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“I m a king over all categories of people” – Oluwo



The Paramount Ruler of Iwoland and Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi says his kingship is over all categories of people in his domain.

Against this backdrop, Oba Akanbi said the welfare of all class of people particularly, the most vulnerable in the society remains his top priority.

The monarch stated these in lwo, Osun state while reaching out to the aged who are either hopeless or financially handicapped.

This, he said would gladden their hearts and make them feel not neglected.

“You can see the deplorable state they are. They can’t even come out, they are older, nobody is taking care of them .And as of the people, l’m not king of the rich only but king of old, the aged, poor and the wretched, their welfare is of utmost concern to me and l have to make sure l visit them in their houses under their roofs.

“I m there king, so to make life better for them l have to see how they are living, their welfare, especially the aged ones. We are gonna grow old one day, some of them have no husbands, you can see the one that has husband, the husband is blind, she has no job, they have nothing to eat in the house, so if l don’t come to this place, l won’t know how, l have to feel their pains” He said.

Accompanied by his entourage, Oba Akanbi walked round the interior of Iwo to personally lend a helping hand to the vulnerable aged in cash and kind.

He said the gesture is to reawaken the hope of this category of people and to inspire the young ones for greatness in future

He said the visit to the indigent and the vulnerable, particularly the aged ones in their respective homes will continue for the rest of the week as part of activities to commemorate his fifth year on the throne.

“Though l do this all the time, on random basis l just go to their house ,this is my fifth year coronation anniversary, for this week. l’m not going to be partying until the D-day which is Saturday. But from now till Saturday, l will be visiting people in their houses, people that don’t have nothing to eat, people that their businesses are down and need money to bring their businesses up, I’ll give them that money, it depends on what they need, N10,000.. N20,000, N30,000”.

The Oluwo asserted that “this type of visit corrects the ills of the society, the society is not only for the rich. the society is also for the less privileged and their children too, me visiting them will give them hope for the future, even their children, you can see all of them seeing a king that they see on TV, that they see with the president, they know that the sky cannot limit them.

“l want to give them hope, l want them to be able to dream bigger, seeing a king doesn’t make me less, it makes me to raise them. If l’m lightening a candle, it doesn’t mean that my candle is off.

The cash gift presented to the vulnerable aged ranges from N5,000 to N20,000 for their upkeep and business startup respectively.

The monarch also told those with eye problem among the aged to come to the palace for necessary arrangements for the treatment.

The aged who were elated to see their traditional ruler and received the cash gift from him were appreciative of the gesture.

They thanked the traditional ruler for the novel gesture and pledged their lifelong loyalty to him.

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Staff Audit: Bedridden Pensioners To Partake Via Telephone – Osun Govt



Gov Ademola Adeleke

Osun State Government has said all bedridden pensioners and others with serious health challenge will henceforth have their audit exercise conducted through telephone.

A statement by signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi on Monday revealed that such pensioners, will no longer be required to be physically present at the venue of the screening exercise.

The statement added that pensioners who are currently outside the State would have their screening conducted via the same means.

It also said “Pensioners outside the state at the moment no longer need to travel down to Osun State as they will also be having their screening through the telephone.

“Additionally, pensioners in the diaspora will also be screened only through video calls.

“In line with the above, the Pension Board is expected to make available all the particulars, especially pictures of pensioners to the Consultant, for ease of identification during the video call screenings.

“The above directives take immediate effect.”

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Pensioners Collapse During Screening In Osun



On of the revived Collapsed Pensioners on stretcher

…Govt should decentralise process to prevent avoidable deaths – Retirees

Pensioners in Osun State have appealed to the State government to decentralise the ongoing screening of its workforce including retirees.

The call became necessary as some of the aged retirees collapsed on Monday within the premises of the Center for Black Culture and International Understanding, Osogbo, venue of the ongoing screening.

It took the intervention of the medics of the State Ambulance Service to revive and stablise the victims.

Retirees, numbering about 2,000 old men and women who are visibly aged, frail and in some cases sick, were at the venue for the screening exercise.

A number of them who could not withstand long time standing were seen either, lying down, sleeping or sitting on the bare floor to avoid eventuality.

Many of the pensioners were visibly angry for what they described as inhuman treatment by the handlers of the exercise.

Sunday Omotosho decried the arrangement and the eventual treatments of his colleagues who came for the exercise from across the State.

Though, he agreed that the exercise as sanctioned by the State government was desirable, but was of the opinion that the process would have been made easier if it were to be done on local government or zonal basis.

As at press time, the exercise was yet to commence as the consultant in charge, Saadat Bakri-Ottun was yet to arrive the venue, hence the wait prolonged.

The staff audit was earlier suspended for weeks by the state House of Assembly over inhuman treatment meted to the civil servants by the consultant, but the suspension was lifted after she promised to correct her mistakes.

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Breaking: Protest Rocks Iree Poly Over Removal of Rector



….ASUP, Students lock school gate to prevent academic activities

Heavy protesters have laid seige on the entrance of the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Osun State against the removal of the institution’s rector, Dr. Tajudeen Adewale Odetayo.

The State governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke had reportedly suspended Odetayo and allegedly replaced him by his kinsman.

Protested gathered at the frontage of the polytechnic entrance as early as 7:30 on Tuesday morning carrying different placards with different inscriptions to register their displeasure against the removal of the embattled rector.

The school gate has been put under lock and key, by the students and the school chapter of the Academic Staff Union of the Polytechnic, ASUP preventing academic activities and other activities on the campus.

More to follow…

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