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Critics of open governance can’t distract me-Makinde …Says Oyo open to investors [video]

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Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has declared that critics of his style of open governance cannot distract his government from recording giant strides in the State.
The governor, who made the declaration while speaking at the inauguration of the South West Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the United Kingdom, said that he was aware why there has been so much searchlight on his person and his administration.
A statement by Governor Makinde’s Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, also quoted the Governor as charging PDP Stakeholders to readily project the good deeds of the party’s office holders in order not to give room, for negative narrative.

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

 

He said that the task ahead of the PDP is to regroup and launch chapters everywhere Nigerians are found.
The Governor 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.”

PDP  National Deputy Publicity Secretary Hon Diran Odeyemi and a  PDP South East chieftain Mr Paul Obaieke from Nigeria at the  PDP Southwest  UK chapter inauguration held in London.

He added: “I know that it is the seeming controversial 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.”


Governor Makinde 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, accounts for 400,000 right now, expansion of the state’s economy and promoting security.

Governor Seyi Makinde flanked by the Chairman, PDP Southwest UK chapter, Hon Soji Adewusi and wife.

“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 Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the state.”

 

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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.

Interactive session: Secretary for PDP Southwest, Rev. Bunmi Jenyo and Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and Lashley Oladigbolu in a selfie.

According to the Governor, the decision by the state government to cancel the N3, 000 school levy, and examination fees had resulted in the 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 that the commitment of the PDP towards strategizing for the future was not in doubt adding that members of the party must also be alive to their responsibilities.
He said: “The PDP has one job and one job only: regroup, refocus, re-strategise. Creating Chapters, everywhere in the world where Nigerians are found, shows our commitment to this job. I believe Nigerians have had the opportunity to see clearly which party really means business.

“I have one request to make of you: never stop talking about the good things we are doing. When good things are not given prominence, the consensus is that only bad things are happening. We cannot allow evil narratives about the PDP or its stakeholders to gain any type of momentum. It is our jobs as worthy ambassadors to shut down such narratives, quickly and definitively.”

Taiwo Adisa,
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Oyo State.
July 21, 2019.

Above   Videos of the event as recorded by Lashley  Oladigbolu of KBJOJO News  in London.

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