Oyo State governor Abiola Ajimobi of has lashed out at the past administrations in the state for playing unnecessary politics at the expense of development, saying this had left the state at the brink of precipice.
The governor, while speaking at this year’s World Teachers’ Day celebrations held at Teachers’ House, Ibadan on Saturday, said that the level of development he met when he took over the mantle of leadership of the state in May 2011 was zero.
He added that the lack of development permeated all sectors of the economy, including education, thus drawing back the state in the comity of states.
“Oyo State was at the precipice as at the time we came in. Development was zero. People paid too much attention to politics at the expense of development of the state. Everything they were doing was more of propaganda and mere noise making; it lacked substance,’’ the governor said.
Governor Ajimobi, who said that he was overwhelmed by the potentials of the state, added that it they had been properly channelled by past administrations, the state would have been better.
“It is not enough for anybody to have vision or to dream dreams. What is important is for the person to actualise his vision or dream. If they had used the opportunities they had well, Oyo State would have been better than we met it,’’ he said.
“Teachers determine the world; they empower people to think; to shape the world; to impart knowledge, values and to help people to unleash their potentials and set the pace,’’ he said.
Governor Ajimobi said that his administration would continue to accord teachers in the state their priority attention and ensure that their welfare was attended to even as he directed the representatives of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) to meet with government to address their demands.