…As Ex-Commissioner says Oyo APC must unite to beat Makinde***
Mr Seun Ashamu, the Oyo State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, said the state government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG), to attract investments and boost its economy.
Ashamu stated this in a statement signed by Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Seyi Makinde, in Ibadan on Sunday.
According to Ashamu, the incumbent administration in the state is determine to boost the state’s economy and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in record time.
Ashamu said the MoU was part of efforts to increase the economic potentials of the state through the availability of gas, adding that the people of the state would benefit more from the agreement.
“The project is timely and it will aid the industrialisation drive embarked upon by the government.
“And this will assist us to attract big businesses, aid in industrial development and also securing our state.
“An international company like Shell coming to Oyo State shows the ease of doing businesses, the investment potentials of the state, and the type of administration that the governor is running.”
“As part of the achievements of Gov. Makinde’s administration, the SNG will assist the state government to develop its gas masterplan, which intended to cover the state and will be driven by demand, while the state will also benefit from a percentage of the revenue from gas sales.
“The SNG will carry Oyo State Government along in terms of employment and skill development, the project will create employment for the citizenry, provide more means of livelihood and also increase IGR of the state as a result of industrialisation.” Ashamu was quoted as saying in the statement.
According to him, the agreement entails the provision of a Gas Pipeline Infrastructure Project to be run on a Build, Operate and Transfer basis for 15-years.
The Oyo State Government and SNG had signed the MoU, on Sept. 30, to fast track extension of the company’s gas pipeline infrastructure in the state.
The agreement was sealed by Gov. Seyi Makinde and SNG representative Mr Ed Ubong.
In the meantime, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Isaac Omodewu, on Saturday called on all interest groups within the party to unite toward achieving true reconciliation, for a synergy to win future elections.
This is contained in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Saturday in Ibadan.
Omodewu, a U.S.-trained accountant and public administrator was a two-term commissioner in the immediate past administration of the late former Gov. Abiola Ajimobi.
Omodewu said that the groups should stop venting their grievances in the media so that all efforts toward true reconciliation would not be exercises in futility.
He expressed displeasure with the brewing supremacy battle after the much publicised meetings convened by Gov. Buni-led APC National Reconciliation Committee and Gov. Kayode Fayemi to resolve the crises.
The former commissioner appealed to all returning and existing members of Oyo APC to sheathe their swords for a united party as well as victory in the 2023 elections.
“The party cannot move forward if we do not stop unnecessary discrimination. APC is a product of ACN, PDP, CPC, APGA, ANPP and other legacy parties.
“The party was formed for the purpose of ensuring good governance at all levels. Therefore, we must imbibe the spirit of tolerance for peaceful coexistence.”
“APC is the only party we can call our own. All stakeholders must place the party’s interest above theirs. The party is the binding force that unites all of us.
“The unity of the party is the first step toward electoral victory. Our disunity actually gave a room for Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP), victory in 2019,” he said.
Omodewu said that the Oyo APC lost the presidential and governorship elections in the state because of supremacy battle, saying such ought to have taught them good lessons.
He said that members of the party could not continue to suffer to personal interest, urging all stakeholders to be conscious of what they said or wrote about the party.
According to him, “washing our dirty linens in the public will lead us to nowhere. On the leadership of the party, there ought to be no need for controversy again.
“Former Gov. Adebayo Alao-Akala has always said he was neither contesting in 2023 nor begging to be a leader of APC.
“The declaration of Alao-Akala further underscores his loyalty to the party, maturity and exemplary leadership quality.”
Omodewu said he expected the formation of the all-inclusive Oyo APC Elders’ Advisory Council to be a panacea to the party’s crises and not the beginning of another civil war.
“It will be counterproductive if the supremacy battle continues, as all of us have a responsibility to make things work better and ensure unity in our party.
“Let us join hands together with the leadership of our party at the national and state levels to ensure our party remains strong to win elections at all levels come 2023, ” he added.