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Let’s Continue To Work Together For The Good Of Our People – Oyo Govt Charges Civil Society

 

By Philip Osunsami

The Oyo State government has urged Civil society movements in the state to continue to work together with the government for the good of Oyo people while seeing each other as partners in progress.

This charge was given by the Executive Assistant to the Governor and state focal person in human capital development, Rev Idowu Ogedengbe at the Nation capacity strengthening workshop organized by the Civil Society Coalition on Sustainable Development (CSCSD).

 

 

 

 

 

While delivering his speech, Rev Ogedengbe noted that that the administration of Gov. Seyi Makinde being a firm believer of an inclusive governance through collaborations and partnerships is hundred percent sure that the capacity building will go a long way in enhancing the capacity of the Civil Society organizations towards supporting government in monitoring the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Agenda in Nigeria.

He stressed that the roadmap for accelerated development in Oyo State which serves as the policy document that articulates the vision of Gov. Seyi Makinde’s Administration in the area of Education, Health, Security and Economic Expansion, was developed towards the realization of some of the development objectives that are similar to that of the SDGs.

 

 

 

 

He further stressed that SDG 16 which is about peace, Justice and strong institutions is a call to promoting an environment necessary for achieving the fundamental human rights of all citizens and an overall development in all spheres of life and it is in line with these SDGs that the Gov. Seyi Makinde’s Administration has introduced free Education, at primary and secondary school levels, continue to modernize and equip both primary and secondary healthcare facilities, established a formidable security architecture and expand the economy of Oyo state through infrastructural developments.

 

 

 

 

He further added that the state government has also been committed to fighting and curbing corrupt practices, which over the years has been inimical to the growth and development of our society, particularly within the public sector which has led to the establishment of Oyo State Anti Corruption Agency (OYACA) while also setting up different committees with a view to ensuring that individuals that have been wrongfully treated get fair hearing, thus ensuring that justice is rightly served and not misplaced.

He said, “As an administration that believes in inclusive governance through collaborations and partnerships, we are confident that the success of this workshop will go a long way in enhancing the capacity of Civil Society Organisations towards supporting government in monitoring the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Agenda in Nigeria.

 

 

 

 

“The SDG 16 is about “peace, justice and strong institutions” It is about promoting an environment necessary for achieving the fundamental human rights of all citizens and an overall development in all spheres of life.

“Our “Roadmap for Accelerated Development in Oyo State 2019-2023” which serves as the policy document that articulates the vision of our Administration in the areas of Education, Health, Security and Economic Expansion, was developed towards the realization of some of the development objectives that are similar to that of SDGs.

 

 

 

 

“In line with the SDGs, we have introduced free education at the primary and secondary school levels, continue to modernise and equip both our primary and secondary healthcare facilities, establish a formidable security architecture and expand the economy of Oyo State through infrastructural developments.

“It is our firm believe that the desire of the Governor Seyi Makinde administration to move the good people of Oyo State from poverty to prosperity would not be achievable in an environment where youth restiveness, violence, kidnapping, banditry as well as other forms of insurgencies are the order of the day. Hence, we established the Western Nigeria Security Network otherwise known as Amotekun to provide additional security oversight, complementary to that of the Nigerian Police Force.

 

 

 

 

“Similarly, in order to promote an equitable and just society, we have demonstrated our commitment to the rule of law by ensuring that our activities in government are not carried out with executive recklessness or fiat, which jeopardizes the right of an average citizen or resident of Oyo State.

“We are equally strengthening our judicial system as a strong institution capable of ensuring the right of every resident in Oyo State to seek redress from our courts when their rights are infringed upon.

 

 

 

 

“We are also committed to curbing corrupt practices, which over the years have been inimical to the growth and development of our society, particularly within our public sector, hence we established the Oyo State Anti Corruption Agency (OYACA). We have also set up different committees with a view to ensuring that individuals that have been wrongfully treated get fair hearing in our desire to ensure that justice is not misplaced but rightly served.

 

 

 

“I have said all these in order for us to understand that both our government and the civil society movement are seeking to achieve similar objectives. We must therefore continue to see ourselves as partners and continue to work together for the good of our people”, he concluded.

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