Giving Back To Society, My Priority – Osun Lawmaker

By Israel Afolabi

As part of his empowerment programme, the House of Assembly member representing Obokun State Constituency of the State of Osun, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye has distributed another set of farm inputs to farmers in his constituency.

It would be recalled that Oyintiloye had last week distributed farm inputs to farmers in Ibokun town, with a promise that the same gesture would be replicated in all the 10 wards of his constituency.

Distributing another sets of farm inputs, including cutlasses, herbicides to farmers, television set and cable decoder to the palace and other empowerment materials to artisans in Ilare-Ijesa, the headquarters of Obokun East Local Council Development Area in line with his promises, Oyintiloye said, the gesture was part of his commitment to better the lots of his constituents who are majorly farmers.

Oyintiloye who is the chairman House Committee on Information and Strategy said, no matter the economic challenges, he would continue to strive to give back to the people who have reposed their confidence in him and elected him as their representative.

Commending his constituents for the supports he had received before, during and after his election two years ago as a member of parliament, he said he has always made himself available for advise and suggestions, which, according to him has paid off for him.

He said he has chosen to distribute farm inputs in line with the Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration’s commitment to agricultural development and improvement of the living standard of the people, urging the people to also continue to support the administration

Oyintiloye who highlighted some of the developmental projects he had attracted to his constituency, or carried out from his earnings, said, he would continue to remain committed to the upliftment of his constituency.

While speaking, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman in Obokun East LCDA, Mr Ismaila Kehinde and the former Secretary, Obokun Local Government, Mr Gbola Oguntoye commended the good gesture of the parliamentarian towards the people of his constituency, urging him to continue with his commitment.

Robbery: Police Trying To Frame Me – Suspect

By Yusuff Oketola

A 42 years-old suspect, Babatunde Isaac has told a Magistrate Court in Osogbo that police framed him for robbery.

The suspect disclosed this under cross examination by the Police Prosecutor, ASP Wilson Mireti at the resumed hearing of his trial before the court.

Isaac has been arraigned before the court on two count charges of robbery and illegal possession of dangerous weapons.

The prosecutor has previously called four witnesses, who testified that the suspect intended to commit robbery and that he was the owner of a bag (an exhibit) before the court.

However, the suspect denied the ownership of that bag, telling the court that he was arrested with a nylon bag which contained his clothes and a loaf of bread, alleging that the bag has already been swapped by the police.

In his words, “I was returning from Ilorin, Kwara state, where I went to check my children who are staying with my mother because their mother was late. The car that gave me a lift drop me on the express road before I was accused by a man who inquire where I was going and I told him I was waiting for a bus to Osogbo.

“After he left, the police arrived and they accused me of robbery and before I could respond, I was hit with the butt of a gun and I woke up in the police cell.

The suspect who claimed to be a tailor told the court that he was forced to append his signature on the statement before the court without reading its content to his hearing by the police.

He also denied knowing any of the prosecution witnesses before the court.

The matter was adjourned till 28th of August for further hearing.

 

State Sponsored UNIOSUN Medical Students Arrive Nigeria From Ukraine

Medical Students of the Osun State University UNIOSUN who were sponsored by the State Government of Osun to complete their medical course in Ukraine on Saturday night returned to Nigeria.

They were received at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos by a high powered delegation of the state government led by the state commissioner for Innovative, Science & Technology, Engr Remi Omowaiye.

The students where one of them, Miss Lateefat Oyeniyi led the whole institution in Kharazviv, Ukraine are expected to meet Governor Rauf Aregbesola at a grand reception organized by the state for them on Sunday evening at the Government House, Osogbo.

 

State Government of Osun sponsored Medical students to Karazin
National University, Ukraine returning home after the completion of
their medical training, at the Murtala International Airport, Lagos
on 13-08-2017.

The State Deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye Tomori as well as the Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Technology, Engr Remi Omowaye were part of the delegation, the state government sent to their graduation ceremony which held few months ago.

Fifty of the 85 students of Osun State University were sent to Ukraine varsity to complete their medical studies by the Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration in 2013 as a result of non-availability of a teaching hospital for their clinical studies.

It would be recalled that in 2010, when Governor Rauf Aregbesola came on board, he decided to fully sponsor the 85 students that belonged to two different sets, to complete their Medical studies at the Kharkiv National University, Ukraine.

State of Osun Commissioner for Innovation, Science and Technology, Mr Remi
Omowaiye (center);  State Government of Osun sponsored Medical students
to Karazin National University, Ukraine returning home after the
completion of their medical training with their parents, at the Murtala
International Airport, Lagos
on 13-08-2017.

Death And The Governor’s Mother, By Abiodun Komolafe

“Life levels all men. Death reveals the eminent.”

– George Bernard Shaw

Rauf Aregbesola must be an extremely sad man, feeling empty and alone, as we speak. This is because, in a spate of two weeks, the governor of the State of Osun has lost two particularly dear friends to the cold fangs of death. First to answer the final call was Olu Abiola, a foremost industrialist, socialite and philanthropist who was not only “an invaluable asset in the business world”, but also “gave his all to the cause of” Aregbesola’s administration. Abiola gave up the ghost on July 16, 2017 and the world mourned the passing of a patriot! Two weeks after, precisely, on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, the matriarch of the Aregbesola family in Ilesa, and the governor’s mother, Alhaja Saratu Aregbesola, also exited this sad, sick and insane world of war and the vagaries of its sinfulness. Rauf lost her beloved mother and a chapter in the history of his events-filled life came to a close.

Though grieving is a natural reaction to a loss, the solace in these two sad events is that both grew relatively old before accessing the hereafter. Like Abiola, Iya Olobi, as she was fondly called, will be sorely missed by the governor. Just recently, the governor informed a stunned audience that he has three homes in Osun State. First is Government House at Oke Fia in Osogbo, his official residence. Second is her mother’s, in Ilaje, Ilesa. And third is Abiola’s house in Oke Omiru, also in Ilesa. Now,  two of  these ‘homes’ are bereaved and one can imagine the gravity of the governor’s grief.

As we all know, being a governor’s mother, especially, in this part of the world carries along with it a lot of responsibilities. The ‘challenge’ of that office is so threateningly enormous that, once upon a time in Nigeria, a ‘Mother Excellency’ almost seized control of the powers constitutionally vested in her son as governor of a state. But Aregbesola was with a difference! I doubt if she ever interfered in governance issues in Osun. And it’s not recorded anywhere that she ever used her influence to curry favour anywhere. The present state of the road on which her house in Ilesa is situated bears eloquent testimony to this.

But, what is life that its “meter just keeps a-ticking whether you are getting somewhere or just standing still”? On the other hand, why is death described as “a gift to have more life” and why did Walker Scott see it as “the final awakening”? Of course, that’s why I seriously disagree with Will Rogers that being a hero is more of knowing when to die because “prolonged death has ruined more men than it ever made.” For instance, were Rauf to have a choice between losing his mother now, when the possibility of the state shutting down to accord her a befitting burial is high, and letting her live longer till say, when “the phones no longer ring”, I’m sure he’d have opted for the latter. That goes to explain the importance of parents in a man’s life!

Iya Olobi’s vision of life was remarkable. She trained her children, sometimes, through the seeming endless valleys of travails, to become responsible citizens in the society. She neither wavered nor faltered in nurturing them, sometimes through the physical thistles and the psychological toughness of a journey of life which, in many instances, attempted to dilute her faith. Despite the winding and the wearisome nature of the journey, she did all that’s worth doing  to give her children’s future a meaning.

“Life”, in Marion Howard’s words, “is like a blanket – too short.”  This  “mutual hostility” is also said to be about wars; you win some, you lose some. Sadly, but with total submission to the will of Allah, Iya Olobi has lost the final struggle of life to death! So, rather than grieve over what’s inevitable, the governor and his siblings should reflect and, with hearts full of praise, appreciate God for having such a wonderful mother who has in no small way added value to their lives. More importantly, the governor should be thankful to the Allah for letting his mother see him through success, notably, as an engineer, a ‘chattered politician”, and “an astute administrator with a vision, one blessed with the ability to picture into the fortunes, hopes and desires of a future which best is yet to come for dear state.”

Like mother, like son! Japheth Omojuwa describes him as a “seemingly ordinary man with the proven extraordinary abilities” while Joe Igbokwe sees him as “a repository of trust and confidence among his followers.” Aregbesola has helped a great deal in the transformation of Osun from the shameless sensualities of the Ancient Times and the ruthless ferocity of the Dark Ages into “a developed, cleaner, safer and more beautiful state” that, in another 30 years, Osun will no doubt be a reference point to other states in terms of infrastructure development. His promise of a brighter future has been unsurpassable in the history of the state. Little wonder Aregbesola is one of the most outstanding and credible personalities the Nigerian nation has ever known.

In 1890, Crowfoot on his deathbed famously referred to life as the “flash of a firefly in the night“; “the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime“; and “the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” Without doubt, Iya Olobi’s life brings to memory All Progressives Party (APC), interestingly, a political party co-founded and nurtured into adulthood by his governor-son. Truth be told, APC is fractured in not less than 10 states. Wolves in sheep’s clothing and politicians with no fixed identity are threatening the survival of the party and it seems as if the Father Christmas of our immediate past has lost the essence of his gift. But I believe that this challenge is not insurmountable if only the leadership can learn some salient lessons from the life, travails and the triumph of Rauf’s mother. Her inspiring life and unwavering commitment to excellence have shown that living in questionable submission to the fatal fantasies of life is not always an option.

May Allah grant the soul of the faithful departed Al-Janat!

Ameen!

*KOMOLAFE writes in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected])

Abiodun KOMOLAFE,

O20, Okenisa Street,

Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State.