Aregbesola And Osun Transformation Agenda
A little over two years ago when there was a change of baton in the political leadership in State of Osun, not many anticipated the kind and massive transformation being witnessed in almost all aspects of the state’s life.
Since its creation in 1991, the state had remained under developed with the capital city Osogbo wearing the semblance of what former military administrator Colonel Theophilius Bamigboye (rtd) described as glorified Local government headquarters.
Ilesha; the political capital of Ijesaland, Ile-Ife the source of Yoruba race, Iwo, Ede and other cities all were at a sorry state in terms of aesthetic values and beauty.
At his inception, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola announced a six point integral action plan, one of which is the rehabilitation of roads to and in all towns and villages in the state.
In concrete terms, Mr. Governor promised to partner with private sector on road development and provision of infrastructure as well as to produce a transport master plan for the state.
Two years after, every reasonable and discerning mind will applaud the current efforts of Aregbesola’s administration.
The works (road construction, re-construction and rehabilitation) have been massive. Mention the cities one after another and in all towns and villages citizens and residents alike cannot but thump up for the “Ogbeni” of our time who has given them what they had in the past 21 years ago yearned, dreamt and longed to see happen in their State.
It is however sad to note that some bad elements probably only out of sheer ignorance, mischief or cheap political campaign of calumny have been trying to portray the government of the state of Osun in bad highly over the demolition exercise carried out in the course of government’s well-informed and progressive agenda for the transformation of the State.
Political opponents in particular those whose lack of will to do what was right during the immediate past regime have been working relentlessly to misinform the populace over the matter.
The truth however is embedded in these simple questions (1) when will demolition not take in Osogbo? (2) For how long are the capital city and other urban centres in the state of Osun left in their village-like outlook? (3) Is Mr. Governor’s action in this regard an act of sheer wickedness or a political zeal to give Osun State what he promised to deliver?
Without discussing the legality of where the majority of the affected buildings and structures situate, the real fact as hinted earlier is that every past administrators of Osun (whether military or civilian) had tended to acknowledge that Osogbo in particular had never looked like a state capital. At least not in any way mean where could be called a state capital.
What was required had been the political will to do what the current administration is doing. A political will which none except probably Chief Adebisi Akande could muster to effect a positive change.
Mr. Rauf Aregbesola has by this singular act of statesmanship proved that he is a man of uncommon courage, a leader who sticks to his goals and visions and strive to achieve his targets regardless of whose ox is gored. He certainly means well for the people of the State of Osun.
As somebody correctly said few days ago, Mr. Governor is inwardly pained that at the affected buildings in the demolition exercise including commercial banks, and even mosques are being pulled down to bring about this transformation agenda, his doggedness and rare zeal to serve his people had meant that he must do what is right with the highest hope that posterity will judge him aright.
One must affirm that to choose to leave the job undone will be like the case of a man who fights and runs away, leaves to fight another day. The bitter truth is what we must accept if we are to develop and change the face and status of our cities, Osogbo particular, Osun indigenes home or abroad must see and regard the ongoing demolition exercise in Osogbo as a matter of pains today and gains later or else we collectively risk being left behind by other states in Nigeria.
When Governor Fashola started the same job few years ago in Lagos, it generated a lot of noise which today has earned Mr. Fashola the appellation of the best Governor or one of the best in the country.
To those who can read the lines, those who can a read in-between the lines and those who can read beyond the lines, Aregbesola is treading the path of progress. He should be encouraged and supported to do the right thing no matter how hard it seems or the magnitude of the perceived pains.
Even God the creator of the universe had conditioned that a woman for instance, must bear some pains for her to become a mother of a bouncing baby. We should elect to allow real transformation and positive change takes place now or risk being drawn into the era or risk being drawn into the era of economic wastage and political jamboree, the type visited on Osun people during the past administration
Join me in saying bravo to Mr. Governor