Owo, the hometown of the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) on Saturday, November 16, 2019 went into wild celebrations as the people of the town trooped enmass to receive the Governor into the town.
Governor Akeredolu, who was in Abuja for few weeks where he attended to some official matters before returning to Akure last week Friday amidst pomp and peagantry, entered into the ancient town of Owo in a blaze of glory.
The Governor, who was visiting his hometown for the first time after his return from Abuja last Friday, was ushered into his town by his people who welcomed him with drum and music from Emure Junction into the ancient town.
Governor Akeredolu had a stopover at the Palace of the Olowo of Owo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye III where he appreciated the people of Owo and the state at large for their support and prayers.
His Imperial Majesty, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye III sought the support of the people of the state to enable the Governor continue to deliver on his people-oriented programs.
Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Friday, November 15, 2019 received the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and other principal officers of the Senate at the Government House, Alagbaka, Akure.
The Senate President, alongside Senator Ajayi Borrofice, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele and other senators are in the state to visit one of their own, Senator Nicholas Tofowomo, who was involved in a road accident recently.
Receiving the lawmakers at the Government House, Arakunrin Akeredolu thanked the Senate President for deeming it fit to come by himself and visit Senator Tofowomo.
According to the Governor, the decision of the Senate President to leave the seat of power in Abuja to visit Tofowomo has demonstrated his good leadership quality.
He said:" The senate President, let me thank you for your consideration and decision to stop by. Sir, that you, as the President of the Senate, left Abuja to be here to see one of your own, Senator Nicholas Tofowomo has demostrated your very good leadership quality. You could have sent any of your member, but that you led this wonderful team to pay him a visit, we thank you sir.
"Your decision to see the senate as one is wonderful. Even within the party, we argue, there will be different opinions. The nation is the most important thing .
"We have a President that’s so respected all over the world we all respect him, we must work with him. I thank you for this decision of the spirit of oneness."
Earlier, the Senate President informed the Governor that he was in the state with other Principal officers to visit one of the members who was involved in an accident.
He said:"We also felt we should pay you this visit to thank you for giving us this kind of warm treatment since we arrived at the airport. We are going to Ondo to visit one of our colleagues who was involved in an accident . We want to go and pray with him and take the message of the senate that we are with him at all time.
"In the senate today, we all work together. It’s a conscious decision of the senate that all of us work together to give the required support to the Federal Government to perform Well in the country. We all want to see the security improve and we want to see an economy that works for everyone and all of us are in this."
Olabode Richard Olatunde Special Assistant to the Governor (New Media) November 15, 2019
The Nigeria Association Of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) in Ondo state has commended, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN for the appointment of more women into his government.
The Chairperson of the Association, Doris Olumoko in a Press Release signed by the Secretary Patience Ibeh said the move reflects the governor’s interest in the development and empowerment of women in the state.
The statement added that the gesture will open developmental doors for more women to participate in governance.
NAWOJ enjoined other political office holders to emulate the governor’s gesture.
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has approved the appointment of Mrs. Margaret Atere as his Senior Special Assistant on Women Affairs.
The appointment is with immediate effect.
Arakunrin Akeredolu congratulates the appointee as she joins the governor to further push forward the efforts aimed at developing the state.
Similarly, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has approved the appointments of the following persons as his Senior Special Assistants on Women Mobilization:
Chief (Mrs.) Akeju- Northern Senatorial District
Mrs. Ronke Ojo- Central Senatorial District.
Mrs. Morenike Alaka- Southern Senatorial District
Meanwhile, Mrs. Lanre Oyelade has been appointed as a part-time member of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
She replaces Mrs. Ronke Ojo on the board of SUBEB.
The Governor congratulates the new appointees and wishes them success in their new assignments.
Segun Ajiboye Chief Press Secretary to the Governor
As part of activities marking its second anniversary, the Foundation for Wives of Ondo State Officials and Female Political Appointees will on 4th and 5th December, 2019, hold a 2-day Summit with the theme, “Prioritising Women’s Health and Well being in Nigeria”.
The Foundation, the brain-child of the Wife of the Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu – Akeredolu, was launched on 7th December, 2017, with the core aim to drive women empowerment and self actualisation in Ondo state.
In a Press Release issued by the Special Assistant to Mrs. Akeredolu on Media, Miss Oluwatobi Fademi, the Summit which will hold at the International Culture and Event Centre (The Dome), Igbatoro Road, Akure and the Arcade Ground, opposite the State’s Ministry for Women Affairs and Social Development in Akure by 10: 00 a.m respectively.
According to her, the summit is expected to educate and expose women to the significance of taking their health serious as well as sensitizing them about measures that could be utilised to forestall occurrences inimical to the safety and wellness of their families.
“At the Summit, opinion leaders, women advocates, accomplished entrepreneurs and career driven male and female personalities will deliver keynote addresses and lectures on carefully selected topics and issues that bother on women empowerment and self actualization in Ondo State.
She noted that the summit is part of efforts to continually empower the women folk and strategically prepare them as active participants at the decision making table, particularly as the Akeredolu led administration is determined to further empower women in the State, implement gender balanced policies and other issues that could aid and distinguish development of Ondo women as an indispensable entity in the society.
She added that the summit will aprovide an opportunity for evaluating the efforts of FOWOSO at refining the potentials of Ondo State women in the past two years and driving women towards self actualisation need.
Meanwhile, the Founder of the Foundation and convener of the Summit, Arabinrin Akeredolu and other distinguished personalities will also encourage, motivate, and support women on the cogent needs required to adapt and make them more useful for the society, being healthier and of immense assistance to their families and the society, in general.
It will create empowerment and value reorientation, in the biggest form and participants at the Summit will go home with fresh ideas that will make lasting impact.
The event will feature the highly celebrated FOWOSO raffle draw with mouth watering prizes, PZ sponsored cooking and dancing competitions.
There will be a display of the breast cancer awareness dance, ‘SEKEM’ and Crawlers race competition as parts of the attractions outlined to engage participants, reveal and build their potentials and go home with fascinating packages.
“FOWOSO, within two years of its establishment, has impacted on the lives of thousands of women and youths across the State, through distribution of empowerment materials, skill acquisition, ICT training for youths.
“And this signifies a new dawn in the State and concerted efforts geared towards complementing the programmes and activities of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN at bringing governance nearer to the people and ensuring they have access to the dividends of democracy”, says Fademi
According to her, no fewer than 5000 participants are expected to attend the summit from across the length and breadth of Nigeria.
Personalities like the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, his Kwara State counterpart and his wife, Alhaji and Mrs. Olufolake Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Prof. Modupe Adelabu are also expected to grace the occasion.
Other expected guests are the Chief Executive Officer, Air Peace, Mr. Allen Onyema and the Olugbo of Ugbo land and his wife, Oba Frederick Akinruntan Obateru, top government functionaries, women advocates and other important personalities are expected to attend the Summit. Says the statement.
The State Government has started the rehabilitation and repair of the failed portions of federal roads across the state.
The exercise, which took off in Ondo on Monday, is being carried out to prevent total collapse of the road and also bring succour to motor users.
Different equipments have been deployed to the Valentino junction of the Ondo-Ife road, where the rehabilitation work began.
Drainage works have commenced, removal of unsuitable materials from the failed portions is in progress, while haulaging of boulders to stabilise the area is also being done.
Speaking with newsmen when the management of Ministry of Works visited the scene, Works and Infrastructure Commissioner, Mr. Saka Yusuf Ogunleye said the state government had to carryout the repairs as it had become inevitable.
"We are working here to fix this road because our people are the end users, the federal government stand not to refund money spent on its roads by state government notwithstanding. Due to the fact that this administration has a reputation for quality road infrastructure, we cannot turn a blind eye while this road go into total ruin. This is not the first time we are doing this. We did same at Owo-Ikare and Owo-Ipele roads.
The Special Adviser to Mr. Governor on Works, Lands and Infrastructure, Engineer Raimi Aminu said the failed portion and other potholes in Ondo would be attended to. According to him, the rehabilitation work was delayed by the prolonged rainy season.
Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mrs. Lola Julianah Fagbemi, who is an indigene thanked Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu Aketi SAN for showing love and responsiveness to Ondo peoples plight. She said the Governor had shown himself as a statesman.
A member of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Leonard Akinribido described the rehabilitation as a thing of joy, adding that the Governor was demonstrating to the world that democracy was meant to solve peoples challenges.
Sunday Ajibola, Head Media, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure
Government Workers in Ondo State have again been assured that the administration of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu would continue to satisfy their interest in the area of regular payment of salary, promotion, training and retraining as well as provision of suitable working environment to enhance quality service delivery to the people of the state.
The state Head of Service, Mr Dare Aragbaiye gave the assurance while playing host to the newly elected leadership of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Ondo State Chapter in his office in Akure, the state capital.
Mr Aragbaiye noted that despite the dwindling allocation from the federation account, the Akeredolu-led administration has evolved strategies that increased the Internally Generated Revenue which enables the government to improve the Workers welfare as well as achieved outstanding infrastructure development of the state.
While congratulating the new Executive Officers of the Union for their victory during the election, the number one Civil Servant in the state commended the government’s policy of non interference in the selection of Union leaders for them to gain the confidence of their members as well as enhance better working relationship between the Union and the Government.
He further assured them that the present administration is poised to removing all bureaucratic bottlenecks to the career progression of Workers in the state, while on the other hand cautioned them to desist from obtaining loans that would make their monthly take home pay inadequate for their families.
In his earlier remarks, President of the Union, Comrade Bola Taiwo commended the administration of Governor Akeredolu for giving priority to the welfare of Workers in the state, particularly with the payment of 6 out of the 7 months salary arrears owed by the immediate past administration, payment of salary as at when due, regular promotion and granting of conversion request to Officers that desire it among others.
Comrade Taiwo, who highlighted the demands of the Union for government attention, pledged the continual support of the Union to the state government to achieve its laudable developmental programmes for the people of the state.
The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, on Thursday, November 14, 2019 received the Outline of Business Case, OBC, which comprehensively states the Project Implementation Plan for the proposed Port of Ondo.
The presentation was made by the project Consortium comprising a Spanish firm, Ocean Infrastructure Management, OIM, its Nigerian Partner, Franchise and Business Solutions Ltd, FBS; in the presence of officials of Nigerian Port Authority and coordinated by the Consultant to Ondo State Government on the project, Amiable Consultancy and Logistics Services Ltd.
Governor Akeredolu said his administration would give everything into actualising the project speedily in view of its derivable benefits not only to the economy of the state and the country but to the entire West African subregion.
He said: "Port of Ondo will be less than 45 minutes to Lagos by road and by water, it will be shorter. With the location, Ondo will becomes a nerve center. Citing the port here is one of the best thing that will happen to, not just Ondo, but Nigeria. We are not ready to waste any time. We are ready to give all the support. We are serious about this port. We are very serious about it
“Look at the draft , it’s not found in any other place in Nigeri. We keep dredging when we have a natural dredge in Ondo State. I’m told that mother ship can berth in port Ondo. Let us look at the report. Let’s focus on the viability of the port Ondo."
The representative of the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) Mrs Elizabeth Awuletey described the project as the dawn of a new era in the state.
The wife of Ondo State governor, Arabinrin Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu has dedicated the Grand Amazon award bestowed on her by the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, to all women who have worked and still working selflessly for the emancipation of the women folk.
Mrs. Akeredolu who stated this at the Dinner and Award night organised by NAWOJ as part of activities to mark the association’s 30th anniversary at Radio House Garki Abuja, noted that the honour would serve as an extra nudge for her not to never give up on her passion to see a gender balanced society.
She described her passion to pursue the cause of gender equality as a dogged one, and not aimed at inviting public recognition.
She stressed the need for women to be empowered with skills in order to achieve a gender balanced society.
Mrs. Akeredolu charged women journalists to use their status as media professionals to achieve the quest for gender equality in Nigeria.
She further stressed the need for a good knowledge of science, technology and mathematics in order to significantly contribute to the 21st century development.
“It is from this ideology that we founded the BEMORE Empowered Initiative with the aim of ensuring that no girl is beclouded by stereotypes and handicapped by lack of opportunities in becoming an authority in science and technology”. She said.
Mrs. Akeredolu, therefore, assured of her commitment to continually train the young girls so that they can realise they can contribute to the development of the nation.
Earlier in her welcome address, the NAWOJ national President, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Omowole had described the anniversary as a celebration of God’s grace, noting that the association had encountered so many challenges capable of destroying it but struggled to survive.
She stated that women journalists have moved from mere newsroom officers to the managerial positions in media houses, and have been reporting crime-prone areas like their male colleagues.
The Royal father of the day, Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, CFR, charged NAWOJ members to focus on youths, children and women’s cause through advocacy, noting that they are the victims of insurgencies.
Represented by Alhaji Kudu Abubakar, the Etsu Nupe enjoined women journalists to join hands with relevant authorities to collectively change the narrative of the vulnerable ones in Nigeria.
NAWOJ honoured Mrs. Akeredolu with 2019 Grand Amazon Award in recognition of her advocacy programmes aim at promoting and empowering women in the society, and for her quest to pursue a gender-balanced society.
Other awardees were the wife of Akwa-Ibom state governor, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, the First Lady of Bauchi State, Dr. Aisha Bala Mohammed, the First Lady of Niger State, Dr. Mrs. Amina Abubakar, and the national President of NUJ, Mr. Chris Isiguzo for his gender sensitive appointments in the union.
In attendance were the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social development, Mrs. Titi Adeyemi, an All Progressive Congress chieftain Dr. Pius Osunyikanmi, the former Chairman of Akure South Local government, Mrs. Margret Atere, among others.
I ARRIVED BACK HOME INTO YOUR WARM AND WAITING ARMS AFTER FOUR WEEKS OUTSIDE OF OUR STATE ON A WORKING LEAVE.
THE LEAVE AFFORDED ME THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A PERSONAL REFLECTION AND ALSO MEDICAL REVIEW OF MY HEALTH ON THE ADVISE OF MY DOCTORS IN ORDER TO BE RENEWED FOR THE ALL-IMPORTANT TASK OF SERVING OUR STATE, BETTER THAN BEFORE.
I AM HAPPY TO REPORT THAT IN THE LAST FOUR WEEKS, NEW GROUNDS WERE BROKEN FOR BIGGER AND WIDER OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP OUR LAND AND THE PEOPLE. AS YOU ARE AWARE, A VERY SUCCESSFUL BILATERAL MEETING WAS HELD WITH OUR PARTNER, MEDICUS INTERNATIONAL, TO EXPAND THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN THE STATE. OUR JOINT OBJECTIVE IS TO BUILD A $1.1BILLION WORLD CLASS MEDICAL CITY IN AKURE, THE STATE CAPITAL. OUR PROPOSED MEDICAL CITY WILL PROVIDE EXCELLENT HEALTHCARE FACILITY FOR OUR PEOPLE IN THE STATE AND NIGERIA IN GENERAL.
WE ALSO HELD FRUITFUL DISCUSSION WITH OUR TECHNICAL PARTNERS AND CONSULTANTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF PORT ONDO, OUR STATE’S DREAM DEEP SEA PORT PROJECT. OUR JOINT COMMISSION IS EXPECTED TO VISIT THE PROPOSED SITE FOR THE PROJECT NEXT WEEK AS PART OF THE PROCESS TOWARDS COMMENCEMENT OF WORK.
I ALSO ATTENDED THE GOVERNOR'S FORUM MEETING WHERE ISSUES OF THE NEW MINIMUM WAGE FOR WORKERS AMONGST OTHER WAS DISCUSSED. ALL GOVERNORS WERE ENCOURAGED TO HARNESS AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR STATES TO CONTINUE TO PUT THE WELFARE OF WORKERS ON THE FRONT BURNER.
WE WERE ALSO PRESENT AT THE NATIONAL ECONOMIC COMMITTEE MEETING WHERE ISSUES OF DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL SECURITY AND GRASSROOTS ECONOMY WAS DISCUSSED.
FOLLOWING ON THIS HEEL WAS ALSO OUR BILATERAL ENGAGEMENT WITH THE WORLD BANK TEAM LED BY ITS NEW COUNTRY DIRECTOR, TO ACCOMMODATE ONDO STATE IN ITS PROGRAMMES AND ACTIVATE EFFORTS TOWARD FULFILLING OUR CAMPAIGN PROMISES TO OUR PEOPLE.
IN ALL, THROUGHOUT MY STAY OUTSIDE THE STATE, WE ENSURED THAT THE WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE WAS THE TOPMOST AGENDA ON OUR MINDS AND THAT GOVERNANCE NEVER SUFFERED.
LET ME THEREFORE USE THIS AUSPICIOUS OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS MY PROFOUND GRATITUDE TO GOD ALMIGHTY FOR HIS INFINITE GRACE AND MERCY AND TO ALL THE PEOPLE OF THIS STATE FOR YOUR KIND WORDS AND BEST WISHES EXPRESSED TO ME WHILE REVIEWING MY HEALTH.
I THANK ALL OUR ROYAL FATHERS, RELIGIOUS LEADERS, THE MEDIA, CIVIL SERVANTS, THE PRIVATE SECTOR, ARTISAN GROUPS, NURTW, RTEAN, OKADA RIDERS, WOMEN GROUPS AND MANY OTHERS TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION.
I EQUALLY THANK THE SOUTHWEST GOVERNORS FORUM, THE LEADERSHIP OF OUR PARTY, THE APC, PARTICULARLY OUR NATIONAL WORKING COMMITTEE, AND THE NATIONAL LEADER, ASIWAJU BOLA AHMED TINUBU AND AN ENTOURAGE OF ESTEEMED LEADERS AND OTHER FRIENDS OF THE STATE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE WHO PERSONALLY VISITED.
I THANK THE MEMBERS OF THE STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL LED BY THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR FOR THEIR DILIGENCE AND SENSE OF LEADERSHIP.
I THANK THE LEADERS OF OUR PARTY AT THE STATE LEVEL UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF ENGR. ADE ADETIMEHIN, OUR BI-PARTISAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY CAUCUS AS WELL AS THE OPPOSITION PARTIES AND CRITICS FOR THEIR CANDOUR AND LOVE FOR THE PEACE AND PROGRESS OF OUR STATE.
MAY I ALSO I EXPRESS MY SINCERE APPRECIATION TO THE EVER CONSCIOUS, AND MATURE YOUTHS FOR YOUR DAILY OUTPOUR OF GREETINGS AND KIND WORDS TO ME THROUGH CALLS, MESSAGES AND PARTICULARLY YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA CONVERSATIONS WHICH I PERSONALLY READ AND NOTED.
I CAME BACK YESTERDAY, INTO YOUR OUTPOURING WARMTH, LOVE AND GENUINE AFFECTION. THE SIGHT OF THOUSANDS OF YOU, MY PEOPLE WHO STORMED THE AIRPORT, THE ROADSIDES AND EVERY CORNER OF THE STATE CAPITAL TILL DUSK WAS AWESOME AND A CLEAR COMMUNICATION OF TRUST, LOYALTY, DEDICATION, CONFIDENCE, APPRECIATION AND BEST CONSIDERATION.
I THEREFORE WISH TO RENEW MY VOW TO YOU THAT I WILL NOT RELENT BUT WILL CONTINUE TO USE ALL MY STRENGTH, ENERGY AND GOD GIVEN KNOWLEDGE AND TALENT TO SERVE OUR DEAR STATE.
THE TASK IS HEAVY, THE JOURNEY IS FAR, THE EXPECTATIONS ARE HIGH WHILE THE OBJECTIVE IS CLEAR; TO DEVELOP THE LAND AND THE PEOPLE. I BELIEVE THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT AND ALL MOUNTAINS ARE SURMOUNTABLE IF WE WORK TOGETHER.
I THEREFORE WISH TO ENCOURAGE US TO WORK TOWARDS THIS GOAL BY DEMONSTRATING UNCONDITIONAL LOVE FOR OUR NEIGHBOURS, DILIGENCE, FOCUS ON DEVELOPMENT AND PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE.
MY GOOD PEOPLE OF ONDO STATE, MAY GOD ALMIGHTY BE WITH YOU, BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES.
It was a memorable homecoming for the Executive Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu as the good sons and daughters of the Sunshine state trouped out en-masse amidst fanfare and excitement to welcoming the white bearded legal cum political giant.
The people who had gathered at the Akure Airport could not hide their excitement as they awaited the arrival of the state governor; screams of joy rented the air as the plane of the governor made a touchdown, while the governor alighted to the outmost delight of the people.
The rousing welcome accorded the governor was not only a proof of his popularity in the state but also a testament to his unending legacies in the state. With the great display of love and affection shown and exhibited today, it has gone a long way in attesting to the loyalty and support of the good sons and daughters of the sunshine state to their ever working and astute leader who has seen to a positive change of the fortunes of the state through numerous developmental projects and initiatives.
Presents at the airport were top state government personalities, party members and good sons and daughters of Ondo State .