Disappointment filled among the residents of Ondo state over the appointment of the governors son as the chairman of road transport.
A number of residents have decried the appointment of the Governor’s son, Babajide Akeredolu as the Secretary of the Response Fund Committee on COVID-19 as well as the appointment of the State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, Jacob Adebo popularly known as ‘Idajo’ as member of the Palliatives Committee.
The Governor had constituted the two committees as part of measures to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on residents of the state.
Recall that the state recorded its index case of Coronavirus on Friday with the Governor assuring residents that the state is on top of the situation.
While describing the inclusion of Babajide in the Committee as a wrong move by the governor, some of the residents said that it smacks off doubt and insincerity on the party of the state government.
According to one of the residents who gave his name simply as Kola, “this govt needs to be guided, advised and directed well.
I suspect something is either wrong or missing somewhere.
“This is a serious time that we need to address some life threatening issue such as COVID-19.
“They say desperate time requires desperate measures. Setting up COVID-19 committee in the state to include some funny characters (Idajo) and now fund raising committee to include son is nauseatingly disgusting.
Another resident who craved anonymity said, “How can the Governor set up a committee and make his son the secretary? I bet that nobody will give his or her hard earned money to this Committee. Why must the governor involve his son and family in all activities of Ondo State. This move truly casts doubt on the sincerity of the state government in regards to whatever fund may be generated,” she said.
For Mr. Ayo Ogendengbe, he stated that, “My view is that though his son is qualified to be on the committee, discretion should have made the governor not to appoint his son or any of his children to any public position. This is Nigeria where people see call to service as call to come and chop and the people believe that since the father and mother are already in control of the kitchen, other people should be called to chop because the children of the cook already have their food dished in the kitchen.