Hafsoh Isiaq, Osogbo
The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), has urged the governor of Osun State Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola to see to the plight of civil servants in the state by paying their salary arrears as soon as the economy of Osun State improves and continue to pay their salary emolument as at when due.
This is contained in an address delivered by the Osun State IPAC Vice Chairman Alhaji Rafiu Anifowose during a courtesy visit to journalist in Osogbo, the State capital.
The council who commended the efforts of Governor Aregbesola in tackling security challenges in the state and creating an enabling environment for politicians advised the Governor to be democratic by conducting local government election before the expiration of six months which is the statutory mandate of the present caretaker administration.
Alhaji Anifowose said without election of the local government executives, it will be difficult for people of the state to make proper demand from government.
He said the state government will be short changing the people of their dividends of democracy if it does not elect local government executives. “We are using this medium to call on Mr Governor to put democratic setting in place by conducting local government elections at the expiatory six months statutory mandate of the present administration. Without elected local government executives, it will be difficult for people to make proper demand from government thereby short changing the people of dividend of democracy and by extension the sustainability and political stability of the state will be guaranteed”.
While briefing the journalist on the motive of the visit, the IPAC vice chairman said IPAC is a body of all registered political parties and a collaborative avenue between INEC political parties designed to be a common platform for all parties to meet and share diverse aspects of election management.
He added that the council is a major stakeholder in Nigeria and Osun state in particular by providing a platform for settling disagreement or grievances between political parties and their supporters and promoting inter party dialogue.
“Our vision is to make IPAC live up to its objective as contained in the Political Parties Code of Conduct 2013 and raise its profile to enable it take its rightful place in the political packing in Osun State as a relevant, credible, purposeful and respected organisation so that with your cooperation IPAC will not be ignored.
“We are potentially a very powerful organisation but this potential is yet to be harnessed. Past IPAC executive members in Osun State have tried their best to lay a good foundation. It is now time to fully take IPAC off the ground and give it to relevance, credibility and influence”, he added.
Alhaji Anifowose harnessed on the role of the media in the political stability in the state, he however urged media houses to keep to its responsibility of keeping a close tab on the government by serving as a watchdogs over their activities for the purpose of shaping the beliefs and actions of the people towards government activities.