Governor Ajimobi Democracy Day Speech

Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, says his administration has delivered the dividends of democracy to the people of the state in the last seven years.

The Governor, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Mr Bolaji Tunji, on Monday, gave his administration a pass mark, particularly in infrastructure development, security, education, agriculture and health care.

Governor Ajimobi said his government had built more roads than all the previous administrations combined since the inception of the fourth republic.

He listed some the completed roads to include the dualisation of strategic township roads in Ibadan such as Toll Gate interchange-Challenge; New Garage-Toll Gate Interchange and Onireke-Jericho-Aleshinloye-Dugbe-Agbarigo Road, as well dualisation of major township roads in Oyo, Ogbomoso and Iseyin, while ongoing roads include Eleyele-Ologuneru-Eruwa road, dualisation of Saki.

He said the administration in the state has revived Ibadan Circular Road project, which had remained a dream in the last 15 years, noting that the first phase of the project has been awarded to ENL Consortium Limited at the cost of 70 billion Naira, under a build, operate and transfer arrangement.

The governor also said the infrastructure upgrade included the Urban Flood Management Initiative targeted at checking the recurrence of the 2011 flooding in Ibadan, which consumed many lives and property.

According to Mr. Ajimobi, the state also recorded milestones in education with the floating of the Education Trust Fund through which stakeholders now collaborate with the government to improve service delivery and boost the standard of education in the state.

He also mentioned the establishment of the Oyo State Model Education System Initiative (OYOMESI), which seeks to inculcate moral values in students and the School Governing Board (SGB) policy, which is a participatory model that brings together all stakeholders in the education system in the management of public secondary schools.

The governor said no fewer than 36 companies had been attracted to the state in the last seven years, generating about 4,000 direct employment for residents according to figures from the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, while the state was rated fifth most investment-friendly by the National Bureau of Statistics has attracted more than $61m (N22.4bn) in Foreign Direct Investment.

Governor Ajimobi added that the health sector has also benefited from the unique vision of our government with the floating of a 50 billion Naira Health Endowment Fund and a Health Insurance Scheme, both of which are firsts in Nigeria.

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