Ramadan: Aregbesola, Osun Assembly, Adeoti Call For Expression Of Love, Prayers

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; the state House of Assembly and Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti have congratulated Muslims in the state for witnessing the beginning of the month of Ramadan, urging that they should use the period to move closer to Allah.

The governor in his Ramadan message to Muslims in Osun state and Nigeria on Wednesday signed by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Sola Fasure, charged Muslims in the country to observe Ramadan with best practices and share love with fellow Muslims and neighbours.

Aregbesola said: “I am most pleased to see the beginning of this year’s Ramadan. Ramadan is that period when Muslims worldwide engage in fasting – a physical and spiritual act of self denial, cleansing, prayer, fellowship and charity.”

“As one of the pillars of Islam, Ramadan is also a time of deep consecration to spiritual matters. It is therefore a time of spiritual awakening and commitment to the tenets of Islam.”

“Let us be sober and do all things with moderation. Let us remember the poor, the sick, the beleaguered and those in one difficulty or another in our prayers and work of charity.”

“As we celebrate this great festival of the religion of peace, may the peace and comfort of Allah SWT rest upon us, our family, community, state and nation.”

“This is wishing all Muslims Ramadan Kareem, with love and grace on behalf of the government and the good people of Osun,” the Governor said.

Also, the House of Assembly under the leadership of Hon. Najeem Salaam in a statement by its Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy Olatunbosun Oyinmtiloye said witnessing the Holy Month of Ramadan which is renowned for core worship is a great blessing made possible by Allah.

The parliament urged Muslims to use the period to renew their commitments to the virtues of love and peace taught by the Holy Prophet Muhammad and also work towards achieving them.

The assembly noted that the period was one of the spiritual virtues, which entails perseverance, temperance, introspection, and retrospection with the Almighty Allah.

While wishing the Muslim faithful blessed Ramadan, the Assembly urged them to also remember the less privileged in the society and pray for their beloved state during the special period.

In his own message, the SSG, Moshood Adeoti enjoined Muslims to observe the Ramadan with fervent prayers for the state and the nation at large.

In a statement personally signed by him, Adeoti urged that the period should be used by all Muslims to pray for the country in general and the state in particular, admonishing all practicing Muslims on the need to maintain piety throughout the Ramadan period with a view to seeking and securing the favour of Allah during the fasting period.

“Fasting should not be seen as a mere religious rites, but rather as a way of seeking the face of Allah and enhancing the physical well-being of a practicing Muslim.

“The act of going for hours without any food or water intake should be a way of life for every believer of God and a way of maintaining sound healthy living,” Adeoti opined.

The prominent All Progressives Congress (APC) member in the State also admonished Muslims partaking in the ongoing Ramadan not to impose unnecessary financial burden on their family members in an attempt to observe the Ramadan.

Alhaji Adeoti therefore charged all residents in the state to pray along with the Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan for the state to continue witnessing unprecedented development even after the expiration of the current administration in the state.

Osun Assembly Set Up Committee For Asset Management Agency Bill

By Israel Afolabi

The state of Osun House of Assembly has set up ad-hoc committee to harmonise opinions on the state Asset Management Agency bill 2018 under consideration before the legislature.

The speaker of the parliament, Dr. Najeem Salaam made this known on Tuesday while addressing lawmakers at the plenary where further consideration was given to the bill at the state Assembly Complex Osogbo.

Dr. Salaam stated that the ad-hoc committee becomes necessary so as to enhance the speedy passage of the Asset Management Agency Bill 2018.

He noted that consistence approach must be considered in the aformention bill to be effective.

At the sitting presided over by the speaker Dr. Najeem Salaam, the house dissolved into the committee of the whole consequent on the motion moved by the majority leader Hon. Timothy Owoeye and Hon. Abiodun Awolola respectively.

Meanwhile further scrutiny of the bill was entertained by the legislators at the committee level where they engaged in debates on the clauses as contained in the bill.

The areas of focus for correction by the lawmakers were exclusively deliberated upon before arriving at a joint decision.

The speaker in his remarks, noted that the submission forwarded to the House by the stakeholders particularly officials of the Ministry of land, physical planning and urban development as part of their input in the process of consideration of the bill would also be considered.

Thus, the submission as debated by the legislators generated argument and counter argument with varied opinions as expressed on the subject matter.

According to him, “there is a need to set up ad-hoc committee to harmonise various submission and report back to the House”.

In another development, the speaker has disclosed that the State Assembly would soon release guidelines for operation of parliamentary democracy at the grassroots.

Dr. Salaam made the disclosure while playing host to forum of Deputy Leaders in the council areas across the state in his office.

According to him, “the operation guidelines would spell out the job of the leadership of the parliamentary as well as the powers inherent in them”.

He also urged them to uphold the virtues of patience and perseverance in the course of their duties.

Osun Assembly Urges Ministry To Review Agreement On Freedom Park

By Israel Afolabi

The State of Osun House of Assembly has called on the state’s Ministry of Commerce, Cooperative Industries and Empowerment to do a critical review of concessionaire agreement on Nelson Mandela Freedom Park in Osogbo.

Chairman, House Committee on Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Hon. Nurein Adebisi made the call on Thursday while speaking after an assessment tour of the park as part of the oversight functions of the state legislature.

Adebisi observed that Nelson Mandela Freedom park is situated in the central part of Osogbo in other to beautify the state capital.

He frowned at the present condition of the park with the overgrown bushes in the area and the unbefitting entrance to the park.

According to him, “this is a project that is situated in the central part of the state capital. We must ensure that government infrastructures are functioning properly well”.

He said that the purpose of the committee’s visit is to observe the state of the park as a source of revenue for the state government.

The lawmaker therefore urged Britol Engineering Company, handlers of the project to redesign the entrance of the park to add to its aesthetics.

He said: “we need to give a new approach to this project to complement government’s effort because it is a laudable legacy that has helped transformed the face of the state capital”.

He therefore urged the concessionaire to put some things in order to make the place more attractive to the public, thus, the maintenance of the park is very essential.

In his contribution, a member of the committee, Hon. Olatunji Babatunde said that it is a luxurious project in the state capital which must be properly managed and also commended the efforts and vision of those who put the magnificent park in place for Osun people and visiting citizens.

The project coordinator, Britol Engineering Company, Engr. Dapo Oyedele in company of the Director-General, Osun New Towns and Growth Area Development Authority, Arc. Muyiwa Ige took the committee to the Atewogbeja Water Fountain at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park to assess the situation of the place.

The lawmakers however were not satisfied with the way weeds grew around most part of the park and urged the company to work more on its beautification to make it more attractive.


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.