Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Osun State has called on the state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to immediately vacate the seat following what it called the deplorable condition of the state. The party stressed that Aregbesola’s resignation becomes imperative based on the current dismal position of the state economy, education, health and public infrastructures and the inability of his administration to meet several financial obligations of government.
Speaking after the party’s general meeting held at the weekend in Osogbo, the state chairman of SDP, Mr. Ademola Ishola expressed dismay at the way and manner the governor had been running the affairs of state since his re-election in August 9, 2014.
“We need to show serious concern as one of the major opposition parties in the state and with what we have seen so far, our resolve is that Aregbesola should quit immediately to give a chance for Osun people to select another leader who can fix this state”, he maintained.
Ishola also pointed out that for the first time in the history of the state, public servants were being owed seven months salaries while retirees have not been paid in the past nine months.
He stated that failure of Aregbesola to pay seven months salaries to workers has brought untold hardship to the entire state while many retirees have lost their lives waiting for their pensions. His words: “As a party, we raised the alarm during the governorship election campaign that with the way Aregbesola was spending and borrowing money, it would be difficult for him to meet several financial obligations of government, now, we have been proved right.
“Today, the state education sector is in jeopardy, the economy is in shamble, the health sector is in comatose, public taps are dry and several government offices are in total darkness as government cannot pay electricity bills. “LAUTECH Teaching Hospital workers have been on strike for months, and we had it on good authority that UNIOSUN staff may down tools anytime from now.
“All the major road projects of his government such as Gbongan- Akoda dual carriageway, Osogbo-Kwara boundary road and East Bye- Pass Road have been abandoned by the contractors. His International Airport site has been in jungle and nothing appears to be working again.
“Reports showed that Osun received its monthly allocations as at when due including other statutory allocations such as SURE-P funds, ecological funds and excess crude oil revenue. Where is Osun money? Or is our state’s money diverted?”