A group, the Civil Societies Coalition for Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS), has expressed dissatisfaction over the purported plan to spend a whopping N140million by the state government on the 25th anniversary celebration of the state.
According to the civil group, expending such a huge amount of money to mark the carving out of Osun out of old Oyo state at a time when indigenes of the state are facing economic hardship is unreasonable and unacceptable.
In a statement issued yesterday and signed by the CSCEOS’ Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi,Alimi Sulaiman, the group said all indications showed that the money was meant to be shared, allegedly, by the cronies of the state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola.
It alleged that Aregbesola has turned all events in the state into conduit pipes where Osun’s meagre resources were being siphoned into private purses of individuals .
“Such a celebration should not cost more than N10 million when the state as part of the federating unit of the country is facing economic recess. But to spend N140m is sheer wasteful!”, the statement read.
The group therefore challenged the state government to come out and tell the public what such amount would be spent on during the purported anniversary which is scheduled to hold on Saturday, 27th of August, 2016.