The Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has said he would have failed if he had failed to demonstrate that good governance, even in the face of meagre resources, was possible.
Mr. Aregbesola said he went into governance in Osun fully conscious of the challenges of poor leadership the state had faced and fully determined to change of the course of affairs and bring about unprecedented changes in the lives of the people.
The governor spoke at the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester at the weekend, after being presented with an award of recognition for his administration’s commitment to job creations and infrastructure provision.
Represented at the event by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Semiu Okanlawon, Mr. Aregbesola said, “If we were looking for a comfort zone, contesting for the seat of governorship of Osun would certainly not be an option. But we were quite conscious of the enormous challenges facing our people and we were poised to change that.
“We knew there were no resources even though the state sits on some vast opportunities which remained untapped. Our people needed the right quality of leadership to galvanise them into action and make them see the opportunities.
“It would have been a terrible disaster if we had failed in our first four years to show the people that good governance is possible,”
Vice Chairman, Business Council Africa, Clive Carpenter, who presented the award to Mr. Aregbesola’s representative on behalf of TEXEM, a UK-based consulting agency with partnership with the University of Manchester Business School (MBS), said the award was to encourage other African leaders to make good governance their main goal.
Mr. Carpenter, who admonished other African leaders to focus on development, recalled his meeting with late President Umaru Yar’Adua when the later met the Queen of England, saying he is quite aware of the vast investment opportunities in Nigeria.
Also at the event were the Chief Executive Officer of TEXEM, Alim Abubakre, Pkay Richardson, a Ghanaian Professor at the Manchester Business School.