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Oyo State Government on Monday said the newly introduced Park Management System was to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
It denied the new structure was not in any way a lift on the existing proscription on the activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
The Government said the new effort will bring a fresh face to parks and garages management and administration in the State.
The Government made the clarification while inaugurating the park managers across the 33 Local Government Areas of the State and two Disciplinary Committees for motorists and tipper operators.
The event at the Conference Room, Ministry of Public Works and Transport was attended by Commissioners Bayo Lawal (Special Duties), Prof Rapheal Afonja (Public Works and Transport) and Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun (Information, Culture and Tourism) among others.
While a former factional leader of the NURTW, Mr Mukaila Lamidi (fondly referred to as Auxiliary) was inaugurated as the Chairman of the State Motor Parks Disciplinary Committee, Mr Adewale Yekeen was inaugurated as the Chairman of the Tipper/Lorry Drivers Disciplinary committee.
Afonja charged the new managers to be disciplined and ensure peace at the various motor parks and garages while also ensuring free flow of traffic.
He said: “This instruction was given by the Governor. It is a new park management system that we are implementing.
“We are trying this to make sure we bring in a better structure into our motor parks and garages.
“Soon, other things like infrastructure will fall in place. So, for the main time, these people have been assigned to take charge of the parks on behalf of the State.
“This is not a union system as they are basically employed by the State Government. One of the things the Governor is doing is to ensure that leakages are blocked and there is an increase in the revenue of the State.
‘’We cannot continue to mortgage our future by borrowing every day to construct or develop our infrastructure.
‘’So, that is why we have this management system in place; to coordinate on behalf of the Government.’’
He added: “Another reason why the Governor is doing this is to avoid violence among the union people because people feel insecure in the State.
“If there is anyone who, in some way, wants to threaten the peace of the State, such person will face the wrath of the law.
“We are asking the park managers and the committees to make sure that there is no traffic congestion in our State.
“They should coordinate people and make sure that the revenue, which the State is entitled to, get into the State coffers.
“These are the things this Government is saddled with the park managers and disciplinary committee for the State.”
Auxillary thanked the Governor for the opportunity to serve, assuring that the initiative will rewrite motor vehicles control and administration in the State.
He also confirmed that the new assignment had nothing to do with NURTW operations, which has been banned in the State.
An initial fear enveloped areas like Iwo road, Ojoo, Challenge and others when after the inauguration, Lamidi led hundreds of his supporters to various parks and garages across the state.
Heavy security presence from combined team of police and State anti-crime patrol were however on hand to stem any form of violence.
The management of Western Hotels Ltd, a subsidiary of Odua Group of Companies has commended Governor Seyi Makinde for his promptness in the rehabilitation of the internal road network of the hotel and major roads within the Ibadan metropolis, which has made vehicular and people’s movement less stressful.
The commendation was made in Ibadan by the Managing Director/ CEO of the hotel, Mr Abimbola Alagbe during a courtesy visit to the Chairman, Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency, OYSROMA, Hon. Kamil Akinlabi Mudashiru, in his office over the weekend.
Also present during the visit was the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun and other Government officials.
According to him, the gesture of the State Government to rehabilitate the internal road network of the Premier Hotel was notable and historical as such repair work was done about 30 years ago.
“I make bold to say that our passionate appeal for assistance on the resurfacing of our hotel internal road network to His Excellency Gov. Seyi Makinde was given prompt approval and attention, this is a major rehabilitation in the last 30 years.
“The present administration in Oyo State, led by Governor Seyi Makinde has given Governance a human face, I can assure you and the whole world that the quality of the work done was unprecedented, we noticed same in the metropolis as many areas that were difficult to ply by motorists are now free, due to recent repair works by the Government agency.
“We are grateful to the Government for the quality and standard in which the work was done. Within 5 days, the work was completed, we commend the level of professionalism that was put in place during the rehabilitation of the road network.”
In his remarks, the Chairman OYSROMA, Hon. Kamil Akinlabi Mudashiru, noted that the assistance of the Government, through the agency, was to fulfil its promise of improving the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR of the Premier Hotel and the State at large.
“Governor Seyi Makinde made a promise to improve the Internally Generated Revenue IGR of the State, hence the rehabilitation of the Premier Hotel road network would Improve their patronage and by extension that of the State, there was also a recent approval from the Governor for our agency to reopen our offices at the local communities to replicate the work we are doing in the metropolis, it shows this administration is for the people.”
In his contribution, the Honorable Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, stated that the State Government would continue to deliver dividends of democracy to the citizenry through the provision of basic amenities within the nooks and crannies of the State.
“The present administration in the State led by Governor Seyi Makinde will continue to deliver dividends of democracy to the people through the provision of good roads, quality education, free qualitative health care, security of lives and property across the nooks and crannies of the State”.
Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,
Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,
Oyo State Government.