Seyi Makinde, the Governor of Oyo State says his administration would retrieve the state’s funds allegedly looted by officials of the administration of late Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Taiwo Adisa, the governor said this on Wednesday at the commencement of the construction of the 21km Ajia-Airport-New Ife Expressway Road, in Ajia town.
The 21-kilometre road project was awarded at the cost of N8.5 billion.
Although the governor did not mention his predecessor’s name, he stated that the funds stolen in 96 months preceding his assumption of office would be retrieved.
Ajimobi ruled the state for eight years which is the same as 96 months before Makinde took over.
While addressing the criticisms trailing the announcement of N100 billion bond issuance by the state, the governor stated that the past administration stole N1 billion a month for 96 months.
Makinde said, “I heard somebody criticising us on the radio concerning the N100 billion bond and was of the opinion that this administration wants to put the state in debt. I think our people need to start telling them that Governor Makinde is not like that.
“For the period of eight years they spent in office, they were only preoccupied with how to corner N1 billion monthly into their private pockets every day they went to the office.
“They spent 96 months in office, that means they have Oyo States N96 billion with them. We will retrieve every fund that belongs to Oyo people for the purpose of infrastructure development.
“So, tell them that the EFCC of Oyo State is coming for them. I want to assure you that we will retrieve the stolen money of the state from them and use the funds to build infrastructure like this.”
Makinde said his administration would drastically reduce the infrastructure deficit in the state within a very short time.