Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, has cautioned the Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has against promoting insensitivity and selective ignorance on state matters, under the guise of opposition politics.
He gave this warning in a statement on Saturday, saying it is needless, uninformed, half-baked and irresponsible, how APC intervened on the planned conversion of an expanse of land and parts of the Staff Quarters of the BCOS to a Government Residential Area (GRA).
Wondering why the APC has taken a sudden interest in the BCOS staff members, staff who have been victims of the immediate past APC government; sacked or retired prematurely, and nearly killed with unpaid salaries and pensions as well as wicked and dehumanising policies.
The governor’s aide said that the APC should always seek information before intruding into a matter it has zero to no knowledge about.
Adding that the Makinde-led administration has the best interest of workers and residents of the state at heart and that it would not implement any policy that will not add value to the state.
He explained how the premeditated conversion of the landed property in Basorun to a GRA is for the development of Ibadan; to reduce the housing deficit in the state capital and improve the internally-generated revenue of the state.
According to Adisa, the Management of BCOS and the developer had addressed the issue amicably, adding that the welfare of the occupants of the staff Quarters has been fully taken care of.
Reminding the APC that the BCOS Quarters and the expanse of land are for the government, and it was needless to generate controversy on the planned conversion to a GRA.
But contrary to the misinformation propagated by the APC and its loudspeakers, the buildings being currently inhabited by 36 BCOS staffers, are still standing and their occupants still living in them.
The CPS insisted that dealers in falsehood and rumour mongers were behind the faux news that the government demolished the quarters without prior notice to residents.
Saying that few of the buildings in the Quarters are unoccupied, adding that the demolished structure was dilapidated and empty.
“Of course, no reasonable government will demolish a building that is fully occupied,” Adisa stated.
He added that the developer has already agreed to provide a financial palliative to the 36 residents of the Quarters, provided them a period of grace to enable them to get alternative accommodation.
Also, the Chairman of the BCOS, Prince Dotun Oyelade, the developers and representatives of the Staff Quarters had met to iron out the matter.
Adisa noted that the developer agreed that the BCOS Mosque, the Chapel, the Pensioners’ House and one other building won’t be demolished, while the government is also pushing for other measures that will ensure that the interest of BCOS staffers is taken care of in the long term.
Adisa further stated that the growing interest of developers and investors in Oyo State has shown that Governor Makinde has succeeded in rebuilding public trust in the state and that no amount of misguided statements from the APC would succeed in inciting the public against the governor.
He further cautioned that APC should desist from playing opposition politics irresponsibly especially after mismanaging the state and dehumanising her residents for 8 years.
The statement read: “One read with amusement the error-laden, misguided statement of the Oyo State APC on the needless controversy surrounding the conversion of the BCOS Staff Quarters to a GRA. It is funny how APC leaders, after mismanaging Oyo State for eight years and destroying public trust, can seek to turn around to become advocates for the institution they reduced to its lowest ebb.
“While one will like to advise the APC to learn to play opposition politics responsibly, the party should stop disgracing itself by coming up with incoherent thoughts and misdirected positions that easily belie their renewed interest in the welfare of Oyo State people, whom they dehumanised with several inhuman policies for eight years.
“The APC should have sought information and get clear perspectives of the development at the BCOS before alleging that the government failed to complete whatever it intended to build and relocate the families living in the BCOS Staff Quarters before it is demolished because as of now, the buildings under occupation at BCOS have not been demolished.
“It was, however, good that the Oyo APC could not disguise its main intention, which is to further advance its hatred against the Makinde administration.
“Coming up to accuse the administration of policy somersault sold the party out as still smarting from the unexpected loss it suffered at the polls in 2019.
“We sympathise with APC over its loss and wish that it would move on and learn how to play opposition politics responsibly because the party will have to be contended with that role for a long time, as Nigerians and residents of Oyo State cannot afford to continue with the untold hardship brought upon the country by the APC leadership.
“Sadly, Oyo APC has been over-reaching itself talking about 2023 when it is obvious that it is already on a lost cause, as the government of Engineer Makinde has redefined governance and has been endearing itself to the people with focused leadership and sound policies that deliver maximum value to the people of the state.”