Orolu Parliamentarians Elect Benson As Chairman, Inaugurate Principal Officers

The newly elected councillors of Orolu Local Government Council Area, Ifon-Osun have unanimously elected their principal officers among all the parliamentarians that represent the whole 10 wards constituting the council.

The event was held on Tuesday at the local government Secretariat headquarters in Ifon Osun and witnessed by traditional rulers, Chiefs, religion leaders, party leaders and members, market men and women, and the local government officials.

Prince Adekunle Benson from ward 10 was elected by the Parliamentarians as the Chairman of the council, while Adekola Toyin from ward 3 was elected the Vice-chairman and they were sworn-in in the presence of the Clerk of the House, Mr. Afonja R A.

Other principal officers of the Parliament that were sworn in were; Rafiu Abiodun Durodola from ward 3 as the leader of the house, Ganiyu Isiaka from ward 7 as the deputy leader, while Jamiyu Fatai Kayode from ward 8 was elected to be the Supervisor for Orolu Administrative Office in Diisu Ayekale.

While delivering his speech, the Chairman, Prince Adekunle Benson appreciated Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the state leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Prince Gboyega Famodun and Alh. Rasak Salinsile for giving him the opportunity, promising them that he would not let them down.

Benson then promised the entire people of the council that the six-point integral action plans of the Aregbesola administration would be adopted and total transformation and unprecedented developmental projects would be experienced and witnessed in the nooks and crannies of the council.

He said his administration has planned to assiduously work on good roads, clean environment, standard market, waterways, electricity, potable water, food security, total empowerment, Agriculture, Security, Health, Education, Wealth creation, poverty alleviation and many more.

He then sought the cooperation and support of the members of the Parliament and Civil servants, assuring that the administration would operate an open door policy and welcome suggestions and ideas that will assist in the development of the council.

According to him, “we need to work assiduously by tapping every available Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) base due to the local government to complement both the federal and state allocations”.

Aregbesola Flags Off Olumirin Access Road: Assures Citizens of Improved Economy

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola has reiterated his commitment towards making life more meaningful to the people in a bid to making tourism a money spinning venture and ecotourism accessible to tourists all over the world in order to boost the economy of the host community and the State in general.

Ogbeni Aregbesola who was represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Culture and Tourism, Mrs Taiwo Oluga made this remarks at Erin-Ijesa during the flags off ceremony of access road to Olumirin Water Falls.

The Governor explained that provision of access road is a major criterion for consideration before a tourism site is recognised and when the road is completed, a lot of unimaginable transformation will definitely come to Erin-Ijesa and its environment in terms of socio-economic and cultural-tourism activities.

Ogbeni Aregbesola said his administration has made easy the task of tourists at Olumirin Water Falls by constructing the Pedestrian bridge to ease the ascension and dissension of tourists and aesthetics to attract visitors and researchers.

The Governor who said this is happening at a time when MKO Abiola International Airport, Ido-Osun is being put in place thereby making the arrival of tourists to Olumirin Water Falls from around the world an easy one.

He therefore thanked the management of International Breweries Plc, Ilesa for the construction of Garden Parks at the site as part of her Corporate Social Responsibility while appealing to the people to pay their taxes and other levies, so as to make government provide more infrastructural development to the State.

Also speaking, Chairman Osun State House of Assembly House Committee on Home Affairs, Tourism and Culture, Hon. Olasunkanmi Akinola, Chairman House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Kamil Oyedele and Hon. Israel Aloba appreciated the governments’ gesture and appealed for the continued support to Aregbesola’s administration.

Earlier in his welcome address, Chairman Osun Tourism Board and Authority, Engr Abimbola Daniyan thanked the Governor for his commitment to tourism development in the State.

In his brief on the project, the Project Coordinator, Office of Water Resources, Rural Development and Community Affairs, Engr. Adelere Oriolowo said the intervention of the RAMP which is to make life meaningful to rural dwellers has impacted positively in Osun through the commitment of Mr Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. He then assured all that, the road will be completed by January, 2018 and all bridges will be done to standard with asphaltic lane.

In his address, the royal host, Oba (Dr) Engr Isaac Adeyeba Ayeni, Okin Oloro 2nd of Erin -Ijesa who was visibly happy thanked the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for his support and commitment to making Olumirin Water Falls the desired place for every tourist. He therefore appealed to the government, to provide security post and health centre along the site for the safety of visiting tourists.

Highlights of the event were cultural entertainment by Osun Cultural Troupe and site tour of the vicinity.

APC Berate Aregbesola’s Critics

The Osun chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has berated the critics of  the educational reforms of the Aregbesola-led  administration.




The party’s directorate of publicity ,Research and Strategy, in Osogbo today issued a statement signed by its Director, Barr. Kunle Oyatomi, stated that  “no amount of reckless criticism of the state education policy can diminish its impact on educational development in the state”.

The party further noted that , ‘if critics and political opponents act blind and ignorant, intelligent and responsible people in the country and abroad have continued to acknowledge and appreciate Ogbeni Aregbesola’s achievements in that regard’.

We are not Imposing Taxes on Religious Institutions – Aregbesola

…Says he will Continue to Champion Equity among Religions

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has cleared the air on the lingering rumours making the round that his government was proposing a new tax regime on the religious institutions across the state in order to alternate the adverse effects of the dwindling revenues from the Federal Accounts.

Governor Aregbesola who reacted spontaneously on what he described as sponsored venomous antics of the opposition and enemies of his administration, said on no account does he has the intention to neither propose nor impose tax payment on mosques, churches and traditional temples.

Aregbesola made the statement while addressing the muslim faithful during a Jumat service, at Islahudeen Central Mosque, Osogbo.

Governor Aregbesola who frowned at the development said though his government has been looking for every realizable means and alternative to salvage the state from the looming economic crisis, stressing that his government has never intended or resolved on such tax policy.

He disclosed that the economy of the state has not worsen to the stage of taxing religious institutions or collecting offerings and tithes from either mosques churches to develop the state.

Governor Aregbesola who described tax as a lubricant that greases the wheel of development, growth and transformation, said the time has come for all to support government through regular tax payment especially at the period where nothing comes to the state from the Federation Accounts.

He said the only way for citizens to prove their support and cooperation towards government’s efforts is to be obedient and diligent to taxation.

“It is unfortunate that in spite our sincere efforts on the ongoing numerous developmental projects across the state, some detractors could still consume shame by peddling rumours in a bid to frustrate our efforts.

“Our detractors have forgotten that we successfully administered the affairs of the state for five years without a new tax policy.

“Under whatever pressure and inconstructive criticism, our administration would not be distorted or derailed from the paths of progress, development and unparalleled transformation being characterized with.

“We shall continue to maximize our little resources to enhance the general well being of our people who we owe constitutional responsibilities”, he affirmed.

Governor Aregbesola further pledged to continuously strengthen religious institutions to promote and engender peace, saying he would not be lured into compromising equity and balance.

He therefore called on religious leaders to seek the face of God in liberating the state and country out of the present economic recession orchestrated by the continued fall in the global prices of crude oil.

He said, “Nigeria needs fervent prayers to get out of the present economic bondage and this is a challenge for Nigerians especially our religious leaders to seek the face of God for quick deliverance.

Methodist Church joins Aregbesola’s campaign for tax payment

Rescue Nigeria From Economic Crumbles, Aregbesola Tells NLC

Aregbesola Celebrates With Former NLC President Comrade Hassan Sunmonu @75

Says the Success of the Nation’s Economy lies in its Performances
…As NLC President, Comrade Wabba Lauds Aregbesola’s Achievements

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has highlighted the urgent need for the leadership and members of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC to bailout the country from her present economic stalemate.

In his intellectual prediction to salvage the country from the current socio-political, economic and religious complications, Governor Aregbesola opined that the only workable fruition in combating the myriads of challenging situation in Nigeria was for organized labour, civil society organizations, professional bodies and academic leaders to wake up from slumber and seek what at stake for everlasting solution.

Governor Aregbesola made the statement while playing host to the foremost veteran Labour leader and pioneer President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Hassan Sunmonu, at a dinner party organized in honour of his 75th Birthday Anniversary.

Aregbesola said Nigeria is passing through emergency economic situation which has been the worst in her history, saying there is a need for Nigerians to collectively approach the situation as an emergency in their bid to find lasting solution.

Governor Aregbesola who expressed bitterness on the way and manner at which the nation’s economy was extravagantly managed in the past, said bad governance has led the nation to its present looming situation.

He stated that no government in Nigeria no matter how prudent today can run its affairs the way it should be run or it has been run before now simply because of persistent dwindling revenues.

Aregbesola held that the current economic situation has called for awakening, saying this is the time for the leadership of NLC to rise to the occasion in a bid to add accolades to their reputation by proving to Nigerians and the entire globe that truly they are major stakeholders of Nigeria economic enterprise.

Aregbesola said, “The financial situation in Nigeria is so bad to the extent that no government in Nigeria could run the government perfectly in the way it desires.

“Our country is going through a tough time, but quite unfortunate, we are yet to be fully communicated on the degrees of damage caused to our economy and seriousness of the situation.

“We have been misled overtimes to depend absolutely on crude oil revenues. Nobody cares for untapped, unexplored and unexploited wealth from solid minerals, agriculture, science and technology and so on.

“To appreciate the gravity of the economic challenges facing our country, graphic analysis showed that between 2011 and June 2013, our nation used to have N1.2trillion in the distributable purse called Federation Accounts to be shared between the three tiers of government~federal, states and local governments.

“From June 2013, the distributable funds dropped to about N600billion and this has been on the persistent free fall till present moment.

“Apparently, November allocation’s pool which was distributed on the 22nd of November, 2015 was N369billion for the three tiers which implies that no revenue from the Federation Accounts.

“Obviously, this has been the economic situation with our nation. But quite unfortunate, we have all been disoriented to think only on the revenues from the crude oil. If we had before now considered other sources of revenue, the impact of the economic challenge would not be as grave.

Governor Aregbesola who implored the leadership of NLC and other stakeholders to brace up and tighten their belts in liberating the country out of the current financial impasse.

“My request to the leadership of labour is that this is not an ordinary crisis and they should not treat it ordinarily because Nigeria has never had a very hard economic situation like this in her history.

“The economic situation we are passing through today remains the worst in our history. Though the current economic situation has not been declared as an emergency but there is the need for us to collectively approach it as emergency and be honest about it. Unless we want to heat up the polity with another reason, we are at the economic emergency.

“If the Federal Government didn’t call the Labour leaders, let the labour leaders call the Federal Government to seek and discuss what’s at stake and demand for a way out because if we don’t seek for a way out quickly, emergency may come up.

“This situation is beyond individual operation or finger pointing because I don’t see a way for any state to escape this in the next few months if there is no collective approach to salvage this economic mess.

“This is the time for us to look for a realistic and workable alternative to enhance our economic revenue generation.

Governor Aregbesola therefore charged members of the organized labour, civil society organizations, professional groups, stakeholders among others to rescue Nigeria and Nigerians out of this mess.

He said, “Workers must mobilize themselves to ensure that real service comes from public servants. A situation where workers don’t care about their service or how their salaries are being earned, this doesn’t edify the workers.

“Productivity, diligence, dedication, commitment, transparency, honesty and truthfulness must be the watchwords of the workforce and they must be able to justify what they earn as wages, salaries, allowance, arrears among others.

“Until the workers in civil and public service understand appreciate this simple analogy, Nigeria is going no where.

“The paradise has changed. We cannot live as we lived before. Oil is out of fashion. Oil has finished its own time and period in the world.

“We must decide as a people, as political and labour leaders to find meaningful and beneficial alternative to oil to navigate this turbulent economic period for the betterment of all.

Earlier in his remark, National President, Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba commended Governor Aregbesola for his firmness and resilient in spite the current economic situations.

Comrade Ayuba who lauded Aregbesola’s achievements in all sectors of the economy confirmed that the current government is building succor of thirty years to the people of the state, saying most of his policies and programmes might not be appreciated now but will be commended years to come.

According to him, your people might not appreciate your work now. But in actual fact, they will come to appreciate you and your good works in few years to come.

“You are building a brighter future for generations to come and the prosperity stands firmly to judge you aright”, he said.
Aregbesola Celebrates With Former NLC President  Comrade Hassan Sunmonu @75

Aregbesola Celebrates With Former NLC President  Comrade Hassan Sunmonu @75

Re: Doctor’s Strike in Osun: Again Punch Newspaper Partisan and Unprofessional (21 Pictures Can’t Lie!) – By Adebayo Rasheed Mabayoje

Journalistic objectivity can refer to fairness, disinterestedness, factuality, and non-partisanship, but most often encompasses all of these qualities.

These qualities are obviously lacking when any news medium like #PUNCHNEWSPAPER reports subjective stories.

In its Tuesday, January 5, 2016 (on line) edition, the newspaper (in its story, Strike: Osun hospitals deserted) says “hospitals in Osun State have turned to ghost towns…”

That a group of doctors carry out industrial action is not unfounded. However, this should not encourage the newspaper to publish fabrications representing its interest that kind of aims to discredit the Osun government.

#PhotosDontLie, it is expected that the reporter of the story should have authenticated his claim with photos of the strange “ghost towns” he claimed to have visited recently. No such evidence was produced. This is because there was none anyway.

According to the newspaper, “The Psychiatric Ward, the Accidents and Emergency Ward, Pharmacy, Male and Female Medical Wards were deserted with no single patient when our correspondent went round the hospital on Tuesday afternoon. …with no single patient” This has never happened in any hospital, even when there is a full blown industrial action by all the unions in a hospital.

Hospitals don’t get deserted, not even at wartime, more so when other health workers like nurses, pharmacists and laboratory technologists are at their duty posts.

Apart from the union on strike, other doctors and consultants at the hospitals are at their duty posts, working and attending to in and out patients.

Again we ask, how can the ‘Pharmacy’ too be deserted when pharmacists are not on strike?

This is a sponsored story written by Osun PDP, with the reporter’s name only added to it as usual, in what has now become the hallmark of #PunchNewspaper’s disreputable brand of journalism where fiction is fact.

What they hope to achieve with the story becomes clear in the clearly subjective opinion which goes thus:

“One of the nurses, who spoke to our correspondent outside the hospital said the strike embarked upon by the doctors had led to an increase in maternal mortality rate (sic) as well as infant mortality rate (sic).”

“The nurse, who pleaded not to be named said she might not have a statistics (sic) to support her assertion but she was aware of some persons who lost their lives because they could not afford the bills at (sic) private hospitals which are considered to be on the high side.”

“The nurse said there had been upsurge in the number of persons seeking treatments from quacks and those who had resorted to self medications (sic) due to the prolonged strike.”

One would think the hallmark of responsible journalism is to investigate any claim and authenticate it before publishing, but our imaginary nurse spoke so authoritatively about how pregnant women and their babies are dying in government hospitals. The Punch, the mighty national newspaper giving global publicity to the unverified views of an unnamed street nurse drew uproarious laughter from a group of doctors in Osogbo reading the report over coffee. Listening to these doctors, I cannot but chuckle on how disreputable journalism has become in this country.

What the phantom nurse and the dude reporter did not know is that Osun placed second behind Lagos in the most recent World Bank assessment of Nigerian states on maternal and infant health in 2015.

Meanwhile here are shots of activities in some hospitals in the state, including the state hospital at Asubiaro in Osogbo. Picture don’t lie. No doubt the joke is on The Punch as it continues to lose credibility in Osun as it is now largely considered to be the propaganda rag sheet of Osun PDP

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Osun Hospitals NOT Deserted - Punch newspaper Lied,

Alaafin names Aregbesola the “Omoluabi of Yorubaland”

…calls on people to pay their taxes.

A foremost traditional ruler in Nigeria, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has bestowed upon the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola the title of “Omoluabi of Yoruband” just as he urged Osun people to pay their taxes.

The Monarch who was at the Government House Osogbo to present the award stated that the Osun governor has always been at the forefront of projecting the “Omoluabi ethos” which the yoruba race has always preached.

He explained that he has always monitored the administrative and leadership style of the governor since inception of his administration, saying Ogbeni Aregbesola has always led along the line of a true “Omoluabi”.

According to the Alaafin, “The Yorubas are a tribe that always instill in their children and the youths all the characters of a responsible and well brought up individual, I have studied the leadership style of Aregbesola among all the governors in the country and have discovered that he is the only one whom have through his leadership style projected the “Omoluabi ethos” of the Youruba race.”

“Aregbesola is man that breathes responsibility at all times, we have always been hearing of an Omoluabi for a long time and am so happy that we now have a Governor who is leading by example”

As measure of the importance of his honour to Aregbesola, presented to him a photo compendium and signed framed portrait congratulating the governor on his new chieftaincy title of “Omoluabi of Yorubaland”.

He stated that the Osun governor has always been at the forefront of projecting the “Omoluabi ethos” which the yoruba race has always preached.

“It is a good thing to now have a person in the calibre of a governor who is portraying the “Omoluabi virtues” to the Nigerian youths.”

The royal father also used the opportunity to call on the people of Osun to support the government of the day by paying their taxes regularly, stressing that taxation is the most efficient and sure way to give the people good government.

Oba Adeyemi who lamented the dwindling nature of the federal allocation pointed out that the only way out of the economic logjam is for the people to carry out their civic responsibilities as individuals.

He added that if the people support the government of Aregbesola with their taxes, the present administration will find it easier to fulfill its obligations such as prompt payment of salaries and adequate provision of infrastructure, health care facilities and security.

He said, “All over the world, taxation is the way out, for government to be able to conveniently provide for all the amenities and pay salaries conveniently, the people must endeavour to pay their taxes regularly.”

“I want to urge the people of Osun to assist the present administration with the payment of their taxes, the present administration has done so much in terms of provision of social amenities such as construction of good roads, provision of affordable health care facilities, assistance for the aged.”

“I also know that the Aregbesola administration has been providing free school uniforms as well as feeding the school pupils, something which no government has ever done, not even the federal government.”

“If such a government now demands for a tax of just one thousand five hundred naira per individual in a year, I don’t think its too much.”

“We need to realise that it has come to a stage where government can no longer do it alone, Osun allocation has dropped drastically and government may not be able to pay salaries and provide other amenities again except we show our support through the regular payment of our taxes.” he stressed.

Responding, Governor Rauf Aregbesola noted that the reign of Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has been very peaceful and fruitful, while praying that God should make the royal father’s resign more peaceful and eventful.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle), the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi (left) and Imam Daud imran Tijani, after an Award of Omoluabi of Yorubaland to Governor Aregbseola by the Alaafia of Oyo, at Government House, Osogbo, on Tuesday 05/1/2016.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle), the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi (left),and Engineer Omon Uduokhai (right), during the conferment of Omoluabi of Yorubaland title on Aregbesola by Alaafin,at Government House, Osogbo,on Tuesday 05/1/2016.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (right), the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi (left) and Imam Daud imran Tijani (middle), during the conferment of Omoluabi of Yorubaland title on Aregbesola by Alaafin, at Government House, Osogbo, on Tuesday 05/1/2016.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, after being conferred with the title of Omoluabi of Yorubaland by the Paramount ruler, at Government House, Osogbo, on Tuesday 05/1/2016.

Adetunji’s death a big blow to Labour Movement – Aregbesola

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Sunday described as a rude shock the news of the death of former Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Osun, Comrade Francis Adetunji.

Aregbesola, in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, said Comrade Adetunji’s death is a big blow to the state, it’s TUC Chapter and the labour union in general.

The statement quoted the Governor as saying the deceased labour leader was a great labour activists and leader of purpose.

According to him, Comrade Adetunji was a union leader, who knew when to fight and when to employ dialogue whenever there was a disagreement between labour and the government.

He commended Adetunji for his understanding and the commitment to Government/labour relationship when he was the chairman.

The statement said in part: “The death of Comrade Francis Adetunji is indeed a very devastating one.

“We received it with heavy heart and felt very sad that a vibrant, articulate and objective labour leader suddenly bowed out at this critical time.

“Comrade Adetunji’s death is a big blow to us in the state and to the TUC Chapter in the state and across Nigeria.

“Adetunji’s death will leave a huge gulf in labour unionism here in Osun and the entire country.
Aregbesola receiving Panel Reports from late Comarade Adetunji (in suit) with other Labor leaders Comrades Saka Adesiyan and Bayo Adejumo present
“On behalf of the government and people of Osun, we convey our heartfelt condolences to Comrade Adetunji’s family – immediate and extended, TUC/NLC in Osun and the the national labour union.

“May his soul rest in peace and find a permanent abode in paradise.”

Aregbesola condoles with family of late Osun House of Assembly member

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has extended his condolences to the family of Hon Makinde Oladejo Samson who died at the age 48.

Hon. Makinde Oladejo Samson, member representing Ife Central and Minority leader at the Osun House of Assembly died early hours of Sunday the 27th of December this year after a brief illness.

In a condolence message by the Director of the Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Semiu Okanlawon, Aregbesola described the death of the House of Assembly member as sudden and shocking.

The Governor who prayed for the repose of Hon. Makinde Oladejo Samson’s soul, extended his “profound condolence to the immediate family, members of The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun, Ife Central and the people of Osun.”

Aregbesola urged the Speaker, members of the state House of Assembly and family of Makinde to take with equanimity the loss Hon Oladejo to death, describing death as an inevitable end for everybody.

Aregbesola said: “though it is very painful to loose somebody like Hon. Oladejo at that youthful age, but one clear lesson is the transient nature of life itself; it’s not about Hon. Makinde Oladejo, but about the fact that death is a certainty that must come to every living being.

Hon. Samson Oladejo Makinde - Rest in the Bosom of the Lord Jesus
Hon. Samson Oladejo Makinde – Rest in the Bosom of the Lord Jesus

“It is my fervent prayer that God will grant him Eternal home at the bosom of Jesus Christ and give the people of Ife Central the fortitude to bear the loss. We also pray God to comfort his family and give them courage and hope.”

He also urged family members and supporters of Hon. Makinde to take heart and consider the death an act of God, saying Oladejo lived a life of service, though very brief until he breathed his last.