By Oriaifoh Godwins, Benin
A former President of the Trade Union Congress, (TUC), Comrade Peter Esele, who hails from Esan central local government area of Edo state has added his voice that the state has no land for federal government planned RUGA settlement.
Esele disclosed while fielding questions with media men yesterday, said, ‘‘ The planned establishment of the RUGA, cattle settlements,
across states in Nigeria, it is a misnomer for the federal government to forcefully decide to take up lands belonging to the people, and establish settlements in them without seeking the opinions of stakeholders in the states.
‘‘ If such settlements are acceptable to some states. that does not mean
other states are in agreement with it.’’ Saying that ‘‘with the avalanche of problems facing Nigeria, it becomes questionable for the federal government to focus on the issue of cattle rearing, which
is a private business that a particular tribe is known for, as it
appears the government is giving undue favour to a particular tribe;
this, can lead to avoidable crisis. He concluded.
On Edo political imbroglio rocking Edo state, he averred that ‘‘it is as a result of the power tussle between politicians who are fighting for who gets what, and not as a result of differences between them on the provision of amenities that can better the lot of the people’’
He said this, in a chat with newsmen recently as he also bared his mind on the planned establishment of RUGA settlements across the country.
He said, the people of Edo state, should rather support politicians
that have the interest of the people at heart; and added that, they
should support those that are interested in delivering the dividends
of democracy like Health care facilities, quality Education, good
roads and other infrastructures, than supporting them based on their clash of ego.
He added that, ensuring that the dividends of democracy
trickles down to the common man should be the main concern of
politicians. On the ongoing impasse in Edo state House of Assembly.
Comrade Esele said, the court, which is the final arbiter that
interprets the law should have a final say as to the wrongs, and or the rights that was done with respect to the inauguration; and that, it is not for anyone to interpret it the way they want.