Aregbesola Charges Christians to Pray For Economic Recovery

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, and his Benue State counterpart, Samuel Ortom, yesterday urged Christians and Nigerians of other faiths to take advantage of the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ to pray for the quick recovery of the country’s economy, and the sustainability of an indivisible Nigeria.
In a Christmas message released by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola urged Christians to look onto God for help and sustenance consistent with the counsel to “pray always, and not faint.”

Osun Commercial Cyclists Hail Aregbesola on Infrastructure Development, Seeks Support for Government

Osun state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola has been applauded for being aggressive towards infrastructural development in the state.

The commendation was given on Thursday by the state commercial motorcyclists, tricycle operators and other road users.

The State Chairman, Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), Prince Olu Agunsoye, said it is only an ingrate that will fail to commend Governor Aregbesola for turning the state to a mega city.

Agunsoye who spoke on behalf of all members of the association, recalled that the present administration in the state has distinguished itself in all aspects of the economy most especially in human and capital developments.

ACOMORAN State Chairman said the mass construction of roads across the nooks and crannies of the state by the Aregbesola’s administration had eased the daily commercial activities of all his members and other road users in the state.

According to him, “We have decided to come together to appreciate the good works of Aregbesola’s administration in the last six years. The present government has exhibited extreme loyalty and friendship to our association consistently and passionately since inception. It has been so supportive and collaborative to our members’ welfares.

“We must appreciate the present administration for championing all its electioneering promises. This government has banished poverty as promised; banished unemployment, banished hunger, restored healthy living and enhanced communal peace and progress with appreciable level of diligence, commitment, passion, creativity and responsibility.

“There is no doubt that our association has benefited greatly from Aregbesola’s government in all its interventions especially in infrastructure sector.

“This government has exhibited supreme vision in building solid foundation for future development in all sectors in the state and for institutionalising a robust economy, incomparable infrastructural development, massive employment generation and beneficial social welfare schemes.

“For these noble reasons, we commit absolutely our total support and cooperation with the government of Osun as we seek all and sundry’s supports for the government in actualising the dreams of taking the state to highest level of economic development geared towards infrastructural renewal”, Agunloye assured.

He said the association was determined to add value and key-in into the administration of Aregbesola’s programmes and policies especially in the area of empowerment and infrastructure.

Agunsoye said the intention of the association is to partner with the government in creating a peaceful and crisis free society by assisting the state in engendering the welfare of the people at the same time partner with the government to solve the most potent social problem of unemployment in the state since government cannot do it alone.

“Our association which is being established to create jobs for idle hands and provide an avenue to make community easy for the citizenry is determined to continuously support government in providing the frame work capable to reduce unemployment, create jobs, and reduce social vices and societal tension in all ramifications.

“Once majority of our people are engaged and economically empowered, our future generation will be well taken care off and their future guaranteed.

“We want to reiterate that opportunities in our association are enormous because we have engaged restive youth and elders to support in building a vibrant, proactive society and also imbibe a level of discipline and societal initiatives that will enable us to meet with the challenges of 21st century”, he stressed.

In his remarks, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola sued for safety between and among the road users in the state.

He said the motorists, motorcyclists, tricycle operators among other road users, must see the need to imbibe the spirit of personal safety through the use and application of protective and precautionary measures.

Aregbesola said, “As much as I appreciate the contributions of commercial motorcycle riding occasioned by economic inviability, so I detest the dangers attached to it.

“It is therefore worthwhile to advice those who are into it to always apply precautionary measures and obey all the traffic rules for safety.

He called on the three tiers of government to promote agriculture just as he urged people to embrace farming.

“It is high time for us to take our collective minds off from the crude oil revenues and look for means to develop agriculture. We must all farm and do everything to promote agriculture”, he added.

Aregbesola Orders Immediate Construction of Hydro-power Stations

Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has ordered immediate construction of 8megawatts and 5megawatts hydro power stations at Ikeji-Ile and Okinni axis of the state.

He said the action was necessary to complement electricity supplies to the state and make life more comfortable for the citizens.

Aregbesola gave the directive while receiving a template being presented by the project contractor, CBC Energy/UNIDO at the official presentation of the proposed 20megawatts Hydro-power Investment Proposition on Osun Water Bodies, at Government House, Osogbo, on Thursday.

The Governor described electricity as a powerful economic determinant and explained that “though we are projecting 20megawatts of hydropower energy for Kajola, Ikeji-Ile, Owalla dam in Okinni and Ede, we are starting with this while the subsequent follows.

“This is necessary having taken into cognisance the state’s
electricity requirements coupled with challenges attached to electricity supplies.

“Our effort on this is to ensure that the general well being of our people takes priority in all we do.

He charged the contracting company on excellence and quality job delivery, saying the state would do everything possible to accomplish the goal.

Earlier, the Managing Director, CBC Hydropower Energy, Engineer Kunle Oderinu commended the state for being resilient to human and capital developments.

He disclosed that the company having obtained an approval from the state to execute the projects, has done a lot to ascertain successful implementation, saying all the preliminary works had been done including feasibility studies to prevent any adverse effects of the projects. He therefore reassured the state of quality services.

In his presentation, Newton CBC Consultant, Samsideen Alabi, said “the company would do everything humanly possible to deliver on its promises to the state”.

Join Hands with Aregbesola to Build Osun, APC tells Citizens

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State, has charged citizens of the state to keep hope alive and join hands with Governor Rauf Aregbesola in building up the state. The party, through its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, also said the governor is employing uncommon wisdom and making personal sacrifices (unknown to many)to lay a solid and irreversible foundation for Osun.
In the end of the year statement by Oyatomi, the APC affirmed that the governor is pre-occupied with minimizing the pains caused by Nigeria’s economic recession and still keep significant development going in spite of enormous challenge.
In his words, “We are calling for the understanding and appreciation from the people of the state while encouraging them to give their support to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who is steering the ship of state in stormy waters. The governor is employing uncommon wisdom as well as making huge, to ensure that he lays a solid and irreversible foundation for Osun’s future development.
”As the year 2016 runs out, people of Osun should seriously contemplate what the state was like before Nov. 2010 and what it is today and then convince themselves about the difference.
“While sceptics and detractors have a right to their opinion and indeed to criticise whatever they perceived as wrong, we expected them to also have the common sense and courage to admit reality where one is as obvious on the ground as the Aregbesola-led APC government achievements are in Osun. Evidence on the ground defies falsehood and majority of Osun people have eyes to see and brains to think with.
”They are witnesses to over 800 kilometres of roads constructed throughout the state including 10km of them constructed in each local government area of the state, they also hailed the feeding programme of pupils in primary schools (250,000) of them, every school day. They appreciate Aregbesola’s administration for its welfare inputs into the lives of senior citizens, widows and youths,” he stated.

Aregbesola Commissions Another Omoluabi Mortgage Bank

As part of efforts to turn Osun to a commercial hub of the SouthWest, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Thursday commissioned another branch of Omoluabi Mortgage Bank Plc. in Ilesa.This makes a total of three Omoluabi Mortgage Banks in the state.

Aregbesola at the official opening said the expansion of the bank was necessary as part of efforts to further enhance economic development and commercial activities of the state.

He said the bank with its N4.6billion capitalization and N2.5billion assets capacity had contributed significantly to the economic viability, growth and development of the state since establishment.

Governor Aregbesola who described Omoluabi Mortgage bank as one of the best among its peers said the bank has been upgraded to meet the needs of the residents of the state as regards banking system.

Governor said branches of the bank are established across the state to promote and ease socio-economic activities of the residents irrespective of distance and locations.

He said his government’s initiatives to upgrade the modus operandi of the bank in line with international best practices had aided the state towards actualizating its economic dreams.

Speaking on the economic impacts of the bank, Aregbesola said the bank has the capacity to give out housing loans with little interest of 6 percent.

He said the bank has been empowered by the Central Bank of Nigeria and other regulatory agencies to render all services peculiar to commercial banks in the country.

Aregbesola further disclosed that the bank (Omoluabi Mortgage Bank) has a cordial collaboration with First bank and Access bank with the aim to enhancing effective operations in banking industry.

According to him, “Omoluabi Mortgage Bank has the capacity to perform all the services that can be rendered in any of the commercial banks in Nigeria.

“Deposits, withdrawals and other transactions can be made easily in any of the branches of this bank just as the bank can also give out housing loans with just 6% interest”, he added.

Governor Aregbesola who promised to replicate the branches of the bank across the state before the expiration of his tenure said, efforts are on the top gear to accomplish the goal as the state was ready to commission Ife branch next year.

He there urged all and sundry to see the bank as theirs with prompt patronage.

In his welcome address, the Chairman Board of Directors, Omoluabi Mortgage Bank, Alhaji Bayo Jimoh who described the bank as one of the successful banks in the country, said Omoluabi Mortgage Bank has been empowered to compete favourably with its counterparts in the subsector all over the world.

He said the dreams of the state with the establishment of the bank has been tremendously achieved in the last few years of establishment.

Jimoh noted that the efforts of the bank (Omoluabi) in expanding its branches was to enable it reach the nooks and cranies of the state and at the same time promote economic development by empowering businesses and creating employment opportunities.

Recounting some of the efforts made by the state government at upgrading the bank from its previous nomenclature, Jimoh said the bank which was initially registered as Livingspring Building Society way back in 1993 had gone through transformational changes all in structure, form, nomenclature, management and capital funding that helped to metamorphose it to Omoluabi Mortgage Bank Plc having successfully met the listing requirements of the Nigeria Stock Exchange and Securities and Exchange Commission respectively.

He added, “There is no doubt that it has been a long journey characterised with a lot of pains of growth before arriving eventually at the present shore, where we can boast without any fear of contradiction that this bank is sufficiently empowered to compete successfully with its peers in the subsector”.

The Board Chairman disclosed that the recapitalization of the bank by Governor Aregbesola in the quest to take the people out of poverty, was aimed at not only strengthening the bank but also to reposition it to take advantage of the emerging opportunities in the local market for speedy growth, profitability and empowering the good people of the State.

He revealed that, the bank has restrategized its banking operations with a complete overhaul of its former business process and embracement of an up to date technology in carrying out its business.

“This include among others the successful acquisition of banking software that enables seamless operations and ICT sufficiently adequate for Mortgage Finance and Banking Operations but at the same time addresses the core banking, treasury, consumer and corporate e-banking, mobile banking and web based cash management requirements for universal, retail and corporate banking that meet international standards”, he added.

Jimoh therefore commended Governor Aregbesola for boosting commercial activities of the state by contnuously threading the path to economic prosperity through the establishment of viable banking industry.

He said the government’s continued support has tremendously gone a long way to spur the officials of the bank on the need to continuously nurture the bank to become a pride to the state, saying “It is our hope that through patronage and cooperation of our host communities, there is the assurance of success”.

Earlier, the Managing Director, Omoluabi Mortgage Bank, Mr. Ayodele Olowookere, commended the state government for expanding the branch of the bank across the state.

Olowookere reassured the residents of the state on effective and efficient services, adding that “the necessity has been done by the state to serve the people excellently”.

He appealed to the host communities to need to be patronising the bank, saying “whatever the dividends made in any of the branches of the bank belongs to Osun government”.