By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Oyo state, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Sunday raised alarm of purported deliberate silence by the Governor Abiola Ajimobi All Progressives Congress (APC) government on grievous allegations of mismanagement and neglect of critical sectors.
Engineer Makinde raised the alarm in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan by the Seyi Makinde Organisation, signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade.
The PDP governorship aspirant said as at present, the people of Oyo state are disturbed that the present administration in the state ” has resorted to silence and blackmail in spite of the declining fortunes of the state that has made it the 5th most indebted state in the country with a whopping N116bn debt as at 2016″.
Engineer Makinde wondered that “when the 2018 debt profile is added, the state will owe over N130bn by conservative estimate which will further entrench its position as the most debt-ridden administration since the old oyo was created in 1976.”
According to the statement, Engr Seyi Makinde “is worried that the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Public Finance Statistics Bulletin Volume 27 published in December 2016 supports his claim that while the current administration borrowed N4.8bn in 2011 when it assumed office, the debt profile stood at N47.4bn in 2015.”
He emphasized that the people and tax payers in Oyo state ” will not allow deliberate silence over the sudden jump of our debt from N47.8bn in 2015 to N116bn, a difference of N69bn and 144% jump all in one year.”
Stressing that while the populace must hold the state accountable and demand ” for a blow by blow response to this curious and mind-boggling fiscal recklessness,” he added that ” government on its part must do the needful by coming out of hiding and explain why a government with N69bn in its treasury will still owe tertiary institutions workers 20 months salaries, leave the education sectors in tatters, fail to pump money into job oriented policies for our agricultural sector and neglect Teaching Hospitals, the 27 General Hospitals, two Nursing schools and the numerous health clinics and centres across.”
The PDP governorship aspirant alleged that ” in order to cover its track, government is engaging in grandiose eye-catching projects like model schools and selective road constructions while the poor are left uncatered for.”
According to Engineer Makinde in the statement, ” it is incumbent on the responsible citizens and residents of the state to demand for evidence based justification that plunged the state into ocean of debt since the advent of APC government in Oyo state.”