PHOTOS: Osun Deputy Gov Flags Off Distribution Of Insecticidal Nets In Osun

The State of Osun Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori on Wednesday flagged off the distribution of long lasting insecticidal nets with a call on households to ensure they sleep under the nets to eradicate malaria from the state.

The program tagged ‘Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) Replacement Campaign’, sponsored by the Society for Family Health (SFH) attracted international and local stakeholders in the health sector, who lauded Aregbesola-led administration for putting healthcare on the front burner.

L-R: CMD LAUTECH Hospital, Prof. Akeem Lasisi; State of Osun Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori; Director of Program, Society for Family Health (SFH), Dr Jennifer Ayanti and Commissioner of Health, Dr Rafiu Isamontu sitting under Net at the flag off ceremony of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets Replacement campaign at Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo on Wednesday 6th September, 2017.

BOI Lauds Osun Govt For Promotion Of Entrepreneur

By Toba Ajisafe


The Bank of Industry has lauded the State Government of Osun for its commitment in advancing entrepreneurs in the state.


This was said at a day seminar organized by Bank of Industry tagged ‘Accelerating Industrial Growth in State of Osun’ on Tuesday.


The Managing Director of Bank of Industry, Mr. Olukayode Pitan during his address praised the governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for the existing working relationship.


Pitan said, “We on our own disbursed loans to other institutions and individuals in Osun State. Our loan portfolio is about N3.5 billion which the State is complimenting notably.


Some of the stakeholders advised that the State government should consult for goods within the state to boost and encourage entrepreneur in the State.


The governor who was represented by the deputy governor, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori while addressing the stakeholder said, all the food we are giving to the pupils in the State are all sort from the State which has improve our economy; the only thing we are sorting outside the state was rice but now we are feeding our pupils locally made rice which we are producing within the state.


“As a state we had a vision to feed Nigeria which is why we are supporting farming earnestly, urging Nigerians to go back to farming.

Aregbesola’s Deputy Tackles Omisore At Oroki Day Celebration

By Sarafa Ibrahim

The Deputy Governor of Osun State, Otunba Grace Titilayo-Laoye Tomori on Saturday carpeted Senator Iyiola Omisore for saying Aregbesola’s administration is frivolous.

Tomori, who declared that the regime of Governor Rauf Aregbesola surpassed the performance of the successive administrations in the state, adding that the incumbent government was not frivolous.

She stated this at the Oroki Day celebration in Osogbo, Osun state capital in response to a statement credited to the former Deputy Governor in the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore during her speech at the occasion.

According to her, the statement by Omisore, in which he castigated Aregbesola-led APC government was out of place and that the current administration in the state has done well, particularly in terms of physical infrastructures.

“The current administration in Osun State has surpassed what successive administrations in the state did since the creation of the state. We are not frivolous in the APC and we are not reckless financially.

“We spend public funds judiciously to develop the state.

“Aregbesola’s government has performed excellently in terms of provision of physical infrastructures and social amenities and the social protection programmes of our government were adjudged best by reputable international organizations.

“Ours is not a government that will siphon the public fund and share remnant of the stolen money to people to appease them. The statement by Senator Omisore here today concerning the issue of the retirees in
this state and other things he mentioned were unbefitting”, Tomori said.

Earlier, Sen. Iyiola Omisore had in another forum empathised with the pensioners in the state who virtually everyday lay siege at government house to protest their unpaid pensions and gratuities.

He commented on the huge debts running into billions of Naira the state has been plunged into, which generated reactions from the present deputy governor, Mrs Tomori.

The event was attended by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Lasun Yusuff, the Chief of Staff to Osun State Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, the Deputy Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Alhaji Akintunde Adegboye,

Others are: the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Alhaji Ajibola Basiru, Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Kolapo Alimi and the Chairman of the APC in the state, Prince Gboyega Famodun

Osun Deputy Governor Stops Convoy To Rescue Accident Victims

By Toba Ajisafe

The State of Osun Deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori was on Tuesday stopped her convoy to rescued two accident victims at Osogbo.

Mrs Tomori convoy was passing when she noticed the accident, involving a bike man with a passenger and the bus of Association of Doctors, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife at popular Aregbe junction along Ogo-Oluwa, Osogbo.

The convoy stopped as the deputy governor came down from the car to assist in the rescue of the two victims.

When she came down she asked the onlookers if they had called O-Ambulance which they responded ‘yes.

The two victims were on unconscious for a while before doctors came down from their bus to resuscitate them.

The accident scene caused gridlock as passer-by and motorist stop to look at the duo lying down.

As soon as the ambulance arrived, they were wheeled away to the hospital while the deputy governor was still waiting to ensure the life of the duo is safe before she leaves the scene.

The immediate respond of O-Ambulance was therefore adjudged by sympathisers who describe the swift response as responsible and value to human lives.

Osun Deputy Governor Reiterates Govt Commitments To Education

The Deputy Governor, State of Osun, Otunba Grace Laoye-Tomori has assured citizens of the state that the government would continue to guarantee quality education for the pupils in the state.

She made the assertion at the first synod of the Diocese of lfe East Anglican Communion in Modakeke recently.

According to her, the government has invested so much on the education sector and would continue to invest more and manage the investment to ensure that its purpose is served.

She said, for the government to achieve its aims of taking the education to higher pedestal, it require the support of all stakeholders, including parents, teachers, students and the entire community who must all play their roles.

While delivering his sermon, the Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Revd Oluseyi Oyelade commended the activities of the state government and charged the government to improve the people’s standard of living.

Photonews: Aregbesola Commissions Community Government High School

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was present with his deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, and other government officials and stakeholders, during the Commissioning of Ojo/Aro Community Government Middle and High Schools/Maize Day Celebration at Ojo/Aro Community Egbedore Local Government on Tuesday 18-10-2016.

See pictures below;


President Buhari Commissions Osogbo Government High School (Photos)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, commissioned the newly constructed Osogbo Government High School in the capital of Osun State, when he visited the state. President Buhari was accompanied by the governors of Oyo, Lagos, and Borno, and hosted by Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. See pictures below;

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President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari (Middle); Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (3rd left); his wife, Sherifat (2nd left); Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode (2nd right); Governor of Borno State, Kashimah Shettima (right) and Osun deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, during the commissioning of Osogbo Government High School by President Buhari, at the State capital on Thursday 01-09-2016
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President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari (Middle); Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (3rd left); his wife, Sherifat (2nd left); Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode (2nd right); Governor of Borno State, Kashimah Shettima (right) and Osun deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, during the commissioning of Osogbo Government High School by President Buhari, at the State capital on Thursday 01-09-2016
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From right, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari; Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; his wife, Sherifat; deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori and Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, during the commissioning of Osogbo Government High School by President Buhari, at the State capital on Thursday 01-09-2016
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President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, at the just completed Ataoja Government High School, where president Buhari was received, during his official commissioning of Osogbo Government High School, at the State capital on Thursday 01-09-2016
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From left, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari; Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; his wife, Sherifat and Senator Olusola Adeyeye, representing Osun Central, during the commissioning of Osogbo Government High School by President Buhari, at the State capital on Thursday 01-09-2016
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Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, addressing the gathering, while President Muhammadu Buhari (left) listening immediately after the Commissioning of Osogbo Government High School by President Buhari, at the State Capital on Thursday 01-09-2016
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From left, Deputy Governor of Osun, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode; State of Osun Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Minister for Communications and Technology, Barrister Adebayo Shittu; President Muhammadu Buhari; Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Borno State Governor, Kashimah Shettima and others, testing the comfort of the newly installed furniture facilities procured for the students, at the commissioning of the Osogbo Government High School by President Buhari at the State Capital on Thursday 01-09-2016

Children’s Day: Aregbesola Restates Commitment To Better Education In Osun

Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has restated his commitment towards providing qualitative education for the school children in the state.

He said this at Osogbo city stadium during the celebration of children day on Friday.

Aregbesola who was represented by his deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori noted that his government has valued education of children since inception, promising that he would strive further to ensure that Osun state provide the best education for children in the country.

He noted that the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has adopted his school feeding programme, maintaining that the initiative has been one of the best in the country.

Aregbesola who lamented continuous hostage of Chibok Girls by the deadly Boko Haram, assured that the present government is committed and sincere in the rescue of the girls.

He commended the soldiers for their gallant fight against Boko Haram, appealing to Nigerians to pray for Buhari’s government.

In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Osun state Ministry of Women, Children and Social Affairs, Mrs Omolara Ajayi, appealed to parents and guardians to brace up and exercise a collaborative effort in the training of their children.

She condemned the violence against children saying “the inhuman and barbaric tradition of Female Genital Mutilation and the current trend of violence through child trafficking, child forced marriages, sex exploitation, abduction, can no longer be condoned.

Osun Govt To Partner With NUPEC

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

Osun State Government has disclosed its readiness to collaborate with the National Unity and Peace Corps of Nigeria, NUPEC, on the need to strengthen security in all the public schools in the state.

The disclosure was made by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titilayo Laoye Tomori, during the passing-out parade of NUPEC, at Camp-Young, Ede, Osun State.

Mrs. Tomori who doubled as the Commissioner of Education, said the decision was taken in line with the government’s policies to provide quality, functional and quantity education.

The Deputy Governor who was represented by her Special Assistant on Education, Mr. Niyi Idowu, condemned the incessant cultism, thuggery and hooliganism among the pupils of public schools, saying plans are top gear to restore sanity, decency, discipline and integrity back to schools.

The Deputy Governor maintained that the state would continuously deploy the necessary mechanism to engender peace and unity among the pupils across the schools in the state.

Mrs. Tomori reassured the parents and guardians of the state readiness to collaborate with the paramilitary organization-NUPEC in its bid to provide adequate security in all the public schools in the state.

Mrs. Tomori who attributed the palpable decadence and rots in education to what he regarded as “negligence of necessity” by the past administrations, said the current government would leave no stone unturned to enhance functional education in the state.

The Deputy Governor revealed that the state in collaboration with relevant agencies had reached compromise on the need to ensure proper monitoring of all the activities in the state public schools so to cushion all forms of gangsterism and cultism among the pupils.

She noted that the state, having prioritized education would not look focus to ensure the provision of strongly competitive products in all the public schools in the state.

“We are partnering with NUPEC on security consciousness in all our public schools so as to banish all forms of immorality in the state.

“Our resolve at this was to instill discipline and inculcate virtues in our children by promoting civic and “Omoluabi” ethos among the pupils.

“Our government would not for whatever reason condone immorality of any form just as we are ever ready to strengthen peace and unity and as well promote peaceful cohabitation among the pupils in our schools.

“As we are resolute and firm in our educational policies and programmes, so shall we remain in creating an enabling environment to ease teaching and learning process in all our schools.

“Based on these lofty policies, our government would not hesitate to partner with any organization, group and association on the protection lives and property as well maintenance of law and order”, she said.

She therefore implored all members of the organization to continuously champion peace and unity of the country in all their activities.

Earlier, the Commandant General, NUPEC, Dr. Chinedu Nneji who was represented by his Assistant, Dr Frederick Obidiegwu, commended the state command of the organization for being united and resolute in all its actions and inactions.

Dr. Nneji who described peace as a sine qua non to development said, the organization would continue to promote peace and unity of Nigeria and Nigerians.

He called on the members of the organization across the country to remain united while discharging their responsibilities as paramilitary agents.

In his remarks, the State Commandant, National Unity and Peace Corps, NUPEC, Mr. Ayodele Oluwatoyin, lauded the efforts of the present administration on security which according to him has yielded significant results over the months.

Commandant Oluwatoyin who described the organization as an essential non-security service outfit, said it was ready to deploy non-violent strategies to solve some of the societal problems in the country.

He noted that NUPEC was fully ready to promote peace and unity among Nigerians, saying efforts have been intensified to continuously nurturing up a new generation of Nigerians who will be accommodating, tolerating and pacific towards religious, political and social issues.

Oluwatoyin said the organization was bent on the need to bring together Nigerian people as an invisible and indissoluble entity by eradicating ethnicity, tribal acrimonious tendencies, religious wrangling and dissension which he said had been devastating the peace and unity of the country.

The NUPEC State Commandant disclosed the organization’s readiness to cooperate and synergize with Federal, States, Local Governments, Military, Paramilitary organizations, educational institutions, social and charitable organizations to build a new Nigeria.

Mr. Oluwatoyin stressed that the organization was keenly interested in working as helping hands with other security agencies to restore peace to every nook and cranny of the country, having been informed that the greatest legacy one can sincerely bestow to the country was to support the search for lasting peace and unity.

He said Nigerian situation has reached a despicable point of nadir with its attendant religious turbulence, hence
calls for the establishment of a virile and unified peace organization that is free from tribal, political or religious backgrounds.

Mr. Oluwatoyin said the time has come for NUPEC to complement efforts being made by the government to restore unity and peace in Nigeria.

“We are coming up with identity devoid of societal ill by abolishing stateism, ethnicism as well as Norther/Nouther dichotomy through the promotion of mutual understanding, teaching and indoctrinating the youths into accepting Nigeria as one nation of one people destined to live together.

“Our belief is that Nigerians must live in peace because they are tied by advanced human affinity as members of one family destined to live together, tolerate one another wherever they are.

“It is our candid belief that every Nigerian must seek for true peace by all means so as to ensure that the country doesn’t engage in another senseless internecine war which continues to damage the faith we have in ourselves as a people united by one goal, ideal and purpose”, he added.

Mr. Oluwatoyin said the organization as a non-security uniformed voluntary outfit was commissioned to operate in mediating capacity where there are crises by ensuring total achievement of worthy goals of national unity and peaceful coexistence..

He added that the organization would continuously involving in conflict resolution, total harmony and unity and as well by engendering peaceful accommodation and tolerance among communities.

Oluwatoyin therefore appealed to the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency speed up the legislation process of the organization which according to him had reached third-reading stage in the National Assembly, so as for it to commence the operation in earnest.

Osun Unveils 20-Year Development Pact With UN-HABITAT

The Government of the State of Osun and the United Nations-HABITAT Programme have unveiled their collaboration for the development of the state in the next 20 years.

The Marshall Plan contains the Structural Plan Reports for the upgrade of nine cities in the State of Osun into modern cities.

The Project is geared towards harnessing the potentials of the State’s urban population and build the capacity of cities in the state to support the development agenda and offer better living conditions to their residents. The cities are: Oshogbo, Ile-Ife, Ilesa, Iwo, Ede, Ejigbo, Ila-Orangun, Ikire and Ikirun.

Presenting the report in Osogbo, capital of the State of Osun, Mallam Kabir Yari, HABITAT Programme Manager in Nigeria, who unveiled the report in Osogbo, capital of the State of Osun, noted that the urban renewal Initiative in the state is the biggest UN-HABITAT would embark on in Nigeria.

Yari said that the Structural Plans, in addition to making significant contributions towards achieving the goals of the State of Osun Integral Action Plan, will also guide the physical development and management of these cities for the next 20 years.

The Plan would also facilitate effective service provision, minimise the incidence of slum formation, and ensure significant contribution of these cities to achieving the HABITAT Agenda and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“Since the UN-Habitat began its collaboration with states in Nigeria, this initiative by the State Government of Osun has been the biggest such exercise, involving nine cities in a single project.

“The planning horizon for the Structure Plans project is a period of 20 years (2014 – 2033) and it is to be implemented progressively over the period.

“A five year periodic review of the Structure Plan and its implementation strategies is proposed for effective execution of the development projects. This is to be carried out by technocrats and stakeholders.

“For effective phasing of the plan in order of priority importance, consideration has been given for flexibility and practicable implementation of the proposal.

“The proposed phases of the Structure Plan have therefore been classified into short, medium and long term scenarios.

This is to assist government agencies in preparing their annual development plans,” he said

Earlier in his remark, Governor Aregbesola, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, said Osun had physical planning problems because it is one of the most urbanized states in the country.

He noted that the Urban Renewal Programme is aimed at correcting the numerous physical planning problems in the state that include improper solid waste disposal, haphazard or unplanned development, urban sprawl, slums and inadequate infrastructural facilities.

“These identified problems make life uncomfortable for human health.

“The State Government of Osun collaborated with the UN-HABITAT to prepare these plans for the nine most populous cities in the state concurrently.

“This project is meant to indicate the direction of development for these cities over a plan period to achieve orderly growth and coordinated physical development.

“It is indeed our Marshal Plan for the development in the next 20 years,” Aregbesola said.

We Will Not Abandon Any Project, Aregbesola Assures

Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has assured the people of the state that he will not abandon any of the projects started by his administration despite the financial crisis facing the state.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, gave this assurance while speaking on Friday at the presentation of awards of excellence to some prominent individuals in the state by the Dynamic Reformers Group, a group under the All Progressives Congress. Aregbesola urged the people of the state not to be disappointed because of the current financial challenge facing the state, saying the problem was not peculiar to Osun State but a general problem in all the states of the federation.

He said, “I can assure you that none of our projects will be abandoned. We will complete all of them before the expiration of our tenure. “Don’t be discouraged or disappointed, the economic challenge that we are experiencing now is just temporary. No doubt, oil is gone and that was the genesis of the recession we are facing, but just like Chief Obafemi Awolowo used agriculture to grow the economy of the old Western Region, we are also focusing on agriculture.”

The governor assured that the state would survive its current challenges but asked for the cooperation of the people afresh especially by paying their taxes regularly. He commended the group for the role it played towards reclaiming his mandate after the 2007 governorship election and the contribution towards the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential poll in 2015. The Chairman, Award Ceremony Planning Committee, Alhaji Ademola Jekayinfa, said Aregbesola’s administration had demonstrated through his numerous policies that governance was about the people.

He urged the people of the state to continue to support the governor while saying those considered for the awards were carefully selected based on merit.

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