From: Clement Adeyi, Osogbo
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Oaun State has assured that his administration would do its best possible to give the state a worthy successor that would ensure continuity of the legacies he had set in the state.
The governor stated this, on Monday, during a broadcast to the people of the state to mark the seventh anniversary of his administration.
Governor Aregbesola, while commending the people of the state for their support, assured that they “would not be exposed and left helpless and vulnerable to political wolves that are on the prowl.”
He noted that for his administration to be leaving behind good and enviable legacies in education, physical infrastructure and all aspects of human development, it would do its best to give the people a worthy successor to continue the legacies.
“In the remaining one year, I will be committed the more to serving you, to accelerate the pace of development and increase our efforts at ushering in prosperity to the government and people,” Aregbesola said.
“We will leave a good and enviable legacy in education, physical infrastructure and all aspects of human development. We will also do our best to bequeath a worthy legacy successor that will continue the works we have started in the best tradition of progressive leadership. We will not leave you exposed, helpless and vulnerable before the wolves,” he stated.
Aregbesola also stated that his administration had conquered several challenges, especially poverty.
He recalled the financial tsunami that hit the country from 2013 occasioned by alleged theft of crude oil, noting that by the middle of 2014, it had been escalated by the global fall in price of crude oil.
Aregbesola posited that Osun had come out of the ugly situation and had since been waxing strong.
“The lesson we learnt from this debacle was that the era of dependence on free and unearned money from oil is over and we must work for our own money,” he said.
“It is a fundamental principle that the total wealth of a nation is the collective effort at wealth creation by every member of that nation in the production of goods and services. It behoves on all of us therefore to work hard and create our wealth.
“Every able-bodied person, above 18 years of age, who is not in school, must work, any kind of legitimate work, even if it is as a human porter in a market or motor park, and must never be dependent on parents and family.
“There are many opportunities in arts, crafts, creative engagements and all areas of human needs. The easiest occupation to be in now is farming”.
Aregbesola also stressed that every taxable adult in Osun must view it as a patriotic duty to support government with tax payment as and when due.
“At our level of development, all it takes for our state to be solvent and prosperous is for at least one million, out of the over four million population in Osun, to pay a tax of N250 every day for 20 days in a month.
“That will bring N5 billion, which is enough to pay salaries of our workers, run the government and develop our state in every area,” he said.