The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has urged leaders in the state to mandate their followers to fulfil their responsibilities of paying tax as a means of supporting the present administration in Osun State.
The governor stated this at the Inter-religious service held at the Governor’s Office, Osogbo to usher in Year 2015.
Aregbesola promised to judiciously use the money to improve the standard of living of masses and development of infrastructure in the state.
He thanked people of the State for their cooperation and support during the past years and enjoined them to ensure that they vote for the All Progressives Congress in the coming general elections.
He noted that APC is the only party that can guarantee the desired progressive change which the country needs at the moment.
According to him, “It is obvious that the Peoples Democratic Party PDP can not rule the country well and any well meaning Nigerian should endeavour to vote them out of office.
“I want to assure you that if the APC comes into power at the federal level of governance, all the masses-driven programmes of the present government in Osun will be extended to all the states in the federation.
“The All Progress Congress is ready to adopt people oriented programmes like the school feeding programme which will accommodate pupils in primary 1-6, the party is also ready to adopt the youth empowerment scheme in all the states of the federation as well as the programme of the aged(Agba Osun)” the governor stated.
He also reminded them of the need to collect their permanent voter cards to be able to exercise their franchise during next month’s general elections.
In their sermons, the State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Reverend Elisha Ogundiya and the Mufashir of Osogbo, Alhaji Ma’ruf Ishola prayed for the continued peace and development of the state.
The clergy men thanked the Governor for deeming it fit to begin the year with the offering of prayers to God.
“We are very happy that the Governor has decided to start official activities of the state with prayers, it shows that he is God fearing man and we urge all our leaders to follow his footsteps.”
They also stressed the need for Nigerians especially the religious preachers to always speak the truth to those in positions of authority rather than sing- praising them.
Earlier in a welcome address, the State Head of Service, Mr Olayinka Owoeye promised on behalf of all civil servants to continue to support Government towards achieving its aspirations.
Prayers were offered for the peace, progress and development of the state and the country at large by both the Christian, Muslim and traditional religious leaders.