The Oyo State Youth Restoration Team (OYSRET) has appealed to former Governor Rashidi Ladoja to adopt the plea bargaining approach to resolve his N4.7bn corruption case, saying that the money, if returned, could be used to fund the cash trapped higher institutions in the State.
The student group, led by Comrade Ola Jimoh, pointed out that the money, which the Accord leader is being tried for by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, would go a long way in resolving the crises in the state’s tertiary institutions.
According to Ola, “We need to put Governor Abola Ajimobi to test. He said there is not enough money to give our schools’ subventions as he used to do and we all know the present situation in the country. He has however promised to give 100 per cent of the stolen state’s funds to LAUTECH if returned. This, we believe should be a wake up call for for Ladoja to return the stolen money he is being tried for.
“We are against the clandestine move by the Accord leader to use the financial crisis in LAUTECH to score political points. He once returned about N500m which was expended on construction on Model Schools according to the Oyo State Government. He has returned money before and there won’t be any big deal if he does same now. We can now monitor the disbursement of the money as well as telling Governor Ajimobi to give other institutions part of the money instead of LAUTECH alone”, he stressed.