Our society will be better if wealthy Nigerians complement government efforts – Governor Aregbesola


Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun said Nigeria was now in a stage where government efforts must be complemented by those who were financially and economically endowed.


Aregbesola made the remarks when he inaugurated the newly renovated Comprehensive Health Centre, Igbajo in Boluwaduro Local Government Area of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the hospital was renovated and equipped by a philanthropist, Mrs Yetunde Oyewola, in commemoration of her 80th birthday .

Aregbesola said well-meaning and successful Nigerians needed to rise up to the occasion by complementing the onerous efforts of government toward the socio-political and economic development of Nigeria.

The governor, who noted that over 40 per cent revenue loss in the Federal Allocation to the state had consistently crippled the government policies and programmes, said many states found it difficult to pay the wages and salaries of their workforce.

“The simple analysis of the current economic imbroglio is the fact that the three tiers of government which were sharing over N1.3 trillion before the acclaimed crude oil theft that persisted between June, 2011 to May, 2013 are now sharing N366 billion.

“These are open-secrets because every issue attached to it is made public because they are public documents and there is nothing for anyone to hide.

“The crude oil which was being sold for $114 per barrel now dropped to $48 per barrel. This shows the state of our nation’s economic downturn.’’

He, however, commended Oyewola for renovating the hospital.

“There is no doubt that if every wealthy Nigerian has been doing this in the past, our society will have been better transformed because for any society or nation to develop, its citizens must see the need in selfless sacrifice towards its upliftment,’’ Aregbesola said.