Osogbo/Agunbelewo/Okinni/Ilobu Road: Time To Help

This is to appeal to the government, either at the state and federal level to help the residents of Agunbelewo/Okinni/Ilobu/Erin/Ifon in Osun State on the poor condition of the road linking them with Osogbo, the state capital.

Because of the closeness to Osogbo, no one would ever thought that such road could be left unattended to, but alas, that is the situation.

As it stands today, it is clear that the people of that axis have completely been abandoned by the government as can be clearly reflected in the condition of their road. Unfortunately, there is no other alternative route for the people living in the axis.

There is no one who will pass through the road, no matter how highly positioned and not regret using the road, not because the people living in the axis are bad people, but because the road has become an eyesore.

It is on record that emergency cases have on several occasions been complicated, while expectant mothers have also experienced complications due to the condition of the road.

Though, there are rumours that the road had been awarded for reconstruction, but with the look of things, it does not seem the road was awarded as there are no signals that it would be constructed anytime so soon.

Therefore, pending the time the road would be fully constructed, the government either at the state or federal level need to intervene and save the people of the axis. Even if it is just the grading of the road, something should be done.

Though, everybody is aware that it is a Federal Road, but we appeal to Osun government, particularly the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to intervene, as he had done to so many other communities in the state.

Still On Osogbo/Okinni/Ilobu Road

Let me again appeal to the Federal Government and the State Government of Osun to come to the aid of residents of Osogbo/Okinni/Ilobu Road axis on the bad condition of their roads, which has not received any attention over the years.

Residents of the area have to go through difficulties in accessing their homes due to the bad condition of the road, and even in some emergency cases have gone beyond control, as travelling through the route has always been a serious thing.

Several appeals have gone to the state and federal governments for interventions, all to no avail, hence the road remain dilapidated.

While the Osun government can be exonerated on the bad condition of the road, because the road belongs to the federal government, the same thing cannot be said of the government at the centre, moreso that we have a representative in Abuja, in person of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Lasun Yusuff who is well positioned to influenced the reconstruction of the road.

The irony of it all is that Honourable Yusuff passes through the road on weekly basis, especially of recent when he started consultations for his ambition to occupy governorship seat in the state next year.

While individuals have done their best to ensure that the road is passable, they do not have the financial wherewithal to ensure its sustainability, hence the need for government interventions.

Much as the state government can be exonerated, being a closer government to the people than the federal, we appeal that something should be done, even if it is just grading of the road.

Residents of the axis will quite appreciate any intervention coming from any quarter.

Sallah: Fun Seekers Besiege Nelson Mandela Freedom Park In Osogbo, Lauds Aregbesola’s Social Protection Initiatives‎

The social protection projects of the state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has once again been commended by the residents of the state particularly the Eid-El-Kabir holiday makers who besieged popular Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo for Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The ‎residents also extolled Governor Aregbesola for being aggressive towards rejuvenating the economy of the state through his social protection initiatives.
The Park has in the last few days witnessing an impressive influx of people who have come for one or two recreation, refreshment and relaxation from across the state
It is not an hyperbole to say that the 2017 Eid-el-Kabir was enveloped in funfare and celebration galore with mass participants at the park.
While eulogizing the state government under the leadership of Governor Aregbesola for putting in place such recreation centre, those at the park described the centre as first of its kind in the state.
Speaking intermittently to express their delights on the centre, Comrade Ibrahim Muslihudeen Olayinka; Miss Mufliat Adeniyi, Mr Jooda Nurudeen Olaniyi, Dr. Olawale Sulaimon, Mrs. Romoke Anjonrin, Mr. Salaudeen Sakiru and Engineer Nureni Adebiyi said with the construction of the Park, the state has opened a new ‎opportunity for tourism sector to thrive.
In his words, Dr Sulaimon said the emergence of the  Park in the state capital will in no measure have a great impact in the economy of the state.
According to him, “I am highly impressed to be here with my family. This is impressive and it has to be commended because since the creation of this state, nothing as such was done.
“Despite the fact that this park is still under construction, the facilities therein are in no doubt suitable for refreshment.
“As you can see, we have had a lot of nice times here. We have taken pictures at different locations and my family are in no doubt feeling fully at home.
“Though I don’t stay at home but each time I come home for one thing or the other, I am always impressed with pace of development especially in the area of infrastructure”, Dr Sulaimon added.‎
In the same vein, Comrade Olayinka an indigene of Ilobu in Irepodun Local Government Area of the state, described the Park as unprecedented in the history of the state.
He hailed Governor Aregbesola for turning Osogbo to a real state capital through the provision of physical infrastructures, saying the construction of the Park at a conspicuous location has given Osogbo another face-lift of development.
Olayinka added, “to me the successful construction of this Park has justified the genuine intention of the present government in the state to transform the state capital into mega city.
“Aside massive roads construction that cut across the nooks and crannies of the state particularly Osogbo which is the state capital, this Nelson Mandela Freedom Park is another giant stride that deserves commendation.
“My visit to this Park has opened my eyes to reality that our governor and his government meant well for us because if a government could nurture such a lofty ideology of turning a sawmill to this marvelous garden, then such administration deserves kudos.
“I have been coming here for the last five days I have been in the state, but today I felt like bringing my family here to catch fun, and as I am talking to you, we have all enjoyed our stay at this Park.
“Since it costs no dime, we have freely moved round the facilities especially at the fountain pools that are not only exciting but significant.
“I am a citizen of Osun and I have lived in this state for so many years before I traveled to the North where I am currently working, but through out the times I was at home, no government thought of this.
“So, I really appreciate the political sagacity of Governor Aregbesola that yielded this, it shows that we have a visionary leader at the helm of affairs because if not, many of these initiatives would have been aborted half way”.‎
Corroborating similar gestures, Mrs Anjounrin said the construction of the Park has added another accolade to Aregbesola’s profile, nothing that the history will continue to remember his good works
Mrs Anjounrin, a retired Immigration Officer, said she was very happy to be at the Park where liberty and freedom is prioritized.‎
She said her visit to the Park has made her to further interact with masses most especially the hawkers and streets petty traders that brought their goods to the Park for sale.
“Since this place is free for all, then it is good to be at an amusement park like this where one will meet people from different backgrounds.
“I have come; I have seen and I have benefited from some of the facilities in this garden. Though it is not yet completed and commissioned, but the little facilities here are worthwhile for recreation and refreshment.
“I came from Ikirun though not really because of this park, but when I got to this area, I found a lot of interesting things that hooked my attention.
“I have toured round the Park and I am impressed with the goal which the state is dreamed to actualise on this project, because when it is completed, it will be the best centre to be by all,”Mrs Anjounrin stressed.‎
While appealing to the people in the state to support the state government in its effort to rebuild Osun, a groundnut hawker, Mrs Silifat Kasali, said the influx of the people to the Park has increased her sales.
According to Mrs. Kasali, sales had improved greatly since the volume of the people to the Park began to increase particularly about three days ago.
She attributed the development to a huge investment made by the Aregbesola led government to turn around the Park for the betterment of the citizenry.
“Though Salah celebration is still fresh and people are still coming to this Park in large number,  but how I wish that this Salah continues so that large people could be visiting this place, thus increases sales.
“Over three days ago, my sales has been on the increase and I am happy that my state has such a big and attractive Park like this”, she submitted.‎

Aged Man Arraigned For Allegedly Damaging N17m Fence

By Bidemi Akinsanmi

An aged man, Raimi Adisa has been arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Osogbo, presided over by Magistrate M.A. Awodele, for allegedly damaging properties worth N17 million and threatening to life.

He was docked on a four-count charge of stealing, conduct likely to cause breach of peace, unlawful and malicious damage and threatening of life of one Alhaji Ganiyu.

According to the charge sheet, the accused person and others at large sometimes in year 2016 at Ayekale Area Osogbo, conspire together to commit felony to wit, stealing and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 516 (A) of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol.II laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

The charge sheet also stated that the accused, conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by and forcibly entered into the land of one Alhaji Ganiyu and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 249 (B) of the Criminal Code Cap 38 vol.II laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

Pa Adisa was also accused that he and others at large, unlawfully and maliciously damage a wall fence erected and being property of the same complainant value about N17,000,000 and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 451 of the Criminal Code Cap 38 vol. II laws of Osun State of Nigeria.

The charge sheet also revealed that the accused person and others at large with intent to intimidate, threatened the life of the same complainant with guns and cutlasses and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 383 and punishable under section 86 (i) of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol.II laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against him, while his counsel, Soji Oyetayo prayed to the court to grant the accused person a bail, being an old man who needs proper care.

The presiding magistrate, granted the accused person bail in the sum of N250,000 and two sureties, while the case was adjourned till 18th of August 2017.

Police Chief Admonishes Citizens To Be Vigilant

By Murtala  Agboola

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ataoja Estate Police station, Osogbo, Mr Clement Agbemoroti has tasked citizens to be very vigilant and be conscious of their environment.

He made the call at the monthly meeting of the Police Community Relation Committee (PCRC) held at the police station last Thursday.

The DPO reiterated the fact that no society, not even the developed ones, has zero-crime rate, hence citizens should do more to assist the police in providing adequate security for persons and property.

Besides consciousness, he asked them to provide reliable information and be ready to assist in prosecution when cases end up in court.

Ademoroti made reference to the failure of people who report cases to police to turn up when evidence is most needed.

He alluded to a robbery suspect, one Segun Oluwalogbon, aka Badoo who had been arrested after terrorising people in the area for a long time, saying Badoo’s victims were are unfortunately unwilling to provide information to prosecute him.

The police chief said, what the court needs is evidence and without such evidence, all the courts do is to strike out such cases, and when such happen, the public easily conclude that the police have taken bribe.

Members of the PCRC were equally warned to be aware of how they park their vehicles outside, especially with the rampant theft of car batteries.

They were also told to tear used recharge cards because armed robbers place them at robbery spots which results in the arrest of those who used them.

Members were therefore warned to report any incidence of theft of identify card or any belongings to the police, because of the repercussion if it is recovered.

November 27 Interchange Bridge, Osogbo: Now The Story Has Changed (Photos)

By Adebayo Rasheed Mabayoje

Ola-iya and Abere route can be described as gate-way to Osogbo the Osun capital. The route harbours the seats of two organs of government of the state – office of the governor (and the State Secretariat); as well as the house of assembly.

Before now it used to be vehicular tug-of-war in the morning for workers and other residents of Osogbo who had no other road to ply going to their work places and going back home, as well as other residents going beyond the state secretariat.

The experience is even worse for residents of Dele-yes-sir area, the eastern part of Osogbo, and the Isale Osun area, who also had to get to the state secretariat Abere every morning.

They were cut-off; and had to go-round , more than half the lenght of the distance to their work places.

Now The Story Has Changed
November 27 Interchange now breaks bottleneck congestion of traffic along the state secretariat and Ola-iya junction of Osogbo, the Osun capital.

 

Orisunbare Market Rally: Traders Asks Aregbesola For More (Photos)

Traders at the Orisunbare International Market in Osogbo, Wednesday morning tasked the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to deliver more dividend of democracy to them.

At a rally held in Osogbo, the traders pleaded with Governor Rauf Aregbesola to deliver all that he promised them, stating his government had promised to complete the last section of the market last year, but as at today, it is yet to complete work.

The market men and women who carried placards with various inscriptions as ‘We want to meet peacefully with Aregbesola’ among others, said they recognized the governor intervention in other sector of the economy, but wants him to shift some focus on the market too.

The traders numbering around 100, pleaded with the government to review security charges for securing their stores that recently went up from N700 to 2,500.

However, addressing the rally, Deputy Chief of Staff to the governor, Barrister Gbenga Akano promised the government will address all their concerns.

See photos from the rally below:

Orisunbare Market Rally (1) Orisunbare Market Rally (2) Orisunbare Market Rally (3) Orisunbare Market Rally (4) Orisunbare Market Rally (5) Orisunbare Market Rally (6)

School Repairs Two Kilometres Road In Osogbo

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

As part of the Community Development Service and Social Responsibility, a private school in Osogbo, Kunike International School on Monday embarked on repair of two kilometres road along Osogbo Ilesa road.

Students of the school were seen in their tens as early as 7:am, filing several portholes and bad portions on the roads with different construction equipment and gravel.

The proprietress of the school, Mrs Olanike Olakunle in an interview with newsmen, said the repair work is a community service as part of corporate social responsibility of the school to its community.

She further explained that the community service was also a strategic way of instilling community service in the students to make them patriotic and responsible citizens thereafter.

According to her, the school has a standing philosophy of building future leaders through the culture of selflessness and hard work.

” Kunike is not another school out there, but it’s a peculiar school, raising peculiar treasures , that will emerge as Peculiar Global Leaders.

“The students are being trained to become servant leaders through community service; they are also being trained to learn how to give back to the communities where they belong.

“We are making them to be conscious of the fact that citizens have major role to play in nation-building outside the government.

“We are also teaching them the tenets of economic diversification, which informed the acquisition of about six hectares of land by the school, where students are involved in practical farming.

“This is another effort to make the students understand that farming is a potential economic hub for the country, and not a profession for the poor and uneducated members of the society,” she said.

It would be recalled that the school, in collaboration with Delta School District in Vancouver, Canada had on May this year gave full scholarship to the first two Chibok girls rescued from the captivity of the Boko Haram, Amina Alli, and Serah Luka.

Schools To Proceed On 2nd Term Holiday On Friday 1st April, 2016

State Of Osun Ministry Of Education, Science and Technology has directed Public and Private Schools across the State to proceed on Second Term holiday of the 2015/2016 School Calendar on Friday 1st April, 2016.

This is contained in a Press release issued by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry Of Education, Science and Technology, Mr Festus Olajide.

According to the release, principals, head teachers and proprietors of schools across the state are to comply with this directive, as it is in line with the approved school calendar for 2015/2016 School Session.

Parents and guardians are advised to take good care of their children and wards during the period of the vacation by engaging them in meaningful activities that will assist their moral, physical and
mental developments.

Parents are also advised to guide against exposing their children/wards to errands and unwholesome activities that are capable of endangering their lives.

The holiday is expected to last 3 Weeks and will end on Saturday 23rd April, 2016 while school activities which include teaching and learning for the 3rd term academic session would begin on Monday, 25th April, 2016.

Before Ogbeni Aregbesola Is Crucified

Press Release

We would like to begin this press release by quoting from Shakespeare: “There is something rotten in the State of Denmark”. It is generally believed that, like in this quotation, “there is something rotten in the Nigerian State”. In fact, there are so many things rotten in Nigeria as a nation. We all know that when the head of a person, institution or nation is rotten, the entire body is, and this is why if a part of the body is in pain, the whole body is, and this is also why a disease is one part of the human body can kill the whole body. In this case, if Nigeria, represented by the Federal Government as the head of the nation is rotten, the whole of Nigeria is rotten, and if a part of Nigeria, say a State in the federation, is in pain, the entire country would feel the pain, and unless this pain is removed, we cannot say the country is well i.e., in good health.

Aregbesola, the Executive Governor of the State of Osun, like many other Governors in the federation, is in pain. And so is the Federal Government itself. This is a general pain induced by the unprecedented profligacy of the President Jonathan’s administration under the Peoples Democratic Party (of Nigeria). By this profligacy of monumental proportion, unequalled in the history of Nigeria from independence till 2015 when the Almighty God terminated the PDP’s administration in order to save Nigeria from untold calamity that was waiting to happen, the Federal Government under President Buhari is in pain, the State Governments are in pain and the Nigerian citizens are equally in pain.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Raruf Aregbesola, accompaning by the Site Engineer, Ogundele Adedamola on the inspection tour of the on-going constriction site of Osogbo High School on Monday 19-10-2015.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Raruf Aregbesola, accompaning by the Site Engineer, Ogundele Adedamola on the inspection tour of the on-going constriction site of Osogbo High School on Monday 19-10-2015.

From the revelations going on in the country, so much money had been looted from the government treasury that the looted monies in both local and foreign currencies are enough to take care of the 36 States band their citizens for many years to come. And the Federal and State Governments now wallow in unprecedented misery and poverty. Hence we cannot, and should not, blame the Federal and State Governments for the present general condition of Nigerians, salaries and non salaries earners alike. The cry of “ilu le” (things are hard in the country) is rampant everywhere – workers, citizens, market women, students and even beggars. It is under these unpleasant scenarios that we place Ogbeni Aregbesola and his detractors. But from our interactions with some different categories of people in Osun, especially in Osogbo and part of Ilesa, Ile-Ife and Modakeke, we were surprised that people still see “some things of goodness” in things evil“ in Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration.

What we were expecting was a thorough condemnation of Aregbe’s government based on the issue of overflogged salaries that has been beaten to death! While there was an expected general consensus on the issue of overflogged salaries which has led to grievances amongst workers and even market women who complained about shortfall in sales, owing to low patronages from salary earners, we were pleasantly surprised at the level of general awareness of some people about the harsh economic situation in the country, like drastic drop in the price of crude oil, unprecedented high rate of the value of the Dollar to the Naira but, most importantly, the PDP’s looting of the treasury which they have been bombarded with through the social media on a daily basis. Some of them said they sympathized with Aregbesola and other State Governors as well as the Federal Government on the sorry mess into Jonathan’s administration has led them, but that, in spite of this, no Government, whether State or Federal, should allow its citizen to suffer as it is now the case in all the States of the federation, but with special interest in their own State of Osun.

If we take away the issue of salaries which is the main source of people’s anger and which they want to redressed with assistance from the money recovered from the loots as daily reported in the newspapers, there seem to be praises and appreciation about the activities of government in Osun. Thus, while there is general condemnation and anger about the irregular and delayed payment of salaries, some people still appreciate what the Government of Osun has done in other areas, especially in road infrastructure and developments in primary and secondary schools. Some were honest enough to say that they are happy their children now have good schools to attend. Some held a good opinion about O’Meal programme in the primary schools which is now being replicated at the Federal level by President Buhari’s administration of the All Progressive Congress (APC). By the same token, they showed their appreciation for the O’Reap programme of Aregbesola’s administration.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in a White attire (2nd right); his Deputy Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (right); the Project Manager, Engr Ajibola Obakin (left). During the inspection of the on going Construction of Seventh day Adventist High School Ede on Sunday 31-1-2016
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in a White attire (2nd right); his Deputy Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori (right); the Project Manager, Engr Ajibola Obakin (left). During the inspection of the on going Construction of Seventh day Adventist High School Ede on Sunday 31-1-2016

Of particular interest is a group of people, including a mechanic (name withheld) that we interacted with. When asked of his opinion about Aregbe’s government, the mechanic said that, other than the well advertised issue of salaries, “the man is doing well; he is my man any day”. One of the mechanics pointed to something Aregbe did in the area of road infrastructure. He named a particular area where people had suffered for so long until Aregbe came to their aid. He praised the government “for tarring the road and putting up bridges on the road, from Owode Grammar School to Osu”. Therefore, he would vote for Aregbe and the APC anytime, as “there is no substitute party on ground”. He advised that government must take care of workers “from whom we make our own living”.

When asked about the issue of payment of tax, they all agreed that people must pay their tax, more so that “there is no more allocation from the Centre”. We corrected them that there is still allocation from the Centre, only that it has been substantially reduced. It is interesting to hear one of them say that apart from cocoa, Chief Obafemi Awolowo developed the Old Western Region with proceeds from tax which people who lived at that time told him about in connection with the exploits of the sage. On the issue of ghost workers, one of them said, with anger, that “it is cheating”, and “criminal” for people to earn salaries without being an authentic worker in the system, believing that there is no way ghosts could earn salaries. He asked us whether anybody could identify an “invisible ghost”. He said he as a person felt cheated that while he is struggling to make ends meet, some people behind the ghost phenomenon simply draw salaries without working. He sees this as one of the problems in Aregbe’s administration, and a source of the drain in the governments coffers. He said all the “ghost” workers and “their possible sponsors” should be sent to jail with hard labour. But said the problem of “ghost” workers should not affect the real workers who should be paid their salaries, while the people behind the ghosts should be sent to jail “or have their hands cut off”.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle), and his Deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori (left), during the unscheduled inspection to the ongoing construction of Ilesa Government High School, Ilesa, on Sunday 31-01-2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle), and his Deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori (left), during the unscheduled inspection to the ongoing construction of Ilesa Government High School, Ilesa, on Sunday 31-01-2016.

The conclusion of our findings is that while there is a general agreement about the plight of workers who are “injured” by nonpayment of salaries (which they also believed is not restricted to Osun alone), they believe that the truth must also be told that Aregbe’s administration has done well in the development of infrastructure, especially roads and building of schools. They also said there is no substitute for APC and President Buhari’s government for now, especially in his fight against corruption of the previous administration that has led the State of Osun, like many other States and even the Federal Government, to the present sorry mess we are all in now. They asked Aregbe to be full of prayers not for his State alone, but for other States and the Federal Government believing that with time, things would be better.

For our past, we say before Aregbesola or indeed any other Governor is crucified, let us crucify the PDP and President Jonathan and his administration for creating the sorry atmosphere Aregbesola, other Governors and indeed the Federal Government now find themselves.

Professor Moses Akinola Makinde, FNAL

DG/CEO, Awolowo Centre for Philosophy, Ideology and Good Governance, Osogbo.

 

 

Comrade Wale Adebisi

DG, Comrade Ola-Oni Centre for Social Research, Osogbo.

22 March, 2016.

Motorists In Osogbo Laments Fuel Hoarding At NNPC Station

Motorists in osogbo, the Osun state capital are calling on the department of petroleum resources (DPR) to probe the only NNPC mega station in‎ the state for alleged hoarding of product.
Visit to the NNPC station which is  located along ring road ‎osogbo, revealed long queue resulting from scarcity and hike in the price of fuel in the city.
Some motorists in an interview , accused the management of the station of hoarding the product at the expense of the people.
They alleged that the management of the station  is in the habit of deliberating waiting for the situation to get messy before selling to the waiting motorists, in order to enrich themselves from over billing.
According to them, other NNPC retail outlets in the state usually open for business from 6 in the morning till evening,saying reverse is usually the case at the only mega ‎station in the state.
They therefore called on the federal government through the DPR to wade into the matter and find a lasting solution soon.
” the situation in this country is very appalling and devastating, we have been here since 5am, and they have refused to sell us fuel. We want government to do something to this” of one the motorists pastor Oloyede Taiwo lamented.
Another motorist Moye Oyewale also expressed dissatisfaction at the alleged hoarding of premium motor spririt PMT  ” the usual practice at the NNPC mega station is that one will expect them to start selling fuel as early as 8am, but the situation is not so. They decide at will when to sell and when not. I would advice that the federal government should probe the management of theis station”
‎”It’s so sad that while the government is busy sanitising the whole NNPC, some people can still be sabotaging his effort at this local level” Oyewale said.