By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, September 17, declared that his administration will not chase traders from the streets without providing alternative locations for them to trade.
Delivering a keynote address at the second edition of the state’s inclusive budget initiative on the 2021 Budget at the University of Ibadan, Governor Makinde maintained that his government would effectively stop street trading only after providing alternatives.
He noted that though street trading poses some danger, the government will not go after commoners seeking a decent means of livelihood without first providing alternative markets where they can carry out their trades.
“Furthermore, we want to stop people from selling on the street. We will encourage you and do everything to ensure your commercial activities go smoothly
“Let it be on record that until we provide an alternative for traders on the street, we won’t send them away. But when we provide an alternative for them, like Scout Camp, we will make it functional and that’s the way we want it to be done. Some people can go ahead to twist whatever we have said but the truth is always constant, and the people of Oyo State know the truth,” he said.
Governor Makinde, at the Budget Consultative Forum ahead of the 2021 Budget of the state, said that in his quest to positively influence the state’s economy and enhance the quality of life, his administration he has approved the payment of N1.65 billion for the remodelling of Primary Health Care Centres (PHCs) across the 351 electoral wards in the state.
According to Gov. Makinde, though the state would need to spend between N7billion and N11 billion to properly remodel all the 351 PHCs, he approved the sum of N1.65 billion in a bold step to ensure the delivery of modern PHCs in all the electoral wards before May 29, 2023.
He also said that he recently approved the release of the sum of N1,080,000,000 (N1.08billion) to the Oyo State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) for payment of 2018 leave bonus of the affected teachers.
The governor called on residents of the state to get involved in the budget consultative process which, he said, will take place in seven locations across the state.
He declared that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation of the 2020 Budget has touched every sector of the state, a development which he attributed to the inclusion of the people in the budgeting process.