What Ajimobi wants in a successor

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As his government gradually closes shop, Ajimobi seems ready to anoint his successor with long list of expectations 

Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has been silent, at least publicly, about who will succeed him and this is believed to have contributed a lot to the ever-growing list of candidates and billboards lining the streets. But yesterday, had an idea of what the governor pictures his successor would be through a statement by the Oyo state commissioner for information, . . .

According to the piece, Governor Ajimobi’s successor must be ready to build on the foundation his predecessor has laid in building a modern Oyo State.

According to the statement, the next governor must be prepared and work hard to move Oyo State upwards the current administration’s achievements which the commissioner described as follows: the current 4th investment-friendly state in Nigeria, four-star rating in facilitating foreign and domestic investment by the Nigerian Investment Promotions Council, renaissance of the night economy, 147 per cent increase in key players in the hospitality and tourism sector, the best West African Senior School Certificate result in 18 years, the Geographic Information System project and implementation of the Ibadan Master Plan as well as other master plans.

The governor wants his successor to advance to phase 2 of e-governance beyond pay roll system automation, add to the Ajumose fleet of 100 mass transit buses provided for both the general public and those dedicated to civil servants.

There is a much longer list for the successor:

The next ‘constituted authority’ will be required to manage the N50bn Health Endowment Fund, Oyo State Education Trust Fund, Oyo State Security Trust Fund as well as the first state health insurance scheme in Nigeria. The next Mr Governor must position Oyo State in taking advantage of the completion of the Lagos — Ibadan Expressway and the Federal Government’s rail project; open up the state to more Agric investors beyond the Dangote Group, Friesland Campina and others; grow Oyo State Pace Setter Integrated organic Farm, Songhai Model, Awe and provide additional farm land for them beyond the current 250 hectares. The next occupant of the governor’s lodge in Ibadan needs to reduce the time frame for the processing of the electronic C of O from the current 60 days, deploy the data from the land and house enumeration across the state for better planning, continue the infrastructural revolution with the rehabilitation, expansion, and completion of road networks like the 110km Ibadan Circular Road.

Listing where we are in Oyo State in some sectors is germane to the issue at hand because a. call to leadership is a call to advance the current situation a call to move things forward, a call to make a positive difference by improving the status quo. Do we have that individual who can make the difference? Of course. Even Governor Ajimobi agrees that there are “eminently qualified” aspirants to the Governor’s Office. With a lot of sound curriculum vitae in the air, what then should determine the choice?

“One thing is as sure as death. Great leaders are not those who aspire to be leaders but those who set out to make a difference. Governor Ajimobi’s successor must be the one that is hungry and thirsty for making a difference, one that is passionate about success; living and breathing excellence with a rare commitment to developing Oyo State just like his predecessor. That is only when that individual will make a difference…. the difference that will mould the building blocks on the foundation and pillars of a modern Oyo State,” stated Toye Arulogun, Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism.

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