By Timothy Agbor/OSOGBO
Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola has refuted the claim by the main opposition party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that his administration has borrowed N300billion to finance various developmental projects on-going across the state.
He noted that the unimaginable massive projects going on across all sectors have created fear in the opposition, thus the cause of the erroneous allegation.
Speaking shortly after observing Jumat Service at Sodik Adeleke Central Mosque in Osogbo, Aregbesola said that the allegation that hisadministration has borrowed such a huge amount of money is a blatant lie.
His words: “they were here for seven and half years, they destroyed the whole system, but because God has been with us all the while, we have been able to achieve what we have achieved.
“The maximum amount of allocation accruable to the state is N240 billion, but they are alleging that we have borrowed N300 billion. Does that make sense at all?
“What Osun can earn in the whole four years cannot cater for the projects we are embarking on. But for the belief we have in God and His love for us, we are succeeding in all what we are doing.
“Just because they could not point to anything they achieved for the whole seven and half years they were here, the massive projects we are doing is now creating fear in them.
“What we have done is enough for a government to say we have done enough, but in our own case, we have just started”.
He said that while the ousted administration refused to pay much attention to education, his administration has continued to commit resources to the sector and the people have started seeing the results.
The Governor further noted that the care for the elderly citizens, empowerment of youths, and massive road construction among others are some of the programmes the ousted administration turned deaf ears to, but the present administration is addressing them now.
Stressing that his critics are just chasing shadow, he added that “We have prayed to God to make us the example of His government on earth and that is why we are making headways”
Aregbesola listed the massive construction of roads such as the dual carriage road that links Osogbo to Kwara Boundary; the Gbongan-Akoda Osogbo Road; Gbongan-Orile-Owu-Ijebu Igbo Road; 128 kilometre roads the councils are constructing; the massive construction of modern classrooms; the various tourism development projects; the massive agricultural assistance programmes and the development of commercial
ventures to boost commercial activities and many others as some of the
projects that have surprised his critics.