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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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Osun Youth Group (OYG) Council Visits Egbemode

…. Says Oyetola committed to youth development

The Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation in the State of Osun, Mrs Funke Egbemode, has restated the commitment of the Governor Adegboyega Oyetola-led administration to the development of youths in the State through its youth empowerment, youth engagement, youth entrepreneurship and youth education agenda.

Egbemode stated this while addressing the State’s Council of the Osun Youth Group in Ijabe, on Sunday, during a courtesy call on her by the group.

During her remarks to the OYG members, Egbemode encouraged the youths of the State to take advantage of Oyetola’s programmes and policies for youth and also get involved in governance process in order to contribute their own quota to the development of the State.

She said: “Youths cannot take power by barricading bus stops and junctions, and holding states to ransom. You can only change the system by getting into the system.

“If after protests and agitations, young people don’t get into systems, it will be all talk and no action, and talks alone don’t bring about change. That is why I commend movements like the Osun Youth Group, that has been organised to channel the energy, vision and orientation of young people in the right direction. It will be nice if we have more young people getting involved and getting committed.

“As far as Osun is concerned, the governance of this State is the collective responsibility of everyone, young and old. Let us join forces to build the State, and that begins with supporting the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, an administration that means well for its citizens”, Egbemode stated.

The group, which was led by Comrade Joel Sayo Omoniyi, the State Coordinator (from Oriade Local Government), also comprised executives and delegates from Ejigbo, Osogbo, Boripe, Olorunda and Ifelodun Local Government areas of the state

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Public Service Announcement: Covid-19: Please Stay Safe at Easter-Osun Govt

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and the Government of the State of Osun wish to felicitate with the Christian community on the occasion of this year’s Easter celebration.

The government is thankful to God for the significant improvements in the situations around the State between last year and now. Recall that last Easter was celebrated under a total lockdown; but today, the State has earned some gains that have necessitated a relaxation of most of the stringent measures, although non-pharmaceutical protocols are still in force.

Citizens are hereby encouraged to continue to stay safe during Easter celebrations, by adhering to all the safety guidelines set by the government. It is important to avoid crowded spaces, use face masks in public places, wash hands regularly and maintain social distancing.

Let us, in the spirit of the season, make sacrifices that will advance the cause of development of our dear State and re-educate ourselves to the service of God and mankind. Let us be our brother’s keeper and also dedicate time to pray for the peace and progress of our dear State and nation at large.

The Governor and government of the State of Osun wish every citizen a splendid Easter celebration.

Signed:

Funke Egbemode

Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation,

State of Osun

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Alara Stool: Court dismisses Suit against the selection of Alara

An Osun State High Court, sitting in Ejigbo, today dismissed the suit filed against Osun State Government on the selection of Ara kingship and consequent enthronement of Alara of Ara,Oba Dr. Olubayo Adesola Windapo.

Prince Emmanuel Oladejo Ilufoye and three others had jointly filed the suit against the installation of Alara of Ara, Oba Dr. Olubayo Adesola Windapo.

The Plaintiffs had earlier informed the Court
that the Customary Law regulating the selection of a candidate to fill the vacant stool of Ara, whenever it occurs, was not followed. According to them, the flouted Chieftaincy Declaration was registered on the 1st day of June, 1979.

Barrister Moses Faremi, representing Ministry of Justice and state Governor of Osun State, told the court that the plaintiffs had failed to comply with the laid down procedure stated in the section 19 and 20 of the Chiefs Laws Cap 25, Laws of Osun State 2002.

After the kingmakers must have selected the oba elect, among the contestants, aggrieved parties have 21 days to petition the Governor who takes a decision on appointment of Obas, Faremi stated.

Barrister Faremi then advanced that the decision to challenge the action of the kingmakers in court is an abuse of process.

Justice Lawrence Arojo held that the court lacks the jurisdiction to determine the suit filed by aggrieved parties and agreed with the State Counsel, Faremi Moses that the case of the plaintiff is preemptive and premature.

Justice Arojo also said that administrative remedy provided for under section 19 and 20 of chiefs Laws of Osun State was never exhausted before the plaintiffs approached the Court.

Justice Arojo therefore ruled that the suit filed to challenge the installation of Alara of Ara,Oba Dr. Olubayo Adesola Windapo is dismissed.

opeyemi BELLO
Information Officer,
Ministry of Justice.

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Osun to feed 570,000 vulnerables via Food Support Scheme – Oyetola

…. No government has embraced us like Oyetola – Ohaneze Ndgbo

The government of the State of Osun has said that a total of 570,000 poor and vulnerable citizens across the 30 local government areas of the State would have been reached by the end of the first phase of the Osun Food Support Scheme.

Speaking during the flag-off of the Osun Food Support Scheme, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola said the scheme would run utill the end of his administration and targeted at impacting 30,000 poor and vulnerable citizens, including youths, widows, the aged and people living with disabilities across the State.

During his welcome address, the Chairman of the Osun Food Support Scheme who is also the Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, Mr Olalekan Badmus, lauded Governor Oyetola’s welfare initiative, saying that by the end of the first phase of the initiative, the government would have impacted 570,000 the poor and vulnerable people in the State.

Responding to the gesture of the government, representatives of the different beneficiary groups lauded Governor Oyetola’s commitment to the welfare of citizens, adding that he had displayed inclusiveness in his governance model.

Kehinde Onitiju, the Chairman of People living With Disabilities, and the Senior Special Assistant to the Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly on disability matters, described Oyetola’s administration as one that has never failed to cater for the needs of People with Disabilities since inception.

Reverend S. O.  Fayemi, the Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, described the initiative as not just a rarity, but an astonishing initiative, adding that it is indeed a testament to what the Bible says that when a righteous man rules, the people rejoice.

Ishola Marouf Olawale, Grand Mufti of Osun State, speaking on behalf of the Osun Muslim Community, described the initiative as the fulfilment of another of Oyetola’s promise, adding that Oyetola had never neglected issues of welfare and security of citizens.

Also, Chief Chinaka Bennett, Secretary-General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, appreciated Governor Oyetola for making Osun livable for other ethnic groups, Bennett said that the Igbo community had never felt embraced in the manner Oyetola has embraced them.

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Osun: Oyetola Launches Okada Riders Unique Code

… ‘How Osun is addressing transport-related crimes’

The Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, has said that the introduction of riders’ jackets and identification tags for commercial motorcycle operators in the State is an attempt to sanitise the business sector for the general safety of citizens and for the sanctity of transport business.

Speaking during the launch of the Osun State Okada riders’ jackets and identification tags at the State Secretariat in Osogbo, on Wednesday, Oyetola lauded commercial motorcycle operators as critical players and contributors to the socio-economic development of the State, but added that their sterling contributions can only be appreciated under an organised and regulated atmosphere.

Oyetola said: “As you are all aware, hoodlums and undesirable elements have taken advantage of the unregulated nature of your activities to engage in unwholesome activities such as robbery, kidnapping and pick-pocketing, this giving your job a bad name and image.

“Non-regulation of your activities has also brought in unlicensed and unskilled people into your fold who get involved in needless accidents and cause needless deaths and maiming daily across the State. Your members are not spared from some of these needless tragedies.

“As a government that has the responsibility for the security and safety of its citizens, we cannot stand by and watch our citizens suffer untold hardship.

“Today’s launching of jackets and identity cards for the use of your members is a step toward sanitising your activities for the good of your members and the generality of our citizens. It is a vote for our collective safety and security. It is a way of restoring your image as responsible omoluabi and educated gentlemen. It is a step towards keeping you and your loved ones – your wife, your son, your daughter, your parents, and other members of your family, safe.

“Government will do all within its powers to bring errant members to book to serve as a deterrent to others. No effort will be spared to protect the lives of our people”, Oyetola stated.

In his welcome remarks, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Transport, Engr. Hussein Olatoke Olaniyan, described the initiative of the government as one that is geared toward the safety and security of the people of Osun.

According to Olaniyan: “The significance of today’s epoch-making event is underscored by the imperativeness of its social, security, safety, administrative and financial importance to the State of Osun.

“The use of motorbikes and tricycles in the transportation sector of the Nigerian economy has become so popular that the operators and their operation need to be properly monitored and regulated by government in order to ensure the safety and security of our people. It is in consideration of this fact that the State government came up with this scheme whereby all operators of this mode of transportation are made to undergo biometric data capture, with the issuance of riders’ jackets and ID cards for ease of identification.

“The Rider’s Unique Code printed on the jacket and ID card comprises the rider’s union, local government of operation and code number. The State Government of Osun shall make the portal accessible to top security operatives, FRSC Zonal and Unit Commanders, top government functionaries and senior field staff of O’TRAM (Osun State Traffic Managers) for effective monitoring and regulation. These bodies in collaboration with the task force set up by OSCOMORUN will enforce the use of the Riders’ jackets and ID cards.

“This scheme is specially designed to weed out from their midst infiltrators and people of questionable characters who are portraying them in bad light. I also appeal to the generality of the commuting public to take cognisance of the danger of patronising okada and keke Napep operators who do not wear their Rider’s jackets and ID cards or who ply the roads with unregistered motorcycles”, Olaniyan stated.

Also speaking during the launch, the Chairman of the Osun State Commercial Motorcycle Riders Union of Nigeria (OSCOMORUN), Ismail Tiamiyu, lauded the administration of Governor Oyetola for the initiative, describing it as a security measure that is necessary for the identification of the real operators from the mischief makers.

“We thank the Governor, because his policies have been favourable to us. We are absolutely in support of his actions because we trust his leadership and approaches to governance”, Tiamiyu stated.

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Oyetola dedicates two hours daily to C of O approvals – Agunbiade, Lands Commissioner

The Government of the State of Osun has said Governor Adegboyega Oyetola dedicates at least two hours daily to the approval of Certificate of Occupancies (C of Os) to scale up provision of housing and create a conducive environment for businesses to thrive.

The Commissioner for Land and Urban Planning, Nathaniel Agunbiade, who disclosed this while reacting to the news making the rounds that Oyetola had not signed any Certificates of Occupancy in close to two years, said the Governor has approved more than 60 duly filed applications so far in 2021.

He added that the present administration had initiated different initiatives to reposition the land and urban planning matters for greater efficiency and quality service delivery.

Part of the initiatives, according to Agunbiade, is the fast tracking of the application process, which can now be concluded in 90 days from the time of application.

Agunbiade stated: “There is a misinformation making the rounds that the Governor has not signed any C of O in the last one-and-half year. This is a blatant lie which must have been orchestrated by mischief makers.

“This year alone, the Governor has signed over 60 Certificates of Occupancy, and even recently, he took it upon himself to set aside two hours of his day to attend to pending applications for C of O. By doing this, he has increased the number and quantity of processed applications.

“At least, in the last one-and-half year, Governor Oyetola would have signed not less than 200 applications.

“This administration has also rejuvenated the waiting time for the issuance of C of O, so that if you put in an application with all your papers complete, you will get your duly signed C of O from Mr Governor in about 90 days.

“Last week, I still took delivery of C of O already signed by Mr Governor. So, it is not true that he has not been signing C of O. We implore the entire populace to disregard the fake news. All what we have said are verifiable from the Ministry of Lands and Urban Planning”, Agunbiade stated.

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Gov. Oyetola launches Automated Financial Management Information System (SIFMIS)

The Government of the State of Osun, in its effort at deepening accountability and simplifying its budgetary process, on Friday, launched the State Integrated Financial Management Information System (SIFMIS).

The Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, describing the project, said the project is of monumental importance to his administration’s vision and commitment to enthroning financial efficiency, accountability and transparency in the management of the economy of the state for optimum results.

He added that it is the belief of his administration that the best way to fight corruption in the public service is to build an impregnable and efficient financial system, which SIFMIS is built to address.

According to Oyetola: “Our Administration is built on a development agenda whose purpose is to provide adequate, equitable and quality service for the people using the mechanics of accountability and transparency as the drivers of the management of our limited resources.

“In the over two years that we have come into government, this strategy has helped us to cut wastages and plug excesses, and we have used the dividends to provide services in all the sectors, especially in health, infrastructure and education.

“We believe that the best way to achieve sustainable development and economic transformation is to develop a system that will make our bureaucracy efficient and put our financial system on auto pilot. To achieve this end, we went on a search and our quest produced a best practice compliant application, the State Integrated Financial Management Information System.

“We are grateful to the European Union and the World Bank whose support gave birth to the building of State Integrated Financial Management Information System that we are commissioning today.

“The State Integrated Financial Management Information System is a financial application that will enhance our budgetary efficiency. It is a potent weapon for achieving our resolve to rid our system of corruption and unnecessary bottlenecks.

“This application is a catalyst to our development strategy, which is targeted at providing prosperity and better life and services for our people. It will also further instill financial discipline in our bureaucracy and make our State a player in global financial best practices and a model in financial efficiency in the nation.

“For an Administration that has created a road map for economic recovery and transformation through the institution of Economic Summit, the establishment of Investment Promotion Agency, engagement in massive infrastructure development and the expansion of all sectors, the institution of the State Integrated Financial Management Information System to improve financial sanity and efficiency is a necessary requirement to complete the economic cycle.

“With the commissioning of the State Integrated Financial Management Information System today, it is certain that the State is on the path of achieving financial efficiency and economic transformation”, Oyetola stated.

The Commissioner for Finance, Mr Bola Oyebamiji, speaking at the launch, said the launch of SIFMIS marked a turning point in the government’s effort at promoting accountability in public financial management.

“The desire of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola to enthrone an efficient and robust public service has started manifesting. With the State Integrated Financial Management Information System (SIFMIS) being launched today, we are sure that in no distant time, service delivery within our public service in Osun will compete favourably with world standards.

“Osun IFMIS as currently implemented covers: Oracle General Ledger, Oracle Account Payable, Oracle Account Receivables, Oracle Fixed Assets, Oracle Hyperion Planning and Budgeting, Oracle Purchasing, Helpdesk, and Oracle Business Intelligence Report.

“In the next phase of our e-governance programme, we hope to extend the SIFMIS operations to cover the following modules: Electronic Document Management System (EDMS), Sourcing Module for Procurement activities, HR and Payroll, Revenue, Project Monitoring, and any other module as our e-governance activities progresses”, Oyebamiji stated.

Oyebamiji announced that the system was efficiently deployed for operation on 25th February 2021 with no incidence of system failure till the time of reporting.

Commenting on the workability of the system, the Project Manager of SIFMIS, Gabriel Oginni, described the project as a major breakthrough in the e-governance drive of the State of Osun.

“The objective of SIFMIS is to improve efficiency in financial transactions and reporting through effective utilisation of simple but robust automated system.

“Being that every automation has incremental change, this phase has laid a strong infrastructural foundation for e-governance in our dear state, and this can be further expanded and stepped down to local government areas in the State. No doubt, SIFMIS project has put the state at the level of international best practice and on the pact of efficient financial transparency, accountability and accuracy”, Oginni stated.

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Osun Sets Take-Off Date for Food Support Scheme

In preparation for the smooth take-off of the Osun Food Support Scheme initiated by the Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, a Ministerial meeting to fine tune how the Food distribution exercise would be carried out by stakeholders at State, Local and Wards Level has been held.

The meeting was called at the instance of the seven-member Food Support Committee which has the state Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, Hon. Olalekan Badmus as its Chairman.

Attended by stakeholders drawn from different local government areas of the state, the inaugural meeting held at the Conference Room, Ministry of Information and Civic Orientation in Osogbo on Tuesday

Speaking, the Chairman of the Committee in the State, Hon. Olalekan Badmus explained that the purpose of setting up the Committee by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola   is to give support to the vulnerable members in the state.

The commissioner added that the scheme is targeting 30,000 vulnerable people who will be supported with food items on a monthly basis.

Hon. Badmus who noted that the assignment was a critical one, called on all stakeholders to work together to ensure the success of the scheme.

While disclosing the names of critical groups to be carried along in the distribution of the food items at Local Government and Ward levels, the Chairman also listed the would-be beneficiaries to include representatives of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Muslim Community, Artisans, Widows and people with one form of disability or the other.

Others listed are traditional worshipers, students and youth representatives, market women and men (Iyaloja and Babaloja) in the state, among others.

Badmus who emphasised that beneficiaries would be verified thoroughly, called on the Local and Ward committee members to handle the exercise with utmost care for transparency and accountability to be achieved.

He then disclosed that Tuesday, March 30 has been slated for the official flag-off ceremony the scheme.

The Food Support distribution template to be used by each Local Government Area was thereafter given to each Local Government Committee representatives.

Oyetola  Sues for religious tolerance as he receives Award of Excellence from Patriotic Pastors Fellowship of

The Governor of the State of Osun Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, has admonished all the leaders of various religions to continue to work together for the overall development of the state.

Governor Oyetola gave the admonition at a one-day special conference and prayers for the government and people of the state of Osun.

The theme of the program which held at the Conference Hall of the Local Government Service Commission, State Secretariat, was “Religious leaders’ impact in government”.

It was organized by Patriotic Pastors Fellowship of Nigeria, State of Osun Chapter.

Receiving the award on behalf of the State Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon Rasaki Adeosun, appreciated the wisdom of the organisers stressing that it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Mr Oyetola similarly observed that the program alone would go a long way in correcting the many misgivings and misconceptions between the church and the state.

Governor Oyetola who emphasised that the cordial relationship between his government and practitioners of different religious sects in the state has not only brought unity and cooperation but serves as a catalyst for the development of the state in all sectors.

Apart from the state helmsman, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola who was given an award of excellence by the Patriotic Pastors Fellowship of Nigeria, other notable personalities in the state that smiled home with one award or the other at the occasion were the state Deputy Governor, Mr Benedict Alabi, SUBEB Chairman in the state, Hon Ajibola  Famurewa and Chairman Local Government Service Commission, Elder Tunde Adedeji.

Special prayers were earlier held for the government and people of the State of Osun and Nigeria as a whole.

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Buhari receives Bankole, Daniel, New APC Members in Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari has received a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole and former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja

The duo, who recently defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), were accompanied on Monday by the APC Caretaker Chairperson, Mai Mala-Buni, who is also the governor of Yobe State.

Others in the entourage were Governors of Jigawa State, Mohammed Badaru and Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu.
Otunba Daniel was governor of Ogun State from 2003 to 2011 while Mr Bankole was Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria (2007–2011), both on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

While Otunba Daniel was campaign manager for the PDP presidential candidate and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, in 2019, Mr Bankole contested that year’s governorship election in Ogun State on the ticket of the Action Democratic Party (ADP).

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