Osun Education Under Aregbesola Has Improved – WAEC

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has affirmed that there is improvement in the performance of secondary school students in the state of Osun in West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

Answering questions from journalists at a press conference addressed by the Commissioner for Education in the state, Mr Kola Omotunde-Young on Thursday, the Osun Branch Controller of WAEC, Dr Mrs C.O. Akintunde, confirmed that there is improvement in the performance of the students in WASSCE between 2011 and 2017.

Akintunde who read out the percentage of increment in the performance of the Osun students in WASSCE said: “In 2011, the performance of the students was 21.90 percent, it was 22.24 percent in 2012, it dropped to 20.54 in 2013.

“The students’ performance later dropped to 18.55 in 2014, but in 2015 it rose to 19.49 per cent. However, the students’ performance increased to 45.47 per cent in 2016 and 44.59 in 2017.”

The WAEC data corroborated the government’s position that there has been remarkable improvement in the standard of education in the state since the advent of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s government.

Speaking at the press conference, Omotunde-Young stated that the highest performance of Osun students in WASSCE before Aregbesola took the mantle of leadership in the state was 15 per cent in 2010, stating that the state had got as low as 6 per cent performance of students in 2007.

According to the ‘State of Osun Students Performance in WASSCE’ report collected from WAEC and presented to journalists by Omotunde-Young, the performance of Osun students was 10.95 per cent in 2006, 6.86 per cent in 2007, 10.11 per cent in 2008, 13.98 per cent in 2009 and 15.68 per cent in 2010.

Omotunde-Young said: As at November, 2010 when Aregbesola retrieved his mandate to govern the state of Osun, the situation in the Education Sector of Osun was marked with poor, dysfunctional, appalling, learning and teaching infrastructure across the State, non availability of adequate instructional materials, low morale of teachers, roughly dressed and malnourished pupils, poor monitoring and evaluation, low quality and dysfunctional Basic and Senior Secondary Education.

“All of these were crowned with very poor performance of students in internal and external examinations.

“To ensure the truth is told and records are straightened for all to know, so that the public will no longer be misled by the shameless, who have no inhibitionsin deliberately spreading falsehood, the Ministry of Education applied to WAEC officially furnish us with performance results from 2006 to 2017 in WASSCE.

“The results, official from WAEC, show that the best performance by students in Osun, for those with five credits including English and Mathematics,in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), in the five years before Aregbesola was 15.68 %.

“With the focused, deliberate and purposeful intervention of the government led by Aregbesola in the education sector the state has achieved 284% improvement in the performance of students in same examinations from 15.68% in 2010 to 44.47% in 2017 examinations.

“Not good enough yet, but it is a pointer to a better future based on the foundation laid by Aregbesola which should be allowed to germinate to fruition with continuity, by those who share his vision.

According to Omotunde-Young, the vision of Aregbeola’s government is to make public schools, ‘’world class schools’’ that produce confident, matriculate-able students who are first class scholars, cultural icons and models of good character, innovation and competence – the true Omoluabi.

Governorship Ticket: Osun West To Be Or Not?

By Shina Abubakar

As the struggle for the Successor of Governor Rauf Aregbesola thickens, it seems that the agitation to cede the ticket to Osun West Senatorial zone is becoming a factor to decide which party may likely win the state governorship election in the September 22 poll.

Investigation revealed that political parties in the state are waiting on one another to commit political blunder and strike where it hurts the most.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the PDP had already ceded its ticket to the zone but decided to keep its decision secret within the elders’ caucus to retain the interest of aspirants who are not from the zone as a strategy for political awareness in their respective zones.

However, some of the aspirants from outside the zone have either withdrawn from the race or decelerated political activities for the party’s ticket. For instance, the party’s aspirant from Ile-Ife, Dr. Albert Adeogun made a public statement announcing his withdrawal for a candidate from the west senatorial district.

Although, the party has not made any public statement regarding zoning of its ticket to the West Senatorial district, checks revealed that the leadership of the party had concluded to pick its flag bearer from the area and many of its aspirants have seen the hand writing on the wall.

However, the case with the APC is uncertain as the state Chairman has insisted that the party’s constitution is not in support of the request but pledged a level playing ground for all aspirants irrespective of their senatorial district of origin.

Findings revealed that the position of the APC chairman cannot be separated from clamour to allow every interested aspirants particularly from the central to participate in line with the party’s constitution.

The aspirants, from the district include Barrister Kunle Adegoke, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, Oluomo Sunday Akere, Hon. Lasun Yusuf, Hon. Yinka Ajayi, while Senator Babajide Omoworare, from Osun East Senatorial, has also thrown in his cap too.

Despite all of these, the elders’ caucus of the party was said to have reached a consensus that though the issue of zoning is not entrenched in the party’s constitution but the historical and gentleman agreement among the founding fathers of the state has allowed the arrangement to be acceptable in the state.

It was also gathered that the forum of APC Local Government Chairmen is divided over the zoning to the West Senatorial.

An independent survey by the medium revealed that the electorates across the state is also seeking fairness and equity in the distribution of political power across the three senatorial districts in the state and many respondents believed zoning the ticket to Osun-West would help any of the political party that want to win their votes in the September 22 election.

It was gathered that the APC, due to the performance of the incumbent Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration, has edge over the PDP but what is likely to become the former’s albatross is its choice of candidate, a decision its rivals are waiting to capitalize on.

Recent events in the state is also suggesting that the APC may likely call all its aspirants to a roundtable and let them see reason on the need to reach compromise before the date of its primary election.

 

Another Crisis Hits Ife PDP

By Sodiq Lawal

As the Osun governorship election is fast approaching, crisis is weighing bitterly in the Peoples Democratic Party, Ile Ife branch.

Members of the party including chieftains have been defecting to the All Progressives Congress(APC).

The defectors cited confusion, leadership crisis, lack of focus and no desirable agenda for Ife sons and daughters, as the reasons for their decision.

It was confirmed to our correspondent on Wednesday that some supporters of Senator Iyiola Omisore who are still under PDP clashed with supporters of Chief Gbenga Owolabi who is aspiring for the post of Osun Governor under PDP.

Sources confirmed that they engaged each other with charms and harmful weapons which led many injured.

It was said that the supporters of Chief Owolabi believed that the supporters of Omisore who are still under PDP are spies and should not be seen delving into party matters.

Do Workers In Ile Ife Have Sex At Work?

By Sodiq Lawal
There has been an alarming rate from talks of residents in Ile Ife on how workers exceed their relationship to having sex.
It was revealed to our correspondent on Friday on how a manager of a reputable company (Name withheld) in Ile Ife slumped to death after having sex with a lady who was her junior staff at the company.
As a result, this made our correspondent investigate the rate at which workers do have sex at work.
Our correspondent gathered that there is no denying the fact that the relationship among workers sometimes exceeds the surface.
 As time passes by and intimacy sets in, something even deeper is introduced, it is office romance.
While some co-workers enjoy mere workplace friendship, some take it a step forward to add romance to theirs.
For these click of people, it could be outside the work environment, night clubs, relaxation joints, hotels or even homes.
However, a new survey by our reporter has revealed that majority of lecturers in Obafemi Awolowo University do have sex with their students both on campus and off campus.
Given the antecedent of one OAU Professor, Richard Akindele who was involved in sex scandal with his student, Osagie Monica, it was however affirmed that many lecturers also engage in such illegal act.
Our correspondent survey which was conducted on over 500 people about their in-office behaviour and found that sex at work is, indeed happening, perhaps with more frequency than one might envisage.
During valentine day, it was revealed that some public school teachers in Ile Ife have sex with each other after closing hour.
This trend is on the rise among skilled labours during the day and even more among unskilled labours who run night shifts.
Of the people surveyed, 11 percent said they had had sex in the office with a co-worker, while four percent said they had done it with a non employee — meaning, they had brought someone into the building unofficially.
The majority did it after office hours, but around a third managed to get away with sex in office during work hours.
Our correspondent research,  disclosed that 14 percent of those who had sex at work were caught and the consequences are better imagined.

Expelled ex-student leader apologises to RUN VC over comment

A former president of the Redeemer’s University Students’ Association, Debo Adedayo, has apologised to the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Debo Adeyewa, over negative comments he made about the VC and the school management last year.

Recall that Adedayo was expelled by the varsity management a few weeks to his graduation for allegedly criticising the school in a post on social media. Adedayo dragged the institution to court but withdrew the case last week after both parties agreed to settle out of court.
it was gathered that gathered that RUN accepted his apology and the process to give him his certificate and mobilise him for the National Youth Service Corps ongoing.

The ex-student leader, in an exclusive interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, said he was sorry for any perceived derogation or lowering of the reputation of the Redeemer’s University in the public eye owing to an interview he granted SUNDAY PUNCH in October last year.

He said, “I wish to state that I do not hold the belief that whatever difficulties I encountered at the point of graduating from the Redeemer’s University stemmed from my being a Muslim or due to any other conflict on religious beliefs.

“I also wish to apologise sincerely to the Vice-Chancellor of the Redeemer’s University, Professor Debo Adeyewa, whom I continue to hold in high esteem, for any negative comments I might have made regarding his person in the media.

“I wish to state that the Redeemer’s University remains my alma mater, which I have nothing but love and respect for. I will always try my best to protect her image in the best possible light and carry myself in a manner befitting an alumnus of the institution.”

Osun Did Not Spend N4.6bn On Trailer Parks – Baderinwa

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the State of Osun, Mr Adelani Baderinwa has refuted claims by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party that Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration spent a sum of N4.6bn on the construction of Trailer parks in the state.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Commissioner in Osogbo on Thursday.

AREGBESOLA NEVER SPENT N4.6BN ON TRAILER PARKS

It has come to the attention of the State Government of Osun, the false and unfounded accusation against the noble person of Governor Rauf Aregbesola on the planned construction of four trailer parks in some parts of the state by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

PDP in its usual arbitrary manner falsely claimed that Governor Aregbesola awarded a N4.6bn trailer parks that was not executed.

To set the record straight, the state government wishes to state that no kobo of the state was spent on the proposed trailer parks, the government had no financial commitment to the execution of the contract, and it had been terminated for a very long time.

The contract was awarded on concession to Safeway Track Solution Limited in 2011, following the proposal it presented to the State Government.

The concession agreement was signed on 30th November, 2012. The concession agreement was that the company was going to be fully responsible for the project financing; therefore, the government had no any financial commitment to the project. And all necessary facilities would be provided by the company in each of the parks that were to be built in Osogbo-Ikirun road, Osogbo-Iwo road, Osogbo-Ilesa Road and Osogbo-Akoda road.

According to the concession agreement, the concessionaire (Safeway Track Solution Limited) would build, operate and transfer the facilities to the state government after 25 years. Before the transfer, the state government was to have 30 per cent of the total profit earned while the concessionaire was to have 70 per cent.

The only commitment of the state government to the planned park was the provision of Land which was provided to the Safeway Track Solution Limited by the Ministry of Works. The total cost of the contract was N4.6bn, including the value of the provided land which was N320 million.

It is on record that the contractor worked for sometimes before challenges set in, which prevented further work on the project sites. Base on the inability on the failure of the concessionaire, the government terminated the contract. That is the facts of the contract.

The PDP had been known for mischief, frivolous allegation and deceit. The party has failed in its deliberate attempt to misconstrue the concession agreement of the planned trailer parks. The PDP knows the fact, but yet went ahead to be telling cheap lies. It amounts to irresponsibility and outright absence of conscience for the PDP to be misinforming the general public. This is not how to do opposition; it is simply a dubious character.

The administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has been transparent and prudent on contract award of contract and the governance issues. He has been able to manage the meager resources of the state for unprecedented and surprising development of the state. It is worthy of note that Osun did not witness any meaningful development when the PDP government that got huge amount of money was managing the affairs of the state. We urge the PDP to stop this campaign of calumny and fruitless effort to smear Aregbesola’s good image.

No matter how devilish they could be, the people of Osun have chosen to continue to supporting the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Aregbesola’s administration. The PDP should for once live a truthful life.

Adelani Baderinwa
Commissioner for Information and Strategy
State of Osun

AfDB Scores Aregbesola High On Social Investment Programmes

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has lauded the Governor Rauf Aregbesola led administration in Osun for economically developing the state through the implementation of its people-oriented policies and programmes.

The AfDB scored Osun high on its social investment programmes, describing them as most laudable, impactful and commendable‎ in the democratic history of the country.

The leadership of the AfDB led by its Country Director, Mr. Ebrima Faal, gave the commendation during a courtesy visit to the governor at Government House in Osogbo.

Faal commended the state’s Six-‎Point Integral Action Plan which he said is in line with the organisation’s objectives.

The AfDB Director commended the state government for being committed to human and capital development as manifested in the positive results the state has recorded in all its policies and programmes.

Faal noted that the organisation was aware of the tremendous achievements the state has recorded particularly in the areas of education, technical and vocational training as well as infrastructure development.

“We are here to commend the state government for being committed to human and capital development as we have seen the positive impacts made in the lives of the citizens.

“We have seen the wonderful works going on across the state, particularly the massive infrastructural development and the efforts the state is making to turn around the economic fortunes of the state.

“We are enthused to be here to express our commitment to support the state in some critical areas of interest in line with our primary objective to stimulate the economy of our people on the continent.

“As a way of contributing to the Nigeria’s economy particularly on the need to diversify her economy from crude-oil to sustainable industrialised and commercialised economy through the advancement of non-oil sectors for the benefit of all, we have deemed it fit to partner Osun government.

“We are working tirelessly to ensure that the Nigeria and Africa’ economy objectives are actualised through the required socio-economic support and collaboration.

“We have seen the tremendous physical and social infrastructural development that spreads around every nook and cranny of the state.

“We want to shift the direction a bit to ensure a holistic performance at supporting governments at various levels to improve on their economy”

He added, “‎Since assumption of duty in Nigeria, I have never been to any state; Osun is the first and this is because I have heard so much about this state and I needed to come and see things for myself.

“And sincerely speaking, with what I have seen on ground since I arrived at Osun, the present administration has really raised the bar of governance through its various investments in infrastructure and the people of the state.
“There are very few states in this part of the world that has invested heavily in the people and I am so happy about this because it means that there is so much hope for the people of the state and this explains why the state is so peaceful.

“Another significant fact is that after a careful study of various government policies of Osun for its people, we have discovered that the Six-Point Integral Action Plans which the state is using as guide to move the state forward is completely in line with our own policies.”‎‎

In his response, Governor Aregbesola stated that his administration is passionate about the welfare and well- being of the people, hence the huge investment of the government in physical and social sectors of the economy.

He said the present administration in the state is a focused one which is people friendly and always willing to put smiles on the faces of the people which it serves.

Aregbesola said for Africa to maximise its potential which Nigeria must champion, the initiative must start from somewhere, no matter how small, stressing that Osun is ready to take the initiative to show what governance should be.

While expressing the hope that the AfDB will fully support the state, the governor explained that the present administration in the state is not frivolous and is ready to make life better for the people of the state.

He said, “We are ready to take the initiative to make Nigeria great and put Africa on the world map of development.
“Even before we came into office we already set out on what we want to achieve for our people and that’s why we came up with the six-point integral action plans for our government.

“We are a focused government and we want the best in terms of everything for our people, if you support us you will be doing the right thing for our people who will be better for it.

Developmental Projects: Osun CSDP Disburses N1.38b To Communities

By Nofisat Marindoti 
The State of Osun Agency for Community and Social Development Project, CSDP, has disclosed that it has
disbursed N1.38 billion to various communities across the state for the execution of developmental projects.
The agency’s General Manager, Mrs. Funmi Abokede, stated this at a training programme organised for Council Managers and Heads of Departments of Social and Community Development in the state.
The GM explained that projects executed with the money so far included the construction of blocks of classrooms, lodge for National Youths Service Corps (NYSC)members, VIP toilets, civic centres and electricity projects in various communities across the state.
Abokede added that part of the fund was also channeled into roads projects, mini bridges and culverts as well as grading of rural roads, adding that the projects also covered provision of boreholes with reticulation points.
She thereby commended the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, for making the fund available for the projects.
The Chairman of Local Government Chairmen in the state, Prince Boye Jaiyeola, also commended CSDP for organizing such capacity training for local government chairmen.

PHOTONEWS: Osun Govt Commemorates June 12, Holds Public Lecture

The State Government of Osun on Tuesday held a public lecture to mark the 25th Anniversary of the June 12, 1993 Presidential Election in Nigeria.

The election presumed to have been won by a business mogul, Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola (MKO) was annuled by the then Military Dictator, General Ibrahim Babangida.

The anniversary comes on a day President Muhammadu Buhari officially honoured the late Pro-Democracy Hero and others at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Legal Luminary, Femi Falana, Prof Folorunso Bamisaya, Head of Service, Dr Olowogboyega Oyebade and other members of the state Executive Council attended the lecture that took place at the Aurora Events Center in Osogbo.

 

Photos Credit: Dolapo Julius

Tinubu Pledges To Work For Buhari’s Second Term

A national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said President Muhammadu Buhari deserved a second term and that he would work for his victory in the 2019 presidential election.

 

While highlighting some of Buhari’s achievements, Tinubu claimed that Nigerians are no longer paying for darkness, giving an indication that electricity supply has become stable under the present administration.

He also lauded Buhari for the school feeding programme, a component of the government’s Social Investment Programme.

25 Years After, Nigerians Celebrate Historic June 12

June 12 is here again, and it is being celebrated across the country.

Although most Nigerians expect it to be a national public holiday, they are commemorating the historic day with the excitement of the triumph of Nigeria’s Democracy.

June 12 is significant in Nigeria’s history as the June 12, 1993 election is adjudged as the freest and fairest in Nigeria’s democratic history.

Late MKO Abiola was presumed to have won the poll – the first presidential election held in the country since 1983 when the military took over power in a coup.

Abiola, who contested on the platform of the then Social Democratic Party (SDP), defeated Bashir Tofa of the defunct National Republican Convention (NCP) to win the poll.

  

But the election was annulled by the then military junta headed by Retired General Ibrahim Babangida.

Abiola was later arrested and detained for years, after which he died on July 7, 1998, in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Twenty-five years down the memory lane, the lessons of the historic election still ring loud on the nation’s democratic experience.

In April 2018, General Babangida told Channels Television that despite explaining why the June 12 election was cancelled, nobody has given him credit for conducting the freest poll in the country.

He said, “Nobody has ever sat down to say the two persons (IBB and Abiola) are friends, what went wrong?

“He (Abiola) knew my feeling; I knew his feeling about the country generally because I do talk about Nigeria with the presumed winner of the truly democratically freest election. We even talked about it during the crisis itself.”

Two months later, Nigerians woke up to the news of President Muhammadu Buhari declaring June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

President Buhari, who made the announcement on June 6, 2018, in honour of Abiola, had also conferred a Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) – the highest national award in the land, on him.

 

The development triggered a hot debate in the nation’s political space, including reactions from the National Assembly and some of the government critics.

While the Senate welcomed Abiola’s recognition, the asked President Buhari to take further steps by declaring the late businessman President and ensure the entitlements due to him are paid to his family.

In the House of Representatives, the matter led to a rowdy session, after which the lawmakers asked the President to honour the then chairman of the electoral umpire that conducted the election, Professor Humphrey Nwosu.

However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) claimed that the President was using the declaration to score political points.

They also asked him to respect the constitution if he truly wants to honour Abiola.

On the other hand, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said while they welcome the development, they urged President Buhari to honour late Kudirat Abiola – wife of the presumed winner of the 1993 election, as a heroine of democracy.

 

Some of the supposed critics of the government who stunned Nigerians to commend the President’s decision are Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, and co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), Dr Oby Ezekwesili.

On Friday last week, the Presidency informed Nigerians that the National Holiday of June 12 will come into effect from 2019. However, a special national Honour Investiture will be held today, June 12, 2018, in Abuja in honour of the heroes of Democracy, Moshood Abiola, Gani Fawehinmi and Baba Gana Kingibe.

Today is a public holiday in states in the south-west region of the country, including Lagos, Ogun, and Osun in commemoration of the historic June 12.