The Worse Is Over In Osun – Govt

The State Government of Osun has declared that the worse is over and there is end in sight for the financial crisis that had been strangulating governance in the state.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the State, Mr Adelani Baderinwa on Thursday said Osun has moved far away from Egypt and moving towards economic prosperity which will enhance governance.

Baderinwa who spoke on a television programme on the report of a Financial Derivatives Company (FDC) that ranked Osun as the second wealthiest state in Nigeria in 2017, stated that Governor Rauf Aregbesola has invested heavily in the economy of the state in terms of infrastructure and social intervention.

Besides, Baderinwa said the price of crude oil has been improving which will bring more money to the cover of the federation and the state in return.

He described the FDC report as genuine and credible, maintaining that it is the manifestation of delivery of good governance by the Aregbesola’s administration.

According to Baderinwa, the report attested to the fact that Aregbesola has been able to affect the people positively even in the face of financial quagmire.

Baderinwa said: “I want to believe and say that, by the grace of God, the worse is over in the state of Osun. We have moved far way from Egypt in terms of economic development. We are moving towards economic prosperity in the state, courtesy of Aregbesola’s ingenuity.

“Nigeria has moved out of recession and the price of crude oil is increasing. More money would into the account of the federation and the state in returns.”

Speaking on the FDC report, Baderinwa said: “Whatever anybody might say, there are some reasonable people out there that appreciate Aregbesola’s financial engineering system; his judicious management of the meager resources of the state.

“The report is genuine and credible. It reflects the fact that Aregbesola has been able to affect the people positively in the face of financial crisis.”

On the 2018 governorship election, Baderinwa expressed his optimism that the people of the state would not elect anybody that will stall the development of the state, urging the people to be conscious of governorship aspirants who want to manipulate them into taking wrong decision.

“Osun people acknowledge and appreciate Aregbesola’s social programmes like O’ MEAL, OYES, O REHAB, O’ Ambulance and thus they would want the programmes to continue. So, they will be mindful of who they want to elect; they will not elect anybody that will draw the state back.”

Shiites Blame Police, Alleges Plot To Turn Protest To Violence

 

The Islamic Movement of Nigeria IMN also known as the Shiites group have accused the Nigeria Police Force in the FCT for misleading the public and killing some of its members during a peaceful procession to protest the detention of their leader, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakyzaky by the Federal Government since 2 years ago.

 

It also accused the Police of bringing up some unidentified people to the scene of the protest to cause violence.

 

A statement by IMN’s spokesman, Ibrahim Musa held that the protest was a peaceful one but was turned to a violent platform when some hoodlums commissioned by “the authorities” to forment trouble gained access to the protest.

 

Shiites also said the Police handling of the protest was shody saying the killing of two of its members with many injured on Wednesday was inhuman.

 

 

THE FULL PRESS STATEMENT BELOW

 

 

Stop the rumours and respect our right to protest!

Security agents are spreading false information and rumours with a view to breaking our will and causing confusion so that they could seize the opportunity to turn our peaceful protests into violence.

Credible reports have confirmed that hoodlums have been commissioned by the authorities to foment trouble by burning tyres and properties in the course of our peaceful processions.

 

Part of their evil plot involved spreading false news of the alleged death of our leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky due to illness on fake Facebook profile pages. They had hoped to achieve their mischievous aims by using that to wreck havoc and attribute same to a supposed reaction of members of the Islamic Movement.

When all their evil machinations failed woefully however, the security agents went wild by themselves and opened fire on peaceful protesters demanding for the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky to enable him attend to his deteriorating health status in illegal detention of Nigerian authorities. As a consequence of this brutality by the Police, two people were killed and scores were wounded.

The police further arrested hundreds. Similarly yesterday, policemen had used live ammunition to stop the procession, injuring quite a number, including Sheikh Qasim Umar Sokoto. A journalist was bartered with clubs and sticks until his arm was broken by the police. Today the police were even more brutal in the attack on the peaceful protesters.

 

This police fury followed their inability to cash on the effects of such fake news and reports they have circulated on social media to incite violence to discredit the Islamic Movement.

 

The Islamic Movement will like to reiterate its age-long stand of adopting peaceful means  in pursuing its objectives. We vehemently reject any attempt to label us violent and we are so orderly for anybody to incite us into taking illogical violent means. We would not be held responsible for anything contrary to our peaceful resolve and methods.

 

Be Hardworking, Shun Miracle Money – Aregbesola Urges Youths

By Nofisat Marindoti

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has urged youths to shun social vices, searching for “Miracle Money” and rather be hard working.

Aregbesola said this while addressing youths at the State Youth Summit tagged, “West 2040; Productivity, Prosperity and Peace.” at WOCDIF center in Osogbo, the State capital on Tuesday.

The State Governor also urged the youths from the six States in the western region to imbibe the spirit of adding values to the society through beneficial innovations.

“Discover yourself and plan the discovery to develop your space not through “Yahoo” or seeking “Miracle Money”. Work is not about getting money, it is about adding value to the society and education without critical thinking is nothing, so work to add value to your society.” He added.

In his speech, the Governor’s counterpart in Oyo State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi also charged the youths to be determined to succeed through hard work, adding that he washed corpses for eight years to sponsor his schooling in the United States.

Ajimobi who lauded Aregbesola for hosting the Youth summit, revealed that his state would be hosting the next youth summit.

“Hardwork is the only way to success, decide to succeed, be knowledgeable and well behaved and optimize the opportunities around you to get the much dreamed about Nigeria.

In their separate addresses, the representative of the Ogun State Government, Bashorun Adebola Adeife and the representative of the Ondo State Government, Mr Alfred Agboola implored the youths to be more productive.

Highlights of the programme included cultural displays and dramas by students from various government schools in the state.

Yoruba Youths Insist on Restructuring, Condemn Herdsmen Attacks

By Nofisat Marindoti

Yoruba Youths in the Western Region of Nigeria have insisted on restructuring the country in order to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.

The youths agreed on this at the 1st Western Youth Summit hosted by the Government of the State of Osun in collaboration with Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN on Wednesday.

The two days Summit held in Osogbo, capital of the State of Osun, drew academia and top dignitaries from all walks of life in the country which included the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who declared the Summit open on Tuesday.

The youths also condemned the recent clashes between farmers and herdsmen and implored the Federal Government to address the issue immediately.

Asking that the anti-open grazing law be implemented in all the states, the Western youths called for fairness, rule of law, separation of power and equity in government, adding that the “Not too young to rule law” be implemented at both states and federal levels.

In his speech, the Oba of Oke Ila-Orangan, HRM Adedokun Abolarin urged the youths to be creative and innovative in order to reduce poverty to the lowest rate.

“Success is hardwork, believe in yourself and see the beauty in your environment. Be organized, responsible and make marks in the sand of time.

Osun Workers Jubilate As Government Pays Full December Salary

There was jubilation among civil servants in Osogbo, Osun State, on Tuesday evening as workers in the employment of the state government under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola began to receive payment of full salary for the month of December 2017.

The development was the fallout of agreement the state government reached with the top hierarchy of the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress ( TUC) and Joint Negotiation Council (JNC) shortly before they suspended industrial action workers embarked in late December to denounce payment of modulated salary, non remittance of contributory pension, amongst other issues.

Cross section of civil servants, who spoke to the Nigerian Tribune exuded joy as they lauded the state government for fulfilling its promise to pay full salary for the month of December 2018, just as they confirmed that the receipt of bank alerts for their salaries.

Though there were pockets of complaints that few of the civics servants received bank alerts of half salary for December, our correspondent reliably gathered such categories of workers may have obtained loans, through cooperative societies, hence the receipt of alert for modulated salary.

Confirming the payment of December 2018 salary to the workforce during a telephone chat with the Nigerian Tribune on Wednesday morning, Osun State Commissioner for Finance, Mr Bola Oyebamiji stated that ” it is not possible for any worker to claim that he received a modulated salary for December because we paid all of them full salaries.

If they have any issue, tell them to come to my ministry. They should come and see my Permanent Secretary immediately. But, I don’t think so because of all of us, I mean everyone of us received the full salary”.

He continued, “by the time deduct tax from their salaries and those who obtained loans may think they were paid half salary.

There was nothing like that, all of them got alerts for full December salary”.

COMMUNIQUE At The End Of The 2018 Western Nigeria Regional Youth Summit

THE REGIONAL YOUTH SUMMIT held at the WOCDIF Center, 9th & 10th January 2017 together to discuss the aspirations of the proposed Strategic Western Nigeria Development Roadmap, and chart out innovative initiatives for the future. The theme of the summit is PRODUCTIVITY, PROSPERITY AND PEACE.

At the end of the summit the youth gathering agreed and resolved on the following actions as imperatives for the vision of the Strategic 25 year Western Nigeria Masterplan.

VISION for 2040
A region less dependent on fossil fuels
A region that is a hub for tourism and agricultural competitiveness
An educated workforce
A region of technologically developed urban centers
A peaceful and secure region
A globally competitive Yoruba Language and culture.

IMPERATIVES

GOVERNANCE AND POLITICS
That the entire Yoruba youth insist on restructuring of the current warped federal arrangement that stifles the growth of our region.

That from history, the youth agreed that the golden era of the region was in the era of regional governments and we should revert to a system of federalism based on regionalism.

That the youth of Western Nigeria affirm their belief in one united Nigeria based on fairness, equity and strict adherence of doctrine of federalism, separation of powers and rule of law.

The need to enshrine in the Federal constitution a role for plebiscites or referendums on certain issues of public importance.

Youths in the region should be encouraged to participate in political governance at both the legislative and executive levels. The NOT TO YOUNG TO RUN proposal should be properly institutionalized at both federal and state elections.

That the Youth of Western Nigeria condemn the incessant herdsmen attack on innocent people across the country and appeal to the federal government to act as a matter of urgency to avert massive reprisal attacks.

That anti- open grazing laws be enacted throughout the country and commercially driven ranches be established.

EDUCATION
That the ultimate goal of education should essentially be to produce the quintessential Omoluabi, both in content and character. Our Education should bring enlightenment to the human mind; prepare people for the world of work; provide the platform for leadership recruitment and provide the means for character building, especially the development of the Total Man

ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT
To tackle poor entrepreneurial skills and financial illiteracy, support and policies in Business Development and Entrepreneurial skill Development; and Financial Literacy Training should be deployed in states of the region.

That Legal and Regulatory Frameworks should be put in place to harmonize and simplify the regime of taxes and levies and State governments to make public their services, procedures, cost and redress mechanism to encourage payment of taxes to lessen reliance on federal allocation.

The creative economy and informal economy (film, music, fashion, food, photography etc) should be properly structured to stimulate creativity and economic growth.

AGRICULTURE
That enablers should be put in place so the agriculture value chain be optimized for youth participation

SECURITY
That Joint actions will be pursued and sustained on security threats to guarantee the safety of lives, property and prosperity of the people of the region

At the end of the summit, all participants agreed that 25-year master plan as conceived by the Governments of the Western Nigeria is a step in the right direction and commend the government and people of the State of Osun and DAWN Commission on convening the Regional Youth Summit and look forward to the next edition in Oyo state.

To secure the future and that to articulate the shared values and aspirations of the Region in a living document and translating such to implementable actions and interventions will definitely make Western Nigeria a most preferred place to live, to work and to invest in the near future.

Brain Injury: Yusuf Buhari Transferred To Germany

Yusuf Buhari, the son of Nigeria’s President who was critically injured during a drag-racing motorbike accident in Gwanripa neighbourhood in Abuja last December will be heading to Germany for further medical treatment.

Saharareporters had revealed that Yusuf could not immediately be airlifted outside Nigeria due to the severity of injuries to his brain.

Saharareporters confirmed that Yusuf will be transferred tonight to St. Josefs Hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany where he will receive comprehensive treatment that my last for weeks.

Yusuf will be accompanied by his mother, Aisha Buhari, the daughter of the President, Mrs. Halima Buhari-Sheriff, the personal physician to the first lady, Dr. Kamal Mohammed and three other aides.

Medical sources said Yusuf had remained largely unresponsive to treatment at Cedarcrest Hospital where he was first taken after the bike accident in Abuja.

I Washed Dead Bodies To Survive As A Student Abroad – Ajimobi

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Tuesday said that he washed dead bodies as a youth to pay his tuition fees while schooling abroad.

Ajimobi said this at a South-West Youths Regional Summit in Osogbo.

The governor, while urging the youth to have a positive mindset toward hard work, said he spent eight years abroad washing dead bodies to survive.

He said his parents only sent him 30 dollars all through his stay abroad, adding that he had to look for a way to survive.

“I left Nigeria in 1963 to study abroad, but throughout my stay there, I was washing dead bodies to support myself to go to school.

“When ever I got home from work, I will be weeping, remembering the number of dead bodies I washed.

“My boss at work then said I should not be afraid or fear, adding that such feeling is normal for first comers.

“He encouraged me to always see those dead bodies as iced fish.

“But against all odds, I survived and that is why I am urging youths to see hard work as the only way to success.

“I am saying this to challenge the youth of our next generation not to give up.

“This is our chance as youths and as Yorubas to come together to chart a successful pathway for the country.’’

Ajimobi, however, urged Yoruba leaders and governors to unite for the progress of the Yoruba race.

Source: NAN

War Is Bad Business Anywhere  – Aregbesola

By Nofisat Marindoti

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has bemoaned the evils of war and its subsequent consequences. 

Launching the Emblem commemorating the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the Government house in Osogbo on Monday, Aregbesola expressed that War, no matter how justifiable, is bad business anywhere.

“I soberly and thoughtfully welcome you all to this important National event, the launching of the emblem in remembrance of our soldiers that died and were wounded in war and to honour and support the veterans that are alive. 

“These are soldiers who gave their lives in wars beginning from the First World War, Second World War, the Nigerian Civil War and the various armed engagements to defend Nigeria’s territorial integrity and keep our people safe. 

“This is to commemorate also the Nigerian Civil War that was fought to keep Nigeria one. In all these wars, many lives have been lost, many more wounded and unquantifiable property destroyed. Many of the wounded regrettably lost limbs, while others suffered permanent incapacitation requiring hospice and dependency for the rest of their lives. There are others alive that carried scars from the horrors of war, on their minds that may never heal. We pray that God almighty will comfort them and heal their souls. 

“War, no matter how justifiable, is bad business anywhere. This is why we must all work towards avoiding one, at all cost. When a soldier is killed, a dream dies. A woman becomes a widow, some children lost a father and some parents lost a promising son.”

Aregbesola thereby urged the people to embrace peace, be law abiding instead of resorting to war. 

“We must all remember the factors that led to the wars that claimed such noble lives. A common factor being mindless pursuit of one’s interest, not caring how it affects others and what will be the consequences. Another being the penchant to incite others to hatred and violence. Others include the false sense of racial, religious or ethnic superiority and the tendency to look down upon and oppress those that are different from us religiously, ethnically, socially, economically, politically and ideologically.

“The best way to honour the memory of the dead is to prevent wars, in order that their sacrifice will not be in vain.

We must find a way to make the veterans to be productive. It is regrettable that our society has only engaged them in security and mostly driving duties. 

“The veterans should also demonstrate good citizenship by being law abiding in the society. Too often they tend to settle dispute with force, side stepping the rule of law, in a way that suggests that they do not subscribe to the rules of the larger society.

Buhari Promises Ortom Improved Security In Benue

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said he has assured the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, of his commitment to the security of lives and property in the state and other parts of the country.

Buhari said he gave the assurance during a meeting he had with the governor at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He disclosed this in a message he posted on his verified Twitter handle, @MBuhari, shortly after he met the governor to review the security situation in the state especially as it concerns recent killings.

He said he was committed to ensuring that all those behind the recent attacks in the state were brought to justice.

He also promised that his government would do everything possible to forestall a recurrence.

The President wrote, “I just met with the governor of Benue State. I assured Governor Ortom of our total commitment to the security of lives and property in Benue and elsewhere.

“We have deployed additional security resources to fish out the attackers, bring them to justice, and prevent further attacks.”

Benue Killings: Ortom Meets Buhari, Wants Military To End Conflict

The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, said he would support any move, including military option, that can put an end to the killings being witnessed in the state.

He however said he would not support the Federal Government’s plan to establish cattle colonies until he understood the concept.

Ortom spoke with State House correspondents after a meeting he had with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said although he had briefed the President on the telephone immediately the incident took place, he felt there was the need for him to meet Buhari personally after he had succeeded in restoring normalcy to a level.

When asked for his position on the suggestion that full blown military operation be applied in his state, the governor said, “Anything that can stop the killings of my people, I will go for it. I support it.

“Any policy or any directive, anything that will help stop the killing of these innocent people who are not armed, I will support it because this cannot continue.

“We know that the continuity of this will create greater challenges. I don’t want it to continue. We are struggling with economic issues, we are struggling with political issues and we are struggling with several other issues in this country, security issues and all that, Benue State should not be part of this, there is no need for it.”