Reducing the cost of Governance, Osun trims Ministries to 12

Osun restructures ministries into 12, notifies House of Assembly

The Governor Of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has notified the State House of Assembly of the restructuring of the state’s machinery of government reducing the state’s ministries to 12 in the process.

It has also announced the creation of a new ministry while merging some existing ones.

In a letter of notification forwarded to the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Najeem Folasayo Salaam, Governor Aregbesola stated that while there will be 12 ministries, 9 agencies and bureaus will be under his office for direct supervision.

The Governor stated in his letter which was dated January 21 that the decision to restructure was arrived at after a reappraisal of the machinery of government.

The letter titled: “Notification of the Restructuring of Some Existing Ministries and Creation of a New Ministry in the State of Osun”

The 12 ministries listed in the letter to the House of Assembly are:

1. Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Youths Engagement

2. Ministry of Industries, Commerce, Cooperatives and Empowerment

3. Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development

4. Ministry of Education, Science and Technology

5. Ministry of Environment, Sanitation and Physical Planning,

6.Ministry of Finance

7.Ministry of Health,

8.Ministry of Information, Home Affairs, Tourism and Culture,

9. Ministry of Justice

10. Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy, Water Resources, and Community Affairs

11. Ministry of Women, Children, and Social Affairs

12. Ministry of Works and Transport

The letter also listed nine agencies and bureaus that will be operating directly under the office of the Governor. The agencies are:

1. Office of Regional Integration

2. State of Osun Sports Council

3. Department of Social and Grassroots Mobilization and Guidance

4. Office of Policy Coordination

5. Osun Job Centre

6. Bureau of Lands,

7. Pilgrims Welfare Board (Christian Wing)

8. Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim Wing)

9. Office of Forestry, Natural and Mineral Resources

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola 2nd right); his deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori (2nd left), Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola (left) and Chairman, Hassan Summonu Committee on State's Revenues, Comrade Hassan Summonu, during the official Inauguration of the Committee by the Governor, at Governor's office, Abere, Osogbo at the weekend
The governor while urging the Speaker to communicate the development to members of the House, also explained that the decision was taken to reduce the cost of governance as well as enhance service delivery.

Charismatic Bridge Builder: Ooni Celebrates With Alaafin Oyo, as monarchs end 79-yr-old supremacy battle

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II yesterday laid an unprecedented achievement in the history of Yoruba race as he paid an unscheduled visit to Alaafin Of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi at his palace to join him in celebrating his 45th coronation anniversary on the throne.

Speaking at the thanksgiving service to commemorate the anniversary, Oba Ogunwusi though uninvited emphasized that his agenda, is to unify all Yoruba sons and daughters all over the world.

Oba Ogunwusi, in his quest to unite Yoruba nations said, “I am here today, though not invited, but as the Arole Oduduwa, the onus is on me to felicitate with all sons and daughters wherever they are and to show my solidarity for them.

“I am ready to damn any consequences or insinuations from anywhere; my mission here is to preach peace among nations of Yoruba both home and abroad and I am ready to work with Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Olayiwola Adeyemi to project the unity and love which existed in days of our forefathers.”

Ooni of Ife‎, Oba Ogunwusi, on Sunday, became the first Ooni to visit Oyo town since 1937. He visited the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, to grace his 45th coronation anniversary thanksgiving, held at the Methodist Church, Apaara, Oyo State.

The Ooni, who was accompanied to the 45th thanksgiving service of Alaafin by over 100 monarchs across Yoruba land, said with the support of all obas in Yoruba land, there will be unity in Nigeria and by extension the world.
“Oduduwa is father of all nations and his spirit abides by all us as the symbol of the progenitor,” he noted.

Earlier in his speech, Oba Olayiwola Adeyemi, who expressed joy with the presence of the Ooni and all other Yoruba Obas, maintained that if every monarch in the Yoruba unite, there will be tremendous progress in Nigeria.

He said: “This special visit was done last in March 1937, that was the first time the kings in Yorubaland met in Oyo town and today history was made with the visit of Arole Oodua, Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II and I feel delighted to host you and to reassure you that I will be ready to work with you.

“I had a cordial relationship with Ooni Adesoji Aderemi and I did not want to relent my bound with any Ooni of Ife that assumed the post but everybody has his own little differences.”

The Bishop of Oyo Diocese, Rt, Rev, Titus Ilori Omoniyi, emphasized that the unity among Yoruba nation will bring progress and development and this will leads to unprecedented progress to all nations.

Among the royal fathers that accompanied the Ooni were; Orangun of Ila, Ajero of Ijero, Timi of Ede, Olu of Yewa, Alara of Aramoko, Oore of Otun, Alayemore of Efon Alaye, among others.

Reports by By Gbenga Olarinoye & Ola Ajayi
Ooni of Ife - Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II - THE CHARISMATIC BRIDGE BUILDER during his visit to mark Alaafin Oyo's 45 coronation anniversary

Ooni of Ife - Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II - THE CHARISMATIC BRIDGE BUILDER during his visit to mark Alaafin Oyo's 45 coronation anniversary.

Ooni of Ife - Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II - THE BRIDGE BUILDER during his visit to mark Alaafin Oyo's 45 coronation anniversary

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Osun Tertiary Institutions Exonerate Aregbesola of Staff Retrenchment

…As State House of Assembly calls for Proper Investigation into Sacking crisis

The Managements of the Osun State-owned Tertiary Institutions have said that the state government has no hand in the sack of some of their teaching and non-teaching staff.

Responding to questions at a meeting called by the State House of Assembly in Osogbo on Tuesday, they said it was the discretion of the institutions to retrench the staff who have run foul of the requirements of their jobs.

This is just as the Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salaam called for meticulous scrutiny, justification and thorough investigation of the files of the affected staffers so as for the House to confirm whether the sacked workers have indeed run foul of the said jobs’ requirements.

Hon. Salaam further directed the managements of the four affected institutions to suspend any action capable of making anyone loses his job until the investigation is concluded by the House.

Apparently, the Rector, Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Dr. Sola Agboola; his counterpart from Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke, Dr. Augustus Oke; Provost, Osun State College of Education, Ilesa, Dr. Kadiri Adegoke and his counterpart from Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun, Professor Isaac Oyewole argued that none of the staff of the institutions was unjustifiably sacked.

One after the other, they all identified redundancy, inappropriate qualifications, poor academic development, declining productivity, questionable certificates, disciplinary matters among other as parts of the criteria for the disengagement of the affected teaching and non-teaching staff of the institutions.

In his submission, Rector, Osun State College of Education, Dr. Augustus Oke who attributed the lingering crisis to what he described as nepotism, chauvinism and favourism explained that the problem in the system, dated back to 2005 when due process was totally ignored and disregarded in the staff engagement, saying at that period, political office holders used to give out note for lecturers to report to the institution without the appropriate certificates and qualifications.

He stressed that many of the affected workers were neither recruited nor engaged in line with the recruitment’s standards, rules and regulations, saying some of them gained the jobs through back door.

In his subsequent reactions, Rector, Osun State Polytechnic, Dr. Sola Agboola elucidated that the institutions were not involved in the recruitment of staff from 2005 to 2007, saying, it was done at the instance of the political class.

The duo however affirmed that consultants were engaged to carry out staff audit and at the end, the affected staff were found wanting.

Also reacting, Provost, Osun State College of Education, Ila-Orangun, Professor Isaac OyewoleProfessor Oyewole said the exercise was not meant to witch-hunt the staff, but was done in good faith to bring sanity into the education system in the state.

Professor Oyewole stressed that some of the affected staff had disciplinary issues including extortion of students and aiding exam malpractices among others, saying the offence committed by the affected officials were contained in their files.

Reacting, the Speaker of the House, Hon. Najeem Salaam wondered why the management had to wait till now if indeed the affected staff have been found wanting in one way or the other.

“If somebody has a questionable certificate, you must have known before now; and if a person is engaging in disciplinary activities, your must have had the hint. Why do you have to wait till now to generate noises”, he said.

Hon. Salaam held that the House under his leadership would not condone the disengagement of the staff of the institutions unjustifiably, therefore directed the institution to suspend the action for now.

Salaam who hinted that a letter for the commencement of strike action had been received from the Academic Staff Union of the institutions, urged the Union not to embark on any strike for now, as effort is being taken by the House to resolve the matter.

– By Waheed Adekunle

Osun Speaker - Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam

SPEECH BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF OSUN, OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA, AT THE COMMISSIONING OF ANTHONY UDOFIA GOVERNMENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AT THE SCHOOL PREMISES AT OKE-FIA, OSOGBO ON TUESDAY JANUARY, 12, 2016

SPEECH BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF OSUN, OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA, AT THE COMMISSIONING OF ANTHONY UDOFIA GOVERNMENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AT THE SCHOOL PREMISES AT OKE-FIA, OSOGBO ON TUESDAY JANUARY, 12, 2016

Protocols,
GIANT STRIDES AT A SPECIAL TIME
It gives me great pleasure to be gathered with you well-meaning people in the joy of today, the commissioning of Anthony Udofia Government Elementary School. I congratulate the people of Osogbo, the teachers and staff of this brand new school, its pupils and their parents and those working for the development of education in this state.

Assembling here to commission Anthony Udofia Government Elementary School is the third time this joyous train will arrive in Osogbo. Actually, we began the commissioning of our legacy schools with Salvation Army Government Middle School at Alekuwodo on October 2, 2013. We were again in Isale Osun on March 13, 2014 for the commissioning of AUD Government Elementary School. You are going to see us again in Osogbo very soon to commission other legacy schools, by the grace of God.

We are building 100 Elementary schools like this across the state; though this is ambitious, the idea behind it is that there should be an elementary public school in every neighbourhood. Elementary school is the basic of the basic education. Any child with a good elementary school foundation will have no problem making progress educationally, other things being equal.

Being in this school gives the satisfaction of being in the proper environment of learning. The complex we are in is a 960-pupil capacity school with 24 classrooms of 40 pupils each, with further capacity for upgrade to 1,000. It has an ICT room, a library, multipurpose hall, 29 toilets, offices for headmaster, facility manager, staff room, food court, sick bay, security/reception office and a water fountain for aesthetics. It cost N140 million for the structure, furnishing and landscape.

I am happy and fulfilled that we have public schools that can compete with the best in the world and indeed, our new schools are the ones to beat around here.

All these are in fulfilment of our promise to provide functional basic education for the pupils in the state. This stems from our conviction that every child is owed basic education. It is a fundamental and inalienable right of every child.

Basic education is basic, pardon my tautology. A good basic education fulfils the definition of literacy as the ability to read and write and is a solid foundation on which other superstructure of vocational training or higher education can be built upon. Having the ability to read means that one can receive information and systematised knowledge stored in various retrieval forms like books, digital electronic devices and by direct observation of events and phenomena. This includes the capacity to observe, understand and make sense out of nature, creation and one’s environment in the most basic form. To write means also that one can graphically reproduce one’s thought, observations, ideas and received knowledge in clear, free flowing prose, in at least one language.

Though we usually take this for granted and confuse it with passing through an educational institution, but we are increasingly faced with the stark reality of school leavers who cannot express themselves or reproduce knowledge in spoken or written form because they neither have the knowledge nor possess the ability to reproduce it. This failure is manifest in no better form than the less than five percent success of pupils in external examinations before our coming in 2010.

This is why we have made education development the priority of our administration. As you are mostly aware, these schools and other innovations are the products of the educational summit we held immediately after my inauguration. Indeed, we are constructing 100 brand new state-of-the-art Elementary Schools, 50 Middle Schools and 20 High Schools. Out of these, 14 Elementary Schools, 15 Middle Schools and 11 High Schools, including the one we are commissioning today, have been completed, receiving finishing touches and awaiting commissioning, to the glory of God.

Fulfilling our commitment to complete these school projects and our other obligations is financially challenging, if not herculean. As at Friday January 8, the new OPEC Reference of 13 Crude Basket which includes Nigeria’s Bonny Light sold for $28.46. This is a new low for the cascading price of crude oil, the life line of the nation’s economy, which hit a dazzling height of $140 in 2013. It is a crude awakening to the grim fact that any hope of allocation from the Federation Accounts is gone. We must therefore face the twin realities of first living within our means and making our own money. We must be engaged in productive activities that will lead to job creation, wealth creation and generous taxation to the government.

Our people must work hard and double their productivity. We must all be engaged in one productive activity or the other. The youths, especially fresh graduates and school leavers, must find something to do, especially in agriculture, an area where we have tremendous advantage. As I told the people of the state recently, the era of free, unearned money is gone. This is not a situation peculiar to Osun alone. Only states that can generate its own revenue will be able to withstand the financial disaster that befell the nation on account of the precipitous slump in oil price. We are now faced with two choices: to sink or to swim to the shores of safety and prosperity. The rule of self-preservation dictates that we must take the later course.

In addressing this challenge, it is also imperative that we live within our means. It is impractical anyway to do otherwise, since states do not print money and you cannot spend what you don’t have. The government sits atop society and presides over contending and competing interests therein. It is our duty that no particular interest predominates and asphyxiates other interests and put the survival of the state in danger. We must therefore reasonably spread what we have, especially on human development. People must be the focus of development, from where it will spread to every other interest in society. This is why we have been unwavering in our commitment to human development projects like education. For this reason, this school projects must be commended by all.

There is this ignorant and unreasonable idea being vigorously promoted by a few disgruntled media organisations and their political sponsors that reduced government to paying salaries alone. We are fully conscious of our legal and moral obligations to workers, yet, the truth is that workers are less than five per cent of the population of the state over whom we have responsibilities as a government. The idea therefore that all state’s resources must be spent on workers alone is insane, unsustainable and impossible.

These media organisations have been inciting workers and pensioners to rebellion, subversion and sabotage, with the intent of destabilising the state and disrupting the peace of our communities. In the past, they have made futile attempts to precipitate religious crisis by inciting Christians against Muslims in the state. It did not fly. They have also made repeated but failed efforts at inciting Civil Servants against the government. They have failed also. They hunt for crises and where they could not find any, they invent stories and write fiction, thereby putting the noble profession of journalism into disrepute, just because they want to stoke crises in the state.

I must commend the mainstream Civil Servants for not taking the bait and falling prey to the infernal political schemes of failed politicians whom the people of this state have consistently rejected at the polls and who want to take over the government thorough subterfuge and conspiracy.

This is why other categories of workers in the state’s employment must see reason and cooperate with government on the need to live within our means. We have the lesson of history that the greatest leap in human development comes from the greatest challenges. The greatest monuments and the greatest scientific innovations were recorded at uneasy periods. This is a very special time that requires faith, understanding, creativity and new thinking. Albert Einstein, the great physicist, once defined insanity as doing the same thing, the same way, all the time and expecting a different result.

I have the faith that with the various efforts we are making and fresh opportunities we are exploring in agriculture, solid mineral development, tourism and manufacturing, we will surmount the present challenges, create wealth and usher in new round of prosperity and wealth creation.

I will like to thank all the people that have made today’s occasion a huge success, beginning with the Federal Universal Basic Education Commission and its state counterpart, all the agencies and officials of government on education, especially my able deputy, Iyaafin Grace Titi Laoye Tomori, the construction firm that handled the project, the teachers, staff and pupils of this school and all men (and women) of goodwill.

I thank you all for your kind attention.

Osun a dara!
Aregbesola Commissions Anthony Udofa Elementary School

Aregbesola Commissions Anthony Udofa Elementary School.

Aregbesola Commissions Anthony Udofa Elementary School. .

Aregbesola Commissions Anthony Udofa Elementary School .

Osun Innovates on Schools’ Management – by Adebayo Rasheed Mabayoje

One of the first acts in office, after the Osun Governor, Rauf Aregbesola was sworn in as the 8th Osun governor on November 27, 2010, was the convening of egg-heads, particularly in the education sector at an education summit. It was chaired by Prof Wole Soyinka. Top on the list of outcome of the summit were rehabilitation of existing schools and construction of brand new ones across the state.

Since then, the Aregbesola government has never relented in its quest to redefine the environment of learning for Osun children. From the ashes of the death traps and collapsing buildings of public schools, about two hundred schools are being constructed across the state.

The plan is to construct 100 brand new state-of-the-art Elementary Schools, 50 Middle Schools and 20 High Schools. About 40 of them have been completed and put to use so far, including 14 Elementary Schools, 15 Middle Schools and 11 High Schools.

With current feat in education generally, and particularly in infrastructure in the state, Aregbesola is being pragmatic as far as the saying “the willing spirit of a horse takes it to the skies, even without wings” is concerned. Even as Nigeria suffers economically from distasteful fallout of unprecedented corruption under PDP 16 year rule, Osun government remains steady and focused in the provision of quality education. It takes the willing spirit in a leader to achieve this.

So far, strategies put in place in respect of allocations earmarked for school infrastructure in the state is strong, such that such funds cannot go for other purposes. As far as the Aregbesola Government is concerned, “public schools can be the best and be returned to the preeminent position it occupied in the past”.

Today, quality of basic education and performance of the students, especially at elementary level, has greatly improved geometrically.

Before Aregbesola came on board, a paltry N200 was allocated as running cost on each pupil in public schools under PDP government. Today, the story has changed. It is now N400 for each elementary pupil in government schools and N500 for each of them in higher schools. This is in addition to timely and adequate supply of modern instructional and learning materials to all schools.

Also at the elementary level, about 254,000 children are taken care of under the free school meal programme tagged O’Meals. It is expected that the programme would be extended beyond current beneficiaries, especially when the Federal Government commenced on the programme nationwide. It would be recalled that the idea was adopted from the Aregbesola’s initiative.

Today across modern climes, the character of a society is measured beyond the character of the men and women living in it. Buildings and other architecture are yardstick by which human society is classified. The condition and quality of buildings in a society reflect public pride or indifference of the people. It reflects the level of prosperity, social values and behaviour of the people, as well as all the many influences of both their past and present, which combine to give the community its unique character. Apparently, this is part of the reasons why Governor Aregbesola is keen about the aesthetics of the structure of every school building that is being constructed across Osun. According to him, the “plan (of government) is to ensure that our school buildings are about the most beautiful structure around the neighbourhoods.

However, to achieve this important plan, it is very needful that strategies are put in place for proper management and maintenance of education infrastructure in the state. Hence, current plan of the Aregbesola government to out-source the management of the eleven 3000-capacity state of the art high schools is commendable. The initiative is starting with the already commissioned Wole Soyinka Government High School, Ejigbo.

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Governor Aregbesola speaking during commissioning of Wole Soyinka High School, Ejigbo

Governor Aregbesola stood with Prof. Soyinka during commissioning of Wole Soyinka High School Ejigbo

Governor Aregbesola, with Speaker Rt. Hon. Njeem Salam, Deputy Governor Mrs. Laoye-Tomori, Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola and Prof. Wole Soyinka during commissioning of Wole Soyinka High School Ejigbo

We are not Imposing Taxes on Religious Institutions – Aregbesola

…Says he will Continue to Champion Equity among Religions

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has cleared the air on the lingering rumours making the round that his government was proposing a new tax regime on the religious institutions across the state in order to alternate the adverse effects of the dwindling revenues from the Federal Accounts.

Governor Aregbesola who reacted spontaneously on what he described as sponsored venomous antics of the opposition and enemies of his administration, said on no account does he has the intention to neither propose nor impose tax payment on mosques, churches and traditional temples.

Aregbesola made the statement while addressing the muslim faithful during a Jumat service, at Islahudeen Central Mosque, Osogbo.

Governor Aregbesola who frowned at the development said though his government has been looking for every realizable means and alternative to salvage the state from the looming economic crisis, stressing that his government has never intended or resolved on such tax policy.

He disclosed that the economy of the state has not worsen to the stage of taxing religious institutions or collecting offerings and tithes from either mosques churches to develop the state.

Governor Aregbesola who described tax as a lubricant that greases the wheel of development, growth and transformation, said the time has come for all to support government through regular tax payment especially at the period where nothing comes to the state from the Federation Accounts.

He said the only way for citizens to prove their support and cooperation towards government’s efforts is to be obedient and diligent to taxation.

“It is unfortunate that in spite our sincere efforts on the ongoing numerous developmental projects across the state, some detractors could still consume shame by peddling rumours in a bid to frustrate our efforts.

“Our detractors have forgotten that we successfully administered the affairs of the state for five years without a new tax policy.

“Under whatever pressure and inconstructive criticism, our administration would not be distorted or derailed from the paths of progress, development and unparalleled transformation being characterized with.

“We shall continue to maximize our little resources to enhance the general well being of our people who we owe constitutional responsibilities”, he affirmed.

Governor Aregbesola further pledged to continuously strengthen religious institutions to promote and engender peace, saying he would not be lured into compromising equity and balance.

He therefore called on religious leaders to seek the face of God in liberating the state and country out of the present economic recession orchestrated by the continued fall in the global prices of crude oil.

He said, “Nigeria needs fervent prayers to get out of the present economic bondage and this is a challenge for Nigerians especially our religious leaders to seek the face of God for quick deliverance.

Methodist Church joins Aregbesola’s campaign for tax payment

Rescue Nigeria From Economic Crumbles, Aregbesola Tells NLC

Aregbesola Celebrates With Former NLC President Comrade Hassan Sunmonu @75

Says the Success of the Nation’s Economy lies in its Performances
…As NLC President, Comrade Wabba Lauds Aregbesola’s Achievements

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has highlighted the urgent need for the leadership and members of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC to bailout the country from her present economic stalemate.

In his intellectual prediction to salvage the country from the current socio-political, economic and religious complications, Governor Aregbesola opined that the only workable fruition in combating the myriads of challenging situation in Nigeria was for organized labour, civil society organizations, professional bodies and academic leaders to wake up from slumber and seek what at stake for everlasting solution.

Governor Aregbesola made the statement while playing host to the foremost veteran Labour leader and pioneer President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Hassan Sunmonu, at a dinner party organized in honour of his 75th Birthday Anniversary.

Aregbesola said Nigeria is passing through emergency economic situation which has been the worst in her history, saying there is a need for Nigerians to collectively approach the situation as an emergency in their bid to find lasting solution.

Governor Aregbesola who expressed bitterness on the way and manner at which the nation’s economy was extravagantly managed in the past, said bad governance has led the nation to its present looming situation.

He stated that no government in Nigeria no matter how prudent today can run its affairs the way it should be run or it has been run before now simply because of persistent dwindling revenues.

Aregbesola held that the current economic situation has called for awakening, saying this is the time for the leadership of NLC to rise to the occasion in a bid to add accolades to their reputation by proving to Nigerians and the entire globe that truly they are major stakeholders of Nigeria economic enterprise.

Aregbesola said, “The financial situation in Nigeria is so bad to the extent that no government in Nigeria could run the government perfectly in the way it desires.

“Our country is going through a tough time, but quite unfortunate, we are yet to be fully communicated on the degrees of damage caused to our economy and seriousness of the situation.

“We have been misled overtimes to depend absolutely on crude oil revenues. Nobody cares for untapped, unexplored and unexploited wealth from solid minerals, agriculture, science and technology and so on.

“To appreciate the gravity of the economic challenges facing our country, graphic analysis showed that between 2011 and June 2013, our nation used to have N1.2trillion in the distributable purse called Federation Accounts to be shared between the three tiers of government~federal, states and local governments.

“From June 2013, the distributable funds dropped to about N600billion and this has been on the persistent free fall till present moment.

“Apparently, November allocation’s pool which was distributed on the 22nd of November, 2015 was N369billion for the three tiers which implies that no revenue from the Federation Accounts.

“Obviously, this has been the economic situation with our nation. But quite unfortunate, we have all been disoriented to think only on the revenues from the crude oil. If we had before now considered other sources of revenue, the impact of the economic challenge would not be as grave.

Governor Aregbesola who implored the leadership of NLC and other stakeholders to brace up and tighten their belts in liberating the country out of the current financial impasse.

“My request to the leadership of labour is that this is not an ordinary crisis and they should not treat it ordinarily because Nigeria has never had a very hard economic situation like this in her history.

“The economic situation we are passing through today remains the worst in our history. Though the current economic situation has not been declared as an emergency but there is the need for us to collectively approach it as emergency and be honest about it. Unless we want to heat up the polity with another reason, we are at the economic emergency.

“If the Federal Government didn’t call the Labour leaders, let the labour leaders call the Federal Government to seek and discuss what’s at stake and demand for a way out because if we don’t seek for a way out quickly, emergency may come up.

“This situation is beyond individual operation or finger pointing because I don’t see a way for any state to escape this in the next few months if there is no collective approach to salvage this economic mess.

“This is the time for us to look for a realistic and workable alternative to enhance our economic revenue generation.

Governor Aregbesola therefore charged members of the organized labour, civil society organizations, professional groups, stakeholders among others to rescue Nigeria and Nigerians out of this mess.

He said, “Workers must mobilize themselves to ensure that real service comes from public servants. A situation where workers don’t care about their service or how their salaries are being earned, this doesn’t edify the workers.

“Productivity, diligence, dedication, commitment, transparency, honesty and truthfulness must be the watchwords of the workforce and they must be able to justify what they earn as wages, salaries, allowance, arrears among others.

“Until the workers in civil and public service understand appreciate this simple analogy, Nigeria is going no where.

“The paradise has changed. We cannot live as we lived before. Oil is out of fashion. Oil has finished its own time and period in the world.

“We must decide as a people, as political and labour leaders to find meaningful and beneficial alternative to oil to navigate this turbulent economic period for the betterment of all.

Earlier in his remark, National President, Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba commended Governor Aregbesola for his firmness and resilient in spite the current economic situations.

Comrade Ayuba who lauded Aregbesola’s achievements in all sectors of the economy confirmed that the current government is building succor of thirty years to the people of the state, saying most of his policies and programmes might not be appreciated now but will be commended years to come.

According to him, your people might not appreciate your work now. But in actual fact, they will come to appreciate you and your good works in few years to come.

“You are building a brighter future for generations to come and the prosperity stands firmly to judge you aright”, he said.
Aregbesola Celebrates With Former NLC President  Comrade Hassan Sunmonu @75

Aregbesola Celebrates With Former NLC President  Comrade Hassan Sunmonu @75

Re: Doctor’s Strike in Osun: Again Punch Newspaper Partisan and Unprofessional (21 Pictures Can’t Lie!) – By Adebayo Rasheed Mabayoje

Journalistic objectivity can refer to fairness, disinterestedness, factuality, and non-partisanship, but most often encompasses all of these qualities.

These qualities are obviously lacking when any news medium like #PUNCHNEWSPAPER reports subjective stories.

In its Tuesday, January 5, 2016 (on line) edition, the newspaper (in its story, Strike: Osun hospitals deserted) says “hospitals in Osun State have turned to ghost towns…”

That a group of doctors carry out industrial action is not unfounded. However, this should not encourage the newspaper to publish fabrications representing its interest that kind of aims to discredit the Osun government.

#PhotosDontLie, it is expected that the reporter of the story should have authenticated his claim with photos of the strange “ghost towns” he claimed to have visited recently. No such evidence was produced. This is because there was none anyway.

According to the newspaper, “The Psychiatric Ward, the Accidents and Emergency Ward, Pharmacy, Male and Female Medical Wards were deserted with no single patient when our correspondent went round the hospital on Tuesday afternoon. …with no single patient” This has never happened in any hospital, even when there is a full blown industrial action by all the unions in a hospital.

Hospitals don’t get deserted, not even at wartime, more so when other health workers like nurses, pharmacists and laboratory technologists are at their duty posts.

Apart from the union on strike, other doctors and consultants at the hospitals are at their duty posts, working and attending to in and out patients.

Again we ask, how can the ‘Pharmacy’ too be deserted when pharmacists are not on strike?

This is a sponsored story written by Osun PDP, with the reporter’s name only added to it as usual, in what has now become the hallmark of #PunchNewspaper’s disreputable brand of journalism where fiction is fact.

What they hope to achieve with the story becomes clear in the clearly subjective opinion which goes thus:

“One of the nurses, who spoke to our correspondent outside the hospital said the strike embarked upon by the doctors had led to an increase in maternal mortality rate (sic) as well as infant mortality rate (sic).”

“The nurse, who pleaded not to be named said she might not have a statistics (sic) to support her assertion but she was aware of some persons who lost their lives because they could not afford the bills at (sic) private hospitals which are considered to be on the high side.”

“The nurse said there had been upsurge in the number of persons seeking treatments from quacks and those who had resorted to self medications (sic) due to the prolonged strike.”

One would think the hallmark of responsible journalism is to investigate any claim and authenticate it before publishing, but our imaginary nurse spoke so authoritatively about how pregnant women and their babies are dying in government hospitals. The Punch, the mighty national newspaper giving global publicity to the unverified views of an unnamed street nurse drew uproarious laughter from a group of doctors in Osogbo reading the report over coffee. Listening to these doctors, I cannot but chuckle on how disreputable journalism has become in this country.

What the phantom nurse and the dude reporter did not know is that Osun placed second behind Lagos in the most recent World Bank assessment of Nigerian states on maternal and infant health in 2015.

Meanwhile here are shots of activities in some hospitals in the state, including the state hospital at Asubiaro in Osogbo. Picture don’t lie. No doubt the joke is on The Punch as it continues to lose credibility in Osun as it is now largely considered to be the propaganda rag sheet of Osun PDP

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Alaafin names Aregbesola the “Omoluabi of Yorubaland”

…calls on people to pay their taxes.

A foremost traditional ruler in Nigeria, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has bestowed upon the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola the title of “Omoluabi of Yoruband” just as he urged Osun people to pay their taxes.

The Monarch who was at the Government House Osogbo to present the award stated that the Osun governor has always been at the forefront of projecting the “Omoluabi ethos” which the yoruba race has always preached.

He explained that he has always monitored the administrative and leadership style of the governor since inception of his administration, saying Ogbeni Aregbesola has always led along the line of a true “Omoluabi”.

According to the Alaafin, “The Yorubas are a tribe that always instill in their children and the youths all the characters of a responsible and well brought up individual, I have studied the leadership style of Aregbesola among all the governors in the country and have discovered that he is the only one whom have through his leadership style projected the “Omoluabi ethos” of the Youruba race.”

“Aregbesola is man that breathes responsibility at all times, we have always been hearing of an Omoluabi for a long time and am so happy that we now have a Governor who is leading by example”

As measure of the importance of his honour to Aregbesola, presented to him a photo compendium and signed framed portrait congratulating the governor on his new chieftaincy title of “Omoluabi of Yorubaland”.

He stated that the Osun governor has always been at the forefront of projecting the “Omoluabi ethos” which the yoruba race has always preached.

“It is a good thing to now have a person in the calibre of a governor who is portraying the “Omoluabi virtues” to the Nigerian youths.”

The royal father also used the opportunity to call on the people of Osun to support the government of the day by paying their taxes regularly, stressing that taxation is the most efficient and sure way to give the people good government.

Oba Adeyemi who lamented the dwindling nature of the federal allocation pointed out that the only way out of the economic logjam is for the people to carry out their civic responsibilities as individuals.

He added that if the people support the government of Aregbesola with their taxes, the present administration will find it easier to fulfill its obligations such as prompt payment of salaries and adequate provision of infrastructure, health care facilities and security.

He said, “All over the world, taxation is the way out, for government to be able to conveniently provide for all the amenities and pay salaries conveniently, the people must endeavour to pay their taxes regularly.”

“I want to urge the people of Osun to assist the present administration with the payment of their taxes, the present administration has done so much in terms of provision of social amenities such as construction of good roads, provision of affordable health care facilities, assistance for the aged.”

“I also know that the Aregbesola administration has been providing free school uniforms as well as feeding the school pupils, something which no government has ever done, not even the federal government.”

“If such a government now demands for a tax of just one thousand five hundred naira per individual in a year, I don’t think its too much.”

“We need to realise that it has come to a stage where government can no longer do it alone, Osun allocation has dropped drastically and government may not be able to pay salaries and provide other amenities again except we show our support through the regular payment of our taxes.” he stressed.

Responding, Governor Rauf Aregbesola noted that the reign of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has been very peaceful and fruitful, while praying that God should make the royal father’s resign more peaceful and eventful.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle), the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi (left) and Imam Daud imran Tijani, after an Award of Omoluabi of Yorubaland to Governor Aregbseola by the Alaafia of Oyo, at Government House, Osogbo, on Tuesday 05/1/2016.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle), the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi (left),and Engineer Omon Uduokhai (right), during the conferment of Omoluabi of Yorubaland title on Aregbesola by Alaafin,at Government House, Osogbo,on Tuesday 05/1/2016.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (right), the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi (left) and Imam Daud imran Tijani (middle), during the conferment of Omoluabi of Yorubaland title on Aregbesola by Alaafin, at Government House, Osogbo, on Tuesday 05/1/2016.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, after being conferred with the title of Omoluabi of Yorubaland by the Paramount ruler, at Government House, Osogbo, on Tuesday 05/1/2016.

Adetunji’s death a big blow to Labour Movement – Aregbesola

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Sunday described as a rude shock the news of the death of former Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Osun, Comrade Francis Adetunji.

Aregbesola, in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, said Comrade Adetunji’s death is a big blow to the state, it’s TUC Chapter and the labour union in general.

The statement quoted the Governor as saying the deceased labour leader was a great labour activists and leader of purpose.

According to him, Comrade Adetunji was a union leader, who knew when to fight and when to employ dialogue whenever there was a disagreement between labour and the government.

He commended Adetunji for his understanding and the commitment to Government/labour relationship when he was the chairman.

The statement said in part: “The death of Comrade Francis Adetunji is indeed a very devastating one.

“We received it with heavy heart and felt very sad that a vibrant, articulate and objective labour leader suddenly bowed out at this critical time.

“Comrade Adetunji’s death is a big blow to us in the state and to the TUC Chapter in the state and across Nigeria.

“Adetunji’s death will leave a huge gulf in labour unionism here in Osun and the entire country.
Aregbesola receiving Panel Reports from late Comarade Adetunji (in suit) with other Labor leaders Comrades Saka Adesiyan and Bayo Adejumo present
“On behalf of the government and people of Osun, we convey our heartfelt condolences to Comrade Adetunji’s family – immediate and extended, TUC/NLC in Osun and the the national labour union.

“May his soul rest in peace and find a permanent abode in paradise.”