Aregbesola further disappoints as he launches weighing scales

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Gov Aregbesola commissions weighing scales

I heard this news a few days ago and I prayed fervently that it was not true. No state should be blighted to the extent Osun state has, and if they have erred the gods, is Osun State not the birthplace of the Yorubas? Can they not plead for forgiveness? There must be some sort of sacrifice that will rid our land of bad rulers who insist on being uncaring and dumb in full view of the general public ke?

In today’s version of “Our Leaders Are Not Well”, Governor Rauf Aregbesola is reported to have earlier on in the week, commissioned weighing scales to prevent traders from cheating their customers. This dastardly act of gross irresponsibility happened on Monday, 13th June, in Osogbo – that home of superior weed which just might explain things.

The Standardised Weighing Scales or Osuwon Omoluabi will now be used in OSUN STATE Markets to thwart market sellers from cheating their customers. Because, as we know, scales can NOT be tuned or adjusted.

Why does this man insist on being a goat? Out of all the things that are ailing this state (and they are LEGION!), is this the most important thing? With horrific statistics in education, health, power, energy, transport, income, manufacture, and just about every single infrastructure known to man, who told Uncle Rauf that there was a problem with De Rica, ike oda or garawa?

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Look at. Just look at the foolishness these women are forced to endure.

People are not arguing over the scales – I live in the UK and even I can tell you that! People are arguing over the fact that the exact amount of tomatoes they bought yesterday at N200 is now selling for N1000.

The market sellers are putting up their prices because they have been told to stop selling on the road side, but they can barely afford the annual rent for a spot in the ‘registered’ markets.

Customers are angry because, after spending their last dime in buying petrol, they come to the market and park, but their car gets towed away by the “traffic attendants” who now want the cost of a kidney to get the car back.

There are many frustrations worrying the average citizen of Osun State – not least of which is a governor who is deaf, blind and a chaser of shadows as opposed to substance – but I wish to assure Governor Rauf Aregbesola that metric, imperial or any other form of measurement is not it.

I’ll bet he’s fasting too. I’ll bet he thinks Allah will listen to his prayers. The exact same way, I suspect, that the people of Osun state pray for a leader who will listen to their pleas too.

I can’t understand it, and I am just dismayed. Between Fayose cutting the pomo, Aregbesola weighing the pomo, Dino Melaye wondering about the  origin of the pomo, and Fashola offing the light right at the point of pomo-eating, we’re in so much trouble, it’s unreal. 🙁

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47 COMMENTS

  1. I am so naive, when I read this gov was launching weighing scales, somewhere in the deep recess of the few brain cells I allocate to naija issues I thought he was talking about weighing scales for commercial truck drivers and I was still trying to understand why that was priority for him, but this…. I go to hide my face in shame😱😱😱😱

  2. There is a clear difference between introducing a new way of doing things and launching. The man introduced a new measuring system across his state to help and protect his people and to some people this prudent and ground breaking move is a disappointment when in fact they should be happy and commending him for looking out for them. Are you not tired and sick of getting cheated with your old backward and archaic derica and milk tin measuring ways.? Looks like we’ve been brutalized so much for so many decades with incompetence and lousy leadership that they no longer recognize good leadership or what’s good for us and everything and every new idea is bad and subject to criticism and debasement. Only in Nigeria…

    • Terry Adido I see what you are saying, but leadership presence, weight and optics behind government programs and policies goes a long way, it shows seriousness and commitment.. What are the better things to tackle if not a ground breaking government policy like weights and measurement and needed sharp departure from the old and obsolete ways of doing things? The market place and taxation is where and how the state generate millions and billions in IGR and weights and measurements is huge and critical.

    • Terry Adido I see what you are saying, but leadership presence, weight and optics behind government programs and policies goes a long way, it shows seriousness and commitment.. What are the better things to tackle if not a ground breaking government policy like weights and measurement and needed sharp departure from the old and obsolete ways of doing things? The market place and taxation is where and how the state generate millions and billions in IGR and weights and measurements is huge and critical.

    • That definitly wasn’t sarcasm, not at all. I stand by my comments. I do understand the fact that we all see and access things differently based on so many factors including life experiences, but personally and professionaly, I interact with accurate weights and measures everyday so I know it’s societal, personal and professional importance.

    • My problem isn’t even with the level of authority introducing it. Yes, there probably should be an Iya Oloja overseeing this, but even then it would seem redundant to me.

      The measurements used in Osun state might not be names you would see in a cookery book,but they work well. Derica, ike oda and basia are all understood by the people of that fine state, and if a trader wishes to be dishonest,he can no sooner pad the bottom of his garri garawa than he can adjust a a set of scales.

      My grouse remains that this is a nonsense. There are many things ailing that state, marketplace measurements is not one of them.

    • Buying and selling remains the ecnomic and financial back bone of any society. We gain or get fleeced millions of Naira daily via honest and shady transactions so this is major for the government and the people. Problems are addressed when based on many factors and saying one problem should not be addressed till others are taken care of doesn’t sound prudent. We can address and get little problems out of the way or boil water for eba while soup is cooking instead of waiting till soup is done. I just don’t see the sense and wisdom in not addressing one issue simply because some other issues are yet to be addressed. Btw, what are the important issues he should be addressing that he’s not? The ones he can or beyond his control and I’m talking about the state’s financial challenges.

    • The fact that traders steal doesn’t mean we should not move forward, modernise and keep up with civilized societies and for leaders to even considers such sentiments before making sane and rational policies like moving the society foward is gross abdication and incompetence. We go to sane and orderly societies, we admire their ways and convenient lifestyle, but back in Nigeria, we lampoon and discount the same thing, we prefer to remain backward because we are bad and we don’t deserve such conveniences and orderliness… Sometimes I just wonder want we really want as a society.

    • I hope these pictures disappoints too. There’s more to this man than a single misrepresented internet picture. Yes, he’s facing many challenges like many states in Nigeria, but he’s many times better than nearly all the lazy and redundant governors in Nigerian.

  3. Every time I see Texas dept of weigh and measure sticker and inspection dates on Gas pumps or on scales when they weigh my tomatoes, meat, fruits and vegetable, I feel protected, I know the government and the people I put in office with my vote are looking out for me, I know the merchants are not cheating me or cheating the state and the taxes I pay for everything I buy goes to the state which in turn pay for the fancy roads I drive on, the clean water I drink, the good schools I send my kids to and so on. This is a good move and I commend the governor for it.

  4. Nigerians are really not progressive , they will go abroad and want Nigeria to be like their host country. The simplest of things that builds confidence in the market place they are quick to condemn. I just weep for this country.

    • The thing is, the man was doing his job as a leader and leaders doing their job should not baffle us and in fact, I’d love to see them out their every day with new ideas and policies to better their people and societies especially in a landscape like Nigeria with many decades of lousy governance and empty ideas and polices. To me, it makes no difference who cut cake or didn’t cut the cake, the most importanr thing here remains the new and groundbreaking pilicy on the table and I’d love to see him or his government come with more programs and policicies. This is what we put them in office to do, not for them to take oath of office and disappear or us as a society preoccupied and bugged down with who cut cake or supposed to cut cake or even start dictating their duties, daily obligations and schedules.

  5. Using this method is nice n good for both seller n buyers when there’s unity/control price.Every part of the world uses such measure as long as d price is known and controlled….stp crticizing every attempt.

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