Adeleke vows to end ‘japa’ among Osun youths

Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State has said his administration is creating an enabling environment to retain health professionals in the state against the japa syndrome.

Adeleke said this at the inauguration of the Osun Health Insurance Scheme office complex in Abere, Osogbo.

He said, “We have targeted action against the japa syndrome. Our government has approved the full payment of hazard allowances to all our health staff (members) as approved by the Federal Government.

“We also intend to replace all healthcare workers that have left with new ones with improved packages. And this had been adequately appropriated for in the 2024 budget.”

The governor also said that his administration planned to renovate all 332 focal primary health centres and some comprehensive health centres in the state.

He said the OHIS office complex was provided to create an environment conducive to the administration of health insurance policies for better health for Osun citizens.

“Our government recognises the importance of health insurance and intends to reduce or even eliminate out-of-pocket payment for treatment in the hospitals.

“That is the reason for making it compulsory for all political office holders to enrol in the Osun Health Insurance Scheme, in addition to civil servants who are also compulsorily enrolled.

“I want to use this opportunity to encourage the informal sector, traders, artisans, businessmen, unions, etc to key into the programme,” he added.

(Punch)

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Osun: All inherited projects will be completed — Gov Adeleke

The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has restated that his administration was committed to completing all inherited projects from previous administrations.

Governor Adeleke made this known on Friday, at the commissioning of the Osun State Health Insurance Agency, OHIA office complex, Osun State Secretariat complex, Abere.

The governor while maintaining that there was a need to ensure that public funds were not wasted due to projects abandoned by succeeding administrations added that he has also decided that more inherited projects would be completed and put to use.

This he insisted is regardless of the differences in political affiliations.

Adeleke also revealed that the challenges confronting the health sector in the state, especially inadequate manpower, had been addressed in the 2024 budget.

“I invite our people to remember that I pledged to complete all abandoned and uncompleted projects inherited from the previous administrations. I remain committed to that obligation.

“Public funds must never be wasted due to political differences. I have completed several of such uncompleted projects. Today, we are commissioning another inherited project to house a very successful state agency, the OHIS. From this new edifice, our administration will continue its drive towards expanded health coverage and access.”

The governor promised to enhance various health initiatives of the administration further and rehabilitate more health facilities to ensure access to quality healthcare services across the state.

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Adeleke directs Osun officials to wear Adire every Wednesday

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has directed all state public officials to start wearing the Adire Osun attire every Wednesday.

The directive which aims to boost the industry and enhance the cultural strengths of the state, bounds on all public servants of the state including the State Executive Council, special advisers; Ministries, Departments and Agencies, amongst others.

The development is made known in a communique issued on Thursday by the state’s Head of Service, Mr. Ayanleye Aina, and signed by the governor’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed.

The statement read, “Governor Adeleke noted that the directive affected all categories of public servants across ministries, departments and agencies of government including tertiary institutions, local governments, local development council and area office.

“Consequently, every Wednesday is adopted as Adire Osun Day with all accounting officers and heads of agencies expected to comply with the directive.

“Additionally, all political appointees are also expected to comply with the directive from the State Executive Council to special advisers, and other categories of appointees.”

The statement added that Adeleke had presented the subject at the last SEC meeting with unanimous approval and adoption, while noting, “Adire actually has its source from Osun state.”

The decision will reassert the traditional claim of Osun to the Adire genre.

Also, Adeleke held a meeting with his Ogun State counterpart, Dapo Abiodun, where “both governors resolved to host an annual celebration of Adire Day.”

Adeleke further announced his administration’s plan to create mini-industrial clusters to support the Adire industry and other craft sub-sectors in the state.

“Our administration is working on the creation of SME industrial clusters. The Adire and other craft sub-sectors will be supported to grow and flourish.

“By this decision, we are determined to rebuild the Adire industry that is under threat from foreign mass producers. We are poised to breathe life into our culture with Osun as the cradle of the Yoruba nation”, the governor stated.

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I won’t borrow to run government in Osun — Adeleke

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has reiterated that his government has resolved never to borrow money from any financial institution to run the state.

Governor Adeleke also revealed that he has devised better means of generating funds internally to continue his works in the state.

The Governor made this known during the first edition of “Ipade Imole”, a quarterly interactive public engagement forum in Osogbo on Thursday.

While listing the achievements of his government, Adeleke also disclosed that he has resolved to spend the N2bn palliative fund from the federal government on major projects among which are: renovation and procurement of more buses for easy and affordable transportation, as well as rehabilitation of health facilities.

“Development of Osun is paramount to me and hence I decided to take huge sacrifice by adding my security vote to fund the project in the state rather keep it to myself like others before me”, he said.

The Governor also disclosed his administration has prioritised projects it intends to finance with the Infrastructure Support Fund of the Federal Government, which include a flyover in the state capital.

“We intend use the N2billion to fund some projects, including dualisation of roads at two per senatorial districts; flyover bridges at Osogbo and some other towns; street lights for newly constructed roads; second stream of 332 boreholes across wards; commencement of Imole transport service; and Imole Housing Estate at 500 units per federal constituency,” he said.

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Osun APC, PDP trade words over Adeleke’s performance 

The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has accused the State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, of hiding the truth about the achievements of his administration.

A statement on Wednesday signed by the State chairman of the party, Mr Tajudeen Lawal, recalled that Adeleke, as a guest at the 16th Harvest Anniversary and Thanksgiving Service held at Love of Christ Generation Church, C & S, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday, reeled out some of the projects that were unknown to his administration and some that were executed by his predecessor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

The APC said Adeleke mentioned imaginary and his predecessor’s projects which earned him the praise from the ex-president, Olusegun Obasanjo, who commended him for combining active public service with dancing.

Reacting further, Lawal said, “It is not an understatement to declare that Adeleke does not merit any accolades for any reason as he is yet to prove his mettle that he has what it takes to successfully administer Osun State.

“One would have expected Governor Adeleke to be a man and be bold enough to tell ex-President Obasanjo that the rehabilitation of the Osogbo-Ikirun road which his administration had been laying claim of having been completed within 100 days in office, was already completed by 75 per cent by the administration of former Governor Oyetola.

“One would have expected Governor Adeleke to be truthful enough to tell the former President that the establishment of the Ilesa University was one of the landmark achievements of the immediate-past governor of the state.”

But responding to the APC chairman’s claim, the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Sunday Bisi, berated APC for attempting to downplay Adeleke’s performance, noting that the opposition party position would not alter the reality of many achievements of the current administration.

Bisi said, “For Sooko Lawal, he would go down as a politician who is always at war with the truth no matter how glaring it is. He elevated his well-known penchant for twisting reality to the most despicable height by openly disputing the lines of achievements of Governor Adeleke in the last 10 months.

“It is illogical, if not absurdity, for Sooko Lawal and the APC to deny Governor Adeleke the credit for the completion of the 10km Osogbo-Ikirun dual carriage road. Contrary to the misleading position of Sooko Lawal, the road is what it is today due to Governor Adeleke’s pragmatic leadership, which was duly acknowledged by the contractor handling the project, otherwise, it could have suffered the same faith as many other projects abandoned by the Oyetola administration.

“While we sympathize with the APC for lacking the character and capacity to adequately carryout its opposition role, we must however warn that it would be making a grievous mistake to think it can hoodwink the people with lies and irresponsible posture that seems to define its strategy lately.”

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Stop victimising perceived enemies, PDP members tell Adeleke 

A group of stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State has called on the governor, Ademola Adeleke, to stop victimising some members of the party he perceived to be enemies.

It urged the governor to also put an end to the marginalisation of some members; stressing that, such an attitude would not help the government or the party.

This was contained in a communique issued after a one-day meeting of the group, obtained in Osogbo on Sunday.

Also in the communique signed by the ex-Osun PDP acting chairmen, Mr. Ojo Williams, Mr. Tunde Adewoyin, Ogungboyega, Remi Arogundade, and three others, the group commended a chieftain of the party in the state, Prince Dotun Babayemi, for his selflessness and contributions towards the state and the party.

It further read, “At this point in time, we feel that what is good for the state is for our governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke, to eschew partisanship and provide good governance for all and sundry in Osun State. In addition, he should halt the current victimisation and marginalisation of some PDP members that is ongoing in the state.

“If such ugly development currently pervading the party is left unchecked, it may ultimately not augur well for both the government and party in the long run.”

The stakeholders also called for the continuous mobilization of members of the public towards growing the ranks of the PDP, adding that this would make the party more entrenched in the state for future electoral engagements.

Efforts to reach the spokesperson for the governor, Olawale Rasheed, for reaction proved futile.

Calls to his line did not go through and the text message sent to him had not been responded to as of the time of filing this report.

(Punch)

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Power disruption looms as workers shutdown Osogbo Transmission Company over strike

Members of the National Union of Electricity Employees in Osun State on Tuesday joined the warning strike called by the national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress to protest the negative impacts of the removal of fuel subsidy.

Our correspondent monitoring compliance with the NLC directive in Osogbo observed that some workers of Osogbo Region Transmission Company of Nigeria were locked out of the premises.

Also, some branches of commercial banks in Osogbo did not open to customers, while some others opened for business.

Security presence was also observed at Old Garage, Ola-Iya, and Oke Fia Areas of the state capital.

Meanwhile, at the Osogbo head office of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, the entrance to the premises was locked and a staff of the company who spoke on condition of anonymity said the workers also joined the warning strike.

Some electricity workers at the Osogbo Region Transmission Company of Nigeria, who expressed concerns that there may be disruption in power supply due to the strike, lamented that the removal of fuel subsidy and the government’s lack of concrete plans to cushion the effects of the removal and ameliorate the hardship it has put many Nigerians in.

However, at the Osun Government Secretariat in Osogbo, some workers were at their duty posts.

Speaking with our correspondent, Vice President West, National Union of Electricity Employees, Comrade Sodiq Adewale, said members of his union being an affiliate of NLC complied with the directive to down tools.

He said, “We are part of the strike and we are critical stakeholders as far as NLC is concerned.

“Presently, in compliance with the NLC directive, we are mandated to embark on a warning strike which started today and will continue tomorrow. As you can see, the whole place is under lock. Nobody is coming in and as time goes on, we are going to be reviewing our activities at the level of our actions.

“So far from our end, we have total compliance. Nobody is saying there is going to be a disruption of power, but our men are out. We are not tampering with anything.

“Generally, look at the economy. We are talking about palliatives, it has to be fast. How long will it take the process to be implemented? They have to fast-track whatever processes they are working on to alleviate the suffering of the masses.”

Also speaking with The PUNCH, Osun NLC acting chairperson, Modupe Oyedele, said those workers that resumed at the Government Secretariat were members of the Trade Union Congress.

She however noted that staff members at the local government areas across the state all complied with the strike directive.

On the demands of the striking workers, Oyedele further said, “Our demand is about the hike in PMS which is making lives of Nigerians to be somehow difficult due to the removal of subsidy. Another one is the interference of FG in the NURTW crisis whereby the national secretariat of the body was taken over.

“There are some union affiliates that are not under NLC, they did not join. TUC did not join. All the local government area workers joined the strike. Every workforce under the NLC is in full compliance with the strike action.”

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Osun to create diaspora office for indigenes, says Adeleke

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has disclosed plans by his administration to create a diaspora office that would attend to the needs of Osun indigenes living outside the country.

A statement by the spokesperson to the governor, Olawale Rasheed, on Sunday, said Adeleke disclosed the plan while receiving Osun indigenes who came for the Sallah celebration from some West African countries.

Adeleke, who said his government was desirous of tapping into the many potentials of the diaspora population to enhance the development of the state, further said the office to be created would document and relate with Osun indigenes living outside the country.

“Tell our people from Cotonou to Abidjan, from London to Atlanta that we have plans to integrate them into our good governance agenda. I am working on the creation of a diaspora office to document, engage and involve our people.

“I know our people across West Africa are mostly artisans and small-scale business people. The proposed office will capture their data to see where to come in to assist and support them. I may even appoint a liaison officer to be based in Abidjan.

“I know of some towns in Osun where almost every household has several family members, of several generations in Abidjan, Cotonou, and others. I want to put up formal structures to address these various categories of our people,” the statement quoted the governor to have said.

(Punch)

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