By Samuel Faleye, Akure
An Akure based group, Dynamic Forum (DF) has urged the people of Ondo State to remain committed to the struggle of bringing about change in government of the state as from next year.
A statement by the group’s Director of Publicity, Mr. Omobuwa Akinola alleged that the past seven years of the present administration has inflicted woes on the life of the people.
Apart from the backlog of salary arrears and pension, the group said infrastructural development has been suspended in the past five years bringing the civil service-controlled economy to a comatose.
According to the statement, “The level of corruption in the state has become a common phenomenon and unprecedented since its inception in 2009.
“The people of the state are used to annual budget being passed by the stooge State Assembly without implementation by the Executive.
“Several billions of Naira has gone down the drain, while civil servants, pensioners and citizens alike are dying of hunger and starvation”
The group urged the people to rise up and unite at this critical moment to save the state from drifting into a failed state politically and economically.
It noted that the legislative arm of government has remained dormant as the salaries of the legislators have not been regular, while facilities to carry out their oversight functions have ceased to come.
The DF said, â€œCourt activities have been paralysed since the judiciary workers began an indefinite strike over a month ago owing to wage dispute.
It also expressed dismay over the ongoing strike embarked upon by the State Civil Service over the inability of the state government to pay their five- month salaries, noting that the development has worsen the situation.
But the Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade has repeatedly absolved the state government from the abject poverty being witnessed in the state.
According to him, the inability of the state government to pay wages of workers as at when due and meet up with all its responsibilities was due to decline in the nation’s economy.