BREAKING: Dino Melaye Defects To PDP

Embattled Senator Dino Melaye has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He announced his defection today on the floor of the Senate.

Mr Melaye has been bed-ridden since he landed in the hospital after a failed attempt to evade being taken to Kogi State by the Nigerian police.

Mr Melaye raising a point of order on Wednesday thanked his colleagues, members of the House of Representatives, his constituents and the NIgerian populace for standing by him during his travails with the Senate.

Mr Melaye also took his time to thank the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for their support.

Mr Melaye, who attended the chamber with a neck support, also asked the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to mandate the sergeant-at-arms to create a seat for him at the opposition wing of the chamber.

Thereafter, he announced he would sit beside former Senate President, David Mark, pending the time a seat will be allocated to him.

He was thereafter aided by some of his colleagues to his preffered seat.

He is, however, yet to formally join the PDP. To do so officially, Mr Melaye would have to write the Senate president of his decision to leave his party and join the opposition. The letter would then be read during Senate plenary.

Details later…………

 

Oloyede Lauds Aregbesola, Says His Intelligence Has Transformed Osun

By Sodiq Yusuf and Toba Adedeji 

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede has lauded Governor Rauf Aregbesola for the massive infrastructural development his administration brought to Osun.

Speaking at the 3rd Raufnomics in the Transformation of Osun Colloquium organized to mark the Governor’s 61st birthday in Osogbo on Sunday, Prof Oloyede posited that with the current state of things, it is evident that an intelligent mind is piloting the affairs of the state.

The JAMB Registrar who was one of the panelists at the colloquium titled “Functional Education as a Tool for National Development and a Gateway to Freedom” is of the opinion that the laudable programmes of the present government especially in Education is one that must be given kudos to.

 

His words “I don’t praise sing people, I don’t have reasons to do so. I say with all my integrity that I am proud of the efforts of Governor Rauf Aregbesola. Osun needs to publicize its achievements. What people say outside is totally different from what is obtainable in Osun.”

“Osun is a state I can boast of in terms of infrastructure today. I stopped plying Osun 12 years ago because of the bad road, but the Governor has so much changed the state to be a beauty to behold today. Osun is not doing enough to publicize its work.”

 

Oloyede stated that “Destroying any nation does not require the use of atomic bombs or the use of long range missiles it requires lowering the quality of education. Nigeria education must be enhanced in such a way that we do away with inequality and unfair justice in our education and it will bring about our national development like good roads, adequate power supply and many more as a country”.

 

“Any sane person should know that intelligent person is governing this State. If all the past governors of this State are doing same thing as Governor Aregbesola did then the State would have develop more than her current condition.”

 

In her remarks, the State Deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori enumerated the achievements recorded in the education sector.

 

She explained that both the Osun Elementary and School Feeding Programme O’MEAL and the Reclassification efforts have yielded positive results; a development that culminated in the over 46 percent pass recorded in the last WASSCE result which has not been recorded in the history of the state as well as the school feeding initiative which the Federal Government has adopted.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II appreciated Governor Aregbesola for his landmark achievements which has safeguarded the future of the state of the virtuous.

The frontline Traditional Ruler prayed for the Governor’s success and urged everyone to support whoever he fields as his successor.

Governor Aregbesola in his remarks lauded his team in the last 7 and half years for their dedication and commitment to hard work and the progress of the state despite the financial issues recorded.

The Governor also restated to keep up with his performance in all sectors of the state’s economy even though as he winds down noting that the APC would remain committed to the course of ensuring that the state’s airport project comes into fruition.

He also appreciated all stakeholders especially the State Civil Servants and party members for their support during the hard times saying their support helped the administration a lot in governance.

3,400 Pupils Commemorate Children’s Day With Calisthenics Display In Osun

No fewer than 3,400 public school pupils in Osun on Saturday commemorated the 2018 Children Day with calisthenics display.

The calisthenic, which was colourfully displayed by the pupils, was watched by Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health; Gov Rauf Aregbesola and his cabinet members, school children, teachers, traditional rulers and market men and women, among others.

Addressing the children, Aregbesola said that the state government would continue to give priority to education.

The governor, who described children as leaders of tomorrow, said government had been providing enabling environment for them to excel in their academic pursuits.

Aregbesola said that his administration had made extra ordinary efforts in building new schools with school feeding programme.

The governor said that his administration was doing all these to lay good foundation for the children, noting that they needed to move with technology advancement.

Aregbesola also urged parents to give their children proper upbringing, saying proper education should start from home.

The governor thanked teachers for their efforts in giving their best to the pupils.

While congratulating the children for the celebration, Aregbesola said that his administration would continue to make them happy.

UCL: Sallah Suffers Early Injury As Real Make History

The tangling from Sergio Ramos finally put paid the high hopes of not only Mohammed Sallah but also Liverpool fans and other lovers of the Egyptian mercurial player.

With the 3-1 final scoreline , Real Madrid Lifts the third Champions league trophy under Coach Zinedine Zidane in a third straight win.

First goal from Karim Benzema put Real Madrid on early lead only to be cancelled out by Manes.

Gareth Bale however came to the rescue as he netted two goals to the admiration of Madiristas.

Cristiano Ronaldo however failed to find the back of the net.

Osun School Children In Calisthenics Display To Celebrate Children’s Day

Public School Pupils in the State of Osun will today Saturday, May 26 embark on a calisthenics display to celebrate the 2018 International Children’s Day.

The programme holding at the Osogbo Township Stadium will be live on TVC and OSBC for 3 hours.

The live stream is on and can be watched here https://youtu.be/FYxy3b1Igv4

Here are pictures from the event.

Aregbe, 61 Years On: Assessments, Encomiums

By Solomon Odeniyi

Politicians, technocrats, workers’ unions and residents of the State of Osun have assessed, showered encomiums and commendations on Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the state as he marks his 61st Birthday today.

While some said the successes recorded by the Aregbesola administration in its seven and half years have proven the celebrator to be a man of integrity due to his prudent nature of leadership, some based their assessments on the fact that the Governor has changed the face of the state for the better in the area of infrastructural development.

The labour unions, through the Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Osun chapter, Comrade Jacob Adekomi said that Aregbesola’s government has done so much for the state workforce interms of welfare and human capital development.

According to him, the administration has kept his promises with workers inspite the economic crisis, regretting that the crisis did not allow him to do all he would have wanted for the workers.

He said, even after the administration of Aregbesola, the workers in the state would continue to remember that there was a governor who showed so much commitment to their welfare and their development inspite the obstacles.

“Governor Aregbesola’s performance will continue to linger in the mind of the Osun labour movement, especially for resisting temptations to disengage workers despite daunting economic challenges,   we all knew what applicable in other states where some state governors resulted to mass sack”, he said.

Congratulating him on the celebration of his 61st birthday, the labour leader urged the governor to ensure that the government offsets the salary arrears that had been creating issues between him and the civil servants in the state.

The Accountant-General, Mr Kolawole Akintayo said that the successes recorded by the Aregbesola administration were based on his prudent nature, saying, his achievements have been unprecedented in the history of the state.

According to him, “Osun is lucky to have Governor Aregbesola because, the state would have gone bankrupt during the economic crisis that hit Nigeria few years ago if not for his financial sagacity and sense of commitment.

“No doubt, the Aregbesola’s administration changed the face of the state, economically, educationally, and politically and that is to tell you that he is a committed  man who want the best for the people of the state”, Akintayo stressed.

Also, the Managing Director, Omoluabi Holdings Limited, Dr Tunde Faleye described Aregbesola as a man of the masses who has demonstrated unrivalled commitment to better the lots of the people, saying that his commitment has actually paid off.

According to him, the state was battling infrastructure decay and there was poverty in the land before the administration of Aregbesola, but his intervention programmes have drastically reduced the level of poverty in the state.

Faleye specifically identified youth empowerment through series of interventions as one major area that the Aregbesola administration has made a lot of impact, saying that the private industries that have been attracted to the state under the administration have helped the system to create more jobs for the youths.

According to him, there must be insistence by the people of Osun through their votes that whoever going to take over from Aregbesola must be somebody who understands and ready to carry on the developmental strides started by the administration.

The Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti said the people of Osun would continue to remember the name of Aregbesola for bringing unprecedented development to the state, saying that the state has never been so lucky.

Adeoti, who is one of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirants in the state, noted that ever since his path crossed with that of Aregbesola, he has seen a man with commitment to change the orientation of the black people for the better, saying his promises to the people of the state have been fulfilled.

Also, Ileri Oluwa Group, a campaign group canvassing support for the Chief of Staff to Osun Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola said going by the unprecedented development that had been achieved by his administration, Aregbesola when leaving office as governor would leave a legacy that would take extra-efforts to surpass.

He was optimistic that a footprint for development has been developed and would assist the incoming government to make headway in its efforts for development.

Also, the Forum of Council Chairmen in the state has described Aregbesola as a governor with unusual commitment to development, saying, the council chairmen across the state were happy to be part of the success stories of the administration.

The Chairman and Secretary of the forum, Hon. Omoboyede Jaiyeola and Hon. Sekinat Halid said that Aregbesola has left a mark that would be difficult to erase, urging the people to continue to support his course which has paid off.

 

APC Congratulates Aregbesola At 61, Says He Remains Best Of All Governors In Osun

The State of Osun chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has declared that with eight years of exceptional governance in the state, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola has indelibly imprinted his name in the history of Osun in particular and in Nigeria in general.

In a message from the party in Osogbo to mark the Governor’s birthday,
the party said that all rational human beings in and outside the state who are familiar with the reality of governance in the state would not dispute that the greatest thing that has ever happened in the last 27 years of the existence of Osun Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has been the best.

He has outperformed all governors before him, and at no time in the history of the state has a governor attracted as much international attention as Aregbesola has done.

According to the APC in a statement signed by it Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi “There is no family in Osun that was not impacted by Aregbesola’s presence in government. All parents without exception with kids at school had their children’s school environment improved.

“Famers had a field day as most of their fortunes improved. Communities felt the infrastructural upgrade that Ogbeni Aregbesola effected throughout the state. Vulnerable elder citizens for the first time in the history of Osun were catered for by the state government. And nowhere in the Federation can any state governor boast of a standard and quality educational infrastructure, the like of which Aregbesola initiated and established in Osun in the last eight years.

“Indeed, when we talk of development index in Nigeria today, Osun under the leadership of Aregbesola is ranked only second to Lagos in the Federation.”

He said further, “By our own modest assessment, Aregbesola’s achievements socially, infrastructurally, educationally, agriculturally, and above all economically, more than double efforts of all other governors before him put together. That is incredibly exceptional. It is the stuff of which history is made.”

The party stated that, “So when we celebrate with the governor on his birthday, these achievements are actually what we celebrate and we are happy to be identified with the governor in this celebration of excellence.”

Breaking: Osun APC Lifts Ban On Political Activities Ahead Of Sept 22 Guber Election

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun on Monday lifted the ban placed on political activities in the party.

The party Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun made the declaration during a meeting held with all the aspirants contesting under the banner of the party.

According to the list and guidelines released by the party, there are 27 gubernatorial aspirants from the ruling party.

THE CANDIDATES

1.Alao Olabisi Iwo LG
2.Oyebisi Alamu Iwo LG
3. Jolayemi Kamoru Ila LG
4. Dr. Isiaka Owoade Irewole LG
5. Oluomo Sunday Akere Boluwaduro LG
6. Sulaimon Lasun Yusuff Irepodun LG
7. Elder Tunde Adediji Aiyedaade LG
8. Adegboyega Oyetola Boripe LG
9. Mrs. Akanbi Alimot Bolanle
10. Hon. Akintayo Gafar Amere Iwo LG
11. Alh. Adeyemo Ayodele Fatai Aiyedaade LG
12. Babatunde Adedotun Taiwo Isokan LG
13. Elder Dr. Samuel Ibiyemi Ife
14. Ayoade A. Lawal
15. Engr. Dr. Taofeek Olayinka
16. Mr. Oludayo Oyebanji
17. Kunle Rasheed Adegoke Osogbo LG
18. Engr. Chief. Biodun Fajobi Ayedaade LG
19. Engr. Mumini A. Raifu Iwo LG
20. Dr. Ismail Abiodun Layonu Ede North
21. Rt. Hon. Dr. Salam Najeem Folasayo Ejigbo LG
22. Dr. Ezekiel Oyebola Oyemomi Ayedaade LG
23. Benedict Olugboyega Alabi Irewole LG
24. Adelere Adeyemi Oriolowo Iwo LG
25. Dr. Peter. Adebayo Babalola Irewole LG
26. Alh. Moshood Olalekan Adeoti Iwo LG
27. Rep. Adeyinka Ajayi Boripe LG

The Chairman of the APC in the State of Osun, Prince Gboyega Famodun reeled out the rules for APC Aspirants Campaign:

1. Payment of intention fee N500,000.00

2. Aspirants are expected to maintain decency and colourful statewide campaign for the mobilization of memebes and promotion of the party.

3. No hate speech, promotion of rancor and anti-party sentiments. Do not malign the party and the government.

4. Foster the UNITY OF THE PARTY in all the activities. No fictionalisation

5. Campaign must reflect the state of our economy. Beautiful and modest, well organised outings. No flamboyant/ostentation.

6. Flag off must be from the State Party’s Secretariat in Osogbo.

7. Itinerary of campaigns must be approved by the party

8. Maximum guarantee of security and safety.

9. Avoid any action and statement that can embarrass the party and government.

10. Conduct self and team with decorum, pride and dignity always.

Osun Probes Procurement Contracts

By Solomon Odeniyi

In a bid to ensure transparency and accountability in the process of public procurements across the State of Osun, the government has inaugurated auditors to probe all procurement contracts from 2015 till date.

The team of Auditors comprises of recognized independent procurement auditors who are professionally qualified and would be assisted by public procurement agency staffers.

They (auditors) would look into all public procurement contracts within the stipulated time when the law was enacted.

According to the Acting General Manager, Public Procurement Agency, Mr. Ayo Fatoberu, the government has given a directive that the agency must be able to give a clean slate for all contract that were awarded from 2015 till date.

He added: “Like we have the financial audit which looks into the books and account of agency in order to know if the funds received have been used judiciously, their function essentially is to make sure the law has not been bye-passed. Let us say for instance, the threshold for approval is N10million for an agency; nobody is allowed to split the money in order to circumvent the N10million  ceiling”.

He revealed that machinery has been set in motion in accordance with the procurement law, and like the financial auditors, their procurement counterpart would be attached to various agencies, adding that the team is already carrying out this crucial exercise and some of its agents would be visiting the various MDAs in no distant time.

On the reason behind the One day sensitization program, Fatoberu said at the end of the day, his agency would have been able to sensitize the accounting officers, who are the head of each MDAs, as to the provisions, guidelines and the sanctions prescribed by the law in order to guide the conduct of public procurement process in their various agencies.

He added that as the sensitization anchors on transparency, accountability and value for money, the bulk of the works rest on the shoulders of the account officers, who are accountable for the money realised and spent.

The Acting General Manager of the Agency enjoined the various participants to go back to their various agencies and ensure proper dissemination of the provisions of the law and allow it to guide the conduct of their respective officials who are in charge of public procurement.

Also, the Project Coordinator of SLOGOR, Yemi Ijidele enjoined account officers on the need and strive to change the negative narratives about them, especially the perception that, accounting officers help to stash government funds and the expected service delivery often time are not delivered.

He lauded Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola administration for creating an agency for public procurement with highly technical and administrative capacity which has made the state government to be able to boast of a public procurement manual, the establishment of procurement cadre in the civil service. This among others, he said, would regulate public procurement processes and definitely block leakages in the state.

The Head of Service, Mr. Festus Olowogboyega admonished the participants to always follow due process in all they do, so as to avoid procurement cases and the stiff punishment prescribed for defaulters, noting that the whistle blowing policy of the government has shown that there is no hiding place for any nefarious activities by anyone in the country.

Osun APC Leadership Set To Meet Aspirants As Guber Poll Draws Nearer

The Osun Chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), will on Monday May 21, meet all the  aspirants contesting on the platform of the party in preparation for primary election to pick it’s candidate for the September 22 gubernatorial election.

Investigation by newsmen in Osogbo on Thursday revealed that the party leadership  had summoned all the aspirants to a meeting in a bid to discuss the modalities with which the party primaries would be conducted.

It was reliably gathered that the party Chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun, on Thursday held a meeting with leadership of the party where the plan to meet the aspirants was discussed.

At the meeting, which lasted for about four hours, it was said that the party Chairman read into the hearing  of the Executives, the laid down guidelines adopted by the party, tagged “the seven commandments”  which he promised to communicate to aspirants during the proposed meeting on Monday.

According to a source at the highest echelon of the party, “the party chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun held a meeting with the wards and local government excos today, where the modalities with which the party primaries will  be conducted was discussed.

“At the meeting, the party leaders deliberated extensively on the conduct of the primary election, the Dos and Don’ts, vis-a-vis how the aspirants should conduct themselves during the primary”.

The source further revealed that the party would compel all the aspirants to pay a sum of N500,000 into the part’s purse.

The fees which according to the source was tagged “I am Committed to APC” is expected to be paid by all the aspirants and stating it clear that the fees is not for the intention form

In his reaction, the Director of Publicity, Barr Kunle Oyatomi confirmed that the party leadership would meet all the aspirants contesting the gubernatorial election under the platform of the APC.

He added that the the modalities for the conduct of the party primaries would be extensively discussed at the meeting.

Ramadan: Remember The Poor, Sick In Prayers And Charity – Aregbesola

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has urged muslims to approach the Ramadan season with best practices and remember the sick, poor in prayers and charity.

In a goodwill message to Muslims for the 2018 Hijrah 1439AH Ramadan released to newsmen by his Media Adviser, Mr Sola Fasure, Governor Aregbesola said Muslims should be more devout and committed to having the spiritual awakening that comes with the Holy month.

See the Full Statement Below:

I am most pleased to see the beginning of this year’s Ramadan. Ramadan is that period when Muslims worldwide engage in fasting – a physical and spiritual act of self denial, cleansing, prayer, fellowship and charity.

As one of the pillars of Islam, Ramadan is also a time of deep consecration to spiritual matters. It is therefore a time of spiritual awakening and commitment to the tenets of Islam.

I urge Muslims therefore to approach the season with best practices as we share love with fellow Muslims and our neighbours. Let us be sober and do all things with moderation. Let us remember the poor, the sick, the beleaguered and those in one difficulty or another in our prayers and work of charity.

As we celebrate this great festival of the religion of peace, may the peace and comfort of Allah SWT rest upon us, our family, community, state and nation.

This is wishing all Muslims Ramadan Kareem, with love and grace on behalf of the government and the good people of Osun.

Signed

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola

Governor State of Osun