Oyo State will soon regain its pace setter status, surpassing the present achievements of Lagos State if the ongoing massive infrastructural development and purposeful governance is sustained beyond 2019, a community leader, Alhaji Kehinde Olaosebikan said in Ibadan, Saturday.
Delivering his valedictory speech at the Annual General Meeting of Bashorun Estate Residents Association, BERA, Akobo, Ibadan, Olaosebikan stated that the incumbent Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has raised the bar in leadership and good governance, returning the state to its old glory.
He maintained that Senator Ajimobi has in the last six years governed the state outstandingly with the restoration of peace, healthy and neat environment, provision of purposeful hubs for economic growth and unprecedented massive infrastructural developments across the state.
Olaosebikan who handed over the chairmanship of the neighborhood association to Mr. Owolabi Oladejo, the Chief Executive Officer of Impact Business Radio (IBR) after serving the community for four years said what is required of Oyo State to surpass the achievements of Lagos State is continuity of good governance and institutionalization of bold, purposeful and dynamic leadership as being exhibited by Governor Abiola Ajimobi
According to Olaosebikan, a former local government chairman, Oyo State has all what it takes to be the best in virtually everything; commerce, agriculture, tourism, sports and others because of its central location, uncommon natural endowments and presence of great national and international institutions in the state.
Having recorded prodigious achievements and proven to be the builder of modern Oyo State it then behoves the citizens of the state to continue supporting him and his party, the All Progressives key Congress (APC) for greater development and provision of focused leadership.
“As citizens of the state, desirous of quality and unimpeded massive development, it is our responsibility to give maximum support to Governor Ajimobi and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the next general elections for a better and greater Oyo State. At the pace Senator Ajimobi is developing the state, it is certain that Oyo would regain its pace setter status in no time.”
“As we all know, the bane of development in this part of the world has remained largely poor leadership and lack of continuity. It is that bad that in many cases, we see people in positions deliberately choosing persons with low ability to succeed them so that their regimes could be the all time best. But why would a leader want to be the best ever? To me, this is failure and a display of poor leadership.
“The right and most appropriate fixation for leaders in all circumstances is to consciously seek for capable persons (even more than them) as successors. With that, the association or wherever they are leading would be further strengthened with continuity guaranteed and greater achievements recorded. In a nutshell, success in any position is not complete without handing over to a capable successor.
“The story of Lagos State where good leadership and continuity have brought excellence in governance is a good reference point here. We all know how Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has distinguished Lagos from all other states in Nigeria through good and selfless leadership.
“We can also achieve this in Oyo State if we all rally round the incumbent Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi to ensure continuity of good governance and the institutionalization of strong, bold and dynamic leadership as currently being exhibited by him
“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, my joy is full here today as I am handing over to a very capable, fit, resourceful, delightful and competent person, Chief Owolabi Oladejo as the new chairman of Bashorun Estate Residents Association”.