An open letter to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; A cry for help

Dear Governor Rauf Aregbesola,


I write this letter on behalf of the progressives in Osun state whom you represent. I write on behalf of market women in Obokun local government and its environment, on behalf of our ageing fathers who ply this road to their various farms, on behalf of thousands of student that ply Imesi-ile – Okemesi Ekiti Junction – Esa- oke road to their various institutions, namely; Osun state College of technology Esa oke, College of Education Ila-Orangun , Ekiti state University Ado Ekiti, Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti amongst others.

I am a native of Imesi Ile in Obokun local government area of Osun state. Imesi ile shares boundary with Igbajo, Otan ile, Esa oke and Okemesi-Ekiti in Ekiti state. The major road that links imesi ile to Okemesi, Esa oke and also serves as link to Ila Orangun is becoming a death trap for the users and it is adversely affecting commercial activities within and outside the area

On my way to the place of my primary assignment as a serving corps member, precisely on 20th May of this year, I passed the road to Esa-Oke and was disturbed with the gory state of the road. I was forced to come down of the car to take some pictures as a proof in my letter to you. This road was awarded in early 1998 during the administration of Colonel Theophilus Oladapo Bamgboye before Chief Adebisi Akande was elected as the Executive Governor of Osun state. The road was commissioned under Chief Adebisi Akande and it served as his major route to Ila Orangun throughout his administration.

Even on the eve of commissioning the road, there were obvious construction errors that caused hundreds of avoidable death due to some sharp corners that needed correction. However, since the administration that awarded that contract was not the same that commissioned it, it was very difficult to implement proper checks and balances and also effect proper corrections.

As your Excellency is aware that farming, which is also part of your administration agenda, is one of the major occupations in Osun state. To aid fast and easy transfer of farm produce, good roads are needed. For commercial activities to boom in a state, good roads are needed. To boost the morale of our ageing fathers that have taken to agriculture as their sole source of income, good roads are needed. In fact, the importance of good, motor-able roads cannot be over emphasized.

I call on your Excellency to quickly swing into action and request for adequate and urgent reclamation of this road before it is closed down totally. Southwest integration is one of the driving agenda of all the southwestern state governors to boost commercial activities, agriculture and easy accessibility of the region.

Sir, I believe you agree with me that good roads are key components of this integration. Osun State cannot afford to be left behind. This is the major road that opens up the entire Obokun, Boluwaduro, Ila Orangun, and its suburbs to Ekiti state.

May I put it on record that despite the heavy and strong personalities of PDP Stalwart in Obokun during the 2007 election that brought you into power together with the unanimous decision of the court of appeal that return your mandate to you, the entirely local government voted massively for you and sure they don’t deserve your neglect.

I call on you to use your good office to dispatch your emergency road management and evaluations team to access the state of the road and include it in the supplementary budget of this fiscal year so that it gets the needed attention. For a stitch in time saves nine.

Yours Faithfully

Adesokun Kolawole Mayowa

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