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|Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by Ihedioha2015: 7:20am On Jun 08, 2015|
OSUN state: This is a South west state.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Wednesday opened up on his inability to pay the salaries of workers in the state for five months, blaming it on “declining federal allocation.”
The governor made the open confession at the 7th Bola Tinubu Colloquium organised to mark Tinubu’s 63rd birthday in Lagos.
He said he was deeply pained and unhappy that he had not been able to pay workers salaries.
“I have found it hard to pay the wage bills owing to the declining federal allocation to the state.
“Federal allocation to the state has reduced by 40 per cent since 2013, making it difficult for government to meet up its responsibilities,” he said.
Aregbesola said the situation became so bad at a time that he resorted to the state’s reserves and exhausted it on payment of salaries.
The governor added that the government went ahead to accumulate debt of N12 billion in its bid to ensure that salaries were paid.
He said that he would not mind to borrow more “just to ensure that workers were paid but the “banks would not grant more loans.”
He said: “Osun is next to Lagos in the sheer size of its civil service.
“In fact, the state inherited 50 per cent of all the workers in the old western state and more than 75 per cent in the old Oyo State.
“I was meeting my wage bill of over N3.6 billion with N4.6 billion federal allocation until July, 2013 when the Federal Government announced a decline of about 40 per cent allocation to states.
“This reduced the state’s allocation from N4.6 billion with which I was meeting my bills to N2.6 billion.
“Since then, Osun has had to augment salaries by sometimes N1 billion, sometimes N1.6 billion.
“Before the last time I paid salaries in November, 2014, I have had to either spent the state’s reserves on salaries or borrow money.
“Today, I have a loan of N12 billion that we spent on salaries and I could not go to the banks anymore.”
The governor said that his administration remained pro-workers in spite of the tight corner it had found itself, pledging to pay the salary arrears as soon as the means was available.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration to the welfare of the people, adding that he had demonstrated the commitment with the implementation of a number of programmes.
He described Tinubu as “an icon through whom many great leaders had risen”
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|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by Ihedioha2015: 7:21am On Jun 08, 2015|
Bornu State: This is a North-Eastern state, ravaged by the activities of Boko Haram terrorist. It is believed that some elements in the region are responsible for this wicked acts of terrorism.
The Borno State Police Command on Sunday confirmed the killing of two persons after a suspected female suicide bomber detonated an explosive along Baga/Monguno.
The Commissioner of Police, Aderemi Opadokun, who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri, said that four persons were also injured.
“A female suicide bomber detonated an Improvised Explosive Devise (IED) strapped on her body along Baga/Monguno highway, killing herself and two others on Saturday.
“Four persons sustained injuries during the attack,’’ he said.
He also confirmed an IED explosion near a military check point in Konduga Local Government Area, in which two persons were injured.
“It is true that we had a suspected IED explosion at Tungushe village in Konduga LGA on Saturday near a military check point.
“Two persons were injured and they are now being treated at the hospital,’’ he said.
Mr. Opadokun advised residents to be vigilant and report strange objects to the nearest security check point for action.
Suicide bombings by suspected members of the Boko Haram in Borno State have killed dozens of people in the past month as soldiers continue their onslaught on the group.
President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to defeat the insurgents and already called for the transfer of the army command centre to Maiduguri, the state capital.
The National Emergency Management Agency (NAMA), this weekend, held a meeting with the Borno state government to work out modalities towards improving the lives of internally displaced persons in the state.
Director of Search and Rescue in the agency, Air Commodore Charles Otegbabe, while briefing newsmen shortly after the meeting in Maiduguri, said both the NAMA and Borno state government have agreed to jointly run the IDP camps in order to improve on the lives of those living in camps within the state.
“What we’ve agreed essentially is more like sharing responsibilities on how to continue to maintain the camps in a very hygienic manner. We’ve also agreed that NAMA would do as much as possible to provide items like rice, maize and other hard foodstuff; while things they can easily source here would be provided by the state government,” Otegbabe said.
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by Ihedioha2015: 7:21am On Jun 08, 2015|
Abia State: This is a South-Eastern state and believed to be the worst state in Nigeria and its history. The state is also owing the civil servants over 6months salaries. It is even painful that this is an oil producing state that has been benefitting for the past 16yrs. And since this report till now nothing has changed in terms of its status as the worst Nigerian state.
Inside Abia: Nigeria’s dirtiest state
■ Epidemic looms, residents lament
On Wednesday penultimate week, Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State, witnessed its first rain in 2015. Although the rain was not heavy, it left a heavy burden on the residents, as the entire city was flooded.
The situation was such that moving from one part of the city to another was a difficult task. People were compelled to remove their shoes and fold their trousers to wade through the flood even as vehicles were trapped in the craters dotting the roads. Many of the residential buildings and business premises were not spared as the flood ravaged personal effects and commercial goods. In some cases, people fell into gutters and sustained injuries. Those who were coming into the town that day had a hectic time as Osisioma area and parts of Aba – Owerri road were flooded, particularly the Abia Poly gate and St Paul’s junction. This resulted in a traffic snarl that forced people to trek long distances. In fact, Aba was literally floating that day.
A resident, Mrs Agnes Ajumbe, told our correspondent that her daughter broke her leg when she fell into a submerged gully on Jubilee road while returning from her business place that day. Her words: “When my daughter was returning after the rain on Wednesday (last week), she removed her shoes as everywhere was flooded. Unfortunately, she fell into a big hole on Jubilee road because it was covered with flood water and she didn’t know that the hole was there. As she fell, her handbag containing recharge cards and a sack containing bottles of groundnuts that we sell fell into the flood. Everything was damaged. The bottles of groundnuts broke and she broke her left leg. I am a widow and our source of livelihood is gone. I don’t even have money to give her proper treatment, so I took her to a native bonesetter. The affected leg is swollen and the pain is unbearable for her. She is always crying, particularly in the night. I am confused.”
Another resident, Mr Simeon Ofoma told our correspondent that his Carmry car broke down inside a gully on Eziukwu road. “I didn’t know that the hole on the road was so big because the entire place was flooded. The bottom plate and exhaust pipe were affected. I bought the car in November last year and I spent a huge amount to fix it. We are really suffering in this state. When I was travelling to my home town, Arochukwu, last year for the Christmas festivities, the car also broke down because of the bad roads. Living in Abia is like living in hell,” he lamented.
Investigations revealed that in the last couple of years, Aba, the economic livewire of Abia State has deteriorated in every material particular. If nothing is done and fast too, Aba residents will experience more hardship this rainy season.
Most of the roads are in a deplorable state and impassable when it rains even slightly. If you go to a place like Obohia, for instance, your heart will melt at the level of decay and suffering residents of the area are going through. Ama Mmong, a densely populated suburb, is a patch of hell. Going there could be likened to a journey to Golgotha. It is a difficult task accessing there from any point. To go there, you must arm yourself with sachets of water with which to wash your legs because you will get to portions where vehicles cannot navigate and you will be compelled to wade through dirty smelly water. Residents disclosed that the ugly state of the road had made commercial bus drivers to increase the fare. Milverton Avenue, which is the loading bay of luxury bus operators, has broken into two. Driving through that axis is a risk many motorists are not willing to take because any vehicle that goes through it will hardly be the same again. Umu Ule road, Port Harcourt road, MCC roads, Port Harcourt road, Hospital road and Umuocham road are some of the major arteries where commuters gnash their teeth in agony.
Interestingly, you can hardly find the campaign posters of the ruling party in Obohia. This is because residents of the area do not want to hear anything about the ruling party there. “We don’t want to see any of their nonsense posters here. In fact, they cannot come to campaign here because we are not happy with them and the youths of the area may give more than they bargained for,” Innocent, a tricycle rider, told the reporter.
Apart from the broken roads, the gutters are filled with dirt. It is the same story in virtually every part of the town. Also, mountains of refuse dot the town. One of the new ‘mountains’ is on Ochefu Street by Market road. Getting there, you are left wondering how human beings live in such environment right in the city centre. And the garbage bins, where they exist, spill on the road before being evacuated. The result is a stinking city.
Dirt is not peculiar to Aba. Going to Umuahia, the state capital, you easily notice why Abia could be regarded as the dirtiest state in the country. At Umuikaa junction, along the Aba – Enugu expressway, dirt is strewn all over the place. A massive refuse dump site emitting acrid odour and billowing smoke welcome you to the capital city. The ‘perfume’ stings in the nose. And in the middle of the expressway, shortly after Abia Tower in Umuahia, are unsightly heaps of garbage. And if you are going to Akwa Ibom from Abia, nobody will tell you the boundary of the two states because immediately you cross into Akwa Ibom everything changes for the better. And if you are going to Imo State, the environment becomes cleaner when you cross the border town of Owerrinta.
Indeed, epidemic looms in Abia because the residents have been exposed to dirt and offensive odour for years. The gutters have become breeding grounds for mosquitoes and rodents. Interestingly, the residents and business owners are compelled to pay sanitation levies yet dirt and rotten wastes litter everywhere. Worse still, the people have been conquered. Hence, many see no evil and speak no evil. It was learnt that following a report on the decrepit state of Aba markets not long ago, some of their leaders were arrested and detained on the suspicion that they gave information to the reporter.
A former minister of finance and economic planning, Dr Kalu Idika Kalu, has said that the state of infrastructure in Abia fell short of the aspirations of its founding fathers.
Kalu told the News Agency of Nigeria in his country home, Ohafia, that the euphoria that greeted the creation of the state 22 years ago seemed to have waned due to under-development.
The former minister also decried the lack of manpower development in the state.
He said the ingenious artisans in the state, particularly in Aba, the commercial nerve centre of the state, were the worst hit.
“When Abia was created, I felt so proud not because I thought we should be split into so many states, but because I thought we had the potential to place Abia as one of the top states in the nation.
“As a commissioner then in the old Imo State, I remembered coming into Aba when they were opening the NTA office in the town and we had lots of designers there.
“Take for an example people in the textile and garments industry, these are people that need just a little support to get to the global stage of designing,” he said.
He alleged that “22 years down the lane, no meaningful development has taken place in the state”.
Kalu added that a situation where critical infrastructures were in deplorable condition and in most cases non-existent was regrettable.
“We have not lived up to expectations and we still have a long way to go to create viable agriculture, industries and proper infrastructure.
“There is no question that we need to do a lot more and part of the problem is that we have not really had time to amplify our resources beyond the ones we know.
“Abia State had oil and gas territories which were ceded to other states.
“We still have a golden opportunity to look at these things radically and isolate ourselves whether as governors, senators or members of the house,” he said.
Kalu said what the people needed was a system that would bring about growth, development, stability and progress.
He added that such proper steps would reduce the poverty level among the people to the barest minimum.
■ Residents commend The Sun for shining on the city
Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State, was agog on Saturday. That day, The Sun shone brightly on the dilapidated city. The residents, who over the years, had been united in grief over the total collapse of infrastructure in the city, had something to cheer. They were elated that their predicament had been exposed to the whole world to see.
They were happy that Saturday Sun presented a dispassionate report on the deplorable condition of critical infrastructure in the city. As soon as the newspaper hit town, it started selling like hot cake. The newspaper was a souvenir of sorts. For them, now that their story had been told in words and pictures, there could be a ray of hope that intervention may come from the Federal Government since the state government had abandoned them. Indeed, some of them suggested that the Federal Government should declare a state of emergency in Aba to address the situation.
Justus, a resident, said: “Beloved, I commend your write-up about Aba. Every aspect of the city is in utter ruins. Nigerians need to be aware of this. We can’t keep quiet anymore. It’s time for coordinated action for change. Some of us aren’t partisan or have any affiliation with any political party whatsoever but we just demand good governance. Abia and, particularly Aba, is in total ruins.”
Chief Okey Nwagbara, All Progressive Congress (APC) vice chairman, Abia Central, described the state of affairs in Aba as awful while commending Saturday Sun for the report. Hear him: “First of all, I would like to commend your newspaper for the report that was published on Saturday, although you did not capture half of the situation on ground about Aba. Notwithstanding, that was a very wonderful story. You were only able to give us the pictures of the areas you had access to and nobody will blame you for those areas you did not have access to. It is good that you have shown to the world that the town you know as made in Aba, because it was making people and things, is now waiting to be made. So, I thank you people so much for that report and I’m appealing to other media houses to come to us at this hour of need as The Sun has done because it is those who give us that we will give back when the time comes.”
Nwagbara, who regretted that Abia which used to be God’s own state had become God’s cursed state, said that the city has the worst road network in Africa. He stressed that the way things are going, in the next few weeks, Aba will be closed down as nobody will be able to come in or go out. He further said that the situation of Aba was worse than Ebola because while the virus can be treated, nothing is being done about Aba. According to him, the environmental pollution in Aba calls for concern.
The All Progressives Grand Alliance Party (APGA), Abia State Chairman, Prince Ukaegbu, remarked: “At times, one wonders how the citizenry manage to survive under such bad conditions. In the past, we’ve had cause to call on the governor to either perform or resign because for the past seven and half years, Abia State can literally be called a state without a governor and without government. The only aspect of government that we witness borders on reparation, taxation and all forms of unlawful brigandage by government’s tax collectors; that has been our general experience in Aba.”
He went on: “In Abia State, infrastructure has a different meaning and connotation. Here, infrastructure means impassable roads, it means dirt and rubbish along the streets, that’s the meaning of infrastructure in Aba and Abia State because they are non-existent. I have challenged the governor on countless number of occasions and offered to sponsor and arrange a media tour so that the gentlemen of the press can come around and let the governor point out those achievements which he claims on the pages of newspapers, television and internet. Sometime ago, the governor rather hastily organised his boys in the media who came and gave him kudos, nothing is happening in Abia State. I have said these things repeatedly. We are a state without a government.
“I have said this several times, Aba is not in Russia, neither is it in San Francisco. Aba is right here. You came from Lagos, go round Aba and find out if you can see those things the governor and his aides kept posting on the internet, those beautiful buildings and roads you see on the internet and in magazines. I have challenged him and will be happy if the governor will take up my challenge, let me sponsor a media tour of Abia State and afford the governor the opportunity to highlight all his achievements. Nothing is going on in Abia State. The other time, we were hoodwinked into believing that an airport and seaport were being constructed in Abia State. I had cause to challenge the governor to reproduce the budget estimate and there were no provisions for building an airport or seaport. Few months to the expiration of the tenure of this administration, no work has started anywhere, this is a wuruwuru government. This is a government steeped in propaganda, spending billions of state resources in laundering its battered image. This is the true state of affairs in Abia State.
Indeed, not a few residents insist that the deplorable story of the city had not been told in full. They maintained that inasmuch as Saturday Sun did a marvellous job in throwing light on the state of affairs in the city, there were still some very ugly spots that were not covered. So, against the agitations of the residents, our reporter visited some of the areas in dire need of attention on September 2. But coming into city, the reporter joined other travellers in trekking because of the traffic snarl at the Osisioma end of the Port Harcourt – Enugu expressway. Take this: Aba was literally locked down on September 3 because of a gully after the rail crossing on Aba – Owerri Road. The resultant traffic snarl brought the city to a standstill as it spiralled to other areas.
Diary of decay
Indeed, every part of the city is in a shambles. Milverton Avenue, the home of most of the luxury buses that go to various parts of the country, is almost a no-go area because of a very big ‘river’ in the middle of the road. Located in the heart of the city, Miverton Avenue, which used to be a pride of the city, is now a shadow of itself. When it rains, it becomes almost impassable. In fact, only Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) navigate through the deep ‘river’ in the middle of the road. Any car or tricycle (keke) that dares to pass through the ‘river’ may not come out in one piece.
But if Milverton Avenue is in a sorry state, Eziukwu Road leading to Cemetry Market simply depicts hell on earth. The road had not only become impassable and abandoned, some of the buildings have been overtaken by flood, forcing the occupants to flee. It was gathered that snakes invade houses in the neighbourhood. “Eziukwu Road has become a no-go area. A part has become home for unserviceable vehicles and junks. But flood has overtaken another part, making it impossible for people to live there for many years now. The place, as you can see, is abandoned and big snakes usually come out of the bushes,” lamented Mr Ephraim Nwaogwugwo, who lives in the neighbouring Ehi Road, which also is in a sorry state.
Obiora Street leading to the famous Enyimba Stadium is equally in a very bad condition. While Dan Fodio Road is in a class of its own, it is indescribable, a piteous sight. Tricycles and vehicles that pass there bear the brunt as most of the time they are trapped in the waterlogged crater.
Unity Street is a dead zone. Cut off from the adjoining street, it is a place to see and die. Ajali Street by Abam Street is nauseous, unsightly, an eyesore. Even pigs may not be comfortable living in such environment. Ironically, the residents of the area claim that it is dressed in false robe by the government. “What they do is take photographs of good roads elsewhere and present same to the world as Aba. It’s been hell living in this neighbourhood; it’s been hell living in this town because of the state of the roads in particular. People hardly wear shoes in this neighbourhood. How can you do that when the entire place is in a mess, especially during the rainy season? However, they should remember that what a man sows that shall he reap,” noted a resident who identified himself simply as Tony.
Other major roads in Aba town that need urgent intervention include Market road, Hospital Road, Jubilee Road, Okwunuka Road, School Road, Uratta Road and Etche Road among others. In fact, virtually all the roads in the city are begging for attention. The situation is that those who can afford it now go for SUVs. Car wash points are springing up all over the city because no car remains the same after an outing as it would be splashed with mud.
As it is in Ngwa Road, so it in Georges’ Road in terms of moulds of garbage. When the reporter went to the latter, it was near impossible for him to breathe because of the stench coming out of the wastes that litter everywhere. Investigations revealed that garbage bins receive some form of attention only when the contents begin to overflow.
Woe betide you if you are visited by fire in Aba. This is because the fire station on George’s Road is in a horrible condition. The vehicles in the station are dilapidated except one. As a matter of fact, the facility looks desolate. But the open space there has turned to a mechanic workshop and car park, even as it is rented to people for ceremonies such as marriage receptions.
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by mormoni(m): 7:22am On Jun 08, 2015|
Confused! Adamawa shud be here
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|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by INTROVERT(f): 7:24am On Jun 08, 2015|
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|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by DaBullIT(m): 7:24am On Jun 08, 2015|
and what shall it profit a man to lie and lie and lie until kingdom comes ?
food for thought
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by Nobody: 7:27am On Jun 08, 2015|
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by BMedia: 7:30am On Jun 08, 2015|
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by Humblesam(m): 7:31am On Jun 08, 2015|
Who can still remember Ebonyi,is it a state or local government area?
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by kazmanbanjoko(m): 7:33am On Jun 08, 2015|
Na amadioha thunder go strike you for putting osun state in d list.
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|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by chidekings(m): 7:33am On Jun 08, 2015|
This writeup looks unbiased . abia ga adi mma.
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|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by yuncka: 7:33am On Jun 08, 2015|
his one you dey laf, e be like say na your state.......na my state shaa...i no go deny am, the OP is right too. poor governance has trailed us since the creation of the state. the only governor that did great for us was the late military governor.... Ike Nwosu. RIP sir.
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by coolzeal(m): 7:34am On Jun 08, 2015|
We need to hold our past leaders accountable for economy mismanagement, embezzlement and corrupt practices especially at the state level. All efforts to regain stolen funds is welcome. Nigeria is broke.
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by gwales: 7:35am On Jun 08, 2015|
Op Remove borno and put either yobe or zamfara
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by LordMecuzy(m): 7:41am On Jun 08, 2015|
Nwanne Ihedioha2015 how u coping after loosing to Rochas? Now no federal government compensation self..... edit your username to 2019
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|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by Ihedioha2015: 7:44am On Jun 08, 2015|
Election is over. I stand for good governance in Nigeria as a whole.
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|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by stinggy(m): 7:51am On Jun 08, 2015|
Where is Kogi and Benue states?
Can you state the development that has happened in these two states over some years now?
I may not like Aregbe but in all honesty, Osun shouldn't be there if we're talking about top 3.
Borno and Abia are taking their deserved spots. I think number 1 should be tie between Benue and Kogi.
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|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by iamodenigbo1(m): 7:52am On Jun 08, 2015|
let okpeazu not kpere azu,till tribunal decides
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by ernecy(m): 7:58am On Jun 08, 2015|
Op on point with Abia. Until we the masses stand n demand good governance from our politicians, no change will come
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by heykims(m): 7:59am On Jun 08, 2015|
Op, u are a slowpoke, the fact that salary arrears is piling up doesn't mean The State of Osun is developmentally backward.
Sentiments apart, Osun experienced a geometric development during d first tenure of Aregberascal con Aregbescammer
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|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by adadadon(m): 8:01am On Jun 08, 2015|
Kogi and benue nko
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by CharliParker: 8:05am On Jun 08, 2015|
I will agree when Bornu and Osun state makes any excuses but Abia state is what pains me most
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by Ihedioha2015: 8:22am On Jun 08, 2015|
Don't excuse any of those states
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by babs01(m): 8:24am On Jun 08, 2015|
Niger state should be there
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|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by SUBWAY101(m): 8:32am On Jun 08, 2015|
So Osun is backward cos of Salary? Even akwa ibom is owing workers, same with rivers. All states in the SE are owing except Anambra. Where is Ebonyi, Kogi, Benue, Yobe e.t.c Trash.
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by haul: 8:39am On Jun 08, 2015|
Come on bro,don't be biased,the op clearly drew his conclusion from the three regions,so soak it up
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|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by viczing(m): 8:43am On Jun 08, 2015|
Abia is suppose to be ahead of those aforementioned states but here they lie due to poor development, infrastructure and poor governance don't blame the dude he's right
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by basilo101: 9:00am On Jun 08, 2015|
See how Abia ppl are happy wen dia bad govnor was exposed? Meanwhile Osun ppl are still defending dia own governor.
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|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by 15thMonica: 9:03am On Jun 08, 2015|
I only come here to greet d mods
don't ban me Ooo
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by tociano009(m): 9:05am On Jun 08, 2015|
|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by bettercreature(m): 9:05am On Jun 08, 2015|
Lazy Op,just because aregbe is unable to pay salaries doesn't mean osun is backward or poor,get your facts right osun is not poor,pdp destroyed osun or how can osun with 34 local government be getting second to the lowest allocation in Nigeria ? Even ekiti with half local government are gettin more allocation,someone need to tell us why Jonathan destroyed osun state,
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|Re: Images: Three Most Backward And Poorly Governed Nigerian States by Vikkie14: 9:05am On Jun 08, 2015|
Osun should NEVER be on this Topic If NOT FOR THE UNPAID SALARIES. DON'T EVER COMPARE OSUN TO ANY OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED STATES.
Salary apart, Osun is one of the Best, Safe place to live in Nigeria. They hardly protest in that state. Check the rate of crime of each states, you will find Osun at the "lowest" group. I haven't seen a state that have the kind of Armoured Personnel Carriers like Osun--merely seeing it will deter Armed Robbers from the state. One thing i still like about the state is that, their O'Ambulance(Osun emergency ambulance) is a success that i wish every states in the federation could emulate. I was in the state sometimes ago, there was a lone accident of a toyota sienna car around past 10 in the night, they called the Emergency line and withen 15mins, the "big" ambulance arrived and took the victim to the state hospital.
In fact, there was a case where the citizens of the state capital were trying to 'test' the "Efficiency, Effectiveness and Response Time of the scheme. They called the Emergency line and reported that an accident had happened at a junction--they gave the perfect description of the place. Surprisingly, the Ambulance arrived few mins later and the crew were shocked when the people handed them a dead fowl that was killed by an Okada rider.
But, i hate one thing in his government-- he lacks Wisdom. The many uncompleted projects that litters the state could have been done one after the other but he went ahead(maybe bcox of re-election) and construct hundreds of projects(schools,roads,markets,airport etc) without proper planning of Finance.
Osun is a Great state and shouldn't be on this List if not for AreGBESE(King of Debt) that failed to pay his workers.
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