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Third anniversary: Oyo Governor Tells Tales of Sucess

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Mohammed Taoheed reports For TrackNews

The Governor of Oyo State, Mr. Seyi Makinde, has proclaimed that his administration has recorded over 75 per cent achievement rate on service delivery and electoral manifesto made by him. According to him, the policies and programmes of the government in the areas of education, health, security and economic expansion have brought a positive turnaround to the state.

This was expressed in a live streaming television program entitled “Meet the Governor”, hosted by the state-owned Broadcasting Corporation and joined live by other radio stations in the state. In a press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa and made available journalists, he quoted Makinde as saying that his administration would keep delivering the goods to the people till the last hours of its tenure.

On the just-concluded Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Convention, Makinde claimed that he had put the developments at the National Convention behind him, adding that the party would do what is necessary to rescue Nigeria. The governor, who stated that though a Northerner emerged as the party’s presidential candidate despite the decision by Southern Governors that the Presidency should rotate to the South, it has become imperative to work together so that Nigerians could be saved from the maladministration of the APC.

The statement quoted the governor as saying that PDP leaders have resolved to chase away the APC as the first condition towards rescuing Nigeria. When asked whether he could put a figure to the performance of his administration in three years, the governor responded that: “With regards to the promises that we made to the people of Oyo State, I will say we are well over 75 per cent and we are not stopping.

“We will continue up until the last moment in the tenure of this administration.”
Makinde also explained that the administration is also targeted on four major pillars of education, health, security and economic expansion and that the state has experienced a great turnaround across the four sectors and other areas in the last three years.

Coming down to education, the governor stated that apart from the administration scrapping education levies and putting in place an educational grant for all public primary and secondary school students per term, it has embarked on massive building of education infrastructure and repositioned the sector.

The result, he said, is the general improvement of the state in public examinations like WAEC, where the state now stands at 11th position as against the number 26 position he met when he took office in 2019. The governor stated that the administration has also made progress in the area of healthcare delivery across the primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare strata, beginning with the completion and inauguration of abandoned projects at the Adeoyo State Hospital, Ibadan.

He included that the government has set in place new equipment and facilities, including Renal Dialysis and modern theatre equipment, which will also be commissioned in commemoration of its third anniversary. In addition, as part of measures to amend the state’s economy, the governor confirmed that his leadership laid hands on a massive infrastructure growth drive across the agribusiness corridors of the state, saying: “There is no point when you go out there and you farm and the produce cannot get to the market.”

He noted that the government has went deep with building infrastructure that focus on the economy, as it is equally constructing roads from Oyo to Iseyin, from Ogbomoso to Iseyin, from Beere to Ona-Ara, from Ajia to Airport Road and Amuloko, while a limited rehabilitation is going on presently at the Igbo Ora-Igangan Road.

He asserted that his government has been able to grow the Internally Generated Revenue of the state from around N1.8 Billion monthly, which it inherited in 2019 to over N3.3 Billion monthly.

On the participation of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) chapter, in the prolonged strike embarked upon by the national body, Makinde said the lecturers should not have joined the industrial action.

“As of today, their subvention is being withheld. If they don’t go back to school, I won’t release their subvention. So, the students must know who to hold accountable.

“When we came in, we met 13 months’ salary outstanding. We worked to take the institution from Osun back to Oyo State. So, we expected 100 per cent cooperation at least for the sake of the students, but there are people who want to play politics among them,” the governor said.

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