The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said his administration will do everything possible to ensure that it is not slowed down in any way by the unpleasant financial weather.
The governor, in a New Year broadcast, held that his government is poised to meet and surpass the target it has set for the development of the state.
Aregbesola also noted that ongoing projects in road construction and rehabilitation will continue apace even as new ones will
|commence where necessary.|
Recounting happenings in 2014, the governor pointed out the year
as one with financial challenges like no other when allocation from the Federation Account dipped to less than 25 per cent of what the state used to get.
He said: “The year 2014 witnessed an unmatched upsurge in sectarian violence and wanton destruction of lives and property in some states in the northern part of the country.
“This is most regrettable. I will like to express our heart-felt condolence to the government and people of the states affected.
“I want to call on you all to be vigilant and security conscious. Please report all suspicious activities and strange behaviours capable of undermining security of lives to the police, security agencies and other relevant authorities.
“We look forward to the New Year with hope and courage. We shall do everything possible to ensure we are not slowed down in any
way by the inclement financial weather.”
The governor urged Nigerians to take wise electoral decisions that would redirect Nigeria into peace, prosperity and safety, away from the current course of chaos, insecurity and poverty come the February general election.
Aregbesola charged those that are yet to collect their permanent voter cards to collect it at the Independent National Electoral Commission’s offices at the various local government areas.
He stressed that Osun State has learnt in the past four years to brace up to the responsibility of developing the state by generating his own income through productivity to create wealth for the people.
He said: “We must brace up to the responsibility of developing our state, generate our own income through productivity and wealth creation and change the culture of dependency on others for our sustenance.
“In the last couple of months, some of you have had to endure hardship and make sacrifices on account of dwindling income. This is unusual and we are doing everything possible to address it.
“We shall resolve this and return the smile to the faces of those affected, especially workers in the state. We shall deploy all our God-given resources, human and material, to shore up our revenue base.”