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Whistleblower Saves the Day

Posted by on Mon, 12/30/2013 - 11:32

BOSS received a project alert telephone call from an observant citizen of Osun who resides in Ede South Local Government.
He complained that the on-going hydraulic structure (drainage work) being constructed on Awotutu - Olowo bida road in the local government is substandard. He implored BOSS to verify his claims and take any necessary action to correct any wrong on the project.

BOSS immediately swung into action and on assessment of the project, BOSS found the observant citizen’s claims to be true. BOSS thereafter ordered the demolition of 450 metres of substandard concrete work which was not in line with the project specification and directed the contractor to recast according to specification.

BOSS appreciates all callers on our project alert telephone line. In case you observe any anomaly in project execution around your community, please reach us on 08101077767.

World Bank YESSO Workshop in Osun

Posted by on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 19:59

The State of Osun is hosting the final Generic Operations Manual Review and Readiness Workshop on the World Bank youth employment program, YESSO (Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO).
The two-day workshop is holding at the Royal Park Hotel, Iloko-Ijesa. A total of seven states including Bauchi, Kwara, Oyo, Osun, Cross River, Niger and Ekiti are represented at the workshop. Representatives of the Federal Government and agencies such as National Directorate for Employment (NDE), National Planning Commission (NPC), Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and National Poverty Eradication Program (NAPEP) are also present at the workshop.
The objective of the workshop is to finalize the generic Operations Manual, and sensitize all key staff of Federal Operations Coordinating Unit (FOCU), SOCU and designated Project Implementation Units (PIUs) at Federal and State levels to their roles and responsibility as well as deliverables on the YESSO support program.
The Bureau of Social Services (BOSS) is hosting the workshop for the state government of Osun.

Picture 1 Below : Sector Leader, Human Development, World Bank, Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa and Mr. Femi Ifaturoti, Team Lead, State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU) for Osun at the workshop

Picture 2 Below: Cross-section of participants at the workshop

World Bank YESSO Workshop in Osun

Posted by on Thu, 06/20/2013 - 19:52

The State of Osun is hosting the final Generic Operations Manual Review and Readiness Workshop on the World Bank youth employment program, YESSO (Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO).
The two-day workshop is holding at the Royal Park Hotel, Iloko-Ijesa. A total of seven states including Bauchi, Kwara, Oyo, Osun, Cross River, Niger and Ekiti are represented at the workshop. Representatives of the Federal Government and agencies such as National Directorate for Employment (NDE), National Planning Commission (NPC), Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and National Poverty Eradication Program (NAPEP) are also present at the workshop.
The objective of the workshop is to finalize the generic Operations Manual, and sensitize all key staff of Federal Operations Coordinating Unit (FOCU), SOCU and designated Project Implementation Units (PIUs) at Federal and State levels to their roles and responsibility as well as deliverables on the YESSO support program.
The Bureau of Social Services (BOSS) is hosting the workshop for the state government of Osun.

Participatory methods by Robert Chambers

Posted by on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 10:22

An extra evening session was organized on Day 8 of the on-going Monitoring and Evaluation for Results training holding at the Old Ship Hotel, Brighton, United Kingdom to take us further on participatory methods of data collection and as part of activities marking the 30th year anniversary of IMA International.
The session was conducted by Professor Robert Chambers, a professorial fellow in the Institute of Development of Development Studies (IDS) in the University of Sussex.
Prof. Chambers took us through the Power and Potential of Participatory Statistics and demonstrated its extensive application across many fields of evaluation and impact assessment using examples such as Participatory Map Generating Census in Sri Lanka, Resource Map of Village Agro-ecological Zones in Adi-Ktekla Village, Mendefera, Eritrea and Cumulative Prioritized Problem Index of Poor (cPPIP) in Bangladesh.
Participants in the training course were also joined by development professionals from Sightsavers, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, rYico, Health Partners International and many other development organizations from the United Kingdom.
Participants at the IMA International training received free copies of Who Counts? The Power of Participatory Statistics, a book by Prof. Chambers. Several of Prof. Chambers’ publications were also on display after the session and he had a fantastic time autographing some copies of his books including Provocations for Development, Paradigms...

BOSS team attends United Kingdom training course

Posted by on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 21:44

A BOSS team is currently attending a two-week certificate course on Monitoring and Evaluation for Results conducted by IMA International in Brighton, United Kingdom. IMA international has been training development professionals for the past 30 years and is working with Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UKAID, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Shell, Oxfam, International HIV/AIDS Alliance and many others. IMA International is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC).
The BOSS team consisting of the Director General, Mr. Femi ifaturoti and three other staffers are privileged to benefit from the thorough expertise of the facilitators at IMA international. The Bureau of Social Services is thus benefiting from Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s avowed commitment to human capital development in the State of Osun, South West Nigeria.
Through this rigorous course, the BOSS DG and relevant staffers will experience upgraded capacities in their overarching role in the remit of managing the results chain and tracking performance in respect of the multiple programs and projects of the Aregbesola administration.
The course is being attended by participants from many countries across the globe such as Kosovo, Netherlands, Qatar, South Sudan, Nigeria, Mozambique, Italy and England.

BOSS assesses O-Ambulance

Posted by on Thu, 11/22/2012 - 19:32

The Bureau’s visited the ambulance unit stationed at Okuku Local Government Area; the paramedics on duty, Mr Mayowa Adeshina and Miss Adebimpe Victoria informed us that by about 11: 45pm the previous night, they treated a UNIOSUN student who sustained head injuries from a fight with another student of the same institution. The student in issue was also given stitches.

In case of any emergency members of the public can call 07080601212 and 07080601313, with the emergency short code being 112.

BOSS at OBOPS

Posted by on Thu, 11/22/2012 - 19:31

The Bureau of Social services on a regular basis evaluates the various on-going agricultural projects within the State.
Pictured is one of the poultry farms set up in the state with the support of the state government under the (Osun Broiler Outgrowers Production Scheme) OBOPS.

BOSS at OFOPS

Posted by on Thu, 11/22/2012 - 19:29

BOSS Project monitoring team inspected Orimolade fish farm in Okuku Local Government Area of Osun State. This fishery is an enterprise of the Osun Fishery Outgrowers Production Scheme (OFOPS).
The fish farm is made up 27 ponds and some ponds contain up to 40,000 fish. The ponds are dug into the ground and are maintained by a water flow-through method.
The facilities the Bureau met on site also include a hatchery; a place for artificial fertilization and breeding of larval and juvenile fish.
During our enquiry, BOSS also observed that the fish farm has a training centre where OYES cadets are trained on Catfish farming.
Orimolade farm currently has employed 53 citizens of the State.

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