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OSUN 2018: Why We Need Continuity By Adesokan Waliu B.

Deepak Chopra has this to say, “everything that is happening at this moment is a result of the choices you’ve made in the past.” While, Erica Jong in his wisdom says, “if you don’t risk anything, then you risk even more.”

Having used these two great philosophers’ quotes, the ability to sustain an established change in Osun can only be made easier through continuity.

The state of Osun is known to be one of the fastest growing states in the nation. It is due to the huge investment on infrastructural development committed to it by the current administration. Assuming after the glorious administration of Chief Bisi Akande, there was an opportunity for the progressive party to continue, the state could have grown even far better than this.

Lagos State became one of the fastest growing abode in the continent because there has always been continuity from 1999. The change of hands from one governor to the other doesn’t change the ruling party in the state. This gives no room for abandon of any project of the previous governments in Lagos State.

The State of Osun would perfectly fix herself among the medley of states that rely on Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for their financial obligations. If the ruling party is allowed to continue as this will automatically provide a plan to build on by the incoming government.

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You will recall that the chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr Babatunde Fowler said Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration had raised the state Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) above 30 percent between 2016 and 2017. That shows if power continues within the same party, we should be expecting 60 percent increase in our IGR in the next four years if not more than that.

Another advantage of continuity is the differences between the government at the Federal Level and that of the state which is what left Osun where we are today. During PDP tenure as the ruling party, there is the limitation to what the governor of this state can
ask for. However, when APC came on board, eye-saw is the completed and ongoing projects of this administration. The great people of Osun, the only perfect one is Almighty God. This administration is ready to give all it takes to make us all smile. Though the dwindling economy was what amounted to what we are experiencing in the state.

Meanwhile, if the past administration has constructed Gbongan Interchange Overhead Bridge. The 360 degrees road that rings the state Capital, I mean if the administration before Aregbesola has constructed the Old garage to Ikirun Road if they’ve given us this current relaxation arena known as Freedom Park, The Workers Drive, Resurrection of Cocoa Processing Industry Ede. The Best Secondary Structure in the Nation to mention the view, this current administration must have focused on another thing entirely to develop the state.

This is exactly what am saying that continuity will bring nothing but the best to the state of Osun. We need to think beyond our personal interest and give this state the best it deserves. This is because we need to keep the bicycle moving. If we stop pedalling, we will fall off, and all our dreams can come true. If we have the courage to pursue them.

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Permit me to use this medium to tell the great people of Osun that no matter what our differences are, we should think beyond today. We should live for the future. I mean the future of that our kids and those unborn ones. They’ll ask us a question that why did we allow our personal interest to drive away their future? Why did we sacrifice the future for our immediate gains? We are at a point to choose between today’s luxuries and the future.

Osun 2018, we need to think twice.

Till I write again, I submit tentatively.

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