Breaking: Oyebamiji Withdraws From Osun Guber Race

The Commissioner for Finance in the State of Osun, Alhaji Bola Oyebamiji has withdrawn from the Osun 2018 Governorship Race.

Oyebamiji, who is an aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress made the announcement on Friday in a statement.

The commissioner who noted the love and sacrifice of his supporters on the ambition, says he will work towards the success of anyone that emerges at the party’s primary election on July 19.

Read the full statement below:

Osun 2018 Gubernatorial Election: My Decision

Dear Compatriots,

I consider it very imperative to address you my associates, friends and members of our great party; All Progressives Congress (APC) as touching issues surrounding my involvement in the 2018 gubernatorial race on the platform of our great party.

To the keen watchers of unfolding political events, this will be my first official public statement since the leaders of my town including traditional institutions, political associates, friends and those individuals who believe in my capacity to run effectively for the exalted seat of the Governor of our dear state made an unprecedented efforts in the history of Nigeria’s polity by raising over One Million Naira (#1,000,000.00) among themselves without my knowledge and proceeded to obtain an intention form at our party secretariat in Osogbo.

As a human being, when I heard about their action and the extent they had gone by paying the required fee to the leadership of our party in the state, I was caught between happiness and sadness. I was sad because I have committed myself to a worthy course of same magnitude; a course I completely believe in regardless of political, social or religious colouration. Not only that, I am also one of the front allies of that course and structure which is geared towards actualizing the Osun of our dreams. At first, I knew that the script of betrayal will be perfectly perceived and acted once I decided to yield to the call of my friends and supporters who felt I should compete for the highest political seat in the state.

On the other hand I was happy and felt fulfilled as a person that there were tons of people out there who not only dare all odds but also sacrifice their comfort and resources for me without expecting any corresponding benefits. For days, I was weighing my options; I consulted my creator, immediate family and those whose opinions matter in my political, social and religious life and concluded that there comes a time in the life of every man to fall for something or nothing; on this occasion; I willingly chose to fall for loyalty, trust, integrity and sound reasoning.

Dear friends and supporters, ever since the news of my purported aspiration broke, I have been very careful and mindful of my approaches to political issues and gathering so as not to heighten the already charged political environment within our party. Despite my silence and non-involvement in any political activities in the face of humongous pressure from every corner, thousands of people including young and old from the three senatorial districts of our state volunteered themselves as canvasers and mobilizers to woo party loyalists and general public to support my supposed candidature. This reality quite negates the image people erroneously attached to our youths that money determines their loyalty in politics. I therefore considered it a matter of pride and privilege to receive the support of various political, social, professional and religious leaders both home and abroad.

However, I have considered all factors surrounding the competition for the ticket of our great party in the forthcoming gubernatorial election and decided to isolate myself from the contest against the growing agitation for my involvement but rather remain committed to a course I considered worthy for the collective good of our dear state.  This decision is coming on the premise of my desire to see a united APC in Osun after July 19th Primary election and a stronger and cohesive party at the September 22 governorship election.

In view of this, I deeply regret any inconvenience my decision might bring to every individual or groups who out of their own volition decided to promote my name and what I represent without any prompt; I am extremely grateful and feel honoured for the social capital and premium you all invested in me.

In the meantime, I have decided to rally support for my party the APC to ensure the defense of its current position as the ruling party in Osun in order to sustain the current developmental strides of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. This is what we must all do in good faith in order to consolidate the unprecedented achievements of the outgoing government bearing in mind that God gives power to whom He pleases and above all, the WILL of Almighty Allah must be fulfilled.

Thank you and God bless.

Bola Oyebamiji
Hon. Commissioner for Finance, State of Osun

Olorunda North LCDA Boss Assures Workers Of Adequate Welfare

The chairman, Olorunda North Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Honourable Quadri Owonikoko has emphasised the commitment of his administration to provide social amenities for the welfare of workers.

Owonikoko stated this while inspecting the ongoing 3rd phase of the council secretariat in Ota-Efun, saying the building of the secretariat is considered necessary to ensure the smooth running of the council’s activities and make the workforce of the council comfortable in the course of performing their official duties.

This, according to him is with a view to making them more productive.

The council chairman said, workers must be made comfortable in their place of work to carry out their duties, saying, all hands must be on deck to ensure that the resources allocated to the council are properly utilised.

He thanked all members of his cabinet and staffers of the council for their sacrifice and also thanked the Baale of Ota-Efun for his support.

He tasked the people of the council area to reciprocate the good gesture of the present administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state through adequate supports to the government in terms of payment of taxes and other payable levies.


Isokan South LCDA Embarks On Roads’ Grading, Channelization Of Waterways

Chairman, Isokan South Local Council Development Area, Ikoyi, State of Osun, Prince Wasiu Oyelami, has reiterated his commitment to wipe out poverty and reduce rural migration to urban centers within the council area through development.

According to a statement by the council’s Head of Social Development and Information, Ademola Aminu, Oyelami made this statement during the inspection of the ongoing grading, bulldozing, and rehabilitation of roads and footpaths leading to Ikoyi town from Boladale Junction to various towns, villages, farms and hamlets.

During the inspection, the council chairman expressed satisfaction with the state of work done, while the residents of the area gave kudos to the council management for the development in their area.

The council’s management team led by Oyelami, according to the statement had earlier carried out the rehabilitation of township roads which are, Baba Kekere roads, Alamo roads, Asejire roads.

The administration has also embarked on grading and rehabilitation of Anajere market road and renovation of the shops and stalls of the market, hence commercial drivers, market men and women had been attracted to the market to boost the economy.

“Also, many rural roads in the local government from Boladale to Olufun, Papanda, Iwari-Oloya, Ayanda, Alaka among others had been rehabilitated.

“Earlier too, Prince Oyelalmi has completed the process of managing high water flows from Rivers Adesina and Elemu and other rivers prone to flooding in Ikoyi during raining season”.

The chairman, according to the statement said, the dredging and channelization were done in order to curb incidences of flooding and erosion which always lead to loss of properties whenever it rains.

During their visit to the flood prone zones, the duos of the chairman and the Head of Water and Environmental Sanitation, Mrs. Folasade Awoniyi, according to the statement warned the residents of the area not to take the advantage of the raining season to perform unhygienic acts like pouring wastage/excreta in flowing water anytime it rains in order to fight disease.

The residents of the affected area, in their various reactions commended the chairman for bringing the dividend of democracy to their doorstep.

Meanwhile, the management of the council under Oyelami, in order to curb the activities of criminals has renovated the Nigeria Police station, Ikoyi.

Oyelami reiterated that “the move is an attempt to steer up investment in security so as to fight insecurity in the area, , saying, he was happy that the council was doing well in terms of encouragement to the police to discharge their duties.

Speaking further, he urged the police and other security agencies to be vigilant in order to forestall any security breach, saying that the council is working with other security agencies and other stakeholders within the council so that the relative peace being enjoy is sustained.

He then appealed to residents to volunteer useful information to security agencies assuring that such information would be treated urgently and importantly.

On-The-Hustings Osogbo Agog For Oyetola As He Rounds Off Consultations

By Kola Odepeju

The city of Osogbo, capital of the state of Osun, was agog for Mr. Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), last week as he rounded off his consultation tour across the state.

It would be recalled that Oyetola, with his group, IleriOluwa, started his consultation tour across the state about four weeks ago to drum support for his aspiration ahead of his party’s primary election coming up this month.

The tour, which took off in Ife rounded off on Wednesday with visitations to Olorunda and Osogbo local governments.

It was a massive reception in Osogbo, an indication of his acceptability in the state capital and all over the state.

Earlier, the group and its Symbol had visited other local government areas of the state where the people turned out impressively to register their support for the group and promised to give their mandate to Oyetola in the party’s primary election and general election of September 22 this year.

Just like every other local government already visited by Oyetola and his group, the story was not different in Osun West Senatorial District, as massive turn-outs of people were recorded in support of his aspiration.

The way people turned out to receive the APC aspirant, particularly in the West Senatorial District showed that there was no united voice as regards West Agenda, as some party members and electorate said they preferred Oyetola over others due to his comportment, experience and competence to govern the state effectively.

While speaking in Osogbo on Wednesday, the content of his speech was not different from what he earlier said in all the local governments earlier visited as he hammered on continuity of Ogbeni Aregbesola’s welfarist programmes and developmental projects; even as he promised to do more.

The gubernatorial aspirant mentioned that he knows the junction at which the job of good governance will stop under Ogbeni and also where to continue, saying, there won’t be any stoppage or delay in the continuity of the good governance which foundation has been laid by Ogbeni if he’s allowed to succeed him.

He said, it is continuity that makes Lagos what it is today in terms of world class development, saying, the only way Osun’s story will not be different from that of Lagos is to ensure the continuity which he is ready to offer.

Finally, the gubernatorial contestant promised that government of continuity under him will ensure that the arrears being owed workers are paid while he will also take care of party members well and run an all-inclusive government that will give every stratum of the society a sense of belonging.

He said, he is perfectly fit to occupy the governorship position, having served in Aregbesola’s government and understands what is next for the people of the state interms of development, saying Osun need a competent hand like him that would be determined to build on the ongoing development and give the people of Osun the best.

Osun Council Chairs’ Wives Reiterate Commitment Towards Development

  • Hold Special Prayers For Aregbesola, Husbands

Wives of council chairmen in the State of Osun have collectively reiterated commitment to continue to support their husbands and the state government towards the development of the grassroots across the state.

They gave this commitment recently through the Forum of Wives of Council Chairmen (FOWICC) in the state when they organised an interdenominational special prayer for Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration in one of their fortnightly prayer meetings at Olorunda Local Government Secretariat, Igbonna Osogbo.

As part of their own way of contributing to the success of the present administration, it has been the practice of the FOWICC to pray for their spouses, the council bosses, to have a successful and a hitch-free tenure of office.

The chairperson of the forum, Mrs. Tunrayo Abiodun appreciated almighty God for the opportunity given to them and their spouses as council bosses, just as she appreciated Governor Aregbesola whom she described as “A true Progressive” in whose pot of wisdom the state is witnessing a tremendous development, particularly at the grassroot.

She also appreciated the Governor’s wife, Mrs. Sherifat Aregbesola whom she described as “An Epitome of virtuous woman who is the crown of her husband” for the love and care showered on the forum since inception.

According to her, members of the forum are determined to support the council bosses in all aspects, with a view to ensuring that they succeed in line with their electioneering promises to the people.

Commending their husbands for their commitment towards development in line with the mandate given to them, Mrs Abiodun urged them to remain focus and leave legacies that would always be a reference point of development.

Meanwhile, in his sermon, the invited Muslim cleric, Alfa Ahmodu advised the organizers to always pray for their spouses as their prayer is much more needed now than ever before.

Also, Pastor Nelson Adeboye admonished the organisers to be more prayerful and stronger.

Allow Reasons To Prevail, Group Charges Osun APC Leaders

By Sola Jacobs

A group within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun named De’Trumpet has advised the leadership of the party to reason with the dynamics and desire of the majority of the people of the state and listen to them if the party seriously consider winning the gubernatorial election scheduled for September 22 as important.

The group in a statement by its spokesperson Alhaji Moruf Olaiya said politics has gone past the level of grandstanding we are witnessing today especially in Osun state where the feelings of the people at the grassroots decides the outcome of political contests.

Making reference to the Osun West Senatorial by-election decided last year, the group said the APC would have been saved from the embarrassment of the calamitous result it got in the election if the spirit of give and take had been allowed to prevail.

To ensure victory for the party, the group advised that the party should not in any way disregard the agitation that the candidate that will fly its banner in the Governorship election is selected from Osun West Senatorial District.

Speaking further, Alh Olaiya on behalf of De’Trumpet said people should realize that the thinking of money being the decider of electoral contest plays little or no role in Osun electoral process as sheer determination, individual character quality and the ability of the people to identify with the flag bearer of the party as one of them are the real issues that will determine the next occupier of the Bola Ige House.

Using Ogun state as an example, Alh Olaiya said it is not a mistake that all the major political parties in that state decided that they will pick their flag bearer in the February 2019 Governorship contest from Ogun West Senatorial District a decision it said will greatly reduce the burden of having to contend with hordes of aspirants which may invariably lead to fragmentation and tear the party apart.

The group commended the stance of the Elders Forum led by Chief Sola Akinwumi, the Forum of APC Local Government Party Chairmen, the Forum of APC Ward Chairmen, groups like Osun West Youth Solidarity Forum for their resilience on the demand for the leadership of the party to allow the delegates to choose from the hordes of qualified aspirants from Osun West Senatorial District, warning that doing otherwise might spell doom for the party again in the coming election.

The Legacy Of Osun And FG Sukuk Projects

By Inwalomhe Donald

It is on record that the first set of Sukuk projects emerged from Osun State, hence, the Sukuk projects in Nigeria will ever remain the bequeathed legacy of Governor Rauf Aregbesola who was the first Nigerian to introduce it. He has always maintained that Sukuk projects are purely for business purposes and that the global issuance of it is “expanding with remarkable international reach and driven, in particular, by strong economic growth”, saying it resembles “public-private partnership financing whereby investors finance the assets and then own them which leads to real securitisation (a process of pooling/repackaging the non-marketable assets into tradable certificates of investment) after which they transfer them at maturity to the government”.

President Muhammadu Buhari last year described the newly completed Sukuk steel structure Osogbo Government High school as an educational legacy that should be emulated by other states of the federation, thanking the governor for exposing Nigeria to the Sukuk market which has drawn increasing interest from sovereigns, multilateral institutions, multinational and national corporations both from developed and emerging economies to finance investments in a wide range of economic activities and development projects.

In Osun, Sukuk funds were used to finance construction of education projects, among other development initiatives with which Governor Aregbesola laid a solid foundation for the future of the state which has helped to convince the President. There are eleven High Schools with a total of 72 classrooms, some of which had been completed and others at various stages of completion across the state, all financed with Sukuk bond.

There is clear indication of the growing relevance and importance of the Sukuk market in Osun State which spread to other parts of Nigeria with the growing interest from both emerging and developed jurisdictions and the strategic approaches taken to diversify the funding sources through the market.

The overall direction and potential of the market are certainly well recognized, particularly in its role in contributing towards greater economic development of Osun. There is significant potential for the Sukuk, in particular to fund infrastructure projects. This would contribute towards building deeper and more liquid, efficient and effective global Sukuk market. The dynamism of the market also contributes towards strengthening financial stability and in facilitating the expansion of inter-regional investment flows. As we move towards increasing this internationalisation of Islamic finance, and thus towards greater global financial integration, it will contribute towards a global growth process and financial stability that will be mutually reinforcing. With this calibre of governments following suit to obtain Sukuk, it is now crystal clear that Aregbesola is not just a leader, but a leader that set positive pace globally.

The Federal Government has released the proceeds of the N100 billion Sukuk bond to 25 key economic road projects of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. Finance Minister Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, handed over the cheque to Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. The offer was oversubscribed at N105.87 billion.

To Mrs Adeosun, “the milestone was a sign of confidence in the Nigerian economy and the administration of President Buhari”, adding that the Sukuk proceeds would unlock Nigeria’s potential.

“This is the first Sukuk bond issuance for the Federal Government and second Sukuk bond in Nigeria because Osun State was the first to issue Sukuk bond in 2013. It is about financial inclusion and deepening of our financial markets. The proceeds will be used to further support government capital spending for 2017 – the construction and rehabilitation of 25 key economic roads across the six geo-political zones of the country.”

The question now is: are there implications of Islamic financing of these roads and their subsequent ownership by the Sukuk holders?  Christians Association of Nigeria fears that the Islamic financial institutions will own the 25 major roads after construction. The answer to that fear is no and Nigerians are eulogizing Aregbesola for introducing Sukuk to Nigeria. ­

There is no doubt about the potentials for using Sukuk as a tool for capital raising and infrastructural development in Nigeria. The Sukuk issuance attracted international acclaim by winning the IFN Africa Deal of the Year Award 2013. The Government of Osun through a wholly owned Special Purpose Company, Osun Sukuk Company Plc issued on the 8th of October, 2013 the first Sukuk in Sub-Saharan Africa worth N11.4 billion to fund the development of 11 High Schools in the  State.

The issuance of the first state Sukuk by Osun Sukuk Company Plc attests to the huge potentials for Islamic Finance in Nigeria, while its subsequent international acclaim creates integrity within the market which has the propensity to promote foreign direct investments. With the right team of professional advisers, it is clear that focusing on substance over form can contribute significantly to the rapid development of the Nigerian economy through the issuance of Islamic Finance products.  Nigeria should not miss out on this opportunity.


Osun 2018: Groups Warn Against Zoning, Demand Transparent, Participatory Primary

By Solomon Odeniyi

As the struggle for the topmost seat in the state of Osun hots up, a Coalition of Osun Youth Organizations led by Development Advocacy Group (DAG) has warned against strategies devised by some contenders in the race to appease the party through the campaign for zoning.

Though, it admitted that struggle for power is fundamentally a matter of strategy, but they argued that such strategy must be deemed appropriate.

They maintained that their examination into the political field suggests evidently that those agitating for zoning and their likely beneficiaries are people who have dominated the political space for over three decades.

The groups gave postulations to affirm that zoning or no zoning is not a convention and has never dictated political direction, describing it as petty and shenanigan for the benefit of politically desperate elites at the expense of the masses.

“In 1991 Isiaka Adeleke of SDP from Osun west won against Alhaji Bayo Salami of NRC from Osun Central. It’s important to note that during the primary of SDP Hon. Dosu Ladipo from Central and Prince Adesuyi Hastrup from east contested the primary. In 1999 Chief Bisi Akande, PDP Osun central, against Isiaka Adeleke, APP, Osun west, and Dr Olu Alabi Osogbo, AD Osun Central. Chief Akande won. In the primary, Chief Abiola  Morakinyo, Osun west, Otunba Iyiola Omisore, East and Senator Mojisola Akinfenwa, from East slugged out with Akande who was picked through consensus.

In 2003, Chief  Bisi Akande contested against Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, PDP, Osun Central, Oyinlola won. Senator Isiaka Adeleke and Elder Peter Babalola, both from west , Remi Olowu and Adesuyi Hastrup from the east contested the primary with Oyinlola. In 2007, Aregbesola, East, ACN contested against Prince Oyinlola. Court restored Aregbesola’s mandate. More than 20 aspirants contested with Aregbesola scattered across all regions in ACN, same in 2014” the coalition recalled.

The spokesperson of the coalition, Dr. Ademola Oyedokun-Alli stressed that aside the fact that zoning finds no expression in any extant laws, party’s constitution and ethics, the political culture is retrogressive and undemocratic.

He wondered, if the international political community is now inclusive-driven, development inclined and individual, sectarian and regional focused, where Nigerians and people of other races and colour are voted as mayors and chancellors in white dominated European countries, why would anyone fan the ember of division and discord in the state.

He demanded transparent, participatory primary and appealed to political parties and gladiators to preserve the sanctity of the liberal democratic process which forbids the restriction of political office of this nature to a geographical or ethnic location.

Wasiu Ibrahim, the publicity Secretary of DAG disclosed that what the ordinary man in the state is concerned with is living a decent life as poverty, hunger, illiteracy and insecurity are no respecter of zone, hence, the need for a a cerebral, exposed and a leader who has a good grasp of the issues in the state as well as someone who would sustain the transformation started by Ogbeni Aregbesola.

We Are Not Targeting Opposition Parties’ Posters – O-Signage

By Francis Ezediuno

The State of Osun Signage, Hoarding and Advertisement Agency (O-Signage) has said that the enforcement of its zero tolerance for illegal pasting of posters around the state has only targetted those who have refused to comply with the state Signage Law.

Speaking with OSUN DEFENDER recently, the Chief Operating Officer of the agency, Mr. Niyi Oduola maintained that the exercise affects all political parties, saying, even in the course of the agency removal of illegally pasted posters, residents had variously commented that they were surprised that both posters of the politicians in the ruling and opposition parties were removed.

Oduola noted that their actions all over the state had gone to show that no posters was spared in as much as it threatened the aesthetics of the state as that was the mandate of the agency and that is what they are committed to.

He revealed that at inception, the agency had written to all the political parties notifying them about the new directive and the embargo on pasting of posters on walls.

In his words, “from the inception of this agency, we have made it known that we have zero tolerance for the pasting of posters on walls.

“As you know, this act defaces the wall and also defacing the new infrastructures put in place by the government too”.

Oduola warned that anybody not adhering to this directive would be spending money in the drain as the agency would spare no effort to remove such posters.

He revealed that the agency had the capacity to work effectively in all the local governments because the administration had acquired state of the art equipment for it to work perfectly.

He observed that if not for the agency’s activities, the whole state would have been littered by posters.

“The job we do also contributes to peace in the state. We have observed opposition and rivalry even in the pasting of posters. That is not our major concern anyway. Our primary duty is to maintain the aesthetic of the state and that is what we have been doing”, he added.

The Chief Operating Officer disclosed that the agency is more concerned with posters but if there was any notice on billboards from O-Signage, it means that something was wrong.

“As you know, since the embargo on politics, politicians tend to want to misbehave and our agency is in place to regulate the erection of these billboards”.

He also cleared the air on the relationship between O-Signage and the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) stressing that there was no relationship between the two bodies.

He said, APCON has been the one putting the removal signs on billboards in the state.

Osun Speaker Distributes Seedlings To Osun Farmers

By Israel Afolabi

In its bid to ensure adequate supply of inputs in agricultural sector in the state, the Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Dr. Najeem Salaam has distributed high yielding crop seedlings to All Farmers Association Of Nigeria (AFAN) Osun State Chapter.

In his remarks at the AFAN secretariat Osogbo, Dr. Najeem Salaam urged youths to go into farming due to unstable oil price globally that is affecting the nation’s economy.

Salaam made it known that it is only farming that can bail out this nation at this critical period.

According to him, “whether we like it or not, we cannot continue to downplay the importance of farming because oil is no more booming. We want to lift farming to greater height in the state”.

He promised to give support to the farmers’ association with all things within his power to ensure good cultivation in the state.

He said, “I will support farmers with tractors because I know the problems facing our farmers in general.”

He however predicted a brighter future for farmers if given the necessary support with the required equipments and tools to cultivate.

The lawmaker also advised farmers to contribute to the Land Charge Bill before the house while promising that their views would be factored in before the bill is passed.

He noted that a Microfinance bank for farmers will be established in the state to give loans to the farmers without stress while there will be training for farmers to cultivate in line with modern systems of farming.

In his remarks, the President of Osun chapter of AFAN, Mr Kayode Afolabi noted that Dr. Salaam has kept his promise with Osun AFAN.

He commended the speaker’s good gesture towards farmers in the state while urging him to purchase tractors for farming in the state.

He charged Dr. Salaam, as one of their members, to stand up for farmers challenge for them to have better life.

He solicited his support for the establishment of farmers’ Micro-finance Bank and farmers house in the state as well.

He urged government not to drive farmers out of Oke-Osun farm settlement because of farmland scarcity in the state.

Among the crop seedlings distributed to the AFAN are cashew, cocoa, oil-palm, pepper and moringa seedlings.

Osun Govt Empowers Youths In Tailoring

By Sola Jacobs

Government of the State of Osun has made another landmark in human capital and economic development through the empowerment of youths in entrepreneurship project, tailored to preserve vintage Yoruba tailoring called, Ijinle.

The Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola represented by his Special Adviser on Enterprise and Wealth Creation, Mr Ademola Akintoyese at the launch of Ijinle, held in Lagos recently, said the programme was created to empower youths, create jobs and provide a platform for the younger generation to appreciate the beauty in the eroding Yoruba culture.

Narrating the genesis of Ijinle, the Governor said, it was born out of passion for sustainability and preservation of heritage and traditional clothing sewn in modern styles.

He noted that 15 youths were selected from the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) to get intensive training from legendary Kabiru Durojaye, a 56-year-old veteran tailor and custodian of authentic Yoruba wears and craftsmanship for over 30 years, supported by Ms. Muinat Atunnise of Atunnise Clothiers as project manager, and that the training will be for 5 months.

The Governor added that the trainees through the internship will fuse both old and contemporary attires for older and younger generations, and serve a bigger market, while the government would facilitate business development services of the trainees to a viable production cluster.

According to him, relevant agencies with the help of the facilitators will use manpower and enterprise to generate income for the state.

He further added that the government plans to establish the successfully selected trainees from various local government areas of the state, in different locations to continue to create beautiful works locally, nationally and internationally, while also generating income for the state and themselves.

In his goodwill message, the OYES Commandant, Col. Enibukun Oyewole (rtd) while charging the trainees to utilize the skills being taught judiciously, reiterated that there is power in skills and being an OYES cadet is a plus in life-based on the level of experience they have garnered.

He stated that 42,000 OYES cadets have participated in the scheme and he congratulated the selected cadets for the Ijinle project, urging them not to waste the knowledge passed to them, but build on it, pass it down, have good entrepreneurial skill, keep to time of delivery to customers and above all, not disappoint the Governor of the State for investing in them.

Oyewole commended the governor for the giant stride accomplished in the empowerment of youths in the state in line with his Six Points Integral Action Plan.

It would be recalled that in 2012, as part of the efforts to revamp the textile industry, the state government partnered Sam and Sara Company to establish Omoluabi Garment factory, to produce international standard clothing and uniform for state-owned public schools students.