Anew chapter opened yesterday in Osun State, following the swearing in of Senator Ademola Adeleke as governor.
The dignitaries included Atiku’s running mate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta State), Godwin Obaseki (Edo), Emmanuel Udom(Akwa Ibom), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi.
The PDP National Chairman Senator Iyorchia Ayu, Atiku’s wife, Titi, former Governors Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Osun) Rasheed Ladoja (Oyo), Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti) Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Senator Bukola Saraki and Tony Elumelu also witnessed the ceremony.
The G-5 governors led by Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) shunned the inauguration. The new governor was accompanied by his two wives; Titi and Ngozi.
Adeleke reversed policies introduced by Aregbesola and vowed to review all appointments made by Oyetola since July 17th 2022 when he lost election. He said: “Under my watch, I will correct past injustice, corrupt acts or policies by previous administration, which are against the collective interest of our people.”
The governor reiterated his commitment to his five point agenda, namely: welfare of workers and pensioners; boosting the state’s economy; home-grown infrastructure policy; people-focused policy on education; affordable health care, security and social welfare and agro-based industrialization for wealth and job creation.
Adeleke promised to launch reform, with direct focus on improvement of learning environment and outcome to reverse the poor performance of students in public examinations. He also said promised to establish a standard diagnostic centre, using the Public Private Partnership model as he said he will reform local government.
Ademola said: “I ordered an immediate return to status quo of all fresh appointments, placements and other major decisions taken by the immediate past administration with effect from the 17th of July, 2022.”
On security, he said his administration will embark on reform that will target crime prevention, detection, neighbourhood policing and better synergy among security agencies. He added: “The Amotekun Corps will be strengthened while our administration will ensure operational linkage between local hunters and the Amotekun Corps. A ‘Know Your Neighbour’ security initiative will be implemented.”
On the Executives Orders, Adeleke said: “Since you elected me as your Governor on the 16th of July 2022, which the INEC announced on July 17th 2022, the former governor, Alh Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola, maliciously started putting road blocks to make things difficult and almost impossible for the new administration to serve you.
“Mass employment were carried out without budgetary provisions for salary payments for the new employees; even when the state was struggling to pay salaries and deliver other services. Various hurried and criminally backdated contracts were awarded and again without budgetary provisions.
“Appointments of several Obas were hurriedly done without following due process, just to mention a few. All efforts to get the governor set up a Transition Committee and submit hand-over notes in line with best practices proved abortive.
“I hereby issue the following directives, which will be backed up with appropriate Executive Orders: Immediate freezing of all government accounts in banks and other financial institutions; immediate establishment of a panel to carry out an inventory and recover all government assets; an immediate establishment of a panel to review all appointments and major decisions of the immediate past administration taken after the 17th July, 2022; an immediate reversal to the constitutionally recognised name of our state, Osun State. All government insignia, correspondences and signages should henceforth reflect Osun state rather than State of Osun, which is unknown to the Nigerian constitution. Welcome to a new Osun State, The State of The Living Spring.”
There were several attacks by hoodlums in Osogbo after the swearing in of Adeleke. There were forceful take over of three motor parks at Old-Garage, Oke-Fia and Aregbe areas as gunshots were fired at transport union members who attempted to resist them.
Scores were injured in the attacks of the motor parks and other places in Osogbo. Two policemen were reportedly injured when hoodlums attempted to take over the Aregbe Area park. It was gathered that the hoodlums threatened some people at the park with gun as one of them wrestled with one of the policemen stationed at the area.
In the process, it led to altercation where the hoodlums fired several gunshot at the police. The police repelled, with the hoodlums sustaining bullet injuries. Similarly, no fewer than five men of Amotekun were assaulted by hoodlums at Osogbo Township Stadium.
The Field Commander Comrade Amitolu Shittu, said: “five of our men were attacked at the venue of swearing-in. The hoodlums that attacked our men are criminals that are involved in robbery, drug, stealings among others which we have arrested their gang members at a point.
“They are only hiding under political party to lunch such attack on us. It has nothing to do with politics. We will not be intimidated by such attack, we will get rid of them with the support of government.”
No fewer than 10 members of National Union Of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) have been injured by hoodlums in Osogbo, as they attempted to take over secretariats after the swearing-in.
The secretary of the union, Mr. Osundiya Akinsola, said the hoodlums who were armed with guns, cutlasses, knives and other dangerous weapons stormed the secretariats to chase the executives out.
The parks that were attacked are Ilesha- Osogbo, Oke-fia, Aregbe and Old garage motor parks. He confirmed that executives of the union also sustained injuries, saying, “10 of our members were injured, I appeal to the new government in the state to call them those hoodlums to order for peace to reign within the union.
Adeleke appoints Chief of Staff, SSG, CPS
The new governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke has made three appointment on the night of his inauguration.
A statement personally signed by Adeleke SAID: “I approve the appointment of Alhaji Kassim Akinleye as the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Teslim Igbalaye as the Secretary to the State Government and Mr. Rasheed Olawale as the spokesperson to the Governor. “The appointment takes immediate effect.”
I left N14b in coffers, paid N97b inherited debt
Governor Oyetola disclosed at the weekend that his administration is leaving behind for the incoming government a total sum of N14 billion cash in the state’s coffers. Oyetola also revealed that his government had successfully paid N97 billion from the total debt inherited in 2018 when he assumed office.
He disclosed that his administration didn’t borrow a dime anywhere in the world to finance the economy of the State, saying he successfully kept faith and maintained fidelity with his electoral promises since the assumption of office. The disclosures were contained in his farewell message to the people of the state.
Oyetola bowed out of office on Saturday after completing a four-year term. He was inaugurated on November 27, 2018. He took over the baton from Rauf Aregbesola.
The results of the last governorship election as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Ademola Adeleke of the People Democratic Party (PDP).
Adeleke’s victory is being challenged by Oyetola and his party – the All Progressives Congress (APC) – at the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Osogbo.
Oyetola averred that his administration has put Osun’s economy on a surer footing through the myriad people-centred and masses-focused projects timely and promptly implemented to make life worthwhile for the people of the state. He said Osun, under his watch, has been stable economically as manifested in the astronomical increment in the GDP of the State since he assumed office.
Oyetola affirmed that Osun is more stable economically than he met it in 2018, saying despite all the visible socio-economic challenges confronting the State with its attendant effects, he was able to take care of the fears and evil of fiscal indiscipline and lack of implementation, which hamper projects and services in the nation’s public service.
He said: “As I step aside today following the conclusion of the four-year tenure you freely gave me, I thank God and I thank you for your support, cooperation and prayers over the years. “I recall how the journey began four years ago; how by your belief in me and your conviction in the plans and programmes of our Party, you exercised your right to vote for me.
“As we draw the curtains on this first tenure, we are convinced that we neither reneged on our promise nor disappointed you. We kept faith with you and maintained fidelity with our electoral promises. It was our wish to continue to serve you but we are constrained by the outcomes of the July 16 Governorship election which we are already challenging in court. “As a law-abiding citizen and government, we are stepping aside to allow the law to take its course.
“However, we look forward to continue to serve you in no distant future. We have absolute trust in God that we shall be back soon, as we have implicit trust and confidence in the Judiciary to do justice in the case before it.
“We are confident that this period of temporary political eclipse shall pass. The sun shall shine again, brighter and warmer and the sustainable development and participatory governance that we enthroned, which have been applauded by local and international organisations, shall be restored and put on a surer and better footing.
“There can be no substitute to people-oriented and development-savvy governance in a democracy. The tap roots of the unprecedented good governance, inclusive and participatory governance that we introduced, which delivered massive equitable projects and programmes are too strong to be uprooted.
“As we end our first term, rest assured that Osun is more stable economically than we met it in 2018 and it remained the most peaceful state in the country under our leadership.
“For four years, we did not take any bank loan facility. But we benefitted from the N3 billion monthly intervention from the federal government to all the states for six months to cushion the effect of deductions of budget support facility and salary bailout accessed by the previous administration, just as we have paid N97 billion from the total debt we inherited in 2018.
“We are leaving behind cash of over N14 billion. In addition to the N14 billion cash, another N8 billion is being expected between December and January from our performance in SFTAS and the IGR. Also, another Seventy-Two million Dollars will come to the State soon from RAMP 3, NG-CARES, Nigeria for Women Project and Ease of Doing Business. These are earned, based on performance. And we have indeed performed to earn them.
“It was part of the same performance that earned us the award of Best Governor on Efficiency of Public Expenditure and TOP Performer on Domestic Revenue Mobilisation by the World Bank’s States’ Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability, SFTAS, recently. We have gone this length to let you know that Osun under our leadership was sustainable. It was done through fiscal discipline and personal sacrifices.
“On behalf of our team, I appeal to you all to continue to be law abiding and to work assiduously to build the Osun of our dream. Together, we shall continue to mend the broken walls of our dear State and restore her glory for our collective good and that of posterity. Thank you all and may God continue to bless Osun.”