MOTIVATIONAL PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK- OGBENI RAUF ADESOJI AREGBESOLA
Hon. Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola is the current Minister of the Federal Ministry of Interior of Nigeria and Member of the Presidential Task Force COVID-19.
Before that he was the fourth civilian governor of Osun State, after an epic legal battle having gone through the tribunal of first instance, an appeal and a retrial tribunal, the second appeal court, delivering judgment on 26 November 2010, declared Aregbesola governor (First Tenure)
He again stood strong to reclaim his governorship of Osun state in 2018 (Second Tenure).
The arrival of the current pandemic – Coronavirus (#COVID19) in Nigeria, He was appointed as a member of the Presidential Task Force COVID-19 for his doggedness and impressive work while as Governor of Osun state and his current portfolio as minister of Interior.
With the growing rate of #COVID19 in Nigeria, he as well as other members of the taskforce has been working with the United Nations, World Health Organisation Representatives and the Health Experts in Nigeria tirelessly to monitor, control and report the rate of spread and implement strategies to reduce the inevitable effect of the virus in Nigeria as well as Africa.
We, at (Vi-M), wish to recognize and appreciate his efforts so far in the war against #Covid19 and his interminable service to humanity as a whole.
PROFILE OF OGBENI RAUF ADESOJI AREGBESOLA
- Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola was born 25 May 1957.
- He is a native of Ilesa, Osun state, Nigeria.
- He is a Muslim born into a family of both Muslims and Christians.
- His early education: primary and secondary education were in Ondo State.
- He later attended The Polytechnic, Ibadan, where he studied Mechanical Engineering and graduated in 1980
- He’s interest and involvement in politics dates back to his undergraduate days when he was Speaker of the Students’ Parliament (1977–1978) at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, and the President of the Black Nationalist Movement (1978–1980).
- He was also an active supporter of other progressive students’ movements nationwide, which earned him, for instance, a life membership in the National Association of Technological Students.
- In June 1990, he became an elected delegate to the Social Democratic Party Inaugural Local Government Area Congress.
- In July of the same year, he was also a delegate to its first National Convention in Abuja.
- He was a pro-democracy and human rights activist, was a major participant in the demilitarization and pro-democracy struggles of the 1990s in Nigeria.
- Upon the return of the country to democratic rule in 1999,he was a ranking member of the Alliance for Democracy, led by Senator Bola Tinubu,who would go on to become governor of Lagos State in the same year. He was Director of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organisation (BATCO), who drove the electoral victory of Bola Tinubu in 1999, and he performed a similar feat with the platform of the Independent Campaign Group, with which he ensured the re-election of Tinubu for a second term in office.
- Upon Tinubu’s inauguration as governor, he was appointed the Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, which included supervision of the Public Works Corporation and the State Electricity Board. He not only oversaw a large investment in road infrastructure in the state, but also birthed the master plan that has served as a basis for the infrastructural development and expansion observed in Lagos even after Tinubu’s two terms in office.
- He has narrowly escaped assassination plots twice one in Ilesha in 2005 and the other on Osogbo Oroki Day in 2006.
- After his epic legal battle which secured him the governorship of osun state in 2010, then Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, offered his congratulations for the belated recognition of his election victory.
- During his first term, he outlined his goals for the state: banish poverty, banish hunger, banish unemployment, restore healthy living, promote functional education and enhance communal peace and progress. He actively pursued all action points of this plan in his first four years in office with initiatives such as Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (O-YES), the Osun mid-regional market (O-HUB), the Osun Rural Enterprise and Agriculture Programme (O-REAP), the Osun Elementary School Feeding Programme (O-MEAL) etc. just to list a few.
- Upon re-election, he consolidated his achievements in his first term. He introduced the Opon-Imo, an electronic tablet distributed for free to students in public schools in Osun. He also began the commissioning of school infrastructure invested in by his government. In September 2016, President Muhammudu Buhari visited the state capital to commission one of the 3000-capacity schools, which have become a model emulated by other states.
- In June 2015, he was requested to be impeached with claims of financial mismanagement, which had been a recurring allegation due to the large investments in several projects for the state. He appeared before the panel, which later found him not guilty of the allegations.
- He is happily married to Sherifat Aregbesola.
Celebrate You Sir, Thanks for all you do