Oba Oyeniyi Olabisi, the Okere of Saki says the success of Gov. Seyi Makinde’s administration is a priority to Saki sons and daughters.
The monarch made this known on Wednesday while receiving members of the Coalition of Grassroots Volunteers Against COVID-19 (COGVAC-19) in his palace.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that COGVAC-19 is a group set up by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Oyo State Chapter in conjunction with the Association of Local Government Information Officers (ALGIO).
The group had been to several local government areas in the state with its campaign aimed at sensitising the people on COVID-19 pandemic and the need to adhere strictly to directives.
NAN also reports that the group led by Mrs Funmilayo Orisadeyi, the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, was in Saki to kick-off their campaign in Oke-Ogun Zone II.
“Your visit to Saki today is very timely. Celebration of the governor’s one year in office is ongoing and the people of Saki are part of it.
“Makinde is our project and the success of his administration is a topmost priority for the indigenes of Saki land. We believe in this government and will give all to support it.
“We have suffered in the past. Most of the projects you see around were carried out by sons and daughters of Saki.
“Saki is a self-developed town. We lack social amenities and it’s quite unfortunate.
“Our roads are bad, though some already awarded. We have given our needs and bill of demand to the government.
“Now that we have people’s governor in charge of the state, we believe great things will start coming our way,” the monarch said.
The traditional ruler commended the governor for adopting good approach to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in the state, showering encomium on the COGVAC-19 team for a brilliant job.
“It’s an opportunity for us to benefit from this great project. It’s quite different from other programmes brought here on COVID-19 by various groups.
“We are really appreciative of government’s concerns for our people.
“We say a big thank you to Makinde, the people’s governor for all his efforts to protect our people from contracting this horrible virus.
“The governor has also sited isolation centre here in Saki and work is ongoing. The centre is a 100-bed capacity hospital, owned by the state government,” he said.
The monarch confirmed receipt of palliatives from the state government and described it as a good gesture toward the masses.
“The governor had sent palliatives here. In actual fact, I chaired one of the occasions where it was shared.
“It was fair enough for each family; so, on palliatives, the government has tried. Like Oliver Twist, we are expecting more of it,” he said.
The monarch described the commissioner as an outstanding ambassador of the Makinde’s administration, saying her humility was exceptional and great.
Earlier, the commissioner commended the monarch for playing a great role in providing for the needs of the people of his domain, assuring him of Makinde’s commitment to transforming Saki and its environs.
“Kabiyesi, you have proved to the people of Sakiland that they have a worthy King and to the great people of Oyo State that the role of a monarch is beyond playing a mediator role or collecting royalty.
“You have distinguished yourself as a true father; a ruler born with milk of human kindness. With what we met on ground, you have really helped the government at both levels in the state.
“Your personal palliatives to the people of the state as well as materials to prevent people from contracting the virus are highly commendable and worthy of praise across the state,” she said.
She commended the efforts of ALGIO in setting up the coalition and moving from one local government to another to save lives.
“This is excellent in my first outing with this group.
“I can say I’m convinced that this actually is the real information dissemination, coming to the people and being able to apply different approaches to the campaign,” the commissioner said.
The commissioner advised the people of Saki and its environs to adhere strictly to the information as contained in the campaign, promising to communicate the activities of the group to the governor.
“My appeal goes to the people of Saki and other towns and villages around to keep observing every precautionary measures as listed to them today.
“I have listened and can assure you, this is the best and current update on prevention and protection against COVID-19.
NAN reports that the monarch had earlier distributed palliatives which he personally funded to the people, among which were food items, branded face masks, soap and sanitisers.
The items were effectively distributed to the people through Saki Parliament, formed by about 174 quarters.
Among members of COGVAC-19 team were, the state NLC Chairman, Alhaji Bayo Titilola-Sodo; state ALGIO Chairman, Alhaji Kunle Kareem; state Assistant Secretary of NUJ, Mr Dauda Aderogba; and the Consultant, Mr Adebowale Adeoye.
Others were, the state ALGIO Secretary, Alhaja Ramat Alade; a member of Advisory Council, Alhaji Khalid Ajibade; Mr Mutair Adeyemo, Mr Ademola Bello, Mr Akinwumi Adedoja and Mr Gafar Adisa.