In the annals of Oyo State’s history, one name stands out as a beacon of transformative leadership – Engineer Seyi Makinde, the Executive Governor of Oyo State. As the state celebrates the birthday of this exceptional leader, it is only fitting to reflect on the remarkable progress and development that have defined his tenure. Engr Seyi Makinde’s visionary governance has touched every facet of the state, leaving an indelible mark of progress and prosperity.
Under Engr Seyi Makinde’s leadership, the education sector in Oyo State has experienced a revolutionary overhaul. The construction of 60 model schools across the state stands as a testament to his commitment to providing quality education. The governor’s foresight is further evident in the renovation and rehabilitation of numerous classroom blocks, ensuring a conducive learning environment for students.
Noteworthy is the cancellation of all forms of fees and levies in public schools, a move that has increased enrollment by over 50%. The provision of free instructional materials and the distribution of 100,000 copies of the compendium of WAEC and NECO past questions underscore Makinde’s dedication to enhancing the learning experience.
The recruitment of 5,000 teachers and 692 education officers demonstrates the governor’s resolve to strengthen the education system. Moreover, the sole ownership of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) and the substantial take-off grant for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Renewable Natural Resources in Iseyin highlight Makinde’s commitment to higher education.
In the realm of healthcare, Engr Seyi Makinde has pursued an agenda of comprehensive improvement. The renovation of 209 primary healthcare centers, establishment of a Neonatal Ward at Adeoyo Maternity Teaching Hospital, and the creation of a Geriatric Centre at the former Jericho Specialist Hospital reflect a commitment to quality healthcare for all.
The recruitment of 533 medical staff, procurement of ambulances, and the increase in health insurance scheme enrollment from 45,000 to 300,000 showcase the governor’s determination to enhance healthcare accessibility and quality. Notably, the various upgrades and renovations of secondary healthcare facilities across the state underline Makinde’s focus on creating a robust healthcare system.
Engr Seyi Makinde’s administration has prioritized the security of Oyo State, recognizing its pivotal role in fostering development. The purchase of operational vehicles for security agencies, establishment of Police Mobile Force Squadron 72, and operationalizing of the 615 Emergency Security Number underscore his commitment to ensuring a safe environment for residents.
The establishment of the Oyo State Security Network Agency (Amotekun Corps) with the recruitment of 2,000 personnel further solidifies the governor’s proactive approach to security challenges. Additionally, the provision of communication gadgets and bulletproof vests for security operatives showcases Makinde’s commitment to equipping the state’s security apparatus.
Omititun has Seyi Makinde is being called has been instrumental in attracting over N35 billion worth of Agribusiness private sector investment to Oyo State. The ongoing Fasola Agribusiness Industrial Hub is poised to be a game-changer in the agricultural landscape of the state.
The revamping of moribund facilities and the training of 3,300 youths under the Youth Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness Project (YEAP) highlight Makinde’s commitment to empowering the youth and revitalizing the agricultural sector. The rehabilitation and construction of over 500 km of roads have not only connected different zones within the state but also boosted economic activities and ease of transportation.
Engr Seyi Makinde’s commitment to infrastructure development is evident in the extensive road rehabilitation and construction projects across the state. From the ongoing Iseyin-Fapote-Ogbomoso Road connecting Oke-Ogun and Ogbomoso Zones to the completed Moniya-Ijaiye-Iseyin Road linking Ibadan and Oke Ogun Zones, these projects are catalysts for economic growth and social integration.
The construction of bus terminals and the Light Up Oyo Project, including the installation of Gas Generators for backup power, showcase Makinde’s determination to enhance urban development and ensure a sustainable and vibrant environment for residents.
Engr Seyi Makinde’s governance goes beyond the conventional, touching on various sectors that contribute to the overall development of Oyo State. The upgrades to stadiums, development of housing estates, and the construction of recreation centers underscore the governor’s commitment to sports, housing, and recreation as integral components of a thriving society.
Furthermore, the focus on ICT infrastructure, the construction of the Shell Gas Pipeline, and the development of industrial parks highlight Makinde’s foresight in positioning Oyo State as a hub for technology, energy, and industry.
As Oyo State celebrates the birthday of the Jagunmolu of Ondo Kingdom, the numerous completed and ongoing projects stand as a testament to his visionary leadership. The governor’s unwavering commitment to education, healthcare, security, economy, and infrastructure has positioned Oyo State on a trajectory of sustainable development.
Let us collectively extend our heartfelt prayers and wishes to Governor Seyi Makinde, acknowledging the positive impact he has had on the lives of the people of Oyo State. May his leadership continue to be a beacon of inspiration, and may Oyo State prosper under his visionary guidance. Happy Birthday, Governor Seyi Makinde!