By Ola Ajayi
THE Peoples Democratic Party in Oyo State has faulted the former Governor of the state, Alhaji Lamidi Adesina on the utterances he made about the alleged non-performance of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala.
Adesina had challenged Alao-Akala to justify how he spent N168 billion accrued to the state in the last two years, alleging the money had been wasted on non-beneficial projects.
But the partyâ€™s Director of Media and Strategy in the state, Mr. Morounkola Thomas, described it as a distortion of facts.
He said, â€œunlike the era of Alhaji Lam Adesina when civil servants became beggars due to arrears of salaries and allowances such that leave bonuses became a privilege, the Alao Akala PDP government takes the welfare of workers as top priorities. Salaries and allowances are paid regularly and many new incentives have been introducedâ€.
â€œThe assertion that the present PDP administration in Oyo State is wasteful and has achieved nothing is not only a distortion of facts but also a calculated attempt to mislead the public. The fact is that this administration is not only frugal but it has also demonstrated its capability at managing the state resources,â€ he stated.
But AC, through its Director of Publicity, Mr Olatunbosun Wasiu, said, â€œLam Adesina still remains the only civilian governor who served his full term without being indicted. The records are there. The total revenue accrued to Adesina’s administration was N47.6billion which over 80 per cent of the funds were used to service salaries and emoluments, as against N168bilion accrued to this (Akala) administration within two years and it has less than 30 per cent of the sum to pay salaries.
â€œDespite this, Lam was able to execute the four cardinal programmes of the party which included; free education, free health, rural electrification and rural development. In fact, physical projects that are visible in all primary schools in the state were done during Lam administration,â€ he stressed
PDP continued, â€œthe rancorous relationship which existed between the Lam Adesina-led administration and the civil servants which made him to describe workers as the negligible and inconsequential few, he said had become history.
Pointing out the achievements of the governor, â€œthe turn-around in the environmental situation in Ibadan which has attracted the commendation of the Ibadan Elders Forum is another worthwhile investment. Heaps of refuse have disappeared from Ibadan as refuse collection is being carried out on daily basis and Ibadan streets are swept dailyâ€.