Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, reiterated his administration’s determination to continue to make businesses thrive in all the nooks and crannies of the state.
The governor, while receiving the management and governing board of Dominican University, Ibadan, led by its Pro-Chancellor and former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, assured that following his administration’s efforts to upgrade the Ibadan Airport, more airline operators would commence operations in the Airport soon.
Governor Makinde stated that his administration will partner with Dominican University to improve the educational system of Oyo State.
He equally assured that the government will look into the demands of the University.
He said: “First, let me thank you for your support during my election. The Catholic community supported me 100 per cent and I know where the University is. I have had meetings and I believe it is the Teachers’ Institute that is located around that place. So, I have taken the road before and I am sure we need to do something and we will.”
Makinde, who maintained that his government will look into the institution’s request for a review of taxes imposed on it by the state’s Board of Internal Revenue, said the matter will be resolved in a win-win manner.
“The former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, said he will be flying to Abuja in the Air Peace Airline this morning and I said that the singular act of introducing competition removes the cost of travelling between Ibadan and Abuja from N80,000 to N30,000 now. So, you don’t need to go to Lagos.
“You can get N30,000 flights in here. More competition is coming, as more airlines will start operating from this place. So, the options will really become multiple for us,” the governor noted.
Makinde had, while responding to the request of the University for the restoration of about 40 hectares of land it lost to the Lagos-Ibadan Rail project, assured that his administration will support the University to recover the lost hectares of land.
He added that the state-owned Akufo Farm Settlement was equally affected by the rail project and the Circular Road, stating that his administration has been operating an open-door policy and that it will find a lasting solutions to the challenges of the Dominican University.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Anthony Akinwale, commended the Makinde-led administration for making education and healthcare two of its topmost priorities, adding that with Governor Makinde at the helms of affairs, Oyo State is in good hands.