The Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde has advised Nigerians to cast their votes in defence of good governance during the forthcoming general elections in 2023.
He stated this while speaking at the special thanksgiving church service to commemorate Nigeria’s 62nd independence anniversary, held at the Cathedral of St. Peters, Aremo, Ibadan.
Makinde said that Nigerians need to keep hope alive as there is light at the end of the current dark alley in the country.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, stated that despite the series of challenges the country is witnessing, the people need not lose hope.
He said though the country has never been as divided and challenged as seen under the current administration, there is hope of a better tomorrow.
“This time last year, we gathered in this same auditorium to give thanks to the Lord Almighty for making us witness the 61st Independence anniversary of the country.
“Just like a twinkle of an eye, the clock has turned on another 365 days and we are here to give thanks to the Almighty for the dawn of the 62nd independence anniversary of Nigeria”, he stated.
The governor added that though the country is facing challenges in the area of security, banditry, kidnapping and other crimes, the government in the state has decided to rise above the national malaise by faithfully implementing its poverty to prosperity agenda, thereby recording a series of life-changing achievements.
He therefore urged the electorates to cast their votes in defence of good governance and service delivery during the next general elections.
Similarly, Makinde stated that aside the rise in crimes and criminality, the country is also burdened by economic difficulties, which he said appears to defy social-scientific prognosis.
“A peep at the front cover of any of the national dailies published in Nigeria easily portrays a country in dire straits.
“But our message today is that of hope.
“There is light at the end of the dark alley and like Moses confidently declared to the children of Israel in Exodus 14: 13, the Egyptians whom we see today, we shall see no more forever, Amen”, he added.
He pointed out that Oyo State has, however, been able to stay afloat despite taking its share of the national crisis.
“But here we have chosen to ride the storm through the faithful implementation of the poverty to posterity mantra of this administration.
“In line with our dedication to rise above the national tide, this administration launched the Roadmap for Accelerated Development of Oyo State, 2019 to 2023 immediately we assumed office on May 29. 2019.
“And with the religious implementation of the four-point service delivery agenda encapsulated by the roadmap, we isolated the four key existential realities of human beings including security, health, education and economic expansion, using the agribusiness value chain.
“Without security, life is hellish; without good health, life is gloomy; without education, life is in despair and without a good economic prospect, life is melancholic.
“Thus, our state sets sail with well-grounded policies that yielded 100 well-equipped security vehicles for security agencies within 100 days in office; creation of community policing initiatives and the Amotekun Corps.
“Turn-around of state hospitals across the geopolitical zones; remodeled 351 primary healthcare centres at one per electoral ward; free and qualitative education from primary to secondary schools as well as infrastructure development targeted at economic expansion that has yielded the construction of over 500 kilometres of roads (ongoing and completed) as well as the consistent increment in the Internally Generated Revenue of the State, even in the heat of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The result of the carefully wielded service delivery programme, encapsulated in the four-point service agenda, is the positive outcomes being witnessed in the state today”, he concluded.
In the meantime, the event had in attendance the Oyo State Head of Service, Alhaja Ololade Agboola, Commissioners, Special Advisers, Special Assistants, Permanent Secretaries and other political appointees.