…As PDP Advises Aregbesola to Call Stakeholders Meeting
Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
As part of effort to ameliorate the hard times Osun state workers are passing through, the Living Faith Church in Osogbo yesterday donated food items and financial donation for some of the unpaid workers. To this end, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) has advised the state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to immediately call stakeholders meeting that will involve members of all registered political parties in the state to address the various problems the state found itself especially issues related to unpaid salaries of state workers.
The church had since last Wednesday gathered names of members affected by the non payment of salaries in the state where no fewer than 100 persons including non members of the church benefited from the gesture at the end of the weekly Sunday service held in the church. Apart from the financial assistance rendered to the beneficiaries, other items given to each of them include, onions, beans, rice, flour, semo vita and other food items.
The state pastor of the church, Pastor Olumuyiwa Emmanuel said the decision of the church followed nonpayment of seven months’ salary owed by the state government, a situation which he said has made it difficult for many civil servants who are members of the church to attend church services in the “We want to warn Nigerians that before they deal with DPR, make sure you are dealing with the right official by identifying himself.” – DPR last few months. Pastor Emmanuel during the church service stated that the welfare of the masses was part of the responsibilities of the church. He said the church appreciated the plights of workers in the state and prayed for improved economic situation in the state.
Also, the church prayed fervently for the nation’s economy and made case for the welfare of the work force. Some of the beneficiaries of the gesture who spread across all strata of the civil service in the state expressed gratitude to the leadership of the Living Faith Church for coming to their aid at the time of their plight. Meanwhile the PDP in a statement issued yesterday by the party’s Director of Media and Strategy, Prince Diran Odeyemi, said one of the reasons Aregbsola has been finding governing the state “a task bigger than his capacity” was because he shut out quality advice from stakeholders in the state because they are not registered members of APC.
“We said it before that because Aregbesola never lived in Osun before becoming the governor he has no idea of the needs of the people of the state,” the party stated. The party maintained that Aregbesola should as a matter of urgency call stakeholders meeting to allow the people of the state identify immediate and remote causes of many challenges facing the state and seek solutions to them.