State Of Osun Partners WHO Against Measles

…Adewoye urged parents whose children fall within the age bracket to avail their kids the opportunity of the immunisation

The government of the state of Osun, in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO), will flag-off the ‘Integrated Campaign Against Measles’ in the state on Thursday. The State Health Promotion Officer, Mr Adewole Adewoye, said on Monday in Osogbo at a stakeholders meeting that the campaign would hold between Jan. 28 and Feb.1.

Aregbesola during the Measlies immunization Campaign

He said children between nine months and five years would be immunized against the disease in all the designated health centres across the 30 Local Government Areas in the state. He said the measles campaign was part of government efforts in preventing the damages caused by measles such as brain damage, blindness, deafness, among others in children.

Adewoye urged parents whose children fall within the age bracket to avail their kids the opportunity of the immunisation. In her remarks, Mrs Adiza Karo, a WHO Consultant, said the organisation was partnering with Osun government in eradicating measles in the state.

Karo said WHO was fully prepared to render the necessary support to make the campaign a success. Also speaking, Mr Muhammed Abubakar, a representative of National Primary Health Care Development Agency, said the agency was also ready to ensure that the campaign was successful.

Aregbesola Deserves Commendation For Reducing Govt Ministries From 17 To 12 – Group

A civic society organization, Project Impact Monitor (PIM) has commended Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of the state of Osun for reducing the number of ministries in the state from 17 to 12.

In a press release issued on Sunday in Abuja by its national coordinator, Hon. Naomi Awak, the group said “The difficulty of most 36 states of the Country to meet up with their financial obligations to their people had led to the repositioning and restrategising of many states’ priorities.

“One state which has positively and responsibly reacted to the lean government resources palaver is Osun State where the Governor has trimmed down the number of ministries from seventeen to twelve to cut its coat according to its size and be financially responsible.”

PIM stated that Gov. Aregbesola “deserves commendation for reducing Government ministries from 17 to 12 as a cost saving and efficiency improvement strategy for the State. It demonstrates a financially responsible and responsive State government,” adding that the placing of many agencies and bureaus in the office of the governor for direct supervision “is a good and management strategy aimed at improving results and efficiency in the system.”

The group said it hoped the money to be saved from running a lean government in the state of Osun will be channeled in providing infrastructure and the people’s needs such as roads, water, Light, health, and school facilities among others, and urged the people of the state to support the the government on the step taken.

MKO Abiola Airport In Osun Boasts Of Longest Runway In Nigeria – Engineer

…Says allegation of contract inflation ill-informed

Against the background of opposition’s criticisms of the MKO Abiola International Airport, Ido Osun in Osun, the Consultant Engineer to State ‎Government on the MKO, Engineer Wemimo Adebajo, has revealed that the airport when completed will rank among airports with the longest runway in Nigeria.

Adebajo, during an inspection tour of facilities  at the airport with journalists stated that the present site of the MKO Abiola International Airport was the first place where aviation activities took place in the whole of West Africa.

The consultant, speaking on the percentage of work done at the airport noted that government, having spent N2.7 billion out of the revised total cost of N11billion for the project, work could be said to have reached 25 percent.

He added that the West African Frontier Force was lifted from the Ido-Osun aerodrome, the present site of the MKO international Airport project during the world war II, hence the conscious effort by the state to make it the best in Nigeria if not in Africa.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola inspecting on-going construction of the Moshood Kashimawo Abiola International Airport in Ido Osun
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola inspecting on-going construction of the MKO Abiola International Airport in Ido Osun

He told journalists that the tour of the facilities became germane to allow journalists be adequately informed about the magnitude of the work done in order to situate the criticisms of the opposition in their proper context.

According to the Consultant, the runway of the airport waiting to be laid with 500 mm asphalt is 3.5 kilometre in length, 12.3 metres excavation and re-filling with laterite. He added that both sides of the runway are equipped ab initio with water pipes which will be the first of its kind in Nigeria.

He explained that with such a feature, the airport will have been equipped with facilities that will make emergency fire fighting readily available near the runway in case of any emergency landing or fire outbreaks.

He pointed out that though the runway has not been completed, but in case of an emergency, the runway at its present state can be used by any pilot to land an aircraft at the MKO International Airport.

“Still more to be done, I believe the airport is good for the state. The main delay right now is a question of funding and the state is seeking ways on how to make it available.

“We are approaching the Federal government for 50 percent of cost of building the airport which is Federal Government policy, right now. What the contractor is doing is site maintenance so as to ensure that when work resumes there won’t be any case of deterioration of the huge work that had already been done here.” The Airport Consultant stressed.

Adebajo also added that the Control Tower nearing completion is at the third floor of four  sitting on a foundation of an excavated ground of nine metres.

He said, “A lot of work has been done, and as we go round, you will see the control tower which we have built and it is almost completed. You will see the terminal building built to the foundation, the airport fire station has reached the stage of roofing.

“The runway is going to take about 60 percent of the cost of any airport project, a lot of work has been done on the runway, there are about 8 streams in the path of the runway. It therefore became necessary to excavate and build box covets so that the water in the stream will flow unhindered under the runway.”

He explained that the essence of the facility tour of the airport with Journalists was to allow people know what the state is doing at the airport and not just respond to allegations.

“I think the State government is trying to make sure that the press, the people of the state and Nigeria as a whole are briefed on what they have actually been doing. If it was just to respond to some political allegations, you will be talking to a politician, not a technocrat like myself.

“I have actually read in the newspaper that the contract has been inflated to 15.5billion Naira which is not true, I have just told you it is 11billion Naira and if you compare this with every others in Nigeria, you will realise that the cost of this one is cheap”.

The Consultant Engineer confirmed to journalists that the airport project predated the Rauf Aregbesola administration stating that the project had since 2010 been reviewed to over N7.5 billion even before the coming of the Aregbesola administration.

In an earlier statement issued by the Government, Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, had debunked insinuation of contract inflation, saying considering exchange rate factors, and the fact that the scope of the project was reviewed to make the airport more sophisticated than earlier projected, allegation of inflation was mischievous and misplaced.

Photonews: Dr. Edwin Madunagu Visits Ogbeni Aregbesola

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (2nd left); Dr. Edwin Madunagu (left), his wife, Professor Bene Madunagu (2nd right) and Dr. Wumi Raji (right), during a Courtesy Visit to the Governor, at Government House, Osogbo, on Saturday 23-01-2016
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (2nd left); Dr. Edwin Madunagu (left), his wife, Professor Bene Madunagu (2nd right) and Dr. Wumi Raji (right), during a Courtesy Visit to the Governor, at Government House, Osogbo, on Saturday 23-01-2016
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle); Dr. Edwin Madunagu (left) and his wife, Professor Bene Madunagu (right), during a Courtesy Visit to the Governor, at Government House, Osogbo, on Saturday 23-01-2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle); Dr. Edwin Madunagu (left) and his wife, Professor Bene Madunagu (right), during a Courtesy Visit to the Governor, at Government House, Osogbo, on Saturday 23-01-2016.

Photonews: Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola Attends 70th Birthday Of First ASUU President Prof. Biodun Jeyifo

First President, Academic Staff Union of Universities {ASUU}, Professor Biodun Jeyifo, Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Chairman of the Occasion, Barrister Femi Falana (SAN), and Keynote Speaker, Professor Attahiru Jega,during the 70th Birthday of Prof. Biodun Jeyifo, at the International Conference Centre, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on Thursday 20/01/2016.
First President, Academic Staff Union of Universities {ASUU}, Professor Biodun Jeyifo, Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Chairman of the Occasion, Barrister Femi Falana (SAN), and Keynote Speaker, Professor Attahiru Jega,during the 70th Birthday of Prof. Biodun Jeyifo, at the International Conference Centre, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on Thursday 20/01/2016.
From Left- First President, Academic Staff Union of Universities {ASUU},Professor Biodun Jeyifo, Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Chairman of the Occasion, Barrister Femi Falana (SAN), Keynote Speaker, Professor Attahiru Jega,and Professor Kole Omotoso during the 70th Birthday of Prof. Biodun Jeyifo, at the International Conference Centre, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on Thursday 20/01/2016.
From Left- First President, Academic Staff Union of Universities {ASUU},Professor Biodun Jeyifo, Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Chairman of the Occasion, Barrister Femi Falana (SAN), Keynote Speaker, Professor Attahiru Jega,and Professor Kole Omotoso during the 70th Birthday of Prof. Biodun Jeyifo, at the International Conference Centre, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on Thursday 20/01/2016.
From right- Lead Speaker and Chairperson, Dr. Edwin Madunagu, Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Professor Kole Omotoso and Comrade Chido Onumah, during the 70th Birthday of the first President, Academic Staff Union of Universities {ASUU},Prof. Biodun Jeyifo, at International Conference Centre, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on Thursday 20/01/2016.
From right- Lead Speaker and Chairperson, Dr. Edwin Madunagu, Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Professor Kole Omotoso and Comrade Chido Onumah, during the 70th Birthday of the first President, Academic Staff Union of Universities {ASUU},Prof. Biodun Jeyifo, at International Conference Centre, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on Thursday 20/01/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, exchanging greetings with Dr. Seinde Arigbede,during the 70th Birthday of the first President, Academic Staff Union of Universities {ASUU},Prof. Biodun Jeyifo, at International Conference Centre, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on Thursday 20/01/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, exchanging greetings with Dr. Seinde Arigbede,during the 70th Birthday of the first President, Academic Staff Union of Universities {ASUU},Prof. Biodun Jeyifo, at International Conference Centre, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on Thursday 20/01/2016.

Osun Drifting Towards Economic Prosperity – Gov. Aregbesola

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has reassured the citizens of the state of his government’s commitment to position the state towards socio-economic and political advancement and prosperity.

Governor Aregbesola said the central point of his administration’s agenda is to steer the affairs of the state in a right direction that will continuously bring genuine succor and dividends of democracy to the good people of the state, saying he is determined to place the state to a prosperous economic vantage that has never known in history.

Aregbesola made the statement while addressing people at a conference organized in honour of a veteran activist, Professor Biodun Jeyifo at Conference Centre, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, State of Osun.

Governor Aregbesola who flayed at the way and manner at which one of a section of the press reported his statement where he was quoted to have said he wanted to apply the civil service rule against some of the state health workers, admonished journalists to always verify and scrutinize any information before it being reported.

Aregbesola also frowned at the industrial action embarked upon by a section of the state health workers, saying their action has caused unnecessary damages and irreparable loss to the sector.

He said “It is unfortunate that a section of media portrayed Osun as a failed state and that we were unable to pay salaries but I challenged whoever sponsors that come out with fact be are the only state at the best of time that implemented 13 month salary across the length and breath of civil service.

“I know it is not possible for someone like me On the issue of doctors strike, how will a sodmasse preside over a state and critical element like doctors would be on strike and he will not solve.

“In the first instance not all doctors in the state are on strike. It is only a section of about 200 doctors that resident in Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital and some doctors at the state hospital that refused to work.

” All the doctors at our primary healthcare centre at the local level are fully operational and other health workers in all our health facilities both primary and secondary are working.

“All the consultants in our secondary health facilities are on duty.

“Before it became practically impossible for us to meet our salaries obligations to our workers, we invited the workers to tell them that in sixty days time the state might not be able to pay salaries and we later to be paying inaccordance with whatever we receives as we have been doing.

“So, since July 2013 our allocation has been short by N2billion. But since then the state has been coping based on our initiative to raise the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) until last year when the shortfall started to be on a free fall which later snowballed into the present economic situation.

He call called on the striking health practitioners to jettison their differences with government in the interest of the state as well as the people.

Governor Aregbesola who further lamented over the continued dwindling revenues to the state said the time has come for everybody to be more innovative, productive and creative.

According to him, unless we see the need to work harder and remain productive individually and collectively by  contributing our quota through tax payment for the development of our state, there is no other option to avert this economic menace.

He said Nigerians must equally embrace, resuscitate and explore the potentials embedded in the long-abandoned agriculture, solid mineral resources and industrialization.

Aregbesola added, “the solution to this abnormal economy is for us to be concerned and interested in production. We must be creative, innovative and as well ready to work and work.

“The era of free crude oil has gone and there is no sign of it coming back again, while the season of free money from the Federation Accounts has also gone.

“Agricultural production is the best solution to this economic insurgency and I implore all the intellectuals to join others to ensure that the nation is rescued from this menace.

“We must refocus our attention to enhancing the productivity of Nigerian people in a way that we no longer depend on a commodity that has already faded out.

“To avoid being remained in a huge economic mess which the reality of the current economic situation has posed on us, we must as urgently as possible genuinely diversify our economy in consonance with the present economic reality for the greater socio-political and economic development of our state.

“All hands must be on deck to develop our state at this period of economic hardship.

Photonews: National School Feeding Programme Team On Learning Visit To Osun State

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (5th right); his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (5th left); team leader, programme manager partnership for child development, Mrs Bimbola Adesanmi (3rd right); staff from office of vice President, Mr Dotun Adebayo (4th left); staff from office of the Vice President, Mrs Titi Adeyemi-Doro (4th right) and others. during a courtesy visit by officials from the Vice President office to brief the Governor on efforts towards rolling out National School feeding programme at the Governor office Secretariat abere, on Thursday 21-1-2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (5th right); his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (5th left); team leader, programme manager partnership for child development, Mrs Bimbola Adesanmi (3rd right); staff from office of vice President, Mr Dotun Adebayo (4th left); staff from office of the Vice President, Mrs Titi Adeyemi-Doro (4th right) and others. during a courtesy visit by officials from the Vice President office to brief the Governor on efforts towards rolling out National School feeding programme at the Governor office Secretariat abere, on Thursday 21-1-2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (3rd right); his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (3rd left); team leader, programme manager partnership for child development, Mrs Bimbola Adesanmi (right); staff from office of vice President, Mr Dotun Adebayo (2nd left); staff from office of the Vice President, Mrs Titi Adeyemi-Doro (2nd right); Aace foods inter, Mrs Juliet Daniel (left). during a courtesy visit by officials from the Vice President office to brief the Governor on efforts towards rolling out National School feeding programme, at the Governor office Secretariat abere, on Thursday 21-1-2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (3rd right); his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (3rd left); team leader, programme manager partnership for child development, Mrs Bimbola Adesanmi (right); staff from office of vice President, Mr Dotun Adebayo (2nd left); staff from office of the Vice President, Mrs Titi Adeyemi-Doro (2nd right); Aace foods inter, Mrs Juliet Daniel (left). during a courtesy visit by officials from the Vice President office to brief the Governor on efforts towards rolling out National School feeding programme, at the Governor office Secretariat abere, on Thursday 21-1-2016.

UniAbuja VC Lauds Aregbesola’s Undaunting Commitment To Education

…As the Varsity sets to establish its Distance Learning Education in the State

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor Micheal Adikwu has commended the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for his untiring commitment and passion towards the provision of an improved, quality and functional education.

Professor Adikwu also commended the State Government for remain focused and determined in spite the present enormity of economic challenges facing the entire country.

The Vice Chancellor of the institution gave the commendation while addressing people during a courtesy visit to the Governor in his office by the management team of the university.

Professor Adikwu who was represented by his Deputy on Administration, Professor Sanni Mashi said the current government in the state has displayed a genuine commitment towards the promotion of modern public education with prompt financial interventions and  provision of needed facilities aimed at aiding the teaching and learning process.

Professor Mashi said the State has placed itself at the front burner of quality and effective education thus earned the state several commendations, accolades and encomiums and as well made it the model among its peers in the country, africa and the entire world, saying the state education’s policy had been found worthy and copied by government at various levels locally and internationally.

He disclosed that the management and staff of the university in line with the constitution guiding the activities of Nigerian University deemed it fit to establish its Distance Learning Education in Osun which according to him if completed will be the first in the entire Southwestern region.

Professor Mashi stressed that the centre for Distance Learning and Continuing Education of the University was established in its continuous efforts to reach out to the teeming population of Nigerians to have the opportunity of formal education.

Professor Mashi said, “the aim of Distance Education is to increase access to education to a large number of citizens interested in furthering their education.

“Unlike the formal systems, however, Distance Education is designed to democratize and liberalize education to facilitate the pursuit of knowledge without sacrificing ones career.

“It also enables studies to be combined with work by those that are interested in involving themselves.

“One of the objectives of the system is to make life-long education the hallmark of Nigeria’s educational policy.

“Osun is the first state in the Southwest zone where the Centre wishes to establish its presence.

Professor Mashi who also attributed the visit of the management of the institution to the state to what he described as timely educational partnership and projection, said the establishment of the Distance Learning in the state will add more value to the education strides of the current government and as well boost its economic potentials.

“Our visit to Osun is to intimate Mr. Governor of our decision to establish a Distance Learning in Iragberi, Egbedore, Local Government area of the state.

“Our University has expressed its commitment to Distance Learning Education through involvement in the activities of the National Universities Commission and other strategic partnership dedicated solely to Open and Distance education advancement in the Commonwealth and Africa”, Professor Mashi stated.

Professor Mashi who extolled the administrative acumen of Governor Aregbesola, however vowed to give the current administration the necessary supports and collaboration.

“While we appreciate the enormity of the problems which government at all levels face these days, we equally demand for your support to enable us take off successfully in the state.

“To be specific we need an office space and facilities where preliminary work of the service centre will commence.

“We promise and assure that the activities of the centre in the state will impact positively on a large number of people in the state and contiguous states especially the youths and public servants.

“We wish your administration a successful accomplishment in your efforts to reposition the state as we look forward to partner with your government in the development of education sector in the state”, he said.

In his remarks, Governor Rauf Aregbesola commended the management of the institution for counting the state worthy  of hosting such academic centre and for situating first of its kind in the state.

He added, “We appreciate the authority of UniAbuja for deeming it fit to pursue a cause that was almost dead and for building this monumental edifice in our state.

“Our state will continue to appreciate the economic benefits of this kind gesture, as host community will in no doubt be forever grateful to this.

Analyzing his commitment towards education, Governor Aregbesola said his administration prioritized education having understood the fact that education is the only heritage that one could live on and be so sure of, saying  it is also the only patrimony that can never be joked with.

“To understand education both in philosophical and practical essence, education is beyond secondary level because it is the greatest tool for the advancement of every human community, society and organization.

“Therefore the difference between developed and under developed nations, is the degree of application of knowledge.

“No efforts should be spared in getting education to be properly disseminated and passed on.

“Though we are constrained with the economic tragedy that has befallen our nation by the phenomenal decline in our oil revenues which unfortunately is the mainstay of the economy, but we will do everything within the limit of our resources to support this project and ensure its success and realization”, Aregbesola stated.

He therefore urged the institution to support the state by situating science related courses that will meet the needs of the state, saying Information and Communication Technology ICT is the major area where the state needed most in energizing the youths towards the realization of independent life.

He said, “ICT is the tool for rapid transformation of any society, for this reason, our government needs university knowledge to advance our society in the area of ICT, sciences, administration and management.

Aregbesola Commiserates With Ajimobi, Ibadan People Over Olubadan

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has commiserated with the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, over the demise of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade.

The Governor described the late monarch as fatherly, quiet, peace-loving, progressive and a bridge-builder during his time.

In a statement by the Director of Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, Governor Aregbesola said the death of the first class monarch has left a huge vacuum in the traditional rulers’ council in Oyo State and by extension in Nigeria.

He lauded the late monarch for always championing peaceful co-existence as well as fostering cordial relationship among diverse ethnic nationalities residing in the ancient city.

According to him, the monarch’s reign was peaceful, remarkable and progressive even though his reign was brief.
The statement added: “Indeed, the exit of Olubadan is a sudden one, yet it was also a glorious one at the time it came.

“Olubadan’s reign was remarkable and peaceful. The people of Ibadan and Oyo State as well as its government have certainly lost one of Yoruba’s foremost traditional rulers.

“I, on behalf of government and people of Osun, commiserate with the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Ibadan Elders’ Council, the entire people of Ibadan and Oyo State in general.

“We pray that the Lord repose the soul of our dearest monarch in paradise.”

Nigeria’s Economy Is At The State Of Dilemma – Aregbesola… Denounces Allegation Of Financial Reckless

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has decried the continuous fall in the global prices of the crude oil which had orchestrated a continued dwindling in the revenues accruable to Nigeria and other oil producing state.

Governor Aregbesola who attributed the current economic imbroglio in the states of the federation to what he regarded as the adverse effect of the present economic downturn in the oil sector across the world.

Governor Aregbesola made the statement while addressing the people during the 2nd Guest Personality Lecture organized by the Law Students of Osun State University, College of Law, at Ifetedo Campus.

Governor Aregbesola said Nigeria’s economy has gotten to the state of dilemma, saying efforts should be urgently intensified all and sundry to rescue the nation from the bring of collapse.

Analyzing the causes of the current economic challenges, Aregbesola said the nation wouldn’t have been entangled if the past administrations especially the administration of the erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan was not characterized with palpable corruption.

Governor Aregbesola who lamented over the way and manner at which the nation’s treasury and fortunes were being managed in the past said  monumental corruption has been the bane of socio-political and economic retrogression in the country.

He said, “it is unfortunate that our leaders in the past led us to this economic mess due to their deliberate insensibility and corruption.

“It is also regrettable and disheartening that we have experienced the worst economic situation in history due to present huge fall in the oil prices which adverse effects had been spread across government at all levels.

“Our administration was the first in Nigeria to cry out on the economic effects of the alleged oil theft during the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan which later snowballed into the continuous depreciation in the prices of crude oil at the international market.

“Specifically, in July 2013, we decried the incessant oil theft being allegedly proclaimed by the immediate past administration, as we brilliantly told Nigerians to rise to our call and seek for transparency in the management of the oil sector.

“So incredible, we were misinterpreted and viewed as critiques, but now we have been vindicated as what we were fighting against later appeared openly to all.

“Without any sense of doubt, if truly that Nigeria’s economy would definitely experience this economic impasse and our call was heeded to the letter and supported with relevant economic panacea, the country would have been prevented from the gigantic effects occasioned by the nation’s mainstay commodity.

Governor Aregbesola however declared as unfounded and mischievous the allegation that his administration is being tormented with effects of the current economic crisis due to his over-ambition to development.

He said his administration was aware of an allegation purportedly credited to the members of the opposition and enemies of his government who according to him attributed his inability to pay the full salaries of some sections of the state workforce to over-zealousness for transformation.

“It is unfortunate that some people do not reflect on the circumstances that led to the current economic situation in Nigeria.

“But the real fact is that, our economy has been seriously bastardized by the leadership of the main opposition party that led the country for sixteen years.

“These mischievous people have forgotten that our administration in spite the current economic situation has never abdicated its responsibilities in providing the basic amenities to its citizens as well as the payment of workers agreed salaries.

“They have forgotten that all the projects being implemented were mostly needed by the state, even as I speak to you, we still have a lots to do in order to develop and transform our state.

“In view of this, our government is not over-ambitious to development but rather providing the needful needs aimed at developing and transforming the state and the citizens.

“If we have failed to executive all the projects we have done and still doing, the state might not be able to regain such huge transformation as being prioritized by our government.

“So for this reason alone, it is shameful for anybody to think or accuse us of being over-ambitious to development because it is only the enemy of progress that will reason in such an irrational manner”, Aregbesola affirmed.

Governor Aregbesola therefore called on the people to support his administration in its bid of finding workable alternative to chusion the effects of the current economic crisis.

Aregbesola advocated for massive particiaption in agriculture, saying it is the only surviving sector that can bailout the country from her present economic situation.

Earlier in his lecture, the guest lecturer and human rights activist, Barrister Femi Falana who spoke on a topic titled: “Justifiability of Social and Economic Rights in Nigeria” lamented over what he regarded as infinitesimal economic policy in Nigeria, saying the nation’s fortunes had been selfishly mismanaged by the governments at various levels.

The legal luminary who bemoaned the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan for being insensitive, reckless and corrupt said the current corruption charges leveled against some of the people who worked with the erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan was a clear signal to his claims.

Mr. Falana accused members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as the brain behind the Nigeria economic woes, saying it was unfortunate that the Party (PDP) and its loyalists could siphoned billions of naira purportedly voted for arms procurement.

He called for a genuine and transparent anti-graft war in Nigeria, stressing that the time has come for all Nigerians to form a united front against corruption which he described as a common enemy of Nigeria and Nigerians.

Barrister Falana who called for a speedy and an accelerated prosecution of those facing trial of corruption charges in Nigeria, saying whoever found guilty or being convicted should be given a capital punishment.

Mr. Falana however  charged the Federal Government to establish a Special Court for anti-corruption crusade, saying it is the only way to reduce the congestion of trials and prosecutions of corruption cases in the country.

Mr. Falana enjoined the present government to be more vigilant and conversant on the hypocritical attitude of those who appear saintly but behave otherwise.

“Our economy as a nation is totally troubled due to corruption, selfishness, nepotism and political chauvinism that have proliferated in all facets of our national life.

“Our people have been economically damaged and disorientated simply because we are running an infinitesimal policy where the rich become richer and the poor become poorer.

“This is the time for President Muhamadu Buhari to rededicate and restrategize his policies towards his widely acceptable anti-corruption war and fight against insurgency, so that anyone found guilty of corruption would be held thoroughly dealt with and made as a deterrent to others.

“The Federal Government must also as a matter of urgency establish a Special Court to fight against corruption, drug trafficking and human trafficking in order to create a new, saver and better Nigeria that we all desired”, Mr. Falana stated.

Osun Assembly Tasks New Oluwo On Communal Peace And Development

The Assembly made the call through a statement issued by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye to congratulate the monarch on his coronation and presentation of staff office.

Osun State House of Assembly has charged the new Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi to lead in the crusade for peaceful coexistence, community development, security and improved commerce.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of State of Osun presenting instrument of appointment to a ruling house chieftaincy to Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of State of Osun presenting instrument of appointment to a ruling house chieftaincy to Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi

They also urged the monarch as custodian of tradition to protect the cultures and virtues of Yoruba people.

The Assembly made the call through a statement issued by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye to congratulate the monarch on his coronation and presentation of staff office.

Oba Abdul-Rasheed mounted the throne about three years after the demise of his predecessor, the late Oba Asiru Olatunbosun Tadese who died on February 18, 2013.

The Assembly which stressed that Iwo is known for cattle keeping and abattoir management , urged the monarch to do everything possible to promote this venture and possibly modernise it.

It implore the monarch to also explore landmarks and tourism potential in the ancient town.

Similarly at a visit of the Assembly members to the monarch’s palace, the Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salaam said the culture of Yoruba should be promoted beyond the shores of Nigeria.

Noting that the emergence of the monarch has shown that the youths have decided to take up the development of their communities, he urged the king to use his youthful energy, to bear for the development as well as promotion of peace and unity in Iwoland, Osun and Nigeria in general.

The Speaker urged the monarch to use his position to sensitise the people to support the government through prompt payment of their taxes and other dues.

Expressing optimism that credentials of the monarch speaks volume of his exposure, candor and resourcefulness, the Assembly admonished the king to bring all these qualities to bear on the throne.

The parliament further implored the monarch to use his position to sustain the religious harmony that has been in existence in the ancient town over the years.

Stressing that Iwo has continued to enjoy religious harmony, it said this must be sustained by all possible means.

The legislature also noted that since the monarch has established himself in the entrepreneurship and corporate world, he should use his position to assist the government in its quest to provide jobs for the teeming youths of the state.

“While the government is doing all it could to develop the ancient town, we are optimistic that the enthronement of Oba Abdul-Rasheed would also assist the government in this regard”, it said.

The Assembly then commended all the ruling houses, the contenders for the throne and the entire people of Iwoland for the peaceful manner they comport themselves during the selection process of the new monarch.

It stressed that the manner in which they harmoniously resolved their differences during the selection process showed that they buy into Governor Aregbesola agenda of ensuring Communal Peace and Progress in the state.

The legislature also congratulated the Osun state government, the Council of Obas, and the descendants of Iwoland, home and abroad for the peaceful transition.

The Assembly then charged him to join hands with other traditional rulers and government at all levels to inspire harmony, peace and development in the state and the country at large.

It also urged the people of the ancient town to support the new monarch in his efforts to make Iwoland the pride of all.

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