By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Osun state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola on Thursday, 18th July, 2014, confessed that he was overwhelmed by his achievements in the state in the last three years. He however assured that would do more to further transform the state.
The Governor made this disclosure at the handing over of a parcel of land allocated to about 1,300 MDS traders and marketers whose shops and offices were affected in the demolition exercise by the state government at the MDS area of Osogbo.
Some structures had been demolished at the MDS area and traders displaced for the purpose of road expansion under the state government’s urban renewal programme.
Governor Aregbesola said since the inception of his administration, numerous developmental projects have been completed which have transformed the state beyond his expectation.
According to Aregbesola, he was aware of the fact that the means of livelihood of the displaced traders under the umbrella of MDS Shop Owners Association had been affected by the demolition exercise, saying there is no gain without pain.
While making reference to those that were affected by the renovation project at Railway area, now the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, the governor said most of them were not happy when asked to vacate the area but now, they are praising the state government for engineering the new look of the area.
Governor Aregbesola noted that all the beautiful countries and cities of the world were not created by God saying they were developed by the government of the countries and cities. He therefore thanked the traders for their patience and cooperation with his government since they were displaced.
Earlier in his welcome address, the state Commissioner for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Honourable Muyiwa Ige, said “everything that we see as being good and pleasant globally had at one time or the other passed through some processes with certain prices paid at each stage.”
Ige expressed appreciation to the traders for their coopeartion and understanding saying that the parcel of land being handed over to them falls within the government’s commercial/indutrial layout and covers approximately 20.919 hectares.
He said the new MDS Market situated beside the Aje International Market under construction by the state government already has a borehole and electricity adding that police post, health centre, fire station, filling station, banking mall among other facilities would be built on the market which would enhance immidiate growth and economic empowerment of the traders.
Expressing appreciation on behalf of the allotees, the chairperson of MDS Shop Owners Association, Mrs. Afolabi Funke, hailed Governor Aregbesola for providing the land for the new MDS Market saying it would further strengthen the economy of the state. The traders allotted the land are to build their shops on the land themselves.