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Ogun State Governor,Prince Dapo Abiodun has again called on the Nigerian Youth to call off their protest and engage government in a meaningful dialogue to find lasting solutions to their demands.
Gov.Abiodun, who made the call when he hosted representatives of students of higher institutions in the state in his office,at oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said it was time to halt the protest before it degenerated into uncontrollable situation that could cause chaos in the country.
“please, wind down the protests,you have spoken and the whole world has heard you, where you freedom stops, is where that of others starts . Don’t allow this protest to degenerate into a situation where people will begin to to attack each other
“it is time to dialogue so that we can find solutions to to the problems you have highlighted . The National Economic Council has mandated us to handle the situation and here in Ogun state ,we have inaugurated a panel to handle cases of brutality by security agencies with a view to ensure appropriate punishment are meted out to those found wanting.” he explained
Abiodun, who said he identified with the protest noted that Nigerians like citizens of other free countries of the world, have the right to protest . He, however, observed that the Nigerian Youth have finally demonstrated that they are resilient and could rise up to be counted when the occasion arises.
” I want to appreciate you for being disciplined. You have behave well since I assumed office. Ogun state students had not been reported to have behaved irresponsibly. Keep it up. It is the way you condition yourselves today that determines how far you go tomorrow”.the governor stated.
The governor said his administration has fashioned out ways to addressing the numerous chanllemges facing the higher institutions particularly in the areas of electricity, transportation,provision of laboratories and workshops .
He informed the students leaders that access roads on campuses are currently under rehabilitation,ZAMFARA while governmentwas working out a Public Private Partnership arrangements to build hostels and address transportation issues
He added” government would reactivate the faulty transformers to improve power supply to your institutions “. Government, he maintained , would look into bursary and scholarship, assuring the students that those changes who excel would be rewarded to serve as inspiration to others.
Earlier in his address, the President, National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Ogun state, Comrade Tomiwa Bamgbose, while highlighting chanllemges facing the students, commended the governor for intervening in the Tai Solarin College of Education crises and for giving automatic employment to best graduating students in many Polytechnics and Universities in Ogun state .
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