A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Engr. Ifeoluwa Oyedele, yesterday said Ondo state deserves better leadership than it is currently getting under Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with our source, Oyedele, an associate of President Muhammadu Buhari who is the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical services of Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC) said Akeredolu may be trying but his best is not good enough for the state.
Oyedele, a frontline governorship aspirant of the party in the state for the October 10 governorship election also said Akeredolu had failed to use his position as governor to unite APC members in the state, a development that led to the party’s lackluster performance in the 2019 general elections.
“If you are a man of excellence like some of us, you will understand that in Ondo state, we are not where we are supposed to be today. If you are close to the grassroots, you will understand that there are lots of grumblings among our people, the general populace in Ondo on the performance of the governor.
“The rate of unemployment is very high, especially among the youths; it is about 50 per cent. There is decadence in infrastructure and public utilities. You will not be comfortable with the fact that many of our schools don’t have teachers and standard laboratories. Ninety-nine per cent of those schools don’t even have standard IT centres.
“We are not developing sporting giants in Ondo state; we don’t even have a stadium in the State. Agriculture is falling in the state and it is not good for Ondo State to be number 19 on the table of ease of doing business”, he said.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
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.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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