Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has reiterated that he would not renege on his promise to banish hunger and make life meaningful for the people of the state.
The governor made the statement on Monday in Osogbo at the celebration of 2016 International Day for Poverty Eradication.
He said that his administration remained resolute to do `everything humanly possible’ to champion the cause of creating wealth by eradicating poverty.
In his speech titled: “Poverty Has No Place with Us,” Aregbesola said that the policy thrust and programmes of his administration were geared towards poverty eradication, make live abundant and create wealth for the citizenry.
He listed the six-point integral action plan of his administration to include: banishing poverty, hunger and unemployment; restoring healthy living, promoting functional education, enhancing communal peace and progress
He said that the plans were designed to uplift the people from being poverty stricken to being wealthy.
Commenting on the achievements made by his administration, the governor said 40,000 unemployed youths had been empowered under the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme.
Aregbesola said his administration had adopted multi-faceted approach to achieve its goal of providing healthcare for all.
He said, “While government will continue to do everything within its means to provide for the people, we should all be productively engaged, especially in agriculture where we have comparative advantage.”
Earlier in his address, Alhaji Abdul-Rahaman Musa, Chairman, Osun Community and Social Development Project, commended the governor for the various poverty alleviation programmes he had put in place to benefit the people.
CSDP General Manager, Mrs. Funmi Abokede, also commended the government for being consistent in payment of counterpart funds for the programme.
She said that CSDP was being funded by the state government and World Bank.
Abokede noted with satisfaction that government had released N550 million for payment of counterpart funds between 2010 and 2015.