How Massive Road Construction Changed Negative Narratives In Osun

By Ismaeel Uthman

The negative narratives on the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola by members of the public, and particularly the opposition parties have been fading away, investigation has revealed.

OSUN DEFENDER noted that the perception of the people of the state about the Aregbesola’s administration is gradually changing, with favourable comments from the general public.

Investigations revealed that the completion of some projects which some of the people thought had been abandoned restored hope and confidence in the minds of the people who had been feeling disappointed in the Aregbesola’s administration.

Some of the projects which the people had thought had been abandoned included the 40km Dualisation of Osogbo-Ikirun-Ila-Odo-KWSB road, 17.40km Oba Adesoji Aderemi/Osogbo-East bypass road, 2.80km Olaiya-Ita Olokan and dualisation of Gbongan to Akoda.

But the continued construction of the roads, in spite of the financial challenges facing the state, keeps surprising the people and has left them wondering on how and where the governor is getting the fund for the continuity of the projects.

The reconstruction of Olaiya-Ita Olokan road has been completed and already named ‘Workers Drive’ by Aregbesola.

Commuters on the road have been passing positive comments on Aregbesola’s administration because of its standard.

The road will be commissioned soon.

OSUN DEFENDER visited the Gbongan-Akoda road which hosts a trumpet bridge named after the former governor of the state, Chief Adebisi Akande, and noted that the dualisation was almost at Ode-Omu, which is few kilometer away to Akoda.

The construction of the Bisi Akande Trumpet brigde has been completed.

According to the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Engr. Kazeem Salami, about 3km of some parts of the road were constructed with reclamation process and stone boulders.

When OSUN DEFENDER inspected the Osogbo-Ikirun-Ila-Odo-KWSB road construction on Wednesday, the dualisation was almost at Ikirun, Ifelodun local government.

Commercial transporters who are the major commuters on the roads have been expressing their satisfaction on the project, describing it as smooth and friendly to their vehicles.

The Oba Adesoji Aderemi/Osogbo East-bypass is also nearing completion. The four bridges of the road have been completed. The bridges were built over a railway, Osun River, a major road and the other one on another Osun Rivers.

The bridges are named: November 26th, 5 Judges, November 27th and August 8th respectively.

The road, which is nearing its completion, has already been functioning as viable alternative route for commuters just passing through the state without having to go through the traffic in the city.

Traffic now flows freely within the state, as the new By Pass provides alternative route to various destinations within and outside Osogbo, the state capital. When completed, the road, which is circular, will link with the Ring Road (Ibrahim Babangida Way) to form a complete circle round the state capital Osogbo.

From Stadium, the tarring of the road is at Testing Ground, going to Oke-Baale. The road had been tarred from Dele Yes Sir to Ilesa garage.

During his courtesy visit to the governor last Friday, the Director-General, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Dr. Monsur Liman lauded Aregbesola on the massive development his administration has recorded in infrastructure.

According to Liman, it is evident that Aregbesola has transformed the state with road construction, bridges, beautiful environment, schools among others.

Commenting on the road constructions, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa said massive road construction would enhance economic development and it would enhance smooth transportation of farm produce and goods.

Baderinwa maintained that good infrastructure is the bedrock of socio-economic development, explaining that the massive road construction put in place by Aregbesola’s administration have been connecting people, driving commerce and maintaining global competitiveness.

He noted that the road construction would in no time reduce costs in many economic sectors in the state by providing better accessibility to markets, increase employment, bring in foreign investment and improve global presence in the state.

Baderinwa said Aregbesola deliberately named the Olaiya-Ita Olokan road after workers in the state in appreciation of their sacrifice, understanding and support at the trying period of the state.

In his comment, the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Salami expressed satisfaction on the quality of work done by the contractors handling the projects, just as he lauded Aregbesola for his focus on the completion of the roads in spite of the paucity of fund.

 

Aregbesola’s Silence Rattles APC, PDP

 

  • Aspirants Secretly Inaugurate Committees

By Kehinde Ayantunji

The silence of Governor Rauf Aregbesola over the choice of his successor has continued to rattle the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Aregbesola’s silence in less than seven months to the gubernatorial election has put the politicians in dilemma as many are confused on who to pitch their tent with among the major contenders.

Dr Ibraheem Adigun, an APC chieftain in Ile-Ife in an interview with Osun Defender said Governor Aregbesola has successfully established his political domination by dictating the pace for intending aspirants and opposition parties in the state.

He said, “A pointer to the governor’s dominance is that a tiny number of the interested aspirants are bold enough to declare openly, while the majority of those who are also interested are just grumbling without any courage to make any formal public declaration because they knew that  whosoever that the governor endorses will pick the party ticket”.

“In the history of Osun, election year has never been dull like this, for instance, when Governor Aregbesola contested in 2007, the state has been bombarded with all manner of political campaigns as far back as 2005, and even during his second term, by 2012, despite that the governor had no opponent, it was already bubbling but less than 7 months to the next governorship election, it does not appeared that election is coming”, Adigun said

Also, a member of APC state working committee who pleaded anonymity said though the party has not officially lift ban on political activities, but the body language of the governor has forced some aspirants to be “undecided perpetually”.

A chieftain who is a senatorial leader said, “the governor has discourage any discussion on his successor, even when the elders forum of the party approached him, he persuaded them to suspend the discussion on the matter, and to some of us who are politician, it is a real confusion”.

When the senatorial leader was asked whether the governor formally asked people not to contest, he replied that there is no forum where the governor told any aspirant not to declare their ambition, saying, “He did not stop any one from declaring their intention but we all know the reality that the incumbent has a substantial role to play in producing a successor”.

Governor Aregbesola for months has been resisting political pressure to publicly announce his preferred successor which has made it difficult for political gladiators to predict his direction.

A member of the State Executive Council who do not want his name in print because he was not authorised to speak on the matter told Osun Defender that the governor has repeatedly reiterated at the state executive meetings that those who are eager about politics are free to leave the cabinet.

He said, “the governor has said it repeatedly that he is interested in completing most of the ongoing work than politics of successor now, and that whoever could not exercise patience is free to leave the state assignment for politics”

“ In fact, we were expecting some of the interested executive members to have resigned their appointment in January but some of them are not sure of the choice of the governor, I can bet it with you that as at today, it is only the governor that knows who he is supporting”.

APC Director, Media and Publicity, Bar Kunle Oyatomi in an interview said that the party has not officially lift the ban on political campaigns and that it will be illegal for any candidate to commence campaign for the governorship race.

Only the Deputy Speaker, Hon Lasun Yusuf and Barrister Kunle Adegoke have openly signified their intentions. Other rumored aspirants include the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, Secretary to the State Governor, Moshood Adeoti; Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Najeem Salaam who have not openly  declared their ambition.

But in pursuing their ambitions, two aspirants from Osun West were reported to have constituted senatorial and local government coordinators with the task of mobilising delegates for them in the party primary expected to hold in June this year.

One of the aspirants who is currently serving in government allegedly inaugurated the committee across the nine federal constituency last week and appointed party chieftains as coordinators in the old 31 local governments.

Meanwhile, apart from the leadership crisis rocking the PDP in the state, the silence of the governor is also unsettling the opposition, as they are largely strategising on the choice of the governor.

Osun Defender findings indicated that the two factions in the party are closely monitoring the choice of the governor in presenting a candidate. The party is considering the strategy of the last Osun West Senatorial Election whereby they waited till the last minutes before producing the candidate.

PHOTONEWS: Aregbesola Swears-In 389 Elected Councillors In Osun

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday coordinated the taking of oaths by the newly elected 389 councillors in respective wards across the state.

The ceremony took place at the Bola Ige House, State Secretariat, Abeere.

Photos Credit: Dolapo Julius

Aregbesola Harps On Sensitivity To Public Feelings, Improvement Of IGR As He Swears-in Councillors

Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday evening charged the newly elected councillors and the would-be Chairmen under the newly introduced parliamentary system in the State of Osun to be change agents that will radically transform governance and their respective localities.

He was speaking at a ceremony to swear-in the 389 councillors representing the number of wards in the state. .

The exercise is to be followed by the inauguration of the parliaments by the clerk of the house in each local government.

The Local Government Chairmen will subsequently emerge from among the councillors in the newly introduced parliamentary system.

Aregbesola who maintained that the parliamentary system is more people-driven and more democratic than the executive system charged the elected officials to give listening ear to people.

He charged them to be prepared to hit the ground running in the delivery of good governance at the grassroots.

“Your first duty is environmental sanitation. You must find an end to the filth by the road side and take ownership of waste management through partnership with private sector. You have three weeks- all dirts on the road sides must be evacuated to designated dump sites.

“Two, take charge of the various markets in your Communities. Eliminate any form of street trading. It is as archaic as nomadic cattle rearing. It is risky to human lives and it is your responsibility to prevent avoidable deaths arising from street trading.

“Third is revenue generation. You must galvanise all available resources to generate revenues for administration and your people. Revenues must be tapped from taxable adults and investments. Free money is no longer available.

Governor Aregbesola asked the newly elected local government parliamentarians to be sensitive to people’s feelings and take their victory at the election very seriously by seeing themselves as custodians of people’s choice.

He advised them to avoid tyranny, dictatorship, absolutism and arbitrariness which typify the executive system, urging them to remember that the party remains supreme and must guide their actions and policies.

Aregbesola told them to be ready to act according to the party directives that would be issued regularly in the interest of the people. He dispelled all the misgivings and concerns being raised about the legality of the new system.

“It is most pleasing to see democratic government return to local government. There has been both genuine and malicious concerns, but such concerns are unfounded because the totality of governance of local government administration is determined by the laws made by the state assembly. Nigeria’s Constitution is neutral about this. The constitution does not specify executive or parliamentary system, it only asks it to be Democratic – be it parliamentary or executive.

“To us, Parliamentary system is more Democratic. Parliamentary system is rooted in the party and the people. Its greatest beauty and attraction is that it promotes the party because it is the party that forms the government. It affirmed the supremacy of the political party. When anyone joins the party, it is because he believes in its philosophy. It is not possible for you to work against your party.

“And because the executive members are appointments in the cabinet, it saves cost of campaign by the politicians and the cost of organizing elections for the executive by the government; unlike where the presidential or the governorship aspirant has to tour the whole nation or the entire state. It also enhances stability. It deepens democracy, like in Britain and in our First Republic,” he said.

Aregbesola congratulated the parliamentarians and the chairpersons that will emerge later, even as he assured them that the proclamation and constitution of the local government parliaments had been signed into law.

PHOTONEWS: GOC, Ede Visits Governor Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun played host to the New General Officer Commanding 2 Division of the Engineer Construction Command, Nigerian Army Engineer, Ede who was on a Familiarization Visit at the Government House, Osogbo on Tuesday.

Here are photos from the visit from Dolapo Julius.

Aregbesola To Swear-in Councillors, Release Operational Guidelines Tomorrow

 

Governor Rauf Aregbesola will tomorrow swear-in the 389 councillors elected in the January 27 Local Government Parliamentary Elections.

 

A statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa in Osogbo on Monday says the event is billed for Bola Ige House, State Secretariat, Abeere at 10am.

 

Baderinwa stated that expected at the occasion are top government functionaries, political parties’ leaders and sundry stakeholders across the state.

 

He adds that “The event will afford Ogbeni Aregbesola the opportunity to pass the operational guidelines for local governments and the direction to which the incoming operators should follow.”

 

“It will be recalled that the Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) on January 27, 2018 conducted elections into 71 wards while 318 candidates were returned unopposed by the electoral body, in accordance with provisions of the laws made by the House of Assembly setting the local governments up and stating its administration.”

 

“The 30 local governments and 37 local Councils Development Areas, Area Councils and Area Offices will commence work immediately after the swearing in.”

APC Will Continue To Govern Osun – Group

By Nofisat Marindoti

The Coordinator a social political group, Oranmiyan Group in the State of Osun, Mr Niyi Aluko has posited that with the performance of the State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the APC led administration would continue to govern the state.

Aluko, while speaking during the 2018 Interdenominational Prayer held at the state headquarters of the group, along Gbongan-Ibadan road, Osogbo also reiterated that the APC would continue to pursue people oriented programmes towards the betterment of the people of the state.

According to him, “Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has transformed the entire Osun State with bundles of developmental achievements across the state.

“Governor Aregbesola has turned around the fortunes of the state with his experience and exposure and in many years to come, his name would continue to be on the marble. He has laid a good example for others to follow.”

Speaking on the coming gubernatorial election, Aluko expressed optimism that the APC would emerge victorious.

He noted that the performance of Governor Aregbesola within the last seven years would work for the victory of the APC in any future elections.

Aluko, however, called on the teeming supporters all over the state to continue to support the present government and the party before during and after forthcoming governorship election.

Speaking on why the inter-denominational Prayer was held, Aluko said there was need for the group to organise such a prayer so as to usher in the new year.

Aluko explained that the group organized the prayer to pray for the successful completion of Governor Aregbesola’s administration, peaceful conduct of the upcoming gubernatorial election as well as peaceful coexistence among the people of the country.

The prayer session which brings politicians, members and friends of the group together also witnessed the attendance of Clerics from both the Muslim, Christian and traditional religions.

Osun LG Poll: Group Hails Parliamentary System Of Govt.

By Nofisat Marindoti

A socio political group, Oranmiyan Democrats has hailed the initiative of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in introducing parliamentary system of government at the local government level, saying the innovation will save the government from huge spending.

The National convener of the group, Atunluse Titilola Moshood who gave the hint while speaking in Osogbo, said the system apart from saving the cost of governance at the local level, will also bring government closer to the people at the grassroots.

He maintained that the system is good for Nigeria’s democracy at a critical time the world is battling with economic crisis.

Titilola also said the parliamentary system of government will also enhance credible distribution of dividends of democracy to the downtrodden and thereby save the people from penury.

He then applauded the peaceful conduct of the people in the just concluded local government election, saying the people displayed the Omoluabi ethos the state is known for during the exercise.

The convener of the group also gave kudos to the security operatives and the umpire for their uprightness before, during and after the election.

NGOs Laud Aregbesola On Infrastructure Development, Says Osun LG Poll Credible

Two Non-Governmental Organisations have lauded Governor Rauf Aregbesola on the pace of infrastructure development in the state since the inception of his administration, saying that the projects in the state have dismissed lies being spread by some people that the governor was not performing.

This is just as they appraised the just concluded parliamentary election in the state, describing it as credible, peaceful and fair.

The National Coordinator, Centre for Strategy, Ethics and Value, Mr Ramanus Azubuike and the National Coordinator, Forum for Women and Youth Development Initiative, Princess Tola Olade in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday, noted that the turnout of electorate during the election was impressive.

However, Olade noted that some of the electorate in some areas like Osogbo, Ife, Ilesa and some other places where they observed the election were still carrying temporary voter cards as against the Permanent Voter Card which is the acceptable card for voting.

She urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Osun Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) and the state government to intensify efforts on enlightening eligible voters to go and collect their PVC in other to exercise their electoral right in subsequent elections.

In his remarks, Azubuike commended OSIEC and security agencies on what he described as adequate preparation for the election, stating that the poll was devoid of violence.

Both Azubuike and Olade submitted that it was a wise and progressive move by the state government to go for parliamentary system at the local government level, saying that it is not costly and easier to maintain.

Speaking on the state of development in the state, Azubuike and Olade said the impression they had before coming to Osun was that Aregbesola was not performing and the state is stagnant as being maliciously said by some people.

They maintained that the level of infrastructure development, having gone round Osogbo, the state capital for project inspection, is laudable, commending Aregbesola for what they described as ‘unexpected transformation’ of the state.

The coordinators inspected Oba Adesoji Aderemi-Osogbo East Bypass road which hosts five bridges, workers drive way, Old garage-Ila-Old road dualisation, Nelson Mandela Freedom park, Ataoja Government High School, Fakunle/Unity High School, among others.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Mr Adelani Baderinwa and the Special Adviser to the governor on Commerce, Cooperatives and Empowerment, Mr Gbenga Awosode took the coordinators round the state for the project inspection.

Azubuike and Olade urged the people of the state to continue supporting Aregbesola’s administration for his determined efforts on transforming the state, saying that the infrastructure development must continue after Aregbesola’s administration.