#OgbeniGovtAt7: Osun PS Forum Visits Schools For The Handicapped

The State of Osun Forum of Head of Service, Permanent Secretaries, Executive Secretaries, General Managers, Directors-General and Coordinating Directors will tomorrow morning, visit four selected schools for the physically challenged in the state.

A statement from the office of the State Head of Service disclosed that the visit is in continuation of the 7th Anniversary of the State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

The release further explained that the four selected schools to be visited within the three senatorial districts of the State are located in Iwo, Ile-Ife, Ilesa and Osogbo.

The statement then enjoins every member of the Forum to converge on the State Secretariat, Abere at 7.30am prompt tomorrow for take-off.

Celebrating Aregbesola’s Success, Achievements

By Adelani Baderinwa

There is no gainsaying the fact that the State of Osun has been witnessing sparkling infrastructural and socio-economic development since Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola took over the mantle of leadership on November 27th, 2010. The all round progress and transformation of the state is incontestable.

In all ramifications, Aregbesola has delivered the dividends of democracy to every household in the state with either the infrastructure projects or the social security programmes.

The unprecedented development of the state does not just happen by accident: It is a well thought-out programme embedded in the green book titled ‘My Pact with the People of Osun, in which we have the Six Integral Action Plan for the delivery of good governance. The action plans are: Banish Hunger, Banish Poverty, Banish Unemployment, Promote Healthy Living, Promote Functional Education, Promote Communal Peace and Progress.

Pertinently, the seven years anniversary of Aregbesola’s administration calls for reminiscences: before his coming, there was dearth of infrastructural development in the state. Osun was stagnant; hunger and poverty was ravaging the state, security was at its lowest ebb, unemployment rate was high for the state and there was absence of social security for the citizenry.

But Aregbesola’s emergence restored hope for a new Osun. Aregbesola redefined governance and offered exemplary quality leadership. He fought poverty, stagnation, lack of political will to build strong foundation for good governance. The 14th President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said in her speech:  ”We have to be bold in our national ambitions. First, we must win the fight against poverty within the next decade. Second, we must improve moral standards in government and society to provide a strong foundation for good governance. Third, we must change the character of our politics to promote fertile ground for reforms.”

In his first 100 days in office, Aregbesola rolled out Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) which absolved 20, 000 unemployed youths for two years, and another set of 20, 000 youths, rounding the figure to 40, 000. Each OYES cadet earned N10, 000 monthly. In every month, for each set of the OYES, a whopping N200million goes into circulation, reshaping the economy of the state.

Aregbesola is leaving an indelible footprint in every aspect of his governance. The achievements recorded in education sector and infrastructure development are remarkable and unprecedented. With the seven years of Aregbesola’s noble reign, more than 900km roads have been constructed. This include the dualisation of Gbongan-Akoda 30km road which hosts the beautiful Bisi Akande trumpet bridge at Gbongan junction, the 320.39km inter-city road development, the 90.505 intra-city roads development and the 17.40km Oba Adesoji Aderemi road, 40km Dualisation of Osogbo-Ikirun-Ila-Odo-KWSB and 2.80km Olaiya-Itaolokan road projects.

On education, Aregbesola’s success could not be overemphasised. The current administration has aggressively embarked on the construction of state-of-the-art 100 Elementary Schools, 50 Middle Schools and 20 High Schools. More than 20 Elementary Schools, 22 Middle Schools and 5 High Schools have been commissioned while the High Schools in Iwo and Fakunle Unity High School in Osogbo have been completed and ready for commission.

Aregbesola’s government repackaged Osun Free School Feeding Programme now known as O’ MEAL. More than 262,000 elementary 1-4 pupils in all public schools in the state are being fed with healthy and nutritious food and fruits. The programme drastically increased the enrolment of pupils in the public schools. It has also earned Osun numerous national and international accolades and awards.

Of course, the Osun Ambulance Service is another successful strategic social intervention programme for humanity service. There is no how you will assess Aregbesola’s administration without giving thumb up on flood control. He has saved lives and properties from destruction and flood havoc through dredging of streams and rivers and channelisation of drainages.

Osogbo, the capital of Osun for the first time, now has a befitting look of a state capital. Osun and Osogbo specifically used to be a rustic environment but reverse is the case today. The environment is now clean. The Nelson Mandela Freedom Park was a filth to glitz for anybody that knew Ojurin before being transformed to an amazing aesthetics recreation centre. Ogbeni Aregbesola is crowning his achievement with the construction of MKO International Airport at Ido-Osun. Osun has never had it so good!

Ogbeni Aregbesola is a man with incontrovertible record of good governance in the State of Osun. I, like several others, in and out of Osun, acknowledge his achievements. No patriotic Osun indigene/resident will deny these blessings wrought on our state through Ogbeni’s fertile mind and creative hands. To think otherwise is insanity. Ogbeni is an enigmatic character well appreciated by the high and the mighty, even from faraway lands.

It is crystal clear that Aregbesola has raised the bar of governance in the state of Osun, getting a person to continue the development stride will be a herculean task going beyond pedestrian, sectional and nepotistic considerations. The best to do for the progress of the state is to make sure that a person that is going to succeed Aregbesola has passion for development like the governor.

The Aregbesola’s administration is already a success.

Aregbesola Has Been Fair To All Religions – Osun Muslim Community

The First Vice President, Osun Muslim Community, Alhaji Mustapha Olawuyi spoke with Abdullahi Omotayo on his assessment of Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration.

Osdf: What is your assessment of Governor Aregbesola administration in the past seven years?

Olawuyi: I can see that the administration has contributed a lot to the development of the state. Leadership is not a joke but it is a call to duty and once the call is made, to a certain extent a quality leader is suppose to be elected.

Prior to his administration, many lives have been lost as a result of insecurity and political thuggery. Most of the banks in Osun have been robbed, especially in Ikirun and other areas, but when he got into power, protection of lives and property was one area he considered. In the area of security, he has really tried and I implore the governor not to relent.

Before Aregbe’s administration, Osun state’s position in WAEC was not encouraging, it was always between 30th to 36thposition. But this time around, it has changed and it will continue, even though there are still works to do in the education sector. Aregbe’s administration introduced the school feeding programmes before other states adopted it so as to encourage students. At the elementary, middle and senior level of education in state of Osun, there is a noticeable change to the style of dressing compared to the way it was then. Some parents are not bothered to spend on their children’s education because of Aregbe’s contribution but government cannot do all without the support of parents.

Aside from that, let’s look at the infrastructure of the new and rehabilitated schools and other projects, quality is one thing that I noticed and is similar to the quality saw overseas. Those building can last for up to 25 years if we cultivate the proper maintenance and sustainability culture of the project. One of the problem we have is policy change from time to time. When we have a change of government, the new government brings in new policy which might destroy the previous one. When Aregbe introduced the tablet of knowledge (Opon Imo) but with the Nigerian factor, the students find their way around the tablet and make it accessible to their entertainment needs. I am a chairman of PTA in a secondary school in Ikirun and we worked so much to get tablets for our students. The Governor has done his job but it’s the parents’ duty to ensure that these tablets meet the desired usefulness. Had it been the parents paid to get the tablet for their children, maybe they would have cared more about the tab. But I am imploring the governor to reintroduce the tablet of knowledge and make it limited for learning programmes only. Also students should be sanctioned for damaging the tablet.

Also in the area of road, there has been major transformation. My last trip to Ibadan, when I got to Gbongan area, if you notice the Gbongan junction, millions of naira have been invested into that location. As an engineer, I know the quality job that was done there. I hope Aregbe’s successor will take over from where he stops without politicising.

However, when you build structure, you also build human. Civil servants are not happy, level 1-7 are getting 100% of their salary regularly, level 8-12 are getting 75% while others from level 13 and above are getting 50% as agreed with the Labour. But the pensioners can’t endure this because they are old and feeble to work. If you get to an aged person’s table, the number of drugs used per day is up to start a pharmacy store. I implore the governor to kindly work in this area.

The youth empowerment programme, OYES, which employed 20,000 youths within the state, up till this moment, still exists and so obvious that without being a political person, one or two youths from each family must have benefitted from this programme. Some of these youths have been sent abroad for further training in various fields like ICT, agriculture, etc with the expectation of giving back to their society.

Osdf: What can you say about Governor Aregbe’s fairness to all in religions?

Olawuyi: When Aregbe got into power, after winning in court, we had our Hijrah programme. Because of the nature of the programme, we didn’t want to disturb the government for sponsorship, we held the programme within our capacity. The following year, Aregbe came by himself without invitation. Ever since, he has always contributed towards this annual celebration.

The same way he is doing for the Muslims, so he is for the Christians. So, he has been fair to all religion.

Osdf: What’s your message to the people?

Olawuyi: I have said most of it, something good should be recognised as good. Let us appreciate what is good. We shouldn’t be looking for flaws in government. No one is perfect. Let’s all support the government, let’s ensure peace during the local government and governorship election. Also, we should all pay tax for the development of the state and we should ensure harmony in practicing our various religions. When we talk of Boko Haram, Islam doesn’t have anything to do with that. In Uganda for instance, there is law resisting army that has been against the government for over 30 years with the purpose of establishing Jesus’ rule on earth. No one referred to them as terrorist Christian fighters.

 

Aregbesola Would Have Been A Fantastic Administrator, But … – Adejare Bello

Honourable Adejare Bello was the speaker of the 3rd and 4th House of Assembly in the State House of Assembly.  In this interview with Shina Abubakar, he bears his mind on the seventh years administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and other issues in the state.

OSDF: You were the Speaker of the Osun House of Assembly when Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was declared Governor, seven years on, how would you assess the performance of the governor so far?

Adejare: To God be the Glory that we have come this far, I also thank God that I was the Speaker at the time and it lasted for the first six months of his administration. Sincerely, Ogbeni Aregbesola would have been a fantastic administrator if God had given him the gift of listening to other peoples’ counsel. His major deficiency is not heeding to advice, besides that, he meant well for the state, he wanted to develop Osun in a hurry.

I told him at the beginning that Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola had the intention to embark on lofty projects but for the paucity of funds, even the loan he obtained from the UBA, that is N18.3billion, the House of Assembly had to force him to obtain the loan to embark on zonal roads, so when the Governor spoke of loan, I warned him to be wary of such steps because the state is not buoyant enough to incur such a huge debt.

As at last August, I know that the DMO office put the state debt profile at N179 billion   apart from other debts such as the one obtain from the stock market, Sukuk, and debt-owed local contractors, I am certain the total debt profile of the state cannot be less than N250 billion and where are the projects the loan is expended on?

The major road projects this administration embarked upon are the Old Garage Ila-Odo road, Gbongan-Akoda dualisation and the East-Bye Pass road. Besides the East-bye pass road which the administration has done creditably well by reaching about 50-60% completion, the two other roads are merely about 30% completion even after seven years of the administration. The Gbongan-Akoda road is even worse, seven years after awarding the contract, the project is still within Gbongan, that is absurd, the poser to the administration is where is all the loan because the cost of the three road projects is not up to N60bn (Gbongan-Akoda; N29billion, Osogbo Ila-Odo; N14 billion and East bye pass; N14billion) that is if the amounts are not affected by variations. When you look at another major projects that we are all proud of that is the mega schools, is funded by counterpart fund between the state government and federal government.

OSDF: Cuts in…Sorry, the High Schools were funded with the Sukuk loan

Adejare: Assuming you are correct that the Mega schools were executed with the sukuk loan, the government claimed it would build 120 of those schools, today, to my knowledge, only about 20 of the schools have been commissioned, where are the others? What did we expend the loans on in the last seven years in the state. For me, the governor is just not listening to other stakeholders in the state which, in my view, is the reason we are in this financial mess at this time in the history of the state.

I am also of the view that the decision of the governor to run this state like Lagos added to the problem the state finds itself. Lagos state can afford to borrow money at any rate; it has the financial strength to embark on such route unlike our dear state that is still to a large extent an agrarian state or even a rural state.

OSDF: Are you saying the Mega Schools built by the government were inappropriate despite the fact that the schools have been adjudged world class and can produce quality student?

Adejare: You cannot adjudge a school as world class because of the structure or the building, schools are judged based on their performance or output. The position of the state in the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) is an attestation to the world class standards of our schools in the country. You see, most of these mega schools have not been utilised up to 50% of their capacity.

The Wole Soyinka High School in Ejigbo is built to accommodate 3500 students and the whole of Ejigbo Township do not have such huge numbers of high school students, while those in the adjoining towns cannot afford to be walking to the town to attend classes. The same scenario exists at the Seventh Day High school in Ede, Osogbo and the one in Ilesa that was recently commissioned.

OSDF: Cuts in…But Ondo State also build mega schools…

Adejare: Please, I don’t want to talk about Ondo state, the only places I know very well there are Ondo town and Akure. I am talking of Osun that I know the terrain too well and you are talking of Ondo State. I don’t know what they are doing there and how it works for them, but, here in osun where I know all the wards and what affects us most, I ll tell you the mega schools should not be our priority because the building are under-utilised and the workability of the policy was not well thought of before it was implemented.

OSDF: In recent times, the APC have always made it known publicly that it has performed better than all the previous administration, do you have a cause to disagree with the position?

Adejare: Well, in all honesty, in terms of physical structure, the seven years of this administration compared to others, it has done well, but the poser they need to answer is at what cost. The Oyinlola-led administration that I was a part of left a debt of only N7billion and our achievement speaks for itself, even the schools built through the Constituency projects is more than 1000 classrooms of three rooms, while local Government were also commissioned to build classrooms across the state; the administration dualised the Akoda-Osogbo road, Dele Yes Sir to Oke Fia dualisation, 28Km road network in Odo-Otin Local Government as well as other projects across the state. All of these were executed at moderate prices unlike now that a kilometre of road goes for about a billion naira. So in general, PDP’s projects are cost effective unlike what is happening now.

OSDF: Cuts in…May be you are not considering foreign exchange

Adejare: You cannot bring that into this discussion, as at the time the contracts were awarded the ranges were about the same between N150 to a dollar during Oyinlola and N200 when Aregbesola took over. And the major product used in these projects is cement because it is central to all construction projects.

OSDF: The PDP that is supposed to be the major opposition party to keep the ruling party on its heels is consumed in internal crisis, do you see the PDP emerging from this crisis at all?

Adejare: In all honesty, the PDP in the state is in a serious crisis presently, when you called me on Monday I was in Abuja seeking a way to resolve the crisis and we hope to get over it very soon. I want to assure you that with the crisis or not, the PDP will bounce back to rule the state in 2018.

OSDF: How do you intend to do that?

Adejare: Honestly I don’t know, but what is certain to me is that we will take over the administration of this state in 2018, God has revealed that to me.

OSDF: Would your party participate in the local government poll schedule to hold in January next year?

Adejare: Yes and No. we have registered to signify our readiness to take part in the process, but the guideline as to the parliamentary system, to us, is an affront on the provision of the constitution and we may seek legal interpretation of the constitution on the issue.

OSDF: As a former speaker, do you believe the amendment done to the local government administration law by the present legislature is valid?

Adejare: What the lawmakers did to that law was a nullity but when it is not yet time to challenge their decision we watch on but as it is now we would go to the court to seek their opinion on the law because it run at variance to the constitution of the land and no legislative body whether at the state or federal level can pass a law that is at variant with the constitution of the land.

Seven Years On: Aregbesola Assessed

By Shina Abubakar

Mixed reactions have continued to trail the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration in the State of Osun, as the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola clocks seven years.

While some major stakeholders including religious bodied scored the administration high as a result of its series of developmental programmes and policies across the state, the opposition political party, PDP said, the administration has not performed to the expectations of the people.

Aregbesola was sworn-in as the governor of the state on November 27, 2010 after the Court of Appeal in Ibadan validated his victory in the April 14, 2007 governorship election. After the first four years term, he was re-elected for second term in 2014.

The All Progressives Congress (APC), the Osun Muslims Community, Baptist Conference, Traditionalists and Labour Leaders among others have showered commendations on the administration.

The APC, in a statement by the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, urged the people to “give thanks to God for using Ogbeni Aregbesola and the APC government to bring to Osun, the kind of development that the state had never seen in 26 years.

The party, while calling on the citizens to engage themselves for the next few days in counting their blessing, said, this is because an era of unprecedented happenings in the state is approaching a climax, and it is time the whole state should take stock.

“Is the change we have experienced, good or bad, worthy or unworthy of our people? Now is the time to count our blessings to see what God has done for us. Unless we take stock, we will not appreciate what God has done for this state by installing Ogbeni Aregbesola as governor.

“Is Osun better today than it was 10 years ago? Is it a good thing that this state is peaceful? Had God been kind to us for the good roads, the wonderful schools, the enabling environment for profitable business, the unprecedented human capital and environmental developments which Ogbeni Aregbesola-led APC government has effected in Osun these past seven years.

“Look around you and ask yourself this question: why did those who had had the God-given opportunity to rule this state fail to do what Aregbesola  had done and is still doing? Would you in good conscience be kind to yourself if you condemn and vilify the man and the government that have brought all these about?, the APC queried.

“Would the people of the state be fair to themselves if they refuse to acknowledge the fact that whoever it was that brought this development to Osogbo was a kind, thoughtful and progressive person?

Speaking on behalf of the PDP, the former Speaker of the State House of Assembly and a leader of PDP, Honourable Adejare Bello said, though, Aregbesola has good intentions, but his ‘Lagos style’ of awarding financing, and executing the projects and governance is not working well for Osun.

In terms of physical projects, Bello said the administration had done well, but quickly added that the projects were executed at too exorbitant costs.

According to him, the DMO office had last August claimed that the state debt profile was N179 billion, saying for a state like Osun, without major source of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), it would take a long time for the state to pay off and come out of such debt.

He commended the mega schools being built by the state government, but stated that the under-utilisation of the buildings across the major towns in the state might make the projects to be counter-productive.

“Sincerely, Ogbeni Aregbesola would have been a fantastic administrator, because he had good intentions to develop the state in a hurry, but his approach, in my view is totally wrong. How can you claim such a huge achievement with such huge debt and claimed to have moderately outperformed others”, Bello queried.

From the religious perspective, the President Osun Baptist Conference, Pastor Paul Kolawole, commended the administration of Aregbesola for the development of efficient road network, as well as the efforts of the government to uplift the educational standard in terms of physical structures.

He also lauded the administration for its efforts to secure employment opportunities for youths, as well as stabilisation of peaceful co-existence through security of lives and property, saying the administration has made meaningful impacts within the last seven years.

The clergy then commended the government for stabilising the workforce, saying though, some section of the state workforce are facing challenges of modulated salary, but the situation in the state is better than other states in the country.

In his own, the President, Traditional Religion Worshippers Association (TRWAOS), Oba Olawumi Bamijogbin, described Aregbesola as a messenger of peace, who would not condone injustice or infringement on people’s right as enshrine in the constitution, saying, for so long, “we the traditional worshipper are been label as heathen and so we are concealed to the dustbin of history, but this government had harmonised the aggregate of traditional worshippers in the state, foster unity among us and other religious bodies”.

The traditionalists also commended the administration for its prudence, proactive stance, foresight, vision and the doggedness in terms of opening of rural roads, investment in Agriculture, provision of security among others.

Also, the 1st Vice President, Osun Muslim Community, Alhaji Mustapha Olawuyi, lauded the administration for the development that had been attracted to the state in the area of infrastructure, education, youth employment, security and community development.

He said the situation was pathetic in virtually all sectors of governance before the advent of Aregbesola administration, but he has turned it around for the better, saying, no one would ever though that the transformation that has been brought to the state could become a reality.

#OgbeniGovtAt7: We Have Laid A Solid Foundation For 50 Years – Aregbesola

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has said that his administration has laid a foundation that will stand the test of time arguably for the next fifty years to come

Aregbesola stated this on Monday in his broadcast laced with tributes to all stakeholders to mark his seven-year anniversary as the helmsman of the state.

The Governor noted that several achievements of his administration are enduring legacies that will in years to come be a reference point for citizens and residents.

Reeling out his government’s successes on the engagement of Youths, Provision of Critical Infrastructure, economic advancement among others, Ogbeni Aregbesola pointed out that the next 365 days will be of greater efforts committed to the course of the people.

He however paid glowing tributes to the state workforce for their perseverance, sacrifice, diligence to duty and hardwork which has kept the government going in spite of the financial challenges.

Governor Aregbesola added that his principle of Omoluabi Ethos has also impacted positively just as he stressed its importance in line with the glowing traits of the Yorubas.

“That investment has paid off. From the elders to school children, Osun people now conduct themselves with the consciousness of Omoluabi, in business transaction, interpersonal relations, warm reception of strangers and even examination conduct in schools.”

“We know the relevance of education in development. It is established wisdom that the acquired knowledge of today determines the future of the people, just as their knowledge base of yesterday is responsible for the state of things today.”

The Osun Chief Executive explained that “With mathematical certainty, our 11 mega high schools, in 50 years to come, would have produced 550,000 world beaters, occupying strategic positions nationally and globally, by the grace of God.”

“We have engaged more than 40,000 youths in public works through the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES). Most of them eventually got soft-landing in teaching, agriculture, information and communication technology and several others. For this reason, Osun has one of the lowest crime incidents in the country and has been adjudged the second least poor state in Nigeria by credible rating agencies.”

The Governor said in the last seven years, “Our administration has also invested in road transport infrastructure. We have constructed more than 1,500 kilometre of roads in the nooks and crannies of the state, including 10 kilometres in each local government area in the state. Besides the township roads in Osogbo, Ilesa, Ile-Ife, Ede, Gbongan, Iwo, Ejigbo and other towns and a network of several intercity roads, these four roads: Omoluabi Motorway from Gbongan to Akoda with Abdulkareem Adebisi Akande Trumpet Interchange, Osogbo to Ila-Odo, Gbongan-OrileOwu to Ijebu Igbo and Oba Adesoji Aderemi East Bye Pass, stand out and are iconic road projects that are befitting legacies we are leaving behind by the time we complete our term.”

He also underscored the importance of taxes to the economy saying if the state reaches its tax projection; its recurrent financial obligations will be met without recourse to federal allocation.

“At our level of development, all it takes for our state to be solvent and prosperous is for at least one million, out of the over four million population in Osun, to pay a tax of N250 every day for 20 days in a month. That will bring N5 billion, which is enough to pay salaries of our workers, run the government and develop our state in every area.”

He commended his team (past and present), members of the All Progressives Congress APC and all stakeholders for supporting his vision to develop the state promising to ensure a worthy successor to sustain his legacies.

“In these past seven years, I have been privileged to work with and be supported by a host of people. The first of which are the wonderful, dutiful and godly workers of the state government. Your sacrifice, understanding and commitment to duty made it possible for our administration to make much impact. I am very grateful,” Aregbesola concluded.

#OgbeniGovtAt7: AGF Lauds Aregbesola’s Unprecedented Achievements 

By Nofisat Adeoye
A socio-political group, Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation has congratulated the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola on the 7th anniversary of his administration.
In a release signed by its acting Coordinator, Comrade Sikiru Tijani and Secretary, Comrade Adeniji Yahaya, the group lauded Aregbesola for his unprecedented achievements in the state.
AGF stated that in just seven years of Aregbesola’s government, he has not only changed the face of Osun State but has also succeeded in giving it a global recognition.
“What Aregbesola has done in the last seven years is worthy of note and indelible as Osun in the next three to four decades will continue to savour what Aregbesola has been able to do.
“Apart from the good roads in every nook and cranny of the state, Aregbesola has improved our education sector, is it the school structures, the modern equipment, the Kaadi Omoluabi or the beautifully tailored uniform?
“His successor will not have to reconstruct the roads, schools, bridges and other infrastructural projects he has done, they will have no other option than to build on the Existing Legacies and Mirror In the Future.
The State especially Osogbo, the state capital has been reformed physically. With the beautification efforts put in place by Ogbeni Aregbesola, the state now looks cleaner, neater and beautiful.
One of such is the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, a former den of rascals that has turned to a beautiful amusement park that becomes a destination for birthdays, picnics and relaxation
About 20,000 Youths were given jobs in the first phase of O’YES. After 2 years, they were replaced with another set of 20,000 after the volunteers in the first phase were trained in several skills that helped shaped focus for the next challenges they were to face.
“Aregbesola has made Osun a better place to be, investors are coming into the state every other day now. Look at the State capital, Osogbo, Aregbesola has kept his promise with the People of Osun. On Security, Osun is the 13th safest in the federation with much more focus on ridding the state of crime.
AGF thereby urged the residents of Osun  to complement the effort of the governor by giving him the necessary support before and during the upcoming gubernatorial election.

#OgbeniGovtAt7: We Came, We Have Seen And We Have Conquered – Aregbesola

BROADCAST BY THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF OSUN, OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA, ON THE SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ADMINISTRATION, ON NOVEMBER 27, 2017

My good people of Osun,
It gives me great joy to address us all on the seventh anniversary of our administration. I congratulate all the functionaries of the administration (past and present), workers in the state that have been the vehicle and cutting edge instrument of governance, leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and all our supporters in the state and beyond, who believe in us and whose encouragement has kept us going at the most trying times.

Our administration was inaugurated on November 27, 2010; the day after God-fearing judges of the Court of Appeal in Ibadan restored our mandate and ordered that we be inaugurated immediately. That was seven years ago.

It was an eventful period, full of triumphs, challenges and interesting times. Looking back, we can say like Julius Caesar in his letter to the Roman Senate around 47 BC: ‘Veni Vidi Vici’, ‘I came, I saw, I conquered’.

We were able to come to the government of Osun, in spite of the obstacles the opposition put in our way; we saw the situation of the people and their various needs; and we overcame the challenges of meeting them, as they came our way. It is a great privilege to have served you these past seven years.
Osun is the heartland of Yoruba. Ile Ife, where the Yoruba race began, is close to the capital city in Osogbo. We saw the manifest destiny of Osun as the catalyst and driver of Yoruba renaissance and development. This is why we have taken regional integration to be very important. To be able to play this role, we must ourselves be on the march. Like Aristotle said, he that will move the world must first move himself.

 

We realised then that the people must be conscious of themselves – their past, present and future. They must rediscover their heritage and strength and use them to engender their own development, in order to take their rightful place in Nigeria and in the black race. This is why we began with rebranding by bringing to our consciousness our heritage as Omoluabi, the quintessential Yoruba persona that is the epitome of virtues in hard work, chivalry, honesty, knowledge, dignity and character.

That investment has paid off. From the elders to school children, Osun people now conduct themselves with the consciousness of Omoluabi, in business transaction, interpersonal relations, warm reception of strangers and even examination conduct in schools.

We know the relevance of education in development. It is established wisdom that the acquired knowledge of today determines the future of the people, just as their knowledge base of yesterday is responsible for the state of things today.

We set to work by holding an education summit of stakeholder. From that summit, we began an education revolution that should impact our state for the next 50 years. Under it, we have constructed brand new state of the art 20 Elementary Schools, 22 Middle Schools and 11 High Schools.
In addition, we rehabilitated existing schools and made them decent environment for leaning. We have consistently for more than five years been feeding 262,000 elementary school pupils nutritious meals every school day. We gave free uniforms to all pupils in public schools. We have also introduced discipline to our schools. We provided the first and only of its kind computer e-learning tablets to final year student of High Schools in Osun.

We reintroduced callisthenics into Nigeria, a sporting activity that has been known to have the substance of unity, harmony, balance and team work which presents one of the best engagements for teaching young pupils the cooperative spirit in a simple, delightful and interesting way. Since 2012, we have trained 28,000 children in this sport and have now extended it to private schools in order to spread the benefits beyond public schools.

With mathematical certainty, our 11 mega high schools, in 50 years to come, would have produced 550,000 world beaters, occupying strategic positions nationally and globally, by the grace of God.
We have engaged more than 40,000 youths in public works through the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES). Most of them eventually got soft-landing in teaching, agriculture, information and communication technology and several others. For this reason, Osun has one of the lowest crime incidents in the country and has been adjudged the second least poor state in Nigeria by credible rating agencies.

We introduced protection and succour for our senior citizens, gave them access to healthcare and put them on monthly allowance.
We took care of the destitute and the mentally challenged. We gave them medical care, rehabilitated them and resettled or reunited them with their family, whichever case is applicable.
We have provided soft and interest free loans to more than 350,000 people, particularly women, to start micro, small and medium enterprises and have disbursed more than N15 billion in the process.

We have also provided security for the state with the purchase of patrol vehicles, armoured personnel carriers and other gadgets for law enforcement agencies. Criminals and bandits now think twice before coming to Osun. You all can now sleep in peace without fear of night marauders.
We have revived farming and made it a profitable vocation, such that young people have now embraced it.

Through the agencies of Osun Rural Enterprise and Agriculture Programme (O’REAP), Quick Impact Intervention Programme (QIIP) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, we have provided assistance to farmers, sent budding farmers on training abroad and laid the foundation for agriculture boom.

Our administration has also invested in road transport infrastructure. We have constructed more than 1,500 kilometre of roads in the nooks and crannies of the state, including 10 kilometres in each local government area in the state. Besides the township roads in Osogbo, Ilesa, Ile-Ife, Ede, Gbongan, Iwo, Ejigbo and other towns and a network of several intercity roads, these four roads: Omoluabi Motorway from Gbongan to Akoda with Abdulkareem Adebisi Akande Trumpet Interchange, Osogbo to Ila-Odo, Gbongan-OrileOwu to Ijebu Igbo and Oba Adesoji Aderemi East Bye Pass, stand out and are iconic road projects that are befitting legacies we are leaving behind by the time we complete our term.
We have come, seen the challenges and conquered poverty, ignorance, disease and fear of the known and unknown these seven years.

However, as we all know, a financial tsunami hit the country from late 2013 occasioned by alleged theft of crude oil. By the middle of 2014, this has been escalated by the global fall in price of crude oil. By then, there has been a substantial reduction in our revenue base, as we stutter to fulfil some of our obligations. We came out of it and have been waxing strong since then.

The lesson we learnt from this debacle was that the era of dependence on free and unearned money from oil is over and we must work for our own money. It is a fundamental principle that the total wealth of a nation is the collective effort at wealth creation by every member of that nation in the production of goods and services. It behoves on all of us therefore to work hard and create our wealth.

Every able-bodied person, above 18 years of age, who is not in school, must work, any kind of legitimate work, even if it is as a human porter in a market or motor park, and must never be dependent on parents and family. There are many opportunities in arts, crafts, creative engagements and all areas of human needs. Given all of the government incentives available, the easiest occupation to be in now is farming.
The government will then be supported from our taxes, rates, levies and fines. Every taxable adult in Osun must view it as a patriotic duty to support the government with tax payment as and when due.
At our level of development, all it takes for our state to be solvent and prosperous is for at least one million, out of the over four million population in Osun, to pay a tax of N250 every day for 20 days in a month. That will bring N5 billion, which is enough to pay salaries of our workers, run the government and develop our state in every area.

In the remaining one year, I will be committed the more to serving you, to accelerate the pace of development and increase our efforts at ushering in prosperity to the government and people.
We will leave a good and enviable legacy in education, physical infrastructure and all aspects of human development. We will also do our best to bequeath a worthy legacy successor that will continue the works we have started in the best tradition of progressive leadership. We will not leave you exposed and helpless before the wolves.

In these past seven years, I have been privileged to work with and be supported by a host of people. The first of which are the wonderful, dutiful and godly workers of the state government. Your sacrifice, understanding and commitment to duty made it possible for our administration to make much impact. I am very grateful.

My appreciation goes to the leadership and members of our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun and all over Nigeria, for the vision of people-centred political leadership we are mandated to provide and for which they have backed us up to the hilt.

I have also enjoyed the company and services of the political class and technocrats, past and present, from Osun, Lagos and beyond, that have helped me to crystallise and actualise all our ideas of government. I thank you all.

I acknowledge the rock solid support of my wife and members of my family. The stability they give at home, the peace of mind and comfort I receive from them are invaluable. I thank you all.
I will like to use the opportunity of this address to thank all those who commiserated with us and stood by us in August at the departure of my mother. I appreciate your love and your kind assistance during this period and beyond. I thank you.

I must express my gratitude and appreciation to all the people and residents of all our communities in Osun from the big cities to our villages and farming communities, women, traders, women groups, market women and men, farmers, professional groups, artisans, drivers, transporters, commercial motorcyclists, traditional rulers, community leaders, religious leader, security agencies, students, employers of labour, employees, media practitioners, nongovernmental organisations, political parties and other groups that have been our ardent supporters and admirers.

I thank you all.

Osun a dara!

Aregbesola Has Empowered Many, Restructured Commerce And Opened Osun To World Class Investments – Alagbada  

In this special edition of MEET YOUR COMMISSIONER, The Commissioner for Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Empowerment in the State of Osun, Hon Ismail Adekunle Alagbada bears his mind with OSUN DEFENDER Reporter, Nofisat Adeoye on the achievements of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in the last 7 years, the enabling environment for business to thrive and the need for all and sundry to support him.

Excerpt:

Q: Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration will on Tuesday clock 7 years in office, is there any reasons to celebrate particularly as it relates to your ministry? 

Well, thank you very much for this question, you will discover that, for those of you that are very conversant with the state of Osun, before 2010 when Ogbeni was sworn in as the Governor,  you will discover that the state is not the same compared to then,  we talk of commerce, of empowerment, we talk of industrialization, we talk of com1mercial activities, you talk of cooperatives development, it’s not the same in the state of Osun, even when you talk of infrastructure, forget it and you should know that there is no any state that will develop without infrastructure, that one is clear, even let’s start, ranging from Agriculture, education, commerce, infrastructure.

You know when Ogbeni was sworn in, he came with my Pact with the people of Osun which has about six integral action plan for the state. What are those things, banishing hunger, banishing poverty, banishing unemployment, functional education, maintaining peace among the communities and large food production.

When you look at this six integral action of the administration , you will discover that if you look round, when we talk of number one; maintaining peace, in Nigeria today, we have been rated as the most secured state. Do you want to talk about the huge amount spent on security, do you want to talk about the armoured personnel carriers, we don’t have all that in the state before, the Governor purchased them, that is security. When you talk of infrastructure, honestly, Mr Governor has performed very well, because there can’t be any development without infrastructure.

When you look at the roads across the state, is it Gbongan to Akoda that you want to talk about, do you want to talk about Olaiya junction, or about the Ilesa axis, if we don’t have roads, there will be no infrastructure and there will be no commercial activities in the state, that is why, even in terms of social amenities, the state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola has done well.. Look at What he did at freedom park.

Then  before this government came to the state of Osun, freedom park was a terrible place, look at what is happening there now, you know before this administration, there was no social activities that you can talk of, everybody will just stay in their homes, no place of adventure, am telling you when you look at Nelson Mandela Freedom park today, right from 5 or 6pm, everybody will get there, they will just sit and relax and all this improves healthy life because some of them will always sit down inside their home, doing nothing before.

Look at that place now, honestly in terms of social amenities, this government has tried, before this Government came in, there was nothing like organized market in the state of Osun, every place was market but now we have Ayegbagu international market, all these will now boost our commercial activities, you know change is permanent, people will resist you but by the time they realize the benefit of what is coming, that is when people will know what this government is actually doing.

When we talk of commercial activities, look at what the Government is doing, look at what we did as far as the introduction of Osuwon Omoluabi is concerned, what are the things that brought that, we discovered that in our markets, they always fight, hard bargaining. We want to remove all those insinuations and look at the concept of that Osunwon Omoluabi, we call it value for money because it is what you purchase that you will actually pay for. Even when you travel abroad or go to supermarket, that is why people prefer to go to supermarket because they don’t want to be involved in hard bargaining, N10 is N10, this one is 1kg, it’s 1kg that you will pay for. But here, when you go to our markets, you will discover that they will use three different bowls for you, all these will not give you value for money and majority of our market women, they always involve in loss because when they purchase some of these goods, they use weight but they are going to sell with their hands, measuring it, how can you get it right? You don’t get it right, It’s either you sell at a loss or you get over profit or you sell exactly what you realize, qand gradually these people will move out of the market because when you sell a carton of fish today, you lose N500, another one tomorrow, instead of you gaining N1,000, you lost another one making N2500 in the course of using hand, by the time you continue this market for about six months, gradually, you are going to move away but if you use weight. If I purchase this item worth 20kg, N20,000, I want to gain N2,500, me that is doing the job because we call it opportunity cost, opportunity cost of working in another place, you must earn income, that opportunity cost that you have left is what you have to sell that fish, you have to reserve salary for that day, by the time you combine everything together, let’s say you want to realize N5, 000 making N25, 000, you now use that one for transportation and all that, you add,  by the time you divide it, it’s going to give you probably N1, 000 or so per kg. All these ones, definitely anybody that wants to buy 1kg is N1, 250, your gain is already embedded, your opportunity cost of staying there is already embedded, so before you start selling, your have already calculated what is going to come to your pocket so no matter how any person is closer to you, you cannot sell below that N1, 250 so by the time you continue like that for six months, you would have had enough money to turn over and if you have all these things in place, everybody would want to be a market woman but when you lose, first month, second month, this month, will you be happy to go back?

You will not be happy, people will now say we have been selling for the past six monthsqq, there is no money, there is no market, after all, when I go to the market, I don’t realize my full capital. They will now say you better stay at home, I think that it’s clear. Then when you look at this measurement, honestly, it’s a germane programme and it will improve the commercial activities in the state, people will now go to Osogbo or Osun, in their market, what they are using is Osunwon so when I get there, I will pay for the right quantity at the right price, there will be no cheating. So the market will be will organized.

So is the enforcement going on? 

The enforcement is on, you know when you want to make a change, you have to do it through persuasive approach despite the fact that we have what they call Federal Government…because it is under exclusive list. Let me tell you, those people that are selling palm kernel, cocoa, do you know that they sell in weight? You know they have been using scale before I was born. The white people that introduced scale or weighing machine know what they are doing, and the reason we are introducing this thing is because our farmers are not being encouraged to go back to the farm because they cannot place value on what they are producing, if you produce plantain, cassava and all other things that are being produced, you don’t know, you just get to the road and see a bunch of plantain, no measurement, N500, when they get to the market, they will increase it, can you quantify the efforts of the farmer before those things come out?

When you look at cassava, the same thing, all other items, the same, even tomatoes, why is it so? It is so because the white people are not interested, if they are interested, they know where they are buying it. So all these things will not allow the farmer to go back to the farm and that is why they do much of cash crops because that one has weight and a fixed price. So before the end of the year, they know what they are expecting so that is why you will see that it is after the market, they want to do marriage, build houses, they want to do the funeral of their father that died about 20 years ago, so you see people coming up after they must have realize a lot of money from the cash crop.

Q: Osunwon is one of the achievements, another major achievement is Kaadi Omoluabi. There are some reports that this card is only meant for pupils in primary schools, is this true and are the private schools involved? 

No, the private schools are not involved, if they are to be, they are not going to collect the cards, they will only biometric them and already public schools are distributing it now, the residents own, you know it involves certain logistics, they are going to distribute the residents own according to their local government, then it involves cash so we have to be very careful with the way we are going to do it, hopefully by next week, they should start distributing it because you know there must be sustainability, the way you do it must be very strategic and how much are they going to pay, N1, 000, the card is not ordinary card, once you put it under the Android, it is going to bring your details, it is a card you cannot fake, all your details are already embedded in the card.

So in the schools, you don’t wear our card, you don’t come to our schools because we want to know who are the original students and the fake students.

Has the process been completed for all students in public schools? 

Yes! Majority of them, for instance in Osogbo, nearly all the schools in Osogbo, except new ones that are coming in…….

Q: We are expecting the vice president next week…(Cuts In) 

Before you get to that question, there is another thing that this government had seriously made impact which has to do with empowerment, we have done a lot, this government through Osun Micro credit agency, we have disbursed about 3 billion naira to the beneficiaries in the state of Osun. As at yesterday, about 33,000 individuals benefited from the scheme. You know some of these people that your are seeing, if you say you want to banish poverty, you want to banish hunger and unemployment, it’s not when you engage them that you are going to provide job for them, you provide job indirectly.

Q: What do you mean by that? 

You know when you empower people, that person will engage two or three other people that will work for them, indirectly, you have created employment. The issue that we have in the state of Osun is that majority of our people do not have anywhere to go, they don’t have little capital to trade with and that is what this government has done by introducing Osun Micro Credit Agency, when you look at what we are doing, you know there is a programme called Quick Impact Programme, QUIP, we have done a lot there, we have spent almost one billion naira in partnership with the bank of industry.

All these ones are there, we have done a lot and this will actually help the so called pastoral farming, you know what I mean by that, you know so those people that just plant, it’s what they can eat that they will produce but now as a result of that assistance, they have improved seriously and this government has done a lot of rural development like constructing rural roads. More than 250 kilometers in the rural areas so that these farmers, when they produce, they will be able to bring their goods into the market, so that is what they call rural transportation.

Look at O’YES, at the end of the day, the federal government hijacked it, that is what they are calling N-Power. Look at the O’meal, I think they are about 3,000 plus that are working and they are happy, look at the impact of that programme, consider what is going to remove in terms of poverty from our people, definitely the O’meal woman will feed the family unlike before so poverty has been reduced from 3,000 plus families using O’meal alone.

Q: That takes us to the question about the visit of the Vice President, distributing cash to about 1,800 people, those benefiting from the MSME …. 

Well, if you talk about 1,800, I will disagree with you because what we are actually planning for, we are looking between 3,000 to 8000, you can see that I was calling some people to submit their forms, the micro finance banks are screening them, we upload it to Bank of Industry and they must be credited before the arrival of Mr Vice President. Mr Vice President is just coming to do the formality, because you know without MSME, there can’t be development. Rome was not built in a day so it’s those small and medium scale businesses that will become kings tomorrow so they say charity begins from home so we have to start from the scratch.

You know there are some people they don’t need so much for them to start, those people that are selling pap, what is their capital base, they don’t need up to N20, 000, how much are they selling a bag of maize, that is the capital base they need so before you finish selling, your would have realize more than the amount you started with but if you don’t have that cash in place, what is going to happen to you, it means your will go and buy at credit, when you buy at credit, the price you are going to pay is more than the price carrying cash and you are going to the same market to sell, you cannot say because they have collected your profit in 1advance, you are going to add to your goods, nobody will buy it you want to reduce your own size, nobody will buy. It’s either you allow your own to be little, your can sell quickly so that the man that you collected credit from will not come and embarrass you in the house.

So what Mr Vice President is coming to do is because those are the down trodden people and those are the people that constitute more than 60% of our population. So if they want to say that who are those people that we need to assist, I  will say they are the one to be assisted and that is what Mr vice President is coming to do. Then the N500, 000 that will be given to small scale enterprises, they will see them, that will say what they need, it’s like a working capital because whoever wants to benefit from that scheme must have something to showcase so still those ones are there.

So before this morning programme or before this MSME project, the State Government have already done a lot in this regard. I mentioned the issue of 3 billion naira. I mentioned 1 billion naira through quick impact intervention programme, cultural trips that was made to other states during the first regime so all these is what Mr vice President is coming for but he’s coming to officially flag off the program – Government enterprise and empowerment program in the state of Osun.

Then there is another thing that the VP is coming to do, he wants to commission a world class One-Stop shop so that those people that wants to do business, you don’t need to travel before your get the information, the office will be here in this ministry, we are going to have representative of NAFDAC, SON and other regulatory agencies of the Federal government,  instead of you going to Akure, they are here so it’s a world class shop so you can get all your information at once so it’s part of what Mr vice President is coming to commission.

You don’t joke with your small scale, there are some factories in Italy, Japan that are not up to this, if you know the turn over of the factory you will be shocked. These are some of the things that the State government is collaborating with the Federal government to bring to the state. You know when you are in a state like this, people will criticize you. Why are they criticizing? Because when they were there, they couldn’t do it; somebody is doing it, they will be like what has he done so they are given to criticisms, if you say that they will not criticize you, it’s a lie, because when they were there, their focus was not the same but the focus of Ogbeni is development.

Q: You said that cheques will be distributed on Tuesday, will there be a follow up afterwards to access how these funds are being used? 

That is why we are passing through the Microfinance banks,  the Microfinance banks are screening them, if they discover that you have been defaulting through the facilities you took in the past, you won’t be a beneficiary anymore. You can’t eat your cake and have it, it’s not possible.

Q: There is a misconception regarding government developing infrastructure and salaries being owed, what can you say in a nutshell, so that we can put things in the right perspective as regards those who are saying such? 

Thank you very much, that question is important, everything is politics, when you are doing good, people will criticize you, when you are not doing well, people will criticize you. Those people that have been deprived of cheating the state, that will definitely make something, it’s normal. Assuming you did not perform, some people will be jubilating, if you are performing, they will not be happy, you have become enemies and the only thing you will continue to pray for anytime your enemy sees you, they should appear sad, what do I mean, when you are performing, it means your enemy will not be happy with you, it means what he is praying for us is not happening but when he’s sad, he will said afterall we have criticized this man, we have done this, we have done this, he’s still performing.

To some enemies, they believe that we won’t be able to continue on this job but to the glory of God, we are doing well, is it in terms of education that you want to talk about, look at all those schools, look at all the roads, the next government will not touch those schools again, he will go and build other ones, yes good to start from where Aregbe stopped. The roads, do you want to reconstruct a good road? You have to go and start your own if you want to make an impact.

What do you want to do at Olaiya junction again, what do you want to do at Alekuwodu to Ita-Olokan? Fantastic road, what do you want to do along Oba Aderemi road, what do you want to do? And people will tell you no, it’s not your job. Those people that were in government that did not remember to do anything, how do your want them to feel, what do you want them to say, they won’t praise you, that they won’t criticize you is a lie and I want to tell you that no government can do this project again because the cost is now enormous, it’s now multiplied by three, who can do this type of secretariat again, nobody, this is one of the best secretariats in the country, this secretariat is not like this before, it was when Ogbeni came that he finished the infrastructure and the landscaping and there was a government here for about seven and half years, they did not remember to do anything, have you not seen the beauty of the secretariat now?

So it bounds to happen because when they were there, they did not do it. are they not going to criticize you? Ahh, what is he doing? But the criticism doesn’t get to their stomach. It’s because when they were there, they did not remember to do it, look at the airport, by the special grace of God, it will reach a reasonable level, when we get there, look at the impact of that airport, you get what am saying because it’s having about 3.5km runway, which means any Cargo plane 1can land so if I know am staying in Ekiti, Kwara I can take my cargo here, the triport is coming to the state which has been approved. When they come to do those kinds of transaction, are they not going to sleep here, are they not going to spend money, what do you call commercial, economic activities

#OgbeniGovtAt7 Calisthenics Display: We’ve Been Vindicated, says Aregbesola

 

As activities marking the 7th year of the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration enter it’s day two with the final of the Calisthenics Competition held among Secondary schools in Osun, the governor has stated that his government has been vindicated that Calisthenics is a unique sport that benefits school pupils.

 

The Governor noted that contrary to insinuations by the opposition party when calisthenics was introduced by his administration in 2012 that it be scrapped because it is giving military training to youths, the sport has now become one that is been supported by all and sundry in the state for youth development.

 

Aregbesola at a colourful ceremony at the Osogbo Township stadium held that ‎Callisthenics is a unique sport that benefits participating pupils, which importance cannot be overemphasized, said Calisthenics is beyond and better than many other sports engagement. 

 

The final of competition was held between the winners in each of the three senatorial districts in the state.

 

These are the Ilobu team in the Central, Ede Team in the West and Ilesa Team in the East.

 

‎‎The winner of the Display, Osun Central senatorial team took home a cash prize of N2 million and a trophy, the first runners up, Osun West collected N1 million, while the second runners up, Osun East received cash prize of N750,000.

 

These prizes are for the improvement of sporting facilities of their schools.

 

‎According to Governor Aregbesola, “Since the introduction of this programme five years ago, 28,000 athletes have been trained in callisthenics. When we introduced Callisthenics into Osun, the opposition, for the strangest and most ridiculous reason, raised an alarm, nudged the security agencies and asked that it be scrapped. 

 

“They wrongly accused us of using callisthenics as a cover for giving military training to the youth as a prelude to seceding from Nigeria.

 

“How could any sane person allege that teaching children to hold flags and bend their bodies amount to military training? At any rate, the training was done in the open, in the presence of parents, teachers, other children and interested members of the public”.

 

Aregbesola also added that his administration through Calisthenics has been able to inculcate the values of unity, harmony, discipline, teamwork, hard work and creativity into school children.

 

He said, “It can be seen from callisthenics for instance that the whole is the sum of the parts. You must do well your part for the team to succeed and your own success is only meaningful in light of the success of others. If one athlete should be out of sync with the team, the formation fails altogether.

 

“This is in addition to its healthful benefits for the body such as flexibility, physical strength, agility and the capacity for endurance.

 

“An added advantage of this programme, especially in our own peculiar situation, is that, by providing a platform for fraternisation and positive integration and engagement in a worthwhile endeavour, it makes the students unavailable for potentially destructive out-of-school activities, such as cultism, gangsterism, political brigandage and other criminal activities.

 

“The education we are providing, of which sports are included, is for the development of the total person. We are developing a man for society, who sees himself as existing for the benefit of the society, beyond self; who views all his possessions in light of the benefit of all, who is willing to stand for all and ready to be part of all to stand for one”. The Governor emphasised.

 

Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Education, Mr Wasiu Kolawole Omotunde-Young, commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for voting larger resources of the state to the education sector.

 

He described the impressive performances of pupils and students of the state in the last seven years of Aregbesola’s administration as testimony to the fruits of quality and functional education promised and delivered by the present government in the state.

 

Omotunde-Young said the present administration had in the last seven years received commendations for its efforts at making education the bedrock for all-round development.

Shedding lights on the significance of the occasion, Young held that the event was organised to build a complete man in character and excellence through the provision of quality and functional education.

I Will Do More In The Next 365 Days – Aregbesola

By Toba Adedeji
Governor of State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has pledged to do more in the last 365 days of his tenure.
He said this will be evident in the massive infrastructural development the state will witness in the home run of his administration.
Speaking on Saturday at the Osogbo Township Stadium during the Calisthenics display in honour of Aregbesola’s 7th year in office, the Governor, said, “We have just 5days left for this month (November) to run out but we have just two days for this my tenure to clock 7years, which means I still have 365days for my tenure to windup. I want to tell the good and virtuous people of Osun that the remaining days of the tenure shall be filled with wonders.”
Aregbesola promised to remain committed and diligent in delivering from his mandate to the people.
Governor Aregbesola applauded the parents and other stakeholders who made the calisthenics programme a scheme to be envy in the state’s education sector.
The calisthenics program, he said, “Against all criticisms and allegation which is politically motivated when we started this program in 2013, yet the program still survived it through ardent commitment of both the parent of the school pupils and their coaches. Since 2013, 28,000 school pupils participated in the program which is a huge success. If God’s willing we shall all do to advance this stride especially during the 2018 children’s day coming up in May”.
He therefore called on public and private schools who want to participate in the calisthenics programme to do so without further delay.
At the end of the display, schools from Osun Central Senatorial District came first with a N2 million prize while Osun West came third winning N1 million with Osun East ending as runners-up collecting N1.5 million.
He said the monetary prize given to the schools is aimed at improving sport facilities in different schools across the state just as he underscored the importance of Extra-Curricular activities in the all round development of a child.