Soyinka blasts Maku, says “Good Governance Tour” a big scam

Prof Wole Soyinka
Prof Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has described the “Good Governance Tour”  the Minister of Information Labaran Maku is leading around the country as a big scam.

Speaking in Benin on Friday, Mr. Soyinka commended the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, for refusing to acede to a request by Mr. Maku to fund the team’s visit to Edo State.

“I am happy that Oshiomhole told the leader of the Good Governance Tour, Labaran Maku, to go to hell. It is a big scam,” Mr. Soyinka said in response to a question from journalists who sought his views on the tour.

The Nobel Laureate fielded questions from journalists at the Edo State Press Centre after visiting the Benin Moat, a major tourist attraction in the Edo State capital.

Governor Oshiomhole had on Tuesday revealed that he had rejected a multi-million naira proposal by Mr. Maku asking him to bankroll the so-called “Good Governance Tour”.

Speaking at a seminar on tax laws in the state on Benin, Mr. Oshiomhole said he was not prepared to waste the state’s limited resources on an unnecessary  project conceived and promoted by the federal government.

“It is not proper to use Edo State tax payers’ money to finance a Federal Government programme,” the governor said. “If they pay me a courtesy visit, I will receive them, but I don’t have a dime to spend on them because I do not need them to come to tell Edo people how I built roads and schools. My achievement speaks for me.”

He said Mr. Maku’s team had sent in a proposal requesting him to provide accommodation, feeding and logistics for over 120 delegates when they visit the state next week. He said he opposed the proposal when it was tabled for discussion at a Governors’ Forum meeting sometime ago.

“Whenever Edo State government officials travel to Abuja for official duties, the state takes responsibility and not the Federal Government,” Mr. Oshiomhole said.

However, the Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, denounced Mr. Oshiomhole a day later, saying the controversial exercise received the backing of all 36 state governors.

“I confirm and reaffirm that we all (governors) collectively agreed to this programme,” Mr. Uduaghan said.

Mr. Maku has been travelling with a delegation of officials, journalists and civil groups to states purportedly to highlight projects achieved by the federal and state governments.

The delegation has covered more than 15 states, and the tour, dismissed by critics as a jamboree, is continuing.

  • Mamman Bako

    A simple website can tell with pictures video what the government is ‘doing’. Maku should know better, this tour is a scam indeed. GEJ government is just not progressive.

  • olamide

    Uduaghan is a criminal

    • Thruthnodeydie

      What do you expect from a governor who has nothing to offer Delta state? He will certainly want to depend on outsiders to evaluate him. The few hours Maku spends in each is it enough to assess a governor that has been in office for almost 6years. Maku will only see what oduaghan want him to see.

    • paul

      Your cow/ar/d adamic idio/t is more crimi/nal

  • abdullahi m Sani

    They are all bounch of thieves, Adams remain a comrade pls nd ignore so called Good governance tour by mr Maku nd his team, they are all thieves.

  • lekan

    when would we stop having corrupt leaders in this country?

  • Dave

    This man call Maku is a great disappointment.He job is simply that of projecting what the federal government has done and not what state government is doing.His boss Jonathan has nothing to show after 6 years in government.It is no surprise that he is going on a meaningless tour to project the state and also line up his pocket.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Pray, when was the last time Soyinka saw anything good in government since independence?
    This dinosaur needs to be retired to a museum.

    • veron

      Why insult Soyinka ? Would you have called Achebe a dinosour?

    • Respect

      Tell us which “good” government that Nigeria has ever had since independence. If Soyinka should be retired to a museum, then you will need to join your parents in the asylum. Such uncouth remarks and lack of respect says a lot of your upbringing and family setting.