship being used to harbour killers of security agents in the country, assuring that, efforts are on by the heads of intelligence agencies to bring the perpetrators to book.

It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier ordered the Service Chiefs and other security and intelligence coordinators in the country to be proactive so as to rid the country of disgruntled elements.

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