Oyetola Promises To Sustain Hope In Osun.

 Oyetola Promises To Sustain Hope In Osun.

Oyetola Takes Over From Aregbesola In Osun.

The state’s chief judge, Oyebola Ojo, administered oath of office and oath of allegiance on Oyetola few minutes past 1pm at a well attended event held at Osogbo City Stadium.

Earlier, his deputy, Benedict Gboyega Alabi, took oath of office and oath of allegiance.

Dressed in all white brocade with purple cap, Oyetola, who was flanked by his wife, Kafayat, in his inaugural speech, promised to prioritise workers and pensioners’ welfare.

Oyetola also pledged to build on the successes of his predecessor, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, promising to sustain tempo of development the state had witnessed in the past eight years.

He said, “To reposition the economy of our great state, we shall organise the Osun Economic Summit within the first quarter of our first year in office.

“The multi-stage, multi- stakeholders summit will dissect and recommend strategies which will drive meaningful youth employment, enhance food security, agricultural development, activate mining prospects and boost tourism potential of this state. We will showcase Osun as a strategic location for industrialisation.

“We are convinced that the peaceful atmosphere, a welcoming people, low crime rate, communal peace and the relative stability of electricity supply (particularly in the capital city) will attract local and foreign investors.

“We will develop the free trade zone while strengthening Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as a way to enhance their productive capacity to generate jobs and create wealth. To further boost our local economy and increase the revenue base, we shall make Osun a cultural destination and a tourism enterprise zone in the Southwest.

“We shall improve on the Internally Generated Revenue of the state in ways that do not bring additional burden to the people. We will make health and education more accessible. Employment opportunities will be created through industrialisation and expansion of agricultural activities through appropriate incentives.

“To boost agriculture and food security, our administration will consolidate on the agricultural land expansion programme (the Land Bank), with additional target of 20,000 hectares to the Land Bank. We will establish nine new farm settlements (one each per federal constituency) while we push forward on our promise to establish agro-industrial parks and produce markets.

“As we promised during the campaign, the era of a mono-cultural economy must end. We will do all within our capacity to explore and fully utilise our stock of solid minerals. We shall re-position the Omoluabi Minerals Company for resource mapping and exploration of minerals.”

Speaking earlier, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who represented President Mohammadu Buhari, commended the peaceful transition and assured that the Federal Government would continue to support the state to improve its infrastructural amenities.

He charged Oyetola to rule with the fear of God and ensure that all projects initiated by his predecessor were completed.

Addressing the gathering, APC leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, commended Aregbesola for laying good foundation for Osun’s development and charged the new governor to follow in his footsteps.

“My goodwill message is to congratulate Aregbesola. He had a progressive mandate and for eight years, he successfully handled his administration.

“That is by no means a little achievement. Thanks for working the talk. We have come together solidly for continuity after the establishment of this administration. No going back to the bridge of selfishness and corruption that have held back our country.”

Apparently referring to sixteen years reign of PDP, Tinubu said, “We are not going back to the old scavenger and corruption, they have not laid a good foundation for our country.

“Instead, they laid the foundation of personalisation and greed. To the new governor, Gboyega Oyetola, you should follow the path of progressiveness laid down by your predecessor.”

National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, led other dignitaries to the event.

Others include, former governor, Chief Bisi Akande, former governor of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, former governor of Ekiti State, Chief Adeniyi Adebayo, immediate past governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, his wife, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola.

Governors Isiaka Ajimobi (Oyo), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos) and Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano) also attended the ceremony.

Ayomide Oyewole

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