The government of Osun State has cut the feathers of the ousted Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola over his alleged attempt to convert the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding to his personal property.
Addressing journalists after the Executive Council meeting in Osogbo last Wednesday, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere, said that the council had reviewed the law establishing the centre, which had Oyinlola as the life chairman of the centre, which was financed with state funds.
He said that “in section 8 of the State Government of Osun Black Culture and International Understanding Law 2008, it was discovered that an attempt was made to turn the centre to a personal property of Oyinlola, which we see as executive lawlessness in the most crude and cruel form. “When you are saying that as the sitting governor, despite spending government fund to establish a centre for the state, you are still including it that you, as the governor will be the life chairman in your personal name as Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
“They even said in the law that in everything that is being done, he would pick two representatives from Olusegun Obasanjo Library in Abeokuta and Minister of Culture and Tourism would be on the board. We have seen clearly that the intention was to use government money to finance the project that you have the intention of cornering to be your personal property”, he noted.
The commissioner then stated that the state executive council had passed a resolution to amend the law. According to him, with the new correction to the law, the chairman of the board would be appointed by the governor and the Commissioner or Special Adviser in-charge of tourism and culture would also be member of the board. He also added that there would henceforth be two representatives from academia, four representatives of art and culture interest, while the Nigeria permanent delegate to UNESCO would also be a member of the board with two years tenure.