‘Aregbesola has improved grassroots development’
The Senior Special Assistant to Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Dr. Folawiyo Kareem Olajoku has said that the state has made an appreciable impact in provision of rural development integration services to the people which they will not forget in a hurry.
Olajoku, who spoke during the inauguration of a Primary Health Centre in Ijebu-Ijesa, Oriade Local Government Area of the state, noted that all the rural areas were developed along the broad base of operation make life more meaningful for rural dwellers which has not been witnessed in the history of the state.
According to Olajoku, aside the building of the PHCs, SDGs has also procured and distributed over N3 million worth of drugs to the people free; declaring that the agency has, over the years, succeeded in all its people-oriented programmes despite financial constraints.
Olajoku further revealed that SDGs has recruited over 400 health care workers, procured ambulances and constructed and renovated over 47 classrooms in elementary and middle schools.
The SSA noted that the agency has discharged its responsibilities to the people in all aspects, particularly in education and health sectors.
The Policy and Research Consultant also noted that, between August last year and this year, the Osun SDGs office, under the administration of Aregbesola has successfully constructed nine primary health care centres which are already functional and well equipped with medical equipment and drugs to meet the health care needs of the rural communities.
He further said 20 modern middle and elementary schools have also been completed in all parts of the state and already in use, to aid learning and to also meet the educational needs of kids in rural communities.
Olajoku said: “The achievement of SDG goal three and four is crucial to the attainment of all other goals. Health and education are very vital for human existence. Goal three, which is good health and well-being, is very crucial. If people are in ill health or without sound mind, they won’t be able to go to school and would not be able to gain quality education which is the attainment of Goal four.
“The sustainable development goals are localised and SDGs projects are situated in rural communities where they are needed most”.
“Some of the targets of the 17 SDGs, which have taken over from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) include overcoming poverty, reducing hunger, introducing good health and quality education, as well as good jobs and economic growth.
“But in Osun, we focus our goals on good health well-being and quality education. Those two goals are very essential to the sustainability of other goals
“Between August last year and this year, we have successfully built nine Primary Health Centres in Oke-Ila, Atakunmosa, East and West, Oke Inisa in Ijebu-Ijesa and Edunabon in Ife North.
“Also in education, we have built, renovated and upgraded many elementary and middle schools in Egbedore, Osogbo, Olorunda, and Iwo among others.”
According to Olajoku, all the projects are rural-based and the idea of global goal is to execute the projects that can better the lives of the people in the rural communities. We have been able to embark on two major goals, health and education.
He pointed out that the state government placed value on education for those who missed formal education and at the same time the acquisition of skills by youths and adults for self-reliance and enhancement of the economy of their communities in particular and the nation in general.
Towards achieving this, the state government has built nine modern educational facilities in the local council areas of Iwo, Okinni, Ido Osun, Ilesa, Osogbo Ofatedo, Ijabe and Odo-Otin local government areas.
Similarly, the state government has built modern health care structures in the local council areas, in order to meet up the Structural Development Goals (SDGs) strategies.
On the importance which his administration attaches to rural development and integration, Governor Aregbesola said the scheme had helped to complement the delivery of good governance which his government has exhibited.
Aregbesola said his administration has never failed in contributing its 50 per cent counterpart fund in each of the projects executed through the partnership, even during periods of financial instability.
The governor further explained that he resorted to borrowing to fund developmental projects due to the terrible infrastructure deficit and level of poverty he met when he assumed office in 2010.
According to Aregbesola, borrowing to finance projects was a child of necessity for the development of the state, recalling that there was huge dearth of infrastructure before his emergence as the governor.
Above all, the SDGs goals three and four have improved the standard of education and formidable health living of the citizens. It was clearly stated that the Osun State government has glued to the six Integral Action Plans by vividly transforming the state through building of modern education structures and that of health care centres across the state.
Recall that from inception, the governor has put the SDGs programme as a pointer towards the provision of quality infrastructural facilities, environment conducive to teaching and learning modern health care centres in 20 local government areas.