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Osun Speaker Tasks Academics On Research Application

Osun Speaker Tasks Academics On Research Application

By Goke Butika

Najeem Salaam
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has tasked university Researchers to find nexus between their findings and the mode of production, saying that is when the society would be a better place for the people.

Delivering his speech at a reception organized by the Centre for Sustainable development Goals for the Vice Chancellor of Osun State University, Professor Labo Popoola, Speaker Salaam who was represented by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, urged the academics to engage political authorities with their researches with a view to applying them to social programs.

He said: "the iron curtain that barricades the academics against the politics and politicians must be removed in order to have nexus that would connect research with social programs for the overall benefits of the people".



Speaker Salaam also acknowledged the towering profile of The Vice Chancellor, describing Prof. Popoola as a consummate teacher and inclusive administrator; hailing him on his appointment and pledged the support of the state parliament for his task.

The reception was attended by Mr. Debo Adesina, Managing Director, Guardian newspapers who chaired the occasion, Medical Director, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, university scholars and Professionals.
By Goke Butika

Najeem Salaam
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has tasked university Researchers to find nexus between their findings and the mode of production, saying that is when the society would be a better place for the people.

Delivering his speech at a reception organized by the Centre for Sustainable development Goals for the Vice Chancellor of Osun State University, Professor Labo Popoola, Speaker Salaam who was represented by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, urged the academics to engage political authorities with their researches with a view to applying them to social programs.

He said: "the iron curtain that barricades the academics against the politics and politicians must be removed in order to have nexus that would connect research with social programs for the overall benefits of the people".



Speaker Salaam also acknowledged the towering profile of The Vice Chancellor, describing Prof. Popoola as a consummate teacher and inclusive administrator; hailing him on his appointment and pledged the support of the state parliament for his task.

The reception was attended by Mr. Debo Adesina, Managing Director, Guardian newspapers who chaired the occasion, Medical Director, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, university scholars and Professionals.

IMBIBE VIRTUE OF CHRIST, OSUN SPEAKER URGES

IMBIBE VIRTUE OF CHRIST, OSUN SPEAKER URGES

Najeem Salaam
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly has charged people of the state to imbibe virtues of Christ which were premised on love and sharing.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, Speaker Najeem Salaam said, "it is true that Nigerians are passing through a difficult economic phase in the history of the nation", a situation that demands divine intervention and concerted effort of the people coupled with love and sharing.

Speaker Salaam then urged the privileged to help the needy at this season, saying that the only security that works wonder in time like this is sharing of love, food and listening to the disadvantaged in the neighborhoods.


The head of Osun legislature further urged security agencies to strengthen their security overlay in Osun, while intelligence gathering should be stepped up for action.

Speaker Salaam also wishes Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Christian cleric, leadership of CAN and Christians merry Christmas.

Signed:
Goke Butika
CPS to the Speaker
Najeem Salaam
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly has charged people of the state to imbibe virtues of Christ which were premised on love and sharing.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, Speaker Najeem Salaam said, "it is true that Nigerians are passing through a difficult economic phase in the history of the nation", a situation that demands divine intervention and concerted effort of the people coupled with love and sharing.

Speaker Salaam then urged the privileged to help the needy at this season, saying that the only security that works wonder in time like this is sharing of love, food and listening to the disadvantaged in the neighborhoods.


The head of Osun legislature further urged security agencies to strengthen their security overlay in Osun, while intelligence gathering should be stepped up for action.

Speaker Salaam also wishes Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Christian cleric, leadership of CAN and Christians merry Christmas.

Signed:
Goke Butika
CPS to the Speaker

Bailout Funds: Osun Speaker Decries Speculation

Bailout Funds: Osun Speaker Decries Speculation

Bailout Funds: Osun Speaker Decries Speculation
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has tasked the opposition political parties to activate logical argument that could put the ruling party on its toe, expressing that the critics of concessionary loan called bailout were way off the track, for all the stakeholders comprising banks, labour leaders, and government officials have no infraction in the books.

In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, Speaker Salaam said it was unfortunate that some skeptists who alleged that the concessionary loan designed by the Federal government to offset salaries of the state workers was either fixed or misapplied could not forward their petitions to the parliament, to substantiate their claims, but traded on speculations.


Speaker Salaam then charged the opposition to engage the governing party constructively and advance their arguments on any issue with plausible logical analysis or  empirical evidences, noting that was the only way to institute a responsible opposition in democracy.

He challenged those who perceive the state parliament as an appendage of the executive to explain why the governor who is ever ready to defend his action before the lawmaking body should be fought, asserting that the Assembly had began the probe of the bailout as far back as October 12,2015.

He said: "it sounds funny to see some critics jubilating at the oversight function of the Senate over the bailout issue, because they chose to ignore the side of the law which empowers the state legislature to institute such a probe, which we have done according to the dictate of law".

Speaker Salaam stressed that the state parliament was interested in the development of the state, and would not be pushed to legislative recklessness to prove to the world that it was not a "rubber stamp" parliament.

Signed:
Goke Butika
CPS to the Speaker
Bailout Funds: Osun Speaker Decries Speculation
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has tasked the opposition political parties to activate logical argument that could put the ruling party on its toe, expressing that the critics of concessionary loan called bailout were way off the track, for all the stakeholders comprising banks, labour leaders, and government officials have no infraction in the books.

In a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, Speaker Salaam said it was unfortunate that some skeptists who alleged that the concessionary loan designed by the Federal government to offset salaries of the state workers was either fixed or misapplied could not forward their petitions to the parliament, to substantiate their claims, but traded on speculations.


Speaker Salaam then charged the opposition to engage the governing party constructively and advance their arguments on any issue with plausible logical analysis or  empirical evidences, noting that was the only way to institute a responsible opposition in democracy.

He challenged those who perceive the state parliament as an appendage of the executive to explain why the governor who is ever ready to defend his action before the lawmaking body should be fought, asserting that the Assembly had began the probe of the bailout as far back as October 12,2015.

He said: "it sounds funny to see some critics jubilating at the oversight function of the Senate over the bailout issue, because they chose to ignore the side of the law which empowers the state legislature to institute such a probe, which we have done according to the dictate of law".

Speaker Salaam stressed that the state parliament was interested in the development of the state, and would not be pushed to legislative recklessness to prove to the world that it was not a "rubber stamp" parliament.

Signed:
Goke Butika
CPS to the Speaker

Osun Assembly Lauds Ooni Ogunwusi On Unity

Osun Assembly Lauds Ooni Ogunwusi On Unity

Osun Assembly Lauds Ooni Ogunwusi On Unity
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has lauded Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja 11) for picking the gauntlet against divisive tendencies among the Yoruba traditional rulers in the last one year on the greatest stool of the race.

In a statement he personally issued, Speaker Salaam asserted that Ooni Ogunwusi has shown the world that Yoruba nation is endowed with rich culture, value and moral fibers coupled with wise rulers, with the way the great King has conducted himself.

Speaker Salaam stressed that the state parliament under his watch was proud of the Arole Oodua and his relation with other natural rulers in the state and across the country.


"We, at the State of Osun House of Assembly are proud of Ooni Ogunwusi and his royal candor in relating with other traditional rulers in the state and across the country. We cannot be agree more to his world view on unity and the leaders across board for the good of the nation", Salaam reiterated.

The state parliament then congratulated the great monarch as he clocks a year on the revered stool, praying that Ooni Ogunwusi would live long in good health to attract prosperity.

Signed:
Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam
Speaker, OSHA
Osun Assembly Lauds Ooni Ogunwusi On Unity
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has lauded Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja 11) for picking the gauntlet against divisive tendencies among the Yoruba traditional rulers in the last one year on the greatest stool of the race.

In a statement he personally issued, Speaker Salaam asserted that Ooni Ogunwusi has shown the world that Yoruba nation is endowed with rich culture, value and moral fibers coupled with wise rulers, with the way the great King has conducted himself.

Speaker Salaam stressed that the state parliament under his watch was proud of the Arole Oodua and his relation with other natural rulers in the state and across the country.


"We, at the State of Osun House of Assembly are proud of Ooni Ogunwusi and his royal candor in relating with other traditional rulers in the state and across the country. We cannot be agree more to his world view on unity and the leaders across board for the good of the nation", Salaam reiterated.

The state parliament then congratulated the great monarch as he clocks a year on the revered stool, praying that Ooni Ogunwusi would live long in good health to attract prosperity.

Signed:
Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam
Speaker, OSHA

NYSC's Dolapo Death: Osun Assembly Vows Consequences - Press Statement

NYSC's Dolapo Death: Osun Assembly Vows Consequences - Press Statement

 Ifedolapo Oladepo
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has vowed to pick an axe with National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) over the death of Ifedolapo Oladepo who was allegedly neglected by the officials of the scheme in her hour of medical need.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, Speaker Salaam asserted that the parliament would wait for the outcome of the investigation of the NYSC headquarters, and would conduct its own investigation with a view to getting to the root of the matter.


He vowed that there would be consequences for the death of the Osun State born first class graduate of Transport management from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, should investigation reveal negligence of the NYSC officials.

Speaker Salaam also condoled with the grieving family of the deceased and expressed the readiness of Osun Assembly to pursue justice for the family and the deceased to a logical conclusion.

"I sent my condolence on behalf Osun parliament to the Oladepos over the death of  young Dolapo who died at Kano NYSC orientation camp, and I want to assure the family that our parliament would certain pick a bone with the NYSC on the matter until it is resolved in favour of justice for the deceased and her family", Salaam vowed.

Goke Butikakuro
CPS to the Speaker
State of Osun House of Assembly
 Ifedolapo Oladepo
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has vowed to pick an axe with National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) over the death of Ifedolapo Oladepo who was allegedly neglected by the officials of the scheme in her hour of medical need.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, Speaker Salaam asserted that the parliament would wait for the outcome of the investigation of the NYSC headquarters, and would conduct its own investigation with a view to getting to the root of the matter.


He vowed that there would be consequences for the death of the Osun State born first class graduate of Transport management from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, should investigation reveal negligence of the NYSC officials.

Speaker Salaam also condoled with the grieving family of the deceased and expressed the readiness of Osun Assembly to pursue justice for the family and the deceased to a logical conclusion.

"I sent my condolence on behalf Osun parliament to the Oladepos over the death of  young Dolapo who died at Kano NYSC orientation camp, and I want to assure the family that our parliament would certain pick a bone with the NYSC on the matter until it is resolved in favour of justice for the deceased and her family", Salaam vowed.

Goke Butikakuro
CPS to the Speaker
State of Osun House of Assembly

Conquer Poverty of Mind, Material - Osun Speaker, Salaam Urges Nigerian Youths

Conquer Poverty of Mind, Material - Osun Speaker, Salaam Urges Nigerian Youths

Conquer Povert of Mind, Material - Osun Speaker,Salaam Urges Nigerian Youths
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has asked the youth to conquer the poverty of mind and material in order to fit into the society of employers of labour not society of complainants.

Addressing the Nigeria Youth Parliament in Osogbo, Speaker Salaam who was represented by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika stressed that the poverty of mind was the bane of self-development of an individual youth.

He said the youth should take the advantage of this economic recession by launching into creative ideas that could be exchanged for money, noting that good things of life are product of creative ideas.

Speaker Salaam further asserted that the young men and women should tone down their yearning for luxury, and think more on how to attract value to their societies for the general good.

He cautioned the youth against begging culture which he said was spreading like wild fire, saying the positive value of the hard time was there for the youth to pick if the mind could be put to work, saying only the poverty of material could make an unemployed youth indulge in luxury life.

Speaker Salaam stressed that the parliament under his watch has passed some youth friendly laws like child right bill, and would soon embark on interactive session with youth groups with a view to empowering the youth in different endeavors.

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Conquer Povert of Mind, Material - Osun Speaker,Salaam Urges Nigerian Youths
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has asked the youth to conquer the poverty of mind and material in order to fit into the society of employers of labour not society of complainants.

Addressing the Nigeria Youth Parliament in Osogbo, Speaker Salaam who was represented by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika stressed that the poverty of mind was the bane of self-development of an individual youth.

He said the youth should take the advantage of this economic recession by launching into creative ideas that could be exchanged for money, noting that good things of life are product of creative ideas.

Speaker Salaam further asserted that the young men and women should tone down their yearning for luxury, and think more on how to attract value to their societies for the general good.

He cautioned the youth against begging culture which he said was spreading like wild fire, saying the positive value of the hard time was there for the youth to pick if the mind could be put to work, saying only the poverty of material could make an unemployed youth indulge in luxury life.

Speaker Salaam stressed that the parliament under his watch has passed some youth friendly laws like child right bill, and would soon embark on interactive session with youth groups with a view to empowering the youth in different endeavors.

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NAJEEM SALAAM: The Story of Self-Made Man, By Goke Butika

NAJEEM SALAAM: The Story of Self-Made Man, By Goke Butika

"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile".-----Albert Einstein

NAJEEM SALAAM
NAJEEM SALAAM
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly
If you are a Yoruba person, South West of Nigeria, and you had your childhood in between 30s and 80s, there is probability that you might have heard some proverbs relating to Sanusi Adebisi Idikan and Salami Agbaje, the two great men with contrasting features in Ibadan.

The former was fondly called Adebisi Idikan, and he made fortune from "Aso ofi" and cocoa plantation, while Salami Agbaje made his wealth from timber, for he supplied railway slippers that were used to construct train track from Lagos to Ibadan that was opened in 1901. But Adebisi made history because he chose to live for others; while Agbaje lived for his children. Of course, both are acceptable, but living for others is more worthwhile.

As at the time Adebisi was sitting on sprawling wealth as the first man to use car aside from horde of horses in Ibadan, and gave the cosmopolitan city the first architectural masterpiece as his residence, taxable adults were in serious trauma, for majority could not afford to pay tax levied by the colonial authority, due to the fact that they were subsistent farmers.

It is given that tax is a must anywhere in the world, and it was an offence that attracted detention in Mapo prison then. So, many Ibadan natives were languished in detention for tax evasion. It was so horrible that Balogun Ola, the son of Baale committed suicide, because he could no longer afford the pain people were going through in detention at Mapo, an action that earned him an epithet-"kobomoje" meaning a brave one.

Adebisi Idikan took it upon himself to end the sorrow of the taxable adults in Ibadan, as he drove to the colonial office to demand for the total cost of taxes of all taxable adults, and from then he chose to foot the bill as long as he lived, a philanthropic gesture that saved many people from detention and agony of tax debt.

From that time, the elders have a way of remembering Adebisi Idikan as an unsung hero, who lived and died for his people. In Ejigbo, an ancient town in the State of Osun, today, one man appears to have breasted the ribbon of Adebisi Idikan who lived for his people; the man is Najeem Folasayo Salaam. The difference is that Adebisi was a very wealthy business man, while Salaam is a poor politician with mind of uncommon generosity. The common denominator between the two is philanthropism.

Salaam's philanthropy is not premised on the magnitude of his wealth, which he does not have anyway, but his willingness to part with the little he has, marks him out as generous, for he has the capacity to deny himself to bail people of critical challenges. Analytically, one is generous if one can part with little from little than to part from plenty.

Salaam, some years back was only known among his friends and relations as a man of robust patience and tigeritude, suggesting that he has the mastery of being gentle with gentle people, and could be tough with tough ones, as it was espoused in in the letter the Great Abraham Lincoln wrote to the teacher of his son.

As an orphan, there was nothing that marked Najeem out as special. Of course, he could not have been among the special breed whose fathers' wealth was subject of envy, because he had no such luxury, and he must have been a victim intra-personal depression each time occasion demanded for parental chemistry, but the strength of courage he deployed to weather the storm of life seems legendary.

However, he chose a path of self-made, bearing in mind that the road to success is always rough. As at the time he was growing up, there were various options opened to him: to either learn trade or take to farming or pursue education, but he chose the latter, knowing full well that he would have to double up his perseverance, so as ease the burden of his aunt who had undertaken his care from very tender age.

Having crossed the hurdles of the first degree and had stunt in business, Salaam joined politics, and understudied the practical of what he learnt in the university from elders who had mastered the turf. But his combination of the wisdom of fox and energy of lion together made politics a natural call for him. Let whoever chooses to disprove this piece visit his constituency and conduct a discrete investigation.

There was a time he contested for the post of council chairman under the platform of the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD), the electorate stood by him, but the hostility of the then ruling party denied him his victory, and instead of jumping the ship, he took a philosophical calmness and identified with the progressive camp, and the hostility did not cease when he won the election that took him to Osun State House of Assembly, as the same bully ruling party got a party that did contest election to fight a battle of conspiracy in election tribunal. As programmed, his mandate was truncated through a rerun election that was more of a gang-up than free and fair exercise.

Along the line, he got some overture that could make any politician ditch principle for filthy lucre, but Salaam is one man who follows his conscience; he rejected good offer when it was obvious that he had no financial strength. Rather he threw his hat on the ring again and won resoundingly in 2011; that was the journey that brought him to number three position in the State of Osun till date.

Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam could not be counted among the wealth or politicians whose least of their troubles is money, but his sprawling popularity engendered through philanthropy and political sagacity. He is leading a parliament of 26 different people, of different value, different world-views, different backgrounds and pedigree, and for five years no single case of rancor or treachery was recorded. Even Governor Rauf Aregbesola is in the habit of telling whoever cares a hoot that the synergy between the executive and Najeem Salaam led parliament is what led to monumental development in the state.

Some pundits would rush to describe his parliament a "rubber stamp" legislature, but Salaam has vowed to continue with the tradition of a parliament that facilitates development of the state, instead of radicalism that would decrease the good of the greatest number. That is the picture of the man and his principle.

Happy birthday Mr. Speaker.
BUTIKA is the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, state of Osun House of Assenbly.




"Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile".-----Albert Einstein

NAJEEM SALAAM
NAJEEM SALAAM
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly
If you are a Yoruba person, South West of Nigeria, and you had your childhood in between 30s and 80s, there is probability that you might have heard some proverbs relating to Sanusi Adebisi Idikan and Salami Agbaje, the two great men with contrasting features in Ibadan.

The former was fondly called Adebisi Idikan, and he made fortune from "Aso ofi" and cocoa plantation, while Salami Agbaje made his wealth from timber, for he supplied railway slippers that were used to construct train track from Lagos to Ibadan that was opened in 1901. But Adebisi made history because he chose to live for others; while Agbaje lived for his children. Of course, both are acceptable, but living for others is more worthwhile.

As at the time Adebisi was sitting on sprawling wealth as the first man to use car aside from horde of horses in Ibadan, and gave the cosmopolitan city the first architectural masterpiece as his residence, taxable adults were in serious trauma, for majority could not afford to pay tax levied by the colonial authority, due to the fact that they were subsistent farmers.

It is given that tax is a must anywhere in the world, and it was an offence that attracted detention in Mapo prison then. So, many Ibadan natives were languished in detention for tax evasion. It was so horrible that Balogun Ola, the son of Baale committed suicide, because he could no longer afford the pain people were going through in detention at Mapo, an action that earned him an epithet-"kobomoje" meaning a brave one.

Adebisi Idikan took it upon himself to end the sorrow of the taxable adults in Ibadan, as he drove to the colonial office to demand for the total cost of taxes of all taxable adults, and from then he chose to foot the bill as long as he lived, a philanthropic gesture that saved many people from detention and agony of tax debt.

From that time, the elders have a way of remembering Adebisi Idikan as an unsung hero, who lived and died for his people. In Ejigbo, an ancient town in the State of Osun, today, one man appears to have breasted the ribbon of Adebisi Idikan who lived for his people; the man is Najeem Folasayo Salaam. The difference is that Adebisi was a very wealthy business man, while Salaam is a poor politician with mind of uncommon generosity. The common denominator between the two is philanthropism.

Salaam's philanthropy is not premised on the magnitude of his wealth, which he does not have anyway, but his willingness to part with the little he has, marks him out as generous, for he has the capacity to deny himself to bail people of critical challenges. Analytically, one is generous if one can part with little from little than to part from plenty.

Salaam, some years back was only known among his friends and relations as a man of robust patience and tigeritude, suggesting that he has the mastery of being gentle with gentle people, and could be tough with tough ones, as it was espoused in in the letter the Great Abraham Lincoln wrote to the teacher of his son.

As an orphan, there was nothing that marked Najeem out as special. Of course, he could not have been among the special breed whose fathers' wealth was subject of envy, because he had no such luxury, and he must have been a victim intra-personal depression each time occasion demanded for parental chemistry, but the strength of courage he deployed to weather the storm of life seems legendary.

However, he chose a path of self-made, bearing in mind that the road to success is always rough. As at the time he was growing up, there were various options opened to him: to either learn trade or take to farming or pursue education, but he chose the latter, knowing full well that he would have to double up his perseverance, so as ease the burden of his aunt who had undertaken his care from very tender age.

Having crossed the hurdles of the first degree and had stunt in business, Salaam joined politics, and understudied the practical of what he learnt in the university from elders who had mastered the turf. But his combination of the wisdom of fox and energy of lion together made politics a natural call for him. Let whoever chooses to disprove this piece visit his constituency and conduct a discrete investigation.

There was a time he contested for the post of council chairman under the platform of the defunct Alliance for Democracy (AD), the electorate stood by him, but the hostility of the then ruling party denied him his victory, and instead of jumping the ship, he took a philosophical calmness and identified with the progressive camp, and the hostility did not cease when he won the election that took him to Osun State House of Assembly, as the same bully ruling party got a party that did contest election to fight a battle of conspiracy in election tribunal. As programmed, his mandate was truncated through a rerun election that was more of a gang-up than free and fair exercise.

Along the line, he got some overture that could make any politician ditch principle for filthy lucre, but Salaam is one man who follows his conscience; he rejected good offer when it was obvious that he had no financial strength. Rather he threw his hat on the ring again and won resoundingly in 2011; that was the journey that brought him to number three position in the State of Osun till date.

Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam could not be counted among the wealth or politicians whose least of their troubles is money, but his sprawling popularity engendered through philanthropy and political sagacity. He is leading a parliament of 26 different people, of different value, different world-views, different backgrounds and pedigree, and for five years no single case of rancor or treachery was recorded. Even Governor Rauf Aregbesola is in the habit of telling whoever cares a hoot that the synergy between the executive and Najeem Salaam led parliament is what led to monumental development in the state.

Some pundits would rush to describe his parliament a "rubber stamp" legislature, but Salaam has vowed to continue with the tradition of a parliament that facilitates development of the state, instead of radicalism that would decrease the good of the greatest number. That is the picture of the man and his principle.

Happy birthday Mr. Speaker.
BUTIKA is the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, state of Osun House of Assenbly.




59th BIRTHDAY: OSUN SPEAKER PASSES CONFIDENCE VOTE IN AREGBESOLA

59th BIRTHDAY: OSUN SPEAKER PASSES CONFIDENCE VOTE IN AREGBESOLA

59th BIRTHDAY: OSUN SPEAKER PASSES CONFIDENCE VOTE IN AREGBESOLA
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has described Governor Rauf Aregbesola as a tough man who gets going at a tough time with aim of weathering  the storm of challenges in governance in the state.

In a birthday message he personally signed, Speaker Salaam eulogized  Gov. Aregbesola for his virtues based on passion for service to humanity and utilitarian values, saying the way and manner the State helmsman has been handling developmental projects and delivery of general good has marked him out as a man of history.

He said: "Gov. Aregbesola is the issue when matter of governance is being discussed, and he is a subject matter when the issue of development agenda of a state is being written, and he is leader of men and manager of resources".

Speaker Salaam also lauded the State chief executive for managing a great relationship with the legislature in the last five years of his Speakership, saying it takes a man with high level of tolerance and understanding of democratic tenets to have a hitch free relationship with the state parliament thus far as a governor.

He then prayed that God would endow the governor long life in good health as that he would continue to bring his experience to bear in the development of the state in particular and the nation in general.

Signed:
Goke Butika
CPS to the Speaker
59th BIRTHDAY: OSUN SPEAKER PASSES CONFIDENCE VOTE IN AREGBESOLA
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has described Governor Rauf Aregbesola as a tough man who gets going at a tough time with aim of weathering  the storm of challenges in governance in the state.

In a birthday message he personally signed, Speaker Salaam eulogized  Gov. Aregbesola for his virtues based on passion for service to humanity and utilitarian values, saying the way and manner the State helmsman has been handling developmental projects and delivery of general good has marked him out as a man of history.

He said: "Gov. Aregbesola is the issue when matter of governance is being discussed, and he is a subject matter when the issue of development agenda of a state is being written, and he is leader of men and manager of resources".

Speaker Salaam also lauded the State chief executive for managing a great relationship with the legislature in the last five years of his Speakership, saying it takes a man with high level of tolerance and understanding of democratic tenets to have a hitch free relationship with the state parliament thus far as a governor.

He then prayed that God would endow the governor long life in good health as that he would continue to bring his experience to bear in the development of the state in particular and the nation in general.

Signed:
Goke Butika
CPS to the Speaker

OSUN ASSEMBLY SPEAKER EXTOLS TUNS @70

OSUN ASSEMBLY SPEAKER EXTOLS TUNS @70

Speaker, State of Osun, House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has extolled the virtue of the Elder Statesman, Chief Khamis Olatunde Badmus, as the Asiwaju Adini of Yoruba land hits the septuagenarian milestone.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika,  Speaker Salaam describes the Osogbo born business mogul as the leader of men and resources whose passion for humanity was unrivaled, saying his wisdom and leadership were the sterling qualities that endear him to all political and business leaders in the nation and in particular, State of Osun.

Speaker Salaam stressed that the state parliament elected to celebrate and identify with Chief Badmus, because he is one of the biggest employers of labour, a productive enterprenure and renowned farmer, and a prominent figure among the founding fathers of the state.

He then lauded the septuagenarian elder statesman for his strive all the time to assist any government in power on the development of the state irrespective of political affiliation or religious divide, saying the government at all levels in the state would continue to tap from his wisdom.

Speaker Salaam, while wishing Chief Badmus happy birthday, prays God to grant him long life in good health and wisdom of the sage to further his task of human and state development.
Speaker, State of Osun, House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has extolled the virtue of the Elder Statesman, Chief Khamis Olatunde Badmus, as the Asiwaju Adini of Yoruba land hits the septuagenarian milestone.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika,  Speaker Salaam describes the Osogbo born business mogul as the leader of men and resources whose passion for humanity was unrivaled, saying his wisdom and leadership were the sterling qualities that endear him to all political and business leaders in the nation and in particular, State of Osun.

Speaker Salaam stressed that the state parliament elected to celebrate and identify with Chief Badmus, because he is one of the biggest employers of labour, a productive enterprenure and renowned farmer, and a prominent figure among the founding fathers of the state.

He then lauded the septuagenarian elder statesman for his strive all the time to assist any government in power on the development of the state irrespective of political affiliation or religious divide, saying the government at all levels in the state would continue to tap from his wisdom.

Speaker Salaam, while wishing Chief Badmus happy birthday, prays God to grant him long life in good health and wisdom of the sage to further his task of human and state development.

MAY DAY: Osun Speaker Laud Workers On Support To Government

MAY DAY: Osun Speaker Laud Workers On Support To Government


Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has lauded workers in the state for their unequaled patriotism given their cooperation with the government on the state of the economy which has compelled both parties to work within the given realities.


In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, Speaker Salaam, while felicitating with workers as they celebrate May Day, said the parliament under his watch has noted with delight the love of workers for the state, saying their patriotism speaks volume with the way the salary issue was handled.



He said, "We have cause to celebrate our workers, they have over time demonstrated virtues of "Omoluabi" when the state was in dire strait over economic hardship, which made salary obligation an issue, and their peaceful resolution with the government was acknowledged".



Speaker Salaam then promised that the parliament would demand encouraging perks for the workers in the future if economy regains its shape, asserting that the leadership of the labour force has demonstrated that State of Osun belongs to us all, and must not be allowed to become a butt of jokes, because of temporary challenges.



Besides, Speaker Salaam has implored the workers on government pay roll to tone down their involvement in partisan politics, saying that it was worrisome that some section of civil servants are no longer regarding the civil service rule which  bars them from taking partisan politics to their respective offices.



He said there was nothing wrong in having interest in politics, but the rule of service must not also be vitiated because of political interest taken too far; expressing his disgust about the way some workers have reportedly turned their office to party secretariat where political issues were discussed freely at working hours, saying such action should be stopped forthwith in deference to the integrity of the civil service rule.




Signed:
Goke Butika
CPS to the Speaker
State of Osun House of Assembly

Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has lauded workers in the state for their unequaled patriotism given their cooperation with the government on the state of the economy which has compelled both parties to work within the given realities.


In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, Speaker Salaam, while felicitating with workers as they celebrate May Day, said the parliament under his watch has noted with delight the love of workers for the state, saying their patriotism speaks volume with the way the salary issue was handled.



He said, "We have cause to celebrate our workers, they have over time demonstrated virtues of "Omoluabi" when the state was in dire strait over economic hardship, which made salary obligation an issue, and their peaceful resolution with the government was acknowledged".



Speaker Salaam then promised that the parliament would demand encouraging perks for the workers in the future if economy regains its shape, asserting that the leadership of the labour force has demonstrated that State of Osun belongs to us all, and must not be allowed to become a butt of jokes, because of temporary challenges.



Besides, Speaker Salaam has implored the workers on government pay roll to tone down their involvement in partisan politics, saying that it was worrisome that some section of civil servants are no longer regarding the civil service rule which  bars them from taking partisan politics to their respective offices.



He said there was nothing wrong in having interest in politics, but the rule of service must not also be vitiated because of political interest taken too far; expressing his disgust about the way some workers have reportedly turned their office to party secretariat where political issues were discussed freely at working hours, saying such action should be stopped forthwith in deference to the integrity of the civil service rule.




Signed:
Goke Butika
CPS to the Speaker
State of Osun House of Assembly

Osun Speaker Faults Senate CCB/T, ACT Acts Amendment

Osun Speaker Faults Senate CCB/T, ACT Acts Amendment

Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has expressed his objection to the amendment of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) acts coupled with Administration of Criminal justice act being currently undertaken  by the Senate, saying the timing was wrong and the perception was negative.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, Speaker Salaam stressed that the insensitivity displayed by the sponsor of the bills has further aggravated the misconception of the people about the disposition of the National Assembly towards the anti-corruption fight of President Muhamnadu Buhari led government.

He charged the lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to as a matter of duty, address the world Press conference and disassociate themselves from the legislative rascality being championed by some Senators who enjoyed confrontation with the executive, in order to be seen and be believed to be working on the same page with the President, and to make a statement that they would support any action suggesting changing of the goal post in the middle of the game.

He said: "Our party promised to be fair and just to all Nigerians irrespective of party affiliation, and the potent way to do that is to allow the course of justice to run without fair or favour, but for some Senators to now come up with controversial bills that would be perceived to be designed for personal interest of an individual suggests that some people are enjoying the raging confrontation between the National Assembly and the Executive, and any progressive minded APC lawmaker must not be found in that mode."

Speaker Salaam then clarified that there was no crime in sponsoring bill, but the two bills slated for amendment were crucial to the trial of the Senate President Bukola Saraki, despite the fact that they would not have retrospective value to the case at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, but the timing of the amendment would push Nigerians to hold the National Assembly in contempt, and could have a trickle-down effect on the perception of the people at the state legislature.

He asserted that there could be a genuine friction between any of the two arms of government, but the disagreement must be on principles of national interest, saying that Nigerians were suffering, and would want the legislature and the executive to operate on the same wavelength in order to deliver palliative measures and good governance that would generate life abundance for citizenry; saying that was the credible way to assert independence of institutions, not a celebrated crisis in the media.

Signed:
Goke Butika


CPS to the Speaker
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has expressed his objection to the amendment of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) acts coupled with Administration of Criminal justice act being currently undertaken  by the Senate, saying the timing was wrong and the perception was negative.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, Speaker Salaam stressed that the insensitivity displayed by the sponsor of the bills has further aggravated the misconception of the people about the disposition of the National Assembly towards the anti-corruption fight of President Muhamnadu Buhari led government.

He charged the lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to as a matter of duty, address the world Press conference and disassociate themselves from the legislative rascality being championed by some Senators who enjoyed confrontation with the executive, in order to be seen and be believed to be working on the same page with the President, and to make a statement that they would support any action suggesting changing of the goal post in the middle of the game.

He said: "Our party promised to be fair and just to all Nigerians irrespective of party affiliation, and the potent way to do that is to allow the course of justice to run without fair or favour, but for some Senators to now come up with controversial bills that would be perceived to be designed for personal interest of an individual suggests that some people are enjoying the raging confrontation between the National Assembly and the Executive, and any progressive minded APC lawmaker must not be found in that mode."

Speaker Salaam then clarified that there was no crime in sponsoring bill, but the two bills slated for amendment were crucial to the trial of the Senate President Bukola Saraki, despite the fact that they would not have retrospective value to the case at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, but the timing of the amendment would push Nigerians to hold the National Assembly in contempt, and could have a trickle-down effect on the perception of the people at the state legislature.

He asserted that there could be a genuine friction between any of the two arms of government, but the disagreement must be on principles of national interest, saying that Nigerians were suffering, and would want the legislature and the executive to operate on the same wavelength in order to deliver palliative measures and good governance that would generate life abundance for citizenry; saying that was the credible way to assert independence of institutions, not a celebrated crisis in the media.

Signed:
Goke Butika


CPS to the Speaker

Osun Speaker Commends Aregbesola On Cocoa Drive

Osun Speaker Commends Aregbesola On Cocoa Drive

Osun Speaker Commend Aregbesola On Cocoa Drive
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for reinvigorating his interest in cocoa produce and other agro-allied businesses saying that Was a smart move for a state desires to boost its internally generated revenue.

Speaker Salaam made the statement in Ejigbo while addressing supporters of All Progressives Congress (APC), stressing that the only credible alternative now was to rejig agriculture in the state with a view to having a comparative advantage on the national table.

He said the state parliament under his watch would throw its weight behind the governor on his drive to push agriculture as a new frontier for revenue generation, asserting that the strive to put smile on the faces of the people would not be halted by global economic downturn with the new drive on agriculture.

Speaker Salaam then charged the rural dwellers to enhance their capacity on modern farming by engaging the officers of extension office and ministry officials, as he urged the officials of agric ministry to design a scheme that would facilitate a productive engagement between themselves and the farmers.

He further enjoined all adults in the state to fight unemployment with farming and agribusiness, saying the situation of things now has compelled the youth to have a rethink on white collar job, which is getting complicated by the shrinking industries and resources.

Signed:
Goke Butika
CPS to the Speaker
Osun Speaker Commend Aregbesola On Cocoa Drive
Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam has commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for reinvigorating his interest in cocoa produce and other agro-allied businesses saying that Was a smart move for a state desires to boost its internally generated revenue.

Speaker Salaam made the statement in Ejigbo while addressing supporters of All Progressives Congress (APC), stressing that the only credible alternative now was to rejig agriculture in the state with a view to having a comparative advantage on the national table.

He said the state parliament under his watch would throw its weight behind the governor on his drive to push agriculture as a new frontier for revenue generation, asserting that the strive to put smile on the faces of the people would not be halted by global economic downturn with the new drive on agriculture.

Speaker Salaam then charged the rural dwellers to enhance their capacity on modern farming by engaging the officers of extension office and ministry officials, as he urged the officials of agric ministry to design a scheme that would facilitate a productive engagement between themselves and the farmers.

He further enjoined all adults in the state to fight unemployment with farming and agribusiness, saying the situation of things now has compelled the youth to have a rethink on white collar job, which is getting complicated by the shrinking industries and resources.

Signed:
Goke Butika
CPS to the Speaker

It Takes Two To Tangle, By Najeem Salaam

It Takes Two To Tangle, By Najeem Salaam

I am bothered just as you are about the state of our nation. Fuel scarcity has shut down our nation, threatened freedom of movement, and the crisis of forex has taken away our purchasing power, while the conflict of perception between the rich and the poor appears wider. Obviously, any creative writer would be tempted to adopt China Achebe's popular cliche~ that, "falcon can no longer hear falconer, things fall apart, because the centre cannot hold"

However, must we just look at the issues at hand from surface and pass the judgment on the drivers of our nation's economy? Is it necessary to trace our steps via historiography with a view to knowing where we got it wrong as a nation? Do we really need magic that will resolve our concerns overnight or must we endure the pain of the new order? Shall we proceed with the old order of ad hoc processes in fixing things, or we begin to fix enduring institutions? These are the questions men of power must share with us as a people.

In my days at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, as an undergraduate of Political Science, I was made to borrow courses from other disciplines. I was wondering then why the management elected to trouble us with "distractions" instead of allowing us to face and battle our departmental task alone, but the import of that management style later dawned on me that it was designed to have a well rounded complete person after school.

One department that offers me some courses of interest is Philosophy department, where I have faint idea about the thinking process in the state of affairs, the conflict of opinions and varieties of fallacies. Why my discipline as empirical science describes and prescribes how our society could be organized and governed, philosophy offers theories for the configuration of the superstructure of each society. So, do not be surprised if I delve into some theories to justify the present state of nation as I intend to do in this piece.

Different opinions about issues have unveiled five categories of the people in the system: 1. Oppressors, 11. Oppressed, 111. Ignoramuses, iv. Floaters, v. Religionists. How do I reach the categorization? I must confess that it was not obtained from any theory, but through my deductions of the people who are ventilating their views on one thing or the other.

As touching the oppressor, I mean  Nigeria as a country was pulled down from a promising status by very few individuals who had placed their personal interest above national interest. These were the individuals  who benefitted from the system on qualitative education, healthcare of best quality, organized society and organized institutions, but when it got to their turn to give back to the society, they demolished the ladders they used and reduced the system to nothing.

In that class, the military leaders who strayed into politics got a seat, because their incursion into politics brought new breed of greedy politicians who were once described as "militicians" whose stock in trade was stealing spree. Yes, we all read about Tafawa Balewa, the first Nigerian Prime Minister and how he lived ascetic life; we learnt about how Chief Obafemi Awolowo built the Western region and made it envy of the West, and the struggle of others for a better nation.

I am made to understand that the zeal of those people who labored for our independence from the imperialist rule was what defined our thinking then. Our fathers were paying taxes, companies were responsible, institutions were not corrupt, people were not greedy, the elite loved their countries and the poor were busy in the farm, providing subsistence and commercial produce;  people were secured and cultures were thriving. But, the military, whose intervention was premised on correcting the then entrenched corruption ended up institutionalizing corruption.

It is a pity that those who put Nigeria in this sorry state are the ones who expunged  history as a subject from our schools' curriculum so that their horrible acts would not be documented for the future, but because we have always been  having complacent oppressed class, nothing much is heard of that.

So, let it be known that the same people who misgoverned the country are still holding the economic rein long after they had cleverly stepped aside from power, because to them, economic power is stronger than political power, and here we are today.

For those who are following South African history, the majority black chased the minority white who ruled with iron hand out of power, but today, the vast economic rein of the South Africa is still with the white. This allegory of apartheid speaks to the fact that the class of oppressors know how to calibrate  the nation if they elect to, just the way we are experiencing it in Nigeria. So, our people should be cautious about literature they read, and which side of the media they pay attention to, because the class of oppressors is elitist, and they control our superstructure which shape our thinking, our perception and belief system.

Having lamented the horrified act of oppressors, I think we should examine what happen to the oppressed. Right from the creationist account, the nations of the world irrespective of culture or tradition, have been segmented into the class of haves and haves-not. So, the have-not have always been regarded as the oppressed class, a situation that made African leaders of the past laid emphasis on humanism and socialism as the political tradition of Africa. Though, only Zambia under Kenneth Kaunda declared humanism as political direction in the 60s, the likes of Kwame  Nkrumah, Sekuo Tuore, Obafemi Awolowo, Julius Nyerere, Nnamdi Azikwe and others canvassed socialism of African value, and the reason for their collective demand was to mobilize an active masses, but what do we have today?

I recalled that in my early days as a child, my foster mother who happens to be my aunt would ring it to my hearing on daily basis that, I should trust my hands only, which connotes hardwork, and that I need not to  hero-worship anyone if my hands chose not to deceive me. In fact, as a boy from a humble background, I was made to hate stealing like hell fire, because according to her: "eni ba jale lo ba omo je" meaning he who steals contaminates his human person.

I know for a fact then that people with questionable characters were not celebrated even if they had all the riches, but today, we have assimilated a new culture of celebrating thieves, robbers, oppressors and looters. It begins with election-no one wants to vote for a poor but principled politician, except the rich recommended by the lead oppressor in our area. So, the last time I checked, no politician was made to enter into covenant of good governance at all levels; what we want is quick cash. In that wise oppressors are socially constructed by the oppressed, which makes the two to tangle.

Where were the masses of Awolowo that were using their hard earned money to finance his party? Where were the 'talakawas' of Aminu Kano who wanted a poor but principled man to govern them? Where were the indomitable Nigerians who chased the military away from power? Could they be found today hailing politicians with criminal charges at various courts? Could be found today supporting a political office holder with false asset declaration? Could be found today giving a certified looter of public resources chieftaincy titles? Could they be found today watching looters of our collective patrimony storming our courts with hundreds of lawyers with silky wigs? The answers to these questions would definitely provoke our thoughts on the raging issues in the state of nation.

However, among the oppressed class, the ignoramuses are worse, because they are willing tools in the hands of those who manipulated their miserable lives. I read the story of Adegoke Adelabu, the maverick politician of Ibadan. He was so popularly among his people and loved by them, because he was so witty and gifted with oratorical power. It was learnt that while he reigned as a Federal Commissioner, equivalent of Minister now in the first Republic, he was asked by the opposition to account for how he procured a mercurial car said to be above his means, and instead of responding with fact, he reportedly took the car to Dugbe market in Ibadan, and asked his supporters to enter and feel the comfort, because according to the report, the money used to buy the car was theirs. There and then, the drummers and supporters who were poor and victims of the system burst into lyrics: "
"ma kowo wa na
  ma kowo wa na,
  igunnu loni tapa
  tapa loni igunnu,
  ma kowo wa na"
It translates, spend our money as you like, the igunnu masquerade belongs to Tapa tribe, and Tapa belongs to Igunnu masquerade.

So, what we are witnessing today in the political arena  does not start today, but for us to find a new lead, we have to start a new thinking, and I suggest we begin with the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, because we have a President who is not ready to release our collective resources to the privileged few perceived to be oppressors.

Of course, things are difficult at the moment, times are hard, cost of living is higher now and we are enduring skyrocketing inflation in our economy. Workers are struggling, artisans are gasping for breathe, the unemployed are suffocating, marketers are lamenting, our nation is on the precipice, but all great nations had passed through this road when great leaders emerged. I plead for more patience and understanding, but obviously the class of ignoramuses who think with their mouth would never hearken, because they feel more comfortable with ad hoc arrangement of the past; they would rather go back to Egypt instead of crossing the red sea.

The class of floaters are interesting. They belong to the oppressed class, but have no opinions, they are contended listening to anything, but I do not blame a person being controlled by his stomach, just that the level of reasoning would not go beyond eikasia stage described by Plato, an ancient Greek Philosopher as dream state, where a man would not be able to differentiate between shadow and reality.

The reality of today is that this country had been badly raped and plundered by the greedy leaders who were once flaunting private jets as achievement, but the floaters among us are listening more to the narrative of "rule of law" which seeks bail for billionaire looters, but long jail term for petty thieves. As for me, I want to see a more proactive bar and bench, not judiciary that defer to the rich, only to use its sword against the poor. And if President Buhari is making looters answerable for the past misdeeds, then I do not get a better narratives from the looters and their friendly media. Oh, we are the Justice Abiodun Kessingtons? Where are the Akinola Agudas, Kayode Eshos, Nikki Tobis?

The fifth one is the Religionists. I deliberately chose the name, so that we would not misconstrue the men of faith or typical religious faithful for religionists. Men of faith believe in God and the day mankind would stand before Him to account for what we do on earth. They live ascetic life, where luxury and waste are abhorred; they canvass for humanity for the sake of after life; they take us through metaphysical journey, but religionists are pretenders. They only took to religion, because they were stranded and stucked.

The religionists found partnership in the class of oppressors, they preach what they want to hear for them and justify the illicit acquisition of wealth of their paymasters. Unfortunately, the drunken sailors we had as leaders in the past succeeded in elevating the opportunist religionists to level of state actors, and that seals the fate of the poor masses in the hands of their oppressors. Where are the Bolanle Gbonigis? Where are the Imam Yayi Akoredes of Akure?

The long and short of my story is that we have to put up a new thinking as a nation, so that the masses can be active in the scheme of things, while the country under the leadership of President Buhari is undergoing a painful repair. Remember, it takes two to tangle.

SALAAM is the Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Osogbo.
I am bothered just as you are about the state of our nation. Fuel scarcity has shut down our nation, threatened freedom of movement, and the crisis of forex has taken away our purchasing power, while the conflict of perception between the rich and the poor appears wider. Obviously, any creative writer would be tempted to adopt China Achebe's popular cliche~ that, "falcon can no longer hear falconer, things fall apart, because the centre cannot hold"

However, must we just look at the issues at hand from surface and pass the judgment on the drivers of our nation's economy? Is it necessary to trace our steps via historiography with a view to knowing where we got it wrong as a nation? Do we really need magic that will resolve our concerns overnight or must we endure the pain of the new order? Shall we proceed with the old order of ad hoc processes in fixing things, or we begin to fix enduring institutions? These are the questions men of power must share with us as a people.

In my days at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, as an undergraduate of Political Science, I was made to borrow courses from other disciplines. I was wondering then why the management elected to trouble us with "distractions" instead of allowing us to face and battle our departmental task alone, but the import of that management style later dawned on me that it was designed to have a well rounded complete person after school.

One department that offers me some courses of interest is Philosophy department, where I have faint idea about the thinking process in the state of affairs, the conflict of opinions and varieties of fallacies. Why my discipline as empirical science describes and prescribes how our society could be organized and governed, philosophy offers theories for the configuration of the superstructure of each society. So, do not be surprised if I delve into some theories to justify the present state of nation as I intend to do in this piece.

Different opinions about issues have unveiled five categories of the people in the system: 1. Oppressors, 11. Oppressed, 111. Ignoramuses, iv. Floaters, v. Religionists. How do I reach the categorization? I must confess that it was not obtained from any theory, but through my deductions of the people who are ventilating their views on one thing or the other.

As touching the oppressor, I mean  Nigeria as a country was pulled down from a promising status by very few individuals who had placed their personal interest above national interest. These were the individuals  who benefitted from the system on qualitative education, healthcare of best quality, organized society and organized institutions, but when it got to their turn to give back to the society, they demolished the ladders they used and reduced the system to nothing.

In that class, the military leaders who strayed into politics got a seat, because their incursion into politics brought new breed of greedy politicians who were once described as "militicians" whose stock in trade was stealing spree. Yes, we all read about Tafawa Balewa, the first Nigerian Prime Minister and how he lived ascetic life; we learnt about how Chief Obafemi Awolowo built the Western region and made it envy of the West, and the struggle of others for a better nation.

I am made to understand that the zeal of those people who labored for our independence from the imperialist rule was what defined our thinking then. Our fathers were paying taxes, companies were responsible, institutions were not corrupt, people were not greedy, the elite loved their countries and the poor were busy in the farm, providing subsistence and commercial produce;  people were secured and cultures were thriving. But, the military, whose intervention was premised on correcting the then entrenched corruption ended up institutionalizing corruption.

It is a pity that those who put Nigeria in this sorry state are the ones who expunged  history as a subject from our schools' curriculum so that their horrible acts would not be documented for the future, but because we have always been  having complacent oppressed class, nothing much is heard of that.

So, let it be known that the same people who misgoverned the country are still holding the economic rein long after they had cleverly stepped aside from power, because to them, economic power is stronger than political power, and here we are today.

For those who are following South African history, the majority black chased the minority white who ruled with iron hand out of power, but today, the vast economic rein of the South Africa is still with the white. This allegory of apartheid speaks to the fact that the class of oppressors know how to calibrate  the nation if they elect to, just the way we are experiencing it in Nigeria. So, our people should be cautious about literature they read, and which side of the media they pay attention to, because the class of oppressors is elitist, and they control our superstructure which shape our thinking, our perception and belief system.

Having lamented the horrified act of oppressors, I think we should examine what happen to the oppressed. Right from the creationist account, the nations of the world irrespective of culture or tradition, have been segmented into the class of haves and haves-not. So, the have-not have always been regarded as the oppressed class, a situation that made African leaders of the past laid emphasis on humanism and socialism as the political tradition of Africa. Though, only Zambia under Kenneth Kaunda declared humanism as political direction in the 60s, the likes of Kwame  Nkrumah, Sekuo Tuore, Obafemi Awolowo, Julius Nyerere, Nnamdi Azikwe and others canvassed socialism of African value, and the reason for their collective demand was to mobilize an active masses, but what do we have today?

I recalled that in my early days as a child, my foster mother who happens to be my aunt would ring it to my hearing on daily basis that, I should trust my hands only, which connotes hardwork, and that I need not to  hero-worship anyone if my hands chose not to deceive me. In fact, as a boy from a humble background, I was made to hate stealing like hell fire, because according to her: "eni ba jale lo ba omo je" meaning he who steals contaminates his human person.

I know for a fact then that people with questionable characters were not celebrated even if they had all the riches, but today, we have assimilated a new culture of celebrating thieves, robbers, oppressors and looters. It begins with election-no one wants to vote for a poor but principled politician, except the rich recommended by the lead oppressor in our area. So, the last time I checked, no politician was made to enter into covenant of good governance at all levels; what we want is quick cash. In that wise oppressors are socially constructed by the oppressed, which makes the two to tangle.

Where were the masses of Awolowo that were using their hard earned money to finance his party? Where were the 'talakawas' of Aminu Kano who wanted a poor but principled man to govern them? Where were the indomitable Nigerians who chased the military away from power? Could they be found today hailing politicians with criminal charges at various courts? Could be found today supporting a political office holder with false asset declaration? Could be found today giving a certified looter of public resources chieftaincy titles? Could they be found today watching looters of our collective patrimony storming our courts with hundreds of lawyers with silky wigs? The answers to these questions would definitely provoke our thoughts on the raging issues in the state of nation.

However, among the oppressed class, the ignoramuses are worse, because they are willing tools in the hands of those who manipulated their miserable lives. I read the story of Adegoke Adelabu, the maverick politician of Ibadan. He was so popularly among his people and loved by them, because he was so witty and gifted with oratorical power. It was learnt that while he reigned as a Federal Commissioner, equivalent of Minister now in the first Republic, he was asked by the opposition to account for how he procured a mercurial car said to be above his means, and instead of responding with fact, he reportedly took the car to Dugbe market in Ibadan, and asked his supporters to enter and feel the comfort, because according to the report, the money used to buy the car was theirs. There and then, the drummers and supporters who were poor and victims of the system burst into lyrics: "
"ma kowo wa na
  ma kowo wa na,
  igunnu loni tapa
  tapa loni igunnu,
  ma kowo wa na"
It translates, spend our money as you like, the igunnu masquerade belongs to Tapa tribe, and Tapa belongs to Igunnu masquerade.

So, what we are witnessing today in the political arena  does not start today, but for us to find a new lead, we have to start a new thinking, and I suggest we begin with the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, because we have a President who is not ready to release our collective resources to the privileged few perceived to be oppressors.

Of course, things are difficult at the moment, times are hard, cost of living is higher now and we are enduring skyrocketing inflation in our economy. Workers are struggling, artisans are gasping for breathe, the unemployed are suffocating, marketers are lamenting, our nation is on the precipice, but all great nations had passed through this road when great leaders emerged. I plead for more patience and understanding, but obviously the class of ignoramuses who think with their mouth would never hearken, because they feel more comfortable with ad hoc arrangement of the past; they would rather go back to Egypt instead of crossing the red sea.

The class of floaters are interesting. They belong to the oppressed class, but have no opinions, they are contended listening to anything, but I do not blame a person being controlled by his stomach, just that the level of reasoning would not go beyond eikasia stage described by Plato, an ancient Greek Philosopher as dream state, where a man would not be able to differentiate between shadow and reality.

The reality of today is that this country had been badly raped and plundered by the greedy leaders who were once flaunting private jets as achievement, but the floaters among us are listening more to the narrative of "rule of law" which seeks bail for billionaire looters, but long jail term for petty thieves. As for me, I want to see a more proactive bar and bench, not judiciary that defer to the rich, only to use its sword against the poor. And if President Buhari is making looters answerable for the past misdeeds, then I do not get a better narratives from the looters and their friendly media. Oh, we are the Justice Abiodun Kessingtons? Where are the Akinola Agudas, Kayode Eshos, Nikki Tobis?

The fifth one is the Religionists. I deliberately chose the name, so that we would not misconstrue the men of faith or typical religious faithful for religionists. Men of faith believe in God and the day mankind would stand before Him to account for what we do on earth. They live ascetic life, where luxury and waste are abhorred; they canvass for humanity for the sake of after life; they take us through metaphysical journey, but religionists are pretenders. They only took to religion, because they were stranded and stucked.

The religionists found partnership in the class of oppressors, they preach what they want to hear for them and justify the illicit acquisition of wealth of their paymasters. Unfortunately, the drunken sailors we had as leaders in the past succeeded in elevating the opportunist religionists to level of state actors, and that seals the fate of the poor masses in the hands of their oppressors. Where are the Bolanle Gbonigis? Where are the Imam Yayi Akoredes of Akure?

The long and short of my story is that we have to put up a new thinking as a nation, so that the masses can be active in the scheme of things, while the country under the leadership of President Buhari is undergoing a painful repair. Remember, it takes two to tangle.

SALAAM is the Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Osogbo.

Osun Is A Victim Of His History, Says Speaker

Osun Is A Victim Of His History, Says Speaker

State appears to be contending with different challenges of which national cash crunch seems to be the catalyst for the bitten feud among the contending parties in the state. No sooner the lecturers of the state tertiary institutions dropped their gauntlets than the tension between the doctors and the government reached a feverish pitch.
However, one institution which has been midwiving industrial peace is the State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam. Our reporter tracked the Speaker and interrogated  issues raging on in the state with him. Except:

Q: State of Osun appears to be in mess with huge debt which has eaten deep into the federal allocation of the state, making it to go empty handed every month, what is your take on this?

Salaam: In the first place, the state is not in mess, but a victim of dialectics of production and history and I will explain: when the country was operating a loose federation,  agriculture and taxation were the mainstay of the economy of all the regions then with comparative advantage, and I read that Chief Obafemi Awolowo as the Premier of Western region was able to develop the region with sophisticated infrastructure and technology ahead of many countries.
 I learnt that the western region got its television before France and many countries called developed nations now. So, each region had its fate in its hand, but now we are practising unitary system couched in federalism, suffice to say that we are practising feeding bottle federalism, which dictates that the centre would be spoon-feeding the states from a common wallet, and if the same centre crashes, the states crashes.
So, the federal has crashed now in terms of fiscal responsibility, monetary policy and imbalance of trade. Meanwhile, the military interregnum had not helped the matter, because they got the oil boom, quick cash and negated taxation and agro-economy.
Unfortunately,  the long neglect of agriculture has made our relations with land tedious, except few who have seen the future, and the previous governments failed to re-institutionalize agriculture and the culture of taxation. So, now that the government is making conscious effort to rejig the two fundamentals of revenue generation, something appears strange to us.
So, the state is only bearing the brunt of our collective infractions, because we would be guilty of verdict of posterity if we continue to cling with the past which I describe as micro-managing poverty. Yes, some people are complaining about the debt profile of the state of Osun, some even thought we found ourselves in this difficult financial meltdown because of debt, but it takes anyone with deep mind to see the trickle-down effect of infrastructural renewal, and its link with assured future.
Yet, the debt has its bitting effect now, but the denial in of limited liquid cash we are subjected today in the state would leverage for promising tomorrow.

Q: But workers claim they were getting half salaries, marketers are crying of low patronage, and this financial difficulty seems to have lowered the morale of the citizens who supported Governor Aregbesola at the last governorship election, and here we are, you are talking about the promising tomorrow, how?

Salaam: Look, I am the Speaker of the state parliament, as the effect of hard time hits the people, it touches me double, because it has a multiplier effects on personal and collective demands from our constituencies, it rubs on our political clout as leaders and it is not good for our rating in the public, but one fact stands, governance is not about public opinion, it is about taking hard decisions. To the best of my knowledge, this government borrowed for capital projects, and we have seen some completed, some are still work-in-progress. So, what we owe now would be smaller if compare to the value obtainable from the projects tomorrow.
Yes, our workers are enduring, and it is hurtful that our financial power has weakened terribly, but i still have to commend the workers and identify with them on their rare sacrifices and love for this state; for showing understanding about the matrix of our productive topsy-turvy and economic meltdown. However, let it sink that we are right now experiencing national economic crisis, and no arm or tier of government is spared.
As we speak, I read that judges of federal courts have not been paid; I read that 26 states have not paid state stipends to their allocated youth corp members; salaries are not regularly paid in almost 29 states. Even, an oil state with 13 percent derivative with just eight local governments is rolling policies that would cut of a lot of incentives for workers. So, it is a national experience.
Speaking to your emotional outburst on how, I would tell you that the present situation has no deduction with the last governorship election won by Gov. Aregbesola, though we can infer that people yearn for more development and incentives like free meal for their children in public schools, stipends for the aged, support for widows, micro credit facilities for their small scale trade and so on. All those incentives cost huge money, and the cash is no longer forthcoming due to catastrophe in oil market which is our sole economic mainstay. Therefore, it is a case of temporal  truncated dream.
Let's formulated so questions for the cynics: should a governor be elected to manage poverty? Should a government be instituted to service the interest of the few with our collective resources? Should we encourage the government to borrow for consumption or life changing projects? Should we encourage utilitarian rule, or mob rule? All these questions are many tough choices a governor must contend with. But, we should not blame anyone until we are able to understand his or her state of mind.

Q: What can be done to remedy Osun situation now?

Salaam: Osun as a state is not faring bad as projected by the critics and perceived by some elements. So, I think the question we should ponder our mind on are some fundamentals before we crosses examine the superstructure. The fundamentals here start from causes of our challenges. Let's begin from the architecture of our nationhood. Do we still need this compromised federal structure or we should reconfigure it. Are we ready to surrender measured independence to the federating units, for each state to source its  revenue and negotiate with its workers, and design its own security architecture or do we retool to the regional government laced with parliamentary democracy of Pre and post independence? These are the fundamental questions that could have compelled some people to insist on the the outcome of the last Jonathan conference. Good as it sounds, the conference was  midwifed by compromised representation, and has no legal status. So, it was more or less a "committee of finding something for the leaders." That rubbed on the deliberations of the conference.
 However, I am glad President Buhari has subscribed to the calls for economic conference, I am confident that credible people, experts, budget historians, economists, and policy makers and policy executors would be assembled, and who knows, some of the fundamental issues may come out there.
Having settled that, then we can now talk of what will become of individual state. As touching Osun, I can assure you that we are brainstorming on the way out of the wood. In the first place, we have agreed that our challenges could not be removed through oil money. So, we are working on agriculture as an alternative, but Gov. Aregbesola disposes more to intellectual commodity, and it will soon pay off. Do not bother about it, because I would not expatiate on it. Certainly, Osun will soon be out of the wood.

Q: We learnt that the government has sacked hundred of workers in the polytechnics and colleges of education, it was also said that the House of Assembly intervened, what is the situation now?

Salaam: Aside from making laws and oversight functions, resolution of conflict has been added to our schedule ever since I have taken the mantle of leadership in the state parliament. Yes, there was conflict between some staff of these institutions and their governing boards plus managements, and some of the staff were right-sized, according to information available to us, but because existence was attached to the struggle; we elected to mediate and files are being screened to know who did what, and by the time the committee ends its investigation, all parties would consider our position on the matter a fair deal.

Q: What about the issue of striking doctors?

Salaam: we are intervening on it as well, and we are talking to the doctors to place the interest of the state above interest of the few. Yes, it is their inalienable right to demand for appropriate wage and other incentives to work, but all conflicts need a compromise. Our doctors are expected to reconsider their hard line stance, while we are ready to support them on their struggle based on reality on ground.
It pains me that the situation is turning out like this, but I think it would be encouraging if they resume and come to the table according the demand of their employer. If that is done, we shall ready to check the two extremes: doctors' interest and the position of the employer with a view to placing the justifications on the resources available. I trust our doctors, I have many of them as friends, and I can understand their plight, but they are part of us, the larger society. Therefore, they would certainly bear with us. Our mission now is to prevail on both sides to come to the table with justifiable points, not closed mindset.

Q: How come the governor has not constitute his cabinet for close to 16 months now?

Salaam: Governor is the Chief executive, by constitution who has the power to hire and fire. Unfortunately, the constitution does not stipulate when a governor could constitute cabinet. Besides, he knows when and why his cabinet must be constituted; the core if it is that the business of the governance has not stopped, but I would not dabble into the issue, because I am the head of legislature, mine is to receive governor's correspondences on how he is faring on his job, not to speak on his job description.

Q: If the business of governance is progressing as you rightly stated, how are the decisions concerning Governor in council taken? Would it not amount to illegality to be approving projects and other demanding decisions with cabinet.

Salaam: Let it be known that we have Secretary to the State Government and Chief of Staff, Head of Service and Permanent Secretaries in place.  Call it the defect of constitution, I have not read while the hiring or not  of Commissioners would make any decision illegal, but I am confident the governor would soon make the list of his Commissioners available to me. More so, the delay could be  as result of restructuring of ministries, reduced to cut cost. On a compassionate ground, this man (Aregbesola) should not be vilified on some things, because he understands what it takes to maintain a Commissioner, and he knows clearly he does not have the luxury now. People should know that Aregbesola is compassionate and very rational on the way he does his things.
Look, I am not defending the governor, because he is capable of doing that himself, but we must not be fault finder, the state of mind must tally with the state of affairs. So, I urge the cynics and critics to use their heads and dissect the material condition before formulating opinion on anyone.

Q: Why the local governments in the state have not been democratically constituted in the last five years?


Salaam: litigation and fund. Litigation in the sense that for years, the state electoral body constituted by Gov. Oyinlola's government were thrown out for not properly constituted, and they went to court to test the validity of the claim, and the matter was dragged up to supreme court. By the time the governor constituted another OSSIEC, we had run into the economic bad weather, and election cost huge money. Can a state that owes salaries of workers prioritize election? So, it could not have been deliberate, it is extenuating circumstance.

Q: Some critics believe that, the councils  were not democratically constituted because the Governor was using their funds for his projects, and that House of Assembly has been compromised by the selected councils' officials?

Salaam: trust me, I don't play the critics' ball, because it is convenient to criticize anyone in power. I had been in opposition and I know that there is no way people in opposition could get the matrix of governance right. However, not to evade your question, I know for sure that nothing could be done with state and council funds without the knowledge of the parliament, and I have not found the governor wanting, but anyone has a piece of evidence as touching the allegation, let the fellow present it, and I promise you we will investigate. As for the compromise of the House of Assembly, those who think or had conceived that I could be compromised do not know me. In the place, I must have been the poorest Speaker among the 36 state Houses of Assembly, not because I do not need money, but because I have conquered my greed. Besides, I have a background that provides me the two sides of life. I was raised as an orphan from a humble background by God's unmerited favour on me, I am comfortable now without swindling people or government, without abusing my office or deploy my influence for wealth acquisition, and I could say without equivocation that I am micro-distributing the little resources at my disposal. So, I don't have acquiring wealth through dubious mean, there is no integrity in that, and by my faith, I know that an individual would account for his action before his Lord. From those premises, you can conclude that I would be difficult to compromise at the expense of the people, and I don't compromise who will compromise my colleagues? After all, the buck stops on my table at the parliament.

Q: So, what is the agenda of the sixth assembly under you?

Salaam: We have set our agenda already and we have hit the grounding now. Let me avail you our agenda, one we have set in motion, machinery that is deliberating on how our state would be rescued from the jaw of economic downturn, and this machinery would soon unfold feasibility study that would be forwarded to the executive for perusal. Two, we have stepped up our oversight functions which keep an eagle eye on all projects. Three, we are embarking on the overhauling of criminal codes of the state, because the one in place is deficient if compare to the hi tech crime the non-conformists are committing. Four, we are working on democratizing lawmaking, a process that would tap the opinions of the majority stakeholders, and we have elected to pick third party role in any conflict that could truncate the prevailing peace in the state.
State appears to be contending with different challenges of which national cash crunch seems to be the catalyst for the bitten feud among the contending parties in the state. No sooner the lecturers of the state tertiary institutions dropped their gauntlets than the tension between the doctors and the government reached a feverish pitch.
However, one institution which has been midwiving industrial peace is the State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam. Our reporter tracked the Speaker and interrogated  issues raging on in the state with him. Except:

Q: State of Osun appears to be in mess with huge debt which has eaten deep into the federal allocation of the state, making it to go empty handed every month, what is your take on this?

Salaam: In the first place, the state is not in mess, but a victim of dialectics of production and history and I will explain: when the country was operating a loose federation,  agriculture and taxation were the mainstay of the economy of all the regions then with comparative advantage, and I read that Chief Obafemi Awolowo as the Premier of Western region was able to develop the region with sophisticated infrastructure and technology ahead of many countries.
 I learnt that the western region got its television before France and many countries called developed nations now. So, each region had its fate in its hand, but now we are practising unitary system couched in federalism, suffice to say that we are practising feeding bottle federalism, which dictates that the centre would be spoon-feeding the states from a common wallet, and if the same centre crashes, the states crashes.
So, the federal has crashed now in terms of fiscal responsibility, monetary policy and imbalance of trade. Meanwhile, the military interregnum had not helped the matter, because they got the oil boom, quick cash and negated taxation and agro-economy.
Unfortunately,  the long neglect of agriculture has made our relations with land tedious, except few who have seen the future, and the previous governments failed to re-institutionalize agriculture and the culture of taxation. So, now that the government is making conscious effort to rejig the two fundamentals of revenue generation, something appears strange to us.
So, the state is only bearing the brunt of our collective infractions, because we would be guilty of verdict of posterity if we continue to cling with the past which I describe as micro-managing poverty. Yes, some people are complaining about the debt profile of the state of Osun, some even thought we found ourselves in this difficult financial meltdown because of debt, but it takes anyone with deep mind to see the trickle-down effect of infrastructural renewal, and its link with assured future.
Yet, the debt has its bitting effect now, but the denial in of limited liquid cash we are subjected today in the state would leverage for promising tomorrow.

Q: But workers claim they were getting half salaries, marketers are crying of low patronage, and this financial difficulty seems to have lowered the morale of the citizens who supported Governor Aregbesola at the last governorship election, and here we are, you are talking about the promising tomorrow, how?

Salaam: Look, I am the Speaker of the state parliament, as the effect of hard time hits the people, it touches me double, because it has a multiplier effects on personal and collective demands from our constituencies, it rubs on our political clout as leaders and it is not good for our rating in the public, but one fact stands, governance is not about public opinion, it is about taking hard decisions. To the best of my knowledge, this government borrowed for capital projects, and we have seen some completed, some are still work-in-progress. So, what we owe now would be smaller if compare to the value obtainable from the projects tomorrow.
Yes, our workers are enduring, and it is hurtful that our financial power has weakened terribly, but i still have to commend the workers and identify with them on their rare sacrifices and love for this state; for showing understanding about the matrix of our productive topsy-turvy and economic meltdown. However, let it sink that we are right now experiencing national economic crisis, and no arm or tier of government is spared.
As we speak, I read that judges of federal courts have not been paid; I read that 26 states have not paid state stipends to their allocated youth corp members; salaries are not regularly paid in almost 29 states. Even, an oil state with 13 percent derivative with just eight local governments is rolling policies that would cut of a lot of incentives for workers. So, it is a national experience.
Speaking to your emotional outburst on how, I would tell you that the present situation has no deduction with the last governorship election won by Gov. Aregbesola, though we can infer that people yearn for more development and incentives like free meal for their children in public schools, stipends for the aged, support for widows, micro credit facilities for their small scale trade and so on. All those incentives cost huge money, and the cash is no longer forthcoming due to catastrophe in oil market which is our sole economic mainstay. Therefore, it is a case of temporal  truncated dream.
Let's formulated so questions for the cynics: should a governor be elected to manage poverty? Should a government be instituted to service the interest of the few with our collective resources? Should we encourage the government to borrow for consumption or life changing projects? Should we encourage utilitarian rule, or mob rule? All these questions are many tough choices a governor must contend with. But, we should not blame anyone until we are able to understand his or her state of mind.

Q: What can be done to remedy Osun situation now?

Salaam: Osun as a state is not faring bad as projected by the critics and perceived by some elements. So, I think the question we should ponder our mind on are some fundamentals before we crosses examine the superstructure. The fundamentals here start from causes of our challenges. Let's begin from the architecture of our nationhood. Do we still need this compromised federal structure or we should reconfigure it. Are we ready to surrender measured independence to the federating units, for each state to source its  revenue and negotiate with its workers, and design its own security architecture or do we retool to the regional government laced with parliamentary democracy of Pre and post independence? These are the fundamental questions that could have compelled some people to insist on the the outcome of the last Jonathan conference. Good as it sounds, the conference was  midwifed by compromised representation, and has no legal status. So, it was more or less a "committee of finding something for the leaders." That rubbed on the deliberations of the conference.
 However, I am glad President Buhari has subscribed to the calls for economic conference, I am confident that credible people, experts, budget historians, economists, and policy makers and policy executors would be assembled, and who knows, some of the fundamental issues may come out there.
Having settled that, then we can now talk of what will become of individual state. As touching Osun, I can assure you that we are brainstorming on the way out of the wood. In the first place, we have agreed that our challenges could not be removed through oil money. So, we are working on agriculture as an alternative, but Gov. Aregbesola disposes more to intellectual commodity, and it will soon pay off. Do not bother about it, because I would not expatiate on it. Certainly, Osun will soon be out of the wood.

Q: We learnt that the government has sacked hundred of workers in the polytechnics and colleges of education, it was also said that the House of Assembly intervened, what is the situation now?

Salaam: Aside from making laws and oversight functions, resolution of conflict has been added to our schedule ever since I have taken the mantle of leadership in the state parliament. Yes, there was conflict between some staff of these institutions and their governing boards plus managements, and some of the staff were right-sized, according to information available to us, but because existence was attached to the struggle; we elected to mediate and files are being screened to know who did what, and by the time the committee ends its investigation, all parties would consider our position on the matter a fair deal.

Q: What about the issue of striking doctors?

Salaam: we are intervening on it as well, and we are talking to the doctors to place the interest of the state above interest of the few. Yes, it is their inalienable right to demand for appropriate wage and other incentives to work, but all conflicts need a compromise. Our doctors are expected to reconsider their hard line stance, while we are ready to support them on their struggle based on reality on ground.
It pains me that the situation is turning out like this, but I think it would be encouraging if they resume and come to the table according the demand of their employer. If that is done, we shall ready to check the two extremes: doctors' interest and the position of the employer with a view to placing the justifications on the resources available. I trust our doctors, I have many of them as friends, and I can understand their plight, but they are part of us, the larger society. Therefore, they would certainly bear with us. Our mission now is to prevail on both sides to come to the table with justifiable points, not closed mindset.

Q: How come the governor has not constitute his cabinet for close to 16 months now?

Salaam: Governor is the Chief executive, by constitution who has the power to hire and fire. Unfortunately, the constitution does not stipulate when a governor could constitute cabinet. Besides, he knows when and why his cabinet must be constituted; the core if it is that the business of the governance has not stopped, but I would not dabble into the issue, because I am the head of legislature, mine is to receive governor's correspondences on how he is faring on his job, not to speak on his job description.

Q: If the business of governance is progressing as you rightly stated, how are the decisions concerning Governor in council taken? Would it not amount to illegality to be approving projects and other demanding decisions with cabinet.

Salaam: Let it be known that we have Secretary to the State Government and Chief of Staff, Head of Service and Permanent Secretaries in place.  Call it the defect of constitution, I have not read while the hiring or not  of Commissioners would make any decision illegal, but I am confident the governor would soon make the list of his Commissioners available to me. More so, the delay could be  as result of restructuring of ministries, reduced to cut cost. On a compassionate ground, this man (Aregbesola) should not be vilified on some things, because he understands what it takes to maintain a Commissioner, and he knows clearly he does not have the luxury now. People should know that Aregbesola is compassionate and very rational on the way he does his things.
Look, I am not defending the governor, because he is capable of doing that himself, but we must not be fault finder, the state of mind must tally with the state of affairs. So, I urge the cynics and critics to use their heads and dissect the material condition before formulating opinion on anyone.

Q: Why the local governments in the state have not been democratically constituted in the last five years?


Salaam: litigation and fund. Litigation in the sense that for years, the state electoral body constituted by Gov. Oyinlola's government were thrown out for not properly constituted, and they went to court to test the validity of the claim, and the matter was dragged up to supreme court. By the time the governor constituted another OSSIEC, we had run into the economic bad weather, and election cost huge money. Can a state that owes salaries of workers prioritize election? So, it could not have been deliberate, it is extenuating circumstance.

Q: Some critics believe that, the councils  were not democratically constituted because the Governor was using their funds for his projects, and that House of Assembly has been compromised by the selected councils' officials?

Salaam: trust me, I don't play the critics' ball, because it is convenient to criticize anyone in power. I had been in opposition and I know that there is no way people in opposition could get the matrix of governance right. However, not to evade your question, I know for sure that nothing could be done with state and council funds without the knowledge of the parliament, and I have not found the governor wanting, but anyone has a piece of evidence as touching the allegation, let the fellow present it, and I promise you we will investigate. As for the compromise of the House of Assembly, those who think or had conceived that I could be compromised do not know me. In the place, I must have been the poorest Speaker among the 36 state Houses of Assembly, not because I do not need money, but because I have conquered my greed. Besides, I have a background that provides me the two sides of life. I was raised as an orphan from a humble background by God's unmerited favour on me, I am comfortable now without swindling people or government, without abusing my office or deploy my influence for wealth acquisition, and I could say without equivocation that I am micro-distributing the little resources at my disposal. So, I don't have acquiring wealth through dubious mean, there is no integrity in that, and by my faith, I know that an individual would account for his action before his Lord. From those premises, you can conclude that I would be difficult to compromise at the expense of the people, and I don't compromise who will compromise my colleagues? After all, the buck stops on my table at the parliament.

Q: So, what is the agenda of the sixth assembly under you?

Salaam: We have set our agenda already and we have hit the grounding now. Let me avail you our agenda, one we have set in motion, machinery that is deliberating on how our state would be rescued from the jaw of economic downturn, and this machinery would soon unfold feasibility study that would be forwarded to the executive for perusal. Two, we have stepped up our oversight functions which keep an eagle eye on all projects. Three, we are embarking on the overhauling of criminal codes of the state, because the one in place is deficient if compare to the hi tech crime the non-conformists are committing. Four, we are working on democratizing lawmaking, a process that would tap the opinions of the majority stakeholders, and we have elected to pick third party role in any conflict that could truncate the prevailing peace in the state.

Osun Not A Failed State, By Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam

Osun Not A Failed State, By Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam

Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam, Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly
The news headlines these days were frighteningly disturbing: LASSA FEVER BREAKS OUT IN EKITI; HAUSA FULANI CLASH IN LAGOS; ESE ORURU KIDNAPPED IN BAYELSA; DOCTORS ON STRIKE IN OSUN; FUEL SCARCITY HITS LAGOS; PRESIDENCY FUMES AT BUDGET PADDING and so on, and what all these suggest is that we are in a peculiar situation, suffice to say we are in a dare strait in this country.

As a member of political class, I must appreciate that all stratified classes from politically exposed persons, academia, business moguls, financial experts, policy executors to security operatives, unemployed youth and the vulnerable ones are in state of confusion, because everything in our country appears to be in a perpetual flux, apologies to Heraclitus, the ancient Greek thinker. But one thing seems to be real, our country had been badly looted to an extent that its life blood which connotes economy has been contaminated and corrosive.

So, I must say that President Muhammadu Buhari was apt to have traced the root of our challenges to corruption. No wonder, he says, "if Nigeria fails to kill corruption, corruption would kill Nigeria." For a fact, all Nigerians at face value have agreed that corruption must be defeated before we get the other things in the state of affairs right. Invariably, the breakdown of our health institution that could not support outbreak of epidemics; lack of refineries to refine our crude for domestic consumption; industrial disputes that spare no essential labour force; states that could not pay salaries and adulterated national budget must be traced to corruption.

However, because of the hydra-headed challenges facing the country and different opinions that would trail each indicator pointed out for the cause(s) of the mess we find ourselves today, i have elected to descend from national ladder for the purpose of clarity and indubitable facts. Being a major player  in decision-making in the State of Osun, I have chosen  to critically examine some salient issues with a view to proffering pragmatic solutions as I see them from my own prism.

In appreciating the peculiar situation of Osun as it obtains in not less than 30 states among the 36 federating units, I need to highlight some of the challenges and the street positions of the critics, before I explain the reality behind them as an insider, and the custodian of shrine of democracy (legislature) with a caveat: that some people may embark on spirited effort to fault my explanation based on speculation or politicking, but I shall stand to be faulted all the same on the point of undisputed fact.

At a glance,  our state reeks under a debt profile of not less than N100 billion in aggregate; our state services the debt facility with N2.4 billion monthly; some of the projects like Gbongan to Akoda road, Old Garage to Ese Odo dual carriage way, airport are temporarily abandoned. Besides, workers' pay is subjected to available resources; doctors are on strike and there is a low patronage on daily transactions in our markets. These are the catalogue of accusations and statements of facts used by the opposition to vilify Governor Rauf Aregbesola, and are also used by the government to explain our challenges arising from paucity of funds, depending on which side of the divides one stands to look at the issues.

In the first premise, the executive arm of the government has defended itself on how the debt was incurred, what it used the bank facility obtained for, and it is not my call to start repeating what had been done severally like a broken record, but I know for a fact that nothing was done as touching the funds for projects that did not pass through my gavel. That projects were abandoned? This may not be completely true, for you and I know that it is irresponsible for a father to embark on building construction on existing site, while the households are starving.

Quite painful that we have workers who are compelled to endure rational scale for their pay. As a matter of fact, I consider it our low moment in the history of this government, but I am consoled by the fact that we are not contemplating sacking our workers, and I pray it would not get there, because if a worker is relieved of his duty, he becomes a burden unto himself, and his family will suffer, while dependents would equally suffer.

So, I suggest our workers should continue to show understanding by ignoring the "politrickicians" who are not only jobless, because they have no other means of livelihood except politics of looting but also desperately eager to return to the Government House, because it makes sense to hearken the axiom which says, "half loaf of bread is better than none" at the material time. And I promise to seek remedy for all workers immediately our state of economy improves.

Let me quickly express my view as touching the debt portfolio of my state. I know for a fact that United States of America has population of 350 million with a debt ceiling of $17 trillion, and if we should choose a round figure to divide the portfolio, it suffices to say that an average individual has no less than $45,000 on his or her head as debt burden. Despite this, USA is still the the world superpower, and all nations, except pariah states want to befriend it. In that sense, debt is not problem, but non-judicious use of it for the development of the society is the mega problem.

I think we are in order with the infrastructural drive of Aregbesola's government, because it is obvious that whatever we leverage on infrastructure today would not be of the same quality tomorrow. Yes, we have to eat, drink and enjoy ourselves, but whoever or a state that desires to rise, must grow through self denial. In our own case, our workers and political class who are enduring staccato pay must be commended for their sacrifice.

As touching the doctors' strike and other issues, I shall explain our take at the state parliament, and effort to break the impasse in another piece.

To be continued...

Salaam is the Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly
Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam, Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly
The news headlines these days were frighteningly disturbing: LASSA FEVER BREAKS OUT IN EKITI; HAUSA FULANI CLASH IN LAGOS; ESE ORURU KIDNAPPED IN BAYELSA; DOCTORS ON STRIKE IN OSUN; FUEL SCARCITY HITS LAGOS; PRESIDENCY FUMES AT BUDGET PADDING and so on, and what all these suggest is that we are in a peculiar situation, suffice to say we are in a dare strait in this country.

As a member of political class, I must appreciate that all stratified classes from politically exposed persons, academia, business moguls, financial experts, policy executors to security operatives, unemployed youth and the vulnerable ones are in state of confusion, because everything in our country appears to be in a perpetual flux, apologies to Heraclitus, the ancient Greek thinker. But one thing seems to be real, our country had been badly looted to an extent that its life blood which connotes economy has been contaminated and corrosive.

So, I must say that President Muhammadu Buhari was apt to have traced the root of our challenges to corruption. No wonder, he says, "if Nigeria fails to kill corruption, corruption would kill Nigeria." For a fact, all Nigerians at face value have agreed that corruption must be defeated before we get the other things in the state of affairs right. Invariably, the breakdown of our health institution that could not support outbreak of epidemics; lack of refineries to refine our crude for domestic consumption; industrial disputes that spare no essential labour force; states that could not pay salaries and adulterated national budget must be traced to corruption.

However, because of the hydra-headed challenges facing the country and different opinions that would trail each indicator pointed out for the cause(s) of the mess we find ourselves today, i have elected to descend from national ladder for the purpose of clarity and indubitable facts. Being a major player  in decision-making in the State of Osun, I have chosen  to critically examine some salient issues with a view to proffering pragmatic solutions as I see them from my own prism.

In appreciating the peculiar situation of Osun as it obtains in not less than 30 states among the 36 federating units, I need to highlight some of the challenges and the street positions of the critics, before I explain the reality behind them as an insider, and the custodian of shrine of democracy (legislature) with a caveat: that some people may embark on spirited effort to fault my explanation based on speculation or politicking, but I shall stand to be faulted all the same on the point of undisputed fact.

At a glance,  our state reeks under a debt profile of not less than N100 billion in aggregate; our state services the debt facility with N2.4 billion monthly; some of the projects like Gbongan to Akoda road, Old Garage to Ese Odo dual carriage way, airport are temporarily abandoned. Besides, workers' pay is subjected to available resources; doctors are on strike and there is a low patronage on daily transactions in our markets. These are the catalogue of accusations and statements of facts used by the opposition to vilify Governor Rauf Aregbesola, and are also used by the government to explain our challenges arising from paucity of funds, depending on which side of the divides one stands to look at the issues.

In the first premise, the executive arm of the government has defended itself on how the debt was incurred, what it used the bank facility obtained for, and it is not my call to start repeating what had been done severally like a broken record, but I know for a fact that nothing was done as touching the funds for projects that did not pass through my gavel. That projects were abandoned? This may not be completely true, for you and I know that it is irresponsible for a father to embark on building construction on existing site, while the households are starving.

Quite painful that we have workers who are compelled to endure rational scale for their pay. As a matter of fact, I consider it our low moment in the history of this government, but I am consoled by the fact that we are not contemplating sacking our workers, and I pray it would not get there, because if a worker is relieved of his duty, he becomes a burden unto himself, and his family will suffer, while dependents would equally suffer.

So, I suggest our workers should continue to show understanding by ignoring the "politrickicians" who are not only jobless, because they have no other means of livelihood except politics of looting but also desperately eager to return to the Government House, because it makes sense to hearken the axiom which says, "half loaf of bread is better than none" at the material time. And I promise to seek remedy for all workers immediately our state of economy improves.

Let me quickly express my view as touching the debt portfolio of my state. I know for a fact that United States of America has population of 350 million with a debt ceiling of $17 trillion, and if we should choose a round figure to divide the portfolio, it suffices to say that an average individual has no less than $45,000 on his or her head as debt burden. Despite this, USA is still the the world superpower, and all nations, except pariah states want to befriend it. In that sense, debt is not problem, but non-judicious use of it for the development of the society is the mega problem.

I think we are in order with the infrastructural drive of Aregbesola's government, because it is obvious that whatever we leverage on infrastructure today would not be of the same quality tomorrow. Yes, we have to eat, drink and enjoy ourselves, but whoever or a state that desires to rise, must grow through self denial. In our own case, our workers and political class who are enduring staccato pay must be commended for their sacrifice.

As touching the doctors' strike and other issues, I shall explain our take at the state parliament, and effort to break the impasse in another piece.

To be continued...

Salaam is the Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly

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