Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde, has reiterated his commitment to ensure sustainable development, refocused on four pillars; the economy, education, healthcare and security in Oyo.
The governor who stated this at a public forum in the state explained that the developmental pillars were the same four pillars focused on in the last four years.
While noting that Omituntun 2.0 was an upgrade, the governor said “We returned over 50,000 children to the classrooms through targeted interventions, such as maintaining the no-fees in public schools’ policy, we plan to return another 50,000 to the classroom in the next four years”.
In the next four years, he said, “We shall not rest on our oars. We will continue to give the security agencies in the state the support they need to more effectively and efficiently carry out their duties and responsibilities.
“We will further strengthen the state security architecture by training and retraining Oyo Amotekun corps members to be involved in intelligence gathering at the local level.
“At the federal level, we will continue to push for reforms that will strengthen local policing and ensure that our people continue to sleep with their eyes closed.
“Our vision is to further grow our economy by building on the gains in agribusiness. Additionally, we plan to bring in investments in solid minerals, sustainable energy and tourism.
“We are already working towards achieving this goal. Just ten days ago, we were in London to woo investors at the Oyo State International Business Summit (OYSIBS) 2023. This sets the tone for activities we will carry out in the next four years.
“We will continue to be bullish about getting local and foreign direct investments into the State as we focus on youth development and creating employment opportunities for 60 per cent of our population that form an energetic workforce, he said.
The governor has therefore directed the creation of the Oyo State Mobilisation Agency for Socio-Economic Development (OMASED).
According to him, this agency will be mandated to establish a public orientation and sensitisation framework into which all agencies and departments of government must key in.
“This framework will ensure continuous sensitisation and enlightenment using traditional, electronic and social media. I further direct that this framework should incorporate a timetable for the enforcement of all existing traffic, waste management and street trading laws,” he added.