The gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde has said that recent events have shown that it is better for a governor to win an election through the trust of the masses than through the machinations of the so-called godfathers who have no feelings for the downtrodden.
This is just as Makinde implored Governor Abiola Ajimobi to compensate fully those whose houses and shops were demolished two years ago before he leaves office.
In a statement issued by his campaign organisation and signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade, Makinde said that contrary to the statement credited to the APC gubernatorial candidate, Chief Bayo Adelabu at different fora that the Ajimobi has performed well and without blemish in the past seven and a half years, destroying the means of livelihood of poor people without adequate compensation or no compensation at all is classic crime against humanity.
Makinde said that anyone who promises to continue with Ajimobis legacy as Chief Bayo Adelabu has said many times is telling us the following: That LAUTECH will remain in a permanent state of crisis and virtual extinction.
That Okeogun road will remain in a permanent state of disrepair and the area will never fulfil its potentials as the food basket of the state.
That the unsurpassed debt profile, put at N157bn will continue to rise. That Pensioners will continue to languish in hunger and deprivation in contrast to the opulence of the few government officials and their contractors.
Seyi Makinde further lamented that the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, led by Governor Abiola Ajimobi, has failed to give proper attention to educational development in the state
Makinde noted that contrary to the advice by UNESCO that at least 26 per cent of the budget should be allocated to Education, the Ajimobi’s administration allocated less than that.
He also promised to reintroduce the thirty students per class policy introduced by the former governor of Oyo state, Senator Rasheed Adewolu Ladoja.
“We will ensure teachers are adequately motivated. We will take teachers welfare far beyond cosmetics. We will implement the policy of 30 students per class” He said.
“Come May 2019, the state education sector will wear a new look. If we want to turn out leaders amongst today’s youth, Education is key. To this end, we need infrastructure that will make Education conducive.
Teachers welfare should be taken far beyond cosmetics. We will also implement the policy of 30 students per class. And as part of measures to ensure proper funding, all companies operating in the State will be made to adopt a school.” he concluded.