In a bid to reposition the five unity schools and four special schools in Ondo state for better academic performance the state ministry of Education has embarked on a regular meeting with the heads of the schools
The meeting according to the Commissioner for Education Mr Femi Agagu is an avenue for the school heads to discuss with government the various challenges facing them in order to proffer solutions
Addressing the Principals of the five unity schools , the commissioner said the schools were established to serve as models to other secondary schools in the state and therefore should maintain the status.
Agagu who took time to listen to the principals one after the other while highlighting their challenges charged them to be responsive in the discharge of their duties and monitor the teachers and students under them to ensure better academic performance
Speaking on the security of the schools the commissioner urged the principals to be more proactive noting that security guards must be on the alert both day and night.
In his response, the principal of unity secondary school Epinmi Akoko, Mr Oyedeji Adegbenro said despite the various challenges facing them, the principals efforts are yielding good results.
According to him, beside improvement in internal examinations, the last West Africa Senor School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results where the students performed excellently well is a testimony of the principals’ efficiency and government commitment to the education sector
In a meeting with the heads of the Special schools, the commissioner told them that the government is deeply concerned about the interest and the welfare of the special Students
He admonished the Head teachers to always look for what to do to make the students relevant in the society adding that there is ability in disability
Speaking on behalf of the headteachers Mrs Tolani Olaitan of special school Akure said efforts were being made by the headteachers to discover the talents of each student in a view to making them useful to themselves , their families and the society .
The meeting which was held in succession had the principals of unity secondary school Epinmi Akoko, St John’s Mary unity secondary school Owo, St Peter’s unity secondary school, Akure, St Helen’s unity secondary school Ondo and that of Unity secondary school Ode Aye as first batch.
While the meeting with special schools had the headteachers of physically challenged Ikare Akoko, visually impaired Owo, , Hearing impaired Akure and mentally impaired Okeigbo and Director of schools Ministry of Education in attendance.
The Ondo State Head of Service, Mr Dare Aragbaiye has assured all workers in the state that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu would continue to interact with the leadership of labour unions in order to sustain the cordial relationship between them.
Mr Aragbaiye, who gave the assurance at the 2nd quarterly Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) Management meeting held in Akure, noted that the Governor, had at different fora acknowledged the contributions and support of workers to the numerous achievements of his administration in the last two years.
He commended Governor Akeredolu for prioritizing the welfare of workers within the available scare resources, adding that government would not deny them any of their entitlements.
He described workers as the engine of government with which it can actualise its policies and programmes, saying that government would sustain the quarterly meeting so as to continue to enjoy the support of workers to deliver more dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Department of Establishment and Training, Mr Victor Olajorin appreciated the HOS for facilitating and personally attended the meeting which he said is a right step towards achieving harmonious government – labour relationship in the state.
While welcoming the leadership of the unions to the meeting, the Chairman Joint Negotiating Councils, Comrade Opeyemi Oloniyo congratulated Mr Aragbaiye on his new appointment and also commended him for being the only HOS that attended the meeting in the last six years.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Mr Gbenga Adelae and his counterpart in the Teaching Service Commission, Mrs Funmilayo Ajayi were also at the meeting to attend to issues bothering on labour matters.
Representatives of the various labour unions in the state public service attended the meeting where issues bothering on the on-going verification exercise at the local government councils, conversion of workers from one cadre to another, training of workers and other matters relating to public service were discussed.
Ondo State government has assured all the invited dignitaries within and outside the country of adequate security arrangement ahead of the installation of the new Olowo-elect, Prince Gbadegesin Ogunoye.
Speaking on the security arrangement put in place to ensure hitch-free traditional rites that precede the installation, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Security Matters and chairman security sub-committee of the installation, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, said adequate security strategies have been put in place for the smooth traditional rites and installation processes.
He, however, warned hoodlums and all pickpockets to stay away from all the processes or be ready to face the consequences.
The traditional rites ahead of the installation of the new Olowo of Owo Kingdom, Gbadegesin Ogunoye, would begin this week Friday.
Dojumo explained that members of the security sub-committee have met with installation committee and other relevant stakeholders including the Omo-Olowos to ensure peaceful processes, saying that government is leaving no stone unturned to make the entire installation ceremony hitch-free.
He also added that all strategic areas and points where installation rites would take place have been well manned by the joint security operatives all in the bid to protect the lives and property of both the citizens and the invited guests, before, during and after the installation.
The chairman security sub-committee who assured all the citizens and the invited guests of adequate security, also appreciated all sons and daughters of Owo and relevant stakeholders for their positive roles and support to ensure successful outings.
Also speaking, the Senior Assistant to the governor on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr Doyin Odebowale, stressed that all the invited guests and residents of Owo kingdom have nothing to fear as government is being proactive about the security arrangement.
He added that government was also guiding against any possible stampede owing to the mammoth crowd within and outside the country that would attend the installation ceremony, describing the stool of Olowo as very important tool within and outside the country.
Odebowale added that all the arrangements being put in place was to ensure things are done properly and successfully without any hitch, just as he called on Owo sons and daughters to continue to maintain peace as the traditional rites ahead of the installation begin on Friday.
The much awaited verification of local government workers, primary school teachers and their pensioners have commenced on Tuesday across the 18 Council areas of Ondo state.
It was gathered that the exercise was aimed at fishing out ghost workers, teachers and pensioners in the state.
It was further learnt that despite massive retirement of primary school teachers and LG workers their monthly wage bills were yet to reduced significantly.
Meanwhile, the state government said the on-going verification exercise of workers at the local government councils in the state is to ascertain the number of workers that are genuinely working in the councils.
The state Head of Service, Mr Dare Aragbaiye who made this known on Tuesday while monitoring the exercise in Akure South Local Government Councils Secretariat in Akure, said the exercise is in the best interest of both the workers and the government.
While addressing the workers at the commencement of the exercise, Aragbaiye said the verification is to identify the actual number of workers that should be on government pay roll, saying that it is also meant to eradicate the instances where government would be paying ten people when only two people are actually doing their jobs.
Williams Oni, Media Manager in the Office of HOS, quotes Aragbaye to have therefore enjoined the workers to cooperate with the state government for their mutual benefit, saying that the exercise was not to put unnecessary suffering on them.
Responding to reporter’s interview, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Segun Odusanya said the exercise only concerned local government staffs, primary school teachers and pensioners at the local government councils.
He said those concerned are to come to the verification centres with their letters of first appointment, last promotion letters and must be identified by their Heads of Department.
Ondo State government yesterday sealed off 10 event centres in Akure, Ondo State capital for evading tax.
The director in charge of hotel registration and classifications in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr Kehinde Olasoji who led the team of enforcement exercise emphasised that tax evasion is a criminal offence.
Areas visited by the team are Ijapo Estate and Oke Aro in Akure where ten centres were eventually sealed off.
The director said the state would not tolerate tax evasion, stressing that the numerous projects being carried out by the government could only be sustained and improved upon if taxes are paid as and when due.
Olasoji vowed that it would be a continuous exercise.
BRECAN, FOWOSO, BEMORE among other programmes of the First Lady of Ondo State, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu are virtually becoming household names going by the impacts on the people and the various success stories recorded so far. Mrs Akeredolu who has also been nick-named Mama FOWOSO, Mama BRECAN, Mama DIGITAL and Mama Tennis in this interview speaks about how she has been able to succeed not only in these projects but also at the home front.
Since you embarked on your various projects: FOWOSO, BEMORE and BRECAN, what has been your experience working on these projects and how much values have these projects been to the people of Ondo state?
When you evaluate the impacts of these programmes, I think it is better appreciated when such evaluation comes from the people. As a human being, you may think everything you are doing is okay but an outsider might have a different view about what you are doing and then draw your attention. So, it is always good for a second person to recognise this value.
BRECAN for an example, looking at the various people who have benefitted from the fund,one can beat her chest and say yes, we are making impact in that regard. These are women who were diagnosed with breast cancer and the thought of where to get money is a serious issue and here we have BRECAN that is saying okay come, even if we cannot give you all the money, we can at least give you the money for the very critical part of the protocol of treatments before going for surgery. That is very important because when you have breast cancer, the primary thing is to remove the disease from the breast before any other treatment.
So, we make sure we provide money for the surgery after conducting various tests to determine the stage of the disease; we cover all these and also cover chemotherapy. So, most of the time, we would have given the individual eighty percent of the money, so we say okay why can’t we go to other people too to also support. We have files of several people seeking for help for their treatment. From that, if anyone says you are not doing anything, I know that breast cancer patients can testify that BRECAN has touched many lives.
We are also creating awareness because that is very important. Many do not understand that it is the hospital they suppose to go if they observe anything, not going to the herbalists or prayer mountains. We always emphasise that awareness is key because our people need to know. The word ‘cancer’ is scary. But then, we always tell them that it does not necessarily kill but they should do certain things at the right time. People should know that breast cancer does not kill when people detect it early. When you find that lump, that painless lump, make sure you go to a doctor. Do not let people change your mind that you should go to one man or woman of God to start doing vigil or go to the mountain for marathon prayers , that is what we have been seeing here. A painless lump at times is cancer. We have also seen many survivors, it is better to stay alive than allowing it to grow and become severe. After going up and down, you will still end up in the hospital. That is why the awareness is very important.
Then, on BEMORE, this is the season of BEMORE. The success story has been very huge, I do not even know maybe I should concentrate on BEMORE than BRECAN, because it has been so beautiful looking at these girls in a joyful mood because some will even tell you that they have not been to Akure before, it is unbelievable. All the participants from Ilaje, Isua Akoko and many other areas, when they came, they feel so excited and eager to learn. Elizade has provided for us a very conducive environment to learn as well as the PSTI.
Within two weeks, these girls have been virtually transformed. The amazing result we are getting from BEMORE is great. This gives me the hope that we are grooming a different generation of Nigerian women. This year’s programme is very exciting and really beautiful. Some other states were even in the camp, so we have a kind of beautiful relationship. This is the third year and people in other states are already aware of BEMORE and we are also trying to reach out to more states as well. We want our daughters to experience this magic. This year, we have participants from Imo, Ekiti, Akwa-Ibom, Enugu and Kogi states. But in comparism, Ondo State remains the major force anyway.
In the last two years, how many people have benefitted?
We have 700 in Ondo state and 50 in Imo state, altogether, 750 but this year we have 250 participants. The beauty of the programme this year is that we have more states here, Ekiti came with large contingents, you know that the First Lady attended the closing ceremony last year and they were dazed.
You seems to have preferred the girl-child participating in BEMORE, is it because you have more faith in the girl-child?
Not necessarily that I have more faith, but rather because we need to empower the girl-child, build the girl-child, mould her so that she could be recongnised that she has potentials and that she should not be limited by any barriers set by the society and these barriers I would like to mention one of them that states that women are supposed to be in the kitchen, doing house chores. That is the way the society has packaged the girl-child right from the time she came out from the womb. The society has dictated to her that this is how you should talk, live, when men are talking you should not interfere , when you have visitors, only your husband must be there, you dare not put mouth, as we speak. These are still happening. But I can tell you that these my girls, you cannot do that with them because they have come to the BEMORE world with endless opportunities, so we are opening doors for them in other world they were not used to.
Why should a woman not contribute to the socio-economic development of her society? Has anybody even bothered why we are not moving forward? If half of your population is illiterate, what do we do? Not all these women are educated, go to the villages, you will discover that most of our women are illiterates, forget about what you see in the cities if all women are not literate ,then such a country needs improvement in the lives of the citizens. Though, men are the heads but what we tend to realize is that we are still backward because the family structure is barely literate, that is the problem that people failed to recognise. These women want to take over, we need to improve the lot of our women in the society to even advance and that is one of the things we are trying to do in FOWOSO. One does not necessarily need to go to the university or bag PHD, but our women need to have that basic education and skills to register a profound impact on their lives. An educated woman will have few children, will know that she needs to go for anti-natal care; she does not need to go to those churches that have maternity homes to deliver babies because when they have a bridge or bleeding, it will be too late most time before carrying her to the hospital.
I cannot imagine my daughter patronising traditional birth attendant (Agbebi) that is what illiteracy brings. We need to empower our women. Any woman that is empowered whether through skill or education will contribute her quota to the development of the society. That is what FOWOSO is trying to do in terms of skill acquisition for grassroots women. When she has a steady income, she will not be selective of her children that will go to school, all of them will go to school and even that are how you open up a family that is how a family becomes educated. Now you cannot expect an illiterate woman that her husband has four to five wives breeding children all over the place to do same.
Since you commenced these programmes, what major challenges and support have you received?
The major challenge I have experienced to be honest with you was that some people resisted change, but if I were somebody who is not in the development sector, I would have given up, because they told me you do not do it this way, but I cannot do it the same way the previous administrations have done it or how other First Ladies have done it.
It was a little difficult to penetrate and convince them that let’s try it this way, we can have a better result, we have to try something else because I have come here with a different package.
Because I am also in the civil society, I understand these things, I understand the dynamics, I understand that when you want to do something different and people resist change, what you do is to keep on trying to win people over. Like when we started BEMORE, heaven let loosed but I knew that was the mentality of people who are yet to be exposed to appreciate what is going on elsewhere. But like I said, I have travelled widely and I had close encounters with people that really matter in this world. I know that when you talk about development of humanity, you may take or need to look at bigger pictures. For instance, early this year, a group of US based medical professionals, consisting of doctors, nurses came all the way from San-Diego to help our people. They paved their way, free of charge. It is not as if they are very rich like Bill Gate, they are regular people, imagine staff of a Nigerian university paying for tickets to do such with their salaries. Therefore, we are different kind of human beings. The leader had earlier asked that what could they do to support the programme of my husband, I said you know me now, l am in health. Apart from the supplies and everything they brought, they even had lectures and workshops at the Akure Specialist Hospital and UNIMED hospital.
I told you that I am also promoting young people in Tennis ,so I am also “Mama Tennis.” Volunteers came with bags of shoes, rackets and so on, so when I received that kind of support from people that do not know me from Adam, all this resistance, I just ignored it. And they are coming again in February even bigger. They are now coming with Oncologists in breast and cervical cancer. They now have a bigger team coming in February because when they came the first time we were very hospitable to them. In a way, we are also polishing the image of Nigeria that is terrible outside the world.
A lot of women said fund has been a major limitation to their aspirations to contest political offices? Is this true?
It is very true and it is because of what we have in this country and even in Africa in general, how the society rates women, you oppress us, you beat us, you abuse us verbally. A woman that does not have an income and the husband bought a car for her, when they quarrel , the husband will remove the tyres or even collect the key because she is totally dependent on him.
But I think it is changing now because I know the generation of my daughters, they will not agree. It is true, they won’t and that is why we have a lot of marriages hitting the rocks. I keep saying that it is the responsibility of mothers and grandmothers to really begin to change approach of raising their sons, let them be compassionate, let men have emotions. You know if a man is crying, they will say are you not a man? Why are you crying? Those are the things they made them to understand. You know masculine is all about being tough all the time, if you are married and anybody sees you helping your wife in the kitchen, there will be problem, they will say she has turned him to a houseboy. Women are the ones saying it to their daughters or sisters-in-law.
Let there be paradigm shift because you see men as our cover does not mean a woman should be helpless. Like I said, by the time we begin to recognise the fact that women have a role to play in socio-economic development of the society, you will give them space to be themselves and maximise whatever potentials they have. If it is their careers, they should pursue it without running away from marriage, even this day, there are some women who said that they will not marry but make babies to take care of because of such happenings ,so the society give our women that space to be themselves, making their own money and supporting the family. When it comes to politics, if she wants to venture into it, at least she will have her own money, even though you still need people that will support you, but at least you will have something. In our society, they will say give forms to women for free, I kicked against such, I said you people are joking. Why should that be, if you are contesting a position, if they are paying one million, pay it so that they will not be demeaning womanhood. Like I said, you have this political gang up against women, even your brother will not say you are his sister, there must be something about the menfolk, you will be shocked. When I write my memoir about my experience in politics you will see it. In politics it is like we have a different tribe of men and tribe of women and you see that the disparity is obvious.
What has been your experience since you became a First Lady?
I think it is a mixed grill. It is challenging, it has always been. You know you are dealing with human beings when you think that you are doing the right thing, people will criticise, you know arm chair critics, when you say come, let us have a debate, they do not have anything to say, some think oh, she think that she is all that. We didn’t vote for you, we voted for your husband and he is the governor and what they failed to realise is that I graduated in 1977, let me say I went to the university when you must have credits at a sitting, including English language and Mathematics. I keep on emphasizing that when my mates did not get admission, they began to travel to America. That was the standard of education in the 70s, so anybody that went to the university during this time, you can call that person ‘smart’. When we sat for the entrance, we still came back to write the final selection. Papers were not set for only men, same thing happened during classes and examinations, it was for everybody but you now come out in the bug, it’s a different bugging and that is why some of us who are self professed feminists can understand it, because we are talking about how the standard of education was. We were equal with our mates because we were smart. So having graduated at that time, I still went to Philippines for my Masters and for somebody to now think that I do not have an opinion, I think that person must be joking and that is why they think women must be swept under the carpet. During my own generation, I do not know about others but at that time, it was highly competitive for you to be in the university in the 70s. University was an international standard.
There were certain things you were doing before you became the First Lady which you would not be able to do any longer, what are those things?
With my education and status, you do not expect me to be a First Lady that is inside the bedroom, that is what I want to correct. People have said that even the First Lady has opinion, people are shocked that the First Lady is on social media, I was there before I became the First Lady, I had Facebook account, I had Twitter, LinkedIn, even though, I am no more doing that, why should I not? I made it clear that if you come to my page to insult me, I will fire back. I am not limited, and some of them have come to realize this and now when they attack me they do it maturely. Initially, they thought they could do otherwise, but they now realised that you cannot mess up with this First Lady, you cannot. We need to put people in their lanes, let them maintain their lanes, respect others, you cannot just come to the social media to insult people. For instance the other time, I took my FOWOSO women to go and inspect the state industrial hub which everybody should be excited about, there was this confusion that was it a visit or an inspection, it was funny. Today, I am very close to one of the critics. That has really strengthened me and even propeled me to do more. BRECAN has been in existence 20 years before I became the First Lady.
How were you able to blend the challenges of being an activist, First Lady, mother and wife?
I am a grandmother too, (laughs). It can only happen to somebody who is restless; I have been restless all my life. My husband will tell you that. That has been my life, like I said, I am expected to even get slim but I am adding more flesh I said I cannot believe this. What happen is that some of these programmes when I see the successes, I feel so happy.
Do you still do house chores, cook, go to the market, do you shop?
How can I (laughs). You want to kill me, not now. You know that the responsibilities are huge but I know that if Aketi and I go back home, he is not a man that will be lying on the bed, we do things together, but here I must be honest with you, which kind market (laughs) there is no room for that, there are lots of responsibilities.
How will you rate the achievements of Mr Governor?
Me, not me, it is the people of Ondo State that will rate him but I can say that he knew what he wanted to do before he even attempted to run for the post , because we are a couple that communicate with each other effectively, and that is one of the thing that is responsible for the success of our marriage. I am not saying that we are perfect, marriage is not always a bed of roses but the ability to talk to each other and express our opinions, it got to a stage that we said why are we in the comfort of our room and we are complaining about Nigeria, what can we do and that was it. So he knew what he wanted to do and like he keeps saying that God has blessed him, what more could he ask for than to serve his people and I know that he is also somebody who, when he is wishing to do something, he will accomplish it no matter what. He is a man of his words, if he tells you he will do this, he will do it, and if he tells you he will not do it, forget it, don’t even bother to pressurise him. People have always said that he is not a politician because he will not lie. It is left for the people to access him, not me as his wife but I know that he also has this philosophy that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. He is spreading out his developmental programmes. There will always be A before Z so people should exercise patience. He will do whatever he can to make sure that everybody has the feeling of the government. The only demand is your support and when you feel something is not okay, say it in a constructive manner not in a damaging form or making an apple become a banana because when people peddle rumour and say this is a banana whereas it is an apple, in no time people will believe that it is a banana not an apple and that is what is obtained in political landscape not only in Ondo State but everywhere. But I know that once you have good intention, you may not please everyone because there are people that are professional oppositionists. They will never see anything good in you, but when you have the majority appreciating the little you are doing, what else, so it is the Ondo state people that will rate him not me.
Your advice to the people generally?
My advice is for the people to support him. There is no doubt about it, Aketi means well for the state and he is a man that is contented, he is not materialistic, he is a very simple person. So, everybody should exercise patience, everybody will get something from this government. We must start from somewhere, just like the example of ABC I used earlier, so those that might be Q,R,S, it will still get to their turns but when you start agitating unnecessarily, I think it is not healthy for the system. He was also a student activist and likewise myself, I have been an activist all my life. We all know that sometimes, you need to agitate or lobby. When I wanted government to consider building a Cancer Centre, because the centre to get quality care is UCH Ibadan, but if we can have that here they will not need to travel a long distance. A state like this can take care of such and what do we do, we carried our advocacy to the House of Assembly to let them see the reasons. It is also part of activism, and you must do it in a civilised manner, in a constructive manner, trying to convince people. For example, some of our patients that we supported for their treatment were also civil servants and they had not been paid their gratuities and these are people experiencing life threatening diseases, you must have the compassion to consider them. Last year’s World Cancer Day, we marched to the State ex-Head of Service, Akinkuotu, he said he had never seen that before in his life. I said “we are here, you have to commit yourself,’ I will, I am ‘and he repeated after us because that was the theme of last year’s World Cancer Day and behold, it worked .The women’s files were fast-tracked. That is what we can do for these women, they need money to do extra treatments because when you have cancer, even your diet changes, it is not every food you can eat and that cost money and we will continue to appreciate him for doing that for us. That is activism in a civilized manner, if we had carried placards and said ‘We no go gree o’ we decided to burn tyres, it won’t make much use. But there are other activism that can require us to burn tyres like rape, that one ‘We no go gree’ we can carry placards. We condemn rape in its entirety.
The State Information Technology Agency (SITA) has assured the Ondo State Contributory Health Commission (OCHC) of adequate data needed for the smooth take-off of the contributory health insurance scheme in the state.
Senior Special Assistant to the governor on ICT, Mr. Olumbe Akinkugbe while receiving the management team of the commission in his office said, SITA has the required digital capacity and adequate manpower needed for the commission to deliver quality healthcare to the door steps of the residents of the state regardless of where they live, work or play.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Agency Mrs. Bunmi Omotola, the SSA, who doubles as Chairman of the Agency, explained that the present administration under the able leadership of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has done a lot to scale up the operations of SITA to an enviable heights so as to serve as infrastructural and digital backbone for all MDAs.
According to Akinkugbe, lack of internet facilities in the Agency will soon be a thing of the past, as government has graciously approved broadband internet services for the use of MDAs to enhance productivity.
Earlier, the General Manager of the Commission, Dr. Abiodun Oyeneyin, had solicited the cooperation of SITA in the area of accurate data and software development that will enable the Commission meet the health needs of the greater number of Ondo State residents, especially the rural dwellers
Dr. Oyeneyin, who emphasized that it is the right of Nigerians to have unhindered access to quality and affordable healthcare added that the target of the Commission is to work with adequate and verifiable data of the vulnerable, public/civil servants, the organized and informal sectors at the unit and ward levels of the state which could only be provided by SITA.
The two bodies later agreed to set up a technical team to smooth all the rough edges for the quick and effective take-off of the scheme.
In what has been described as a proof to the Akeredolu led administration to listen and heed to the voice of the good people of Ondo state, and protecting the interest of students in the state,the management of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, has announced a new approved tuition fee for the 2019/2020 academic session. The newly approved tuition fee sees a 30% reduction compared to the previous year.
The 30% reduction of the tuition fee is coming as a result of the intervention of the state government in ensuring that qualitative education is made available and accessible to the good people of Ondo state.
The institution established in the year 1979 has been thrown into public discourse in the past few months due to the state of the previous tuition fee structure, which was described "overtly too high and backbreaking" considering the present state of the nation's economic realities.
The students, parents and other stakeholders had pleaded to the Akeredolu led administration to help in the reduction of the tuition fee. In response to this pleads, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, had stated that the state Government cannot alone continue to bear the burden of running tertiary institutions in the state, nevertheless promised to look into the review of the tuition fee.
The Akeredolu led administration must be commended for its readiness and willingness to put first the interest of the Nigerian students and that of the state in general. Parents, Guardians and students of the institution can now look forward to a new academic session with utmost sense of relief and joy.
The newly approved tuition fee structure will see the ND 1 and 2, Science and Non-science based pay a paltry sum of N70,600 and N67,000 respectively. While the HND 1 and 2 Science and Non-Science are to pay N77,600 and N72,700.
For the Non indigent students, ND 1 and 2 Science and Non Science students will be required to pay a sum of N77,600 and N74,100 while the HND 1 and 2 Science and Non science students are to pay N86,000 and N81,000
The wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu today tasked women journalists to make use of the good side of social media to lend their voices to the cause of womanhood.
Mrs. Akeredolu gave the charge when the executive of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Ondo State chapter paid her a courtesy visit at the BEMORE Summer Boot Camp at the Public Service Training Institute, Ilara Mokin.
According to her, the way the world is structured is not fair to women, hence the need for women to rise up as they are in a better position to feel the pain of others and lend their voices to women related causes.
“It is somebody that feels the pain of a woman that can easily take it up. We have to be the champions for women causes. As women journalists, become an advocate by being bloggers. The good side of the social media outweighs the bad side and as such, you can make it possible for your voice and my voice to be heard”, she stressed.
While affirming that most of her initiatives were borne out of her life experiences and the need to improve on what is on ground by showing that women can really play their own roles in building a better society, Mrs. Akeredolu said the BEMORE initiative is a drive towards creating opportunities for girls to discover their potentials and contribute to the socio-economic development of their communities.
“Here the girls are exposed to a lot of things. Its amazing what creating an opportunity can do in the life of someone who appears to be a nobody. So, we must work tirelessly to ensure that more women are at the decision table”, she added just as she charged women to go back to the drawing board by reconfigure how they raise their sons to become responsible and compassionate husbands to their wives.
Mrs. Akeredolu while commending NAWOJ for the good work it has been doing as a body in calling attention to cases of violence against women and children, she further urged them to be at the forefront of promoting girl child education given that the way a society turns out is closely tied to level of its women's education.
Earlier in her address, the state chairperson of NAWOJ, Mrs. Doris Olumoko applauded Mrs. Akeredolu for embarking on various initiatives like BRECAN, BEMORE and FOWOSO as a way of reaching out to women and the girl-child saying her giant strides are greatly commendable.
While assuring her that NAWOJ as a body is solidly behind her, Mrs. Olumoko also called for supports towards actualization of the goals of the association.
Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Monday, August 19, 2019, begins a 14-day working vacation.
The governor is to resume on Thursday, September 4, 2019.
Before he proceeded on the annual leave, Arakunrin Akeredolu transmitted a letter to that effect to the state House of Assembly. The deputy governor is to perform the functions of the governor's office while the governor is away.
Governor Oluwarotimi O. Akeredolu, SAN, on Friday, approved a minor rejig of the Government House Media Team for optimum performance.
Allen Sowore , who was Special Assistant on New Media, Governor's Office moves to the Office of the Deputy Governor to function in same position. Olorunleke Akeredolu , formerly Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor is now redesignated, Special Assistant to the Governor on Media Relations.
Accordingly, Mr. Governor approved the appointment of Babatope Okeowo as the new Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor. Okeowo, whose appointment is with immediate effect, has since assumed duties.
Signed: Oluwasegun Smart Ajiboye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
The Speaker, Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr. Bamidele Oleyelogun has commended the Kamomi Aketi initiative of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in the provision of clean and accessible water supply at the grassroots in the 18 council areas of the state.
He gave the commendation at the commissioning and handing over of some water projects at Osinsin, Erigi, Ariwajoye and Amutere Olorunsogo in Ifedore council areas of the state.
The Speaker, alongside the Commissioner for Water Resources, Mrs Yetunde Adeyanju and the Special Adviser to Governor Akeredolu on Transportation, Tobi Ogunleye led a team of Kamomi Aketi to four communities in Ifedore council area has described where they were received with cheers and drums by its inhabitants.
The project for the improvement of rural water supply (Kamomi Aketi) in the 18 council areas of the state was conceived by the state govt to provide clean and accessible water supply to people at the grassroots.
The Speaker, who lauded Governor Akeredolu for water supply initiative in his constituency noted that the gesture will go a long way in the provision of portable water to communities at the grassroots.
The Commissioner for Water Resources and Hygiene, Mrs Yetunde Adeyanju assured that the kamomi Aketi water initiative will extend to other communities in the state in order to provide accessible water supply for its people.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Tobi Ogunleye who staff from Igbaraoke sought for the cooperation of people at the grassroots to fast track more people oriented projects in the state.
Some of the people who spoke with The Hope thanked Governor Akeredolu for remembering them in the provision of water supply to their communities.
The General Manager, Rural water supply and sanitation agency, Rotimi Oladimeji noted that a committee has been set up within each beneficiary communities for the maintenance of the water facility for the benefit of the people.
Members of Owo Development Association, Akoko branch have described the efforts of the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu at placing the Sunshine State on the world map of industrialised states as commendable.
The group, which spoke through its Ikare Akoko Chairman, Mr John Ola Owoputi, during a chat with The Hope after an extra-ordinary meeting in Oka Akoko, said it would do everything possible to rally support for the governor.
Owoputi declared that as a result of the laudable achievements of the governor, indigenes of Owo in Akoko and other parts of the state can walk tall in their host communities.
In the same vein, the Group Coordinator, Pastor Festus Oloye said the recent efforts of the governor in industrialising the state and the visible evidences of the commencement is remarkable.
Pastor Oloye said the governor has proved that dedication and commitment to a conscious efforts on the part of those in the helm of administration can transform Ondo State and indeed Nigeria to an economic giant.
He said that the governor has shown a great commitment to achieving the five-point agenda of his administration which include jobs creation through agriculture, entrepreneurship and industrialisation.
According to him, the Ore Industrial Park alone which is situated on 1000 hectares of land, which is a global standard, will in a long way meet the increasing demand for cost competitive industrial zone in Nigeria
Pastor Oloye therefore called on the people of the state to rally round the governor in his bid to take the state to an economic eldorado.
Meanwhile, the group has put in place plans to commence a ‘house to house’ and ‘one on one’ campaign for the second term bid for the governor.
According to the chairman of a committee set up for this development, Michael Asubiojo, the governor as an indigene of Owo has done them proud and the only way to reciprocate this is by ensuring that the governor succeeds in his second term bid.
Asubuojo told The Hope that in the next few weeks, the plans and programmes for the campaign will be unfolded.
Ondo State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye has declared that the government of Arakunrin Akeredolu has mapped out plans to take care of all failed portions on roads in Akure, the state capital.
Ogunleye disclosed this during an interview on a radio programme monitored in Akure.
According to him, the present government executes its projects in phases.
The Commissioner said “all what we are doing now is, attending to those major problematic roads, which do not befit the capital city. We are not unaware of the problems occasioned by potholes and failed portions in the roads of the state capital. We do not make unnecessary noise. These potholes are going to be fixed; I can assure you of that.”
He corroborated his promise that a department to carry out the task is already in existence.
“There are different departments handling projects. And we have one given the responsibility of tackling potholes and failed portions of our roads.
The roads concerned are being documented for proper attention”
Ogunleye also said the federal roads are receiving government attention, adding the Akure-Ado road would be made motorable before main construction resumes.
“The Owo-Ikare federal road has received government touch. The potholes and failed portions on the highway have been fixed. Motorists are now plying the road with relative ease unlike before. The Ayede Ogbese road has been made motorable for our people to use. Currently, failed portions of the Owo-Ipele-Ifon federal road is being attended to.
The Commissioner said state Governor has promised to tackle the menace posed by the deplorable state of the Akure-Ado road. Being a federal road is not an excuse for negligence.
He said first of all, we have to make it motorable, before commencing construction work.
Ogunleye said the government is desirous to making life more meaningful for the people.
“That is what we are doing. There is no other way. We have to deliver on our promise to serve the people by solving their problems.”
The Commissioner assured that every part of the state will feel government impact.
“We are taking governance to the people’s doorsteps. No senatorial district will be neglected in the scheme of things. Since democracy is serving the people, we will not fail to give the people quality service delivery. Politics will not influence our serving the people,” he added.
The Ikare-Akoko Council of Chiefs, under the Owa-Ale of Ikare, Oba Kolapo Adegbite-Adedoyin, has expressed satisfaction with the performance of Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State in the last two-and-a-half years.
This was contained in a communiqué issued by three members of the council at the end of its monthly meeting held at the Palace of Owa-Ale and made available to the newsmen on Sunday in Akure.
The three members, who signed the communiqué, were the Olokoja of Okoja, High Chief Idowu Ogunye; the Olona of Okegbe, High Chief Rafiu Okunade and Onikún of Ikú, High Chief Mukaila Bello.
The council specifically expressed appreciation to the governor for the reconstruction of the hilly Oke Alabojuto, the dualisation of Ikare township road as well as the renovation of some schools in the town.
It also commended Akeredolu for appointing a former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Fatai Olotu, as Commissioner for Lands and Housing.
The council, however, appealed to the governor to urgently look into the deplorable condition of Awara dam and Okoja-Ikú-Ikare road which, it said, had become impassable.
The council notes, with concern, the deplorable condition of Okoja-Ikú-Ikare Stadium road and pleads with the governor to extend his road construction revolution there.
“The Council of Chiefs, under the Owa-Ale, also thanks our amiable governor for keeping his electioneering promises, especially to the people of Ikare-Akoko. So far, you have not disappointed us.
“We use this medium to appeal to you on the abandoned Ikare township stadium and to resuscitate the Awara dam which used to supply potable water to most parts of Akoko land but which has been abandoned by successive administrations.
The joy of the 2019 class of BEMORE girls knows no bound as they have been exposed to so many opportunities that would make them change the narrative about woman as a weak, second class creature.
It is now the sixth day of the BEMORE Summer Bootcamp in Ondo State, the brain project of the wife of the state governor, Mrs. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, and the girls have started testifying to the knowledge and skills they have acquired so far.
During a tour to the BEMORE training camp earlier today, some of the girls who shared their experiences with this writer, said they never knew that the programme was such a life-changing one, as some of them confessed about their lack of basic computer knowledge prior to the Summer Bootcamp programme.
On her part, Nancy Orisamoluwa who is a returnee, affirmed that she had been equipped with skills that would enable her attain maximum potential, and be self-employed. ” I have gained a lot of things like how to make solar for chargers, make-up, I learned how to operate computer better; last year we were taught how to do solar panel, and this year they are teaching us how to install it on a roof”, she narrates.
Folakemi Wale-Suuru, a fresher, who is already an undergraduate, said, “When I got here, I was first discouraged and upset that why did my mother bring me here? But as time goes on, I discovered that no knowledge is lost, because there are many things we were taught here that even from my 100level to 300level in the university, I have not heard anything about them”.
A BEMORE Ambassador, Christianah Madufe Chukwu, said she has been introduced to a wide knowledge of technology in terms of computer programming, installation of mini-grid solar panel. “last year, I went into cake-baking, this year I’m into shoe-making, and we were being taught how to make sanitary pad this year, new things are being introduced yearly”, she said.
Another new BEMORE girl, Ajenifuja Janet described her experience as awesome, stating that she has been empowered with skills like making needle works, operating computer. ” I can now make sanitary pads for myself”, she affirmed.
Mrs. Akeredolu who was at the camp today to see how the girls are faring, in terms of welfare and learning performance, said some hidden talents have been discovered among them.
” I ate their lunch to be sure that they are well fed, and the food is well-balanced. I am also an executive learner learning how to play violin; I just had my lesson. We are gradually building BEMORE orchestral, in the nearest future, our girls would be playing different instruments”, She said.
The BEMORE initiator who always take part in the early morning exercise with the girls, described the programme as a ground for grooming talents, a university of life full with endless opportunities.
She noted that by the time the girls complete the training, they would BE MORE than the assumption of the society about women folk.
The SeedDev programme manager for middle-east Africa, the official technical partner of the BEMORE Summer Bootcamp facilitating ICT training for the girls, Mr. Boaz Olajuwon noted that the world is in the era of digitalisation, and that digital skill is an important key to unlock unending opportunities.
The SeedDev officer who was caught at the middle of coordinating ICT training session at the BEMORE camp, noted that the ICT training was designed to fully equip them with digital skill to put them in right position them for the future.
The BEMORE Chief Matron, Mrs. Adefunke Akpan disclosed that the BEMORE Summer Bootcamp initiative is spreading wide as she has been receiving feedback from outside the state.
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has called for effective synergy between the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) and the Nigerian Immigration in order to ease the problem associated with obtaining International Passports.
Akeredolu, who stressed the importance of the National Identity Card, said his administration would continue to give necessary support and assistance to the commission in the ongoing registration exercise.
He assured that spaces would be provided at the Local Government secretariats across the state for the continuous registration and capturing of citizens into the National Identity card database for the speedy issuance of the card to people of the state.
The governor spoke while being presented with his National Identity Card, in his office, Alagbaka, Akure, by the Director General, National Identity Management Commission and Chief Enrollment Officer of the Country, Aliyu Aziz.
Akeredolu, who appreciated the commission for fulfilling its promise of presenting his Identity card to him, stressed the importance of the issuance of identity cards to Nigerians in the battle against insecurity.
Speaking earlier while presenting the card to the governor, the Director-General of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, said the activation and presentation of the card was a follow-up to the registration of the governor in September 2018.
The Director General, who was represented by the State Coordinator of NIMC, Mr. Akinwale Agbotoba, said the card in a form of smart card is in compliance with global standards, while its applications include carrying out wide range of services in the Nigerian identity ecosystem.
The DG said the card has a chip where individual’s demographic and biometric information are stored in the National Identity database for easy verification purposes and authentication.
He also added that the National Identification Number, NIN, equally embedded in the chip, would be a veritable tool to smash identity theft and acts of terrorism in the country.
While stating that the card has several security features that could prevent being cloned by fraudsters, the NIMC boss said the card also has a payment solution applet that could be used on ATM and POS.
“The card can accommodate in the future, e-Pension, e- Voting, e-Taxation, e-Insurance, e-Health, ” he stressed.
The NIMC DG, however, solicited the support of the Ondo State Government in the areas of sensitization and mobilization of the citizens and residents of the state through the state-owned media organisations.
The Ondo State Head of Service, Mr Dare Aragbaiye has reiterated his commitment to reposition the state civil service and restore its core values with a view to raising the standard and productivity of civil servants in the state.
Mr Aragbaiye stated this while playing host to members of the state chapter of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM), who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Akure.
He said he would not leave any stone unturned to enhance the efficiency of the civil service for prompt and proper implementation of government policies and programmes.
The HOS called on all associations, unions, organizations and stakeholders within and outside the state civil service to support him in reorganizing the civil service for optimum service delivery.
“The present administration relies on the civil service to attract the confidence of the general public, therefore, it should be reformed to enhance better relationship between the government and its people,” he said.
Earlier in his speech, the Chairman of the Institute, Mr Igbekele Jatuwase, who congratulated Mr Aragbaiye on his appointment, said it was in recognition of his exemplary qualities which among others include reliability, efficiency, competence and dedication to duty.
Mr Jatuwase appreciated the state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for appointing four of their members as Permanent Secretaries in the state civil service, pledging that the institute would continue to support the present administration to achieve its laudable programmes.
He noted that the stance of the HOS to frown at lateness of Civil Servants to office is one of the core values of the civil service which states that “service delivery must be done promptly.”
The Head of Service was decorated as patron of the state branch of CIPM.
The Ondo State Government, through the Ondo State Micro- Credit Agency, on Thursday disbursed a sum of N166 m as soft loans to members of over 21 groups of traders, artisans and business owners.
Some of the groups that benefitted included : Association of Poultry Farmers, Nigeria Union of Tailors , Fish Farmers Association, Ondo State Hairdresser and Cosmetologists Association among others.
At the disbursement of the cheques to the groups, the state governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, said the scheme, which was tagged ‘Apalara Micro-Credit Scheme’, was put in place to make fund easily accessible to the people to boost their business and economic activities.
Represented by his wife, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, the governor said his administration made the loan accessible to the traders in order to save them from passing through the stringent conditions in commercial banks.
According to the governor, the current administration in the state was determined to tackle poverty, banish hunger and create wealth.
He said, “There is no gainsaying the fact that the challenges facing governments of most developing countries, Nigeria inclusive , is that of poverty reduction.
“Our government is fully conscious of this fact and has, therefore, not relented in putting in place various poverty reduction programmes including micro credit loans for the benefit of our people, all aimed at improving their socio- economic well-being to achieve sustainable livelihood.
“I will therefore urged the beneficiaries of this loan to be faithful to its terms and conditions to ensure sustainability of the scheme.”
In her welcome address, the Chairman of the State Micro- Credit Agency, Mrs Kosemani Kolawole, said apart from the traders and artisans, some unemployed youths had also benefitted from the scheme
She commended some beneficiaries who had not default in the repayment of the previous loan after making judicious use of it. She also urged the new beneficiaries to emulate this.
Kolawole said, “ We have identified some unemployed youths who have been considered, we want more youths to come out and benefit from this scheme, some that have benefitted have started something with the loans and they are doing well in their businesses.”
Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo, has advocated the production of Ijaw language in Facts for Life sensitisation radio programme for better understanding of the people at the coaster area of the state.
The Information and Orientation Commissioner made the plea at a one-day media dialogue organised for broadcast media practitioners, particularly radio stations. The programme was organised by UNICEF in collaboration with Ondo State Ministry of Information held in Akure, the state capital.
Mr. Ojogo said the state government and UNICEF have enjoyed a robust relationship that positively impacted in the living standard of the people in the state.
In his words" Ministry of Information and Orientation is one of the line Ministries and Agencies of government in the state that implement UNICEF supported programme such as paintings on hygiene and sanitation in public schools and health facilities".
He hinted that one hundred and twenty(120) wall paintings on hygiene and sanitation, four paintings on exclusive breastfeeding have been carried out across the three Senatorial Districts of the State, which he said was aimed at propagating hygienic living of the people.
The Commissioner stressed that the radio programme on Facts for Life was produced by the Ministry in conjunction with UNICEF, which was designed to educate the people about key household practices that need to be imbibed by everyone in the community at large, in order to prevent communicable diseases and infant mortality.
He noted that fifty two episodes of the programme were developed on four household practices. They are, immunization, sanitation, nutrition and care of newborn, adding that all the episodes had been aired on the State owned radio station - Orange 94.5 FM, Akure at no cost and HOPE 89.1 FM, a radio station owned by Babcock University, Ilishan, Ogun State.
He further explained that fifty two episodes in Yoruba language have been produced and Orange FM has commenced airing in July 2019, noting that the media advocacy on Facts for Life would expand media partnership in propagating the message in the best interest of the people of the state.
In her address, the Akure Field Chief of UNICEF, Dr. Laxmi Bhawani, appreciated Ondo State government for supporting the International Organisation in promoting hygienic living of the people. She said children should be protected against all forms of violence and child abuse.
The UNICEF Chief added that children must be given adequate health care and proper nutrition, stressing that government has a role to play at ensuring every child is given quality education, because it is their right to be in school.
Bhawani maintained that the Facts for Life on radio has impacted positively in the living standard of the people because the people are well informed on hygienic living through enlightenment.
The UNICEF Chief also charged the media to play a vital role in the dissemination of information to the people on importance of keeping the environment clean.
The Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, has commended Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State for his developmental initiatives in the town, saying “Akure people are happy with the governor”.
The monarch gave the commendation on Thursday at the flag-off of the reconstruction of Akure-Oda Road to a dual carriageway.
Aladelusi said Akure people were particularly grateful to Akeredolu for changing the face of the town with massive road projects.
The traditional ruler noted that some of the roads had been completed while others were ongoing in the state capital.
He said that the Akeredolu led-government had touched every nook and cranny of the state, adding that the ancient town would always support the governor.
Aladelusi, who also commended the governor for the “prudent management” of the state’s resources, said that unprecedented massive infrastructural development in the state had earned the governor the new name of “Mr Road”.
“Some people are insinuating that I don’t like Gov. Akeredolu.
“If the governor is doing all these projects in my town and I am not happy with him, God may be angry with me. All Akure indigenes are happy with him.
“The government has touched everywhere. Akure people can’t thank you enough. You didn’t mismanage Ondo State money. People now call you Mr. Road, Arakunrin Road,” Aladelusi said.
The Ondo State Executive Council has approved the selection and final ratification of Prince Gbadegesin Ogunoye as the new Olowo of Owo, in Owo Local Government Area of the state.
Briefing Journalists after the state Executive meeting, which lasted for over seven hours, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said the state government appreciates the Owo Local Government and the Senior Omolowos for the peaceful process and procedures leading to the emergence of the new monarch.
Ojogo said: "One of the key issues that was discussed at council is the issue of the Olowo of Owo. You will recall that the Olowo stool is a grade A stool and recognised by government under the Chiefs law of 1984.
"The stool became vacant after the demise of Oba Victor Folagbade Olateru Olagbegi, and as expected, the selection process commenced and it followed due process and today, the climax of the process was brought to the council by the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs
"It's with gratitude to God and profound thanks to the Local Government and the Senior Omolowos that Council today, gave approval for the selection and final ratification of Prince Ogunoye Ajibade as the new Olowo of Owo kingdom
"The thrust of the process is that Prince Ogunoye is now the Olowo-elect as graciously approved by the State Executive Council. You will recall that Olowo stool is among the prominent ones we have, not only in Ondo State, but in the entire South West
" I have the approval of the governor to thank the senior Omolowos for the selection and final ratification of the Olowo Elect. This is the final process for the selection and appointment of the new Olowo. There are no legal encumbrances since the ministry of justice has also cleared it."
The government spokesperson also disclosed that the state government has effected the upgrading of Chief Beniah Adeola Idiogbe from Oloja of Aboto to the position of Alaboto of Aboto in Ilaje local government area of the state.
He said the request for the upgrade had been approved by the State Executive Council twelve years ago, adding that the present government came in and decided to effect the upgrade.
The information commissioner said: "Another issue that council looked at was the traditional stool of Alaboto of Aboto. This is not a new process. The process had been approved almost 12 years ago (2007). An existing Oloja of Aboto has been upgraded to the stool of Alaboto of Aboto.
" In other words, Council has approved the elevation of Chief Beniah Adeola Idiogbe from the position of Oloja of Aboto to Alaboto of Aboto.
"It's not a new one. One or two administrative encumbrances had delayed the pronouncement. We met in on ground and Governormrnt felt justice must be served. It's not a fresh process. Council gave approval since 2007, but it wasn't effected."
In fulfilment of the commitment of his administration to further develop the state and open up the road network, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Thursday flagged off the construction of the 8.0km Akure-Oda Dual Carriageway.
The governor said the construction of the road is another opportunity to demonstrate the commitment of his administration to the change mantra of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), designed to ensure the general welfare of the people and bring the benefits of good governance to their doorsteps in every nook and cranny of the State.
Governor Akeredolu said his administration was not unaware of the enormous discomfort being experienced by the people as they traverse through the road, especially the residents of Oda-town, including the estates situated within the road corridor.
Arakunrin Akeredolu, who addressed the mammoth crowd at the flag off ceremony, said his administration is delivering a new asset, a new lifestyle and a new era of property appreciation and bequeathing an enduring legacy to the incoming generation.
He said: "But it does not end here, it is only a precursor to an unending positive multiplier effects on the economy and social life of the people.
"While the road is being constructed, we will have more than a sizeable number of our people working and earning their living on a daily basis, and by the time you factor in those who supply construction materials, you can imagine the multiplier effect of this project and of course, the advantages it portends to the people, such as decrease in travel time, increase in the lifespan of vehicles, increased interconnectivity with other roads, such as the Oba Osupa-Hospital-Ijoka Road via Ijigba Road."
While explaining the various features of the road, the Governor informed that, "This 8.0km road, when completed, would consist of 2.7km dual carriageway and 5.3km single carriageway and would have standard facilities such as 1.5m walkway on both sides, 1m width median fitted with street light, 600mm x 750mm drains, 200mm lateritic sub-base course, 200mm stone base course, 50mm asphaltic binder course, 40mm asphaltic wearing course, among others. "
Akeredolu said his administration will not take its foot off the pedal until all communities in the state are transformed .
He said several roads spread across the state are under construction, while some have been completed by his administration as part of its efforts to improve the living condition of the people.
"As I speak to you, we are working on the following strategic and qualitative projects among others, at different levels of completion: Reconstruction of ‘A’ Division - Ijoka Road to a dual carriageway, Reconstruction of Ikare Township Road to a dual carriageway, Reconstruction of the Road from Emure-AUD and from the Ministry of Works - Iyere Junction in Owo to a dual carriageway
"Construction of Fly-Over across Lagos-Benin Expressway, Construction of Gaga Community Road in Akure, Rehabilitation of Ibuji-Igbara-Oke Road, Construction of Okitipupa-Igbokoda Bypass Road, Construction of Sabomi Township Roads, Construction of Ireakari II-Seebi-Ogun Ojobo/Odanikin- Irese Road Junction Akure," Governor Akeredolu said.
He appreciated the good people of the state for their co-operation and unwavering solidarity in the last two and half years.
Arakunrin Akeredolu assured the people that he is irrevocably committed to the completion of all the ongoing projects in the state, in spite of the dwindling resources.
Olabode R Olatunde Special Assistant to the Governor (New Media) 15th August, 2019