I’ve spent N2bn on constituency projects — Osun lawmaker

Lawmaker representing Osun Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Olubiyi Fadeyi, on Tuesday, disclosed that he has spent a total sum of N2 billion on intervention funds, empowerment programmes, and commissioning of various projects for the betterment of people in his constituency.

The lawmaker who dropped the hint at an empowerment programme in Osogbo where he listed his achievements in the last 180 days in office, pledged to do his best in improving his people’s economic status and at the same time make them self-reliant in their different areas of specialisations.

Senator Fadeyi while unveiling the construction of a road in Ikirun, the installation of street lighting system in major communities across the senatorial district, hinted further that, he donated vehicles to the party leadership in each of the 10 local government areas in the Senatorial District.

“In all, we focus on infrastructure that’s why we can say that we are able to commission a road today in five months and our pledge is to do about 3.5 kilometres in two to three years and 7.5 kilometre rural roads,” he stressed.

He stressed, “This is an empowerment program and it is funded by our development partners. We cannot do it all. We can only try our best. Wherever I made a mistake, please call my attention to it. I have started some mini-projects since I was elected in February.

“Today, I’m giving the party a bus each for our local government which will be of benefit to the leaders and excos of our party. Also, our senatorial leader will collect a bus.

“What Osogbo town wanted is a Federal university and I have tabled it at the National Assembly. The bill has already gone through the first reading and I am very sure it will pass the second reading very soon.

“Also, I asked for assistance for Ifon and Ilobu communities due to their loss during the recent communal clash and our Minister, Beta Edu would soon bring relief materials to the communities.

“I am giving out N50 million to over 3,000 people to assist them in their businesses. I have provided five transformers to Osogbo, Olorunda, Odo-Otin and Ila Local Governments. I can promise that I will do more next year.

“The road we are commissioning today costs N80 million naira. In Ikirun, we constructed road and gave them solar light. We are going to start Ajagunla race from next year from Ila to Oke Ila and that would be for our youths.”

Speaking at the event, Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke charged beneficiaries of the initiatives to make good use of whatever they are given.

He said, “If it is cash, they should invest the money, if it is tools they collect, they should use them for the right purpose. They must not sell them. If they make good use of these tools, we will be able to eliminate poverty in our state.”

Represented by his deputy, Kola Adewusi, the governor further remarked, “You can see how joyful the people are because of this empowerment programme. I want to congratulate Senator Fadeyi. He should keep it up because there is no other way you can keep your electoral promises than, through this kind of initiative.

“While the state government is playing its own role, our senators are contributing their own quota and House of Representative members are also expected to organise empowerment initiatives. Before long, dividend of democracy will reach every part of the state.”

He further advised beneficiaries to use money and tools given to them to improve their economic fortune saying, more of such empowerment initiatives should be expected from political officeholders and the government.

Adewusi charged the beneficiaries to use the opportunity to raise their social status and make a decent living.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Hon. Sunday Bisi described PDP administration in the state as second to none.

He commended the efforts of all political office holders under the platform of the party for their humanitarian rendering services and charged them to sustain the tempo.

The party Chairman who affirmed that, the party would never let people of the state down in any way, commended the efforts of the lawmaker in ensuring that, people of his constituent are well put into consideration in his schemes of programmes.

Hon. Bisi who warned against politics of bitterness, segregation, nepotism and other forms of retrogressive attitudes that could draw back the party’s progress, charged members of the public to disregard a cross-section of party members trying to put the name of the party into the mud.

(Tribune)

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Adeleke announces N100bn infrastructural plans, construction of flyovers

The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has unveiled plans for a multi-billion-naira infrastructural project in the state.

This is as Governor Adeleke, who said the purpose of the unveiling of the plan is to address the huge deficit the state is currently experiencing, added that funds that will be used to execute the project would be sourced from those saved from blocked leakages and already saved in special project accounts.

Adeleke, who made this known on Friday, maintained that the project would be completed within one year, adding that his administration also planned to construct five flyovers to ease traffic across the state.

The governor explained that two flyovers would be constructed in Osogbo, one in Ile-Ife, one in Owode-Ede and one in Ikirun town.

He also said 45 roads across the 30 local government areas in the state have been selected for construction in the N100 billion infrastructure development plan for the state.

He also insisted that the projects would be executed by his administration without any loan from financial institution

“Let me declare here that the infrastructural plan I am about to unveil is purely state-sponsored without any loan from financial institutions. I must also add that we are hitting the ground running immediately after this launch. We are complying with all procurement laws and due process.

“Very importantly, our administration is ensuring localisation in the implementation process. Local content in terms of sourcing of materials and workforce is key to transferring skills and economically empowering our people.

“This is in line with the administration’s 5-point agenda.

“With the flag off, the administration is determined to eliminate capital flight.

The governor also issued a warning to hoodlums against extorting money from contractors that would handle the projects.

“We are getting set to key into infrastructural financing opportunities as long as it will not add to the financial burden of the state.”

(Daily Post)

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Adeleke hoarding FG palliatives sent to Osun – APC

… allegations untrue, we are waiting for last batch, says govt

Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has accused the state governor, Ademola Adeleke, of refusing to distribute bags of rice received from the Federal Government as palliatives to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal on the people.

The APC said Adeleke received the consignment from the FG twelve days before Thursday, and noted that Adeleke was playing a dangerous game by refusing to disclose or distribute the items.

The party further said five trailer-loads of rice with other items donated by the FG were sent to Osun as the state’s shares of the people’s palliatives to cushion the effect of the fuel subsidy removal.

A statement signed by APC state Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, however, wondered that the state government, after receiving the items, refused to announce to the people of Osun that it has taken possession of the FG’s palliative.

It further read, “I can’t fathom the reason why Governor Adeleke is finding it difficult to announce the arrival of the federal government palliatives to the state and also why it has been pretty difficult to distribute same. Is Governor Adeleke waiting for the people of the state to die of hunger before he deems it fit to make the palliatives available to serve its purpose at the right time?

“All genuine stakeholders in the Osun State project should plead with Adeleke to release the rice palliatives sent to the state by the Federal Government to get to the needy on time as the purpose for sending it down is not to be locked up in a hidden warehouse in the state.

“The diversion of the rice palliatives by the state government as it is being touted by some concerned discerning minds in the state would have a debilitating effect on the image of the reigning state government. Again, if the news spreading like a wild fire across the state that Adeleke is trying to play a fast one on the palliatives from Abuja by inscribing ‘Imole De Rice’ on it is anything to go by, it shall be resisted by all legal means.”

But responding in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Engagement, Mr. Kolapo Alimi, the state government while describing APC’s claim as propaganda, said m last batch of the palliatives was still being expected before distribution will commence.

Alimi, who assured people that Ademola Adeleke administration would not deny them of the palliatives, also urged them to disregard APC’s claim regarding alleged hoarding of the items.

“Federal government approved a total of three thousand bags of rice palliatives to Osun state. Six hundred bags were loaded per each truck and disbursed through four trailers: making two thousand and four hundred received so far. Out of the five trailers of bags of rice palliative to the state, we are waiting for the completion of the palliative supply before the announcement and distribution.

“Cushioning the effect of the subsidy is a necessity, our government will not withhold what belongs to the citizenry from them.

The rice palliatives will be distributed as soon as the last tranche comes into the state by today or tomorrow.

“We assure the good people of Osun that the government of Ademola Adeleke will not deny them of the rice palliatives, and we urge all to disregard the propaganda of the APC. This government is a responsible one, we are not hoarding the rice palliatives but waiting for the supply to be completed by the agency of the federal government before we commence distribution.

“Osun people know that the Adeleke family even before being elected into office has always shared thousands of bags of rice to the populace during an emergency. Now in Government, this administration can never and will never divert 2hat belongs to the people,” Alimi said.

(Punch)

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