FRSC Records 42 Deaths From 27 Road Mishaps In Osun

The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC says 42 lives were lost in 27 road accidents that occurred in Osun State in March.

The FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Mr Anthony Oko, made this known in Osogbo on Monday.

Oko said that the accidents, which were recorded in different locations in the state, involved 198 persons, out of which 101 victims sustained various degrees of injuries, while others were unhurt.

He said that most of the accidents were due to speeding, poor condition of the roads and sometimes failure by motorists to comply with road traffic rules and regulations.

The official, who blamed the accidents on human errors, recklessness and impatience on the part of drivers, advised motorists to always operate within the road safety guidelines while driving.

Oko said, however, that the commission issued 1,273 driver’s license to motorists in the month under review, while 173 traffic offenders were educated after they were apprehended.

He warned that the commission continues to apprehend drivers without valid drivers’ licence.

According to him, FRSC personnel had been directed to work round-the-clock to apprehend and prosecute traffic offenders to prevent unnecessary loss of lives and property on the roads.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Good News For Retiree

Of recent, it has become crystal clear that the government of Osun is highly committed to the welfare of both retired and serving officers of government in the state.

That indication emerged recently when the National Pension Commission (NPC) categorically stated that Osun and only 11 other states in Nigeria have been remitting the proceeds from the Contributory Pension Scheme.

This is a good news for workers in the state of Osun, particularly for workers who are preparing for retirement.

When the people were still living in this euphoria, another good news came that the government has begun the payment of pensions by giving cheque to 2,006 pensioners, particularly those that have perfected their retirement documents.

Also, on Tuesday the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola commissioned a 2.8kilometer Ola Iya/Odi Olowo/Ita Olokan road and named it Workers’ Drive.

No doubt these demonstrations by the government were clearly against the accusation that the government is not committed to the welfare of workers in the state.

While I congratulate the workers and the retirees for these developments, I believe that the government still needs to show more commitment to strengthen the confidence of the people in the government.

Osun 2018 Countdown: 197 Days To Go!

Analysis By Osun Defender’s Data Analyst, Ojenike Oluwadamilola.

Merging Of Previous Elections Results To Evaluate And Project

The graphics below show the aggregate of the merger of total votes cast by registered voters which decided the outcome of the presidential and governorship elections in 2015 and 2014 respectively. The charts show that approximately 2/3 of the voters participating supported the APC in both the presidential and state governorship elections in Osun State merged and weighted together to get an aggregate.

It also shows that in deciding the next presidential and governorship elections, the PDP with 1/3 of the votes will need massive effort to overturn this aggregation of past voting trends and results. Significantly, the APC has been involved in a structured drive of new voters in the ongoing voters’ registration exercise, with a rather dismal response from PDP and the ‘’third parties’’. Our own projection at this stage is that a Generic APC candidate is way ahead of the pack. As British Prime Minister Harold Wilson is often quoted as observing, “A week is a long time in politics’’. As we go along, we will look at other factors that might change the settled equation and affect the projections.


LG poll: A Massive Triumph For Osun – APC

THE All Progressives Congress in the state of Osun has described its victory at last Saturday council polls as a massive triumph for the people and the state of Osun, and one big step forward for the popular desire of Nigerians to revert to parliamentary democracy.

In a statement from the Directorate of Publicity, Research and Strategy, signed by its Director, Kunle Oyatomi Esq., and made available to the media in Osogbo today, the party congratulated the people for the emphatic statement they got across to the haters of progress in Osun that ‘the people know what they want and they will not allow themselves to be deceived by the shenanigans of the opposition.

According to the party, ‘beyond the electoral victory, is the political step forward into the less expensive parliamentary democracy, which will now start in Osun’s local government setting for the first time in 52 years since our parliamentary democracy was destroyed by the military in 1966.
‘When the import of this election will be addressed in the history books in the future, the state of Osun will be celebrated as a catalyst for the return of parliamentary democracy if not in Nigeria, certainly in Yorubaland, the APC said.

‘Those who objected to the development met their waterloo in the court and owing to their obsession for retaining the presidential system, they shot themselves in the foot, anticipating victory at the court by not registering to participate in the election. They miscalculated so badly that it turned out a double tragedy for them’, the APC argued.

‘And as God would have it against the PDP and its co-travellers, their double tragedy translated into double massive victory for the APC and the people of Osun’, the party celebrated.
The APC therefore thanked the people for their support, loyalty and appreciation of all the good things that Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, the government he leads and the party have done to bring this state from the doldrums in which the PDP left it, to the pacesetter it has become today.
‘Whatever the opposition parties are saying about the election, is symptomatic of ‘the grapes are sour’ mentality.

‘Those who love to hate will ultimately hate themselves in failure and deceit. That is the fate of the PDP and its opposition partners’, the APC concluded.

Expert Harps On Safe Handling Of Lubricants, Petrochemical

Trains 49 NUPENG/Engine Oil Dealers

In an effort to grease the wheel of economic development and safe handling of petrochemical, over 49 NUPENG/Engine Oil dealers have received training for development.

Speaking at the one day training workshop, the plant manager of Polar Petrochemical Company, Ilorin, Mr. Olajide Adetoyi noted that the training programme shows part of the company’s effort to increase the participants knowledge in petrochemical and allied products.

He stressed that it is also to ensure that the company do not only produce quality but engages in the production of internationally acceptable products.

Mr Adebisi contended that the company wouldalso ensure that the standards and qualities are sustained even after the products must have left the factory until it gets to the final consumers.

The training which theme was “Lubricant” gave the marketing manager the avenue to stress that lubricant is a substance used to reduce friction and wear of the surfaces in a contact of the bodies in relative motion.

He urged participants to make use of the knowledge gained during the training to improve their individual businesses.

He equally asked them to deliver the company’s vision to become an organisation that matters in the society.

Present at the workshop are the Marketing Manager, Mr. Adekunle Adebisi and Mr. Richard Tolowoye, a Senior Manager and several others.


Festive Season: AGF Felicitates With Christians

By Nofisat Adeoye

A socio-political organization, Asiwaju Grassroot Foundation, has Felicitated with Christian residents of Osun State on the celebration of Christmas and New Year.

In a release signed by its Coordinator, Tijani Sikiru and Secretary, Comrade Adeniji Yahaya, the group wished the people of the state many happy returns of the season.

AGF also urged the Christians to imbibe the lessons of the period and follow the good examples laid by Jesus Christ.

Lamenting over the current fuel scarcity which has dulled the period, AGF implored Christians to be thankful for the gift of life and still enjoy the period in any little way possible.

“From all of us at AGF, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We pray the coming year marks the beginning of great things in our lives and our society.”

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.

Osun Presents N1.6 Billion Bond Certificates To 234 Retirees

The government of the State of Osun has presented Bond certificates worth over N 1.6 billion to 234 retirees from the state civil service who participated in the Contributory Pension Scheme while in service.


Governor, Rauf Aregbesola represented by the Permanent Secretary, Local Government Pension Bureau, Mr Kayode Afolabi presented the certificates at the Local Government Service Commission Multipurpose Hall, Government Secretariat, Osogbo during the week. According to Afolabi, the formal presentation marked the fifth batch of the pension bond certificate distribution to the retirees by the state government in compliance with the contributory pension scheme.


Out of the 234 beneficiaries, 137 were drawn from Primary Schools while 97 retirees were drawn from the local government service. Afolabi explained that the presentation of the total  N1,682,261,706.75 was a confirmation of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s commitment to the welfare of the retirees, adding that the governor is highly sensitive to the plight of the pensioners, who have served the state meritoriously.


He added that despite the paucity of fund, the governor has promised to ensure that the bond certificate will be a continuous exercise to ameliorate the suffering of the pensioners and assured that all the retiree will collect their legitimate earnings. The permanent secretary admonished beneficiaries to make judicious use of their earnings. The pension bureau had earlier organised a brief seminar about the bond for the beneficiaries to have a better understanding of the disbursement process and conditions attached to the bond in accordance with the contributory regulation policies.


One of the beneficiaries, Mr. Mukaila Adedeji commended the state governor for his determination to put smiles on the face of retirees despite the daunting economic realities. A contributory pension scheme is a federal and state governments policy adopted to assist civil servants in saving for retirement and old age.

Residents Berate IBEDC Over Blackout

Residents of Communities affected by the blackout in Olorunda and Osogbo Local Government Council Areas of the State of Osun have berated the management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company for paralysing commercial activities in their areas. It would be recalled that some communities in the affected local governments including Testing ground, Orita Sabo, Aderin, Oluode, Ayetoro, part of Owode, Iludun, Oke Odo, Kola-Balogun and Atelewo have been without electricity supply since the 5th day of September 2017 a situation that made living difficult for them.


According to a resident, Mrs Sadiat Idowu “since the electricity has been faulty, I cannot express how tough life has been for me, because I am mostly surviving on selling cold drinks like water, soft drinks and since the blackout issue over a month now, it has been very difficult to make ends meet”. Another resident who pleaded anonymity also condemned IBEDC, saying it has caused his business a lot of damage being the owner of a frozen store at Oluode market.


“I cannot quantify the amount of loss I have incurred since the blackout even with the fact that I operate on generator daily, I still record a lot of damaged product. The situation is just very pathetic for many of us who own businesses in the affected communities”, the source added. A technician affected by the situation, Mr Sunday Oni also stated that the blackout has rendered his business redundant and has made life difficult for his family as he has been unable to fend for them for three weeks.


Another resident also said, “It is very unpleasant and difficult for me to live without electricity because I cannot be sleeping in darkness and as a result of this, I cannot estimate what I have spent on petrol everyday”. The Baale of Aderin community, Alfa Waheed Salam charged the management of IBEDC to as a matter of urgency come to the aid of the affected communities by speeding up work on the replacement of the damaged conductors, with a view to making life more conducive for the masses.


He added that the lack of electricity on the transmission lines has been leading to stealing of cables in some areas which would eventually lead to other expenses if power is eventually restored to the areas. The various residents of the affected communities also pleaded with the appropriate authorities to implore IBDEC management not to abandon the communities in perpetual darkness for the sake of security of lives and properties in the respective communities.

Police Decorate 90 Officers With New Ranks In Osun

The Commissioner of Police, Osun Command, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, on Tuesday advised promoted officers in the command to put in their best to justify their new designation.

He gave the advice on Tuesday in Osogbo while decorating the 90 officers with their new ranks.

“Your promotion is an indication of the recognition of your value. You are being promoted on the basis that you have added value in your various responsibilities.

“Now that you have been elevated, it is pertinent to know that to whom much is given, much is expected.

‘’You are expected to put in your best to project the image of the Nigerian police in accordance with the law,” he said.

He urged the officers promoted to ASP rank to discharge effective and necessary superintending of officers under them by guarding and mentoring them.

The police boss also called on the new SPs to be prepared for the task ahead, adding that they would be commanding police divisions and would likely become police division heads.

The officers are: eight Deputy Superintendents of Police (DSP), promoted to Superintendent of Police (SP) and 82 Police Inspectors promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).

He also tasked the officers concerned to justify the trust reposed in them by Inspector-General and the police by refusing to do anything that would put the Nigeria police to shame.

Adeoye, however, admonished the officers to uphold the primary duty and role of the police at all times.

He said the society looked up to them to provide adequate protection of lives and property in their new position.

The police boss said that President Muhammodu Buhari was magnanimous to have extended his grace to the officers to be promoted.

Adeoye thanked the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for recommending the officers to the Police Service Commission for promotion.


One Killed As Police, Touts Clash Over Friend’s Death

The state capital of the state of Osun, Osogbo, was on Sunday thrown into pandemonium as some people attempted to set the Oja-Oba Divisional Police Headquarter ablaze over the killing of one Segun Emir.


The protesters said a policeman shot Segun on his chest over an argument at Gbeja area. The deceased was said to have been taken to a nearby private hospital but he was rejected.


He was later rushed to Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, (LAUTECH) but he gave up the ghost on the way and confirmed dead. His remains were deposited at mortuary.

His death triggered a riot as his friends attempted to set the Oja-Oba police station ablaze but policemen prevented them. The rioters blocked roads and prevented vehicular movement for hours.


The Police Public Relation Officer in the State, Folasade Odoro said the Commissioner of Police in the state; Mr Fimihan Adeoye has ordered a full scale investigation into the matter.


The PPRO explained that the deceased was among those that attacked the police patrol team and prevented the policemen from rescuing some people who made a distress call to the police.

Odoro said “we received a distress call that over 50 thugs were harassing innocent people at Aloyunkewu, Imole n fe Alaafia street, Lion Junction, Ori Eeru, Oke Allahu all at Oke Baale area in Osogbo and that peoples’ lives were in danger.”


“Policemen were deployed to the scene swiftly to rescue people and when the police patrol team got there, the thugs attacked the policemen with dangerous weapons. The Commissioner of Police in the state; Mr Fimihan Adeoye has ordered a full scale investigation into the matter,” Odoro said

The PPRO told our correspondent that the policeman that open fire on the deceased has been arrested and detained for proper investigation and that the authority will ensure that justice is done.