Osun State University Shut Over Police Shooting

Osun State University (UNIOSUN) Shut Over Police ShootingThe management of the Osun State University (UNIOSUN) has ordered the immediate closure of the institution over alleged Police shooting of two students.

The management said that the situation on campus has been tensed as some group of students were said to be nursing grudges against the security operatives in the state over last Saturday’s incident in which two students were shot over alleged internet fraud.

The affected students have been recuperating at the Ladoke Akintola University Teaching Hospital, Osogbo as seen when the Osun State Deputy Governor, Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori visited them.

Mrs Laoye-Tomori, while speaking to newsmen, charged security operatives to be alive to their responsibility and avoid accidental discharge in the course of performing their duties.

The Deputy Governor who assured the students that the state government would get to the root of the matter to prevent future occurrence, said justice will be done on the matter.

In a statement issued and signed by the Acting Registrar of the university, Mr Gafar Shittu, the university said the students must immediately proceed on mid-semester break.

ONSU Demands Probe

Meanwhile, the indigenous association for students, Osogbo National Students Union (ONSU) has demanded the probe of the policemen over the shooting of the two students of Osun State University.

The union lamented that the incident threatened the peace of Osogbo and insisted that the matter must be investigated and that the errant policemen must be brought to book.

In a statement jointly signed by the President and Public Relations Officer of ONSU, Adeyemi Idris and Obarayese Sikiru, the body expressed worry that the policemen that were supposed to protect the citizens were the ones endangering their lives.

According to the statement, “It is our belief that the police who claim to be friends of the people should always act their words. It is not enough for them to act on information without thorough investigations.

“We acknowledge the effort of the state government of Osun and Police top hierarchy in the state at dousing the tension which almost degenerated into chaos. Osogbo people are known for peace and security agents should assist in maintaining the peace.

“We appeal for calm on the part of the students of the university and we want to implore the Police authorities to investigate the incident dispassionately to ensure that the culprits are brought to justice.”

Osun State Govt. To Start Implementing Land Use Charge Law

OsunThe Osun State Government has sent the Land Use Charge bill to the state’s House of Assembly for passage into law.

The bill would focus on reviewing the state’s tax policies, particularly tenement rates and Lands Use Charge.

The Osun State Deputy Governor, Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, told a public hearing of the ‎Land Use Charge Bill 2014 that implementation of the bill would help to improve the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

Other speakers at the public hearing agreed that the state needs to look inward to boost its IGR in order to augment its receipts from the federal allocations.‎ ‎

They appealed to residents and land owners in the state not to see the passing of the bill into law as extortion, but a necessity, as stated by the law to help boost the economy of the state.


Osun State Government Partners With NGO To Train Teachers

teachers_NTIThe government of Osun State, South-west Nigeria in partnership with a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Charles Bebeye Ndiomu Foundation, have setup an initiative to train school teachers for effective education in the state.

The trainees, who were 40 in number, were selected from different public junior secondary schools of the three Senatorial Districts across the state.

According to the Osun State Deputy Governor, Titilayo Laoye-Tomori ‎and other speakers at the workshop tagged ‘Train the Trainer Initiative’ in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, the training was setup to revamp the education sector by equipping teachers, particularly from public schools, with adequate and efficient knowledge and skill for better performance in classroom management.

A Technical Consultant, Ani Bassey -Eyo , and another Consultant, Ifeoma Udong, were speakers at the workshop.

They stressed that the education sector required a total overhaul for better performance of the students, stressing that private firms and NGOs could partner with the government to help rehabilitate teachers for productivity that would be beneficial to the society.

The State Deputy Governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Osun State Ministry of Education, Lawrence Oyeniran, ‎said investing in education had always been on the top of the government’s list, hence the partnership with the Foundation to assist in retraining the teachers, to increase student’s performance and decrease teacher anxiety.

Some participants at the workshop, Abidemi Adeoye and Tunde Abolarinwa, said they now have more classroom management tips to facilitate better teaching and learning for all parties.

However, with the necessary skills for managing classroom activities and accommodating individual needs of the students, there would be a major improvement in the performance of the students in all ramifications.

We Must Have A Credible Election In Osun- APC

APC Deputy National Chairman (South), Segun Oni

The All Progressives Congress (APC) said on Thursday vowed that it would do everything to ensure a peaceful conduct of the August 9 governorship election in Osun.

Senator Chris Ngige, APC chieftain and former governor of Anambra, made the statement when he spoke with newsmen after a meeting of the party’s leaders at Government House, Osogbo.   

Ngige said the meeting was centred on how to ensure that peace prevails before, during and after the election.

“Peace is what we have been talking about because we need peace to conduct election but sometimes to achieve peace, we have to make extra efforts,’’ he said. 

Also, Mr. Segun Oni, a former governor of Ekiti, said the party would do everything possible to ensure that Osun election was credible, free and fair.

 The party’s National Deputy Chairman (South) said “We are going to prevent what happened in Ekiti. What we have seen in Ekiti is a new dimension to voting; it is a new dimension to election rigging.

“Congratulatory message from the party to the PDP does not mean we cannot exercise our right.

“Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti said if the election was the will of the people and did not say it was the people’s will.

“We have since discovered that the election was actually not the will of the people. Fayemi’s position has always been in tandem with that of the party,’’ Oni said.

According to him, there is no shade of disagreement between Fayemi and the APC on the election, hence the party can go to court to seek justice. 

It would be recalled that Mr. Ayo Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party defeated Fayemi, the incumbent governor in the June 21 poll.

The meeting was attended by Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, Sen. Babafemi Ojudu, Sen. Sola Adeyeye, Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and conspicuously absent was Dr Kayode Fayemi.

Other leaders of the Party present at the meeting were Lai Mohammed, the APC National Publicity. Mallam Nasir El-Rufai-,Kawu Baraje and Osun State Deputy Governor, Titilayo Laoye- Tomori.

Osun Education System Had Collapsed Before My Tenure – Deputy Governor

The Deputy Governor and Commissioner of Education in Osun state, Titilayo Laoye – Tomori has said that the recent educational reforms embraked upon in the state were as a result of the system which had collapsed at the time she resumed office in November 2010.

The schools were not conducive for learning or teaching, performance of the students was very poor and only 3% of the children could matriculate, she said, adding that the state of the educational system was very alarming.

I was not aware of the state of the school during the campaign for elections, she said.

Her Excellency, who made this known, while speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, also said that due to the state of education in Osun state, an education summit was held in February 2011, where a communique was issued which talked about reclassification of the educational system in the state.

She further explained that the communique was adopted as a road map, adding that, what has been done with the reclassification is the system has been regrouped into three basic segments, the elementary school which takes care of children between the ages of 6- 9, the middle school and the high school.

“The system we now run does not conflict with the federal government’s educational system”.

Explaining the elementary school system, the deputy governor said that the state does not encourage kindergarten education in the public schools, except in privately owned schools.

She stated that students at the elementary level are provided with food every day and their health care is taken care of by deworming every six months, “We are about the only state in Nigeria that I know of that is currently giving free mid-day meal”.