Osun State Crawling At 17

KINDLY allow me the rare privilege to express my opinion on Osun State at 17. Osun State was one of the nine states created by the General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) in 1991.

Paramount among the reasons for the creation of the state was to bring development to the geographical area called Osun State and to a lesser extent to exterminate the rivalry between the Ooni of Ife and the Alaafin of Oyo. At 17 years, has the state achieved the set – target by the founding fathers?

In the south-west geo- political zone, it was only Ekiti State that was created after Osun, yet Ekiti has achieved a lot in terms of infrastructural development. Osun State boasts of skilled manpower in every facet of life yet those who rule us are persons of dubious character. They lack vision and therefore have no mission in government house.

Osun has witnessed three civilian governments including the present occupant. Apart from Chief Bisi Akande who built the modern secretariat complex, Osogbo arguably the best in Africa with the least costs, nothing substantial has been done by the others.

Neither the Isiaka Adeleke nor the Olagunsoye Oyinlola regimes have done something the state can be proud of. The Osun Osogbo Groove is UNESCO-recognized. How much has the state generated in terms of revenue? It is not enough to say the annual festival brings in many tourists but what benefit has it brought to the people?

The dualisation of Gbongan-Osogbo road has been on for the past three years without any date yet for it’s completion. The major road in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital is dualised just as many roads in the state capital. There is general feeling of disenchantment and frustration in the State because there is inertia.

This government lacks direction and only prides itself in propaganda. If we are lagging behind Ekiti which was created later, than something is fundamentally wrong.

EBUNLOMO IFATUROTI, Araromi Oke-Odo, Ife South.

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