A governorship aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde has described the 2018 budget passed by the Oyo State House of Assembly as capable of further escalating youth unemployment in the state.
Makinde in a press statement issued and made available to journalists by the Coordinator, Strategy and Communication, Seyi Makinde Organisation, Prince Dotun Oyelade, declared that “allocating less than 3 per cent of the N271.7b budget for agriculture, which employs over two-third of the population will ensure that unemployment level rises amidst the constant attacks by Fulani herdsmen leading to the dislocation of farmers from their farms and the spiraling costs of food items.
“Allocating a whopping N15b or 12 per cent of the budget to the office of the governor over and above the health and education sectors which received 2 per cent and 1 per cent respectively, is a disastrous misplacement of priority at a time when both sectors are in urgent need of attention.
“Stock-piling the office of the governor with N15b for projects which will obviously be contracted out, while agriculture, health and education sectors suffer is a sad reminder that the out-going administration does not care about the welfare of our people and confirms its reputation as a government of contractors”.
Makinde in the statement then urged the people “to brace up for harder times as a result of the unfriendly policies of the out-going government as the passed budget does not appear inclusive and its implementation will not be welfare enhancing which will soon come to an end”.
He also urged party members to ensure unity to achieve the common objective of sending away the APC government in the state.