Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, yesterday said the state will provide food for the South-West states and capture a sizable chunk of the N3 billion daily food market in Lagos State.
The governor said with more than 60 tourism sites in the state, his government is poised to provide food for the South-West states. Governor Aregbesola said this while delivering his address at a Trade, Investment and Culture Conference at the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding in Osogbo.
He said in his two and a half years in office, his administration has done its best to promote the tradition and culture of the Yoruba.
“Our goal therefore is to provide food for the South-West and capture a sizable chunk of the N3 billion daily food market in Lagos. By a stroke of fortune, our natural endowment also includes solid minerals, especially gold. “In our development drive, we have focused mainly on four key areas.
These are culture and tourism, agriculture, information technology and solid minerals. We assure you that the South-West states will rely on us for their needs very soon.
“Osun is indisputably the custodian of the cultural heritage of the Yoruba people, who are mainly domiciled in and originated from the South-West of the country.
“Ile-Ife, which is in this state and just about 30 minutes drive from this podium, is the cradle of Yoruba culture and civilization,” the governor told investors and others in the gathering.
He also added that Osun occupies a central place in Nigeria’s cultural tourism map, stressing that besides Ife, there are numerous other centres of cultural and tourism significance across the state.
“We have gold deposits in commercial quantity in many parts of the state that are waiting to be fully exploited. It is our goal to develop this in partnership with willing and capable partners,” the governor said.
He added that his administration will ensure that the interactive platform will be a continuous one to demonstrate the seriousness of its commitment to the path it has chosen.
Following the interactive public feedback session titled ‘Gbangba D’ekun’ by the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, there have been reactions from people of the state.
The programme which witnessed hundreds of people across Iwo local government had students, teachers, artisans, traders and civil servants in attendance.
Mr. Abdulateef Olaitan Arewa, a civil servant said, “the programme is another beautiful idea to meet the real “grassroot” people in the State” adding that it is devoid of partisan politics; he also noted that “I will prefer if this kind of interesting programme can be on weekends so as to carry the elites along to further sensitize those who speak ill of the administration of Ogbeni Aregbesola.”
Alabi Caleb Olatunji Aregbe in his opinion described the present State Government as the most vibrant and administratively clairvoyant Governor in the whole of the nation. “I stand to be corrected, the facts are there for everyone to see”, he added.
Similarly, a health official in the state, Mr. Taoheed Ademola OmoOmi said the initiative by the government to meet those at the grass root is a clear indication as to why the people of the state adore the governor. “For a Governor that makes himself available to his people at anytime, truly Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is the man of the people”, he added.
Well done Ogbeni!
Government of the State of Osun has declared today (Tuesday August 20, 2013) as a public holiday in celebration of world traditional religion Isese Day.
This was contained in a press statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere.
According to the commissioner, Governor Rauf Aregbesola declared the public holiday in the spirit of equality among the various religious groups in the state.
Isese day, among the traditional believers, is the celebration of the peak of festivity in Yorubaland tagged Odun Nla, hence were given the right to celebrate with members of their family.
(culled from OSUN DEFENDER)
The Government of the state of Osun under the leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola will continue to make itself relevant to the people in deeds and in words.
State commissioner for Information and Strategy, Honourable Sunday Akere stated this, as he disclosed that a new programme to ensure this has been inaugurated. The programme is tagged GBAGBA DEKUN.
Mr. Sunday Akere , who disclosed that the Aregbesola government is in romance with the people as it has ensured that they are carried along in all its policies and projects, said the programme would afford the government the opportunity of feedback that will propel government in the right direction.
According to the commissioner, Gbangba Dekun will be a direct participation programme where the people will meet the governor at the town hall of a chosen venue.
The people will have the opportunity to express their views and opinions, as well as offer advice on all government policies, programmes and projects relevant to their communities.
Mr Akere added that the maiden edition of the programme will take place in Iwo Federal Constituency at Iwo town hall today Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 9am.
He then urged community leaders, traditional rulers, market men and women, youth organizations and other stakeholders in the federal constituency to attend the programme so as to bare their mind to Mr Governor.
The programme would be aired live on both the state radio and television stations and all the federal constituencies in the state would play host to it, as it is designed purely as an avenue to inform Mr governor of their feelings about governance in their communities so far.
(culled from OSUN DEFENDER)
OSUN State government has concluded arrangements to immortalise late German cultural icon, Mrs. Susanne Wenger and others who have contributed significantly to the development of arts and culture in the state.
The state government said it will put in place a hall of fame to immortalise both living and dead cultural icons for their various contributions to cultural development in the state.
Chairman, Osun State Tourism Board, Mr. Abimbola Daniyan at a press conference in Osogbo yesterday also explained why the state government has committed huge sum of money to tourism development in the state.
Special Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Culture and Tourism, Mr. Oladipo Soyode stated that artistes who are traceable to the state would be included in the state’s hall of fame.
He said though Susanne Wenger who died about four years ago has not had any monument named after her, the state government has always been celebrating her during the annual Osun Osogbo festival.
Committee Head of Service-1 From right Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Head of Service,Niger State, Mr. Ibraheem Yakubu and his Kano State counterpart, Alhaji Umar Jalo, during the visit of Committee of the Review of earlier Reports on the Scheme of States Civil Service; Federal; Local Government;Judicial Employee and 1999 Constitution to the Governor in his office, Osogbo, State of Osun on Monday 19-08-2013
Committe Head of Service-2 Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Head of Service, Adamawa State, Alhaji Musa Kaibo and Deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, during the visit of Committee of the Review of earlier Reports on the Scheme of States Civil Service; Federal; Local Government; Judicial Employee and 1999 Constitution to the Governor in his office, Osogbo, State of Osun on Monday 19-08-2013
Committee Head of Service-3 Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Head of Service State of Osun, Mr Sunday Owoeye and Mr Francis Bajowa, representing Federation Head of Service, during the visit of Committee of the Review of earlier Reports on the Scheme of States Civil Service; Federal; Local Government; Judicial Employee and 1999 Constitution to the Governor in his office, Osogbo, State of Osun on Monday 19-08-2013
Committee Head of Service-4 Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Abuja Head of Service, Mr Rotimi Anifowose; Mr David Olagbenro, from office of the Head of Service and Imo State Head of Service, Mrs Agustina Opara, during the visit of Committee of the Review of earlier Reports on the Scheme of States Civil Service; Federal; Local Government; Judicial Employee and 1999 Constitution to the Governor in his office, Osogbo, State of Osun on Monday 19-08-2013
Osun State Government has announced plans to offer soft loans to artisans and traders to enable them succeed in their vocation as this empowers them to contribute their quota to the state economy.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola who disclosed this during the formal inauguration of the state chapter of the Federation of Informal Workers’ Organisation of Nigeria (FIWON), in Osogbo said that if artisans and traders who form informal workers are assisted by government to succeed, the economy would be more stable and the entire country would be better for it.
The governor regretted that in spite of the importance of the artisans and traders to the economy of a state and country at large, many governments, especially at the center still do not recognise their role in the development of the economy.
He said: “The success informal workers make in your businesses will determine the level of development in our economy. Because government don’t pay attention to your role in the economy, that is why our economy has not developed more than this and that is why there is poverty everywhere.”
“Our government is saying that we can’t do it all once, but gradually, we will continue to introduce programmes that will take off poverty among our people.”
All the staff of the Ministry of Information and Strategy have been commended for their untiring efforts in ensuring that the Ministry is always kept clean through the weekly environmental exercise. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Engr. Segun Aduroja gave this commendation while monitoring the weekly environmental exercise carried out by the staff of the Ministry. Engr. Aduroja said since cleanliness is next to Godliness, one does not need anybody to prompt him or her before making sure that, one lives in a healthy environment.
The Permanent Secretary who specifically commended the manner in which the staff responded to the cutting of weeds in all the surroundings urged them not to be deterred but should rather strive to maintain the tempo. He said the present government has since inception inculcated in the inhabitants of the state the culture of living in a good and clean environment.
The onus therefore, is on the people to imbibe the habit. He stressed further that several millions of naira had been spent to clear canals, waterways and drainages in every part of the state, all in an effort to enable the people live happily without entertaining the fear of flooding which many states have experienced recently.
(Culled from- http://www.onewsportal.com)
The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has assured the displaced MDS Market Association in Osogbo that, there is availability of thirteen (13) hectares of land at their advantage which will be monitored for an organized development.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Arc. Muyiwa Ige admonished the affected traders to stop displaying wares under canopies and umbrella along the corridors of the road because of the safety of their lives.
Arc. Ige assured the traders that their request of palliative will be tabled before the Governor for consideration. He also urged the traders to relocate speedily to either of the two available International Markets in the state capital.
(culled from www.onewsportal.com)
The enhanced infrastructures coupled with a conducive and ideal investment have attracted both domestic and international investors to Osun State.
With these, three investors; namely RLG Communication (a telecommunication/electronic company), Omoluabi Garment Factory and a Chinese company that will produce Opon Imo have already been attracted to the state.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola disclosed this while speaking with Journalists in Osogbo.
The governor also told newsmen that huge achievements were being recorded in the aviation sector with the ongoing airport being constructed in the state.
He said: “The airport project is not being built for the sake of having an airport alone. It is a project embarked upon to attract investment to the state. We can tell you now that we have signed a hanger facility contract agreement with two companies. When completed, the helicopter hanger facility would be the first in West Africa. By all these we plan to make the airport the aircraft hub in Nigeria.”
While saying that his administration was irrevocably committed to the ongoing transformation of Osun into a modern state, Aregbesola noted that it would stop at nothing at ensuring the successful completion of the ongoing urban renewal and beautification projects in nine cities selected for the urban renewal project.
The Governor said, “Every Nigeria deserves to live well anywhere they find themselves. All Nigerians must live in comfortable stead irrespective of where they are their ethnic or religious leanings.
He also disclosed that government intervention in education has started yielding dividends as the state now has the highest rate of primary school enrolment in the whole country put above 80 percent, adding that the state equally leads 35 others with the highest number of female enrolment in the same tier.
According to him, various policies of his government have also reduced poverty in the state to a meager 3.0 percent, the lowest in the federation by the figure released from the National Bureau of Statistics.
“What I can categorically tell you is that every step we take is tied to the lofty idea of making Osun to be self-subsisting and self-sufficient socio-economically.”