Two Thieves Nabbed Within A Day In Osun Community

By Nofisat Marindoti

Two different gangs of thieves have been arrested between the evening of yesterday (Monday) and the early hours of today (Tuesday) around Oke-baale community in the State of Osun.

While the first suspect was nabbed while trying to steal a phone by students of the Osun State University, UNIOSUN, in the area, the second suspect was arrested by security guards.

The second suspect was caught while trying to steal a generator set from a shop.

The thieves were later handed over to the police for prosecution.

According to an eye witness who spoke under anonymity, “The thief caught this morning was trying to steal generator from one of the shops in the market. They were four but the other three were quick to escape. This is just few hours after a young man was caught trying to steal a phone by some students. It is all worrisome but it is good to know thieves are not welcome here, i commend our ever active students and security guards.”

Another residents, also expressed happiness at the failed attempts of the thieves, saying security and protection of lives and property has improved under the current administration.

Obokun ES Advocates Participatory Community Development

The Executive Secretary, Obokun Local Government Council Area of the State of Osun, Alhaji Asaolu Oladiran has reiterated the importance of Community Development Associations (CDAs) towards guaranteeing development at the grassroot, saying the complementary roles being played by the various CDAs go a long way to fastrack the desired development.

At a gathering with members of CDAs in the council area, Oladiran eulogised members to continue embarking on viable self-help projects and continue playing their complementary role rather than relying on government for everything.

Stressing the importance of community development council in a community, he said “without community development, national development becomes a mirage”.

He added that the complementary role played by the various community development associations go a long way to uplift the states of Nigeria as a nation, imploring members of the CDAs to continue cooperating with the government both at the state and local level.

The Executive Secretary later enumerated some of the achievements of his administration in the last six months among which are; construction of five boreholes, one each at the five wards in the council; procurements and distribution of thousand of cocoa seedlings to farmers; procurements and distribution of drugs to all the health facilities; construction of 20 unit market stalls at Ile Ayo, Olorunsogo; distribution of gift to all royal fathers and community leaders during festivals; and commitment to staff welfare.

At the occasion were members of the management committee: Mr. Kolawole Sunday Oluwole, Mr. Owoeye Ebenezer, Mr. Ogunwuyi Babatunde, Mr. Olajide Agbaje; Council Manager, Mr. Isaac Olayinka, heads of departments, amongst others.

Council Boss Distributes Empowerment Materials, Household Items

The Executive Secretary, Egbedore South Local Council Development Area of the State of Osun, Mr. Adekola Ajao has distributed empowerment materials and household items to some of the residents of the council.

According to a statement by the Information Officer of the council, Mrs. Iyabo Adeniran, the materials distributed include, grinding machines, standing fans, televisions set, power generating sets and some other materials at a groundbreaking ceremony in Ido-Osun, headquarters of the council recently.

Presenting the materials to the selected beneficiaries, the council boss said that the gesture was meant to appreciate the immeasurable support of the people to the ruling party in the state.

According to the council boss, he decided to purchase the distributed items with his monthly salaries in office as he was already used to this kind of gesture when he was the personal assistant to the Governor on Sport Matters.

Noting that the gesture was part of the fulfillment of his promises to the people, he reaffirmed that he would not relent in his efforts to ensure that the people of the council enjoy dividends of democracy.

He therefore enjoined the residents of the council to continue to give their full support to his management team and the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola at the state level.

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Fawande in his goodwill message appreciated the council boss for the items distributed at this crucial period of economy meltdown.

He appealed to all and sundry, to reciprocate the good gesture by supporting the present administration, both at the local and state levels during the coming election.

The party chairman then charged members of the community to pray for Governor Aregbesola for his efforts on Ido Osun, particularly on the construction of Aje International Market and MKO Abiola International Airport in Ido-Osun, all which he said would boost the economy of the area.

Osun Position As Second Wealthiest State Justifies Aregbesola’s Financial Prudence

The recent report of the Financial Derivatives Company (FDC) that ranked Osun as the second wealthiest state in Nigeria in 2017 has been described as the manifestation of delivery of good governance by Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

Osun was declared as the second wealthiest amongst its peers in the country.
Speaking on the development, Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Mr Adelani Baderinwa said the report was a sincere and professional assessment of economic activities and development in the state in terms of income and expenditure and how it positively affects the people in general.

According to Baderinwa, Osun could not have been rated less going by the prudence and judicious management of the little resources accruable to the state by Aregbesola, who has demonstrated to be a good and prudent manager of resources.

The FDC in a report released by its Managing Director, Bismark Rewane titled: “How the States Performed in 2017,” on Tuesday said in one of the top three economic analysts in Nigeria, Osun had the lowest net Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) allocation but was not delinquent in the payment of salary arrears.

Osun, according to the report, is the second best in the measured “Misery Index” with a 16.37 per cent inflation rate, which also sums up with the rate of under-employment and unemployment.

The report noted that despite the financial quagmire all states across the federation experienced in the last financial year, the ingenuity of the Modulated Salary Structure by the state government yielded positive results.

Baderinwa maintained that the projects, programmes and policies being put in place by Aregbesola have no doubt developed the economy of the state, improve the wellbeing of the people and guarantee security of life and properties.

He said: “The FDC report is a welcome development; it actually reflects the social and economic development in the state. This type of report is coming for the fourth time in six months from veritable and independent sources – the first from the United Nations (UN) Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index 2016, second from the National Bureau of Statistics, the Renaissance Capital, a leading emerging markets investment bank in Africa and now the FDC Misery Index 2017.

“We make bold to say that all the three reports, the last of which is that of the FDC, confirmed Aregbesola’s ingenuity, vision and ceaseless efforts in transforming the State of Osun to an Eldorado, socially, economically and in terms of infrastructure.

“Programmes like Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) which provides job for 40,000 youths, Osun Free School Feeding progamme named ‘O MEAL’ which employs over 3334 women who prepare meals for the school children, Osun Rural Enterprise and Agricultural Program (ORAEP), designed to empower the farmers have contributed immensely to the development of the state.”

Baderinwa said Osun economy will in no time receive boost when the $30.5million contract won by the Osun RLG/Adulawo Technology Company for the supply of Terrestrial Broadcast Set Top Boxes flows into the market.

Policeman Found Dead Near Sawmill Hours After Paying For Planks

A policeman who was said to have on Tuesday paid for planks to be delivered on Wednesday was found dead beside the Onibueja sawmill, where he paid for the materials.

Circumstances surrounding the death of the policeman from provost section at the Zone 11 headquarters of the Police in Osogbo, State of Osun, are unclear yet, but sources said he was seen at the sawmill in Osogbo where he paid for planks.

An Itel phone, a wrist watch and one ATM card were found on the corpse.

One of the residents of the area said, “We saw this man here yesterday. He came to this sawmill to buy planks. He paid for the plank but he did not go with the planks. The plank seller was expecting the man to come and carry the planks today. We are surprise to see his dead body this morning.”

The corpse was discovered by the operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corpse (NSCDC) and when the men discovered that he was a policeman, they quickly informed the police authority in the state.

The Public Relation Officer of the NSCDC, Mr Wale Afolabi told journalists that upon the discovery that the deceased was a policeman, the NSCDC men contacted the police and detectives arrived at the scene immediately.

The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the Zone 11 Police Headquarters comprising Osun, Oyo and Ondo states, AIG Agboola Osodi Glova confirmed the identity of the late policeman. He said the circumstances surrounding his death would be investigated.

We Constructed Gbongan Trumpet Interchange Bridge To Prevent Needless Death- Aregbesola

..says Omisore is a tax defaulter

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Friday said the construction of Gbongan Trumpet Interchange Bridge named after the former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Osun, ‎Chief Bisi Akande was aimed at averting avoidable death on the Ife/Ibadan Express way.

He disclosed that the ‎newly completed bridge that conjoins Ibadan/Ife/Gbongan/Osogbo dual carriage road, would put an end to road mishap that had claimed over 1,000 lives at Gbongan junction.

Governor Aregbesola stated this at the 2017 Annual Dinner/Colloquium‎, organized by the members of Progressive E-Group, at Atlantis Civic Centre, Osogbo.

Governor Aregbesola ‎said his administration was motivated to construct the multi-billion Akoda/Ode-Omu/Gbongan dual carriage way that accommodated the trumpet interchange bridge to open Osun to her neighbours and the rest of the country.

The governor had earlier on Thursday inspected the ongoing construction work on the road where he assured the residents of the area of total completion of the road before the expiration of his administration.

He expressed delight over the significant level of completion of the road, saying the impressive pace of work on the road further ‎shows his relentless commitment to bring to the residents of the state the much-needed infrastructure facilities.

Aregbesola, who was given a rousing welcome by the residents of Gbongan, held that the dual carriage way when completed would expose Osun to neighbouring states, thus increase the business, trade and commercial activities in the state.

Aregbesola noted that his administration had embarked on massive road infrastructure development, having realized the need to advance the economy of the state through industrialization and commercialization.

According to the Governor, universally, the economy is built and sustained basically on road infrastructure development as every economically advanced nation of the world is hinged on standard road and transportation networks.

“It is in view of this that we embarked aggressively on massive road infrastructure development to first of us connect and reconnect rural and urban citizens and as well attract both local and foreign investors whose first consideration on investment remains good roads.

“However, the completion stage of this road, particularly Abdulkareem Adebisi Akande Trumpet Interchange Bridge indicates that our vision for the good people of Osun is gradually coming to fruition, not only on road infrastructure sector but in other aspects.

“So I am impressed with the level of completion on this road as it further attests to our commitment to bring to our people life-long quality roads infrastructure.

“It is our belief that the completion of this road will, without any doubt, contribute significantly to the socioeconomic growth and development of our people as Osun will be better exposed to neighbouring states”, he stressed.

However, ‎Governor tackled the former Deputy Governor of the State, Otunba Iyiola Omisore, over what he described as derogatory and deprecatory comments credited to him and published in one of the national dailies.

‎Aregbesola flayed Omisore for being mischievous and incongruous in his inward and outward dispositions, saying it is unfortunate that he (Omisore) has not learned from his self-afflicting political sojourn and travail.

He lambasted Omisore for lying against his government, noting that Omisore and his party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led Nigeria, particularly Osun, to socioeconomic and political comatose.

He challenged the erstwhile Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriation to give account of what he personally did while he was at the helm of affairs.

According to Aregbesola, it is laughable that a questionable character like Omisore could still be part of those criticizing us wrongly over the achievements we have made in the last seven years.

“I can say it without any form of equivocation that Omisore is a shameless person who doesn’t know what next in his life. He is a shameless liar because all he accused us on are those things they failed to do while they were in government.

“I want him to ask himself the impact he made in the lives of his people of the state, particularly his constituents, while he was in the senate?

“Omisore was there when PDP ruled Osun for seven and a half years. He was there as a chieftain of the party and he served two terms in the senate under the platform of the PDP but failed woefully on his statutory responsibilities to the people of his senatorial district, particularly Ife indigenes.

“He couldn’t complete tangible projects, but rather nursed his insatiable appetite for wealth accumulation. Most of the projects we did in Osun East senatorial district today ought to been done years back if PDP led government then did the needful”, he stressed.

Aregbesola said the erstwhile Deputy Governor lacked the moral integrity to condemn his administration, noting that he (Omisore) should begin to see himself in true colour as he epitomizes all he accused his administration of.

“He said our administration has failed, I want to ask him to justify this and juxtapose what God has achieved through us with what they achieved while in government?

“As at today, he (Omisore) still owes Osun government back log of taxes. The last tax of N25,000 he paid was in 2013, meaning that he is a tax defaulter.

“When he was in the Senate, he couldn’t even facilitate a single road to the benefit of his people, instead, he played to the EFCC hands for corrupt practices.

“So, it is time for him to face whatever case he has with EFCC and stop embarrassing and exposing his shortcomings, otherwise, he is inviting the wrath of the saints”, Aregbesola warned.

In their separate remarks, the three discussants, a human rights activist, Comrade Amitolu Shittu, member Osun House of Assembly representing Ife North, Hon. Babatunde Olatunji and Commissioner for Education, Kolawole Wasiu Omotunde-Young, hailed Aregbesola’s policies and programmes since inception.

In his words, Shittu said the present government has maintained a robust relationship with the state workforce as being reflected in the unprecedented successes the state has recorded in the last seven years.

Shittu whose lecture centred on the productive management of the state to workers, said Osun is the only state in Nigeria that labour unions enjoy 100 percent open arms from the state government.

He highlighted series of Aregbesola’s interventions to reposition, fine-tune and restructure the civil service, saying Osun witnessed tremendous development in all sectors due to her intellectual team spirit and inclusive approach to governance.

Also, Hon Olatunji extolled Governor Aregbesola for stimulating the economy of the state through his well-thought out and painstakingly designed policies that had impacted positively in the lives of the citizenry.

He said Osun of today can never be compared with what Osun was about seven years ago, stressing that the state had recorded a geometric progression in trade, commerce, industrialization and modernity as the state can boast of different investment situated across the state.

Mr Omotunde-Young on his part, applauded Governor Aregbesola for committing the largest resources of the state to advance and promote education sector, saying no state in Nigeria today can compete with Osun on education infrastructure.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Coordinator of the Progressive E-Group, Mr Mudashir Ayanfe, commended Governor Aregbesola for being focused and determined, in spite the erroneous distractions from his political traducers.

He said the group was established four years ago as a child of necessity to build synergy and fellowship among various online personalities who patriotically believed in the administrative style of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in order to collectively showcase his laudable programmes to the populace in one hand and extensively engage propagandists with facts and figures on the other hand.

‎”We are ‎very proud of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s legacy projects and modest achievements in office and that is why we are promoting it days and nights to the people.

“With sincerity of purpose of promoting good governance across board and continuous belief in the leadership style of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the group that started in 2014 as a local platform has become an official online media team of All Progressives Congress, State of Osun”, he added.

 

Omisore And PDP Not Morally Qualified To Criticise Me – Aregbesola

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said that the former Deputy governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, and his People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lack the moral and political integrity to fault his government achievements.

The governor held that the legacies that he is leaving behind in the state surpasses what previous administrations in the state especially the seven and a half years disaster the PDP meted on the state.

Aregbesola made the statement while addressing a gathering during a New Year party organized by the leadership of Yoruba Patriots Movement (YPM) in Ila-Orangun, Ila Local Government Area of the state.

‎He said the state under his watch has in the last seven years witnessed tremendous turnarounds, compared to what he met on ground on assumption of office seven years ago.

The Governor, responding to a statement credited to Senator Iyiola Omisore that his administration has failed the people of the state, stated that Osun was almost run aground when Omisore and PDP government were in power.

Aregbesola berated Omisore for being unabashed in spite of the obvious gross incompetence of his party that rendered Osun to deplorable condition, saying it is unfortunate that a questionable personality like him could still go ahead to fault a government that had revived the already comatose system.

He challenged Omisore and other PDP loyalists to come out and tell the whole world the achievement recorded when they were in government in the state.

Aregbesola expressed displeasure on what he described as ‘incompetency and bad governance’‎ the seven and a half years of PDP administration in the state, saying Osun would have turned to a state of pride among the comity of states if not backwardly governed by the PDP.

The governor also attributed the seven and a half years of the PDP rule in the state as a ‘complete waste’, noting that Osun would have collapsed if not being rescued by God through him.

He described the circumstances of his emergence as ‘necessity’ saying he came to government at a time the people of the state not only needed drastic change but good governance.

Aregbesola called on members of the opposition parties, particularly those castigating his government unjustly, to come to the public and defend what PDP achieve while in government.

According to him, it is not a doubt that 16 years of PDP rule in Nigeria is a complete waste. PDP ruled Osun for seven and a half years and nothing tangible in terms of development could be traced.

“I am not surprised that a failed politician in person of former Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Iyiola Omisore can castigate our administration in spite of his failure while in the Senate.

“One needs not be told before knowing the fact that he (Omisore) did nothing while in the Senate to support the state as the state was abysmally governed and misruled for seven and a half years that PDP ruled.

“The statement credited to him (Omisore) showed his gross administrative incompetence and lack of understanding of what good governance is all about because he is supposed to ask himself what he did while he was in government.

“He (Omisore) was in the Senate for good eight years and he couldn’t help to facilitate the construction of Ilesa to Ife road through Osu town.

“He was in the Senate and nothing was done through him to support the growth and development of the state, rather his party bastardized the economy and left our people in abject poverty.

“The economy of the state was in a total shambles while the state was retrogressively ‎backward in terms of the basic infrastructure development which our government has addressed.

“I challenge him (Omisore) and any other member of the opposition to come out and tell the whole world what they did to support the state while PDP as a political party was in government for seven and a half years.

“It is still fresh in the memories of our people that PDP’s government failed Nigerians and it was due to their failure that our great party, All Progressives Congress emerged”, Aregbesola added.

Governor Aregbesola charged members of the opposition parties in the state to always jettison sentimental politics and live by realities.

He described N500‎ billion debt allegation as total falsehood, saying no right thinking individual will believe that a state like Osun could be given N500 billion as loan.

‎”I am unperturbed that those against us are the most shameless set of people who couldn’t justify the circumstances of their existence. They failed to remove the log of wood in their eyes but are quick in wanting to clear dust from others’ faces.

“They castigated us for no just cause.  Some were claiming that we borrowed N500 billion which is highly impossible for a state like us to borrow. I wonder how a state like Osun will be given such huge money. Do we even have the resources to do so?

“Some are still condemning our budget, describing it as a ruse. It is unfortunate that a former Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriation could be so ignorant on budget fundamentals.

“He (Omisore) also condemned our education intervention; he forgot that the matriculable students while PDP was in power were just 11 percent compare to the 46 per cent we have raised it to now.

“We can say it with confidence that we have raised the percentage of the matriculable students from 11 percent to 46 percent. Since 2010, Osun has been producing very encouraging candidates through external examinations for higher institutions.

“Osun has always been among the first three states of matriculable students in Nigeria and this can be verified through the site of National Bureau of Statistics.‎ We have consistently maintained either first, second or third”, he stressed.

Earlier in his remarks, the former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, commended Governor Aregbesola for being at the forefront in the promotion of unity, love and peace among the Yoruba.

He advocated for support and collaboration among Yoruba, home and abroad, saying it is time for them to form a vanguard that will help in actualizing southwest regional integration‎, growth and development.

‎”We need to promote unity, peace, love and harmony among Yoruba. The unity of Yoruba is non-negotiable. We have to return to the culture of unity, hard work and peace that we are known for”, Akande added.

Also, the Chairman of Yoruba Patriots Movement (YPM), Chief Oladosu Oladipo hailed the present administration in the state for being committed to infrastructure development.

Oladosu who had earlier conferred on Aregbesola an award of excellence for his contribution towards the growth and development of Yoruba race, said history will continue to write his name on the golden page.

“We have seen solid infrastructure that can sustain Osun for 50 years. You have built edifices in all sectors. To kill a nation, is to kill education. To promote a nation, is to promote education. You have built rapid and systematic development in education. You are truly promoting knowledge based education”, he stated.

The Chairman of the organization said YPM envisions a powerful, responsible, value-oriented leaders and entrepreneurs that will create the much-needed highly developed society that will network all social infrastructures needed for a rapid, systematic and sustainable social, economic, cultural and political development of Yoruba nation in particular and the commonwealth of Nigeria in general.

“We established this organization‎ to unite all Omo Oduduwa, thus fostering development partnership internally and with other ethnic nationalities in Nigeria and off-shore nation’s under the fiscal constitution based on equity, equality, love, cultural respect and progressive and all outstanding Yoruba core values of Omoluabi”, he stressed.

In his remarks, the Orangun of Ila, Oba Wahab Oyedotun applauded Governor Aregbesola’s developmental strides.

Oba Oyedotun said Aregbesola’s government has performed excellently well in the last seven years.

 

 

Osun Tax Drive, Full Weight Of Law Await Defaulters, Says Govt

By Nofisat Marindoti

Government of the State of Osun has urged organizations and individuals doing businesses in the state to pay their tax, saying the full weight of law awaits any defaulter.

Directing all tax collecting agencies to use all means necessary to obtain companies cooperation and enforce all relevant laws on taxation, the State Government reiterated that it is determined to collect its revenue to the last kobo.

“Council received report that some professional groups in the state have not been cooperating with the state’s tax administrators. Council condemned this and urged them to begin to cooperate with the tax agencies and obey the state’s tax laws forthwith.”

In a statement issued at the end of the state weekly Executive Meeting and signed by the media adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, the State Government also directed that all processes and modalities for offsetting all outstanding allowances of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, past and present, posted to the state be started immediately.

Lamenting the fact that some residents had continued to dump refuse by road sides, the State Government directed all law enforcement agencies to apprehend anybody caught in the act.

“Council is saddened by reports that some residents have been adamant and have continued to dump refuse on road medians in major cities in the state, in spite of government’s efforts at clearing them timeously. If this is not stopped, it is capable of reversing the gains made by this administration in ridding the state of filth.

“Those who engage in indiscriminate dumping of refuse, wherever catches their fancies, are deliberately jeopardising the health of the rest of the people and making our environment to look ugly. Council consequently directed law enforcement agencies, particularly the Civil Defence Corps, sanitary inspectors and members of community development associations in the state to apprehend these saboteurs and make them to face the full wrath of the law.

“Council was informed and approved of regional youth summit to hold on the 9th and 10th of January. The summit will be the largest gathering of youths in the West. It will also provide the platform for fellowship and expression of diverse opinions and ideas by the youths.

“The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, will declare it open. Council urged the youths and the people of the state to participate at the summit and maximally cooperate with the organisers in welcoming and making the delegates comfortable. Council wished the youths a successful parley.”

Police Arraign Man Over Alleged Felony

By Nofisat Marindoti

The Police in the State of Osun has arrainged a 19-year old, Olaniyi Ayodele in an Osogbo Magistrate Court over alleged intent to commit felony.

Prosecutor, Olayiwola Rasaq briefed the court that the accused on the 29th of December, 2017 at Tanisi area in Osogbo, attempted to commit felony to wit stealing which contravened section 508 of the Criminal code cap 34 volume II, laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

However when his count was read to him, the accused pleaded not guilty and his counsel, Barrister Remigus Nwgu prayed the court to grant him bail in the most liberal terms.

In his ruling, Magistrate Adenike Olowolagba granted the accused bail of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till the 7th of February, 2018 for hearing. 19, in court over intent to commit felony.

“Osun Is Second Wealthiest State In Nigeria”

Osun has been ranked the second less miserable and poverty-ridden state in 2017.

The state was placed the second wealthiest among the 36 states of the federation, according to a report released on Monday.

The Financial Derivatives Company, which released the report, in its presentation, titled: “How the States Performed in 2017,” by its Managing Director Bismark Rewane, said in one of the top three economic analysts in Nigeria, Osun had the lowest net Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) allocation but was not delinquent in the payment of salary arrears.

The report showed that Osun is the second best in the measured “Misery Index” with a 16.37 per cent inflation rate, which also sums up with the rate of under-employment and unemployment.

The report noted that despite the financial quagmire states experienced in the last financial year, the ingenuity of the Modulated Salary Structure by the state government yielded positive results.

The report also outlines the core indices of a structurally balanced, growing and diverse economy, which is coming for the second time in six months from veritable and independent sources – the first from the United Nations (UN) Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index 2016 and now the FDC Misery Index 2017.

Financial experts say the conclusion is that the state government, under Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s watch with deliberate investments in infrastructure, education, social services, human capacity development and sincere political leadership, created an economy with under-employment, unemployment and inflation well below national averages and diverse.

The Misery Index figures also showed that aside Taraba, Ogun and Lagos states, are key players in Nigeria’s Industrial Base, but still have huge poverty index with a definite number of its citizens living below the normal living standards as set by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Osun Workers Resume, Holds Inter Religious Prayer

Workers in the state of Osun on Tuesday, resumed work after a five days strike.

The workers had embarked on the strike on December 28 over the half salary being paid by the State government and some delayed promotions and had called the strike off after an agreement was reached by the State government led by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the labour unions over the weekend.

As part of the events to mark the strike call off and the beginning of work in the New Year, the workers held an inter-religious prayer at the State Secretariat in Abere.

Details later.