GOVERNOR RAUF ADESOJI AREGBESOLA OF THE STATE OF OSUN
Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has stated that the creation of opportunities by government for Nigerians to be productive will be more effective in the fight against corruption.
Ogbeni Aregbesola made the statement yesterday while playing host to officers of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC )led by the State of Osun Head, Barrister Celcus Ukpong ,who paid him a courtesy visit in his office.
He noted that government at all levels must take it as a point of duty to provide opportunities for decent living through decent means of earning a living saying that if there is a national commitment to productivity ,the issue of corruption will be forgotten.
While describing corruption as a cankerworm which has been destroying the nation, Ogbeni Aregbesola called for the development of what he described as a guaranteed minimum income for producers of agricultural products which are food items saying that this will encourage more people into the agric sector and be gainfully engaged.
Ogbeni Aregbesola ,who described productivity as the greatest cure to corruption ,urged the I.C.P.C to ,as part of their campaign against corruption develop programmes which will drive people towards production stressing that as much as the nation needs to fight corruption, it is also necessary to address the issue of productivity noting that Nigerians now see work as a custom which is not related to income.
While pledging the partnership of the administration to the I.C.P.C in the fight against corruption, Ogbeni Aregbesola said that until Nigerians revive the culture of decent income, the fight against corruption will be like chasing the shadows.
Earlier in an address, the state head of the I.C.P.C, Barrister Celcus Ukpong ,appreciated the Governor for the various steps taken so far aimed at moving the state and the people forward noting that the steps of the Governor is worth emulating by other Governors.
He then called on the creation of anti corruption clubs in schools to help in the fight against corruption and other related issues.
Present were the state Deputy Governor, Otunba Titi Laoye Tomori, the Chief of Staff. Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, the Head of Service, Mr Sunday Owoeye and other members of the state executive council.