Osun Stakeholders Seek True Federalism, Petition IGP Over Conduct Of CP

Solomon Arase

Arase

A group, Osun stakeholders, has called for restructuring of the country to reflect true federalism and make it possible for each of the 36 states in the federation to have unhindered access to the control of resources in its domain.

Besides, the group has also petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase to probe Osun State Commissioner of Police (CP), Abubakar Marafa on his alleged conduct to prevent the group from holding a summit on state of Osun affairs at its original venue, the Leisure Spring Hotel, Osogbo, yesterday.

The group, in a communiqué after the summit, which was later held at another venue in Ile-Ife, Osun State, expressed serious reservation that the members could be denied the use of the original venue by the commissioner under the guise of not obtaining police permit for the event.

One of the conveners of the summit, Yinka Odumakin who read the communiqué on behalf of the organisers also called on the anti-graft bodies, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe Osun State accounts in the past five years.

The stakeholders faulted the figure of Osun State debt profile being touted by the state government and disclosed that findings conducted by the group indicated that Osun is indebted to the tune of about N400 billion.

We have a similar case at hand where between 2011-2014,Osun State government claims it has received N103 billion as revenue from the federal allocation but we later find out that the actual amount that came to the state was N183 billion.”

The chairman of the controversial summit, a retired judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Olu Adekeye, had set the tone of the agenda in his speech when he stated that, “Osun is in dire need/straits of her development process. She is stuck in muddy soil and she needs to be rescued before her citizens suffer further aggravated pains.”

Adekeye, who was represented by Professor Olatunde Lawuyi reflected on the state of affairs in the state and called on all stakeholders not to shy away from the reality, adding that they should also play their role to assist the government in power to attain quick recovery from the present situation the state has found itself.

In a keynote address at the summit, Elder Segun Akinwusi , former Head of Service under Aregbesola’s administration said the governor should try to be democratic by accommodating  opposing views in an effort to put Osun on a path of quick recovery.



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