Osun Govt Approves Promotion, Confirmation, Conversion of Workers

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The Osun State government has approved confirmation, promotion, and conversion of workers in the state.

This was stated by Head of Service in the state, Festus Oyebade, who added that all embargo placed on establishments matters such as conversion, advancement, promotion, and confirmation has been lifted as approved by the Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

The approval is in honour of the agreement reached with the Labour Unions in the state on December 30, 2017.

Oyebade in a circular referenced SMD 304/11 and dated May 2, a copy of which was made available to Channels Television on Thursday, explained that the embargo was placed then as a result of the harsh economic situation of the country.

He added that the ban was to manage the meager financial resources of the state and as well reduce the severe effect of the economic recession as at then on the state.

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Besides the approval of the promotion, conversion, and confirmation of the workers, Oyebade said the governor also paid the salary for the month of December last year, paying leave bonuses and gratuity and pension for the retires on both the old and Contributory Pension Scheme as agreed.

“In a demonstration of his workers-friendly disposition, Governor Aregbesola in his May Day Speech pronounced immediate lifting of the embargo on promotion and career progression of the workers across the state.

“Consequently, workers will now be confirmed, converted, promoted and moved to the next level as at when due. It should be noted that such confirmation, conversion, and promotion have nominal effects only while the approval excludes multiple advancements from junior to senior cadres.

“Appropriate agencies of the state government namely; Civil Service Commission, Local Government Service Commission, Teachers Establishments and Pension Office, Tertiary Institutions and others are hereby requested to swing into action by putting necessary machinery in motion towards the implementation of the directive,” the statement read in part.

WAEC Commends Osun Govt For Prompt Payment Of Exam Fee

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The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has commended Osun State government for the prompt payment of examination fee for students in the public schools across the state.

Deputy Registrar of WAEC, Dr. Olusanya Dacosta gave the commendation during the 2017 WAEC committee meeting held with the state Commissioner for Education, Mr. Kola Omotunde-Young in Osogbo, the state capital.

According to Dacosta, Osun was among the few states which did not owe the examination council any fee.

Dacosta who also lauded the state government for not giving room to examination malpractice during the conduct of exams, charged teachers in the state to strive hard to always cover the school curriculum before students sit for any external exams.

Earlier in his remarks, Omotunde-Young appreciated the examination body for recognising the positive input of the Aregbesola’s administration in the education sector, even as he enjoined the council to do a review of its questions.

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Osun Govt Declares June 12 As Public Holiday

The Osun State Government has declared Monday, June 12 as a public holiday in commemoration of the annulment of the 1993 presidential election.

The Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the office the Governor, Mr Semiu Okanlawon in a press statement over the weekend said the public holiday became imperative in view of the fact that June 12 marked a watershed in the history of democratic evolution in the country.

In his words, “In line with its established policy of observing June 12 of every year as Democracy Day, the State Government of Osun has declared Monday, June 12 as a public holiday.

“It was the day the June 12, 1993, presidential election, adjudged to be the freest and fairest in the history of Nigeria took place.

“Late Bashorun Moshood Abiola won the election. However, victory was annulled by the then military head of state, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.” Okanlawon said.

Union Cautions Alabere Against Encroachment Into Osogbo Territory

Ogun Govt. Distributes C Of O To 1,000 BeneficiariesThe Osogbo Progressive Union (OPU) has cautioned communities in the suburb of Osogbo, capital of Osun State against encroachment into Osogbo territory, in the interest of peace and tranquillity, particularly at the Abere area.

The OPU, which is the umbrella body for all the indigenes of Osogbo, capital of Osun State, was worried over the incidences of land disputes as a result of encroachment into Osogbo lands by the communities in the suburb.

In a letter addressed to the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, by the President of OPU Home Branch, Mr Woleola Akeem and Secretary, Mr Mudasir Salam, the body urged the state government to ensure proper boundary demarcation to prevent encroachment into Osogbo lands.

The letter, which was also forwarded to the Osun State House of Assembly, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 11, the Commissioner of Police and the Director of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) was obtained by Channels Television’s correspondent in Osogbo, Bosede Sodiq.

The OPU congratulated the Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Lawal, on the installation and presentation of staff of office to the Alabere of Abere and urged the monarch to guide against encroachment into Osogbo land so that the peaceful atmosphere in the area would be sustained.

The OPU President’s statement read: “We rejoice with the Timi of Ede, our revered father, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal, on his decision to install the Alabere. However, we plead with Kaabiesi to ensure that the new monarch rule within the Ede territory without encroaching into Osogbo land so as to prevent clash with Osogbo people.

“It is a common knowledge that Abere is two kilometres away from the headquarters of the Zone 11 of the Nigerian Police.

“We, therefore, seek quick intervention of the state government, Osun State House of Assembly and security agencies to ensure proper demarcation of the boundary between Osogbo and Ede so that the Alabere would not come to rule on Osogbo land”.

Osun State Govt Proposes 138.2bn Naira For 2017

osun state presents 2017 budget to House of AssemblyThe executive arm of Osun State government has presented a budget of 138.232 billion Naira for the 2017 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly for consideration.

The estimate, which was presented at the plenary on Wednesday, has recurrent expenditure of 75.823 billion Naira and capital expenditure of 62.409 billion Naira.

It also has the recurrent revenue of 105.090 billion Naira and capital receipts of 33.142 billion Naira.

Presenting the budget, tagged ‘Budget of Recovery’, on behalf of the governor, the Permanent Secretary, Budget and Economic Planning, Mr Segun Olorunsogo, said, the economic sector of the budget, including agriculture, rural development, rural and urban electrification, commerce, industry, finance and transportation would gulp 24.911 billion Naira of the total budget.

He also said, the social service sector, including education, health, information and culture, youths, sports and social development would gulp 11.168 billion Naira of the budget.

The regional planning and environmental development sector, which includes water resources, environmental sanitation, housing, town planning, according to him, will gulp 5.315 billion Naira while general administration and other services will gulp 21.014 billion Naira.

According to him, the main focus of the budget would include, “provision of enabling environment that will ensure increase in food production”.

“It focuses on consolidation of social infrastructure that will expand the economic and industrial base of the state; creation of conducive, productive, and active socio-economic environment that ensures job creation and empowerment of youths and women.

“It will also focus on development of opportunities for wealth creation through tourism and culture; improving basic education infrastructure that promotes functional education and enhancement of the capacity of teachers at all levels,” he said.

Mr Olorunsogo stated that in the course of implementing the budget, new revenue sources would be pursued, while the existing mechanism of internal revenue generation would be improved on.

He told the lawmakers that the government was determined to leverage on the revenue generating potentials of both formal and informal sectors and ensure non-reliance on the revenue from the Federal Allocation.

The governor’s representative also said, the government would ensure blockage of leakages in revenue collection through effective monitoring of all officials in charge of such collections.

Receiving the budget, the Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salaam, said the estimate would be properly scrutinised to ensure it was in line with the needs of the state and its people and do justice to all the budget heads.

Commending the administration of Aregbesola for working hard in formulating policies and programmes that would improve the living standard of the people, he said, the Assembly would not be the clog in the progress of the state.

The speaker who stressed that the presentation of the budget had been taken as first reading, noted that, the estimate would be committed to the Committee of Finance and Appropriation for consideration.

Students, Market Women Protest Long Closure Of Osun Tertiary Institution

students, osun state college of education, ProtestStudents of the Osun State College Of Education have taken to the streets again, to protest the long closure of the tertiary institution.

The crisis seems to have taken a new turn, as not only students, but market women, youths and residents of the Ila Orangun town in Osun state, joined in the latest protest.

The agitation which paralysed commercial activities in the town almost led to a face-off with security personnel.

Activities at the institution came to a halt in August, following a disagreement ‎between the Governing Council, the school management and the workers union.

The union called for the removal of the chairman of the institution’s Governing Council on grounds of misappropriation of funds.

This development has, however, thrown the academic calendar of the school into disarray since January 2016.

One of the students, Fabode Oluseye, lamenting the effect of the whole crisis on their academic calendar, said “the protest became necessary to call for the re-opening of the school”.

Traders on the other hand are equally affected, as they receive major patronage from the students.

Some of them complained that their means of livelihood had been cut short as a result of the long closure of the school.

The traditional ruler of the town, the Orangun of Ila, Oba Abdul Wahab Oyedotun, believes that a policy statement from the Osun State government will ‎go a long way in resolving the impasse.

The Chairman, House Committee On Education, Folorunsho Bamisayemi, who spoke to Channels Television via telephone, appealed for calm while assuring the students and the community that the state government would resolve the lingering crisis soon.

Ila residents have, however, adamantly, vowed to continue the protest if no word was heard from the government as soon as promised.

NLC Affirms Osun Govt Not Owing Salaries

NLC-Osun-SalariesNLC says the relationship between workers and the Osun State government is very cordial.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Osun State chapter, Jacob Adekomi, told Channels Television in Osogbo that the government has lived up to the agreement reached on salary payment.

He said that so far, the workers have received their take home pay up till January 2016 in line with the disbursed allocation from the Federal Government.

Mr Adekomi added that the bailout fund received by the state government in 2015 was clearly monitored by the NLC, to ensure that the fund was used to pay salaries of workers owed from January to June, 2015.

He admitted that although the retirees were not captured when the fund was requested for, he disclosed that the union unanimously agreed that the retirees should be a beneficiary of the bailout fund and the state government carried it out.

Based on the agreement reached with the state government, according to the union chairman, workers on Grade level 1-7 ‎got full salaries while workers on Grade level 8 and above received half of their pay pending when the economy of the state improves.

This he said was arrived at by the committee setup comprising of government officials and the NLC, to work on the modality of payment of salaries to avoid chaos.

Adekomi added that the civil service was peaceful as workers and retirees have received their salaries and pensions for the month of January while they await the Federal Allocation for the month of February ‎.

Osun Doctors: NMA Threatens South-West Solidarity Strike

osunThe South West caucus of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has threatened to embark on systematic solidarity strike across the South-west states.

The threat came as the face-off between the Osun State government and members of the state chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association over unpaid salaries and other welfare packages continues.

At a press conference in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the chairperson of the south west caucus, Mrs Adenike Odewabi, said that this became imperative in view of the alleged nonchalant posture of the Osun State government towards the plight of the striking doctors

While highlighting the negative effects of the ongoing impasse between the striking doctors and the state government, the caucus leadership called on the federal government to wade into the crisis before it is too late.

Osun Govt. To Sensitise Business Owners On Tax Payment

aregbesola-OsunOsun State Government says it is working towards improving the level of voluntary compliance of people on tax payment and ensuring immediate and sustainable growth of the revenue base of the state.

Acting Chairman of the State Internal Revenue Service, Dayo Oyebanji, said this when the task force embarked on a road show to major markets and shops in Osogbo, the state capital.

This is to sensitise the people on the need to pay for their business premises and other taxes.

The OIRS boss said aside from generating revenue into the government’s purse, it would also enable the government to have adequate planning data which would enhance even development in all parts of the state.

Oyebanji added that the agency has been receiving positive response especially from people in the informal sector, saying defaulters would be made to face the full weight of the law.

The Coordinating Director in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Empowerment, Abimbola Oso, said the move would complement development programmes embarked upon by the state government towards making life more comfortable for the people.

He enjoined shop owners, market men and women and artisans to register with the ministry, pointing out that billing will be based on the sizes of their premises.

Osun Doctors’ Strike: NMA Frowns At ‘Unjust Treatment’

NMAThe Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) says it will exploit every means to protect its members against what it described as ‘unjust treatment’ by the Osun State government.

The southwest zone of NMA resolved to this during a caucus meeting held in Ile-Ife while reacting to the crisis in the Osun State health sector in southwest Nigeria.

The leadership of the NMA explained that the current struggle between the doctors and the state government over the non-payment of salaries and obnoxious tax regime of the government has exposed the anti-people stance of the Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led administration.

The Chairperson, NMA southwest zone, Dr. Adenike Odewabi, ‎said that the strike embarked upon by the doctors could have been avoided if the government had engaged the doctors in a formal dialogue to arrive at a solution to the demands of the people.

Dr. Odewabi appealed to the Federal Government, religious leaders and all authorities concerned to wade into the crisis and find a permanent solution to the strike, or the association would be forced to picket the Governor’s office.

FG Reiterates Commitment To Improving Nigeria’s Healthcare

DoctorsThe Federal Government has promised to focus its policies in the health sector to ensure that healthcare is brought to the doorstep of every Nigerian.

The Minister for Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, gave the government’s position on Sunday at a thanksgiving service and reception organised in his honour by the Osun State government in Osogbo, the capital of the State.

Professor Adewole assured Nigerians that the Buhari administration would make the life of every person count, as it improves the support for the primary health sector.

He said that the input would ensure that good and affordable healthcare was available to the citizenry.

The Minister told the gathering that he was prepared to work with state governments to create a synergy between the Federal Ministry of Health and government at all levels to improve the healthcare delivery.

Revenue Collection: Osun Govt. Empowers Youths

Revenue Collection: Osun Govt Empowers YouthsThe Osun State government has trained about 210 youths as tax revenue marshals to help in the collection of tax especially from the informal sector.

This was disclosed by the acting Chairman of Osun Internal Revenue Service (ORIS), Dayo Oyebanji, at a three-day capacity building programme for the trainees in Oshogbo, the Osun State capital.

Mr Oyebanji said the training became necessary owing to a drastic drop in the monthly revenue coming to the state from the Federation Account.

He explained that the tax collectors were expected to deal with the informal sector of the state economy by taking the collection process to the doorsteps of market men and women, shop owners, artisans among others.

The OIRS boss, who maintained that there would be no room for tax evasion and avoidance, emphasised on the need for all citizens of the state to perform ‎their civic responsibility by ensuring prompt payment of their tax.

‎He hinted that the agency had embarked on massive sensitisation , adding that the prompt payment of tax would drastically boost the revenue of the state and make it attractive to potential investors.

Drawn from the 30 Local Government Areas across the state, the tax collectors named “Osun Revenue Marshals”, were armed with Point of Sales (POS) machines each to ease their activities.

This comes as part of efforts to increase the revenue generation drive in Osun State, South-west Nigeria.