Ondo Plans Stringent Measures On Herdsmen Menace

Ondo State governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has declared that his administration will apply force to arrest the menace of Fulani herdsmen in the state.

This was said by the Government in Akure on Sunday, during an event to commemorate the Armed Forces Remembrance Day.

“We have been using security agencies to engage the herdsmen to carry out their business peacefully but when engagement fails, we will use force. We will confront the herdsmen with all we have,” the governor said.

He vowed that his administration will do everything to protect the people of the state, adding that all the security agencies have been put on red alert to monitor the activities of herdsmen.
He condemned the recurrent clashes between farmers and herdsmen across the country, adding that his government will ensure such does not occur in the state.

“I must not fail to make a statement on the unfortunate recurrence of clashes between the farmers and pastoralists otherwise known as herdsmen. Our state has had her share of the crisis but not on the horrendous scale whose odious effect continues to reverberate throughout the country. Our Administration is taking proactive steps to ensure that this obnoxious phenomenon is nipped in the bud,” he said.

While encouraging those who want to visit the state to come, he warned that those coming to perpetrate crime under should avoid the state or face fire. The governor noted that farmers in the state have suffered crop losses on account of the activities of herdsmen and their livestock, a trend his administration is minded to stop.

Mr. Akeredolu condemned the repeated attacks on the farmland of Mr. Olu Falae, former Secretary to Government of Federation, by the Fulani herdsmen.

“We will not tolerate any act of brigandage. We will defend the right of our people to engage farming without let of any hindrance of any sort. We will sanction with impassioned severity any acts which seek to tilt the balance of harmonious coexistence in the state towards anarchy. The full weight of the law will be brought to bear on criminal elements” the governor vowed,” said the governor.

He urged farmers in the state to go about their business and ensure they report suspicious movements in their areas to security agencies.

Lawyers Donate Boreholes in Honour of Governor Akeredolu

The alumni of a law firm where the Governor of Ondo State, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) was a principal partner has donated two boreholes to two different communities in Owo.

Olujimi & Akeredolu Law Firm alumni made the donations to Iwoye, a farming community around Zonal Headquarters of ADP and Methodist Grammar School, Owo High Court Area.

Speaking at the ceremony, an alumus of the Law Firm who is the former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Oyo State, Mr Ojo Adebayo said the project was  embarked upon to symbolically honour Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and to appreciate the people of his country home for voting him as Governor of Ondo State.

Mr Adebayo said himself and his colleagues gained positive values and experience at the Olujimi & Akeredolu firm, such that they are now respected within the bar and the bench in Nigeria.

A representative of the Iwoye Community, Mr Olusanya Ogundele who appreciated the kindheartedness of the donors said the borehole would serve the water needs of the people.

The Acting Chief Judge of Ondo State, Honourable Justice, Olutoyin Akeredolu who expressed delight at the project described it as a rare gesture which could only have come from lives which have been positively impacted. She also noted that the act of giving back to the society is an appreciable way of serving humanity.

The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, who commissioned the borehole projects for the use of the two communities appreciated the honour done him by the alumni of Olujimi & Akeredolu Law Firm.

He assured that he would continue to serve with the values of integrity synonymous with law practice with which everyone who had passed through Olujimi & Akeredolu Law Firm had been mentored.

Dignitaries at the ceremonies include: Hon. Justice N.S Adeyanju;  Secretary to the State Government, Hon Ifedayo Abegunde; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale and the Honourable Commissioner for Commerce, Industries & Cooperatives, Hon Timehin Adelegbe;

Others are: Special Adviser to the Governor on Union Matters, Mr Alaba Isola, Chairman of Owo Local Government, Hon Ganiyu Omoluka; Chairman APC in Owo, Chief Sydney Ogunleye;  a friend of Mr Governor, Mr Wole Aina and about twenty members of the Alumni of Olujimi & Akeredolu Law Firm.

Akeredolu Wants FG to Expand Amnesty Programme

The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Saturday urged the Federal Government to expand the current amnesty programme to accommodate more youths in the Niger Delta region.

Akeredolu made the call when the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Maj.-Gen. Paul Boroh (Rtd) visited him in Akure.

The governor said the Federal Government could take a cue from Ondo State, which created a University of Science and Technology in Okitipupa, where people could learn how to build boats and take engineering courses.

“It is unnecessary to send them out of the country.

“A university can be set up here; the one that can teach them to build flying boats and other things that will make them to be useful to themselves and the area.

“So many things can be learnt from the university. Let us integrate more of them into the amnesty programme; let us engage them to reduce youth restiveness in the region,” he said.

Earlier, Boroh said he was happy with the relative peace in the ijaw area of the state.

Boroh said he was in the state because of the summit of the National Council on Niger Delta and to assess other issues.

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We Inherited Over N220bn Debt From Mimiko’s Administration – Akeredolu

The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu on Wednesday said his administration inherited a debt burden of N220.58 billion from the immediate past administration of Olusegun Mimiko.

While speaking during swearing-in ceremony of commissioners and special advisers at The Dome in Akure, the governor said the state’s finances has been over-stretched by the previous administration, advised the people of the state to refrain from acts that could further push the state into deep economic crisis.

However, ex-commissioner for Information under Mimiko administration, Kayode Akinmade punctured this claim by saying that Mr. Mimiko left N20 billion in the kitty of the state government. Akinmade skirted the issue of debt and also did not explain why Mimiko failed to match the N38.64 billion left in the kitty of the state government by his predecessor, Governor Olusegun Agagu.

Mr. Akeredolu said with a debt of more than N220 billion, it was not difficult for anyone to know that the government’s capacity for adjustment to cater for the people had been stretched to its limit.

According to him, Internal Debt of N53.15 billion constituted almost a quarter of the debt legacy.

Others are External Debt, N17.48billion; Unpaid Salaries and Allowances, August to December 2016, N17.27 billion; and January to February 2017, N6,91 billion; Ondo State Pension Liabilities, N4.80billion; Ondo State Gratuity, N15.04billion; Unpaid Local Government Salaries and Allowances, August to December 2016, N9.3billion; January to February 2017, N5.19 billion.

Local Government Pension Liabilities of N25.23billion; Local Government Gratuities N20,96 billion; Contractors’ Liabilities N39.74 billion; Outstanding payment requests in the Office of the Accountant-General without cash backing, N5.45billion made up the rest of the debt profile.

However, Mr. Akeredolu promised to provide the needed leadership to move the state forward and make life more abundant for the people.

“We will continue to strive to keep that vow within the available resources. We can turn things around positively,” he said.

The governor also congratulated the commissioners and special assistants, adding that they should use this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the people.

Femi Agagu, who spoke on behalf of other commissioners, thanked the governor for the privilege given them to serve the people.

“We are aware that your administration has a blueprint to transform the state. Collectively, we will take the state to a glorious destination.

“We pledge to discharge our duties faithfully and with the fear of God. We will defend the oath we have sworn to and we will uphold this honour you have bestowed on us,” Mr. Agagu said.

The commissioners are Taofiq Abdusallam, Rasheed Badmus, Solagbade Amodeni, Adegboyega Adefarati, Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, Omowumi Olatunji, Donald Ojogo, Yemi Olowolabi and Wahab Adegbenro.

Others are: Funso Esan, Wale Akinterinwa, Emmanuel Igbasan, Olurimisi Ismaila, Femi Agagu, Bayonle Ademodi, Julianah Fagbemi, Timilehin Adelegbe and Kola Olawole.

The special advisers sworn in include Victor Olabimtan, Olubukola Ademosu, Tunji Ariyomo, Tobi Ogunleye, and Akinboye Oyewunmi.

Others are Olawunmi Ilawole, Jibayo Adeyeye, Tunji Fabiyi, Alaba Isijola, and Raheem Aminu.

Former Olusegun Mimiko handed over to Akeredolu on Feb.24, 2017.

(NAN)

Akeredolu Swears In New Commissioners, Special Advisers

The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu on Wednesday sworn-in 18 new commissioners and Special Advisers urging them to shun any acts considered to be unpatriotic to the welfare of the people of the state.

Mr. Akeredolu had forwarded 18 nominees to the state House of Assembly for consideration on July 31.

Reports say these names were confirmed at a sitting of the parliamentarians following the recommendation of the Assembly House Committee on Screening and Selection headed by Bamidele Oleyeloogun.

The new 18 commissioners which included two women were not assigned portfolios during the inauguration which took place at the International Events Center,  The Dome.

The new commissioners are:

(1) Femi Agagu, (Okitipupa)

(2) Gboyega Adefarati, (Akoko South West)

(3) Taofeek Abdusalam (Akoko North East)

(4) Yemi Olowolabi, (Idanre)

(5) Wale Akinterinwa, ( Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo)

(6) Wahab Adegbenro (Ifedore)

(7) Solagbade Amodeni, (Akoko South East)

(8) Rasheed Badmus, (Akoko North West)

(9) Omowumi Olatunji (Akure South)

(10) Emmanuel Igbasan, (Irele)

(11) Funso Esan, (Ilaje)

(12) Olurimisi Ismaila, (Odigbo)

(13) Saka Yusuf Ogunleye, (Akure North)

(14) Ojogo Donald (Ese-Odo)

(15) Bayonle Ademodi, (Ondo East)

(16) Lola Fagbemi, (Ondo West)

(17) Timilehin Adelegbe, (Ose)

(18) Kole Olawoye, (Owo)

Ondo Commissioner Nominees For Inauguration Aug 30

Following the confirmation of the 18 commissioner nominees by the Ondo state House of Assembly on Tuesday, the inauguration of the newly confirmed commissioners has been slated for August 31, 2017.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Segun Ajiboye, said the event will hold at the International Event Center, The Dome, Akure, the state capital.

According to him, “as part of the moves to ensure accelerated development in all the nooks and crannies of the state, Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu  will on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, swear in the 18 Commissioners of the state at the international Event Center, The Dome, Akure, the state capital”

Meanwhile, Governor Akeredolu has approved the appointment of Rt. Hon. Oluwasegunota Bolarinwa as the Senior Special Assistant on Legislative Matters. His appointment takes effect from August 31, 2017. He replaces Rt. Hon. Taofeek Abdusallam, who has been appointed as Commissioner.

Also, the governor has approved the appointments of Mrs. Bunmi Ademosu and Mr. Boye Oyewunmi as Special Advisers.

Before this appointment, Ademosu and Oyewunmi were Senior Special Assistants on Public & Inter Government Relations and Development & Investment respectively.

Akeredolu Declares State Of Emergency In Cocoa Production

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has declared a state of emergency in cocoa production to ensure that the state maintains its position as the leading cocoa producing state in Nigeria.

The governor made the declaration when the Yoruba Patriot Movement (YPM), a socio-political group, paid him a visit in Akure on Friday.

“It is true that most of our cocoa trees are ageing; we will bring different species of cocoa for re-planting to replace the ageing ones.

“This will revive the dwindling fortunes of cocoa in Ondo State and Nigeria in general. The state government is committed to revolutionalising cocoa production,’’ he said.

Akeredolu called on farmers to embrace all-year-round farming, saying this was a panacea to the food scarcity being experienced in the country.

He emphasised the need for restructuring the federal system of government to cede more powers to states in calculated efforts to enhance the country’s socio- economic and political development.

He said that the concentration of powers in the centre had largely contributed to Nigeria’s nation-building problems.

“We have been clamouring for the country’s restructuring for a long time and this must remain our focus. We must ensure that we speak with one voice to attain our dream.

“We must give it whatever it takes to restructure Nigeria for good governance and the betterment of the nation,’’ he said.

Earlier, Chief Oladosu Oladipo, National Coordinator of YPM, said that the major concern of the organisation was widespread poverty and food security challenges facing the Yoruba nation.

“We seek government’s assistance in the area of basic infrastructure which includes dams to cushion the effect of drought and provision of security for the lives and property of our people.

“For instance, the Ogerego Dam in Oyo State, which would have been the largest dam in West Africa, was abandoned.

“The dam could have served as a means of electricity generation and massive irrigation farming, which would have saved us from the shortage of food.

“The widespread poverty in South West can only be reduced by venturing into agriculture; with the government providing basic infrastructure like good roads and markets, among others.

“We are planning to hold an economic development summit for the Yoruba nation, where inputs will be needed for the preparation of a well-thought-out position paper on production functions for the Yoruba nation,’’ he said.

Also, Dr Fredrick Fashehun, Founder of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), urged the people of Ondo State to support the Akeredolu-administration and ensure its success.

He appealed to the state government to accord priority to the security of lives and property of the people.

Fashehun urged the Yoruba nation to remain united and speak with one voice on national issues.

He also said that the restructuring of Nigeria would aid efforts to reposition the country for impactful governance.

Source: The Nation

Akeredolu Appoints Media Aides

Rotimi Akeredolu, the new governor of Ondo state has announced Segun Ajiboye as his Chief Press Secretary. Mr. Akeredolu made the announcement in a statement he personally signed and issued in Akure on Wednesday.

The statement obtained by our correspondent showed that Mr. Ajiboye was an Assistant Editor of The Nation Newspaper until his official appointment.

The new Chief Press Secretary who is from Irun Akoko in Akoko North Area of Ondo state studied Linguistics from the University of Lagos.

Mr. Ajiboye had earlier served as a media aide to late former Governor Olusegun Agagu between 2007 and 2009.

The statement said that “he (Ajiboye started his journalism career as a reporter with The News magazine in 2000 and moved to The Sun newspaper in 2003.

“Ajiboye worked as the Group News Editor of the defunct National Life newspaper until 2012 when he joined The Nation as Assistant Editor of the Saturday title” the statement read.

The Governor also appointed Dapo Aruwajoye of the Television Continental (TVC) Lagos, as a Press Secretary for Electronic Media.

Mr. Aruwajoye, who hails from Owo in Ondo State is a graduate of English Language from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Osun state.

“Aruwajoye also holds a Master’s Degree in Media and Globalization from Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham. U.K.

“He started his career as a reporter with Channels Television in Lagos before moving to TVC where he has carved a niche for himself as a highly resourceful journalist”.

The statement further stated that Mr. Fisayo Falodi was also appointed as the Press Secretary to the governor for Print Media.

Falodi is a native of Ijare, in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State and a graduate of Philosophy from the University of Ado Ekiti.

“Falodi served as the Sub-Editor of The Nation newspaper between December 2006 and November 2010.

“He moved to National Mirror as Senior Sub Editor where he held sway for four years before joining Saturday Punch in 2014 as a Senior Correspondent” the statement read.

Akeredolu Says “My Emergency And Governor Is a Miracle”

The governor said this at a thanksgiving service held in his honour at the All Saint’s Church, Jericho, Ibadan, on Sunday. Akeredolu, the APC candidate, defeated Mr Eyitayo Jegede of the opposition PDP and Dr Olusola Oke of the AD to emerge winner in the November 2016 governorship election in the state.

Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has described his emergence as governor of the state as “a miracle”.

He said his victory was a manifestation of the peoples trust and love for God.

“I can tell you that our success and victory in the election was a miracle. I contested once and I told the Lord that if I win, I will build a place of worship for you.

“I was not too sure that the victory will come but I said to the Lord that whether win, lose or draw I will build a place of worship for you.

“It is because I have that strong faith in God and we did it. And now that same Lord gave us the victory. So, my people you don’t have to wait until he answers your prayers before you do things for God.

“Do it may be that is where success will come. May be God remembered what we did and that was why he gave us victory, ” he said.

Akeredolu promised to lead a purposeful government in the state, adding that he was indebted to the church because he had found all that he wanted in the church.

According to him, “It was in this church that I became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, President of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) and now a governor.”

Earlier, Ven. Godwin Daramola in his sermon, urged the governor to make thanksgiving his lifestyle in order to experience the blessings of God on a daily basis.

“When you acknowledge the blessings of God, he will be committed to preserving all that he has done for you,” he said.

He charged Akeredolu to emulate the exemplary life of Jesus Christ, to strive for integrity and to be wary of sycophants. Mrs Mojisola Ojo, Chairperson, Oyo State Branch of the Nigeria Red Cross Society, described Akeredolu as a staunch and committed member of the society.

Akeredolu Loses Bid To Stop Suit Challenging His Candidacy

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday cleared the way for a suit challenging the emergence of Ondo State Governor-elect, Olurotimi Akeredolu, as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the recently concluded governorship election in Ondo State.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, in a ruling, dismissed the notice of preliminary objection challenging the competence of the suit, which was filed by Akeredolu’s co-aspirant in the APC’s primary, Olusegun Abraham.

The judge dismissed Akeredolu’s objection anchored on the ground that he was not properly served with the court processes. The judge said the argument was without merit.

Justice Dimgba, after dismissing Akeredolu’s objection on Friday, adjourned till February 2, 2017 for the hearing of the substantive suit.

The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/788/2016 was filed by Abraham through his lawyer, Prof. Yemi Akinseye-George (SAN).

The plaintiff’s suit is, among others, challenging the competence of the last APC’s governorship primary election in Ondo State held on September 3 this year.

The plaintiff, who raised eight questions for determination, is praying the court to, among others, declare that the primary was held in violation of provisions of the APC’s Electoral Guidelines for Governorship Primary Election 2014.

He said the primary also flouted the party’s constitution and was therefore invalid and incapable of validly producing Akeredolu as a candidate.

He also seeks an order setting aside the primary for alleged non-compliance with the provisions of the party’s primary election guidelines and constitution.

Abraham, who emerged second in the primary, equally asked the court to set aside the purported submission of Akeredolu’s name to INEC by Odigie-Oyegun and the electoral body’s acceptance of the name as the APC’s candidate for the forthcoming governorship election.