Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s media aide Abiodun Komolafe writes on the town renewal agenda of the administration and its implications for socio-economic enchancment.
The proposed Flyover Bridge on the widespread Olaiya Junction in Osogbo, capital of the State of Osun, is the principle goal of this piece.
A little bit of Nigerians has canvassed the “speedy stoppage” of the problem because of “it is a pointless expense for the state authorities in the mean time and may amount to a waste of the state’s scarce sources.” Some have been of the view that funds meant for that problem is perhaps utilized in reviving “a plethora of moribund corporations in Osogbo.”
Correctly, let me start by saying that such occasional criticisms are welcome in a democracy. Nonetheless, since most of such agitations are neither primarily based totally on particulars and educated data, they’re at most interesting short-sighted, and thus, pointless outbursts. The precept aim of a flyover bridge is to reduce the congestion of holiday makers. It moreover helps in holding the heaviest along with the tallest autos. The question we’re going to subsequently like to spice up is: do we would like a flyover bridge at Olaiya Junction in Osogbo? All points being equal, the reply, in any case, is certain! Subsequent is the question of timing. Likely, that’s the place the roles and duties of presidency take the centre-stage.
The financial system of Osun is rising; and the inhabitants is rising. Attainable small- and medium-scale industries are moreover arising with each passing day. In Osogbo, as we talk, the busiest spot is Olaiya Junction. Those who may very well be close to it are Oke-Fia and Earlier Storage. Curiously, they nonetheless lead to Olaiya Junction. Since free circulation of holiday makers is synonymous with infrastructure enchancment, a accountable authorities is predicted to see previous the speedy horizon. It is also anticipated to plan and make educated protection alternatives, not like a pedestrian layman or an armchair theorist. If Olaiya is decongested, chances are high excessive that adjoining intersections can also take pleasure in a model new lease of life. The important argument is that, with the current improvement of inflation in Nigeria, a flyover bridge constructed now will save value for future governments; and it will moreover enable them to give attention to one other areas of enchancment. Moreover, availability of sensible infrastructure in a state capital, which is supposed to be a model metropolis, speaks amount regarding the viability of the state, even by means of socio-political and monetary actions. That is Governor Adegboyega Oyetola’s imaginative and prescient; and he’s driving it on many fronts.
That said, development-compliant Nigerians cannot nevertheless acknowledge the fears of these which can be expressing some sorts of apprehension, and since eternal vigilance is the worth of liberty, such criticisms are on a regular basis welcome. Nonetheless, going by happenings throughout the ultimate two-years, it is pretty clear the place the Administration of Governor Oyetola is headed – Sustainable Development of Osun. Is it any marvel then that he’s has been reworking the state capital into what an actual state capital should look like? The event of Olaiya Flyover is just one of his many efforts on this route. The governor will also be touching totally different areas of enchancment throughout the capital metropolis in a silent method, with out rather a lot noisemaking or fanfare. I doubt if the residents of Alekunwodo will neglect this humane, liberal and people-friendly governor in a really very long time to return.
Let’s converse additional about specificity, with authorities’s numerous interventions, metropolis renewal is popping into easier and further achievable. Now, outdated buildings are giving technique to new ones. The advantage of the latter is that setbacks are accompanying them; which suggests this authorities is vital about avenue infrastructure in Osun. The governor has assured Nigerians that the flyover problem will most likely be completed in 9 months. So, enable us to attend and see what turns into of that promise.
An adage says that ‘no particular person talks just because he must take heed to his private voice.’ Whereas one cannot nevertheless empathize with the naysayers, additional so as some administrations will not have been considerably above board, it is harmful politics to accuse or condemn a authorities that has not been found accountable of any acknowledged crime. Nonetheless, if it’s just for the naysayers and traducers to be heard, then, Nigerians have heard them! Let it is acknowledged that Mr. Governor understands the which suggests and burden of Public Service; subsequently, he is concentrating additional on the actions pretty than the noise. He is separating mob noise from enchancment actuality. This governor is barely pleading: enable us to make sure that our rivers are dredged so that we don’t have flooding. Enable us to make sure that our roads are safe, so that we gained’t have accidents. Enable us to make sure that now we now have water present, so that we gained’t have epidemics.
What exactly does the opposition want? Is it regarding the enchancment of the state capital? When a flyover bridge was constructed at Adebisi Akande bye-pass at Gbongan some years up to now, there have been ample hues and cries. Virtually everybody condemned it as a problem with no monetary price and of no urgent need. In the mean time, Olaiya was considered one of many spots which have been suggested as most likely probably the most important areas. Others included Oke-Fia Intersection, Lagere Junction in Ile-Ife and Ereja Sq. Roundabout in Ilesa. Within the current day, the benefits of Adebisi Akande Bye-pass are obvious, and the problem is tagged as considered one of many tangible Property of the State of Osun. Throughout the opinion of yours sincerely subsequently, to say ‘no’ to a flyover bridge at Olaiya Junction need to be in harmful faith, and it is the highest of insensitivity to the people’s important desires.
A time like this throughout the Nigeria’s chequered historic previous should afford us all the possibility of channelling our criticisms of this focussed authorities constructively and stay away from being thought-about as anti-progress. In New York alone, there are higher than 2,000 bridges and tunnels, with Holland Tunnel, opened in 1927, being the world’s first mechanically ventilated underwater vehicular tunnel. In Hong Kong, there are about 1,300 vehicular crossings. Enable us to come back once more home. Lagos, with a inhabitants of about 20 million, continues to be establishing and reconstructing flyover bridges. As we talk, plans are already at a sophisticated stage to assemble the Fourth Mainland Bridge. Even, Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, should not be with out its honest proportion of these at-grade intersections.
We’re in fascinating events! Nonetheless then, what’s for sure about this authorities is that corruption is successfully taken care of in that Governor Oyetola runs an open authorities. Whether or not or not we should always all the time use state funds to buy meals or pay salaries is one factor that is oftentimes positioned on a scale of alternative and authorities has a final say on what is nice for the people. That the governor has subsequently, opted to stay on the side of the lots is one factor that deserves encouragement, not disparagement. The federal authorities deserves solidarity, not brickbats. Have we forgotten that no amount of money could also be positioned on a soul misplaced in an accident to convey it once more to life? Furthermore, you don’t make clear accident away by saying; ‘people have been impatient.’ Let’s factor-in the impatience of the people, the plenty of malfunctions of the guests lights and others. With the flyover bridge in place, most of these challenges would have been addressed.
Would possibly the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, make Gboyega Oyetola’s Administration the proper ever throughout the historic previous of the State of Osun!