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Open Letter To Gov. Seyi Makinde On The Proposed Procurement Of Buses | Lekan Badmus


Your Excellency Sir,

Without any iota of contradiction, your victory at the last gubernatorial election was not really due to the amalgamation but one that was divined by the supreme God. The political alliance was just a coincidence. God put your love in the hearts of the masses who voted and ensured their votes count. It is my fervent prayer that God will deal with you the way HE bestowed wisdom on King Solomon. Amen.

I have written a lot about you before you ascended the throne and much more after your inauguration. That gives me the courage to still communicate with you through this medium since it is difficult to meet you one on one. Beareucarcy is another reason why I have chosen this medium.

I have carefully studied your style of leadership since God bequeathed you on Oyo state. It is evidently clear that you are determined to justify the confidence reposed in you by the volatile, lovely & intelligent masses. Oyo state residents are well-informed. They are aware of where their fundamental right begin and where it lapses. The populist stlyle of governance you have chosen is a good omen.

I write in respect of the proposed procurement of buses which I read was to cushion the effect of transport within the state. Sir, I am not bothered by the staggering sum with regard to the cost of a bus but; I felt touched that, such a collosal amount wouldould be channeled to bus acquisition at the detriment of more feasible project.

Your Excellency Sir, I have written on this subject on social media with the title: “Misplaced priority.” So many people have reacted and interestingly, most reactions on the subject matter aligned with my position. Their reactions confirmed the French aphorism – vox poppuli.

My governor Sir, I quite agree that it is logical to touch different facets of lives to bring succour and dividends of democracy; but at the same time, it is apt to examine the urgent needs of the state.

I wish to state categorically that, the menace of traffic, which the proposed procurement seeks to correct, is not what you think. The gridlock is not a product of inadequate buses. Rather, they are caused by bad roads. In my opinion, the roads which the buses would ply need much more attention than the advertised procurement. Thus, I wish to state, with all respect but with sincerity of purpose that, you should tarry a while with that proposal.

Dear Sir, car owners, commuter drivers and okada riders are really suffering on a daily basis.They painstakingly repair their vehicles as a result of the pitiable roads across the state. An example of such roads is Akobo – Olorunda-Abaa road.

From the knowledge of Economics, human wants are numerous but the resources to satisfy them are scarce. This is what brought about a derivation formula in form of scale of preference and Alternative forgone.

Just like Abraham Maslow’s taxonomy of needs, different issues with different attentions. The graphical ilustration of taxonomy of needs places security and food above other needs.That does not mean others are not important.

Succintly put, Sir, you may tarry a while on that plan and; numero uno, fix the roads within the state.

Your Excellency, I am not a politician as some people might want to insinuate. I am a political activist, a freelance writer, public affairs analyst and social critics who has the interest of people at hearts and who cherish good governance. That distincts me from hypocrites and sycophants who may want to be diplomatic about the truth and put national question in abbeyance so as to retain their positions and satisfy their insatiable appetite. My letter to you is borne out of patriotism, respect for you, value for quality governance and not innuendos.

We need to justify our appellate as Pacesetters.

May God bless Oyo state.

Comrade Lekan Badmus.

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