" /> Opposition mounts against Amosun’s policies | Hallmarknews
Published On: Wed, Aug 26th, 2015

Opposition mounts against Amosun’s policies

The second term of Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun is fraught with controversies and allegations of prosecuting anti-people policies. But the governor cares less as he pushes on with his agenda for the state. OLUSESAN LAOYE reports

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun is now facing serious attacks over the way he dismissed some teachers in the state for setting offensive English questions, his moves to create new local council development areas (LCDAs) and threats from the people of Ogun West and East senatorial districts over marginalization during his first term. This is coming as the governor plans to celebrate 100 days in office.

Governor Amosun, who rode to victory in the first term in 2011 due to crisis in the state, especially within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under which platform he went to the senate before he defected to the All Nigerians Peoples Party (ANPP), where he made his first attempt at the governorship in 2007, is fast losing the goodwill and popularity he enjoyed in his first term in office.

His new policies are now pitching him against the people who voted for him to return as the governor in the April 2015 governorship election. Since he was sworn in, he has been facing barrage of attacks and criticisms from the masses, including the civil servants and teachers who have been critical of his present style of governance in the state. They have described him as someone who pretended to be humane in his first term but has shown the other side of himself, now that he has secured a second term.

Some of the people, especially civil servants who spoke on these present anti-people policies of his government less than six months into his second term, said that the governor deceived into voting for him, saying that with what they are witnessing now, the people should be prepared for hard times ahead. They argued that the Amosun they knew during his first term is different from the governor they elected in 2015 elections because there appears to be a striking difference in his approach and conduct in terms of relationship with the people.

One major issue which is bothering the people of the state and which has attracted the attentions of the entire civil societies, the labour movement, traditional rulers and concerned citizens of the state was the way he dismissed some civil servants in the school system over the English comprehension question which the governor termed to be offensive and an indictment on the government.

Seven civil servants apart from some teachers sacked as a result of the said obnoxious question were from the state ministry of education and science. And they include two Grade Level 17 officers, Folashade Oresegun, who was the Director, Education Support Services, and Rotimi Odunsi, who was the Director, Curriculum Development and Evaluation, as well as a Grade Level 16 officer, Majekodunmi Oluwole. Others are a Grade Level 10 officer, E.O. Asegbe, a Grade Level 8 officer, Taylor Damilola , and an English Language teacher in Mayflower Secondary School, Ikenne, Joel Adegbenro.

The comprehension passage which pupils who sat for the unified exam in public schools for the third term of the 2014/2015 academic session and which caused the problem reads “There is no arguing about the fact that the government is merely paying lip service to the development of education. It is true that a lot of money is being spent on the education sector but with little or no impact felt by the people, except where we want to deceive ourselves.

“Many schools run by the government, which were formerly known for academic excellence have suddenly lost their prestige and are living on past glories. No wonder, many parents and guardians are threateningly left with only one option, to withdraw their wards from these schools to other ones that are better managed.

“The evidences to show that the government is not doing enough to assist in the development of education are many. Even pupils in both primary and secondary schools can volunteer a good list on their finger tips.

“One of the numerous indications is the government’s inability to pay running cost to schools. The running cost is the token amount per pupil paid to school administrators to run the affairs of the school in a term. This has been neglected to pile up for several academic sessions.

“Another one is the regular poor conduct of terminal examinations. These examinations are not usually conducted as and when due. The government may have one excuse or the other, but real educationists know that appropriate timing is a strong factor in the process of Continuous Assessment (CA) of students. Thus, a situation, where for instance, the first term examination is shifted to second term is an outright departure from the norms and ethics of Continuous Assessment.”

This particular examination paper reportedly annoyed the governor who believed that the question was drafted intentionally to undermine his government. It was said that the governor rather than looking at it as a mere issue which should be overlooked, got angry and interpreted it with political undertone. He alleged that those who set and approved the offensive comprehension passage were used by the opposition. The governor, sources said could not be convinced that those who set the question did not have any ulterior motives but only did their jobs.

Despite all the pleas by residents association in Ogun state, Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) and other bodies, it was argued that Governor Amosun, who had already made up his mind that the motive was political and not in the interests of the pupils nor the state government, still ordered that the affected officers be dismissed, because they failed to comply with the civil service rules.

Another major issue which concerns the people of the state are that of under development in some parts of the state which the concerned communities have started crying foul, non-compensation to those whose properties were demolished for the various road projects in the state. Also is the way the governor is handling the environmental policies of the state, which they argued could send many people to jail, and the confrontation he is facing concerning the creation of additional local councils.

The zone which is vocal about the LCDAs is Ogun West which comprises Yewa and Awori, which have not ruled the state since nearly 40 years of its creation. Both Ogun East and Ogun Central had ruled the state twice since the inception of the second republic in 1979.

Chief Bisi Onabanjo, and Otunba Gbenga Daniel are from Ogun East, while the incumbent senator Ibikunle Amosun and Chief Olusegun Osoba are from the same Abeokuta in Ogun Central.

This is what is making the people of Ogun West even angrier and the feeling that the creation of the new LCDAs and slot given to them by the Amosu’s government was a slap on them, and a continuation of the marginalization they have been experiencing in the state. This is even as the zone is noted to be returning massive votes more than any other zone during elections to the winner.

The people of the zone kicked against the policy of Amosun, though a socio-political group known as ‘Ogun-West Renaissance Front warned Amosun against attempts to further marginalize them through his planned creation of local council development areas (LCDAs).

The group claimed that it has credible information that the governor is planning to carve just seven LCDAs out of the existing five local government areas in the senatorial district. The group’s president, Hon. Yemi Akinola and secretary, Kolawole Ajayi, claimed that the government planned to carve the 7 LCDAs in this manner “Ado-Odo/Ota and Yewa North LGs will produce two LCDAs each, while Yewa -South, Ipokia and Imeko-Afon LGAs would each produce one LCDA making seven in all for Ogun west”. They said it is unacceptable to them and they believe that if the plan sails through, Ogun West will have just 12 council areas out of the 52 that would be in the state.

The group recalled that despite the presence of two eminent Yewa-Awori sons in the race, Governor Amosun who from Ogun Central, scored over 40 percent of votes cast in all the five local governments in Ogun West. Adding that apart from this, “such scenario will be most illegal, unjust and illogical as Ogun west remains the largest zone contributing to the internally generated revenue of the state and also second largest in population after Ogun central

With this stand, it shows that all is now set for a showdown between the state government and the people of Ogun West as sources said that they would resist the 7 LCDAs allocation and that until the governor distributes the LCDAs equally they would not rest. It was also learnt that it was not the people of Ogun West alone who are angry with  Amosun, as other groups from both Ogun East and Central who have been nursing one grudge or the order against him are mobilizing to show their displeasure on his new style of governance.

It was said that both the camps of former governors of the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba and Otunba Gbenga Daniel are looking for any slightest opportunity to fight back. Both Osoba and Daniel presented candidates in the last governorship election which is now being contested at the election tribunal. Ironically both of them had been in the same political parties with Amosun before they parted ways. Daniel and Amosun were both in the PDP before the governorship ambition split them in 2007.

Also, Osoba was in All Progressives Congress (APC) with Amosun before they came apart few months to the April 2015 general election. Osoba which could no longer stomach Amosun’s ways defected with his loyalist from the APC to the Social Democratic Party where he presented a candidate to challenge Amosun.

Right now, the battle has not ended and as sources close to both Osoba and Daniel pointed out that Amosun will be fought to a standstill and that they are now compiling data on him and his government that will reveal how he mismanaged the resources of the state. According to the sources, “the people of the state just know the kind of person Amosun is. He is a man who cannot forgive and who has been erratic in the ways he has been governing and brooks no opposition.”

The sources cited the cases of the former TESCOM boss, Olubukola Onabanjo, daughter of the first executive governor of the state, who resigned out of annoyance when it became very clear that she was being frustrated due to her closeness to Chief Osoba, who was not in good terms with him before the election. Onabanjo accused Amosun of witch hunting her because of her family tie with Osoba which she could not deny because of political appointment from Amosun.

As a result, she told Amosun pointblank that she cannot jettison the long standing family relationship with Osoba because Amosun himself said categorically that she had a soft spot for Osoba. She further said that despite her relationship with Osoba she never did anything to undermine Amosun and the government.’’

Speaking on the crisis and the agitation by the people of the state especially those from the Ogun West senatorial district, the governorship candidate of the PDP in the last governorship election who is from the zone, said that Amosun for the four years spent in his first term totally neglected the people of the zone. He pointed out that he would continue to pursue the case on the election till justice was found, adding that Amosun only deceived the people of the state for four years.

On the issue of the sacked civil servants and teachers over the exam’s question, the NUT and ASSUS chairman, Akeem Lasisi said that they have intervened in the matter and they believe that the governor would change his mind. Also Ogun residents have waded into the matter while ASSUP President in Ikene local government, Mr. Adetayo Adebowale has called on the governor to temper justice with mercy.

The ANCOPS president in the state, Chief Olatunji Ogundele however said that the affected officers failed to comply with civil service rules but pleaded for leniency.  Meanwhile the NLC chairman comrade Akeem Ambali said that the union has made request to the governor on the issue and they are hopeful that he would respond favourably.

 

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Recent posts

  • Time is ripe for rates cut, says Rewane as inflation slows further in Oct.

    FELIX OLOYEDE This is the appropriate time for the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to cut benchmark monetary rates after inflation rate slows down for the ninth consecutive time in October, said Mr Bismarck Rewane, Managing Director, Financial Derivatives. The National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday released Consumer Price […]

  • ELAN National Lease Conference Focuses on Revamping Nigerian Economy

    FELIX OLOYEDE In furtherance of its objective of promoting the business of leasing in Nigeria, Equipment Leasing Association of Nigeria (ELAN) has concluded plans to organise the 15th Annual National Lease Conference with focus on revamping the Nigerian economy. The conference which is the biggest gathering of stakeholders in the leasing industry is expected to […]

  • Nigeria-centric restaurant, Labule, opens new outlet in Lagos

    Labule, Nigeria-centric restaurant, operated by an indigenous company, Roots Foods Limited, offering real Nigerian local delicacies in a unique environment that combines the setting of a modern quick service restaurant with that of an African setting of a local ‘buka’, has opened a new outlet on Admiralty Road in Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. The brand […]

  • Nigerian banks shine in Ghana

    By JOHNMARK UKOKO Nigerian banks have been credited with “revolutionizing “the banking sector in Ghana, due to the many innovations they brought to Ghana’s banking sector. The Ghana Deputy Minister of Trade and Investment Hon. Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah said in Lagos that the innovation and transformation of the Ghana’s banking sector is credited to the […]

  • Ajimobi moves to save Oyo APC from disintegration

    By OLUSESAN LAOYE The seeming crisis in Oyo APC has now forced the Governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi, to begin consultations with stakeholders to convinced members on why they must come together as a body to face the 2019 general elections, Although the internal crisis is yet to break open as the aggrieved party […]

  • YolaDisCo sale stalled as no potential buyers emerge

    By ADEBAYO OBAJEMU Two years after the core investors of the Yola Electricity Distribution Company, YolaDisCo, declared a force majeure owing to their inability to operate under the reign of terror unleased by Boko Haram, the Federal Government is yet to find any investor interested in operating the utility company, it has been learnt. In […]

  • Company Analysis: Much Ado about Seplat

      By TESLIM SHITA-BEY The oil and gas sector has had a bumpy since the beginning of 2017 with local oil major, Seplat, seeing its financials whipped raw by prior year liabilities despite rising revenues over the nine months (9M). The company in the last two years has moved from being distinctively bad to singularly […]

  • How to start a photography business

    By ZUBAIR DANIE While photography could be accounted for as a full blown course in any offering institution of learning for professionalism, the field equally provides a platform for individuals whose passion it is to project images as a form of livelihood. The socio-cultural aspect of Nigerians that play host of events like: wedding, naming, […]

  • BOFE to celebrate unsung heroes in local communities

    OluwasolaJesuseitan, a brand and advertising expert, is an advocate of sustainable brand communications. He is also the founder, Business Owners Forum Enterprise (BOFE), a non-profit making organization, which seeks to build the capacity of business owners in and around Akute, Ogun State. He tells FELIX OLOYEDE in this interview of his organization is promoting business […]

  • Lager wars: Who wins?

    By JOHNMARK UKOKO Nigeria has many lager beer producing companies, some have been in existence for over 50 years while others are quite new in existence in the country. Some of these companies that have over the years churned out millions, if not billions of bottles of beer to Nigerian drinkers are: Nigeria Breweries Plc, […]

  • Nestle sparkles in Q3 results

    By OKEY ONYENWEAKU As the packaged Consumer goods (PCG) sector struggles to stay ahead of falling consumer demand, companies such as Nestle Nigeria plc are bucking the trend of businesses with shrinking bottom lines. Indeed the multi-product packaged goods producer has seen earnings rise to mind boggling with its pre-tax profit rising by a stunning […]

  • 2018 Budget proposals renew old anxieties

          FELIX OLOYEDE   Mixed reactions trailed the presentation of the 2018 federal government budget by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly (NASS) last week. Public policy analysts have expressed moods from the congenially positive to the outright incredulous. The staggering N8.6 trillion expenditure plan is one of the most audacious in […]

  • Anambra 2017: Obiano battles for life

    By Obinna Ezugwu The time has finally arrived. On Saturday the people of Anambra State will head to the polls to either renew the mandate of the incumbent state governor, Chief Willie Obiano who is running for a second term in office, or elect fresh hands from among other prominent contenders, including Mr. Oseloka Obaze […]

  • (Editorial) CBN’s BVN distraction and matters arising

    Nigeria’s fiscal and monetary authorities have a frustrating way of responding to the seizure of private assets; they typically gloat with glazed eyes over private citizen’s money ready to pounce on the cash like a pack of hyenas starved witless. The recent order by the Central Bank of Nigeria that customer accounts that are not […]

  • 12 Yoga tips for beginners

    The popularity of yoga has soared in the last decades, and it seems that every other friend and acquaintance of ours is already practicing it. But don’t let it fool you into thinking it is easy: yoga is quite challenging, especially for beginners. The good news is that there are some practical tips to make […]

  • Finally, embattled IGP, Ibrahim Idris, appears before Senate

    The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has arrived before the Senate ad hoc committee set up to investigate the allegations and counter-allegations between him and Senator Isa Misau. The IGP was accompanied by his lawyer, Alex Iziyon (SAN) and Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang.   Details […]


Visit us on Google+