Ahead of the 2023 general elections, Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has charged Nigerians to choose wisely by electing people that will serve the country well.
Makinde gave the charge on Tuesday, January 25, at the 65th birthday anniversary and thanksgiving service of Rev. Samson Ayokunle, held at the Oritamefa Baptist Church, Yemetu, Ibadan.
He urged those aspiring for elective positions to prepare to serve the people rightly.
The governor congratulated Ayokunle on his birthday, saying he (Ayokunle) had done enough for the Baptist Convention and Christians at large.
Makinde said the celebrator was a pride of the state, and Oyo State was most blessed with the crop of spiritual leaders.
“It is my pleasure to celebrate with you. We thank God for what he has used you to achieve, not only for the baptist convention but for Christians in Nigeria.
“So, we really thank God for securing your life to see today. In Yoruba, we do hope that when we start well, we should end well,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva, has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed an 18-month suspension of the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
Sylva made this known at a special media briefing organised by the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Tuesday, January 25.
Sylva had earlier met behind closed doors with the president, who also serves as the Minister of Petroleum Resources.
According to Sylva, arrangements have reached an advanced stage by the executive arm of government to propose to the National Assembly, an 18-month extension for the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) that was meant to kick-start in February.
He said: “We don’t intend to remove subsidy now. That is why we are making this announcement.
“We also see the legal implication. There is six months provision in the PIA, which will expire in February; and that is why we are coming out to say that before the expiration of this time, as I said earlier, we will engage the legislature.
“We believe that this will go to the legislature; we are applying for amendment of the law; so that we will still be within the law.
“We are proposing, an 18months extension. But what the National Assembly is going to approve is up to them.
“We would approve an 18 months extension; and then it is up to the National Assembly to look at it and pass the amendment as the see it.’’