BY DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA—OGUN State chapter of the Labour Party, LP, yesterday, faulted the state government’s reaction to comments by party leader and former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, on cost of roads construction and debt profile of the state.
Publicity Secretary of the party, Deji Kalejaiye, in a statement described the reactions of the government through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu as “un-coordinated, hurried reactions.”
Daniel had fired the first salvo during the commissioning of the secretariat of the Labour Party in Ogun State, describing road projects in the state as too expensive.
Reacting, the government said it sympathised with the former governor as he was merely trying to justify his failure to execute any tangible project in the state during his eight-year tenure.
LP, in the statement, said “We need to be clear about this. Mr. Olaniyonu only successfully betrayed the frustration of the ruling government with his un-coordinated hurried reactions. The signal that Mr Olaniyonu successfully painted to the public was one of a government that is confused, disillusioned and already overwhelmed with the challenges confronting his principal and their misguided policies, which has openly led to total loss of confidence by the good people of Ogun State.
“So, if Mr. Olaniyonu and his paymaster can be rattled with a single observation, we will advise he better be prepared when the chronicle is eventually released.
“One would have thought, rather than uninformed, primordial, sentimental attacks, Commissioner Olaniyonu would avail the people of Ogun State facts and figures about projects awarded under Governor Amosun’s stewardship. It would have been nobler, magisterial and statesman-like if he talks about the much-touted inflation of project contract sums, as well as the desirability of some of the projects being awarded like Father Christmas bridges.
“The people of Ogun State deserve and want proper explanation and justification for the policies of the government in the management of the education sector; They are interested to know why almost 9 months to the expiration of the Amosun-led government none of the moribund model school projects which had served as another drain pipes on the resources of Ogun State is yet to be delivered.”