The state government of Osun has declared that the worse is over and there is end in sight for the financial crisis that had been strangulating governance in the state.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the State, Mr Adelani Baderinwa on Thursday said Osun has moved far away from Egypt and moving towards economic prosperity which will enhance governance.
Baderinwa who spoke on a television programme on the report of a Financial Derivatives Company (FDC) that ranked Osun as the second wealthiest state in Nigeria in 2017, stated that Governor Rauf Aregbesola has invested heavily in the economy of the state in terms of infrastructure and social intervention.
Besides, Baderinwa said the price of crude oil has been improving which will bring more money to the cover of the federation and the state in return.
He described the FDC report as genuine and credible, maintaining that it is the manifestation of delivery of good governance by the Aregbesola’s administration.
According to Baderinwa, the report attested to the fact that Aregbesola has been able to affect the people positively even in the face of financial quagmire.
Baderinwa said: “I want to believe and say that, by the grace of God, the worse is over in the state of Osun. We have moved far way from Egypt in terms of economic development. We are moving towards economic prosperity in the state, courtesy of Aregbesola’s ingenuity.
“Nigeria has moved out of recession and the price of crude oil is increasing. More money would into the account of the federation and the state in returns.”
Speaking on the FDC report, Baderinwa said: “Whatever anybody might say, there are some reasonable people out there that appreciate Aregbesola’s financial engineering system; his judicious management of the meager resources of the state.
“The report is genuine and credible. It reflects the fact that Aregbesola has been able to affect the people positively in the face of financial crisis.”
On the 2018 governorship election, Baderinwa expressed his optimism that the people of the state would not elect anybody that will stall the development of the state, urging the people to be conscious of governorship aspirants who want to manipulate them into taking wrong decision.
“Osun people acknowledge and appreciate Aregbesola’s social programmes like O’ MEAL, OYES, O REHAB, O’ Ambulance and thus they would want the programmes to continue. So, they will be mindful of who they want to elect; they will not elect anybody that will draw the state back.