If OYES Is Scrapped, Crime Rate In Osun Will Skyrocket – Volunteers

By Sodiq Yusuf

Volunteers of the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme, OYES in Osun East Senatorial District have called on successive governments after Governor Rauf Aregbesola to embrace the continuity of the scheme as its abolition portends great security risk for the State of Osun.

In separate interviews with OsunDefender, beneficiaries of the scheme who lauded the initiative of the present administration in reducing unemployment and crime rate of the state by taking 20,000 Youths off the streets said OYES has been of immense value to their lives.

Some of the beneficiaries who have used proceeds from the scheme to start up their own businesses after their exit observed that the programme has indeed transformed their lives.

One of the beneficiaries said “I’ve been a graduate looking for job. When I joined OYES, the money I got there with the help of my people was used to establish computer shop and at the same time, I sell stationeries as well as having a patent medicine store.”

Omoniyi Dayo who was an OYES Cadet said “When we started OYES, some of us decided to go into fish farming.

We decided to start a cooperative and contributory scheme of about N100,000. When I got my own, I started the fish farming business which has boomed.”

Another entrepreneur whose capital was raised from the OYES monthly allowance, Odewole Dele told OsunDefender that savings from his stipend helped in the venture of selling Recharge Cards and Engine Oil.

His words “I was able to save my OYES stipends from 2013-2015 to the tune of N240,000 with which I started dealing in Engine Oil and recharge cards. The investment has yielded and grown to about N1 million naira as of February, 2018.”

Jimoh Ifeoluwa asserted that “OYES gave me the shop I have today. After my secondary education, I enrolled for OYES and this gave me the funds used in establishing my shop.

Olubisi Oluwaseun who hails from Modakeke in Osun East said with OYES, he has been able to raise funds for the completion of his house.

“Since we started OYES, we have observed that the rate of stealing and armed robbery has been drastically reduced. OYES has taken people like us off the street. With OYES, I was able to buy my land and my parents didn’t know about it till I wanted to start my foundation.”

Oluwaseun stated that “There will be problem if the present or next government says they are not interested in the programme anymore. This is because someone who has been receiving a monthly stipend of N10,000 before and has nowhere to go again, it will increase the crime rate of the state.”

“We are just appealing to the present and incoming government to please ensure that this kind of opportunity end in Osun.”

The OYES Coordinator, Rtd Col Enibukun Oyewole said in an interview with OsunDefender that the scheme which has employed over 60,000 Youths in the last 7 years started in December 2010 with its first set commissioned in February, 2011.

Mr Bunmi Otegbade who oversees OYES, GEN Partnership said a programme is in place to provide entrepreneurial opportunities for cadets after their exit from the scheme.

He said the programme which allows beneficiaries of the scheme from the three senatorial districts of the state with about 100 of them attending to gain entrepreneurial skills during their stay to ensure that they optimize opportunities abound in entrepreneurship after they finish their 2-year stay.

OYES Mentors’ Forum Organises End Of The Year Party In Osogbo

The Forum of OYES Mentors on Thursday, 7th December, 2017 organised its end of the year party, lauding the Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for his forthrightness and visionary leadership, especially on the youth empowerment scheme and such other social intervention programmes.

Chairman of the mentors’ forum, Mr Charles Ajani, a retired Assistant Comptroller General of Immigration in his remarks was full of praises of the management committee of the scheme, especially the Commandante, Col. Enibukun Oyewole for his tireless effort and purposeful leadership

He noted that the Governor has made the mentors useful in retirement and are happy to have been a part of the OYES story.

The event was graced by members of the OYES management committee including, Mr Olugbenga Odulaja, Commissioner for Education Mr Kola Omotunde-Young, Commissioner for Empowerment and Youth Engagement, Mrs Mofolake Adegboyega.

The Commandante of the OYES in his remarks was full of praises to the mentors for being good ambassadors by assisting him in the discharge of his duties, saying the modest achievements of the OYES under his watch as commandante could not have been possible without the mentors and other supporting staff of the scheme.

The event climaxed with the presentation of the 2018 Calendar which was done by Mrs Mofolake Adegboyega and Mr Kola Young respectively.

  But For O’YES, There Would Have Been Mass Unemployment In Osun – Commissioner

By Nofisat Adeoye
The State of Osun Commissioner for Empowerment and Youth Engagement, Hon. Mofolake Adegboyega has posited that but for Youth Employment Scheme of the State Government tagged, OYES, there would have been mass unemployment in the state.
She said this while unveiling the 2018 Calendar of the scheme during its end of year party and award in Osogbo, the State capital.
Adegboyega appreciated the good work of the OYES, tagging it one of the best programmes initiated by the State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
She added if this scheme had not come in place, there would have been rancour and mass unemployment in the state.
The State Commissioner for Education, Hon. Wasiu Omotunde-Young who was  also at the party and a member of the OYES management committee, congratulated and appreciated the Mentors of the scheme for their unending support to Government.
The Chairman, OYES Mentor Forum, Mr Charles Ajani, also appreciated the initiator of the scheme, Governor Aregbesola.
He also thanked the OYES management committee for their support since the inception of the scheme.
He added that as far as they are all retired officers in Nigeria military services, if the scheme had not accommodate them, they would have turned into another thing in the society.
The commandante of the scheme, Rtd Col. EniIbukun Oyewole appreciated the Mentors and all the prefects of all local Government Areas for the unflinching support given to him.
He charged all mentors to be more active in their various domains in the state.
Highlights from the programme include an award of excellence presented to the scheme commandant by the Mentor Forum.

How Empowered Youths Can Dictate The Security Of A Nation

By Israel Afolabi

The economic challenges of the nation have in no small measure affected commitments to managing and checking threats in internal security.

The Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made this known during the courtesy visit of the staff and students of Armed Forces Command and Staff College, on one week study tour themed; National Security and Youth Empowerment, at the Government House in the state capital.

Governor Aregbesola stated that, it is critical that internal security must never be undermined, and that the challenge faced in higher proportion of security is same with countries in African sub sahara.

Linking the theme of the study tour with National Security and Youth Empowerment of the student was to understand the situation of Security and Osun Youth empowerment, with emphasis on Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme OYES and Osun Elementary School Feeding programme which been adopted by Federal Government of Nigeria and World Bank.

Governor Aregbesola stated that with his administration’s policy, higher percentage of Osun Youths were empowered and engaged, and with that, the youth find it difficult to harass anyone, but focus their energy on being successful, through the social protection programs implemented by the state government.

He also stated that Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme has not only curbed youth restiveness, but has also contributed to economic growth, thereby placing the State as one of the safest state in the country, and one with reduced poverty index economically, as well as high rate of human development.

Speaking at the event, the Team Coordinator, Wing Commander Abiodun Ogunmola stated that the Senior Course Forty’s one week study tour to the State was in fulfillment of criteria of training of the students during their course of study at the college.

He stated that the State of Osun is one of the twelve states selected for the study on National Security and Youth Empowerment, and he affirmed that the senior course forty students will understudy the empowerment policies and its link in the state to National security, as well as write reports and make recommendations where needed.

Ogunmola appreciated the State Government for approving the study tour group and all agencies of the government and the ministry of Empowerment and Youth Engagement for the success of the programme.

Narrating his military experience and linking it with his involvement in Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme, OYES Commandante, Colonel Eni-ibukun Oyewole rtd affirmed that Governor Aregbesola’s investment in Osun Youth and other social protection programmes are attestation that Osun Government believes in empowerment and engagement of youth as an active measure for national security via safe society for its citizens.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Commissioner for Empowerment and Youth Engagement, Mrs. Adetoun Adegboyega stated that when youths are not empowered or engaged, older generations are threatened and the survival of the state and country are also threatened.

She emphasized that Governor Aregbesola’s administration have been able to ensure security by empowering and engaging youths in the state with meaningful programmes to take them off the street.

OYES Mentor Forum Organizes End Of The Year Party, Awards Commandant

The forum of OYES Mentors yesterday Thursday organised it’s end of the year party, thanking Ogbeni Aregbesola for his forthrightness and vision especially on the OYES scheme and other numerous projects.

Chairman of the OYES Mentors forum, Mr Charles Ajani a retired Assistant Comptroller General of Immigration in his remarks was full of praise for the management committee of the OYES and especially the Commandant, Col Oyewole Eniibukun rtd for his tireless efforts, purposeful leadership, pragmatism and Charisma.

The mentors noted that that Mr Governor has made many of them useful in retirement and are happy to have been a part of the OYES story.

The event was graced by members of the OYES management committee, Mr Olu Odulaja and Mr Kola Omotunde-Young who doubles as Commissioner for Education and Mrs Mofolake Adegboyega Commissioner for Empowerment and Youth Engagements.

The Commandant of the OYES in his remarks was full of praises for the Mentors for being good ambassadors and assisting him in the discharge of his duties as “a tree cannot make a forest”, and that the modest achievements of the OYES under his watch as Commandant couldn’t have been possible without the Mentors and other support staff at the OYES HQ.

Describing the award of “Champion of Youth Empowerment and Engagement” conferred on him by the Mentors as a successful ambush, because he has refused to accept similar awards in the past as he does not want to be distracted in his assignments.

The event climaxed with the presentation of the 2018 Calendar which was done by Hon Mofolake Adegboyega and Kola Omotunde Young respectively.

Osun Government Commended On Commitment To Social Protection

The State Government of Osun under the visionary leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has for the umpteenth time been commended for its unparalleled commitment to social protection.
The Coordinator, State of Osun Operation Coordinating Unit of the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO), Mr. Olufemi Ifaturoti stated this while delivering his keynote address at the Training on Savings and Group Mobilization (SGM) for Local Government Cash Transfer Facilitators organized by the State Cash Transfer Unit.
Mr. Ifaturoti said Governor Aregbesola’s penchant to banish poverty, banish hunger and banish unemployment in line with the Six-Point-Integral Action Plan of his administration as evident in the numerous social safety net initiatives of the present regime in the state such as O’YES, O’MEAL, AGBA OSUN, etc attracted the World Bank and other reputable development partners.
The State Coordinator of Osun YESSO, who harped on the need to ensure that poverty and all forms of vulnerabilities become a thing of the past for those who are currently afflicted by this unpleasant predicament within the shortest possible time, enjoined the participants and other stakeholders to ensure that the existing and potential beneficiaries of this Social Safety Nets intervention are only those who are in dire need of assistance.
In their separate remarks at the event, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Pharm Omolara Ajayi represented by the Director of Women Affairs in the Ministry, Mrs. Grace Omoloye, the State Director, National Orientation Agency, Dr. Lawrence Martins, the Director of Finance and Administration, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Mrs. Kehinde Odediran and the Head of the State Cash Transfer Unit, Mrs. Adeola Oyebamiji all enjoined the participants to see the training as a call to duty and ensure that Osun comes out tall at the end of the programme.

Aregbesola: It’s Time We Return To Farming

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State , has said that it is time for Nigeria to go back to farming to sustain itself, saying a time would come when the nation would be left with no other option than agriculture.

Aregbesola said this while inspecting 40 acres of farmland owned by the state in Ilesha area. Similar farmlands have been created in all the 24 Local Government Areas.

Aregbesola said government at all levels must do whatever it can to boost food production in the country.

“As we all know, food and shelter are too essential for the survival of humanity and no serious government will trivialise the need to encourage agriculture, particularly at a time when the value of crude oil is progressively sliding into zero.

“It has been brought into public knowledge that in the next 20 years, it will be practically impossible to import food, not because there won’t be money to do so, but there won’t be food to import.

“So, to prevent this unforeseen circumstantial uncertainty, then it is time to go into massive food production capable of making us self sufficient and as well encouraging surplus for export.

“Our major economic product, crude oil, will soon become unpopular as it is evident that in the next 25 years, there will no longer be a serious automobile company that will be producing petroleum powered vehicles.

“The major buyers of Nigeria’s crude oil have declared that by 2030, petroleum powered automobiles will no longer be produced.

” And what this implies is that, petroleum will become an ordinary commodity, and not a money making commodity as we have it now.”

Aregbesola said the farmland was cultivated to make the state to be self sufficient in food production and as well make Osun the food basket of Western Nigeria.

He said the initiative was also aimed at fighting the scourge of irregular farming by encouraging modern agriculture practices through irrigation.

He commended volunteers of the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) on their efforts in maintaining the farmland.


PHOTO STORY: Aregbesola At OYES Cucumber Plantation, Harvests Produce

The State Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Saturday harvested Hybrid cucumber cultivated by the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) farmers’ brigade.

The first of its kind harvest was on the invitation of OYES management committee who has been responsible for many achievements the scheme has recorded.

Cucumber can be cultivated about four times in a year as it takes only two months of planting to harvest .

Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme OYES is a revolving 2-year volunteers scheme introduced on the 17th day of December, 2010 by Governor Rauf Aregbesola in less than 100 days as governor in fulfillment of a manifesto promise earlier made to the people.

The OYES scheme has empowered over 40,000 volunteers across the state to which unemployment indices has reduced in the state.

See photos below….

Security: The Gains Of Osun Govt’s Investment

Osun has been known to be one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria, owing to the commitment of the government under Governor Rauf Aregbesola to the security of lives and properties of her people. KAZEEM MOHAMMED considers the measures that had been taken by the government and its trickledown effect on the people of the state.

Section 14 (2b) of the Nigeria 1999 Constitution as amended in 2010 stipulates that “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”. Meaning that security of lives and properties is a major fundamental objective of government at any level, be it federal, state or local. It is in line with this tenet as stipulated in the constitution that government must do everything possible to ensure that people in its territory are safe.

Osun is one of the states in the country known to be peaceful, owing to the security measures that have been put in place by the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola to support security agencies to carry out their responsibilities effectively.

Before the advent of the administration in 2010, Osun was one of the volatile states in the country, as bank robbery cases, extra-judicial killings, political violences and such other crimes were rampant and to a large extent, the residents of the state, particularly in some major towns like Ilesa, Osogbo, Ile-Ife and so many others could not sleep with their two eyes closed because of fear.

The story began to change shortly after the ‘power-shift’ to the hands of Governor Aregbesola, who, as part of his security measures declared that none of his supporters should attack any member of the opposition, who attacked them when they were in power.

Not too many residents of the state knew what was in the offing until the administration, within its 100 days in office engaged 20,000, youths under Osun Youths Empowerment Scheme (OYES). The scheme was one of the major factor that drastically reduced the crime rates in state, as majority of the youths that were active engage in criminal activities due to joblessness were taken off the streets for productive engagement. Some of the youths were engaged in community service works; traffic marshal, paramedics, neighborhood security watch, and environmental marshal amongst others. What followed were commendations from all and sundry, as analysts projected that as long as the scheme continues, the state would continue to remain peaceful.

Since then, the government has been engaging in similar other preventive measures, by engaging youths in other programmes like agriculture, Information Communication Technology (ICT), skill acquisition programmes amongst others and these have immensely contributed to the appellation given to Osun as one of the most peaceful state in Nigeria.

What then followed was the procurement of five sophisticated Armoured Personnel Carriers and 125 Patrol vans and some other security equipment to combat crimes that already had an established ground in the state. The impact of this was the reduction in crime rate, particularly in the state capital and some other major towns in the state. This was a feat that had never been recorded by any government in the state. The vans were distributed among all the security agencies, including the Army, Police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Immigration and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) amongst others.

The state government also subsequently inaugurated a combined quick emergency response team, Swift Action Response Squad (SARS) which comprises security forces like the Army, Police, and NSCDC officials whose activities reduced crime rate significantly to the barest minimum in Osun.

Capping it all was the procurement of a Helicopter for Aerial Security Surveillance and presentation of another set of more sophisticated 20 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) to the Nigerian Police Force, a feat that has never been achieved by any government in the state. The procurement of the helicopter and the APC’s has particularly driven away many undesirable elements from the state.

It was during the presentation of the 20 APC’s in 2014 that the then Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, who was represented by the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zone X1, Mr. David Omojola saluted the courage of the Governor in fighting crime in the state, saying, the Aregbesola administration has demonstrated high sense of responsibility in keeping the state safe in line with the dictate of his office.

Also, the then Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Ibrahim Maishanu described the gesture from the Governor as the first in the history of the state, assuring that the equipments would be properly put to use and Osun state would be one of the most peaceful states in the country henceforth.

However, in order to make communication easier for security purposes, the state government as part of his commitment procured Modern Communication Gadget for security agencies in the state and ensured installation of various communication equipments at various security commands for easy communication. Also, the government established Osun Emergency and Citizens’ Inquiry/Contact Centre in Oke-Fia, Osogbo, which has since been serving as the easiest way of reporting any emergency situation to the security agencies.

It is also on record that the state has from time to time provided logistic supports to security agencies in spite the paucity of fund, as the government was reported to have prioritised meeting the demands of the security agencies.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Tope Adejumo in a chat said, the government of Osun has decided to give security of lives and property a priority in line with the dictate of the Nigeria constitution, saying, the government has invested a huge human and material resources to ensure that the state remain peaceful.

According to him, in spite the economic situation of the country, the Aregbesola administration has never at any point in time deviated from its commitment to support security agencies saddled with the responsibilities of maintaining laws and order in the society.

He recalled that before the Aregbesola administration, Osun was an abode for criminals, especially armed robbers who have gained ground, saying, the story has change since the state government began to pay adequate attention to security matters in the state.

Adejumo further noted that the administration would not relent in giving supports to all the relevant security agencies, with a view to permanently making the state the most peaceful state.

However, in spite the investment of the government on security, what has been of serious concern to the people, of recent are the rampant kidnapping for ritual purposes in the state, which Adejumo has said, the state government in conjunction with security agencies have been taking proactive steps to tackle.

He said, “If you observe, as these people are perpetrating these acts, they are being caught and arrested and that is to tell you that adequate attentions is being paid to it. The government will not stop collaborating with the security agencies until these people are wiped off the state”.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye said, “the APCs and patrol vans procured by the government are still serviceable and effectively deployed as a means of fighting criminal occurrences in the state, saying the peace that is reigning in the state is a testimony that the gesture of the government has actually assisted the command to discharge its duties effectively”.

On the ritual killings in the state, Adeoye said, the police command has decided to up the ante on intelligence gathering with a view to ensuring that the human and financial commitment of the government and the police are not jeopardized.

“For those cases we have been able to investigate successfully, we are collaborating with the relevant agencies and government to ensure that they are also successfully prosecuted. If we are able to prosecute successfully, we would be putting away the suspects, so that they won’t be able to commit such atrocities in the future. Also, the successful prosecution of the suspects would help and also send a signal to those who may want to do the same thing that the long arm of the law will catch up with them.

“We are also intensifying our intelligence gathering activities as a way of nipping such acts in the bud. We are effectively collaborating with members of the public in order to get them involved in the policing of their communities. We are also embarking on advocating to and for the residents so that they can raise the status of personal safety and security so that we can forestall such cases of murder that is related to ritual”.

Urging the people to be conscious of their safety and security, he said the era of learning the security to the government, the police and other security agencies alone should be jettisoned by providing credible information that would assist in curbing such crimes and other related ones in their environment.

“Everybody should be conscious of his or her personal safety and security. If they have useful information, they should not hesitate to pass it to the police, as the identity of such informant would be strictly protected, but in the case of volunteering information, they should also be conscious of security of information by sharing with the people who need to know and be able to provide solution to it”, he said.

Re: Now That PDP Is Back…

By Abiodun Komolafe And Kunle Owolabi

Bola Bolawole’s article, entitled, ‘Now that PDP is back …’, published in Nigerian Tribune, July 16, 2016, refers.

In his postmortem of how Osun West Senatorial bye-election was lost and won, Bolawole identified three important factors, which, in his opinion, resulted in the loss of the Senatorial District to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by All Progressives Congress (APC). These factors were: the controversy surrounding the death of the late Isiaka Adeleke (an accusation which was laid at the doorstep of the Government of the State of Osun); imposition of (Mudasir Hussain) as the party’s candidate; and the supposedly abysmal performance of the governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola.

To start from the foundation of his prognosis, the controversy surrounding Adeleke’s death no longer exists as the coroner inquest into the cause of the deceased’s death has laid it to rest. So, we need not belabour that issue again! But this does not detract from the fact that Adeleke was an illustrious son of the State of Osun and his demise will forever remain an irreparable loss to the state and its people.


Again, the postulation that PDP’s victory in the bye-election was as a result of Candidate Hussain’s imposition is a lie straight from Dante’s inferno! And his submission that the loss is a bad omen for the ruling party is not only false, it is also an inaccurate interpretation of the whole political system; nothing but a columnist’s blatant misreading of the situation.


On a serious note, one wonders what some Nigerians stand to gain by deliberately engaging in the misuse of terms. Essentially, if fielding the best candidate for an election amounts to imposition, then something must be utterly amiss. Maybe Bolawole has forgotten that, in the said bye-election. there was no question of imposition in the APC as was wildly claimed by a sectional few. If we may ask, do you talk of imposition where there was a primary to choose a candidate for an election?

In as much as nobody would want his child christened Judas, Christians still reserve the right to appreciate God for Iscariot’s life; for, without Judas, there probably would have been nobody to betray the Stone of Israel. And, without this betrayal, there certainly wouldn’t have been crucifixion and, we doubt if Jesus Christ’s mission on earth would probably have been complete. Had Bolawole feigned ignorance, especially, with respect to issues relating to the emergence of the younger Adeleke, who was never a card-carrying member of the APC, then, his sins would have been forgiven. Had he come to terms with the fact that it was only the late ‘Serubawon’ who once sought succour in the party when the situation in PDP was getting threateningly deadly for him to withstand, we would have understood where the commentator was coming from. Notwithstanding, wasn’t it disloyalty at its peak for Ademola to have connived with some APC ingrates and renegades for the sinister purpose of making him the only candidate in the primary. For God’s sake, what imposition could be more than this?

For Bolawole’s information, the Screening Committee disqualified Hussain; and the Appeal Committee upheld the disqualification, on the ground that the electoral law mandated him to resign one month before the primary. That no doubt was another mis-reading of the letters and the spirit of Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) which specifically states in Section 107 subsection (f) that, if (an aspirant) ‘is a person employed in the public service of the Federation or of any State or Area Council (other than a person holding elective office) and he has not resigned, withdrawn or retired from such employment 30 days before the date of election; then he stands disqualified from the election.” It is the law that has spoken here! So, neither Bolawole’s misinterpretation nor his hues’ grievous error of opinions counts! Thanks to the National Working Committee of the party which, in its wisdom, upturned the decision of the Appeal Committee on the ground of ‘error of law.’ On the other hand, what other name should we call a man who got a party’s nod to contest a major election, even when he was less than 6 hours old in the said party?

Sad that Nigeria’s major shortcoming as an independent nation is her clashing contradictions. Nigeria is one such enclave where world changers who are capable of being in effective interactions and competitions with their counterparts globally are reduced to mere means of self-satisfying ends. So far, ours has been a case of “bread and butter” gastro-politicians exploring the womb of primordial innuendos with acidic fundamentalism, geo-political absurdity and socio-economic silliness. Well, one may blame APC and the governor for removing the disgraceful robe bedecked Adeleke by the PDP buccaneers. But to say that Aregbesola sought Adeleke’s help to win the 2014 governorship election is not only fallacious, it is also an attempt by false friends who delight in mischievously and deliberately writing history based only on their standards and viewpoints.

Curious also that Bolawole even chose to refer to some of this administration’s projects as “elephant projects.” He blatantly lied that some schools were demolished and that they were yet to be rebuilt. Funny enough, he did not mention where those schools were located! But facts on ground proved him wrong! If only he could venture out of his cocoon and visit locus in quo instead of relying on some “good friends, who always called me or I phone them to confirm whatever I hear from Osun.” Sitting down in Lagos or elsewhere and passing fatwa on a man everybody – home and abroad – showers encomiums on for his sterling performance is in contradistinction to the ethics of his profession, which pronounces truth as sacred. The imprint of the governor’s performance litters the state and only infantile minds can dispute it.

Aregbesola’s social protection programmes alone have become so attractive to other state governments and international agencies all over the world that a couple of months back, United Nations International Children Emergency Funds (UNICEF) brought fifteen states in Nigeria to Osun to understudy the state’s School Feeding Scheme, aka O’MEAL; the programme for the vulnerable elderly, popularly referred to as Elderly Welfare Scheme); the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (O’YES); welfare scheme for the widows, called O’widows’ and the rehabilitation of the mentally-challenged persons in the state (O’Rehab). He has so far constructed close to 2000 kilometers of roads and added more than 50 new structures to … Funke Egbemode rightly captured the mood of the moment when she remarked, recently: “One thing is obvious: whether you are in Osun or you are outside the state reading about Osun, you definitely have a feeling that it is a secured state. And one good thing about a peaceful and secured state is that it attracts investors to the state because a peaceful and secured environment helps business to thrive.”

What other confirmation of performance does any armchair critic require?

May principalities and powers, assigned to rubbish our leaders’ efforts, backfire!

abiodun KOMOLAFE & Kunle Owolabi,
Osun State.

Video: Osun RLG Adulawo Trains 5000 Youths On ICT

The partnership between state of Osun and RLG Adulawo Technology City has saw to the training of over 5,000 indigenes of Osun in Information and Communication Technology ICT.

The RLG Adulawo company located in Ilesa, was established through a partnership between the Osun State Government and the technological firm based in Ghana in 2014.

According to the programme’s production supervisor, Mr Abdulrasaq Oshidipe, stated that the RLG Adulawo is a support facility to aid government’s plan on OYESTECH, an Information and Communication Technology branch of the widely accepted Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme, OYES.

As of today, the company which has a mobile phone assemblage plant has trained 5,000 beneficiaries of the OYES scheme with an additional training of 100 young individuals for advanced tutoring at the company’s headquarters in Ghana, Oshidipe said


Investigations revealed that the company which also engages in the assembling of other technology devices has a strong partnership with mobile telecommunications giants in Nigeria like GLO and AIRTEL in finding a ready market for its products.

“Aside the 5,000 individuals trained and the 100 sent for advanced training overseas, the company has also recruited an additional 150 manpower based and trained earlier in the state to create more jobs as well as to stimulate its operations.

As a leading manufacturer of smartphones, tablets and other devices in Nigeria, the company recently won a contract worth $31.5M to manufacture TV Set-Up Boxes for the entire federation.

The TV Boxes are to complement federal government’s efforts at ensuring Nigeria’s speedy compliance with the worldwide Digital Switch Over policy in its Broadcast Industry.

Initiated by the State Government of Osun under the leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, the RLG Adulawo, Nigeria is set to break into international limelight with the production of quality technological materials and complement the present administration’s bid to fast track the development of Osun.

Reacting, one of the beneficiaries, Anthonia Ogundare lauded the state government for the opportunity given her and many others to be part of the programme adding that the programme has made youths in the state productive.

“I am a beneficiary of this programme; I applied for OYESTECH scheme and was chosen among those to be trained in Ghana for a month internship and at our return we were employed at Adulawo Technology. This is one programme that have helped the youths in securing a job to help the family and future”