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5 Things Seyi Makinde Said In His Interview With BCOS TV



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Seyi Makinde on BCOS interview

Oyo State governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, on Saturday, December 21, 2019 joined live on the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) discussing governance issues in Oyo State.

Here are the key points of the Governor’s live broadcast With BCOS TV:

1. Caller: Okeho/Itesiwaju road is not good.

Makinde: We will look into it , we will ensure no part of Oyo State will be cut off from other parts. Governance will cover all parts of Oyo State.

On health: Primary Healthcare centres (PHC) There is stress on the General Hospitals because of lack of facilities in the PHCs. Oranyan PHC is the standard we will use for all PHCs in Oyo State. We have about 600 of them but most are not fit for purpose.

I spoke to the people running it, instead of having 600, let’s rationalise them. We will start by ensuring 1 per ward is fully functional. We are working making healthcare insurance more effective, once this is completed, we will have more resources to deploy to address this. The plan is to have fewer but fully functional primary healthcare centres in Oyo State.

2. Caller: street sellers, what is the plan to stop this?

Makinde: Street trading will not be eradicated overnight. some of them are breadwinners, and that is their main source of income. I agree it’s very dangerous. Our position is, we can’t chase them off the street without an alternative

The ones removed from Ojoo, were moved to the Akinyele trailer park. At scout camp, we reduced the rent for stalls and ordered installation of electricity, toilets etc. we have to be careful we don’t take away their means of livelihood without offering alternatives. Dealing with the issue of street trading requires careful planning and implementation by the government.

Q: we notice work is ongoing for roads in Ibadan, what about outskirt or side roads? For example we’ve seen some roads, from Lagos to Apata (Akala way), with 3km left to finish it, it was stopped. We will complete this road.

Traffic will be reduced considerably once this is completed. Some of thee projects that the immediate past administration awarded have not been stopped especially the contractors doing the right thing, even if we didn’t agree with the costing. We want to make ourselves accountable that is why we set up the Oyo State Financial Crime Commission.

3. Caller: Operation Burst issue in Ogbomoso and on LAUTECH Teaching Hospital sacked staff:

Makinde: I am aware of the issues, LAUTECH Teaching Hospital problem is linked to the issue with the main school. Once we can take over the school, we can resolve the issue with the hospital.

On the Operation Burst complaint, my Security SA is here, any genuine complaint, we will investigate so that the security agencies can punish those found guilty of any misdeeds.

On appeal judgement: I thank God and the people of Oyo State. You spoke and that was why we won in March. I want to thank the judges too. All 7 judges at the Supreme Court stood for the truth. The time for politicking and partisanship is gone, it’s time for good governance.

I thank you all. All the political parties too. We thank the people of Oyo State for the confidence they have in us and we will work hard to meet the expectations of the people of Oyo State. Let’s accept that this government is a set up by God for the development of this state.

Some of our youths that came to Abuja, had an accident in Alakia and we lost one of them – Yemi Adeniran (aka Like that). May his soul rest in peace. It gives us sober reflections in the midst of our celebration. I pray God will strengthen the wife and family.

On salary, his birthday and christmas celebration: Anywhere you are on Christmas day, please celebrate my birthday. Buy chicken and turkey and celebrate. We will be paying the 13th-month salary for civil/public servants by the 28th of December.

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