Ignore the rumours, no fresh clash in Ife – Osun Government

Osun State Government has revealed that is no fresh clash in Ile-Ife.

Bola Tinubu has earned his place in Nigeria’s history – Osun APC

All Progressives Congress in the state of Osun has congratulated its national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the chain of remarkable achievements he has had since he became involved in Nigeria’s politics.

According to the party, “whether you like or hate Tinubu, or you are his ardent admirer or critic, nobody can remove from the fact that in the last 17 years ( and counting), the national leader of the APC has earned a place in history as one of the most spectacular politicians who effected monumental democratic change in the country’s political evolution.”

This statement of endorsement was contained in a release from the party’s directorate of publicity signed by its director, Barr. Kunle Oyatomi and made available to the media in Osogbo yesterday.

The statement continued; “In the last two decades, your (Tinubu’s) deft political strategies have not only warded off political crimes against the Yoruba nation by those who sought and still seek to humiliate and subjugate us, you have also steered the course of events in Nigeria to make what was thought impossible happen.

“You piloted the APC into an epic electoral battle, which, for the first time in Nigeria’s political history, led to the defeat of a government in power at the federal establishment.

“That by itself is a signature achievement – the first of its kind in Nigeria – and a milestone in our democratic as well as electoral evolution. It is an uncommon feat”, the party claimed.

‘At 65, Asiwaju is comparatively still young and our prayer is that Allah should grant the Leader good health to continue in his good work, most of which is impacting positively on people’s lives.

“May Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s days, months and years bring further progress, stronger and greater democracy to Nigeria in general and Yoruba land in particular.

‘The APC and the people of Osun stand firmly behind the Leader and support his lieutenant and governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola who like the Jagaban of Borgu, has distinguished himself as the greatest achiever, Osun has ever had since the state was created over 25 years ago”, the statement said.

‘May Asiwaju’s star shine ever more brightly. Happy Birthday!” the APC saluted

BREAKING: Osun Government Declares Two Day Curfew In Ife Over Tribal Clashes

The Government of Osun has declared a two day curfew in entire Ile-Ife City, State of Osun.
A statement by Semiu Okanlawon, Director of Communications and Strategy to the Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola said the curfew was necessitated by the breach of the peace in the area which has led to avoidable destruction of lives and properties.
The curfew, which will be between 6pm to 7am, will be in force till Friday.
The statement further added the curfew takes effect from today Wednesday March, 8th, 2017.

4,000 Osun varsity students risk expulsion over non-payment of fees.

About 4,000 students of Osun State University may be expelled for failing to pay their school fees before the February 28, 2017 deadline set by the authorities of the institution.

The affected students may also miss the first semester examination scheduled to begin on March 6.

The management of the university disclosed this in a statement by the Corporate Affairs Unit yesterday.

The institution’s management set a deadline for payment of school fees when it discovered that many students had not done this, adding that the development has affected the smooth running of the system.

The Guardian learnt that many of the affected students owe the university school fees between two and more semesters. Some of them were alleged to have collected the money from their parents and “invested” it in the failed MMM Ponzi scheme or diverted same to other purposes.

The statement claimed that some concerned parents and guardians of the defaulting students have been making calls to the university’s phone numbers to report that they had given the money to their children.

The university, however, advised students who cannot meet up with the deadline and do not want their admissions terminated to apply to the school authorities to grant them leave of absence for the current semester with a sworn affidavit, pledging to pay before resumption.

The new Vice Chancellor, Prof. Labode Popoola raised the alarm over the issue recently. He said the institution was being owed a backlog of school fees of about N2 billion by students

In a bid to save the institution from financial crisis, the management warned all returning students upon resumption of 2016/2017 academic session that it would no longer tolerate non-adherence to the deadline for payment of fees and course registration as contained in the university calendar and students handbook.


Source: The Guardian

INEC promises credible polls in Ekiti, Osun state.

The Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, has pledged to conduct credible elections in Ekiti and Osun in 2018.

Adedeji Soyebi, the INEC National Commissioner for South West Zone, made the pledge while speaking with journalists on Wednesday at the Zonal Strategic Plan Retreat for field officers of the commission in Ibadan.

Mr. Soyebi said the previous polls had been successful, adding that “any election conducted this year or other time will not be an exception.”

“It will based on the principle we have used in conducting elections.

“INEC will build on its various achievements in the conduct of free, fair and credible elections and make sure that there is tremendous improvement in the future elections,” Mr. Soyebi said.

The commissioner said the Zonal Strategic Plan was aimed at generating ideas and inputs from electoral officers on the field before embarking on any national plan in readiness for the 2019 elections.

“At the end of the retreat, a synthetic report will be ready which the commission will present at a national stakeholders meeting involving political parties, civil society organisations, security apparatus and other stakeholders in the conduct of elections,’’ he said

Mr. Soyebi urged the participants to make meaningful contributions that would play vital roles in assisting the commission to be more effective.

Earlier in his address of welcome, Ariyo Ayoola, the Acting Administrative Secretary of INEC in Oyo State, said the commission would develop a new strategic plan.

According to Mr. Ayoola, the plan is expected to lead the nation to another successful general election in 2019.

He commended the commission for taking the retreat to the states to elicit local content, noting that the move was an attempt at ensuring collective ownership of the final copy of the strategic plan.

Mr. Ariyo, who said the shared experiences of the participants would enrich the outcome of the 2017-2021 strategic Plan, urged participants to make rich inputs.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants were drawn from staff of INEC in all the South West states.


Source: NAN

Man to die by hanging in Osun for stealing Mercedes Benz

Justice Kudrat Akano of Osun High Court on Thursday in Osogbo sentenced a 38-year-old man, Ndubusi Okonkwo, to death by hanging for armed robbery.

The convict was arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and armed robbery.

The prosecutor and state counsel in the Ministry of Justice, Mr. Abiodun Alarape, had told the court that the convict, on Aug. 5, 2014 at about 10:30pm at Isida Street, Ilesa, was found in possession of dangerous weapons and a Mercedes Benz.

Alarape said the unknown vehicle had a registration number AAA75C and other particulars which the convict was unable to give account of.

He said the accused conspired with others now at large to steal the benz before he was apprehended.

The prosecutor said the offence was contrary to sections 6(1)(a) and 5(1) of the robbery and fire arm(Special Provision) Cap R11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

The counsel to the convict, Mr Akponta Oku, however, pleaded with the judge to temper justice with mercy in her judgement.

Delivering judgement, Akano said the prosecutor had proved his case beyond any reasonable doubt.

Akano said the convict was guilty of the two-count of conspiracy and armed robbery preferred against him and consequently sentenced him to death by hanging.

ASUU rejects N500m contribution by Osun, Oyo over LAUTECH crisis.

Hope of resumption for aggrieved students of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) has dimmed as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the institution rejected the N500 million intervention fund provided by the owner state governments of Oyo and Osun.

ASUU described the fund as a ploy to lure its members back to the classroom without addressing the real problems confronting the institution.

The academic and non-academic staff unions of the institution had embarked on indefinite strike action for over eight months over non-payment of salaries.

But ASUU rising from its congress vowed to continue the industrial action, stressing that the fundamental problems of funding and sustainability have not been addressed.

Part of the resolution signed by its Chairman, Dr Biodun Olaniran, and Secretary, Dr Toyin Abegunrin, reads: “The offer of two months is, at best, an ad-hoc arrangement to lure us back to work without addressing the fundamental problem of funding and sustainability. It is our considered opinion that this token offered at this point does not justify the length of time that the crisis has been allowed to linger by the government.”

Osun State Government identifies 458 unregistered schools

The Osun Government on Thursday gave two weeks ultimatum to owners of unregistered schools in the state to register them with the state Ministry of Education or stand the risk of closure.


The warning is contained in a statement signed by Festus Olajide, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Oshogbo.


The ministry said that it discovered that 458 schools in 11 local government areas of the state were operating without proper registration in 2016.


It said the affected schools had already been directed to commence the registration process of their schools with the ministry between January18 and 31.


It said 82 of the illegal schools were located in Oriade Local Government, LGA, 49 in Obokun LGA, 30 in Atakumosa East LGA and 24 in Atakumosa West LGA.


The statement said the remaining 45 of such schools were located in Ilesha East LGA, 25 in Ilesha West LGA, four in Ila LGA, three in Boluwaduro LGA, 12 in Ede LGA, 88 in Boripe LGA and 96 in Ede South LGA.


It warned that any of the school that failed to meet the registration criteria and the two weeks deadline would be closed down.


Source: Premium Times

NBS Report: Residents of Abia, Osun, Ondo paid highest price for kerosene in December

Abia, Osun and Ondo states recorded the highest average prices per litre of kerosene in December 2016, the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, has said.

A report tagged the National Household Kerosene Price Watch for December 2016 stated that Abia recorded an average price of N211 per litre, while Osun and Ondo recorded N210 per litre.

The report, the NBS stated, presented the average monthly price paid by households for kerosene (HHK) across the 36 States and Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

According to the report, states with the lowest average prices per litre include Benue, Gombe and Kogi, which recorded N185. Others are Abuja and Sokoto with N183 and N180 respectively.

For the prices per gallon watch, states that recorded the highest average prices are Lagos, Ekiti and Rivers states with record of N1153, N1142 and N1141 respectively.

Kwara, Niger and Ebonyi recorded the lowest average price per gallon with records of N969, N940 and N938 respectively.

In the past week, scarcity of kerosene, used by millions of largely poor Nigerians for cooking, hit major cities in Nigeria, causing huge increase in price.

Reports had it that the situation caused some residents to turn to alternatives such as firewood and cooking gas.

Three of the most affected cities are Kaduna and Zaria in Kaduna State and Calabar in Cross River State. The scarcity also crept into some parts of Lagos and Ogun states.

Osun Civil Defence Arrests Suspected Marauding Herdsmen

The Osun State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has paraded three cattle herdsmen, allegedly terrorising a farm settlement in Ikoui, Isokan Local Government Area of the state.

The arrest, which was made at about 5:30 am on Thursday, followed a tip-off from the community.

Two of the suspects, Hamisu and Lawal are said to be from Gbangudu Local Government, while Musa is from Gusau Local Government all in Zamfara state.

According to the State Commandant of the NSCDC, Philips Ayodele, information got to the operatives from the office of the kabiyesi (king), which intelligence officers acted upon.

Armed With Charms and Guns

He said the rustlers, who were five in number, were armed with charms, guns and some weapons, invaded and destroyed the crops on the Onikoyi farm settlement.

Mr Ayodele told reporters that the farmers had on several occasions, been attacked by the rustlers.

Ayodele said: “We recovered a lot of weapons, charms, locally made guns with gun powders and local bullets. The farmers in that area have no peace. They don’t allow them to rest due to their heinous activities on the farm. We thank God we are able to apprehend these notorious persons,”he said.

The NSCDC commandant also stated that the rustlers, who claimed to be hunters, could not be identified by the Osun State leader of Miyeti Allah, an association for the Fulani Herdsmen, after he was briefed by the security outfit.

“Before you can be a hunter you must know the terrain of the area you are operating in, but these people are not from Osun and they still insist they are hunters.

“The Miyeti Allah in this state cannot recognise them after we spoke to them about the arrest and we have also warned them to always report rustlers who are not from Osun State so that we would be able to identify those who have invaded the state,” Mr Ayodele emphasised.

He urged members of the community to always supply the corps with vital information that would help them rid the society of people with criminal intent, lauding the supports they have received from sister agencies in the state.

Again, Osun offers free train ride for Christmas, New Year.

To lessen the financial burden of transportation during the yuletide, the Osun State Government has offered to provide free Christmas and New Year train services for its citizens? who would want to return home to celebrate with their relatives.


The Osun government is extending the welfare gesture to residents despite financial hardship faced by different governments of the federation.


According to government, the free train ride is in line with the Rauf Aregbesola administration’s tradition of facilitating convenient movement of its citizen in and out of the state during festive seasons.


A statement from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Co-operatives and Empowerment enjoined indigenes of Osun to maximise the opportunity of the free train ride during the festive period.


According to the statement, “The train would, by 11.00 a.m. on Saturday the 24th of December 2016, convey people from Lagos to Osogbo. The return journey to Lagos from Osogbo will be Tuesday the 27th of December by 11 a.m.


“The train will also resume the services of conveying people from Lagos to Osogbo for the New year celebration by 11 a.m. Saturday December 31st 2016 and by same 11 a.m. Monday 2nd of January 2017 return to Lagos from Osogbo,” the statement read.

Former lawmaker, Lekan Oyediran insists he didn’t kill Bola Ige.

A former state lawmaker, Lekan Oyediran, who was one of the 25 suspects arrested and tried in connection with the murder of Bola Ige, said on Tuesday they were innocent of the accusation.

Mr. Oyediran, who was later released from detention, spoke at the 15th-year remembrance and memorial lecture of Odunayo Olagbaju. He served a lawmaker on the ticket of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Osun between 1999 and 2001.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr. Olagbaju was a member of the Osun State House of Assembly representing Odo-Otin Constituency on the ticket of the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD).

He was killed few metres away from his Ile-Ife residence, in 2001, in the wake of the political crisis that rocked Osun State.

Mr. Oyediran, who claimed he lost his investment in a pharmaceutical store and his wife before regaining his freedom, said those accusing them needed to be probed for Bola Ige’s death.

“I have no regrets. The only regret I have is that the people we fought for did not deserve it,” he said.

“That struggle also had a little of youthful exuberance. We didn’t fight that struggle with enough maturity that time.

“We fought a good fight; we identified with the right people, but we could have also done it in a different way or with a different approach.

“All the 25 of us that were arrested in relation to the death of Bola Ige are innocent.

“We didn’t know anything about it. I spent almost two years in prison custody. I lost everything; I am a pharmacist; I lost my chemist and even my wife before I came back.

“So, it is a kind of thing that makes me sad a lot. Iyiola Omisore is very innocent of the killing,’’ he said.

Mr. Oyediran said, “The investigation carried out by the Nigerian Police and all other security agencies exonerated Omisore and all others arrested along with him.

“He was taken to court and was discharged and acquitted, and cannot be re-arrested unless there is a new clue.”

Fatai Olasupo, in a keynote address, urged opposition in the legislative arm to be more active.

“They must be active and ensure that there is transparency in governance. With what we have witnessed, governance at the state level needs to be upgraded,” he said.

Mr. Ige, former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, was murdered in his Bodija, Ibadan home at about 9.00 p.m.on Dec. 23, 2001.

He was a national leader of the AD was  serving as a minister under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) -controlled Federal Government.

The incident happened shortly after Mr. Ige arrived Ibadan from Lagos at about 8.30 p.m.?

In July, President Muhammad Buhari directed the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to reopen investigation into the unresolved murder of the former Minister.(NAN)

At the event, the political associates, friends and families of Olagbaju eulogised him for “fighting for the oppressed”.

I’ve not received salary since I became governor – Aregbebsola

The governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, says he has not earned salary since he assumed office six years ago.

He said this during the launch of Oodua FM in Ile-Ife on Sunday.

“When people complain about our financial state, I begin to wonder if they think I am spending people’s money. Some of you do not know that I have not received any salary since I became governor- of Osun state, why will I take that of others,” said Mr. Aregbesola, who became governor in November 2010.

According to the pay package prepared by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission and which became effective 2009, a state governor earns a monthly salary of N2.2 million.

He is however entitled to several other perks, including constituency allowance of N4.44 million, hardship allowance N1.11 million, leave allowance N222, 370.00, and newspaper allowance N333,555.75.

Osun State has been in deep financial crisis for a long while and has been unable to pay salaries of workers.

Besides, the governor who began his second term in office in November 2014, has not appointed commissioners.

The poor financial condition of the state has also made it impossible to live up to its obligations to the Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho, which it jointly funds with Oyo State.

Mr. Aregbesola said the economic crisis was not only affecting Osun state but also other states, noting “there is no free money anywhere.”

He explained that he refused to appoint commissioners because of the state’s poor financial condition.

“How will I have commissioners when we have no money?” he asked.

“The minority leader of Osun state House of Assembly wrote a post on Facebook complaining that I have not paid them. We don’t have the money, even the minority leader does not have a car.”

The governor advised the owner of the radio station, Rotimi Malone, to use it to develop of the state rather than for politics.

Mr. Aregbesola criticized the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation for allegedly performing below expectation.

According to him, “Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation has set standards but they just do things anyhow. There was a time that Osun state was almost torn apart through the media but Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation refused to act.”

After UN report, 12 Osun communities renounce female circumcision

Efforts at eradicating the female genital mutilation, FGM, in Osun received a boost on Tuesday as 12 communities across four local governments declared their intentions to completely stop the practice.

The declaration was made at the Female Mutilation Abandonment Declaration Ceremony organised by the Shericare Foundation, SCARF, an initiative of the wife of the governor, Sherifat Aregbesola.

The communities that declared against FMG include Eko Ende, Eko Ajala, Iba, Asa, Iwo Oke, Ajagunlase, Alapata, Owode, Araromi in Ifelodun, Olaoluwa, Ede North and Orolu Logal Governments of the state.

The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, in its report on FGM, said that Osun State still ranked highest in the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation practice in Nigeria with over 76.3 per cent.

The UN said the practice was high in the South-West in spite of the geo-political zone’s high literacy and awareness rate.

According to the report, Osun had 76.3 per cent prevalence rate, Ekiti had 71.2, Oyo, 69.7; Ebonyi, 55.6; Imo, 48.8; and Lagos, 44.8.

Governor Rauf Aregbesola described Female Genital Mutilation, a cultural practice of removing part of the female genital either as a customary rite of initiation into womanhood or as a check against promiscuity, as harmful.

He said that the harmful practice according to UNICEF is prevalent in developing countries, especially in Africa and Asia.

“According to a February 2016 report by United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), there are records for 27 countries in Africa, including Somalia (96 per cent), Guinea (97 per cent), Djibouti (93 per cent), Egypt (91 per cent) and Sierra Leone (90 per cent) still practising FGM. From this same report, we learnt that as of 2013, 27.2 million women had undergone FGM in Egypt, 23.8 million in Ethiopia, and 20 million in Nigeria. In Indonesia, the prevalence rate for children under 11 years is 49 per cent, translating to 13.4 million,” the governor stated.

“In Nigeria, six states top the list of where the practice is prevalent. These are Osun, Ekiti, Oyo, Ebonyi, Imo and Lagos. FGM is deeply rooted in culture but flies in the face of common sense, decency, basic health and human right.

“The crux of this advocacy is to expunge it from our belief system. I am glad that we have the cooperation of our traditional rulers, religious leaders, community leaders and aficionados of arts and culture.

“The core changes must include that: one, it is no longer necessary as a cultural requirement, two, that it is indeed harmful and cruel physically and psychologically. The victims, we must note, are our daughters, sisters, aunties, cousins, nieces, wives and mothers.

“I do not see any other category closer and dearer to us than these and therefore do not deserve to be subjected to this hurtful practice any longer.”

The president of the Foundation, Mrs. Aregbesola, reaffirmed the organisation’s commitment to achieving zero tolerance on Female Genital Mutilation/Circumcision in the state.

She said the Foundation had engaged in many activities towards boosting the awareness campaigns to end the harmful effects of Female Genital Mutilation and Circumcision in every nook and cranny of the state.

She further said her foundation had also committed itself to intensive advocacy to eradicate the traditional practice of FGM in the state through regular interface with a number of communities, public sensitisation, jingles sponsorship on radio, television stations as well as printing and circulation of the state law which makes it illegal for anyone to circumcise any female child or any woman in the state.

“The journey to today’s event started early 2015 when a team of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) officials visited our state as the meeting afforded us the opportunity to appreciate the necessity of collective efforts to wage an intensive and comprehensive awareness campaign on the dangers that continued practice of female circumcision bear for our female children, our women and our people in general,” she explained.

“It is true that the practice of female circumcision was rooted in traditional and religious beliefs, but scientific findings have revealed that such beliefs are injurious to life.”

Mrs. Aregbesola attributed the public declaration of abandonment of FGM by twelve communities in the state as a manifestation of the efforts being made by the Foundation to abolish the menace.

She therefore appealed to the residents in the state to always abstain from the acts, saying female circumcision does not bear any positive fruit but rather a basket of dangers and sometimes death to the women.

Earlier, the guest speaker and the Head of Lagos Liaison Office, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Omolaso Omosehin, commended Governor Aregbesola for his continued support towards eradication of Female Genital Mutilation in the state.

He said the contribution of the state government had impacted positively towards putting an end to Female Genital Mutilation.

He described the occasion as timely, saying the forum was a reflection of symbolic commitment demonstrated by the state government of Osun to end Female Genital Mutilation and other forms of harmful traditional practices that impact negatively on women and girls.

Osun state records highest prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – UNFPA

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Thursday said that Osun still recorded highest prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria with over 76.3 per cent.

Damilola Obinna, a Gender Analyst with UNFPA, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that FGM was high in the South-West in spite of the geo-political zone’s high literacy and awareness rate.

Mrs. Obinna said the statistics was arrived at after a survey was carried out by UNFPA in collaboration with UNICEF in 2015.

“After data collation and analysis, we discovered that Osun had 76.3 per cent prevalence rate, Ekiti had 71.2, Oyo, 69.7; Ebonyi, 55.6; Imo, 48.8; and Lagos, 44.8.

“There is no single benefit in the practice of female genital mutilation; yet, the practice is high even among the educated.

“Aside from the immediate risks of FGM which includes haemorrhage, infections, and death, survivors of FGM are liable to present later in their lives recurring urinary tract infections, menstrual problems, reproductive tract infections, depression, sexual dysfunction and pain, and chronic genital pain.

“They are also at risk for several adverse complications for both mother and newborn during childbirth,’’ she said.

Mrs. Obinna said that in Lagos, the awareness of FGM was high but statistics showed that four out of 10 girls or women had undergone female genital mutilation.

She said that Lagos Island L.G.A. recorded the highest prevalence with 51.6 per cent while Somolu L.G.A. had the lowest prevalence with 20.9 per cent.

“We discovered that most Lagos indigenes don’t cut their girls but the people who moved into Lagos from Kwara, Osun, Oyo, Ondo, Ebonyi and some other states, moved in with their culture which includes FGM.

“These people who still practice FGM claimed that it is a social expectation that most be carried out and that it cannot be stopped,’’ she said.

Mr. Obinna urged state governments to enact laws that would prohibit FGM in their states.

She said the states could domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP) of 2015.

She also urged governments to organise regular enlightenment programmes involving traditional, religious and community leaders to drive the message home.

“These people are role models in the society; people listen and emulate them; so, they must be fully involved in the total eradication of FGM,’’ Obinna said.

Female NYSC Member Dies In Kano Camp Due To Negligence Of Camp Officials

Reports reaching Omojuwa.Com has it that a youth corper simply named Ifedolapo who was serving in the National Youth Service Scheme died while carrying out the usual military drill routine.

According to her colleagues, they had resumed camp a day before. However, the stress of traveling a long distance from Osun state (South-West Nigeria) all the way to Kano state in Northern Nigeria was a huge cause of tiredness and fatigue.

Without given time to rest from the long journey, it was recorded that all participating members of the scheme were forced to partake in military drills the following morning despite complaints of tiredness from the long journey.

Ifedolapo who reluctantly joined in the military drill just like every other person that fateful morning. During the course of what seemed like a rigorous exercise, Ifedolapo lost consciousness and she slumped.

The heartbreaking part of this unfortunate turn of event was that the NYSC staff & military personnel who organized and coordinated the drill were informed of Ifedolapo’s health condition but with the waive of a hand, they dismissed the call for help as a ploy on Ifedolapo’s part to escape the drills.

Further investigations into the story revealed that ifedolapo had earlier complained to some coordinators about her state of health but she her complaints were neglected and she was ordered to join the drills irrespective.

Ifedolapo fought for her life as she lay unconscious on the drill ground with no medical personnel to attend to her simply because those who are charged with the responsibility of ensuring the well-being of participants believed Ifedolapo was only being dramatic so as to be able to exempted from the drill.

This is a sad situation as the corpers have called that justice should be done to the irresponsible camp officials who right under their noses allowed such an unfortunate event take place.

One of Ifedolapo’s colleagues was quoted saying; “Please for God’s sake, if NYSC cannot be scrapped, let it be restructured to give room for service in neighboring States. This is one death too many“.

According to Ngozi Emenike who also reported the case, she said; “So this girl died in Kano camp today due to negligence. They assumed she was pretending to be sick in order to dodge parade, so they refused to treat her until the situation got complicated. When will Nigeria grow? RIP Ifedolapo.”

There have been calls from Nigerians that the issue should be probed and justice should be served. There have been previous complaints about the attitude of NYSC officials especially in camps. From neglect of duty to bribery, extortion and sometimes sexual offenses, the appropriate authorities need to wade into these series of misconducts perpetrated by it’s officials.

Osun PDP Suspends Sen Iyiola Omisore

A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State has suspended a former Deputy Governor of the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore for allegedly engaging in anti-party activities.

This suspension of Omisore and other PDP chieftains is contained in a statement issued on Friday and signed  by Chairman,  Mr. Soji Adagunodo and the Secretary, Mr. Bola Ajao.

Apart from Omisore, the Adagunodo-led executive also suspended the chairman of the other faction of the party, Dr. Bayo Faforiji;  Bunmi Jenyo;  Chief Ojo Williams and  Bade Falade for the same offence.

The statement read, ” The state executive committee received recommendation  from  various wards to local governments and senatorial districts,  to suspend the following  PDP members : Dr. Bayo Faforiji,  Senator Iyiola Omisore,  Rev. Bunmi Jenyo,  Chief Ojo Williams and Hon Bade Falade.

“In accordance with the provisions of the PDP constitution,  and inherent powers vested on the the State executive committee of the party,  the said individuals are hereby suspended as recommended.”

The Adagunodo-led faction said Omisore should go and clear his name from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission before seeking to participate in the affairs of party.
Although Omisore could not be reached for his immediate reaction but one of his allies told our correspondent that the suspension was a joke , adding that the former deputy governor would react soon.

But a faction of the PDP loyal to Omisore had on Thursday expelled  the national secretary of the PDP, Prof. Wale Oladipo and  Adagunodo.

The factional chairman of the party, Dr. Bayo Faforiji, who made the announcement  during a congress at the PDP secretariat located along Osogbo/Gbongan Road on Thursday also expelled the immediate chairman of the party, Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa as well as Secretary of Adagunodo-led executive, Bola Ajao.

Faforiji alleged that the expelled PDP leaders were involved in instituting the suit which nearly prevented the PDP governorship candidate in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede from participating in the election.

NDLEA Arrests 11 Suspects In Osun

Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Friday said they arrested 11 suspects and destroyed 2, 317 bags of cannabis weighing 30,992kgs.

The agency’s spokesperson, Mr Mitchell Ofoyeju, stated this in a statement on Friday in Lagos.

He also said that some 67 bags were also transferred to Osun State Command of the agency as exhibits for further investigation.

“The cannabis will also serve as evidence against 11 suspected farmers arrested during an operation inside the cannabis plantation.

“The suspects arrested in connection with the cannabis cultivation are Kofi Mensah, Godwin Monday, Albert Aniama, Liberty Onyeka and Peter Nelson.

“Others are Harrison Ewoka, Ossai Nelson, Sulaiman Niyi, Dominic Tobechukwu, Mutiu Kolawole and Chucks Oghenekwu.

“The raid operation codenamed ‘Operation Herb Spring’ was in response to an intelligence received by the Agency on the activities of cannabis cultivators in the forest.

“The exhibits was estimated to worth three hundred and nine million naira (N309million).

“These exhibits were found in 27 camps used as storage facilities located within a farmland at Orita-Ijebu forest reserve, Ikoyi area of Ikire in Ayedade LGA of Osun State.

“Drug cartels have invaded government forest reserves for the cultivation of cannabis,“ the spokesman said.

He also quoted the Chairman of the agency, Mr Muhammad Abdallah , who said concerted efforts were needed to stop cannabis cultivation.

He said that farmers should be encouraged to cultivate food and economic crops.

“Unless the current trend of cannabis cultivation is addressed, the country is on the verge of a devastating food insecurity.

“It is worrisome that the cartels are using government forest reserves in the cultivation of cannabis.

“Stakeholders must strategise on how to increase food production and prevent criminal organisations from diverting arable farmland for cannabis cultivation.

“A situation where food and cash crops is paving way for cannabis plant portend danger and deserve urgent attention.

“The operation was a sweet victory for the agency because the farmers had done all the work by harvesting and processing the cannabis awaiting evacuation from the farms.

“It was a perfect timing for the Agency and a painful loss to the drug barons.

“They had prepared the cannabis in bags waiting for shipment when we raided.

“The Agency will continue to launch similar devastating attacks on drug trafficking cartels until they are completely defeated.

“All suspects will be arraigned soon,” Abdallah said.



Conservationists discover Chimpanzees in Southwest Nigeria.

A survey by conservationists has led to the discovery of chimpanzees in the Omo-Shasha-Oluwa (OSO) Forest, traversing Ogun, Osun and Ondo States.

Experts described the finding through camera images as a surprise. The discovery is part of a project promoted by Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in collaboration with other conservationists working in the country. NCF is on the steering committee for the project with the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, which runs Paignton Zoo.

The camera-trap photos are the first firm evidence of chimpanzees in South West Nigeria for over a decade and the discovery has been greeted with a lot of enthusiasm by conservationists.

The initiative was set up in response to the massive deforestation that has occurred in this region and the threats to the remaining wildlife through habitat loss and hunting.

The camera-traps were set by the OSO Forest Initiative’s field team as part of their biodiversity monitoring programme.

Conservationists have not seen chimps in the area since the early 2000s. There are very few populations of chimpanzees in South West Nigeria.

Although they are considered part of the Cameroon-Nigerian subspecies more commonly found near the border between those countries, little is known about them genetically.

This is the rarest subspecies of chimp, with an estimated 3,500 – 9,000 left in the wild, but only about 100 in the South West.

The OSO Forest Initiative is a partnership between NCF, Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust and Forest Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN) with the support of the Leventis Foundation and Environmental Resource Management, UK.

Reacting to the development, NCF Director General, Mr. Adeniyi Karunwi, said that the deployment of camera traps and the positive results coming out are signs of NCF’s commitment to conserving the nation’s forest habitats with particular attention on the OSO Forest.

“This is part of NCF’s efforts to ensure the survival of species in the OSO Forest Reserve,” he declared.

Similarly, Dr. Andrew Bowkett from the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, which also funds conservation work as a partner in the OSO Forest Initiative, said it was tremendous news.

“It seemed likely that this population had gone extinct due to the dramatic increases in logging and hunting over the years. It has come as something of a surprise, as all previous reports indicated that the closest chimps were in a hilly area in a remote corner of the reserve far from where the camera-trap was set up,” added Bowkett.

He said further that the survival of chimpanzees and other large mammals in such a threatened forest so close to Lagos, considering the level of urbanization and deforestation, “gives us hope for the Initiative.”

LAUTECH: Oyo Assembly Begs Ajimobi, Aregbesola to Negotiate with Striking Workers

The Oyo State House of Assembly has appealed to Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and his Osun State counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola, to negotiate with the striking workers of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.

This followed the submission of a report by the state Commissioner for Justice, Oluseun Abimbola, and his Education counterpart, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela, on the LAUTECH crisis.

The House had on September 27 ordered the two commissioners to appear before it to clarify the grey areas on the ownership status of the university.

Abimbola, while presenting the reports, said that the two states had on Wednesday reached an agreement to maintain status quo over ownership of the institution, and affirmed their commitment to its funding.

Abimbola said: “After the meeting co-chaired by the two governors and attended by their deputies and senior officials from the two states, a communique was issued, a copy of which we are presenting to the house.

“The communique, which reads in part, restates the commitment of the two governments to moving the institution forward.

“They also agreed to an irrevocable commitment to the institution.

“The meeting also agreed on the necessity for a comprehensive restructuring of the institution.

“This is to ensure fair and effective development and distribution of academic resources, physical structures and other assets of the university.”

Abimbola said further that the two governors also appealed to the striking workers to resume academic activities, while amicable solutions were being worked out.

The lawmakers, in their reactions, said that the communique and agreement of the two governors did not address the real issue that led to the industrial action.

In her contributions, Olawunmi Oladeji said that the indifference of Osun governor caused the crisis in the institution.

Oldeji sid: “The apathy exhibited by Governor Aregbesola crippled the smooth running of academic activities in the institution.

“How can a state government that claims to lack revenue, have the fund to build six mega schools when each cost about N1.3 billion?

“We should all know that an injustice to one is the injustice to all, and we are writing our own history; posterity will judge us all.”

Also, Olusegun Olaleye said that the issue of non-payment of workers’ salaries and funding of the institution was not addressed by the governors.

Olleye said: “This communique only portrays a long-term goal, not how the issue of non-payment of salaries and funding would be addressed.

“This is what is more urgent so that the workers can suspend the strike and students can be recalled; education of these students should not be jeopardized.”

Fatai Adesina said that the communique did not state how the two state governments intended to resolve the issue of 15 months outstanding salaries owed the workers.

Adesin said: “We want to see how this can be resolved so as to ensure the immediate resumption, not some long-term solutions.

“Obviously, the decision reached is as a result of the friendship between the two governors and that they also belonged to the same political party.”

In his remarks, the Speaker, Michael Adeyemo, said that the union leaders in the institution should be included in the panel being proposed by the two state governments.

LAUTECH had remained closed since June 13 following series of protests by students and industrial action by the unions in the institution.

No Regrets Writing Petition Against Aregbesola – Osun Judge

A former judge of the Osun State High Court, who was recently retired by the National Judicial Council, Justice Olamide Oloyede, has said she has no regrets writing the petition against Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori.

The retired judge said this while featuring on a radio programme, Frank Talk, aired by Rave FM and monitored by our correspondent in Osogbo on Monday.

Oloyede, however, apologised to the governor and the deputy for using certain words which she ought not to have used in the petition but stressed that she was convinced beyond doubt that she did no wrong by writing the petition where she asked the members of the House of Assembly to impeach Aregbesola and Laoye-Tomori.

She explained that she had no animosity against the governor, adding that she did not violate any section of the constitution for talking about the issues affecting the people of the state.

Oloyede said, ” I have no regrets writingthat petition, but I think in retrospect I have come to realise that perhaps, I didemploy some words or language in respect of Mr. Governor and his deputy, which I ought not to have and so, today I am tendering an unreserved apology, public apology for the choice of certain words which I would not repeat.

“However, as far as the substance of that petition is concerned, I remain resolute and I am convinced that my actions were done in fidelity to my office and to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigerian , which I swore to uphold and out of love for my country.

“As we say in law, the fact speaks for itself and as I said earlier, the petition speaks for itself. I would rather not go over the content of the petition, which I believe is in the public’s possession. My reason for writing is clearly stated there. I am a person known for my own conviction and the only regret I have, I have said it, every other thing I said I meant it word for word.

”She stated that some believed that the judiciary should only be seen and not heard even if the country was collapsing, but Oloyode said she did not belong to this class of people.

Osun: Free meals boost pupils’ school enrolment

Mrs Olubunmi Ayoola, Programme officer of the Osun Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme (O’MEAL), says the free meal programme in the state has boosted enrolment of pupils in public schools.

Ayoola spoke on Friday in Osogbo while receiving a delegation from Niger State on a three-day visit to understudy the O’MEAL programme of the state.

She said that the Gov. Rauf Aregbesola-led administration in the state would continue to implement the feeding programme in spite of the scarce financial resources available to the state.

“Through this programme, there has been a relative increase in pupils’ enrollment in the state public schools,’’ Ayoola said.

She said that the programme also impacted positively on the state’s economy as food vendors and farmers were empowered in the process.

In her remarks, Mrs Afiniki Dauda, Special Adviser to Niger State Governor on Empowerment and Social Protection, who led the delegation, commended Gov. Aregbesola for the programme.

She said that the programme showed the commitment of the Aregbesola-led administration to the welfare of the people of the state despite the financial crisis affecting most states.

Dauda said Osun state was a model to all other states of the federation in the area of O’MEAL.

According to her, Niger will take a cue from Osun to run a similar programme.

Osun appeals to FG for release of ecological fund

Osun State government has appealed to the federal government to quicken the release of ecological funds to states to curb environmental disaster across the country.

The Osun state consultants on Urban Planning, Environment and Sanitation, Hon. Bola Ilori, made the call during his monitoring visit to Rasco bridge in Osogbo where dredging of water ways is going on.

Ilori blamed the recent flooding in parts of the state capital on massive and uncoordinated release of water from Asa Dam in Kwara State with direct consequence on Owala Dam that opened its gate for eventual flood that ravaged the town.

“The state was really shocked at the flooding that happened earlier in the week, we did not expect such level of flooding considering the efforts that had been put into dredging in the past five years.

“A critical study of the situation showed that the main cause of the problem was the uncoordinated release of water from Asa Dam in Kwara State that subsequently forced Owala Dam to open its gates which laid the foundation for the eventual flood that our people witnessed.”

“We have applied for the ecological funds and it is on record that Osun state has not earned 10kobo on ecological fund in the last five to six years since Governor Rauf Aregbesola came on board, yet we have dredged over 270 kilometres of waterway carting out 4.3 million metric tons of sand and debris in the last six years,” he said.

He stated that since year 2010 up to 2014, the state has been dredging the water ways but mid 2015 the dredging became a victim of financial situation.

He further disclosed that Osun have expended 2.8 billion on dredging of water ways over the period of five years, but last year till this year it has not really dredged anything because of the financial challenges in the state.

“And even out of the 2.8 billion we are still owing, over 35% of the money, we have not been able to pay all the money, that is looking at the issue of flood and erosion control on the Ministry of Environment side, apart from what Ministry of works have done in terms of concreting some water ways. The state has serious ecological challenges that deserve urgent support from the federal government,” he said

According to Ilori, the revenue mobilisation commission had upon evaluation of the state’s ecological situation recommended 12 billion naira for Osun September last year, but nothing has been released and if the money has been released the government would be able to pay their outstanding commitment and would be able to really line some of its water ways with concrete.

Sallah: Osun Govt Announces Free Train Ride

As Sallah holiday makers get ready for the 2016 Eid-el-Kabir festival, the government of Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has announced free train ride for those wishing to travel home.

A statement by the Ministry of Industries, Commerce, Cooperatives and Empowerment, said the free train will convey people coming for the festival from Lagos to Osogbo on Saturday and Sunday September by 10 am each day.

The train will return to Lagos on Saturday, September 17. The takeoff time is 11 am.

A statement from the government said Aregbesola’s administration had been doing this in the last six years to facilitate easy movement during festivities.

The ministry admonished the people to make the best use of the opportunities the free train offers them because government wants them to come home and enjoy the celebration with relations.

The statement said, “This tradition of free train ride introduced by Aregbesola’s government is aimed at facilitating very convenient movement of people and goods.

“This welfare package from Governor Aregbesola has taken care of both Islamic and Christian festivities in the last six years and this is with a view to boosting the economy of the state.

“It is this ease of movement during festival periods that informed the introduction of the scheme by the people-centred administration of Aregbesola.

“Therefore, it is the wish of government that our people from Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States trail corridors would seize this opportunity to visit home and celebrate with their relatives.”

#OsunAt25: We Are In For The Long Haul – Rauf Aregbesola



I am greatly pleased to be with this beautiful gathering this beautiful morning to celebrate the silver jubilee of the creation of our state. We are being treated here to beautiful and breath-taking callisthenics display by Osun school pupils. Today’s display involves 4,000 pupils between the ages of nine and 14, drawn from 17 Middle Schools in Osogbo and Olorunda Local Governments.


We began this programme in 2012 with the assistance of Cuban duo, Francis Rodriguez and Raiza Guerra, who trained the first set that performed during the 21st anniversary of the creation of Osun, four years ago. They also trained the trainers as well. We are happy that our people trained by the Cubans are the ones coaching the next generation and are responsible for today’s feat.


In 2012, a total of 8,000 athletes drawn from 24 schools and 60 coaches were trained in the nine federal constituencies in the state. The callisthenics programme has been well received in our schools and communities by the students, teachers and parents.


The Osun School Calisthenics is not a frivolous brainwave that will be swept away by the tide of time. Rather, it is a well-conceived programme as part of the overall redesign and reorganisation of the education system in Osun. Our administration views physical education with all seriousness, and we regard formal education as incomplete without its physical development component. Accordingly, we give it the required priority in the restructuring of education.


As we have emphasized, the calisthenics programme is not only an out-of-school sports activity but a lifestyle-change project for building a new generation of students who are physically fit, mentally sound and socially well-adjusted. And we are not alone in this view. We have history to draw upon, and this is also supported by practices in other lands and climes. Even the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) regards physical education programmes as part of its crucial brief.


The importance of physical education in the development of healthy and wholesome human personality has been realized as far back as ancient Greece where, for instance, the human body was regarded as a temple that provided a sacred abode for the human mind and soul. The Greeks of old therefore believed that gymnastics and calisthenics were necessary to keep this temple-abode healthy and functional. This tradition eventually gave birth to organised sporting activities.


As the Encarta put it, these ‘Games that foster competition and stimulate play behavior are often used as a means of enabling students to understand and practice specific physical skills so that a high level of fitness can be maintained.’
This perhaps also explains why, in the advanced countries of the world, like the United States, physical education is generally taught to school pupils right from kindergarten and up to the tertiary level. It covers a whole range of organised physical activities including sports, calisthenics, gymnastics, dance and so on.


The importance of physical exercise to the development of a healthy human person cannot be over-emphasised.  Calisthenics, for example, has been known to have the substance of unity, harmony, balance and team work and thus presents one of the best engagements for teaching young pupils the cooperative spirit in a simple, delightful and interesting way. In other words, virtues such as team work, esprit de corps, which are highly desirable in society and social interactions are also derived from and fostered by calisthenics. This is in addition to its healthful benefits for the body such as flexibility, physical strength, agility and the capacity for endurance. Indeed, modern researches into health and diseases have established the incontrovertible fact that physical exercises accrue health benefits to, and keep many a harmful disease away from, the body.


An added advantage of this programme, especially in our own peculiar situation, is that, by providing a platform for fraternisation and positive integration and engagement in a worthwhile endeavour, it makes the students unavailable for potentially destructive out-of-school activities, such as political brigandage and other criminal activities. This is further underscored by the fact that sporting, besides other things, has become a big industry in the modern world. it is not only advantageous for the individual sports-person in terms of earning a living, it is also important for the sporting nation in regard to its status in the comity of nations and its performance in international sporting competitions.


Therefore, countries around the world where there is a well-organised and deliberate sporting programme of catching them young always excel in global competitive sporting events. The sterling performances of countries like the United States, Great Britain and China in the recently concluded Olympic Games in London attest to this fact. It also contrasts with our country’s showing in the Games.


When Chief Bola Ige, as governor of the old Oyo State, introduced callisthenics in the Second Republic, it was to the delight of all and was well applauded all over the country. Regrettably, it was discontinued as a result of military incursion into government. By reintroducing it, we are just continuing the worthy legacy of this colossus.


When we started callisthenics in 2012, the then opposition in Osun, dazed by this uncommon phenomenon, rushed to town to make the ludicrous allegation that we were training the youths as armed militias with the aim of using them to secede from Nigeria. How could children holding flags and bending their bodies function as armed militias or be used to secede from Nigeria?


Nevertheless, callisthenics is, in a microcosm, the philosophy of education we have introduced in Osun. We have been inculcating the values of unity, harmony, discipline, teamwork, hard work and creativity into the school children. It can be seen from callisthenics for instance that the whole is the sum of the parts. You must do well your part for the team to succeed and your own success is only meaningful in light of the success of others. If one athlete should be out of sync with the team, the formation fails.

We have been raising the new man. We are providing education as the infrastructure of the mind that develops our youths to become models of good character, innovation and competence; the true Omoluabi. This Omoluabi personae is honest, courageous and rational; one who excels in character, innovation and competence. The educated person is well connected to his or her Yoruba culture and heritage. Everything he or she does with others, the society, family and friends is driven by the desire to live and demonstrate good deeds.


This is also a foretaste of the future of the products of our education system. As a developing nation, a disproportionate percentage of our population falls below 25 years and a greater number of that segment still are within the schooling age. At the golden jubilee of Osun in the next 25 years by the grace of God, therefore, the beneficiaries of our education system and the legacy we are leaving behind would constitute the majority of the population.


We picture these children in the next 25 years, having imbibed these traits and having formed their character with them.In addition to the learning they have acquired, they are going to take the world by storm. They would have been equipped with the learning and character needed to function and excel in an increasingly digitised and competitive world. They would be winners and leaders in this state, our country and the world at large. We are long distance runners, not sprinters. We are for the long haul.


Let me thank the brains behind this callisthenics programme and all the people that made today’s event a huge success.I will like to thank all the members of the 25th anniversary committee, under the leadership of Dr Charles Akinola and supervision of my Chief of Staff, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola.


Mr Adebayo Ojo, Director, Department of Social and Grassroots Mobilisation and Guidance in the Office of the Governor, leads the callisthenics team, while Barrister Gbenga Akano is responsible for Administrative Coordination. Ojo is assisted by eight officers in his Department. These are Wale Balogun, Temilade Olokungboye, Sadeeq Olajide, Gbenga Adedeji, Prince Fatai Tadese, Popola Alaba, Seun Abosede and Yaya Ademola. The coaching crew consists of the Chief Coach, Prince Adedeji, and two Assistant Chief Coaches, LS Ajayi and Alhaji Ilesanmi, three Principal Coaches, S.S. Egbeyemi, B.M. Amiola and A.R. Oyekanmi and 38 other Assistant Coaches.


I acknowledge the assistance and support of corporate bodies and organisations, particular Wema Bank, Zenith Bank, Sterling Bank and First Bank.


I thank also the parents whose children have treated us to breath-taking display this morning. Your investment of hope in them will come to fruition in due season. Last but not the least, I thank the 4,000 athletes who have kept us spellbound with their extraordinary performance. Your future will be as bright and fulfilling as this display you have treated us to.


I congratulate us all on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the creation of our state. I thank you all for coming and for your kind attention. Osun a dara!

Police Detain 14 Suspected Stolen Goats In Osun

The Osun Police Command on Monday said it intercepted and detained a vehicle loaded with suspected stolen 14 goats in Ede, Ede South Local Government Area of the state. The Command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mrs Folasade Odoro, confirmed the arrest to newsmen in Osogbo on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the driver of the car, however, escaped arrest. It was gathered that a police team sighted the vehicle with registration number Ondo XF 467 NND at Sekona junction in Ede, around 1:00a.m. on Monday. Police spokesperson said the driver defied the police stoppage order and veered off. She said that the police team led by one Insp.

Ajayi Sunday, chased the driver from Sekona junction to Cemetery Area in Edun- Abon where the driver abandoned the vehicle and escaped before the police could reach the place. The police team then drove the vehicle along the goats to the station. The PPRO said the goats would remain in the police custody until the owner showed up, adding that police had commenced investigation into the matter.

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Osun Sacks Striking Doctors

Osun State Government has technically sacked the doctors in its employ who have been on strike since September 28th 2015.

The Chairman, Special Committee on Health,  Dr. Simon Afolayan, announced at a press conference in Osogbo on Friday that the state considered that the striking doctors had resigned their appointments.
He explained that the doctors had not been sacked because no letter of sack was issued to any of them but they ( striking doctors) were  deemed to resign their appointments because of their refusal to work for more than six months.
According to him,  the doctors started their strike on April 2, 2015.
However, members  of the Osun State Association of Medical and Dental Officers under the Hospitals Management Board and Association of Resident Doctors at LAUTECH Teaching Hospital, Osogbo embarked on an indefinite strike on  September 28, 2015 because  of payment of half salaries and poor condition of service.

Afolayan said, ” Doctors are parts of the civil service and by the civil service rule you cannot abandon your duty post for six months  without reason and not face the consequences. If you do so, it is deemed that you have resigned your appointment. This rule has taken effect.”

Afolayan stated that those who still wanted  to work with the government had been given a fresh opportunity.
He said the state could not afford to pay the doctors’ salaries in full because of the financial  crisis facing the state and the nation.
According to him,  out of about 40,000 workforce in the state civil service, doctors working with the Osun State Hospitals Management Board are less were less than 100.
He described the demands of the doctors as impossible, saying there would be anarchy in the state if the government decided to pay full salaries to doctors and continue to pay other civil servants half salaries.
He said the state doctors did not sack any of the doctors but the doctors  had decided to discontinue rendering their services by abandoning their duties for over six months.
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Osun To Create Jobs, Increase Revenue Through Gaming Entertainment

The Osun State Government has given an assurance that it would continue to create an enabling environment for investors to thrive in the state.

The Acting Chairman of the Osun Internal Revenue Service, Dayo Oyebanji, stated this in Osogbo the Osun State capital, at a meeting where a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with a foreign gaming company.

He stated that the gaming initiative was not only to create employment for many youths, but to also boost the state’s revenue generation through entertainment.

He explained that creating an enabling environment for investors would in turn improve the economic base of government to help meet its statutory obligation of providing basic needs for its citizens.

Describing the initiative, which is a landmark for Osun State, he added that the project would also empower people to make money for themselves.

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APC Calls For 3-Day Fast In Osun

All Progressives Congress APC, in Osun State has urged the citizens of the state to observe a three-day special fasting and praying period from tomorrow, January 6 to Friday, January 8, 2016.

The state chairman of the party, Gboyega Famodun gave the directives in a statement by the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of the party in the state Mr Kunle Oyatomi in Osogbo yesterday.

According to the chairman, everybody in Osun owes it a duty to themselves and the state to seek divine intervention “so that our last year losses  may be restored.”

The other reason for this  fasting and prayers, the party said was to plead for God’s favour so that 2016 will reverse the unpleasant fortunes of last year, and bring prosperity and blessing instead.

Minority Leader, Osun Assembly Dies On 48th Birthday

The Minority Leader of the Osun State House of Assembly, Mr. Oladejo Makinde is dead.

Makinde who is popularly called Igwe, one of the two members of the Peoples Democratic Party at the House died on Sunday, the exact day he clocked 48. Makinde died after a brief illness.

He was also a former Chairman of Ife Central Local Government Area and House Committee Chairman on Integration and Special Duties, before getting into the house. May his soul rest in peace

“We’re Not Aregbesola’s Rubber Stamp” – Salaam, Osun Speaker

MR  Najeem Salaam is Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly. Salam, in this interview, he faults the insinuation in some quarters that the Osun Assembly is a mere rubber stamp of Governor Rauf Aregbesola. He also bares his mind on governance in the state among other issues. Excerpts:

By Dapo Akinrefon

How do you assess Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s fifth year in office

The whole country is on vacation. Nobody will say he or she is not aware of the present economic situation in the country. What people should know is that anything that happens at the centre affects the state and even the local government.

Najeem Folasayo Salaam.

The dwindling  oil income makes it practically impossible for any state to embark on any project, in fact, most of the states are unable to pay their workers’ salaries. When you are unable to pay salaries, nothing will move forward in that state. So, if they say governance in Osun State is on vacation, then, the country is on vacation.

Why has the state government been unable to complete some of its projects

When you have a projection of what you want to do in office and you have an idea of your income, you plan based on your income. But when the income begins to dwindle, you will find it hard to fulfil your promise.

But the opposition  attributes it to misappropriation of funds

We have investigated such allegations. We are aware of what the executive has been doing all along. It is unfortunate that we have been chewing more than what we have. When the income is not coming in as expected, there is no way they can continue with the projects.

Without investigation, we know their limitations because all the projects were based on the sale of crude oil. My office is being briefed on how far the contractors have gone in completing some of the projects. It is not about setting up a panel to investigate the executive because we have had cause to re-investigate the process of doing things by the executive.

The notion is that your Assembly is a rubber stamp of the governor

Any House of Assembly that is made up of mature minds, where chairs are not being thrown at each other on the floor of the Assembly, people tend to believe that it is a rubber stamp Assembly. What some people want is when the House engages the executive in physical combat.


Most of the crisis that generate from the House may not necessarily be what the government has for the people, it may be what the government will do for the Assembly members. We are more concerned  about the people rather than our own  interests.

Some people felt that because we are not fighting with the executive, we are a rubber stamp of the governor. We do not always pray for crisis between the executive and the legislature. When there is understanding between the two arms of government, there is no need for crisis; there have been so many times that we  had to call the executive to order.

It may not be known to everybody but we have our own means of doing things. Don’t forget that we come from the same political party. Whenever we go to the governor and we have superior argument, the lawmakers usually have their way.

How do you plan to alleviate the plight of people of the state through legislation

All that we have being doing is to the benefit of the people. We have passed a procurement bill into law and what that means is that the government has to be transparent in the award of contracts.

Was the governor not  transparent before now

The transparency should be more than before because he must abide by the provision of the law. There are punishments set out by the law and the aim is to manage the resources of the state. There are laws that have to do with health, domestic violence, child rights and urban development. Those are the things the house is doing to improve the lot of the people. Let me quickly add that there is nothing the executive will do without the approval of the house.

Why the delay in the conduct of council polls

The elections had been delayed because it became impracticable to embark on it. If you must conduct an election, a lot  of money goes into it and when you cannot pay salaries of workers, there is no way people will appreciate it. You cannot campaign for elections when people are hungry. Strategically, it will go against the government of the day, it will work against us.

Also, it is not a good strategy to conduct an election when people are clamouring for their salaries. The elections are important but for now one has to take precedence, feed your people first before you organise any election. The House of Assembly in conjunction with the executive will have an agreement as to what will follow and from January 2016, there will be a new leaf in the local government. We have a plan and by God’s grace, nothing will change it.

What about the delay in the composition of the state executive council

As a politician, there is no way he or she will be happy, but as an administrator, you will be happy when you go into thorough analysis and see why such a step is taken. There is no commissioner that will come to office without aides and that will be additional burden on the government. It is when the workers’ salaries are being sorted out, before the issue of commissioners can be delved into.

It is  in the constitution that there must be a state cabinet in place, but the constitution does not compel any executive as to when the cabinet must be formed. As an assembly, there is no way you can force it on the governor to form a cabinet. It is proper to take care of the workers first, then all other things will follow.

Expectations from your leadership as speaker

In the last four years, the house has been one of the most peaceful, if not the only state assembly that was peaceful in the country. The experience that we gathered in the last four years, will be put to good use in the next four years. Experience counts and experience will lead us to a better society.

Police, DSS broker peace between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Ondo, Osun

Following recurrent clashes between fulani herdsmen and their host communities across the country, the Department of State Security, DSS, has brokered peace between the leadership of Afenifere and Miyetti Allah Cattle Rearers Association over the frosty relationship between the two groups in the South West.
The Director of DSS in Osun State, Mr. Andrew Iorkay, according to a source organised the peace meeting as a result of tension between the leadership of Afenifere and Fulani herdsmen. The source said the DSS boss did not want the situation to degenerate among the two groups in Osun State hence the peace meeting.
Former Attorney General of Osun State, Mr. Niyi Owolade was said to have represented the Afenifere while the Miyetti Allah team was led by its chairman, Salihu Ismael as well as its secretary, Aliyu Kamilu and Sarkin Hausasa, A. Ahmadu.
Peaceful coexistence

It was gathered that, during the meeting, the DSS boss stressed the need for the two groups to coexist peacefully.
Iorkay reportedly told the leadership of the two groups to prevail on their members to shun acts inimical to peace and security. He also warned that the DSS would not hesitate to deal decisively with anybody caught promoting violence.
Also, police authorities in Ondo State weekend initiated a peace meeting between the Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the state.

The move according to investigations was to ensure harmonious co-existence between them in the state.
The peace initiative comes after the kidnap and release of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Chief Olu Falae by Fulani herdsmen who invaded his farm on several occasions.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Mike Ogbodu met with the President and executive members of the Miyatti Allah and a security outfit in the state on how to resolve the crisis.
Ogbodu stressed the need for cordial relationship between the farmers and Fulani herdsmen in all parts of the state.
According to him; The visit by the leadership of Miyatti Allah would further enhance cordial relationship between the state Police command and the security outfit.”
The CP while hailing the co-operation of all other security outfits in the state, said Policing could not only be handled by security operatives alone, urging all individuals to support the Police to ensure total security of lives and properties.
Earlier, the National President of Miyatti Allah, Alhaji Muhhamudu Adronsuru commended the efforts of the Police during the abduction of Chief Falae.



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Nigerian Army Sets Up Panel To Probe General Over 2014 Ekiti, Osun Guber Polls

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday set up “a high powered” Board of Inquiry to investigate alleged malpractices and involvement of its personnel in the 2014 Ekiti and Osun States governorship elections.

In February, SaharaReporters posted audio recordings and transcript of meetings of some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with some army officers on how to use the military to rig the gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and Osun States in 2014.

“The audio recordings and affidavit were provided by Sagir Koli, a Captain in the 32nd Artillery Brigade stationed in Ekiti State, who has since fled the country for fear of retaliation.

“Capt. Koli recorded the conversation on 20th June 2014 when he was asked to accompany his Commanding Officer, Brigadier General Aliyu Momoh, to the meeting. The venue was Spotless Hotel in Ado-Ekiti,” said the website.

Since the exposé, there had been calls by the then opposition APC and civil society organisation for the federal government to investigate the matter and prosecute the actors.

But the spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman, said on Tuesday that the board would investigate the alleged unprofessional and unethical conduct of some Nigerian Army personnel during the two elections.

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Osun, France sign N8bn solar plant agreement

Osun State Government and France have signed an agreement to build a 35million Euros (N8 billion) 13 megawatts solar plant in the state.


Stephane Gompertz, France’s Ambassador for Climate Change, told reporters in Abuja on Sunday that the project was the first of such magnitude to be signed in Nigeria.


Gompertz said the agreement was signed on Friday by the Osun Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and a French company, Vergnet, adding that France was supporting Nigeria in the area of renewable energy.


“As far as new and renewable energy are concerned, the French Agency for Development helps finance through credits, projects in new and renewable energy.


“On Friday morning, I was with the French Ambassador in Abuja. We were received by the Governor of Osun State. We signed an agreement with a French company called Vergnet.


“Vergnet will build a solar plant of 13 megawatts, which is quite big for a solar plant. And as far as I am concerned, this is the first project of such magnitude to be signed here in Nigeria.


“There will be other bigger projects going up to 50 or even 100 megawatts,” he said.


Gompertz said France had supported Nigeria’s power sector through its contracts and also through loans from the French Development Agency (AFD).


He explained that the agreement to build the solar power plant also included training component to encourage transfer of technology.


According to him, the more we develop new technologies, the more people are trained to manage or to invent those technologies, and this will on the long run contribute to the development.


He noted that in 2009, the Federal Government had assigned Vergnet to establish a wind farm of 10 megawatts in Katsina state for more than 20 million Euros (about N4.5 billion).


The envoy said the farm, with 37 windmills, should start producing and be connected to the grid in the beginning of 2016.


According to him, the French group, TOTAL, is also willing to develop a solar energy project in Katsina state.





Workers, Students, Others Protest In Ekiti, Ondo, Osun

Protesters deplored the plight of students, workers and other suffering people in Ekiti, Osun and Ondo states yesterday.

At the federal level, reactions, mostly critical, have trailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s Independence anniversary speech with Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) frowning at his silence on agitation for the reform of the Nigeria Police Force.

The group, in a statement by its National Co-ordinator, Mr. Emmanuel Onwubiko, particularly criticised the President’s failure to use the occasion to unveil his government’s programme on comprehensive police reform.

HURIWA said an occasion such as the 55th Independence anniversary should have provided the opportunity for the Nigerian government under the new dispensation to provide clear guidelines and evidence-based programme of police reform given that armed kidnapping has proven to be one of the greatest national security threats after terrorism.

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Non-Payment Of Salaries, Osun Legislators To Rescue Aregbesola

Bothered by the plight and inability of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state to pay workers and pensioners salaries, both the National and State Assemblies legislators will this tomorrow organise a conference aimed at salvaging the state government from the present predicament.

Tagged “Osun Stakeholders’ Conference – Our State, Our Stake,” the forum would bring stakeholders, including present and past leaders as well as religious leaders together.

Addressing a press conference at the weekend, members of the House of Representatives from Osun state led by Hon, Mrs Ayo Omidiran, said that the aim of the conference is to deliberate on how to liberate the state from the present situation. We hope they succeed at it

Salary: Osun Government, Workers Meeting Deadlocked, Strike Continues

Moves aimed at ending the seven-week-old industrial action embarked upon by civil servants in Osun State over non-payment of their salaries failed to pay off over the weekend as meeting between the labour and government delegates ended in a stalemate.

Tribune Online gathered that the workers insisted that the only thing that could compel them to call off the strike is the payment of at least two months out of their seven months salaries.

Sources at the meeting held between the Chief of Staff to the governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola and the labour leaders under the leadership of Comrade Jacob Adekomi, who is the chairman of the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)  at the weekend in Osogbo, the state capital, informed Tribune Online  that the government prevailed on the workers to call off the strike while the labour leaders reportedly insisted that ‘no alert, no resumption.’

According to one of the sources at the meeting, “we could safely aver that the parley was deadlocked as no agreement could be reached between the labour and the government. The  leadership of the union stood their ground that bank alert of salaries payment on their handsets of workers would determine when the strike would be called off.”

He further hinted that they told the government representative that if the workers received payment alert on their handsets on Monday, they would call the strike off and workers would resume on Tuesday and if otherwise, the strike continues.

“At Least, if two months could be paid by the government out of the accumulated seven months salaries owed, the strike will be called off for a while while pressure will be mounted to receive the remaining five months in no distant time,”the source added.

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Hold PDP Responsible For Any Breach Of Peace In Osun, APC Tells Police

As the call for the impeachment of Governor Rauf Aregbesola increases in Osun, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has called on security agencies to hold the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore and his party responsible for any breach of peace in the state.

In a statement by the Directorate of Publicity, Research and Strategy, yesterday, the party said it was aware of plans by a group of profiteers who were being sponsored by Omisore and his party to unleash violence on the state, using the issue of workers’ salaries as camouflage.

“Specifically we must alert the whole world to a threat issued by Omisore on June 14 this year at the secretariat of the PDP in Osogbo where he promised members of his party that he was prepared to make this state ungovernable for Governor Rauf Aregesola.

“We are therefore certain that the crisis being orchestrated in the state is to get what the people of Osun denied him through a democratic process on August 9, 2014. This was his resolution after the Supreme Court decision which finally sealed his ambition  through a pronouncement on May 27, this year.

“We are using this medium to inform the public and the media to be wary of activities of this set of opportunists who are the real profiteers behind the undeserved focus on Osun among the more than 20 states that are currently facing salary challenges.

“The APC government under Aregbesola in Osun has been having very fruitful negotiations with the labour and we can therefore say without any contradiction that the labour has no hand in this proposed protest.’’

Responding to the allegation, the PDP lamented that the APC-led government would be looking for who to blame for its failure at this stage.

“It is unfortunate that the sinking government still be engaging in buck passing when he should be busy looking for money to settle unpaid salaries and allowances of workers,” a statement by the PDP spokesperson in Osun state, Prince Diran Odeyemi said.

“In the last one week, we have not issued any statement because we observe workers are rising to the occasion to fight for their rights.

“We are not involved as a party, Omisore is not involved and will never be party to any act of lawlessness but we demand from the governor to explain if he has paid these workers.

“Have they been paid their salaries? If no, whatever the steps they take inasmuch as such is within the ambit of the law, nothing can stop workers from demanding for their rights,” he said.

Osun House Of Assembly Asks Aregbesola To Respond To Petition Asking Him To Resign

Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Honourable Najeem Salaam, on Wednesday, confirmed it received a copy of the petition written by a serving female judge in the state, Justice Folahanmi Oloyede against Governor Rauf Aregbesola, over non-payment of salaries.

Speaking with journalists in Osogbo, on Wednesday, Salaam said: “I can confirm that the assembly received the petition. But, there is an ongoing strike now, therefore, we cannot do anything serious on it.

“A copy of the petition had been sent to Governor Aregbesola for him to state his own defence.”

The Nigerian Tribune said it gathered that the assembly had written another letter to Aregbesola, requesting him to react to the content of the petition.

Justice Oloyede had called on the state House of Assembly to investigate the alleged mismanagement of the state financial resources by the governor and his deputy, in accordance with sections 128 and 129 of the 1999 Constitution, saying there was no moral justification for their continued stay in office.

In a 30-page petition, she also urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Amnesty International, Transparency International, among others, to investigate any other person found to be responsible for what he described as “deliberate mismanagement of the economy of Osun State.”

“I declare that in addition to the media-hype of Osun’s parlous financial condition, I have firsthand experience which constitutes evidence of the unfortunate situation in which Osun currently finds itself. Even Mr Governor has admitted publicly the fact that Osun is in financial quagmire and that he is clueless on how to pull it out of the doldrums,” the petition read in part.

“Mr Governor’s argument that salaries can only be paid from statutory allocations is also faulty, we demand that he substantiate his claim by giving the section of the law that so provides. In any event, all funds, all allocations and all expenditures are expected to be backed by legislation, and are statutory, otherwise, they are illegal.

“Consequently, the admitted inability of Mr Governor and his deputy to pay pensions, salaries and allowances for periods ranging from eight to 11 months now, as a consequence of their own decision to accumulate debts beyond the capacity of the state internally generated revenue, whilst the very ‘actors’ Mr Governor and his deputy continue to enjoy their security allowances in hundreds of millions, is a violation of their oaths of office.”

It Is Extremely Painful That I Cannot Pay Salaries – Governor Aregbesola

The governor of Osun state, Rauf Aregbesola has expressed his sadness and pain over his inability to pay his workers their monthly salaries for about seven months now.

While delivering a Ramadan Lecture at the Women Development Centre, Abuja yesterday June 22nd, Aregbesola said his administration borrowed N25billion from banks to support the federal allocations to pay salaries but that the banks have since stopped lending the state money.

“It is extremely painful that I cannot pay salary. It is painful that I have to be in this condition. I am not helpless because I have Allah and the people with me. And whoever has Allah and the people has everything. I didn’t envisage that 400,000 barrels of crude oil would be stolen daily. But the whipping boys must be the governors and I am the ‘Chief’ of the whipping boys,” he said.

He added that the state’s wage bill was N3.5 billion monthly and that his administration has found it difficult to pay due to the dwindling allocation in spite of increase in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from N900 million to N8 billion annually.

Hold PDP Responsible For Osun’s Inability To Pay Workers’ Salaries- APC Group

Coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) Support Groups (COASG) South-West zone has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led government should be held responsible for the inability, of Osun State to pay its workers’ salaries.

The chairman COASG, Hon. Adebisi Abraham said that there is no smoke without fire and that the Osun State government led by Governor Rauf Aregbesola has done credibly well in terms of providing basic infrastructure for the state compared to his predecessors.

He said, “Despite the financial shortage, even the most virulent critics of this government cannot deny that the administration has performed creditably well.”

Abraham said, “Governor Aregbesola’s government built roads, schools, supplied students with Opon Imo (Tablets of Knowledge), distributed uniforms to all public students in the state, created welfare programmes for the old and vulnerable people as well as supporting farmers.’’

He said that you cannot compare Aregbesola with other PDP governors which have failed totally in terms of payment of salaries and infrastructural development in their states.

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PDP To Aregbesola: Stop Creation Of 39 New Councils

The Peoples Democratic Party has advised Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, to suspend his plans to create additional 39 local council development areas.

The Director of Media and Strategy of the PDP in Osun State, Mr. Diran Odeyemi, gave this advice in a statement in Osogbo on Sunday.

According to the opposition party, the situation on the ground now does not call for creation of new councils when the existing ones are suffering from underfunding and could not make positive impact on the lives of the people at the grassroots.

The statement partly read, “The reality in Osun calls for serious planning because the economy of the
state now or even in near future cannot cope with 69 local government councils when the state could not generate fund to develop the existing 30 councils.

“This is a poorly conceived idea lacking the understanding and needs of the people of Osun State while its proposed execution at this time shows that Governor Aregbesola has lost ideas of what is next in the state.

“The rest of the country must be astonished about a governor that has not been able to fulfill its financial obligations to the workforce and plunge the state economy into a crisis, but interestingly planning to create new councils to make Osun as the only state in Nigeria to have 69 councils.”

The last House of Assembly which had all its members from the ruling party had some days before the expiration of its tenure passed a bill establishing 39 additional local development areas . This followed the outcome of a referendum conducted by the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission.

This was preceded by the bill sent to the House by the governor to seek the lawmakers’ approval for the creation of the new council areas.

The PDP stated that rather than taking into consideration the peculiar needs of Osun State and its financial capacity, the governor was busy copying Lagos State’s programmes even when they were not needed in the state.

“Copying Lagos notes is affecting Osun negatively. Buying helicopter, creating LCDAs, planting flowers are all Lagos ideas. Aregbesola is running Osun as a sole administrator. In his first term, it took him almost one year before he could constitute his cabinet.

“Again 10 months into his second term, the cabinet has not been formed and may not be formed at all for obvious reasons. Even, when his commissioners were in office, the whole state knows he does not listen to their suggestions. He governs the state as a sole administrator,” the opposition party added.

Effort to get the reaction of the governor to the PDP’s advice was unsuccessful as inquiry sent to his media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, was still being expected as of the time of filing this report.

But the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Najeem Salaam, had while passing the bill said that the new councils were created for administrative conveniences.

The speaker, who urged the governor to prioritise giving his assent to the bill for the creation of the councils, said their creation “became imperative in order to bring government closer to the grassroots.

“The primary purpose of the creation of the councils and administrative units was for the administrative conveniences, not to hyper-bloat the already existing over-bloated civil and political regimes which have become an albatross to the limited resources of the state.

You Can Not Stop Me From Donating My Wardrobe Allowance To Osun Workers, Bruce Tells Aregbesola

Ben Murray-Bruce has insisted that he would give 50% of his wardrobe allowance to workers in Osun State and the State Governor cannot stop him. Osun State workers are yet to receive salaries in 7 months. This comes after Governor Aregbesola of Osun State hit out at Ben Bruce gestures as being ridiculous, telling him to rather give his allowances to PDP states that had similar remuneration problems.

Ben Bruce had this to say on his twitter account, “I’ll take whatever attacks come my way but nothing and nobody can dissuade me from doing what my conscience directs in helping my fellow man,”

On ridiculing the governor, he said: “The month of Ramadan is here. Many unpaid workers will fast. With what will they break their fast? I thought of that and it moved me to act”

“I may not be a Muslim, but I respect Islam and I believe that it is wrong for me to respond to any attack during the Holy month of Ramadan,” he said.

Cooperate With Gov Aregbesola, APC Charges Osun Assembly

The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed its absolute confidence that members of the recently inaugurated State House of Assembly will live up to expectations of the party and the people in contributing to a peaceful and agreeable resolution of all developmental issues that will be addressed by new parliament.
Urging members of the House of Assembly to re-invigorate their proactive legislative responsibilities in co-operation with government, APC charged the lawmakers to make Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s leadership even more spectacularly inventive than it had been in the last four years.
This was the message contained in the congratulatory statement issued by the APC Directorate of Publicity, Strategy & Research signed by its Chief Executive, Barr. Kunle Oyatomi to herald the new session of the House’s activities for the next four years.
The APC recalled that during the 5th Assembly tenure that ended recently, the House worked cohesively in partnership with the APC government to achieve a lot that was acknowledged by the world.
He said “It was this cohesive partnership that strengthened the government and helped the party to withstand the grueling attacks and sabotage which the state PDP and its federal government unsuccessfully launched against Osun in the attempt to snatch power.
“But this new parliament will all the same face daunting challenges that will test the integrity of their determination to serve the people

Osun Workers To Embark On Indefinite Strike Tomorrow, Over Unpaid Salaries

Labour unions in Osun state have declared an indefinite strike over non-payment of their six-month salaries by the state government.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress- Osun chapter, Mr. Jacob Adekomi, at a press conference in Osogbo, said the strike would begin tomorrow, Tuesday, May 26, after the expiration of a 14-day ultimatum given to the state government. Read the address after the cut.

“That an indefinite strike action be commenced by all the workers in the State of Osun as from Tuesday, May 26, 2015 due to the failure of the government to accede to our legitimate demands, as contained in our letter to the government dated May 12, 2015.

“The indefinite strike action will be total and by this billeting, workers are advised to stay at home while pressing home our demands. That no worker should resume work until announcement is made by the labour bodies to that effect.”

The labour union also  alleged that apart from the salary issue, the state government had refused to remit the contributory pension deductions from their salaries to their respective retirement saving accounts.

Osun State Civil Servant Tries To Kill Himself Over Unpaid Salary

Mr. Ojo Owolabi, a senior civil servant in the Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State,tried to kill himself by drinking a large quantity of insecticide.

It was gathered that Owolabi tried to kill himself because his salary hadn’t been paid for the last 6 months, hence was unable to feed his family.
According to Punch, the incident which took place last Saturday caused panic in the neighborhood when the news spread that Owolabi had tried to commit suicide.

Owolabi, who is a sanitary officer at the council was receiving treatment at a hospital.

A source close to Owolabi said he became frustrated because he couldn’t take care of his family.

The source said: Baba Ibeji (Owolabi) drank herbicide. He was frustrated because he has been unable to feed himself and other members of his family. You are aware that the state government has not paid workers for some months now. I think he just lost hope and decided to take his life by drinking Gramoxone.

Members of his family rushed him to a hospital in Ile Ife, where he was admitted.

A factional Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Gambi Yusuf, said the unpaid salaries had caused the workers untold hardship. Yusuf said:

Anybody who is not paid for six months is a walking corpse. What do you expect him to eat? Even if the workers can fast, won’t they break their fast? How do you expect them to feed their children? The government of the day should be more serious about workers’ welfare. We are appealing to the government to pay workers because workers deserve their wages.”

Owolabi’s wife and children could not be reached for comment.


Hoodlums Strip Lawmaker Elect In Osun

The issuance of Certificate of Return to lawmakers-elect in Osun State was almost marred by violence on Monday, as some hoodlums attacked a lawmaker-elect from Ife East Constituency, Mr. Akinwole Akinwale.

The lawmaker-elect was about leaving the state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission when some miscreants waylaid him and prevented him from leaving the venue. Reporters observed that there was a brief fight at the gate of the INEC, but the crisis was quickly resolved.

Akinwole later told our correspondent on the telephone that those who attacked him were sent by a former commissioner from Ife.

He said that he had been told that he would not be allowed to collect the Certificate of Return but he did not take the warning seriously.

He said, “I was attacked by some boys who said that the former commissioner had said I should not be allowed to take the certificate. I was told he asked them to shoot me if I insisted on collecting it.

“I was attacked while coming out of the INEC office and they tore my clothes. The policemen who were there tried to rescue me and I was ferried out of the place in the Speaker’s car.”

Earlier, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola, advised the lawmakers-elect to set aside their political differences and work together to move the state forward.

The REC urged the legislators-elect not to betray the trust reposed in them by the electorate who voted for them.

Responding, lawmakers-elect said they were ready to work for the development of the state, irrespective of their party affiliation.

The Deputy Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Mr. Akintunde Adegboye, who spoke on behalf of the 24 lawmakers elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, lauded the Speaker, Mr. Najem Salam, for the way he had led the assembly for the past four years.

The PDP lawmaker-elect from Ife Central, Mr. Oladejo Makinde, lauded the INEC for being fair in the conduct of the election. He said that the lawmakers-elect were friends and would unite to move the state forward.


PDP Chairman Slumps & Dies During Accreditation In Osun

Tragedy struck in Osun State during the accreditation exercise for the House of Assembly elections held on Saturday when a man slumped and died during the accreditation exercise. The deceased, Abiodun Ajirotutu, was until his death the Peoples Democratic Party’s chairman in Ward 2, Ireti Ayo Unit in Ilesa West Local Government Area.

The unfortunate incident almost marred the accreditation and voting exercises in the area. The incident created confusion in the camp of the PDP in Ilesa. Party members were, however, able to summon courage to perform their civic responsibility.

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Davido’s Uncle Wins Osun Senatorial Seat

Former governor of Osun State, Isiaka Adeleke has won the  Osun West senatorial district. Adeleke, who is an uncle to popular musician, Davido, contested under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Adeleke won convincingly in all the 10 local government areas that make up the senatorial district. He is returning to the Senate for the second time.

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PDP Member Killed As Violence Erupts in Osun

One person has been murdered in Ikirun, Ifelodun LGA in Osun State in the early hours of Saturday morning. According to a report, hoodlums invaded the area and killed Yomi Ademola, a PDP member, after gunfire broke out.

Residents in the area are said to have been awoken by the sound of gunshots at around 4:45 am. The victim is alleged to have recently defected to the PDP from the APC.

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Rich Kids, Poor Kids: States And The Pot Called Federal Allocation – Ogunyemi Bukola

Yesterday budget and public data analysis platform BudgIT shared how much in total each state in Nigeria received as Federal Allocation in 2013. The list was divided into two. The top ten earner states:

Top 10 States

And the bottom ten:

Bottom 10 States

So this morning I decided to dance around the data a bit and see if numbers could talk. Here’s what numbers said:

My analysis is centred on the Top Four, and Top Six, states (the rich kids), and the Bottom Four, and Bottom Six, states (the poor kids). Figures are approximates.

The Top Four states (Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta, and Bayelsa) received a total of N928.2 billion in Federation Allocations in 2013. This is 5 times the total allocation of the Bottom Four (Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi) who received N176.6 billion.

The Top Six states (Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta, Bayelsa, Lagos and Kano) received a total of N1.1 trillion in Federal Allocations in 2013. This is 4 times the total allocation of the Bottom Six (Kwara, Gombe, Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi) who received N272.4 billion.

Bayelsa’s N182.5 billion is more than the combined allocation of Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi (bottom four) – N176.6 billion. The N237.8 billion Rivers got is more than the combined allocation of Gombe, Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi (bottom five) – N223.1 billion. While top earner Akwa Ibom got N293.5 billion in 2013, the bottom six of Kwara, Gombe, Nassarawa, Osun, Ekiti and Ebonyi got N272.4 billion combined.


It gets even better.

Akwa Ibom got 7 times the total allocation of Ebonyi. This means Akwa Ibom got in one year what Ebonyi will get in 7 years if rates are fixed. Rich Kid Bayelsa got 4 times the allocation of Poor Kid Osun.

Numbers wouldnt stop talking so I went online to get the population data of the Rick Kids, and the Poor Kids. Here’s what I found:

Top 6

What did numbers say?

The Top Four earner states have a combined population of 17.5 million (2011 projection figures), add Lagos and Kano to that and the population more than doubles, to 39.3 million. Divide the total allocation received by population and you realize the Top Four got about N53,ooo per citizen. This figure comes down to N28,000 per citizen when Lagos and Kano are considered.

Let’s see what the poor folks are up to:

Bottom 6Bottom Four total population is about 11.5 million, this goes up to 17 million when Gombe and Kwara states enter the fray. N15,000 per citizen is what you get when total allocation of bottom four states is divided by the total population, this goes up to N16,000 per citizen when all six states are considered.

For individual states, Akwa Ibom: N64,000 per citizen is what Akwa Ibom got, Bayelsa is N93,000 per citizen, more than 5 times the N17,000 per citizen for Ebonyi.

A quick look at the map of Nigeria shows that Top Four states are from the oil-rich South-South region. That is not surprising. What is surprising is that only one state from the North, Nassawara (North-Central), is in the Bottom Four, with two from South-West (Osun and Ekiti) and one from South-East.

Numbers started speaking French when I compared the data with primary school enrollment figures, state GDP, WAEC pass rates, health reports etc.

Instead of having all 36 come to him every month, one wearing Louboutins, the other rubber slippers, to give one money for private jet back home and the other just enough to board a train, why cant Big Daddy just let the mothers of these kids take care of them?


Ogunyemi Bukola (@zebbook) writes from Lagos. www.zebbook.com