Ahead of the gubernatorial election slated for August 9 in Osun State, a group of professionals under the aegis of People’s Welfare League (PWL), organised a two-day economic summit in Osogbo, capital of the state to appraise the performance of the incumbent administration and to chart a way forward for government for the good of the indigenes of the state.
The summit drew together representatives of key civil societies, trade unions, cottage industry owners, community-based organisations, business promoters, banks and allied organisations, the academia as well as other professionals.
The event also afforded indigenes the opportunity to tell their stories on the impact of government on their individual lives.
In his keynote address on the first day of the summit, Rauf Aregbesola, governor of Osun State, said it was unnecessary for him to blow his own trumpet, stating that indigenes of the state are in a better position to do the trumpeting for him.
However, brandishing a publication of BusinessDay, where the Research Unit of the newspaper had skillfully captured the exploits of the administration in line with the ratings by some credible institutions, Aregbesola pointed out that Osun came second after Lagos State in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in 2012.
It was also disclosed that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) had also put the unemployment rate in the state at 3 percent. The governor said his administration met an unemployment rate percentage of over 12, but that through vision, focus and hard work, the ugly trend has been reversed for the good of the people, adding that the state has the lowest poverty index in Nigeria today.
The governor announced to his audience that if “you match our low unemployment rate and crystal poverty rate; we are simply the best governed state in Nigeria”.