The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has expressed support for the demand of Akure people to have a Teaching Hospital established at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
Speaking at the Palace of Deji of Akure, Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, while welcoming the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN to Ondo State, Governor Akeredolu described the request as genuine one that will enhance the wellbeing of the state.
Arakunrin Akeredolu said in view of the approval granted FUTA to offer courses in Medicine, a Teaching Hospital for the University has become desirable.
While welcoming the Vice-president to his palace, the Deji of Akure, Oba Ogunlade Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi had appealed to the Federal Government to release the needed funds for the take-off of a Teaching Hospital for the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA.
Oba Aladelusi who also pleaded that indigenes of the town be given political appointments, said it was over 31 years ago the town last had an indigene appointed as a Minister.
The Royal Father however, appreciated Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for keeping to its promise of appointing Akure indigenes into position of authority in his cabinet.
“We are grateful to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for making sure that Akure is represented in his administration and we want the same to apply in the Federal Cabinet” he said.
In his response the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who was in Ondo State to attend the 2nd National Council on Niger Delta agreed that the request for a Teaching Hospital in Akure was not out of place, but that such request must be in the budget for it to be a reality.
“The Federal Government will not mind doing it, but provided there is budgetary provision. It is an important and appropriate request and we will make it a duty,” he said.
The Vice-president therefore urged the people to lobby their representatives in the National Assembly to ensure that such a project is in the budget.
“The legislators in Ondo State should ensure that the issue is an item in the budget,” the Vice-president said.
The Vice-President used the occasion to state the commitment of the Federal Government to the exploration of the large deposit of bitumen in Ondo State which is the second largest in the world.
“If we explore it all, the young men and women will have jobs, it has huge employment opportinities ,” he said.
He promised to intimate President Muhammadu Buhari on the request of the people and also work with members of the National Assembly to ensure its inclusion in the budget.
Dignitaries at the meeting include: the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani; the Minister of State in the Ministry, Professor Claudius Daramaola, NNDC Board Chairman, Senator Victor Udoma Egba, SAN; Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs and Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, General Paul Boroh and Senior Special Assistant to Mr President on National Economic Council. Mr. Donald Wokoma.
Others are: the Speaker, Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. David Bamidele Oloyelogun; Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon.Ogundeji Iroju; Secretary to the Ondo State Government, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde; Deputy National Chairman of APC, South and former Governor of Ekiti State, Engineer Segun Oni and National Vice Chairman of APC, Southwest, Chief Pius Akinyelure.
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