Thursday, February 23, 2017 1:43 pm
Some residents of Okitipupa in Ondo State on Thursday reminded the incoming Gov. Ogurotimi Akeredolu to fulfill his electioneering promises to the people.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor and the Deputy Gov. Agboola Ajayi would be sworn in on Friday in Akure.
Some of the residents, who spoke with NAN in separate interviews in Okitipupa, said that the incoming government should prioritise prompt payment of salaries, empowerment of youths, agriculture and provision of social amenities.
They alleged that the outgoing government of Dr Olusegun Mimiko failed the people almost in all ramifications which made them to vote for Akeredolu.
Mr Ayodele Shotayo, a teacher, advised the incoming government to give more attention to education, adding that teachers’ welfare should be given utmost priority.
“The incoming government should give education the priority it deserves and also quickly look into the seven months’ salaries owed by outgoing government,” Shotayo said.
Mrs Roseline Akindiya, a medical practitioner, urged the incoming government to work with technocrats and accept criticisms by the people.
A civil servant, Kayode Keshinro, urged the government to give priority to youth empowerment to guard against social vices like kidnapping, armed robbery and vandalism.
“Any government that fails to recognise the youths is on the verge of collapse; governor-elect should empower youths to guide against social vices,” he said.
Mrs Bolanle Ajetade, a hairdresser, said that she had been out of business because of poor power supply in Okitipupa and environs and urged the incoming government to critically look into the issue.
“We have been in darkness in the last three years now, I urge Akeredolu to fulfill his promises by restoring electricity to our area,” she said.
Mr Babatunde Alawode, a member of the Ondo State Farmers Congress, advised Akeredolu not to renege on his promises of giving priority to agriculture and elevating farmers for more productivity.
“As for me, agriculture remains the bedrock of any government; the incoming government should invest in agriculture and empower farmers more to reap from the benefits of agriculture,” Alawode said.
Mrs Boladale Akinusi, a market woman, urged Akeredolu to look into issues of high rent on market stalls given to market women, saying that it contributed to the high cost of food stuffs.
“I pray for Akeredolu that God will help him; he should look into issues surrounding market stalls and help to modernise our markets too,” she said.