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Governor Rauf Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola

Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has inaugurated  a garment factory which will produce uniforms of school pupils in the state.
According to a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo, the state capital, on Thursday, the governor while speaking at the inauguration of the Omoluabi Garment Factory said the factory would employ 3000 tailors at full capacity and about 50,000 uniforms would be produced daily.
He said the uniform materials would be sold and sewn at control prices in order to make it affordable for the people, even as he  assured that the factory would produce quality materials.
The governor said the Omoluabi Garment Factory was one of the factories that had been brought into existence through revitalization of education in the state.
He said, “The decision to give the students common uniform was made with the aim of giving them a common identity and purpose, as well as a sense of unity and pride, which had been lost in the decay that set in public schools in Osun before this administration.
“Through this alone, we have provided job opportunities for our market women who supplied the materials for the uniforms and about 3,000 tailors, who sewed them.
“This Omoluabi Garment Factory that we are commissioning today is a product of the policy to reap the economic benefits of the production of the school uniforms.”
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Alaafin of Oyo, Oba (Dr.) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III has
commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for his selfless efforts and
determinations in propagating and showcasing Yoruba cultural values to
the world.
Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, gave the commendation in his palace at the
recently concluded year 2013 World Sango Festival.
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who was represented at the occasion by the
Commissioner for Home Affairs, Tourism and Culture, Hon. Sikiru
Ayedun, emphasized the commitment of his administration to facilitate
unity among the Yoruba states with a view to propagating
socio-cultural values of Yorubas.
Ogbeni Aregbesola stated that the recently concluded World Children
Day and a meeting of over five hundred obas at Osogbo, the well
attended Osun Osogbo Festival, Isese Day and development of tourist
sites in the state among others are part of his achievements in
developing cultural identities of Yorubas.
He said his administration has made tremendous efforts in reaching
out to Yorubas in the diaspora, especially North America, Cuba,
Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Republic of Benin among others, with a
view to romancing them to freely visit their root which is the Yoruba
land.
He therefore called Yoruba at home to always feel proud of their
culture and promote it through the way they dress, talk, and exhibit
moral standards for which Yorubas are known.
The cultural performance, by the State of Osun performing troupe
added colour to the festival during Osun Day segment of the programme
which Hon. Ayedun and the representative of Trinidad and Tobago
ambassador could not resist as they danced to the tunes of historical
and cultural music.
The height of the performance was the Sango Dance performed by
Lukuman Ayodeji, the acclaimed Sango of Africa to the admiration of
all guests, especially the Yorubas in the diaspora.
Dr. Paula Gomes a cultural ambassador thus adjudged the performance
as the best ever since the beginning of the 10-day Sango Festival.
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OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA, THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF OSUN

OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA, THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF OSUN

 
The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Thursday said the  O’REAP Youth Academy is more than a mere indication of its administration’s resolve to improve agricultural productions but a way of banishing hunger and unemployment in Osun.
He made this disclosure at the launch of the second edition of O’REAP Youth Academy organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, held at the Bola Ige House Secretariat in Abeere.
The governor noted that it is a remarkable mark of the administration’s gritty determination to frontally engage the social cankers of poverty, hunger, and unemployment.
He pointed out that a total of 610 O’YES Cadets were trained last year at the O’REAP Youth Academy Farm Centres located across the nine Federal Constituencies in the state.
The governor stressed that participants were selected at 20 per Local Government and 10 from Ife East Area Office.
He also added that this year’s edition of the O’REAP Youth Academy, witnessed a significant rise in the number of youth participants, noting that each of the 332 wards in the state is fairly represented with three O’YES Cadets per ward, accounting for 996 Cadets to be trained in modern agriculture at the nine training centres of the O’REAP Youth Academy.
According to him, “some of those trained then have formed themselves into cooperatives and have also settled down to serious agricultural enterprises with meaningful financial support from the Quick Impact Intervention Programme (QIIP) of O’REAP and other micro-credit windows of the State Government of Osun.
“It is a sure path to ensuring sustainable food production and wealth creation, and we have chosen to walk it without distraction. Aregbesola noted.
He revealed that O’REAP Youth Academy is established with realisable objectives meant to mitigate the unbearable burden of youth unemployment.
In his words, “in many developing economies in Africa, youths make up one fifth of the population. They are often the most adversely affected when it comes to the scourge of unemployment. As the most vital component of human resource, their idleness and lack of productive engagements do not bode well for the socio-economic affairs of any society.
“It is in view of the need to tap the invaluable asset of this group of people and channel their energy towards the development of self and society that the present administration initiated youth-focused programmes.” The governor pointed out
Aregbesola held that the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (O’YES), its other component – O’YES-TECH –, and O’REAP Youth Academy are some of the major platforms through which its administration is scaling down youth unemployment and profitably engaging our youths in the State.
Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Prince Adewale Adedoyin, said the problem of youth employment in Nigeria in the country remains a source of concern to government and non-governmental organisations as well as private individuals.
Adedoyin said the government of Osun instituted the youth -friendly intervention programme tagged OREAP Youth Academy, Agriculture-in-Schools and Young Farmers Club to curb youth unemployment and its attendant social menace.
He noted that OREAP Youth Academy has been conceived and implemented as a deliberate policy for the purpose of empowerment of youth in the state.

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GOV. RAUF ADESOJI AREGBESOLA OF THE STATE OF OSUN

GOV. RAUF ADESOJI AREGBESOLA OF THE STATE OF OSUN

The Governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Wednesday said the decision to send stranded medical students of the Osun State University to a foreign university to complete their medical studies was borne out of the conviction of his administration that no sacrifice would be too much to secure better future for children.

The Governor stated this Wednesday night while receiving the report of the Committee on Transfer of UNIOSUN medical students to Ukraine.

Last year, Aregbesola’s government sponsored 87 medical students of the UNIOSUN to V.N Karazin Kharkvin National University in Ukraine to complete their medical programme.
The students had had their programme stalled due to non-availability of a Teaching Hospital for the state university.
Aregbesola said that his government facilitated the transfer of the students because it believes that a responsible government must fulfill its part of a pact entered to with the people irrespective of which person or party in power signed the agreement in so far that governance is a continuum.
Last year, government spent about N162Million to bail out 87 medical students who now continue their programme in Karachin University.
He said, “I feel fulfilled that the students, who would have had their dreams aborted, would now realise their ambition of becoming a full time medical Doctor.
“We have kept faith with these children, their parents and Guidance towards realising their life time ambition. In couple of years from now we will be celebrating their graduation as trained Medical Doctors.
“This government is promising that it will assuage the challenges that the students may be facing during their stay in Ukraine.” The governor told the gathering.

The governor also clarified that of the 98 students made provisions for in the transfer scheme, 87 of them eventually took the offer as parents of the remaining concerned students had made different arrangements for their children

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the transfer committee, Dr. Simeon Afolayan commended the governor for the huge amount spent to keep the hope of the students alive.
Afolayan revealed that over 115 students of the UNIOSUN now pursue their academic programme in Ukraine because of the tremendous support of Aregbesola’s administration.
Afolayan noted that, “Despite the fact that not all the 115 students are of Osun state origin, Aregbesola’s government, in its magnanimity sponsored the students without any string attached. This means that the students did not sign any bond with the government.
“For this gesture, posterity will not forget Aregbesola’s courage and magnanimity to the medical students of UNIOSUN.” Afolayan stressed.
One of the parents of the beneficiaries who is also the Chairman of the Parents representatives to government, Dr. Ademola Ayodele thanked the governor for a rare expression of compassion shown to their wards.
Ayodele said the news of the transfer of the students to Ukraine first came to them as a dream, but with the courage, commitment and determination of government the goal was achieved at the end.

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, checking the quality of the iron sheets of the on-going fabricated school building, during his impromptu visit at Saint Stephen Elementary Model School, Ode-Omu, State of Osun on Thursday

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, checking the quality of the iron sheets of the on-going fabricated school building, during his impromptu visit at Saint Stephen Elementary Model School, Ode-Omu, State of Osun on Thursday

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (Middle); Chairman, O-Schools in the State, Hon. Lai Oyeduntan (3rd right in glasses); Special Adviser to the Governor on Federal Matters, Mrs Yidiat Babalola; Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Mr Semiu Okanlawon (2nd left) and others, during the Governors impromptu visit to the on-going fabricated school building at Saint Stephens Elementary Model School, Ode-Omu, State of Osun on Thursday

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (Middle); Chairman, O-Schools in the State, Hon. Lai Oyeduntan (3rd right in glasses); Special Adviser to the Governor on Federal Matters, Mrs Yidiat Babalola; Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Mr Semiu Okanlawon (2nd left) and others, during the Governors impromptu visit to the on-going fabricated school building at Saint Stephens Elementary Model School, Ode-Omu, State of Osun on Thursday

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, pointing at some construction works to the Chairman, O-School in the State, Hon. Lai Oyeduntan, during his impromptu visit to the on-going fabricated school building at Saint Stephens Elementary Model School, Ode-Omu, State of Osun on Thursday

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, pointing at some construction works to the Chairman, O-School in the State, Hon. Lai Oyeduntan, during his impromptu visit to the on-going fabricated school building at Saint Stephens Elementary Model School, Ode-Omu, State of Osun on Thursday

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, walking and talking about the construction works to the Chairman, O-School in the State, Hon. Lai Oyeduntan, during his impromptu visit to the on-going fabricated school building at Saint Stephens Elementary Model School, Ode-Omu, State of Osun on Thursday

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, walking and talking about the construction works to the Chairman, O-School in the State, Hon. Lai Oyeduntan, during his impromptu visit to the on-going fabricated school building at Saint Stephens Elementary Model School, Ode-Omu, State of Osun on Thursday

The on-going Pre-Fabricated Building at the Saint Stephens Elementary Model School, Ode-Omu, State of Osun, during the Governor's impromptu visit to the School on Thursday

The on-going Pre-Fabricated Building at the Saint Stephens Elementary Model School, Ode-Omu, State of Osun, during the Governor’s impromptu visit to the School on Thursday

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The National Emergency Management Agency has trained volunteers at the grassroots on disaster management and risk reduction with special focus on flood prevention and control.
This was the thrust of a capacity building workshop organized by NEMA for Grassroots Emergency Management Volunteers on flood Evacuation drill at Heritage Hotel, Osogbo, Osun State on Wednesday.
Speaking during the workshop, NEMA South-West Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Iyiola Akande noted that since disaster occurs in the communities and people of that community are the first respondents when disaster occurs, it is imperative to sensitize the grassroots so as to enjoy their cooperation and collaboration.
According to Akande, “The sensitization is aimed at raising the consciousness of the people on proactive disaster management and risk reduction through community collaboration for an effect disaster prevention, mitigation and coordination among members of vulnerable
communities.
“Disaster occurs in the communities, it is paramount to build the capacity of first responders to emergencies so as to step up the resilience of potential victims of emergencies and disasters.
“Local authorities have direct link with key service delivery to their communities. They should be the best informed with regard to hazard and risk associated with their environment.
“This is why officials of Local Government areas are not left out in this workshop, for disaster management to have positive impact. Local government council and community must be involved in developing their own preventive, mitigation and response to strategies.”
He charged the state government on importance of risk reduction and enjoined Local Government councils in the state to mobilize their community members and volunteers to strengthen the local emergency management committees in their areas.
Also speaking at the workshop, NEMA Senior Disaster Risk Reduction Officer, Miss Aikpokpo Ebahi cautioned people against blockage of water ways. She admonished people of the state to avoid building on river bank. She also warned against drinking flooded water as such could be contaminated.
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As the state of Osun clocks 22, traditional religious
worshippers in the state today organised a prayer session for the
growth and development of the state of Osun.
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola ,who was represented at the event held
at the Center for Black Culture and International Understanding by the
Commissioner for Home Affairs ,Culture and Tourism ,Mr Sikiru Ayedun
reemphasised the commitment of his administaration to ensure giving
equal treatment to the various religious faiths in the state.
Ogbeni Aregbesola ,who stated that being in government is not
for anything else ,but for the people of the state said that the
present administration is ready to work for the growth and development
of the state and the people.
While highlighting the achievements of the present
administration since coming on board bout three yeras ago, the
governor said the state has witnesed tremendous growth under the
present government saying if previous administrations had done
somethings similar ,things would have been much better for the state.
He added that all the efforts of the government in the areas of
education, health, job creation, construction of good roads among
others are aimed at taking the state to the next level so as to give
the people a sense of belonging.
He stated that the emergency declared by the government in the
education sector which culminated into the school feeding programme,
the uniform and the Opon Imo project are testimonies that the present
administration means well for the state, stresing that development is
only possible in an environment where there is religious harmony among
all the faiths.
In a lecture which he titled: WHERE IS OUR DESTINATION ,Chief.
Dr Ifagbenusola Ifalekan Atande said he said he believes the state is
heading towards a period when everything will work accordingly in the
state, where all the necesary infrastructures will be available and
working well.
Chief Ifagbenusola added that he believes the state is heading
towards a destination where the actions of the government will creat
religious harmony in the state and religious crisis of any form.
Dr ifagbenusola ,who said that he is fully assured that
the state is heading to a destination where things will work well said
the various policies put in place by the administration of Ogbeni
Aregbesola is a sure pointer to the fact that the future of the state is
very bright.
The traditionalist then advised every government or
individual who seems to be geting it wrong in any venture or in
governence to Seat, Think, Observe and Plan before moving foward.
He traced the history of the past administrations in the state
and prayed that God should reward them for them for what they have
done and he appreciated Governor Aregbesola for granting their request
of apublic holiday.
Prayers were then rendered by Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon for the
Governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, members of the state
executive council and for the peace and progress of the state.
Present at the event were nobel laureate Prof Wole Soyinka and
people from far and near including friends of the state from Brazil,
the Caribean anong others.
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Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has urged youths to be change agents.
He spoke through the Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, Mr. Ajibola Basiru, at a workshop organised by the Omoluabi Empowerment Initiative in collaboration with the Ola Oni Centre for Social Research in Osogbo, the state capital.
Urging youths to take their destiny in their hands, Aregbesola said all eyes are on the younger generation to correct many of the ills of the past years.
He warned youths against allowing themselves to be used as tools of destruction, adding that his administration is determined to educate and empower them.
A senior lecturer in the Political Science Department of the Lagos State University (LASU), Dr. Akhaine Odion Slyvester, urged youths to shun acts that can tarnish the country’s image.
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Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to regular training of journalists in the state to enhance their efficiency with a view to providing better services to the people.
He disclosed this while declaring open a five-day workshop on “Best Journalism Practices in the Digital Age -Enhancing Reporting Skills”, organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun State Broadcasting Corporation Chapel in conjunction with American Consulate in Nigeria and the State Government of Osun.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Mr Sunday Akere, who spoke on behalf of the governor, disclosed that journalism is a delicate profession; hence, practitioners must be aware of trends in reporting skills globally to ensure professionalism in their duties.
According to him, government would ensure the provision of an enabling environment for digital journalism to succeed among practitioners in the state.
He revealed the state government efforts aimed at ensuring availability of adequate manpower to serve humanity in line with its six-point integral action plan, adding that it would continue to ensure training and re-training of personnel in the state.
The governor also urged participants to put into practice new trends they learnt at the workshop to improve the practice of the profession in the state and the country as a whole.
Journalists were drawn from across media organisations in the state and five other states in the South-West from both print and electronic media.
The resource person at the workshop, Professor Lucinda Fleeson from the USA would engage journalists at the workshop on new digital practice in journalism for five days and the Consulate-General is expected to attend the workshop.

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Trade And Commerce, Central To Osun Economic Drive – Aregbesola

•As Governor Inaugurates State Market Women Board
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RAUFThe governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said that trade and commerce are core components of his administration’s six-point integral action plan.
This, he said, is the reason behind the government’s efforts at reorganising marketing activities in the state by building befitting modern markets across towns and cities.
He spoke in Osogbo, the state capital on Monday at the inauguration of Market Women Board, saying that the administration is determined to ensure that these important commercial activities are properly structured, taken off the streets, and conducted in appropriate locations that are specially built for them.
For the effort to succeed, the governor added that it is necessary to get market women involved and carry them along, saying that the establishment and inauguration of a Market Women Board was a statement of the importance placed on market women to affect the economy of the state.
He said: “Trade and commerce are also central to our development drive in Osun. All our policies and programmes are connected in one way or another with market and marketing activities. A good instance is our Osun Rural Enterprise and Agriculture Programme (O’REAP), which right from its conception, to planning and execution is linked to the lucrative daily food market in Lagos.
“It is indeed for this purpose that the ultra-modern regional market at Dagbolu is being constructed. It is also the major reason behind our partnership with the Nigerian Railway Corporation to revitalise the railway transport from Osogbo to Lagos, which has since been in full operation.
“Our ultimate aim, as I have said elsewhere, is to create a produce and commodity market for goods produced, both locally and imported in Osun, where people would buy at the price they buy in Lagos, which in our belief, would promote commercial activities and peoples’ income within the shortest time,” he stressed.
Through the board, the governor believes that the required smooth working relation and liaison would be facilitated between policy makers, the implementors and the beneficiaries, as well as other stakeholders.
This, he said, would help maximise the benefits that the state and its people can derive from their market and marketing activities, which would result to economic development in the state.
The governor then charged the board members to ensure peaceful co-existence in all the market in the state, with a view to achieving the objective for economic development.
In his welcome address, the state Commissioner for Commerce, Cooperatives and Empowerment, Mr Ismaila Alagbada, said that the inauguration became necesary because of the vision of the governor to make the state the commercial nerve of the country.
He said that all the markets in the state would be re-organised to be able to serve the purpose for which they were established.
Also speaking, the Chairman, House Committee on Commerce and Cooperatives, Honourable Debo Akanbi, who represented the Speaker of the State House of Assaembly noted that trade and commerce need all the attention that can be got from the government, hence the relevance of the board.
In their seperate goodwill messages, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Enviroment and Sanitation, Mr Bola Ilori and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Samuel Odewumi, enjoined the board members to justify the confidence the governor has reposed in them.
Responsing, the Chairman of the board, Alhaja Awawu Asindemade, praised the various steps taken so far by the governor in moving the state forward.
She promised that the board will do everything it can to achieve the purpose of economic development and move the state forward in the area of trade and commerce.
High point of the occassion included the presentation of keys of 31 buses to leaders of the market women in all the council areas, as well as the key of a Sport Utility Vehicle to the Board Chairman and a 32-seater bus to the executive members.
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