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Oyetola hails Senate President, Lawan, at 62

Governor of The State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, has congratulated President of 9th Senate, Distinguished Senator Ahmad Lawan, who turns 62 today.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, the governor said he joins Lawan’s immediate family, political associates, friends and colleagues at the National Assembly to wish him an amazing 62nd birthday.

Oyetola described the Senate President as “a worthy leader, fine lawmaker, progressive politician and patriotic Nigerian who has continued to contribute to the development and unity of Nigeria through quality and excellent lawmaking, beginning from his days at the House of Representatives.”

He also hailed Lawan for demonstrating capacity and providing purposeful, responsive and inclusive leadership at the National Assembly, which he said, was evidenced by the numerous achievements recorded by the Assembly since June 2019.

According to him, the Senate President’s exemplary leadership style is also responsible for the existing harmonious relationship between the legislature and the executive arms of government.

The governor prayed Almighty Allah to grant the Senate President long life and continue to protect and guide him in the service to the nation and humanity.

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Oyetola’s Administration has brought laudable development, positive changes – Nigerian Legion

…. as gov extols supreme sacrifice, selfless service of Nigerian security agents

The leadership of the Osun Chapter of Nigerian Legion on Wednesday lauded the Administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for creating an enabling environment for the members of the Legion to thrive.

They also commended the tremendous achievements recorded by the Administration in the last two years.

This is just as Governor Adegboyega Oyetola extolled the onerous roles and supreme sacrifice of the security agents to continually ensure peaceful coexistence, unity and togetherness in the country.

The Nigerian Legion spoke through its State Chairman, Comrade Oladimeji Olalere, at the launch of 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem held at the Government House, Osogbo.

Comrade Olalere said the Administration had done excellently well in all the sectors of the economy as manifested in the myriad infrastructure development springing up across the nooks and crannies of the state.

He described the two years of the Administration as most impactful not only to the members of the Legion but also to the generality of the citizens of the State.

“I will not hesitate to express our profound gratitude to the Government of Osun and other donors for sponsoring this event every year since the assumption of Governor Adegboye Oyetola as the governor of our dear State.

“This period of two years has brought about laudable development to the Nigerian Legion in particular and the citizens as a whole. We appreciate and congratulate the efforts of outstanding performance recorded  only two years of governance which had brought positive changes in the Nigerian Legion in particular and the state at large.

“We congratulate the Governor for the numerous achievements recorded as this had lifted our State high among her equals in the country,” he added.

In his remarks, the Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboye Oyetola applauded the nation’s security operatives in the country for standing firm to ensure adequate protection of the nation’s territorial integrity and collective security and safety of the citizenry.

He acknowledged the invaluable contributions of the Nigerian Armed Forces to nation building, particularly the avowed commitment to containing the activities of terrorists and bandits across the nation.

Oyetola, represented by his Deputy, Benedict Alabi, described Armed Forces Remembrance Day as a day that affords a unique opportunity to publicly salute the courage and extol the onerous roles of the outstanding patriots whose preoccupation is the protection of the territorial integrity of the nation; and the  collective security and safety of the citizens

He added: “We say thank you for your role in containing the activities of terrorists and bandits in our nation, especially the North Eastern part of the country. We thank you for giving up your own comfort so that we all can sleep with our eyes closed. 

“We thank you for fighting to safeguard our unity as a sovereign nation. We thank you for serving humanity with the outstanding roles you constantly play in global peacekeeping operations. 

“We thank you for your unparalleled patriotism, which continues to set the pace for us to give our best in the service of our beloved nation. We will never forget. “As an administration, we are grateful for your sustained commitment and support. We pledge to continually do all within our abilities to support causes as this and to work with you in our collective quest for the protection of lives and property.”

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Oyetola congratulates veteran broadcaster, Adetoyese Shittu-Alamu, on 70th birthday

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has felicitated veteran broadcaster and actor, Smolette Adetoyese Shittu-Alamu, popularly known as ‘The Alamu Man’, who turns 70 today. 

Oyetola in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, said he was pleased to join family, friends and associates to congratulate him on hitting the milestone age of 70 in good health and sound mind. 

The governor described Alamu as a consummate professional and role model to many practising and aspiring journalists in the country, noting that he left indelible footprints in the annals of broadcasting in Nigeria. 

He added that the celebrant who retired as a director in the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, contributed immensely to the growth of broadcast journalism in Osun and the country.  Oyetola prayed that the Almighty God grant Alamu longer life, good health and wisdom to continue serving the State, the nation and humanity in general.

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Oyetola signs 2021 Appropriation Bill into law

…. says administration will take Osun to higher levels

The Governor of the State of Osun Adegboyega Oyetola on Tuesday signed the 2021 Appropriation Bill into law.

The budget size is about N109 billion.

This is just as he said Year 2021 would witness a new phase of massive transformation that would take the State to higher levels.

He said the budget would offer greater hope of job opportunities; improved welfare for all;   human, capital and massive infrastructure development than the previous year.

While signing the Appropriation Bill in his office, Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, Oyetola assured that the 2021 budget would perform far better than that of the 2020 which recorded over 90 percent performance despite Covid-19 lockdown and the EndSARS protest.

The Governor said his administration was resolved to follow time-tested economic principles to enhance optimum results of the 2021 budget.

He reaffirmed the administration’s commitment to employing creative and probity strategies in the implementation of the budget to effect maximum performance.

Oyetola maintained that the government would do everything possible to ensure proper deployment of available resources, cutting of costs and plugging of wastes for adequate and efficient service delivery next year.

The Governor who described the budget as a product of reality, said modalities had been put in place to ensure that the budget offers more hope as government is determined to perform better than before.

He said Year 2021 budget had been creatively appropriated and designed to meet the present socioeconomic realities and statutory obligations of the government.

According to him, the State was on the path of delivering its Development Agenda in the Year 2021 with 54 percent for capital and 46 percent for recurrent expenditure allocations respectively and creative income strategies. 

“It is heartening that, less than one and half months, after presenting the 2021 budget to the House of Assembly, that is precisely on November 10, 2020, we are gathered here for the signing of the Appropriation Bill into law.

“I thank the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye, and other honourable members of the House for the speedy passage of the budget. By this act, the Assembly has once again proved itself as a people-oriented and development-conscious House. I thank you all for your service to the state.

“I am proud to announce that the  2020 budget recorded over 90 percent performance and the results were demonstrated in the massive delivery of programmes and projects across the state during the year, despite the fact that government was only able to perform for less than six months because of the lockdown occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic and the EndSARS protest.

“The performance of the 2020 budget was birthed by employment of creative and probity strategies, including efficient deployment of available resources, cutting costs and plunging wastes to deliver service in a depressed economy. Let me stress that we are resolved to follow this time-tested principle for optimum results in 2021.

“The 2021 budget we are signing today offers more hope that we are set to perform even better during the year. With 54 percent capital and 46 percent expenditure allocations respectively and creative income strategies, we are on the path of delivering more on our Development Agenda, which is our pact with the people.  

“I would like to thank Mr. Speaker, other members of the House, members of the Executive Council, all political appointees and the good people of the State of Osun for their understanding and sacrifice without which our strategies for performance would have been unrealisable.

“I urge us all to prepare to work harder as we resolve to efficiently implement the 2021 budget which is intended to further deliver prosperity for our people, provide jobs and opportunities for our youths, deliver more infrastructure and put our dear State on a sound footing.

“Delivering our Development Agenda for the purpose of building sustainable development is an irrevocable goal and  the 2021 budget is a critical component of its building bricks.

“Signing this Appropriation Bill into law is an invitation to all of us to roll up our sleeves to work together to achieve out set objective” Oyetola added.

While presenting the Year 2021 Appropriation Bill to the Governor for signing, the Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye, commended the Governor for his sterling performance in the implementation of the 2020 budget.

He lauded the Governor’s prudency, probity and accountability in the management of the State’s economy over the years. 

He added that the Governor had performed excellently well in the implementation of the 2020 budget in spite of the socio-economic challenges occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.

Owoeye expressed confidence in the ability of the executive arm to ensure adequate implementation of the Year 2021 budget for the good and betterment of the people and the state.

Also speaking, Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Prof. Olalekan Yinusa, maintained that the success of the 2020 budget was due to the ingenuity and proactiveness of Governor Oyetola inspite of the challenges witnessed during the year. He said the 2021 budget was prepared based on realistic and stringent conditions to meet the statutory obligations.

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Oyetola swears in 2 new judges of Osun Customary Court of Appeal

…. restates govt’s determination to raise bar of judicial excellence

The Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, has reiterated the administration’s commitment to continuously raising the bar of judicial excellence as part of efforts to enhance smooth dispensation of justice and uplift the judicial system in the State.

He said government was determined to support the visionary leadership of the Judiciary in the determined quest to uphold the tenets of fairness, integrity, incorruptibility and fearlessness in the dispensation of justice in the State.

Oyetola made the remarks on Monday when he swore in the two newly-appointed judges of the State’s Customary Court of Appeal and presented them keys of their official vehicles. The new judges are Justice Ayoade Aderemi Adesina and Justice Ojo Olayinka Muibat.

Addressing the people during the swearing-in ceremony held at the Multipurpose Hall of the Local Government Service Commission, State Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, Governor Oyetola said the appointment of the new Judges was necessary to strengthen the judicial system and ensure speedy dispensation of justice.

The governor who described Customary Court of Appeal as the hope of citizens who have been denied justice or who are perceived to have been denied justice at the lower courts, said the appointments of the new judges would go a long way to complement the judicial efforts towards ensuring justice at all strata.

He also reiterated the administration’s commitment to the welfare and well-being of judicial officers in the State.

“The Customary Court of Appeal is the hope of citizens who have been denied justice or who are perceived to have been denied justice at the lower courts. It is also an avenue for keeping intact Customary and traditional issues.

“The ability to remediate these situations bestows a huge responsibility on the Judges of the Customary Court of Appeal. It also requires high integrity and an impeccable heart for the people and their customs and traditions.

“I charge your Lordships to follow in the tradition of excellence the Osun Judiciary is noted for. 

“As the Appellate Customary Court, you must raise standards by giving justice to citizens denied same at the lower courts. To achieve this, the Court must always apply the tenets of fairness, integrity, incorruptibility and fearlessness in the dispensation of justice.

“Judges must always remember the sacred duty they owe to the society and, as such, diligently serve as unbiased arbiters constantly committed to the triumph of truth and equity.

“It is when you do this that posterity will be kind to you for having used your professional calling to serve God and mankind in the development of a better society.

“I assure you of our Administration’s commitment to your welfare and the provision of requisite infrastructure to support your duties. 

“We are very determined to support the visionary leadership of the Judiciary in the determined quest to raise the bar of judicial excellence in our State”, the governor said.

In his remark, Justice Ayoade Aderemi Adesina, who spoke on behalf of his colleague, expressed gratitude to the Governor for finding them worthy to serve the State in the new capacity.

Justice Adesina pledged their commitment to sticking to their oaths of office and allegiance and reflect a high sense of professionalism in their assignments without fear or favour. Those in attendance at the ceremony were Chief Judge of Osun, Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo; Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Barrister Femi Akande; Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade; Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Ayotunde Olabomi, top government functionaries and members of the State Judicial Service Commission, among others.

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Oyetola congratulates ex-Deputy Governor, Laoye-Ponle, on birthday

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun has congratulated a former Deputy Governor of the State, Otunba Grace Titi Laoye-Ponle, on the occasion of her birthday anniversary. 

The governor in a congratulatory message he personally signed, described Mrs. Laoye-Ponle as a model to women and girls in the State, and expressed confidence that she would not relent in her resolve to be a shining light to them and the entire citizens of the State.   

Oyeyola also saluted the courage, patriotism, commitment, passion and loyalty that the former deputy governor brought into her job, which he said, shone through the transformational accomplishments of the immediate past administration in the State that she served under. 

He said the occasion of her birthday offered an opportunity to appreciate her for her services to the State as former Deputy Governor and in other capacities she had earlier served.

The governor said: “I write on behalf of my family, the Government and the good people of the State of Osun to celebrate and congratulate you on your birthday today.

“This occasion of your birthday also offers an opportunity to appreciate you for your services to the State as former Deputy Governor and in other capacities you  served the State.

“I salute the courage, patriotism, commitment, passion and loyalty you brought into your job, which shone through the transformational accomplishments of the last Administration. 

“I also commend your commitment and loyalty to the uplift of the ideals of our great Party, the All Progressives Congress, in and out of government.

“You are a model to our women and the girl child, and I am confident that you will not relent in your resolve to be a shining light to them and the entire citizens of the State.   “As you advance in age, I pray that the Almighty God will grant you divine guidance, sound health and long life to be of service to His Kingdom and humanity. Once again, please accept my best wishes on your birthday.”

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Oyetola congratulates Asiwaju Badmus on award of honorary doctorate degree

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun has congratulated the CEO of Tuns Farms, Osogbo, Alhaji Khamis Tunde Badmus on the conferment of a Honorary Doctorate degree on him by the Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State. 

Alhaji Badmus who is also the Asiwaju Musulumi of Yorubaland was awarded a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at the 5th convocation ceremonies of the institution in Abakaliki. 

According to the university management, the award is in recognition of his contributions to humanity and the country as a successful business mogul and philanthropist. 

Oyetola in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on Thursday, said the honour was well deserved, and also appreciated the university’s governing council for finding Alhaji Badmus worthy of the award. 

He further noted that the award was a testament to Asiwaju’s outstanding contributions to the development of Osun in particular and the nation at large, adding that the foremost businessman has led an impactful life.  The governor wished the awardee good health, more wisdom and strength that will enable him render more services to Osun, Nigeria and humanity in general.

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Oyetola congratulates President Buhari on 78th birthday

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun says despite the challenges, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) has made remarkable and impactful contributions to the growth and development of Nigeria, describing him as an incorruptible and people-oriented leader.

Oyetola said this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, to congratulate the President who marks his 78th birthday anniversary on Thursday, 17 December.

He said under President Buhari’s administration, Nigeria has made steady progress in every sector of the economy, noting that the president has since coming to power, exhibited exceptional leadership qualities, uncommon patriotism and high level of integrity, which according to him, have endeared him to people within and outside the country.

The Osun governor further emphasised that Buhari’s impacts are visible in the areas of agriculture, infrastructure, security, youth empowerment, human capital development, among others. 

He added that the president’s commitment to the unity, stability and development of the country, is exemplary and commendable.

Oyetola therefore called on Nigerians, irrespective of political, religious and ethnic affiliations, to continue to pray for and support Mr. President as he strives to take Nigeria to the Next Level.

“On behalf of the Government and the good people of the State of Osun, I heartily join the rest of the country to congratulate, Your Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) on the occasion of your 78th birthday.

“It is noteworthy to mention that, despite the noticeable challenges confronting our nation, you have made remarkable and impactful contributions to the growth and development of the country. You have been an incorruptible, honest and people-oriented leader.

“Since you assumed office, you have continued to demonstrate exceptional leadership qualities, uncommon patriotism and a high level of integrity, which have endeared you to people within and outside the country. Under your leadership, Nigeria has made steady progress in every sector of the economy.

“Your impacts are visible in the areas of agriculture, infrastructure, security, youth empowerment, human capital development, among others. I must say that your commitment to the unity, stability and development of the country, is exemplary and commendable. “As you add another year today, I pray to Almighty Allah to continue to grant you good health, more wisdom, strength and longer life in the service of our nation and her people. Happy birthday, Mr President,” Oyetola said.

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2020/2021 Legal Year: Governor Oyetola Commissions New Court Rooms

…. urges Judiciary to remain courageous in their quest for society based on truth, justice

To commemorate the commencement of the new legal Year 2020/2021 of the Osun Judiciary, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on Tuesday, commissioned newly-constructed court rooms at the premises of the High Court, Oke-Fia, Osogbo.

Speaking during the commissioning, Oyetola said the court rooms would further enable judicial officers in the State to perform their roles better as the last hope of the common man.

Governor Oyetola who appreciated the Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo, and all the members of the State Judiciary for their great work said “you all have been very dependable partners without compromising the ethics of your calling.”

He also urged members of the Judiciary to remain courageous, fearless and forthright in the discharge of their roles. The governor assured them that “as an Administration, we will continually prioritise your welfare and provide the requisite infrastructure to create the right ambiance for you to diligently discharge your duties to our society”. 

Earlier, Governor Oyetola attended the thanksgiving services held at the Central Mosque, Oja Oba and the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Balogun Agoro, both in Osogbo, as part of the line-up of events to mark the new legal year.

At the services, the Governor charged everyone to be thankful at all times in spite of whatever challenges they might be faced with. 

Also, he commended the Judiciary for conducting itself creditably during the previous legal year and enjoined its members to further rededicate themselves to a life of genuine service to humanity in the discharge of their duties. He said, “As you know, the society reposes enormous trust in you on account of your sacred duties as servants in the Temple of Justice. I therefore charge you to continually discharge this role well. You must ensure that you remain courageous in your quest for a society that is based on truth, equity, fairness and justice.”

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Oyetola emerges BusinessDay ‘2020 Governor of the Year’

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun has emerged BusinessDay newspaper ‘Governor of the Year’ for 2020. 

According to the organisers of the award, Governor Oyetola’s emergence followed the assessment carried out by its 2020 States 

Competitiveness and Good Governance Awards Committee. 

The organisers said the Committee reviewed the tangible transformation the Governor had brought to bear on different sectors in Osun including health, education, security and inclusive governance since his assumption of office. 

“The Award Committee which is made up of eminent Nigerians reviewed the pragmatic and tangible transformation Your Excellency brought to bear in the governance of your State above your peers in the country across all segments including Health, Education, Security and Inclusive Governance since you became the governor. 

“These are seen as a manifestation of good institutional transformations, creation of friendly business environment, expanding opportunities and a shift towards socio-economic development of State of Osun,” the organisers said in a letter to the Governor.  The award ceremony, according to the organisers, will hold on Thursday, 17 December, 2020 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotels, Abuja.

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