Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has expressed optimism that his cabinet would be put in place next week, following the conclusion of the screening of the commissioner-nominees by the State House of Assembly.
This is as he also encouraged parents to see the training and education of the girl-child as a sure way of breaking the glass ceiling over their careers.
Makinde disclosed this while playing host to the officials of the Nigeria British Chamber of Commerce, who paid him a courtesy visit, at the Executive Chamber of his Agodi Office, Secretariat, Ibadan.
The Governor was accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubanwo Adeosun; the Head of Service, Mrs Amidat Agboola; the Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi Ilaka; Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr Abdulmojeed Mogbajubola; Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa and Special Adviser (Media), Mr Jide Ajani, among others.
Open for business
Governor Makinde assured that Oyo State is open for business, stating that he and some of the recently appointed top government functionaries have indepth private sector knowledge which would be used in running the affairs of the State and to deliver the goodies of governance to the people.
He said, “Oyo State is open for business. I came from the private sector and our first female Secretary to the State Government (SSG) also wrapped up her career in Shell just to come and serve the State. So, we have a clear understanding of what trade and investment is all about.”
Noting that although the mentality is that Oyo State is a public sector space, Governor Makinde said his administration is ready to drive it with a private sector mentality.
The Governor declared, “Yes, it is just our two months here but we have learnt a lot. We know that we have been able to deliver at the speed of trust, just the way we are able to build the trust between the government and the workers and then between the government and the people of the State.”
He noted that the Ibadan Chamber of Commerce would have been present for the meeting as well, as the administration is also looking at opening up opportunities, especially those ones that could be tapped into.
Makinde stated: “You mentioned trade mission. Well, I actually will be looking forward to taking advantage of mutual business relationship that the Chamber can foster, especially with the State and the Chamber of Commerce.”
The leader of the delegation, Mr Kayode Falowo, said the team was in the State to introduce the Chamber to the Governor and the State government, as a way of building bilateral business relationships and opportunities.
He noted that the Chamber, with its over 30 corporate members, promotes trade and investment between Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
Falowo added that the Chamber also deliberately creates trade opportunities and embarks on trade mission for individuals, organisations and partners.