Oyo State Governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, on Monday, admonished the incoming government of Engr. Seyi Makinde to be more concerned about how it will generate money to run the government rather than engage in rhetoric about the expenses of the outgoing government.
He stated that his administration sourced for the funds it was spending on its various projects.
According to Nigerian Tribune, Ajimobi said that the incoming administration is set to reap from its efforts which include $611 million from the Better Education Service Delivery(BESDA), for the recognition of Ibadan, the state capital, as a learning city.
Speaking at governor’s office, Ibadan, Ajimobi stated that the award was in recognition of his government’s strides in uplifting the state’s education sector, by encouraging public/private participation in the running of schools and renovating schools infrastructure.
“But, we have got some money for them that they can spend. We got an award from BESDA that Ibadan is one of the best cities in learning in the world. The incoming government will get the award in Geneva and it comes with $611 million. They should collect it because it is for the development of Oyo state,” Ajimobi said.
Receiving the governing councils of state-owned tertiary institutions, Ajimobi urged the members of staff in the institutions to support the incoming administration and uplift the standard of education in the institutions.
The Chairman, governing council, The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Professor Isaac Adeyemi, who spoke on behalf of all the governing councils, praised the Ajimobi administration for reinstating 100 per cent subvention to tertiary institutions and committing about N200 million monthly to clear the backlog of arrears of salaries of tertiary institutions staffs.
Speaking, commissioner for education, science and technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela said the full implementation of 100 per cent subvention began in April.
Pointing to declining financial resources, the state government had in 2016 slashed the subvention from 100 per cent to 25 per cent but later increased it to between 50 and 80 per cent in 2018.
Asked why the restoration was deemed fit at the twilight of the outgoing administration, Olowofela averred that government was a continuum hence shouldn’t be seen as a burden for the incoming government.
Aside from the expected $611 million from BESDA, Olowofela said the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) would also in June access a grant of N2 billion.