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Women and Disability: Ooni Cautions Against Discrimination



The Ooni of lfe, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi says it is worthy to celebrate women for their socio-cultural and political roles in effecting positive changes in the society.

This is just as the foremost monarch
said female persons with disabilities including their male counterparts should be empowered and encouraged and not be allowed to experience discrimination of any sort in all their endeavors.

The monarch was speaking at his palace in lle-Ife during an empowerment programme for women and persons with disabilities, as part of events to commemorate the international Women’s Day.

One of the persons with disabilities, an ND1 student of Banking and Finance at Yaba polytechnic, Lagos State, Deborah Ojuade Temitope was lucky to receive offer of free scholarship to complete her education, she also received a laptop, cash gift and many other numerous gifts for her performance at the event.

Others were also rewarded for outstanding performance in different competitions organised for them.

Addressing newsmen, the Chief Executive Officer of Hope4sure Foundation, Peju Oke commended Oba Ogunwusi for supporting the initiative and similar others.

Oke described persons with disabilities as unique people who require a push to fully harness their potentials

She called on individuals and government to make it a priority to ensure that their acceptance in the society, like their counterparts abroad, is not negotiated.

Similarly, more than a hundred women were empowered under different initiatives facilitated by the Ooni of lfe, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi at a different location also in lle-Ife.

The women were trained, free of charge, in different ways of making primordial and modern tie and dye, batik, including other forms of crafts in cultural fabric design.

According to one of their instructors, Famoriyo Abidemi Richard, the gesture, which is continuous, is to make the participants productive and self-reliant.

While promising to harness the opportunity as an avenue for generating source of income, the participants
lauded Ooni for facilitating the initiative.

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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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