Ilesa West-Central LCDA Workers Receive Accolades On IGR

Members of staff of Ilesa West-Central Local Council Development Area have received accolades on their commitment to duty, especially in the area of Internally Generated Revenue.

The Chairman of the council, Honourable Folarin Fafowora gave the commendations last Friday when the executive members of the council’s chapter of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employers (NULGEE), celebrated a year of steering the affairs of the union.

The event which was held at the council’s secretariat in Ilesa, saw members of staff of the local government showering encomiums on the leadership of the Union, led by Engr. Owolabi Oyeleye.

Fafowora, while speaking expressed satisfaction with the way members of the union have been going about their duties and their massive achievements of the NULGE executive so far.

He added that he was always elated anytime he sees how the welfare of Local Government workers are being adequately taken care of despite the financial challenges in the state, saying, this has been responsible for the peace and improved productivity among the council staff.

Fafowora said members of the union under Owolabi-led administration have been proactive in increasing  the Internally Generated Revenue, which has made the council to be the second LCDA with the highest IGR in Osun.

He also lauded the NULGE executive for the facilitation of a befitting administrative block and maintenance of peace and order in the LCDA known to be volatile.

The NULGE chairman, Engr. Owolabi Oyeleye said it was necessary to celebrate with members of the union who have put much in place for the smooth running of the union which he is privilege to head.

He added that during the event of this nature, blessings could be counted, while attentions would be drawn to mistakes made for possible amendment.

The NULGE boss then enjoined all members of the union to continue giving their supports to the union and his administration, saying it is only through this that the council can get to an enviable height.

However, gifts were presented to appreciate outstanding members of the union.

Obokun East LCDA Embarks On Developmental Projects

The Chairman, Obokun East LCDA, Hon. Lekan Omole-led administration has embarked on series of developmental projects across the council Area.

According to a statement by the council’s Information Officer, Mrs Lawal Fatimoh, virtually all towns and villages within the council area have enjoyed the dividend of democracy in one way or the other, particularly in the area of developmental projects.

The statement said, within the short stay in office of the council boss, he has rehabilitated Odole/Anaye road in Imesi-Ile, Maternity Centre at Esa-Odo, established and constructed open market stalls at Esa-oke.

Other achievements, the statement added, is the extensive and regular grading of earth roads in the council area, procurement of drugs to all health facilities across the LCDA, repair of some damaged motorized boreholes, as well as evacuation of refuse in all major towns and cleaning of all blocked drainages across the council area.

The statement also mentioned that the fencing of Otan-Ile market and construction of staff quarters for medical staff at Ilare were underway.

While noting that several other people-oriented programmes are in pipe line as soon as the economy of the council improves, it added that staff welfare has not been left out.

He then charged the people of the council area to contribute their quota by paying taxes and other development levies as and when due.

 

Osun: Peaceful And Secured

The horrific event in Offa, Kwara State is a reminder of the need for eternal vigilance in our security landscape. Our condolences go to the families of the bereaved. The best way to express our condolences is to ensure that it never happens again.

The current grim reality nationwide calls for sober reflection as well as comparative analysis. A good comparison here is the State of Osun, which shares a boundary with Kwara State. In Osun State, the pro-active policies of the governor of the state has spared the citizenry wide spread misery, as well as heightened anxiety. The security landscape is well secured, the state is well policed and at ease with and within itself.

We recall the procurement and distribution of 125 Security Patrol Vehicles, 25 Armoured Personnel Carriers to security agencies in the state to enhance security and an helicopter for air surveillance by the government of Osun. These are in addition to encouragement being given to security personnel in the state and the series of preventive measure put in place interms of youth employment.

Reinforcing this widespread opinion which has become the conventional wisdom is a recently published research finding of the foundation for Peace Professionals (FPP).  With data collected between 2010 and 2016, the findings rate Osun as the most peaceful state in Nigeria, followed by Kogi, Ekiti, Kwara and Imo States.

Yobe, Kebbi, Bauchi, Zamfara and Sokoto were found to be the least peaceful states in the country.

On a geo-political basis, Akwa Ibom was rated the most peaceful state in South-South, Kaduna in the North-West, Kogi in the North-Central, Osun in the South-West, Imo in the South-East and Taraba in the North-East.

The report also indicated that Lagos state had the least poverty rate, Zamfara the least crime, Ekiti, the least incarceration rate and Taraba, the least human right abuses rate.

South-East Nigeria had the highest number of higher education institutions in the country with Imo rated to be the most educated state.

What is indicative here is that the investment in human development and social services by the Aregbesola’s administration has demonstrably paid off. It also reveals the intrinsic link between human development initiatives and enhanced security. No wonder that the Osun initiative is being so widely initiated.

For this reason, we give kudos to a far-sighted government and stress the need for continuity as we approach a change-over of baton in the administration of the state.

Osun, Kogi Most Peaceful States In Nigeria – Report

Osun and Kogi states were the most peaceful states in the country as at December 2017, a survey tagged “Nigeria Peace Index (NPI) Research Project” have shown.

The 37-page maiden report formally presented to newsmen Friday in Abuja by the Executive Director, Foundation for Peace Professionals (FPP), Ambassador Abdulrazaq Hamzat, also showed that despite the current wave of armed banditry and violence killings in Zamfara, the state has the least crime rate record as at the time the survey was conducted.

He said the aim is to gradually change Nigeria’s narrative from crisis and insecurity to peace and tranquillity, thus their measuring peace tendencies through foundational indices in the 36 states of the federation and that the data were for 2010-2016.

According to him the data were obtained from Police, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and other local and international governmental and non-governmental organisations.

He said the NPI is based on similar methodology with the Global Peace Index (GPI), United States Peace Index (USPI) and United Kingdom Peace index (UKPI) in series of national indexes.

“Osun State is the most peaceful state in Nigeria and it has greater tendency for peace based on its overall performance in the five broad indicators. While Osun didn’t come top in any of the five indicators, its overall score is the least violent. Kogi, Ekiti, Kwara and Imo state follow Osun as the five most peaceful states in Nigeria.

“Kogi State is second most Peaceful State in Nigeria and most peaceful in the North. Imo state is the most peaceful state in South east and 5th most peaceful in Nigeria. Akwa Ibom is most peaceful state in South-South, Kaduna in North West, Kogi in North Central, Osun in South West, Imo in South East and Taraba State in North East,” Hamzat said.

He said Yobe, Kebbi, Bauchi, Zamfara and Sokoto states were the five least peaceful states while Borno State was not considered due to insufficient data and the Boko Haram red light, hence Borno was consider the overall least peaceful.

He said the five broad indicators adopted for the survey were level of poverty (determined by the living standard in a state, their access to medicare and others), and crime rate (murder, manslaughter, suicide, general harm, assault, rape, slave dealing, armed robbery, kidnapping, theft, child stealing, arson and forgery among others).

Also were level of education (ratio of secondary school graduates seeking higher education), rate of human rights abuse (degrading treatment by law enforcement agents, unlawful arrest and detention, extrajudicial killings, domestic violence, communal clashes, disobedience of Court orders, human trafficking and threat to life among others) and level of incarceration (number of people in jail in each states of the federation).

SDGs Handler, Olajoku Scores Osun High

By Abdullahi Omotayo

Senior Special Assistant to the Osun Governor on Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs), Dr Folawiyo Olajoku has emphasised that, since the creation of the state in 1991, no government has surpassed Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s achievements within seven years of his administration in history.

This was the remarks of Olajoku while fielding questions from journalists in Osogbo the state capital, saying that Aregbesola’s performance is exceptional.

The Policy and Research Consultant described as unprecedented the achievements of Governor Aregbesola, stressing that no governor has ever recorded such strides since the creation of the state.

Olajoku who noted that the APC led government in the state has visibly performed with its impacts spread across the state, said what the state government accomplished through Sustainable Development Goals apart from those ones executed by the state on its own are second to none.

Some of the laudable projects of the present administration according to Olajoku includes; Introduction of O’Ambulance, the programme that had saved many lives involved in road accident, construction of bridges, construction of roads among others.

He also mentioned the free meals given to pupils of all the elementary public schools every school day; construction of the state-of-the-art classrooms, introduction of calisthenics in public schools among other interventions in education, health, as well as human and capital development.

Olajoku said all these aforementioned projects have brought unprecedented development to the state, adding that it has expanded the state beyond expectation.

While speaking on the activities of SDGs, the SSA said no fewer than nine primary health centres across the state were built in the last few months.

He said: “Some of the targets of the 17 SDGs, which have taken over from the millennium development goals include: to overcome poverty, reduce hunger, introduce good health and quality education, as well as good jobs and economic growth.

“But in Osun, we focus our goals on good health and quality education. Those two goals are very key to the sustainability of other goals.

“Between August last year and now, we have successfully built nine Primary Health Centres in Oke-Ila, Atakunmosa East and West, Oke Inisa in Ijebu-Ijesa.

“Also in education, we have built, renovated and upgraded many elementary and middle schools in Egbedore, Osogbo , Olorunda, Iwo among other areas in the state.

All these projects are rural based and the idea of global goal is to execute the projects that can better the lives of the people in the rural communities. In my office today, we have been able to embark on two major goals, health and education”.

Will Osun Have Cow Colony?

Commissioner for Special Duties, Honourable Mudasir Toogun said, “the problem with the cattle colony is in the name itself, no one in Africa will hear the name and it will not send fear down their spine.

“Actually the intention behind it is not to colonise any place, rather it is ‘cattle ranches’. Cattle ranches are a good business and it would provide and create more jobs; the government alone could not foot the bill of these ranches, hence, the need for the industrialists to come and grow feeds for the ranches”.

“Hardly can any state afford to fund the growing of cattle feeds and maintenance of ‘cattle ranches’, it is a big business that require private partnership.

“So, industrialists and cooperate organisations are beckon to establish cattle ranches in the state.

“To contain activities of the Bororos, only the government with its instrumental of power can’t do it.

“What has made the problem more alarming is the development that had taken over our land; we construct roads, build houses, there is population explosion but the land is fixed.

“Also, large cultivation of land is on the increase, so there is a need for cattle ranches, but it could be private business as any other business which any other person can do”.

 

Osun Partners World Bank To Empower MSMEs

The Osun State Agency for Community and Social Development Project has collaborated with the World Bank Group to disburse over N2bn to social developmental projects aimed at reaching 1,073,129 beneficiaries in rural communities.

According to a report, the partnership is handling out 356 inclusive, gender-sensitive and multi-sectoral micro projects, covering education, rural electrification, primary healthcare, transportation, potable water provision in 263 communities across the state.

The Osun agency noted that the majority of  businesses and individual beneficiaries were already added to the next tax net.

It said the efforts of the state government would soon result in corresponding increase in investments and production in Osun State.

The statement read in part, “Tuns Farms, an indigenous poultry company, in partnership with smallholder farmers, ramped up broiler production to position the state as the second largest broiler producer in the country.

“Omoluabi Garment Factory, a public-private partnership venture between Sam and Sara Garments and the Osun State Government emerged as the largest garment factory in West Africa.  RLG Adulawo, an indigenous computer assembly plant, also established operations in Osun State as a result of the favourable infrastructure in the state.”

The statement noted that the investments created many jobs with both the organisations and their staff boosting the tax revenues of the state government.

It said the Aregbesola-led government had reportedly recorded a 760 per cent growth on its investment base through diversification.

It attributed the investment of the state in oil and gas, modern poultry, agro-allied, and a host of other ventures.

The Managing Director, Omoluabi Holdings Limited, formerly known as the Osun State Investment Company, TundeFakeye, was quoted to have said recently that the agency which commenced operation in 2011 with a capital base of N300m had successfully increased its capital to N3.6bn as at 2017, representing 760 per cent increase within the spate of six years.

Fakeye said the increase was due to the array of innovations and business ideas that the current administration had introduced.

He was said to have advised other states to follow the footsteps of the Osun State Government by going into business ventures and building a reliable IGR.

This, he said, would help in sustaining the states in the face of dwindling monthly allocations from the federation account.

The agency said,  “Renaissance Capital, an emerging markets investment bank in Africa, recently published a report stating that Osun State and eight others are the largest economies in Nigeria. Ekiti, Lagos, Oyo, AkwaIbom, Rivers, Kano, Katsina and Kaduna are the other states.

Osun Needs To Grow With Tax

By Sodiq Yusuf

I am convinced that in any part of the world where development is seen as nothing but inevitable, the issue of tax or taxation is not something to toy, joke or play with, it is strictly business and when I say Business, it is imperative for development to thrive.

Everyone knows Tax, it is even something you hear and listen to nowadays from a teen age. But one still wonders if the people want to have attitudinal change at all towards this important necessity to make government run and safeguard governance.

For us as individuals, we make sacrifices to survive. Despite this, we crave for good things always even if it is not really needed, we just want to be seen as someone that has a good life.

In the State of Osun where government places premium on the welfare of the citizenry, they also find ways of easing the burden on the people by getting investors to grow the economy of the state by coming in to do business.

In modern entities where businesses thrive without or with small pain, there are things which makes them survive and grow with the economy.

And that’s why the government of Rauf Aregbesola places premium on providing the key infrastructure needed to endear these investments to the state.

Bridges, roads, schools, Ambulance Services for Emergencies, Environment Sanitation Mechanisms among others have been built and still springing up in the nooks and crannies of the state.

These and more are what the state is offering to the citizenry with the allocation patched up by the State’s Internally Generated Revenue as part of it’s duties and responsibilities to the people.

Aside this areas, there is one that is key and that’s security, it’s good to know that in Osun, the nooks and crannies are peaceful to the extent that security agencies maintain the peace with support from the state government in cash and provision of apparatus for them to work.

Undoubtedly, there enormous programmes cannot be sustained without the payment of taxes.

Tax is important in Osun as to every government, the issue of IGR is something that cannot be toyed with.

It is imperative for all in the State of Osun to fulfill their obligation to government by remitting their taxes to its coffers, either by paying through banks or points where the government has designated.

With this, government will be empowered to do more for the people and of course, the people will have course to challenge or call government to question on what their hard earned resources is used for.

Together let’s make Osun Viable through the payment of our taxes.

Osun toti ndara konii B’aje ooooooo

 

FGM: Osun Ranked Highest In Nigeria

Nigerians from different walks of life have condemned the continued practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by a section of the populace.

This condemnation is coming on the heels of the day set aside for the campaign against ending of FGM.

According to Mrs. Esther Oke, a retired Chief Nursing Officer, she maintained that healthwise, the cutting of the female genitals can cause some health problems which may be long or short term.

In the short term, she disclosed that, “the female may bleed to death or contract some disease due to infections while in the long run, she may have problems associated with child birth and the female may end up being promiscuous since the outer labia which would have made her to enjoy sexual intercourse has been cut off”.

Religiously, she also revealed that there was no chapter in the Holy Bible or verse in the Quran which support female circumcision.

Mrs. Oke noted that female circumcision which internationally is referred to as female genital mutilation has Osun as the state with the highest rate of practice in the country while Ede North local government has the highest in the state and Ife Central local government with the lowest.

According to her, research also revealed that the practice of FGM was predominantly among the educated class and especially amongst the men.

Dr. Olagunju Olukayode, an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with Crustal Hospital, a private hospital in Osogbo noted that although the government had tried and is still trying, there is more to be done in the area of advocacy, education and applying the law to deal with offenders where necessary.

He maintained that despite government intervention, FGM was common amongst traditionalists and that it was a practice that was tied up with the culture of the people.

Both were of the opinion that contrary to the belief that any female not circumcised end up being promiscuous, they hinted that it was the circumcised female who has the tendency of being promiscuous because she may find it difficult to get sexual pleasure.

As per the issue of itching of the genitalia amongst female children, they both agreed that it was due to poor hygiene, as vaginal itching can be experienced by both the circumcised and uncircumcised females depending on how clean they were.

The theme of the year 2018 celebration is: “Ending FGM/Cutting Is A Political Decision”.

Osun Leads In Youth Empowerment In Nigeria – DG, ITF.

..as Aregbesola says initiative in tandem with Osun policy on empowerment

The Director General and Chief Executive of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari ‎has described Osun as a trail blazer state in the empowerment of youths in Nigeria.

This was just as the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola stated that the ITF’s initiative is in tandem with the philosophies and policy thrust of his administration’s welfarist interventions in the state.

Ari said the present administration in the state led by Governor Rauf Aregbesola has raised the bar of governance through numerous social intervention programmes that had impacted positively on the lives of the citizenry.

The ITF DG made the statement on Wednesday while delivering his speech during the ‎closing ceremony of the National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP) sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment in conjunction with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) at Aurora Conference Centre, Osogbo.

The ITF boss said the state has also demonstrated high sense of commitment ‎towards improving the general well-being of the citizenry as being reflected in the successes recorded by the state on her empowerment programmes.

He disclosed that Osun was chosen after the Federal Capital Territory due to the immense contributions of the Aregbesola’s administration to youth and women empowerment since its inception.

Ari lauded Aregbesola for providing an enabling environment for the youths to thrive in the state, saying the state ‎has been identified as doing much in social intervention programmes.

‎According to him, “the selection of Osun as the second state after the FCT where this programme is held was not only deliberate but also intentional due to the high sense of commitment attached to the youth empowerment by the Governor.

“It is not in doubt that Osun has proven its commitment as a state where empowerment is prioritized particularly the youth empowerment, making the state to be seeing as a leading light in youth empowerment in Nigeria.

“We are all aware of myriads of developmental achievements which the state has made in reducing poverty, tackling the scourge of unemployment and making the youth of the state to be self-sustaining and self-independent.

“These among others are the reasons the state is seen at the centre of empowerment in the country as our visit to the state has further exposed us to many of the successes the state had made to empower her youths and women”, he added.

Aregbesola lauded ITF for being determined in its focus towards reducing the scourge of unemployment in the country with the provision of numerous ‎vocational and technical trainings being organized across Nigeria.

He described the empowerment programme organized in the state as a build-up to the course championed by his administration, saying the occasion will open another window of youth development, actualized through skills acquisition initiatives.


The Governor held that youth development and engagement has also been given attention by his administration, narrating that his government had successfully empowered 40,000 youths through Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES).

According to him, “‎The OYES cadets were not just left hanging, they were given soft landing in agriculture, (O’REAP, O’MEALS, O’BEEF, O’HUB, O’HONEY, O’BOP), O’CLEAN, teaching service, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and sundry other vocations that have become permanent jobs for them.The policy had ramified micro-economic impact on Osun.

“The N200 million monthly allowances we were giving them percolated the grassroots in buying food, paying rent, transportation and buying household goods, thus,three things then followed. One, Osun recorded the lowest unemployment rate in Nigeria. Secondly, the crime rate in the state also fell to national lowest. Lastly, the GDP of Osun rose to become the seventh highest nationally.

“We set up OYES-TECH for the training of youths in the assembly and repairs of electronics, ICT, mobile phones and computers as we have also trained many in agriculture through O’REAP and have sent two batches of agripreneurs to Germany for advanced training in animal husbandry and farming methods.

“So, ‎the ITF’s initiative will keep the youths productively engaged and redirect their often negatively dissipated energies to causes that are most beneficial to them, their families and society. It will also help them to discover, tap appropriately and utilize their talents so they can maximize and utilize their God-given talents and latent potentials to the fullest.

‎”The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has towered prominently for decades in the area of skills impartation, capacity building and Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES).

‎Earlier in ‎her remarks, the Osun Commissioner for empowerment and Youth ‎Engagement, Mrs Mofolake Adetoun Adegboyega, said the state has been able to equip youths of the state through the numerous social intervention programmes designed by the state to eliminate poverty, unemployment and other societal vices.

Adegboyega noted that the state under the administration of Governor Aregbesola has not only nipped in the bud, the scourge of unemployment but also fought to the kneel the poverty and unemployent, noting that the state’s policies and programmes had centred mostly on the people as the state has consciously improved on the well-being of the people through her people’soriented initiatives.

Adegboyega added, “our state has provided a workable and enabling environment for all to succeed particularly the youths as this could be seen in all our interventions.

“Our widely acknowledged and adopted ‎Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) where over 40,000 youths in the stated had benefited has not only raised the bar of governance but gave our people sense of belonging to government and governance”.

Business Booms in Osun

By Nofisat Marindoti

Despite the various reports that the State of Osun is retrogressing under the leadership of the incumbent Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the reality of what is really going on in the state has shown otherwise.

The State of Osun has continued to witness a huge turn out of investments in various levels. Enterprises are opened daily and the existing ones have continued to flourish.

Surely, all these goes down to say the present administration is not only progressive but has also brought Osun into the limelight for global recognition and acceptance through infrastructural development.

While accusing the State Government of only investing in infrastructural developments, many have forgotten that it is these infrastructural projects that will bring the much needed positive change and lift Osun from the bar of “Civil Service state” as popularly called though research has shown otherwise.

Many have chosen to stay blind to the Governor’s vision of preparing Osun for the period of oil drought without Federal allocation, the vision of making Osun self sufficient and getting it people empowered while opening doors to investments.

The Roads are Key

Just as it has been proven that every developed country must borrow to sustain its plans, it is also unbeatable that good roads are key factors in a developed country or state.

Aside the schools, the various empowerment programmes, the State Government has transformed our transport system and not only will these roads open doors to investments from various angles, it will also promote in-house marketing among the people of the state.

And just as anticipated, the roads development in Osun has given spring to businesses, new shops are being opened daily, more people are coming back home to start businesses as the Home itself has taken a new turn.

What about the developed roads in the rural areas, the farmers would gladly testify to the positive effect the roads have on their farm products, how it has helped them bring their products to the markets.

These are farmers whose products had to rotten away for lack of good transportation system but all thanks to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration which has brought an end to the ordeals.

So, instead of criticizing the achievements of the present administration, look around you and see for yourself; the transformed Osun and doff your hat for the prudent Governor.