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Akeredolu seeks restructuring, Abiodun tasks youths on nation building

By Oluwaseun Akingboye (Akure) and Charles Coffie Gyamfi (Abeokuta)
02 October 2021   |   4:09 am
Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu called for urgent restructuring of the country to reflect the diversity and address the various misunderstandings and high rate of criminality in the polity.

Akeredolu. Photo: TWITTER/ONDOSTATEAPC

Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu called for urgent restructuring of the country to reflect the diversity and address the various misunderstandings and high rate of criminality in the polity. He made the call yesterday in a statewide broadcast in commemoration of the 2021 Independence Day Celebration.

Akeredolu, who noted that the current system adopted in the county did not encourage ingenuity, said “it is time for all patriots to unite and speak with one voice.” According to him, the current system in the country does not take into account the diverse status of the people. “The country faces serious challenges bordering on redefinition. It has become imperative that the current structure be tinkered with in a fundamental way. It is no longer sustainable.

“Our country is blessed abundantly. There is hardly any part of this vastly endowed space that should not be self-sustaining. This land should not be a place where hunger, poverty and a general sense of lack predominate.

“We must be bold enough to interrogate why these challenges appear perennial. We must not shy away from the reality of our diversity, which should, ordinarily, be a source of strength but is gradually becoming an albatross.

“We must inquire for the reasons those who regarded themselves as brothers and sisters no longer feel comfortable seeing or accommodating one another. We must be willing to confront whatever system which has reduced the once self-reliant sub-national entities to perpetual dependencies practically.

“The states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria appear independent nominally at present. Serious attempts must be made to return our country to the path of progress trodden by the founding fathers. Conscious efforts must be made by both the political and communal leadership in all the parts of the country to re-orientate the people to embrace the pristine values which held lofty promises for advancement.
 
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, tasked Nigerian youths on nation building, saying the youths must use their energy to chart a new pathway for a greater Nigeria. He gave the charge during his Independence Day address at the M.K.O International Stadium in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Abiodun insisted that the youths must channel their creative energies and creative genius to positive enterprises for national development.

He stressed the need for youths to continue to demonstrate courage and unwavering commitment to all that would foster unity and progress in the country.