In preparation for this year’s edition of Osun -Osogbo Festival coming up on Friday August 26, Governor Rauf Aregbesola has directed immediate facelift including tarring of the road leading into the ancient grove.
Lighting the traditional 16-portal lamp has been scheduled for Thursday night while Iwopopo (trekking through the major street) took place last Monday.
It was reliably gathered that the project which was being carried out as a direct labour task was designed to improve security and access into and out of the grove.
The governor also directed that a car park be constructed to hold more than 500 cars in addition to a walkway within the leading to the Osun shrine.
Another phase of the project was also designed to include the installation of an exit gate to facilitate effective crowd control among worshippers and tourists to prevent stampede.
Governor Aregbesola also directed that the construction and beautification work must be done to ensure preservation of existing cultural icons along the shrine so as not to affect the historical value of the grove.
At the time of filling this report, heavy duty equipment were seen compacting the road from Isale Osun junction into the grove while a massive gate been constructed at the entrance to the sacred forest.