President Muhammadu Buhari who was in Osogbo, Osun State, on Thursday, 1 September, reassured Nigerians that the promised change by his administration will still come but after much perseverance, and hard work.
Speaking at his at his one-day working visit to the state, President Buhari promised that his government will do everything possible to create a better life for Nigerians, even in the face of the ugly reality of economic recession which has hit the nation.
“During our campaigns, we promised our people positive and progressive change. But history has taught us that change does not come as easy as that. Change will come after much hard work, patience and perseverance.
“We promised that we shall do everything for our country and our people and this won’t be long in coming.”
On the sideline of his visit, President Buhari also ceased the occasion to commission some projects executed by the Rauf Aregbesola administration, including the Osogbo Government High School which has about 3000 students capacity. The president expressed his felicitation on the commemoration of the creation of Osun 25 years ago, saying its creation was for development.
“Our government has been helping states to realise their developmental plans irrespective of political parties. We are here to commission Osogbo Government High School, one of the legacy projects of Rauf Aregbesola.
“The facility here is worthy of emulation by other states. What we are witnessing here is a fulfillment of our government policy on education. The economy of scales in this edifice is unquantifiable and so we must seize the opportunities the school has in stock.”
In his remarks, the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, asserted that President Buhari has not disappointed Nigerians as he has lived up to the promised change he made to them.
“He has not disappointed us. He has faced his task with courage and doggedness. No doubt, he is facing some challenges part of which is the fall in revenue that has put about 28 states under severe financial crisis.
“He continues with a rare sense of doggedness and faith in God as he faces the turbulent situations. We are satisfied with the way he manages the affairs of the state and leads us.
“The challenges we are facing are as a result of the previous party’s (Peoples Democratic Party, PDP) rape of our resources.”
Governor Aregbesola put the cost of the newly commissioned Osogbo Government High School at N1.35 billion, and said the school had standard facilities.
He said besides classrooms, there are offices, laboratories, toilets, library, bookshop, sick bay, and multi-purpose hall which can accommodate 1000 students for examinations.
“It is part of our party’s manifesto to provide basic education and you can see that in the way All Progressive Congress governed states pay so much attention and commitment to education,” the governor said.
He added, “When we came in here at Osun, we first held an education submit headed by Prof. Wole Soyinka. Now, we have built 14 elementary schools, 15 middle schools and 11 high schools.”
The event was attended by dignitaries, including Governors of Oyo, Borno and Lagos States, Abiola Ajimobi, Ibrahim Shettima and Akinwunmi Ambode respectively. Deputy governors, ministers, members of the national and state houses assembly, and permanent secretaries were also in attendance.
Others were traditional rulers including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Aalafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi; Akirun of Ikirun,Oba Rauf Olawale,Timi of Ede,Oba Munirudeen Lawal,Ataoja of Osogbo,Oba Jimoh Olanipekun top government officials, clerics and educationists.