Makinde replies APC over Vice Presidential Ambition comment

Mr Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, says his boss is running the affairs of the state with ingenuity to deliver incisive governance.

A statement issued by Moses Alao, Makinde’s Special Assistant on Print Media, indicated that Adisa said this during a radio programme in Ibadan on Saturday.

Adisa maintained that Makinde has been spending the state’s resources to benefit the people of the state, contrary to insinuations that the governor has been spending Oyo State’s money on politics in other states.

“There is no truth in the claim that Gov. Makinde has been spending the state’s resources on politics in other states.

“This is why a lot of efforts have been going into turning around the infrastructure of the state across health, education and other sectors.

“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.

“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.” Adisa explained.

He said the criticisms coming from the opposition party in the state over volumes of loans or planned bond issuance were needless and mere distractions.

Adisa added 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 four transport interchanges, among others, were parts of the innovative plans of the administration to turn things around and expand the economy.

Adisa said that the processes of getting the bond were ongoing, saying that the government has not collected any amount. He added that every kobo that would be borrowed “is tied to infrastructural development and they are highlighted at every point in time.”

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