Oyo Government Clarifies Its Position on Appointments

Oyo State Government, Engineer Seyi Makinde has declared that there was no sign of lopsidedness in the composition of Governing Councils of State-owned tertiary institutions.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa indicates that there was no truth whatsoever in the claims credited to a Muslim leader and Director of the Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, Professor Isiaq Akintola that the appointments came with religious bias against the Muslims.

According to the statement, an analysis of the appointments released by the government of Oyo State on Tuesday indicated that out of a total of 41 appointees named into the Governing Councils of the different state-owned institutions, there were 22 Muslims, while the list had 19 Christians.

The statement says it is illogical for anyone to imagine that in a state like Oyo, a government would play up religious differences and make nominations into critical institutions without sound judgment.

It notes that the list of appointees show that for Ibarapa Polytechnic, out of the six appointees, there were three Muslims and three Christians and same for Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo.

It also explains that Oke-Ogun Polytechnic which had three Muslims and Christians apiece while College of Education, Lanlate had three Christians and two Muslims.

“There were three Christians as against seven Muslims on the board of the College of Agriculture, Igbo-Ora, while the Polytechnic Ibadan had four Muslims and four Christians on its board.” 

“We need to state it clearly that religious leaders must get their facts correct before coming into the open to make statements.”

The statement advises purveyors of such unhelpful fiction to focus on other agenda that can assist the developmental agenda of the state.

Iyabo Adebisi

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