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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, of Ondo State, on Friday, promised to give necessary support and provide an enabling environment for South African returnees of Ondo origin to start new lives.
Akeredolu, who received the returnees in his office, also presented cash gifts of N100,000 to each of the returnees for resettlement activities in their various communities.
Represented by his deputy, Agboola Alfred Ajayi, the governor particularly condemned the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other nationals living in South Africa by the indegenes.
He described the attacks as unwarranted, barbaric and condemnable.
Akeredolu commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his visit to South Africa to condemn the ugly incident and find a lasting solution to it.
He charged the returnees not to be discouraged by what had happened to them but to be ready to start a new life as they returned safely to Nigeria, their fatherland.
“We also have various windows of opportunities, including youths and women empowerment as well as agricultural and entrepreneurship programmes, among several others.
“Therefore, avail yourselves with any of them to better your lives,” he said.
According to Akeredolu, the returnees should not be hostile to any foreigner around them so that African countries can be a better place for all to live in.
The governor equally appreciated the management of Air Peace airline for conveying the returnees to the country, free of charge.
Earlier, Fola Olasehinde-Vincente, Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Diaspora Affairs, commended Akeredolu for his kind gesture towards the returnees by ensuring they settled down peacefully and happily.
She enjoined the returnees to strive to reintegrate themselves into the society, urging them to eschew all forms of crimes in the state.
Responding on behalf of the returnees, Sholanke Omolara, appreciated the state government for the support given to them.
She lamented their travails in South Africa, describing it ‘very terrible and nasty’.
Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has ordered the unconditional release of Ogeleyinbo of Ayetoro community, Oba Oluwambe Ojagbohunmi (JP), from Olokuta Medium Prison after nine months of unlawful arrest.
Oba Oluwambe Ojagbohunmi was arrested and remanded in January.
The monarch alongside the Baba Ijo and the Public Relations Officer of the community, Mr. Lawrence Lemamu and Mr. Victor Akinluwa respectively, were hoodwinked to Akure by the police and detained nine months ago.
Akeredolu had frowned over the protracted remand of the monarch over a kingship tussle between him and Micah Ajijo in Ayetoro,a community in Ilaje Local Government Area of the state.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Council of Elders and Ayetoro Youth Congress (AYC), yesterday, jointly expressed the gratitude of the people towards the kind gesture of the governor to promptly intervene in the matter.
They thanked Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu “for his timely intervention towards the release of our people who were before now, unlawfully arrested and remanded at the Olukuta Medium Prison.
Speaking on behalf of the Council and entire community, Most Rev. Apostle Joshua Bankole, declared unflinching support for Akeredolu’s government and his future endeavours politically.
“We also seize this medium to tell Mr. Governor that, Ayetoro, being the most populous community in Ilaje LGA and her people would always be in support of Mr. Governor in all of his political dealings and we tip him to continue the good works that he has been doing in Ondo State since he came to power.”
Bankole hailed the governor for his relentless efforts to curtail the sea incursions “and also remind him that the devastation of the sea encroachment is high: it has destroyed hundreds of thousands of houses and properties.
“We therefore, humbly call on the governor to come to our rescue as Ayetoro is at the verge of being submerged by the Atlantic Ocean. Please, accept our sincere appreciation.”
The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Saka Yusuf Ogunleye has assured residents of the State that the government of Governor Akeredolu will leave no stone unturned in its efforts to solve road infrastructure challenges confronting the people.
Mr. Ogunleye gave assurance when he inspected some of the ongoing projects in Akure metropolis.
The Commissioner said the government’s emphasis on road construction was deliberate as the sector serves all and sundry from the rich to the poor.
“Quality roads make life meaningful for all road users from vehicle owners to motorcyclists and pedestrians. They also remove the stress being experienced when conveyed through bad roads.”
Some of the areas inspected are the Oba Osupa road/Alafiatayo axis, Oda Dualization project and Ijoka axis, where construction works are in progress.
At Oba Osupa road, the Commissioner inspected the cross culvert under construction in front of the state hospital and the extent at which demolition of properties that are involved to evaluate for compensation to the owners.
At Ijoka road, Mr. Ogunleye inspected where the marking for removal of the shanties is in progress. He directed the contractor handling the road to fix a collapsed bridge, which is supposed to serve as an alternative route in the course of constructing the road.
At Oda road, the Commissioner resolved the main issue of total blockage of the road, which the road users had complained about. He directed the contractor to open up part of it for vehicular movement at peak periods for the road users.
He made it known to the public that two alternative routes have been provided at Appeal Court axis and SUBEB through Sijuade for the populace.
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has described former Chief of Defense Staff , General Akani Akinrinade (Rtd) as a selfless leader whose contribution to enthronement of democracy in the country could not be forgotten.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, stated this at an event to mark the 80th birthday of the octogenarian held at International Conference Center, University of Ibadan in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
According to him, Gen. Akinrinade was a member of the Pro-Democracy advocacy group, NADECO, who fought for the democracy that Nigeria has being enjoyed since the year 1999 uninterruptedly.
'Just like Moses who chose to suffer with the Israelites despite being conferred with Egyptian Prince hood, Gen. Akinrinade left his comfort zone in the military to join the NADECO chieftains in the trenches for the enthronement of democracy',
"That Nigeria has enjoyed uninterrupted democracy since 1999 showed that people of the country valued the contribution of the likes of General Akinrinade', the governor said.
While appreciating the past roles of the hero, Akeredolu said his continuous intervention in the nation's polity would always put those in authority in check.
The occasion also had in attendance other officials of the Ondo State government including the Secretary to the State Government, Ifedayo Abegunde, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, his counterpart in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Tall Oluwatuyi and the Special Adviser on Political matter Hon. Victor Olabimtan among others.
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has said that his administration would continue to make the provision of portable water to the nooks and crannies of the state a priority.
Akeredolu said this on Wednesday in Akure when a team from African Development Bank paid him a courtesy visit.
Governor Akeredolu who was represented by his Deputy,Mr Agboola Ajayi said since inception of his government, he had aggressively provided water for the rural dwellers through the 'Kamomi Aketi' rural water support project.
"As at today,over 2000 boreholes have been delivered to over 1000 rural communities across the state.
"The 'Kamomi Aketi' is today is a template that has been nationally and internationally embraced as a template for rural water supply across the globe.
"Government is determined to extend this trend to the urban water supply, hence the need for intervention of Africa Development Bank," he said.
Akeredolu said the project,which was for Akure water supply, involved the rehabilitation of Owena,,Ondo Road Water Supply Scheme to enable seven local government areas have access to portable water.
He listed the local governments as, Ondo East, Ondo West,Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo,Ifedore,Akure South and Akure North,Ifedore,Akure South and Akure North.
The Commissioner for Water Resources and ,Sanitation and Hygiene, Mrs Yetunde Adeyanju, was keen to ensure provision of portable water.
Adeyanju said government could not do it alone,the reason for involving ADB.
"To us as government, the two main objectives of this water supply project that we are engaging in are: this ensure provision of basic water services both in the state capital and the entire state; and ensure financial viability of the urban water supply projects," she said.
The Principal Water and Sanitation Engineer of ADB,Mr Tom Mugoya said the project would generate employment for different categories of people, especially graduates and artisans.
Mugoya said the bank would be depending on the usual cooperation of government and the reason to discuss how to finance the project.
AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE CARETAKER CHAIRMAN ONDO WEST LOCAL GOVERNMENT, ONDO. HON. (BARR). ADEWALE ADELEKUN ON THE OCCASION OF 2019 NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATION
The Chairperson, Child Care Trust, Honourable Supervisors, Director of Local Government Administration. Head of Department here present. Top Government functionaries. Divisional Police Officer, Our Royal Fathers and Chiefs, My Lord Spiritual and Temporal, Member of the Press, Distinguished and Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to this memorable occasion marking the end of a week-long activity for year 2019 National Day Celebration. I am particularly pleased because this celebration has afforded me the opportunities to meet with the cross section of Notable personalities within and outside the Local Government and particularly our great party members.
Today Nigeria is celebrating 59th Anniversary and this event is unique in the History of Nigeria. It is a day set aside to commemorate our freedom from the Colonial Captors. Going back to Memory Lane, it is pertinent to inform you that there is need to celebrate today's Anniversary because of the factors that characterized the struggle resulted into the emancipation of the great nation called Nigeria from the grip of the Colonial masters whose main aim was to siphon our natural endowments and economic resources.
At this point, let me thank the good of Ondo West Local Government Area for being peace loving, I equally wish to appreciate our Royal Fathers, Chiefs, Pastors and Imams for their support and for attending Local Government functions when called upon and for ensuring that peace and tranquility reigns in their respective domains.
The State Government in all ramification has been trying to put smiles on the faces of all and sundry throughout the nocks and crannies of the State by building classrooms in our Schools, construction of roads across the 18 Local Government, Health Sectors and others and that is what we at the Local Government level are trying to emulate, by giving some succor in the areas of development, both in infrastructure and human. Y
It is important to use this forum to appeal to everyone here today that violence is an ill wind that blows no one any good. We have to be law abiding citizens and try to shun violence in all our dealings. At this point in time we should. be used as training ground for thugs. Parents should know that our children are leaders to tomorrow hence we should discourage them from been used as instrument of destruction.
Furthermore, I thank you for your words of advice, prayers, constructive criticism and encouragement which have gone a long way in helping us to serve you better. I wish to inform you all that our administration operates open door policy, you are always welcome whenever you need to see us.
Finally, let me assure you once again of our great party committment to better the lot of the teaming population of Ondo West Local Government.
Thanks for coming, I wish you happy celebration and journey mercies back to your respective destinations.
Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria, Long live Ondo State, Long live Ondo West Local Government.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has said that leadership of the country has exhausted all excuses for its underdevelopment 59 years after independence.
The governor in his speech at the 59th independent anniversary said the country has not got to where it should be since it got flag independent from British government 59 years ago.
Akeredolu who was represented by his deputy, Hon Agboola Ajayi said the task before the leadership of the country is to build a strong and viable economy that would generate a prosperous, progressive and dignified life for the good of the country and the State.
The governor said the country can achieve her desired destination with more hard work, enterprise, creativity and constant fight against corruption.
Pointedly, Akeredolu said " the nation is going through some challenges ranging from insecurity of life and property, poor welfare and other vices which are making lives difficult for our people.
However, he said the foundations are being laid and frantic efforts are being made to solve all the challenges being faced by the citizens.
Akeredolu said the state government is collaborating with the Federal Government and Southwest states to map out strategies to stamp out banditry in the states.