By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Monday lashed out at the immediate past administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi for allegedly fooling the people of Oyo State with “bogus projects and contracts” to the detriment of the masses.
Governor Makinde who stated this while speaking to newsmen after inspection tour of some government installations in Ibadan accused the Senator Ajimobi led immediate past administration in the state of putting ” in lots of resources in projects and ended up abandoning the same even after some bogus commissioning exercise.”
He stressed that the previous administration in the State attempted to fool the people of the State with bogus contracts and projects to the detriment of the people, saying the immediate past administration moved equipment from Jericho Specialist Hospital to another centre in Olodo to stage a commissioning exercise, leaving the Jericho facility empty.
The governor lamented the situation of the Jericho Specialist Hospital, which he said would be immediately moved to the new complex as a matter of emergency., adding “you have all seen the situation out there; it is almost like wasting the resources of the state.”
“The State has put in a lot of resources but have not been able to get any value for the citizens. For me, the facility at the Jericho Hospital’s new site is at 80 per cent completion but it is already falling apart. So, it has to be occupied. They took all the equipment from there to do a ceremonial commissioning at Olodo. I believe you can fool some people some of the time but it is difficult to fool all of the people all the time. So, we will go back and relocate the Jericho Specialist Hospital and that would be taken as an emergency because it has to happen between now and the end of the year.”, he said
The governor added, “this facility, for instance, is going to be finished up and, by then, we will take the movement of the people from Jericho Specialist to this place as an emergency. Our target is to complete the project before the end of this year.”
The Governor was accompanied to the Jericho Specialist Centre by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bashir Bello; the Consultant on Health to the Oyo State Government, Dr. Funmi Salami; Permanent Secretaries in the Ministry of Health and the Hospital Management Board among other top government functionaries
Governor Makinde and his crew visited Sanyo Area of Ibadan, where the State Government plans to move the Oyo Road Transport Management Agency (OYRTMA) and the Jericho Specialist Maternity Hospital, Jericho, Ibadan,