Engr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola was born in 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.
At the Polytechnic, he was greatly involved in student politics, ultimately emerging as the Speaker of the Students Parliament, 1977-78.
Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM), Fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Technological Engineers (FNATE), Fellow of the Certified Marketing Communications Institute of Nigeria (FCMCIN) and Fellow of Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Lagos. Rauf acquired a wealth of experience in the private sector working at Nigerian External Telecommunications and Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja before establishing his own Engineering Services Company, Aurora Nigeria Limited, in 1986. The company had handled numerous major projects for both government and private organizations in most States of the Federation.
Rauf Aregbesola as a pro-democracy and human rights activist was a major participant in the demilitarization 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 Organization (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 was appointed the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure by Governor Tinubu on assumption of Office in 1999, and distinguished himself spectacularly from 1999 to 2007. He was responsible in large measure for the outstanding successes recorded by the Tinubu Administration especially in road rehabilitation/maintenance and street lighting.
Aregbesola’s belief in the sanctity of the rule of law is exemplary.
He contested for the Governorship of the State of Osun in the April 2007 Elections on the platform of the then Action Congress (AC), 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. He went through the tribunal of first instance, an appeal and a retrial tribunal, until finally, the second appeal court, on November 26, 2010, declared him the lawfully elected Governor of Osun and ordered he be sworn-in the next day
Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola since assuming office as Governor of the State of Osun on 27th November 2010 has redefined the meaning of governance in the public sector not just with symbolic posturing, but real and sustainable interventions that will presently enhance the quality of life of everyone that lives, works and visits the State of Osun. Rebranding of the state as the Ipinle Omoluabi (State of the Virtuous) started from himself, adopting the title Ogbeni, simply Mister, in deference to the singular Excellency of the Almighty God. In just over a year, the chronicle of his achievements is astounding, and may be summarized as a chain of “O-Models”, the most astonishing being the engagement of 20,000 youths in the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (O-YES) within his first 100 days in office; an accomplishment without precedence that has become the model for others to follow. Other achievements include: Osun School Infrastructure Development Project (O-SCHOOL) which involves the construction of about 170 new ultra-modern schools, Osun Mid-Regional Market (O-HUB), Osun Rural Enterprise and Agriculture Programme (O-REAP), Osun Elementary School Feeding Programme (O-MEAL), Osun Tourism (O-TOURS), Osun Special Ambulance Scheme (O-AMBULANCE), Osun Local Government Creation Committee (O-LOCAL). The Aregbesola Administration recently embarked on the construction of over 1000km of roads in the State of Osun, an astonishing undertaking. He is a devout advocate of Fiscal Federalism as the true expression of the spirit of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and ardent promoter of Regional Integration as the means of attaining sustainable economic development and national competitiveness.
An exemplary family man, Rauf Aregbesola is a loving husband and caring father. Married to Mrs. Sherifat Aregbesola, he has nurtured his family with equal devotion and commitment.
Aregbesola is a thinker, ardent performer, a visionary leader, a role model, an agent of strategic change, a man of the people, a man for the people.