Eradicate Nepotism In Civil Service, Assembly Charge HOS

By Israel Afolabi

The State of Osun House of Assembly has urged the Head of Service in the state to eradicate godfatherism in the state civil service to encourage efficiency.

Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Kamil Oyedele made the charge on Tuesday during the Budget defence exercise at the State Assembly complex, Osogbo.

The parliament urged the Head of Service to design a good work plan on the civil service of Osun to ensure its effectiveness.

Also, the House of Assembly assured workers in the state that their salary arrears would soon be paid as it has been taken care of in the 2018 budget estimates.

They also commended the entire civil servants in the state for their endurance so far since the modulated salary started in the state.

While addressing officials of the Ministry of Works and Transport, Oyedele commended the Ministry for adding values to the entire State of Osun in terms of infrastructural development, saying the present administration under Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has it in mind to complete all the projects embarked upon before the end of its tenure

He urged the governor to continue with his legacy of good works in the last seven years in the state.

According to him, “Mr Governor has not let us down because Osun is moving forward under his administration. We can only compare governor Aregbesola administration with that of First Premier of Old Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo”, he added.

Commissioner for Works and Transport Engr Kazeem Salami also affirmed that the present administration of Ogbeni Aregbesola will complete all the road projects embark upon across the state.

He said that work have reached reasonable stages at Gbongan/Akoda road, Oba Adesoji Aderemi Bypass and Old Garage/Kwara State boundary road projects.

He said “this government’s hope is to touch all the nine federal constituencies in the state”.

Meanwhile, some of the Ministries and Agencies of government that have appeared to defend their budget estimation at the State House of Assembly for the day include; Ministry of Works and Transport which defended the sum of N15,917,590,500,00 allotted to it; Office of the Governor, N22,208,493,523,13; Ministry of Health; N1,388,482,590,00; Hospitals Management Board, N26,730,416,020,00 and State Primary Health Care Development Board N2,701,669,110,00.

Others are Ministry of Home Affairs with budget estimate of N343,188,300,00; Osun Tourism Board, N254,291,430,00; Office of culture and Tourism, N101,712,520,00; State Council for Arts and Culture, N59,490,992,00; while Osun State University (UNIOSUN) defended its budget estimates of N5,068,131,460,00

Osun Speaker Harps On Hardwork, Revenue Generation

  • As Agencies Complete 2018 Budget Defence

Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Hon Najeem Salaam has urged Civil servants to be patient with government and work hard to improve the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State.

In a publication, an online Group promoting the activities of the State Government of Osun, Progressives e-Group says it is a tradition for State House of Assembly to receive Budget of each Agency of Government and also allow them to justify every dime they plan to spend for the year before the House.

This exercise which started some weeks ago in the State of Osun House Of Assembly, where Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the state  presented and defended their Budget came to an end on Tuesday.

The final Budget Defence session was attended by Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaj Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola, Head of Service, Dr Olowogboyega Oyebade, Commissioner for Budget and Planning Dr Yunus Ismail and the Acting Chairman, Osun Internal Revenue Service, Mr Bicci Ali.

The Speaker, Hon Najeem Salaam in his message charged the State Civil Servants to work assiduously to ensure that the budget is achieved.

He hinted that Revenue is the soul of Budget in any State, and once they achieve the targeted Revenue, it is sure that their welfare will be taken care of immediately and that once there is more money in government’s purse, nothing will delay their entitlements.

He urged them to be patient with the government, as it is not relenting in sourcing for funds to cater for their welfare.

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola in his remarks, appreciated the State House of Assembly for their unflinching support for the government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the state in general, just as he urged them to be more committed to the cause they have chosen.

The Head of Service, Dr Oyebade Olowogboyega appreciated the Governor for releasing funds for the payment of Pensions and gratuities of the retired Civil Servants in the State. He also prayed that all other outstanding entitlements will be addressed as soon as possible.

The Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Dr Olalekan Yinusa while defending the Budget, said the state will increase the IGR with various Programmes and activities as stated in the 2018 Budget.

In his words, the acting Chairman, Osun Internal Revenue Service, Mr Bicci Alli urged the populace to be more committed to remittance of their dues, as this will enable government of thesState to meet the needs of the people as and when due.

Osun Assembly Throws Weight Behind OPGMA

By Israel Afolabi

The state of Osun House of Assembly would continue to supervise activities of government agencies through the power of oversight functions, with a view to rendering necessary support that would enable them achieve desired objectives.

Chairman, House Committee on Environment and Sanitation, Hon Akinloye Ajibola gave the indication on Tuesday at an interactive meeting with officials of the State park and garden agency of the concerned ministry at the House of Assembly Complex, Osogbo State of Osun.

Hon Akinloye said the meeting was called to request for the report of the activities of Osun Parks and Garden Management Agency (OPGMA)

He urged the agency to always carry the House of Assembly along in their activities.

According to him, “We called the agency to brief the House on their activities because we appealed to the Governor for its establishment for the first time in the history of the state and we would not watch it lose its value.”

He also advised the agency to work as a team for the success of the state, saying the door of the House of Assembly is opened for all to come in anytime for guidance.

In his goodwill message, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Engr. Rasheed Opatola said the agency’s main focus is to provide special services for the masses in the state.

He said the main function of the agency is to provide social services in the state and added that the agency needs to beautify the major roads and landscape the state.

In his contribution, the Acting General Manager of the agency, Mr. M.A Akinromade appreciated House members for their good gesture towards the agency.

He said many tree seedlings have been given out to the public to plant for environmental protection.

He added that work is going-on on the zoological garden of UNIOSUN and a committee has been set up for the take over of Olajokun park for the purpose of generating income into the government purse.

In their separate remarks, the committee members commended the agency for its activities so far in developing Osun environment. They pledged their support to the agency always and promised to ensure that Olajokun park bounce back soonest.


PHOTONEWS: Governor Aregbesola Presents 2018 Budget To Osun Assembly

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Thursday presented the draft estimates of the 2018 Budget of the state totalling N173 billion to the State House of Assembly.

The budget presentation had in attendance the Wife of the Governor, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola, the Deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori among other stakeholders in the affairs of state.

Here are photos from the epoch making ceremony as captured by Dolapo Julius.

Aregbesola Presents 2018 Budget To Osun Assembly On Thursday

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola will tomorrow, Thursday present the budget for the 2018 Fiscal Year to the state House of Assembly for scrutiny and approval in line with Section 121 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

A statement by Mr Adelani Baderinwa, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy says the presentation of the 2018 Budget proposal by Aregbesola is peculiar being the last by his administration in a glorious two terms adventure in government of the State of Osun with a legacy that may be difficult to surpass soon and will definitely outlive Ogbeni Aregbesola himself.

According to Baderinwa, the budget is expected to capture the essence of governance and billed to be the crowning glory of the last previous years of Aregbesola’s administration which is already a success with a legacy of good governance.

He said the budget also comes with the ability of setting progress march of clear socio-economic agenda for a worthy successor for the good of the people and the state.

The statement said “Ogbeni Aregbesola is thus personally inviting all the elites, leading lights in the socio-economic life of the state, bankers, economists Non-Governmental Organizations, religious leaders, traditional rulers, leaders of artisans and all stakeholders to the Budget proposal presentation.”

“All Executive Secretaries in all the Local Governments and Development Area and Council Areas are expected to attend as a matter of duty and mobilize their constituents to the State of Osun House of Assembly to the event.”

“Financial experts, political functionaries and other stakeholders in the state of Osun are invited to grace the occasion which takes place by 10:00am tomorrow,” Baderinwa stressed.

Osun Assembly Charges Ministry Of Technology On Service Delivery

By Israel Afolabi

The State of Osun House of Assembly has charged the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology to use modern technology in helping the state to generate more revenue through tax collection.

Chairman, House Committee on Innovation, Science and Technology, Hon. Olaolu Oyeniran gave the charge during a meeting with officials of the ministry last Tuesday at the House of Assembly complex Osogbo, State of Osun.

He assured the new Ministry of the Assembly’s adequate support to survive and succeed in discharging its responsibilities.

The lawmaker also advised the ministry to use all its power to redress anomalies in the state civil service and put everything in proper shape in the interest of the peoples’ welfare.

He said, “Use your ministry to right the wrong things, especially in the area of tax collection in the state”.

Oyeniran said the meeting was called in other to discuss the proposed 2018 budget of the State of Osun and to know how prepared the ministry is for the next year fiscal responsibilities.

According to him, “We need to call on your ministry concerning the proposed 2018 budget and to find solution to some of the likely problems to be encountered”

In their separate remarks, members of the committee urged the ministry to justify its existence in the state as an agent of coordination to others for best service delivery.

However, in his response the Commissioner of Innovation, Science and Technology, Engineer Oluremi Omowaye said there are lots of developments in Osun between 2010 to 2015 which put the state on high score board.

According to him, “government has revived infrastructure in the state by linking them together. The Government House, State Secretariat and State House of Assembly Complex have been linked with internet facilities to fast track procedures in the state”.

He also informed the House that Osun Science Innovation and Technological Research Council will be inaugurated early next year to provide technology support for the State to generate fund.

Omowaye then solicited the support of the House of Assembly to deliver all these projects in the State.

He said, “With the support of the House of Assembly, we believe the Ministry will deliver on all these projects”.

In his contribution, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Innovation, Science and Technology Mr. Muhideen Olateju described the ministry as the backbone to drive every ministry in the state, saying it is tirelessly working on making the House of Assembly an E-parliament platform to make procedure easier and better.

He noted that with the support of the Assembly, the State would move forward in Information, Communication and Technology.

Osun Assembly Cancels Arrest Warrant Against Former Comm. Muyiwa Ige

…Says the issue has been solved

By Nofisat Adeoye

The State of Osun House of Assembly has cancelled the arrest warrant issued against late Chief Bola Ige’s son and a former Commissioner for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Hon. Muyiwa Ige.

The Assembly had issued the arrest warrant against Ige when he allegedly failed to appear before the House on a land matter in Ilobu.

However, in a release signed by the Chairman, House Committee On Information And Strategy, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the house said Ige has eventually appeared before it and that the issue has been resolved.

According to the release, “Sequel to an earlier statement issued on Wednesday,13th December, 2017, on the above subject, the State of Osun Assembly under the leadership of the Speaker, Rt. Honourable Najeem Salam wishes to inform the general public that Arc. Olumuyiwa Ige has appeared before the House and has stated his part on the issue in contention with the State of Osun House of Assembly Leadership and Members.

“It is important to clearly state that the former Commissioner for Land, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Arc. Olumuyiwa Ige, has cleared the issue with the State House of Assembly.”

Osun Assembly Issues Arrest Warrant Against Former Commissioner, Muyiwa Ige

By Nofisat Adeoye

The State of Osun House of Assembly has issued a warrant of arrest against late Chief Bola Ige’s son who was also a former commissioner for Lands, Physical planning and Urban Development in the state, Hon. Muyiwa Ige.

The warrant was signed by the majority leader, Hon. Timothy Owoeye.

Ige was alleged to have ignored the assembly’s call for questions over a land issue in Ilobu community.

Reacting to the news through a phone call, the commissioner however, said he didn’t receive any invitation from the House of Assembly.

Ige who sounded shocked said that, “I don’t know what to say, nobody invited me, I don’t know what this is all about. A phone call should have been put across to me. I was in Osogbo till 7pm yesterday. How much would it have taken me to get to Osogbo from Lagos State.”

Parliament Bans Forestry Activities in Osun

The State of Osun House of Assembly has banned the activities of Timber contractors and Fletchers until the new guideline and regulations of forestry operation is provided in the state.

The Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salaam made this known on Tuesday at the stakeholders meeting held by the committee of the whole House in the State House of Assembly complex, Osogbo.

The stakeholders’ meeting comprises of sawmillers, fletchers, timber contractors, forest guides and officials of the forestry in the state.

Salaam observed that the meeting was called to shed more light on the allegations raised against the officers, which according to him, had been affecting the state economy.

He said a lot of fraud cases were reported during the committee meeting held with the Chairman House Committee on Environment and Sanitation.

According to him, “this meeting is necessary to clear some difficult issues in Osun forestry activities and we all need to redeem the forest from collapse for our next generation”.

The speaker who hinted that the state Assembly would make new rules and guidelines for forest activities in the state to save it from collapse said, “There is a need to get to the bottom of the fraud in our various forests in the state”.

He then urged the forest guides to be committed and sit tight in their duties to save Osun Forest against illegal lumbering.

He said, “Osun Assembly will review all forestry activity laws for the betterment of the state and its entire people”.

In their separate remarks, members of the Assembly urged the forest guides to desist from taking bribes from fletchers and timber contractors in order to avoid embarrassment.

They advised the forest guides to change their attitude towards the forest henceforth and appealed to timber contractors and fletcher to peacefully co-exist with the interest of moving the state forward.

In his response, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment and Sanitation, Mr. Tunde Ajilore urged the state House of Assembly to amend Osun forestry laws to save the forests in the state.


Israel Afolabi

Opposition Has No Plan For Osun, Says Speaker

By Israel Afolabi 

Worried by the level of destructive criticism by the opposition against Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration, the Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Honourable Najeem Salaam has challenged youths to demand the blueprint of those who clamour to upstage All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Salaam, in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Goke Butika, while addressing Ejigbo APC youth forum, said those who have an axe to grind with Aregbesola’s administration should offer credible alternative with detailed explanation on how to fund their pipe dreams, saying devil is in the detail.

He hinged on the fact that since the establishment of Osun as a state, the only time when development was conspicuously offered is now, during Aregbesola’s time.

According to him, it would be a very costly mistake for the people to think that the state would be pushed back to the aisle of the opposition after it has aligned with the centre and some of its programmes were copied for replication by the federal government and some states, PDP states inclusive.

Salaam asserted that it is very challenging owing workers and pensioners any part of their dues, as it is happening in not less than 28 states out of 36 in the nation, arguing that using a national challenge to crucify a state like Osun that has not sacked a single worker upon the tough economic meltdown would be a great electoral mistake.

He said, “It is a recent history that the opposition which is currently badmouthing Aregbesola’s administration had once ruled Osun and Nigeria, and the legacy was corruption, impunity and underdevelopment, where very few politicians were sharing money meant for developmental projects.

“Now that the APC has taken the bull by the horn in fixing the country, particularly State of Osun, it would be a backward trend to return those who once plundered the resources of this country”.

Salaam further urged the people of the state not to succumb to the deception of the opposition in Osun, asking them to demand better economic blueprint from the opposition and how funds would be sourced if they find themselves in power.

He stressed that the opposition has no credible answers to the economic meltdown but were only thirsty to return to power to exploit the people and continue with their known tradition of corruption and impunity.

Osun Assembly Backs Osuwon Omoluabi

Osun State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt Hon Najeem Salaam has thrown its weight behind the weighing scale popularly known as Osuwon Omoluabi

Explaining the significance of ‘OSUWON  OMOLUABI’ the weight and measurements, Speaker Najeem, said adherence to the scheme would draw people from all walks of life to the state for patronage of our market with a trickle down effects that would make the marketers richer, and make internally generated revenue better.

Speaker Salaam while addressing some select market women who paid advocacy visit on him in his Osogbo residence; in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, asserted that the government has a good intention in bringing the osuwon OMOLUABI to the market scheme, saying people would abandon other places for Osun if they are assured that they would not be cheated.

He acknowledged that though the marketers were not buying their stuff and stock in standard measurement introduced by the state from sources, he argued that it was imperative to note that sanity must begin somewhere, and that it would not be out of place if Osun takes the lead.

Speaker Salaam then urged the iyalojas and babalojas to interact with the marketers on the use of standard scale with a view to smoothening any perceived rough edges in the scheme; saying Osun has already taken the lead in the morality of marketing system with the introduction of the standard scale, and must not be reversed for political reason.

“We are gradually gaining  reputation as a state that is working in line with global marketing practice where buyers and sellers enjoying trust of each other, because Osuwon omoluabi is there to conduct transparent transactions, but if we draw back on it, people may not see reason why State of Osun is different”, said Salaam.

Speaker Salaam hinted that the state parliament would not do anything or support any decision to hurt the people of the state or take advantage of the vulnerable segment like marketers, but strive to protect their interests and growth.

He further charged the Ministry of Commerce to interface with the marketers who raise issue on Osuwon Omoluabi with aim of allaying their fear and resolve the grey areas in a win-win situation.