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Sustainable Impacts Aid Distributes Empowerment Tools To Over 400 Beneficiaries In Osun



A non governmental organisation (NGO),
Sustainable Impacts Aid, distributed working tools to over 400 youths and other less privileged in Osogbo to support their means of livelihood

The President, Sustainable Impacts Aid, Dr Saidi Adetunmobi, said the gesture was aimed at supporting beneficiaries to expand their means of livelihoods.

Dr Adetunmobi noted that the initiative was also aimed at reducing poverty level among the people of the state.

He said that the empowerment programme and the distribution of cash and relief materials also aimed at cushioning the effect of COVID-19 pandemic among the residents of the state.

He enjoined other well meaning Nigerians to emulate the gesture saying empowerment and well being of the less privileged and vulnerable citizens should be a collective responsibility of all well meaning Nigerians.

“For today, we have empowered more than 400 people. We have given sewing machines, grinding machines, hair dryers, crutches, cash among others valuables to the less privileged.

“Our aim is not just to help people and give them money; we want to empower them with certain skills and programme so that they can feed themselves; we want them to be independent from us.

“Empowerment and well being of the less privileged and vulnerable citizens should be a collective responsibility of all well meaning Nigerian,” he said .

On the criteria for selecting the beneficiaries, the Executive Secretary of SIA said said that they sent out messages seeking for applications for working tools in their areas of need.

“We sent out messages and a lot of people sent application to us. When they came, we gave them forms to fill free of charge. We did background check and called the to confirm the authenticity of their information.

People came all over the state to obtain the form and it was given to them free of charge as a matter of the selection process was very transparent.

“We work on the key people that actually need it for their business. We have our own criteria to follow before we give it to them,” he said.

Adekanmi Temitope, a beneficiary from Osogbo local government Area of the state, who received a hair dryer commended SIA for its gesture.

Shittu Kehinde, Ede North Local Government, said that the tools would assist him as means of keeping the body and soul.

The duo enjoined other well meaning Nigerians to emulate the good gesture of the Sustainable Impacts Aid saying Government alone cannot do it.

Items distributed included sewing machines, grinding machines, hair dryers, crutches among others and cash to elderly people in the state.

Beneficiaries of the empowerment programme tagged, “Emergency Response Intervention Project”, were selected across the thirty local government areas of the state including the Area council, Modekeke

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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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