by Tunde Odesola, Osogbo
Osun State Government has accused the Olagunsoye Oyinlola administration of spending N450m to pull down a state-owned hotel.
Commissioner for Finance, Budget Planning and Implementation, Dr Wale Bolorunduro, stated this at a news conference in Osogbo on Tuesday.
The news conference was a reaction to an allegation by the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, which said the Rauf Aregbesola administration did not pay workers salary in March.
He said, “The Aregbesola administration is not an irresponsible government. The people of Osun can attest to the fact that our administration has never owed civil servants; we pay salary and meet our obligations at the end of each month.
“It is calamitous that the Osun PDP-led administration that spent N450m in pulling down a state-owned hotel, which was built by the Isiaka Adeleke administration and furnished by the Theophilus Bamgboye administration, can still talk.
“It is in the record books – the contractor who did the pulling down, the duration of the contract and the amount spent on it. Oyinlola and members of his cabinet should be languishing behind bars if our anti corruption crusade is operating fully.”
Bolorunduro recalled that the Oyinlola administration embarked on white elephant projects of building six stadia while the education, health, transport and water sectors suffered.
He said, “It’s only a visionless PDP government like that of Oyinlola that could go cap in hand to borrow N18.38bn and use a chunk of the money to build stadia when a majority of the people languished in abject poverty.”
Chairman, Osun PDP, Alhaji Gani Olaoluwa, debunked the allegation against the Oyinlola government, saying it was high time the Aregbesola administration concentrated on governance.
He said, “We have heard enough of accusations against Oyinlola; time is running out on the Aregbesola government. It will be on record that the ACN government spent four years in criticising the previous government without achieving anything.”
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