27th May, 2010
The Coalition of Oodua Self Determination Groups, COSEG, has once again rejected the declaration of May 29 as Democracy Day by the Federal Government.
In a statement signed by its Chairman, Coordinating Council, Dayo Ogunlana, the group declared that May 29 cannot be the countryâ€™s Democracy Day, both historically and politically.
COSEG described the imposition of May 29 as a Democracy Day as a flagrant ”attempt to water down the sacrifices made by our people in the course of the June 12 struggle. June 12 remains the authentic Democracy Day.”
The group also assessed the political administrations in Yorubaland and noted with pride the phenomenal infrastructural development of Lagos State under Governor Babatunde Fashola.
â€œWe cannot but say a big congratulations to the young amiable Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola, on the occasion of his third anniversary in office, for a job well done.
”Observers cannot but behold a comprehenseive and holistic sense of development of transport facilitities. The government of Fashola is second to none in the area of infrastructural development and the environment.
”The areas where the government has scored very high include agriculture, with the rice-for-job programme in Badagry and Itokin, aqua culture, health with free medical services, and education, where qualitative and free education is the rule in public schools,” the group stated.
COSEG also commended the Ogun State governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel for his giant strides in rural development.
“The administration of Govenor Gbenga Daniel in Ogun State is an examplar in rural development and socio-economic and infrastructural transformation of the urban centres. The Ogun Road Management Agency, OGROMA, is doing a great job. We commend the administration for the achievements in the areas of education, health (construction of many hospitals), sports and youth development, notably the construction of stadia in Ijebu-Ode, Shagamu and Ilaro and the upgrading of the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta; construction of new schools and renovation of old schools buildings to modern standard; upgrading of the Olumo Rock to world class tourist attraction; creation of more than 15,000 new jobs, employment of 12,500 new teachers; provision of buses to schools and colleges; construction of hostels; payment of bursaries to students and payment of pupils’ WAEC fees,” COSEG stated.