By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
As Nigeria celebrates her 59th Independence anniversary, Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has charged Nigerians on the need to change our orientation to put national interest first above all egocentric concepts that negate the progress of the nation.
Makinde gave the charge in his Independence Day address to commemorate the occasion held on Tuesday at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan congratulates all the good people of Oyo state for witnessing another edition of the National celebration in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
He said “the Independence Day Celebration used to be marked with funfair, but this edition calls for moments sober reflections on the state and the nation at large.”
Makinde pointed out that his administration will continue to chart a course that will launch Oyo state into a land of great investments with economic opportunities and agricultural development so that the state in no distant future will be a state of pride.
According to him, “Welfare programmes will be our focus in order to create a good life for all the citizens of Oyo state as we pursue our four policy thrust of Agricultural development and its value chain;Health; Education; and Security.
“We have a genuine desire to embark on aggressive strategy on Mechanized Agriculture and Agricultural value Chain that would not only provide employment for our people but one that would make Oyo State the Food Basket of the Nation.
“In order to achieve a greater level of educational development, we must invest in the all-round development of our opportunity for self-development Self- reliance and Self-actualization by exposing them to training that will assist them to become patriotic and responsible citizens in the Society.
“Hence the intervention programme flagged-off with the distribution of textbooks and exercise books to all the schools in Oyo state.”
He used the occasion of this year’s celebration to seek the cooperation of all progressive-minded people, civil servants, artisans, stakeholders, political leaders and followers assuring that all interest will be accommodated to ensure that every part of the state has a sense of belonging irrespective of their political or religious inclinations.
The occasion featured the usual march pass by pupils and students in primary and secondary schools in the State as well as paramilitary and non- governmental organizations.