Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has inaugurated a 9-member Oyo State Elders’ Council.
Makinde inaugurated the council on Tuesday.
Our correspondent reports that the council has a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees and former Chief of Staff to Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, Saka Balogun, as chairman while a former Minister of Steel Development, Elder Wole Oyelese, is to serve as co-chairman.
Other members of the Council are: Hamid Gbadamosi, a former Deputy Governor of Oyo State; Mrs Mutiat Ladoja, wife of former Governor Rashidi Ladoja; Jacob Adetoro; Chief Adedamola Eyinade; Nureni Akanbi; Ronke Adefowope and Sunday Ogunlade.
Makinde, while speaking, called on members of the council to provide his administration with robust suggestions and feedback from across the state.
He said, “We are just coming from a by-election, which we lost three days ago. First, it is a demonstration that, in Oyo State, we have moved away from the politics of brigandage and getting results at all costs because we allow the will of the people to prevail.
“But we are proud that it is our state and we are not doing anything to jeopardise the peace, progress, and development of our state.
“We did our best on the four pillars of our administration during the first term. We have some areas which we need to improve upon and the Elders’ Council will provide the platform to look at those areas where we need improvement and come up with suggestions.
“Let me commit that every other month, I will be having a scheduled meeting with the Elders’ Council so that you can contribute, and for us to have a remarkable difference from how we operated in the first term.”