….It’s mere rumour, says Akala
By Ola Ajayi
Action Congress, AC, in Oyo State has expressed fear that N4.5 billion set aside to rehabilitate some public health facilities by the administration of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala has been diverted. This was contained in a statement by the party’s Director of Publicity and Strategy, Mr. Wasiu Adewale.
According to the party, â€œthe question on the lips of the people when the state government announced the release of the sum was what manner of rehabilitation would Akala carry out on Adeoyo State Hospital and Jericho Specialist Hospital at the cost of a whopping N4.5 billion?
The party alleged that three months after, nothing had been done on these health facilities, raising question on the whereabouts of the money taken from the public treasury.
But, Akala through his Special Adviser on Public Communication, Prince Dotun Oyelade said AC was just crying wolves where none existed.
â€œThe AC must learn to dignify truth even in the face of obvious pressures to live up to the role of a vibrant opposition. The state government has husbanded its resources so prudently in the face of biting economic indices. At no time did Government receive N4.5 billion from any source to fund public health facilities. Even the ecological fund has not been forthcoming.
â€œThe opposition jumped into the wild conclusion because it could not believe that state allocations and Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, can be so prudently managed to achieve remarkable result in any sector including health.
AC said, it was â€œworried over the antic of the present administration in the state which centres on diverting public funds expected to be spent on promoting the welfare of the citizenry. Same was the story in February, 2009 when the administration of Alao-Akala received a staggering N27billion said to have been wrongfully deducted from the Allocations due to the state during the regimes of Alhaji Lam and Senator Rasidi Ladoja and up till today, Governor Akala or any of his men has not told the public where the N27billion is kept.â€
The party also challenged the state government to address the public on the alleged financial scam running into several millions of Naira currently rocking the Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) which it noted might have been responsible for the non-payment of salaries to teachers in the public secondary schools in the past few months.
â€œIt has come to our knowledge that a financial racket has just been blown open in TESCOM Headquarters at the State Secretariat. The said multi-million naira scam involving some staff of the Commission and certain PDP members, who are reportedly close to the governor, has been responsible for the sufferings being experienced by public secondary school teachers in the past few months.
AC therefore warned that the scam must not be swept under the carpet, like many others before now. We call on anti-corruption agencies particularly the EFCC and the ICPC to wade into the matter with a view to unmasking those behind it and subjecting them to appropriate sanctions.â€ AC said.