…As Team Delta win 2019 NYG for 5th consecutive time, Lagos placed 2nd***
Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says his government is planning to launch a 20-year development agenda to save the state from underwhelming performance.
He made the statement, even as records showed that Delta state has won the 2019 edition of the National Youth Games (NYG) held in Ilorin after garnering 104 medals, to win the games for the record fifth time.
Makinde made this known on Sunday in Ibadan while speaking at the closing of a two-day retreat for members of the State Executive Council and his senior aides.
He said that the launch of the development agenda would set a high bar for his administration’s developmental objectives.
”We have been underachieving for many years; administrations had come and gone. Yes, they did their best, but still, we have to set a high bar for ourselves.
“Within the shortest possible time, we have to put in place a strategic development plan for the state.
“Administrations had come and gone, but most of them operated on ad-hoc bases. We will put in place a 15 to 20-year development plan for Oyo State, and we will be bullish about our development plans.
“Of course, we are aware that our mandate, for now, is for four years. What we want to do now is to put up a plan or vision so that successive administrations will not need to go back to do the work again.
“We will do the work. Who knows whether the leadership of the next administration is here with us? So we should not take anything for granted,” he said.
The governor tasked his executive members and top civil servants to work in harmony, adding that collective responsibility must be the watchword.
While promising that his administration would empower the civil servants to enable them do their job efficiently and effectively, he, however, said that accountability would be demanded from them.
“For our permanent secretaries, it still remains ‘soldier goes, soldier comes but the barracks remains’. So your commitment to the success of this administration must be unflinching.
“We are making a pact with you that the current administration will empower you and give you necessary and required responsibilities. We will give you the authority to carry them out but we will demand accountability from you.
“I know that the pertinent question that is probably agitating your mind right now is: will the system be fair to you? I make bold to say that, under my watch, the system will be fair to you, absolutely.
“So, my appeal to everybody is: come with me; let us create a prosperous Oyo State together, and God will help us,” Makinde said.
Meanwhile, Delta state on Monday won the 2019 edition of the National Youth Games (NYG) held in Ilorin after garnering 104 medals to win the games for the record fifth time.
Team Delta hauled 104 medals comprising 41 gold, 32 silver and 31 bronze medals.
The 2019 edition win meant that Delta had won all five editions of the game since its inception in 2013.
Team Lagos placed 2nd on the medal’s table after garnering 72 medals: 22 gold, 36 silver and 14 bronze medals.
Bayelsa came third with 45 medals: 17 gold, 6 silver and 22 bronze medals.
Akwa Ibom placed fourth on the table with 41 medals comprising 16 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze medals.
Edo placed 5th on the medals’ table with 30 medals of 13 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze medals.
The 2019 edition which is the 5th edition had 3,893 athletes drawn from 33 states and the FCT who competed in 34 sporting events.
New 238 athletes were discovered to be nurtured by the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports.
Yobe state won the Best behaved state while Akwa Ibom won the best kitted team.