A pro-Ibadan organization, Oke-‘Badan Socio-Cultural Group, has appealed to Oyo State Governor-elect, Engr Seyi Makinde, to ensure that all government quarters and other public property which have been allegedly cornered by the out-going governor and his cronies are retrieved .
The group, in a statement by its director of public affairs, Zakariyawu Adepoju, noted that “we have observed based on credible information at our disposal that up to 200 Government Quarters located in different reservation areas belonging to Oyo State Government have been sold without recourse to due process.”
It was also noted that many of the government quarters belonging to Oyo State were allegedly sold to the outgoing governor and family members using fictitious names.
This is just as they alleged that the sale of the quarters which was backdated was undertaken with utter disregard for due process, transparency and accountability.
“The group further alleged that apart from Government Quarters which have been ‘illegally’ sold to the outgoing governor’s cronies, there are also parcels of government land in choice areas of Agodi GRA that have been allocated to the governor’s cronies and some top government officials some of who have started building on the land with money given to them by the governor. This last minute allocation of land in prime areas has been undertaken in highly suspicious way that negated due process, transparency and accountability.”
Urging Makinde to probe Ajimobi, the group said “we are however appealing to him to reverse the sale of government quarters and the allocation of land in Agodi GRA immediately on assumption of office later this month. Public property must and should be used for public good. No individual no matter how highly placed must be allowed to take possession of public property for the advantage of himself and his family and friends. Seyi Makinde was elected to right the wrongs of the past and save the state from the hands of greedy emperors who on a daily basis are turning the state into their private estate.”