Benue Killings: Aregbesola Sues For Peace

By Nofisat Marindoti

Following the recent clash between Herdsmen and farmers in Benue State which resulted in killings, Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has sued for peace, saying it has become imperative for every Nigerian to work assiduously for the peace of the nation by avoiding anything that could lead to war.

Aregbesola said this at the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Osogbo, the state capital on Monday.

Aregbesola described peace as the foundation for economic and political development, stressing that no development could take place in a crisis situation.

Bemoaning war and its consequences, Aregbesola urged Nigerians to shun activities that could lead to war in the country.

“Through carelessness, thoughtlessness, selfishness, wickedness and hate mongering, the country may unwittingly be pushing itself towards another war.

“War is a very bad business. It is costly, deadly and ruinous, even for a supposedly winner. It is worse for the loser. Indeed, all are losers in a war. The resources, human and material, used to prosecute wars could have been used for the development of the people. The lesson of history is that nations and people emerged from wars weakened, devastated, poor and vulnerable.

“The worst part is that though a nation’ s decision to go to war or not may be easy before the outbreak of hostilities, it is more difficult and sometimes impossible to decide to stop a war; thus we have prolonged and sometimes an indeterminate war. This is the hard part.

“We see the devastations of war in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon (and closer home) in Liberia and Sierra Leone. While some like Liberia and Sierra Leone are fortunate to put the war behind them, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and Iraq have found it difficult to stop their own wars.

“Lebanon lost its Paradise and Pearl of the Middle East status to the United Arab Emirates. The mutual antagonism and distrust that the Nigerian Civil War bred are still with us.” he added.

The Governor also called on Nigerians, especially the youths, to break away from the culture of dependence on the free money from crude oil, urging them to apply their education to solving problems facing humanity.

Aregebsola said this would be the way to make sustainable wealth because oil would soon lose its importance.

According to him, “In the interest of the black race, Nigeria must not just exist, it must be strong to be able to lead the continent to achieve its manifest destiny.

“The greatest riches of the continent are domiciled in the Great Lakes Region comprising Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya , Rwanda , Tanzania and Uganda.

“Nigeria should be strong and provide leadership with South Africa and the leaders of the region to be able to develop these riches for the development of the people of the continent and for Africa to be able to take her place in the world.”

PHOTONEWS: Aregbesola Lays Wreath In Honour Of Fallen Soldiers

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun on Monday laid wreath in honour of Nigeria’s Slain soldiers in Osogbo.

The laying of wreath ceremony is an annual event in commemoration of January 15, the day Biafra Soldiers surrendered to Nigeria’s Armed Forces marking the end of the Nigerian Civil War in 1970.

Tagged the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, the event is also geared towards recognizing efforts of Nigeria’s armed forces in safeguarding the nation’s territorial integrity and as well celebrate the living legends.

At the event in Osun were the immediate past Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Aregbesola’s Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, the SSG, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti as well as the Chairman, Nigerian Legion, Osun State, Col Alimi Samotu (Rtd.)

Osun To Map Out 10-Year Development Plan

The Osun State Ministry for Economic Planning, Budget and Development will today (Monday) begin a five-day retreat/capacity building workshop to create a new 10-year State Development Plan.

The retreat is aimed at consolidating the gains of the Rauf Aregbesola administration and other founding fathers of Osun since its creation.

The state’s development plan (2018-2028) is hinged on creating a focus on how to achieve the development objectives and goals for the state with a view to improving the living conditions of the residents in the next 10 years.

A statement by the commissioner, Dr. Olalekan Yinusa, said the development plan is expected to be a public document that will list the state’s overarching policy position and the strategies for achieving it.

Yinusa said the workshop would build the capacity of state officials, who will champion the process towards the development and implementation of the State Development Plan, when delivered.

The commissioner said the envisioning/capacity building workshop is expected to end on January 19.

The workshop will hold at the Royal Park Hotel, Iloko-Ijesa.

The statement reads: “I wish to intimate you of the approval of Mr. Governor on the five-day envisioning/capacity building workshop on the formulation of the State Development Plan (2018-2028).

“The State Development Plan is expected to be a public document outlining the state’s overarching policy position, outcomes and impact of the activities of the present administration and those of previous administrations. It is not about a particular person; it is not about a political party! It is about the future of our state and those unborn or still to be born children of Osun! Consequently, all hands must be on deck to ensure its success.

“The next important step is the envisioning/capacity building workshop for various stakeholders, who are key to the process of crafting and implementing the State Development Plan.”

Those expected at the workshop include Governor Aregbesola, his deputy, Iyaafin Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, Osun House of Assembly Speaker Najeem Salam, Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Hon Kamil Oyedele among others.

Tributes As Aregbesola’s Ex-Aide, Amuda Dies

The death of the former Special Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State on Works and Transport, Engr. Olaepo Amuda has been described as a loss to the state.

According to Daily Trust, The Commissioner for Information in the state, Mr Adelani Baderinwa said that the deceased served the state to the best of his ability and prayed that God will give his family the fortitude to bear the loss.

The Late Sabitu Amuda

Baderinwa said, “The death of the former Special Adviser to the Governor of the State of Osun on Works and Transport, Engr Depot Amuda is very unfortunate. He was a good man and he served this state to the best of his capacity. God will give his family the fortitude to bear the loss.”

Also, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Information and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon while mourning Amuda said the news of his death came as a rude shock.

The Oluwo of Iwo where the deceased hailed from, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi said the death of Amuda was an injury to Iwo and its people.

He described the deceased as a blessing to Nigeria, noting his contribution to humanity was remarkable.

Aregbesola Donates N150, 000 School Fee Of FUTA Student Robbed by Gunmen

The Governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Friday donated a sum of N150, 000 to a student of Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Mayowa Balogun who was robbed of his school fees by yet to be identified gunmen in Osogbo last week Friday.

According to Balogun, some armed men in a supposed red security patrol vehicle accosted him on his way from a bank to deposit the sum into his account, forced him into the vehicle and drove him round the city of Osogbo for about four hours.

Balogun said he was dropped after the armed men have collected the N120, 000 with which he was going to settle his school fees and other sundry payments from him.

The incident has since been generating reactions on the social media, and Aregbesola who his active on his twitter account came across the matter.

Presenting the N150, 000 cash to Balogun on Friday, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa said the governor was worried on the incident, particularly on what becomes the fate of the student if he could not raise the school fee again, hence his intervention.

Baderinwa who presented the cash at the office of the Commissioner of Police, Mr Adeoye Fimihan, said: Aregbesola got to know the matter through the social media and as a compassionate person, he offered his assistance. He cherishes Mayowa’s education and he does not want anything to stop it.”

In her remarks, Mayowa’s mother, Mrs Balogun who received the cash, said: “I do appreciate Aregbesola’s projects and I am always happy whenever I see him. Even when some people complain about nonpayment of salary, I know him to be a caring and nice person.

“The money to me shows that he is a caring father; he makes me happy and wipes away my tears, because I cried when I got to know that Mayowa has been robbed of his school fees. I suffered a lot to raise money to take care of my children. I collected thrift to get the school fee. God will continue to make
Aregbesola happy. His administration will not falter.”

Speaking, Mayowa absolved police from complicity in the crime, saying: ‘I have been shown all the red vehicles being used for security patrol and I could not find the one that was used to rob me. Also, I did not see any of the people that robbed me among the police officers that were always on patrol shown to me..

The commissioner of police, Mr Fimihan said the police were still investigating the matter, promising that they would get to its root.

Commending the police, Baderinwa said: “The governor commended the security operatives in the state and he is proud of them. He is committed to providing adequate security for lives and property in the state.”

Civil Engineers Laud Aregbesola On Infrastructural Development

The Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (NICE) has lauded Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun for committing the required percentage of the state’s resources on infrastructure development in the state.

According to the civil engineers, the Aregbesola’s administration met and exceeded the minimum of six percent of its GDP recommended for infrastructural development.

The leadership of the Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers gave the commendation in Osogbo, the capital of the State of Osun at a public lecture.

Speaking on the theme of the conference: “Infrastructure Development and Index for National Development”, the former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Ekiti State University, Professor Olugbenga Aribisala, lauded Aregbesola’s commitment to human and capital developments in the state.

Aribisala said the present administration in Osun has raised the bar of governance in all socio-economic
sectors, particularly on infrastructure development.

He acknowledged the Aregbesola’s government for always making adequate budgetary provisions for the maintenance of infrastructure sustainability since inception.

According to him, the Osun state government has shown a very great example of government funding on projects as the state in the last seven years has been committing over 6% of the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on infrastructure development.

”I want to state here unequivocally that Osun state has exceeded the minimum of 6 per cent of its GDP recommended for infrastructure developments.

“Since the diversification of the economy remains impossible without adequate infrastructure, there is need for government at all levels to make the required budgetary provisions for the maintenance of
infrastructure development as being done in Osun.

“Obviously, the Osun state government has shown a very great example on how infrastructure should be properly and adequately funded by governments as the state has exceeded the minimum of six per cent of its GDP recommended for infrastructural development.

“As an institution involved in civil engineering policies and recommendations, we can rightly confirm that the seven years of the present administration in Osun has been full of numerous big civil engineering infrastructure projects across the state.

“We have been moving around Nigeria and have been to several states in the country, we have never seen a state like Osun with huge proliferation of infrastructure development in spite of her meager resources.

“The types of projects which we have seen in Osun are the types that students of civil engineering need to come and understudy because they are breath taking.

”I want to use this medium to appeal to both the federal and state governments to make budgetary provisions for the infrastructural sustainability”, Prof. Aribisala noted.

Earlier in his remarks, the National President, Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, Engineer Andem Ekpo-Bassey, commended the level of infrastructure in the state, saying Osun has distinguished itself among its peers in developing infrastructure in all sectors of the economy.

“Without mincing words, I can tell you that you are very lucky in Osun to have a governor like Aregbesola who has decided to embark on the third type of project, which is targeted at human development.

“I can confidently tell you that Osun is on the right path to economic development, it may not have been happening today, but with what I have seen on ground, Aregbesola has secured the future for this state.

“Infrastructural development is the way to go if any economy wants to get out of the woods and be self-sustaining” Ekpo-Bassey said.

In his remarks, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola commended the leadership of NICE for organising the Conference in the state.

Aregbesola who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Transport, Engineer Nurudeen Adeagbo, encouraged engineers on the need for them to champion professional ethics and standards as they play a crucial role in national growth and development.

Aregbesola Tasks Osun Residents On Hygienic Environment

By Israel Afolabi

The Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has charged the people of the state to take environmental sanitation serious in their various environments.

Ogbeni Aregbesola disclosed this on Wednesday during a town Hall meeting on sanitation held at the Local Government Service Commission State Secretariat Complex, Osogbo, State of Osun.

The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Environment and Sanitation, Hon. Idowu Korede said, the town Hall meeting was to deliberate on how to improve sanitation in the state.

According to him, “We are planning with people of the state on sanitation which will be of benefit to both the people and government.

“We should all maintain cleanliness of our various communities for healthy living”, he added.
He said that the state government is taking good step to clean the nooks and crannies in the state and thereby saving property.

He urged every local government area in the state to consider maintaining clean environment in their domain as a big task.

He said, “The major aim of any local government should be sanitation because it helps good living”.

He advised market women and men to continue to clean their premises for good hygiene.

However, in his remark, General Manager, Osun Waste Management Agency (OWMA), Alhaji Ganiyu Oyeladun said that the meeting was called to deliberate on sanitation improvement in other to avoid cholera outbreak in the state.

According to him, “we want Osun to continue to progress on sanitations because the O’Clean family meeting involved everyone”.

“We need to do it from town to town and local government to local government” he added.

In his remark, the state commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Alimi Kolapo, urged the people to maintain cleanliness in their various environments.

He said, “Our people have neglected sanitation in various towns, now we all needs to resuscitate it again in the state”.

However, in their various contributions, all the stakeholders resolved that government should maintained its environmental policies and to continued to organise summit frequently.

They urged every citizen to comply with environment sanitation laws for good hygiene.

Meanwhile, the representative of Private Sector Partnership (PSP), Mr Adeniyi Babatunde commended the state government for its effort so far on sanitation and urged every citizen to continue to support the present administration. He advised the government to solicit law against illegal dumpsites across the state.

LCDA Boss Seeks Unflinching Support For Governor Aregbesola

By Sodiq Lawal

The Executive Secretary of Ife Central West Local Council Development Area, Barrister Bisi Oladosu has urged citizens of the state to keep hope alive and join hands with Governor Rauf Aregbesola as he midwifes through the ongoing economic downturn.

In an exclusive interview with our correspondent, the council boss said the governor is employing uncommon wisdom and making personal sacrifices to lay solid and irreversible foundation for Osun.

He said the governor is pre-occupied with minimizing the pains caused by Nigeria’s economic recession and still keep significant development going in spite of enormous challenges.

He called for the understanding and appreciation from the people of the state while encouraging them to give their support to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who is steering the ship of state in stormy waters.

Oladosu also praised Aregbesola’s administration for its welfare inputs into the lives of citizens, widows and youths.

He however urged youths to shun all defamatory statements against the Governor.

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!!!!!!!