The former Governor and now governorship aspirant under the umbrella of the Action Democratic Party Otunba Alao AkaIa has expressed his readiness to tackle the problems bedeviling the state touting his many years of experience in politics and governance as a factor.
He stated this while participating at the interactive session between the governorship candidates and the people organized by the British Broadcasting Corporation, tagged ‘BBCOyoDebate’. The event which was held at the Theophilus Ogunlesi hall in Ibadan also had in attendance governorship candidates under the umbrella of the APC; Bayo Adelabu, ADC; Femi Lanlehin, NIP; Bolanle Sarumi.
According to him, “I am not too old to be governor and I don’t think there is an age limit for any political position in the country. Oyo state politics is a herculean task that can only be handles by old experienced people and I count myself to be very experienced, perhaps the most experienced contestant seeking the position of governorship in the state. It is only an elder that can handle and tackle the rot in virtually all the sectors of Oyo state.”
He further debunked the rumours and opinion that his son who is a local government chairman is not a member of the ruling party APC. My son is not in the All Progressives Congress, he is in position because people voted him into power under the umbrella from which they chose him.
On the issue of LAUTECH, the gubernatorial candidate noted that it is going to be a work in progress for him as he expresses worry over the fact that the state does not have a state owned university and has to share with a state that has its own, Osun State University. He promised to do all he can to correct the dual ownership status of LAUTECH and make it a wholly Oyo state institution. According to him, the dual ownership status of the once vibrant institution is what has hampered its growth over the years and brought the institution to its kneels with incessant strikes and students unrest.
On the general state of education in the state Alao Akala also promised to ensure that Teachers are well motivated and taken care of. He also promised a better welfare for the workers in the state as the #30,000 minimum wage wound be paid by his administration when he is elected into office.