Sunday 2nd October 2022

Category: News

Osun First Lady opens up on former governor

…Says it’s in our interest to help the poor

The wife of Osun State governor, Mrs Kafayat Oyetola, has paid glowing tributes to a former governor of the state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, describing him as a true patriot and statesman.

She described Oyinlola as a politician who places the affairs of the state over and above partisan politics.

Mrs Oyetola also lauded the wife of the former governor, Princess Omolola Oyinlola, describing her as a great woman, devoted mother and exemplary wife.

The Osun First Lady made the remarks on Saturday during the 70th birthday thanksgiving service celebration of Princess Oyinlola in Okuku, Osun State.

According to Mrs Oyetola: “I want our politicians to emulate former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola. He is a true patriot and statesman. He does not see himself as an opposition leader or politician.

“For him, it is about what works for Osun. There is nothing we are doing as a government that he does not take part in. He sees himself first as a statesman and father of the state.

“If all politicians play politics like Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, our polity will be healthier, smoother and there will be no bitterness.

She congratulated the celebrant, Princess Omolola Oyinlola, saying “she is a devoted mother, not just to her biological children but to all of us. She is also very humble and accommodating.

“She is measured, moderate, but still elegant. She has been a great wife, holding fort at the home front and raising  children the family is proud of. Even as governor’s children, her children were cool-headed. They are still cool-headed today”, Mrs Oyetola said.

She also congratulated the celebrant and other members of the family on the occasion.

In attendance were the Osun deputy governor, Mr Benedict Alabi; former Ekiti First State, Mrs Feyisetan Fayose,  wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Mrs Bola Obasanjo, royal fathers, celebrant’s children, grandchildren and friends of the family.

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Late Ogunsua was a progressive, peace-loving king – Osun Govt

…commiserates with Modakeke community

Osun State Government has commiserated with the people of Modakeke community and the entire Council of Traditional Rulers in Osun over the passing of the Ogunsua of Modakeke, Oba Moses Oladejo Oyediran, Ajombadi III.

Oba Oyediran of Ajombadi Compound in Modakeke, who was crowned in December 2018 following the demise of his predecessor, Oba Francis Adedoyin of Olaogbin Ruling House, on August 4, 2018, joined his ancestors at the ripe old age of 95 years.

Reacting to the death of the Ogunsua, Osun State Government in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, described Oba Oyediran as a God-fearing royal father who was an embodiment of wisdom and fairness

The government recalled the monarch’s role in ensuring that peace was restored to the community when a communal clash broke out last year.

The statement read in part: “The Government of Osun State hereby commiserates with the Ajombadi Ruling House, the  people of Modakeke, the Council of Traditional Rulers and indeed the entire state over the demise of the Ogunsua of Modakeke, Oba Moses Oladejo Oyediran, Ajombadi III.

“He will be forever remembered for his progressive ideology, peaceful demeanour and his love for the people of Modakeke during his little over three years on the stool of Ogunsua.

” Though his reign was short, the late Ogunsua made his mark and did the best he could for his people. He had lofty expectations for the development of Modakeke, and he was fortunate to witness some of the interventions of the government to uplift the socio-economic and infrastructural status of the town, part of which was the reconstruction of Famia road.

“When the peace of his community was threatened last year, he rose to the occasion and worked tirelessly with the Government to restore peace in Modakeke.  He was a leader loved and respected by his people.

“We pray, on behalf of the good people of Osun State, that God grants the entire Modakeke community the fortitude to bear the loss of its traditional ruler”, the statement read.

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Osun Public Procurement Agency makes history on e-procurement

The Osun Public Procurement Agency has made history by publishing its first ever tender advert for one of the pilot MDAs(Ministry Works and Transports) on the e-procurement platform.

The advert which is to be done by selective tendering has been published. for further information please visit https://egp.osunstate.gov.ng/tender_info.php?tender_ref=ocds-xwwr9a-001581-OS/WT/01-NG

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Oyetola begins mass housing project for civil servants

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has laid the foundation for 180 mass housing units for civil servants in the State.

Recall that the Osun Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Jacob Adekomi, had announced during the 2022 Inter-religious Prayer to mark the start of a new work year in January, that Governor Oyetola had approved and mapped out ten hectares of land for the construction of over 180 housing units for the benefit of workers in the State.

The mass housing project, situated in Abeere axis of the State, comprised 120 two-bedroom units, and 60 three-bedroom units.

Speaking at the event, Governnor Oyetola said the Housing scheme was in furtherance of government’s efforts at prioritizing workers’welfare.

He noted the estate would among other things fast track development of Ede land and boost socio economic status of the people.

He therefore called on workers to reciprocate governments gesture through quality service delivery in their respective places of assignment.

Oyetola also thanked the project financier, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, for what he described as probity and transparency in disbursing loan to workers to own their houses under the scheme.

He also commended the Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal for supporting and welcoming the laudable project in his domain.

Earlier, the Managing Director, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigera, represented by deputy general manager, Mr Raheem Onitoolo, commended Osun state government for freely releasing land for the scheme which he said would help in bringing the cost down, thus making it affordable for civil servants.

He expressed the bank’s readiness to commence the project with the cooperation of other developers, adding that they are committed to completing the mass housing project within the stipulated time.

In his own remark, the Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal explained that the land had long been acquired by government saying a recent Court ruling had also confirmed it belongs to the state government.

He however lauded Governor Oyetola for his many laudable projects which, adding that he has continued to bring rapid development to the State.

The Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade, in his remark commended Governor Oyetola for implementing worker-friendly policies since the inception of his administration, stating that he had not disappointed the workers since his emergence as governor.

Also, in their separate remarks, the Chairman, Trade Union Congress TUC, Comrade Adebowale Adekola; Chairman of Osun branch of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Comrade AbdulKabiru Adekomi; Secretary of Osun chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Adeyemi; and President of the Osun chapter of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, Dr Kehinde Ogungbangbe, said Oyetola’s prioritisation of workers’ welfare and wellbeing in Osun was unprecedented, adding that Osun civil servants have never had it so good.

They also lauded Oyetola for what they described as fulfilment of his promises to workers, unanimously declaring their continued support for his administration, especially for his reelection.

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Vanguard Man of the Year: Why we picked Oyetola – Management

… Says Osun Governor has raised the bar in governance

The leadership and management of Vanguard Newspaper have described Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State as a leader who has shown the highest level of decorum in governance.

They lauded him for raising the bar and quality of governance for the people of Osun and beyond.

This is as the leadership of the news medium presented a nomination letter of the Vanguard’s Governor of the Year 2021 award to Governor Oyetola.

The Newspaper’s management attributed his nomination for the award as a recognition of his modest achievements and sterling performance across sectors of the state’s economy in the last three years of his administration.

Vanguard also said the Governor’s choice for the award was basically on empirical facts and indisputable statistics on the geometric transformation that the state and her people had experienced under his watch since assumption of office.

Vanguard Newspaper Awards annually recognize and celebrate excellence, national pride and service to humanity.

Presenting the nomination letter to the Governor in his office at Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, the Deputy Editor, Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. Kunle Adekoya, said the Governor was voted by the Board of Editors of the Newspapers for his sterling contributions to the growth,  development and upliftment of the people of the state in particular and Nigerians in general.

According to Adekoya, the Governor had successfully delivered the dividends of democracy without loans and that, it was on record that he had prudently managed available resources while his administration kept faith with the people and maintained fidelity with his electoral promises.

“The Board of Editors of Vanguard Newspapers writes and presents this letter to you so as to notify you that you have been voted as Vanguard’s Governor of the Year 2021 for your sterling contributions to the upliftment of the good people of Osun State in particular and Nigerians in general.

“Since assumption of office you have delivered the dividends of democracy without loans. It is on record that you have prudently managed available resources while your administration has kept faith with the people and maintained fidelity with your electoral promises.

“As of September 30, 2021, the debt of Osun State has gone down to N132.644 billion, according to the Debt Management Office, DMO.

“Also, your leadership has helped in increasing the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, of Osun State.

“Your administration has engaged in transparent governance mechanisms which have led to the plugging of wastes and blockages of loopholes. These mechanisms have enabled you to pay salaries and pensions and to take care of other welfare issues, among others.

“Your leadership style also instituted inclusive governance and placed the people at the centre of all that you do.

“It is for these, and more, that we confer on you this well-deserved award, with great honour. We do the performance assessment annually, where we look at the development index, but we have been watching closely the performance of the current administration since the Governor came on board. Having been aware of the noises and events in the political spheres, we have noticed, since the assumption of office of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, how he came about the dramatic change in the political temperature and temperament of Osun.

“As seen in the social media, the battle for the soul of Osun is about the welfare of the people of Osun which we have observed that the Governor had taken as a priority. First of all, why do we work? We work to earn a living and in the previous administration, we know how it was and how it is now for workers. We can see that the people of Osun, particularly the workers, are living far better than before.

“We also noted the crisis in the education sector and how brilliantly the Governor has resolved it. One other thing we have seen is the character of Mr. Governor: no crisis, no rancour. In fact, we have seen the highest level of decorum in governance.

“So, what seemed impossible before is now being made possible under the leadership of Governor Oyetola. That is why it was deduced from the last primary election, ‘a battle between half salary and full salary’ as seen in the social media.

“Generally, this nomination for the award of Governor of the Year for Good Governance is actually an encouragement award on how the Governor has raised the pedestal of governance for the people of Osun and beyond”, he added.

In his response, Governor Oyetola expressed gratitude to the management of the Newspapers for counting him worthy of the award, promising to see the recognition as a challenge to do more for humanity.

Oyetola who described the award as one of the best he has received this year, said ” I am highly elated to receive this award coming from Vanguard Newspaper, one of the higly reputable newspapers in Nigeria.”

He added: “The reward for hard-work is more work. You have said a lot about our little contributions to advance the economy of the state and provide quality leadership for our people as regards our commitment to changing the narrative of Osun from being a civil service state to a highly industrial and commercial -based economy among others.

“I accept the award wholeheartedly. It is the best award I am getting this year

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Osun procurement process goes digital. Existing and prospectus Contractors/Consultants/Suppliers should visit egp.osunstate.gov.ng for registration and bids advert

Osun procurement process goes digital. Existing and prospectus Contractors/Consultants/Suppliers should visit egp.osunstate.gov.ng for registration and bids advert

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Oyetola inaugurates former Health Minister, Layonu, SAN, two former deputy speakers, others as chairmen and members of boards

…charges them to hit the ground running

The Governor of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Monday swore in chairmen and members of non-statutory boards and parastatals.

The appointment of the new hands was to complement government’s efforts towards equitable delivery of quality and qualitative services and democratic dividends to the citizens across the sectors of the economy.

Among those inaugurated are: Former Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole (UNIOSUN Teaching Hospital Board); former Osun Deputy Speaker, Akintunde Adegboye (College of Science and Technology, Esa Oke), foremost lawyer and former Governorship aspirant in the State, Saka Layonu, SAN, (Osun Polytechnic, Iree) and another former Deputy Speaker, Taiwo Sunmonu (Teaching Service Board).

This is even as the Governor charged the new appointees to serve with the fear of God, put in their best service possible anchored on the values of truth, honesty, transparency, incorruptibility and inclusiveness.

Addressing the people at the swearing-in ceremony, held at the parking lot and the Exco Lounge respectively, Governor’s Office, State Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, Governor Oyetola said the appointments would go a long way to effect drastic changes in the various institutions and organisations to which they have been appointed to serve.

Governor Oyetola, who described the appointment as a necessity to further impact positively the lives of the citizenry, noted that the institutions and organisations that the new appointees were expected to head remain the critical engine rooms through which government delivers important social services available to the people.

Governor Oyetola said his Administration has laboured stridently in building an economy that works for all, hence, the need to continuously and meticulously nurture a resilient economy, vibrant in its diversification, and sustainable in its approach to development, so as not to only enhance the quality of lives of the people, but to also place it on a firm footing of irreversible prosperity.

“Despite our widely- acknowledged lean resources, we have consistently demonstrated prudence and we have done much with so little.

“This is because we believe that scarce resources cannot be an excuse for non-performance and that governance without impact is a monumental waste of the people’s mandates and time.

“Therefore, this call to duty is an opportunity to write your names in gold, by giving, in the tradition of this Administration, your best service possible, anchored on the values of truth, honesty, transparency, incorruptibility and inclusiveness.

“By this appointment, you are expected to discharge your responsibilities with the fear of God, putting our people first and putting the interest of our State above any other gain, in a manner that makes you and the institution in which you serve unblemished.

“Whatever gains you see that we have achieved across the diverse sectors of our economy — the bold transformation of the health sector, focused infrastructural development, consistent implementation of welfare packages for our workers, and many more — are all products of deliberate, strategic and focused governance inspired by fidelity to our electoral mandate and absolute trust in and fear of God.

“It is this excellent service delivery tradition that you are inaugurated into and I count on you, just as the teeming population of our proud citizens also do, that you will not fail, but make your service count in the progress and upliftment of this State,” he added.

Speaking on behalf of the appointees, Board Chairman, Osun State College of Education, Ilesa, Elder Kunle Odeyemi, commended the Governor for finding them worthy of service in various capacities.

Odeyemi, who assured of efficient and effective service delivery, pledged on behalf of his fellow appointees, not to disappoint the State as they were resolute to justify the purpose for which they were appointed to serve the people of the State.

The occasion was attended by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Benedict Alabi; former Deputy Governors, Mrs. Titilayo Ponle; Prince Adeleke Adewoyin; former Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Jelili Adesinyan; Deputy Speaker, Hon. Femi Popoola; 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; Members of the State Executive Council; Local Government Chairmen; top government functionaries, traditional rulers; and political leaders, among others.

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We thank God for making Oyetola our Govenor – African Church,Osun

…When the righteous rule, the people rejoice , says Bishop

The African Church in Osun State has  said the church was grateful for bringing  Governor Adegboyega Oyetola to Osun State at this critical point in the history of the state.

The Bishop of the Ife Diocese, Rt. Reverend Michael Olufemi Adeyemi, speaking on behalf of the African Church in Osun State, extolled the unprecedented achievements of Oyetola in the last three years, commending the governor for fulfilling the scriptural injunction that when the righteous rule, the people rejoice.

“All thanks to God who brought you in as our Governor, you did not only stabilized the system, you as well restored its lost glory. Today, not only are we proud of the standard of our education, teachers, students, we parents are now very  happy with you as our Governor and your government.

The Church, while lauding intervention of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola in the health sector, among several other sectors of the economy, said the drastic reduction in the death rate of its members wasn’t solely a function of prayers, but also a function of government’s intervention in health sector,  adding that there had also been improvement in birth rate in the Church.

Recall that Oyetola’s administration, as part of its intervention in the health sector, revitalised 332 Primary Health Centres in each of the political wards across the State. The administration also launched and financed the Osun Health Insurance Scheme for vulnerable citizens across the State.

Adeyemi, also paid glowing tributes to the multi-sectoral achievements of the Oyetola administration. He said: “Some years back our educational system was in complete disarray, it was practically heading towards total collapse, confusion in both Primary and Secondary schools administration as well as in teaching and learning component of our education.

“Accessibility to healthcare facilities has generally been identified as a major indicator of development. In Osun state under your governance, the indicator in this sector is very high and very effective. The Primary Healthcare Centers are available in all our rural areas on one per ward basis, this is highly commendable.

“Your health Insurance Scheme in the state is a welcome development. In our own church, I can authoritatively tell you that death rate has dropped drastically. The statistical data submitted by our clergies at the end of last year showed that birth rate was far higher than the death rate. It is not only as a result of our prayers, it is also because your government has also improved its healthcare delivery system. Your Excellency these two together successfully reduced our mortality rate in our dear Omoluabi state.

“Olaiya Flyover Bridge here in the state capital is a further testimony to your excellent performance in office. No doubt some people will be saying it is a waste of the state resources, I will advise them not to fly over it. To us in The African Church, it is a right step in the right direction as it has already added to the beauty and development of our state capital.

“There are other roads your government has equally delivered for our use, if I want to go to Ejigbo now I can close my eyes and before you know it I am there. We appreciate you greatly Mr. Governor, God will bless you and your team for all these initiatives.

“Your Excellency, Osun state is now very peaceful unlike what people went through few years ago. Teachers, Civil Servants even Pensioners are getting their dues as expected. You have put an end to their years of lamentations. Security wise Osun people are sleeping with their two eyes closed”, he said.

Adeyemi, who commented on the 2022 election in Osun, said the people of Osun are in greater need of the return of Mr Adegboyega Oyetola as governor of Osun State for a second term, adding that he has proven his mettle as an Omoluabi in the last three years.

He described Oyetola as a leader who has made his mark in the history of the State, stating that he does not need a second term in office to prove a point but the people need him to continue the good works he has begun.

He continued: “Your Excellency, it is not you that actually needed the second term, you have made your mark in the history of Osun state, it is we the people of Osun state that indeed needed your second term. And as far as we are concerned in The African Church in Osun state we will work for your second term.

“We shall encourage our members to ensure you are return to continue your good works. On our part as Clergies, we shall engage our God in prayers to grant us your second term. On no account we will allow those who are not Omoluabi to govern this our Omoluabi state again”, he added

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OSBC-Macjey Marathon: We’ll stop at nothing in cultivating our youths – Oyetola

Osun state governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, has said his administration will stop at nothing in cultivating the teeming youth population of the state to make them productive and competitive.

This is as the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) in collaboration with Macjey Sports Agency organised a maiden 10 km Road Race to commemorate Oyetola’s three years as governor of Osun.

Oyebode Dada Sunday (32 minutes 57 seconds), Oladele Sunday Olaleye (33 minutes 32 seconds) and Azuwhike Augustine (33 minutes 51 seconds) were the winners for the male category, while Jimoh Ramat (37 minutes 51 seconds), Haruna Hawaw (37 minutes 52 seconds), and Christians Agbofure (40 minutes 44 seconds) won the female category of the race.

Oyetola, who was represented at the reception ceremony by the Head of Service, Dr Festus Olowogboyega Oyebade, lauded OSBC and Macjey Sports Agency for the initiative which aligns with the development agenda of his administration.

Commenting on the theme of the marathon, ‘Road Race, Run for Consolidation’, Oyetola assured that Osun was set to witness a consolidation of good things, including infrastructural developments, citizens and workers welfare and youth development, among other gains that his administration had recorded in the last three years.

“We are deliberately cultivating our youths to make them productive and competitive. Our Youth Policy named the 4Es – Youth Education, Youth Sensitization, Youth Empowerment and Youth Engagement – is part of our inclusive governance strategy. It is intended to make the youth, the leaders of tomorrow the tool for achieving the sustainable development strategy of our Administration.

“The above and more are our strategies to consolidate our goals and vision. Ours is consolidation for building structures for sustainable development. It is consolidation for good governance. It is consolidation for the good life for our people.

“We are irrevocably resolved to make the people own this strategy and run with it. We are irrevocably determined to leave the people with no choice but to make good governance and sustainable development their only considerations for electing their leaders.

“We thank Osun Broadcasting Corporation, OSBC, and Macjey Sports Agency for organizing this Road Race to mark the third Anniversary of our Administration. We urge you to continue to be on the side of the people by making their interests and opinions count in all you do”, Oyetola said.

In her welcome address, the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode, said the Road Race was conceptualised to appreciate Governor Oyetola’s resilience and commitment to the development of Osun, with an underlying objective of unearthing abundant budding sports talents in Osun and beyond and nurture them to stardom.

Egbemode said beyond Oyetola’s impressive performance in three years, the marathon was also a good platform to appreciate the governor’s benevolence in getting the Corporation’s ageing equipment replaced and upgraded.

She registered the aspiration of the organizers to take the initiative to the next level, with a view to registering participants from Kenya and Ethiopia, who are regarded as traditional long distance specialists.

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Oyetola approves reconstruction, rehabilitation of 25 roads

Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has approved immediate reconstruction and spot rehabilitation of some roads across the State.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on works Engineer Hussein Olaniyan, reveals that the roads include Ipetumodu Ode Omu Road,Ondo/Itamerin Road in Ifetedo,Wesley Guild to Oke iro,Ilesa,School of Health Technology ,Orogboji,Iwara,Ifewara roads,Eti Oni Esa Oke Road and Kajola,Oke Bode to Osu Road.

Others are Asaalu junction Oke Ila to Ikoro Ekiti Road,General hospital, Aketi,Oke Aloyin Road Ila,Ikirun Iree Ila road,Idi Esu roundabout Ikirun to Iragbiji to Ororuwo/Ada Road and Olororuwo Palace and Orita Oke Amola,Ikirun to Apostolic Church Iragbiji.

Also listed for rehabilitation are Ekosin/Inaja road,Inisa Iba Road,Osogbo/Boredun/Egbeda/Ibokun road,Testing Ground/Aderin/Powerline road in Osogbo,CMS Oluawo Oba,Kolawole junction,Oluode market to Ahmadiyya junction,Obalende,Ojude Oga,Oke Baale all in Osogbo.

To benefit from the Governor’s approval also are Ogbaagba Ikire Ile Ajagunlase road,Gbongan Ile Ogbo Road,OSSADEP junction to Bowen University, Odo Ori/Adeeke Road and Ojutu/Elerin Palace road.

It could be recalled that the Governor had earlier approved reconstruction of LAMECO/Agunbelewo/Okinni road while works are going on at Oroki Estate,Akede Iyaloja Osogbo besides Ikire,Inisa,Ilesa and Iwo township roads.

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