By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBO—As the present administration in Osun State enters its 6th year in office, the governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said that the economic hardship in the state has come to an end.
The governor stated this during the commissioning of the new Ife/Orile-Owu 33KV feeder line at Orile-Owu, Ayedaade Local Government Area of the state.
Aregbesola noted that his administration is committed to making life meaningful and abundant to the people of Osun hence the infrastructural development in the nooks and crannies of the state.
The governor commended the people of Orile-Owu and its environs for their patience over the years before electricity was restored to the communities at the cost of N225 million.
Speaking earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Rural Development and Community Affairs, Engr. Oriolowo, commended Aregbesola for his ingenuity in creating the ministry in Osun.
He noted that the age-long isolation of some settlements from the national electricity grid is now addressed with the construction of the new 33KV outdoor bay at 132/33KV transformer stations in Ajebandele in Ile-Ife.
Govt deserves no tax — CSCEO
Meantime, a group in the state, under the auspices of Civil Society Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State, CSCEO, has declared that the present administration in the state, under the watch of Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, did not deserve to collect any tax from indigenes of the state.
He said this was because the governor allegedly failed to adhere strictly with the provision of the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that stipulated the condition for collection of taxes.
It also stated that Aregbesola’s administration in the state did not provide any dividend of democracy to the people of the state since November 27, 2010 that would encourage the citizens to perform their obligation to the state government.