PHOTONEWS: Aregbesola Attends Opening Of Osogbo New Eid Praying Ground

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun on Thursday attended the Special Prayer Heralding the Opening of the Osogbo Eid Praying Ground.

The Governor was captured at the event by his official photographer, Dolapo Julius exchanging pleasantries with business mogul and the Asiwaju Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji Tunde Badmus as well as the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun.

Others at the event included the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Ajibola Basiru, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barr Kolapo Alimi and muslim faithfuls who trooped to the Eid Praying Ground to observe the special prayers.

Here are photos from the event:


PHOTONEWS: Aregbesola Commissions Late Olufunke Kolawole Resort

Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday performed the Official Commissioning of Lakeside Resort Restaurant Named after Late Mrs. Olufunke Oluwakemi Kolawole, Fmr. Permanent Secretary, Bureau of General Services, Swearing-in Ceremony of the Newly Appointed Nine (9) Headmasters-General / Permanent Secretaries, Three (3) Tutors-General / Permanent Secretaries and Distribution of Bond Certificates to Retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS).

The 3-in-1 event was held at the Resort inside the State Secretariat, Abeere.

Dolapo Julius captured the following photos.

Aregbesola, African Delegates Advocate Tree Planting As Panacea To Climate Change Challenges

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Thursday called for overhauling of forest management to save Nigeria and Africa from imminent climate change.

He said the continued existence of the black race on the African continent lies in protecting and maintaining the natural rain-forests.

This was even as the delegates from 19 African countries at the Afican Forest Forum, a regional West and Central African workshop hosted by the Osun State University and held in Osogbo, Osun State Capital, advocated trees planting to save the continent from possible negative effect of climate change.‎

The participating countries at the forum include; The Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Niger, Benin Republic, Chad, Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania, Guinea Bissau, Cameroon, Liberia, Togo, Congo, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Burundi, Rwanda and the host country, Nigeria.

The members of the Forum with headquarters in Nairobi (Kenya) were on five days West and Central African Workshop to Osun on the need to advance forestry in Africa.

Addressing the participants at the state dinner party organized in honour of the African Forest Forum Training Programme on Modelling Climate and Applications to the Forestry Sector Delegates, Governor Rauf Aregbesola said Africa as a continent didn’t deserve to suffer the bad effect of climate change, had it been the continent’s forest are properly preserved. ‎

Aregbesola attributed the carefree attitude of past leaders to the development of forestry and efficient and effective forest management as cause of the challenges posed by the climate change in Nigeria and Africa.

He expressed displeasure over the way and manner at which the natural rain-forests were being managed in Africa, saying it is high time we rose to the challenge and developed a modality that will strengthen forest management.

Aregbesola lamented the 90 per cent loss of forest resource in Africa, a setback which he said had culminated in the climate change challenges confronting the continent.

He called on the leaders in Africa to wake-up from their slumber by revamping the abundant resources buried in the ‘great lake region’ of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania.
Aregbesola held that the move to resuscitate the vast resources in this region would open the path towards adequate exploration and exploitation of other resources Africa is blessed with.

He warned Africans not to allow the exploiters to take away the God-given resources in the forestry sector.

“It is unfortunate that we are yet to revisit our history by putting all together to revamp the core values and resources residing in the ‘great lake region’‎ as we forgot that the region has the socioeconomic resources to rescue the entire black race from the present challenges.

“Though we have begun forest management since 1890, but in spite of this early knowledge, we have lost 90 per cent of our forest resources, informing us on the need to be more conscious and sensitive to forest development.

“We must begin to understand that afforestation remains the only key to recovering our lost vast land ‎because the greatest test to the freak weather we have in this part of the world is to plant trees so as to prevent the possible havoc from the storms.

“Trees require carbon dioxide and give us oxygen, and since we cannot live for a second without trees, we must encourage seriously the planting of tress as this move will go a long way to protect our environment from possible degradation.

“So, it is important for us to preserve and regenerate our forests as we are all required to be sensitive to our natural environments”, Aregbesola added.
Recalling the impact his administration made at ensuring the planting of trees across the state, Governor Aregbesola said, “we have planted over three million trees across the state”.

“Though we planned to plant five million but now over three million trees have been planted and we are not in any way deterred from achieving the feat as we appreciate the need for worthy atmospheric environment”.

He therefore commended the leadership of the Forum for promoting ‎forestry in Africa, saying their efforts have been yielding positive impacts as being reflected in the people’s attitudes to their environments.

Earlier in his remarks, the Executive Secretary, African Forest Forum, Godwin Kanero, said the Forum has recorded various successes in its public enlightenment programmes‎ organized across the participating countries.
Kanero disclosed that the Forum was established about 10 years ago to finding a lasting solution to the environmental challenges occasioned by deforestation.

He said, “We are concerned about climate change because we have been informed on the need for humanity to preserve natural environment so as to curtail the menace.

“We are just 10 years plus but since we have been on board, we have been working hard to improve on forestry development in Africa.

“We are keen to the need to have stable, decent, worthy and sustainable environment; that is why we are spending so much time and energy on workshops, seminars and trainings”, he stressed.


Aregbesola Visits Offa, Describes Robbery Incident As Shocking

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Friday described as shocking the unfortunate siege on Offa town by armed robbers.

Aregbesola stated this during a condolence visit to the place of Olofa of Offa, Oba Muftau Gbadamosi.

Aregbesola who described the incident as painful, said he has come to commiserate with the people of Offa as a family and and as a government.

The Governor while appealing to those who lost their loved ones to take solace in God, urged security agents to intensify efforts to bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to book.

He said, “we have come to pay condolence to the people of Offa as one big family from Osun because you have always stood by us as a people.

“The people of Osun have come through us as a family to express our pain on the unfortunate incident.

“As we are asking the security agents to quickly unravel the reason and the people behind this evil act, I am telling you that Osun people feel your pain”.

In an address, the Olofa of Offa, Oba Muftau Gbadamosi while expressing gratitude to Governor Aregbsola on the visit said the people of the ancient town has accepted the incident as God’s wish.

He urged governments at all levels to intensify efforts on the on going investigation so that the culprits will be brought to book as soon as possible.

“we have accepted the sad event in good faith and we believe that God will console us and put smiled on our faces again.

“It is good to know that the federal and kwara state governments have taken steps to beef up security around the entire state”. The royal father stated.

PHOTONEWS: Aregbesola Commiserates With Olofa Over Bloody Bank Robbery

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Friday paid a condolence visit to the Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi Esuwoye II over last Thursday’s robbery incident that claimed more than 50 lives in the ancient town.

The monarch who appreciated Governor Aregbesola for the visit prayed for peace calling on government to do all within its powers to safeguard the citizenry.

The Olofa and his visitor later joined Muslim Faithfuls to observe the mandatory 2-rakat Jumaat Prayers at the Central Mosque in Offa.

The prayer was led by the Chief Imam of Offa, Sheik Salman Hussein.

Photos are courtesy Dolapo Julius.

EDITORIAL: A Forward Thrust In Human Capital Development


The opinion of the philanthropist Bill Gates has certainly raised a fire storm. Whatever the pros and cons of the salient points raised, it has achieved a laudable goal of putting human capital development back on the front burner. For an underdeveloped country, this new thrust should act as a vitally needed catalyst.

The visitation just concluded this week of the Universal Basic Education Board (UBEC) to the State of Osun has also given us an insight into the positive gains made in the arena of human capital development by the Osun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB). As can be seen from the positive response of the visitors from Abuja to the site inspection of various projects in the state of Osun, the SUBEB, imaginatively led by Prince Felix Awofisayo has in a tight fiscal climate delivered on its mandate.

Prince Awofisayo in a response made a very insightful observation about the synergy induced as reflected in the trickledown effect it is having on the development of the state. To us the trickledown effect is important. The synergy achieved in the State of Osun between students and teachers is paying off and will ensure long-term sustainability.

Sustainability can also be seen in the excellent initiative of the Osun Teachers Housing estate in Ile-Ife which is a great motivational flip to encouraging teachers and complement the magnificent newly-constructed schools in the state, thereby merging as it were, hardware with software.

This is also reflected in the policy initiatives of the state government. Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola highlighted the efforts of the government towards developing the education sector at the basic level, saying no fewer than 250,000 pupils from grade one to four across the state are being fed daily with nutritious meal through the state school feeding programme known as OMEAL.

He pointed out that his administration has rehabilitated and built modern schools with over 1,633 standard classrooms which accommodate 98,150 pupils, ICT rooms, good offices for staffers as well as  safe playing ground across the state.

We are delighted that the Executive Secretary of UBEC Hamid Boboyi expectedly gave kudos to the work of the State Universal Basic Education Board.

According to him, a lot has been heard about Osun in terms of its investments in the education sector and was amazed with the effort put in place by the state government, saying the commission would do all it  could to help the state move the education forward.

Commending the state government for its effort at raising the standard of education in the state, he stated that the issue of technology and the availability of instructional materials remain one of the challenges of education in Nigeria, adding that the materials will help complement efforts of teachers.

He however urged the government to invest more on the provision of instructional materials.

We give kudos to everyone involved in the forward thrust on human capital development in Osun State, principally the state governor, Ogbeni Aregbesola and the state SUBEB; they have done an excellent job.

Aregbesola Has Done Well, It Would Be Hard For PDP To Take Over From Him – Babatope

By Sodiq Yusuf

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Chief Ebenezer Babatope has lauded Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s achievements in the State of Osun saying it will be hard for the PDP to take over from him in November, 2018.

Babatope stated this on Thursday while featuring on a programme on Rave 91.7fm in Osogbo.

He said the Governor has done well so far; a development that might make it tough for the PDP in Osun to reclaim the state from the APC.

His words “Aregbesola has done well. In everything he has done, he has done it well. It will be very hard for the PDP to take-over from him.”

“As far as am I concerned, Rauf Aregbesola is a performer. The young man has done very well. Anything he touches, he does well. Aregbesola plans well. Go round the state, Osogbo and all other places, kudos to him.  Even if I am opposed to the APC and what Buhari’s federal government has done, I can never discredit Aregbesola and his government, he has done well.”

On the current crisis in Osun PDP, Chief Babatope who is a member of the Board of Trustees of the nation’s opposition party is of the opinion that the party will be reconciled to give other parties a good fight at the polls.

PHOTONEWS: Governor Aregbesola Attends APC NEC

Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Monday attended the National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress which ratified the position of many members on the ongoing battle with the tenure elongation moves for Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the party’s national chairman.

The meeting held that while modalities for the elective national convention are put in place, members of the National Working Committee must resign and given waiver to recontest in the elections.

Photos are courtesy Dolapo Julius.

PHOTONEWS: Aregbesola Attends Mrs Emenike’s Burial

Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Saturday honoured the invitation by the High Chief (Sir) Ikechi Emenike & Family to the Funeral service of their Matriarch, Nneoma (Chief) Mrs. Helen Egobeke Emenike Uwagbama in Abia State.

He was joined at the ceremony by the Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu.

Photos are by Dolapo Julius.

Aregbesola Commiserates With Kwara Over Robbery Incident

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has commiserated with Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, the government and people of Kwara State over the robbery incident on five new generation banks in Offa town on Thurssday.

In a tweet via his official twitter handle on Friday, Governor Aregbesola extended his condolence to the Olofa of Offa, Chiefs and the entire indigenes and residents of the ancient town calling on security agencies to nab the bandits.

It will be recalled that the robbery of Offa banks lasted an hour on Thursday with an undisclosed number of casualties while huge sums of money were carted away by the men of the underworld.

See the tweet below: