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The State Of Play

Osun 2018 Zoning: •Issues And Implications

the present administration comes in and abandon the investments that are on ground, saying it would not be a waste of resources only, but also human capital. Meanwhile, in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a reliable source said the ticket has been decided in favour of the West Senatorial district, saying though, the party might eventually go into primary, but the candidate that would

emerge would come from the zone. He said barring any last minute changes, the major focus now is on Senator Ademola Adeleke and Chief Akin Ogunbiyi, who according to him have the financial wherewithal to prosecute the election. According to the source, that has been the major reason why the party’s aspirants from other zones have stepped down their campaign activities.

hard to have their votes done very well in terms By Solomon Odeniyi of infrastructural intact”. The analyst however development, except for The agitation for the zoning of the governorship slot to Osun West Senatorial District, particularly noted that either zoning few hitches in the in the All Progressives Congress (APC) might or otherwise, the party administration of the eventually lose touch, as none of the aspirants from should ensure that it state, saying when a has the zone was reportedly ready to sacrifice his presents an acceptable government ambition for the agitation to have its way. candidate in terms of performed, the best option is to guarantee A public affair analyst, though, it is better to give competence, experience Dr Jimoh Adebayo has all aspirants from all the and comportment to continuity of the existing said that if the party zones a level playing build on the existing development. He said, it would be at should go into the ground irrespective of development of the primary with the present the zone of origin, but the present government in the detriment of the people of the state if a political situation, due to issue of zoning has the state. the high number of become a movement, According to him, the government that do not aspirants from the West regretting that the present government had believe in the agenda of Senatorial District, it principal agitators who might be difficult to have are the aspirants are the a candidate to emerge one defeating the from the axis. arguments for zoning Some of the APC themselves. aspirants from the zone “In my view, if the are, the Secretary to the aspirants team up to State Government, Alhaji present a formidable Moshood Adeoti; unity aspirant from the Speaker of the House of zone and back him up Assembly, Dr Najeem with all they have, it will Salaam; Chairman, Local be difficult for any Government Service aspirant from the other Commission, Elder Peter zones to emerge during Babalola; House of the primary of the APC. “In a situation like this, Representatives member from Iwo/Ayedire/Ola everybody, irrespective Oluwa Federal of whom you are must be Constituency, Hon. Gafar ready to make sacrifice, Amere; and a renowned but it is unfortunate that lawyer, Dr Ismail Saka- the ‘me-or-nobody-else syndrome’ is playing out Layonu (SAN). Others are, Project here and that is a major Coordinator, Osun factor that would work RAMP, Engineer Adelere against the agitators. “Don’t forget that each Oriolowo; the State Commissioner for of the aspirants has Finance, Bola Oyebamiji; delegates loyal to him or a Businessman, Mr her and instead of having Adegboyega Alabi; a their votes in a place, the former Chairman, Osun votes would be divided, Internal Revenue Service, while those from the •Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (right) with British High Commissioner, His Excellency Paul Photo: GBENGA ADENIYI Mr Dayo Oyebanji; a other zones are working Arkwright during a courtesy visit to the Governor in his office on Wednesday. former Federal Permanent Secretary, Dr Ezekiel Oyemomi among others. Some of the aspirants from the West Senatorial Agbaje said, the most justice, fairplay and of Osun, only West Beside this factor, senatorial district has not findings show that one district, including Honourable Gafar Amere, important thing is that it equity. other factor that might Moshood Adeoti and Peter Babalola have said that should be zoned to the According to him, in a had the opportunity to work against the zoning the number of aspirants contesting for the west, saying regardless of free and fair primary, an rule more than 22 agitation is the inability governorship ticket from the Senatorial District the number of aspirants acceptable candidate that months, saying, it is now of party leaders and other would not in any way affect the chances of the zone. from the axis, the zone will be ready to build on the turn of the district. Also, another aspirant stakeholders from the Amere said, once the Also, Adeoti, through should be allowed to the current development who spoke on the zone to speak with one the next in Osun would emerge. ticket is zoned to the his spokesman, Kayode produce voice. He said, in the history •Continued on page 10 governor in the spirit of It would be recalled West, the issue of that last week, some whether it would affect youths and women the chances of the zone or mobilised to protest in not would not even arise, The British government is collaborating with the business engagement. hospitality among others. agitation for the zoning of saying, in the spirit of Osun state government to help develop the state’s The Governor said, “We “ the APC governorship fairplay, justice and economy, as well deepening democracy in the state. are an agrarian state. We The Governor also ticket to the West, but equity, it is the turn of the have been encouraging declared his support for The British High during the week, an zone to produce the next Commissioner to Nigeria, elections of Ekiti and Osun investments in food the British government for to ensure the elections are amalgam of youths, governor in the state. Ambassador Paul free, fair and peaceful security and we would be its interest to help under the auspices of “What we are saying is Arkwright disclosed this which will delight the appreciative if you can as strengthen democracy in Coalition of Osun Youth that, it should be zoned to during a courtesy call to British government. well do. Also, mining of the state. Organisation in the Governor of the State, Transition of government gold in the state is another The Ooni of Ife at his collaboration with Osun West and when Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to another is an important area that needs palace enjoined everyone that is done, it means we Development Advocacy and the Ooni of Ife on sign in democracy and the investment. There are in the state to eschew Group mobilized to will have to select the best Wednesday. Osun, Ekiti and the 2019 verifiable evidence that we violence as the election in condemn the call for from the West. He said: “I am here to general elections will help have gold in commercial the state approaches to “I don’t see how the talk about economic develop agitation and insisted democratic quantity. further enjoy development that competence should number of aspirants opportunities and how the credentials in the country.” “We need partnership in all facets of life. British government can site would affect our chances; Governor Aregbesola in new regional market be given precedence. He admonished Dr Adebayo however in fact it would allow the business here so as to help while speaking, pointed which will serve as an politicians in the South noted that over-ambition best to emerge from the strengthen the economy of out agriculture, education, exchange center to trade in west to refrain from acts the state. mining, tourism and food commodities and that could lead to of some of the aspirants zone. “I want to learn more as the area the manufactured products. bloodshed in Yoruba has rendered the “For instance, I am one about the state so that I can hospitality British government could The state historically nation. “already stabilized of the aspirants and I have a feel of what the invest in to help boost the served this purpose. We argument for zoning” believe so much in the The visitation of the government, our state economy. impotent, saying the ongoing development in British have the necessary British Delegation was people can learn before He added that with the argument would die a by the coming down here for peaceful nature and the approval to carry on with facilitated this. The British Programmes Delivery natural death if care is not the state which I am business. virtuousness of the people determined to build on”, government can invest in taken. Unit (PDU) Office of the “I will also be observing of the state, they are According to him, Amere noted. with delegates, the assured of a fruitful Education, tourism and Governor.

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NWC Blames Omisore For Osun SDP’s Internal Crisis •Approves New Dates For Congresses By Shina Abubakar As the crisis rocking the Osun State Chapter of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) is yet to settle, the Chief Ademola Ishola-led executive has urged the public to disregard any state congress organized on Saturday, July 7, 2018, saying it is an exercise in Secretary in the state, futility. According to a Chief Ademola Ishola statement signed by the and Elder Femi Awe, the party’s Chairman and said congress was illegal.

The party leaders insisted that any congress being organized in the name of SDP is an affront to the judiciary based on the order of the court stopping the exercise pending the determination of a suit filed by some aggrieved members of the party.

They disclosed that while efforts were being made to resolve the court matter, the SDP National Working Committee in its meeting of Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Abuja had set aside the last two congresses organized by Iyiola Omisore’s group. Besides, they revealed that the NWC has

•APC supporters at the party’s governorship mega rally in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday.

approved new dates for congresses while new and authentic registers and congress forms have been released to the party executives in the state for fresh congresses. The new dates, in a statement by the party’s National Organising Secretary, Rt. Hon. Emeka Atuma are: July 14th (Ward Congress), July 21st (Local Government Congress) and July 28th (State Congress) “and we advised all our members to go to their various wards to register as authentic members of the SDP”. “It is sad to note that just one of the three aspirants contesting the governorship election under the platform of the SDP wanted to take the party by the throat and secure our party’s ticket through fraudulent means. “Let it be known that Senator Iyiola Omisore’s plan was to install one of his cronies, Dr. Bayo Faforiji, the erstwhile factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the Chairman of SDP through a fake congress not known to the party’s

Osun Govt Empowers Youths In Tailoring By Sola Jacobs Government of the State of Osun has made another landmark in human capital and economic development through the empowerment of youths in entrepreneurship project, tailored to preserve vintage Yoruba tailoring called, Ijinle. The Governor, Ogbeni the internship will fuse Rauf Aregbesola both old and represented by his contemporary attires for Special Adviser on older and younger Enterprise and Wealth generations, and serve Creation, Mr Ademola bigger market, while the Akintoyese at the launch government would of Ijinle, held in Lagos facilitate business recently, said the development services of programme was created the trainees to viable to empower youths, production cluster. create jobs and provide a According to him, platform for the younger relevant agencies with generation to appreciate the help of the facilitators the beauty in the eroding will use manpower and Yoruba culture. Narrating the genesis enterprise to generate of Ijinle, the Governor income for the state. He further added that said, it was born out of passion for sustainability the government plans to establish the successful and preservation of heritage and traditional selected trainees from clothing sewn in modern various local government areas of the state, in styles. He noted that 15 different locations to youths were selected continue to create from the Osun Youth beautiful works locally, and Empowerment Scheme nationally (OYES) to get intensive internationally, while training from legendary also generating income Kabiru Durojaye, a 56- for the state and year-old veteran tailor themselves. In his goodwill and custodian of authentic Yoruba wears message, the OYES Commandante, Col. and craftsmanship for over 30 years, supported Enibukun Oyewole (rtd) by Ms. Muinat Atunnise while charging the of Atunnise Clothiers as trainees to utilize the project manager, and that skills being taught the training will be for 5 judiciously, reiterated that there is power in months. The Governor added skills and being an OYES that the trainees through cadet is a plus in life

based on the level of experience they have garnered. He stated that 42,000 OYES cadets have participated in the scheme and he congratulated the selected cadets for the Ijinle project, urging them not to waste the knowledge passed to them, but build on it, pass

it down, have good entrepreneurial skill, keep to time of delivery to customers and above all, not disappoint the Governor of the State for investing in them. Oyewole commended the governor for the giant stride accomplished in empowerment of youths in the state in line with his Six Points Integral Action

Plan. It would be recalled that in 2012, as part of the efforts to revamp the textile industry, the state government partnered Sam and Sara Company to establish Omoluabi Garment factory, to produce international standard clothing and uniform for state-owned public schools students.

national echelons. “Going by the lists of his so called executive at the ward and local government levels, it was clear that he only appointed aggrieved members of his group who left the PDP with him in May this year. “The world must know that before the arrival of Omisore and his group from the PDP to the SDP, we have lived together as a united and a peaceful family. But, since his coming into the SDP, we have witnessed serious violence against our members by his supporters with several cases now being handled at several police stations across the state”, the statement added. It would be recalled that, the National Chairman of the party, Chief Olu Falae cautioned Omisore over the ongoing crisis lingering in the party in Osun. Chief Falae who spoke in Abuja during a press interview held at the SDP National Secretariat said, “it is disheartened that Omisore is struggling to hijack the party from those who are in the party before him, because these people have been in the party before Omisore seeks asylum in the SDP.” He then implored the embattled governorship aspirant to move round the state to canvass for support from leaders, members and delegates of the party. He then concluded that the National Executive, Board of Trustees (BOT) and Leaders of the party at National level will not accept such an unlawful congress from any quarter.

19-day-old Baby Stolen In Osun, Rescued In Ogun

A19-day-old baby, David Adebode who was stolen from her mother in Modakeke town of the State of Osun has been found in Ogun State and rescued by the operatives of the Ogun police command. The neonate was without a child. allegedly stolen by a 26In her desperation to year-old woman have a child for her identified as Bunmi Adebayo after deceiving his mother under the pretence of seeking accommodation from the family. Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, while parading the suspect at the police command headquarters in Eleweran, Abeokuta, said, the suspect was arrested at Orile-Imo village in Obafemi/ Owode area of the state where she was hibernating with the baby. The CP explained that investigations showed that the suspect, Bunmi had been married to her husband for over 10 years •The suspect, Bunmi.

husband, the police chief said, Bunmi was reported to have been faking pregnancy only for her to inform her husband of a safe delivery after she had successfully stolen the baby from Osun state. Iliyasu further stated

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that the husband, who was initially happy about the “safe delivery” of his wife however, became curious and suspected a foul play when Bunmi could neither produce the baby’s placenta, nor breastfeed the baby “in his presence”. “Having realised the curiosity of her husband, Bunmi absconded from her house and the husband consequently reported a case of missing person to the police. The suspect was subsequently tracked down at Orile-Imo village where she was hibernating with the baby and was promptly arrested”. Iliyasu further explained that the suspect, upon interrogation, later confessed to stealing the baby in Modakeke town, stressing that the parents of the baby, who had earlier reported the matter to the police had been located.


4 At A Critical Juncture

The nation and the Southwest in particular have arrived at a critical juncture. The strategic imperative is how to navigate the way forward. Recent on-going events will provide the key parameters on the road to pivotal elections this year and in 2019. It will also be decisive, as policy options are considered for how to resolve the dilemmas to be tackled and resolved in the make or break decade 20202030 ahead. With Nigeria’s alarming population growth rates and economic growth below par, the policy options must be weighed very carefully. The present discourse appears to center around two options. On the one hand, we have the populist d r i v e n ‘stomach infrastructure’ paradigm and on the other, the sustainable development model. I n weighing the options, it is important to note that nothing has actually changed, it’s eerily still the same debate as in the 1950’s about the development options and the way ahead. The demagoguery behind ‘stomach infrastructure’ must be appreciated and not derided. It obviously negates the problematic involved in the deferment of immediate gratification. The issue is understandable in a poverty ridden society devoid of the most rudimentary of social safety nets. We are just seeing the emergence of things such as free school meals and ‘Agba Osun’. How a balance providing immediate needs with constructing the blocks for sustainable development is the issue of our times. For

On the one hand, we have the populistdriven ‘stomach infrastructure’ paradigm and on the other, the sustainable development model.

against his NCNC challenger, Chief Kehinde Sofola in Ijebu-Remo central constituency in the pivotal 1959 pre-independence general elections. It is of course, the verdict of history, which matters. And history has vindicated Chief Awolowo and his party, that the construction of the foundations for a better tomorrow should override immediate electoral gains. History will also vindicate the state of Osun’s Rauf Aregbesola who has also had to vary out a delicate balancing act. Of course, it has also come at a cost. The way out is to slay the monster of s t o m a c h infrastructure through massive political education and economic policies based on jobs creation and the elevation of a skill based framework. The mechanisms through which the government of Ignacio Lula da Silva pulled out 40 million people out of poverty in 80 years must be carefully looked at and applied. It is in the interest of the progressive movement to delicately navigate a path through the stomach infrastructure versus sustainable development conundrum. In our opinion, the ‘alternative perspective’ balancing act of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola provides a good starting point.

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what is appealing about the misconstrued populism of stomach infrastructure can be found in the admonition of the economist John Maynard Keynes, “in the long-term, we are all dead.” As the leader of government business and later Premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo had to undergo a delicate balancing act in trying to navigate his way through. The level of taxation was high in the Western Region in the 1950’s and it was disproportionately skewed against the rural areas. Awolowo’s party paid a heavy electoral price in terms of the loss of seats in the local government elections as well as regional and federal elections. Indeed, Awolowo actually won a very narrow electoral victory running

The Alarming Rate Of 'Sponsored' Protests When it rains, it pours. Pouring in the state of Osun are agitations. Agitations left, right and centre. Issues of the senatorial zone which takes the baton from Governor Rauf Aregbesola is the cause. Osogbo Indigenes (Central) say it is their turn, Ife from East wants a shot, the West is shouting alienation, and the rest of us do not know where to turn. Protests have become a means to pressing home their demands; hence, it is the season of protests in the land of virtue. Of course, Sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution as well as Article 11 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, grant the right to assemble to voice our disdain against a

policy or demand our right from the government, individuals, and organized bodies. Even then, the agitation for and against zoning in the two concurrent protests held in Osogbo recently had been alleged to be organized act of desperation, sponsored by gladiators whose interests are being

danced to. The most agonizing thing is that when the result comes, none of the protesters will eat from the fruit of their endeavors.

Fingered in this has been the youth. Perhaps they should even be ashamed of themselves, I am. They massively contribute to the worldwide impression that Nigerian youths are rogues, lazy and a manipulative tool in the hands of money bags with acts like this. It shows those we are looking up to tomorrow

can still be used by politicians to dance to their tunes. This has left me to ask this billion dollars question which I would

love everyone in this part of the world to ruminate on. Why, despite all America’s problems, there are no anti-Trump demonstrations by US citizens, intellectual? So, why do we resort to one anytime we have issues to resolve? Mostly sponsored protests have not helped matter. Protests like this leave a bad taste in the mouth. So, hands should not be folded, proactive measures must be taken to halt this act capable of sullying the state’s Omoluabi reputation. Asides, mischievous elements in the state may soon begin to catch on this perceived abnormality to achieve their self-serving interest and would become a norm in the state. •FOLARIN KOLAWOLE, Osogbo.



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Saving The Yoruba Language From Extinction Through Education The fading off of Yoruba language has been a serious source of concern for the stakeholders of the race, hence, the need for proactive measures to reverse the situation. SOLOMON ODENIYI writes on the efforts taking so far by the government of the State of Osun through the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) on the move to bring back the fading language and culture. Language is one of a race’s most significant components. It is the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing both tangible and intangible heritage. How important it has been said to be, it has been estimated that approximately 10,000 spoken languages have existed. Today, only about 6,000 languages are still spoken, more than half of these languages especially in this part of the world are faced with the risk of being forgotten forever. A pointer to this was the address of the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, at the 2017 Annual Round Table on Cultural Orientation, jointly organized by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and the National Institute for Cultural Orientation, NICO, in Kaduna where he stated that situation reports shows the country’s indigenous languages are endangered and could go into extinction in no distant future, as there is a remarkable decline in the usage of our indigenous languages by children and youth who cannot read or write in their mother tongue. Corroborating this was an alarm raised by a professor of Yoruba Language at the University of Ilorin, Olalere Adeyemi that about 5,000 Languages including Yoruba which are spoken in Africa are going into extinction. However, several studies have shown a working relationship between education and languages. The Researchers have established how languages used in schools are important factors in whether or not children succeed in education. One of such is a research by CBF, which estimates that 44% of languages spoken by more than 10,000 people are not used as languages of instruction in education. They submitted that language that children have used from birth – their mother tongue or first language – offers the best chance of educational success. Aside this, in the same report, the body described education as the base of the future of every society and stressed that its introduction into education system of a nation is the only way of protecting the culture, values, and languages of the people of a country from going into extinction . Similarly, research has it that no matter how brilliant one is, one uses one mother tongue to ruminate on a particular thing before one expresses

•(R-L) SUBEB Chairman, Prince Felix Awofisayo; Osun Head of Service, Dr Olowogboyega Oyebade presenting instructural materials to one of the teachers, while the PS SUBEB, Alhaji Fatai Kolawole watches. such a thing either in the mother tongue achievements, but contribute to communication in his/her area of or any other language except those who tolerance, social cohesion and, domicile alongside English Language. were born deaf and dump. This ultimately, peace.” The policy also requires that students Consequently, the federal in Junior Secondary School (JSS), suggests that if one does not have a sound knowledge of one’s mother government of Nigeria showed (which is of three-year duration) must tongue, one may likely encounter concerns for the plight of Nigerian study three languages, namely, mother difficulty to embark on good deductive languages when it sought to encourage tongue, or an indigenous language of their teaching and learning in schools wider communication in his/her area reasoning. The United Nations Educational across the federation by introducing the of domicile, alongside one of the three Scientific and Cultural Organisation National Policy on Education. Section major indigenous languages in the (UNESCO) Director-General, Irina 1 (8) of the policy emphasises that “the country, namely, Hausa, Igbo, and Bokova underlined the basic principle Federal Government shall take official Yoruba, provided the language chosen of children learning in a language they interest in, and make policy is distinct from the child’s mother speak. He said, “With a new global pronouncements on the teaching of the tongue, while it stated that in Senior education agenda that prioritizes indigenous languages, instead of Secondary School (SSS), a Nigerian quality, equity and lifelong learning for concerning itself solely with English child, must study two languages: an all, it is essential to encourage full Language”. indigenous language and English Also, the policy stipulates that every Language. respect for the use of mother language in teaching and learning, and to pupil must in the course of primary Understanding the fact that lies in the promote linguistic diversity. Inclusive school education study two languages, Yoruba language; our rich culture, namely, his/her mother tongue, or any language education policies will not history, traditions, and values, the only lead to higher learning other indigenous language of wider Government of the State of Osun, State Universal Education Board (SUBEB) and other collaborating bodies in the Understanding the fact that lies in the Yoruba state have been taking deliberate and language, its rich culture, history, traditions, and concrete steps to protect the Yoruba values, the Government of Osun, SUBEB and other language in the face of extinction by enforcing policies on education with collaborating bodies are taking deliberate and regard to learning and teaching of the concrete steps to protect the language in the face of language in schools across the state. Those policies include; extinction by enforcing policies on education with ASA Day in schools. regards to learning and teaching of the language in ASA DAY, an annual event which

schools across the state.

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Saving The Yoruba Language From Extinction Through Education •Continued from page 5 was introduced two years ago is a programme primarily designed to discover and showcase talents and cultural potentials among the pupils of elementary schools and students of high schools in a bid to promote and sustain the rich Yoruba cultures, values and traditions. Pupils of grades 1 to 9 in public schools are the target of the cultural project which since inception has gained plaudits from the movers and shakers in the state and beyond. In attendance had been stakeholders in education and lovers of arts and culture across the state. The event has had Ijo-Ibile, Iyere-Ifa, Ayo-Olopon, Ewi, Ijala, Ekun-Iyawo, Egungun display, Ere Osupa, Ijakadi, Okiti tita and Irun Didi displays among traditional games and events for contest with prizes won by participating pupils. Also, this has brought about teaching students in Yoruba language in schools in the state of Osun which has ensured that the pupils can grow up to produce and enjoy great works in a native language. Speaking recently on the introduction of ASA DAY, the Permanent Secretary of Osun SUBEB, Alhaji Fatai Kolawole noted that the introduction of the programme is to make the Yoruba stand its ground amongst other indigenous languages fading away. Students’ He said: “We don’t want a situation where our children won’t be able to speak our language or a situation where we would have to invite the foreign teachers to come and teach our language. As a responsible government, we feel we should not relent on any effort in ensuring the teaching of Yoruba in our schools. The Yorubas are people with history and we have noticed that over the years, we are seen to be neglecting our traditions which is bad for the future of the race and the economy. We don’t want it to die, that is why we have introduced it at that level” He added that the effort has helped improved the performance of pupils as well as brought about improved attendance of pupils. He said, “The students’ performances have improved tremendously, going by the WAEC result in the last six years, it showed the improvement as highlighted by the Ministry of Education and the examination board. At elementary and middle school levels, it has improved, as our children are winning Laurels in competitions and in joint state examinations for grades 3,4,5,6 and the unified exams too for grades 7 and 8 and Basic Education Certification examination. More importantly the pupils have been staying in school”. The Yoruba Talking Pen The introduction of the talking pen configured for the sole use of the Yoruba language has been described by many as unprecedented in the history of the race. This will help ease the teaching of Yoruba by the teachers as well as the assimilation by the pupils who would be benefiting from this. “This will help to engage the students in this global era, we must maximize what comes with technology. It also allows them to have fun while they learn. You must agree with me that there are lots of distractions these days for our children, but with this, it reduces it to the barest minimum because as the pen is talking, they are learning which will stimulate their attention, “the SUBEB Permanent Secretary

•Some of the contractors who participated in the SUBEB’s 2014/15 contract circle displaying their certificate of completion of the projects. explained. On his part, the Chairman, state Universal Basic Education Board, Prince Felix Awofisayo during the flag off ceremony of talking pens/ story book and distribution of instructional materials to Elementary and middle schools in the state noted that the introduction of the talking pen and purchase of instructional materials for

use in schools has been the priority of the state government to be supplied to schools every academic term as a result of its importance to learning “ The distribution of the Yoruba talking pens and story books to schools are parts of the efforts of SUBEB aimed at addressing deficiencies in academic activities in some schools as noticed in some pupils’ inability to read and write

The introduction of the talking pen configured for the sole use of the Yoruba language has been described by many as unprecedented in the history of the race.

•Osun school pupils demonstrating the use of Yoruba talking pens.

fluently in both elementary and middle schools,” the SUBEB boss added. Awofisayo assured the governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola that efforts would be redoubled at quality assurance through improved reading skills monitoring and evaluation activities to make his education goal for the state a reality. He allayed fears on the maintenance of the gadgets, saying mechanism has been put in place to make sure they are well cared for, while enjoining the pupils and schools to make the best use of the materials for the purposes for which they are meant for. Translation of Major textbooks from English to Yoruba At this year’s ASA Day in April, held at the Ataoja High School, the Osun SUBEB chairman, Prince Awofisayo hinted that efforts are in top gear for the translation of major subjects offered by pupils of elementary and middle schools from English language to Yoruba language. When this is completed, it would aid the pupils to easily transmit the knowledge inherent in major subjects as well as steering interest of a large number of pupils with little or no interest in some subjects. Also, through studying these materials, students will not only gain communicative proficiency in the language, but also a great understanding of the diverse literary and cultural traditions that make Yoruba a fascinatingly unique language among others. Yoruba language with over 25 million speakers, spoken among other languages, in Nigeria, Benin, and Togo in Brazil, Sierra Leone, northern Ghana and Cuba will be saved from extinction if other South western states government can demonstrate a similar gesture being spearheaded by the Osun government.





Osun Council Chairs’ Wives Reiterate Commitment Towards Development •Hold Special Prayers For Aregbesola, Husbands Wives of council chairmen in the State of Osun have collectively reiterated commitment to continue to support their husbands and the state government towards the development of the grassroots across the state. an They gave this organised commitment recently i n t e r d e n o m i n a t i o n a l through the Forum of special prayer for Rauf Wives of Council Governor Chairmen (FOWICC) in A r e g b e s o l a ’ s the state when they administration in one of

their fortnightly prayer meetings at Olorunda Local Government Secretariat, Igbonna Osogbo. As part of their own way of contributing to the success of the present administration, it has been the practice of the FOWICC to pray for their

spouses, the council bosses, to have a successful and a hitchfree tenure of office. The chairperson of the forum, Mrs. Tunrayo Abiodun appreciated almighty God for the opportunity given to them and their spouses as council bosses, just as she appreciated Governor Aregbesola whom she described as “A true

Progressive” in whose pot of wisdom the state is witnessing a tremendous d e v e l o p m e n t , particularly at the grassroot. She also appreciated the Governor’s wife, Mrs. Sherifat Aregbesola whom she described as “An Epitome of virtuous woman who is the crown of her husband” for the love and care showered on the forum since inception. According to her, members of the forum are determined to support the council bosses in all aspects, with a view to ensuring that they succeed in line with their electioneering

promises to the people. Commending their husbands for their commitment towards development in line with the mandate given to them, Mrs Abiodun urged them to remain focus and leave legacies that would always be a reference point of development. Meanwhile, in his sermon, the invited Muslim cleric, Alfa Ahmodu advised the organizers to always pray for their spouses as their prayer is much more needed now than ever before. Also, Pastor Nelson Adeboye admonished the organisers to be more prayerful and stronger.

Isokan South LCDA Embarks On Roads' Grading, Channelization Of Waterways

•A cross section of the wives of council chairmen in Osun in a group photograph with an Islamic cleric, Alfa Ahmodu. Inset: Pastor Nelson Adeboye, a christian cleric at the programme.

Olorunda North LCDA Boss Assures Workers Of Adequate Welfare The chairman, Olorunda North Local Council members of his cabinet Development Area (LCDA), Honourable Quadri and staffers of the council Owonikoko has emphasised the commitment of his for their sacrifice and also administration to provide social amenities for the thanked the Baale of Otawelfare of workers. Efun for his support. He tasked the people of Owonikoko stated this allocated to the council are the council area to while inspecting the properly utilised. reciprocate the good ongoing 3rd phase of the He thanked all council secretariat in OtaEfun, saying the building of the secretariat is considered necessary to ensure the smooth running of the council’s activities and make the workforce of the council comfortable in the course of performing their official duties. This, according to him is with a view to making them more productive. The council chairman said, workers must be made comfortable in their • place of work to carry out their duties, saying, all hands must be on deck to •The ongoing 3rd phase of the secretariat construction. ensure that the resources

gesture of the present administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state through adequate supports to the government in terms of payment of taxes and other payable levies.




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Chairman, Isokan South Local Council Development Area, Ikoyi, State of Osun, Prince Wasiu Oyelami, has reiterated his commitment to wipe out poverty and reduce rural migration to urban centers within the council area through development. According to a in order to curb statement by the council’s incidences of flooding Head of Social and erosion which always Development and lead to loss of properties Information, Ademola whenever it rains. Aminu, Oyelami made During their visit to the this statement during the flood prone zones, the inspection of the ongoing duos of the chairman and grading, bulldozing, and the Head of Water and rehabilitation of roads E n v i r o n m e n t a l and footpaths leading to Sanitation, Mrs. Folasade Ikoyi town from Boladale Awoniyi, according to the Junction to various towns, statement warned the villages, farms and residents of the area not to hamlets. take the advantage of the During the inspection, raining season to perform the council chairman unhygienic acts like expressed satisfaction pouring wastage/excreta with the state of work in flowing water anytime done, while the residents it rains in order to fight of the area gave kudos to disease. the council management The residents of the for the development in affected area, in their their area. various reactions The council’s commended the management team led by chairman for bringing the Oyelami, according to the dividend of democracy to statement had earlier their doorstep. carried out the Meanwhile, the rehabilitation of township management of the roads which are, Baba council under Oyelami, in Kekere roads, Alamo order to curb the activities roads, Asejire roads. criminals has The administration has of also embarked on grading renovated the Nigeria Police station, Ikoyi. and rehabilitation of Oyelami reiterated that Anajere market road and renovation of the shops “the move is an attempt to steer up investment in and stalls of the market, hence commercial security so as to fight insecurity in the area, , drivers, market men and women had been saying, he was happy that attracted to the market to the council was doing well in terms of boost the economy. “Also, many rural encouragement to the roads in the local police to discharge their government from duties. Speaking further, he Boladale to Olufun, Papanda, Iwari-Oloya, urged the police and other security to be Ayanda, Alaka among vigilant agencies in order to others had been forestall any security rehabilitated. breach, saying that the “Earlier too, Prince council is working with Oyelalmi has completed other security agencies the process of managing and other stakeholders high water flows from within the council so that Rivers Adesina and the relative peace being Elemu and other rivers enjoy is sustained. prone to flooding in Ikoyi He then appealed to during raining season”. residents to volunteer The chairman, useful information to according to the security agencies assuring statement said, the that such information dredging and would be treated urgently channelization were done and importantly.






A Cocktail Of Recent Happenings Nikkah Ceremony Between Aderemi Opeyemi And Saudat Adeyemi In Osogbo Last Saturday.

Asalaye Academy: Raising A New Generation Of African Students C&S Dorcas Sisters Society Honours Basorun Oyedele

•A cross section of students during a history class.

•The Couple.

It was a joyful occasion at Kolabalogun area, Osogbo in the State of Osun when Aderemi Saudat Omolara got married to her better half, Aderemi Opeyemi Jamiu , a staff of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Osogbo. Sunday 8th of July 2018 would forever remain memorable in the annals of history for the both families of Adeyemi and Aderemi as their Children Saudat and Opeyemi graduated from spinsterhood and bachelorhood into the realm of

solemnization. The engagement of the two love birds took place immediately after the Nikkah at the same venue during which Adeyemi family came forward with the formal proposal and items requested by the Aderemi family to have their daughter’s hand in marriage. The reception followed immediately at the same venue. Islamic Clerics, a member of the Osun State House of Assembly, Honourable Tunde Olatunji, NTA Staffs and other dignitaries were present at the event. •Mr Niyi Elebuibon, Ifasina Elebuibon, the coordinator of the NGO, Miss Nzinga Olabisi Metzger (2nd left) and her brother, Mr Brian after a class session.

•Honourable Olatunji Tunde (middle) with other guests.

•A cross section of instructors.

Asalaye Academy is using education as a tool to raise a new generation of African students, whose consciousness would be on African values. The academy which is an initiative of Duniafore Foundation, a Non Governmental Organization based in New York city is focused on raising young African students and build a link between them and Africans in the diaspora. The coordinator of the NGO, Nzinga Olabisi Metzger disclosed that the objective behind the summer classes, which is the second edition is to create a Pan African consciousness and keep abreast of happenings around the people of African descent around the world. She said the pilot programme started in Osogbo last summer with about 100 students while this year’s programme targets 150 students from age 7 and above. She disclosed that last year, the programme was supported by the State Government of Osun through the provision of internet facilities and launch pack for the students but this year’s edition was solely sponsored with the diaspora fund. According to her, another initiative of the foundation is the BirthRight, which would help students of African descent to visit places in Africa, adding that the first set of beneficiaries would be going to Cuba this August.

•Basorun Oyedele (middle) being decorated as the patron, while chief Peter Adewoyin (left) watches. The Dorcas Sisters of the Cherubim decorations and members of the society, as they danced to praise songs within the and Seraphim Church, Ireti-Ogo Holy Church Auditorium. Yahwel, Isun Irapada, Aderin Osogbo Basorun Oyedele who made a generous has honoured an Osogbo-based donation to the development of the General Contractor and Supplier of church shortly after his decoration as the Granite and Other building materials, Patron expressed joy that he was counted Chief Basorun Oyedele as Patron. worthy by members of the society. On ground was the Founder and According to him, he would not relent General Overseer of the Church, in ensuring that he does more to promote Prophet (Dr) Christiana Motunrayo the work of God in all his doings. Rotimi to bless members of the Dorcas Also speaking, the President of the Sisters and the awardees. Society, Mrs Adeyemi appreciated Bashorun Oyedele was honoured members of the society, the awardees and alongside others, including the Matron, the church leadership for their support. Lady Evangelist Nafiu Titilola and the She however assured that he would President, Mrs Bidemi Adeyemi during ensure her leadership makes impact the 2018 Dorcas Anniversary of the towards the promotion of the Gospel. church, held at the Church Auditorium Among the dignitaries at the in Osogbo on Sunday. programme were, Chief Peter Adewoyin, the Baale Agbe of Iragbiji Land and Elder It was a moment of joy for the Micheal Okewale among others. honourees before and after their

•Members of the Dorcas sisters at the programme. Inset: The founder of the church, Prophet Motunrayo.

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Osun Speaker Distributes Seedlings To Osun Farmers By Israel Afolabi In its bid to ensure adequate supply of inputs in agricultural sector in the state, the Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Dr. Najeem Salaam has distributed high yielding crop seedlings to All Farmers Association Of Nigeria (AFAN) Osun State Chapter. The lawmaker also In his remarks at the advised farmers to AFAN secretariat contribute to the Land Osogbo, Dr. Najeem Charge Bill before the Salaam urged youths to house while promising go into farming due to that their views would be unstable oil price globally factored in before the bill that is affecting the is passed. nation’s economy. He noted that a Salaam made it known Microfinance bank for will be that it is only farming that farmers can bail out this nation at established in the state to give loans to the farmers this critical period. According to him, without stress while there “whether we like it or not, will be training for we cannot continue to farmers to cultivate in line downplay the importance with modern systems of of farming because oil is farming. In his remarks, the no more booming. We want to lift farming to President of Osun chapter greater height in the of AFAN, Mr Kayode Afolabi noted that Dr. state”. He promised to give Salaam has kept his support to the farmers’ promise with Osun association with all things AFAN. He commended the within his power to ensure good cultivation in speaker’s good gesture towards farmers in the the state. He said, “I will support state while urging him to farmers with tractors purchase tractors for because I know the farming in the state. He charged Dr. Salaam, problems facing our as one of their members, farmers in general.” to stand up for farmers He however predicted for them to a brighter future for challenge have better life. farmers if given the He solicited his support necessary support with for the establishment of the required equipments farmers’ Micro-finance and tools to cultivate. Bank and farmers house

in the state as well. He urged government not to drive farmers out of

Oke-Osun farm settlement because of farmland scarcity in the

state. Among the crop seedlings distributed to

the AFAN are cashew, cocoa, oil-palm, pepper and moringa seedlings.

We Are Not Targeting Opposition Parties’ Posters - O-Signage By Francis Ezediuno The State of Osun Signage, Hoarding and Advertisement Agency (O-Signage) has said that the enforcement of its zero tolerance for illegal pasting of posters around the state has only targetted those who have refused to comply with the state Signage Law. Speaking with OSUN we have made it known DEFENDER recently, the that we have zero Chief Operating Officer of tolerance for the pasting of the agency, Mr. Niyi posters on walls. Oduola maintained that “As you know, this act the exercise affects all defaces the wall and also political parties, saying, defacing the new even in the course of the infrastructures put in place agency removal of illegally by the government too”. pasted posters, residents Oduola warned that had variously commented anybody not adhering to that they were surprised this directive would be that both posters of the spending money in the politicians in the ruling drain as the agency would and opposition parties spare no effort to remove were removed. such posters. Oduola noted that their He revealed that the actions all over the state agency had the capacity to had gone to show that no work effectively in all the posters was spared in as local governments because much as it threatened the the administration had aesthetics of the state as acquired state of the art that was the mandate of equipment for it to work the agency and that is perfectly. what they are committed He observed that if not to. for the agency’s activities, He revealed that at the whole state would inception, the agency had have been littered by written to all the political posters. parties notifying them “The job we do also about the new directive contributes to peace in the and the embargo on state. We have observed pasting of posters on walls. opposition and rivalry In his words, “from the even in the pasting of inception of this agency,

posters. That is not our major concern anyway. Our primary duty is to maintain the aesthetic of the state and that is what we have been doing”, he added. The Chief Operating Officer disclosed that the agency is more concerned with posters but if there was any notice on billboards from OSignage, it means that something was wrong. “As you know, since the embargo on politics, politicians tend to want to

misbehave and our agency is in place to regulate the erection of these billboards”. He also cleared the air on the relationship between O-Signage and the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) stressing that there was no relationship between the two bodies. He said, APCON has been the one putting the removal signs on billboards in the state.

Osun West Aspirants •Continued from page 2 condition of anonymity believed that the large number of aspirants contesting the primary under the ruling APC would not in any way affect the region chances of picking up the party’s ticket. Rather, he said, it is a welcome development which signifies the dire desire of the zone to produce the next governor. He said: “Osun west is one-third of the state. So

if anybody is contesting for the governorship position from the 30 local governments, he must have the support of the delegates from all the local governments, hence the issue of how many aspirants is insignificant. “There are lots of aspirants from the west because they believe it is their turn. It does not affect anything. They can struggle with the delegates from west as well as from other districts.

On-The-Hustings Osogbo Agog For Oyetola As He Rounds Off Consultations By Kola Odepeju The city of Osogbo, capital of the state of Osun, was agog for Mr. Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), last week as he rounded off his consultation tour across the state. It would be recalled that Oyetola, with his group, IleriOluwa, started his consultation tour across the state about four weeks ago to drum support for his aspiration ahead of his party’s primary election coming up this month. The tour, which took off in Ife rounded off on Wednesday with visitations to Olorunda and Osogbo local governments. It was a massive reception in Osogbo, an indication of his acceptability in the state capital and all over the state. Earlier, the group and its Symbol had visited other local government areas of the state where the people turned out impressively to register their support for the group and promised to give their mandate to Oyetola in the party’s primary election and general election of September 22 this year. Just like every other local government already visited by Oyetola and his group, the story was not different in Osun West Senatorial District, as massive turn-outs of people were recorded in support of his aspiration. The way people turned out to receive the APC aspirant, particularly in the West Senatorial District showed that there was no united voice as regards West Agenda, as some party members and electorate said they preferred Oyetola over others due to his comportment, experience and competence to govern the state effectively. While speaking in Osogbo on Wednesday, the content of his speech was not different from what

•Supporters of Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola during a consultation tour.

he earlier said in all the local governments earlier visited as he hammered on continuity of Ogbeni Aregbesola’s welfarist programmes and developmental projects; even as he promised to do more. The gubernatorial aspirant mentioned that he knows the junction at which the job of good governance will stop under Ogbeni and also where to continue, saying, there won’t be any stoppage or delay in the continuity of the good governance which foundation has been laid by Ogbeni if he’s allowed to succeed him. He said, it is continuity that makes Lagos what it is today in terms of world class development, saying, the only way Osun’s story will not be different from

that of Lagos is to ensure the continuity which he is ready to offer. Finally, the gubernatorial contestant promised that government of continuity under him will ensure that the arrears being owed workers are paid while he will also take care of party members well and run an all-inclusive government that will give every stratum of the society a sense of belonging. He said, he is perfectly fit to occupy the governorship position, having served in Aregbesola’s government and understands what is next for the people of the state interms of development, saying Osun need a competent hand like him that would be determined to build on the ongoing development and give the people of Osun the best.


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Groups Warn Against Zoning, Demand Transparent, Participatory Primary

By Solomon Odeniyi As the struggle for the topmost seat in the state of Osun hots up, a Coalition of Osun Youth Organizations led by Development Advocacy Group (DAG) has warned against strategies devised by some contenders in the race to appease the party through the campaign for zoning. Though, it admitted SDP Hon. Dosu Ladipo that struggle for power is from Central and Prince fundamentally a matter Adesuyi Hastrup from of strategy, but they east contested the argued that such strategy primary. In 1999 Chief must be deemed Bisi Akande, PDP Osun appropriate. central, against Isiaka They maintained that Adeleke, APP, Osun their examination into the west, and Dr Olu Alabi political field suggests Osogbo, AD Osun evidently that those Central. Chief Akande agitating for zoning and won. In the primary, their likely beneficiaries Chief Abiola Morakinyo, are people who have Osun west, Otunba Iyiola dominated the political Omisore, East and space for over three Senator Mojisola decades. Akinfenwa, from East The groups gave slugged out with Akande postulations to affirm who was picked through that zoning or no zoning consensus. is not a convention and In 2003, Chief Bisi has never dictated Akande contested political direction, against Prince describing it as petty and shenanigan for the Olagunsoye Oyinlola, benefit of politically PDP, Osun Central, desperate elites at the Oyinlola won. Senator Isiaka Adeleke and Elder expense of the masses. “In 1991 Isiaka Peter Babalola, both from Adeleke of SDP from west , Remi Olowu and Osun west won against Adesuyi Hastrup from Alhaji Bayo Salami of the east contested the NRC from Osun Central. primary with Oyinlola. In It’s important to note that 2007, Aregbesola, East, during the primary of ACN contested against

Prince Oyinlola. Court restored Aregbesola’s mandate. More than 20 aspirants contested with Aregbesola scattered across all regions in ACN, same in 2014” the coalition recalled. The spokesperson of the coalition, Dr. Ademola Oyedokun-Alli stressed that aside the fact that zoning finds no expression in any extant laws, party’s constitution

and ethics, the political culture is retrogressive and undemocratic. He wondered, if the international political community is now inclusive-driven, development inclined and individual, sectarian and regional focused, where Nigerians and people of other races and colour are voted as mayors and chancellors in white dominated European countries, why

would anyone fan the ember of division and discord in the state. He demanded t r a n s p a r e n t , participatory primary and appealed to political parties and gladiators to preserve the sanctity of the liberal democratic process which forbids the restriction of political office of this nature to a geographical or ethnic location. Wasiu Ibrahim, the

publicity Secretary of DAG disclosed that what the ordinary man in the state is concerned with is living a decent life as poverty, hunger, illiteracy and insecurity are no respecter of zone, hence, the need for a a cerebral, exposed and a leader who has a good grasp of the issues in the state as well as someone who would sustain the transformation started by Ogbeni Aregbesola.

•Protesting youths against the zoning of Osun governorship slot.

The Legacy Of Osun And FG Sukuk Projects By Inwalomhe Donald It is on record that the first set of Sukuk projects emerged from Osun State, hence, the Sukuk projects in Nigeria will ever remain the bequeathed legacy of Governor Rauf Aregbesola who was the first Nigerian to introduce it. He has always maintained that Sukuk projects are purely for business purposes and that the global issuance of it is “expanding with remarkable international reach and driven, in particular, by strong economic growth”, saying it resembles “public-private partnership financing whereby investors finance the assets and then own them which leads to real securitisation (a process of pooling/ repackaging the non-marketable assets into tradable certificates of investment) after which they transfer them at maturity to the government”. President Muhammadu Buhari last year described the newly completed Sukuk steel structure Osogbo Government High school as an educational legacy that should be emulated by other states of the federation, thanking the governor for exposing Nigeria to the Sukuk market which has drawn increasing interest from sovereigns, multilateral institutions, multinational and national corporations both from developed and emerging economies to finance investments in a wide range of economic activities and development projects. In Osun, Sukuk funds were used to finance construction of education projects, among other development initiatives with which Governor Aregbesola laid a solid foundation for the future of the state which has helped to convince the President. There are eleven High Schools with a total of 72 classrooms, some of which had been completed and others at various stages of completion across the state, all

financed with Sukuk bond. There is clear indication of the growing relevance and importance of the Sukuk market in Osun State which spread to other parts of Nigeria with the growing interest from both emerging and developed jurisdictions and the strategic approaches taken to diversify the funding sources through the market. The overall direction and potential of the market are certainly well recognized, particularly in its role in contributing towards greater economic development of Osun. There is significant potential for the Sukuk, in particular to fund infrastructure projects. This would contribute towards building deeper and more liquid, efficient and effective global Sukuk market. The dynamism of the market also contributes towards strengthening financial stability and in facilitating the expansion of inter-regional investment flows. As we move towards increasing this internationalisation of Islamic finance, and thus towards greater global financial integration, it will

contribute towards a global growth process and financial stability that will be mutually reinforcing. With this calibre of governments following suit to obtain Sukuk, it is now crystal clear that Aregbesola is not just a leader, but a leader that set positive pace globally. The Federal Government has released the proceeds of the N100 billion Sukuk bond to 25 key economic road projects of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. Finance Minister Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, handed over the cheque to Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. The offer was oversubscribed at N105.87 billion. To Mrs Adeosun, “the milestone was a sign of confidence in the Nigerian economy and the administration of President Buhari”, adding that the Sukuk proceeds would unlock Nigeria’s potential. “This is the first Sukuk bond issuance for the Federal Government and second Sukuk bond in Nigeria because Osun State was the first to issue Sukuk bond in 2013. It is about financial inclusion

and deepening of our financial markets. The proceeds will be used to further support government capital spending for 2017 – the construction and rehabilitation of 25 key economic roads across the six geo-political zones of the country.” The question now is: are there implications of Islamic financing of these roads and their subsequent ownership by the Sukuk holders? Christians Association of Nigeria fears that the Islamic financial institutions will own the 25 major roads after construction. The answer to that fear is no and Nigerians are eulogizing Aregbesola for introducing Sukuk to Nigeria. There is no doubt about the potentials for using Sukuk as a tool for capital raising and infrastructural development in Nigeria. The Sukuk issuance attracted international acclaim by winning the IFN Africa Deal of the Year Award 2013. The Government of Osun through a wholly owned Special Purpose Company, Osun Sukuk Company Plc issued on the 8th of October, 2013 the first Sukuk in SubSaharan Africa worth N11.4 billion to fund the development of 11 High Schools in the State. The issuance of the first state Sukuk by Osun Sukuk Company Plc attests to the huge potentials for Islamic Finance in Nigeria, while its subsequent international acclaim creates integrity within the market which has the propensity to promote foreign direct investments. With the right team of professional advisers, it is clear that focusing on substance over form can contribute significantly to the rapid development of the Nigerian economy through the issuance of Islamic Finance products. Nigeria should not miss out on this opportunity. •Inwalomhe Donald writes from Benin City



Police Arrest FEDPOFA Students Over Cultism By Oluwapelumi Fasoyin The Kwara State Commissioner of Police, Mr Aminu Saleh, said the police had last Tuesday arrested the Vice President of the Federal Polytechnic Offa Students’ Union Government. He lamented that The police commissioner said the VP, Tajudeen despite the alarm the police Selim, was arrested for raised on the plans by alleged involvement in cultists to mark the cultism cultism in Offa Poly, in the day on Saturday, the Offa Local Government suspects ignored the warning and were Area of Kwara State . He added that other initiating new members of students of the institution the Aiye Confraternity the police – Temitope Omotosho, when Adewusi Vincent – an ex- apprehended them. He said, “These cultists student of Kwara State the Federal Polytechnic, Ilorin, from Olanipekun Abimbola, and Polytechnic Offa blatantly another suspect, Ayomide refused to heed our Ololade, were arrested for warning and were rounded alleged involvement in up by the Anti-Cultism Unit of the State Criminal cultism. and Saleh spoke through the Intelligence command’s Police Public Investigation Department, Relations Officer, Mr Ajayi during the process of Okasanmi, while parading initiating new members in the suspects in Ilorin, the preparation for an attack”. The CP identified the Kwara State capital.

new initiates as Akinsebikan George and Gbolahan Ogunleye, adding that the red and white regalia of Aiye Confraternity, razor blade, calabash and one live cartridge were recovered from the suspects. But Selim, who is a HND year-two student in the Department of Quantity Surveying, said he was not a cultist, claiming that he had gone to settle some issues among the arrested suspects when the police nabbed him too. He said, “Someone came here to accuse us that we are cultists. Since I became the Vice President of the Offa Polytechnic Students’ Union Government, I have not recorded any cult clash. I have always been there to settle any problem that could arise. If there is any fraca in the school, the SUG would direct me to

intervene. That is the reason why I was there. “I was there the day they arrested the suspected cultists on behalf of the union so that there will be peace on our campus”. The CP said the suspects would be charged to court.

FEDPOFA Starts 2nd Semester Exams By Oluwapelumi Fasoyin The Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State commences her second semester examination with practical on Monday 9th, 2018. The school campus is having and also crowded with students gathering for tutorials due to the examination from various tutors unlike the population available. during normal lecture Adeola Kabiru from schedules. the department of Students were found at Science Laboratory all corners of the Technology (SLT) Institution trying to read expressed her feelings and assimilate for the concerning the examination they were commencement of the

PhD Scandal: We Sacked Acting Rector After Due Process - Igbajo Poly BoT By Adegbola Babalola The Board of Trustees of Igbajo Polytechnic, Igbajo, Osun state, has sacked acting Rector of the institution, Mr. Akinola Olugbenga Olaolu, who was said to have presented a fake doctorate degree certificate from the University of Ibadan. it to The vice chairman of the demanding Board, Chief Inaolaji authenticate or disprove Akinola’s PhD. Aboaba, who spoke with “The outcome of the newsmen on the campus of the institution, said, verification from the when the news broke that University of Ibadan that the Akinola was parading a indicates fake doctorate certificate, certificate purportedly to him is the Governing Council, issued and wrote to the University of misrepresented therefore did not emanate Ibadan where the man claimed he got the from the university. “The Governing certificate from,

•Mr Olaolu Council met on Wednesday, 4th July, 2018 on the letter received from

the University of Ibadan and decided that the services of Mr. Akinola Olugbenga Olaolu will no longer be required in Igbajo Polytechnic. “However, we commend the efforts and contributions of the former Acting Rector, while he was with us,” Aboaba said. He urged the newsmen to assist the community to positively project the institution, noting that, even with the unfortunate incident involving the former acting Rector, the polytechnic has many

Success Tip: Like Moses, Where Is Your Own Rod? THE Bible and Quran are full of narratives which go beyond the mere face-value of the stories told. One of such is how Moses, or Musa, was called to rescue his people from the perilous hands of the Pharaoh in those days. It is a long story but at the end of the day, Moses actually rescued the Israelites from the armies of the King. God used the rod or staff in Moses’ hand as a tool to show His greatness. Now, the question is: what little thing do you hold in your hand that God can use to liberate you and, possibly, •Moses your generation? How many of us really think that it is necessary to have something which can be made unique to us and through which we can change the world around us? Do you really know that you don’t have to have it big in the beginning, but you can turn that very little thing, like the rod of Moses, in your hands, into something so big that the whole world cannot contain? I have a little true life story about a dedicated lady to share on the above. She was the secretary to a Professor in one of our universities. She was so dedicated to her job that she wouldn’t leave her seat until the Professor closes for the day, which in most cases, is late into the nights, despite her being a single mother. Her life revolves around the job. At a point, the Professor had to travel abroad, as part of his retirement terminal leave, to the United Kingdom. A friend to the Professor who happened to be a lecturer in one of the institutions in the UK happened to be desperately in need of a reliable secretary to replace his former secretary who just left his employment to be a full housewife. He shared his desperate need with his Professor friend who just arrived from Nigeria into retirement. The latter had no choice but to recommend highly his dedicated secretary to the former. To cut the long story short…she and her three children had their papers and flight tickets processed on the bill of the new boss to travel to the United Kingdom. She now lives permanently overseas and enjoys all the good lives which a gainfully employed person in

success stories that deserve media attention. He added that Engr. Saheed Bello, has been permitted to function in the capacity of Rector of the institution until a substantive Rector is appointed. According to him, already 15 applications have been received from people interested in working as Rector of the institution and assured that thorough checks would be carried out on whoever will be appointed as the new helmsman of the university.

examination saying that “Alas! the examination has begun, I am much happier now because it is the time to test the brain and one’s ability over what has been taught right from the beginning of the semester”. Elegbede Alice from Insurance department also said she was feeling glad because the examination made her more serious with her books and solving of past questions of various courses unlike when lectures were still on. She further said that if not for the examination, books won’t be her friend because it is easier to read when one realised that examination is just around the corner. A student who chose to speak under anonymity said that the institution should release the first semester result so as not to put students in suspense during the exams, adding that it would help students to know where they are lacking in other to put more efforts than the last semester.

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•Zuckerberg the UK could boast of. Now, the lesson in the above true-life narrative is that whatever you find your hands doing, do it well, be dedicated, go the extra miles and you would be surprised how the whole world would appreciate and even celebrate you and pay for your worth. You can relate this story to all dedications and even the success story of Mark Zuckerberg, born on May 14, 1984, in White Plains, New York, the co-founded the social-networking website Facebook out of his college dorm room. He left Harvard after his sophomore year to concentrate on the site, the user base of which has grown to more than 2 billion people,

What is that “staff of Moses” in your hand that you’ve not really recognized as such? The world is waiting for you to come and use it to “deliver them” from the hands of their “Pharaoh” and would not hesitate to pay your price.

making him a billionaire and now the third richest person in the world. Amazing, at 34, in 2018 AD! Now, my friend, what is that very small thing you are holding? I mean, your own “staff of Moses” that will propel you to life-long success? You can sweep very well? Do you know that one of the most paying jobs in the world today is janitorial service and multinational companies are in dare need of that dedicated person who will handle their cleanliness? All you need is to be organized, be technology savvy and there you go! Are you good at soccer? On this I don’t really need to say much; are you a good writer? Uhm…you are in for greatness as many are in need of people who can effectively communicate their ideas into good prose and will be ready to pay your fees. What is that “staff of Moses” in your hand that you’ve not really recognized as such? The world is waiting for you to come and use it to “deliver them” from the hands of their “Pharaoh” and would not hesitate to pay your price. But if you think you don’t have any, which is doubtful, seek for one. Create interest around it, start very small so that you can handle it and nurture it. Be creative. Study more on it. Apply modern technology to it where necessary. Do it free for people not because you don’t need the money but because you need to show to people what you can do it very well and with ease (smart marketing). When the Voice asked Moses about what is in his hand, he was not ashamed to mention it and even tell The Voice the rudimentary things he does with the Staff. He was proud of the staff/rod, and see how God used Moses, through the Staff to liberate a whole generation in history. Lastly, let me add that there’s no single person, created by God, with whom He has not deposited at least one thing to change the world. Find yours now and begin to work on it. It is never, never, too late. The earlier the better, but the latter the faster because even at your advance age, you are filled with wisdom to fast track your success in that vocation.





What Is Hepatitis?

The term ‘hepatitis’ simply means inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis may be caused by a variety of viruses or other infections, medications, or a toxin such as alcohol. Hepatitis viruses that can cause injury to liver cells in addition to hepatitis B include the hepatitis A and hepatitis C viruses. These viruses are not related to each other or to the hepatitis B virus, and they differ in their structure, the ways they are spread among individuals, the severity of symptoms they can cause, the way they are treated, and the outcome of the infection. Other hepatitis viruses (hepatitis D, hepatitis E, and hepatitis G) cause disease much less commonly. Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is estimated that 2 billion people worldwide have evidence of current or past hepatitis B infection, including more than 250 million chronic carriers and more than 600,000 deaths worldwide each year. When a person first gets hepatitis B, they are said to have an ‘acute’ infection. Most people are able to eliminate the virus and are cured of the infection. Some are not able to clear the virus and have ‘chronic’ infection with hepatitis B that is usually life-long. What kind of a virus is hepatitis B? The hepatitis B virus is a DNA virus, meaning that its genetic material is made up of deoxyribonucleic acids. It belongs to a family of viruses known as Hepadnaviridae. The virus is primarily found in the liver but it’s also present in the blood and certain body fluids. How does hepatitis B virus cause liver injury? The hepatitis B virus reproduces in liver cells, but the virus itself is not the direct cause of damage to the liver. Rather, the presence of the virus triggers an immune response from the body as the body tries to eliminate the virus and recover from the infection. This immune response causes inflammation and may seriously injure liver cells. Therefore, there is a balance between the protective and destructive effects of the immune response to the hepatitis B virus. How is the hepatitis B virus spread (transmitted)? Hepatitis B is spread mainly by exposure to infected blood or body secretions and sexual intercourse. In infected individuals, the virus can be found in the blood, semen, vaginal discharge, breast milk, and saliva. Hepatitis B is not spread through food, water, or by casual contact. Hepatitis B also may be spread from infected mothers to their babies at birth (so-called ‘vertical’ transmission). This is the most prevalent means of transmission in regions of the world where hepatitis B


rates are high. The rate of transmission of hepatitis B from mother to newborn is very high, and almost all infected infants will develop chronic hepatitis B. Fortunately, transmission can be significantly reduced through immunoprophylaxis. Rarely, hepatitis B can be transmitted through transfused blood products, donated livers and other organs. However, blood and organ donors are routinely screened for hepatitis which typically prevents this type of transmission. What are the symptoms of acute hepatitis B? Acute hepatitis B is the period of illness that occurs during the first one to four months after acquiring the virus. Only 30% to 50% of adults develop significant symptoms during acute infection. Early symptoms may be non-specific, including fever, a flu-like illness, and joint pains. Symptoms of acute hepatitis may include: fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), and pain in the upper right abdomen (due to the inflamed liver). Rarely, acute hepatitis damages the liver so badly it can no longer function. This lifethreatening condition is called “fulminant hepatitis.” Patients with fulminant hepatitis are at risk of developing bleeding problems and coma resulting from the failure of the liver. What determines the outcome of acute hepatitis B?

The body’s immune response is the major determinant of the outcome in acute hepatitis B. Individuals who develop a strong immune response to the infection are more likely to clear the virus and recover. However, these patients also are more likely to develop more severe liver injury and symptoms due to the strong immune response that is trying to eliminate the virus. On the other hand, a weaker immune response results in less liver injury and fewer symptoms but a higher risk of developing chronic hepatitis B. People who recover and eliminate the virus will develop life-long immunity, that is, protection from subsequent infection from hepatitis B. Most infants and children who acquire acute hepatitis B viral infection have no symptoms. What are the symptoms of chronic hepatitis B? The liver is a vital organ that has many functions. These include a role in the immune system, production of clotting factors, producing bile for digestion; storing nutrients including sugars, fats and minerals for use by the body later; processing medications; and breaking down toxic substances. Patients with chronic hepatitis B develop symptoms in proportion to the degree of abnormalities in these functions. The signs and symptoms of chronic hepatitis B vary widely depending on the severity of the liver damage. They range from few and relatively mild signs and symptoms to signs and symptoms of severe liver disease (cirrhosis or liver failure). Most individuals with chronic hepatitis B remain symptom free for many years or decades. During this time, the patient’s liver function blood tests usually are normal or only mildly abnormal. Some patients may deteriorate and develop inflammation or symptoms, putting them at risk for developing cirrhosis. Cirrhosis of the liver due to hepatitis B. Inflammation from chronic hepatitis B can progress to cirrhosis (severe scarring) of the liver. Significant amounts of scarring and cirrhosis lead to liver dysfunction. Symptoms may include: weakness, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, breast enlargement in men, a rash on the palms, difficulty with blood clotting, and spiderlike blood vessels on the skin. Advanced cirrhosis of the liver due to hepatitis B. In patients with advanced cirrhosis, the liver begins to fail. This is lifethreatening condition. Several complications occur in advanced cirrhosis: Confusion and even coma (encephalopathy) results from the inability of the liver to detoxify certain toxic substances. Patients with advanced cirrhosis often develop jaundice because the damaged liver is unable to eliminate a yellow compound, called bilirubin.

Hepatitis B virus and primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) Patients with chronic hepatitis B are at risk of developing liver cancer. The way in which the cancer develops is not fully understood. Symptoms of liver cancer are nonspecific. Patients may have no symptoms, or they may experience abdominal pain and swelling, an enlarged liver, weight loss, and fever. The most useful diagnostic screening tests for liver cancer are a blood test for a protein produced by the cancer called alphafetoprotein and an ultrasound imaging study of the liver. These two tests are used to screen patients with chronic hepatitis B, especially if they have cirrhosis or a family history of liver cancer. What is the natural cause of chronic hepatitis B? The cause of chronic hepatitis B is variable and depends on several factors. These factors are the patient’s age at which the infection began, the extent of viral multiplication, and the immune system’s ability to control the infection. The infection can progress from an Immune tolerant phase (in which the immune system ignores the virus), Immune clearance phase (in which the immune system attempts to eliminate the virus), Quiescent phase (in which the virus is less active) and immune clearance phase. What medications are used to treat hepatitis B? Acute infection Acute infection with hepatitis B usually does not require treatment. In rare cases, however, the infection may cause lifethreatening liver failure. Patients with liver failure due to acute hepatitis B should be evaluated for liver transplantation. What are the effects of alcohol on hepatitis B? Agents that damage the liver are particularly harmful in patients who already have hepatitis B. For this reason, it is recommended that people with hepatitis B avoid drinking alcohol. What can be done to prevent hepatitis B? Hepatitis B is a preventable disease. Vaccination and post-exposure prophylaxis have significantly reduced rates of infection. Risk can also be reduced by avoiding unprotected sex, contaminated needles, and other sources of infection. Adults in high risk situations also are advised to receive hepatitis B vaccine. This includes: health care workers, dentists, intimate and household contacts of patients with chronic hepatitis B infection, public safety workers who may be exposed to blood, men who have sex with men, individuals with multiple sexual partners, dialysis patients, injection drug users, people with chronic liver disease, residents and staff in institutions that care for people with developmental disabilities, people infected with HIV, people who require repeated transfusions or blood products. How is transmission of hepatitis B virus from mother to newborn infant prevented? Infected mothers can pass hepatitis B to their newborn infants. All pregnant women should have their blood tested to determine if they are infected. Infants born to infected mothers should receive HBIG and hepatitis B vaccine at birth. This is 85% to 95% effective in eliminating the risk of hepatitis B in the infant. What is new in the treatment of hepatitis B? New agents are under development to treat hepatitis B. Many of these are nucleoside/nucleotide analogues that investigators hope will be more effective than older agents. Experts also are working on treatment guidelines and the use of multi-drug therapy. Vaccination remains the key to preventing hepatitis B and holds the most promise for reducing disease burden.

•This piece was written by Dr. Sunday Abiodun Ojenuwah, Consultant Herpetologist





Allow Reasons To Prevail, Group Charges Osun APC Leaders the Elders Forum led by APC Ward Chairmen, leadership of the party to District, warning that By Sola Jacobs Chief Sola Akinwumi, groups like Osun West allow the delegates to doing otherwise might A group within the All Progressives Congress the Forum of APC Local Youth Solidarity Forum choose from the hordes of spell doom for the party (APC) in the State of Osun named De’Trumpet has Government Party for their resilience on the qualified aspirants from again in the coming advised the leadership of the party to reason with Chairmen, the Forum of demand for the Osun West Senatorial election. the dynamics and desire of the majority of the people of the state and listen to them if the party seriously consider winning the gubernatorial election scheduled for September 22 as important. The group in a the people to identify statement by its with the flag bearer of the spokesperson Alhaji party as one of them are Moruf Olaiya said the real issues that will politics has gone past the determine the next level of grandstanding occupier of the Bola Ige we are witnessing today House. especially in Osun state Using Ogun state as an where the feelings of the example, Alh Olaiya said people at the grassroots it is not a mistake that all decides the outcome of the major political parties political contests. in that state decided that Making reference to they will pick their flag the Osun West Senatorial bearer in the February by election decided last 2019 Governorship year, the group said the contest from Ogun West APC would have been Senatorial District a saved from the decision it said will embarrassment of the greatly reduce the calamitous result it got in burden of having to the election if the spirit of contend with hordes of give and take had been aspirants which may allowed to prevail. invariably lead to To ensure victory for fragmentation and tear the party, the group the party apart. advised that the party The group •Some leaders of the Ifetedo Community in a group photograph during their visit to Governor Rauf Aregbesola at should not in any way commended the stance of the Government House, Osogbo recently disregard the agitation that the candidate that will fly its banner in the Governorship election is selected from Osun West By Israel Afolabi budget which is not analysis is not carried out budget on time for the Senatorial District. going down well with the on them which will be success of its passage. Late submission of Budget Estimates to the He advised the Speaking further, Alh economy of the country. difficult to execute, even executive to present its Legislature has been the major hindrance to Budget Olaiya on behalf of According to him, the act of inserting new budget estimate around De’Trumpet said people passage in Nigeria. Hon Afolabi observed “The National Assembly projects is not good for first week of the last Chairman, State of should realize that the that both the National should not have inserted economic growth” he quarter of the year as it is Osun House of Assembly thinking of money being and State Assemblies the new projects into the added. done in advance country the decider of electoral Committee on Public have a constituted power proposed budget”. The lawmaker of the world. contest plays little or no Account, Hon Rasheed to “Some of the new scrutinise the condemned the delay in He therefore said that role in Osun electoral Afolabi made this known projects inserted by the budget passage due to preparation of budget process as sheer to Osun Defender presented budget by the National Assembly have the effects on economy. depend on a lot of d e t e r m i n a t i o n , correspondent at his executive. He frowned at late not been properly He urged the executive at willingness of the during an individual character office designed and cost benefit all levels to work on executive, while urging passage of the Nation’s quality and the ability of interaction. the ministers and commissioners to liaise with ministry of Budget planning for General of the Authority, adding that the role of the Development Authority and By Israel Afolabi Arc Muyiwa Ige had Authority is to manage will be in charge of guidance. He said “there should Officials of the New Town and Growth Areas responded to questions and control the project. allocation and Development Authority have been charged to focus from lawmakers in respect He clarified that development of land. He be a deadline for the on due diligence as they carry out their assignment on of the progress made on ministry of land is in however solicited the budget presentation by executives and logistic Oranmiyan New Town Scheme. the scheme. He explained charge of Certificate cooperation of the should be in order too”. The Chairman, House of responding to the the mode of allocation of Occupancy (C of O) while lawmakers to check the “If not that the Assembly Committee on submission by the officials land and the type of Osun New Town and activities of trespassers. constitution compelled Land, Physical Planning offered suggestions on partnership arrangement, Growth Areas state Governors and and Urban Development, how to discharge their President to submit Hon. Nurein Adebisi gave duties so as to achieve budget on or before 31st the charge on Tuesday at result. He commended day of the last month, an interactive meeting them for digital approach some have been relenting The Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi integrity,” Olafare said. with officials of the to execution of the in conjunction with the Authorities of the Obafemi The statement also on sending their budget Authority at the State Oranmiyan New Town proposals” he also Awolowo University (OAU) would unveil the book quoted the House of House of Assembly Project while directing that Oduduwa Foundation’s added. Complex, Osogbo. the copies of engineering written on Moremi Ajasoro, an Ife queen who CEO, Prince Jide Fadairo The legislator According to him, the design as well as the MoU sacrificed herself to be enslaved for the liberty of regretting that many maintained that the focus of the interaction with developers be her people and mankind. historical facts about budget should be with the officials of the forward to the committee. This was contained in Institute of Cultural Yoruba heroes and submitted latest by Authority was basically on However, the chairman a press statement released Studies, Obafemi heroines were lost due to September every year for Oranmiyan New Town said, “We must discuss on Monday by Ooni’s Awolowo University lack of recognition and proper work on the Scheme and the progress how the Oranmiyan New Director of Media, talks about the strength proper archival estimates. made so far. Town will be transformed Comrade Moses Olafare and power of a woman in preservation. He warned against late Hon. Adebisi recalled into reality, we cannot be who said the launching ancient Yoruba history, He maintained that the that there had been part of bad attitude toward ceremony expected to be warning that the people book is very necessary to submission of budget proposal because it previous meetings as well the State Properties. chaired by HRM, Oba must prevent the rich get people well informed as pre-budget discussions Some of the lawmakers Francis Olusola Alao, the Yoruba culture and about Moremi Ajasoro as creates room for late with emphasis on the need who are members of the Olugbon of Ile-Igbon and history against extinction. an epitome of bravery, passage. He said the annual for a law to back up the committee also warned Vice Chairman, Oyo state “People without courage and liberation agency. He emphasized the officials against the Council of Obas & Chiefs history and culture are that should always be budget which symbolises the distribution of the need to sort out several antics of some developers is slated to hold 11am on doomed to extinction. celebrated. resources must reflect issues relating to the who may want to Saturday 14th July, 2018 This “In recent times we these values which they book, Queen Oranmiyan New Town hoodwink the state in the at the Oduduwa Hall of Moremi Ajasoro reminds have observed decline swore to uphold in the such as engineering transaction process. They the university us about the pride of and near extinction of our Assembly. design, manner of Land advised on the need for to culture. Many yawns for According to him, the womanhood Meanwhile, he urged allocation, rule of frequent interaction with book published by encourage the values of history and many lack all the relevant engagement of the committee, stressing Princess courage, knowledge of history as stakeholders to gear up Ronke decency, developers, Memorandum the importance of Ademiluyi and House of hardwork, so many historical facts justice, their ability to work on of Understanding (MoU) adhering strictly with the sacrifice for public good, have been lost due to lack the success of yearly among others. master plan of the project. Oduduwa Foundation in contentment and of recognition and proper budgets. with archival preservation. The Chairman, while Earlier, the Director collaboration

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Man Docked Over Alleged Stealing Of Electric Wire By Mariam Bello Sections 414, 383 and The Osun State Police Command has arraigned a punishable under Section 32-year-old man, Olawale Abiodun Adesola before 390(9) of the Criminal an Osogbo Magistrate Court for allegedly stealing Code Cap 34 volume 11.laws of Osun State electric wire from a shop. The prosecutor 2003. Abiodun was docked The defendant pleaded before Magistrate Falilat submitted that the Sodamade on two count offences contravene not guilty to the two charges bothering on felony to wit, stealing. The prosecutor, Inspector Fagboyinbo By David Adejuwon Abiodun told the court An Osun state Magistrate Court sitting in that the defendant committed the offence on Osogbo, the state capital, on Tuesday, remanded a July 3, 2018 at about 22-year-old man, Olawuni Alaba, in Ilesa prison at Boorepo custody for stealing a Bajaj Motorcycle. The accused was registration number GC Chemist, Ayetoro area in Osogbo. arraigned on a two- 395 EJG belonging to one He explained further count charge of Muraina Taiwo. According to the that the accused person conspiracy and stealing. the stolen broke into a shop The Police Prosecutor, prosecutor, worth occupied by one Taiwo Mr. Fatoba Temitope, motorcycle N61,500 and the offence Adetola with intent to told the court that the contravened Sections commit felony to wit accused committed the 516 and 383(1), and stealing. under The Prosecutor offence on June 27, 2018, punishable informed the court that at Ota-Efun Area, Section 390 (9)(10a) of the Criminal Code Cap the defendant stole Osogbo. He said the accused 34 Vol. 11, Laws of Osun, electric wire, monitor and speaker valued N200,000, conspired with others at 2003. The accused, who has property of Taiwo large to steal a Adetola. motorcycle with no legal representation,

count charges alleged against him by the police. The defence counsel, Mrs B. Y. Dada prayed the court to grant her client bail in the most liberal and affordable terms.

The Magistrate, Mrs Falilat Sodamade granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety. She said surety must resides within the court jurisdiction, sworn to

affidavit of means and produce evidence of three years tax payment to the State government of Osun State. She hereby adjourned the case to August, 2018 for hearing.

Court Remands Man Over Motorcycle Theft pleaded guilty to the two counts allegation levelled against him by the police.

The Magistrate, Mr, Ola Oladoke, however, ordered that the accused be remanded in Ilesha

prison custody. He adjourned the case July 24 for conviction and sentencing.

Police Arraign Okada Rider For Traffic Offence By Mariam Bello A 31-year-old man, Adeleye Hammed has been arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrate court for allegedly driving his Bajaj Boxer motorcycle against traffic rule. against traffic rule. Hammed was docked According to the on two count charges charge sheet, the accused bothering on driving committed the offence on July, 9 at about 4.30 pm at Agunbelewo and Ring Road in Osogbo. The accused, being the rider in charge of a Boxer Bajaj motorcycle with registration number LEW169QD allegedly rode the motorcycle against traffic rule by passing one way which caused injuries to one Abideen Morufa of Igbonna area and others of the same address. Hammed was also

alleged of not having motorcycle document. The crime contravene Section 5 of the RTR cap 30 vol. 6 ‘Section 7(1) and Section 18 of the RTR cap 30 laws of Osun State. The defendant pleaded not guilty to the two count charges brought against him by the police. The Magistrate Mr O. O Oladoke granted the accused person bail in the sum of N10,000 with two sureties. He said, the sureties must reside within the court jurisdiction, sworn to affidavit of means and provide evidence of tax payments while the address of the accused to be verified by the police.

Man In Court For Stealing A Pair Of Shoe By Mariam Bello

•Vice President, Federal Polytechnic Offa Students’ Union Government,Tajudeen Selim (4th left) and other suspected cultists paraded by Kwara State Police Command on Tuesday.


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A 29-year-old man, Anthony Omotosho was arraigned before Magistrate A. Sodamade over alleged stealing of a pair of shoe and cash sum of N4000. Anthony was docked Osogbo with intent to on Wednesday on three commit felony . Jafani said that the count charges bearing on stealing, intent to suspect stole the sum of N4000 and a pair of shoe commit felony and valued at N15,000 breach of peace. properties of one Dr The Prosecutor, Allem Noble and Mrs Inspector Jafani Muslim Ojo Morenike. informed the court that Anthony Omotosho the defendant pleaded not guilty to the committed the offence charges preferred on July 10, 2018 at about against him. 3pm at LAUTECH The defence counsel, Teaching Hospital Mr Okobe Najite humbly applied for the bail of the Osogbo. He also explained accused person in the further that the accused most liberal terms . The Magistrate, Mrs F person conducted himself in a manner A Sodamade granted the bail of the accused likely to cause breach of public peace by hiding in person in the sum of the hospital’s private N50, 000 and one surety. The surety must be toilet. The prosecutor stated resident within the court jurisdiction and provide that the defendant three years tax clearance entered into the certificate and valid department of (SCBU) means of identification. Special Care Baby Unit The case was of the LAUTECH adjourned to August 2 Teaching Hospital for mentioned.






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ISAAC OLUSESI writes that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) roller-coaster verdict on the governance of State of Osun cannot be a license to switch the state back to the PDP antediluvian and decadence from the All Progressives Congress (APC) creativity and modernism which the governed currently enjoy.

Observation Issues & Policy PDP's Deceit By Verdict

In Nigeria, State of Osun, this is a return to an issue that will probably continue to be discussed until the gubernatorial election is held in the state and result declared. The state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola is not a man of contradictions to defile Chief Ebenezer Babatope’s performance assessment of Osun governance and administration as the queue of those willing and ready to take over Aregbesola’s job gets longer by the day, countdown to the 2018 September governorship election. Although, the Babatope verdict: “Even if I am opposed to APC and what Buhari’s federal government has done, I can never discredit Aregbesola and his government. He has done very well. He is a performer” has continued to ring out and hunt the camp of oppositions in the deep recess of their citadel, the consequent strategic retreats, pull-backs, double-steps, obfuscations, circumlocutions and retreats have further amplified the flurry of opposition elements in the state. The score sheet of Aregbesola of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), coming clamorously from Babatope, a key figure in the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state is quite episodic, invigorated by the basic and inalienable paraphernalia of the spirit of democracy. The assessment is premiered stridently with metaphorical allusion to Aregbesola’s skills in politics, governance and administration. Babatope knows the total ramification of his verdict, having been in the first division of party politics with the array of inconsequential politicians who oil the ego that makes the Babatopes in politics believe they are Herbert Humpherys. Hello, listen! Babatope, in the top league of Nigeria’s South-West politics had been in the progressive circle, starting with Action Group (AG) through Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) and Social Democratic Party (SDP) of the yesteryears; and in 1999, he slide into the reactionary opposition PDP, waxing stronger in the party till today. He has seen it all to know everything there is to know about the dynamics of politics and power, policies and projects, and development and growth. The question is, has anyone ever charmed the opposition lion in Babatope and his PDP? Yes, Aregbesola has been able to do just that by his courage of conviction and stubborn commitment to what he set out 8years ago to do with his governorship of Osun, expressive in his 6-points Integral Action Plan; and the footprints of his effective governance must have been the springboard for the verdict. In the era of unreason, prior to the Aregbesola government, Osun had a sour taste of PDP’s museum of atrocities. The malignant cancer of bitter and destructive politics and governance that inflicted the state crept in unabated from the 16years of PDP mis-rule at the centre such that every nook and cranny of Osun was in deep mourning and depression. Babatope, part of the PDP monstrous


•Chief Ebenezer Babatope system that put Osun through the mills destroyed the state, with the citizens of unedifying history of endless turned the wretched of the earth. procession of shame and misery across Excuse me! Babatope could not be said the alley of damper to the abyss where to be a decent man as he did not keep a people bled to death, is not one to mince safe distance from his party that oozed words on all dirt of misissues. But the governance, the rapturous missiles of mud. ovation that Babatope could not be He must then be greeted his said to be a decent man one of the PDP verdict on chief custodians as he did not keep a Aregbesola’s of errors who nth performances in time told their safe distance from his office, first willing flunkeys thought to be too party that oozed dirt of that the wrinkles good and of their party’s mis-governance, the impregnable is misrule in Osun missiles of mud. He m a d e were in fact mincemeat by beauty lines. the empiricism must then be one of the While in truth of the evils of the party was, PDP chief custodians Babatope’s PDP even into the while the party of errors who nth time twilight of its held sway in the told their willing flungovernment, too O k e - f i a long on minutiae keys that the wrinkles Government of governance House, Osogbo, of their party’s misrule a n d the state capital. administration in Osun were in fact For the archives, in the state. the party In place of beauty lines. recorded all apologizing to failures, safe Osun people for enough to recall the misdeeds of that the PDP’s almost 8-years his party as his party arch-chief, Uche governance in Osun was rickety. As Secondus did to the nation, Babatope has consequence, the Osun people, the obstreperously horned in on APC governed came under the thumb of government in Osun by his deceitful socio-economic and political roller-coaster verdict, juggling the cards dislocations. His PDP chieftains saw obtuse of seasoning his verdict with Osun public offices they respectively repudiation of his PDP’s maloccupied as a basket of ripe fruits. They administration in Osun. But the made fabulous wealth by ill-gotten governed in Osun cannot be on the means; and given the parlous Osun horns of his verdict that looked away economy, the party practically from his PDP’s malady in the state. The

verdict brouhaha cannot be a license to switch Osun back to the PDP antediluvian and decadence from the APC creativity and modernism which the ruled currently enjoy. If Babatope’s verdict on the government of Aregbesola APC is an honour to the state, then it is, in the hoopla charitably gratuitous like a bolt from the blues that ironically sent ferociously devastating waves across the governing APC and opposition PDP; but the honour cannot expand any tuft for Babatope or his party. However, he must have been fully convinced that Aregbesola, in the aftermath of this year September governorship poll cannot be replaced in the heart of Osun. Good! Time has made the PDP yesterday vices in Babatope his today’s virtues. Residents in Osun under the watch of Aregbesola, now sleep with their two eyes closed as no one is hyper-sensitive any longer from the fear of constant violence and arrest networked by the PDP thuggery, police harassment and brutality in PDP’s years in Osun governance. Contrastingly, Aregbesola is a selfless man who sets aside perks of politics and power, the brazen scramble for easy money, easy property and easy fuckrounds for women, partying and booze at Ada in Boripe Local Council Development Area of the state, instead, he serves Osun people. Aregbesola‘s other attribute is his advancing the heartland of the poor by his massesdriven projects – O‘Meals, O‘Schools, Agba-Osun, O‘Ambulance, O‘Roads et cetera. From day one, Aregbesola’s electioneering campaign promises are a fait accompli. He has played well his historical responsibility, incontrovertibly making the difference in the state crafts. The seriousness of purpose of his APC government has also instilled orderliness and peace in Osun public life; the honesty of his government earned him the patience and other sacrifices the state civil servants made for the still on-going massive developments in Osun; and the prevailing justice in the state fired the sensibility and sensitivity of the governed to democratic behaviour. He‘s one to look up to for depth, skill, oratory and discipline. That is why Osun people insist that Aregbesola has a full say in the aspirant desiring to be Osun governor after him. It is expected that the man to succeed him should be one standing shoulders high above mediocrity and criminality. The next Osun helmsman ought to have been heard and seen to consistently espouse progressive values. Not Omisoreityturning simple matter into complicated one, or Oyinlolaism- saying good night when you mean good morning. In Osun APC, the primary election of a candidate-successor to Aregbesola will be very taxing, a mountain and not a mole hill. The primary will not be a platform for the ventilation of inordinate preferences and desperation. And the aspirant to fly the party governorship banner will have good Godliness, good health, good stamina, good vision, good mission and the Aregbesola convictioncum-dedication. Period! •OLUSESI is Assistant Director, Publicity, Research & Strategy, Osun APC.

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Osun Defender Online Version July 13, 2018 Edition  

Osun 2018 Zoning: The State Of Play

Osun Defender Online Version July 13, 2018 Edition  

Osun 2018 Zoning: The State Of Play