2016 Budget: No Alternative To Belt-Tightening – Osun Speaker

Hon.-Najeem-Sallam (1)Speaker, Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salaam, has again echoed the need for the people of Osun State to tighten their belts and get themselves prepared for a tough time as we enter year 2016.

The speaker in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, asserted that if all protocols and running of government were removed, each person of the three million population of Osun State would be entitled to N50,000 for food, shelter, upkeep and other demands of life for a period of 12 months.

He said, “We have received the financial estimate for the 2016 fiscal year from Governor Rauf Aregbesola, but the picture does not suggest we are out of the woods yet, and the trickle-down effect of mindless looting of the immediate past administration at the national stage is hitting hard on all federating units called states, but with all hands on deck, hope is not lost”.

He then expressed optimism in the capacity of the Aregbesola-led administration to manoeuvre the financial situation in favour of the masses with modicum of justice for the elites, noting that the informal sector, agriculture and taxation would be turned to for rebooting the economy of the state.

He assured that the mid-term economic framework of the federal government would reflate the economy across the board.

The speaker, however, lauded the resolve of the governor in paying attention to the completion of the ongoing infrastructural drive, saying it was good news amidst looting, stealing and vandalism of the nation’s institutions, which had subjected the country to rot.

He then appealed to the people of the state to support the government for even distribution of resources.