*says its on top of insecurity challenges in the state
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Wednesday declared his government will continue to run policies and programmes that impact positively on the lives of the majority of the populace.
The governor made this known in Ibadan at the annual inter-faith service to mark the beginning of 2021 held with civil/public servants in Oyo State at the Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan,
Specifically, Governor Makinde who said his administration will at all times prioritise the welfare of civil servants in the state in the 2021 fiscal year pointed out that his administration is on top of the insecurity challenges in the state.
“The general consensus is that we have started well. I have heard people say, we hope he continues like this. Well, let me remind you that when we came in about one year and six months ago, our promise was to serve. We remain unwavering in that resolve. We shall continue to serve the people of Oyo State and we will put their interests first,” he said.
Governor Makinde stressed that his government is targeting in the New Year hinted that the backlog of promotions from 2017 to 2020 will be cleared, and that his government will also create the opportunity for deserving civil servants to rise to Grade Level 17.
Speaking further, the governor pointed out that his government will commission 10 infrastructure development projects in 2021, “including the 65 kilometre Moniya-Iseyin Road; the 21 kilometre Ajia-Airport Express with spur to Amuloko; the four bus terminals in Ibadan; Challenge-Odo Ona-Apata Road; the Gedu-Oroki-Sabo-Asipa Road in Oyo town; and the Lekan Salami Sports Complex remodelling, among others”.
“So, we are looking forward to commissioning various projects that we started last year. For example, the 65km Moniya-Ijaiye-Iseyin road, will be commissioned this year. Also lined up for commissioning this year are: the 21km Airport- Ajia-New Ife Express road with a spur to Amuloko; the 12km Apete-Awotan-Akufo road, which will be the first concrete road belonging to the state government.
“We also hope to commission the 3km Under G Stadium-LAUTECH-2nd Gate road; the 5km Gedu-Oroki-Sabo-Asipa road; the 12.5km dualisation of Challenge-Odo Ona Elewe-Apata road and that road is special because it will take pressure off Ring Road. “In the course of the year, we will also commission the 10km Saki Township road dualisation amongst others.
The governor added, “aside these, we will also be commissioning the remodelled Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan, and I look forward to watching Shooting Stars in the stadium soon. Mark this, the first match we will watch there will be at 7 p.m.”
“We hope to also commission the four bus terminals at Iwo Road, New Ife Road, Challenge and Ojoo in Ibadan as well as the bike and bus terminal at Agodi Gate, Ibadan. I will be visiting Akesan Market next week. The first phase is done and we will be commissioning the entire project (the two phases) in the next three to four months.”
He then assured that his government will continue to deal decisively with the security challenges because its aim of expanding the economy could not be achieved in an atmosphere of insecurity.”ENDS.
The governor while enumerating series of developmental initiatives
Appreciating God for the grace to survive 2020 despite the myriad of challenges that came with it, the governor said that despite the hardship occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, his government was able to keep up with the prompt payment of salaries and pensions all through 2020 and even paid the 13th month salary as well as embark on several infrastructure development projects.
“First, let me thank God for the gift of life and His protection over us all in the past year. 2020 has been described in many quarters as a tough year. We did not survive last year because we are tougher, we survived only by His grace and that is why it is good that we are holding this inter-faith service in gratitude.”