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Osun Assembly Reverts State Name To ‘Osun State’

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Osun Assembly Reverts State Name To ‘Osun State’
Osun Assembly Reverts State Name To ‘Osun State’

The Osun Assembly passed a Bill on Monday, reverting the state’s name back to ‘Osun State’ from the previous ‘State of Osun’. This change initially occurred in 2012 under the governance of former Governor Rauf Aregbesola. The Assembly introduced the ‘Osun State Anthem, Crest, and Flag Amendment Bill 2023’ to restore the state’s original name. After the Bill successfully passed the third reading during the plenary session, Speaker Mr. Adewale Egbedun announced that it would be sent to the governor for assent. Once the governor signs the Bill into law, it will replace the previous Osun Anthem, Crest, and Flag Bill of 2012.

In addition to reverting the state’s name, the new Bill also modifies the state’s flag and crest to align with the Nigerian flag and the Nigerian Coat of Arms. However, the State Anthem established by the previous Bill remains unchanged.

During the session, the Assembly screened 13 out of the 25 commissioner nominees who appeared before them. The ad-hoc screening committee, chaired by Mr. Akinyode Oyewusi, recommended all the nominees for confirmation, stating that they met the requirements of the law as specified in Section 192 (2) of the Nigerian Constitution (amended) in terms of competence and qualification.

Speaker Egbedun clarified that the nominees would be considered for confirmation once the House concludes the screening process.

In a related development, the Osun State Muslim Community (OSMC), representing various Muslim groups in the state, recently stated that Governor Ademola Adeleke did not engage in any misconduct while compiling the list of his cabinet nominees. The President of OSMC, Sheikh Mustapha Olayiwola, addressed the press during a one-week event marking the 1445 Hijrah Calendar, assuring that the governor’s appointments have been balanced thus far.

He highlighted that key positions within the administration, such as Chief of Staff, Secretary to the State Government, and spokesperson, were filled by Muslims. Sheikh Olayiwola emphasized that while the governor’s role in commissioner appointments is significant, it is not an exclusive duty, and he believed that more Muslims would be appointed in the future. He encouraged greater Muslim involvement in politics, suggesting that abstaining from it due to perceived impurities is not beneficial.

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