Saturday 19th June 2021

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Osun set to pay severance packages of former council Officers

Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, has approved severance package for former Councillors and elected officers in local government councils, whose tenure ended February 5, 2021. The payment will begin soon.

In a statement by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Adebayo Yekeen Adeleke, the gesture by Governor Oyetola will put smiles on the faces of the former elected officers.  It is also a gesture of appreciation to the officers for their service to their respective Councils and to the state in general.

“Governor Oyetola, a leader who understands the values of service, appreciates the individual contributions of these officers to the development of the state and to their respective councils.

“He has approved thus that we commence payment of severance package for each officer as an overt expression of his appreciation of their services. Governor Oyetola wishes them well in their future endeavours”, the statement read.

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Democracy Day: Osun Police Commissioner assures residents of security amid rumours of unrest

The Osun State Commissioner of Police, CP Olawale Olokode, has assured residents of adequate security and a peaceful celebration of this year’s Democracy Day.

In a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Yemisi Opalola, the Commissioner said the Police is working with other security agents to guarantee safety of lives and properties in all parts of the State during this period and beyond.

The CP, while assuring residents of effective visible policing and constant vehicular patrols, appealed to members of the public to cooperate and collaborate with the security personnel detailed for this special assignment and vehicles on patrol duties put in place to curb any act of crime and criminality.

He enjoined members of the public to conduct and comport themselves within the ambit of the law and avoid all forms of rumours of insecurity being peddled, as the police in synergy with other security agents are ready and capable to deal decisively with any act of criminality that might arise.

Olokode advised parents and guardians to warn their wards against any unnecessary protest and procession in the State that could cause break down of law and order, adding that the Command will not tolerate any act of lawlessness.

He enjoined citizens to be vigilant and promptly report any suspicious movement or infraction of the law to the Police for immediate action through emergency lines: 08039537995 & 08123823981.

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Osun First Lady, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola emerges SGWF Chairperson

The First Lady of the State of Osun, Mrs. Kafayat Oyetola has been unanimously elected as the Chairperson of the Southern Governors Wives Forum (SGWF).

She was elected at the meeting of the Forum which held in Abuja Tuesday at the Edo State Governor’s Lodge.

Mrs. Oyetola replaces the First Lady of Edo State, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, whose tenure ended Tuesday in a very glorious manner.

Also elected into the Cabinet of Mrs. Oyetola are, the First Lady of Akwa Ibom, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, elected as Vice President; the First Lady of Bayelsa, Mrs. Patience Diri elected as Secretary; First Lady of Imo State, Mrs.Chioma Ikeaka-Uzodimma, Treasurer; while the First Lady of Ogun State, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun and First Lady of Abia State, Mrs., Nkechi Ikpeazu, emerge as Welfare Officer and PRO respectively.

Delivering her acceptance speech, the First Lady of Osun State thanked her colleagues for the love displayed in unanimously electing her as the Chairperson.

She pledged to build on the harmony and achievements of her predecessor, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, whom she described as pragmatic leader who fostered unity among the First Ladies in the Southern States of the country.

The SGWF has already listed a number of women oriented and gender-focused programs and projects to be carried out across the country

Media Office
First Lady, Osun
June 8, 2021

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Amb. Adejare Bello is Osun’s Gift to the World – Gov Oyetola

…as friends honour him with civic reception on ambassadorial appointment

The Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Sunday, extolled the virtues of Nigeria’s Ambassador to Mexico, Rafiu Adejare Bello, whom he described as a highly revered and proud son of Osun.

He said the appointment of Adejare Bello is not a casual one, but a responsibility founded on an antecedent of humility and diligence.

Oyetola, who spoke through his Chief of Staff, Dr Charles Akinola, on Sunday at the civic reception in honour of Ambassador Adejare Bello, in Ede, described Bello as: “Ede’s gift to Osun, Osun’s gift to Nigeria and Nigeria’s gift to the world”.

According to Oyetola: “An ambassador that is going to the core of North America is not casually chosen. He has been chosen on account of his humility and resourcefulness. So, we are proud in Osun that the person of Adejare Bello is the one we are presenting to the world.

“We urge you to be a good ambassador of this State and uphold the ethos of Omoluabi. We urge you to also project Osun’s rich culture which is unparalleled”, Oyetola stated.

Speaking also at the event, the Timi of Ede land, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal, lauded Bello as an Omoluabi to the core, urging him to remain steadfast and committed to excellence in his new assignment.

He also called on citizens of the State to drop their differences and sentiments, and join forces together to build a stronger and greater Osun.

Former Governor of the State of Osun, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, in his remark, lauded Bello as a man who never played politics with the truth.

Oyinlola, who spoke through the former Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Kazeem Adio, expressed confidence that Bello will perform optimally in his new assignment as a tested and proven son of Osun.

Bello, in his response, appreciated the support of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and the All Progressive Congress, promising that he would continue to uphold the Omoluabi ethos.

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World Environment Day: Our wealth, wellbeing buried in our environment -Oyetola

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate year 2021 “World Environment Day”, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun has called on residents of Osun and Nigerians to take ownership of their environments.

He urged citizens to wake up to the realities of the implications of their actions in relation to their interaction with the environment.

On the part of the government, Oyetola disclosed that his administration had commenced proactive steps aimed at addressing unlawful actions of ignorant citizens of the State and their collaborators in order to save the ecosystem and the environment.

Oyetola, speaking on Saturday at the national commemoration event held in Osogbo, also disclosed that his administration was currently working hard to check degradation issues arising from ongoing mining activities in the state.

Recall that the Federal Government of Nigeria had selected the State of Osun as the nation’s destination for the celebration of the year’s World Environment Day. It was the first time the event was celebrated outside of the Federal Capital Territory and in collaboration with a state government.

“Our government frowns upon the affront of people who are in the habit of encroaching on our forest reserves by felling trees, setting fires on the forest for farming purposes as well as those engaging in indiscriminate waste disposal and pollution of the environment. The government is poised to invoke the full weight of the law against anyone caught in these unpatriotic acts.

“The Government of the State of Osun has commenced planting of trees to reverse the status of our degraded forests while projects on watershed protection is also receiving due consideration.

“The waste management effort of the State Government is currently under review, while flood and erosion control works are ongoing in various parts of the state.

“We are doing all this as a state conscious of the fact that our wealth and wellbeing are buried in the belly of our environment and that we need to take good care of the goose that lays the golden eggs”, Oyetola said.

Earlier, the Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammed Mahmud Abubakar, lauded the Oyetola-led government of the State of Osun for its pace-setting efforts in ecosystem restoration.

Abubakar added that the maintenance of ecosystem health was a necessity for the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

In his welcome address, the Commissioner of Environment and Sanitation in the State of Osun, Mr Sola Oladepo, who described the administration of Governor Oyetola as environment-friendly, appealed to citizens to pay close attention to their relationship with the environment.

“What we do to our environment always have direct consequences on us. The environment is our common heritage, we cannot afford to toy with it in our own interest and for generations to come”, Oladepo said.

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FG picks Osun as destination for celebration of 2021 World Environment Day

The Federal Government of Nigeria has selected the State of Osun as its destination for the celebration of the 2021 World Environment Day, on the basis of the State’s performance in ecosystem restoration drive.

The Federal Minister for Environment, Dr. Muhammed Mahmud Abubakar, disclosed this on Friday when he led a delegation from the Federal Ministry of Environment on a courtesy call on Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun.

Dr. Abubakar said it was the first time the Ministry was celebrating the event outside of Abuja, and in collaboration with a State Government.

“This is so important because one single thing that we can do in the fight against climate change is afforestation and reforestation, and that is why the theme for this year is ‘Ecosystem Restoration’.

“The State of Osun is doing well in this area already  and I think it is apt for us to collaborate and celebrate outside of Abuja and with a state government.

“Your excellency, we commend you for taking this fight against climate change and planning to plant four hectares of forest which we believe will go a long way in sinking the problem”, Abubakar stated.

He also disclosed the plans of the Ministry to plant 25 million trees annually as part of measures to fight climate change, adding that “we cannot achieve this without the support of statw governments, and Osun is already taking the lead in this regard”.

In his remarks, Governor Oyetola expressed delight in the choice of the Federal Government’s celebration of the 2021 World Environment Day in Osun, adding that a good environment is critical to healthy living among citizens.

“Environment is particularly an important aspect of life. If you have a good environment, there is possibility that your health is as good as secured. If you have a polluted environment, the reverse will be the case.

“We, in Osun, have made efforts to ensure that we have a good environment, but there are lot of challenges. Apart from the illegal felling of trees, we have a threat to the environment through artisanal mining. The level of damage to our environment is so huge.

“As we speak, we have the pollution of the Osun River, which is a major river here. The Kajola and Ilesha water works we are trying to put together is being threatened by the pollution of the Osun River.

“This is a problem in our environment and the degradation is so huge. Perhaps, at the appropriate time, we will be speaking with the Minister to see how best we can be assisted in that area.

“I’m happy we have keyed into the issue of planting of trees, and we are going to be doing that tomorrow on a fairly large scale. We believe that our partnership will make the environment more secured for our people to live in”, Oyetola said.

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Osun Youth Policy Document: Fountain University sets up implementation committee ‘You are partner in progress’ – Oyetola

Barely two days after the launch of Osun’s  youth policy document, Fountain University has set up an implementation committee to translate the State’s policy to action at the Institution’s level.

The Institution also commended the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun for its youth-centered stance, adding that it was ready to continue to add value to the policies and actions of the State.

Speaking during a courtesy call of Fountain University’s Visitation Panel on Governor Oyetolain  his office on Friday, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Amidu Sani, said the implementation Committee, named “The 4E Committee”, is aimed at applying the items in the policy document in the University environment.

He disclosed that part of the strategic implementation plans is to have a collaboration and research group to research into the various aspects of the policy beyond rhetorics or expressions of interest.

In his remarks, Governor Oyetola lauded the University’s management for the prompt attention given the state’s youth policy, describing the university as a partner in progress.

“I commend the University management for the prompt attention given to the state’s youth policy which was launched barely two days ago.

“It shows how proactive you are, it shows the passion you have to partner with us and to make your own contributions to the development of the society, especially the youths.

“It is important for us to give attention to our youths. So, we decided to have a framework to engage the youths so that we are guided. We realised that most of our engagements with youths revolve around the four critical pillars contained in the policy document (Youth Education, Engagement, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship).

“Once we are able to design programmes around these specific pillars, it is going to be a holistic way of addressing the needs of the youths”, Oyetola stated.

Oyetola also expressed delight in the University’s efforts at identifying some of the problems confronting the society, particularly the youths, and the pragmatic efforts at addressing some of the identified issues.

He specifically lauded the University’s Academic Rehabilitation Empowerment Project (AREP) situated at Iragbiji (Boripe Local Government Area) with the aim of rehabilitating young people who get involved in substance abuse, rather than throw them out of the system.

Contributing, the Chairman of the Visitation Panel, Professor Abdul-Wahab Egbewole, commended the Osun government for its support to the University, adding that the institution would continue to do its best through appropriate research that enhances the state’s efforts.

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Eid el- fitr: FG declares Wednesday and Thursday Public holiday

The Federal Government has declared Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th May, 2021 as Public Holidays to mark the year’s Eid el-Fitr celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, while making the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government in Abuja, on Monday, congratulated Muslim faithfuls on successful end of the year’s Ramadan.

He charged Nigerians to seize the moment to pray for peace, stability and economic transformation in the country.

Aregbesola, who believes that development cannot thrive in a rancorous atmosphere, urged Nigerians to be law-abiding and embrace the spirit of love, self-discipline, kindness and tolerance, as taught by the Holy Prophet.

He also called on security agencies in the country to be more courageous and patriotic to surmount the ongoing battle against resurging insecurity and activities of criminal elements in Nigeria.

He assured that the resolve of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to end the scourge of crime and criminality in the country and restore peace to every nook and cranny of Nigeria was sacrosanct.

“This administration will not be deterred in its efforts, until every Nigerian and resident of the country, is free to move around without fear of any threat to his/her life and property. We are therefore putting necessary measures and strategies in place to strengthen the stability of the country as well as ensuring economic prosperity of our dear nation,” he emphasised.

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Beneficiaries of Osun Food Support Scheme Laud Oyetola

Representatives of different people groups in Osogbo Local Government have described the Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, as a promise keeper.

Speaking during the distribution of food items from the Osun Food Support Scheme to vulnerable citizens in Osogbo Local Government, the beneficiaries said Governor Oyetola has contributed to prove that his love for the people goes beyond ‘political eye-service’.

Chief Chinaka Bennett, Secretary-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo group in Osun, appreciated Governor Oyetola for his sustained efforts at alleviating the sufferings of the masses in Osun.

Alhaji Kelani Raji, the representative of the Muslim Community, lauded the scheme as a step in the right direction by the Oyetola administration to provide succour to people for whom life would have been unbearable in the face of the country’s current economic realities.

He also lauded Oyetola as a leader who understands his responsibilities to the people he leads and is compassionate enough to discharge those responsibilities appropriately.

Adedokun Waheed, representing artisans in Osogbo, lauded the administration of Governor Oyetola for the food support scheme, which he described as evidence of a deep concern for the people’s welfare.

Madam Mustapha Mohiliat, a widow from Aleshinloye Community, Oke-Ijetu, lauded Governor Oyetola for fulfilling his promises to the people of Osun.

The representative of Fulani Community and the PRO of the Miyetti Allah Group in Osun State, Mohammed Abdullah, described the Osun Food Support Scheme as an historical feat in the State, adding that such a people-oriented scheme had never been recorded in the State.

“We Fulanis in the state are grateful, and we are praying to God that Governor Oyetola achieves a second term. We will support him.” Abdullah said.

Adebayo Muritala, representing the Osogbo sector of Persons with Disabilities, lauded Oyetola for his consistency in paying attention to the welfare of citizens

“This is not the first time Governor Oyetola has factored in citizens, especially People with Disabilities, in the programmes of his government. This food support programme is just one his many welfare schemes and for this we are grateful”, Muritala said.

Fashoto Oludare, representing the Osogbo Chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, commended Governor Oyetola for what he is doing in the state, and especially for the youths.

“We are grateful for the infrastructure, and we are also very grateful for the food support programme which has more of personal impact on citizens”, Fashoto said.

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Oyetola greets Asiwaju Tunde Badmus on 75th birthday

Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola has sent warm greetings to the Asiwaju Musulumi of Yorubaland and CEO of Tuns Farms Nigeria Limited, Chief Khamis Tunde Badmus as he marks his 75th birthday anniversary, today, 9 May, 2021.

Oyetola’s greetings was contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan.

The Governor said he was pleased to join family members, friends and associates to celebrate the accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist, whom he described as a man with a large and generous heart.

Oyetola congratulated Chief Badmus on his several accomplishments in life particularly his groundbreaking strides in Nigeria’s agricultural sector.

He also appreciated the celebrant for his selfless service and numerous contributions to the development of the country and Osun in particular.

The Governor prayed “Allah to grant Asiwaju good health and long life to enable him keep serving our State, Nigeria and humanity at large.”

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