Osun community seeks upgrade of college to agric varsity – Punch Newspapers

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The Ogiyan of Ejigbo, Oba Omowonuola Oyeyode, on Monday asked Osun State governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, to upgrade to a university status, College of Agriculture of Osun State University, located in the town.
Speaking in his palace in Ejigbo, while receiving Oyetola and his entourage, who were on the tour of Ede Federal Constituency, Oba Oyeyode also decried the existence of two monarchs in some towns in the area.
The royal father, who called for the governor’s intervention in resolving chieftaincy disputes in the affected communities, also urged Oyetola to provide vehicle for the fire station in the town, as well as personnel for Ejigbo General Hospital.
This is as he commended Oyetola for rehabilitation of Ejigbo/Osogbo Road.

He said, “I have many things to say. The road from Ejigbo to Iwo, the person that promised to do it could not do it. You did it for us. The Ejigbo campus of UNIOSUN, I want you to turn into the University of Agriculture.
“I thank you for the hospital you built for us. We want personnel there. Those that are there have been posted to where they have power. I want you to use your power to bring workers to the hospital.
“We want vehicle for the fire service you gave us. Let us have drugs in our hospitals. We now want you to focus on the repair of our districts so that farm inputs could be moved to the town easily.

“There is vacant stool in Ejigboland like Masifa. The towns have settled for a candidate, help us approve it. We have many places where we have two kings and it is only one that is supposed to be there. Help us remove the person that is not worth being there.
“Some people have mortgaged our lands and we didn’t see what they used the money for. They are blaming C of O. We don’t want trouble because it almost caused chaos. If it is C of O that will cause trouble, please give them C of O of their fathers land.”
In his remarks, while receiving some defectors into the party in Awo, Oyetola lauded them for taking a bold step in joining the ruling party and assured them of equal opportunity.
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All Eyes on Aregbesola over Oyetola's Second Term Bid – THISDAY Newspapers

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House passes bill allowing congressional staffers to unionize – Fox News

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The House of Representatives passed a bill that grants congressional workers the right to organize and collectively bargain Tuesday evening, much to the applause of the chamber’s Democratic members.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi swiftly praised the bill’s “historic” passage, after it cleared the chamber by a vote of 217-202.
“Today, the House took historic action paving the way for Congressional staffers to choose to join together in a union,” she said in a statement. “By empowering staffers to advocate for themselves and each other, we take an important step to ensure the House is best able to serve the American people.”
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Pelosi said the unionization bill comes amid a sweeping effort by the Democratic-controlled Congress to help congressional staff.
“The Congress has long been strengthened by the skill, dedication and patriotism of our hard-working staffers, who enable us to fulfill our legislative and constituent responsibilities,” she said. “The Democratic House is committed to honoring their service, while ensuring the Congress is well-positioned to compete for outstanding and diverse staff. Last week, I was proud to announce that the House will set its first-ever pay floor, establishing a minimum annual salary of $45,000.”
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“These new steps build on the actions that I have been proud to take as Speaker to strengthen and diversify our Capitol Hill workforce, including establishing the House Office of Diversity and Inclusion to help open the doors to public service for underrepresented communities,” Pelosi continued.
Democratic Rep. Andy Levin, a member of the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Labor Caucus who authored the resolution, also celebrated its passage.
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“After 26 years, the House has finally provided its workers the fundamental human right to form a union without fear of retaliation,” Levin said. “As someone who has spent decades in the labor movement and devoted their life to protecting and enhancing workers’ rights, this moment stands out as a major highlight.”
“Congressional staff are joining a broader movement of workers in our society who are organizing, bargaining collectively and stepping up to make clear that they want more of a voice in their workplaces,” he added.
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Are the days of brigandage back in Osun?, By Abosede Busayo Oluwaseun – Premium Times


Inevitably, the increasing spate of bloody attacks reminds residents of the ugly days and years when it was almost part of the existential reality of the people to assume that politics and blood are Siamese twins and where you find politics, it must be accompanied by tears and sorrow. But why?
Ayisha Osori caught my attention with her assertion in a recent article titled “Nigeria decides 2023: Will we take the road over-travelled?”
This is because in looking at our politics, Nigerians certainly must decide the new route to the type of country they desire, lest they travel the same overbeaten path that has tragically led us all to the backwaters of civilisation, either in our economy, politics, social or political lives.
She wrote, “We need to break from our patterns in 2023 but this will only happen if we question our default settings about what leadership looks and feels like…To change track, we must reflect on the patterns being created by our acceptance of what authority is: Aloof and abusive; reassess what governance and public service should be; and redefine what it means to make votes count.”
Osori’s article is deeper than what a cursory look may easily give you. It compels us to ask salient questions about the political modus operandi since modern political gamesmanship began in this part of the world.
History books on Nigeria are replete with tales of woes from the First Republic till date.
Till today, the scars of the violence that attended the politics of the First and Second Republics, as typified by the “Wetie” phenomenon, the mayhem of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN)-National Party of Nigeria (NPN) political tussle still live with the Nigerian people. Even as recent as the current dispensation, we have had political opponents and security men beheaded in Rivers State, while Youth Corps members have been targets of attacks as a result of political brigandage in different parts of the country.
To me, that definitely is part of the questions Osori makes us to ask in order to determine how well we seek to journey if this country must be saved from the cliffs.
And that takes me to the development in Osun where, last week, the staccato of gunshots deafened the ears of Nigerians, as media reports graphically showed how gunmen, in broad daylight, descended on the popular Oranmiyan House in Osogbo, the state capital, in the most horrendous attack that has been witnessed in that State in a very long time.
The statistics of political brigandage is becoming threatening for the State’s survival and development.
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On March 28, 2021, when thugs attacked a personal assistant to former Governor Aregbesola, Mr Olateju Ishola, it was seen as just one happenstance, and not too strong enough to entertain anxiety over possibly festering criminality in the State.
But then, on August 14, 2021, some other thugs attacked members of The Osun Progressives at APC Secretariat in Osogbo, during an exercise for the submission of petitions to the Congress Appeal Committee that was visiting the State.
On August, 15, 2021, the same set of attackers came back wearing what gave them away as loyalists of Governor Gboyega Oyetola – their “4+4” caps.
Certainly, returning Osun to gun-toting is not likely to be one of the records Oyetola would wish to bequeath to Osun. But as it appears today, the seed of violence being planted across the State has grave implications for development and stability.
On September 04, 2021, thugs attacked APC members in Ede North, while holding their meeting in the local government area.
The same thing happened in Ile Ife on September 13, 2021, when thugs attacked APC members during a ward meeting.
On October 16, 2021, two persons were injured when thugs attacked them during a state congress at the Ogo Oluwa area of the State capital.
On November 18, 2021, some gunmen shot into the crowd at the Oranmiyan House when party members were holding a meeting.


On February 1, 2022, another attack took place against APC members in Ìkìrun, after thugs stormed the venue where the APC faction was holding its federal constituency tour meeting.
On September 04, 2021, thugs attacked APC members in Ede North while holding their meeting in the local government area.
The same thing happened in Ile Ife on September 13, 2021, when thugs attacked APC members during a ward meeting.
On October 16, 2021, two of our members were seriously injured when thugs attacked them during our own congress at the Ogo Oluwa area of the State capital.
The attackers became more fearless when they saw that no one has sought to bring them to book. They came with guns on November 18, 2021, during a meeting of our faction of the party at the Oranmiyan House.
On February 1, 2022, another attack took place against APC members in Ìkìrun, after thugs stormed the venue where the APC faction was holding its federal constituency tour meeting.
The build up is frightening for a State that had known peace and was indeed rated the most peaceful across the country at some point.
Inevitably, the increasing spate of bloody attacks reminds residents of the ugly days and years when it was almost part of the existential reality of the people to assume that politics and blood are Siamese twins and where you find politics, it must be accompanied by tears and sorrow. But why?
With the growing state of insecurity, to aid and abet political violence in the name of settling political scores would have grave consequences not only on the people but on their economy. A word is enough for the wise.
Easily etched in the memory of Osun people in their recent political history of Osun are the killings of the late Alhaji Hassan Olajoku, an associate of the former governor of Osun, who was murdered at the Gbongan area of the State. Till date, references are still made to the killing of Ayo Kemba and others in the electoral heist that hallmarked 2007.
Residents of the State easily recall the killing of a former DHL chairman, late Otunba Raheem Ade Komolafe, who was killed in Ilesa by mindless political thugs of the Peoples Democratic Party at the height of its impunity, which was the order of the day.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission platform that was set up by the Rauf Aregbesola administration at the time had opened up cans of worms. But it was an opportunity for the people to begin on a new note that could ensure the return of peace.


And truth, indeed, returned as amplified then by those who should know the implications of certain variables.
Certainly, returning Osun to gun-toting is not likely to be one of the records Oyetola would wish to bequeath to Osun. But as it appears today, the seed of violence being planted across the State has grave implications for development and stability.
And in here lies the irony! Should there be only one person who should know the strategic efforts it took to wean the State from the criminality of youths, it should be Governor Oyetola.
As Chief of Staff under Aregbesola, he could not have played a little role in those policy formulations and implementations that saw criminality beat a retreat from the State.
How can Osun return to an era when a whole Chairman of DHL, Otunba Komolafe was beaten so badly that the septuagenarian died of injuries in Ilesa in 2010? That was a sacrilege planned and executed by a wayward political appointee who was simply intoxicated by the glamour of being a local government chairman.
Political violence is nothing but a small fire being started. Even he who is making the sparks cannot fathom how far the conflagration could go. As a matter of fact, those who ignite violence could end up being victims of their own inflammatory plots.
Already, the State is suffering from infiltrations of hoodlums who carry out dastardly acts in very frightening dimensions.
Bank robberies, rituals, kidnapping and cultism are on the rise. When you find residents say “it’s a long time we experienced things like this,” that calls for caution.
With the growing state of insecurity, to aid and abet political violence in the name of settling political scores would have grave consequences not only on the people but on their economy. A word is enough for the wise.
Abosede Busayo Oluwaseun who writes from Osogbo, Osun State, can be reached through
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Osun at 30: Aregbesola Absent as Past Governors, Other Citizens Get Honours – THISDAY Newspapers

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Osun congress: Court strikes out Aregbesola group’s suit – Punch Newspapers

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Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of an Osogbo Federal High Court on Wednesday declined jurisdiction in the suit filed by the 2, 517 aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress against the last ward congress of the party in Osun state.
Ayo-Emmanuel in the ruling, which lasted about one hour, 30 minutes, held that issues relating to congresses remain a domestic affair of political parties that court could not adjudicate upon and struck out the matter.
Claimants belonging to a faction of the party enjoying the backing of the Ministry of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, had approached the court, through their lawyer, Mahmud Adesina SAN, alleging they were unjustly deprived right to participate in the July 31st, 2021 ward congress of the party.
They claimed that they fulfilled all conditions to participate but were deprived and sought nullification of the exercise.

Joined as respondents in the matter include; the National Secretariat of the APC, Chairman of Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Committee of the APC, Governor Mai Mala Buni, Chairman of the Ward Congress Committee, Gbenga Elegbeleye, Chairman of Ward Congress Appeal Committee in the state, Obed Wadzani, the State of Osun chapter of the party and the Independent National Electoral Commission.
But counsel to APC caretaker chairman, Dr. Mubaraq Adekilekun, said the claimants could not sue his client, due to immunity that he enjoys as a serving governor.
Adekilekun also questioned the jurisdiction of the court to hear and determine the matter being an internal issue of a political party.

Responding to APC and Buni’s preliminary objections, Adesina insisted that the court had jurisdiction to entertain the matter since it has to do with non-compliance with the guidelines for the ward congress of the party.
According to him, respondents did not comply with APC guidelines on the ward congress, saying they foisted consensus option on many party members, despite the fact that people obtained form to contest for party positions.
Giving his ruling on the preliminary objections filed by the respondents, Justice Ayo-Emmanuel, said the matters involved in the suit basically revolved around the internal affairs of a political party.
He said the Supreme Court already held that the court must not interfere with the internal issue of party unless it falls under Section 87(9) of the Electoral Act and he subsequently struck out the matter for lack of jurisdiction.
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Illinois Hospital Receives ‘F' Grade While Northwestern, Other Chicago Hospitals Get ‘C,' New Report Shows – NBC Chicago

A newly released list graded over 3,000 hospitals across the U.S., including 116 in Illinois, based on safety, with one northern medical center receiving an “F” and several Chicago hospitals listed as a “C.”
The Leapfrog Group graded hospitals on a scale of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” and “F,” according to the list, which examines infections, problems with surgery, safety problems and practices to prevent errors, as well as doctors, nurses and hospital staff.
In Waukegan, Vista Medical Center East received an “F” grade. The hospital was docked for having several infections present and problems with surgery, such as a dangerous object left inside a patient’s body.
The northern Illinois hospital was also noted for having several problems with safe medication administration, communication and the medical center staff.
Northwestern Medical Center in Chicago received a “C” grade, notably having issues with infections and problems with surgery, including a wound splitting open post-operation. The hospital was also docked for some safety problems.
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Holy Cross Hospital, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, Mt. Sinai Hospital, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System and West Suburban Medical Center also received a “C” grade, based on the list.
Here were the grades of several Chicago-area hospitals:
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According to the group, 33% of hospitals nationwide received an “A” grade, while 24% got a “B,” 36% got a “C,” 7% received a “D” and less than 1% were listed as an “F.”
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NBC 5 Chicago reached out to several area hospitals requesting for comment, but have not yet received a response from all health care centers.
Hospitals noted that some data from Leapfrog that was used to assess the grades dated back 1-2 years ago and that changes have been made since the initial reporting.
“We embrace any opportunity to continue our journey toward excellence. Like all hospitals, various organizations evaluate patient care, quality, safety and satisfaction, and each rating system differs in its methodology. We do not participate in Leapfrog’s survey and instead focus our efforts on meeting federal public reporting requirements with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,” a spokesperson for Vista Health Systems said in a statement.
The spokesperson added that the hospital has earned both national and state recognitions, including The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval as a Primary Stroke Center, the American Association of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery’s Bariatric Surgery Center Accreditation and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s Sleep Center Accreditation.
“While maintaining our current letter grades, we continue to make progress in our efforts to improve overall quality, safety and experience of care performance across the system, and this has resulted in a significant turnaround in our Leapfrog grades over time,” a spokesperson for Mt. Sinai Hospital said in a statement.
“Our ultimate goal is to achieve “A” level performance across the entire care continuum as part of our vision to be the Provider of Choice for our communities. There is still much more work to be done. But we are proud of the efforts of our caregivers across the system to making a personal commitment to providing the highest quality care to our patients,” the statement continued.

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Osun open grazing law defaulters risk one year imprisonment – Punch Newspapers

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The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, has signed into law the bill prohibiting open grazing in the state.
The bill, which was passed by the Osun State House of Assembly on Thursday, August 12, prohibited a minor from grazing and provided for establishment of ranches.
The Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Timothy Owoeye, while commenting on the key components of the bill after the lawmakers had passed it, said, “A minor is prohibited from grazing, rearing or herding of livestock except under the supervision of an adult.
“A minor who contravenes the provision of Section 3 (4) committed an offence, and the guardian or parent of the minor or owner of the livestock as the case may be, shall be vicariously liable on conviction to a fine of N300,000.

“Any herdsman or pastoralist who attacks or threatens to track any farmer, person or commuter whether or not injury is occasioned by the attack shall be guilty of an offence and liable upon conviction to a term of imprisonment of not less than one year without an option of fine.
“Conveyance of livestock on foot from one destination to another in the state is prohibited, except such movement is by rail wagon or truck or pick-up wagon and is within 7am and 6pm.”

Confirming the signing of the bill on Wednesday during a chat, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Ismail Omipidan, said “it has been signed into law.

“And I believe the law will be diligently implemented by all authorities concern to promote peace and ensure harmony among the residents.”

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Oyetola speaks on 'disagreement' with Aregbesola – Premium Times

Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of Mr Oyetola @GboyegaOyetola]
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun has dismissed insinuations of possible disagreements between him and his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola.
He made the clarification when he appeared at NAN Forum, a special interview programme of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
The governor described Mr Aregbesola, who currently serves as the Minister of Interior, as a brother and well-wisher.
Mr Oyetola, who said that possible disagreements could not be totally ruled out in politics and governance, however, insisted that there was nothing personal between the two of them.
He, however, said that possible areas of disagreement could have been in respect of disparities and changes in some policies and programmes his government inherited from the Aregbesola administration.
“Let me say this, Ogbeni and I are brothers, yes, we can have little disagreements; these are not unexpected.
“You mentioned the issue of tinkering with some policies of education, which in any case was desirable by the people.
“Some could misinterpret this to mean something else. We did it in good faith and in line with the demand of the people and we followed due process to do that.
“Like I mentioned, policies are supposed to be reviewed from time to time.
“I have had cause to reverse myself even as a governor.
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“That’s part of life. That thing was unduly exaggerated by some people, giving different meanings to it.
“That doesn’t change the fact that we are brothers. I hate people saying we are quarrelling. There’s no basis for it. We are not quarrelling at all.
‘’I don’t know why people are always asking me if he’s going to support my second term election. Well… I have said it that he is my brother and I believe he will want to ensure my success.
“Without quantifying it, I put in my best for the eight years of his success.
“That is the much that I can say.
“I don’t want to go into specifics, all I know is that, yes some people are aggrieved for different reasons and it is natural.
“You do appointments and some people believe they should be part of it, but they are not; they become aggrieved. But that doesn’t mean that what you have done is wrong.


“Naturally, we could have a few disagreements, even in politics. Fixing of conflicts is part of politics; we can find a way of conflict resolution and move on.
“We have actually set up a committee on reconciliation; to see people who are genuinely aggrieved and to be brought back to the same single-family that we used to be.
“I believe with time, we should be able to achieve that,’’ he said.
Mr Oyetola also said that gold mining will assume the position of crude oil in the economy of the state in the near future.
He said that his administration was taking mining activities from artisanal to the corporate level, with the involvement of private sector players coming for exploration and export.
NAN reports that Osun State is known for large deposits of minerals, including gold, lead, zinc, quartz, feldspar and several precious metals.
The governor said that apart from current efforts of his administration to achieve mining sufficiency, Osun was a beneficiary of the presidential initiative on mining.
“Give us a few years to come, gold will be our own oil in Osun State. Our state will be known for major supply of gold in Nigeria and around the world.’’
Mr Oyetola named a Canadian firm, known as Badger Mines, as being already on the ground, while the process of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with another unnamed firm was underway.
“We are working with responsible miners. The two Canadian firms are doing pretty well and I believe that in no distant future we will be able to harvest a lot of our gold and refine them.
“I can talk about Badger Mines while the second one is still doing the MOU but the first one is already out there doing exploration and the result has been so far, so good.
“Don’t forget that we also have the Segilola Gold Project, which has established a refinery for gold in Osun State. It is a state government initiative too.


“We are also collaborating with the Federal Government on mining.
“Our state is one of the two states, along with Kebbi State, selected as pilot states for the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative (PAGMI).
“So, the intention is to actually encourage our youths to go into mining by giving them skills and some supports, instead of the usual diggers and things like such that they use excavators.
“The problem I have with that is the question of remediation. They dig but they don’t remediate. That is not good enough. They end up destroying our environment.
“You don’t destroy the environment and leave it like that.
“The ground they are digging is supposed to be for farming. So, if you don’t remediate, over time you may have serious issues of environmental degradation like you had in the Niger Delta in those days.
“In whatever partnership we are doing with people, we take the issue of environment serious. We need responsible firms that will do remediation and not destroy our environment in the name of mining.’’
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Osun govt feeds 30,000 vulnerable persons monthly – Oyetola – Premium Times

Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola. [PHOTO CREDIT: Official Twitter handle of Mr Oyetola @GboyegaOyetola]
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun says his administration is feeding no fewer than 30,000 vulnerable residents of the state every month.
The governor disclosed this in Abuja while giving the scorecard of his three years in office at NAN Forum, the flagship interview programme of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said the feeding programme was being carried out in partnership with the World Bank using the captured data of the beneficiaries.
“We are doing something that is so unique but not that noticeable outside Osun, we call it Osun Food Support Scheme.
“We are feeding 30,000 vulnerable people every month, and this is real, not political.
“We have the World Bank Assisted Social Register where they have captured virtually all vulnerable residents across the state.
“Anytime they want to do intervention, they go into the register which contains names, phone numbers, location, status and everything.
“According to the World Bank, the vulnerable are people who cannot afford just a little means of livelihood, especially those who don’t have dependants to take care of them.
“We started in April this year and we don’t have a deadline to stop the programme.
“As long as I remain governor by the grace of Almighty God, I wish to sustain it.
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“People ask me, why do I do that? You see, I have been able to take care of the civil servants to a very large extent.
“I can take care of some members of the political class, not all of them, but some.
“However, there are people out there who don’t have means of anyone taking care of them.
“It is my opinion that the only way you can make them have a sense of belonging is to consciously take care of them. The programme has been successful, it has been wonderful and I am happy and proud about it.
“In addition to that, I have decided to create another platform to be able to support the aged and the widows.
”This class of people should be taken care of by government, the only way they can know that they have a government is for you to give them something on monthly basis.
“It is not a question of political class alone and the civil servants, it also involves the vulnerable. Osun has gone beyond a civil service state,’’ the governor said.


Mr Oyetola also said he believes in the economic restructuring of Nigeria as against the persistent call for a total breakup of the nation.
He opposed those calling for the breakup of the country, describing them as “unserious’’ and advocating that more economic and political powers should be allocated to state governments.
There have been strident calls in Nigeria in recent years for the country to be restructured to address what analysts describe as the glaring lopsidedness, to ensure equity, justice and fair play in the country.
Former colonial power, Britain, amalgamated ethnic nationalities 107 years ago in the West African country, to give birth to Africa’s largest nation but the arrangement appears to have raised many problems endlessly tearing the nation apart.
According to Mr Oyetola, every state in the federation has both human and natural endowments that can be used by each to sustain itself if the country is restructured well.
The governor said that Nigerians had come a long way and should not allow current challenges to tear them apart.
“People give different interpretations to the word ‘restructuring’.
“What I believe in is that for us to live together as a people, every unit of the enclave should have rights and responsibilities clearly defined.
“To me, restructuring does not mean that people should separate. Whoever is thinking along that line is not serious.
“We have come a long way and it is togetherness that can make us get to where we are supposed to be within the space in the world.
“We have all the resources to be great and so what should happen is let’s not emphasise what divides us, rather let’s look at what binds us together.


“Let us look at issues that could create unnecessary problems and get them solved.
“I believe in devolution of power to the states, let the states have more power to do most of the things they have been doing.
He said: “give the states more support and I believe we should look at the issue of revenue allocation. We should allow the states to have more funds to develop some of the things they have.
“Yes, you can look at all these areas but not in terms of separation. I’m not for separation,’’ Mr Oyetola stated.
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