Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has called on men and women of integrity not to shy away from participating in politics, saying that is the only way to sanitise the system.
The Governor stated that the involvement of persons of integrity in politics would enhance good governance and promote sanity in the political environment.
Makinde noted that participating in politics “would not take heaven” from men and women with integrity and honesty, but help to clean up the polity.
According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, the Governor gave the charge at The Cathedral Church of St David, Ijomu Street, Akure, during a thanksgiving service with members of the Omorege Dynasty, the Governor’s maternal family, over his electoral victory.
Governor Makinde admonished Christians and people with honesty and integrity, to get involved in politics, noting that the journey would not be easy, but God would take them to where He intended.
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Earlier, Venerable C.O. Osinyemi, who spoke on the topic: “Indices of acceptable service,” charged Governor Makinde to serve with honesty and integrity and ensure that his service adds value to the lives of the people.
The cleric admonished Makinde to focus his service on developing the nooks and cranny of the state, empowering the youth and women, defending the rights of those who are weak.
He urged the governor to revive the farm settlements built by Obafemi Awolowo, because according to him, there is no way government can employ everyone but that a lot of people could be reached through agriculture.
Osinyemi further charged the Governor to pay attention to payment of salaries and pensions, among others.
Personalities on the entourage of the Governor included his wife, Tamunominini Makinde, Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin and some members of the House of Assembly; chairman of the State Advisory Council, Senator Hosea Agboola; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Funmi Orisadeyi; Commissioner for Environment, Kehinde Ayoola; executive chairman of SUBEB, Nureni Adeniran; executive chairman of BCOS, Dotun Oyelade and other party chieftains.