The recent unveiling of the ministerial appointments in Ogun State has stirred deep-seated concerns within the Ijebu Nation. Renowned for its accomplishments and distinction, the Ijebu Nation finds itself sidelined in this crucial aspect of governance – a stark departure from history and a matter that demands immediate attention.
Ogun State, a land of diverse cultures and histories, is composed of two former provinces: Ijebu/Remo and Egba/Egbado. This historical division has contributed to the unique identities and aspirations of these regions. Unfortunately, the recent ministerial appointments have highlighted a clear gap in representation:
Yewa: Dr. Isyaka Adeboye
Abeokuta: Bosun Tijani, Olawale Edun
It's evident that the Ijebu/Remo Province, despite its historical significance and substantial contributions to the state, has been notably left out in the allocation of ministerial positions. This oversight calls into question the extent to which the principles of fairness and equitable representation were upheld during the selection process.
Furthermore, it's worth considering the broader implications of such disparities. Political unity and cohesion are integral to the progress and development of any state. Neglecting a significant region like the Ijebu Nation can foster discontent, erode trust in the political system, and hinder the collective advancement of the state.
In the pursuit of true democracy, it's essential for leaders across party lines to rise above individual interests and prioritize the greater good. Governor Dapo Abiodun and other prominent political figures, including APC party leaders, Senator Otunba Gbenga Daniel, and House of Representatives members, hold a responsibility to address these concerns.
It's not just about advocating for the appointment of specific individuals, but about rectifying an imbalance that goes beyond the names on the list. By reconfirming the appointment of representatives from the Ijebu/Remo Province and voicing their commitment to equitable representation, these leaders can send a powerful message of unity and inclusivity.
In conclusion, the ministerial appointment discrepancies in Ogun State, particularly the omission of the Ijebu/Remo Province, highlight the need for a more balanced and inclusive political landscape. Addressing these concerns can contribute to stronger regional harmony, trust in governance, and the overall progress of the state.
Let's move forward together, embracing our diverse histories and strengths, while building a brighter future for all of Ogun State's residents.
*Hon.Olu Simeon Okeowo*
*APC Ogun waterside*