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Osun announces total lock-down of State as Oyetola discloses second confirmed COVID-19 case

The Osun State Government has announced the total lockdown of the State on Tuesday following the confirmation of the second case of the deadly Coronavirus.

The Government reaffirmed the commitment to shut down all the land boundaries effective from midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2020. 

The Governor of the State, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, made the disclosure during a statewide broadcast on Sunday morning.

Oyetola maintained that there would be no movement within the State during the shutdown while those on essential duties such as health personnel, fire service, environmental officials, security personnel, power and water supply agencies, media and telecommunication officers will be on duty. 

He described the decision as imperative in view of the devastating nature of the pandemic, adding that the first priority of any responsive and responsible government is to respond effectively to protect its citizens when an emergency occurs.

Oyetola who expressed sadness over the latest incident, reiterated that the decision remained the only way to go if the State was to contain the spread of the disease.

“Following a review of our current situation, we have in addition to the subsisting measures taken in the past one week, decided to shut down all our boundaries, effective from midnight Sunday, March 29, 2020. In addition, a complete lockdown of the State will come into effect from midnight, Tuesday, March 31, 2020

“We believe this is the way to go, if we must contain the spread of this virus. To this end, we urge citizens and residents to take advantage of the hours between now and Tuesday to stock up provisions that will last them two weeks in the first instance. 

“During the lockdown, there will be no movement within the state. The closed boundaries also means there will be no inter-state movements. However, those on essential duties such as health personnel, fire service, environmental officials, security personnel, power and water supply agencies, media and telecommunication officers will be on duty. Also, pharmaceutical and medical outfits will be allowed to open.

“We have mandated and mobilised the State’s taskforce and security operatives to enforce measures to the letter. We, therefore, strongly advise our people to remain in their homes during the period of the lockdown.

“When an emergency occurs, such as the one at hand, the first priority of any responsive and responsible government is to respond effectively to protect its citizens. This is what we will continue to do”, Oyetola added.

The governor urged the residents not to panic by the new measures but continue to adhere to government’s instructions and directives on the need for them to continue to observe necessary precautionary measures, including regular washing of hands with water and soap and also maintain the prescribed social distancing. He lauded the critical stakeholders led by the former Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole; task force and health officers for their selfless service to humanity.

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Oyetola pays glowing tribute to Tinubu @ 68

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of The State of Osun has congratulated the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as he clocks 68.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, Oyetola described the former Lagos governor as one of the few political geniuses Nigeria and indeed the world is blessed with, describing him as a man of many parts.

“Describe him as a man of many parts and you will not be far from the mark. Indeed, your impression of him is a function of the side of him you decide to portray per time — Quintessential politician. Leaders’ leader. Nation builder. Reputable entrepreneur. Astute manager. Visionary. Emeritus Governor. Boardroom guru. Distinguished accountant. Talent hunter. Political fighter. 

“For a man who is an active player in two human endeavours where integrity and competence are critical factors — accounting and politics — Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has spent a good part of his life building institutions and men that will make both sustainable.

“When he decided to leave Exxon Mobil for politics after decades of meritorious service to the global oil giant, it was clear that he needed a wider platform to serve humanity,” the governor said.

Governor Oyetola lauded Tinubu’s accomplishments and achievements when he served as the governor of Lagos, noting that he changed the political and governance architecture of the State by introducing unprecedented policies that made Lagos a reference in Africa today.  

“There can be no doubt that Asiwaju is imbued with a Midas touch. As Governor of Lagos, he changed the political landscape and governance architecture of The Centre of Excellence, putting the State in the grips of the Progressives Family for 20 unbroken years, turning around its economy, assembling the best brains to run the affairs of the State, instituting unprecedented policies that make Lagos the reference point even in Africa. No wonder many regard him as the father of new Lagos,” Oyetola declared.

He further described the Jagaban of Borgu as a man of strong political convictions who would not mind standing alone when it matters, stressing that Tinubu “offered his political shoulders when it mattered to rescue the South West from political marauders and continues to build the region’s political, development and economic fortune till date.”

According to him, the fortune of Lagos and the South West is uncannily linked to the political wizardry and vision of Asiwaju.

Oyetola also acknowledged the contributions of Tinubu to the formation of the APC, a party, he said, brought the then ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to its knees, and pulled the nation back to the path of recovery and change.

He said: “As a man of large heart and a bridge builder, Asiwaju makes friends across the Niger and earns chieftaincy titles, honourary degrees and political recognitions along the way. His Bourdillon home is political headquarters for leaders and potential leaders who come to tap from his fountain of experience. 

“In opposition and in power, Jagaban emits ideas and ideals that breed nation building and national integration. He believes in one and indivisible Nigeria, one in which every region develops at its own pace and one in which the people have access to opportunities and possibilities, ” Osun governor added.

The governor affirmed that Tinubu is a friend of the strong and the weak, the old and the young, the rich and the poor; and a mentor to bright and talented young people who have their eyes on leadership and service.

“From his youth to age 68, Asiwaju lives a life of service to humanity and is consciously building a legacy that will surpass his generation.  “I wish leaders’ leader a happy birthday, God’s guidance, good health and many more years of service to Allah and humanity,” Oyetola added.

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World Water Day: Osun govt reiterates commitment to drinking water supply

…charges citizens on self hygiene

As countries across the globe mark the 2020 World Water Day, the State government of Osun has reiterated its commitment to providing potable water supply across the nooks and crannies of the State. The government disclosed its readiness to collaborate with relevant stakeholders and organisations to ensure improved and adequate water supply in the state.

The State Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy, Dr. Amidu Tadese Raheem, said this on Sunday during a Press Conference in Osogbo, which was organised by his Ministry to commemorate the World Water Day. The Day is marked 22 March every year and this year’s theme is ‘Water and Climate Change.’

The Conference which was jointly addressed by the Commissioner and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources and Energy, Engr. Adeniran Felix Ibitoye, was aimed at sensitising the public on the significance of water to healthy living and the need for them to maintain personal hygiene.

Dr. Raheem who described water as indispensable to healthy living, said the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola had strengthened the capacity of the ministry towards the provision of potable water for the citizens.

He said the Ministry had been given the mandate to ensure that people of Osun are provided with clean drinking water, stressing that the provision of potable water remains one of the core mandates of the present administration.

The Commissioner who commended the Governor for being committed to the healthy living of the citizens through the implementation of people-oriented policies and programmes, pledged the continued commitment of the ministry to give a facelift to water management and sanitation in the State.

He said: “The main purpose of this conference is therefore to advocate for the sustainable management of fresh water to the general public, and to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference.

“This year World Water Day is to emphasise the importance of water to human race and create avenue to discuss how nature-based solutions are sustainable and cost-effective ways to help rebalance the water cycle, mitigate the effect of climate change and improve human health and livelihood.

“If we want to create a sustainable future, water management needs to be scrutinized through a climate resilience mechanism and there is the need to invest more on improved hydrologic data, education, risk assessment knowledge sharing and capacity development. Water policies need to ensure representation, participation, behavioural change and accountability of all stakeholders.

“So, kudos must be given to Governor Oyetola, who has performed well through the implementation of the State Water and Sanitation Sector Policy and Law, and avoided doing anything that can negatively affect the schemes and infrastructures across the state.

“To ensure that people have access to sustainable water, Mr Governor procured an industrial submersible pump as a palliative measure for the faulty intake structure in order to bring succour to the people being served by the water scheme.

“In the same vein, Governor Oyetola has continued with this zeal through the ongoing construction of Ilesa water supply and sanitation project and continued maintenance of existing water infrastructure in the state so as to meet the current day challenges as epitomised by the recent scourges of Lassa Fever and COVID-19, that requires potable water for good hygiene and sanitation practices in order to combat them”, he said.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources and Energy Engr. Ibitoye, lauded the efforts of the government at ensuring drinking water for all since its inception.

He noted that the state had remained relentless in its efforts at increasing access to potable water through rehabilitation of existing water mains and facilities in the urban, semi-urban and rural communities of the state.

“The State of Osun Water Corporation has been saddled to oversee the day to day functioning and maintenance of these schemes. In this connection, the Governor of the state, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola recently approved the establishment of the Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (STOWA) and the St ate Water Regulatory Commission (WRC).

“In addition to these, with aid from international donor organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the state Rural Water Environmental and Sanitation Agency (RUWESA) had sunk quite a good number of boreholes which are either motorized or hand pump throughout several communities across the state.

“We have embarked on facility tour of some water works and mini-water schemes in the state. We have held meetings with all the concerned stakeholders and about to sign Memoranda of Understanding with some of our partners. We have also met and consulted with contractors, consultants and firms who are willing to partner with the state government in ensuring that the people of the state enjoy uninterrupted supply of clean and potable water. “As of today, we are happy to inform the people of the state that the Ilesa Water Supply and Sanitation project would be delivered within the shortest possible time. We have been able as a government to partner with the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and Islamic Development Bank (ISDB) to intervene on this project and ensure timely delivery”, Ibitoye added.

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Public Service Announcement: Osun Govt Outrightly Ban Public Gathering

The State government of Osun, today, announced that all public gatherings in the state under any banner or organisation, are banned. This in effect means there will be no church services tomorrow, March 22, 2020.

This is in reaction to the increasing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infected individuals, and its gradual spread to other States of the country.

The State Government of Osun had initially announced a ban on public gatherings having 50 or more people, but today reviewed the position following the announcement of more confirmed cases by the Federal Ministry of Health.

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Coronavirus: Osun places ban on all public gatherings

The Government of the State of Osun has placed a ban on all  gatherings that would bring together 50 or more people in the same place. This measure takes immediate effect and will be in place  until further notice. The ban will affect all Schools in Osun, Churches, Mosques, Night Clubs and Sports arenas among others.

The government, which advised the citizenry not to panic, especially because no case has been recorded in the state so far, noted that it arrived at the decision it took after wide consultations with health professionals and stakeholders in the health sector over COVID-19.

In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola,  Ismail Omipidan, the government noted that the ban became necessary following Federal Government’s directive to ensure precautionary measures are taken to prevent the spread of the disease. 

Besides, the government noted that the mere fact that few cases have been reported in its neighbouring states makes it imperative to act.

“As at 18th March 2020, the total number of cases as announced by the Honorable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, stands at eight (8), with one of the five (5) recent cases confirmed on Wednesday, in Ekiti State.

“Though we have not recorded any case of the deadly virus, as a responsible government, we must be prepared so that we are not taken by surprise. The corona virus scourge is a complex public health emergency, the type the world had never seen.

“Therefore, to protect our dear state,  our children, and our economy will require our  collective response and sacrifice. Government at both state and local government levels will lead but we will all need to do our bit to get through this bad patch.

“As a responsible and responsive government that places premium on the well-being of its people, we will protect our citizens from potential and actual threats.

“We also urge our people to thoroughly observe the precautionary protocols of thorough washing of hands with soap and clean water and the use of  hand sanitizer; observing social distance and avoiding large gatherings, and alerting the authority of any suspected case.  “Our Technical Action Committee is working round the clock to beef up the State’s capacity for epidemiological control and management. We therefore call on citizens not to give in to undue panic” the statement added.

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Oyetola congratulates Dr. Olu Alabi @ 76

The Governor of the State of Osun, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola has congratulated an elderstateman, Dr Oluwole Alabi on the occasion of his 76th birthday anniversary.

In a statement on Wednesday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, the governor extoled the virtues of the former lawmaker, describing him as an accomplished medical doctor and a successful politician.

Oyetola noted that Dr. Alabi is a worthy son of the State of Osun whose contributions to the creation of the State would always be a reference point. He added that his devotion and commitment to the development of the state and the nation at large is laudable and worthy of emulation.

“Today’s occasion of your birthday gives us another opportunity to thank God for your life and to also appreciate you for your selfless service and contributions to the development of the State of Osun and its people. “I join the rest of your family, relatives, associates, well wishers and followers to felicitate with you on your 76th birthday. You’re no doubt one of our respected elders and leaders in the State, and I pray God Almighty grant you more years in sound health to keep serving the state and humanity at large. Happy birthday, Sir,” the governor said.

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Osun Govt commiserates with Victims of Lagos Gas Explosion

The Government and the Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, have commiserated with the victims of the Lagos explosion, which happened on Sunday morning at Abule Ado, Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of the Lagos State.

In a statement signed by the Honorable Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation for the State of Osun, Mrs Funke Egbemode, Governor Oyetola sympathised with the families of the dead, the injured and those who lost their properties to the inferno that reportedly claimed about 18 lives and damaged  dozens of buildings.

“On behalf of the state government and the people  of the State of Osun, we would like to convey our heartfelt sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives and properties to the inferno.

“We pray that God will comfort every grieving family and everyone who has suffered a devastation due to this tragic incident”. The statement said.

Governor Oyetola also sympathised with Lagos State government, and called on relevant authorities and agencies of government to critically investigate the cause of the incident so as to put control measures in place to forestall a repeat occurence.

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Oyetola condoles with Kogi Gov. over mother’s death

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun, on Sunday, condoled with the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, over the passing of his mother, Hajia Hauwau Oziohu Bello. 

The late Hajia Hauwau, 101, was said to have passed on Sunday evening. The governor described the death of the late Hajia Hauwau as a great loss to Kogi State and the entire Bello family. 
Oyetola, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, noted that the late Hajia Hauwau was a devout Muslim, who devoted her life to showing her children the path to success.  
He further said, “Although the late Hauwau was an old woman, the death of a beloved one is usually devastating no matter how old the person may be.
“Let’s however be consoled by the fact that she lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation. May Allah comfort you, the people of the State and your immediate family.
“My deep condolences go to the entire family as well as the people of Kogi State. I pray Allah grant her Aljanat Firdaus and I pray Allah gives you and the entire people of Kogi State the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss,” Oyetola added.

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Osun: UNICEF Lauds Return To 6-3-3-4 Education System, Pledges Support

…says  pace set by state  noticed within and outside Nigeria

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has commended the State Government of Osun under the leadership of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, for the recent education reforms in the State, especially the reversal from 4-5-3-4 to the 6-3-3-4 system.
UNICEF Field Officer in Akure Nigeria, Dr.Tushar Rene, in a letter to the state government, congratulated the State for the bold step taken to reverse the education system from 4-5-3-4 to 6-3-3-4.
Dr. Rene also commended the state government for the reintroduction of Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) which he described as necessary for remarkable brain development.
In his words, “the commencement of the ECDE in the state is a good development. It is a right, recognised in the Convention of the Rights of a Child, which has been ratified by almost all countries of the world.
“Early childhood is a time of remarkable brain development, and any investment in this area yields very high economic returns, offsetting disadvantage and inequality especially for children from poor families.”
Dr. Rene, pledging the agency’s support for the state government, said that: “UNICEF Nigeria will continue to support State of Osun’s Ministry, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Education.
“In strengthening  the state Education Information Management System (EMIS) and installation of UNESCO’s Institute of Statistics Software to facilitate data management for the conduct of annual school census, UNICEF also promised to provide technical support to conduct household survey on out-of-school children,  technical support for institutionalisation of schools support officers at LGAs level to monitor and mentor teachers as well as technical support on implementation of Early Childhood Development Education.”
Dr. Rene commended the Governor Oyetola-led administration for its continued implementation of social protection programmes in the State of Osun, stating that “the pace set by the State is not unnoticed within and outside Nigeria”.

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Ilesa Water project: Oyetola inaugurates 8-man project monitoring committee.

 ….assures citizens of adequate supply

The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has reiterated the administration’s determination to ensure adequate provision of portable water supply to every household in the State.
He said the state would continue to do the needful in the provision of basic social amenities for the citizens, adding that the government was committed to ensuring free flow pipe borne water in the state.
Governor Oyetola stated this while inaugurating a 8-man Project Monitoring Committee on the ongoing construction of Ilesa water project, at the State Ministry of Water Resources and Energy, Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo.
The Ilesa water project is jointly funded by the State and Federal government through the federal ministries of Water Resources and Finance and the Islamic Development Bank.
The Committee which was constituted on the directive of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, was tasked to ensure quality service delivery through adequate supervision and monitoring to make sure that the project meets agreed standard and specifications in line with the project terms and conditions. 
Inaugurating the Committee on Wednesday, Governor Oyetola, said the Committee was set up to ensure quick completion of the project within the stipulated time.
The governor who was represented by the Commissioner of Water Resources and Energy, Hon. Amidu Tadese Raheem, disclosed that the administration had put necessary mechanism in place to sustain the regular supply and distribution of water in the state.
Raheem, who is also the Chairman of the committee assured people of the beneficiary communities of quality job. 
“As you all know, the project has reached reasonable level of completion, we are assuring our people that with this committee put in place, the quality job is assured,” he said. 
He added that the committee would champion its oversight functions in line with the mandate given to it to promote efficiency in the delivery of the project. 
“We are determined to ensure quality job. We shall ensure that the contractors handling the project meet up with the specifications and fulfill all the terms and conditions.
“We are on the pipes laying and distribution network and in few months to come, this will be completed while other components would follow. It is our hope to complete and deliver the project by this year or latest next year.
“We are all aware of the importance of water, that is why the Governor is taking it serious. As we all know, before his emergence, the issue of water had been a thing of concern, and since inception, this administration has been working tirelessly to ensure adequate water supply to every household in the state,” Raheem said.  
Speaking during the inspection tour of some of the project sites in Ilesa, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources and Energy, Engr. Felix Adeniran Ibitoye, assured the residents of quality job. He appealed to the people of Ijesaland to remain calm and cooperate with the contractors handling the work as government was committed towards restoring water to the zone.
Other members of the committee are: Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources and Energy, Engr. Felix Adeniran Ibitoye; Project Consultant, Mrs Tawakalitu Williams; Coordinating Director of Ministry of Water Resources and Energy, Engr. Isaac Babalola; General Manager Osun State Water Corporation, Engr. Ademola Fatola; Project Coordinator, Ilesa Water Supply and Sanitation, Engr. E.A. Akinyele; Engr. L.M Rafiu and Mr. George Martins.

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