As the United Nation celebrates world poverty day and some politicians pour encomiums on Osun
State Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola for establishing institutions that tackle poverty, residents of the state have berated the state governor describing his policies as anti-masses.
Most of the people who reacted to the issue during different interviews with OSUN DEFENDER, chided the state government over what they described as lacking developmental initiatives that is capable of empowering the teeming populace of the state.
Comrade Popoola Ajayi told our reporter that Oyinlola lacks developmental ideas, and cautioned that no one should expect something special from him, adding that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) does not have any masses-friendly programmes.
He disclosed further that the various activities of Oyinlola’s administration, are meant to benefit only the (PDP) political class at the detriment of the people at the grassroots.
Ajayi also disclosed that a government that claims to be fighting poverty and does not listen to the yearnings of indigent students on school fees increment, while also creating unnecessary political appointments that would cost the state a whopping N450 million monthly.
He warned the state government to deviate from manipulating the state-owned media to deceive the people and face the business of governance to alleviate the sufferings of the people throughout the state.
A human right activist in Ikirun, Comrade Safiu Dimeji told OSUN DEFENDER that for any government to claim that it is tackling poverty, it must empower the people at the grassroot,
He urged the people of Osun State not to be deceived by the propaganda on the state-owned media, adding that they should at all times investigate government claims.
Comrade Ibikunle Adeyemi in his reaction frowned at what he called political sycophancy on the side of politicians, stressing that the people of the state are intelligent far and above the politicians.
He regretted that the PDP politicians are hailing Oyinlola for the appointment of local government executive assistants saying that it is job for the party’s thugs and not poverty alleviation, effort He described the latest political appointment as a waste of scarce resources.
A Muslim clerics at Iludun, Osogbo Alhaji Abdul Lafeef Yusuf lamented the state of poverty in the state. He urged the state government to stop deceiving the masses especially through its monthly programme, “Open Forum”, on the state broadcasting corporation