Ekiti Re-Run: Plans To Disrupt GSM Services Exposed

Dr. Kayode FayemiAction Congress (AC) gubernatorial candidate in the April 25 re-run election, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of planning to disrupt GSM service in the state on election day.

Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation accused PDP of meeting in the house of one of its leaders, with officials of a telecommunication company, to the effect that GSM services be disrupted in the state during the governorship rerun elections.

“We find the development very condemnable and unfortunate, as it further shows the PDP as an organisation of anti-people who thought indigenes of the Fountain State should be thrown into darkness during the lection, so that the communication of election results from polling booths, in line with agreement with INEC is not achieved, thereby giving them the opportunity to write whatever figure they want.

“The planned affront on the rights of Ekiti people could be likened to the incessant denigration of the people who are painted as incapable of conducting themselves peacefully for decent democratising.

Our sincere advice to the service providers is for them to be vigilant and not allow a few black legs who have surrendered themselves to the dark agents of the PDP in Ekiti State, to rubbish their hard-earned industrial integrity,” he said.

“Despite popular condemnation, we are surprised and feel highly embarrassed, that the PDP is calling for the intervention of the military to supervise Ekiti re-run election, in a bid to induce the rank and file to scare the electorate and snatch ballot boxes,” the group noted.

Culled From THISDAY

Ife Hosts Telecommunication Consumers’ Forum

mtn-ads-covered-the-nationTHE city of Ile-Ife in Osun State last Thursday hosted the Consumer Forum Meeting of the Nigeria Communications Commission, which was held at the Hilton Hotels, along Nitel road in the ancient town.

The forum, which had in attendance members of the general public, telecommunication operators and the former Minister of Communications, Engineer Olawale Ige, according to the organizer, was its 25th edition and was organized to protect, inform and educate the people of Ile-Ife and its environs, who consume telecommunication services in Nigeria.

Speaking about the relevance of the forum, the former minister of communication said, the forum is an avenue where feedback is obtained from the consumers of the telecommunication services.

Engineer Ige said further that the forum which had as its theme, ”information must be apt to be effective”, sought to explain to the consumers that it is their right to be informed, educated and protected by the service providers.

He said there was no better place to hold the 25th edition of the forum than Ile-Ife, the cradle of the Yoruba nation and one of the centres of excellence in Nigeria.

Consumers at the meeting, at the interactive session revealed some abnormalities and lapses exhibited by the service providers as one of those in attendance told the former communication minister that when he travelled out of the country for over four months, he discovered that his MTN line had been disconnected and all his efforts to retrieve the line proved abortive.

Another consumer, Pastor Johnson Adenuga called on the service providers to stop their free night calls and replace it with free day calls. According to him, MTN and other service providers could give at least two hours free calls per day or in a month instead of free night calls, which he claimed is not good for the health of Nigerians.

Pastor Adenuga said “we want MTN and other service providers to give us free day calls instead of night calls. A free night call is not good for our health, if MTN and GLO love Nigerians, let them give us maybe two hours free calls at day-time instead of night” he concluded.

Some of the attendees, who spoke with OSUN DEFENDER said the meeting had served as an eye-opener for them, as it educated them on the service and the service providers and that the forum had given them insight to their rights as consumers of telecommunication services and what to do in case of the erring service provides.

First Nigerian Mining Engineer, Ifaturoti Dies At 88

THE first Nigerian Mining Engineer, Dr. Ezekiel Adekunle Ifaturoti has passed away on February 24, 2009 at the age of 88.

The deceased was born on October 16, 1920, in Epe, Lagos State into the family of late Prince Emmanuel Adegbola Ifaturoti and his wife, Christianah Aina Ifaturoti ( nee George.)

Pa Ifaturoti attended many schools, including Christ School, Ado-Ekiti, Methodist Boys School, Uzuakoli and Government College, Ibadan.

He had a brief working experience with Shell Company Nigeria Limited, before moving to University of Glasgow, Scotland, where he obtained a degree in mining engineering, becoming the first Nigerian to obtain such degree.

The deceased later joined the Federal Civil Service and worked in several parts of the country, before he eventually retired as the Chief Inspector of Mines, Federal Ministry of Mines and Power in 1969.
After retirement, he set-up a consultancy firm, and became the Chairman of African Petroleum Plc; Amalgamated Tin Mines Company; Ajaokuta Iron Ore Smelting Company and Denham Management Limited.

The Ilesa-born engineer was a one-time member of the Governing Council, University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), a member of the Nigerian Mining & Geosciences Society (NMGS) and, also, the Pioneer Chairman of the Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers & Geoscientists (COMEG).

Since his peaceful death, eminent Nigerians have thronged his ‘ROCK HAVEN’ home in Ilesa to offer their condolences to the bereaved family.

Among the visitors were; the Honourable Minister for Petroleum Resources, retired Supreme Court Justice, Kayode Eso, Osun State Deputy Governor, Erelu Olusola Obada and a delegation of the Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society.

He is survived by his wife Tinuola, children, many grand-children and great grand-children
His burial arrangements hold this week Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27, 2009.

By SHINA ABUBAKAR

Reps. Makinde Calls For Prayers, Optimistic of Victory

National Assembly, NigeriaA call has gone to Osun State Action Congress (AC) to be prayerful and remain steadfast and plan how to manage the expected and deserved victory which will come their way very soon.

This message which was handed down by Chief Rotimi Makinde, AC House of Representatives candidate for Ife Federal Constituency through a phone call in Osogbo, Osun State capital on Wednesday said that he was optimistic that the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State would set aside the kangaroo judgment of the lower tribunal and give the AC governorship candidate, Engr. Rauf Aregbesola the outright victory he truly deserves.

Makinde, whose election case is at the Court of Appeal, cautioned that the AC members should be magnanimous in victory and collectively fashion out how to bail out the state of The Living Spring from her numerous problems orchestrated by the maladministration of the incumbent Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led team.

He said he was convinced that there would be an ignoble end to the administration of Oyinlola because he blatantly shunned the rules of the game during the April 14, 2007 governorship election, where the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its shameless handlers became violent with a view to rigging the election.

Makinde said he expected Oyinlola to have thrown in the towel before now, because he knew there could not be any escape route for him and his party.

Commenting on the local government council chairmen whose tenure was cut short by the Court of Appeal judgment last week, Makinde wondered why the affected chairmen, who are of PDP extraction should be toying with the rule of law.

He noted that the action of the PDP council bosses to stay put in their offices after the court had established their illegality, went a long way to show that the party is a group of bandits, who has nothing to do with decency.

Makinde said that if the council chairmen could be excused for the posture they took because of ignorance, how about the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Honourable Adejare Bello; the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Niyi Owolade and the deputy state chairman of the PDP, Mr. Ojo Williams who are supposed lawyers?

The AC candidate said it was saddening that such shameless development could be happening in the state that had produced so many firsts in the scheme of positive endeavours in this nation.

Makinde submitted that the anti-social development has vindicated the AC and showcased the needless excesses of the PDP and its handlers.

PDP Goes On Smear Campaign Tactics Again

It is a laughable development for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State to allege that the opposition Action Congress (AC), the National Conscience Party (NCP), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and others who won a landmark victory at the Court of Appeal on the illegality of the December 15, 2007 Local Government poll are trying to foment trouble.

As it is usual for the PDP to blame others for its criminalities, the PDP has again issued a statement to falsely accuse the opposition of trying to cause mayhem over the Court of Appeal verdict on the LG poll.

When the PDP and its government brazenly and shamelessly violated the laws of Nigeria by conducting the elections, the opposition maintained its calmness and approached the law court for redress.

Even when it appeared as if justice would never come, we persevered in our firm belief in the supremacy of the 1999 Constitution and the Electoral Law, 2006 which the PDP disregarded in conducting the poll.

Rather than join the band of lawlessness to cause mayhem, we ordered our people to boycott the exercise and stay at home. We are happy that our people not only obeyed the call, they shunned the illegality and supported our lawful bid to seek redress in court.

It is funny to hear the same PDP accusing the opposition of planning mayhem after the temple of justice has availed us a favourable judgment which ordered immediate dissolution of the 30 Councils and declared the December 15, 2007 poll illegal.

Available records have shown that there is no iota of truth in several spurious claims made by the PDp in the past. Rather, the embattled ruling party has always been found guilty of violence. The most recent violence occurred during PDP meetings attended by the State Chairman, Alhaji Ademola Razak in Boripe Local Government where guns boomed and machetes were freely used by members to settle scores against each other following a breakdown of the bond of fellowship in the party.

At a peace meeting held in the home of brigadier-General Olagunsoye Oyinlola in Okuku, blood flowed freely after exchange of gun fire at a PDP meeting. As usual, the police glossed over it while in Igbaye, many people were feared killed following intra-PDP squabbles.

Available security data and facts have implicated the PDP rather than the opposition as being violent. The recent was the display of guns, machetes and dangerous weapons on Thursday March 19, 2009 following the Court of Appeal verdict when PDP chieftains led thugs in several buses and made a vain-glory show of strength around the state capital to denounce the Court of Appeal for ruling against them.

From the Governor to the Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr. Niyi Owolade, the PDP leadership went berserk on the state broadcasting channels to lash out at the Appeal Court as being rude for giving judgment against it.

It is no longer in doubt that the PDP is at its wits end and is finding it difficult to handle the demands of the 1999 Constitution and the rule of law.

Gbenga Fayemiwo
Media

Osun Appeal Verdict: We Expect Justice On Monday

Engr. Rauf Aregbesola Symbol of HOPEAs we approach the day of justice in Osun State for vote robbers, it has become imperative to call upon the Inspector-General of Pilce, Sir Mike Okiro to beef up security around Osun State and the Court of Appeal, Ibadan where the judgment will be delivered.

We have received information from highly credible sources that the PDP has mandated its local government branches to mobilise thugs to the Court of Appeal, Ibadan next Monday to attack the opposition and turn round to blame the Action Congress for its heinous act.

The movement of strange looking people has been noticed around the Osun State capital since the verdict date was made public yesterday.

Knowing the PDP for how mindless and bloody it is both in its internal operations and when handling issues with the opposition, we call on the IGP to take pro-active sateps to nip any planned mayhem by these certified toughnecks in the bud.

On our part, we are waiting and praying for justice on Monday so that vote robbery will never rear its ugly head again in Osun State and Nigeria.

Gbenga Fayemiwo
Media

Modakeke AC Prays For Aregbesola

prayers for AregbesolaModakeke chapter of the Action Congress (AC) has prayed for the success of Engr. Rauf Aregbesola’s petition against the incumbent Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola currently before the Court of Appeal, Ibadan, Oyo State.

In an interdenominational prayer session that took place in the Carpenters’ Hall, Alatise area of Ondo road, on Tuesday the AC members said God could never be behind vote-robbers, as it was pungently clear that Aregbesola swept the votes of the state in the contentious April 14, 2007 governorship election.

They noted that it was apparent that the Aregbesola struggle is God’s project of which if not, it would have been halted by the forces of evil that are ubiquitous across the state.

They urged the agents of the evil forces across the state in general and Modakeke community in particular to have a change of mind as they would perish soonest with their evil intention.

Leading the Islamic clerics like Alfa Ismael Adebayo, Alfa Ibrahim, the Imam of Oke-ola Mosque in Modakeke, the Imam of Oke-owu Mosque, Alfa Adesigbin enjoined the party members to indentify with honesty, as it is clear to all and sundry that this virtue has been guiding the party across the nation.

Christian clerics were however led by Pastor Olaolu, Pa Egbetola, Evangelist Tope Oyeyemi and others with a message that the battered image of the state of the Living Spring, would surely be redeemed by the AC-led government of Aregbesola.

The kernel of their sermon was that Oyinlola, a confused state executive, is running government of the elite, for the elite and by the elite, which has no place for the man on the street.

There was a mild drama as an attempt by the police to scuttle the prayer session was beaten by the AC members, who came with an oral order that the prayer session could not take place shortly after the prayer had been successfully held at the Carpenters’ Hall.

The maiden meeting of Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) which was slated for the same venue was prevented from being held by the police, who were acting on a petition written by one Taiwo Fatunbi, alleging that “some group of people are planning to hold a rally under the umbrella of Action Congress here in Modakeke which my chairman and the entire local executives was not have knowledge off. {sic}

“Therefore, the chairman, Eng. Rasheed Opatola, the entire local executives and leaders of this party in Area Office are hereby informing you to prevent any rally in any form which relating to Action Congress in Modakeke for now. (sic].

“With the present situation of this community we the executives of Action Congress hereby implore you to prevent any rally to hold under the umbrella of Action Congress from now till 31st of March 2009”. {sic}

An overzealous policeman seized a mobile phone of an ARG member on Ondo road, when he was using the same to take photographs of the Afenifere members filing out of the event.

Another remarkable incident on the occasion was when a vehicle-load of policemen bombarded Olympic Hotel, where some of the invited guests were being entertained, threatening them with arrest, which was eventually not effected after series of dialogues on the development.

Some of the dignitaries on the occasion were: Comrade Abiodun Agboola, State Co-ordinator, Peoples Welfare League and Organizing Secretary, ARG, Osun State; Comrade Folaranmi, a human rights activist; Comrade Tayo Kehinde, an Action Congress chieftain; Mr. Gbenga Onigbinde, Mr Kola Olabisi, ARG Publicity Secretary in Osun State, Mr. Wale Amusan, Mr. Lekan Ajibeshinro and Barrister Manaseh, both AC chieftains in the community among others.

-kazeem mohammed

AC Lawmakers Walk Out Over OSSIEC List

A game of absurdity was last Tuesday played out by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers in Osun State House of Assembly as they approved the nomination of seven members of Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC) without presenting their credentials and final screening.

The development came up just as all the 11 Action Congress (AC) lawmakers in the House staged a walk-out on the floor of the parliament to protest against the shoddy approval of the nominees, describing it as abuse of parliamentary proceedings.

The seven nominees submitted their curriculum vitae alone to the House without their Secondary School Certificates and other credentials, a situation that stimulated some lawmakers from the PDP and their colleagues from the AC to oppose the approval of the new members of OSSIEC.

The names of the nominees were: Justice (Rtd) Titus Adewuyi (Chairman), Chief Akinboye Ogunola (Secretary), Messrs Rasak Adegbile, Gbolagade Adebisi, Remi Alabi, Bamidele Ishola and Ezekiel Folorunso.

Only Adegbile and Adebisi submitted their full credentials to the parliament.

Minority Leader of the House, Honourable Timothy Owoeye, opposed the approval of the nominees on the grounds that they did not comply with section 198 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Owoeye maintained that the House should not approve the names of the nominees without their credentials, which would prove the authentication of the CVs submitted by the nominees.

Citing section 202 of the Nigerian Constitution, which stated that members of the commission (OSSIEC) should not be subjected to any directive from any authority, Owoeye urged the Speaker of the House, Hon Adejare Bello, to convince the members of the parliament that the nominees would not act under the directive of the state Governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who nominated them.

Five of the nominees claimed to be members of the ruling PDP, while the remaining two, Justice Adewuyi and Alabi claimed to be apolitical.

Ironically, the Speaker of the parliament affirmed that: “He who pays the piper dictates the tune”.

He said: “Why do you think His Excellency nominated these seven people? It is because they are loyal to PDP. When a person is having a goal he will put people that can help him to achieve that goal around him.”

Maintaining that the seven nominees were nominated by Oyinlola because of their loyalty to the PDP and the state government, an AC lawmaker from Obokun State Constituency, Hon Samson Fafiyebi, said members of the OSSIEC are supposed to be independent and not politically biased.

Fafiyebi stated that there could be no credible election in the state, as long as the ruling PDP still manages the affairs of the OSSIEC.

Deputy Speaker of the parliament, Honourable Ropo Oyewole replied that the political affair of the nominees was not a serious issue, adding that they (nominees) would drop every interest they have in politics as soon as they resume at the commission.

Basically, an AC legislator from Ife-North, Hon Ipoola Binuyo, criticized the nominees for not attaching their credentials to their CVs; questioning that on what grounds would the parliament approve the names of the nominees without their credentials.

Binuyo maintained that the nominees, who did not submit their credentials should not be pardoned, revealing that Ogunola, Alabi and Bamidele, were former members of OSSIEC.

But the Speaker, while using his discretionary power, said the lawmakers should not use the credential as a means to screen or stall the approval of the nominees, saying that he had used his power to shield the nominees on their credentials.

Not satisfied with the action of the Speaker, Binuyo further asked the three former members of the OSSIEC on what qualified them to be re-nominated, saying that the December 15, 2007 local government council election they conducted was still a subject of litigation.

The three former members, who were probating and reprobating on the question, were shielded by the Speaker, who said the OSSIEC members were not lawyers and only concerned withthe OSSIEC law on the last council election.

However, all the AC lawmakers in the House objected to the approval of the nominees, stressing that the nominees should be ordered to produce their credentials before the House could approve their names.

A PDP lawmaker from Ede South state constituency, Mrs. Idiat Babalola, also urged the Speaker of the House to order the nominees to produce their credentials before the house could approve their names.

Ironically, the Majority Leader in the parliament, Prince Akinolu Adeyemi, moved the motion for the approval of the nominees without their credentials, which was seconded by Honourable Kunle Omolola from Ayedire State Constituency.

However, the Minority Leader, Owoeye, also moved a motion to counter the approval of the nominees, which was seconded by Hon Ajibola Olaide.

The speaker turned down the two motions and conducted a voice vote in support or against the approval of the nominees.

He however, upheld the voice of the PDP lawmakers, who supported the approval of the nominees.

Immediately, all the 11 AC lawmakers in the parliament staged a walk-out from the floor of the House before the speaker gave an approval for the state governor to inaugurate the nominees.

The Minority Leader described the House approval of the nominees as a fraud, maintaining that “Osun State is yet to constitute new OSSIEC members.”

Stories By ismail usman

SSS Ejects Sacked Council Bosses From Office

The bid by the sacked 30 local government chairmen in Osun State to contravene the Court of Appeal order, which kicked them out of office, has been thwarted by the operatives of the State Security Services (SSS).

It would be recalled that the Court of Appeal, sitting in Ibadan had dissolved the ousted council bosses and ordered that a fresh council election should be conducted in the state.

The order was in pursuant to the appeal filed by the opposition political parties in the state against the state Independent Electoral Commission (OSSIEC) on the ground that they were not given the 150 days notice before the election as required by the Electoral Act 2006.

The appellate court turned down the verdict of the chief Judge of the state, Justice Fasaasi Ogunsola, who ordered the go-ahead of the poll on the basis that it was not necessary to give 150 days notice as required by the Electoral Act, since the state electoral body has given a mere notice to the parties in the election.

After the delivery of the judgment, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Niyi Owolade, the PDP and the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola through his press secretary, Mr. Lasisi Olagunju in different statements on both the electoral and print media said that the sacked council bosses would still continue to stay in office, despite the order of the court.

The statements gave the council bosses confidence, a situation that made them to be flexing muscle and defied court order, boasting that they would still remain in office despite the order.

However, it was gathered on Tuesday that operatives of the SSS have started disallowing the ousted chairmen from forcing their ways into the councils’ secretariats.

Reacting to the development, one of the Action Congress (AC) governorship candidates, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola’s media aides, Mr. Gbenga Fayemiwo commended the state command of the SSS for upholding the rule of law by later preventing the sacked chairmen and councillors from contravening the judgment.

He said: “In their desperate attempt to thwart the verdict and render the rule of law a nullify, the defunct chairman and councillors decided to obey the instruction of Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola that the status quo ante should be maintained.

“This bid was halted by the SSS which operatives took a patriotic position of disallowing the chairmen from forcing their ways into the 30 council secretariats.

“We are indeed pleased to receive this report from the field and use this medium to commend the leadership of the service in Osun State and Abuja for abiding by the law to discourage the lawless band of impostors” Fayemiwo said.

By kazeem mohammed

Breaking News: Oyinlola, Commissioners, Aides Pack Out Of State House

Gov. Oyinlola Olagunsoye of Osun StateAhead of the verdict of the Appeal Court in a suit instituted by Osun State Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola against the victory of the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, information has it that the state helmsman, his family and aides have started moving their personal effects out of the Oke-fia Government House, Osogbo, Osun State capital.

According to a reliable source from the Government House, the fear of unknown has so gripped the family of the embattled state chief executive, that they have started packing their belongings out of the Governor’s Lodge throughout last weekend.

Information has it that the government quarters was thrown into darkness, when lorries suspected to carry some of the personal effects of the governor and his family members drove out of the lodge.

Findings revealed that the governor’s pets and fishes have been evacuated from the State House to his Okuku country home, in Odo-Otin Local Government Council Area, leaving only an empty pond behind.

A reliable source in the Okefia Government House also confided in OSUN DEFENDER that governor’s aides have started moving out their private cars, household utensils, electronic gadgets and some fixtures and fittings to their private hideouts within Osogbo, the state capital and outside the state respectively.

Findings revealed that some of the commissioners and advisers have started effecting panicked-driven withdrawal of cash from commercial banks in Osogbo; mostly from the accounts of their ministries via suspected cooked-up projects and expenditure.

It was reliably gathered that a top political functionary, who has a hotel and head- turning house in Ibadan, Oyo State capital has started moving his belongings there; while he has recently renovated his country home located in Osun West senatorial district, to suit his taste.

Meanwhile, some chieftains and the sacked council chairmen have started holding nocturnal meetings to deliberate on their fate, irrespective of the outcome of the Appeal Court judgment slated for Monday.

It was learnt that the sacked council bosses have expressed their readiness to mobilize party members, to the court in Ibadan, should the governor gives his words to sustain them in office, pending the decision of the Supreme Court on the matter.

It would be recalled that the Court of Appeal in Ibadan last week sacked the 30 council chairmen and all councillors that were imposed on the people of Osun State on 15 December 2007 by the PDP-controlled government and the state electoral body.

By goke butika

How Can There Be Water?

The trauma which the Osun State people are presently passing through, due to lack of pipe-borne water, calls for serious worry. But the question is;can there really be water, when there is no government? The answer will be in the negative, no doubt. Like the late great Afro-beat legend, Fela Anikulapo Kuti once sang in one of his albums-”plenty-plenty water everywhere; water in the sky, water in the land, water in the sea, but no water to drink.” Surely, there is no place in today’s Nigeria, where this Fela’s quip is more apt than Oyinlola’s Osun State.

Water is plentifully available in Osun State though, the one to drink is however scarce, due to absence of a good and responsible government to treat it and make it not only drinkable, but available for the generality of the people. Considering how essential water is to life, a reasonable government that is genuinely committed to serving the people will not hesitate to go extra miles in ensuring that potable water is available for its citizens.

All over the world, government exists to provide the basic amenities of life viz. water, light, good roads, employment, shelter, etcetera for the citizens. All these are what the people need for life to be habitable and meaningful. Any government that fails to meet her obligations as touching the provision of these essential services, that will make life worth living for the people, is not fit to be called a government and it has no business being in power.

Oyinlola’s government is no government and this, we affirm with every sense of moral responsibility. A government that exists for itself and not for the people is not a government and such deserves to be declared persona non grata. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s government in the state led by Oyinlola clearly typifies a government that exists for itself, as the pursuit of selfish interest against that of the generality of the people is what matters to Oyinlola and members of his cabinet. This explains why everything is topsy-turvy in the state and there seems to be no bail-out plan on the part of Oyinlola’s ‘do-nothing-government.’

The scarcity of water being experienced by the people in the state presently, further exposes the dubiety of Oyinlola’s government. Or how can one explain a situation whereby 50 per cent of the cost of supplying 6,000 metric tonnes of alum for water treatment has been released to a contractor since last year,but the said contractor has failed to perform and the government has not done anything about it? A Lagos-based company, Drury Nig. Ltd, we learnt, has been given advance payment to the tune of N200 Million since last year to supply 6,000 metric tonnes of alum at N77,000 per metric tonne to Osun State for the treatment of water, but the contractor could not meet up due to huge commission being demanded by government officials from the contractor.

As a result, the company has only supplied less than 600 metric tonnes so far. This situation has created scarcity of pipe-borne water in the state, forcing people to result to sourcing water from unwholesome sources. What other name could be given to this than another dubious deal by Oyinlola’s government to further deepen the suffering of our people?

One thing is however clear and this, we are happy about. Our people are not oblivious of the fact that good governance is unarguably beyond the ken of Oyinlola and his co-travellers at the corridors of power, who see governance as every other thing but service. To them, governance does not transcend pleasure and this is why Osun state has been held down developmentally since the emergence of Oyinlola’s illicit government.

Oyinlola’s abysmal failure in a more endowed Lagos state as a military administrator is still fresh in everybody’s memory. Therefore, his inability to provide dividends of democracy for the people of Osun State is no surprise to those who are familiar with his antecedent.

We call on the state government to find a quick solution to the present precarious situation it has put our people. A situation whereby people have no alternative than to drink unwholesome water that can cause diseases, which may eventually lead to untimely death, bearing in mind the poor medical attention being given to the people in the state.

To our people, we urge them to be a little bit patient for; Oyinlola’s government will soon be consigned into the dustbin. No tyrannical government had ever last for long and so will it be for Oyinlola’s government, which will soon collapse before our very eyes.