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EXCLUSIVE: Oyo has witnessed Tremendous Growth in the Last 6yrs of Ajimobi’s Govt. – Wole Akinleye
May 19, 2017
By: Mistura Salaudeen

The Former General Manager of Pace Setter Transport Services, popularly called ‘Ajumose Bus’ Mr Wole Akinleye has commended the achievements of the administration of Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi in the last six years.

Mr Akinleye, who gave this commendation during an exclusive interview on ‘Community Today’ an online television programme on CEOAfrica news platform, stated that “Oyo state has witnessed tremendous growth in the last six years of Ajimobi’s tenure.”

While assessing the efforts of the Governor so far, Mr Akinleye, who is also a politician from Akinyele Local Government of the state, expressed satisfaction in the accomplishments of the Governor in every area of the state, particularly the transportation sector.

  * Mr Wole Akinleye, Former General Manager of Pace Setter Transport Services, during a media chat at CEOAfrica

He noted that Governor Ajimobi’s tenure has brought about political maturity in the state. “Gone are those days when you don’t have the freedom to join any political party you want; but now, people can join whatever party they want and sleep peacefully in their homes,” he said.

Mr Akinleye, an All Progressive Congress (APC) member, further added “in terms of economy, Oyo State is ranked the second largest economy in the South West, following Lagos. In Gross Domestic Product (GDP), we are ranked fourth and on the industrial scale, we are ranked fourth also. All these were accomplished due to the strategic and deliberate approach of His Excellency.”

  * Mr Wole Akinleye (L) with Mr Cletus Ilobanafor (R) during a media chat at CEOAfrica

According to the Ex-Boss of Ajumose Transport, Governor Ajimobi has also contributed immensely to the development of transportation services in the state. He said “It is impossible to develop an economy without a vibrant transport service because economic viability depends on effective mobility. This is what His Excellency recognised and took advantage of.”

“Governor Ajimobi realised early that for the state’s economy to grow, there is need to put in place effective mobility and transport services that will easily convey harvests from the farm to the market as well as transport goods and people from one place to the other. The Governor knew that mobility is important, that is why he invested so much in the transport service,” Akinleye stated.

Mr Akinleye further explained that the Pace Setter Transport Service is the tool for the major mass movement agenda of the present administration adding that the transport service is Ajumose’s baby which accounted for the Governor’s commitment and investment into the service.

Mr Akinleye who also owns a transport company called Kings Court Integrated Logistics said “Since the introduction of Ajumose buses, all those rickety ‘Danfo’ buses responsible for tearing people’s clothes which used to dominate the roads of Ibadan, have been quietly relegated to the outskirts of the city as people now prefer to opt for a more comfortable and convenient means of transportation.”

* Mr Wole Akinleye (L) with Mr Cletus Ilobanafor (R) during a media chat at CEOAfrica

Speaking on his political aspirations, Mr Akinleye who was a candidate of the Federal House of Representatives in 2011 explained that it is not compulsory for a politician to vie for positions or contest at elections, adding that a politician should listen to the opinion and decision of his party leaders.

According to him “If your party leaders believe you should run for elections, then run. If they think you should take up a political appointment, then take it. What happens to most politicians is that they are blinded by their over-ambitious nature that they lose track of the most important thing which is impacting lives. I want to impact lives especially in my constituency and if they want me to run, then I will.”

Mr Akinleye concluded by encouraging the Oyo state government to focus more on the area of industrialisation in the state. “I will encourage the government to focus on industrialisation in the state because it would attract investors which would help develop the state’s economy. So we need to set our priorities right,” he stressed.

He also charged the people of Oyo state to imbibe the culture of paying the taxes promptly so as to help develop the state’s economy. He also called for their cooperation and their prayers for the government of the state.  

 * Mr Wole Akinleye (M) flanked by Journalists present during the media chat at CEOAfrica

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