Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says his administration will continue to put in place policies that will boost the economic growth of the state.
Makinde stated this at an interactive session with leaders of market and artisans’ associations across the state.
1st News learned that the meeting was held at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan on Thursday, March 18.
Makinde emphasised that his government would ‘do the needful’ to boost the businesses of the traders to make life comfortable for everyone.
On the leadership crisis rocking the traders’ association, Makinde posited that he would set up a committee to explore all means of securing an amicable resolution of the crisis.
Earlier, Mrs Odunayo Danjuma, Southwest Coordinator, National Association of Nigerian Traders, and the Acting Iyaloja of Oyo State, Mrs Justina Ogundoyin, appreciated the governor for providing loans to traders and artisans in the state.
The duo promised that the traders would continue to contribute their quota to the economic development of the state.
Danjuma, however, appealed to the governor to intervene; as well as resolve the lingering leadership crisis; among market women and men in the state with the view to having an acceptable leadership.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) has reiterated its belief in the safety of the Astra Zeneca vaccines for COVID-19.
This is contained in a communiqué about the COVID-19 vaccine signed by NGF Chairman and Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; at the end of the 28th meeting of the forum held physically and virtually on Wednesday, March 18, in Abuja.
The communiqué said that the governors deliberated on issues affecting the country; particularly on the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines and the attendant issues.
It said that Fayemi congratulated his colleagues for accepting to be vaccinated; declaring that so far the vaccines had not shown any signs of side-effects as widely speculated.
The communiqué added that the NGF COVID-19 Technical Advisory Group (CTAG) led by Prof. Oyewale Tomori briefed the governors on the status of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out across the states.
“The CTAG notes the increasing concerns of the public on the safety of Astra Zeneca vaccines.
“CTAG recommended that Nigeria should continue to vaccinate all eligible persons with the AstraZeneca vaccine in line with the latest WHO recommendations.
“The group said that available evidence, including findings from research in which some CTAG members are involved, show that the Astra Zeneca vaccine is safe.
“Governors reiterated their belief in the safety of the Astra Zeneca vaccines; as well as commit to continuously encourage uptake of the vaccines by all eligible persons in their states.
“The governors also encourage the public to report any adverse effect noticed following COVID-19 vaccination,” it added.