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Osun Assembly passes bill restricting LGAs’ councillors from impeaching their chairmen

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The Osun House of Assembly on Friday  passed an amendment bill restricting  local government areas’ (LGAs)  councillors in the state, known as parliamentarians, from impeaching their chairmen.

 

The bill titled: ‘ Osun Local Government Areas Creation and Administration Amendment (NO. 4) 2020’ was sponsored by the assembly’s Deputy Speaker, Mr Femi Popoola; and its Majority Leader, Mr zMaruf Olanrewaju.

 

The Speaker, Mr Timothy Owoeye; during the passage of the bill,  said it would curb the excesses of the parliamentarians at the local government level.

 

Owode said that the bill was necessitated because of incessant agitations by the parliamentarians to always want to remove their chairmen.

 

He said that  the various councils in the state had witnessed a series of crises,  resulting from moves by councillors, wanting to unseat their chairman.

 

He said that  the amendment would promote peace and harmony, thus allowing for focused leadership at the LGAs.

 

He said  that Order 39 C which  stipulated that a chairman, vice-chairman, leader or deputy-leader could  be removed from office by a resolution of the council by the votes of not less than two third majority forwarded to the House of Assembly within seven days had been suspended.

 

Owoeye held that the power to remove, suspend or any other recommendations now rested  solely on the State House of Assembly.

 

“The State House of Assembly shall;  after necessary investigations, remove, suspend or make any other recommendations as it thinks fit on any chairman, secretary to the local government or official,  including career officers of any LGA,  Local Council Development Areas and Area Councils in the state in the interest of peace, order and good governance of the state, ” he said

 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Peter Dada (NAN)

 

Health

COVID-19 : Oyetola commends group for donating protective items to Osun

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Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun, on Monday, commended Al-Azeez Medical Venture, a Pharmaceutical Company for donating protective items to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

The medical consumable donated include 1,800 liquid soap, 300 bottles of hand sanitiser, Two gallons of hand washing liquid and 200 pieces of hand gloves.

Oyetola, represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamatu, said the gesture by the group was laudable, saying it would be of great benefits to citizens.

” I want to appreciate Al- Azeez medical ventures for giving back to the system at this period of global pandemic of COVID- 19 which is commendable.

” Health financing takes a lot of funds and the state government is doing its best with the limited resources available to tackle the Coronavirus,” he said.

According to him, the state government will  continue to engage stakeholders in the health sector in fighting the pandemic ravaging the entire world.

“We shall continue to synergies with your venture and other phamarceutical companies for the health benefit of residents, ” he said.

In his remarks,  Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Al-Alzeez Medical Ventures Ltd,  Dr Adebayo Adedokun, said the state government had performed creditably, especially in the health sector.

Adedokun lauded frontline health workers for their relentless effort in the fight against COVID -19.

“We donated these items to support the government of Osun when we realised that government has done a lot within its powers and the limited available resources to curb the spread of Coronavirus .

“As an indigene of Osun, we will continue to assist and support the government in whatever way for the benefit and well-being of the people,”  Adedokun said .

He, therefore, commended the government for being  proactive with the measures put in place to contain the spread of the pandemic, saying the measures had assisted in reducing the number of cases in the state.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

 

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Osun Govt. warns forest poachers against hunting in government reserves

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The Osun Government on Monday warned forest poachers in the state to desist from hunting and killing animals in government reserves across the state.

The State Commissioner for Environment and Sanitation, Mr Sola Oladepo, and Mr Rufus Oyegbile, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment and Sanitation, gave the warning while speaking to newsmen on the activities lined up to commemorate the 2020 World Environment Day.

Oladepo said poachers whom were fond of gaining unpermitted access into government reserves across the state to hunt and kill animals had been severely warned to desist from the illegal act.

“Forest reserves serve as natural habitats for animals. And going by this year’s theme, “Biodiversity”, killing of animals in the reserved areas is illegal as such places are eco-tourist centres for the government.

“Henceforth, anybody caught hunting in the government reserves without permission will be dealt with according to the law,’’ he said.

The commissioner highlighted the efforts of the state government in preventing flooding in the state such as dredging of rivers and the roles played by the state Waste Management Agency (OWMA) to ensure that the state was kept clean.

He disclosed that other environment-related programmes were also being carried out by the state government with the aim of making lives safe and meaningful for the people of the state.

He said that as part of the programmes lined up for the environment day celebration, there would be environmental sanitation throughout the state on Thursday.

“I call on all market men and women to come out and clean their environment in commemoration of the day,’’ Oladepo said.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 of every year.

It is a day set aside by the United Nations for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment.


Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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82-year-old woman recovers from coronavirus in Osun

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The Osun Government says an 82-year-old woman recovered from the coronavirus disease in the state, against the belief that elderly people with chronic diseases are the highest risk group.

Dr Rafiu Isamotu, the State Commissioner for Health, confirmed the recovery in a statement on Friday in Osogbo.

Isamotu said that the woman, who was hypertensive, recovered from the virus after receiving treatment for nine days at the isolation and treatment centre, Asubiaro General Hospital, Osogbo.

He said that the woman, a widow, was confirmed positive and admitted into the facility on May 13.

According to him, the octogenarian recovering from COVID-19 beats the odds as elderly people with chronic diseases are the highest risk group because, most of the time, they are unable to recover from the disease.

He explained that the patient, who contracted the disease while in contact with an infected person, showed no symptoms of the virus before her sample was collected, except for diarrhoea.

“The story of the 82-year-old widow provides a glimmer of hope, considering that she is a hypertensive patient on medication.

“Although, when she arrived at our isolation centre on the May 13, she had no cough, difficulty in breathing, sore throat, fever or anosmia associated with the virus, except for diarrhoea.

“We successfully treated her for it and she was stable all through the period of hospitalisation.

“On her 9th day of admission, we carried out a follow-up polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on her and the result came back negative and she was subsequently discharged on the May 24.

“Furthermore, a follow-up at her home after her discharge revealed that she was stable,’’ Isamotu said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Osun, as at Thursday, May 28 has recorded 44 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 35 of them treated and discharged, five currently receiving treatment at the isolation centre and four deaths according to data from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Osun CJ releases 13 inmates of Ile-Ife Correctional Centre

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The Chief Judge of Osun, Justice Adepele Ojo, on Thursday freed 13 inmates of the Kosere Correctional Centre, Ile-Ife.

Ojo freed the inmates while leading the Administration of Criminal Law Justice Monitoring Committee to the centre as part of measures to decongest the centre.

The CJ said that 19 awaiting-trial inmates were presented for consideration, out of which 13 were attended to by the committee.

The 13 inmates, she said, were considered for release on compassionate grounds.

She said that three of them were released on health grounds, two granted bail, while others were pardoned because they had overstayed the stipulated number of years of their offence, if they were sentenced.

She, however, said that accelerated hearing would be given to those that were not released.

The chief judge maintained that as judicial officers, they had a duty to ensure the release of those worthy to be released and as well punish those deserved to be punished accordingly.

She, therefore, appealed to the freed inmates to turn a new leaf and sin no more.

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

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Assembly confirms nominees for Osun SIEC board

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The Osun House of Assembly on Thursday confirmed nominees for the State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) Board, after they were screened on Wednesday.

Recall that the names of the nominees for the state electoral commission board were sent by the state governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, to the assembly on May 19 for ratification and confirmation.

The nominees screened and confirmed by the state assembly include Mr Segun Oladitan, as Chairman.

Others are Mrs Abosede Omibekun, Mr Rufus Oyeniran, Alhaja Babalola Adubi, Mr Oladosu Gidigbi, Mr Yinka Ajiboye and Alhaji Wahaab Adewoyin, as members.

Earlier, Mr Timothy Owoeye,  Speaker of the house, said during plenary that four out of the nominees were part of the board that conducted the state’s  2017 Local Government Election of the state.

He said that they were capable hands.

“Most of the nominees are coming back for the second time after they conducted a free and fair election three years ago, which has not been contested.

“I want to assure people of the state that the governor has taken his time to select these nominees, and that their nomination is in good faith.

“The governor is putting the right people in the state electoral commission board.

“The constitution and laws of Osun are there for them to work with and I believe they will perform their work without fear or  favour,”  he said

Owoeye urged the nominees to conduct free and fair elections devoid of litigation when confirmed.

He said that they should abide with the electoral laws in their conduct.

Other lawmakers, in their submissions, also said that the nominees were persons of integrity, with no petition received against their nominations.

They called for confirmation of the nominees because of their important role in conduct of the state local government election.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

 

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Armed Robbery: Court sentences 2 persons to death by hanging in Osun

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An Osun High Court on Wednesday sentenced two persons to death by hanging for armed robbery and conspiracy.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Jide Falola, had ordered that the convicts be hanged due to the magnitude of the offense committed.

The convicts are facing a five-count charge bordering on armed robbery, conspiracy and theft preferred against them.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the judgement was delivered at the Ilesa Correctional Center during the Prison visit of the Osun Chief Judge, Justice Adeleke Ojo.

Falola had earlier found the convicts guilty of the five-count charges after thorough judicial proceeding and arguments from the counsel.

The State Prosecution Counsel, Mr Muyiwa Ogunleye, had told the court that the convicts committed the offense on April 14, 2016 at Oke-Ola area, at about 8p.m.

He said the convicts conspired among themselves with others, now at large, to rob  Muideen Owonifari, Clement Taiwo and Olubunmi of their property and money.

“The convicts who had a list of their targets normally tick the list once their target is taken off from investigation.

“They robbed, assaulted and also stole some valuables and huge amount of money belonging to the complainants at gun point,” he said.

The prosecution counsel said the offense contravened sections 1 (1)(2)(a) robbery and firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R 11 laws of Nigeria, 2004.

The defense counsel, Mr L. S Bello, had earlier prayed the court to tamper  justice with mercy in sentencing the accused.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu (NAN)

 

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DPR in Osun to enforce use of face masks at filling stations

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The Osun Field Office of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it will start enforcing use of  face masks  at filling stations across the state  to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Mr Olusegun Daboh, DPR Operations Controller, said this in  an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Osogbo.

Daboh said the enforcement of the use of face masks in public places, including  filling stations, was aimed at assisting government in curtailing the spread of the virus in the state.

He said since petrol attendants would be interacting with different motorists at the filling stations, there was  need for them to put on masks and also observe other safety guidelines.

The controller said that petroleum marketers would also be sensitised on other safety guidelines such as the use of hand sanitisers and social distancing at filling stations.

Daboh said the department would continue to support government’s efforts within its area of operations to minimise the spread of the virus.

“We will soon embark on the enforcement and sensitisation of petroleum marketers at filling stations in the state.

“This effort is to assist government at minimising the spread of the virus in the state.

” There is no doubt that  large number of people usually go to filling stations to buy fuel and that is why we want to ensure that both the attendant and their customers make use of  face masks,” he said.

Daboh also warned marketers against under-dispensing of products, saying anyone caught in the act would be dealt with in line with the law.

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Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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Home grown feeding will get to every household in Osun – SUBEB

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Alhaji Fatai Kolawole, the Permanent Secretary, Osun Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), says that the home grown feeding of public school pupils will get to every household when it commences in the state.

Kolawole made this known while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Modakeke-Ife.

He said that the programme which was stopped due to COVID-19, had commenced in the country but in phases.

”We will ensure not to leave any pupil without having their share of the meal when the programme commences in Osun,” he said.

He thanked Allah that gave Muslim faithful the opportunity to witness another Eid-el-Fitri in spite of the challenges that was ravaging the globe.

“I want to thank Allah for granting us the grace to witness the end of this Ramadan. It is by Him that we are alive, as many have been lowered to the ground.”

“However, the world is in great difficulty as the pandemic is taking its toll on economies but with God all will be normalised.

“Right now, we have to look up to God to protect us,” he said.

Kolawole said the government had collated the data of the school pupils in Modakeke, their house numbers and parents telephone numbers.

“In Modakeke, we have 800 households that will be involved.  The data has been sent to Abuja and the template is what will be used to distribute the food,” he said.

Kolawole said that raw foods would be distributed and not cooked foods.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Ese E. Ekama (NAN)

 

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Aregbesola laid foundation for infrastructural development in Osun — Tinubu

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National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen. Bola Tinubu, has commended the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, for his pioneering inspirational leadership in Osun and his continued service to Nigeria.

Tinubu, in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman, described Aregbesola as a loyal and dependable friend and partner.

The APC leader, while congratulating the Minister on turning 63, said he had done remarkably well for his state and country.

According to Tinubu, Aregbesola laid the foundation for the infrastructural development of the State of Osun.

“He turned it to what it is today: a modern state.

“He is creative and innovative. He provided inspirational leadership in Osun and now at the centre in Abuja.

“Aregbesola is resolute and committed to worthy causes.

“He is bold, courageous and always eager to take decisions that would impart the lives of a majority of our people.

“An engineer and political activist, Aregbesola made the difference in Lagos as Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure for eight years, in Osun as governor for two terms and at present as Minister of Interior,” he said

The APC leader said that the Minister is an exceptional grassroots campaigner and mobilizer who has remained invaluable to APC.

Tinubu congratulated Aregbesola as he turned 63.

He prayed that the grace of Almighty Allah continued to be with him.

“May He grant him many more years, good health and renewed energy to continue in the service of our people and humanity,” he said

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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