*says no occupied quarters demolish so far
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government on Saturday warned the opposition All Progressives Congress, (APC) to stop shedding Crocodile tears on the demolition of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) staff quarters in Ibadan
The state government handed down the warning in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde , Mr Taiwo Adisa made available to journalists in Ibadan
Mr Adisa in the statement accused the Oyo APC of ” demonstrating insensitivity and crass ignorance on matters of the state in the name of trying to play opposition politics”, adding, APC’s desperation ” to gain public sympathy after mismanaging the resources of the state and taking the people for granted for eight years would always fail,”
He pointed out that ” the series of undeserved retrenchment and unkind policies inflicted on BCOS staff during the eight years of the APC in Oyo clearly point to the fact that the crocodile tears the party is shedding on behalf of the staff currently is playing to the gallery.”
“One read with amusement the error-laden, misguided statement of the Oyo State APC on the needless controversy surrounding the conversion of the BCOS Staff Quarters to a GRA. It is funny how APC leaders, after mismanaging Oyo State for eight years and destroying public trust, can seek to turn around to become advocates for the institution they reduced to its lowest ebb.” he said
Mr Adisa added, “while one will like to advise the APC to learn to play opposition politics responsibly, the party should stop disgracing itself by coming up with incoherent thoughts and misdirected positions that easily belie their renewed interest in the welfare of Oyo State people, whom they dehumanised with several inhuman policies for eight years.” ” The APC should have sought information and get clear perspectives of the development at the BCOS before alleging that the government failed to complete whatever it intended to build and relocate the families living in the BCOS Staff Quarters before it is demolished, because as of now, the buildings under occupation at BCOS have not been demolished.
According to the CPS, “it was, however, good that the Oyo APC could not disguise its main intention, which is to further advance its hatred against the Makinde administration”, saying, ” coming up to accuse the administration of policy somersault sold the party out as still smarting from the unexpected loss it suffered at the polls in 2019.”
“We sympathise with APC over its loss and wish that it would move on and learn how to play opposition politics responsibly, because the party will have to be contended with that role for a long time, as Nigerians and residents of Oyo State cannot afford to continue with the untold hardship brought upon the country by the APC leadership.
“Sadly, Oyo APC has been over-reaching itself talking about 2023 when it is obvious that it is already on a lost cause, as the government of Engineer Makinde has redefined governance and has been endearing itself to the people with focused leadership and sound policies that deliver maximum value to the people of the state.”
Emphasizing that the ” planned conversion of the landed property in Basorun to a GRA is intended to further develop Ibadan, reduce the Housing deficit in the state capital and improve the internally-generated revenue of the state”, the CPS said ” the controversy had long been laid to rest between the Management of BCOS and the developer,” and that the welfare of the occupants of the staff Quarters has been fully taken care of.
Reminding the APC that the BCOS Quarters and the expanse of land belong to the Oyo state government he maintained that it was needless generating controversy on the planned conversion to a GRA, saying
“contrary to the misinformation being peddled by the APC and its loudspeakers, the buildings being currently inhabited by 36 BCOS staffers, have not been demolished.”