By Tunde Oyekola, Osogbo
The people of Ilobu, an ancient town in Osun State, have commended the Federal Government for awarding a contract for the construction of the Osogbo-Ilobu-Oyo State boundary road.
This was coming from the National President, Ilobu Development Union, Alhaji Lekan Yusuff, at the grand finale of 25th Ilobu Day celebration held at St. Paul’s Government Middle School, Ilobu on Saturday.
Yusuff who noted that the project would boost economic activities in the agrarian community and adjoining state canvassed for quick and timely completion of the project.
He further commended the Deputy Speaker,l House of Representatives, Rt Hon Lasun Yussuff, who hailed from the town for facilitating the project, especially the construction of a bridge that connects the sleepy town with Osogbo metropolis, which has been in a terrible condition for decades.
“We have to thank the Federal Government of Nigeria, through Rt Hon Lasun Yussuff, for awarding the construction of Osogbo-Ilobu-Oyo state boundary road and Ojutu Bridge to contractors.
“Despite the fact that, work had commenced on the construction of the bridge, our joy would be more profound at the timely completion of the.”
Stating some of the benefits which the road would bring for the people of the town and its environs, the Ilobu Development Union’s President said that the road, if completed would reduce burden of transporting farm produce to urban areas and aids inter states movements.
Urging the people of the town on the need to sustain the peaceful atmosphere in the community, Yusuff appealed to neighbouring towns to sustain cordial and mutual relationships with one another.
He, however, appreciated the monarch, and other stakeholders who he said have been assisting him in the administration of the town for the relative peace and development the town has enjoyed in the past.
Speaking at the occasion, , the Olobu of Ilobu, Oba Ashiru Olatoye Olaniyan admonished all the political gladiators to play politics according to laid down rules and regulations that guild democracy as form of government, saying they should all eschew politics of bitterness.
Oba Olaniyan who specifically advised the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Lasun Yusuff to always see himself as a leader who needs to be exceedingly patient while reacting to issues said politics should not be seen as a do or die affairs.
The monarch said, “I want to appeal to all the politicians to eschew politics of bitterness. Let’s us play politics according to the laid down principles that guiding the electoral process in the country.
“Our Deputy Speaker, Rt Hon Lasun Yussuff, I want to urge you to always see yourself as a leader who is expected to be patient while attending or reacting to issues.
“All the political office holders should see their position as a call to service and such position should not be sought by force.
“We need to woo our people base on the conviction about what we have for them not through violence or grudges.”
The revered monarch however appreciated Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s giant strides in the state, saying the Governor has performed excellently well in the bid to transform the state.
In his remarks, the Deputy Speaker, House of representative, Rt Hon Lasun Yussuff appreciated the people of the town for their support towards the development of the town.
While speaking on the coming gubernatorial election in Osun, Yusuff expressed optimism that he will emerge victorious.