My De­sire is to Rescue Osun from For­eign­ers

THISDAY - - POLITY -

Hammed Shittu in Ilorin

The race to Oke-Fia Gov­ern­ment House, Osogbo, Osun State af­ter the Septem­ber 22, 2018 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion, thick­ens daily. The var­i­ous as­pi­rants con­tinue to in­ten­sify their con­tacts and pol­i­tick­ing so as to get the ticket of their par­ties. One of such as­pi­rant is a for­mer chief­tain of the rul­ing APC in the state, Hon. Ajishola Owoseni. He was a for­mer chair­man of the Olorunda Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Coun­cil be­tween 1999 and 2002 and a for­mer law­maker in the state’s House of As­sem­bly. Owoseni, who de­fected from APC to the Ac­tion Demo­cratic Party (ADP), re­cently in the state, is now one of its gov­er­nor­ship as­pi­rants. This as­pi­rant, who was in Kwara State re­cently to meet the Osun in­di­genes in the state on his plan to suc­ceed Gov­er­nor Rauf Aregbesola, said his love and com­mit­ment to rescue Osun State from the “hawks cur­rently milk­ing the state” led to his switch to the ADP. He added: “The cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion in Osun State has failed in meet­ing the needs of the peo­ple. For ex­am­ple, the cur­rent ed­u­ca­tion sit­u­a­tion of the state is wor­ri­some to the lovers of ed­u­ca­tion.”

Owoseni, who was a lec­turer at Fed­eral Polytech­nic, Ede, be­fore he ven­tured into politics, added that his ad­min­is­tra­tion, if voted into of­fice, would work hard on a new ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy that would add value to the

He said: “The con­tin­u­ous con­cen­tra­tion of in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment by the out­go­ing gov­ern­ment in urban cen­ters will not bring even de­vel­op­ment to the state. If I be­come gov­er­nor, I will take a gi­ant stride by open­ing up ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties so as to al­low them to have a sense of be­long­ing. This will en­hance the so­cioe­co­nomic and in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment of the state.

In­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment will be spread to var­i­ous lo­cal gov­ern­ments and vil­lages in or­der to bring gov­ern­ment closer to the peo­ple.”

Owoseni also promised that he would pro­vide loans to Osun in­di­genes so as to boost busi­nesses in the state while youths would be taught skills that would make them self-re­liant, thereby re­duc­ing poverty in the state.

While ex­press­ing dis­gust about the wel­fare of the teem­ing civil ser­vants of Osun State, Owoseni said he would make prompt pay­ment of salaries a pri­or­ity so as to as­sist work­ers con­trib­ute to the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the state.

He said that non-pay­ment of salaries and pen­sions have con­tin­ued to have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on the well-be­ing of the work­ers, not­ing that many of them can­not pay their chil­dren’s school fees.

On his po­lit­i­cal an­tecedent in Osun State, he said: “I con­tested for a po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion in 1998 un­der the Al­liance for Democ­racy (AD) and won the chair­man­ship po­si­tion of Olorunda Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Osun State. In 1991, I con­tested for the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. In 1996, I ran for the House of As­sem­bly seat and won un­der the de­funct Demo­cratic Party of Nige­ria.

“With my past ex­pe­ri­ences in politics, my var­i­ous con­tacts and grass­roots ex­pe­ri­ence gath­ered in the past years, aim­ing at man­ag­ing a state like Osun would not be a prob­lem for me. I have a lot of friends and sup­port­ers across the 30 lo­cal gov­ern­ment councils in Osun. All my life was well spent in Osun State. I know all the po­lit­i­cal ter­rains of the state. I know the prob­lems on ground and this will be tack­led if voted into of­fice.”

While pledg­ing his com­mit­ment to make Osun State vi­able and the envy of other states, Owoseni said if the ADP wins the Septem­ber 22,2018 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion, the state would wit­ness even de­vel­op­ment with gov­ern­ment mov­ing closer to the grass­roots of the state.

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