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Obasanjo urges stakeholders to proffer solutions to nation’s challenges

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has called on stakeholders to put all hands on deck to proffer solutions to the challenges facing the country.

Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, made the call on Thursday while fielding questions from reporters after paying a courtesy visit to Gov. Seyi Makinde in Oyo State secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.

“There are many challenges in Nigeria today; there are challenges of security, economy, political stability, among others.

“These challenges are not really new, except that they have taken a different dimension.

“But human challenges are meant to be solved or overcome by human beings which means that all hands should be on deck.

“I believe that the most important aspect of dealing with all the challenges we have is: one, leadership; two, coming together, that is all hands being on deck.

“We all have to come together, but then, there must be leadership to get everybody to work,” Obasanjo said.

Earlier, Makinde commended Obasanjo for his efforts at national development while highlighting the steps towards transforming and improving Oyo State, especially in the areas of agriculture, security, education and health.

“We want to welcome you to Ibadan. We have done quite a bit to follow your footstep because the major areas of focus for the government of Oyo State are health, education, agriculture, physical infrastructure and security.

“Agriculture, for us, is the only way to take Oyo State away from depending on federal allocation.

“That is why we are fixing roads to the rural areas; that is also why we are turning some of the farm settlements into farm estates,” Makinde said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Obasanjo is in Ibadan for the book launch in honor of the late Lamidi Adedibu, a political leader popular called ‘the Political Garrison Commander’.

Mr Akin Osuntokun, a former Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria, is among other dignitaries on the entourage of Obasanjo. (NAN)


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