Governorship aspirant cautions against zoning in Osun

Durotoye

A governorship aspirant in Osun State, Prof. Adeolu Durotoye, has cautioned against zoning in the upcoming poll.

Durotoye called for a credible successor to Governor Rauf Aregbedola in the election slated for September 2018.

He stressed that limiting the choice of candidates in the election to a particular political zone might be counter productive.

Durotoye, who is the Provost, College of Social and Management Sciences, Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), said what Osun needs to fast track its development is a candidate who can raise the stake of transformation.

The aspirant enjoined stakeholders in Osun to avoid the inherent pitfall that zoning has created for political parties, especially at the national level.

According to him, picking candidates through the zoning practice has robbed the country of competent hands to govern the society.

Durotoye is vying on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He disclosed that he has both the political and academic experiences to lead the state to the promise land.

The professor of political science lauded Aregbesola’s policy on infrastructural facilities, but faulted its implementation strategy.

He explained that the present leadership in the state made an error by committing too much resource to building schools and road infrastructure.

He added that the projects were pursued without commensurate priority to the welfare of workers who drive the state’s economy.

The governorship hopeful lamented that the irregular payment of salaries, and the modulated wage structure have affected the performance of students of public schools in external examinations.

Durotoye added that Aregbesola should have renovated existing schools to modern standard, instead of securing credit to build infrastructure.

He condemned the position, which had left little to meet statutory obligation for the payment of workers.

He said: “As a teacher, I know the consequences and the effects of irregular and modulated salary on the workforce. We should salute the sacrifice that workers in the state are making.

“This ought not to be so when you consider the fact that even when you receive full salary, you still need to struggle to make ends meet in view of the galloping inflation in the country.”

He counseled that Osun needs agriculture and industrial revolution to enhance her development, which, he said, would be attained through Public Private Partnership (PPP).

“Osun cannot continue in a situation where teachers and other workers are not being given the pride of place and students not doing well in public examinations.

“The ugly situation has demotivated the workforce, and something must be done to reverse the trend,” he said.

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