By Temetope Adedeji, Ondo
People of Ijare Community in Ifedore Local Government Areas of Ondo State have decried their neglect and marginalization in projects allocation, projects execution and appointments into public offices in the state.
The community delegation led by the traditional ruler of Ijare, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adebamigbe Oluwagbemiga the Olujare of Ijare, and Engineer Akin Odumakin made a passionate appeal to the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Saturday, 30th September, 2017, while on a courtesy visit to the Governor at the Presidential Lodge of the Government House Alagbaka, Akure.
The community lamented the deplorable condition of link roads to Ijare Community particularly the Orita-Obele-Akure /Ijare road, Ijare to Ikere and the farm to market road- (Eti/Ajagboto, Ijare, Araromi to Agamo).
Odumakin who spoke on behalf of the people rolled out the areas of marginalization, which include non-appointment of natives of Ijare Community into key positions in the state, lack of access roads and other social amenities in spite of their voting strength in Ijare town.
Governor Akeredolu while reacting pleaded with the people that some of the lopsidedness in appointments preceded his administration but, however, promised to consider their request.
“In the Civil Service, we are trying to make sure we consider merit – putting round pegs in round holes. If any of your sons and daughters are qualified they don’t need to know me before they are considered. That’s me. The Civil Servants have careers and I don’t feel we should just terminate it because of our four years.
“In political appointments, we consider a lot of factors and try to balance, but I can assure you whatever we can do to correct the present situation will be done,” he said.
Others in the delegation were High Chief (Mrs) Florence Aladesanmi, Dr E. A. Falodi, Dr Oladutire Deji, Engineer Alex Oladimeji and High Chief Wemimo Olaniran.