By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Members of the Osun Legislators’ Forum, comprising of all lawmakers from Osun state in both National and State Assemblies have said Governor Rauf Aregbesola was sincere when he declared that he was in a state of quagmire following the financial crisis bedeviling the state.
Governor Aregbesola had on 11th June, 2015 after a meeting with President Muhammodu Buhari in Abuja said the financial crisis in the state was beyond him.
But the Legislators while addressing journalists in Osogbo at the weekend on a conference comprising of all stakeholders in the state targeted at proffering lasting solutions to the financial problem confronting the state, said Aregbesola deserved commendations for being sincere.
The chairperson of the forum, a lawmaker representing Irewole, Isokan, Ayedaade Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mrs Ayo Omidiran said Aregbesola needs to be appreciated and not despised because it is rare for political leaders to own up to challenges.
The lawmakers urged Osun people not to read wrong meanings to the governor’s assertion saying the Governor was seeking for assistance and not that he was tired of governance.
Omidiran said, “people are not used to hearing the truth from those governing them. Aregbesola should be commended for saying the truth. I expected that rational people should have applauded him for coming out to say that there was a crisis.
“The sincerity was what brought about the plan to hold this Stakeholders Conference and we felt he had come out to tell us that there was crisis that needs solution.
“I don’t believe that the governor has disappointed the people of the state because he is appreciated by many people than those who want to hear lies from him.
“He (Aregbesola) is not running the state with lies. When there was money, he paid the workers as at when due, he sent workers abroad for training and he also paid 13th month salary to them.
“If someone has good intention and he makes it known, we should appreciate and embrace such person. We should rather chase away liars. Collectively, we do not believe that Ogbeni is not meeting the yearnings of the people.
“All the road constructions in the state have come to a halt because there is no money; how would he pay contractors when workers have not received their salaries? Everything has come to a halt in Osun because there was no money, yet, Aregbesola is sincere and so needs commendations”.
Also speaking, a lawmaker representing Ede North, Ede South, Ejigbo and Egbedore Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Prof. Mojeed Alabi said governor Aregbesola had sought assistance from his party members and fellow governors for financial assistance but there was no help in sight, hence his confession.
According to the former Speaker of the State Assembly: “we need to understand the context at which the governor was speaking, he never resigned to fate. As at the time he made the pronouncement, he was saying that he needed financial assistance.
“He (Aregbesola) had contacted people to seek help and way forward but no one has come to tell him the way forward, not even from his party, All Progressives Congress (APC), he was left alone and that made him to say that the state was in a state of financial crisis. It was not as if he was tired of governance.”