The Oasis Reporters
June 25, 2019
In a practical commitment to demonstrate the resolve of the recently inaugurated PDP government in Oyo State, the Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has on Monday, presented the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) for the construction of a new retail outlet of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) within two days of application.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa informed that the conglomerate’s application for the new outlet was stalled by bureaucratic bottlenecks under the immediate past administration in the state led by Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
According to the statement, the NNPC team led by the Chief Operating Officer, (COO), Downstream, Engineer Adeyemi Adetunji had visited the Governor on Friday June 21, to request for approval for the new outlet following the failure of a previous effort.
Governor Makinde immediately approved the request and assured the NNPC team that he would personally sign the C of O for the new outlet on Monday, June 24.
At a brief event in the Governor’s office on Monday, Governor Makinde handed over the C of O to Oyo State Sales Representative, Mrs. Toluwase Adesanya.
The Governor said that his decision was in line with his desire to up the ante on the ease of doing business, adding that his government would stick to the 60-day window for issuance of C of Os in the state.
According to the Governor, his decision to issue the certificate of Occupancy within two days was a practical demonstration of his government’s commitment towards expanding the economy of the state via the ease of doing business window.
It will be recalled that former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi initiated such moves during his tenure which increased revenue generation, turning the tide from a deficit run economy to an economy with surplus, to the admiration of all economy watchers and the general public.
Governor Makinde stated that the NNPC had applied for a parcel of land to build a new retail outlet in Ibadan in order to boost the state’s economy and create more job opportunities for the teeming youths in the state.
He stated that his government would do everything necessary to boost the state’s economy by making the environment conducive for investors.