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.
Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has defended calls for the regulation of social media and is advocating the use of gatekeepers to sieve content before they are published.
“There must be gatekeepers. Yes, you want to publish any news you like, there must be gatekeepers using technology that will be able to at least, sieve what is right and what is wrong,” the governor said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday while explaining part of the communique issued by the South-West Governors’ Forum after a meeting held last week.
The Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum blamed fake news for the destruction of properties by hoodlums in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests. He explained that no government would allow fake news to take over the cyberspace.
“When the hoodlums took over, a lot of fake news were fed to the public. People were reacting to it,” the former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, 64, added. “False news were fed to the public, they reacted to it. It led to the destruction of properties, Lagos, Akure, everywhere.”
According to him, “if we cannot be disciplined enough to be able to know that we don’t churn out news that can cause a lot of damage in the society, then the government itself must be proactive enough to find a way to control it.”
While explaining that the planned restrictions on social media would not affect personal conversations, the governor who recently secured a second term in office, said social media is already regulated in places like China and Russia.
“They won’t restrict my personal conversations, they would not restrict what I am saying to my friends but if I want to take out news and say that thousands have been killed in Lekki Toll Gate for instance, then before it comes out, I must have evidence of people who died on the ground,” Akeredolu noted.
“Show me and if it is not there, I will say to you cannot use my band to propagate such news item. That is what we are saying.”
President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State following his re-election for a second term and believes the development is an indication of the people’s choice.
Akeredolu was on Sunday declared the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement on Sunday quoted his principal as saying “the people know the person and party that truly serves them, and have spoken in [a] clear voice and unmistakable terms.”
The Nigerian President noted that Akeredolu’s win coupled with the number of votes he got, “show that one good turn surely deserves another.”
While calling on Akeredolu who was the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the poll to be humble and magnanimous in victory, he urged him to serve the people.
“When you serve with heart and might,” Buhari stated, “the people respond in like manner, and we can easily get to where we are headed as a country.”
Buhari was equally full of praise for voters in Ondo State for conducting themselves decently, saying the development shows Nigeria is making progress in its electoral process behaviour.
INEC also received praises from the Nigerian leader. He lauded the electoral body for conducting a free and fair election, just as Buhari commended security agencies for enthroning and maintaining orderliness before, during and after the exercise.
A former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Akeredolu won 15 of the 18 local governments to secure a second term.
He got 292,830 votes, while Mr Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party and Mr Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party came second and third in the election with 195,791 and 69,127 votes, respectively.
Akeredolu had campaigned on the basis of providing a focussed and composed leadership for the south-west state and his win capped off a dramatic electoral process in which his deputy – Agbola Ajayi – defected to the PDP.
Agbola, after a failed attempt at winning PDP’s ticket for the race to the top job in Ondo, pitched his tenth with the ZLP, the platform in which he contested for the governorship position.
Although there were 17 candidates on the ballot for the election, according to INEC, about 11 of them collapsed their structures and backed other flagbearers, just days to the exercise.
This left Akeredolu, Jegede and Ajayi as the major candidates for the second election conducted in the COVID-19 era in Nigeria.
Hours after voting was concluded in the Ondo State Governorship election, and collation commenced, 75% of the results have been uploaded to the INEC portal.
National Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Anthonia Simbine, disclosed this in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Saturday.
“Right now, Polling Unit results have been uploaded and we have about 75% of those unit results uploaded on the INEC results viewing portal,” Simbine said.
She, however, said she can’t predict when the final results would come out as the state is very large.
“I don’t think we can say for definite now. You know that Ondo State is quite large with varying types of terrain, including going over the seas and all the results have to come in before we can really say”.
The results that have come in so far, according to the INEC official, are from 2,200 Polling Units.
Speaking further, Simbine clarified the process of uploading the results, saying the ‘Z Pad’ was not fully utilised but it was only used to upload the results.
“The Z Pad was to be used for two functions,” the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Edo State, Johnson Alalibo, had explained during the Edo governorship election last month, “one of which was to do double authentication of the accreditation process.”
“It was test run in the state constituency election in Nasarawa State but there were some hitches and we have been advised to test run those hitches before we run it again for this major state governorship election”.
If implemented, the Z Pad, according to Alalibo would have allowed Nigerians view the results “on time, and real-time”.
Simbine, however, noted that the process was neither used for the Ondo nor the Edo election until the challenges from the test run have been rectified.
Key candidates in the race which involved 17 political parties, are the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede who is hoping to secure a victory after losing out in 2016; the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and deputy governor of the state, Ajayi Agboola, who is running against his principal, Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who is also seeking to secure a second term.
National Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Anthonia Simbine, has said that the commission will continue to use smartcard readers for elections until it has an alternative.
Simbine said this during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Saturday, hours after the Ondo State Governorship election.
The smartcard readers were introduced in 2011 to improve the voting process and it was billed to last for a duration of 10 years before newer reforms would be made, which involved a switch to electronic voting.
This was to improve the voting process and reduce the risk of electoral malpractices.
Speaking of the reforms, Simbine said: “ordinarily it should be anything from 10 years but until we have an alternative, we are going to continue using the smart card readers”.
She, however, noted that “the commission is still looking at options for electronic voting and we are have started interfacing and trying to discuss to see what we can bring up also in anticipation of amendments to the legal framework”.
According to Simbine, so far, 75% of the results have come in so far, from 2,200 Polling Units.
Key candidates in the race which involved 17 political parties are the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede who is hoping to secure a victory after losing out in 2016; the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and deputy governor of the state, Ajayi Agboola, who is running against his principal, Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who is also seeking to secure a second term.
The electorate across the 18 local governments of Ondo State on Saturday went to the polls to cast their ballots for the person who will lead them for the next four years.
Voters including young and old citizens and the disabled were also not left out as they were assisted to the polls to cast their votes.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier confirmed that 17 political parties are on the ballot for the election, although some had earlier collapsed their structures to campaign for others.
Police have arrested two suspected ballot box snatchers at a polling unit on the premises of the Sacred Heart Primary School in Ondo State.
Polling unit 9 ward 2 in Akure South Local Government Area, is where the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede, and his wife, Eno, voted in the ongoing election.
The school, which is located along Cathedral Road in the state capital, had hosted scores of voters before the incident.
While voting was ongoing, the two suspects were said to have driven into the venue of the election and parked their car very close to where ad-hoc officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were conducting the exercise.
Thereafter, the men made their way to where the electoral officials were seated with bags strapped behind them.
They were, however, promptly accosted by police officers on ground who questioned their motive.
This sparked an uproar from waiting voters but calm was later restored after the suspects were arrested and taken into a waiting bus.
Voters at the venue demanded that the men’s bags be open to know what was there, but the security operatives declined.
Both men were later taken away from the school premises by the police in a white bus.
The incident occurred hours after the PDP governorship candidate voted at the same venue.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is confident of winning the Ondo Governorship election, pinning his hopes of securing another four-year term on divine backing.
“Mine [confidence] is about God and that God in His infinite mercy will give me victory,” Akeredolu said after casting his vote at Ward 05, Unit 06, Ijebu 2, Owo, Ondo state. “So, my confidence is in God and I know God will give me victory.”
When asked what he would do if the poll does not turn out in his favour, Akeredolu noted that he has never thought about that but reiterated that he would be victorious.
“Let me tell you something, I don’t ever think about that. So, I don’t know what will happen,” the governor admitted. “All I know is that when my victory is announced, everybody will rejoice.”
While commenting on the conduct of the election so far, he admitted that though the early morning rain may have affected the exercise, he expressed satisfaction that “We have voted in a peaceful manner.”
No person shall on Election Day do any of the following in the polling environment:
1. Campaign for votes, or to persuade a voter not to vote for a candidate.
2. Shout slogans concerning the election, or in support of any party.
3. Be in possession of an offensive weapon or wear any apparel calculated to intimidate voters;
4. Use a vehicle bearing the color or symbol of a political party or candidate.
5. Loiter without lawful excuse after voting or after being refused to vote.
6. Snatch or destroy any election materials.
7. Blare the siren.
According to INEC, seventeen candidates are running for the coveted position in Ondo state.
The voter population sits at 1,822,346, however, the number of persons expected to vote based on collected PVCs is 1,478,460, suggesting that 19 percent of those eligible to vote will not be partaking in the exercise.
Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede, says it is time for a more holistic, honest and practical view of governance.
Mr. Jegede disclosed this at the Ondo State Governorship debate put together by Channels Television, in partnership with the Civil Society Elections Situation Room and UK AID with support from UK foreign commonwealth development office.
Speaking on why he should be voted as governor of the state come Saturday, the Senior Advocate said his private and public sector experience makes him stand out from all other candidates.
Jegede further stated that his experience in both sectors has made him realise that at the moment things are not going well in the state, hence the need for a new face and a new positive change.
He said, “I believe the time has come for us to have a more holistic, honest, and practical view at governance” in Ondo State.
Mr. Jegede said he intends to grow the state’s economy and will confront the challenges in the health sector.
According to him, the health facilities in Ondo State are not in good shape, and the high-cost of medicare is putting a strain on the lives of the people especially pregnant women and children.
Jegede who was a former commissioner for justice and attorney general of Ondo said he is pained also by the challenges faced by students within the various tertiary institutions in the state, adding that he will look into the cost of tuition which tends now to be depriving many young people of getting the education they desire.
Making additional comments on what he will do to transform the economy in Ondo State, Mr. Jegede said he would make jobs available for the youths by engaging the private sector.
He vowed to address issues in the agricultural sector in a fresh new way by taking a stock of performance and seeing what way output can be increased.