“Leadership is about more than authority and being in charge. In fact, a successful leader doesn’t even need to have an official title. This is because a title doesn’t automatically mean you’re a leader — especially a good one. And, not having a title doesn’t mean that you can’t be a leader.”
Though some people think leadership is about ordering people around, it’s really about being a source of empowerment for others, so they can achieve success for themselves and for the system. It’s also about being able to make decisions in favor of the bigger picture or the administrative’s goals, rather than for your gain.
Hear this, anyone can call themselves a leader. But to make an impact on your downline or your team, you need to learn a few essential leadership qualities. In 2003, when I met Engr Seyi MAKINDE (ESM), his gentle words, meek statement towards the masses on that fateful day melt my beloved heart hence why I decided to adopt him as my role model as well a rare specie to look up to as emerging MILLENNIAL.
And in 2007, when he picked up the mandate to contest for Oyo South Senatorial District, his agenda to bring dynamism to modern-day politics and heartfelt manifestos shared to the people during his campaign were worthy promises that raised my hope and confidently, gallantly guaranteed me a promising future ahead of me hence why I will share with you some of the Gov. Makinde’s essential naturals that has made him to become who he is today.
As a branded full-blooded son of the soil, ancestor of the generational system, one of the essentials he possesses is Drive:
Great leaders aren’t passive. They’re highly motivated, and they truly believe in the vision of the organization. This passion is contagious, but rare to covet. His team is lucky to have a driven leader, highly motivated to work with anyone, so far he/she is cerebral.
Secondly, he possesses the Resilience attitude,
being the one in charge isn’t easy. 37% of managers report that they felt a lot of stress on their most recent workday. But when you’re a leader, you can’t let the non-stop challenges dishearten you, his adaptability and resiliency indicators are key to so many valiant achievements he has been able to accomplish in the past four years of his administration.
Makinde as a dangerous achiever, silent in decision-making may feel sometimes frustrated, hard from the inside, but being a good leader with big picture thinking, soft touch do work on his mental fitness continuously and pushes forward despite the tight knocks. In fact, he often takes pleasure in overcoming obstacles through creative problem-solving ideals and in firmness, hence who he is.
The Governor Seyi Makinde led administration divine acumen has also touched many a sector like the Oyo State economy contained in the Roadmap to Accelerated Development in Oyo State, 2019-2023 (Infrastructure, Women Affairs and Social Inclusion, Youth and Sports, Environment and Natural Resources and Energy and Mineral Resources). Achievements in the listed sectors have contributed to the overall growth of the economy, leading to an increase of internally generated revenue (IGR) from N1.7 billion monthly in 2019 to N3.5 billion monthly until date.
From the above-mentioned areas of great performance under his administration, he made some Promises in Infrastructure Development and with fact checked, I can confirm to all and sundry that the below listed were processed and realized under his four years term.
In less than four years, Governor Makinde led administration has embarked on the following projects to ensure safe, adequate and efficient transport infrastructure that can sustain the social and economic development of the state includes:
The construction of four modern bus terminals strategically located at exits and entrances of Ibadan; Iwo Road, New Ife Road, Challenge and Ojoo to serve intercity and intercity commuting. Two of the bus terminals located at Challenge and Ojoo have been completed under a park management system that is generating at least 60-70million every month into the state purse through local Government while the other two are ongoing.
Construction of new roads and reconstruction/rehabilitation of existing roads and bridges across the state.
Installation of traffic lights at major intersections in Ibadan.
Construction of the computerized VIS Center at Idi-Ape completed.
Continuous registration of all public commercial vehicles (mini buses, tricycles, and motorcycles) carrying passengers in the state.
In the past few years of his administration, the Oyo State Government has constructed and reconstructed/rehabilitated a total of 545.26 km of roads across Oyo State. The major roads are:
Construction of 76.7 km Iseyin-Fapote-Ogbomoso Road (ongoing). The road connects Oke-Ogun and Ogbomoso Zones.
Reconstruction of 45.3 km Saki-Ogbooro-Igboho Road (completed). The road connects Saki West, Saki East and Oorelope Local Government Areas.
Reconstruction of 37.41 km Beere- Olorunsogo-Amuloko-Akanran-Dagbolu Road (ongoing).
Reconstruction of 34.85km Oyo-Iseyin Road (ongoing). The road connects Oyo and Oke-Ogun Zones. It is also the main artery for accessing the Fasola Agribusiness Industrial Hub.
Reconstruction of 21km Airport-Ajia-New Ife Express Road with a spur to Amuloko.
Dualization of the 12.5 km Challenge-Odo Ona Elewe-Apata Road.
Reconstruction of 12km Apete-Awotan-Akufo Road into a rigid pavement road (completed).
Dualization of 9.7 km Saki Township Road.
Construction of 9.23 km Omi Adio -Ido Road.
Dualization of 7.3 km Agodi Gate-Old Ife-Adegbayi Junction with a spur to Alakia Airport, Ibadan (3.3 km)
Dualization of the 7.2-kilometre Idi Ape-Basorun-Akobo-Odogbo Barracks Road.
Reconstruction of 5.2 km Gedu-Oroki-Sabo-Asipa Road.
Construction of General Gas Flyover
Reconstruction of the 15 km BCJ-Railway-Gbekuba-NIHORT Junction, Ibadan.
Dualization of the 3.2km Ibadan Airport Road, rehabilitation of adjoining roads along the airport axis and rehabilitation of spur roads around Iwo Road Interchange including the road from Oludare to Bishop Phillips (2 km)
Dualization of the 3.1 km Olorunsogo Expressway, Ibadan.
Reconstruction of the Isaba-Ogundoyin Road (0.75km) and Lanlate Garage Junction Local Government-Eruwa Poly- Oke Ola Junction Road, Eruwa (1.9km)
Upgrading of rural feeder roads in all the 33 local government areas of the state.
The Oyo State Government, through Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) had carried out various studies and surveys on rural roads which had led to the digitization of 452.80 km of rural roads for Spot Improvement, 687.60 km of rural roads for routine maintenance and 187.25 km rural roads for rehabilitation. The government made the counterpart funding of N350 million for RAAMP in July 2019 and is waiting for the disbursement of funds by the World Bank to commence the rehabilitations.
In addition to the roads listed in the above, Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration has executed the following road projects to facilitate movement around the state:
Reconstruction of Adegbayi Junction to the bus terminal stations at Iwo Road interchange along the proposed Ibadan-Ife Expressway rehabilitation project.
Reconstruction/rehabilitation of link roads to Ibadan/Lagos Expressway at General Gas and beside NNPC mega station, PDCOS Housing Estates, Akobo, Ibadan.
The asphalt construction/rehabilitation Of Lasisi Apapa Street, Off Queen Elizabeth Road, Agodi, Ibadan.
Rehabilitation of Ecobank Bode Isalu-AHIS Road (5.5 km).
Engage in private partnership to improve the road facilities.
On a final note, having a man of fair notes, whose originality, firmness can’t be eschewed, and could be able to put all above elephant achievement with facts, figures across the state, five zones altogether, whose style of leadership is a reflection modern day politics, democracy void of Nepotism Biasness, favourism and godfatherism had won the electorates mind to be their most preferred choice of candidate among others in the Guber race come march 18 Governorship election.
As I round off this piece, what Gov. Makinde has done in less than four years can’t be achieved withing twelve years of any government hence leaving you with his parting words as we go into the Election:
“I may not get to speak to you again before the election, but let me leave you with these parting words: the Governorship and House of Assembly election in Oyo State on March 18, 2023, is not about whether we will win or not; it is about our winning margin. Let’s go out there and make it huge!”
God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria
God Bless Oyo State and It’s Environment.
It’s Seyi’s Time!!! SeyiBayo2023, get your PVCs ready! and Vote PDP Candidates All The Way..
Yours Servant Leader,
Egalitarian Dig. Com. Moyosoreoluwa Olamilekan Eldreez codenamed IJOBA AUTHORITY MOE DYNASTY, writes from Ibadan North East Local Government.
Chairman Youth Mobilisation Media Campaign GSM 2023