The Bishop of Osun Anglican Diocese, Reverend James Popoola has described the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as the first harbinger of massive infrastructure development in the state.
The Bishop, who spoke at the interdenominational christian prayer session organised by the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), to commemorate the 60th birthday anniversary of Governor Aregbesola at the popular Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo,
The clergy stated that the present administration led by the Governor has recorded remarkable successes in the infrastructure sector.
Popoola said the government of Governor Aregbesola has in no doubt institutionalised real physical infrastructure development in line with the much desired change that the citizens voted for.
Describing Aregbesola as “God-sent” to redeem the already lost glory of the people of the state, said in spite of the present economic recession ravaging the nation, Osun government has distinguished itself by all socio-economic dimensions.
He noted that the economy of the state under the watch of the Governor has witnessed a drastic change and monumental transformation when compared to what was obtainable in the state before now.
The cleric attributed the myriads of social infrastructure development brought about by the present government commitment to pro-masses policies being orchestrated by the Aregbesola’s administration.
According to him, “”This has been the hallmarks of the present government as series of impressive interventions had been made to improve the state’s economy.
“We are here to praise God for His protection upon the life of His son and Governor of our dear state Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who God has been using to turn around Osun for better in the last few years.
“Though he would be 60years old in few days to come, but his remarkable achievements on the economy of our state cannot be over-emphasised.
“Aregbesola has made way for the state where it seems difficult to do so. He has turned around the economic fortunes of Osun to the betterment of all, as this can be justified through his physical infrastructural programmes.
“The present government has brought about infrastructural development to the system as this can be attested to in terms of the accomplished projects in the state.
“As we all know, Osun was not like this before. All we have now were not in place before the emergence of this government. But today, Osun can compete favourably with its peers in terms of infrastructure.
“Aregbesola’s administration has brought hope and change to leadership. For instance, this place (Nelson Mandela Freedom Park) was in a deplorable condition before this government rehabilitated to a world class Park.
“The road that leads to this place was also terrible to the extent that one could not have imagined that such beatification can be achieved here.
“If we look at Olaiya Junction and see the beatification and high level of renovation made, one will not but commend this government.
“We are also aware of several interventions which this Government has made in other sectors of the economy aside infrastructure as this remains the basis for commendation.
“To us, these are social intervention programmes that centred mostly on the lives of the citizenry, as impacts of these have been greatly felt.
“We know that people of the state can testify to all this most especially the impact of this government on roads construction that had saved many lives from avoidable roads crashes,” Popoola remarked.
Urging Aregbesola on the need to double efforts in tailoring the state’s economy towards prosperity, Popoola affirmed the commitment of the religious leaders in the state to ensure the success of his administration.
Popoola, who prophesied better future for the state, thanked God for what he has been able to do through the governor who he said has been used to deliver the state.
In her remarks, Osun Deputy Governor, Mrs Titilayo Laoye Tomiri who described Aregbesola as a special gift to the state, said all the achievements made by the present administration have been planned for long before his advent.
According to her, Osun has been favoured and blessed with the emergence of Governor Aregbesola who can be best described as game-changer, developer per excellence and a rare faithful being.
“The drastic changes experienced in Osun are not accidental, but rather, a well-designed plan to turn Osun around and place the state in the finest position in the comity of states in the country and beyond.
“As we all know, the radical nature of this government is all about human and capital development, and this had placed our dear state to viable position”, she added.
Mrs. Tomori commended the religious leaders in the state for being supportive spiritually to the present government, a thing which she described as grease to the progressive wheel of the state.
In his response, the Governor commended all religious leaders in the state for promoting religious peace in the state.
Aregbesola, who described the Black race as one of the best races in the world, lauded the leadership of the three major religions in the state, for championing the core values of their religious principles which are love, unity, peace and togetherness.
He therefore implored all religious leaders to support his government in the campaign for agricultural rejuvenation, the use of Omoluabi weighing scales among others.