——As NBS Reiterates Osun Rating in Poverty Index
A member of the Osun State House of Assembly, representing Obokun State constituency, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye has bagged the Most Outstanding Lawmaker Award in Nigeria.
The award was conferred on him by the Patriots in Leadership and Service (PILAS) Award on Saturday in Abuja.
Speaking at the award presentation, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said, he was impressed by the honour conferred on Oyintiloye who has distinguished himself in leadership and service to the people.
Represented by the Commissioner for Federal Matters, Idiat Babalola, the governor said, the honour speaks volume of the Oyintiloye’s commitment to service and poverty reduction in the society.
He said the commitment of the lawmaker to quality leadership, service to the people and fight against poverty was in line with the recent rating of Osun as the best in Poverty Index Level by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
He noted that the series of social investment programme of the government were people-oriented.
“We have a path with the people and we have been following that in spite the economic situation. Most of our social investment programmes are now the ones being replicated by the federal government.
“I’m impressed that Oyintiloye has done us proud and proved a point that Osun is always a state to beat in every aspect of governance”, the governor stressed.
He urged Oyintiloye not to rest on his oars by continuing to offer services to the people of Obokun and Osun in general.
The Statistician-General of the Federation, Dr Yemi Kale reiterated that Osun State remains the lowest in Poverty Index Level in Nigeria.
Represented by a Director in the NBS, Mr Isiaka Olanrewaju, a Programme Analyst, Kale said, when people were thinking that Osun was not doing well in Poverty reduction, the report on the analysis and the indicators therein proved otherwise.
“We have compiled some indicators to rank States based on their performance and when some people are thinking that Osun is not doing well, those indicators proved otherwise.
“There is one indicator that measure incidence of poverty in Nigeria and on the ranking, Osun State came last, meaning that Osun is the first state where poverty would not have way.
“When you now talk of Osun state as the state that is not doing well, these indicators proved otherwise. That is again what has reflected in this award, meaning that such Honours should be given to those who actually merit it”.
Receiving the award, Oyintiloye charged governments at all levels to always adopt scientific tools in areas of development to measure society growth and planning.
Calling for funding of agencies whose activities relates with baseline studies and growth measurement, Oyintiloye stressed that society development must be anchored on sound logic, gap study analysis and planning.
Speaking on the award, Oyintiloye stated that the honour has again imposed on him a greater challenge of justifying the confidence reposed on him by the people.
Dedicating the award to Governor Aregbesola and the people of Obokun Constituency, he said the supports he receive have been encouraging him to do more.
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