From what we learnt here, the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, made a promise last Friday night during a quarterly media chat in Ibadan, that workers within the state will get their 13th-month salary on 28 December of this year.
The current administration in the state has reportedly paid the salary for the month of December on the 16th, which will aid workers’ preparation for the Christmas festival.
Governor Seyi Makinde has made a shocking revelation on why he still uses his private car for state duties
While making this known, the Governor revealed that his government hasn’t made any purchase of an official car for any state official. He also mentioned that he still uses his privately owned car for public duties.
“When we started, Oyo State’s finances were in a bad state. At the moment, I still use my personal car. We have not bought any car for the officials, this will cost billions,”
Another remarkable festive feat in the state is the stunning Christmas decoration at the popular Iwo Road, a major road linking the state to Lagos and northern region. This will be an attraction for travellers coming into the state and other indigenes. However, the governor made a shocking revelation that not a single penny was spent on that decoration from the government purse. According to him, it was funded by the regular Christmas gifts given to the governor.
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Governor Seyi Makinde's administration has been commended for being proactive and transparent
Among the issues, he addressed during the media chat was bothered on transportation. Seyi Makinde disclosed that:
“On transportation, we have been extremely lucky. We do have a good road network, we just need to maintain it. We need to attract more people to our state,” the governor said.
“I don’t see the current influx of people into Oyo State as a challenge; I see it as a huge opportunity to grow our economy. The dry port, rail network and the Circular Road are good opportunities to kick start the real estate sector.
“Yes, it will present a few challenges but there is an assurance it won’t turn to another Lagos. We will recreate infrastructure similar to Ikoyi but with value for money.”
Other issues discussed were on healthcare improvement, Street trading, Oyo State’s IGR and how to solve the protracted challenges confronting Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).