Monarch Passes Vote of Confidence on Fashola


By Femi   Ogbonnikan

The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi has assured Nigerian public that the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola would deliver the national duties with which he was assigned.

Oba Akanbi, after his visit to Fashola’s office in Abuja, said his close assessment of the minister had revealed a man keen to meet the public expectations with a view to aligning with the change mantra, which the ruling party promised before the 2015 general elections.

The Oluwo further said that the three ministries under Fashola’s supervision were key to socio-economic growth of any nation, thanking President Muhammadu Buhari for the confidence he reposed in Fashola and belief in his turn-around skill.

The traditional ruler expressed happiness at the minister’s positive response to his call to fix the Ibadan-Iwo-Osogbo road, saying the people of the two states would not forget Fashola because of the economic importance of the road.

“I have mobilised other traditional rulers to reopen the road and it is being used now. But the work left still needs federal government attention. That is why I deemed it fit to inform the minister and I am very happy with his response. That road will be fixed and open up my town for further development,” he said.

Oluwo explained that though Fashola started from difficult place, in terms of declining economy, he had moved the ministries away from where they were three years ago.

As a private sector stakeholder in Canada, Oba Akanbi said the global economic meltdown naturally had impact on local economies, maintaining that the minister was determined to leave a giant legacy behind in the ministries.

“What I have seen so far has assured me that the minster is a proactive person who does not rush into doing things until after long plan. He appreciates the role of planning and that was what he first did that many seem not to understand,” he said.  

Responding to call from some quarters for the cancellation of electricity distribution contract, the Oluwo argued against the call and described it as retrogressive, saying privatisation is the in-thing in global economy.