Oyo state governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, Saturdad said his administration will not curb free speech in the state.
Speaking at the commissioning of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo state (BCOS) Ibadan satelite Audio Network of the Corporation’s FM station, Oluyole FM, the governor disclosed that the present administration in the state is ready to build a greater Oyo state and that his government would continue to do things properly even it will take a slightly longer time to get results.
Gov Makinde stressed that he would continue to run a Government that listens to feedbacks from the citizenry and respond with appropriate actions, saying, with the commissioning of the Satellite Audio Network, the station has exited the analogue mode and could now reach the nooks and crannies of the state and bring feedbacks from the people, which would aid the quality of decisions by Government.
“I have often taken every opportunity to remind the people of Oyo state that we are an administration that listens. We are not in the business of curbing free speech .When you complain to us about something, we look at it and act,” he said.
The governor added, “with this commissioning, we can hear your feedbacks clearer even when you contribute to programmes on air. You can speak more and we will listen more. We will listen to everyone and respond with actions. We will respond by getting better.”
Speaking further, the governor said , “I am sure you must have heard that yesterday, we went to the site of the Ibadan Circular Road and issued a stop work order. This is because we don’t want the people of Oyo State to be shortchanged in anyway.
“You spoke and we listened. The commissioning of this Digital Satellite Network of the Oluyole FM Station is because people spoke and we have listened.While on the campaign train, I promised the people of Oyo State that this administration will take the BCOS to a height we will all be proud of and we have started delivering on that promise. With the installation of this Digital Satellite Network, no more Analogue. In Oyo State, we have gone digital. We can now get clean and clear audio signal to the nooks and crannies of Oyo State and get government closer to the people.”
He also charged those asking for what his Government has done since taking office not to look too far, stating that the current administration in the State would only do things properly following due process, even if that meant having to wait a bit longer for the positive results it expects in terms of rebuilding the state.
Welcoming the governor to the commissioning, the Executive Chairman of BCOS, Prince Dotun Oyelade, said the station had been operating within the spirit of the current administration, knowing well that probity and accountability were the hallmarks of the government.
Prince Oyelade stressed that the BCOS programmes’ content on Radio and TV were currently having a face-lift, which the public and the station’s business partners were taken judicious notice of, saying: “On broadcast content, our television and radio broadcasting are getting better and more innovative.