Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday rescheduled his visit to Ondo State due to poor weather condition.
According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo was already air-borne on Friday morning when weather reports indicated dusty haze and very poor visibility at the Akure Airport and other alternative airports nearby.
The presidential jet, the statement said, therefore had to return to Abuja following which the weather condition was closely monitored until about 2:30pm, when it became abundantly clear that the situation would not change in time for the Acting President to achieve the purposes of the visit.
The visit has therefore been rescheduled for Monday, the 20th of February, 2017.
The trip had been set-up in continuation of his tour of the oil-producing communities which earlier took the Acting President to Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Imo States. The Presidency has also extended apologies to the State Governor, the Governor-elect, traditional rulers and the generality of the people of Ondo State who had been awaiting the Acting President’s visit.
Meanwhile, the inability of the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo to commission projects executed by Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko as previously arranged caused despair in the state yesterday.
Osinbajo was expected to commission the International Events Centre (The Dome) a project executed by Governor Mimiko but he did not show up in the state.
Many residents of the state who had expected that Osinbajo would personally commission the project waited endlessly.
The absence of the acting president however prompted the state government to refix the date of the commissioning of the project for Monday, February 20.
The state government had earlier prepared for the number two citizen as security agencies were stationed in different parts of Akure, the state capital.
The event initially slated for 10am had several people in attendance, waiting impatiently until the Governor later announced that the commissioning could not hold any longer.
Governor Mimiko however appealed to the people, stressing that the Acting President would be around again on Monday for the commissioning.