Tasks be­fore Osun gov­er­nor-elect

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - OPINION - By Abio­dun Ko­mo­lafe

RAUF Aregbesola’s ten­ure as gov­er­nor of Osun ter­mi­nates, ef­fec­tive, 11:59 p.m. on Novem­ber 26, 2018. As the out­go­ing gov­er­nor takes a bow af­ter ‘eight years of en­vi­able stew­ard­ship to his peo­ple,’ Nige­ri­ans can only wish him the best that life of­fers hence­forth. In his con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sage to Adeg­boyega Oyetola as Aregbesola’s suc­ces­sor, Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari urged the gov­er­nor-elect to fall­ing! As La­gos has re­cently shown, the peo­ple own the party while the party owns the gov­ern­ment. A time like this presents the ad­min­is­tra­tion with an op­por­tu­nity to give the elec­torate what they ask for, re­ward them with what they hope for; even sur­prise them with what they have not asked for, but con­sid­ered ex­pe­di­ent. Ba­si­cally, there is an ur­gent need to con­tinue and sus­tain the tempo of devel­op­ment at­tained dur­ing the Aregbesola-led ad­min­is­tra­tion. The im­me­di­ate task there­fore is how to con­sciously de­sign a tem­plate to re­unite old folks where nec­es­sary, rec­on­cile war­ring fac­tions where ap­pli­ca­ble, fine-tune strate­gies where fea­si­ble, make ad­just­ments where achiev­able, tam­per with cur­rent nar­ra­tives where such is needed, and en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tions where ex­pe­di­ent, all with a view to deep­en­ing a peo­ple-fo­cused gov­ern­ment.

Next on the list is the is­sue of work­ers’ wel­fare, which is very im­por­tant. In truth, a lot has been done to re­tain the con­fi­dence of both the work­ers and the peo­ple of the state, es­pe­cially, as re­gards prompt pay­ment of work­ers’ salaries. While the chal­lenge is no doubt na­tional in shape and size, civil ser­vants and pen­sion­ers in Osun will ex­pect some pol­icy pro­nounce­ments tar­geted at this em­bar­rass­ingly knotty is­sue to­wards en­sur­ing that mod­u­lated salary struc­ture never raises its ugly head again in Osun! Of course, these so­lu­tions shouldn’t end with the con­clu­sion of next year’s gen­eral elec­tions. Af­ter all, 2022 started on Septem­ber 27, 2018!

Once upon a time in the his­tory of Osun,

(IGR) dropped to as low as N300 mil­lion per month and al­lo­ca­tions from the Fed­er­a­tion purse was in the neg­a­tive. They are just pick­ing up. Thanks to the dogged­ness and the fi­nan­cial in­ge­nu­ity of the state gov­ern­ment. One can only hope that the in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion would sus­tain this pos­i­tive devel­op­ment. While pay­ment of work­ers’ salaries and pen­sion­ers’ al­lowances is a given, that should not trans­late into stop­page or aban­don­ment of ex­ist­ing projects; or the ini­ti­a­tion of new ones, if and where nec­es­sary.

Ku­dos to the out­go­ing gov­ern­ment for the rare feat it has recorded in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, which peaked with the 70% pass in the 2018

WASSCE). Again, that Osun recorded 284% in the per­for­mance of stu­dent in WASSCE from 2010 to 2017 is no longer news. How­ever, since gov­ern­ment is a con­tin­uum, the in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion must con­tin­u­ally fine-tune ex­tant ed­u­ca­tion poli­cies with a view to achiev­ing a yet higher and ex­cel­lent stan­dard. One ma­jor chal­lenge of our

is the col­lapse of our re­ward sys­tem. Con­ven­tion­ally, po­lit­i­cal ap­point­ments are treated not only to re­flect a state’s geo-po­lit­i­cal idio­syn­cra­sies but also as em­pow­er­ment strate­gies which trickle-down ef­fects are im­mense. Fair is fair: re­vis­it­ing the is­sue of po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion with all the vigour it de­mands will help Oyetola’s gov­ern­ment.

Since no one talks just be­cause he likes the sound of his voice, a gov­ern­ment that gives room for pos­i­tive crit­i­cisms and healthy de­bates will likely be a re­spon­sive gov­ern­ment; and such will be a plus for the in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion. In­ter­est­ingly, Kogi has in re­cent times demon­strated the roles of the me­dia as watch­dog in a democ­racy and the (CSOS) as the bridge be­tween the gov­ern­ment and the gov­erned. If time and re­sources per­mit, the re­cently con­cluded Osun gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion may be re­viewed with a view to in­cul­cat­ing the right and time-tested val­ues in our youth. Though the peo­ple have spo­ken with their thumbs in favour of a can­di­date with the right cre­den­tials and moral rec­ti­tude, noth­ing can be too much to give the lead­ers of to­mor­row a sense of di­rec­tion in a world and so­ci­ety eas­ily sold to easy virtues and philis­tin­is­tic ten­den­cies. As a mat­ter of fact, yours sin­cerely is still at a loss on how some par­ents who spent so huge an amount of money to give their chil­dren the best ed­u­ca­tion in the land suc­cumbed so care­lessly to the wiles of vengeance, ven­detta, and democ­racy of the stom­ach. Sad that it is hap­pen­ing at a time the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is urg­ing Nige­ria to em­brace in­ter­ven­tions that can help re­duce the num­ber of ‘out-of-school chil­dren’! May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace in Nige­ria!

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