Rauf Arebesola (Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola) the 8th Governor of Osun State, was born 25th May 1957. He had his primary and secondary education in Ondo state and later attended the Polytechnic, Ibadan where he studied Mechanical Engineering and graduated in 1980. He was Speaker of the students Parliament 1977and 1978 the Polytechnic, Ibadan, and the President of the block Nationalist movement 1978 and 1980.
He was also an active supporter of other progressive student’s movements nationwide which earned him, for instance, the life membership of the National Association of Technological students. In June 1990, he became an elected delegate to the SDP inaugural Local Government Area Congress. In July of the same year, he was also a delegate to its first National convention in Abuja. Aregbesola was Director of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organization which engineered the electoral victory of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the Governor of Lagos state in 1999.
He is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM), a fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE, a fellow of the Nigerian Association of Technological Engineers (FNATE) and a fellow of the Certified Marketing Communications Institute of Nigeria (FCMCIN). As a pro-democracy Human Right activist, he was a major participant in the demilitarization and pro-democracy struggles of the 1990s, he was formally an activist and he was Lagos commissioner for works and infrastructure from 1999 – 2007.
He ran for Governor of the state of Osun in the 2007 elections, although the people’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Olagunsoya Oyinola was declared the winner. Aregbesola appealed the decision and on the 26th November 2010 was declared the winner. He was returned as Osun state governor on August 9th, 2014 for another 4 years’ tenure. He is a family man, married and blessed with children.
Engr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola was born on the 25th day of May, 1957. He had his primary and secondary education in Ondo State, and later attended The Polytechnic, Ibadan, where he studied Mechanical Engineering and graduated in 1980. As a pupil in the primary school, Rauf was a centre-point around whom his mates hovered for guidance and direction. As a student, he was focused for remarkable performance which he made distinctively and seamlessly. In the Polytechnic, he positioned himself to conquer his environment by engaging in prolific studies.
The Career Man
Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM), Fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Technological Engineers (FNATE) and Fellow of the Certified Marketing Communications Institute of Nigeria (FCMCIN), Rauf Aregbesola has a wealth of experience garnered through wide exposure in the private sector, such as the Nigerian External Telecommunications, now renamed Nigerian Telecommunications Ltd. and Lagos Airport Hotel, before establishing his own Engineering Services Company, Aurora Nigeria Limited, in 1986. The company had handled numerous major projects for both government and private organisations in most States of the Federation.
Politically, Rauf has been no less a phenomenon. His involvement in politics dates back to his undergraduate days when he was Speaker of the Students’ Parliament (1977/78), 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, the life membership of National Association of Technological Students.
In June 1990, he became an elected delegate to the SDP Inaugural Local Government Area Congress. In July of the same year, he was also a delegate to its first National Convention in Abuja.
Rauf Aregbesola, as a Pro-Democracy and human rights activist, was a major participant in the demilitarisation and Pro-Democracy struggles of the 1990s. Prior to his appointment as the Lagos State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure (1999-2007), he was Director of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Campaign Organisation (BATCO), which engineered the electoral victory of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the Governor of Lagos State in 1999. He performed similar feat using the platform of Independent Campaign Group (ICG) to ensure the re-election of Asiwaju for a second term in office.
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola acquitted himself excellently as Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in Lagos State between 1999 and 2007 with the strength of his commitment to selfless service. His diligence, sincerity and tirelessness in the administration of the vast Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, as well as supervision of the Public Works Corporation and State Electricity Board, has been acknowledged as being responsible for the outstanding success recorded by the Tinubu led administration, especially in road rehabilitation and maintenance and street lighting; and achievement that solidly laid the foundation for the actualisation of Lagos as the model of development and good governance as being sustained by Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, Governor Ambode and Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of today.
Indeed, it is a known fact that he is one of the brains behind the infrastructural re-engineering that has now resulted in the transformation of social amenities in Lagos State.
Some of the novel achievements and innovations due to Aregbesola’s visionary qualities and enterprise include the redefinition and application of new aesthetic standards to ministry blocks and offices as corporate workplaces; vision and mission definition, annual staff retreats and modern manpower capacity building trainings; introduction of facility management practices; pioneering achievements in PR (ministry journal) and IT (website) operation; Pioneering Private/Public Sector Partnership Ventures; Award-winning best practices projects; etc.
The Believer and Advocate of the Rule of Law
Aregbesola’s belief in the sanctity of the rule of law is exemplary. Engr. Rauf Aregbesola, on the platform of the then Action Congress (AC) contested for the Governorship of Osun State in the April 2007 elections, and won. To be so declared, however, took close to four years of what must go down as one of the most titanic mandate recovery legal battles of all time, and a moment for the manifestation of the omnipotence of the Almighty God and his steadfastness in support of those who rely on him.
Having gone through the tribunal of first instance, an appeal and a retrial tribunal, the second appeal court, delivering judgment on November 26, 2010, declared Aregbesola governor and ordered he be sworn in the next day.
Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, as Governor of the State of Osun from November 27, 2010, to November 27, 2018 redefined the art of governance in the State of Osun raising the bar as well as surpassing the achievements of his predecessors in office.
There is no doubting the fact that his nomination to serve as a Minister of the Federal Republic would further unleash the sterling qualities of a quintessential man like Rauf in the Next Level cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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