The chairmen of local governments and local council development areas in Ibadan have elected the chairman of Ibadan South West local government, Hon. Kehinde Akande, as the chairman of the Ibadan local governments properties company.
Akande emerged winner with 16 votes to defeat his co-contender and chairman of Akinyele South LCDA, Hon. Hameed Kazeem Adekunle in an election held at the meeting of the caretaker chairmen of all local governments and LCDAs in Ibadan, on Thursday.
Speaking shortly after the meeting, the chairman of Ibadan North East local government, Hon. Ibrahim Akintayo, maintained that 16 of the 17 chairmen present at the meeting voted for Akande to lead the Ibadan properties development company, a business entity comprising all local government and LCDAs in Ibadanland.
According to Akintayo, the Ibadan local governments properties company was set up with an objective of trading in real estate businesses, with local government chairmen in Ibadaland as members of its board.
Speaking, the new chairman of the company, Hon. Akande appreciated Governor Seyi Makinde for his forthrightness and commitment to the development of Ibadan and Oyo State in general.
He further commended the governor for proving his democratic credentials by directing the local government chairmen to pick the chairman of the company through democratic means.
“As the newly elected chairman of Ibadan local governments properties company, I am using this opportunity to thank the governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, for his forthrightness to see that Ibadan and Oyo State in general is placed in the big map of Nigeria in terms of development. And this is one of the developments our able governor is bringing to Oyo State by asking all the chairmen, which constituted the Board of Directors of Ibadan Property Company, to come together and chose someone among them.
“With their support, I emerged as the chairman of Ibadan property company.Like I said earlier, our governor is interested in moving Oyo State forward. Ibadan being the largest city in Oyo State, his intention is to place Ibadan in a very good standing, which I am opportune to be a part of.
“My vision for Ibadan properties company is to start doing things the right way they are supposed to be; to put Ibadan in a very good stand when it comes to development. Ours is going to be visionary and sustainable development for Ibadan, and I promise to entrench transparency because that is the watchword of our able governor. Everything we do must be transparent and I promise everyone that we are going to be accountable in everything we will be doing,” Akande said.