By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, said on Tuesday that his administration is in a hurry to develop the State so as to achieve a turnaround of its economy within a short time.
The Governor said that the state was ready to partner with the private sector for accelerated development of the state.
He made the declarations while receiving the management of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, which paid a courtesy visit to his office.
According to the governor, Oyo state under his watch would readily partner with key players in different sectors to achieve its objective of economic expansion and social welfare for the people.
He said, “We are here, we are open for business and we are so much in a hurry to develop Oyo. During our campaign, I had a policy document entitled Roadmap for the Accelerated Development of Oyo State, in which we mapped out of objectives and courses of action for developing the state. What others are doing in eight years, we want to do in four years. Most of the things that take others months, our administration want do it in weeks for the good of Oyo State people.
The Governor stated that Oyo State had many projects that will target the economy and result into the overall expansion of the economy of the state such as the Free Trade Zone on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the Dry Port and his administration’s determination to improve the Ibadan Airport, noting that with these projects, there would be opportunities for housing estates.
He said that the state was willing and able to partner with the Bank, saying that “I don’t know, for now, why Oyo State stopped its contribution to the National Housing Fund. But we will investigate why Oyo State stopped contributions into the programme and if there are challenges, we will engage the Bank to resolve it.
“The programme is desirable and it is in consonance with our plan to take care of Oyo State worker’s welfare and having access to affordable houses is one of the things we desire for the workers.
“In view of this, we will definitely come to you once we get the reason for the stoppage of the contributions to the programme.
“You asked for land, we don’t have oil in Oyo State, we have lands. But we guard our lands jealously. But the Executive Assistant on Investments, Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi will work with the Commissioner for Lands, and they will engage with you.
“Those in charge of the investments in the State will engage with the representatives of the Bank as the State is opening for business.”
Earlier, the General Manager, Treasury Services and Capital Market of the Federal Mortgage Bank, Mr. Kabir Adeniyi Yagboyaju, who represented the Managing Director/CEO, Ahmed Dangiwa, said the purpose of the visit was to congratulate Governor Makinde on his victory as Governor of Oyo State and to acquaint the government with the programmes of the Bank.
He appreciated the Governor for giving the Bank audience, noting that the Bank believed that Governor Makinde’s 100 days in office have heralded significant successes, saying that the Bank believed that the Governor has made remarkable successes in the last 100 days on the payment of salaries and pensions arrears, cancellation of tuition, lighting up Ibadan project, among others.