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‘We are confused with your fight against corruption’ – NULGE President, Khaleel mocks Buhari, EFCC, ICPC

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The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), on Monday faulted the much-publicised fight against corruption by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

The union said it did not understand the over-hyped anti-corruption war by the two major anti-graft agencies; Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).

NULGE National President, Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel, made this declaration while speaking at the flag-off of the 40th anniversary celebration of NULGE at an event held in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

Khaleel, who said that several petitions demanding the probe of the Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) have been written by the association to the Presidency and anti-graft agencies, however, maintained that the association was surprised that nothing has been done to save the situation by the Presidency and the anti-graft agencies.

He accused the Presidency of indifference to the several petitions from its body and concerned Nigerians, demanding probe of the Joint Account Allocation Committee (JAAC) which many states are using as conduit pipes to siphon allocation from the federation account meant for the development of the grassroots.

Khaleel while speaking on the theme, “Local Government autonomy a must for national development”, said the widespread poverty, unrest in many states and underdevelopment of the local government areas were the resultant effects of not allowing allocation meant for the development of the councils to go directly to them.

He said, “Our body is in the forefront of the constitutional reforms to make local governments functional and deliver on the mandate setting it up as the third tier of government.

“The National Assembly is amending the constitution and has passed the baton to the state house of Assemblies but unfortunately almost 12 out of 36 states took decisions on the bill as at this morning. Out of these 12 states, only nine states adopted the resolution of the National Assembly for local government autonomy while the remaining three rejected it, leaving 26 others to say that they are still consulting.

“On the JAAC issue, it is also very unfortunate that even the fight against corruption of the current government of President Muhanmadu Buhari is very funny sometimes. Letters were written to the presidency demanding the intervention of Mr. President by way of investigating diversion of monies meant for development of rural areas by state governments.

“But to our utter dismay no response from the Federal Government and two of its most prominent anti graft agencies; the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt and other related Offences Commission (ICPC).

“We are helpless to a greater extent to hold whether the presidency has a hand in it, thinking aloud? We are completely confused about why the fight against corruption is ignoring the aspect of local government because nothing, up till now has been done to address this monster called JAAC.”

Professor Bayo Okunade of the department of Political Science, University of Ibadan, while speaking, dwelled extensively on why efficient and effective local government delivery system would serve as a panacea for national development.

A human rights activist, Comrade Femi Aborisade, in his remarks tasked NULGE to always kick against caretaker arrangement by state Governors to foist their cronies as council officials on local governments, because the practice was an aberration to the Nigerian constitution and the local government development agenda.

Permanent Secretary in Oyo state Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and former state NULGE president, Dr. Bashir Olanrewaju, said if the recent attempts at constitutional amendments are pursued to logical conclusions, then the NULGE and by extension, Nigerians can start thinking of a more responsive local government administration that can deliver on its constitutional duties and responsibilities.

State NULGE president, Comrade Bayo Titilolola-Sodo, who described JAAC as state government procurement centres, tasked citizens to rise against the current system where no development is taking place at the local government levels.

N30,000 minimum wage: Labour talks tough, warns Buhari over delayed implementation

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The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has lamented the continued delay of President Muhamadu Buhari to implement the N30,000 minimum wage report.

Ayuba Wabba, the President of NLC warned that workers were running out of patience on the implementation of the new wage.

Wabba frowned at Buhari’s delay in transmitting an executive bill for the N30,000 minimum wage to the National Assembly.

Speaking on Monday at this year’s ‘Harmattan School of the Congress’ holding in Abuja, he said the continued delay by the President was stretching the workers’ patience to their limits.

The NLC boss also described as unfortunate the position of some governors who are opposed to the N30.000 new minimum wage, “but are spending billions of dollars in the name of security votes which they can’t account for.”

He said, “We don’t know why the president has not transmitted the executive bill, the report of the tripartite committee to the National Assembly for an enactment into law, because workers patience is running out.

“We have maintained that any governor that said he can’t pay the N30,000 should go to his state, gather workers and tell them they are spending billions of dollars in the name of security votes but once it comes to payment of N30,000 minimum wage, they are saying workers are just 20 percent.

“How can they say that because without workers which include health workers, police, army and others, most politicians can’t sleep.

“Minimum wage is not a favour but a right of a worker because the law states that after 30days, a labourer is worthy of his wage”.

2019: APC guber candidate, Uchechukwu Ogah blasts Ikpeazu, says Abia stinks

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Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abia State, Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah, has stated that the people of state were waiting eagerly to sweep away the ruling Peoples Democratic Party-led government in the state.

He vowed that the APC will resist any attempt by the PDP-led administration in the state, to manipulate the upcoming 2019 governorship election.

Ogah, however, assured that he will not fail if he is elected as Abia Governor, pointing out that he would work and ensure that dividends of democracy were brought to the doorsteps of Abia masses.

The APC chieftain stated this while addressing APC members and supporters in Umuahia, the state capital on Monday, decried the dilapidated state of infrastructures in Abia state,promising to turn around the state’s economy.

He said, “For the past 20 years, Abians have been struggling for survival. Because of the joblessness in state, people are suffering.

“We are determined to sweep away bad governance in Abia. We will protect our votes. We will not allow anybody to write results.

“If you go to Aba now, everywhere stinks, smelling. Due to the dirty nature of Aba environment today, people are contacting cholera diseases.

“I want to assure you that immediately we take over the government house, Julius Berger will start working Aba immediately. Aba, which is the commercial nerve centre of the state will be fixed within two years of our administration”.

Police parade man for allegedly raping pregnant woman in Akwa Ibom

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27-year-old Victor Frank aka ‘Akpan Prophet’ was among the suspects paraded by the Akwa Ibom State police Command on Monday for committing various crimes, ranging from murder, armed robbery to rape.

Parading the suspects at the command’s headquarters, Ikot-Akpanabia, the commissioner of police, CP Musa Kimo told newsmen that Victor Frank, leader of Iceland cult invaded the residence of his victim (name withheld), whisked the woman away and had a carnal knowledge of her.

He maintained that the suspect after committing the unlawful act subsequently brought out human skull and compelled the woman who is also pregnant to take an oat of secrecy that she would never disclose the incident to her husband.

The husband, having gotten wind of the rape incident reported the matter to the police division which led to the arrest of the suspect.

The suspect, in interaction with journalists, confessed to the crime, saying that the woman was his girlfriend before she got married.

Meanwhile four human skulls were recovered from him.

Also arraigned was four members of a robbery syndicate, who arrived Uyo from Aba on Sunday with the intention of robbing banking layout at UdoUdoma in Uyo. The suspects included: Victor Onyekelu male, 32, Ifeanyi Nwangele male 33, Christian Ogbeh male, Ezenwa Chibuzor male 35.

The Commissioner said, “The arrest was made after a tip-off from members of the public and with our crack team of detectives in the streets, we were able to round them up at about 4:30am at their hideout.

“Two double barrel guns loaded with cartridges were recovered from them.”

The leader of the gang, Victor Onyekelu who denied being a criminal said he bought the guns from his friend in order to use it for security work which he came to look for in Akwa Ibom state.

Kimo further paraded two Tricycle (keke) operators, Donald John and Blessing Christopher who have been terrorizing the residents of Atiku Abubakar and dispossesing the unsuspecting passengers of their belongings, especially ladies.

But one of the suspects, Donald John, said, “I am not a keke snatcher, I am just a 419 man (fraudster), I have stayed in the prison for four years and when I came out I decided not to go into robbery again but to do 419 because my mother is in the mortuary and I need money to bury her.

“I was at Atiku Abubakar Way inside my friend’s keke looking for passengers when the members of FSARS intercepted us and arrested us,” he said.

Tekno suffering serious ailment, may not sing again – Ubi Franklin

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Triple MG boss, Ubi Franklin has called for prayers on behalf of Nigerian Singer, Tekno, who has been absent for months in the music industry.

In a statement released on his Instagram, Ubi said Tekno has been battling with an ailment.

Ubi disclosed that Tekno’s vocal box has been temporarily damaged and he may not be able to sing or perform for a period of time.

Ubi wrote that the singer will be off singing for a while according to doctors recommendation in order to recover.

The statement read: “These past few days have been really trying times for your boy Tenno.

“He had tried to downplay the severity of his ailment hoping that it will be short lived but after further diagnoses doctor advised he should take time out to recover.

“His vocal chord is temporarily damaged due to strain from overtime performance and cannot sing or perform in a while.

“Please put Tekno in your prayers.Nevertheless he also wants to reassure his fans that they have nothing to worry about as he has put in so much work so a lot of music will be realsased this period .

“Please send love and positive vibrations his way as this is a hard time for him. Tekno Management.”

Suspected armed robbers invade hospital, steal three newly-born babies, valuables in Cross River

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Suspected armed robbers numbering about ten on Sunday invaded the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) and stole three newly-born babies as well as properties worth thousands of naira.

Veloxnews gathered that the incident occurred at paediatric unit of the Hospital on Sunday night when the suspected robbers invaded the place, beat up nurses, pregnant women, nursing mothers and stole money, handsets and not less than three newly delivered babies.

Health workers and patients who spoke with newsmen, said the armed robbers arrived the hospital without masks.

“The robbers, who brandished their guns, had free access into the maternity section without any resistance and immediately began to go from one bed to bed picking babies.

An eyewitness who pleaded anonymity said “The incident, which happened late Sunday night was a repeat occurrence at the same hospital where a number of babies were reported to have been stolen”.

When our correspondent visited the hospital on Monday morning, many nurses and other health workers were seen discussing the incident in low tone.

They decried the heightened insecurity in the sprawling and dilapidated hospital which they said for several months now all the security firms and regular policemen have withdrawn their services over non-payment by the management of the institution.

One of the nurses who was consoling the affected nursing mothers who were sobbing uncontrollably over the stealing of their babies, pleaded not to be named and said, “Yesterday night several armed robbers had access into this (paediatric) unit.

“They came with guns and matchetes. They beat up my colleagues and nursing mothers. They took away some babies, handsets and money as well as other personal valuables from the patients and nursing mothers.

“The security in this hospital has been very porous. Lives of patients, nurses and doctors are at risk. There is nowhere in this hospital that is safe. .

“Visitors are no longer been controlled, people troop into the wards without check. Many visitors including thieves come into hospital in the name of being patients’ relatives “, she said.

According to her, in recent times hospital properties have been stolen again and again. Power distribution is a big problem in the hospital because diesel and generator parts are stolen frequently by the workers and armed robbers.

One of the nursing mothers, who gave her name as Mrs Helen Eteng, said the operation lasted for about twenty minutes, and that they were forced to lie down and close their eyes.

When Veloxnews spoke with the Chief Medical Director of UCTH, Prof Thomas Agan on Monday on phone, he said, “You people always come to hear negative stories, the whole of last week, we hosted the largest number of gynaecologists in this hospital, no journalists in the state came”

When he was reminded that he did not invite any journalist to the event, he shouted, “Who invited you to cover this, did I invite you to come and gossip” he fumed and said, “I don’t know what you people are talking about, somebody called earlier, I am not aware of what you are talking about,” he added

Meanwhile, Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Operation, Mr Madaki lamented that the hospital has not reported any incident of that nature to the police.

“No such report has been made to the police, up till this moment (4pm) Monday, I am speaking to you, no report has been made to us,” he stated.

APC vs PDP: Why Atiku will defeat Buhari – Gov Ortom

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Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom, has expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections.

He noted that the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar was the clear favourite to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the party would take advantage of the poor performance of the current administration.

Ortom spoke on Monday in Makurdi, during an expanded caucus meeting of the party.

The governor also Buhari’s top loyalists were hurting his chances by the “unguarded statements that had become their trademarks”

“Some of the President’s key men speak carelessly and make it difficult for the society to trust the APC,” he claimed.

He insisted that Atiku was capable of taking the country out of its current challenges, and urged Nigerians to vote him into power.

Ortom advised security agencies to arrest anyone found with illegal arms, and promised to assist them to mop up all illegal arms in Benue.

Chairman of the party in the state, John Ngbede, urged aspirants that lost the primary elections to work with those that emerged, so as to ensure victory.

Ngbede also advised the candidates to initiate peace meetings between them and those they floored during the primary elections so as to form a united and cohesive force ahead of the general elections.

Oprah Winfrey’s mother Vernita Lee is dead

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Media mogul, Oprah Winfrey has lost her 83-year-old mother, Vernita Lee.

Daily Mail UK reports that Lee died last Thursday during the United States Thanksgiving Day.

Oprah’s niece, Alisha Hayes, was the first to announce the death on Facebook, and confirmed by representatives for the star.

Alisha wrote, “My grandmother, Rest In Peace,’ sharing pictures of the two together.

“I lost my beautiful grandma on Thanksgiving. She was the number one supporter of Pat’s [Alisha’s restaurant] and was the person who named our restaurant.

“We will miss her and will carry on her legacy of good eating! We love you Vernita Lee!” She added.

Vernita died at her home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Elozino Ogege: Okowa condoles family, orders crackdown on ‘Yahoo Boys’ in Delta

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Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Monday condoled with the family of Miss Elozino Ogege, a 300 level student of Mass Communication Department, Delta State University, (DELSU), Abraka who was brutally murdered by suspected ritualists masquerading as “Yahoo boys”.

Governor Okowa, who was greatly distraught by the sad development, has ordered a serious crackdown on all “Yahoo boys”, ritualists and all those involved in unexplainable and sudden wealth in the state.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Aniagwu in Asaba on Monday, the Governor expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family, the Isoko nation and the Delta State University Abraka community.

The Governor noteed with serious concern and worry, the increasing and disturbing activities of suspected ritual killers and criminally-minded individuals, whose obtrusive and flamboyant escapades are becoming more conspicuous.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, It is with a heavy heart that I write to express our profound commiserations to the family of Miss Elozino Ogege, the Isoko nation, her friends, both within and outside the University community”.

“I am glad that the security agencies have made serious progress in the investigation into the murder and I can assure Deltans and Nigerians that justice will be served on the perpetrators of this dastardly act.

“The Governor appreciates the solidarity exhibited by Deltans and Nigerians in condemning the bizarre act and urged security agencies in the state and country to commence a massive crackdown on these criminal elements veneering as “Yahoo Boys”.

“As a government whose primary responsibility is the protection of lives and property as well as the welfare of her citizens, I urge Deltans and Nigerians to partner with the government and report to security agencies the activities of these gangs with a view to assisting the society get rid of such dangerous groups. Never again as a people shall we condone the activities of these known criminals as we all seem to agree that “enough is enough”.

“May the soul of Miss Elozino Ogege and all those who lost their lives in similar circumstances find eternal rest in the bosom of God Almighty,” the governor wrote.

Osun: Knocks, accolades as Aregbesola bows out of office today

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As Governor Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola of Osun State bows out of office today and wears the permanent prefix of ‘ex’, political analysts and stakeholders alike have evaluated his eight years in office with accolades and strong knocks.

Aregbesola, a former cabinet member in Lagos State, in charge of works and infrastructure between 1999 and 2007 contested the governorship seat of Osun State alongside Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, a retired military general and former military administrator of Lagos State.

He, therefore, readily got involved in the murky water of Nigerian politics for the first time when the electoral umpire declared his opponent winner of the contest against what he and his political allies considered to be the voting pattern of the people and level of popularity of his party.

Aregbesola, by this scenario rekindled his revolutionary spirit of the 80s in the Polytechnic, Ibadan, when he held sway as the Speaker of the Students’ Parliament and experience gathered in the trenches as pro-democracy fighter in the 90s; he kicked off a legal battle and fought on till his mandate was retrieved on November 27, 2010.

Determined to make a change and justify the efforts and resources expended in the struggle to reclaim his mandate, the governor embarked on aggressive developmental drives vis-a-vis human capital development, not minding the limitation of state’s resources and uncertain source of revenue.

Many applauded Aregbesola for hitting the ground running at the inception of his administration, the dominance of non-indigenes of the state in critical sectors of the economy through consultancy, especially in the area of project execution marked the beginning of resentment against the government, especially from the elite.

Also, many, however, faulted some of his policies on education and health, describing it as being lopsided and crude. For instance, his policy of reclassification in education sector, where the age-long 6334 system of education was changed to 933, which comprises of Elementary, Middle, and Higher schools.

The introduction of computer tablet popularly called ‘Opon Imo ‘ in the senior secondary class, which reportedly gulped billions of naira has been criticised as total failure and a curse to the education sector rather than blessing.

A retired principal from Ayedaade local government, Mr Hameed Teslim, said the introduction of the computer tablet inadvertently worsened academic pursuit amongst students and brought about serious moral decadence.

According to him, the students, rather than using the device for studies turned it to device of pleasure, as they started watching all types of illicit contents, which further aggravated moral decadence among students and practically eroded reading culture.

“In my considered opinion, the education policy of Aregbesola government turned out to be counterproductive, it ended up in shambles as standard of education abysmally dropped while social vices became more pronounced to the dismay of many in the state.

“For instance, the introduction of Opon Imo, the computer tablets have impacted nothing positive on our education sector other than making our students less focused and constitutes total distraction and a means of moral bankruptcy.

” There were even feelings in some quarters that the Governor came up with the idea to enrich his son who just graduated from a university in Cuba then as a programmer; meaning that the project was just conceived and implemented as a post graduate experiment for the governor’s son and turned him to a sudden billionaire”.

Osun Govt Reels Out Key Achievements

Meanwhile, the government, in the recent figures released and termed ‘Key Achievements’ claimed to have delivered over 3685 new classrooms across the state, and fed over 1.5m school children through O-Meals programme, and 7,057 jobs created through this means.

It listed employment of 12000 teachers between 2011 and 2013 in secondary schools and approximately 3, 230 regular teachers were absorbed for elementary schools, coupled with provision of 45 school buses distributed amongst schools in the state to make free transportation services available to all school pupils and students among others as part of government’s giant stride in the educational sector.

It also said over 1000 km of urban roads, 231.057km Council roads across all the 30 local governments, 27 intercity roads, 81 township roads covering over 255.47km and many others have been constructed to give access roads to inhabitants of the state.

Opposition Parties Kick

However, the main opposition party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has described the claims of Aregbesola led administration in the education sector and developmental drive as nothing but a ruse, saying he has superintended a failed government.

The Chairman of the party in the state, Hon. Soji Adagunodo, said contrary to what the governor is making people to believe as achievement in infrastructure and human capital, “Aregbesola is leaving the state worse than how he met it in 2010.

“There is no better indication of the governor’s failure than the dysfunctional educational system, comatose healthcare, gargantuan debt, deplorable roads, abysmal water infrastructure and several other negatives, which the governor is leaving behind for his successor.

” It is already on record that it was during the tenure of Ogbeni Aregbesola that Osun was ranked by BUDGIT as one of the four most indebted states and the least fiscally responsible state in Nigeria.

“It was during these same years that the state found itself on the lowest rung of performance of students in public examinations; a situation which made us a laughing stock even among states hitherto considered educationally disadvantaged in Nigeria.

” Human life and development had never been this compromised as medical doctors, health workers, lecturers, and civil servants embarked on strikes for a cumulative period of not less than 3 and a half years during Aregbesola administration.”

The party also described acclaimed road infrastructure around the state as nothing but death traps, citing township roads in Ejigbo, Iwo, Ede, Ikirun, Ila Orangun, Ilobu among others as seriously deplorable.

The party added that the roads from Osogbo to Ila-Odo, Akoda-Gbongan, Orile Owu to Ijebu-Igbo, Iwo to Ejigbo and several others which it said the governor used as cover to obtain various huge loans have been abandoned at stages ranging between 15 and 40 percent completion.

” The road from Osogbo through Iwo to Ibadan, which the governor boasted would be rehabilitated by Julius Berger in 2012 was never started and must today rank among the worst roads in Nigeria”

” It is similarly on record that a recent survey by an international organisation ranked Osun as one of the 3 dirtiest states in Nigeria. This is in spite of the billions of Naira siphoned by Local and State government officials in the guise of environmental drive”.

In the same vein, the Socialist Party of Nigeria, SPN, in its assessment of the Aregbesola administration concluded that majority of the people in the state have been left more downtrodden instead of having their lives turned around for good.

According to the Chairman of the party, Comrade Alfred Adegoke “the Aregbesola government and coterie of his sycophants, supporters and town criers, will want to paint a rosy picture of a popular and progressive government, but the reality on ground has shown that the Aregbesola government, in spite of ample opportunities available, is a grand failure. Yes, some projects were carried out, but a cursory look at the summary of the activities of the Aregbesola government for the eight years clearly reflects a profligate government that not only wasted public resources but also launched attacks on the working people and youths in the state.

“The result of the 2018 Governorship Election is a clear verdict on the Aregbesola government and the APC. While the APC candidate, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, was eventually declared winner of the election 254,345 (less than 32 percent of the 815, 798 who participated in the election), it is glaring even to the blind supporters that the ‘victory’ was procured through the back door.

” In spite of the billions spent by the government and the APC on thousands of billboards, advertisements, bribery and direct inducement of voters, coupled with direct rigging of the elections, the government still lost in the first round of the election to the equally corrupt and anti-poor PDP, which got 254, 698 votes.

“The rerun election held on September 27, 2018 has variously been described as a sham, as it was mere exercise in violence, voters’ intimidation and direct rigging by the APC in connivance with the security operatives and the INEC. The various verdicts by the media, civil society groups and the local and foreign observers have shown that the rerun election was a sham.

” Aregbesola government and its town criers have gone to town to paint a picture of a successful government through mindless propaganda. One of such is the reported statement credited to the governor during his last popular programme, ‘Ogbeni Till Daybreak’, that he did not collect salaries in the past eight years.

“This was meant to show a governor that is frugal and prudent in financial management. It was also meant to justify why workers and the poor will have to live with the anti-poor policies of the government that have made them poorer or worse off. But the governor can only fool his sycophants. In fact, majority of the Nigerian populace rightly rejected such fake propaganda, especially on social media.

“It is apposite to state that while Aregbesola wants to claim that he is not selfish or greedy, the governor refused to state what happened to the N500 million he budgeted monthly for Security Vote, an amount that was not subject to parliamentary oversight. We challenge the governor to publish the use of N500 million budgeted monthly for security vote and allow the public and anti-graft agencies to verify his claims. Moreover, while the governor claimed that he did not collect salaries, it is vital to state that the overhead spent to maintain the governor, his family and aides through their ostentatious lifestyles may already make nonsense of any money saved through non-collection of salaries, if this governor’s story is taken to be true.

” For instance, wife of the governor has a pet project that is funded directly and indirectly from public resources.
We should also mention the billions consumed by the unproductive appointees. In just one instance, just 330 unelected members of Caretaker Committees of Local Governments got over N4 billion within the first four years of Aregbesola government.

“These are mostly unproductive appointees who did practically nothing in the activities of the local governments, as the functions of the local governments have been taken over, albeit undemocratically, by the state government. Should we also mention several billions spent on several special assistants, senior special assistants and advisers, many of whom are only used to get money out”.

Social Crusader, Civil Society Group React

Speaking on the performance of the governor in the last eight years, a social crusader and public commentator in Osogbo, the Osun State capital , Dr Durotola Fabiyi, said Aregbesola will go down in history as the most creative and innovative chief executive of the state, arguing that Osun State has attained an enviable height within the federating units.

He said the huge infrastructure facility in the education sector, coupled with purchase of security equipment to ensure safety for people’s lives and property and environmental policy that keeps the environment free of hazard stand the administration out among it’s predecessors.

“On the scale of objectivity, every discerning individual will agree with me that the outgoing administration has performed creditably well in the area of infrastructure and development of human capital through home grown education policy that is in tandem with the reality of our societal configuration.

“The security architecture of the state is well coordinated and monitored, look at the unprecedented proactiveness on the part of government, with the political will to purchase 25 Armoured Personnel Carriers, which is obviously yielding positive results in terms of relative peace the state is enjoying.

“This feat has helped to foil two armed robbery attacks in the state, despite the pronounced cases of such cases in the neighbouring states. I believe the outgoing governor deserves accolades.

“Look at the unprecedented developmental drive of the government in our schools, the pitiable condition of our schools, which was formerly an eyesore has been made more attractive with modern edifice of international standard”.

The Executive Director of Development Advocacy Group, Comrade Saka Lawal in his remarks, said the ideological background of Aregbesola has equipped him to redefine tenets of governance and be responsive in his style of leadership.

He explained that the acute shortfall in the monthly allocations to states few years back, due to glut in the world oil market would have ordinarily caused irredeemable economic chaos in Osun State but for the creative nature of the governor to come up with temporary solution that doused the economic tension.

He also mentioned programmes like Oclean, OAmbulance and the rest, which according to him had positively impacted on the people and changed the state’s socioeconomic narratives for good.

Without mincing words, the people of Osun are anxiously waiting to witness a change in guard in the political landscape, and different sailor to steer the ship of the state in the years to come, with avalanche of expectations and aspirations, mostly in the area of workers’ welfare, reliable and sustainable infrastructural development and manageable debt.

The governor-elect, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, who many, including governor Aregbesola have consistently described as cool, calm, and collected must compulsorily live above that attributes of gentleman and take up the mantle of leadership with courage and determination.

He must also bring his experience in financial management to bear for the purpose of salvaging the state from purported huge debt and create a path of self reliance and sustainability.

Also, Oyetola, with absence of ideological acumen to tackle labour and students issues must delegate competent hands to handle these segments of the social structure without blemish.