Saturday 27th November 2021

Category: News

Breaking: Oyetola makes fresh appointments

The Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, has appointed Hon. Sunday Akere and Hon. Debo Badru as his Special Advisers on Political Matters.

The Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, announced the appointment in a statement issued after the State’s Executive Council Meeting on Monday.

According to the statement, Akere and Badru’s appointments take effect from October 18, 2021.

Akere, a former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the State, is an alumnus of the University of Ibadan where he obtained a Bachelor of Science. He is also a member of several professional bodies including Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria, and the Civilian Institute of Democratic Administration, Ghana.

He is a member of the governing board of the Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research.

Akere is an experienced politician and strong party man, having previously served as: Member, Presidential Transition and Inauguration Team in May 2015; Chairman of the All Progressive Congress State Congress Committee to Abia State in 2014; member, All Progressive Congress National Convention Committee in May 2018; and Secretary to the Osun State All Progressive Congress State Congress Committee in October 2021, among many other political involvements.

Badru, an astute political strategist from Iwo local government of Osun State, and a respected community leader, holds a Diploma from Nigerian Air Force Technical Training School, Kaduna, and served as an Air Force Officer between 1983 and 1990, when he retired to venture into politics.

He has served in different administrative capacities on Osun’s political corridor, ranging from Executive Personal Assistant to the first democratic governor of Osun to his appointment as a Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of the State between 2016 and 2018.

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FG declares Tuesday Public Holiday

The federal government has declared October 19th, 2021 as public holiday to mark this year’s Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration.
This is in commemoration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed this on behalf of the federal government.
In a statement signed by Shuaib Belgore, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Aregbesola congratulated all Muslim faithful, both at home and in the diaspora, for witnessing this year’s occasion.
He enjoined all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, patience and perseverance which are the virtues of the holy prophet, as only that would guarantee peace and security in Nigeria.
Aregbesola implored Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to refrain from violence, lawlessness and other acts of criminality.

Aregbesola urged all to avoid divisive tendencies , imploring youth especially to embrace the virtues of hard work and peaceful disposition to fellow humans, irrespective of faith, ideology, social class and ethnicity and cooperate with President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in its effort to build a progressive and enviable nation that all citizens would be proud of.

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Traditional institutions, critical to nation’s security – Oyetola

As part of efforts to address the challenge of insecurity in the country, the governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, has prescribed the inclusion of traditional institutions in security formations.

He described traditional institutions as critical to the security architecture of any State, adding that their closeness to the grassroot is an advantage that government at every level can leverage on.

Oyetola, speaking on Thursday, at the 2021 edition of Ooni Ogunwusi Annual International Leadership Symposium, bemoaned the unpleasant trend of daily death toll on the account of insecurity.

Oyetola, who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Hon. Folorunsho Bamisayemi Oladoyin, said security should be a concerted effort of critical institutions which also include the traditional institutions.

“Considering the deep cultural and socio-economic place of the traditional leadership in our society, it is at the nation’s loss if their wealth of experience, wisdom and network are not adequately harnessed for national development.

“It is certain that there is a limit to how far we can go without integrating our traditional leadership into existing governance architecture.

“As the closest to the people at the grassroots, traditional rulers are critical components of government. They also have the responsibility for ensuring security, governance and economic development in their abodes.

“This is important because as politics is local, all security is local. The criminals come from families, homes, villages and towns. To effectively secure our nation, therefore, requires that government should work with our traditional rulers as critical stakeholders in promoting active communal peace building, intelligence gathering, good neighbourliness and responsible following.

“They should collaborate with security agencies to provide intelligence and other useful information of security and safety importance and encourage their subjects to do the same”, Oyetola said.

In his remark, the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Enitan Ogunwousi Ojaja II, also bemoaned the current state of insecurity in Nigeria.

He however appreciated the Osun Governor, for his efforts at keeping the State safe, adding that Osun is blessed to have such a leader at this time in its history.

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Oyetola releases N708 million as pension, gratuity arrears

The Governor of the State of Osun, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, as part of his commitment to improve the welfare of retired civil servants and workers of the State, has released the sum of Seven Hundred and Eight Million Naira (N708,000,000) to further offset pension arrears of retired officers of the State civil service.

In a press release signed by the Head of Service, Dr Festus Olowogboyega Oyebade, the sum of Five Hundred and Eight Million Naira (N508,000,000) of the released sum was approved for the payment of retired civil servants, while an additional sum of One Hundred and Fifty Million Naira (N150,000,000) was approved for the payment of retirees under the contributory pensions scheme.

He added that an additional Fifty Million Naira was approved for the payment of gratuities of retired officers under the old pension scheme.

According to the release, the list of beneficiaries of the approved sum has been pasted on the notice board of the Ministry of Information and Civic Orientation, the State’s Pension Bureau and the Office of the Head of Service.

“Payment of the released funds starts on Tuesday, 5th October 2021.

“Governor Adegboyega Oyetola assures all workers, both serving and retired that all efforts will be mustered to always give their welfare the pride of place it deserves”, the statement added.

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Osun at 30: Akeredolu, Akande, Oyinlola, Akala, Alaafin, Owa-Obokun, Gbenga Daniel, Lasun Yusuf, Sunday Dare, others, grace anniversary awards

Prominent Nigerians from all walks of life, on Thursday, converged in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, to felicitate with the government and people of Osun, as the State concluded its 30th anniversary celebration with awards presentation to distinguished citizens.

The event had in attendance former and sitting governors across Nigeria, including: Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu; Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ogun State Governor, Dr. Dapo Abiodun who were represented; former Governors of Osun State, Chief Bisi Akande and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; former Oyo State Governor, Otunba Alao Akala; Former Oyo State Deputy Governor, Chief Moses Alake; former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Memver representing Irepodun/Olorunda/Osogbo/Orolu Federal Constituency, Hon. Lasun Yusuf; first class traditional rulers, including the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi who was represented; Owa-Obokun of Ijeshaland, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran; Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Alfred Achebe, among other dignitaries.

This is even as the Governor of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, charged citizens to pull their collective strength to work, irrespective of their political differences and sentiments, for a greater tomorrow, saying that state-building is a collective enterprise.

Recall that the State had earlier announced that the Banquet and Awards ceremony would be the grand of the series of activities lined up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the creation of Osun, where 28 distinguished and prominent citizens of the State would be honoured.

Describing the event as symbolic, Oyetola, who ensured a minute silence was held in honour of the first Civilian Governor of the State, the late Isiaka Adeleke, said it was deserving to pay tributes to the illustrious men and women who have held sway as leaders of the people.

He said: “We are here today because you all provided direction and showed distinct leadership in a manner that has earned our State its deserved recognition and reputation over the years. We are grateful to you all.

“This banquet and awards is designed to recognise and celebrate our distinguished citizens and friends of the State whose phenomenal contributions in the various fields of endeavour have made Osun proud and have helped to build the Osun of our founding fathers’ dream.

“They are eminent individuals whose contributions and legacies have inspired our people, especially our youths, to believe in our dear State and continue to fly its flag high.

“Twenty-eight persons have received awards in four categories at this event as follows: 11 recipients of Lifetime Achievement Award, 10 recipients of Osun Distinguished Citizen Award, 2 recipients of Legacy Award, while 5 persons got the Osun Merit Award.

“Knowing how blessed we are with the gift of highly-illustrious and accomplished men in all facets of life, we have resolved to continue to honour the best of us. This, we believe, will motivate our teeming youths to aspire high and achieve greater heights.

“On behalf of the government and the good People of Osun, I thank our awardees for their monumental contributions to our dear State, the nation and the world, and for leading lives that inspire us and our posterity to build a greater Osun.

“State building is a collective enterprise. Therefore, we all must, more than ever, pull our collective strength to work irrespective of our political differences and sentiments, for a greater tomorrow.

“We must consider it an urgent task to galvanise our diverse strengths, goodwill and resources to chart a pathway that delivers the Osun of our dreams. That is the least we owe ourselves and the generations coming behind us. We cannot afford to fail.

“I call on all to rise and let us build a better Osun that is reflective of our true potential as the cradle of humanity.”

Governor Oyetola also urged citizens to continue to collaborate with the government to achieve sustainable development promised and already being delivered.

He continued: “Let us drink and toast to our collective success and the avowed resolve of our administration to build a solid structure for trans-generational development in Osun.

“The journey to building a stronger and more prosperous Osun continues with greater resolve and hope from here. I invite you all to come on board”, he added.

Also speaking at the event, the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, commended the government of Osun on the awards, describing it as a welcome development because of its potential to ignite high hopes and hunger for diligence and excellence in the youths.

The honourees, under the Osun Lifetime Achievement Award, included: Chief Bisi Akande (former Governor, Osun State), Pastor Enoch Adeboye (General Overseer, RCCG worldwide), Sheikh Abdur’rasheed Hadiyatulla (President, Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria), and General Ipoola Alani Akinrinnade, rtd. (former Chief of Army Staff, Nigeria from October 1979 to April 1980, and then Chief of Defence Staff until 1981 during the Nigerian Second Republic).

Others in the lifetime achievement category are: Asiwaju Hammed Omidiran, Comrade Hassan Sunmonu, Prince Tunde Ponle, Professor Olu Aina, Chief Akinwande Akinola, Engr. Joanah Olu Maduka, and Chief Dr. Benjamin Adigun.

The State, under the Legacy Award category, also recognised Dr. Folorunsho Alakija (Chancellor, Osun State University and dynamic philanthropist), and the late Madam Susanne Wenger (a culture and tourism icon).

The Osun Merit Award honourees included Emeritus Prof. Ademola Oyejide, Chief Nike Okundaye, Professor Oye Gureje, Professor Isaac Adewole, and Mallam Yusuf Ali, SAN.

The Osun Distinguished Citizens Award honourees included Pastor Matthew Asimolowo, Alagba Yemi Elebubon, Brigadier General Leo Segun Ajiborisha (retired), Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, Asiwaju Khamis Olatunde Badmus, Prince Lawal Obelawo, Chief Moses Inaolaji Aboaba, Mr. Adewale Adeyemo, Mr. Kola Adeniji and Mr. Mike Awoyinfa.

Chief Bisi Akande, in appreciating the honours done past leaders, commended the government of Osun for recognising the services and labours of the former governors.

He observed that the journey into the position of power was filled with the good and the bad as the past governors have experienced series of challenges while in power such as labour unrest and difficulties in payment of salaries of workers with the state’s meager resources.

He congratulated and commended past governors for meeting these challenges despite the meager resources that accrued to them from Abuja and called on the people of the state to continue to offer the necessary support to the Administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola in order to take osun to an enviable height.

“I congratulate my colleagues for having served the State and I congratulate the people of the State for having reached this height. I pray Osun will continue to grow from strength to strength and I pray all the past leaders will never have reasons to regret the services they have rendered to the State”, Akande said.

One of the high points of the event was the decoration of the former Military Administrators and Governors of the State since its creation in 1991 by the incumbent, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.

Governor Oyetola was in turn decorated by former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

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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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