Osun state’s uniform unification policy popularly known as O’Uniform, has benefited no less than 3,000 tailors and 5,000 market women since it’s inception in 2012.
The unification policy is part of the state government’s effort to create a unique identity for students, promote culture and stimulate the local economy.
According to Mr. Jayeoba Alagbada, a former Commissioner for Commerce, Co-Op & Empowerment in the state, the innovation ensures uniformity and engenders a unified sense of belonging among all government owned public primary and secondary school pupils in the state.
As at February 2017, at least, the sum of N120 millionhas been made as profits by the textile sellers through the sale of subsidized school uniforms alone.
The O’Uniform programme which is in its 5th year, has so far being subsidized to the tune of N800 million, in addition to the initial N900 million seed investment by the government into the business to guarantee the production and sale of 750,000 pieces of uniforms which the government distributed to students across the state for free at the inception of the programme.
Speaking with journalists over the weekend, Mr. Ayobami Fatai, the manager of Omoluabi Garments Factory, Osogbo, revealed that his Garment Factory is saddled with the local production of Osun School Uniforms while the Osun state government works with the factory to ensure that prices are controlled and affordable.
According to Mr Fatai, the factory also partners with the local association of textiles sellers (Egbe Alaso) to supply the uniforms to the market. So far, the factory has partnered with 5,000 of them. With a down payment of 10% of total value of Uniforms to be collected, the textile sellers get the uniforms in bulk and payment is spread throughout the course of selling.
Omoluabi Garment Factory, is reportedly one of the biggest garment factories in West Africa, and is a thriving Private Public Business Partnership between the government of the state of Osun and Sam & Sara Garments Limited.
The company which produces Uniforms for the Nigerian Military, Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB), Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS), among several others, also acts as a hub to train tailors in the state for free.
Mr. Ayobami Fatai, says thousands of residents in the state have passed through the system, learning how to sow, while also earning at the same time.
Meanwhile, O’Ambulance, the Osun State Ambulance Services had last month disclosed that it rescued more than 2000 people in 2016 through its prompt rescue operations in emergencies across the state.
The Director General of O’Ambulance, Mr. Akinloye, said the state ambulance service responded to more than 1116 road traffic accident emergencies across the state last year in an end-of-the-year review of its activities submitted to the Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor.
Akinloye further revealed that O’Ambulance also responded to 178 cases of collapse, 348 hospital referral and 132 labour emergency cases all of which the lives involved were saved.
The O’Ambulance Boss acknowledged that the agency was able to record such significant figures in saving lives due to the resources available to it. Akinloye said government made available ambulances with relevant equipment, which makes rescue operation and immediate first aid for victim quick and efficient.