Osun Govt Warns Doctors To Resume Work Or Be Sanctioned

Medical doctors in the employment of the Government of the State of Osun have been directed to resume duties or be ready to face sanctions in accordance with civil service rules.

This government position was disclosed today in Osogbo at a press conference addressed by the Chairman of the Special Committee on Health, Dr. Simeon Afolayan.

Dr Simeon Afolayan, who is a former Permanent secretary in the state stressed that it is only in a communist country that workers can be forced to work and pointed out that this is impossible in a democracy .

He then emphasised that since medical doctors and consultants in the Ministry of Health and local governments are taking the salaries being presently offered by the state government , medical doctors should be patriotic and be reasonable enough to agree with what other state workers numbering 39,000  are taking on monthly basis.

While admitting that doctors render essential services to the society, he pointed out that there is no single professional in the health sector that is not essential.

Dr Afolayan further pointed out that just as the State Government is committed to the welfare of doctors , it is also committed to the welfare of other professionals such as pharmacists, nurses, radiographers, cleaners and others.

Dr Afolayan, who pointed out that medical doctors’ monthly salary is four times what his/her counterpart in the ministries or agencies of government earn , they are in a better position to make sacrifices especially now that the state  and the nation are facing economic challenges.

The Chairman of the Special Committee on Health also pointed out that medical doctors are duly represented on the committee of labour and government that sits on all revenues coming to the State Government and the committee  decides on what goes to payment of salaries , what is dedicated to running of the government, what should be used for maintaining the welfare of the people and infrastructure .

He further revealed that it is the committee that recommended that the state’s resources be stretched a little bit, agreeing that it is better to have something all the time than have full salaries in a few months and then have a long spell of nothing.

He also made it known that doctors have been on different actions bordering on abandonment of duty for about eleven months out of which the State Government had graciously  paid them six months whereas government shouldn’t have paid doctors who have indefinitely withdrawn their service since 2nd of April, 2015.

According to the Civil Service Regulations, workers who absent themselves from work beyond a certain limit are deemed to have resigned their appointment.

He then pointed out that this rule has taken effect and those who still want to be rendering their services have been given fresh opportunity  stressing that government cannot be seen to be promoting and encouraging lawlessness by a group of less than 100 medical doctors.

Others at the press conference include the former Special Adviser to the State Governor on Hospitals Management Board, Dr Rafiu Isamotu,the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr Akinyinka Esho, the Permanent Secretary, Hospitals Management Board, Engr Olusegun Aduroja as well as the Director of Administration and Supplies, Mr Timothy Olawuni and Director of Medical Services, Dr Ebenezer Adepoju

Vacancy: Osun Govt Calls For Application From Qualified Medical Doctors [How To Apply]

The government of the state of Osun has called for qualified medical doctors to apply for openings in the state civil service to replace medical personnel who abandoned their duty post five month ago.

The government through a statement released by the Head of Service, signed by the Permanent secretary, Festus Olajide, the state stated that, “On Wednesday, 10th February, 2016, the State Government of Osun appointed, in public interest, new Medical Doctors to replace serving Medical Doctors who walked out of their various posts in
the State’s Public Service unilaterally on their own volition since Monday, 28th September 2015.

“However, other eligible Medical Doctors are encouraged to apply as vacancies still exist for various positions in the Medical Officer cadre of the State of Osun Public Service.”

The government in the advert seen by Osun Defender stated that “the State Government of Osun hereby requests for applications for employment from suitably qualified candidates both in Nigeria and the Diaspora for the under-listed
vacant position in its Public Services: Medical Officer, Grade lever 12 (CONMESS II)”

The state government however stated that Medical Doctors, including those who were formerly in the employment of the State of Osun Public Service, who are still willing to take up appointments in the State of Osun Public Service are hereby enjoined to call at the State Hospitals’ Management Board for employment forms for processing.

Osun Defender learnt that interested Medical Doctors who are in the Diaspora are to send their application  [email protected]

Click Here To Find Out How To Apply

We Are Willing To Negotiate On Electricity Tariff- VP Osinbajo

Following the outrage that greeted the new electricity tariff by the government, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has enjoined Nigerians not to term it a “wicked tariff”, yet, stressing that the administration of president Mohammadu Buhari was open to dialogue.

Osinbajo while speaking with the leadership of Trade Union Congress, TUC behind closed doors in his office at the presidential villa, Abuja on Tuesday, stated that it was important to note that the present administration was made possible through the people’s will.

In a statement by his media aide, Osinabjo submitted that if even the government and the people disagree, it was still necessary to sit on a round table.

Recalling that the Buhari’s government regime mid last year provided bailout measure for the workers salaries, the Vice President reasoned that the government was not out to suffer the people. This was even as he responded to the demands of the Congress on the review of the new minimum wage that all issues would be looked into.

He said “We are here for the people, if not for the people, we will not be here. We got here by the grace of God and the votes of the man on the street who felt it’s time for change. Even if we disagree, we must still talk. The reason is that the government itself is the government of the people. “No body is in government by inheritance. We are here today because the people chose us and that is the reason we must be prepared to listen to issues that concern Nigerians. “We will take a look at all the issues carefully. “We are here for the people and we want to identify with the people. We are open to your suggestions, but it is not enough to say it is a wicked tariff. We must answer the question how,” he said.

Osinbajo however enjoined all Nigerians to support government in the fight against corruption, adding that “if you don’t fight corruption, you cannot even deal with the economy, you need to hold corrupt people accountable because they stole the money meant for the economy”.

The Vanguard

Lagos Establishes First DNA Forensic Lab In Nigeria

In furtherance of its commitment to the criminal justice sector reforms and take the fight against crime to a greater level, the Lagos State Government on Tuesday announced that it has concluded plans to establish the first ever high-powered DNA Forensic Laboratory in Nigeria which will take off within the next six to twelve months.

The lab, which would be called the Lagos State DNA Forensics Centre (LSDFC), when fully operational, would fulfill an unmet need for DNA profiling which is a unique forensic technique that is now being used all over the world.

Addressing journalists at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa on Tuesday, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, said the establishment of the centre was another eloquent testimony of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s sincerity and seriousness towards fighting all forms of criminality.

State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem,
State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem addressing Journalists alongside officials of his ministry

Kazeem, who addressed the media alongside senior officials of the Ministry, said Governor Ambode had been at the vanguard of the war against domestic, sexual and violent crimes, and that the centre was geared towards vigorous justice sector reforms.

He recalled the ground-breaking donation of equipment worth N4.8 billion to the Nigerian Police, the Light Up Lagos Project, and the recent solidarity visit of the Governor to crime flash points like the Isawo area of Ikorodu where criminals have been terrorizing innocent citizens, among others as further proofs of the Governor’s determination to tackle crime.

Speaking on the importance of the forensic centre, the Commissioner said the facility which would be driven by the Ministry of Justice with active support of the Governor, will focus on DNA analysis to support the justice sector in diverse areas such as “collection and preserving reference and evidentiary DNA which can later be used in identifying criminals; decoding familial relationships of individuals which could also be a tool for the judicial system; and identifying victims and remains after natural and manmade calamities.”

State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem,
State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem addressing Journalists alongside officials of his ministry

Kazeem also explained that DNA profiling is an extraction of DNA from body fluids, semen, nails, hair and other DNA generic sources, adding that the centre would greatly help to controvert evidence of alibi and confirm physical presence of suspects at the scene of a crime and the origin of DNA to such suspects.

He said: “Even though the role of DNA in forensics, law enforcement and the justice sector is well known globally, a high-powered DNA analysis centre is not available in Nigeria. This means that most, if not all the DNA testing needs are performed outside Nigeria, a situation that leads to longer turnaround times and an overall higher cost of bringing closure to investigation and prosecution of crimes.”

State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem,
State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem addressing Journalists alongside officials of his ministry

He said when operational, the centre will serve the DNA needs of the state, members of the public, other states and neighbouring countries, saying it would be of international standard which all stakeholders including security agencies would benefit from.

On the areas of focus, Kazeem said the Centre would be deployed for criminal investigation to identify criminals with incredible accuracy and exonerate suspects mistakenly accused or convicted of crimes.

The Centre, according to the Commissioner, would also aid investigation on domestic and sexual violence cases, boost family and paternity proceedings, and help in identifying victims of natural and manmade disasters.

The Commissioner expressed optimism that the Centre would be a unique solution to fighting crime in the quest of the present administration for a safer and secured Lagos, adding, “Lagos is a unique place with a unique Governor who has continued and will continue to provide unique solutions.”

He further said the government was partnering with experts in the DNA field on the project, who would build, operate and transfer to government after about two years, a period within which the officials of the state must have been trained on how to run the Centre.

Fielding questions on the challenge of collecting database for the centre, Kazeem said data collated along the line, would be stored, and that other government ministries, departments and agencies would equally collaborate with the Ministry of Justice to effectively deliver on the mandate of the Centre.

BETTER DAYS AHEAD FOR TRANSPORT SECTOR- AMAECHI

The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has assured Nigerians of better days ahead in the transportation sector while announcing that railways will soon be linked to seaports in a bid to boost economic activity in the country.
Amaechi said this during a meeting he had with port professionals on Monday in Lagos.

The minister said the government was keen on diversifying the economy, hence the decision to link up the different modes of transportation.

“We expect that before June or July, we should begin the process or we should start the construction of the Lagos-Kano, and possibly the Lagos-Calabar railway.

“If those two contracts commence, then we expect that they would generate employment (and) economic activity would improve.

“And we say that all of these must terminate at the sea ports, so anybody can import from any particular place in time.

“You can import from Warri Sea Port; you can import from Port Harcourt sea port; you can import or export from Calabar sea port or any of the sea ports.

“In terminating the railway, we are going to terminate one at Apapa and another one at Tin Can to encourage inter-modal means of transportation.’’

The minister also indicated that optimization of revenues coming from such ventures will be taken seriously by the APC Government.

“We also want to know how much is coming in and how much is being spent.’’

“Nobody is expected to spend more than the budget has been approved for you so that we save money for the economy.’’

Amaechi rallied Nigerians to stand behind the government, so as to ensure that all its plans for a better country come to fruition, emphasizing that the Buhari-led government is still working day and night to ensure that the people have a better country.

The Native Doctor Idea Only Exists In The Imagination Of PDP – Osun Govt

The State of Osun has stated that the idea of replacing medical doctors with native doctors only exists in the imagination of opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the state.
The government in a statement released by the Director Of Communications And Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, stated that the government has left no one in doubt on its efforts to deploy doctors from the state Ministry of Health, doctors in the Security agencies in the state to compliment the consultants and local governments doctors who are working.
Recall the state publicity secretary of the PDP, one Diran Odeyemi yesterday accused the state government of replacing the medical doctors, who willingly abandoned their duty post with native doctors.
“Weird is the logic of PDP and nothing that can change that and that explains this weird and wild thinking process.” The terse statement said.
“Faced with the vacuum created by those who abandoned their jobs as a result of seemingly irreconcilable terms the government has left no one in doubt on its efforts to deploy doctors from the state Ministry of Health, doctors in the Security agencies in the state to compliment the consultants and local governments doctors who are working.
The native doctors idea is in the imagination of those who are touring it and honestly it amounts to a waste of time not to ignore PDP.”
“As for its other allegations, the indices are there to confirm that Osun has witnessed good governance and PDP fails to point to any other thing other than the fact that there are challenges in the finances of the state. Is this peculiar to Osun or even Nigeria.”
“Despite the fact that the world faces its most turbulent time ever, Nigeria’s economic woes would not have been this worrisome had the PDP managed the affairs of Nigeria the way Aregbesola has managed Osun resources when Nigeria had it good with petrol dollars. Crude sold for above $100 for many years and PDP frittered away the gains.”
“It was desperate to hold on to Nigeria jugular embarking on a spending spree like demented souls. The sorry state of national economy today is the ugly offspring of PDP mismanagement of our affairs.”
“Ironically Aregbesola was only one alerting Nigerians to the evil PDP was perpetrating. They have no moral standing to examine what Aregbesola is doing let alone condemn them.”
“In education PDP knows the results under the Aregbesola years are incomparable to the pre-Aregbesola years. The massive infrastructure upgrade, better learning facilities have all changed the face of education in Osun. Despite the noticeable improvements we do not even believe Osun people have seen the results yet. Wait for years to come when current beneficiaries of the Osun education turnarounds must be leading in their respective fields.” The statement concluded.
Recall about 100 doctors in the state civil service abandoned their duty post in the past eleven months, despite collecting full salaries for first six months.
According to civil service rules, anyone who abandon his/her duty post for more than 6 months, is considered automatically sacked. Though the government has issued no sack letter to anyone, it has only moved to replace the absentee doctors.

Tinubu Explains Role He Played In Buhari’s Emergence; Bags Sun Man Of The Year

National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday explained the role he played in the emergence of Gen. Muhammudu Buhari as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, saying God merely used him to play a crucial role in the polity.

Senator Tinubu recounted the many political struggles that culminated in the change of government last year and brought the APC to power in a speech after receiving the Sun Man of the Year award.

“God in His wisdom placed me in the position to recognize the change that was needed and to help effectuate that change,” Tinubu stated.

Sen. Tinubu the victory was made possible through the commitment of members of the party.

He expressed joy that most of the titans who formed the nucleus of the APC during the struggle were on hand to witness the award presentation.

He specifically mentioned the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and his predecessor, Chief Bisi Akande.

Tinubu said, “They brought back hope to the people and the desired change.” Going down memory lane, Tinubu regretted the huge decline the country witnessed in the last 25 years, “and particularly between 2011 and 2015.”

“What was accomplished in 2015 was not a singular effort. It was done through the collective love and labour of millions of Nigerians,” he said in the speech issued by his media office.

Continuing, he said: “a handful of them were well known. Most of them are hardworking anonymous people who together constitute the backbone and great strength of this nation. It was this collective effort that produced the unprecedented change.

“Many sacrificed greatly to achieve this great turn of events. Some practically surrendered their businesses. Some provided funds. Especially that elderly 90-year old woman, Hajia Fadimatu Mai Talle Tara, who donated N1 million, her life savings for the campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari, (may her soul rest in peace).

“Others worked ceaselessly, hour after hour, day after day until the historic job was done. Many hit the campaign trail day and night from Katsina to Lagos. I reserve a special recognition and commendation for the youth across this nation who formed part of the foot soldiers in the struggle for change.”

He dedicated the award to “these heroes.”

But he warned that Nigeria, having reached this point in its desire to move forward must not look back, saying:”we have come to a point where there is no turning back for there is nothing worthy of the sacrifices so recently made to turn back to.

“We have reached the juncture at which we must reform our institutions, rid our country of corruption or admit that we have mortgaged away the good future due us. The infrastructural decay of past decades, the unemployment time bomb, the challenging security situation make a compelling case for us all to join with this government embrace a new politics that will help build a new country.”

He added that the renaissance for a better society must come from within through perseverance, strong determination and an irrevocable sense of patriotism.

Tinubu charged Nigerians to remain steadfast and build a nation that all can be proud of.

“The nation is going through a challenging period and truly we must build our tomorrow today-together,” he said.

On the award itself, he said: “I am honoured to have been picked as The Sun Man of the Year. The decision to give me this award I understand resulted from a thorough process reviewing the significant political developments that our country in the last quarter of a century has witnessed and particularly the monumental happenings in the past one year.”

He said there were equally other Nigerians eminently qualified for the award.

“I am humble enough to know that The Sun could have chosen any one of several figures. Their decision would not have been gainsaid. I think particularly of the man at the helm of affairs and who won the election, President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Yet, I am mindful enough to realize such Awards do not come frequently and that I better grab the good thing given me.”

The publisher of The Sun, Dr. Orji Kalu called on Nigerians to rise up to the task of nation building. He said the country was passing through a critical stage and needed patriotic people to join hands to salvage the country from the problem it was facing.

He said those who were honoured were considered in view of their track records to the betterment of the country. “Those selected made positive impact on Nigeria, so we are celebrating excellence and achievement.”

The award was formally presented to him by The Sun publisher and former Governor of Abia State, Dr.Orji Uzor Kalu who recalled Tinubu’s involvement in the fight for democracy from the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) days till now.

As Tinubu was called to step forward to receive the award, a large coterie of his friends and political associates including Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. David Babachir, Labour Minister, Chris Ngige, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, former Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Demola Seriki and Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello accompanied him to the podium.

Also flanking him was his wife, Oluremi.

Also honoured at the ceremony were former military head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (Lifetime  achievement award); Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano (Governor of the Year); General Ike Nwachukwu (rtd), Gen. Samuel Ogbemudia, Justice Aloma Mukhtar, Chief Kessington Adebutu, and  Chief Mbazulike Amechi,.

The most supportive First Lady of the Year went to Hajia Nana Shettima, Public Service Award went to Chenelo Anohu-Amazu; Banker of the Year went to Yemi Adeola; Business Man of the Year, Anthony  Chukwuka.

Others were Erick Umeofia, Uche Ogah, Amaju Pinnick, Josephine Ugwu, Obateru Akinruntan , Rockview Hotels, Omoni Oboli and Harrison Okiri for their impact on the society.

We Haven’t Sacked Any Doctor – Osun Government

The Government of Osun State on Friday February 19, 2016  cleared air on a speculation making the rounds in the state as it declared that no doctors have been relieved of their duties.

 

The Chairman, Special Committee on Health, Dr. Simeon Afolayan, made the declaration  at a press conference held at the Ministry of Health Abere, Osogbo.

Afolayan who noted that were the government of Osun to follow the rules guiding the Civil Service, all the striking doctors would have been considered sacked for abandoning their duties for more than six months as stipulated in the civil service law.

Afolayan further explained that  the striking doctor have not been sacked because no letter of sack was issued to any of them but they ( striking doctors) were  deemed to have resigned their appointments because of their refusal to work for more than six months.

The Chairman noted that  the doctors started their strike on April 2, 2015.

Afolayan said, ” Doctors are parts of the civil service and by the civil service rule you cannot abandon your duty post for six months  without reason and not face the consequences. If you do so, it is deemed that you have resigned your appointment. This rule has taken effect.”

He said the state could not afford to pay the doctors’ salaries in full because of the financial  crisis facing the state and the nation.

According to him,  out of about 40,000 workforce in the state civil service, doctors working with the Osun State Hospitals Management Board  were less than 100 and they all agreed with the state government to be receiving part payment of their salary pending an improvement in the state’s finances.

He described the demands of the doctors as impossible, saying there would be anarchy in the state if the government decided to pay full salaries to doctors and continue to pay other civil servants modulated salaries.

He said the state government did not sack any of the doctors but the doctors  had decided to discontinue rendering their services by abandoning their duties for over six months.

He therefore enjoined the striking doctors in the state to give due respect to the  oath of office by prioritizing the  interest of their patients , saying government understands their plight and the current economic challenges will soon be a thing of past in the state.

Aregbesola Commends Doctors At Local Govts For Commitment To Duty

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Thursday commended members of the Association of Local Government Medical Officers of Health in Nigeria, Osun Branch for demonstrating clear understanding of their duties by committing themselves to the service of saving lives.

Aregbesola, while receiving the association, chided the striking doctors, describing the boycott of work as a betrayal of their Hyppocratic Oaths.

Aregbesola said unknown to many Nigerians who listen to the doctors’ tales, the doctors collected six months full salaries without doing any work. He challenge them to tell the world whether they did not collect their salaries up until September when they went on strike.

From left- Deputy Governor, State of Osun, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, Governor Rauf Aregbesola and Chiarman Association of Medical Officers of Health in Nigeria (AMOHN), Osun State Chapter, Dr. Fabiyi Oluwole,during a Courtesy Visit to the Governor, at Governor's Office Abere, Osogbo on 18/02/2016.
From left- Deputy Governor, State of Osun, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, Governor Rauf Aregbesola and Chiarman Association of Medical Officers of Health in Nigeria (AMOHN), Osun State Chapter, Dr. Fabiyi Oluwole,during a Courtesy Visit to the Governor, at Governor’s Office Abere, Osogbo on 18/02/2016.


The Governor lauded the association for their active service and commitment to the generality of the people in the state.

He stated that the local government health workers are not only the bedrock of any state’s healthcare sector but also the proverbial stone rejected by the builder, which however became the corner stone.

He noted that more than 90 per cent of the people pass through the doctors at the local government health care facility thereby relieving the secondary healthcare facilities of meeting the huge task of healthcare needs of millions of people.

He lamented the industrial action embarked upon by the state doctors for more than 11 months, saying but for the active commitment to service by members of the association and other medical personnel, the state’s healthcare system would by now have been compromised.

According to him,”But for your own active commitment to service to the generality of the citizenry, contrary to what we have in some section of the press, Osun does not have any feeling of the strike at all. ‎

“They have been out of work for eleven months and they have refused to tell the world that they have received their full pay for six of the eleven months. They will rather emphasize that we are owing them for the five months since September 28 for which they have not rendered any service to any one.

“We are not here to talk about them but we can not discuss your presence without bringing in our own frustration from their attitude to the profession”.

The Governor noted that medical practitioners are people, who should be imbued with extra milk of compassion and must value live and prevent loss of lives, adding that it was shocking to see those trained to save live abandoning their duty post for humanity to suffer.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle), his Deputy mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola (2nd left), Chiarman Association of Medical Officers of Health in Nigeria (AMOHN), Osun State Chapter, Dr. Fabiyi Oluwole (3rd right), Secretary of AMOHN, Dr. Olusegun Olaogun (right), Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti (2nd right), Head of Service, Elder Sunday Owoeye (left) and others, during a Courtesy Visit to the Governor, at Governor's Office Abere, Osogbo on 18/02/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle), his Deputy mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola (2nd left), Chiarman Association of Medical Officers of Health in Nigeria (AMOHN), Osun State Chapter, Dr. Fabiyi Oluwole (3rd right), Secretary of AMOHN, Dr. Olusegun Olaogun (right), Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti (2nd right), Head of Service, Elder Sunday Owoeye (left) and others, during a Courtesy Visit to the Governor, at Governor’s Office Abere, Osogbo on 18/02/2016.

‎He said, “The organ which the doctors are going about what they are doing by making separate demand from government is not a recognised trade union. The secondary organ that is today leading their agitation is a clear professional body which in our constitution lacks all legal rights to negotiate wages and salary with any management.

“Putting this in context, the general medical practitioners in the state had been on strike since eleven months ago, safe all the three to four weeks they were at work after the general strike before they absconded.

“I must thank your association and through you other medical practitioners outside the recalcitrant doctors in our health centres for their support, zeal and commitment to serving our people in the health care delivery system ‎at the local and state level.

“Nobody is trying to discount the significant of doctors, but it could have been very devastating if the other health workers have joined in this unnecessary boycott of work”. ‎The Governor stressed.
‎Aregbesola restated how on assumption of office, he changed many existing traditions such as the date for payment of salaries, leave bonus, increased car loans, increased housing loans and a host of other pro-workers initiatives.
He demanded how the same doctors who were beneficiaries of his pro-workers policies would therefore want to hold the state to ransom when it is clear to all that the financial situation is not the making of the government.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the association, Dr. Fabiyi Samson, said primary healthcare is the bedrock of any state’s healthcare system.

Samson said the governor should therefore be commended for what his administration has done on the primary healthcare system.
He disclosed that Osun is second to Lagos in the provision of sound health care system in the country.

From left- Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Public Relation Officer of Association of Medical Officers of Health in Nigeria (AMOHN), Osun State Chapter, Dr. Adewale Aderibigbe, Secretary of AMOHN, Dr. Olusegun Olaogun and Chiarman of the Association, Dr. Fabiyi Oluwole during a Courtesy Visit to the Governor, at Governor's Office Abere, Osogbo on 18/02/2016.
From left- Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Public Relation Officer of Association of Medical Officers of Health in Nigeria (AMOHN), Osun State Chapter, Dr. Adewale Aderibigbe, Secretary of AMOHN, Dr. Olusegun Olaogun and Chiarman of the Association, Dr. Fabiyi Oluwole during a Courtesy Visit to the Governor, at Governor’s Office Abere, Osogbo on 18/02/2016.


According to him, primary healthcare holds a strategic position in the healthcare ladder as more than 75 per cent of the people are attended to at the primary healthcare level.

He also called on the governor to quickly ascent to the Primary Healthcare Board Bill recently passed by the House of Assembly.

“We appreciate what you are doing in primary healthcare system at the local government level. This has helped the health status of the state appreciably. We are now the second in the whole of the country.

“This has helped in improving our healthcare system, reducing mortality rate and increasing the immunisation coverage. In the last immunisation campaign we had 100 per cent success.

Don’t Think Of Yourself Alone; Aregbesola Tells Striking Doctors

…Commissions medical equipment

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Wednesday described the action of the striking doctors in the state as selfish and uncaring about what happens to other citizens and residents of the state in the face of the present economic hardship faced by the country.

The Governor‎ stated this while delivering an address titled “To the improved health of the People” at the commissioning of new equipment for Boripe Local Government Health Centres  at Boripe Local Government Secretariat in Iragbiji.

Aregbesola admonished the striking doctors to recognise that the state is in a very special time of serious economic challenge and be willing to sacrifice like‎ every other workers in the state who are always at their duty post.

He held that government in spite of the great financial challenges has given the welfare of the people priority attention, saying it is high time that all realised that the state is in a special period where sacrifice must be made.

Aregbesola noted that states in the past used to get money from the federal government every month to run their administration, but since July 2013, that has continued to decrease until today when most states get nothing again.

‎According to the Governor, “There are however some of our health workers at the state level who think only of themselves, who do not care a hoot whatever happens to the rest of us.

“They have refused to recognise that we are in a special time and would insist that we give to them alone all the money in the state, even while other government workers are willing to make sacrifice.

“By their own action of indefinitely abandoning their duty post, they have demonstrated that they have no place in our hospitals and the reasonable thing to do is to fill the void they created. Nature abhors vacuum”. The Governor told the gathering.

‎He pointed out that the restoration of healthy living is one of his administration’s cardinal objectives, stating that it is only healthy people that  can work and be productive to generate revenues to government through tax.

Aregbesola also added that when people are healthy and live longer, they participate in political activities which translates into more votes for politicians, and that it is in the best interest of the people themselves and government to promote good health.

He said, “As you are also aware, the state government provides good healthcare services to the people through teaching hospital, which is the highest level, general hospitals and local government health centres.

“We have also been maintaining our free healthcare policy through constant procurement to ensure availability of free drugs at our hospitals, while there are also free anti-malaria drugs for expectant mothers as part of their ante-natal treatment in government-owned hospitals.

“Furthermore, we have renovated nine state hospitals, upgraded our existing primary healthcare centres while new ones are being built. We have also provided medical equipment, furniture and electrical appliances for some of our health facilities where these are needed.

“Ambulances equipped with first aid equipment were purchased and are now in full operation under the Osun Ambulance Services, which is aimed at improving the quick-response capacity of the health system, in cases of accidents and emergencies”. Aregbesola emphasised.

Speaking earlier, the Executive Secretary, Boripe Local Government, Alhaji Kehinde Moronkeji said the equipment being commissioned were donated by the AD King Foundation of Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States.

The Council boss added that when he took over the administration of the council, the health equipment at hospitals were outdated thus necessitating for modern medical equipment for health centres in the Local Government.

He said, “As we all know that, we are operating Primary Health Centres at the Local Government level while state are operating General hospitals. There are equipment acquire here that are meant for the use of tertiary hospital which will be donated to state to serve as our contribution to the development of the state.

“I want to quickly add that our administration would continue to be committed to programmes and project that would better the lots of our people”. He stressed.

The State Chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Olajire Oyebode commended the Governor for what he has done in developing infrastructure in the state.

He noted that with all the road network in Osun that Aregbesola has constructed, there is no meaningful residents and citizens of the state that will not want to pay tax, pledging the commitment of members of his association to the payment of tax.

Oyebode said, “at this point of economic hardship, all in the state should be ready to pay their taxes, government needs money for it to continue the good work it has started, we are all living witness to how the armoured tanks provided for the police by the Governor was able to foil the robbery in Ikirun”. The Union leader stressed.

Breaking News: Aregbesola To Name Cabinet

An impeccable source has told Osun Defender that Governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola will anytime from now name his new cabinet.
Recall that due to lean resources in the state; the administration had to hold back naming a cabinet, then diverting the resources saved into building critical infrastructure for citizens.
But speaking with Osun Defender, our source who is an insider, confided that the governor is putting together, a team of politician-technocrats, who would join Mr. Governor in delivering result-based management to the electorate.
In a recent interview, when asked on when to expect a cabinet, Mr. Governor simply said, “I am seriously working on it; without sleep, I am working on it.”

We would bring you more details as they emerge.