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I’m leaving peace, security, legacy – Ajimobi

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Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on Friday, disclosed that his administration is leaving behind a legacy of peace, security and development in the state.

Ajimobi’s second term tenure expires on the May 29, 2019. Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari, he said, that, he is not owing workers salaries.

He thanked President Buhari for assisting state governments to pay salaries and meet other challenges.

He said: ”I want to thank President Buhari for the support he has given all the states particularly during the period of scarcity of funds to execute our projects, to pay salaries, to meet the socioeconomic development demands.

“He was on hand to help all of us. He supported us by releasing funds to all of us and as at today, that I am talking, most of the states including Oyo, are not owing salaries.

“He also assisted us with social infrastructure…that is why I am here to thank Mr. President because in another two days I am going for Umrah (lesser Hajj) and by the time I come back, I won’t be in office as Governor.

“I am going to Umrah to thank God. When I came in, I pleaded with God to give me the opportunity to serve peacefully and that He did.”

Ajimobi thanked the people of Oyo for letting him be the first governor to serve two terms in the state, stressing that, “At a time, Oyo State was seen as what you call a garrison state, but today, it is one of the peaceful states in Nigeria.”

The governor, however, said, that he regretted not fulfilling his plans for the state during his eight-year tenure.

“I think I regret the fact, that, I have not been able to do everything I wanted to do. I wish our people could be more understanding, could be more patient…any time you try to make a change, people resist change even if it’s good for them. I wish I had been in politics 20 years ago.”

Meanwhile, the Oyo State chapter of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) has been inaugurated, eight years after it was disbanded.

It was inaugurated yesterday by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Bimbo Kolade, in his office; ALGON is the official association of elected local government chairmen.

The newly inaugurated ALGON has Ayodeji Abbas-Aleshinloye as Chairman, Pastor Jesutoye Oluyinka as Secretary, Niyi Adeagbo as Publicity Secretary and Bosun Ajuwon as Financial Secretary among others.

While inaugurating the new executive, Kolade charged the new officers to work hard to justify the confidence reposed in them by their colleagues.

With the revival of ALGON, Abass-Aleshinloye said a lot of issues about local governance would be better tackled.

The association was disbanded in the state in 2011 and a new election could not be conducted until last year due to legal restraints.

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