Osun State’s governor-elect Gboyega Oyetola will on Tuesday, November 27 be installed as the fifth democratically elected governor of the state.

He will be taking over from Rauf Aregbesola who was inaugurated on November 27, 2010.

Oyetola’s journey to the Osun Government House began on September 27 when he won the governorship rerun election after the earlier election held on September 22 was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).

He ran on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), defeating his closet rival, Senator Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Adeleke and his party are however not satisfied with the outcome of the poll, claiming that it was a stolen mandate. The party and the candidate have since filed a case at the elections tribunal with a view to reclaiming the mandate.

Regardless, Oyetola’s inauguration will hold as schedule.

During the inauguration, history will be made. It will be the first time in the history of the state that an outgoing governor will be handing over to a successor from the same political party.

There are  great expectations from the people of the state concerning what he has to offer.

Bounce News went to town  to feel the pulse of the people.

An artisan, Kayode Oke wants Oyetola look beyond building on the legacies of his predecessor and come down to the level of the poor masses like artisans, farmers, market women among others by listening to their plight and helping them.

“Oyetola should initiate an empowerment programme through which the poor masses can obtain loans. He can do this by establishing micro-credit finance banks in some local government areas where people can access loans with little interest or no interest at all. With this, they can open shops and sell different goods to earn a living.

" Those who have shops but are not buoyant enough to equip them adequately would be able to do so and boost their businesses. The existing micro finance bank in Osogbo is not enough. It has even been politicised so much that those who don’t have ‘connection’ cannot get loans from there.

“Oyetola should ensure that the people in charge give a level playing ground to those interested to be able to get loans and do business to be able to help themselves. Oyetola should try to fix the major roads linking Osogbo with other states that are in bad shapes. I am talking about Osogbo-Iwo road, Ilesa road and Ife road. If these roads are fixed, it will help boost the economy of the state because transportation of farm produce would be easy.

Kayode Oke

As for Adelaja Adegoke, a retiree, Oyetola must take the issue of workers’ welfare seriously.

He said their salaries and gratuities of pensioners must be paid as at when due and in full.

Adegoke argued that “without payment of the emoluments, there would not be money in circulation and if there is no money in circulation, the resultant effect is poverty and hardship.”

He added that market women, artisans and farmers depend largely on the earnings of workers and pensioners, saying that if these set of people were not paid their emoluments, they would not be able to patronise the market women, and if there is no patronage, there will be increase in poverty and hardship chain.

“Oyetola should make workers’ salary, pension and gratuity a priority. They worked for it and deserve to be paid. Oyetola should not allow the salary, gratuity and pension crisis to persist if he assumes office and throughout his tenure. Many pensioners have died due to poverty and inability to access a qualitative health care. Even some of those that are still alive are sick and cannot afford medical care due to non payment of their pension on regular basis.

Adelaja Adegoke

An undergraduate student, Kunle Olawale wants to new governor of the state to take the issue of education seriously.

He decried the acute shortage of lecturers, lecture rooms and other facilities on their campuses.

“In clear terms, we expect him to give priority to the issue of education. Governor Aregbesola has done very well in this area, but Oyetola should still improve on it.

“Oyetola should also return the school to the 6-3-3-4 system that is practised by other states instead of the elementary, middle and high school that was introduced by Aregbesola. The 6-3-3-4 system is the best and that is the system being practised in other states. Why should Osun State be different?

“The common uniforms being used by all the public schools in the state as introduced by Aregbesola should be changed. People don’t like it. Different schools should have their distinct uniforms that can distinguish them from one another. A school uniform is a glory and identity of every school. Oyetola should authorise the various school managements to adopt the uniforms of their choice.

"When schools meet at public functions, their distinct uniforms can stand them out and everybody would see the beauty of the schools. The idea of all schools wearing the same uniform doesn’t make sense.

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