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Mobile squadron base: I am happy with Makinde, says Alaafin

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THE Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, said on Wednesday that he bears no grudge against the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, over the location of the Police Mobile Force, Ago-Are in Oke Ogun axis of the state. Oba Adeyemi, who stated this while receiving the governor on a courtesy visit, stated that if he had any grudge, he would have communicated the same to the governor. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor was in Oyo to commission the newly renovated and equipped Primary Health Care Centre, Aafin Oyo. The governor stated that within the next three years, his administration will revitalise at least 351 Primary Health Care across at the rate of one per Ward, adding that his administration decided to give priority attention to Primary Health Care centres because they are the closest to the people. He maintained that with the state having about 721 PHCs, which are mostly not in good condition, it is the focus of his government to, at least, revitalise one PHC per ward subject. Speaking during the governor's visit to the palace, the monarch urged the government to do everything it can to revamp the primary health care sector, promising to continue to back the governor to deliver good governance to the state. He said: “Your Excellency, whatever you can do, do it. The conception of the primary health care system was developed in Russia. So, I understand too well that it is a policy that can be maintained and sustained if there is the will by the government and the people. “We want good governance for the people and we will support you by God’s grace. We will continue to back you so that you can progress as you move this state forward." Speaking on the Mobile Police base, the governor said that he had no knowledge of the letter said to have been written by the Alaafin, declaring that he had, in September 2019, secured the nod of the Inspector General of Police to site a Mobile base in Oke Ogun to stem kidnapping and other crimes. Governor Makinde equally stated that that the effort to renovate and equip the PHCs was already on, with the remodelling and equipment of Oranyan Primary Health Care, Ibadan; ALGON Comprehensive Health Centre, Eyin Grammar, Ibadan and the Aafin Oyo PHC. He noted that the state is providing N1 billion to start the campaign to revitalise the PHCs, while it has also put an agreement in place to find means, on a monthly basis, to continue the campaign. He said: “People may ask why we are not focusing on secondary or tertiary health facilities. Primary health care is the closest to the people and it is not every disease that should take us to secondary or tertiary health centres. – Jun. 11, 2020 @ 10:39 GMT |

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