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Osun to recruit 2,000 food vendors for O’Meals


[FILES]Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun

Alaafin urges Oyetola to boost IGR

No fewer than 2,000 food vendors will be recruited by the Osun State government to enhance the Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme popularly known as O’Meals. The vendors will join others in the preparation of meals for public schools’ pupils across the state.

Programme officer of the scheme, Mrs. Olaniyan Kehinde, disclosed this during an interaction with applicants at the O’Meals secretariat in Osogbo, the state capital.She commended the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for opening another window of employment for women in the state.

Mrs. Olaniyan, who lauded the efforts of the present administration in sustaining the scheme, said it would further help to empower women.She acknowledged the Oyetola administration’s genuine commitment to women and children development since assumption office. Noting that the scheme had helped to banish unemployment and poverty among women, Olaniyan described the success recorded since the establishment of the scheme as unprecedented, particularly in alleviating poverty in the society.

Meanwhile, the Alaafin of Oy‎o, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has urged Oyetola to boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.To the monarch, this is the only way to enable the governor raise enough funds to carry out his laudable programmes for the state.The monarch spoke during a visit to the governor at his Iragbiji hometown in Boripe Council of Osun.

With the governor to receive the Alaafin were the Akinrun of Ikirun, Oba Abdul-Rauf Adedeji; Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Olabomi; Elende of Eko-Ende, Oba Abdul-Rauf Olaniyan and Olororuwo of Ororuwo, Oba Kamorudeen Adeyanju.The monarch, who was accompanied by his son, a House of Representatives member, Hakeem Adeyemi, commended Governor Oyetola for building on the legacies of his predecessors, saying a state like Osun needed a robust revenue profile to enable the governor deliver democracy dividends.

He said: “You have to use your wealth of experience in administrative, financial and political sectors to improve on the revenue base of the state.“You might know that I am fully aware of the significant role you played to boost the revenue profile of Lagos State. You were among the few people that deployed financial professionalism and expertise to help Lagos raise its revenue status at a time its councils’ allocation was seized by the Olusegun Obasanjo government during Bola Tinubu’s tenure as governor.”

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