Mr Timothy Owoeye , House of Assembly of Osun’s Speaker on Saturday said that the assembly would give priority to the welfare of the vulnerable and less-privileged in the state.
Owoeye gave the assurance during his visit to motherless and orphanage homes in Osogbo.
He also paid the medical bills of some sick patients at the Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesha, as part of activities marking his 47th birthday anniversary.
The speaker, who donated food stuff, beverages and toiletries at the three orphanages visited in Osogbo, said that he took it upon himself to visit the orphans to identify with them and show them care and love.
“I am here to give thanks to God and to appreciate Him for my to position , His protection and mercy.
” I am here to give God thanks for the rear privileges, for his mercy and the honour he had bestowed on me, from the womb till now.
“God has been wonderful to me. I have never celebrated my birthday like this but I am using this to thank God for what he has done in my life.
“I went through challenges that made it looked like all hope was lost but God bestowed hope. God made what people thought was impossible possible.” he said
He said that God ”gives power to men to help the weak and less-privileged and that as lawmakers, we will make life better for the people and also take care of their welfare.
One of the proprietors of the orphanages visited, Alhaja Kudirat Oladunmoye, the Osun Amirah of Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria Orphanage, Osogbo, thanked the speaker for remembering the orphans.
Oladunmoye said that some individuals celebrated their birthday lavishing money without remembering the less-privileged or orphans but thanked the speaker and also prayed for him for his kind gesture.
Nigeria News Agency reports that Owoeye also visited Our Lady of Fatima Orphanage and FEMEK Motherless and Orphanage Home (both in Osogbo) where the proprietors of the orphanages appreciated his gesture and also prayed for him.
Osun Assembly pledges improved public works, transportation
The Osun House of Assembly says it will give priority to ensuring that public works and the transportation system in the state are more functional for the benefit of residents.
Mr Taofeek Badamasi, the Chairman, House Committee on Public Works and Transport, stated this at an interactive session with officials of the state’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport at the House of Assembly in Osogbo.
Badamasi said the meeting was necessary to discuss common goals for the development of the state and not to witch-hunt anybody.
He also requested for documents from the ministry’s officials on the schedule of state projects and details of road contracts awarded.
In their various comments, members of the committee requested for clarifications on construction of primary healthcare facilities across the state.
Responding, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Works and Transport, Mr Toke Olaniyan, explained that lack of funds was the major hindrance in completing some ongoing projects in the state.
Comply with Osun govt. directives on services, CAN orders churches
With the reopening of worship centres in Osun, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Ife Central Local Government Area has urged churches to comply with the state government’s directives on conduct of services.
” Government alone cannot do it for a tree cannot make a forest. So jointly, we must forestall possible spread of the virus as a result of the re-opening,” he said.
The CAN chairman said that the level of compliance with the guidelines given would determine further actions by the government.
According to him, churches should not extend their services beyond an hour with a maximum of two services per week as stipulated.
He also warned the ministers in the churches not to allow vulnerable persons, those with ailments such as tuberculosis and diabetes as well as those aged 65 and above in the services.
Olatipe also said that churches must fumigate their premises, provide washing facilities and sanitisers while worshippers must observe social distancing.
He said goverment was also opposed to sharing of devices such as microphones, distribution of food and water as well as closing of doors and windows of churches during services.
Olatipe further said that the use of thermometers to check temperature of worshippers must be strictly enforced.
The CAN chairman added that no churches in the state would be allowed to conduct vigils and children services.
Osun speaker reminds rapists of life sentence
The Speaker of Osun House of Assembly,Mr Timothy Owoeye, on Thursday restated that anyone found guilty of rape in the state would be liable to life imprisonment after conviction.
Owoeye, during plenary, said it was becoming alarming, the growing rate of rape cases in the country and that it was an issue that must be addressed by all.
He said hard times awaited rapists in the state, as Osun would not tolerate rape, saying that the Director of Legal of the House of Assembly henceforth would be present at all rape-related cases in Osun courts.
“Section 358 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. 11, Laws of Osun state, 2002 prescribes a life sentence on anyone found guilty of committing rape, while an attempt to commit rape attracts an imprisonment of fourteen years.
“I have taken my time to study the anti-rape laws across the country. I have also met with several groups who are at the fore-front of the campaign against rape.
“While praying to God to repose the soul of victims of rape, I stand with those who are alive and hope that the victims get justice.
“I am well aware of the two recent cases in our state, the one involving a traditional ruler who allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl and a 27 year old man who was arraigned for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl.
“I want to charge our law enforcement agencies to diligently prosecute cases of rape.
“With too many instances, we must begin to hold people accountable no matter how highly placed.”
In a related development, the assembly has passed the Osun Youth Development Commission establishment bill 2020, which enables youths in the state to participate in government activities.
Owoeye, during the passage of the bill, said when it is assented to by the governor, it would enhance and encourage active participation of youths in policy making, youth-related programmes as well as other important government activities.
He also said the bill, when passed into law, would harness and develop the full potentials of the youths in the state as partners in development and progress.
Lockdown: Gov. Oyetola orders reopening of worship centre in Osun
Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun on Wednesday ordered partial reopening of worship centres in the state for two weeks.
The governor said the state government had prepared guidelines that must be followed to forestall possible spread of the virus as a result of the reopening of worship centres.
Oyetola said further actions by the government would be determined by the effect of compliance level to the guidelines by churches and mosques during the two-week period.
He also said that only regular church services of not more than one hour and maximum of two services would be allowed.
”Jumat service including khutbah (sermon) and prayers must not exceed 20 minutes.
”Vulnerable individuals such as those from age 65 and above and people with underlying ailments such as tuberculosis and diabetes were to continue worshipping at their respective homes,” Oyetola said.
He also directed that all church and mosque premises be fumigated to ensure that the environment are free of virus and other infectious diseases.
“Worshipers are to keep reasonable space in churches and mosques and no worship centre must be filled to capacity during any service and solat, respectively.
“Attendance at any service or solat must not exceed one-third capacity of the church or mosque.
“There should be provision of washing facilities or sanitisers for worshipers before entering the churches and mosques.
“Also, use of face mask is important, sharing of worship devices such as microphones and other musical gadgets should be discouraged. Water and food distribution during service should not be allowed.
“Worshippers must avoid exchange of banters and social distancing must be strictly observed.
”Windows in churches and mosques should be opened during worship for ventilation.
“Signage and notices should be placed at strategic locations to remind worshippers of best hygiene practices to be observed,” the governor said.
He also mandated churches and mosques to provide thermometers to check temperature of worshippers, adding that whoever has high temperature should not be allowed into the worship centres.
The governor added that vigils and children activities remain suspended, and that worship centres with support of security operatives should set up taskforce to enforce compliance with measures put in place by the government.
He, however, appreciated the leadership of both religions for their cooperation and understanding since the lockdown began in the state.
“We seek your continued cooperation so that we can together save our people from this deadly outbreak,” the governor said.
Osun records new 2 cases of coronavirus
Dr Rafiu Isamotu, the state Commissioner For Health, in a statement on Wednesday, said the two new cases brought the number of confirmed cases of the virus in the state to 47.
Isamotu said the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) on Tuesday confirmed one of the two cases, while result of the test of the second case returned positive on Wednesday.
He added that the two patients were nursing serious ailments.
Isamotu said with the discovery of two new cases, the number of active cases in the state now stands at seven.
“The state has recorded two new cases, bringing the number of active cases in the state to seven.
” Sadly, the two newly recorded cases are nursing serious ailments that have significantly depressed their immune status,” the commissioner said.
Isamotu urged residents of the state to continue to abide by the measures put in place by the state government in ensuring that the coronavirus is contained.
Osun Deputy Governor appoints new CPS
The Deputy Governor of Osun, Mr Benedict Alabi, has appointed Mr Olaniyi Ajibola, the Chairman, Correspondents’ Chapel of the state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), as his new Chief Press Secretary (CPS).
Ajibola, a graduate of History/ African Languages from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-ife, had a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism.
He was a former parliamentarian at the Students’ Representative Council, OAU, before being elected as the Chairman, Electoral Commission/ Acting President of the Students’ Union.
Ajibola emerged as the Secretary of the Osun State Correspondents’ Chapel of the NUJ in 2016, and was later elected as the Chairman in 2019.
He was the Chairman, Osun NUJ Revatilisation Committee, and was appointed as the Personal Assistant to the Deputy Governor on Speech Writing in March 2020, but for his duty diligence, later promoted to the position of the CPS.
Security: Gov. Oyetola inaugurates community policing advisory committee in Osun
Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun, on Tuesday, inaugurated the state Community Policing Advisory Committee to strengthen security in the state.
Oyetola, during the inauguration in Osogbo, said that the initiative by the Inspector-General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, on community policing was “a creative and proactive solution to the pervasive security challenges in the nation.”
He said that the initiative was to ensure people’s participation in security matters at the community level, in order to achieve effective and efficient security and safety architecture.
“The committee has different structures, including state Community Policing Committee, Area Command Policing Advisory Committee, Local Government Advisory Committee and Divisional Community Policing Committee.
“All these are to ensure that effective policing is achieved at every stratum of the community.
“I, therefore, appeal to the leaderships of the various outfits not only to carry out their duties with the highest levels of professionalism and integrity but to also, continue to show leadership and engage in dialogue where there are grey areas, in the public interest,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, Mr David Folawiyo, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 11, Osogbo, applauded the governor for taking security matter to the front burner since the inception of his administration.
While describing the launch of community policing in the state as a welcome development, Folawiyo said that the initiative had become necessary, particularly at a time the nation was battling with pocket of security challenges.
Also speaking, Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Timothy Owoeye, said that the establishment of community policing would go a long way to bridge the gap and fill the vacuum in the security sector of the state.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who was also present at the inauguration, extolled the state government for being alive to its constitutional responsibility of guaranteeing the security of lives and property of the citizenry.
Lockdown: Osun to meet religious leaders on worship centres reopening
Mrs Funke Egbemode, the State Commissioner For Information and Civic Orientation, said this in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Osogbo.
Egbemode said the meeting with religious leaders became imperative in order to ensure proper implementation of the new guidelines for reopening of worship centres as given by the Federal Government in the new phase of easing the lockdown which began Tuesday.
“While we appreciate the patience of the citizens of the State of Osun so far, we are using this medium to urge citizens and residents not to be too anxious to assert the liberties contained in the new guidelines so that we do not lose the gains that we have made over the last few weeks,” she said.
She appealed to residents of the state to exercise patience, promising that government would hold meetings with religious leaders across the state to work out the modalities for reopening of worship centres.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday said President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the relaxation of restriction placed on churches and mosques from Tuesday.
He said the reopening of churches and mosques would be based on guidelines issued by the task force and protocols agreed on by states.
Osun court remands man over alleged threat to life
An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun on Tuesday remanded one Joseph Patrick, 30, in police custody over alleged threat to life.
Osanyintuyi alleged that the defendant and others now at large threatened to kill one Joseph Orji with a cutlass.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy and threat to life.
The Defence Counsel, Mrs Fausat Lawal, applied for bail for his client in the most liberal terms, pledging to provide reliable sureties.
Owolawi adjourned the case till Thursday for ruling on bail.
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