Osun Assembly May Not Pass Agencies’ Estimates If…

By Israel Afolabi

Some agencies and parastatals in the State of Osun might face difficulties in the course of cosideration of their 2018 budget estimates, as the House of Assembly has declared that any Ministry, Department and Agency of government and tertiary institutions with unresolved audit queries would not have their estimates considered.

Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon Kamil Oyedele who made the declaration said that such organisations would have to obtain clearance from House Committee on Public Accounts before their estimates could be considered by the legislature.

While stating the readiness of the lawmakers to speed up the process, he noted that agencies without enabling laws would have their estimates merged with that of appropriate ministries.

The lawmaker charged Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government to submit 35 copies of their proposed estimates to the House through the office of Economic Planning, Budget and Development.

He also required for submissions of the 2017 budget performance reports for each of the component heads and sub heads of revenue and expenditure as well as work plan and strategy to realise projected revenue by revenue generating agencies.

Hon. Oyedele also stated that necessary machineries’ should be put in place to ascertain the status of some agencies such as Osun State Planning Commission, Reality Radio Vision Services, OSSADEP and OSSADEC.

He disclosed that the committee has put in place mechanism to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations by different organisations when they come to defend their estimates before the legislature.

According to him, the agencies of government in the state must come with last year’s budget performance and their 2018 estimates defence as a measure to get their estimates approved.

He said part of the consideration for the budget is the proposed minimum wage review, as well as allowing the international financial practice standard to form the guideline in passing the budget.

He maintained that the house has given the committee four weeks to meet with heads of ministries, department and agencies with a view to ensuring compliance with the set rules and regulations.

Just In: Court To Rule On Order Restraining OSSIEC On Osun LG Election Jan 24

By Nofisat Marindoti
An Abuja High Court has postponed  ruling on the application filed by the  Government of the State of Osun on the Federal High Court order stopping INEC to release necessary documents to Osun State Independent Electoral Commission as well as the stoppage of Osun LG allocation suit to January 24,2018.
The State had filed an application for the vacation of the ex-parte orders granted by a Federal High Court in Abuja in 2017 ordering the Central Bank of Nigeria, Accountant General of the Federal government and Ministry of Finance to warehouse statutory allocations to the local government councils  as well as restraining orders in respect of election to Local Council Development Areas and Area Councils regarding the scheduled conduct of the local government election in the state.
According to the application filed by the state government before the same federal High Court by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Dr Basiru Ajibola, the court order was liable to be set aside ‘ex debito justitae’ for fundamental irregularity, breach of Applicant’s right to fair hearing and manifest lack of jurisdiction.
Details later…….

PHOTONEWS: The Newly Opened Adebisi Akande Trumpet Interchange, Gbongan

Here is the current look of the Abdulkareem Adebisi Akande Trumpet Interchange Bridge located at the heart of the Gbongan/Ibadan Expressway constructed by the Rauf Aregbesola administration in the State of Osun.

The bridge started late in 2012 is gradually taking shape with construction work nearing finishing touches.

The road will anytime from now be accessible and open to the public.

The photos were taken by Adebayo Rasheed Mabayoje.


Indeed, Aregbesola Is Working, Osun Is Moving!!!!!!!

Southwest Youths Condemn Herdsmen Attacks, Insist On One Nigeria

By Sodiq Yusuf

Youths of Nigeria’s Southwest Region have condemned in its entirety the spate of attacks by Fulani Herdsmen in some parts of the country.

They however recommended that efforts be geared towards ending the impending crisis while calling for the entrenchment of the anti-open grazing law in the country.

Rising from the 1st Western Nigeria Regional Youth Summit held at the WOCDIF Centre in Osogbo, capital of the State of Osun, Youths of the Southwest region also want the country to be restructured along true federalism lines.

“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.”

The summit geared towards developing a 25 year masterplan for the development of the region tagged “West 2040; Productivity, Prosperity and Peace” organized by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission also agreed on six key development visions for the region by the year 2040.

The vision are; 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 and one with A globally competitive Yoruba Language and culture.

The communiqué reads in part “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.”

The Youths also resolved to make the critical sectors of Agriculture, Politics and Governance, Security, Agriculture, Education in the Southwest for greater prosperity while the needful will be done to make the region a step higher in creating opportunities, attracting investment and maximizing ideas across the federation.

At the end of the summit, participants agreed that the 25-year master plan as conceived by the Governments of the Western Nigeria is a step in the right direction and commended the government and people of the State of Osun as well as the DAWN Commission on convening the Regional Youth Summit.

Resolutions of the Summit are expected to be ratified by the six Governors of the Southwest at their next meeting in Ibadan, Oyo State where the next edition will hold in 2019.

Nigeria’s Greatest Challenge Is Absence Of Integrity – Osinbajo

Says FG Would Have Solved 70% of Nigeria’s Problems If Citizens Are Truthful

By Nofisat Marindoti and Toba Adedeji

The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has noted that the greatest challenge of the country aside corruption, is the absence of integrity.

Emphasising that any society without integrity is doomed to fail, Osinbajo urged Nigerians to add value to the society.

He also added that 70% of the myriad of challenges facing the nation would have been solved if most Nigerians were truthful, sincere and integrity personified.

The VP gave this charge at the 1st Regional Youth Summit organised by the Government of the State of Osun in collaboration with Development Agenda For Western Nigeria, DAWN tagged, “West 2040; Productivity, Prosperity and Peace”.

The Vice president in his address contended that, to draw 25years action plan which the Regional Youth Summit is aimed towards, youths must see the needs to incorporate integrity and hardwork as part of their lifestyle which will definitely served as compass to lead the country to promised land.

“The greatest challenge facing Nigeria is the absence of Integrity and Corruption. Every society that does not emphasize and stand on integrity always fail. Economy, business is based on trust.”

Osinbajo also urged youths to be hardworking, have good character and integrity, adding that talent by itself means nothing.

“Hardwork is crucial, you have to be resolute and maximize the opportunities in the country. There are many opportunities in the country today, the Internet is there, make good use of it. Think and act nationally and globally. Add values to the society.” Osinbajo charged the teeming youths.

“The southwest has showed a great concern by putting a 25years action plan to advance the country but we must realize that hardwork is very crucial because nothing can be achieve without it.

“Don’t see yourselves as people of southwest alone but see yourselves as an advocate of development and advancement to build old waste places, building the gaps and bridges globally.”

The Guest Speaker of the event, Ayodele Modope who is the Director General of “No Left Over” a catering outfit who started the business of selling “Moin moin” with just N1,000, also urged the youths to be creators of wealth.

In his welcome address, the State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Hon. Bola Ilori explained that the Summit was geared towards setting the master plan for the Western Region in 25 years to come.

“The summit is to provide platform for the youths of Western Region, to come together and plan the future of the Region. The script will be written by them on how this region will be by 20 years and that is why we call it “West 2040″. So it is to involve the youths in the planning of how the region will be by year 2040.” Ilori explained.

Osinbajo, Aregbesola, Ajimobi Charge Youths On Productivity And Hardwork

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday proffered hard work and productivity as panacea to Nigeria’s socio-economic and political development.

He said Nigeria would have overcome some of her challenges if not being hindered by endemic corruption.

Osinbajo gave the charge while addressing a congregation of youths that converged on Osogbo for 2018 Southwest Regional Youth Summit, held at WOCDIF Centre, Osogbo, Osun State capital.

He charged Nigerians to champion virtues of integrity and Omoluabi ethos as the only fundamental principle of development.

The Vice President held that Nigerians must begin to look inward on the need to support government’s efforts by being productive and hardworking, noting that a nation could only achieve her aspirations if the people are productive.

Osinbajo canvassed good character among Nigerians, saying talent and potentials mean nothing if character is absent.

According to him, “if we truly want our nation to grow and develop, thus everyone needs to make necessary input and the only way to achieving this is to be productive in all we do.”

“”We must begin to plan for the future of our nation. We must create foundation for values as it is critical to success‎.”

“We must work on the virtues that our founding fathers developed as this is the only way to set our nation on the path of greatness.

“In whatever we do, we must emphasize Omoluabi ethos. We must champion hard work and bear at the back of our minds the need to advance our nation in whatever we do.

“Talent and potential do not mean anything if there is no character, so no matter how talented one is, without character, there is no way to make success.

“Integrity is the key to success. Every business that doesn’t emphasize integrity, always fails, thus everyone must be ready to work and make sacrifice if we truly want development‎.”

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, challenged Nigerian Youths to be productive for the country to come out of its present economic challenges.

The Governor held that education can be effective for national growth if it induces productivity, saying the youth should see the only way to success as hard work.

He noted that youths should see agriculture as a viable business as against the belief that it is meant for the uneducated. Aregbesola stated it is disheartening that despite the fact that Nigeria is the leading cassava producing nation in the world, the country is unable to feed itself because her productivity level is low on the crop, compared to India and Thailand.

He said, “We must first discover ourselves and apply our discovery to advance our nation. There is no short cut to success other than hard work and productivity.

“One cannot go to anywhere if he or she only believes in advance fee fraud and other vices.

“It’s unfortunate that we don’t produce what we consume as a nation, but we rely on rent. Though we are educated but our education lacks critical thinking.

“We are the largest producer of cassava in the world but it is unfortunate that we are not bringing out anything positive from that effort”, the Governor emphasised.

Also, the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, while charging youths to be hard-working noted that the only way to succeed in life is through hard work and not luck, like many youths of today now believe.

While challenging the youths to begin to see themselves as the set of people who will drive the future, Governor Ajimobi maintained that all the youth must decide to succeed in life through hard work.

Speaking on the purpose of the summit, the Oyo State Governor said it is about promoting and enhancing the future through the youth of today, stressing that the patriotic sentiment is to forge the future of the South West through the youth.

The Governor said it is important to maximize the opportunity of the summit as he called on the youths to see it as an opportunity to come together and chart a way forward for the youths in the South West and the nation at large.

He said active participation in the summit is a means of ensuring that the dreams and aspirations for the future are met.

According to Ajimobi, “the patriotic sentiment is to forge the future of the South West through this all important youth summit at this time when the nation at large needs to plan for the future.

“I see the youths as the next set of people who will drive our destiny and take our race to the next level through hard work and creativity.

“It is important to maximise the opportunity of this summit to chart a way for the growth and development of the South West, when youths come together, something good must come out of such deliberation.

“It is by investing in the youth that we have a future and our dreams and aspirations as a people will be met.”. Ajimobi stressed.‎

Earlier, the Acting Director General of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), Mr Sheye Oyeleye explained that the importance of the summit is to have the inputs of the youth in the master plan of Nigeria’s development starting with the South West.

He charged youths in the South West to always conceptualize their thoughts towards how to have a better future and take the region to its pride of place in the scheme of things that concerns Nigeria as a whole.

Oyeleye challenged youths in the South West to start thinking out of the box as the
world is now technology driven, noting that the time has come for the West to start seeing themselves as the rallying point of the development of Nigeria.

“I think the time has come for the youth in the South West to come out of their shells and begin to see themselves as the cradle of development of Nigeria.

“I know that our youths are intelligent and very vibrant, but it is time for them to start taking charge and put it into action.

“We should seize the opportunity of the crop of governors we have today who are ready to drive the development of Nigeria, stating with the South-West. I think the present South West governors are very passionate about the growth of the region.

In a goodwill message, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, commended the foresight of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for appointing more youths into his cabinet, while calling on other South West governors to follow suit.

He maintained that if more governors in the region give more youth opportunities in their cabinets, the youth will be begin to have a sense of responsibility and the feeling that they own the future.

The royal father used the occasion to charge youths to join the present administration in the fight against corruption, saying it is one of the ways the country can move forward and also guarantee a corrupt free future.

“My Governor in Osun has always set the tone for the youths to take charge of the future through the appointment of a lot of youth into his cabinet.

“Osun has always been youth-driven and I want other South West governors to take a cue from this”.‎

PHOTONEWS: Osinbajo, Ajimobi, Aregbesola Grace 1st Western Nigeria Youth Summit

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi alongside Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday attended the Opening Ceremony of the 1st Western Nigeria Youth Summit.

The summit which seeks to provide the agenda of development of the region till the year 2040 is hosted by the State Government of Osun.

The summit is expected to end tomorrow Wednesday at the WOCDIF Events Centre in Osogbo.

Here are photos from the well attended event as captured by Dolapo Julius.

Osun Hosts Regional Youth Summit

By Nofisat Marindoti

The much awaited Western Nigeria Regional Youth Summit hosted by the State of Osun is taking place today (Tuesday) at the WOCDIF center in Osogbo, the State capital.

The summit is hosted by The State Government of Osun on the grounds of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission.

The State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Hon. Bola Ilori while addressing journalists, had explained that the purpose of the Summit was to bring youths across the Western Region together to generate ideas that would take the region to greater heights.

“The summit is to provide platform for the youths of western region, to come together and plan the future of the region. The script will be written by them on how this region will be by 20 years and that is why we call it “West 2040”. So it is to involve the youths in the planning of how the region will be by year 2040.

“We want to build the culture of adding to the society, we want our youths to become productive and to generate ideas. We encourage our youths to come loaded with ideas because there be will official endorsement for their ideas at the Summit.”

Dignitaries at the Summit include The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo who will open it, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Nobel Laureate , Prof. Wole Soyinka, Gen. Alani Akinrinade, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II among others.

Osun 2018: Omisore Distributes N2,000, Ankara Materials To Electorate (VIDEO)

Ahead of the September 22, 2018 Governorship Elections in Osun, a former Deputy Governor of the State, Senator Iyiola Omisore in the video below is seen distributing cash sum of N2,000 and Ankara Fabrics to the Electorate.

The programme was said to be an empowerment programme for the Masses by the PDP Governorship Aspirant.

Aregbesola Calls Omisore Lair, Tax Evader

Governor Rauf Aregbesola has described the former deputy governor of the state, Iyiola Omisore, as a shameless liar who cannot be entrusted with position of authorities.

He was reacting, weekend, to some criticisms raised by Omisore of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against his administration.

Aregbesola, who spoke during a colloquium organised by Progressives e-group, a youth group, at Atlantis Hotel, Osogbo, said Omisore as chairman of Senate Committee for Appropriation for eight years had no single record of achievement to point at in the state and in particular his home town, Ile-Ife.

The governor said Omisore and his political party (PDP) were not morally qualified to criticise his government because they had been tested and failed the people of the state.

He also referred to Omisore, who was the PDP candidate in the 2014 governorship election in the state, as a tax defaulter who only paid N25,000 in 2013 as tax and had since failed to file his tax returns.

Omisore had in a statement issued by Jide Fatokun, his media aide, alleged that Aregbesola’s administration plunged the people of the state into a huge debt to the tune of N416 billion and that the 2018 budget recently presented to the House of Assembly was a product of bankruptcy and paucity of knowledge in public finance by the administration.

Omisore also queried why the Aregbesola-led administration would continue to blame the previous administrations for socio-economic challenges of the state, describing it as a reflection of administrative incompetence, adding that
Aregbesola was owing salaries and allowances of workers to the tune of N119 billion.

According to the governor, Omisore, who could not execute a single project for the state and his community throughout his eight years in the Senate, even as chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriation, has no moral justification to rubbish his achievements.

He noted that Esinmirin river in Ile-Ife, which caused death of hundreds of people, was dredged and expanded by his government to save lives, adding that Omisore only paid lip service to the several projects done when he was in office and nothing was done to complete them.

Aregbesola further revealed that the Ifewara road project awarded to Omisore by the Federal Government was abandoned and the huge sum of money paid not returned to government coffers.

He stressed that before Omisore could have the moral justification to criticise his administration, he should first of all refund all the money he was alleged to have looted in office by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Aregbesola cautioned Omisore to stop misleading the people of the state with falsehood about his government

His words: “Omisore is not qualified to rubbish my administration. For the eight years he spent in the Senate and in spite of his position, Omisore did not do anything for our people even the people of Ile-Ife where he hails from.

“Before Omisore could be entitled to condemn my government, he should go to the EFCC and complete the refund of money that he looted from the national treasury.”

No Strike In Osun Tomorrow – Osun Labour Leaders Tell Workers

Labour leaders in the State of Osun have dismissed the rumour being circulated on social media that workers in the state have gone back on strike because of the non fulfillment of the agreement reached by the labour unions and the government.

The labour leaders described the report as untrue and uncalled for, calling on the workers to resume their duties tomorrow, January 8.

A press statement signed by the Chairmen of Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) Comrades Bayo Adejumo, Jacob Adekomi and Adebowale Adekola, implored the workers to disregard the false information.




Attention of the labour leaders in Osun state has been drawn to a mischievous rumour and post trending on social media that Osun workers should stay away from work from Mon 8/01/18 to commence another strike. It’s a false and mischievous information.

All workers should resume at their respective duty post and perform their lawful duties.

The signed MOU between the workers and the government of Osun state on Saturday 23/12/2017 to end the last strike still subsist and we have the assurances of full implementation of the MOU.

The implementation of full payment for December 2017 salary that is yet to translate to cash in the pockets of workers is not as a breach of the MOU but logistics problems which all concerned are doing the best to ensure speedy process.

To this end we implore all workers of Osun state government (state and local government) to

DISREGARD THE RUMOUR OF STRIKE and go to their respective duty post on Monday while waiting for their salary alert.



Comrade Bayo Adejumo, Chairman JNC. Comrade Jacob Adekomi, Chairman NLC. Comrade Adebowale Adekola, Chairman TUC