Governor Ajimobi announces second term agenda

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Oyo state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi this week spoke about what he wants to achieve in his second term in office. Addressing members of the newly inaugurated 8th Oyo State House of Assembly, Ajimobi said his second term policy thrusts are transportation, education, health, environment, agriculture, social welfare, restructuring ministries, departments and agencies, infrastructure, and internally generated revenue.

Here is what the governor said on each issue.

TRANSPORTATION

With the cities in the state being transformed into urbanized status, and Ibadan the capital gradually becoming a mega city as a result of population growth, it is envisaged that serious challenges will be experienced if we do not adequately plan ahead. It is therefore imperative to revolutionize mass transportation by exploring complimentary transportation system such as light rail. The preliminary stage has already taken-off.

EDUCATION

Human capital development founded on quality education shall be one of our key purviews. Whilst intensifying the completion of the six model colleges to upgrade our infrastructure facilities to an acceptable global standard, we shall also require your support and understanding to encourage greater involvement of willing and interested stakeholders that are keen in collaborating in the Public/Private ownership and management of schools (This is an IBPulse.com exclusive report). In the same vein, this government shall also encourage the contribution by sponsors, including parents, in the financial responsibilities hitherto totally shouldered by government. These among others, shall go a long way to checkmate poor quality of performance of students in public examinations.

HEALTH

More emphasis shall be placed on Primary Health Care. Additionally, this administration shall further promote Health Insurance Scheme in the State an initiative that will capture both workers in private and public sectors, as well as members of the public that are self-employed who may voluntarily decide to join the scheme.

ENVIRONMENT

Further to our environmental developmental pursuit a more global approach to solid waste management will be adopted, even with the conversion of waste to energy as a major focus. The private sector participation is welcome on this.

AGRICULTURE

In order to further consolidate our earlier investment in this sector, with the provision of mechanized facilities, we shall resuscitate and upgrade our existing farm settlements to produce more food, attract further revenue and value addition. We shall collaborate with local and international organizations and institutions to facilitate this.

SOCIAL WELFARE

While recognizing the impact of our youth engagement policy via the 20,000 jobs created in the YES-O scheme, more focus will be placed on youth empowerment, provision of soft loans to enhance self employment and the development of entrepreneurial skills.

RESTRUCTURING OF MDAs

It is critically imperative at this stage of our national development to further promote a merit-driven and enhanced service delivery culture. It is equally incumbent on government to reduce the cost of governance considerably. To this effect, this administration shall restructure the Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

INFRASTRUCTURE

In the last four years, the progressive government of our party (APC) adopted spatial development strategy whereby all zones of the state were targeted for basic social and physical infrastructure. As I did promise in my inaugural speech on 29th May, 2015; we shall definitely widen the scope of infrastructure development. With the assistance of the Federal Government, we shall reanimate the Inland Dry Port at Erunmu.  At the same time, Industrial Parks will be established in designated centres to boost industrial activities. The State Government will pursue the upgrading in partnership with the Federal Government, the Ibadan Airport to a cargo airport status to further promote economic activities in the South-West Zone of Nigeria.

INTERNALLY GENERATED REVENUE (I.G.R.)

In our bid to enhance the fiscal status of the State, a complete reengineering is desirable for our revenue base in view of the current realities. The current laissez faire attitude to revenue generation is undesirable.  The Board of Internal Revenue will be repositioned for optimal performance. We shall also embark immediately on Land Reform programmes.  Certificates of Occupancy (Co f O) shall be processed in record time while all abandoned and under-utilized government properties shall be redeveloped and remodelled to boost revenue generation.

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