Oyo: The Mirage Of 100 Days By Steve Aborisade
No doubt Oyo seems to have a responsive governor in Makinde. I am personally impressed by his several decisions and the signals from his body language. To be sure, he struck some good notes with paying pensioners, providing bursary awards to law students (he has to expand this however to every Oyo State students to indicate he is serious about supporting costs of studying.
I am not sure I know why and how law students were prioritized). I saw some publicity materials – the governor with few students and text books! Are the schools now supplied with free textbooks? Are the libraries now equipped? Do we have enough teachers? What of the laboratories? Are training now in place for teachers?
What of the teachers’ schools? In same regard was the governor’s reported promise to bear Osun’s burden at LAUTECH. These are good signals and I commend him. But, for instance, bearing Osun’s burden instantly raises questions of sustainability given the economic base of Oyo and its capacity to support such endeavors.
What exactly is the roadmap to revive education broadly in Oyo (from primary- university) beyond bearing Osun’s wage bill, paying law school students and posing with textbooks with students? Where is the road map for the other crucial sectors, especially in tackling the massive youth unemployment in the state and in fixing the decayed infrastructure?
Whichever way we look at it, there is no denying the fact that the governor has demonstrated that he meant well. However, I am of the view that the level of publicity that his first 100 days has attracted is totally unnecessary and outrightly misleading. There is nothing concrete any governor can achieve in 100 days, just as there is still nothing concrete we can point at in many aspects of the people’s lives in his 100 days. This is a fact that should moderate the rolling out of the drums by the governor and his team.
There are positive pronouncements, yes, but then, can we be patient to see how the next 1, 2, 3 years pans out? I even saw the reduction in the 2019 budget being celebrated as an achievement! How is that? I also read a tweet by the governor accusing his predecessor of corruption, and, I think such statements must be backed with hard evidence. If the governor has such incontrovertible evidence, he should send a petition to the EFCC instead of making statements based on hearsay.
The last governor made several mistakes, but then not a few will agree he tried by our standard. Makinde has a date with history, but then, I sincerely hope he knows that his first 100 days are insignificant to keeping to that date in history.