Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, has said the 2019 gubernatorial candidate for the All Progressives Congress, Chief Adebayo Adelabu’s criticism of the state N1.2bn Governor';s Lodge in Abuja shows that he (Adelabu) does not have adequate information about the situation of the state.
Adisa, in the statement he issued on Tuesday evening, added that one will not hesitate to provide Adelabu details of what should be known.
He explained that the state Governor’s lodge in Abuja is the most “antiquated of all Governor';s Lodges around Asokoro Area of the FCT.”
The Governor’s Aide added that, Makinde’s administration is determined to leave the reconstructed Abuja Lodge as a befitting legacy among other laudable projects.
The statement read: “Chief Adebayo Adelabu';s criticisms of the decision to rebuild Oyo State Governor';s Lodge in Abuja can only originate from someone without adequate information about the situation in the state and one will not hesitate to provide him details.
"First, the Lodge has become the most antiquated of all Governor';s Lodges around Asokoro Area of Abuja. Even states with the lowest IGR earnings have since reconstructed their Governors'; Lodges.
"The dilapidated nature of the building has become a matter of concern to FCT authorities and neighbours and we were sure if nothing was done, the FCT Department of Development Control might just pull it down.
"But the ingenious part of it is interesting; the building will be constructed using the Alternative Project Funding Approach(APFA) which will ensure that the contractor will commit his funds up to at least 20 percent before the state would commence instalmental payment.
"I think Chief Adelabu should ensure he is adequately briefed about happenings in the state before making comments.
"He talked about using the N1.2bn to fix hospitals, when the state government is already fixing hospitals including the reconstruction of 351 Primary Health Care centres across the 351 electoral wards in the state.
"As we speak, a contractor is handling the reconstruction of 299 Primary Health care centres in a fell swoop through the ingenious APFA.
"Why won';t Oyo State possess a befitting Lodge in Abuja like every other state? As we have stated earlier, the administration of Engineer Seyi Makinde is determined to leave the reconstructed Abuja Lodge as a befitting legacy among other laudable projects."