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Falae, Akinrinade lead S’West delegates

Chief Olu Falae

A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae and Gen. Alani Akinrinade (retd.) were on Sunday night elected as the chairman and deputy chairman respectively of the South-West delegates caucus at the ongoing conference.

Dr. Kola Olajide was elected as the secretary.

The election took place at the meeting of the delegates, which was held at an hotel (name withheld), along Airport Road, Abuja.

The meeting was attended by majority of the delegates from the zone where discussions were said to have centered on the positions to be adopted by the zone on issues at the conference.

A delegate from Ogun State, Mr. Bisi Adegbuyi, confirmed the meeting and the  election of the officers.

Asked if personal interests of some of the delegates and the interest that brought them to the conference would not manifest when it was time to take critical decisions, Adegbuyi answered in the negative.

He said all delegates from the zone had agreed to take the interest of the Yoruba serious at the conference.

Adegbuyi said, “We have agreed that we would work together with the interests of the zone at heart.

“Some of us belong to different groups and were nominated by different groups as well.

“But I can assure you that we are going to work together for the interest of our people.”

Meanwhile, the Ondo State Government on Monday tabled its demand at the ongoing national conference with a call on the Federal Government to hands off education, saying it should be left in the hands of private operators.

The state Commissioner of Education and leader of the delegation at the conference, Mr. Remi Olatubora, stated this in an interview with journalists.

He said, “As a delegate representing Ondo State, we have our agenda. Those who sponsored me here have given me their mandate to represent them on some critical and fundamental issues.

“These issues are matters partaining to the structures of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, fiscal federalism, status of local government, resource control, among others.

“Let education reverse back to private entreprises and state governments, the Federal Government for instance has no business going to my village to build schools and health centres.

“It is a misplacement of priority and a lack of focus. Rather, the Federal Government should be concerned with central issues.”

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