COVID-19: Oyo Commissioner accuses FG of neglect


Story from Kenneth Afor, Lagos

Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatubosun has accused the Federal Government of intentionally neglecting the state in its allocation of special funds and resources to combat COVID-19.

Olatubosun stated this during the week at his office in Ibadan while receiving an award of excellence on behalf of the State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, presented by the Abuja branch of the Music Advertisement Association of Nigeria (MAAN).

According to the Commissioner, the efforts and success of the fight against COVID-19 in the state were as a result of the resourcefulness of the state Governor in using the not-too-enough monthly allocation accruable to the state in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

He further stated that the Makinde administration has so far procured over 20,000 testing kits to community testing alone, boasting that post-COVID-19 health sector would be the best in which the administration has presented over ten ambulances for all the State health facilities among other State-of-the-art equipment that have been procured and distributed to the hospitals.

“It is very disturbing when you realize that the Federal Government has disbursed a lot of money and resources to Lagos, Ogun, Abuja and some other States while Oyo State is being neglected, party solidarity should not have come into an important issue like an intervention to states on a pandemic like this, it is wrong.

“Oyo State has been doing it all alone, the only testing kits given to the state was too small that it had no significance in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state, thank God for the resourcefulness of the State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde for looking inward and finding other means of executing much funding with respect to battling the pandemic.

“Only community testing has gulped over 20,000 testing kits, but there is every reason to thank God for our Governor and donor agencies, individuals, corporate organizations that have come to the aid of Oyo State, we are grateful.

“The post-COVID-19 health sector era will be blissful as the resources put into equipping all the State-owned health facilities all over the State will now make the sector responsive, the sector will never be same again,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Chairman, Abuja branch of MAAN, Mr Fatola Tawab in his remarks said the body recognises the efforts of the state government in the fight against COVID-19 despite the little or no support from the central.

He added that the state has once again earned the glory of the old western region through its laudable projects by the Seyi Makinde-led administration.


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