By; ISHOLA O. EMMANUEL.
Speakers at today’s celebration of 25th Anniversary of the creation of Osun state have lauded Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s developmental strides in the state, saying that the governor has kept the dream of the forefathers of the state alive.
Colonel Theophilus Bamigboye (rtd) who governed Osun State from August 1998 to May 1999 and Captain Anthony Udofia (rtd) who ruled the state from December 1993 to August 22,1996, said that they were proud of the governor on his achievements so far.
The two former military governors spoke at the silver jubilee ceremony which was celebrated with calisthenics display at the Osogbo township stadium, on Saturday, August 27, 2016.
Speaking on behalf of past governors of Osun State, Bamigboye said: “I left Osun in peace and I am happy to be here in peace too. Clearly, Osun is moving and developing. Everybody can see that. I want to congratulate Governor Rauf Aregbesola on the 25th anniversary of the state.
“I have never witnessed a colourful celebration like this. Even the military parade is not as beautiful as this. This is marvelous, fantastic, and awesome. Osun is lucky to have a Governor like Aregbesola. The governor is working, Osun is moving forward. I want to say that you (Aregbesola) are working, keep it up. I am proud of you.”
In his address, Udofia said: “We give glory to God for making us witnessed the 25th anniversary of the state. No doubt, Osun is developing and I give kudos to past governors. Specifically, I want to commend Governor Rauf Aregbesola on his achievements. Osun is gradually becoming what the founders of the state wanted it to be.
“In the past, there was little or nothing to show that Osogbo is a state capital. I am so much impressed by the Aregbesola’s achievements and projects. Specifically, I commend Aregbesola on the education sector. The modern schools he is building are superb. I am happy to see the modern Anthoni Udofia school built by Aregbesola. When I got to the school, I taught it was a polytechnic.
“The calisthenics display is wonderful. This is a very laudable programme. I congratulate the children and youths of the state.”
The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, who was represented by his Deputy, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga said; “Aregbesola has taken the development of the state to a giant stride with developmental projects spreading across the state. There is government presence in all the nook and cranny of the state.
“I commend Aregbesola for the good work he is doing. The infrastructural development of the state is commendable. Aregbesola has positively transformed the state.”