By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Alliance for Democracy (AD) governorship candidate in Oyo State in the 2019 general election, Engineer Hakeem Alao on Sunday declared that Governor Makinde has portrayed himself as the most borrowing governor Oyo State has ever had
Engineer Alao in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan also emphasized that payment of salaries to workers is not an achievement any Governor should be celebrating.
According to the AD governorship candidate, the administration of Governor Makinde had allegedly ” taken loans to the tune of almost N170bn in less than two years of his administration whereas there were nothing significant on ground to match the loans taken so far.”
“The administration of Governor Makinde has recorded a feat and decorated himself with the title as the Most Borrowing Governor (MBG) in the history of Oyo State which gives him away as a governor that lacks creativity and innovation to generate revenue”, he said.
Engineer Alao added “to date in less than two years of his administration, Governor Makinde has taken loans with all sorts of nomenclatures to classify them running to the tune of N170bn, which are tied to projects as infrastructures and agric resuscitation.
“So much as the loans are, there are practically nothing serious on ground as achievements of his administration, although the governor has lambasted his critics and oppositions that they would keep shut next year when he would start “commissioning” his projects. We are waiting”
The AD governorship candidate stressed “are there loans under whichever classification they come that they will not attract interest with their tenor? Governor Makinde has really put the state on a course of debt which is capable of putting the indigenes of the state in perpetual servitude.,”
Engineer Alao stated further that Governor Makinde ” is not rendering any assistance to workers in the state when he announced that he has been paying salaries of workers since his assumption of office.”
“But what is scary is the fact that the salaries are being paid with bank facilities tied to the federal government monthly allocation of Oyo State. Practically, what that means is that the Oyo monthly allocation is being used to pay salaries alone by the time you do the calculation. Let the Governor be reminded that salary payment is a statutory responsibility and he is not rendering any favour to the Oyo State workforce.”
The AD Chieftain noted that contrary to the promises made by Governor Makinde and the expectations of the people of Oyo State, the governor has failed in many areas and has had many minuses than pluses, saying, “first.Engineer Makinde has failed to fulfil the promise of generating revenues locally to run the state government and exportation of exporting the Oyo maize to Botswana, rather a professor that the governor did not know where he was suited was imported from Botswana,”
“Till date and almost two years in the saddle, Oyo State has not produced maize to the point that it would be exported even to the neighbouring Ogun State. The administration of Governor Seyi Makinde, from critical observation and findings, has been characterized by a lot of improprieties, burdens of loans, insincerity of purpose, inconsistency, pretence, policy reversal and attempt at siphoning the Oyo State money”.
“To start with, during the 2019 electioneering campaigns, Engr Seyi Makinde promised the people of Oyo State that when elected his administration would be run with revenues generated out of his administration’s ingenuity to fund developmental projects in the state.”
The AD governorship candidate stressed “he promised a government that would create a buoyant economy and infrastructural development that would be powered through agriculture. In fact, it is on record how he said he had perfected arrangement in Botswana to export and process maize from Oyo State”, adding, “till date and almost two years in the saddle, Oyo State has not produced maize to the point of exporting it even to the neighbouring Ogun State”.