SPECIAL REPORT: Top 10 Roads In Osun

By Nofisat Marindoti

The world over, the purpose of every government is to provide basic facilities that will make life more abundant, bearable and comfortable for the citizenry.

And so with infrastructure, the things people see, cherish and make use of that helps them, contribute to their success and ensure life is more meaningful for them.

One of the priorities of the present administration in the State of Osun led by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is infrastructural projects particularly road construction.

Since its inception seven years ago, Ogbeni Aregbesola has continued to construct roads both at the rural and urban areas of the state.

Considering the fact that Osun is the most urbanized state in Nigeria, and that infrastructure especially roads are key to the economic growth of the state, Aregbesola has moved beyond criticism and brought a new face to the State of Osun.

With over 400km of rural and urban roads completed and still counting, the wind of change can be felt in all nooks and cranny of the state, Osun Defender however brings you the top ten roads in the State of Osun under Rauf Aregbesola;

1. Ola Iya/ Odi Olowo Road (Workers Drive)

The popular Olaiya junction sits in the capital of the state “Osogbo”. This is a junction in the heart of Osogbo that leads to various ends of the state.

Shortly before the exit of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola from office as Governor of the state, traffic lights were introduced to some major junctions in the state capital. One of such junctions was the Orita Ola Iya/ Odi Olowo Junction. Other points within the state capital were the Old Garage Roundabout and the Oke Fia Roundabout. It was initially conceived that the congestion of the time was due mainly to huge vehicular movement in and out of the city.

The emergence of Aregbesola, a trained and seasoned Mechanical Engineer, tested and trusted, in the saddle of governance discovered other concrete causes of this unnecessary congestion and created ways to tackle it.


Now apart from being modernly handled to tackle congestion, the road now nicknamed “Workers’ drive” commemorating the workers of the state for persevering with government during the financial quagmire that affected the satte from paying salaries as and when due, has been reconstructed, widened, giving the state capital the first beautiful impression about the generality of the state.

2. Adebisi Akande Gbongan Trumpet Inter-Change Bridge

This road comes second in our list, we are sure any body that sees the beauty of the bridge will give kudos to the Governor. The Governor had attributed the need to checkmate avoidable deaths of innocent people along Ibadan/Ife expressway as the major reason that prompted his government to construct the interchange bridge, named after the former interim national chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Abdulkareem Adebisi Akande.

Aregbesola had expressed optimism that the newly completed bridge that conjoins Ibadan/Ife/Gbongan/Osogbo dual carriage road, would go a long way in halting auto crashes that he said had claimed over 1,000 lives at the Gbongan junction.

3. November 27 Interchange Bridge

This bridge is another beautiful achievement of the administration, the bridge which leads into the state capital, Osogbo was named “November 27” in commemoration of the day the Governor was sworn-in in the year 2010 after a protracted legal battle. November 27 Interchange bridge also serves to break the bottleneck of traffic congestion along the state secretariat in Abere and Ola-iya junction of Osogbo, the State capital.

Asides that, the bridge forms part of the ring road that connects the entire Osogbo metropolis. The bridge links the Ebunoluwa end of the Osogbo/Iwo road and as well as the Ilesa Garage end of the road that saves travellers to Ilesa the burden of going through the Osogbo metropolis.

4. Old Garage – Ikirun to Kwara State Boundary Road

When the contract for the road project was awarded in 2013, many doubted the capability of the administration that had for many years battled with finances to complete such capital intensive project in the spate of three years.

At the Old Garage end from Oke Fia; just after the level crossing, there also is the presence of traffic lights. But these traffic lights were not just the panacea to the myriads of problems militating against residents and passers-by of our roads. The Aregbesola administration wielded the magic hands, as it saw the timely need for broadening of the roads.

Today, the road has been broadened to ease off traffic for those exiting toward the old MDS area without unnecessary delays and hiccups.

Currently, the road has been completed to a stretch not far from the Alamisi Junction in Ikirun, a feat many thought would not be achievable. But with ONA BABA ONA himself, the road is now a reality with many of his traducers testifying to the quality of the job done.

5. Osun East Bypass a.k.a. Ring Road

This road had been in existence since the time of military administrators in the state. It was however brought to the present level of conceptualization by the administration of Chief Bisi Akande. The road, stretching from the Mobile Police Headquarters Junction /rare of Osogbo City Stadium to link the Osogbo-Iwo Road at Dele Yessir area spans between 15 and 20 kilometres. It also presents a stretch of good motorable roads to motorists who intend to avoid the hustle-bustle of the township traffic. This, to a large extent, serves to reduce traffic congestion of the state capital.

6. Osun West Bye-Pass, Ebunoluwa Bridge

The Ebunoluwa Bridge passes over the Ebunoluwa area providing a lease of life for those living in the area to move to other areas of the town.

The bridge aside its thickness has a strong culvert and speed breakers that controls over speeding from motorists that may want to optimize the good texture of the road to over speed.

The bridge gives a facelift to the bye-pass as traffic is smooth and gives road users from the end an opportunity to reach locations like Ogo-Oluwa, Abeere, Owode Ede in a short time without necessarily going through Oke-Fia, Dada Estate or Awosuru area of the capital.

7. Osun West Bye-Pass, (Osun Groove Bridge)

Bridges are essential to the structure of roads. And so it is with the Osun Groove Bridge along the Ilesa road end which the November 27 Interchange Bridge connects.

The bridge connects the Osun Groove area with the Fountain University end through to Oke-Ijetu, Ilesa Garage to Owode end of the expressway.

With the road nearing completion, it leaves to the beauty it presents to make the entire township connect easily and freely without necessarily going to the heart of the state capital where traffic builds up easily during the weekdays.

8. 10km Roads Per Local Government.

One of the legacies the government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is leaving behind is the construction of 10km of roads in all the 30 local government areas of the state.

The roads cut across major areas in the local governments.

Some of the roads were constructed by the previous administration in the state but were reconstructed as a thing of necessity when those roads could not stand the test of about 2 to 3 years.

A cross section of the 300km council roads built across all Local Governments Areas in the state of Osun
A cross section of the 300km council roads built across all Local Governments Areas in the state of Osun


Shows some of the 21 selected roads (26.40km) in Osogbo Township in the State of Osun newly commissioned by Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Monday 28-04-2014
Shows some of the 21 selected roads (26.40km) in Osogbo Township in
the State of Osun newly commissioned by Governor Rauf Aregbesola on
Monday 28-04-2014

During the commissioning of the roads which are township roads in April 2014, Governor Aregbesola said the roads constructed by RATCON Construction Company will stand the test of time for 15 years. The 310 kilometers are there for everyone to see.


One of the 21 selected roads (26.40km) in Osogbo Township in the State of Osun newly commissioned on Monday 28-04-2014. Inset: Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola acknowledging cheers from the crowd during the commissioning.
One of the 21 selected roads (26.40km) in Osogbo Township in the State
of Osun newly commissioned on Monday 28-04-2014. Inset: Governor State
of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola acknowledging cheers from the crowd
during the commissioning.

9. 222km Rural Roads

The State Government has also constructed 222 kilometers of roads in the rural areas.

The roads were assisted through the World Bank, European Union and The French Government Under the Rural Access Mobility Project “RAMP”.

The rural roads have helped farmers transport their farm products to the market and boosted their income generation.

new osun roads under construction


According to Governor Aregbesola during the Workshop for Local Government Information Officers in March 2017, the rural roads have connected every rural settlement in the State of Osun.

The second phase of the project is ongoing.

10. Special Intervention/Rehabilitation of Roads

At every point in time of this administration, the government of Aregbesola has intervened in the rehabilitation of bad portion of some roads.

Portholes have been filled. Bridges have been reconstructed while bridges have also been made. One of those special intervention projects is the reconstruction of the Rasco bridge in Old Garage area of Osogbo.

The bridge that has for a long time been dilapidated and been in a situation where the whole area is ravaged by flood during the rainy season. As it stands, the bridge has been renovated and provided a platform for a big drainage to be erected in the locality.

Aside the Rasco Bridge, the Okoko Bridge linking Kajola Area to Oke-Ayepe area in Osogbo and the Modakeke drainage have been rebuilt all in a bid to prevent flood.

The drainages, culverts and potholes rehabilitated have given quality to these roads and enhanced the rate at which longevity will be placed on these roads.

In Osun, Rauf Aregbesola has changed the story of road construction and with these ten roads and more, the State of Osun is open to the round of economic activities that is part of the solid foundation laid by his government for the next 50 years of development.

Super Eagles Camp In A Great State  

The training camp of the Nigerian National Football team, the Super Eagles, was agog on Wednesday with invited players arriving in camp and participating in the first training session.

The Super Eagles  on Friday take on Polish national team at the Municipal Stadium, Wroclaw, Poland, come March 23.

According to tweets from the official Twitter handle of the Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles), among the early arrivals to camp on Wednesday were: Troost Ekong, Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi, Brian Idowu and Leon Balogun.

They were followed by Francis Uzoho, Elderson Echiejile, Stephen Eze, Joel Obi, Shehu Abdullahi, John Ogu, Moses Simon, Kenneth Omeruo.

Later in the day, the team announced the arrival of Odion Ighalo, Ogenyi Onazi, Uche Agbo and Ahmed Musa to the camp.

This brings the number of players in camp to 18 as others are expected to arrive later.

One of the players invited by coach Gernot Rohr for the friendlies against Poland and Serbia, Shehu Abdullahi, said he was delighted to be invited.

“I’m delighted to have received an invitation for the friendlies against Poland and Serbia. It’s a great honour to represent my dear country! Thanks, @thenff, Gernot Rohr and my fans in Nigeria.”

The pre-World Cup friendly match between Nigeria and the Polish national team, who are ranked 8th in the recently released FIFA Ranking, will kick off on Friday at 8:45 pm Nigerian time.

The Super Eagles will then take on the Serbian national team on Tuesday, March 27 in London.

Okupe Dares Sagay To Release Full Pay Of NASS Principal Officers

An aide to the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan,Dr  Doyin Okupe, has dared Prof. Itse Sagay, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), to, within 24 hours, carry out his threat to reveal details of the running cost of the principal officers of the National Assembly.

Okupe, however, asked Sagay to also reveal the running cost of President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, ministers, special advisers to the President, and other top government functionaries including himself.

Sagay had declared that he would soon make public the monthly earnings of the leadership of the National Assembly.

He said the N13 million allowances being received by senators is only a tip of the iceberg as Nigerians will be shocked when he releases details of the allowances of the principal officers.

Reacting however, Okupe challenged Sagay to give correct figures about the running cost of all top members of the Buhari government, pointing out that each day he failed to carry out his threat, his credibility will continue to wane.

He said in a statement, “I find the threat by Professor Sagay on allowances and running cost of the leadership of the National Assembly very interesting. It will aid our fight for transparency in public affairs. However, he should not be selective. For us to take him seriously, he should include the details of the running costs of the office of the President, Vice President, Ministers, Special Advisers, heads of Government agencies, parastatals and even himself. Afterall, all the salaries, allowances and running costs come from the same public coffers.

“He should tell the world how much he is paid, how much he spends on his numerous junketing abroad, his allowances, honoraria and others, including the ones paid for by international donor agencies.

“For Prof. Sagay to say that the country would explode if he gives out certain figures is inciting, particularly, at a volatile and tensed period as we have now in the country. I believe the President owes this country a duty to call this man to order.

“It will also be interesting if Sagay can tell Nigerians what the achievements of his committee are in the last 30 months that it has been using government money. Or is the committee set up just for the purpose of abusing and attacking the National Assembly?

“With the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) rating recently released by Transparency International (TI), it does appear that Sagay’s committee has neither helped Nigeria nor the President who set up the committee and funded it with tax- payers’ money. Mr. Sagay should sit down with members of his committee to work seriously in developing position papers and policies that will actually help the anti-corruption war and make it more effective. This will by far be a much more dignified job than rabble-rousing and witch-hunting of institutions and personalities in the country.”


FRC: Lagos, Osun, Cross River’s Debts Exceed Revenues By Over 480%

The debt status of most states of the federation exceeds 50 percent of their annual revenues. For 18 states, the debt profiles exceed their gross and net revenues by more than 200 per cent. Lagos, Osun and Cross River states record over 480 per cent debt to gross revenue.

The Fiscal Responsibility Commission, which stated this in its 2016 Annual Report obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Monday, said the development was contrary to the guidelines of the Debt Management Office on debt sustainability.

According to the guidelines, the debt status of each state should not exceed 50 per cent of the statutory revenue in the previous 12 months.

The report stated, “In the light of the DMO’s guidelines on the Debt Management Framework, specifically, sections 222 to 273 of the Investment and Securities Act, 2007 pertaining to debt sustainability, according to the guidelines, the debt to income ratio of states should not exceed 50 per cent of the statutory revenue for the preceding 12 months.”

However, an analysis presented in the FRC report showed that most states flouted the directive. In fact, the debt status of many states exceeded the debt to revenue ratio by more than 100 per cent. The analysis was based on the debt profile of the states as of December 31, 2016.

The states with the highest debt to gross revenue ratios were Lagos (670.42 per cent), Osun (539.25 per cent), Cross River (486.49 per cent), Plateau (342.01 per cent), Oyo (339.56 per cent), Ekiti (339.34 per cent), Ogun (329.47 per cent), Kaduna (297.26 per cent) and Imo (292.82 per cent).

Others were Edo (270.8 per cent), Adamawa (261.96 per cent), Delta (259.63 per cent), Bauchi (250.75 per cent), Nasarawa (250.36 per cent), Kogi (221.92 per cent), Enugu (207.49 per cent), Zamfara (204.91 per cent), and Kano (202.61 per cent).

The debt to net revenue ratio of the states puts some of the states in even more precarious situations. The debt to net revenue of Lagos, for instance, is 930.96 per cent, while that of Cross River is 940.64 per cent.

The only states whose debt did not exceed the 50 per cent ratio by more than 100 per cent are Anambra, Borno, Jigawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and the Federal Capital Territory.

The debt to revenue ratio is very important in debt analysis as it can give an indication of the capacity of the debtor to service and repay the debt.

However, the FRC noted that it should not be concluded that a state had over-borrowed because its debt to revenue ratio was more than 50 per cent.

The report stated, “It should be noted that the fact that some states exceeded the threshold of 50 per cent of their total revenue is not an indication that they over-borrowed as the debt limits of the governments in the federation are yet to be set.

“Furthermore, only total revenue is used for the foregoing analysis as comprehensive data on the states’ Internally Generated Revenue were not available. In any case, the IGR on the average is not more than eight per cent of the states’ total revenue except for Lagos State. In essence, the non-inclusion of the IGR may not distort the result of the analysis.

“Therefore, there is a need for each of these states to work towards bringing their respective consolidated debts within the 50 per cent threshold of their total revenue in order to guarantee a general public debt sustainability in the country.”

4 Police Officers Nabbed For Robbing Jigawa Dep Gov

The police in Kano have arrested a dismissed sergeant and three others accused with armed robbery at the residence of the Deputy Governor of Jigawa State, Abubakar Hadejia.

The suspects were accused of attacking policemen on guard duty at the guest house of the deputy governor, confiscated one AK47 rifle, BMW motor vehicle and unspecified amount of money.

Addressing journalists on Tuesday, Magaji Majia, the Public Relations officer, said all the stolen items have been recovered at the suspects’ hideout.

“On 18th March at about 21:30 hours an information via a good Samaritan was intercepted at Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) Kano that armed robbers with dangerous weapons attacked a guest house of Deputy Governor of Jigawa state where they attacked policemen on guard duty, confiscated one police AK47 rifle No.26594 loaded with 30 rounds of live ammunition, a BMW motor vehicle, valued at 11,000,000 and unspecified amount of money.

“In the cause of the investigation, it was revealed that one Sani Danjuma a dismissed sergeant of the Nigeria Police attached to Jigawa command who did a guard duty in the residence while in the service, criminally conspired with Nura Ahmed, Abdullahi Ahmed and Uzairu alias Babayo all of Sultan road, Nassarawa GRA, Kano,” he said.

Mr. Majia added that investigation is in progress to recover the syndicate’s remaining operational arms and arraign them before a competent court.

“They all confessed to have partook in the crime and led detectives to their hideout where the said AK47 rifle loaded with 30 rounds of live ammunition, the BMW motor vehicle one cutlass and knives were recovered,” Mr. Majia said.

IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu Absent As Trial Of Members Continue

The Nigerian government on Tuesday filed a fresh three-count charge of treasonable felony against four members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The four accused persons are Bright Chimeze, Benjamin Madubugwu, Chidiebere Onwudiwe and David Nwawuisi.

They were initially facing a similar charge along with the wanted IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

Following the stalling of the trial by the disappearance of Mr. Kanu in September last year, the prosecution lawyer, Shuaibu Labaran, asked the court to hear the charge against the other defendants separately.

The request was granted by the court presided by Binta Nyako and resulted in the new charge read before the court on Tuesday.

The four defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Earlier, Mr. Labaran read from a sheet of paper which he described as the published version of an online publication, wherein a threat was made on the life of an operative of the State Security Service by IPOB members.

According to Mr. Labaran, a picture of the alleged operative was taken during the last sitting and used on the social media, with a threat by the IPOB members to “teach the operative a lesson”.

Responding, however, counsel to one of the defendants, Nnemeka Ejiofor, asked the court to disregard the publication as well as the allegation.

Mr. Ejiofor accused the prosecution of fabricating the said allegation, stressing that the alleged publication “does not bear any similarities with a traceable medium.”

In a ruling, the judge warned journalists and family members to desist from taking pictures in the court room.

“Otherwise, I shall ban the press. I shall also ban family members. I can do all that,” said Mrs. Nyako.

The judge also warned parties that she would not allow the lawyers to waste time in her court.

She adjourned the case till Thursday for further hearing.

Police Officer ‘Who Ordered Apo Killings’ Promoted To AIG

Danjuma Ibrahim, one of the police officers fingered in the killing of six persons in Apo, Abuja, in 2005, has been promoted to the rank of assistant inspector general of police (AIG).

Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, decorated him with the new rank on Monday at the force headquarters in Abuja.

Ibrahim and five other police officers had been accused of killing some persons, including five traders, on June 7, 2005, while they were returning from a night party in the city.

During their trial, the other officers and eight other police witnesses had testified that Ibrahim, the most senior officer among them, ordered the killings.

But in November 2017, he was controversially acquitted alongside two others by a federal high court in Abuja, after pleading not guilty to the charges.

Following his acquittal, Ibrahim, who was a deputy commissioner of police at the time, was promoted to the rank of commissioner of police.

He was decorated with the rank of AIG along with Istafanus Shettima, Jimoh Ozi-Obea, Bello Yahaya, Mukaddas Garba, Dasuki Galandanchi, Fave Semali and Sadiq Abubakar.

Not Too Young To Run: CSOs Want Buhari To Sign Bill

Not-Too-Young-To-Run Movement, a Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately append his signature to the bill lowering age for participation and contesting in elections in Nigeria now on his table.

A Principal Officers of the movement, Mr. Samson Itodo, said in a statement in Abuja that the group had already sent a letter to the President to assent to the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Bill which aimed to enhance youth’s participant in politics.

According to the group, the quest for age reduction for persons to participate in politics was premised on five points of promoting inclusion, deepening inter-generational dialogue and exchange, and enhancing democratic development.

“Till date, this campaign has gained both national and global attention with the United Nations adopting it as a global campaign for youth inclusion.

“More recently, the African Union and ECOWAS also endorsed the campaign and have launched it in several countries in Africa like Kenya, Gambia, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Cameroun and Sierra Leone, ” the group said.

The group recalled that the Senate passed the bill in July 2017 with an overwhelming majority of 86 senators while it was also passed by a large majority of 261 members in the House of Representatives.

It also noted that in February 2018, the age reduction Constitution Amendment Bill was popularly known as Not-Too-Young-To-Run was passed by 33 out of 36 states’ Houses of Assembly.

“With this unprecedented feat, the world looks to you to assent to the constitutional amendment.

“Once you assent, the bill becomes law making it possible for young people to run for office in 2019 and beyond.

“It is against this background that the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Movement requests that you assent to the age reduction bill as soon as the National Assembly transmits the constitutional amendment bills to you,” the group urged Buhari.

Buhari Congratulates Putin On Re-election

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday congratulated President Vladimir Putin of Russia on his victory in the recent presidential election in the Asian country.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists.

Adesina said the President had sent a congratulatory letter to Putin on behalf of himself, the government and people of Nigeria.

The President said Putin’s “success for the fourth time in the election is a clear testimony of the confidence” Russians have in his leadership.

He also urged his Russian counterpart to “see this victory as a base to continue to promote international peace and stability.”

Buhari assured President Putin of “Nigeria’s commitment to a stronger and mutually beneficial relation with the Russian Federation under your watch.”

He said he looked forward to continue working with the Russian leader “to strengthen our defence, trade and technical partnerships as well as promotion of private sector participation in all sectors of our economies.”

Matic: Nigeria Are A very Good Side, I Know Mikel And Moses

Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic believes Nigeria is a country blessed with gifted and fantastic players and he is looking forward to facing the Super Eagles on March 27 in an international friendly at the Hive stadium in London.

The Manchester United star who was newly named the assistant captain by coach Mladen Krstajic admitted that the super eagles are a very good side and playing against them will be an encounter to enjoy.

“Let’s see in these two games where we are,” Matic told kurir.rs.

“We do not know Morocco, but the expert staff has saved the material. Nigeria is good, I know some of their players, and it will be a game to enjoy,”

The former Chelsea star played alongside Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Ola Aina at Stamford Bridge before he switched to United last season.

Matic has also faced Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Ahmed Musa, Odion Ighalo in English Premier League encounters.

All seven players are expected to feature for the Super Eagles against his Serbia team next Tuesday.

Matic has scored twice for Serbia in 36 international appearances since he made his debut against Poland in the 14 of December, 2008.

Buhari Meets Former VP Namadi Sambo In Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday met behind closed doors with former Vice-President Namadi Sambo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Sambo was vice-president to former President Goodluck Jonathan during the last administration.

The meeting of the two leaders, which was held inside the President’s office, lasted about 25 minutes.

The former vice-president arrived the Presidential Villa at about 12:00 noon and went straight into the President’s office.

He left the premises at about 12.25pm.

“It was a a private meeting,” Sambo simply told State House correspondents before stepping into his waiting car.

Sambo has not been a regular visitor to the Presidential Villa since he and Jonathan left office on May 29, 2015

He had, in 2017, visited Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo in his office; while he also joined Buhari for a Jumat service in commemoration of the nation’s independence last year.

The meeting of the two leaders came barely 24 hours after Osinbajo openly accused the administration Sambo served of “grand corruption.”

Speaking at the Seventh Presidential Quarterly Business Forum for Private Sector stakeholders on Monday, Osinbajo had said the difference between the present administration and that of Jonathan was that Buhari’s administration was not corrupt.

He had said, “Today, with less revenue, we have increased capital funding by 400 percent as the minister has said, in power, works and housing, in defence, transportation, agriculture.

“If we want to do analysis in Nigeria, it is either fraudulent or ignorant if we do not bring money that belongs to corruption into the mass.

“This is what distinguishes, in my own respectful view, this administration from the other. I can say that with what I have seen, if you have a President who is not corrupt, 50 percent of your financial problems are over. This is what I have seen, I can demonstrate it with facts and figures.

“If the President is corrupt, the entire financial system is compromised and that is what we have seen with the figures we have just seen. That is something that is absolutely important that we must take into account.”