Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has declared that Nigerians should use the occasion of the nation’s 60th independence anniversary to focus on moments of its happiness rather than looking behind and living in regrets.
Governor Makinde, who stated this on Thursday, October 1, 2020, in his State Broadcast in commemoration of the country’s diamond jubilee, said that the country has got some things right in the last 60 years, noting that the current democratic experience is one of the positives that must be maintained and nurtured to maturity.
The Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, noted that shortly after the State Broadcast, the State Governor also led other Oyo State Government functionaries on a Walk, which started from the Arcade of the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.
He maintained that 60 years of independence is a landmark that should have been celebrated with pomp and ceremony but that the COVID-19 pandemic has restricted the celebrations, stating, however, that Oyo State Government decided to embark on the Independence Walk, while the Quarterly Live Interview with the Governor would also be held to interact with residents of the State.
According to the Governor, though a lot of people would choose not to see anything good in Nigeria and would want to spend the rest of the day reminding Nigerians of all the times the country has failed the test of nationhood, it is not all a tale of woes, as the country has got some things right.
Governor Makinde called on all Nigerians to continue to give democracy a chance, stating that residents of Oyo State are now enjoying true democracy following their decision to vote for the people’s Government; adding that the administration has succeeded in reducing the State’s infrastructure deficit faster by using various funding approaches to get the job done.
He said: “Our various road projects are proceeding on schedule: The Moniya-Iseyin road is 57 per cent complete, the 21km Airport-Ajia-New Ife road with a spur to Amuloko, which was just commenced in August 2020 is already 4 per cent complete; The Apete-Awotan-Akufo road and Under G-Stadium-LAUTECH-2nd Gate road are underway. We recently re-awarded Saki Township road and awarded the Gedu-Oroki-Sabo-Ashipa road in Oyo Town.”
The People’s Governor added that the Akobo-Ojurin road, which according to him, was mismanaged by the contractor engaged by the last administration, is on the verge of being re-awarded.
He called for patience on the side of the people whenever they noticed that expected dividends of democracy are slower in coming, noting that one of the disadvantages of the system is that it must follow bureaucratic processes, which often slow down decision-making, pointing out that the worst of democracy is still much preferred compared to military dictatorship.