Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbsola, on Friday insisted that his administration got N204bn from the Federation Accounts and Internally Generated Revenue since the inception of his administration to the end of 2014.
The governor stated this in reaction to a claim by a former Head of Service in the state, Mr. Segun Akinwusi, over the revenue status of the state.
Adewusi, who contested the governorship election on the platform of the Social Democratic Party in 2014, had said in a speech he delivered at the summit organised by the Osun Stakeholders that the state got N317bn in four years.
But in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo, the governor’s media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said, “Segun Akinwusi is inconsistent and that is highly nauseating considering the fact that he rose to become the Head of Service of Osun State.
“In May, he raised a false alarm that Aregbesola should account for N846bn he had collected as allocation in the last four years.
“The same Akinwusi said Aregbesola had collected N317bn in four years. Which one does he want Nigerians to believe?
“The facts that are verifiable state that Osun got from the Federation Account N177bn and when you add the unprecedented about N27bn IGR in the same period to that, you get the N204bn.”
Meanwhile, the governor said Osun State still remained investors-friendly despite attempts by the opponents to speak ill of his administration.
The Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, disclosed the position of the governor while opening the 42nd edition of the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria which commenced in Osogbo on Friday.
He said, “You have come to Osun State and you can see for yourselves whether the impression of a famine-gripped state painted by our political opponents are reflected in the faces of the accommodating people you see around.
“The economic challenge of Nigeria must be seen for what it is: a general crisis for which a state or a governor cannot be picked as the scapegoat. Unfortunately, that has remained the agenda of those who feel it is possible to destroy the efforts that had in recent years advertised our state as a pride of the Black race.”
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