Akeredolu Lists Achievements, Vows To Set Ondo On The Path Of Growth

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu giving a speech during the inauguration and swearing-in ceremony for his second term in office, on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

 

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Wednesday during his inauguration ceremony for his second term in office promised to set the state on the path of growth.

He also listed his achievements during his first term in office and promised not to depart from the ‘redemptive and restorative path.’

“We are committed, irrevocably, to setting the State on the path of real growth and development.

“We are confident that posterity will read about this era and feel proud of our achievements. Our victory at the last election confirmed the love and trust we enjoy from the people.  We cannot afford to depart from the redemptive and restorative path.  We shall proceed, with keener enthusiasm, to justify the renewal of our mandate to serve the people,” the governor said.

Akeredolu also appreciated President Muhammdu Buhari and other national leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for their support.

“I thank the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the unflinching support and the confidence reposed in us since the commencement of this administration.

“I thank our National Leaders, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Baba Bisi Akande, Chief Odigie Oyegun, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and other eminent personalities for the sustained interest in our programmes of development

“All of you have been great, the depth of your interest and support cannot be discarded,” the governor said.

The deputy governor, Mr Lucky Ayedatiwa was also sworn-in at the event which was held at the International Culture and Events Centre, Akure, the state capital.

 

SEE BELOW THE GOVERNOR’S FULL SPEECH…

 

BEING THE ADDRESS OF THE GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE, ARAKUNRIN OLUWAROTIMI ODUNAYO AKEREDOLU, SAN AT THE INAUGURATION/SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR THE SECOND TERM IN OFFICE ON WEDNESDAY, 24TH FEBRUARY,  2021 AT THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR CULTURE AND EVENTS (THE DOME) IGBATORO ROAD , AKURE

 

ON THE PATH TO REDEMPTION

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“I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvellous things you have done.   I will be filled with joy because of you.   I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.   Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you. Sing praises to the Lord who reigns in Jerusalem.   Tell the world about His unforgettable deeds.” “Courage brother! Do not stumble.” “Though thy path be dark as night, there is a path to guide the humble.   Trust in the Lord and do the right.”

Exactly four years ago, this journey began.   It commenced on the strength of our unshakable and collective faith in God Almighty, as we committed our desires, aspirations, and indeed, our vision for a New Ondo State.   I recall with nostalgia, the bold walk into the cloud of uncertainty, with you, the good people of the Sunshine State, as my beacon.   I recall with joy still, as I cast my mind back to those words of hope, the pronouncements of confidence, and the incurable moments of zeal.   With the spirit of patriotism at high steam, I did say, “we can rise out of this dust and build a new Ondo State where honesty, prosperity, and confidence can, once again, be our self-identity.   We can pull ourselves by the bootstraps and shake off our current frustrations and disappointments.  We must recognise the need for a cohesive platform, indispensable to effective and efficient implementation of policies and programmes of both government and party respectively.

I thank God Almighty for the opportunity to see this day.  I remain eternally grateful for being here in good health and very ready to continue the redemptive mission, for which the good people of Ondo State renewed our mandate, with a resounding victory.  I am not unmindful of the axiom that the reward for hard work is another round of hard work.  Our hands remain on the plough.  We are committed, irrevocably, to setting the State on the path of real growth and development.

IN THE BEGINNING

The ship of our administration set sail on Friday, 24th February 2017 with a firm and resolute pledge to steer the affairs of the Sunshine State on the Journey to Redemption.  I stand here today to proclaim before the Almighty God and the good people of Ondo State that we have been steadfast and focused despite daunting challenges.   We have taken the welfare of the people as central to all activities of governance. We believe that the happiness of the citizens should be the ultimate aim of all public engagements undertaken on their behalf.

This Administration inherited a lot of challenges on the assumption of office. We took our time to take stock before embarking on the Journey of Redemption. We proceeded, with rigorous fiscal discipline and dedication, to identify and complete all projects within the available resources.

The paucity of funds has been a major challenge militating against the quest to actualise the lofty objectives which our administration, under our leadership, conceived to ameliorate the deplorable conditions under which our people live.  Our activities have been impactful and protective of the people regardless of the status. We stand before you with pride, good people of Ondo State, to present our scorecard.  We acknowledge the huge infrastructural deficit still, among other challenges.  There is a lot of areas yearning for attention.  We may not have met all realistic expectations on improved living conditions.

Despite this, we are confident that posterity will read about this era and feel proud of our achievements. Our victory at the last election confirmed the love and trust we enjoy from the people.  We cannot afford to depart from the redemptive and restorative path.  We shall proceed, with keener enthusiasm, to justify the renewal of our mandate to serve the people.

We promised to insulate the civil service from politics as much as practicable. We made a solemn pledge that no worker would be victimized under our watch and that workers’ welfare would be treated as top priority.   We inherited salary arrears of seven months from the immediate past administration. We have been able to offset six months. Politics no longer determines the progression of diligent public officials. We are up-to-date in the promotion of workers which has been based on merit.   We paid salaries and allowances until COVID-19 disrupted all plans.  We had ambitious projects conceived for the benefit of the people.  The pandemic disrupted all projections, including revenue generation.

Our administration has been able to complete the following road projects in the last four years:

In the North Senatorial District, we have embarked on the flattening of the hill and reconstruction of the Oke-Alabojuto Road in Ikare-Akoko as a dual carriageway.   The Oke Iwaro Oka and Oke Oka roads were fixed to save lives.  The reconstruction of Emure to Owo Road as a dual carriageway, the construction of roads in Owo/Ose axis, Owo G.R.A, Iyere, Ipele, Ifon and Emure-Ile, among others convinced the people of our seriousness.  The people of Akoko have continued to express their gratitude for the spate of development despite paucity of funds.  We pledge, solemnly, to complete all projects meant to ameliorate the living conditions of the people in that Senatorial District as the precarious financial situation improves.

The Central Senatorial District accommodates the seat of government.  It is almost certain that all attempts to abridge the huge infrastructural deficits will be skewed heavily in favour of the State Capital and adjoining towns and villages.  Our administration, starting from Ifedore, embarked on massive rehabilitation and construction of an internal road network from Ibuji to Igbara-oke, Isarun and Ijare, a fact which commended us to those who came out, boldly, in our support during the last election.   It is our belief that Akure, the State Capital, should bear appearances befitting her status. Consequently, we have been committed towards giving the ancient city more than a cosmetic facelift. Our interventions have been phenomenal in several respects.   The ‘A’ Division – Oba Osupa Road, Hospital Road – Ijoka Road, testifies to the determination of our administration to bequeath abiding legacies to posterity.   The Gaga, Abusoro, and Oke-Ogba projects are evidence of our resolve to take governance to the people.

It was not surprising that the people of Idanre showed appreciation through the ballot in the last gubernatorial election for the renewal of our mandate.  We recognise the importance of this great town, a former economic and commercial hub of the defunct Western Region.  We promised to create an alternative route, the 15km road to link Idanre through Ijoka in Akure.  This road is completed.  The re-construction of the road from Shoprite to Oda town as a dual carriageway has commenced.   The adjoining roads in Alagbaka and the Bishop’s Court to CBN Road have been completed.

We allayed the fears of the good people of Ondo Kingdom on sustaining the obnoxious practice which usually saw a succeeding administration abandoning projects meant to bring succour to the downtrodden.   We have not only continued to give the University of Medical Sciences the deserved attention though massive investment in infrastructure, but the government has also ensured that all hitherto unaccredited courses, which threatened the continued existence of the institution as a citadel of training for medical personnel, have been accredited by the appropriate bodies.

We also remain committed to ensuring that the institution has a befitting Teaching Hospital with structures in Ondo and Akure.   Our government is building a 500-bed complex in each of these two towns, with seven functional theatres: four in Akure and three in Ondo.   We met the sector grasping for breath on the assumption of office.   We have not only paid six out of seven months’ salary arrears; we have also recruited over 200 medical doctors and other health workers to replace those that left the system.   It is our hope that, with improvement in the precarious financial situation, all outstanding salaries and allowances will be paid.

The South Senatorial District has never had it this good. This Administration has changed the landscape of this region forever.  We consider Ore as a confluence of a sort.  Ore is essentially Nigeria in outlook and character.   We romanced several ideas until we settled for the Interchange, christened Redemption Bridge.   With this bold step, we have reduced considerably the carnage in that axis.   Motorists can now ply that route assured of safe and timeous return to their destinations. That bridge is a major landmark in the signpost of achievements under our leadership.

The Ondo-Linyil Industrial Hub, Ore is becoming established as a product of ingenuity, dedication and resilience.   Industries are springing up with the attendant positive additives.   Young men and women are getting engaged, full of hope for a better tomorrow.   The afforestation project in partnership with Wewood from China is very much on course. We note, with palpable pride, that the last time any project of such futuristic potential to protect the State against the negative impact of climate change was conceived and executed was during the late Pa Adekunle Ajasin administration in the Second Republic.

All the adjoining roads at Ore have either been reconstructed or repaired.   The wonderful people of Odigbo have always expressed their belief in our aspiration to lead right from the time we ventured into partisan politics. We thank them and we will not let them down.

The Okitipupa Bypass was a forest transformed into an important road which serves the whole region.   From Irele, Ayeka, Sabomi, Igbekebo, Igbobini, Aboto to Atijere, among other areas in the South, this Administration kept its promise to reach every nook and cranny of the State.  The Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, formerly Ondo State University of Science and Technology, has received considerable attention which makes the indigenes of the place proud that they have reclaimed their space as citizens of this State. This university was abandoned for eight years before we assumed the mantle of leadership in the State.   The story is different now.   The township roads suffered from acute neglect until we came in.

Bitumen exploration is at an advanced stage at Irele.   The Deep-Sea Port project is going on at an appreciable level.   The Araromi-Lekki Road will become a reality soon.  The projects commenced to ameliorate the parlous state of the economy will contribute, exponentially, to the development of the region.  We hope to play a significant role in the success story.

Sectors such as education, health and agriculture received appreciable boost from our administration.  This administration has renovated, rebuilt or constructed almost 800 primary schools through the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).  Our goal is to make all public schools as attractive as possible.  We have given approval for the recruitment of teachers in primary schools in the State.   As soon as the economy begins to look up the secondary schools will have their fair share.

Our administration has impacted remarkably on the agricultural sector. Our decision is to steer the affairs in this sector towards agribusiness. We gave out top quality tractors at 30% subsidy.  We cleared 1,500 hectares of land across the State for the benefit of farmers and the youths who are ready to utilise it. We have constructed 100,000 capacity poultry pens. We are currently in partnership with a German company, the Big Dutchman, constructing a 50,000 capacity pig village.

The planting of Cocoa has resumed at a frenetic space.   This cash crop has been our identity for a long time.   It is deplorable that this money spinner was relegated for handouts.   We have revitalized the industry. The Idanre Chocolate factory is now operating.   We are also developing the largest single Cocoa Estate in Nigeria. Our Igba Otun broiler scheme has been a tremendous success. We have empowered our Beekeepers and the Sunshine Honey factory has received a boost.

SECURITY

The primary responsibility of any government is the security of lives and property of its citizens.  Our administration is determined to make our State safe for the residents and visitors alike.   We have had our share of security challenges since assumption of office.  We have been able to confront these problems headlong.  This problem has been one of the main issues militating against development in the country.   Apart from the COVID-19 pandemic, the other debilitating issue is security.

We are of the firm belief that it is high time the Police central command became devolved to the federating units for effective monitoring.  We have been relentless in advocating for the establishment of State Police. There can be no other way if we are indeed serious about securing lives and property.  It is this incongruity which propelled the South West Governors to form a Regional Security Network code-named Amotekun. The ultimate is to convince others to understand that devolution of authority is inexorable. Every State must be allowed to secure its space.

Amotekun has done very well in their short time of existence.   It has been able to work within the law establishing it.  Its operations and successes recorded justify its establishment.  We have instructed the Commander to recruit more capable hands.

We want to reassure visitors, residents and citizens of the readiness of our government to protect lives and property in the State.   We are not paying mere lip service to this avowal.   It is a priority.   There cannot be prosperity in an insecure environment.

KEEPING EYES ON THE GOAL

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, we were convinced, from the outset, that the task of social re-engineering would not be easy.  We came on the stage with the resolve to confront all challenges without let.  We knew that some governmental policies might be misconstrued and intentions twisted. We remained focused all through the first four years.  Though we are yet to reach the set goal, we are confident that this administration is on the right path.

We will not depart from the trodden path which has earned us affection and deep reverence from the citizenry.  We shall continue, with more vigour, to justify the trust earned by our administration.  The second term, for us, is not a time for relaxation.   We are not under any illusion that it will be easy.   We are, however, ready to proceed on the journey with renewed enthusiasm and vigour.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a deleterious effect on global economy.  Things may get worse.  Loss of jobs has been on a frightening scale. Production of goods and services has plummeted.   Our national economy is in recession.  Ingenuity, resourcefulness, courage and hard work will be the needed virtues for survival in the days ahead.

Our administration intends to focus on agriculture and youth empowerment through entrepreneurship. This has led us to establishment of the Ondo State Entrepreneurship Agency (ONDEA). We intend to revolutionise agriculture taking it beyond theory and anchoring all expectations on practicals.   I must also reiterate that the economic fortunes of this State are in the belly of the South Senatorial District.   We have tried in the last four years to identify, harness and reorganise the potential of the region.

As a way of rejiging our administration, we have painstakingly reviewed the following programmes which guided us in our first term:

 

J        –        Job creation through Agriculture, Entrepreneurship

and Industrialisation

 

M      –        Massive Infrastructural Development and Maintenance

 

P       –        Promotion of Functional Education and Technological

Growth

 

P       –        Provision of Accessible and Qualitative Health Care

And Social Service Delivery

 

R       –        Rural Development and Community Extension Services

 

A lot of dynamics have come into play since we took over the reins of governance in 2017.  You will all agree with me that the challenge of security has become more encompassing than it used to be.

The need to place more emphasis on availability of energy for our industrial development has also become greater.  This new focus has necessitated the need for us to review our JMPPR to cater for these areas necessary for our development.

I wish to state that we have been reviewing these programmes since our victory at the last election with a view to achieving more improvement in service delivery.   Thus in the next four years, we will be pursuing a totally repackaged programmes christened REDEEMED.

R       –        Rural and Agricultural Development

 

E       –        Educational Advancement and Human Capital

Development

 

D       –        Development through Massive Infrastructure

 

E       –        Efficient Service Delivery, Development and Policy

Implementation

 

E       –        Effective Healthcare and  Social Welfare Services

 

M      –        Maintenance of Law and Order for Adequate Security

 

E       –        Energy, Mining and Sustainable Industries

 

D       –        Digital Revolution and Entrepreneurship

 

I thank the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the unflinching support and the confidence reposed in us since the commencement of this administration.  I thank our National Leaders, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Baba Bisi Akande, Chief Odigie Oyegun, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other eminent personalities for the sustained interest in our programmes of development.  My brother Governors in APC have been no less supportive.  The depth of their interest and support cannot be discounted.   I thank members of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, especially South West Governors’ Forum for the continued understanding and cooperation throughout the first term.   I shall be seeking the same level of engagement as we move into the second half of the mandate given to us by the good people of Ondo State.   I thank the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, the principal officers and members of the House of Assembly for being the true representatives of the people.  Their support is not taken for granted.

I thank the members of the judiciary for being steadfast. Our administration will continue to support the third arm of government to the best of its ability.

I thank all leaders of the party, both past and present, at all levels, for building this political platform to the enviable state which has made it possible for functionaries to take the driver’s seat at the centre and in several states of the federation.   I acknowledge their support towards the actualization of our dream to steer the ship of affairs in our dear State.

I thank our State Chairman and the current Interim Chairman of our great party, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, for his doggedness and loyalty. He deserves a special mention for praise. He stood solidly behind us in our quest to continue to render patriotic service to the people of the State. He spurned all treacherous attempts by the enemies of the State to create disaffection. He is a hero of the success achieved in the first four years.    I express my profound gratitude to all other members of the State Working Committee of the party for their support in the past four years.

Let me seize this moment to thank all those who chose to serve the people with us in the last four years.  We have been particularly fortunate to have the calibre of men and women in the State Executive Council and general administration.  The modest achievements recorded would have been very difficult, if not impossible, without the cooperation of these dedicated appointees.   I congratulate them for being part of history.

May I be permitted to congratulate all the contestants in the APC primaries conducted in Ondo State before the gubernatorial election last year for their gallantry and commitment to democratic principles.  I thank them, profusely, for putting the interest of the State above personal considerations for which they are entitled. I thank them for taking the exercise as a contestation among brothers keenly desirous of availing their beloved State the best.  All of us participated but the people are the real winners.

I salute their sense of patriotism for joining a common cause for the benefit of our people.   It is our fervent hope that this engagement will continue for optimum service delivery to our people.  The fierce contestations witnessed before the conduct of the primaries were meant to deepen our choice of deliberative governance.   The system is better for it.  All those who participated emerged victorious. Brothers contested to give our people the best.  We must come together to ensure that their interests are best served.

I congratulate the Deputy Governor, Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, for being considered worthy to complete this journey with us.

I thank all party leaders, patriotic citizens, elder statesmen present to witness this historic moment.

Ladies and gentlemen, I thank you all for your patience.

 

Akeredolu Sworn-In For Second Term

 

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has been sworn in for a second term in office.

Akeredolu took the oath of office on Wednesday during the inauguration ceremony held at the International Culture and Events Centre, Akure, the state capital.

The deputy governor, Mr Lucky Ayedatiwa was also sworn-in at the event.

The swearing-in ceremony was performed by the state Chief Judge, Justice Olanrewaju Akeredolu.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun; Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi were in attendance at the inauguration ceremony.

Other dignitaries at the event include Former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani; APC Chieftain Bisi Akande; Former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Iyiola Omisore; Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ajayi Boroffice among others.

Akeredolu was on Saturday, October 10 re-elected as Governor of Ondo State on the back of a campaign in which he promised to provide composed and focused leadership marked by economic growth and improved security for people in the state.

The incumbent governor, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, swept to victory by winning 15 of the 18 local governments.

Governor Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) got 292,830 votes, while Mr Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Mr Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party came second and third in the election with 195,791 and 69,127 votes, respectively.

Ondo Community Challenges Police To Produce Killers Of Their King

Ondo is a state in Southwest Nigeria.
Ondo is a state in Southwest Nigeria.

 

The leaders of the Ifon community, the headquarters of the Ose Local Government Area in Ondo State whose monarch, the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adewusi was shot and killed by suspected bandits in November 2020 have called on the police to fish out the perpetrators of the wicked act.

The leaders equally frowned at the invitation of their four elders by the police over the alleged killing of a cow in a nearby settlement.

Addressing newsmen on the issue, the President of the Ifon Development Union, Chief Femi Awani said the police invitation was based on a petition by one herdsman, Abdulahi, who claimed one of his cows was killed last month.

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Awani disclosed that those invited by the police were among the community leaders temporarily holding forth following the death of their king. He mentioned the leaders invited to include Chief Ekon, Chief Olijewu, Hon Saliu Omotoso, Hon Olaniyi Eni-Olotu as well as the Chief hunter of the town.
According to Awani, another petition by one Alhaji Usman prompted the police to deploy men from the FIB Tactical Command Squad to ensure the invited leaders go to Abuja to answer the petition.

He revealed that the petition to the Force headquarters, Abuja was not only about killing of cow but alleged criminal conspiracy, a threat to life, and attempted kidnapping.

Chief Awani appealed to the Inspector General of Police(IGP) Adamu Mohammed to determine the authenticity of the letter which they saw as a ploy to intimidate the people of the community, adding that it might be a ploy to release some herders who were arrested for kidnapping around the community.

Ondo Polytechnic Student Macheted To Death

 

There was pandemonium on Wednesday at the Ondo State-owned Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, in Owo, Ondo State, as a yet to be identified student of the polytechnic was macheted to death.

The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Samuel Ojo, confirmed the incident to Channels Television in a telephone chat this evening.

The cause of the death of the student is, however, yet to be known.

The incident also coincides with the Students Union Government election of the polytechnic.

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But the PRO dismissed rumours that the killing might be connected with the SUG election, saying there was no evidence for that and that the killing happened outside the polytechnic campus.

At the time of filing this report the Spokesperson of Ondo State Police Command, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, said was yet to be briefed about the incident.

Adekunle Ajasin University Postpones Exams After Students Die In Accident

 

The management of the Ondo State Government-owned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, has postponed indefinitely, the examinations scheduled to commence on Monday, January 24.

According to a statement by the Acting Registrar of the university, OpeOluwa Akinfenwa, the development comes as a result of the fatal road crash which occurred in the town on Saturday evening, in which some students of the university lost their lives.

The management commiserated with the affected families, the university community and the Akungba community in general on the sad incident.

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“As a mark of respect for our departed students, the examinations scheduled to start on Monday, 24th January, 2021, is hereby postponed till further notice,” the statement read.

“We appeal to our students to remain calm, as the University mourns those that lost their lives in this unfortunate incident.”

“The University and the Ondo State Government are working round the clock to institute permanent solutions to the problem of incessant road accidents along Ikare-Akungba road,” it added.

Several Feared Killed In Ondo Road Accident

A photo from the accident scene on Saturday January 23.

 

Several persons are feared dead following a ghastly accident that occurred on Saturday evening close to the main gate of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State.

Eyewitness reports said the victims among which were students of the university were crushed to death by a truck conveying cement.

The State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) is yet to confirm the incident.

However, the Management of the Adekunle Ajasin University, confirmed the incident in a statement.

The statement made public by the Acting Registrar of the university, OpeOluwa Akinfenwa, said the management commiserates with the families, the university community in particular and the Akungba community in general on the sad incident.

Consequently, it postponed indefinitely, the examinations which had been scheduled to commence on Monday.

Forest Reserves: Ondo Govt Defends Directive To Herdsmen, Faults Garba Shehu

 

The Ondo State Government has faulted the Federal Government’s comments on the directive given by the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, for all herdsmen occupying the Forest Reserves to vacate the area within the next one week.

The governor had asked the herdsmen to vacate the area after he raised concerns that some criminal elements hiding under the guise of herdsmen, had turned the forest to a kidnap den.

But a statement issued on Tuesday by the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the governor was wrong to order the thousands of herdsmen out of the state, and that in past years he had fought crime with passion and great sensitivity.

In reaction to that, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Ondo State, Donald Ojogo, said the President could not have approved such a statement.

“It is certain that the president may not have directed that statement and I’m almost persuaded to think that Garba Shehu did not issue that statement because that would have been a very dangerous one for the unity of this country,” he said on Wednesday on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily.

“It would mean that certain persons in the presidency are out to create problems for the President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Insecurity is becoming a national issue. No part of the country is insulated from crisis.

“I don’t believe he would want to offer himself as a spokesperson of people masquerading as herdsmen to commit crimes”.

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Speaking further, Ojogo defended the government’s directive, saying that not all herdsmen or Fulanis were asked to vacate the area.

According to him, the governor only gave the directive to those herdsmen who have occupied the forest reserves, adding that “in this case, the forest reserves are different from the natural reserves”.

He described the reserves as government monuments and places that were earmarked for specific purposes.

“These forest reserves are government monuments, they are treasures of the people of the southwest right from time immemorial. These were places that have been earmarked for beauty and biodiversity.

“There are specific purposes for which these places have been earmarked. Unfortunately, some of these criminal elements have gone to mingle with Fulani herdsmen who have occupied portions of these forest reserves as settlements and in any case, anytime victims are kidnapped, they take them directly into the depths of the forest reserves and security agencies have had enough evidence to show that these persons are taken into the forest.

“So, what the government is trying to do is to clear the mess”.

COVID-19: Ondo Govt To Enforce No Mask, No Entry Policy

File Photo: Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu

 

As part of measures put in place to contain the second wave of COVID-19 in Ondo State, the state government has declared that henceforth, only persons wearing face masks will be allowed entry into all government offices in the state.

The special adviser on health to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Dr. Jibayo Adeyeye, announced this on Tuesday while addressing newsmen at the cocoa conference hall of the governor’s office.

Adeyeye expressed concerns that a larger percentage of people in the state are not complying with the simple precautionary measures against the virus, noting that government will begin to enforce the measures.

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He noted that large gatherings should be avoided, adding that if there must be any gathering, everyone must use the face mask and also ensure that social distance is kept.

Speaking about the issue of insecurity, the Commissioner for Local Government and chieftaincy affairs, Omolola Fagbemi re-emphasised the one-week ultimatum given by the government to all the herdsmen illegally occupying the state’s forests.

Three-Month-Old Baby Allegedly Kidnapped By Apprentice In Ondo

A map of Ondo, a state in south-west Nigeria.

 

A three-month-old baby has been allegedly kidnapped in Ondo city, Ondo State by a woman who works with the mother.

The Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Police Command, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

It was gathered that the suspect, Bosede Adeniyi allegedly carried the baby to an ATM on January 2, in the town and they are both yet to be seen.

The mother of the baby, Stella Mamukuyomi told Channels Television that her husband, Wasiu Mamukuyomi brought Bosede three weeks ago in December 2020 to learn fashion design.

According to Mamukuyomi, the ordeal started when Bosede asked someone to send 3,000 to her but because she claimed not to have an account, her boss (the baby’s mother) gave her own account details.

The apprehensive mother noted that when the money got into her account, she gave Bosede her ATM card and PIN for her to cash the money while backing the baby.

The suspect was said to have left her phone with her boss, although she had removed the SIM cards.

After some hours, Stella said she called her husband who only surfaced two hours later.

According to the police PRO, the father of the baby, who is now a suspect has been arrested and is being interrogated over the incident.

‘A Bridge-Builder, Committed Party Man’: Ondo APC Mourns Cabinet Member Bayonle Ademodi

 

The Ondo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed sadness over the death of a member of the state cabinet, the Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, Prof. Bayonle Ademodi.

A statement signed by the Publicity Secretary of APC in Ondo State, Alex Kalejaye described the death of Professor Bayonle Ademodi as a great loss to the Ondo State chapter of the APC in general, and Ondo East Local Government Area in particular.

The party further described the late professor of Chemical Engineering as a pragmatic leader, a bridge-builder, and a committed party man, who was ever ready to sacrifice so much for the cohesion, and development of the party.

“The death of Prof. Bayonle Ademodi is grievous and painful and the vacuum so created would be difficult to fill,” the Chairman of the APC in the state, Ade Adetimehin, was quoted to have said.

“The deceased was a jovial and consistent politician, who served the party with his talent and resources.”

“The departed academic and administrator was also deeply involved in the efforts to unite the Yoruba race through Afenifere, the socio-cultural body, where he was a leader.

“He never looked back, once he believed in a course”, the party chieftain added.”

“The party prays God to grant the immediate family, Ondo Kingdom, Anglican Communion, the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and professional colleagues the fortitude to bear the loss.”

Ondo Govt Imposes 24-Hour Curfew In Ode, Isinigbo Following Communal Clashes

 

Ondo State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Ode, Isinigbo communities following the escalation of violent clashes in the communities located in Akure North Local Government Area.

The curfew takes is to hold with immediate effect.

This was announced in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo.

He added that the state governor Rotimi Akeredolu equally ordered a massive manhunt for perpetrators of the despicable violence just as investigations are already on to unravel the real cause(s) of same.

“With respect to the curfew, security agencies have been directed to ensure total compliance with the order.

“Ode and Isinigbo communities have since been closed down for any unauthorised human movement and activity until further notice,” Ogojo said.

The communal clash between Isinigbo and Ode communities in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State escalated on Friday as some hoodlums attacked Isinigbo community.

The palace of the traditional ruler of the community, including many other houses and properties were destroyed in the clash.

Ondo Prepares For Second Wave Of COVID-19 With 20-Bed Isolation Center In Okitipupa

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu

 

Ondo State Government has completed a 20-bed unit and laboratory at the newly established Isolation Centre in Okitipupa area of the state.

The isolation centre is established as part of measures put in place to mitigate the second wave of COVID-19 infection in the state.

The Chairman of the Inter-ministerial Committee on COVID-19, Professor Adesegun Fatusi, disclosed this in Okitipupa during an assessment of the centre.

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He also said that the facility was ready to be put to use for the treatment of COVID-19 cases in the state.

Fatusi, who is also the Vice-Chancellor of Ondo State University of Medical Sciences, (UNIMED) Ondo, disclosed that the facilities at the centre include a 20-bed unit and other materials needed for a standard isolation centre.

He also appealed to the people of the state to cooperate with the government to overcome any second wave of the virus.

Fatusi emphasised strict observance of the COVID-19 protocols, especially frequent washing of hands, use of alcohol-based sanitizer,  and the use of face mask to stay safe.

He called on school authorities to intensify efforts toward educating students on universal preventive measures against the coronavirus.