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OBJ: Makinde delivering benefits of democracy in Oyo - ITREALMS

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The former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has applauded the governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, for delivering the benefits of democracy to the state through building of infrastructure, education and restoration of the glory of the historical Fasola Farms, Oyo, among others.
OBJ: Makinde delivering benefits of democracy in Oyo - ITREALMS
Chief Obasanjo, who maintained that the essence of democracy is about the wellbeing and welfare of the people, noted that Makinde "is doing extremely well" and that the people of the state have given their mandate to the "right person."

The former president stated this at Ojongbodu Grammar School, Oyo and the College of Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources, Iseyin, a campus of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, where he joined the governor to commission the 34.85 kilometres Oyo-Iseyin Road and the LAUTECH Campus.

Obasanjo, who also joined the governor to inspect the nearly completed Fasola Agribusiness Industrial Hub, Oyo, said governance should bring about development, peace, wealth creation and stability, calling on residents of the state to continue to support the governor.

The former president commended the governor for restoring the glory of Fasola Farms, stating that though Oyo State is already number one in cassava production, it should complement that with investments in livestock production and other crops.

In his speeches at the separate events, Governor Makinde said with the completion of the Oyo-Iseyin Road and the LAUTECH Campus projects, his administration had delivered on its promises to build infrastructure that targets the economy and to make Oyo State the education hub of the country.

In Oyo, the governor said the Oyo-Iseyin Road is a key project that will open up the zone through connectivity of roads, noting that his administration would continue to prioritise interconnectivity through road constructions.

He said the development would increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state and also expand the economy, thereby creating more opportunities for industries to establish their businesses in Oyo State.

He added that the 34.85km Oyo-Iseyin road is of economic significance not only to the people of Oyo, but also to all citizens of the state, as the communities and businesses located in and around the area would be impacted massively.

The governor called on the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to synergise with the Oyo State Agribusiness Development Agency (OYSADA) to explore the tourism potentials in Fasola Industrial Hub, while he also assured that the government would proceed to fix inner roads across the local government areas in the state.

Speaking shortly before the commissioning of the LAUTECH College of Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources, Governor Makinde said he had also fulfilled his promise to make Oyo State an education hub, saying though he met only Tech-U and a jointly-owned LAUTECH, the state now has three universities.

According to the governor, the building of the College and other infrastructure around Iseyin also meant that his administration has completed the needed infrastructure, which successive administrations can build on.

Governor Makinde also used the occasion to congratulate residents of Iseyin over the appointment of the new Aseyin, noting that his critics who insulted the state government for the long time it had taken to fill vacant royal stools could see that he had been working.

He called on princes and interested parties in Oyo to stop bickering over the selection of a new Alaafin of Oyo, while also firing warning shots to all parties that the respected stool would not go to the highest bidder and that anyone with intent to sell the throne would meet his waterloo.

The governor said: "It gives me great joy to be here today as we commission one of the key projects that will open Oyo and Oke-Ogun zones to further investments and economic stimulation.

"When our administration came in a little over four years ago, we had plans for accelerated development in our dear state through improving our road infrastructure. We knew that if we were to compete favourably with other states in Nigeria and become key players in the West Africa sub-region, we had to interconnect all the zones by road.

In his goodwill message, the Minister of Works, Senator Dave Umahi, who was represented by the Director of Federal Highways, South-West, Engr. Adedamola Kuti, lauded Governor Makinde for the quality of the job on the road, stating that the project was done in line with federal standards.

Also in his remarks, Barr. Ahmed Raji (SAN), expressed appreciation to Governor Makinde for making life easier for farmers, business owners, peasants and all the people of Oke Ogun through the projects.

"We need people of your ilk in government; if others can make infrastructure development go round the way you are doing in Oyo State, then Nigeria will be better than this."

The two events were attended by top government functionaries including the Deputy Governor of the state, Barr. Bayo Lawal, members of the Executive Council, traditional rulers and Otunba Oyewole Fasawe, who were in company of the former president, among others.

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