Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has been recognized as the “most loved” and “most admired” state governor in Nigeria, according to a survey report by the Nigeria Social Media Week Group (NSG).
The report, released during the Nigeria Social Media Week, Q4, 2023, on Monday, October 2, 2023, focused on the public perception of state governors and political leaders over the past four years.
Dr. Kenneth Ogbonna, the NSG Team lead for 2023, explained that Makinde was chosen as the top candidate after analyzing respondents, mainly consisting of young individuals from all six geopolitical zones of the country.
The report emphasized that Makinde was selected from a final shortlist of state governors based on criteria such as performance, achievements, accessibility, likeability, acceptance in his home state, national recognition, and profile.
NSG commended Makinde for his significant accomplishments in crucial sectors including education, youth development, agriculture, healthcare, road infrastructure, urban and rural development, aviation, culture, and tourism, among others.
The group, present in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, as part of their activities for the Nigeria Social Media Week Q4 2023, specifically praised Governor Makinde for key projects like the recently commissioned 34.85 km Oyo-Iseyin Road, the newly built Iseyin Campus of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, and the ongoing construction of the 76.67 km Iseyin-Fapote-Ogbomoso Road, among other initiatives.
Ogbonna clarified that the Nigeria Social Media Week Group is an independent body that evaluates governance and leadership through social media, focusing on peer reviews and comparative studies of leadership performance in Nigeria.