By Kolade Larewaju
ABEOKUTA â€“ GOVERNOR Olugbenga Daniel of Ogun State yesterday vowed not to give up in pursuing programmes that would positively affect the lives of people in the stateÂ and the countryÂ in face of alleged adversity, describing opposition to his administration as irresponsible.
HeÂ spoke while ddressing students of the Gateway Industrial and Petrochemical Institute, in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of the state, who were at the premises of the State House of Assembly, to complain about matters affecting them.
The governor, having learnt about the aggrieved students’ protest invited them and explained his position to them, who had initially been shouting and singing on the House of Assembly premises.
The management of the school had on Monday, shut down the institution for two weeks following the disruption of examinations in the school by some students, asking the state government to pay a sum of N400, 000 for each student so as to secure the Nigerian Institute of Welders (NIW) certificates.
He said, â€œIt is a known fact that there is a national challenge and we must all come together to find solution to it. There is a genuine economic challenge in Ogun State.
â€œSome states that are richer than our state had approached the bond market. Even, Balyesa State, an oil producing one had gone to the bond market. What is happening in Ogun State is not about politics but mere irresponsibility.
â€œThere must be something we are doing right with our meager resources. People should stop playing politics with the fortunes of the people of Ogun State. I will not give up because I have a day with destiny.
â€œI donâ€™t have N400, 000 to pay for each student. Your problems are temporary and we will re-visit the matter and see whether special considerations can be given.â€
The governor explained to the students that a lot had been done by his administration to secure their futures, saying that many capital projects embarked upon by his administration were being done in the interest of generations yet unborn.
Governor Daniel urged the students not to blackmail his government, contending that a lot had been done for the institute to ensure that its graduates would be gainfully employed.