Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Wednesday said that there is no room for the Charlatans to govern the State again.
Governor Makinde made the disclosure in Ogbomoso yesterday, during the flag-off ceremony of Phase Two Light-Up Oyo project, where he noted that “the opposition politicians in the State have nothing to offer.
Makinde said that the same opposition politicians who have been posturing about 2023 were roundly rejected by the people in 2019, stating that such politicians have nothing to offer by trying to distract him with talks about 2023.
He asked them to calm down, as it is too early to start talking about the second term. Makinde stated that even if he decides not to seek re-election in 2023, the state will not fall into the hands of charlatans anymore.
“Let me sound this, if I will not seek re-election, I am sure that Oyo State will never, again, be in the hands of charlatans. So, calm down. It is even too early to start talking about a second term. Some parties that do not have even one councilor are saying that they will send me out of the Government House in 2023,” he said.
In a similar situation, Government Makinde launched the phase two projects of Light-Up Oyo.
According to Makinde, who said the phase two of project Light-Up Oyo was made possible through numerous overwhelming commendations of successful execution of the Light-Up Oyo phase one, which saw some major roads and streets in Ibadan the Capital City of the State alive with lights deploying Smart LED street-lighting technology.
According to the Project Consultant, Governor Makinde’s recognition of security as the first requirement for development is the driving force behind the Light-Up Project, which, he noted, will, apart from providing illumination, have Wifi and CCTV Cameras incorporated into it.
Governor Makinde also kicked-off the construction of the 3-kilometer Under-G-LAUTECH Road.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, he indicated that the governor stated these while kicking-off the second phase of the Light-Up Oyo Project, awarded at the cost of N28,360,975,609.76 (Twenty Eight Billion, Three Hundred and Sixty Million, Nine Hundred and Seventy-Five Thousand, Six Hundred and Nine Naira, Seventy-Six Kobo).
He said the project is expected to cover 223.8 kilometers of roads across all the zones of the state, commending the state’s Bureau of Public Procurement for saving the state over a billion Naira after it vetted the original proposal.
He added that the second phase of the Light-Up Oyo Project is expected to be completed within nine months, noting that the first phase in Ibadan is already at 87.5 percent completion.
He stated that phase one would have been 100 percent completed but for the COVID-19 pandemic, which stopped a number of expatriates from making it to the country.
Mr. Taiwo stated that the project was awarded to Messrs Ledco Allied Enterprises, following what the government saw as an impeccable track record brought to bear in carrying out the Phase One of the project and the smart LED street lighting technology used for the project, which was first of its kind in Oyo State in terms of the magnitude of deployment, efficiency, and financial commitment.