Aregbesola To Compensate Abere-Olaiya Road Separation Victims
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; his Deputy, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori and others, inspecting removal of illegal Structure at Fakunle area of Osogbo, as part of the on-going urban renewal/beautification projects of nine cities in the State on Wednesday 24-07-2013
The governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has promised to compensate house and shop owners, who were affected by the ongoing separation of structures from the road along the Abere-Olaiya route.
Aregbesola made the promise at a special fast-breaking session tagged: ‘Iftar with the Governor’ with members of the press, held at the Government House on Monday.
The governor stated that though, the victims are not in anyway entitled to compensation from the government, but he would do that to ameliorate their pains they incurred on the separation of their structures.
According to the governor, the separation exercise is inline with the Urban Renewal Programme of his administration, maintaining that the affected structures were built on the setback of the road. Arguing that development and pains come together like ‘pain and birth’, Aregbesola said the urban renewal is to ensure the economic and social growth of the state.
He stated that the project is targeting at enticing, at least, 200,000 foreigners that would spend nothing less than $1000 each in the state before they leave, saying that Osun will get N32.6bn from the 200,000 tourists annually.
Aregbesola had, during the first edition of ‘Ogbeni Till Daybreak,’ said his administration would clean Osogbo, the capital of the State of Osun with emphasis on the Abere-Olaiya route.
The governor maintained that it would be out of place for anybody to say that he or she was not informed about the programme and projects of his administration, saying that anybody who claims as such is out for mischief and must be a pessimist.
He maintained that seeking re-election would not deter him from executing projects that would develop the state, noting that it is only God that gives and take power from man at will.
Aregbesola said: “As a contestant, I was declared personal non-granta in Osun a week before the April 14, 2007 gubernatorial election. They set machineries from Abuja to be looking for me and I lied low. “I came to Ilesa at exactly 10.00 pm on April 13 of the eve of the election. I voted and when it was 1:00 pm and I left for Lagos. Here I am today, as the governor of the state, where I was declared personal non-granta. It is only God that determines your fate and the actualization of your ambition. “I will not say because I am seeking re-election and stop the execution of projects that will develop the state. No. Election and governance are different.”