Aregbesola Appoints World Bank Expert as Senior Technical Adviser

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola today appointed Dr. Michael Olugbile as Senior Technical Adviser on Development Partners and International Relations.

Until his appointment, Dr. Olugbile, work as expert with the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice of the World Bank managing projects in Nigeria and also at the West Africa sub-region.

A statement from the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, stated that Olugbile in his new role will be responsible for overall supervision and coordination of all World Bank and other donor funded projects in the state.

The statement added that the new Technical Adviser to the Governor on development partners will head and work with a team in the newly created Program Delivery Unit (PDU) in the office of the Governor.

According to the statement, “Dr. Olugbile, in his new role will be responsible for overall supervision and coordination of all World Bank and other donor-funded projects in the state on behalf of Mr. Governor.

“In addition to overseeing existing projects, he has also been tasked with exploring opportunities to partner with donor agencies and other development partners to secure funding and technical assistance for projects across all sectors in the state”.

The Governor has therefore requested that all Permanent Secretaries and project coordinators to furnish Olugbile with the list of all donor-funded projects and contact details of project team members in their ministries, agencies or parastatals to the PDU located at the Technical Advisers’ block in the office of the Governor with appropriate project documents.

“In the same vein, all donors or development partners approaching any ministry, agency or parastatals should equally be directed to the PDU for attention of Dr. Olugbile”. The statement added

Reward To Whistle Blowers, A Morale Booster, Oyintiloye

By Kehinde Ayantunji,

A member of the Osun State House of Assembly, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, has commended the Federal Government on its sincerity on the implementation of whistle-blowing policy through instant reward.

Oyintiloye in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Osogbo said the N375.8 million  reward paid by FG to 20 whistle-blowers of corrupt public officers and private individuals would serve as a morale booster in recovering looted funds.

He said the payment was a clear signal that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration was committed to the fight against corrupt practices in the country.

Oyintiloye, who is the House Committee Chairman on Information and Strategy, said the payment would encourage others who have information on looted funds to ‘ blow the whistle ‘.

“I really want to commend the president for keeping to his words under the whistle blowing reward policy.

“This show that Mr President is sincere in the fight against corruption in the country”

“And without mincing words, this first batch of reward under the policy would encourage other people with useful information to come out to blow the whistle on stolen funds“.

Oyintiloye also commended the Federal Government for protecting the identity of information provider, saying, this would also serve as an assurance for others whistle-blowers that their identity would be protected.

He urged patriotic Nigerians to continue to support the government in its efforts to sanitise the country from corruption.

Oyintiloye, however, urged Nigerians not to lose hope, saying better days are close by.

It would be recalled that the Federal Government on Wednesday said, it had paid N375.8m to 20 whistle-blowers who provided information that led to the recovery of N11.6 billion looted fund.

The Director of Information, Mr Salisu Dambatta in a statement in Abuja said that the payment was only for recovered assets that had been declared free of legal disputes or litigation by the Attorney-General of the Federation.

Osun CJ Inaugurates Committee To Review Court Rules

The State of Osun Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo has inaugurated a six-member committee for the review of the Osun State High Court (civil procedure) Rules, 2008.

The committee has as its Chairman, Justice Moshood Adeigbe, while Magistrate Asimiyu Adebayo will serve as the Secretary. Other members of the committee are the Dean, Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Ademola Popoola; Chief Wuyi Adeyemo, Barrister Yomi Aliu and Barrister O. C. Ogbewe.

The Chief Judge while speaking during the inauguration said, the process was aimed at fast-tracking and ensuring effective determination of civil matters in the state.

A statement by Adeyinka Adeleke, Press Officer,  Osun State High Court said, Justice Ojo stated that the Lagos State High Court Civil Procedure Rules, 2004, which serves as the template for Osun State Rules of the high court, has since been reviewed for more than one occasions.

The committee amongst others has as its terms of reference, to do a critical appraisal of the provisions of the Osun State High Court Amended (civil procedure) Rules, 2008, with a view to identifying procedural hitches and bottlenecks militating against the quick, effective and expeditious determination of cases by courts.

Also, the committee is expected to call for and receive memoranda from respective stakeholders in the justice administration sector in the state, inclusive of Judges, Magistrates, State Counsels, the Nigerian Bar Association, the academia, as well as from members of the public.

“It is also expected to formulate and propose new provisions to be inserted in the Rules and/or make recommendations as to the amendments to be made to the existing provisions, with a view to making the Osun State High Court Rules effective and efficient in meeting the challenges of modern day litigations”.

The committee has three months to submit its report.

Accolades On Osun Medical Student For Outstanding Performance In Ukraine

Accolades have continued to pour on a medical student from State of Osun, Miss Oyeleye Lateefat Abiola who emerged the best of over 560 students who sat for their final medical examinations at Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine in Eastern Europe.

Oyeleye is one of the 50 Osun State students who were sponsored from UNIOSUN by the state government to complete their medical training in Ukraine.

The All Progressives Congress in the State of Osun, in a statement by the party’s Director of Publicity, Barr. Kunle Oyatomi, described the development as, “a triumphant outcome for the state’s education policy”.

The party congratulated the student and thanked the governor for his foresight and investment in education, which is already producing “spectacular results”.

According to the party, “critics of the governor should now bow their heads in shame.

“They have persistently claimed that the governor’s investment on education was phantom. But everywhere you look. The reality is that the new educational infrastructure in Osun compares favourably with the best anywhere in the world.

“Secondly, the quality of education provided in these infrastructures is also world class, and Lateefat Abiola has confirmed same.

“All well-meaning people in the state should acknowledge what is undeniable, that one of the Ogbeni Aregbesola’s outstanding achievements in the state is his investment on education.”

The party then urged that “we should not leave the space to cynics and envious characters whose concept of governance is to degrade our values, pillage our wealth and ultimately destroy the future of our children’s education”.

Aregbesola’s Administration Is Already A Success Story – Baderinwa

By Ismaeel Uthman

The State of Osun Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa has said that Governor Rauf Aregbesola is leaving behind a solid legacy and landmark achievements difficult to erase in the history of the state.

Baderinwa said that Aregbesola’s administration is already a success story, hence, the task before every progressive-minded people of the state to ensure that the governor hand over power to another progressive governor who will not derail from the development plan already laid.

The commissioner stated this while receiving members of the Progressive E-Group, a social media team projecting and promoting the Aregbesola’s administration.

According to Baderinwa, mischief makers and ‘lazy opposition’ could not act more than ‘foolishness’ in an attempt to make issue where there is none in their bid to criticise Aregbesola’s administration.

He said: “We have not been lacking in the pursuit of our goals; what we are working on (the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola) is already a success story.

“There is no how anybody will write the history of Osun without giving attention to Aregbesola administration’s achievements.

“It will amount to foolishness to attempt to rubbish or not acknowledge Aregbesola’s achievements and that is why the oppositions are making noise on no issue and they are always getting it wrong.

“We must be part of history by ensuring that Aregbesola hands over to another progressive governor. We have never had in the history of the state for a progressive governor to hand over to another progressive governor.

“We must work to make sure that there is transition of state power from Aregbesola to another progressive governor. That is the task ahead”, he stressed.

PhotoNews: Osinbajo, Aregbesola At Chief Bisi Akande Daughter’s Wedding

Dignitaries from all works of life today gathered to attend the wedding ceremony of founding National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) Chief Bisi Akande at International Conference Center, Ibadan.

The ceremony have in attendant, Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Governor Ajimobi, Governor Akeredolu, Osun APC chairman, Prince Famodun and captains of industry.


Osun Govt Plan to distribute 3 million treated nets to residents

Government of the State of Osun has revealed plan to distribute three million mosquito nets to residents to prevent the scourge of malaria in the state.

The treated nets which will be distributed among communities were received from Federal Government through National Malaria Elimination Programme.

Dr Gbenga Adepoju, the Director of Public Health in the state Ministry of Health, disclosed this in Osogbo while on an advocacy visit to the Ministry of Information and Strategy.

Adepoju, who led officials from the Federal Ministry of Health and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) on the visit, explained that one million insecticide treated nets were distributed in the state three years ago, while three million would soon be distributed.

He said “the Osun State Government received the first and second consignments of the new Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets for distribution in the state.

“Officials of the state Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health will begin replacement of old nets with new ones soon.”

He explained that evidence indicated that the nets presently in use might have lost the expected potency to kill mosquitoes, hence the production of new ones by Federal Government, through the National Malaria Elimination Programme.

The Osun director of public health pleaded with relevant state officials and local communities in the state to key into the programme and to ensure that all households got the new net.

Osun First Lady Distributes Gift Items to Women

The State of Osun First Lady, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola yesterday distributed some gift items received during the Governor’s 60th birthday to some women in Ilobu community in the state.

The women who filed out in their numbers among which are pregnant women and nursing mothers at the Primary Health Centre, Anwo area in Ilobu.

As the beneficiaries expressed their joy and commended the First Lady for the gesture, they showered prayers on the governor and his entire family.

The event was attended by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Alhaja Latifat Giwa, Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Hon. Kunle Ige, Commissioner for Local government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barrister Kolapo Alimi.

Others dignitaries that also attended the programme include the Commissioner for Youth and Empowerment, Mrs.Mofaloke Adegboyega, Commissioner for Federal matter Mrs Yidiat Babalola, Special Adviser in charge of the Office of the Governor, Barriter Adebisi Adejare, Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr. Olugbenga Oyinlola, Special Adviser on Enterprises, Hon. Akintoyese Ademola.

Witness Protection Bill Sponsored by Late Sen. Adeleke Passed

Witnesses and persons giving evidence in trials are now to be protected by law as the Senate on Thursday passed the Witness Protection Bill sponsored by late senator Isiaka Adeleke.

The bill was passed after consideration of report on it by the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters at plenary.

Presenting the report, Chairman of the committee, Sen. David Umaru, said that the practice that informed the bill was universally accepted.

According to him, it is for the protection of witnesses willing to provide information and evidence for the purpose of enhancing a justice system and whose lives may be threatened as a result of it.

“The legislation will give impetus and credence to the current anti-corruption drive of this administration. It will also restore confidence in our justice system,” he said.

During the clause-by-clause consideration of the Bill, Sen. Kabiru Marafa (APC-Zamfara) said “I don’t think N100, 000 is equivalent to five years imprisonment as penalty for offenders.

“We need to increase the fine, because any person that is given such an option of fine will quickly pay the money. It should be increased to N1, 000,000.’’

Permitted to respond to Marafa’s suggestion, Umaru said “whatever we think is most appropriate should be done”.

In his remarks, Deputy President of the Senate, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, who presided at the session said “we are committed to the enhancement of our judicial process.

“Those in the judiciary will have it easy in securing witnesses who are now sure of protection.

“We believe that this Bill will go a long way in enhancing the issue of delivery of justice and ensuring that the judicial system is not encumbered in any way, especially in procurement of witnesses.

“We thank the sponsor of this Bill and the committee for finding it necessary to conclude the process in the honour of late Sen. Adeleke.

“We believe this will be a permanent testament to his presence in this Senate. It is welcome development,” he said.


Iwo Robbery: Osun Promises Justice

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has that those responsible for the robbery which claimed the lives of four gallant police officers in Iwo, will not escape justice.

The Governor, in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, described the incident as unfortunate, noting that the state remains unbowed by the audacity of these criminals.

The governor said he has been assured that security men are on the trail of those who invaded the banks and they will not abandon it responsibilities as the protector of the people just because of some criminal few.

While assuring the general public of their safety and security, Aregbesola noted that it was not for nothing that the state is rated one of the most crime-free in the country, vowing to maintain this record no matter the odds.

The Governor also commiserate with the Commissioner of Police, Osun State command for the loss of his gallant officers in the service to fatherland.

He sent messages also to those who were caught wounded in the cross fire while the pandemonium lasted.

The statement read, “On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, some misguided elements violated the peace in Iwo, one of our major cities in the State of Osun; attacking banks located near the Bowen University.

“These armed robbers ended the lives of four promising men of the Nigerian Police Force who attempted to stand up to them. They left sorrow and tears in their trail.

“We commiserate with the Commissioner of Police, the entire Osun Command of the Nigerian Police Force and the families of the fallen heroes, who fought gallantly but sacrificed their lives in the course of performing their duties.

“We equally commiserate with those who were caught and wounded in the cross fires.

“We assure the generality of our people that these criminals will not escape justice. Recent history of our state confirms that no criminal violates our peace and goes away with it.

“We are confident that security men are on the trail of these misguided elements and and in due course, will be brought to justice.

“We use this opportunity to assure the people of Osun of their safety. We invested in security of lives and property as part of our overall objectives of maintaining a peaceful state to be a source of attraction for investments.

“This is why our state has been rated many times as one of the states with the lowest cases of crime throughout Nigeria.

“We are determined to do everything to sustain this rating. Our citizens are therefore urged to be vigilant; report any suspicious movement and activities to the law enforcement agencies.”

UNIOSUN VC: On The Challenges Confronting Nigeria

Professor Labode Popoola, vice chancellor of Osun State University, has pointed some issues affecting the country’s economy which he identified over-dependence on mono product economy, lack of understanding about good leadership, poor business planning and management amongst others as some of the problems Nigeria is battling with.

Popoola, who explained this issues yesterday, in Lagos, while giving a lecture titled ‘’The Nigerian Business Climate: Challenges of an Under-exploited Economy’’ at the 2017 seminar and launch of a book, entitled: Law Hospitality and Tourism’’ written by Goodie Ibru, complained that the short sightedness and inability of the government and Nigerian business leaders to see beyond oil and tap into unexploited sectors of the economy.

According to him, the simplest things in Nigeria are often complicated by sentiments and wrong perceptions.

He said: ‘’Nigeria has an environment that is favored with expansive space of more than 92,300 kilometers. The strength of population and the basis for sustainable development is sadly often politically exploited with deleterious effects on the political-economy of the country.’’

According to him, there are indications that earnings from crude have been on the increase over the quarter of a century, in spite of sporadic oil slumps.

He said: ‘This ordinarily is expected to bring about more production, consumption, expanded human resources, capacity for innovation and investments, robust economy integration among others.

‘’However these indicators may be described as ‘coat of many colours’, implying huge opportunity for business and investigations to thrive in the country.’’

However, the celebrant Goodie Ibru, in his welcome address said it was sad that Nigeria was still over dependent on mono product. He, argued that if Nigeria had to diversify, tourism and hospitality should be the next industry to look into.

The keynote address was delivered by chief Victor Oyolu, Chairman, Capital Hotels Plc while a panel of discussants included Dr Remi Oni, Executive Director Corporate Banking Group, FBN Ltd: Mr Yomi Badejo Okusanya, Managing Director CMC (connect), and professor Joseph Abugu, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos.