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SAN: Oyetola congratulates Adegoke, Ogala, Akinosun

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun has congratulated a distinguished son of the State, Mr Kunle Rasheed Adegoke, on his elevation to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee, LLPC. 

Oyetola in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, also congratulated a former National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Babatunde Ogala, and Oladapo Akinosun who were also conferred with the SAN title. 

The governor said he was excited by the elevation of the three eminent legal practitioners, noting that they were all deserving of the honour as they had demonstrated professionalism and high level of integrity, and contributed to the growth of the legal profession in Nigeria.

“On behalf of the Government and the good people of Osun, I felicitate a worthy son of Osun, Kunle Rasheed Adegoke, on his elevation to the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee, LLPC. 

“I also congratulate a former National Legal Adviser of our party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Babatunde Ogala, and Oladapo Akinosun who were also awarded with the prestigious SAN title. 

“I am happy for the trio for this milestone achievement of reaching the peak of the legal profession. Over the years, they have all proved to be agents of social re-engineering and have demonstrated high level of professionalism and integrity. They have also contributed to the growth of the legal profession in Nigeria. “I have no doubt that this well-deserved honour will spur them and others who have been conferred with the SAN rank, to continue to reach for  greater heights,” Oyetola said.

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Our administration’s commitment to youth engagement non-negotiable, says Oyetola

….as religious leaders hold inter-religious prayers to enthrone prosperity in Osun

The Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola has reiterated the administration’s commitment to championing the cause of the youth in the State. 

The Governor said his administration would not rest on its oars until the youth are productively engaged to meet their destinies for greatness and prosperity.

Oyetola noted that the State had come up with workable and realistic “Youth Policy” painstakingly designed to fully harness the limitless potential embedded in the youth for the maximum advancement of the State.

Oyetola said these on Wednesday at Government House Osogbo, during the inter-religious prayer session led by some Muslim and Christian leaders to pray for sustained peace, unity and stability in the country.

Governor Oyetola who described the violence that disrupted the peaceful EndSARS protest as unfortunate, noted that the move had raised the leadership’s consciousness to service to humanity.

He said the administration under his watch would continue to maintain the tempo of inclusive and participatory governance as part of efforts to enhance equitable and even distribution of resources.

Oyetola reiterated the avowed determination of the government to youth development in the state.

He said the two percent of the total budget earmarked for the youth in the 2021 budget would be judiciously utilised to engage them in mining, agriculture, tourism, commerce, among others.

 “On our part, we will continue to engage our youths so as to let them have sense of belonging in governance. We will continue to prioritise their welfare and invest in them for the betterment of our dear state.

“Though we cannot solve all the problems in a day, with patience, we shall overcome the challenges. 

“We want our youths to build some level of trust in their leaders. Leaders mean well. Though at times, it might not work out the way it is expected, by and large, nobody is willing to have the opportunity of ruling the state or country without a desire to do well.

“So, I urge our youths to begin to exercise patience and always be conscious of those with ulterior motive to either hijack their peaceful protest or use them for evil things whenever they want to register their grievances”, he added.

Governor Oyetola who described the special prayer session as timely and prompt, said the administration has been waxing stronger because of his belief in the efficacy of prayer.

He lauded the convener of the prayer who doubles as the Osile Oke-Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Adewale Tejuoso, and other religious leaders for considering the State worthy and for taking Osun as the point of contact to other states in their choice of prayer for the nation.

 “I feel great for this special prayer. The prayer has been very deep and I believe in the efficacy of prayer. I am fulfilled by this visit. My own is to thank God for what He has been doing in our lives as individuals and residents of the State. 

“I also thank God for giving us the opportunity to host this prayer session. What happened before and during the time that COVID-19 pandemic was ravaging the world shows that only God determines what happens tomorrow. 

“He has proved Himself as the Beginner and Finisher of the world and things therein. I am happy for this combined prayer session. It is a testimony to the fact that there is unity among our people. 

“So, I must thank the convener of the prayer — the Kabiyesi — for taking time to come with this delegation to come and pray for our nation, particularly our State to continue to experience peace and unity”, Oyetola added. 

In his remarks, the convener of the prayer and Osile Oke-Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Adewale Tejuoso, commended Governor Oyetola for his strong belief in the efficacy of prayer.

Speaking on the choice of Osun for the special prayer, Oba Tejuoso said the leadership of the faith decided to take the prayer to the State in compliance with the divine message received.

He urged Nigerians, particularly those in the positions of authority, to continue to dedicate their times to prayer for the country as the nation is going through trying times.

Also, a member of the delegation, Bishop Kayode Williams, who led the Christian prayer, extolled the level of dexterity displayed by the Governor to host the delegation for special inter-religious prayers.

Prayers were rendered to beseech God for sustainable peace, unity and stability; and to ensure immediate restoration of the nation’s glory, cleansing of individuals’ sins and total deliverance. 

Prayers were also rendered for President Muhammadu Buhari; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and his colleague governors; Senate President Ahmad Lawan; Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, among other government functionaries. Those in attendance include: Deputy Governor, Mr Benedict Alabi; Speaker Osun State House of Assembly, Hon Timothy Owoeye; Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Charles ‘Diji Akinola; Deputy Chief of Staff, Prince Abdullahi Binuyo; Head of Service, Dr. Festus Olowogboyega Oyebade; Osun APC Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun; Members of the State Executive Council; traditional rulers; Muslim clerics led by the Osun State Grand Chief Imam, Sheikh Musa Animasahun; members of the Christian Association of Nigeria led by the State Chairman, Amos Kayode Ogunrinde.

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Oyetola presents N109.9billion 2021 budget to Osun Assembly

…. unveils juicy plans for youths

…. As education, health sectors take larger chunk

The Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Tuesday presented a total sum of one hundred and nine billion, eight hundred and fifty-five million, fifty-four thousand, six hundred and forty naira (N109,855,051,640.00) as 2021 appropriation estimates to the State House of Assembly.

This is even as the Governor unveiled a bumper plan of his administration for the youth segment of the State’s population christened Youth Empowerment, Youth Engagement, Youth Entrepreneurship and Youth Education (4Es).

Christened Budget of Providence, the Appropriation Bill puts recurrent expenditure at N50,620,283,140.00 representing 46 percent, while capital expenditure was N59,234,768,500.00 representing 54 percent.

The breakdown of the budget indicated that the education and health sectors got substantial shares as N10,711,328,430.00 representing 18.08 percent was allocated for education sector while health sector received N10,647,909,910.00 representing 17.98 percent.

Similarly, N4,271,461,870.00 representing 7.21 percent was earmarked for infrastructure sector while Water and Sanitation sector got N4,220,446,550.00.

The sum of N3,404,734,560.00 representing 5.75 percent was budgeted for agriculture sector; N1,134,043,200.00 representing 1.91 percent for Commence and Industry sector; N1,515,122,570.00 representing 2.56 percent for Governance and Administration; N173,035,800.00 representing 0.29 percent for Economic Planning and Budget sector; N167,247,560.00 representing 0.28 percent for Environment sector; and N638,460,000.00 representing 1.08 percent for Social Development and Welfare sector.

Also, N1, 487,110,159.00, representing 2 percent of the total budget has been earmarked for youth related activities.

Furthermore, N134,379,500.00 representing 0.23 percent was budgeted for Security Justice sector and N155,830,830.00 representing 0.62 percent for Information and Communication sector.

It will be recalled that the state government presented a total sum of one hundred and nineteen billion, five hundred and fifty million, four hundred and one thousand- and forty-naira N119,550,401,040.00 as 2020 Budget which was later reviewed, thus reducing the total size to eighty-two billion, two hundred and twenty-nine million and seventy thousand, seven hundred- and sixty-naira N82,229,070,760.00

Presenting the 30th Annual Appropriation Bill before the members of the State House of Assembly, Governor Oyetola said the 2021 Draft Budget was crafted based on the State of Osun Development Plan (2019-2028).

He said that the appropriation bill was also crafted in line with the Medium-Term Sector Strategy (2021-2023); the administration’s manifesto; “Thank You Tour report” as well as the Citizens’ Need Assessment carried out in the 30 Local Governments plus one Area Office of the State.

Speaking on the main features of the budget, Oyetola said inputs were sought from various stakeholders in the process of the formulation of the Appropriation Bill being presented.

He called on the residents regardless of status to support the government in its efforts to jerk up the Internally Generated Revenue.

On his plans to provide jobs and the good life for the citizens and the youth, Governor Oyetola said, ”Despite the current economic situation, the Government will remain undaunted and resolute to provide sustainable livelihood and economic mainstay for the citizenry, most importantly, our teeming youth population. 

”In that direction, I have recently flagged off the commencement of the International Trade Centre, Dagbolu. The Trade Centre, commencing from the next two months, will generate not less than 10,000 new jobs, 80 per cent of which will go to our youths in the State through the Dry Port, Car Marts, sundry commodity merchandises, ware housing and logistics.

”In view of the fact that the youthful population of Osun State is one of the greatest assets of the State in its economic diversification agenda, it is pertinent for Government to mainstream them into the State’s socio-economic activities. Thus, the State is poised to vigorously promote the Youth Export Development Programme (YEXDEP) in the State to enhance the contributions of the State’s youths to the non-oil export sub-sector of the economy. 

“To   show   our   government’s seriousness and commitment, a sum of N1, 487,110,159.00 has been earmarked for youth related activities in the 2021 Budget proposal,” adding that the interventions will be in Mining, Agriculture, and Skills upgrade and   Entrepreneurship Development  programme for youths (supported by MSME/BOI Fund) among others.

He also disclosed his administration’s plan to construct a flyover bridge at the popular Olaya junction in Osogbo, the State capital, in continuation of the government’s massive infrastructure development in the State.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Speaker of the State Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye, said the legislative arm of the State government was impressed by performance index of the 2020 budget, which was 85.4 percent as at September ending, describing it as a laudable feat. 

He maintained that the 2020 budget, tagged “Budget of Restoration”, did not betray its nomenclature particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, adding that the government was also able to embark on numerous capital projects, fulfil its obligation and make life meaningful for the people.  He also commended the administration for prompt payment of salaries, pension, and the recent increase in workers’ salaries across the State.

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Osun workers to Oyetola: You ‘re a promise keeper

…. give gov rousing welcome to office over new minimum wage, other welfare packages

Following the approval of new welfare packages for all categories of workers in Osun State, the civil servants have a passed vote of confidence in Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, describing him as a promise keeper.

The workers who went into jubilation over the new welfare packages also hailed the administration of Governor Oyetola for taking their welfare as topmost priority since assumption of office in 2018.

It will be recalled that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola had on Friday announced the approval and immediate implementation of new national minimum wage for all categories of workers in the State.

The Governor also lifted embargo on the protracted Annual Salary Increment, Promotions and Conversions which had been withheld since 2012. The implementation of these welfare packages commenced on 1st of November this year.

The state bureaucrats who had earlier converged on the main entrance of the State Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, on Monday, tumultuously welcomed the Governor and his entourage as part of efforts to show their unreserved appreciation and unflinching support and solidarity for the Administration.

The jubilating workers who treked with the Governor from the main entrance gate to the Governor’s office were seen with handy-barners carrying different solidarity inscriptions to confirm their support and cooperation with the present government.

Speaking on behalf of the workers in the State, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Jacob Babatunde Adekomi, applauded the State Government for coming to their aid at the most critical period of their needs.

He described the approval and the implementation of the myriad workers’ demands within the two years of the present administration as unimaginable, surprising and remarkable.

According to him, the new development would go a long way to re-energise the workers’ strength, stimulate their level of productivity and by extension register a significant improvement on the economy of the State.

Adekomi who couldn’t hide his excitement noted that the purpose of the rousing welcome was to further renew their loyalty, commitment, dedication and unalloyed support and solidarity for the Administration.

He added: “To whom much is given, much is expected. Actually, we are here this morning to appreciate Mr. Governor for what he has done and still doing for the generality of the workers in the State.

“You will recollect that in 2012, embargo was placed on Annual Salary Increment. Also, embargo was placed on promotions and conversions. The last time workers earned all these benefits was in 2012. 2018 promotions that were done for us were nominal but not monitised.

“But with this agreement and subsequent approval of Mr Governor, he has succeeded in monetising the 2018 promotions hitherto that we were collected which had not been monitised.

“Also, Mr Governor had successfully lifted embargo on other promotions which are 2019 and 2020. He has implemented National Minimum Wage and also, he has lifted embargo on conversions for all categories of workers in the state.

“In fact, a lot of goodies and packages for the workers which we have been agitating for have been attended to. As you can see, we are extremely happy for the kind gesture extended to us by the Government”.

In his response, Governor Oyetola expressed delight with the warmth reception given to him by the rank and file of the State workforce.

He appreciated the workers for their continued show of love, solidarity, high sense of diligence to duty and commitment to the advancement of the State since the inception of his administration.

Oyetola who described Osun workers as the most diligent and cooperative proletariats, said he has always derived happiness and rest of mind in the caliber of individuals made up the State workforce. 

The Governor who lamented the meagre resources of the State, said in spite of the fact that it was tough to arrive at the decision, the need to do the necessity must not be compromised for whatever reason.

He attributed the decision to the fulfilment of his electoral promises just as he reiterated that the need  to uplift the standard of living of workers in the State remained none-negotiable.

He reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to continue to champion the workers’ welfare and things that will bring all-round development to the people of the Staywte in general and workers in rparticularly.

“Although what it was did was not particularly convenient for us, we did it as part of our commitment to the welfare and well-being of our workers. 

“As a responsible and responsive government, it is our belief that workers should be able to get whatever that is due to the. That was why we deemed it fit to do all these for them.

“All I expect from them is increase in productivity. I expect for us to work together to increase our revenue as we all know that the State needs money to finance all its commitments. We need to work hard to move the State forward.

“The wage bill is huge, it is a tough thing to do. But when you look at the career advancement, we will know that it is a necessity. We believe strongly that with determination, we will get over it. “As long as the revenue of our State improves, we can still do more but we should all work very hard. As we said before, if we have opportunity to increase our revenue, no doubt, we will jerk up the workers’ welfare packages”, Oyetola added.

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EndSARS Protest/Violence: Osun Elders condemn looting, destruction of property

…say Oyetola has done excellently in managing the incidents

Some elders in the State of Osun have condemned in its entirety, the wanton destruction and looting of government and private property across the State by hoodlums under the guise of EndSARS protest.

But they extolled the leadership quality displayed by the Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, in managing the incidents in the State, including the attack on him (the Governor) by hoodlums.

The elders, led by a former State Governor and the Pioneer Interim National Chairman of the All-Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Abdul-Kareem Adebisi Akande, who were on a solidarity visit to the Governor, at the Government House, Osogbo, described the attack as unfortunate, unwarranted and alien to the Omoluabi ethos for which the State was known.

The former governor warned the miscreants and those who have participated in the breakdown of law and order across the State to refrain from such acts.

Other elders on the solidarity visit are former Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Folorunso Adewole; former Chief of Army Staff and Defence Staff, Gen. Alani Akinrinade and seasoned educationist, Prof. Olu Aina.

Speaking further, Akande acknowledged the Governor for systematically addressing the demands of the protesters in spite of the mayhem unleashed on him and his entourage.

He said “We, as friends with common concern in the affairs of Osun State, are here in solidarity with our Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, on the fallout of the #EndSARS imbroglio.

“We sympathised with the Governor over the attack on him by hoodlums who evidently hijacked the protests in Osogbo. The attack was unfortunate, unwarranted and alien to the Omoluabi ethos for which we are known.

“We recognise and identify with the merit of the agitation by our youths, which initially was over acts of brutality by some officers and men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) which grew into a wider clarion call for general reforms.

“We support the clamour for a total end to acts of brutality from whichever source. We sympathise with those who have lost loved ones and those who have been injured during this struggle.

“The wanton destruction and looting of government and private properties across the state by hoodlums is highly condemnable. Attacks on security personnel are counterproductive and only seek to erode recent gains.

“We again acknowledge the Governor for systematically addressing the 5for5 demands of protesters and again appeal to our youths to give dialogue a chance, for peaceful resolution of their grievances and demands.

“We plead with our business leaders and investors not to be discouraged by these isolated acts of lawlessness and remain committed to investing in our state with a view to creating jobs and offering employment to our teeming youths.

“We admonish the State and Federal governments to demonstrate magnanimity, courage and forthright leadership in timeously solving the requests of our youths.

“These exuberant youngsters remain the pillar and fulcrum of our unity, upon which we can attain greatness, having broken national and global records in sports, science, academics, medicine and other areas of human endeavours.

“Let us join hands with governments in their bid to deliver on all their electioneering promises emphasis of which should be in the areas of social enlightenment, education and agriculture.”

In his remarks, the Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, appreciated the eminent citizens on their solidarity visit, describing it as an encouragement for him to be more dedicated, committed and determined to do things that will continue to bring genuine development to the people and the State.

Oyetola who narrated his ordeal on the attack on him, said “if not for God, I would have been killed by the hoodlums”.

He condemned the attack, which he described as a pre-planned attempt to get rid of him, saying the lesson he learnt from the attack was that there was no security but God.

“I feel highly honoured to welcome our leaders and elders on this solidarity visit. I thank you most sincerely for your support which you have shown in different ways to support our government.

“It is unfortunate that we found ourselves in such situations contrary to what we are known for as a peaceful State.

“Contrary to the insinuations that someone was killed at the spot of the protest, it is a lie. As we struggled to get out of the place, my security aides maintained the restraints and no shooting came from any of my security aides.

“So, what happened that day wasn’t a question of spontaneous attack, it was pre-planned. But the lesson I learnt was that there is no security but God. Security of God is the ultimate”, he added.

Governor Oyetola who used the visit to clear the air on how the looted food items warehoused at Cocoa Processing Industry, Ede, were conveyed to the State, said the food items were procured and conveyed to the State by the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID).

He added that “what we witnessed on Saturday was what I didn’t think could happen in our State. CACOVID is a private arrangement to support the government in the combat of COVID-19 by making provision for relief materials to cushion the adverse effects of the pandemic.

“It is mandatory that they must complete the delivery and then flag off. The State does not have the prerogative to decide on the distribution. 

“And moreover, the most important component of what they wanted to give to the people of the State was not yet delivered — the rice component.

“Moreso, the food items were not procured with State fund.  So, it wasn’t the deliberate efforts of anyone to not distribute the palliatives”, he clarified. In attendance at the visit were the Deputy Governor, Benedict Alabi; Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye; Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Charles ‘Diji Akinola; Head of Service, Dr Festus Olowogboyega Oyebade; APC State Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Adebayo Adeleke; and Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Adebisi Obawale, among others.

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Oyetola greets Muslims at Eid-el-Maolud

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun has felicitated Muslims in the State and across the world on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Maolud celebration. 

Oyetola said the Maolud Nabbiy celebration provides an avenue for Muslims to extol and reflect on the virtues of Prophet Muhammad, who he said was sent by Allah as a mercy to mankind. 

The Governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, said the best way Muslims can celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is to emulate his remarkable character and virtues. 

He also urged Muslims and all Nigerians to use this occasion to pray for the peace, progress and development of the country. 

“I congratulate the Muslim community in Osun and across the world on the celebration of this year’s Eid-el-Maulud. As we commemorate the birth of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), I urge my fellow Muslim brothers and sisters to emulate the remarkable character and virtues of Prophet Muhammad. This is the best way we can celebrate him. 

“Prophet Muhammad was sent as a mercy to mankind by Allah. He was a great and compassionate leader. So, as his followers, we must always show compassion and love to one another irrespective of religious or ethnic differences.  “I admonish Muslims and all Nigerians to use this occasion of the commemoration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad to pray for peace, progress and development of our dear State and country at large.”

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Aragbiji, a courageous, tenacious leader, says Oyetola

Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, has showered encomiums on the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba AbdulRasheed Ayotunde Olabomi Odundun IV, describing him as a courageous and tenacious leader.

Oyetola commended the monarch for making Iragbiji peaceful and investment-friendly since he ascended the throne of his forefathers 12 years ago. He also thanked him for rising to the occasion by ensuring that hoodlums did not overrun the town during the unfortunate incident that happened in the State last Saturday. 

The Governor made the remarks in a congratulatory message to Oba AbdulRasheed through his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on the occasion of his birthday anniversary.

He said: “On behalf of my family, the Government and People of The State of Osun, I warmly felicitate you, our father, Oba AbdulRasheed Ayotunde Olabomi Odundun IV, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, on the occasion of your birthday, today, October 29. 

“As you celebrate, I am very sure your heart is filled with joy for what Almighty Allah has helped you to achieve all these years. Under your leadership, the town and the people of Iragbiji have continued to witness tremendous leap. Looking forward, I pray that all your dreams and wishes for the people of Iragbiji and the State of Osun come true. “It is also my prayer that Almighty Allah continues to bestow on you good health and wisdom to continue to pilot the traditional affairs of Iragbiji land and offer valuable contributions to the development of our dear State and Nigeria in general”, Oyetola said.

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Oyetola Celebrates SSG, Oyebamiji, at 70

Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, has felicitated the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prince Wole Oyebamiji, as he turned 70 years today.

The Governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, described Prince Oyebamiji as an astute administrator and political stalwart whose leadership credentials are worthy of emulation.

He said, “On behalf of my family, the Government and People of the State of Osun, I send my warmest birthday wishes to you on the occasion of your 70th birthday and also appreciate all your efforts in advancing our State. 

“You are an astute administrator and political stalwart whose leadership credentials are worthy of emulation. Your commitment to the people of the State of Osun and humanity at large is enviable. “As you enter the league of septuagenarians today, we say congratulations and wish you many more years of fruitful service to the people of Osun and humanity,” the Governor added.

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Osun Govt gives 2-week ultimatum to Okada riders for registration or risk suspension

…. to operate from 6:00 am to 8:00pm daily

The Government of the State of Osun has given a two-week ultimatum to commercial motorcyclists (okada riders) in the State to

“document their members, register their bikes, issue them tags and reflective jackets with bold prints behind showing the different areas and units of operation” or risk suspension of their operations.

The duration of commercial motorcycle operators has also been limited. They will now operate from 6:00am to 8:00pm daily. 

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola made this known on Tuesday evening at a meeting with the leadership of the Associations of Commercial Motorcycle Operators in the State.

He disclosed that the decision was part of efforts to firm up security in the State following the recent looting and vandalisation of government and private property as well as general disruption of peace across the State.

Oyetola expressed his shock and displeasure at the way motorcycle operators allowed themselves to be used to cause unprecedented damage around the State in the last few days.

While addressing the representatives of the association, Oyetola said, “Security reports revealed that your members played major roles in the destabilisation and breakdown of law and order that necessitated the declaration of curfew in the State. Your members were the ones who ferried looters from house to house to perpetrate evil.  They were the ones who were paid to transport hoodlums to destroy people’s businesses.

“I can also confirm to you that even the attempt on my life was aided by some of your members, who after our escape from the mob, gave my convoy a long chase and attempted to block our movement at different points. We also have security reports that some of your members are involved in all forms of illicit activities like robbery, kidnapping, and ritual killings.

“Considering all these, the government cannot pretend that all is well because the primary duty of government is to ensure security of life and property of its citizens. That is why we are mandating all the various associations of commercial motorcycle operators in the state to document their members, register their bikes, issue them tags and reflective jackets with bold prints behind showing the different areas and units of operation. 

“This exercise is expected to be concluded within two weeks from the time of this meeting. The time has come to separate the wheat from the chaff and as leaders of the associations, please ensure this is done. Otherwise, government will have no option but to suspend okada operations in the State, he said.

However, the governor was quick to add that “the government is aware that okada business is a source of livelihood to many and not all of you are criminals, but the events of the past few days have shown that the criminal elements among you have become a threat to the peace of Osun.

“I also appeal to you as leaders of the associations to advise your members to desist from allowing themselves to be used for criminal activities”, Oyetola concluded.

In their responses, the representatives of the various associations of commercial motorcycle in the State took turns to apologise to the Governor for the role some of their members played in causing devastations across the state, and promised to comply with the directives of the State Government.

The meeting had in attendance the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Prince Abdullah Adeyanju Binuyo; the Head of Service, Mr. Olowogboyega Oyebade, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Adebayo Adeleke; Commissioner for Commerce, Dr. Bode Olaonipekun; Commissioner for Intergovernmental and Political Affairs, Hon Taiwo Akeju. Others are Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Hon Jamiu Olawumi; Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode; the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Mrs. Abiodun Ige; Director-General of the Bureau of Social Services, Mr. Richard Tinubu; SA, General Administration, Hon Niyi Idowu and the representative of the Commissioner of Police in the State.

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CACOVID yet to flag-off its Palliatives in Osun – Relief C’ttee Secretary

.…says no FG palliatives in Osun warehouses

The Osun Food and Relief Committee on CIVID-19 has siad that the Coalition Against Covid-19 (CACOVID) has not flagged off the distribution of palliatives in the State. 

The Committee disclosed this in a statement signed by the Secretary of the Committee, Alhaji Bayo Jimoh, and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Osogbo, the State capital.

The statement reads in part: “I wish to place on record that CACOVID has yet to do any flag-off in Osun. CACOVID sent a programme of events to us in August in preparation for the flag off but it was later called off. 

“The last letter we wrote to them on behalf of the State was dated September 28, reminding them that the State had yet to receive the rice component of the donated items and that they should give the Committee further directives on the available ones since some of the items were perishable.

“We are sure that when they elect to clear the air on the status of their palliatives in the States, we shall be vindicated.They should come out with a list of the States where flag off had been done”.

The Secretary also clarified that the State does not have any Federal Government’s palliatives in any of its wear houses as they have all been distributed.

“For the umpteenth time,  I wish to reiterate that no Federal Government palliatives were delayed and none was kept in Ede Warehouse. The consignments we got from the FG have since been distributed. “Only CACOVID palliatives were housed in Ede Warehouse and we were asked to wait for the flag-off, hence, our inability to distribute before they were looted”, Jimoh said.

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