Osun APC Congress: ‘Any Congress outside one conducted, supervised by Party Committee is political charade’ — Committee

OSUN APC STATE CONGRESS : ‘ANY CONGRESS OUTSIDE ONE CONDUCTED, SUPERVISED BY PARTY COMMITTEE IS POLITICAL CHARADE’ –COMMITTEE

… SAYS CONGRESS HELD IN ACCORDANCE TO PARTY CONSTITUTION

The members of the National Committee on Osun State Congress of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), on Sunday described as political charade and a fruitless effort any Congress purportedly held outside one they conducted and supervised.

The Committee noted that it was not aware of any parallel Congress as being speculated, noting that if such happened at all, it was just a waste of time as the committee remained the legitimate body saddled with the responsibility to conduct the State Congress.

Recall that the 7-member of the Committee on Saturday conducted the State Congress at the Osogbo City Stadium where the former Chairman of the party, Prince Gboyega Famodun, was re-elected just as other State Executives emerged.

Addressing the journalists at the State Party Secretary, Osogbo, the Chairman of the Congress Committee, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, said there was no other Congress except the one his colleagues conducted and supervised, which was done in line with the party’s constitution, electoral principles and guidelines.

Elegbeleye, who described the insinuations of parallel Congress in the State as a fallacy, said on no account can Congress hold outside the knowledge of the Committee as prescribed by the party’s principles and guidelines.

“As far as we are concerned, there was no Congress anywhere else except the one we conducted and supervised.

“We came here on Friday to address a Stakeholder’s meeting where we announced the venue of the Congress and this was done in the presence of the media.

“As you all know, we were saddled by the leadership of the party at the National Secretariat to conduct Osun APC Congress and when we arrived, we announced the venue of the Congress. So, if anybody goes to the shrine to do another thing, that may probably be a marriage ceremony, not a Congress.

“The Congress we did was the Congress that the party recognised and we cannot assume there was a Congress elsewhere”, he said.

Elegbeleye who expressed satisfaction at the entire process, said it was a good thing for the Committee that all the candidates that met the constitutional requirements and satisfied the party’s principles and guidelines won the seats and were consequently declared winners of the Congress by the Committee.

He said the Committee had done the needful as expected, having performed the task in the presence of the required electoral empire and other relevant agencies.

“The Congress was successful, hitch-free, fair and credible as envisaged and it was conducted in accordance with the Constitution, principles and guidelines of the party as enshrined in Article 20 as read out yesterday.

“We have had the Wards and Local Government Congresses before the State and we thank God that everything went smoothly without rancour as our members comported themselves and demonstrated the much-expected Omoluabi ethos.

“As we all know, the screening of the delegates was done normally and it was a 99 percent success. We have done the needful. The winners had met the constitutional requirements and they have been returned elected,” he added.

Earlier, the APC State Chairman-elect, Hon. Gboyega Famodun, lauded the Committee for being transparent, accountable and for ensuring that the entire process ended well.

Famodun who expressed profound gratitude to the loyalists of the party for re-electing him promised not to let them down.

“I thank the Committee for a job well done and for giving us a wonderful executive through the Congress conducted. I want to assure you all on behalf of my team that we will put in our best.

“I commend the Press for doing us proud and for ensuring effective coverage.

“I commend those that contributed to the success of the Congress, particularly the Governor who has been so supportive. I extend tremendous appreciation to Chief Adebisi Akande who has been superintending the whole thing.

“I am happy, glad and overwhelmed for what we did yesterday. By the grace of God, we will not disappoint you all,” he added.

Akinleye Salutes B.T Salam at 61, describes him as consistent politician

AKINLEYE SALUTES B.T SALAM AT 61, DESCRIBES HIM AS CONSISTENT POLITICIAN

By Sunday Oguntuyi Osogbo

A chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Osun state, Alhaji Kazeem Akinleye has described Dr. Bashir Tokubo Salam as a consistent politician who work assiduously to the success of any course he believes in, just as he congratulate him on his 61st birthday anniversary.

Akinleye in a congratulatory message issued and personally signed, copies of which were made available to newsmen in Osogbo on Sunday saluted the doggedness of the astute politician in the area of community development.

The erstwhile Chairman of Ede North local government described BT Salam who is also formal chairman of Ede South as grassroot mobiliser who has impacted positively on the people of his area and state at large.

” On this occasion of your birthday today, I sincerely appreciate God on your behalf for the spirit of selfless service bestowed unto you, I fervently prayed that, God, the giver of wisdom will shower you more and spare your life to witness many birthday on the land of living, congratulations “, Alhaji Akinleye said.

Osun APC State Congress: Delegates unanimously return Famodun, other new officers emerge

OSUN APC CONGRESS : DELEGATES UNANIMOUSLY RETURN FAMODUN, OTHER NEW OFFICERS EMERGE

… AS OYETOLA CHARGES new EXECUTIVES ON RECONCILIATORY PROCESS

Delegates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State on Saturday returned Prince Gboyega Famodun as the Chairman of the Party in the State for another term of four years.

Mr. Tajudeen Lawal, emerged as the Party’s Deputy Chairman, while Alhaja Kudirat Fakokunde returned as the leader of the Women Wing.

Also 35-year old Akinwemimo Adegoke emerged as the Youth Leader of the party just as Mr. Alao Kamar Olabisi emerged as the secretary.

This is as Governor Adegboyega Oyetola charged the Party executives in the State to ensure a reconciliatory process that will guarantee the unity and strength that the Party is known for.

Announcing the results of the Congress, the Chairman of the National Committee on the Osun State Congress, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, said the Congress was done in line with the principles and guidelines of the Party.

He appealed to sympathisers who were not allowed into the venue of the Congress to demonstrate understanding, explaining that only delegates were allowed in the venue because the event was a Congress and not a rally.

Elegbeleye, who read out Article 20 of the Party’s Constitution to the delegates, also announced that voice vote was adopted because of the population of the accredited delegates, which totalled 1,840.

“I wish to start by referring our delegates and party leaders to Article 20 (Elections and Appointment) of the APC Constitution. I want to read it out: ‘All party posts prescribed or implied by this Constitution shall be filled by democratically conducted elections at the respective National Convention or Congress, subject, where possible, to Concensus, provided that where a candidate has emerged by concensus for an elective position, a vote of ‘yes’ or ‘no’ by ballot or voice shall be called, to ensure that it was not an imposition which could breed discontent or crisis”, Elegbeleye read.

Oyetola, while addressing Party Delegates after the Congress, reiterated his commitment to a vibrant and rock-solid All Progressives Congress in Osun, calling on all stakeholders to follow suit.

He congratulated the new executives, charging them to rise to the occasion by promptly mending broken walls and building collapsed bridges for the greater good of the Party and, by extension, the State.

“I congratulate the newly- elected executives of our Party. I urge you to discharge your responsibility with the fear of God and ensure you carry everyone along in the running of the affairs of the party. Let us have a vibrant party that can compete anywhere in the country.

“I thank the team from Abuja for accepting to serve the Party by coming down to Osun to conduct, monitor and supervise the State Congress.

“I thank party leaders and stakeholders for their support and understanding so far and for contributing to the hitch-free exercise.

“I thank members for your understanding and cooperation with the Government. I appeal to you to extend same to the newly-elected party officials. I appeal to those who lost out not to lose hope. I assure you all of a better tomorrow.

“The All Progressives Congress emerged on the strength of unity and progressive ideals. We are still committed to these ideals regardless of some of narratives making the rounds out there.

“I urge the newly-elected executives to ensure reconciliatory process. We cannot rule out the fact that some members are aggrieved for one or more reasons, but this is nothing out of proportion. We remain one united family, and we remain focused on delivering unprecedented progress and development to Osun”, Oyetola said.

In his acceptance remark, the State Party Chairman-elect, Prince Gboyega Famodun, lauded the Congress as impressive, well-organised and peaceful.

He called on Party members and stakeholders to channel the same energy and unity towards the primaries in February 2022 and the governorship election scheduled for July 2022.

“We trust God that this Party will remain strong and indivisible. We appeal to our family members who are aggrieved and out there to return home. The Governor has extended the olive branch.

“It is on this basis that I also extend an olive branch to the members of our political family who are disenchanted to bury the hatchet in order to collectively work for the re-election of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola during next year’s governorship election. Let’s join hands together and perform our usual political feat of ensuring the continuity of the ruling government. Time is not on our side. Let’s work for the perpetuation of our government in Osun State through all- known legitimate means”, Famodun said.

Osun APC State Congress : Committee members hold stakeholders’ meeting, harp on good conduct, Omoluabi ethos

OSUN APC STATE CONGRESS: COMMITTEE MEMBERS HOLD STAKEHOLDERS’ MEETING, HARP ON GOOD CONDUCT, OMOLUABI ETHOS

… PLEDGE FREE, FAIR, CREDIBLE EXERCISE

… AS OYETOLA URGES DELEGATES TO ESCHEW VIOLENCE, ELECTORAL MISCONDUCTS

The members of the Committee of the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Party, APC, for Osun State Congress, on Friday harped on good conduct and Omoluabi ethos during the party’s State congress which is scheduled for tomorrow.

The exercise will hold nationwide.

The Committee members pledged free, fair, credible and acceptable polls, noting that all the participants would be given equal opportunity to exercise their constitutional rights of electing new officers of the party at the State level.

This is even as the Governor urged the party loyalists and members, particularly the delegates, to eschew violence and all forms of irregularities and misconduct capable of marring the exercise.

Speaking during the stakeholders’ meeting and press briefing precedent to tomorrow’s exercise, the Chairman of the National Congress Committee to Osun, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, said the Committee would do all within the prescription of the law to ensure peaceful conduct.

He said the Committee had been armed with necessary materials to ensure a transparent and open exercise that would be accepted by all.

Elegbeleye, who applauded the people of the State, particularly the members of the party for their resilience, peaceful conduct and Omoluabi ethos, expressed the hope that the election would be held without any form of rancour.

“Tomorrow is the State Congress. We are happy to be here again, having conducted the last wards and local government congresses which were held in a total atmosphere of peace.

“We want all the aspirants to come in time so that we can begin the process in earnest and without further delay. We are determined to ensure a free, fair, credible and acceptable exercise.

“Osun people have demonstrated this before and I am very confident that this will be replicated in tomorrow’s Congress.

“Though the process is going to be a consensus, it is voting congress, we are in no doubt that the entire process will be peaceful.

“We have seen the Omoluabi ethos in the conduct of our people, particularly the Governor himself. We believe that those that will be elected tomorrow will be good enough to pilot the affairs of the party,” he added.

Earlier, the Governor of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, sued for peace before, during and after the Congress exercise.

He appealed to all the members of the party, particularly those that would be participating in the Congress to cultivate the Omoluabi ethos which the State is known for.

Governor Oyetola who reassured the people of the State of adequate security, noted that no stone would be left unturned to ensure peace and harmony throughout the entire process.

He commended members of the Committee for being diligent and faithful as demonstrated in the outcomes of the last wards and local government congresses held in the State, just as he expressed hope in their capacity and ability to replicate such gesture in tomorrow’s Congress.

The Governor used the occasion to appeal to those that would be participating in the State Congress to comply with Covid-19 protocols and guidelines.

“I welcome the members of the Committee from the National Secretariat, Abuja, led by Hon. Elegbeleye, for their commitment and diligence in the last congresses.

“I thank the party leaders and stakeholders for their support and understanding. As we prepare to hold the State Congress of our great party tomorrow, I urge all delegates to come out en masse to elect new State Officers for the party.

“It is important we conduct ourselves peacefully and ensure we have a hitch-free exercise that we can all be proud of as a party. It is a family affair and should therefore not be seen as a do-or-die exercise. I have no doubt in my mind that tomorrow will be very peaceful. There shouldn’t be any acrimony. It is a way of demonstrating our capacity of electing those that will represent us to pilot the affairs of the party.

“The exercise shouldn’t create any problem at all. I wish the outgoing excos success in their future endeavours and I believe by the Grace of God, a new executive will emerge tomorrow. For those of you that will win tomorrow, I congratulate you, and for those that will not make it tomorrow, please don’t lose hope,” Oyetola said.

Speaking in turns, the Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye; a former Osun Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titilayo-Laoye Ponle; and a former Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Olubunmi Etteh, urged the participants, particularly the delegates to do away with anything capable of undermining the electoral process and the party’s principles.

Economy: Osun govt begins disbursement of N636m CBN-supported MSMEs soft loans to residents

ECONOMY: OSUN GOVT BEGINS DISBURSEMENT OF N636M CBN-SUPPORTED MSMEs SOFT LOANS TO RESIDENTS

… WE’RE COMMITTED TO STIMULATING OSUN ECONOMY — OYETOLA

… AS OVER 2000 BENEFICIARIES SHOWER ENCOMIUMS ON GOVT

The Government of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Wednesday commenced the disbursement of Six Hundred and Thirty-Six Million, One Hundred and Ninety-Five Thousand Naira (N636.195,000.00) as soft loans to the citizens and residents of the State.

The initiative, which was actualised through collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria-supported Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development, was aimed at expanding the scope of businesses, trades, investments stimulating the economy and reducing the scourge of unemployment in the State.

This is even as the over 2, 000 beneficiaries of the loan facility showered encomiums on the State Government for the kind gesture.

The soft loans were disbursed through Osun Micro Credit Agency as part of efforts to ensure proper coordination.

Speaking at the flag-off ceremony held at Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, Governor Oyetola said the gesture was in furtherance of the Administration’s resolve to build a virile and healthy economy.

He said the initiative stemmed from the Administration’s Development Agenda that is focused on revitalising the economy for improved performance, noting that by their enormous productivity and capacity for value and job-creation, MSMEs constitute a critical part of government’s diversification agenda.

Oyetola reiterated his Administration’s commitment to scaling up the ease-of-doing business in the State. He said the initiative would go a long way to resuscitate moribund businesses and investments in the State.

Governor Oyetola disclosed that over Six Billion and Five Hundred Million Naira (N6.5 billion) of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Osun intervention funds has been disbursed to 31,888 beneficiaries in different categories.

He said the State had invested hugely in the economy as evidenced in the successes recorded so far.

“To actualise seamless cash flow among citizens, we have intervened in the issue surrounding business support funds from the Central Bank of Nigeria and facilitated timely release of the sum of Six Hundred and Thirty-Six Million, One Hundred and Ninety-Five Thousand (N636.195,000.00) to the State through Osun Micro Credit Agency in collaboration with Participating Financial Institutions in the State for disbursement to selected beneficiaries as approved by the CBN.

“Other citizens who fall within the classification of Small and Medium Enterprise Businesses who are interested in the fund should approach Osun Micro Credit Agency for possible enrolment in the next tranche of MSMEDF.

“This exercise is another effort by our Administration to strengthen our economy through the provision of supports for our Small and Medium Scale Enterprises.

“I wish to note that with this disbursement flag- off, the total number of beneficiaries of the CBN and Osun Government intervention funds is 31, 888 and the total amount disbursed from the fund for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development in the State so far stands at Six Billion and Five Hundred Million Naira (N6.5 billion).

“I would like to express my appreciation to our partners, the Central Bank of Nigeria, for their sustained partnership that has made it possible to empower our business owners.

“This exercise stems from our Administration’s Development Agenda that is focused on revitalising our economy for much improved performance. The MSMEs, owing to their enormous productivity and capacity for value and job-creation, constitute a critical part of our diversification agenda.

“Since assumption of office, we have, in addition to our strategic investment in transforming the Agriculture, Tourism and Mining Sectors, focused attention on improving the performances of our MSMEs. This is because we believe that a virile MSMEs space holds limitless opportunities for our State.

“We are convinced that when there is greater accessibility to funding, requisite infrastructure, an enabling environment devoid of common limitations and a political will to drive the requisite policies, our MSMEs would be empowered to spread their wings and fly. All these we have passionately put to work since we assumed office,” he added.

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Commerce, Industry, Cooperative and Empowerment, Dr. Bode Olaonipekun, lauded Governor Oyetola for being supportive of the growth and development of businesses in the State.

“What we are witnessing today is a journey of over two years coming to fruition. Governor Oyetola has made it come to pass and our hope is that this gesture would expand the scope of business in the state as over two thousand beneficiaries will be empowered and this will boost Osun economy,” he added.

Also speaking, the acting General Manager, Osun Micro Credit Agency, Mr. Sanya Olopade appreciated the timely and prompt intervention of the government which has been helping the agency to soar higher.

He urged the beneficiaries to use the money judiciously and apply it for the purpose it was meant for, just as he appealed to them to refund the loan within the record time so as to give others same opportunity.

In their separate remarks, some of the beneficiaries praised the government for meeting them at the points of needs.

Mrs. Oduyemi Mary, Alhaji Azeez Rasak, Alhaji Afolabi Yusuf Adekunle, Mrs. Oladoye Olayemi Kehinde, Engr. Salami Rasheed and Mrs. Motunrayo Abiola extolled the initiative and promised to use the funds judiciously.

Ooni debunks rumour over Sen. Adeleke’s promise on jet procurement, if elected

OONI DEBUNKS RUMOUR OVER SEN. ADELEKE’S PROMISE ON JET PROCUREMENT, IF ELECTED

By Sunday Oguntuyi, Osogbo

The Yoruba Paramount ruler and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Eniitan has refuted the rumor about a report going viral, on a promise of making available a jet for the Royal Father, if elected, saying, the palace did not issue any official statement on the said report.

Oba Adeyeye in a release issued by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Moses Olafare said that, the statement reportedly quoted as stating that a gubernatorial aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, during a courtesy visit on Wednesday promised to procure an aircraft for the Ooni did not emanate from the palace.

“To set the record straight, no such report was issued from the palace despite the fact that the politician’s speech was twisted by some writers with hidden intentions including to drag the respected stool of the Ooni in the mud”

He said, “while further clarifications could be sought from videos that emanated from the visit, the Ooni’s singular request was for a credible election devoid of crisis for the betterment of all, which the PDP chieftain agreed to”

“‘& It is a statement of fact that, in the usual character of all political aspirants and party’s candidates without exception, the visiting Senator Adeleke made several promises including the reconstruction of roads in Ile-Ife and completion of the Osun State Airport project at Ido-Osun among others. Sadly, these developmental bullet points were mischievously ignored in the viral news reports”

On the controversial, Olafare said, “Private Jet” it is a common knowledge that the Adeleke family has a fleet of private aircrafts which could have been the basis for the governorship hopeful to have lightly said, “Baba Private Jet tee ma gun Gan n be n’le. BABA, PRIVATE JETS YOU MAY NEED FOR YOUR TRIPS ARE READILY AVAILABLE”.

“While it is ridiculous to see such misinformation trend on supposed credible news platforms including national dailies, the palace of the Ooni wishes to caution the general public from erroneously believing the false report as it is a lie from the pit of hell”

“Adeleke’s visit was not the first and would never be the last political visit to the Ooni and other traditional rulers in the state as we are already approaching the election year in the state of Osun while other aspirants including the incumbent governor are still coming to make their promises as usual. Why the hullabaloo?”

He however advised those peddling the rumor to desist from it and take caution not to drag the name of the revered monarch into the dirty water of politics.

Action Alliance: Kenneth Udeze rearraigned over alleged forgery, fraud

Action Alliance: Kenneth Udeze rearraigned over alleged forgery, fraud

A former National Chairman of the Action Alliance (AA), Mr Kenneth Udeze and two other expelled members of the party; Ogunmodede Oluwagbemi and James Vernibe were on Friday rearraigned before an Osun State Magistrate Court sitting in Osogbo, the state capital.

While Ogunmodede was the former chairman of the party in Osun State, Vernibe was until his expulsion from the party, the National Secretary.

However, the trio of Udeze, Ogunmodede and Vernibe who had earlier been remanded at the Ilesa correctional centre for alleged fraud and forgery appeared in court on Friday.

The three of them were standing trial for alleged conspiracy, fraud and forgery.

Udeze was in 2020 arrested by operatives of Zone 11 of the Nigerian Police Force, with headquarters in Osogbo and subsequently charged to court.

The former AA national chairman was alleged to have replaced the name of the duly elected governorship candidate of the party in Osun State with another person during the 2018 governorship election held in the state.

According to the charge sheet read in court, Udeze and other defendants had in July 2018 conspired to commit felony and fraud, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under section 516 of the criminal code, laws of Osun State.

Also, Udeze was alleged to have fraudulently ultered the documents of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and presented same as original.

The offence was said to be contrary to the provisions of section 468 and punishable under section 469 of the criminal code, laws of Osun State.

Appearing before the court on Friday, Udeze had through his counsel, Mr W.O Wemimo challenged the jurisdiction of the court.

However, the Prosecution counsel, Mr J.O Famuyini objected the application, saying that the defendants had already approached the state High Court seeking for an order to quash the charges preferred against them.

He said challenging the jurisdiction of the court by the defendants would amount to an abuse of court process.

He urged the court to disregard the application and allow the case to be heard as the case had suffered several adjournment

Ruling on the application, Magistrate Bola Ajanaku who presided over the court threw out the application.

The trial Magistrate thereafter adjourned the case to 26th November, 2021 for hearing.

Uniosun donates computer set to NUJ

UNIOSUN DONATES COMPUTER SET TO NUJ

Osun state university has donated set of computers and other office facilities to Nigeria union of Journalists,Osun state Council.

Presenting the facilities, The Vice Chancellor, Osun state University Osogbo, Professor Labo Popoola said the donation was part of community service of the university which is also one of the cardinal principles of the University.

Professor Labo Popoola expressed hope that the facilities would go a long way to improve the operation of the union for effective service delivery.

He promised that the university would sustain the existing relationship between the university and media professionals in the state with a view to positioning the ivory tower for international accolades.

The Vice Chancellor urged media professionals to focus on developmental issues that would aid the nation’s socio economic development rather than issues of division and disunity.

Receiving the facilities, the Chairman,Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun State Council, Comrade Wasiu Ajadosu, who appreciated the institution, said the gesture would further cement the existing relationship between the university and the union.

Comrade Ajadosu noted that the university had further demonstrated its commitment to standard and professionalism through donations of facilities that would place the union for effective performance.

He expressed the readiness of the union in the promotion of the activities of the University as was as projecting the institution to the international community.

The donated items include Computer systems, Inverter, Printer and Stabilizer.

2021 World Teachers’ Day: Osun Teachers hail Oyetola’s passion for educational transformation

2021 WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY: OSUN TEACHERS HAIL OYETOLA’S PASSION FOR EDUCATIONAL TRANSFORMATION

… REVERSAL OF SINGLE UNIFORM APPROPRIATE, IN TANDEM WITH PEOPLE’S YEARNINGS, SAYS FORMER NLC CHAIRMAN, OLALERE

As teachers across the globe commemorate the Year 2021 World Teachers’ Day, the teachers in Osun have passed vote of confidence in the Administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for taking their welfare and well-being as topmost priority.

The teachers gave the commendation on Tuesday, during the celebration of the year 2021 World Teachers’ Day organised by the State Wing of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), at Osogbo City Stadium.

The obviously enthusiastic teachers hailed government’s passion for educational transformation as reflected in its avowed commitment to the provision of quality, qualitative and functional education across levels.

This is even as the immediate past State Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Adesiyan Saka Olalere, cleared the air that the reversal of the single uniform by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola was not in any way aimed at neither rubbishing anyone nor the education reforms executed by the immediate past Administration of former Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

Olalere noted that the reversal was a quick response to the yearnings and agitations of the masses, particularly parents and old students of the affected schools who had openly clamoured for immediate reversal of the names of their schools to the original nomenclature and the single uniform regime.

Speaking on behalf of the teachers in the State, the State Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers, Comrade Comrade Kabir Adekunle Adekomi, lauded Governor Oyetola for making it up to workers, particularly teachers, by inspiring a sense of belonging, hope and dignity among them.

He appreciated government’s efforts at giving teachers adequate training, empowerment and motivation, and providing them with necessary infrastructure, instructional materials, remunerations, career progression and incentives to meet the challenges and demands of the recovery agenda.

He said: “We are solidly behind your Administration for the good works you have been doing, most especially your continued and prompt payment of full monthly salaries; implementation of thirty thousand naira (#30,000.00) minimum wage; monetization of promotions letter previously earned; subsequent movement of workers out of stagnation of many years and re-introduction of annual salary increment for teachers.

“Other welfare efforts of government include re-engineering of the existing education policy; formulation of new strategic policy initiatives such as restoration of nomenclatures and reversal from 4- 5-3 to 6-3-3-4 system in tandem with the National Policy on Education; return of schools to their previous status so as reflect the age-old tradition of schools in the State; abolishment of Single Uniform Policy; and establishment of Osun State Schools Management Commission.

“Other initiatives still included renovation and revitalization of office of ZIES/LIES for effective monitoring; purchase of six (6) operational Hilux Vehicle for ZIES/LIES; purchase of furniture for learners and teachers; renovation of schools across the State; distribution of Instructional Materials to Public Schools across the State; and distribution of Covid -19 preventive materials to students and teachers in public schools among numerous others.”

In his remarks, the immediate past State Chairman of NLC, Comrade Adesiyan Saka Olalere, said the return of schools to their previous status, restoration of school nomenclatures as well as the scrap of single uniform policy by the Oyetola-led government was in order and not a motive to disparage the good policies of his predecessor.

He said: “To us, the reversal of the names of the public schools across the state among other education reforms by the Oyetola-led Administration was not to rubbish anyone or disparage the works of the immediate past Administration but rather, a swift response to people’s yearnings.

“So, as far as the school nomenclature is concerned, it is not true that the present Adminstration is trying to change the narrative. When there is an agitation in the society for the change of a particular policy of government, it is the responsibility of the government to heed to the people’s demands, hence the swift response.

“What we have seen is that government has shown that it has listening ears, as against the insinuations that the initiative was aimed at rubbishing the immediate past regime. Look at the schools built by the former Governor Rauf Aregbesola; the schools are still there and are being maintained by the present Administration. That is a sign of continuity.

“We all knew the side effects of single uniform. Some schools were almost closed down as a result of the unruly behaviour of some students who were as at then difficult to identify due to the single school uniform.

“It is unfortunate that this issue has been politicised. We all knew that the issue of single uniform created a lot of crisis. The State Government was sued by some old students challenging the change of the names of their schools.”

On the performance of the Administration so far, particularly in the education sector, Comrade Olalere said, “Governor Oyetola is doing excellently well and his Administration is trying as seen in the support he has been giving to advance the education sector and ensure the welfare and well-being of teachers in the State.”

In his remarks, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola said teachers remain the heroes and heroines of the New Normal occasioned by the adverse effects of the global Coronavirus pandemic that has been ravaging the world.

He said his Administration would continue to hold the teachers in high esteem and prioritise their welfare and well-being as professionals that kept hope alive for a better tomorrow for all professions.

The Governor urged them to keep on enforcing Covid-19 safety protocols for effective teaching and learning. He urged teachers to continue to be the first-line channels for sensitising people and implementing the message of observance of Covid-19 protocols for safety in the face of waves of the deadly pandemic ravaging the nation.

Oyetola who described teachers as indispensable companions to socioeconomic and infrastructure development of any society, said the Administration would do everything possible to refine the education sector through the provision of quality, qualitative and functional education across levels.

Oyetola presents N129.7bn budget for 2022 fiscal year

OYETOLA PRESENTS N129.BN BUDGET FOR 2022 FISCAL YEAR

… RESTATES COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABLE SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

… INFRASTRUCTURE, EDUCATION, HEALTH, AGRIC GET FAIR SHARE

The Governor of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Tuesday presented a total sum of One Hundred and Twenty-Nine Billion, Seven Hundred and Fifty-Six Million, Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Seven Hundred and Ninety Naira (N129,756,450,790.00) to the State Assembly as draft budget of the 2022 fiscal year.

This is even as the Governor reiterated his Administration’s commitment to sustainable development and the advancement of the State’s economy.

The details of the Appropriation Bill revealed that the larger chunks were earmarked for infrastructure, education and health sectors, with the Agriculture sector also getting its fair share.

The 2022 draft Budget size was higher than the year 2021 budget N109.8bn by over N20bn.

The draft Budget, which is christened “Budget of Sustainable Development”, was anchored on the commitment of the Administration to providing conducive living and working environment for the people of Osun.

According to the draft Budget, the Total Recurrent Expenditure was N53,593,627,990.00, representing 41.30%, while the Total Capital Expenditure was N76,162,822,800.00, representing 58.70% respectively.

The Appropriation Bill revealed that a total sum of N26,609, 441, 740.00 went to Education; over N19 billion to Infrastructure Sector; about N16 billion to the Health Sector and about N7 billion to the Agriculture Sector.

Presenting the 2022 budget before the lawmakers, Oyetola said the budget was aimed at further cementing and pursuing the policy thrust of his Administration, and consolidating various achievements so far recorded in each sector of the economy of the State.

Governor Oyetola said that in view of the prevailing economic realities, the main focus of the budget would be aggressive improvement of the Internally Generated Revenue drive to ensure optimum performance in the coming years.

He said workable strategies have been put in place to boost the revenue of the State without putting unnecessary burden on the residents.

The Governor also disclosed that all the General Hospitals across the State would be rehabilitated, just as he hinted that government would embark on massive construction of more roads in 2022.

“In line with our Administration’s commitment to ensuring that there are no abandoned projects in the State, all existing on-going road projects are being worked upon and will be delivered soon. Notable among these Roads are the 17.5km Oba (Sir) Adesoji Aderemi (East by pass) Road; 30km Gbongan – Akoda Road; 40km – Osogbo – Ikirun – Ilaodo – Kwara State boundary Road which are on-going, as well as the complete rehabilitation of 30km Ilesa – Iperindo – Ipetu Ijesa Road. This Administration has also embarked on massive construction and rehabilitation of roads across the State. While some are completed, others are on-going. Notable among these are the construction of 18.1km Osogbo – Kelebe – Iragbiji Road (including Orita Idiodan – Araromi – Anaye Mkt.); Rehabilitation of 25.8km Ede (Army Barrack) – Ara – Ejigbo Township Road; Construction of 0.68km Flyover at Olaiya, Osogbo; Rehabilitation of 1.3km Kuta Palace junction – Isale Oba Road – Asamu Junction Road; Rehabilitation of 2.3km Iloro – Aganun – Division C Police Headquarter, Ile-Ife; Reconstruction and completion of 8.1km Moro-Yakoyo-Ipetumodu-Asipa Road; Rehabilitation of 2.6km Nike Gallery – Ido – Osun Township airport with palace spur; Rehabilitation of 2.5km Ikirun – Eko-Ende Road; as well as the construction of 0.31km access road to Fountain University, Osogbo which are on-going.

“In a matter of days, work will commence on Lawyer Atanda Road in Iwo. For network of roads in Ikire and Ife, they are undergoing procurement process, while work has commenced on the Ila-Arandun-Kwara Boundary Road, to mention but a few. All these are designed to aid ease of doing business, facilitate easy and smooth movement of citizens and help in the transportation of farm produce to urban markets. I want assure the people of Osun that more notable road projects would be awarded as part of Government’s efforts to improve the socio-economic activities of the residents of the State. This is also in furtherance of the present Administration’s goal to deliver adequate, quality and equitable services to the good people of Osun.

He further said “We have laid important foundations for the development of our State’s economy over the past three (3) years with various developments in infrastructure, security, environment and major improvements in the Ease of Doing Business and growing our Internally Generated Revenue.

“We must now focus on gearing up the momentum of building on the achievements so far, and by so doing, delivering accelerated economic growth and development for all.

“As a state, our vision of the future is clear. Our goal is to achieve inclusive socio-economic growth that is rooted in our 10-Year Osun Development Plan (2019-2028). Our plan rests on four developmental pillars: Economic Development, Infrastructure Development, Human Capital Development and Security, and Environmental Sustainability.

“To achieve this, we commit ourselves to deepening the foundation for revenue diversification and economic sustainability by focusing on Agriculture, Mining, ICT and Innovation, Culture and Tourism and Creative economy without neglecting other important sectors like Infrastructure, Water and Sanitation, Commerce and Industry, Education and Health.

“In a broader view therefore, the central focus of our Administration is to make Osun a prosperous State in a secure and sustainable environment through pragmatic, transparent, accountable and inclusive governance.”

On Tourism, he said “another innovation of our administration is the conscious use of arts and culture to re-energise our state economy. In line with this, the State government had announced the wearing of ‘Adire Osun’, especially by Cabinet members and other political functionaries in the State on Thursday of every week. The idea is to stimulate interest in the promotion of our culture, encourage others to embrace the idea so as to boost our local economy in the long run. Enumeration of local producers of ‘Adire Osun’ is ongoing. Our intention is to link producers with finance to boost production so as to match expected surge in demand as a result of this policy pronouncement. This will be aided with the Government intervention to open ‘Adire Osun’International Market in the nearest future.

“We have not relented in the promotion of our cultural activities in the State. Osun Osogbo festival, Iwude Ijesa, Olojo festival Ile-Ife, Isinro Ila-Orangun, Oke Iragbiji and others, will continue to enjoy necessary government support in the coming year. Although we may not be where we are supposed to be, we are certainly making steady progress in our effort to make our Tourism Sector a money spinner for the State. For instance, we have progressed from generating cumulatively less than Two Million Naira (N2m) in three years combined (2017, 2018 and 2019) to generating more than Twenty Million Naira (N20m) in 2020 alone and so far made over Ten Million Naira (N10m). We are determined to make it better in the coming years,” Oyetola added.

Earlier, the Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye lauded the Administration of Governor Oyetola for prioritising accountability, probity and prudence in the management of the scarce resources accruable to the State.

He promised that the legislature would display the commitment needed to ensure speedy passage of the budget as it has been doing in the past saying “we will continue to play a supportive role to the executive arm to continuously better the lives of the citizens.

“I wish to commend Governor Oyetola and everyone who took part in the implementation of the 2021 budget for the wonderful job. With a 97% performance in 2020 and 77% as at the second quarter of 2021 budget, our performance has greatly increased our standing in the comity of States and also makes us an investment destination for local and foreign investors.

“It is important for us as a people to commend the Governor and his team for their probity and exceptional strategy in managing the finances of the State. Our people must also begin to reciprocate that gesture by paying their taxes accurately and promptly,” Owoeye added.