By Sheriff Balogun
Ogun State Government Tuesday denied blaming President Goodluck Jonathan for the delay in the arrival of the Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCS), which it ordered as part of measures aimed at tackling the security challenges in the state.
The state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, in a statement, said the report (not THISDAY) generated from the statements made by the state Commissioner for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, during her meeting with members of the state Bankers’ Committee on Monday was a clear misrepresentation of the explanations made by Adeosun during the meeting.
According to Olaniyonu, “We want to state unequivocally that the Ogun State Government and its officials have no reason to blame either President Goodluck Jonathan or any official of the Federal Government for the delay in the delivery of the APCs.
“Rather, we have all reasons to thank President Jonathan and other senior officials of the Presidency for fast-tracking the process to ensure that we get the necessary security clearances and even, duty waivers. We are happy to confirm that President Jonathan and other officials of the Federal Government facilitated our ability to get all the necessary clearances,” he noted.
He, however, said: “Apart from the issue of the APCs and other security equipment which we imported, President Jonathan has been of tremendous assistance to the Government and the good People of Ogun State in the area of security.”
He also affirmed that: “President Jonathan graciously approved our request for soldiers from the 31 Infantry Brigade, Alamala Barracks in Abeokuta to be deployed as part of our Joint Police-Military Task Force code-named ‘Operation MESA.”
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