Oyo: Gov. Makinde Makes 'Valuable' Promise On State Money
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State/File Photo

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has assured the people of the state that they will get value for every money belonging to the state spent on any project.

Concise News reports that Makinde stated this on Monday after an inspection tour to three government projects in Ibadan, the state capital.

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Makinde inspected the old Urban Mass Transit Park, Sanyo, Jericho Specialist Hospital and the new Paediatric/Maternal Centre, also at Jericho.

The governor expressed dissatisfaction with the state of some government property, especially lands and other abandoned public structures across the state.

He frowned at the culture of spending state resources on projects only to abandon such projects halfway, without minding the resources already expended, ”which characterised the activities of the immediate past administration in the state.”

Makinde assured the people of the state that his administration would ensure that they got value for the tax payers’ money spent.

He directed Dr Akin Fagbemi, the chairman of the state Road Traffic Management Agency (OYRTMA) to use the abandoned structures at the old Urban Mass Transit Park as the agency’s headquarters.

The governor promised to provide necessary equipment and other logistics that would enhance the job of the agency.

At the Jericho Specialist Hospital and the Paediatric/Maternal Centre, Makinde promised to equip the facilities to promote qualitative healthcare delivery.

He said that the paediatric hospital would be equipped with furniture and other clinical equipment to accommodate some of the departments at the Jericho Specialist Hospital.

APC’s criticism of Iwo Road interchange project smacks of insensitivity – Oyo PDP

In related news, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State says the criticism of the planned expansion of Iwo-Road interchange in Ibadan with N8 billion by the All Progressives Congress (APC) is a demonstration of the party’s insensitivity to the plight of commuters in the axis.

A statement issued on Sunday in Ibadan by Akeem Olatunji, the state PDP Publicity Secretary, also accused APC of showing disregard for the state economy which, it said, had been bleeding owing to loss of several man-hours due to perennial traffic congestion at the interchange.

Adetunji said that the immediate response to the criticism by the APC on the project was to educate the party on the forward-looking approach already adopted by Governor Makinde in solving the problem of the interchange.

“Let us place it on record that Iwo Road is not just a segment of a road located within the Oyo state capital; it is an interchange that has become the melting point of all travellers within Nigeria.

“It brings those coming from the North face to face with travellers across the South-West, South-South and South-East as well.

“The criticism by the APC shows a clear insensitivity to the plight of commuters who daily waste lots of man-hours trying to wade through the sea of traffic around the interchange.

“Makinde is not only on point with the decision to reconstruct Iwo Road, but has also shown his humane character by choosing to directly explain the developmental objectives to the people around the area.

“It will shock the APC to note that the people who worship at the Adogba mosque and others who will be affected by the demolition exercise have gladly adopted the governor’s decision, following the interface.

“We are reassured by the fact that the PDP government has, in less than five months, designed and started implementing a holistic solution to the perennial Iwo Road traffic problem,” the party said.