Osun no longer a civil service state – Aregbesola
The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said that in spite
all odds, his administration has turned Osun from being a civil
service state to commercial, industrial and agricultural based state.
He was the special guest of honour at Raufnomics III, the colloquium
organised in his honour on the occasion of his 61th birthday, held at
Aurora Events Centre, Osogbo on Sunday.
Speaking at the event, he expressed gratitude to God for making all
his aspirations to come to fruition, noting that his government has in
the last seven and half years impacted positively on the lives of
every resident in the state.
Aregbesola stated, “Against all odds, the joy I have is the fact that
our administration has given Osun a true identity it deserves as we
have executed myriads of pro-people projects that have in one way or
the other impacted greatly in their lives.
“Today we are proud that Osun has transited from civil service economy
to rural agrarian, commercial and industrial based economy as being
reflected in the latest rating of Osun as a state with highest human
condition of happiness in Nigeria.
“We have done so much for our people, we have put in place indelible
landmarks hard to be surpassed by anyone as our state is of today
being rated as one of the most peaceful states with minimal
unemployment rate in Nigeria”, Aregbesola enthused.
The governor also described ‘Jonathanomics’, the economic philosophy
of former President Goodluck Jonathan as one in which oil proceeds are
shared directly by PDP leaders and their cronies without remittance to
the federation account. The amount lost to this, according to Governor
Aregbesola, was more than N8 trillion of which Osun’s share should
have been a whooping N75 billion, enough to complete all his projects
and pay workers full salaries.
“Jonathanomics is undoubtedly the direct spending of oil proceeds by
PDP big wigs without remittance to the federation account, in an
unmitigated primitive accumulation of the commonwealth by a coterie of
government insiders and their outside cronies. While PDP leaders were
becoming stupendously rich, the country and its states become poorer”
said the Osun Governor.
Speaking earlier at the programme, as the guest speaker, the Registrar
and Chief Executive Officer of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board
(JAMB), Professor Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede, described the
infrastructural development which Osun has witnessed in the last seven
and half years of Governor Rauf Aregbesola as unprecedented in the
history of the state.
He said whoever that is sane must commend Aregbesola for aggressively
transforming Osun and taking the state out of the shackles of
retrogression and backwardness.
The JAMB Registrar lauded the Aregbesola’s administration for
prioritizing the welfare of the citizens with the provision of basic
infrastructural developments in all sectors.
He said the present administration in Osun has shown to the world the
need for the enthronement of good government, governance and
representation as being seen in the quality of services rendered and
leadership exhibited by governor Aregbesola.
Oloyede described Osun as one of the few states in Nigeria that are
blessed with good leadership, a favour he said has helped to
reposition Osun beyond human expectation.
The JAMB boss lauded the efforts of Governor Aregbesola in the
education sector, saying Osun has laid a worthy precedence that should
be emulated by any government that desires quality education.
While commending the social investment programmes of the Aregbesola’s
administration, the JAMB Registrar said Osun has made a huge
difference in all spheres of life.
“Whoever that is sane must know that Aregbesola has done well. I am
not a praise-singer neither I my a sycophant but to say the truth,
Osun is lucky to have a personality like Aregbesola as governor
because his emergence has not only repositioned Osun but transformed
it beyond expectation.
“Every time I come to Osun, I wonder why people are not celebrating Mr
Governor as much as I thought because we all knew how Osun was before
and how it is now as we have seen changes here and there.
“He (Aregbesola) has changed the face of Osun through massive
infrastructural development especially in the education and road
construction sectors which I have testified to by myself.
“Osun is one of the states I can beat my chest on in terms of
transformation, growth and development. I have seen good road networks
that were not there before; I have seen schools with state-of-the-arts
facilities across the nooks and crannies of the state.
“Aregbesola’s achievements beyond what anyone can fault, though it is
far from what we hear in the media but I believe without any
reservation that we are lucky to have Aregbesola as Governor.
“I am saying this emphatically because Aregbesola has performed
excellently well by my assessment which I can justify by the facts I
have gathered and seen by myself.
“I have brought a lot of people to Osun to come and see wonders going
on in the state and as I am talking to you Osun has become a model of
development in Nigeria”, Oloyede stressed.
Speaking on the theme of the colloquium: “Functional Education as a
Tool for National Development and a Gateway to Freedom”, Oloyede
called for quality, qualitative and functional education as the path
to all round growth and development.
“For us to earn functional education as a tool for national
development and a gateway to freedom, no effort must be spared to
review our academic curriculum to suit the present and future
challenges as functional education is the bedrock of freedom and
bedrock of development
“Since the essence of acquiring education is to be self-sustaining,
self-dependent, and to be useful for oneself, society and nation at
large and to serve humanity, thus no effort must be spared to promote
quality and functional education”, he added.