The Action Congress (AC) the Osun State chapter has condemned the resolve of the state PDP-led government to spend N37.5 million monthly to pay salaries of 25 executive assistants for each local government area.
The governor had created 25 political appointments in all the 30 local government areas and the area council and each of the appointees is to earn N50,000 monthly.
The AC in a statement signed by the Director of Research and Strategy, Mr Sunday Akere said that the decision was “nothing other than another drain pipe aimed at impoverishing the people continuously, providing jobs for the boys and promoting indolence.”
It would be recalled board appointments crisis hadalmost tore Osun State PDP apart as some party leaders who felt neglected in the scheme of things have been threatening to make the state ungovernable for the Oyinlola led-administration.
The idea of creating political appointments at the local governments was reportedly sold to the governor by some local government chairmen in the state as a measure to douse tension among the aggrieved members and in the interest of the party.
The State Assembly had also ratified a proposal by the executive to enable each local government council appoint between four and 25 executive assistants.
The release said: “While Osun AC is not against creation of jobs and legal engagement of qualified hands for viable enterprise, we will not subscribe to any ploy that is aimed at recognizing brigandage and violence while also promoting hooliganism.
“Osun AC as a party made provision to create 20,000 jobs within the first 100 days of the Rauf Aregbesola administration one of its cardinal six-point agenda while campaigning for the 2007 governorship election and we have not reneged on that promise.
“PDP being what it is – an inept party that is bereft of any positive idea-will prefer to spend a whopping N37.5 million monthly to service 750 executive assistants across the 30 local governments who have no specified duties to perform other than being willing hands (tools) in the hands of the devil. They intention is to intimidate and perpetrate violence in the various localities so as to continuously foist and prolong PDP’s misrule in the state.
“A government that cannot make sufficient funds available for the accreditation of courses at the two state-owned polytechnics can afford to commit a whopping N450 million annually to pay salaries to executive assistants to local government chairmen who are just a tip of the numerous worthless political appointees being engaged daily.
Reading to the statement, the Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, Mr Yinka Adeojo disclosed that the AC should join hands with the PDP to develop the state
“The AC is a failed party. The House comprises of AC and PDP members and they all approved the demand by the government. They are being insincere”
Reacting to the development, the chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Osun State chapter, Alhaji Waheed Lawal condemned the decision of the PDP administration in the state, describing its various policies as lacking human face.
Lawal state further that the government lacked ideas on how to create employment for the growing unemployed graduates in the state, instead it resolved to creating political appointments for their party thugs.
He stated that no one was against creation of job for the people of the state but this one is not acceptable, adding that people are suffering at the grassroots yets Oyinlola would commit N450 million of council funds to paying salaries to the PDP “errand boys”.
All Nigerian Peoples Party state chairman, Alhaji Sule Alao in his reaction berated the House of Assembly for ratifying such proposal which he said was not in the best interest of the general public.
He lamented the spate of underdevelopment at the grassroots, adding that now that additional burden has been added to the one on their shoulders, they have an alibi for not performing.
Alao disclosed further that the people have had enough of Oyinlola’s recklessness, adding that he should find a better way of alleviating the people’s suffering and provide dividends of democracy for the people.