OSPOLY Convocation; Olusola Praises Aregbesola

The rector of Osun state polytechnic, Iree Dr. Olusola Agboola has thanked the governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for helping the institution to attain its present enviable stage. He made this known on the school playing ground while delivering his speech at the fifth joint convocation of Osun state polytechnic, Iree today; 29 November 2016.

Agboola who expressed his deep appreciation to the Aregbesola led administration in the state on behalf of the entire management, said the state government has always been there for the institution and this has been the secret behind the success of the school. He said; “Osun state polytechnic, Iree is successful because the state government is highly sensitive.”

The governor been represented by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Grace Titilayo Laoye Tomori congratulated the school on the convocation celebration while she enjoined the successful students to be good ambassadors of their various homes, the institution, Osun state and Nigeria at large. The governor however expressed the state’s commitment to giving qualitative education to everyone in the state which has made the government to embark on several educational policies which has now been yielding positive results in the state educational sector at all level.‎

135 Trained In Wealth Creation In Osun

No fewer than 135 youths have undergone entrepreneurship development training through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)-Entrepreneurship Development Centre, Southwest on wealth creation which is implemented by the Africa Leadership Forum (ALF).

For four weeks, the participants were exposed to modules such as mindset re-engineering to help them rethink business, money, and livelihood, enterprise development and idea generation, business and financial management, marketing and interpersonal relationship and writing individual business plans.

At the graduation ceremony held at the Teachers’ Co-operative House in Oshogbo were the Osun State Deputy Governor and Commissioner for Education, Chief Otunba Grace Titi Laoye Tomori, CBN represented by Mrs. Oluyemisi Adebayo of the Development Finance Office; the Africa Leadership Forum was led by Dr. Olumide Ajayi, the Programme Director of the Centre, Special Adviser to the Governor on Technical and Vocational Education; Acting Head of Board for Technical Education, Mr. Owolabi; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Julius Olajide; General Manager/CEO of the Osun Micro-credit Agency, Mr. Dayo Babaranti; and Mr. Young, Head of Youth Empowerment.

In his address, Mr. Olajide, stated that the training was one of the integral plans of the state government and all the participants that underwent the training had said it was a life-changing experience.

“A second batch of the training will commence soon and other young people that heard about the training had been registering for it. This will develop the human resources of the state. It is meant to teach the people how to fish and not to give them fish,” he said.

Dr. Ajayi, the Programme Director of the CBN-EDC Southwest, commended the state for being enterprising and for being the first state in Southwest to sponsor individuals and create avenue for the training since its commencement in March last year.

Dr. Ajayi further said that of the 135 people that had undergone the training, 125 had submitted their business plans; hence, the State Micro-Credit Agency will start interacting with them henceforth.

He urged the participants not to waste the money they would receive for their businesses but to ensure that they create enterprises, employ other people in order to create more jobs.

Contributing, Mr. Babaranti also encouraged the trainees to persevere their ventures, noting that people can only take risks against waste but not uncertainty.

He revealed that the available interventions for funding of businesses included the Microcredit agency: N1, 000 to N1, 000,000; Bank of Industry (BOI) Fund, minimum of N5, 000,000; and commercial banks N10 million to N50 million, all at maximum 9 per cent interest rates. He urged the trainees to engage in businesses they are passionate about.

Mrs. Adebayo said the CBN is leveraging on research that has shown that economies thrive on the MSMEs, hence the CBN’s MSMSE’s development fund, YIEDP, Agric Credit Guarantee Scheme Fund, Financial Inclusion Programme. She added that the apex bank is looking forward to producing Osun rice in lieu of the current importation of rice.

In her remark, Otunba Laoye-Tomori, gave a wakeup call to the youth.

She emphasised that it is not right that artisans from neighbouring countries would be preferred to their Nigerian counterparts.

She said: “This should change and the CBN-EDC is one of the means of putting an end to this aberration. All the graduating trainees are expected to go and start businesses in order to end poverty and enhance employment rate. The era of oil boom is gone and we have to work with our hands.”

She further said that some of the business plans that were presented at the event indicate that things have changed to the better.

“This is not the first time that the CBN-EDC Southwest has partnered with the people of Osun State to provide entrepreneurship training and business development services. Seventy-five SMEs were trained through Co-operative groups that organised entrepreneurship training for her members in July this year”.

Obanikoro Returns N134m to EFCC, Promises to Repay N450m in 2017

A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, on Monday returned N30m to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. This brings the total amount of money he has returned to the EFCC to N134m.

A source at the EFCC said, “Obanikoro came on Monday and presented a draft of about N30m. Initially we did not want to collect it because it is small compared to what he is supposed to have given us. However, the legal department advised us to collect it.”

Obanikoro had in October returned N104m to the commission. The ex-minister, who returned to Nigeria last month after spending about 15 months in the United States, was accused of receiving N4.7bn from the Office of the National Security Adviser under the leadership of Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.).

Obanikoro had said in his statement of oath at the EFCC that after receiving the money in 2014, he gave N1.219bn to the then governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, while N1.3bn was given to the PDP candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore.

He also confessed to giving Fayose a separate $5.377m at Spotless Hotel in Ekiti State in the presence of party leaders including the then PDP Secretary, Mr. Tope Aluko.

Obanikoro was said to have kept about N785m for himself, which he allegedly spent while campaigning ahead of the PDP governorship primary in Lagos State. Mr. Jimi Agbaje won the primary.

However, the EFCC asked Obanikoro to return about N584m out of which he had already returned N134m.

At the EFCC office on Monday, Obanikoro promised the detectives that he would return the remaining N450m in 2017.

The source said, “About N450m is remaining and Obanikoro has promised to pay the rest in 2017. He will also be reporting at our office every two weeks.”

At the Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba last week, Mr. Alade Sunday, a manager at Zenith Bank, narrated how Obanikoro delivered about N1.219bn to Fayose’s aide, Abiodun Agbele, for onward transmission to his boss.

He had also said it took the cashiers about 10 days to count the money.

Sunday had said Obanikoro flew with the cash to Akure Airport and the money was loaded into bullion vans.

He had said, “When we got to the airport, we waited for some minutes before the aircraft arrived. When the aircraft offloaded its passengers, one of them appeared to me to be Senator Musliu Obanikoro and the other one appeared to be his ADC, Adewale.

“Agbele walked up to them and had a discussion with them. Thereafter, he signalled me to bring the van. Bags loaded with cash were loaded into the van and Obanikoro’s ADC, Agbele and I drove back to the bank.”

Meanwhile, it was learnt Omisore had appealed to the EFCC to return his passport to him to enable him to travel out of the country.

House of Reps Wants Petrol at N70/Litre

The House of Representatives has asked the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency and Ministry of Petroleum Resources (PPPRA) to review the current price template of PMS with a view to bringing down the price of the product

The House faulted the current pricing template for Premium Motor Spirit (petrol), saying that a realistic price should be about N70.04 per litre.

The landing cost of the product today is N119.74k, while the distribution margin and other costs add up to N18.37k, bringing the total to N138.11k.

However, marketers are allowed to sell petrol in the range of N140 and N145 per litre.

But, on Tuesday, the House, acting on a motion moved by Mr. Abubakar Hassan-Fulata, noted that 90 per cent of the current cost of PMS (N124.34k) was introduced by factors that were unnecessary.

It said the factors were related to transport charges, which were transferred to consumers by the marketers.

Lawmakers argued that removing such unnecessary charges would not affect the profit margin of the marketers if the Federal Government put all the needed infrastructure in place.

In his lead debate, Hassan-Fulata listed some of the charges as lightering expenses, N4.56k; bridging fund, N6.20k; freight, N109.01k; NPA charges, N0.84k; and transport allowance, N3.36k.

He also said the landing cost had inbuilt charges that when removed would not affect the profit margins of the importers and marketers.

The lawmaker cited jetty charges, NIMASA charges, storage charges and retailers’ margin, among others, as costs that could be removed without affecting the profit margin of the marketers.

For instance, he stated that the current bridging charge of N6.20k could be reduced to just N2.00 per litre if the pipelines linking the refineries and the depots across the country were not vandalised.

Hassan-Fulata, “Bridging is supposed to be an annual event only when the refineries are carrying out their turnaround maintenance, which does not exceed three months.

“However, due to the fact that the pipelines linking the various depots have been vandalised or are in a state of disrepair, bridging has remained a permanent feature of the oil industry in Nigeria.”

Similarly, he said the N2.00 built into the price for the maintenance of storage facilities was wasteful as it did not benefit any public-owned depot.

“The fund goes to enrich an ever-growing number of private depot owners, whose facilities have now become the official storage facilities for government products, while government facilities are allowed to decay,” he told the House.

Many lawmakers also faulted the N4.56 lightering charge on the ground that vessels conveying products into the country were not docking directly at the harbours.

The motion for the review of the pump price received unanimous endorsement of members at Tuesday’s plenary, which was presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.

The House directed the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to ensure that the price review was done within eight weeks.

However, petroleum products’ marketers faulted the call for petrol to be sold at N70 per litre.

According to them, the landing cost alone is far higher than N70 at over N128 per litre.

The marketers stated that the challenge in accessing foreign exchange and the fall of the naira against the United States dollar were factors that would make it practically impossible to sell petrol below the regulated rate of N145 per litre.

They told one of our correspondents that the Federal Government still owed them subsidy claims as well as differentials as a result of accrued interests on the debt, running into several billions of naira.

A member of the Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria said, “What are their reasons for calling for N70 petrol price? Are they aware of the current economic realities and how the oil and gas sector operates? It is practically impossible at the moment, despite the huge debt being owed us, other factors show that it can’t happen.”

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, said that the oil firm would not react to the demands of the House of Representatives.

This, he said, was because the corporation had yet to get any directive to that effect from the House.

PDP Breaks Apart Further, Suspends Members of Sheriff’s Faction

The Ondo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has announced the suspension of 22 members of the party, following their roles before and during last Saturday’s governorship election, which the party lost. Some of the suspended members belong to the Ali Modu Sheriff’s faction of the party.

The sanctioned members include Mr. Biyi Poroye, Denis Alonge, Ebenezer Alabi, Olabisi Johnson, Olu Ogunye, Omololu Meroyi, Yemi Ajonibode Musa Megida, Isaac Alase, Sola Ebiseni, Ademola Genty, Yemisi Akinyemiju, Dare Emiola, Yemisi Akinmade, Ade Adebawore, Bakita Bello and Adegboruwa Taiwo .

The party also suspended Mr. Omowole Oluwagbehinmi, Gbamila Ogunji, Abiye Ademoyegun, Johnson Alabi and Dara Akinbobola.

This was stated in a letter signed by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Banji Okunomo.

In the letter, the party said it carried out the punishment on the affected members “In line with Section 57 of the constitution of our party and the inherent powers conferred on the State Working Committee of the party.”

The party directed the affected members to appear before the disciplinary committee on Monday December 5, 2016 at the party secretariat in Akure, the state capital.

A Tribute to Rasheed Gbadamosi by Pat Utomi


Material achievement is overrated in the evaluation of life journies. But from time to time good fortune brings one into contact with a complete person; professionally, culturally and morally. One of the great gifts of my time of being has been the privilege of meeting the Icon Chief Rasheed Gbadamosi, and discovering so many points at which our passions crossed. The recent news of his passing was therefore a combination of a jolt from a bolt out of the blue and the chance to elevate a spirit up to where it can light up the skies so tomorrow’s people can see clearly the preferred path.

In those heady new frontiers days of the ebbing months of first decade of independence, he was a refreshing star as a knowledgeable young Commissioner for Economic Development in the new Lagos State. We longed to be like him. And he would prove to be a role model for all seasons. His sharp Economics mind, his love of drama and Art made him good company. Our passions crossed on all those counts and for nearly four decades he featured in many high moments of my own journey into manhood, citizenship and simple humanity. Whether it be in working with policy for Nigeria, or promoting Art and Artists we shared many memorable moments.

One of those high moments when he spiced up my being was about a dozen years ago. I was being a citizen, helping the Tinubu administration, probono, on matters of tackling the challenges of administering a rapidly urbanizing Lagos. Yemi Cardoso, then Commissioner for Budget and Planning had been working with a World Bank Team on strategies for managing the development of blighted areas. I had been in Washington on other business and engaged the Team lead on the matter. She was pleasantly surprised as was preparing to suggest that I moderate the workshop in Lagos that Cardoso had come up with same. As Chief Gbadamosi walked into the workshop at the Sheraton he offered that familiar full – tooth hearty smile and said: Aburokonireeo. Roughly translated from Yoruba as Younger brother. More grease to your elbows. You will not know exhaustion. In the full context of that moment it was evidently one of the greatest compliments I had ever been offered.

A few years earlier when as cabinet member responsible for National Planning and was leader of Nigeria’s delegation to OPEC he was equally generous. In the years before we had spent much time together talking about Nigerian economy especially my points of comparison of Nigeria with Asia’s Tiger economies where a good part of my research, since I returned from industry to academia, concentrated. So when he got to the OPEC meeting in 1998, with oil prices down to single digit, he could not but observe closely the Indonesian delegation, watching out for those things I had been saying were responsible for a trading of places between Nigeria and Indonesia regarding development and progress. To his shock he found the Indonesian Oil Minister seemed uninterested, as Nigeria and others squabbled for enhanced quota to make up for price induced revenue losses.

At tea break he went up to the Indonesian Minister and asked why he seemed uninterested and mildly irritated by the struggle for quota review. His Indonesian colleague calmly told him there was no quota on gas and that Indonesia made more revenues from its LNG trains even though Nigeria was in a better position to go ahead on gas. Chief Gbadamosi could not wait to get to Lagos to call me and acknowledge evidence of what I had been saying. A year earlier, I had been in Jarkata as guest of a former Indonesian Oil minister, Professor Mohammed Sadli who sadly lamented how corruption had challenged Nigeria’s prospects.

The irony was that more than a decade earlier when the economy was in another dire strait in Nigeria, a group of us seeking light on where things were, gathered around the Dinning Table at the Victoria Island home of the Gbadamosis, to listen to a presentation by then Chief Economist at the World Bank Mission in Nigeria, Gianni Zanini. Our problems were so self-inflicted that I looked up at our host and said Nigeria against itself. I would get quite self-conscious about that line when shortly after I ran into Samuel Beer’s scathing critique of Britain before the Thatcher rescue: Britain Against itself: The Political Contradictions of Collectivism.

But Rasheed Gbadamosi was more than Economics. I had bought my first painting as an undergraduate at the University of Nigeria in 1975. The Artist whose strokes gave live to that canvas, Tayo Adenaike would go on to international acclaim. I stayed with that love affair. The community that collected artworks was relatively small. From Prince Yemisi Shyllon, to Mr. Sam Olagbaju, Odu Mbanefo and a few others and you had done the rounds. But the place of pilgrimage was the Ikorodu home of Gbadamosi, and I was pleased to go there. Just so were the days in the late 1980s and 1990s when I served as patron and Boards of Theatre Initiatives like Chuk Mike’s Performance Studio Workshop. We knew who the great champions of reviving Theatre were. The playwright Economist Rasheed Gbadamosi was up there.

I am much honored to have known such a huge bundle of talent, energy and pure humanity. Our times are much diminished for not having him around but our time of being was significantly impacted and enriched by having known this remarkable personage. His presence at CVL events placed an imprimatur of high value to our effort to show the next generation that there is a better way than the path we currently travel. But the true gift was the life of selfless service he lived which assures his immortality in the hearts of men. Farewell is so inappropriate to say. Auf Widosein as the Germans say is more like it.

Utomi, Political Economist and founder, Centre for Values in Leadership.


New HIV Vaccine Trial Begins in Africa

Scientists have launched the first Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) vaccine efficacy study anywhere, for over seven years, in South Africa. Since the first cases of HIV were reported, 78 million people have become infected with HIV and 35 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

According to the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the study, called HVTN 702, is to test whether an experimental vaccine regimen safely prevents infection among South African adults. It involves a new version of the only HIV vaccine candidate ever shown to provide some protection against the virus.

The experimental vaccine regimen being tested in HVTN 702 is based on the one investigated in the RV144 clinical trial in Thailand led by the United States (U.S.) Military HIV Research Programme and the Thai Ministry of Health. The Thai trial delivered landmark results in 2009 when it found for the first time that a vaccine could prevent HIV infection, albeit modestly. The new regimen aims to provide greater and more sustained protection than the RV144 regimen and has been adapted to the HIV subtype that predominates in southern Africa, a region that includes the country of South Africa, where more than 1,000 people become infected with HIV every day.

Also, to mark World AIDS Day 2016, on Thursday, December 1, the World Health Organisation (WHO) will launch new guidelines on HIV self-testing to encourage countries to promote self-testing and empower more people to test for HIV.

WHO is also launching a new progress report “Prevent HIV: test and treat all – WHO action for country impact”. The report shows that more than 18 million people living with HIV have access to HIV treatment, but many more lack HIV diagnosis and consequently are missing out on treatment.

Meanwhile, Nigeria accounts for more than a quarter of all new HIV infections among children globally and only half of pregnant women living with virus are tested for the disease.

Police foil planned attack against Arik, kill 3 Suspects

Suspects admits being a member of a gang that killed a police corporal during APC rally in Okrika in 2015.

The Nigeria Police Force during a shootout in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has killed three members of a four-man crew which planned to attack Arik Air.

One of the hoodlums, who escaped death confessed that they had planned to attack a plane belonging to a popular airline in the country.

According to eyewitness account, the suspects were forced to stop by traffic light one of the suspects alighted from the car and opened fire on some policemen at the junction.

Met with the superior fire power of the policemen, the suspects tried to escape, but three of them were gunned down while the fourth sustained gunshot injuries.

Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident, adding that the IGP Intelligence Response Team, “working on credible intelligence” intercepted the armed robbers. According to Omoni, “On interrogation, the suspect said they were on a mission to attack an Arik plane.”

Omoni said the suspect, who identified himself as Peter James, 30 years old confessed to being one of the members of a gang that killed a police corporal during the All Progressives Congress rally in Okrika in 2015.

Peter James is a native of Bayelsa State, is currently helping with the police with further investigations.

Obanikoro to testify against Fayose Over 4.7Bn Fraud

A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has agreed to testify against Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and his aide, Mr. Abiodun Agbele.

Since Obanikoro earlier confessed in his statement of oath that he was the one who collected the N4.7bn and distributed it, the EFCC wants him to testify against Agbele which will also build a strong case against Fayose who currently enjoys immunity.

Obanikoro has agreed to this and he will be listed as one of the EFCC witnesses. If Agbele is convicted, Fayose will also be convicted once he is charged in 2018 after his immunity in office expires.

Obanikoro has reportedly returned N104m and has pledged to return N480m in instalments every four months. This is part of his plea bargain and negotiation, a common practice in criminal justice across the world.”

However, if Obanikoro cannot cooperate with the EFCC, then he and his sons may be charged along with the others.

Meanwhile, Obanikoro’s lawyer, Mr. James Onoja (SAN), said he was not aware that his client was with the EFCC but promised to find out.

In his statement, the ex-minister told the EFCC that he handed N1.3bn to the then governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore; while N1.219bn was given to Fayose through his aide, Agbele, during the build-up to the Ekiti governorship election which Fayose won.

Obanikoro was said to have converted a remainder of the money into $5.377m and handed  it to Fayose at Spotless Hotel, Ado Ekiti, in the presence of the then Ekiti State PDP Secretary, Tope Aluko, and other party stalwarts.

Agbele is currently standing trial before Justice Dimgba Igwe of a Federal High Court for allegedly receiving N1.219bn on behalf of Fayose.

A Zenith Bank Manager and branch Head has narrated in details how the money, which took the cashiers 10 days to count was disbursed on the instructions of Agbele

Why we can’t release Fayose’s houses – EFCC

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has opposed an application by the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, asking a Federal High Court in Abuja, to order the release of his six houses located in Lagos and Abuja, earlier seized by the anti-graft agency through a previous court order obtained in July.

The said houses were said to have been obtained through third parties which have now been identified as: J.J. Technical Service, Spotless Investment Limited and one Mrs. Moji Ladeji.

In a counter-affidavit, the EFCC gave reasons why the assets could not yet be released to him as the houses were seized while the governor was under investigation in relation to diversion of public funds.

The houses included four units of 4-bedroom at Chalets 3, 4, 6 and 9 Plot 100 Tiamiyi Salvage V. I. Lagos.

The rest are, 44 Osun Crescent, Maitama, Abuja and Plot 1504 Yedseram Street, Maitama, Abuja.

The EFCC said at the expiration of the July 20 order given by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba (of the Federal High Court, Abuja) for 45 days, it went before another judge of the court – Justice Okon Abang – for a new order of interim forfeiture granted on November 3 this year.

The EFCC argued that in view of the new interim order of forfeiture, which is to last until the case against the new owners of the properties is concluded, Fayose’s motion now before Justice Dimgba had become an “academic exercise, which is based on nothing.

“It is thus of interest to state that in view of the respondent’s exhibit EFCC1 (a copy of the order by Justice Abang), the order now being sought by the applicant has already been overtaking (sic) by time and event.

Due to the absence of Fayose’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), the hearing was stalled and adjourned till December 19.

Aregbesola In Historical Perspective, Six Years On

Hardly any governor in the history of Nigeria has attracted controversy   as this personality known popularly as Ogbeni. At least, not in the last 17 years that democracy resurfaced in Nigeria has any governor’s actions and perhaps even speeches been prone to such testy public discussions.

And rightly so, because he, Aregbesola, did unique things (or as he himself styled it, unusual) that nobody dared to do before him, which many of his critics don’t quite appreciate. Although most people who are beneficiaries of his programmes keep faith in what Aregbesola did and is capable of doing.

Before he was sworn in as governor on November 26, 2010, lawlessness and insecurity of life and property were existential concerns in Osun.

History will not only justify Aregbesola’s ideas and programmes, it will vilify his critics. His mistakes will be acknowledged, but that will not diminish the quality and effect of his actions and service delivery.

It was in this atmosphere of near anarchy that he introduced his unusual programmes and rebranding of the state. All hell broke loose, and the opposition also ‘rebranded’ him – so-to-speak – as an anarchist!

However, the ‘confusion’ that people,     (especially his PDP opponents) who he defeated in the 2007 election accused him of introducing into governance, has become the catalyst for unprecedented transformation in the state of Osun today.
What Osun is now, in contrast to what it had been all of 19 years before the advent of Aregbesola’s administration, is the difference that Aregbesola himself engineered.   And what the future will become based on what the present is, shall in effect be the historical perspective from which Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola would be holistically assessed.

A Post- truth World

That is the context in which Ogbeni Aregbesola will be presented in the future that will tell the story of today. It would not matter that TRUTH flew out the window of today’s reality. We are currently living in a post TRUTH world – in a time of collapse before the new spiritual era.
So, people like Ogbeni Aregbesola may not place rationally in the warped reality that untruth has created. That is the world in which PDP critics of Aregbesola, and those who back them operate and exist.

The simple way to recognise them is to listen to those critics in Osun who think that Aregbesola is the worst thing that ever happened to the state. They are the scoffers.

The discussion however, is not about these traducers, it is about the relevance and significance   of the Ogbeni Aregbesola’s appearance in the state of Osun’s history.

As a journalist (a ‘historian in a hurry’), and a lawyer, I owe my profession a duty to be on the side of truth. And if the truth be told, Rauf Aregbesola is the best thing, politically, socially, economically, and in terms of security, that Osun has ever known in its 25 years as a state in Nigeria.

You, my dear readers, don’t have to believe me. To authenticate this assertion, you have to spend some time to investigate by coming to Osun to see things practically yourself and talk to people. That’s only when you will access the truth.

Mankind is moving away from TRUTH. Lies or deceit or disinformation is the major news, because the negatively disposed make the headline news. That is why the enticing news you can read or hear or watch about Rauf Aregbesola in Osun is negative, salacious and horribly untruthful ones about the man. It is the nature of our collapsing world.

However, there are certain questions that should be answered; and we demand the right answers for them:- If Aregbesola’s ideas and programmes were as horrible as the opposition would suggest -; Why would the British Parliament ask him to come explain how he was managing the school feeding programme? Why would the Federal statistical record place primary school enrolment in Osun as the highest in Nigeria, if Aregbesola’s education policies were wrong? Why would the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics have confirmed that Osun is the the best governed state in the country as it relates to human capital development index, poverty index, unemployment index and environmental cleanliness?

Why would the Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria in the state of Osun defy protocol to give credit to Aregbesola’s policies that re-ignited economic activities in Osun like it had not been seen before? Why did acknowledgement come from a Police Chief that Osun is the best secured state in the country? These are just few questions that will lead you to a whole host of investigations that will produce results different from what Aregbesola’s critics had been propagating.

Aregbesola has significantly convinced the people of Osun that his revolutionary agenda for CHANGE is producing not just prosperity but a new Osun that can compete and excel in economic, social and human capital development that stand a modern state out of the crowd.

We will be a part of that history when we give an account of APC Aregbesola-led government in 2018. The story is still unfolding.
Kunle Oyatomi  is the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of APC, State of Osun.