A prominent chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State, Engineer Oyedele Hakeem Alao, has berated Governor Seyi Makinde, for continuing to inflict hardship on the people of the state through his lack lustre performance in delivering dividends of democracy.
This is just as he said the time has come for well meaning people of the state to speak out and put the administration on its toes before it plunges it into abyss of underdevelopment.
Alao in a statement by his Media Office, lamented that 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, stating that the administration has a responsibility to make life better for the citizens.
The Oman-based Project and Contract Management Specialist, said 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
He maintained 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, insisting that it is a confirmation that there is no autonomy for the councils to operate.
According to him, “There is no doubt that the present administration of Governor Seyi Makinde, has drawn the state back on all indices of development. 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.”
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, he 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.
“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”, he said.