Oyinlola, Taxi Owners May Clash Over Vehicle Loan

CRISIS is now looming between the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led administration of Osun State and some taxi owners, who purchased their vehicles on loan through the state government. Information at the disposal of OSUN DEFENDER showed that some of the taxi owners, who were yet to meet up the monthly remittance of their loans, are…”
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March 23, 2009 8:39 am

Governor OyinlolaCRISIS is now looming between the embattled Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola-led administration of Osun State and some taxi owners, who purchased their vehicles on loan through the state government.

Information at the disposal of OSUN DEFENDER showed that some of the taxi owners, who were yet to meet up the monthly remittance of their loans, are currently being chased around.

It would be recalled that Oyinlola distributed vehicles to some selected members of transport unions in the state on loans as part of his purported efforts to seek their political support for second term.

When the beneficiaries were to be selected, it was gathered that they were only given forms to fill without specifying the amount each vehicle would cost, a situation that suspected a foul play.

After the forms had been filled by the interested transporters, OSUN DEFENDER learnt that it was then the amount each vehicle would cost was written on each of them, without the consent of the interested transporters.

When the transporters were eventually given the vehicles on loans, the cost of the vehicles were so outrageous, as according to a taxi owner, none of the owners could meet up with the repayment of the cost comfortably, putting into consideration the state of the vehicles.

After buying the vehicles for the transporters through their unions, Oyinlola in his usual way, ordered the inscription ‘OYIN NI O’ on them.

Meanwhile, having foreseen an imminent failure over the case at the appellate court, the governor reportedly descended on the taxi owners, through their unions.

It would be recalled that the governor had also, in recent time, descended on traders, who were loaned some money, threatening them to return the money or be dealt-with.

One of the taxi owners who spoke under anonymity, stated that the present situation amounted to punishment of the beneficiaries of the vehicle loans.

If the threat by the government as it is now continues, the taxi owner said that the issue may result to crisis between the owners and the state government.

He then called on the government to thread softly over the matter, so as not to frustrate the owners out of town.

By KAZEEM MOHAMMED

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