Thursday, August 27

Osun realising dreams of founding fathers – Aregbesola

Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said the state is moving closer to the dream of its founding fathers under his watch.

The governor said this in a statement made available to our correspondent by his media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the creation of the state.

The statement read, ” In about four years under his watch, Osun has inched closer to the dreams of those who laboured for the creation of the state 24 years ago.

“We are irrevocably committed to a development paradigm that will lift our state to compete with any proud human habitation anywhere in the world.

“We appreciate the fact that the masses, who are the focus of our development strategies, identify the reasons behind our many efforts. For example, our ambitious urban renewal project is aimed at transforming to the 21 century modern cities with life changing infrastructure in place.

“Projects such as the Oranmiyan New Town, a Central Business District, organised transportation system aided by road networks for the purpose, a functional emergency response scheme in health, security and transportation sectors, modern recreation parks and gardens are all geared towards creating modern environments that our people can call their own.”

In a related development the Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Mr. Najeem Salaam, has tasked citizens to be interested in the development of the state.

Salaam, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butikakuro, said every citizen of the state should develop interest in its development.

The Speaker, however, expressed mixed feelings concerning development index in the state in the past 24 years.

The Speaker commended the transformation of the state by Aregbesola’s government, saying the governor had changed the status of the state from civil service state to a promising investment haven through his development agenda.

He said, “We cannot stay glued to tokenism of the past where consumption took the major proportion of the budget with little for the development of infrastructure and social amenities.

“However, the story is pleasant now, as our budget has become a good example for the academics and budget historians. Though, we have our challenges, nothing good comes easy. “

He urged residents of the state to cultivate the habit of paying taxes in order to give them confidence to demand development and job creation from the government.

While commending workers and volunteers for their commitment to the development of the state, he said they would soon smile to bank over their outstanding salaries.

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