Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has shunned the coronavirus pandemic protocols by attending an event few hours after he returned from an international trip.
We learnt that Makinde who travelled to the USA on December 30 2020 to meet his wife, returned to Nigeria around 3pm on Tuesday.
The Governor, however, on Wednesday attended a gathering, christensen “annual inter-faith service” to mark the beginning of 2021.
The gathering had in attendance; Makinde’s Deputy, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan, government officials, civil servants among others.
it was gathered that the event was held Wednesday morning, about seventeen hours after Makinde returned from the foreign trip.
Our correspondent learnt that the presence of Makinde at the event was contrary to COVID-19 protocols which states that anyone from a foreign trip must be quarantine for fourteen days.
The governor did not state the reasons he shunned the pandemic protocols as stressed by the COVID-19 Task Force established by the federal government of Nigeria.
But while addressing the gathering, he promised bumper deliverables for workers and people of the state in the 2021 fiscal year, despite the challenges posed by coronavirus pandemic.
The governor equally declared that his administration was on top of the insecurity challenges in the state.
“First, let me thank God for the gift of life and His protection over us all in the past year. 2020 has been described in many quarters as a tough year. We did not survive last year because we are tougher, we survived only by His grace and that is why it is good that we are holding this inter-faith service in gratitude.
“We are starting this year in good spirits. We are confident that this year, the seeds we planted in the previous year will yield good fruits. Last year, I didn’t know where the International Airport was from February till December. We all stayed together to experience the pandemic.
“On the 30th, I decided to spend the New Year in the United States of America and before I came back, critics were saying I went to America to enjoy myself while Oyo State was burning. My belief is, they were criticising me because they had no other thing to say. Well, I am back and we will continue to serve the people of Oyo State.
“So, we are looking forward to commissioning various projects that we started last year. For example, the 65km Moniya-Ijaiye-Iseyin road will be commissioned this year. Also lined up for commissioning this year are: the 21km Airport- Ajia-New Ife Express road with a spur to Amuloko; the 12km Apete-Awotan-Akufo road, which will be the first concrete road belonging to the state government.”
He reeled out other projects scheduled to be commissioned this year.