Why Osun celebrated Independence Day with essay competition – Oyetola

WHY OSUN CELEBRATED INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH ESSAY COMPETITION – OYETOLA

… announces scholarship for secondary school category winner

The Governor of Osun, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, on Monday, said Osun’s choice to celebrate the nation’s Independence with an essay competition for youths in secondary schools and tertiary institutions was to demonstrate his administration’s commitment to building the teeming youth population for future leadership.

He described the essay competition as a wake-up call to youths in the State to embrace intellectually-engaging activities and to have a taste of good life, rather than indulging in criminal activities.

This is as Oyetola announced the award of scholarship to Miss Adegboyega Abisola Faith up to the university level in any public institution of her choice within the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Oyetola described the emergence of Faith as winner of the secondary school category as a signpost of his Administration’s commitment to the provision of adequate, quality, equitable, functional and affordable education for Osun youths.

Oyetola, while receiving the winners of the 2021 edition of the essay competition at the State Secretariat, Abere, urged teachers to continue to discharge their responsibilities to students with utmost fear of God and total commitment to the teaching profession.

He added that on the part of government, the welfare of teachers and other categories of workers will continue to remain priority.

Oyetola, who also commended the event’s sponsors for their show of interest in developing youths, called on other stakeholders to join hands with the government in its resolve to propel Osun to greater heights by investing in the future of the youths.

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, Lekan Badmus, expressed satisfaction with the successes recorded so far since the introduction of the future-focused and leadership-oriented essay competition.

According to Badmus, the programme has no doubt become a veritable tool towards building future leaders through academic development and entrepreneurship advancement.

On behalf of the sponsors, the Managing Director of Omoluabi Holdings, Dr. Tunde Faleye, lauded the Administration of Governor Oyetola for the pace-setting effort of Osun, adding that his organisation had resolved to continue to support not just the essay competition, but other good initiatives of the government.

According to Faleye, “Supporting the Administration of Oyetola shouldn’t be a difficult decision for any reasonable stakeholder in Osun. He has shown commitment to the development of the State across different sectors”.

In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of Rave FM, Osogbo, Mr. Femi Adefila, lauded Governor Oyetola for the initiative which he described as a product of integrity-oriented process.

He particularly lauded Oyetola’s social engineering which has rid the state of tension and controversies, adding that he has consistently delivered good governance in the State in ways that impact the common man.

“Pensioners no longer march to our station to lament non-payment of entitlements. Osun is no longer in the news for the wrong reasons. There are no longer controversies in the public space to feast on. These are derivatives of Governor Oyetola’s calm disposition and exceptional approach to governance”, Adefila said.

Also speaking on behalf of the examiners, Dr. Mrs. Akintunde said “we are happy that this initiative is thriving at a period negative things have been happening among the youth. Osun has become a good example of good things. I must commend your support on this. It shows your deep love for educational development.”

Speaking on behalf of the parents of the winners, Dr. Femi Adeyemo applauded the Governor for putting in place an initiative capable of revamping the lost glory of the education system in the State in particular and Nigeria as a whole.

He said: “With this initiative, Governor Oyetola has shown us that he is focused, determined, resolute and committed to turning around the State for better and particularly revive the education sector. Sincerely, we are enjoying you. You have given us the hope that, truly, youths are leaders of tomorrow. As far as this initiative is concerned, it is clear that Osun is the pacesetter in education development. I congratulate the organisers, winners, the parents for believing in this initiative.

The winner of the secondary school category, Adegboyega Abisola Faith, appreciated the governor and government of Osun for the investment of strategic efforts at revamping public education in the States.

Adeyemo Victor Ayodeji, the winner of the tertiary institution category, in his remark, lauded the Oyetola Administration for the premium it has placed on quality education, adding that hope has been revived in him as a result of the quality of leadership Osun is enjoying under Oyetola.

Oyetola rejoices with Yusuff, former HoR Deputy Speaker on his birthday

OYETOLA REJOICES WITH YUSUFF, FORMER REPS DEPUTY SPEAKER ON HIS BIRTHDAY

Governor of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola has rejoiced with a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Rt. Hon. Lasun Yusuff on his birthday anniversary.

The Governor in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, acknowledged Yusuff’s selfless service to the people of his Constituency, the State and Nigeria as a whole, describing him as a distinguished son and worthy ambassador of Osun.

He particularly commended the Ilobu-born politician for using his privileged position in the society to make impacts in the lives of the people.

“Dear Rt. Hon. Lasun Yusuff, accept my warm greetings as you mark your birthday today. I join the rest of your family, friends, associates and members of our party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, to celebrate and wish you well.

“We appreciate your selfless service to the people of your constituency and our State, as well as your contributions to nation building. I wish you longer life in good health and greater service to Allah and humanity,” Oyetola said.

Osun PDP Appeal Panel Chairman Compromised By Governor Seyi Makinde, Says Olaoluwa

OSUN PDP APPEAL PANEL CHAIRMAN COMPROMISED BY GOVERNOR SEYI MAKINDE – OLAOLUWA

The erstwhile chairman of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Osun state, Alhaji Ganiyu Olaoluwa has berated the Chairman of the Appeal Panel, in the just concluded Ward Congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun State, Rt. Hon. Engr. Omoreige Ogbeide-Ihama for allegedly compromised with the governor of Oyo state, Engr. Seyi Makinde.

Olaoluwa said, the chairman of the panel spoke to two of the leaders of the party in the state on Saturday 2nd October 2021 and informed them that Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, has Directed him to Change his Panel’s report and cancel the Osun State Ward Congress in its entirety, because the outcome of the Congress did not favour his friends in Osun State.

He said, Hon Omoreige suggested, that the Leaders of the party in Osun state should reach out to Governor Seyi Makinde to plead with the Governor to redirect him, otherwise he will have no choice but to recommend the cancelation of the entire Osun State Ward Congress.

“We make bold to assume that Hon Omoreige must have been induced financially to take Directives from Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State to cancel the entire Osun State PDP Ward Congress”

“The PDP National Secretariat recently delegated a 5 man Ward Congress Committee with a Serving Senator as Chairman, along with over one hundred people from other states, who were posted to various wards to conduct the Ward Congress on Saturday 25th September 2021, which was very successful, and absolutely free of rancour and acrimony in all the wards across Osun State”

“It is therefore very unfortunate that Hon Omoreige has displayed a Complete lack of integrity in the Performance of the Duty entrusted to him by the PDP National Secretariat. Hon Omoreige has been so hopelessly COMPROMISED that he resorted to pleading with two of our Leaders to find a way to see Governor Seyi Makinde and plead with him not to cancel the Osun State Ward Congress. WHAT A SHAME !!! WHAT AN INSULT. A DISHONORABLE person like Omoreige Ogbeide-Ihama should NEVER AGAIN be given a Sensitive Assignment Such as this one, that requires INTEGRITY AND HONESTY.”

“Osun State is not Oyo State, Seyi Makinde is Governor of Oyo State and Not Premier or Governor General of South West Nigeria. Governor Seyi Makinde has No Authority, Whatsoever under the PDP Constitution to order the Cancelation of the Osun State PDP Ward Congress”

“We the Majority of the Card Carrying Members of Osun State PDP, stand by our successful Ward Congress Held on the 25th September 2021”

“Governor Seyi Makinde has Obviously Bought DISHONORABLE Omoreige Ogbeide-Ihama, But the Results of the Osun State PDP Ward Congress is Not for Sale”5

Olaoluwa however urged the National Secretariat of the party to take note of this abnormally and do the needful for the interest of democracy.

“You’re a rare Gem for Osun people”, Oluga salutes Oyetola at 67

YOU’RE A RARE GEM FOR OSUN PEOPLE, OLUGA SALUTES OYETOLA AT 67

By Sunday Oguntuyi, Osogbo

Federal lawmaker representing Irewole/ Isokan/ Ayedaade federal constituency in Osun state, Hon. Taiwo Oluga has described the governor of the state, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola as a rare Gem for the people of the state just as she congratulate the governor on his 67th birthday anniversary.

Oluga in a congratulatory message issued and personally signed copies of which made available with the newsmen in Osogbo rejoiced with the people of the state for having Oyetola as the governor, saying he is uncommon gift from God to the people of the state.

The lawmaker saluted the relentless efforts of the governor in moving the state to the high pedestra in the comity of states in Nigeria, adding that, the state has witnessed tremendous development under the watch of governor Oyetola.

Hon. Oluga added that, kudos should be given to governor Oyetola for the prudent management of the state resources even during this tight period of crunched economy.

She therefore prayed for long life in good health and more wisdom for the governor to continue the good work he has started in the state.

Eburu celebrates Oyetola at 67

EBURU CELEBRATES OYETOLA AT 67

A prominent traditional ruler in Osun State, the Eburu of Iba, Oba (Prof) Adekunle Adeogun Okunoye Oyedeji 11 has extolled the virtues of the state Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola as he celebrates his 67th year birthday.

The monarch who described Governor Oyetola as a game changer lauded the Governor for transforming the state within the short period of his administration.

Specifically, the monarch hailed Oyetola for the social and economic development his administration has brought to the state in less than three years of his administration, just as he lauded his welfare programmes for the citizenry.

Oba Okunoye also appreciated the candor and seal introduced to governance by Governor Oyetola, saying that his commitment to the development of the state was unusual.

However, he charged the Governor to use the occasion of his 67th birthday to reflect on the past, the present and future, stressing that “there is no gainsaying the fact that God has been so faithful to Governor Oyetola in the last 67 years of his existence and this calls for more dedication and service to God.

Describing Oyetola as a servant-leader,zone Oba Okunoye said the people of Osun are blessed to have a Governor like Oyetola at this time in the history of the state.

He said the achievements recorded by the current administration in the state, especially in the areas of education, health, road construction and infrastructure are indications that God chose Oyetola for the state.

Oba Okunoye who is a seasoned and accomplished educationist of international status, said the transformation recorded in all the sectors of the state’s economy will forever speak for the Governor.

The monarch also prayed to God to grant the Governor good health and long life to continue to serve the people of the state and the country at large.

Obokun East LCDA boss, Bamidele eulogises Oyetola at 67, describing him as epitome of good governance

“YOU ARE EPITOME OF GOOD GOVERNANCE” OBOKUN EAST LCDA CHAIR, BAMIDELE EULOGISES OYETOLA AT 67

By Sunday Oguntuyi, Osogbo

The Caretaker Chairman for Obokun East Local Council Development Area, LCDA, in Osun state, Hon. Bello Saliu Bamidele has congratulated the state governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola as he attained another milestone, saying, he has proved to be the epitome of good governance.

Bamidele stated this in a congratulatory message issued and personally signed, copies of which was made available to newsmen in Osogbo on Wednesday.

According to him, governor Oyetola has demonstrated to be a man of peace and the best governor ever in the history of the state of virtuous, through diverse development programs embarked upon by his administration and the peaceful manner he is using to man the affairs of the state.

He said, thousands of applause are never sufficient to appreciate his good deeds towards human development, adding that, he has let the whole world known his dexterity as a true political legend of our time.

Bamidele stressed that, Oyetola’s devotion towards the improvement of the lives of Osun people shall ever remain highly appreciated and recognized by all.

“We are so proud of your unparalleled best services and highly commendable contributions to the overall developments of our noble state and Nigeria as a whole”

“I wish you the best in your continuous meritorious services to Osun State and our dear nation. Happy birthday to you sir. May Almighty Allah bless you and your entire households abundantly”

“On behalf of the entire people of Obokun East LCDA, I am sending you this best wishes to appreciate your immense contributions to Osun people and humanity as a whole. Happy birthday my Governor. E te siwaju ninu ise rere yin ni Ipinle Osun, Ipinle Omoluabi”

Akinleye describes Fatai Diekola as political juggernaut at 65

AKINLEYE CONGRATULATES FATAI DIEKOLA ON BIRTHDAY, SAYS HE IS POLITICAL JUGGERNAUT AT 65

By Sunday Oguntuyi, Osogbo

A chieftain of People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Osun state, Alhaji Kazeem Akinleye has joined other well wishers in congratulating one of the leader of the party in the state, Alhaji Fatai Diekola popularly known as ‘Jagunaso’ on the occasion of his 65th birthday anniversary, just as he described him as a political Juggernaut in Osun politics.

Akinleye stated this in a congratulatory message issued and personally signed copies of which made available with the newsmen in Osogbo on Sunday.

According to him, “Jagunaso” has always been a rallying point of Osun politics, of which his contributions cannot be quantified.

He said, the ‘political Juggernaut’ has been a lover of human development ever since he joined politics, adding that, the well experienced politician has been in fore-front of Osun politics decades ago.

The erstwhile chairman of Ede North local government therefore prayed God for more celebrations in good health and happiness for the celebrant.

‘”I, on behalf of my family and friends congratulate my leader and political mentor, Alhaji Fatai Diekola, ‘Jagunaso’ on the occasion of your birthday celebration, I fervently pray to God to continue showering you with long life in good health, as you are celebrating this year, you will live to celebrate many more in the land of the living. Congratulations and Happy Birthday sir”, he said.

Osun at 30 grand finale : Akeredolu, Akande, Oyinlola, Alaafin, others grace anniversary awards

OSUN AT 30 : AKEREDOLU, AKANDE, OYINLOLA, AKALA, ALARIFIN, GBENGA DANIEL, SUNDAY DARE, OTHERS, GRACE ANNIVERSARY AWARDS

… STATE BUILDING, COLLECTIVE ENTERPRISE – OYETOLA

Prominent Nigerians from all walks of life, on Thursday, converged on Osogbo, the Osun State capital, to felicitate with the government and people of Osun, as the State concluded its 30th anniversary celebration with awards presentation to distinguished citizens.

The event had in attendance former and sitting governors across Nigeria, including: Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu; Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ogun State Governor, Dr. Dapo Abiodun who were represented; former Governors of Osun State, Chief Bisi Akande and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; former Oyo State Governor, Otunba Alao Akala; Former Oyo State Deputy Governor, Chief Moses Alake; first class traditional rulers, including the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi who was represented; Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Alfred Achebe, among other dignitaries.

This is even as the Governor of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, charged citizens to pull their collective strength to work, irrespective of their political differences and sentiments, for a greater tomorrow, saying that state-building is a collective enterprise.

Recall that the State had earlier announced that the Banquet and Awards ceremony would be the grand of the series of activities lined up to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the creation of Osun, where 28 distinguished and prominent citizens of the State would be honoured.

Describing the event as symbolic, Oyetola, who ensured a minute silence was held in honour of the first Civilian Governor of the State, the late Isiaka Adeleke, said it was deserving to pay tributes to the illustrious men and women who have held sway as leaders of the people.

He said: “We are here today because you all provided direction and showed distinct leadership in a manner that has earned our State its deserved recognition and reputation over the years. We are grateful to you all.

“This banquet and awards is designed to recognise and celebrate our distinguished citizens and friends of the State whose phenomenal contributions in the various fields of endeavour have made Osun proud and have helped to build the Osun of our founding fathers’ dream.

“They are eminent individuals whose contributions and legacies have inspired our people, especially our youths, to believe in our dear State and continue to fly its flag high.

“Twenty-eight persons have received awards in four categories at this event as follows: 11 recipients of Lifetime Achievement Award, 10 recipients of Osun Distinguished Citizen Award, 2 recipients of Legacy Award, while 5 persons got the Osun Merit Award.

“Knowing how blessed we are with the gift of highly-illustrious and accomplished men in all facets of life, we have resolved to continue to honour the best of us. This, we believe, will motivate our teeming youths to aspire high and achieve greater heights.

“On behalf of the government and the good People of Osun, I thank our awardees for their monumental contributions to our dear State, the nation and the world, and for leading lives that inspire us and our posterity to build a greater Osun.

“State building is a collective enterprise. Therefore, we all must, more than ever, pull our collective strength to work irrespective of our political differences and sentiments, for a greater tomorrow.

“We must consider it an urgent task to galvanise our diverse strengths, goodwill and resources to chart a pathway that delivers the Osun of our dreams. That is the least we owe ourselves and the generations coming behind us. We cannot afford to fail.

“I call on all to rise and let us build a better Osun that is reflective of our true potential as the cradle of humanity.”

Governor Oyetola also urged citizens to continue to collaborate with the government to achieve sustainable development promised and already being delivered.

He continued: “Let us drink and toast to our collective success and the avowed resolve of our administration to build a solid structure for trans-generational development in Osun.

“The journey to building a stronger and more prosperous Osun continues with greater resolve and hope from here. I invite you all to come on board”, he added.

Also speaking at the event, the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, commended the government of Osun on the awards, describing it as a welcome development because of its potential to ignite high hopes and hunger for diligence and excellence in the youths.

The honourees, under the Osun Lifetime Achievement Award, included: Chief Bisi Akande (former Governor, Osun State), Pastor Enoch Adeboye (General Overseer, RCCG worldwide), Sheikh Abdur’rasheed Hadiyatulla (President, Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria), and General Ipoola Alani Akinrinnade, rtd. (former Chief of Army Staff, Nigeria from October 1979 to April 1980, and then Chief of Defence Staff until 1981 during the Nigerian Second Republic).

Others in the lifetime achievement category are: Asiwaju Hammed Omidiran, Comrade Hassan Sunmonu, Prince Tunde Ponle, Professor Olu Aina, Chief Akinwande Akinola, Engr. Joanah Olu Maduka, and Chief Dr. Benjamin Adigun.

The State, under the Legacy Award category, also recognised Dr. Folorunsho Alakija (Chancellor, Osun State University and dynamic philanthropist), and the late Madam Susanne Wenger (a culture and tourism icon).

The Osun Merit Award honourees included Emeritus Prof. Ademola Oyejide, Chief Nike Okundaye, Professor Oye Gureje, Professor Isaac Adewole, and Mallam Yusuf Ali, SAN.

The Osun Distinguished Citizens Award honourees included Pastor Matthew Asimolowo, Alagba Yemi Elebubon, Brigadier General Leo Segun Ajiborisha (retired), Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, Asiwaju Khamis Olatunde Badmus, Prince Lawal Obelawo, Chief Moses Inaolaji Aboaba, Mr. Adewale Adeyemo, Mr. Kola Adeniji and Mr. Mike Awoyinfa.

Chief Bisi Akande, in appreciating the honours done past leaders, commended the government of Osun for recognising the services and labours of the former governors.

He observed that the journey into the position of power was filled with the good and the bad as the past governors have experienced series of challenges while in power such as labour unrest and difficulties in payment of salaries of workers with the state’s meager resources.

He congratulated and commended past governors for meeting these challenges despite the meager resources that accrued to them from Abuja and called on the people of the state to continue to offer the necessary support to the Administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola in order to take osun to an enviable height.

“I congratulate my colleagues for having served the State and I congratulate the people of the State for having reached this height. I pray Osun will continue to grow from strength to strength and I pray all the past leaders will never have reasons to regret the services they have rendered to the State”, Akande said.

One of the high points of the event was the decoration of the former Military Administrators and Governors of the State since its creation in 1991 by the incumbent, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.

Governor Oyetola was in turn decorated by former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

Osun presents 2020 audited accounts

OSUN PRESENTS 2020 AUDITED ACCOUNTS

… OYETOLA’S ADMINISTRATION COMMITTED TO ACCOUNTABILITY, OPENNESS, PROBITY – AUDITOR-GENERAL

… AS STATE IGR SKYROCKETS TO N19.6b

The Government of the State of Osun on Tuesday presented the audited financial accounts of the State for the 2020 fiscal year.

The audited financial reports were made public as part of efforts to keep the citizens abreast of the financial status of the State, showcase prudence in the management of the available resources
and, by extension, strengthen the existing public trust and confidence that have been the hallmarks of the Administration.

The audited accounts as presented revealed the astronomical improvement in the State Internally Generated Revenue from 2018 to 2020 as a total sum of N13,805,843,339.25 was generated in 2018; N17,720,122,360.44 in 2019 and N19,642,333,010.68 in 2020 respectively.

This is even as the Auditor-General of the State, Mr. Folorunso Adesina, lauded the high sense of commitment of the Governor Adegboyega Oyetola-led Administration to ensure accountability, transparency and probity in the management of the State’s resources.

Recall that the 2019 audited account was presented earlier this year due to the adverse effects of the protracted Coronavirus pandemic that has been ravaging the universe.

The summary of the Audited Financial Statements as presented puts the Total Revenue (inflows) at N99,048,740,967.00 and Total Recurrent and Capital Expenditure (outflows) at N86,470,726,806.86 respectively.

The Net Balance on Total Revenue and Total Expenditure was N12,578,014,160.14 and Opening Balance as at January 1st, 2020 was N10,356,616,311.14 while the Total Closing Balance as at December 31st, 2020 was N22,934,627,471.28 respectively.

Analysis of Recurrent Expenditure indicates that Personnel Expenditure has N28,748,672,359.37 and Recurrent Expenditure has N17,928,291,392.63.

Also, analysis of Capital Expenditure indicates that Administrative Sector has N5,392,638,753.82; Economic has N27,896,438,968.24; Law and Justice has N58,309,514.17 and Social has N6,416,375,818.63 respectively.

While reeling out the audited reports of the finances of the State for the year 2020 at the Audit Forum held at Leisure Spring Hotel, Osogbo, Adesina said Public Finance Management (PFM) reform under the leadership of Governor Oyetola, has got a boost by becoming one of the pioneer States to assist and implement Audit Act in Nigeria, a feat the Federal Government is yet to attain.

He said the presentation of the 2020 fiscal account would make Osun to consolidate on its pacesetter status among the comity of states in the country and further build public trust and confidence in governance.

Adesina who highlighted the sterling performance of the State so far, particularly within the Audit Year under review, said it was generally discovered that Government executed people-oriented programmes as prudence was put in the forefront towards good governance.

According to him, economic and social sector took about 86.22% of the Total Capital Expenditure which was responsible for government’s ability to build, rehabilitate, revitalise and deliver for public use over 300 Primary Healthcare Centres as at the time of the report.

“Audit visitation to location of the health centres and health equipment supplied, including consumables was confirmation of this government priority for the well-being of the masses.

“Also on infrastructure, the Office through the monitoring team inspected roads construction embarked upon and completed by the State such as Moro-Yakoyo-Ipetumodu-Asipa road; Ada-Igbajo road; Overlay of Oke-Gada-Army Baracks road, Ede; Ereja roundabout-Eregun-Isaare-Oke-Oye road, Ilesa; Akindeko-Awosuru-Alekuwodo road; various rural electrification projects spread across the State among others, and it was discovered that best available standards were used in the various constructions, thereby making available to the masses, good and solid infrastructure which have impacts positively on the lives of the people and have helped to transform the socioeconomic status of the State.

“Audit also visited some renovated schools and the educational materials supplied like desks, chairs, books, shelves among others were inspected across the State and it was discovered that their amenities were effective and efficient for the target masses,” Adesina explained.

Giving the financial position of the State as at December 31st, 2020, Adesina said, Total Asset was N153,895,719,326.64; Total Liabilities was N90,720,513,278.69 and Net/Equity was put at N63,175,206,047.95.

On budget performance, the Auditor-General said Goverment had performed credibly on its revenue generation efforts, most especially on IGR as reported in the comparison of revenue between previous years.

“The accounts of the State Government of Osun for the year ended 31st December, 2020 have been audited by me in accordance with the provision of Section 125 Subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

“I have certified the individual accounts ( statement of cash flow, statement of financial performance, statement of financial position, statement of change in assets/equity, statement of comparison between budget and actual notes to the accounts) as correct object to clarified observations.

“In fulfilling the provisions of the extant requirements, my office within the financial year under review, carried out Financial Audit in accordance with professional standards and regulations to determine whether the accounts have been satisfactorily and faithfully kept through audit trail of transactions.

“We equally carried out Appropriation Audit to ensure that funds are expended as appropriated by the State House of Assembly as well as Compliance Audit to ensure that laid-down rules, regulations and procedures are being observed in tendering, supplying, contracting and storekeeping with a view to ensure strict adherence to the provisions of the Acts of Parliament.

“As the watchdog of public finances, we monitored all government projects and all forms of disbursement to ensure that all officers carried out their duties in a transparent way and in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations.

“Projects and programmes executed were satisfactory in consideration of funds employed and financial statement 1-5 and related schedules give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the State Government of Osun at 31st December, 2020,” he added.

Earlier, Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye lauded the Administration of Governor Oyetola for running an all inclusive and participatory government.

Owoeye who was represented by the Chairman House Committee on Public Accounts, Hon. Gbenga Ogunkanmi reaffirmed the House’s commitment to continue to ensure check and balances in the management of the State in general and public treasury in particular.

In his remarks, the Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade applauded the financial prowess of the Administration of Governor Oyetola to maintain and sustain the economy of the State despite the daunting challenges.

Oyebade who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Human Resources and Capacity Building, Mr. Leye Aina, described the public presentation of the Audited Accounts as an indication to the fact that Oyetola’s administration was open to all.

“It shows the Governor means business, it shows he knows what he is doing. It takes someone who is honest, transparent and accountable to be able to sustain this. For us to be able to maintain and sustain this also shows that the Governor is serious about the finances of the State. It shows he is a thorough leader.

“This is a way of telling the public that the government is open to criticism. It shows that the government is ready to show the book of accounts to public as probity, accountability, transparency and honesty are prioritised. This shows that government has nothing to hide and that it has no skeleton in the cupboard,” Oyebade added.

The Audit Forum had in attendance members of the Civil Society Organizations; Stakeholders, Heads of Non-Governmental Organizations; top government functionaries, professional bodies, artisans among others. Earlier, Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye lauded the Administration of Governor Oyetola for running an all inclusive and participatory government.

Owoeye who was represented by the Chairman House Committee on Public Accounts, Hon. Gbenga Ogunkanmi reaffirmed the House’s commitment to continue to ensure check and balances in the management of the State in general and public treasury in particular.

In his remarks, the Head of Service, Dr. Olowogboyega Oyebade applauded the financial prowess of the Administration of Governor Oyetola to maintain and sustain the economy of the State despite the daunting challenges.

Oyebade who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Human Resources and Capacity Building, Mr. Leye Aina, described the public presentation of the Audited Accounts as an indication to the fact that Oyetola’s administration was open to all.

“It shows the Governor means business, it shows he knows what he is doing. It takes someone who is honest, transparent and accountable to be able to sustain this. For us to be able to maintain and sustain this also shows that the Governor is serious about the finances of the State. It shows he is a thorough leader.

“This is a way of telling the public that the government is open to criticism. It shows that the government is ready to show the book of accounts to public as probity, accountability, transparency and honesty are prioritised. This shows that government has nothing to hide and that it has no skeleton in the cupboard,” Oyebade added.

The Audit Forum had in attendance members of the Civil Society Organizations; Stakeholders, Heads of Non-Governmental Organizations; top government functionaries, professional bodies, artisans among others.

Oyetola congratulates Lagos Dep. Gov., Hamzat, Awomolo, SAN, on their birthday anniversaries

OYETOLA CONGRATULATES LAGOS DEP. GOV., HAMZAT, AWOMOLO, SAN, ON THEIR BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARIES

Governor of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola has congratulated the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, on the occasion of his birthday anniversary.

The Governor has also felicitated the first Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of Osun, Asiwaju Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, on the occasion of his birthday, describing him as a foremost patriotic Osun indigene, who is passionate about the growth and development of the State.

Oyetola in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, said he joined families, friends, associates and the people of Lagos and Osun respectively, to celebrate the Lagos Deputy Governor, whom he described as an astute technocrat, administrator and politician of note; and Awomolo, whom he applauded for his long years of sacrifice and service to Osun and humanity.

He lauded Hamzat’s contributions to governance and development of Lagos through the different capacities he has served the State.

Governor Oyetola also appreciated Dr Hamzat Oyetola congratulates Lagos Dep. Gov., Hamzat, Awomolo, SAN on their birthday anniversaries

Governor of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola has congratulated the deputy governor of Lagos State, Dr Obafemi Hamzat on the occasion of his birthday anniversary.

Similarly, he has also felicitated the former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of Osun, Asiwaju Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, on the occasion of his birthday, describing him as a foremost patriotic Osun indigene, who is passionate about the growth and development of the State.

Oyetola in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, said he joined families, friends, associates and the people of Lagos and Osun respectively, to celebrate the Lagos deputy governor, whom he described as an astute technocrat, administrator and politician of note and Awomolo, whom he applauded for his long years of sacrifice and service to Osun and humanity.

He lauded Hamzat’s contributions to governance and development of Lagos through the different capacities he has served the State.

Governor Oyetola also appreciated Dr. Hamzat for being a loyal and dependable partner of Governor Babajide SanwoOlu in the quest to develop Lagos State and deliver dividends of democracy to Lagosians.

“On behalf of my family, Government and the good people of Osun, I heartily felicitate my friend and brother, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, on the occasion of his birthday anniversary.

“It is my prayer that Allah will grant you longer life and increase you in sound health and wisdom to serve the people of Lagos, Nigeria and humanity at large. Happy birthday, brother,” the governor said.

To Awomolo, Oyetola said “I value your moral support and wise counsel as we set out to build the Osun of our dream which all of us will be proud of.

“ On behalf of my family, government and the good people of Osun, I heartily felicitate my namesake and egbon, Adegboyega Awomolo on the occasion of his birthday anniversary.

“ I pray God Almighty to grant you longer life and to continue to strengthen you for greater service to Osun and humanity.”