Governor Say McKind of Oyo declares that the inhabitants of the state and the Nigerians who survived 2020 should thank God, and many describe it as a tough year, but God’s grace He said he saw them through the various challenges that characterize the year.
The Governor argued that despite various events that caused the state to retreat economically, the state government was still able to record a significant reduction in the state’s infrastructure shortages.
McKind stated these in the 2021 New Year’s greetings, which became available to Ibadan newspaper reporters, according to a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Taiwo Adisa.
He characterized a fall in oil prices in 2020, which led to a significant decline in revenue from federal allocations and the resulting economic collapse, but in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and the #EndSARS protest. Among other challenges, the state was still able to count their blessings.
According to the Governor, his administration’s efforts in restoring the health, education and security sectors have had positive consequences, while the administration has also been able to grow the state’s internal income (IGR).
He states: * “At the end of 2020, I remember the very popular 1897 hymn” Count Your Blessings “by Johnson Automan Jr. This song encourages us to appreciate the good things that happened in our lives. “When you do this, you often find yourself overlooking many positive points. *
“Many people describe 2020 as a tough year. Earlier this year, falling oil prices led to a significant decline in revenue from federal allocations and the resulting economic collapse. In March, cases of coronavirus disease occurred in many states in Nigeria: “This required a federal blockade of interstate highways. There was no complete blockage in Oyo. However, the economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic were unavoidable. A few months later, they faced a massive protest by young people and others who were angry with the atrocities of the police. Later events also set us back financially.
“But 2020 is not defined by these events. As the first verse of the song says,” When you were discouraged, you thought everything was lost, counting your many blessings, Name them one by one, and you will be amazed at what the Lord has done. “
“Let me talk about some of the blessings that people have brought to us in 2020.
“We continued to work on the government blueprint roadmap for accelerating development in Oyo from 2019 to 2023, and we slowly but surely reduced our infrastructure deficit. I am happy to report that I have continued.
“As of September 2020, we recorded an internal rate of return (IGR) of 25.6 billion Nayirah. Using half-year figures, IGR increased by 26.4% year-on-year.
“The dying industries such as Pacesetter Quarry and Asphalt Plant, Ijaye, Agbow Shopping Complex, Ibadan, Pacesetter Fruit Processing Company, Oko, etc. have been handed over to Concessionaire. Will contribute to.
“We are facing new challenges posed by the influx of people and businesses into Oyo. Due to our good governance initiatives and business-friendly environment, more people are coming to ours. I’m attracted to my beloved state. I believe that city traffic complaints will soon be a thing of the past as we work hard to rehabilitate, expand and build roads. Iow Road, New Ife Road, Challenge, Oyo’s bus terminal is scheduled to enter service in 2021.
“In education, we have continued to make progress in building model schools, blocking classrooms, boundary fences, sinking boreholes, etc. We also trained teachers to reduce the ratio of secondary school students to teachers. We have hired 5,000 teachers.
“We were able to solve the protracted problem of Radcare Kintra Institute of Technology (LAUTECH), and now Oyo is the only owner of this institution.
“In agriculture, we signed the Oyo Agribusiness Development Agency (OYSADA) bill and stipulated the establishment of Oyosada. We have started the renovation and extension of Saki’s headquarters. Also, in collaboration with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). , Start Them Early Program (STEP) has started. This initiative brings agribusiness education to secondary schools. In addition, the Oyo State Youth in Agribusiness Tomatoes Project has started training young people in agribusiness.
“Last year’s security highlight was the launch of the Oyo State Western Nigeria Security Network (codenamed Amotekun). I know there are tooth-growth problems, but the corps serves the interests of the people of Oyo. Rest assured, we also believe that all the well-meaning residents of Oyo will work with the corps to secure all 351 districts of the state.
“Our healthcare sector has seen improvements in recruitment and training as well as infrastructure. We used a pandemic to upgrade and rehabilitate Igbo Ora and Awe’s primary health care centers (PHCs). We have also refurbished and equipped the PHC in Arfin, Oyotown and the ALGON General Medical Center in Eingramer, Ibadan. Currently, there is one infectious disease center in Orod. In Ogbomosho, a piece of Lautech Education Hospital The building was renovated. Meanwhile, Saki took an incomplete project and turned it into a 100-bed specialty hospital. Our plan to rehabilitate one PHC for each ward in Oyo is in full swing. . “
* Governor McKind *, who urged state residents to maintain a positive outlook for the New Year, said the state was open to business and his government continued to promise to uplift the state, never. Of course people who said they wouldn’t get help.
He added: “We will continue to maintain a positive outlook for 2021. Oyo continues to operate. The Oyo Investment Public-Private Partnership Agency (OYSIPA) has announced that local and international companies have opportunities to invest in Oyo. I’m always talking with both of them.
“We never take your continued support for our administration for granted, and we do not take our promise to serve lightly. We are good in Oyo. We will continue to keep our promise to put you as the first of all the decisions we make.
“And at the end of 2021, there may be more reasons for us to look back and be amazed at” many things the Lord has done. “
“May 2021 be better than 2020.”
Thank God for surviving in 2020 – Seyi Makinde
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