Osun Govt Lauds Osinbajo, Ajimobi Others On Southwest Regional Youth Summit


The Government of the State of Osun on Wednesday eulogized the Nigerian Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, for exhibiting high sense of commitment towards the actualization of the southwest’s development agenda.

The state also extolled the tremendous impact made by the other southwest governors, the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, stakeholders, youth associations and individuals on the success of the two-day Southwest Regional Youth Summit, held in Osogbo, the state capital.

The commendation was contained in a statement issued and made available to newsmen by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, at the end of the weekly State Executive Council’s meeting, held at the Executive Council Chamber, Governor’s office, State Secretariat, Osogbo.

The Council expressed satisfaction on the impressive participatory strength and large turnout of notable personalities within and outside the region, describing the presence of Vice President at the summit as ‘encouraging’

The Council also encouraged individuals and organisations with landed property and business in the state who may not be resident to pay all due taxes on their business and landed property to avoid sanctions

The statement reads in parts: ‎ ‘‎Council received the report of the successful hosting of the Regional Youth Summit in Osogbo by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission and the State Government, between January 9 and 10, which attracted participants from all the states in the region.

‘Council commended the organisers of the summit and thanked the participants, particularly the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who delivered the keynote address; Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Governor of Oyo State; Ondo State Government ably represented by the state’s deputy governor; Ogun State Government that sent a delegation; and the youth organisations and individuals that attended the programme’.

The Council therefore‎ urged those who have landed property and business in the state, even if they are not resident, to fulfil their tax obligations to the state, so as to avoid running afoul of the state’s tax laws which carry severe consequences.

Ife North LG Boss Lauds Aregbesola As Govt Pays Osun Workers Full Salary

By Sodiq Lawal

The Executive Secretary of Ife North Local Government, Hon. Taiwo Orosanya has lauded the state government under the leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for paying its Civil Servants December 2017 full salary.

In an exclusive interview with our correspondent, the council boss lauded the governor for fulfilling his promise to pay the salary which has made him an honest leader to emulate.

He urged residents of the State of Osun to emulate the spirit of fulfilling promises as characterized by the governor.

Orosanya appealed to the civil servants to always be patient with the state government, stressing that Aregbesola’s regime is the best so far.

He however urged everyone to always support the All Progressives Congress (APC), arguing that it is only the APC  that can alleviate poverty in the state.

PHOTONEWS: The Newly Opened Adebisi Akande Trumpet Interchange, Gbongan

Here is the current look of the Abdulkareem Adebisi Akande Trumpet Interchange Bridge located at the heart of the Gbongan/Ibadan Expressway constructed by the Rauf Aregbesola administration in the State of Osun.

The bridge started late in 2012 is gradually taking shape with construction work nearing finishing touches.

The road will anytime from now be accessible and open to the public.

The photos were taken by Adebayo Rasheed Mabayoje.

 

Indeed, Aregbesola Is Working, Osun Is Moving!!!!!!!

Be Hardworking, Shun Miracle Money – Aregbesola Urges Youths

By Nofisat Marindoti

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has urged youths to shun social vices, searching for “Miracle Money” and rather be hard working.

Aregbesola said this while addressing youths at the State Youth Summit tagged, “West 2040; Productivity, Prosperity and Peace.” at WOCDIF center in Osogbo, the State capital on Tuesday.

The State Governor also urged the youths from the six States in the western region to imbibe the spirit of adding values to the society through beneficial innovations.

“Discover yourself and plan the discovery to develop your space not through “Yahoo” or seeking “Miracle Money”. Work is not about getting money, it is about adding value to the society and education without critical thinking is nothing, so work to add value to your society.” He added.

In his speech, the Governor’s counterpart in Oyo State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi also charged the youths to be determined to succeed through hard work, adding that he washed corpses for eight years to sponsor his schooling in the United States.

Ajimobi who lauded Aregbesola for hosting the Youth summit, revealed that his state would be hosting the next youth summit.

“Hardwork is the only way to success, decide to succeed, be knowledgeable and well behaved and optimize the opportunities around you to get the much dreamed about Nigeria.

In their separate addresses, the representative of the Ogun State Government, Bashorun Adebola Adeife and the representative of the Ondo State Government, Mr Alfred Agboola implored the youths to be more productive.

Highlights of the programme included cultural displays and dramas by students from various government schools in the state.

PHOTONEWS: Osinbajo, Ajimobi, Aregbesola Grace 1st Western Nigeria Youth Summit

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi alongside Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday attended the Opening Ceremony of the 1st Western Nigeria Youth Summit.

The summit which seeks to provide the agenda of development of the region till the year 2040 is hosted by the State Government of Osun.

The summit is expected to end tomorrow Wednesday at the WOCDIF Events Centre in Osogbo.

Here are photos from the well attended event as captured by Dolapo Julius.

War Is Bad Business Anywhere  – Aregbesola

By Nofisat Marindoti

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has bemoaned the evils of war and its subsequent consequences. 

Launching the Emblem commemorating the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the Government house in Osogbo on Monday, Aregbesola expressed that War, no matter how justifiable, is bad business anywhere.

“I soberly and thoughtfully welcome you all to this important National event, the launching of the emblem in remembrance of our soldiers that died and were wounded in war and to honour and support the veterans that are alive. 

“These are soldiers who gave their lives in wars beginning from the First World War, Second World War, the Nigerian Civil War and the various armed engagements to defend Nigeria’s territorial integrity and keep our people safe. 

“This is to commemorate also the Nigerian Civil War that was fought to keep Nigeria one. In all these wars, many lives have been lost, many more wounded and unquantifiable property destroyed. Many of the wounded regrettably lost limbs, while others suffered permanent incapacitation requiring hospice and dependency for the rest of their lives. There are others alive that carried scars from the horrors of war, on their minds that may never heal. We pray that God almighty will comfort them and heal their souls. 

“War, no matter how justifiable, is bad business anywhere. This is why we must all work towards avoiding one, at all cost. When a soldier is killed, a dream dies. A woman becomes a widow, some children lost a father and some parents lost a promising son.”

Aregbesola thereby urged the people to embrace peace, be law abiding instead of resorting to war. 

“We must all remember the factors that led to the wars that claimed such noble lives. A common factor being mindless pursuit of one’s interest, not caring how it affects others and what will be the consequences. Another being the penchant to incite others to hatred and violence. Others include the false sense of racial, religious or ethnic superiority and the tendency to look down upon and oppress those that are different from us religiously, ethnically, socially, economically, politically and ideologically.

“The best way to honour the memory of the dead is to prevent wars, in order that their sacrifice will not be in vain.

We must find a way to make the veterans to be productive. It is regrettable that our society has only engaged them in security and mostly driving duties. 

“The veterans should also demonstrate good citizenship by being law abiding in the society. Too often they tend to settle dispute with force, side stepping the rule of law, in a way that suggests that they do not subscribe to the rules of the larger society.

PHOTONEWS: Governor Aregbesola Receives New Assistant Police Commissioner(s)

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun on Tuesday morning at the Government House in Osogbo received the new Assistant Police Commissioner(s) posted to the state.

They were formally shown to the Governor by the State Commissioner of Police, CP Fimihan Adeoye.

The event also attracted the presence of Royal Fathers including the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi among others.

Dolapo Julius captured the moment.

(FULL SPEECH) Aregbesola Launches 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Emblem

SPEECH BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF OSUN, OGBENI RAUF AREGBSOLA, AT THE 2018 LAUNCH OF THE EMBLEM COMMEMORATING ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY, AT THE LAWN OF THE GOVERNMENT HOUSE, OKE FIA, OSOGBO, ON MONDAY JANUARY 8, 2018

Protocols,

I soberly and thoughtfully welcome you all to this important national event, the launching of the emblem in remembrance of our soldiers that died and were wounded in war and to honour and support the veterans that are alive.

These are soldiers who gave their lives in wars beginning from the First World War, Second World War, the Nigerian Civil War and the various armed engagements to defend Nigeria’s territorial integrity and keep our people safe. These included the various insurgencies in parts of the country, the latest being destructive militancy in the Niger Delta, the attacks on lives and property in our various communities and Boko Haram insurgency in the North East of Nigeria.

It is interesting that Nigeria celebrates her fallen heroes on January 15 of every year, as against the practice in the commonwealth countries that celebrate this unique event on November 11. This is to commemorate also the Nigerian Civil War that was fought to keep Nigeria one.

In all these wars, many lives have been lost, many more wounded and unquantifiable property destroyed. Many of the wounded regrettably lost limbs, while others suffered permanent incapacitation requiring hospice and dependency for the rest of their lives.

There are others alive that carried scars from the horrors of war, on their minds that may never heal. We pray that God almighty will comfort them and heal their souls.
The bodies of many of the soldiers were never recovered and therefore never received befitting burial. They only live in the memories of their loved ones and the record of a grateful nation who will never forget their heroism and the supreme sacrifice they paid for our peace and security.

War, no matter how justifiable, is bad business anywhere. This is why we must all work towards avoiding one, at all cost. When a soldier is killed, a dream dies. A woman becomes a widow, some children lost a father and some parents lost a promising son.

For all the soldiers that died, an army of dependants emerged who must be taken care of by the society. That is why we are here today – first, to honour the memory of the fallen heroes and then to take care of their dependants and not less important, to honour and also take care of those soldiers who are still alive.

We must all remember the factors that led to the wars that claimed such noble lives. A common factor being mindless pursuit of one’s interest, not caring how it affects others and what will be the consequences. Another being the penchant to incite others to hatred and violence.

Others include the false sense of racial, religious or ethnic superiority and the tendency to look down upon and oppress those that are different from us religiously, ethnically, socially, economically, politically and ideologically. We must not forget also the social and economic inequalities in the society that concentrates 90 per cent of societal wealth on less than five per cent of the privileged few. This has bred an army of hungry and angry youths that have become easy recruits for militancy and societal destabilisation.

The most pronounced cause of war is military rule – the tendency for soldiers to abort civic democratic rule and plunge the nation to chaos, only to find out that they themselves are not better than the civilians they overthrew. Decapitation can never be the cure to headache.

The best way to honour the memory of the dead is to prevent wars, in order that their sacrifice will not be in vain.

We must find a way to make the veterans to be productive. It is regrettable that our society has only engaged them in security and mostly driving duties. Many of them have acquired skills in the professions that would have been more beneficial to the society more than these two.

The veterans have a lot to contribute to the development of the society and should be engaged maximally to be very productive. The veterans should also demonstrate good citizenship by being law abiding in the society. Too often they tend to settle dispute with force, side stepping the rule of law, in a way that suggests that they do not subscribe to the rules of the larger society.

This emblem we are launching is one way to support the families of the dead, care for the wounded and the veterans. I wholeheartedly support it and recommend it to all members of the society, starting from members of the State Executive Council.

I thank you all once again for being here and for keeping alive the memory of our heroes, dead and alive.

I thank you for your attention.

Osun a dara!

Aregbesola Calls Omisore Lair, Tax Evader

Governor Rauf Aregbesola has described the former deputy governor of the state, Iyiola Omisore, as a shameless liar who cannot be entrusted with position of authorities.

He was reacting, weekend, to some criticisms raised by Omisore of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against his administration.

Aregbesola, who spoke during a colloquium organised by Progressives e-group, a youth group, at Atlantis Hotel, Osogbo, said Omisore as chairman of Senate Committee for Appropriation for eight years had no single record of achievement to point at in the state and in particular his home town, Ile-Ife.

The governor said Omisore and his political party (PDP) were not morally qualified to criticise his government because they had been tested and failed the people of the state.

He also referred to Omisore, who was the PDP candidate in the 2014 governorship election in the state, as a tax defaulter who only paid N25,000 in 2013 as tax and had since failed to file his tax returns.

Omisore had in a statement issued by Jide Fatokun, his media aide, alleged that Aregbesola’s administration plunged the people of the state into a huge debt to the tune of N416 billion and that the 2018 budget recently presented to the House of Assembly was a product of bankruptcy and paucity of knowledge in public finance by the administration.

Omisore also queried why the Aregbesola-led administration would continue to blame the previous administrations for socio-economic challenges of the state, describing it as a reflection of administrative incompetence, adding that
Aregbesola was owing salaries and allowances of workers to the tune of N119 billion.

According to the governor, Omisore, who could not execute a single project for the state and his community throughout his eight years in the Senate, even as chairman of Senate Committee on Appropriation, has no moral justification to rubbish his achievements.

He noted that Esinmirin river in Ile-Ife, which caused death of hundreds of people, was dredged and expanded by his government to save lives, adding that Omisore only paid lip service to the several projects done when he was in office and nothing was done to complete them.

Aregbesola further revealed that the Ifewara road project awarded to Omisore by the Federal Government was abandoned and the huge sum of money paid not returned to government coffers.

He stressed that before Omisore could have the moral justification to criticise his administration, he should first of all refund all the money he was alleged to have looted in office by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Aregbesola cautioned Omisore to stop misleading the people of the state with falsehood about his government

His words: “Omisore is not qualified to rubbish my administration. For the eight years he spent in the Senate and in spite of his position, Omisore did not do anything for our people even the people of Ile-Ife where he hails from.

“Before Omisore could be entitled to condemn my government, he should go to the EFCC and complete the refund of money that he looted from the national treasury.”

Ooni Prays, Seeks More Support For Governor Aregbesola

Residents and Indigenes of the State of Osun have been urged to continue supporting Governor Rauf Aregbesola and be prayerful for the success of his administration at all times.

Speaking at a New Year Prayer Service organised by the Ife Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) held in front of his palace, Oba Ogunwusi charged the people of the state to support and pray for Aregbesola.

Oba Ogunwusi posited that prayers is a vital tool to sustaining peace, enhancing growth and development of the country.

The frontline Traditional Ruler in Nigeria also called on Christians to always pray for leaders for peaceful co-existence in the country.

He prayed for President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Aregbesola to succeed in their offices and also urged the people of Ile-Ife to keep praying for the duo.

“God is the Almighty King of Kings that spared our lives throughout 2017 till date despite all challenges facing each and every one of us. There is nothing we can offer Him than to give Him all our praises throughout the days of our lives.

“Only God is worthy of our praises for we are still alive to see the new year, who can questioned God, if we all have been buried in the year 2017. Therefore, Prayers remain sacrosanct if we truly want to achieved peace and development and we must also pray for those in the position of authority. Please keep praying for Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his cabinet to succeed in their efforts to make this state a better place to live and do businesses”, Ooni said.

The Secretary of CAN, Ife chapter, Apostle Segun Olatokunbo expressed appreciation to the monarch for attending the prayer service.

You Have Secured A Better Future For Osun Citizens In All Ramifications, Methodist Church Nigeria Lauds Aregbesola

The leadership of the Methodist Church Nigeria on Friday commended Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for securing and safeguarding the present and future of the citizens in the state.

The Church also extolled Aregbesola’s unprecedented leadership displayed on promoting religious harmony, peace and unity across religious divides.

The Archbishop, Methodist Church Nigeria, Most Rev. Amos Akindeko, ‎made the statement at the special prayers annually organized in honour of the Governor and the prosperity of the state and her citizens.

Rev. Akindeko who led other men of God to Osun Government House at Oke-Fia in Osogbo, said the Church identified with Governor Aregbesola, having seen the wonders his administration has recorded and still making in all sectors.

The cleric whose district covers seven dioceses in Osun, Ekiti, Kogi, Kwara and Niger States affirmed that the leadership of the Church is aware of the development the Aregbesola’s administration has made, particularly on education, road and security.

According to him, we are happy to be here this year. I was personally here in 2015 and the leadership of the Church has been coming every New Year like this to pray for the state.

“To us as Methodist Church Nigeria, we are very happy to associate with Aregbesola, not just because he is the governor but because he has a clear vision on how to develop the state.

“We have seen in him, a patriot, democrat, nationalist and crusader of good governance, the virtues he had clearly demonstrated in the course of administering the state about eight years ago.

“We have seen that the state under his watch has made tremendous landmark achievements in the last seven years, particularly in the areas of education, security, health and infrastructure.

“As a religious organization, it is our duty to pray and support those in the positions of authority, according to the teaching of our faith, and we are indeed happy that our Governor has not disappointed us, but rather making us proud”, Rev. Akindeko maintained.

The clergyman assured Governor Aregbesola of the Church’s utmost solidarity and support, saying, “We believed in you and your leadership; that is why we are solidly behind you”.

He added, “We have a clear and divine mandate to support you. We have strong belief in you and your leadership to move Osun and Nigeria forward‎ as we are ready to support you with prayers.

“We won’t be part of those distracting you and your government but rather join hands to ensure that you end well as you started well”

Also, the Lay President, Ilesa Diocese of Methodist Church Nigeria, Festus Olusuji Morakinyo applauded Governor Aregbesola’s interventions in all sectors.

He said, “Our Governor has created enabling environment to advance Osun to greater heights. We are proud to have you as our Governor as your tenure has brought tremendous change.

“Moving around the state will expose one to various achievements which your government has made. I was travelling yesterday and I saw the pace of infrastructure development your government has brought to Osun.

“The serenity, the peace and sophistication of the road constructed and still constructing are superb. I can say you have done excellently well, you have constructed good, smooth road which I believe will endure for long, after your tenure.

“I minister in Ilesa, and we appreciate your projects, particularly Ilesa Government High School which is fanciful and beautiful; and we have seen the difference between Ilesa Grammar School of old and its transformation to Ilesa Government High School with all you have done.

“I have never seen schools as big as your schools. They are very beautiful, attractive and beyond what anyone can fault or compete with, even the private schools‎.

“You have never failed in all your projects. You have been sincere about your promises. We have the gigantic building across the state as schools and we also have good roads across the length and breadth of the state.

“We appreciate your sense of understanding to the workers’ plight, particularly the recent approval of all the requests made by the labour unions in the state and the extension of N1billion to pensioners.

“We commend your security intervention. You have bought gadgets for our security. You have taken seriously the security of our people; we can now sleep conveniently with our eyes closed.

“I see you as a revolutionary. Please don’t be distracted. The drive in you is so much that people envy you, but I want you to maintain your good intention to the people of the state because we knew that you have seen the future.

In his remarks, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, expressed profound gratitude to the leadership of the Church for being supportive of his administration.

He described Methodist Church Nigeria as one of the religious groups that have openly and consistently identified with his government through thick and thin.

According to him, “Your church has in the last few years demonstrated genuine love and loyalty to our administration through prayers and fasting.

“Even when it was difficult, you identified with us, you didn’t leave us as you have dedicated prayers for the success of our administration particularly the annual prayers you have made compulsory.

“Though we have spent seven years but our dream is far from what we have been able to achieve, in spite all we have done, hence the needs to collaborate with religious organizations like you for more prayers.

“As much as we commend your denomination for being supportive to our administration, we equally‎ demand for more prayers as we are looking forward to record many other giant strides within the remaining months”, Aregbesola noted.

‎He therefore urged the leadership of the church not to relent in their prayers and fasting for the growth and development of the state.