*Govt refutes opposition’s comments on FG’s interventions
Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has stressed that his administration was a transparent and an accountable one in line with Prophet Muhammad’s admonitions and teachings.
Also, the Osun State Government has debunked some intervention claims by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), saying only two billion naira was so far received from the federal government for subsidy palliatives while the seven billion naira federal refund to the state was specifically designated for infrastructure intervention.
The governor, however, spoke at the annual Maolid Nabiyy celebrations hosted by The Islamic Foundation and Royal Qadiriyah Group of Sheikh Barr. Dr. Ridwanullah Olagunju, held on Saturday October 14, 2023, in Ede, where he was represented by his Special Adviser on Legal Matters, Hon. Hashim Akintunde Abioye.
Delivering the governor’s address, Abioye emphasised that Maolid Nabiyy was beyond the rhetorics of funfair and merriment, but to ensure adherence to the teachings of the Holy Prophet in all our endeavours.
While congratulating the host in person of Sheikh Dr. Ridwanullah Ibrahim Olagunju of the Olagunju Royal Dynasty, Ede, he emphasised transparency and accountability in leadership.
“Since my assumption of office, I have dealt with the state’s resources in the most transparent and most accountable way. I have opened the financial book of the state for Osun to see, and through the recently launched Osun People Interface and Feedback program tagged IPADE IMOLE. I have disclosed the funds of the state and the way and manner those funds are being and are to be utilised,” he said.
Also, in a statement, the government slammed what it called “deliberate falsehood and misinformation by APC’s operatives who are in disarray over the wonderful performance and transparency of Mr Governor at the Ipade Imole,which was televised live and live streamed across new media platforms.”
Adeleke told the people of the state that the N2 Billion naira released for subsidy palliatives was being disbursed for food palliatives, transport services and refurbishment of health centers. Procurement orders are already placed.
On the N7 billion naira federal refund, the governor explained in both Yoruba and English language that it was designated for infrastructure intervention and constitutes less than 20 per cent of the total money Osun State Government was committing to infrastructure upgrade.
“This government is committed to transparency and accountability in the spirit of open government and Freedom of Information. Our people understand, appreciate and support Mr. Governor and the good intentions of his administration.
“At a time the Presidency is ashamed of the legacy and profile of the previous APC government in Osun State, the opposition is daily sinking into a sinkhole, getting practically paralyzed and strategically in disorder in the face of a serving Governor with over 90 per cent performance approval rating.
“The people who are confused, disorganised and blinded by loss of power are the APC rank and file who daily sponsored fake news that further destroy the opposition party in public ratings. Governor Adeleke remains a deeply honest, accountable and responsive leader whose preoccupation is to deliver good governance and democratic dividends to the good people of Osun state.”