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Ijesaland Lockdown: ‘We’ll do everything to ensure total compliance”, says Oyetola security aide

The Government of the State of Osun has said it will do everything possible to ensure compliance with the total lockdown imposed on four local government areas of Ijesaland.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Mrs. Abiodun Ige, stated this on Wednesday while moving round the affected four local government areas where the lockdown is imposed.

The state government had last week announced the total lockdown in four local government areas comprising Ilesa West, Ilesa East, Atakunmosa West and Atakumosa East.

Ige, who lauded the residents of the affected areas for adhering to government’s order, warned those flouting the directives to desist from the act.

She said that the enforcement team of the State’s COVID-19 Task Force is resolved to ensure impartial enforcement in all the nooks and crannies of the affected areas.

Ige revealed that the state’s  enforcement team would jerk up its performance to further ensure total compliance, adding that there is no room for sacred cow in the exercise.

“I’m highly impressed that the level of compliance is improving day by day. With what we have seen today, the level of compliance has really improved even in some areas where we felt there would not be appreciable obedience to government’s order.

“Our visits to some of the areas that we thought we needed serious enforcement showed clearly that the people are now willingly complying with the lockdown order as there was no movement of vehicles and people in those areas.

“It is worthy of note that the people have begun to know the implications of the swift action taken by the government to prevent the spread of the virus.  “So, for those who may want to test the will of government, I urge them to stay at home because we will leave no stone unturned to ensure total compliance regardless of individuals’ status and place in the society”, she said.

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Gov. Oyetola felicitates Osun ex-Speaker on 58th birthday anniversary

State of Osun Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has felicitated a former Speaker of the State House of Assembly and ex-member of House of Representatives, Prof. Mojeed Alabi, on the occasion of his 58th birthday anniversary. 

In a goodwill message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, Oyetola described Alabi, who is a professor of Political Science, as a thoroughbred academic and progressive politician, whose political disposition is worthy of emulation. 

The governor commended the former lawmaker for demonstrating exemplary leadership and commitment to the ideals of democracy and the rule of law when he held sway as Speaker of the State Assembly and later member of the House of Representatives, where he showed his true mettle as a worthy representative of the people. 

“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Osun, I felicitate a worthy son of Osun and former Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mojeed Alabi, who turns 58 today. I join family, relatives, political associates and wellwishers to thank Allah for his life that has been filled with laudable achievements and accomplishments. 

“Prof. Alabi is a thoroughbred academic, lawyer and astute politician whose political and leadership disposition is worthy of emulation. He demonstrated exemplary leadership and commitment to the ideals of democracy and the rule of law when he served as Speaker of Osun Assembly and later as Member of the House of Representatives. 

“On this occasion of his birthday, we thank him for his service to Osun and its people and his commitment to the development of the State. “I pray Almighty Allah continue to keep him in good health and bless him with many more years of robust service to the people of Osun and humanity in general”,  Oyetola said.

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Gov. Oyetola congratulates Akirun on 30th coronation anniversary

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun has congratulated the Akirun of Ikirun Land, Oba AbdulRauf Olawale Adedeji II, on the occasion of his 30th anniversary of ascension to the throne. 

Oyetola in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, lauded the sterling leadership of the traditional ruler, which he said has facilitated more progress and development to Ikirun land. 

The governor also commended the monarch for his concern and dedication to the welfare of his people, and his support for government’s policies and programmes. 

He said: “On behalf of my family, government and the good people of Osun, I join family, friends, associates and sons and daughters of Ikirun Land to felicitate Akirun, Oba AbdulRauf Olawale Adedeji II, as he marks his 30th anniversary on the throne. 

“I commend his concern and dedication to the welfare of his subjects and the development of Ikirun Land. I also appreciate his support for our administration’s policies and programmes.  “It is my prayer that Almighty Allah grant him long life, sound health and more wisdom as he continues to serve the people of Ikirun Land and provide more support and contributions for the development of Osun.”

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40th year Remembrance: Oyetola pays tribute to late Ooni Adesoji Aderemi

40th year Remembrance: Oyetola pays tribute to late Ooni Adesoji Aderemi

…says he was a model of dignified royalty and nobility

The Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, has extolled the virtues and values that the late Ooni of Ife and Governor of the old Western Region, Oba Sir Tadenikawo Adesoji Aderemi (Atobatele I) bequeathed to humanity before he joined his ancestors 40 years ago. 

In his personal tribute to the Ooni Aderemi,  the governor  said the revered monarch who reigned between 1930-1980 served humanity relentlessly and selflessly, bringing golden achievements to Ile-Ife, Yoruba land and the Western Region where he was Governor.  

Oyetola said the late monarch who died at the age of 91 years, worked with the British colonial masters to build and nurture political structures for the effective governance of the Yoruba just as he collaborated with indigenous political leaders to unite the Yoruba as one people to achieve their desired goal.

Oyetola who described the late monarch as a visionary traditional and political leader with unparalleled blend of diplomacy, administrative prowess and passion for his people, said his landmark achievements remained unprecedented in the history of Yoruba race as Ile-Ife and Yoruba witnessed unbroken peace, stability and sustainable development under his reign and leadership. 

Oyetola added: “In his 91 years on earth, Oba Adesoji Aderemi served humanity relentlessly and selflessly. His tenure as the Ooni from 1930-1980 was golden in tenure and achievements, having ruled for 50 years and brought golden achievements to Ile-Ife, Yoruba land and the Western Region where he was Governor.   “Oonirisa Adesoji Aderemi was a team player and a bridge builder. Among his colleague First Class traditional rulers, he was a role model to other traditional rulers. His conduct and administrative style dignified royalty and nobility, and venerated political leadership, leaving his successors in these critical aspects of Nigeria’s post-colonial leadership an encyclopedia to learn from.”

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COVID-19: TUC president, Olaleye, lauds Oyetola on prompt salary payment, workers’ welfare

The President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Comrade Quadri Olaleye, has commended Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun for prioritising the welfare of workers in the state.

He also lauded the Governor for ensuring prompt and regular payment of workers’ salaries, wages and other emoluments despite the adverse effects of the global Coronavirus pandemic on the economy.

Olaleye gave the commendation while delivering his speech during the 2020 Triennial Delegates Conference of Osun State Council of TUC, in Osogbo, the State capital.

The TUC president acknowledged the commitment of the state government at repositioning the economy of the state for the good of the citizens.

He said: “May I  use this medium to commend the Governor of Osun State, His Excellency, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, for the payment of April and May, 2020 salaries despite the challenges posed by the covid-19 pandemic. “

Olaleye lamented the rising insecurity cases in the country, attributing the menace to high rate of unemployment that has resulted to youths restiveness.  He urged governments at all levels to formulate policies that could create job opportunities to absorb the teeming unemployed youths, saying “this will help to reduce crimes and all forms of social vices in the State”.

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Government of the State of Osun has commiserated with the Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, and the people of the State, over the death of the State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro.

The State Government, in a statement signed by the Honorable Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, described the death of Dr. Adegbenro as unfortunate, given the conditions that necessitated it.

She further said: “As the Health Commissioner and Chairman of Inter-ministerial Committee on COVID-19 in the State, Dr. Adegbenro was undoubtedly a critical frontliner in the fight against COVID-19. His demise is therefore a great loss to Ondo State.

“It is on record that until his demise, Dr. Adegbenro pulled his weight as a distinguished medical professional to dutifully serve Ondo State”.

The State Government of Osun further commiserated with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State for the loss of one of his aides, whose role in the government is critical to the health emergency that the State and the nation at large are dealing with at the time. The State Government of Osun also  sympathises with the families of Dr. Adegbenro and the entire people of Ondo State, praying that God grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

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COVID-19 Update: Osun records 24 new cases, discharges 11

The Government of the State of Osun on Thursday confirmed the discovery of 24 new cases in the State. 

The State’s Commissioner for Health,  Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, who made this known through a press statement in Osogbo on Thursday, also disclosed that 11 patients were also discharged from its Treatment and Isolation Centre same day after testing negative for the virus.

The Commissioner noted that the new cases were discovered following contact tracing of previous cases in the Ilesa, Ile Ife and Osogbo areas of the State. 

He appealed to citizens and residents of the State to always observe all the precautionary measures laid down by the State against the spread of the virus.

The Health Commissioner also revealed that with the latest development, the number of confirmed cases in the State has risen to 151 with  87 active cases.

“Lack of strict adherence to safety protocols and guidelines by our people is one of the main reasons for the sudden rise in our Covid-19 cases. But with the sentence of a defaulter to 30 days’ imprisonment, we have shown our resolve to enforce these safety protocols and guidelines. “With the latest development, the number of our active cases as at today, Thursday, July 2, is 87. We have 151 confirmed cases, out of which the State has successfully treated and discharged 59 patients while five deaths have been recorded,” Dr. Isamotu added.

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Osun residents jubilate over cash transfer

Empowerment: Osun residents jubilate as FG begins disbursement of Conditional Cash Transfer

….. 15,000 people will benefit from the scheme — govt

The residents of State of Osun jubilated on Tuesday as the Federal Government begins the distribution of Conditional Cash Transfer aimed at alleviating poverty and eliminating hunger in the country.

The scheme which the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari began in 2016, was designed to empower the citizens, particularly the less-privileged and the downtrodden in the country.

The scheme was also designed to support the needy most especially those who couldn’t raise anything as capital to begin small and medium scale enterprises.

Osun was certified as one of the piloting states due to the successes that the State Government made on its social investment programmes.

The State has been benefitting largely from the scheme as part of supports being received from the Federal Government.

Meanwhile, the beneficiaries of the scheme who had besieged the Secretariats of Orolu and Irepodun Local Government Areas, expressed satisfaction with the process of disbursement.

Some of the enthusiastic beneficiaries who couldn’t hold their excitement commended the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for being committed to the people’s welfare and well-being.

Those who lauded the scheme included Mr. Olalekan Rahman, Mr. Sefiu Ishola, Mrs. Akintunde Kafayat, Mrs. Asiat Yinusa, Mrs Kilani Rukayat and Mrs Adeagbo Mutiyat. 

They said the scheme had contributed meaningful to their lives since its commencement.

They expressed profound gratitude to the government for counting them worthy to benefit from the scheme just as they promised to continue to use the stipend for the purpose it was meant.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment and Sanitation, Hon. Rufus Oyegbile, commended President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for sustaining the scheme since its inauguration.

He said the administration of President Buhari had demonstrated clearly what leadership was all about going by the myriad of social protection programmes implemented so far.

Oyegbile, who represented the Governor, said he came purposely to attest to the fact that the funds get to the targeted beneficiaries.

He disclosed that 15,000 beneficiaries had been captured to benefit from the scheme across the state.

According to him, the beneficiaries are the vulnerable citizens, including the aged, the less-privileged and the  poorest of the poor whose bio-metric data had been captured in the social registers of the State.

Oyegbile expressed delight in the method applied by the supervisors of the scheme which he said would help to ensure a hitch-free, transparent and smooth distribution process.

He admonished the beneficiaries to continue to use the funds judiciously by applying it on things that would have multiplier effects.

Oyegbile called on beneficiaries to use the money to form cooperatives and engage in productive activities such as agriculture activities, trade activities and a lot more.

The Chairman of Orolu Local Government, Hon. Benson Ojo; his counterparts in Irepodun Local Government, Hon. Abayomi Oyedeji; and Hon. Adekunle Oloyede of Irepodun South LCDA, lauded the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for coming up with a life-changing and life-lifting programme capable of taking the beneficiaries out of poverty and hunger.

They also lauded Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for taking the welfare of the citizens as his priority.

The Council bosses who educated the beneficiaries on the need to do away with frivolities said the funds being disbursed were part of the looted funds recovered from the looters of the previous administrations in the country.

They sought for the continued support from the residents saying, “the best thing we can do to support the government is to key into its laudable vision, policies and programmes”.

Speaking, the Coordinator of Cash Transfer Unit of Irepodun Local Government, Mrs. Olawoye Ibironke debunked the insinuations that the process was skewed to favour selected individuals.

She said 713 beneficiaries are expected to benefit from the scheme in the Council. Ibironke confirmed the seamless, transparent and open distribution process of the whole exercise.

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Oyetola congratulates Wale Babalakin on 60th birthday

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun has congratulated the Chairman of Bi-Courtney Group of Companies, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), on the occasion of his 60th birthday anniversary. 

Oyetola, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, said he was delighted to join family members, friends, associates and wellwishers to felicitate the foremost businessman, lawyer  and philantropist on his birthday celebration.

He commended his commitment and contributions to the development of  Osun in particular and Nigeria in general.

The Governor added that the State would always be ready to benefit from his knowledge, wealth of experience and service.

He said: “Dr. Wale Babalakin is a man of many parts. He is an accomplished legal practitioner,  successful businessman and frontline philantropist. I commend his numerous contributions and commitment to the development of our State in particular and the country at large. I am proud to be the Governor of this illustrious son of of our land who has benefited not only our State but the country.  “As I join the rest of your family, relatives, friends, associates and wellwishers to felicitate you on your 60th birthday, I pray to Almighty Allah  to grant you more wisdom, good health and long life.”

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Oyetola Condoles with his Adviser on Works, Olaniyan over Wife’s death

Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, has commiserated with his Special Adviser on Works and Transport, Engr. Hussein Olatoke Olaniyan and family over the death of his wife, Alhaja Olubunmi Olaniyan. 

In a condolence message released by Ismail Omipidan, his Chief Press Secretary, the Governor noted that the demise of Olaniyan’s wife was an irreplaceable loss and prayed God to grant him the fortitude to bear the loss.

Oyetola who described the death of 55 year old Mrs Olaniyan as sad and devastating called on the grieving husband and the entire family to be strong and receive the death in good faith.

He prayed Almighty Allah forgive the deceased’s shortcomings and grant her eternal rest. 

“My condolence to Engineer Olatoke Olaniyan and to the entire family on the passing of his wife, Alhaja Olubunmi Olaniyan. My prayer is that Allah would comfort the entire family and grant the deceased Aljannat Firdaus”, the statement added. Late Alhaja Olubunmi Olaniyan is survived by husband, two children and two grandchildren.

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