Aregbesola installs countdown beam on office exit

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola [Photo Credit: Osun Defender]
Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola [Photo Credit: Osun Defender]

Rauf Aregbesola has installed an electronic beam indicating a daily countdown to the November 17 expiration of his tenure as Osun State Governor.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the beam is conspicuously installed at the reception hall in the governor’s office in Oshogbo.

When the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, paid the governor a courtesy visit in his office on Monday, the countdown indicated 191 days.

Specifically, the beam reads: “191 days Home Run Countdown”.

Speaking to NAN on the countdown beam, Ismail Ademola, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Wealth Creation, said it was meant to bring to the consciousness of every member of the cabinet that the administration was winding up.

He said it was also meant to further spur them to intensify speedy delivery of democracy dividends to the people of Osun.

Mr Ademola who noted that everything that has a beginning must have an end, added that the administration had performed creditably despite all odds.

He said Osun had been witnessing sparkling infrastructure and socio-economic development since Mr Aregbesola took over as governor.

Mr Aregbesola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) took over the mantle of leadership of Osun on November 27, 2010.

He was sworn in for a second term in office on Thursday November 27, 2014 at the inauguration which held at the Osogbo Township Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Information and Culture Minister who was in Oshogbo for the commissioning and inspection of some federal government projects described Mr Aregbesola as his “co-traveller’’.

He said his political career and that of Mr Aregbesola intertwined decades ago and they had been in the same political stream since then.

“I was quite privileged that I served in the same cabinet with the governor under Asiwaju Bola Tinubu when he was the Lagos governor

“I have always followed his political progress and I am extremely proud of him for his achievements,” he said.

In his remarks, Mr Aregbesola said he had known Mr Mohammed for over 30 years when their path crossed in 1988 during the era of Social Democratic Party (SDP) and National Republican Convention (NRC).

“We were in the same party, but we did not support the same candidates.

“In 1998, we worked very closely. While I was the Director of Campaign for Tinubu’s governorship aspiration, Lai Mohammed was then the official Chief of Staff to the aspirant.

“We got along very well and we have remained much close till today,” he said.

Mr Aregbesola commended the minister for being “diligent, effective, reliable, efficient and responsible in any assignment given to him.

“You are like the wine that gets better with age”, he said and thanked the minister for the visit.

(NAN)


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