The Oyo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has called upon Governor Seyi Makinde to halt any additional contract awards that might be deemed overpriced. Instead, they suggest that the governor focus on finding ways to alleviate the hardships faced by the general public, who are directly affected by the increasingly challenging economic conditions prevalent in the nation.
The Oyo APC’s response comes in the wake of the recent announcement by the state government on Wednesday. The announcement disclosed that Governor Makinde’s administration had given the green light for the allocation of a total of N3.35 billion to acquire Kia Rio cars intended for security purposes, along with another N3.19 billion slated for the maintenance of street lighting within the state.
In a statement issued on Thursday and made available to journalists in Ibadan by its Publicity Secretary, Olawale Sadare, Oyo APC posited that: “reckless spending, misplaced priority and lack of proper planning on the part of those at the helm of affairs, as being experienced in Oyo state since 2019, was responsible for the skyrocketing inflation and poverty in the country.”
“It has come to a point that we, as stakeholders in the affairs of the Pacesetters state, cannot continue to watch as the present PDP administration would not cease from plundering scarce resources.”
“We queried the wisdom behind spending of billions of naira on the purchase of Kia Rio brand of luxury cars as security vehicles about years ago, and we got vindicated as only a few number of those cars are seen around today.”
“The state government is now repeating the same sleaze with the Wednesday approval of N3.35b on another 105 units of the same fragile vehicle brand for security.”
“Apart from the fact that such brand is not ideal for use as patrol vehicles by security agents, the price of each car is put at N32 million, and this is unacceptable.”
“Also, on the issue of N3.19 billion approved for the maintenance of the street light project, which cost over N28 billion to be executed without accountability, we vehemently kick against it as there is no justification for spending such a stupendous amount on replacement of poles. We cannot continue like this.”
“Rather than create an avenue for a few privileged persons around the corridor of power to siphon scarce resources, Gov. Makinde should emulate some governors who have done so much in recent times to address the challenges in their respective states.”
“He should also address the plight of workers and pensioners in the state who came out a few days ago to lament high-handedness, deprivation, and deceit from the PDP administration since 2019.”
“We are also using this opportunity to raise the alarm on the persistent downward slide which has been the case of education in Oyo state. A few days ago, the results posted by virtually all the students of public schools in the state who participated in the last West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) left much to be desired.”
“It was F9 parallel everywhere, and this is as a result of the rot brought into the system by Gov. Makinde. In fact, we cannot continue like this,” Sadare stated.