Osun SWAN Inducts Aregbesola As Grand Patron

The Sport Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Osun state chapter, has inducted the Governor of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola as the first Grand Patron of the association in the state.

The Governor, while giving his acceptance speech, said that he was honoured being installed as the first grand patron of the association.

Aregbesola tasked the journalists to be more active in sports reportage by asking questions when necessary.

Aregbesola said the honour and investiture was more of an assignment and said he was willing to take up the position and challenges attached.

“I am willing to be the grand patron of your association, though the economic situation now in the country is not palatable, I will play my part to support the association.

“Count me as a worthy member of the association because I will do everything I can to support you.” he said

He said sports could be used as a means of promoting social development and engagement, and tasked sport writers to contribute more as a tool of restructuring the society.

He reinstated his administration’s commitment to sporting activities like calisthenics in public and private schools in the state and the re-commencement of the “Walk to Live” programme.Osun SWAN Inducts Gov. Aregbesola As Grand Patron

Speaking at the investiture at the Governor’s office, Abeere, the state chairman of
SWAN, Mr Adeyemi Aboderin, said that the Governor was being honoured and inducted, as recognition of his numerous contributions to the development of sports and healthy living in the state.

Aboderin described Aregbesola as the best sports loving governor in the country.

According to Aboderin, the tradition was that a performing governor should be inducted as Grand Patron of SWAN and that the governor would be the first beneficiary of such an honour in the history of the state.

He said the synergy created by this investiture means that a stronger relationship would be formed between the state SWAN and state government, which would create possible ways of moving sports forward in the state.

Speaking at the induction event, the National President of SWAN, Mr Honour Sirawoo, who was represented by the South-West Vice President of SWAN, Mr Boye Ajayi, said that the association was proud to have the Governor as the grand patron of the association in the state.

He said the Governor was being appreciated as a performing sports governor. He congratulated and also thanked him for taking up the role and position.

He said the association was waxing stronger in the state and stated that having the governor as the grand patron would boost the association’s strength.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of a plaque and medal by the National President and State Chairmen of SWAN to the Governor as the association’s state grand patron.

Young Farmers Club In Schools Will Boost Food Production – Wale Adedoyin

Young farmers club among school students and pupils is a good initiative that will arouse the interest of the younger generation to engage in agricultural practices that would boost food production in the state.

Prince Wale Adedoyin, former Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, stated this during an Agricultural fair organised by the out-going members of the Voluntary Services Oversees (VSO) at Igangan Community Middle/High School in Atakumosa East Local Government area of the State of Osun.

Prince Wale Adedoyin maintained that Igangan community young farmers club has demonstrated a good example of farming knowledge at a tender age which is worth of emulation by other schools in the State.

Prince Adedoyin who also commissioned Igangan Community Young Farmers Club Demonstration Farm, that contains different variety of vegetables like Carrot, Cucumber, Okra, Pumpkin, Water-leaf Tomatoes among others admonished the students to embrace agriculture as a means to self reliance and economic buoyance.

He also appreciated the initiators of the Young Farmers Club in Igangan Town for their selfless service to improve the life of rural dwellers. Prince Adedoyin further disclosed that, members of the Voluntary Services Oversees (VSO) are well to do people from United Kingdom (UK) and America who just have passion to change the life of
others.

Prince Adedoyin noted that all benefits coming to the state of Osun was made possible as a result of the relative peace in the state and the adequate support which Ogbeni Aregbesola administration gives to Agricultural development in the State of Osun.

Also speaking, the Principal of Igangan Community Middle/High School, Mr. Orisajinmi Lekan Raphael also attested to the positive impact of the Volunteers in the School and Igangan Community at large.

Mr. Orisajinmi pointed out that, the volunteers donated many books in different subjects and assisted in teaching the Students

Video: Pensioners Refute Campaign Against Aregbesola on Paris Club Loan Refund

Details have emerged on the true state of payment for pensioners in the State of Osun, showing that senior citizens in the state have received their monthly entitlements up till December 2016. This is contrary to the claims of a curious group that claimed that it was out to get the governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

Prince Rotimi Adelugba, Chairman of Triangular Pensioners Association of Osun, stated that pensioners in the state has been paid up till December 2016, just like the state government said. He further  explained that “Osun State is still paying according to the Memorandum of Understanding reached between Labour and the Government. Imo State is owing 72 months”.

About the protesting pensioners, Prince Adelugba said without mincing words that he believed they were being sponsored. ” Osun State is a peaceful state, so I don’t understand why some people will go on rampage. At least by December last year, we collected three months. Then in late December, we collected the December pension as agreed upon”, he said.

Disgraced Judge, Others, Sighted at Pensioners Prayer Meeting In Osun

A disgraced former Judge of the High Court of Justice, State of Osun, Justice‎ Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede, was yesterday sighted at the gathering of Nigerian Union of Pensioners in Osogbo, the Osun state capital where pensioners had gathered to pray for year 2017.

The pensioners, who had set up tent at the recently renovated Freedom Park in Osogbo, eulogized President Muhammudu Buhari, appreciated governor Rauf Aregbesola and called on him to pay their gratuities.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners in the state, Comrade Omoniyi Ilesanmi alleged the state government owed the retired workers half of their pension between July 2014 and December, 2016. Osun Defender recalls Governor Aregbesola had in a statement last week, stated the sum of N14.2bn was used to clear staff salaries and pensions arrears for September 2016 to December 2016.

Comrade Omoniyi after prayers for the state and the governor said the NUP had set up the centre at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park to offer free healthcare services to their members.

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However, in a related twist, our correspondent sighted a former Judge of the state, Justice Oloyede hobnobbing with pensioners. Recall Justice Oloyede was unceremoniously sacked by the National Judicial Council of Nigeria (NJC) for gross abuse of office when she maliciously wrote a petition to the state house of Assembly asking them to Impeach Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

Also sighted was Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman, chairman of Civil Societies Coalition for Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS), a rogue CSO group under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The duo in connivance with five pensioners amongst those present hurriedly put up a banner with the inscription, “you are welcome to Osun State Internally Displaced Pensioners (IDPs) camp.”

Addressing journalists at the venue where pensioners were given free medical check-up, Omoniyi said the retired civil servants who were appreciative of government efforts during this recession, were not ready to forfeit the outstanding balance of their pension.

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Public, Private Schools Fully Resume In Osun

Public and Private schools on Monday resumed for the 2nd term academic session in Osun State, with high expectations from stakeholders, DAILY POST observes.
It could be recalled that both Public and Private schools in the state vacated for the Christmas and New Year break on December 16, 2016.

They were billed to resume for the new term on December 3, but later changed to December 9 by the directives from the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), signed by the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Fatai Kolawole.

Meanwhile, DAILY POST gathered that students of Osogbo Grammar School have assembled as early as 7:30am on Monday to commence the new year with prayers, as teachers set to kick-start lessons immediately.

Also, at Christ African Middle School, Gbodofon, Osogbo, teaching started as early as 8:15am, as well as Anthony Udofia Elementary School, along Osogbo-Iwo road.

In the same vein, teachers for various subjects at Urban Day Secondary School, Modakeke, and Akirun Grammar school in kirun were busy setting modality for new term in their offices, while others were already in the class.

One of the teachers at Akirun Grammar school, who pledged anonymity said the government of Osun has zero tolerance for absenteeism, adding that they always commence academic work on the first day of resumption irrespective of the level of turn-out of students.

Osun Govt. Warns On Orisumbare-Oja Oba Road

The State Government of Osun has warned some inhabitants of the state who have started building homes very close and within the Right of Way along Orisumbare Market to Oja-Oba in Osogbo to stop such an act henceforth.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Transport, Engr. Nurudeen Adeagbo dropped this hint while speaking in his office.

According to him, in as much as the state government appreciates such developments, it will not tolerate a breach of the law by allowing people to contravene the prescribed 30metres setback from the centre of the road in accordance with the Highway Manual of the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing.

Engr. Adeagbo posited that, it is already in the plan of the state government to develop the road into a dual carriage- way in the nearest future, adding that government will not allow such people to jeopardize its landmark intention.

The Permanent Secretary stressed that, any developer or owner of such building that falls within the Statutory Right of Way of 30metres from the centre of the road both left and right will not be compensated by the state government.

In addition, such owner will be sanctioned for contravening the law after the building or property would have been separated.

Appearance and Submission of Academic Qualification Continues Today

In continuation of the appearance and submission of academic qualification of staff on GL 02-10 in the service of the State of Osun, the Bureau of Environment and Sanitation, Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Ministry of Information, Home Affairs, Tourism & Culture, Local Government Service Commission, OSADEP, Osun
State Agency for Control of Aids & HIV (OSACA) are expected to appear for the screening exercise tomorrow morning (Tuesday 10th January, 2017).

This is in line with the circular letter issued by the Permanent Secretary, State of Osun Civil Service Commission. According to the circular letter, it will be the turn of the Office of Transportation, Osun Road Maintenance Agency, Office of Higher Education, Bursary and Scholarship, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy, Water Resources, Rural & Community Affairs, as well as the Ministry of Commerce, Cooperatives and Empowerment on Wednesday 11th of January, 2017.

All affected officers are enjoined to appear at the Civil Service Commission Office, along Gbongan/Ibadan Road, Osogbo by 10am.

Baby Of The Year Gift Allegation: Mother Claims Husband Lied

The Government of Osun has described as complete falsehood, claims by the father of the Baby of the Year for 2017, Mr. Kajogbola Olasunkanmi that his family was cheated by the management of the State Specialist Hospital, Asubiaro, Osogbo, the state capital, where his wife was delivered of the state’s first baby of the year.

The government said it was embarrassed by media reports which quoted Mr. Olasunkanmi as saying that only a part of the gifts for the baby were presented to his family.

The government, through the Bureau of Communication and Strategy, said immediately the media reports emerged, Governor Rauf Aregbesola ordered an immediate investigation into the claims, adding that the mother of the baby of the year, Mrs. Olasunkanmi, debunked her husband’s claims when asked to confirm the claims.

“It has become imperative to make this clarification in view of the negative impressions generated by the claims of Mr. Olasunkanmi, the father of the baby of the year.

After the embarrassing media reports which accused the management of the hospital of shortchanging the family by not presenting all the gifts for the baby of the year, the Governor ordered a full scale investigation.

“To our chagrin, the mother of the baby of the year said her husband lied with his claims adding that the envelope containing the cash gift from the Wife of the Governor of Osun, Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola, was sealed and intact when it was delivered to her.

“She further explained that the money from the representatives of the Lions Club, which was also delivered was meant for all the women who were delivered of babies that day and that each of them got her share of the gift.

“In the course of the interview, Mrs Kemisola Olasunkanmi expressed regrets while lamenting that she did not know what came over her husband to warrant such dubious and false claims,” the Bureau statement noted.

The Bureau, in its statement signed by the Director, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, therefore urged those who had been misinformed by the misleading allegation to disregard it in its entirety.

YOU ARE ONE OF US! Methodist Bishops Pronounce Blessings On Gov. Aregbesola

The Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment and determination to achieve 25 year’s accomplishment within eight years.
Aregbesola who has barely two years left to the end of his tenure, gave the assurance at the weekend while receiving the leadership of Methodist Church of Nigeria, at the Government House, Osogbo.
See pictures from the visit.

From left, Deputy Governor State of Osun, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori; Governor Rauf Aregbesola; Arch Bishop of Ilesa Arch Diocese, Methodist Church Nigeria, Most Reverend Amos Akindeko; Bishop Ijesa North Diocese, Bishop James Olusegun; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola and others, at the special prayers for the development of the state by the leadership of Osun Methodist Church of Nigeria in commemoration of New Year 2017, at the Government House, Osogbo at the weekend

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola receiving souvenirs from Arch Bishop of Ilesa Arch Diocese, Methodist Church Nigeria, Most Reverend Amos Akindeko, at the special prayers for the development of the state by the leadership of Osun Methodist Church of Nigeria in commemoration of New Year 2017, at Government House, Osogbo at the weekend

Leadership of Osun Methodist Church of Nigeria offering special prayers for the development of the state in commemoration of New Year 2017 at the Government House, Osogbo. With them are, Governor Rauf Aregbesola (right); his deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (2nd right); Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola and others at the weekend

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. (4th left); his deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (3rd left); Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola (5th right); ArchBishop of Ilesa ArchDiocese, Methodist Church Nigeria, Most Reverend Amos Akindeko (5th left); Bishop Ijesa North Diocese, Bishop James Olusegun (3rd right); Bishop Osogbo Diocese, Amos Ogunrinde (left); Lay President, Ilesa Diocese Methodist Church Nigeria, Festus Morakinyo (right) and others, after the special prayers for the development of the state by the leadership of Osun Methodist Church Nigeria in commemoration of New Year 2017, at the Government House, Osogbo at the weekend

Aregbesola Congratulates Buhari, Armed Forces Over Defeat Of Boko Haram

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Thursday saluted President Muhammadu Buhari and the Armed Forces of Nigeria over the defeat of insurgents in the country.

Aregbesola, while speaking at the 2017 Launch of Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem at the Government House in Osogbo, regretted that the country suffered untold carnage while official corruption also bedeviled the battle against insurgents before the advent of the All Progressives Congress government at the centre.

The Governor donated a sum of N10m in launch of the emblem and also promised to give a brand new bus for the comfort of members of the legions in the state.

While recalling what Nigeria went through while the Boko Haram held sway, Aregbesola said it was pathetic that the NorthEastern part of Nigeria came under Boko Haram with the most horrendous cases of killings, maiming and intimidations.

He said, “We have received good news of the routing of the insurgents at Sambisa forest and the destruction of their base by the Nigerian armed forces. Our soldiers, airmen and women and the officers of the various security agencies involved in this campaign have performed admirably, gallantly and heroically in the defence of our territorial integrity and pride as a nation and people.

“To be able to appreciate this, we must remember that large swaths of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States were seized by insurgents and their satanic flag firmly planted on these territories, with their macabre style of administration established therein. “Thousands of our dear citizens have been killed, hundreds of thousands displaced while property, running into billions, including farms and animals destroyed. All social and economic activities were paralysed.

Beyond these states, these criminals make daring raids and carry out murderous operation in many parts of the North, leaving behind a trail of blood, sorrow and destruction.”
Saluting the courage of the fallen heroes, Aregbesola said they have laid down their lives.

He also recalled how certain political leaders and their military collaborators fleeced the country of funds meant for the prosecution of the battle against Boko Haram.

“We have seen to our national shame and embarrassment how funds meant for procuring arms and ammunition for soldiers were shared by politicians of the last regime and their collaborating leadership in the armed forces.

Their actions, cruel, inhuman and ungodly, put our soldiers in harm’s way and exacted unnecessary casualties from our armed forces. But these courageous soldiers held the fort, fought bravely, and under a new godly and committed leadership, they have been able to defend the territorial integrity of our fatherland. I commend their patriotism and resilience. We must glorify God for His abiding grace, commend President Muhammadu Buhari, salute the officers and men of the Nigerian Armed forces, the various security organisations, members of the civilian joint task force, long suffering and traumatized people in the affected areas who bore the pains and bitterness of the insurgency with unbelievable resilience and maturity and governments and people of the north-eastern region of Nigeria,” he said.

Aregbesola said President Buhari’s diplomatic shuttles shortly after assuming office in 2015 paid off adding that the requests for cooperation by the neighboring countries by Buhari showed a huge understanding of what the problem of insurgency required.

“For that efforts, it was clear that with time, we would rid our land of criminals,” he said.
Earlier in his welcome address Deputy Commandant GeneraI and chairman Nigerian Legion state of Osun.

Commander Alimi Isamotu, expressed appreciation to the Governor for numerous assistance to the legion and the provision of uniform for the Commander.

The event was attended by members of the legions, top government functionaries and traditional rulers.

Why Oba Adeoye Withdrew Case against Oba Akanbi

The on-going case against the Oluwo of Iwo land, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, filed by the Oluwo Oke of Iwo Oke, Oba Kadiri Adeoye, may be discontinued as the Oba Adeoya has decided to discontinue the case against his counterpart.
This decision, he said on Friday, is due to pleas from former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Governor Rauf Aregbesola and other prominent persons.
Oba Adeoye said this while speaking with journalists in court after the presiding magistrate, Mr. Olusola Aluko, transferred the case for reassignment.
Oluwo Oke said, “I had to withdraw the case because of people like Baba Olusegun Obasanjo, the governor (Aregbesola) and other eminent personalities who begged me to withdraw it.
“I did so in the interest of peace in the state. Although I am an Oba, there are people, who one should also respect.”
Although the Oba Adeoye’s counsel, Mr. Soji Oyetayo, had told the court that his client had filed a notice of withdrawal due to pleas from prominent personalities, the magistrate said he would not entertain it because he had already stepped down the case on December 30, 2016.
The Oluwo was not present in court, but he was represented by eight traditional rulers in his domain, including the Olowu of Kuta, Oba Adekunle Ahmed, who is the chairman of Iwo Traditional Council, who pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy regarding the bench warrant of arrest issued against Oluwo saying the media misquoted Oba Akanbi who would never disrespect the judiciary.