Aregbesola promises development after financial crisis
Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has promised to reverse the downward trend in development caused by the financial crisis which hit the country.
Aregbesola said this while speaking with journalists at the praying ground in Osogbo after the eid-il-fitr prayer.
Explaining that the financial crisis was not caused by his administration, Aregbesola stated that with the commencement of payment of salary arrears, his government had also commenced the repositioning of the state for the better.
He promised that workersâ€™ welfare would continue to be top on his administrationâ€™s agenda.
He said, â€œOur government is better prepared to reverse the downward developmental trend forced on the state by the downturn in national economy and itâ€™s attendant financial crisis of the past six months.
â€œI want our people, particularly the workers, to know that ease, happiness, joy, prosperity will always come if we demonstrate humility, stand firm in our faith, preach patience and love and remain on the path of God.â€
The governor commended the entire workers and pensioners in the state for their â€œunrivaled endurance and resilienceâ€ in the face of hardship caused by non-payment of salaries.
Some persons who stormed the praying ground to express their support for the governor charged him to shun his detractors and focus on developing the state.
The governorâ€™s supporters carried placards with various inscriptions, urging the governor to shun critics who were stigmatising him over the salary issues. Some residents also hailed him as he left the place and headed back to the Government House.
The Chief Imam of Osogboland, Alhaji Sheik Musa Animasaun, also said nobody should blame the governor for the financial crisis which caused the delay in salary payment.
He admonished Muslims not to return back to the sinful ways which they renounced during the Ramadan, saying they should strive to emulate the virtues of Prophet Mohammed.
Animasaun said, â€œWe have noticed that the issue of salary in the state is getting a solution, we must continue to pray that all his strategies to take Osun to beautiful heights of his dream will come to fruition.â€
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