The 2019 governorship candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Oyo State, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, has promised the people of Ibarapa that he will give new lease of life to the tertiary institutions in the zone with adequate funding and provision of quality infrastructure if elected governor of the state.
Lanlehin stated this in Eruwa, Ibarapa East Local Government Area of the state on Thursday evening during the zonal rally of the party in the town.
His words: “In Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa, for about 20 months now, lecturers have not been paid their salaries. It is the same story for the College of Agriculture in Igboora as well as the College of Education in Lanlate, which, since its creation, a single block has not been put on another there.
“My government will reverse the retrogressive trend and pay outstanding salaries of the lecturers. When teachers are paid on time and quality infrastructure provided, it will make learning conducive.
“The money we spend on these schools will help re-inflate the local economy of Ibarapa land because jobs will be undertaken through direct labour approach to encourage locals to benefit.
“We won’t do things that will encourage capital flight. We will patronise qualified local contractors who will use their profit to benefit the economy of the state.” he said.
He also assured that local government councils and local council development areas (LCDAs) will be well funded, stressing that “they are the closest tier to the people and they should therefore be doing aggressive grass root development, unlike the comatose state they have been driven into now.”
He continued: “When we ensure adequate funding of the councils, we won’t come back to dish out instructions to the council chairmen that Mummy has interest. I assure you that my wife will not be interested in milking the councils.
“My ultimate goal is to lead happy and prosperous citizens and residents of Oyo State and I have demonstrated this sufficiently in all public positions I have held. This is why the people call me a friend of the masses. I won’t disappoint the masses as governor of the state.
“The plunderers are on the prowl. Be watchful and shine your eyes. God will judge those we entrusted our treasury and wealth to, but who pillaged it to emptiness. They will surely account for their wickedness before God.”