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Tinubu launches Fasoranti’s autobiography, pet project with N20million.

National Leader of  the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Friday, donated the sum of N20 million to launch  the autobiography of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti and to support the nonagenarian’s foundation.

The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of the State of Osun, Ismail Omipidan, said in a statement that Tinubu was represented by Oyetola on the occasion. 

Other eminent Nigerians at the occasion included Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu and his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

They were all in Akure to honour the nonagenarian Afenifere leader, Pa Fasoranti, whom Tinubu described as an advocate of true federalism and united Nigeria. 

Tinubu, also declared support for Pa Fasoranti’s pet project and the launching of his autobiography titled, “My Life, My Legacy: Service with Integrity and Excellence”.

Speaking at the public presentation and formal launch of the autobiography and the pet  project, held at the International Culture and Event Centre (The Dome), Alagbaka, Akure, Ondo State, Tinubu, said the Afenifere leader, Pa Fasoranti, effectively contributed to and enriched the discourse on regional integration, nation-building and good governance. 

He described Fasoranti as an accomplished educationist, astute progressive politician, elder-statesman and die-hard Awoist, adding that the elderstatesman tirelessly advocated a pure federal principle as the basis for peaceful co-existence in an indivisible and united Nigeria.

“In May this year when Papa turned 94, in my special tribute, while congratulating Papa for the milestone, I commended him for his steadfastness and dedication to progressive and worthy causes and for his legacy of service to Nigeria and Yorubaland.

“Today’s twin-event, the public presentation and formal launch of his autobiography and pet project, is a fitting testament to that legacy.

“Papa and his life lessons have continued to serve as a moral guide to many of us and to the political class. Accomplished educationist, astute progressive politician, elder-statesman and die-hard Awoist, Papa has devoted his life to public service. We continue to celebrate him and his exemplary life.

“Indeed, what we celebrate about Papa is the success story of leadership by example, political consistency, total loyalty to the progressive cause, devotion to principle, integrity, courage of conviction and uncommon contentment,” Tinubu added. 

He assured that on his part, he would remain unshakable in his commitment to the idea and ideals of true federalism “without which our nation’s unity would constantly be shaken”. 

Tinubu further said: “I urge all to continue to hoist the flag of true federalism, which our founding fathers fought for in order to leave an enduring legacy for the future generation of Nigerians. That is the path to true nationhood.

“I congratulate Papa for taking this bold initiative and for going through the pains and rigour of documenting his life trajectory and legacies for posterity.

“I thank Baba, even more, for his pet project, the Foundation, aimed at promoting a democratic Institute that will inculcate and entrench desired political values and discipline in practicing and aspiring democrats.”  Governor Oyetola was accompanied to the event by the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji; his Chief of Staff, Dr. Charles Akinola; and Deputy Chief of Staff, Prince Abdullahi Binuyo, among others.

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Welfare of judicial officers non-negotiable, says Oyetola

… as govt plans massive rehabilitation, renovation of courts

The Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, has said that the administration will continue to give priority to the welfare and wellbeing of the judicial officers in the State.
He reiterated the government’s commitment to strengthening the judiciary by making it more independent and autonomous.
This is even as the governor ordered the necessary process into the massive  rehabilitation and renovation of the courts across the State.
Governor Oyetola spoke on Wednesday while addressing journalists shortly after his inspection tour to Ife and Ilesa High Courts.
The Governor, who decried the deplorable condition of some of the courts, said the government would leave no stone unturned to ensure massive renovation of the courts in the State.
According to him, since judiciary remains the last hope for the common man, there is the need to guarantee the welfare and wellbeing of the judicial officers.
He said the only way for the government to strengthen the independence of the judiciary is to ensure comfort for the judicial workers, particularly Judges and Justices.
Oyetola said the decision to renovate the courts was part of the electoral promises made to the people of the State to guarantee their safety, security and wellbeing.
Oyetola who described judiciary as a significant arm of government, said its roles towards the sustainability of democracy and good governance can never be over-emphasised as it determines the fate and destiny of the people and the society.
“We are here  to inspect and assess the state of some of our courts in preparation for massive renovation. We are on on-the-spot assessment to assess what and what are needed to do to upgrade the standard of our courts as part of efforts to continue to ensure the independence and autonomy of the judiciary.
“As we all know, judiciary is the last hope of the common man, and as such, it is incumbent on any serious government to champion the welfare of the judicial workers as part of efforts to strengthen democracy and enhance administration of justice.
“It is in view of this that our administration made it a point of duty to ensure the independence of the judiciary and enhance the welfare of the judicial officers.

“The courts I have seen today in the course of the inspection are not good enough for our people, particularly the judges to sit, and as such, there is going to be massive renovation of our courts across the State.

“It is good that we have come to see by ourselves what is needed to be done. This is the first thing to do and we will direct the Ministry of Works to come up with what it will require to renovate those courts.

“Though this is going to cost us much — there is no doubt about that — but we are determined to do them in order to give some level of comfort to our judges. 

“We are committed to providing conducive environment for our judges to operate. To us, this is the only way to support the judiciary and further guarantee justice for all”, Oyetola added.

The governor who commended the judicial officers in the State for their high sense of commitment to entrenching justice, said government would continue to do the needful and support other two arms of government in the collective efforts to develop the State.

In her remarks, the Chief Judge of Osun, Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo, commended the Governor for taking the welfare of the judicial officers as priority since the inception of his administration.

She lauded the government for its resolve to renovate the courts across the State, saying the initiative would go a long way to stimulate the judicial system and bring some level of comfort to judicial workers.

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Ejigbo people commend Oyetola for being kind to them

…Appreciate him for rescuing them from the spread of Coronavirus pandemic, deplorable roads

The indigenes of Ejigbo on Wednesday lauded the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for prioritising their security and welfare since assumption of office.

The indigenes also applauded the state government for being prompt and proactive in its intervention to rescue the people of the ancient town who were confirmed to have contracted the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic.

The indigenes of Ejigbo stated these during a courtesy visit to the governor by the leadership of Ejigbo Eagles Club, at the Government House, Osogbo.

The delegation, led by the President of the club,  Mr. Tayo Adebowale, comprises Deputy Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, Prof. Ademola Oke; Chief Medical Director, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Prof. Chris Bode; Prof. Solomon Akinboye; Prince Femi Oyewole; Mr Olayinka Akinwumi; Mr Olujinmi Tella and Mr. Kunle Ajibade.

Speaking on behalf of the members of the club and the entire indigenes of the town, the President of the club, Mr. Adebowale, lauded Governor Oyetola for taking the bull by the horns in ensuring the general welfare and wellbeing of the citizenry.

Adebowale who expressed gratitude to the governor on the myriad of supports given to the people of the town in the last one and half years, said the people of Ejigbo will forever be grateful to the government for its determination to develop the town.

He added: “We are here to thank you for the good works that you and your government have been doing to reposition the State and ensure the general welfare and wellbeing of the citizens.

“We have come here today to express our profound gratitude to you for redeeming our image and for rescuing our people who tested positive for COVID-19 shortly after their return from Ivory Coast.

“As indigenes of Ejigbo, this is a great thing to us. By this gesture, your government rescued us from negative impact which the occurrence would have brought to our people if not being proactively handled, curtailed and managed.

“We thank you also for the support given to ensure the prompt rehabilitation and reconstruction of Ejigbo-Ede road and the recently approved construction of Ejigbo township roads as well as the revitalisation of Ejigbo General Hospital that has been moribund over the years.

“We are equally aware of your prompt intervention to keep the branch of the State university located in Ejigbo running among other things.

“These to us are significant because it will go a long way to complement the wellbeing of our people and, by extension, contribute in no measure to the socioeconomic development of our land.

“As citizens and members of Ejigbo Eagles Club, we are ready to give your administration the utmost support throughout your tenure”.

In his remarks, the Governor of the state of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, thanked the leadership of the Club for complementing governnement’s efforts to make life meaningful for the citizens.

He said the administration took the challenge of 127 Ivory Coast returnees as part of efforts to rescue the State and the nation from the unforeseen calamity such might bring if not properly curtailed.

Oyetola who said the administration had invested hugely in every sector, particularly health, infrastructure and education, noted that the decision to take up the case of 127 Ivory coast returnees was to save the country from the exponential spread of the deadly virus.

He said: “We priorioritise the health of our people because we believe once that is done, prosperity is guaranteed. To us, health is given the best place; that is why we were able to manage the pandemic.

“We have equally given priority to infrastructure. That is why we have been doing all within the resources available to develop the infrastructure. We have made it a point of duty to ensure infrastructure renewal all over the State”. Those in attendance were: Deputy Governor, Mr Benedict Alabi; Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Charles Akinola; Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Adebayo Adeleke; Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Mrs Abiodun Ige; Asiwaju of Ejigboland, Atilade Adebowale

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Our policies and programmes are driven by people’s demands, says Oyetola

… as he inaugurates Nigerian Army cottage hospital, Olowu Kuta’s palace, Kuta-Ikoyi-Ede bridges

The Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola on Monday said that his administration’s policies and programmes are driven by the people’s demands as reflected in the wide acceptance of the tremendous achievements of the administration by the people in the last one and half years.
He said the administration regarded health and infrastructure as the most crucial for human, social and economic development. 
This was even as the Governor inaugurated the ultra modern Olowu Kuta’s palace in Kuta, Aiyedire Local Government Area; the Nigerian Army cottage hospital in Asamu, Olaoluwa Local Government Area and bridges that link Kuta-Ikoyi-Ede road built and constructed by Nigerian Army.
Inaugurating the cottage hospital in Asamu, Oyetola noted that the administration’s health intervention was done in line with international best practices as it provides modern equipment, quality and adequate drugs.
Oyetola who reiterated that quality and affordable healthcare remains the foundation for the attainment of his administration’s dreams, noted that his government adopted a holistic approach to healthcare delivery and has been executing it assiduously to ensure optimal healthcare delivery for residents of the State.
He said, “Our policies and programmes are driven by our people’s demands. Our pact with them is to provide quality and equitable services in all the sectors of the state’s economy. In less than two years, our achievements bear eloquent testimony to this fact.
 “As a government, we regard health as the most crucial resource for human, social and economic development. Consequently, three months after coming into office, we flagged off the revitalisation of nine General Hospitals and 332 Primary Health Centres- one per ward across the state. Of the number, 280 of these PHCs are so far ready and they are currently providing health service for our people across the three Senatorial Districts. The other health centres are at various stages of completion.
“We instituted Osun Health Insurance Scheme shortly after coming into office to ensure affordable health delivery and we continue to pay premium for the aged and vulnerable so that our citizens can be captured in our quality and equitable health delivery net.
“Our health intervention is done in line with best practices as we are providing modern equipment, quality and adequate drugs, while also employing technology to power health delivery and training and retraining of staff for efficient health delivery.
“Quality and affordable healthcare remains the foundation for the attainment of our dreams and the good life at the personal and institutional levels”.
While inaugurating the bridges, Governor Oyetola lauded the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai for the hands of fellowship and prompt support his leadership has been extending to the people of the State.
Governor Oyetola who said roads and bridges are crucial to the socio-economic life and development of the people as they are harbingers of wealth, noted that the construction of the bridges in Kuta by the Nigerian Army “speaks loud of the Army as a people-oriented organisation which is resolved to foster cordial relationships as part of the non-kinetic operations designed to improve Army operations and restore peace to the nation.
“I express the deep gratitude of the Government and the good people of Osun in general and Kuta people in particular to the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, for his special love and magnanimity to us as demonstrated in the donation of bridges to Kuta by the Nigerian Army.

“General Buratai’s love, interest and support for Osun transcend today’s donation. When I contacted him for support when the exemplary security situation in the state was blighted by the raging security challenges in the nation last year, he gave maximum support to our security initiative, the gains of which we are enjoying today.
“On our part, we have also embarked on massive construction of roads across the three Senatorial Districts in the State to improve the socioeconomic lives of the people. We convoked an economic and investment summit last year to transform our economy and make Osun the economic and investment hub of the Southwest,” the governor added. 
He commended Olowu of Kuta Oba Hammed Adekunle Makama Oyelude for constructing and bequeathing the ultra modern palace to the good people of the ancient town.

“I thank the Olowu of Kuta for bequeathing this palace to his people and for his tremendous roles not only in mobilising his people to support government’s polices and programmes but also for ensuring that peace and order reigns supreme in his domain.
In his remarks, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, said the need to construct the bridge was in furtherance of the Nigerian Army’s social corporate service to the people of the country.

He said the gesture was an attestation to the fact that Nigerian Army had gone beyond the provision of adequate security and protection of lives and property of the citizens but also contributing significantly to the growth and development of the society.

Buratai who commended Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and Oba Makama for their unflinching support for the military particularly the Nigerian Army, reassured the Army’s avowed commitment to rid Nigeria of all forms of security challenges in no distant time.

Speaking, the Olowu of Kuta, Oba Hammed Adekunle Oyelude Makama, lauded Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai for being supportive to the growth and development of the people of the town.

Oba Makama also appreciated the hands of fellowship extended to the people of the ancient town which gave birth to the successful completion of the bridges that link three major towns together.

He said the construction of Kuta-Ikoyi-Ede by the leadership of the Nigerian Army after 100 years of agitation would go a long way to foster socio-economic activities in the communities.

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Gov. Oyetola greets Omisore at 63

….Says he’s advocate of good governance

Governor of the State of Osun, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, has congratulated a former Deputy Governor of the State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, on the occasion of his 63rd birthday anniversary, describing him as an advocate of good governance. 
Oyetola in a statement issued on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan to congratulate Omisore, saluted him for his many sacrifices in advocating good governance in the State.
The governor who also described Omisore as a grassroots politician and a lover of Osun and its people, said his investment in promoting democracy and good governance through sharing of wisdom and experience with political associates, would always be appreciated and remembered. 
The statement reads in part: “On this day, I will like to join, family, friends and political associates of Senator Iyiola Omisore to extend the warm greetings and goodwill of the government and people of the State of Osun on the occasion of his 63rd birthday anniversary.
“He is an astute businessman and a grassroots politician who has remained consistent in the pursuit of true democracy and an ideal society. 
“It is my prayer that the  Almighty God will continue to grant him good health, more wisdom, and long life. Happy birthday to you,  Otunba,” Oyetola added. 

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Oyetola felicitates Osun APC Chair on birthday

Governor of The State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, has congratulated the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, Mr. Gboyega Famoodun, on the occasion of his birthday anniversary. 
In a Press Statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, the Governor described Famoodun as a grassroots politician and pragmatic leader who is committed to the progress and development of the State. 
Oyetola also lauded the sense of service, commitment, loyalty and maturity with which the APC Chairman has been directing the affairs of the party in Osun. 
He said: “I join family members, friends, associates, party faithful and wellwishers to felicitate the Chairman of our party in Osun, Mr Gboyega Famoodun, on the occasion of his birthday anniversary. 
“Mr Famoodun is an exceptional party man and I commend the sense of service, commitment, unalloyed loyalty and maturity with which he has been directing the affairs of our party. We appreciate him for his contributions to the stability and development of the APC. 
“I pray that God Almighty will continue to bless him with the needed wisdom and strength to pilot the affairs of our party, and grant him sound health and long life in the service of our State, country and humanity at large.”

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Oyetola felicitates Osun APC Chair on birthday

Governor of The State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, has congratulated the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, Mr. Gboyega Famoodun, on the occasion of his birthday anniversary. 

In a Press Statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, the Governor described Famoodun as a grassroots politician and pragmatic leader who is committed to the progress and development of the State. 

Oyetola also lauded the sense of service, commitment, loyalty and maturity with which the APC Chairman has been directing the affairs of the party in Osun. 

He said: “I join family members, friends, associates, party faithful and wellwishers to felicitate the Chairman of our party in Osun, Mr Gboyega Famoodun, on the occasion of his birthday anniversary. 

“Mr Famoodun is an exceptional party man and I commend the sense of service, commitment, unalloyed loyalty and maturity with which he has been directing the affairs of our party. We appreciate him for his contributions to the stability and development of the APC.  “I pray that God Almighty will continue to bless him with the needed wisdom and strength to pilot the affairs of our party, and grant him sound health and long life in the service of our State, country and humanity at large.”

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Oyetola inaugurates Commissioner for Osun Judicial Service Commission

…tasks him on equity, sincerity, fairplay

The Governor of the State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Friday inaugurated Mr. Adebayo Waliu Salimon as the new Commissioner for the state’s Judicial Service Commission.

The Governor charged the new appointee to discharge his duties with utmost sincerity, fear of God and work towards the protection of the sanctity of the judicial system.

Salimon succeeded Mr. Nathaniel Agunbiade who occupied the position until his recent appointment as the Commissioner for Lands and Physical Planning in the State.

Inaugurating the new Commissioner at the EXCO Lounge, Oyetola said the appointment was crucial as the Commission remains an indispensable organ of the Judiciary in the State which oversees the processes of appointment and discipline of officers presiding over the State courts.

Oyetola noted that the role of the Commission has become expedient as a result of the need to maintain the integrity of the courts and ensure the smooth dispensation of justice in the State.

“The process of selecting and appointing members of the Commission is necessarily a thorough and painstaking one, which is aimed at producing the best of the best amongst us.

“Undoubtedly, the need to maintain the integrity of the courts and ensure the smooth dispensation of justice in the State makes such thoroughness absolutely expedient.

“I am convinced that the appointee of today, Mr. Adebayo Waliu Salimon, is someone who enjoys the confidence and recommendation of all the stakeholders in the Justice Sector in the State.

“Salimon is coming on board at a time when our State still remains the most peaceful in Nigeria and a period when the three arms of government in the State are enjoying peaceful coexistence without compromising their exclusive roles,” the Governor added.

In his welcome remarks, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Femi Akande, commended the administration of Governor Oyetola for being committed to the promotion of the justice sector and the enthronement of the rule of law in the State. 

He also lauded the administration for its resolve to ensure that the wheel of justice administration is well oiled throughout the tenure as manifested in the appointment of the new judicial commissioner. 

Describing the appointment as a round peg in a round hole, Akande urged the appointee to justify the confidence reposed in him by the government and the people of the State. 

Akande also urged the appointee to remain diligent, honest and fair in the discharge of his duties.

In his acceptance remark, Adebayo Waliyu Salman thanked the Governor for giving him the opportunity to serve the State in that capacity. He described the appointment as the Lord’s doing. 

He maintained that the appointment would give him the opportunity to learn under the Chief Judge, pledging his readiness to utilise the knowledge gained for better service to the judicial system. 

Also present at the occasion were the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo; the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji; the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Charles Akinola; Deputy Chief of Staff, Prince Abdullahi Binuyo; the Head of Service, Dr. Festus Oyebade; members of the State cabinet; and members of the State Judicial Service Commission.

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Oyetola congratulates Sultan on his birthday anniversary

….Says he’s a bridge builder

Governor, State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, has described the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, as a lover of peace, good governance, a bridge builder and an advocate for justice.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, to congratulate the first class traditional ruler on the occasion of his 64th birthday anniversary, Oyetola commended the Sultan for his humility, exemplary leadership style and strong commitment to religious tolerance, peace, progress and development of Northern region in particular and the country in general. 

Oyetola further said “On behalf of my family, the government and people of the State of Osun, I join family, friends, associates, wellwishers and the rest of the country to felicitate the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III on the occasion of his 64th birthday anniversary. 

“The Sultan of Sokoto is no doubt a lover of peace, good governance, a bridge builder and an advocate for justice, and he has demonstrated these through his actions and utterances, both in private and public. He is also a man of the people as he has always expressed his concern for the welfare and wellbeing of the Nigerian masses. 

“As the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and co-Chairman of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar has contributed in no small measure towards the promotion of religious tolerance, peaceful coexistence, progress and development of the country.  “I ask Almighty Allah to grant our highly revered Sultan long life in sound health and more wisdom in the service of his subjects and the Nigerian people,” the governor added.

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48th Birthday: Oyetola commends Osun Speaker’s exemplary leadership

48th Birthday: Oyetola commends Osun Speaker’s exemplary leadership, commitment to democracy

The Governor, State of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola has rejoiced with the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye on the occasion of his 48th birthday anniversary. 

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary; Ismail Omipidan, Oyetola lauded Owoeye for demonstrating exemplary leadership at the Assembly, describing him as a forthright legislator and an astute administrator.

The Governor also applauded the Speaker for his commitment to the development of the State, noting that the many achievements of the administration would not have been possible without the understanding, support and cooperation of the legislative arm. 

He extolled Owoeye’s competence, discipline and maturity in directing the affairs of the Assembly while also acknowledging his commitment to the ideals of democracy and the rule of law. 

“Since your emergence as the Speaker of the 7th Assembly, your commitment to matters of State interest, development and progress have been impressive. The many achievements and accomplishments of our administration within a short period would not have been possible without the understanding, support and cooperation of the House under your effective leadership. 

“Your legislative prowess and managerial skills have also brought about the achievements, people-centred and focused legislation the House has delivered in its one year to the admiration of citizens and residents of our State to which we all are grateful. 

“Therefore, on behalf of my family, the government and people of the State of Osun, I join family members, colleagues, associates and wellwishers to rejoice with you on the occasion of your birthday.  “It is our collective prayer that God Almighty will continue to keep you in good health and grant you a longer life in the service of your people, our State and country,” the governor added.

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