MEMBERS of the youth wing of the Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have objected to plans by Governor Dapo Abiodun to allocate 50% of all appointments to women.
At a recent town hall meeting in Ilaro, in the east of the state, Governor Abiodun said that half of all his political appointments will go to females. However, the APC youth wing has objected to the move saying they got the governor elected and those who worked for the party during the election must not be used and dumped by Governor Abiodun.
Governor Abiodun said, “I want to assure you that my cabinet will have, if not 50% of women, it will have at least 40%.” However, Rasheed Aroboto, the head of the APC youth wing in Ogun State, said Governor Abiodun’s pledge, without consideration to the youths population, have left them wondering if they are relevant in his government at all.
Mr Aroboto added: “Are we youths considered as an apex body of this government? Is this government actually interested in paying back the youths who stood firmly during turbulent times?
“Are the youths now considered as aliens, a misfit or being surplus to requirement in governance? Is the governor trying to say that amidst millions of youths in the state, none is capable of holding positions in his administration.
“This calls for a serious scrutinisation as it is an established fact that no government can be put in place without the inclusiveness and support of the youth populace. Ogun state is blessed with innovative and politically experienced youths who are well capable of being commissioners, senior special assistants, special assistants and local government liaison officers to the governor in various levels.
“The governor is making the youths of the state assume that he is planning to walk on the path of his predecessor, who made the youth suffer so much despite their involvement in putting him at the helms of the state affairs. We hereby call on the leaders of this great party, to liaise with the governor on behalf of the youth who have worked and suffered so much for the party and laboured painstakingly for the emergence of His Excellency, not to be ignored and abandoned at this hour.”
They also appealed to Governor Abiodun to release in its entirety, the transport union activities in the state, to core party members who stood solidly behind him and the party during the election period. However, the youths said the multi-faceted achievements of Governor Abiodun, including renovation of schools across the state’s 236 wards, road rehabilitation, upgrading general hospitals, organising of anchor borrowers programme and partnerships with Chinese firms on agribusiness put a lie to the insinuations that he is slow.
Mr Aroboto said: “Despite the short period of being in office, the governor has performed excellently well beyond imagination and the entire youth wing of the All Progressives Congress, Ogun State chapter, hereby passes a vote of confidence on our governor. The executive governor of Ogun State, His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun will surely deliver.”