Olusola Elijah

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde said the government was in bankruptcy when he took over.

Makinde stated this while playing host to the members of the Governing Council of the University of Ibadan, who paid a courtesy call to him

Makinde said despite the challenge, his government is looking for ways to keep the government running and also seek collaboration between government and the University especially in the area of Public Private Partnership (PPP)

He said “When I came in, we were looking for ways to keep the government running because technically the government of Oyo state is bankrupt. If I take it as a private entity, I won’t lend a dime to the government of Oyo state. I will ask them to start winding up proceedings. So, we have been looking for ways to keep the government running. We have been beaming our searchlight on areas we can get money.

“The University is a very important member of this community. We will like to collaborate with the university especially in the area of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and for us, there should be a serious synergy between the academia and the government because the majority of the very good research outcomes stay on the shelf in the university.

“We want those to come out for us to work together to utilize those research outcomes to better the lives of our people. The government of Oyo state is keen and ready for such a partnership.

“The Agbowo shopping complex in front of the university is an eyesore. It is a lot of money that was sunk in there and we are not getting any value. As a matter of fact, that structure is a security threat to the university community.

“We are looking at it and I am sure before we mark our 100 days, there will be a pronouncement on how we intend to turn that shopping complex into something that brings benefit to the university community and residents of the state in general.

“The Bureau of Internal Revenue came to me and said they had issue of PAYE (Pay As You Earn) with the University of Ibadan. And at the governor’s forum, I saw a document where a lot of the states got a huge refund from PAYE due to the federal institutions located in such states. I believe Ogun state got about N8billion; another state in the South West got N10 billion; and Oyo state got only about N91million.

“Then, I wondered what was going on here. They told me that it was work in progress and that they had been talking and did not have cooperation from the University of Ibadan.”