Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has declared that his administration will, in the New Year, take tough decisions that will see it deliver prosperity for residents of the state.
The governor stated this in his New Year broadcast aired on the Broadcasting Service of Oyo State, on January 1.
Governor Makinde, who wished all residents of the state a Happy New Year, called on them to continue to support the government as it works towards the recovery of the state’s economy through different efforts in the infrastructure, tourism and mining sectors.
He equally tasked residents to join hands with the state government to enforce the rule of law, noting that investments can only thrive in a lawful and orderly environment.
The governor noted that though his government had been bullish about bringing investments to the state, it will do more in the New Year to demonstrate its determination to always put the people first.
He highlighted the completion of ongoing road projects such as the 76km Iseyin-Fapote-Ogbomoso Road, the 36km Ido-Eruwa and construction of feeder roads, among other projects as things residents of the state should look forward to in 2024.
The governor added that his administration will equally drive the economy of the state with deliberate actions in the mining and tourism sectors, among others.
He said: “My good people of Oyo State, it has become our tradition in the last four years to write to you at the beginning of the upcoming year and share a recap of our activities in the past year.
“We wanted to thank you for the overwhelming support you gave us in the last elections, the same way we came to ask for your mandate. As I have said on different occasions, we do not take this support for granted.
“Also, the last seven months under Omituntun 2.0 have been challenging. The removal of fuel subsidy and the peg on the Naira to dollar exchange rate has taken a toll on our economy and our people.
“For this reason, in the past months, we have taken steps that show that we continue to put our people first.
“We have initiated actions through the Sustainable Actions for Economic Recovery (SAfER) programme that ensured that we provided immediate relief for our poorest population through food relief packages. We also extended this package to pensioners and civil servants.
“We set up low-interest loans for our traders, market men and women, youth agropreneurs and smallholder farmers. We also distributed grains and other inputs to our smallholder farmers.
We paid for health insurance for our pensioners and other disadvantaged people in our society. We also provided low-cost transportation through our Omituntun Buses both within and outside Ibadan.
“We know this is not enough as inflation rates continue to rise. And so, as we cross the halfway mark of our first year with the Omituntun 2.0 mandate, this is an auspicious time to remind you that our administration was built for times like this. The implementation of our 2024 Budget of Economic Recovery will serve to reinforce the reforms that we are introducing to secure our economy further.
“We again ask for your support as we take the tough decisions that will see our dear State deliver prosperity for all. We have so far been bullish about bringing investments into Oyo State, and as the new year unfolds, you will see more and more ways in which we have continued to put you first.
“This year, we look forward to completing more road projects like the 76.67 km Iseyin-Fapote-Ogbomoso Road construction and the 38 km Ido-Eruwa Road reconstruction. We will also be reconstructing and rehabilitating more feeder roads across Oyo State.
“We look forward to welcoming more industries into our dear State as we commission the pilot Fasola Agribusiness Industrial Hub and start work on the Eruwa Agribusiness Industrial Hub.
“We look forward to reaping revenue from the solid minerals sector and completing our first Independent Power Project (IPP).
“We look forward to welcoming investors into our tourism sector as we seek to revitalise the Ibadan Cultural Centre and Agodi Gardens while opening the Eleyele Lake, and the Iyake Lake, Ado-Awaye, to investor interest.
“We believe that by following this economic blueprint, with God on our side and your continued support, our administration will continue to put our dear State on the map for all the right reasons.
“While we promise to continue making decisions that will make us proud to be from Oyo State, we implore you to work with us as we seek to bring sanity to the State by implementing the rule of law.
It will be impossible to enforce laws without stepping on toes. I urge us all to see the bigger picture – a State where investors and tourists will be happy to come to and live because they know that they can feel safe and secure.
“May 2024 be that year when things turn around for us all for good!”
Special Adviser (Media) to Oyo State Governor
January 1, 2024.