The Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has declared that residents of the State and Nigerians should be thankful to God for surviving 2020.
He statef that though many would describe the year as a tough one, God’s grace saw them through the various challenges that characterised the year.
The Governor maintained that despite various events that set the State back economically, the State Government was still able to record a huge reduction in the infrastructure deficit of the State.
Governor Makinde, according to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, stated these in a 2021 New Year Address made available to Newsmen in Ibadan.
He noted that though 2020 was characterised by drop in oil prices, which led to a huge drop in revenue from Federal allocations and the attendant economic meltdown, the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests, among other challenges, residents of the State could still count their blessings.
According to the Governor, the efforts of his administration in fixing the health, education and security sectors have yielded positive results, while the administration was also able to grow the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, of the State.
Governor Makinde, who urged residents of the State to maintain a positive outlook for the New Year, said the State is open for business and that his Government remains committed to its promise to uplift the State, adding that it would never take the support of the people for granted.
He prayed that “May your year 2021 be better than your year 2020.”