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Makinde reiterates commitment to make businesses thrive


Oyo State governor Seyi Makinde. Photo/SeyiMakinde

• Says more airline operators coming to Ibadan Airport soon
• Airtel Africa CEO-designate, Ogunsanya, named ‘African Business Leader of the Year’

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, yesterday, reiterated his administration’s determination to make businesses thrive in all the nooks and crannies of the state.

Makinde, who restated this while receiving in audience the management and governing board of Dominican University, Ibadan, led by its Pro-Chancellor and former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, at the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Ibadan, also gave the assurance that following his administration’s efforts to upgrade the Ibadan Airport, more airline operators would commence operations at the airport soon.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as stating that his administration would partner Dominican University to improve the educational system. The governor equally assured that the government would look into the demands of the university.


Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Anthony Akinwale, commended the Makinde-led administration for making education and healthcare two of its topmost priorities.

In another development, Airtel Africa Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO)-designate, Segun Ogunsanya, has been named the African Business Leader of the Year in the 2021 African Business Leadership Awards (ABLA).

The awards are organised by African Leadership Magazine, a flagship, pan-African leadership-focused publication. Ogunsanya topped the category ahead of Standard Bank Group CEO, Simphiwe Tshabalala.

According to the organisers, Ogunsanya, who also won the Africa Industry Personality of the Year in 2020, was selected in a keenly contested three-step points-based process that included a call for nomination; online voting for shortlisted nominees; and the editorial board’s final review of nominations and voting submissions.

Online voting accounted for 65 per cent of the final outcome, with supporting evidence contributing 35 per cent in the final selection process. The awards attracted over 300,000 entries on the website and across social media platforms, as well as submissions via e-mail and physical posts from Africans across the continent and in Diaspora.


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