Soft-spoken, easy-to-admit his human frailties, and not given to noisemaking, Kwara Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq speaks only to give a message or deliver a blow of maximum impacts to the target. That’s what he recently did when he flagged-off the campaign for Turaki Ngeri and APC Senatorial Candidate for Kwara Central Mallam Saliu Mustapha (MSM) in Ilorin.
Remnants of the arrogant dynasty are still reeling from the blows, many of them wishing they had not put their hands in his mouth.
The Governor speaks with facts, verifiable and relatable facts. He garnishes same with interesting political anecdotes for impact. At the event, he mentioned how his administration is spending billions of naira to clear gratuities and pensions dating back to 2009 and 2010. That’s a fact of history with living witnesses. The Governor said the former administration embezzled billions of naira of UBEC funds meant for school development. This is not open to any debate. The details of the fraud are gorier and messier than imagined. Very dubious withdrawals of UBEC counterpart funds were made by the former administration, including a N1bn withdrawn in cash on 14th January 2015, provoking the federal agency to place immediate embargo on the account.
There is no link whatsoever between what was withdrawn and education. This was a clear violation of the UBEC Act 2004, and an offence for which someone stood liable. There were several other cash withdrawals from the SUBEB account between the 14th January through June 1, 2015. The purpose of such withdrawals remains dodgy till date.
Again, various communications from UBEC to KWSUBEB; UBEC to Skye Bank and Guaranty Trust Bank; and Skye Bank to the Chairman KWSUBEB dated 8th June, 2016 detailed the degrees of unholy transactions from KWSUBEB matching grant by the previous administration.
Beyond grandstanding, no man born of a woman would stand to deny these hard facts. Where did the money go to?
A former Finance Commissioner Ademola Banu claimed there was nothing special about not accessing UBEC grants. He was probably right. Judging from the state of infrastructure in the schools and the welfare of teachers, it was clear that basic education was never their top priority. But there is a big deal in diverting funds as documents have shown. That those who committed that crime (against the state and humanity) walked free supports the Governor’s position about someone somewhere blocking prosecution of their lackeys. This roguish behaviour had started since 2013. The infraction of 2015 was the last straw that broke the camel’s back, with UBEC demanding a refund of its matching grants illegally withdrawn from 2013 (see a letter referenced UBEC/FA/SUBEB/KW/193/V.III/87). It was this messy situation they left in 2019. Facts do not lie! Some people have asked why the government has not prosecuted the culprits in the face of the weight of evidence against them. This is neither out of cowardice, negligence, nor complicity.
Governance is about priorities. The priority of the Otoge administration is to fix things as much as resources and the environment may permit. Our records in key sectors like education, health, water and workers’ welfare, rural-urban development, among others, attest to this. Occasional talks about the past are either borne out of a need to set the record straight or to put the arrogant, loquacious old order in their place. The Governor understands clearly that he now ‘owns the sheets’ in the wise words of the late General Colin Powell. At any rate, a number of these issues are before different anti-graft agencies.
One of the most decorated lies of this republic was that the former administration could not pay salaries because of low allocation. It is a fake history! No government has all the resources it requires to do everything at the same time. However, paying workers their monthly wage should be a top priority, while other things may wait till things improve. The Governor recently stirred the hornet’s nest when he said that what the former administration got in federal allocation (FAAC receipts) between 2015 and 2019 is more than what this government has received between its inauguration in 2019 and December 2022. He was right, per official documents verifiable from the Federation Account/Federal Ministry of Finance. While the former administration got a total of N209,456,454,555.75 monthly allocations between June 2015 and May 2019, the Otoge government has only received a total of N203,113,105,761.03 to date. Full disclosures: These figures exclude other revenues for the two administrations, such as internal revenue, Paris Club Refund, Budget Support, PAYE Refund, or SFTAS receipts.
Even if you consider every kobo so far earned, including FAAC receipts, loans, budget support, grants or reimbursements, internal revenue and other incomes, the Governor is right, still. Between June 2015 and May 2019, a total sum of N383,068,089,151.25 accrued to the former administration. Conversely, this administration has received a cumulative total of N338,302,769,544.20 (including the bond and bridge financing facility) between June 2019 and December 2022.
That is a difference of N44,765,319,607.05. Kwarans may well ask the opposition vuvuzelas where they got the half a trillion naira claim they parrot around, including in their official statements.
There is an irony here, nonetheless. This government has paid more in salary, pensions, and gratuities, among others, than the former administration in the period under review — just as it has done a lot more and better in provision of basic amenities for the people. In April 2019, the former administration spent N2,526,268,389.21 for salary-related expenditures across the civil service, teaching service, pension, gratuities, SUBEB, judiciary, legislature, traditional rulers, parastatals, sports, among others. For the same categories (and more not paid for by the former administration such as Council of Arts and Culture, KWARTMA, Kwara Rehab, Kwara United, Water Corporation, KWEPA, Hospital Management Bureau, among others), the new administration paid N3,337,427,162.68 in November, 2022. That’s a staggering difference of N811,158,773.47. This is due in part to the full implementation of the new minimum wage as it is to new obligations. For instance, while the former administration expended a paltry N50m on gratuities monthly, the new administration commits N100m to same every month — representing 100% rise in its commitment to retired workers.
The achievements of the new administration are self-evident and relatable. In his well-received speech at the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) over the weekend, the Governor spent a quarter of his time on the podium listing projects that his audience could instantly relate with in their immediate community and they nodded in agreement to his factuality. These include the Old Yidi Road through which they had all passed; the new Yidi Road; dualisation of Yebumot/Oloje Road; Adeta-Pakata Road; Pakata/Oja Oba Road; the eight-winged new squash court; several interlock access roads; visual arts centre; innovation hub; General Tunde Idiagbon Flyover; Ilorin International Conference Centre; garment factory; improved water supply; and many others in Ilorin alone. Several projects are also scattered across Kwara. The administration is not building castles in the air; so the Governor speaks to issues and projects that an average person can confirm, including how salaries were owed pre-June 2019 and how prized public properties were sold to cronies for pittance. These are facts of history!
Propaganda clearly has its roles in political communications. But it must be built on relatable realities and deployed for the right audience. Outright lies that the administration owes salaries, does not pay or promote SUBEB teachers, has not improved the lot of teachers at the teaching service commission, has no projects to commission, or that Oloje area has no public water, and all such funny concoctions, are mere tomfooleries — not propaganda in the right sense of the concept. These are things that cannot sink with the average person in Kwara, which is the theatre of play. Propaganda has its audience, usually people who are far removed from the realities you want to paint. Woe betide you, and your client, if you get the audience wrong.
The futility of the social media mobs, the (radio) jock-shocks, the samurais of Ile Loke, and the Lord of the old order (by their own confessions) wanting to lie their way back to government is therefore apparent. Victims of their reigns are not in Rwanda, Accra, or the Bahamas; they are still living here, and they constitute the bulk of the voting population and influencers. They are all entitled to vote.
A victory for the unrepentant and entitled old order under such circumstances will be the classic example of the Stockholm syndrome. It is certain that majority of Kwarans do not suffer from such. For the people of Kwara, today is not perfect. Tomorrow will not be perfect. But yesterday and today are light years apart, the latter being a lot better, dignifying, and progressive.
Ajakaye is Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kwara State.
Osun: Muslims Observe Jum’uah Prayer As Inisa Central Mosque Reopens After Three Years Of Closure
Muslims gathered on Friday and observed Jumah prayer as the Inisa Central Mosque in Odo-Otin Local Government Area of Osun State, which has been under lock and key for three years over the Imamship tussle, was re-opened today, December 1, 2023, for Muslim men and women of the community to observe Solatul Jum’ah.
The announcement of the reopening was made on Thursday at the palace of Olunisa of Inisa, Oba Joseph Oladunjoye Oyedele (JP) Fasikun II, on behalf of the Grand Chief Imam of Osun State in conjunction with the League of Imams and Alfas in the community.
In anticipation of the first-ever Jum’ah prayers after three years, it was learnt that the Muslim youths in Inisa stormed the central mosque on Thursday to make necessary preparations including cleaning to make the House of Allah conducive for the congregation of Muslims that will attend.
Behind the news
Inisa Central Mosque came to the limelight when Ilorin-born Muslim scholar Sheikh Ahmad Labeeb Lagbaji early this week posted a video of his visit together with his disciples to the mosque on social media.
In the video, the Islamic scholar lamented how the central mosque had been locked for several years without prayers being observed there over leadership tussle.
According to Sheikh Lagbaji, community members said a spell had been placed on whoever leads prayer at the mosque to die following the tussle.
He, however, led the dhuhr prayer at the central mosque during one of his visitations, to break the ‘pray and die’ jinx, saying no evil would befall them.
“It is embarrassing that a central mosque would be shut down for years due to flimsy issues. My mission here is to ensure that the mosque is reopened for prayers. We will achieve that. I come from Ilorin every day to show I am serious about this,” he said.
The Islamic scholar who was accompanied to the mosque by one of the leaders of Inisa Muslim community said he has been enjoying support from various quarters to ensure the mosque is reopened.
“Now, we have the support of Leagues of Imams and Scholars from various parts of Nigeria including Oyo, Lagos and Bauchi, among others. They said there is a jinx that prayer must not be observed here again. We will break that jinx and spell.”
Following his video, the issue came to the front burner with netizens coming up with their versions of stories and experiences about the Inisa Central Mosque crisis.
One of the leading voices in narrating his experience was the Grand Mufti of Yorubaland and Amir of Ta’awunul Muslimeen, Sheikh Molaasan.
In a Facebook live video, the Grand Mufti said the Imamship tussle could be traced back to 2020.
He added that the tussle divided the Muslim community in Inisa town, while also alleging that Oba Joseph Fasikun II had a preferred candidate for the Imamship position despite being a Christian.
“Muslim leaders and stakeholders in Inisa all agreed to select someone with relevant Islamic knowledge, but the monarch wanted a different person who was not versatile and had a pending case in court,”
Sheikh Molaasan said.
“The League of Alfas in Inisa choose someone who had his Arabic education in Saudi Arabia and had been Imam in Canada and Osogbo for over 20 years. Although the person did not seek to be the Imam of the Central Mosque, the clerics visited him and beckoned him to be the overseer of the mosque. The king’s favourite is lower in rank to become Imam. And it is not done that way anywhere in the world.”
Molaasan advocated a competence test between the two contenders to see who is more capable of being the Imam.
He said, “This is the practice laid down by Prophet Mohammad (SAW), which entails appointing someone with a good knowledge of Islam. The two contenders should be invited and asked to sit for a competence exam.”
Also sharing information at his disposal, Dr. Sanusi Lafiagi of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, wrote that a couple of Imams have died in the course of the tussle.
“There is more to the Inisa central mosque saga than meets the eye. This morning, I received a voice note from one of our mothers on this street detailing what transpired and led to the closedown of the mosque,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
“I couldn’t believe my ears. I sent it to a couple of friends, and a Shaykh who is familiar with the story corroborated the narration and even added more to it. Apparently, a couple of Imāms have been spiritually ‘kpained’ (by Allāh’s permission) over the Imamship tussle.
“I heard that the last Chief Imam who stubbornly refused to be stopped from leading the Salāt didn’t have the opportunity of leading another Jumu’ah prayer after that day. He became so sick that in one day, he received about 20 IV bags (drips) and none was found in his body.”
Although Dr Lafiagi didn’t mention the names of the imams who lost their lives due to the crisis, an Osun State-based medium, Osun Defender, in a story published in May 2021, revealed their identities.
In the report, titled, “3 Imams Die In Quick Succession In Inisa, Govt. Shuts Central Mosque”, the medium wrote, One of the late Imams, Sheik Surakat Asiyanbi (81), was sick for over 10 years before he died in 2020. When Asiyanbi died, his deputy, Qaseem Adebisi (87) was installed as the new Chief Imam of Inisa.
“However, Adebisi was able to lead one Jumat Prayer before he fell sick and later died in 2020. Another Imam, Sheikh Mustafa Baruwa (85), who was installed after Adebisi did not spend three months before he gave up the ghost in 2020, according to some residents of the community.”
The medium also noted that since the death of the three Imams, there has been a crisis in the Inisa Muslim community on who to fill the vacant Chief Imam position, adding that the Eesa of Inisa, Chief Enoch Ajiboso, slumped and died while settling rift among the Muslim community members, late December 2020.
Realizing the danger in the trend of the crisis, the immediate former governor of the State, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola shut down the Inisa Central Mosque indefinitely and also banned any central congregation at the Mosque for Eid prayers.
The announcement read, “Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, as part of efforts to ensure the security of lives and properties in that axis of the state, directed that the central mosque be shut indefinitely to forestall further religious or communal crises. Already, the mosque has recorded the death of two Imams in quick succession.
“Security operatives have been deployed to the town to enforce the closure and ban on Eid prayers. This directive will be in place until reconciliatory process towards amicable resolution is concluded,” it read in part.
Also, The Punch, in her report published on Wednesday, quoted the President of the League of Imams and Alfas in Yorubaland, Edo and Delta states, Sheikh Jamiu Bello, represented by Sheikh Iskeel Lawal, saying that the mosque was locked on the order of the court and not by Muslim elders in the community.
He noted that the state’s governor, Ademola Adeleke, is the only one who can solve the lingering Imam crisis in the community, adding, “The Islamic scholars should continue to push for an end to the issue so that the community can begin praying there.”
However, the representative of the Grand Chief Imam of Osun State, while clearing air on the issue on Thursday, November 30, at the palace of Olunisa, stated that the central mosque was not shut down due to the Imamship tussle.
He said that, from findings, it was established that the court ordered the closure because one of the parties in the tussle was charged to court for allegedly falsifying his educational qualifications.
He added that the delay in the trial of the suit account for why an Imam has not been appointed.
In his efforts to ensure that the mosque is opened for Muslims to pray starting today, Friday, after three years, Sheikh Labeeb Lagbaji during his resolution mission paid visits to stakeholders involved in the central mosque tussle, including the Olunisa of Inisa and Iya Sunnah of the community.
He wanted to ensure that the Jum’ah prayer was re-established at the mosque this week.
During Sheikh Lagbaji’s visit to the palace, the Olunisa of Inisa denied having an anointed candidate for the imamship, noting he is a Christian with little knowledge about the appointment of an Imam.
He said the two feuding parties in the tussle have met him severally, noting he only stood by the decision of the majority of the ratibi Imams, who also form members of the League of Imams and Alfas in the community.
“I don’t have any hand in the closure of the mosque. Four Imams have successfully been installed since I ascended the throne of my forefathers and I never went against the decision of the ratibi.
“But the problem is that people are becoming more interested and exerting influence unnecessarily in recent times. From time immemorial, the decision on who becomes Imam rests with the Muslim community in Inisa. So, I don’t interfere. It was the Ratibi Imams that selected the Imam of Inisa Central Mosque which led to the crisis. Out of 36 members of the ratibi, 30 came to me to support and choose an Imam. The advisory I got from my consultations within and outside Inisa was that I should queue behind the ratibi. That’s what I did,” the monarch said.
The issue was, however, later resolved at the palace during a meeting held on Thursday, November 30, with the involvement of Grand Chief Imam of Osun State and other critical stakeholders in the crisis.
It was learnt that with the approval of the grand Imam of Osun State, Jum’ah prayer began at the mosque today, Friday, December 1 and an Imam from Oyan, a member of League of Imams and Alfas in the zone, lead the salat.
As stated by the representative of the Grand Imam of Osun State at the reconciliatory meeting held on Thursday at the palace, “By the permission of the grand Imam of Osun State after consultation with the members of the League of Imams and Alfas, Inisa Central Mosque will be open for jum’ah prayer today. Pending the selection of a substantive Imam, each community under the zone is to present representative Imams that will lead jum’ah prayer at the central mosque rotationally every week,”
BREAKING: Tinubu arrives N’Assembly for 2024 budget presentation
President Bola Tinubu has arrived at the National Assembly complex for the 2024 budget presentation.
The President got to the N’Assembly at exactly 11:04 am on Wednesday amid heavy security.
The Federal Executive Council had on Monday approved the 2024 Appropriation Bill of N27.5tn.
This is an increase from the N26.01tn earlier considered by the council.
Ahead of the budget presentation, Tinubu had three weeks ago forwarded to both chambers of the National Assembly, the 2024 – 2026 MTEF and Fiscal Strategy Paper where the sum of N26.1tn was proposed as the total expenditure profile for the 2024 fiscal year.
The Senate, through its Committee on Finance, after two weeks of interactive sessions with heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies on revenue and expenditure projections made for them, approved the MTEF.
It specifically approved the N26.1tn proposed as the 2024 budget and other parameters as proposed by the President
Governor Ademola Adeleke: Celebrating One Year In Office Of Mr. Performer – James Azuka Nzoma
Call him the performer you won’t be wrong, this is because Governor Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke has taken his achievements in one year in office since becoming Osun State Governor to an enviable height.
Much to the chagrin of his detractors, Adeleke’s good governance in just one year in office has been amazing as developments under his government are littered within the State since he assumed office one year ago.
For Governor Adeleke, accountability and transparency remain at the heart of his good governance as his government is about the people of the state.
As he has always said that he will be different from his predecessor, Governor Adeleke has always given vivid accounts of his stewardship to the people of the State.
Upon assumption in office, firstly Governor Adeleke made open the financial books of the State to the people through the Royal fathers in the state, this indeed showed a clear departure from the impenetrability and clandestineness that characterized the past administration in the state.
To bring to reality his commitment to accountability and transparency, the governor in October 2023 convened a gathering of stakeholders that traverses every sector of the Osun society, a gathering christened Ipada Imole, it was at this stage that the Governor opened his stewardship books to the people as well and got responses from the public.
In his words he said; “Ipade Imole will be a quarterly event. We have to let Osun people know how we are expanding their money. At this meeting, you can ask any question and we will answer you. You put us in this position.”
Just like it happened at Ipade Imole, this special report tends to highlights and showcase the detailed activities and overview of the Governor and his achievements since assuming office on November, 27, 2022.
HIGHLIGHTS OF HIS ACHIEVEMENTS ONE YEAR IN OFFICE:
With the premium he places on Education, Governor Adeleke is not leaving any stone unturned in this sector as he turned many things around in the area of education. To show how important education is to the Governor, he has come recently to say that he will implement the education summit’s report in the state to ensure the best quality education, a remark he made during the maiden edition of the Ipade Imole Meeting held at Aurora Event Centre in Osogbo.
According to him, the state Ministry of Education had been directed to conduct a needs assessment which would serve as a basis for recruitment and filling of vacancies in schools.
He said the report of the education summit would be ready and his administration was committed to implementing any positive trajectory to the development of education in the state.
Governor Ademola Adeleke has so many times described Education as an investment for the future and the key to eliminating inequality and reducing poverty as he commissioned a School built in 1896.
The Governor then vowed to continue to give education its top priority and restore the glory of public schools.
He made this assertion when he formally inaugurated a renovated Methodist Primary School, Otapete, Ilesa built 127 years ago.
Again, the governor renovated a block of six classrooms at Odeyinka Grammar School, Odeyinka, in Irewole LGA.
According to the governor, the Osun state government, through the CSDA, totally renovated the dilapidated school building constructed in the year 1980 to make the school more conducive to learning.
Adeleke said, “We are here today as a government to let you know that your dream has come to reality”, adding that “this project will go a long way and improve school enrollment of our children and remove negative emotion.”
All these were being done in phase one of the schools rehabilitation as the governor said the state approach is to take a school and completely rehabilitate the buildings completely with desks and other learning facilities.
In phase two of the rehabilitation of schools, 31 schools in the 30 mother local governments of Osun and Area Council have been taken care of. The facelift includes portable water, new roofs, new toilets, renovation and painting of buildings, and Provision of desks and chairs.
As a follow-up to the completed rehabilitation of selected schools, the government has commenced the process of recruiting new teachers to address teachers shortage in our schools. Currently, a need assessment is ongoing to determine the teachers’ requirements across subjects and schools. This will help to determine the number of teachers to recruit.
Aside from the above the Governor has said under the N100 billion infrastructure fund, six secondary schools has been marked for reconstruction, the schools include Ede Muslim Grammar School in Ede (Ede Zone), Ifeoluwa C&S Grammar school Ilesha (Ilesha Zone), Oranmiyan Memorial Grammar School Ile-Ife (Ife Zone), NUD Grammar School Oke Bailey, Osogbo (Osogbo Zone), Baptist Grammar School Bowen road Iwo (Iwo Zone) and College High school, Ila Ikirun (Zone 7).
Taking off of the University of Ilesa:
Upon assumption of office, Governor Ademola Adeleke inaugurated an ad-hoc committee to work out modalities for an effective take off of the University of Ilesa.
Governor Adeleke listed the terms of reference of the committee as follows:
“Review and assess the sources of funds for both capital and recurrent expenditure for the eventual take off of the university;
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“Generally review the implementation guidelines proposed by the implementation committee;
“Engage all relevant stakeholders, including the host community, trade unions, alumni association of the college, the student body, etc. with a view to harmonise their positions for the way forward;
“Identify the gaps within the UNILESA Establishment Law and make appropriate recommendations towards its amendment to ensure adequate coverage of relevant interests for the eventual take off of the university;
“Propose modalities for phased implementation of the university such that faculties and courses of study are matched with funding requirement of each phase of the implementation; and
“Evaluate and draw appropriate policy recommendations towards the execution of the existing obligations, assets and liabilities of the College of Education, Ilesa with a view to removing all impediments for the eventual take off of the university.”
The ad-hoc committee was chaired by Ashaolu Taiwo, a professor at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife who later becomes the pioneer Vice Chancellor of the University after being appointed by Governor Adeleke.
The University has taken fully taken off and first batch of admission list of students are being expected to be released anytime from now.
The prioritizing of Osun people’s health is as important to the Governor as any other sector, this was confirmed by the Chief Medical Director of UNIOSUN Teaching Hospital Osogbo, Prof Peter Babatunde Olaitan while praising the Governor’s strides since he assumed office.
He described the governor as a passionate public officeholder, who is so determined about touching lives by taking care of the health of the people and this he was able to display in his one year in office.
UNIOSUN Teaching Hospital CMD stated this on Thursday, November 23, 2023, while featuring on a programme tagged “Laarin Odun Kan” on Uniq 103.1 FM, Ilesha.
Prof Olaitan said, “The governor has solely sponsored the two different phases of Free Imole Surgical and Medical Outreach and over 50,000 people have benefitted from this kind gesture of the State Governor where different ailments ranging from both surgical and medical were treated.”
He also said the governor approved all health allowances which include the Residency and Hazard allowances, Prof. Olaitan said the newly approved allowances are the same as what the Federal health workers also earn. This has reduced the rate of internal ‘Japa’ of UTH doctors to National hospitals.
Also, the entry point of Nurses has been raised to what obtains in the Federal government hospitals. This has stabilized the system to a large extent. He however added that the external ‘Japa’ is a national issue.
He said that operations will commence at Oke Onitea and Iragbiji Outreach Centers on or before January 2024.
According to Prof. Olaitan taking care of people that are in need of health care is a culture of the Adeleke family and this made it easy for Governor Adeleke to bring it up as one of the core points of his Administration.
Governor Adeleke administration’s commitment to turning around healthcare service delivery across the state hospitals and primary healthcare centres, remains among his priority, this is as he said his administration has conducted a needs survey of selected hospitals in the state with a view to improving service delivery.
Speaking at a commissioning of a Federal Government sponsored 80-bed SDG hospital in Ipetumodu, Osun state, the governor said his administration has committed a lot of investment in the health sector, which includes a recently concluded medical surgery initiatives that benefitted twenty-two thousand people in the nine federal constituencies, adding that “I recently approved hazard and other related allowances for resident doctors of the UniOsun Teaching Hospital. This ensured that Osun was not affected in the recent national warning strike by resident medical doctors.”
“We have also concluded a survey of needs analysis of our various hospitals. The next stage is an ongoing review to ensure that hospitals and health centres are equipped to service the populace accordingly.
“The SDG hospital being commissioned today is therefore a very helpful addition to the sustained efforts of our government to meet the health needs of our people.
“On behalf of the people and government of Osun state, we are elated at the completion of the project. It is on this note that I am honored and privileged to Commission this hospital in service of humanity”, he said.
Not stopping there, the Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke also approved the employment of more health workers, to be posted to all primary health institutions as a means of revamping Primary Health Care services across the State.
The Executive Secretary, Osun Primary Health Care Board, Dr Oluwole Fabiyi stated this on Imole Ayo, a sentization programme which promotes the activities of governor Ademola Adeleke’s administration on OSBC radio and television channels.
Speaking at the program, Dr Fabiyi said the governor also approved the installation of solar energy in three hundred and thirty-two Primary Health Centres in Osun State.
According to the Executive Secretary, Osun Primary Health Care Board, aside the regular distribution of drugs to all Primary Health Care facilities, the governor has also approved funds as welfare package for health workers in Osun State.
Another milestone was reached when Governor Adeleke approved the enrollment of more than 23,000 pensioners into the osun state health insurance scheme, this according to the Governor is “to ensure the continuous wellbeing of our senior citizens who have served the state diligently in their younger years ”. This initiative is despite the initial enrollment of 3000 Osun Citizens in the Health Insurance Scheme, free of charge with a plan to enroll another 20,000 vulnerable citizens to be drawn from the informal sector across the state.
Under the N100 billion infrastructure fund, the Rehabilitation of 345 Health Centers in the 332 Wards in Osun State comes in, the rehabilitation will include, Provision of Potable water, new toilets, and bathrooms, Beds, Mattresses, Bedsheets, renovation and painting of buildings, new curtains, and Solar panels/Inverters for 24 hours electricity etc. The approach is to take medical services to the doorstep of our people wherever they may be.
With an eye to address deplorable state of roads in the state, the government of Governor Adeleke as soon as he assumed office embarked on massive rehabilitation of roads, including initiating 20km of roads across Osun State; Construction of a broken bridge at Bokusoro/Adeeke in Iwo to forestall loss of life on the bridge in the past due to erosion. Resumption of the construction of the Osogbo/Ikirun/Kwara boundary road abandoned by the past administration. The road which stretches over 20km is wearing a new look and easing the movement of users as a result of Governor Adeleke’s intervention.
Other Road Projects in the 100B infrastructure Plan include:
Construction/ Rehabilitation of 45 roads of at least one kilometer in each of the 30 mother local governments, making a total of 45 Kilometers.
Construction of five Flyovers to ease traffic accidents and traffic jams. The identified projects are as follows:
● Osogbo – two namely Okefia and Lameco junction
● Ikirun- One
● Ife- one, Mayfair
● Owode Ede- One
Other LIST OF ROADS AND INTERVENTION PROJECTS include:
Completed Road Projects by Governor Adeleke in the past one year;
1 Dualization of osogbo- ikirun road with street light; 10.5 KM ; OSOGBO;
2 Oja oba (iso isu/ iso ata/ iso eran/ iso ewe)- First Baptist Model Academy with spur to Oba Oyetona street, osogbo. 1200; OSOGBO
3 Enuwa- oniyangi – ita osun -oke atan with spur to egbedu – ilode junction ile ife 1230; IFE
4 Ibadan/ife express junction- islamiya okiti junction ikire 1165 IKIRE
5 Alajue junction (ojularide street ) bode junction- admus filling station/ oja oje ede 2890 EDE
6 Monday market- rail way station road ikirun 1200 IKIRUN
7 Iresi township road 3000 IRESI
8 Ansaruldeen central mosque junction – kuti junction – hospital road iwo 1550 IWO
9 Ita-ofa-oromu-araromi (market gate ) ilesa 770 ILESA
10 Atakumosa market road ; obiteni-omo ofe road ilesa 400 ILESA
11 Oke oye-oke ita with spur to ogodogbo and temidire road ibokun 1300 ILESA
12 Rehabilitation of gbega junction – john mackay (oke ayepe costain) osogbo (phase 1) 1 KM OSOGBO
13 Rehabilitation of oloruntedo community (costain john mackay- east bypass osogbo (phase 2) 1.5KM OSOGBO
14 Rehabilitation of Aanuolu hospital- amadiya powerline (ede) 1KM EDE
15 Rehabilitation of ogberin junction – akala – ,oloki junction- oluoboini iso ege ede 2.055 EDE
(1) Spot patching of lameco- station road
(2) Oke Fia – Dele Yes Sir
(3) Oke onitea failed section
(4) Owode failed section
CONSTRUCTION OF CULVERTS
(1) Construction of Shasha failed culverts UniOsun road
(2) Construction of failed culvert (Adeeke Iwo) – IWO
(3) Construction of Owoope/Oke ola Ajegunle box culvert (Gbogan) – GBOGAN
(4) Construction of Allahu lateef saw mail failed culvert – EDE
There is also the rehabilitation of nine najor roads, one per federal constituency. This is targeted at reducing the high infrastructure deficit facing the state.
In this sector, the Governor also provided portable water in 332 towns/Villages, one in each of the 332 political wards in the State. This has been fully completed.
There is also Phase Two of Portable Water Provision in 332 wards of Osun State. Which includes, Overhead Tanks, dispensing taps, generators, or solar panels. Under Phase One 332 water projects were completed. They are all functioning. Under the new plan, another set of underserved areas across the 332 political wards will be served with water projects.
To address the yearning of Osun youth population, Governor Adeleke also launch Osun on ICT/tech innovations and Revolution programme which include the making of the first State ICT Policy, the first State Innovation Policy, domestication of Nigeria’s Startup Act, and Google Mapping of Osun state.
The state government under the leadership of Governor Adeleke also rolled out 19 buses to cushion the harsh effects of the petroleum subsidy removal by the Federal Government of Nigeria. The 19 buses, each christened “Imole Bus” are to specifically convey civil servants, students and the poorest of the poor residents of the state to their various destinations at a token amount, which in turn, will be used by the government from time to time for the smooth running and maintenance of the buses. The Government wishes to emphasize that virtually all the buses due to their almost grounded status and off the road conditions cost a total sum of 25,274,288.00 (Twenty Five Million, Two Hundred and Seventy-Four Thousand, Two Hundred and Eighty-Eight Naira) to ensure their roadworthiness so as to be able to carry out the new services of conveyance of people.
Accordingly, Osogbo the Osun state capital had five of the buses officially assigned to it for commuting people to the already earmarked routes. Ede, Iwo and Ikirun had two each while the people of Ife/ Modakeke and Ilesha had 3 each. The remaining two of the buses are kept on a standby for other contingencies that may likely come up from time to time.
The buses are expected to work on two shifts daily as they ply all the officially designated routes, morning and afternoon of Mondays through Fridays. According to the arrangements, the morning services will be between 6:45 am and 9:00 am while the afternoon shuttles will be between 3pm and 5 pm daily.
The Governor, who knows the importance of electricity and power, embarked on Rural electrification projects across Osun state. Provision of transformers and other electrical materials to ensure that communities without electricity can have light.
There has been installation of street lights in all major towns, especially Osogbo as the State Capital. This is important to enhance security surveillance and boost the night economy.
Progress has been made in this sector under one year in office in the government of Governor Adeleke.
These include securing shareholding within Segilola Operating Limited and enforcement of environmental standards in mining operations among others. The Governor’s Special Adviser on Mining and Solid Minerals, Prof Lukuman Adekilekun Jimoda, Governor Adeleke recalled that a year ago, he promised an overhauling of the mining sector with a view to secure maximum returns for the state from her solid mineral wealth.
Professor Jimoda disclosed that the state has started recording an “increase in revenue generation. Accumulated service charges on our licences have been cleared. We are at the tail end of upgrading our exploration leases to mining leases. This will bring more investors.”
“We are now operating an environmentally friendly operation. EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) and EMP ( Environmental management plan) is now a must before mining operation. Cleaning up the polluted environment is also ongoing. Our mining operation now has zero tolerance for environmental degradation.
He narrated that a long drawn negotiation with mining companies operating in Osun has been on since the beginning of the year, noting that Osun will soon be earning more revenue from the mining sector
“My strategy was to get Osun to genuinely benefit from her natural wealth within the federal set up. We have positive results now. We have secured shareholding with Segilola Resources Operating Limited. Further earnings will soon be coming from Segilola very soon.
“As part of the overall plan,we have increased our signature bonuses in line with reality. We are indeed starting mining processing from early next year.”
“To ensure full involvement of all interested parties, I have directed the solid mineral office to organize a meeting of all stakeholders before the end of the year.” He concluded.
Other Areas of Achievements In Osun In One Year Under Gov Adeleke:
The recent reforms and repositioning of the state civil service operations in Osun state under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Ademola Adeleke continue to bear positive fruits as Osun State emerges the top state alongside two other States among the 36 states of the federation and the FCT on Audit compliance rating according to the accountability index of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAN) as of October 2023.
The ICAN’s rating on state’s compliance with audit rules scored Osun, Ekiti and Lagos state as ‘Excellent’, seven states were scored ‘good’ while 26 others were rated ‘fair’.
ICAN commenced audit rating for states to assess financial management and accountability of state governments. The assessment focuses on compliance with audit rules and regulations and the quality and timeliness of audit reports, resulting in a rating of Excellent, Good, Fair or Poor for each state.
According to Innocent Okwuosa, the 59th president of ICAN, “the rankings suggest an overall trend of improving compliance with the constitutional requirement to audit state and local council accounts since the introduction of the ICAN accountability index.
An “Excellent” ranking for Osun state by the ICAN rules means “the Osun state government under Governor Ademola Adeleke has an excellent level of compliance with audit rules. Ensuring timely submission of audit reports with high level of quality and ensuring full implementation of audit recommendations.
This impressive performance of Osun State is another testimony of His Excellency, Governor Ademola Adeleke’s commitment to due process, transparency and accountability in the governance affairs of the state.
●James Azuka Uzoma, a public affairs analyst, writes from Abuja.
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