An advocacy organization, Nigeria Peace Advocacy Group, has hinted that a symposium to appreciate the good work of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), and Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (BRF), is imperative, saying, it is never out of place to give performers in office a pat on the back.
Leader of the group, Comrade Omolola Olukayode, in an exclusive chat with our reporter in Lagos on Sallah day informed that, a symposium to chronicle the achievements of Fashola, right from his days as the Executive Governor of Lagos State to his present position as Minister would be the topics of the day that discussants and speakers would examine.
According to him, aside the leaders of various pro-democracy groups, human rights organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that would present papers, several other professionals from the Bar and Bench, the academia, student bodies, security agencies market men/women associations, road transport workers unions and the artisans would also be part of the symposium.
The objective of the symposium, Olukayode revealed, was to show appreciation to the minister for the jobs being well done so as to encourage him not to relent and to encourage others in various offices to know that hard work pays because people are watching, asserting that, “Fashola is an example of what an office holders should be.”
Though the group has not disclosed the date of the exercise, it is being rumoured within the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), that, it may likely be towards the third quarter of the year 2022. Reason the date is wrapped in secrecy, a source confided in our correspondent is to avoid a situation where the minister would be detracted.
“What I can tell you for now is that, the minister would later be contacted with a view to intimating him of the plan and possibly ask him to suggest a date that would be convenient for him,” the source hinted, adding quickly however that, “intimating him of the programme has nothing to do with asking him for fund as we have volunteered to pick the bill.”