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.”