The Peoples Democratic Party, has taken a swipe at the incessant flooding of virtually all known cities, villages, towns and hamlets in Osun State in recent times.
According to the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Prince Diran Odeyemi, who recently was a special guest of honour at a program in Osogbo, Osun state in a statement made available to news men on Sunday expressed disgust at the helplessness of the citizens who have been experiencing great losses in properties and farm produce due to devastating floods everywhere in the state.
Prince Odeyemi lamented the reckless abandon with which the APC government handles serious situations of grave concern in the state especially those avoidable possible causes of natural disaster “which any responsible government would have taken seriously”.
He exclaimed that “APC government is a disaster in this country with specific reference to Osun state where nothing seems to be working”
He said further, “If we tell them the truth they will misunderstand it as criticising their government, do we now keep quiet over the mismanagement of funds, imaginary and non-existent performance in and expect us to applaud it” he posited, pointing to the water logged Dada Estate road, around Capital Hotel, in Osogbo which completely cut off Dada Estate from getting to Okefia and other part of Osogbo metropolis in the last few days.
Prince Odeyemi also cited the flooding of Odo Osun along Otan-Ile/Ilare road, Ijebujesa/Ere/Ibokun road, Road 7 in Obafemi Awolowo University/ OAU Teaching Hospital road in Ile-Ife, Mayfair/Ede road on the way to OAU main gate in Ile-Ife and Iwo/Osogbo, Ejigbo/Ede road in Osogbo, Akinola/Opekete hotel road in Ipetumodu and many other places too numerous to mention.
The PDP Spokesperson said “the situation has been piling up since the beginning of APC government in Osun state in 2010 and all what we hear is “plans to expand drainage and control erosion and a few metres on the left and right sides of the road was always commissioned and later abandoned”.
Prince Odeyemi who also accused APC of running their government on window dressing style cited an example of such fake flood control which was launched with fanfare and millions wasted along Ibokun which was abandoned till today.
He lamented that during the immediate past administration of APC in Osun State under Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, several billions of Naira were allegedly spent on erosion control which all ended up being abandoned.
The party however, advised Governor Gboyega Oyetola to wake up to his primary responsibilities of securing lives and property of the citizens and safe them from avoidable ecological disaster occasioned by these incessant flooding.
He further advised the governor and his team that “this is not the right time for this government to start importing foreign praise singers from the World Bank for assessments that never existed but aimed at boosting their empty egos.
Odeyemi concluded that, “if any government truly performs, it is those who are enjoying the dividends of democracy from such government that will praise it and not people who are not resident in the state that will do so,”