Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde has said that he will be celebrating his birthday in Saki just like he did last year.
The Governor made this known earlier today during a town hall meeting with stakeholders ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
Makinde noted that other regions in the state had tried to convince him to mark his birthday in their zones, but he had decided to celebrate at Saki.
He said: “I have been in Saki town since yesterday. This isn’t the first time I have slept in Saki. I will still be back here in Saki. Other zones are even jealous of this town. They tried to convince me to move my birthday celebration to their zone, but I refused. I will be back in Saki before the 25th of December to mark my birthday here in Saki.
Governor Makinde further noted that the purpose of his visit to Saki was to discuss with stakeholders both at the party level and in the community on pertinent matters ahead of the 2023 elections.
“This is a town hall meeting, and I will be back for campaign. We will flag off our campaign on January 5, 2023, in Mapo, Ibadan, then we will move to Igboora then we will move from LG to LG to campaign.
“The visit yesterday was amongst the PDP stakeholders to resolve our issues. I’m glad that our efforts and reconciliation are yielding positive results.
“Today’s town hall meeting is between us, artisans, market leaders, and traditional institutions to deliberate.”
Speaking on the Saki-Ogbooro-Igboho road, Governor Makinde said that he had visited the project on Tuesday morning for a spot assessment and that the contractor in charge of the construction will return to the site to commence the laying of asphalt before December 25th.
Makinde also reiterated that his administration is committed to completing the project and will not waver on its promise to deliver quality construction.
His words: “Among the few things mentioned, one pertinent issue is the construction of the Saki-Ogbooro-Igboro road. I have already visited this morning for a spot assessment of the situation. Well, we will always celebrate in Oyo State. I inspected the road from Kolawole junction.
“Drainage costs more in road construction. At least 30% to 40% of the total budget for road construction goes to drainage. If drainage isn’t fixed and asphalt is laid, once rain falls, the road gets bad in a short time.
“Let me assure you that for any road constructed by this administration, for 15 to 20 years, the road would be as solid as when it was completed. I’m an engineer. Once we are done constructing any road, we move to another.
“Saki-Ogbooro-Igboho road that people are complaining of, the drainage system has been completed. What next is the laying of asphalt.
“I have called the contractor in charge of the construction. We will have a meeting this Friday in Ibadan, and I promise you all that before I return to Saki to celebrate my birthday on December 25, the contractor will have been back to commence the laying of asphalt.
“I want to implore us all not to be deceived. This administration initiated the Saki-Ogbooro-Igboho road project. We are the brain behind it. We started this project to link the biggest economy of Saki town to areas like Kisi, Igbeti, Ogboro and Ighoho to benefit from the economic activities in Saki as well.
“Those who came to Saki to lie should be ignored totally.
“We started this road, and we will complete the Saki-Ogbooro-Igboho road.
“I remember in 2015 when I came here to canvass for votes. The white I wore that day became brown due to the dust from the uncompleted Saki township project. I made a promise that day that if elected, I would construct the Saki township road. I fulfilled this promise after I was elected in 2019.
“Saki-Ogbooro-Igboho-Kishi-Igbeti, this administration will complete it if you all vote for us.”