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By Kayode Omoyele
A pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, has come down hard on South-West lawmakers for failing to prevent the reduction of the contract cost for the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project by the National Assembly.
The group described the present crop of South-West lawmakers at the National Assembly as “the worst the Yoruba nation has ever put forward.”
The Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, in an interview, stated that the South-West lacked effective representation in the National Assembly.
He described the failure of the lawmakers to fight for the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway project as a shame.
He said, “I don’t think the South-West today has effective representation and it is not by accident.
“The seat that was occupied by Senator Abraham Adesanya in the senate is today being occupied by Senator Buruji Kashamu and the pattern is largely different across board save for a few, a sprinkling of senators from South-West here and there.
“I think today, we have about the worst representation, the Yoruba nation has ever put forward and that is why a fundamental project that is at the heart of the South-West and for the whole of the country, would be treated that way and our people (lawmakers) cannot stand up and fight against it.
“It is a shame and I think it is a rude awakening to the Yoruba people.”
Afenifere noted that another election is around the corner and admonished the electorate to vote for the right candidates.
“Another election is coming, would we allow ourselves to be led by the nose again for political fathers to just fix whoever they like as our representatives in the senate?” Odumakin stated.
Another chieftain of the group, Ayo Opadokun, said in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Saturday, that the slash in the budget would affect the completion of the project.
He said the federal lawmakers had no right to cut the budget, especially after its defence by the minister and his team.
He said, “They should have sat down and considered whether the proposal was in order and if it was not in order, they are supposed to get back to the executive and ask the executive why they think it is not in order.”
Also, the Campaign for Democracy and Civil Liberties Organisation scolded the National Assembly over its insistence on the reduction of budgets for the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and the 2nd Niger Bridge saying, “Nigerians in 2019 will take a decisive action.”
The CD President, Usman Abdul, and the CLO President, Igho Akeregha, said the National Assembly should be bothered about the abandoned projects, rather than starve them.