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JUNE 12: ONDO ASSEMBLY OPTIMISTIC OF A GREATER NIGERIA
  • Jun 14, 2021

As Nigeria celebrates her ” Democracy Day” today, Nigerians have been urged to work more on the unity of the country rather than fanning the embers of war amidst secessionist .
tendencies.

This was contained in a Press Release signed by the Chairman House Committee on Information,Youth and Sport Development Akogun Olugbenga Omole,Members of the Ondo State House of Assembly on the occasion of this year’s democracy day celebration.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Prophet) Bamidele David Oleyelogun, congratulated Nigerians on this year’s celebration and saluted the efforts of our democracy heroes who made the celebration possible.

The Speaker strongly advised the Federal Government of Nigeria to aggressively address the issue of;
i.unemployment for the youth
ii. Protect our porous borders as this will be a great solution to banditry, kidnapping herdsmen killings and insecurity ravaging the peace of the country. As this will go a long way to repost undiluted confidence to the government by the citizens and Nigeria will be a peaceful nation again.

Speaking through the Speaker, there is a greater strength in the unity and oneness of Nigeria than it is in a divided country”.

“In unity Nigeria will attain its much desired greatness and assume her pride of place amongst the comity of great nations of the world”,

While urging Nigerians to eschew violence and continue to live in peace and love for one another irrespective of religious and ethnic affiliation, the Ondo Assembly Lawmakers observed that with God, Nigeria will overcome her present challenges.

Akogun Olugbenga Omole,
Chairman House Committee on Information,Youth and Sports Development

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We must imbibe the lessons of June 12 – Gov Akeredolu
  • Jun 14, 2021

Says Viable Opposition Necessary For Democracy

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has called for an urgent paradigm shift in the country, saying the lessons of June 12 must be imbibed.

Governor Akeredolu said the current happenings in the nation suggest that the lessons derivable from the June 12 experience have been cast aside.

He lamented that the level of poverty in the country is disturbing, saying it amounts to a hope deferred.

Governor Akeredolu spoke on Saturday at the 2021 Democracy Day celebration with the theme “Democracy and Insecurity: Challenges and Way Forward”.

The Governor explained that it is very important to improve the living condition of the people, adding that unemployment has been a major problem in the country.

“There is the urgent need for a paradigm shift. The army of young but unemployed Nigerians keeps growing.

“Lack of basic skills required to address existential issues in an underdeveloped society among majority of them should be a cause of serious concern to us all.

“It is the reason for the ease with which unscrupulous elements recruit young people for criminal activities,” he said.

Governor Akeredolu commended President Muhammadu Buhari for recognizing June 12 as Democracy Day, saying the day is not just about Late MKO Abiola but Nigeria.

He also canvassed for a viable opposition which he said was Important as part of the key features of democracy.

Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion, Basorun Seinde Arogbofa, commended Governor Akeredolu for his bravery and boldness, while urging other state Governors to emulates him.

“Akeredolu deserves to be encouraged and we have to encourage him so that he can do better while we continue with our struggle to restructure the country to avoid a break-up,” he said.

In his lecture, Femi Aborisade Esq, argued that neither secession nor restructuring alone was the ultimate solution to the problems of poverty and physical insecurity in the country.

He submitted that the fundamental solution to the problem of poverty and physical insecurity was a paradigm shift in the philosophy of governance.

Aborisade explained that unless there was a paradigm shift, poverty and physical insecurity would merely be replicated in the emerging republics or in the restructured Nigeria.

The guest lecturer also said the shift lied in the implementation of chapter 2 of the 1999 constitution which guarantees socio-economic rights, free education, free healthcare, social housing and others.

According to him, this involves a shift of attention from the so-called “national development” to seeing development in terms of wellbeing of ordinary people, including observance of their fundamental rights.

Aborisade said: “Central to meeting the wellbeing of ordinary people is adoption of radical measures to reduce inequality. Thus, along the suggested paradigm shift, we need to promote the following.

“The State to bear primary responsibility for public good, establish, own and control public enterprises to employ the army of unemployed.”

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Democracy Day: Shun Divisive Tendency, Akeredolu Urges Ondo People
  • Jun 14, 2021

Press Statement

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has urged the people of the state to refrain from actions and utterances that can hurt the unity of the country.

Governor Akeredolu says the nation cannot afford to undermine the huge sacrifices it has made to come this far, having nurtured Democracy since the dawn of May 29, 1999, with dedication and commitment to the growth of the nation and development of her people.

“We toed a fitful path to today’s democracy. Our sacrifices and experiences have proven that this democracy is for the greater good of the people. We must continue, against all odds, to nurture it to perfection.

“Undoubtedly, we have our challenges as a country, which, of course, have put our people on edge recently. We must nonetheless understand that the only way to help our hitches is to address it without coloration or sentiment.

“We must not give credence to the calculated acts of divisive elements who are determined to instigate Nigerians against one another. Our unity is our strength. Let us promote Unity, Peace and Love.”

Governor Akeredolu assures of his administration’s commitment to continue to deliver dividends of good governance to the people in the nooks and crannies of the state.

While reiterating his determination to continue to make the welfare of the people a priority, the Governor says more life- impacting projects will be done in this second term.

He appreciates the people of the State for their support, noting that their cooperation contributed largely to the modest achievements recorded by his administration in the last four years and few months.

Signed:
Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
June 11, 2021.

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Ondo PDP, The Pigsty And A New Governor’s Lodge
  • Jun 14, 2021

By Oyewamide Wande Ojo

Former Governor Olusegun Mimiko could not hide his aversion to the condition of the Ondo State Governor’s Lodge when he assumed the governorship of the state in 2009. Mimiko found the lodge so distasteful that he described it as a pigsty. Nasty pictures of the kitchen were released to journalists for publication.

A pigsty is a place where pigs are kept, and the animals are known for their filthiness. The word refers to dirtiness and unsuitability. Only the ex-governor can explain what he intended to achieve with the choice of such a disgraceful metaphor and the manner in which his media team exposed the purported distastefulness of the lodge to the public.

The action, some people argued, was an expression of the bitterness that Dr. Mimiko nursed against his immediate past predecessor, the late Dr. Olusegun Agagu. We still remember how power exchanged hands between the two.

But to others, the exposure was a preemptive measure to forestall negative public reactions to the huge amount of money expected to be expended on the renovation of the lodge. It was their belief that the unsavoury narrative about the lodge was pushed out to prepare the minds of the people of the state for the expenditure.

However, whatever the condition of the building might be at that time, it surely needed to be renovated and made suitable for the new occupant. Millions of Naira, we were told, was spent to fix it. But Dr. Mimiko later abandoned the lodge and decided to build another one. Not long after the new building was occupied by the former governor, serious structural defects manifested. For safety, Dr. Mimiko had to quit the new Governor’s Lodge Annex.

When Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu mounted the saddle in 2017, there was no Governor’s Lodge for him to occupy. The old lodge had degenerated from a pigsty to an anthill, despite the millions of Naira spent on its rehabilitation. The whole building had been occupied by termites. The new annex built by Dr. Mimiko had been rendered inhabitable by structural defects. For months, Governor Akeredolu was coming to office from Owo, where he hails from. He later opted for a Guest House, where he has been living since he became governor.

Listen to Governor Akeredolu: “When we came in February 2017, we met the old Governor’s Lodge building, fabrics and furniture in acute dilapidation and utter state of abandonment. Also, the Governor’s Lodge Annex that was built by the immediate past administration had issues of structural defect.

“Our first reaction to the ugly development was to involve the best of cost-effective steps to put to good use the facilities. In pursuant of this, qualified and experienced building experts were invited to work with our in-house professionals to carry out due diligence and survey on the structures.

“The objective of our action was to have a concise report on the adequacy of spaces, snags, building health and cost of remedial works. The report, thereafter, submitted by the experts revealed a humongous cost of putting the old lodge in a befitting status and yet it will not adequately compensate for the value of money to be spent.

“In our quest to continuously strive to fulfil our sacred vows to our people and leave a good legacy, a committee was set up to work on the experts recommendation and come up with a design for the construction of a new Governor’s Lodge for Ondo State Government.”

Some days ago, the construction of a new Governor’s Lodge for the state commenced with the laying of its foundation. This was after the committee set up by Governor Akeredolu had turned in its recommendations. But the foundation-laying has been trailed by criticism, especially from the camp of the opposition.

On Thursday, the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo state, Hon. Fatai Adams, addressed a press conference. One of the issues he raised is the new Governor’s Lodge project. He faulted the project but his criticism was uninformed and unthinking. It was erected on the plank of unpardonable ignorance.

Hon. Fatai argued that a new Governor’s Lodge for the state is undesirable and a misplaced priority. He reasoned that the money expected to be spent on the lodge should have been used to pay arrears of workers’ salaries. The defect of his argument is that it presupposes that the total contract sum ( He claims N2 billion and I don’t know where he got his figure) was already in the purse of the state government.

But the ignorance of the PDP chairman was brilliantly tackled by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo. In his reply to Hon. Fatai’s puerile argument, Mr. Ojogo said: “Perhaps, PDP deserves to know that the envisioned Governor’s Lodge is among the plethora of iconic projects targeted with the yet-to-be-fully accessed BOND. Suggesting therefore, that Government should ‘shelve’ the project for salaries clearly shows a gross lack of knowledge of how Bonds work. They are, as Special Purpose means of funding developmental initiatives, inconvertible to cash, hence undrawable by anyone.”

These critics needed to be at the foundation-laying ceremony of the new Governor’s Lodge to see how Governor Akeredolu was pleading with the contractors to continue with the project whenever they expect part of the contract money from his administration and they don’t get it. The governor begged them to use their money and that his government would not disappoint them.

There is a serious revenue challenge. Most of the achievements of the Akeredolu government are products of prudent management of resources, uncommon sacrifices and the cooperation of most of the contractors working with the state government. The cooperation is a function of the confidence and trust they have in the governor.

Governor Akeredolu is a believer in the saying that labourers deserve their wages. He inherited seven months salary arrears from the PDP government out of which he has paid six. He was paying workers’ salaries as and when due until the COVID-19 pandemic worsened the revenue challenge of the country and, of course, the state.

The PDP chairman also built his criticism on the assumption that Dr. Mimiko built a very befitting Government House in 2013. To him, building another Governor’s Lodge “is the height of callousness and wastefulness.” He asked: “Has the one built by Dr Olusegun Mimiko in 2013 become so uninhabitable such that a new one is inevitable in this perilous time?”

What Dr. Mimiko built is not a Governor’s Lodge but an annex. It was learnt that the building was meant to be an office for the First Lady. It was later changed to a Governor’s Lodge Annex. Besides, former Governor Mimiko, who built the annex, had to abandon it when the danger of living in it was discovered.

For months before the end of his tenure in office, the former governor was shuttling between Ondo and Akure, the state capital. He failed to correct the structural defects of the new building. He also left the old Governor’s Lodge to decay. It is better for the PDP to direct their question as regards the suitability of the Governor’s Lodge Annex for habitation to the former governor. He knows why he had to abandon the new building months before he quit the stage.

The contractors have been given 18 months to complete the work. That is one and a half years. Governor Akeredolu has less than four years to occupy the Alagbaka Government House. If the project is delivered in 18 months time, the governor will spend only about two years in the new Governor’s Lodge. This is a governor that has endured living in a two-bedroom guest chalet for more than four years. So, the project is not for him. It is not about him. Rather, it is for the state. It about the state and the future.

*** Oyewamide is Senior Special Assistant to Governor Akeredolu on Media and Publicity

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Gov Akeredolu reiterates commitment to timely completion of all ongoing projects
  • Jun 14, 2021

The Governor expressed hope that the roads will enhance the connectivity within the estate and afford motorists a safer and quicker accessibility to the centre of the town.

“The pains of residents along these roads have now been translated into joy. As this project is being handed over today, we have a responsibility, as a people, to ensure that the state of these roads is not only maintained but also enhanced.

“These well constructed concrete channels must not be turned into refuse dump. The asphalt must not be turned to site for car wash and must be seen as our personal property to be handled with utmost care.

“To the good people of Ondo State, we, once more, appreciate your cooperation and solidarity with our government in the past four years,” Governor Akeredolu added.

The Commissioner for Lands and Infrastructure, Engr. Raimi Aminu, said the road construction in Ijapo was another testimony of the commitment of the Governor to the infrastructure development in the state.

He said the people of Ijapo must be appreciate the work done in the estate out of the over 600k kilometers of road in Akure.

The commissioner added that other estates and areas in the town will soon enjoy the same infrastructure development.

The overall Chairman of Ijapo Estate Residents’ Association, Mr Bankole Desmond-Eke, said it is the first time in the history of any administration in the state that three roads projects, initiated and completed within the first 100 days of the second term of an administration, are commissioned at the same time.

He described the Governor as the ‘Most Ijapo-Friendly’ Governor since the creation of the state.

Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
June 11, 2021.

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Ondo State is a state in Nigeria created on 3 February 1976 from the former Western State. It originally included what is now Ekiti State, which was split off in 1996. Akure is the state capital.

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