I Want Osun To Be A Model Of Civilised Administration – Aregbesola

Argebesola Stresses Need To Educate Nigerians On RecessionThe Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to turning the state to a model of civilised administration in the country.

He said his government had not relented in its determination to achieve 25 years works within eight years.

Governor Aregbesola gave the assurance on Thursday while receiving the leadership of Methodist Church of Nigeria, at the Government House, Osogbo.

He said his administration had been working round the clock in reviving the state’s economy and as well positioning the state among the most viable economies in Nigeria.

Aregbesola told reporters that his government, since inception in 2010, had been threading paths of economic reinvigoration, which according to him, helped to record unprecedented feats in the last six years.

Regaining Of “Hope”

He said the state under his leadership had succeeded in its designed policies of economic re-engineering and revitalisation aimed at achieving greater profitability, effectiveness and productivity.

Governor Aregbesola further claimed that his coming to the state was not in any way by accident but rather a clarion call to liberate the good people of the state from the shackles of backwardness.

The Governor, who described his emergence as the regaining of “hope” that had already been lost, said “coming to Osun has given birth to socio-economic prosperity and political stability”.

According to him, the state government, having realised the economic potential of the state, decided to embark on people-oriented programmes that have positively affected the lives of the residents.

Affirming his belief on the efficacy of prayers, Governor Aregbesola attributed some of the achievements made by his government to unflinching supports received from religious leaders.

He called on other religious leaders in Nigeria to save the nation from its present economic situation.

Governor Aregbesola stressed that Nigeria had reached a climax where prayers and supplication were indispensable to facilitate quick survival.

“I am a product of prayers. I believe strongly in the efficacy of prayers. That is why our administration has been growing from strength to strength.

“As we all know, the present economic situation has challenged each and everyone on the need to move closer to God and as well support the country with prayers.

“We must all pray vehemently to rescue our nation out of the current socio-economic, religious, cultural and political unrest”, he stressed.

Earlier, the Archbishop of Ilesa Arch-diocese of Methodist Church of Nigeria, Most Reverend Amos Akindeko, eulogised Governor Aregbesola for always placing God first in all he does.

Reverend Akindeko, who led other men of God in prayers, prayed God to continue to uphold the state and its people.

Omoworare Applauds Workers, Calls For More APC Support

Ondo APC Promises Better Days in 2017Senator representing Osun East Senatorial District, Mr Babajide Omoworare, has called on workers and people of the state to intensify their support for the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the government of Rauf Aregbesola in order to move the state as well as the Nation forward.

In his goodwill message to mark the 2017 New Year celebration which was signed by his Media Assistant, Comrade Tunde Dairo, the senator expressed appreciation to God for his mercies which according to him, saw Nigeria through the economic and political turbulence of 2016.

“I felicitate with the people of the State of Osun most especially my good people of the Ife/Ijesa Senatorial District as we enter the New Year 2017.

“We must be grateful to God Almighty for seeing us through the travails of the year 2016 and we look up to him for a viable, stable and productive 2017.”

Omoworare went further to appreciate Nigerians, most especially, the workers for their sacrifice, perseverance and support for the APC Government both at state and federal level.

“It will be a great disservice if we fail to commend Nigerians for supporting the APC and standing by President Muhamadu Buhari as he pilots the affairs of the Nation. This goodwill investment and trust is unprecedented and highly commendable,” he said.

Omoworare however admonished Mr President and his team to put in more effort to rescue the country from recession, provide more jobs, diversify our production base, provide favourable economic environment and convert the present challenges to opportunities to promote patriotism and believe in the quality of Nigerian products as alternative brands for local consumption and export.

“As a progressive legislator and Chairman of Senate Committee on Legislative Compliance, we assure Nigerians of qualitative legislative activities that will be people focused, reflate our economy and promote substantive adherence to laws of the land and resolution of the parliament”. the senator stated.

On the activities of his committee for the New Year, Senator Omoworare said, “the time is now to run the bureaucracy and government according to the laid down rules, laws and principles to ensure efficiency, transparency and productivity.”

He went further to state that Nigeria is not lacking in legislative framework to move the country forward rather, it has challenges with plying according to the rules and that is what the Legislative Compliance Committee seek to overcome.

Omoworare also commended Governor Aregbesola, for providing focused leadership with strong adherence to his electoral promises, which he described as the basic tenet of a virtuous leader.

According to him, “Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola deserves more support from the people to drive Osun to its desired developmental destination.

“The Governor made electoral promises and has toiled on daily basis not to betray his electoral covenant with the people regardless of the economic downturn.”

“It is my strong believe that the challenges of previous years are gone for good, we are in a new year with new hopes and expectations which I belief will be met sooner than we envisage if we consciously and collectively work towards it,” the Senator said.

Youths In Osun Get Modern Farming Taining To Revamp Agriculture

Rice Anchor Borrowers' Programme, CBN, ImoOsun State government has said that the recent sponsorship of some youths to Germany by the state to acquire modern farming techniques is basically part of its efforts to alleviate poverty, reduce unemployment and revamp the agricultural sector in the state.

The Coordinating Director, Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Youth Engagement in Osun state, Dr. Olubukola Aluko, gave a hint on the training programme while having a chat with reporters in Osogbo on Wednesday.

Dr. Aluko, said the engagement of the youth in farming would not only reduce unemployment rate but position the state for more revenue generation.

“The government would set up an agency to handle land allocation for farming in the state. The step became necessary to resolve challenges facing young farmers,” he stated.

Key To Economic Survival

The agriculture expert, who maintained that the Osun government was keen on improving the economy of the state by investing greatly in agriculture, noted that agriculture was viewed as the key to economic survival of a state or nation.

“‎As a government, we have discovered that the best way to get youths into farming is to give them adequate training in modern farming. To achieve this, the government has also taken the initiative to allocate land to the trained young farmers. All these moves are aimed at re-positioning the state for mass food production,” he told reporters.

He further said that the government had invited investors to fund the agricultural programme for the youths who are leaving the training schools.

“Osun Government under the leadership of Mr Rauf Aregbesola is determined to revamp the agricultural sector and that is what prompted the sponsorship of some youths to Germany to learn modern farming techniques.

“By the time they put all what they had learnt in Germany to practice, it would definitely make Osun be in the forefront of agricultural production in the country,” he stated.

The official of the Ministry of Agriculture attributed the problem facing the sector to lack of adequate resources, saying the state government had concluded plans to reposition agriculture to make it productive and result oriented.

“One major challenge we are currently facing is land allocation to these farmers.

“However, efforts are in top gear to address it. The state would soon set up an agency to handle land allocation to these young r farming in the state,” he explained.

Aluko commended the state Governor on the intervention programmes introduced in the state to re-energise and encourage youths to return to the land for farming.

He said various intervention programmes of the government in the agriculture sector had been yielding positive results over the years.

The Coordinating Director then hinted that the agency was also making moves to ensure farm settlement in the state become more functional, effective and productive.

“With resolution of the problems that are often attached to land acquisition, the settlement has been expanded to meet the needs of the residents,” he pointed out.

Dr. Aluko, therefore, called on farmers in the state to take advantage of the Dry Season Farming Programme put together by the government to enhance their agricultural production for the overall benefit of the people of the state.

Afenifere Congratulates Osun Citizens

AfenifereThe Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has thrown its weight behind the outcome of the Osun State governorship election.

The Pan-Yoruba group applauded the citizens of the State “for keeping faith with progressive politics that Yorubas are known for despite the heavy militarization and monetization politics that besieged them.”

In a statement released on Sunday by the group’s Publicity Secretary, Kunle Famoriyo, the group also congratulated the winner of the election, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, and charged him to renew his zeal for “welfarist” politics as exemplified by Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

“We thank the people of Osun for resisting strange politics that seeks to take root in our land. As the source of Yoruba progeny, they have shown us an example and we are confident they would be better off for it,” the statement said, while calling on all Yorubas to a renaissance of Yoruba progressive politics.

Oyinlola Warns PDP; I Am Still The Legal National Secretary

OyinlolaFormer Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has  warned the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) not to allow the opposition exploit the loophole that his being shut out of office presents as any document signed by anyone presently acting as National Secretary of the party remains invalid.

Oyinlola, who was addressing PDP loyalists during the rally of Osun Central Senatorial District of the party, held in Okuku, Osun State, said that until a superior court says otherwise, the verdict of the Court of Appeal that declared him the validly elected National Secretary of the party still stands.

The purpose of the rally was for the leadership of the party to educate the people on voter register as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC prepares for distribution of cards to the electorates and to also mobilise them on the need to work hard to ensure success at the Governorship Polls.

Debunking insinuations that he had left the PDP, owing to the disciplinary action meted out on him by the leadership of the party, Oyinlola said, “Only the PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) has the right to discipline a NEC member that I am. I have studied the constitution of our party and as a lawyer I know that the state chapter of the party or any other organ within the party lacks the prerogative to discipline me.”

He then gave an assurance that the situation would not deter his involvement in the home politics to ensure victory for the PDP, adding that he maintains a cordial relationship with President Goodluck Jonathan.

The former governor, who addressed the crowd in the native tongue, also expressed confidence in the ability of the new PDP Chairman, Adamu Muazu, to steer the party out of crisis and reposition it for a good outing in 2015.

Leaders of the People’s Democratic Party in Osun Central Senatorial District, as well as the State PDP Chairman, Ganiyu Olaoluwa, were present at the rally.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC will carry out the distribution of the cards to the electorates from March 7 to 9.

Osun declares 15th of November, public holiday for Hijrah

The Osun state government has declared Thursday the 15th of November 2012, public holiday to mark the first day of Hijrah calendar.

Making this declaration in Osogbo, the state capital, the Commissioner for Special Duties and Regional Integration, Ajibola Bashir, said the step is to promote religious harmony in the state.

The holiday signifies the beginning of a new year in the Muslim faithful’s lunar calendar.