The Olomu of Omu-Aran, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, has identified inconsistency in government policies as a critical factor militating against the nation’s infrastructure developmental efforts.
Adeoti made the assertion during a sensitisation stakeholders meeting organised by the office of the Kwara State National Orientation Agency, (NOA) at the Olomu’s palace, yesterday.
Our source reports that the stakeholders meeting attracted heads of security agencies, market leaders, union leaders, community development association and civil society organisations.
It was aimed at sensitising stakeholders on the need to imbibe the habit of safeguarding essential national assets and public infrastructures within various communities.
Oba Adeoti said lack of continuity in government infrastructure development plans was responsible for the high number of abandoned projects across towns and villages.
He also blamed inadequate maintenance culture on behalf of government as a contributory factor for the dilapidated states of most public utilities.
The monarch said the non-functionality state of most councils across the states had also compounded the menace of infrastructural decays.
According to him, every successive government comes with different project ideas, policies and programmes without concrete plans for continuity.
“It’s very common in government circle and from past experience to see one government refusing to continue its predecessor’s projects and start similar projects afresh.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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