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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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VP, Osinbajo Decorates Alkali Baba as New IGP

The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has decorated Usman Alkali Baba with the rank of Inspector-General of Police (IGP).

This followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s approval of Baba’s appointment as Acting Inspector-General of Police on Tuesday.

The appointment which was announced by the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, took immediate effect.

The Acting IGP replaced Mohammed Adamu whose tenure expired February 1, 2021, but had it extended for three months.

Until his appointment, Usman Alkali Baba was a Deputy Inspector-General of Police. His appointment will be in acting capacity pending his confirmation by the Senate.

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