From Bola Ogunlayi, Ibadan.
…Rates Governor High in Education, Health, Staff Welfare, Infrastructure
…Scores Administration Low in Sports, Job Creation
The Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) has released its preliminary findings on the recently concluded Governance Assessment of Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s administration in Osun State.
The report was a function of detailed assessments paistakingly carried out by the Guild 8n fulfilment of one of its responsibilities as watchdog of the society.
NGIJ in a statement issued on Tuesday by its National Secretary, AbdulRahman Aliagan said the preliminary report contained majorly the Data Analysis of questionnaires administered during the one-week long exercise from June 12 to 19, 2022.
Aliagan who led the Guild’s team to Osun State, said the NGIJ Governance Assessment in Osun State was anchored on Key Informant Interviews, KII, Focus Group Discussions with critical stakeholders, informal interactions with residents and administration of questionnaires to gauge opinion of the people about the Oyetola-led administration in the state.
Oyetola and traditional rulers in Boripe local government area if the state
According to him, the guild administered 10,000 questionnaires in all the thirty local government areas of Osun state to assess people’s opinion about the impact of Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s administration on the people. The questionnaires used for the opinion poll were categorised into two parts with 11 closed ended questions giving respondents opportunity to pick any of five available answers i.e 1. Strongly agree, 2. Agree, 3. Strongly disagree, 4. Disagree and 5. Don’t know.
The second part contained three open ended questions on policies, programmes and achievements of the APC led administration in Osun state.
Residents of the state endorse Oyetola for 2nd term in office
9332 residents of Osun state returned the questionnaires administered by investigators from Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) across the thirty local government areas of the state. At the end of the collation, 9332 questionnaires representing 93.32 percent were returned for analysis. Therefore, 9332 respondents filled the opinion poll and their responses were used to assess the impact of Governor Oyetola’s administration in Osun state from 2018 till date.
Osun State residents rated Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s administration high in health, education, infrastructural development and staff Welfare with over fifty (50) percent of total respondents ticking strongly Agree and agree in questions relating to aforementioned sectors.
APC Stalwart in Osun State
In health, 4750 respondents representing 50.9 percent of total respondents strongly agree that Oyetola administration has greatly improved healthcare delivery while 2500 respondents ticked agree. This shows that residents are feeling the impact of the upgrade of 332 primary healthcare centres across the state, construction of 120 bed wards at the State Specialist Hospital, Asubiaro and implementation of Statewide Health Insurance Scheme.
Under the education sector, 3008 out of 9332 respondents representing 32.2 percent filled Agree while 2920 strongly agreed that the current administration has introduced policies to improve the education sector. Although, 21 percent of respondents feel Oyetola led administration has not done enough in education sector while 1450 respondents simply ticked ‘I don’t know’. This finding seems to tally with the view of the Chairman, Council of Academic Staff Unions of Osun State owned Tertiary institutions (CASUOSTI), Comrade Bidemi Adeboye who said the governor is resolving mountain of challenges inherited from his predecessor ranging from payment of half salary, embargo on promotion and injurious implementation of Contributory Pension scheme. He added that the owned Tertiary institutions have not embark on strike since inception of Governor Oyetola administration, saying that the government has commenced full implementation of CONPCASS and addressing other legitimate demands.