*asks Oyo State people to vote wisely in 2023
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Alliance for Democracy (AD) governorship candidate in the 2019 general elections in Oyo State, Engineer Hakeem Alao on Sunday condemned the demolition of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) staff quarters by the Governor Seyi Makinde led government.
Engineer Alao in a statement by his spokesman, Mr Omotayo Iyanda stated that the demolition of the BCOS Staff quarters was ” a sign of lack of clear direction” by the present administration in the state.
According to the AD Chieftain, with the unfolding events in Oyo state, there is the need for the people of the state to ” choose wisely in the 2023 elections”, saying, ” no one can give what he does not have! “
The AD governorship candidate in the 2019 general elections noted that rather than demolition of the building, it would have been wiser for the Governor Makinde led government to put it in good order that would meet the needs of the present realities, particularly regarding the welfare of the staff of the corporation.
According to him, ” demolition of the staff quarters of BCOS without any other alternatives would derail permanently the good visions of our past leaders as the former military administrator of Oyo State, David Jemibewon and late former Governor Ajibola Ige”.
” Siting a staff residential quarters close to the broadcasting corporation is never a bad initiative, and acting contrary to this lofty ideal and legacy by the Governor Mákindé government is anathema and counter-productive . Now that the building has been demolished, is the Seyi Mákindé PDP government going to locate and build a new BCOS Staff quarters at Ajia? “, he said
The AD Chieftain added, ” well, apart from the distance, we are not sure if the people of Ajia will ever allow the governor to come and acquire their land for that kind of edifice because the raging noise about the “forceful acquisition” of some people’s lands in the area has not totally abated.”
Engineer Alao noted, ” come to think of it, must the BCOS staff quarters be pulled down for a residential estate, and if pulled down, how many common men will be able to secure accommodation in the proposed Lere Adigun Estate? “
” This government has always been known for thoughtlessness and deceit as Oyedele Hakeem Alao Organization has always been calling the attention of the people of Oyo State and its stakeholders to the malady of a government termed the “people’s government. Prior the demolition of BCOS staff quarters on Thursday, the Chairman of BCOS, had described as false a media report that the Mákindé state government was planning to demolish the staff quarters.”
He stressed, ” in fact, with the demolition of BCOS, construction of the Abuja Oyo State House with N1.2b and close to N300m earmarked for the printing of ballot papers for the forthcoming local government “election” are clear signs that this Mákindé-led government has no good plans to move the Oyo State residents away from anguish, hunger and backwardness.”
” With the grinding hardship the people of Oyo State are going through in the areas of transportation, accommodation, feeding, infrastructure, etc, will a forward looking sincere leader ever move in the direction Engr Mákindé is moving? This Omi-Tuntun government has clearly turned everything in the state into Omi-Totiru, pains and anguish as this Mákindé’s government has always been Lori Iro!”