Text Of Ogbeni’s Broadcast On Creation Of 31 LCDAs, 3 Area Councils & 2 Admin Offices

BROADCAST BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF OSUN, OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA, TO THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE ON THE CREATION OF 31 LOCALCOUNCIL DEVELOPMENT AREAS, THREE AREA COUNCILS AND TWO ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES ON TUESDAY MARCH 8, 2016

 

My good people of Osun,

I am very happy to announce to you certain changes we are making at the local government system, in answer to the legitimate demands you have placed before us.

The importance of the local government cannot be overstated. It is where the government is designed to be closest to the people. While you need to follow some protocols for reasons of security and tight schedule before having an audience with a minister, a state governor or the president, you can walk in on your local government chairman or other officials of council.

Also, because the geographical space of the local government makes it the smallest unit of administration, it is easier to get things done at this level.

The local government is also the ideal training ground for political leadership. A presidential candidate has to travel round the country’s 36 states and Abuja while a governorship aspirant must tour all the local governments in his state. However, a chairmanship candidate only needs to cover his local government and the councillor just his ward.

In a democratic society, a citizen should be able to contribute to the administration of his or her local government in a meaningful way more than is possible at higher levels. A voice can be easily heard and a little gesture can be easily felt at the local government, than at the state or national levels.

In the advanced western democracies, the local government controls the police and provides municipal services like housing and physical planning, environmental sanitation, water, markets, healthcare and education. Some of these services are already being provided by the councils. Though we are not fully there yet but we are on the path and if we keep at it, we will get there.

Our communities also recognise the importance of the local government in development. This is why their various traditional rulers, religious leaders, youth leaders, market leaders and women leaders never cease to ask us to expand the platform of the local government in order to enhance their participation.

We carefully considered their request and set in motion the process for acceding to their demands. On June 18, 2012 we inaugurated a committee headed by Prof Mojeed Alabi, a former speaker of the State House of Assembly, to look into the modalities for creating more councils in accordance with the wishes of the people. That committee received 71 memoranda requesting new councils. It wrapped up its assignment and submitted its report on October 26, 2012. In April 2013, we set up a review committee headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, to look into the Alabi committee’s report. After this, we sent the request to the state House of Assembly in form of an executive bill. The House also looked into the bill, set up a committee on it and subsequently, a referendum was held on February 19, 2015 in which the people of the state overwhelmingly gave a yes vote on the bill. After this, the house passed a bill creating 31 new Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), three Area Councils and two Administrative Offices. I have since signed this bill into law. The requests for new councils have been granted; all constitutional requirements have been met and the prescribed procedure followed to the letter.

My good people, I am pleased to inform you therefore that in place of the old order of only 30 local governments and an Area Office, we now have additional 31 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), three Area Councils and two Administrative Offices in accordance with the requests which you democratically placed before us. The list of the new LCDAs, Area Councils and Administrative Offices, theirterritories and headquarters will be published soon and is also available at the State House of Assembly, Ministry of Local Governments, Chieftaincy, Water Resources, Rural and Community Affairs and Local Government Service Commission.

The management committees made up of the executive secretaries, deputy executive secretaries, scribes, members and special advisers have acted excellently, astutely managedscarce resources and faithfully served their communities. However, financial and other considerations have forced us to adopt a new parliamentary system which is compact, efficient and better, in the present circumstance. The management committees of the 30 Local Councils and Area Office are hereby dissolved and their Executive Secretaries, deputy executive secretaries, members, Special Advisers and other functionaries removed.

In the interim, the entire local government system will be managed by Council Managers for three months. These managers shall be appointed and deployed by Local Government Service Commission from among the substantive grade level 14 officers in the local governments. Grade level 15 officers and above at the local governments should consequently report to the Local Government Service Commission for further briefing.

Many would be wondering and asking: why create more councils at this special time of financial challenges? We have also given sufficient consideration to this. With this new parliamentary system, it will cost less to run the new councils and save a lot of money for the government than in the past.

The primary responsibilities of our new local government system are sanitation, market management and revenue mobilisation and generation. This is consistent with local government administration worldwide.

The beauty of this new system is its parliamentary nature, which requires the chairman and the vice chairman to be elected by the councillors from among their own ranks, thereby saving cost. We shall therefore be saving a huge cost with this new system.

In addition, the same number of staff will still run all the councils, as no new appointments will be made to existing ones. We shall make the most judicious use of our revenues in such a way that increasing the number of councils will least constitute any financial burden.

I will like to thank the executive secretaries of the 30 councils and area office that have just dropped the baton, for service well rendered to their communities, our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and humanity at large. They have been part of our development efforts and I am proud of them all.

I will also like to thank the honourable members of the state House of Assembly, especially the Speaker, Rt. Honourable Najeemdeen Folasayo Salaam, for meticulously and favourably looking at our proposal for a more enhanced council system.

I will like to thank you all, especially at the grassroots. These are my people, the farmers, women and women groups, market women and men, civil servants, teachers, senior citizens, traders, artisans, workers, students, transporters, drivers, commercial motorcyclists, traditional rulers, community leaders and religious leaders; for your support at all times, for your faith in us and your unyielding desire for increased participation at the local government. We are a great people and we shall not cease to do great things.

Let me remind you once again of the need to support the government maximally by paying your taxes, levies and dues.

I thank you all for your kind attention.

Osun a dara!

Breaking News: Gov. Aregbesola Creates New LCDAs In Osun

The Government of the state of Osun has created 31 new Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, three Area Councils and two Administrative Offices to replace the old 30 local governments and an Area Office formally in existence.

In an early morning broadcast, governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola stated that the state carefully considered request to create the LCDAs and set in motion the process for acceding to the demands.

“On June 18, 2012 we inaugurated a committee headed by Prof Mojeed Alabi, a former speaker of the State House of Assembly, to look into the modalities for creating more councils in accordance with the wishes of the people.

“That committee received 71 memoranda requesting new councils. It wrapped up its assignment and submitted its report on October 26, 2012.

“In April 2013, we set up a review committee headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, to look into the Alabi committee’s report. After this, we sent the request to the state House of Assembly in form of an executive bill. The House also looked into the bill, set up a committee on it and subsequently, a referendum was held on February 19, 2015 in which the people of the state overwhelmingly gave a yes vote on the bill.”

He continued, “After this, the house passed a bill creating 31 new Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), three Area Councils and two Administrative Offices. I have since signed this bill into law. The requests for new councils have been granted; all constitutional requirements have been met and the prescribed procedure followed to the letter.”

The governor also stated that the new local council administration system will cost less to run.

“Many would be wondering and asking: why create more councils at this special time of financial challenges? We have also given sufficient consideration to this. With this new parliamentary system, it will cost less to run the new councils and save a lot of money for the government than in the past.” Ogbeni Aregbesola stated.

Former Governor, Oyinlola Identifies Quality Education As Panacea To Robust Economy

Former governor of Osun state,  Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola  has identified quality education as the road to a future of economic prosperity for Nigeria .‎

Prince oyinlola made the remark at the UNIOSUN convocation lecture titled: “Sustainable Tertiary Education in Post -Oil Nigeria” delivered by secretary General,Association Of Vice-Chancellor of Nigeria Universities,professor Michael Faborode at the main hall of the institution.

“I must commend the timeliness of the choice of this topic at this period of general economic melt down caused by crippling low oil prices”.

“I am particularly pleased at the choice of the topic because it is very much in line with the founding philosophy of this university. This university was founded to be a self sustaining, development oriented and innovative institution.”

” As the pioneer Visitor of this institution, we believed then that a day might come when petrol dollar would no longer be available to fund government expenditure hence certain innovations in public education financing was introduced particularly for this university.”

“We said then that we were setting a goal for this institution to produce a Nobel laureate within its first 25 years. We were not under any illusion that a poorly funded university would achieve that great feat, hence those early decisions to set this university apart from others across the country that have remained eternally attached to the feeding bottle of public funds.”

“It is my strong belief that the road to a future of economic prosperity for Nigeria can only be paved with education provided in the right quality.”

The former governor  stressed that,” to get quality education for a future of fulfilment for Nigeria, the nagging question of how to fund it in a sustainable manner must be answered.

According to him: “the thematic choice of this lecture is as commendable as the choice of the person to deliver the lecture. You will agree with me that a message is as good as its delivery.”

” Professor Michael Faborode who will speak to us today on this topic is one of the very few academics in the country today with the right education, exposure and experience to show us the way forward at this critical moment.”

” I do not need to bore you with the fact that he is a professor of Agricultural Engineering, former Vice Chancellor of Great Ife, and incumbent Secretary General of Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities. It is trite that you cannot give what you do not have. This professor has what we seek today and, we cannot wait to listen to him.”

Also, Prof. Mike Faborode in his lecture ,charged Nigeria to combine use of large manufacturers and MSMEs, in order to tackle unemployment and attain its vision 2020.

He also described the embrace of industrial production as a compelling logical way forward for the Nigeria Economy.

He identified research, new knowledge/innovation and partnerships as keys to unlocking the inherent potentials of the Nigerian university system.

Faborode, who is a former Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University,stated that, diversification of economy to sectors like manufacturing, agriculture is the inevitable way forward.

He further maintained that “Nigerian higher education system and the nation itself are at cross-roads as there is need to build an effective platform and alliance for the revitalization of the system.

He lamented the  persistence decline in the price of crude oil and the sluggishness in the diversification of the economy to embrace more productive sectors.

Osun Assembly To Audit OSBC Finance

The State of Osun House of Assembly has said that the services of externally auditors would be employed to look into the finances of the State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC).

Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye stated this on Thursday at the committee’s meeting with the management of the state Ministry of Information, Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism and the OSBC.

Lawmakers said, there is the need to look into the details of the Corporations especially its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and expenditure to block all perceived loopholes.

According to them, the paucity of fund in the state and Nigeria as a whole demanded that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the government pooled resources to finance its programmes and policies.

Oyintiloye who commended the station in the promotion of government policies and programmes, said more efforts must be made to improve the level of IGR in the corporation.

He also assured that the Assembly would do everything possible to assist the corporation in tackling the whatever factors militating against its optimal performance.

Addressing the management of the Ministry of Information, Oyintiloye challenged the officials to do more in the area of grassroot mobilisation.

This, he said, would go a long way to allow the people at the grassroot know more about the activities of government to improve their lots.

Also speaking, a member of the committee, Honourable Kamardeen Akanbi said the government need aggressive publicity at the grassroot to enlighten the people about the efforts of government, especially at this critical period.

Other members of the committee, Honourable Tajudeen Famuyide, as well as Honourables Gbadebo Ibrahim and Azeez Olanrewaju, representing Iwo and Ifedayo constituencies respectively also charged the officials to do more in the enlightenment of the people about the activities of government.

The Permament Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaja Olajumoke Bello and the OSBC Director-General, Prince Soji Fadehan said more ingenious ways would be introduce to improve the system

51 |Students Bags First Class In UNIOSUN

The authority of Osun State University has disclosed that 51 students will graduate with first class in the combined 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic sections’ convocation coming up next week.

The University has also said it would graduate 3164 students from six Colleges of the institution for the two graduating set.

The Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof Oguntola Jelil-Alamu, disclosed this during the press conference organised as part of activities marking the fourth and fifth convocation in Osogbo, yesterday.

Prof Alamu who was excited by the number of students who graduated with first class in the university also expressed happiness over the performance of the graduates of the institution, saying they were already making them proud.

He noted that First class products of the institution had been completing their postgraduate programmes with distinction in foreign Universities.

According to the VC, in 2015, Olojido Oluwatoyin Esther bagged distinction in M.Sc. Accounting and Finance from University of Leeds, while Odesanmi Oluwatosin Racheal also came back with distinction in M.Sc. Analytical Chemistry from Loughborough University, stressing that the testimony was a fulfilment of the global competitiveness of their graduates, enshrined in the vision of the University.

While commenting on smooth and peaceful academic atmosphere in the institution, Prof Alamu said there was no record of violence which might have led to the clog in the wheel of the academic programme of the University.

The VC further said that the University had successfully completed 2014/2015 academic section promptly without any form of interruption in the academic calendar, saying “the stable academic calender had aided the pioneer graduates from the College of Law into the Nigeria Law School in October, 2015.”

While laying emphasis on the need for the graduates to be independent, Prof Alamu hinted that most of the graduates had been trained in various entrepreneurial skills.

Prof Aremu said in a bid to ensure that their graduates were independent, they had trained most of graduates and they would be collecting two certificate by end of the ceremony, the Bachelors’ degree Certificate and entrepreneurship skill set certificate.

Commenting on the quality of the teachers at the University, VC said the institution had very qualified lecturers which had tremendously improved the quality of the faculty and translated to globally competitive graduates from the university.

“Within the last of year, 29 academic staff bagged PhD degree from Nigeria, South Africa, Malaysia and United Kingdom”.

This University has another set of 29 academic staff currently at advance stage of their Ph.D programme in New Zealand, Australia, Germany among others.

He therefore vowed that the University would continue to sustain its reputation which according to him established to promote academic and moral standard.

The activities lined up for the convocation was the commissioning of the Central Research Laboratory by the Visitor to the University, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

The final convocation ceremonies will hold on 8th and 9th March, 2016 with the convocation lecture title “Sustained Tertiary. Education in Post-Oil Nigeria” to be delivered by Prof. Michael O. Faborode. While investiture of Chancellor and Award of First Degree (2014/2015 graduating set on March 9.

Police Keep 14 Stolen Goats In Custody

The Osun state police command on Monday said it intercepted and detained a vehicle loaded with 14 suspected stolen goats in Ede, Ede south local government area of the state.

Folasade Odoro, the command’s police public relations officer (PPRO), confirmed the arrest to reporters in Osogbo, capital of the state, saying the driver of the car escaped arrest.

Odoro said a police team sighted the vehicle with registration number Ondo XF 467 NND at Sekona junction in Ede, around 1am.

She said the driver defied the police stoppage order and veered off, revealing that a police team led by one Ajayi Sunday, an inspector, chased the driver from Sekona junction to Cemetery Area in Edun- Abon where the driver abandoned the vehicle and escaped before the police could reach the place.

The police team then drove the vehicle along the goats to the station.

The PPRO said the goats would remain in the police custody until the owner showed up, adding that police had commenced investigation into the matter.

Ooni Rallies Support For Development Of Ile-Ife

Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, has appealed to sons and daughters of Ife all over the world to assist in developing the town, declaring that Ile-Ife was now free of witches and wizards.

Ogunwusi said this on Sunday when he hosted Ife Klub 1, a group of eminent sons of his kingdom based in different parts of the country. The group was led by Ahmed Omisore, a former Lagos Lawmaker, who is the the chairman of the board of trustees of Ife klub 1.

“This Klub worked with my last two predecessors and is now working with me, so by the grace of God it will never disintegrate,” he said. “I must stress to you all that the wellbeing of Ile-ife is paramount to me because we are like the proverbial white chicken who doesn’t appreciate its value. Whereas, it is in its home that the chicken is not highly regarded, it is highly valued abroad.

“God himself resides in Ile-Ife and that is the truth. There are many Ife sons and daughters who the land has blessed but they abandon their roots. “They say there are witches in Ile-Ife that kill children, or that if they establish businesses at home, witches won’t allow them to prosper. There are no witches here that will disturb anybody anymore. They now want to have money and send their children to school too.”

The monarch appealed to his people to contribute towards the development of the kingdom, saying he is putting in his best to ensure that Ile-Ife becomes a leading tourist destination. “Some are making money in Ife, yet they don’t contribute anything to its development, rather they take their monies to Ibadan, Ilesha, Lagos, London and America,” he said.

“The Almighty has restored Ile-Ife’s glory and we must not let it go dim. So many people of Ife origin have refused to come back home and this is why we are making concerted efforts to put many things in place to attract them. “An example is the palace that we are redeveloping which will be an edifice of pride for all Ife people because it’s not only for the King. Tourists from far and near will come here and marvel at the fabulousness of this palace.

“They will also get to learn about our rich cultural heritage. Do you know that people from China, Indonesia and other far flung places visit the Buckingham Palace in England just to witness the change of guards? “Crowds troop the palace everyday just to see this and their culture is helping their economy. This is why I am surprised that even Ife indigenes seem not to cherish their heritage.

Plans are in motion already to reposition Ile-Ife but we should not leave everything to the Ooni. Those of you with businesses should come and establish in Ife.”

Uniosun To Graduate 3164

Three thousand, one hundred and sixty four (3,164) students of the Osun State University, Osogbo, will graduate on Wednesday and Thursday in the combined 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic sessions .

At a pre-convocation briefing, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oguntola Jelili Alamu, said 51 of them will graduate with First Class degrees.

The Acting Vice Chancellor, who expressed happiness over the performance of graduates of the institution, said they are making the school proud.

He noted that the institution’s first class products have completed their postgraduate programmes with distinction in foreign universities.

According to Alamu, last year, Olojido Oluwatoyin Esther bagged distinction in M.Sc. Accounting and Finance from University of Leeds; Odesanmi Oluwatosin Racheal also had distinction in M.Sc. Analytical Chemistry from Loughborough University.

He said: “The stable academic calendar has helped the pioneer graduates from the College of Law enter the Nigerian Law School last October. Also, most of our graduates have been trained in various entrepreneurial skills.”

On the quality of teachers, the acting VC said the institution has very qualified lecturers and this has translated to globally competitive graduates from the university.

Aregbesola Appoints New Oba For Erin-Ijesa

Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola has approved the appointment of Prince Isaac Adeyeba Ayeni as the new traditional ruler for Erin-Ijesa town in Oriade Local Government area of the State.

The appointment was contained in letter signed by the Director of Chieftaincy Matters in the state Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy Matters, Rural and Community Affairs, Mr Femi Ogundun on behalf of the Permanent Secretary.

The letter said the appointment of the new Akinla of Erin-Ijesa was in accordance with Section 20,Subsection (1) of Chief’s Law (Cap 25) Laws of the State of Osun,2002.

The Director said arrangement is being made to publish the appointment in the Government Official Gazette.

The appointment of the 52-year-old engineer as the new Akinla brought the 17-year rulership tussle in the town to an end.

The new monarch hails from Ayeni Royal Family of Osefiri Ruling House.

His media aide, Mr Kayode Ekundayo commended governor Aregbesola for ensuring that Erin Ijasha gets a traditional ruler after 17 years of vacuumat the palace of Akinla.

The appointment of the new Oba attracted jubilation as people of the town expressed their joy over the development.

Osun Announces Passing On Of Ipetu-Ijesa Monarch

The Government of Osun hereby announces the passage of Ajalaye of Ipetu Ijesa, Oba Adekunle Baderin, Afinbiokin III.
In a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, the monarch joined his ancestors onTuesday, 1st of March 2016.
The letter intimating the governor of the passing on of the monarch was signed by High Chiefs -Lesanmi Ogunrotimi (Odofin of Ipetu-Ijesha); Ilesanmi S. Om (JP) (Aro of Ipetu-Ijesha) and Ayo Olayinka (Risanetu of Ipetu-Ijesah).
The governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola described the deceased monarch as a bridge-builder and peace-loving.
The statement said Oba Afinbiokin’s passage will leave a noticeable gap in the town and the state.
The statement said: ” We regret to announce the passage of the monarch of Ipetu-Ijesha.
“A referred monarch, we certainly feel the sudden departure of our dear Afinbiokin.
“I, on behalf of the government and people of Osun commiserate with the family of the late king, the people of Ipetu-Ijesha and the entire state.
“We wish the departed soul peaceful rest with the Lord”‎

BREAKING: INEC Announces Ife Central State Constituency Bye-Election Will Hold April 9

The Independent National Electoral Commission has announced that the bye-election for the Ife Central State Constituency of Osun State has been scheduled for the 9th of April.

The electoral body disclosed this via a tweet observed by Osundefender minutes ago. Details will be reported as they emerge.