Governor Seyi Makinde weekend said Oyo state is to witness more developmental projects if the people re-elect him as their governor in the forthcoming 2023 polls.
The governor stated this in Iseyin at the 41 Days Fidau Prayers for the late Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Dr. Abdulganiyu Adekunle Salau, Ajinese Ologunebi I, held at the Iseyin District Grammar School, Iseyin.
As part of his determination to ensure more development in the state, Governor Makinde said his administration is set to make Iseyin the solid minerals development capital of Nigeria.
He said in doing this, his administration would focus on tourism and solid minerals development if re-elected into office in 2023, adding “his policy document, Oyo Roadmap for Accelerated Development, 2023-2027, already being prepared ahead of the reopening of the campaign window, will capture tourism and solid mineral development as viable tools for achieving the economic expansion agenda of the administration.”
Stating that his administration would also work out how to derive benefits from the Ikere Gorge Dam and other tourist attractions across the state, the governor said, “his administration’s decision to connect Iseyin to all other zones of the state through road infrastructure is not unconnected with its plan to make Iseyin the centre of the state and a solid minerals development hub in the country.”
He said his administration has completed the 65 kilometres Moniya-Iseyin Road, while the 76 kilometres Iseyin-Fapote-Ogbomoso Road has gone beyond 50 per cent. He added that his administration is also constructing the Oyo-Iseyin Road in the same axis.
The governor said the resuscitation of the Ikere Gorge Dam is a top priority project for the administration and that it would receive attention once funds are available, adding, ” concerning the Ikere Gorge Dam, I think I am the first governor of the state who visited the site more than three times,” he said.