President Muhammadu Buhari has promised citizens of Ondo State of a fair representation with regards to federal appointments.
The President who was in the state to participate in the campaign rally of the All Progressives congress, APC, preparatory to the governorship election scheduled for next Saturday, November 26, made the pledge at the palace of the Deji of Akure, Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, .
Buhari was responding to a request by the traditional ruler that more appointments be extended to indigenes of the state in federal ministries and parastatals and agencies.
He explained that it was not a deliberate action to overlook Ondo state citizens during appointments, adding that he would take action to address the issue.
“Not giving federal appointment to any indigene from this kingdom is not deliberate,” Buhari Said
“I came here for your votes which I got, so, there is no reason why indigenes of this state should not enjoy equal benefit as indigenes of other states.
“You have raised a serious observation that needs urgent attention.”
Buhari expressed happiness that in spite of the misunderstanding that greeted the Ondo APC governorship Primary election, the party was still waxing stronger.
“I am here because of our party governorship candidate who is fully enjoying the support of Akure people and its environs,” Buhari told the traditional ruler, while calling on the people to come out en masse and vote the APC during the election proper.
Oba Aladelusi in his remarks urged President Buhari to wade into the crisis rocking the Federal University of Technology, Akure, whose non-academic staff has been on strike for some time.
He said that the incessant crises between the school’s management and staff members do not portray the institution, which he described as “one of the modern landmarks of the ancient city”, in good light.
The monarch also pleaded with the president to return some of the lands in the state which was given to the military years ago, so that indigenes may use them for agricultural purposes.
He said, “Another issue that agitates the mind of this ancient city is a large parcel of land ceded to the military authority in 1966.
“A large portion of the land remains underutilised and is wasting away.
“Our request is to give 1,000 hectares back to the community for agricultural purposes.”