"Agriculture is the only antidote for the economic downturn the country is going through" - The Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. The administration of Governor Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, has now taken the bull by the horns in giving a new lease of life to the hitherto moribund Cocoa Products Industry in Ede, Osun State. Governor Aregbesola in his wisdom was able to put in place, a dynamic Board of Directors...
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Laws are designed to regulate human conduct within society, and to govern the interface of citizens with themselves and the State. When the citizens violate laws that affect the property rights vested in the State, it is the bounden duty of any responsible government to take steps, not only to reprimand violators but also to prevent re-occurrence. It is based on this principle that Bureau of Social Services (BOSS) came down hard on unscrupulous individuals who, without any lawful ownership title or authorisation, entered massively upon land within the borders of the site of MKO Abiola Airport at Ido-Osun currently under construction and environs. The encroachment, as BOSS found consisted of over three hundred (300) structures already built and several hectares of land already sold to unwary individuals by illegal speculators. The violators illegally extended the perimeter fence to enable them sell the land within the Airport site. BOSS swiftly separated the illegal fence and has recommended reconstruction of the fence to its original alignment. The Project Monitoring and Surveillance Unit of BOSS commended the people of Gbotaru community who trooped out en mass during the enforcement exercise to show their unwavering support for Government's efforts at curtailing lawlessness.
In the interim, while anticipating the final decision of Mr Governor, BOSS has entrusted the Office of the Surveyor General and the Lands Department to jointly work on the inventory of...
The Federal Government of Nigeria negotiated a financial assistance from the World Bank to support the implementation of Youth Employment and Social Support Operations (YESSO). The support operation was designed in close partnership between the Federal Government (FG), and 20 States in Nigeria, Osun inclusive. YESSO Office in Osun otherwise known as Osun State Operation Coordinating Unit (Osun SOCU) is domiciled in the premises of Bureau of Social Services.The support operation is also in line with the World Bank and Nigeria’s commitment to poverty reduction by permitting the poor people of Nigeria to access increased opportunity for youth employment and social service delivery.
The lack of effective coordination and of a Social Protection (SP) framework has combined to denigrate the issue of common registry for beneficiaries creating avenue for possibility of double dip by the intended beneficiaries. It has also led to ineffective M&E system with less emphasis on outcome indicators (impact analysis). Experience from other climes shows that for effective Social Safety Net (SSN), there is need for a social protection platform which should have effective coordinating, monitoring and evaluation component.
The goal of YESSO is "to reduce youth unemployment and increase human capital development of the poor." The Development Objective (DO) of this support operation is to “increase access of the poor to youth employment opportunities, social services, and...
The National Agricultural Seed Council said on Friday 22nd July, 2016 that three seed companies had been de-listed for supplying adulterated seeds to farmers across the country. The Director General of the council, Dr. Olusegun Ojo, disclosed this in Abuja during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
Ojo said there were some seed companies that did not comply with the standards of the council and the Ministry of Agriculture in terms of quality seeds supplied to farmers. He added that the three affected companies were caught supplying adulterated seeds to unsuspecting farmers. “They were investigated, found guilty and de-listed according to their role, a situation that has led to decrease in crop production. The affected companies stand de-listed until they meet all the requirements and ensure that only quality seeds of proven standards get to the Nigerian farmers.” - Olusegun Ojo.
Ojo, who was silent on the names of the affected companies, added that farmers are regularly being educated on the criteria to consider before buying improved seeds from seed companies and how to differentiate quality seeds from adulterated and fake seeds. He urged farmers to always buy seeds from registered seed companies to boost the nation`s agricultural production.
The State Government of Osun has assured its workforce of its continued commitment to human capacity development despite the present financial situation of the country. Director General, Bureau of Social Services (BOSS), Femi Ifaturoti who spoke through the Head, IT & Evaluation, Frankfurt Ogunfunminiyi stated this while declaring open a two-day Monitoring, Evaluation and Project Schedule Management Training for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) officers in selected Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state. He enjoined the participants to make the best use of the training which would definitely enhance their productivity.
In separate sessions, participants were taken through several areas amongst which were Monitoring &Evaluation concepts, Incorporation of Economic Planning into Project, Project Management Concept, Project Schedule, Principles and Application of Network Diagrams.
Ede – Prof. Niyi Akinnaso together with a team from BOSS inspected work activities at the on-going N4.5 billion Ido – Osun airport project in Ede, State of Osun. The Professor of anthropology and education who is also a respected columnist in Nigeria was on an independent assessment mission to the airport project to record the extent of work executed by Contractor – Aeronautical Engineering & Technical Services. BOSS was fulfilling its mandate of monitoring and evaluation of all projects, programs and policies of the state government.
After a thorough interaction with the Project Engineer on site, the team moved around and saw on-going work at the control tower, the fire station, the runway, and the drainage system. According to the Professor who had earlier visited in December 2013, he was impressed with the level of work done in the first quarter of 2014. Quoting him, “In three months, they’ve made reasonable progress. The last time I was here, the control tower had not started, and the level of filling was low. I’ll estimate they’ve recorded about 30% progress in total since the last time I was here”.
BOSS observed that work was on – going on the fire station and control tower with block work already above lintel level. The construction of the runway formation level has advanced to Chainage 0+875 while over 900 metres of concrete drainage has been put in place for the runway and more precast units are being produced on site. V-Channels for CGA to...
All Local Government roads contractors were invited to a stakeholders meeting with BOSS at Ante-Room, EXCO Chambers primarily to address the urgent need for the final delivery of the 10km roads in all the 30 LGs in the state of Osun and the Area office in Modakeke.
At the meeting chaired by DG BOSS, Mr. Femi Ifaturoti, he informed all contractors of the directive of Mr. Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola that all LG Roads must be completed by the 1st week of March, 2014. He therefore enjoined contractors to buckle up while bearing in mind that failure to deliver at the specified deadline would attract severe penalty.
Ifaturoti further stated that in order to ensure that the deadline is met; contractors who may be experiencing any factor which may militate against timely delivery should take advantage of the stakeholders meeting to inform the office of BOSS. BOSS functioning under its mandate would see to a prompt address of such factors.
Engr. Wole Idowu of the Project Surveillance and Field Operations Department of BOSS took note of all militating technical factors raised at the meeting and assured contractors there would be no delay in resolving them from the side of the state government.
The LG roads projects were awarded to contractors mostly in January, 2013 and had an estimated completion period of 22 weeks.
1. DG BOSS, Femi Ifaturoti (right) Head Project Surveillance and Field Operations, Engr. Wole Idowu (...
03 March, 2014 – To begin activities for the month of March, staffers of the Bureau gathered at the conference room to hold the monthly interdenominational and multi-religious prayer session. This month’s edition was led by Mrs. O.O. Ayodele, the Director of Finance and Administration. After singing Christian and Islamic praise songs, she asked all present to pray for the Governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the Director General of the Bureau, Mr. Femi Ifaturoti that the almighty God will continue to give them the wisdom and knowledge to lead the State and administer the Bureau to greater heights respectively. Prayers were also offered for the state of Osun in general.
At the event which has now become an organizational culture since the turn of the new year, she gave a brief word of encouragement on the use of the tongue. She referred to the tongue as being one of the smallest members of the body, yet which carries the power of life and death. She advised all to positively engage their tongues in the new month to ensure a productive and functional work place. She advised all staffers to continue to work according to the rules and regulations of the office as specified in the Public Service Rule.
Mrs O.O. Ayodele leading the monthly prayer session at BOSS conference room
The Ministry of Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism was at the BOSS office on Monday, 27th January, 2014 as the first ministry to partake in the bi-annual evaluation of 2013 projects for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the State of Osun being organized by the Bureau of Social Services pursuant to its mandate. A team led by the Special Adviser to the Governor, Honourable Oladipo Soyode made presentations on the activities of the Ministry in the year 2013.
At the event, DG BOSS, Mr. Femi Ifaturoti warmly welcomed all present and emphasized the mandate of Bureau of Social Services and her objectives. He stated that the assessment of the performance of MDAs is one of the key roles of the Bureau and to measure the implementation of projects, programs and policies according to the 6-point integral action plan of the administration.
According to Ogunfunminiyi F.O, Head of IT & Evaluation at BOSS, Evaluation is the systematic collection of information about the activities and outcomes that MDAs have achieved or failed to achieve with their programs, policies and projects in a given period with a view to making improved decisions and enhance future performance.
The outcome of the evaluation exercise for each Ministry would be used to improve the overall performance of government and ensure the delivery of people friendly governance to the people of Osun in the year 2014.
1. DG BOSS, Mr. Femi Ifaturoti welcoming...
Osogbo, State of Osun – A special delegation of professionals from the Bureau of Social Services, led by the Director General, Mr. Olufemi Ifaturoti monitored the activities of Slava Yeditepe Nigeria Limited, the construction company in charge of the construction of East-West bypass in Osogbo.
The project which commenced in October 2013 is almost going into its second phase, with the first section of the main bridge already launched at the railway underpass. The company is awaiting permission of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) before launching the beams of the second part of the bridge which would lead the completion of the railway underpass.
The Project Manager who took officials of BOSS round the project informed the delegation that additional 15cm stone base is being added to the initial specification to improve quality. He explained that the road would be paved with asphalt using a paver with 9m width to avoid any fault line along the road thus achieving a zero error tolerance level for potholes.
The Project Manager during monitoring invited the Bureau to the company’s quality control laboratory which he stated employs the American Standard system of testing and is perhaps the most comprehensive civil project laboratory in the country, Nigeria.
The project which had an initial competition date of May 2014 will however be completed in August due to the delay caused by slight amendment in the initial design and additional works...