The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, says his government would pay special attention to the less privileged and the disabled.
The Governor declared this while hosting a special Eid-el-Fitri celebration at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.
Governor Makinde said that those who have been privileged to govern in the past have kept the disabled out for too long.
“After my swearing-in, and I was being conducted round the Government House, I saw that there was no place for the disabled and I asked the Head of Service; ‘how will my people in Beere, the disabled and the less privileged gain access to this place?’
“I told her I will be a protocol and logistics nightmare because I will always open the doors of Government House to the disabled and less privileged. ‘So always put them in your arrangement whenever you are planning a programme,” the Governor said.
He hosted the Muslim Community in Oyo State and also hosted the disabled from the Rehabilitation Center for the Disabled, children from the Juvenile Correctional Institution and Childcare for Abandoned Children and an orphanage, the Ark of Hope Foundation.
He also promised to ensure religious harmony in the state, adding that it was the prayers of the religious leaders that ensured his victory at the last election.
Makinde noted that, “While coming here, some people came to me that I could send somebody because it was just a social gathering for Salah celebrations, but I insisted on coming in person because our government will not discriminate against Muslims or Christians.You will see that I have demonstrated that by appointing, a Muslim, Chief Luqman Bisi Ilaka as Chief of Staff. That is also because there is no family in this state where you don’t have Muslims and Christians. So when they discriminate against one religion or the other in other states, it does not get here.”
He also asked religious leaders not to relent in their prayers for those in government, particularly now that their prayers have come to pass with his success at the polls.
“I want to plead with you that you should not stop praying for the government and those of us in government because I do tell people that what you need to win an election is far less than what you need to run a government. What we need is for development to come to Oyo State and development will come only in an atmosphere of peace.
“That is why as soon as I came into government and people started saying that the NURTW people wanted to cause mayhem, I proscribed them. It does not matter which faction supported me or which one did not. I am the Governor of all the people of Oyo State and it doesn’t matter which party you belong,” Governor Makinde added.
The Deputy Governor, Aderemi Olaniyan, told the people that the government in Oyo State would continue to respect the religious rights of every individual, and that the ceremony would be bigger next year because of the Governors’s commitment to religious harmony.
The Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheikh Abduganiy Agbotomokekere, urged the Governor to keep his electoral promises, adding that his electoral victory was secured because many people in the State see him as a promise keeper.