Governorship candidate of the Allied People’s Movement (APM) in Ogun State, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade has accused Gov Dapo Abiodun of plans to squander a sum of N200b on ‘mere welfarism’.
Akinlade, while making a comparison between former Governor Ibikunle Amosun and the incumbent Gov Abiodun, said Amosun did not share free money like Abiodun, allegedly, was planning to do with the 2020 budget in the state.
As analysed by the state government, Social well-being and welfarism has the largest share of the Ogun 2020 budget, recently signed into law.
According to the governor, infrastructure will gulp a sum of N107.964b, which is 24% of the entire budget; but Social well-being and welfare takes N128.067b, being 28% of the budget.
Education has N90.609b and that is 20% of the appropriation bill.
Agriculture gulps N21.634b, which is 5% of the budget.
N7.896b was appropriated for youth empowerment and that is 2% of the budget.
A sum of N92.804b goes into what the governor termed ‘others’; that equates to 21% of the budget.
Making a veiled reference to Gov Abiodun, while addressing loyalists at his Agosasa country home yesterday, Akinlade said the Governor earmarked over N200b in the budget, allegedly to “share money”.
He wondered why Abiodun did not place priority on infrastructural development like Sen. Amosun.
“He could have decided to do “feferism” (welfarism) like our ‘brother’ wants to do now. Over N200b, is there in Welfarism budget; just to share money. Amosun could have decided to do the same. But he didn’t.
“Yes, he would have been popular, but for a very short while; because one day somebody will ask him, what did you do when you had the opportunity.”
Asked in an interview, AkinlAde said he would not be able to comment on Abiodun’s government in the past seven months; saying, “You cannot explain what you don’t understand. I do not understand what the agenda of this present administration is. I only know of the Mission to Rebuild.”