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

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

Ife Crisis: Governor Aregbesola inaugurates commission of inquiry

The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, has inaugurated a five-member judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the remote causes of the March 8 violence in Ile-Ife.

The development followed several calls from pan Yoruba groups such as Afenifere, the Afenifere Renewal Group, and the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose, to set up a commission of enquiry to unravel the facts behind the killings and wanton destruction of properties.

They had rejected the report of the police on the crisis and condemned what they termed the lopsided arrest of suspects in the crisis.

While inaugurating the commission in Osogbo on Saturday, Mr. Aregbesola said his administration would continue to promote peace in the state.

He also enjoined the panel to cooperate with the police and other security agencies in the process of unravelling those behind the mayhem.

The panel was given four weeks to turn in its report.

Members include Justice M.A Adeigbe who is the chairman, Bose Dawodu, Ismail Ajibade, the State Commissioner of Police, the State Director of DSS and Bisi Babalola who will act as the secretary.

The Governor charged the commission to “investigate and determine the remote and immediate cause of the disturbance, identify the perpetrators and extent of involvement, determine the extent of injury suffered by any individual or group.”

They were also mandated to recommend appropriate civil or criminal action to be taken against the perpetrators, make appropriate suggestions to the state government towards the prevention of future occurrence and also recommend appropriate monetary sum as compensation(s) for damages or injuries that may have been suffered by any individual or group of individuals.

“You have four weeks to carry out this assignment,” the governor said.

Mr. Aregbesola added that “The report that small arms and light weapons were deployed freely during the crisis was disturbing and frightening.

“It has implication for security of lives and property and the potential for more conflicts beyond the immediate theatre of war, if not nipped in the bud.

“I want you to look into this. The sources and the current location of these arms and their custodians should be investigated and determined. They should all be recovered.

“There are also reports that cultists who have no regard for human lives were recruited into the mayhem for a fee. This is most disheartening. Please investigate this and unearth the roles they played and let the law be applied without fear or favour.

“I charge this commission to be courageous and fearless. Undertake this assignment with all seriousness and the fear of God. You should pursue the truth and not fear where it will lead to.

“We want justice for all, like Martin Luther King Jr, once said, ‘Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream’, to the victims and the perpetrators alike, as I wish you success on this crucial assignment.”

Mr. Aregbesola also warned against pre-empting the outcome of ongoing investigation of the crisis, saying it would be prejudicial to the efforts of the law enforcement agencies.

He said the violence was not an ethnic or religious one, but “just an ugly development, a breach of public peace, masterminded by hoodlums and criminals which resulted into loss of lives and property.”

Mr. Aregbesola called for cooperation and patience with the police and other law enforcement agencies until the outcome of the final investigation. He said the police and other agencies had assured of even handedness and that the rule of law would be strictly adhered to and allowed to prevail.

He said the opinion of those fanning the embers of discord between the Hausa and Yoruba should be disregarded, stressing that it was unwise and wicked for anybody to describe the violence in the Sabo area of Ile-Ife as a religious or tribal war.

In his response, Chairman of the judicial commission of enquiry, Mr. Adeigbe, who thanked the governor for the opportunity to serve the people of Osun, promised that the commission would discharge its job without fear or favour.

He said the commission would go all out to ensure that the real perpetrators of the dastardly act are brought to book and ensure that all warring factions are appeased.

“Mr. Governor, I assure you that we will not let you and the people of Osun down, we will carry out this task you have given us to the best of our ability,” he said.

“Myself and my members will ensure that the perpetrators of the sad event which occurred at Ife are brought to book.

“We will ensure that it doesn’t happen again in Osun. We will do our job without fear or favour to anyone or group in the matter.”


Source: Premium Times

ICPC Dismisses Allegations Against Aregbesola as Baseless, Unsubstantiated.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offence?s Commission (ICPC) has described the petition of the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State against Governor Rauf Aregbesola as baseless and unsubstantiated.

ICPC, in a letter with reference number ICPC/INV/NGB/T.E2/003, addressed to the petitioner, Chairman, Civil Society Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State, which was copied to the Osun Secretary to the State Government stated that it’s investigations have not established an act contrary to the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act, 2000 as none of the allegations were substantiated.

The commission stated that having diligently investigated the allegations and finding nothing against Governor Aregbesola, the allegations have been dismissed.

The Government, through the Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor, reminded Nigerians that the ICPC’s final decision was a vindication of the repeated claims by the government that the group was one of individuals hired for the purpose of tarnishing its name.

ICPC, in the letter titled, Re: Petition against Osun State Governor- Mr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, for criminal and reckless mismanagement of Osun State funds since November 2010 to August 2015 held that all of the allegations brought forward have been looked into conclusively with no infraction substantiated.

According to ICPC, “The above case bordering on fraudulent diversion of N11.4 billion obtained through Osun SUKUK bond to private foreign account, money meant for building of schools regardless of the N13.9 billion intervention funds from. The Federal Government through UBEC for the purpose of building classrooms has been investigated conclusively with no infraction substantiated.

“An investigation of? the above allegations confirmed that Osun State government raised N11.344 billion from the issue of the SUKUK bond through Nigerian commercial banks. Investigation also revealed that after the issue of the bond, Osun State Government sought and got approvals from the Securities and Exchange Commission and Shariah Board of Lotus Capital Ltd. To amend the schedule of schools to be constructed from 27 mixed schools to 11 high schools and to furnish the schools. The approval of SUKUK holders is still pending.

“Also contrary to the allegation that the SUKUK proceed was diverted to private foreign account, it was disbursed from Osun SUKUK company accounts with 13 Collecting Nigerian Commercial banks and used for payments of contractors awarded the contracts of construction and furnishing of 11 senior Secondary Schools in various part of Osun State.

“Furthermore, contrary to the allegation that N13.9 billion was disbursed by UBEC to Osun State, the total of N7,192,585,041.64 has been disbursed to Osun SUBEB for the period 2011-2015. This amount consists of Universal Basic Education matching grants, Special Education Funds, Teachers Professional Development Fund and state’s counterpart funds lodgement in line with UBE Act 2004.

“In view of the above paragraphs, investigations have not established an act contrary to the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 as none of the allegations were substantiated. Therefore the matter is hereby laid to rest”. The Commission said.

The Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, stating the Government’s position over the outcome of the ICPC’s investigations, said the Aregbesola government was never in doubt that the group was an illegal one which was only being used by traducers of the administration to diminish its many achievements.

“When the so-called group was everywhere making its highly irresponsible and frivolous allegations, we never minced words on the fact that it was an unregistered group of few disgruntled, hired individuals to tarnish the image of the government and seek to diminish the massive good governance initiatives that are the hallmarks of our interventions here.

“The ICPC’s dismissal of the frivolous allegations is a vindication of our earlier position on the group and other collaborators in their ignoble campaigns of calumny.

“The Aregbesola administration has instituted the most transparent, people friendly government in its six years and more and we do not intend to depart from this path. This is because we are convinced in this lies the brighter future of our dear state,” Okanlawon added.

Aregbesola laments burning of high court, says it’s assault on civilisation

The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, has described the burning of a High Court in Ilesa by hoodlums as an assault on civilization.

The Governor visited the site for an on-the-spot assessment of the premises of the high court which was allegedly set ablaze by hoodlums on Monday morning.

Mr. Aregbesola inspected the court building in company of the state Chief Judge, Adebola Ojo.

“The fulcrum of human civilisation is based on two things: the maintenance of law and order and secondly the upholding of justice and truth,” he said.

“Where law and order cannot be guaranteed, when the instruments of justice cannot be guaranteed, what you have is chaos and anarchy. Our government will not allow this to happen.

“This attack is a major assault on the civilisation of the land because when you attack the major instrument of justice then you are also attacking the common man on the street.

“As a government we are very disappointed that this has happened.”

The governor vowed to ensure that the perpetrators of the act were brought to book, and hinted that the state commissioner of police had been charged to apprehend those involved as quickly as possible.

Governor Aregbesola, who noted that the vandalised court calls for urgent rehabilitation, stated that the high court in Ilesa and others across the state will be given urgent attention in terms of rehabilitation and security.

The governor also used the visit to sympathise with one of the security men at the premises, Olanrewaju Owoeye, who was beaten up and wounded by the hoodlums during the attack.

Unemployment: Aregbesola Wants Graduates To Embrace Agriculture.

The Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, wants university graduates in Nigeria to shift attention from white collar jobs and embrace agriculture.

He believes agriculture is a good means of stemming the tide of unemployment.

The Governor stated that the present economic situation had shown Nigerians the need to encourage farming as the only alternative to crude oil.

Aregbesola made the demand while addressing a gathering at the 6th convocation ceremony of Fountain University in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State.

He noted that there was no aspect of life that could do without agriculture, saying Nigerian graduates must henceforth stop searching for formal jobs that seem to be no longer in existence.

Food Production Capacity

The Governor stressed the need for productivity, resilience and hard-work among Nigerians, pointing out that the present nation’s economy demands one to be self-employed.

Argebesola Stresses Need To Educate Nigerians On Recession
Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, believes increase in agricultural produce will reflate Nigeria’s economy

According to him, there is no other alternative to sustain Nigeria’s economy than to build the required interest in agriculture and brace up with anything that could promote food production capacity.

Mr Aregbesola held that Nigerians must, as a matter of urgency, invest in things that would prevent famine in the next five years if truly the nation was ready to overcome her present economic challenges.

Lamenting the dwindling revenues from the crude oil sales, Governor Aregbesola said “unless Nigeria sees the need to promote agriculture, efforts to bring back the dwindling economy may be gloomy”.

“There is need for us, especially our young graduates, to lead the nation in promoting agriculture as the only realistic surviving alternative to economy.

“We must embrace farming because it is only agriculture that has direct links to all aspects of life.

“Nigeria has grown to the stage her food production capacity must be urgently expanded to meet the general needs of the citizenry and as well enhance exportation.

“The time to enhance productivity has come. We must all embrace productivity. We must produce whatever we desire to consume,” he stressed.

Congratulating the graduating students, Aregbesola charged them to adapt to the virtues they acquired in the institution.

He advised them to get prepared for the challenges ahead and life after university which he described as “challenging”.

“You must all be prepared. The challenges ahead, especially at this period of over saturated tendencies of labour market, you need grim determination to succeed. You must be rational and critical in the application of the knowledge you have acquired”.

He further appealed to those who are using the precious and reputable name of Islam to perpetrate violence, saying “violence is directly antithetical to Islam”.

“All hands must be on deck to end terrorism in the country as the act is tantamount to the tenets of Islam.”

Earlier in his lecture, Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, charged both private and public organisations in Nigeria on the need to invest more in education.

He said the country had gone to a stage where education should be seen by all as a bedrock for national development and called for the need to encourage participation in both basic and higher education.

Professor Rasheed, who is the Executive Secretary, National University Commission, said all hands must be on deck to promote tertiary education.

He implored stakeholders in the private and public institutions in the country to, as a matter of necessity, rescue the nation from her present educational backwardness by establishing more universities in the nooks and crannies?.

Prior to the discovery of crude oil, agriculture use to be Nigeria’s economy mainstay, a position the Nigerian government is pushing to return the nation to by pushing for more youth involvement in agriculture.

Aregbesola Liases With Herbalists To Promote Indigenous Healing Systems

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has assured herbalists of his willingness to promote indigenous means of healing, with the inauguration of the Board of Traditional Medicine in the state.

At the inauguration, Aregbesola said traditional medicine has been of tremendous assistance to the black race.

The governor who was represented by Dr. Rafiu Kusamotu, said the state government would assist the herbalists in standardizing their practice in the interest of the well-being of the people of the state.

Aregbesola charged the herbalists on proper hygiene in the preparation of herbs that are meant for human consumption so as to prevent avoidable disease.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Akinyinka Esho, said the selection of members of the board was based on merit and he called for the cooperation of the herbalists.

Chairman of the board, Chief Kayode Esuleke, told his colleagues to pay the sum of 5,000 Naira as practicing fees, as stipulated by the state government so as to obtain the license to operate.

He then warned members of the Traditional Medicine Association to always abide by the code and guidelines of the profession.

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.”

Ondo guber: Group accuses Aregbesola of financing Oke’s election.

A youths group, Osun Youths Movement, has accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State of bankrolling the election expenses of the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy in Ondo State, Olusola Oke, for the November 26 governorship poll.

In a statement in Osogbo by the Coordinator of the group, Yusuf Olaosebikan, the group accused Aregbesola of diverting the meagre resources of the state “to feather his expansionist political agenda” in other states while the state’s workers suffer from months of unpaid salaries.

The group said physical infrastructure has also collapsed in Osun State “because of lack of focus and reckless ambition” by the governor.

The group warned the Federal Government against granting further bailout to the state until Aregbesola was able to explain how he spent the earlier cash meant for the settlement of several months of unpaid salaries.

It said: “It is heart-warming that the Senate Committee of Local Government is set to investigate Governor Aregbesola on how he spent the last bail-out meant for salary payment, which the governor failed to comply with.

“We alerted Osun people then that we had information that the governor was more concerned about his political fortunes than the welfare of Osun people, particularly the civil servants.

“Aregbesola started his expansionist idea when he started funding Mr Ayodele Fayose’s election with the state’s fund in 2014 to cause the defeat of his own party, APC, in Ekiti State.

“After succeeding in helping Fayose, Nigerians can now see that their friendship has blossomed with Aregbe holding secret meetings with Fayose and at present extending his tentacles to Ondo State, and this time around too, helping another party, AD, to defeat his own party to consolidate on his plans for a new party where he can wield enough influence.”

Warning against starving millions of Osun State residents to advance personal political ambition, the group threatened to make the state ungovernable for the governor if he continued spending the state’s money to fund elections in other states.

It said: “We can no longer continue to watch the governor spending our scarce resources to recklessly finance the elections of his political associates in other states in pursuit of personal ambition.

“Monday hiring of more than 300 buses in Osogbo and environs to ferry hired people to Ondo State for Olusola Oke’s campaign rally will no longer be tolerated because the governor cannot be pursuing his personal political ambition while our people suffer.”

Senate To Probe Aregbesola, Others Over Bailout

President Muhammadu Buhari, may have asked the Senate to probe Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola and other governors over how they spent the bailout disbursed to them by the Federal Government.

Subsequently, the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has ordered the Senate Committee on State and Local Government Administration to proceed on a fact finding mission to Osun State to investigate how the Aregbesola administration applied the N34.988,900 given to it by the Central Bank of Nigeria as bailout to pay workers’ salaries.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on States and Local Government Administration, Senator Abdullahi  A. Gumel, in a letter dated  November 3rd and forwarded to Aregbesola informed the governor that the senate committee would visit the state on December 7 for the investigation.

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Ondo 2016: Buhari, Osinbajo, Tinubu, Aregbesola absent at APC rally

The crisis rocking the Ondo State All Progressives Congress came to the fore on Thursday as top officials of the party including President Muhammadu Buhari were absent from a scheduled rally.


The rally was organised by the Ondo APC to flag off the campaign of Rotimi Akeredolu, its candidate for the November 26 governorship election in the state.


As predicted by PREMIUM TIMES, apart from Mr. Buhari, other notable absentees were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former Lagos governor Bola Tinubu, and governor of neighbouring Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola.


The event commenced on Thursday morning at the Democracy Park in Akure, the Ondo State capital.


Introducing the dignitaries present in order of protocol, the National Organising Secretary of the APC, Osita Izunaso, said Mr. Osinbajo was represented by his Chief of Staff.


Some serving ministers are also present at the rally.

Aregbesola tells Nigerians to practice birth control, shun foreign goods.

The Governor of Osun state, Rauf Aregbesola has urged Nigerians to practice birth control and curb excessive desire for foreign food items in order to survive recession.

The governor said this on Thursday in Osogbo while hosting some youth who just returned from a training sponsored by the state government in modern agricultural technique at Germany.

He explained that his government’s decision to send the youths for the agriculture programme is to boost food production in the state, adding that this will bring about a positive boost in food production.

The governor advised the youths not to be idle as they wait on the government to fulfill its promise to offer financial support.

According to him, “Nigeria is in economic crisis especially as the nation’s economic mainstay, oil, was cheap on the international market.

“The production capacity had reduced significantly due to the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers.

“Besides, we also face food crisis and if we are unable to feed ourselves, then there is problem. We believe, as a government, that we must produce what we consume.

“The first panacea out of the food crisis is for us as a people to drastically curb our excessive taste for foreign foods.

“We should patronise our local foods rather than spend huge but scarce foreign exchange on importation of rice.”

Aregbesola stressed that this would help in reducing the rate of poverty in the state, adding that “now is also the time for our people to practice birth control and control our population”.

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.

I have no regret investing in education – Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State says he has no regrets in committing the largest part of the state’s resources to education development.

Aregbesola spoke when he unveiled a new block of 10 classroom in Attan-Ayegbaju town, Osun, on Wednesday

The classrooms were built by the Anglican Church in honour of Chief Bisi Akande, a former Governor of Osun State and former interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress.

According to Aregbesola, by investing massively in education, his administration is preparing the state’s future leaders for a better tomorrow.

Aregbesola said: “Education by far has commanded our greatest engagement and resources and we owe no one any apology over this.

“As I often let people know, we are preparing for the next 25 years, what we want our children to become and where we want them to be in an increasingly digitised and fiercely competitive world.”

Aregbesola said that the dedication of the classrooms resonates with the vision of his administration’s education programmers.

In his speech, Akande, attributed decadence and immorality in Nigerian schools to the forceful take-over of the missionary schools by successive military governments.

Akande said the consequence of the military take-over of the schools across the country resulted in the displacement of people with moral integrity by fraudsters and and the vagabonds from political leadership space.

He said that the major reason why the military took over schools from missionaries was to lay the foundation for their own immorality and corruption.

According to him whether in Islamic schools or in any evangelical learning centres, all Missionary schools known to Nigerians are institutions for moral instructions.

The Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, said religion remains a veritable tool for the promotion of peaceful cohabitation and tolerance in the society.

Okoh, who decried religious crises in some parts of the country, expressed hope that with a Christian faith building a school in honour of a Muslim statesman, Nigeria would soon get out of religious vendetta.

He described Akande as a true Muslim whose ideology and faith have impacted greatly in the lives of fellow beings without discrimination.

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.

We’II resist Fayose’s membership – Ekiti APC tells Aregbesola

The visit of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State to Ekiti State has drawn the ire of the members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, with the party saying such a visit was a slight on the party and contempt for the party’s leadership in the state.

Aregbesola was in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend on the invitation of Governor Ayodele Fayose for the 20th anniversary of Ekiti State.

At a public forum broadcast live on the state media, Aregbesola described Fayose as “omoluabi” and a hardworking governor who had turned around the fortunes of his state in terms of infrastructure.

Scolding the visit in a statement by the Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party stressed that Aregbesola’s visit signposted the contempt in which the party and its leaders were held by the Osun governor after Fayose had caused severe pains in the lives of APC members, some of whom had been languishing in jail for about two years for the offences they did not commit.

“Aregbesola’s visit to Fayose praising him as ‘omoluabi’ and for the achievements by APC-led government is not only embarrassing but also awful in the face of sustained attacks on APC members, some of whom are still languishing in jail for about two years over trumped-up charges by Fayose.

“It is shocking that Aregbesola as a governor and one of the leading lights in APC in the South-west and indeed the nation would be visiting Ekiti State without putting the leaders into confidence, more so on a visit to a man who once wished the President dead and had done unbelievable things both in Nigeria and abroad to bring Buhari’s government down.

“Worse still, Aregbesola was praising the man who will stop at nothing to bring APC-led federal government down after several years of failed attempts by the progressives to win the presidency of Nigeria.”

Olatunbosun also frowned at alleged misappropriation of APC’s authority with the Osun governor promising realignments of forces with Fayose “sooner than later,” saying such “unbridled” trading off of APC in Ekiti State to Fayose would never stand in the face of the governor’s molestation of APC members over the years.

Warning that the state leaders would resist any attempt to draft the governor into any realignment with APC in the state and foist him on the party, Olatunbosun noted that Fayose had done enough damage to the integrity of Ekiti people, saying that now was the time for the real “omoluabi” in Ekiti to join forces to rebuild the ruins into which Fayose’s administration had plunged the state.

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.

#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!

Engage In Female Genital Mutilation, Go To Jail– Aregbesola

Worried by the recent rating of Osun State as number one on the hierarchy of the six Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) most endemic states, the wife of Osun State Governor, Alhaja Sherifat Abidemi Aregbesola has warned perpetrators of the risk of going to jail.

Addressing a press conference in Osogbo, Alhaja Aregbesola  expressed  sadness that despite efforts being put in place to eradicate the practice, the recent rating by the National Demographic Heath Survey (NDHS) calls for drastic step to stem the ugly trend.

She vowed not to only continue to intensify campaign against the practice but ensure that whosoever is found culpable henceforth is brought to book.

Brandishing copies of the law of Osun State that prohibits the practice of FGM in the state, the First Lady said after the on-going campaign and widespread awareness in all the nooks and crannies of the state, violators would be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.

Alhaja Aregbesola further posited that FGM is also a violation of fundamental human rights as it is sometimes carried out at a very young age when there is no possibility of individual’s consent.

She noted that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), through a study, has confirmed that the practice of Female Genital Mutilation in the endemic states in Nigeria was only anchored on various traditional beliefs and the social pressure to conform to culture.

According to her, “documented studies have shown that the health implications of FGM range from dangerous infections arising from unsanitary conditions in which the practice is carried out to death through severe bleeding as well as pain and trauma as mutilated infants, girls and women face irreversible lifelong health risks among other consequences.”

Aregbesola noted that the reason adduced by those engaged in removal of the external female genitalia was not tenable and that they were just inflicting unwarranted lifelong trauma on the circumcised females and denying them sexual pleasure simply for cultural beliefs and tradition.

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Protesters Block Aregbesola’s Convoy

Members of the Campaign for the Defence of Human Rights who staged a public protest against corruption in Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Wednesday, stopped the convoy of Governor Rauf Aregbesola on his way to the office.

Members of the CDHR, who were marching against corruption in the public sector, had blocked one of the lanes of the Gbongan-Ibadan Expressway while they were being watched by security officials.

The governor’s convoy met members of the CDHR in front of the Federal High Court but the group, armed with anti-corruption banners and leaflets, initially did not give way to the convoy until the policemen in the pilot vehicles came down and dispersed the protesters.

The protesters said the amount of money looted from the public treasury was enough to provide first- class infrastructure all over the country. They lamented the hardship and endemic corruption which Nigeria had been plunged into.

The Chairman of the CDHR in Osun State, Mr. Akin Asifat, said corruption was responsible for the current economic crisis the nation was facing.

The governor later received members of the CDHR, who dropped their letter with him at the Governor’s Office.

Aregbesola commended   them for their efforts against human rights abuses, saying many Nigerians had benefited from their efforts.

He said, “As we are condemning corruption, so  must we speak against low productivity, corruption is a scourge that must be stopped and low productivity is a curse that must be rejected.”

The governor urged them to continue to support the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

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Billionaire Oil Baron, Folorunso Alakija, Appointed As Chancellor Of Osun State University

The Governor of the State of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, has appointed the third richest woman of African descent in the world, Folorunso Alakija, as Chancellor of the Osun State University, Osogbo.




The governor, in a statement by his spokesperson, Semiu Okanlawon, said p?ursuant to the provisions of clause 5(8) of the first schedule to the Osun State University (Establishment) Law, 2006, Mr. Aregbesola is privileged to appointment Mrs. Alakija? as the Chancellor of the University. ?



The appointment, which according to the statement, takes immediate effect will be for a period of five years.?



The statement noted that statute 3(1) (a) and statute 5 of the Osun State University Law (2006) provides that the University shall have a Chancellor, who shall, in relation to the University take precedence before all other members of the University and when he or she is present shall preside at all meetings of Convocation held for conferring degrees, diplomas, certificates and other awards.?




Mr. Aregbesola, while congratulating the new Chancellor, said Mrs. Alakija’s antecedent and sterling qualities as a God-fearing woman, a person of honour, integrity and successful business woman would no doubt impact positively on the running of Osun State University.


The governor pointed out that the government of Osun would look forward to a great working relationship with the new Chancellor as she leads Osun State University, Osogbo, to a new height of excellence.?



“?I wish to inform you, that the investiture is expected to hold during the 4th Convocation ceremony of the institution, proposed to come up on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th February, 2016.?



“?While congratulating you once again, please accept the assurance of best regards of the people and Government of Osun”.




In her acceptance letter addressed to the governor, Mrs Alakija said, “It is with pleasure that I receive and accept the appointment as the chancellor of the University of Osun State. I pray for God’s grace and strength to execute my duties as Chancellor of the University during my five-year tenure.”

Why I Visited Aregbesola– Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has said that he visited Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, on Tuesday, as part of his efforts to foster unity among Yoruba leaders.

The governor, who said that he was not in Osun for any political reason, pointed out that he was not ready to abandon the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).


Governor Fayose stated that against all speculations from some quarters that he was coming to Osogbo to ask Aregbesola help him beg President Muhammadu Buhari, he was in Osun for the unity of Yoruba race.

He said that the Yoruba race was greater than any political office hence his belief in the development of the race.

The governor averred that the visit of the Ooni of Ife to the 45th coronation of the Alaafin of Oyo was instructive, hence the need for every Yoruba sons and daughters to see to the unity and progress of the race.

He said, “This is my first official visit to any APC state in Nigeria. I am not in Osogbo to ask Aregbesola to help me beg as being speculated in some quarters. We are all Yoruba, politics is like water, it can flow anywhere.

“I was moved by the historic visit of the Ooni of Ife to the Alaafin of Oyo and I am of the opinion that the Yoruba leaders must unite.

“The Yoruba nation must not be rubbished. Our leaders must not be rubbished irrespective of the political they belong to.

“I believe in the Yoruba race, the race comes first before the office of the governor. The race is eternal while that of governor is
momentary. We must watch today to be guided by tomorrow. I am here for the unity of Yoruba as it affect the Oodua, the progenitor” Fayose

While reiterating his ressolve to remain in the PDP, the governor said, “I remain in PDP to play the opposition role.

“In all of this, there must be fairness. There must be equity and the rule of law must be followed. We should remember that power as it was
transient for the PDP, it can also be transient for the party in power now.

“For me, I don’t want to contest which party is dead now or which one is alive. Whether or not PDP is dead, time will tell.

“Opposition is the major ingredient of democracy and without opposition in a democracy, there will be dictatorship. Those promoting dictatorship in a democracy will end up in the stomach of the dictator.”

Responding, Governor Aregbesola described the visit of Governor Fayose to Osun as demonstration of maturity, saying it takes a very matured human being to know that at the end of every public office, he will be left with humanity.

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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.

Aregbesola’s N50m For Fireworks, Christmas Decor A Waste Of Scarce Resources– PDP

Osun state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday described Governor Rauf Aregbesola alleged approval to spend N50 million on fireworks and Christmas decorations in some major towns of the state as “wasteful spending and mis placement of priority”

Since coming on board in 2010, the administration of Governor Aregbesola during festive seasons usually adorn strategic places in Osogbo the state capital and some major towns with lightings decorations and fireworks.

But the PDP in a statement issued in Osogbo by its director of media and publicity, Prince Diran Odeyemi, claimed spending as much as N50 million on fireworks and lightings when workers in the state are being paid half salary with 5 months salary outstanding, “is absurd, a waste of scarce resources that suggests some people are hiding behind the project to steal public funds”.

The statement further reads: “why would a sensitive governor at this critical period be planning to expend such a huge amount, that is only N5million short of the net Osun allocation after deductions of all debts for month of October, on fireworks, what are celebrating in Osun”

“In the past, Mr. Aregbesola had used this particular means to waste public funds and no one dare question him. But at this point that federal allocation of four years time had already been spent by Mr. Governor since last year August, then we are taking it upon ourselves to expose the shady deal.”

It then advised that, “if truly no one would benefit from the contract sum, the government should immediately suspend the plan because what people in Osun need at the moment is not Christmas decorations but their salary to buy food.”

“Obviously, Government House is not lacking food and other basic necessities. However, Mr. Governor should know majority of homes in Osun could no longer afford three square meal, no thanks to capital flight, irregular payment of salaries, non payment for services rendered for government and poor patronage of local contractors by the present administration. In the light of these, Mr. Aregbesola should give pay workers salary and not fireworks through which some people will milk the state,” the statement concluded.

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“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.

Aregbesola Intends To Reduce Workers’ Salary, PDP Alleges

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Osun State yesterday al­leged that the Governor Rauf Aregbesola intends to reduce salaries of workers.

The party in a state­ment issued in Osogbo by its spokesperson, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said memo notifying civil servants of a new pay regime that will see them forfeiting all al­lowances their colleagues in other states are enjoying, have already been circu­lated.

Odeyemi said in less than three years, the ad­ministration of Aregbesola has tinkered with the set-up of agencies overseeing pri­mary and secondary educa­tion in the state.

But the government, in a statement issued by Semiu Okanlawon, the director bureau of communications and strategy, dismissed the opposition party’s allega­tion.

The PDP said memo in­forming workers of the for­feiture of their allowances was signed by Permanent Secretary in the office of the Head of Service, Mr Sunday Olajide, stating that the allowances include 27.5 per cent peculiar allowance for teachers, 25 per cent-35 per cent for other catego­ries of workers.

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Aregbesola Promises To Pay Outstanding Wages Before September End

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, on Tuesday assured civil servants that they will be paid their outstanding salary arrears before the end of the month.

?Aregbesola made the disclosure while speaking at the National flag off ceremony for the distribution of FGN/UBEC plastic chairs and tables to all the states in the country, in Osogbo, the Osun state capital.

He explained that his administration is committed to the welfare of its workers, and reassured that the eight months salaries owed them will be settled before the end of September.

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Police Arrest Governor Aregbesola’s Aide Over Girlfriend’s Death

A Special Adviser to Osun State Governor, Mr Bode Olugbore, has been arrested by the police over the death of his girlfriend, Miss Kemi Arobieke.

A Punch correspondent gathered that Kemi, a graduate of the Lagos State University, visited Bode in Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Thursday, August 6, all the way from Lagos and promised to return on Saturday.

The deceased’s elder brother, Ayo, who confirmed the death of his sister to our correspondent on the telephone on Tuesday, said Kemi had known Olugbore for about four years, but the family did not know about their relationship.

The brother of the deceased said he, Kemi and Bode were members of the same church in Lagos adding that her sister said the suspect had been separated from his wife.

He said, “My sister travelled to Osogbo and she was supposed to return to Lagos on Saturday, but we got a call from the police that she was involved in an accident and it was very serious.

“We got to Osogbo but the police prevented us from seeing her only to be told that she was electrocuted. She was said to have been electrocuted by a Binatone fan, but it is unbelievable.

“The current in a fan is not enough to kill, except one has direct contact with a live wire. The mark on her body suggests something contrary.”

He said he saw Bode at the State Criminal Investigation Department on two occasions he went to the place.

The deceased’s brother said the police had done the autopsy, but the family was still waiting for the police to give them the result.

He said, ” We were told that Bode’s family will have to be present before they would give us the result.”

The governor’s media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, when contacted declined to comment on the matter.

He said, ” It’s a police matter. You can get accurate information about whatever happened from the police.”

Also, efforts to speak to the Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Folasade Odoro, proved abortive on the matter as calls put across to her telephone were picked but she refused to talk.

After many calls to her other telephone, a male voice answered the call and told our correspondent that the PPRO was not in the office but left her phone for charging. He promised that the PPRO would call back when she returned, but she did not.

Also, a text message sent to inquire about the case was not replied to as of the time of filing this report.

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

EFCC Invites Judge Who Accused Aregbesola Of Fraud To Shed More Light On Accusation

There were indications in Osogbo on Sunday that Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, who recently accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of graft, had been invited to the Abuja headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

A source close to the judge told journalists in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Sunday that the judge was contacted by an official of the EFCC, who asked her to come to the Abuja office of the commission to assist them in the investigation into the allegations.

Oloyede, a serving judge in the Osun State judiciary had recently petitioned the state House of Assembly, asking that impeachment proceedings be commenced against Aregbesola, who she also accused of being corrupt.

The source said the judge had expressed her readiness to assist the anti-graft agency if they come to Osogbo to investigate the petition but that she could not afford to travel to Abuja at the moment.

The judge had in her petition written on June 19 to the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Mr. Najeem Salam, accused Aregbesola of financial recklessness.

She had also sent a copy of the petition to the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, among others.

The governor had told the House of Assembly during the inauguration of the lawmakers in June that his administration had received N20bn from federal allocations and internally generated revenue since inception till the end of 2014.

But the judge said the state got N538bn and alleged that the governor falsified the figure in order to hide the balance of the receipts.

Her petition read in part, “Mr. Governor is deemed to have received on behalf of the state and local governments, revenues well in excess of N538bn within the period under reference, therefore, the figures being currently touted by Mr. Governor are cooked, manipulated, fallacious and fraudulent. They are undeniable evidence of corruption!

“But in spite of all those huge earnings, and for no justifiable reasons, at least not justifiable before rationally thinking minds, coupled with the accumulation of foreign and local debts, Mr. Governor could still not provide the much touted infrastructures and to make matters worse, he couldn’t even discharge the simplest and least complicated of functions in governance, which is to maintain the civil service, pay pensions, run public schools and hospitals, and the maintenance of existing ‘Trunk B’ Roads.”

The state House of assembly had set up a panel to investigate the judge’s petition but she had disagreed with the panel.

The judge, who did not show up in person before the panel, had sent her counsel, Mr. Lanre Ogunlesi (SAN) to represent her and she complained that the panel ought to make a copy of Aregbesola’s reply to her petition available to her for further action.

But the panel headed by Mr. Adegboye Akintunde, who is also the deputy speaker of the House, disagreed with the judge’s request, saying the panel was not obligated to make the response of the defendant available to the petitioner.

The two week given the panel to investigate the petition had expired last Friday.

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Gov. Aregbesola Explains Why He Can’t Pay State Workers’ Salaries

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has once again blamed the failure of his administration to pay workers salaries as at when on the drop in allocations to the state from the Federation Account.

Aregbesola said this Friday night during a chat with newsmen on the sidelines of an award to him for service to humanity by Voice of African Women for Human Dignity, an NGO.

The award was presented to Aregbesola at Asokoro, Abuja.

The governor said that he was pained by his government’s inability to pay salaries regularly.

“I have found it hard to pay the wage bills owing to the declining federal allocation to the state.

“Federal allocation to the state has reduced by 40 per cent since 2013, thereby making it difficult for my government to meet its responsibilities,” he said.

Aregbesola said the situation became so bad at a point that he resorted to the state’s reserves, which he said also ran out on the payment of salaries.

He said administration had already to accumulate debt of N12 billion in its bid to ensure that salaries were paid regularly, adding that his government was committed to the people’s welfare.

Aregbesola commended the group for the award and promised that he would inspire him to do more for the public.

“I got into politics so that I can render quality services to the suffering people of my state because majority of the people are hungry and angry,’’ he said.

At the presentation of the award by Hajia Amina Idris, the president of group, said the award was to appreciate the governor for his service to humanity.

“This award of excellence is in recognition of your immense contribution to humanity”, she said.

Idris said Aregbesola had been exceptionally helpful in the area of improving child education and promotion of human dignity through lofty programmes.

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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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Governors Owing Salaries Did Not Heed Okonjo-Iweala’s Advice – Monye

A former official of the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has accused Governors in Nigeria owning workers’ salaries of turning a deaf ear to the advice of the Minister of Finance and Coordinator of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Giving his opinion on Monday about the claims that the country’s treasury was empty, a former Senior Adviser to the President on Performance and Evaluation, Professor Sylvester Monye, urged Nigerians to hold Governors accountable for the non-payment of salaries to workers.

Professor Monye said that the Finance Minister had, when revenue allocation dropped,warned the governor’s to give priority to the payment of salaries, which according to him, was ignored by the Governors.

“When the Price of crude started falling down, the former Minister of Finance called a meeting of the Commissioner of Finance in states to advise that salaries should be made first line charge because revenue was coming down.

“No state Governor has no business talking about non-payment of salaries because they continued to receive money from the Federation Account,” he said.

In defence to the non-payment of salaries to some workers in about 18 out of 36 states, the governors said they had used part of their allocation on projects that should have been carried out by the Federal Government in their various States.

At a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the salary crisis, the Governors requested that the Federal Government should pay back monies spent on those projects.

However, Professor Monye insisted that the Governors had misplaced priorities, insisting that Nigerians should question why they could not pay.

“If they so choose to do contracts, as they have done, it is their decision.

“Nigerians ought to ask governors what they did with their money. It is the civic responsibility of all Nigerians.

“Did the governors have the authority of the Federal Government to work on the roads, as they claimed?

“The Federal Government never said you should not intervene but you have to discuss with the Federal Government and follow due process,” he insisted.

As part of assurance to the State governments, the Federal Government told the Governors at the meeting that it would look at the projects to know if they followed due process and make refunds.

Weeks after President Buhari took over office, he said that his administration met a virtually empty treasury that could affect the performance of his government within the first 100 days.

On the Buhari’s administration’s claims, Professor Monye said that the new administration was still using the language of opposition, which was completely different from the language of government.

He said the claim was not true.

“In government everything you say has fundamental implications.

“Parties that came together to form the APC have been very effective and they were successful of prosecuting their political campaign to the point of winning the election.

“But now that they are in government, whatever they say, the language must change to language of government.

“When you say certain fundamental things like; empty treasury, the country is broke and the economy is run aground, you are creating bigger problem for yourself because in my own position it is not true.

“It is not an issue of meeting an empty treasury. The fundamental is, are you supposed to meet anything in the treasury?” He questioned.

“Patriotic Illegality”

Explaining the circumstance that could have led to President Buhari’s statement, Professor Monye said that, as contained in the Constitution, the treasury was expected to be empty.

According to him, the Constitution of Nigeria stipulates that monies gotten from crude oil sales should be shared between the Federal and State Governments.

He, however, further explained that a former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, during his tenure, saw the need for excess amount earned from sales of crude to be saved, a situation that resulted in the establishment of an Excess Crude Account.

Professor Monye described the account as a “patriotic illegality”, as he explained further that Governors in Nigeria had gone to court to request that the money in the account should be shared, as it was unconstitutional.

“The constitution says that any money that is made in the country from all revenue sources must be put into the Federation Account and be shared between the states and the Federal Government.

“What is saved in the Excess Crude Account is the excess from what is earned and the current oil bench mark as stipulated in the budget.

“How can you be talking about an empty treasury, where there is a court case that is saying that the money in the Excess Crude Account should be shared?” Professor Monye further questioned.

He stressed the need for a fundamental reform of the Constitution to make provision for the Excess Crude Account which he said was necessary for any government or nation that wanted economic stability.

“What we need to do is to compel the government to save a certain percentage of what it receives from the Federation account,” he added.

Group Warns Osun Assembly Not To Impeach Aregbesola

A group under the aegis of Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation has warned the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam against impeaching Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

A Judge in the state had earlier called for his resignation over his inability to pay workers’ salaries.

The Speaker of the House also confirmed on Wednesday that the Assembly had received a petition from Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, calling for the impeachment of Aregbesola on the grounds of alleged financial recklessness.

In a letter dated June 24, 2015 and signed by the AGF coordinator in Osun State, Adeboye Adebayo, the group, which acknowledged that Oloyede’s views should be respected, however, urged the Assembly to disregard the petition because “Aregbesola has made meaningful achievements.”

The letter read in part, “Mr. Speaker, you know that before now, workers’ salaries, pensions and other emoluments were being paid as and when due, including car loans and 13th month salaries.

“Things began to go the other way when financial meltdown hit the country through the mismanagement of the national economy by the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government and it is worthy of note that it was Aregbesola that first raised the alarm about the impending financial crisis.

“Benue, Bayelsa, Rivers, and Delta states also owe workers. So, it is not Osun State that is battling with this alone…”

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Osun Judge Ready To Testify Against Aregbesola- Speaker

The Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Mr. Najeem Salaam, said on Thursday that Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, who wrote a petition calling for the impeachment of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, has expressed her readiness to defend her allegations against the governor.

The Speaker said this in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo through his media aide, Mr. Goke Butika.

The Speaker, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress just like the governor stated that the Assembly had written to Aregbesola demanding his response to the allegations leveled against him by the petitioner.

He said, “The onus of proof lies on the petitioner who has expressed her readiness to defend her allegations before the parliamentarians, while Gov. Aregbesola’s response would also be awaited for the sake of fair hearing…”

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Osun Assembly Queries Aregbesola Over Alleged Mismanagement

Osun State House of Assembly has asked the state governor Mr Rauf Aregbesola to forward his response on the allegations raised by Justice Oloyede Folahanmi of Osun State High Court, accusing the governor of mismanagement of the resources of the state.

The speaker admitted that a copy of the petition had been made available to him on Wednesday through his Office. In the letter attached to the petition sent to the governor, the parliament demanded comments on the content of petition without delay.


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.”

Aregbesola Will Not Sell Helicopter To Pay Workers- APC

The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Osun State, Mr. Gboyega Famodun, has reiterated that the governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola will not sell the state helicopter to pay salaries of public workers.

Public outcry has greeted the inability of Aregbesola to pay workers in the state since 2014 while the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged him to sell the helicopter in order to reduce cost and upset some of the bills.

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Osun Judge Calls For Aregbesola’s Impeachment Over Unpaid Salaries

An Osun State judge, Justice Oloyede Folahanmi has called on the state House of Assembly to investigate the alleged mismanagement of the state’s financial resources by the governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy in accordance with Sections 128 and 129 of the 1999 constitution, saying there is no moral justification for their continued stay in office.

Folahanmi, in a 30-page petition 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.’’

The petitioner further accused Aregbesola of acting in defiance of some sections of the constitution which bordered on the welfare of Osun indigenes.

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Tough Times Don’t Last, But Tough People Do, Aregbesola To Osun Workers

The governor of Osun state, Rauf Aregbesola has urged public workers in the state that are yet to be paid for more than seven months to persevere as tough times don’t last but tough people do’.

The governor was reacting to the public outcry that has greeted the inability of his administration to pay workers in the state, which has led religious bodies, Non-governmental organisations and spirited individuals to make special donations and contributions for the workers and their dependents.

“Tí Eégún bá nléni, ká máa r??ju, nítorípé b’ó ti nr? ará ayé, b???? ló nr? ará ??run. Omolúàbí Osun o, akú ìr??jú o. O ku dí?? báàyí.
Tough times don’t last, BUT a tough people do! Omolúàbí Osun will outlast & overcome soonest and we shall all laugh last,” the governor posted on his social media platform.


“It is a sad development. I am struggling to reduce the pain as much as possible and I am almost at the end of the efforts I am making to ensure that by the end of this month, I will have enough to atleast meet to a large extent the salary needs of the workers
No head of the family will be happy that he cannot feed members of the family. Extend that to state, it is heart-rending that I am in this quagmire,” Aregbesola added.


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.

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.

I Will Not Respond To Your Attack During Ramadan, Ben Bruce To Aregbesola

Senator Ben Murray Bruce, has said that in the spirit of the month of Ramadan observed by Muslim faithfuls, he will not respond to critics over his decision to donate half of his wardrobe allowance to the unpaid workers in Osun state.

“I’ll take whatever attacks come my way but nothing & nobody can dissuade me from doing what my conscience directs in helping my fellow man. 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. I wish the Muslim Ummah a successful fast. Please pray for God’s intervention in Nigeria so that peace may return. Ramadan Kareem, ” he posted on twitter.

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Omisore Accuses Aregbesola Of Taking N480b Loan

The governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in Osun State has alleged that the governor of Osun State collected a loan worth N480 billion from various sources since he assumed office in 2010.

Omisore, who is a former deputy governor, accused the governor of financial recklessness and mismaging the state’s resources and allocation. He said the governor is unable to pay the salaries of the state workers for the past seven months because of his financial recklessness and wasteful spending of state resources.

He said the governor also wasted the state’s resources on political campaigns during the last governorship poll and the just concluded general election without minding the consequences of his actions.

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PDP Urges Aregbesola To Resign

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State to resign. The party noted that Aregbesola has no moral right to continue as governor since he has been unable to pay workers’ salaries in the past seven months.

The PDP, which spoke through its Publicity Secretary in Ekiti State, Jackson Adebayo, noted that Aregbesola lacks the capacity to lead the state and should not, therefore, hold the people of the state to ransom.

He stated that Aregbesola’s admittance that the situation in the state is beyond his control is an admittance of failure.

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Before The End Of June, Workers Would Get Their Salaries- Aregbesola

Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, said his government is set to pay workers outstanding salaries before the end of June. Aregbesola made the declaration in a statement issued in Osogbo on Sunday through his media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon.

Most workers are being owed seven months’ salaries. But the statement was silent on whether the governor would pay the backlog or he would pay part of the salaries.

The governor stated that he had a great dream for the state and that was why he was in a hurry to begin many programmes which had earned him applause even outside the country.

He futhered, “The dream has not gone awry and it is a clear vision that Osun must be on its feet, self-reliant and be a reference point in Nigeria. The race to ensure development within the first term of Aregbesola was informed by the fear of what is happening now.

“Aregbesola wanted an Osun State that is self-reliant. That Osun State, almost two decades after its creation, could not boast of tax-paying companies speak volume about the magnitude of the works that awaited the Aregbesola administration.

“But he did not shy away from this task of industrialisation. Within his first term, his government had caused investors to bring up companies, such as the Omoluabi Garment Factory, Osogbo and Adulawo/RLG Technology Company in Ilesa.

“Just last month, a leading telephone line company, Airtel, came to establish partnership with the Adulawo/RLG Company. These are aside the various agro-allied companies which have benefited from the growth schemes of the Aregbesola administration throughout the state.

“The government has also commenced aggressive drive for the development of the solid mineral sector with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with an Australian mining firm, Andalusia Mining Industry.

“It was in the same vein that the idea of an airport for aircraft maintenance was conceived.

“Only a lazy administration would accept the tag of Osun State as a ‘civil servant’ state as excuse for not developing initiatives for industrialisation.

“To accept that our state must continue to survive on the meagre inflow through what goes to the civil servants alone is to accept that we would continue to depend on external forces for our survival.” He ended


Workers Salary: APC Should Stop Being Shameless – Ekiti Govt

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Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, who reacted to the APC’s claim in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, said over 1,000 fake workers have already been discovered on the payroll that ought not to be receiving salary. He said; “over 250 workers that are already dead have been receiving salary through the e-payment system introduced and contracted to a Lagos based company by the immediate past APC government.”

The governor’s aide, who urged the APC to first remove the timber in its eyes before aspiring to remove the toothpicks in other people’s eyes, said the party should prevail on its governors in neighbouring States to pay workers that are owed as much as right months salary. He said; “We commenced workers verification exercise last month and we have kept faith with our covenant with the workers by paying the April salary of those already cleared.

“As at today, we have discovered more than 1,000 people that were receiving salary fraudulently, out of which over 250 are dead. “The over 1,000 fake workers have now been deleted from the payroll and the exercise is still ongoing.”

On the claim by the APC that the State government received N22 billion from the federal government as refund for construction of federal roads in the State, Olayinka said; “Only a demented mind would believe that a refund of N22 billion was made by the federal government on N11 billion road project. “For instance, Ado-Iworoko-Ifaki Road on which they claimed federal government refunded N22 billion was awarded by the Engr Segun Oni government for N7.4 billion.

In 2013, the APC government of Dr Kayode Fayemi increased it to N11 billion, claiming the increment was to ensure quick completion of the project.

“So, How could federal government have refunded N22 billion on a N11 billion road project?

“These people just love to tell lies, hoping that they can again lie their way into the hearts of Ekiti people, but the people already know them and their stock in trade.”

CAN Begs Osun State Churches To Donate Food, Money To Workers Due To Unpaid Salaries

The Christian Association of Nigeria has appealed to church leaders in Osun State to rally food aid and money to assist Osun State civil servants who are going through hardship because of the delay in the payment of their salaries for the past seven months.

The Chairman of CAN in Osun State, Rev. Elisha Ogundiya, said this in an interview with journalists in Osogbo on Tuesday, after the meeting of the executives of CAN in the state.

Ogundiya said that churches should go beyond feeding their congregations with spiritual food, especially at this time but should also rally round to offer them succour.

He said, “I talk about Christians and Muslims and others who are passing through hardship in Osun State because of the non-payment of their salaries for months.

“Workers are passing through hardship and some who have retired have died because of lack of money to take care of themselves. We Christians have to emulate the action of the Good Samaritan in the Bible, who assisted somebody he should not assist ordinarily.   So, we should assist our brothers and sisters.

“I urge church leaders and local government chairmen in attendance to go back home, contribute food and other items to assist all these people who are in need.

“To the government, we are appealing to the government to look for whatever means to make life beautiful for these people. We know that the problem is not peculiar to Osun State alone, but this is lingering too much. The state government should do something urgently to put smile on the faces of the workers.”

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I Have Performed Well, Aregbesola Boasts

Governor Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has affirmed that his administration has performed excellently well.

Meanwhile check by this newspaper shows that his government is yet to pay civil servants in the state for the past seven months. The governor in a statement issued in Osogbo on Tuesday by his media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, scored himself high.

He was quoted as eulogizing himself during a courtesy visit to him by the Osun Action Strategy and Development Group.

According to him, “Despite the financial shortage, even the most virulent critics of this government cannot deny that the administration has performed creditably well.

“This 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.

“No state has done what Osun did in the area of security, which today has totally checked crimes and other anti-social activities in the state. Huge amount of money was committed to purchasing armoured personnel carrier and ambulances which are strategically located in the state and responding to distress calls round the clock.

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Sell Helicopter To Pay Workers’ Salaries, PDP Tells Aregbesola

The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has urged the State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, to sell the state-owned helicopter to raise funds to pay workers’ salaries.

The party also blamed the governor for the financial crisis facing the state; accusing him of reckless spending such as the funding of the impeachment plot of Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State.

But the Governor described the allegation as “infantile,” saying it would not amend the PDP’s battered image before the eyes of the Osun people.

He also said he would not sell the helicopter because it was meant to provide and complement security operations in the state.

Workers in Osun State are on strike over unpaid seven months salaries.

A statement by the PDP’s Director of Media and Strategy, Diran Odeyemi, in Osun, said one of the ways out of the financial crisis facing the state, was for the government to “sell the helicopter Governor Aregbesola said it procured for the state and stop frivolous trips to Cuba.”

While describing it as one of the drain pipes of the state funds, the opposition party said the administration had told the people that the helicopter was to be used for surveillance, but had since been serving the travel needs of Mr. Aregbesola and his family.

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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

Real Reason Osun State Cannot Pay Workers Salaries

Impeccable sources within the Osun State Ministry of Finance have revealed to The Paradigm, real reason the state cannot pay workers salaries for the past six months.

Except sometime drastic actions are taken, the situation will continue for the next one year and more, The Paradigm can authoritatively confirm.

Government document shows the state received a net allocation of N111.3 billion between 2010 and 2014. However, the state wage bill far outweighs its income.

The state emoluments i.e. wages, salaries et al gulped N113.62 billion between the same period.

Osun state, a largely agrarian society, has a population of 4 million people according to the 2006 population census. However, only 1% of the population gulps 102% of the state’s allocation through its 40,000 strong civil service.

Except there is an increase from the federal government allocation, reduction of staff salary, or a drastic reduction of the state civil service, the government might not be able to pay salaries for a long time.

Recall that international prices of oil fell below $50, its lowest in the last seven 7 years, a situation which affected the Nigeria’s crude oil earnings and subsequently reduced the income accruing federating states.

It its not yet clear how the government will fund the N-2.32 billion (deficit) of the wage bill, but source reveal the government will have to borrow to pay back its lenders.

The source told The Paradigm that “though the state has recording progress in augmenting it’s income base with a robust Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) drive, the returns from this is insufficient for funding the state civil service.”

The Paradigm learnt that the emoluments increase has been driven by arbitrary demand for Salary increase by unions without due consideration for commensurate increase in revenue.

For now, there seems to be no information on which direction the government will take to end this stalemate.

Source:  The Paradigm

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.


My Son Not Arrested For Money Laundering- Aregbesola

The governor of the state of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, has debunked speculations that one of his sons was arrested for money laundering.

Mr. Aregbesola said through a statement by his spokesperson, Semiu Okanlawon, that “misguided elements” were behind tales that his son was arrested by security agents.

The statement reads, “It has become pertinent to inform Nigerians and others generally that there is no iota of truth in the story being peddled around by some misguided elements claiming that a son of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, Kabir Aregbesola was arrested at the Muritala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos today Tuesday May 12, 2015 with a huge sum of money in foreign currencies.

“We have discovered the the authors of the wicked and malicious lie are doggedly pursuing their agenda by engaging in an aggressive push for the falsehood to reach a larger population especially using the social media.

“The younger Aregbesola neither traveled anywhere nor had any encounter with any security personnel today. It is obvious the evil minds at work are out to drag an innocent young man’s name into this dirt in order to get at his father.

“Obviously, part of the game plans of those behind this orchestrated lie is to whip up sentiments especially among the workers in Osun whose salaries are being delayed as part of the fallout of the national revenue crisis and demonise the governor.

“Aregbesola has maintained a life of a moderate family man with a set of highly disciplined children who cannot be found wanting on issues of morals and societal values

“Members of the public are therefore urged to dismiss the falsehood because it is just another handiwork of mischievous minds.”


Turn In Your Illegal Weapons- Aregbesola Warns Osun People

Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has warned the people of the state to submit all illegal weapons in their possession.

Aregbesola handed down the warning while receiving the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by his government to look into the crises between Ipetumodu and Ashipa communities in Ife-North Local Government Area of the state at the Government House in Osogbo.

The governor also ordered that those in possession of such should voluntarily surrender them to the relevant authorities. Sounding tough, Aregbesola said such people should prepare themselves to hand over the weapons by May 29 after which he said they would enjoy one week of grace to do so.

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APC Accuses PDP Of Plots To Impeach Aregbesola

Osun State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party is plotting to rig during Saturday’s House of Assembly election.

APC’s Director of Publicity, Kunle Oyatomi, said in a statement on Friday that the PDP was “violently mobilizing to snatch victory in 16 of the 26 House of Assembly seats, in a desperate bid to put the PDP in the comfortable position to eventually impeach the governor.”

Meanwhile, the 26 lawmakers in the Osun State House of Assembly are all members of the APC. The APC has, however, vowed it would resist plans by the PDP to rig in the election.

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BREAKING: Tribunal Declares Aregbesola Winner of Osun Guber Election

The Osun State Election Tribunal headed by Justice Elizabeth Ipejime, Friday in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, declared Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the winner of the August 9, 2014 governorship election in the state.

Governor Aregbesola had defeated his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP rival, Senator Iyiola Omisore in the keenly contested election scoring 392, 284 votes to the 292, 742 ballots that Omisore got.

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Opon Imo: Beyond the Rhetorics By Tona Adewale

IN the last few days the media has been agog with the news of the launch of Opon Imo, tablet of Knowledge by Osun state Governor, OgbeniRaufAregbesola.

What is rather disheartening about the various write-ups on this Opon Imo project is that most commentators have decided to swallow the project hook, line and sinker without trying to ex-ray some of the salient questions begging for answer. I am for ICT revolution and i don’t have anything against the project whatsoever. But the point I am making is that some of the issues surrounding the tablet are shrouded in secrecy, that one begins to wonder if there is any hidden agenda or may be the governor is not telling the whole truth concerning Opon Imo.

One of the reasons why our democracy has remained at infant stage is simply because we are not critical enough at times to see through the veil or maybe it is a “collective amnesia”, just to borrow the word of the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka. Instead of putting public officers on the spot whenever the need arises so that we can get the best from them, most of us have turned to emergency praise singers whenever a project debuts without looking at the merits and demerits of the said project. We have shied away from proper auditing of every project our elected officers churn out to us. We have failed to look at the sustainability; instead, because of the spur of the moment, we are always quick to join the bandwagon. And this is more reason why most of these projects are either abandoned midway, moribund or turn out to be a total waste of taxpayer’s money.

The point I am making here is that issues such as sustainability, the actual cost of the project and those behind the project and their technical knowhow have not been subjected to proper scrutiny for us to be sure if the project is worth celebrating after all. Again, several figures ranging from N8.2billion, N8.4billion and N8.6billion naira have been bandied as the cost that the introduction of Opon Imo would save for Osun State. Governor Aregbesola, during the launch, however, posited that the Opon Imo tablet would help Osun save N50.25billion naira over a period of 10 years. All these figures do not add up.

In another analysis by Salihu MohammedLukman,who claimed to be a development economist and activist writing under the caption “Governance—Knowledge Nexus: Opon Imo—Inspirational Message from Osun State” published in Thisday of Wednesday, June 12, 2013, also brought another dimension into the discourse.He said:  “The question at this point is:  What is the cost of the 150,000 Opon Imo? Governor RaufAregbesola, who conceived the idea, while window shopping in an electronic store, announced during the launch that the total cost of the e-textbooks is slightly above N200million. One of the things that the Opon Imo project necessitated is the installation of solar panels in schools to power the devices.”

Lukmanalso contended that the total estimate for buying textbooks to schools according to the Ministry of Education is N8.6billion, arguing that the total number of textbooks may not be up to 63, covering 17 subjects contained in Opon Imo. “For the purpose of analysis, let us take the estimate of N8.6billion as sufficient. At the same time, let us also ignore the arithmetic multiplication of N63,000x 150,000=N9.45billion, based on the average rate of N1000 for each textbook and therefore adopt the value of N8.6billion as the correct budgetary value required. This means that with Opon Imo, Osun is saved N8.4billion from its current budget.”

With the above analysis by Lukman, two things could be deduced here: It is either Lukman is one of the praise singers commissioned to do the image laundering for the project or a member of Governor Aregbesola’s cabinet who chose to do the image laundering using pseudo name to cover his identity because his write up which contained the breakdown of the total budget for education gave him up as an insider writing from a source which other commentators are not conversant with.

None of the dignitaries present at the launch deemed it fit to seek to know the ICT Wizkid and the company behind the Opon Imo project. Neither were they interested in some explanation by those who assembled the tablets in order to ascertain its workability, if the students will be able to cope with their new found toy. All they were interested in was a mass hysteria, “Ogbeni has done it again.

More worrisome is the fact that Governor Aregbesola despite flaunting his achievement on the project as the one that no man under the sun has ever achieved did not deem it fit to tell his audience how much the state expended on the project.

Was it an oversight on the part of the governor? Was he trying to hide some facts from the prying eyes of the public? Aregbesola, who claimed that the project has been in the pipeline since July 2011, may not want to tell the public that his son Kabiru is the contractor behind the multi-billion naira project for obvious reason. Though, I don’t think there is any law that precludes governors from awarding contract to their son if he is qualified, but whether there is due process in the whole thing is another matter.

But despite the hide and seek game between Osun State Government and the contractor, former Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Bola Tinubu, in his characteristics manner unveiled Kabiru and showered encomiums on him for being the architect of Opon Imo project.

This may have lent credence to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state who maintained that there are more to the Opon Imo project than meet the eyes.