By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
With a view to proffering means of tackling the financial challenges facing the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state, lawmakers from Osun in both the National and State Assemblies will be holding a conference that would be attended by over 1,000 stakeholders in the state.
Addressing a press conference in Osogbo at the weekend, the chairperson of the lawmakers under the eagis of Osun Legislators’ Forum, a lawmaker representing Irewole, Isokan, Ayedaade Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mrs Ayo Omidiran said Osun was in dire financial straits and needed to be assisted.
She said the stakeholders’ conference slated for Monday, 10th August, 2015 would bring stakeholders from all works of life together at WOCDIF event centre in Osogbo to suggest workable ideas to the present administration to work with.
Omidiran said Governor Aregbesola would be present at the conference to give an account of how his administration got to what she described as “sorry pass.”
She noted that the conference does not exclude members of other political parties saying “it’s an all encompassing conference geared at proffering lasting solutions to the myriad of problems confronting our dear state; thereby ensuring the continuation and completion of all the laudable people friendly programmes already started by the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.”
While saying that the idea of the conference came sequel to Aregbesola’s expression that the financial crisis facing the state was beyond him, Omidiran said the Deputy Speaker of the lower chamber of the National Assembly, Hon. Lasun Yusuf, an indigene of the state would be in attendance.
Her words: “the members of Osun Legislators’ Forum, comprising of all legislators from Osun in both the National and State Assemblies have decided to deliberate on the state, interact with all stakeholders including, but not limited to, all past governors and their deputies, technocrats and artisans, labour unions and non-governmental organisations, traditional rulers and market women.
“The conference presents an opportunity for all stakeholders to hear from the horse’s mouth, how we got to this sorry pass. The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola will explain in clear terms and plain language during his submission; the what, when, why and how. He will answer all our questions and lay all his cards on the table.
“Stakeholders are expected to contribute intellectually through submissions based on facts and experiences”.
She said invitation letters had been sent to about 1,000 stakeholders across political differences in the state adding that the ideas of the conference would be presented to Aregbesola after which they would wait for the governor’s decision.
It would be recalled that a group, Osun Stakeholders (OS) had had a summit in Ile-Ife last month that was geared towards harnessing ideas that would be presented to Aregbesola to assist his administration get over the crisis in the state.