A call has gone to the Ogun State Government to put in place an all-inclusive administration by bringing on board seasoned technocrats and best materials available to join in the onerous task of taking the state to the next level.
The Chairman, Council for Islamic Affairs, Ogun State Chapter, Alhaji Abdulrasheed Mayaleeke who made this call during a courtesy call to the Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele in her Office in Oke-Mosan, advised the government to put in place a sustainable feedback mechanism into governance, in order to get the impulse of the masses from time to time, thereby addressing them accordingly.
While presenting some of the achievements of the Council, Alhaji Mayaleeke, said the it had been creating awareness on HIV/AIDs through the AIDs Programme for Muslim Ummah (APMU), promoting good governance, co-ordination of Inter-faith Coalition, Abuja interventions on Malaria prevention which included sensitization and distribution of insecticidal treated net and radio outreach through Supreme messages’ platform specially packaged to preach against antithetical behaviours in the society amongst others.
The Chairman added that through the council’s reconciliation mission, it has successfully brokered peace among warring factions on age long disputes at different levels which had helped in maintaining peace and harmony among communities in the state.
He however implored the state government to look into the dearth of Islamic Religious Knowledge (IRK) teachers in public schools, solicits for better recognition of Ogun State Inter-religious Council, a forum that brings Muslim and Christian leaders together as well as to be fair in the inclusion of Muslims in appointments to the State Cabinet.
In her response, the Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako Oyedele, appreciated the council for the visit as well as the clearly laid out presentation. She pointed out that all issues raised were in line with the programmes and policies of government, assuring that they would be sorted out in a matter of time, adding that a feedback mechanism such as regular dialogue with traditional institutions, labour unions, schools, religious bodies, student union in order to prevent communication breakdown would be put in place.
“The Dapo Abiodun led administration, has pledged to be a listening government that will give room for feedback from the citizens of the state and in return respond to their yearnings and aspirations. We will engage regular consultations at specific periods and as time goes by, if there are particular issues that cannot wait, we call for quick meetings to clarify such issues, because once there is communication, there will not likely be friction,” she said.
On the dearth of IRK teachers in school, she stated that the governor has promised to look at the employment row and identify teachers with degrees in the subject teaching other subjects, adding that such would be deployed to affected schools accordingly.
On youth friendly programmes, she said the youths are dear to the heart of the governor, revealing that a centre where people can learn vocational skills instead of relying on white collar jobs would be established. In addition, Industrial Parks would be created all over the State, where infrastructure would be provided for businesses to thrive through Small and Medium Enterprise( SMEs) thereby creating more employment opportunities for the citizens.
Salako –Oyedele also pointed out that Ogun, being an Agrarian State would develop the agricultural sector by setting up farm settlements for the youths where they could be gainfully employed. While making clarifications on appointments, she said government would be fair, equitable and just and without any bias, positions would be based on engaging best hands, technocrats and professionals who are exemplary in various fields, not necessarily on religious, senatorial districts or tribe basis.
Highpoint of the visit was a special prayer session offered for a successful administration in the State.