By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has reaffirmed the administration’s resolve to reclaim missed opportunities and set Osun on the path of sustainable prosperity and development.
He said the administration would spare no effort to unbundle the potential of the State across all sectors, particularly agriculture, tourism and mining.
Oyetola noted that the state government under his watch had developed a workable and achievable roadmap that would help drive its people-oriented policies to enhance growth and development of the State.
The Governor stated this on Tuesday while addressing participants at the maiden Virtual Public Lecture organised by the State’s Ministry of Regional Integration and Special Duties, to herald the 29th Anniversary of the creation of the State.
Speaking on the theme of the lecture, “Unbundling Osun Potential towards prosperity in Agriculture, Tourism and Mining”, Oyetola noted that “As a responsible government which inherited a fragile economy and faced with Covid-19 dilemma but is not given to excuses, we have gone back to the drawing board to creatively design an unusual method to respond to the challenges in order to deliver the better life to the people.
“As an Administration, we believe that our State has all it takes to prosper and that the greatest potential of the State of Osun is its people and the resources that lie under its soil. At a perilous time like this, there is a need to look inward to tap on our strength and potential in Agriculture, Tourism and Mining, which, without doubt, are our areas of comparative advantage.
“From the experience of the nation with oil, unbundling Osun potential towards prosperity in its areas of comparative advantage goes beyond resource abundance. We shall need to approach our potential as business and adopt an amalgam of appropriate strategy, efficient and competent personnel and employment of due process in the management of our resources to avoid the resource curse.
The three Guest Speakers at the event including the Director General of IITA, Ibadan, Dr. Nteranya Sanginga, a tourism expert, Mrs Chiamaka Ifediora and Former Special Assistant to the former Minister of Petroleum, Barrister Najim Animashaun, spoke extensively on the need for the state to properly harness her potential in the areas of agriculture, tourism and mining.
In his remarks, Commissioner for Tourism and Culture, Dr. Adebisi Obawale stated that the government was committed to making Osun tourist destination and bring out the best out of its rich cultural heritage to create wealth for the citizens, just as Adewole noted that, no effort would be spared to turn Osun to food basket of the Southwest.