Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the state government has earmarked a sum of N340 million for President Muhammadu Buhari’s on Thursday.
This is as the State Government has appealed to the people of the state to demonstrate the Omoluabi (virtuous) ethos they have been known for.
The state government in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, stated that the President will during the visit, commission the newly built 3,000 students capacity Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo.
Okanlawon stated that President Buhari’s visit to Osun would be a testimony to the landmark achievements in the almost six years of Governor Rauf Aregbesola as well as the good working relationship between Osun and the Federal Government.
The statement read in part, “From our own corner of this great country, we are poised to set examples on how to solve many of the national social, economic and political complications confronting us.
“The magnificent Osogbo Government High School President Muhammadu Buhari will be commissioning on Thursday is illustrative of the magnitude of our ideas and interventions in the education sector. We remain unrelenting as we continue our assault on delayed infrastructure in our education sector and all other sectors.
“We urge the good people of the state to maintain the peace that the state is noted for during and after the President’s visit. We ask them to give a rousing welcome to our amiable President.
“We call on our people particularly the people of Osogbo and its environs, to come out in their great numbers and give our President a befitting welcome during his visit to our state.
“Mr. President’s visit is historic because it marks the first official Presidential visit to the state since we assumed office as the Governor of this great state”, he said.
Meanwhile, Osun PDP has alleged that the visit of Mr. President to the state is another opportunity to siphon public funds by the Aregbesola led government.
The party said in a statement signed by its spokesman, Prince Diran Odeyemi and made available to newsmen in Osogbo on Wednesday, that for President Buhari’s visit, a sum of N340 million has been earmarked by Aregbesola having spent N140 million on the state 25th anniversary
PDP said that for a “bedridden” state that has failed to pay its workers and meet all its statutory functions, the visit of Mr. President is another opportunity to siphon public funds.
Odeyemi however charged Aregebesola to maximize the occasion of President Buhari’s visit to Osun state on Thursday and table before him series of woes facing the state and the citizens rather than presenting himself as a fulfilled and a performing governor.
“The President, if allowed to inspect Ido Osun Aerodrome, the International market in Dagbolu, Osogbo/ Kwara Boundary road and Osogbo/Gbongan road among other abandoned projects may wish to assist the state in resuscitating them for the benefit of the citizens.
“We heard it on good authority that the President will be commissioning Osogbo Grammar School but would expect governor Aregbesola to tell Nigerians the total cost of the building and the source of its finance” the party declared.
“What other prove do we need to show that Osun state is in quagmire with a huge debt portfolio whereby Osun monthly allocation spends N2.5 billion to service”
“Mr President, by official protocol demand, shall be coming to Osun with some of his cabinet ministers and retinue of Special Advisers, it is therefore important for the President to ask Governor Aregbesola for his own cabinet members”, the party concluded.