The Osun State Legislators’ Forum, comprising lawmakers at the National Assembly and Osun State House of Assembly, have invited stakeholders in the state, including former governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Iyiola Omisore, to a conference on how to move the state out of its present economic crisis.
The lawmakers, who were led to a press conference in Osogbo on Saturday, by a member of the House of Representatives, Mrs. Ayo Omidiran, said the forum was convoking the meeting in order to get suggestions on how the state government could get out of the economic quagmire.
The forum said it was expecting Governor Rauf Aregbesola; his deputy, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori; Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mr. Najeem Salaam, and other leaders to attend the conference.
Omidiran said the forum decided to call all stakeholders together to brainstorm on why the state had been experiencing difficulty in meeting its financial obligations to workers and contractors.
She said, “It is true that our dear state is in dire straits. It is true that our state is going through hard times. Workers and pensioners are owed many months’ salary and infrastructural development projects have come to a halt.
“Members of the Osun Legislators’ Forum therefore decided to organise this summit to serve as an avenue to deliberate on the state of our state, interact with all stakeholders, including but not limited to all past governors and their deputies, technocrats and artisans, labour unions and non governmental organisations, traditional rulers and market women; in short, everyone that has a stake in the State of Osun.
“We sent invitation to Senator Iyiola Omisore because he is a former deputy governor and a former Senator. We are expecting him and others to come to the conference.”
Omidiran added that the outcome of the conference would be presented to Aregbesola, stating that the forum would wait to see what the governor would do with it.
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Lasun Yusuf, who is from Osun State, was absent at the press conference but Omidiran said the lawmaker was expected to attend the conference.