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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Monday declared that his outgoing administration have restored the glory of Oyo State and returned the state back to the top level among the comity of modern, developed States.
The governor said this while addressing members of his cabinet during a valedictory Executive Council meeting with his commissioners and special advisers, held at the Executive Chambers of his office, on Monday.
According to Governor Ajimobi, the out going administration in the state have restored sanity into the state in the last eight years , saying, “we met Oyo State in bricks and we are leaving it in marbles.”
“Our eight years in the saddle have been very eventful. We came, we saw and I can boastfully say we have achieved. We came with a development principle that we called the pyramid of development, where we considered security and infrastructure as pivotal. We have returned the state back to the top level among the comity of modern, developed States. We met Oyo State in bricks and we are leaving it in marbles.” he said.
The governor added, “the infrastructure implies social and physical infrastructural facilities that spanned roads, education, agriculture, commerce, tourism and other aspects of life that people can now feel. To all these, we have been very committed and we can today beat our chests and say we have restored the glory of Oyo State.”
Speaking further, Governor Ajimobi disclosed that Oyo state that had hitherto been known for negative occurrences, which had made it a pariah in the comity of states of the federation and for which indigenes were not proud to be associated with it has been successfully turned around for good by his administration.
“The history of Oyo State had hitherto been replete with brigandage, thuggery, violence and other things antithetical to development, to the extent that most indigenes were ashamed to be called so.
They found it unworthy to be associated with their own state of origin. But, today, we can say God has done wonderfully well with us by assisting us to successfully turn around its fortunes.”
While appreciating members of his cabinet, the governor said his Commissioners and Special Advisers, should hold their head up high for being a part of his historic and impactful two-term tenure.
He stressed that indigenes of the state at home and in the Diaspora should be proud to identify with the new Oyo State, stemming from the transformational impact his administration had made on the state.
Commending the people of Oyo state for their support to the government and for believing in him by making him the first governor to be voted for second term in office, the governor appreciated members of his cabinet for standing firm with his administration and giving their best to ensure effective delivery of good governance, which he said the state never experienced before he became the governor.
The state Deputy Governor, Chief Moses Adeyemo, in his remarks thanked the governor for giving members of the cabinet the chance to be part of the team that had transformed the state, adding that the knowledge garnered under the governor would be put to better use in their different endeavors.
Secretary to the State Government, Mr Olalekan Alli, said that the cabinet held 205 Executive Council meetings, during when 165 decisions were taken, which resulted into 1085 state projects in the eight years of Ajimobi’s administration.
The SSG commend the governor and members of cabinet for raising the bar of governance in the state in areas of agriculture, security, commerce and particularly efficiency, which he described as new field to all the states except the Federal Government that initiated it.
Governor Ajimobi later inaugurated Senator Abiola Ajimobi Way, formerly known as Idi-Ape-Basorun- Akobo Road, Oke-Adu-Gate Iwo Road, Gate-Old Ife Road-Alakia Adegbayi and turning of sod of Erunmu Inland Dry Port.