Makinde, APC dis­agree over Oyo govt spend­ing

The Punch - - NEWS - Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan

The Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party gov­er­nor­ship as­pi­rant in Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has crit­i­cised the state gov­ern­ment’s spend­ing pol­icy.

In a state­ment from his cam­paign or­gan­i­sa­tion, which was signed by the me­dia co­or­di­na­tor, Do­tun Oye­lade, Makinde ac­cused the state gov­ern­ment of ma­nip­u­lat­ing fis­cal dis­burse­ment in favour of a few peo­ple.

The state­ment read, “The spate of un­ful­filled prom­ises by the Aji­mobi ad­min­is­tra­tion, es­pe­cially in the past three years, has been so stag­ger­ing that the breach af­fects all facets of gov­er­nance, par­tic­u­larly health, ed­u­ca­tion and agri­cul­ture.

The state­ment also flayed the state gov­ern­ment’s ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy, say­ing the con­struc­tion of three model sec­ondary schools was not a so­lu­tion to the rot in the state’s ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

“The three model schools will soon be opened by the gov­ern­ment amidst the usual pro­pa­ganda, but what will two or three model schools achieve in the midst of acute lack and de­pri­va­tions in the schools to­day where in­suf­fi­cient teach­ers are not mo­ti­vated, with schools begging par­ents to re­cruit more teach­ers and the gov­ern­ment forc­ing pri­vate schools to fund pub­lic schools,” it said.

But the state Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress, Olawale Sadare, al­leged that Makinde’s out­burst was trig­gered by his po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tion to be­come the gover­nor of the state in 2019.

he said, “We are not un­mind­ful of the fact that the likes of Makinde would al­ways be­lieve that the best way to get to the gov­ern­ment house in 2019 was to down­play the mon­u­men­tal achieve­ments of the APC ad­min­is­tra­tion of Gover­nor Abi­ola Aji­mobi, who has un­doubt­edly changed the face of gov­er­nance in the state.

“To set the record straight, there is no money to be mis­man­aged in Oyo State to­day be­cause the fi­nan­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity of the gov­ern­ment is larger than the re­sources avail­able. hav­ing lost the golden chance to ac­quire the ideal po­lit­i­cal and pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion tute­lage from the right source due to over-am­bi­tion, the spon­sor of a fac­tion of the dec­i­mated PDP in the state is not qual­i­fied to seek a man­date that is far big­ger than his ca­pa­bil­ity.”

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