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Published On: Mon, Jul 22nd, 2019

Critics of my style of governance won’t distract me, says Makinde

Critics of my style of governance won’t distract me, says Makinde

OYO State Governor Seyi Makinde has said that he remained undeterred by the critics of his style of open governance, saying their antics will not distract him from recording giant strides.

The governor gave the assurance while speaking at the inauguration of the Southwest Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the United Kingdom (UK).

He noted that he was aware why there have been searchlights on his person and his administration.

A statement by Governor Makinde’s Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, also quoted the governor as urging PDP stakeholders to readily project the good deeds of the party’s officeholders in order not to give room for negative narratives.

Makinde, who observed that interest groups in the UK had played important roles in the politics of Nigeria, said no fewer than 200,000 Nigerians now live in Britain.

The governor added that the task ahead of the PDP is to regroup and launch chapters everywhere Nigerians are found.

Makinde said: “I am aware of the enormity of the responsibility that rests on me. The searchlight is beamed upon me, and all my actions are being met with the strictest scrutiny.

“I know that it is the seeming controversy that will be given more attention. My open declaration of my assets is generating furore in certain quarters, but these are unnecessary distractions, my focus and the focus of our administration is on good governance. We shall not be distracted.”

The governor also seized the opportunity to invite investors to Oyo State, declaring that his efforts so far have been geared towards eradicating the out-of-school children syndrome, which he said, presently stands at 400,000, as well as the expansion of the state’s economy and promoting security.

“In the past month, I have focused on two things to set Oyo State on the path to greatness: ensuring that we put the right policies and processes in place and working with ideas that will help increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the state.”

He stated that his focus on security was borne out of the fact that without security, businesses cannot thrive, adding that he had given his commitment to enhancing security to the Commanders of the Task Force in charge of Oyo and Osun, “Operation Burst”.

According to the governor, the decision by the state government to cancel the N3, 000 school levy and examination fees had resulted in an unprecedented huge turnout of students for placement examination into JSS1 and the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) conducted in the state last week.

The governor also said the commitment of the PDP towards strategising for the future was not in doubt, adding that members of the party must also be alive to their responsibilities.

 

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