The Elders, under the aegis of Ibadan Elders’ Forum, gave the commendation in a letter dated 30th April, 2013 and addressed the governor.
In the letter signed by Ambassador Olusola Sanu and Chief Ona Ajibola, the Chairman and Secretary of the Forum respectively, said that the commendation was sequel to the decision taken at a meeting of the forum held in Ibadan on April 18, 2013.
According to them, the commendation had become necessary in view of the outstanding performance of the governor and the monumental achievements he had recorded since his assumption of office two years ago.
They particularly commended the governor for restoring peace, which they said had served as the foundation of the economic development of the state.
“Before your assumption of office, Oyo State faced serious security problems unleashed by armed robbers, political thugs as well as NURTW factions struggling for ascendancy. You have now changed the violent situation to a peaceful one.
“You have restored peace and made good use of law enforcement agencies to ensure same. The notoriety of the NURTW factions has been checked and by so doing, you have ensured that miscreants are now allowed in any guise to make Oyo State a haven for their nefarious activities,’’ the elders noted.
The governor, they also said, had changed the face of the state through his restoration and transformation agenda.
“Apart from the construction of a flyover at Mokola, you have rehabilitated/constructed or are rehabilitating/constructing many roads and bridges across the nooks and crannies of Oyo State. Drains were cleared, rivers, canals and streams were dredged to prevent flood.
“Much work has been done to improve the environment and people have been mobilized in various forms to partner with government to make the environment beautiful, clean and healthy. Positive impacts have been made in the sectors of health, education, agriculture, manpower development and skills acquisition.
“Women generally and in particular, widows, able-bodied and disabled persons were not neglected. Provision of free transport for workers, regular payment of salaries and the 13th month salary, training and retraining of personnel also featured. Retirees were not neglected,’’ the said.
According to the elders, Governor Ajimobi’s efforts had given Ibadan, and indeed, the entire state a facelift, adding “there is general cleanliness which all can attest to. You have taken a bold step politically and you have executed your vision with courage.
“Your political detractors are already exploiting the situation because they looked at your transformation programmes from a narrow perspective.
“As for Ibadan Elders’ Forum, we thank you for the encouraging developments you have embarked upon and for the steps you have taken to give Ibadan a new image. We note that you are the first governor in Oyo State that has taken a very spirited efforts to recognize that a clean environment is a contributory factor attracting foreign investors and ensuring sustainable economic development.
“We are proud of you for having worked so hard to achieve enormous results,’’ the elders said, expressing the hope that what the governor would do in the next two years would surpass what he had done in the first two years of his administration.