Osun Govt. Partners Independent Petroleum Marketer To Tackle Fuel Scarcity

The Government of Osun has expressed readiness to partner Bovas Petroleum Nigeria Limited, an Independent Petroleum Marketer, to rescue the state and its citizens from the present hardship being experienced in purchasing petrol in the state.

The state government said the partnership became necessary in a bid to end the scarcity of the product (petroleum) in the state and as well increase the supply capacity of petroleum product for distribution across the state daily.

The decision to partner the petroleum company was made known by the Governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola after a brief meeting he held with the leadership of the Bovas Petroleum Company, at Government House, Osogbo.

Governor Aregbesola said he convened the meeting as part of his administration’s effort to relief the pains being experienced by citizens, most especially Osun residents, in accessing and purchasing the product.

Aregbesola who pointed out that the state needs at least 55 trucks of 33,000 litres of petrol daily, said it is alarming to find out that the state gets less than 10 trucks per day which according to him is below what the state needs to survive daily.

Aregbesola disclosed that his government decided on the meeting with the management of the petroleum company based on the company’s impeccable track records and sincerity of purpose to humanity.

He maintained that the state decided on the step to collaborate with the company purposely because of its direct link with the NNPC, a partnership which according to the Governor had yielded positive impact in the activities of the company over the years.

The governor assured of his administration’s commitment to explore all avenues humanly possible to work with the company in a bid to improve the supply of petroleum products in every nooks and crannies of the state.

“As a government, we want to do everything possible to put an end to the protracted fuel scarcity in our state and we are ready to work with Bovas Petroleum to achieve this.

“We want to work with this company to improve on the daily supply of petroleum to our state and as well guarantee the product in every nooks and crannies of our state.

“We are setting on cause a machinery that will facilitate the realisation of our objectives to guarantee a steady supply of petrol to our people”, Aregbesola stated.

Speaking earlier, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Bovas Petroleum Nigeria Limited, Mrs. Victoria Adunola Samson, commended Governor Aregbesola for striving very hard to rescue the state and her people from the present hardship being experienced in accessing and purchasing petrol in the state.

She however promised that her company would do everything possible to ensure that the state gets enough supply of petroleum products to ease the sufferings of the people of the state.

“I am really touched to find out that the governor cares for the people of the state by striving very hard to ensure that Osun gets enough supply of petroleum products to ease the sufferings of all residents whose works demand the usage of fuel, motorists and commuters.

“During our comprehensive discussion on the issue I discovered that he (Aregbesola) simply loves his people and he doesn’t want them to lack anything which is why he wants us to bring enough supply to Osun so as to halt the scarcity which is seasonally prevalent every year.

“To this end, we are ready to partner the state to increase on the supply capacity as we are promising to do our best to improve on the supply of petroleum products to Osun so as to alleviate the suffering”, she stated.



Osun Govt Lauds Osinbajo, Ajimobi Others On Southwest Regional Youth Summit

The Government of the State of Osun on Wednesday eulogized the Nigerian Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, for exhibiting high sense of commitment towards the actualization of the southwest’s development agenda.

The state also extolled the tremendous impact made by the other southwest governors, the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission, stakeholders, youth associations and individuals on the success of the two-day Southwest Regional Youth Summit, held in Osogbo, the state capital.

The commendation was contained in a statement issued and made available to newsmen by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, at the end of the weekly State Executive Council’s meeting, held at the Executive Council Chamber, Governor’s office, State Secretariat, Osogbo.

The Council expressed satisfaction on the impressive participatory strength and large turnout of notable personalities within and outside the region, describing the presence of Vice President at the summit as ‘encouraging’

The Council also encouraged individuals and organisations with landed property and business in the state who may not be resident to pay all due taxes on their business and landed property to avoid sanctions

The statement reads in parts: ‎ ‘‎Council received the report of the successful hosting of the Regional Youth Summit in Osogbo by the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission and the State Government, between January 9 and 10, which attracted participants from all the states in the region.

‘Council commended the organisers of the summit and thanked the participants, particularly the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, who delivered the keynote address; Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Governor of Oyo State; Ondo State Government ably represented by the state’s deputy governor; Ogun State Government that sent a delegation; and the youth organisations and individuals that attended the programme’.

The Council therefore‎ urged those who have landed property and business in the state, even if they are not resident, to fulfil their tax obligations to the state, so as to avoid running afoul of the state’s tax laws which carry severe consequences.

The Worse Is Over In Osun – Govt

The State Government of Osun has declared that the worse is over and there is end in sight for the financial crisis that had been strangulating governance in the state.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the State, Mr Adelani Baderinwa on Thursday said Osun has moved far away from Egypt and moving towards economic prosperity which will enhance governance.

Baderinwa who spoke on a television programme on the report of a Financial Derivatives Company (FDC) that ranked Osun as the second wealthiest state in Nigeria in 2017, stated that Governor Rauf Aregbesola has invested heavily in the economy of the state in terms of infrastructure and social intervention.

Besides, Baderinwa said the price of crude oil has been improving which will bring more money to the cover of the federation and the state in return.

He described the FDC report as genuine and credible, maintaining that it is the manifestation of delivery of good governance by the Aregbesola’s administration.

According to Baderinwa, the report attested to the fact that Aregbesola has been able to affect the people positively even in the face of financial quagmire.

Baderinwa said: “I want to believe and say that, by the grace of God, the worse is over in the state of Osun. We have moved far way from Egypt in terms of economic development. We are moving towards economic prosperity in the state, courtesy of Aregbesola’s ingenuity.

“Nigeria has moved out of recession and the price of crude oil is increasing. More money would into the account of the federation and the state in returns.”

Speaking on the FDC report, Baderinwa said: “Whatever anybody might say, there are some reasonable people out there that appreciate Aregbesola’s financial engineering system; his judicious management of the meager resources of the state.

“The report is genuine and credible. It reflects the fact that Aregbesola has been able to affect the people positively in the face of financial crisis.”

On the 2018 governorship election, Baderinwa expressed his optimism that the people of the state would not elect anybody that will stall the development of the state, urging the people to be conscious of governorship aspirants who want to manipulate them into taking wrong decision.

“Osun people acknowledge and appreciate Aregbesola’s social programmes like O’ MEAL, OYES, O REHAB, O’ Ambulance and thus they would want the programmes to continue. So, they will be mindful of who they want to elect; they will not elect anybody that will draw the state back.”

Aregbesola Lauds Impact Of EU-WB Assisted SLOGOR Project On Public Finance

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola has lauded the State Government’s ability to meet the constitutional requirement of submitting the audited report of the State 2016 Financial Statement to the State House of Assembly within six months from the end of the financial year, due to the intervention of European Union/World Bank Assisted State and Local Governance Reform (SLOGOR) Project.

Aregbesola who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola made this known in his opening remarks at the Policy Dialogue during the SLOGOR Project Mid-Term Review with the World Bank Delegation and key Government officials.

Oyetola said that: “SLOGOR has in no small measure contributed to reforming Public Financial Management in the State.

According to him, meeting the deadline for the preparation of the 2016 Financial Statement of the State Government on IPSAS Accrual (First Time Adoption) was among the laudable achievements credited to SLOGOR intervention”.

He listed other achievements recorded with SLOGOR Intervention on Public Financial Management reform to include: Conduct of Annual Audit Forum, Passage of the Public Procurement Law, and Establishment of the Public Procurement Agency etc.

Oyetola further stated that the State of Osun is one the States in Nigeria that prioritized reforms that focused on poverty reduction.

According to him, the results of all reforms implemented in the State, contributed immensely to the rating of the State as one of the States in Nigeria with the lowest poverty index according to the recent ranking by the National Bureau of Statistics.

In the same vein, the Task Team Leader (TTL) of SLOGOR, Ikechukwu Nweje, disclosed that the objective of the Mid-Term Review was basically to take stock of what is working well with the Project and identify areas that require improvement.

Mr. Nweje requested the State to ensure early submission of Workplan and Procurement Plan for prompt clearance by the World Bank.

The SLOGOR National Project Coordinator, Mr. Samuel Elohor also in his remarks expressed his happiness for the commitment of the State Government of Osun towards achieving the PFM objectives.

Mr. Elohor encouraged the State to provide necessary support for all donor supported projects in the State. He particularly, praised the Governor for paying the counterpart contribution for EU/UNICEF Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform Programme.

In his welcome address, the State Project Coordinator, Mr. Yemi Ijidele commended the State Government of Osun under the leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for providing the right environment and political will for attracting donors to the State.

He also appreciated the assistance of the European Union and World Bank for their commitment towards banishing poverty and strengthening public financial management in the State of Osun and Nigeria at large.

Osun Govt Orders Clampdown On Tax Defaulting FG’s MDAs In The State

The State Government of Osun has given the marching orders to the relevant agencies of government to ‘use all necessary means’ including total shutdown, to collect the backlog of taxes of more than N4.7 billion owed the state by Federal Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies, especially education institutions, operating in the state.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Media Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Mr Sola Fasure, on Wednesday after the State Executive Council meeting held at the Executive Council Chamber, Office of the Governor, State Secretariat, Osogbo.‎

The directive was given to Osun State Inland Revenue Service (OIRS) to bring the full weight of the law to bear on culpable Federal agencies operating in the state and are owing the government taxes.‎ The Council expressed dismay at the agencies’ intransigence at paying tax as and when due, saying no effort would henceforth be spared in collecting every kobo of government from those owing past and current taxes.

The decision of the Council came after deliberating on the report that Federal agencies situated in Osun, especially education institutions, for several years held back more than N4.7 billion taxes due to the state.
The Council then directed ‎all the relevant government agencies to use all necessary means, including shutting down such defaulting institutions.‎

The statement reads in part: ‘Council received the report of Federal Government agencies, especially education institutions, operating in the state owing the state government backlog of taxes running to billions of naira.

‘The established tax liability alone is N4.2 billion while current liability is N524 million, totalling N4.7 billion. This huge sum is needed by the government to meet critical obligations.

‘Council asked these institutions to pay what they are owing immediately and directed all the relevant government agencies to use all necessary means, including shutting them down, to collect what is being owed the government from them’.‎

‎The State Government also condemned in its totality the heinous activities of game hunters who set bush on fire in order to trap animal. This often leads to burning of crops and economic trees. The council warned those who engage in this acts to desist and directed law enforcement agencies to put an end to this by enforcing relevant laws.

‎According to the Council, ‎’the activities of game hunters and others that set bush on fire, thereby burning farms, crops and other valuables, have come to the attention of Council and have been roundly condemned.

‘Those engaged in this economic sabotage acts are urged to desist forthwith as law enforcement agencies have been directed to bring culprits to book’.

‎The Council also congratulated the State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on the seventh anniversary of his administration which will come up on November 27, 2017. ‎

‎The Council expressed satisfaction at the giant strides the Aregbesola’s administration has made since inception and forthwith approved the programmes lined up for celebrating this unique event.

“The activities of game hunters and others that set bush on fire, thereby burning farms, crops and other valuables, have come to the attention of Council and have been roundly condemned. Those engaged in this economic sabotage acts are urged to desist forthwith. Law enforcement agencies are also directed to bring culprits to book.

“Council congratulates the State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on the seventh anniversary of the administration he leads, which comes up on November 27, 2017. Council expressed satisfaction at the giant strides the administration has made in the transformation of the state and approved the programmes lined up for the celebration of this important milestone.”

Osun Govt. Expresses Confidence In LAUTECH Council As Workers Suspend Strike

By Ismaeel Uthman

Osun State government has expressed confidence in the governing council and workers of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, following the payment of three-month salaries and subsequent suspension of the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the institution.

According to Osun government, the payment of the three-month salaries was an indication that the council and the two owner state governments, Osun and Oyo are committed to the smooth running of all activities in the university.

The state government in a press release by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, on Tuesday, said the resumption of the LAUTECH workers and academic normalcy is important to the owner governments, as they were concerned about the plight of the students.

Baderinwa maintained that the two owner state governments are so much concerned about the well being of the students as well as the progress and development of LAUTECH and the welfare of its workers with mutual understanding.

He said, “Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun and Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi were very sensitive about LAUTECH matter and they have exhibited a reasonable and convincing commitment to the welfare of the workers of the institution and the plight of the students.

“It would be recalled that the Osun government recently released a sum of N1bn while the Oyo government which initially released N56m is perfecting a plan to provide an additional fund for the university.

“Notwithstanding pressures from some quarters that Osun government should not commit the state resources to LAUTECH again due to obvious marginalisation of the state in LAUTECH, Governor Aregbesola who is passionate about functional education, a team player and a goal getter will not cease in funding LAUTECH and will stop at nothing in ensuring that LAUTECH is back on its feet.

“The basis of agitation of Osun people is that Oyo indigenes in the employment of LAUTECH are about thrice that of Osun while only one faculty in the institution is located in Osun as against the seven faculties located in Oyo despite the equality in funding by the two states.

”All stakeholders are called upon to be sensitive to their responsibilities and join the two owner governments, and especially Governor Aregbesola who went out of his way to provide promptly, not minding the dearth of fund facing Osun  and loud protestations of inequality in the partnership, what was agreed to  in rebuilding the institution and ensuring the resumption of LAUTECH workers.

“There is no any other way to express sensitivity and commitment to the progress of the institution, the welfare of its workers and the plight of the students.”

Baderinwa urged LAUTECH labour unions to continue to cooperate with the council in ensuring that the institution is fully back on track.

HoS Voluntarily Retired – Osun Govt

By Toba Adedeji

State Government of Osun on Tuesday announced voluntary retirement of Mr. Sunday Owoeye.

Mr. Owoeye had earlier been reported by some section of media that he was forced out the service, a situation that has been faulted by the state government.

The announcement was conveyed in a release made available to OSUN DEFENDER by the media adviser to the governor, Mr. Sola Fasure.

He said, “The State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, accepted his retirement, congratulates him on his retirement from service, wishes him a blissful and glorious post-service life and prays that he will be successful in all his endeavours.

Fasure said, the State Government of Osun thereby announce the voluntary retirement of the Head of Service, Mr. Sunday Olayinka Owoeye.

He explained that Mr. Owoeye notified the government of his retirement on Monday, October 16 and has proceeded immediately on terminal leave, which will last for 90 days.

He noted that “Mr. Owoeye joined the Civil Service in the old Oyo State on March 3, 1983, and transferred his services to Osun at the creation of the state in 1991.

He was appointed Permanent Secretary in September 2012 and elected Head of Service by his peers immediately”.
Mr Owoeye served meritoriously with integrity and fear of God. His services to the state are invaluable and his departure will be hard to fill, Fasure concluded.