Aregbesola Urges Osun Civil Servants To Act As Tax Marshals

Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has disclosed that the state has no reason to be poor if its people inculcate the culture of tax payment.

He added that with the right revenue drive and a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of about 2.44 trillion, Osun should be a rich and prosperous state in the federation.

This is just as the governor charged the entire civil service of the state to help the government promote the culture of tax payment among the people of Osun.

He stated these on Wednesday during an interactive session he held with Permanent Secretaries, Directors, General Managers and Executive Secretaries of government agencies and parastatals at the government secretariat.

Aregbesola who decried the poor economic nature of Osun despite its huge GDP which he said is more than that of some African countries called for a change in attitude to tax payment in the state.

While calling on the civil service not to be careless of the fact that it is only public servants that pay their tax adequately, the governor stressed that the state will only be encouraging poverty if it continues that way.

The Governor further charged the state civil service to let the people understand and embrace the culture of tax payment, saying they have nowhere to call their own apart from Osun, hence the need to join hands in developing it is quintessential.

He held that the only thing that will make him feel comfortable even after leaving office is when he is rest assured that the civil service has keyed into the idea of assisting the government to generate revenue through taxation.

Aregbesola maintained that the time has come for public servants to begin to see themselves as those whose on shoulders lie the responsibility to drive the state forward through revenue generation which can only be gotten from the people.

The Governor who noted that the height which every indigene of Osun wants the state to attain in the next ten or twenty years will be a mirage if the civil service does not assist the government in changing the orientation of the people towards tax payment.

The state helmsman expressed the believe that the people of the state are no more in doubt that the government can give them what they want, stressing that this should be used as a basis to rekindle the poor attitude of the people to tax payment.

According to Aregbesola, “If a territory or space like Osun can produce goods and services worth 2.44 trillion naira, then we have no reason to be poor. But it’s a pity that we can’t hide our faces from the fact that we are poor and this is because our revenue generation is so poor.

“Some African countries that have presidents don’t have that much of GDP as Osun and it’s saddening that we still find ourselves in this economic mess because our attitude to tax payment is poor and we are directly at fault for it.

“I want to tell you that if we continue like this then we are encouraging poverty, you public servants should begin to worry that it is only you who pay tax, it should interest you as public servants to ensure that every taxable adult in Osun pay their taxes.

“If we don’t quickly do something about our revenue generation, the dream of a better Osun that will be the cynosure of all eyes might painfully be a mirage, I came to Osun to become governor because I am from this state and I want it to develop. I want you too to begin to have the mindset that Osun must develop through you.

Council’s Caretaker Committee Distributes Mama Kits To Pregnant Mothers

The immediate past Caretaker Management Committee of Ilesa East Local Government Council Area of the State of Osun, led by Mrs. Olusola Adeoye has last week distributed baby kits to expectant mothers in the council area.

A statement by the Information Officer of the council, Opatunji Kazeem said the gesture was sequel to the observation of the council executive that pregnancy care consist of parental and post-parental health care for expectant mothers.

While distributing the kits at the council secretariat in Iyemogun Road, Ilesa, Adeoye said that the distribution of the items was part of the efforts to complement Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s commitment to functional health care for the people across the state. She added that the mama kits package contains important materials needed by the pregnant women at the point of delivery.

Urging mothers to visit government health facilities closer to them for qualitative health care service, she charged the beneficiaries of the gesture to make good use of the kits.

While appreciating the kind gesture on behalf of other beneficiaries, Mrs. Iyiola Bolajoko expressed gratitude to the caretaker management team for including pregnant mothers in the scheme of things.

Other activities at the events include free medical checkup and medical counsel for the expectant mothers.

LG Administration: Parliamentary System Gains Acceptability In Osun

By Francis Ezediuno

The parliamentary system of government which the government of the state of Osun has adopted for the local government administration has been given thumbs up by a cross section of the citizens in the state.

Speaking against the backdrop of the victory of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the just concluded local government election conducted in the state on Saturday, 27th January, 2018, the opinion of Nigerians was that the system was the best in the state considering many factors which included high cost of running government and curbing corruption and administrative excesses.

Speaking in support, Mr. Isaac Adediji, a popular publisher in Igbona Area of Osogbo stated that the high cost of running the presidential system must have been the reason why the state adopted parliamentary style at the local government level.

“There is no hiding the truth, we all know that the presidential system of government is one that is very expensive to run but since the constitution gives power to states to run the local governments as it is a subordinate constituent unit, then I think the decision of Osun to experiment with the parliamentary system should be allowed to stay.

“Let us use Osun as a case study, then the sustenance of Parliamentary system will depend on the success story of Osun.

“In as much as there were no electoral malpractices and the system was credible, we should let it be.

“Nigeria is a federation, where all the units are equal. In that case, Osun can do whatever it wishes within the confines of the constitution of the land”.

Meanwhile, a community leader in Baruwa Estate, Osogbo, Mr. Jamiu Abdulmalik stated that the government in its wisdom had done what it thought best.

According to him, though the presidential system is expensive, the parliamentary system too had its own advantages and disadvantages.

“We have tried the presidential system in 1979, 1983, 1993 and 1999 while the parliamentary system was practiced and terminated in 1966.

“We are not asking the whole of the country to revert to this system but let each state conducts its local government affair the best way they deem fit so as to conserve funds.

“In campaigns under the parliamentary system, the electorates will vote for councillors who will in turn elect a chairman amongst themselves”.

Another community leader, Alhaji Opeyemi Olagunju observed that it was all part of the regional integration agenda that Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola had been championing.

According to him, he was happy that even the federal government has become aware of it.

He noted that prior to now, the federal government never talked of state police but of recent the vice-president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo came out publicly in support of it.

 

LAUTECH: Osun Assembly Warns Governing Council On Imminent Crisis

Assures Health Tech Students Of Resumption

By Israel Afolabi

The Speaker of the Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salaam has warned the governing council of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology to stop actions capable of truncating peace in the troubled school.

He dropped the warning while addressing the management of the school who appeared before the house to defend its 2018 budget estimates.

The Speaker who was represented by the Chairman House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Kamil Oyedele disclosed that the action of the council is likely to jeopardise the existing relationship between Oyo and Osun arising from the co-ownership status of the institution.

While reacting to the issue of the appointment of an external Auditor for the school, Salaam explained that the agreement between the two owner states was to appoint external auditor on rotational basis.

He frowned at the move by the Governing council to truncate the agreement, calling on the school leadership to strictly adhere to the understanding between the two states in running the affairs of the institution.

In their separate remarks, other lawmakers condemn the action of the Governing council, which according to them, was designed to rob Osun of its rightful place in the management of the University.

The legislators noted that Osun has displayed maturity in the resolution of the agelong crisis that has almost crippled the institution and ensured its sustenance, stressing the need to move against what they described as management induced crisis in the institution.

The Vice chancellor of the University Professor Adedeji Gbadegesin who defended the total budget estimate of N5,468,242,400 before the legislators, pleaded for the absence of the governing council at the gathering.

Besides, the State Assembly has assured Students of the School of Health Technology, Ilesa whose school was locked of its reopening and resumption for academic activities.

The Assembly in an interactive meeting with the governing council, school management and the Students Union Government of the institution commended the students for the way and manner they conducted themselves during their protest and the maturity displayed during their agitations.

According to the parliament, “We are here to make sure that peace reigns in the school and that lecture commences immediately”.

“We have gone through all your demands and we will make sure that life is more comfortable for you at all cost”, he added.

The Assembly advised the School Management to close communication gap between the council and the Student Union Government (SUG) of the school.

In his remarks, the commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Kosamotu disclosed that many of the issues have been resolved, adding that any moment from now the school will resume for academic activities, specifically on Monday next week.

He said, “I appreciate the intervention of the House of Assembly in this lingering crisis”.

He also appreciated efforts of the governing council, management and SUG towards ensuring that the school is reopened for academic activities.

However, in his remark, the president of the Student Union Government (SUG) Musliudeen Babatunde commended the House of Assembly for the intervention. According to him, “we are all satisfy with all the outcome of the meeting”.

Meanwhile, some of the agencies of government, ministries that have appeared before the House of Assembly include Ministry of Information which defended the sum of N214,466,500, Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) N603,299,380, Ministry of Land and Physical Planning N922,236,200 while the property Development Corporation was step down for another day.

Others are Capital Territory Development Authority with budget estimate of N82,344,350 and New Towns and Growth Area N542,123,920.

 

Ifelodun LG Boss Assures Commitment To Dividends of Democracy

The newly elected Chairman, Ifelodun Local Government, Ikirun, State of Osun, Alhaji Lamidi Omoloye has assured residents of the commitment of his administration to do the needful  in bringing dividends of democracy to the nooks and crannies  of the council in  no distant time.

He gave this assurance during the swearing in ceremony of members of the council’s parliament.

In his acceptance speech, Omoloye who is the head of government in his council area commended the governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for introducing parliamentary system at the local government level, maintaining that the system will make people feel the impact of governance both at the rural and urban areas.

The elected leader of the council’s parliament and the only female member, Alhaja Omotayo Adebisi supervised the election of other principal officers of the parliament in the presence of the council Manager, Alhaja Salaam Musirafat and other departmental heads; Clerk of the house, Mr Kamorudeen and  political parties’ faithful.

Omoloye  (Ward 2) was elected the Chairman, Hassan Kamorudeen (Ward 3) was elected the Vice Chairman, Alhaja Omotayo Adebisi (Ward 1) was elected the leader of the house, Okunlola Mustapha (ward 4) elected the Deputy Leader, and Olaniyi Taofeek (Ward 5) is a member of the parliament.

Battle For The Soul Of Osun Begins, Says APC

All Progressives Congress in the state of Osun has alerted its members,  supporters and friends including every concerned citizen of the state that the epic battle for the soul and future of the state has just started.

According to the party, “the critical first stage of that struggle has been concluded with a comprehensive victory for the APC in the last local government election and the swearing-in of councillors last week.

“That is a positive sign but not without a battle for the ultimate victory, come September 2018. The prime adversary of the APC and the people of Osun, who are massed up in the opposition led by the notoriously unstable PDP, are also preparing for a battle royale to upturn whatever progress has been made in the state since 2010.

“They will attempt a violent performance worse than that of 2014; they will come with the vengeance of hungry, angry and wounded lions to destroy and devour, but they will be contained”, the APC assured.

These claims were made in a statement signed by the party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Kunle Oyatomi and made available to the media in Osogbo.

The APC warned that, “what is involved in the governorship election this September is life-threatening for the soul and the future of Osun.

“The people will be called upon to determine whether the state should continue with the progress made so far under the leadership of the APC government,  or the vultures who mismanaged the state between 2003 and 2010 should again be handed a blank cheque to return the state to the era of the locust under a reckless PDP government.

“The choices are stark”, the party continued, “if you vote APC,  you will be voting for continuity, but if you vote for the gang of PDP opposition,  you would have signed the death warrant of Osun because that party had said openly that it will destroy everything done by the APC under Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s leadership.

“In practical terms, this PDP resolve means bringing a calamitous evil on the state, the kind of which has never been witnessed since its creation some 28 years ago. That is the kind of disaster impossible to recover from in decades”, the APC warned.

“And this is telling everybody who cares about the future of their children and grandchildren to brace up for the fight of a lifetime come this year September.

“All councillors that have just been sworn in at the local governments should provide leadership and impress it on people of their localities that wisdom demands that, at this point in time in the state of Osun; PDP is not an alternative to APC, and that if the state must continue to develop, then the only viable choice is APC”, the party concluded.

Aregbesola’s Silence Rattles APC, PDP

 

  • Aspirants Secretly Inaugurate Committees

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The silence of Governor Rauf Aregbesola over the choice of his successor has continued to rattle the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Aregbesola’s silence in less than seven months to the gubernatorial election has put the politicians in dilemma as many are confused on who to pitch their tent with among the major contenders.

Dr Ibraheem Adigun, an APC chieftain in Ile-Ife in an interview with Osun Defender said Governor Aregbesola has successfully established his political domination by dictating the pace for intending aspirants and opposition parties in the state.

He said, “A pointer to the governor’s dominance is that a tiny number of the interested aspirants are bold enough to declare openly, while the majority of those who are also interested are just grumbling without any courage to make any formal public declaration because they knew that  whosoever that the governor endorses will pick the party ticket”.

“In the history of Osun, election year has never been dull like this, for instance, when Governor Aregbesola contested in 2007, the state has been bombarded with all manner of political campaigns as far back as 2005, and even during his second term, by 2012, despite that the governor had no opponent, it was already bubbling but less than 7 months to the next governorship election, it does not appeared that election is coming”, Adigun said

Also, a member of APC state working committee who pleaded anonymity said though the party has not officially lift ban on political activities, but the body language of the governor has forced some aspirants to be “undecided perpetually”.

A chieftain who is a senatorial leader said, “the governor has discourage any discussion on his successor, even when the elders forum of the party approached him, he persuaded them to suspend the discussion on the matter, and to some of us who are politician, it is a real confusion”.

When the senatorial leader was asked whether the governor formally asked people not to contest, he replied that there is no forum where the governor told any aspirant not to declare their ambition, saying, “He did not stop any one from declaring their intention but we all know the reality that the incumbent has a substantial role to play in producing a successor”.

Governor Aregbesola for months has been resisting political pressure to publicly announce his preferred successor which has made it difficult for political gladiators to predict his direction.

A member of the State Executive Council who do not want his name in print because he was not authorised to speak on the matter told Osun Defender that the governor has repeatedly reiterated at the state executive meetings that those who are eager about politics are free to leave the cabinet.

He said, “the governor has said it repeatedly that he is interested in completing most of the ongoing work than politics of successor now, and that whoever could not exercise patience is free to leave the state assignment for politics”

“ In fact, we were expecting some of the interested executive members to have resigned their appointment in January but some of them are not sure of the choice of the governor, I can bet it with you that as at today, it is only the governor that knows who he is supporting”.

APC Director, Media and Publicity, Bar Kunle Oyatomi in an interview said that the party has not officially lift the ban on political campaigns and that it will be illegal for any candidate to commence campaign for the governorship race.

Only the Deputy Speaker, Hon Lasun Yusuf and Barrister Kunle Adegoke have openly signified their intentions. Other rumored aspirants include the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, Secretary to the State Governor, Moshood Adeoti; Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam who have not openly  declared their ambition.

But in pursuing their ambitions, two aspirants from Osun West were reported to have constituted senatorial and local government coordinators with the task of mobilising delegates for them in the party primary expected to hold in June this year.

One of the aspirants who is currently serving in government allegedly inaugurated the committee across the nine federal constituency last week and appointed party chieftains as coordinators in the old 31 local governments.

Meanwhile, apart from the leadership crisis rocking the PDP in the state, the silence of the governor is also unsettling the opposition, as they are largely strategising on the choice of the governor.

Osun Defender findings indicated that the two factions in the party are closely monitoring the choice of the governor in presenting a candidate. The party is considering the strategy of the last Osun West Senatorial Election whereby they waited till the last minutes before producing the candidate.

2018: Osun’s Destiny Is At Stake

“It is when good men refuse to take up political leadership that idiots find their way to power. Such good men shall not only suffer under the misrule of idiots but shall lose their rights of complaints” – Edmund Burke.

If there is one major challenge that has faced Osun since its inception 27 years ago, it is incompetent, clueless and corrupt leadership. The leadership deficit that assails us is so legendary that from all indications, Osun has continued to lag behind in an emerging world order that emphasizes clear-headed and able leadership. Osun has been struck by a string of visionless leaders that have run it aground before the advent of the corrective regime of Rauf Aregbesola while less endowed states that were created at the same time with her have continued to make progress.

To most analysts, Osun’s problem had never been paucity of funds and resources, but lack of political will to do the right thing. This they said, explains why the state has stagnated in almost all facets, as it takes commitment and focus on the part of a leader to deliver good governance. According to the analysts, a critical look at societies that have made progress showed that they enjoyed visionary leadership at different points in their history. In the case of Osun nay Nigeria, they put the blame on the process of emergence of its leaders. Putting it succinctly, the blame for our states and country’s retrogressive growth should be heaped squarely at the door step of poor leadership. In other words, we are where we are not because of God’s design, given our human and natural resources, but because of bad leadership that could not put our resources to good use.  Those that are better than us today are better because they are committed, focused and understood what it takes to develop.

The giant strides of the Aregbesola administration in the last seven years, despite paucity of funds unlike the era of the PDP administration when there is enough money to share from the federation account (The three tiers of government also share from Excess crude account in addition to monthly statutory allocation) attested to the above stated proven facts. It is on record that the PDP’s twin legacies in Osun are profligacy and ineptitude.

A Yoruba adage goes thus: “Yini yini ki eni lesemi”, that is, praising someone doing good will serve as an impetus for him to do more and encourage aspiring future leaders to see him as a role model worthy of emulation. Arguably, the paucity of qualitative political leadership in our clime is attributable to our inability to celebrate quality leadership. Democracy as a system of government emphasises the pre-eminence of the people. Significantly, Aregbesola represents a bold statement in democratic governance. His government has been largely participatory. It is one that has ministered to the basic needs of the people and made human capital development the centre-piece of his economic policy. Indeed, testimonies that have followed Aregbesola’s performance as Osun governor in the last 2,619 days interested those of us who are keen on the emergence of a new and progressive Nigeria. He has a record of sterling achievements and performance behind him. He is an embodiment of all the critical ingredients the Nigerian nation needs in a brand new president of this great nation.

A highly detribalised Nigerian, Aregbesola governs Osun with exemplary commitment and uncanny humility that evidently borders on deep-rooted fear of Allah. Of all the accolades that have been poured on him, the most central have been an acknowledgement of his quiet dignity even when faced with the kind of challenges that would normally set off less accomplished men, and the second is the affirmation of the consistent principle he brought to bear on public service. What has often not been noted in his political odyssey is that Aregbesola was of that generation of men inspired by the politics and philosophy of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo who taught us that in our quest to make a great society and liberate our people from the clutches of poverty and ignorance, we must show ourselves as the first and perfect examples.

Those who wish to lead must be willing to serve, giving that leadership is a sacred trust, a call to dispense of all other interests that negate the higher interest of the people. True leaders are the servants of their people. They are not the masters of their people. True leadership requires mental and spiritual preparations: those who wish to lead must explore the vast fields of human knowledge, and just like Awo, Aregbesola prepared himself intellectually. I make bold to say that the reason why the people have not totally lost faith in our current democratic experience is the colourful leadership credentials of the likes of Aregbesola, a visionary leader that represents the generation of our time. He has risen to a National political phenomenon. He is one of the new national leaders that the Yoruba nation will follow without looking back. There is no gainsaying that the outgoing governor of Osun, is undergoing turbulent times, due to no fault of his, but that of most of his predecessors who came to power, ill-prepared for the job and consequently turned the serious business of governance to a huge jamboree. Rather than service, it became evident that primitive accumulation was the PDP’s major motivation for seeking power. There were so many things left undone and the result is that a lot of burden is placed on the head of the incumbent governor, Aregbesola.

In most states today, what the governors are doing is to build on what is on ground. They are extending the frontiers of what they inherited as assets. But in Osun, Aregbesola started laying solid foundation for the irreversible prosperity of the state barely 7 years ago. It is now that nation-building is taking place in Osun. The state is completely being built afresh. Since the advent of democratic politics in 1999, we have not had the political stability and economic development that we have had in the last 7 years. The best form of propaganda is performance.

As St. Christopher once remarked, “If you doubt my ability, behold my works”. Aregbesola’s landmark achievements in all sectors and in every nook and crannies of Osun are re-assuring testimony of his greatness. As we ponder over the imminent change of baton in few months time when the tenure of the incumbent governor comes to an end, the question agitating the minds of all lovers of good governance and stake-holders in Osun projects is: “How do we ensure our state never  go to the wrong hands again?  The only way we the electorate can reward Aregbesola and ensures his legacies endure is to gives our votes to the best governorship material that will continue with his good works and even surpass him, irrespective of the zone the person comes from. My major reason for opposing zoning is not far to seek: A state that has been inflicted with bad leadership in the past before the present interregnum (Aregbesola era) should not encourage an unconstitutional arrangement that further limit our choices.

It bears repeating that we should not allow ourselves to be fooled by a party, PDP that bungled all the opportunities it had to make a difference in the lives of our people but laid the foundation for our present socio-political and economic woes. For instance, the problem of half salary wouldn’t have arisen if the PDP led governments at the centre and Osun state have done what they were elected to do – service to the people rather than primitive accumulation.

Our consolation lies in the fact that the next governor of Osun who must have a progressive credentials like Aregbesola will not be overburden like Aregbesola (as he (Aregbesola have taken much of the burden off him) which consequently frees more money to be spent on workers welfare and the generality of the people of the state. A word, they say, is enough for the wise.

Osun Assembly Passes Vote Of Confidence On Speaker

The 26-member Osun House of Assembly on Friday passed a vote of confidence on the Speaker, Dr Najeem Salaam, describing his leadership style as “exemplary. ”

The lawmakers gave the commendation when the leadership of the house appeared before the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation to defend its 2018 budget proposal in Osogbo.

Timothy Owoeye, the Chairman, House Committee on Government Business, had made a presentation of N2.8 billion as budget proposal before the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation.

In his remarks, Mr Kamil Oyedele, the Chairman, House Committee, Finance and Appropriation, said the existing peaceful coexistence between the executive and the legislature in the state was attributable to the Speaker’s exemplary leadership style.

“ No doubt, the leadership style of Mr Speaker has always propelled members to toe  the line of peaceful co-existence with the executive  and this has been translating to the development of the state.

“All these name calling like “rubber stamp”, “Yesso” and the likes are enough to trigger violence in the house, but we are not bothered.

“We can see that the collaboration with the governor is translating into the development of this state.

“If they call us different names, we are happy that we rubber stamp  for development and stand for the development of this state.

“So, we are passing  a vote of confidence on Mr Speaker and are determined to toe  the line of peaceful co-existence for the development of our state,” Oyedele  said.

In his remarks, Owoeye said that members of the assembly would continue to work with the Speaker for the development of the state.

He said that the maturity of the Speaker in handling the affairs of the parliament was responsible for the confidence reposed in him by all 25 members.

In his response, the Speaker expressed appreciation to his colleagues for the confidence reposed in him, with a promise that he would continue to ensure he did the needful for the development of the state.

He appealed to the people of the state to embrace the newly introduced parliamentary local government system in the state, describing it as best for the people.

Meanwhile, the Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) has presented a budget estimate of N1.6 billion for the year.

OSIEC Chairman, Mr Segun Oladitan, in his presentation, however, said the commission hoped to realise N50 million as internally generated revenue.

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Osun Parliamentary System For Service Delivery In Grassroots – Attorney General

By Nofisat Marindoti
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the State of Osun, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, has explained the rationale behind the introduction of parliamentary system in the local governments by Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration.
He said the decision was to reposition the local councils for effective service delivery to the people at the grassroots.
Delivering a paper titled “Parliamentary System – An Overview of the Guidelines for Administration of the Local Government” in Osogbo, the state capital, Basiru said that Aregbesola’s administration has demonstrated commitment to the growth and development of the local government system in the state.
According to him, “the introduction of the parliamentary system of government is aimed at galvanizing the local government system in the state and reposition the councils for effective service delivery.
“It is therefore imperative to train the newly elected councillors and management staff of the councils on the nature and workings of the parliamentary system.”
The Attorney General also took time to explain the functions and responsibilities of the different arms and functionaries of government at the local level.
“In order to minimize the effects of the incipient strains and stresses associated with the introduction of a novel system, the State Government of Osun has developed a standard guideline for the administration of local government.
“Transfer of political power to local areas by involving the inhabitants in the provision of the basic needs in their respective community.” he added.

7 Escape Death In Ife Car Accident

By Sodiq Lawal

No fewer than seven persons escaped death as a commercial bus collided with a car at Obalufon-Sabo area in Ile Ife, State of Osun.

The accident which occurred around 9:00a.m at Obalufon- Sabo on Friday was said to have been caused by the recklessness of the commercial bus driver.

According to an eye witness, Mr Harun Surajudeen said the accident was as a result of indiscriminate stopping of the commercial bus driver to pick passenger on the expressway as the car hit the bus in the course of averting disaster.

The Car

He added that three people sustained serious injuries while others sustained minor injuries.

Surajudeen stated further the injured persons were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

As at the time of filling this report, men of the National Union Of Transport Workers(NURTW) Ife branch, traders, youths and others have stormed the incident to restore normalcy.