The impacts of the great politician late Abiola Ajimobi in Oyo state will remain unforgettable in the history of the state. He became the first Oyo State governor to serve two terms (2011-2019) and recorded numerous achievement, which makes him an immortal icon.
Here are the seven remarkable achievements of late Governor Abiola Ajimobi when he was the governor of Oyo state:
1. Infrastructural Revolution
Governor Abiola Ajimobi renovates, re-constructs road networks across the state and to improve on the aesthetics of the state through beautification of the environment believing it would attract both local and foreign investments.
Over 200 roads was constructed and rehabilitated. Some of them include: Restoration Bridge (Awolowo/Bodija/Secretariat Bridge), Construction of Flyover Bridge at Mokola, Ibadan.
The construction of bridges and road repairs across the 33 Local Governments in the state.
For aesthetic beauty, the Ajimobi initiated the planting of flowers on strategic areas like Iwo-road/Ojoo axis;
Re-designing of the traffic light at Challenge Roundabout, M. K. O. Abiola Junction, Premier Hotel/Oyo Road (Oremeji) Junction; Oyo Road/Awolowo Bodija (Elewure); Parliament/ Premier Hotel Junction and Sango-Polytechnic Junction.
2. Employment opportunities and Fair Workers’ Emoluments
Under the Youth Employment Scheme of Oyo State (YES-O), 20,000 youths were employed. The purchase and distribution of 1,000 units of tricycles christened “Keke Ajumose”, purchase of “Ajumose” Buses to ease transportation and curb thuggery. Payment of N19,000 minimum wage to workers and 13th month salary in
2011 and 2012.
3. Free Healthcare Services
Provision of free health services to more than 300,000 people through the free health mission programme even in the state’s Adeoyo Hospital.
The prevalence of HIV/AIDs in the state has reduced from 3.9% to 1.9% as a result of State’s Agency for Cure of HIV/AIDS (SACA). Delivery of medical equipment to health care sectors.
The Ajimobi’s administration zealously campaigned for the National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs) on
17th February, 30th March, 2012 and February 2013 as part of effort at boosting the State Immunization Coverage which as of date had increased to 79% in 2012 from previous 57%. The Government had also increased outreached sessions to 2 in all Health Facilities rendering routine immunization services.
Partnership with Malaria Action Program for States (MAPS), a USAID-funded project to combat the deadly illness.
4. Restoration of peace and security within the state
The government of Ajimobi achieved a lot in terms of restoring peace and security in the state. Before he came in, the peace and security have often been threatened especially in the capital city of Ibadan claiming thousands of lives by the National Union of Road Transport Workers, the creation of ‘Operation Burst’ helped stem the tide of crime and violence within the state.
5. Progress in Education Sector
The administration recorded progress in the education sector by modernizing the system through inauguration of Oyo State Schools’ Governing Board; a new initiative to coordinate the administration of secondary schools in the state and implementation of policies policies such as stoppage of mass promotion of students, promotion based on 80 percent class attendance and above average performance in State Common examination to enhance their results.
He also established Technical University (Tech-U), Ibadan, Oyo state, the first of its kind in the Southwestern region.
6. Culture and Tourism
Late senator Abiola Ajimobi during his administration played a vital role in development of culture and tourism sector through culture renaissance such as reviving of Agodi Gardens.
7. Restoring Hope for Agriculture sector
Introduction of mechanised farming by providing tractors and other machineries for farmers, to retain the glory of agriculture which as almost gone into extinction.
May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.