Oyo IPP project ’ll power hospitals, others, Makinde promises
Says critics must assess government based on electoral promises
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde, yesterday, said that contrary to claims by some opposition elements, the Independent Power Project (IPP) embarked upon by his administration would power the Government House and other critical state’s assets, including schools, hospitals, streetlights, stadium, among others.
The governor, who gave the assurance while speaking at the special thanksgiving service held at First Baptist Church, Igbojaye, Itesiwaju Local Council of Oyo State, added that his administration would continue to leverage the four comparative advantages of Oke-Ogun and the state generally, 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.”
The governor asked critics to evaluate his performance based on his electoral promises, saying: “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 them or not.”
He said that his administration had continued to leverage on the comparative and competitive advantages of each zone of the state.
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.”
Makinde, who appreciated the clerics and the people for their consistent prayers, cautioned those campaigning about second term for him, saying: “You can only pray that the will of God be done.”
Earlier in his sermon, President of Oke-Ogun Baptist Convention, Rev. (Dr.) Gabriel Olanrewaju, noted that the nation needs trustworthy leaders to survive its challenges. He said leaders must also fear God in their dealings.