PHOTONEWS: Osinbajo, Ajimobi, Aregbesola Grace 1st Western Nigeria Youth Summit

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi alongside Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday attended the Opening Ceremony of the 1st Western Nigeria Youth Summit.

The summit which seeks to provide the agenda of development of the region till the year 2040 is hosted by the State Government of Osun.

The summit is expected to end tomorrow Wednesday at the WOCDIF Events Centre in Osogbo.

Here are photos from the well attended event as captured by Dolapo Julius.

Osinbajo Presides Over 1st Economic Management Team Meeting Of 2018

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday presided over the first meeting of the Economic Management Team for the year.

Osinbajo is the chairman of the team that has relevant ministers and other top government officials as members.

The meeting was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

In a message posted on his Twitter handle, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, disclosed that the oil and gas sector as well as pension matters were top on the agenda of the meeting.

Akande reiterated the present administration’s assurance that things would get better for the country.

He promised that the government will continue to work hard to make things better.

He wrote, “Vice-President Osinbajo opens the week presiding over first 2018 Economic Management Team meeting of Buhari administration.

“It’s a full house and time to ramp up and consolidate.

“Oil and gas sector, pension, Family Homes Fund and other issues top the agenda.

“We”ll keep working hard, things must get better.”

What Osinbajo Said At The 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Service (PHOTOS)

The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo on Sunday led the Federal Government to the National Christian Center in Abuja for the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Thanksgiving Service as part of activities marking the day this year.

He paid glowing tributes to the Fallen Heroes and commend the present armed forces for striving hard to protect the dignity and territorial integrity of the country.

WE WILL PROTECT THE POOR, & THE HELPLESS WHO SUFFER FROM CRISIS – VP OSINBAJO

*Says FG will enforce the peace, & adds that tragedies ought not be politicized

PREPARED REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PROF. YEMI OSINBAJO, SAN, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT THE INTERDENOMINATIONAL CHURCH SERVICE FOR THIS YEAR’S ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY HELD AT THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE, ABUJA TODAY JANUARY 7, 2018

I am especially honoured to be here to join family and friends of our departed heroes to mark this day when we remember the incredible sacrifices they made on the field of battle.

Every one of the men and women of our armed forces killed in battle took a decision that they were prepared to lay down their lives for flag and country. Those promises were tested and found to have been faithfully made. Many died in circumstances so terrifying and horrifying.

But the greatest loss is of the families they left behind, wives, husbands, children, siblings and sometimes parents. So death is a test not for the dead but for the living. It is the living that must bear the pain of shattered hopes. The many children who will miss the special moments in their lives, one parent would not witness their days of joy and celebrations, graduations, marriages, naming ceremonies because their fathers chose to defend our nation and its commitments to other nations. It is to those brave and courageous fallen heroes that this day is dedicated and we honour their memories. But it is their families to whom we owe a debt that cannot be redeemed. No matter how hard we try or how eloquently we describe the services of the departed we cannot bring them back.

But our debt, our continuing obligation places a burden upon us as governments and people of Nigeria.

The first is to rigorously defend the unity and territorial integrity of Nigeria by words and action. Rebuking firmly and even by recourse to law, those who by their words and action threaten to break the bonds of nationhood paid for by the blood and sweat of our Military.

Second is to defend faithfully the freedoms and rights that form the fundament of our society and nationhood. These include, the right to life, which involves the duty of the State to provide adequate security for lives and livelihoods of the citizens, the right to liberty, freedom of worship amongst others. Yes, we have seen in the past few years how these rights have been challenged by the mindless extremism of the Boko Haram in the North-East, and how again our gallant military, police and civilian populations have risen jointly & gallantly to rout these criminal combatants and restore peace to most communities in that zone. We have also seen even recently the killings that have resulted from attacks of herdsmen on farmers and communities and also where farmers and communities have attacked herdsmen, the spate of violence and loss of lives in Rivers State, & the Badoo killings in Lagos and Ogun States.

The President has ordered the police and the armed forces to deal decisively with these killings and to ensure that the perpetrators are found and punished. The President has also in almost daily meetings, and strategy sessions with relevant security and law enforcement agencies worked to find lasting solutions.

But we must also not permit the politicization of these tragedies. One of the reasons why for years Boko Haram thrived was because of the politicization of the insurgency. There were those who planning to benefit politically from the tragedies painted opposition as the perpetrators. Again we see some today who want to benefit politically from the killing of women and children in Benue and Adamawa, and asuch stoking the embers of ethnicity and religion. By their hate speeches they want to fix the criminal acts of a few individuals on whole ethnic groups, they want to create a religious crises if they are allowed.

Our obligation is to stop them from playing dangerous politics that could threaten our unity and stability, just as we continue to enforce the peace in troubled areas. As Bishop Benjamin Kwashi said it is the poor and helpless who suffer the most from crisis, and it is they that we have sworn to protect.

Senate President’s representative, Service Chiefs, distinguished guests ladies and gentlemen: the Armed forces remain the bastion and exemplar of National Unity: Nigerian men and women of every tribe and religion, standing side by side in the gravest danger, being harmed and dying side by side under one flag and in defense of one nation. No attainment is worthwhile unless some are prepared to sacrifice for it nay the ultimate sacrifice.

Our Nation today stands as one to honor those who paid and continue to pay the price night and day for our safety and the safety of our land. We pledge that the labors of these heroes past shall not be in vain.

But we who gather here today are Christians, many born again. We are the light of our Nation and the Salt of this land. It is to us that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been given, the gospel which preaches contrary to our flesh, that we must love our persecutors and pray even for those who despises us. The gospel is a gospel based on the sacrifice of God of his only begotten son . Our country today needs the gospel that says that we must overcome evil with good. A gospel that conquers by weakness and meekness because the battle is not ours it is the Lords.

God Bless the Armed forces of Nigeria

God bless the 36 States of Nigeria and the FCT

God bless Nigeria.

Released by:

Laolu Akande

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity

Office of the Vice President

7 January 2018

Osinbajo, Tinubu, Soyinka, Others Storm Osun For Regional Youth Summit

By Nofisat Marindoti

The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo is to open the Western Nigeria Regional Youth Summit on Tuesday, 9th January, 2018 at the WOCDIF center in Osogbo, the capital of the State of Osun.

Others expected includes a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Gen. Alani Akinrinde, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II among other dignitaries.

Briefing journalists at the State Secretariat in Abere, the Commissioner For Regional Integration, Hon. Bola Ilori said the summit is to bring youths across the Western Region together to generate ideas that would take the region to greater heights.

“The summit is to provide platform for the youths of western region, to come together and plan the future of the region. The script will be written by them on how this region will be by 20 years and that is why we call it “West 2040”. So it is to involve the youths in the planning of how the region will be by the year 2040.

“The Genesis of this was that all the Governors of the West met in July 23rd at Abeokuta where they resolved that they should be 25 years master plan for the region.”

Debunking the news that the Summit is politically motivated, Ilori said the Summit has no political undertone, adding that the Summit isn’t about political parties but about the future of the youths and the region.

“There would be no APC or PDP, there would only be the Yoruba Party of Nigeria which everybody is part of by birth. Also the decision of the master plan was taken by both APC and PDP at Abeokuta, it has no political colouration. It is a solution funding summit that we are putting together.”

“We want to build the culture of adding to the society, we want our youths to become productive and to generate ideas. We encourage our youths to come loaded with ideas because there be will official endorsement for their ideas at the Summit.”

Ilori added that the Summit would be tightly secured and that alcohol would not be allowed.

He thereby urged interested youths to register for the Summit via his facebook page.

Osinbajo Says Its A Shame Having Fuel Crisis During Christmas

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has admitted that it is a shame Christmas celebration in Nigeria has so far been characterised by discomfort caused by the lingering fuel scarcity.

His Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday morning qouted the Vice President as speaking during the interactions he had with some people keeping vigil at two filling stations in Lagos.

Osinbajo was said to have made surprise appearances at Oando Filling Station in Lekki and Hayden Petrol Station, Victoria Island.

“It’s such a shame that Christmas has been, to some extent, with this sort of discomfort.

” This is deeply regretted, and l know that, despite the resilience and strength of people in Lagos and the Nigerian people, we would see ourselves through this and will enjoy our Christmas and have a great new year,” he was qouted as telling those who were on queue to buy the scarce commodity.

He said the Federal Government was moving as quickly as it could to solve the fuel crisis and reduce the difficulties Nigerians were facing as a result.

He added, “We are trying to move as quickly as we can. Obviously, people have gone through a lot of pain and anguish in the past few days, and that is deeply regretted.

“We are trying to do what we can to move as quickly as possible and there is certainly enough products to be able to solve the problem.

“We will be able to solve the problem; the short period of scarcity is quite a bit of burden, but we know that so long as products are enough and the trucks coming out and feeding the stations, this will be over very soon.

“I am going around with the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources here in Lagos to ensure that first, the trucks are being loaded from all the depots, and also looking at the filling stations to see that things are moving on very well.

“The GMD of the NNPC is also working in Abuja to see that things are moving quickly and we are moving around the country. So we expect that it will be resolved very quickly.”

Osinbajo later took to his social media accounts to announce that he witnessed firsthand the discomfort Nigerians have been experiencing during his visits to the filling stations.

He assured Nigerians that the government is working hard to end their pains as soon as possible.

He added that President Muhammadu Buhari had mandated all those concerns to bring an end to the situation.

Osinbajo wrote, “Christmas is a time of cheer, joy, and hope for the coming New Year. Many people would love to be around their families, but regrettably, cannot because of the inadequacies in the fuel supply in different parts of the nation.

“This is something that President Buhari is deeply concerned about, mandating all relevant persons to bring an end to the fuel queues.

“I witnessed first-hand the discomfort that many of us have to contend with. We sympathise with you and we are working assiduously to eliminate this pain in the shortest possible time.

“We regret this inconvenience while assuring you that all hands are on deck to return things to normalcy.

“I do hope that you still find time to reflect on the miracle of Christmas to lift your spirit and that of your family. God bless you and God bless our great nation.”

Nigerian Workers Are Poorly Paid – Osinbajo

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinba has disclosed that he and President Muhammadu Buhari are poorly paid for their services to the nation.

The Vice President also criticised the private sector for not respecting the national minimum wage law, which puts the lowest pay at N18,000.

Osinbajo spoke at the end-of-year seminar of the State House Press Corps at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Prof. Osinbajo, added that he earns about N1.5m as Vice-President while President Buhari earns about N1.75 million.

The senior lawyer said the pay is not commensurate with the offices they occupy.

He also expressed misgivings about the remuneration of journalists and lawyers, saying journalists’ case is unique because many media owners make big revenue but simply refuse to pay good wages.

He said, ”I realised first of all that this (journalism) is not a profession from which one could make a decent living in the first place unless you find a really good way of doing so.

”But more importantly for me is that you are just on your own. Journalism as a profession is so wide open.

”There are a few reasons in my view why remuneration is poor.

”The first is that it is just simply cheating. There are owners of media that are just cheats. They just want to get something from nothing and that is not uncommon, it is a general malaise, it is not necessarily restricted to the media.

”It is also the same in the legal profession. There many lawyers if they tell you what they earn, you will certainly not want to be a lawyer.

”The private sector does not respect the minimum wage. Even if a minimum wage is set nationally, it is not necessarily respected by the private sector and this is something that should be factored in to the status of a company and whether a company is even complying with the requirements.

He said, “It is important to note that a good retirement plan starts the very day you are employed, knowing that whatever has a beginning has an end; 35 or 60 mandatory years of service are certainly not eternity.

”It must also be stressed here that it is not too late to plan even where you have just few years to retire from service.

”The most important thing is that you have a plan either of money saved or of the job you intend to carry on after retirement. Put every other factor in place such as your age, strength and the mental capacity to carry on.” he advised.

He added, “It is important to state, therefore, that the uncertainty on payment of entitlements has continued to worry Nigerian workers, making them fear retirement.”

Governors Approved $1bn For National Security – Osinbajo

Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday revealed that state governors resolved to approve money for national security after a national security summit organised by the National Economic Council.

The Vice President who presided over NEC gave the explanation at the opening of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation/Secretaries to State Governments’ retreat at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He explained, “It was after a national security summit of the National Economic Council that Governors at their forum decided to approve some money for national security.”

The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, Abdulaziz Yari, had at a NEC meeting last Wednesday announced that the governors had asked the Federal Government to withdraw $1bn from the Excess Crude Account to fight the insurgency.

The decision had, however, attracted controversies from groups and individuals, including the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose; and the opposition Peoples
Democratic Party.

Osinbajo Visits Adamawa, Says FG Is Committed To Nigerians

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday visited Numan, Adamawa State, to condole with the people of the area over the recent spate of violence which led to several deaths.

Attacks by opposing sides in the area have led to dozens of deaths in the last two weeks.

On Monday, fresh fighting erupted in a predominantly Bachama community, in what locals said was a reprisal by their Fulani neighbours whose relatives had earlier been killed.

Residents told newsmen homes were set alight as locals were killed as some fled into the bush early Monday.

After arriving Yola Airport, where he was received by Governor Jibrilla Bindow, Mr. Osinbajo proceeded to the palace of the Lamido Adamawa, Barkindo Mustapha.

The vice president held a closed-door meeting with Mr. Mustapha and other chiefs across the state.

He then proceeded to Numan, where he was received by the chief of the community, the Hamma Bachama, Honest Irmiya, in his palace.

“I am here on Mr. President’s instruction; he wants a first hand report of what happened in Numan and Mubi earlier,” Mr. Osinbajo said, promising that, “a permanent solution would be worked out”.

The spokesperson to the vice president, Laolu Akande, later tweeted that Mr. Osinbajo “condoles victims and adds that impunity would not be condoned anymore regarding this conflicts”.

“What our people want is to be led to progress. As leaders, our duty is to lead the people towards prosperity & development,” Mr. Osinbajo was quoted as saying.

“That is the kind of leadership we must provide. If we don’t provide that, then we have lost our rights to be leaders.”

Aregbesola, I and the APC Owe Our Lives To The Man On The Streets – Osinbajo

By Toba Adedeji and Sodiq Yusuf

Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has said he, the Governor of the State of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the Whole APC conglomerate owe the common man on the streets much more as they are committed to making life more meaningful for the people.

Osinbajo stated this in Osogbo on Thursday where he officially flagged off the #OsunMSMEClinics for Small Medium Scale Business Owners in the state.

He said the party and its political office holders are deeply committed to restoring prosperity to the nation coupled with the displacement of looters to add more value to the citizenry.

Osinbajo also reiterated the desire of the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari to provide an enabling environment for businesses to thrive especially in giving opportunities to financially handicapped individuals in starting up Small Scale Businesses.

He said “SME’s are the growth of any nation. There are great potientials that are available. Anybody that wants to do small business in the state will be empowered to do his/her business. This country belongs to everyone of us and this country will be well if we are all committed to making sure that small businesses thrive.

“We are confident that in making sure that if we do not spend anyhow, if we have a government where people can be positively impacted on, we are assured that things will go on well. The State is working actively with us so that you can get all what you need to get established. I believe that we can all work together to make Nigeria strong economically.”

The Vice President also commended Governor Aregbesola for transforming the State of Osun saying the laudable projects embarked on by the present administration has positively impacted on the lives of the common man.

Osinbajo stressed that “I have seen the schools, bridges, roads here in Osun and I can say is that I am happy that we have in here a man like Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. All of us in the APC know that we are indebted to the man on the streets and we will work to ensure that the poorest man gets the best of the best.”

“This is a very special state, we have here the pride of the black man, we are Omoluabi’s here, we are not thieves, we work here, we don’t steal and we will do well if we are gainfully employed, we will all have the opportunity to feed ourselves and live a good life.”

Governor Aregbesola in his remarks said his administration has embarked on various programmes to banish unemployment saying the MSME loans will add value to the efforts.

He said over 14,000 beneficiaries will benefit from the scheme.

His words “Some will get N50,000, others will get N500,000 while some are to get N1,000,000. This will help to support Osun Micro Credit Agency, O’BOPS and other interventions we have made to improve our citizen’s lives.”

More than 3,000 Small and Medium Scale Enterprise Owners in the State of Osun are to get N50,000 under the Federal Government/Osun MSME Programme.

 

The programme already on in 9 states of the federation is to also give about 200 specially selected small business owners the sum of N500,000 to explore their businesses.

 

There Are Abundant Opportunities For Those Ready To Work In Osun – Aregbesola

By Nofisat Adeoye
Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, has stated that there are abundant opportunities in various sectors in the state for those ready to work.
Ogbeni Aregbesola said this at the flag off of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, #OsunMSMEClinics, a programme designed to empower small business owners in the state done by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo.
This is even as the State government in collaboration with the Federal Government empowered 20,000 small scale entrepreneurs in the state with the sum of N50,000 each.
Aregbesola also assured the people of the state to expect more from his government in the remaining one year of his administration.

Live Updates: VP Osinbajo Flags Off #OsunMSMEClinics

Nigeria’s  Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo is to flag off the distribution of N50,000 to more than 3,000 small and medium scale enterprise owners in the State of Osun under the Federal Government/Osun MSME Programme.
The programme already on in 9 states of the federation is to also give about 200 specially selected small business owners the sum of N500,000 to explore their businesses.
The Nelson Mandela Freedom Park in Osogbo is already a beehive of activities as Stakeholders, MSME Owners, Politicians, Traditional Rulers, Men and Women are already around to witness the ceremony.
Expected to grace the event alongside the Vice President is the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye Tomori, Members of the Federal Executive Council, Members of the Osun Executive Council among others.
There will also be an exhibition by several MSME groups in the state of Osun as the stage is set for the epoch making event.
As always, your reliable medium, OSUN DEFENDER is right at the venue of the event to bring you live updates from the event.
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11.15 am The stage is set with all the categories of the MSME’s plus Relevant Governement Agencies like the BOI, SON, NAFDAC, CAC, Osun Broilers Outgrowers Scheme, O’BOPS among others having their stands to showcase their activities to those on ground.
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11.30am Traditional Rulers, Stakeholders, Political Groups and the Rest continue to arrive as the arena gets charged before the event commences.
    
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11.35am The Federal Government in collaboration with the State Government of Osun Opens the FG-Osun One Stop Shop that has in it representatives of the Bank of Industry BOI, Standards Organization of Nigeria SON, National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC and other relevant agencies who are involved in the registration, monitoring and giving credit facilities to interested MSME owners across the state.
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11.38am Members of the Osun State Cultural Troops entertained guests to savour the moment while the programme officially begins with addresses from the representatives of partnering agencies to sensitize the people on the importance of seeking their support in their respective small and medium scale enterprises.

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11.48am Dignitaries like the Executives of the All Progressives Congress in the State of Osun including Alhaji Rasaq Salinsile, Alhaja Kudirat Fakokunde among other Aregbesola Solidarity Groups trooped in to the venue.

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12.15pm Representatives of NAFDAC, Mrs Yedunni Adenuga, Representative of the Bank of Industry, Mrs Abimbola Soyode and Mrs Toyin Idowu from the Standards Organization of Nigeria all come out to address the crowd on the importance of registering with their agencies to promote their small, medium scale enterprises.

 


2.15pm The Vice President, Prof Osinbajo alongside Governor Aregbesola have landed in Osogbo in company of other bigwigs from the Ibadan Airport. According to reports, the duo are touring some projects embarked upon by the Osun Chief Executive in roads, schools infrastructure and the rest.

 

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3.00pm The Crowd still waits patiently at the Freedom Park anxiously awaiting the arrival of His Excellency, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

3.15pm The Deputy Governor of the State of Osun, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori, Wife of the Governor, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola, SSG, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, Head of Service, Dr Olowogboyega Oyebade, Deputy Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Hon Akintunde Adegboye, the State Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Adepele-Ojo among other bigwigs join dignitaries on the high table for this interesting occasion.


3.17pm Finally, The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof Yemi Osinbajo arrives in the company of the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to officially flag off the #OsunMSMEClinics

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3.45pm Vice President, Osinbajo alongside Governor Aregbesola joined by the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole inspects the exhibition of MSME’s stationed at the venue here at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park here in Osogbo. The ceremony is about to begin.

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4.05pm Members of the High Table Rise to take the National Anthem And the Osun Anthem. Ecstatically, the Vice President sings the Osun Anthem too with cheers from the crowd.

4.15pm The Commissioner for Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Empowerment in the State of Osun, Hon Ismail Jayeoba Alagbada addresses the occasion.

 

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  1. 20pm Mrs Toyin Akinola who represented Bank of Industry spoke on the benefits of GEEP – Federal Government (Government Empowerment Enterprise Programme)

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4.34pm Ogbeni Aregbesola mounts the podium to address the gathering where he applauds the Vice President whom he described as an enigma, progressive thinking leader and a distinct man of God.

He said the state is overwhelmed by the visit of the Vice President and happy that he is here.

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4.40pm: Vice President, Osinbajo’s words: SME’s are the growth of any nation. There are great potientials that are available. Anybody that wants to do small business in the state will be empowered to do his/her business. This country belongs to everyone of us and this country will be well if we are all committed to making sure that small businesses thrive. We are confident that in making sure that if we do not spend anyhow, if we have a government where people can be positively impacted on, we are assured that things will go on well.

I have seen the schools, bridges , roads here in osun state and I can say I am happy that we have in here a man like Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

All of us in the APC all know that we are indebted to the man on the streets and we will work to ensure that the poorest man gets the best of the best.

This is a very special state, we have here the pride of the black man, we are omoluabi here, we are thieves, we work here, we don’t steeal and we will do well and we know if we are gainfully employed, we will all have the opportunity to feed ourselves and live a good life.

He rounded off by applauding Governor Rauf Aregbesola and praised him through the sounding of Six gbosas for the Governor!!!!!

He concluded his speech at 4.59pm.

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5.00pm A Commissioner in the State of Osun, Comrade Biyi Odunlade gave the vote of thanks.