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Governor Seyi Makinde’s Remarks at the Swearing in of Ten New Commissioners in Oyo State

Seyi Makinde at the swearing in new commissioners

Being the remarks by His Excellency Seyi Makinde, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, at the swearing-in of ten new Commissioners of the Oyo State Executive Council on Monday, October 11, 2021

We are here today for the swearing-in ceremony of the remaining ten commissioners that will complete the Oyo State Executive Council (ExCo).

For those of you who are returning commissioners, we are happy to have you back as part of the ExCo. We believe you are determined to put in even more effort as we continue to engineer a new Oyo State and move our people to prosperity.

We have also brought in some new faces that we know will play important roles in the realisation of our vision for the good people of Oyo State.

I am sure that if you pay attention, you will see that the things that our people are asking for are not things that are beyond us.

Our people yearn for growth and development. They want good roads and quality infrastructure, even as they are asking for employment opportunities and economic prosperity. We know they have been starved of these basic functions of government for many years, and that can sometimes make the tasks we are expected to perform seem overwhelming.

For example, we have been receiving several reports of people complaining about roads. Some have even gone as far as saying that the state government is starving the local government authorities of funds. However, local government funds from FAAC go directly into the Joint Allocation Accounts Committee (JAAC) account. But after they have drawn first line charges such as salaries for primary school teachers and local government workers and expenses for primary healthcare centres, what is left is meagre. Also, local government authorities are in charge of all the funds from their internally generated revenue.

We know the importance of development at the grassroots, this is why we keep pushing for investments to go to local government areas. Just last week, we were in France and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Bayo Lawal, was there, having meetings with investors willing to come and collaborate with us. After our youths receive training on technology-driven food systems under the Youth Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness Project (YEAP), they will need to practice and some of them will need jobs.

So yes, things may not be happening as fast as some people want them to, but things are happening rapidly compared to what obtained in the past. Our integrated approach to governance is bringing development and we are not concentrating only on Ibadan. Soon, implementation of the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) will kick off, the World Bank and the French Government are supporting this project to rehabilitate rural roads.

So, as we reconstitute this Executive Council, our priority should be how to synergise efforts for continued growth. I would like to see more inter-ministerial collaborations and an integrated approach to governance.

Let me pause at this point to welcome:

Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun (Information, Culture and Tourism)

Adeniyi Adebisi (Agriculture and Rural Development)

Barr Rahman Abiodun Abdul-Raheem (Education, Science and Technology)

Barr Olasunkanmi Olaleye (Trade, Industry, Investments and Cooperatives)

Seun Fakorede (Youth and Sports)

Also, a warm welcome to

Alhaja Kafilat Omolabake Olayiwola (Women and Social Inclusion)

Abiodun Oni (Environment and Natural Resources)

Prof Musibau Babatunde (Budget and Economic Planning)

Segun Olayiwola (Lands, Housing and Urban Development) and

Dr Bode Ladipo (Health)

You will be joining the already sworn in returning commissioners to reconstitute the Oyo State Executive Council.

So, I encourage you to hit the ground running and keep running until we have to pass the baton. When we are given an opportunity to serve, we have the option to leave a legacy behind. So that even when we are no longer occupying the position of service, people will remember fondly the period that we spent in office as they compare it to our successors.

This is why I say it is our people who have been enjoying good governance in the last two years that are in the best position to respond to the question of who has served their interests better. Our pensioners who are receiving their pensions in full and on time and those whose gratuities are being paid after several years; our youths, those in LAUTECH who are enjoying uninterrupted education or those who had their school fees reduced, or maybe we can talk to the youths who are getting trained in various agribusiness value chains.

We can also speak to the market men and women who are trading in higher volumes because our civil servants’ salaries are paid on time, and there is a general economic development that gives people more liquidity.

Yet, there is more to be done. We remain focused on ensuring that we deliver on the remaining promises in our Roadmap to Accelerated Development in Oyo State, 2019-2023.

So, on that note, we will proceed with the official swearing-in of all ten new members of the Oyo State Executive Council to the glory of God and for the benefit of the good people of Oyo State.

Thank you, and God bless you.

~ Seyi Makinde, October 11, 2021


14 thoughts on “Governor Seyi Makinde’s Remarks at the Swearing in of Ten New Commissioners in Oyo State”

  1. Thanks so much Engr. But on the contrary, why appointing a Lawyer as commissioner for Technology? Being an Engr. Sir, I expected you to promote your profession. Or is there no Engr. in the entire state that can assume that position?
    If am wrong, am awaiting a day when an Engr. will be commissioner for Justice.

    1. Sir the appointment is not commissioner for technology but commissioner for education , science and technology.i feel nothing is wrong with this At the federal Level The minister for works is not an engineer but a lawyer as well. Anybody can be giving an appointment it depends on how you were able to play your leadership role

      1. The fact that such is practised at the Federal Level does not make it right. Fashola does not understand the technicality of the ministry of Works & Housing. Rotimi Amaechi does not have full grasp of Railway Engineering. Can that be done to Ministries of Justice and Health?

        No wonder Seyi also appointed a Statistician to man Ministry of Public Works & Transport. It tells on the quality and timely delivery of construction projects in Oyo State.

        Time will tell. God bless Oyo State.

  2. Lion Muhammed Ibrahim nlcf

    Always appreciate the good work his Excellency started two years ago. Mr governor has done excellent and beautiful job in Oyo state. On this note without any complain Mr governor will surely take Oyo state to greater height. With our prayers Mr governor will continue to put smile in Good citizen of Oyo state. I will also personal would like to work and support the state government in my own capacity.
    Your Excellency come in 2023 there is know vacancy’s in Agodi government house simply because you need to finish the job you are doing because 4years won’t be enough for you to have archive your aim for the good people’s of Oyo state. God bless Oyo state and God bless his Excellency Executive governor of Oyo Engr Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde. The man of the people’s. You’re doing well. From of Executive Chairman Next and Compass.Lion Muhammed Ibrahim nlcf.

  3. Jesufemi O. OPADIRAN

    Your Excellency Sir, I am personally pleased with your patriotic action, decision and determination in ensuring that the State of Oyo lives up to her expectation. God bless and promote you always, Sir.

    Sir, I have a project specifically and specially designed for our scholars at senior secondary level, it’s a project that will assist our scholars in getting their bearings clear, aid them in understand proven ways through which they can be productive while in school, helps them to become self aware of themselves and above all, enables them to build and groom others who are coming behind.

    I have made several efforts to communicate to you, meet a few persons who can link me to you but all efforts proved abortive.

    Sir, I would not mind if I can be given a chance to communicate this laudable idea to you in person, I am sure it will bring about a major difference and impact to your administration.

    I can be reached via 07030137336 or @ [email protected]

    Thank you in advance, Sir.

    Jesufemi O. OPADIRAN

  4. Well done to Governor Makinde. Competence is not necessarily a function of book knowledge, it has to do more about knowledge of what to do per time. Presidents, Prime Ministers and Governors that run nations are not necessarily political scientists, graduates of management sciences. It’s all about you. So, I have no that the governor was well guided in the choice of his cabinet.

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