The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Mr Taiwo Adisa, said on Saturday that the governor is running the state with ingenuity, while also delivering incisive governance in the state.
He maintained that contrary to insinuations that the governor has been spending Oyo State’s money on politics in other states, Governor Makinde has been spending the state’s resources to benefit the people of the state, which is why a lot of efforts have been going into turning around the infrastructure of the state across, health, education and other sectors.
The Media aide, who spoke on Political Circuit, a programme of the Ibadan-based Fresh 105.9 FM, stated that the Makinde administration’s innovative project funding approach is bringing about an ongoing massive turnaround in the infrastructure deficit of the state, notwithstanding the global setback occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Adisa, the introduction of the Alternative Project Funding Approach (APFA) by the Makinde administration, which allows contractors to raise funds to execute critical infrastructure, while the state pays at a later period, has enabled the state to substantially bridge the worrisome infrastructural deficit it inherited in 2019.
He also revealed that works on the establishment of the Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency, which bill was passed to the House of Assembly and assented to by the governor, has now reached an advanced stage, adding that the state government had instituted a painstaking process to search for persons of “impeccable integrity” to man key positions in the agency.
He also noted that the State Executive Council has already ratified some of the things the agency will work on.
A statement by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to the governor, Moses Alao, quoted Adisa as also saying that the economic and political sagacity, with which Governor Makinde has been running the state is commendable.
According to him, criticisms coming from the opposition party in the state over volumes of loans or planned bond issuance were needless and mere distractions, adding that the state government could not fold its arms and say that because there is COVID-19 it would not plan for the future of the state.
He stated that infrastructure projects, including the ongoing 21 kilometre Ajia-Airport road, remodelling of the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, as well as the construction of the four Transport Interchanges, among others, were parts of the innovative plans of the administration to turn things around and expand the economy.