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One year in office: My achievements surpass previous govts–Adeleke

By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo

The Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke has said that his unprecedented achievements in the area of infrastructure surpassed any previous governments in the history of the state.

The governor who said he has constructed 90km roads, 332 boreholes sunk in various local governments, 31 rehabilitated schools within a space of one year vowed to do more for the people of the state.

Adeleke who spoke through the Information Commissioner, Kolapo Alimi during a press conference to mark one year in the office, enumerated the achievements of his government which includes; completion of key intercity roads like the Ikirun-Osogbo, lwo-Osogbo roads and 45km ongoing roads construction.

Alimi who said 332 water projects were built across the local government of the state, hinted that major water works at Iwo, Ede, Osogbo, Eko ende are under rehabilitation.

“We focused on the health sector through Imole medical outreach which provides immediate surgeries with over 50, 000 beneficiaries so far and also addressed welfare needs of doctors and we have slated 345 health centres in the state for rehabilitation.

On area of science and tech, Alimi said the government has introduced a digital economy agenda with new ICT and tech innovations policies.

“We developed a bill to domesticate the Nigeria Startup Act and launched programmes to deepen internet penetration of the state through broadband fiber optic projects.

“We reformed the public service by ensuring professionalism. I launched a phased payment of inherited pension and half salary debt. I just enrolled all pensioners in the health insurance scheme.

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We reposition the tourism sector into a tourism and cultural industry. A lot of work is ongoing into raising the sector as a major revenue source for Osun state.

“Our administration is actively creating an environment for the thriving of creative. We’ve revitalized key festivals, positioning them as global entertainment opportunities—from the Osun Osogbo Festival to the Sango Festival and the introduction of the Adire Festival.”

The commissioner disclosed that the sport sector is undergoing major reform and that a sports commission has set up charged with the mandate of expanding into other games beyond football and agriculture

According to him the government is working on the establishment of agric processing zones as well as further support for mechanization of farming in the state.

“We have restored the local government system with elections to hold for a year or so. Grassroot government is now ongoing.

“For the mining sector, we are recording an increase in revenue generation. Accumulated service charges on our licenses have been cleared.

“We are at the tail end of upgrading our exploration leases to mining leases. This will bring more investors to the state

” We are now operating an environmentally friendly operation. EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) and EMP ( Environmental management plan) is now a must before mining operation. Cleaning up the polluted environment is also ongoing. Our mining operation now has zero tolerance for environmental degradation.

“We have had a long drawn negotiation with mining companies operating in Osun since the beginning of the year.

He, however, enjoined the people of the state to expect more good governance and democratic dividends under governor Adeleke.

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