An Akure native group in Ondo State, Akure Youths for Progress (AYOP), has expressed gratitude to the state governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, for appointing a notable indigene of the community, Prince Peter Oyeleye Fasua, into the Board of Oodua Group of Companies.
The conglomerate is owned by the six Yoruba states of Oyo, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti.
The AYOP in a statement on Sunday by its President, Comrade Adekunle Adeyemi, and secretary, Miss Foluso Martins, described Fasua’s recent appointment as a round peg in a round hole.
“We are delighted that a reputable Akure indigene who has contributed in countless dimensions to socio-economic and political growth in Ondo State is considered worthy of this naturally aligned appointment.
“We all know how Prince Fasua, upon his return from the United States of America many years ago, has been enriching the various sectors of the country’s economy, especially in Ondo State.
“As a security expert, he brought in many security products that have aided the duties of our security organs.
“He also boosted the agricultural sector through animal husbandry and integrated farming, thus meeting the nutritional needs of our people.
“Besides, he has vast investment in housing and civil construction concerns.
“Above all, however, his establishment of All States College institution in Ero, Akure at rock-bottom tuition fees for students has confirmed his love for the masses,” the AYOP lauded.
The group also commended the Akeredolu administration for the various road projects embarked upon in the state, with particular reference to Akure.
Recall that Fasua was recently appointed as a Non-Oil Director on the board of the Oodua Group, following his nomination by Akeredolu.
The appointment was contained in a letter signed by Adewale Raji, the Group Managing Director/Chief Exevutive Officer, Lagos Airport Hotel Limited and the appointment lasts for four years, in the first instance.
Speaking on his appointment, Fasua expressed gratitude to Governor Akeredolu for believing in him, saying the appointment came without lobbying, “which goes to show that Mr. Governor is a man of his words”.
Fasua, while describing the appointment as a big score for the people of the state, assured of his readiness to bring to bear, his wealth of experience “in the comity of southwestern states”.
He said Ondo State would “stand tall as I will work towards replicating some of the ideas in order to revive some moribund industries in the state”.
” I will constitute a committee to make my impact to be felt and I will also work towards replicating some of these ideas in the state.
“I also will look into how I can bring some foreign investors in so that some of these moribund industries can come back to life.
“It’s time to change the narrative of Ondo State as a civil service state, as I will work with Mr. Governor to impact humanity,” he enthused.
On how he intends to give back to the people, Fasua said he would soon roll out a free training programme across the 203 wards of the state for artisans.
“As I receive, I will be giving back to the people through a scholarship programme that I intend to roll out for all artisans in the state.
“The education and every other thing will come free. It will only cost them their feeding and once they are trained, I will equip them with their tools of trade”, he added.