Ministerial Screening: Oyetola Appears Before Senate Says He Stabilise Osun’s Economy
The Immediate Past Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola has said that he stabilised the economy of Osun while in office.
Oyetola while appearing before the Senate for his ministerial screening on Friday, explained how he turned around the economy state of Osun.
He revealed to the law makers that at the time he was governor, N2.5 billion was being deducted at source from the Federal Allocation accruable to the State to settle State indebtedness stating that despite this, his administration never owed workers’ salaries and pensions.
Oyetola declared that his administration provided basic amenities like 332 Primary Health Centres, one per ward; and built roads and other infrastructures.
” I am the immediate past Governor of Osun State, where we served for four impactful years. We came in at a time when the state was almost insolvent. But God helped us to pull through and we were able to stabilise the economy of the state
“Mr. President, Sir, Distinguished Senators, long before today, without any additional intervention from the Federal Government, we introduced the monthly Food Support Scheme for 30, 000 vulnerable persons in Osun. We ran the programme until we left the office.
“We ran an inclusive and participatory model of governance. We embarked on an ambitious revitalisation agenda in the health sector as we are on record to have been the first in Nigeria’s history to embark on the revitalisation of 332 Primary Healthcare Centres, one per ward, across the State at a go.
“Under our leadership in Osun, we won several awards for a rare display of capacity to manage a State like Osun for four years without borrowing, yet delivering the dividends of democracy. We constructed over 500km of roads, including roads that had been abandoned for close to 30 years or more. We also reformed our mining sector, thereby setting a strong foundation for the diversification of the Osun economy,” Oyetola stated.