Doctor Abdulazeez Olatunde, the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Oyo State, has said “the government of Governor Seyi Makinde cannot all alone claim glory for the sole ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso. It must recognize the inputs and efforts of others especially that of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.”
He made this statement while reacting to questions about the education policy of the Governor Seyi Makinde led government from Aanuoluwapo Omorinde on a political programme, called Bottom Line on IBR 92.5fm Ibadan over the weekend.
When asked if the APC in Oyo State will salute the courage and bravery of the Governor in acquiring the ownership of LAUTECH for Oyo State, the APC Chieftain replied “I will give it to the government if it recognises the efforts of those that made it possible”.
“Emissaries were sent to Lagos on this matter to negotiate with the Osun State government but all of these, they will not say”.
“Do you think it is possible for Osun State government to concede ownership to Oyo State without the input of some people?”.
He declared that the Oyo State government is grumbling because it can not meet some terms of the agreement between it and Osun but they are not making it public.
He also criticized the cancellation of education levy in schools across the State saying the best option for the State government would have been to pay the WAEC fees of the Students rather than the three thousand naira education levy
“What is the essence of paying the annual levy of a child that cannot afford WAEC fee? Ajimobi paid the WAEC fee of the Students and go and check the record. With the three thousand nairas, a Student will at the end of the day pay eighteen thousand nairas for a period of six years. WAEC is presently charging twenty-eight thousand nairas so, which is better?”.
On the economy, he said that the last administration led by the APC increased the internally generated revenue of Oyo State to between twenty-two to twenty-five million nairas. A figure he said was far more than what it met.
He urged Governor Seyi Makinde to study the hand-over report provided for him by the last government adding that all he needs to succeed is in the report.
Engineer Akeem Olatunji the publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party, who also spoke on the programme, faulted the claim of the APC that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was pivotal in the acquisition of LAUTECH.
“I am an Alumnus of that great Institution. I belong to the second set of that citadel of learning and so, I know much about that Institution.
“As the Pro-Chancellor of LAUTECH, what did Tinubu do? When that Institution was locked for about two years, what did he do? That is why someone like me can never support the presidential ambition of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu because I can’t see his effort”.
The PDP PRO further added that if this present government continue with its economic drive, Oyo State will soon surpass many States of the federation in IGR.