The Young Progressive Party (YPP), Ogun State chapter has sought for the quick intervention of Governor Dapo Abiodun for the release of 30,000 books donated to the State by World Bank.
The books, according to the party are currently held up in a container at the Tin Can Island port in Lagos State for over a year now.
The books were facilitated by a US based, indigene of the State, Mr. Benjamin Babalola Osibodu who hails from Ikenne.
The Publicity Secretary of the party, Comrade Salami Taiwo Ramon in a statement in Abeokuta on Tuesday, lamented that all efforts by well meaning indigenes if the State to secure the release of the books had not yielded any positive result.
They lambasted the immediate past Governor of the State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for not handling the release the books well and for allegedly neglecting the Educator sector in the State.
“It is quite unfortunate the way and manner the past administration of Governor Ibikunle Amosun handled the issue of securing the container with lading number S314861401 from the Tin Can Island port which contained the 30,000 book.”
“It was even disheartening and disappointing that despite the number of contacts made by the facilitator of the books Mr. Benjamin Babalola Osibodu to aides of the past Governor, including the then Secretary to Ogun State Government Mr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, Commissioner for Education and Ikenne local government Chairman, Mr. Rotimi Akinsanya, still no positive step and action was taken.”
“The inability to secure the container and made the books promptly available to the students by the last administration shows clearly the regard the Amosun led administration had for education in Ogun State.”
“The World Bank put in a lot of effort and money into that project. They are still sending me messages and I feel embarrassed. What do I say to them? This issue is already a public issue but I’m surprised nobody is doing anything about it”.
“The concern of the Young Progressive Party Ogun state is that further delay in clearing the container through the customs could lead to the container being seized and auctioned (as overtime container) by the Nigeria Customs Service. Also, of concern is the risk of the shipment being rerouted to another developing country where the books would be appreciated and judiciously used.”
“We therefore call on the present administration of Prince Dapo Abiodun to take this matter up in the interest of the students and Ogun state educational development at large”, the party said.
The party expressed the optimism that Governor Abiodun would act urgently on the release of the books, stressing, “This must not be allowed to block any future gesture and opportunity of such from World Bank to Ogun State and also to protect the integrity and reputation of the facilitator before the donor (World Bank).