Let me start by declaring that, no matter the difficulties encountered on Osun State’s journey to greatness, I’m of the tribe of Caleb; a harbinger of good report and nothing seems capable of obliterating this perception buttressed by what is on the ground.
Having said that, let me also confess that I did not originate the title of this article. It was a product of interactions between passengers in a commercial bus, yours sincerely inclusive – on a recent trip from Ijebu-Jesa to Osogbo in Osun State. The discussions went back and forth until the discussants decided to look ahead, post-Rauf Aregbesola’s tenure. By way of illustrating my stand further, may I state that I do not have any clue on the incumbent governor’s preferred aspirant; not even the colour of his fabrics. In any case, it is not my call! I listened with rapt attention as names of both pretenders and genuine aspirants were mentioned one after another. And, finally on this, let it be known that I have come across diehards of the incumbent governor who are prepared to stake their lives for performance as the most important deciding factor. I have also seen some ‘bread-and-butter’ Gentiles and ’10-for-10 kobo’ hypocrites – quite a few of them – whose joy is in doubling the people’s troubles.
All said, there is a great political battle ahead in Osun State and only the Strength of Israel knows how it will end! Already, posters of different shades and colours have started competing for available space in the state; with the political atmosphere gradually heating up with melancholic provocations; and tempers supposedly flaring with grandiose bellicosity. There are cracks here and there within the parties. These may eventually lead to realignments here and there. Some aggrieved politicians from the ruling party are talking in the same tone with some disgruntled members from the inveterately enervated opposition and its crude appendage of unreconciled dancers and clappers. That the battle ahead, therefore, has the capacity to be fiercely chaotic, even giftedly bitter is a forgone conclusion!
Also, with the loss of power at the centre by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015, followed by last year’s demystification of Iroko in neighbouring Ondo State, and, lately, the tragedy of depletion that has struck its national membership base like a plague, it may not be out of place to say that All Progressives Congress, APC, as the only party standing well in Osun State, is not unlikely to repeat the feat of August 9, 2014. Besides, with some great jobs done by the current administration, especially, in areas like infrastructure development, road construction, agriculture revolution, investments in education, and its huge contributions to the political stability and economic growth of the state, coupled with other legacy interventions scattered here and there, the clock is likely to tick in favour of a successor committed to following in the footsteps of the incumbent governor and most invariably endorsed by him.
Well, while political permutations may not translate into outright victory for the ruling party or ‘by any means necessary’ for the opposition, one cannot but wonder when idle and unrewarding sobriquets like ‘Home-based’, ‘Lagos-based’, ‘Osun Abroad’, ‘Pathogens’, ‘Awon Omo Online’ (Yahoo Boys), and ‘Atohunrinwa’ (Hinterland dwellers) criminally crept into Osun State’s political lexicon. Among other premises which paint a rather frightening picture of a society that is lacking in the use of its conscience are zoning (that it is the turn of a certain Senatorial District to produce the next governor); current economic realities (trying to make Osun the Guinea pig of other states); as well as primordial anxieties about current administration’s capacity to complete ongoing projects before leaving office.
Henry Brooks Adams describes politics as “the systematic organization of hatreds.” I have once argued that the Nigerianness of politics in which every negative thing is not only a right but also a command is one that makes one angry, sad and sympathetic. Otherwise, exploiting ‘Place of Residence’ as an obstacle to one’s political aspiration in a state of his birth is tantamount to asking Donald Trump to uphold, even unleash the full force of his travel ban order on Nigerians living in the USA for the pointless excuse of ‘dollar’ flight from America to Nigeria. It is like driving the highly-technical Julius Berger out of the country on the fallacious reason of ‘naira flight’ from Nigeria to Germany. For instance, who is a ‘home-based’ politician and who are ‘Atohunrinwa’ ? What are the characteristics of ‘Awon Omo Online’ and what does it take to be deregistered from the cult of ‘Osun Abroad’?
At times, Nigerians are too greedy, and, in the exact sense of the word, deficient when confronted with reality. That’s why some people may never want to learn from Lagos State’s story of success. Aregbesola is not an indigene of Lagos State. Yet, he was a two-term Commissioner in the Bola Tinubu-led administration. I am sure the experience he gained from that duty post has helped him in successfully steering the affairs of Osun State away from the paranoiac edifice of plunder, wastage and malady that was once its defining characteristic. Rotimi Agunsoye, also, an indigene of Osun State, once served as Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Lagos State. As we speak, he is a member of the House of Representatives, representing Kosofe Federal Constituency of Lagos State. Dele Alake (Ekiti), James Faleke (Kogi), Idowu Ajanaku (Ondo), and Ben Akabueze (Anambra) are other examples of deeds which have continued to speak Lagos State. So, if our sons and daughters could serve and excel elsewhere, what stops them from giving their best to the state of their birth?
In Dwight Eisenhower’s words, “the history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!” At a time like this, exploiting the global glut as a fig leaf for crucifying the current administration can be likened to a divisive falsity that doesn’t offer an example of faithful commitment to democracy as the best form of government. For example, Saudi Arabia, with not less than 18% of the world’s petroleum reserves and world’s largest exporter of petroleum, has not been spared the aftereffects of the oil price plunge that has for some time bedeviled the crude oil world. Same goes for India which imports not less than 70% of its crude oil requirement. Essentially therefore, if the ‘gold’ in Saudi Arabia, with about 12.9% of the world’s oil supply to its credit, could rust, then, pity the ‘iron’ in Nigeria, which produces only about 2.7% of the world’s oil supply. By extension, pity a state like Osun which has for a long time depended, largely, on allocations from the centre.
May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace in Osun State!
*KOMOLAFE writes in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State, Nigeria ([email protected])
The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said that all hands must be on deck to ensure that democracy offers the best opportunity for governance and nation building.
The Governor, at the 2017 South-West conference of the Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA) held at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife stated that leaders are not just elected to massage their ego or put in a position of dominance over other competitors for power, but for power to exercise responsibility for the development of the people.
Aregbesola called on political scientists in the country to be more focused on taking assertive positions on issues of national interest as a means of contributing to national development.
He described politics as a primal activity which any society that wants development and progress must do everything possible to get right.
The Governor who said politics is central to everybody who dwells in a community also charged the political scientists to make their voices heard loud and clear by the leaders of the people.
Speaking further at the conference which has as its theme: “Democracy, Nation-Building and National Development in Nigeria” the governor asserted that political science researches should not just be done for the purpose of gaining promotion alone but should be made to develop the society or else such research is useless.
On the relationship which should exist between the academic environment and the society, he stressed that the major challenge for Nigerian universities is the need to create a mutual relationship with the larger society so that the people can benefit.
The Governor noted that democracy remains the best and offers the best form of governance if supported and backed with the right ingredients especially by the academic environment.
According to the Governor, “Political science research findings should be made public, not just for obtaining promotion and professorial chairs. Any academic discipline must be relevant and responsible to the society.
“In the developed world, progress comes from application of knowledge in science and technology, administration and other academic disciplines.
“You should also find a way for robust intercourse between town and gown. Political scientists should get more involved in politics and administration in order to enrich their knowledge base. Sound theory added to sound practice equals sound knowledge.
“On the other hand, well-practised politicians should be appointed as faculties in political science departments to be able to share their experience through teaching, research, seminars and publications”.
In his remarks, the National leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said a nation that desires progress must have a visionary leader and can translate such vision into concrete achievement.
Asiwaju, who was represented by Professor Adebayo Williams, argued that a leader, who has no objective, could not be a strategic leader.
He lamented that majority of political leaders focused more on how to get power and control government rather than what they can do with power to transform human lives.
He advised politicians to focus more on the development of the country and the promotion of well-being of the people of the country.
“A leader of the people must have a coherent vision in his mind and work assiduously to translate it in concrete things.
“There can’t be strategic leadership where conscious objective is lacking. Conscious objective and coherent vision are some of the ingredients of nation-building.
“Most often time, leadership here is short-sighted, focusing more on power and control of power and government rather than on result-oriented programmes,” Tinubu said.
In his lecture entitled: “Democracy, Nation-building and Development in Nigeria,” the keynote speaker,who is a former Vice Chancellor of Ekiti State University, Professor Dipo Kolawole, said Nigeria has been suffering from poor leadership since independence.
Prof. Kolawole argued that democracy will end in failure if there are no proper instrument monitoring and evaluation.
He averred that democracy still remains the best form of government anywhere it is being practised in the word, but advised that politics of it must be played according to the laid down rules for there to be peace, progress and development.
“Leadership has been the problem of this country since independence. We have been suffering from underdevelopment of leadership.
“There is no gainsaying the fact that democracy still remains the best form of government.
“But it cannot be left alone on its own without the proper instrument of monitoring and evaluation. And unless this is done, there is bound to be chaos and anarchy,” the university don said.
Five years after his death, major stakeholders in the nation’s justice administration at the weekend remembered one of the greatest Justices of Supreme Court, Justice Kayode Eso at a book launch in Lagos. Justice Eso, who died in 2012, was eulogized by the crème la de crème in justice administration who had thronged Sheraton Hotel, Lagos, venue of the launch of a book in his honour.
The book entitled ‘Justice Kayode Eso: Beacon of Judicial Activism” was authored by by four lawyers-Dauda Ajadosu, Ayodele Temitope Justice, Arigbabuwo Lateef and Odunlami Oluwaseun and supported by a journalist, Mr. Rranti Thomas.
At the book launch were the Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, a former Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Adesola George Oguntade, the late Eso’s widow, Helen Aina, Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, represented by Prince Adegboyega Ogunwusi, a former Ekiti state governor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Engineer Segun Oni, Ekiti state Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, Ogun state Justice Commissioner and Attorney- General, Dr. Olumide Ayeni, Mr. Stephen Kola-Balogun, Venerable Ladipo, Mrs.Bunmi Eso-Williams, Mr. Mike Igini, Commodore A. C. Unonome and Brigadier-General Yusuf Shalangwa, among others. Aregbesola and Oguntade described the late Justice Kayode Eso as a courageous and fearless jurist whose life was dedicated to the rule of law.
The duo while speaking at the presentation and launch of the book- “Justice Kayode Eso: Beacon of Judicial Activism” urged judges to remain steadfast and courageous in carrying out their functions.
For instance, Aregbesola, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Mrs Titilayo Laoye Tomori described Justice Eso as a quintessential legal intellectual who brought much erudition and elevated language to the service of law without losing the greater objective of justice. Aregbesola said: “Justice Eso belonged to the rarest breed of legal minds whose life and times was dedicated to law as the instrument in service of justice for the rich and the poor, the weak and the strong.
“The late jurist did not just pass through the land but left giant legal landmarks and shot into national prominence when he successfully defended black miners in tin mines of Jos who protested against colonial authorities.
“At the western Nigerian judiciary, he gave landmark judgements most notable of which was the trial of Prof. Wole Soyinka for bringing gun into the television studio of Western Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation.
He discharged and acquitted the Nobel Laureate. This was a courageous decision that earned him ‘banishment’ to Akure as a punitive measure. “He also gave the dissenting judgement on the 1979 presidential election petition.
Though the Supreme Court with a verdict of 6-1 resolved the petition in favour of Alhaji Shehu Shagari of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), Justice Eso ruled in favour of Chief Obafemi Awolowo of the Unity Party of Nigeria. “Justice Eso delivered a total of 463 judgements, 390 of which were concurring judgements, 69 lead judgements and 4 dissenting judgements.”
Oguntade, who doubled as the chairman of the occasion, noted that the late jurist had constantly demonstrated that the essence of judicial function was to continuously develop and strengthen the law and its resultant effect.
He said: “This he was able to achieve by intelligibly applying provisions of the law to scenarios not fully envisaged by drafters of the law and arriving at what many soon after referred to as ‘locus classicus.’ Justice Oguntade also revealed that the judgements of the late Justice Kayode Eso have been very helpful to him in his career on the Bench.
“I remember being labelled ‘Mr. Dissenter’ by lawyers and jurists alike on the positions I took in arriving at some of my decisions on the Bench.
The ability to channel my reasoning in arriving at some of those decisions then was brewed from examples already laid by the late Hon. Justice Kayode Eso.”
The book reviewer, Prof. Ademola Popoola, the Dean of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife, said the publication was done with the aim of celebrating the everlasting integrity of Justice Eso, describing him as a crusader for human dignity and the rule of law and also praised him for “his exceptional brilliance of the law.”
Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola and a former Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice George Oguntade, have urged judges to remain steadfast and courageous.
They admonished lawyers to be more hardworking.
The duo spoke yesterday at the presentation and launch of a book titled:“Justice Kayode Eso: Beacon of Judicial Activism” held at Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Ikeja.
Also at the event were Dean, Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, Prof. Ademola Popoola; Ekiti State Chief Judge Justice Ayodeji Daramola; Ogun State Attorney General Olumide Ayeni, among others.
They described the late judge as a courageous and fearless jurist whose life was dedicated to the rule of law.
Aregbesola said Justice Eso was a quintessential legal intellectual who brought much erudition and elevated language to the service of law.
Represented by Deputy Governor Mrs. Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, the governor said Justice Eso “belonged to the rarest breed of legal minds, whose life was dedicated to law”.
Aregbesola said the late jurist left giant legal landmarks and shot into national prominence when he successfully defended miners in Jos.
He listed some of Eso’s landmark judgments to include the trial of Nobel laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka, who he discharged and acquitted of charges of bringing gun into the television studio of Western Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation.
He also mentioned his dissenting judgment on the 1979 presidential election petition between the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and former President Shehu Shagari.
Justice Oguntade, who chaired the occasion, recalled that the late jurist demonstrated that the essence of judicial function was to develop and strengthen the law.
He said Justice Eso achieved this ‘by intelligibly applying provisions of the law to scenarios not fully envisaged by drafters of the law and arriving at what many soon after referred to as locus classicus”.
He said his judgments helped him in his career, noting that he was an upright and courageous judge who fearlessly defended the truth.
Popoola, in a review, described the late Justice Eso as a crusader for human dignity and rule of law.
Popoola said the book, co-authored by Arigbabuwo Lateef and Odunlami Oluwaseun, was a befitting tribute to the enviable activities of the late jurist.
The World Bank has commended the Osun State Government for ensuring that all projects of the agency are monitored and implemented properly.
Task Team Leader, World Bank Abuja, Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa, gave the commendation in Osogbo at the mid-term review for YESSO/CSDP implementation in Osun State.
According to him, the relationship between the bank and the state government has been cordial and has brought fulfilment to the two of them.
The essence of the field visit by representatives of the World Bank is to assess the level of implementation by the agencies concerned and to identify constraints to its success.
Prof. Okunmadewa, who hinted that a formal national session to assess the progressnation nationwide would be done early in March, stressed that the state technical sessions was to mediate on things that will improve the project.
Speaking with newsmen, the Coordinator of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO) in Osun State, Mr. Femi Ifaturoti, represented by the head of operations, Mr. Sola Adetoye, noted that 540 communities in 18 local government areas of the state have so far been registered in the programme with over 1,000 poor youths benefitting.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar on Saturday commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun for what he called his commitment to the development of humanity regardless of socio-economic, political and religious differences.
He said the state under the leadership of Governor Aregbesola has demonstrated high sense of fairness to religious organisations in the state.
In a statement by the Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor, Alhaji Abubakar, who doubles as the President General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, was quoted as stating this while paying a courtesy call on the Governor, at the Government House, Osogbo.
The Sultan, who led other Islamic scholars and muslims across the country to Osun, described Governor Aregbesola as a symbol of religious unification.
In the Bureau’s statement signed by the Director, Semiu Okanlawon, the Sultan was quoted as saying Governor Aregbesola has extremely demonstrated to the world the sterling quality expected from whoever holds the office of the Governor.
Alhaji Abubakar, who lauded the leadership of the state for making the ground running in spite of the challenges confronting the country, said the spate of the developments across the state was a clear manifestation of good governance.
The President-General, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs hinted that the purpose of the visit was to further entrench the relative peace, unity and love among Nigerians which according to him remains the only channel to national growth and development.
He applauded the Governor for playing active role in propagating peaceful cohabitation between and among the existing religions in the state.
The Sultan said, “I must acknowledge your commitment in promoting unity among the various religious organisations in the state as this is in line with our cardinal objective of ensuring a peaceful nation.
“We have not in any closed our eyes to your administration’s determination in making things happen even in the face of the present realities of the nation’s economy.
“We are glad that you are using your position to effect change in promoting and propagating unity in the state and beyond”, he said.
According to him, the visit to Osun is to further demonstrate the commitment of the muslim community to national growth and development.
He added, “This visit makes the 6th time of being in Osun and we are here in large number as one family under the umbrella of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs which is the apex body for muslims in Nigeria to further register our determination to unity, peace and tranquillity of Nigeria and Nigerians.
“The primary objective of the Council is to ensure peace, unity and stability not only among muslims but also within other religious organisations.
“So, as we are working assiduously to solidify the unity and peaceful coexistence between and among the various religious organisations in the country, we are equally determined to portray to the world that the religion of Islam connotes peace and unity.
Alhaji Abubakar stressed the need for muslims across the country to continue to demonstrate leadership by example as being exemplified by the Prophets.
He said the Council would continue to display exemplary leadership quality in promoting the virtues of unity, peace and love among the citizenry in the country.
In his remarks, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola commended the leadership quality of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs for being the bulwark for unity and peace in Nigeria.
Governor Aregbesola said the impacts of the Council had been tremendously felt in engendering peace, unity, love and togetherness of humanity along religious lines.
Describing the Sultan of Sokoto as an epitome of the best in human character, Governor Aregbesola said the role played by the number muslims in the country towards the promotion of unity in the diversity nature of the country would be forever applauded.
According to him, “I am very glad to receive the apex Islamic group in Nigeria just as I am delighted in the fact that the Council had played a significant role in promoting peace and unity not only in Nigeria but in the whole world”.
No fewer than 17,000 farmers at least, have benefitted from the loans scheme of the Osun Quick Impact Intervention Programme (QUIIP) as part of the comprehensive program of the Rauf Aregbesola administration to boost agriculture.
A set of 77 farmers’ cooperative groups benefited under the QUIIP I while another set of 419 farmers’ cooperative groups benefited from both QUIIP II programmes. Some of the cooperative groups have as much as over 200 as members.
While the sum of N164, 882. 920 million was disbursed to farmers under QUIIP I programme, N686, 786, 612 million was distributed under the QUIIP II, coming to a total of N851, 669, 532 million.
A statement by the Bureau of Communication and Strategy signed by its Director, Semiu Okanlawon, quoted the Coordinator of QUIIP, Mr. Dele Ogundipe as giving the breakdown Tuesday evening when farmers under the QUIIP program gathered at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park Osogbo to express appreciation to the government for its massive support for food production and general agric business in the state.
This was just as other heads of agencies told the huge gathering the extensive support program of the Aregbesola administration since inception.
The Osun State Agricultural Development Corporation (OSSADEC) gave out N250million loan to farmers in 2010 while in 2012, it gave out a sum of N500million.
Also as part of the massive provision of infrastructure to aid farming, the Rural Accessibility Mobility Programme (RAMP), constructed for the state 662km rural roads for easy access to farm settlements.
In addition, out of 300km World Bank-Assisted programmes, 225km roads had been completed through N12bn World Bank assisted loan where Osun paid a counterpart fund of N2bn.
These breakdown was made by the Project Manager of the RAMP, Engr Lere Oriolowo.
However, Aregbesola called on all farmers who had benefitted from the agriculture loans to repay the initial capital so that the money could circulate among other farmers in the state.
The governor frowned at a situation where a paltry sum of N364, 693. 21 has only been repaid out of N1. 421bn government lent the farmers.
On micro-credit scheme, the Governor stated that Government also made soft loan available for the development of small and medium scale businesses in the state.
He held that the loan was targeted at micro-enterprises such as traders, artisans, market men and women and entrepreneurs.
The General Manager of the Osun Micro-Credit Loans Agency, Dayo Babaranti, had earlier announced that almost 25,000 beneficiaries had benefitted from the facilities from the agency.
According to the Governor, the state borrowed N2bn from the CBN and deposited it with the Osun State micro finance Bank for the people to assess at free interest.
Aregbesola said, government undertook to pay the interest rate pegged at 9 percent by the CBN, which totalled N186 million.
He averred that the interest people were supposed to pay on the principal borrowing was thus taken up by the government so as to make it easy for the borrowers.
Aregbesola said that against the backdrop of the current economic crisis, the whole country is neck-deep in crisis which only massive agriculture can remedy.
The governor therefore made passionate appeal to farmers across the state to stand up and redouble their efforts towards massive engagements in different forms of agricultural practices from poultry to cash and food crops.
Governor Aregbesola noted that the only panacea to the current economic imbroglio is for every serious minded government to rise to the occasion and look for alternative means by exploring the abundant potential in agriculture.
Aregbesola said: “At this critical juncture and judging from the economic crisis of the present, our state has no alternative than to diversify and stop relying on what comes from Abuja, if we must survive.
“Therefore, our dream is to turn the state into a modern, industrial and commercial agricultural state.
“The situation at present requires that we do everything humanly possible to awaken the huge potential of our agricultural sector.
“Failure to do this leaves us with only two alternatives. It is either we float or sink, but in our state, we shall float because our administration is determined to leave no stone unturned at ensuring general wellbeing of its citizenry in making the state food basket of the nation.”
The governor, state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola earlier today held an interactive session with farmers from across the state to find ways to improve on current agricultural practices in the state.
Aregbesola was in company of his deputy, Otunba Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, the chief of staff the the governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola and other top government functionaries.
The interactive session was held that the Nelson Mandela freedom park in the state capital of Osogbo.
See photos below:
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola shares a moment of laughter with his deputy, Mrs Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori as the the chief of staff to the governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola looks on.
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola listens with keen attention as a farmer Mrs Okunloye Comfort who complained about cattle bearer’s infringement on her farm land addressed the gathering.
Justice Yinka Afolabi of an Osun State High Court has declared that the suit filed by a rights activist, Barrister Kanmi Ajibola was more than asking the court to nullify the state tax law signed by the governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola but was also challenging the legality of the state coined the “State of Osun” and the “State of Osun House of Assembly”.
At his sitting in Ilesa High Court on Monday, February 06, 2017, Justice Afolabi gave the House of Assembly legal team headed by Barrister Rachael Ojimu a wake-up call that the notice of preliminary objection and the counter affidavit filed on behalf of the state legislative was improper.
In a six paragraphs affidavit sworn to by Akintunde Ayodele, a litigation clerk in the Department of Legal Services, House of Assembly, it contended that the “State of Osun Land Use Law, 2016” signed by the governor did not contravene any law and that in the interest of justice, the suit should be dismissed. However, ounsel to the applicant, Barrister Samuel Echeonwu stated that apart from the fact that the first respondent, Governor Aregbesola refused to reply to the matter, the second respondent, the state lawmaker filed its preliminary objection out of time
“It appears there was a deliberate act by the respondents in this matter. As for us, we are ready to move on with the hearing of this matter today”, he stated. Mrs Ojimu, who is also the Assembly’s Director of Legal Services explained that the preliminary objection was filed on December 1, 2016 has replied to all issues raised by the applicant.
But Justice Afolabi who adjourned the case till March 26, 2017 for definite hearing chided the state counsels, saying it was unfortunate with the way cases involving government were being handled by them. “I think government should be paying cost for any delay in court processes. Maybe by then, they will be very serious with cases in court. This is a case that is challenging the legality of the house of assembly. It is case to know whether the State of Osun Assembly exists in the first instance or not. It is a constitutional matter this court has jurisdiction to entertain”, he stated.
Barrister Ajibola had argued in his suit filed on October 4th, 2016 that by the provisions of the 1999 constitution, there was nothing called the “State of Osun
He asked the court in his suit that the land use law by that its name, “the State of Osun Land use Charge Law 2016’ and its maker, “State of Osun House of Assembly” were unlawful and unconstitutional.
“I believe that ‘State of Osun’ is an impish coinage and unknown to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The first Defendant, that is the Governor of Osun State, took his oath of office as the Governor of Osun State.
“I believe there is a difference between ‘Osun State Government’ and ‘State of Osun Government’. I believe ‘Osun State’ does not mean the same thing as the ‘State of Osun’”. “I believe that ‘Osun State House of Assembly’ does not mean the same as ‘State of Osun House of Assembly’. I strongly believe that the ‘State of Osun Land Use Charge law, 2016’ is made for the state unknown to the Constitution of Federal Republic.
Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has reiterated that creation of local government council development areas is targeted at grassroots development.
Aregbesola on Wednesday said that his government decided to establish new Local Council Development Areas in order to consolidate on the efforts of the late sage Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief Bola Ige.
He said the initiative was also to draw government nearer the people by extending the dividends of democracy to the grassroots.
Governor Aregbesola made the statement while addressing people at the official commissioning of the newly constructed office building of the newly created Ife Southwest Local Council Development Area, in Awolowo town.
Aregbesola, who described Chief Obafemi Awolowo as a father of modern government in Nigeria, said the establishment of new LCDAs was to build on the legacy laid by the late sage.
He said Chief Awolowo had in 1981, introduced the establishment of LCDAs with cardinal objective of making government closer to the people at community levels.
Governor Aregbesola lamented the truncation of the Awolowo’s ideology, saying if the progressives had been opportuned to govern the nation, the establishment of LCDA would have been popularised across the country.
Aregbesola disclosed that the gestures were conceptualized as part of efforts of his government to make life more abundant and meaningful to the citizenry irrespective of socioeconomic, political and religious statues.
He said: “The determination to guarantee security of lives and property of the people through the promotion of communal peace and progress informed our government’s decision.
“That is why we ordered the immediate take-off of the newly created 31 Local Council Development Areas, 3 Area Councils and 2 Administrative Offices across the length and breadth of the state.
“Besides, the fact that LCDA contributes to the development of the state, its creation also helps foster communal peace and progress among the people at grassroots.
“The creation of LCDAs is not for fun but rather, a noble intent to make government more nearer to the masses and enhance all-round growth and development.”
In his welcome address, the Council Manager of Ife South West Local Council Development Area, Alhaji Yinusa Olalekan Akande, commended Governor Aregbesola for the dedication of his government to the general well being of the people in the state.
He also lauded Aregbesola’s efforts at bringing government closer to the people through the establishment of Local Council Development Areas so as to complement the existing Local Governments in the state.
Akande said the idea of creating Ice Southwest LCDA was conceived with a view to bringing government to the grassroots and subsequently the dividends of democracy to the people.
He said the commissioning of the new LCDA’s Secretariat complex in the town was a clear manifestation of the vision and mission of the Aregbesola government to make life more abundant and meaningful to the residents of the community
The Council Manager said the idea to embark on the construction of the modern office complex was conceived immediately the take off/stabilization fund was released by the state to all the newly created LCDA.
According to him, “It would be recalled that the state government under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola created additional 31 Local Council Development Areas, 3 Area Councils and 2 Administrative Offices, which led to the appointment of Council Managers.
“This noble initiative had recorded huge achievement since the takeoff of the new LCDAs across the nooks and crannies of our state as this had sent signal of sense of belonging to the people of the state especially those at the extreme rural and remote areas.
“We must be diligent during this economic recession by working hard, improving our IGR, promoting communal peace and progress so as to drive away this recession in our dear state and Nigeria as a whole.
In his remarks, the Chairman House Committee on Education in the State House of Assembly, Hon. Folorunsho Bamisayemi, commende the state government for being supportive of the people of the constituency.
He said the impacts of the creation of the council is being positively felt in the constituency, saying the constituency had benefited immensely from various government intervention programmes.
Hon. Bamisayemi,who represents Ife South State Constituency assured the people of the constituency of more dividends of democracy from the government.
Earlier, the Olu of Awolowo town, Oba David Omisore, expressed profound gratitude to the state government for citing the new LCDA headquartres in the town.
He said the gestures would further foster development and expose the community to better transformation and progress.