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Nigeria @ 62: Keep hope alive – Makinde




GOVERNOR of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has charged Nigerians to cast their votes in defense of good governance during the forthcoming general elections in 2023.

  Governor Makinde, who stated this while speaking at the special thanksgiving church service to commemorate Nigeria’s 62nd Independence anniversary, held at the Cathedral of St. Peters, Aremo, Ibadan,  on Sunday, said that Nigerians need to keep hope alive as according to him, there is light at the end of the current dark alley in the country.

  He urged the people to keep hope alive and be steadfast in their prayers for the nation.

  The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, stated that despite the series of challenges the country is witnessing, the people need not lose hope.

  The governor added that aside the rise in crimes and criminality, the country is also burdened by economic difficulties, which he said appears to defy social-scientific prognosis.

  He stated:”A peep at the front cover of any of the national dailies published in Nigeria easily portrays a country in dire straits. But our message today is that of hope; that there is light at the end of the dark alley and like Moses confidently declared to the children of Israel in Exodus 14: 13, the Egyptians whom we see today, we shall see no more forever, Amen.”

  He said that Oyo State has, however, been able to stay afloat despite taking its share of the national crisis.

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  He said: “But here we have chosen to ride the storm through the faithful implementation of the poverty to posterity mantra of this administration. In line with our dedication to rise above the national tide, this administration launched the Roadmap for Accelerated Development of Oyo State, 2019 to 2023, immediately we assumed office on May 29. 2019.”

  And with the religious implementation of the four-point service delivery agenda encapsulated by the roadmap, we isolated the four key existential realities of human beings including Security, Health, Education, and Economic expansion, using the agribusiness value chain.

 “The result of the carefully welded service delivery programme, encapsulated in the four-point service agenda, is the positive outcomes being witnessed in the state today.

  “As our people go to the polls in February and March 2023, I can only urge you to cast your votes in defence of good governance and service delivery.”

  In his sermon, Bishop of Ibadan North Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Williams Aladekugbe, urged Nigerians to always be their brothers’ keeper

  He called on those in positions of power and authority to use their positions to uplift the less privileged people in society. 

  He also decried the worsening insecurity and economic challenges in the country.

Aladekugbe urged the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve their issues and end the strike without further delay.

  He stated that the strike was seriously affecting the entire teaching and learning system among students and their lecturers across the country.

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  The clergyman commended the Governor Makinde-led administration for the regular payment of the workers’ salary as and when due, adding that the series of infrastructural projects being undertaken by the current administration in Oyo State are visible across the nooks and crannies of the state.

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