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Ex-Osun governor, Oyetola, made several claims in farewell speech, but how true are they?

On November 26, Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) bade the people of Osun State farewell after four years in office as governor. He became the governor of the state on November 27, 2018.

The development had come after he lost his re-election bid to Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the gubernatorial election held on July 16, 2022. 

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced that Mr Adeleke, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), won the election after he polled 403,371 votes. 

Mr Oyetola’s farewell speech came hours before the swearing-in ceremony of Mr Adeleke, his successor.

In the speech, Mr Oyetola made several claims ranging from the achievements of his administration to the alleged failures of Rauf Aregbesola, his predecessor.

DUBAWA examined some of the claims. 

Claim 1: The former governor claimed his administration fixed the state specialist hospital in Osogbo and equipped it with state-of-the-art equipment, with the construction of a 120-bed ward.

Verification

DUBAWA did a keyword search on Google to verify the former governor’s claims on the revitalisation of the health sector in Osun State. 

First is fixing the state specialist hospital in Osogbo, which he claimed was equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and construction of a 120-bed ward.

According to news reports online, former governor Oyetola approved the project in 2019. 

Data obtained from the Osun Public Procurement Agency showed that a total of N6.1 billion was budgeted for the project, and the sum of N258,882,608 was released for constructing a 120-bed ward at Asubiaro Specialist Hospital. The project was awarded to Werkmelster Facility Manager Limited, and work commenced on the site in August 2019. 

It was observed that the project was still ongoing as of the time the document was released.

Image showing the list of contract awards for 2019 in Osun State. Source: Osun State Public Procurement Agency.

A visit to the site by a DUBAWA researcher on Monday, December 12, shows that the project has been completed. However, it has not been commissioned or opened for use.

Images of the newly constructed building. Source: Fieldwork.

Verdict: True. The project has been completed.

Claim 2: The former Osun governor also claimed his administration built 30 units of Doctor’s Quarters at Asubiaro Specialist Hospital, Osogbo.

Verification

From the data on the Osun State Public Procurement Portal in 2019, the sum of N130,603,235 was released to construct Doctor’s Quarters at the hospital. The contract was awarded to Dotfam Multiventures Limited. 

A report by Campus Reporter facilitated by Udeme showed that the construction of the doctor’s quarters had been completed as of April 2022. However, the building had yet to be accommodated as of the time the report was published. 

Verdict: True, the project had been completed though not yet occupied by tenants.

Claim 3: Mr Oyetola claimed that his government revitalized 332 primary health centres in the state. 

Verification

This is not the first time Mr Oyetola would make this claim. During the third anniversary of his government in 2021, he claimed his government had revitalised over 300 of the 332 Primary Health Centres (PHCs) spread across the state, adding that the remaining 32 were near completion. 

In 2019, he promised to awaken the health sector in Osun State, one of which is the revitalisation, renovation, rehabilitation and upgrading of the 332 Primary Health Care centres in all the wards in the state. 

Tracka had, in March 2019, published the list of the 332 PHCs. Earlier in the year, Osun State was awarded $20 million (N7.3 billion) under the Saving One Million Lives Programme for Result (SOML-PforR). SOML- PforR is a flagship of the federal government conceived in 2012 but repackaged in 2015 following a $500 million credit from the World Bank to finance healthcare.

In 2020, Dr Rafiu Isamotu, the Commissioner for Health at the time, announced that the State had obtained $20.5million from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the amount, according to her, was to be expended on the revitalisation and the development of the listed centres.

Meanwhile, an investigative report by HumAngle in December 2021 showed that some of the 300 health centres commissioned by the government were in ruins. The report also revealed how the health centres were barely equipped with the needed facilities as some were just repainted. 

Members of the community who were interviewed said they were not impressed with the government and raised and dashed their hopes.

Another report done by Radio Nigeria in December 2021 corroborated the claim that some of the healthcare centres were in shambles.

Verdict: Insufficient evidence

Claim 4: Osun IGR has grown from N10 billion to N20 billion — Oyetola

“From a little above N10 billion in 2018, we have been able to grow the State IGR to N20 billion, just as our performance in the World Bank’s States’ Fiscal Transparency, Accountability, and Sustainability (SFTAS) has continued to earn us accolades and financial benefits,” the former governor said.

He added, “In 2018, before we came into office, Osun was placed 32nd on the fiscal sustainability index, finishing just ahead of Taraba, Plateau, Adamawa, and Kogi states.

“However, by the latest ranking in 2021, we have climbed to the 19th place on the index, as we are now ranked 13th out of 36 states of the federation.”

Verification

DUBAWA verified the figures given with data from the National Bureau of Statistics. The NBS data showed that the state’s IGR in 2018 was pegged at N10,381,663,677 with N2,118,883,555 in the first quarter of 2018, N2,655,049,761 in the second quarter of the year, N2,738,102,673 in the third quarter and N2,869,627,687 in the last quarter of the year. 

Also, NBS data for Internally Generated Revenue at the state level from 2019 to 2021 published recently showed that Osun State’s IGR for the year 2021 was N21,855,392,562 with N12,839,424,275 obtained from tax revenues and N9,015,968,287 from other sources.

Verdict: True. The State’s IGR increased significantly between 2018 and 2021.

Claim 5: Mr Oyetola claimed he was awarded Best Governor on Efficiency of Public Expenditure and TOP Performer on Domestic Revenue Mobilisation by the World Bank’s States’ Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability, SFTAS, recently.

Verification

The States’ Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability, SFTAS, program for results 2018 to 2022 released recently in November 2022 showed that Osun State truly got recognition for Domestic Revenue Mobilisation.

Yobe State was recognised as the overall top performer in all DLRs for the entire period and for Fiscal Transparency and Accountability; Borno was recognised for having the greatest improvement in performance from 2018 to 2019 and 2020 to 2021; Jigawa was recognised for Debt Sustainability while Edo was recognised for being efficient in Public Expenditures. 

Image showing the top performing Nigerian states in the SFTAS programme for results from 2018 to 2022. Source: SFTAS website.
Image showing Osun State’s performance in the SFTAS program. Source: SFTAS website.

Also, a report by Leadership recently showed that Oyetola was recognised as Best Governor on Efficiency of Public Expenditure by the World Bank.

Oyetola was said to have bagged the award following reforms which he deployed and which have impacted positively on the fiscal transparency and accountability in public resource management of the state.

Verdict: True! 

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