10 Key Take Aways from Governor Seyi Makinde’s 3 Years in Office Media Chat on BCOS


As part of activities to mark his third year in office, the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, held a media chat on the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS). During the chat, he discussed his scorecard for the past three yearsand fielded questions from residents of Oyo State. 


Below are the key takeaways from the media chat:


1. That the internally generated revenue of Oyo State has grown from about N1.7 billion monthly which the Makinde-led administration met to about N3.3 billion monthly this year, 2022. This was achieved through bringing more people into the tax net, enforcing the collection of already existing taxes such as the land use charge and plugging leakages.


2. That under Makinde’s watch, Oyo State has moved from 26th position to 11th position in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) rankings in Nigeria.


3. That the Oyo State Government will withhold the subvention of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) until the lecturers return to the classrooms.


4. That Ibarapa people are right to feel marginalised but that the Oyo State Government would double up its efforts to ensure that major road projects in the zone can commence soon. The Eruwa-Lanlete-Maya Road has been approved for rehabilitation while the Ido-Eruwa Road project has been awarded and the government is working on funding so the projects can commence.


5. That the Oyo State Government has no intention to ban okadas as they cater to a gap in the market. And that banning them wholesale would lead to an increase in criminal activities. Rather, the government is registering them to ensure that their operations are properly regulated and the riders are identifiable for security reasons.


6. That the Atiba FM and silo project in Awe would be completed before the end of the current administration’s tenure in 2023.


7. That the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education’s transition to a university of education is work in progress. At the next meeting of the Oyo State Executive Council, the Executive Bill proposing the required amendment the institution’s laws would be approved for onward transmission to the Oyo State House of Assembly. 


8. That the Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) being renovated in the 351 wards in the state would be equipped and staffed. 200 of these PHC renovations have been completed already.


9. That the major part of the Ibadan Circular Road project -the bridges and interchanges – have been re-awarded and work has resumed. And that the General Gas Flyover, Akobo, Ibadan, was almost complete and would be commissioned in two weeks’ time.


10. That the government had to choose between connecting the zones in the state and fixing internal roads and that because they believed connecting the zones was more important, they did that first. Now, the government would start fixing internal roads in the state. Under the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP), 1,000 kilometres of feeder roads in Oyo State would be rehabilitated.


Bonus – Quotable Quote: ‘Some people create divisions to get political power. But in Oyo State we have been able to bring people together’. – Seyi Makinde