The Social Democratic Party in Oyo state has described the newly created Local council Development Authority by the state’s Governor Abiola Ajimobi as a ‘Greek gift’ adding that the decision at this time is ill-timed.
In a release signed by the Publicity Secretary of the party in Oyo State, Alhaji Akeem Azeez, the party said it (the decision to create more LCDAs) is quite confusing and shows a government which is desperate to attempt to justify nonpayment of the backlog of salaries, arrears and pensions. Azeez said the APC government claims it lacked funds to pay wages and salaries, yet it created more LCDAs.
The SDP scribe described the APC government as a classical example of “a quack doctor who leaves leprosy and tries to cure eczema” and that the creation of LCDAs is a misplacement of priorities.
“One is pressed to ask how many developmental projects have been completed in the 33 local government areas of Oyo state in the last five years that the APC has been in government in the state
“This decision is Ill-timed due to the fact that the state is bleeding on account of non-payment of salaries to workers and pensions to pensioners. How will the newly created LCDAs get take-off grants? This is a state that cannot meet up with its financial obligations to workers, contractors and the citizens.”
Alhaji Akeem explained further that “it is a Greek gift from the government to hoodwink unsuspecting members of the public in order to regain its long lost positive image and credibility with the citizens of the state. it should be discarded and disapproved by the good people of Oyo State.”
He pointed out that “when the APC-led government ought to be looking for ways out of the current financial entrapment it created for itself, it is busy starting what will further compound the financial woes of the state. These new LCDAs will need funds to cater for staff and other political appointees.”
Alhaji Akeem Azeez said it is quite unfortunate that Oyo state, a state that prides itself as the Political and intellectual capital of the Yorubas through pacesetting initiatives in the recent past has been reduced to a copy and paste enclave.
“This is so because not until Osun started Yes-O that Oyo State also copied and pasted O’YES in the state. The LCDA idea was also copied from Lagos State.”
Alhaji Azeez, however, cautioned that Oyo State is not financially buoyant as Lagos and can not meet the financial obligations of a bloated 68 local council areas at this time.
In his reaction, however, the head of Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s media team, Mr. Yomi Layinka said: “Well, the SDP people should know better, but since they do not, we will attempt to send them relevant documents to study so that they will understand how these things work”.
“Governor Abiola Ajimobi wants the best for the people of Oyo State. He always says this to whoever cares to listen. The grassroots people will benefit tremendously from the LCDA arrangement.”