2022, A Year of Growth and Opportunities in Oyo State — Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, in his new year message to the residents of Oyo, has said that the year 2022 will be a year of growth and opportunities in the state.

In the message, the governor noted that the year 2021 was a year of continued consolidation of all the plans being put in place to engineer a modern Oyo State and that the state is now experiencing accelerated development in all sectors.

Makinde noted that consolidation took place in all sectors most especially the security sector, education sector, health and infrastructure in the state.

He said, “In 2021, we consolidated on security. Although the year started with security challenges, we quickly built on the architecture we introduced in 2020 to bring the situation under control. Before 2020, there was nothing like Amotekun. But now, it is hard to talk about Oyo State security without mentioning the work of these operatives who, along with the federal security apparatus, are securing our state.

“We believe our strategies are working because we see the rise of investor confidence in our state. We are also getting fewer reports of criminal activities in the rural communities, especially in the hot spots of Ibarapa.”

The Governor also noted that in 2021, the state reaped from investments made in the economy and the benefits would continue in 2022 and beyond.

He said, “For over six months, the Pacesetter Quarry and Asphalt Plant, Ijaiye, has been supplying some of the asphalt that we use for road constructions in Oyo State. Before we came into office, this was a moribund facility that offered zero benefits to the Oyo State economy.

“Another moribund facility that we have rehabilitated and put into good use is the former Oyo State Agricultural Development Programme (OYSADEP) headquarters, now the OYSADA Headquarters and Chalets. It was a pleasure for me to be hosted in one of the chalets during the celebration of my birthday last year.

Likewise, the former Rural Community Development Centre (RCDC) facility in Awe has been turned around. It is now the Oyo State-IITA Youth Agribusiness Incubation Park Centre where young people in Oyo State get practical training in agribusiness. In addition, we have started training 10,000 youths on agribusiness under the Youth Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness Project (YEAP).”

He added that the state grew in the education sector as seen in the free education being enjoyed in primary and secondary schools in the state, the acquisition of the sole ownership of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) and the multi-campus approach being adopted to expand the university.

Speaking on plans for 2022, Governor Makinde said that the state will be getting a third Police Mobile Force Squadron and the government will continue to equip and support the operations of all security agencies to the benefit of the residents of the state.

On infrastructure, the Governor noted that the state should look forward to the opportunities that will emerge in the transport sector in Oyo State after the completion and commissioning of the bus terminals at Iwo Road, New Ife Road, Challenge and Ojoo.

In education, Makinde said plans will continue in 2022 to make LAUTECH a full-fledged university and then the laying of a foundation to ensure it becomes number one in Nigeria. He also pledged to continue the upgrades of the basic education sector by paying the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) matching grants.

The Governor finally appreciated the good people of Oyo State for their support in 2021 and the opportunity he has been given to serve them while calling on them to stay safe amid the increasing cases of corona virus in the state.

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