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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Imbalance in Revenue sharing Making Nigerians Poor – Aregbesola

The Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has blamed imbalance in the nation’s revenue sharing formula as being responsible for the high poverty rate in the country.

The governor spoke in Osogbo while conducting members of the standing committee of Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, led by its president, Funke Egbemode, round some of the projects executed by his administration.
Aregbesola said more than 70 percent of the nation’s oil resources goes to less than one percent of the total population, thereby leaving large number of the populace living below poverty line.
According to him, huge resources concentrated in hands of the few was not even properly channeled to the development of the nation and if people do not cultivate the habit of working hard to add value to the economic activities, the country will continue to remain poor.
Aregbesola said: “The large chunk of the nation’s wealth is in the hands of few while majority wallow in abject poverty. And the resources are not utilized for any development.
“Sadly, work does not pay in Nigeria today as those who work very well are the most poor. Our inability to develop values out of nature brought us to this abysmal level of poverty.
“Therefore, for as long as we don’t work for this wealth, it will lead to lack of productivity. Work must be the major attraction for all of us rather than our heavy reliance on rent seeking oil economy of the present.”
Reacting, President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Funke Egbemode, attributed the development and progress of the state to the atmosphere of peace and security being enjoyed.
She said it was obvious that something had changed in Osun and there had been a significant improvement in terms of infrastructures in the state since the present administration came on board.
She expressed delight that state of Osun, especially Osogbo, the state capital is now looking more clean, developed and beautiful.
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Osun Set to Dominate Beef Market with O-Beef

The State of Osun is set to dominate the supply of beef to larger markets in Oyo, Lagos and other parts of the South West of Nigeria.

This was revealed during a tour of Oloba Farm Settlement, Iwo where 1,500 hectares of land have been acquired, and a 78-hectare cattle ranch established for the fattening of Cattle and Goats.
The ranch has the capacity to produce 10,000 Cattle amongst other animals being raised for meat production
Recall that the government of Osun sent 40 youth to Germany to acquire modern agricultural techniques in 2015.
Another set of 2,806 Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme, OYES cadet were also trained in modern agriculture practices at the OREAP Youth Academy, Odua farmers Academy and Leventis foundation.
Olumide Ojo, one of the German trainees who resides at the Oloba Cattle Ranch, said he and other trainees are in high spirits as they’ve begun the first batch of 45-day goat-fattening beef production.
Thousands of Cattle are also being raised in the ranch.
Other trainees who arrived from Germany in 2016 are also breeding Pigs using modern techniques at Leventis foundation fattening centre, Ilesa.
In addition to the above, the Osun government has secured 2,000 hectares of land for another Cattle ranch in Ede and Ejigbo local government areas.
A N40M loan support was also granted to registered Pig farmers’ cooperative society in the State to boost meat production.
The German trained farmers stated that in a week or two, the first batch of fattened Goats will be ready for sale in various markets across the South West.
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Ile-Ife clash: Police Parade Suspects

The police have paraded 20 suspects who were directly or indirectly involved in the killing and destruction of properties during the fracas in Ile-Ife.Force Spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood, while briefing journalists said at least 96 people were taken to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital for treatment.

“81 people were treated and discharged while 15 are still on admission and receiving treatment,” Moshood stated. Those paraded by the police are – Eluwole Akeem, Eluwole Kuburat, Ayoola Abimbola, Bello Wahab, Prophet Taiwo Fakuwajo, Oba Ademola Ademiluyu, Elufisan Akintoye, Peter Omisope, Adefisan Isaac and Adelekan Kehinde.
Others are – Elufisan Akintoye, Omisanmi Isaac, Olarewaju Daniel, Seyi Akinyombo, Adejube Monday, Olarewaju Adebayo, Akanbi Adeyinka, Obimakinde Samuel, Alhaji Zakariyau Abdulyekini, Bamidele Elusanmi, Jimoh Sakiru, Clement Kehinde, and Clement Kehinde.
Exhibits recovered from the suspects included knives and axes.
The Force spokesman added: ” The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, deployed Police Special Intervention Force, comprising five units of the Police Mobile Force, five Cells of Counter Terrorism Unit, Conventional Policemen, Special Anti -Robbery Squad, Intelligence Response Team, Technical Intelligence Unit, SIB, detachment of EOD and Police K9 (Sniffer Dogs Section), with their Headquarters in Ile-Ife, led by the Commissioner of Police in charge of PMF, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
“The operation covered the entire Ile-Ife and environs, and other flash/trouble spots in Osun State, and was successfully executed leading to the arrest, detention and investigation of 38 suspects out of which 20 suspects were found culpable for direct and indirect participation in the killing of innocent people, maiming and destruction of properties of the victims worth millions of naira. They will be prosecuted on completion of investigation,
“The remaining 18 suspects have been released unconditionally for lack of prima facie evidence against them.”
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Ooni Of Ife To Address British House Of Commons On Tuesday

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi is to address the British House of Commons in the United Kingdom on Tuesday alongside other guests and Members of Parliament (MPs) at BRITAFRIQUE- an international trade, investment and tourism symposium.
This was made known at the dinner and awards event which held on Saturday night at the Ballroom of the JW Marriott Hotel on Park Lane, London.
It was organised by the outgoing chairman of the Central Association of Nigerians in the United Kingdom (CANUK), Tunde Loye, under the auspices of the Babatunde Loye – BL- Foundation, to honour Nigerians in the Diaspora and support charity works.
 The Guardian learnt that the dinner was oversubscribed, leading to minor skirmish, in which the Ooni and some MPs were almost denied access into the venue.
The security men at the March Arch based hotel were said to have locked the entrance, thus preventing a handful of guests who were just arriving from entering.
Besides, guests who were about stepping out for whatever reasons were told that once they left they would not be allowed back into the venue as it was full to capacity by 9pm.
Some guests could not get seats because the reception area was already crowded with exhibitors and some of the disappointed guests.
However, former Mayor of Lambeth, Councilor Ade Aminu, was sighted pleading with the security men to let the stranded guests in.
“I have four guests outside who paid £400 and there is even a Member of Parliament among those waiting outside. These are the people that made it possible for the Ooni to see Prince Charles a few days ago,” he told the security men.
But head of the security men replied: “I don’t care whether an MP is outside or not, the people who employed me to guard the King said we should not allow anyone in again.”
Loye was not available for comments when this reporter left around 10pm.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Aregbesola Distributes Relief Materials to Disaster Victims

In a bid to bring succour and relief to those inhabitants of the State who were affected by various environmental hazards such as fire and flood disasters, the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola has approved some relief materials worth N5million to the affected victims whose property were damaged one way or the other.
Ogbeni Aregbesola who was represented by the General Manager, Osun State Emergency Management Agency, TPL Oluyemi Olanipekun Olarewaju delivered the relief materials to the affected victims at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Bureau of Lands, State Secretariat, Osogbo.
The Governor explained that, the State felt the need to assist the affected victims by donating building materials such as iron sheets, nails, mattress, soap and food stuffs.
Aregbesola said that with thirty-two (32) people benefitting from the first phase, he advised them to make use of the materials to alleviate their suffering caused by the havoc wrecked through disaster. The Governor warned them to do away with anything that may lead to further disaster in their area.
Earlier in his welcome address, the General Manager, Osun State Emergency Management Agency, TPL Oluyemi Olarewaju thanked the Governor for approving the sum of #5million worth of relief materials to the affected victims. He also lauded the Governor for, putting in place a drainage and expansion of water ways as well as sensitization programme in the State.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr. Asimiyu Oladapo, a resident of Dada Estate, Osogbo appreciated the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for the kind gesture aimed at in relieving them from their suffering as a result of the disaster. He explained that this will go a long way in aiding their needs.
Highlights of the event were the distribution of the relief materials to the affected victims across the State.
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PHOTONEWS: Niger Ambassador Pays Aregbesola Courtesy Visit


The Niger Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Mansour Hajj Daddo, yesterday through an envoy paid a courtesy visit to the governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola at the state house in Osogbo.
Speaking through the envoy which was led by Alhaji Saley Idrissa, the ambassador also commended the immediate assistance rendered to people who were affected by the fracas.
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Police probe panel arrives Osun to investigate ethnic clash in Ile-Ife


The probe panel setup by the Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Idris, to investigate the communal clash which occurred in Ile-Ife between some ethnic groups, arrived  Osun on Saturday. Osun Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Folasade Odoro, confirmed the arrival of the Hammed Bello – led panel  in the state to newsmen in Osogbo.
Osun Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Folasade Odoro, confirmed the arrival of the Hammed Bello – led panel  in the state to newsmen in Osogbo.

Idris had appointed Bello, Commissioner in charge of Military Police at the Force Headquarters, to head the panel.

The panel is to look into the immediate and remote causes of the clash and submitted its findings to the police authorities for appropriate action to prevent future occurrence of the incident.

The team is expected to visit leaders of the ethnic groups involved in the conflict as well as pay courtesy visit on the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi in his palace, and other stakeholders in the city.

Odoro told newsmen that apart from investigating the cause of the conflict, the panel would also work out how to ensure cordial relationship between the groups in conflict.

She said detectives were still on the trail of some suspected culprits, adding that 10 persons had been arrested and were assisting the Police in their investigation.

According to her, relative peace has returned to the city, with anti-riot policemen and other security operatives fully on ground to ensure that there is no breach of the peace.
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Eight Facts About Agricultural Sector In Osun

With a vision “to make Osun the food basket of the South West”, Governor of the State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has so far achieved 8 major things in the vision he laid out six years ago when he took mantle of power on November 27, 2010.
A holistic agricultural policy taken by the government has placed the state on the green map of the South West in a space of 6 years; making it one of the major suppliers of agricultural produce to markets in Lagos and other South Western states. The governor, his deputy and other members of his team were recently seen in one of the major rice farms collaborating with the state government to produce Ofada Osun Rice.
Also, recall that Ogbeni Aregbesola recently led an official government delegation to Germany in search of new insights on modern agriculture in order to further realise the dream of making Osun the food basket of the South West. Germany has in the past four years trained over 40 young people from Osun in modern agriculture techniques such as ‘40days Goat Fattening’ etc.
We present to you, eight (8) facts on the agricultural sector in Osun:
  1. Over 700km of rural roads built to reduce cost of transportation for farmers and increase access to markets.
  2. Over 16,000 jobs created for the indigenes of the State of Osun.
  3. Over 50,000 tonnes of cocoa exported annually.
  4. 30 bridges constructed, with access given to areas cut-off from civilization.
  5. Over 2.8 billion naira given to farmers as loans.
  6. Over 11,000 farmers have been supported with direct cash transfers.
  7. 5,000 farmers’ co-operatives registered.
  8. Over 71,000 farmers have benefited from the Governments interventions.
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Peace Returns to Ife as Ooni Inaugurates Truth and Reconciliation Committee

Peace has returned to Ife in Osun State after last week’s fracas between Yoruba and Hausa communities.Meanwhile, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has inaugurated a truth and reconciliation committee to ensure peace between the warring communities in the ancient city.
Oba Ogunwusi inaugurated the committee in his palace on Saturday in Ile-Ife, Osun. The Ooni described members of the Hausa community in Ile-Ife as his subjects and co-owners of the town with whom he has enjoyed tremendous loyalty in the last 14 months of his reign.
“Thank God for the normalcy, I commend Governor Rauf Aregbesola for being proactive and the security agents for their efforts towards ending the crisis,” he said.
The royal father condemned the actions of those behind the fracas on Wednesday and expressed optimism that they will soon be apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.
He assured the residents that the situation had been brought under control by the government and promised that such mayhem would not be allowed to occur again.
The monarch admonished the Hausa community not to retaliate, saying that the Abuja motor park would be relocated from Sabo, while the police station would be relocated too. He urged all the Yoruba citizens to always embrace the Hausa settlers and other ethnic groups as their brothers and sisters for a peaceful co-existence.
The committee is chaired by Obalufe of Ireland, Oba Idowu Adediwura. Other members are the Jaran of Ife, High Chief Ademola Adeyeye; Wasin of Ilare, High Chief Zacheus Olasode, Seriki Hausa of Ife, Alhaji Mamuda Mandagali; Ezendigbo of Ife, Ezekiel Onyejekde; Okobairo of Urhobo, David Akpomedaye; Chairman, Modakeke Progressive Union, Alhaji Tajudeen Oke and security agencies, while Senator Babajide Omoware is the adviser for the committee.
Meanwhile, the probe panel setup by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to investigate the communal clash arrived Osun State on Saturday.
The Osun State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Folasade Odoro, confirmed the arrival of the Hammed Bello-led panel in the state to newsmen in Osogbo.
Idris had appointed Bello, the Commissioner in charge of Military Police at the Force Headquarters, to head the panel.The panel is to look into the immediate and remote causes of the clash and submit its findings to the police authorities for appropriate action to prevent future occurrence of the incident.
The team is expected to visit leaders of the ethnic groups involved in the conflict as well as pay courtesy visit on the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, in his palace, and other stakeholders in the city.
Odoro told newsmen that detectives were still on the trail of some suspected culprits, adding that 10 persons have been arrested and were assisting the police in their investigation.

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Ooni Declares 3-day Fasting, Prayers for Peace, Harmony in Ile-Ife

Oba Ogunwusi made the declaration through his Deputy, Oba Idowu Adediwura, the Obalufe of Ife kingdom, on Sunday in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Adediwura said that the monarch, who travelled to London on Saturday, sent him to deliver the message.
According to him, the fasting and prayers will hold from Monday, March 13 to Wednesday, March 15.
The Ooni, who said he believed that “with God, all things are possible”, noted that “one tree cannot make a forest” and urged his subjects to eschew violence.
He also appealed to all indigenes and non-indigenes in Ile-Ife to cooperate with him to restore peace to the land.
“Ife is the cradle of Yoruba, Niger Deltans, Urobos and other tribes that live in Ile-Ife and in the diaspora; we are all Nigerians and should not forget our origin,” Adediwura quoted the Ooni as saying.
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NOVEMBER 27 INTERCHANGE BRIDGE, OSOGBO: NOW THE STORY HAS CHANGED


Ola-iya and Abere route can be described as gate-way to Osogbo the Osun capital. The route harbours the seats of two organs of government of the state- office of the governor (and the State Secretariat); as well as the house of assembly.
Before now it used to be vehicular tug-of-war in the morning for workers and other residents of Osogbo who had no other road to ply going to their work places and going back home, as well as other residents going beyond the state secretariat.
The experience is even worse for residents of Dele-yes-sir area, the eastern part of Osogbo, and the Isale Osun area, who also had to get to the state secretariat Abere every morning.
They were cut-off; and had to go-round , more than half the length of the distance to their work places.
November 27 Interchange now breaks bottleneck congestion of traffic along the state secretariat and Ola-iya junction of Osogbo, the Osun capital.


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Osogbo Throws Weight Behind Aregbesola

A high delegation, led by the Ataoja of Osogbo, HRH Jimoh Olanipekun, paid a visit on the Osun governor, Rauf Aregbesola Monday in Abere.
The mission was to tell the Osun governor that the state capital has never had it so good under any administration.
Oba Olanipekun described various initiatives under governor Aregbesola as unprecedented in the history of Osogbo and Osun in general.
He expressed delight at the new look that the ancient town now wears; going by the various infrastructural developments in every nook and cranny of the state.
He particularly commended the efforts of the governor in the area of peace and security in Osogbo and its environs.
He said the level of high standard and quality being employed to execute road projects and school buildings across the state are such that the projects will stand the test of time.
The Osogbo monarch recalled how some deplorable school buildings in the past used to serve as hideouts for miscreants; until current renovations and construction of new ones across the state.
"This visit became necessary because this administration has done what we never expected or dreamt of in Osogbo land.
"Osogbo is now gradually becoming one of the most beautiful cities in Nigeria because of the efforts of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
"We have come to show our solidarity and support to Aregbesola, we shall continue to show our loyalty to this administration in all ways we can because our town is now the cynosure of all eyes for good things.
"The roads and schools that is being constructed are of high quality and standard which we are so sure will stand the test of time, he has also done so much in the health sector, Osun is also very safe and secure as at today" the royal father said.
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AREGBESOLA LAID 50 YEARS INFRASTRUCTURE IN 6 YEARS

this is to attest that the works of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in infrastructural development is a national discourse among Nigerians far and near) God bless my Governor Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola for laying the foundation for solid infrastructure matching foreign trend. My take:- Kudos to the magician,despite economic recession OGBENI AREGBESOLA broke the yoke of impossibility in Osun infrastructural development. May God gives us a brilliant, reliable,responsible and God fearing successor that will consolidate the development.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Osun Fact File: Traditional Institutions


The traditional institution such as Kingship which dates back to pre-colonial era is still held in high reverence in the state. Their foresight, determination and aggressiveness led to the creation of Osun .Obas as they are called play pivotal roles in ensuring peace and stability in their domain as well as preserving the age-long tradition and culture.
The State is blessed with qualitative traditional rulers, highly educated and sound in their various field of endeavour thus using it for the overall development of their people and domain. They are highly enlightened, widely traveled and committed to the progress of the state in general.
Foremost traditional rulers in the state includes the Ooni of Ife, The Ataoja of Osogbo, The Owa Obokun of Ijesa Land, The Timi of Ede, Oluwo of Iwo, Akinrun of Ikirun, and a host of other traditional rulers.
Ooni of Ile-Ife
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