VARIED REQUESTS were made on the incoming governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke when The Telescope Nigeria went to town and via chats with notable residents of Osun State.
Kemi Adeosun said for the sake of the masses, “Adeleke should ensure he institutes a youth oriented policy that will facilitate employment opportunities and innovations that will encourage entrepreneurship.
“If you look at Osun State, it is an agrarian society, so he must be ready with workable agricultural programmes that would truly empower real farmers and encourage farmers by ensuring roads to the farms are as good as the ones in the metropolis.
“He should also look at tourism. Osun is blessed with so many tourist centres but they are ill developed. This should be looked into”.
For Akin Odulaja, the incoming governor should “leverage on the masses/youths oriented programmes like Aregbe (former governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola); pay salaries like Oyetola, include outstanding before Oyetola (incumbent governor Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola).
He should “Explore Gold and make special provision for gold mining areas in view of emerging devastations on Agricultural (Lands)”.
He should “Keep Education free at foundation levels and maintain peace like Aregbesola did.
He said he should “Maintain a small size of government like Oyetola and patronize artisans like Baba Akande (former governor Bisi Akande) and he should leverage on reserved gold deposit for the state’s exclusive exploitation as initiated by Oyinlola (Olagunsoye) and conclude Millennium Development Goals and embrace Sustainable Development Goals”.
For Prince Joshua Abidogun, “Our incoming Governor should please return the lost glory of local government, the third tier of government that is closer to the people of rural areas.
“Eradication of CHAMS office used by present administration to pay Osun State salaries since we have qualified accountants that can handle salary and sundry issues, there’s no need for a consultant from Lagos. There must be regular payment of pension to the pensioners.
“In addition workers’ salary arrears that the present administration said is not possible to be paid by his government, I implore the new governor to look into it and make it possible thank you sir”.
For Comrade Remi Ayanlade, educationist and Osun State Chairman of Young Progressives Party, YPP “In his first 100 days, I would like our incoming Governor to empower and encourage the farmers by way of giving them financial support to enable them get back to farm; make fertilizer less costly and affordable for average farmers in the state to cushion the effects of high cost of food in the state. Remember that rain season is still much with us.
“Also the issues of environmental pollution occasioned by activities of miners in some part of Osun State beg for more attention. Major rivers in the state have been victims of pollution to the embarrassment of both local and international observers.
“A case in point is River Osun which has been designated and approved by an International Authority as tourist centre and as it were a foreign exchange earner for Osun and indeed Nigeria but has now become an eyesore is to say the least a bad resource management courtesy of illegal miners.
“I want our incoming Governor to please count it expedient by seeing to the above items for urgent attention”.
Mr. Yemi Adesiyan want the incoming governor to “look into how youths can be taken off the streets. It is not right for a State like Osun to allow its youths waste their lives riding motorbikes or engage in nefarious activities like fraud or scams.
“The governor should listen to the people and fulfil what he promised while campaigning but for the hundred days, he should warm himself into the heart of the populace by ensuring that the promised jobs for teachers which the outgoing government of Oyetola failed to complete should be done. Our schools need more teachers and something should be done to motivate the teachers. A motivated teacher is a panacea for successful students both in internal and external examinations”.
For Mr. Kunle Amos, former Senior Adviser on Security for the former Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, it is to “Firstly check if the fellow has a Manifesto, (which should be his Covenant with the people before the election). Anything outside such, for now is a mere exercise in futility”.
Pharmacist Ademola Oyagbile said “My fear for the incoming governor is that he might not be aware of the situations on ground before making some bogus campaign promises which might not be realistic afterwards. He needs patriots and not sycophants to manage the reality on ground when he takes over, being somebody that lack governance experience before . He should focus on his campaign promises in his first hundred days religiously!!!”.