The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has expressed shock at the poor state of public schools and social amenities across the state, promising to launch a 100-day infrastructure upgrade in due course.
The assurance was contained in a statement by the spokesperson to the governor, Olawale Rasheed, obtained in Osogbo on Monday.
Rasheed said the governor had embarked on a tour of some schools and healthcare facilities in Osogbo, observing the deplorable conditions of infrastructures in many of the facilities.
He further said the governor had a hard time accessing John Mackay’s Government Elementary School in Oke Ayepe as the road leading to the school was completely cut off.
“Adeleke had to trek almost a kilometer to access the school only to find the class blocks and other essential facilities in terrible conditions.
“A visibly worried Governor Adeleke decried the state of the school and wondered what could have happened to the reported expenditure that the past administration claimed went into upgrading infrastructures in public schools. The Governor noted his discomfort at the fact that staff and students are forced to stay in such a terrible situation and declared his administration’s readiness to fix the situation and ensure learning under a conducive environment.
“The situation was no any different at a primary healthcare centre in Ota-Efun, Osogbo, as road leading to the facility was practically inaccessible. On an inspection of the facility, the Governor was horrified to find the bad shape that the facility is in. Bedding for patients was scarce and even the ones in the healthcare centre is not good for patients to use. The healthcare centre is also lacking elementary testing kits and medicines that can be given to patients,” Rasheed said.
Quoting the governor, the statement further read, “I have an ambitious programme to upgrade Osun infrastructures across health, education, roads and water supply. This government will prove that good governance is possible with sincere leadership. My inspection is to have a first-hand view in addition to the field reports from my team.
“What I found in places visited are unacceptable. Our citizens deserve better in all respect. I am taken up that responsibility with clear goals and targets. We will fix Osun public infrastructures.”