By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in Oyo State on Monday lauded the Federal Government’s directive for reopening of schools to allow the resumption of final year primary and secondary school classes.
Oyo State PDP in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by its Publicity Secretary, Engineer Akeem Olatunji stated that the Federal Government’s directive is a confirmation of Governor Seyi Makinde’s pacesetting measures in the fight against CoronaVirus pandemic in the country.
The party stressed that the decision of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to allow the resumption of certain classes was a complete adoption of the proposals earlier announced by the government of Oyo State, two weeks ago.
Emphasizing that Federal Government also deserves commendations for adopting Makinde’s well-thought-out policy, Oyo PDP added that it was a confirmation that the Federal Government “does not feel too big to adopt well-thought-out policies and steps already taken by Oyo State in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“We in the Oyo State PDP commend Governor Seyi Makinde for living up to expectation in setting the pace for others and even the Federal Government. We also commend the Federal Government for the initiative it took to announce that schools will be reopened to students in graduating classes”, he said.
Stressing that though the state government’s decision was criticised by opposition party members and even a minister of the Federal Government, Engineer Olatunji said, “it is heart-warming that the Federal Government has come around to adopt the policy, a development which he showed that the Federal Government recognised the soundness of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force”..He pointed out that this is not the first time the Federal Government would be adopting the Oyo State template in the fight against COVID-19, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari announced partial lockdown, adopting the dusk to dawn curfew approach put in place by Governor Seyi Makinde at the inception of the COVID-19 challenge in the state.
Accusing APC members in Oyo State, ” of speaking before thinking most of the times”, the Oyo PDP publicity Secretary advised them “to submit themselves to the tutelage of the APC-controlled Federal Government, which “never shies away from copying the Oyo State government when need be on any positive policy or programme.”
“We see the initiative as bold because it was an adoption of a policy already put in place by the Oyo State government and the Federal Government did not consider political correctness in following a policy that has proved to be well-thought-out.