Former governor of Oyo State and national leader of the Accord Party, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, has described Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s urban renewal programme, in which hundreds of structures have been demolished, as wrongheaded and lacking human face.
Speaking at the weekend, during an empowerment programme organised by a member of the state House of Assembly on Accord’s ticket, Honourable Niyi Adeoye, representing Ibadan North-East II, Ladoja noted that the Ajimobi-led administration should have taken a cue from the administration of the late Chief Bola Ige, by first providing alternative markets before rolling out the bulldozers to demolish the means of livelihood of artisans.
He added that the decision shows the administration’s insensitivity to the welfare of the people of the state: “It is a fact that most of the displaced traders use proceeds they make to train their children and for any government to displace them before thinking of where to move them to, is an act of wickedness to these poor traders. I believe it is only reasonable for the government to have provided alternatives before driving them from where they were.
“There is nowhere in the world people can be happy with a government which, more or less, embarked on programmes that bring them heartache. So, it will not be out of place to say that in a matter of time, the Accord Party will hold sway in the state… The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had come and gone in the state, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) also will soon go, as the future in the state belongs to the Accord Party,” he stated.