Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Wednesday inaugurated the board for the welfare of Persons Living with disabilities in the state after eight years of its establishment.
The Governor said he has also approved automatic employment for 30 persons living with disabilities in the state with a view to harnessing their full potentials.
Speaking during the inauguration of the board at the Governor’s Office, Alagbaka, Akure, Arakunrin Akeredolu said his administration has included persons living with disabilities in Governance with the appointment of one of them as Special Assistant on Special Persons.
The newly inaugurated board members are : Sanmi Alegbeleye as Chairman while Adenibuyan Monday, Akintade Wale, Ademeko Busayo and Olanre Adigbo are members. Governor Akeredolu said he has directed the government owned hospitals to treat persons with disabilities free of charge.
He said his administration is trying its best to ensure that it gives the pride of place to everyone living with disabilities in the state.
The Governor said: ” You have asked that nobody should demonstrate sympathy or empathy to you since you are active because you know that in your own way, you are not useless but you are special persons
“No matter the condition, this timeless aphorism that there’s ability in disability will always come to bear. If we assist you and you are motivated, you will excel because there’s ability in disability
“It’s in a bid to fully explore your potential that we are inaugurating this board for the welfare of persons with disabilities
“We have been releasing your subvention timely. We have endeavoured to cleberate the world disability day. We have also sponsor some you on trainings and seminars. We have also supported you in your elections."
“We will always attend to your need. Work together. I want to believe that with the constitution of this board this agency will be empowered to maximally fulfill the purpose for which it was established.”
Earlier in her opening remarks, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Titi Adeyemi commended the Governor for being responsive to the welfare of persons with disabilities in the state. She said there are many talented persons with disabilities that can contribute to the development of the state.
In his response, the new chairman, Sanmi, said since the creation of Ondo state, Akeredolu is the only governor that doesn’t discriminate against persons living with Disabilities.
Preparations are now in top gear towards the 3rd edition of Ondo State Sunshine Summer Tennis clinic for children slated to hold between August 27-September 6 2019, with the unveiling of the event’s banners, posters and flyers by the committee
During a management meeting of the committee with the wife of the state governor, Arabirin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, led by its Chairman, Alhaji Tajudeen Akinyemi at the government’s house hall, Rotunda Alagbaka Akure, stakeholders were briefed about the arrangements for the clinic while more useful suggestions were given for the success of the upcoming clinic.
Mrs. Akeredolu who was represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social development, Mrs. Titi Adeyemi, said there is no doubt this year’s edition will be more colourful.
She applauded the suggestion to extend an invitation of partnership to some children-based corporations like ShopRite and Noodles manufacturers, since it’s not a government-sponsored project.
The representative of the Sunshine Queens, Mr Dare Ogunleye promised to register 15 children for the Summer tennis clinic as registration is ongoing.
A member of the committee, Mr. Oluwatope Ayokunle, used the medium to inform the gathering about a plan to establish Arabirin Akeredolu’s Mini-Tennis recreation centre and pavilion in Ijapo estate in recognition of her passion for the development of sports in Ondo state.
In attendance were the General Manager of Ondo State Sport Council, Mr. Wale Fabuluje, Former caretaker committee chairman of Okitipupa local government, Mrs. Morenike Alaka, members of the Sunshine Queens football, popularly called Betty Akeredolu’s babes, and other stakeholders.
Mr. Wale Fabuluje while reacting to the proposal of the technical committee on renovation of the state’s Tennis Court and provision of other logistics and solicited the assistance of philanthropists to that effect.
It would be recalled that Mrs. Akeredolu started the summer tennis clinic two years ago to boost the tennis game in Ondo state by encouraging young ones through the summer training.
During the 2018 edition where 300 children participated in the training, Mrs. Akeredolu said, “the benefits of catching our youths young, especially in sports, are enormous. Let us look at champions like Venus and Serena Williams. They all started as young children.
“Today they have become world champions winning numerous awards. We have Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Billie Jean King, just to mention a few.
“We will continue to build on this tennis clinic initiative, we will make it an annual event in order to help build our future champions”.
Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has vowed to ensure that repentant militants who have surrendered their arms and ammunitions in the riverine area of the state to embrace the Federal Government's amnesty program are incorporated.
Akeredolu said the efforts put in place by his administration, particularly in securing the freedom of the kidnapped Senior Secondary School students of Lagos Model College, Igbonla, Epe, has brought peace into the riverine areas of Lagos and Ogun States.
The Governor, who spoke in his office, in Akure on Tuesday, 16th July, 2019, while receiving in audience, a delegation from Arogbo Ijaw in Ese - Odo Local Government Area of the state , led by the Paramount ruler of the kingdom, His Imperial Majesty, Zacheaus Egbunnu, said his administration is determined to see the amnesty program through in the state.
He said several letters have been written to the Amnesty office on the need to urgently incorporate the repentant militants from the state into the amnesty program.
He assured that with the President's endorsement, the repentant militants would soon be incorporated into the program.
While responding to some of the requests made by the monarch, Akeredolu said the state government has pleaded with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to complete the abandoned Agadagba - Arogbo Bridge.
The Governor also assured the delegation that his administration will address the issue of the absence of a hospital in the community.
Earlier, Oba Egbunu, while addressing the governor, thanked him for making his ascension to the throne a peaceful one, adding that it has in no small way put an end to insecurity in the kingdom.
The monarch equally lauded the governor for appointing a good number of ijaws into his government, saying it has proved that the Governor has genuine love for the people of the area.
Olabode R Olatunde Special Assistant to the Governor (New Media) 17th July, 2019.
Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has said the Yoruba race is lucky to have the duo of Professor Wole Soyinka and the late D. O Fagunwa whose works have projected the image of the Yoruba people to the global audience.
The governor said the state is particularly proud that the forest of a thousand demon, which was popularised by the late Fagunwa exists in the state.
Governor Akeredolu while receiving members of the Fagunwa Study Group (FSG) , led by Prof. Tunde Babawale on a courtesy visit to his office in Alagbaka, Akure, said the state is ready to welcome Prof. Soyinka for the FSG International Conference, billed to hold in Akure, the state capital.
The Governor said the state government is ready to give total support to any individual or corporate bodies interested in turning the Igbo eledumare at Okeigbo into a tourist site.
He said the tourist site will not only boost the economy of the state but also keep the work of the late author alive for future generation.
Earlier, the leader of the group, Professor Tunde Babawale thanked the governor for always assisting the group especially with the recent launch of a compilation of books written by the late author, Fagunwa who hails from Okeigbo in Ondo state.
Babawale informed the governor of their plans for the four day international conference that will attract dignitaries from within and around the globe.
Olabode R Olatunde Special Assistant to the Governor (New Media) 16th July, 2019.
In fulfilment of his promise to encourage and reward dedicated, hardworking and deserving public service workers in the state, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has approved the appointment of twenty-seven (27) new Permanent Secretaries (PS) for the state public service and the Local Government Service.
In the same vein, the governor also approved the appointment of three (3) Tutors-General for the state Teaching Service.
The approval was contained in a release signed by the Head of Service of the state public service, Mr Dare Aragbaiye
The Permanent Secretaries are as follows:
1. Jenyo Ajomole
2. Tope Kolawole
3. Kayode Ogundele
4. Akpoebi Iwabi
5. Frederick Oladiran
6. Bunmi Omotola (Mrs)
7. Boluwaduro Sanni
8. Segun Odusanya
9. Sunday Lebi
10. Victor Olajorin
11. Bayo Philip
12. Tokunbo Ayejoto
13. Johnson Olayeye
14. Olufemi Aladenola
15. Dr. Dipo Durojaye
16. Dr. (Mrs) Arinola Akinsete
17. Engr. Oluwemimo Ogunsanmi
18. Olabode Yusuf
19. Engr. Ajibola Ogidan
20. Alex Alake
21. Lanke Olamisegbe
22. Joshua Folayemi
23. Bola Akinyanmi (Mrs)
24. Prince Ajibade Ogunoye
Local Government Service
1. Babatunde Monehin
2. Kehinde Ige
3. Bunmi Eniayewu
1. Olabode Ariyo
2. Akinboboye Akinnusi
3. A. V. Adeuga
Governor Akeredolu, while congratulating the newly-promoted permanent secretaries and tutors-generals on their appointment, urges them to see their new positions as a challenge to do more and rededicate themselves to the service of the state.
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has said that his administration was conscious of the enormous roles ahead of the present younger generation as the basis upon which the State Government had remained committed to various policies and programmes preparing them for nation building.
Governor Akeredolu made this known in Akure while playing host to the 85 Participants in the National Essay Competition to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Wole Soyinka International Cultural Exchange programme with the theme: Freedom, Justice and Equity: The Children's Intervention in the Renewal of the Nation.
The governor who stated that the younger ones deserve the best, explained that what they needed encouragements, knowledge and skills for them to be able to secure the nation and build a productively virile country.
"Your future is bright. I implore you, keep your head high because the sky is the limit. You have so much opportunity like modern to explore to make your world better," he said.
Arakunrin Akeredolu used the occasion to eulogise the unrivalled contributions of Professor Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Laurette who is a foremost writer, activist, and who had contributed in no small measure to the uplift of Nigeria.
While describing Professor Soyinka as the conscience of the nation, Governor Akeredolu that the Nobel Laurette should be honoured with the highest honour in the land to appreciate his monumental contributions to nation building.
Early diagnosis and routine based population-level screening can significantly improve cancer outcomes and patients survival in Nigeria.
This was the submission of the wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu at the Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Course, organized by the Society of Oncology and Cancer Research of Nigeria, (SOCRON), and American Society of Clinical Oncology, ASCO, in Lagos at the weekend.
According to Mrs. Akeredolu who is the Founder of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria, (BRECAN), promoting early diagnosis of cervical and breast cancer among women will go a long way in achieving remarkable success in cancer care and control.
She also stressed the need to improve patient navigation at the health systems level, while lamenting that a sizable proportion of patients are lost to follow-up in the cancer care continuum as a result of the complexity and poor functioning of health system, especially as it relates to cancer care.
Mrs. Akeredolu disclosed that every single day in Nigeria, 39 women are diagnosed of cervical cancer, while 22 die on that same day, with breast cancer killing 36 women daily.
The BRECAN founder therefore called for critical evaluation of Nigerian health system and re-model it to ensure accessibility, affordability and quality in order to curb loss to follow-up.
According to her, there is also a need to actively engage religious leaders who in most cases are either the first point of call or the only point of call for women noticing breast cancer symptoms.
To achieve cancer care and control, both health providers and civil societies must consciously and conscientiously engage the governments to act more responsibly in ensuring the formulation and implementation of cancer care and control at their respective levels.
Given the low position breast and cervical cancer occupy on the ladder of health priorities in Nigeria, Mrs. Akeredolu called for relentless effort in advocating for government to make both forms of cancer a priority and create a budget with adequate funding for its control.
The governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN has congratulated Prince Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye on his emergence as the Olowo-elect of OWO Kingdom.
The governor's message follows reports he received from one of the Senior Omolowos (Kingmakers), Chief Jamiu Ekungba on the outcome of the selection process which, according to him, was peaceful, democratic and procedural in line with the customs and tradition guiding the selection of an Olowo.
The Governor said, even as the State Government awaits a formal written communication from the Kingmakers as required by law, he was enamoured by the peaceful conduct that heralded the emergence of the Olowo-elect.
Specifically, Governor Akeredolu commends the peaceful manner in which the selection processes went since they began. This according to him, posits an enviable narrative that has dwarfed the needless tension which enveloped the ancient City of OWO since the commencement of the selection processes.
It is therefore, apposite to submit that the ingenious democratic template enunciated by the Kingmakers has produced the choice of Owo indigenes as demonstrated by the outcome of the selection. Mr
Governor considers this highly commendable and an enduring legacy for OWO Kingdom.
While wishing Prince Ogunoye God's wisdom and Grace as he prepares to ascend the throne of his forebearers, Governor Akeredolu appeals to the Olowo-elect to unite all sons and daughters of OWO Kingdom. He particularly enjoins Prince Ogunoye to extend hands of fellowship to other contenders to the ancient throne before his emergence.
As OWO Kingdom awaits the traditional rites that will culminate in the final coronation of the Olowo-elect, Governor expresses optimism that OWO indigenes
would take maximum advantage of this moment of fresh breath and savour the peaceful ambience that has berthed in the Kingdom.
Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has led Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde and Security Chiefs in the state to the residence of Pa. Reuben Fasoranti to condole with him over the loss of his daughter, Mrs Funke Olakunri who was killed by unknown gunmen on Friday.
The Governor who was earlier at the residence of the leader of the Pan Yoruba Socio-political organisation, Afenifere, returned with security chiefs and was later joined by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and former Governor of the state, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
Akeredolu who described the death of Mrs Funke Olakunrin as an ugly incident, has said preventive measures must be taken to ensure that such incident does not reoccur in the state.
Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has commiserated with the Leader of the Pan - Yoruba Socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, over the loss of his daughter, Mrs Funke Olakunrin, who was killed by armed bandits on Friday.
Governor Akeredolu also condole with the husband of the deceased, Mr. Idowu Olakunrin.
Arakunrin Akeredolu, who cut short his trip to Lagos State, to console the foremost Yoruba leader and his family over the painful loss, was accompanied by his Chief of Staff, Cheif Gbenga Ale, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Engr. Ade Adetimehin and other members of the state Executive Council.
The Governor described the murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin as an ugly incident, stressing that it is undoubtedly a death too many.
Arakunrin Akeredolu, who expressed his worry over the incident, said that some measures must be taken to prevent its reoccurrence.
He said the death of Funke Olakunrin was a personal loss, adding that it is like mourning a relative whose life has just been cut short.
Governor Akeredolu promised that government will brief the media adequately about the steps and measures to be taken very soon.
The Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu led
administration has adopted a commendable path, with regards to its strategic
focus on massive road network constructions across the state, among other lofty
Livelihood in an environment is a function
of prospects and economic productivity. It is thus important for a purposeful
government to determine the critical programs that connects the people and stir
other factors in the society, thereby quicken the economic myriad activities of
the state and reducing the social burdens of the people.
The Economic calculation of the benefits to
be derived from these critical programs are first determined, a distinction is
made between direct benefits accruing to users of the additional facilities and
the indirect effects that the facilities will attract on the areas served by
New road facility constructions and
rehabilitation by the Akeredolu administration spreads across the three
Senatorial district of the state, a good number of these roads are completed
while some are on-going. The roads numbering up to 43 as at last count, include
the dualization of Ikare township road; dualization of 0.5km Oke Alabojuto
road, Ikare phase 1; construction of 2.76 km of selected roads in Idanre;
construction of 2.5km GRA dualization road in Owo. Construction of
Iwalewa-Alafiatayo, Iwalewa-Oshinle, Iwalewa-Hospital road and Abusoro road,
Ijoka phase 1. Construction of 6.02 km Alagbaka SIB-Appeal Court road,
rehabilitation and construction of 5.412km road in Oke Ogba Community, and
rehabilitation of selected roads in Ifon Local govt.
Other ongoing projects includes the
construction of 2.3km Sabomi-Ajagba road, construction of 10km phase 1
Okitipupa-Igbokoda bypass road, construction of 5.569km Gaga Community road,
construction of 8.135km dual carriage way from A Division-Oluwatuyi-Ijoka,
rehabilitation of 7.11kms of selected roads in Ondo kingdom.
The Developmental outlook of these roads
and economic benefits accruing to road users on these massive road construction
programs is measured by the savings resulting from the new facilities in terms
of availability of more work-time, reduction in fuel consumption, reduction in
tyre wear and incessant vehicle repairs, reduced accident risk, greater traveling comfort.