Aregbesola Applauds Buhari On Recognising June 12

Governor Rauf Aregbesola, has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for recognising June 12 as democracy day in place of May 29.

In a statement made available to the media in Osogbo by his media adviser, Sola Fasure, Governor Aregbesola commended the president for mustering the courage to take this historic step 25 years after the freest and fairest presidential election ever held in the history of Nigeria

According to Governor Aregbesola, “President Buhari has secured for himself an incomparable position in history for surmounting the courage to take this historic step of recognising June 13 as ‘Democracy Day’ and honouring Chief Moshood Abiola posthumously.

“June 12, 1993 was the day democracy was born in Nigeria. It was the day Nigerians negated all the social and political constructs that had been thought would make national unity impossible and democratic governance impossible, but Nigerians in their heterogeneity overwhelmingly voted for a candidate whose very essence was in defiance of religious, ethnic and regional categorisation.

“It is most regrettable that the election was annulled and Chief Abiola clamped in illegal detention where he later died.

“Successive administrations had suppressed the significance of June 12 and resisted every admonition to recognise the date and honour Chief Abiola.

We have since the advent of our administration shunned May 29 and celebrated June 12 as Democracy Day. We are glad therefore that President Buhari has taken this bold step and set the record straight. History will be kind to him for this. I commend him for this uncommon courage and demonstration of leadership”, the statement said.

Osun Education Model One Of The Best In The Country – JAMB Registrar

The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB) Prof Is-haq Oloyede has commended the governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for coming up with an education model capable of providing functional education and making the state a model for others.
He spoke to the topic ‘Functional Education as a Tool for National Development and a Gateway to Freedom’ at the annual colloquium tagged RAUFNOMICS organised to mark the 61st birthday celebration of Osun Governor, Rauf Aregbesola on Sunday.
According to Oloyede, the models and achievements of the Aregbesola administration in the education and infrastructure sector in the last seven and half years should be emulated by other state governors if the nation wants to have a bright future.
Oloyede said every society must endeavor to develop the human mind through education as its being done in Osun,  stressing that education is a veritable tool that can help an individual to stand on his or feet anywhere in the world.
The JAMB registrar explained that for education to be truly meaningful and impactful in the society, it must be efficient, functional, developed in a multidimensional manner and must be adaptable to every situation that can be thought of.
He said: “If we truly desire to be free and develop as a nation we need to take education more seriously as it’s being done in Osun under Rauf Aregbesola. A lot of investment needs to be done in the education sector by all governments.
“We must also endeavor to develop a functional curriculum, because, for education to be meaningful, it must be efficient, functional and be adaptable to new situations at any point in time.
“We should realise the fact that education is not a responsibility of government alone if we are truly serious about it. All stakeholders involved must rise up to the occasion for every child to benefit and not be for the rich alone.
Speaking on the infrastructure development, Oloyede said Aregbesola’s achievements is unprecedented in the state, saying that the state is now wearing a new look in terms of development.
He said: “Let me say it clearly and say it without reservation or sentiments, I wonder why people are not celebrating Rauf Aregbesola the way he deserves. It is the opposite of what is happening in Osun that we are reading in the papers, this state is progressing on a daily basis under the present administration.
“One of the few states where massive work is going on in Nigeria is Osun; for example, when coming from Ibadan and you get to the Gbongan junction and see the massive Adebisi Akande trumpet interchange bridge you will just marvel.
“Had it been that all past administrations in Osun has made use of their tenures to work for the development of the state as this, the state would not be as it is today and would have been much better than what we have now. It’s a pity the Nigerian media is under reporting this great man we have as governor in Osun.
“I believe without any reservation that we are so lucky to have Aregbesola as governor at this time in Osun and I have always taken every opportunity I have to bring outsiders into Osun for them to come and see the developments going on in this state.”
In an address, Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, described Aregbesola as a man who has redefined governance in Osun to the pride of every son and daughter of the state both at home and diaspora.
Oba Ogunwusi who stressed that the achievements of Aregbesola in Osun can never be forgotten in the state, noted that the governor has done so well to the extent that well wishers of the state are finding it hard to accept the fact that the governor’s tenure must come to an end.
The traditional ruler states: “Aregbesola is not an ordinary human being, he is an exceptional man. What Aregbesola has achieved in Osun with seven and half years surpasses what all past governors of Osun put together were not able to achieve.
“He is not someone that can be easily forgotten in a hurry, he has done so well to the extent that we have forgotten that his tenure must end, it’s as if he should continue in office.
“Anytime I see any of Aregbesola’s legacies especially the bridges we now have in Osun, my heart prays for him all the time because I am so happy and pleased with him within my heart.
“This great leader has done what nobody will ever forget in Osun, he has changed the face of this state; he has created so many new things for us that we are assured that the state can never retrogress again.”

Govt’s Efforts To Avert Farmers/Herdsmen Clash In Osun Scored High

As Traditional Rulers Canvass Support For APC

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun has again been scored high in his efforts at curtailing the menace of the Fulani herdsmen from degenerating into a farmers-herdsmen crisis in the state, as frontline traditional rulers in the state canvassed support for the continuity of the All Progressives Congress.

The traditional rulers are, the Timi of Edeland, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal; Akire of Ikire, Oba Olatunde Falabi and Elegboro of Ijebu-Jesa, Oba Moses Oluwafemi Agunsoye.

The trio spoke during the Aregbesola’s tours to Ayedaade/Isokan/Irewole, Ede/Egbedore/Ejigbo and Obokun/Oriade federal constituencies respectively.

Oba Falabi said the state has been out of the news for the killings and clashes of the herdsmen with farmers because of the government’s proactive steps, saying more efforts should be put in as the herdsmen are increasing in their numbers.

Praising the efforts of Aregbesola at developing Osun, he noted that the governor would have done more if not for the paucity of funds occasioned by the recent economic recession which befell the country.

While thanking God for giving Osun a visionary leader like Aregbesola, the monarch emphasized that the state will forever be grateful to God for giving the state a masses-friendly governor in the mode of the present governor.

Oba Falabi then appealed to the governor as well as other leaders of the All Progressives Congress in the state to coordinate their members for the party to record outstanding success in the coming gubernatorial elections.

He commended Aregbesola for the various water and electrification projects going on in different parts of the state.

“If Aregbesola’s positive impact in Osun is well examined, one cannot, but praise his efforts because he has done what nobody thought were possible, he came at a time when there was paucity of funds and yet he gave the people of Osun good governance.

Oba Lawal, in his own, called on the people of Osun to continue their support for the APC due to the good legacies laid by Governor Aregbesola’s government to continue in the state.

The monarch who described Aregbesola’s performance as outstanding said no governor has surpassed the achievements of the governor in the history of the state, noting that it is impossible for anyone to say the governor has not raised the bar of governance in Osun as the state has continued to witness unprecedented development in the state economy.

Oba Lawal who prayed for the victory of the APC in the coming gubernatorial elections said the appreciation of continuity remains the only way to sustain the transformational programmes of the Aregbesola government.

“Ede land has truly benefited from this administration’s intervention in making life better for the masses, you cannot satisfy everybody but truth must be told, this present government has tried for us in Osun.

“Anytime I travel to Gbongan axis of the state and I see the dual carriage way under construction, especially the Adebisi Akande interchange bridge I always say to my driver that Aregbesola should be praised for developing Osun.

“When I pass through the East-by-pass road I always marvel and say to myself that this is indeed wonderful because I never imagined our state could be transformed like this in my life time. We are indeed very grateful to God for transforming the state through you”, the Timi stated.

Oba Agunsoye in his own urged the people of Ijesa and the state at large to vote for a candidate that will continue with the developmental projects of Governor Aregbesola.

He said that the level which the state has been taken to was unprecedented and people should support those that would sustain the trend.

Addressing a mammoth crowd of the APC supporters in Ede, Ikire and Ijebu-jesa, the governor urged the APC supporters to be wary of the opposition antics and intrigues to deceive them, noting that the time has come for members of the party to wake up from their slumber.

Aregbesola who noted that his administration has done well in all sectors of the economy implored the party loyalists to take the advantage of the good works of his administration to canvass support from the people through door-to-door sensitization.

Aregbesola posited that the APC remains the only political party in Nigeria that has demonstrated high sense of commitment to good governance, hence the need for the party members to mobilize electorate to support the party’s continuity agenda.

Breaking: Aregbesola Approves Promotion, Confirmation, Conversion of Workers

In furtherance of his commitment to providing good welfare package for the workers in the state of Osun civil service, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has approved confirmation, promotion and conversion of the workers for their career progression.
The approval is in honour of the agreement reached with the Labour Unions in the state on December 30, 2017.
Besides the approval of the promotion, conversion and confirmation of the workers, Aregbesola had paid full salary for the month of December last year, have been paying leave bonuses and gratuity and pension for the retires on both the old and Contributory Pension Scheme as agreed.
According to the Head of Service in the state, Dr Festus Oyebade, all embargo placed on establishments matters such as conversion, advancement, promotion and confirmation have been lifted as approved by Aregbesola.
Oyebade in a circular referenced SMD 304/11 and dated May 2, a copy of which was made available to our Correspondent on Thursday, explained that the embargo was placed then as a result of the harsh economic situation of the country which resulted to financial quagmire for the state.
He added that the ban was to manage the meager financial resources of the state and as well reduce the severe effect of the economic recession as at then on the state.
The circular reads: “In a demonstration of his workers-friendly disposition which has been the hallmark of his administration since November 2010, through various unprecedented welfare packages for workers, Governor
Aregbesola in his May Day Speech, graciously pronounced immediate lifting of the embargo on promotion and career progression of the workers across the state.
“Consequently, workers will now be confirmed, converted, promoted and moved to the next level as at when due. It should be noted that such confirmation, conversion and promotion have nominal effects only while the approval excludes multiple advancement from junior to senior cadres.
“Appropriate agencies of the state government namely; Civil Service Commission, Local Government Service Commission, Teachers Establishments and Pension Office, Tertiary Institutions and others are hereby requested to swing into action by putting necessary machinery in motion towards the implementation of the directive of Mr Governor.”

Timi of Ede, Residents Eulogize Aregbesola 

… pledge their undiluted support
By Nofisat Marindoti 
The Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Lawal as well as the residents of the town, have pledged their support to Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration which they tagged the best administration so far in the State of Osun.
The residents who trooped out en masse to welcome the Governor during his visit to the Ede Federal Constituency on Wednesday, described Aregbesola as the Peoples’ Governor who has done well.
They also thanked and appreciated the Governor for the various infrastructural development in the constituency, adding that they are strongly behind him.
In his speech, Aregbesola reaffirmed his determination to conform to the ethics and principles of democracy as practiced in advanced nations of the world and in tandem with the constitution of his party, All progressives congress APC to conduct a free, fair, transparent and credible primary to elect the party`s candidate ahead of the September 22 gubernatorial election.
This was in response to several calls made by some speakers at the event pleading with him to use his good office to ensure the APC flag bearer emerges from the Osun West Senatorial district.
Aregbesola noted that the party will conduct primaries for all the aspirants but what is more important is for the party to retain the seat of power, irrespective of the zone from which such candidate emerges from, so that the visionary development of his administration can be sustained and improved upon.
He charged all members of the party to return to their local communities, wards and polling booths to mobilize and convince the electorates with the many achievements of his government, with the assurance that there is an assured future for prosperity if an APC candidate succeeds him in office.
“Let’s stand with the party in respective of the candidate, it is the continuity of the party we want. Lagos State is progressing today because of the same party’s continuity. If we want to continue moving forward, our party must remain in power, it is the continuity that matters, let’s start working towards that continuity.”he added.

May Day: Without Workers, There Is No Government – Aregbesola

By Nofisat Marindoti 

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has stated that the civil service is an integral part of government whose functions cannot be over emphasized.

The Governor said ths during the 2018 May Day celebration for workers in the State on Tuesday.

According to him, “Without workers, there can be no government, it is inconceivable that any government can function without workers. I salute the civil service, it is the most viable instrument for implementing government programmes. I thank you and appreciate your support, loyalty, sacrifices and steadfastness. I salute every worker in the State of Osun.

“Our programmes have only been made possible with the support of the workers and I urge you to work with my successor too. Government come and go but the civil service remains. I urge you to support the government.

“You are the civil service, your duty is to service the people. As hard as it has been, very few government can compare with us. Only four States in the federation have good insurance scheme for workers and Osun is one of the States. We take issues of the workers very seriously. Our aim is to satisfy our workers.”

Aregbesola also revealed that plans are ongoing to increase the workers minimum wage, adding that workers in the State would also be promoted when due.

“Workers will now be promoted and moved to the next level as at when due, we will also increase the minimum wage but I urge the workers to be productive too, each person must have surplus and support the government by paying taxes, levies and rates. What we have been doing in the past years is to spend the money we did not earn.”he added.

In their separate addresses, the Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, State of Osun Chapter, Comrade Jacob Adekomi and the Chairman of Trade Union Congress, TUC, Comrade Adekola Adebowale, appreciated the Governor’s kindness towards the workers.

They added that the Governor has been able to achieve great things in the State through the help of the workers.

Highlights of the event included match past from the civil servants in various sectors.

Media Practitioners Charged To Promote True Federalism


The governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Friday challenged mass media practitioners to take to the front burner of their media contents and context the need to promote and sensitise the tiers of government on the real practice of the principles of true federalism.

He said the strength of Nigeria lies mostly on the ability of the citizenry particularly those at the corridor of power to strengthen the principles of federalism.

Aregbesola stated this at government house, Osogbo while playing host to the national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists aspirant  NUJ who paid him a courtesy visit in commemoration of the union’s  2018 Press Week organized by the Osun NUJ Council.

He asserted that the only sustainable antidote to end corruption and other societal vices is for the mass media to champion a massive campaign on the principles and practices of true federalism.

The governor who had earlier been honoured with the “Golden Merit Award In Unprecedented Infrastructural Development” by the leadership of the NUJ, said Nigeria would have gone beyond some of her challenges if the government had seen the need to popularize true federalism.

He added that the nation’s challenges would have been tackled had successive administrations taken the bull by the horn to propagate the tenets of democratic principles as being enshrined in the characteristics of federal system of government.

According to him, “I want to use this medium to challenge Nigeria media practitioners to get experts who will have a robust discussion on the issue of true federalism and assist our various leaders to see the advantages in the style of government.

“We need to educate ourselves on the issues of true federalism, there is no true federalism in the world where you have a three tiers of government being operated, running the three tier of government as it is being done in Nigeria is so unconventional.

“Africa as a whole and the black man needs Nigeria to succeed, we must all strive to save Nigeria and whoever wants to save Nigeria must ensure that we practice true federalism. Anything that will encourage true federalism must be promoted with every opportunity we have”.

Earlier, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Alhaji Waheed Odusile commended Governor Rauf Aregbeola on the developmental strides his administration has recorded especially in the area of infrastructural development.

Odusile who was represented by the Vice President “B” zone of the NUJ, Comrade Cosmos Oni posited that the educational intervention of Aregbesola remains the cynosure of all eyes that desired good things.

He lauded the education intervention of the Aregbesola’s administration, saying “the gesture has been noticed with the massive school buildings spread across the state.

Odusile therefore applauded the state government for creating an enabling environment for his members to practice their profession.

PDP Is Not Known For Anything Good – Aregbesola

By Israel Afolabi

Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has said that the current spate of development being experienced in Osun will continue if the ruling All Progressives Congress is voted back into power in the forth coming gubernatorial elections in the state.

He said the only state that has so far witnessed steady and continuous growth since the beginning of the current democracy in the country is Lagos state which has always been ruled by the All Progressives Congress for over 16 years.

Aregbesola spoke in Ile-Ife during a town hall meeting with the people of Ife federal constituency held at the Sijuade.

Aregbesola who described the APC as the light which has come to liberate Osun from backwardness, said the party if elected back to continue the governance in the state is ready to continue bringing the dividends of democracy to the down trodden in the state.

The Governor who warned the people of the ancient town of the dangers in allowing the People’s Democratic Party back into the saddle of leadership stated that the PDP has never been known for anything good just as he said the party is dead and buried.

He urged the people of Ile-Ife to be cautious and careful so that they will not be deceived into making the mistake of allowing the current spate of development of the state by the APC come to end as the PDP are all out to deceive people once again.

The governor who stressed that his motivating factor to continue to bring the dividends of democracy is the smiles on the faces of the down trodden explained that the debt profile of the state being brandished by mischief makers should not worry anybody as the state has a lot of developmental projects to show for it.

He explained that any individual or society that is not ready to incur debt is not likely to develop, while sighting the case of the United States of America where everybody wants to go as the most indebted country in the world and yet is the most developed.

Aregbesola then called on members of the ruling APC in the state to forget their differences and close their ranks for the party to become stronger and make it difficult for any other political party to defeat it in the coming elections, stressing that the party cannot afford to lose the state to the opposition for the sake of Osun people who don’t want to experience retrogression again.

He advised members of the party to always have the masses at heart in whatever decision they take or are about to take as it would go a long way in determining the future, saying the party would disappoint a lot of the masses if it fails to put its house in order and defeat every opposition in the coming polls.

According to Aregbesola, “the only party that can guarantee the current spate of development we are witnessing in Osun is the All Progressives Congress and we must ensure that we do everything humanly possible to ensure that we come out victorious in the coming polls.

“We are the only party that  can do it, we have done it before and we are ready to replicate what is going on in Lagos in Osun. The state that has witnessed continuous development in Nigeria since the inception of the current democratic rule in Nigeria is Lagos which has been continually ruled by the APC.

“We can and we are ready to do this in Osun as well, we should not be careless to allow  the PDP or any other opposition party to take over the governance of this state because it will spell doom for our people, the PDP has never been known for anything good in Nigeria, whatever they touch is destroyed, so we should not allow them to come back.

In an address, a representative of the APC elders council, Chief Sooko Adewoyin expressed  the happiness of the elders council towards the governor, saying  he has done what the elders have asked for in terms of developing the state from where the APC met it about seven and half years ago.

While urging party members to close ranks for the benefit of all, the elder stateman said standing by the principles of the party remains the only way Osun can progress, while calling on all to always put the growth of the state first.

Also speaking, the state party chairman, Prince Adegboyega Famoodun said the town hall meeting became necessary because of the need to show appreciation to members of the party who have stood by the governor and the party in the past seven and half years of developing Osun.

He said the party is ready to do more for the people of the state, hence the need to do everything possible to allow APC to continue to rule the state.

Aregbesola Receives NUJ’s Award, Dedicates It To Market Women

The Governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has again been applauded for his effort in developing and transforming the state since inception of his administration.
Aregbesola, on Thursday, received Golden Merit Award in ‘Unprecedented Infrastructural Development’ from the Nigeria Union of Journalist, State of Osun Council.
According to the Chairman of the NUJ, Comrade Abiodun Olalere, Aregbesola’s track records in the last seven years and uncommon display of exemplary leadership qualities which reflect in “The New Face of Osun” and apparent display of love and affection to the people of the state in particular have endeared him to the young and the old.
The NUJ stated that the unprecedented number of flyovers and quality of road network that Aregbesola has constructed, state of the art and well-equipped Modern Schools with free lunch being given to pupils in elementary school and un-quantified efforts to make Osun self-sustaining and industrial hub are part of the reasons why he earned the award.
Receiving the award, Aregbesola expressed happiness on the level of infrastructural development his administration has been able to put in place.
Aregbesola said of the many achievements of the present administration in the state, the most fulfilling to him is the rebranding of the state as the
“The State of the Virtures” and the success in making residents of the behave in such manner.
He reiterated the need for every resident of the state to always display the
“Omoluabi Ethos” in their day to day activities, stating that the revival of good character, the ‘Omoluabi virtues ‘ is one of the greatest achievement of his administration.
“It is good to know that you have given me an award because of the various achievements of our administration, roads are good, good school buildings are fantastic, but I want tell you that my greatest joy as a governor today is that this administration has been able to revive the Omoluabi Virtures
among our people”, he said.
Aregbesola stressed that no matter how good or long lasting a road or building may be, it will eventually wear off sooner or later, but the good character in an individual will forever remain.
The governor declared that he dedicated the award to the market men and women in the state for their supports, explaining that he was delighted that after two years, they have finally embraced the government weighing scaled called ‘Osunwon Omoluabi’ for use in their businesses.
He appealed to journalist in the country to try as much as possible to imbibe the spirit of developmental journalism as means of helping the country to grow, charging them to always see themselves as a major stakeholder who will determine whether the country will be peaceful and experience growth.

Aregbesola Tours Osun Federal Constituencies Ahead Governorship Election

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun will tour the nine federal constituencies of the state to brief the people on his achievements in the last seven and half years starting from Monday, 23rd April, 2018.

This is contained in a statement by the Director Research and Publicity of the Osun Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Barr Kunle Oyatomi released to newsmen in Osogbo on Friday.


Gov Aregbesola tours…..

Prior to a full blast of campaign activities for the September 2018 governorship election, the incumbent Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is starting a goodwill visit to parts of the state, beginning Monday, April 23, 2018.

The visit will be to all Federal constituencies. Starting Monday, he will be at Ile Ife in Ife Federal constituency and the following day, the team moves to Ilesha in Ijesha South Federal Constituency.

On Thursday, April 26, he will berth at Ijebu Jesha in Ijesha North Federal Constituency and on Friday, April 27, the train moves to Ikirun in Ifelodun Federal Constituency.

On Monday, April 30, in Ila, the Federal Constituency will host the Governor and his team while it will be the turn of Ede on Tuesday, May 1. Ikire will host the team on Thursday, May 3.

Iwo will host on Friday May 4 while the finale will be in Osogbo on Monday May 7, 2018.

The governor is expected to review events of the last seven and half years and what progress has been made.