Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun says his administration will continue to adopt new approaches to meet the yearning and aspirations of the people.
Aregbesola made the commitment in a statement issued by his media aide, Mr Semiu Okanlawon in Osogbo on Tuesday.
The governor said the administration would continue to pursue policies and programmes that would enhance people’s welfare and good governance in the state.
“I have reasons to tell the people of the state and others who care to listen at the inception of my administration that I will run an unusual government.
“We knew that for us to deliver on governance which we promised our people, we must be ready to break the rules.
“We consciously designed our programmes and policies to be different from the norms.
“We were convinced that many of the existing approaches to governance had left our people in poverty, ignorance, diseases and hopelessness.
“But no one wanted to rock the boat for fear of what the people would say.
“But we were convinced that, though the decisions might be painful to take, we needed to be courageous to take them if they would in turn bring our people out of their predicaments.”
According to the governor, the approach is now paying off, six years after it was adopted.
“We have proved through our strategic approach that though painful, the courage with which we have taken the decisions and driven our development agenda have been embraced by our people.
“Some of our actions have been portrayed in the negatives by a section of the populace that are not yet in tune with the unusual ways.
“But the media have a lot to do to educate and not to be swayed by mere emotions.
“The question should be: Are the people who are at the centre of it all having their hopes restored and having meanings for their lives.
“The answer lies with our people and we know they are with us on this journey to total redemption,” the governor said.