- Promises infrastructural rebirth
The administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun has been accused of deliberately destroying legacy projects in Egbaland and stalling development in the Ogun Central senatorial district of the state.
This was stated on Sunday during the campaign tour of the African Democratic Congress in Odeda Local Government area.
Speaking at the palace of Olu of Odeda, Oba David Olusola, the gubernatorial candidate of the party, Biyi Otegbeye, said the incoming administration will revisit those legacy projects that have been maliciously abandoned by the current administration.
Spokesperson for the ADC governorship campaign, Raheem Ajayi, quoted Otegbeye as saying “For example, an airport was scheduled already in the Wasinmi area of Egbaland and preliminary works ongoing, but was systematically killed for reasons that are not clear till today.”
The ADC gubernatorial hopeful reasoned that the Wasinmi airport project was being funded by the Federal Government and did not have to be stopped because the state government wanted to build another.
“The two airports, which are of different typologies, can coexist in the state and will significantly enhance our status and position the state as an economic hub in the West African subregion,” Otegbeye noted.
Otegbeye also berated Abiodun for abandoning the 250 bed specialist hospital which was built and equipped by the immediate past administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
“In what has become a worrisome tradition, another of such projects being allowed to rot away is the hospital at Okemosan Abeokuta. Notwithstanding any explanation the government may have for that mindless abandonment, the fact remains that it is a good idea that already had huge investment in it.”
According to him, “We cannot deny the infrastructural gap in our health sector and what government needed to do was to ensure that beside making OOUTH and other general hospitals better equipped and serviceable to the masses, the 250-bed hospital could have been scaled up as a specialist hospital to meet the standards of some of that best hospitals in the country.
“In all, I see an orchestrated attempt by Abiodun to stall all the legacy projects in Egbaland and beyond. Abeokuta, which is located in the central senatorial district, remains the capital and melting point of our state, and every administration must give it that recognition.”
Otegbeye assured that his administration will correct many of such anomalies in various sectors of our socioeconomic life when it comes on board by May 29.
“I want to assure all the people of Egbaland and beyond that there will be a rebirth of people-focused infrastructure all across the state. We shall fix the current broken systems and set the state on the path of sustainable growth and development and create opportunities for all,” he pledged.
He stressed that no area of the state will be deprived of the dividends of democracy.