27th August, 2023
By Victor Adeoti
Governor Ademola Adeleke has stated that the people of the state must remain consistent in their determination to leave a legacy of prosperity for the next generation.
Adeleke declared this on the 32nd anniversary of the state’s formation on Sunday in Osogbo.
The governor stated that the foundation of the state was the result of the founding fathers’ struggle to realise their vision.
“Today marks a significant milestone in the history of our great state. As we reflect upon the journey, let us acknowledge what shaped our state and chart a course for a brighter and more prosperous future.
“The struggle started as early as the 1950s with a series of commissions of inquiry in the old Oyo State.
“The doggedness of the founding fathers was rewarded on August 27th, 1991, when General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida created nine states, including Osun State, with Osogbo as the capital.
“As we embark on this journey, let us remain unwavering in our resolve to leave a legacy of prosperity for generations to come,” he said.
The governor further stated that the creation of the state was a communal commitment to attaining self-governance and development.
Adeleke, who remarked that the state had proved its power in many disciplines over the last three decades, said that his administration had accomplished a lot under its five-point programme.
The governor stated that he prioritises worker welfare, bonuses and pensions, education, cheap health care, social security, and human capital development.
He stated that this resulted in a skilled workforce that contributed considerably to the progress of the state and the nation.
The governor declared that the anniversary was a wake-up call to the people of the state to pursue long-term economic progress.
He stated that the state was working on important strategic sectors such as expanding transportation networks, modernising agricultural practises, providing financial incentives, technical help, and access to markets for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), among others.
“By working together with determination and unity, we can build an Osun State that thrives economically, socially, and culturally,” the governor remarked.
On August 27, 1991, the then-military head of state, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, split Osun State from the former Oyo State.