This was disclosed via a statement released on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, by Aregbesola’s media aide, Semiu Okanlawon.
Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, said that his administration had performed well despite being unable to pay its workers for the past 7 months.
This was disclosed via a statement released by Aregbesola’s media aide, Semiu Okanlawon.
The Governor is also said to have scored himself high during a courtesy visit to him by the Osun Action Strategy and Development Group.
The statement reads:
“Despite the financial shortage, even the most virulent critics of this government cannot deny that the administration has performed creditably well.”
“This government built roads, schools, supplied students with Opon Imo (Tablets of Knowledge), distributed uniforms to all public students in the state, created welfare programmes for the old and vulnerable people as well as supporting farmers.
“No state has done what Osun did in the area of security, which today has totally checked crimes and other anti-social activities in the state. Huge amount of money was committed to purchasing armoured personnel carrier and ambulances which are strategically located in the state and responding to distress calls round the clock.”
“If all the programmes, with huge cost involved, are factored into the accruable revenue of the state, it will be crystal clear why the state is where it is today.”
“As we are trying to find solution to these challenges, we must not also run away from what brought us to this situation. For those who think this is an opportunity to pillory us in this economic condition, I pity them. Only God does not fail.”
“We shall overcome; we shall recover from this challenge. I sympathise and feel for the workers. I appeal to them to bear with us as we work assiduously to end this problem. I assure them that the period of agony will soon be over. It is disheartening for people to work and such work fails to translate into wages. It is a harrowing experience for both workers and the government.”
Meanwhile the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Osun has urged the governor to sell the state helicopter in order to raise funds for salaries.