Thinking well is wise whilst planning well is wiser, but doing well is the wisest of all. The Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde has practically proven that quality is never an accident but the result of an intelligent effort. It is no longer news that Governor Seyi Makinde is laying infrastructure as vital base for the socio-economic transformation of Oyo State economy.
Those who are conversant with the developments in the state also know that the preoccupation of the current administration is anchored on four major pillars; Education, Health, Security and Economic expansion, in which infrastructure development plays a critical role.
Undoubtedly, infrastructure creates the form of a city and enables life to go on smoothly for the people. To a great extent certain, Governor Makinde’s administration, within two years in office, has been able to touch the ground, having put in place outstanding infrastructure, which has brought about positive contributions to the growth of the state’s economy.
In making sure that the dividends of his democracy get to the doorstep of everyone in the state, the governor is redefining local government administration in the state. Scholars have described local government administration as one of the civic affairs of a city, town, or district by its inhabitants. Before now, the LG has no Commission in the state but Governor Makinde has ensured the construction of Modern Office Complex for Local Government Service Commission and Local Government Staff Pension Board within the secretariat to enable them to carry out effective work in a suitable environment.
This, however, is seen as a journey to make a real impact that changes lives, give meaning to life and living, and turns the vision of the masses into realities. He has shown utmost zeal and an unfailing tenacity to do whatever necessary within the powers and reach of a true leader, and with all needed dexterity, wit and wisdom, to make a real impact have meaning and give real liberation to the masses.
No gainsaying that Governor Seyi Makinde has etched his name in gold in Nigeria with tremendous transformation around the state. The reconstruction of Ancient Akesan Market engulfed by fire is a reflection that he is passionately committed to providing succor to the good people of Oyo State when such need arises. The modern market is equipped with modern facilities such as parking space for cars, a mini police post, space for mini bank branches, a mini food court, customary court, administrative building, waste facilities, and adequate sanitation facilities to cater for the traders and visitors.
In addition, while the market will be a good source of internally generated revenue for the state through taxes and levies on economic activities in the market; it will serve as a meeting point for residents, visitors, and tourists; and will propel the local economy, attract wholesale merchants from across the country and elevate commercial activities, which will have a multiplier effect. Akesan market will also attract investment in other sectors of the state economy and provide a conducive and secure environment for commercial activities in the city of Oyo.
Governor Seyi Makinde came with the mindset to revamp the state’s economy, promote the spirit of entrepreneurship and resuscitate industrialization. If you watch keenly, He is focused on creating wealth, improving living standards, and reducing poverty. As a result, He has not only shown considerable interest in the construction of many roads but also remodel, reconstruct the dilapidated and moribund infrastructure in the state.
Among others, let me also put some words down on the reconstruction/expansion of Challenge Roundabout, with Traffic Control System, Modern Bus Terminal, Ticketing Area and Side Attraction Park; Ultra-Modern Bus Terminal project in Iwo Road, Oojo and Challenge, Ibadan. All of these are projects that would enhance the socio-economic activities of the state and ease the movement of people and vehicles in the state capital.