Massive Turnout As Oyetola Wins Osun APC Governorship Primary 

…Aregbesola Commends Process

There was a large turnout of members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC in the State of Osun to their respective wards for the governorship primary of the party won by the Chief of Staff to the Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola.

The process of the primary was Direct and with Option A4 which allowed all party members to elect the party’s flag bearer by queuing behind their preferred aspirant’s poster.

It is also the first time Option A4 was used in the history of Primary Elections by a political party in Nigeria.

This is coming as governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola commended the process.

In a series of tweets earlier on Saturday, Governor Aregbesola commended the process, saying, “Osun has once again set an example in boosting participatory democracy  for Nigeria. We have handed power back to the people.

“I would like to specially appreciate God and every member of our party in Osun for the peaceful and successful conduct of our primaries. We Thank Governor Abubakar Yari And his team for overseeing the successful conduct of our primaries.

“I heartily congratulate the candidate of our party the APC, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, on his victory in yesterday’s primaries. In the same vein, I congratulate all the other aspirants who have run a good race and fought a good fight.

“Our party remains a united family and we will march as one to victory come September 22nd 2018.” The governor said.

Meanwhile,a visit to ward polling centers across the state reveal that party members trooped out to witness and make history by coming our enmasse to choose who represents them in the gubernatorial poll.

Our correspondent who monitored the exercise throughout the state reports that despite the withdrawal of some aspirants, members of the APC thronged the respective venues of the election in their locality to cast their vote.

At Salvation Army Primary School, Elewu’s Compound (Ward 7) where the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Ajibola Basiru voted and other wards in Osogbo Local Government, members arrived the venues as early as 8 am even though voting commenced around 11 am.

The mood was ecstatic with party members as they expressed joy at the level of sanity and transparency which Direct Primaries brought to the process.

In Ilesa, the story was not different as Governor Rauf Aregbesola led other party members across the wards in the ancient town to vote for the aspirant of their choice.

Also seen at his voting centre was Nigeria’s Minister for Health, Prof Isaac Adewole and the Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Technology, Engr Remi Omowaiye and other party stalwarts who expressed satisfaction with the restoration of true democracy with Direct Primaries.

The Speaker of the State of Osun House of Assembly, Dr Najeem Salaam who was also an aspirant was in his ward in Ejigbo local government was out to support the exercise and commended the organisers.

In Iwo, Ibokun, Ede and Ile Ife, the situation was the same as all party members exercised their civic responsibility.

Also in Iragbiji ward 3, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola was received amidst cheers from all supporters of the APC.

At the end, the committee led by Governor Abdul Aziz Yari of Zamfara State through Senator Ovie Omo-Agege who is the secretary of the committee announced Oyetola as the winner.

Oyetola polled 127,017 against Lasun Yussuff who scored 21,975 while the Speaker of the State of Osun House of Assembly, Dr Najeem Salam polled 17,958 votes.

Oyetola in his acceptance speech thanked everyone who participated in the process urging Co-contestants in the race to join hands with him to retain the state.

Breaking: Gov Yari Arrives Osun To Monitor APC Primary

Governor Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari of Zamfara State who is the Chairman of the APC Governorship Primary Election in the State of Osun is presently in the state to monitor the on-going Primaries across the State.

He is accompanied on the tour by Governor Rauf Aregbesola and top government functionaries.


Photos Credit: Dolapo Julius

Aregbesola Receives Outstanding Awards On Governance, Policies

Governor Rauf Aregbesola has been awarded as the Best Performing Governor in Nigeria’s Southern region.

The award is from Nigeria’s foremost Business Oriented Newspaper, Business Day.

Aregbesola also received an Award on the Best Social Investment and Social Protection.

According to the organizers, the awards are in recognition of the new grounds the administration has broken in the State of Osun that has sent an enduring legacy that will span 50 years.

In the last seven and half years, the Aregbesola administration has invested heavily in Social Security, Rural and Urban Development with Quality Infrastructural Development Projects and a vibrant Education Sector tailored to make a New Man that will change things in the fast changing world.

“From 2010 till date, over 1,000 km of Urban Road construction projects in Osun created over 5,000 direct jobs and over 12 ,000 indirect jobs for the local welders, plumbers, bricklayers, food vendors, iron steel suppliers as over 500 new areas across the 30 local Government Areas opened up for development.”

“While in the rural areas, over 500km of roads as government ensured that no community, village, settlement or town in the state is not connected to its nearest cities. Aside the rural roads, state-of-the-art standard roads with 9 big bridges; a feat unprecedented in the annals of the state have also been put in place by the Ogbeni Aregbesola administration.”

On Social Security, The paper notes that “programmes like Agba Osun, O’MEAL, O’YES and other laudable milestones have put the state on a prosperity pedestal. When Aregbesola assumed office in 2010, the unemployment and poverty of the state dropped from 17.2% to 5.30% in 2017. The National Bureau of Statistics confirmed the development with its report of Osun as being the 2nd least poverty ridden state in the country. The financial derivates company even confirmed this in their report.”

“The Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration through his social investments and social protection programmes has empowered at least 150,000 youths with different skill acquisition and vocational trainings in the state. Many of these youths have now established their businesses after the training and have also engaged extra hands in the management of their ventures.

“The other initiatives of the Ogbeni Rauf Aregesola’s administration have resulted in the creation of sustainable employment opportunities and enduring capacity development for the teeming population of youths in Osun. It has equally improved livelihoods for the beneficiaries who were supported to grow their businesses and incomes and have therefore created about 200,000 direct and indirect jobs for the teeming population of youth in Osun.”

Business Day Newspaper in its judgement commended Governor Aregbesola who it adjudged has created a long lasting legacy that is enduring for the development of the State of the Virtuous through his six-point integral action plan.

Aregbesola Congratulates Fayemi, Says His Election Triumph Of Progressivism

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has congratulated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi, on his victory at the Ekiti State Governorship Election held on Saturday July 14.

In a statement made available to the media in Osogbo by his Media Adviser, Mr Sola Fasure, Governor Aregbesola described the victory of the APC as a ‘hard fought and won battle that brought liberation to the people of Ekiti State’.

According to Governor Aregbesola, “The victory of our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) came after a hard fought and won battle that brought liberation to the good people of Ekiti.

“It is also an indication of the rising popularity of the APC across Nigeria in a swift sweeping of the electoral stakes in the country that began in 2015 and continues till now.

“In spite of the challenges and the formidable opposition, the people of Ekiti stood behind the party and voted for our candidate on Saturday, giving our party, a fresh four year mandate to provide leadership and good governance.

“That victory signposts the wrap up of the South West by the APC, Ekiti State being the last bastion of the dying PDP dinosaur that has wreaked havoc in the region and Nigeria in general. It is a new dawn of progressivism in the South West and an opportunity to re-enact the golden era of Chief Obafemi Awolowo under whose progressive platform the region had unprecedented development, through regional integration and socio-economic cooperation.

“I therefore wholeheartedly congratulate Dr Fayemi, his running mate, the progressive family in Ekiti State and across Nigeria, the leadership and all members of our party that worked hard for this victory.

“On behalf of my family, the government and the good people of Osun, I wish him a fruitful and successful tenure in the service of the people of Ekiti”, the statement concluded.

PHOTONEWS: Aregbesola, Adamu Commission Ayedaade High School, Ikire

Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the Minister for Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu on Tuesday commissioned the newly built Ayedaade Government High School, Ikire in Irewole Local Government Area of the State of Osun.

The school is the sixth of its kind to be commissioned by Aregbesola as part of the projects in the O’School initiative.

Here are interesting photos from the ceremony as captured by his Official Photographer, Dolapo Julius.


Aregbesola Calls For Investment In Public School Education

…As Education Minister Lauds His Achievements

By Nofisat Marindoti 

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has called on well meaning Nigerians to invest in the restructuring and maintenance of government owned schools.

Aregbesola noted that failure to invest in public school education spells doom for the society and country at large.

Ogbeni said this at the commissioning of Ayedaade Government High School, Ikire on Tuesday.

The Governor whose one of his major interests centers on education, attributed this to the realization that a failure to remodel the education system is planning for a future of doom.

According to him, “We all know that public school structures used to be the best in the communities where people of my age bracket grew up before it was neglected by past governments.

“We seriously need to bring back the lost glory of our public schools because that is where we have majority of pupils and they also deserve the best. This is why this administration has been investing hugely in the education sector.

“If all governments decide to turn a blind eye on the education of the down trodden then the future of the nation is doomed.

“I am convinced that the future of our state is secured because we have invested so much to upgrade public school structures in Osun.”

In his speech, Nigeria’s Minister for Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, stated that Aregbesola’s investment in education is unprecedented.

Adamu who noted that Aregbesola has turned the state into a true metropolitan state, added that his administration has invested more than any other State in education.

The Education Minister added that the future of the state is secured because the present administration has invested into the future through education.

“The future of the state is definitely secured because the present administration is investing into the future of the state through education. What I have seen on ground in Osun is not found in any state of the federation, it is really unprecedented.

“The school feeding programme which Aregbesola started fully and the modern school structures being built is enough to increase enrolment in school and that is what the federal ministry of education is clamouring for.

“What Aregbesola has done in the state and in the education sector can only be achieved by a determined governor and one that truly has the passion to do well for the masses.

“The Federal ministry of education is always proud of what the governor has achieved in the education sector in Osun, what Aregbesola has done to education in Osun is wonderful and the state is firmly on the right path to development.” Adamu added.

Aregbesola Set To Commission Ayedaade Government High School, Ikire

All is now set for the commissioning of the Ayedaade Government High School, Ikire today (Tuesday 26th June, 2018) by Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the State of Osun, Mr Adelani Baderinwa says the event is holding under the chairmanship of the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.

The statement however urges relevant stakeholders and members of the public to attend the programme.

Ahead of the commissioning, the Governor and the Commissioner for Education, Mr Kola Omotunde-Young had an on the spot assessment of the facility.

The High School is the sixth Government High School to be commissioned from the 11 envisioned.

The schools commissioned before are the Wole Soyinka Government High School, Ejigbo, Ataoja High School, Osogbo, Osogbo High School, Adeventist High School, Ede and Ilesa High School, Ilesa.

Here are photos of the facility tour as captured by Dolapo Julius

NNPC Leadership Academy GM Lauds Aregbesola’s Intervention In Education


The Group General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Leadership Academy, Musa S. Gimba, has lauded Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s interventions in the education sector, describing it as a reference point in Nigeria.

Gimba who led a group of staff of the academy to Osun for a three-day visit, said he was impressed on the development and promotion of functional education in the state, just as he recommended the interventions of the Aregbesola’s administration in education sector to other states’ governors.

Giving the report of his observation on Monday, Gimba said the team was in the state to understudy ‘some of the state of the art and world class schools built by the Aregbesola’s government.

According to Gimba, the team also came to confirm the positive information and very high commendations of the model of management and organization in the Osun education sector.

At Anthony Udofia Government Elementary School, Osogbo, Gimba said the team observed the enthusiastic and confident pupils, enjoying their nutritious and tasty free meals (O-Meal) provided by the government after an interesting class session.

He said all members of the team were excited when they got to Osogbo Government High School, expressing delight that such excellent quality of schools is not only in Nigeria but are provided under the free education policy.

Osun Education Under Aregbesola Has Improved – WAEC

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has affirmed that there is improvement in the performance of secondary school students in the state of Osun in West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

Answering questions from journalists at a press conference addressed by the Commissioner for Education in the state, Mr Kola Omotunde-Young on Thursday, the Osun Branch Controller of WAEC, Dr Mrs C.O. Akintunde, confirmed that there is improvement in the performance of the students in WASSCE between 2011 and 2017.

Akintunde who read out the percentage of increment in the performance of the Osun students in WASSCE said: “In 2011, the performance of the students was 21.90 percent, it was 22.24 percent in 2012, it dropped to 20.54 in 2013.

“The students’ performance later dropped to 18.55 in 2014, but in 2015 it rose to 19.49 per cent. However, the students’ performance increased to 45.47 per cent in 2016 and 44.59 in 2017.”

The WAEC data corroborated the government’s position that there has been remarkable improvement in the standard of education in the state since the advent of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s government.

Speaking at the press conference, Omotunde-Young stated that the highest performance of Osun students in WASSCE before Aregbesola took the mantle of leadership in the state was 15 per cent in 2010, stating that the state had got as low as 6 per cent performance of students in 2007.

According to the ‘State of Osun Students Performance in WASSCE’ report collected from WAEC and presented to journalists by Omotunde-Young, the performance of Osun students was 10.95 per cent in 2006, 6.86 per cent in 2007, 10.11 per cent in 2008, 13.98 per cent in 2009 and 15.68 per cent in 2010.

Omotunde-Young said: As at November, 2010 when Aregbesola retrieved his mandate to govern the state of Osun, the situation in the Education Sector of Osun was marked with poor, dysfunctional, appalling, learning and teaching infrastructure across the State, non availability of adequate instructional materials, low morale of teachers, roughly dressed and malnourished pupils, poor monitoring and evaluation, low quality and dysfunctional Basic and Senior Secondary Education.

“All of these were crowned with very poor performance of students in internal and external examinations.

“To ensure the truth is told and records are straightened for all to know, so that the public will no longer be misled by the shameless, who have no inhibitionsin deliberately spreading falsehood, the Ministry of Education applied to WAEC officially furnish us with performance results from 2006 to 2017 in WASSCE.

“The results, official from WAEC, show that the best performance by students in Osun, for those with five credits including English and Mathematics,in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE), in the five years before Aregbesola was 15.68 %.

“With the focused, deliberate and purposeful intervention of the government led by Aregbesola in the education sector the state has achieved 284% improvement in the performance of students in same examinations from 15.68% in 2010 to 44.47% in 2017 examinations.

“Not good enough yet, but it is a pointer to a better future based on the foundation laid by Aregbesola which should be allowed to germinate to fruition with continuity, by those who share his vision.

According to Omotunde-Young, the vision of Aregbeola’s government is to make public schools, ‘’world class schools’’ that produce confident, matriculate-able students who are first class scholars, cultural icons and models of good character, innovation and competence – the true Omoluabi.

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.


Aregbesola Urges Civil Servants To Give Back to the Society

By Nofisat Marindoti 
Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has urged civil servants in the state to give back to the society through their service, the measure of the salary they earn.
Aregbesola gave this charge while speaking at a book launch titled, “The Civil Service as a Cornerstone of Development in the State of Osun: The First 25 Years”.
In his speech titled: “A Toast To The Silent Guarantors Of Government” Ogbeni described the salary a civil servant earns as payment for the service which must be rendered.
He urged the civil servants to justify the salary they earn by striving to ensure that their immediate environment feel the impact of their service in all aspects of life.
According to him, “The civil service is the engine room of the government, the bureaucracy is essential for government to run and that is non-negotiable. However, what is debatable is the efficiency or otherwise of the bureaucracy. The salary a civil servant earns is the payment for the service that must be rendered to the people, a failure to do this is a sin to man and God.
“The civil service must rebuild itself to create a more descent and more humane society that will benefit all through the implementation of government policies that will better the lives of the people.
“The time has come when the civil service must take the issue of productivity very seriously, if we observe very well, efficiency is lacking and something must be urgently done about it.
“We should begin to see government as an enterprise in which results must be measurable to earnings for the benefit of all, the government and the civil service must work together to advance the interest of the people”. Aregbesola added.
In his speech, the guest speaker at the event who is a public administration expert, Prof. Ladipo Adamolekun, explained that the growth of the society can only be realised through a first class civil service that is non-partisan.
Adamolekun who is also a lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, while highlighting ways to make the civil service a strong cornerstone of development, said the service needs to be rebuilt, transformed and made to truly work as a first class institution.
“The civil service is responsible for the transformation of laudable government policies into action that are beneficial to the common people on the street.
“The civil service needs to be computer literate to move the society forward, I am happy that the Osun governor is already securing the future of Osun civil service in this regard. The introduction of “Opon Imo” to schools in Osun means that the  future civil servants in Osun will definitely be computer literate”.Adamolekun added.