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.

Ife Central State Constituency By-Election: INEC Assures Corpers Of Safety

The Independent National Electoral Commission has assured the members of the National Youth Service Corps who will be involved in the conduct of the Ife-Central state constituency by-election on Saturday of adequate security.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner for the election, Nasiru Ayilara, gave this assurance while briefing journalists on the preparedness of the electoral body for the poll.

He said movement would be restricted from 8am to 4pm only in the areas where the election would be held.

The seat became vacant following the death of Mr. Oladejo Makinde, who died on December 27, 2015.

Makinde, who was also known as Igwe, was the minority leader of the Osun State House of Assembly and won an election into the House on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Ayilara, who was deployed from Niger State to oversee the by-election holding in just one local government area of Ile-Ife, said the commission had held a meeting with security agencies, adding that he had been assured by security agencies that no form of violence would be allowed during the election.

He said, “We have met with all the security agencies in the state and they have assured the commission of the safety of electoral officials, voters and electoral materials.

“Corps members and other electoral officials will be protected. We don’t want any of our youths to die and we also don’t want anybody, who will be involved in the conduct of the election, to die.”

The REC reiterated that the election would hold in just one local government council even as he said the commission ought not to redeploy him for the election but that it did so because of the historical and political importance of the poll.

Ayilara said that card reader machines would be used for accreditation, adding that accreditation and voting would be done simultaneously.

The REC, who said materials had been inspected, explained that the materials would be moved to the Ife-Central state constituency on Friday.

The representative of the PDP, Mr. Sunday Ademola, while speaking with journalists, expressed satisfaction with the arrangements put in place by the commission.

But the representative of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Rasaki Adeosun, expressed reservations with the delay in the movement of the election materials.

He said although his party believed that INEC would be fair to all parties but maintained that the materials ought to have been moved immediately after the inspection.

Adeosun said, “It is unconventional that we inspect materials today, leave them at the state secretariat of INEC and then wait till tomorrow for the materials to be moved to the field.

“We have not done this before; the normal practice is to examine the materials and get them loaded into local government vehicles for movement. When something like this happens, one will be suspicious but we still want to believe that INEC will conduct a credible election.”

Osun Assembly Strengthens Oversight Functions

Osun State House of Assembly has said it will give priority to its oversight functions by strengthening its monitoring mechanisms this year.

It said the move was to ensure an increase in the state government’s internally generated revenue (IGR) and ensure that the government judiciously use same for the completion of ongoing projects and begin new ones.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, spoke after  a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Information and Strategy.

According to him, the resolution of the Assembly was borne out of the fact that what the state needed because of the current economic downturn was to strengthen monitoring mechanisms, especially for the completion of ongoing projects and pending programmes in line with the policy of the state government.

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Osun Assembly Extols Virtues Of The Late Olubadan

The Osun House of Assembly under the leadership of its Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salaam has expressed its condolences to the people and government of Oyo State over the demise of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana.

The Assembly stated that the passing away of the monarch was a great loss to the Yoruba nation.

In a statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the Assembly said though, the monarch was ripe in age, his contribution to Yoruba Nation, impact and positive influence in the country will be greatly missed.

The assembly acknowledged that the late monarch left indelible marks in various positions he occupied in public service during his hay days, hence the virtuosity he brought to bear during his reign.

The parliament described the late traditional ruler as honest, decent and forthright stressing that the late Oba Odulana spent his life serving humanity.

“Though aged, it is very unfortunate that the Olubadan died at this period that his elderly wisdom are required to achieve the change mantra of government at the Federal and state levels.

“It is on record that Oba Odulana lived the largest part of his life to serve humanity in general and fought the course of his subjects at the levels where he had served, either as a public servant or as a traditional ruler”

The exemplary leadership that Oba Odulana has offered and roles he has played for the unity and progress of Oyo State, Yorubaland and Nigeria in general will be greatly missed.

“We, in the Osun State parliament however express our heartfelt condolences to the people of Ibadan, Oyo State, Yorubaland and Nigeria in general for the death of the highly placed traditional ruler. May his soul rest in perfect peace”, Osun Assembly stressed.