By CHARLES KUMOLU
FORMER Deputy governor of Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore has described the proposed building of an Interdenominational Worship Centre by the state government as an attempt to siphon taxpayers’ money.
But in a swift reaction, Director of Publicity of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi dismissed the allegations as unfounded.
Omisore also called on the Rauf Aregbesola led administration to reverse the new education policy rather than embarking on the project.
Omisore said this in a statement by his Director of Media and Strategy, Prince Diran Odeyemi, that,
“The proposed worship centre is an attempt to siphon taxpayers’ money with no genuine concern for the welfare of the people of the state.
” It would have been more honourable for the government to admit mistake and reverse the new education policy which is causing confusion in the state than erecting an interdenominational centre to hoodwink the Christian community who are opposed to his disposition towards them.”
He said: “As a governor that claims to believe in equality among all religions, my concern is about how much the government will have to spend to erect mosques and shrines for our Muslim brothers and “Isese” people when the people of the state are wallowing in abject poverty.”
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In a telephone chat with Vanguard, Mr. Oyatomi said: “How can you use the building of an inter-denominational worship centre to siphon money?
“Omisore cannot comment on what is happening in the state because he is not even the candidate of the party. If Aregbesola is not building the worship centre, they will say he is Islamising the state. Most renowned Christian clerics hail from this state and for your information, the plan for the building of the worship centre did not start today.
“Aregbesola is unlike them because for 90 months, they wrecked the economy of this state when they were in government. Every kobo that Rauf has earned, in the last 36 months, he has put to use judiciously.
“Rauf Aregbesola is above board and siphoning is just their own language because that is what they do. On the school reclassification policy he said: “Does Omisore want us to leave the schools in the sorry state they left if? God forbid!”