Senate Invites Aregbesola, Dingyadi Over ‘Deteriorating State’ Of Police Colleges

The Senate on Tuesday resolved to invite Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola, and the Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi over the deteriorating conditions of police colleges across the country.

The resolution was reached after the lawmakers resumed their first plenary following resumption from annual recess.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Tuesday by Ezrel Tabiowo, the Special Assistant (Press) to the President of the Senate.

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The motion was sponsored during plenary by Senator Barinada Mpigi (PDP, Rivers South East) and nine other lawmakers.

They urged the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to as a matter of urgent national security intervene in the deteriorating condition of the Police College in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State.

It also urged the Police Service Commission to take adequate measures and inventory of police colleges in the nation to ensure that the standard meets acceptable global limits for efficient policing.

In his motion, Senator Mpigi while highlighting the role of the police in the provision of security, noted that the establishment of police colleges was for the purpose of training effective police officers for the prevention and detection of crimes.

He said, “The Police College, existing in Tai local government area of Rivers State, which serves for the training of police officers across the nation, has been virtually abandoned and at the brink of collapse. Poor staffing management and other facilities make the college unfit for habitation.”

The lawmaker warned that the poor state had made the college to become a dilapidated facility that lowers the morale of trainees.

I’m Going To Pioneer Serious Taxation For Wealthy Nigerians – Aregbesola

Rauf Aregbesola

 

The immediate former governor of Osun State Rauf Aregbesola has vowed to pioneer serious taxation for wealthy people in Nigeria, when a becomes a Minister of the Federal Republic.

He said this on Monday when he was being screened by the Senate.

The minister nominee said  he was responding to the senator representing Abia central, Theodore Orji who asked for his view on multiple taxation and how it affects businesses.

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“The truth is, Nigeria is a federation and I am a federalist. There is a limit to what we can do on taxation in the federation. I wouldn’t have loved to go into this because it is going to be controversial.

“We have left the rich men in Nigeria without discharging their responsibility to the citizens particularly on taxation.

“So, I am going to pioneer privilege taxes for those who have huge resources or wealth from which Nigerians must tap. If I go into this, there might be some ill feelings in some quarters, so I wont go deep into that.

“I will recommend serious taxation for wealthy people in Nigeria.

“If that will now translate to lifting the burden on the state and the local government to reduce the penchant for taxes that make poor people give from their inadequate resources, of course, I will be satisfied.

“I am going to advocate a just taxation system,” he said.

Mr Aregbesola was the fourth ministerial nominee to be screened on Monday. Thirty one ministerial nominees, of the 43 sent by President Muhammadu Buhari, had been screened last week by the lawmakers.

Omisore, Osun Govt Disagree Over ‘Fake Contract’ Allegation

Senator Iyiola Omisore                                          Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State.

 

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has alleged that Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration plans to plunge the state into debt by awarding a fake contract worth billions of naira.

Omisore made the claims after meeting with the Traditional Ruler of Ilesha, Adekunle Aromolaran, at his palace in the state.

Also, he claimed the governor was taking the steps to get the state indebted “because it is clear that his party (APC) has lost the September 22, 2018 governorship election.”

Omisore further alleged that the state government plans to issue an Irrevocable Standing Payment to a company in charge of construction work for the next 15 years.

He accused the government of embedding the “disingenuous scheme” in “a fake contract document”.

 

But the state government rejected the allegations.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, branded the claims as “spurious allegations” and called on people in the state to ignore them.

Boderinwa said the claims amounted to “gross irresponsibility” by SDP and Omisore.

He accused the SDP candidate and the party of feeding the people “half-truths, outright lies and insinuations in a desperate move to seek attention”.

The commissioner also rejected claims that N7.22 billion is deducted monthly from Osun State’s allocation.

He said, “The official report of the National Bureau of Statistics put both the internal and external loans, bonds and other credit line obtained by the State Government to N179bn in September 2017.”

Baderinwa, however, explained that the “debt is getting reduced monthly as payment is made based on upfront deductions from allocations.”

He said, “Governor Aregbesola had stated that the conventional loan obtained by the government would be settled in 2019 while the N11.4bn Sukuk would be fully paid back in 2020.

“The Accountant General of the state had also in May this year stated that the total debt left for the state to pay was N143.6bn. These are verifiable facts and anybody saying anything to the contrary is only out for mischief of political purpose.”

 

APC Holds Osun Governorship Primary, SSG, Two Others Withdraw

APC Holds Governorship Primary Election In Osun

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is holding its primary election to produce a candidate for the governorship election in Osun State.

A total of 17 aspirants are participating in the exercise taking place in the 332 wards across all the local government areas of the state.

Some of the aspirants include the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuff, and Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Dr Najeem Salam.

Also participating are Chief of Staff to the Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, as well as Ezekiel Oyemomi, Saka Layonu, Abdulgafar Amere, and Kunle Adegoke, among others.

However, Senator Babajide Omoworare, the Secretary to the Osun State Government, Moshood Adeoti, as well as the Chairman of Local Government Service Commission, Peter Babalola, have pulled out of the exercise.

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The primary began on Friday morning with the distribution of sensitive materials to officials amid tight security at the APC secretariat in Osogbo, the state capital.

APC national leadership had constituted an electoral committee chaired by Zamfara State Governor, Abdul’Aziz Yari, with a charge to conduct a free and fair primary that would be accepted by party members in the state.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had also fixed September 22 to conduct the poll that would produce a successor for Mr Rauf Aregbesola who has been governor since November 2010.

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Osun Govt Committed To Airport Project, Despite Failure Of Concession Arrangement – Aregbesola

 

Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola says despite failure of concessionaire arrangement of proposed MKO Abiola airport the state government is committed to the success of the project. 

The proposed airport which was awarded on October 26, 2017 for N69 billion under a concession arrangement with an indigenous company, AWOL International was estimated to be completed in eight months in Ido-Osun town.

The governor speaking on Friday during a programme tagged ‘Ogbeni Till Day Break’ in Osogbo, the state capital explained that all efforts will be channeled towards make the project successful.

Also, in a Tweet on his official handle, @raufaregbesola he expressed commitment to the project.

“The concessional arrangement of the MKO Abiola airport has failed but that project is dear to us and we are believing God, we shall complete it,” he said.

 

 

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Speaking on the debt profile of the state, Aregbesola   said the debt profile of the state is not as bad as being speculated.

Explaining details of the debt being owed by Osun State, the governor said that the N30 billion conventional loan, which the state took for capital projects would be fully repaid by 2019.

He urged the people of the state not to fear adding that the N11.9 billion Susuki Bond Loan was taken for the purpose of developing the state and it would also be repaid by 2020.

Aregbesola also promised his remaining 200 days in office would be full of developmental activities.

The Chief Executive Officer of AWOL Group of Company, Nurudeen Ogunlade during a press conference on November 2, 2017, said the proposed MKO Abiola airport would be completed within the period of eight months.

Osun Govt Approves Promotion, Confirmation, Conversion of Workers

Court Declares ‘State Of Osun’ Illegal, Rebukes Aregbesola
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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.

Osun Needs N10bn Monthly Revenue To Survive – Aregbesola  

Argebesola Stresses Need To Educate Nigerians On Recession
Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola

Osun State governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday said for the state to survive economically the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) must be raised from its average of N500 million to N4.1 billion and eventually N10 billion monthly.

The governor said this while declaring opened, a five-day workshop on the state development plan organised by the State Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development, at Royal Park Hotel, Iloko-Ijesa.

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“In your course of planning in this workshop, Osun must at least target N10billion IGR in the next ten years. Osun must earn before the expiration of this administration at least N4.1billion as monthly IGR, it is not as difficult as we feel but we must apply our senses to it,” he said.

He charged the leadership of Ministries, Agencies and Departments (MDAs) and other government parastatals in the state to work hard and raise the revenue of the state to accomplish this goal.

Aregbesola also called on the people of the state to begin to look inward and imbibe the culture of being truthful to their civic responsibilities of paying tax to the government.

“If we really want to build a prosperous state as we aspired, thus, we must pay our taxes, God doesn’t support idleness, laziness and indolence, so we must work to meet our personal needs and give to the government what is due to it.

“So, we must also use the opportunity of this gathering to develop and provide to our state, a development agenda that will make it virile, a viable and successful state in Nigeria.

“If Lagos earned N503.7 billion in 2017 as IGR, as being claimed by its government. It means that Lagos generated N41.7‎ billion for every month of the twelve months of 2017, therefore, we must struggle to get IGR capacity of 4.1 billion which is ten percent of what Lagos generates every month before we exit,” he said.

Our Season Of Famine Will Be Over By 2018, Aregbesola Tells Osun Workers

The Osun State Government has promised that the financial crisis in the state which led to the government’s payment of modulated salary to some workers, would be over by the end of March 2018.

The state governor, Rauf Aregbesola, said this while addressing the workers at the Civil Service Week programme which held on Friday in Osogbo, the state capital.

He appealed to the workers to persevere for a little more time for the payment of their full salaries, while commending them for their patience, dedication and labour of love so far.

The governor, however, noted that only 28 per cent of the state’s total workforce received modulated salary, while the remaining 72 per cent of the workers had been earning their actual pay.

He said: “There is no better time to acknowledge and tell you this than now. You have done well so far. What is left is just to thank you, particularly the 28 per cent of you who have endured modulated salaries. These are the 20 per cent who earn 75 per cent of their monthly pay and the eight per cent who collect 50 per cent of their salary.

“The remaining 72 per cent, as you all know, have been earning their full pay and are not being owed any outstanding salaries, irrespective of the spin being given to this by our traducers. Even at that, we must thank everyone for the sacrifice you have all made in other areas.

“This is because your relationship as workers is contractual and I want to assure you that everyone will get his or her full pay when this is over,” he pleaded.

Explaining further about the financial situation in the state, Aregbesola said: “From July 2015 – when we started paying modulated salaries, our income from all sources, including gross allocation from the federation account, Internally Generated Revenue and two tranches of Paris Club Refund – to November 2017, is N121.6 billion.

“Meanwhile, our total personnel cost (excluding gratuities) within the same period would have been N104.4 billion if we had paid the full salaries of N3.6 billion every month. Our personnel cost therefore is 85.8 per cent of our total revenues from all sources.

“However, this is an academic exercise because before the allocations get to us, some deductions would have been made on commitments already made since as far back as the 1970s, up till now; and we are also paying modulated salaries.

“The reality, however, is that our net income is N61.7 billion while our real total personnel cost is N63.98 billion. This stands at 103.6 per cent of our total net revenue. I obtained these figures from the Accountant General of the state and you can individually verify them in his office.

“The implication of this grim statistics is that we have spent more on salaries and emoluments than our revenues from all sources.”

‘We Could Provide Flying Cars If Possible’

Aregbesola who accused his political opponents of playing mischief on the salary issue, urged the workers not to allow the opposition to instigate them against the government.

He also noted that when the state was financially buoyant between December 2010 and December 2013, he had paid workers the 13th month bonus salaries as well as other incentives such as quadrupled car and housing allowances, stressing that the situation was only temporary.

The governor said: “If we have the resources, we will provide flying cars for the workers. We will put our lives on the line to achieve that. Nobody should therefore fail to understand the circumstance that prompted us to pay modulated salaries to 28 per cent of our workforce.

“When this problem began, we had to keep taking loans, up to N25 billion, in order to pay salaries. But we must face reality; we cannot continue to give what we don’t have. I have extrapolated from the statistics I gave you earlier, that should we even want to give workers everything we have, it is still not adequate.

“We are grateful that to a large extent, you have collaborated with us and supported us. We are simply asking for further perseverance, understanding, patience and sacrifice. You must not fail to recognise, as Chief Obafemi Awolowo admonished us, that the darkest part of the night is just before the dawn,” he stated.

Osun Govt Approves N18m For National Youth Games

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The Osun State government has disclosed that it has released the sum of N18 million for the preparation and participation of athletes and officials for the 2017 ‘3rd National Youth Games’ holding in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

Addressing pressmen in Osogbo, on the preparations of the state team, the Commissioner for Social Protection, Sports and Special Need, Hon. Biyi Odunlade said the State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola had already released the money for the event.

Odunlade noted that, the governor approved and released the total sum of N18 million for the camping, preparation, and participation of athletes and officials in the Games and that the athletes and officials are all in high spirit as they set out for the Games in two days time.

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(File Photo) Rauf Aregbesola

Hon. Odunlade said the governor, a sport loving governor, believes that sports enhance physical and mental development and that his love for sports facilitated the quick release of funds for the state participation in the Games.

A total of 68 athletes would be representing the state in 17 events, which includes; Athletics, Swimming, Boxing, Scrabble, Weight lifting, Karate, Judo, Table and Lawn Tennis and others.

He said the athletes going for the Games had been training within and outside the state for a long time and that the expectation of the state/government from the athletes are: ten Gold medals, 15 silver, and 19 bronze medals.

He said the officials and athletes were well prepared, motivated and ready to move and that by Thursday, they would all be in Ilorin for the Games.

He said his Ministry is saddled with Sports and Youths Development and that the Youths Games will provide an avenue for engaging the youths to channel their energy positively.

“in the concern that we must develop the youths, we must develop sports. Besides laurels, sports is a positive attraction for all round development of the body.

“When you do sports, all negative distractions would go as your health will improve and your vision about life would equally improve as you become more righteous,” he said.

The National Youth Games would kick-off on September 7 to 17.

FG Delegation Pays Condolence Visit To Aregbesola

A Federal Government delegation on Thursday paid a condolence visit to the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola over the loss of his mother, Saratu Aregbesola in Ilesa, Osun State.

Those who visited the governor included the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, Minister of Communication Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and Special Adviser Media & Publicity Femi Adesina.

Mrs Saratu Aregbesola who died in the early hours of Tuesday was laid to rest finally at her residence in Ilesa, Osun State according to Islamic rites.

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The Deputy Governor, Otunba Titilayo Tomori Laoye, other executives, Lawmakers and political associates from across Osun State were all at the home of the late Madam Aregbesola to pay their last respect to the departed soul.

The President, Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday also commiserated with the Governor over the loss via a phone call.

Buhari Calls Aregbesola Over Mother’s Death

President Muhammadu Buhari is celebrating a Prince of Sokoto and former Nigeria's High Commissioner to South Africa, Alhaji Shehu Malami, on his 79th birthday.

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commiserated with the Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola over the passing away of his mother, Saratu Aregbesola.

The President’s media aide, Mr Garba Shehu stated that Buhari expressed sympathy with the governor via a telephone call.

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Mrs Saratu Aregbesola who died in the early hours of Tuesday was laid to rest finally at her residence in Ilesa, Osun State according to Islamic rites.

The Deputy Governor, Otunba Titilayo Tomori Laoye, other executives, Lawmakers and political associates from across Osun State were all at the home of the late Madam Aregbesola to pay their last respect to the departed soul.

Islamic clerics at the final Prayer for the mother of the Osun State Governor harped on the need for all to understand that every individual born of man will eventually leave the surface of the earth one day, hence the need to always do good.

[PHOTOS] Tinubu, Akande Pay Condolence Visit To Aregbesola

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and a former governor of Osun State, Bisi Akande, have paid a condolence visit to Governor Rauf Aregbesola over the death of his mother.

Governor Aregbesola’s mother, Saratu, but popularly known as Iya Olobi, died on Tuesday in Ilesha, the governor’s hometown.

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