Aregbesola Signs Executive Bill On Youth, Women Empowerment

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has signed an Executive Bill focusing on key areas of Youth, Women and other areas of addressing issues concerning the welfare of the vulnerable and less privileged in the state.

The bill is to also institutionalize efforts of the government under its Social Investment Programme.

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the State of Osun, Dr Ajibola Basiru disclosed this at the Start-Up Meeting on Building a Pro-Bono Culture in Nigeria facilitated by the Justice Research Institute, Nigeria Bar Association and the State Ministry of Justice.

The meeting held in Osogbo, the state capital seeks to bring together stakeholders from various arms of the Pro-Bono Initiative on the War against Sexual and Gender Based Violence with a view to providing free legal services in the prosecution of vulnerable victims cases in Osun.

Basiru stated that the programme is key due to the vulnerability and susceptibility of the society to Gender-based Violence called on all stakeholders to ensure Transparency and Accountability in the dispensation of Justice.

In his remarks, the Secretary of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Anti-Corruption, Mr Akingbolahan Adeniran said the initiative is targeted at ensuring sanity in the society in respect to rampant cases of gender-based violence.

Adeniran is of the opinion that if the Pro-Bono Measure is adopted in states of the Nigerian federation, the usage of the Rule of Law to achieve Social Justice.

He however underscored the role of the media in noting the key areas cum ideals to cover in avoiding stigmatization and other societal negligence for victims.

In separate papers, Funmi Owuye, the coordinator of the Lagos Pro-Bono project gave account of the successes achieved so far with emphasis on the need to get the relevant stakeholders to action in the State of Osun.

The programme gave birth to the inauguration of the State of Osun Task Force Public Interest Law Partnership comprising of relevant stakeholders including the State Ministry of Justice, Osun Chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Justice Research Institute by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Ajibola Basiru.

 

Fight For The Poor To End Poverty, Injustice, Osun Gov. Urges Legal Practitioners

By Ismaeel Uthman

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has challenged legal practitioners and intellectuals in Nigeria to fight for the poor people, describing it as a panacea to end poverty in the country. 

Aregbesola called on the academia to wake up from their slumber and develop the capacity for people to have seamless access to capital for investment as part of efforts to build a worthwhile and prosperous society.

He made the call on Wednesday, in Osogbo at a book presentation titled: “Fundamentals of Secured Finance Laws”, written by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Dr. Ajibola Bashiru.

Aregbesola noted that the best way a society could make a difference is for the educated in the society particularly professionals to be awake to the challenges confronting the poor and develop workable solutions.

The governor urged the intellectuals, particularly legal practitioners to support the society by exploring their God-given repository of knowledge to change the world and turn around the society to enhance greater productivity and prosperity.

He maintained that the only way to put the challenge behind was for the intellectuals to develop capacity where the poor can access financial institution which will get them out of poverty and financial misery.

Aregbesola said: “The injustice in our general economy and legal system is poor; it is poor to the extent that our laws do not give the required value for man.

”We all forget that man is the most valuable asset. We must put value to man. Man should be able to form his own basis with self-recognition and credit.

“This book has challenged the gap in our legal system to ensure that resources are not taken from the poor to enrich the rich because whenever such happens, the world will be chaotic, miserable and sad place to be particularly in Nigeria where we do not give required consideration or thought to life.

“It is unfortunate that life in Nigeria doesn’t really matter to us, we don’t value life and this affects us to the extent that many do face unnecessary challenges to access loan for capital in banks and other financial institutions.

“If we value life, the issue of secured finance laws will not be a thing for discussion. So, it is time for our intellectuals to support solution to inability to have access to capital by the poor because it is only when the poor have access to capital that can liberate the productive capacity of our people.”

The governor applauded the author of the book for his intellect and for creating time despite his political activities and law profession to put his thought and knowledge together for the benefit of the society and mankind.

Reviewing the over 250-page book, the Head of Department of Law, BOWEN University, Iwo, Prof. Olayiwola Oladele who shed light on fundamental conception in secured finance interest, described the book as a thorough researched material and scholarly enriched academic material for legal practitioners, law students and knowledge seekers.

PHOTONEWS: Aregbesola Attends Basiru’s Book Launch

Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Monday attended the Public Presentation of the book, “Fundamentals of Secured Finance Law” written by Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the State of Osun, Dr Ajibola Basiru at the Aurora Conference and Events Center, Osogbo.

The well attended event was graced by Top Government Functionaries and men of the bar and bench among other distinguished personalities.

Taofeek Adejare caught some shots there.

Osun Attorney General Preaches Piety, Tolerance, Love As Ramadan Begins 

 

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the State of Osun, Dr Ajibola Basiru has felicitated with Muslims all over the world on the occasion of Hijrah 1439AH Ramadan season.
Dr Basiru who congratulated members of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC and his pressure group, Osun Positive Force OPF stressed the need for adherents of Islam to remain pious, prayerful and tolerant of one another devoid of religious beliefs.
The statement released to newsmen in Osogbo on Thursday emphasized the need for Islamic faithfuls to optimize the season of sharing and giving to positively impact on the society especially the less privileged.
“As we all know, Ramadan is not all alone about fasting. It is by embracing piety and refraining from sins in whatever form. I therefore urge my fellow Islamic adherents to follow the true tents of the religion of peace.”
“I would also implore us to embrace the habit of steadfast worship and Love so as to enjoy from the full rewards from Almighty Allah (SWT),” Basiru posited.
“I would also want to admonish our party leaders and members to exercise patience and remain committed to the party irrespective of the party’s decision on our governorship candidate. I pray that may the Almighty Allah Grant Our Party success in the election.”
The AG implored members of both APC and OPF to remain steadfast in prayers for the country especially the State of Osun as it approaches its Governorship Election.

Osun Set To Digitize Laws 

By Nofisat Marindoti 
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, State of Osun, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, has revealed that the laws of the State would soon be digitized.
A statement signed by the Ministry of Justice information officer, Opeyemi Bello, had it that the Commissioner said this while hosting representatives of Funmi Quadri & Co, the Publisher of Nigeria weekly laws report.
The team from the firm led by Mr. Ayo Quadri who proposed that the Laws of the State of Osun be digitalized argued that:
“The digitalization of Osun laws will make it easier for the public to access, it will also drastically reduce lawlessness in the State and also enhance the Administration of Justice in the State.
“The application will be developed in such a way that it will generate revenue for the state government. The software and hard copy will be sold to interested persons and lawyers and the proceeds will be remitted to the state government.
“When the proposed digitalization  of Osun laws is completed, the laws will be available and accessible on Android, iPhone and windows Apps.”
In his remarks, Basiru appreciated the firm for the proposal and asserted that the proposed digitalization of Osun Laws will create convenience and also encourage a more civil society where every stake holder can always consult the law before taking actions and ensure that those actions are in accordance to the laws of the state.

Osun Attorney General Advocates Creation Of State Police

By Nofisat Marindoti 
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the State of Osun, Dr Ajibola Basiru has called for the creation of state police to curb incessant crimes in the country.
Basiru made this call while delivering an address at a special Valedictory Court Session in Honour of Late Justice Francis Adeleke Adedeji (retired) at the High Court Complex, Osogbo.
According to him, “State police in the present day society of ours is but a necessity and more importantly in the face of incessant attack and threatened violence and heinous crimes in many parts of the country.
“It is often said that crime is local and may require local response in the prevention and investigation of such crimes.”
The Attorney General quoted section 14(2)(b) of the constitution which places on every government, the responsibility of the security and welfare of the people, inclusive of the State Government while the prosecuting powers is vested by virtue of section 211 in the State through the office of the Attorney General of the State.
He lamented that the State constitutionally which is saddled with responsibility of the security and welfare of the people, does not have control over apparatus of police.
Basiru added that there are usually delays in criminals prosecution sometimes based on indiscriminate transfer of investigative police officers out of the State without recourse to the prosecuting authority of such State.

Osun Parliamentary System For Service Delivery In Grassroots – Attorney General

By Nofisat Marindoti
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the State of Osun, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, has explained the rationale behind the introduction of parliamentary system in the local governments by Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration.
He said the decision was to reposition the local councils for effective service delivery to the people at the grassroots.
Delivering a paper titled “Parliamentary System – An Overview of the Guidelines for Administration of the Local Government” in Osogbo, the state capital, Basiru said that Aregbesola’s administration has demonstrated commitment to the growth and development of the local government system in the state.
According to him, “the introduction of the parliamentary system of government is aimed at galvanizing the local government system in the state and reposition the councils for effective service delivery.
“It is therefore imperative to train the newly elected councillors and management staff of the councils on the nature and workings of the parliamentary system.”
The Attorney General also took time to explain the functions and responsibilities of the different arms and functionaries of government at the local level.
“In order to minimize the effects of the incipient strains and stresses associated with the introduction of a novel system, the State Government of Osun has developed a standard guideline for the administration of local government.
“Transfer of political power to local areas by involving the inhabitants in the provision of the basic needs in their respective community.” he added.

Osun Attorney General Urges Court To Discharge Or Declare As Expired Orders Restraining Osun LG Funds

By Nofisat Marindoti 

The State of Osun Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Dr. Ajibola Basiru has urged a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja presided over by Justice Tsoho to declare as having expired by effluxion of time, orders of injunction granted by the court on 4th of December, 2017 in line with Order 26 rule 12 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules, 2009.

This is even as the Commissioner said the court could also discharge the orders on the sundry grounds like absence of jurisdiction, absence of real urgency, suppression of material facts and breach of legal right to fair hearing.

Basiru, who appeared along with  Hassan Agbelekale State Counsel,  Idrees Mikaheel Abiodun State Counsel,  Oghenovo Otemu Esq. and Kafayat Abiola Olajide Esq. made these submissions while moving two applications filed by Osun Government who is the 7th Defendant in a case instituted by three individuals challenging the legality of the creation of Local Council Development Areas in Osun. 

Arguing the application filed on 29th of December, 2017, the Attorney General stated that the 7th Defendant had filed, 0n 8th December, 2017, an application to discharge the ex parte order granted on 4th December 2017 but that the court did not hear the application within fourteen days as required by the Rules of Court. 

He further argued that by express provision of the Rules, the order ex parte have expired by effluxion of time citing several legal authorities. On the contrary, Chief Robert Clarke, SAN, on behalf of the Plaintiffs argued that the orders made on 4th of December, 2017 were on notice and therefore the 14 day rule does not apply. 

Basiru also stated that though the court refused reliefs 1 to 5 of their Motion Ex-parte on 27the December,  2017 but that the Court on 4th December,  2017 resuscitated the prayers and granted the relief 1 to 5 earlier refused.  

While replying on points of law, Basiru posited that the position of the Learned Silk for the Plaintiffs in fact supported the argument of the State Government that the court was functus officio having refused the interim orders on 27th December,  2017 and went ahead to still grant the same reliefs on the same application. 

He also argued that an order to show cause upon the ex parte application of the Plaintiffs formed part of the hearing of the ex parte application and does not convert the application ex parte to one on notice. Furthermore, that the court granted expressly reliefs 1 to 5 of the motion ex parte as interim orders and made same to be contingent on the hearing and determination of the motion on Notice. 

Justice Tsoho, having heard the two applications adjourned the matter till 23th day of January, 2018 for ruling.

Osun Attorney General Felicitates With Residents On New Year

The State of Osun Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Ajibola Basiru has congratulated the good people of Osun for witnessing another year. He also wished and prayed that 2018 would be a prosperous year for all.

In a statement signed by the state Ministry of Justice Information officer, Opeyemi Bello, the Commissioner appreciated the citizens for supporting the All Progressive Congress administration led by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in the state, also commending the Public and Civil Servants in the State for their perseverance.

Basiru also charged all the stake holders in the State to continue supporting this administration to deliver more dividends of democracy.

He stressed further that the Aregbesola administration has laid good foundation in the State and provided modern infrastructures to make life better for the citizens.

He thereby admonished all residents to continue praying for the success of the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola administration.

OPF Congratulates FG, APC On Board Appointments

… advises better party/government synergy

Osun Positive Force, a socio political organisation in the state of Osun congratulates all members of the All Progressives Congress(APC) on the recent appointment of party faithfuls as Board Members and Board Chairmen into Federal Government Agencies and Parastatals.

The Founder and Leader of the Osun Positive Force, Dr. Ajibola Basiru said he is happy that members have been recognized for their dedication and hard work for the success of the party at the 2015 elections and he hopes that the FG will continue to include more members that are qualified from the APC into the Government they all laboured for.

Furthermore, on the discovery that few recently appointed members are already dead and that some have switched allegiance from our great and progressive party after the 2015 elections and compilation of the initial list, OPF advised that the party should not be seen as a strange bedfellow to the government so that these lapses could be avoided in the future with synergy between the central and state party structure on the one hand and the federal Government on the other.

Osun Positive Force wishes everyone a Happy New year 2018 in advance.

Just In: Purported Court Judgment Stopping Osun LG Election Malicious, False – Attorney General

The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the State of Osun, Dr Ajibola Basiru has described news of a Federal High Court in Abuja stopping all processes regarding the Local Government Election in the state scheduled to hold on January 27, 2018 as false and malicious.

In a post on his Facebook page on Monday afternoon, the commissioner said several posts that went round the social media earlier today about the issue are malicious and concocted lies.

Basiru said neither the State Independent Electoral Commission OSSIEC nor the Office of the Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the State of Osun was served any court process regarding the LG election.

The Attorney General however urged citizens and residents of the state to disregard the insinuation as the LG election will hold as planned.

Read the full statement below:

Our attention has been drawn to a news circulating to the effect that a Federal High Court in Abuja has stopped all processes regarding the Local Government Election in the State of Osun scheduled to hold on 27th January, 2018.

The Office of the Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice is not aware of any pending court action regarding the Local Government Election at the Federal High Court in Abuja and no court process has been served on our office.

I have also confirmed that State of Osun Independent Electoral Commission is not aware of any action at the Federal High Court Abuja and has not been served with any court process.

Consequently, we have no basis to believe or give credence to the news which has not been credited to any credible information source.

Signed
Dr Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru
Hon Attorney General & Commissioner for Justice,
State of Osun.
Issued in Abuja on 4th December, 2017