APC Intensifies Challenge To PDP

All Progressives Congress in the State of Osun for the upteenth time,  intestified challenge to opposition PDP. 
It asked the PDP to specifically publish its contributions in advancing education in Osun West Senatorial District between 2003 and 2010.
Besides, the APC demanded from PDP to give blow by blow explanation on how it intends to dismantle the N11 billion multi-faceted education projects in Osun West Senatorial District that the Aregbesola-led APC government created and effected in the last seven years.
This will be the third challenge in six weeks which the APC has thrown at the PDP,  but there’s no response yet from the opposition party.
In a statement from the APC Directorate of Publicity, Research and Strategy today and signed by its Director,  Kunle Oyatomi,  the party emphasised that the people need to know what is at stake for their future.
According to the APC,  the opposition had so viciously condemned the state governor for his investments in education and threatened to dismantle the structure, that today, ‘we (APC) confront them to lay bare its plan for the future.
‘The details of what the APC has invested on education and the knock-on effect it has had on the ten local governments that make up Osun West Senatorial District are epic achievements that resonate across the country’, the party boasted.
The APC went ahead to state that ‘no government ever in the history of the state had done anything like what Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola created and effected in the Osun West Senatorial District,  and no individual is capable of matching it in the foreseeable future.
‘Over 500,000 men and women have benefited in Osun West Senatorial District – directly and indirectly – from the holistic approach of the APC government  to improving standard,  infrastructure and participation of education in the state.
‘To enumerate the details will cover pages of newspaper space  and we are prepared to show how every local government in the District has been affected’, the APC said, adding that ‘the picture is large and breadth-taking’.
The APC pointed out that ‘a programme which has given out 68 million meals to children for free, at schools, and provided about 300,000 uniforms to students in addition,  and also given jobs and business opportunities to thousands of men and women is incomparable to anything Osun has known in its 26 years of existence.
‘So, when the PDP came out the other day, making fanfare of 60 or so scholarships by a Senator in the Osun West which investment component in reality completely reverts to the family’s private university business. At best, one would characterise the gesture as a miserable form of tokenism in comparison with the education projects of the
APC in that same district that have affected the lives of over 500,000 people’, the APC revealed.
‘The story is the same in virtually all sectors of life in Osun West. Whether we are talking about healtcare, roads construction, provision of electricity, water or sanitation, social investment on youths and the elderly, including agriculture’, the APC declared.
According to the party, ‘there’s virtually no sector of life in the Osun West Senatorial District  that APC government has not outperformed any previous administration before it.
‘We challenge the PDP,  once again to a public discourse, so that they may try and prove us wrong, if they can’, the APC concluded.
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Osun Residents Throw Weights Behind Aregbesola’s Govt, Say Opposition Lacks Capacity To Compete With Him

Residents of Osun have commended the State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Friday, for his exemplary leadership since he assumed office in November 2010.
This was even as the community leaders of Ile-Ogbo in Ayedire Local Government Area of the state asserted that no opposition party in the state has the leadership quality needed to govern the state as being done by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government in the state.
The residents of Ile-Ogbo in Ayedire Local Government Area of the state threw their weight behind the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola for being committed to the electoral promises he made while contesting the governorship election in 2007 and at his re-election in 2014.
The residents who couldn’t hide their feelings made the statement at the ancient town while receiving the Governor and his entourage.
Aregbesola had earlier observed the Jumat prayers at the town’s Central Mosque before he proceeded to pay homage to the Olu of Ile-Ogbo at his palace.
The residents of the town trooped out en masse to welcome the Governor who led the chieftains of the APC and other top political functionaries to the ancient town for Jumat service.
The entire mosque premises were already agog before Aregbesola’s arrival. Residents of the town were seen mounting several elevated places to register their support, love and endorsement to Governor Aregbesola.
Speaking on behalf of the traditional ruler of the ancient town, Oba Abeeb Adetoyese Agbaje, and the entire residents of the town, the Bashorun of Ile-Ogbo, Professor Pade Aderibigbe, applauded Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s resilience in making Osun the cynosure of all eyes through infrastructural development across the nooks and crannies of the state.
Professor Aderibigbe asserted that Governor Aregbesola had laid a solid foundation in all sectors of the economy which would be very difficult for any opposition party to rival.
The Bashorun of Ile-Ogbo asserted that no opposition party in the state has the administrative acumen required to govern the state as majority of them had been tested and found to be political demagogues that cannot bring any good thing to the people of the state.
Professor Aderibigbe commended Governor Aregbesola for being undaunted and unwavering in bringing to the people the much desired dividends of democracy through critical social intervention programmes that have impacted greatly in the lives of the citizens.
According to him, “We have been having Governors in Osun but we have not had a Governor like Aregbesola who is so committed to human development like this.
“Our state has in no measure witnessed massive development in the last few years of this administration to the extent that every town was given each deserved attention and development.
“Aside the fact that we in Ile-Ogbo felt the presence of this government in the areas of education, health, security, among others, it is also known that Aregbesola’s socio-economic intervention cut across the state, particularly the rural areas.
“For us to continue to enjoy this level of good governance, we must champion the cause of continuity.
“We have seen what the previous governments did, but to be sincere, no government has done surprisingly well and excellently like our Governor Ogbeni Aregbesola as his impact is felt tremendously in all aspects of life particularly on school and road infrastructure”.
While advocating for continued support of the present administration in the state, Professor Aderibigbe assured that the residents of the town would not relent at given their ultimate cooperation and support to Aregbesola.
“It is in view of this that we in Ile-Ogbo would continue to show our sincere appreciation to the present government for being kind and good to us as a people.”
Earlier in his remarks at the Central Mosque, Governor Aregbesola implored Muslims to be more committed to the tenets of Islam and commandments of Allah in all they do.
Aregbesola said Islam is peace and that it is a religion of the pious, noting that nothing would be accepted by Allah except righteousness.
He charged Muslim on cleanliness, patience, tolerance and neighbourliness, saying without them, their faith is incomplete.
Responding at the palace, Governor Aregbesola reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to making Osun one of the states in Nigeria with high level infrastructural development.
He tasked the people of the ancient town on the need to continuously support his government by being hard working, productive and efficient in whatever they do, noting that the era of free money that comes from crude oil is gone.
He therefore implored them to embrace agriculture as the sure path to state and national development.
Governor Aregbesola also admonished the people to be wary of the antics of members of the opposition parties, saying “those people have nothing good to offer you”.
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Osun Trains 20,000 Youths In 2years On ICT; Beneficiaries Count Achievements

The State Government of Osun said it has engaged several youth in productive venture through its various empowerment programmes, especially, the training of about 20,000 indigenes in Information Communication Technology, ICT.
This was revealed over the weekend during a briefing by the Project coordinator of Osun Youths Empowerment Scheme Technology (OYESTECH), Mr. Abiodun Fesobi in Osogbo, the Osun state capital.
According to him, the programme is designed as an exit plan for OYES volunteers in the state and also to serve as support based for other interested participants to be self-reliant.
He hinted that the objective of the programme is to impact participants with required skill which will enable them to be employable by any organisation and become business owners.
“OYESTECH is an information and Communication Technology branch of the widely accepted Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme, OYES which is aimed at impacting the participants with required skills so as to enable them employable and become business owners.
“The scheme is all about skill acquisition through knowledge transfer with 10 training centres across the state which gives training on various sections such as phone repairs, electronics computer assembling, computer usage and entrepreneurship.
Aside 5,000 participants trained in the first batch of the scheme, additional 15,000 have been trained in different aspect of applied technology and they also re-trained many others.
He said, “Some of our graduates have also gone ahead to train over 150 persons; with success stories in their businesses.
“In order to achieve this set objectives the government through its investment arm; Osun State Investment Company Limited, OSICOL embarked on selection of technical partner; RLG and through signing of memorandum of understanding and admission of 5000 trainees per batch in four batches and at the end of it certificate were issued to participants.
In separate interviews, the beneficiaries said that the programme has enhanced their living condition and that of their families by making them productive and enable them to give back to the society.
One of the beneficiaries identified as Oseni Ibrahim, said, “I am one of the beneficiaries of the OYESTECH, the government have
tried by giving us the best and also sending us to Ghana for training. We were trained on information technology and at our return; government equipped us with necessary tools which we are all satisfied with.
Another beneficiary who is now the Director of Bayotek Computer Service, Mr. Abdul-Hakeem Babatunde relaying his experience, said, “Bayotek computer service was founded after I graduated from the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme Technology in 2011 and we were given a mandate to empower other youths so as to complement government’s efforts at reducing unemployment among the youth.
“I have one of my centres at Federal Polytechnic Ede, Osun State and also have a Cybercafe as an extension where I also train students on how to work on software and hardware of computers. I have trained over 100 youths.
Also speaking, Anthonia Ogundare lauded the state government for the opportunity given her and many others to be part of the scheme adding that the scheme has made youths in the state productive.
“I have been a beneficiary of this programme; I was privileged to be chosen among 150 beneficiaries who were sponsored to Ghana by Osun state government for a month internship and at our return I was employed and I have since been working at Adulawo Technology City in Ilesa.
“This is one programme that has helped the youths in securing jobs to help their family and future. I have been learning a lot and gaining more knowledge every day”.
Recall that the scheme which is aimed at job creation through ICT was inaugurated by the state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, in 2011.
OYESTECH is one of the components of Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) which has recruited over 40,000 youths. The programme now in its sixth year, has successfully scaled down youths unemployment and profitably engaged them in various areas of ICT.
Also, the United Nations in its latest Global multi-dimensional poverty index report on Nigeria ranked the state of Osun as the 2nd state after Lagos with least poverty amongst the 36 states in Nigeria. This is due to the several empowerment programmes of the government which has successfully moved hundreds of thousands away from the poverty line.
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Aregbesola Congratulates Super Eagles On World Cup Qualification

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has congratulated the Super Eagles of Nigeria for becoming the first African nation to secure a spot in next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.
In a statement signed by the media adviser to the Governor, Mr Sola Fasure, Aregbesola urged to Super Eagles to keep their foot on the ground and do the nation proud in Russia next year.
An ardent Arsenal fan himself, Aregbesola urged the Nigeria Footballer Federation to continue to fully support the team.
“ I congratulate the Super Eagles on the feat, who would have thought that in a group with football powerhouses like Cameroon, Zambia and Algeria, we would have qualified with a game to spare”.
“ I am proud of what this team has been able to achieve so far and I believe they can make us proud in Russia. “
“ The Nigeria Football Federation must from this moment begin to make arrangements that will ensure that we have a successful showing in next year’s competition”
“ For the first time in a long while, we are not having to depend on other countries to do is a favor for us to qualify”
Aregbesola also congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians for what he described as a milestone while also praising the team and members of the technical crew for their  patriotism.
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Independence Anniversary: Aregbesola Felicitates With Nigerians, Harps On Unity And Culture Of Productivity

The Governor of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, has congratulated Nigerians on the celebration of the country’s 57th Independence Anniversary on October 1.
Aregbesola conveyed the felicitation to Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Mr.  Sola Fasure.
He tasked the people on the need to avoid violence, ethno-religious conflicts and any other behaviour capable of threatening the peace and unity of the country.
He said though the country had witnessed several challenges since independence, it has nevertheless made significant progress in its almost six decades of independence.
Aregbesola enjoined Nigerians to continue to tow the path of peace and always promote positive values that would move the country forward.
The Governor said Nigerians need to wake up to their responsibilities and take their destinies in their hands.
According to him, the era of over-dependency on rent economy foisted on the nation by oil is gradually winding down and, as such, Nigerians should imbibe the culture of hard work and gainful productive activities.
Ogbeni Aregbesola urged all governments at the federal, states and local governments to put 50 million Nigerians to work and where each earn at least N25,000 from real productive value, N1.25 trillion will be generated in the economy every month, a development capable of catapulting the country into a superpower within two decades.
“I congratulate Nigerians and the people of Osun on this year’s independence anniversary and I call on us all to continue to work for the unity of this country.
“Our strength lies in our unity.  We should therefore avoid anything that will destroy our unity and corporate existence.
“I urge Nigerians to cultivate the habit of hard work and high productivity in order to create wealth, stimulate national prosperity and the growth of the economy.
“We had experienced the best in crude oil dependency as we are currently living the worst of it. It is obvious now that a mono-economy based on crude oil can no longer sustain us and take us to where we should be as a country. Therefore, diversification and improved productivity should be the driving force to revamp our economy.
“It has become imperative, therefore, for all governments – federal, states and local governments – to fashion out strategies for the active participation of at least 50 million Nigerians in monthly productive activities that will create a new value of N25,000 each. This action alone will guarantee the generation of N1.25 trillion every month.
“If this is realised, Nigeria will certainly be a super power within next two decades. As the hope of the Black race, this is the least we must do now.
“If we move in this direction, I am optimistic that this country will get over its challenges and continue to maintain its place in the comity of nations,” Aregbesola said.
He added that the sacrifices of the country’s founding fathers and all those who brought the country to its present position would not be forgotten.
He concluded that in spite of the problems the country had gone through, there is still a silver lining in the sky, urging that all hands must be on deck in order to take the country to its destined position of greatness.
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Osun‘ll No Longer Rely On Fed. Allocation In Five Years Time, Says Commissioner

Osun state government has said that it has put in place policies, programmes and infrastructure that will totally liberate the state from the shackles of the federal allocation which has for sometimes been deciding the progress or otherwise of majority of the states in Nigeria.
 Foundation for economic prosperity, according to the government, was gradually being built in Osun and was working assiduously to attain a glorious height economically.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa stated this on Sunday while addressing members of a socio-political organization, the Young Mandate Group in Osogbo.
Baderinwa said Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration has provided and invested heavily on profitable and lasting infrastructure that has been enhancing and continue to uplift the economy of the state.
He maintained that good infrastructure is the bedrock of socio-economic development, explaining that the massive road construction put in place by Aregbesola’s administration have been connecting people, drive commerce and maintain global competitiveness.
Baderinwa noted that the road construction would in no time reduce costs in many economic sectors in the state by providing better accessibility to markets, increasing employment, bringing in foreign investment and improving global presence in the state.
The commissioner said Aregbesola has laid solid foundation for economic development of the state and his efforts have been yielding positive result with the recent agreement of Turkish government to partner Osun on trade, commerce and industrial revolution.
Baderinwa stated that the Turkish government has agreed to support the state at completing the MKO Abiola International Airport in Ido-Osun, stating that the airport when completed will aid the state’s economy.
Aside the airport, Aregbesola said Osun economy will in no time receive boost when the $30.5million contract won by the Osun RLG/Adulawo Technology Company for the supply of Terrestrial Broadcast Set Top Boxes flows into the market.
Baderinwa noted that the 15-year-old moribund cocoa processing industry in Ede has been revived by the Aregbesola’s administration, disclosing that a Chinese company, Shanghai Golden Monkey Group was ready to invest N10billion into the economy of Osun state through cocoa processing and production.
The company, according to Baderinwa would have the capacity to provide 1,000 jobs for the unemployed youths in the state in the next two years when it begins full production.
According to the commissioner, aside road construction and investment in company, construction of markets by the Aregbesola’s administration has been aiding trade and commerce in the state, saying that new markets like Aje and Ayegbaju International markets have expanded economic activities.
Baderinwa submitted Aregbesola has laid foundation for economic development, stating that in the next five years the economy of the state would be sustainable and make the state independent of federal allocation.
The commissioner stated that Aregbesola’s administration recognized agriculture as a strong pillar of economy, hence his commitment to promoting agriculture and food security through intervention programmes like Osun Rural Enterprise and Agricultural Programme (O REAP) and Osun Rural Access and Mobility Project (O RAMP).
He said the O REAP and O RAMP programmes have afforded the farmers opportunity of getting the farm produce into the markets with ease with the provision of compact roads, curvet and bridges in all the villages across the state for smooth transportation.
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Education: Our Take In Osun By Abiodun Komolafe

Festus Adedayo’s article entitled ‘WAEC Results: Of Awo’s Mud Houses and Governor’s Model Greed’ (Sunday Tribune, August 20, 2017) refers.

Let me start by congratulating Adedayo for confessing the roles of “societal ills like fixing of results, hiring pliable invigilators and allied ills” in states’ actual performance in education. At least, rational minds can now understand why Osun prefers year-on-year performance in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) results to WAEC rankings for planning purposes. Again, even if the writer was not bold enough to come clean on the state which, in his reckoning, “towers from behind on WAEC’s score sheets”, I have no doubt in my mind that his ignorance about developments in Osun needs some form of education.

That said, had Adedayo carried out a specific, not generalized evaluation of students’ performance in Nigeria, he most certainly would have realized that the case on hand and a hunchback’s awkward movement are identical. For instance, Rauf Aregbesola came into office as governor when almost all things were dull and ugly. Specifically, our school buildings were in such dilapidated forms that they were only fit for habitation by pests and rodents. As at 2010, the ‘performance level of students in WAEC’ was a miserable 15.7 per cent. With this sorry state of development, Aregbesola’s administration was of the view that, if our students must go to school at all, there was an urgent need to move from where we were to where we were supposed to be! In other words; and, for economic reasons, there was an urgent need for the administration to erect new structures, not only for the moment but also for the future. Of course, that was it all started!

Interestingly, these interventions have started bearing fruits. For instance, as at 2016, Osun’s performance level in WAEC has risen to 46.3 per cent which is quite a huge jump in the number of students with credit passes in English and Mathematics. A better performance is being keenly expected in 2017. Similarly, Osun has, since 2013, been featuring prominently between the first and third positions in the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) matriculatable students in Nigeria. Added to these is the higher level of enrollment and retention at the elementary school level which is due, largely, to the positive impact of the school feeding programme, aka O’MEAL. The totality of all these interventions has been a consistent increase in school certificate results since 2010. Yes, Osun is not there yet! But, with various interventions in the sector, it’s only a matter of time before ‘Hallelujah’ takes the centre stage!

For obvious reasons, Adedayo would remember World Bank’s recommendation of Peter Obi’s “model for Africa and other developing countries” but would easily forget the laurels, commendations, even recommendations garnered by Osun in appreciation of its laudable initiatives, latest of which was the recommendation of its O’MEAL scheme to other Nigerian states by United Nations International and Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Was our friend not in Nigeria when WAEC also recommended Osun’s Tablet of Knowledge (Opon Imo) to other states? A case of different strokes?

It is also “poor logic” on his part to have concluded that the learning environment has no bearing on the improvement in performance. On the contrary, if the former is conducive, chances are that the latter will be positively affected. Again, if Adedayo could condemn Aregbesola’s modest contributions to Nigeria’s education sector, one can only wonder what differentiates him from those “critics” of 1954 who accused Obafemi Awolowo of “opting for ‘substandard’ buildings.” Not only that, if “400,000 pupils turned up” for Awo’s scheme in 1955, “contrary to his projected 175,000”, has he carried out an assessment study of what O’MEAL has done for education in Osun?

The columnist contradicted himself when, in one breath, he likened Rotimi Amaechi’s “structures of primary and secondary schools” to “private universities in the west” while in another, he condemned Aregbesola for erecting “cozy buildings” in Osun! He also goofed when he brazenly accused “a governor in one of the south west states” of being “so obsessed with structures that he demolishes old school structures”. We challenge our friend to come real on those schools that were ‘demolished’ and the reasons behind their demolition. To the best of my knowledge, no school was demolished for the building of DTTC Middle School in Ijebu-Jesa; and I doubt if any “old school structure” was removed in Osogbo to pave the way for Osogbo Government High School. On ‘school uniform’, I believe that has been sufficiently addressed in Bolanle Bolawole’s column (See Sunday Tribune, August 6, 2017).

Let Adedayo also note that more than 12,000 new teachers were hired in 2012 to replace those who quit the service due to their disinterest in the Contributory Pension regime. In addition to streamlining and decentralizing the management of education for optimum performance, Aregbesola’s administration has also added 23 elementary schools and 22 middle schools to the existing structures while four out of 12 high school structures – all high-capacity schools – are already in use. More than 40 schools have also been completely refurbished in order to enhance the learning environment. The creation of three tutors-general and the about-to-be-created nine headmaster-general positions are aimed at paying sufficient attention to the early-stage development of pupils.

Of course, Adedayo failed to tell Nigerians what the once-rejected Awo’s free education went through – even in the west – before it eventually became the corner piece. He also erred in branding some states as champions in education! For God’s sake, is he aware that Edo and Ekiti States are far behind in the payment of pension allowances and salaries to their teachers?

Lastly, if Adedayo thinks that erection of “cozy structures” or “construction of roads and bridges” are synonymous with making “substantial billions of naira kick-backs”, then, Nigerians are expecting his ‘better ideas.’ But who will take our friend through some tutorials in building technology, especially with regard to the expansion and contraction characteristics of mud which limit its lifespan to a maximum of 40 years?

May principalities and powers assigned to rubbish our leaders’ efforts, scatter!

*Komolafe wrote in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State (ijebujesa@yahoo.co.uk)


abiodun KOMOLAFE,

O20, Okenisa Street,

Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State.

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N-Power Volunteers Demand Payment Of Outstanding Stipend

The volunteers of the Federal Government N-Power initiative in Osun State have demanded the payment of backlogs of stipend of members, who have been verified but yet to receive their payment

An open letter written by the leadership of the volunteers  in Osun state, and directed to a senior official of the programme,  one  Mr. Afolabi reads in part “the volunteers expressed worry and reservations on the main  reason why  payment of the backlogs of stipend for our members are still pending.”

They wondered why some volunteers who were verified in December like their counterparts in other states are denied payment up till this moment.

According to the letter, it is illogical and unfair for volunteers who have been verified and certified to still be owing their stipends while others  who fall in that same category have been paid.

“Recently, we read in the media and all other available platforms of Npower the reaction of Mr Afolabi to the claim” of Lagos state N.power volunteers about their December stipend.

“While we might agree with Mr Afolabi that Lagos state and another state, Anambra, are not entitled to December stipends because they were not verified in December (except with the special intervention and plea of their state governments as emphasized some months ago by same Afolabi), we beg to make a case for some other states that were verified in December but yet to receive their December stipends”.

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Osun Puts Up 648 Rams For Sale During Eid-El-Kabir

The State Government of Osun has concluded arrangements to provide about 648 healthy rams for the upcoming Eid-El-Kabir festival.

The programme tagged O’RAM done through the Selema Oloba Ranch, Iwo raises highly fattened rams breed and vaccinated within two months.

According to the Managing Director of Selema Oloba Ranch, Sola Omidiran, the 648 rams breed in the ranch were acquired from various parts of Nigeria’s northern region.

He explained that during the fattening period, animals add 15kg more weight to their system enhancing their capacity and body shape to provide more beef to its consumers.

Omidiran noted that in line with the government’s quest to generate revenue for the state, the company has attracted partnerships with a wide range of leading online stores to ensure adequate marketing for its animals.

His Words “In a bid to enhance our marketing strategies, we have gone to partner with varying online stores with our website https://www. selemafarmfresh.com, or online sites like Jumia, Ebano Supermaket, Red and Green Butchery and Lekki Farms.”

“With all what we are doing, we can assure you that we will give you value for money. There will be nowhere else you will find rams that are of good quality like these other than the Selema Farms. “

“We have animals in four different categories that are going for different prices that are for sale. We have the Bronze category of about 25-30kg for about N45,000; the Silva Category of 31-36kg for N60,000; Gold category of 37-43kg for N70,000 and the Platinum of 44-50kg for N80,000,” Omidiran stated.

Aside the rams, Omidina added that there are also goats, cattles as well as tomatoes, onions, pepper and the rest as part of the Fresh products under the Selema Farms Fresh category.

It will be recalled that the O’Rams and Livestock project is part of the multi various sectors of the Osun Rural Enterprise and Agricultural Programme O’REAP, a cardinal point of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s six-point integral action plan.

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Osun Government Will Pay Outstanding Salaries – Comrade Sunmonu

The assurance that the government of the State of Osun was committed to the payment of the outstanding parts of workers salaries was re-echoed last week, as the Chairman of the Osun Fund Allocation Committee, Comrade Hassan Sunmonu assured that the government would pay their outstanding salaries.

The Fund Allocation Committee, was set up by the Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the state, comprises of Labour leaders, government representatives and other stakeholders to allocate the government available fund to the payment of salaries, pension, allowances and other obligations.

Comrade Sunmonu who gave this assurance recently while appearing on the OSBC Television current affairs Yoruba programme, Kabenko commended the state government for using the funds available judiciously to take care of workers welfare and enumerations.

The labour leaders who commended the state government for the transparency brought into the system said, “there is no hidden agenda in government negotiation, if the money is available we are ready to pay all”.

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Aregbesola Remains One Of Nigeria’s Best Governors, Says Group

Inspite of owing some categories of workers salary in arrears, the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola has been described as the best governor that continues to be a reference point of human capital development by the international community. A United State’s economic consultant made this assertion in Lagos on Wednesday.
He was speaking on “Media and Diversity Reporting” organized by journalists in Lagos.
“Osun and Lagos States remain the most cited examples of good and quality leadership among the 36 states of the federation in international economic and political circles in terms of management of human and material resources in West Africa. Osun is of particular importance because it is an agrarian state with little resources, dwindling national income but yet has been able to provide enviable records in terms of human development index”, Chief Segun Ajibulu a tax consultant with the United States and President of South West Professional Forum, (SOWPROF) wrote in an address sent to the organisers.
The address was read on his behalf by Mr Victor Fatunla, an official of the SOWPROF and the Managing Director of Factors Insurance Brokers, who represented the group at the event held at M Square Hotel in Lagos.
In the address, he said he was impressed that international community continue to show interests in what is going on in Osun State for various reasons. According to him, the media needs to probe deep into what he described as a “revolution in politics and economy” that has taken place in Osun in the past close to seven years.
He urged journalists to engage Osun State constructively so as to rediscover the real story of the state’s success instead of depending on press statements from the opposition.
He said “beyond the false narrative that Osun has not been paying workers’ salaries, it is important for journalists to understand how the state manages to pay workers on levels seven downwards full salary till date inspite of the lean resources. We should find out how the state manages to pay 75 percent of workers’ salary for those on grades seven and below. We should find out how political office holders including the members of the State House of Assembly decide to earn only 50 percent of their pay, how the governor decides not to be paid any salary since assumption of office and above all how the state was able to build secondary and primary schools of international standards in the face of learn resources.”
He said the media has been concentrating on press releases by the opposition figures who take delight in demonizing the state saying that independent observers and members of the international community continue to do independent reports on the state of Osun which puts the state ahead of many of her peers in terms of sustainable development. “It should interest journalists to know while UNESCO, the world bank and various international institutions continue to partner with the State of Osun. It shows the moral integrity of the leadership of the state.”
He said “It amazes many in the global world how 150,000 computers were given to students, how 500 rural roads were constructed and how the state political leaders make sacrifices for the utilitarian good of the greater society.” He said diversity reporting means that journalists should deal with substance instead of allowing shadows to assume lives of their own.
He said “This man won the most difficult election in modern Nigerian history. He was the first progressive government to stop the advance of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in the build up to the 2015 Presidential election. The most vicious military and security machines were deployed against him, having identified him as the leading icon of the incoming goverment.
There were security reports that the Federal Government led by PDP needed to demolish Ekiti and Osun States in order to clear the hurdle for 2015 Presidential election. Ekiti fell like a pack of cards. But in Osun, it dazzled the PDP and their agents how Aregbesola fought literally with his blood to bring the PDP on her knees. What led to the victory was the conviction of Osun people that Aregbesola and his team was a better alternative.”
He said the defeat of the PDP in Osun paved the way for the eventual loss of the Federal government by the PDP machine. Ajibulu said “The Federal Government decided to borrow the school-feed programme from Osun. This is remarkable. If the National Assembly can make sacrifices by taking half of their salary as the political leaders in Osun do, Nigeria will be able to save about 50 billion every month.” No fewer than 35 journalists from the print, electronic and social media attended the event.
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