According to report reaching oyogist.com, Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, on Thursday, said his administration will continue to deploy available resources for the growth and development of the state, calling on residents to continue to participate actively in the budget-making process.
The governor stated this while speaking at the Stakeholders’ Consultative Meeting on the 2022 Budget, held at the Ogunlana Hall, International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.
The meeting was the third of its kind after similar engagements had been held on the 2020 and 2021 Budgets.
Last year, the government equally held stakeholders’ consultative meetings in the seven zones of the state last year.
While speaking, Governor Makinde noted that there is no zone in the state that has not felt the impact of his administration’s developmental efforts since it assumed office a little over two years ago.
He pointed out how over 500 projects have been completed in the education sector alone, adding that while the Moniya-Iseyin Road and the LAUTECH-Under-G Road, Ogbomoso have been completed, several others including the Ajia-Airport Road with spur to Amuloko; Oroki-Gedu-Asipa Road, Oyo, and others are on-going.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying that the government will continue to do what the people ask it to do in terms of development.
He said: “This is the third in the series of stakeholders’ meetings we have held since we came into government in 2019.
“Our meeting today is in keeping with our promise to always have the input of the people when we are producing the Oyo State Budget.
“I believe we should also have a session at the beginning of each year where we can give the report of the performance of the previous year’s budget.”
“So, early next year, we will call a wider stakeholder meeting where we will give you the report of our budget performance for the year 2021.”
“For the first time last year, we had stakeholders’ meetings in all the geopolitical zones in Oyo State. And this year, we are continuing with this inclusive practice. As we go around to the different zones in Oyo State, we want to, again, hear from you as we commence the budget planning for the 2021/2022 fiscal year.
“A few weeks back, the Speaker came to me and told me that the Ibarapa zone is lagging behind in terms projects. In all honesty, he appreciated the farm estate we are trying to put up there and appealed that we should fast-track the process. And now, the contractor has been mobilised for the Ido to Eruwa Road project.
“So, I can authoritatively say that there is no zone in Oyo State that this government has not touched.
“Last year, after this kind of session, we, again, prioritised education and infrastructure. These two sectors have always been the two areas that you, the good people of Oyo State, have shown to be of paramount importance to you. The result is that we are able to complete over 500 education and infrastructure projects in the last year.
“We will continue to deploy the resources of Oyo State for the growth and development of our state. We have always stated that this government is your government.