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.

Osun Assembly Confirms 38 Commissioner Nominees

A total of 38 out of 39 cabinet nominees submitted by Governor Rauf Aregbesola has been confirmed by the Osun House of Assembly on Monday.

The only unconfirmed nominee Tejumola Adeola, failed to appear before the assembly for screening.

The nominees were confirmed following a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Timothy Owoeye, and seconded by the Minority Leader, Akinwale Akinwole.

The Speaker of the assembly, Najeem Salaam who charged the nominees to humility, service, innovation with fresh ideas and an open-door policy, directed the governor to proceed with the swearing-in of the nominees, having found them worthy of confirmation.

Mr. Salaam, who noted that the monthly allocation from the Federation Account could no longer sustain the state, urged the nominees to assist government in improving its Internally Generated Revenue.

Governor Aregbesola had on April 11 forwarded his list of nominees to the assembly for screening and confirmation.

Osun Speaker Tasks Academics On Research Application

Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has tasked university Researchers to find nexus between their findings and the mode of production, saying that is when the society would be a better place for the people.

Delivering his speech at a reception organized by the Centre for Sustainable development Goals for the Vice Chancellor of Osun State University, Professor Labo Popoola, Speaker Salaam who was represented by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, urged the academics to engage political authorities with their researches with a view to applying them to social programs.

He said: “the iron curtain that barricades the academics against the politics and politicians must be removed in order to have nexus that would connect research with social programs for the overall benefits of the people”.

Speaker Salaam also acknowledged the towering profile of The Vice Chancellor, describing Prof. Popoola as a consummate teacher and inclusive administrator; hailing him on his appointment and pledged the support of the state parliament for his task.

The reception was attended by Mr. Debo Adesina, Managing Director, Guardian newspapers who chaired the occasion, Medical Director, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, university scholars and Professionals.

Christmas: Osun Assembly Urges Love Among Nigerians

The Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam on Sunday urged Nigerians to always demonstrate love to one another especially during this Christmas celebration.

This was contained in a statement, signed by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye in felicitation with Christians on the Celebration of Christmas.

According to Oyintiloye, the Assembly said “the yuletide season offered great opportunity for us as a nation to seek peace, harmony, exercise love to one another and pray fervently”.

Oyintiloye explained that the Osun State House of Assembly considers Christmas as a season of joy, redemption and one that rekindles hope, as well as inspires possibilities in the future.

Also, in another press statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Mr. Goke Butika, he charged people of the state to imbibe virtues of Christ which were premised on love and sharing.

According to the statement by Butika, the Speaker said “it is true that Nigerians are passing through a difficult economic phase in the history of the nation”, a situation that demands divine intervention and concerted effort of the people coupled with love and sharing.

He urged the privileged to help the needy at this season, saying that the only security that works wonder in time like this is sharing of love, food and listening to the disadvantaged in the neighborhoods.

He also urged security agencies to strengthen their security overlay in Osun, while intelligence gathering should be stepped up for action.

Osun Assembly amends LG Administration law

Osun State House of Assembly on Thursday approved an executive bill for the amendment to the State Local Government Administration Amendment Law No 5, seeking the reduction in number of caretaker management committee.
According to the statement from Chairman House Committe on Information ,the bill, passed by the parliament on Thursday, has sought the reduction in number of management committee in the Local Government, Local Council Development Authority and Area Council from ten to not more than five.
The passage of the amendment followed its first, second and third reading through a motion by the leaders of the house, Honourable Timothy Owoeye at the plenary on Thursday
The original amendment law, being re-amended had empowered the governor to appoint caretaker management committee of five persons to administer the council pending the election of democratically elected management.
Announcing the passage of the amendment which reduces the numbe to five, the Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salaam said, the passage of the bill would guaranteed reduction in the cost of governance in the local councils.
He said, according to the bill, management committee would be headed by Executive Secretary and the management would administer the council for a period of six months.
Noting that it has become impossible to conduct election into the councils now due to the economic recession, Salaam said, the new amendment would enable the governor to appoint caretaker management into the council.
According to him, by the passage of the bill, the governor could go-ahead to appoint the management committee to administer the councils after assenting to the bill.

Describing the appointment of caretaker committees to the councils as abberation and not in tandem with democratic system, he said, it was the economic situation that has forced the state to resolve to the option.
He expressed optimism that by 2017, the state government would have the wherewithal to conduct council polls.

Osun Assembly Kicks Against Sole Ownership Of LAUTECH

Osun State House of Assembly yesterday kicked against the proposed sole ownership of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, by Oyo State.

The 26-member Assembly said the planned takeover of the jointly owned institution by Oyo State was not possible.

At a meeting with the university’s workers at the chamber of the Assembly, Chairman of its Education Committee Folorunso Bamisayemi recalled that the Supreme Court ruled on March 22, 2012, that the institution should remain as a joint property of Osun and Oyo states.

He said the ruling followed a suit by Osun State against Oyo State when the Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala administration attempted a forceful takeover of the institution

Accusing some elements in Oyo State of encouraging criminality, he faulted denials by Oyo State attorney general of an existing court verdict against the takeover plot.

He noted that Osun State never played a second fiddle to Oyo State in the management of the institution despite imbalance in the sharing of assets since its creation 26 years ago.

Bamisayemi denied insinuations that Osun was shirking its responsibility because of the funding of Osun State University, adding that in the last six years, UNISON has been managed with internally generated revenue.

He said Osun State only defaulted in its subvention to LAUTECH last year, owing to a drop in its revenue.

The lawmaker warned that Osun’s matured approach in the matter should not be taken as weakness.

Osun Assembly Passes N141bn 2016 Budget

The Osun House of Assembly on Wednesday passed the state’s 2016 budget estimate of N141 billion.

The passage of the budget followed a motion by Mr Kamil Oyedele, the assembly Chairman of Finance and Appropriation Committee during plenary in Osogbo.

The budget has N79.18 billion representing 56.06 per cent as Recurrent Expenditure and N62.09 billion representing 43.95 as Capital Expenditure.

Also, it estimated recurrent revenue at N99.47 billion, representing 70.41 per cent, while the capital revenue expectation is N41.80 billion, representing 29.59 per cent.

Speaking after the passage of the bill, the Speaker, Mr Najeem Salaam, said that the budget would focus on capital projects, infrastructure development and workers welfare.

He warned that on no account should the executive spend beyond the approved budget without supplementary budget being presented to the legislature for consideration.

The speaker, who described the budget as `the budget of hope, expressed optimism that 2016 would be a better year for the state, and urged the civil servants to assist government in generating revenue.

He said that government needed to look inward for improved revenue without putting unnecessary burden on the people.

“The executive must explore all avenues to block leakages,” he said.

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola had on Dec. 14, 2015, presented a budget proposal of N150 billion to the assembly.

But in a letter dated April 6, 2016 to the assembly, he sought for downward review of the budget to N137.9 billion, “due to the poor economic situation”.

Meanwhile, the assembly has elected Mr Safiriyu Akinwole of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP- Ife East) as Minority Leader.

His election followed the death of the former holder of the position, Mr Dejo Makinde.