…calls for attitudinal change
By: Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has called on the state citizenry, in their bid to have a corrupt-free society, to fight against all forms of impunity, just as he also admonished them to change their attitude towards the development of the city, environment and government policies.
The governor made the plea on Saturday at the grand-finale of the Ibadan Cultural Festival 2017, held at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Oke-Ado, Ibadan.
Ajimobi lamented the unpleasant attitude of indigenes to the development of the city, cleanliness and support for government policies, stressing that a city could only grow through collective efforts.
“Ibadan is an historical home of warriors and these warriors have conquered several wars in the past. We have to brace up to uphold the legacy as the society demands today.”
“Our own war today should be for the development of the city, against indiscipline and poverty,” he said.
Ajimobi pointed out that selling of goods on the streets destroys the environment and government had continually preached against such act.
The governor maintained that the state government has begun the enforcement of its environmental laws, adding that anyone now caught flouting the law would be punished according to the laws.
“Our society will be better if the people embrace the right attitude. It is difficult for any government to do it all without the support of the people. Investors can only come into the city if the environment is clean and attractive,” he said.
Earlier in his address, the President-General of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), Chief Wole Akinwande commended the governor for the signing of Oyo State Real Properties Protection Law in the state and the progress made so far on Ibadan Master Plan.
He urged the people to make cleanliness of the city an habit, saying that their “Clean Ibadan” programme carried out during the festival was to encourage the people on the habit.
While also speaking at the event, the Chairperson of the festival, Princess Olaide Salawu, called on the indigenes to always strive for the growth and development of the city, noting that: “If you have been so much blessed in Ibadan, then this land is your Jerusalem. Don’t let it be a one day affair.
She added that: “Seek for the peace, cleanliness and advancement of Ibadanland and all who loves her shall prosper.”