• Oyinlola Fails Promise On Completion Period
DESPITE the billions of Naira spent on the poorly constructed Gbongan-Akoda road dualisation, the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun State has stated that the road would not be completed until 2011.
He stated this at the end-of-the-year press conference held at the State Secretariat, Osogbo last Tuesday.
Oyinlola had earlier in 2003 promised that the road project would be completed within nine months of his first term in office.
However, the road has turned out to be a white elephant project waiting to be completed five years after its inauguration.
Defending his statement, the governor disclosed that shortage of funds was responsible for his inability to deliver on his promise on the road project.
He added that the road project would now proceed in phases, as the first phase include the completion of the dualisation from Akoda to Osogbo, which he said, would commence in March 2009.
The embattled governor further added that the dualisation which would extend to Ila-Odo end of Odo-Otin Local Government Area would kick off in January 2010.
Reacting on the issue, the Secretary of Independent Masses Forum (IMF), Mr. Wole Folaranmi stated that the Oyinlola-led administration has turned the project into a source of siphoning public funds into private pockets.
He added that despite spending over N2 billion on the construction of a road, which, he said, was already dilapidating, the governor is still telling the people that the road project would continue in phases.
According to him: “Oyinlola should not have dabbled into the project, afterall, it is a federal road and now, look at the mess his administration has made out of the road project after over N2 billion has been injected into it in about five years, yet nothing to show for it.”
Folaranmi warned that the group and others in the state would continue to monitor the activities of the state government, so as to criticize whenever necessary its policies that are not masses-friendly.
In his own view, Prince Adeniran Adeyemi berated the governor over what he described as failing the masses, adding that almost all the administration’s capital projects have failed to have any effect on the economy of the state.
He disclosed that the free trade zone project, the pharmaceutical company and other capital projects which the administration invested billions of Naira into are no where to be seen after over five years of the administration.
“What we see or hear is the constant trip of the Governor to China and Israel with no impact on the lives of the teeming masses of the state.
“It is better to state categorically that 2008 was a wasted year economically in the state because despite billions of naira that accrued to the state from the federation account, the government has nothing to show for it,” he added.
By SHINA ABUBAKAR