In a bid to create an environment that will promote the healthy living and good life campaign that the present administration is preaching, the Government of the State of Osun on Thursday, 23rd October, 2014, flagged off the construction of the Oranmiyan New Town in the state capital territory.
The Oranmiyan New Town which covers about 1,200 hectares of land is made up of seven neighbourhoods, 42m main entrance boulevard, iconic streetscape beautification and landscaping, bicycle path, walk way and good drainage system among others.
Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, who performed the official flag-off ceremony explained that the town came about because of the need to renew the towns in the state which brought about the invitation of the UN Habitat who recommended the idea so as to accommodate more people.
While explaining that plans are still on to renew the existing towns, the Governor held that the state government also wants to create a town that will promote good health, healthy living and promote fulfilment hence the creation of the Oranmiyan New Town.
He noted that the move is a continuation of the administration’s march towards development and decent society as a government while also stressing that it is part of government’s effort to provide ‘Life More Abundant’ for the people through the provision of decent accommodation.
He explained that the Oranmiyan New Town which is designed to house over 3,000 residential plots is also born out of an overriding public need to ease the pressure of accommodation brought about by the development of Osogbo as the new state capital and a rapidly developing urban centre.
He explained further, “It is a fact well known that capital cities all over the world are always centres of massive influx of people from other parts. It is part of government’s responsibility to ensure that such influx does not snowball into perilous situation for human habitation.
“This is what informed our decision to embark on urban renewal so that the growth of our cities today will not turn them into centres of sorrow tomorrow.
“The new town will fittingly have basic infrastructural facilities such as well-paved streets, good road network, integrated drainage and sewage system, as well as electricity supply facilities among others.”
Explaining the reason for the name given to the new town, the Governor said it is done in a bid to preserve the cultural heritage of the Yoruba race and the founding fathers of Yorubas as a people.
“We have decided to christen it Oranmiyan New Town. This is by no means an accident. It is part of our administration’s policy to revive and preserve our common historical heritage as Yoruba people.
“It is also a way of celebrating our heroes and legends, which is also one effective means of our cultural preservation,” the Governor stated.
Speaking as the special guest of honour at the programme, former Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Alani Akinrinade who called on other state Governors to toe the line of the Osun Governor, noted that housing is of high importance to any modern society.
While commending the state’s helmsman on the construction of road infrastructure in the state, Gen. Akinrinade stated that with what the Governor has done in terms of road development, there is no town in the state that will be unreachable.
“I will like to describe Ogbeni Aregbesola as a new kid on the block because with the success he has achieved, it means that if we can get more people like him in government, Nigeria still has hope.
“The completion of the project being launched today may look unassailable due to the current situation of the country, but I am very sure that the accomplishing spirit of Oranmiyan that is in Rauf Aregbesola will get it completed.
“He is a man who, we, the leaders of Yoruba land really want other Governors, especially in the Oodua states to emulate completely,” Akinrinade said.
In an address, the state Commissioner for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development, Arch. Muyiwa Ige noted that the state has witnessed large influx of people since its creation and especially since the coming into power of the present administration which has been laying infrastructure for development thereby attracting investors into the state.
According to him, “a project like this is highly needed in this state as the state has continued to witness the influx of people in recent years.
“The Ogbeni Aregbesola administration is a government that is pro-active in nature and thinking, hence the Governor has deemed it necessary to plan ahead by providing room for descent accommodation to take care of the increasing population growth the state is witnessing”.
Highpoint of the occasion was the official flag-off and unveiling of the model for the new town.