Barrister Niyi Akintola (SAN), the Baa-Mofin of Ibadanland, has commended the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, for the steps he had taken to resuscitate the Agbowo Shopping Complex located opposite the nation’s premier tertiary educational institution, the University of Ibadan.
He made this statement at a programme organized by the Oyo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) at Aderogba Hall, NUJ Press Centre in Ibadan.
According to Chief Akintola, the Agbowo Shopping Complex has suffered many years of neglect by successive governments since it was constructed by the administration of Brigadier General, David Jemibewon in 1977.
He however advised Governor Makinde to review the fifty years lease he signed with those taking over the edifice, saying that, “the time is too long”.
Akintola said that he was not one to see the truth and not say it no matter the opinion of others, whether they are in his party or a different one.
“Forget about party or politics. If someone has done something good, that person deserves to be commended and not otherwise.
“I say the truth anytime I see the truth. I say the truth no matter the party or who is concerned. The Agbowo Shopping Complex was constructed during the era of Brigadier General David Jemibewon in 1977.
“Several governments have come and gone, without doing anything. Governor Seyi Makinde has tried but it only remains to be seen if he can pull it through.
“Former Late Governor Abiola Ajimobi signed a Memorandum of Understanding with some people while he was in office but nothing concrete came out of it. So, Governor Makinde has tried, he should reconsider the fifty years lease and shorten it, that is my own opinion,” Barrister Akintola Said.