Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun on Tuesday, December 7, stated that political appointees have till January 31, 2022; to resign their appointments if they want to participate in the 2023 general elections.
Abiodun said this became necessary so that they could pursue their political dreams.
1st News learned that some top government functionaries in Abiodun’s cabinet are already aspiring to be Senators and House of Representatives members in 2023.
A statement issued in Abeokuta by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, said the directive had “become expedient to avoid observed distractions and loss of focus in the discharge of their responsibilities.”
While noting that it is legitimate to have such ambitions, the Ogun Governor; however, said he would not tolerate any activity that could undermine the mission of his administration.
“As an administration unwaveringly committed to delivering on its electoral promises; any activity that is capable of undermining the implementation of the Building Our Future Together Agenda of the Administration will not be tolerated,” the Ogun Governor said.
The governor counselled that “those who cannot wait till the appropriate time; for 2023 electioneering process should take their leave to pursue their ambitions.”
This, he said should be done “without constituting a clog in the wheel of the implementation of government programmes and activities.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said the travel ban on Nigeria; and other African countries will not work.
Onyeama made this assertion on Tuesday, December 7, at the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa.
Although the Forum focuses on peace and security, this year’s edition buttresses the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on peace and security, and post-COVID recovery.
Onyeama said: “We follow the World Health Organisation’s advice; and what they consider not to be the best practice on COVID-19; which is travel restrictions, don’t achieve anything as such.
“Our position aligns with the World Health Organisation’s position. The Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom, is saying that these travel bans are not the solution; and that your standard protocols should suffice to address the situation.”