Aregbesola Congratulates Osun NUJ Over Peaceful Poll

…harps on developmental journalism

Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Friday congratulated the Abiodun Olalere-led Osun State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, on their successful election.

Aregbesola asked Abiodun Olalere, who returned as the Chaiman of the council, to strive to set new standards that are capable of giving journalists in the state a greater dignity in the discharge of their assignments.

In a statement congratulating Olalere by the Director of Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola urged him to ensure the promotion of the sanctity of fairness and truth in journalism as a major agenda of his tenure.

The governor charged the newly returned NUJ chairman not to be found wanting in his responsibilities, reminding him of the sacred duties of journalism as the mirror of the society.

The Governor advised him and his executive council to ensure adequate professional conduct among journalists, saying professionalism must be the hallmark of every member as the nation enters in to the era of change.

The governor charged the NUJ boss to see to the training and re-training of journalists for them to be able to discharge their constitutional duties without fear or favour, let or hindrance.

He expressed the optimism that the EXCO should add value to the profession, urging him to ensure the promotion of developmental journalism in the country.

According to him: “the EXCO led by Olalere no doubt, has huge task before it. And this is to ensure that it struggles to ensure that journalists discharge their duties with all the fairness, truth and sense of responsibility required in a just society.

” You should not allow personal interests to affect your reportage and professional conducts. When these are achieved, Nigerian journalists would be seen as true professionals that nobody can use for selfish political agenda.

“Under the new leadership, the profession must enjoy the respect and dignity it deserves. Reports by journalists must be seen as one with depth, fair, balance, truth.”

The governor commended the NUJ for the peaceful and democratic way its new leaders have emerged, saying that all hands must be on deck at ensuring the survival of democracy in the country.

Osun Declares Tomorrow And Monday Mid-Term Holidays For School Pupils

The State Ministry of Education has directed Public and Private Schools in the State of Osun to observe  Mid-Term break tomorrow Friday (11th February, 2016) and Monday (15th February, 2016)  respectively.

According to a release signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Lawrence Oyeniran, the break is in line with the approved school calendar for the 2015/2016 academic session.

The release therefore enjoined Parents and Guardians to monitor their Children and Wards for judicious use of the Two days declared as holidays.

The release added that academic activities would resume in all Public and Private Schools across the State on Tuesday, 16th February, 2016.

OSUN NUJ: Abiodun Olalere Re-Elected Chairman

The Osun Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Thursdays February 11, 2016 elected new Executive members to pilot the affairs of the union for the next three years.

The election which took place at the NUJ press centre in Osogbo was conducted in a very peaceful manner.

Mr Abiodun Olalere who is the current chairman of the NUJ won his re-election for second term, while Boladale Bamigbola, the Osun state correspondent of National Mirror newspaper won the secretary position of the union.

Olalere, who is from the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) polled 195 votes to defeat his opponent, Mr Dele Ajayi of the Unique FM, who scored 159 votes.

Bamigbola defeated his opponent, Babatunde Fanowopo with 198 votes to 161 votes. Fanowopo is the chairman of the OSBC chapel of the NUJ.

Other elected officers of the union are: Kehinde Ayantunji, Vice Chairman, Olusola Egbodofo as Auditor, Adebisi Alao asTreasurer, and Awe Isaiah as assistance secretary.

In his acceptance, Olalere promised to fulfill his electoral promises, just as he vowed to prioritise the welfare of the NUJ members.

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A Good Piece Of Law – Aregbesola’s Full Speech At The Signing Of Public Procurement Bill Into Law

SPEECH BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF OSUN, OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA, AT THE SIGNING INTO LAW OF THE STATE OF OSUN PUBLIC PROCUREMENT LAW, 2015 AT THE EXCO LOUNGE OF THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR, ABERE, ON FEBRUARY 10, 2016

 

Protocols,

A GOOD PIECE OF LAW

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this occasion, the signing into law of the State of Osun Public Procurement Law, 2015.

Since the modern government provides wide ranging services to the people and sustains itself, procurement has been its major feature. From the office pin to heavy machinery, government is constantly in the business of buying. At any time, government does not spend less than 30 per cent of its revenue on procurement of goods and services. This is huge, if we consider the amount involved. Procurement is also one way in which the government interfaces with the people and reinflate its domestic economy.

It is important therefore that the resources of government be managed judiciously and the procurement process also be seen to be transparent and equitable. As stewards of public funds, we must be accountable and be seen to have got the best deal for the people with public funds.

Just today, a report in one of the newspapers compared the airport we are building in Osun to similar ones built by other states and concluded that ours is the cheapest, even when we have the longest runway.

A recent similar comparison on the mega-schools we are constructing was done with that of a neighbouring state and also gave us a favourable rating, not just in cost but in quality. It is stuff like this that separates us from the rest.

It is the need to have these values codified into law and make it bounding principles of governance for whoever is in government that motivated us to make this law.

In all, the State of Osun Public Procurement Law, 2015 consists of 81 sections and I will highlight the most interesting parts.

The piece of legislation we are signing into Law today provides for public dissemination of information on government procurement. This guarantees all the citizens, particularly small and medium scale enterprises, ample opportunities to participate in the economic opportunities and benefits embedded in public procurement, among others. It will also ensure probity, accountability, transparency, value for money as well as establish fair pricing standards and benchmarks.

Section 23(1)-(27) of the Law which provides for the Governing Rules on public procurement, encapsulate core foundation of the law. This Section is the result of scientific and well-grounded research into why procurement sanctity has eluded many governments and their agencies as it is no gain saying that where there are no adequate guidelines and safeguards, no matter how well intentioned any policy of government is, it is bound to be abused by unscrupulous elements saddled with its operation. Hence, the Section is coined in line with best global practices in procurement and even modelled to suit our own peculiarities in the State of Osun so as to forestall any act of sabotage right from the outset of any procurement process.

Section 24 compliments Section 23 by providing for Warranties for all procurement contracts. This provision is designed to ensure that requisite skill in service provision is employed and also that genuine materials and other inputs are used in any given procurement.

With this new State of Osun Public Procurement Law, Section 25 makes it mandatory that all procuring entities must have a procuring Office whose functions shall, among others, be:

  1. initiate the entity’s procurement process;
  2. carry out appropriate market and statistical surveys and prepare analysis of cost implication of a proposed procurement;

iii.     conduct pre-qualification exercise for suppliers, contractors or consultants based on requisite expression of interest; and

  1. evaluate expression of interest by suppliers, contractors or consultants and forward lists of qualified submissions to the Board.

Section 32 makes it mandatory that the procurement of works, goods and services by all procuring entities shall be conducted by Open Competitive Bidding, except where otherwise expressly provided in the Procurement Law.

Perhaps the most innovative provision in the new State of Osun Procurement Law, 2015 is the provision for E-procurement as contained in Section 61. The Section provides that the Board shall design and set up a secure electronic portal to be known as the Osun Government Electronic Procurement System, not later than 12 months from the enactment of this Law or at such time that the Governor may consider appropriate. The Portal shall be the primary source of information for all public procurement matters and opportunities within the purview of this Law and Regulations issued hereunder.

The special time that we are in demands financial engineering ingenuity.  We must not only squeeze the financial water out of stone, so to speak, we must get so much out of little. The Public Procurement Law, 2015 we are signing into law is therefore within the larger framework of public finance management policy of the government which is aimed at reducing the cost of governance, bringing transparency into the procurement process, reducing waste, and ensure value for money.

We have sent other pieces of law to the House of Assembly for consideration and passage into law. These include the Revenue Administration Law, which is meant to set up an autonomous agency for revenue collection. There is the Fiscal Responsibility Commission Law which is designed to ensure fiscal discipline and prudence by the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government.

There is also Land Use Charge Law, which has just been passed into law by the House of Assembly, to harmonise all property tax laws, including tenement rate, for the purpose of ease of collection.

These legal instruments will assist in a great deal to turn around the financial fortunes of Osun and enable us to get the best out of our resources and our people, for the good governance of the state and the best service of our people.

I want to assure the people of the state that the challenge we face is not beyond our capability and God has given us the means to surmount them.

Let me reiterate once again the need for productivity and hard work by our people. Let all the young people find something productive to do, especially in agriculture. Let every person engaged in any endeavour, be it public or private, add value to his or her work and let us all pay our taxes as and when due.

Let me thank those who helped in the making of this law, beginning from the officials of the Ministry of Justice, the honourable members of the State of Osun House of Assembly, Honourable Bashir Ajibola and other men (and women) of goodwill.

I thank you all for your kind attention.

Osun Assembly Recommends Recall Of 36 Sacked Lecturers

The Osun State House of Assembly has recommended the reinstatement of 36 lecturers, who were recently sacked by the Governing Council of the College of Education, Ila Orangun, Osun State.

This was contained in a statement made in Osogbo, the state capital, on Wednesday by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr. Olatubosun Oyintiloye.

Oyintiloye quoted the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Najeem Salaam, as saying this while receiving a Save-Our-Soul message from the leadership of the Osun State chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress and the Council of Academic Staff Unions of Osun Tertiary Institutions.

The speaker assured the lecturers that any of the sacked lecturers, who had a genuine case, would be recalled.

The statement reads, “The intervention of the House has started having positive effect, due to the call for the files alone. The number of affected lecturers in the College of Education, Ila Orangun has reduced from 72 to 36.

“We can assure you that we will look into the files of the affected staff, ensure that justice is done and make sure that nobody is unjustifiably sacked.

“What we cannot assure you is that all the affected staff would be recalled, because, we all know that we will definitely have some that have committed one offence or the other.”

He added that after the review of the cases of the affected employees, appropriate recommendation would be made to ensure justice.

Salaam told the leadership of the workers’ union that the decision to sack the lecturers was not the making of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, stressing that the governor meant well for the state.

Aregbesola Orders Reopening Of Sealed Iron And Steel Rolling Mills

By Mustafa Ahmed Tijani, Osogbo

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has ordered the immediate reopening of the two Iron and Steel Rolling Mills recently closed at Ikirun and Ile-Ife.

This was contained in a press release signed by the General Manager and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Environment and Sanitation, Alhaji Ganiyu Oyeladun in Osogbo.

The Governor enjoined the two factories to always ensure that gaseous waste emanating from their factories are adequately treated before being discharged into the environment.

They were also advised to maintain a high standard of sanitation and a sustainable approach towards best practices that is in-line with approved standard.

Osun SSG Admonishes Youths To Seek Admission Into NDA

By Mustafa Ahmed Tijani, Osogbo
Able-bodied youthful indigenes of the State of Osun who are interested in pursuing military career have been admonished to take advantage of the on-going online registration and apply into the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna which will close on 15th March, 2016.

Secretary to the State Government of Osun, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, in a release advised interested candidates to visit the application portal www.nda application.net to purchase the Access Pin Code, adding that a link to the portal can also be followed from NDA official website www.nda.edu.ng

The release, however, clarified that upon the release of the JAMB result, only candidates who make the national JAMB cut-off mark will be allowed to participate in the NDA Entrance Examination.

It will be recalled that admission into the Nigerian Defence Academy is based on merit and quota system as enshrined in section 18(1) of the 1999 Amended Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

Aregbesola Commended For Teachers Redeployment

By Ayobami Agboola, Osogbo
Coordinating Director of the Teachers Establishment and Pension Office in the State of Osun, Mr. Adeolu Oyebayo, has commended the efforts of Governor of the State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for taking the bold step of addressing shortage of teachers in public schools by deploying qualified teachers from the civil service into the teaching profession.

Oyebayo gave the commendation on Wednesday February 10, 2014, during a screening exercise for civil servants in the state with relevant teaching qualification that were deployed from the Civil Service to the State Teaching Service.

According to him, the government had realized an increase in the number of students in public schools across the state. hence the need to recruit more qualified teachers.

He further stressed that with this development, more qualified personnel will be available in the schools and this will ultimately enhance the performance of students.

Aregbesola Signs Public Procurement Bill Into Law

…Says state’s airport, schools, other projects guided by best procurement practices

In a bid to sustain transparency and accountability in government transactions, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Wednesday signed into law the Osun Public Procurement Law 2015.

The Public Procurement Law provides for public dissemination of information on government procurement which will guarantee citizens, particularly small and medium scale enterprises opportunities to participate in public procurement processes among others.

The Governor, while signing the bill into law at the Executive Chamber Lounge of the Governor’s Office in Osogbo said that procurement is one way in which the government interfaces with the people and re-inflates its domestic economy.

Aregbesola, considering the volume of government procurement, stated that it is important that the resources of government be managed judiciously and the procurement process seen to be transparent and equitable.

He held that government as stewards of public funds, must be accountable and be seen to have got the best deal for the people with public funds.

The Governor said, “Just today (Wednesday), a report in one of the newspapers compared the airport we are building in Osun to similar ones built by other states and concluded that ours is the cheapest, even when we have the longest runway.

“A recent similar comparison on the mega-schools we are constructing was done with that of a neighbouring state and also gave us a favourable rating, not just in cost but in quality. It is stuff like this that separates us from the rest.

“It is the need to have these values codified into law and make it bounding principles of governance for whoever is in government that motivated us to make this law.” ‎

‎He pointed out that the State of Osun Public Procurement Law 2015 in all consists of 81 sections which will ensure probity, accountability, transparency, value for money as well as establish fair pricing standards and benchmarks.

Aregbesola stressed that government has put in place adequate guideline to safeguard the law from being abused by people.

He said, “No matter how well intentioned any policy of government is, it is bound to be abused by unscrupulous elements saddled with its operation.

“Hence, the Section 23 (1)-(27) was coined in line with best global practices in procurement and even modeled to suit our own peculiarities in the State of Osun so as to forestall any act of sabotage right from the outset of any procurement process”.

The governor added that Section 25 of the new law makes it mandatory that all procuring entities must have a procuring Office with the function of i‎nitiating the entity’s procurement process.

He also noted that the procuring office must carry out appropriate market and statistical surveys, prepare analysis of cost implication of a proposed procurement among other functions.

Speaking earlier on the law, the former Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties in Osun, Dr. Ajibola Bashiru stated that the‎ Public Procurement Law, 2015 is a well-researched Law in line with the demand for transparency, accountability and effectiveness that the procurement process demands.

He held that the passage of the Law will guarantee Osun citizens’ opportunities to participate in the economic opportunities and benefits embedded in public procurement, among others.

Ajibola also added that the law will also ensure probity, accountability, transparency, value for money as well as establish fair pricing standards and benchmarks.

He said, “The new State of Osun Procurement Law, 2015 is the provision for E-procurement as contained in Section 61 which provides that the Board shall design and set up a secure electronic portal, not later than twelve months from the enactment of this Law or at such time that the Governor may consider appropriate”. Dr. Ajibola noted.

Breaking News: Aregbesola To Sign Ground-Breaking Public Procurement Bill Into Law

…to establish an e-Portal for procurement

Osun Defender has learnt that Governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, will today sign a ground-breaking Public Procurement Bill into law.

The Public Procurement law passed by the State House of Assembly, is a well-researched Law in line with the demand for transparency, accountability and effectiveness that the procurement process demands.

In the unique law, the state recognized the place of technology in the 21st century, as it made provision for the creation of an e-Portal for procurement, Osun Defender exclusively learnt.

Section 61 of the law to be signed provides that, “the Board shall design and set up a secure electronic portal to be known as the Osun Government Electronic Procurement System, not later than twelve (12) months from the enactment of this Law or at such time that the Governor may consider appropriate.”

Osun Defender gathered that the e-Portal shall be the primary source of information for all public procurement matters and opportunities within the purview of this Law and Regulations issued therein.

Osun Defender learnt the passage of this Law will guarantee citizens, particularly small and medium scale enterprises ample opportunities to participate in the economic opportunities and benefits embedded in public procurement, among others, it will also ensure probity, accountability, transparency, value for money as well as establish fair pricing standards and benchmarks.

In all, the State of Osun Public Procurement Law, 2015 consists of eighty-one (81) sections.

Section 23(1)-(27) of the Law which provides for the Governing Rules on public procurement encapsulate core foundation of the law. This Section is the result of scientific and well grounded research into why procurement sanctity has eluded many Governments and their Agencies as it is no gain saying that where there are no adequate guidelines and safeguards, no matter how well intentioned any policy of Government is, it is bound to be abused by unscrupulous elements saddled with its operation. Hence, the Section is coined in line with best global practices in procurement and even modeled to suit peculiarities in the State of Osun so as to forestall any act of sabotage right from the outset of any procurement process.

Section 24 Osun Defender learnt, further compliments Section 23 by providing for Warranties for all procurement contracts. This provision is designed to ensure that requisite skill in service provision is employed and also that genuine material and other inputs are used for in any given procurement.

With this new State of Osun Public Procurement Law, Section 25 makes it mandatory that all procuring entities must have a procuring Office whose functions shall, among others, be:

  1. initiate the entity’s procurement process;
  2. carry out appropriate market and statistical surveys and prepare analysis of cost implication of a proposed procurement;
  3. conduct pre-qualification exercise for suppliers, contractors or consultants based on requisite expression of interest; and
  4. evaluate expression of interest by suppliers, contractors or consultants and forward lists of qualified submissions to the Board.

Section 32 makes it mandatory that the procurement of works, goods and services by all procuring entities shall be conducted by Open Competitive Bidding except where otherwise expressly provided otherwise in the Procurement Law.

In all, the beauty of this Law is anchored on the fact that it envisages the creation of a system for procurement that is organic and self sustainable and if diligently followed and adhered to by those that would be called upon for its implementation, particularly the Civil Servants.

Ooni Not In Any Supremacy Battle With Anyone- Ogunwusi Aide, Moses Olafare

…Says Building Bridges of Harmony is Ogunwusi’s Watchword

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

The Director of Media and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, Comrade Moses Olafare, has reiterated the avowed determination of the Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi to bring together cordial relationship and mutually-beneficial peaceful coexistence among the Yorubas home and abroad without any sense of discrimination.

Comrade Olafare revealed that the only thing that is paramount to Ooni was the need to foster unity and healthy development among the Yorubas and the entire nation.

The Ooni media aide made the statement in an interview with our correspondent.

Comrade Lafare who described Oba Ogunwusi as a supreme lover of peace, said his ultimate interest on the sacred throne of Oduduwa is to explore all measures through which the collective interest and genuine unity among Yorubas and other tribes would be entrenched, fostered and enhanced.

Comrade Lafare who lamented over the palpable strained relationships among the traditional rulers in the past, said with the peace keeping mission and diplomatic shuttle of Oba Ogunwusi, the yoruba nation is drifting towards prosperous destination.

He further stressed that the major objective of Oba Ogunwusi was to strategically restored and revived the socio-cultural and economic integration of yoruba race, which according to him would give every yoruba man the required sense of belonging and as well revitalize the already desecrated legacies.

Comrade Lafare, however assured of Oba Ogunwusi’s resolve to continuously serve as an agent of change, harmony, unity, love, peace and tranquility within and among the yorubas.

He said Oba Ogunwusi was highly committed to the need of restoring the Yoruba dignity, integrity and sanctity, saying the time has come to revamp pride position of yorubas and black race among other ethnic inclinations in the world.

The Ooni’s media aide however reaffirmed Oba Ogunwusi stance to resist any act capable of dragging him into supremacy contest, adding that history has already vindicated him.

“Kabiyesi Ooni is less concerned over any supremacy tussle, because his interest for now on the sacred throne
of Oduduwa is to explore available measures to entrench the collective
interest and genuine unity among Yoruba, Nigerians, Africans and the entire world.

“For this reason, he has been seeking for utmost peace, love and unity, that is why his reign has resolved to continuously impacting the spirit of love, neighborliness, unity and  peace.

“I am also optimistic that his stance in build bridges of harmony among Yourba traditional rulers and beyond would continue to be trademark that would be towed by all and sundry.

“Oba Ogunwusi is resolutely committed to how Yoruba ethnic group can restore
its glory and pride position among other ethnic inclinations in Nigeria and he can never allowed himself to be dragged into supremacy contest or join issues with anybody”, Comrade Lafare stressed.

He therefore commended Oba Ogunwusi for championing the cause of yoruba people and promoting the peace cohabitation in the country.