Aregbesola Preaches Proper Maintenance Of Public Infrastructure, Says It’s The Only Way Public Utilities Could Last Longer

Lack of follow-up maintenance has been identified as the factor militating against the constant functioning of public infrastructural facilities in the country.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola stated this in Iwo at the opening of a Seminar/Training for Rural Roads Maintenance Personnel drawn from rural areas where roads had been constructed by the Osun Rural Access and Mobility Projects (O’RAMP) in collaboration with the World Bank and French Development Agency (AFD) for proper maintenance for sustainability.

Representing the Governor at the flag off ceremony, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources, Rural Development and Community Affairs, Hon Babatunde Ibirogba said that, it is high time to imbibe good maintenance culture as the projects belongs to the benefiting communities.

Governor Aregbesola said it was the decision of the present administration to put in place a Maintenance Team for all its facilities with a view to reducing the cost of governance.

He commended Osun RAMP management for doing an excellent job at the rural areas of the State as well as EZ37, the organizer of the Training Programs on Rural Roads Maintenance.

Earlier in his speech, the Project Coordinator of Osun RAMP, Engr Adelere Oriolowo explained that, the RAMP Maintenance Teams in various zones are to ensure durability of its facilities.

He said that, the Seminar was put in place to educate the participants on basic road maintenance since they were not professionals.

The team members, according to Engineer Oriolowo, will inform the RAMP office if they encounter any problem beyond their scope adding that, similar seminars will be organized for RAMP Road Maintenance in other zones subsequently.

Septuagenarian, Others In Court For Destroying Ataoja of Osogbo’s N1.8m Palm Trees

By Nofisat Adeoye

A 72-year old man, Suleman Akande has been arraigned by the Osun State Police Command before a Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, the State capital, for allegedly destroying Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Laroye II’s palm trees worth N1.8m.

Akande was arraigned alongside Jimoh Ajao 50, Ganiyu Adigun 50 and Jimoh Ajadi 60 on four count charges bothering on threat to life, malicious damage, forcibly entry and breach of peace.

Prosecutor, Taiwo Adegoke briefed the court that sometimes in August, 2017 at Irepodun community, the accused persons forcibly entered the land of Oba Jimoh in a manner likely to cause breach of peace and willfully damaged 18 palm trees valued N1.8m.

Adegoke explained that the accused persons also erected a foundation on the land and on the 7th of December, 2017, threatened the life of the Baale of Iredopun community, Chief Adewale Sikiru and the life of his Royal Majesty, Oba Jimoh Laroye II.

The Prosecutor added that the offences contravened sections 81, 86, 249(d), 430 and 516(A) of the Criminal Code Cap 34, volume II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

The accused persons, however pleaded not guilty of the offences leveled against them and their counsel, Barrister Adeyinka Dada prayed the court for their bail in the most liberal terms.

In his ruling, Magistrate Mary Awodele granted the accused persons bail of N200,000 with two sureties each and adjourned the case till the 2nd of February, 2017 for hearing.

Breakdown Of What Each State Received From Third Paris Club Refund

Nigerian Government has released a state-by-state breakdown of third tranche of Paris Club refund.

The money was released alongside the allocations from the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC).

Idris Ahmed, accountant general of the federation, who announced this in a statement, said it was done so that Nigerians could have a better Christmas.

A statement from the ministry of finance said these payments totalled N243, 795,465,195.20.

Paris Club refund is a partial settlement of long-standing claims by state governments relating to over-deductions from their federation account allocation committee (FAAC) allocation for external debt service arising between 1995 and 2002.

Two tranches had been released earlier. Below is exactly how much every state got:

1. ABIA 5,715,765,871.48
2. ADAMAWA 6,114,300,352.68
3. AKWA-IBOM 10,000,000,000.00
4. ANAMBRA 6,121,656,702.34
5. BAUCHI 6,877,776,561.25
6. BAYELSA 10,000,000,000.00
7. BENUE 6,854,671,749.25
8. BORNO 7,340,934,865.32
9. CROSS RIVER 6,075,343,946.93
10. DELTA 10,000,000,000.00
11. EBONYI 4,508,083,379.98
12. EDO 6,091,126,592.24
13. EKITI 4,772,836,647.08
14. ENUGU 5,361,789,409.66
15. GOMBE 4,472,877,698.19
16. IMO 7,000,805,182.97
17. JIGAWA 7,107,666,706.76
18. KADUNA 7,721,729,227.55
19. KANO 10,000,000,000.00
20. KATSINA 8,202,130,909.85
21. KEBBI 5,977,499,491.45
22. KOGI 6,027,727,595.80
23. KWARA 5,120,644,326.57
24. LAGOS 8,371,938,133.11
25. NASARAWA 4,551,049,171.12
26. NIGER 7,210,793,154.95
27. OGUN 5,739,374,694.46
28. ONDO 7,003,648,314.28
29. OSUN 6,314,106,340.62
30. OYO 7,901,609,864.25
31. PLATEAU 5,644,079,055.41
32. RIVERS 10,000,000,000.00
33. SOKOTO 6,441,128,546.76
34. TARABA 5,612,014,491.52
35. YOBE 5,413,103,116.59
36. ZAMFARA 5,442,385,594.49
37. FCT 684,867,500.04
TOTAL 243,795,465,195,20

Osun Gets N6.3bn From Third Paris Club Refund

The State Government of Osun has received a sum of six point three billion (6.3 billion) naira as the third tranche of the Paris Club refund.

Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Bola Oyebamiji made this known yesterday.

Oyebamiji disclosed that, the Apportionment Committee headed by revered labour icon, Hassan Sumonu will sit over the fund and make necessary decision on the fund and will be disbursed as it is usual.

The Commissioner stated that, the committee will act quickly to put the fund at the disposal of the entire people of the state.

Speaking on the development, the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa said the availability of the fund at this time is the Lord’s doing.

According to him, God has always been making things possible when it seems there was not going to be anyway. God has eased off the financial problem which seemed intractable by his miracle with the arrival of the Paris Club refund.

Baderinwa said civil servants and the general people of the state will a financial ease of life when the N6.3billion is disbursed for the benefit of all.

He thanked the active and non active public servants for their cooperation and support to government since the country was ran into financial crisis. He urged them not to relent in this virtuous behaviour that has made the progress and development of the state as stakeholders.

Baderinwa said he was sure that a new dawn of abundance and happiness will soon come to Osun where life will be more abundant for all.

Osun Govt Calls For Effective Record Keeping In Public Schools

Record keeping is an important management tool which guarantees accuracy, reliability, credibility and widely acceptable data which can be used for proper monitoring of the progress of school activities.

The Commissioner for Education, Mr. Kola Omotunde-Young made this statement while declaring open a two-day training workshop on record keeping in schools organized by UNICEF in collaboration with the state of Osun at SUBEB Hall in Osogbo.

Mr. Omotunde-Young reiterated that, the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola since its assumption of office seven years ago, has taken a giant stride to reconstruct and restructure the education sector as well as promoting functional education at all levels in the State.

He therefore implored all participants at the training workshop to pay serious attention in order to grasp the important notes that will help them to effect positive attitudes to record keeping so as to pass the knowledge acquired to other teachers at their various schools.

In a welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Festus Olajide thanked the UNICEF and state Government of Osun for bringing up such a laudable training workshop for proper record keeping, noting that planning without accurate data is like planning without facts.

He explained further that the articulation of relevant policy, plan and implementation of same at Elementary/ Middle School levels can be well captured through accurate data and record keeping.

Mr. Olajide added that, the training is part of the education reform in Osun on capacity building while asking the participants to make judicious use of the knowledge acquired in the training workshop for educational development of the state.

In their separate remarks, the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Ministry of Education, Mrs Titilayo Amaoo and Head of the UNICEF team Officers, Mr. Saka Ibraheem thanked the state Government of Osun for creating an enabling environment for the workshop.

They commended the educational infrastructure put in place on human and material resources while promising that, the synergy between the state and UNICEF Organization will continue to yield positive results on educational development in the state.

Highlight of the event was the declaration of the training workshop open by the Commissioner for Education which was witnessed by Directors, Education Officers and teachers.

#OgbeniGovtAt7: Football Competition Comes Up Tomorrow

The final match of the football competition marking the 7th anniversary of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Osun Public Service End of the Year Programme comes up tomorrow.

The match which is between the Ministry of Environment and OSBC will be play at Osogbo Township Stadium by 2pm.

According to a statememt from the Planning Committee urged all public servants in the state employment to be present at the event, as a matter of duty

The Special Guest of Honour is the Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade.

Aregbesola Inaugurates Osun Most Expensive Project In History Of The State

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Monday flags-off the biggest singular project‎ since the creation of the state with the N48.7Billion Ilesa water supply and sanitation project.

The water project with 60,000 cubic meter when completed in 24 months will supply water to residents of Ilesa and its environs effectively on a daily basis.

The Governor at the ceremony noted that the project which will gulp a total of 48.7b naira when fully completed is the largest single project in the whole of Western region.

Aregbesola who went down memory lane said he had approached the Islamic Development Bank for assistance on the project as far back as 2011, said he is happy that the project is coming to reality.

He explained that the project which will be completed by December 2019 is funded with the support of the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank as well as the federal government of Nigeria.

“I am happy this is happening today, because the state has been on it for a long time.

“This journey started as far back as 2011when I went to the Islamic Development Bank for financial assistance on the project and I am happy it is a reality today.

“I am proud to say that this water project is the largest singular project in the whole of western region, the project when fully completed would have gulped a total of 48.7billion naira.

“When completed, it will be able to supply at least 60million litres of water of water per day”. The Governor stated.

Aregbesola explained that every land owner whose land will be affected by the project have been compensated to the tune of 57 million naira, while calling on indigenes of Ilesa and environs to show cooperation and hospitality to the contractors.

While explaining that the distribution network which is the final phase of the project will cost about 15.3 billion naira, Aregbesola called on private investors to come forward and invest in the distribution process of the water scheme.

He said through this and other sources, the final phase of the project will be completed in due cause.

“The distribution network after this installation will still cost about 15.3b naira, so I am calling on private investors to come forward and invest in the project for commercial purpose.

“I assure that it will be a win-win situation for all parties involved”. He said.

Earlier, Senior Consultant to Osun Governor on Water Resources, Engr.Mrs Tawakalitu Williams explained that the project is part of the move to actualize one of the key points of the administration’s integral action plans which is the provision if healthy living.

She noted that the commencement of the project is a landmark achievement as successive governments have tried frantically in the past to achieve it without success.

The immediate past Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources explained that the project when completed will be run on full commercial basis with a view to generating income for the government of Osun.

“We are happy that this project is finally happening, many governments have tried to do it but failed. We thank God that the Aregbesola administration has been able to break a thirty years jinx.

“This project is another testimony to the fact that this administration is promise keeping one, the government has promised to provide healthy living to the people of he state and this is it in motion.

“When completed, the water distribution will be done in commercial manner as it will be an avenue for the government to generate funds the progress of Osun.

“”This project when completed will go a long way in improving the socio-economic status of the people of this great state. ” Mrs Williams explained.

In a goodwill message, the Owa Obokun of Ijesha land, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran commended the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for bringing such a project to the land even at a time of financial constraints.

The Royal father noted that the move has gone a long way to underline the fact that the Governor truly has the development and well being of the people at heart.

He said, “I want to seriously commend you for coming up with this at this time when every government in the country is facing financial challenges.

“It is only a government that has genuin love for the people that will embark on this laudable project at this time.

“A lazy governor that has nothing to offer could easily hide under the guise of the financial hardship of the country and decide not to do anything in his final year in office.

“But Aregbesola is not doing that, instead he is continuously thinking of how to leave Osun better than the way he met it.

 

Osun HoS Commends MDAs On Cleanliness

In continuation of the drive of the Head of Service of the State of Osun, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade to ensure that government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) maintain healthy and cleaner look, the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs was adjudged the cleanest for the week, followed by the Ministry of Information and Strategy and Hospitals Management Board respectively.

The Chairman of the Environmental Sanitation, Mr. Dayo Laluwoye commended most of the Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies for participating effectively in the exercise.

He stated that the initiative of the Head of Service has paid off and the MDA’s now wear a clean and healthy look.

Mr. Laluwoye however called on some agencies who are lagging behind to follow the good trend.

The HOS, Dr. Olowogboyega commended the Environmental committee comprising of Mr. Dayo Laluwoye, Mr. Kayode Adegoke, Mr. Kelani Adesina and Mr. Lekan Babalola, for the zeal in carrying out the
exercise weekly.

He expressed delight that Government Ministries and Agencies now wear a better and cleaner look.

The Ministry of Women and Children Affairs was given a trophy and a cash donation, while the Ministry of Information and Strategy and Hospitals Management Board were given cash donations.

Tax Advocacy Club Reached Out Enmass On Tax Awareness Raising

It was another remarkable achievement recorded in the aspect of tax awareness raising, as Osun Tax Advocacy Club, Osogbo branch led by the Coordinator, Alhaji Gasali Owolabi trooped out enmass to educate the populace on the importance of tax.

Alhaji Owolabi who briefed the press in Osogbo during the awareness creation tagged ‘walk for tax’ said the awareness should be a collaborative effort of not only by the government but also the populace.

He emphasized that, the internally generated revenue had been used to put assorted developmental projects not only in the urban areas but also the rural areas of the state.

Alhaji Gasali therefore enjoined every tax payer in the state to pay their tax as and when due as this is what is demanded of them by the state government.

According to him, the people are enjoying the effect of tax payment through good roads, uninterrupted power supply, good health delivery and many more.

Osun Launches Four New Health Programmes

It was a carnival-like atmosphere at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, as the government of the State of Osun flagged-off a four-in-one programme of health activities embarked upon by the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

The four-in-one programme is a combination of sensational events which includes; Saving One Million Lives Programme for Results; December edition of the Maternal Newborn and Child Healthcare Week; Sustainable Development Goals and distribution of 12,500 Mama kits for pregnant women in the state.

In his address, the governor harped on the need for family planning amongst parents in the state.

His advocacy was based on the fact that Nigeria with a population of 193 million people was on the brink of population explosion.

According to him, “in the next few years, Nigeria with a population of 193 million people will be the 3rd most populated country in the world after China and India.

“In order to help control the level of population growth which is fast overtaking the resources available to cater for such growth, government should encourage family planning to achieve optimum development”.

Aregbesola made it known that no religion kicked against family planning, as it is a worlwide phenomena that the rate of population growth globally was unprecedented.

He also stated that as part of the efforts of his government towards encouraging family planning, he was distributing 12,500 Mama Kits for pregnant women all over the state.

Meanwhile, in a bid to boost health of its citizens, the Aregbesola administration has embarked on the repair of health centres spread across the state and ensured that free health care is the bedrock of the government’s health policy.

In his welcome address, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu stated that the ‘Save One Million Lives Programme for Results’ was a federal government programme supported by the World Bank which focuses on maternal and child health.

He said: “About 900,000 children and mothers die every year in Nigeria largely from preventable diseases. The Save One Million Lives Programme for Results (SOML PforR) is designed to drive the institutional process needed in saving mothers and children from avoidable deaths.

“The programme is designed to catalyse change in the way health business is done by focusing on results rather than the inputs”.

Isamotu revealed that the aim of SOML PforR was to promote competition in the day to day activities, assuring that the programme would be used to rate the performance of health workers and facilities.

He also revealed that an award for the best performing health facility and the best performing local government in the state had been instituted.

“SOML PforR was also to objectively increase the utilisation and high quality impact reproductive, child health and nutrition interventions”, he stressed.

For the Maternal Newborn and Childcare Week (MNCHW), he said communities would be utilised as a means of incurring coverage of simple, but effective, positive interventions such as childhood immunisation, vitamin A supplementation, nutrition assessment and de-worming.

“During the MNCHW, health workers from public health facilities are expected to visit remote villages to provide these basic health services. Communities living closer to these health facilities are expected to visit the health facilities nearest to them to receive these services.

“MNCHW is a weeklong activity, conducted twice a year, aimed at strengthening the routine services at health facilities while harnessing the excitement and energy of a campaign”.

The Commissioner maintained that MNCHW represented an opportunity to increase demand for preventive and primitive services and also to bring services closer to communities, thereby yielding quick wins in terms of immunisation and vitamin A coverage.

“The achievements of SOML PforR in the state according to Isamotu include; repair of cold chain system to aid immunisation programmes; support LLINs replacement campaign in the state and the routine distribution of LLINs; training of health workers on modern daily family planning methods, malaria eradication campaign and skilled birth attendance.

Others are; “Provision of HIV test kit to all the primary healthcare facilities towards Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMCT) of HIV; procurement of Mama Kits for distribution to health facilities; integration of supportive supervision to the health facilities towards ensuring quality service delivery.

“The essence of the Mama kits is to encourage pregnant women to deliver in public health facilities across the state so as to ensure their safe delivery. This will go a long way in preventing Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR)”.

In respect of the matching order given for the establishment of the State Health Insurance Scheme to ensure achieving Universal Health Coverage and reduce pocket expenditure in health, Isamotu assured the Governor that the assignment would be fulfilled with the birth of the State Health Insurance Agency before the end of 2017.

He also thanked the Governor for his doggedness in ensuring the birth of the state Primary Health Care Development Board which has brought all the Primary Health Centres in the state under one roof.

Isokan South LCDA Lays Foundation For Secretariat, Staff Quarters

The Caretaker Management Committee, Isokan South Local Council Development Area (LCDA), led by the Executive Secretary, Prince Wasiu Oyelami has recently laid the foundation for a new secretariat and staff quarters complex in Ikoyi, the headquarter sof the council.

Laying the foundation for the structures, the council boss said that the essence of embarking on the projects was to meet some of the basic needs of the staffers and rural dwellers who are yearning for people-oriented projects.

He said the initiative was part of the government’s efforts to make provision for conducive environment for official engagement and housing for staff in order to make them work and live well.

According to him, it is necessary to embark on the projects, with a view to ensuring that the LCDA workers reside in their communities, so that they can provide effective services to the residents of the LCDA.

He also maintained that the gesture was part of the government’s rural transformation drive to stimulate economic growth and to a very large extent, discourage rural drift.

The Executive Secretary then expressed appreciation to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Governor, State of Osun for deeming it fit to create the council, which according to him has brought development to the grassroot.

Commending the administration of Aregbesola for running an open-door policy of governance, he said inspite of limited resources available to the state government, the administration has been able to make meaningful impacts.

Congratulating the governor on the successes recorded so far within seven years of his administration, the council boss noted that the efforts of the administration have placed Osun on a higher pedestal.

He then urged all eligible voters to vote for the All Progressive Congress (APC), in all future elections and most especially in the forthcoming councillorship election in the state.

Also, the Council Manager, Alhaji Sheu Ajibade, implored all taxable adults to pay their taxes and dues as and when due, as these are what the governor would use in providing social amenities for the people.