OPINION: My Discoveries In Osun
SIR: Recently, I made a voluntary good governance tour of Osun State, with a view to truly intimating myself with the progress made by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s government in the last three years. My findings were heart-warming and reflective of an administrator, who knows his onions. I found to my happiness, that hitherto, inaccessible roads in remote parts of the state now have Aregbesola’s magic wands on them.
From my native Ede, through Iperindo, Ifetedo, Ejigbo, Orile-Owu, Ikire-Ile, Ife-Odan, Ikotun in Egbedore LGA, Ajagunlase, Ikirun up to Otan-Ayegbaju, Ife Ondaye, Ifewara, and some parts of Ijesaland, the story is the same. The 10km-stretch of road rehabilitation embarked upon by the 30 local government areas in the state have impacted positively on the lives of the people. The indigenes of these areas are united in one thing, that good roads are beneficial to all; be you the rich or poor. Good roads do not discriminate on who uses them, they opined. The ordinary folks in Osun are at peace with Aregbesola’s modest achievements.
Of particular importance is the Oba Adesoji Aderemi road that still under construction. That particular road will go down in the history of Osun State, as a master-piece of an infrastructure. A feel of just one kilometre part of the road that has so far been stone-based and aesthetically asphalted will convince the worst of Aregbesola’s critics that this governor knows the rudiment of what it takes to put a road that will stand the test of time in place. The 21st century technology is being deployed in the construction of this particular road in memory of the first African Governor of old Western Region.
Work is going on at a feverish pitch on the road which has now reached an advanced stage. This is not to lose sight of transformation that the Osogbo township roads are witnessing. Indeed, anything is possible if we have faith, the will and the heart. I know we all have the will to play our parts in this campaign for accelerated development in Osun State. I know we have faith in the present regime and we have the hearts to face the challenges ahead.
Ogbeni Rauf , like the late sage, Papa Obafemi Awolowo of blessed memory, does not claim to have a monopoly of wisdom. But the trouble is that, when some other politicians are spending whole days and nights on frivolities, Aregbesola is always at his post, working hard at Osun State problems and trying hard to find solutions to them.For Osun 2014, it is Aregbesola against Aregbesola. End of discussion.