Ismail Afolabi and Ismail Balogun, Osogbo
The Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Jos, at the weekend commended the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, for his focused leadership and the positive transformation of the state.
Speaking on behalf of NIPSS, Air Commodore Ademola Onitiju noted that Aregbesola’s style of leadership should be copied by other states.
Members of Course 36 Batch 5 NIPSS were in Oosgbo, capital of Osun State as part of their tour of the country.
Onituju pointed out that Aregbesola’s administrations’ programmes is one of the best in the country in the area of youth empowerment.
According to the Air Commodore Ademola: “In our tour of Osun, we found focused leadership. The state Anthem is more than promotion of the ‘Omoluabi’ concept. The introduction of a unique selection of the leadership of the civil service in the state is a thing that should be copied by other states.
“We also noted the aggressive effort by the governor in opening up Osun through road networks. What actually impressed us most was when we followed the governor for the commissioning of roads in Osogbo and people were coming out in their thousands to appreciate the governor, which showed that he is loved by his people.
“We also found out the bold effort of the administration on the airport project and the improvement and the beatification of the railway station in Osogbo,” Onitiju told the audience at the dinner.
He also commended the feeding programme of the government, saying a nourishing food once a day round the week is capable of developing the pupils mentally and physically and prepares them for later years’ challenges. He added that the state’s school re-classification policy is a model for Nigeria educational development.
In his response, Governor Aregbesola commended the vision of the founders of NIPSS and acknowledged the guiding philosophy of the institute, which is hinged on course participants going round the country to have total knowledge of what the nation looks like. He, however, lamented that the country has not seized the opportunity of its diversity to build a strong and virile nation.
“We have not used our diversity to the best advantage. Our diversity should be a major advantage for us because most great nations of the world converted their diversity to strength and greatness,” Aregbesola said.