By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said that the economic hardship that his administration is currently facing would be understood by ‘wise’ people.
The governor, while defending his administration’s effort at addressing its inability to pay workers’ salaries among other challenges said he could not fathom how the nation got into financial crisis.
According to him, the nation was already heading to the precipice but for the change of government that brought the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the centre.
He attributed the financial crises across the states of the federation to the bad leadership of the immediate past government.
Aregbesola stressed that the stakeholders’ conference which is the brainchild of the Osun federal legislature demonstrated how serious our representatives take the issue of this state.
In his words, “How we got to this financial crisis is unknown to a lot of people, it is only the wise who may have a flash of understanding of what actually went wrong.
“It is this similar crisis that we are also battling with in this state which other states are also experiencing.
“This forum gives us opportunity to study indepth how this situation came about and for us to find a lasting solution to the crisis so that our state will move forward.
“By organising this conference, our honourable members in the National Assembly have shown that they are seriously concerned about the destiny of the state and ready to do anything possible to redeem it from crisis that may afflict it”.
The Governor also urged the participants who were all drawn from the civil service, formal and informal sector including artisans, businessmen, socio-cultural groups and others to use the occasion to open up on either their grievances, misconceptions and other opinions about his government.
Aregbesola said the forum was an open one which would allow all stakeholders to freely criticise his government policies, make fresh especially in view of the current national economic challenges facing Nigeria.