Oyo State Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday inaugurated the Board of Oyo State Agency for the Control of AIDS, noting that dealing with the scourge of AIDS is of utmost importance to his administration.
Governor Makinde stated that though there had been some progress with regard to anti-retroviral medication, abstinence from sex remained the best way to control the spread of HIV.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the governor’s wife, Mrs. Tamunominini Makinde, chairs the Board; while Dr. Lanre Abass is the Executive Secretary.
In his speech shortly after inaugurating of the Board, Governor Makinde said: “Health is one of the pillars which this administration is resting on, and dealing with the scourge of HIV in our society is of utmost importance to this administration.”
He noted that citizens were important for advocacy to work, saying, Rev. Babatunde and Dr. Titilayo, who represented inter-religious bodies, should educate people about the infectious disease.
The governor expressed confidence in the board, saying, “I don’t have any doubt in my mind that we have assembled the best hands to manage the affairs of Oyo State Agency for control of AIDS.
“I have taken time to reflect on what was the modus operandi in the past and I can say to you clearly that the state used to be supplied with medications that were just about to expire.
They have brought some of them to me and, please, that era should be over and be over for good in Oyo State.”
It may be recalled that wife of former governor Abiola Ajimobi had also headed the board.