Noble Actor, Osun Govt To Hold Maiden Sports Festival

By Solomon Odeniyi

An Osun-based group, Noble Actor Global Resources Limited says it will be collaborating with the Department of Sport and Ministry of Social Protection, Sports and Special Need in Osun to organise the first ever Sports Festival in the state.

The festival, a 15-day event is billed to hold between 5th and 19th of October, 2018.

According to the convener, Taofik Lawal, the Osun Sport Festival would be chaired by former Super Eagles coach and FIFA instructor, Chief Adegboyega Onigbinde, noting that the festival would engage the entire local government areas of the state in the over 15 sports including the traditional sports.

He noted that the event was necessitated by their understanding of sports as an inestimable tool of unity and a veritable means by which to engage young people with elaborate sporting talents.

Lawal added that over the past years, sporting event of this dimension has proven to be more than necessary as new talents who are not yet discovered in the agrarian settlement in the state would be unveiled.

He however, stated that the absence of private sector participation in sports in the state has served as a clog in the wheel in reviving active sports in the state, urging private organisations to invest heavily in sports as they stand to gain a lot helping to build a formidable sporting tradition in the state.

He said: “There is a lot the private stand to benefit apart from the moral task of social/corporate responsibility. The development of the European League is a clear example of what both community and private sector stand to benefit. The idealistic fulfillment that comes with helping to expose raw talents to the cheering eyes of millions of viewers worldwide and innumerable talent scout also comes with the benefit of endearing the product of the partnering corporate bodies into the hearts of millions of viewers in the world.’’

The Commissioner of Social Protection, Sports and Special Need, Mr Biyi Odunlade, who was represented by Gbenga Olanrewaju, appreciated the group for partnering in sport development in the state, saying more of this event would help engage the youths, which would help sustain the peace witnessed in the state as well as stimulate unity among the populace in the state.

He added that events of this nature would provide an opportunity to scout for new talents waiting to be discovered, assuring the group the best among the athletes discovered will be trained and prepared for the national sports festival in November and believed they would make the state proud just like Mujidat and her counterpart in Commonwealth games.

Osun Govt Assures Residents Of Adequate Security Of Lives, Property

The state Government of Osun has assured the people of the state of adequate security of their lives and property.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Adelani Baderinwa said the government has not relented on its efforts in providing maximum security and ensuring peace and harmony in the state.

He attributed the peaceful atmosphere of the state to proactiveness and security consciousness of Governor Rauf Aregbesola and the social justice being rendered by his administration.

He stated this while answering journalists’ questions on Monday while speaking on the recent security breach of multiple bank robberies in Offa, Kwara state that led to several deaths and loss of huge amount of currencies vis-à-vis relative peace been enjoyed in the State of Osun.

Baderinwa maintained that the essence of governance is to ensure peace, harmony and security of lives and property of the people, stating that Aregbesola had taken the bull by the horn in ensuring that every citizen of the state is protected and people could sleep with their two eyes closed.

According to the commissioner, Osun is being rated one of the five top most peaceful states in Nigeria because Aregbesola’s administration has put in place adequate security measures that make it difficult for crime perpetrations to thrive.

He said: “Aregbesola was perhaps the most prepared person for governorship position. He had his practical manifestoes for the smooth running of office.

“One of the Six Integral Action Plan of Aregbesola’s government is Communal Peace and Progress. Essence of government is to ensure peace and harmony and social justice in the land, and that is what Aregbesola is offering the people of the state

“Aregbesola had been proactive on provision of security of lives and property of the people in the state. And that is why we are enjoying peace in the state of Osun. He procured and distributed 125 security patrol vehicles and 25 Armoured Personnel Carrier to security agencies in the state to enhance security of the state.”

Baderinwa commiserated with the Kwara state government, the Olofa of Offa, Oba Muftau Gbadamosi and the Nigeria Police Force on the robbery incident that claimed many lives.

The commissioner spoke further: “Provision of security in every society begins with ensuring protection of lives and property and putting in place social justice and equity that ensure youth engagement. These two aspects of governance are strategic to curtailing crimes in the society, and I am happy that Osun people know that Aregbesola has ensured social justice and engaged the youths positively.

Besides, the Aregbesola’s administration in 2012 procured and distributed 125 security patrol vehicles and 25 modern Armoured Personnel Carrier to security agencies in the state. This has enhanced the security of lives and property in the state.”

Baderinwa tasked the people of the state on community policing, saying that security is a collective effort and required the cooperation of all stakeholders.

He urged the people to be vigilant and conscious of everybody in their neighbourhood, just as he assured them of adequate security of lives and property.


Stakeholders Score Osun High On Public Procurement Policy

By Solomon Odeniyi

Stakeholders have scored the government of the State of Osun high in the implementation of the State Public Procurement Law.

They spoke at a sensitisation workshop on Public Procurement Reform and Understanding of the provision of the State of Osun Public Procurement Law in Osogbo on Tuesday.

In their separate remarks, the state Commissioner for Finance, Mr Bola Oyebamiji and the General Manager, Osun Public Procurement Agency, Mr  Ayodele Fatoberu said the insistence on due process has guaranteed value for money  in the procurement process in the state.

Oyebamiji noted that with a keen determination to overturn the doldrums that have perverse and constrained the state from joining some other developed states, the administration has initiated reform programmes that were internationally accepted as bedrock for promoting best practice in public finance management.

He said: “Of note, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola administration revised the outdated Tax Administration Law, by passing a new one in 2012 along side Osun Fiscal Responsibility Law, and Bond Administration Law among others.

“With the vision of transforming and repositioning Osun as industrial and commercial hub, the government prioritised infrastructural development in all the nooks and crannies of the state.

“Recognising the pivotal roles of institutionalising sound public procurement system, particularly in promoting probity, and effective use of public resources, the Aregbesola administration set the machinery in motion to develop Public Procurement Bill, and passed in February 2015 and automatically become legal instrument for conducting public procurement in Osun”, he noted.

According to Oyebamiji, with the operation of the law, the state government has also developed ‘Standard Bidding Document for Works, Goods and Consultancy Services’.

Speaking earlier, Fatoberu who described public procurement as the basis of transparency, accountability and value for money commended the state government for allowing the state Public Procurement Law to work well.

He said that the law is now being institutionalised in all the local government council areas of the state, saying the essence of the gathering  is to sensitise the stakeholders on how the law works and the sanctions attached to it under the law.


Council Boss Charges Youth Corps Members To Be Job Creators

All outgoing and serving corps members in Orolu Local Government have been charged to be creative, self-reliant and independent instead of searching for white-collar jobs after service year.

This charge was given last week at the Kingdom hall by the executive chairman of Orolu local government council area, Hon Adekunle Benson during the Easter Picnic fiesta organised by the council for all serving and outgoing corps members in the local government area.

This is contained in a statement issued and released by his Media Assistant, Mr Alao Waheed.

Benson enjoined the corps members to assist government in reducing unemployment rate in the country, advising them to focus on skill acquisition, skill development and expertise that would make them to be job creators and self-dependent rather than job seekers.

According to him, “I will like to advise you all, to legitimately engage in anything that will make you to be self-employed, as white collar jobs are very scarce and even no longer available for almost all employable graduates,”said the council boss.

He further said, “I must also advise you that white-collar jobs are not even lucrative anymore, but you will conquer poverty once you are creative and engage in self-help jobs”.

He further charged the corps members to be hard working and contribute their quota to the educational development of students, state as well as the task of achieving a united, peaceful, and egalitarian society, noting that they are the future leaders of the nation, as he promised them unflinching support in any project or programme that would benefit people of the community they are serving.

In his remark, the Head Of Department of Community Development and Information, Alh Kasim commended the corps members for making remarkable impacts in education sector for the betterment of tomorrow’s leaders and for the development of the state, enjoining them to be hard working and serve as a good role model.

He said that securing automatic employment from the government or private organisations in the country is no longer automatic, saying that corps members need to learn something and become independent after the service.

While speaking, the local government inspector of the NYSC in Orolu, Mrs. Jimoh commended the local government authority for the laudable gesture, stating that the programme is the first of its kind to be held by the council.

She therefore congratulated the outgoing corps members for successfully passing through the four cardinal points of the scheme, Orientation, Primary Assignment, Community Development Service and Passing out, urging them to be diligent and innovative.

Speaking on behalf of the corps members, Mr Silvester thanked the local government authority especially the executive chairman of the council for everything he has been doing, promising that corps members would try and redouble their efforts at making students excel in their studies.

Dignitaries at the programme include; the vice chairman of Orolu local government, Hon Toyin Adeleke; Leader of the house, Hon Durodola Rafiu; his deputy, Hon Ganiyu Isiaka; the councillor representing Olufon ward 5, Hon Opeyemi Razaq; the council manager, Alhaja Nimotallahi Olagunju; councillors, Civil servants, political leaders and members among others.

Selection Process For New Olubosin Will Be Rancour-free, Says Balogun Of Ifetedo

By Shina Abubakar

Indigenes of Ifetedo, Ife-South Local Government have been assured of a transparent process in the selection of another monarch to fill the vacant stool of the Olubosin of Ifetedo.

Balogun of Ifetedo, High Chief Akin Akinrera, gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen during the Interdenominational Service organised by the community in honour of the late monarch, Oba Isaac Adebare Ilori, who became Oba at the age of 76 in 2010, and passed on after 8 years of eventful reign.

He said the legacy of peace left behind by Oba Adebare would be sustained.

Akinrera said:” I contested the stool with the late Oba Adebare but he was made an Oba in November, 2010.

“The monarch that reigned before him created crisis in Ifetedo. So, upon his demise, we could not move forward for two years. Oba Adebare did not say because I contested with him, two months after he was made an Oba, he elevated me from the position of lesser chief I was.

“Unknown to me, he had good plans for me. He wanted an elite in major position of authority and his plans worked out well. Few months after my elevation, the next in rank to Olubosin died and I was made Balogun.

“According to 1959 Chieftaincy Declaration guiding emergence of Oba in Ifetedo, when an Olubosin joins his ancestors, Balogun automatically becomes Olubosin. I appeal to our people to ensure the legacy of peace and large heartedness left behind by late Oba Adebare is sustained.

“I have promised to keep Ifetedo together in peace as done by the late Oba Adebare. It is tough call but we owe the memory of our late monarch that duty.”

Speaking in similar vein, the chairman, Ifetedo Progressive Union (IPU), Mr. Gbenga Ojuade and Hon Folorunsho Bamisayemi, the member representing Ife South State Consistency in the Osun House of Assembly, said Oba Adebare’s peaceful stance, saved the town from crises when it was thrown into darkness for almost three years.

Ojuade said: “for three years, we were in darkness in this town. Our people could not bear it again at a point, but late Oba Adebare insisted they should not resort to violence. He managed the situation well. May God rest his soul, amen. We will miss him.

Meanwhile, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has been urged to relocate more colleges of Osun state University (UNIOSUN) to Ifetedo, the headquarters of Ife South local government area of the state, the town which currently hosts the institution’s Faculty of Law.

This, according to the Executive Secretary, Ife South local government area, Mr. Ayodeji Adegbite, will enable residents of the host community to feel the full impact of having a university campus in the town.

Aide Calls For More Support For Aregbesola’s Education Reforms

Special Adviser, Osun Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, has called on stakeholders in the education sector to give more support to Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s bid to overhaul the education sector in the state.

He said that in seven years of the Aregbesola administration, it has been proved that so much can still be done with so little.

Okanlawon, who was the chairman at the Triennial congress of the Ansar-ud-deen Society of Nigeria (Osun Branch), held in Iwo between Friday and Sunday, said Aregbesola government’s vision in education tallied well with the mission of the Islamic society which he said began as a movement to give Muslims quality education without surrendering their faith.

Okanlawon while addressing delegates to the Congress, urged the stakeholders in Osun, including religious organisations to support the Rauf Aregbesola administration in its bid to fully overhaul the education sector in the state.

He said with education as the first basic reason for the formation of the society 95 years ago, it is incumbent on the society to support a government that gives its all to the promotion of education and advancement of knowledge.


BOSS Has Saved Almost N9 Billion For Osun – Ifaturoti

By Solomon Adeniyi

The Director-General, Bureau of Social Services (BOSS), Office of the Governor of Osun, Mr. Olufemi Ifaturoti has said his agency has saved approximately N9 billion for the state since its establishment, a feat which he maintained is unprecedented in the annals of the 27-year-old state.

The agency according to him, was created out of the desire to ensure total delivery of value for the public being served

Mr. Ifaturoti stated this while granting audience to the Nigerian Television Authority, Ibadan Network Centre delegation led by its Zonal Director, Mrs. Jennifer Famosinpe in his office in Oshogbo.

The Director-General stated that BOSS is a product of series of brainstorming sessions before the advent of the present Rauf Aregbesola’s administration where it was discovered that strict adherence to merit is pivotal to the success of every serious minded administration.

Ifaturoti who went down the memory lane as he recounted developments recorded before the advent of the present administration in the state with specific reference to a retreat anchored by himself together with Amb. Olu Otunla, Dr. Charles Akinola and Mr. Kola Omotunde-Young which comprised of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and his then colleagues in the Lagos State Executive Council, maintained that the parley came up with a sixteen paged communique which was meticulously compressed into the Green Book (My Pact With The People of Osun) out of the desire to produce a handy material in both English and Yoruba.

The Legal Luminary told the delegation that the unparalleled success recorded by the Rauf Aregbesola’s administration is not unconnected to his painstaking preparation for the office he is presently occupying since 2005 after he expressed his intention for the highest office in the Land of Virtue.

Mr. Ifaturoti, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Arbitrators, stated that in its quest at enhancing public value delivery through its Projects’ Monitoring and Surveillance operations, the agency visited every road construction site across the state between 5 and 9 times, adding that the distance covered is a similitude of driving from Osogbo all the way to the United Kingdom.

He asserted that OYES which has empowered about 45,000 youths domiciled in Osun, came into being to address employability and successful career issues, maintaining that the resounding success recorded by OYES cannot be unconnected with the unparalleled commitment of Ogbeni Aregbesola who as far back as 2008 about two years before his assumption of duty reiterated his readiness to make use of his security vote as Governor to finance OYES if that is the only option available for him for the  programme not to fail.

He maintained that YESSO which is a World Bank-assisted support operation designed to tackle poverty and vulnerability  is an offshoot of the highly successful OYES initiative of the Aregbesola’s administration, adding that YESSO through its Community Based Targeting Exercise has generated the Single Register of the Poor and Vulnerable Households in the state widely adjudged to be credible from where the public workfare, skills for job, conditional cash transfer and other subsequent interventions of Government have been mining their potential beneficiaries.

Present at the interactive session was the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa


Osun Assembly Frowns At Business Owners Avoiding Taxes

By Israel Afolabi

The State of Osun House of Assembly has frowned at business owners that circumvent payment of tariffs and levies to the coffers of the state government.

Chairman House committee on Environment and Sanitation, Hon Ajibola Akinloye stated this on Thursday at a meeting with representatives of Charcoal dealers and officials in charge of forestry in the state at the Assembly Complex Osogbo.

Akinloye made it known that this is the second meeting held with the association to let permanent peace reign in the State and to iron out the issues in connection with their businesses, adding that it will ensure that no category of people in the charcoal business is made to carry the burden of levies and tariffs payment on behalf of others.

According to him, business men and women should avoid cutting corners in their business transaction in the state, because government is trying to do its best to develop the state, saying the House will take a bold step on Charcoal producers that are not paying their dues and tariff to the government.

However, he charged the forest guards not to overcharge the people in order to avoid fraudulent act and unethical practice in forestry activities.

He also maintained that the legislators will soon hold a meeting with Charcoal producers in the state to achieve mutual understanding of government policy on forestry activities.

In his contribution, member of the committee, Hon. Ibrahim Gbadebo urged the Charcoal dealer association to assist government with their taxes and other levies for state to generate revenue.

He advised the Association Executives to embrace openness and unity in their business transactions and comply with rules and regulations.

Meanwhile, in his reaction, the Special Assistance to the Governor on Forestry Mr. Gbemileke Ayanbunmi explained that government only charges levies on charcoal producers not the sellers.

According to him, there is nothing like double taxation in the state, forestry charges are meant for the Charcoal producer not for the sellers”.

Speaking earlier, Chairman and Secretary of Charcoal Dealers Association in the state, Mr Adisa Akinloye and Mrs. Bola Ayankanye explained the difficulty often encountered while the charcoals are on transit to the town.

They stated that their resolve to be paying levies on behalf of producers was to fast-track their trading activities.

They also pleaded with the House to find lasting solution to their problems and requested that government should reduce the charges to N50.00 per bag.

Osun Govt’s Borrowing For Infrastructural Development Laudable – Economic Expert

By Ismail Kolapo

An economic expert from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Dr. Tunji Ogunyemi, has said the idea of the State Government of Osun borrowing to uplift, upgrade and boost the infrastructural potentials of the state is a step in the right direction.

Dr Ogunyemi stated this while featuring on a radio programme monitored by our correspondent in Osogbo on Tuesday.

He said the need for infrastructural development in a state like Osun cannot be over-emphasized owing to its immense contributions to human capital development.

The financial expert also commended the present administration under the leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for using the money borrowed in an effective way which will in turn improve the standard of living of the people in the state.

He maintained that, there is no way government can touch the lives of the citizens without borrowing with the situation of Nigeria’s economy where little revenue accrues to the states.

According to him, “When you go for borrowing, you must use it for investment especially infrastructure.”

“Osun has borrow more than 50% of the total revenue to 150% its legal responsibility. If Osun is not borrowing there would not be any development because the monthly allocation that is available for the state is what civil servants have in salaries and significant development will not come.”

“Why is Osun government going to borrow, it is borrowing to build roads, railway, bridges and schools for the development of the state,” he remarked.

Osun 2018: Irewole APC Elders Back Osun West For Governorship Ticket

The Elders forum of the All Progressives Congress in Irewole Local Government Council of the State of Osun has called on the party to zone its governorship ticket to the Osun West Senatorial District.

This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the Elders’ Forum meeting held on Friday in Ikire and signed by its Chairman and Public Relations Officer,  Alhaji  Ayoade Olubowale and Dr.  Ajelere Ajewumi respectively.

It reads: “That members of the Elders’ Forum, having felt the pulse of the entire party members as well as voters in the community, resolved to fully back the call that APC should pick its governorship candidate from Osun West Senatorial District.

“That APC State Elders’ Forum (Igbimo Agba) should throw its weight behind Osun West Senatorial District in the selection of the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the interest of justice, fairness, equity and party integrity.

“That we took this decision having realised that the past Governors of the state had established a rotational pattern which began with Osun West (Gov. Isiaka Adeleke’s 1 years and 10 months only) followed by Osun Central (Gov. Bisi Akande’s 4 years and Gov. Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s 7 and a half years) and currently, Osun East (Gov. Rauf Aregbesola’s 8 years). It is only fair that Osun West should be allowed to take its rightful turn”.

They added that the forum is committed to the ideals of the APC and leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola leadership, hence, this catalysed their decision to appeal for the zoning of the ticket to the district.

Towards An Enduring Peace In Ile-Ife

By Sola Jacobs

Peace is not a state of absolutely no trouble. When a society is peaceful, an individual or group is not perturbed but rather remain calm. Peace is an essential brick for nation building and developments in any society.

In allusion to the biblical Solomon, who ascended the throne of Israel and was confronted with numerous challenges of governing a controversial nation like the then Israel, he asked God for two major things; wisdom and understanding which are essential tools for a successful leadership, having realised that peace is a quintessential tool to having a good and developed society.

The reign of Ooni Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja, II in Ile-Ife could be related to that of biblical Solomon as he knows that he needs peace, wisdom and understanding to lead the source of the black race, the cradle of civilisation. He quickly saddled himself with the business of making peace across various tribes and people not only in Nigeria but even in the diaspora.

This singular move endears him to many hearts including those who had not ebeen opportuned to met him.

But it is a known fact that after every conquest, there is a still land to conquer, thus the question, is Ile-Ife itself peaceful within? Every society has its challenges and disagreement is evident in human existence. So Ile-Ife, being a land of the living and not the dead, there could be noise, there could be disagreement, there could be rivalry, there could be envy but alas there must be peace.

Earlier this year, there was controversy in the Ancient City over “Ewi conundrum” which was said to be produced by an “unknown author” which tends to breed discord between the Kabiyesi and some of his subjects.

Reports from Ile-Ife revealed that the “Maye of the source” Dr Rahman Adedoyin was a strong contender of the throne of Oodua and immediately after the installation of the Ooni Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, he had been offered Olive branch, as Ooni deliberately paid him a visit in his residence in Eleyele quarters as a father and royal brother and tasked him on the development of the Ancient city. He sought the cooperation of all the indigenes as he cannot do it alone.

As a royal father, without the cooperation of all his subjects, just as Yoruba proverbs say “Agbajo owo la fi n soya”, meaning that to steer things right in the town, all hands must be on deck”, with this gesture it is a cheering news that really, Ooni Ogunwusi is a peace lover.

But it was alleged that utterances and dispositions of Dr Rahman Adedoyin to issues and matters that relate to the foremost royal father portrays that he is yet to come to reality that Ooni Ogunwusi is the supreme monarch of Ifeland.

The disposition of Oba Adeoye Adefarakan after being fingered as the sponsor of the alleged “Ewi” that ridiculed the highest stool in yorubaland could be said to be tied to his “activist” style but with no concrete evidence. However, Yoruba had this proverb that “Whosoever that shy in dealing with his own siblings from the same mother, other siblings from his father will not fear him’ hence leading to the arraignment of Oba Adefarakan in February, coinciding with his 63rd birthday before an Ile-Ife magistrate court on four-count charge over an Ewi conundrum and his subsequent remand at Ile-Ife Prison, Kosere for 14 days.

Most of the people outside Ife reacting to the reports are of the opinion that if Oba Adefarakan is not of Ife extract, what is more serious and dangerous could have happened, but thank God for the intervention of Ife indigenes in diaspora and within, as well as some friends and lovers of peace that mediated in the crisis.

The most cheering of it all is that Oba Adefarakan had since regained his freedom while all charges against him had been quashed, that is the spirit of forgiveness: to err is human and to forgive is divine.

But the begging question is that is the present peace in Ile-Ife an enduring one, has all the factions, individuals and group sheath their swords? Time and events has way of revealing the truth as well as the responses of leaders to situations arising.

Now that Oba Adefarakan had regained his freedom and charges against him had been quashed, Ife had won the battle again, as what could had strained the peaceful atmosphere of the ancient city had been wisely truncated, and every effort to plunge the city into any internal crises must be jealously guided as the house that is divided against itself will suffer defeat.

Ife has many enemies to conquer ranging from youth joblessness, underdevelopment, lack of infrastructures, lack of unity and purpose, unpatriotic acts among indigenes and selfishness of some individuals to conquer. But to add division and internal wrangling to these societal enemies is suicidal, as many are watching what will become of a preacher without peace in his abode.

Therefore, it should be an imperative sincere desire for everyone, as an Ife indigene and of pure Yoruba extracts to see that peace reigns in Ifeland and the state of Osun in particular but it requires concerted effort of internal reconciliation, building bridge of love and forgiveness, selflessness and perseverance just as the biblical injunction stated “He that must be great among you, must accept the kingdom of God like of these little children”. The peace of Ife, is the peace of the entire Yoruba race.