Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
The Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, has reiterated the readiness of the state government to welcome all development partners who are ready to support the state and his administration in the effort to engineer the desired progress for the state.
The governor stated this at the opening ceremony of the 34th annual Catholic Nurses Guild of Nigeria being held in Osun.
The governor, who was represented at the event by his Special Adviser on Public Health, Dr Akindele Adekunle, stated that the government was pushing effort and activating action plans to rejuvenate the health sector of the state and thereby ready to welcome any development partners who is ready to support the government effort in the area of health and other important sector in the state.
He said: “We see the Catholic Church as a partner in progress in the state and therefore enjoined them to do more by continuing to support my administration and people of the state in any area of their capacity.”
“I therefore reiterate the resolve of my government that we’re open to development partners who are ready to support us in our efforts to rejuvenate the health sector of the state in ensuring a good standard of living and well-being for the citizens of the state.”
Governor Adeleke appreciated the Catholic Church for being a partner of progress in the state and sought more collaboration between the state and the Church organisation.
“We see the Catholic Church as a partner in progress in the state and therefore enjoined them to do more by continuing to support my administration and people of the state in any area of their capacity.
“ We will also continue to appreciate your collaborative efforts and good relationships you’ve built with the state government and our society in the past, but we humbly demand for more,” he said.
The governor thereafter, declared the 34th edition of the Catholic Nurses Guild of Nigeria annual conference open and launched the magazine of the organisation onbehalf of the state governor.
Meanwhile, Governor Adeleke has reaffirmed his commitment to responsive leadership as he told traditional rulers that the state government is delivering on good governance.
Speaking while receiving a delegation of the state’s traditional rulers led by the Orangun of Oke Ila, Oba Dokun Abolarin in his office, the governor assured the royal fathers that inclusive and responsive leadership are his priorities to expand the capacity and efficiency of the state to deliver.
Flanked by the Secretary to the State Government, Hon Teslim Igbalaye and the Chief of Staff, Hon Kazeem Akinleye, the governor said he has “the deepest of respect for traditional institutions long before I assumed the governorship.
“The foundation of governance in Africa is the traditional institutions. That was why my first point of call as a governor was to assemble and brief you, our fathers, about the state of finance. I remember I gave you full details about the huge debt I inherited from the previous government.
“Since we took over, we have judiciously managed state finance. We enforce due process and we place emphasis on welfare of workers and people of Osun state.
“My administration is implementing a far-reaching infrastructure upgrade of Osun state. Across the local governments, we ensure roads and bridges are being constructed and rehabilitated. We are refurbishing schools and health centers. We are making strong headway in the health and education sector. Our imole free medical surgeries are ongoing across the nine federal constituencies.
“We are reforming the sports sector. Our administration only recently rolled our series of initiatives to boost the sport sector. The reform of the mining sector is ongoing and our climate agenda was just nationally commended by the National Council on Climate Change.
“Our government has given Osun state the first ICT and Tech innovation policies. We are implementing a robust digital economy agenda. We are also working on a new electricity market policy and legislation. The ministry of power will soon unveil our electricity sector agenda since power has now been moved to concurrent legislative lists.
“I assure you of my deep commitment to service delivery. Our team is primed to continue to deliver good governance and dividends of democracy,”Adeleke posited.
Speaking earlier, Oba Abolarin commended the Governor for his massive delivery of democratic dividends to the people of Osun state alongside his pro-people style.
“ On behalf of all royal fathers, I applaud Governor Adeleke for his successful governance so far. There is no doubt that you have positively impacted the state since you took over”, the royal father remarked at the closed door meeting,” he said.