Monday 30 September 2019

LIVE UPDATES: OSHA Screens Osun Commissioners and Special Advisers Nominees

Welcome to our live coverage of the screening of the 9 Commissioners/Special Advisers-designate.

The screening is holding at the floor the State of Osun House of Assembly at Osogbo, today 30th September, 2018.

The State governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola had earlier sent the names of 35 nominees on Tuesday 24th September 2019.

The Osun House Of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye has fixed the following dates and nominees for the screening.

Monday 30 , September:

1. OLADOYIN, Olayinka Folorunso
2. IBITOYE, Felix Adeniran
3. ADEBISI, Olawale Simeon
4. OLADEPO, Solagbade Atanda
5. AJISEFINI, Abiodun
6. EGBEMODE, Funke Adegoke
7. OGUNFOLAJU, Christianah Olusola
8. AGUNBIADE, Nathaniel
9. OMOWAIYE, Oluremi

10:30am... Nominees arriving at the House of Assembly complex: Ibitoye Felix Adeniran, Omowaiye Oluremi, Oladepo Solagbade Atanda are all here.

Photos from the OSHA chamber

 Engr. Remi Omowaiye talking to the press

 Engr. Ibitoye Felix (KLM)

 Mrs. Ogunfolaju Sola

 Sola Oladepo

Cross section of some of the nominees

Hon. Oladoyin Olayinka Folorunso (Bam Bam) Former Chief Whip of the 6th Osun House of Assembly.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye asked "How he will put his experience into play in the execution of his duties if he happens to find himself as the commissioner for Education and what measures he would take in improving the qualities of teachers in the state. He answered by explaining to the House that he is a man of many professional experience and has been a part of major forms of development in a variety of counties. On the improvement of teachers, he explained that training seminars and workshops will be organized to improve the quality of teachers and educators in the state.

Hon. AGUNBIADE Nathaniel Former member of the 7th National House of Representatives 2011-2015

Was asked by Hon. Dr. Mulikat Abiola from Ifelodun State Constituency what he would do to reduce the rate of crime among the youth in the state. Answering, he said that the best way to curb criminality and decadence among the youth is to empower and employ them. He said, an idle hand is the devil's workshop. Therefore, the government should be resolute and proactive in training, empowering and creating opportunities for the youth.

Hon. Ibitoye Felix
Member of the Osun 3rd House of Assembly (2003-2007).

Was asked how he plans to serve the state in his capacity as a mechanical engineer?

He introduced himself as the 4th mechanical engineer in terms of ranking in Nigeria and that he is committed and totally devoted to the betterment of not just the state but the nation as well because service to humanity is the best form of service anyone can offer. He also stated that he believes a lot can be achieved through unity which prompted him to be the forerunner and spearhead in bringing the association of mechanical engineering students of Nigeria together as a viable organization.

Dr.  Adebisi Olawale Simeon.
Enjoyed the intervention of the Deputy Speaker that eulogized the contribution of the learned and highly cerebral nominee and asked his colleagues to allow him to take a bow and go.

Oladepo Solagbade Atanda was asked what would be his contribution for the development of agriculture in the state to which he lauded the innovations of the past regime of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola mentioning such as O'REAP, O'PIG, O'BROILER, O'FISH. He further emphasized the setting up of a Farmers' Market to woo Lagos consumers. Responding to a question asked by Hon. Desmond Ojo on what would be his contribution to the development of culture and tourism in the state, he highlighted the importance Private Partnership with the government. The Speaker further implore him to use his position to mobilize party members not to relent on supporting the party. He pointed out the attribute of dedication and loyalty that are evident in the nominee as he stayed patiently in the party even when he was denied the ticket to represent his federal constituency at the House of Representatives twice.

EGBEMODE Funke Adenike

A seasoned journalist emphasized the establishment of good relationship with media houses and practitioners to forestall and regulate misrepresentation of the activities of the government by some media houses.

Ogunfolaju Christiana Olusola

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye seized the occasion of her appearance for the screening to appreciate her loyalty to the ruling party and appeal to her to continue to foster the unity of party members in her constituency. She was later asked to take a bow and go.

Omowaiye Oluremi

Responding to the complaining of the honourable representing Ejigbo state constituency claiming that his constituency suffers infrastructural neglect particularly in the area of road construction, Engr. Omowaiye said "the narrative is changing the administration of governor Gboyega Oyetola administration believes that infrastructural development is key. there is no society that can grow without this. As of now. we have rehabilitated some network of roads in Ede, Irewole, Iwo and Ejigbo, the one that is leading to Ejigbo General Hospital. We understand that no part of the state must be left untouched but there is a problem of fund"

Speaking on Osogbo-Iwo road, he said "the road has the best alignments in the southwest, When Governor Oyetola assumed office, the first thing he did was to go to Abuja, and met with a number of ministers including the minister in charge of works, Mr. Raji Fasola and we have started to see the results. We have commenced with the rehabilitation of the road. In the next two months people going to Iwo, Iwoye, Ejigbo,part of Ede and Egbedore will start to have smooth drive."

Responding to the question from the Honorable representing Irepodun, he said, " Ilobu-Oko-Ogbomoso road was awarded in 2009 when exchange rate a Naira to dollar was N130, we approached the Federal Ministry of Works and told them that the people of Erin Osun, Orolu, Egbedore are the one suffering because they don't know if the road belongs to Federal government or not. So they helped us to get to the contractor and we discovered that he had an issue with Osun government in 2006 so we resolved the issue so that he can get back to work. I am happy to tell you that we have brought the federal government to support and revise that contract. As I speak from Lameco through Agunbe Elewo, construction work is in progress..We need collaborating efforts from donor agencies and the Federal government."

Of particular interest are questions and suggestions put forward by Honourable Babatunde Desmond Ojo to Engr. Remi Omowaiye which was corroborated by Rt. Honourable Timothy Owoeye to throw more light on the current situation of the Ilesa - Osogbo road despite being a Federal road.

The Nominee answered that the bad stretch around Idominasi is about 350m and he is meeting with the contractor soonest in order to bring succour to the users.

On the question on issue of unemployment, that Remi Omowaiye referred to as a great challenge, he said; "I discover in West Africa and some part of Southern Africa like Zambia, Zimbabwe and even South Africa people are no longer using clay bricks to build their houses. I have discovered that we are richly blessed with clay in the State of Osun. And because I am an Ijesa man I know most of houses in those days were built with clay and this are standing for over a century. So, we have researched into it in the Ministry of Works. We ha discovered that there is a place in Ife North that the late governor of the old Oyo State, Chief Bola Ige had plans to build as clay factory. We are working on this for one reason. Apart from creating job for lots of people, by the time we start building our houses with burnt bricks, we would be a different state and other states can emulate us."

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