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Oyetola to parents: Give your children quality education, inculcate Omoluabi virtues in them



The Governor of Osun, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Sunday charged parents and guardians to prioritise the welfare of their children and wards by giving them quality education.

He called on parents to see beyond the present and inculcate Omoluabi virtues in their children, saying this would guarantee a better future for them and secure peace of mind for parents at old age.

This is even as the State Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Osun State Council, Comrade Wasiu Ajadosu, held a fidau prayer for his late mother, Alhaja Rafatu Ajike Ajadosu.

Governor Oyetola who was represented at the occasion by his Special Adviser on Education, Alhaji Jamiu Olawumi, advocated the need for parents to train their children on the path of godliness and selfless service to humanity.

According to him, an entity that lives a fulfilled life is one whose life is full of promising children that live worthy lives after his or her demise.

Governor Oyetola therefore urged parents to always look after the education of their children and give them the best that life can offer.

“It is incumbent on every parent to take good care of his or her children. Our presence here today is a reflection to the fact that the deceased took care of her children.

“As we can see and hear from people while giving testimonies on who the deceased was, she was a good mother who welfare of her children took topmost priority.

“If Mama was not a good mother, we won’t be here today and for a Governor to be at a function like this, it is an indication that the deceased left behind worthy children.

“So, the lesson to take home from here is to take good care of our children and secure a better future for them. By so doing, our future is guaranteed.

“We pray Allah to grant the departed soul the best place in paradise and grant the worthy children she left behind the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss, because no matter the age of one’s parents, no one prays for their death.”

The Governor therefore extolled the deceased for the great impact she made on her children while alive as reflected in the quality of the bereaved.

In his remarks, the State Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Osun State Council, Comrade Wasiu Ajadosu, lauded the good legacies left behind by her late mother.

He described the deceased as a mother par excellence whose passion for the welfare and well-being of her children and relations was second to none.

Ajodosu who beseeched Allah for the peaceful repose of his mother’s soul, said, “Indeed, the good deeds of my mother while alive would serve as respite for her wherever she is in heaven.

“My mother was a wonderful woman; she was humility personified. She was generous, courageous and religious. She was full of determination to achieve greatness. She inculcated in us good virtues and taught us that good name is better than gold or silver.

“We shall continue to sustain her legacies and uphold all she taught us while alive,” Ajadosu added.

He expressed gratitude to Allah over the peaceful and glorious exit of her mother, just as he appreciated the presence of all, particularly Governor Oyetola, for attending the prayer session.

Earlier in his sermon, Sheikh Muhammed Jamiu, urged Muslim Ummah to dedicate their lives to serving Allah and humanity.

He called on them to use their wealth and energies to impact meaningfully on the lives of fellow human beings, saying worldly things are ephemeral.

While lauding the virtues of the deceased, the Islamic cleric said the departed soul had justified the essence of life before she died as seen in the quality of her children.

The occasion was attended by well-meaning Nigerians among whom are: the Field Commander, Amotekun, Comrade Amitolu Shittu; a renowned human rights activist, Comrade Waheed Lawal; Publicity Secretary, All Progressives Congress (APC), Barrister Kunle Oyatomi; Former Osun Commissioner of Information, Mr Sunday Akere; and members of the press, among others.

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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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