BY ABIOLA RUFAI
The Senator representing Lagos West at the National Assembly in Abuja, Senator Solomon Adeola Olamilekan popularly known as Yayi has again reassured the staff and students of the Federal Polytechnic in Ilaro of his readiness to make sure that the institution become a university of technology before 2019.
The Senator who pointed out this during his remark at the Investiture CeremonyCeremony of Rotarian Funmilola Oladotan as the 33rd President of the Rotary Club of Ilaro at the institution in Ilaro, said the bill to turn the institution to University Of Technology has scaled through the second reading on the floor of the National Assembly adding that, soon he would mobilized staff and students of the school on solidarity visit to the assembly in Abuja.
He described the Rector of the institution Arc. Segun Aluko as a hardworking and a goal-getter who has build and maintained the high standard that the school is known for.
On the rumour that he has been the one blocking the government of Ogun State from getting the nod of the National Assembly to get a loan of N350billion from the International banks abroad, Sen Adeola said that he would never do such a thing and under no circumstance that he would turn against the development of his state.
He said that the money, if approved would be used for the development of the state and at a long run would bring relieve to the sufferings of the people of the state.
Yayi who was decorated as a member of the rotary club at the event promised to give necessary support to the new president at ensuring that Ilaro as the capital of Ogun West wear the look of a capital city that its deserves.
He enjoined the new Rotary Club President to carry him along in his developmental projects with the assurance that he would always be available to contribute to the growth of the club and betterment of humanity.
On 2019 general election, Senator Adeola declared that he was fully ready to contest for the gubernatorial post in the state and he was ready to take the state to the next level.
He advised citizens of Yewaland not to give room for politics of divide and rule, but come together in unity to speak with one voice towards realizing his dream and the region in general.
The new President in his acceptance speech said that the club which was established in Ilaro since 1985 has contributed to the development of the town through their developmental projects across the town.
He assured the people of Ilaro that his tenure would carry on the fits through the implementation of social projects that would make life more meaningful to them.
Part of the life-imparted projects implemented so far by the club includes water projects provided at Iwoye, Ilaro Central Community, Sayedero market, Ipake/Itolu village, Pahayi Community, and Itolu Community High School.
Others include the construction and renovation of the roundabout at Idi-Obi, contribution to Polio eradication, provision of school uniform, and sandals of indigents pupils in Yewa South Local government primary schools and provision of medical equipment at the State Hospital, Ilaro among a host of others.
In another development, Senator Solomon Adeola has said he has no grudges against Governor Ibikunle Amosun.
Adeola who is popularly called Yayi said what exist between him and Amosun are just differences in “political ideology and political belief,” explaining that what he found disagreeable about the Governor is his mindset that someone coming from Lagos should not govern Ogun State.
The Senator who hails from Agosaga Quarters, Pahayi in Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State, but currently representing Lagos West at the National Assembly, added that it was this Amosun’s attitude of “how can he come from Lagos to rule us” that has remained the source of contention between him and the governor.
Adeola made the clarification while fielding questions during an interactive session with members of the Ogun West Consultative Forum at Ilaro, the Headquarters of Yewa South Local Government Area.
He recalled that each of the first civilian Governor of Ogun State, Bisi Onabanjo, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Amosun himself had all worked or done business in Lagos for years before returning home to become governor in the state.
The Senator wondered why a strange and different yard stick should now be introduced into the political field of the state by the incumbent Governor because the Ogun West people have become more determined to produce a Governor in 2019?
Adeola noted that he “wants to be Governor of Ogun State but not desperate” about it, stressing, however, that he remained unflinching in his resolve to pursue the ambition to a successful end.
He also denied rumours to the effect that he was stalling the efforts of the Governor to obtain the $350m loan facility which requires clearance by the Senate.
Adeola said he would not stand in the way of what would bring development or progress to the state, adding that the request for the loan facility came up at the floor of the Senate recently.
He explained that nobody was working to frustrate the Governor from seeking the $350m facility, saying he recognises the rights of states to source for financial package but it shouldn’t be a routine thing.
He said he would resuscitate the Ogun State Road Maintenance Agency (OGROMA) to address the constant road problems in the state, revisit the abandoned Olokola Liquefied Natural Gas(OKLNG) located in Ode – Omi in Ogun Waterside and leverage on the proximity of Ogun to Lagos to boost the socioeconomic fortunes of the state.
I Have No Grudges Against Amosun -Sen. Olamilekan …Says; Turning FedPoly Ilaro To Federal University Of Technology Will Be A Reality Before 2019
BY ABIOLA RUFAI