By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
It was an historic sight to behold at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan, as Oyo State, the intellectual capital of the Western Region heralded the second coming of the jinx breaker, Governor Abiola Ajimobi amid pomp and colour.
People from all walks of life in the social milleu converged on the venue to witness the historic event in the annals of history of the state.
Speaking during his inaugural speech, Gov. Ajimobi disclosed that since 1976 when the state was created, seven of them (those jostling to occupy the position for the second term) have stood before the people of the state to take the gubernatorial oath in which 26 in all have administered, adding that the Almighty, in His wondrous ways, ably assisted by the audacity of people’s votes, has made him the only of those numerous men to take the gubernatorial oath a second time.
Ajimobi, however, used the medium to highlight the policy thrust of his government, which he said would be guided by the manifesto of their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), as well as their personal desires to leave imperishable legacies that would carve out immortality for all individuals and government.
The cardinal thrust of his administration, according to him, include consolidation of peace and security in the state, deepening inclusive and transparent governance, widening the scope of infrastructure development and upgrade of the 2015 Urban Renewal Initiatives.
Others were human capital development, which he said, would be founded on quality education, skill acquisition and healthcare delivery, re-engineering of socio-economic infrastructure for economic emancipation and progress, with the goal to repositioning the finance of the state, revitalization and development of agriculture and agro-allied industry for value addition. In a bid to achieve these, the governor maintained that he would make human capital development the cornerstone of his policies.
“Indeed, every of our cardinal programmes shall be founded on a solid superstructure that is fixated on human capital. Thus, none of the programmes shall be executed without firmly prefixing within them the quest to better the lives of our people.
“We will take seriously the upgrade of schools to functional, modern models of learning. Their physical infrastructure will be ensured and our commitment to the mental development of our children, as well as upgrade of their teachers, will be irrevocable. We will rededicate ourselves to a healthcare programme that is premised on qualitative health for a greater number of people.
“Our urban renewal initiative will be consciously primed on the need to create employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed people in the state, as well as capitalize on the need to ensure a surging traffic of investors keen on platforming on the transformation of the state into an urban metropolis.
“Our urban renewal programme will be founded on a waste-to-wealth initiative that will utilize waste for generation of electricity and exploit its urea by-product”.
With the realization of the paucity of funds from the federal purse, Ajimobi also promised to re-engineer the finances and economy of the state towards financing of his lofty milestone projects. Various cultural and calisthenics displays were exhibited at the venue, all in honour of the governor, whom many described as a pacesetter in the state.