Following Sen. Ademola Adeleke’s emergence as the winner of the 2018 Governorship Election in Osun State, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi said in view of the state’s present economic and financial realities, Osun is sick.
Oba Akanbi said Osun may find it difficult to pay wage bill, adding that the government should redouble its efforts in increasing the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to improve its fortunes.
The monarch stressed that the government needs to overhaul the state’s civil service, saying the civil servants should upgrade themselves so that they can be more productive.
Oba Akanbi said, “We have a problem in Osun and we have to shout and tell the world that we are sick in Osun. We need a medicine and we have to find the medicine for Governor Oyetola to be successful. He is a politician and it may be hard for him to even say what I am saying now. I can say it because I am a traditional ruler, who believes in the truth.”
He continued: “It is just the truth I am telling you. We need to upgrade and update our civil service to be ICT compliant and we have to create a way to find other jobs for them in the civil service With what is going on in Osun, we don’t have the money. I am in this government and it doesn’t matter because I am a traditional ruler. I have to be concerned on how government can succeed.
“We have so many workers for some jobs. I am not telling them to retrench, but the government should find some ways out of this situation. How much is the allocation of Osun State in a month? Can it pay the wage bill or salary? Civil servant themselves should be more creative. Civil service is the largest employer of labour in this state and the IGR is nothing. We need to create more IGR. The traditional rulers should be involved in this.”
“All our natural resources and all these festivals that we celebrate should be sources of revenue to the state. There should be general overhaul in the civil service. Osun is dying. The state is paying so much money and not making money. People have to pay tax and there should more ways of ensuring the payment of informal taxes. There are many income being generated through informal sector and is not coming to the government”, the monarch remarked.