By Akeeb Alarape, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has assured that his administration will complete all projects it has embarked upon before its tenure expires in 2018.The Governor spoke as part of activities organised to mark the second anniversary of the second term of his administration held in Osogbo on Friday.
Aregbesola stated that his government had also impacted positively in the lives of over 40,000 youths through O’YES scheme as the good gestures had helped in turning the to state with the lowest crime rate in Nigeria.
He added the N200 million monthly allowance being given to O’YES volunteers had tremendously reflated the economy of the state.
On education, Aregbesola said his administration has expended billions in the provision of free meals for 252,000 pupils every school day, noting that the innovation was aimed at revamping agriculture, empowering farmers, cooks and food vendors in a value chain of wealth creation that cascades to at least one million homes.
Added to that, he said the state under his watch has built several state-of-the-art model schools across the nooks and crannies of the state having taken seriously the importance of education to development.
“I have no doubt that our monumental performances made the organisers of this event to also coin out ‘Raufnomics’ to reflect how our policies have positively affected Osun in a most fundamental sense.
“We provided E-learning tablets to final year grade 12 pupils in the state. This is an innovation that is not available anywhere in the world except Osun.
“We have also made significant investment in agriculture. We realised that food is an integral aspect of national security. No nation is secure that cannot feed its people. Agriculture is also the gateway to industrialisation.
“We have consequently empowered our people in various agriculture schemes. We have sent two batches of our youths to Germany for further training in modern agriculture practices.
“We have constructed more than 800 kilometres of quality, stone based roads with concrete drainages across the length and breadth of the state. These are not just any roads that catch our fancy. They are roads carefully selected because they impacted the most on the social and economic activities of our people.
“We incorporated the weak and vulnerable groups like the specially challenged, destitute, the aged, women and the girl child for special care and attention through special schemes”.
Considering the adverse effect of the present economic challenges, Aregbesola said his government has been working hard to rescue the state from the pangs of economic recession.
He pledged to continuously position the state on the path of economic stability, progress and prosperity, saying “we have made it a point that no one is left behind by our administration”.
Speaking on the topic titled “Democracy, Good Governance and Sustainable Economic Development: Value Added Approach”, the Guest Speaker, Professor Akin Oyebode commended Governor Aregbesola for being consistent in threading the path of economic greatness since assumption of power.
Prof. Oyebode said the event was to celebrate the doggedness, unrelenting and unwavering commitment of Governor Aregbesola to all round growth and development.
Oyebode who described politics and governance as instruments deliberately designed to give hope to the people, said the present administration has clearly resuscitated the already lost hope, sustained it through good governance and as well rekindled the future of the state through massive infrastructures across the length and breath of the state.
“Aregbesola has changed Osun landscape politically and economically. The presence of his good governance has been felt in every nook and cranny of the state.