Aregbesola Has Done Very Well – Osun Speaker

By Nofisat Adeoye

Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam, has confessed that the state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration has really done very well in the discharge of its duties.

Salaam also tagged Aregbesola as a man of success, who is so passionate to serve and has succeeded in doing his things differently and enthusiastically.

The Speaker said this while commenting on the 2018 budget proposal presented to the house by the State Governor on Thursday.

Salaam commended Aregbesola for fulfilling all his campaign promises through the various developmental programmes in every sectors of the State.

“Today, history is being made not because Governor Rauf Aregbesola is presenting the financial estimate for the 2018 fiscal year, but because his is appearing before this distinguished parliament for the last time on this kind of an exercise in this hallowed chamber.

“I must appreciate Governor Aregbesola for dedicating himself to the thankless job of state Chief Executive. He has once asserted energy and intelligence on the job given to him; he has been faithful to his six-point integral action plan, which he promised during his electioneering campaign and he has successfully charted a new course of development for this state beginning from intangible to tangible.

“I appreciate Mr Governor for engaging our youths in social services, which led to the establishment of “OYES concept. We are all witnesses to how youths in their thousands were given sense of belonging and tipped for social responsibility with the program.

“I commend the state government under the leadership of Governor Aregbesola on the way and manner education facilities were given new lease of life which is unprecedented in the anal history. Truly, Aregbesola has done very well and should be addressed as a man of success.” Salaam added.

Osun Speaker Charges LAUTECH Council On Crisis Resolution

By Israel Afolabi

Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Honourable Najeem Salaam has expressed hope that the trouble with Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) would become history soonest.

In a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika on Wednesday, Salaam while addressing the governing council and Houses of Assembly standing committees of both Oyo and Osun in his office, asserted that with the composition of Professor Oladapo Afolabi-led governing council, the hope for the lasting solution to LAUTECH crisis soonest, appears brighter.

Salaam said it is painful seeing students out school for that long, asking the parties to overhaul the system in the university in such a way that the current crisis would be the last.

He empathized with students and parents for their patience on the messy situation, saying that the restitution should be put in place to assuage their strained nerves on the matter.

Speaking, Chairman House Committee on Education of Osun parliament, Hon. Oladoyin Bamisayemi assured that the school would be reopened at the end of the meetings with all concerned stakeholders.

Opposition Has No Plan For Osun, Says Speaker

By Israel Afolabi 

Worried by the level of destructive criticism by the opposition against Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration, the Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Honourable Najeem Salaam has challenged youths to demand the blueprint of those who clamour to upstage All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Salaam, in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Goke Butika, while addressing Ejigbo APC youth forum, said those who have an axe to grind with Aregbesola’s administration should offer credible alternative with detailed explanation on how to fund their pipe dreams, saying devil is in the detail.

He hinged on the fact that since the establishment of Osun as a state, the only time when development was conspicuously offered is now, during Aregbesola’s time.

According to him, it would be a very costly mistake for the people to think that the state would be pushed back to the aisle of the opposition after it has aligned with the centre and some of its programmes were copied for replication by the federal government and some states, PDP states inclusive.

Salaam asserted that it is very challenging owing workers and pensioners any part of their dues, as it is happening in not less than 28 states out of 36 in the nation, arguing that using a national challenge to crucify a state like Osun that has not sacked a single worker upon the tough economic meltdown would be a great electoral mistake.

He said, “It is a recent history that the opposition which is currently badmouthing Aregbesola’s administration had once ruled Osun and Nigeria, and the legacy was corruption, impunity and underdevelopment, where very few politicians were sharing money meant for developmental projects.

“Now that the APC has taken the bull by the horn in fixing the country, particularly State of Osun, it would be a backward trend to return those who once plundered the resources of this country”.

Salaam further urged the people of the state not to succumb to the deception of the opposition in Osun, asking them to demand better economic blueprint from the opposition and how funds would be sourced if they find themselves in power.

He stressed that the opposition has no credible answers to the economic meltdown but were only thirsty to return to power to exploit the people and continue with their known tradition of corruption and impunity.

Uniq FM Chairman’s Death Shocking, Touching – Osun Speaker

The Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has described the death of Sir Olu Abiola, Chairman, Uniq F. M, Ilesa as shocking and very touching, particularly now that the elder statesman wealth of wisdom is needed.

A press statement signed by Speaker’s CPS, Mr. Goke Butika, said the vacuum created by this death would hardly be filled, adding that his exemplary life with industry and humanity as core principles would greatly be missed.

He further eulogized the virtues of the deceased, asserting that Sir Abiola through the dint of hardwork had brought jobs, relative comfort and happiness to some homes, as an industrialist of private sector.

Speaker Salaam stressed: “Baba Abiola Olomi was an individual who had changed the world around him through his job creation scheme which kept many people at work, and his elderly advice to politicians who sought his elderly wisdom on good governance is noted. We have just lost a good man whose steps while he lived had become indelible.

Speaker Salaam further expressed condolences on behalf of the state parliament to the deceased family, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, his confidant, his relations and his workers in his business concerns one of which is Uniq F.M, Ilesa where he was the chairman before he answered the call of nature