Three years later, the Oyo State government says it has made an impact on the state in infrastructure and other social services. BAYO AGBOOLA reports.
The more than three years of administration of Engr Seyi Makinde in Oyo State is undoubtedly a subject of mixed feelings since he came to power on May 29, 2019. For some people, the administration is the best something that could happen to the state while others see it as a disaster given the declining security situation.
Governor Makinde, for his part, did not mince words when he publicly stated that his government’s economic policies over the past three years had yielded positive results and that his government would continue to consolidate the gains already made. in education, road infrastructure and agro-industry, among others.
As for Makinde, the past three years have been a great blessing to the state with what he described as massive infrastructure development under his leadership with the full support of the people.
To substantiate this, Makinde listed several roads that have positively impacted the economy of the state through creating a thriving environment for private sector players in agribusiness, which has enabled the state to attract 23 billion naira in agribusiness as well as an additional $125 million in development partners. mixed financing for rural roads, agro-logistics, markets and industrial poles.
According to the governor, all these have helped to provide direct and indirect employment and that the state has also trained nearly 4,050 young people in agribusiness, 98 of whom have set up their businesses, while the state is willing to support others in various agribusiness ventures. . He pointed out that the government will now shift to repairing internal and feeder roads so that travel in the city center can become stress-free for residents, after executing road projects that have improved access and connectivity. between areas of the state.
He listed some of the road projects as 65 km Moniya-Ijaiye-Iseyin road, 76.7 km Ogbomoso-Fapote-Iseyin road, 34.85 km Oyo-Iseyin road and proposed reconstruction of Ido road. -Eruwa of 48 km, the construction of 56 model schools and the completion of the renovation of 200 primary health care centers as part of its desire to ensure the existence of at least one functioning PHC in each of the 351 state electoral districts.
“When you gave us the mandate to serve, we promised you to design a modern Oyo State based on four pillars: education, economy, health and security. As we celebrate our third year in office, we have another opportunity to share our scorecards with you so you can judge how well we’ve delivered on that promise. As we review the past year, we are grateful that our administration’s economic policies over the past three years are yielding the desired results. We’ve always said we believe in data, science and logic.
“The data we had showed that our resources as a nation were dwindling. Oil prices had fallen and it was necessary to focus on increasing our internally generated revenue (IGR). At the time, Oyo State was generating less than N1.7 billion per month.
“Our plan based on this data was to focus on projects that would generate the revenue needed to reduce our infrastructure deficit.
“At that time, the system was in disrepair. Our public schools have had multiple instances of dilapidated buildings unsuitable for our children to learn. Our health care system was in shambles, with primary and secondary care facilities becoming mere consulting rooms.
“Security was a big campaign issue. We promised reforms. Little did we know that approximately eight months later, the world would face a pandemic that would further deepen the economic downturn and disrupt our timeline for economic stability. Yet we were determined to keep all our promises. Expectations were delayed but never denied. Looking now at how much we have been able to accomplish despite the enormous challenges we have faced, I can only thank you, the brave people of Oyo State, for your patience and understanding throughout this time. . Thank you for trusting us to keep our promises.
“We know there is still a lot to do. Economies all over the world are struggling. Inflation rates in Nigeria continue to rise and the purchasing power of Nigerians continues to decline. As a government , our role is to continue to implement policies that would reduce the burden on our people.That is why, over the past year, we have remained focused on building an efficient road network, ensuring the interconnection of all areas to further enhance trade and commerce.
“Where the roads go, development follows. We are already seeing the results. A recent mini-survey on agribusiness in Oyo State since 2019 shows that by creating an enabling environment for the private sector to do business, we have attracted more than N23 billion in investment in agriculture. ‘agro industry.
“Additionally, we secured $125 million in blended funding from development partners for rural roads, agro-logistics, markets and industrial hubs. All of these contribute to providing direct and indirect employment to our large population. We are proud of projects such as the Fasola Agribusiness Industrial Hub which is approximately 80% complete and would be ready for commissioning by the end of the year. Investors in the production, processing and livestock sub-sectors are already operating from the hub.
He maintained that his administration had completed the first phase of the renovation of the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba and the revenue generated from the facility had doubled while it was expected to attract a 300% increase in revenue when completed.
He pointed out that the commissioning of the Ojoo and Challenge bus terminals, which already handle up to 10,000 passengers per day during off-peak hours, is another achievement of the administration.
“The result of all these income generating activities is that we have been able to continue funding projects that the good people of Oyo State can benefit from.
“During the past year, we have completed the construction of eight model schools, bringing to 56 the total number of model schools completed by our administration since we took office three years ago. We have expanded the Start Them Early (STEP) program to now include six additional schools. We see the results of 1,276 students exposed to modern agricultural practices and choosing agribusiness as early as high school.
“We have continued our free health mission to the indigent and underserved. Over the past year, we have reached over half a million people with medical and surgical interventions. In total, more than one million two hundred thousand residents of Oyo State have benefited from the free health missions since their launch in 2020. We have provided more than 280 kilometers of street lighting through the “Light up Oyo” project. “. This has not only improved economic activities as markets stay open longer, but it has also improved security in the state.
“In addition to that, we provided lighting in off-grid areas. Communities such as Otefon in the Atiba Local Government Area have been supplied with electricity for the first time since their existence over 100 years ago. While work is underway to provide off-grid electricity to Agbararu community in Iwajowa local government area, Ajia community in Ona Ara local government area and Arowomole community in Ogbomoso South Local Government Area.
Regarding the security sector, Governor Makinde said his government had been able to reduce crime rates by equipping security agencies, particularly the recent handover of 100 operational vehicles to Oyo Amotekun and the ongoing recruitment of 500 additional people.
While promising to consolidate the gains of the past three years, he said, our plan is to consolidate on “We will continue to work with the private sector, especially those involved in agribusiness to grow our economy.
With the inauguration of the Eruwa Agribusiness Industrial Center next month, there will be even more opportunities to do agribusiness in Oyo State. We will also support our small farmers. Rolling out another phase of the Oyo-CARES project would provide our farmers with inputs such as fertilizers, herbicides and seeds and assets such as water pumps and sprayers.