By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has reiterated that his administration will remain open and transparent throughout his tenure.
he stated this while receiving a delegation of the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) led by Mrs. Bukola Smith, who paid him a courtesy call in his Office, Secretariat, Ibadan.
The governor , who said that Oyo State was open to the business that breeds developmet maintained that he would conduct the business of governance in the state in an open and transparent manner in order to bring the desired development to the State.
“Oyo State is open for business and we try to take a different trajectory from what we have been used to in the past. What we are doing is very simple. It’s just to be open and transparent; these are our watchwords. We want to conduct government business in an open and transparent manner.”
He added that his administration was ready to partner with any organisation whose proposal would bring value to the Government and the people of the state.
Governor Makinde assured the FCMB team that his government would give equal opportunities to all banks, urging the team to be comfortable in making their proposition.
He stated further that the working proposal submitted by the team would be studied and acted on accordingly, saying: “You don’t have to lobby anybody if what you have in your proposal is good and is able to bring value to the Government and people of Oyo State.
“Of course, we will be open and discuss it with you. If we have issues that we are not clear about, we will put them on the table.
“So, you should really be comfortable dealing with us, because we will definitely give you an equal opportunity with other banks. We don’t have any preference for any bank. We are value-driven. If there is value on the table, we will deal with it.”
The Governor appreciated the support received from the FCMB during the just-concluded retreat organised for the top functionaries and political appointees in the state held at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).
Earlier, the leader of the team, Mrs Bukola Smith, who is also the Executive Director of FCMB, said the visit was to intimate the governor with the products of the bank.
Smith noted that the visit was also to rejoice with the governor on his victory at the Election Petitions Tribunal, adding that the bank recognised achievements recorded so far by the new administration.
She said the bank was ready to partner with Governor Makinde and see how to help to make him achieve his administration’s objectives in areas such as health, education, security and industry