18th July, 2011
Oyo State Government has promised to employ the state’s indigenes evacuated from Borno State.
It added that all that would make them live normal lives would be done.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State made this promise while receiving 50 evacuees from the Boko Haram troubled Borno state who were brought to the governor’s office Sunday.
He said that the state would go beyond the norm of merely evacuating endangered citizens of the state in troubled areas but also engage them in productive endeavours on arrival back home.
Â According to the governor, it was apparent that aside the need to go to other peopleâ€™s lands that took the citizens of the state to far-flung places like the violence-prone Borno state, the lack of commercial activities and endeavours to cater for their needs was responsible for leaving their home states for such places.Â
The governor who observed a minuteâ€™s silence for those who lost their lives in the violence that ravaged Borno state, told the evacuees to thank God for sparing their lives to witness being evacuated from the state.
Â In pursuance of his pledge to engage the evacuees in productive endeavours, Governor Ajimobi asked those of them who were students to register with the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) so the state could re-engage them in commercial activities back home while asking that students among them who wanted to continue their studies in the state could feel free to do so.Â
He said, â€œWe will make life better for you. Our administration will provide opportunities, not only for you but for all the citizens of the state that nobody will have to migrate to other states for his or her livelihoodâ€.
Â Earlier, the Secretary of NEMA, Pastor Abiodun Abegunde commended the governor for his quick provision of logistics that enabled the agency to quickly evacuate the troubled indigenes of the state.
He said that the agency responded quickly to the order of the governor to have the indigenes of the state in Borno immediately evacuated.Â
In his vote of thanks, one of the evacuees, Mr. Mubarak Adedolapo, who said he was a member of the Federation of Oyo State Students Union, University of Maiduguri chapter, commended the governor for his quick intervention to evacuate the citizens, stating that, among other states, the state was the first to heed the clarion call for the evacuation of its people.
Adedolapo also urged the government to return to the troubled state to help evacuate other citizens who are still trapped in the Boko Haram-troubled state.