‘WE DON’T TRUST YOUR BUDGET’

•Osun Residents Pass Vote Of No Confidence On Oyinlola Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola seems to have lost the steam of authority in the state as citizens have passed a vote of no-confidence on him, as touching the governance, budget implementation and legitimacy. In a New Year opinion polls conducted by OSUN DEFENDER with five…”
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January 5, 2009 11:46 am
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•Osun Residents Pass Vote Of No Confidence On Oyinlola

Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola seems to have lost the steam of authority in the state as citizens have passed a vote of no-confidence on him, as touching the governance, budget implementation and legitimacy.

In a New Year opinion polls conducted by OSUN DEFENDER with five percent marginal error, over 85 per cent of the respondents expressed lack of confidence in the state helmsman, as touching the governance, 89 per cent expressed gloom over the handling of the fiscal policy, while 92 per cent voted against the legitimacy of the government.

Reacting, an Osogbo lawyer, Mr. Biodun Akinloye said that Governor Oyinlola has not justified the billions of naira accruing to the state in the last six years with his low performance.

“It is not out of place to say that the governor has disappointed the citizens because of his low performance, and there is practically no step to move the state forward this year.

“The last six years had been a waste,” said the lawyer.

Speaking on the development, a professional group, Peoples Welfare League (PWL) has pooh-poohed the budget recently passed by the State House of Assembly, disclosing that the appropriation law has lost its flavour from the proposal stage to its being signed into law.

According to a statement issued and signed by the group‘s coordinator, Mr. Biodun Agboola, the budget lacked a touch of reality, a situation that may not improve the system of governance in the state.

“We, in the PWL have carefully perused the budget that was passed by the State House of Assembly, and we found out that it was a budget of ruse, that cannot add to the already traumatic situation of the people of the state,” said Agboola.

Besides, the PWL has demanded the fiscal discipline of the previous budgets, saying that unless the billions of naira accruing to the state from the federation account are accounted for, people should not expect anything special from the government this year.

“In the last six years, Oyinlola’s administration has not found it necessary to render an account of his stewardship of lack of fiscal discipline, so, this budget is a fake and people should ignore it because and it was only designed for some chieftains of the ruling party, who are milking the state dry,” reiterated the group.

It would be recalled that Oyinlola proposed N88 billion for 2009 and the budget was passed into law by the state parliament in a manner which a political pundit described as wishy-washy.

Speaking further on governance, a human rights body, Campaign for Democracy and the Rights of the People (CDRP) emphasized that the state chief executive should cover his face for helping his critics in their impression of his zero-performance in Lagos, as a military administrator.

According to the President of the group, Alhaji Amitolu Shittu, it was on record that Oyinlola did not find his bearing in the governance of Lagos state as a military administrator, saying that the last six years of his administration have further confirmed his culture of low performance.

“For crying out loud, this man, Oyinlola, was accused of ‘no bitumen’ in Lagos State, while he was superintending the state as a military man, because of poor roads amongst other decayed infrastructure and the people of Osun State can now see that low performance has become his culture. Let him show us what he has done in the last six years,” submitted Shittu.

In its annual assessment of Oyinlola’s administration, the state chapter of Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) has scored the governor low on the provision of infrastructure and employment drive.

In a communiqué read by the group coordinator in Osogbo on Friday, Barrister Alfred Adegoke said that the state capital was completely neglected in the previous years, a situation that has trickle-down effect on all other towns and villages.

Carpeting the government for turning its face off from the plight of joblessness facing the youths in the state, Adegoke said that toying with the future of the youths was a human rights abuse.

By our reporter

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