Osun 2024 budget: Your partnership with this administration is key-Osun commissioner tells JDPMC

Osun 2024 budget: your partnership with this administration is key-Osun commissioner tells JDPMC

Honourable Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Prof Moruf Ademola Adeleke under the present Administration of the Executive Governor of Osun State, Senator. Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke has emphasized the importance of collaboration between Civil Society Organizations and the Government.

Prof. Moruf stated this during an Advocacy Visit to his Office by a prominent Non-Governmental Organization in the state known as the Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre (JDPMC), Osogbo.

According to the Honourable Commissioner “Your profile both within and outside the State speaks volumes that you have weight, I must let you know that we both carry this same mandate of Peace, Justice and human capital development agenda, this administration needs you so that we can together take this state to the enviable height as envisioned by the founding fathers. We are open to partnership and always feel free to come to us for any clarifications on the budgetary provisions of the state”, he said.

Speaking earlier, the team lead, Mr Festus Ojewumi who spoke on behalf of the General Coordinator of JDPMC, Rev. Fr. Peter Akinkunmi appreciated the commissioner and his team for granting the advocacy visit. He said the visit aims to discuss various issues around the 2024 budget and also seek further collaborations on how both institutions can work together for the good of the State in the area of Osun 2024 budget implementation.  

He therefore assured the support of the JDPMC, Osogbo to the Ministry “We can assure you that today’s interface will not end here, whenever we have any question or concern we will reach out to you”, he concluded.

Peacebuilding: Let Love Rule more in 2024- JDPMC urges Osun farmers & pastoralists

In a proactive initiative to tackle the persistent crisis among farmers and herders due to farm damages caused by cows, especially at the peak of the dry season, the Rural Development Programme (RUDEP) of the Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre (JDPMC) of the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo, has advised farmers and herders to embrace peaceful coexistence in the interest of the overall community peace and development.

Speaking on the theme of the radio Programme “Peaceful co-existence between Farmers and Herders; a Panacea for Community and Agricultural Development” Morenike, the Head of Programme for ‘RUDEP’ in her wealth of experience, advocated for open dialogue and mutual understanding between Farmers and Herders to promote harmony within the agricultural community by proactively tackling potential causes of conflict and the subjects (Farmers and Herders), particularly, during the dry season.

Onaolapo gave the advice while participating on a weekly radio programme tagged ‘Idagbasoke’ sponsored by the Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre of the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo on OSBC Radio 104.5FM

She sheds light on causes of conflicts among farmers and herders with active participation of the general public through live phone in session. Some of the suggested causes participatorily shared were night grazing, repeated/deliberate farm invasion by pastoralists, use of young/underage shepherds, wrong accusation of innocent pastoralists due to non-identification of farm invasion perpetrators by farmers, retaliation/revenge, impatient of victims and use of foul words.  

She, therefore, emphasized the imperative of holding regular meetings between the Herders’ Leaders and host community Leaders with the collaboration of other stakeholders to prevent and manage conflicts efficiently. For timely issue reporting, three phone lines were presented to the general public, including

the Chairman of sheriki Fulani in Osun State.

To report any related case of farm invasion, call JDPMC’s Office or NSCDC, Osun Command on this toll-free line: 080-000-121212.

Osun PWDs Bill: “Your contributions are golden”- Osun lawmaker hails JDPMC

A member representing Obokun Constituency in the Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Adewumi Adeyemi has commended a prominent, faith-based and Non-governmental Organization in the State also known as Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre (JDPMC), Osogbo for its enriched contributions towards the Osun State Disability Protection Bill, 2023.

Honourable Adewumi gave the commendation on the floor of the House during the Public Hearing on the Osun State Disability Protection bill, 2023 sponsored by the Lawmaker.

The Lawmaker described JDPMC Osogbo as a game changer in the drive for human capital development and added that its zeal and passion for promoting inclusivity irrespective of gender, colour, race and religion could not matched in the State.

Speaking further, the lawmaker said that the contributions of the Organization had immensely enriched the Bill and made it worthwhile, he therefore assured the Organization and the General Public that every contribution made would be considered during the next committee hearing on the bill.

“I am not surprised at the contributions made by the JDPMC on the floor of the House today, your zeal and passion for the less privileged particularly your drive for human capital development initiative has always been second to none. You have enriched this Bill and your contributions are golden, I equally assure the people of Osun that every contribution to this Bill will be considered accordingly.” He said.

Earlier in his recommendations on behalf of the Organization, the General Coordinator of the Justice, Development and Peace Makers, Centre, Osogbo, Rev. Fr. Peter Akinkunmi said that the Bill was not far from the heartbeat and yearnings of the Persons With Disabilities and lauded the thoughtfulness of the lawmaker as well as the entire 8th Osun Assembly under the Leadership of Honourable Speaker, Adewale Egbedun.

Fr. Akinkunmi however pointed out the need for creating sections that would promote Persons With Disabilities’ participation in Politics and Governance as well as the establishment of an Agency that would expressly be in charge of the Bill for proper implementation.

He therefore noted that the Organization was more than willing to partner with Corporate Bodies or Individuals of shared visions in bringing change to the State and Country at large.

The highlight of the RECOMMENDATIONS of the JDPMC:


There is a need to include a section that will promote Persons With Disabilities’ (PWDs) participation in Politics and Governance with the specific provision from the Political party to give a certain percentage to PWDs to contest for different elective positions at all levels of government in the state. Also in terms of appointment, a minimum of 5% must be earmarked for all appointments in the state at all levels of government.


There should also be an agency of Government which may be under the Ministry of Sports and Special Needs that will be in charge of the implementation of this bill as many other necessary provisions needed by PWDs, by implication, this will enable the Government to have the support of foreign donors or Philanthropists who could help in some areas of the needs of PWDs in the state.  

Peacekeeping: JDPMC presents a toll-free telephone line to Osun NSCDC to sustain peace

As part of the laudable initiative to strengthen the security grid and sustain existing peaceful co-existence in Osun State, especially putting her on the security-crisis-free roadmap in Nigeria and the world, the Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre (JDPMC), Osogbo has presented a toll-free telephone line to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Osun State Command.

The prominent and faith-based Organization presented the Device at the Biannual Stakeholders’ Dialogue Meeting on Peaceful Co-existence between Farmers and Herders in Osun State.

According to the General Coordinator of the JDPMC Osogbo, Rev.Fr.Peter Akinkunmi, the gesture was aimed to stimulate rapid response actions in the Command and enhance their security efforts so as to head off any civil unrest that might arise, particularly between Osun Farmers and Herders in the State.

Speaking further during the handing over of the Device, Rev.Fr.Peter Akinkunmi said that the partnership consideration of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Osun State Command was borne out of the need assessment of capacity strengthening of the command and the fulfilment of the JDPMC’s vision-mission statement which aims at pragmatic action for Justice and Peace in every community more importantly to foster inter-ethnic tolerance and relations.

He, therefore, urged the command led by Commandant Sunday Agboola to justify the decision by being more proactive in the communal-clash mediation and intervention while appreciating them for their sacrificial efforts in the past in ensuring that Peaceful co-existence in Osun is sustained.

“You have been one of our highly valued partners in the State, especially in the area of Peace sustainability between Farmers and Pastoralists which had in no small measure been helpful to our vision as an Organization, if anyone asks why the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Osun State Command, this is simply the reason,

Our ultimate goal is to strengthen and sustain peaceful co-existence among members of the communities irrespective of tribe, colour, age or gender, not only this but also to entrench sustainable agriculture through human capital development. It is our sincere hope that you will justify the confidence reposed in you by being more proactive in this peace business”. He concluded

Responding to the kind gesture, Commandant Sunday Agboola ably represented by the Head of Peace and Conflict Management Department, Mr.Paul Akinwolere commended and gave kudos to Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre, Osogbo for the laudable initiative he therefore reaffirmed the commitment and maximum cooperation of the Command to the JDPMC and good people of the State at large.

Also speaking on the development, the Chairman of Seriki-Fulani in Osun State, Alhaji Ibrahim Babatunde and the President of Sustainable Farmers Association (SUFA), Elder Adewumi Adelowotan expressed their optimism on the outcome the initiative would bring about, equally promised to collaborate more with one another to achieve sustainable peace in the State.

World Environment Day: JDPMC harps on recycling culture to save the Earth

A prominent, faith-based, not-for-profit and non-governmental Organization in Osun State known as Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre (JDPMC), Osogbo has charged Nigerians especially end users of plastic materials in the country to imbibe the culture of recycling in their day to day activity in order to save the environment from further degradation.

This charge was made known in a statement released by the organisation through the Department of the Rural Development Programmes which was aimed to commemorate this year’s World Environment Day.

According to the statement “the Planet Earth is experiencing the gravest threat to life as an estimated 19-23 tons of unrecycled plastics yearly, end up in lakes, rivers and seas and this in turn find their way to the food we eat, water we drink and even the air we breathe, posing a serious threat to human and animal health. In response to this, the Rural Development Programme of the JDPMC supports and joins the campaign on plastic recycling so as to beat plastic pollution and restore the ecosystem for the benefit of all.

The Organization also urged the relevant stakeholders in the business of environmental safety and climate change solutions to renew their efforts and approaches so as to put an end to environmental degradation while expressing her readiness for a partnership towards the mission.

Ekiti guber poll: Vote buying dominates 11 LGs out 16 LGs

Not more than 11 local governments out of 16 local governments in the 2022 Ekiti Gubernatorial Election have been said to have fraught with vote-buying.

The Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre, (JDPMC) Osogbo made this known while speaking with the newsmen

at her election situation room in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state.

The group noted that it gathered the fact from the field report through its trained and accredited 80 observers deployed across 16 local Governments of the state.

Reacting to the situation, the General Coordinator of the JDPMC, Osogbo, Rev.Fr.Peter Akinkunmi said ” It is saddened that
this kind of primitive practice is still operational in this age despite the large scale of sensitization and voters’ education by the stakeholders concerned,

It is a statement of fact that there is poverty in the land we are not oblivion of this but then, this display of its second fiddle cannot solve the situation either”.

He stated further that the organization will not deter in trying her best to make sure that people take responsibility for themselves and true change they seek would have to begin with them.

End to VAWIP: Fresh FM, Rave FM others drum support for JDPMC

As part of the effort to stamp out violence against women in politics thereby increasing their involvement and participation for more robust dividends of democracy and good governance in Osun state and Nigeria at large, the staff and entire management of the Fresh 104.9 FM, Rave 91.7 FM and Unique FM 103.1 under the leadership of the Akinkunmi Alabi, Femi Olanipekun and Jare Ayo Martins respectively have assured their support to the Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ centre,(JDPMC) Osogbo in her cause to put an end to the violence against women in politics.

The group made the promise during the advocacy visits to their various stations by the Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre team, Osogbo led by Head of Programme, JDPMC Festus Ojewumi.

Speaking on the reason behind the visits, the Head of Programme, JDPMC Festus Ojewumi explained that the visit was borne out of the recognition of the media’s influence on the society and their power of narrative change particularly in making a case for the women to be allowed to contribute their quota to Nigeria’s political context and good governance without their lives being threatened or violated especially in the 2022 Osun state Governorship election.

Nigerian women deserve to be heard and seen in politics not all women are wayward, we still have rare assets among them who are more than able to turn things around in Nigeria’s sectors. There are provisions in the law that favour them, a perfect example is the Osun Prohibition Against Gender-Based Violence as embedded in Osun 2021 Violence against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law, with your support we can push for its full-scale implementation through a lawfully aggressive campaign because we recognize your influence and power of narrative change”, he concluded.

In their separate remarks, the General Manager of Fresh Fm Akinkunmi Alabi, Rave Fm Femi Olanipekun and Unique Fm Jare Martins appreciated JDPMC’s courage and result-oriented efforts in changing lives and making society a peaceful one. They therefore expressed readiness to support JDPMC in ending violence against women in politics more importantly in this coming Osun Gubernatorial election so that their voice would also count for the benefit of all.

Osun Youths commend JDPMC for sustaining their interest in Agriculture through technical support

Osun state Youths under the umbrella body of the Sustainable Farmers’ Association also known as ‘SUFA’ have commended the Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre, (JDPMC) Osogbo for its laudable efforts towards ensuring the sustainability of Youths’ interest in Agricultural practice.

The youths gave the commendation during a 2-day Annual Youth Training organized by Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre as part of an attempt to reshape the perspective of youths in Osun state.

Speaking on behalf of other participants Abioye Veronica, Akinyemi Paul and Adegboye Peter noted that the lessons learned from the training have opened their horizons to the prospect in agriculture both in crops and livestock.

They promised to justify the purpose of the training by applying all the recommended practices taught in their various farms while commending JDPMC for enhancing the capacity and interest of the youths in agriculture.

In her remark, the Head of Department for Rural Development Programme of the JDPMC, Onaolapo Morenike said that the aim of the annual training was to sustain the interest of the youths in agriculture and reduce the level of dependency in Osun state.

She added that the organization would not deter in building the capacity of the Youths to the maximum potentials in the state for their better tomorrow.

World Food Day: “recourse to farming for a better economic revival” – JDPMC enjoins Govt

A prominent and faith-based Non-Governmental Organization in Osun state which promotes action for justice and peace, holistic human development as well as participation in the transformation of the world also known as Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre (JDPMC) has charged the government at all levels in Nigeria to shift the course of focus to the agriculture as its mainstay rather oil.

The charge came to the fore in commemorating this year’s World Food Day by the General Coordinator of the JDPMC, Rev. Fr. Peter Akminkunmi.

Fr. Akinkunmi expressed his worry over the state of the nation’s economy due to the poor attention to the agricultural sector which ought to have been a mainstay of the country’s comparative advantage in the world market but it was sad that reverse was the case.

” It is worrisome that agricultural sector in Nigeria has not yet taken its rightful footing despite the media blitz from Government at all levels, the reality can be vividly seen in this year budget, for instance, this 2021 budget agriculture took less than 5% of the total budget of the year. This is not encouraging!

It is critical Governments pay attention to the details of this sector by finding the last solution to the challenges facing the sector by providing necessary technical supports such as standardized irrigation farming system as an alternative to inconsistent rainfall patterns, soft/interest-free loans and provision of well-circulated seedlings to the targeted beneficiaries (Farmers in dire need),” he stated.

He noted further that such intensifying efforts would not only help local productions and agro-processing but also revamp and make the economy of Nigeria more stronger.

“As Nigeria joins the rest of the globe to mark this World Food Day, I, therefore, beseech Nigerian Governments to take recourse to farm for a better economic revival for the interest of all especially, rural people who have nowhere to go,

However, I must appreciate all resilient rural farmers who stand out and firm at ensuring that there is food security in Nigeria through their regular local produce despite all odds,” he concluded.

Build first the bridge of education for your Girl Child-JDPMC enjoins parents

The need to build a strong bridge of education that will measure up Nigerian-girl children to the technological advancement in their daily endeavour has been stressed.

This was made known in an International day of girl child’s message by the General Coordinator, Rev.Fr.Peter Akinkunmi of the Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre (JDPMC), osogbo.

Speaking on this year theme: “Digital Generation” Fr. Akinkunmi noted that it is a great joy the world is now being driven by digitilization and technology which made every girl child to be involved in digitilization but beyond this, it is important to build a solid foundation of educational bridge upon which this realistic technology could stand.

“It is a good thing that girls are getting involved in technology, that is, now at the centre stage of digital world of limitless possibilities but It is also strongly believed that educating any girl child is key. Between every disadvantaged girl child and her goal, a bridge is needed to connect them for actualization,” he said.

He therefore advised parents to prioritise education for their girl children before any other factor in order to instill cultural software of excellence in them and better headstart among their equals particularly their male counterparts.

While congratulating all the girl children, adding that JDPMC would not desist from putting culture of gender balance into proper perspective in Osun state.