By Musa Adamu
Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has called on elected representatives of the people of the State to join hands with government in its effort to spread prosperity among the populace just as Senator, Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru is doing.
The Governor who made the call on Tuesday while declaring open a 3 day Intensive capacity for Cooperators facilitated by the Senator said “I admonish other elected representatives, groups and well meaning citizens of Osun to organise empowerment programmes for our people”.
The event which was graced by a former National Chairman and former Governor of Osun State, Chief Bisi Akande, former Deputy Governor of the State, Otunba Titi Laoye-Ponle, the State Chairman of APC and Secretary, Prince Gboyega Famodun and Hon. Rasaki Salinsile was designed to train 100 cooperators as a means to improving capacities and businesses in the journey to self sustaining employment in the State.
The Governor who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the State, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, avowedly stated “I heartily appreciate Senator Basiru for organising this training programme for the people who voted him as their representative. This is a good dividend of representative governance”.
The Governor said the programme rests within his administration’s efforts at exploring “legitimate avenue to utilise people’s potential to deliver prosperity and good life to the people of the State.”
He therefore implored all participants to take advantage of all empowerment activities that may come their way so that they can prosper and contribute to the progress of the State. While thanking the Federal Cooperative College, Ibadan, which coordinated the program, the Governor noted that the training will surely add value to the lives of not only the trainees but many others in the State.
Chief Bisi Akande who traced the history of the role of Cooperatives in entrepreneurship in the past praised the thoughtfulness of Senator Basiru to think in the direction of bringing up the training.
The former deputy Governor and the Party Chairman spoke in the same direction from the point of view that the training will be useful taking this era of COVID-19 into consideration.
In his own address, the training facilitator, Senator Basiru said the training was a product of an extensive research tailored to meet the need of the ordinary people and improve their economy.
“The training was conceptualized and tailored to suit our local dynamics with a view to enhancing the capacity of our constituents who are mostly in the informal sector of the economy”, he said.
A critical ingredient of the training, Senator Basiru said will be taking the participants through information and communication technology skills which is useful to management and entrepreneurship.
Stating his preference for this kind of empowerment, Senator Basiru said “ I am a staunch adherent to the school of thought that espouses the importance of human capital development as against shenanigans of giving handouts that end up with the giving”
He listed his interventions in his first year as a Senator to include, but not limited to, provision of potable water to six different communities, provision of solar power at the Oba’s market to facilitate night trading, grading of several roads, commissioning of senatorial office in Osogbo and liaison offices in all towns in the Central Senatorial District, empowerment of 80 youths with appointments and who are paid regularly on monthly basis.
At the floor of the Senate, he said he had initiated important bills which include unbundling INEC for better and more effective services, the establishment of State Police and a bill to engender quicker delivery of justice in the courts.
The event attracted many dignitaries, past and present political office holders as well Obas and Chiefs. The monarchs that were present include Oba Jimoh Oyetunji, the Ataoja of Osogbo, the Akirun of Ikirun, Oba Rauf Olayiwola Olawale, Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Rasheed Olabomi and Oba Dokun Abolade, the Owa of Oke Ila, amongst 30 other prominent Obas.