Osun NUJ Honours Deputy Governor, Others

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Osun Council, as part of its activities to mark the 2017 press week honoured the Deputy Governor of Osun State, Titi Laoye-Tomori, with Golden Mother Award, alongside four others.

Those who were also honoured were the CEO of Fort Knox Group Limited, Abuja, Prince Dotun Babayemi, who was honoured with Evergreen Award for Humanitarian Services, Mr Adeyinka Afonja, the CEO of Ace Supermarkets with Entrepreneurial of the Year Award, and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mallam Yusuf Ali, with Man of the Year Award.

The Chairman of the council, Abiodun Olalere during the Dinner and Award Night said the awardees were honoured for distinguishing themselves in their various professions and contributing to the development of humanity.

He explained that the union is committed to the cause of humanity as the fourth estate of the realm, and in encouraging others who are doing the same, which according to him necessitated the need to honour those individuals.

The union also gave out professional awards in eight different categories, which include: Best Reporter of the Year (Print), Best Reporter of the Year (Broadcast), Best Information Officer of the Year, Best Newscaster of the Year, Best Photo Journalist of the Year, Best Investigative Reporter of the Year, Media Organisation of the Year, and Chairman’s Award.

The Best Investigative Reporter of the Year was sponsored by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Future Minds, which specialises in health campaign and advocacy.

Meanwhile, the press week, which kicked off with a Jumat service on May 19 and a Church service the following Sunday was rounded off by “Asun Night” on Friday.

200 Youths In Osun Get ICT Training

youths-in-osun-trained-in-ictOsun State Deputy Governor, Titi Laoye-Tomori, wants politicians and other well to do Nigerians to engage in youth empowerment programmes as a way of giving back to the society.

Mrs Laoye-Tomori is of the opinion that the gesture would go a long way in reducing the level of unemployment and crime rate among Nigerian youths.

The Deputy Governor was speaking at the graduation ceremony of about 200 youths trained in Information Communication Technology (ICT) under a scheme sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Akinwale Adegboye, in Osogbo, the state’s capital.

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Osun State Deputy Governor, Titi Laoye-Tomori

While lauding the gesture, she stressed that the government alone could not do everything and called on the well meaning Nigerians to rise up and lend the government a hand towards making life better for all and sundry.

“It is a way of giving back and I believe it is worthy of emulation by other members of the Assembly and those who are well to do in the community. The government cannot do everything.

“We have quite a lot of our youths roaming about the streets without anything to do. A lot of them are intelligent but they do not have the opportunity to be gainfully employed.

“By empowering them you get the best out of them and this is the way we can keep them from being miscreants within the society. So, I am highly impressed by this programme,” the deputy Governor stressed.

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Deputy Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Honourable Akinwale Adegboye

Honourable Adegboye, said the empowerment scheme was his way of giving his constituents their own dividends of democracy.

“We have promised them during the electioneering campaign that they will enjoy dividends of democracy and we have come back today to fulfil our promises despite the dwindling economy,” he said.

“Widows from across the 15 wards in Osogbo Local Government State Constituency were given rice, drugs to keep them healthy and we also gave monetary help to 73 communities”‎ Honourable Adegboye added.

LAUTECH Crisis: Oyo, Osun Commit To Maintaining Joint Ownership

LAUTECHOyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi and his Osun counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola have finally met to find a lasting solution to the lingering crisis facing Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH).

The meeting, which was also attended by their deputies, Moses Alake Adeyemo (Oyo) and Titi Laoye-Tomori (Osun), and other top officials of both states, took place at the State Executive Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Ibadan.

A communiqué signed by the two governors, which was read by Gov. Ajimobi after a four-hour meeting, restated both states’ irrevocable commitment to the continued joint ownership of the institution.

He announced the setting up of a visitation panel headed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Wole Olanipekun, as a follow-up to the meeting.

Other members of the panel are Hon. Rasheed Afolabi, Prof. Grace Akinola and Prof. Sola Fajana, representing Osun State; while Dr. Tunji Olaopa, Prof. Ayo Salami, Mr. Ayo Raji, and Permanent Secretary, Oyo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Aderonke Makanjuola (Secretary) were named as representatives of Oyo State.

The panel was saddled with the task of reviewing the current terms of engagement between the two owner states with a view to consolidating the joint ownership, as well as to conduct an audit into the institution’s sources and application of funds.

The wise men and women would also be expected to propose strategies for the overall improvement in the quality of education and service delivery in the institution.

Ajimobi said, “The meeting regrets the current challenges of funding and management confronting the institution and restates commitment to moving the institution forward.

“In view of the historical affinity and long relationship between the two states of Oyo and Osun, the meeting resolves to rededicate all efforts towards the development of mutually beneficial goals that will further cement the bond of friendship and brotherhood between them.

“As brothers, sisters and family members of the same Yoruba ancestry, the meeting agreed that this should be a time of consolidation between the states rather than a time of fragmentation.

“Consequently, the meeting agreed to an irrevocable commitment to joint ownership of Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, in accordance with the laws setting up the institution.”

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The Governor declared that both states agreed that comprehensive restructuring was inevitable in order to achieve national, regional and global reckoning by the institution, while he cautioned residents of the two states and other stakeholders to eschew any form of violence.

The communiqué also appealed to the academic staff members currently on industrial action to resume academic activities while the owner states sought for amicable and sustainable solutions to the lingering crisis that had pitted indigenes of both states against one another.

Ajimobi added, “We agreed on the necessity for a comprehensive restructuring of the institution to ensure fair and effective development and distribution of academic resources, physical structures and assets of the university across the two states.

“This is in order to achieve national, regional and global reckoning. We appeal to the academic staff who are currently on industrial action to resume academic activities while amicable solutions are being worked out to sort their grievances.

“We enjoin all residents of the two states, as well as other stakeholders, including students, teachers and workers to go about their lawful duties and resist any temptation to take the laws into their hands. The meeting warned that anyone or group that does otherwise will face the full wrath of the law.”

Nigerian Teachers Make Daunting Demands On World Teachers Day

Unqualified Teachers, FGOctober 5 of every year has been set aside for teachers worldwide in recognition of those described as the vessels of knowledge across the globe.

Teachers have marked the 2016 “World Teachers Day” across Nigeria, with the theme “Valuing Teachers’, Improving their Status”.

They, however, do not have much cause for celebration as they spent most of their time on the streets, carrying placards to demand for better salaries and improvement on their welfare packages.

This comes as at least 80% of Nigerian states owe teachers with some states owing up to nine months salaries and others paying half of the remuneration.

Two-week Ultimatum

However, officials of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) vowed to take drastic step to address the development, as they claimed that payment of gratuities and general welfare of teachers had been handled with kid gloves.

Speaking in Abuja, the NUT President, Michael Olukoya, gave the state governments owing teachers a two-week ultimatum to address the situation.

He threatened that failure to comply would lead to the teachers embarking on a nationwide strike.

Mr Olukoya noted that the effect of the harsh economy had also made their plight worse as their hopes of receiving salaries at the end of the month had been dashed.

Lending his voice, the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, called for support for families of about 600 teachers who lost their lives to the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

A representative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Saidou Jallow, also advocated adequate remuneration of teachers.

 

In Kaduna State, the teachers lamented the irregular payment of their salaries and expressed concerns over their general well-being.

The State NUT Chairman, Mr Titus Ambah, claimed that primary school teachers were the most affected with many of them being owed up to eight months salaries.

He also complained that the teachers’ annual Leave Transport Grant, which was deducted from their salaries, had not being paid in spite of several appeals to the relevant government authorities.

Ambah, however, commended the Kaduna State government for upgrading teachers’ terminal salary grade-to-grade level, thereby putting them on same with permanent secretaries.

Low Key Celebrations

In Nigeria’s southwest region, the celebration in Osun State was marked in low key with prayers session instead of the usual pomp and parade at the NUT House in Osogbo, the state’s capital.

The NUT State Chairman, Mr Amudah Wakeel, said the decision was taken as a result of the challenges Nigeria was grappling with, especially the economic recession.

He called on the Federal Government to consider the teachers’ demand for a raise in their retirement age from 60-65 years.

Amudah also highlighted some of the problems facing teachers in the state to include payment of half salary, but gave the assurance that they would remain committed to their jobs.

On her part, the Osun State Deputy Governor, Titi Laoye-Tomori urged the teachers to rededicate themselves to impacting quality knowledge in the children.

She noted that whatever they teach would reflect on the wards and reassured them of the state government’s commitment to their welfare.

In Kwara State, teachers also made an appeal for improvement in their status.

They acknowledged that they were the worst hit at a period of economic recession.

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, who was with the teachers to commemorate the occasion, admitted that all their needs could not be met because of the present economic reality.

He, however, said he was committed to their needs within the available resources and urged them to carry out their responsibilities with conscience to the pupils, students and the government.

On their part, the teachers called for a pragmatic approach to their plights and urged the state government to address some of the challenges.

Unlike their counterparts, Ekiti State teachers had a different experience, with Governor, Ayodele Fayose, saying that his administration will continue to motivate and support teachers in the state for improved performance and better results.

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Governor Ayodele Fayose and teachers in Ekiti State celebrating

Governor Fayose made the statement at an event to mark the celebration in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, where he rewarded some outstanding teachers with cash and car gifts.

He also donated 50 million Naira to the teachers for their achievements in the recently released National Examination Council (NECO) results, where the state came first with 96.48 percent performance.

The World Teachers’ Day was celebrated in Ekiti State in a grand style, with teachers from all the 16 local government areas converging on the Oluyemi Kayode stadium in the state’s capital.

In their goodwill messages, some dignitaries and the state’s NLC Chairman, Kayode Akosile, stressed the importance of teachers in the society and commended the Governor for his giant strides in the education sector.

Osun Assembly Dismisses Petition Against Aregbesola

aregbesolaThe Osun State House of Assembly has dismissed the petition by Justice Folahanmi Oloyede seeking for the impeachment of the State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, following the recommendation of the 7-man ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the petition.

The lawmakers said that the petition should be dismissed because the petitioner abandoned her claims by refusing to appear before the ad-hoc committee to substantiate the various allegations levelled against the Governor and the Deputy Governor of Osun State in her petition.

‎The committee also recommended that the state’s Judicial Service Commission should take a disciplinary action against the petitioner, Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, a serving judge in the State High Court.

Background
On June 23, 2015, the Osun State House of Assembly received a petition from Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, urging the House to investigate   Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy, Titi Laoye Tomori for misappropriation of state funds.

Thereafter,  the House constituted a 7-man ad-hoc ‎committee with a mandate of two weeks to investigate the allegations levelled against the Governor.

The committee, in the course of the investigation, invited the petitioner to lay credence to her claim, an invitation which she never honoured. Instead of her appearing before the committee, her legal team showed up claiming that the response of the Governor to the petition had not been forwarded.

The lawmakers then said that based on available facts, the committee has recommended that the petition against Governor Aregbesola be dismissed on the grounds that it was an embodiment of emotions and laden with political undertone among others.

‎Speaker of the House, Najeem Salaam, while commenting on the report and its recommendations, pointed out that although the petitioner’s action was against judiciary etiquette , the House took it upon itself to investigate her claims, in order to honour her right to freedom of expression.

The Speaker also made it clear that the report of the 7-man ad-hoc committee and all the other petitions received by the House against Justice Folahanmi Oloyede would be presented to the EFCC and ICPC.

 

Do not Blame Past Leaders For Nigeria’s Security Challenges – Atiku

AtikuFormer vice president and presidential aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, says former leaders cannot be blamed for the challenges facing the country at the moment.

Atiku, who spoke to journalists in Osogbo during a visit to Osun state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola and the APC Secretariat, stressed that since governance is a continuous process, no past leader in the country could be solely blamed for the challenges, adding that the past leaders of the country did their best to position it for steady growth.

He further noted that all aspirants on the platform of the APC have resolved to support whoever emerges as its candidate and expressed his readiness to continue to contribute to the growth of the party and the country as a whole, assuring that the APC is determined to bring about the desired change to the Nigeria.

Osun State Deputy Governor, Titi Laoye Tomori, who received the presidential aspirant on behalf of the governor condemned the spate of insecurity in the country and urged leaders to give all it takes to ensure a peaceful Nigeria.

Osun Govt Donates Opon Imo to Teachers

The Osun State government has commenced the distribution of the ‘Tablet of Knowledge’ otherwise referred to as the “Opón Ìmò” to teachers of Grade 12 level of the public secondary schools across the state.

At the flag- off ceremony at Ilesa high school in the state, the deputy governor, Titi Laoye -Tomori said that the introduction of the Opón Ìmò was to ensure that all students and the teachers were integrated into the knowledge based society which the world is fast becoming.

The ceremony brought together over 250 teachers from the public secondary schools across Ijesa, stakeholders in the education sector and parents of the students.

It’s the first time the teachers of Grade 12 will be receiving the Tablet of Knowledge, also known as the Opón Ìmò in Yoruba language, to aid teaching and learning in schools.

The distribution is to further help the Grade 12 students who had earlier been given their Opón Ìmò to prepare for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination.

The teachers say the device, which contains 56 textbooks recommended by the Federal Government of Nigeria, past questions for West African Examination Certificate and Joint Admission Matriculation Board examination among others, will usher in a modern method of teaching and learning which would ultimately reflect positively on the result of the students

The Opón Ìmò, “Tablet of Knowledge”, is a stand-alone e-learning tablet that provides the senior secondary students with the learning materials required to prepare for school leaving examinations. It provides 3 major content categories; Text Books, Tutorials and Practice Question.