Following the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Oyo South Senatorial candidate of the Accord Party in the 2023 general elections, Mr. Kolapo Kola-Daisi has urged the present administration under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately redirect resources of the country to fund basic sectors like education and health.
Kola-Daisi, a son-in-law of the immediate past governor of the state, late Abiola Ajimobi made this disclosure while featuring in the maiden guest forum interactive session tagged ‘The Podium’ organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council in Ibadan, the state capital.
The Podium is a political platform aimed at interrogating candidates of all political parties ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The interactive session which was hosted by the NUJ Chairman, Alhaji Ademola Babalola has seasoned journalists among whom are Kemi Olaitan (Thisday) Femi Atoyebi (The Cable) Femi Makinde (Punch), and an Assistant Director of News NTA, Dunni Ade-Alao as panelists.
It could be recalled that members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have been on strike since February this year due to the non-implementation of the 2009 agreement reached with ASUU by the federal government.
Kola-Daisi while answering questions from the panelists, described the ongoing ASUU strike as unfortunate, however, admonishing the federal government to redirect the resources of the country so as to take care of basic needs such as education and health.
The senatorial candidate who said that there are lots of wastages in the country insisted that the best way to tackle incessant strikes of ASUU is for the present government to block wastages and redirect the resources of the country to tackle the basic problems in the areas of education and health.
Kola-Daisi explained that he ventured into politics so as to better the lot of the present generation which is mostly populated by youths.
The senatorial candidate who said that he left the All Progressives Congress (APC) due to the abnormalities in the party’s primary, however, remarked that Accord is the only progressive political party in the state.
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He added that he has the conviction that the gubernatorial candidate of the party, Adebayo Adelabu will defeat all other candidates to emerge as governor in 2023.
According to him, “There are a lot of wastages in the government. There are a lot of resources to be redirected to do certain things.
“We need to find lasting solutions to the problem with ASUU. If they settled ASUU now, the problem will still persist, and we need to find lasting solutions. We need to redirect the resources of the country. Look at our exchange rate.
“What I am saying is that we need to redirect the resources of this country. We need to understand that. As a government, it is high time we look at the way and how to allocate our resources.
“Accord is the only progressives party in the state. Majority of the real progressives in the state are in Accord. It is Accord and all other parties”.