Criticising Aregbesola Is Not Politically Correct – Osun APC Tells Ekiti APC

The State of Osun chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, backed the weekend visit of Governor Rauf Aregbesola to Ekiti state on the invitation of Governor Ayodele Fayose, who belonged to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The Osun State chapter which lampooned the Ekiti State chapter of the party for not recognising the political maturity displayed by Ogbeni Aregbseola in his visit to Governor Fayose, over the weekend.

Responding yesterday, the Director of Publicity of APC in Osun State, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, said: “Politicians should grow up and they should know the difference between governance and politics. Aregbesola is the head of government in Osun just as Fayose is the head of government in Ekiti. We are in a federation in which these two governors don’t necessarily have to belong to the same party.

“Their differences in political alignments do not stop interaction between the two as heads of their various governments, neither should the interaction between them be politically given.

“It will be irresponsible for any head of government to visit another head and then begin to throw political insults on him simply because one abhors the politics of another. Aregbesola has shown maturity in his interaction with Fayose. To criticise him for doing so, is not politically correct.”

Osun Releases N797m To New LGs, LCDAs

The Governor of the State of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, has approved the release of a sum of N797 million as take-off grant to the newly created Local Council Developments Areas, Area Councils, and Administrative Offices in the state.

The funds approved by the governor also included the Stabilisation Funds to the existing Local Government Areas of the state.

A statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor, Semiu Okanlawon, gave the breakdown of the funds released to each of the administrative units as follows: N15 million to each of the 31LCDAs; N9 million to each of the 3 Area Councils; N5 million to each of the 2 Administrative Offices; and N10million to each of the 30 LGs.

According to the release, the governor urged the leadership at each of these strata of local government administration in the state to ensure the realisation of the main objectives of the creation of the various administrative units, the most paramount of which is the rapid development of the state.

He reminded the leadership to be conscious of the main targets which include pursuit of revenue generation, market development, control and supervision, environmental sanitation, primary health care delivery and elementary education superintendence.

Hijrah: Aregbesola Congratulates Muslims

*Tasks them to always persevere in the face of hardship

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Saturday observed that endurance and patience should be the touchstone in every Muslim’s way of living as he congratulated them for this year’s hijrah

Aregbesola, in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, felicitated with Nigerian Muslim Ummah on the occasion of another new Hijrah year 1438 AH.

The governor said as Muslims enter a New Year, they must not only celebrate alone but strive, as part of what Allah commands them, to internalise the lessons of the essence of the Hijrah as exemplified by uncommon patience and endurance of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in the face of hardship.

Aregbesola noted that the occasion is a vivid reminder of what Hijrah represents in the lives of Muslims, saying Prophet Muhammad (SAW) emigrated from Makkah to Madinah in 622 A. D. after the people of Makkah stressed his patience beyond its limit.

He enjoined Muslims, in the spirit of the New Year, to always forgive, eschew unhealthy rivalry, anti-social behaviours and above all avoid all acts capable of attracting or causing crisis in the land.

This statement read in part: “As we celebrate the Hijrah this year, we should not let its real lesson, that of patience with steadfastness be lost on us.

“We say congratulations and happy New Year and we pray the Almighty Allah to grant the Ummah the opportunity of this celebration many years ahead and preserve Nigeria for us as a single, united, peaceful and progressive nation.

“We must remind ourselves that the role of the Muslim Ummah in the celebration of Hijrah year is to emulate the patience and endurance of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

“The Prophet’s endurance and steadfastness eventually paid off in Madinah where he established an Islamic State with based on truth and justice, which many nations of the world now emulate.

“Thus, the essence of that historic endeavour was to enable Muslims know that after every period of difficulty comes relief as contained in Chapter 94: 5 and 6 of the Glorious Qur’an.

“We therefore use this medium to call on the Ummah to have spirit forgiveness, promote peace and love; eschew rancor and bitterness; be just, sincere, responsible in all undertakings and should avoid anything capable of attracting Allah’s and our fellow human beings’ anger in the present circumstance we found ourselves, as with every hardship comes ease and relief.

“We equally call on the Ummah to be steadfast in promoting the message and virtues of Islam in this trying and challenging time of the Nigerian nationhood.

“We also reiterate our call to the Muslim faithful to intensify prayers for the nation against all manners affliction as we currently experience in term of economic hardship, seek for Allah’s intervention on the economic challenges and the insecurity threatening the country.”

APC’s Change Agenda Crucial To Meaningful Independence – Aregbesola

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has identified the successful prosecution of the ongoing change agenda as the mark of Nigeria’s true independence.

In his congratulatory message to Nigerians on the occasion.of this year’s 56th independence anniversary celebrations, Governor Aregbesola through a statement by the Bureau of communication and Strategy, in the Office of the Governor, commended Nigerians for exercising their democratic preference for the change agenda which has at its front burner the anti-corruption crusade currently being doggedly pursued by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The statement by the Bureau which was signed by its Director, Semiu Okanlawon, said, “If Nigerians had not voted and ensured that their votes counted, the survival of Nigeria as an independent country would have become unrealistic.

“Considering the less than patriotic looting of the National treasuryunder the former ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as well as the threat to national security through acts of terrorism and other violent crimes, Nigeria was already at a crossroad before President Buhari emerged to salvage the situation.

“The resultant economic challenges are not surprising as the resources needed to shield Nigerians from recession had been frittered away by the profligate style of the past administration.

That Nigerians took the bull by the horns to save the country from destruction by voting for change, Aregbesola noted, made the future of Nigeria assured and guaranteed.

While urging citizens to continue in their prayers for the success of the Buhari administration in the execution of the brass task of national rebirth and economic revival, the Osun Governor pleaded for patio tickets support for all government programmes so that the emergence of the Dawn of hope will be quickly realised.

He urged all Nigerians irrespective of their religious or political persuasions to remain firm in their faith in the unity and progress of the country with confidence that the new Nigeria where all citizens are justly treated and rewarded is nigh.

Recession Will Not Last, Buhari Assures Nigerians In Independence Day Speech

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration is trying to do the right things in addressing the economic recession.

The president made the statement in a nationwide broadcast to mark the country’s 56th Independence Anniversary on Saturday.

Buhari, who acknowledged that recession for many individuals and families was real, gave an assurance that the situation would not last long,

He commended all Nigerians for making “incredible sacrifices.’’

“I know that uppermost in your minds today is the economic crisis. The recession for many individuals and families is real.

“For some, it means not being able to pay school fees, for others it’s not being able to afford the high cost of food (rice and millet) or the high cost of local or international travel, and for many of our young people the recession means joblessness, sometimes after graduating from university or polytechnic.

“I know how difficult things are and how rough business is.

“All my adult life I have always earned a salary and I know what it is like when your salary simply is not enough.

“In every part of our nation people are making incredible sacrifices,’’ the president said.

He reassured Nigerians that he would continue to ensure honesty and transparency in governance and stop the stealing of Nigeria’s resources.

The president said the steps would ensure provision of qualitative healthcare, security, education, infrastructure for commerce and additional jobs for the youth.

“I ran for office because I know that good government is the only way to ensure prosperity and abundance for all. I remain resolutely committed to this objective.

“I believe that this recession will not last.

“Temporary problems should not blind or divert us from the corrective course this government has charted for our nation.

“We have identified the country’s salient problems and we are working hard at lasting solutions,” Buhari said. (NAN)

Osun-Based CSO Slams Newspaper Over Falsehoods

…Advises Paper To Promote Truth.

A civil society organistaion, The Justice Now Foundation, has condemned the peddling of falsehoods by a major national newspaper,THE PUNCH, about affairs in the State of Osun.

The organisation which is based in Oshogbo, in a statement signed by its Director of Publicity, Bello Adebayo, was reacting to a recent editorial by THE PUNCH titled “RECESSION: GOVERNORS LAVISH BILLIONS OF NAIRA ON BULLETPROOF CARS FOR SELVES, WIVES”. They decried the consistent unfair attacks on the Governor of the State of Osun, describing it as an “editorial mishmash”, and called on the newspaper to promote truth and not falsehood. See full statement below:

Justice Now Foundation

Press Statement
27th September, 2016

Re- Recession: Governors lavish billions of Naira on bulletproof cars for selves, wives

We read the story with the above headline on your Saturday, September 24, 2016 edition with utter disbelief.

Not that we were taken aback by the underlying motive to whip up negative sentiments against the government, portray it in bad light as wasteful and inconsiderate especially in the face of growing economic hardship, we are particularly miffed by the utter lack of depth displayed in the publication.

It is particularly sickening and a show of editorial mishmash for a paper to list some of the vehicles personally owned and already in use by a governor far before he became a governor as instances of lavishing “billions on bulletproof cars.”

Does it not call to question The PUNCH’s sense of judgment that a vehicle in which Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was attacked in the well reported Oroki Day saga in 2006 is one of the so-called bulletproof cars it has accused the governor of “lavishing billions” on at a time of recession?

If PUNCH has forgotten that near-tragic drama, has its correspondent also forgotten that more than a year after Aregbesola assumed office as Governor, no official car was procured for his use?

Assuming without conceding that there are six bulletproof vehicles in the fleet of the governor’s convoy, how does that justify the basis for PUNCH’s story which is recession?

If recession was declared officially less than a month in Nigeria, is PUNCH suggesting that vehicles in the fleet of governors ought to be auctioned immediately?

In addition, is the PUNCH suggesting that because of recession, number one citizens of states saddled with delicate tasks of piloting affairs of their states must loose their rights to personal safety?

There are many questions begging for answers which the story raises.
For the umpteenth time, we can only advise The PUNCH to allow the promotion of an egalitarian society, truth and balance be the basis of its editorial output.

In 2012, The PUNCH in an editorial, accused Osun government of lavishing millions to procure exotic cars for traditional rulers in the state. The bought no bicycle for any monarch. This is among several other false stories written about the state and the governor. The story in question is another in the series of stories which call to question, The PUNCH’s editorial judgment.

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Signed:
Bello Adebayo
Director of Publicity

There Can Be No Good Governance Without Innovation – Aregbesola

*Bags Most Innovative Governor award

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has said that being innovative is the only route towards delivering good governance and meeting the yearnings of the people.
This was Aregbesola’s response Sunday night after being presented with an award Most Innovative Governor of the Year by the organisers of the Media Nite Out Award, in Ikeja, Lagos.
Aregbesola, who was represented by his Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said it was not without reason that he told his people in Osun and others who cared to listen at the inception of his administration that he would run an unusual government.
“We knew that for us to deliver on governance which we promised our people, we must be ready to break the rules,” Aregbesola said while delivering the acceptance speech.
The governor’s nomination, according to the citation read at the event, came through after carefully following his many innovations in the course of his tenures as governor of Osun.
“He is a thinker, ardent performer, a visionary leader, an agent of strategic change” the organizers stated in the citation.
Aregbesola told the gathering, “We consciously designed our programs and policies to be different from the norms. We were convinced that many of the existing approaches to governance had left our people in poverty, ignorance, diseases and hopelessness. But no one wanted to rock the boat for fear of what the people would say.
“But we were convinced that though the decisions might be painful to take, we needed to be courageous to take them if they would in turn bring our people out of their predicament.”
The Governor said that almost six years after, it is gratifying that the painful but courageous decisions are paying off.
“We have proved through our strategic approach that though painful, the courage with which we have taken the decisions and driven on on our development agenda have been embraced by our people.
“We are conscious our state has been in the news all the time and some of our actions have been portrayed in the negatives by a section of the populace that is not yet in tune with the our unusual ways. But the media have a lot to do to educate and not be swayed by mere emotions. The question should be: Are the people -who are at the centre of it all- having their hopes restored and having meanings for their lives? The answer lies with our people and we know they are with us on this journey to total redemption,” the governor said.

Tinubu Lashes Out, Says APC National Chairman Must Go

A former Governor of Lagos State and leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has called on the chairman of the party, John Oyegun, to resign from office.
Mr. Tinubu said Mr. Oyegun is amongst those who have managed to remain within the party because of what they could benefit rather than the sacrifice they could make.
Mr. Tinubu’s comment came in the wake of a major dispute that followed the conduct of the party’s primaries in Ondo State earlier this month.
Mr. Tinubu said Mr. Oyegun had betrayed the tenets of APC and had been a willing tool in efforts to derail the APC agenda.
“Oyegun’s transgressions are a warning. He is but the mercenary of forces that seek to return the nation to the old ways. If they get away with this infraction, no telling what or whom they will undermine tomorrow. Much is at stake,” Mr. Tinubu said.
The APC was formed through an alliance of some opposition political parties and a power bloc in the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party. The party rode to power following the general elections last year during which it won both the presidency and majority in both chambers of the National Assembly.

Read the full statement by Mr. Tinubu’s office below:

OYEGUN’S ONDO FRAUD: THE VIOLATION OF DEMOCRACY IN THE APC
The APC, a party born of the quest for democratic good governance, is under critical threat by those who managed to be in the party but never of it. From the party’s inception, the principles of democratic fairness and justice were to guide APC internal deliberations. Party founders realized that only by intramural fair dealing could the party remain faithful to the progressive ideals that we presented to the Nigerian electorate as our governing creed. If the party could not justly govern itself, it would find it difficult to establish and maintain just government throughout the nation.
In essence, the party was the embodiment of a democratic promise made between its members as well as a democratic vow made to the public. Evidently, some errant members believe promises and vows are mere words to be easily spoken and more easily broken. Chairman John Oyegun has breached these good pledges in a most overt and brazen display. In doing so, Oyegun has dealt a heavy blow to the very party he professes to lead. It is an awful parent who suffocates his own child for the sake of a few naira. The party was supposed to buttress APC members elected to government at all levels. Because of Oyegun’s conduct of our affairs, the party is rapidly becoming an albatross to those it was meant to help.
Oyegun’s comportment regarding the Ondo state primacy will become the textbook definition of political treachery and malfeasance of the basest order. In early September, the state primary was held. A purported winner was named. Having faith in the ways of the party, Tinubu publicly accepted what he assumed to be a verdict honestly derived. As a democrat, one must face the possibility of defeat and accept such as outcome with as much grace as one would embrace victory. One of the few bright spots during the conduct of the primaries was Jigawa Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar
He chaired the primary convention with decorum and impartiality. He was unaware that a tampered list has been slipped into the process.
Indeed within hours of the announcement, news began to filter in that gravely disturbed me. Credible allegations of fraud troubled the waters. The delegate list had been materially altered by someone in a strategic position to so do. The names of over 150 valid delegates were excised to make room for an equal number of impostors. This was not a clerical error. The alteration was wilfully executed that the primary would be directed toward a chosen end that bore nothing in common with the will of most state party members. A cunning few had tried to deceive the many into believing they were outnumbered.
A conspiracy to steal the Ondo primary had been uncovered. Fortunately, the grand deception afoot had been unable to cover its tracks fast enough. Truth began to cry for justice.
Several candidates filed petitions contesting the result. The party established an investigative board to review the evidence. In a two to one decision, the panel found the delegate roster had suffered tampering. The panel recommended that a new primary should be held using the valid delegate list. This recommendation was tabled before the National Working Committee (NWC).
After many hours of deliberations spanning several days, a final vote was held by the NWC. Before hand, NWC members agreed that the decision of the majority would become the stance of the party. Such is the way of democracy. The NWC voted six against five to cancel the fraudulent results and hold an honest primary. For a moment, it seemed the party would restore its integrity by giving democracy a chance. However, those who sought to scam an entire state would not let the vote of 11 people spoil their enterprise.
After the NWC vote, a noticeably agitated Chairman Oyegun proposed the NWC engage in prayer before concluding the meeting. Adhering to this chairman’s request, NWC members began to pray. Seeing that the others had taken his bait, Oyegun used the prayerful interlude to secretly excuse himself from the meeting. Contravening the NWC decision and in violation of all rules of fundamental decency, Oyegun decided to safeguard the fraud done in Ondo by perpetrating a greater fraud. Oyegun arrogated to himself the right to submit the name of Rotimi Akeredolu to INEC as the candidate of the party.
Truth has finally come to light. There exists a regressive element in the party that cares nothing for the progressive ideas upon which this party was founded. They joined the APC because it was the best ride available at the time. Now they want to guide the party into the ditch. They want to turn the party into a soulless entity incapable of doing good, just like they are. When such a person tastes power, they shed all good restraint. They come to abuse the trust given them as if they are the owners of that trust and not its mere custodians. These people did little to build the party but now will do much to wreck it.
Such a man is Oyegun and those who conspired with him to sabotage justice and democracy in Ondo. Our party was to stand for change. Oyegun and his fellows seem to be on a different wave length. They are the cohort of Unchange.
The APC wants to guide Nigeria into a better tomorrow. Oyegun and the cohort of unchange want to pull Nigeria back into the past where rigging and vote stealing were the old and new testaments of politics. They want the people to think that there is no alternative to their reactionary system of skewed politics and imperious government. Thus, they seek to turn the APC into a factory of the very political malpractices the people soundly rejected in the past election. To choke the APC in this manner is to kill the chance for progressive reform for the foreseeable future. Much more than the Ondo primary is at stake. Oyegun has revealed his team’s game plan: It is the destruction of progressive politics and governance on behalf of the people.

As party chairman, Oyegun was supposed to protect our internal processes and be an impartial arbiter, a person in whom all had confidence. Instead, he donned the garment of a confident man, duping the NWC, the party, and INEC in one fell blow. He has robbed APC members in Ondo State of the chance to pick in a fair manner who they believe is the best candidate.
As such, he has broken faith with the party and probably has broken a few laws. The consequences of what he has done are more expansive than a man of his scope can fathom. There must is a powerful and sinister arm at work to compel a man of Oyegun’s age to steal the decision of the party in a manner so crude that it would embarrass even the commonest thief.
With strong expectation, we await a response to Oyegun’s wrongdoing from those who clamoured so long and loudly about Tinubu’s alleged role in the Ondo primary.
Leading into the primary, a prominent lawyer from Ondo published lengthy missives alleging that Tinubu was a malicious hand intent on rigging the primary. His letters spoke of his great love for democracy and justice. Though Oyegun has assaulted democracy in a most public and vulgar way, this lawyer’s prolific pen will remain stilled. He dare not publish a word about this travesty. His silence will be sign for all who care to decipher its meaning.
The plan was to point the accusing finger at Tinubu. With everyone focused on Tinubu, they would have distracted all attention from the heist they had set in motion. As fate would have it, the trickery they hoped to conduct in the shadows has come to light.
Thus, Oyegun was forced to undertake his desperate fraud in broad daylight in order to salvage the wrong initiated under the lamp of darkness. Those who so actively attributed imaginary wrong to Tinubu now stand dumb and mute in the face of confirmed impropriety. They remain silent for reasons they cannot divulge. Oyegun and his ilk turn out to be gangsters adorned in the tunic of party authority.
Oyegun has engaged in the strange math where five is greater than six. This smacks of how the PDP conducted its affairs and orchestrated its own downfall. Tinubu disparaged such malpractice when it was not in his party. Tinubu surely disowns it now that it has invaded the party he helped bring to fruition.
Tinubu has consciously refused to hold any official position with the party to avoid the perception that he was trying to control all and sundry. Tinubu has even kept his peace for some time despite many things that happened within the party that were not quite right. He exercised this forbearance because the party is young. A collective endeavour cannot avoid the mistakes and errors of organizational newness and evolution.
Yet, the wrongs Oyegun committed had nothing to do with newness or the mistakes occasioned by the path of reform. His actions are in the nature of the old wrongs that have afflicted our national politics much too long. If Oyegun wants to walk backward into the past, he has every right to it. However, he has no right to drag the party or any of us with him. Against our choosing.
The informal title of national leader of the party was given to Tinubu at the onset which he accepted it as a sign from those who wished to recognize my contributions to the party’s formation. It is an honorific title which he has been proud to wear until today. I would rather not have any title yet reside in a party that honours democracy than hold a title in a party that says it honours me but that treats justice with indecency. I find greater honour and comfort where democracy and fairness are found and respected.

Oyegun has done the irredeemable. His coup is an insult to party and to patriot, to reason and to the reform agenda of this government. To remain silent would be to admit the defeat of the reform and progressive change many have laboured to bring forth. While the forces resistant to change and reform are strong, Tinubu dare not submit to them. Tinubu encourages all party members not to submit to them. If we acquiesce in this wrong, the one greater than this shall cascade upon us.
Oyegun’s transgressions are a warning. He is but the mercenary of forces that seek to return the nation to the old ways. If they get away with this infraction, no telling what or whom they will undermine tomorrow. Much is at stake. On the chopping block, lies the future of the political party in which the majority of voters had placed their confidence. To rescue the party, Oyegun must go. He has shown that he and democratic fair play cannot exist in the same party at the same time. If Tinubu is to choose between John Oyegun and progress toward a better Nigeria, the choice has already been made. For those who care about the party, who care about Nigeria and its chance for a better tomorrow, now is the time to stand against this brewing evil before it grows to encompass all we have built and all we hold dear.

Osun Deploys Resources To Tackle Flooding

The Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola-led administration in the state of Osun as ordered the immediate construction of barriers and further dredging of its canals, drainage systems and waterways in the state to avoid a re-occurrence of flooding which took place in some areas on Tuesday 13th, September, 2016.

Though the state government said it has in the past invested heavily in modern flood prevention techniques despite no receiving a dime in ecological funds, unwholesome human practices continues to overwhelm the system.

Speaking while visiting areas affected by the flood, the governor said, “Considering our efforts in the past at ensuring dredged waterways, we never expected this”.

Recall, since 2011, the government of Ogbenu Rauf Aregbesola has being dredging waterways in different areas across the state to avoid occurrence like this.

As a matter of fact, when rampaging flood swept through most parts of Nigeria in 2012, Osun was amongst the least affected state. The reason for this it was learnt, was due to its investments in dredging its waterways, clearing of drainages and effective waste disposal system.

At Oke Onitea area of Osogbo, it was discovered during inspection that a ring culvert constructed by the Nigerian Railway Corpoiration (NRC) slowed down the downpour’s right of way which led to the flooding of the affected area. The governor promised to write the Nigerian Railway Corpoiration (NRC), for the expansion of a ring culvert under the railway to avoid future flooding of the area.

As promised during Governor Aregbesola’s tour on
Wednesday, heavy machineries have been deployed in various areas of the state to ease the flow of water and dislodge flooded areas.

See photos of the machinery at work below:

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Osun Did Not Receive Ecological Fund For Five Years – Osun Govt

The Government of Osun on Thursday described as fallacious, demand by the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party to justify how the state spent ecological funds in the wake of the flood that affected some parts of the state capital.
The government said it smacks of total ignorance and mischief for the PDP not to recall how funds such as ecological funds were used to play dirty politics and victimized states under the control of the opposition party.
The Government, through a statement by the Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, said Osun did not get any ecological funds to execute its massive projects which prevented flood since 2011.
“Osun did not receive any ecological fund from the disastrous PDP Federal Government from November 27, 2010 to May 29, 2015. We have depended on our legitimate revenues from all sources to annually dredge our waterways up till 2015 when revenue decline hindered our efforts,” the Bureau’s statement, signed by its Director, Semiu Okanlawon, explained.
The Bureau said despite the dirty politics played by the PDP government at the centre, Osun remained one of the few states that had never experienced any flooding since 2010/2011 till the unfortunate incident of Tuesday, September 13, 2016.
It said the government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, left no part of the state untouched in its proactive massive projects to save the environment.
The government asked the PDP to go back to its records to remind itself of the wickedness it perpetrated against states under opposition parties throughout its 16 years of clueless rule.
“We are concerned with the agony of our citizens and shall do all in our power to limit the pains and prevent a re- occurrence, as we are committed to eliminating all hindrances to free flow of water in the canals, drainage systems and waterways in the state. All obstructions to free flow of water in these channels will be removed, while property blocking easy access to the drainage channels thus preventing adequate management of them will be separated,” the statement added
Calling on the people to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse and waste into the canals, the government reminded residents of the need to patronize registered waste collectors and the authorized dump sites.
The statement also advised those seeing the unfortunate incident as avenue to jubilate to search their conscience adding that the people of Osun are quite aware of the massive projects executed to prevent flooding in the state since the inception of the administration.

Aregbesola Preaches Selflessness In Service, Felicitates With Muslims At Sallah

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Sunday enjoined Nigerians to be selfless in the discharge of their duties as he joined others leaders in goodwill messages to Muslims on the occasion of the eid-il-kabir festival.
Aregbesola said selflessness helps build a nation adding that when the welfare of the people is most paramount, it leads to the emergence of a society with peace, equality and growth.

In a statement signed by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola said commitment, perseverance and prayer are the key ingredients needed as the country passes through its worst trial moments.

The Governor urged Muslims to pray for the peace and stability in the country.

He said the country will make progress towards the fulfillment of its great potentials as a nation if Nigerians promote peace, security and stability, which are very essential for development by showing greater respect for national safety and public order laws.

Quoting the Holy Qura’n chapter 22:37 thus: “It is not their meat Nor their blood, that reaches Allah: it is your piety that reaches Him: He Has thus made them subject To you, that ye may glorify Allah for His guidance to you: And proclaim the Good News To all who do right,” Aregbesola said the sacrifice of rams is in commemoration of Abraham and Isma’il’s great self sacrifice, trust, obedience and belief in Allah.

The slaughtering of animal is a personal sacrifice by sharing their limited means of survival with the poorer members of their communities.

He tasked adherents of Islam to imbibe the lessons of commitment, dedication and obedience to higher authorities as inherently demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to the will of God which the Eid-El-Kabir commemorates.

Aregbesola restated his administration’s commitment to the people of the state, adding that the president Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government will continue to do all it can to improve the living conditions of Nigerians.
The Governor said the emerging new Osun with better infrastructure, security of lives and property emanate from the readiness of the leadership in the state to remain selfless.

The statement said in part: “I wish our fellow Muslim brothers and sisters in Osun, Nigeria and beyond, a most blessed Eid.

“Adherents of the faith should leverage this festive moment to foster unity and continue to live up to the tenets through the acts of charity, peaceful co-existence with our neighbours, obedience to the injunctions of the Holy Qura’n and sacrifice as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim whose spirit of obedience was demonstrated through his submission to the will of Allah even in very difficult situation.

“We should also use the occasion to offer prayers to God for peaceful co-existence among different ethno-religious groups in the country.

“The celebration of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir therefore must draw us closer to God than ever before as well as spur us to avoid negative tendencies which could further compound our tenuous socio-political and economic conditions.

“We should equally avoid negative comments and actions, which seriously run counter to values that promote the common good of our dear nation.”