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APC: Adeleke’s 100bn Naira Projects, ‘Scam Skilfully Designed To Enrich Buccaneers Close To Govt’



Following the unveiling of 100 billion naira Infrastructure Development plan project by Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the governor of deliberate intention to plunge the state into avoidable financial crisis with an ulterior motive to fleece the state.

Recall that Adeleke had on Friday announced to the public the preparedness of his administration to construct flyovers, among other projects, at five locations in the state.

During the unavailing infrastructure development plans, the governor disclosed his plans to construct two flyovers in Osogbo, the state capital; one at Owode; one in Ikirun and the other one in Ile-Ife, within a period of one year.

Adeleke mentioned rehabilitation of 345 health centres in the 332 wards in the state; phase two of potable water provision in 332 wards of the state; phase two of rehabilitation of 31 schools in the 30 mother local governments and the Area Office and recruitment of new teachers, reconstruction/rehabilitation of 45 roads of, at least, one kilometre in each of the 30 mother local governments, making a total of 45 kilometres.

The governor stated that the projects are self-sponsored without any intention of his administration to obtain credit facility (loan) from financial institutions.

Commenting on the development, the Chairman of the Osun State APC, Sooko Tajudeen Lawal, in a statement issued by the party’s Director of Media and Information, Chief Kola Olabisi, in Osogbo, on Sunday, described the Adeleke N100 billion development programmes scenario as “a scam skilfully designed to enrich some economic buccaneers close to the government”.

Lawal explained further that there could not be any other name for the phoney and white-elephant projects but a gross misplacement of priority in the hand of a person statutorily saddled with the responsibility of being the caretaker of the resources of the state.

The state APC chairman reminded Adeleke that since he said he would not borrow a dime to finance the projects, the citizenry deserves the right to know the source of the funding and the modality for its settlement as what we are talking of is not a family enterprise which activities can be effected under the table.

He stated that he found the development laughable as the Adeleke administration which could not successfully handle the earlier 332 boreholes it promised each of the wards in the state suddenly woke up to itemize some suspicious projects for execution within one year.

Lawal wants to know the moral consideration for the Adeleke government which is still hoarding N9 billion Federal Government fuel subsidy removal palliative meant to ameliorate the suffering of the people of the state four months after its payment into the coffers of the state government.

He expressly told Adeleke that his government which mindlessly warehouses the Federal Government fund for the people, despite complaints from the various stakeholders in the state, can not be trusted with its plans to execute all the outlined projects.

In Lawal’s words: “Adeleke should tell the world the economic importance of the proposed construction of a flyover at Owode Ede if not only to serve his personal ego as a native of Ede.

“Is there any justification for the construction of five flyovers at this time in the history of the state when the state government under Governor Adeleke is yet to come up with its planned succour for the people of the state when some other state governments have been dolling out the second or third tranche of their governments’ support for the governed?

“What sense is therein, for a government which is yet to make a pronouncement on the acceptable minimum wage for its workers as initiated by the federal government, to toy with the plans to build five flyovers in the state at a time?

“Must a state government, that is worth its salt, encourage the flagrant dumping of an individual proposal and embrace same without considering the current financial status of the state?

“Osun is a common patrimony and nothing must be done by her Chief executive and his handlers to throw the state into avoidable eternal debts which would affect even the generations unborn in the state.

“All concerned stakeholders in the Osun project should raise up their voice with a view to condemning the seemingly gang-raping of the economy of the state by some disgruntled elements who are parading themselves as political leaders in the state.

“It is disheartening to learn that the proposed Adeleke N100 bn development programmes are repetitive as they contain some of the projects that he had told the people that he had earlier executed.

“For instance, the rehabilitated/reconstructed schools and digging of boreholes across the state by the Adeleke administration are make-believe which are only appearing on paper.

“We shall not open our eyes and watch you plunder the state in the name of the execution of some unrealistic projects shrouded in doubts and controversies.

“Those who are thinking for the Adeleke administration should cover their faces in shame as they have shown to the citizenry that they have not been driven by patriotism but what they can make from the government to the detriment of the wellbeing of the state.

“If the thinking out there that the whole abracadabra is to stylishly source election fund against the 2026 election, the ploy is less than tidy in the estimation of the right-thinking members of the society”, Lawal vibrated.