VIDEO: Osun Records Unprecedented Infrastructural Development Under Aregbesola

The Unprecedented Infrastructural face-lift given to Osun by the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola is second to none in the history of the State of Osun.

The infrastructure which includes state of the art modern schools, magnificent bridges, network of roads among others are standing legacies the Aregbesola government would leave in the state after eight years of massive development of laying the solid foundation for the development of Osun in the next 50 years.

Here is a video of how the visionary government changed the old Gbongan Junction to the Adebisi Akande Trumpet Interchange Bridge, a move to curb the incessant cases of accidents on the expressway.

Indeed, Aregbesola is Working, Osun is Moving!!

George Weah Sworn In As Liberian President

Former international football star George Weah was sworn in as Liberia’s new president on Monday, in the country’s first transition between democratically-elected leaders since 1944.

Weah, 51, took over from Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who spent 12 years at the helm, steering the West African nation away from the trauma of a civil war.

He was sworn in as president by the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Francis Korkpor.

The ceremony took place at a packed sports stadium near the capital, Monrovia, with several African heads of state in attendance, along with friends and former colleagues from Weah’s football years.

Crowds queued for kilometres (miles) to reach the stadium, singing, dancing and waving the Liberian flag as they waited.

Weah has vowed to make prosperity and job creation the hallmarks of his presidency.

Liberia is one of the poorest countries in the world, ranking a mere 177th on the 188 countries in the Human Development Index compiled by the UN Development Programme.

AFP

Ayegbaju Market Not Recommissioned – Management

ATTENTION OF THE MANAGEMENT OF AYEGBAJU INT’L MARKET HAS BEEN DRAWN TO THE FAKE NEWS FROM OPPOSITION ABOUT TODAY’S PROGRAMME

It is an undeniable inexpedient to acknowledge the fact that, buying and selling are one of the essential routine in human life and this is what made the management of Ayegbaju International Market led by Hon Hakeem Okunade(SAMANJA) organised a formal opening of weekly market day fixed for every Saturday from dawn to dusk.

The motive and notion behind this is to create a global awareness for people in Osun, Southwest and beyond.

The event was witnessed by many dignitaries and important personalities to rally support for the Saturday market day and business operation within the premises of the market.

It’s laughable to read opposition and scaremongers flying exhorbitant rumour around, claiming the government is recommissioning Ayegbaju International Market.

It’s so unfortunate that some nitwits could go so low to the extent of misconstruing vital information that will benefit Osun populace.

We hereby urge the general public to disregard the rumour that emanated from the pit of hell, debunk the rummor of recommissioning as today’s programme is meant for commencement of Saturday open market.

Please note that Ayegbaju International Market had been commissioned before today and there’s no need to do that again.

Signed
Hakeem Okunade
Manager,
Ayegbaju International Market, Osogbo

With Osun APC 2018- The Future Is Bright

By Sodiq Lawal

Fellow brethren, It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Nigeria is out of recession! So, let all men of goodwill clink glasses in celebration of the valuable worth of a
country that will neither wear out nor rust out!

Having said that, to say that all is well with party politics in State of Osun, especially, as 2018 draws nearer, depends on which side the observer is looking at. Like Siamese twins, things are scarily looking up for the ruling party and the opposition is closer to fire than it is to frying pan.

The political lion and the economic bear are strategizing; even the wolves and the hyenas of our ethno-religious belongingness are waiting in the wings, desperately hoping to devour whatever remains of the country called Nigeria. It is therefore time Nigeria’s David woke up to the responsibility of killing the uncircumcised Philistines before they kill Nigeria dead. In my considered opinion, such an important task must start from the State of Osun! For all, I care, Peoples Democratic Party ,(PDP) brought us to this sorry past and it should not be allowed to take us for collective amnesiacs.

All about Osun is not a tale of woes. As a matter of fact, the state has gone too far to look back and credit must be given to the forward- looking governor. Within a very short period of seven years, Aregbesola has given a new hope of a state gloriously conquering, not miserably failing!

For example, while the state continues to pay sufficient attention to the education of its students, every teacher on its payroll now knows that he or she has the potentials to rise up to the topmost level of his or her career. Through activities of the Osun Broilers Outgrowers Programme Scheme, OBOPS, the state has not only “placed Osun second to Oyo State in broiler production in the country” , “about 1,000 farmers and over-3,000 food vendors” have also been gainfully employed.

In Osun, cases of Poliomyelitis are now consigned to the past due to the administration’s effective and extensive immunization initiatives. It will also interest readers to know that the state came 9th in the just- concluded National Youth Games with 9 Gold (including 3 Non- Scoring), 5 Silver and 4 Bronze medals, the first of its kind in a long while.

In ‘Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears’ , Tom Lutz wrote: “Professional mourners have not so much disappeared over the last millennium; they have simply donned robes and stopped crying.” To be fair to posterity, it is because of who we are that we are where we are! For example, even if APC is such “a coat of many clouds” and PDP, “a blind giant groping in the dark” , have we ever tasked those condemning the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to contemplate Nigeria’s present state had Goodluck Jonathan remained in power beyond 2015?

On the other hand, how do we draw a healthy line of distinction between social welfare and ‘stomach infrastructure’ and why should a man with the handkerchief be found in a sweating mode? Again, who is a better politician: one who builds bridges across the Niger through massive investment in his people’s future or one who merely ‘constructs bridges’ across the stomach?

Well, Aregbesola’s strides in the midst of the opposition’s brickbats bring to memory the Story of the Twelve Spies. Of the twelve sent out to “explore the Promised Land and give a report to Moses and the people” , only two – Joshua and Caleb – actually came back with a report of hope and possession as contrasted with the frightening arrogation of largeness, fortification and power to the city and its occupants by the other explorers. But then, God’s promise of giving the land to His chosen ones was not unfulfilled. Even at that, my Bible didn’t tell me that the spies’ return to the Wilderness of Paran at the end of their assignment put a lid on the plight of the Israelites on their way to New Jerusalem. May principalities and powers, assigned to rubbish our leaders’ efforts, backfire!

No doubt, the only party where lies effective transformation like we all are witnessing today in the State of Osun is the All Progressives Congress (APC). The current situation in the state of Osun is progress in all her Sectors. From infrastructural development, to agricultural development, to education, improved health sector, Urban renewal, job creation, youth and women empowerment and many other developmental projects.

With all sincerity, what we need now is continuity to the effective transformational plans of the present Government led by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. He is a good leader which he has demonstrated over the years in deeds, words and actions.

Undoubtedly, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has brought to the doorstep of every household a dividend of democracy. He has made Osun a reference point to effective developments.

It might interest us to know that apart from Lagos State, Osun remains the only State that has concentrated the largest chunk of her resources to bring meaningful development on education. Ogbeni’s administration has constructed new 70-State-of-the-art educational facilities for elementary, middle and high School Pupils/ Students with a complementary renovation of additional 1,500 Classrooms. Timely approval and construction of over 1000kms of rural and Urban roads, programs such as O-YES ( Osun Youth empowerment Scheme) has produced 40,000 jobs to teeming Youths in Osun, which has drastically reduced the unemployment rate according to publication of the National Bureau of Statistics as also recognised by the World Bank.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has consciously improved Osun in all sectors, hence, the hope for Osun State lies in the continuity of the present APC government and adequate support to whoever wins the ticket to succeed the Governor in Office.

No Litigation Can Stop Osun LG Election – OSIEC

By Nofisat Marindoti

The Chairman of Osun Independent Electoral Commission, OSIEC, Otunba Segun Oladitan has affirmed the commission’s readiness to conduct the Local Government election come January 27 despite the litigations against it.

In a radio programme monitored by Osun Defender, Oladitan stated that the Commission has not been served legally, adding that the ruling of the High Court in Abuja on January 24 can neither disturb nor stop the conduct of the election.

The Chairman who stated that the commission is well prepared for the election, also assured that it would be free and fair.

Stating that the polling units would be tightly secured, Oladitan said there would be no movement from 7am and 2pm to avoid disruption and that the only pass across the units would be the PVC.

Asked when the result would be out, The OSIEC Chairman replied that it would be out almost immediately bearing on the geographical problems of some centres.

Oladitan also revealed that the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is not part of the 18 political parties that would be participating in the election.

Asked why the PDP would not be participating, Oladitan replied that it is not the duty of the commission to necessarily call the opposition to participate.

According to him, “18 political parties without PDP is participating, 36 parties showed interest but we discovered 8 were not registered with INEC. The nomination forms were given to the remaining ones but at the close of forms, only 18 responded and showed up interest to participate.

“It is not the responsibility of commission to call opposition to come and participate. Commission’s responsibility is to call people out to vote for councilors.” Oladitan explained.

Oladitan who also justified the parliamentary system of government to be used, explained that section 7 of the constitution says the mode of conduct has to be democratic but that the state has to make law according to its structure.

Why We Insisted On The Conduct Of LG Election – OSIEC

The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) has reiterated its stance on the conduct of local government election earlier slated for January 27,2018, in the face of a pending litigation.

The OSIEC’ s Chairman, Mr Segun Oladitan asserted that the decision of the commission to go ahead with the exercise was hinged on the premise that the litigation does not in anyway affect the process of the contest.

It would be recalled that OSIEC, at a press conference late last year had announced its resolve and plan to conduct the councils’ poll on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

It was against the backdrop that a human right activist, Kanmi Ajibola and some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) approached the court, to declare the action as unconstitutional and illegal, arguing that the propose parliamentary system at the local government level is in conflict with electoral law.

However,  at a stakeholders meeting organized by the commission in Osogbo, the state capital, the OSIEC Chairman further opined that  the court injunction, which supposedly sought to halt the process would not prevent  the commission from conducting the poll as earlier announced.

Olaitan who faulted the process through which the injunction was served said, January 27 was sacrosanct.

He said, “when the date for the conduct of local government election was announced, the opposition party approached the court, seeking the conciliation of the process but instead of serving  the commission the notice of injunction in Osogbo, they brought it to liaison office, Abuja, which according to him does not fall under the jurisdiction”.

According to him, ” the local governments election was last held in 2007 and the forthcoming  election would take place on Jan. 27 , despite the court injunction.

“The method at which the injunction was served was questionable and the commission position is simple.

” The injunction served at liaison office in abuja would not bind the commission. We have not submitted our self to the jurisdiction of the federal high court”, he resorted.

While giving the breakdown of the election, Olaitan enunciated that out 389 wards in the state,  only  125 wards have more than one person contesting, while 264 wards have only one candidate contesting without opponent.

He explained that 18 political parties out of the 28 that registered would be contesting  in the  3, 018 polling units in the state.

Oladitan sought for the cooperation of the commission , security agencies and political parties to make the contest a success.

Olaitan who called on members of political parties to conduct themselves in a lawful manner in order to ensure itch free polls announced that,  there would be no vehicular movement between 7:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Earlier, the Commissioner of Police (CP) in Osun, Mr Folahanmi Adeoye, enjoined all political parties not to take laws into their hands , adding that election is not a do or die affair.

Adeoye noted that  security agencies would not relent in their efforts to ensure hith-free exercise.

He called on relevant stakeholders to desist from any act capable of destabilizing the election.

Present at the stakeholders meeting are the security heads in the state, political parties, OSIEC staff , among others.

Osun LG Election Date Remains Sacrosant, OSIEC Insists

…faults litigation

By Nofisat Marindoti

The Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), has faulted all litigations against the conduct of local government elections slated for January 27, adding that the election remained sacrosanct.

The Chairman, Mr Segun Oladitan, said this while addressing OSIEC and Ad-hoc staff at Osogbo during a 2-day training workshop for Electoral Officers, Assistant Electoral Officers and OSIEC staff on Tuesday.

Oladitan thereby urged all stakeholders to join hands in making the process free, fair and credible.

Oladitan said that being a lawyer of repute, the litigations after thorough studies, are not sufficient nor capable of putting a halt to the election.

He charged participants to see themselves as ambassadors of the commission and work assiduously to ensure a free, fair, credible and successful election.

The chairman also congratulated the officers for being found worthy of the assignment especially when such election was held 11 years ago, but warned them not to endanger themselves by engaging in any form of electoral malpractice that could land them in trouble.

According to him, only Councillors would be elected at the polls, the officers should educate the electorate on parliamentary system of government adopted by Osun which provides for election of chairmen by prospective elected councillors of local governments.

Oladitan however, disclosed that 18 political parties would participate in the election on Jan. 27 and noted that the Commission is fully prepared for a credible election.

Osun Govt Accuses Opposition of Vandalizing Bridges

The State Government of Osun has accused the opposition of vandalizing some infrastructural projects being done by Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s admimistration in some parts of Osogbo, the state capital.

The accusation came on the heel of the vandalization of November 26 and August 9 bridges of the Osogbo-East bypass by some yet to be known vandals.

About six feet of the rod used for the expansion joint of the November 26 bridge on the Osun river was
cut away and street light armoured cables were also carted away by the vandals.

At the August 9 bridge, four cast iron which allow surface run off water on the bridge, according to the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Engr. Kazem Salami were also stolen.

Speaking at the inspection of the bridges, Salami who was accompanied by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, described the incident as a deliberate sabotage of the infrastructure by some ‘enemies of progress’.

Salami, who dismissed the rumour that the bridge was about to collapse maintained that the vandalized section of the bridge does not in anyway have structural defect on it, stressing that the bridges would last for 30 years before any maintenance work on them would be necessary.

He explained that the expansion joint vandalised was just to take care of the elasticity of the concrete on the bridge, stating that there is no structural defect on them.

The commissioner said: “This is November 26, bridge; some enemies of progress came about two weeks ago and removed all the armoured cable at the side of the parapet wall. They came again on the bridge and cut the binder cords that support the material for the expansion joint.

“They cut some section of the binder cord away. Concrete is a special material. It expands when there is heat and contrast when there is cold. That is why the cords are put at the expansion joint to prevent crack at the joint. But the vandals came, broke the asphalt and cut away the binder cords.

“The contractor has replaced the cords and that is why traffic is diverted for curing period.

“The enemies of progress just wanted to destroy Aregbesola’s job, and they cannot succeed. If any bridge is going to collapse, it is not any of the bridges Aregbesola constructed. The construction strength of these bridges is higher than others anywhere in Nigeria.

Commenting, Baderinwa, the commissioner for Information and Strategy said: “When you look at the kind of work being carried out as far as road construction is concerned in the state, you will appreciate the infrastructural development; only for ignoble people that would start vandalizing the projects. It is the most criminal thing for anybody to do! It is a deliberate sabotage by enemies of this government and the people of the state.

“After November 27th this year, the administration of Aregbesola will be over, but these bridges, like other projects in the state would remain for another 50 years unrepaired. If we have these kind of infrastructure and you think the only thing to do is to start sabotaging, vandalizing them, it is the most unfortunate thing. I pity those who are doing it.

“To establish the sabotaging theory, the opposition people are the ones that first broke the news that the bridge was about to collapse. They were the one that started talking about it. I am throwing it as a challenge to them, that they are the ones that wanted to sabotage the bridge, but God says it is not possible for them.

“I put it to the oppositions in the state that they are the ones that made the attempt. Going by what the commissioner for Works and Transport said, if you firebomb these bridges, they are not going to cave in, that is the reality. But they are not aware of that fact, that is why they are making petty attempts.

“We are challenging them to deny the fact that they are not the ones who first broke the news that the bridges was about to collapse. There is a Yoruba saying that a witch threatened yesterday and the child dies today; it is obvious the witch killed the child. They did it, they brought it to the notice of the public, they wanted to create crisis for the government and they wanted people to lose confidence in the projects being carried out. But unfortunately, as usual, they have failed.

Osun To Map Out 10-Year Development Plan

The Osun State Ministry for Economic Planning, Budget and Development will today (Monday) begin a five-day retreat/capacity building workshop to create a new 10-year State Development Plan.

The retreat is aimed at consolidating the gains of the Rauf Aregbesola administration and other founding fathers of Osun since its creation.

The state’s development plan (2018-2028) is hinged on creating a focus on how to achieve the development objectives and goals for the state with a view to improving the living conditions of the residents in the next 10 years.

A statement by the commissioner, Dr. Olalekan Yinusa, said the development plan is expected to be a public document that will list the state’s overarching policy position and the strategies for achieving it.

Yinusa said the workshop would build the capacity of state officials, who will champion the process towards the development and implementation of the State Development Plan, when delivered.

The commissioner said the envisioning/capacity building workshop is expected to end on January 19.

The workshop will hold at the Royal Park Hotel, Iloko-Ijesa.

The statement reads: “I wish to intimate you of the approval of Mr. Governor on the five-day envisioning/capacity building workshop on the formulation of the State Development Plan (2018-2028).

“The State Development Plan is expected to be a public document outlining the state’s overarching policy position, outcomes and impact of the activities of the present administration and those of previous administrations. It is not about a particular person; it is not about a political party! It is about the future of our state and those unborn or still to be born children of Osun! Consequently, all hands must be on deck to ensure its success.

“The next important step is the envisioning/capacity building workshop for various stakeholders, who are key to the process of crafting and implementing the State Development Plan.”

Those expected at the workshop include Governor Aregbesola, his deputy, Iyaafin Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, Osun House of Assembly Speaker Najeem Salam, Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Hon Kamil Oyedele among others.

EDITORIAL: A Forward Thrust In A New Year

We commend the government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for the payment of full salaries for the month of December. This forward thrust has resulted in a positive change of mood in the state. The multiplier effect as people have started receiving text alerts from the state treasury has been pronounced.

The government is also to be commended for standing by the various agreements reached with the Unions.

This is a fundamental testimony of the efficacy of the social contract which fundamentally binds the government with the populace and civil society.

In view of Nigeria’s lopsided quasi-federalism, the state government of Osun has had to carry out a delicate balancing act. The contractual obligations to its workforce has to be acknowledged, but at the same time the physical and social infrastructures have to be built to protect and enhance sustainability in development.

In this way, the government is protecting the future of another generation. It is a delicate balancing act. The figures are revealing. Out of total expenditures between 2010 and 2017, N60 billion representing 23% went on infrastructure and N200 billion representing 77% went on salaries and pensions.
Ogbeni Aregbesola must be commended for his ingenuity in balancing competing needs. He has very sensibly acted not as a politician with an eye on the next election, but as a statesman in the interests of generations yet unborn.

The verdict of history on his tenure will be very positive.

As the administration winds down with elections slated for September 22, 2018 we should be of good cheer. The decisive gains in infrastructure must be protected. The state of Osun is at ease with itself and is one of the most peaceful in the country.

The state is also the second highest in terms of the human development index. Starting from an excruciatingly low base, Aregbesola has incontrovertibly declared a dividend of democracy in a very difficult economic climate.

History therefore beckons on Aregbesola to use his acknowledged political skills and managerial sagacity in order to ensure continuity. The government to be elected on the 22nd of September must be committed to carrying the progressive agenda to the next level.

The people of Osun deserve this and every single individual must assist in order to ensure that there is no backsliding to a discredited old ways.

Gani Adams Installed As Are Ona Kakanfo

 

The Alaafin of Oyo,  Oba Lamidi Adeyemi in the presence of other Yoruba Obas has formally installed Otunba Gani Adams as the 15th Are Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land.

The pronunciation was made after the ritual of the the New Are paying homage to the past 14 kakanfos,  represented with the calabash symbolising their reigns.

Are Gani Adams thus prayed for the peace of Yoruba land after which he was led to a temporary seclusion.

His emergence from the room made him pronounced as the Aare Ona Kakanfo