The Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, on Wednesday, took steps aimed at reviving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) projects abandoned in various parts of the state.
This followed a tour of the projects by the Special Adviser to Governor Adeleke on SDGs and Multilateral Relations, Bamikole Omishore
of Skills’ Acquisition Centres in Iragbiji and Osogbo.
Omishore visited the sites with three other cabinet members, namely the Commissioner for Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Ayofe Olatunji Maroof, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Rev. Bunmi Jenyo, and Commissioner for Empowerment, Prince Bayo Ogungbamigbe.
Speaking to journalists after the comprehensive tour, Omishore said the action was in line with Governor Adeleke’s pledge “not to abandon any important project inherited from the previous administration.”
He said the objective of the team was to carry out an on-the-spot assessment of the Skills Acquisition Centres and to fashion ways to rejuvenate and reestablish them as “vital hubs for enriching the skill-sets of Osun citizens…”
Omishore said: “Today, we visited the uncompleted SDGs Skills’ Acquisition Centres in Iragbiji and Osogbo.
“These projects were initiated during the previous administration under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agency.
“This visit was undertaken to assess the progress of these projects – which is in consonance with Governor Adeleke’s pledge to the people of Osun not to abandon any important project inherited from the previous administration.
“Joined by my dedicated colleagues, comprising the Commissioner on ICT, Ayofe Olatunji Maroof, Commissioner on Commerce and Industry, Rev Bunmi Jenyo, and Commissioner on Empowerment, Prince Bayo Ogungbamigbe, we embarked on a comprehensive evaluation of the current status of these centres.
“Our shared objective was unequivocal: to rejuvenate and reestablish these centres as vital hubs for enriching the skill-sets of Osun citizens and also to find out the essential measures and resources necessary to revive these abandoned facilities.
“Our exploration of these centres, emphasises Governor Adeleke’s vision of fostering a thriving environment for both skilled and unskilled workers.
“The governor’s trenchant emphasis on collaboration rang through our journey – with the presence of four cabinet members reinforcing the determination propelling the endeavour.
“This collective pursuit underscores our resolve to harness the human capital of the state. It is abundantly clear that Governor Adeleke is steadfast in his commitment to nurturing an empowered citizenry.
“As we make progress, our guiding principle will be translating the takeaways into actionable strategies.
“Our primary aim is the complete transformation of these dormant spaces into vibrant centres for skill acquisition – helping artisans to hone their craft and enabling emerging entrepreneurs to access the necessary support for their growth as well as working closesly with the Federal Government to ensure that resources are allocated to the centres.”
According to him, the facility tour was a testament to Governor Adeleke’s unwavering dedication to translating promises into tangible achievements.
He said: “It reaffirms the shared belief that a state’s progress is inexorably linked to the advancement of its people.
“Fueled by renewed determination, we stand ready to complete and set up these centres as catalysts for progress, and ensuring that no project with the potential to uplift the people of Osun is abandoned.”