By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, has charged the Osun State Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, to use his wealth of experience to improve the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.
According to the monarch, this is the only way to enable the Governor raise enough funds to carry out his programmes for the state.
Oba Adeyemi who gave the charge on Sunday during a visit to the governor at his country home in Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government Area of the state noted that a state like Osun needed a robust revenue profile to enable its governor to deliver dividends of democracy.
The Alaafin commended Oyetola for building on the good legacies of his predecessors, adding that the governor had started well and he had no doubt about his capacity to perform well.
He said: “You have to use your wealth of experience in administrative, financial and political sectors to improve on the revenue base of the state.
“You might know that I am fully aware of the significant role you played to boost the revenue profile of Lagos State.
“You were among the few people that deployed financial professionalism and expertise to help Lagos to raise its revenue status at a time its local government allocation was seized by the Obasanjo Government during Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s tenure.
“Osun is not a rich state, so, my advice for you is to use your ingenuity and the experience acquired to advance the economy of the state”.
The monarch then called for unity, love among the Yoruba and implored Oyetola to join hands with his colleagues to place southwest to its rightful position saying; “My concern is to ensure that Yoruba people are properly placed in the scheme of things in Nigeria”.
In his response, Oyetola expressed delight on the Alaafin’s visit which he described as a symbol of support for his administration.
He said he was thrilled the monarch decided to come to his country home adding that; “The visit will occupy a big place in my diary.”
He commended Oba Adeyemi for being supportive to his administration with prayers and advice.
The Governor described Alaafin as a man of integrity and honesty and implored him not to relent in his efforts until the region actualise her dreams.
The Alaafin, who was accompanied by his son and member of the House of Representatives, Prince Hakeem Adeyemi, were the received by Akinrun of Ikirun, Oba Abdul-Rauf Olayiwola Adedeji; Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Olabomi; Elende of Eko-Ende, Oba Abdul-Rauf Adebayo Olaniyan and Olororuwo of Ororuwo, Oba Kamorudeen Adeyemi Adeyanju.