By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor-elect, Engr Seyi Makinde has said that he was not perturbed by the outgoing Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi’s recent renaming of major roads and streets in the state after some personalities including himself (Ajimobi) describing it as of no economic benefits to people of the State
Makinde, in a statement on Monday by his spokesperson, Prince Dotun Oyelade, noted that the move by the governor did not in any way add value to the socio-economic development of the state and did not put food on the table of the downtrodden that have been economically impoverished by policies of government.
“Tell me what interest workers, pensioners, striking primary school teachers will have in street naming? he queried.
In a related development, Mr. Makinde has disclosed that all infrastructures in the state henceforth would be directly linked to the economy that has impact on the lives of the masses.
He further said that one of his cardinal programmes would be poverty reduction through agricultural value chain.
He made the pledge during his key-note address at a workshop on Human Resource Management of Rural Farmers in Nigeria, organized by the Liverpool Business School and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan.
The Governor-elect said that he would be paying lip service to agricultural development if roads in the cities glitter, while the roads leading to the food baskets zones are neglected.
He berated the out going administration for leaving behind an unprecedented record of governance by mischief in its last days in office.
According to him: “A government that gave paucity of funds as reason it could not pay backlogs to go ahead and restore 100% subvention to all tertiary institutions one week to leaving office is fulfilling it’s agenda to ‘spend everything, and create a mountain of debt’ before leaving office.
“The same government is encouraging primary school teachers to embark on an indefinite strike from this week. The same government collected Common Entrance fees from pupils since March and has refused to fix examination date and they are leaving office next Wednesday.
“The spate of appointments and promotions being carried out surreptitiously are also part of its agenda.
“So many things are going on within government circle that do not edify the status of the Pace Setter state all in its bid to have the last laugh,” adding that the outgoing government could not be anti people and have the last laugh.