I just read the piece by one Gbenga Akanni. The said piece, obviously a reaction to an Article I titled: Makinde: An Artful Deceiver made a interesting reading.
Gbenga Akanni in his desperate bid to discredit my Article and person demonstrated some funny exuberance.
He started by referring to me as a faceless writer. Let me correct that impression. I am Sola Abegunde, a bonafide son of Eruwa in Ibarapa East Local government council, precisely from ward four.
I hope that answers Mr. Akanni’s baseless insinuations about my identity.
I also noticed that he made heavy whether about grammatical constructions of the piece. The fact that the piece made enough meaning to draw Akanni out is good enough for me.
The energy he dissipated in replying to my Article is an indication that he did understand my points.
Even though he wasted so much time on attacking personality rather than facing the issues raised, he made a lame attempt at justifying Makinde’s failures.
For example, he played down the policy of preceding Administrations who took priority in paying for WAEC and NECO fees for students writing such exams and went on to amplify the fact that over fifty thousand pupils who were out of schools have gone back to classes as a result of the abolition of the three thousand per session fee introduced by the government of Ajimobi.
I do not know of Gbenga Akanni but I do at present, have two kids in public secondary schools in Oyo State.
I know exactly the difference between the Education policies of Ajimobi and Makinde.
I know of a fact that we still have to pay fees to make up for Government’s inefficiency.
I know that as against the period of Ajimobi, when exam questions are typed, teachers now have to write exam questions on chalk boards!
I know that school Principals now labor and sometimes borrow to money to run schools because Government is failing in Its duties to release grants.
Mr. Akanni also said that Governor Makinde should be commended for admitting that there are issues with the Light Up Oyo State project.
Ok o. I hope Mr. Akanni knows that Makinde sometimes last year came out publicly to admit errors in the Lease of Agbowo shopping Complex? How has that admittance changed the status of Agbowo?
Mr. Akanni has taken a difficult job. Governor Makinde, by character is difficult to defend.
A few weeks to the last general election, he was in Ibarapa where he promised that rehabilitation work will commence immediately on the Ido-Eruwa Road and he indeed flagged off the rehabilitation from the New Eruwa end of the Road.
I invite Gbenga Akanni to go travel on that Road as we speak. Maybe, that might convince him.
Despite the billions of Naira borrowed by Makinde and which were committed to Agriculture, have we produced a bowl of Garri till today?
Can we compare what Sanwoolu have achieved in the establishment of the just commissioned Rice Mills and production of Lake Rice to the cosmetic experiment by Makinde?
On the Chieftaincy issue, would it not have been better if Makinde admitted that Ajimobi’s policy is good but only require adjustments? That would have saved time and resources.
I would like to ask Mr. Akanni to name his pay masters since he concluded that my piece is induced by ” some pay masters”.