Rights Groups Fault Oyinlola’s N88.2b Budget

Criticism trails 2009 Osun State BudgetCriticisms have continued trail the N88.203,885,780 2009 fiscal year budget, presented to the Osun State House of Assembly, by the state Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, as a human rights group faulted the governor on stagnant of development in the state.

The State Coordinator, Campaign for Democracy and Workers Rights (CDRW), Comrade Waheed Lawal in a telephone interview with OSUN DEFENDER, said the budget was unfriendly to the people of the state.

According to Lawal, in any budget of a state, there must be provision for the the common man (that is the less privileged people) in adding that Oyinlola budgeted such huge amount to loot the treasury of the state.

He said: “The budget is so vague and unfriendly to the common man. How many housing units were built for the common man from last year’s budget?

“Was water supply regular in the state? Are we having good roads in the state?” What has Oyinlola done to the epileptic electricity supply since he assumed office in 2003?

“Despite the entire huge amount committed to these sectors, there is no improvement or development in the state,” adding that the state has been witnessing stagnant development since the inauguration of Oyinlola in 2003.

The human rights activist stressed that the last five years have been a curse on the people of the state, as they are witnessing stagnant development and abysmal living standard.

In a related development, another human rights activist in the state, Comrade Amitolu Shitu, who commended the governor for presenting the budget early, said unspent monies in the last year budget should be returned to the state treasury.

Amitolu lamented over the shoddy work executed by an unknown contractor handling Gbongan/Akoda dualisation road project, maintaining that the road is in a terrible shape.

He said: “The governor should not take the advantage of people keeping silent, it is because his time is running out and that is why people are not responding to his satanic behaviour.

“What happened to the huge amount of money committed to road construction and rehabilitation in the last five years? Oyinlola has no interest in developing the state, he is just adding to the problems of the masses.

“Economically, Osun State is no where to be found. Talking on infrastructure and other developmental projects Osun State is behind other states. Everybody knows the development we witnessed during the four years of the former Governor Bisi Akande.

“What legacy does Oyinlola want to leave except inflation of contracts? The 2009 budget is a fraud. What kind of government are we having? Oyinlola is not listening to the suffering voice of the masses.

“Education and health should be given priority attention in every budget because if you are not healthy, you can’t do anything.”

Speaking on the education sector, Amitolu lamented the recent increment in all the state-owned institution fees, saying that Oyinlola has no programme on education.