February 27, 2024

Adeleke diverts N2bn palliative fund – CSOs allege

  • They are hallucinating, we used it judiciously – Govt

Shina Abubakar, Osogbo

A coalition of civil society organisations in Osun state, The Osun Masterminds, TOM, has accused the Governor Ademola Adeleke-led administration in the state of diverting the N2billion the federal government provided for the state as palliative.

The group in its February State-of-the-state address by its Executive Director, Professor Wasiu Oyedokun-Alli said the administration forcefully included the money in its N100billion infrastructure fund.

According to the group, the Adeleke-led Osun state government has, apart from receiving N2billion and thousands of rice of bags, maize as palliative from the FG, refused to provide its own palliative to the people despite increasing federal allocation to the State.

“The questions we continue to ask the Osun State Government however, include how has the Osun State Government utilized the two billion Naira it received? Stubbornly insisting on adding the sum to its 100 billion Naira Infrastructure plan is diversion of fund and it is as criminal as it is inhuman.

“We are also asking what the State Government’s additional palliatives are. Other States of the Federation are taking critical steps to reduce the hardship on their people. What is Osun doing? Provision of Imole De Buses is not palliative to the generality of Osun people”, he added.

Reacting, the Osun State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi said the group seems to be hallucinating, as the state has addressed how it spent the N2billion provided by the federal government.

“Like we explained several times, the N2billion is a loan, we used part of its to repair ‘Imole-De buses used for as subsidised transportation for people of the state. We also used part of its to enroll pensioners on the State Health Insurance Scheme free of charge and the remaining was added to the fund government used for wage award for the civil servants.

“The fund is loan and the state government would determine how it will put it to use. We know the group is on the payroll of the All Progressives Congress, APC, that is why they keep hallucinating over the issue”, he added.