By Denrele Animasaun
“There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.”-Walter Reuther
As you know, I am a reverent supporter of the dynamic Ogbeni Aregbesola. I cannot say it enough and no, am not from Osun State nor have I got any ulterior motive other than a healthy admiration of the dynamism of the esteemed governor and his administration for the grand work they have done in turning round the fortune and the strength of the state.
Good news is hard to come by in Nigeria and, it is important that others follow in the footstep of this success. On the contrary, the disgruntled always want to sabotage when something works in Nigeria. I can understand why now; when others are doing good it really puts the rotten eggs to shame and all they want to do is to tear down the good work. Not anymore. The good shoot has taken roots and it is going to go from strength to strength despite the distraction and sabotage.
Nigeria and Nigerians deserve better and no, we don’t all believe that there is no redemption for the Nigerian. There will be if we all do our bit to ensure that our leaders know that we deserve better. There is no point saying it can’t be done when we now know that it can. So it’s about time the electorate wise up and vote with their conscience and if they are not getting an improvement in their respective government, vote with your feet and drop the dead weight.
O, Nigeria is moving and about time too. Governor Aregbesola in one of his speeches said that one of the fundamental problems facing Nigeria is that there are flaws in the process through which leaders come to occupy political offices and that we have to elect credible people into various elective positions for a better Nigeria. How astute!
I cannot agree more, the nation lacks effective leadership and good governance, without a better education and moral backbone we will struggle to get Nigeria working.
Aregbesola, has paved the way to get his corner of Nigeria working. I like the Ogbeni’s style. Imagine the “Ogbeni till day break” makes himself accessible to all and anyone could call in and ask questions on pertinent concerns or issues, this renders the “Oga at the top “ red tape malaise that stalls Nigeria’s progress.
What he has done is to rebuild from ground zero, a better and stronger foundation by investing in the young. Yes, from the bottom up (pardon the pun) 252,793 public primary children were de-wormed in 30 local governments. This was a collaborative work between the state and Chi Pharmaceuticals in Lagos.
Yes, I hope other states are taking note. Not a foreign company nor was there a massive loan or hand-outs. The good governor knows that health is crucial to the development of the young and it will invariably impact on the educational outcomes as well ensuring the legacy of Osun School Meal Programme (O’MEAL) and the digital e-learning device (Opon Imo) is miles ahead of the other states .
The ingenuity lies in the way the state uses local resources and local manpower thus enriching and improving the quality of life of its citizens. 15,000 whole chickens are sourced weekly from local poultry farmers; 254,000 eggs sourced weekly,5 heads of cattle purchased weekly from local cattle farmers and 400 tonnes of catfish purchased weekly from local fish farmers. Redistribution of wealth that is what Ogbeni has socially engineered!
The state’s feeding programme provided free school meals in all public schools; with better nutrition you get better performing, better educated students. What he has also achieved is an increase in school enrolment. More than 3,000 women in the state have also been empowered to serve as the food vendors. The vendors are given assistance to procure modern cooking utensils at the cost of N152 million to the state government. That is definitely a win -win formula.
Osun State is leading most states in the quality of education and development of healthy citizens in years to come. The investment is truly awesome.
Setting the pace- Ajimobi style
“You will rise by lifting others.”-Robert G. Ingersoll
The last time I was in Ibadan, was when I went to visit my maternal grandmother who lived at Ring Road, some 26 years ago! I have fond memories of Ibadan, it is my mother’s ancestral home. For me it has always been home. What I remember most of Ibadan was its quieter and quaint quality of the place. The buildings mostly well lived in with its rusted corrugated roofs dotted all around as far as the eye can see.
So I have always felt it was a town that time forgot,until now. So there seem to be a resurgence and renewed buzz that Oyo State has arisen and good things are happening up and down the state. The Governor in 2011 said that ”the journey to restoration has begun to restore efficient infrastructure in place of the year-long decay”. He had a herculean task on his hands!
He did promise”to restore the faith of the people in government, as against the regime of widespread scepticism and fright in the institution of government”. It seems that people’s trust and belief is paying dividend as improvement is taking ground and more work in the pipeline are afoot.
The state has a brand new overhead bridge in Mokola first major construction in over 30years! He has made strides in the pedo- ambulances, health programme at Ijeru Baptist Primary School premises, Ogbomoso,Are Onireke, Mokola, challenge, Aleshinloye, Beere, Taki Ogbomoso, Owode Oyo, Saki and Iseyin too
FG projects, Oyo/Oke Ogun express, Ibarapa road and upgraded satellite Polytechnic and Eruwa. With his political pedigree much is expected from Ajimobi and he seems to be delivering on his promise to the people of Oyo State.
Oyo State is working and his administration has gone to some length to make it so. He has promised to deal with the welfare of the people and make healthcare a priority as well as the upgrading of 1.2km long service roads and intersections, beautification of roundabout and space under the flyover, construction of new water mains, street lighting and the payment of compensation to the numerous property owners whose properties in this commercial centre of the city were affected.
“Every good act is charity. A man’s true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows.” Prophet Mohammed (SAW) –
Ramadan Kareem to all my Muslim brothers and sisters! I pray that Allah answers all your supplications during this holy month of Ramadan. Don’t eat too much before sunrise eat instead “complex carbohydrates” or slow digesting foods should be consumed at sahur so that the food lasts longer (about eight hours) resulting in less hunger during the day.