Presidency Should Write Off Osun’s Debt – Adeolu Oyebode
A plea has been sent to the President of Nigeria, Mr. Buhari, to write off the debt profile of the State of Osun, in the interest of the poor citizens of the State and the helpless workers.
The call came, following the FAAC monthly allocation made available in the month of February where Osun State had N6million.
In a letter written to the President by Mr. Adeolu Oyebode, a public affairs analyst, said “In the interest of the people of Osun, please write off the debt profile of the State, in the order of the Paris Club”
Speaking further, Oyebode wrote: “Mr. President would recall that $18b was written off by the Paris Club when Nigeria couldn’t afford to pay up. This was in the interest of Nigerians and our Economy.
“The Government of Osun can never pay this huge debt of $67m, likewise the Governors of Ondo, Kogi, Oyo, Benue, Plateau, Abia, Kwara, . No doubt it was unfortunate, but it has got to the level where the interest of the workers, civil servants, poor citizens and the students must be taken into consideration “.
Oyebode, the former Special Assistant on Youth and Student’s Matters to Ex-Governor Fayemi, defended Aregbesola, saying that ” he isn’t responsible for production and distribution of resources which is the hallmark of any political economy “.
“Governor Aregbesola, like every other Governors in Nigeria should be freely allowed to direct production, distribution, workforce and most importantly the issue of resource generation.
“Our fiscal policy is faulty as a system. We need to return to the old decentralized federalism if regional governments cannot come back to place again. Monies should be generated from States to Federal and not vice versa, before we can stop experiencing the Osun saga”.
Osun, Ekiti, Benue, Kogi, Plateau, Kwara, Oyo, Ondo, and Abia States have been unable to pay salaries of workers ranging from three months and above.