.As Deji begs FG to return 1,000 hectares Military land back to Akure indigenes for agricultural use
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Akure, Ondo state, assured indigenes of the state of federal appointments.
Buhari gave the assurance at the palace of the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, during a courtesy visit to the traditional ruler.
Buhari was in Akure to attend the All Progressive Congress (APC) campaign rally for the Nov. 26Ondo State governorship elections.
The president was responding to a call by the monarch to extend appointments to indigenes of the state in federal ministries and parastatals.
“Not giving federal appointment to any indigene from this kingdom is not deliberate.
“I came here for your votes which I got, so, there is no reason why indigenes of this state should not enjoy equal benefit as indigenes of other states.
“You have raised a serious observation that needs urgent attention,” he said.
The traditional ruler had called on the president to look into the current crisis at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), whose non-teaching staff down tools for some weeks now.
According to the monarch, the seemingly unending crisis had negative effect on the university.
He called on the appropriate ministry and agencies to wade into the matter to save the institution “which is one of the modern landmarks of the ancient city.”
The monarch also tasked the president to concede some of the land belonging to military authority to indigenes for agricultural purposes.
“Another issue that agitates the mind of this ancient city is a large parcel of land ceded to the military authority in 1966.
“A large portion of the land remains underutilised and is wasting away. Our request is to give 1,000 hectares back to the community for agricultural purposes,” he said.