Osun Is A Brand That Will Outlast Any Government -Oyinlola….As Stakeholders Forges Ways For Osun’s Survival
Former Governor of Osun, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, on Monday disclosed that the state is a brand that will outlast any government whether it’s performance is good or bad.
Oyinlola stated this at a forum, Osun Stakeholders’ Conference organised by Osun Legislators’ Forum, an umbrella body of House of Representatives and members of Senate representing the state.
Oyinlola said the stakeholders’ conference became necessary in view of the current financial crisis bedevilling the whole of the federation which Osun is part of.
According to him, Osun as a state has a perpetual succession irrespective of the performance of any government in power either before or now.
He averred that the summit is right on target with a view to forging a survivalist history for the state.
The former governor stated that that the stakeholders’ forum which is the gathering of all indigenes home and abroad, intends therefore to fashion a way out of the financial crisis facing some of the states and Osun in particular.
He said, “Osun as a state has a perpetual life. It is a constitutional brand that will outlive any government in power.
“It behoves on all of us as indigenes to rally round the state in it present financial crisis. We must not allow the state to die; we must leave a positive legacy for our future generations.
“This is what this stakeholders’ conference is all about, it is a gathering of indigenes and lovers of the state to put heads together and provide a solution to the present impasse.
“Government comes, government goes but state will remain. So our gathering today is to fashion a way forward that will be acceptable to all and sundry. For us, it is our conviction that Osun must continue to exist”.
Speaking earlier, the governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola said that how the nation got into this financial crisis could not be fathomed.
According to him the nation was already heading to the precipice but for the change of government that brought the All Progressives Congress 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 brain child of the Osun federal legislature demonstrated how serious our representatives takes 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 also battling with in this state as 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 federal house of representatives and members of the senate 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”. Aregbesola pointed out.
Earlier in his welcome remark, Senator representing Osun West, Senator Sola Adeyeye, said the forum became necessary in view of the delicate political atmosphere hanging over the country.
Senator Adeyeye averred that it was apparent that the country was adrift but for the change at the federal level.
He stated that he and his colleagues organised the forum to call on all lovers of the state to put heads together to proffer solutions to the challenges facing the state.
“We are representatives of our state at the federal level. We cannot sit back when the state as well as the nation face difficulty.
“It does not matter again to dwell more on who the architect of our current crisis is, we feel strongly that our people from all walks of life must come together to jointly discuss the way forward,” Senator Adeyeye said.
Among the dignitaries present at the conference included former governor Oyinlola, Speaker Osun House of Assembly, Najeem Salam, Chief Tunde Ponnle, Chief Tunde Badmus, Prof. Ademola Odejide, Senator Sunday Fajinmi, Chief Moses Aboaba.
Others are, Prof. Olusola Adeyeye, Sen. Jide Omoworare, Prof. Mojeed Alabi, Hon. Ayo Omidiran, Hon. Ajibola Famurewa among others.