Osun State Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday condemned the actions of the APC led administration over the plan to have a 10 days trip to Dubai by 68 local government area and local council development authorities in the state to the United Arab Emirates.
The umbrella symbolic party queried such a action and raising funds for such a “jamboree at a time that the state is struggling to pay salary means the APC and Osun State government are not concerned about the welfare of workers in particular and Osun people in general.”
The trip has been delayed due to lack of funds and it has been planned during the administration of Mr Rahul Aregbeshola.
According to a circular signed by W. Ojulabi for the coordinators director of ministry of local government area address to council managers, it is said that the state government would take charge of the visa expenses flight ticket accommodation feeding and local transport while the duty allowance will be catered by the local government authority.
In reaction to this money gulping vacation Mr. Ayo Segun-Promise who is the acting director of publicity and media Osun state PDP said, “They see Osun and her people as spoil of war. They see Osun as a conquered territory that must be drained of resources. People of this state have endured this in the past eight years. If we say Osun is in a mess and debt, this is an example of how the state had been mismanaged since November, 2010.
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“How can a state that does not pay salary until the middle of another month think of sponsoring 68 people on holiday to Dubai? What are they going to teach them? For us in PDP, we believe the light will soon shine on Osun State.”
The ALGON chairman Osun State chapter, Mr Abiodun Idowu reacted in a statement saying the trip “is seriously intentioned, honourable in purpose.”
“It will be recalled that the Rauf Aregbesola’s administration saw the urgent need to strengthen and engender development at the grassroots by creating 68 local councils in the state over two years ago”.
“As a result of the unique parliamentary system adopted by the councils, the administration saw the need to sponsor the chairmen on 10-day training in Dubai.
“The funds for the training have been approved to be facilitated by a well-known logistic firm, Etcetera Interactions Limited which entered into an agreement with the state government some months ago. Unfortunately, due to other pressing state matters, the trip was postponed.”