Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN has denied ever supporting any other candidate in Ondo Central Senatorial District rather than the incumbent, Senator Tayo Alasoadura.
The Governor said it was enough if a man has been Commissioner, Secretary to the State Government, Minister and most importantly governor for eight years.
“They have moved from People’s Democratic Party to Labour Party. From Labour Party to Zenith Labour Party and they’re moving to “Extinct Labour Party “, he said.
The Governor said Senator Tayo Alasoadura has been a steadfast and staunch supporter of his administration in the State, hence it’s time to reward his steadfastness.
The governor had earlier held a rally in his home town, Owo for the Northern Senatorial district where he urged the massive crowd to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari and other candidates.
At the Central Senatorial district mega rally which was held at Akure City Town Hall, Akeredolu urged the people of Akure South, Akure North, Idanre, Ifedore, Ondo East and Ondo West to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The governor also enjoined the people of the senatorial district to cast their votes for Senator Tayo Alasoadura and Afe Olowokere for the Akure South/North Federal constituency.
One after the other, the candidates took turn to address the people.
The Chairman of the party in the state, Engr. Ade Adetimehin said the party has only spent two years in office but with massive developmental strides across the state.
He said :” We have only spent two years in Office, we have constructed more roads than the previous government who spent eight years. We have delivered on our electoral promises. We inherited seven months salary arrears, we have offset six. Akeredolu has employed doctors and nurses . We are putting smiles on the faces of our people
These are part of the reasons you must go out on Saturday and vote for President Muhammadu Buhari. We must continue to enjoy the goddies in the state.”
The newly posted Commissioner of Police in Ondo state, Mr Undie Adie yesterday arrived Akure, the Ondo State capital.
The Police Commissioner on arrival in Akure immediately summoned a meeting with the Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCPs), Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs), Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), Heads of Departments and other senior officers from the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASPs).
The meeting was held at the Police Officers Mess along Adekunle Ajasin road in Akure.
The new police boss was accompanied to the meeting by the outgoing Police Commissioner, Mr Olugbenga Adeyanju who used the medium to officially introduce his successor to the officers of the command .
Adeyanju in his valedictory speech, urged the police officers to give the new police helmsman the maximum cooperation that would make him succeed in his primary assignment which is protecting lives and property and maintenance of law and order in the state .
The outgoing police boss who commended the officers for the support they gave him throughout his stay in the state, also enjoined them to extend the same hands of fellowship to the new man.
The new police boss appreciated his predecessor, for his efforts and assured him that he will sustain and improve on all the security strategies he met on ground saying police work is a continuous one.
Adie used the forum to solicit for the support all officers including rank and files while imploring them to rededicate themselves to the task ahead especially the forthcoming general elections adding that every police man has a role to play in ensuring peace, before, during and after the elections.
He warned them against any act capable of putting them into trouble and called on the DPOS to be more proactive and committed to their duty and ensure that they supervise their men posted to various beats across the state..
The Cross Rivers born Police Commissioner, while appreciating them for their efforts in the areas of crime prevention, detection and control, said the Police is saddled with the duty of maintaining peace in the land and will continue to do its best in ensure that everyone sleeps with their two eyes closed.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ondo State has charged women to work towards the conduct of free and fair elections in the state.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Dr. Rufus Akeju, gave the charge at a town hall meeting with Women Groups and Gender Focused Civil Society Organisations in the state.
Represented by the Acting Administrative Secretary of the commission, Alhaji Waheed Ganiyu, the commissioner advised women to contribute to improving the conduct of elections and disseminating information to the public in the forthcoming general elections.
He said that the women groups and the organisations are important stakeholders in the electoral process, noting that their roles in advancing the conduct of free and fair elections cannot be over emphasized.
Addressing the gathering, the Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA) in the state, Mr. Bode Famose expressed hope in INEC to deliver credible election.
He reiterated that women are important stakeholder in an election and decision process towards ensuring free fair and acceptable elections.
Famose, who described women as builder of future generation that must be carried along to educate others, urged them to participate actively in politics and election processes for the country to be better.
The DG implored women on the need to equip themselves with necessary knowledge for the development of the country and disseminate information gathered for the benefit of others.
Delivering their speeches , the Deputy Director, Women Affairs and Social Development and the Chairman, National Council of Women Societies in the state, Mrs. Odusola Oluseyi and Mrs Jumoke Aborode respectively told women on the need to educate and prevent their children from being used as political thugs before, during and after elections.
Also, the Head of Unit, Gender and Civil Society Organisation of INEC in the state, Mrs. Bolatito Alo, said that the commission is committed to provide level playing field for all stakeholders in the delivery of credible polls.
She added that the commission recognises electorate including men, women, youth and People living With Disabilities and is doing everything within its mandate to ensure the participation of all in the coming elections.
Ondo State Government has reiterated its commitment to ensure that the much awaited bitumen development in the state come to fruition without rancour between the host communities and the investors.
The state Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, Prof. Bayonile Ademodi stated this at the weekend, during an interactive session with bitumen bearing communities in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State held at the local government secretariat hall in Okitipupa.
According to him, the interactive session became imperative, considering the recurrent crisis in the Niger Delta region of the country as a result of unhealthy relationship amoung the communities and investors which had culminated in all manners of criminal activities.
He stressed that the government was highly committed to peaceful exploitation of the bitumen resources in the state, noting that a similar interactive session had been carried out in Irele local government.
The commissioner, who informed the gathering that the ministry had concluded arrangement with the state ministry of Environment to work out modalities for evolving effective environmental protection strategies that the license bitumen companies must comply with, posited that they would do everything possible to ensure that the companies observe all the internationally acceptable practice of Environmental Impact Assessment(EIA) before commencing operations.
While assuring the Royal Fathers and the community leaders that their views would be adequately captured and implemented to the best level of practice as the process move forward, he said there are immense benefits the development of bitumen will bring to the host communities ranging from direct and indirect employment to physical development.
The commissioner added that the Federal Government, who has the responsibility of awarding bitumen blocks, has allocated blocks to five companies within the bitumen belt of the state.
He equally disclosed that they had concluded arrangement to formally form a Bitumen Production Advocacy Club (B-PAC) where members will cut across the various bitumen bearing communities with their roles well spelt out.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Acting Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Engr. Ebenezer Ogunsanmi, informed that the present government in the state was committed to the development of the industrial sector, hence the need for communities to create enabling environment for investors to operate.
The Consultant to the Ministry ,who is a retired Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Engr. Dele Ogunwolere allayed the fear that their farm land would be destroyed without compensation ,noting that the EIA would capture the compensation of the farm owners, while there will be yearly Environmental Impact Auditing to take care of the environment.
The Chairman Caretaker of the local government…. who was represented by Mr David Ojajuni said the gathering was a prerequisite to the commencement of the long awaited project which he affirmed could be found in all Ikale land.
Responding,the Abodi of Ikale Land, Oba George Babatunde Faduyile commended the state government for organising the programme and its commitment to the project.
To him, the project, if well executed will bring a lot of relieve and income to the State.
“The project will change the standard of living of our people. It is now the duties of we the monarchs and community leaders to sensitise the youths in their area to ensure peace”, He said.
Various stakeholders who spoke at the event, stressed the need to duly compensate them because of the cash crops on their lands which is their means of livelihood , emphasising that their unemployed youths should be considered for employment when the project commence.
They however promised to give their maximum support towards the development of the project.
Those who attended the meeting include, the Jegun of Idepe-Okitipupa, Oba Michael Adetoye ,the Majuwa of Ilu-titun, Oba Adeoye Idepefo, The Oniju of Iju Odo, Oba Festus Olumoyegun, Halu of Aye kingdom, Oba N. Akinlade, The Regent of Ode -erinje, Oba Adekoye Ipinsanmi, and various heads of host communities in the area among others.
The Ondo State House of Assembly, yesterday held a special sitting in honour and memory of a former member of the House, Ernest Abiodun Anifowose, who died earlier this year.
Anifowose was a member of the House during the fourth Republic and represented Ese-Odo State constituency between 1999 and 2003. He died on January 6, this year at the age of 69.
The Speaker of the House, Bamidele Oleyelogun, led other members of the Assembly to pay tributes to the departed senior colleague.
They extolled the virtues of the former legislator, describing him as a peace-loving man and a good representative of the people who did a lot in serving his people.
The lawmakers who made reference to the biblical allusion which says “for everything, there is a season…”, also described the sudden death of the former lawmaker as a pointer to the fact that every living soul would die one day.
The Ondo State Government has promised to continue to collaborate with the Theatre Art and Motion Pictures Association of Nigeria, (TAMPAN), to transform the nation’s economy through the entertainment industry.
The state deputy governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi made the commitment while addressing leaders of the association during a courtesy visit to his office yesterday.
Ajayi who commended members of the association for their various artistic performances, said the roles they play in national development are very vital and cannot be over-emphasized.
According to him, theatre artists through their profession not only help the people to live a guided life against all forms of social vices, but also ensure unity and peaceful co-existence among the people as well as boost the nation’s economy.
While pointing out that the state has the best cultural and event centre in the region, he urged them to take advantage of that and assured them of continued collaboration in the industry.
Earlier, the National President of TAMPAN, Bolaji Amusan (Baba Latin) had informed that the visit is unique as it is meant to cement the already existing relationship between the artists and the government saying the state government is artists friendly and has been very supportive.
He said his members are ever ready to partner with the government by using their celebrities status to promote the activities of the government and showcase its achievements to the world.
Speaking with the newsmen, the Director of Media and Publicity of the association, Yomi Fash-Lanso, said it is going to be a better entertainment synergy between the state chapter of the association and the government under the leadership of Governor Akeredolu who is a lover of arts.
He further said the inauguration of the new executives of the state chapter of TAMPAN is to put in place an enabling platform for young talents to thrive and become acceptable within their home environment
The artists at the courtesy call include Chief Jimoh Aliu, Toyosi Adesanya, Yomi King (Opebe) among other celebrities in the theatre art industry.
Less than 10 days to the 2019 general elections, a total of 398,958 prospective voters are yet to collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in Ondo State, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC has revealed.
The commission further revealed that, a total of One million, four hundred and twenty nine thousand, two hundred and sixty one (1,429,261) PVCs have been distributed out of One million, eight hundred and twenty eight thousand two hundred and nineteen (1,828, 219) registered voters in the state as at January 2, 2019.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner REC in Ondo state, Dr. Rufus Akeju, disclosed this at a press briefing held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Centre, Alagbaka, Akure on the state of preparedness of the commission for the upcoming general elections in the country.
He explained that claims raised by stakeholders during the display of preliminary register of voters exercise, by the commission in the last quarter of 2018 were treated, as the names of dead persons that were still in the register as at then were identified for deletion.
Akeju disclosed that the presidential and National Assembly elections and that of the House of Assembly will hold in 3,007 polling units of the state on February 16 and March 2 respectively.
The Commissioner informed that the recruitment of all Ad-hoc staff to participate in the elections is almost completed
According to him, ” Serving Corp members constitute the bulk of Ad-hoc staff for the elections based on the existing MoU between INEC and the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC”.
He disclosed further that other categories of staff were sourced from the pool of Federal Tertiary Institutions and Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies among others.
The commission, he said has been meeting regularly with security agencies to formulate strategies to identify and mitigate all potential triggers of violence and insecurity during and after the elections.
He said various measures are being adopted by the commission to mitigate the challenge of vote buying in the forthcoming elections through restriction of the use of smart phones and other photographic equipment in the voting cubicles among others.
Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr Agboola Ajayi, on Thursday said there was no truth in the allegation that he is planning to use ex-militants to rig the forthcoming general elections in the riverine areas of the state.
The Peoples Democratic Party had alleged on a social media platform that the deputy governor was planning to disrupt the conduct of elections.
But Ajayi, in a statement by the Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Office of the Deputy Governor, Mr Leke Akeredolu, described the allegation as false and mischievous.
According to the statement, Ajayi, who is the Chairman of the Amnesty Programme in the state, met leaders of the ex-militants on Monday to resolve a misconception over their inclusion in the Federal Government’s amnesty programme.
He said the meeting had nothing to do with the forthcoming elections.
The statement read, “This allegation is both distasteful and regretful. It is also a shame that a national party like the PDP would throw caution to the wind and deliberately embark on peddling complete falsehood in a desperate attempt to discredit an election that is yet to hold.
“It is no longer news that the PDP and all its candidates have been rejected by the people after a 16-year period that was characterised by looting and destruction of the unity of the country.
“Kindly note that Ajayi has been playing intermediary roles between the Federal Government and the ex-militants. He also played a very important role in the discussions that led to the laying down of weapons by the ex-militants.
“The said Monday meeting was not different from the previous meetings that government representatives have had with leaders of the ex-militants and the discussion centered basically on their inclusion in the amnesty programme, and not elections matter.”
The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Wednesday expressed his optimism that the 2019 General Elections will be credible, free and fair.
The Governor said so far, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have shown their commitments and preparedness for a one man, one vote.
Akeredolu spoke at the opening ceremony of the Strategic Stakeholders’ Dialogue On Peaceful and Violence free General elections in Nigeria at International Centre for Culture and Event (The Dome), Akure, the state capital.
The programme was organised for South West States by the United Nations Development Programme and Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Ondo State Government.
The Governor, represented by the Deputy Governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, lauded Buhari for the facilitation of the early release of fund to INEC, which he said would enable the commission to exhibit high level of independence, objectivity, transparency and high standard of professionalism in the delivery of its primary mandate.
He also reassured the gathering that the Buhari’s administration is committed with other tiers of governments and relevant stakeholders in ensuring the peaceful conduct of the coming elections.
According to him “the President has assured Nigerians and the global community that the processes leading to the general election will be open and devoid of political interference”.
Akeredolu charged both the foreign and local observers to work with INEC and security personnel and to also ensure they act and be seen to act with impartirtiality.
“I implore local and international journalists, media, organisations, social commentators, to be more objective in their reportage and provide equal access to media platforms for all political parties and candidates in order to promote political fairnes”, he stated.
Stakeholders at the event included, representative of Governor of Osun State, Security Chiefs, Political, Traditional and Spiritual leaders, representatives of INEC, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) among others.
Seven years after the suspension of its partnership with Ondo State Government, the United Nations Development Programme on Wednesday announced the resumption its development partnership with Ondo State Government.
Mrs Khardiata Lo Ndiaye- Resident Representative made the disclosure during a courtesy visit to Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN on Wednesday at the Governor’s office, Alagbaka, Akure.
Mrs Khardiata Lo Ndiaye who was accompanied by Mr Matthew Alao expressed the readiness of the United Nations Development Programme to reengage very strongly with Ondo State Government in its various development initiatives.
Mrs Khardiata Lo Ndiaye said that she was aware that the governor has a vision with developmental agenda and key objectives set up all of which she said fall within the 2030 Development Agenda of the United Nations Development Programme.
The Governor who spoke earlier said he was happy to welcome the UNDP team back to the State. Governor Akeredolu said it was on record that the United Nations Development Programme had to suspend its operations in the State in 2013 due to one reason or the other.
The Governor further informed the visiting team that the State Government has a -25 year development plan and open for partnership on the key programme of development particularly provision of social amenities to the people at the grassroots.
Akure, the Ondo State capital literarily stood still for President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday as the popular Moshood Kasimaawoo Abiola (MKO) Abiola Democracy Park in Akure, was yesterday filled to its capacity.
The crowd, majority of whom were supporters of President Buhari were in Akure to welcome the President who was in the state seeking for votes for his re-election bid.
The broom-wielding crowd, decked in various APC branded outfits, thronged the ever-busy and popular Oba Adesida Road shouting “Sai Baba, sai Baba”.
Addressing the party supporters, President Buhari assured Nigerians of the resolve of the present administration to secure the country, and continue tackling all security challenges.
He explained that Boko Haram used to hold substantial parts of the North East, but the situation was no longer so.
“They are now indoctrinating youths especially girls and arming them with explosives for soft targets like churches and mosques, even that has become rare.
“ln 2015, our campaign was based on tackling security challenges, fighting corruption and rejuvenating the battered economy and I believe we have not failed you.
“I can assure you all that we will continue to secure this country and make it corruption-free” he said.
The President further said Nigerian was virtually self sufficient in food security, while importation of rice had reduced by 95 percent.
Buhari further explained that the government was buying fertilizers and making them available to farmers at half price in a bid to improve the economy.
According to him, the most significant part of the campaign was fighting corruption, which was developed into the culture of the country and it could not be gotten rid of rapidly under this system.
He urged people of the state to ensure that all candidates of the APC win every elective position in the February 16 general election both at the state and National Assembly.
Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of APC, said the difference between the candidates of APC and PDP was very clear.
He said the APC candidate cared for the poor and down trodden, and remembered their children with the school feeding programme.
“In a country that exports so much crude oil, the child of the poor should have at least one meal a day.
“We have also given every state government money so that workers can be paid. He has stopped importation, and we must stop exporting our jobs to Europe and importing unemployment into Nigeria,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the people of Ondo State that the natural resources the state is endowed with including bitumen will be fully harnessed for the development of the state, if given the chance to rule the country the second term.
Buhari gave the assurance at a meeting with traditional rulers across the state at GPM Plaza in Oba-Ile yesterday, during his visit to the state in continuation of his presidential campaign.
The president stated that the Federal Government will collaborate with the state government and give the necessary support for the bitumen exploration, while fully tapping into other resources readily available in the state.
He assured that the deep seaport project would commence as soon as arrangements are made to open up the state’s coastal area to become an industrial hub for job creation and economic boom.
Highlighting some of his administration achievements in the last three and half years, he said Ondo State has not been left out in its programmes, policies and projects to reposition the state.
He listed other plans of his government for the state to include railway lines in Akure and electrification of towns in the state
While stating that his administration is working towards ensuring that life becomes better for the citizenry, Buhari maintained that his government would not rest on its oars in putting in place infrastructural facilities, reviving the nation’s economy, fighting insecurity and corruption to make Nigeria a better place if given a second term.
Meanwhile, the state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), while welcoming the president and his entourage at the event stated that the All Progressive Congress (APC) led Federal government has enjoyed the support of traditional rulers in the state.
Akeredolu who thanked the president for his various social interventions in the state, assured that the direct beneficiaries at the grassroots will continue to support him in his re-election bid.
Earlier in his speech, the Chairman, Council of Obas and Olukare of Ikare, HRM Oba Akadiri Momoh welcomed the president and his entourage to the state, urging him to pay adequate attention to the requests of the people of Ondo State.
The Olukare had listed their requests to include the execution of the deep sea port project, electrification of Akoko communities which has been in the dark for long, dualisation of some federal roads in the state and exploitation of bitumen among other natural resources, saying they are key to the development of the state.
He assured the president that the traditional rulers are ready to ensure peaceful conduct of the forthcoming general elections in their various communities.
In separate interviews, the traditional rulers including, Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, HRM Oba Victor Kiladejo, Agadagba of Arogbo Ijaw-ibe, HIM Pere Zaccheus Egbunu and Olowa of Igbara Oke, HRM Oba Adefarakanmi Agbede, expressed their readiness to ensure peaceful conduct of their subjects in their respective domains before, during and after the elections, wishing President Buhari success in his re-election bid.
Ondo state government is to commence Inland Waterways Travellers’ Safety Insurance Scheme this February on selected jetties across the riverine communities in the Southern Senatorial District.
The safety plan is meant to provide protection and welfare for travellers both within and outside Ondo State via its Inland Waterways and also provide relief for families of boat mishap.
Speaking with The Hope, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr. Tobi Ogunleye affirmed that, 250 live jackets will arrive the area for the use of the travellers.
“We have produced about 250 live jackets for passengers on our waterways, we are waiting for the delivery of the jackets from our insurance company, if we get the jackets today, the programme will commence”, he said.
He noted that the initiative was to protect and secure the lives of the people in the riverine areas of the state.
The decision to commence the implementation of the safety plan this month was arrived at after the meeting of stakeholders with the government, headed by the SSA to the Governor at the Ministry of Transportation.
The underlying benefits in case of a boat mishap, include the sum of N200,000 for dead victims, N100,000 for permanent disability, and about N25,000 for medical expenses.
For travellers to qualify for the above benefits which was described as a ‘Life Policy’ by NEM Insurance PLC, each traveller will pay N50 (within the state) and N100(outside the state).
In addition to their travel fare, their names and particulars must be clearly written on the travel manifests and they must wear a life jacket.
The Safety Plan, which was consented to by the state government earlier in August, 2018 started with an inaugural sensitization meeting of all stakeholders and will be coordinated by the appointed consultancy company, Rich Auto Concepts Limited.
The meeting comprised the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, Association of Tourist Boat Operators & Water Transporters of Nigeria, and various unions from the Agadagba-Obon communities; with the representative of the Ondo State Commissioner of Police who was also in attendance.
The state government thereby appealed to well meaning residents of Ilaje, Ese-odo and Irele local government areas and environs to take advantage of the scheme, as it is to avoid incessant loss of lives on our water ways; a trend that has become more or less the norm in water transportation nation-wide.
To this end, various boat operators are to ensure strict compliance with the safety plan, especially in the issuance of life jackets to travellers.
In order to further give hope to Breast cancer patients in the state, the wife of Ondo State Governor, and founder of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu -Akeredolu has paid a courtesy visit to the State Head of Service (HOS), Mr Toyin Akinkuotu to plead for the payment of breast cancer victims’ gratuities so that they could care for themselves.
Mrs Akeredolu who was joined by BRECAN members, breast cancer patients and survivors in the State urged the HOS to do everything possible to prioritise the demands of breast cancer victims who diligently served the state to get their gratuity.
While explaining that treating breast cancer is expensive, she said,” Some of the cancer victims do not have money to start the test talkless of other treatments which cost millions of naira. The assessment alone according to Dr Aba Katung of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owo cost N600,000 aside other treatments.
“Although, no budget line for the office of the First Lady yet, I cannot tell a victim of breast cancer to go without figuring out how to assist such person financially, knowing fully well what the person is passing through being a survivor. That is why I came up with the idea of crowd funding for people to donate at least N200 to assist breast cancer victims.
“Everyone who had experienced cancer of any form will tell you that if one is affected, every member of the family feels traumatized, hence, the support of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to establish a befitting World -Class cancer treatment centre in Owo. We want you to fast track the payment of gratuities to breast cancer victims because there are things survivor needs to eat to prolong their lives. We cannot eat anyhow because it is not good for our health.”
The Coordinator, Team Survivor Nigeria who is also a breast cancer survivor, Mrs Oluwatoyin Oluwagbamila appreciated the First Lady for supporting breast cancer victims financially stressing that if not for her financial support, she would probably have faced greater challenges.
Mrs Oluwagbamila also pleaded with the HOS To help cancer victims who had retired across the state to access good health care by paying their gratuities.
In his response, the HOS who said that he was delighted because it was the first time he would be visited by the wife of the Governor, promised to meet with Governor Akeredolu and discuss how to pay the gratuities of breast cancer victims in the state.
His words, “We are very proud of you for all you have been doing like helping young girls to actualise their dreams, addressing poverty among women through Forums for Wives of Ondo State Officials and Women Political Appointees (FOWOSO) and helping breast cancer victims across the state financially.
The people of Ore in Odigbo Local Government area of Ondo State have described the on-going first ever flyover bridge project in the area capable of enhancing economic turnaround of the Southern Senatorial District when completed.
A community leader, Chief Michael Olanrewaju while commending the Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, over the payment of compensation to the affected people said the project is long overdue.
He said the flyover bridge will boost the economic status of the commercial town when completed and also reduce the incessant road accidents at the spot.
“The governor has given the people a lease of life after their properties were demolished to give room for the flyover through adequate payment of compensation to encourage them to start up again, it is a welcome development.
“Since the flag-off of the project, work has started and is ongoing and I am very sure that people are happy with the project”.
Olanrewaju said the project will improve the economic development of Ore community and its environs urging the government to do everything possible to complete the flyover on time.
Also, Mr. Taye Bamidele said, “I am very sure that when the project is completed, it will improve and open up the economic strength of Ore. Ore remain the economic hub of Ondo State.
He said the residents are excited seeing contractor on the road, which is highly prone to ghastly motor accidents almost on weekly basis.
“Here in Ore, our main challenge is this portion of the road. A week can hardly go by without an accident occurring, hence the reason for our excitement in February when the Governor came to flag off the flyover project.
“So we appeal to the government to speed up the project and it should not entertain any delay.
The Hope reports that Ondo State Government has also rehabilitated the 500m old Lagos-Benin expressway and Ore township road from Mobil junction to Sabo junction.
President Muhammadu Buhari was yesterday assured of winning in Ondo State handsomely in the forthcoming general election as he won in 2015.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State said this while welcoming All Progressives Congress, APC leaders to the Presidential campaign rally in Akure.
The well attended rally held at MKO Abiola Democracy Pack was led by President Buhari and other party leaders.
Akeredolu described the people of Ondo State as very loyal to President Buhari saying the people voted for APC candidate even when he was in opposition in 2015.
“Ondo State is for President Muhammadu Buhari. President Buhari won in 2015 in Ondo State even as in opposition then, he will win in Ondo State handsomely. We are indomitable and committed to vote for you enmass in Ondo State. We love you.
“Please Mr President, be assured that you have won the election already.”
Akeredolu who used the avenue to thank God on behalf of the Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo for surviving an helicopter crash few days ago described him as a man of faith whose faith has kept him so far.
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the East West railway line be extended to Akure, the Ondo State capital.
The President gave the directive yesterday while addressing a mammoth crowd of party faithful who thronged the MKO Abiola Democracy Park in continuation of his re-election bid as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Buhari obviously elated by the huge crowd at the campaign venue said his campaign against corruption would receive a new impetus at the next level of his tenure.
Also speaking, Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, said the federal government schools feeding programme would be stepped up from the present 9.2million children to 13 million during the next level of the APC led Federal government.
According to him, at present, the federal government home grown school feeding programme is feeding 9.2 million primary school children daily in 26 states and this would be increased to 13 million school children daily in all the 36 states across the federation during the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
He also disclosed that the N-power programme would create more employments to 1.5 million unemployed youths during the APC second term, as against the present 500,000.
Osinbajo who stated this yesterday during the APC presidential campaign rally held at the Democracy Park, Akure, the Ondo State capital, equally added that 6.8 million eggs are needed weekly to feed the school pupils under the school feeding programme, the development which has provided jobs and revenues for poultry farmers and other farmers in the affected states.
The vice president noted that all the N-Power beneficiaries would also be provided with tablets with equipped with necessary training facilities.
Osinbajo said the federal government would build rail way in Akure and step up the construction of federal roads during the APC next level, stressing that more jobs would be provided for the people of the state through the projects.
Apart from all these, the Vice president added that there would be stable electricity to create jobs and improve the economy of the country during the second term of the APC led government, saying that more companies would be licensed to generate power in the country.
He noted that Federal Government has started working to ensure all remaining towns in the Ondo Southern Senatorial district are reconnected back to the National Grid to improve the socioeconomic development in the affected areas.
He explained that federal government is partnering Brazilian government to provide farming equipments for youths in agriculture in the country to ease farming activities and ensure food sufficiency.
Osinbajo further disclosed that apart from the Tradermoni initiated by the federal government, another programme called ‘Peoples Moni’ would be initiated to provide soft loans for all categories of traders.
He described corruption as bane of development in the country, just as he assured that the ongoing Lagos/Ibadan express road would soon be completed, while Lagos -Abeokuta-Ibadan rail way would be commissioned by February.
He said three out of the four refineries in the country were built during the then Buhari’s administration, arguing that Buhari would do more if elected for a second term.
Osinbajo urged the people of the country to vote massively for APC in the February 16 poll to ensure continuity of good governance.
Ahead of the February 16th Presidential Election, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN has assured President Muhammadu Buhari of handsome vote from the state.
Governor Akeredolu spoke at the MKO Democracy Park, venue of the All Progressives Congress, APC, rally in Ondo State on Tuesday, 5th February, 2019.
Akure, the capital of the state was locked down as massive crowd trooped out to Welcome President Buhari and his entourage to the sunshine state.
Governor Akeredolu said : “In 2015, even when APC was not in government, we delivered Ondo for you Mr President. Now, the All Progressives Congress is in government in Ondo State.
“Mr President, be rest assured that we will deliver handsome votes for you. The people of Ondo State are indomitable. We know what you stand for. I can assure you we will vote massively for APC “
The Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo while making his own remark said 9.2 million children benefit from the Federal Government school feeding programme. But the target is 13 million. He also revealed that the N- Power Programme has over 500’000 beneficiaries and government target was 1.5 million at the Next Level.
According to the Vice President the Lagos /Ibadan railway would be commissioned on 7th February this year.
“President Buhari built the 3 refineries when he was Minister of Petroleum but the people who are now campaigning that they want to return to power couldn’t add anything to it in their sixteen years in power.
” The South West people are stakeholders in the present Government. I then urge you to vote for APC.”
President Buhari who spoke to crown the campaign said his administration has fulfilled all the campaign promises he made in 2015.
” The Vice President has made my job easy because he’s the chairman of the Economy Council. In economy, we have empowered our people to overcome poverty. We have stopped importation of rice.
“We would continue to work hard to secure our people. We have made tremendous progress in the fight against corruption and we shall continue to work hard to secure our people.
“When we came, Boko Haram was in charge of seventeen local government areas in Borno state but now Boko Haram has been reduced abysmally low”
President Mohammadu Buhari said corruption was developed into a culture but we have changed that.
The President earlier met with traditional rulers in Ondo State at the GPM Event Centre, Oba Ile, Akure.
Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Monday donated another set of brand new vehicles to security agents in the state as part of the effort of his administration to fight crime and criminals in the state.
It would be recalled that the Governor had sometimes in 2017 donated ten speed boats to the Naval officers policing the riverine area of the state. Akeredolu also presented five hilux vans to the state Police command in 2018.
The Governor on Monday presented 17 vehincles to the security agencies in the state. The state Police command got five out of the seventeen while the 32 Artillery Brigade, Nigerian Army got three and the State Security Service was given two.
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ondo State command, got three cars, while the Special Protection Unit and the Naval base in Igbokoda, got one car each.
Similarly, the Governor had presented one Vehincle to the Legions and one for the Anti-Kidnapping Squad.
Governor Akeredolu explained that some petty things could be resolved with patrols, and urged the security agencies to increase patrols in the state.
"Somebody came to me that people are defacing other people's posters, not necessarily All Progressives Congress (APC) posters. You can arrest them. If they know that your patrol is on the road, they will be afraid," he said.
The governor further commended security agencies in the state for reduction of crime, especially kidnapping.
Today, February 4, is World Cancer Day. It is a day that the world is united with one mind, united by one voice, and united in a call to foster “a cooperative global commitment to improving the quality of life of cancer patients and the continued investment in and advancement of cancer research, prevention and treatment”. This year’s World Cancer Day is themed “I am and I will”. The aim is to get everyone involved in the fight against all forms of cancer by promoting actions and activities targeting at fighting cancer all over the world. The World Cancer Day was initiated by Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) in 2000 and celebrated by other organisations in many parts of the world since then. It is a matter of joy that Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) has, consistently, led in the commemoration of the World Cancer Day with various activities in different States of Nigeria since 2007 and the impact has been tremendous.
For Nigeria, commemorating the world cancer day is not a question for debate knowing the burden of Cancer in the country. In more recent times, the cancer burden in Nigeria is overwhelming to a greater degree than ever. Not only is the prevalence of cancer disease increasing at an exponential rate, the death toll that can be attributed to common forms of cancer are becoming alarming. Statistics as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that Nigeria holds one of the worst record for cancer mortality worldwide. The high level of cancer rates in developing countries like Nigeria follows simultaneously high incidence of numerous communicable diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and many others. Hence, countries like Nigeria have been tagged as countries with double pandemic – that is; countries where there is high level of communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases. Our loss to cancer is devastatingly immeasurable. Each day, we think of the many stars we have lost and the many stars that never was as a result of cancer. We think of Dora Akunyili. We think of Gani Fawehinmi. We think of secondary school students who will no longer continue their education because their father, the bread winner of the family, has just given up to prostate cancer. We think of those sisters who are experiencing continuous sexual abuse because their mother who would protect them had succumbed to breast cancer. This sad reality of ours is what NGOs like BRECAN are working tirelessly to change, but efforts are being frustrated by the poor allocation of funds for cancer care and control in Nigeria.
Indeed we are yet to get it right in cancer care as a country. It is sad to know that we barely have three functioning standard cancer treatment centres to offer cancer care services in a country of almost 200 million people. Indeed, it is no surprise that we currently rank top amongst countries with the highest cancer case fatality. It is no surprise we lose so much revenue to India through medical tourism most of which are cancer-related. It is also no surprise that we are economically weak due to poor productivity from a labour force with a sizeable number battling one form of cancer or the other. This year, we are calling on everyone to take action by demanding the leadership of Nigeria to prioritize cancer care.
To beat cancer, early detection and presentation remain the major predictor of patients’ survival. Most forms of cancer are very much treatable at the early stage. However, if treatment is delayed, cancer proceeds to a terminal stage where palliative treatment is the only option. It is therefore necessary for people to become aware of the most common forms of cancer, their risk factors, preventive measures, and the importance of early detection and presentation.
It is important to know that lifestyle is a major predictor of cancer. We should refrain from tobacco smoking, excess alcohol intake and engage ourselves in active exercise and consume more fruits and vegetables in place of unhealthy meals. It is equally important that every p woman checks her breasts monthly by conducting breast self-examination to check for lumps and other unusual breast changes. Parents of young girls should ensure their daughters are vaccinated against HPV to significantly reduce their daughters’ risk of developing cervical cancer. Older women should visit the hospital once in three to five years to screen for cervical cancer.
The call to beat cancer is a call to all and we must all put resources together to fight. Whoever we are, wherever we are from, we must all take action to reduce cancer burden and hopefully end cancer as a life threatening disease.
Signed. HE. Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu First Lady of Ondo State & Founder, BRECAN
During the weekend, the Governor of Ondo state, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and Top Ondo state political appointees visited the Ondo state Muslim welfare Board Alagbaka, Akure for the empowerment of less privileged Muslim Umah in Ondo state.
Chairman, Ondo state Muslim Welfare Board Alhaji Khaleel Fawehinmi, was present at the event to receive the Governor, his entourage and the empowerment materials.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu expressed that his administration is concerned about the welfare of every citizen of Ondo state and that is why he has decided to put smiles on faces through this event.
He further expressed his heart felt concerns for less privileged people in the state and advised that his administration will always ensure that people are well catered for in enjoying the dividends of democracy.
Empowerment materials like Grinding machines, sewing machines, amongst others was donated to the board for support.
Alhaji Khaleel Fawehinmi thanked the Governor and his administration for his kind gesture and expressed his sincere appreciation.
Some of the beneficiaries were present to receive empowerment materials from the Governor and they expressed their appreciation.