By Olajide Idowu
Osogbo, Dec.19, 2018 (NNN) Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun has pledged to serve the people of the state and give them dividends of democracy.
He expressed the commitment on Wednesday in Osogbo at a meeting the managers of the state’s local government councils and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).
The governor, who was represented by Mr Adejare Adebisi, the Supervisor for the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, solicited the maximum cooperation of all the council managers.
Oyetola said that their support would enable his administration to be successful in its efforts to improve the living standards of the people at the grassroots.
He said that he wanted the members of the public to begin to feel the positive impact of his administration within the first 100 days of its existence.
He charged the council managers to brainstorm and look into viable ways of generating revenue in their various domains for the state.
Oyetola thanked the council managers for their support, contributions and understanding during the last governorship election which brought him into power.
He said that his administration would collaborate with the local governments on projects, policies and programmes that would be of benefit to the general public.
Responding, Mr Yinka Odewale, the Chairman of Council Managers Forum, thanked the governor for giving the council managers an opportunity to contribute to the state’s development.
He pledged the support of the council managers for the governor in his efforts to move the state to greater heights. (NNN)
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.
COVID-19 : Oyetola commends group for donating protective items to Osun
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.
” 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.
“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.
“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.
Gov. Oyetola mourns New Telegraph editor, says death huge blow to journalism
Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun has described the death of Alhaji Waheed Bakare, Saturday Editor of The New Telegraph Newspapers, as “a devastating blow and a great loss to his immediate family and journalism in Nigeria”.
Oyetola, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on Monday in Osogbo, commiserated with Bakare’s family, friends, colleagues, the Journalists’ Hangout family and the management of The New Telegraph Newspapers over the loss.
The governor described Bakare as a hardworking, talented, cerebral and an accomplished journalist that would be sorely missed by all.
“I received with great shock the passing of Alhaji Waheed Bakare, Editor, Saturday New Telegraph.
“His death is not only a loss to his family, but also to the journalism profession.
“As people who believe in God, we should take it in good faith and give gratitude to God that the late journalist ran a good race and gave a good account of himself as a newsroom leader and gatekeeper.
“As a professional and a devout Muslim, Bakare showed class in the discharge of his responsibilities.
“My deep condolences go to the entire family, the New Telegraph management as well as all journalists in Nigeria. He will be sorely missed.
“I pray Allah to forgive his shortcomings and grant him Aljanah Firdaus. I also pray Allah to comfort his bereaved family and loved ones,” Oyetola added.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bakare died on Sunday after a brief illness.
Eid-el-fitr: Oyetola suspends congregational prayers in Osun
Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun has suspended congregational prayers and other religious gatherings during the Eid-el-fitr celebration in the state.
Oyetola, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on Saturday in Osogbo, said that the suspension became necessary in other to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and prevent community transmission.
The governor said that the lockdown directive imposed to check the spread of COVID-19 was still in force and warned against violation of the order.
According to the governor, anyone who violates the directive would not be spared by the state government.
He urged residents of the state to celebrate the Eid-el-fitr festival with moderation and in compliance with the subsisting COVID-19 rules and regulations of the state government.
Oyetola also urged Muslims and all Nigerians to take advantage of the celebration to pray against the current economic and security situation in the country as well as the pandemic ravaging the world.
According to Oyetola, considering the huge blessings that come with the holy month of Ramadan, Nigerians and the world would come out of ” this war stronger and better.”
While felicitating with Muslims on the Eid-el-fitr celebration, the governor urged them to show love and support to the less privileged whose livelihood had been affected by the pandemic.
According to him, the current situation in the country has made it more compelling for people to reach out and show love to the vulnerable and the poor in the society.
“We must sustain the lessons the month had taught us and continue to replicate them in our daily lives and dealings with others.
*We must keep up with the good deeds we were known for during the month.
“Let us continue to exhibit the virtues of devotion, obedience, perseverance, love, tolerance, peace, sacrifice, forgiveness and generosity associated with the month of Ramadan.
“This way, we will become better Muslims and contribute to the betterment of the society we live in,” he said.
The governor said though Ramadan had ended, Muslims must continue to reflect on the lessons and virtues of the month and replicate same in their daily conducts and dealings.
“Although Ramadan has gone, we as Muslims must not depart from the lessons and virtues of the spiritually-rejuvenating month,” the governor said.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
COVID-19: Gov. Oyetola inaugurates 160 beds isolation centre in Osun
Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun on Wednesday inaugurated 160 beds isolation centre for the treatment of Coronavirus patients in the state.
Oyetola, during the inauguration in Osogbo, said the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) renovated the centre and donated equipment and consumables for 100 beds, while the state government added 60 beds to make it 160.
The governor also said the centre, named ‘Mercyland’, had an existing 20-room single beds isolation within the premises.
“On this same premises, we have another 20-room single beds isolation centre, making the Mercyland facility a 180-bed isolation centre,” he added.
Oyetola said donation and the inauguration of the centre was an addition to government’s initiatives for the effective management of Coronavirus pandemic in the state.
The governor explained that the state also had an existing 130-bed facility in Ejigbo; 12-bed capacity at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and 20-bed capacity with 8-bed intensive care unit at Asubiaro General Hospital in Osogbo.
“In all, we have 342-isolation beds and 8 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed facility in the state,” the governor said.
Oyetola, however, commended CACOVID for their generosity, sense of duty and love for the people of the state at this challenging period.
“With corporate citizens like CACOVID on our side, we are confident as a government that we will win this virulent war.
“I therefore appeal to well-meaning sons and daughters of Osun and corporate organisations to lend a hand as we strive against this unseen but very present enemy,” the governor said.
The governor said government had dedicated funds and human resources to beat the virus.
In his remarks, Mr Benedict Alabi, the state Deputy Governor, commended Oyetola for prioritising the health of the citizens since his assumption of office.
Alabi, who doubled as the Chairman of the State’s COVID-19 Taskforce, attributed the milestone achievements recorded by the Taskforce to the huge support received from the governor.
Earlier in his remarks, Mr Timothy Arowoogu, CACOVID Coordinator for Oyo and Osun states, commended the state government for the proper management of the virus.
Arowoogu reaffirmed the commitment of the group for government at various levels to end the spread of the disease.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
Oyetola forwards names of OSIEC board nominees to Osun Assembly
Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun has forwarded the names of nominees for the board of the State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) to the House of Assembly for ratification and approval.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Timothy Owoeye, during the plenary on Tuesday in Osogbo, acknowledged the receipt of the letter conveying the names of the nominees from the governor.
He said the governor had exercised his powers under Section 197, Subsection 1(b) and Section 198 of the 1999 Constitution to constitute the board of the electoral body, assuring that the Assembly would screen the nominees.
He appealed to his colleagues to quickly carry out the exercise because of its importance.
Owoeye said the letter contained the names of seven members, with a legal practitioner, Mr Segun Oladitan, as the chairman, while two members were selected from each of the three senatorial zones in the state.
According to him, the electoral body is responsible for conducting elections into the local government councils in the state.
The speaker directed the nominees to submit 35 copies of their curriculum vitae between Tuesday and Thursday, and to appear before the assembly for screening on May 28.
In another development, the speaker has issued a warning to CHAMS Nigeria Limited, the consultant responsible for payment of salaries to Osun workers, for failing to provide the assembly with the reports of its activities.
He expressed displeasure with the attitude of the management of the company.
Owoeye said that since May 5 when the assembly had written the company to furnish it with reports of its activities, it had neither replied nor provided any explanation.
While stating that the company’s action was tantamount to gross disregard for the assembly, he stressed that Section 128 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) empowered it to disengage with the firm’s services.
“If they feel too big to respond to our request, we can make a resolution to the governor that we don’t want their services in the state again,” the speaker said.
Owoeye, therefore, instructed the Clerk of the assembly to write the company again to furnish the legislature with the information requested, failure of which, he said, necessary sanctions would be taken against it.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Gov. Oyetola congratulates Gambari on appointment as COS
Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun has congratulated Prof. Ibrahim Gambari on his appointment as the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Oyetola in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on Friday in Osogbo described the appointment as ”deserving and well-thought-out”.
The governor hailed Buhari for making a ‘great choice’, saying he was confident that Gambari would bring to bear his vast knowledge, wealth of experience and exposure on his new assignment.
“I felicitate with Prof. Ibrahim Gambari on his appointment and as well commend President Buhari for making a great choice.
“This is a deserving and well-thought-out appointment, considering the enviable pedigree and antecedents of the appointee.
“Prof. Gambari is an erudite scholar, technocrat, seasoned diplomat and administrator.
“I am confident he will do well on the job as he will bring to bear, his vast knowledge, wealth of experience and exposure in discharging his duties as the Chief of Staff to Mr President.
“I wish him the best as he takes on this new national assignment while also urging all Nigerians to pray for and support him to excel in office,” Oyetola said.
Edited By: Modupe Adeloye (NAN)
Gov. Oyetola hails Afenifere leader, Pa Fasoranti at 94
Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun has congratulated Chief Reuben Fasoranti, an elder statesman and the leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, on his 94th birthday.
Oyetola in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on Wednesday in Osogbo, extolled the virtues of Fasoranti.
The governor also lauded Fasoranti’s contributions to the development of the Yoruba race in particular and Nigeria in general.
The governor described the elder statesman as an exemplary, visionary, peace loving and compassionate leader whose devotion and commitment to the cause of the Yoruba nation was unquantifiable and epic.
“On behalf of the government and people of the State of Osun, I join families, friends, associates, followers and well wishers to felicitate with our leader, Pa Fasoranti, on the occasion of his 94th birthday anniversary.
“I thank the almighty God for granting Baba long life that has been full of service to his people, the country and humanity at large,” he said.
According to the governor, Fasoranti has been steadfast in defending and projecting the Yoruba culture and values.
Oyetola said, “We will continue to value his leadership and courage and pray that God grants him more years in good health.”
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Peter Dada (NAN)
Gov.Oyetola visits market, sensitises traders on COVID-19
Oyetola, during the visit to popular Igbonna market in Osogbo, commended the traders for adhering to the stay-at-home order which lasted for more than four weeks.
He thanked them for assisting government to control the spread of the virus by staying away from the markets, despite the current harsh economic realities.
According to the governor, the closure of markets across the state in the last four weeks, had reduced the number of new infections as indicated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The governor, however, urged the traders and their customers to continue to maintain personal hygiene with the use of face masks, hand sanitisers, regular washing of hands as well as physical distancing.
Oyetola appealed to the traders to continue to adhere strictly to all precautionary guidelines against COVID-19, stressing that markets were veritable sources of community transmission of the dreaded virus.
Some of the traders, who lauded the governor for the visit, promised to abide by all the guidelines to check the spread of the virus.
Mrs Folakemi Adeojo, a pepper seller said the visit was a moral booster to the traders to play their part in the fight against the virus.
Also, Alhaji Ibrahim Olaiya, another trader said the governor’s visit to the market would serve as a continous reminder for them to be cautious against the virus.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)
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