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.

Social Security: Understudying Osun Social Protection Model

Since 2010 when the current administration was enthroned in the State of Osun, it has been a mix of commendations and condemnations, particularly on the social protection programmes of the administration. It is condemnations for those who have made up their minds to play politics with impactful initiatives of the government and commendations for the majority who appreciate the goods that the policy has brought. KEHINDE AYANTUNJI writes on the global attentions that have been shifted to the state due to its Social Protection Model

 

Since the return of democracy in 1999, Social Protection Programmes have attracted less attention on the part of the federal government and the 36 states of the federation, despite the clarity of the chapter 2 of the 1999 constitution, that it shall be the fundamental obligation of the government. Perhaps, there are more reasons the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) of the constitution introduced unenforceable clauses to those provisions. It has been held severally by the competent courts of jurisdiction that Section 13 to 24 that specified very essence of government in Nigeria constitution is not enforceable.

The implication is that government at all levels in the country are at liberty to choose which part of the sections of the chapter to comply to or even has capacity to implement; such contradictions will definitely compel someone to question the wisdom of the drafting committee that if a particular section that imposed economy and social prosperity burden of Nigeria on government at all levels are not enforceable, then, what is the basis of that law that has failed to tie power with responsibility.

Funny enough, since 1999, the said chapter occupies the centre stage in the manifesto of political aspirants with promises to initiate social protection programmes that will alleviate poverty and bring economic prosperities to the people at all levels. Two major aspect that aspirants and their parties periodically dwell so much on are wealth and job creation which they identified as main challenges to an average Nigerian, but after attaining power, there would be little or no commitment to those promises of theirs.

Social protection, as defined by the United Nations Research Institute For Social Development, is concerned with preventing, managing, and overcoming situations that adversely affect people’s wellbeing. It consists of policies and programmes designed to reduce poverty and vulnerability by promoting efficient labour markets, diminishing people’s exposure to risks, and enhancing their capacity to manage economic and social risks, such as unemployment, exclusion, sickness, disability and old age.

Global good governance and social protection index rating in order of prominence are; youth employment, poverty and malnutrition, and old age protection. These three categories of developmental index are major challenges in Nigeria and it appears governments at all levels are not paying much attention to them. Apart from unemployment that some states in Nigeria are minimally addressing through skill acquisitions and agricultural development, less attention have been given to malnutrition and old age protection.

Analysts believed that the psychology of governments at all levels in Nigeria is that investments in the area of malnutrition and old age protection is expensive and not so visible for political consideration, therefore it is of less priority to many states. Averagely, state governments in Nigeria believe to build bridge where there is no river for people to see for political consideration and commendations than investing on elderly people who are vulnerable and incapacitated by nature to earn for their living.  The unemployment rate in Nigeria increased to 14.2 per cent in the last quarter of 2016  from 10.4 per cent in 2015 while malnutrition contributes to the deaths of about a half-million Nigerian children each year.

But despite the good, bad and the ugly, global attention is shifting to Osun state western part of Nigeria. It appeared that the state is fast becoming the standard of social protection services in Nigeria with its 6 years sustainable social protection policies. In the history of the state or any other state in Nigeria, such quantum of resources has never been concentrated on social protection services which include youth employments, children nutrition and old age welfarism protection.  Since 2010 up till date, the state has committed N200million on Youths Empowerment Scheme (OYES) and about N240million on School Feeding, popularly called O’MEAL. The youths that were considered for the OYES were trained and gainfully engaged in community services, neighbourhood security, paramedics, traffic marshals and environmental monitors amongst others. A huge sum of money is also being committed to the payment of monthly stipend to selected vulnerable elderly citizens, under the Agba Osun (Osun Elders) programme.

Besides, the state government has been committing resources to the treatment of destitute, particularly the mentally challenged citizens and rehabilitating them through its O’REHAB programme before integrating them back to the society and with their family.

As at December, 2016, the state government has served 200,000,000 plates of food for the school children in elementary school between primary 1- 4, the Governor, Rauf Aregbesola has revealed at a programme recently. At the heat of economic recession since 2014 which badly hit the state to the extent of resulting to payment of modulated salary structures to workers, the government never considered scrapping the school feeding programme for over 250,000 children daily and employment scheme that was gulping N200million monthly despite glaring overwhelming cash crunch.

Such courage is scarce according to Dr Ida Ibraheem, who was part of the United Nation International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) study tour to the state recently. He said social protection policies generally denotes the full range of organised activities of voluntary and governmental agencies that seek to prevent, alleviate, or contribute to the solution of recognised social problems, or to improve the wellbeing of individuals, groups, or communities.

He said the economic interconnectivity of such social protection policies could not be quantified in any way with revolving cash involved. “That is one of the courage Governor Rauf Aregbesola has demonstrated in governance, for not sacrificing such key indices to economic survival; the cash and other resources involved are revolving within the economy and that is the secret of economic stability of the state despite recession. If other states in Nigeria are investing as huge as that in the economy, Nigeria may not substantially feel the impact of the economic recession.

According to Ibraheem, a social worker “in many ways, measures which benefit individuals are important for society: societies are, after all, made up of people. But there is an aim which also can be seen as more of a benefit to the whole society than for any person within it. The social protection policies can, for example, reinforce economic policy, they can be seen as a way to achieve equality or social justice, and they may be an instrument of social change, they can also, conversely, be a means of maintaining social order.”

Apart from the fact that the All Progressive Congress (APC)-led government at the national level in 2016 modeled its youths empowerment scheme called N-POWER, and school feeding initiatives using Osun’s templates. In 2013, Osun recorded least unemployment rate and least poverty index in Nigeria, despite its meagre resources. The report was published in 2013 by the National Bureau of Statistics.  Five states in the lowest unemployment rate in Nigeria  as at then was Abia 11 per cent, Oyo Nine per cent, Lagos Eight per cent, Kwara Seven per cent and Osun Three per cent.

On the poverty index, Osun was rated second only to Niger State in 2013 and marrying the state  performance on unemployment with its connections on poverty index,  the cpnclusion that Osun has become a model in linking social protection with alleviation of poverty and economic prosperity and has fought poverty passionately through its interventions is not far-fetched.

The state giant strides was also acknowledged and commended recently by the United State Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington who described the social protection programmes of Governor Aregbesola as a clear testimony of democracy and good governance in operation. The American envoy lauded the state government for running an impactful people-oriented social protection programmes in spite of the economic challenges facing Nigeria.

Symington  who applauded the infrastructural development in the state said, amongst the best of the administration were various social intervention programmes,  especially job and wealth creation, saying, that was the more reason envoys and development partners are always interested in coming to the state to learn.

He said, “The state is on a steady growth, I so much appreciate good roads. This state is investing so much in roads infrastructure and it’s very good for the future and overall development, but beyond this, among the very best of this administration are your various social intervention programmes; you are helping in creating jobs and wealth, no wonder people always come to your state to learn”.

Also, the succeeding social protection programme of the governor also recently attracted the convergence of leadership of United Nation Children Fund (UNICEF) and 15 states across Nigeria on social protection study tour on issues bothering on the survival of the ordinary man, particularly the rising wave of unemployment and the widening gap between the rich and the poor to further shape the development interventions in Nigeria.

At a dinner marking the end of the tour which held in Osogbo, the state capital, UNICEF described Governor Aregbesola, as a symbol of service to the course of human development with his commitment to human and infrastructure development since he assumed office in 2010.

Field Services Chief of UNICEF Nigeria, Dr. Annefrida Kisessa said Osun is an example of good governance with its social protection programmes adjudged to be the best in the country  and has been assessed to be one of the most impactful, beneficial and rewarding.

According to her, “I have visited about 15 to 20 states in Nigeria and since I have been visiting, I have not seen a leader like Aregbesola with rare passion for people’s welfare. I have seen your passion to banish poverty, banish hunger, restore healthy living, promote functional and quality education for your people among others. I have seen your passion to develop your people and your state. I am really proud of your achievements because I have seen your indelible legacies in all sectors.

Stressing further, “With what I have seen, it is clear that Osun has shown that education is the key to development. Your programmes are no doubt centred on the people, as your social protection projects are designed to better the lives of your people, especially the less privileged, vulnerable and downtrodden.

“The reflections of your initiatives like O’MEAL, O’YES, O’HUB, O’REAP, O’AMBULANCE, among others have direct impact on the lives of the people as we can all attested to during the course of this visit. I am also happy because all the achievements of this state are properly and accurately documented. I have seen that Osun has genuine statistics and data base for all its programmes.

“Osun is a place I will like to be. I am very impressed with the quality of Osun Social Protection Programme. This shows the quality of Aregbesola’s leadership. It shows that Aregbesola is a very good leader and a symbol of service to humanity. I have come, I have seen and I have many memories to talk about.”

Director General, Office of Economic Development and Partnership, Dr. Charles Diji Akinola, said the social protection programmes of Osun has indeed helped to ameliorate poverty and improved the wellbeing of the citizenry since Aregbesola became governor.

He said the state had been further encouraged by the supports from agencies locally and internationally, saying the contribution of UNICEF in consolidating and solidifying the initiatives of Osun government on its life-long human and capital development projects remains commendable.

“About two years ago, Osun Government had collaborated with the UNICEF on the need to strengthen the state’s social protection programme. Today, the visit of the leadership of the UNICEF to Osun is a demonstration of the robust relationship, between the organisation and the state.

“The idea behind this partnership is to consolidate on the Osun’s social protection programmes, which has been the central concern of this administration. 13 of these projects would be discussed and shared with the visiting team. We have been encouraged with what UNICEF had done in ensuring a mutually-beneficial partnership,” he said.

Zamfara State Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Moukhtar Luga said that Aregbesola is one of the successful Nigerian politicians that have made the country proud. He noted that the governor has changed the face of governance in such a way that old beliefs and practices have been remodeled.

Sokoto State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sheu Balarabe, said he was elated to see the achievements of the state in all sectors. He described as heart-warming all he saw on his tour of some of the facilities, saying all the governor’s intervention programmes are highly conscious of the people.

The Lagos State Director of Economic Partnership, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Adejola Bankole, noted that with what he has seen in Osun, it is clear that all negative reporting in the newspapers are being concocted by some people to discredit Aregbesola’s administration.

He said that all he had seen contradicted adverse things that people have been reading on the pages of the newspapers.

Traditionalists Blame Religious Leaders For Disintegration Of Societal Values

By Shina Abubakar

Yoruba traditional religion worshippers have identified the inadequacies of religious leaders as one of the major factors contributing to the disintegration of societal values across the Nigeria.

They stated this, as majority of traditionalists across all the Local Government Areas in the State of Osun recently converged on Technical School playing ground in celebration of the 2017 Isese Day to commemorate world traditional religious day.

The United Nations had declared August 20 as world Traditional Religious Day to celebrate the commencement of traditional calendar, especially, the Yoruba New Year.

At the gathering for this year celebration, the traditionalists made public spiritual messages for the New Year and urged every stakeholder to adhere to the message to ensure peace reign supreme in the state and country as a whole.

The group declared that all religious leaders must adhere to the do’s and don’ts of their religious beliefs, saying the inadequacies of religious leaders were major factors contributing to the disintegration of societal values across the country.

It insisted that religious leaders must lead by example and focus on their spiritual roles and live by such religious ethos.

According to the revelation, the youths must desist from illicit act, social vices and stay away from abuse of drugs, while the women must steer clear of promiscuity in order to live a happy life in the future, otherwise they would face irredeemable consequences in the future.

According to Priest Fagbenle Adedayo, all stakeholders must work together to further inculcate and educate youths on the significance of Yoruba values to the safety of their future and the wellbeing of the society.

It also urged the state government to be thorough in its transactions with its partners to avoid being duped and should put measures in place to ensure the recovery of the state looted fund, saying the future is bright for the state.

Part of the seven day activities include visitations, offering of prayers for the country and its leaders at the palace of Ooni of Ife, presentation of Public lecture on the need to restore Yoruba moral values in youths as well as oral folklore competition among the various zones in the state.

Other activities used to mark the event include traditional dance competition, traditional games, football competition, as well as visitation to General Hospital, Ede to offer gift and prayers to the sick ones.

At the grand finale, the Araba Awo of Osogbo, Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon offered prayer for the country, state and the leaders for peace, prosperity, wisdom and good health.

The highlight of the event include march-past by various traditional religion devotees, such as Olokun, Oloya, Olosun, Eleegun, Obatala devotees among others as well as traditional dances.

Ilesa East Council Boss Bags Award Of Excellence

The Executive Secretary, Ilesa East Local Government, Mrs. Adeoye Olusola has been honoured with an Award of Excellence as an outstanding leader, an achiever and a patriotic Nigerian who has contributed immensely to the development of her council. 

According to a statement by the Information Officer of the council, Kazeem Opatunji, the award was conferred on her by the Credible and Strong Saron Communication Limited, Abuja, a registered organisation saddled with the responsibilities of national development and promotion of safe and non-violent society where mutual understanding exist to provide enabling environment for human development.

The communication outfit also serves as a watchdog in the society by contributing immensely to the checks and balances of the Nigerian leaders, especially those in government saddled with the responsibilities of moving the nation forward.

The Chief Executive officer of the outfit, Mr. Samson while presenting the award, described the honour as a reward for hard work and ginger pill for her to do more towards the political growth and development of the nation.

While responding, the awardee said, the honour has imposed fresh challenges on her towards the development of the council area, saying that her commitment was borne out of her concern towards development in line with Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration.

Noting that she would not relent in giving back to the society, she said that her focus was to make the council area a reference point across the country.

Adeoye who attributed the successes she had recorded to the support from his cabinet members and professionals in the Local Government council urged them to continue to give their best in line with their mandate.

In her goodwill message, the Council Manager of Ilesa East, Alhaja Muslimat Alabi welcomed the management of the outfit and stressed that the award would propelled the council management to want to do more.

Noting that she was not surprised about the activities of the council management under Olusola Adeoye, she hinted that as a woman, she has demonstrated high senses of responsibilities towards the development of the council area.

In his own contribution, one of the caretaker members, Olufemi Olayinka appreciated God for being with the Local Government management and appreciated the Communication outfit for deeming it fit to reward the council boss.

He described Adeoye as a natural, loyal, hardworking and woman with clean heart, commending the heads of various departments for their contribution and support towards the development of the council area.

Isokan Council Boss Lauds Impact Of NYSC Scheme On Youths

The Executive Secretary, Isokan South Local Council Development Area, Ikoyi, State of Osun. Hon. Oyelami Wasiu has commended the founding fathers of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) for their foresight, saying the scheme has ensured unity and expanded knowledge of educated young men and women from different ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Hon. Oyelami made this assertion at the inauguration/welcome ceremony for the pioneer NYSC members posted to his council, held at Iyo Hall, Ikoyi-Osun.

He reiterated that due to the roles the scheme played in the service of the Corp members, any financial commitment on their welfare would not be considered a waste, but sensible and profitable investment which would benefit the future of the young ones and the country at large.

He then charged the Corp members to form NYSC Community Development Groups towards provision of Holiday/Evening coaching classes for younger ones, provision of legal aids and services to the people, provision of adequate information and education on prevention, management and control of HIV / AlDS, and among others, as well as introduction of sporting activities on competitive level to schools.

The Executive Secretary also charged them not to relent in both their primary and secondary assignment and be role models to their host communities.

He cautioned the corp members to avoid unnecessary travelling and trespassing with a view to guaranteeing their security, just as he urged the host communities to cooperate fully with the NYSC member posted to the LCDA.

Wishing them successful services to their fatherland, the council boss advised the corps members not to look for a white-collar job after service, but to create employment opportunities for people.

The council manager, Alhaji Sheu Ajibade also encouraged the corps members to engage in agriculture and assured that the council would assist any one of them who is interested in farming morally and financially.