Osun Successes Draw Participation In Jolly Phonics Summit In UK

Government of the State of Osun, through the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) is one of the participant states at the ongoing First International Jolly Phonics Summit at Herringham Hall, Regent’s University, Regent’s Park, London.

The Chairman, Osun SUBEB, Prince Felix Awofisayo is presently representing the state at the summit, holding between September 17th and 21st, 2017.

The invitation was extended to the state government based on the achievements recorded in the education sector, especially at the basic level, being overseeing by SUBEB.

The summit is being organised by a non-profit organisation, Universal Learning Solutions, which works with government, educators, donors and experts around the world to provide bespoke services that deliver innovative literacy solutions and it is currently supporting projects in Nigeria, Cameroon, Nepal, Kenya, and Pakistan.

The organisation, enthuses teachers to deliver high quality literacy tuition and build the institutional capacity of partners through knowledge and skill transfer.

However, the 2017 Jolly Phonic International Summit, provides a unique opportunity for key educationalists from across the world, most especially Africa to share their learning and experiences with an International Audience, whilst building the institutional capacity of participants to manage large-scale Jolly Phonics literacy intervention.

The summit is expected to provide platform for ideas and plans to be generated to ensure the long term sustainability of the project. It is expected to further contribute to transformation of literacy levels which is currently taking place through the work of the organisation in partnership with government.

The participants are expected to gain a deeper insight into the primary importance of literacy for the development of any nation, just as they are expected to have better understanding of what Jolly Phonics is and the potential that it has to transform English literacy level.

It will also enable participants to identify lessons learned over the last 10 years in Nigeria, explore potential new innovations and plan for future successes.

Awofisayo, during a chat with this medium said the summit would assist the state government to sustain the tempo of the successes recorded so far in the education sector.

 

Osun PDP Congress: Factions On Collision Course

The ongoing measures to resolve the dispute ravaging the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State of Osun might not be the ultimate solution, as the caretaker committee inaugurated to pilot the resolution may have integrity crisis among the stakeholders of the party in the state.

It would be recalled that the PDP had set up a caretaker committee in some states with Hon. Sarafadeen Isola from Ogun State heading the Osun team to pilot the party out of the crisis by organising a congress to usher in fresh executive for the party in the state ahead of the forthcoming governorship primary election.

It was gathered that prior to the constitution of the committee, the warring factions stands on each other’s throat insisting on the appointment of the committee members from their camps.

Although, since the arrival of the committee, the gladiators have to a large extent sheathe their swords hoping that their supporters in the party would influence their victory in the congress to be organised by the committee on a date yet to be schedule.

While the committee operates from the Ogo-Oluwa Secretariat of the party, the other secretariat at Biket area of the state capital is still operational as the faction is not totally letting go of its guard.

Meanwhile some members of the party belonging to Adagunodo-led faction have started suspecting that the Sarafadeen-led caretaker committee is in the state to position Faforiji, who is believed to enjoy the support of Senator Iyiola Omisore and by extension the Abuja caucus of the party.

This, a source said, has been propelling the other faction to be preparing for the worst.

According to Mr Alao Adeolu, a close associate of Soji Adagunodo, there are no factions in Osun PDP at present considering the fact that the National Secretariat has dissolve both side with a view to ensuring that peace reign in the party.

He added that those in the Adagunodo faction believed that the caretaker committee has the capacity to organise a free and fair election that would produce an acceptable executive committee for the PDP in the state.

“If the committee organise a free and fair election, we, in the Adagunodo faction would accept the outcome of such election but if the process is not fair we would resist any act of injustice. However, we are confident of victory in a free and fair election”.

Similarly, a source close to the camp loyal to Dr. Bayo Faforiji disclosed that the PDP knew those that are loyal to its course and would not leave the party at the mercy of those that would devour it opportunities.

The source further disclosed that everyone is free to claim to have the majority in the party but the congress to be organised would eventually decide the side that hold the majority of supporters in the party.

Findings revealed that members of the two factions in the party are still loyal to the parallel executive committees of the camps they belong to prior to their dissolution and it is the reason the two secretariats are still functional even as a caretaker committee is in place.

Giving Information To Security Agencies Will Aid Crime Fighting – Osun NSCDC Commandant

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), is a Para-military agency of the Federal Government, commissioned to provide measures against threats and any form of attack or disaster against the nation and its citizenry. The agency is created by the NSCDC Act No. 2 of 2003 and amended by the Act of 4th June 2017.

SOLA JACOBS engages the Osun State Commandant of the NSCDC, Ayodele Olusola Philips, on some of the roles that the corps has played in ensuring security of lives and properties in the state.

 

OSDF: In the State of Osun, it has been acknowledged that there is relative peace and low crime rate, what in your view is the secret behind this?

Ayodele: These could be attributed to the collaborated efforts of the security agencies in Osun.  When we are talking about security, it involves all stakeholders and if there is no unity amongst the security agencies, we won’t achieve anything. So, there has been synergy among all the security agencies situated in the state. Besides that, the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the government of Osun have provided opportunity for all stakeholders involved to interact towards the sustenance of security in the state and, that is why Osun is enjoying relative peace.

OSDF: What has been the contribution of your command to the feat that had been achieved on security in the state so far?

Ayodele: We have contributed our quota by providing surveillance in the state, as we have our men in all the 31 LGS. When I say our men, I am talking about our intelligent officers and they are doing quite good job by gathering information for us. Once we get this information as it relates to each mandate of every ministry, we disseminate to all the security agencies. For instance, if a case has to do with NDLEA, we try those cases and then transfer the cases to them. The same thing with the police. In the case of Osun, we don’t have oil pipeline, hence its burden is reduced.

OSDF: What about the protection of electricity cables in the state?

Ayodele: Our cables are very safe. As you know that the protection of critical infrastructures is our core mandate, and when we are talking about critical infrastructures, we are talking about fixed asset in the economy, so that is our core mandate. We have all our guards stationed around every area and ensuring that we do our job the way we should.

We have our men in every sub-stations, we work with IBEDC (Ibadan Electricity Distributions Company) to be precise, collaborate with them, go out with them and any where they discover that the transformer or cable is or about to be vandalised, we take actions.

OSDF: Where is the collaborative point between the command and civil community in the state?

Ayodele: Well, you have said it all, we are closer to communities by the nature of our civic responsibility as implies by the name “Civil”. We respect our name and we maintain that integrity the Federal Government has given to us. Our activities had been so civic in nature. So, we collaborate with our hosting communities to ensure that the society remain peaceful.

OSDF: Do the command, handle civil cases too?

Ayodele: The command handles both civil and criminal cases; we even have power to prosecute, as the act establishing NSCDC empowered us to do so; we have the power to arrest with or without warrant. Sometimes, we run away from some cases, because we don’t want to be at loggerhead with other security agencies.

Besides, as part of peace management, we also engage in conflict resolution among willing public, willing Nigerians when the two parties are willing to settle. We have a lot of cases, we mediate on crises, land disputes, marital issues, and anything that you can think of. One wonderful thing with us is that we respect mandate of other security agencies; we try cases, then transfer cases to them.

If you go to the Nigeria Police, they will tell you the number of cases we’ve transferred to them, the same thing with the NDLEA, NAPTIP and many other.

OSDF: The issue of ritual killings in the state, what is the effort of your command to tackle this menace in our society?

Ayodele: Well, it is a collaborative effort, it is not for Civil Defence alone and we have been doing our very best, once we get information. There is nothing we can do except the people are willing to give us information. For example, there was a case we recently got hint of through intelligent gatherings, and we invited those involved, but they were scared of coming to divulge information. In this case what can we do?

We need to sensitise the public, educate them as we protect them. I am sure why they are afraid is that, they are scared of their lives. We need to do everything possible in seeking collaboration from the public to supply us with information and we assure them that any information that is given to us would be treated with utmost confidentiality.

NULGE Lobbies Osun Parliament On LG Autonomy

By Israel Afolabi

The State of Osun House of Assembly has thrown its weight behind the ongoing agitations for Local Government autonomy in the country.

Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Najeem Salaam stated this while addressing protesting members of National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) at the State Assembly Complex, Osogbo State of Osun.

Salaam saluted the courage of Osun and National body of NULGE for their bold step taking in support of local government autonomy across the country.

According to the speaker, “The House of Assembly of Osun belongs to you as you also belong to the House as well. We have our own mind and know what to do about it”.

Salaam assured that the interest of the council workers would surely be taken care of during their debate on the floor of the house.

Meanwhile the protest was led by South-West Vice president, Comrade Ambali Akeem in company of Chairman NULGE State of Osun Comrade Adeyeye Adedeji and Chairman Osun Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Adekomi Jacob to register their support for local government autonomy before state parliaments.

The National Vice president, Comrade Ambali Akeem who led the protest urged the State Assembly to grant financial and administrative autonomy to local governments in the state for smooth running of their activities.

He also solicited the abolition of joint allocation between local and state government across the country for proper accountability.

Also, the NULGEE state chairman, Comrade Adeyeye Adedeji said all the local government workers are in total support of the autonomy in the State of Osun and Nigeria.

According to him, “We have local governments that have been castrated in this country, and therefore, let there be local government autonomy”.

In his own contribution, Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state, Comrade Adekomi Jacob added that the union was in support of the masses in the state.

He said, “We are here today because of the entire masses in the land and to register their grievances on local government administration in the state. We are saying that autonomy should be granted to the council for the benefit of the people at the grassroot level”.

Cult Clash: Residents Panic As Police Launches Massive Arrest 

By Sikiru Obarayese  

Sequel to the bloody clash between some cult groups in Osogbo, the capital of the State of Osun early in the week, there have been panic in some part of the city, as the security agencies have launched massive arrest.

It would be recalled that sequel to the killing of one Hamed Olugbodi, son of a former State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Chief Olugbodi, who was said to be a member of one the groups. The groups have been trailing each other and engaging in bloody clashes.

The clash of Monday this week was the height of it all, when the groups took over some parts of the state capital like Oke-Ayepe, Ayetoro, Owode, and Old-Garage among others, shooting sporadically and displaying machets, axes and other dangerous weapon in search of their rivals.

The clash continued till Tuesday, after which the police has launched an operation in search of members of the cult groups.

However, massive arrests that have been launched by the state Police Command, which has begun to create panic, as residents are now entertaining fear over what they called “indiscriminate arrest of members of public who are innocent”.

In some strategic places like Ayetoro, Old-Garage, Ola-Iya and Oke-fia among others, shop owners have cultivated the habit of closing their businesses very early for fear of being arrested for no just cause.

It was also observed that residents are now afraid of staying at bus stops or along the road, waiting for mini-buses, particular during nightfall.

This was observed on Wednesday, as about three police vans were sited at Ola-Iya junction fully loaded with arrested people.

Some of the shop owners who spoke with OSUN DEFENDER in Alekuwodo area of the town said, they were forced to close their businesses very early than usual to avoid being arrested for no just cause.

They urged the police operatives to be mindful of the innocent ones in the course of carrying out investigation into the matter and making arrest.

School Resumption: Parents Lament High Cost Of School Materials

By Tola Oyewale

As schools resumed for the 2017/2018 academic session on Monday, parents have lamented the high cost of school materials, in spite of the announced bouncing back and departure from recession in the country.

A parent, Mrs. Abimbola Adebayo said, the school materials are now more expensive, even more than the school fees itself.

Another parent who is also a civil servant, said many traders who sell the school materials were taking advantage of the poor economy in the country, knowing fully well that there was no other choice, as their children must return to school after the break.

In the same vein, a trader at Igbona market who sells school bags, shoes and other school materials said all these school items are now expensive compared to the previous year when the prices were more pocket-friendly.

A school teacher, Mrs. Odeniyi said the school materials, such as school bags, books, textbook and school fees have increased despite the economy situation the country finds itself.

She said most of the textbooks that would be used in this new session are now expensive.

Meanwhile, a visit to some of the schools showed that academic work has started fully in both the private and public schools, as teachers were seen in classes delivering lectures to students.

Osun PDP Congress: Factions On Collision Course

By Shina Abubakar

The ongoing measures to resolve the dispute ravaging the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State of Osun might not be the ultimate solution, as the caretaker committee inaugurated to pilot the resolution may have integrity crisis among the stakeholders of the party in the state.

It would be recalled that the PDP had set up a caretaker committee in some states with Hon. Sarafadeen Isola from Ogun State heading the Osun team to pilot the party out of the crisis by organising a congress to usher in fresh executive for the party in the state ahead of the forthcoming governorship primary election.

It was gathered that prior to the constitution of the committee, the warring factions stands on each other’s throat insisting on the appointment of the committee members from their camps.

Although, since the arrival of the committee, the gladiators have to a large extent sheathe their swords hoping that their supporters in the party would influence their victory in the congress to be organised by the committee on a date yet to be schedule.

While the committee operates from the Ogo-Oluwa Secretariat of the party, the other secretariat at Biket area of the state capital is still operational as the faction is not totally letting go of its guard.

Meanwhile some members of the party belonging to Adagunodo-led faction have started suspecting that the Sarafadeen-led caretaker committee is in the state to position Faforiji, who is believed to enjoy the support of Senator Iyiola Omisore and by extension the Abuja caucus of the party.

This, a source said, has been propelling the other faction to be preparing for the worst.

According to Mr Alao Adeolu, a close associate of Soji Adagunodo, there are no factions in Osun PDP at present considering the fact that the National Secretariat has dissolve both side with a view to ensuring that peace reign in the party.

He added that those in the Adagunodo faction believed that the caretaker committee has the capacity to organise a free and fair election that would produce an acceptable executive committee for the PDP in the state.

“If the committee organise a free and fair election, we, in the Adagunodo faction would accept the outcome of such election but if the process is not fair we would resist any act of injustice. However, we are confident of victory in a free and fair election”.

Similarly, a source close to the camp loyal to Dr. Bayo Faforiji disclosed that the PDP knew those that are loyal to its course and would not leave the party at the mercy of those that would devour it opportunities.

The source further disclosed that everyone is free to claim to have the majority in the party but the congress to be organised would eventually decide the side that hold the majority of supporters in the party.

Findings revealed that members of the two factions in the party are still loyal to the parallel executive committees of the camps they belong to prior to their dissolution and it is the reason the two secretariats are still functional even as a caretaker committee is in place.

Babalola Charges Local Govt. Workers On Punctuality

Local Government employees in the State of Osun been admonished to be loyal to the present administration by performing their duties with all sense of seriousness and total Commitment.

The Chairman, Local Government service commission, Elder Peter Babalola stated this while addressing the staff during an impromptu visit to Irewole North East, Ayedaade main council and Ife North councils in the morning today.

Elder Babalola expressed displeasure at the low turnout of workers in the 3 Local Government Areas visited, saying the Commission will no longer condone any act of indiscipline such as late coming and absenteeism.

According to him, erring officers in the Local government Councils will henceforth be sanctioned in line with the rules and regulations.

The Local Government service Commission’s boss emphasised that, the unexpected visit to Local Government Councils will be routine.

My Plan is to Extend Iwo Territory – Oluwo

The Imperial Majesty of Iwo Kingdom, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi has declared his intention to extend the Territory of Iwo Empire by not selling any land in the community but to buy more land at the boundary and name it after Iwo kingdom.

 

The revered monarch who spoke at his palace describing his personality, said, he is contented with what God bestowed upon him.

 

Oba Akanbi condemning materialism mentality, he said, “I’m wealthy and contented. Money is just one of my instruments God bestowed on me. It bows for me. I can buy any latest vehicles but of what advantage is acquiring material instruments when millions of Nigerians are hungry. As such, I channel my resources to feeding the orphans, widows and the less privileged in my palace.

 

“I rehabilitate roads, assisting in school fees payments and many other humanitarian services.  That is my own Rolls-Royce, my luxury and happiness “.

 

He also added, “I’ve never sell a plot of land in Iwo since my enthronement and I will never sell.  A responsible father doesn’t sell his children property, only a father suffering from poverty of ideas does that.

 

He reiterated that, selling Iwo land is like selling his children property.

 

He said, “I don’t and will never do that. Even, I’m planning to buy some land at the extreme edge of my territory to extend my domain. If I buy land belonging to Oyo at my boundary and change it name to Iwo. That is one of my dreams “.

BREAKING: LAUTECH Announces Resumption Date

By Toba Ajisafe

The Governing Council of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, has approved resumption of activities on the Institution’s Campuses which would take effect from Friday September 15, 2017.

This was contained in a release by Head, Public and Alumni Relations Unit, Mr. Lekan Fadeyi which was made available to OSUN DEFENDER on Thursday.

According to a statement signed by the Registrar and Secretary to Council, Mr. Jacob Agboola, students of the University are expected to return to school on Monday September 25th, 2017, while full academic activities, the details of which Senate will announce, shall commence immediately after the Independence anniversary holiday.

The State Government of Osun on its part said  it is excited that the governing council has reached this decision on the resumption of the institution.

Speaking on Thursday, a governor’s aide who was privy to the negotiations, but who isn’t permitted to speak with the media confirmed to OSUN DEFENDER that the government is excited by the decision to reopen the institution for academic activities.

The Governing Council had in its statement thanked the two owner states for agreeing to provide necessary support to the institution.

“Council thanked the Governors of Oyo and Osun States, Senator Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi and Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola respectively, for agreeing to support the University with necessary funds to enable the University to return to its normal work schedule and reinvigorate its latent capacities for accelerated and sustainable growth and development.  Council also appreciated all stakeholders for their understanding and support.

“Council further appealed to students, staff, parents as well as the general public to demonstrate greater faith and dedication to the well-being of the institution, as better days lie ahead of it. Concerted efforts should, therefore, be geared towards ensuring that nothing is allowed to disrupt the normal work of the University again.

 

 

“State of Osun” Not An Aberration To 1999 Constitution – Osun AG

Dr Ajibola Basiru, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the State of Osun, on Wednesday told an Osun State High Court that the use of “State of Osun” instead of Osun State by the Rauf Aregbesola’s government did not contravene the 1999 Constitution.

The state Chief Law officer was in court to defend Governor Aregbesola in a case instituted by a human rights activist, Bar. Kanmi Ajibola on the recently signed law tagged “State of Osun Land Use Charge Law 2016” in which he urged the court to declare the said law illegal, null and void.

Ajibola has contended among other things in his suit No. HIL/14/2016 that the law made by the state House of Assembly and signed by Governor Aregbesola under the name “State of Osun” was unconstitutional.

While citing many constitutional provisions and other relevant authorities to buttress his position, the plaintiff explained that “State of Osun” and Osun State did not mean the same thing and that “State of Osun” is strange and unknown to the 1999 constitution.

He averred that based on the seventh schedule of the constitution, both the governor and the lawmakers were administered into the office as officials of Osun State and not “State of Osun”.

He urged the court to nullify the Land Use Law Charge 2016 and to declare as illegal all other decisions and actions taken so far by the Aregbesola’s administration with the use of the name and reference “State of Osun”.

But the AG who led the state legal team from the Ministry of Justice faulted Ajibola’s arguments when he contended that the plaintiff erred in law, saying Aregbesola’s administration has done nothing wrong against the spirit of the 1999 constitution.

He took all the issues raised by the plaintiff one after the other by citing sections of the constitutional provisions and concluded that “by describing itself as, “State of Osun House of Assembly”, as it rightly did, the House of Assembly has not contravened any provisions of the 1999 constitution and the court is urged to hold so”.

“Therefore, it is submitted that reference to either itself or the law it made with the phrase ‘State of Osun’ has not in any way rendered the constitutional powers of the House of Assembly to make law unconstitutionally.

“The House of Assembly can add any prefix to its name as it wishes and desires and the same thing goes with the law it made so far the key words “Osun” and “State” are there no prejudice is done to the constitution, the Federal Government and the co-federating states”, the AG submitted.

The Director of Legal Services of the state House of Assembly, Bar. Rachael Ojinmi represented the state’s 26 lawmakers as the second defendants in the suit.

After the adoption of addresses by the plaintiff and the respondents, the presiding judge, Justice Yinka Afolabi fixed the final judgment of the matter to November 14, 2017.

It would be recalled that Justice Afolabi had shifted the judgment date twice by formulating further questions on the suit to be addressed by the plaintiff and the defendants.