Osun Denies Setting Aside N140m For Silver Jubilee Celebration

Ogbeni-Rauf-AregbesolaThe Osun State government has debunked rumours making the rounds that it has earmarked N140 million to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its creation coming up on Saturday.

A former Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, who is also a member of the committee for the anniversary, Hon. Ajibola Basiru, addressed a press conference yesterday in Osogbo, the state capital, where he described the allegation as “a blatant lie”.

An Osun state based group, Civil Societies Coalition for Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS) recently alleged that the state government has set aside N140 million for the silver jubilee celebration of the state’s creation.

Basiru, who advised the people to disregard the statement credited to CSCEOS, said the allegation does not come from a credible source.

While failing to disclose the amount set aside for the celebrations, the former commissioner urged the public to treat the rumour as “mere politics”.

Earlier, the Chairman, Organizing Committee, Dr. Charles Akinola, had stated that this year celebration would focus on the youths.

According to him, the display of calisthenics by students would be the main activity of the programme with commissioning of some completed projects by the state government.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari, who was expected to witness the calisthenics display and commission the projects, would be unavoidably absent due to some important assignment.

However, he assured that the president would visit the state on September 1st where he would be led to commission the projects.

Mr. Akinola insisted that the display of calisthenics goes beyond entertainment, explaining that it was aimed at nculcating the spirit of group work and make the students happy; being the main focus of the celebration.

He challenged the opposition to come up with substantial alternative to Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s policies instead of engaging in needless criticism.

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