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Photos: Mrs Akeredolu distributes Christmas gifts to Oka Akoko children
  • Dec 12, 2018
  • | OPEYEMI BAMIDELE

In the spirit of Christmas celebration, the wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has distributed gift items to children in Oka Akoko, in Akoko south west local government area of the State.


“Santa Arabinrin in Oka LIVE!: The office of Her Excellency connecting FOWOSO and Olori connection to put smiles on the faces of our children during this Christmas season.” Mrs Anyanwu-Akeredolu wrote.


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Ondo to partner credible media organizations
  • Dec 12, 2018
  • | Mogaji Saanu

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has reiterated his administration’s readiness to partner credible media organizations to showcase the investible potentials of the state and propagate efforts at harnessing its resources. Governor Akeredolu stated this during a courtesy visit by the Management Staff of Metropolitan Services Limited in Ibadan, led by its chairman, Chief Bisi Adebisi. He described communication as a veritable tool for socio-economic engineering and a veritable avenue to showcase government’s programmes and achievements. While stressing that putting the State Government activities on a broader platform would accelerate the pace of its development across all sectors, Akeredolu advised the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Yemi Olowolabi to meet with the broadcast outfit. According to Akeredolu, “judging by the pedigree of owners of the media group, it was almost certain that the quality of the stations’ programmes would be beneficial to the state, but advised that the cost of the partnership should be encouraging to the state. He however lauded the decision to have a bureau office in Akure for effective coverage of the state. Earlier, Chairman of the media outfit, Chief Bisi Adebisi had commended Governor Akeredolu for the laudable projects being delivered by his administration for the wellbeing of residents of the Sunshine State. He said the media group, Owners and Operators of Impact Business Radio and Impact Africa Television was desirous of being in partnership with the State Government to beam the achievements and potentials of the state to the outside world. Also speaking during the visit, the Vice-chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Deacon Owolabi Oladejo said the broadcast outfit was the first indigenous media house with a primary focus on business reportage. He said though, the stations’ central focus was entrepreneurship programmes; hard core news and entertainment programmes which were also on the two stations of the group. Other management staff who were on the visit include: Alhaji Abiola Alli, Mr Femi Mapaderun and Dr.Adeola Badru.

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Minister lauds ODSG over KAMOMI Aketi
  • Dec 12, 2018
  • | Mogaji Saanu

Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu, has lauded the Ondo State Government over the commissioning of Kamomi Aketi Accelerated Water Scheme at Ayede-Ogbese in Akure North Local Government yesterday. The water scheme has the capacity to provide 100,000 litres of potable water with 160 fetching points for the people of Ayede Ogbese. He explained that the consequences of lack of access to water and sanitation included economic losses, high prevalence of water-related diseases, reduced school enrolment and attendance, loss of dignity, increased risks of insecurity and violence against women and children. “Water is life and has no substitute. However, our country today still has significant challenges of access to adequate Water supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (Wash). “Recent statistics from the WASH-NORM (National Outcome Routine Mapping) survey indicate that about 67.9 percent of our population have access to improved water supply from all sources while 41.5 percent have access to basic sanitation facilities. “Furthermore, about 25 percent of our population practise open defecation and this makes our country number two rank amongst all nations still practising open defecation in the world,” he said. The Minister further assured of the resolve to mobilise resources from the Federal Government, beginning with the 2019 budget and from the development partners, in support of the programme. “We will also promote the programme delivery modality to other states to give the necessary prominence that Ondo State deserves on Rural Water Supply. “I will like to encourage the State Government to please include provision of sanitation facilities in the public places in the programme so as to make Ondo State Open Defecation Free (ODF) by 2025 which is the target year for ODF in our country,” he said. Earlier, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), said a government must be responsible and responsive to the needs of the people. “We have been able to do that. We met water supply at four percent. It is not something any government can stand, but with all these boreholes rehabilitated, it has really improved,” he said. He further said Ondo State laws on open defecation would be improved to end open defecation, and urged everyone to have toilets in their homes. “Our Minister has challenged us to take along the issue of public toilets, so that open defecation will end, and all these water borne diseases will be a thing of the past,” he said. Governor Akeredolu also urged the people of Ogbese to utilise the water scheme properly, and warned them not to pay anyone money as toll for water. “Those paying for water are those that want the water in their homes and taps,” he said. He, however, used the occasion to solicit Federal Government’s assistance in line with the 2019 programme and project of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in the areas of water supply, sanitation and hygiene. Also, Chairman of Ondo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA), Mrs Yetunde Adeyanju said the scheme is an innovation with new direction and sustainable plan for the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector. She added that it will optimally utilise underground water unlike the stand-alone motorised and handpump boreholes that would serve a lesser population. Adeyanju further explained that the Scheme is to improve, sustain and expand safe water supply to over 3,000 communities in the state. “It is designed to have 5km reticulation and distribution network with a storage tank of 50m capacity that would discharge at full capacity twice a day with 100 public standpipes, 200 fetching points while one fetching point will serve 50 people. “The Scheme is powered with solar energy and two deep boreholes and the Sanitation component is to achieve 100 percent open defecation free, three months after provision of safe water access in an aggressive approach in the benefited community”, she said. She, however, explained that the intervention in Ogbese was necessitated by the fact that Ayede-Ogbese has nine handpump boreholes and two solar powered boreholes of which none was functioning, a situation that made it very difficult for the community to have access to improved water source. The Chairman assured that the accelerated water scheme is expected to spread to other communities soonest.

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Ondo’ll offset accumulated gratuities, pension from January – Akeredolu
  • Dec 12, 2018
  • | Mogaji Saanu

It was cheering news for retired workers and pensioners in Ondo State yesterday as the Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has promised that the state will start clearing accumulated gratuities of retired workers and the remaining arrears of pension as from January, next year. Akeredolu stated this in Akure while addressing the state retirees on the occasion of National Pensioners’ Day celebration with theme: “Pension Without Tension, Without Tears: A Task That Must Be Accomplished By The Union In The Years Ahead”. Represented by his Special Adviser on Labour Matters, Mr Alaba Isijola, the governor said necessary machineries were being put in place to ensure that pensioners in the state receive their pension and gratuities regularly. Majority of retired workers since 2011 are yet to collect their gratuities while local government pensioners are also being owed three months pension and state pensioners are being owed one month pension. Akeredolu said, “We inherited seven months pension arrears from the previous administration, but as at today, we have cleared almost everything. On the gratuities, the government has mapped out strategies of paying affected pensioners as from January (2019). So rest assured that Mr Governor will not promise what he cannot do. His love for workers and our fathers- retirees is unequalled”. The governor said that welfare of pensioners was very paramount to his administration, hence the decision to approve three of the requests of the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP) when its leadership visited him recently. In an address, the state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Chief Raphael Adetuwo called on President Muhammadu Buhari and state governors to implement a section of the 1999 constitution that compels upward review of their pension to enable them cope with the economic reality in the country. Adetuwo noted that continuous violation of Section 173 subsection 3 and 210 (3) of the Constitution by government had exposed many retirees to untold hardship as some of them collect ridiculous pension like two to five thousand naira monthly. He said, “Besides, it is inhumane that there are still some pensioners whose monthly pension is less than N5, 000 while many receive over N500, 000 monthly”. Adetuwo lamented that the thirty percent pension increase approved in 2014 was yet to be implemented by both the federal and state governments. The NUP Chairman who commended Governor Akeredolu for paying their pension regularly since he assumed office, urged him to offset accumulated gratuities of many pensioners and harmonise the discrepancies in the monthly pension of retirees. “Non-harmonisation of pension is another painful issue to pensioners. A grade one principal of a school who retired in 1986 received N40,000 per month while his counterpart who retired in 2013 received N250,000 monthly”. “It is our belief that if there is a minimum wage, there must also be a minimum pension and people who are retired on the same post and the same grade level ought to be earning the same monthly pension, no matter the number of years separating their time or date of retirement”, the pensioners’ chairman said. Adetuwo joined the call for the creation of Ministry of Pension Affairs by the Federal Government to resolve various challenges of the senior citizens with more pragmatic approaches nationwide.

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Ondo Targets Supply Of Potable Water To All Communities –Akeredolu
  • Dec 12, 2018
  • | OPEYEMI BAMIDELE

The water supply programme of the Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s administration received a major boost on Tuesday , as the governor commissioned a water scheme capable of supplying water to the entire people of Ayede Ogbese, in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Akeredolu said the scheme was part of the state government’s efforts aimed at meeting the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 by 2030.

The governor, who received loud cheers from a large crowd who turned out to receive him, said his administration embarked on the project following a devastating revelation that the percentage of public water supply in the state was less than four percent.

The water scheme, which is being executed by the Ondo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RUWASSA), the governor said will provide potable water for the people of Ayede Ogbese and its environs.

He said 200 water fetching points are already being constructed across the community as part of the first phase of the scheme.
Akeredolu said his administration would stop at nothing to ensure that the lives of the people improve.

He explained that Ayede Ogbese water scheme is designed to have 5km reticulation and distribution network with a storage tank of 50m capacity that would discharge at full capacity twice a day with 100 public standpipes, 200 fetching points while one fetching point will serve 50 people.

The governor said: “As part of our avowed commitment to improving the wellbeing of our people, our administration embarked upon a two-prong approach to revitalize Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Ondo State with special focus on rural and urban water supply utilizing slightly different strategies.

We therefore came up with Kamomi Concept which has brought on board the ongoing rehabilitation of all non-functional boreholes.
A major component of Kamomi which is the expansion of new water facilities to increase water access is what we are commissioning today.”

Akeredolu, however, expressed optimism that the new initiative would eradicate open defecation among other health challenges facing the people.

He added that RUWASSA had been empowered to partner individuals, corporate organisations and donor agencies to promote and support investment in water projects across the state.

The governor said: “Our government will endeavor to put necessary machinery in place to attract development partners and investments leveraging Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) arrangement to achieve our target in WASH for the people of Ondo State.”

Speaking earlier, the Minister of Water Resources, Engr Suleiman Adamu, made passionate appeal to governments at all levels to ensure access to adequate water supply and sanitation to avoid its consequences.

Adamu, who arrived Akure for the commissioning, praised the governor for the initiative, which he said would help in eradicating the problems associated with open defecation.

He explained that the consequences of lack of access to water and sanitation included economic losses, high prevalence of water related diseases, reduced school enrolment and attendance, loss of dignity, increased risks of insecurity and violence against women and children.

“Water is life and has no substitute. However, our country today still has significant challenges of access to adequate Water supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (Wash).”

Also, Chairman of Ondo State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASA), Mrs Yetunde Adeyanju said the scheme is an innovation with new direction and sustainable plan for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector.

She added that it will optimally utilize underground water unlike the stand-alone motorized and hand pump boreholes that would serve a lesser population. Adeyanju further explained that the Scheme is to improve, sustain and expand safe water supply to over 3,000 communities in the state.


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Ondo state has comparative advantage with respect to some value chains due to the state's natural resources endowments.

Tourism

Ondo State’s majestic scenery makes it an ideal location for movie production.

ICT

Universities of national and international repute with growing ICT and innovation programs

Agriculture

Ondo state is the largest cocoa producer in Nigeria responsible for over 40% all cocoa export in Nigeria.

Oil and Gas

The State reserve of crude oil is believed to be in the region of 4 billion barrels combined.

Energy

Its potential for renewable and non renewable power generation has been left relatively untapped.

Logistics

Tremendous growth prospects opens up opportunity in the transport and logistics industry

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The State is known as a major source of timber for construction and furniture making in Nigeria.

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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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