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8 YEARS OF AREGBESOLA: VERDICT FROM NADIM, WORLD BANK, UNDP, UNICEF AND AFRICA DEVELOPMENT BANK BY INWALOMHE DONALD

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The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola recently won the Nigeria and Africa Development Indicators Monitoring (NADIM) Foundation 2018 outstanding leadership awards. NADIM in its book, Development Performance Ranking of Nigerian States and Monitoring of Africa written by Prof. Ibrahim, ranked Osun the Overall Best State in Development in Nigeria for the period under review (2009-2013). In recognition of his work in Osun State Nigeria & Africa Development Indicators Monitoring (NADIM) Foundation led by its founder, Prof. Taofeek Ibrahim presented the NADIM 2018 Outstanding Leadership Award and 8 others in different categories.

The World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF and Africa Development Bank in 2018 also gave their verdicts of the 8 years of Aregbesola’s administration in Osun State. On the heels of concluding two terms as the governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola received accolades both from Nigerian and non-Nigerian institutions and not social media, and from reputable international organizations which includes the World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF and African Development Bank.

Report from the United Nations Development Programme. UNDP, with verifiable facts from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), placed Osun as the state with lowest poverty rate. The World Bank also commended his government over the execution of projects of Osun Rural Access & Mobility Project which are World Bank and French Development Agency assisted Projects. Indeed, history will remember Aregbesola for four major developments in Nigeria; school feeding programme, sukuk bond for national development, the first governor to embrace fourth industrial revolution and Nigerian chocolate company.


The African Development Bank (AfDB) hailed the Aregbesola administration in Osun State for economically developing the state through the implementation of its people-oriented policies and programmes and scored the state high on its social investment programmes. UNICEF had led top government officials drawn from 17 states in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria to Osun for a four-day learning tour of its various social investment programmes and building human capital.

Consequently, Osun developmental programmes have also impacted on the socio-economic profile of the state as reported by reputable institutions. In 2015, The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) rated Osun second highest in Human Development Index among the 36 states in the country. The organization analysed the Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey 2013 for over three years before it came out with its findings in late 2018. NDHS is conducted every five years by the National Population Commission, NPC. In total, Nine (9) Awards were presented to him.

They are; 1. Overall Best State Development Award in Nigeria 2. 1st/Best State in Births that have a Reported Birth Weight p157, NDHS 2013 3. 1st/Best State in Birth Average of Larger in Weight p157, NDHS 2013 8. 3rd Best State in Population with Improved Drinking Water p369, NDHS 2013 9. 3rd Best State In Women Employed, p375, NDHS 2013. I give all the Glory to Almighty Allah for the recognition of my service to the people in Osun. The prestigious NADIM 2018 outstanding leadership awards presented to the minister was in recognition of his achievements during his tenure as the governor of Osun State. He was given nine awards for being first Overall Best State Development in Nigeria, Second Best State in percentage of births delivered in health facilities, Third Best State in percentage of women employed, among other awards.


NADIM Founder, Professor Taofeek Ibrahim, who presented the awards to Aregbesola, said the foundation came up with the idea to assess developmental achievements of people in leadership positions in Nigeria and other Africa countries Aregbesola’s nine NADIM 2018 outstanding awards is a reflection of the provision of purposeful leadership and political will that testified to good governance in the state of Osun under his leadership. The nine awards for being first Overall Best State Development in Nigeria, Second Best State in percentage of births delivered in health facilities, third best State in percentage of women employed, third Best State in Population with Improved Drinking Water, among other awards is a reflection of the giant strides achieved by Ogbeni Aregbesola in office as Governor.

The Minister’s efforts in women empowerment, youth empowerment and other poverty eradication measures which placed the state as the 2nd least miserable state which guaranteed security and safety in the State. According to NADIM, the achievements of Aregebsola as Governor of State of Osun between 2010 and 2018 which were critically analysed based on academic research, findings and evaluation Salinsile posited earned him the honour.

The World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF and Africa Development Bank gave their verdicts of the 8 years of Aregbesola’s administration in Osun State. The African Development Bank (AfDB)  hailed the Rauf Aregbesola administration in Osun State for economically developing the state through the implementation of its people-oriented policies and programmes. The AfDB scored the state high on its social investment programmes.It described the programmes as most laudable, impactful and commendable in the democratic history of Nigeria.

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The leadership of the AfDB, led by its Country Director then, Mr Ebrima Faal, gave the commendation during a visit to former Governor Aregbesola at Government House in Osogbo, the state capital. Faal lauded the state’s Six-ýPoint Integral Action
Plan, which he said was in line with the organisation’s objectives. AFDB rated the social investment was done through initiatives such as Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (O’YES), Osun School Feeding and Health Programme (O’MEAL),Osun Rural Enterprise and Agricultural Programme (O’REAP) and Osun Ambulance services. According to Aregbesola, his government has performed creditably well in delivery on its electioneering campaign promises to the people of the state.

Former Governor Aregbesola of Osun State has shown creativity, flexibility in human-centric vision of the future of work that recognizes people’s knowledge, talents, creativity and skills as key drivers of a prosperous and inclusive economy. The former Governor had set aside not less than 26% of Osun budget for education and 16% for health according to United Nations mandate. The budget to GDP has not be less than 5%. Aregbesola had operated an investment budget in the past 8 years in Osun. UNICEF had led top government officials drawn from 17 states in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria to Osun for a four-day learning tour of its various social investment programmes and building human capital. Consequently, Osun developmental programmes have also impacted on the socio-economic profile of the state as reported by reputable institutions. In 2015, The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) rated Osun 2nd Highest in Human Development Index among the 36 states in the Country.

History will remember Rauf Aregbesola for indeed four major developments in Nigeria, school feeding programme, sukuk bond for national development, first governor to embrace 4th industrial revolution and Nigerian chocolate. Aregbesola has encouraged the issuance of sukuk in Nigeria because we needed to diversify the instrument in the bond market. Aregbesola worked hard to introduce sukuk fund for education in Nigeria. Osun took the initiative and helped in introducing it to Nigeria. The greatest lesson is that when Governor Aregbesola adopted Sukuk, an Islamic bond to help the state execute
educational projects, his critics were calling for his head.

Many said it was part of his ploy to islamize Osun. The interventions in education include: the provision of international award winning digital text books known as Opon Imo – Tablet of Knowledge to students in the high schools that deals with 4th industrial revolution, free school feeding programme called O MEAL, payment of external examination fees, construction of modern schools and introduction of discipline into the schools. Opon Imo was launched in 2013 by Aregbesola. It contains e-textbooks, past questions (WAEC and JAMB) and virtual classroom for all approved subjects from SS1 to SS3. Inwalomhe Donald writes from Abuja

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