By Abdullahi Omotayo
Senior Special Assistant to the Osun Governor on Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs), Dr Folawiyo Olajoku has emphasised that, since the creation of the state in 1991, no government has surpassed Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s achievements within seven years of his administration in history.
This was the remarks of Olajoku while fielding questions from journalists in Osogbo the state capital, saying that Aregbesola’s performance is exceptional.
The Policy and Research Consultant described as unprecedented the achievements of Governor Aregbesola, stressing that no governor has ever recorded such strides since the creation of the state.
Olajoku who noted that the APC led government in the state has visibly performed with its impacts spread across the state, said what the state government accomplished through Sustainable Development Goals apart from those ones executed by the state on its own are second to none.
Some of the laudable projects of the present administration according to Olajoku includes; Introduction of O’Ambulance, the programme that had saved many lives involved in road accident, construction of bridges, construction of roads among others.
He also mentioned the free meals given to pupils of all the elementary public schools every school day; construction of the state-of-the-art classrooms, introduction of calisthenics in public schools among other interventions in education, health, as well as human and capital development.
Olajoku said all these aforementioned projects have brought unprecedented development to the state, adding that it has expanded the state beyond expectation.
While speaking on the activities of SDGs, the SSA said no fewer than nine primary health centres across the state were built in the last few months.
He said: “Some of the targets of the 17 SDGs, which have taken over from the millennium development goals include: to overcome poverty, reduce hunger, introduce good health and quality education, as well as good jobs and economic growth.
“But in Osun, we focus our goals on good health and quality education. Those two goals are very key to the sustainability of other goals.
“Between August last year and now, we have successfully built nine Primary Health Centres in Oke-Ila, Atakunmosa East and West, Oke Inisa in Ijebu-Ijesa.
“Also in education, we have built, renovated and upgraded many elementary and middle schools in Egbedore, Osogbo , Olorunda, Iwo among other areas in the state.
All these projects are rural based and the idea of global goal is to execute the projects that can better the lives of the people in the rural communities. In my office today, we have been able to embark on two major goals, health and education”.