Wasiu Olatubosun, Oyo State commissioner for information and culture, has said that he has no other ambition in the 2023 election than to market his principal, Seyi Makinde, governor of Oyo State.
The former council chairman and Ph.D holder who described Makinde as a promise-keeper, made the disclosure when he hosted the executive and members of the South West Group of Online Publishers, SWEGOP, in his office, Ibadan.
Olatubosun said he is a beneficiary of the large-heartedness of the governor, adding that “I am a product of the coalition that brought in this administration in 2019 and I still remain a product of the coalition.
“Governor Makinde also gave appointments to several people from the coalition. Many people from the ADC, Zenith Party and Labour Party from the coalition were variously appointed as special advisers into several ministries, agencies and departments.
“Personally, on my ambition, it is true that I have an ambition. I am faithful and loyal party member. I will always defer to my party leaders. But my personal ambition for 2023 is Seyi Makinde,” the commissioner said.
Reeling out the achievements of the governor, the commissioner cited the construction of the N9.9billion 65-km Ibadan-Iseyin Road within the first two years in office, which linked the people of Oke-Ogun area, the food basket of the state to Ibadan and other states.
On security, Dr Olatunbosun hinted that Governor Makinde remains committed to the security of lives and property of the people of the state through the provisions of logistics to security agencies in the state.
“Oyo has 1,500 Amotekun personnel, which is more than what other South-West states have altogether. Governor Makinde gave 100 Toyota Hilux vans to the security outfit and logistics in various forms were also given to them.
“State of the art communication gadgets were also given to the various regular security agencies in the state. While Light-Up Oyo, an initiative to light up the streets, is to also improve the security in the state,” Olatunbosun noted.
“The lackadaisical attitude of the presidency snowballed into the gamut of problems of insecurity across the country today. This can be seen in the unending cases of banditry, terrorism and kidnapping.
“If the presidency had allowed the governors in the South-West to equip the Amotekun, you can imagine how far the Oyo State government could have gone in curtailing the problems of insecurity,” Olatubosun said.
On workers’ salaries, Dr Olatunbosun recalled that, before the advent of the Governor Makinde administration, pensioners and workers were owed several months, but workers and pensioners now receive their salary on the 25th day of every month.
“I must tell you this that many traders and artisans smile home every month because, with the workers getting their salaries on time, the economy of the entire state rests on government workers. Remember, Oyo State is a civil servant state.
“Prompt payment of salary is an avenue to expand the economy. Pensioners collect their pensions as at when civil servants get their salaries. So, as I said, the governor is committed to changing the lives of the people of the state for the better,” Olatunbosun said.
Earlier, Chairman, SWEGOP, Olayinka Agboola, thanked the commissioner for recognising and hosting members of the group and charged him to ensure that the budding relationship between the governor and the group is further strengthened.