The Akure community rejected the portfolio that President Muhammadu Buhari presented to Senator Tayo Alasoadura as Minister of State for Work and Employment.
The community, under the authority of the Akure Community Development Forum, ACDF, rebuked Buhari for allegedly relegating the State of Ondo to the level of “junior ministerial status”.
In a statement released on Friday and signed by the chief Reuben Fasoranti, Pa Reuben Fasoranti and the general secretary of the forum, Eniola Olusola, declared that since arriving on board Buhari, Ondo has continued to be marginalized by the recent appointment of Senator Alasoadura. .
While appealing to President Buhari to reconsider the nomination, the community argued that, with Alasoadura’s intellectual capacity, he deserved a solid portfolio.
The statement read, “the people of Akure express reservations over the portfolio of Minister of State for Labour and Productivity given to Sen. Tayo Alasoadura and therefore plead with the President to consider a review of this.
“Chief Alasoadura possesses a rich and impressive profile, resume and pedigree and has contributed in no small measures to the development of the country, as attested to by many of his former colleagues in the Senate during his ministerial screening last month.
“Alasoadura was a member of the 8th Senate and Chairman of its Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), which saw to the successful passage of the all-important Petroleum Industry Governance Bill after several years of failed attempts by his predecessors.
“A Chattered Accountant of decades of professional experience and service, Alasoadura was a Commissioner for Finance in Ondo State for six years and was the Chairman of the Conference of Finance Commissioners of the 36 States of the Federation, working tirelessly with the federal government to streamline allocation of resources to the three tiers of government without much crisis during that period.”
It added that “assigning such a distinguished Nigerian to a junior ministerial status is not only an underutilization of his capacity but a marginalization of the people of Akure in particular and Ondo State in general.
“We observed that Mr. President has retained the status of Minister of State for Ondo State in his administration, having given the same status to the last appointee from the state in his first term in office. Today, Ondo State is the only state in the South West that has no substantive Minister in the cabinet.
“We, therefore, call the attention of Mr. President to this imbalance and urge him to urgently correct it to give the people of Akure and indeed Ondo State a sense of belonging and their rightful place in the federal cabinet.”
Senator Tayo Alasoadura, who represented Ondo Central Senatorial District at the 8th Senate, was among the 43 ministers sworn in by President Buhari on August 21.