The dual carriageway between Oke-Fia and Alekunwodo in Osogbo, the Osun State capital was on Thursday April 19, 2012 barricaded with events canopies mounted on the highway. The result was hectic and heavy traffic hold-ups.
The ever busy road was cordoned off with scores of police officers, road safety officials and their vehicles. This was unacceptable and quite uncivilised by the government we elected.
On investigation, I was told that it was a rally championed by the wife of the governor to campaign against incessant rape in the state. Yes, it was a laudable but execution left bitter tastes in our months.
I was a traveller on that road, having to journey to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso and Osogbo. But to my chagrin and some other users of that road, we were subjected to delays occasioned by lack of consideration for the interest of many hapless Nigerians.
I assume everybody loves this government but this is totally unacceptable. Citizens are daily bombarded with radio and TV jingles of governmental efforts at making Osun State the best among other states in Nigeria.
The various programmes of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, particularly his O-YES programme that led to the employment of twenty thousand graduates within one hundred days in office, O-RENEWAL that was designed to add aesthetic beauty to some cities, and some others are commendable.
But having to cordoned-off one of the most important highways in the capital was unacceptable, whereas the party of the governor was sarcastic in its condemnation of the First Lady when Lagosians were subjected to a similar headache few weeks ago.
Governor Aregbesola is loved by many, but barricading a very important road is unthinkable and unacceptable.