The Oyo State Executive Council has directed an immediate interface between top government officials and relevant stakeholders to keep them abreast of the state of the nation as it concerns the uncertainties in the economy, security and social infrastructure.
A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olalekan Alli, on Sunday, disclosed that Governor Abiola Ajimobi would take the lead by holding a town hall meeting with members of the public on a quarterly basis.
He said the council gave the directive at its November 4 meeting in the spirit of good and participatory governance.
The SSG said the new policy direction would be a regular dialogue geared towards conveying government’s plans, policies, efforts, and actions taken to surmount the various challenges posed by the state of the nation.
Alli said, “As a matter of policy there will be public engagements with a focus on issues such as security of lives and property; social and infrastructural services, such as health, water supply, roads, energy, education and the environment.
“The discourse will also centre on the economy/finance, including internally generated revenue, salaries and pensions, as well as the welfare of the citizenry, including workers.
“To this end, all heads of ministries, departments and agencies, including commissioners and permanent secretaries shall formally hold a briefing and interactive session with their respective members of staff once in a month.
“All local government chairmen and heads of local government administration are advised to formally hold a briefing and interactive session with their respective members of staff once a month. They should also engage the citizenry in a town hall meeting once a quarter.”
In the same spirit, the SSG stressed that the Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, would also hold a formal town hall meeting with members of the public once in a quarter, in addition to using various media channels and vehicles to interact with the public.
Alli was optimistic that these new measures would bring the people closer to the government and would serve as a veritable platform to obtain firsthand feedbacks to smoothen the relationship between the government and the governed.
He said such regular conversation with the people would keep them abreast of government’s policies, plans, programmes and activities and forestall misinformation, misunderstanding and mischief capable of heating up the polity.
He enjoined stakeholders to take advantage of the highlighted public engagement process by making meaningful contributions that would assist the government to undertake life-enhancing programmes for the citizenry.