Ibadan – Out-going Gov Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State said in Ibadan on Thursday that his administration was leaving the state better than he met it four years ago.
Alao-Akala, who made the remark in a special valedictory address to the people of the state, said: “We have no reason to leave the scene unannounced”.
“The leaders who bow out of office secretly are those that have disappointed the masses of the people and for fear of public recrimination or condemnation, they take their exit through the back door.
“Four years ago, when we assumed the mantle of leadership of Oyo State, our solemn oath was that by the time my tenure ends I will leave the State much better than we met it,” he said, urging people to cast their minds to 2007 and make a dispassionate comparison of the situation then and now.
“We are very proud of our achievements which cover all sectors of the State economy. Infrastructural decay which became synonymous with governance in Oyo State has become a thing of the past.
“Our State capital is wearing a new look and the facilities available now are comparable to what obtains in a few cities in the country. For decades, street lights and traffic control lights have remained undesirable luxury in our State capital, but today, we have started to taste modernity,” Akala said.
The governor highlighted some achievements of his administration to include capacity building of the State Civil Service through intensive local and overseas training, erection of a modern State Health Institutions in Nigeria, the Ladoke Akintola Teaching Hospital and College of Health Sciences, equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities, comparable to what was available only in the best Medical Institutions among others.
“Earlier this week, our State won the first Zonal position in the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) good Performance Award for 2009 with a plague and N100m prize. This is an improvement on our earlier efforts when we secured the 2nd position a few years ago,” Akala said.
He noted that such numerous unsolicited Awards and recognition gave credence “to our satisfaction that we have done what you expected of us”.
“We can say, with all sense of responsibility and corporate pride, that we have not borrowed any money from any bank or financial institution to finance all these laudable projects that we have itemized.
“As I step out of office, I have no regret or ill-feelings towards anyone. At the very beginning, I had a vision and today, I am deeply fulfilled that I have been able to translate my vision for Oyo State to reality,” Akala said
He implored the entire Oyo State workforce to show the same commitment and dedication to duty to the in-coming administration.
“To our party loyalists, I admonish you to look forward with hope to the future, let us accept the reality that the only thing that is constant is change.
“I wish to seize this opportunity to thank all those who have worked directly with me either in government or at party level for their loyalty,” the governor said. (NAN)