Osun Lawmaker Urges Air Force To Avoid Further Errors

Osun Lawmaker Urges Air Force To Avoid Further ErrorsA member of Osun House of Assembly, Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, has condoled with families of victims involved in the accidental bombing of a civilian community in Rann IDP camp in Borno state by the Air Force.

Oyintiloye, in a statement in Osogbo on Friday said that the death of the innocent civilians in the accidental bombing was painful and regrettable.

While wishing those who were wounded in the bombing quick recovery, he commiserated with the Government and people of Borno state over the sad development.

Oyintiloye, who is the House Committee Chairman on Information and Strategy, urged the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and the military not to allow the sad incident to weaken their morale in the fight against the insurgency.

According to him, the fact still remains that everybody is pained with the loss of innocent lives at the camp but the fight against the terror group, Boko Haram should be sustained.

Oyintiloye, (Obokun-APC)  said that the victory of the Nigerian Army in clearing the Sambisa forest, which is the hideout of the Boko Haram, was a strong signal that the end of the terror group had come.

While commending the NAF and Military for their sacrifices in protecting the territorial integrity of the nation, he urged them not to allow the mistake of accidental bombing to occur again.

“The accidental bombing of IDP camp in Rann in which innocent civilians lost their lives is regrettable and it is my prayer that God will console the families of the victims.

“I want to commend the NAF and the Military for their effort in bringing lasting peace to the nation but they should please always coordinate their operational strategy well to avoid this kind of sad occurrence again,” he said.

Oyintiloye also called on Federal Government to provide all the necessary help to those who were injured and the families of those who lost their lives.

A fighter jet involved in the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East on Tuesday fired at aid workers, soldiers and displaced persons in error, during which many people were killed.

Osun Assembly Asks Nigerians To Be Optimistic In 2017

osun-house-of-assemblyOsun State House of Assembly under the leadership of Honourable Najeem Salaam wants Nigerians to embrace the New Year with high sense of purpose, positive resolve and optimism.

The Assembly hinged its submissions on the determination and signals from the efforts of the government, which it said had rekindled hope that the economic challenges facing the nation would be tackled in the New Year.

In a New Year message of the Assembly, by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the lawmakers noted that the efforts of the government had shown that there was commitment to bring succour to the citizens.

Can-Do-Spirit

The parliament, which acknowledged the tenacity and perseverance of Nigerians in the face of economic recession, called for more support for government policies and programmes aimed at revamping the economy.

It also encouraged the people to approach the New Year with positive outlook and can-do-spirit, saying, since the act of insurgency has been largely curtailed by the subjugation of Sambisa Forest, the base of Boko Haram, the government would be able to concentrate more on how to tackle the economic challenges facing the country.

The parliament, however, pointed out that there was need for effective collaboration between the government and the people, which, it said, was imperative to overcome the nation’s pressing socio-economic challenges.

It urged Nigerians at the Individual level to be more strategic, proactive, forward looking and look inward in order to add value to the National agenda.

According to the Assembly, the steps that have been taken so far by the present government at the national and state levels are strong indications that within a short term, Nigerian would start counting the achievements and progress recorded by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in the area of economy.

The Assembly also commended the state government under Governor Rauf Aregbesola for summoning the leadership courage to tackle the hard economic effects.

It said that the state government, with the support of the state House of Assembly, had done remarkably well in addressing some of the burning issues to make life more meaningful to the people in the face of recession.

“The State Assembly is delighted that notwithstanding the negative effects of the economic recession, the government efforts towards addressing the issues, have given members of the House of Assembly hope.

“As Nigerians, we must therefore celebrate and approach the New Year with strong determination and optimism that we will overcome our challenges as a nation sooner than later.

“To achieve this, it is very crucial for the government and the people to continue to work together to ensure total restoration of our economy and set it on the path of progress once more,” it said.

The Assembly then assured residents of Osun State that it would continue to apply appropriate legislative mechanism that would boost economic growth and plug leakages in the state finances to make citizenry more comfortable.

Osun Govt. Spent Bailout Loan Judiciously, State Lwmakers Say

osun-house-of-assembly-insideOsun State House of Assembly has finally cleared the insinuation surrounding the bailout loan amounting to 34.988 billion Naira which was given to the state by the Federal Government.

The clearance by the Assembly followed the presentation of the report of investigation on the 25.871 billion Naira given to the state and 9.117 billion Naira to the local government, which was adopted at the plenary on Tuesday.

The Speaker of the House, Honourable Najeem Salaam, said the Assembly had tracked the bailout fund and discovered that it had been judiciously utilised by the manager of the fund meant for the payment of salaries and allowances.

He re-emphasised that by the findings of the parliament, the balance of the 25.8 billion Naira given to the state was 2.040 million Naira in First bank and 1.312 million Naira in Wema Bank, amounting to 3.353 million Naira while the balance of 9.117 billion Naira given to the local government was 173.226 million Naira in Zenith Bank, giving the total balance of 176.579 million Naira.

“Our findings have shown that the bailout loan has been judiciously spent and that is to tell you that we are tracking the disbursement of the fund.

“However, the Committee on Public Account will go further to investigate the one interest on credit balance on monthly basis.

“We will also look into the activities of Chams, the consultant that is handling the payment of salaries in the state to monitor the activities of the company too,” the speaker said.

Noting that the Assembly was committed to the development of the state, he said, the parliament was committed to stabilising the policy of government.

Presenting the report earlier, the Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Honourable Kamil Oyedele, said it was observed in the course of investigation that the bailout fund released for the state was less than the amount needed and requested for to clear the salary arrears.

He said that all transactions made on the bailout fund were solely for the payment of salaries, allowances, pensions and other salary-related expenses.

Reacting to the report, the Deputy Speaker, Honourable Akintunde Adegboye, Leader of the House, Timothy Owoeye, Ajibola Akinloye (Ola-Oluwa), Kamardeen Akanbi (Ede North) and Olatunbosun Oyintiloye (Obokun) among others commended the presenters of the report for capturing every aspect of the investigation.

They said the report would clear insinuations and doubts on the applications of the bailout loan to the state and the local government.

The members of the House had initiated the investigation after the Nigerian Senate declared interest to investigate how the funds were used.

Some aggrieved pensioners that the state government is still owing had few weeks ago said they were not confident in the investigation by the House, alleging that the lawmakers would be bias.

Osun Assembly To Begin Probe Of Aregbesola Over 34.5bn Naira Bailout Fund

Osun-State-House-of-AssemblyThe Osun State House of Assembly has directed some officials of the state government and organisations to appear before it on Wednesday for questioning on how the 34.5 billion Naira bailout fund given to state by the Federal Government was used.

The planned probe followed the decision of the Senate to commence similar probe.

There have been allegations of misappropriation against the Governor of the south-west Nigerian State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola.

Those invited to appear before the Osun State House of Assembly are the Accountant-General, Permanent Secretaries Ministry of Finance, Office of Budget Planning and Ministry of Local Government.

Others are the Director-General of Debt Management Office and officials of Wema Bank, Zenith Bank and First Bank.

Also invite to be part of the proceeding are Chairmen, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Joint Negotiation Council (JNC), Nigeria Union of Local Government Employee (NULGE), Market Women, as well as representative of Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and Civil Society Organisations (CSO).

A statement by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, urged the invitees to arm themselves with all the necessary information and document on the bailout fund given to the state.

Mr Oyintiloye explained that the exercise had become very necessary in line with its constitutional powers, as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.

He said those invited were expected to appear before the House with useful documents and necessary information concerning the bailout fund given to the state government.

The federal Government had given bailout funds to states to enable them meet some financial obligations, especially payment of workers salaries.

Osun Assembly Amends Local Government Administration Law

rauf-aregbesolaOsun State House of Assembly on Monday, approved an executive bill for the amendment to the State Local Government Administration Amendment Law No 5.

Briefing newsmen shortly after the session on the floor of the House, the Chairman House Committee on Information, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, said the bill, passed by the parliament, seeks the reduction in the number of management committees in the Local Government, Local Council Development Authority and Area Council from 10 to a maximum of five.

The passage of the amendment followed its first, second and third reading through a motion by the leader of the House, Timothy Owoeye at the plenary.

The original amendment law, being re-amended had empowered the governor to appoint caretaker management committees of five persons to administer the council, pending the election of democratically elected management.

Oyintiloye said the speaker of the Osun state House of Assembly, Rt Hon Najeem Salaam, while announcing the passage of the amendment of the bill said, the passage of the bill would guarantee reduction in the cost of governance in the local councils.

He said, according to the bill, management committee would be headed by Executive Secretary and the management would administer the council for a period of six months.

Noting that it has become impossible to conduct election into the councils now due to the economic recession, Salaam said, the new amendment would enable the governor to appoint caretaker management into the council.

According to him, by the passage of the bill, the governor could go-ahead to appoint the management committee to administer the councils after assenting to the bill.

Describing the appointment of caretaker committees to the councils as an abberation and not in tandem with democratic system, he said, it was the economic situation that had forced the state to resolve to the option.

He however expressed optimism that by 2017, the state government would have the wherewithal to conduct council polls.

LAUTECH Ownership: Osun Assembly Commends Aregbesola, Ajimobi

LAUTECH, Rauf Aregbesola, Abiola AjimobiOsun State House of Assembly has lauded the governors of Osun and Oyo states, Rauf Aregbesola and Abiola Ajimobi, for the peaceful resolution of the recent controversy about ownership and management of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).

Speaker of the House, Honourable Najeem Salaam, said the gesture of the two leaders demonstrated that they were living up to the demand of their offices.

The commendation was contained in a statement by the Chairman of the House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye.

The lawmakers noted that conflicts cannot be ruled out in any human settings even among siblings, but allowing conflict to degenerate to crisis is what should be avoided in the future by any good leader.

They added that the resolution would make LAUTECH stronger and meet up with the aspiration of its founding fathers.

The House said that the re-affirmation of the joint ownership of the institution by Oyo and Osun states has shown that the pact of peace, dialogue and tolerance was the way to go rather than any party fanning the ember of discord and violence.

The statement reads in part: “We have always said that Oyo and Osun are creation of law and the constitution and would not do anything that would contravene the same constitution over the joint ownership of LAUTECH.

“LAUTECH is also created by law and unless that law is jointly amended by the two states, none of the two states can arrogate to herself the sole ownership of the institution.

“Those fanning the ember of discord needed to be educated on this and desist from causing disharmony between the two states and their people over the institution.

“It was a privilege that the institution is located in Ogbomosho, Oyo State and that privilege must be properly explored by the host community for economic development.”

Need To Work Together

The lawmakers further tasked the government of the two states to design ways of making the institution to be self-sustaining like other universities.

They said by making such design, it would ease the two states the burden of using their scarce revenue to finance the institution on monthly basis.

The parliament further noted that LAUTECH has created for itself, a name that would continue to place it in the lead among its peers, saying the advantage must be properly utilised.

They said that the management of the institution must strive very hard to maintain the lead that the university has secured.

The Osun lawmakers also stressed the need to work together with their Oyo counterparts on matters of mutual interest rather than be seen as groups working at cross purposes.

They then appealed to the workers of the institution who have been on strike since the commencement of the ownership crisis to return to work in the interest of the students, the host community and the people of the two states.‎

Hope For People With Disability In Osun As Lawmakers Receive Bills

Osun-state-house-of-assembly-billsPeople living with disability and the elderly in Osun State are receiving attention, as the State House of Assembly on Thursday received four Private Member Bills sponsored by one of its members, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, representing Obokun Constituency.

The bills are, Cattle Trading and Grazing Bill 2016; Forestry, Natural and Mineral Resources Development Agency (Establishment) Bill 2016; Mandatory Usage of Standardised Measure and Weight Bill 2016; and Special People’s Bill 2016.

At the plenary, the Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salaam, informed members of the presentation of the bill and read the covering letters to the members.

‘Prevent Frequent Clashes’

According to the letter read by the Speaker, “Cattle Trading and Grazing Bill 2016 is a bill to make provision for the regulation and granting of permit for cattle trading and grazing and the establishment of control posts in the state.”

He added that “the bill, when passed into law, will sanitise the business of cattle trading and grazing, prevent frequent clashes between herders and farm owners, and bring in more revenue to the coffers of the state”.

“The Forestry, Natural and Mineral Resources Development Agency bill will help to protect forestry, natural and mineral resources, as well as make the sub-sector attractive to investors, generate employment opportunities for the citizenry and increase revenue generation for the state”.

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Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye said he has passion for the elderly, people with disability and special people

Salaam also stressed that the Mandatory Usage of Standardised Measure and Weight Bill, would reset the economy through promotion of equity and encouragement of stability and catalysed economic growth, boost confidence in trade and commerce in the state.

On the Special People’s Bill, the speaker said: “When this bill is passed into law, it would protect and provide special consideration for elderly citizens and people living with disability in the area of welfare, social development, poverty reduction and social security”.

Commending Honourable Oyintiloye for sponsoring four private-member bills, he said “this has portrayed the State Assembly as one that is also working towards making meaningful contributions to the development of the state”.

“I want to assure you that the House will give diligent attention to the bills.”

On why he proposed the bill, Honourable Oyintiloye ‎from Obokun Constituency said passion for the elderly, people with disability and special people moved him to propose the bills.

“The elderly and physically challenged people and the special people have been neglected for too long and they need to be made to belong to the society‎.  Let’s show them that we care,” he stressed.