Thursday 23rd September 2021

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Osun Food Support Scheme: Hike in food prices won’t affect quality, sustainability – Govt

The government of the State of Osun, on Thursday, assured its citizens that increase in the prices of food items will not affect the quality of food components it is offering to vulnerable citizens through the Osun Food Support Scheme.

The government said it was aware that the prices of food items had significantly increased compared to when the scheme was flagged off on April 1, 2020, but assured that changing economic indices will not affect its commitment to citizens.

Recall that the government of the State of Osun started feeding 30,000 poor and vulnerable citizens across the State, with effect from the month of March 2021.

Speaking during the flag-off of the distribution of the sixth edition, the Head of the State’s Civil Service, Dr Festus Oyebade, reaffirmed that the administration of Governor Oyetola will continue to identify with those who are less privileged in the state.

“This particular programme is an initiative of the State Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, to identify with the less privileged in the society, those who are challenged or those who do not have. This is to encourage them and also assure them that the government feels for them, cares for them and will continue to support them.

“So far, 150,000 people have benefitted from this scheme, and another 30,000 will benefit from this current exercise. This will be sustained till the end of the current tenure of this administration.

“I want to assure citizens that we have a governor who keeps to his words. On this basis, whatever may be the cost of food items in the market, this programme will continue to maintain the standard it has set, and probably be improved upon in the days ahead. The quantity will not deplete as we continue to do the needful. The current prices of food items in the market will not affect the continuity or quality of this scheme.

“I also wish to call on citizens to support this present administration in all things that are essential for the progress of the entire State”, Oyebade said.

Also speaking at the flag-off, the Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, and Chairman of the Osun Food Support Scheme, Mr Olalekan Badmus, said the government was looking at the possibility of adding other components like Wheat to the regular Rice and Semovita that had been alternated over the previous editions.

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Osun @ 30: Oyetola has exceeded expectations with little resources – Kolade-Otitoju

The Group Head, Current and Public Affairs of Television Continental Communications, Babajide Kolade-Otitoju, on Thursday, commended the governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, for doing more than anyone expected in spite of the little resources available in the State.

Otitoju, speaking as a panellist during the Osun anniversary colloquium organised to celebrate 30 years of the State’s creation, said he was among those who particularly did not believe that Governor Oyetola could cope with the challenges of paucity of funds the state had had to contend with.

“I must commend the governor for what he has done so far. People have described him as a gentleman governor, but I will describe him as a positively gentle governor because he is gentle in a way that brings growth and development.

“I know resources are limited but you have already surpassed expectations with the little resources. Some of us didn’t expect what you have done except we want to lie. We thought it would be more difficult”, he said.

Otitoju also lauded the state as one that boasts the highest number of urban centres in the country, recommending greater commitment to infrastructural development to make the most of the urban centres.

He continued: “Of all the states in our country, there is no state that has as many urban centres as Osun state. The state that comes closest to Osun is Katsina state.

“What is required is the need to focus on developing those urban centres. Once this is done, the migration that we see from these centres to cities like Lagos will reduce drastically.

“Population is an ingredient of growth and development. What that implies is that the development of those urban centres will help retain citizens and ensure the return of those who have migrated already, businesses will grow and Osun will remain on top in Nigeria.

“Let’s build more inner-city roads. If we can provide infrastructure and continue to attract investments into the state, the state will be better for it.

“The state is already safe. I heard it described as the safest state in Nigeria. I’m not going to argue that. I want us to never take lightly the peace that we enjoy. In Borno, for instance, there are two local governments that people are no longer living in. As we enjoy the peace here and as the governor tries to make peace with people along party lines, let us not take it for granted. Let us continue to build on the peace that we have because when we have peace, real growth and development will happen”, he added.

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Oyetola committed to peaceful, indivisible Nigeria – Sultan

… felicitates Osun on 30th anniversary

The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminent, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, on Thursday, described the Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, as a nation-builder and a believer in a peaceful, united and indivisible Nigeria.

Sultan also congratulated the State of Osun on its 30th anniversary of state creation, describing the State as one that is blessed with abundant natural and human resources.

Abubakar, while delivering his opening remark during Osun’s 30th anniversary Colloquium, said: “I congratulate the Government and the good People of Osun on the attainment of this milestone and on recording landmark achievements that humble older States in these three decades of existence.

“As we celebrate this momentous event, it is apposite to pay glowing tribute to the founding fathers of the State of Osun whose vision has produced talents that have given vent to the foundation they build 30 years ago.

“I salute the vision and insight of the Military Administrators and all the Governors of the State. Their capacity to dream and to assemble talents to build an enviable and award-winning State is phenomenal and has shown in the huge achievements of the State.

“Osun is blessed with abundant natural and human resources, but that is just the first leg of the State’s measure of greatness. The second leg is the deliberate inculcation of the Omoluabi ethos whose contents include the spirits of excellence, hard work, integrity and peaceful mien in all its citizens to serve the State meritoriously.

“It is therefore no surprise that in these 30 years of statehood, Osun has produced a galaxy of stars in all the sectors and areas of human endeavour.

“I have followed the programmes of Government Oyetola closely since his assumption of office. A deep thinker and a silent reformer and performer, he came into government with Development Agenda hinged on adequate, quality and equitable service in all sectors. He has also introduced people-oriented policies based on inclusive governance and sustainable development”, he said.

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Monarchs, others laud Oyetola on reconstruction of Moro-Yakoyo-Ipetumodu-Asipa-Ife Road after 45 years

Traditional rulers, political functionaries and people groups in Ife North Local Government Area of Osun State have commended Governor Gboyega Oyetola for the reconstruction of the Moro-Yakoyo-Ipetumodu-Asipa-Ife Road after 45 years.

The road, spanning 8.1km, was first constructed with stone-base in 1976 before Oyetola’s intervention

Speaking during the commissioning of the road on Thursday, the Apetumodu of Ipetumodu, Oba Joseph Oloyede, appreciated Oyetola for the reconstruction, adding that it has addressed the plight of farmers, among its numerous implications.

“We thank Governor Oyetola for this road. We are largely farmers in this environment, and the implication of this road is that it has significantly eased the plight of farmers.
With Governor Oyetola, we are not suffering because he has given us what is due to us”, Apetumodu said.

A former Nigerian Chief of Defense Staff, General Akani Akinrinade (rtd), also commended Governor Oyetola for his developmental interventions in the local government and in the State at large.

“We thank the Governor for his exceptional governance style. We are not just thanking him for the Moro-Yakoyo-Ipetumodu-Asipa-Ife Road alone, but for access to qualitative healthcare. Now, we don’t have to go far to access healthcare, and this for us is a major intervention.

“Everyone can attest to the fact that there is no money in town, everywhere is dry, but this man is attending to critical developmental issues in the State. So, this is the kind of leader we need again and again in Osun to help us manage our little resources to ensure that we do not suffer. So, let us support him with full commitment”, Akinrinade said.

Member of the Osun State House of Assembly representing Ife North Local Government Area, Honourable Tunde Olatunji, who described the road as the biggest capital project in the history of Ife North State Constituency, saluted Oyetola for earning his place in history.

“Today is a day of joy because what we are doing here is unprecedented in Ife North. This is the biggest capital project in the history of this constituency costing about One Billion Naira.

“It is a celebration of transformation that we are having in the State of Osun. Within 940 days, Governor Oyetola has constructed several roads, revitalised 332 Primary Health Centres, paid full salaries to workers across every cadre, paid over 35 billion Naira as pension arrears to retirees, and transformed the State completely.

“We, of Ife North, are not ungrateful people. We are looking forward to the next 521 days, when we will celebrate Governor Oyetola’s inauguration again as the governor of our dear State. He has earned his place in history, and we are affirming that we are with you because we are lucky, blessed and honoured to have you”, Olatunji said.

In his remarks, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola promised that consideration will be given to road leading to Akinlalu community at the other extreme of the project.

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Osun: We’ve spent N 35bn on pension arrears – Oyetola

The governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, said his administration had released about the sum of Thirty-five Billion Naira (N 35,000,000,000) to offset pension arrears in the state since assuming office in November 2018.

Oyetola, who made this disclosure on Wednesday, at the celebration of year 2021 Civil Service Week public lecture and award event, said the sum was to cater for every category of pensioners.

Oyetola enjoined retired officers to continue to show understanding and support for his administration, adding that his government was committed to repositioning Osun and stimulate its economy for prosperity and abundance.

Oyetola, who also presented Retirement Bond to officers, urged beneficiaries of the bond to utilise them well by investing them in productive ventures that will bring values to their families.

“As a government, we will not relent in prioritising the welfare of our active and retired workers in the State. We will continue to pay workers’ entitlements despite the harsh economic conditions arising from national economic challenges.

“We have consistently released N 509million on a monthly basis to cater for pensioners under the old pension scheme, while not leaving out those on Contributory Pension Scheme.

“We have (recently) released the sum of One Billion, Six Hundred and Forty-Four Million (N 1,644,000,000) for the payment of outstanding pensions and gratuities of retired civil servants”, Oyetola said.

In his remark, the Head of Service, Dr Festus Olowogboyega Oyebade, lauded Oyetola’s commitment to the welfare of active and retired civil servants, describing his interventions as unprecedented.

According to Oyebade, “Governor Oyetola has supported both the living and the dead among civil servants. In the last few months. Even when we lost three Permanent Secretaries , His Excellency approved the sum of One Million Naira for each family for funeral arrangements.

“For the living, the records are full. He has not failed for once to pay our full salaries – this has been like a vaccine to individual’s living standard and the State’s economy.

“Today, over a billion naira bond will be given to deserving retirees.  As we speak, we have captured contributory pension to August 2018.  Do you know that additionally, today, 108 retirees who are junior and intermediate retirees placed for payment from August 2018 to 31st December, 2020 will receive their bonds, courtesy of Governor Oyetola?”, Oyebade said.

Also, Elder Moses Inaolaji Aboaba, the Pioneer Head of Service of Osun State Civil Service at the creation of the State in 1991, lauded the synergy between the civil service and the present political leadership in Osun, describing it as a sign of better things to come.

“We thank the Governor for his commitment to building an upright civil service, and an upright civil service is a great asset to any state”, Aboaba said

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Oyetola to complete Olaiya Flyover before deadline

…. No inherited projects will be abandoned, Oyetola assures

The State Government of Osun has announced that it will likely complete Olaiya Flyover Project before the stipulated nine months deadline. Also, Governor Oyetola will be commissioning the 8.1km of Mooro- Yakoyo-Ife Road on Thursday.

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun has also assured citizens of the completion of infrastructural projects embarked upon, including those inherited from the previous administration.

According to a statement released by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, on Monday after the week’s State Executive Council Meeting, Governor Oyetola also said work is being intensified to ensure the completion of the Olaiya flyover before the set nine months delivery time.

The statement read in part: “Governor Oyetola has said that his administration will not abandon any project, including those it inherited. Fortunately, our contractors are committed to both quality and deadline. Unlike in the past when contractors shifted the goal post in the middle of the game. For the projects that we inherited, work has resumed on different sites across the state.

“We are very close to the completion of the Olaiya Flover and it will be ready just in time for the third anniversary of the administration.

“Also, the Governor will be commissioning the 8.1km Moro Junction- Yakoyo – Ipetumodu- Asipa- Ife/Ibadan Expressway on Thursday. It’s the biggest single road project in Ife Area in the last 20 years.

“The Oyetola administration is totally committed to infrastructure renewal, not just at the state capital but across the state”, the statement read.

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Osun Govt Sympathizes With Osun CP Over Fire Incident

The State Government of Osun has sympathised with the State’s Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode over the fire outbreak that razed his building in the early hours of Monday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday by the Osun Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode.

Mrs Funke Egbemode described the fire incident as very unfortunate and saddening, while thanking God that no life was lost through the inferno which destroyed properties worth millions of naira.

The statement read in part, “On behalf of the Government and the good people of the State of Osun, I sympathize with our own Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode on this very unfortunate incident, we are indeed pained by it.

“But we must also thank God that no life was lost in the incident which lasted for about two hours. We know that God who is the provider of all things will surely return everything lost in the inferno in double fold”. The Commissioner stated.

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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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