Ahead of the gubernatorial election in Ogun State, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has promised to make residents’ welfare paramount and improve standard of the road if elected on March 9th, 2019.
Kashamu, who expressed dissatisfaction over how the present administration addressed citizen’s welfare, assured that under his administration, welfare of every citizens would be his priority.
He gave the assurance when he visited Olota-in-Council, the Council of Baales and Chiefs, the League of Imams and Alfas, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Hausa Community, the Igbo Community, the traditionalists, artisans and market men and women in Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of the state.
“I commit to completing all the uncompleted and ongoing projects in Ogun West Senatorial District and other parts of the state. Our government will be tax-friendly and encourage more businesses to thrive.
“I reckon that our people are in need of basic infrastructure, such as potable water, good and motorable roads in most parts of the state. All of these and many more will be done if you vote PDP on the 23rd of February and 9th of March, 2019,” Kashamu added.
While highlighting what would be the focus of his administration policy if elected, he stated that Local Government allocation would be paid to the council without any deduction.
“I commit to releasing all allocations due to local governments. I will not deduct from their allocations. This is to ensure grassroots development and allow the traditional institution to be involved in local government administration. Also, I commit to remitting all statutory deductions from staff salaries to the relevant unions and authorities as and when due.”
The PDP gubernatorial candidate promised that all the money deducted from civil servants for cooperatives that have not been paid would be paid.
“We will meet with the leaders and do whatever they want. Their backlog of co-operative money for 106 months would be paid. We will establish micro finance and community banks to promote stomach infrastructure,” he said.
Kashamu stated that all these would be done with the recommendations of the community leaders to be headed by the traditional rulers, adding that his government would recognise all obas and community leaders.
“The obas would be involved in political appointment. I would not be PDP governor, I will be the governor of everybody. Don’t let us waste our votes. I need your support as the traditional ruler of the town. I pledge to fulfill my promise. I am a man of honour and justice and I will fulfill my promises once you elect me as Governor on March 9, 2019,” he said.
The politician stressed that he was committed to remitting all statutory deductions from staff salaries to the relevant authorities as at when due.
To address the issue of poverty and stomach infrastructure, Kashamu said, “Substantial funds shall be set aside to assist the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Loans from the funds shall attract no interest.
“Our administration shall make the most of our closeness to Lagos to promote industrialization in the state. Deliberate steps shall be taken to improve on the facilities in Ota and Agbara to make them more attractive to industries.”
In his response, Oba Adeyemo Abdukabir Obalanlege said that the people of the area knew their identity, and that he could say categorically that they were the foremost Yoruba sons in this part of the world.
“Aworis are the first Yorubas to step on this soil. We are not Egbas or Yewas. I can assure you of our support and we pray that whatever you have prayed for God will do for you. You will go in peace and God will be with you wherever you go,” he said.
He and other traditional rulers prayed for Kashamu’s success at the poll and wished him well in his pursuit.
The Onilogbo of Ilogbo, Ota, Oba (Dr.) Samuel Ojugbele, prayed for the governorship candidate and wished him well in his quest of succeeding the incumbent governor of the state.