As politicians strategise ahead of 2018 governorship election in Osun State, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Kola Ogunwale has joined the race, contending that he possesses the wherewithal to restore the socio-economic fortunes of the state.
Unveiling a 9-point agenda, Ogunwale maintained that people were tired of the All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged misrule and increasing economic hardship, just as he stated that only the PDP can salvage Osun from total economic recession.
He decried what he termed irregular payment of salaries to civil servants in the state, stressing that it amounts to sheer wickedness and injustice, paying some categories of workers half salaries since July, 2015.
Ogunwale, who represented Osun West Senatorial District in the Senate between 2003 and 2007, however, listed regular payment of salaries of civil servants and rescheduling of Osun’s debt as his priority if elected into government.
In a statement issued in Osogbo, the aspirant promised to strengthen local government autonomy by giving the third tier of government full freedom in the performance their statutory roles.
The statement read in parts, “Osun State has been having issues paying salaries. Local governments are non existent again. A lot of motion without real movement. I have done my research properly before coming up with these areas I want to concentrate on.
“6-3-3-4 education system would be revived in Osun. Federal allocation will also be used for the purpose the money is meant for. We will respect opinions of traditional rulers in selecting new monarchs. On the issue of salaries and wages, I promise to insure that by a reputable insurance company to ensure non failure of salaries,” Ogunwale said.