The Okere of Saki, Oba Khalid Oyeniyi Olabisi, has appealed to all the indigenes of the town to give adequate support to the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.
He made the appeal when a group, the Coalition of Grassroots Volunteers Against Covid-19 (COGVAC-19), led by the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mrs. Funmilayo Orisadeyi, paid homage to him at his palace, to kick-off the campaign against the novel Coronavirus pandemic in Oke Ogun 2.
He lauded the governor for adopting good approach to tackling the spread of Covid-19 in the state while also praising the humility of the commissioner in leading the team to perform brilliantly.
He said, “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 concern for our people.
“We say a big thank you to the people’s governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, 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 100-bed capacity hospital, owned by the state government.
“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 palliative the government has tried. But like Oliver Twist, we are expecting more of it.”
The commissioner, in her remarks, commended the royal father for playing a great role in providing for the needs of the people in his domain, assuring him of the commitment of Governor Makinde to make great changes in 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 in general that the role of a royal father 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 contacting the stubborn virus are highly commendable and worthy of trumpeting around the four corners of the state.
“Kabiyesi, I want to assure you sir, that His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde will do great projects here in Saki to boost the economy of this area and make it enviable one. Welfare of the people in Saki as well as infrastructure will equally be considered. Our administration needs more support from our people here and we promised to reciprocate,” she said.
Members of the COGVAC-19 team during the visit include the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Bayo Titilola-Sodo, the state chairman of Association of Local Government Information Officers, ALGIO, Comrade Kunle Kareem, the consultant to the group, Comrade Adebowale Adeoye, a member of the Advisory Council, Comrade Khalid Ajibade, the Assistant Secretary, state Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists , NUJ, Dauda Aderogba and the state Secretary of ALGIO, Ramat Alade.
Others are Mutair Adeyemo, Ademola Bello, Comrade Akinwumi Adedoja and Gafar Adisa.