Makinde meets religious leaders, says Akinyele ’ll be richest council in Oyo
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, yesterday, said that the next five years would bring about a huge transformation in the fortunes of Akinyele Local Council in the state.
He said that his claim would come to pass because of various landmark projects and infrastructure being put up in the area.
The governor, who stated this, while campaigning across the council, said that ongoing projects, such as the Inland Dry Port, the African Development Bank’s Agro-Processing Zone, the Oyo State government-initiated Ilutuntun City, as well as the multifarious infrastructure projects put in place by his administration, would make Akinyele the richest local council in the state within the next five to 10 years.
Makinde, who met with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) at the First Baptist Church, Alade, Moniya; the League of Imams at the Central Mosque, Moniya and the traditional worshippers at Isese Temple, Moniya, urged the religious leaders to support the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidates in the National Assembly, state House of Assembly and governorship elections.
The religious leaders lauded the governor for several projects and policies implemented in the council, including the 65-kilometre Moniya-Iseyin Road, among others.
Also speaking at the Kara Market and the Moniya Junction venue of the campaign, Makinde said his administration had been able to deliver on its campaign promises.
He, however, urged that residents of Akinyele to get prepared for land swap deals in a way that will bring greater benefits to the community.
Saying: “The monarchs should be prepared for such land swap deals in Akinyele too. They should hold those they are in charge of, because the land is our gold here, and Akinyele Local Government is one of the major beneficiaries of the deal.
“Other local governments, such as Iseyin and even Ajia in Ona-Ara, where I am from, because of the Circular Road, will benefit from the prosperity of Akinyele.
“If you are going from Moniya to Iseyin, you would have seen a lot of estates springing up, and even the special agro-processing zone is also here. So, Akinyele, in the next five years, will be the richest local government area in Oyo State.”
Speaking during his meeting with the Muslim community of Akinyele Local Government, the governor also pledged to fix that Ojo-Ayegun Road before the end of the present administration in the state.
He also hinted that the state has sought the approval of the Federal Government to dualise the 9.78km Ojo-Moniya Road.
On the entourage of the governor were his deputy, Barr. Abdulroheem Bayo Lawal and other top government functionaries; wife of the governor, Engr. Tamunominini Makinde; wife of the former governor of Oyo State, Mrs. Mutiat Ladoja; chairman of the Oyo State Advisory Council, Senator Hosea Agboola; members of the Advisory Council, Senators Monsura Sunmonu and Gbenga Babalola.
Others were top PDP chieftains including the Deputy National Chairman (South), Amb. Taofeek Arapaja; Dr. Saka Balogun; Chief Jacob Adetoro; Chief Sunday Ogunlade, among others.