We will make Iseyin the solid minerals capital of Nigeria —Makinde

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has stated that his administration is ready to make Iseyin, located in the northern part of the state, the solid minerals development capital of Nigeria.

Makinde declared this at the 41 Days of Fidau Prayer for the late Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Dr. Abdulganiyu Adekunle Salau, Ajinese Ologunebi I, which was held at the Iseyin District Grammar School on Saturday.

Speaking, Makinde said his administration would focus on tourism and solid mineral development if he was re-elected to the post in 2023.

He argued that his policy document, Oyo Roadmap for Accelerated Development, 2023-2027, which is already being prepared ahead of the reopening of the campaign window, will capture tourism and solid mineral development as viable tools to achieve the expansion agenda. administration economics. .

A statement by the governor’s chief press secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying his administration would determine how to profit from the Ikere Gorge dam and other tourist attractions across the state.

At the event, attended by the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Judge Kayode Ariwoola; Oyo State Lieutenant Governor Barr. Bayo Lawal; legal luminary, Barr. Ahmed Raji, SAN and many government officials, the governor described the late Aseyin as a person who loved Iseyin and did his best to bring development to the city.

Governor Makinde, who stated that his administration’s decision to connect Iseyin to all other areas of Oyo State through road infrastructure is not unrelated to his plan to make Iseyin the center of the state and a center of development of solid minerals in the country, noted that the administration has completed the 65-kilometre Moniya-Iseyin highway, while the 76-kilometre Iseyin-Fapote-Ogbomoso highway is over 50 percent complete.

The administration is also building the Oyo-Iseyin highway on the same axis, he said, even as he stated that reviving the Ikere Gorge dam is a top-priority project for the administration and would receive attention once funds are available.

He also argued that the Iseyin General Hospital is among the hospitals captured in the French Government’s Intervention Program for the health sector in the state.

He said: “We have to thank God for a day like this because we are celebrating the life of our late Kabiyesi.

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“I don’t think I’ve met any person who loved Iseyin like the late Aseyin of Iseyin. The last time I came here for a visit of condolences, I said that it was in his sickbed that he signed the land document for the LAUTECH Faculty.

“I can also remember that when I came to discuss with him how we can have Iseyin as the center of Oyo State, I told him that we want to link Ogbomoso with Iseyin because Saki is already linked to Iseyin and he was very happy. He showed interest and said that the road we are talking about, which is Iseyin-Fapote-Ogbomoso, was the road that his ancestors passed through when they traded with other places. I told him how serious we are and promised him that it would not become an abandoned project.

“Now, I am happy that, as of today, we are over 50 percent of that project.”
The governor stated that while his government would continue to honor its election promises until the last day of the administration’s first term, more development projects will come to Iseyin and the entire Oyo state if the people re-elect him as their governor in 2023.

Earlier, Attorney Raji, SAN, who welcomed and thanked Governor Makinde and other dignitaries on behalf of the Iseyin community, praised the Governor, noting that his tenure, which coincided with the late Aseyin era, brought tremendous developments and progress to Iseyinland.

He listed the completed Moniya-Iseyin highway, the ongoing Oyo-Iseyin and Iseyi-Fapote-Ogbomoso highways, and most importantly, the establishment of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology College of Agriculture, after decades of failed promises. to the people of Iseyin from previous administrations, as part of the blessings that came to Iseyin during Makinde’s rule.

He promised that the townspeople would show their appreciation to the governor by re-electing him in the 2023 general election, as according to him, the people of Iseyin are not ungrateful and would follow the dictates of the Koran, which says that kindness should be rewarded with kindness.

Raji, however, stated that the community would still like the governor to address some of their areas of need, including repairing the Ikere Gorge dam, which he said is capable of generating electricity for the people, providing clean water and boosting the farming.


He added that the government should also pay attention to repairing the Iseyin General Hospital and the potholes that were beginning to appear on the Iseyin Township road built by the immediate previous administration.

While responding to the demands made by Barr. Raji, SAN, Governor Makinde said: “I thank my brother, the lawyer Ahmed Raji, SAN. I have taken note of everything he said and he will be granted what he requested regarding the repair of the potholes on the Iseyin township road.

“The man in charge of the Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA) is the Lieutenant Governor and it is his son, so I can assure you that OYSROMA will act on the request soon.

“Regarding the Ikere Gorge Dam, I believe I am the first state governor to visit the site more than three times. The benefits that we can derive from there, which are water supply, energy supply and irrigation for agricultural purposes, are already in our program.

Actually, we need large funds for this, but I can assure you that it is a priority project and that it will be acted upon. The dam is also a tourist attraction.

“If you’ve been to Australia before, the country is almost like the solid minerals capital of the world. I can tell you that Iseyin will definitely become the world capital of solid minerals in Nigeria. So for those who have land here, don’t sell it now as you can sell it for higher prices soon, say five years from now.

“Furthermore, regarding the state hospital request, the French government awarded Oyo State the sum of 55 million euros to expand and improve our healthcare facilities and the General Hospital in Iseyin is one of the projects we plan to execute. So, it’s a matter of time. Everything will work out.

“Lastly, I want to assure you that if you support this government with your votes in the 2023 general election, Iseyin will see more development projects beyond what we have already done.”

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