The two days retreat of members of the Oyo State executive council ended at the weekend with Governor Seyi Makinde asserting readiness to put in place a strategic development plan for the state that will span 20 years in order to save the state from underwhelming performance.
Speaking at the event held at International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan, Makinde acknowledged the efforts of past governments but insisted that his administration is setting a high bar for development objectives. He lamented that previous administrations in the state operated with short term considerations.
In light of this, Makinde, in the statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, said he will be aggressive in implementing a development plan that will benefit the state, over a longer period of time. The governor asserted his resolve to roll up his sleeves and do the hard work for successive administrations.
Harping on the need for synergy between government officials and civil servants, Makinde stated that collective responsibility must be the watchword for success to be achieved and gave assurance that the civil servants would be empowered to do their job but not without accountability.
The governor challenged his political aides to be committed to the efforts of his administration to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state.