Aregbesola: Surpassing Awo’s benchmark

What a difference a few months of real proper governance makes. Today in Osun state, the nightmarish ‘government’ of Olagunsoye Oyinlola is fast receding from the memory. Nevertheless, the contrast between sensible government and maladministration is stark. Even a moron will shine compared to the bogus maladministration of Olagunsoye Oyinlola and his band of indolent…”
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September 13, 2011 11:59 am

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola - Governor of Osun StateWhat a difference a few months of real proper governance makes. Today
in Osun state, the nightmarish ‘government’ of Olagunsoye Oyinlola is
fast receding from the memory. Nevertheless, the contrast between
sensible government and maladministration is stark. Even a moron will
shine compared to the bogus maladministration of Olagunsoye Oyinlola
and his band of indolent co-operators. That is the easy part. The hard
part is to set a benchmark of measurement that is of higher value than
the asinine mendacity of the PDP.

Aregbesola’s benchmark is clearly the path-breaking government headed
in the 1950s by Chief Obafemi Awolowo. That government produced a
world class performance. It was in every way a transformative effort.
Although the word ‘transformation’ has been bastardised by the
know-nothing PDP, transformation is the real word to use for Chief
Awolowo’s government. Today, led by the Ogbeni governor, the Action
Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has been following the same course.

We must add a caveat though – Chief Obafemi Awolowo operated under a
real federalist basis. Aregbesola has to perform in a semi-democracy
operated in quasi-federal mode. Indeed calling our present set-up a
quasi-federalist one is being overly generous. The real feature as
somebody like Asiwaju will testify is more like a unitary state.

However, this debilitation hasn’t stopped Aregbesola from meeting the
benchmark. It has been a period of meticulous planning facilitated
with meticulous implementation. There have of course been obstacles
along the way. For instance there is a vengeful PDP still bitter about
losing what for them are the booties to be gained from state treasury.
Then the unitary nature of the Republic imposed a minimum wage
irrespective of the ability of state governments to pay. This
particular debilitation Awo would have faced. A federal system is
based on the utilization of resources so that you can operate within
your means. No federal state imposes a national minimum wage
irrespective of differing ability to pay and levels of income.

In spite of this Aregbesola has performed. He has valiantly created
20,000 new jobs despite the infrastructure deficit. These are real
sustainable jobs. This initiative is a very sensible way of arresting
the demographic time bomb. And there is a demographic time bomb. With
thousands of youths coming out of schools at all levels and straight
into the labour market that was a sensible thing to do. And it has
worked. Today we have hope renewed. In other areas there is a
determined, imaginative and invigorating effort to tackle
environmental degradation and it is working.

In the long-term, Osun will be clean and green. Its agriculture will
have been modernised and its internally generated revenue will have
grown to such an extent that it will counter-balance the subvention
from the centre. This is in marked contrast to the indolent mentality
of the PDP ‘mainstreamers’ whose only expectation from government is
to feed fat on the uncertain subvention from the centre. It has been
an exciting, invigorating, pro-people time in Osun state.

When we look at what Awo did, it is of course superlative. However the
Ogbeni Gomina operating in a stifling anti-federalist environment has
used great gusto, imagination and verve in order to be up to the task.
With a cabinet in place he will certainly achieve more. The key issue
here is that when it all comes to fruition more will be done. With
increased IGR, the social sectors (health, education, welfare) will be
better taken care of. Concomitantly the cost of the machinery of
government will come down and the machinery of government will be put
to better, more effective and creative use.

This of course will be music to Awo’s eras. The avatar was very proud
to have kept the cost of machinery of government down to 27% of the
budget. In the long-term with all the debilitations which Awo never
had to face, it is our belief that Aregbesola is heading in the same
direction.

What is most important about the present effort in Osun state is that
it is operating within the benchmark set by Awo. It is meeting those
benchmarks within and in spite of the roadblocks we have already
mentioned. In the long-term those benchmark will be surpassed. And for
a reason – the Osun state helmsman is focused, he is extremely well
prepared and he has the administrative savvy and experience. Morning
harbingers the day. Aregbesola has started on a good note, he will
surely make us all feel very proud to be Yorubas.


It’s well!

13 Comments

Patrik Agbobu

Just shut up and dream on. You to surpass PAPA AWO’S work, you are in cloud 9. Talk is very cheap.

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Ogeni Aregesola please just continue with your efforts to rebuild Osun state
but refuse camelons to stop over praising you. You are not Baba AWO. and You will never be. Just do your best and let history judge you when the time comes.
Baba AWO never praising himself or tell Bola ige and other good followers
of Baba AWO to praise him when he was alive. Enough is enough . We are all
Ijesa sons just do your work May Almighty God will protect you and direct you
Amen.

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AKIN AKINJINMI (USA)

Baba Awo came, he saw and he conquered. He was himself and and he archieved what he archieved. Ogbeni Rauf, please try to be yourself and no other person. Try to do good and leave a good record behind. Baba Awo did good and he left good legacies. Alhaj, what you do today becomes history tomorrow. Your predecessors are now parts of history, you are writing one today, who knows to whom tomorrow belongs ? God Bless.

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OLADIMEJI ISMAIL

ON D 27TH OF NOV.DIS YEAR,AREGBE WILL MARK HIS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN GOVT;I WONDER WHAT HE WOULD CELEBRATE.4ROM HEALTH SECTOR TO EDUCATOR SECTOR ALL IS IN STATE OF SHAMBLES.I’VE ALWAYS BEEN SUPPORTER OF OGBENI,BUT AM HIGLY DISSAPOINTED IN HIS STYLE OF LEADERSHIP.HOW WOULD A RESPONSIBLE GOVT.ALLOW HEALTH WORKERS TO BE ON STRIKE FOR MORE THAN 4 MONTHS.AREGBE SHOULD TELL US IF HE IS REALY D ENEMY OF MASSES.BCOS U CAN’T CLAIME TO FRIEND OF MASSES AND YET ALLOW D MASSES TO BE DYING.AREGBE SHULDN’T THK OF DECIEVING OSUN INDIGENES,BECOS IF HE DOES ;HE WILL BE DISGRACED OUT OF OFFICE.ONE FACT AREGBE NEVER REALIZED IS DAT UNIFYING FACTOR OF OSUN INDIGENES IS VERY SOPHISTICATED.AREGBE SHOULD NOT PLAY ON OUR INTELLIGENT.

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    Oladimeji can you give prove of your .I’VE ALWAYS BEEN SUPPORTER OF OGBENI ( yours quote)
    You also said that you are dissapointed in his style of leadership but you did not tell the readers the area of his leadership that is wrong.
    The truth is that. some people like you would always think that the rest of us can be deceived.Well yes sometimes, but certainly, not all the time.You are not sincere with your so call support of Aregbesola, you are simply one of those PDP guys who goes about deceiving people including yourself. your party’s ship has already sinked and the umbrella damaged beyond repairs. eeya, pele.Osun State is already librated.
    deleoyibo.

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Mr. Aregbesola surpassing Baba’s benchmarks? yes, if we were drunk, we would surely agree. in almost a year
1. he has travelled the world round, saying it is for our benefit, he has travelled for check ups a couple of time, child graduation, umrah. all in a year.
2. he has collected 25 billion naira loan which he said is to repay the loan Oyinlola left us. (we dont know if he really paid, but we know work is slow on these stadia almost to a standstill)
3.he signed MOU with a korean firm on agriculture, nothing has been heard again except the signing
4. he signed MOU with Southwark council, we saw nothing from it.
5. he is building a 900 student model school in osogbo after clearing the fairly new existing school.
6. he dredged osogbo’s flood carriage to prevent flooding in raining season
7. he is constantly telling us how the former government set the state back, we thought he would leave the info available to him to EFCC instead they told us a part of the governor’s office got burnt
8. they plan to build or reconstruct existing road to Lagos, by cutting through other states e.g OYo, i think this is Federal work and ikorodu is not the place we want to go, a road to berger is more reasonably, thats a key location in transport distribution in Lagos.
9. he started Oyes, employed lots of youths, theoretically earning 10,000, practically taking 8500 home (yes, Oyes people live among us, we are all neigbhours and friends)
10, built Osun Defender to blow trumphet.
11. not opened to public opinion, why cant he continue the open forum on last saturdays where people call in to the governor and his commisioners so we can ask questions.

its funny how these can be compared to Awolowo. but then, he surpasses Awolowo’s in money benchmark alright. performance is another issue we have to drink on to agree to

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Ogbeni Governor likes to play in gallery.How on were you compare your self with Late Awolowo that his achivement speaks for.You always criticized Oyinlola, that gives the graduate youth there rightful position through creation of job and Oyin Corps not like Aregbesola that employ graduate to do a clearing job .Did you want their parents to be happy ?

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Adejare Mutiu Adeshina

@ DadFem & co. Ogbeni has never fail i hope his tenour will probly laps by 2016 i believe he will move Osun 2 next development level. As 4 he 2 emulate Awo’ is gud track, its gud 2 move inline with gud person as Aregbe did 2 Awo’ dan dat of distructive man ‘Oyinlola’ dat emulate Obasanjo’ styl of leadership which come up with do or die election. Where r u regorous leaders of Pdp claiming 2 optain Osun by all cost in 2007 election dat tend 2 destruction of life & property. God it self critise him. Osun adarao… Ede onibaje o…

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please stop all this talk of do or die, we know who had the do or die attitude. Akande vs Oyinlola, no violence errupted. the emergence of Aregbesola, thugs in thousands from Lagos migrated to Osun burning houses and wounding people. the fact is if mr.aregbesola wants to beat Awolowos benchmark, he has a seriously long way to go and he has done nothing as of now.

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    ADENIYI RICHARD (OMO OSOLO, AAGBA))

    It is only God’s type that is rare, mans type is more than the sand at the sea sore. Ogbeni has just spent a year on the seat so we need to be objective in our assessment of our governor. So far, he is doing well. Carry on Ogbni.

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Our yoruba adage says oju ti a ba ni kale ki ti aro sepin, to me l cannot point out any achiefment w av gotn so far, even d man our governor is abusing can never be erase in d mind of people dat regain dia job as a rusult of unprepared retrenchment by Akande. Is it d children dat was eating free food in sch, free testbk & enough lab equipment dat w want 2 talk abt. Through out Oyinlola’s regime dia as neva b a time dat d health worker’s went on prolong strike like d one w are experience nw. Wot pains me most is dis #10,000 job dat our Govn is using to praise himselp evry whr. W u like ur Child to be sweeping road, aft investing so much on him? GOD w judge all of u & wot u wish us w happen to ur children even d one nt yet born.

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Bari Adedeji Salau

This Governor called Ogbeni Aregbesola must be a clawn.His shout of Awo does not seem real . It is not all those that shout Awo ,Awo are Awo. Let people judge you as people are praising Awo after his departure twenty five years ago.For Aregbesola’s hireling to have judged Aregbesola’s so called achievement as having passed the benchment of Awo is to diminish Awo’s achievement which is undeminishable.This is no doubt, a case of fake Awoist.

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