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Odunayo
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Bitumen Exploration set to begin in Ondo State
  • Jun 17, 2019

Arrangements are in top gear to kick-start the exploration of the large deposit of Bitumen in Ondo State by an indigenous company, South West Bitumen, (SWB) which has secured a 25-Year renewable operational mining license across a land mass of about14,800 Hectares in the Southern part of the Sunshine State.

Speaking during a working visit to the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu ,SAN; the Managing Director of South West Bitumen Company, Engineer Akin Odumakinde, disclosed that construction of a befitting operational base for the company would be completed within the next three months.

Engineer Odumakinde who told the governor that the SWB was ready to commence mining operation of bitumen in the state very soon having taken delivery of needed equipment and paid the agreed compensation to the families of land owners whose landed properties were within the landmass acquired for the project .

He said on completion, several persons would be employed from the host communities across Odigbo , Irele and Okitipupa Local Government Areas.

He categorically stated that a Bitumen Research and Development Centre has been established at the Federal University of Technology in Akure and its affiliate to be at the state’s University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa.

At inception of his administration the governor had stated that the bitumen project was close to his heart adding that the product which the state has in large abundance would not only be harnessed but also bring about the desired change to the economic fortunes of the state.

While briefing the governor on the efforts carried out so far on the project, the Managing Director explained that the nation stands to benefit a lot from the project.

He stressed that Nigeria consumes more than 95% of bitumen processed in West Africa , noting that the state ranked 5th largest bitumen reserves in the world with the potential of producing asphalt products that can compete in the international market if explored.

Responding, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu commended the company for its efforts towards ensuring the realisation of the untapped products and also resolving with host communities in a more civil manner which will be of great benefit to them and the state at large.

Arakunrin Akeredolu acknowledged the former Minister of Mines and Steel Development and now the Governor of Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi, for his immeasurable interest at granting the license to the company .

He assured that the State Government would look speedily into the request to confer Deeds of Ownership of the acquired land for the project on the company through the issuance of Certificate of Ownership.

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NDDC donates three ambulances and medical equipments to ODSG
  • Jun 17, 2019

The Ondo State Government has taken delivery of three brand new factory built ambulances and medical consumables to intensify the fight against lassa fever disease in the state.

The items were received on behalf of the state government by the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Wahab Adegbenro on Saturday, 15th June, 2019.

The medical items including the three ambulances were donated to the state Government by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) under the Healthier Niger Delta initiative of the commission.

Dr. Adegbenro who described the donation as a welcome development said it will assist the government to continue to fight Lassa fever in the state.

While appreciating the NDDC for the kind gesture, the commisioner said that the fact that the cost of treating a patient of lassa fever is as high as N1.6M neccesitated that the state sought help from agencies.

He said ” The government is doing a lot. Right now we have an Infection Disease Hospital (IDH) in Akure which is built to tackle diseases including lassa fever. At FMC, Owo which is currently our treatment center, we now have a mobile laboratory that can do diagnosis for us in real time. Before now, we use to go to Edo everyday to take sample and you know that’s alot of money

“In the area of follow up because we have to follow cases up. We monitor them and their contacts either primary, secondary and tertiary contacts. They have to be monitored. Our system is such that there are some officers that routinely go out to monitor contacts and do contact tracer because any primary, secondary or tertiary contact with a confirm case of lassa fever would have to be monitored for 21 days before we let them off the hook

“So, it’s a lot of money that government is spending on lassa fever and that’s why we are very grateful to NDDC for coming to our aid because, some few months ago when we had this issue, we wrote to many organisations to come to our aid but, thank God NDDC responded and they have responded very well. “

Dr. Adegbenro who noted that the state government has been fighting lassa fever in the state, stressed that the government would intensify the fight against the disease with the medical items that have been received from the NDDC.

“We have been fighting lassa fever but with greater vigour now, we can fight Lassa fever. With these three ambulances donated, we can move now, we can take cases from where they are because we have designated numbers that people can call when they suspect cases. ” He added.

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Religion should unite us for service to God and mankind, says Akeredolu
  • Jun 17, 2019

Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has called on religious scholars to always preach the essence of peaceful coexistence to their followers for the purpose of engendering national unity and development.

Arakunrin Akeredolu who described the membership of any religious faith as a choice freely made by every individual said such inalienable rights must be respected by other religious adherents to make life worth living for all, irrespective of religious differences and beliefs.

Delivering his goodwill message at the Public Presentation of a book on Sheikh Ahmad Tijani Awelenje at the Lagos Central Mosque, Lagos Island, Lagos, Governor Akeredolu said that despite being a Chancellor in the Anglican Communion, he has continually believed that faithful of other religion have rights of choice that must be respected.

He called on citizens to imbibe the tenets of religious harmony to serve God and man for all-round development of the society.

According to the governor, since adherents of the two major religions are serving the same God, there was no basis for any form of intolerance, misunderstanding, fight or discrimination, stressing that religion should unite the people for service to man and God.

He expressed satisfaction with the widespread of religious tolerance among the adherents of the two major religions in the South West, adding that it could still be improved for the development of the region and the country at large. “

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Akeredolu charges Contributory Health Commission Boss on accessible healthcare
  • Jun 13, 2019

The newly appointed General Manager for the Ondo State Contributory Health Commission, ODSCHC, has been presented to the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN .

Presenting the General Manager, Dr Abiodun Oyeneyin, the Special Adviser to the Governor, Dr Jibayo Adeyeye said the appointment process was though rigorous but fair to all who applied for the job within and outside the public service before the choice was made.

He expressed the belief that with the appointment which took effect from 1st June 2019, the Ondo State Contributory Health Insurance Scheme was ready to kick off in the state.

In his remarks, the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, said he was excited that the new General Manager knew exactly what he was coming to do.

He therefore urged him to settle down to the business of his duties in line with the State Government policy thrust of making healthcare delivery accessible to residents of the state.

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AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT: VIETNAM TO PARTNER IGBARA-OKE
  • Jun 13, 2019

As parts of efforts to bring development to Igbara-Oke, the Olowa of Igbara-Oke kingdom, HRM, Oba Dr. Francis Adefarakanmi Agbede, and the Council of Chiefs, received into the palace, team of investors who arrived Igbara-Oke with the desire to build Hospital of Excellence and Ultramodern Agricultural Settlements. The team from Legacy Initiative International and Nigeria-Vietnam Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

The leader of the team, who is the Grand Patron of Legacy Initiative International, Chief Dr. Kenny Martins, said the team is prepared to establish Hospital of Excellence and Agricultural Processing Settlements in Igbara-Oke. He said their visit came as a result of their desire to build these two projects in a peaceful environment, and seeing the serenity of Igbara-Oke, they are convinced to have arrived at the right place.

According to him, the hospital will serve many purposes for the citizens of the country and the need to travel abroad for medical treatment will be minimised. “It will be a world class hospital that will handle most cases many people traveled abroad for”. He said the organisation has approached President Muhammadu Buhari for waivers on the equipment they will bring into the country for these projects.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Onigemo of Igbara-Oke kingdom, High Chief Sunday Aiyegbo said Igbara-Oke is a town that is opened for development of many kinds that is of human benefits. He said the town is relatively peaceful, and has 13 Satellite towns that are viable socially and economically. Chief Aiyegbo also reiterate the participation of Oba Agbede at the United Nation’s Agricultural Summit in July, 2018 and efforts of Igbara-Oke sons and daughters towards supports given to investors that has partnered Igbara-Oke in diverse areas.

In the same vein, the Publicity Secretary of Igbara-Oke Council of Chiefs, High Chief Lade Ogunsakin welcomed the team on behalf of the Council of Chiefs and assured them of necessary supports towards the actualization of these projects.

Also, the President of Nigeria-Vietnam Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Oye Akinsemoyin, said their plan is to make Igbara-Oke the Food Basket of Ondo State, with the introduction of new approach in Agriculture. He said Vietnam is the largest buyer of Nigeria cashew, and the country is ready to work with Igbara-Oke. “I have also pledged my support for this project with the mandate to work with Igbara-Oke in this Agricultural revolution”, says Akinsemoyin.

In his response, the Olowa of Igbara-Oke kingdom, HRM, Oba Dr. Francis Adefarakanmi Agbede, who expressed his joy towards these projects, said the town is prepared and fully ready to provide the landed properties for these projects. He said the major trade of the people of the town is agriculture, and he see this as another opportunity that must not pass the town by.

He therefore urged the people of Igbara-Oke to see this as another kind to development to be embraced, which will put Igbara-Oke on the global map in the areas of Health care delivery and Agriculture. He also assured the team of maximum support and cooperation,

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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

Manufacturing

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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