3,400 Pupils Commemorate Children’s Day With Calisthenics Display In Osun

No fewer than 3,400 public school pupils in Osun on Saturday commemorated the 2018 Children Day with calisthenics display.

The calisthenic, which was colourfully displayed by the pupils, was watched by Prof. Isaac Adewole, the Minister of Health; Gov Rauf Aregbesola and his cabinet members, school children, teachers, traditional rulers and market men and women, among others.

Addressing the children, Aregbesola said that the state government would continue to give priority to education.

The governor, who described children as leaders of tomorrow, said government had been providing enabling environment for them to excel in their academic pursuits.

Aregbesola said that his administration had made extra ordinary efforts in building new schools with school feeding programme.

The governor said that his administration was doing all these to lay good foundation for the children, noting that they needed to move with technology advancement.

Aregbesola also urged parents to give their children proper upbringing, saying proper education should start from home.

The governor thanked teachers for their efforts in giving their best to the pupils.

While congratulating the children for the celebration, Aregbesola said that his administration would continue to make them happy.

Osun School Children In Calisthenics Display To Celebrate Children’s Day

Public School Pupils in the State of Osun will today Saturday, May 26 embark on a calisthenics display to celebrate the 2018 International Children’s Day.

The programme holding at the Osogbo Township Stadium will be live on TVC and OSBC for 3 hours.

The live stream is on and can be watched here https://youtu.be/FYxy3b1Igv4

Here are pictures from the event.

#OgbeniGovtAt7 Calisthenics Display: We’ve Been Vindicated, says Aregbesola


As activities marking the 7th year of the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration enter it’s day two with the final of the Calisthenics Competition held among Secondary schools in Osun, the governor has stated that his government has been vindicated that Calisthenics is a unique sport that benefits school pupils.


The Governor noted that contrary to insinuations by the opposition party when calisthenics was introduced by his administration in 2012 that it be scrapped because it is giving military training to youths, the sport has now become one that is been supported by all and sundry in the state for youth development.


Aregbesola at a colourful ceremony at the Osogbo Township stadium held that ‎Callisthenics is a unique sport that benefits participating pupils, which importance cannot be overemphasized, said Calisthenics is beyond and better than many other sports engagement. 


The final of competition was held between the winners in each of the three senatorial districts in the state.


These are the Ilobu team in the Central, Ede Team in the West and Ilesa Team in the East.


‎‎The winner of the Display, Osun Central senatorial team took home a cash prize of N2 million and a trophy, the first runners up, Osun West collected N1 million, while the second runners up, Osun East received cash prize of N750,000.


These prizes are for the improvement of sporting facilities of their schools.


‎According to Governor Aregbesola, “Since the introduction of this programme five years ago, 28,000 athletes have been trained in callisthenics. When we introduced Callisthenics into Osun, the opposition, for the strangest and most ridiculous reason, raised an alarm, nudged the security agencies and asked that it be scrapped. 


“They wrongly accused us of using callisthenics as a cover for giving military training to the youth as a prelude to seceding from Nigeria.


“How could any sane person allege that teaching children to hold flags and bend their bodies amount to military training? At any rate, the training was done in the open, in the presence of parents, teachers, other children and interested members of the public”.


Aregbesola also added that his administration through Calisthenics has been able to inculcate the values of unity, harmony, discipline, teamwork, hard work and creativity into school children.


He said, “It can be seen from callisthenics for instance that the whole is the sum of the parts. You must do well your part for the team to succeed and your own success is only meaningful in light of the success of others. If one athlete should be out of sync with the team, the formation fails altogether.


“This is in addition to its healthful benefits for the body such as flexibility, physical strength, agility and the capacity for endurance.


“An added advantage of this programme, especially in our own peculiar situation, is that, by providing a platform for fraternisation and positive integration and engagement in a worthwhile endeavour, it makes the students unavailable for potentially destructive out-of-school activities, such as cultism, gangsterism, political brigandage and other criminal activities.


“The education we are providing, of which sports are included, is for the development of the total person. We are developing a man for society, who sees himself as existing for the benefit of the society, beyond self; who views all his possessions in light of the benefit of all, who is willing to stand for all and ready to be part of all to stand for one”. The Governor emphasised.


Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Education, Mr Wasiu Kolawole Omotunde-Young, commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for voting larger resources of the state to the education sector.


He described the impressive performances of pupils and students of the state in the last seven years of Aregbesola’s administration as testimony to the fruits of quality and functional education promised and delivered by the present government in the state.


Omotunde-Young said the present administration had in the last seven years received commendations for its efforts at making education the bedrock for all-round development.

Shedding lights on the significance of the occasion, Young held that the event was organised to build a complete man in character and excellence through the provision of quality and functional education.

I Will Do More In The Next 365 Days – Aregbesola

By Toba Adedeji
Governor of State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has pledged to do more in the last 365 days of his tenure.
He said this will be evident in the massive infrastructural development the state will witness in the home run of his administration.
Speaking on Saturday at the Osogbo Township Stadium during the Calisthenics display in honour of Aregbesola’s 7th year in office, the Governor, said, “We have just 5days left for this month (November) to run out but we have just two days for this my tenure to clock 7years, which means I still have 365days for my tenure to windup. I want to tell the good and virtuous people of Osun that the remaining days of the tenure shall be filled with wonders.”
Aregbesola promised to remain committed and diligent in delivering from his mandate to the people.
Governor Aregbesola applauded the parents and other stakeholders who made the calisthenics programme a scheme to be envy in the state’s education sector.
The calisthenics program, he said, “Against all criticisms and allegation which is politically motivated when we started this program in 2013, yet the program still survived it through ardent commitment of both the parent of the school pupils and their coaches. Since 2013, 28,000 school pupils participated in the program which is a huge success. If God’s willing we shall all do to advance this stride especially during the 2018 children’s day coming up in May”.
He therefore called on public and private schools who want to participate in the calisthenics programme to do so without further delay.
At the end of the display, schools from Osun Central Senatorial District came first with a N2 million prize while Osun West came third winning N1 million with Osun East ending as runners-up collecting N1.5 million.
He said the monetary prize given to the schools is aimed at improving sport facilities in different schools across the state just as he underscored the importance of Extra-Curricular activities in the all round development of a child.

Photonews: Osun Students Honour #OgbeniGovtAt7 With Electrifying Calisthenics Display

Public School students in the State of Osun on Saturday honoured the Government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as he clocks 7 in the seat of power.

The calisthenics Display held at the Osogbo Township Stadium was electrifying as different slogans were carved all to edify, salute and appreciate the transformation Osun has witnessed in the last 7 Years.


Here are photos from the event as captured by Aregbesola’s Documentary Photographer, Dolapo Julius.


Osun Holds Calisthenics Display In Honour Of Aregbesola’s 7th Year Administration

As the state of Osun celebrates Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s 7th year in office, students in the state are set to display top notch Calisthenics display at the Osogbo City Stadium by 9am on Saturday 24 November, 2017.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa revealed this in a statement on Friday.

He also announced the week long activities which included a thanksgiving ceremony and the visit of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday 27 November 2017.

It will be recalled that Governor Aregbesola during the first term of his administration sponsored teachers abroad to extensively learn the art of Calisthenics to help boost the educational sector of the state and serve as an extracurricular activity for the students of the state.

The statement quotes Baderinwa as saying that there was no gainsaying the fact that the State of Osun has been witnessing sparkling infrastructural and socio-economic development since Aregbesola took over on November 27, 2010.

The statement reads in part “The all-round progress and transformation of the state is incontestable. In all ramifications, Aregbesola has delivered the dividends of democracy to every house hold in the state with either the infrastructure projects or the social security programmes.”


“The celebration is deserving, with many national and international accolades being showered on Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s landmark programmes and projects that have brought Osun into limelight.”

The government also commended the people of the state for keeping faith with and supporting the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

‘The government calls on the people of the state to intensify prayers for the state to continue progressing and developing in peace and harmony” he said.