Chairman, Osun State Local Government Service Commission, Elder Tunde Adedeji has disclosed that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola had three months ago settled about N68billion out of the backlog of debts inherited by the previous administration.
Adedeji posited that the challenges Governor Oyetola met on ground in the State were so humongous that they could disorganize any feeble minded leader completely.
He made the statement during a chat with newsmen in his office, at Osogbo, Osun State capital.
Elder Adedeji who categorized some of the challenges as huge debt, dilapidated infrastructures as well as that of workers modulated salary, pointed that most of the crippling liabilities were committed at the local government level.
The LGSC boss recounted that in order to be able to navigate the challenge of modulated salary, which he described as sacrilegious, Governor Oyetola innovated a financial system which facilitated regular payment of full salary and other allowances as and when due, till date.
He further stated that, within his first 100 days in office, he completely overhauled a total number of 332 Primary Health Centres, thereby bringing health care delivery to the door steps of the people in all the nooks and crannies of the State.
Apparently alluding to policy revert in the erstwhile education sector in the State which is a response to the popular demand by Osun citizens, the LGSC Chairman posited that the hallmark of a good leader is humility to revert or revisit any policy that the people do not accept.
While asserting that Oyetola has proven that he deserves a second term in office, Elder Adedeji explained that the Governor had not only meticulously built on some good foundations met on ground,but had also courageously repaired the faulty ones,thereby leaving a solid foundation upon which subsequent leaders can progressively build.
“Governor Oyetola is very passionate about education, health, infrastructures and general wellbeing of the people. His priority is to transform Osun from a civil service to a commercial and industrial state. He certainly needs more time to accomplish this,” Adedeji said.
He then prayed that God will touch the heart of the entire electorate to return him to power beyond year 2022, so that he can perfect the good work he had started.