Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
A pharmaceutical company based in Osogbo the state capital of Osun, Akol Pharmaceutical Company, has donated drugs worth N6,150,000 to support the state government in its quest to boost the health sector in the state.
Speaking shortly after receiving the drugs, Governor Rauf Aregbesola said the gesture was worth celebrating especially as the country was going through serious economic hardship.
He said any form of support from the private sector is highly needed especially now that government can hardly take care of its statutory obligations.
Aregbesola who lamented that things cannot be worse than what the country has been experiencing saying that it was surprising that a state of emergency has not been declared on the nation’s economy.
The governor added that anyone who has not realized that the nation is going through the toughest times in its history needs to wake up and face the reality on ground.
While commending the effort of the pharmaceutical company for the gesture, Aregbesola called on other well-meaning individuals and companies to join government in moving the state forward.
He also appealed to the company and others of its kind within the state to ensure prompt payment of their taxes and other levies.
Earlier, Managing Director, Akol Pharmaceutical Company, Pharm. Olamiju Olasiji stated that the company decided to donate drugs to the state because government needs to be supported by the private sector.
He said the company has always admired the ingenuity of the Aregbesola administration and the effort of the government to always make every citizen healthy.
The Akol M.D said it has always been a part of their humanitarian effort to see that people at the grassroots enjoy the best of health facilities just as those in the urban centers.
Also speaking, the immediate past Special Adviser to the Governor on Health, Dr Rafiu Isamotu who commended the efforts of the company called on other stakeholders in the health sector to follow the footsteps of Akol.
He stressed that the administration of Aregbesola is determined to move the health sector in the state forward as contained in the six-point integral action plan of the present administration.