PHOTO STORY: Ambode Visits Aregbesola In Osun

The state of Osun Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola received in audience his counterpart from Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday 20/7/2017 at the Governor’s office, Abere. Osogbo.

Ambode who came on a courtesy call spoke on the need for the region to harmonise and speak as one united entity.

The two helmsmen agreed that as a federation, the survival of Nigeria economic is hinge on capacity for sustainable Internally Generated Revenue drive.

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Governor Rauf Aregbesola (5th Left), Governor Akinwunmi Ambode (4th Right), Senator representing Osun Central, Prof Sola Adeyeye (4th Left) and other Osun cabinet members.


AREGBESOLA: A Gold Standard For Future Govs – APC

All Progressives Congress  (APC ) in Osun has described Gov. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola as the ‘turning point’ in the governance of the state as well as the ‘gold standard’ for future governors who will come after him.
According to the party, ‘no future governor of the state of Osun who aspires to succeed can afford to perform below the standard of achievement attained by Ogbeni Aregbesola’.
– These claims were contained in a congratulatory message on the governor’s 60th birthday celebration issued by the party’s Directorate of Publicity, Research and Strategy, which was made available to newsmen in Osogbo.
The APC further asserted that Gov Aregbesola would deserve all the accolades that party leaders, members and friends would bestow on him on this august occasion. 
‘Every well-meaning person in the state of Osun recognises that Ogbeni has distinguished himself as the greatest of governors before him and the gold standard for those who will come after him.
‘His signature projects speak for themselves distinctly throughout the state and even opponents and adversaries cannot but admit it however grudgingly’, the party declared.
‘A man’s character is not determined in what his adversaries say about him, rather his work determines who he is ultimate.
‘Aregbesola’s projects are a window to his character and Osun is replete with those fantastic projects.
‘In politics,  much of Aregbesola operates out of the box which creates a controversial aura around his personality. His unusual approach to governance and the near bohemian outlook of the man, make him the object of negative and unfair criticism. Yet, everything about him astonishes. 
‘Attaining the milestone of 60 years under these circumstances, therefore’, the APC argued,  ‘should make the governor feel fulfilled in his selfless service to the people of Osun.
‘But above all, the sterling qualities of leadership which Ogbeni Aregbesola displayed in the course of his governorship tenure distinguished him from his contemporaries and set him apart as one of the greatest achievers in Nigeria’s political history,’ the party declared.
‘It’s therefore with gratitude to Allah that we join in the celebration with others to mark this special day in the life of the governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Aregbesola.
‘May the Almighty Allah who has preserved the life of the governor till today continue to grant him strength and wisdom for greater selfless service to his fellow countrymen and women and to humanity’, the APC concluded.

Osun Education: The Verdict Of JAMB’s Ranking And Waec’s Honour By Inwalomhe Donald

JAMB’s ranking of Osun State applicants has placed Governor Aregbesola on the spotlight because he has laid the foundation and remains the pioneer of digital education in Nigeria. He represents an agent of change as far as digital education is concerned in Nigeria.
The history of Digital Education will remember Governor Aregbesola as the first Nigerian to implement 2011 UNESCO recommendation on digital education because it is not by miracle that Osun is taking second in term of JAMB 2017 applicants.
Imo State has, for the second year running, topped the number of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) applications with 101,868 this year, the board’s registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, said. The registrar spoke at a briefing with reporters in Abuja ahead of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) billed to start  in 642 computer-based test (CBT) centres across the country.
According to Oloyede, other states that topped the list of applicants are Osun, and Oyo, following the applications of statistics by state of origin. Oloyede said Osun recorded the second highest with 88,653 applications. Oyo had 87,811 applications. The JAMB registrar said Benue (68, 916), Kogi (70,150) and Kano (70,276) recorded the lowest applications. He added that the agency registered 1.7 million candidates – an increase of 464,287 candidates from last year’s 1.2 million registered candidates.
Recently, Governor Aregbesola was honoured by WAEC for taking the lead in digital education in Nigeria and JAMB statistics on Osun applicants has proven that WAEC honour was right. This truly is a tremendous opportunity for Aregbesola to help more Osun students get access to quality education. In the new global economy, digital education is an increasingly important part of education, and Aregbesola looks forward to guiding efforts to further expand the reach and breadth of digital education and its courses throughout Nigeria.
West African Examination Council and JAMB, WAEC, endorsed Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s policies, especially in the education sector. Delivering a frame of endorsement to the governor on 3rd February, 2017, Head of the Nigeria National Office of the council, Mr. Olutise Isaac Adenipekun, who led a delegation of the national management of WAEC to the Governor’s office in Osogbo, said Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s interventions in education is “second to none” in Nigeria.

Adenipekun said, “The ongoing revolution in the infrastructural re-engineering of the school complexes in the state of Osun has also caught the attention of all stakeholders in the education sector in Nigeria and beyond. “The immense contribution of Osun state government in the development of infrastructural facilities in schools, in particular, the “Mega Schools Project” is remarkable. It is in fact second to none in Nigeria”, he stressed.

Adenipekun said Osun has contributed significantly towards enhancing Information and Communication Technology, ICT required in education sector which according to him remains the prerequisite to development of quality education in the country. Adenipekun, who recommended the Tablet of Knowledge to other states of the federation said the initiative had contributed towards educational development. He described the innovation as a tool of educational revolution, breakthrough aimed at enhancing and encouraging the process of teaching and learning through the use of innovative technology.
The inspiring efforts of the OgbeniRauf Aregbesola administration in reforming and investing in education in Osun State can be appreciated through JAMB ranking statistics and WAEC honour. The conviction of the administration that education holds the key to the realisation of the all-encompassing transformation in its visions for the state informs the undistracted attention it accords educational development right from 2010 when it assumed office. The administration makes education the bedrock of the various policies it has designed and been executing to improve the existential condition of the people of the state.
For Osun State government, the functional education the children of the state must receive has to take place in befitting structures, which have advanced facilities, are conducive for learning, and enhance human dignity. By embarking on educational projects, the state government is simply saying the culture of excellence that guide the affairs of standard private schools is possible for it to attain. What exists in Osun in terms of educational infrastructure development is not symbolism but substance.
About 12,000 teachers have been added to the already existing pool of teachers across the schools in the state. It is not just about physical infrastructure; the human infrastructural is also seriously taken into cognisance, for no educational system can rise above the quality of the teachers.
The idea of education for development motivates Osun to prioritise education. Governor Aregbesola underscores this in the address he delivered at the opening of the Osogbo Government High School. In his words, ‘Education for us, therefore, is the path to development. We are 25 years now, but we are looking at the next 25 years and we want to create and determine the next 25 years through education.’
In spite of the financial constraint it has, Osun refuses to give up its walk on the path of educational development. It continues to invest in it because it is persuaded that doing so has many invaluable benefits and not bankruptcy. One of Africa’s most talked-about ICT success stories in the education sector is the adoption of Computer Based Test (CBT) for entrance examination into tertiary schools organized by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) a Nigerian examination body with a core mandate to conduct Matriculation Examination for entry into all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria and Osun State applicants are ranked second on the table because of the quality education that Aregbesola has introduced in Osun State. 
JAMB, especially under Professor Oleyede, has increased its institutional capacity and credibility since the introduction of the CBT in 2015. Determined to make the Computer Based Test all inclusive to different category of candidates with disabilities. Against the backdrop of the importance of ICT to the present era, the effort by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) which has now phased out the use of the paper and pencil method for its examinations in favour of computer-based tests, is not only a commendable step in the right direction, it is also a pointer to the fact that Africa and indeed Nigeria is playing a very crucial role in global ICT revolution.

JAMB has revealed that Osun State is highly successful in creating a modern ICT supported examination. Learning the lessons from JAMB, Osun applicants are also understanding the breadth of the application of ICT is valuable for broad goals of a smart country and the quest for efficiency. Since the creation of Osun State in 1991, the state has been ranked second by JAMB for the first time.
History of Digital Education will remember Governor Aregbesola as the first Nigerian to implement UNESCO 2011 recommendation on digital education. Nigerians need to visit Osun Sukuk Schools, Middle Schools and Elementary Schools. Governor Aregbesola has undertaken to build and equip schools with computer classrooms and training teachers to use digital media in education.

Gov. Aregbesola Helps Avert Fire Tragedy In Osogbo

Tragedy was yesterday averted at Sekona, Osogbo Road when Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola reached out to the state’s revamped fire service to put out a fire that had engulfed the area.

Acting on his promise not to leave behind any unfinished project in the state, the Governor was on an evening tour of several projects under construction in the state, when he stumbled on the wild fire that threatened a nearby community.

Aregbesola Fights Wild Fire in Sekona

He swiftly put a call through to the fire service team who moved into action to put out the fire and restore calm to the community. In images seen by our reporter, the governor and men in his entourage can be seen putting out the fire and help members of the community in their own little way.

Aregbesola Fights Wild Fire in Sekona1

Recall that the Aregbesola-led administration has invested in rebuilding and equipping emergency response services in the state, including the fire service, ambulance unit and other related units.

The governor who showed empathy with the people, promised his administration will continue to secure lives and properties across the state.

New High Schools Will Bring The Best Out Of Osun Students – Aregbesola

He said any student that qualifies to be enrolled in the school is considered good enough and such would encourage others to aspire to aim higher in their educational pursuits.

He advised parents not to see it as a means by government to deprive their children entrance into the new schools, noting that they will be made to write an entrance examination where the most serious students will be selected.

The Governor stated this while speaking at the annual Children Christmas party organised by the wife of the Governor, Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola.

He said it is a move implemented so as to further sanitize the state’s education sector and bring the best out of the system.

Aregbesola said, “I urge you parents to go and obtain the entrance forms into our new high schools. Don’t listen to mischief makers who are trying to deceive you about our good plans.

“Those who obtain the forms will be selected through an examination which we believe will enable us get the best of the best into the schools for optimum performance.

“Our plans for the new high schools will go a long way in raising the standard of education in the state and we want you to key into the process”

While congratulating the children on the celebration of another Xmas party, the governor charged them to take their education seriously for them to become great future leaders.

He said the present administration in the state is spending so much in developing educational facilities in the state because his administration believes investing in the future of children through education is best way to guarantee a better future for the state.

The Governor held that the state government believes so much in creating a good platform for the growth and development of the Osun child so that they can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their peers from any part of the world.

He said, “As you are celebrating another christmas party today, I want you to know that our administration is spending so much in education because we believe so much in developing you for the future.

“We know you are our future and we believe that no amount of money spent into developing you will be wasted as you are our future and we want our future to be bright through you.

“I advise you to always face your education so that the huge investment of government in your education can be productive.

“We want you to be able to compete with any of your peers in the world, that is why we are investing in building state of the art schools that can compete with the best in the world.

“We are investing huge amount in the “O meal” programme because we believe through good food that are nutritious, your brains can be well developed for you to have the required mental capacity to face academic challenges”

In a welcome address, the wife of the Governor advised parents and all those present to always find time out of their busy schedules to recreate and interact with one another.

While commending parents on the care of their children, Alhaja Aregbesola implored children in the state to obey lawful instructions of their parents, guidance and teachers while advising them embrace hard work and shun all forms of immoral behaviour.

According to her, “It is expedient for you to step aside occasionally from your routine activities to come around from your different homes and socio-economic back grounds for leisure, recreation and interact with one another.

“I call on parents and guardians to continue to take care of their children because they are our future. I also charge you children to be obedient at all times and face your education for you to be great in future” she said.

Creativity Is Pivot Of Aregbesola’s Administration – Hussain

A former Senator Mudashiru Hussain, who represented Osun West Senatorial District in the 7th Senate, has explained that Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s creative approach to governance remains the pivot of his success story as the Governor of Osun State.

Husain made this disclosure during a media chat with some correspondents. He said ‘good governance is all about diligence, accountability, responsibility and responsiveness. Ogbeni had displayed all these in the last 6 years of his creative governance, especially in managing the lean resources of the state.”

The Senator said the governor’s creativity is even more evident in the disbursement of the bailout fund given to Osun State government by the federal government. According to Husain, in spite of all the orchestrated media attack against the government of Osun State, Aregbesola stands tall amongst his contemporaries with his numerous laudable achievements as the governor.

The former lawmaker specifically mentioned the Osun school feeding scheme and the Youth empowerment scheme as initiatives that only the Osun State government under Rauf Aregbesola has been able to sustain in the whole country. He also mentioned the successful implementation of the Opon Imo project against all odds. He submitted that the project remains a great achievement.

Husain reassured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC are highly committed to the betterment of Nigeria and would fulfill more of their campaign promises in due cause.

Photonews: Aregbesola, Deputy Inspects Ongoing Construction Of Ilesa Government High School

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (3rd left), his deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori (2nd left), Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola (left) and others, during the inspection tour to the ongoing construction site of Ilesa Modern Government High School, Ilesa on Sunday 11/12/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (3rd left), his deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori (2nd left), Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola (left) and others, during the inspection tour to the ongoing construction site of Ilesa Modern Government High School, Ilesa on Sunday 11/12/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (2nd left), and his deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori (left) and others, during the inspection tour to the ongoing construction site of Ilesa Modern Government High School, Ilesa on Sunday 11/12/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (2nd left), his deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori (left) and others, during the inspection tour to the ongoing construction site of Ilesa Modern Government High School, Ilesa on Sunday 11/12/2016.

Nigerians Need Proper Education, Information On State Of Economy – Aregbesola

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has placed on the shoulders of the media, the urgent need to use their platforms to educate Nigerians on the implications of the economic situations in the country with a view to getting the understandings of all and sundry.

Aregbesola specifically said radio broadcasters have great roles to play in doing this and further promoting the peace of the society by discouraging hate messages and promoting those that enhance communal peace and stability.

The Governor stated these at the official commissioning of Oodua FM, established by a former member of the House of Representatives and an actor, Hon Rotimi Makinde in Ile-Ife Sunday evening.

He said the disturbing war carnage scenes beamed into homes daily by foreign channels should be enough lesson for all that promoting hate messages is inimical to peace.He asked journalists to dedicate themselves to peace and do away with divisive in discharging their duties.

Aregbesola said radio stations must at this time of hardship do all they could to support the government’s efforts in promoting innovative and technology-based ideas to move the nation forward.

He said, “My advise for the owner and the entire management of this station is to use the medium wisely to promote peaceful coexistence among the people in Yorubaland and Nigeria as a whole.

“Please do not politicise your activities at this radio station. Let this establishment be for the promotion of the highest values and ethos of Yoruba people.

“Strive to let this station be for the promotion of peace, harmony, love and affection among Nigerians especially Yoruba people.

“Shun any divisive tendency and use this station for educational purpose. Use it to promote our culture and balanced entertainment.

“Also, use this station to promote industry, productivity and efficiency as these, will go a long way in rescuing our society from the current recession we are all in.”

He condemned in its entirety the manner in which some broadcast media houses have been bastardizing the profession on self-serving interests, saying if not that his government’s programs and policies resonate with the people, an unnamed Osun-based radio station would have thrown the state into confusion through its hate messages.

He said “the time has come for journalists to be at the forefront of nation building and do away with subjectivity, favourism and personal emotions.”

Commending the owner of Oodua FM, Aregbesola disclosed that with the establishment of the new station, Osun is now a host to four private radio stations.

He called on the management of the station to always employ precautionary measures in all its activities and not wait until being sanctioned by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) before being regulated.

Aregbesola further urged the authority of the station not to allow itself to be hijacked by the disgruntled politicians who according to him, derive pleasures from self-serving interests.

“The management is further urged to stick to the government’s efforts at advancing innovative, technological and inventive knowledge that have been the hallmarks of our government”, he stressed.

Lamenting on the depleting state of the nation’s economy, Aregbesola hinted media practitioners to design programmes that would quicken the recovery of the nation’s values and socio-economic and democratic loses.

He said media should endeavour in sensitizing public on the current economic predicaments through educative and informative programmes capable of orientating the general public on the need to be productive and take-off their minds from crude oil revenues that have crashed.

Earlier in his welcome address, the owner, Hon. Rotimi Makinde, said the station would promote unity, love, peace and harmony of Nigerian people.

He added, “Oodua FM is open to all to give the general public the required quality broadcasting and let me assure the National Broadcasting Commission that we shall do all our best to conform with the rules and regulations as spelt out by the Nigerian Broadcasting Code.

The Governor later made his first broadcast on the station as he wished the people of the state well with the coming of Oodua FM during a live broadcast at the station’s studio.

46% Performance Improvement Of Our Students In WAEC Justifies Our Huge Investment In Education – Osun Govt

The Government of Osun on Friday said the 46.30 percent performance of its students in the 2016 West Africa Examination Council Examinations confirms its huge investment in the education sector.

The government said for a state that once fell to a woeful 6 percent performance prior the Rauf Aregbesola administration to move up to 46.3 percent aptly illustrates the fact that the government’s various interventions in education are paying off.

A statement by the Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor said that the government is however not yet satisfied or resting on its oars until the state emerges the best state in the country in external examinations.

The statement, signed by the Bureau’s Director, Semiu Okanlawon, noted that the 2016 WAEC results indicate that the 2016 performance rating remains the highest and the best in 13 years.

In 2015, results of the WASCE showed that Osun ended up with 21. percent in performance.

The details of the results from WASCE showed that Osun presented for the examination, a total of 36,678 students with 18,318 males and 18,360 females.

Out of these, 8,329 males secured Credits in at least 5 subjects including English and Mathematics while 8,654 females candidates secured credits in English and Mathematics totaling 16,983 that got 5 credits with Mathematics and English.

The state had registered 48,845 candidates the previous year, 2015 with 25,347 males and 23,498 female candidates. Out of these, 5,314 male candidates got 5 credits and and above in Mathematics and English while 5,276 female candidates secured at least 5 Credits including Mathematics and English making a total of 10,590 to make the 21.68 percent performance of 2015.

The Bureau said Osun, under the Rauf Aregbesola administration has recorded gradual upwards move from the abysmal performances due to the various interventions in the sector.

The statement said that for instance, the state has discouraged enrollment of students whose performances in internal examinations were nothing to write home about adding that this has compelled many of the students to change their orientations towards learning.

“Other novel interventions such as provision of stand-alone Tablet of Knowledge (Opon Imo) to all students writing WAEC each year has made learning much easier. With the introduction of this tablet, students now spend quality times both in and out of classroom situations. The result is that there is no dull moment for every student who is desirous of true education,” the Bureau’s statement added

Better learning environment, the statement added, has also contributed in no small measure to the improved results.
“So, far, Osun has completed1,694 classrooms in the existing elementary, middle and high schools; providing accommodation for 84,700 pupils at 50 pupils per classroom. We have provided for them more than 100,000 desks and chairs, toilets and boreholes.

“Today, the Wole Soyinka Government High School, Ejigbo, Ataoja Government School of Science, Osogbo, Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo, Adventists Government High School Ede, have been completed with Ilesa Government High School, Iwo Government High School, Unity/Fakunle Government High School, Osogbo and others nearing completion,” the statement added.

The government expressed confidence that in the years ahead, Osun’s students are going to emerge best examples in true learning, adding that with the reforms already put in place, the state is on its path to the path of educational glory.

Lagos,Osun Partner On Cultural Renaissance Initiative

The Lagos State government and its Osun State counterpart have partnered on the Atlantic Bond Initiative on the forthcoming ‘Lagos-Oyotunji Cultural Heritage Fiesta’ to be held in the United States of America, USA.

The founder of the initiative and Anti-child trafficking activist, Mr. Rotimi Vaughan noted that the essence of the festival were among others to advance the socio-cultural relationship between Africa, Nigeria in particular and USA and to reconnect the blacks in the diaspora to their root.

The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, restated its commitment to the initiative when the team planning the event in Nigeria paid him a visit in the state.

Aregbesola who expressed optimism on the overall impact of the idea, noted that he was ready to roll with any project that sought to advocate and develop Africa and Nigeria`s culture, adding that this in particular, would call the blacks abroad to their origin.

“This initiative reminds us of dehumanising and maltreatment that Nigerians faced during slavery in the years back. It is noting to remember because of the ways and manners that Nigerians were ill-treated but we give glory to God that today, Nigeria has gained freedom from slavery.

“The initiative will bring about increase in foreign exchange earnings, as so many blacks in the diaspora will be visiting Nigeria and this will in turn improve the economy of the state and also create a strong cultural bond between Nigerians and the Americans”, he said.

Vaughan noted further that the whole idea was to steer a progressive and impactful socio-cultural connects, business and friendship relations between Osun, Lagos-Nigeria and South Carolina, City of Camden-Oyotunji African Village, Sheldon, USA, adding that the festival was riding on the fact that modern slavery was an evil reminder of the terribly dehumanising past of the African continent.

Being a direct descendant of South Carolinian, Scipio Vaughan, a former slave who became a prominent and respected family man in Camden, South Carolina, he was determined to draw attention to striking data available in the area of child trafficking in Nigeria and other parts of West Africa.

“I have always looked forward to the day I would be in a position to transform my intriguing family historical account of slavery, freedom, dignity and the elevation of the black race, into a platform for promoting impactful, socio-cultural relations and understanding between Africa and Americas. This is that target I seek to execute through the Atlantic Bond Initiative.

“African Americans in the US, looking to re-connect to their roots, would have a huge spring board under the Initiative, from which to dive deep into their past, thereby affecting positive changes in the present and the future.”

He hinted that that the group had already visited Akran of Badagry and would also be visiting some governors and Obas in Nigeria for a wake-up call.


Criticising Aregbesola Is Not Politically Correct – Osun APC Tells Ekiti APC

The State of Osun chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, backed the weekend visit of Governor Rauf Aregbesola to Ekiti state on the invitation of Governor Ayodele Fayose, who belonged to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The Osun State chapter which lampooned the Ekiti State chapter of the party for not recognising the political maturity displayed by Ogbeni Aregbseola in his visit to Governor Fayose, over the weekend.

Responding yesterday, the Director of Publicity of APC in Osun State, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, said: “Politicians should grow up and they should know the difference between governance and politics. Aregbesola is the head of government in Osun just as Fayose is the head of government in Ekiti. We are in a federation in which these two governors don’t necessarily have to belong to the same party.

“Their differences in political alignments do not stop interaction between the two as heads of their various governments, neither should the interaction between them be politically given.

“It will be irresponsible for any head of government to visit another head and then begin to throw political insults on him simply because one abhors the politics of another. Aregbesola has shown maturity in his interaction with Fayose. To criticise him for doing so, is not politically correct.”