The Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, has said a number of jobless youths in Ondo State have been penciled down for recruitment into various agencies of the federal government.
The Minister disclosed this on Monday while featuring on Situation Room, a live interview program on Fresh FM radio in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Adegoroye, who said one of his priorities when he assumed office was to get as many Ondo State indigenes as possible recruited into federal civil service, said the first batch of beneficiaries has been shortlisted and will soon be issued letters.
Adding that another batch is in progress, the Minister said this is in continuation of his advocacy to correct the poor representation of Ondo State in federal civil service, which had necessitated his visit to the Head of Service of the Federation shortly after he assumed office in Abuja.
Speaking on the proposed Ondo Sea Port, the Minister stated that the process of Port Declaration was in the final stages and it is his desire for President Muhammadu Buhari to approve the declaration of Ondo Sea Port before leaving office.
On the Akure-Ado road dualisation, Adegoroye said the contract for the project has been reawarded but the court action instituted by the former contractor has stalled the execution of the project.
“I know how our people are suffering on that road. My mother is from Ekiti and my father is from Akure. So, I know how crucial that road is to our people in Ondo and Ekiti States. We are not relenting in our efforts on the road.
“Two days ago, I and the new Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, met and we discussed this issue. We resolved to meet with the former contractor in January to see how the issue can be settled out of court so that the project can take off”, the Minister added.
Reeling out the activities of his ministry in the last few months, Adegoroye expressed optimism that the ongoing railway network across the country will get to Ondo State, starting from Ore which is part of the ongoing eastern route.
Stressing that President Buhari has done a lot in the transportation sector of the country, the Minister added that approval has been given for the reintroduction of mass transit in the country by the President.
On the coming general elections, the Minister expressed the readiness of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct credible election, saying that the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is miles ahead of other contenders and is the right person to take over from Buhari.
Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan ,
Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Minister of State for Transportation
December 26, 2022