By Ismaeel Uthman
The state of Osun is no longer a civil servant state, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has declared.
Aregbesola said that in spite all odds, his administration has turned Osun from being a civil service state to commercial, industrial and agricultural based state.
He was the special guest of honour at Raufnomics III, the colloquium organised in his honour on the occasion of his 61st birthday, held at Aurora Events Centre, Osogbo on Sunday.
Speaking at the event, he expressed gratitude to God for making all his aspirations to come to fruition, noting that his government has in the last seven and half years impacted positively on the lives of every resident in the state.
Aregbesola stated, “Against all odds, the joy I have is the fact that our administration has given Osun a true identity it deserves as we have executed myriads of pro-people projects that have in one way or the other impacted greatly in their lives.
“Today, we are proud that Osun has transited from civil service economy to rural agrarian, commercial and industrial based economy as being reflected in the latest rating of Osun as a state with highest human condition of happiness in Nigeria.
“We have done so much for our people, we have put in place indelible landmarks hard to be surpassed by anyone as our state is of today being rated as one of the most peaceful states with minimal unemployment rate in Nigeria”, Aregbesola enthused.
The governor also described ‘Jonathanomics’, the economic philosophy of former President Goodluck Jonathan as one in which oil proceeds are shared directly by PDP leaders and their cronies without remittance to the federation account. The amount lost to this, according to Governor Aregbesola, was more than N8 trillion of which Osun’s share should have been a whooping N75 billion, enough to complete all his projects and pay workers full salaries.
“Jonathanomics is undoubtedly the direct spending of oil proceeds by PDP big wigs without remittance to the federation account, in an unmitigated primitive accumulation of the commonwealth by a coterie of government insiders and their outside cronies. While PDP leaders were becoming stupendously rich, the country and its states become poorer.”