By Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
An Osun State based Civil Society Organization(CSO), the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State(CSCEOS), on Wednesday cautioned the Federal Government as well as financial institutions to stop granting loan to the State government.
Citing alleged mismanagement and misappropriation of monies loaned in the past three to four years, the group called on local and international financial bodies to halt further facilities to the state.
The group further alleged the Aregbesola led administration had mortgaged the future of the State, including generation yet unborn, with the series of loans being obtained on behalf of the State with nothing to show.
It argued that Aregbesola had embarked on policies and programmes somersault which had no bearing on the lives of the people since inception of his
administration in November 2010.
The group equally condemned Mr. Aregbesola’s handling of the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the medical doctors under the aegis of Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) and Osun State Association of Medical and Dental Officers (OSAMDO) with their mother body, the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) for over six months.
It explained that with the industrial action, the State health sector has become comatose stressing that the State government had not shown any concern to the ugly development, but had continued in its incessant purported mouth mass sack of the affected medical doctors.
Similarly, the group also submitted a protest letter dated 2nd of March,2016 to the State House of Assembly through its Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salaam on the unpleasant state of affairs of the State under Aregbesola’s watch, where it accused the members of the Assembly for being unconcerned about the plight and welfare of the people of the State they claimed to represent in the law making arm of the State.
“Sir, it is no news that doctors in the service of Osun state has been on strike since September 2015, which makes it 7 months now, due to the inability of government to fulfill her obligations towards them. The implication of this situation is better imagined, and we believe your office should not find it difficult confronting this issue headlong so as to bring a greatrelief to the helpless, suffering and already impoverished people of
“We have severally restrained ourselves from concluding thatthe house is in connivance with the executive arm of government to maintain a criminal silence on this issue, but when we consider the buoyancy of an average Nigerian politician, which makes it possible for him to access healthcare anywhere in the world at whatever cost,
we might insinuate that you have kept quiet on this serious matter because you might not be directly affected.
“Furthermore, the attempt of the government to raise the IGR of the
state, which has brought about a regime of unrealistic tax impositions
on the citizenry, is sending many people away from the State, while others are developing serious health problems arising from fear, unfortunately with no access to healthcare due to the doctor’s strike”, the letter further read.
Addressing pressmen in Osogbo, the State Capital on Wednesday during the 2nd Emancipation rally organized by the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) in support of striking Medical Doctors, retirees and entire workforce in the State, the leader of the group, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman berated Aregbesola over the Medical doctors plight which has turned the health sector of the state into shamble.
The group urged the governor to go and bring back all the allocations that accrued to the State from the Federation Account which was siphoned into private purse and also, the loan being collected on behalf of the State that put the flourishing State into perpetual debt slavery.
Rights activist implored Governor Aregbesola to answer the requests of the striking doctors without further delay so as to return the health sector of the State back to normalcy in the interest of masses of the State, noting that the planned agenda of the Aregbesola led-government to replace the Medical Doctors with Herbalists and Witch crafts was unacceptable and totally rejected by the good people of the State.
The protesters comprises of human rights activists, workers, retirees,
artisans, market men and women, students among others; passed through the heart of Osogbo, the State capital such as; Oja-Oba, Station road, Idi-Seke, Orita-Gbaemu, Fagbewesa and Ola-Iya junction with solidarity songs, as well as carried Placards with the inscriptions; “stop threatening Osun Doctors with incessant purported mouth sack”, “Aregbesola has destroyed health sector of Osun State beyond redemption”, “President Muhammadu Buhari: Come and Save Osun People from the hands of Rauf Aregbesola and his cohorts”, “CSCEOS backs Osun Striking Doctors”, “Aregbesola: Pay Osun State Doctors their entitlements”, “Aregbesola: Osun People reject commercialization of education”, “Aregbesola: Osun workers reject half salaries” and so
Sulaiman therefore called on Aregbesola to stop anti-workers agenda
such as; payment of half salaries, retrenchment of workers, request
for BVN and Statement of Account, among others, urging Aregbesola to commence the full payment of workers’ salaries and retirees pension dues as well as payment of gratuities of the State retirees from 2010 till date.