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Ondo State Govt will fix deplorable Federal Roads, Works Commissioner Assures
  • Oct 12, 2019

Ondo State government has expressed its displeasure at the condition of federal roads in state and vow its desire to fix them.

Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Saka Yusuf Ogunleye made this known during an inspection of the failed portion of the Araromi junction along Owo/Ilesa road in Akure.

Mr. Ogunkeye remarked that though the roads are owned by the federal government, they are being used by the people of the state, hence the need for the inspection.

“The government of Arakunrin Akeredolu cannot fold its arms and watch these roads become impassable. We have decided to intervene on behalf of our people. Our people remain the priority. Anything that affects them must be tacked. We have to make our roads safe regardless of maybe they are federal road or not.”

The Commissioner explained that the state government was compiling the list of such roads to be fixed across the state, adding that the state government had earlier intervened in Owo/Ikare and Owo/Ose roads, which are all federal roads. He stressed that the state government was going to replicate the gesture in all other federal roads that are in poor state.

He said the state government intended to liase with the Federal Road Maintainance Agency (FERMA) on the need for the federal government to maintain its roads in the state.

The Commissioner and the team also visited areas where roads are in deplorable condition in Ondo. The places visited are Akure/Ondo garage road and Leventino junction along Ife road. They also checked a collapsed bridge at Akinwande, Surulere, where the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mrs. Lola Fagbemi conducted them round.

At Okelisa, Mr. Ogunleye frowned at the habit of dumping refuse in drainages, saying it hinders free flow of water, which leads to flooding.

The Special Adviser to Mr. Governor on Works, roads and Infrastructure, Engineer Raimi Aminu and other engineers accompanied the Commissioner on the inspection tour.

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Independence - Ondo State Celebrates Good Governance
  • Oct 8, 2019

Ondo state among the 36 states in Nigeria was created on 17 March 1976, by the then Head of State Late Gen. Murtala Muhammed and at such has been left in the hands of Military and Civilian governors.

The State has produced 18 successive governors including the present governor since its creation, from both military and civilian parastatal. The following were the military governors, Ita David Ikpeme, 1976-1978,  Sunday Tuoyo, 1978-1979, Micheal Bamidele Otiko, 1984-1985, Micheal Okhai Akhigbe, 1985-1986,  Ekundayo Opaleye 1986-1987, Raji Alagbe Rasaki, 1987-1988, Bode George, 1988-1989, Sunday Abiodun Olukoya, 1990-1992, Mike Torey, 1993-1994, Ahmed Usman, 1994-1996,  Anthony Ibe Onyearubulem, 1996-1998, and Moses Fasanya, 1998-1999.

While the state was juxtapose in between military and civilian leadership, it has produced 5 civilian governors, who are Micheal Adekunle Ajasin (UNP) 1979-1983, Bamidele Olumilua (SDP) 1992-1993, Adebayo Adefarati, (AD) 1993-2003, Olusegun Agagu (PDP) 2003-2009, Olusegun Mimiko (Labour Party), Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (APC) 2017 till present.

The citizenry of Ondo State are known for exhibition of a high level of political consciousness, which has led the successive leaders into contributing their various quota in ensuring that the state enjoy the dividend of good governance.

As Nigeria celebrates its 59th Independence, looking into Ondo state, it has acquired numerous feats as a state that worth celebrating. Especially with the advent of the incumbent governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, who while taking his oath of office assured the people of “ hope, clear agenda of prosperity and a vision of life abundant” has effortlessly structured the state into an enviable society that inhabits Industrialization, infrastructural development, qualitative education, qualitative healthcare and social service delivery and rural development.

This tremendous act has scored Akeredolu high mark on the people’s scorecard. He proofed himself a man who is determined to work by changing the face of Ondo state in every sector.

The recent improvements recorded in education in the 18 local government areas in the state, is the renovation of five hundred and twenty (520) Primary Schools block with well-equipped computer laboratory class.  The state government has also approved the construction of more 320 schools across the state.

Ondo state government under the leadership of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, has rewritten the economic history of the state for good through industrialization and partnership with foreign investors who are expertise in converting raw materials into finished products.

Little wonder why, the state is making aggressive waves in its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), which makes the state financially stable and thereby boosts domestic investment.

Ondo state significantly increased revenue generated within the state from N8.68 billion in 2016 to N10.93 billion in 2017 and N24.79 billion in 2018. The low IGR in 2016 suggests that the state could hardly cover her recurrent expenses and at such was unable to pay up her expenses and workers’ salaries. But the story changed when Akeredolu assumed power and cleared the backlog salaries without borrowing.

This present administration, has distinguished itself from the previous administrations with its outstanding massive road construction and rehabilitation across the three senatorial districts.

According to report from the office of Ondo State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, in June, 2018, this administration approved N11.2 Billion for the commencement of the construction of approved road projects in the state.
And so far, numerous road project in the state has witnessed the effect of this development. Ranging from, Owo road from Emure junction to A-U-D and Ministry of Works down to Iyere junction, Isarun, Ifedore Local Government Area, some selected township roads in Ile-Oluji, Orita Obele -Ire Akari - Oke Odu – Ipinsa, the rehabilitation of Maronu, Ondo Road and Atibiti roads, Gaga, Oda community, all in Akure South.


The people of Akoko North East local government area, will never forget the administration in a jiffy. As the dreaded Oke Alabojuto  hill that was associated with myth and therefore left unattended to claim lives and destroy properties, was brought down for 0.5Km road by Akeredolu’s led administration.


Also, various inter-communities roads such as construction of Lennon Jubilee-Solaco-Ugbe road, the dualization of Ikare Township road, construction of 3 Box Culverts and rehabilitation of failed portion of Owo- Ikare road has also received due attention by this administration.


The overhead bridge in Ore, the first of its kind in Ondo state championed by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has scaled up unprecedented socio-economic activities in the state. Ore dwellers testify to upsurge of economic activities in the community, because of the governor’s commitment to delivering good road infrastructure.


The governor has also gone out of the way to ensure water security in the state through the introduction of “KAMOMI AKETI”, a water project initiative that is designed to solve the need of portable water supply across the 18 local government areas in the State.


This project has gained recognition for the state from the federal government, as a model state for its cost management. The federal government also plans to adopt the strategy for the ongoing PEWASH policy of boreholes rehabilitation across the federation.


Akeredolu taking cognizance of the place of Information Communication Technology ICT in governance, embarked on the quest to create an enabling ground through ICT for effective and proficiency in public service delivery as well as to transform the state into a technology and innovation hub in Nigeria if not Africa.


To accelerate the economic development of Ondo State, this administration went into partnership with American Tower Corporation (ATC), and erected a digital village furnished with state-of-the-art facilities across the 3 senatorial districts in the state.

The initiative is aimed at providing Computer and internet services to the rural dwellers to curb the rate of rural-urban migration and discomfort people undergo trying to access internet services as well as reducing unemployment in Ondo state.

The importance of Agriculture has never been undermined by this present administration, which procured and distributed 1,000 metric tons of fertilizer to various farm service centre in the state. So as to encourage farmers and boost Agriculture.

This gesture by the governor yielded positive result, as report by Consumer Price Index CPI/ Inflation report released by the National Bureau of Statistics shows that the prices of food items witnessed a decline in Ondo state while some other states across the nation battles with inflation in the prices of food.

Civil servants are not left out, as workers in Ondo state cannot hid their excitement over the mode of governor Akeredolu governance, who they described as viable and erudite governor who has not failed in one bit in fulfilling his promise, of pay workers’ salaries as and when due.

In the same vein, workers who are due for promotion are promoted in due time. So far, in this government, 16 deserving senior civil servants has been promoted to the position of permanent secretary.

The governor also approved N943 million as car and housing loans for workers as a way of motivation.


The unbridled desire of Akeredolu towards boosting the state economy through industrialization and has really paid off in the state economic growth and employment rate. As one of the established industries, Wee-Wood Afforestation company from China, inclined in combating desertification, encroachment and Land degradation, has presently, employed 1000 youths at Wee-Wood Nigeria, Limited Omotosho in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State. which speak loud in the State


While on the other hand, Ondo-Linyi Industrial Hub, wood processing, Cassava- Ethanol Plant and textile company situated in Ore is said to generate 20, 000 job opportunities in no distant time.

Also to encourage farmers, Ondo-Linyi buys Cassava proceedings from local farmers in Ondo state which invariably increases the farmer’s standard of living as well as generating more funds for the Ondo state government.

BY GENEVIEVE ALOZIE
TCC NEWS

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Ondo State Govt spends N13b to boost education
  • Oct 7, 2019


Ondo state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu said over N13 billion has been expended both by the state government and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) to boost education standard in the state.

 Governor Akeredolu disclosed this while receiving the Chairman, Governing Board of UBEC, Ugwueri Osondu and his team who paid a working visit to him in his office in Akure. He revealed that the funds have impacted positively on education development in the state in terms of infrastructure and school enrolments.

 Akeredolu who was represented by his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, explained that over 500 schools across the state have witnessed transformation through the funds received from the Commission and the state counterpart funding through the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).

 According to the governor, the education sector, especially the basic education which the funds were meant for is now better than he met it when his administration came in, just as he applauded the Chairman of SUBEB, Princess Oladunni Odu for doing a good work in the board.

 Akeredolu who noted that his administration’s intervention in the sector has greatly reduced out of school children in the state, adding that his government would continue to improve the high standard of education which Ondo State is noted for.

The governor also commended the Federal Government through UBEC for the continued support by providing the funds, saying UBEC team would appreciate all the good jobs done by SUBEB in the state after inspecting the projects.

Akeredolu added that government was doing its best with series of projects to address huge infrastructural deficit and drastically reduce numbers of drop out students in the state.

On the recruitment of teachers, Akeredolu said the process of employing teachers in the state was ongoing and would soon materialise.

Akeredolu lauded UBEC for its supportive role when the state needed to pay her counterpart fund and asked for more collaboration with the government to meet up their mandate.

Earlier, the Chairman UBEC Governing Board, Ugwueri Osondu, said the team were on advocacy visit and to find out if the programmes carried out by the Commission in the state are done according to specification.

He informed the governor that the Commission was concerned about the out of school children and sought the efforts of the state government to address the situation.

Osondu further added that the team were in the state to inspect the various UBEC projects across the three senatorial districts of the state, just as he encouraged  the state government to continually work hand in glove with the Commission to be able to access more funds.

 The UBEC Chairman who promised to continue to work with government to further improve education standard in the state, also emphasised the need for the government to employ more teachers to fill spaces in the schools and also to take the issue of e-Library serious.

 Also, the SUBEB Chairman, Princess Oladunni Odu, stressed that the SUBEB has judiciously and effectively utilise the funds available to it.

“For 2013-2016 we are able to do 519 projects cutting across all the 18 Local Government Areas. In every Local Government you will see at least nothing less than 20 projects of SUBEB covering new construction, renovation, provision of boreholes, construction of perimeter fencing, provision of computers,  provision of pupils furniture and teachers furniture.

“And in the new one, 2019 to June this year, we have executed 314 projects. So, Ondo state under Arakunrin is doing beautifully well in the basic education sector because he believes in solid education,” Odu stressed.

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Ondo Set To Host NBBF Conference Playoffs As 2019 Season Dunks Off This Month
  • Oct 7, 2019

The 2019 Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) Men’s Premier League season is set hold Between October 13 to November 30 2019.

The men’s league comprises teams divided into the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences for a round robin league format.

The First phase of the Atlantic Conference will take at the indoor Basketball hall in Akure,Ondo State while Savannah teams will converge on the Indoor Sports Hall of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria between October 12 and 22.

The second phase will take place from November 2 to 12 with all points scored in the first phase carried over.

The Savannah Conference train will move to  Package B of the National Stadium, Abuja while Atlantic Conference Teams will battle for supremacy at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Ilorin Township stadium.

Top 4 teams in each conference will qualify for the National Final 8 from November 24 to 30.

Oluyole Warriors (Ibadan), Rivers Hoopers (Port Harcourt), Customs (Lagos), Kwara Falcons (Ilorin), Hoops and Read (Lagos), Delta Force (Asaba), Police Baton (Lagos) and Raptors (Lagos) are some of the teams that will be competing for honors in the Atlantic Conference.

Others include Dodan Warriors (Lagos), Islanders (Lagos) who  hope to rekindle their rivalry alongside newly promoted Invaders (Ekiti), Coal City (Enugu), and Akure Raiders (Akure).

In the Savannah Conference, Kano Pillars (Kano), Bauchi Nets (Bauchi), Gombe Bulls (Gombe), Kada Stars (Kaduna), Defender, (Abuja), Niger Potters (Minna), Mark Mentors (Abuja), Plateau Peaks (Jos), Nigeria Army (Zaria) and Benue Braves (Makurdi) are the 10 teams which make up the conference.

According to the NBBF President, Engr. Musa Kida, exciting times await teams, players, fans as well as keen observers of the league with the federation in discussion with prospective sponsors.

The League champion will qualify to represent Nigeria in the inuagural Basketball Africa League to be organized by NBA in conjunction with FIBA Africa.

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Ondo State Govt Expresses Delight At Pace of Work On Ore flyover Project
  • Oct 6, 2019

Management of the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure has expressed her satisfaction  at the quality of work and pace of progress on the Ore Interchange/flyover road project.

The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Saka Yusuf Ogunleye  and Special Adviser to the Governor on Works, Lands and Infrastructure, Engineer Raimi Aminu express their opinions during  an inspection visit to the project site.




  Mr. Ogunleye said the level of work done so far on the project possessed all the attributes for which the government of Governor Akeredolu has come to be known by. He added that every infrastructural project of this government is of the good / required quality one  can find anywhere and people are attesting to this.

  "This gigantic unique project is in tune with our antecedents. The work is going on as planned. We are impressed with what the contractors are doing and the quality being put in place.
All hands are on deck to meet the date Governor Akeredolu promised the good people of Ondo State to deliver the project. And the contractors as we can see are working towards that."




  The Special Adviser to the Governor on Works, Lands and Infrastructure, Engineer Raimi Aminu added that  he was happy with the job done, he went further to say that  the team was in Ore to see and confirm the stage the job has gotten to. He also said "The 15 meteres on both sides of the bridge has been launched successfully, remaining the 30 meters beam. And this will commence soon.

The Consultant lead Engineer Remi Osiberu and the Contractor's representative Mr Dani Mansour assured that they would finish and deliver the job before the year runs out.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Engineer Taiwo Otun was part of the team that visited the project site.

Sunday Ajibola,
Head Media,
Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.


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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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