ooni-and-aregbeshola-702x336The funeral rites for the transition of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II climaxed yesterday with the proclamation of the passage of the reverred monarch.

Even though Oba Sijuwade died in a hospital in the United Kingdom on July 28, the Ife Tradi­tional Council had rebutted the media reports an­nouncing his passage, insisting that the monarch was alive.

The Head of the Oro Cult in Ife, who is also the Aware of Iwara Ife, Oba Layi Adereti, had on Tuesday, said traditional worshippers in the town would perform some rites on the passage of the Ooni yesterday.

Consequently, he urged residents to stay indoors between 9a.m. and 4p.m. that the rites would last.

The announcement was preceded with tradi­tional priests taking over the ancient town per­forming one form of traditional rites or the other.

Among them were the Oro cultists which alleg­edly went round the town to appease the gods of the land for smooth transition of the late influen­tial Yoruba Oba.

While the passage rites lasted, the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, officially anounced the transition of the 51st Ooni whom he described as an embodiment of culture and tradi­tion. -The Sun


480x320xRauf-,40-Harvard.jpg.pagespeed.ic.L-OCUHlLU5The Osun state government has lambasted the senator representing Bayelsa central senatorial district, Ben Murray-Bruce, for offering to donate his wardrobe allowance to Osun state workers who are owed 7 months salaries.

Mr. Bruce stated this in a series of tweets on Wednesday evening.

But in a response to the comment later on Wednesday evening, the Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola, accused the Senator of mocking Nigerian workers.

In a state through his spokesperson, Semiu Okanlawon, Mr. Aregbesola accused the lawmaker of playing to the gallery  and engaging in self-serving philanthropy.

“Of all the states in the federation who are battling to pay salaries as a result of the precarious economic situation his party the PDP threw Nigeria into why is it that it is Osun he wants to take his pay to?” the governor asked.
“This is certainly playing to the gallery and nothing but a mockery in the faces of Nigerian workers and not only of Osun extraction.
“It is not only wicked but ungodly to play politics with the suffering of the people.
“If the Senator’s conscience tells him his pay is too high especially in the face of the prevailing economic predicament of Nigeria the most honourable thing to do is to lead a protest for reduction and not a self serving philanthropy only in the direction of Osun workers.”

 

Read full statement below.

 

Why is Senator Murray-Bruce mocking Nigerian workers?

My attention has been drawn to a tweet by a member of Upper chamber of the National Assembly Senator Ben Murray Bruce of the Peoples Democratic Party from Bayelsa saying he will not reject the alleged hefty pay for members of the National Assembly but collect it and donate to Osun workers.
It is saddening and tragic that Mr. Murray Bruce whom many had accorded a lot of respect is too early in the day joining the fray of politicisation and trivialising the salary issue affecting more than half of the stars of the federation in this ridiculous manner.
While Nigerians are in hot debate over the alleged jumbo pay and the mood of the country Murray Bruce seems to have turned the plight of Nigerian workers to a thing of an entertainment.
Of all the states in the federation who are battling to pay salaries as a result of the precarious economic situation his party the PDP threw Nigeria into why is it that it is Osun he wants to take his pay to? This is certainly playing to the gallery and nothing but a mockery in the faces of Nigerian workers and not only of Osun extraction. It is not only wicked but ungodly to play politics with the suffering of the people.
If the Senator’s conscience tells him his pay is too high especially in the face of the prevailing economic predicament of Nigeria the most honourable thing to do is to lead a protest for reduction and not a self serving philanthropy only in the direction of Osun workers.
Semiu Okanlawon
Director Bureau of Communication and Strategy
Office of the Governor Osogbo
-Premium Times

unesco-osun-stateThe United? Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has approached the government of the state of Osun seeking to adopt the e-learning device created by the Rauf Aregbesola administration, Opon Imo (Tablet of Knowledge).

UNESCO, in a letter dated 15 November 2014 to the Osun Commissioner for Education and signed by Prof. Hassana Alidou, Director and Representative UNESCO’s Regional Office in Abuja said the organisation was impressed by the components of the Osun e-learning project.

UNESCO also requested to reproduce and adapt the educational learning resource material and content of Opon-imo to promote it’s educational programmes in Nigeria.

? The organisation added that it was fascinated by the three major content categories of the e-library, the integrated test zone, the virtual class room containing 63 books covering civic education, Ifa on ethics and morals among others in Opon-Imo.

The United Nation’s organisation held that the concept and educational contents of Opon-Imo was in line with UNESCO’s objective to promote open access to quality education in the country.

According to UNESCO in the letter of request, “as you may be aware, UNESCO is a specialised Agency of the United Nations with a broad mandate in promoting education, science, culture, communication and information.

“The concept and education content of Opon-Imo is in line with UNESCO objective to promote open access to scientific information, open educational resources and open training platform as well as open distance learning.

“We acknowledge that the Opon-Imo was designed to enhance students’ access to knowledge, sexuality education and entrepreneurship, all of which are within the scope of UNESCO’s educational programme activities in Nigeria.”

Opon Imo [Tablet of Knowledge] the innovative education tool by Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration has bagged several international awards, a statement by Osun Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon?M

“Opon Imo was selected as the best in innovative category in the e-learning and science category of the awards of United Nations backed World Summit Awards (WSA) among many other awards,” he added.