OSBC, Osun Assembly Plan Befitting Burial For Journalist

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The Osun state Broadcasting Corporation, (OSBC), and the state House of Assembly have arranged to give a befitting burial to the House of Assembly correspondent, Nathaniel Abimbola, who died in a motor accident last weekend.

The Chairman, OSBC board, Hon. Kola Akanji, disclosed this when a group, Asiwaju Grassroot Foundation (AGF), paid a condolence visit to the station on Monday.

The OSBC chairman commended the AGF for being the first group to pay a condolence visit to the station.

According to Akanji, “Nathaniel was a very dedicated, humble, hardworking journalist.

“We had a meeting here on Thursday and we finished late around 7:00pm. I saw him editing a report which we used on Friday before he died on their way to a church programme. It was very disheartening for us, but we just have to accept it”.

“The House of Assembly is organising a programme for him, imagine somebody that is not a member of the House so, that tells you how dedicated he was.

“We are trying to merge the programme with our own and make it befitting.”

In his remarks, the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Comrade Adebayo Adeboye, urged the management of OSBC to bear the loss and rather see it as a move to strengthen the organisation.

Adeboye, described the death of Abimbola as a rude shock, saying that the group was yet to come to terms with the reality of the sad incident.

“We understand the fact that Late Nathaniel Abimbola, was a dedicated staff of your corporation, our paths crossed several times during his assignment as your correspondent at the Osun State House of Assembly.

“Though his death is very painful and hard, very hard to comprehend, we take solace in the fact that he was a committed man that believed in professionalism and service to humanity and his short sojourn on earth would forever be remembered.

“On behalf of our Principal, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Executive members and the entire assembly of the foundation, we expressed our profound sympathy, we share your grief and strongly identify with you in this sorry moment,” he said.

Adeboye therefore prayed Almighty God to grant the management, and the entire OSBC staff, journalists in the state, and the family of the deceased the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

Meanwhile, Channels Television also gathered that four others, who died, alongside Abimbola, were all members of Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) Ayetoro Osogbo.

The entire occupants of the ill-fated 18-seater bus were said to have been heading to Imeko headquarters of the church for a retreat.

Osun Assembly Cautions MDAs To Stop Spending Unapproved Money

Osun Assembly Cautions MDAs To Stop Spending Unapproved MoneyThe Osun House of Assembly has warned Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) in the state against extra budgetary spending.

 

The House Committee Chairman on Finance and Appropriation, Mr Kamil Oyedele, gave the warning when the management of the State Ministry of Information, Home Affairs, Tourism and Culture appeared to defend its N435 million budget for 2017.

Oyedele, who noted that many of the MDAs were in the habit of spending unapproved money, said the Assembly would no longer accept such action.

He said that any head of MDAs caught spending unapproved money, would be handed over to the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Kamil said Section 32 of the state’s Appropriation Law clearly states that no money should be spent outside the amount approved in the budget.

He said in line with Section 224 and 225 ICPC, spending unapproved government money was an offence.

According to Kamil, spending money not approved by the Assembly is criminal, adding that MDAs should always inform the Assembly for approval for extra money for developmental projects.

Kamil urged the MDAs to familiarise themselves with the public procurement law recently passed by the Assembly to guide them on government spending.

Also speaking, the House Committee Chairman on Information and Strategy, Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, urged MDAs to support government drive to improve Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

Oyintiloye said government needed improved revenue to meet the yearning of the people.

He also charged the Ministry to engage in proper dissemination of government activities.

The House Committee Chairman on Environment, Mr Ajibola Akinloye, frowned at poor services been rendered by the State Fire Service which is under the Ministry.

Akinloye said that there had been complaint of slow response of the fire fighters to fire outbreaks in the state, adding that such attitude was not good for the state.

In her response, the Coordinating Director of the Ministry, Mrs Webster Esho, said that they would continue to do their best in the proper dissemination of government activities.

On the poor response of the fire service to fire disasters in the state, Esho said that lack of personnel and necessary facilities were the major challenge.

Management of State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) and Reality Radio Vision Services also appeared before the committee.

While OSBC presented N658 million budget for 2017, Reality Radio Vision Services budget was N133 million for the year.