Tuesday, 21 January, 2020

Osun Pensioners: Your Government is clueless, Activist tells Oyetola


A renowned human rights activist, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman has described the present administration of Mr. Gboyega Oyetola in Osun State as clueless Government.

Sulaiman who spoke on the recent protest embarked upon by the Senior Citizens under the auspices of 2011/2012 retirees of the State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) over the non- payment of fifteen (15) months’ pension arrears.

In a signed Press statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday, he maintained that it is against the law of natural justice and good conscience for any reasonable administration to be watching these Senior citizens to be suffering for their legitimate entitlements.

Sulaiman who is the Chairman of an Osun based civil group, the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS),stated that Government was a continuum and Mr. Oyetola could not claim ignorance of how his predecessor ( Rauf Aregbesola) in office plunge the State into irredeemable debt regime over frivolous projects that were not see the light of the day.

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It would be recalled that Mr. Oyetola served as Chief of Staff to
immediate past administration of Mr. Rauf Aregbesola for almost eight years.

According to him, “the good people of Osun State just woke up few days ago and saw hundreds of their Senior Citizens thronged to the street of the State capital (Osogbo) protesting against the non-payment of their pension arrears by the present administration.

” And to the Surprise of the people, the same Government that is supposed to look inward on how to ameliorate the suffering of these retirees who had served the state meritoriously at their prime age,now, sponsoring dissidents in the ruling party (APC), tagged them Triangular Pensioners to counter genuine retirees in the State”.

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He further stressed that the government’s singular action for
sponsoring dissidents against the genuine agitators, shows a sign of bad governance, incompetency and failure on the part of Oyetola’s administration.

On the issue of security in the State, Sulaiman who doubles as
Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), disclosed that Oyetola’s government was a monumental failure and nothing to write home about in the administration of the State.

Rejecting the recent postulation by Mr. Gboyega Oyetola that Osun State was in safer hand with him and he said Oyetola’s claim, was misleading and not for sincerity of purpose but just a mere political statement to cajole the unsuspected members of the public.

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The rights activist of many years standing insisted that the State which used to be the most peaceful State in the country, had become one of leading insecure State in the Federation since Oyetola came on board as Governor of the State through the most controversial governorship election.

“If not for God, one would have said that ‘the July 5th, 2019 Supreme Court Judgment on the Osun Governorship tussle may not favour Mr. Gboyega Oyetola? in order to save the State from further disaster”,he submitted.

Sulaiman therefore stressed that the group had concluded arrangement to put the present administration on its toes for the betterment of the good people of Osun State.

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