The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Monday, took oath of office for second term, calling for support of the people to deliver on his electoral promises.
At the swearing-in, which took place at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan, the governor pledged to put aside his self-interest and serve the state to the best of his ability.
Makinde said, “Four years ago, I took an oath before God and you, the good people of the state. I pledged to put aside my self-interest to serve you to the best of my ability. Today, I stand before you to renew that pledge and reaffirm these solemn words.
“And as we usher in Omituntun 2.0 on this day, I see another opportunity to reflect on our first term in office, recall our promises made and promises kept, and renew those promises you have given us another opportunity to keep. We have worked hard to stimulate and accelerate economic and social development in the state.
“And so, as we face another four years with this mandate that you have given us, we again, in all humility, ask for your support. With your backing, we know our vision for Omituntun 2.0 will become a reality.”
Meanwhile, the governor made his first political appointments on Monday by retaining his Chief of Staff, Segun Ogunwuyi, who was the Translation and Implementation Committee Chairman, and named the Group Business Editor of the Nigerian Tribune, Sulaimon Olarenwaju, as his new Chief Press Secretary.
Makinde, who made this announcement at the presentation of the transition report, held at the Executive Council Chamber, Governor’s Office, Agodi, Ibadan, said the newly-appointed CPS would hear of his appointment through the media as the choice was made after a diligent research.
Meanwhile, Governor Makinde, on Monday, ordered the immediate dissolution of the Disciplinary Committee of Park Management System led by Lamidi Mukaila, popularly called Auxiliary.
A statement by the newly appointed Chief of Staff, Segun Ogunwuyi, said, “I have the directive of the state governor, Makinde, to inform you of the dissolution of the disciplinary committee of PMS with immediate effect from Monday, May 29, 2023.”
The deputy governor and myself have been at the forefront of the last administration and we are still there. So, this is just symbolic. We have received the notes. It will guide me on the days ahead on how we will start the Omituntun 2.0.”
In his brief remarks, the Chairman of the Transition Committee, Ogunwuyi said the state, in the last four years, had witnessed tremendous progress, as over 80 per cent of the promises made in the Roadmap for Accelerated Development 2019-2023 under Omituntun1.0 had been fulfilled.