By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Engr Oyedele Hakeem Alao on Tuesday, tasked the people of the state to speak out and put the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde on its toes.
The APC chieftain in a statement by its media office, said this became necessary before the administration plunges the state into abyss of underdevelopment.
Engr Alao in the statement accused Gov Makinde of allegedly continuing to inflict hardship on the people of the state through what he called his lack lustre performance in delivering dividends of democracy.
” Virtually all the roads in Ibadan, the state capital, and other towns in the state, have become dilapidated with motorists facing herculean task in getting to their destination.
There is no doubt that the present administration of Governor Seyi Makinde, has drawn the state back on all indices of development”, he said.
Engr Alao added, ” As at today, no single road in Ibadan, the state capital, is motorable likewise in other major towns in the state, this is shameful for a state regarded as pace setter state”.
“I cannot but speak out and call the government out to its responsibility to make life better for the people since those elected were put there to deliver the dividends of democracy to the citizens. The time is now for those who meant well to put the government on its toes as those who who should have done that are afraid of their shadows.”
The APC Chieftain said the Gov Makinde administration has a responsibility to make life better for the citizens” but ” while shirking in its duty of fixing the roads that belonged to the state government and making them death traps”.
” Governor Makinde has succeeded in muzzling the local governments with the elected Chairmen becoming more or less glorifying Councilors “, adding that the recent directive to the Chairmen to submit to the state government list of five kilometres of roads to be repaired was an admittance of failure and that ” it is a confirmation that there is no autonomy for the councils to operate.’
Commenting on the recent ranking of Oyo state as number 33 out of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the 2022 West African Examinations Council (WAEC), examinations, the APC leader said ” it is shameful and a monumental failure for a state that has produced prominent individuals for the country, Africa and the world to find itself in such a situation, coming behind states such as Yobe, Borno and Adamawa, considered to be educationally disadvantaged and ravaged by insecurity.”
According to Engr Alao, “the ranking has confirmed my past criticisms that the government wants to annihilate the education, no thanks to dilapidated infrastructure, inconsistent payments of running grants and policy summersault. It has never been this bad and I believe that the governor should apologize to the people for taken the state backward educationally”,