The Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, says sustained adherence to democratic tenets will boost Nigeria’s efforts to achieve the desired growth.
She said this in Ibadan on Sunday during a special service at St. Peters Cathedral, Aremo, organised to commemorate Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary.
Adeosun said: “One good decision we have taken since 1999 is to stick to democratic rule, which affords the people the opportunity to renew the mandates of their leaders and straighten the leadership recruitment process at regular intervals.”
The SSG said the country’s 60th anniversary was an occasion for all Nigerians to thank God for keeping the country united.
“Even amid the myriad of challenges, especially the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic, which has humbled even the best of the health systems around the world, we have every reason to give thanks to the Lord.
“God has not only kept us together as a united nation but He has also given us hope for the rebirth of our nation and our state,” she added.
Adeosun urged the citizens to remain hopeful in spite of the numerous challenges facing the country.
Besides, the SSG reiterated the commitment of the Gov. Seyi Makinde’s administration to ensuring that the people of the state continued to reap the benefits of good governance.
She said that the Makinde-administration had recorded many feats, particularly in the areas of health, education and security, adding the state government had provoked economic growth through investments in the agriculture value chain.
Adeosun urged the people of the state to continue to support the government to enable it to take the state to a greater height.
In his sermon, the Provost of the Cathedral, Revd. Adewale Adebiyi, said that no nation could have any meaningful development without the promotion of justice.
He urged the state government to always promote justice and be fair to all the people of the state.
He, however, advised the federal and state governments to do more in providing adequate security for all the citizens.