The Governor-elect of Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde has alleged plans by the outgoing government to cripple his administration by ensuring that all monies in government coffers, both strategic and from stabilisation accounts are spent in the next couple of weeks to stall the smooth take off of the incoming administration.
In a statement signed by his spokesman, Prince Dotun Oyelade, “Engr Makinde said that he is aware of questionable special projects for which ₦ 2. 475m have been hurriedly released for each of the 33 local governments and similar amount released to the Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency, OSTROMA for the same purpose totalling ₦ 4.95 billion”.
It was stated in the release that the money was taken from the Excess Crude Oil Account and released through the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
“While government is a continuum, the frenetic release of government funds in unusual circumstances, is worrisome especially if it is not in the normal bureaucratic pattern”, the statement read.
The Governor elect said his administration has a plan in place for phased recruitment when it gets into office, but will reject the mischievous planned mass recruitment by the outgoing government to increase the financial load of the incoming administration and stunt it’s smooth take off.
The Governor-elect said he and his team are keeping track of goings on at the state banks and the civil servants collaborators and will take bold steps to correct all anomalies.
In a reaction however, the state government described the statement signed by Oyelade as “inflamatory”.
The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Toye Arulogun stated that “for the avoidance of doubt, we hereby state unequivocally that the accusations are not only patently false but are figments of his imagination. The state government’s earlier statement on a related matter on the siphoning of funds subsists.
Meanwhile, let it be reiterated that the mandate of the Ajimobi administration will not lapse until the 28th of May 2019. Therefore no amount of sabre-rattling will cause the government to fold its hands counting days instead of making the remainder of its days count”