By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde over the weekend hinted that his focus and that of his administration is on good governance and cannot be distracted.
Governor Makinde dropped the hint while speaking at the inauguration of the South West Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the United Kingdom
The governor stressed that there will be no going back in his style of open governance despite the antics critics at distracting his government from recording giant strides in the State.
“My open declaration of my assets is generating furore in certain quarters, but these are unnecessary distractions, my focus and the focus of our administration is on good governance. We shall not be distracted”, he said.
Governor Makinde added, ” I am aware of the enormity of the responsibility that rests on me. The searchlight is beamed upon me, and all my actions are being met with the strictest scrutiny. I know that it is the seeming controversial that will be given more attention”.
Emphasizing that he was aware of the reasons why there has been so much searchlight on his person and his administration. the governor said “in the past month, I have focused on two things to set Oyo State on the path to greatness: Ensuring that we put the right policies and processes in place, and working with ideas that will help increase Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the state.”
He also disclosed that his focus on security was borne out of the fact that without security, businesses cannot thrive and that he had given his commitment to enhancing security to the Commanders of the Task Force in charge of Oyo and Osun, Operation Burst.
Speaking further, the decision by the state government to cancel the N3, 000 school levy, and examination fees had resulted in the unprecedented huge turnout of students for placement examination into JSS1, and the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) conducted in the state last week.
On PDP, he tasked all the Stakeholders in the party to readily project the good deeds of the party’s office holders in order not to give room, for negative narrative, saying , he observed that interest groups in the United Kingdom had played important roles in the politics of Nigeria, as no fewer than 200,000 Nigerians now live in the United Kingdom.
Governor Makinde noted that the commitment of the PDP towards strategizing for the future was not in doubt and that members of the party must also be alive to their responsibilities, saying , “the PDP has one job and one job only: regroup, refocus, re-strategise. Creating Chapters, everywhere in the world where Nigerians are found, shows our commitment to this job”.
“I believe Nigerians have had the opportunity to see clearly which party really means business. I have one request to make of you: never stop talking about the good things we are doing. When good things are not given prominence, the consensus is that only bad things are happening. We cannot allow evil narratives about the PDP or its stakeholders to gain any type of momentum. It is our jobs as worthy ambassadors to shut down such narratives, quickly and definitely. The task ahead of the PDP is to regroup and launch chapters everywhere Nigerians are found.” however invite investors to Oyo State, saying his efforts so far have been geared towards eradicating the out-of-school children syndrome, which he said, accounts for 400,000 right now, expansion of the state’s economy and promoting security.”