What Is Rotimi Amaechi Doing In The State Of Osun (Photos)

Minister for Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi is on official visit to the State of Osun.

Osun Defender learnt his first point of call was the state of Osun government house, where he paid a courtesy visit to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

An insider source told Osun Defender that his visit to the state might not be unconnected to the state of federal roads in the state.

It was learnt that after spending sometime with the governor, he embarked on a tour of federal roads in the state.

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Director Lauds Aregbesola On Security

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

In recognition of the laudable achievements recorded in all aspects of the economy by the current administration in Osun State, the Director  General, Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, OSBC, Prince Adesoji Fadehan has commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for being steadfast and forthright in executing all government’s policies and programmes since assumption of office.

The OSBC Director General also extolled the genuine exemplary leadership quality demonstrated by the current government in multiplying the little resources of the state for greater development.

Prince Fadehan gave the salutation while playing a host on the team of Osun Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC, led by the State Chairman, Comrade Amitolu Shittu, at OSBC Station, Ile-Awiye, Osogbo.

The Director General who described Governor Aregbesola as the extreme lover of peace, said his security-inclined initiatives had contributed immensely towards the peaceful co-existence and harmonious cohabitation of the citizenry.

Prince Fadehan said the present government has made unbeatable records in placing the state at the front burner of the most secured and peaceful state in Nigeria.

Prince Fadehan however said the adequate provision of security apparatus by the current government has really helped in positioning the state as the best in terms of prevalence peace abd tranquility.

The media practitioner who called on Nigerian Government to establish State Police, said the only way to completely lessen the burden on Nigeria Police and as well enhance the level of security activities was the recognition of the request to constitute state police.

He said the drastic security measures tactically put in place by the state Governor has helped to uproot all forms of criminality in every nook and cranny of the state.

According to him, this state is secured simply because Mr. Governor has so much invested in security and strengthened the security operatives with the procurement of adequate security ammunition.

Prince Fadehan said one of the ways to support the efforts of the current government was for citizens to be law abiding and always be vigilant about happenings around.

Earlier in his remark, the Chairman, OSBC Board, Mr. Kola Akanji also applauded the state government for being resilient, responsive and responsible to its responsibilities in spite the present economic mess.

He lauded Governor Aregbesola for his untiring efforts in transforming the state to the best satisfaction of all.

Mr. Akanji who described community policing as a formidable instrument to entrench security and enhance protection of people’s lives and property in any given state or country, saying the roles been prayed by the state PCRC in helping the security agencies can never be undermined.

He therefore commended the leadership of the state PCRC for living to the task and meeting the expectation, assuring that the state government and the people of the state would continue to stretch their supportive and collaborative hands to the organization for greater achievements.

He said, “since the advent of PCRC in Nigerian our people do not rely so much on police as they believe in the efficacy of the fact that they are equally law enforcement agents in their various domains.

Mr. Akanji who implored the citizens to report any case of suspicion discovers anywhere in the state to the police and other security operatives, said the better way to enhance the activities of Nigeria Police is for all and sundry to be security participants.

He therefore assured the members of the PCRC of continuous support in ensuring that all their activities are aided by media, stressing that OSBC would do its best to promote the activities of Nigeria Police to srengthen the level of security in the state.

Speaking, State Chairman, PCRC, Comrade Amitolu Shittu expressed satisfaction on what he described as continued collaboration from the management and staff of the state broadcasting organization, saying the state PCRC would not relent until the state permanently sustains its status as the most peaceful in Nigeria.

Comrade Amitolu therefore commended the state police commander for maintain law and order and enhance communal peace and tranquility.

I Didn’t Use Workers’ Salaries To Service Capital Projects – Aregbesola

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has called on the leadership and members of his political party, All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state on the need to champion his administration’s policies in actualizing an increased revenue basis.

As he dispelled the allegation that his government was executing capital projects with workers’ salaries, describing it as mischievous, baseless and derogatory.

Governor Aregbesola made the call while inaugurating members of the party’s Elders Forum, at the State Party Secretariat, Osogbo.

He tasked the newly inaugurated members of the Forum to support the government at advocating and reawakening the consciousness of people towards regular tax payment.

Aregbesola who described members of the newly inaugurated Forum as distinguished and accomplished citizens whose wealth of experience had contributed greatly to the lives of their people, urging them to effectively replicate same gestures in the task saddled with them.

He disclosed that the worrisome economic situation in the country has given an insight towards enhancing agricultural productivity and maximized tax revenues which according to him could only be achieved by collective efforts.

Governor Aregbesola disclosed that the ongoing tax regime policies of his administration has been positively structured so as to be of greater benefit not only to the government but to the entire citizens.

He said, “this inauguration was deemed fit purposefully to serve as driven force of winning elections at grassroots and as well support our government at actualizing its goals towards improved taxation.

“In view of this noble initiative, it is pertinent for the members to specially extend their beneficial support and cooperation towards the success of this administration.

“Obviously, the time has come for all of us as members, followers, leaders and stakeholders to embrace the current economic situation and as well support the government in its bid to maximize its revenue basis.

Governor Aregbesola however used the occasion to debunk the allegation credited to the members of the opposition that his government was using the funds purportedly meant for workers’ salaries to service capital projects, saying on no account does his government perpetrates such inhuman act.

The Governor explained that his government has been prudently and knowledgeable managing the affairs of the state in spite the meagre resources, analyzing that it was the Sukuk bond his administration has been using to finance the ongoing construction of the utra-modern schools.

He also clarified that the ongoing reconstruction of Olaiya-Asubiaro-Itaolokan road is being financed out of the emergency fund saved for the state.

Governor Aregbesola admitted that in quest of his administration’s commitment and passion to reposition the state led him to embark on numerous projects which some of them are still ongoing.

“It is laughable and erroneous for any sane or heartily minded person to conceptualize that our government has been financing capital projects with money meant for workers.

“We have been transparent in all aspects of our activities and all the loans we were granted were not secretive.
“So it is better for mischief makers to open there eyes to reality and stop spreading unguided venoms against our government”, he warned.

The Governor therefore assured the total completion of the ongoing projects in the state before the expiration of his tenure.

Photonews: Aregbesola Meets Leadership Of Nigeria Methodist Church

Governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola Monday afternoon, met with the leadership of the Nigeria Methodist Church at his office in Osogbo.

The governor pledged the state’s support for the Methodist Church plan to invest in farming in the state,

Recall the governor had last week said the state will focus on agriculture as a means of increasing the internally generated revenue of the state.

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Photonews: Aregbesola Visits Site Of Revolutionary School Building Project

The governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, yesterday visited site of ongoing revolutionary school building project in Ilesha area of the state.

Ogbeni Aregbesola, who was accompanied by his deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori and other top government functionaries in the state, inspected the ongoing project at the Ilesha Grammar School.

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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (right),Site Engineer, Sami Angel (left), Secretary to the State Government,Alhaji Moshood Adeoti (2nd right), and Head of Service, Mr. Sunday Owoeye (2nd left), during the unscheduled inspection to the ongoing construction of Ilesa Government High School, Ilesa, on Sunday 31-01-2016. Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle), his Deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori (left), and Site Engineer, Sami Angel (right), during the unscheduled inspection to the ongoing construction of Ilesa Government High School, Ilesa, on Sunday 31-01-2016. Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle),his Deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori (left), and Chief of Staff to the Governor, Osun, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola during the unscheduled inspection to the ongoing construction of Ilesa Government High School, Ilesa, on Sunday 31-01-2016. Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle), and his Deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori (left), during the unscheduled inspection to the ongoing construction of Ilesa Government High School, Ilesa, on Sunday 31-01-2016.

Aregbesola On The Verge Of Prosperous Educational Sustainability In Osun

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

In spite the big blow of economic downturn occasioned by the dipping global prices of the crude oil at the international market, coupled with the adverse effects on the nation’s economy, the government of Osun remains undaunted in plethora of developmental projects.

Inarguably, it is an open secret for the good people of Osun as the current government under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola seized every economic opportunity to better the teeming lives of the citizenry through the provision of several state-of-the-art facilities aimed at improving the general well being of the residents across the nooks and crannies of the state.

Without mixing words, it is conspicuously on records that the giant strides made so far by the present administration since inception seconds to none in terms of socio-infrastructural developments which had positively and indiscriminatory felt by all and sundry.

The current administration has successfully restructured, reclassified and as well brought to the limelight the real educational perspectives and sacrosanct school buildings that the state deserves.

It would be recalled that Governor Aregbesola shortly after his emergence as the state helmsman brought together a team of world class intellectuals to brainstorm, deliberate, figure out and make relevant resolutions on how revamp and reshape the lost glory in the state educational sector, as the result of which is presently glowing across the length and breadth of the major sectors in the state.

Sequel to these brilliant resolutions, Governor Aregbesola embarked aggressively on an overhauling holistic measures by proritizing education in the state to leverage on other sectors and ameliorate the already deteriorated lives of the people prior his emergence.

The train of these gigantic developments never stopped till present moment as huge works are presently ongoing in various sites of the state elementary, middle and high schools constructing across the state.

Aregbesola In Osogbo School
Ogbeni Aregbesola inspecting a school under construction in Ilesa on 31st January, 2016

However, nevertheless, every discerning minded individual must therefore suffice the fact that it remains incomparable, the ultra-modern schools presently constructing across the state with what Governor Aregbesola met on ground.

In view of this, it is generally opined that Governor Aregbesola has successfully erected 3,000 students’ capacity High School, 1,500 Students capacity Middle Schools and 900 Pupils’ capacity Elementary School across the state.

For the purpose of clarity and avoidance of doubt, these projects have been financing from the Sukuk bond granted the state for the purpose

Revenue From Our Cocoa Will Turn Around Fortunes Of Osun- Aregbesola

…Says State has identified 60 million active cocoa trees

Revenues from Cocoa and other prominent farms produce in which Osun has comparative advantages have great capacities to turn around the economy and fortunes of the state if pursued with renewed vigor.
The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who stated this assured that his administration will leave no stone unturned to make the state great again, hence the recent investment and research into Cocoa production and the focus on other areas of agriculture.

The governor stated that for the state to start on a good footing at producing ‘Cocoa Omoluabi’, the state has enumerated and identified sixty million active cocoa trees in the state.

Aregbesola, while meeting with Cocoa Produce Merchants in the state at the Government House Banquet Hall in Osogbo, stated that with new cocoa development initiatives in the state, there will be a new cash inflow  making the economy of the state prosperous.

He stated that the state has also gone further in her bid to boost cocoa production and Agriculture with the signing of Memorandum of under standing with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) on the development of agriculture and production of massive food production as alternative to reliance on oil sector.

The agreement according to Aregbesola involved releasing of 204.39 hectares of land in Ago Owu Farm Settlement to IITA for the purposes of conducting research and setting up demonstration farms for best farming practices.

IITA will also carry out cassava, plantain and other crops multiplication including Cocoa as well as train the youths in the state in modern, commercial and profitable farming.

Aregbesola emphasised that the state in her bid to increase Internally Generated Revenue in Osun, government will establish commodity board that will be supervised directly by the office of the governor to ensure that Osun ranks among the best cocoa producers in Nigeria within the next two years.

He told the produce merchants that the economic situation of the state has been badly affected with the pillaging of the national treasury by the previous administration.

Aregbesola added that the situation with the drop in oil prices and the sharp reduction in the Federation Accounts from N1.2 trillion in 2012 to N369 billion in November allocations shared in December 2015 has reduced the running of government to little or nothing hence the need to look inward in increasing IGR.

The governor noted that the state will soon bounce back‎ with the identification of sixty million Cocoa trees presently in the state, adding that government henceforth will criminalise any action of farmers and merchants that runs afoul of government laws on cocoa.

He pointed out that government will soon be registering all farmers in the state for easy implementation of government policies on agriculture thus giving adequate room for monitoring and giving the necessary support for farmers.

According to him, “to show the people of the state that we are ready to face agriculture squarely in Osun, I am establishing a commodity board that will be supervised directly from the office of the governor.

“Our bags of cocoa in Osun will be branded with this; government will be able to ensure that the quality of cocoa coming out of the state meets international quality. When there was free money coming from oil, no government was looking at what cocoa could bring to the economy; we are back to the days where cocoa will be the main stay of our economy in Osun”. The governor emphasised.

Aregbesola hinted that Produce tribunals will be set up across the state and that special colour will be given to vehicles that will be transporting cocoa within the state.

The governor added that the State Executive Council meetings will be held in rural areas where cocoa farming is thriving in the state for about six months to one year after the formation of his cabinet.

Earlier, the Chairman of All farmers Association of Osun, Chief Raheem Adeniji stated that the association is ready to partner and cooperate with government in her bid to revamp the cocoa farming in the state.

He lamented the poor economic state the country has found it with the neglect of cocoa which he said was the back bone of the economy in the 60s, identifying the cancellation of Cocoa and marketing Board by the then military government as a setback for the industry in Nigeria.

Adeniji commended government for introducing E-payment, adding that government should ensure and maintain that Osun cocoa should not go out of the state.

A Woman’s Heart Dripping With Infamy By Romoke Raji

(Response to Bisi Deji-Folutile’s Ogbeni Aregbesola, this is not time to flex muscles in PUNCH

By Romoke Raji, PhD

On Saturday, June 16, 2016, Olabisi Deji-Folutile, Editor, Saturday PUNCH, decided, in her words “to bare her heart” on the Osun situation.  As the woman threw her hat in the squared ring to defend The Punch titles over a genuine complaint against the numerous and ceaseless malicious slants, slurs and slippery editorial reportage of events concerning the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the state in its entirety, it became clear that she was dripping with infamy.

In her attempt at throwing a red herring on various unprofessional reportage of Osun events which many times bothered on outright falsehood, mischief and reckless journalism, the writer deliberately proceeded on a binge of calumny with obvious but reprehensible misstatements of facts, demonstration of criminal ignorance and treacherous partisanship.

Her first port of call at the habour of slant was the slash in the fees paid by students of the state-owned tertiary institutions. Her complaint was that Governor Aregbesola chose to lift the heavy yoke of outrageous fees from the heads of parents and students who have no other state to call their own but Osun.

The fees were reduced so as to halt the trend that promised to send many of our own kit and kin away from being educated in schools run with taxes paid by their parents. With the slash, majority of students remained in school, completed their education and have become useful members of the society. The Governor hearkened to their cries by reducing the fees, Osun people on August 9, 2014, resisted the dark forces from the pit of hell and voted massively for their own Ogbeni.

Until Governor Aregbesola slashed those high fees, no resident of Osun (indigenes/non-indigenes) on legitimate income could afford to sponsor his or her child or ward to study at the Osun State University. The situation has changed as Osun parents now utilize the advantage of having a university to train their children.

It does not require embarking on a Mission to Kala before the lie is put to Bisi Deji-Folutile’s assertion that the Osun State University is not funded by Governor Aregbesola. For her information, which she chose to disregard in order to settle a score, five per cent of monthly revenue allocation is contributed among other sources of funding for the running of UNIOSUN. We challenge her to substantiate her claims with facts rather sitting in her cozy Lagos office.

At a time that Osun is emerging with a remarkable education policy which Senator Uche Chukwumerije, then chairman of Senate Committee on Education described as the best for quality and participation, the writer ignorantly refused to see any good in Osun schools reclassification programme that has begun yielding positive fruits.

How an Editor of any newspaper at all could display such ignorance that there are no such things as Muslim or Christian schools again since 1975 when the government took over the schools still beats imagination of right-thinking beings.

That a public school bears Baptist, Catholic or Ahmadiyya or Ansar Deen, does not make them belong to those missionary groups.

It is the height of laziness for the writer not to have done her checks on the number of schools in Osun and how schools were re-structured into elementary, middle and high for effective learning and administration.

It is unnecessary explaining to an opaque-minded writer that Ogbeni Aregbesola did not order, instigate, inform or request that any worker be sacked. As the accuser, the judge and the reporter of her infamous coverage, Deji-Folutile pronounced Aregbesola guilty without being heard. The fact that these institutions publicly announced that Governor Aregbesola was not involved in their running of the schools did not matter to her.

Like a truculent and nagging woman who is not pleased by the entreaty of her caring husband, Deji-Folutile judged the Osun Governor most harshly and irreverent against the established journalism tradition of impartiality. It takes a woman like her to identify “lazy husbands that constantly crave for respect when they can’t do things that confer respect on men go through every time. No woman respects any man that delights in giving excuses for failure”. Her slant is all too clear and understandable as we have heard the proverbial voice of Jacob but we can feel the hairy skin of Esau.

This woman’s argument about a man who does anything to provide for his wife including the ludicrous, criminal and fraudulent is best answered by the person who raised the issue. Hasn’t Deji Folutile’s employers been showing employees of the company that the times are hard in the page numbers of the tabloid? Indeed, respect is earned. Those who live in true opulence are making refunds to the Nigerian treasury while singing like canaries under interrogation.

Already those whose wives yesterday described as “My international man” are facing charges in the law courts, singing the canticles and their morning missals in dingy prison cells while others who managed to escape into thin air cannot even call their wives on phone so that their hideouts will not be detected.

She tried to feign reason by asking Ogbeni Aregbesola. She should give this advice to her employers who are rather known and infamous for serving her colleagues and superiors their sack letters at the gate house of the establishment after a hard day’s job. The healer, that Bisi is attempting to mimic in Osun, should first heal herself by taking away the log in her eyes before attempting to remove the straw from the eyeballs of others. Can Bisi in her heart of hearts claim that she has job security in her establishment?

We shall not join Bisi Deji-Folutile in her disdainful and utter disregard for due process and the rule of law by commenting on a matter that is clearly subjudice. It is not her fault though; she simply does not know and was at the time of submitting her script for publication, too preoccupied with pejorative epithet to realize that the doctors have since filed an action at the Nigeria Industrial Court.

In the writer’s world of fantasy, the world ‘circus’ must have some other meanings. Should the feat the Aregbesola administration has achieved in the state pass for a “circus”, then the ‘circus’ must continue for Nigeria to be great again.

Under the vilified Aregbesola, the ordinary Osun people can feel the impact of the social welfare programs, education, health, security, food security programs all at once.

The feeding of almost 300, 000 school children with nutritious meals since 2012, construction of mega school and general provision of better learning environments, construction of over 1000 kilometres of roads, impregnable security outfit with about 25 most sophisticated Armoured Personnel Carriers, over 100 patrol vans; provision of ambulances at strategic locations of the state! Will all these and many more pass for Deji Folutile’s circus show in the real sense of that word?

Finally, journalism no doubt is going through its worst moment. For an editor to display so much crass ignorance in virtually all the issues she took up in her column in this damning degree is enough for a serious employer to fire her. But we are aware that Deji-Folutile merely amplifies the self-imposed mission of her employer, The PUNCH, to set Osun ablaze and dance on the graveyard of supposed foe, Aregbesola and his government.


*Dr. Romoke Raji, former Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Vocational Education, wrote from Osogbo, State of Osun, writes from [email protected]

Osun Waste Management Agency Commends Residence On Environmental Exercise

The General Manager of Osun Waste Management Agency (OWMA), Alhaji Ganiyu Oyeladun, has commended people of the state for their cooperation during the month environmental exercise.

He said by making the environment clean, people were “creating wealth technically by upholding high hygiene”.

He gave the commendation shortly after the monthly sanitation exercise on Saturday.

Some residents of Osogbo area of the state who participated in the event, urged the state government to ensure proper evacuation of refuse cleared after the monthly sanitation exercise.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the residents were seen as early as 6:30am in some areas of the state capital cleaning their surroundings during the monthly sanitation exercise.

One of the residents, Mrs Sade Dada, commended the government for the exercise but said measures must be taken to ensure proper management of the waste in a more economic manner.

An environmental health officer, Mr Tiamiyu Alade said residents of Osogbo were always prompt in cleaning their surroundings.

Alade said the cleaning culture of the people in the area and the state in general, had been protecting them from any major diseases and epidemic.

NAN observed that there was total restriction of vehicular movement, as major roads in the states were blocked to ensure compliance with the state sanitation law.

At the popular Mayfair junction in Ile-Ife, environmental health officers were seen monitoring the exercise while the major road that led to Osogbo was blocked.

It was the same scenario that played out in Ikirun, Ilesa and Ede.


Current Economic Hardship Not Aregbesola’s Fault – Osun Monarchs

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

Traditional rulers in Osun have cleared the air on the lingering allegation of financial mismanagement, administrative ineptitude and recklessness leveled against the current administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola by members of the opposition.

The royal father gave the vindication in their separate remarks while hosting the delegation of Osun State Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC, led by the state Chairman, Comrade Amitolu Shittu.

In his address, the Timi of Edeland, Oba Muniru Adesola Lawal while receiving the state leadership of PCRC, expressed disappointment in what he described as unfounded, baseless and frivolous allegation of financial recklessness purportedly credited to the members of the opposition parties against Governor Aregbesola of Osun, affirming that the current economic hardship was not in anyway the fault of Governor Aregbesola.

The royal father who attributed the present economic complications to what he described as the effects of negligence of the past administrations in the country, said Nigeria wouldn’t have been in this economic mess if the past governments had diversified the nation’s God-given abundant resources.

The traditional ruler who commended Governor Aregbesola for repositioning the state to the path of greatness among its peers in spite the challenges posed by the present economic situation, said Aregbesola has proven his weight as a true leader whose passion for development of his state can never be distorted.

Identifying some of the successes recorded by the present administration, Oba Lawal said the government of has prudently managed the resources of the state for the general well being of the citizenry, adding that his laudable achievements can never be over-emphasized.

The royal father further explained that the present administration has demonstrated high sense of commitment towards the plight of the masses, affirming that the current administration had also maximized the little resources of the state for the betterment of all.

Oba Lawal lamented over the state of the nation’s economy especially its effects on the life of the states of the federation, reiterating that had it been the past administration had looked beyond the oil boom, Nigeria would have been the best among its peers in the world.

The traditional ruler expressed optimistic in the agricultural potentials which according to him has the capacity to take the nation to the greatest heights of economic prosperity.

Oba Lawal who recalled early 50s when the economic main stay of Nigeria was purely on agriculture and solid mineral, adding that in spite this non-oil sector, the entire country was successfully governed.

The royal father commended the Late Obafemi Awolowo for his genuine foresight and undaunting selfless efforts  which according to him brought Nigeria and Africa to the frontline of socio-political and economic liberation in the world.

Oba Lawal said the downward trend in the global prices of crude oil was a signal to the fact that the time has come where a nation could only succeed through productivity, industrialization and commercialization.

“I want to say emphatically that the current economic hardship is not the fault of Governor Aregbesola because we all know that the prices of crude oil has dropped sharply in the international market and this downturn has culminated to the present situation.

“The current government in the state has been doing its best in all areas of the economy especially on security as we all know that our state is one of the peaceful states in Nigeria.

“People should stop blaming or pointing accusing fingers at Mr. Governor for this because to me it is not his fault. What we need to do now is to extend our support and collaboration to the Governor as obedient citizens and as well perform our civic duties to government with regular tax payment”, Oba Lawal stated.

The traditional ruler who described tax as grease that lubricates the wheel of progress, canvassed support for the current government in Nigeria especially Osun state.

He therefore urged the current government to also look inward and go back to the economic drawing board so as to facilitate the desired socio-economic prosperity and political sustainability in the country.

Also in their separate remarks, the Akire of Ikire, Oba Olatunde Falabi and Alayegun of Ode-Omu, Oba Lamidi Oke, eulogized Governor Aregbesola for prioritizing security and education in the state, saying his efforts on the sectors had impacted meaningfully in the lives of the people.

The duo maintained that the procurement of security facilities by the current government had reduced drastically the rate of crime in the state.

The royal fathers further stated that the provision of security vehicles by the state government has helped to reawaken the security consciousness of the people in their towns, adding that the noble initiatives has equally gone a long way towards the protection of lives and property of their subjects.

They said the current government has supported the state with adequate security apparatus and necessary equipment which according to them had rescued the state from all forms of crimes.

The traditional rulers stated that the kind gesture of Mr. Governor on security most importantly the provision of Armour Personnel Carriers, APC, to all the security agencies across the Local Governments in the state has really helped to stem the tide of insecurity in their various communities.

The duo further remarked that the drastic security measures taken by the present administration has positioned the state to be one of the peaceful states in Nigeria, saying for that initiatives, the present administration ought to be commended.

The royal fathers however condemned the allegation of financial mismanagement leveled against the State Governor by a section of the public, saying instead of pointing fingers of blames on Mr. Governor or anyone whatsoever, there is a need for the people to study the circumstances around the nation’s economy which according to them culminated to the present situation.

They therefore advised the people to remain hopeful and prayerful for quick economic recovery of the state and Nigeria at large.

Meanwhile, the monarchs who early commended the leadership and members of the State Police Community Relations Committee, PCRC for their prompt security intervention in the state, said their productive and proactive contributions towards the actualization of a secured state had yielded meaningful results in years past.