Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State is running the state with ingenuity, while also delivering incisive governance in the state.
This was stated by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa when he featured in programme of an Ibadan-based Fresh 105.9 FM on Saturday.
Adisa said that contrary to insinuations that Makinde has been spending Oyo State’s money on politics in other states, the governor has been spending the state’s resources to benefit the people of the state, which is why a lot of efforts have been going into turning around the infrastructure of the state across, health, education and other sectors.
Adisa said that the Makinde administration’s innovative project funding approach is bringing about an ongoing massive turnaround in the infrastructure deficit of the state, notwithstanding the global setback occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He explained that the introduction of the Alternative Project Funding Approach (APFA) by the Makinde administration, which allows contractors to raise funds to execute critical infrastructure, while the state pays at a later period, has enabled the state to substantially bridge the worrisome infrastructural deficit it inherited in 2019.
Adisa also revealed that works on the establishment of the Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency, which bill was passed to the House of Assembly and assented to by the governor, has now reached an advanced stage, adding that the state government had instituted a painstaking process to search for persons of “impeccable integrity” to man key positions in the agency.
He also noted that the State Executive Council has already ratified some of the things the agency will work on.
These were contained in a statement by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to the governor, Moses Alao, in which he quoted Adisa as saying that the economic and political sagacity, with which Governor Makinde has been running the state is commendable.
In the words of Adisa; “Criticisms coming from the opposition party in the state over volumes of loans or planned bond issuance were needless and mere distractions. The state government could not fold its arms and say that because there is COVID-19, it would not plan for the future of the state.
“Infrastructure projects, including the ongoing 21 kilometre Ajia-Airport road, remodelling of the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, as well as the construction of the four Transport Interchanges, among others, are parts of the innovative plans of the administration to turn things around and expand the economy.
“Immediately the state government, in playing to his own chosen line of openness, announced its intention of going for a N100 Billion bond, the noise came up in huge volume from the opposition party. They were saying that the government wants to plunge the state into debt when they don’t even understand the issue at stake; when they don’t even know the difference between ordinary borrowing and the bond; when they have not even interrogated the agenda that we have put up for raising the issue of the bond and when they have not also looked at the benefits that will accrue to the state.
“They have not interrogated anything other than to play politics and play to the gallery. The truth is that a lot of people are afraid when you talk about debt. But it is modern-day political management, modern-day economic management that Governor Makinde is into in Oyo State. It is incisive governance.
“So, when we talk about the bond, we released the issues that are going to be addressed by that bond, and what I expect from the opposition is to address those issues. We talked about upgrading the Ibadan Airport and they should ask if we need that in Ibadan.
“We talked about fixing the corridors of the Dry Port. Do we need to keep the place for the state to be able to derive enough benefits from it when it becomes operational? Also, we talked about the train that is going to terminate at the Dry Port. We talked about the Iseyin/Ogbomoso road corridor that will also be opened up, but nobody is talking about those issues,” Adisa said.