I Empower My Constituents With My Savings, Waseeu Adebayo Speaks

 ………Says PDP Is Dazed And Envious Of Aregbesola

The honourable member representing the Olorunda State constituency in the State of Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Waseeu Adebayo has debunked the falsehood making waves on social media that his recently concluded empowerment project received a special benevolent fund of N10 Million from the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

In a statement released through the media committee of the empowerment project, Hon Adebayo thanked the people of Olorunda State constituency for their all time support and the premium invested in him.

He reveals how he made some savings from his personal incomes in order to give back the little in his coffer to his constituents.

On the rumour of a special assistance from the state governor, Adebayo said those spreading such news are suffering some mental illnesses that are not known to medical society and should be ignored.

“How would Mr Governor single Waseeu Adebayo out in the midst of 26 members for such consideration?”

“I knew it was from the opposition camp and I need to say it loud and clear that I didn’t receive any special financial assistance from our governor to prosecute the scheme as being spread around to blackmail Mr Governor and my person.”

“Let me remind all rumourmongers that the 2017 edition of the empowerment scheme was the fifth in my 6 years as a member of the State House of Assembly. And the fact that their party representatives re heartless and refused to give back to their people doesn’t mean myself or the other APC members in the House of Assembly are receiving special fund from the government.” Adebayo elucidated.

“I know they’re bitter by the love and harmony between the APC honourables in the house and the executives led by Mr Governor. But I don’t know their hatred has dusted their reasonings to a standstill.”

“They’re envious of Ogbeni Aregbesola’s landmark achievement. That’s the spur behind their endless onslaught on Mr Governor.”

“They couldn’t propound a personality of equal rank with Aregbesola from their midst. Those they flaunt as leaders are of no match to the governor. So, I sympathise with them and those who still listen to their lies.”

He concluded by appealing to all APC members not to allow individual ambition and ego truncate the trend of development Osun is currently enjoying. As only the APC has what it takes to keep the flag flying after the tenure of Ogbeni Aregbesola in 2018.

Siblings Docked For Stoning Policeman On Duty

By Toba Ajisafe

 

 

State of Osun Police Command was on Wednesday arraigned two siblings before Osogbo Magistrate court for stoning a police officer.

 

The siblings identified as Tadese Arolu and Tadese Cology was alleged on five count charge bothering on conspiracy, attempted murder and assault.

 

According to the charge presented to the court by the prosecutor, Mr. God Sunday, it read, “That you Tadese Arolu and Tadese Cology and others now at large on the 12th day of June, 2017 at about 1130hrs at Iwo did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit; attempted murder and assault occasioning harm and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516 of the criminal code cap 34 vol. II Laws of Osun State 2002.

 

“The duo and other now at large did unlawfully assault one Sergeant Taiwo Ikusesan by hitting him with stone on his head which cause him injury on his head while he was on an official duty and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 356 (1) (2) of the criminal code cap 34 vol. II Laws of Osun State 2002.

 

“Did unlawfully obstruct one Sergeant Taiwo, a police officer while performing his lawful duty and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 197 of the criminal code cap 32 vol. II Laws of Osun state 2002.

 

The duo pleaded not guilty to all count charge preferred against them.

 

The Counsel to the two, Mr Naheem Adekilekun made an oral bail application on most liberal and affordable terms.

 

He said “the essence of bail is to allow the two accused face their trial.

 

The magistrate, Mrs. Fatimoh Sodamade in her ruling granted them bail of 500,000 each with one surety in like sum.

 

She thereby adjourned the case to September 11 to be mention at Iwo Magistrate court.

 

Aregbesola Appeal To Doctors To Suspend Strike In Interest of People

By Toba Ajisafe

 

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has appealed to Nigeria Medical Association, state of Osun chapter to see the needs to put the interest of the people above their demands.

 

Aregbesola made the appeal at the flag off of ‘Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets Replacement Campaign’ in Osogbo.

 

Recall that the doctors in the state declared indefinite strike action week before the national secretariat of the union began nationwide strike.

 

The Governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, while appealing to doctors and healthcare givers in the state, said, “Every profession is a social calling to serve the people with honour, dignity and integrity, and sometimes it will require sacrifice and not an opportunity for political posturing.

 

He said modulated salary structure in the state was arrived at after careful deliberation and concurrence of all the unions, including representatives of the government, workers, retirees and doctors.

“It would therefore amount to an invitation to chaos to single out the doctors for special treatment. We regard all the workers as important and will not look down on some while caressing others and showering them with special treatment”, he noted.

The Governor therefore appreciated the efforts of the State Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Society for Family Health in organising the event.

 

She also commended National Elimination of Malaria Programs in the Federal Ministry of Health, Global Trust Fund and Catholic Relief Services.

 

PHOTOS: Osun Deputy Gov Flags Off Distribution Of Insecticidal Nets In Osun

The State of Osun Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori on Wednesday flagged off the distribution of long lasting insecticidal nets with a call on households to ensure they sleep under the nets to eradicate malaria from the state.

The program tagged ‘Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) Replacement Campaign’, sponsored by the Society for Family Health (SFH) attracted international and local stakeholders in the health sector, who lauded Aregbesola-led administration for putting healthcare on the front burner.

L-R: CMD LAUTECH Hospital, Prof. Akeem Lasisi; State of Osun Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori; Director of Program, Society for Family Health (SFH), Dr Jennifer Ayanti and Commissioner of Health, Dr Rafiu Isamontu sitting under Net at the flag off ceremony of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets Replacement campaign at Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo on Wednesday 6th September, 2017.

Full List Of Osun PDP Caretaker Committee Council

Here is full list of Osun Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caretaker committee expected to administer the party pending the resolution of leadership crisis rocking the party in the state.

Recall that Ahmed Makarfi factional chairman in the state, Dr. Bayo Faforiji has said he remain authentic chairman of the party following the ruling of the Supreme court in favour of Makarfi, a situation Alimodu Sheriff faction, Mr Soji Adagunodo refuted and said he was duly elected at congress of the party.

The party’s NEC however desolved the state’s exco to pave way for the caretaker committee.

See list below………

S/No Name Local Government
1 DR SEGUN OJO ORIADE
2 HON EMIOLA FAKEYE ATAKUNMOSA EAST
3 HON NIYI OYELEYE ILESA EAST
4 CHIEF OLADIPUPO FAMAKINDE IFE EAST
5 ALH. KAZEEM OLAREWAJU IFE EAST AREA OFFICE
6 MR MOSHOOD TIJANI

 

EDE SOUTH
7 CHIEF LANRE AFOLABI BORIPE
8 COMRADE AYOADE AFOLABI BOLUWADURO
9 HON. LAYI ADEBAYO

 

IFE NORTH
10 MR KEHINDE OLAOSUN OSOGBO
11 HON KAYODE RAJI EJIGBO
12 PRINCE BABATUNDE ALARAPE

 

IWO
13 ALHAJA TAWAKALITU YEKINI AYEDIRE
14 ALH. MUFUTAU AGBOOLA IREPODUN
15 MR ANTHONY OLADEJO ISOKAN
16 HON. ISMAILIA KOLAWOLE

 

ILA
17 HON. MAYOWA ADEJOORIN OBOKUN
18 HON. WOLE AOFOLAJU ILESA WEST
19 BARR. FEMI ADEYEMO

 

ATAKUNMOSA WEST
20 BARR. NIYI OWOLADE IFE SOUTH
21 MAJOR R.A. TOWOBOLA (RTD) IFE CENTRAL
22 DR. MUYIWA OLADIMEJI OLORUNDA
23 HON KUNLE ALAO LEKE ODO-OTIN
24 ALHAJI FATAI AYORINDE IFEDAYO
25 BARR. KAYODE ODUOYE IFELODUN
26 ALHAJI ASHIFAT OLARINDE OROLU
27 DR LERE OYEWUMI IREWOLE
28 SENATOR AKINLABI OLASUNKANMI AYEDAADE
29 HON AKANMU AKANFE OLAOLUWA
30 BARR. BAMIDELE SALAM EGBEDORE
31 RT. HON. ADEJARE BELLO EDE NORTH
32 ALHAJA AMOO AFUSAT AJOKE WOMEN LEADER
33 C’ICILIA OMOLAOYE WOMEN LEADER
34 MRS COMFORT ALE WOMEN LEADER
35 ALHAJI RASHEED ADEBISI YOUTH LEADER
36 MR AREOLA JACOB AYODEJI YOUTH LEADER
37 HON. AKIN FAMUYIDE

 

YOUTH LEADER

 

How States Utilised Paris Club Refund – Survey

Many state governments across the federation have utilised the second tranche of the Paris Club refund they received to clear the arrears of their serving and retired workers’ entitlements.

However, in most states where the arrears of salaries, pensions and gratuities have been paid, some civil servants and retirees, especially those in the council areas, are still being owed.

A survey by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, indicated that some of the workers and pensioners were owed salaries and pensions for periods ranging between two and 11 months.

The Federal Government in July released about N243.79 billion to the states as the second tranche of the refund, having earlier released N388.30 billion to them in December 2016.

The funds were released following protests by the states against over-deductions from their allocations for external debt services between 1995 and 2002.

The federal government had advised the state governments to use between 50 and 75 per cent of their shares of the refund to clear the arrears of salaries, pensions and gratuities they owed.

NAN reports that 15 of the 22 (68.1 per cent) states surveyed so far, have utilised the money in settling the arrears of the entitlements while seven have not.

Those that paid are: Jigawa, Yobe and Adamawa in the North-east; Kwara in the North- central; all states in the South-south except Cross River; Abia in the South-east; and all states in the South-west.

Bauchi, Gombe and Borno in the North-east; Cross River in the South-south; as well as Enugu, Anambra and Ebonyi in the South-east are yet to pay the arrears.

In Jigawa, for instance, Suleiman Kiyawa, Executive Secretary, Jigawa State and Local Government Contributory Pension Scheme, said the state government had cleared the arrears.

Mr. Kiyawa said the state government paid about N461.4 million as terminal benefits to 339 retirees in the state.

Muhammad Ali, a staff of the state Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, said no retired or serving worker in the state was being owed any entitlement.

Abubakar Musa, a retired civil servant in the state, said that each time a civil servant retired, he/she collected the entitlements without delay.

In Yobe, Baba Malam-Wali, the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, said the state had been paying salaries of workers as and at when due and would continue to do so.

The SSG spoke through his Press Secretary, Shuaibu Abdullahi, in Damaturu.

However, payment of the entitlements of the council workers in the state had been delayed due to an internal conflict among members of the state Local Government Retiree Screening Committee.

Kachallah Goni, the state Chairman of Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP, commended the state government for the prompt payment and urged it to intervene in the matter to pave way for hitch-free settlement of the arrears.

On its part, the Borno Government said it approved N6 billion for the clearing of the outstanding retired workers’ gratuities and pensions in the state.

NAN reports, however, that the concerned workers and retirees are yet to receive the payments.

Yakubu Bukar, Head of Service and Usman Zanna, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs respectively, said in a statement in Maiduguri that a committee had been constituted to handle it.

In Gombe, Haruna Kamara, Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, said the state government had not settled the arrears of gratuities of some retired civil servants.

He said that government did not inform the NLC in the state about the release of the second tranche, but that the organised labour only read it on the internet.

“The truth of the matter is that nobody from the government of Gombe State consulted us about the fund and how they are going to use it,” he said.

Abubakar Umar, a pensioner in the state, appealed to the state government to pay the outstanding gratuities.

All efforts to get the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, James Phisagi, speak on the matter proved abortive.

In Yola, Governor Muhamadu Bindow of Adamawa, acknowledged receipt of N6.11 billion as the state’s share of the refund.

“So far, we have settled six months inherited outstanding workers’ salaries.

“It remains only one-month salary arrears which I have directed the Commissioner of Finance to pay,” he said.

However, some primary school teachers, primary healthcare workers and pensioners complained of non-payment of their outstanding salaries and pensions.

Speaking to NAN on the condition of anonymity, some primary healthcare workers said they were owed three months salaries.

“As I am talking with you, we have not received even the July salary let alone the three months arrears. We are suffering,” said one of them.

Checks by NAN at the state Pension Board indicated outstanding arrears of N11 billion owed to the state government pensioners and N8 billion owed to the local government pensioners.

The Bauchi State Chairman of NUP, Abu Gar, said the state government owed the retirees N26 billion as arrears of gratuities.

Mr. Gar who lamented what he called “poor handling of issues relating to pensioners” in the state, said 43 members of the union had died because of hardship.

The Permanent Secretary, Bauchi State Ministry of Finance, Abdullahi Dori, confirmed the state government’s receipt of its share of the second tranche of the refund.

In Ilorin, North-central, Muideen Akorede, Senior Special Assistant on Media to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara, said N2 billion of the N5.1billion received, was released to the 16 local government councils.

He also said that the state government released N312 million to the state-owned tertiary institutions for the payment of salary arrears.

A pensioner, Ibrahim Salmanu, however, said most local government retirees in the state were owed up to 11 months arrears of pension.

According to him, payment of gratuities to state pensioners had been stopped since March 2014.

All the states in the South-west said they utilised the fund in settling the salary and pension arrears they owed their serving and retired workers.

In Ibadan, Bimbo Adekanmbi, the Oyo Commissioner for Finance and Budget, said the state spent over 60 percent of the first and second tranches of the refund on clearing the arrears.

Ms Adekanmbi said the N7.9 billion it received as the second tranche was used to pay the arrears of April and May salaries as well as pensions.

Waheed Olojede, state NLC Chairman, confirmed the payment, but Bayo Titola-Sodo, President, Nigeria Union of Local Government, NULGE, Oyo State chapter, said council workers were still owed salary arrears.

In Abeokuta, the Ogun Commissioner for Finance, Wale Osinowo, said the government had committed N4.5 billion to the payment of arrears of cooperative deductions owed workers in the state.

He said the payment represented 79 per cent of the N5.7 billion received.

The NLC Chairman in Ogun, Akeem Ambali, however, said that the 12 months arrears of cooperative and check-off due deductions made this year had not been paid.

In Osogbo, the Osun Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa, said the state government spent N5.10 billion of the N6.31 billion it received to clear the arrears.

Mr. Baderinwa said the payment schedule was recommended by the State Revenue Allocation Committee chaired by Hassan Sunmonu.

“The only outstanding payment owed pensioners here is the gratuity and this is because some who retired in 2011 and 2012 chose not to participate in the contributory pension scheme,’’ he said.

The state Chairman of the NLC, Jacob Adekomi, however, claimed that some workers and pensioners were still being owed.

The labour leader said that civil servants in the state ‘had been receiving modulated salaries’ since July 2015.

“A modulated salary scheme means workers on grade one to seven receiving 100 per cent of their salaries, and workers on grade level 8 to 12 being paid 75 percent of theirs, for instance,” he said.

In Akure, the Ondo State Government said that it received N6.38 billion as the second tranche of the Paris club refund.

Olusegun Ajiboye, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, said 32.68 percent of the amount was allocated to the local government councils while the state government got 67.32 per cent.

He said that the federal government had advised state governments to use between 50 and 75 per cent of their shares for payment of salary and pension arrears.

“That is why Ondo state government used 75 per cent of its share to settle the salary and pension arrears,” Mr. Ajiboye said.

He said that the 75 per cent of the fund could pay only 80 per cent of the workers’ salary and pension arrears across board.

But Bosede Daramola, the NLC Chairman in the state, described fractional payment template adopted in the state as a breach of contract, saying it was unacceptable to the workers.

The Ekiti Government, on its part, said it received N4.7 billion as the second tranche of the refund.

The Commissioner for Finance, Toyin Ojo, told NAN in Ado Ekiti that local government councils in the state got N1.8 billion of the N4.7 billion.

He disclosed that the state government sought for additional funding in order to pay one-month salary and leave bonus to all workers.

The NLC Chairman, Ade Adesanmi, and his TUC counterpart, Odunayo Adesoye, said they were involved in the disbursement of the refund.

His NUT and NULGE counterparts, Segun Olugbesan and Bunmi Ajimoko respectively, also confirmed their involvement.

Meanwhile some retirees in the South-south region have decried the non-payment of the pension and gratuity arrears owed them.

For instance, Amadin Okoro, the spokesperson, NUP, Edo chapter, lamented that the state government had yet to offset the arrears of pensions and gratuities owed in the state.

Mr. Okoro said pensioners in the state were owed arrears of their entitlements, ranging between six and 42 months.

However, the Governor, Godwin Obaseki, said the State Government had released N212.87 billion of the state’s share to the local government councils in the state “for the month of August.”

He tasked local governments to be creative in harnessing the huge human and natural resources that abound in the state for the good of the people.

The Akwa Ibom Government received N10 billion as its own share of the refund.

The Finance Commissioner, Linus Nkan, said: “the governor has given a directive that we use the fund to pay salaries and to the extent that it can cover, pay pensions too.”

According to him, the refund was barely enough to settle indebtedness and commitments of government which include salaries, arrears of pensions and gratuities and contract fees.

In Delta, Titus Okotie, Chairman, Nigerian Union of Teacher, NUT, claimed the local government council got N2.1 billion of N10 billion the state received.

Mr. Okotie, said the amount was used in paying the April salaries of primary school teachers and local government council workers in the state.

The chairman said that the teachers were still owed May, June July and August salaries.

But Robert Chukwunyem, state Chairman, NUP, said the pension arrears paid to the 11,000 retirees in the state did not reflect the 33 per cent pension increment of 2010.

However, Charles Aniagwu, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, said the 25 local government councils in the state got N2.1 billion of the N10 billion the state received.

Mr Aniagwu said the state government took N7.9 billion due to it, adding that N4.4 billion of it was spent on paying the entitlement arrears owed its retirees and augmenting the councils’ June salaries.

He said the remaining N3.5 billion would be used for capital and recurrent expenditures.

Also in Bayelsa, Jonathan Obuebite, the Information and Orientation Commissioner, said part of the N10 billion the state got was used to pay one and half month salaries owed the workers.

According to him, the state expected N14 billion which would enough for it to pay two months arrears of salaries but got only N10 billion.

The state Chairman of TUC, Tari Dounana, however, said that over four months’ salary arrears were yet to be settled.

He said that the state government paid only one and half months of the six months salary arrears owed workers.

Mr. Dounana said that local government staff and teachers in the state were owed between eight months and one-year arrears of salaries.

Landy Erez, a pensioner, told NAN that the state government owed workers over 10 months arrears of salaries.

Most civil servants and pensioners in Rivers said the state government was up to date in the payment of their salaries and pensions except for the pension increment.

One of them, Rogers Ogan, a primary school teacher, confirmed that his salary had been paid up to date.

Edward Abibo, the Chairman of NUP in Rivers, also said that the state government did not owe pensioners any arrears of pension.

He, however, explained that about 2000 persons who retired in 2014 whose biometrics had yet to be captured into the state payroll had not been paid.

Mr. Abibo said also that the state government had not paid the arrears of the 2003, 2007 and 2010 pension increments.

“Those that have not been receiving their monthly pensions are undergoing biometric verification; I believe after the exercise, they will be put on the payroll,” he said.

NAN reports that the Cross River Government was yet to settle the arrears of retirees’ gratuities in the state.

One of them, Andem Antigha, said that since 2015 when he retired, he had not been paid his gratuity.

Investigation showed that the state government’s UBA account into which the refund was paid was frozen on the order of an Abuja High Court.

This followed a dispute between it and a consulting firm over the payment of the Paris club refund.

The court adjourned the case till September 7, for further deliberations.

NAN survey showed that only one of the five states in the South-east had utilised the refund to clear the arrears of pension and salaries owed to its workers.

The Commissioner for Finance in Abia, Obinna Oriaku, said that the state government utilised the two tranches of the refund in clearing part of the arrears.

Mr. Oriaku said that the state received N5.7 while it expected N16 billion and regretted that the amount could not bring the state out of the woods.

He said that the state government constituted a committee comprising representatives of organised labour and government to handle the disbursement of the fund transparently.

He said that the state had cleared the arrears of salaries of civil servants in some ministries, departments and agencies.

Mr. Oriaku, however, said that the state was still battling with the settlement of arrears of salaries of primary and secondary school teachers as well as those of local government workers.

He said salaries of workers in some organisations, including the Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, had not been paid.

The commissioner blamed the backlog of salary arrears in the state on bloated workforce and padding of salaries in the civil service during the past administration.

The state chairman of the NLC, Uchenna Obigwe, confirmed that the state government was transparent in the disbursement of the state’s share of the refund.

He said that the state’s first and second shares of the refund, totalling N16.3 billion, was a far cry from what was required to offset the outstanding payments.

NAN reports that council workers, primary and secondary school teachers as well as staff in some organisations were still owed salary arrears, ranging from two to eight months.

In Enugu State, Virginus Nwobodo, the Chairman of NLC, said that the refund had yet to be shared between the state and the local governments.

He, however, said that the stakeholders had met to decide on the sharing formula.

According to him, the first tranche of the refund was disbursed equitably, without any complaint.

“Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had been transparent and open with every kobo from the refund and has given us the stakeholders, free hand to decide the sharing formula.

Meanwhile, Abel Ologu, a pensioner in Abakaliki, has urged the Ebonyi Government to utilise the refund in clearing salary and pension arrears owed in the state.

Mr. Ologu said that the state government had not disbursed the fund accordingly.

The Chairman of NLC in Anambra, Jerry Nubia, also made a similar appeal to the state government in Awka.

Mr. Nubia said Anambra government owed retirees of the councils, pension arrears from 2015 to date, adding that their number had continued to rise.

He said, however, that the state government workforce and pensioners got their salaries and pensions as and when due.

“The NLC in the state is commending the effort of the state government in ensuring regular payment of salaries and pensions,’’ he said.

Anthony Ugozor, the state Chairman of NUJ, who said the state received about N6.12 billion as its share, corroborated Nubia assertion.

A civil servant, Uchechi Ilechukwu, said that the state government workers received their salaries regularly.

“Anambra state civil servants have been receiving their salaries on the 24th of every month since the inception of Gov. Willie Obiano’s administration,” she said.

Source: NAN

Two Herbalists Arrested For Possession Of Human Parts

By Toba Ajisafe
The State of Osun Police command has paraded two suspected herbalist for possession of human heads and hands.
Commissioner of Police, Osun State, Mr. Adeoye Fimihan while addressing journalist at the Police command said, “On 29th August 2017, at about 1:02pm, a Police patrol team attached to Iwo Divisional Headquarters while on stop and search along Ogbomosho/Oyo Road at Agoro area, intercepted one Honda motorcycle with registration number FST715QF ridden by one Ademola Titilola aged 25yrs of Akaje Tara area, Ogbomosho and one Babatunde Awolola. 
A search conducted on their persons led to the recovery of two severed human hands with gloves. The duo were promptly arrested.
“On same day at about 11:30AM, Police Detectives attached to Ipetumodu Divisional Headquarters, Ipetumodu, acting upon credible intelligence, executed a search warrant in the house of one Adeyeye Adeniyi of PBA’s compound, Moro and recovered human skull.
Fimihan also noted that the suspects will be charge to court.

Osun Govt Approves N18m For Contingent To National Youth Games

The State Government of Osun has approved the sum of N18 million for the preparation and participation of athletes and officials for the 2017 ‘3rd National Youth Games’ holding in Ilorin, Kwara.

The Commissioner for Social Protection, Sports and Special Needs, Mr Biyi Odunlade, while speaking with newsmen in Osogbo on the preparations of the state team, said the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola had already released the money/fund for the event.

Odunlade said the governor approved and released the total sum of N18 million for the camping, preparation and participation of athletes and officials in the Games and that the athletes and officials are all in high spirit as they set out for the Games in two days time.

He said the governor, a sport loving governor, believes that sports enhances physical and mental development, and that his love for sports facilitated the quick release of funds for the state participation in the Games.

He said a total of 68 athletes would be representing the state in 17 events, which includes; Athletics, Swimming, Boxing, Scrabble, Weight lifting, Karate, Judo, Table and Lawn Tennis and others.

He said the athletes going for the Games had been training within and outside the state for a long time and that the expectation of the state/government from the athletes are: ten Gold medals, 15 silver and 19 bronze medals.

According to the Commissioner, the officials and athletes were well prepared, motivated and ready to move and that by Thursday, they would all be in Ilorin for the Games.

He said his ministry is saddle with sports and youths development and that the youths games will provide an avenue for engaging the youths and channelling their energy positively.

“In the concern that we must develop the youths, we must develop sports. Besides laurels, sports is a positive attraction for all round development of the body.

“When you do sports, all negative distractions would go as your health will improve and your vision about life would equally improve as you become more righteous.” he said

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the National Youth Games would kick-off on Sept. 7 and will run till Sept. 17 in Ilorin, Kwara

Osun APC Is One United Party, Oyatomi Insists

By Toba Ajisafe

 

 

The spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress in Osun, Barr Kunle Oyatomi on Tuesday insisted that the party is not divided as claimed in some quarters.

 

Oyatomi who spoke to our Correspondent on phone reaffirmed party’s initial stand that there is no faction of any sort within the party adding that all organs of the party are working perfectly.

 

Recall that a chieftain of the party, Alhaji Fatai Diekola in a press statement on Monday, berated the party’s spokesperson for being economical with truth concerning crisis rocking the party in Osun.

 

Oyatomi said “I can’t react to what Diekola said because I am sure of what I have said about our unity.

 

He said, “Diekola only said what he thinks he could say but you can’t claim to be in a group and talk about disunity.

 

According to him, “A son who claims his father is not doing well; he should be ready to look for another father.

 

“I won’t add to what I have said before about the party’s unity. The Osun APC remains united. If you are not there, you are not there; you can’t be talking about disunity when you are neither here or there. It will only be contradictory.

 

“We know what is happening in Peoples Democratic Party, they made manifest their disunity but APC is different as we have only one chairman in person of Prince Gboyega Famoodu and we are holding our State Executive meeting every time at Osogbo party Secretariat and all the Exco members are usually in attendance.

 

“No division among the elders of the party, so we have all this on ground and if you are not part of this, it only shows you are an outsider and that is your own not APC issue.

 

It would be recalled that Barr. Kunle Oyatomi said in a statement issued over the weekend that, anyone who says there is division and faction in APC is an agent of PDP.

 

 

Aregbesola’s Education Reforms: Private Schools Losing Students To Public Schools In Osun – Proprietors

‎Things seemed to have been hard for private schools in Osun as some of the schools proprietors and proprietress lamented over the sharp decline in the ‎enrollment intake into the private schools in the state.
The decline which was described as artificial was said to have been the positive effects of education revolution of the present government in the state.
As it is, facts have emerged that the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola had not only taken the bull by the horn at revamping education sector, but only refocusing the people’s attention and interest to quality, qualitative and functional education through his various interventions that have attracted residents particularly parents to resolve taking their children to public schools.
The Osun public school sector that had almost collapsed and failed prior Aregbesola’s government are now at the central point of reference in enrollment strength, leaving private schools at enrollment low ebb.
It was gathered that private schools in the state are gradually loosing students to public schools due to facilities which Aregbesola’s administration had put in place to advance public education.
Some members of the National Association of Private School Proprietors of Nigeria, Osun state chapter, confirmed that the decline in the rate of pupils and students enrollment into private schools in the state had been on increase in the last few years.
The affected school proprietors stated this as part of reasons for their inability to meet up with the agreed tax ought to be paid to state government.
The officials of the Osun state Internal Revenue Service (OIRS) had few weeks ago went on standard enforcement visit to some of the private organizations including private schools, banks, hotels, companies, and industries in order to ascertain the level of their compliance to taxation, operational rules and standards.
The decision of the agency according to its chairman, Mr. Bicci Alli, was to complement government’s efforts towards the actualization of an improved and robust revenue capable of upsurging the state’s Internally Generated Revenue.
It was gathered that the action of the agency led to the seal of some private investments on the account that the affected companies violated some operational rules and that they were also found wanting of regular tax payment to the state.
However, the private school proprietors and proprietresses who could not hide their feelings on the development, attributed their failure to meet up with the agreed tax as sharp decline in the volume of students being enrolled to their schools per session.
They said the pupils and students enrollment to private schools in the state had reduced drastically to the extent that parents seemed to have been seeing public schools as better in their quest choice on the quality education.
Two of the proprietors whose names and identities withheld to avoid being discredited, described the huge investment made in education sector particularly the education infrastructure being put in place by Governor Aregbesola led government as major cause of their travails.
The duo who claimed to have been in the private education system over 18 years ago, noted that prior to the present administration, they had not for once found it difficult to pay their taxes as they have enough students and earned enough money to pay all the necessary bills including their taxes.
According to one of them, “what we are facing right now is hinged on what could be best described as total discouragement to private schools’ enrollment.
“We are facing serious decline in the pupils and students enrollment to private schools. But when this began to hit us on the face, we sat down to know what would have gone wrong, and we came with the fact that parents in the state have begun taking their children to public schools due to relative facilities.
“Unlike years past where public education was nothing to write home about. But now people have begun to see public education as a strong competitor to private education, thus making private schools losing enrollment strength and this is a bad omen to over investment.
“For instance, before, everybody wants to have his or her child being enrolled to private schools at least to have quality basic education through solid foundation, but now, reverse seems to be the case.
“Then, hardly one would pray to send his child to public school not because it is a taboo but because there were no facilities to bring out the best in the pupils, but when those necessary things were put in place, definitely attention would be shifted.
“Though this is painful to us as owners and proprietors of these schools because in a situation where one finds it extremely difficult to pay his staff, you know what it means”, he stressed.
Confirming the development, the Commissioner for Education, Mr. Wasiu Omotunde-young, said the efforts made by the Aregbesola’s administration not only to revive education but to build a virtuous man that will be productive for himself and the society has come to fruition as enrollment to public schools are annually on the increase.
Omotunde-young said the present administration in the state has demonstrated to the whole world through its various interventions that education remains the foundation for national development and a key instrument for socio-economic progress.
He said ‎Aregbesola has not only revived the already lost glory of public education but also embarked on radical, overhauling, pragmatic and far-reaching education reforms aimed at creating a functional, quality and qualitative education that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with private counterparts.
According to him, the state of education prior Aregbesola’s administration was in no doubt nothing to write home about as public education was in total shambles where schools were enveloped in decrepit structures and ‎deplorable state not even conducive for pigs not to talk of human beings.
“The standard of education which Aregbesola met on ground was an eyesore and apart from the infrastructural collapse, there was a rot in the system; the students’ performance was abysmal, and the learning environment was not conducive for teaching and learning.
“The teachers were not motivated, the students were equally not encouraged to be in schools and there was nothing to entice the pupils and students to come to school, so it was only the poor parents that sent their children to public schools in Osun before Aregbesola’s emergence.
“But beyond individual’s financial status and economic buoyancy that had been the major barrier and gap to access quality and functional education in Nigeria, the present administration in the state of Osun had not only broken the yokes but also restored the already lost hopes and confidence in education sector taking it back to dreams meant to be achieved by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo”, Omotunde-young stressed.
‎The Osun Education Commissioner, however, said the emergence of Governor Aregbesola in 2010 having inherited a comatose education sector where teachers lacked motivation and where students were less interested in learning occasioned by the poor academic environment gave birth to education reforms with which its positive results are being achieved today.
“‎Our reforms have had tremendous impacts on the Osun educational competitiveness. To justify the claims, it is on record that out of 37, 428 candidates that sat for West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in 2006, 4, 085 passed with 5 credits including English and Mathematics equivalent to 10.91 percent.
“In 2007, out of 36, 171 candidates, 2,483 passed equates 6.86 percent. In 2008, out of 37, 715 candidates, 3,813 passed with five credits passes including English and Mathematics making 10.11 percent. In 2009, out of 39, 676 candidates that wrote the exams, only 5, 545 passed with five credits passes equating 13.98 percent.
“In 2010, out of 43, 216 candidates, 6, 777 passed with five credits passes including English and Mathematics equivalent to 15.68 percent. In 2011, out of 53, 293 candidates that sat for the exams, 11, 431 passed with five credits passes including English and Mathematics making 21.9 percent.
“Also, in 2012, out of 51, 463 candidates that wrote WAEC, 11, 431 passed equating 22.21 percent. In 2013, out of 47, 009 candidates, 9, 654 passed equating 20.54 percent. In 2014, out of 47, 686 candidates, 8,844 passed making 18.55 percent. In 2015, out of 48, 845 candidates that sat for the exams, 10, 590 passed, while in 2016, 16, 983 passed with five credits including English and Mathematics out of 36, 679 that sat for the exams equivalent to 46.3 percent.
“The analysis shows that the performance of the students in Osun has been on astronomical increase in WAEC compared with the abysmal performance prior to Aregbesola’s government.
‎”The reasons for this are not far fetched as it could be attributed to overhaul modality and systematic approach taken by the Aregbesola led administration to revamp education and make public education the best in line with international best standards.
‎”On assumption of office, a six-point integral action was put in place by the Aregbesola led government as the guiding principle and policy framework to achieve an overall growth and development of the state where education was put on the front burner.
“The initiative saw the need to address teachers’ welfare and that of other non-teaching staff through timely teachers’ career advancement, regular training and retraining, provision of teaching incentives, regular teachers’ promotion and prompt payment of salaries and allowances”, he added.
Omotunde-young emphasized that the introduction of education reforms through schools reclassification into elementary, middle and high schools coupled with education infrastructures have culminated into an improved enrollment into public schools since Aregbesola’s emergence.
Echoing similar gestures, the Permanent Secretary, State Universal Basic Education in Osun (SUBEB), Mr. Fatai Kolawole described the school infrastructural facilities put in place by the state as major reason for the current students enrollment.
He said the rate of enrollment at elementary school was encouraging to the extent that no term or session that the public schools in the state are not making improvement on the enrollment.
Kolawole added, “I am not surprised by this development because such are expected to happen in a situation where government does the necessity on education sector.
“The huge investment made in education by our governor is enough to get one tempted into striving very hard to benefit from the facilities there-in as all the model schools are not only equipped but serving as cynosure to parents to get their children enrolled into those schools.
“The conducive environments and serene atmospheric weather condition designed for teaching and learning in all the newly built model schools had not only become a pivotal instrument to enhance teaching and learning, but also had a captivating impact in breaking the palpable inferiority complexity and dichotomy between public and private school students.
‎”Is it the uniforms to talk about? Or the success of Osun Elementary School Feeding Programme known as (O’Meals) where thousands of pupils are fed on every school day or tablets of knowledge freely distributed to students at final classes? All‎ these remain the contributory factors to improved enrollment in public schools because parents have begun to see these interventions as point of reference to enroll their children in public schools since the accessibility of these facilties costs nothing”.

Sallah: Fun Seekers Besiege Nelson Mandela Freedom Park In Osogbo, Lauds Aregbesola’s Social Protection Initiatives‎

The social protection projects of the state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has once again been commended by the residents of the state particularly the Eid-El-Kabir holiday makers who besieged popular Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo for Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The ‎residents also extolled Governor Aregbesola for being aggressive towards rejuvenating the economy of the state through his social protection initiatives.
The Park has in the last few days witnessing an impressive influx of people who have come for one or two recreation, refreshment and relaxation from across the state
It is not an hyperbole to say that the 2017 Eid-el-Kabir was enveloped in funfare and celebration galore with mass participants at the park.
While eulogizing the state government under the leadership of Governor Aregbesola for putting in place such recreation centre, those at the park described the centre as first of its kind in the state.
Speaking intermittently to express their delights on the centre, Comrade Ibrahim Muslihudeen Olayinka; Miss Mufliat Adeniyi, Mr Jooda Nurudeen Olaniyi, Dr. Olawale Sulaimon, Mrs. Romoke Anjonrin, Mr. Salaudeen Sakiru and Engineer Nureni Adebiyi said with the construction of the Park, the state has opened a new ‎opportunity for tourism sector to thrive.
In his words, Dr Sulaimon said the emergence of the  Park in the state capital will in no measure have a great impact in the economy of the state.
According to him, “I am highly impressed to be here with my family. This is impressive and it has to be commended because since the creation of this state, nothing as such was done.
“Despite the fact that this park is still under construction, the facilities therein are in no doubt suitable for refreshment.
“As you can see, we have had a lot of nice times here. We have taken pictures at different locations and my family are in no doubt feeling fully at home.
“Though I don’t stay at home but each time I come home for one thing or the other, I am always impressed with pace of development especially in the area of infrastructure”, Dr Sulaimon added.‎
In the same vein, Comrade Olayinka an indigene of Ilobu in Irepodun Local Government Area of the state, described the Park as unprecedented in the history of the state.
He hailed Governor Aregbesola for turning Osogbo to a real state capital through the provision of physical infrastructures, saying the construction of the Park at a conspicuous location has given Osogbo another face-lift of development.
Olayinka added, “to me the successful construction of this Park has justified the genuine intention of the present government in the state to transform the state capital into mega city.
“Aside massive roads construction that cut across the nooks and crannies of the state particularly Osogbo which is the state capital, this Nelson Mandela Freedom Park is another giant stride that deserves commendation.
“My visit to this Park has opened my eyes to reality that our governor and his government meant well for us because if a government could nurture such a lofty ideology of turning a sawmill to this marvelous garden, then such administration deserves kudos.
“I have been coming here for the last five days I have been in the state, but today I felt like bringing my family here to catch fun, and as I am talking to you, we have all enjoyed our stay at this Park.
“Since it costs no dime, we have freely moved round the facilities especially at the fountain pools that are not only exciting but significant.
“I am a citizen of Osun and I have lived in this state for so many years before I traveled to the North where I am currently working, but through out the times I was at home, no government thought of this.
“So, I really appreciate the political sagacity of Governor Aregbesola that yielded this, it shows that we have a visionary leader at the helm of affairs because if not, many of these initiatives would have been aborted half way”.‎
Corroborating similar gestures, Mrs Anjounrin said the construction of the Park has added another accolade to Aregbesola’s profile, nothing that the history will continue to remember his good works
Mrs Anjounrin, a retired Immigration Officer, said she was very happy to be at the Park where liberty and freedom is prioritized.‎
She said her visit to the Park has made her to further interact with masses most especially the hawkers and streets petty traders that brought their goods to the Park for sale.
“Since this place is free for all, then it is good to be at an amusement park like this where one will meet people from different backgrounds.
“I have come; I have seen and I have benefited from some of the facilities in this garden. Though it is not yet completed and commissioned, but the little facilities here are worthwhile for recreation and refreshment.
“I came from Ikirun though not really because of this park, but when I got to this area, I found a lot of interesting things that hooked my attention.
“I have toured round the Park and I am impressed with the goal which the state is dreamed to actualise on this project, because when it is completed, it will be the best centre to be by all,”Mrs Anjounrin stressed.‎
While appealing to the people in the state to support the state government in its effort to rebuild Osun, a groundnut hawker, Mrs Silifat Kasali, said the influx of the people to the Park has increased her sales.
According to Mrs. Kasali, sales had improved greatly since the volume of the people to the Park began to increase particularly about three days ago.
She attributed the development to a huge investment made by the Aregbesola led government to turn around the Park for the betterment of the citizenry.
“Though Salah celebration is still fresh and people are still coming to this Park in large number,  but how I wish that this Salah continues so that large people could be visiting this place, thus increases sales.
“Over three days ago, my sales has been on the increase and I am happy that my state has such a big and attractive Park like this”, she submitted.‎