The governoship candidate of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Oyo State in the 2019 general elections, Engr. Oyèdélé Hakeem Àlàó, has said that the demolition of the BCOS staff quarters is a sign of lack of clear direction by the Mákindé-led PDP government.
Engr. Hakeem Àlàó stated this in a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Ibadan on Friday by Omotayo Iyanda, his media spokesman.
He noted that instead of demolition of the building, it would have been wiser to put it in good order that would meet the needs of the present realities.
The statement reads:
“Instead of demolition of the building, it would have been wiser to put it in good order that would meet the needs of the present realities, particularly regarding the welfare of the staff of the corporation.
“Demolition of the staff quarters of BCOS without any other alternatives would derail permanently the good visions of our past leaders as the former military administrator of Oyo State, David Jemibewon and late former Governor Ajibola Ige.
Siting a staff residential quarters close to the broadcasting corporation is never a bad initiative, and acting contrary to this lofty ideal and legacy by the Governor Mákindé government is anathema and counter-productive.
“Now that the building has been demolished, is the Seyi Mákindé PDP government going to locate and build a new BCOS Staff quarters at Ajia?
“Well, apart from the distance, we are not sure if the people of Ajia will ever allow the governor to come and acquire their land for that kind of edifice because the raging noise about the “forceful acquisition” of some people’s lands in the area has not totally abated.
“Come to think of it, must the BCOS staff quarters be pulled down for a residential estate, and if pulled down, how many common men will be able to secure accommodation in the proposed Lere Adigun “Sahara” Estate?
“This government has always been known for thoughtlessness and deceit as OHA Organization has always been calling the attention of the people of Oyo State and its stakeholders to the malady of a government termed the “people’s government.”
“Prior the demolition of BCOS staff quarters on Thursday, Prince Dotun Oyelade, the chairman of BCOS, had described as false a media report that the Mákindé state government was planning to demolish the staff quarters.
“It is a shame that Prince Oyelade has not resigned till now over his lie that the staff quarters would not be demolished but Governor Mákindé has shamed him by demolishing the building the following day he made the statement.
“In fact, with the demolition of BCOS, construction of the Abuja Oyo State House with N1.2b and close to N300m earmarked for the printing of ballot papers for the forthcoming local government “election” are clear signs that this Mákindé-led government has no good plans to move the Oyo State residents away from anguish, hunger and backwardness.
“With the grinding hardship the people of Oyo State are going through in the areas of transportation, accommodation, feeding, infrastructure, etc, will a forward looking sincere leader ever move in the direction Engr Mákindé is moving?
“This Omi-Tuntun government has clearly turned everything in the state into Omi-Totiru, pains and anguish as this Mákindé’s government has always been Lori Iro!
“Our good people of Oyo State, let’s choose wisely in the 2023 elections. No one can give what he does not have!”