Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde has said his government will not pull down any property for road construction in the state without reaching out to the owners and compensating them very well.
Seyi Makinde revealed this recently during an assessment tour of the abandoned Benbo-Apata road on the Akala Expressway area in Ibadan.
He vowed that his administration would make sure all projects are completed.
He added that a lot of cash has been spent on the road project in the state after they were abandoned by previous governments.
His words, “You cannot demolish people’s property without compensating them. So, we will engage them.
“We must know that development comes at a price. It may be painful but it’s for the common good of all. I believe they will cooperate with us.”
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Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde (born 25 December 1967) is a Nigerian businessman, politician and philanthropist. He is the governor of Oyo State in South-western Nigeria. He is an engineer and a subject matter expert on fluid and gas metering. Until August 2018, he was the Group Managing Director of Makon Group Limited; an indigenous oil and gas company in Nigeria. He established his first oil and gas private business called Makon Engineering and Technical Services, (METS) at the age of 29 in the year 1997, after earning years of work experience with international oil and gas companies.
Makinde contested for the Oyo State 2015 gubernatorial seat on the platform Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Makinde was born to a renowned teacher turned accountant, late Pa Olatubosun Makinde and Madam Abigail Makinde of Aigbofa Compound in Oja’ba, Ibadan. He is the third child of the family.
Makinde did his national service (NYSC) with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria, where he was later engaged as a pupil engineer. He served in different capacities; handling and partaking in several key projects between 1990 and 1992. From 1992 to 1997, he worked as a field Engineer (Eket operations) for Rebold International Limited and in 1995, he was appointed as Field Manager in the same company.