BECAUSE OF BAYO LAWAL’S APPROACH TO GOVERNANCE, PEOPLE DIDN’T NOTICE MY ABSENCE IN THE PAST
Seyi Makinde,Oyo State Governor has commended his deputy, Barr Bayo LAWAL on the way he has handled the affairs of the state while he was away on vacation.
Governor Makinde made the commendation at a welcome reception Organized to welcome him back to the Government business from his 21 days long vacation.
“With the level of support everyone has given the acting governor, one thing we have shown is that we don’t have a strong man, but a strong team. Because of the way he has been handling the governance issue, the people didn’t notice my absence for the past 21 days, which makes me happy.
The deputy Governor had been in control of governance for the previous 21 days while Makinde was away on annual vacation.
His deputy and other key government officials, including the SSG, HoS, Deputy Speaker, Due process, Commissioners, special assistant, among others, gave him a rousing welcome at the Government House amid jubilation and enthusiasm.
During his speech, Governor Makinde, who had earlier playfully referred to his deputy governor as the immediate acting governor in order to elicit applause from the audience, expressed his gratitude to him for the prayer and warm reception he had upon his arrival.
He said: It’s better late than never, adding that he looks forward to cooperating with Barrister Bayo Lawal and for the upcoming tenure. He acknowledged that he should have had someone of his caliber from the start.
With the level that the deputy governor had shown, Makinde said that his vacation would always be an annual event.
“We have chosen a selected strong team in Oyo state, and we are able to do that. I appreciate your support, and I know that we are a very strong team. I can promise the residents of Oyo state that we would continue to work for them until the end of this administration.”
The governor said what his administration is doing is not politicking as some people have claimed, but rather part of the state’s development, and that what we put into the state would stay despite changes in actors and players.
“I want to express my gratitude to the deputy governor in particular for his dedication, display of responsibility, and loyalty. Even though we should have done this from the beginning but it’s better late than never. In conjunction with our reelection, I look forward to working closely with you.”
Earlier in his remarks, the Deputy Governor, Bayo Lawal said it gives him great pleasure this afternoon to welcome His Excellency, Seyi Makinde back to his seat.