Alake hails Jonathan over improved power supply, Federal presence in Egbaland
The Alake of Egbaland, His Royal Majesty, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, has hailed the administration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for its determined and consistent efforts at improving the power situation in the country, while attesting to improved power supply and federal presence in Egbaland.
Speaking while receiving President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the PDP presidential campaign team on courtesy visit in his palace today, Oba Gbadebo said “we have had uninterrupted power supply in Egbaland in recent times and we have never seen so much federal presence in Egbaland as we are having now and we are grateful to our president for all these. We pray that there will be continuity, peace and progress in the country.”
The paramount ruler of Egbaland specifically cited the refurbished Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, which continues to churn out useful graduates; the dualisation of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, ongoing works at the Abeokuta Airstrip, the age-long Lafenwa Bridge and other federal roads in Ogun state, as well as improved power supply in the state as some evidences of the good works of the Jonathan administration in Ogun State.
While observing that President Jonathan is living up to his name and title as Origbemi of Egbaland (meaning one who is already favoured by God and needs not struggle), Oba Gbadebo prayed that the president will emerge victorious after the general elections in April, noting that “what you have come for in Ogun State today will not elude you”.
Responding, President Jonathan praised Oba Gbadebo for his noteworthy gesture of leaving his palace to welcome him at the Lafenwa Railway Station in Abeokuta, where he and the PDP campaign team alighted from a train ride to the Gateway State, after commissioning and flagging off 25 new locomotives earlier at the Nigerian Railway Corporation headquarters in Ebute Metta, Lagos State.
The president eulogized the significant contributions of Ogun State indigenes to nation building, particularly mentioning the hard work and commitment of eminent leaders like late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, late Chief M.K.O. Abiola, Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, late Prof. Olukoye Ransome-Kuti, to mention a few.
He restated his administration's resolve to fix the power sector once and for all if given a fresh four-year mandate, to enable the small and medium scale enterprises thrive and create jobs for the teeming youth population of the country.
“Our target is to birth for our nation a generation of youths that will not be looking for jobs, but will have sufficient jobs and create jobs for others,” the president said.