Posted By: Odunayo Ogunmola, Ado-Ekiti Elder statesman, Chief Samuel Bandele Falegan, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to constitute a board to manage Ero Dam in Ekiti State alongside other river basin development authorities (RBDAs).
Falegan also faulted the nomination of Ms. Aishah Ahmad as the new Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), warning against “sacrificing appointments at the apex bank on the altar of politics”.
The octogenarian advised the President to investigate the delay in naming a substantive Chief Medical Director (CMD) for the Federal Teaching Hospital in Ido-Ekiti (FETHI).
He said some “powerful presidential aides” were sitting on the report of the interview conducted for candidates on the headship of Ekiti-based Federal hospital.
The elder statesman urged the President and Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, to call for the report.
Speaking with our reporter yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, Falegan, who is a former CBN Director of Research, said he had written letters to the Minster of Water Resources, Alhaji Sulaiman Adamu Kazaure, on the need to constitute the board of Ero Dam.
The former Managing Director of Federal Mortgage Bank recalled that before President Buhari travelled for his last medical vacation in the United Kingdom (UK), he (Buhari), following the recommendation of the minister, approved the composition of 12 boards of river basin authorities.
According to him, he drew the attention of the President to the non-inclusion of Ero Dam and lake covering 11 kilometres in Ekiti State as one of the largest water/irrigation projects in Nigeria.
Falegan said: “The President should, as a matter of urgency, constitute a river basin authority for Ekiti State and name its board immediately.
“I thought his absence from the country might have been responsible for inability to constitute the board and might have prevented him from seeing my petition.
“Ero Dam is good for irrigation, commercial fishing, erosion control, supply of potable water, hydro-electric power generation and water control research purposes.”