Oyo Assembly Approves Government’s N2b Loan Request to Finance Projects | The Guardian Nigeria News
• Makinde promises to make the state peaceful and attractive
• Afenifere is concerned about insecurity,
• Commends Governor for infrastructure development
• Stakeholders propose solutions to threaten
The Oyo State House of Assembly yesterday approved the state government’s request to access an additional N2 billion naira loan facility from Fidelity Bank Plc at a concessional interest rate of 12% per annum and a repayment period of 12 months.
The facility is needed to fund donor-supported projects across the state. The President, Adebo Ogundoyin, said it was imperative and timely for the Oyo State Government to fulfill its own part of the project agreement to ensure the speedy completion of the projects.
In another development, Governor Seyi Makinde said yesterday that his administration would continue to uphold religious harmony and peaceful coexistence despite the religious diversity in the state.
Makinde, who made the pledge, while hosting members of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Reverend Supo Ayokunle, in his office, said the state has remained peaceful despite its diversity.
In his remarks, the Sultan of Sokoto commended the governor for uplifting the state to greater heights. Furthermore, Ayokunle said people live together in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility in the state.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State chapter of Afenifere, popularly known as Afenifere Ipinle Oyo, has expressed concern over insecurity in the state, following alleged attacks on Yoruba youths by Fulani shepherds in Alaga on the Iseyin-Saki road on June 18, 2022.
The group also recalled the Owo Massacre and the kidnapping of Rt. Rev. Aderogba on Oyo-Ogbomoso Road, penultimate week.
These were contained in a press release issued after the group’s monthly meeting in Ibadan and signed by the Secretary of State for Publicity, Remi Adegbola.
The group, while wishing a speedy recovery to the victims, urged Governor Makinde “to bring the Oyo State Police Command to fish out the thugs and bring them to face the music for their dastardly act.”
He therefore called on Nigerian politicians to tread lightly, avoid bitter and violent politics during their campaigns, saying, “Their campaigns must be for the benefit of the masses.”
The socio-cultural organization also praised Makinde for various infrastructure projects his administration is carrying out in the state.
RELATED, critical stakeholders offered a possible solution to the challenges of statewide insecurity. They stressed the need for traditional leaders to join in problem solving.
Stakeholders including former Secretary to the Government of Oyo State and Maye Balogun of Ibadanland, Chief Sharafadeen Alli; The General Chairman of the Central Council of Indigenous Peoples of Ibadan (CCII), Oluyemisi Adeaga and others said this during a public lecture titled: “Ibadan: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”, organized by the chapel correspondents from Nigeria headed by Oluseye Ojo. Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council, held at the Press Centre, Iyaganku, Ibadan, in commemoration of Olubadan’s 100 days on the throne.
All Progressives Congress (APC) Oyo South senatorial candidate Alli, who spoke on the topic, said the Ibadanland leadership had set up a neighborhood security network to combat civil unrest , gangsterism and hooliganism which constituted security threats for the future. from the city.
Additionally, Adeaga, in his remarks, said, “Security is a technical issue and not a physical assault. Many things are deployed to address security issues. In addition to the psychological aspect, there is the deployment of IT to solve security problems. Even at the level of Ibadan, we have a security network that revolves around all the mogajis, baales and chiefs of Ibadanland.