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Akeredolu presents N516m cheques to 37 Communities, 13 Vulnerable Groups
  • May 23, 2019

In furtherance of Ondo State Government’s vision to intensify more efforts on rural development and extension services, the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Wednesday presented cheques of a total sum of N516million to second set of 37 communities and 13 vulnerable groups.

This is to enable the beneficiaries to kick-start the implementation of their self-help and empowerment projects, respectively, under the Community and Social Development Project Additional Financing (CSDPAF).

It will be recalled that Akeredolu’s administration presented cheques with the total sum of N167million to the first set of 19 communities for the similar purpose in the year 2017.

Speaking at the event held at the International Centre for Culture and Events (The Dome) in Akure, the Governor said this was in line with the unwavering determination of his administration to run an inclusive government, which according to him, involves every citizen and resident of the state in its development plan.

Akeredolu, represented by the Deputy Governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, lauded the state Community and Social Development Agency, saying its has lived up to expectation of facilitating the people to utilise their innate intelligence and indigenous capacity to drive development in the state most especially in the rural areas.

His words, “We appreciate the fact that the Community and Social Development Project utilises the bottom-up community Driven Development approach in its project implementation strategy, involving the projects’ end users, particularly in its identification through the participatory Rural Appraisal, a platform for grassroots policy dialogue, implementation and taking ownership of the projects.

“Our administration will not relent in abridging the wide socio-ecomomic gap between the hinterlandsand urban centres as real development can only be actualised and accentuated through the active symbiosis between the two, an understanding predicated on collaboration and coexistence designed for amity and progress

“Let me commend the Special Adviser and the Ondo State Community and Social Development Agency (ODCSDA) for facilitating and impacting into the the lives of inhabitants of 142 communities across the three senatorial districts of the state with 361 projects to date”.

In his welcome address, the Special Adviser on Rural and Community Development to the Governor, Rt.Hon. Victor Olabimtan, said ODCSDA was one of the 27 states including FCT participating in CSDP fully certified by the World Bank to operate in the CSDP Additional Financing phase.

Olabimtan noted that the World Bank-assited programme was to improve access to services of human development, while the project developmental objective was to support empowerment of communities and local government authorities for increased access by the poor to improved social and natural resources infrastructure services in a sustainable manner.

He however stressed that CSDP has contributed significantly in achieving the target set by this administration regarding her JMPPR priority policies.

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Ondo tourism potentials, a veritable source of economic prosperity, says Gov. Akeredolu.
  • May 3, 2019

The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has described the tourism potentials of the state as a veritable source of economic prosperity.

Receiving members of the Nigeria Foreign Service Academy, Lagos, who were in the state on Study Tour , Governor Akeredolu said places like Idanre Hills Tourist Centre at Idanre; Oke Maria, Oka Akoko in Akoko Southwest Local Government; Smoky Hills IlaraMokin with its most outstanding Golf Course, have huge potentials to attract tourists across the global.

Governor Akeredolu regretted that the huge financial implications for developing the tourists sites to meet international standards has been a major constraint for the State Government.

While assuring on the determination of his administration to brake the deadlock of exploring the second largest bitumen in Nigeria, Governor Akeredolu said before the end of this year, Nigeria would begin to enjoy the economic viability of bitumen as all the needed and specially manufactured equipment for its exploration have been delivered.

“Before the end of last quarter of this year, Mr President will be here to commission the Bitumen Exploration factory in Ondo State”, he said.

Arakunrin Akeredolu who also expressed concerns on the lack of public power supply to accelerate the productive capacities of the various companies at the Ondo-Linyi Industrial Hub, Ore , appealed to the visiting participants to help showcase the investible potentials of the state which he described as hugely multifaceted.

Earlier the leader of the team, Mr Eze Okechukwu described the study tour as a precondition for students of the academy to enable them get acquainted with all parts of Nigeria before proceeding on foreign service.

He commended Governor Akeredolu for several projects which he had undertaken in less than two and half years in office.

The Team Leader said the participants were going back with various positive impression about the State Government’ commitment to good governance and the conducive nature of the Sunshine State

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Ondo records fastest IGR growth as Nigerian states generate N1.1tn in 2018
  • May 3, 2019

Ondo state outrun thirty-five other states in the country in the accrual of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in 2018, latest states IGR data by the National Bureau of Statistics have shown.

Ondo grew its IGR by more than double to N24.79 billion in 2018 from N10.93 billion achieved a year earlier, causing the state to jump 11 steps to become ninth-highest revenue- generating state of the federation after Lagos, Rivers, Ogun, Delta, Kano, Kaduna and Edo state which sustained their positions.

Lagos generated N382.2 billion as revenue in 2018, representing a 14.4 percent increase compared with N333.97 billion realised in 2017.

Rivers recorded a 26 percent growth in its IGR to N112.8 billion from N89.5 billion, while Ogun raised N84.55 billion as IGR in 2018, about 13 percent higher than N74.84 billion recorded in the previous year.

As a result, the combined revenue received by the three states accounted for 52 percent of the total revenue of N1.10 trillion generated by all the Nigerian states in 2018, which is 17.8 percent more than N936.47 billion recorded in 2017.

The total growth was driven by increases in the IGR of thirty-two states that recorded growth, even as four other states comprising Osun, Benue, Cross River and Abia recorded worse revenue performance in the review year compared with 2017.

Osun’s IGR fell the most to N10.38 billion from N11.73 billion. Benue followed closely with a 9.55 percent decline to N11.22 billion from N12.4 billion, Cross River was down by 3 percent to N17.55 billion from N18.1 billion, while Abia recorded a marginal drop of 0.55 percent to N14.83 billion in 2018 compared with N14.92 billion received in the previous year.

However, the revenue generated by each of the four states in 2018 was more than Yobe, Kebbi, Taraba, Ebonyi, Adamawa, Ekiti, Borno, Katsina, Gombe, Nassarawa, Zamfara, Jigawa and Bauchi.

Yobe recorded the lowest IGR of N4.38 billion. Kebbi trailed with a total internally generated revenue of N4.88 billion, while Taraba generated the third-lowest revenue of N5.97 billion in the country in 2018.

Also, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja generated N65.52 billion as IGR in the review period.

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A new dawn for Aaye community, as Mrs Akeredolu rolls out plans to attract Development in the area
  • May 3, 2019

People of Aaye community in Ifedore local government area of Ondo state now have  cause to rejoice as the sunshine state first lady, Her Excellency, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu rolls out plans to attract remarkable development in the area.

This is coming from the  familiarity visit of the first lady to the community which according to her was prompted by her pleasant  knowledge that the community is under the leadership of a twenty-year-old regent.

Speaking to the people of Aaye community during the visit, Mrs Akeredolu revealed that the Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu foundation (BAAF) will as a matter of urgency and importance commence a need assessment exercise in the area through focus group discussion method to generate data and other useful information which she said would be veritable tool to engage and lobby relevant government agencies, donor agencies and other development partners. She also expressed optimism that Aaye community will be transformed in no time.

In her address, the regent of Aaye community, HRH Taiwo Oyebola Agbona, welcomed the first lady and her entourage to her palace, and hailed Mrs Akeredolu for  her innovative ways in driving women empowerment in Ondo state. While calling for a more progressive society in which women are recognized and empowered, the beautiful young traditional ruler also used the opportunity to call for government's attention to the communities problems, including bad roads, lack of market, youth unemployment, social protection and economic infrastructure for women.

Ondo state first lady who was accompanied by the members of Forum for Wives of Ondo state Officials, FOWOSO, BAAF members, and the chairman of Ifedore LGA,  distributed some SOLAYO birth kits to expectant mothers, free medication, alongside health sensitization.


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Why we want to create LCDAs – Ondo govt
  • May 3, 2019

Ondo State Government has declared that its intention to create Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) is to make government closer to the people and not for any political reason.

The LCDAs Implementation Committee Chairman, Lanke Odogiyan, who disclosed this at a press conference in Akure, said Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is determined to take government closer to the people of the rural areas, hence the intention to create the LCDAs.

He said the state government has concluded all necessary arrangements for the creation of the LCDAs, saying all necessary machinery have also been put in motion to ensure efficient take off of the LCDAs.

He disclosed that the committee received 94 memoranda from various communities across the 18 local government areas at its last sitting.

Odogiyan said the committee had concluded its job and its report would be submitted to Governor Akeredolu before the end of the week.

He assured that all the communities desirous of an LCDA would be considered, just as he said various factors, including land mass and population, would be considered in determining headquarters of the new LCDAs.

Also, he said many communities were already jostling to be the headquarters of the LCDAs, saying the committee will be fair to all the communities in its report and the government will also base its implementation of the report on the principle of fairness.

He was, however, silent on the exact number of LCDAs to be created, but maintained that the new LCDAs would make government more efficient and contribute to effective delivery of dividends of democracy.

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Advantage

Ondo state has comparative advantage with respect to some value chains due to the state's natural resources endowments.

Tourism

Ondo State’s majestic scenery makes it an ideal location for movie production.

ICT

Universities of national and international repute with growing ICT and innovation programs

Agriculture

Ondo state is the largest cocoa producer in Nigeria responsible for over 40% all cocoa export in Nigeria.

Oil and Gas

The State reserve of crude oil is believed to be in the region of 4 billion barrels combined.

Energy

Its potential for renewable and non renewable power generation has been left relatively untapped.

Logistics

Tremendous growth prospects opens up opportunity in the transport and logistics industry

Manufacturing

The State is known as a major source of timber for construction and furniture making in Nigeria.

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Ondo State is a state in Nigeria created on 3 February 1976 from the former Western State. It originally included what is now Ekiti State, which was split off in 1996. Akure is the state capital.

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