Chief Michael Adeniyi Koleosho, a former Secretary to Oyo State Government has condemned the state government for neglecting the Oke Ogun Area of the state in terms of developmental projects.
The former National Chairman of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) who clocked 80 years old today told the Nigerian Tribune that the state government has abandoned most government properties and institutions in the area.
In his words, he said “If you go to Oke-Ogun today, there are 10 local government areas in Oke-Ogun, but there is nothing to point to as what the government is doing for the whole area.
“In the past when ONADEP (now OYSADEP) was brought to Saki, it was a masterpiece. The place could be compared with its type anywhere in the world. But today, it is a ghost of itself. They have ruined the place completely.
“You can’t even see the impact of government in the place. We should cultivate the culture of building on legacies, not destroying legacies. That place should not have been neglected, especially when there are no new ones to replace it. Even if there is money to do new ones, should the existing ones be ruined?”
The Saki-born politician also spoke about the ongoing road dualization in Saki town and the completed one in Iseyin.
He said “I don’t see anything to rejoice about in the dualisation of a stretch of road in Iseyin and Saki.
“Having been in government in the past, I know that dualisation of roads is not our priority in Oke-Ogun. I don’t know how much was expended on the dualisation of Iseyin road, but I am very sure if the money used on the dualisation had been used to fix the roads within Iseyin township, it would have had a better effect.
“Same thing in Saki. But if that is the government’s priority, I can’t query them, but I know that it would have been better to use that money to do all the feeder roads within the township to make the town more beautiful.”
When asked about the chance and possibility of Oke Ogun indegene becoming a governor in 2019.
He said: “Yes, it is feasible. However, it depends on Oke-Ogun people themselves.
“If everyone of us in Oke-Ogun sits down and takes a decision that any of our sons and daughters who emerges as a governorship candidate in any of the parties should be voted for by Oke-Ogun indigenes and we all do, with the sympathy other zones have for Oke-Ogun, then Oke-Ogun can produce the governor. But the hard question is, can all Oke-Ogun indigenes vote for an Oke-Ogun governorship candidate? You would be surprised at what some people would say.
“But I am still very hopeful that something good will come out of it. People have been clamouring for it, and I hope that it will happen soon.”