Director-General of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Asishana Okauru, has advised the would-be successor of the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, to sustain what he called the momentum of rapid development of the state.
The DG, who gave the advice during a courtesy visit to the governor, on Sunday, said that he was impressed by the beautiful scenery and comely appearance of Ibadan, while on his way to the Government House.
Mr. Okauru graduated from the University of Ibadan in 1998 and was conferred with an award of merit by the institution’s Alumni Association on Saturday for what the organisers called his outstanding contribution to the growth of the association and the country’s polity.
He said, “Ibadan has changed from what it used to be. It is now clean. There is massive development with a thriving economy and I think this government has done so well. I think we have got a solid foundation, created in the last eight years of Governor Ajimobi’s administration.
“This is not the same Ibadan that I left as a fresh graduate 20 years ago. I have visited a number of other cities in the country and I think a lot has happened here within this period if I have to compare; wonderful road networks, despite the economic downturn in the country.
Okauru appealed to the people of the state to scrutinize the pedigree and antecedents of those angling to take over the baton from Ajimobi in May, next year, and ensure that they elected a candidate that would build on the solid foundation Ajimobi had laid in the last seven and a half years.
Responding, the governor thanked his visitor for the commendation, but added that the overwhelming support of the good people of the state, as well as those of institutions had made it possible.
Ajimobi said, “having succeeded in restoring peace and security to the land, which I call the German floor of our development agenda, I was confident that the transformation and repositioning of the state would not be difficult.