Wednesday 29th March 2023

Category: News

Appeal Court Verdict: Osun Workers solidarises with Governor Adeleke

Following the last Friday’s Court of Appeal judgment, which affirmed the election of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the duely elected Governor of Osun State in the July 16, 2022 Governorship polls, workers in the public service of the State, this Monday morning, trooped out in their thousands to solidarise with the Governor and to congratulate him on the victory.

Workers who converged on the main entrance of the State Government Secretariat, Abere to usher in the Governor could not hide their feelings as they rejoiced,sang and danced with thunderous chant of the Governor’s slogan,”Imole,imole,imole”.

In his highly elated interactive reaction, which was laced with sacerdotal prayers and heartfelt prophetic utterances for the workers and the State, Governor Ademola Adeleke appreciated God for using the appellate court to upturn the election petition Tribunal judgment which had earlier sacked him from office, enthusing “this shows that the people of Osun gave me the mandate.”

He also thanked the entire workers and the people of the State for standing behind him throughout the difficult time, affirming that the victory cannot be stolen by anybody through the back door.

He therefore pledged that he will not disappoint the workers and the residents of the State in giving them the much needed dividends of democracy.

Governor Adeleke further assured the workforce of prompt payment of salaries and entitlements,as and when due.

Speaking earlier, the duo of the Trade Union Congress Chairman (TUC), Osun Chapter, Comrade Adekola Adebowale and his counterpart in the NCSU, Comrade Christopher Arapasopo congratulated the Governor for the well deserved victory saying, “It is an attestation of the fact that your victory is a popular mandate.”

The two labour leaders used the opportunity to recount some of the achievements of the Governor within 100 days of taking over the mantle of leadership in the State which,

according to them,were :prompt payment of salaries and arreas to workers, renovation and rehabilitation of roads across the State, sinking of boreholes and other infrastructural developments across the nooks and crannies of the State.

The duo, on behalf of workers,however pledged workers support for him, assuring that they will work with him to actualize all his good intentions for the State.

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Governor Adeleke Harps On Tolerance, Self Discipline As Ramadan Begins

Governor Ademola Adeleke has called on the Muslim Community in Osun state to emulate the sacrificial living, self control and intercessory supplications embedded in the teachings of the Holy Month of Ramadan, just as Muslims around the world begins the month long period of fasting.

A news release personally signed by the Governor and made available to the newsmen through his Spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed said, Governor Adeleke wishes to remind Muslims in the State of the real essence of Ramadan as a period of self-reflection, intended to deepen one’s spiritual growth and renew a sense of appreciation for the many blessings of God.

In the release, Governor Ademola Adeleke enunciated:
“In this spirit of thanksgiving and reflection, all of us observing Ramadan can strengthen our sense of commitment to equality and development of our communities. It is a time to offer help to those in need, and serve as an immutable emblem of holy life.

“As residents of Osun State, we are all blessed to live under a government that fosters religious liberty and respects the religious practice of all. Our laws and history ensure Muslims can observe this period in accordance with the dictates of conscience and without detractions.

“It is also a period for our dear State to look up to Muslims for unimpeded prayers and in renewed sense of unity, purpose and desire for a better society.

“As we all unite to celebrate this year’s Ramadan in teachings and reflections, I join in the hope for a blessed month

Ramadan Mubarak, dear brothers and sisters in Islam,”the Governor concluded.

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Osun Governor, Adeleke distributes multi-million naira mobility aids to PWDs ……charges Ministry of Justice to fast track PWDs bills implementation

In furtherance of the activities marking his 100 days in office, Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke today distributed a multi-million naira worth of mobility aids to 240 selected persons with disabilities across the State.

The mobility aids were given to the persons with disabilities who were drawn from different clusters such as deaf, albino, spina cord and physical disability,among others.

The programme, organized by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Special Needs,held at the Local Government Service Commission Hall, State Secretariat, Abere, was graced by the Deputy Governor, Prince Kola Adewusi, Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Teslim Igbalaye, Head of Service, Mr Ayanleye Aina, Permanent Secretaries, Executive Secretaries, Persons with disabilities and political bigwigs,to mention but a few.

While speaking, Governor Ademola Adeleke mandated the Ministry of Justice to fast track the process of passing disability bills into law so that it could be sent to the State House of Assembly for quick passage,adding that it was imperative for Osun to have the law passed so that people with disabilities too can have a sense of belonging.

He further stressed that the materials distributed is in line with the support of his administration for the people with special needs, adding that the Government has responsibility to support all categories of people for the smooth running of the State, and that he is resolved to attend to all their yearnings.

Governor Adeleke therefore appreciated the people of Osun for the peaceful conduct of the last Saturday State Assembly election, while sympathizing with the family of those who sustained one degree of injury or the other, promising that now that the election is over, the next line of action is to continue with his good works, and make the people enjoy dividends of democracy which they voted for.

In their separate goodwill messages, the Chairman, Joint National Association of People With Disabilities, (JONAPWD), Oluwafemi Stephen, the retired first Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Special needs, Dr. Mrs Olayinka Oderinde as well as Mr Kehinde Onitiju appreciated the Governor for recorgnizing persons with disabilities in Osun.

They appealed to government to come to their aids by meeting their demands which included: repartration of sacked PWDs Teachers into classroom, establishment of training institutes for persons with disabilities, provision of operational vehicle, appointment of persons with disabilities into his cabinet,signing the persons with special needs bills into law, promotion and support of special Sports, among others.

They also used the opportunity to invite the Governor to visit Persons with Special Needs Training School.

Earlier in her address of welcome, the Coordinating Director in the Ministry, Mrs Taiwo Oladunjoye observed that the distribution of the aids was a demonstration of the love and commitment of the State helsman to the welfare of the special people in the State.

She commended the Governor for taking keen interest in the general well being of Persons with Disabilities and for the approval of funds for the programme.

She noted that the aids will make life more meaningful to the beneficiaries, help them achieve independence, reduce pain as well as increase their confidence and self esteem. Mrs Oladunjoye therefore appealed to non-governmental organisations and well meaning Philanthropists to partner with the Government in providing social services to the special people in their midst as Government cannot do it alone. She further charged the beneficiaries to appreciate the good gesture of the present administration through their support and cooperation to lift the State to an enviable height.

Among the mobility aids distributed to them were: wheel chairs, guiding canes, bowler caps, tick albino umbrellas, sunscreen cream and soap for the albinos, hearing aids and medical aids for persons with spinal cord injury and a host of others.

The event featured, entertainment by the Osun Cultural Troupe, other individuals and groups, cutting of cake and special prayer for the administration of Governor Adeleke.

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NEWS RELEASE 19/03/2023 Assembly Elections: Governor Adeleke Expresses Gratitude to Osun People, Extends Olive Branch to Opposition

The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the people of Osun state over another landslide victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the just concluded state assembly elections.

In a statement issued on Sunday morning, Governor Adeleke celebrated the uncommon and unprecedented chain of victories the PDP had secured in Osun state from July 16, 2022 to February 25th, 2022 and the huge victory of Saturday March 18th, describing the outcomes of the elections as “complete embrace of PDP by Osun people for good governance and responsive leadership.

” My good people of Osun state, you have honored me and my party with another remarkable victory at the assembly elections. You have passed an excellent vote of confidence in my administration and my party by a series of electoral mandates in the last three elections. I went round the state with my scorecard under 100 days and you responded by endorsing my party’s candidates for legislative offices.

” You listened to my request for assembly members of my party who will work with me to deliver our five point agenda. Your trust in me to deliver on our election promises have been expanded and strengthened. Your verdict on my performance is loud and clear- you have approved of our people-focussed governance and our demonstrated will to resolve all outstanding challenges inherited from the previous administration.

” I have come to say a big thank you. Like I used to sing, ‘Ese eku itoju min, momore’. We will not take your approval, endorsement and solid backing for granted. Myself and my team will rededicate ourselves to the urgent task of state building, of service delivery and of delivery of dividends of democracy.

” Because your electoral endorsement is uncommon in the political history of Osun state, my performance must be extraordinary. And so it shall be now and all the time. Thank you for giving me all that I need to serve you more.

” To my brothers and sisters in opposition, I extend hands of fellowship and brotherhood. Join me to build a new Osun state. Support the will of the people as repeatedly demonstrated in the last three elections. As genuine democrats have no power except what the people will, I urge all lovers of democracy to enter the Imole train.

” Osun people need all, within and outside her political class, to unite for state development. You will find in me a listening and responsive State Chief Executive. Our administration will remain committed to an open, consultative, inclusive and transparent governance.

“We will govern with fear of God under rule of law for the collective interest of all Osun people irrespective of political or religious affiliations. Let all rest assured that there is no victor, no vanquished”, Governor Adeleke posited.

Mallam Olawale Rasheed,
Spokesperson to the Executive Governor

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100 days in office: Governor Adeleke reels out his achievements in Osun ……. seeks more support from the people

In celebration of his 100 days in office,Osun State, Governor Ademola Adeleke today reeled out his unprecedented achievements in the State to the public.

Governor Adeleke stated this during a press briefing held at the Government Secretariat, Abere where newsmen, drawn from both electronic and print media,converged to capture the scorecards of the present administration.

He re-iterated that his administration is poised on delivering good governance by fulfilling his campaign promises and satisfying people- oriented needs,adding that ,”in his quest to dish out dividends of democracy to the people, he became blind to party affiliation”.

The first citizen of the State also said all abandoned property and projects by previous administration were redefined and completed.

Governor Adeleke used the opportunity to list some of the ongoing and completed projects which included: provision of borehole water in each of the 332 wards across the State; Construction of 20km roads; Presentation of #518m to Communities for infrastructural development; Imole surgical and medical outreach targeted at 2000 persons in each of the nine Federal Constituencies making a total of 18,000 beneficiaries who received free surgeries; and rural electrification projects.

Others accomplishments listed are: Payment of salaries and pensions arrears from January 2016 owed by the past administration; Enrollment of 3,332 Osun indigenes on Osun health Insurance Scheme (OHIS) to ensure adequate healthcare access for the vulnerables for 5 years; Construction of broken bridges at Bokusoro/Adeeke area in Iwo to forestall loss of life on the bridge in the past due to erosion, among other achievements too numerous to mention.

The State helmsman equally stressed that he is determined to change the State fortune for the better by embarking on key projects across the length and breath of the State.

Governor Adeleke therefore urged workers to exercise more patience, assuring them that all outstanding salaries will be paid in due course.

However, he urged the people of the State to vote for Peoples’ Democratic Party Candidates, (PDP) during forthcoming State Assembly election in order to secure the election of all the 26 parliamentarians to enhance his performance.

It would be recalled that Governor Ademola Adeleke was declared the winner of the July 16, 2022 Governorship polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and was sworn-in as the 6th Executive Governor of Osun State on the November 27th, 2022.

In attendance at press briefing were, Deputy Governor, Prince Kola Adewusi; Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Teslim Igbalaye; Head of Service, Mr Ayanleye Aina; PDP State Chairman, Dr. Akindele Adekunle; Party Chieftains and a host of others.

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Governor Adeleke to Release Bond Certificates to Pensioners on Thursday

Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke has approved the release and distribution of bond certificates worth millions of naira to retirees under the contributory pension scheme.

This was conveyed in a statement by the Head of Service, Mr Ayanleye Aina and made available to the newsmen which explained that the beneficiaries cut across the entire gamut of the public service, namely primary schools, junior schools, secondary schools, tertiary institutions, civil service and the parastatals among others.

According to the statement, the presentation ceremony is billed to hold on Thursday, this week, at the Local Government Service Commission Multipurpose Hall, Government Secretariat,Abere.

Mr Aina stated that the presentation of the bond certificates is “a continuation of the committment of the state government to workers’ welfare, in and out of service.

“This is a new phase in fulfillment of Governor Adeleke’s open resolve to clear backlogs of salaries, pension and emoluments issues within the public service”, the Head of Service stated

It would be recalled that Governor Adeleke had commenced payment of the inherited half salaries and other emoluments owed public servants by the past administration.

The decision which is being implemented across the service had elicited widespread applause from within and outside the state.

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Mobilize, Cast Your Votes Peacefully, Adeleke Tasks Osun Residents.

Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke has called on the people of Osun State to mobilize and troop out peacefully to elect leaders of their choice during Saturday’s general elections.This is contained in a pre-election statement personally signed by Governor Adeleke and made available to the newsmen through his Spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed, describing the Saturday’s election as “a critical milestone in national democratic development of Nigeria in which all eligible citizens must actively participate to decide the future of the nation.”” My good people of Osun State, the general election is here and we have a patriotic duty to actively join the electioneering process. Your vote is your power and your ticket to securing good governance for yourselves and our future generation. ” Our government has declared today a public holiday. All eligible voters must take up their voting cards and get set for the historical elections tomorrow. The electoral authorities have provided an enabling environment for the conduct of free and fair elections. Security agencies have also mobilized to protect citizens as they exercise their constitutional rights.” Let me use this medium to warn against electoral violence. Security agencies are under strict instruction to clamp down on hoodlums and agents of violence. I have equally instructed service commanders to arrest thugs wherever they may be. This election must be held under a peaceful atmosphere. Democracy is about choice, not killing and maiming. “I urge all of us as agents and lovers of democracy to make Osun State the most peaceful throughout this election period and beyond. We are peace loving people and we must remain so, now and all the time”, the statement concluded.

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General Elections: Osun Government Declares Friday as Public Holiday The Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has approved Friday 24th of February as a public holiday for residents and indegenes to travel for Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday.In a circular issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Hon Teslim Igbalaye, public servants are expected to utilize the opportunity to travel for the electoral process.” This is time for all citizens to exercise their voting rights. His Excellency again appeal to all residents to be law abiding as they peacefully exercise their voting rights on Saturday and subsequent elections”, the SSG noted in the circular.Signed.

Hon Teslim Igbalaye

Secretary to the State Government.

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Osun Governor inspects on-going Osogbo/ Ikirun road under rehabilitation.

….  charges users to take caution when completed.

Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke has embarked on inspection of Osogbo/ Ikirun road, which is under rehabilitation,to see the level of work done and the quality of the project. Ikirun, the Headquarters of Ifelodun Local Government was agog as people trooped out in thousands, singing to welcome Governor Adeleke, and showering encomiums on him for remembering the age-long abandoned Osogbo/Ikirun/ Ila-Odo road.Speaking with newsmen shortly after the inspection, Senator Adeleke said he was happy with the project, adding that it was part of his campaign promises to rehabilitate all roads abandoned by the previous administrations in the State.He commended the contractor handling the project for the work done, disclosing that it is one of the projects he intends to commission to commemorate his one hundred days in office. He explained that the road will be completed in no distant time,as the State generates more funds.Governor Adeleke therefore enjoined motorists that will be plying the road to be cautious so as to avoid accidents which may result to loss of life.In his own words, the Coordinating Director, Ministry of Work and Transport, Engr. Olusola Ajao said the 10.5km road has reached 85% completion, promising that it will be completed in two weeks time.He assured Osun Government that the materials used are of good quality,and which can stand the test of time.It would be recalled that the State Government under the leadership of Governor Adeleke few weeks ago gave the Contractor handling the road, Sammy Adigun of Sammya Construction Company Limited oder to return to site to complete the road project.

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General Election: Governor Adeleke urges Osun residents to eschew violence.

As the 2023 general elections is fast approaching, Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke has enjoined residents of Osun to eschew violence during the forthcoming general elections in the Nigeria.

Governor Adeleke gave the advice today in his Office, Government Secretariat Complex, Abere, while fielding questions from the newsmen shortly after a closed door meeting held with the Security Chiefs in Osun which included Police, Army, Road Safety Corps, Prison Service, NDLEA, among others.

He noted that, as election is fast approaching, it is very important to hold security meeting with the authority concerned so as to ensure peaceful conduct of the election, and for the people of Osun to continue to enjoy the prevailing peace.

He spoke further, ” We are holding this meeting because, election is around the corner and as the Chief Security Officer of the State, it is compulsory for me to ensure my people are protected, before, during and after the elections. We have strategies in place to see that election went on without rancour.

” I want to charge everyone to shun violence during the election,and to vote for candidates of their choice without formenting trouble whatsoever”,Governor Adeleke advised.

He therefore enjoined the people to go about their lawful businesses without fear or intimidation,assuring that security Agents are on ground to protect the lives and property of all and sundry.

Speaking with newsmen, the Commissioner of Police in Osun, Mr Kehinde Longe assured the State residents that they are ever ready to protect them and ensure peace,even after the elections.

However, the State Police Chief charged the youths to desist from any act that can put them into trouble during the election, alerting that his Officers and men are ready to forestall any ugly situation.

Present at meeting were: the Deputy Governor, Prince Kola Adewusi; Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Teslim Igbalaye; the State Head of Service, Mr Ayanleye Aina, and a host of others.

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