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Shocker: Oyo state takes over LAUTECH from Osun State

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Consequently, the ownership has been transferred to the government of Oyo State while the College of Health’s ownership has been transferred to the government of Osun State.

State governors of Osun and Oyo states, Adegboyega Oyetola and Seyi Makinde, Friday agreed to cancel the joint ownership of Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) and Ladoke Akintola College of Health.

“It is gratifying to note that after extensive deliberations, negotiations and consultations, both owner states mutually agreed terms and the joint ownership of LAUTECH was formally dissolved,” the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission said in Abuja.


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Ex Osun, Ekiti Govs, Oyinlola, Oni, others get new appointment.

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The PDP leaders told the federal government and the National Assembly not to go ahead with the proposed clampdown on social media.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West have commenced moves to unite the party in the region.

Oyo Governor, Seyi Makinde, former Governors of Osun and Ekiti, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Segun Oni, Board of Trustees members, state party chairmen, among others met for deliberation.

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The meeting which was held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, released a communiqué signed by the Acting National Vice Chairman, South-West, Dayo Ogungbenro.

It announced the constitution of a five-man reconciliation committee chaired by Oyinlola.

Members are Saka Balogun, Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, Omolade Oluwateru and Olayinka Kukoyi.

The meeting agreed that PDP zonal executive positions be shared to all states in the region.

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The breakdown shows Chairman (Oyo), Secretary (Lagos), Publicity Secretary (Ekiti), Organising Secretary (Ondo), Financial Secretary (Osun), Youth Leader (Osun), Legal Officer (Ogun), Treasurer (Ogun), Women Leader (Oyo) and Auditor (Lagos).

“The meeting also resolved that, in the spirit of fairness and equity, additional slots of ex-officio members be given to Ekiti and Ondo states in view of the fact that they would occupy only one office each in the zone”, the communique read.

They advised authorities to strengthen existing laws to curtail fake news and the abuse of freedom of expression.


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EndSARs: Oyetola’s attack, ‘murder attempt’ – Gov’t

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The government said nothing about the deaths of two protesters Saturday.

The Osun State government has spoken on the attack on Governor Gboyega Oyetola and some of his cabinet members by some hoodlums during #EndSARS protest in Osogbo, the state capital on Saturday.

The government was however, silent of the report that two people died during the attack.


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Noble Reporters Media learnt that some thugs armed with cutlasses and other weapons attacked Mr Oyetola while he was addressing protesters at Olaiya junction.

During his engagement with the youth, some men started shooting and hurling stones at the governor’s car.

He was taken away from the scene by security operatives. Several protesters were attacked also by the armed men, and two died.

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Speaking about the incident, the state Commissioner for Information, Funke Egbemode, kept mum on the deaths of the protesters.

Mrs Egbemode in her statement said what happened on Saturday was an assassination attempt.

“This was certainly beyond the #EndSARS protest. The people who launched the attack were not protesters at all,” she said.

“Protests have been going on in the State for some days now, and there had been no attack on any government official since the beginning of the protest. However, today’s attack changed the narrative.

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“It was not a spontaneous attempt. The attackers had it all planned. They had guns and other weapons. In fact, it was a woman who smashed the windscreen of the vehicle of the Secretary to the State Government, Wole Oyebamiji where I was.

“It is really sad that these people infiltrated the ranks of the peaceful protesters and took advantage of the Governor’s walk with the youths to execute their sinister intentions.

“It was simply a street coup to take out the Governor, his Deputy and the Secretary to the State Government, all of whom were exposed during the protest and had to be smuggled into vehicles when the attack was launched,” she wrote.

At least 12 people have died in the nationwide protests.


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Osun govt mourn top politician, Ayo Fasanmi

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The Osun state government on Thursday paid tribute to former National Leader of the Afenifere Group, and “respected politician”, Pa. Ayorinde Fasanmi, “who passed on at the ripe old age of 94.”

According to a statement signed by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode, the elder stateman’s passing was confirmed by his first son, Hon. Justice Obademi Fasanmi on behalf of the familu.

“Pa. Fasanmi was an epitome of humility, selflessness and integrity, the statement said. “He made enviable and remarkable contributions to his profession, to the socio-political development of Yorubaland, and to the nation at large.”

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In the old Western Nigeria, Pa Fasanmi served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Old Western Nigeria Housing Corporation.

He was National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria in 1977, elected into the Senate in 1979, and became a member of the House of Representatives in 1983.

He also served with the National Constitutional Conference Commission in 1994, as a member.

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The state government added: “Baba Fasanmi was a leader who demonstrated his love for our great country in many laudable ways; but more heart-warming was how he showed optimal concern for the welfare of the poor and underprivileged, and how he held leaders accountable on their promises of good governance.

“We also recognise how much Osogbo, and Osun State as a whole meant to Pa. Fasanmi, who was transferred to Osogbo as a Pharmacist in 1951, and he chose to live here till he took his last breath.

“His Alekuwodo residence became a make-shift Secretariat for a number of causes and movements of national relevance.

“The State Government of Osun appreciates all he accomplished in his lifetime, especially as a pivotal force in the socio-cultural and political bolstering of the Yoruba.”


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COVID-19: Osun SSG recover; 21 others

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Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, said in a statement on Saturday that the SSG was part of 22 people whose result returned negative.

The SSG had about 10 days ago tested positive for the virus.

Dr Isamotu, however, said that by Friday evening, the confirmatory test of the SSG carried out after days of care and treatment returned negative.

Similarly, 21 other patients have also tested negative and have all been discharged.

The commissioner, however, announced the discovery of 23 additional cases in the state, saying they were contacts from previous cases.

He appealed to residents of the state to always observe all the precautionary measures laid down by the state against the spread of the virus.


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We’ll ensure smooth start of college of education – Osun, Oyetola

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Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun says his administration will ensure smooth and effective take-off of the proposed Federal College of Education in the state.

Oyetola said this when members of the technical team of the Federal Ministry of Education and the National Commission for Colleges of Education visited him on Saturday in Osogbo.

The governor said the state government would do everything possible to support the Federal Government in its plan to establish the college in the state.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that Federal Government had, in January, approved the establishment of six federal colleges of education in the six geo-political zones of the country.

NRM also learnt that Osun in the South-West is one of the beneficiaries, with the college sited in Iwo, Iwo Local Government area of the state.

Oyetola, who described education as the bedrock of socio-economic development of any society, said that the establishment of the institution in the state would complement his administration’s efforts at providing quality, qualitative and functional education.

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According to him, the establishment of more colleges of education in the country will further contribute significantly to the development of vocational and technical education in the country.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and those who worked for the consideration of the state as one of the beneficiaries of the institutions.

“This is a rare privilege and we will continue to take it as such, because we are not the only state in the South-West.

“So, for something of this magnitude to come to our state, we are very grateful to Mr. President, and we will ensure its smooth take-off,” the governor said.

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In his remarks, Prof. Bappa Aliyu, the Executive Secretary of National Commission for Colleges of Education, said members of the team were in Osun to inspect both the temporary and permanent sites of the institution.

Represented by Mr Ojo Samuel, the Director of Tertiary Education, Aliyu said that the visit was in fulfillment of the Federal Government’s commitment to promoting quality and functional education in the country.

“As a government, we are doing everything possible to improve the quality of education in the country and ensure that the people have unfettered access to education.

“We are also working hard to ensure the provision of competent teachers in all our colleges of education,” he said.


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COVID-19: Osun govt arrest ‘Face Mask’ violators.

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The Osun State Government on Tuesday went a step further in its attempts at enforcing the use of face mask by residents, when scores of violators were arrested in Osogbo and shown videos of isolation centres.

The arrests were made by the COVID-19 Joint Task Force on the order of the state government.

The JTF men, which was led by the Special Adviser to the state Governor on Security, Abiodun Ige, arrested many residents, especially those in public vehicles and motorcycles.

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Those arrested were taken to Salvation Army Middle School, Alekuwodo, where they were shown videos of COVID-19 patients that were being treated in isolation centres.

Expectedly, many residents who had left home without face mask rushed to buy from the roadsides to avoid being arrested.

Ige, who spoke on the rationale behind the state government’s action, said the exercise was meant to enforce compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.


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Amotekun: Over 4,500 graduates apply in Osun

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No less than 4,625 graduates reportedly applied for various positions in the ongoing recruitment into the Amotekun Corps in Osun state.

According to a report by The Nation, 35% of the applicants are graduates, with twenty per cent of the them university graduates from various disciplines, while 15 per cent have Higher National Diploma.

Application for job in Amotekun Corps in the state ended on Tuesday, June 27 with about 13,000 applying for placements.

The data obtained from the office of the corps on Friday revealed that the majority of the 13,216 applicants were married men.

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Further analysis of the applicants indicates that 1,891 single females also applied for recruitment.

According to other details obtained, male applicants are 9,214 out of which 8, 615 are married.

The data reveals that 4,002 females out of which 2,011 are married also applied for placements.

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Further breakdown of the educational qualifications of the applicants shows that “10 per cent of them possess Ordinary National Diploma, while five per cent of them have National Certificate of Education.

Senior School Certificate Examination holders make up 40 per cent of the applicants, with six per cent of them having Primary School Leaving Certificate.

Those in the category of non-education constitute four per cent of the total number of the applicants.

The Director-General of Amotekun Corps in Osun, Mr Amitolu Shittu, in a chat, assured that “the applicants will be properly screened and subjected to various tests.”


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Court nays Akire of Ikire’s bid to stop removal

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An Osun State High Court sitting in Ikire on Monday dismissed reliefs sought by the Akire of Ikire, Oba Olutunde Falabi, restraining the state government from removing him.

Justice Rasak Abdulkareem, while delivering the judgement, said he could not grant the reliefs sought by the monarch because the processes that brought him to the throne 27 years ago were null and void.

He said that with all evidence before the court, coupled with the Supreme Court judgement on the issue, the monarch had no legal right to occupy the stool.

The battle for the throne started in 1987 after the demise of the former monarch, Oba Oseni Oyegunle.

When the process of appointing a new monarch started, one of the five ruling houses, Aketula, presented a candidate, Mr. Tajudeen Olanrewaju, in line with the Akire of Ikire Chieftaincy Declaration of 1958.

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Before the process of Olanrewaju’s installation could be completed, two ruling houses, Ladekan and Lanbeloye went to court to challenge the inclusion of Aketula in the ruling houses.

The State High Court, Ile-Ife, where the matter was instituted, stopped Olanrewaju’s installation as the monarch and the incumbent Oba Falabi, was installed on May 1993.

Olanrewaju went to the Appeal Court in Ibadan but he lost and subsequently, proceeded to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court in its judgement on April 11, 2014, affirmed that Aketula was one of the ruling houses as provided in 1958 Akire of Ikire Chieftaincy Declaration.

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The Supreme Court also held that the 1958 Declaration in respect of the Akire of Ikire Chieftaincy stool has not been amended or repealed.”

Following the judgement, Falabi approached the High Court in Ikire to restrain the state government from deposing him because he had not committed any offence warranting his removal.

He also pleaded with the court to restrain the state governor, the commissioner for justice and the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs from deposing him, while his incumbency subsisted.

But Justice Abdulkareem said that Falabi could no longer occupy the stool, based on the 1958 Akire Declaration and the rotational procedure therein.


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COVID-19: Lagos, Osun plans fresh Lockdown

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The state governments of Lagos and Osun have threatened fresh lockdowns amid increasing COVID-19 cases in the states and the country.

Fresh 684 COVID-19 cases were recorded in 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory on Friday by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, bringing the total number of cases to 23,298. While 8,253 discharged patients had recovered, 554 deaths were recorded.

Lagos, Oyo, and Katsina had the highest number of cases at 259, 76 and 69, respectively. Delta, Rivers had 46; Ogun, 23; Edo, 22; Osun, 22; and Ebonyi, 21.

FCT had 20; Kaduna, 16; Ondo, 10; Imo, 9; and Abia, 9. Gombe had 5; Plateau, 4; Bauchi, 4; Ekiti, 2; and Anambra, 1.

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Due to the rising number of cases each day, Lagos and Osun state governments have threatened fresh lockdowns if the people failed to abide by government protocols such as social distancing and wearing of face masks in the public.

Speaking at a media briefing monitored by one of our correspondents on Friday, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, said even though the state had been able to draw a balance between the public health crisis and ensuring livelihoods were not in jeopardy, the government would not hesitate to impose another lockdown if the things (cases) got out of hands.

“We believe we are managing a delicate balance between the public health crisis and the economic livelihood of Lagosians. If things are getting out of hand, we will certainly consider another lockdown,” he said.

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The commissioner added that the state had yet to reach the peak, noting that cases would continue to rise in the next one or two months.

Abayomi said, “We are in the middle of the outbreak and we have not even peaked yet, and so the cases are still rising. We still expect to see a lot more cases in the next one month or two. I would use this platform to remind Lagosians that we have not yet peaked and Lagos is still going through the active community transmission of COVID-19.

“I think what may be giving you a false sense of security or confidence is that we say most people have mild to moderate disease. While that may be so, between three and five per cent of Lagosians that catch this infection have an extremely severe to critical form of COVID-19 and the risk of dying in that percentage is extremely high.

“Two to five per cent may seem like a small percentage, but even one per cent of 25 million people is a lot of Lagosians. We are not prepared to lose 250,000 Lagosians and we certainly will not even like to contemplate that number.

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“So I appeal to Lagosians, particularly people who we believe are in the vulnerable category; anybody over the age of 50 or 55 with underlying medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity or any other medical condition that interferes with their immune system, they are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, in a statement, said residents had continued to flout the government guidelines.

“On Thursday, we announced the discovery of 17 new cases in our dear state. Sadly, today (Friday) again, we have 22 new cases. Considering where we are coming from, this is worrisome. We must, therefore, take responsibility. The battle against coronavirus is not over yet.

“Government may be forced to impose another lockdown on the State if residents and citizens continue to flout the lockdown relaxation guidelines.”


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Oyetola threatens fresh lockdown as Osun record 22 new cases

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The Government of the State of Osun on Friday confirmed 22 new Coronavirus cases in the State.

The news of the new cases comes barely 24 hours after the discovery of 17 cases.

State’s Commissioner for Health, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, however, threatened that government might be forced to impose another lockdown on the State if residents and citizens continue to flout the lockdown relaxation guidelines.

He made these known through a press statement in Osogbo on Friday.

The Commissioner also revealed that 11 of the new cases were from the ongoing contact tracing within the Ede community, while the remaining are from the previous cases in Osogbo and its environs.

“On Thursday, we announced the discovery of 17 new cases in our dear State. Sadly, today again, we have 22 new cases. Considering where we are coming from, this is worrisome.

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”We must, therefore, take responsibility. The battle against Coronavirus is not over yet.

“The virus is still very much with us. We must observe precautionary measures if we must avoid community transmission.

“With the latest development, the number of our active cases as at today, Friday, June 26, is 54.

”We have 106 confirmed cases, out of which the State has successfully treated and discharged 47 patients while five deaths have been recorded,” Dr. Isamotu added.


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Life imprisonment term for Rape – 14 years jail for attempt – Osun approve.


The Osun State House of Assembly on Wednesday passed into law the bill that recommends life imprisonment for rape perpetrators and 14 years jail term for attempted rape.

The Speaker, RT. Hon. Timothy Owoeye, in his submission, asserted that with the passage of the bill will assist to curtail the case of rape that is more rampant in the state.

The bill, having passed through thorough evaluation at a public hearing was later considered by Committee of the whole before passing third reading.

Owoeye noted that the law would also permit active participation of youth in sanitized government activities in the state.

He observed that the bill would charge the law enforcement agents to prosecute rape cases logically and implored the youth to desist from the ugly character.

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He said “I enjoy the youth to shun act of getting richer overnight.”

In their separate remarks, the lawmakers urged youths to desist from ungodly acts against women.

They advised the youth to engage in one vocational or the other in other to be self-reliant.


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COVID-19: Osun Extends Lockdown. [Nigeria]

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Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State has announced the extension of the lockdown period in the state to help curb the spread of coronavirus.

The lockdown period which was supposed to end on Thursday will now end on May 4 as extended by the governor.

Oyetola also revealed that “There will be a partial lockdown between 6 am and 5 pm from Monday to Thursday to enable the people to go about their businesses and allow the government to run.

His statement reads: “Good people of Osun, as you are all aware, the two weeks lockdown expires at midnight today.

“But to avoid escalating community transmission of COVID-19, we have decided to extend the lockdown by another three days, starting from 11.59 pm on Thurs. 30th April till Sunday, 3rd May.

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“All the prevailing lockdown conditions shall continue during this period, and violators shall be dealt with in accordance with the law.

”Therefore, I urge you all to continue to adhere with the lockdown directives.

“However, starting from Monday, 4th May, 2020, the lockdown will be eased and new rules shall be enforced in line with the recommendations of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, the approval of Mr. President and our peculiar situation in Osun.

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“There will be a partial lockdown between 6 am and 5 pm from Monday to Thursday to enable the people to go about their businesses and allow the government to run.

“However, total lockdown shall be in force from 6 pm on Thursday to Sunday.

“There shall also be a dusk to dawn curfew from 6pm – 6am starting from Monday to Thursday until further notice.

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“Movement of vehicles and persons is outlawed during the period of the curfew except for verified medical emergency cases and those on essential duties.

“The ban on public, religious, political & educational gatherings remains in force. Also, all major markets shall remain shut.

“Citizens must observe such protocols as social distancing, hand-washing & wearing of masks at all times in public places.

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“Businesses are expected to provide liquid soap and running water and hand sanitisers, while supermarkets should not have more than 10 persons at any time in their store.

”Inter-state travels are forbidden and as such, our boundaries remain closed.

“There shall be no vehicular & human movement into & out of the State except trucks carrying medicals, beverages, foods, petroleum, construction & agriculture supplies.

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“These supply vehicles shall not carry more than three persons.

“Also, intra-city commercial transportation will be permitted from Monday to Thursday every week from 6 am to 5 pm, but transporters are required to adhere to strict social distancing directives.”


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[Nigeria] Osun Governor appoint PCRC Chairman as DG, Amotekun Corps.


Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has appointed the Chairman of Police Community Relations Committee(PCRC), Comrade Amitolu Shittu, as the Director-General (DG) of the newly established Amotekun Corps.

Also, he announced the Director-General (DG) of the Bureau of Social Services (BOSS), Richard Tinubu, who is a trainer and Management Consultant.

The governor in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Ismail Omipidan explained that BOSS was established by the State government to leverage premium human resources and technological innovation in driving effective monitoring and evaluation of Social Service delivery to ensure public value and fiscal discipline.

He noted that both appointments took effect immediately adding that the appointments were in line with the commitment of Governor Oyetola to the security and welfare of the people of the State.

Oyetola said, “Shittu, 55, an activist committed to truth, the people, and good governance, is expected to bring his wealth of experience garnered over the decades to bear in the discharge of his new responsibility with absolute loyalty and dedication.

“Tinubu, also 55, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Lagos and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (International Business) from Lagos State University.

“After spending a decade working for multi-nationals, he joined Capital Express Insurance as Head, Business Development and Marketing before joining politics.

“As a professional in politics, the Igbajo-born Development Consultant believes in serving mankind, helping people in need and giving succour to those in distress, while empowering the people for self-development, with a view to mobilising them to contribute to good governance at all levels.”

“As the new DG of BOSS, Tinubu is expected to bring his several years of experience as a management consultant to bear in the discharge of his new assignment. “


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[Nigeria] Osun residents rush to markets, banks over lockdown alert.


Residents of Osun on Thursday rushed to banks and major markets ahead of lockdown in the state.

Gov. Gboyega Oyetola in a broadcast on Tuesday announced another 14 days lockdown in Osun, effective from midnight of Thursday (today) to contain the spread of coronavirus in the state.

Oyetola had on March 29, announced the first 14 days lockdown in the state, which expired on Tuesday.

The governor, while announcing another 14 days lockdown, said it would be suspended between Wednesday and Thursday for residents to restock.

NobleReporters learnt that there were long queues of customers at Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and also inside the banking halls.

Some of the customers, who spoke said they were at the banks to withdraw money to restock ahead of the lockdown.

Mrs Ibironke Olawuyi, who was on the queue in one of the branches of First Bank in Osogbo, said she had been on the queue since 7 a.m. to withdraw money.

“I have been on the queue since 7 a.m. and this is already 9 a.m. to withdraw money ahead of the lockdown but as you can see the queue is very long.

“No matter what, I have to withdraw to buy foodstuffs that will last me and my family for another 14 days of the lockdown,” Olawuyi said.

Another resident, Mr Laide Ogunmuyiwa, who spoke at Zenith Bank in Ola-Iya area, said he had been on the queue since 6:30 a.m.

Ogunmuyiwa said he wanted to make use of the few hours remaining before the lockdown to withdraw money to buy what would be needed during the period.

“I have been on the queue since 6:30 a.m. and the time is already 8 a.m. The queue is very long but I will endure until it gets to my turn,” he said.

Also at the major markets visited, there was a large number of residents buying foodstuffs.

At the popular Igbonna market, residents were seen rushing to buy foodstuffs such as rice, garri, pepper, tomatoes, among others.

Mrs Toyin Akinkunmi, who was at the market, said she came early to market to buy foodstuffs before the environment became rowdy.

Akinkunmi, however, decried the increase in the prices of the foodstuffs because of the lockdown.

She said the prices of most of the foodstuffs were almost double of what they used to be.

Also, the popular Osun Mall, which houses `Justrite’ was filled to the brim, with people buying different provisions.

There are 20 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state as announced by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), while 17 patients had been discharged.


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[Nigeria] Osun state joins Lagos, Abuja, Ogun in another 14 days lockdown.


Osun State governor Gboyega Oyetola on Tuesday extended the state lockdown for another 14 days.

“In order to ensure a total defeat of coronavirus in Osun, we shall extend lockdown by another 14 days,” Oyetola said in his statewide broadcast.


“But to allow our people to re-stock to survive this lockdown period, the lockdown is suspended between Wednesday, 15th and Thursday, 16th April, 2020,” he added.

Oyetola said the decision was imperative in view of the devastating nature of the pandemic.


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