Osun State At Twenty: Jubilee Of Hope And Restoration (II)

This report by NIYI OLASINDE is a concluding phase of last week edition. In this part, a thorough assessment is made of each administration the state has come under since creation; with attempts made at capturing the numerous challenges ahead. THE last edition eclipsed at a point where toll-taking was being conducted of all the…”
September 6, 2011 12:05 pm

This report by NIYI OLASINDE is a concluding phase of last week edition. In this part, a thorough assessment is made of each administration the state has come under since creation; with attempts made at capturing the numerous challenges ahead.

THE last edition eclipsed at a point where toll-taking was being conducted of all the administrations and regimes that have governed Osun State. Specifically, we were at the point of making comments on the immediate past administration of Brigadier-General Olagunsoye Oyinlola (rtd). A fair assessment of all earlier dispensations becomes necessary in order not to appear biased. This became more necessary based on the fact that the incumbent Governor had himself on Saturday, August 27 2011, in the state-wide 20th year anniversary broadcast, aired on all the State-owned media stations, conducted an assessment of the journey so far for our state. OSUN DEFENDER Magazine owes it a duty to conduct similar assessment with microscopic view; with the focus of bringing the numerous challenges faced our state to the fore. Before this task is undertaken, a fair assessment of the administrations and regimes shall be conducted.
It is generally believed that Osun State had stunted growth right from its inception. Could it then be admitted that the state had a bad start? The argument that the state witnessed a stunted growth is based on its comparison with other eight states alongside which it was created on Tuesday, August 27, 1991. Not to miss it where some earlier commentators did, our attempts here shall sway away from heaping bulk of the blame for this retarded growth on one administration in particular. This does not mean however that we shall not apportion blames where they become necessary.
For many reasons, many people conclude that Osun State is one of the most difficult states to govern in Nigeria. This view becomes clearer when it is remembered that the present-day Osun State, alongside its counterpart and twin-sister – Oyo State – formed the nucleus of the defunct Western Region, referred to derisively as the “Wild Wild West”. The old Oyo State was volatile indeed. Attempting to find out which of the duo of present-day Oyo and Osun was (and is) tougher is a task that is best reserved for another day.
On the whole, Osun State has a good deposit of highly-educated, articulate and well-enlightened people. Based on this, the crop of highly well-informed populace know their rights and are always ready to spare no means to assert, defend and protect them. This characteristic cuts across all calibre of people in Osun State – politicians, civil servants, members of the private sector, traditional rulers, and etcetera. In addition to this, Osun State also has a good number of accomplished professionals, technocrats and career persons whose training, experience and expertise cut across a wide spectrum of human endeavour.
As pointed out in our last edition, Osun State is peopled mostly by the Yoruba-speaking ethnic group of Western Nigeria. But this populace comprises various sub-ethnic groups including the Ifes, the Ijesas, the Oyos, the Igbominas and the Ibolos. Of these sub-ethnic groups, each is always willing to assert itself as the most qualified or next in the order of presenting nominee or appointee for one political/career/public office or appointment or the other. In addition, there is proven tendency on the part of some (the Oyos and Ibolos in particular) to claim to be the “Oyo proper” while others too are fond of parading themselves with some air of superiority. This dialectical difference, to say the fact, makes Osun State unique among its adjoining states. This dialectical difference could be divisive most of the time, so it adds to the complexity being encountered in the state in terms of politics and government. This is the true situation of things, as far as Osun State of Nigeria is concerned.

FROM the foregoing, it becomes crystal clear that the place of Osun State in the comity of states was quite impressive. Even before the state was created, the geographical expression which constitutes the present-day Osun State was reputed for a number of unique and exemplary attributes. The citizens were noted for hardwork and industry. Agriculture and Western education throve. Citizens of the area that is now called “Osun State” made success in these areas of endeavour, as they became distinguished. A proof of this lies in the fact that when the cultivable land area at home became inadequate for the scale of farming of their taste, many of our farming populace migrated to other parts of the state; or to other parts of the state; or to neighbouring states in the present-day Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun or even Edo, to hire land or procure sizeable areas for farming purposes. The inadequacy of land at their home base was majorly, as a result of the prevailing land tenure system, the imprints of which subsist till date.
It is incontestable that Osun State is blessed with good arable land and excellent climatic conditions. The vegetation and rainfall conditions are also favourable. The presence of rivers, streams and springs, which continually keep the soils damp and properly moisturized, makes the area friendly to farming and other agricultural activities.
Unlike many areas in Nigeria where climatic and soil conditions are hostile to some or most crops, the list is endless of the crops that could be successfully cultivated on the soils of Osun State. Cash crops like Cocoa, kolanut palm trees and rice could be found in great abundance, as well as food crops, consisting a variety of cereals – maize and guinea corn in particular are cultivated. Other crops are groundnuts, cowpea and melon, etcetera. Citrus crops – sweet orange, tangerine, lime, lemon and grapes are also in abundance.
The above does not present an exhaustive detail of Osun State’s agricultural potentialities. Naturally, hunting is made possible in its forests by a good deposit of wild animals therein. This indicates that livestock farming is possible both on our lands and in water. To some extent, even cattle-rearing is possible in Osun State. A proof of this is the presence of nomadic cattle-rearers in the state.
These positive conditions that enhance smooth and productive agricultural operations are not just present everywhere. The fact is that Osun State enjoys rare blessings from God. In the desert and semi-arid regions of the world, harsh climate and soil conditions militate against safe, productive agricultural exploits. Yet, some of them are distinguished leading farmers today. Take the Israeli example, the land which could otherwise have been most unsuitable due to dryness has been turned around to yield multiple blessing. So much is this blessing that Israel has much to lend to other nations today in terms of agriculture and technology.
We can also cite the Nile Basin as example, which comprises Egypt and Sudan. Irrigation has enhanced an all-year-round cultivation, a case of man making the best of his environment through lots of modification efforts. The Israeli example earlier cited is also a living testimony to irrigation technology.
In Nigeria, there are areas where irrigation farming has been employed to keep them abreast of problems associated with harsh soil and climatic conditions. In the Northern part of the country where rainfall is sparse and the impact of sunlight intense, irrigation is employed today to create an enriched agriculture-friendly environment. These instances are drawn to bring out the vast, rich potentialities of Osun State which could be turned to wealth for its socio-economic advancement and prosperity of its people.

BACK to the assessment of past administrations and regimes; OSUN DEFENDER Magazine shall do justice to this in the sequence in which the dispensations unfolded, starting with the very first of them which pioneered the take-off of the state, effective from August 27, 1991.
The first administrator of Osun State got deployed to man its affairs on August 27, 1991. He is Major-General (Col) Leo Segun Ajiborisa (rtd). By the nature and time table of the political transition programme of the Babangida administration of the time, L.S. Ajiborisa had barely four (4) months to kick-start the activities of the new state. For the take-off, he had at his disposal a sum of not less than N300 million. Posterity would ever prove him dutiful as he concentrated efforts and expenditure on the development of Osogbo, the state capital. This is to the effect that rising needs for residential and office accommodation of surging indigene arriving from Oyo State as a result of the State creation exercise could be responded to. Also, it is argued in some parlances that his choice of Osogbo for focus of development was to make his task most visible for all to see. However, as it proved, Ajoborisa’s efforts were only good for the beginning. This is because in a matter of seven years later, Colonel Bamigboye (rtd) came to refer to Osogbo in his developmental programme as a “glorified local government headquarters.”
At a glance, Ajiborisa did a number of pioneering work which set the state on a good footing that could be built on by subsequent administrations. These included rehabilitation of some township roads and erection of images and beautifying artifacts at some strategic points in the Osogbo metropolis. Ajiborisa got offices and some residential accommodation for commissioners and other functionaries of government ready. He also pioneered the effort for setting the ball rolling for the fast-approaching democratic experiment of the time by getting the Osogbo City Hall ready as tentative chambers for legislators in the first Osun State House of Assembly. Though it was argued loudly that his refurbishing and furnishing gulped fortunes, he started the state on good footing. It is also an argument advanced against him that other parts of the State did not witness any development under him. His reward came in handy was later conferred with a honourary chieftaincy title in Osogbo.
Next was the very first civilian administration in the state. Following the State House of Assembly and Governorship elections held in December 1991, the stage was set for a democratic dispensation. In January, 1992 the civilian administration of Alhaji Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke came on board. Political analysts and commentators observed that the very circumstances which brought victory for Adeleke in the 1991 polls were his undoing. He is said to have allowed the euphoria of his election successes to last for too long. He is also accused of youthful exuberance, extravagance, night-clubbing and revelling Adeleke’s over-ambition and pride of achievement militated adversely against his successes and achievements as governor. Before he knew it, his government was derailed by opportunists and get-rich-quick politicians who prompted him to dole out huge resources of this state for them under the pretext of packaging him for victory in the proposed election slated for 1996. Adeleke was also accused of using gifts and appointments to trade pre-election promises. The aspect of appointment in particular made his administration to suffer a terrible blow from the hand of some inexperienced functionaries.
Adeleke was tricked to award frivolous contracts to enrich those he promised, his cronies, family members and hangers on. This took enormous proportions of the state’s finances. He was further tricked into making greater financial blunders when in three or four months into his administration, the monthly statutory allocation for the state from the Federation Accounts got increased to N70 million on the average. Unfortunately, genuine expenses swelled when suddenly the Oyo State Government of the time sent Osun State indigenes packing from all organs of work of the parent-state. This salary bill went up. Yet contract sizes kept expanding. Eventually, government could not pay-up for them during its entire lifespan.
However, Isiaka Adeleke recorded some achievements, but critics of his government alleged that these achievements recorded little presence in Osogbo, the state capital. The Osogbo Stadium, the Adeleke Free Way (later Bamigboye Way) now Alekuwodo/Olaiya Road were brought to life by his administration. Electricity supply to some villages saw the light of day. Most of these projects were made possible through the Babangida administration’s Directorate for Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI). New offices were constructed and furnished in the Governor’s Office of the time (today’s Old Governor’s Office). Also, residential quarters for commissioners and directors-general were completed and furnished.
Adeleke’s further achievements include the following: Two new classroom blocks in each of the 22 local governments of the time to accommodate the influx of children from Oyo State. The Merciland hospital at Osogbo was purchased and furnished by Adeleke’s Government. Osun State Television was established on August 27, 1992 by Governor Adeleke’s Government. The State Polytechnic at Iree and the College of Technology at Esa Oke were expensively established on October 12 1992 by the Adeleke administration. These two institutions had existed as satellite campuses to the Polytechnic Ibadan in the days of old Oyo State. Establishment of private secondary schools took place; which had numbered up to 38 in 1999. More buses for Osun State Transport Corporation (OSTC) public transportation were purchased in 1992. The Osogbo-Ikirun bye-pass Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) road is adduced a brain-child of Adeleke’s Government. The state Hotel (later demolished by Prince Oyinlola to the tune of N14 million) was started by Adeleke and employment of teachers and other workers in the civil /public service.
Upon the military take-over that sacked the Interim National Government (ING) of Chief Ernest Sonekan on Wednesday, November 17, 1993, late General Sani Abacha assumed the mantle of leadership of the country as the Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. His first step came swiftly – it was the dissolution of all the democratic structures put in place by his predecessors. That development brought Colonel AFT Akale (rtd) to the seat of leadership of Osun State. Akale was the Brigade-Commander of the Army Unit in Ede. Abacha’s policy statement, aired on the media ordered either the State Commissioner of Police or the most senior Army officer within the state to take over immediately as Acting Military Administrator. Akale thus responded in time, beating the Osun State Commissioner of Police of the time, Mr. (Chief) Reuben Okundaye to it thereby.
Little or nothing meaningful in terms of development or progress took place between November 17, 1993 and December 31, 1993 during which Akale’s time on the mantle of leadership lasted. For all we know, Akale later became answerable to probe before Oladayo Popoola probe panel. What was in the air then was that he rubbed has palms with N31 million in a space of 31 days in office! Though he eventually got off the hook, the probe caused him to miss being confirmed a substantive military administrator. He was reassigned to another military assignment. His major besetting, according to sources close to his government is that he was over-enthusiastic over being a military administrator.
Akale was succeeded in office by the bearded naval officer and the first of two Anthonys to govern our state in quick succession. So by January 1994, Navy Commander Anthony Udofia became the Military Administrator. Information has it that his officious and impersonal nature set him on coalition course with many of the influential people in the state. It was also placed on record that Udofia placed his personal advantage first above all other considerations. He was alleged to be money-loving.
At the end of his long siege, Osun State found itself reeling under the effects of burden of underdevelopment and stunted growth. Only the trade fair site along Iwo Road in Osogbo was said to have sprung up to his credit. Also, his commissioner for Education and his personal friend, Major Omotara (rtd) constructed and named a block of classrooms after him on Iwo Road. The noise by Udofia over procurement of new radio transmission equipment ended a farce since it never did function during his entire regime.
The second Anthony came to replace Udofia. He was Colonel Anthony Uzoma Obi. Obi’s problem according to impeccable sources was that he was too meticulous so that none of his steps, programmes and policies would offend his master and benefactor, General Sani Abacha. He was said to be aloof and extra cool. During his time, the Ife/Modakeke riot which took debut in 1981 resurfaced and took a hotter dimension. He was busy buying time, praying for his regime in office to end so that he could escape. On the whole, the Anthonys – Udofia and Ob – are placed in history to have come to our state purely on military assignments. They left our shores with little or no significant contribution to our political and/or socio-economic development. As if inflicted by infections which are peculiar to Anthonys, both men were busy feathering their nests and, “doing well for themselves,” borrowing words from Abacha their boss.
The change of baton of leadership at the centre in June 1998, occasioned by the demise of the maximum ruler, General Sani Abacha, caused the re-assigning of Colonel Theophilus Oladapo Bamigboye to Osun State from Bauchi State where he had been on similar assignment as Military Administrator. Due to the lighter policies of the new Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar, more money was released to the states from the Federation Accounts. Because of this, his period in office, which spanned almost exactly a year, recorded development programmes which showed that he came determined to perform and to make Osun State a show-piece among the comity of states.
During the time of Brigadier-General Bamgboye (rtd) in office, Osogbo began to get elevated to a status that is befitting of a state capital. He demonstrated consummate possession of intelligence, charisma, wits and will-power to fast-track the development of the state. Good roads were paved. The Osogbo/Ikirun bye pass was completed during his time. He offset some contract debts incurred during the Adeleke administration. Before his time ended in Osun State, Bamigboye demonstrated a feat unprecedented by moving the Governor;s Office to a new secretariat along Gbongan Road. That Secretariat was to be the nucleus for the state-of-the-art secretariat put in place by his successor in office. Bamgboye demonstrated brilliant leadership qualities by moving freely among, and mixing with the people. The language and cultural barriers associated with Udofia and Obi was a walk – over for Bamigboye. He spoke and offered what he was convinced that the people needed. Collection of Internally-Generated Fund (IGR) was easier during his time.
Bamigboye’s crowning achievement in Osun State was the peaceful and amicable resolution of the erupting crisis between the Ife and Modakeke people. The rift which historically started a long time ago was resolved with the power of prayer. That achievement earned Bamigboye an extra name, given to him by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II. The name is “Aduragbemi”. Also, the way Bamigboye handled the fuel scarcity issue in the state was unique and problem-solving. Up till today, the traces of Bamigboye’s development projects are found all over the nooks and crannies of the state.
So pervasive and impressive was Bamigboye’s time in office that it could be admitted boldly that there was no military administrator who surpassed his record. He bequeathed good roads, good health facilities, more beautiful classrooms etcetera. The only trouble he found intractable in his time was the labour crisis which arose as fallout from the wage largesse by the Federal Government of Abdulsalami Abubakar. The minimum wage crisis of N7, 500 was inherited by Chief Adebisi Akande, who succeeded him during the next democratic dispensation.
The political transition programme of General Abdulasalm Abubakar (rtd) midwifed the political dispensation which could be referred to as the Fourth Republic in Nigeria. The transition programme which was packaged for and executed within a period of one calendar year said to the handing over of baton of governance to political office holders at all levels on Saturday May 29, 1999.
On that date, Chief Abdulkareem Adebisi Bamidele Akande of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) became the Chief Executive of Osun State. At his swearing-in ceremony, Bamigboye confessed openly that he was leaving an empty treasury and a debt in salaries and wages to the tune of millions of naira. Teachers for instance were owed six months’ salaries. Still, expectations were high that the Alliance of Democracy (AD)-led administration would revive the magical wand of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, with which he brought water out of the rock in the Western Region of old.
It was clear then that Chief Akande and Omisore were in for a Herculean task. In spite of this, the Akande administration built on the good work started by Bamigboye. Roads were constructed. Schools received facelift, Medical and health facilities were in abundant provision. With all these it was clear that Osun was in track to take surge into prominence and prosperity.
But the rising wage bill, coupled with other items of expenditure caused the Akande administration to look inward for means of pruning down government expenditure. It then resulted in down-sizing the state’s labour size. This singular step caused the administration and its umbrella party to lose favour and sympathy with the people. As a result, opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) capitalised on the crack and loophole to come to power through the 2003 General Elections. The people, at that time thought that a change was desirable. Also, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) invented the crusade of connecting the South West to mainstream politics, i.e. politics at the centre. It was argued that the state was confronted with so much financial woes and embarrassment due to its disconnect from the ruling party at the centre. This joker worked well in all Western states; only with the exception of cosmopolitan Lagos State.
On the whole, Chief Bisi Akande had proved to all that his administration was better by far than its once-preferred successor. He knew this fully well, hence his failure to pursue the ensuing cases of election irregularities at the Election Petitions Tribunal. He appeared solidly convinced that he would be vindicated. To make matters clearer, the misrule unleashed by his successor, Prince Oyinlola made it to appear too obviously that the PDP was never a better alternative. Akande’s biggest achievement in office was the construction of an ultra-modern State Secretariat with expansive and conducive work setting. The secretariat, located at Abere in Ede South Local Government, a suburb of Osogbo, the State capital is a model for other states in the federation of Nigeria.
On May 29 2003, Prince Olagunsoye Oladapo Asola Oyinlola of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was sworn in as the third civilian governor of Osun State. A retired Brigadier-General, the Okuku born prince had had his military career crowned with his deployment to Lagos State to serve as Military Administrator. But his lethargy dragged the wheel of progress of that rich state aback for the almost five years he spent as its helmsman. Up till date, Lagosians go beyond name-calling in proving that Oyinlola’s was a cheat, a pathological thief and a self-seeking administrator. His excuse that there was no supply of Bitumen (asphalt) for road construction was negated by his successor, Colonel (later Brigadier General) Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd)) who nearly became a magic-worker by the rate of the road projects he executed in the state.
Oyinlola ruled Osun State for four years (2003-2007) before seeking re-election in 2007. Before then, the populace of Osun State had become fully aware that he had little or nothing to contribute to the progress of the state. Civil/public servants who once saw in him a saviour had begun to lose confidence in him. A better option was found in the Action Congress (AC) candidate, the Ilesa-born Engineer Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola. Thus massive votes were polled for Aregbesola in 2007. The Action Congress (AC) under the banner of which he contested was a new formation into which the surviving elements of the crisis-torn Alliance for Democracy (AD) had melted. Only fools doubt proofs, it was too glaring that Aregbesola was the genuine choice of the people. The post-election violence which greeted the declaration of Oyinlola by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the validly-elected helmsman for second term showed that the people were desirous to have a change.
In the most inhuman stance of deviance to the collective will of the people, Oyinlola laid the most terrible and debilitating siege known in history on the people he aspired to rule over. Many lives were lost in the process. Many became maimed beyond measure, with different shades of disability as left-over. Many innocent people wallowed and languished in unlawful detention for daring to ask for their legitimate rights.
Had Oyinlola managed his stolen empire very well, the people would have forgotten the past and forgive him. But he ruled the people regardless. Oyinlola brought rot and decay to bear on infrastructural amenities in the state. School buildings dilapidated. Hospitals became death centres. Known legacies, like the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) were threatened with loss of Osun State’s share. For a period of seven and a half years, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) squandered the resources of the state, with many opportunities bungled. Oyinlola as a person is too much obsessed with merriments and clubbing activities. At the end of his administration, he was rated as the most travelled governor in Nigeria. He globe-trotted and gallivanted around with a horde of hangers-on, on global tours – All these were done to the detriment of the state and its meagre resources.
Worst of all, Oynlola committed huge amount of the state’s resources to compromising justice at the two Election Petitions Tribunals and the first Court of Appeal hearing which trailed the 2007 charade. In these he spared no cost, leaving the people to wallow in woe, affliction, poverty, squalor and abandonment. The worst crime Oyinlola committed against his people was not accepting defeat in time. At the end he got the worst humiliation ever – he became the first executive of Osun State to be ingloriously sent packing from office.
Osun State and her good people shall ever be thankful to God for the doggedness and resilience of Engineer Rauf Aregbesola and the gift He packaged into the Action Congress (AC), now Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). The hot chase they gave Oyinlola was to become the longest legal tussle trailing any electoral process in Nigeria.
Oyinlola left office with little achievements. He put in place an Osun State University (UNIOSUN) which is a multi-campus political contraption. But through it, he made education to soar beyond the affordable reach of the teeming masses. The fee charged for courses in that institution was killing and just too exorbitant throughout Oyinlola’s time as visitor.

TODAY, as Osun State clocks twenty it is glad and fortunate to find another administration that is more focused and better disposed in place. With the emergence of Engineer Rauf Aregbesola on the seat of governance of our state, things have started to change for better. The people have started to live in peace and harmony. Chaos and disturbances have become things of the past. Road construction has started in earnest. Also, our grassroots administration, which is saddled with the local government councils have started to be vibrant and effective once again. All statutory allocation to that level of government, which had earlier become object of slashing and indiscriminate deduction under the Oyinlola administration are now made fully available/accessible to the helmsmen to operate with and get social amenities provided for the citizens of their various councils.
In the area of sanitation, our state has, since the coming on board of the Aregbesola administration, been salvaged from perennial flood disasters which poised great threat to the good living of the people. Also, threats poised by environmental pollution, environmental degradation, improper waste disposal and collapsed buildings have vanished. The 90-day Environmental Sanitation Emergency declared by the Governor has really impacted positively to rid our environment from threats of epidemics. The mobilization of cadets of the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) is a positive giant stride. Also, the constitution of the Urban Renewal Group has come to corroborate efforts at sanitizing the environment thus making life more abundant for the populace. In this light, all environmental agencies at the disposal of the state have been fully mobilised to make our environment more decent, habitable and hygienic.
In the area of employment generation, the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) has commenced well. With the way the programme is designed, the cadet youths shall function in their various areas of specialization by the time the scheme is in its full swing. For now, as has been pointed out-above, all of the 20,000 youths were mobilised into environmental sanitation. Engaging as many as 20,000 out of the unemployed youths of a state in a fell swoop is a feat which is unparalleled in this part of the globe. The economic benefit of this is unbeatable.
In the area of Education, the Osun State Education Summit held in early February 2011 wields the potentiality of turning the face of our school education around in the nearest future. Our tertiary education needs be redefined. For instance, the multi-campus Osun State University (UNIOSUN), which has campuses in Osogbo, Okuku, Ejigbo, Ikire, Ifetedo and Ipetu-Ijesa, requires some work of rationalization. By the time the governments of Oyo and Osun States are fully abreast of the crisis situation at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, Osun State needs to ensure reinvigorating its share in the joint asset. The Teaching Hospital wing and Collge of Medicine located in Osogbo require greater space and a new site to enlarge and make smooth its operation. The Osun State Polytechnic (OSPOLY), Iree, Osun State College of Technology (OSCOTECH), Esa Oke, the Osun State College of Education (OSCOED), Ilesa and the Osun State College of Education (OSCOED), Ila-Orangun are also worthy assets which need total overhauling. Ditto is applicable to our schools of Nursing and Midwifery, College of Health Technology and technical colleges.
The fate of our primary and secondary schools must be redeemed. Much work requires to be done to uplift their infrastructure and make them institutions befitting to humans.
Our workforce in Osun requires getting updated through training and retraining. The computerization of operations in all strata of the state civil and public service need be fully upgraded.
As earlier discussed in this piece, Osun State has great potentialities for approaching socio-economic prosperity via integrated agriculture. With the ongoing agricultural drive of the Government and the rolling out of a programme like Osun Rural Enterprise and Agricultural Programme (OREAP), the effective implementation of local government land acquisition and the revamping of various farm settlements in the state; coupled with the intervention of Koreans and Chinese in the field of agriculture, sky is the starting point for the prosperity of our state.
The industrial drive of the Aregbesola administration holds high promise for turnaround of the status of Osun State into that of economic prosperity and social emancipation. Already, the zonal railway network in the offing, connecting the rural areas of the West to metropolitan cities and to Lagos is a gigantic step.
It is on this note that OSUN DEFENDER Magazine solicits maximum cooperation, patience and support of the people, to enable the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola translate his plans to action for the good of all. We need to embrace peace, which is essential for all forms of development. We also need to be awake to our responsibilities. The revenue profile of Osun State is low indeed. Whenever duty shall demand that we make sacrifice for income generation, we need to respond aptly and willingly. We shall get there. Osun a dara o.

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