Aregbesola Charges Communication Officers to Improve Delivery

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has charged Communication Officers of donor-funded projects and support operation in the State to be more effective in keeping the citizenry abreast of developmental strides in the State.

During an interactive session with the Image makers facilitated by the Senior Technical Adviser to the Governor of Osun on Development Partners and International Relations, Dr. Michael Olugbile, the Governor said adequate reportage of their activities through the print, electronic and the new media was necessary to keep citizens abreast of the monumental strides his administration has achieved through the projects and support operation in the state.

Ogbeni Aregbesola ,who assured the media practitioners of his unalloyed support, enjoined them not to rest on their oars in giving the activities of their beats the deserving maximum publicity in the interest of their productivity and the present administration under his leadership that has not left any stone unturned in ensuring that poverty becomes a thing of the past through his several social safety net initiatives and programmes, which he opined are not only second to none but have also repeatedly earned his administration plethora of accolades nationally and internationally from the World Bank, UNICEF, etc.

In their separate responses at the program Oluwamayowa Fagbohungbe of Osun YESSO, Femi Anwo of FADAMA, Gbenga Oni of SLOGOR, Adedoja Adedokun of Osun RAMP, Olusola Adepoju of Osun RUWESA and Mrs. Aduke Obelawo of Osun CSDP assured Governor Aregbesola of improved services.

International Financial Experts Applaud Aregbesola For Judicious Use of SUKUK Bond

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has been applauded for his use of Sukuk Bond by the Managing Director, United Insurance, Sudan,Dr. Tarig Khalil, Professor Ziyaad Mahomed of IFISA, Mounir Aliya from Saudi Arabia and Dr Umar Abdul Mutallab who expressed their satisfaction at the African International Conference on Islamic Finance, in Abuja.

At the event, Dr. Umar Abdul Mutallab who described Aregbesola as fairless, transparent and prudent in financial resources said
“Aregbesola embraced SUKUK when many States and Countries lack the deep understanding of what SUKUK really stands for and utilise the opportunity judiciously. State of Osun under the administration of Rauf Aregbesola has become a reference points to states and Countries ín West Africa which the Federal Government of Nigeria has just key into recently with One hundred billion naira SUKUK bond”.

Meanwhile, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who was represented by the Commissioner of Finance, explained that the decision to have a combination of both the conventional and faith -based bond in its Bond Issuance programme in 2013 was borne out of the desire to ensure easy marketability of the bond and also to further exhibit the current administration’s transparency and accountability in her various financial transactions.

Super Eagles Can Make Us Proud In Russia – Aregbesola

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has congratulated the Super Eagles of Nigeria for becoming the first African nation to secure a spot in next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.

In a statement signed by the media adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, Aregbesola urged to Super Eagles to keep their foot on the ground and do the nation proud in Russia next year.

An ardent Arsenal fan himself, Aregbesola urged the Nigeria Footballer Federation to continue to fully support the team.

“I congratulate the Super Eagles on the feat, who would have thought that in a group with football powerhouses like Cameroon, Zambia and Algeria, we would have qualified with a game to spare”.

“I am proud of what this team has been able to achieve so far and I believe they can make us proud in Russia. “

“The Nigeria Football Federation must from this moment begin to make arrangements that will ensure that we have a successful showing in next year’s competition”

“ For the first time in a long while, we are not having to depend on other countries to do us a favor for us to qualify”

Aregbesola also congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians for what he described as a milestone while also praising the team and members of the technical crew for their patriotism.

Aregbesola: It’s Time We Return To Farming

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State , has said that it is time for Nigeria to go back to farming to sustain itself, saying a time would come when the nation would be left with no other option than agriculture.

Aregbesola said this while inspecting 40 acres of farmland owned by the state in Ilesha area. Similar farmlands have been created in all the 24 Local Government Areas.

Aregbesola said government at all levels must do whatever it can to boost food production in the country.

“As we all know, food and shelter are too essential for the survival of humanity and no serious government will trivialise the need to encourage agriculture, particularly at a time when the value of crude oil is progressively sliding into zero.

“It has been brought into public knowledge that in the next 20 years, it will be practically impossible to import food, not because there won’t be money to do so, but there won’t be food to import.

“So, to prevent this unforeseen circumstantial uncertainty, then it is time to go into massive food production capable of making us self sufficient and as well encouraging surplus for export.

“Our major economic product, crude oil, will soon become unpopular as it is evident that in the next 25 years, there will no longer be a serious automobile company that will be producing petroleum powered vehicles.

“The major buyers of Nigeria’s crude oil have declared that by 2030, petroleum powered automobiles will no longer be produced.

” And what this implies is that, petroleum will become an ordinary commodity, and not a money making commodity as we have it now.”

Aregbesola said the farmland was cultivated to make the state to be self sufficient in food production and as well make Osun the food basket of Western Nigeria.

He said the initiative was also aimed at fighting the scourge of irregular farming by encouraging modern agriculture practices through irrigation.

He commended volunteers of the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) on their efforts in maintaining the farmland.

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Appointment of DPP: Why Aregbesola Should Be Commended

By Ishola ‘Layinka

 

Let me start by congratulating, Mrs Adejare Bello, the new Director of Public Prosecution in the Ministry of Justice, State of Osun on her elevation by Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

 

Her appointment, though in line with practices at bar where most senior personnel automatically assumed a vacant position as it is enshrined in the Civil Service Rules and Regulations but some political watchers have a different view about this as they claimed that such position is too sensitive to be left in the hands of supposed opposition.

 

Rather than being unnecessarily emotional, I think Mr Governor should be commended for his courage for professionalism as against usual political patronage witnessing in our society. This is a foretaste of independent posture to allow every organ of government run without any incursion from any quarters.

 

It is an organ where due process is followed as appointments to positions are sensitive, sacrosanct and affirmative as it is dictated by the procedure of the rule of law. It is, however, unethical to undermine the true tenets of complying with the law and making decisions that are bent on political permutations, settlement and sentiment.

 

The framers of the rules ensured that the office was independent, so that the holder could not be influenced or pressured by any other person or authority. However, ultimate authority for authorising prosecutions lies with the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, since that is a political post, and it is desired to have a non-political (public service) post carry out this function in most circumstances, the prosecutorial powers of the AG are normally delegated to the DPP.

The recent appointment of the wife of a former speaker of Osun Assembly under Peoples Democratic Party PDP administration, Hon Adejare Bello as the new director of public prosecution is not far-fetched. It is purely on merit and promotional cadre standards.

 

Although the position of the DPP is a sensitive position, it is a position that strictly belongs to the most senior to the cadre in civil service.

 

Here, the constitution empowers the Governor to appoint the Director of Public Prosecution but in line with the provisions, it must be someone in the line and the public service cadre.

 

Though the prerogative of the Governor to appoint those perceived to be loyal to the government, the governor decided to appoint the next in line in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

Then, agitations here and there. Why did Aregbesola refuse to appoint someone who does not come from PDP background? Why did he appoint his enemy’s relations to the coveted post? Will political cases of the ruling party not suffer? Answer to this is No! No! No! The Constitution has to be followed without hindrance. The governor as the number one citizen of the state should show example by following and tolling the dictates of the rule of law.

 

The appointment of Bello’s wife as DPP is simply in compliance with the promotional rules of the civil service. The Governor only needs to appoint as Constitution demands. As an APC governor appoints a PDP background person as a sensitive officer in the state judiciary, it is customary and bent on professionalism which should be seen as a departure from the old order of favouring unqualified personnel.

 

To many crucifying Aregbesola for this, they are wrong. First, Mr Governor cannot appoint out of selfishness, he should appoint based on competence and professionalism and not hatred or political bickering.

 

Appointments are based on merit and competence. The Singular act does not mar the government but scores the ruling APC high. If it were to be in the days of inglorious PDP, they would rather go berserk and toll impunity lane they are known for.

 

The governor intends with this to reward professionalism, action and follow the procedure. It is therefore pertinent to know that the individual has served the state in many capacities even before the arrival of Governor Aregbesola in 2010. So, her promotion is deserved and not on party lines.

 

It is on this note, I urge Mrs Bello to justify her appointment by staying clear partisanship in the discharge of her duty and bring her wealth of experience to bear on her new assignment.

 

Osun A Dara Oooooo

 

 

Tinubu, Akande, Oyinlola, Osun traditional rulers pay Aregbesola condolence visit over mother’s death…eulogize Mrs Aregbesola’s virtues

Following the death of the mother of Osun state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Adebisi Akande, former Osun state Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola on Wednesday stormed Osogbo on condolence visit to the bereaved- Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
This was even as the traditional rulers in the state were also in attendance to express their condolences to Governor Aregbesola and the entire family of the deceased.
Among others who have come to condole with Aregbesola are Senator Musilu Obanikoro, the Southwest Zonal Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Pius Akinyelure.
Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola died on Tuesday at age 84 years at her residence in Ilesa‎, Osun state and she was buried on the same day.
In their separate remarks, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, described the deceased as an enigmatic woman whose entire life was dedicated to service ‎God and humanity.
He described Late Saratu Aregbesola as a woman who dedicated her life for the education of her children and their well being.
‎Tinubu added,  “I know late Saratu Aregbesola just as I know her son- Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. Mama was a virtuous woman par excellence. She was a woman indeed whose character could not be faulted for any reason because she dedicated her entire life to service God and humanity.
“She was a good mother not only to her children but to all. She took us very well. She loved us just as sheloved her children.
“Nobody has the control of his or her life except God. He gives and takes, so for the death of Mama Aregbesola, we thank God for taking him graciously.
“Though her death is painful but there can not be a better time for her exit than now because one can not write a biography of a great woman than the success which God had made Mama to accomplished during her life time.
“We give solace in the fact that Mama lived a good life and left a great legacy worthy of emulation. She left a good legacy by giving her children best things of life as been manifested in the life of Governor Aregbesola.
“So, there is nothing certain as death and for this reason, we pray God t give her eternal rest and give Aregbesola and other members of the family the fortitude and courage to bear the irreparable loss.
Corroborating similar gestures, the former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Adebisi Akande and former Osun state Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, described late Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola as a woman that can never be forgotten in the history of humanity.
They described the death of Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola as a colossa loss to her children, family and the entire people of Osun as her legacies made most especially to oversee the victory of Governor Aregbesola will be forever be remembered in the book of histroy.
The duo while consoling Aregbesola to take solace in God for ensuring a gracious exit for Mama, thanked God for making the Governor to live behind his mother.
To Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and an APC chieftain from Borno, Hon. Kazim Imam, described late Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola as \’a rare gem of humanity\’.
According to ‎Obanikoro, \’I express my lofty sympathy for the loss of Mama. There is no doubt that Mama has gone to Paradize because her life was dedicated to service God and humanity. She built good legacy and this was reflected in the quality of her children, family and those who her life impacted in one way or the other.
Also, three of the traditional rulers in the state, the Akinrun of Ikirun, Oba AdulRauf Adedeji, Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun and Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Adesola, described late Saratu as a woman of virtues.
In his response, Governor Rauf Aregbesola described her mother as an extra-ordinary woman who had no means of qualification in motherhood.
He said his mother lived all her life to ensure that her children receive best training a good woman can ever give to children in all ramifications.
‎While giving thanks to God for giving him a virtuous woman as mother, Aregbesola said his mother\’s love for children can never be undermined as her entire life was passionately lived to service God, for her children and the entire humanity.
Governor Aregbesola expressed profound gratitude to those who participated in the burial ceremony of his mother most especially the islamic clerics.
“The death of my mother caught me unexpected because I had no premonition that such a thing would happen otherwise I may not be where I was when the news of her death was broken.
“But in all, I give thanks to God that my mother lived a worthy life that anyone could pray for. She was a mother indeed. She loved us and she always stand by us in all situations.
“She was a committed, dedicated ‎and virtuous woman whose dedicated her life to ensure our collective greatness”, Aregbesola added.

I Am Amazed At Osun’s Development Inspite Meager Resources -Ambode

…As Lagos, Osun Governors Renew Calls For Regional Integration.

The governor of Lagos, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, on Thursday said he was amazed at the pace of development taking place in Osun despite its very meagre resources.

He said his administration would do everything possible to support Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun at ensuring the success of his government.

This was even as the two governors renewed the calls for and reaffirmed their commitments towards the actualisation of South-West regional integration.

A statement by the Bureau of Communication and Strategy, signed by its Director, Semiu Okanlawon, quoted the two governors as making the calls when Ambode paid a courtesy call on Aregbesola at the Government House in Osogbo.

Ambode was quoted in the statement as saying it was time for the region to fully exploit its potential by standing by what Aregbesola of Osun has been championing since the beginning of his administration.

He stated that the Lagos state government is fully committed to the regional integration of the South West for its economic potential to be fully harnessed and sustained.

The Lagos State Governor added that the time is right for all well-meaning indigenes of the region to rally round and ensure that the South West begins to rely on its economic endowments as means of being independent.

He said, “We have an historic duty to join Aregbesola in championing what he has been clamouring for, which is the integration of the South west.

“I fully commit myself to the integration of the South-West because I believe it is the only way the region can fully explore its potentials for the benefit of all.

“I can assure you that the South West has all it takes to stand alone and survive without having to depend on any external means of funding”

Ambode highlighted the developmental strides of Aregbesola in Osun, saying the Governor has laid unprecedented marks of development in the state.

He commended the Governor for being steadfast to weather the financial storm and challenges the state is passing through, while assuring the Osun government that Lagos State will support Osun with what it can to the end.

He urged Aregbesola to continue the good work, saying the reward of hard work is more work while also charging the Governor to ensure that the legacies are not destroyed.

“We are in consonance with what Aregbesola is doing in Osun. I cannot begin to define how Osun has developed under this administration.

“I am particularly amazed by commitment to developing the state despite the tough economic challenges the state is passing through.

“I want to assure you that Lagos State Government will continue to support Osun till the end with all it can. I don’t want the development to stop and he should be reminded that the reward for hard work is more work.” Ambode stated.

Responding, Aregbesola said that any move for development in the South West without regional integration is like a child’s play compared to the kind of development the region will experience if there is full regional integration.

Aregbesola stated that the call for the regional integration of the South West must be taken beyond mere rhetorics, stressing that all the South West governors must work towards actualising it before the end of their current tenures.

The Osun governor said the only state that can survive on its own is Lagos, which he said is not too good because other states in the South West will be over dependent on Lagos if that happens.

He said it is in the interest of Lagos and other states in the South West to clamour for the regional integration in all aspects of life.

“There can be no meaningful development in the South west without the integration of the region.

“It is the only way we can fully take advantage of the comparative competitiveness that exists in our region. That is why we commend the efforts of the Lagos State Government on the move for regional integration.

“It is time for us as a region to take the issue of regional integration beyond mere rhetoric, we need to actualise it before the end our various tenures.

“I want us to set the shortest period of our tenure as the deadline to actualise the dream because it is the best for this region.”

“We must pursue the clamour for the southwest regional integration to advance social-economic, political and education relationship for the comparative competitiveness,” Aregbesola said.

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Photonews: Gov. Aregbesola Attends Anglican Church Synod

Governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola today attended the opening ceremony of the Diocese of Osun North East Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) to unveil Bishop’s Presidential Address at the 2017 Diocesan Synod.

In an unexpected twist, many Christians who have previously accused the state governor of plans to Islamize the state were taken by surprise as the governor upon entering the church as a sign of respect, removed his cap throughout the duration of the event.

The event which was well attended by the array of church members had in attandant the state of Osun Deputy Governor, Otunba Titi Laoye-Tomori, Royal Fathers and Clergymen.

Find photos from the event below:

Exclusive List Of Osun’s Executive Council

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday swore-in his 39 member executive council comprising Commissioners and Special Advisers, thus inaugurating the team that would accompany him in what he called “our home run.” Below is a list of the commissioners and special advisers

Commissioners:

1) Ismail Jayeoba Alagbada: Commerce, Co-operatives, Industries and Empowerment

2) Miss Mobolaji Akande: Human Resources and Capacity Building

3) Kolapo Alimi: Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs

4) Mrs Mofolake Adetohun Adegboyega: Empowerment and Youths Development

5) Mr. Emmanuel Kunle Ige: Agriculture, Food Security and Youths Engagement

6) Dr. Surajudeen Bashir Ajibola: Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice

7) Mr. Bola Ilori: Regional Integration

8) Hon. Idiat Babalola: Commissioner for Federal Matters

9) Hon. Biyi Odunlade: Social Affairs Special Needs

10) Wasiu Kolawole Omotunde-Young: Education

11) Mudasiru Hussain: Cabinet Matters

12) Oguntola Mudasir Toogun: Special Duties

13) Idowu Michael Korede: Environment and Sanitation

14) Alh. Bola Oyebamiji: Finance

15) Mr Adelani Baderinwa : Information and Strategy

16) Mrs Latifat Giwa: Women Affairs

17) Engr Remi Omowaiye: Innovation and Technology

18) Dr. Rafiu Kusamotu: Health

19) Engr. Kazeem Aderemi Salami: Works and Transport

20) Dr. Dauda Yinusa: Economy, Planning and Budget

21) Dauda Adebiyi: Home Affairs

22) Akintunde Akinajo: Lands and Physical Planning

Special Advisers:

1) Hon. Samuel Adebisi: Special Adviser to the Governor Local Government and Chieftain Affairs

2) Barrister Mikail Adejare Adebisi: Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Projects, Office of the Governor

3) Barrister  Gbenga Akano: Special Adviser to the Governor on Tax Matters

4) Hon. Ipoola Binuyo: Special Adviser to the Governor on Legislative Matters

5) Gbenga Oyinlola: Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Matters

6) Mr. Ayinde Olateju: Special Adviser to the Governor on Science and Technology

7) Mr. Ismail Adetoyese: Special Aviser to the Governor on Wealth Creation

8) Simeon Popoola : Special Adviser to the Governor on Commerce

9) Olajide Opatola: Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment and Sanitation

10) Tunde Ajilore : Special Adviser to the Governor on Natural, Mineral Resources

11) Claudius Kolajo : Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Food Security and Youth Engagement

12)Ademola : Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Production and Efficiency

13) Grace Oluyemi: Special Adviser to the Governor on Higher Education Bursary of Schools

14) Mrs Taiwo Oluga: Special Adviser to the Governor on Culture and Tourism

15) Olugebenga Awosode: Special Adviser to the Governor on Cooperative

16) John Ibirogba: Special Adviser to the Governor on Women and Community Affairs

The Largeness Of Aregbesola In Osun, Lagos And Nigeria- Oluremi Omowaiye

Our progenitor, the great Oranmiyan who has become a phenomenon in Yorubaland traversing the old Oyo empire up to the present day Ile Ife was a Prince, a King, warrior and custodian of cultural authority during his heroic days. Many centuries after he left, another symbol of peace, progress and prosperity for the Yoruba race emanated with unquenchable zeal, implosive passion and a thoroughly-defined concept for unusual governance in the state of osun, Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola appeared on the political scene. The Oranmiyan of our time.

 

Arguably and interestingly, ever since he assumed the position of the chief executive officer in Osun, he has come under tense and heavy criticism, largely orchestrated by the opposition . However, the radiating love between him and his people (citizens, residents and electorates) previously; recently and presently remain uncompromised and waxing stronger still and that is the fact.

 

Fundamentally, Rauf Aregbesola is a mountainous movement, better described as an unstoppable revolution. It is a promulgation of enduring legacies for today and the coming generations: these and more he professed, he has demonstrated over the years in deeds, words and actions.

 

Traveling down memory lane, just thirty two months ago, the most vindictive and politically intimidating election since the advent of the 4th republic was conducted on August 9th 2014 in the state of Osun: political scientists often refer to it as an over – militarized supervised ballot of  a little above 700,000  electorates where well above 70,000 security operatives stretching from masked DSS to army officers, mobile and regular policemen and several other paramilitary agencies terrorized and intimidate innocent and law abiding Osun electorates but the Osun people rose and stood against tiring oppression, frightening influence and terrific intimidation with the broom mentality of purposeful unity, Aregbesola won clearly .

 

His dexterity and natural instinct of participatory governance is legendary. He posits with enormous humility that he remains the only governor who can confidently boast of two large territories in different domains of Osun East senatorial district and Lagos West senatorial district where he can make himself available for an election if he so desires to run after the expiration of his tenure as governor on November 27th 2018 and that is fact.

 

Putting the issues in clear perspectives, the success story of infrastructural development under Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Lagos State between 1999 – 2007 and beyond which epitomizes symbolic revolution in massive infrastructural development, the futuristic implementable ideas of visionary designs under successive administration which have become a working template is the “large syndrome and mentality of Aregbesola” in the eyes and perspective of an average Lagosian . It cannot be waved away, it cannot be brushed aside and it is documented with indelible ink in the annals of the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure at the Centre of Excellence.

 

Till date, his unflinching loyalty, strength and noticeable discipleship to the Tinubu political dynasty makes him the delight of the politician and a force to reckon with in the political landscape of Lagos and beyond.

 

Is Aregbesola actually a large political heavyweight in Osun? How? When? Where? Well, his mode of governance is patently unusual, reversing the old trends and bringing government in its entirety and totality closer to the governed by expressly surprising the over 4million teeming populace in Osun through the constitutional and conventional roles of entrenching the depth of democratic principles with legacy projects. The visible synergy with the people is unexplainable as he remains the only African leader who has demonstrated love with the downtrodden and average citizens through “THE WALK TO LIVE” initiative, a street credibility mechanism to promote physical fitness, a precursor to stable health to disembark every bodily channel predisposition to disease. He has walked over 100Km with his people under this concept.

 

The construction of new 70 state-of-the-art educational facilities for elementary, middle and high school pupils/students, with complementary renovation of additional 1500 classrooms. Timely approval and construction of over 1000klms of rural and urban roads, our government alone has served 200,000,000 plates of nutritious meal as at December 31st 2016 with 250,000 dished out daily under the O-Meal scheme with O – REAP (Osun Rural Enterprise and agriculture programme) a platform for peasant and mechanized farmers to translate their farm produce into profits and prosperity as the bed rock.

 

Undoubtedly, chunk of our Osun success stories have now metamorphosed into a national template for implementation of the blueprint of APC Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government. The school meal feeding programme termed O – MEAL is been test run in 16 states of the federation, O – YES (Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme) produced 40,000 jobs within 6years, reduced the statistical rate of unemployment according to the publication of the National Bureau of Statistics, even the World Bank recognized this singular effort and international awards are uncountable in this regards.

 

The highly responsive Osun Special Ambulance scheme (O – Ambulance) don’t discriminate between Fulanis, Ibibio, Efik, Igbira or Oyos when discharging effectively their statutory duties of saving accident victims and offering emergencies services to the residents of Osun , our records showed that 12,000 lives have been saved from untimely death within four years of operation. Our drive to make our state more environmentally friendly by rehabilitating mentally deranged persons combed or dumped on the streets of Osun is yielding joy for hopeless families, 160 or more of such homes are praying for the Aregbesola administration.

 

We cannot exhaust all existing channels to salute the doggedness, patience and understanding of the rank and file our entire workforce, the labour unions for standing unceremoniously with us in solidarity, our performance was slowed down due to the economic recession where funding militated against our lofty dreams to make Osun the destination of anything unique, attractive and outstanding. We are marching on.

 

The succession conspiracy theory can’t distract our government, the model of finesse for emerging and performing successors under the Tinubu dynasty is not accidental, Babatunde Raji Fasola was thrown up less than 3 months to the defunct Action Congress (AC) 2007 Governorship primaries, same applied to Akinwumi Ambode whose entry into the race was less than a year. The baton will be passed to a worthy apostle of the 6point integral action plan of Aregbesola in due course.

 

Rauf does not give in to hypocrisy or pride as erroneously analyzed in some quarters, but a firm grip of the political firmament in Osun as this was again displayed at the just concluded 7hour all night interactive session tagged Ogbeni till Daybreak where a random sampling showed residents glued to their television sets despite the leprous and epileptic power supply. The audience within and outside is explosive in numbers, the attendant unscreened and uncensored phone calls were stimulants and complementary as encomiums were showered on the Ogbeni himself, even the unregulated social media coverage showed positive feedback.

 

Conscious efforts to resuscitate the Osun economy to boost the revenue generation through the agricultural and ICT revolution is commendable, the Cocoa processing industry in Ede is back on her feet after 15years of collapse, the chocolate liquor from the firm is touching grounds in China and  Europe. Recently, the collaborative effort of the government of Osun and RLG consortium which birth RLG Adulawo Ilesa in 2013 recently harnessed a contract sum of USD31.5m to produce setup boxes for TV digitization.

 

Aregbesola is reinventing the wheels of Awo legacies, approaching the mechanism of sustainable development through agriculture, infrastructure, social intervention and education for the benefit of mankind, he is purpose driven and remarkably focused on his set goals, he cannot be distracted by rabble rousers as every available parameter by both government and private establishment clearly reveal indices, statistical figures and empirical data of progress in human capital development, poverty reduction, infrastructural development, agricultural prosperity, etc. Saboteurs of development and political scavengers should halt all moves to replace Aregbesola with retrogressive element as they are whipping a dead horse; they have lost the battle al binitio.

Aregbesola Denies Inflating Contracts Cost

Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola has debunked the insinuation that he inflated the cost of contracts in the state and insisted that the roads he constructed were cost effective.

Speaking during a nightlong interactive session tagged ‘Ogbeni Till Day Break’, live on television; Aregbesola said those that were accusing him of inflating road construction contracts were not fair to him.

While responding to questions, the governor made frantic efforts to clear the air on the accusation that he inflated the cost of road construction.

His words: “We are not inflating costs of projects in Osun as speculated by some people. We are prudent in the way we finance the roads we constructed. We constructed our roads at reasonable costs.”

“We cannot specifically give the cost at which we constructed roads per kilometer because certain portions of the roads required special treatment. The structures of our roads are very superb and we cannot give the cost per kilometer.

“Check the cost of road construction in other states and compare it with the cost at which we are constructing roads in Osun. The roads we are constructing in Osun are the best and we built them at reasonable”

“Those that are accusing me of inflating contracts are not fair to me. As a governor of this state in the last six years, I don’t have a house in my hometown and I don’t spend money on women and other frivolities. I don’t eat too much and that is why I’m lean. As you can see, I’m not sick and yet I’m very lean. How many governors are lean like me. That tells you that I’m not stealing money.”

The governor used the event to give a stewardship account of his administration and maintained that no government had performed like him since the creation of the state.

Source: Daily Trust