● Lists Achievements in the last one year
● Dwells on Ambitious Vision for the State
● Laments National Economic Challenges & Commend Tinubu
● Highlights Landmark Projects in Budget 2024
Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun state has opened up on challenges and progress of governance , listing multiple achievements and assuring the residents of more delivery of democratic dividends.
In a statewide address delivered this Monday morning, the State Governor expressed appreciation for the mass support and high approval ratings he enjoyed among the populace and posited that he and his team are challenged to expand delivery of good governance across the sectors of the state.
“Our administration has big ambitions to develop our dear state. We seek to bridge the developmental gap, to combine human and physical development. We are in a hurry to achieve both human and capital growth. My people, it is achievable. It is doable.
“In the new year, we will refocus attention on cushioning current economic hardship while at the same time building the state economic base. Both goals are achievable as we have demonstrated in the last one year.
“We seek your continued support to achieve our common agenda for collective prosperity. We promise to continue to be a listening and responsive administration, a government of the people ,by the people and for the people”, Mr Governor reassured the people of the state.
AMBITIOUS PLANS/ PROGRESS FOR THE STATE
The State Governor told the people that his “dream is for an Osun economy that gradually moves away from its civil service status to a modern agro – industrial based, creative industry focussed economy”, stressing that such “diversification with a functioning cargo/commercial airport will grow Osun as an export oriented economy as well as a global tourist destination, being the host of important Yoruba cultural assets.
According to the Governor, “we remain firmly focussed on the Five Point Agenda under which you, Osun people, elected us into office. We reaffirm our faith in the principles guiding the five point agenda which are transparency and accountability, open government, localisation, responsive leadership and attunement to citizens’ aspirations”
The Governor stressed that his administration since assuming office introduced a wholesale approach to governance which involved dismantling bobby traps planted by our predecessor, blocking leakages in public finance, addressing the corruption and revenue diversion in the solid mineral sector, restoring local government administration for grassroot development, embarking on mass water project provision, executing 91 kilometers of road construction, implementing free medical surgeries with over 50,000 beneficiaries, total renovation of 31 schools,launching sport sector reforms, reviving the major commercial and industrial projects of the state,pushing for implementation of agric processing zone in Osun state; paying strong attention to workers’ welfare; tapping into tourism, entertainment and cultural potentials of the state; ramping up efforts for a cargo and commercial airport for Osun state, among others.
He noted that his administration achieved a lot in the last one year by ensuring belt tightening, reducing cost of governance and denying ourselves many perquisites of office, adding that “as a Governor, my official expenditures are covered through the approval process rather than security votes, thereby assuring transparency and accountability.
“As of today, our administration is struggling to purchase official vehicles for the state cabinet because the officials of the previous government bolted away with state vehicles. So our cabinet and other top officials have been using their private cars since we appointed them into office. Also, we are still working to renovate the official quarters vandalized by the officials of previous governments. Many of our top officials still operate from their private houses.
“Despite the above handicap, our team is determined to continue to deliver on our electoral promises. I am glad to report with gratitude to God that we have remained responsive to the will and aspirations of our people. We get positive feedback and we are satisfied with our high approval ratings.
“We are challenged to do more. We are prepared to make corrections where necessary as much as we will remain uncompromising when it comes to anti-corruption drive, transparency and accountability as well due process. As I always affirm, our tenure is married to due process, rule of law and fear of God”, Governor Adeleke
“We are implementing an ambitious state agenda which targets infrastructure upgrade, diversifying the state economic base and deepening the revenue structure of the state.
“For the infra upgrade, we are convinced that the state economy cannot attract required investment to realise its industrial potential unless the problem of infrastructure deficit is addressed. Hence, we have started the implementation of the multi-billion naira infra plan that I launched a few months ago.
“For economic diversification, we are growing the creative industry; we are opening up the industrial sector; we are attracting investors in key sectors; and we are re-skilling our youth through the soon to be unveiled Imole Youth Corps.
“To deepen the revenue base, we are tapping into the solid mineral sector; we are reforming the tax sector to eliminate multiple taxation while widening the tax base.
INTERVENTIONS ON ECONOMIC HARDSHIP
While lamenting the harsh economic challenges facing the nation, Governor Adeleke commended President Bola Tinubu for his concerted efforts to solve the knotty questions of high inflation, high cost of living and general dislocation in the national economy,which he described as “macro and micro economic issues largely beyond the purview of the state governments.
“We, as a state government, commend President Bola Tinubu for his relentless actions towards economic restoration. But as we all know and as we are still experiencing, the economic crisis continues unabated despite the best of efforts. Osun, through the National Economic Council, is collaborating with the central government to support federal initiatives targeted at reducing inflation, cost of living and stabilising the national economy”, he stated.
He assured the people of the state that the various intervention funds received from the Federal Government and development partners are being carefully applied for various purposes as designed, ranging from infrastructure, wage award, transport logistics to social investment as manifested in the many completed and ongoing grassroots development projects in Osun state, adding “Our administration ensures strict compliance with due process, procurement laws and public service financial regulations.
“Beyond supporting federal initiatives, our government is also ensuring judicious application of intervention resources for maximum impact. Unlike the practice in the past, our government is focussing on groups with a likely multiplier effect on the larger society. We are aware of the strong nexus between formal and informal sectors of Osun society.
“To this end, our interventions is an holistic one that emphasise the following: regular, full payment of workers’ salaries as at when due; phased payment of half salary debt as a form of palliative; phased payment of pension debt; free enrolment of all pensioners in the health insurance scheme; quarterly Imole free medical surgeries; wage award to pensioners and public workers; introduction of Imole bus service; boosting local economy through strong local content in project implementation; and a system of direct labour for localisation.
HIGHLIGHTS OF BUDGET 2024
Calling attention to Budget 2024, Governor Adeleke said “it encompasses our plans and agenda for the new year. It is a year of reconstruction and eventual recovery.
The infra projects slated for implementation this new year under the multi-billion naira programme include the following:phase 2 of the reconstruction and furnishing of schools,making a total of 35 schools; phase 2 of the water projects: 332 water projects, one in each ward of the state; renovation, and in some cases, reconstruction and furnishing of primary care health centers. 345 in number with at least one in every ward of the state; phase 2 of rehabilitation and Construction of roads across the State of about 1.5 Kilometers in each LGAs, totalling 31 kilometers of roads; dualization of Old Garage – Okefia – Lameco road, Osogbo;
Others include dualization of Ilesa/Akure -Brewery – Palace road, Ilesha; dualization of Akoda-Baptist High School – Oke Gada road, Ede; construction of flyover Okefia Roundabout, Osogbo; construction of flyover at Lameco Roundabout, Osogbo; construction of Flyover at Alamisi Junction roundabout, Ikirun; construction of flyover at Mayfair Roundabout, Ile Ife; construction of flyover at Owode market, Ede; completion of rehabilitation of Inter-city roads such as Osogbo-Iwo Road plus dualisation from Odo Ori to Odo Oba River; rehabilitation of Otan Ayegbaju – Iresi road; and rehabilitation of Ede-Egbedi-Erin Osun road among others.
He re-emphasised that his administration is implementing all the above projects without borrowing a kobo, adding “we are relying on savings from various earnings, blockage of revenue leakage and reduction in the cost of governance and projects through localisation and direct labor”
Mallam Olawale Rasheed,
Spokesperson to Osun State Governor