Oyo State Governor Engr. ‘Seyi Makinde has called out critics who described the the recent power project embarked by his administration; the Independent Power Project (IPP) has a waste of public funds.
Makinde, who stated this during a special thanksgiving service held at First Baptist Church, Igbojaye, Itesiwaju Local Council of Oyo State reemphasized that the project will power the Government House as well as other critical state assets such as schools, hospitals, streetlights, and a stadium, among others.
He also stated that his administration would continue to leverage Oke-and Ogun’s the state’s four comparative advantages, which include agribusiness, tourism, solid minerals, and commerce.
He said: “Concerning the power project we are embarking on in Ibadan, they have been criticising us. They said the 11 megawatts project does not make any sense because it will only power the Government House. Let me say here today that they need to do more research. It is not only Government House that it will power, but all the streetlights within 10 kilometres radius, hospitals, schools, Judiciary Complex and the stadium.”
“For us in Oyo State, we are saying you should evaluate us based on what we said we would do and whether we are doing it or not,” the governor added, urging detractors to judge him on his electoral pledges.
He said that his administration had continued to capitalize on each zone’s comparative and competitive advantages.
He added: “In Oyo State, we have both comparative and competitive advantages in about four areas. One is agribusiness.
“The second area is solid minerals and Oke-Ogun will also feature when we talk about the development of solid minerals. Another aspect is tourism. The hanging lake, which is at Ado-Awaye, is a perfect example and the Oke-Ogun zone will feature too. The deepest Gorge Dam on the entire continent of Africa is at Ikere. So, this zone will also feature as far as tourism is concerned.”
“You can only hope that God’s will be done,” Makinde cautioned those lobbying for a second term for him, praising the clergy and people for their persistent prayers.
Earlier in his sermon, Rev. (Dr.) Gabriel Olanrewaju, President of the Oke-Ogun Baptist Convention, stated that the nation requires trustworthy leaders to overcome its issues. In their interactions, he continued, leaders must also fear God.