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Akure indigenes reject ministerial appointment

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Senator Tayo Alasoadura

Akure indigenes in four local councils of Ondo State have rejected the appointment of Chief Tayo Alasoadura, as Minister of State for Labour and Productivity by the Federal Government.

This was contained in a statement released by Akure Community Development Forum (ACDF) in Akure, yesterday, jointly signed by the Chairman and General Secretary, Chief Reuben Fasoranti and Eniola Olusola.

According to them, the Akure people in Akure South, Akure North, Idanre and Ifedore Local Councils deserve better treatment from the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

They expressed dissatisfaction over the portfolio of Minister of State for Labour and Productivity given to Senator Alasoadura, pleading with President Muhammadu Buhari to review the appointment.

They enumerated Alasoadura’s ‘rich and impressive résumé,’ which include his being a chartered accountant and Chairman, Committee on Petroleum (downstream) in the Eighth Senate, among others and said “assigning such a distinguished Nigerian to a junior ministerial status, is not only an underutilisation of his capacity but also a marginalisation of the people of Akure in particular, and Ondo State in general. ”

“We observed the President has retained the status of Minister of State for Ondo State in his administration, having given same status to the last appointee from the state in his first term in office. Today, Ondo State is the only state in the Southwest that has no substantive Minister…”

“We, therefore, draw the President’s attention to this imbalance and urge him to urgently correct it to give the people of Akure and indeed, Ondo State a sense of belonging and their rightful place in the federal cabinet.”


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