Eradicate Nepotism In Civil Service, Assembly Charge HOS

By Israel Afolabi

The State of Osun House of Assembly has urged the Head of Service in the state to eradicate godfatherism in the state civil service to encourage efficiency.

Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Kamil Oyedele made the charge on Tuesday during the Budget defence exercise at the State Assembly complex, Osogbo.

The parliament urged the Head of Service to design a good work plan on the civil service of Osun to ensure its effectiveness.

Also, the House of Assembly assured workers in the state that their salary arrears would soon be paid as it has been taken care of in the 2018 budget estimates.

They also commended the entire civil servants in the state for their endurance so far since the modulated salary started in the state.

While addressing officials of the Ministry of Works and Transport, Oyedele commended the Ministry for adding values to the entire State of Osun in terms of infrastructural development, saying the present administration under Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has it in mind to complete all the projects embarked upon before the end of its tenure

He urged the governor to continue with his legacy of good works in the last seven years in the state.

According to him, “Mr Governor has not let us down because Osun is moving forward under his administration. We can only compare governor Aregbesola administration with that of First Premier of Old Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo”, he added.

Commissioner for Works and Transport Engr Kazeem Salami also affirmed that the present administration of Ogbeni Aregbesola will complete all the road projects embark upon across the state.

He said that work have reached reasonable stages at Gbongan/Akoda road, Oba Adesoji Aderemi Bypass and Old Garage/Kwara State boundary road projects.

He said “this government’s hope is to touch all the nine federal constituencies in the state”.

Meanwhile, some of the Ministries and Agencies of government that have appeared to defend their budget estimation at the State House of Assembly for the day include; Ministry of Works and Transport which defended the sum of N15,917,590,500,00 allotted to it; Office of the Governor, N22,208,493,523,13; Ministry of Health; N1,388,482,590,00; Hospitals Management Board, N26,730,416,020,00 and State Primary Health Care Development Board N2,701,669,110,00.

Others are Ministry of Home Affairs with budget estimate of N343,188,300,00; Osun Tourism Board, N254,291,430,00; Office of culture and Tourism, N101,712,520,00; State Council for Arts and Culture, N59,490,992,00; while Osun State University (UNIOSUN) defended its budget estimates of N5,068,131,460,00

#OgbeniGovtAt7: Public Service Of Osun Rewards Excellence

In continuation of the celebration of the 7th year of the Aregbesola administration by the Public Service of Osun, there would be an end of year get-together and award ceremony on Thursday, 28th December, 2017 at the Riverside, Civil Service Resort, State Secretariat in the morning.

This is contained in a press release signed by the Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade.

The release enjoined all public servants including teachers in the public schools in the state to attend the event gaily attired in Yoruba native dress.

The occasion would be used to give awards to deserving categories of workers for their dedication, steadfastness and punctuality at work.

Osun HoS Commends MDAs On Cleanliness

In continuation of the drive of the Head of Service of the State of Osun, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade to ensure that government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) maintain healthy and cleaner look, the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs was adjudged the cleanest for the week, followed by the Ministry of Information and Strategy and Hospitals Management Board respectively.

The Chairman of the Environmental Sanitation, Mr. Dayo Laluwoye commended most of the Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies for participating effectively in the exercise.

He stated that the initiative of the Head of Service has paid off and the MDA’s now wear a clean and healthy look.

Mr. Laluwoye however called on some agencies who are lagging behind to follow the good trend.

The HOS, Dr. Olowogboyega commended the Environmental committee comprising of Mr. Dayo Laluwoye, Mr. Kayode Adegoke, Mr. Kelani Adesina and Mr. Lekan Babalola, for the zeal in carrying out the
exercise weekly.

He expressed delight that Government Ministries and Agencies now wear a better and cleaner look.

The Ministry of Women and Children Affairs was given a trophy and a cash donation, while the Ministry of Information and Strategy and Hospitals Management Board were given cash donations.

Osun Workforce Is Key To Aregbesola Success – Oyebade

Government of the State of Osun has acknowledged that the grace of God coupled with solidarity and support of all public servants in the State as key to the successes recorded so far by the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

The State Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade made the statement in his office while addressing the press on the end of the year programme for public servants in the State.

He explained that the programme was approved by Mr. Governor in appreciation of the unparalled support, understanding and monumental sacrifices of the entire workforce in the State.

While disclosing that from October 2017 till date, fifty-one (51) workers had received weekly and monthly awards of excellence in various establishments, Dr. Oyebade explained that it is from the pool of weekly and monthly award winners that the best three will emerge to receive handsome rewards from Mr. Governor during the forthcoming end of the year programme.

He further disclosed that the Governor had approved the erection of notice boards close to the gate of Government Secretariat, Abere where pictures of outstanding awardees would be displayed.

He then charged all public servants in the State to redouble their efforts in the area of internally generated revenue, advancing that the safest anchor to hold the ship of the State in these days of
global economic meltdown is the revenue generated within the state.

Dr. Oyebade posited that if the State could have one million active tax payers of #250 per day, it would be able to generate five billion naira per month to take care of its needs instead of relying on revenue from the federation account.

Details of the programme released by the State Head of Service which include inter-ministerial sports competition, indicate that there will be delivery of a public lecture by Dr. Adegoroye at the centre for Black Culture and International Understanding on 21st December, 2017
while the State awards and gala night is scheduled for 28th December at Public Service Recreation Centre, Abere.

Meanwhile, a Jumat service was held today at the Public Service Central Mosque, Abere, where the State Head of Service led an array of public servants to solicit prayers for the successful completion of Governor Aregbesola’s tenure in office, as well as peace and prosperity for the entire workforce.

In his sermon at the service, the Chief Imam of the mosque, Alhaji Najimdeen Uzamot, who observed that there had been remarkable changes since the advent of Dr. Oyebade as the State Head of Service, advised both the government and the workforce to be alive to their responsibilities, warning that one day both the leaders and the led will render account of their stewardship before their maker.

Osun HoS Addresses Press Tomorrow

Osun Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade will on Friday, 8th December, 2017 address press on the programmes lined up to celebrate the State Workforce for its contributions to the successes recorded by the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

A statement issued by the Secretary of the Committee for the 7th Anniversary and End of the Year Celebrations for All Public Servants in the State, Mr. Abimbola Oso stated that the briefing will hold in the office of the Head of Service at 10.00am.

The statement added that a special Jumat Service will also hold at the Public Service Central Mosque, Government Secretariat, Abere at 1.30pm.

The release then enjoined all public servants, particularly the Moslem faithful to attend the service as a matter of duty.

#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.

History Will Vindicate Aregbesola’s Investment On Education

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is a first class citizen in the education sector and history will eventually judge him rightly.

Head of Service in the State of Osun, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade made the assertion today at Owena and Ipetu-Ijesa while on education drive mission to two schools in the area.

It was in his separate address to the principals and teachers of Community High School, Owena and AUD Middle/ High, Ipetu-Ijesa after engaging the final year students of each of the schools in a period of English Language.

He charged them to double their efforts to improve students’ performances, adding that our challenge is to pass the forthcoming WAEC and NECO examinations with distinctions without cheating.

While commending teachers for being the most hardworking set of workers in the State, Dr. Oyebade pointed out that their best is not yet enough considering the unsatisfactory performance of students in the previous external examinations.

The Head of Service then enjoined the education stakeholders to, between now and April next year, concentrates their efforts on the final year students, advancing that they can only give good accounts of themselves through their students performances.

In an interview with the principals of both schools, Mr. Kayode Awe and Alhaji Idowu Bisiriyu who expressed delight to see the Head of Service teach in their schools, promised to do their best to ensure improved performances in the forthcoming WAEC and NECO examinations.

Oyebade Rewards Exceptional Civil Servants in Osun

As part of efforts to ensure efficiency and productivity in the State Civil Service, the Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade recorded another first with his initiative to reward some categories of workers and Agencies that performed creditably well in the on-going Osun Education drive scheme.

The awardees include the Coordinating Director, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mrs Femi Webster-Esho, for outstanding performance in creating awareness and support for the Education scheme, the Director-General OSBC, Mr. Wale Idowu for efficient publicity and the Tutor-General, Osun Central Education District office, Mr. Bunmi Obisesan for his commitment to the success of the programme.

Other awardees are the Principals of Oke-Iragbiji High School, Mr. Abioye Lawson, Adventist Government High School, Elder Dahunsi Osundina and Mr. Adewale Olatoye, Community Middle/ High School, Ila-Odo for their exemplary leadership.

Three Schools namely Iba Community Middle/ High School, Ibokun High School and Community Middle/ High School, Telemu were also awarded for excellent performance in Environmental Sanitation and School Management.

The best supportive community in Delivery of Functional Education award went to Imesi-Ile in Obokun Local Government. Engr. Benjamin Olamijulo, an indigene and ex-student of Imesi-Ile High School was recognised for providing ccommodation to students and teachers while Engr. Shebanjo, a former head boy who despite his challenge donates books to the school every year.

Speaking at the event which took place at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Local Government, the Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade said the exercise which is on-going, is to boost the morale of key players and encourage others to emulate the good works with a view to raising the educational standard of the State.

In a similar development, the Environmental Sanitation Committee comprising of Mr. Dayo Laluwoye, Mr. Kayode Adegoke, Mr. Kelani Adesina and Mr. Adeolu Oyebayo adjudged the State of Osun Water Corporation as the neatest for the week with the Local Government Service Commission and the Local Government Pension Board, coming second and third respectively.

Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Dayo Laluwoye said most MDAs participated effectively in the exercise and appreciated the level of compliance and improvement over what was seen last week.

The General-Manager of State of Osun Water Corporation, Mr. Gbenga Owojuyigbe collected the trophy and Ten Thousand Naira cash donation on behalf of his Agency.

Osun HoS Charges Teachers On Support For Govt. Educational Drive

Teachers in the State of Osun have been admonished to put in their best for improved performance of students in order to justify Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s huge investment on education.

The State Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade gave the admonition on Tuesday while addressing principals, teachers and students of Ayanbeku Memorial High School, Ifetedo and Olode High School, Olode after his English Language teaching sessions with students in both schools.

Dr Oyebade explained that the on-going education drive in the state is not to slight teachers but rather to join Ogbeni Aregbesola’s train in turning the education fortune of the state.

He challenged them to make number one position their target in the next round of external examinations of both WAEC and NECO.

While pointing out that there are some rules guiding examinations which majority of teachers are not acquainted with, Dr Oyebade counseled the principals to share the marking schemes with all teachers so that they can be familiar with what the examiners want.

He further advised the students to be well behaved, focused and avoid looking for examination leakage.

In his appreciation, the Principal of Olode High School II, Mr Emmanuel Oyeyinka described the action of the Head of Service as a leading example for teachers and an encouragement to students.

Those on the entourage include the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Human Resources and Capacity Building, Mr Leye Aina, the tutor general and Permanent Secretary for Osun Central Education District, Mr Tunbosun Obisesan, the Coordinating Director, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mrs Femi Webster-Esho and the Director, Public Service Office, Mr Akintola.

EDITORIAL: Closing On A High

The Ogbeni governor Rauf Aregbesola hit the ground running and started on a firm footing after a tortuous, long day’s journey into office. The gains of his preparation have borne fruit. Not least a widely acclaimed and initiated social intervention thrust which is directed at attacking the roots of poverty. Like any sensible manager, with just about a year of his administration left, he must do careful, succession planning.

A succession planning must include handing over a revamped administrative mechanism to a successor in the spirit of the continuity of the programmes he initiated which has made a positive impact. This thoughtful process has commenced with this week’s appointment of Dr Festus Olowogboyega Oyebade as the Head of Service in the State of Osun. A key appointment is what is becoming a process of transition; it has been very well received.

The multi-dimensional Dr Oyebade certainly fits the bill of the modern technocrat and public servant.  Dr Oyebade is well read. He graduated with BSc. Education at Obafemi Awolowo University of Ile-Ife with specialisation in Geography. He later obtained higher degrees of Masters in Educational Management and Peace and Conflict Studies as well as a Doctorate (PhD) in Educational Management, all from the University of Ibadan. He also bagged LLB and LLM degrees in Law from Obafemi Awolowo University and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2005. The conventional wisdom within and outside of the state is in convergence, that he will put in a memorable tenure in office.

Characteristically, the Ogbeni governor did not just put the right person for the job, he has worked out a clear road map to follow. In line with the principles of modern management, Ogbeni Aregbesola has correctly pointed out that the era of partitioning of departments in civil service is gone and should be replaced with organic network and fluid movement from one office to the other, from one department to the other, from one ministry to the other.

This is a reflection of the complexity of, as well as the need for dexterity in navigating the course of modern governance. The bureaucracy in the state has to be more flexible and nimble footed because the machinery of the government now has to be retooled to cope with a more diversified and complex economic structure. The appointment of Dr Oyebade and the brief he has been mandated to carry out is a reflection of this.

The summation of the raison d’être for the new appointment and what is envisioned for the future is very succinctly  spelt out by the Ogbeni Governor – “Nevertheless, the ultimate goal is to be productive, the objectives of governance must be realised and the government must generate the resources needed to run it.” The imperative for a scamless transition of a re-invigorated Osun state to a new administration has begun. Having as it were refreshed the bureaucracy, it is now imperative that a rancour free process is put in place to produce a worthy successor to continue and consolidate the progressive thrust in Osun State.

Osun New HOS Advises Education Stakeholders to Support Educational Drive

Education stakeholders in the State of Osun have been admonished to cooperate with the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in its efforts to deliver qualitative education to students in the State.

The new Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade gave the admonition at St .Mark’s High School, Osogbo while flagging off, “Osun Education Drive Scheme”, which according to him, is targeted at giving the State’s Education system a push.

While appreciating the teachers for their tireless efforts at securing the future of students, Dr. Oyebade pointed out that, the new
scheme is aimed at assisting students and teachers.

The new Head of Service advised all teachers to see counseling as an integral part of teaching which will assist students in their
educational pursuits. Dr. Oyebade then reiterated that in the new unified service policy, the entire public service is one in which staff will be freely deployed to areas of critical needs, including teaching.

Highlight of the flag off ceremony was the one hour teaching of SS1 Students on “Parts of Speech” in English Language by the new Head of Service, coupled with award of monetary rewards to the students for questions answered correctly.

Present at the ceremony were: the Permanent secretaries/Tutors General for Osun East and Central Education Districts, Messrs Obisesan and Aderinola, the Permanent Secretary, Human Resources and Capacity Building, Mr Leye Aina, the Director –General of the State Broadcasting Corporation ,Mr Wale Idowu, the Coordinating Director in the Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mrs. Femi Webster-Esho as well as all the Directors in the Ministry.

Meanwhile, the teaching campaign moves to Osun West Education District on Monday.