Osun Assembly Calls For Compliance On Land Use Charge

By Israel Afolabi

The State of Osun House of Assembly has called for due compliance from stakeholders with the Land Use Charge Law 2015 as passed by the state legislature.

Chairman, House Committee on Land, Physical and Urban Development, Hon. Nurein Adebisi made the call on Thursday at an interactive meeting with officials of the Ministry of Finance and relevant stakeholders at the state Assembly, Osogbo.

Adebisi said the meeting was convened based on the report the committee received on land use charge bill recently passed by the house and to know the barriers that hinder revenue generation.

According to him, “we notice low performance of revenue personnels and poor handling of the revenue in the state and that there is still the need to review some sections of the law”, he added.

He urged the revenue personnels to be practical and realistic in their approach, so as to get the required results.

The lawmaker, therefore, called for critical review of engagement of consultants for the Land Use Charge and due compliance with the provision of the law as passed by the House of Assembly in 2015.

In her contribution, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs. Adebimpe Ogunlumade who is handling thew land use charge projects in the state complained of fund as a major setback and poor handling of the job by revenue personnel.

She confirmed that the appointment of some consultants were based on due processes because they are familiar with the project in the state.

According to her, “we have agreed to choose the best among them during their engagement, because their appointment is not permanent”.

“There is going to be a needful substitution for those who are not ready to work”, she added.

She also complained about all the independent petrol marketers, private schools and hoteliers that are not cooperating with revenue officials.

However, some consultants who spoke at the meeting, Sanusi Raheem and Olukayode Olalekan lamented over the non-cooperation with revenue marshals in the state.

In their separate remarks, members of the committee urged the people to change their way of doing things, adding that excuses would no longer be tolerated in revenue collection in the state again.


Osun Assembly Charge Agencies On Budget Implementation

By Israel Afolabi

The State of Osun House of Assembly has charged all the agencies of government in the State of Osun to adhere strictly to the implementation of 2018 Budget estimates when passed into law as its content cannot be altered by any authority without recourse to the State parliament.

Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Kamil Oyedele made this known on Wednesday during the budget defence exercise before the parliament at the State Assembly Complex, Osogbo.

Oyedele said that budget is a law which cannot be tampered after being passed.

He urged all the relevant agencies of government to work together with relevant committees of the House of Assembly to achieve common goal.

According to him, “budget of a state is a law which cannot be tampered by anyone when it eventually becomes a law”.

In their separate remarks before all the ministries and agencies that appeared in the floor, the parliamentarians commended the effort of the Ministry of Special Duties for its ability to establish co-existence between farmers and herdsmen of the state.

They appreciated their performance in ensuring that peace reigns in all nooks and crannies in the state.

They also urged the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperative to revive trade fair and cooperative college.

They said, “We will create opportunity for the college to be revived for the development of the state”.

In his contribution, Commissioner for Special Duties and Chairman Committee on peaceful co-existence between farmers and Fulani Bororo in the state, Hon Mudasiru Toogun appreciated the efforts of the House of Assembly for their supports to the committee.

He advised people of Osun to go into ranching as it is a business that attracts huge money.

In his contribution, his counterpart from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Hon. Ismail Alagbada said his ministry is preparing to organise another parallel chambers for the state to benefit.

However, some of the ministries of government and agencies that appeared before the House of Assembly for the day include; Ministry of Special Duties which defended the sum of N318,836,000,00 allotted to it, Ministry of Commerce, Industries and Cooperative N1,273,162,570,00; Osun Micro-credit Agency, N102,450,730,00; Ministry of Empowerment and Youth Engagement, N3,966,923,258,00 while office of Enterprise and Wealth Creation also defended its budget estimate of N59,775,850,00.


Osun Assembly Tasks Ministry Of Local Government Over Service Delivery

By Israel Afolabi

The State of Osun House of Assembly has stressed the needs for proper monitoring of officials at the Local Government level so as to ensure that their performance complement the efforts of the state government.

Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon Kamil Oyedele disclosed this at the ongoing budget defence exercise at the State House of Assembly complex Osogbo.

Oyedele commended the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs on the successful conduct of the Local Government election in the state.

He urged the Ministry officials to ensure that council authorities meet the expectation in the area of revenue generation.

According to him, “Local Government is very crucial to everyone in the state and there should be judicious use of revenue of local government”.

In their separate remarks, other members of the committee observed the need for the ministry to engage in capacity building for local government staffers so as to enhance their performance.

The ministry was charged to ensure that the authorities of local governments pay attention to proper maintenance of all the 10 kilometre roads in their jurisdiction.

The lawmakers also directed relevant agencies and ministries of government that have not submitted their revenue work plan to do so without further delay.

In another development, the lawmakers took note of the activities of the officials of the state judiciary in the previous year and commended the officials for what they described as noticeable improvement in dispensation of justice.

Meanwhile, some of the agencies of government, ministries that have appeared before the House of Assembly includes Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs which defended the sum of N83,314,370 allotted to it, Local Government Service Commission N166,208,720 and High Court of Justice N1,313,142,670.

Others are judiciary service Commission N357,110,200 and Customary Court of Appeal N818,590,720 also defended their budget estimate.

LAUTECH: Osun Assembly Warns Governing Council On Imminent Crisis

Assures Health Tech Students Of Resumption

By Israel Afolabi

The Speaker of the Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salaam has warned the governing council of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology to stop actions capable of truncating peace in the troubled school.

He dropped the warning while addressing the management of the school who appeared before the house to defend its 2018 budget estimates.

The Speaker who was represented by the Chairman House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Kamil Oyedele disclosed that the action of the council is likely to jeopardise the existing relationship between Oyo and Osun arising from the co-ownership status of the institution.

While reacting to the issue of the appointment of an external Auditor for the school, Salaam explained that the agreement between the two owner states was to appoint external auditor on rotational basis.

He frowned at the move by the Governing council to truncate the agreement, calling on the school leadership to strictly adhere to the understanding between the two states in running the affairs of the institution.

In their separate remarks, other lawmakers condemn the action of the Governing council, which according to them, was designed to rob Osun of its rightful place in the management of the University.

The legislators noted that Osun has displayed maturity in the resolution of the agelong crisis that has almost crippled the institution and ensured its sustenance, stressing the need to move against what they described as management induced crisis in the institution.

The Vice chancellor of the University Professor Adedeji Gbadegesin who defended the total budget estimate of N5,468,242,400 before the legislators, pleaded for the absence of the governing council at the gathering.

Besides, the State Assembly has assured Students of the School of Health Technology, Ilesa whose school was locked of its reopening and resumption for academic activities.

The Assembly in an interactive meeting with the governing council, school management and the Students Union Government of the institution commended the students for the way and manner they conducted themselves during their protest and the maturity displayed during their agitations.

According to the parliament, “We are here to make sure that peace reigns in the school and that lecture commences immediately”.

“We have gone through all your demands and we will make sure that life is more comfortable for you at all cost”, he added.

The Assembly advised the School Management to close communication gap between the council and the Student Union Government (SUG) of the school.

In his remarks, the commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Kosamotu disclosed that many of the issues have been resolved, adding that any moment from now the school will resume for academic activities, specifically on Monday next week.

He said, “I appreciate the intervention of the House of Assembly in this lingering crisis”.

He also appreciated efforts of the governing council, management and SUG towards ensuring that the school is reopened for academic activities.

However, in his remark, the president of the Student Union Government (SUG) Musliudeen Babatunde commended the House of Assembly for the intervention. According to him, “we are all satisfy with all the outcome of the meeting”.

Meanwhile, some of the agencies of government, ministries that have appeared before the House of Assembly include Ministry of Information which defended the sum of N214,466,500, Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) N603,299,380, Ministry of Land and Physical Planning N922,236,200 while the property Development Corporation was step down for another day.

Others are Capital Territory Development Authority with budget estimate of N82,344,350 and New Towns and Growth Area N542,123,920.


Osun Assembly Passes Vote Of Confidence On Speaker

The 26-member Osun House of Assembly on Friday passed a vote of confidence on the Speaker, Dr Najeem Salaam, describing his leadership style as “exemplary. ”

The lawmakers gave the commendation when the leadership of the house appeared before the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation to defend its 2018 budget proposal in Osogbo.

Timothy Owoeye, the Chairman, House Committee on Government Business, had made a presentation of N2.8 billion as budget proposal before the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation.

In his remarks, Mr Kamil Oyedele, the Chairman, House Committee, Finance and Appropriation, said the existing peaceful coexistence between the executive and the legislature in the state was attributable to the Speaker’s exemplary leadership style.

“ No doubt, the leadership style of Mr Speaker has always propelled members to toe  the line of peaceful co-existence with the executive  and this has been translating to the development of the state.

“All these name calling like “rubber stamp”, “Yesso” and the likes are enough to trigger violence in the house, but we are not bothered.

“We can see that the collaboration with the governor is translating into the development of this state.

“If they call us different names, we are happy that we rubber stamp  for development and stand for the development of this state.

“So, we are passing  a vote of confidence on Mr Speaker and are determined to toe  the line of peaceful co-existence for the development of our state,” Oyedele  said.

In his remarks, Owoeye said that members of the assembly would continue to work with the Speaker for the development of the state.

He said that the maturity of the Speaker in handling the affairs of the parliament was responsible for the confidence reposed in him by all 25 members.

In his response, the Speaker expressed appreciation to his colleagues for the confidence reposed in him, with a promise that he would continue to ensure he did the needful for the development of the state.

He appealed to the people of the state to embrace the newly introduced parliamentary local government system in the state, describing it as best for the people.

Meanwhile, the Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) has presented a budget estimate of N1.6 billion for the year.

OSIEC Chairman, Mr Segun Oladitan, in his presentation, however, said the commission hoped to realise N50 million as internally generated revenue.


Osun Assembly Charges Building Professionals On Quality

The State of Osun House of Assembly has assured of adequate legislations that would strengthen the Physical Planning, Urban Development and Building Control in the state.

Chairman, House Committee on land, physical planning and urban development, Hon. Nurein Adebisi gave the assurance on Thursday at an interactive meeting with the state branch of Bricklayers, Association of Nigeria at the House of Assembly Complex, Osogbo.

Hon. Adebisi stated that the meeting was called to put head together on building profession in other to lift the state to greater height.

He said the gathering was necessary to deliberate on the success of the environment and future of the state.

He described the association as important stakeholder in the building profession.

According to him, “this meeting becomes necessary so that they can also have their input in the process of consideration of the bill”.

The chairman who reacted to submission by individual members assured that the bill when finally passed into law would put an end not only to the lapses in the physical and urban development but would also sanitize the building profession.

However, in his remark, the president of Bricklayer Association in Osun, Chief Mathew Oladapo noted the unnecessary delay associated with approval of building plan, high rate of building permit as well as controversy that usually happen between officers of capital Territory and Town Planning Authorities.

He urged Government to reduce plan fees and to speed up work on plan process handling by the town planning departments.

In his contribution, Chairman Nigeria Institute of Architect in the state, Mr Goke Omigbodun urged different professional bodies to come up with what can help move the state forward in building.

Also, in his contributions, the commissioner for Land, and Physical Planning, Hon. Akinajo Kolawale urged every agency concern with building to bear its cross in other to handle whoever is responsible for lapses that emanates from poor structures.

In their separate remark, all the representatives of the professional body urged that there should be control for every building agency in the state.

They want the Government to listen to their opinions to move the state forward.

Meanwhile other members of the committee stressed the need for a law that would ensure effectiveness of town planning administration in the state.

It will be recalled that a bill for a law to provide for the administration of physical planning, urban development, urban regeneration and building control in the state and for the connected purposes was before the House for consideration.

The meeting was attended by every stakeholder in the building sector such as Nigeria Institute of Architect (NIA), Nigeria Institute of Builders (NIOB), Nigeria Society of Engineer (NSE), Nigeria Institute of Estate Surveyor and Values (NIESU), Bricklayer Association, Nigeria, Institute of Town Planners (NITP) and others.

Osun Assembly Charges UNIOSUN On Students’ Safety

By Israel Afolabi

The State of Osun House of Assembly has directed the management of the state owned university, UNIOSUN to embark on adequate measures to further guarantee the safety of lives and property of students and the entire University Community.

Chairman, House Committee on Education Hon. Folorunso Bamisayemi gave the directive on Friday after inspection of the scene of gas leakage that injured a number of students.

The chairman who observed the affected Fire Extinguisher which was found to be genuine contrary to insinuation on its expiration attributed the incident to poor handling of the fire equipment.

He directed the authorities of UNIOSUN to take urgent action and create additional entrance and exit route in the affected lecture room.

According to him “We thank God there is no fatality; we did not lose any student to the incident. It is unfortunate that such incident happened to our students “he added.

He also charged the school management to decongest the lecture halls for the safety of the students.

The committee later visited the hospitals where the affected students were rushed to in order to commiserate with them and their parents with assurance that the institution would always guarantee their safety.

Earlier, the Deputy vice-Chancellor Academic and Research of the institution, Prof Clement Adebooye regretted the incident and explained that measures have been taken to forestall reoccurrence.

Prof Adebooye who had conducted the committee round the scene expressed gratitude to God that it was not beyond proportion as he lauded the University community for the prompt response and the Nurses in various hospitals as well as members of the public for showing solidarity with the school.

It would be recalled that students of Anatomy/Physiology Department were receiving lecture when a fire extinguisher inside the lecture room started to leak.

It was revealed that one of the students was said to have sat on the fire extinguisher and the safety valve accidentally released when he stood up causing the leakage.

However, the leaked poisonous gas inhaled by the students caused many of them to slump and become unconscious.

Akande, A Foremost Nationalist – Osun Assembly

By Damilola Olujide

Osun state House of Assembly under the leadership of the Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salam has described Chief Adebisi Akande as a foremost nationalist with keen interest for a better Nigeria.

The House congratulated the former Governor of the State, who clocks 79. The house also disclosed that he is a figure worthy of emulation by the younger generation especially for his prudent nature in governance.

According to a statement issued by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye on Tuesday, the House expressed its delight to join other friends, family and associates of Akande to celebrate him.

The parliament added that Baba Omo Keekeke as he is fondly called is no doubt a  politician with impact and indeed a man of many parts who has occupied strategic positions like being the National Chairman of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Action Congress (AC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) as well as being the first and only Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Akande was the Secretary to the State Government, Deputy Governor both in the old Oyo State and also the Executive Governor of Osun and gave the state a solid foundation.

While wishing him long life and prosperity, the House also wished Chief Akande good health, noting that he has positively touched lives and added values to Osun and Nigeria at large.

Osun Assembly May Not Pass Agencies’ Estimates If…

By Israel Afolabi

Some agencies and parastatals in the State of Osun might face difficulties in the course of cosideration of their 2018 budget estimates, as the House of Assembly has declared that any Ministry, Department and Agency of government and tertiary institutions with unresolved audit queries would not have their estimates considered.

Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon Kamil Oyedele who made the declaration said that such organisations would have to obtain clearance from House Committee on Public Accounts before their estimates could be considered by the legislature.

While stating the readiness of the lawmakers to speed up the process, he noted that agencies without enabling laws would have their estimates merged with that of appropriate ministries.

The lawmaker charged Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government to submit 35 copies of their proposed estimates to the House through the office of Economic Planning, Budget and Development.

He also required for submissions of the 2017 budget performance reports for each of the component heads and sub heads of revenue and expenditure as well as work plan and strategy to realise projected revenue by revenue generating agencies.

Hon. Oyedele also stated that necessary machineries’ should be put in place to ascertain the status of some agencies such as Osun State Planning Commission, Reality Radio Vision Services, OSSADEP and OSSADEC.

He disclosed that the committee has put in place mechanism to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations by different organisations when they come to defend their estimates before the legislature.

According to him, the agencies of government in the state must come with last year’s budget performance and their 2018 estimates defence as a measure to get their estimates approved.

He said part of the consideration for the budget is the proposed minimum wage review, as well as allowing the international financial practice standard to form the guideline in passing the budget.

He maintained that the house has given the committee four weeks to meet with heads of ministries, department and agencies with a view to ensuring compliance with the set rules and regulations.

Strike: Osun Assembly Pleads For Workers’ Patience

Osun State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon Najeem Salaam has appealed to the state workforce to show more understanding and be more patient with the government over the issue of modulated salary.

The assembly made the appeal in a statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye following the declaration of indefinite strike by the state Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Jacob Adekomi to be started on December 27 in the state.

The parliament said that since the government has promised and shown commitment to pay the balance of the modulated salaries when the economy of the state improves, there should not be any fear on the part of the workers’ unions.

According to the Assembly, the state government was transparent enough in the apportionment of funds coming to the coffer of the state by setting up a committee led by a Veteran labour leader, Comrade Hassan Sunmonu to handle the apportionment, of which the labour leaders were also involved.

Regretting that the economic crisis has been causing the irregularities over the salary matter, it noted that though things were improving, but the workers should be more patient for thing to take proper shape.

Noting that the state Assembly was also monitoring the financial capacity of the state to finally resolve the salaries hullabaloo, it stressed that the parliament would no relent until the issues surrounding the modulated salaries are resolved.

Identifying with the plight of the workers, it said it is unfortunate that the economic situation of the country which is not limited to Osun has forced the government to adopt alternative means of addressing workers welfare.

It added that the workers should be persuaded by the fact that the political office holders in the state are also being paid 50 per cent of their total pay due to economic crisis.

The Assembly then urged the workers unions to be more patient, as they are the engine room of the government that will ensure the continuation of the developmental programmes and projects of the government.

Osun Assembly Issues Relocation Order To Traders

By Israel Afolabi

The State of Osun House of Assembly has directed the State Ministry of Commerce, Cooperatives, Industries and Empowerment to relocate traders at the Oroki Market, popularly referred to as Alekuwodo Market to the new space provided for them at Awosuru Area of the state capital by Friday, December 15 (today).

Chairman, House Committee on Commerce, Cooperatives, Industries and Empowerment, Hon. Babatunde Olatunji gave the directive on Thursday at an interactive meeting with concerned stakeholders at the State House of Assembly Complex Osogbo, State of Osun.

He said the state government has provided all necessary facilities for the traders at the new market site, considering the fact that the present location is very dangerous to their lives and property.

The Commissioner in the Ministry, Mr. Ismaila Alagbada had told the lawmakers that the government had served the traders with quit notice of 21 days since July, which has since expired but the traders refused to comply.

He added that the issue of relocation has started since 2013, adding that, government has been very patient enough with the traders’ reluctance to relocate.

However, in their separate contributions, the representatives of the traders, Mr. Ojolowo and Mrs. Erinjogunola Bola agreed that the government had earlier served them with notice and they had appealed that the relocation order be reversed on several occasions.

The duo further appealed to Government at the meeting to extend the order till after yuletide season.

“We want government to have little patience till next year because the new market is not yet filled up as it has scanty occupiers”, they pleaded.

However, Hon. Olatunji made it known that the purpose of the interactive meeting was to see to the welfare of the traders in the state and also instructed that the affected traders should be given consideration in the empowerment programmes of the State Government.

According to him, “We have all resolved that from December 15, 2017, Awosuru market will come alive with commercial activities. “We also agreed that those on the road side will relocate to the new market at Awosuru”, he added.

Olatunji appreciated market men and women at Akindeko for their support to the present government and lauded the State Government for making trading convenience for traders and implored the latter to move to the new market site for their safety.

Meanwhile, other committee members urged the representatives of the traders to discuss the details of the meeting with their co-traders at Akindeko market.

The Assembly further directed the Ministry of Commerce, cooperatives, Industries and Empowerment to ensure quick access of the traders at Oroki market, Alekuwodo in Osogbo to Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme (GEEP) facilities so as to hasten their relocation and smooth commencement of marketing activities at the new market site.

They urged the traders to embrace the new development of the government of Osun and adhere to its directives in their best interest.

Alagbada assure the traders at Akindeko Market scheduled to move to Awosuru market site of adequate facilities to make trading convenient for them and assured them of safety of their lives and property.

According to him, “We now have enough space at the new market to accommodate every trader and this government made things convenient for market users in Osun”.

“We are now appealing to other street traders to move down to the new market at Awosuru because there would not be a market at Akindeko again from December 15, 2017”.

In her contribution, the Executive Secretary, Osogbo West Local Council Development Authority (LCDA), Alhaja Temilade Olokungboye stated the council’s readiness to cooperate with traders and stakeholders to make the new market thrive.

She commended the State House of Assembly for intervening.

She said, “With our meeting today in the House of Assembly, we are satisfied because we believe in moving the market forward”.

She added that the council has issued warning to property owners on the other side of Ola-Egbon Chemist not to harbor any of the traders in their own interest.