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Mid Term Review of Youth Employment and Social Support operation (YESSO) in Osun

Posted by on Mon, 09/25/2017 - 23:53

The World Bank through one of its Social Protection Specialists, Prof. Wale Oni met with stakeholders in the State on Mid Term Review (MTR) between 20th and 22nd September, 2017. The Stakeholders include SOCU (State Operation Coordinating Unit), PIU-PWF (Project Implementation Unit –Public Workfare) and S4J (Skills for Job).
The MTR is essential to assess the performance of the operation towards achieving the Project Development Objectives (PDO) in terms of project design, results framework, operations modalities, institutional arrangement and reporting system and also to present a clear recommendation for steering the operation.
Some highlights of the meeting include field visit to Skill Centres for beneficiaries on S4J, interactive sessions on institutional arrangements, risk assessment and sustainability plans.

The present institutional arrangement does not include Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) which was a component of YESSO but now under NCTO (National Cash Transfer Office). NCTO placed little or no conditionality on criteria for selecting beneficiaries or households receiving cash

The YESSO components in Osun are mainly:
i) Strengthening the Social Safety Net (SSN) System- creating and strengthening a social protection platform anchored on effective SSN coordination with central platform that consists of a targeting system, a register of poor and vulnerable households and individuals which is the responsibility of SOCU

Osun recently turned 26

Posted by on Thu, 08/31/2017 - 12:48

Osun recently turned 26 as a Governance Component of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It was not the time for merriment or elaborate celebration. Rather, it offers an opportunity for sober reflection on the past ideas, present experience and future prospects.

The current economic recession in the Country has engendered fresh reality check about the viability of many of the existing States. Indeed, there have been a sharp reduction in the agitation for creation of more States. Whilst current decline in the economic fortunes of the states cannot be placed totally at the doorstep of all Governors, yet the ultimate test of Good Stewardship would be based upon how prudently individual Governors have managed their space, even despite meagre resources based upon sound development templates, and principles of public accountability. It is the Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made copious reference in his short but candid message to the Citizen of the State to commemorate the 26th Anniversary of creation of the State.

After taking stock of the administration's pioneering programs and recalling how his administration has been able to respond to yearning and aspiration of the people said he “under our watch in nearly seven years, we have worked hard to establish a people-friendly government whose resources have been judiciously used for the development of the people in every area. Though we went through a daunting financial challenge occasioned by...


Posted by on Fri, 08/11/2017 - 15:31

In a society filled with risks and potentials, people use social protection and labour market programmes to manage risks and volatility, protect them from destitution and connect to opportunities. However, for implementers of social protection and labour market programmes, stakeholders’ engagement is the most important activity that can encourage ownership of the programmes by the beneficiaries. The Skills-for-Job(S4J) component of Osun YESSO which is about building skills of youths between 18-35 years who are unemployed and with a minimum of JSS 3 educational level kicked-off with a 2-day orientation held on 20th and 21st July, 2017 for the S4J team. The S4J team mined potential beneficiaries from Osun YESSO Single Register of Poor and Vulnerable Households which was generated from the Community-Based Targeting exercise facilitated by the State Operation Coordinating Office (SOCU) on 23rd July, 2017. A total of 2,869 potential beneficiaries were mined from 18 LGAs with 633 from urban communities and 2,236 from rural communities.

To ensure full enrolment of all mined potential beneficiaries in this programme, the State Operation Coordinating Unit, OSUN YESSO convened a Stakeholder's meeting at the Conference room of the Bureau of Social Services (BOSS) Wednesday August 9, 2017. In attendance were Executive Secretaries of the eighteen (18) Local Government Areas which have so far been captured in the Single Register of Poor and Vulnerable Households. The LGAs are...

Bisi Akande Interchange Bridge Gbongan- Akoda Road at Advance Stage of Completion

Posted by on Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:50

Bureau of Social Services (BOSS) Visited 7.5km road project starting with Interchange Bridge from Gbogan junction, Ibadan- Ile Ife Ilesha express road, and passing through Gbongan to Ode-Omu to Akoda to ascertain the status of the project.

Dipo Famakinwa: A Tribute

Posted by on Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:48

Dipo Famakinwa was a man of foresight with acute sense of mission, and often ahead of prevailing opinion. He possessed in depth cognition of the need for component States in the South Western Nigeria to embrace good governance and global competitiveness in order to restore it to its pre-oil discovery position as the economic hub of the Nation.
Dipo stepped in as the Director General of Development Agenda of Western Nigeria (DAWN) to midwife regional integration agenda at a time when the prospects were, at best a dream or desire. He was convinced that the collaborative efforts of reform mapping, exploring and identifying areas of cooperation among Southwest States would make a significant contribution to the future we all desire
Recently, I took our team of Associates and in- house consultants to COCOA HOUSE for the first of what we envisioned to be periodic Exchange Sessions with the DAWN team, and after our presentations Dipo, in his characteristic candour expressed genuine surprise at what we are doing, and there and then assured us that our Agenda fits in with a current program of theirs in which we would be sharing best practices and success stories at a peer review platform. That was the South West Governance Innovation Summit in partnership with the Department for International Development. (DFID)
He had firm control of the roadmap to the lofty objectives of DAWN and he approached the task with innovation and uncommon passion, creating...

Accessing Primary Health Care: An assessment of Integral Action Plan on Promoting Healthy Living

Posted by on Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:40

Healthy Citizenry is one of the greatest assets any country can have and it is arguably the main driver of human development. Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Governor State of Osun in his 6-point Integral Action Plan (IAP) initiated a policy to promote healthy living. This crystalizes the importance of an active population to overall growth and development of the State. At the time of inauguration the IAP (Banish Hunger; Banish Poverty; Banish Unemployment; Promote Healthy Living; Promote Functional Education and Promote Communal Peace and Progress), the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was almost 10 years. The IAP actually compliments MDGs in a number of ways. In particular, MDGS 4, 5, 6 (to reduce child mortality, Improve maternal health and Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and other diseases) fall under the IAP on access to health care services. It is important to point out that disadvantaged groups throughout the world have no access to any permanent form of health care. As acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Primary Health Care (PHC) is a practical approach to making essential healthcare universally accessible to individuals and families in the community in acceptable and affordable ways and with their full participation. Ogbeni Aregbesola bonded with this thinking and mustered appropriate political will to roll out adequate counterpart funding to partner the state with the MDGs office for the PHC projects in order to provide access to affordable health...


Posted by on Tue, 04/18/2017 - 15:35

Traditionally, live cattle are generally supplied from the northern part of Nigeria by truck with an average weight of 25kg and estimated weight loss of 7.5kg during transportation. A clear Opportunity therefore exists to reverse this weight loss through cattle fattening in a market with close proximity to Lagos. The O-Beef initiative which was launched in 2012 with the establishment of a 78Ha Cattle Hub with capacity for 10,000 Cattle at Oloba, Iwo, is a direct product of such deep introspection.
The objectives of O-beef are:
• Target an initial 10% of the market (110,000 – 140,000 cattle per year)
• Develop the beef value chain in Osun
• Fatten and slaughter cattle in Osun for the Lagos meat market - 3 hours by road, 8 hours by rail
• Develop abattoir-based beef industry clusters
• Build competitive edge through freight services for fattened cattle and beef products
The basic structure within the value chain includes;
• Genetics: introduce improved genetics and Artificial Insemination.
• Breeding: upgrade local cattle by cross breeding, increase quality of carcass and meat yields per animal, and improve performance and progeny.
• Fattening: improve live weight to carcass, improve uniformity and consistency of meat, and increase cash flow.
• Slaughter: enhance efficient, improved and hygienic slaughter
• Marketing: live animals, wholesale carcasses, meat kiosks and brand establishment.


Posted by on Tue, 04/18/2017 - 15:23

At the inception of the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola administration in the State of Osun, agriculture was identified as a key driver for economic transformation of the State. Subsequently, following the identification of the issues and challenges affecting the agriculture sector in the State, the Osun Rural Enterprise & Agriculture Programme (O-REAP) was conceptualized as one of the flagship programmes in the State, focusing on mass food production with the target of meeting 10% of the Food Exchange Bill of Lagos and also achieving its objectives in the areas of Food Security, Economic Empowerment for youths, Economic Transformation and Wealth Creation, leading to increased household income and IGR.

A major objective of O-REAP is the Agricultural Land Expansion Initiative. This component focuses on making more land available to small holders and large scale investors interested in agriculture in the State of Osun, thus increasing the number of small and large farm holdings in the State. The government-owned farm settlements represent a low hanging fruit for the achievement of O-REAP objectives because the total area of the existing 9 farm settlements in Osun, being government holdings constitute less than 10% land available for agriculture in the State, it became imperative for government to find creative ways of making more land available for agricultural purposes, hence the birth of the idea and set up of the Agric Land Bank in the State by Executive order,...

Keeping your Memory sharp at any Age

Posted by on Fri, 01/13/2017 - 00:16

As we grow older, we all start to notice some changes in our ability to remember things. Examples are going to the kitchen and not remembering “Why”, not being able to recall a familiar name during a conversation or missing an appointment because it slipped your mind. Memory lapses can occur at any age, but we tend to get more upset by them as we get older because we fear they are signs of dementia, or loss of intellectual function. The fact is, significant memory loss in older people isn't a normal part of aging—but is due to organic disorders, brain injury, or neurological illness, with Alzheimer's being among the most feared.
Most of the fleeting memory problems that we experience with age reflect normal changes in the structure and function of the brain. These changes can slow certain cognitive processes, making it a bit harder to learn new things quickly or screen out distractions that can interfere with memory and learning. Granted, these changes can be frustrating and may seem far from benign when we need to learn new skills or juggle myriad responsibilities. Here are few strategies we can use to protect and sharpen our minds.

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A higher level of education is associated with better mental functioning in old age. Experts think that advanced education may help keep memory strong by getting a person into the habit of being mentally active. Challenging your brain with mental exercise is believed to activate processes that help maintain...


Posted by on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 23:47

1. Stop delaying going to a toilet.
Keeping your urine in your bladder for too long is a bad idea. A full bladder can cause bladder damage.
The urine that stays in the bladder multiplies bacteria quickly. Once the urine refluxes back to the urether and kidneys, toxic substances can result in kidney infections, then urinary tract infections, and nephritis, plus uremia.When nature calls do it as soon as possible.

2. Stop eating too much salt.
You should eat not more than 5.8 grams of salt daily.

3. Avoid eating too much meat.
Too much protein in your diet is harmful for your kidneys.Protein digestion produces ammonia – a toxin that is very destructive to your kidneys. More meat equals more kidney damage.

4. Stop drinking too much caffeine.
Caffeine is a component of many sodas and soft drinks. It raises your blood pressure and your kidneys start suffering. You should cut down the amount of Coke, Pepsi, Red Bull, etc that you drink daily.

5.Drink water.
Our kidneys should be hydrated properly to perform their functions well.If we don’t drink enough, the toxins can start accumulating in the blood, as there isn’t enough fluid to drain them through kidneys.

***Drink more than 10 glasses of water daily. There is an easy way to check if you are drinking enough water: Look at the colour of your urine; the lighter the colour, the better.

6. Treat Health problems early
Treat all your health problems...


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