Governor Rotimi Akeredolu giving a speech in the course of the inauguration and swearing-in ceremony for his second time period in workplace, on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.
Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Wednesday throughout his inauguration ceremony for his second time period in workplace promised to set the state on the trail of development.
He additionally listed his achievements throughout his first time period in workplace and promised to not depart from the ‘redemptive and restorative path.’
“We are committed, irrevocably, to setting the State on the path of real growth and development.
“We are confident that posterity will read about this era and feel proud of our achievements. Our victory at the last election confirmed the love and trust we enjoy from the people. We cannot afford to depart from the redemptive and restorative path. We shall proceed, with keener enthusiasm, to justify the renewal of our mandate to serve the people,” the governor mentioned.
Akeredolu additionally appreciated President Muhammdu Buhari and different nationwide leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for his or her help.
“I thank the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the unflinching support and the confidence reposed in us since the commencement of this administration.
“I thank our National Leaders, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Baba Bisi Akande, Chief Odigie Oyegun, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and other eminent personalities for the sustained interest in our programmes of development
“All of you have been great, the depth of your interest and support cannot be discarded,” the governor mentioned.
The deputy governor, Mr Lucky Ayedatiwa was additionally sworn-in on the occasion which was held on the International Culture and Events Centre, Akure, the state capital.
SEE BELOW THE GOVERNOR’S FULL SPEECH…
BEING THE ADDRESS OF THE GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE, ARAKUNRIN OLUWAROTIMI ODUNAYO AKEREDOLU, SAN AT THE INAUGURATION/SWEARING-IN CEREMONY FOR THE SECOND TERM IN OFFICE ON WEDNESDAY, 24TH FEBRUARY, 2021 AT THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR CULTURE AND EVENTS (THE DOME) IGBATORO ROAD , AKURE
ON THE PATH TO REDEMPTION
“I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvellous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you. Sing praises to the Lord who reigns in Jerusalem. Tell the world about His unforgettable deeds.” “Courage brother! Do not stumble.” “Though thy path be dark as night, there is a path to guide the humble. Trust in the Lord and do the right.”
Exactly 4 years in the past, this journey started. It commenced on the power of our unshakable and collective religion in God Almighty, as we dedicated our needs, aspirations, and certainly, our imaginative and prescient for a New Ondo State. I recall with nostalgia, the daring stroll into the cloud of uncertainty, with you, the nice individuals of the Sunshine State, as my beacon. I recall with pleasure nonetheless, as I solid my thoughts again to these phrases of hope, the pronouncements of confidence, and the incurable moments of zeal. With the spirit of patriotism at excessive steam, I did say, “we will rise out of this mud and construct a brand new Ondo State the place honesty, prosperity, and confidence can, as soon as once more, be our self-identity. We can pull ourselves by the bootstraps and shake off our present frustrations and disappointments. We should recognise the necessity for a cohesive platform, indispensable to efficient and environment friendly implementation of insurance policies and programmes of each authorities and get together respectively.
I thank God Almighty for the chance to see this present day. I stay eternally grateful for being right here in good well being and really able to proceed the redemptive mission, for which the nice individuals of Ondo State renewed our mandate, with a powerful victory. I’m not unmindful of the axiom that the reward for laborious work is one other spherical of laborious work. Our palms stay on the plough. We are dedicated, irrevocably, to setting the State on the trail of actual development and growth.
IN THE BEGINNING
The ship of our administration set sail on Friday, twenty fourth February 2017 with a agency and resolute pledge to steer the affairs of the Sunshine State on the Journey to Redemption. I stand right here at this time to proclaim earlier than the Almighty God and the nice individuals of Ondo State that we have now been steadfast and targeted regardless of daunting challenges. We have taken the welfare of the individuals as central to all actions of governance. We imagine that the happiness of the residents needs to be the last word purpose of all public engagements undertaken on their behalf.
This Administration inherited a variety of challenges on the idea of workplace. We took our time to take inventory earlier than embarking on the Journey of Redemption. We proceeded, with rigorous fiscal self-discipline and dedication, to establish and full all initiatives inside the obtainable sources.
The paucity of funds has been a significant problem militating in opposition to the hunt to actualise the lofty goals which our administration, underneath our management, conceived to ameliorate the deplorable circumstances underneath which our individuals stay. Our actions have been impactful and protecting of the individuals whatever the standing. We stand earlier than you with pleasure, good individuals of Ondo State, to current our scorecard. We acknowledge the massive infrastructural deficit nonetheless, amongst different challenges. There is a variety of areas craving for consideration. We could not have met all reasonable expectations on improved dwelling circumstances.
Despite this, we’re assured that posterity will examine this period and really feel happy with our achievements. Our victory on the final election confirmed the love and belief we take pleasure in from the individuals. We can’t afford to depart from the redemptive and restorative path. We shall proceed, with keener enthusiasm, to justify the renewal of our mandate to serve the individuals.
We promised to insulate the civil service from politics as a lot as practicable. We made a solemn pledge that no employee can be victimized underneath our watch and that employees’ welfare can be handled as high precedence. We inherited wage arrears of seven months from the instant previous administration. We have been in a position to offset six months. Politics not determines the development of diligent public officers. We are up-to-date within the promotion of employees which has been primarily based on benefit. We paid salaries and allowances till COVID-19 disrupted all plans. We had formidable initiatives conceived for the advantage of the individuals. The pandemic disrupted all projections, together with income era.
Our administration has been in a position to full the next street initiatives within the final 4 years:
In the North Senatorial District, we have now launched into the flattening of the hill and reconstruction of the Oke-Alabojuto Road in Ikare-Akoko as a twin carriageway. The Oke Iwaro Oka and Oke Oka roads have been fastened to avoid wasting lives. The reconstruction of Emure to Owo Road as a twin carriageway, the development of roads in Owo/Ose axis, Owo G.R.A, Iyere, Ipele, Ifon and Emure-Ile, amongst others satisfied the individuals of our seriousness. The individuals of Akoko have continued to specific their gratitude for the spate of growth regardless of paucity of funds. We pledge, solemnly, to finish all initiatives meant to ameliorate the dwelling circumstances of the individuals in that Senatorial District because the precarious monetary state of affairs improves.
The Central Senatorial District accommodates the seat of presidency. It is nearly sure that each one makes an attempt to abridge the massive infrastructural deficits will likely be skewed closely in favour of the State Capital and adjoining cities and villages. Our administration, ranging from Ifedore, launched into huge rehabilitation and building of an inside street community from Ibuji to Igbara-oke, Isarun and Ijare, a truth which counseled us to those that got here out, boldly, in our help over the past election. It is our perception that Akure, the State Capital, ought to bear appearances befitting her standing. Consequently, we have now been dedicated in the direction of giving the traditional metropolis greater than a beauty facelift. Our interventions have been phenomenal in a number of respects. The ‘A’ Division – Oba Osupa Road, Hospital Road – Ijoka Road, testifies to the willpower of our administration to bequeath abiding legacies to posterity. The Gaga, Abusoro, and Oke-Ogba initiatives are proof of our resolve to take governance to the individuals.
It was not stunning that the individuals of Idanre confirmed appreciation via the poll within the final gubernatorial election for the renewal of our mandate. We recognise the significance of this nice city, a former financial and industrial hub of the defunct Western Region. We promised to create another route, the 15km street to hyperlink Idanre via Ijoka in Akure. This street is accomplished. The re-construction of the street from Shoprite to Oda city as a twin carriageway has commenced. The adjoining roads in Alagbaka and the Bishop’s Court to CBN Road have been accomplished.
We allayed the fears of the nice individuals of Ondo Kingdom on sustaining the obnoxious observe which often noticed a succeeding administration abandoning initiatives meant to convey succour to the downtrodden. We haven’t solely continued to present the University of Medical Sciences the deserved consideration although huge funding in infrastructure, however the authorities has additionally ensured that each one hitherto unaccredited programs, which threatened the continued existence of the establishment as a citadel of coaching for medical personnel, have been accredited by the suitable our bodies.
We additionally stay dedicated to making sure that the establishment has a befitting Teaching Hospital with constructions in Ondo and Akure. Our authorities is constructing a 500-bed advanced in every of those two cities, with seven useful theatres: 4 in Akure and three in Ondo. We met the sector greedy for breath on the idea of workplace. We haven’t solely paid six out of seven months’ wage arrears; we have now additionally recruited over 200 medical medical doctors and different well being employees to switch people who left the system. It is our hope that, with enchancment within the precarious monetary state of affairs, all excellent salaries and allowances will likely be paid.
The South Senatorial District has by no means had it this good. This Administration has modified the panorama of this area eternally. We think about Ore as a confluence of a form. Ore is basically Nigeria in outlook and character. We romanced a number of concepts till we settled for the Interchange, christened Redemption Bridge. With this daring step, we have now lowered significantly the carnage in that axis. Motorists can now ply that route assured of secure and timeous return to their locations. That bridge is a significant landmark within the signpost of achievements underneath our management.
The Ondo-Linyil Industrial Hub, Ore is changing into established as a product of ingenuity, dedication and resilience. Industries are arising with the attendant optimistic components. Young women and men are getting engaged, stuffed with hope for a greater tomorrow. The afforestation challenge in partnership with Wewood from China could be very a lot on target. We notice, with palpable pleasure, that the final time any challenge of such futuristic potential to guard the State in opposition to the detrimental influence of local weather change was conceived and executed was in the course of the late Pa Adekunle Ajasin administration within the Second Republic.
All the adjoining roads at Ore have both been reconstructed or repaired. The fantastic individuals of Odigbo have at all times expressed their perception in our aspiration to guide proper from the time we ventured into partisan politics. We thank them and we won’t allow them to down.
The Okitipupa Bypass was a forest reworked into an necessary street which serves the entire area. From Irele, Ayeka, Sabomi, Igbekebo, Igbobini, Aboto to Atijere, amongst different areas within the South, this Administration saved its promise to succeed in each nook and cranny of the State. The Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, previously Ondo State University of Science and Technology, has acquired appreciable consideration which makes the indigenes of the place proud that they’ve reclaimed their area as residents of this State. This college was deserted for eight years earlier than we assumed the mantle of management within the State. The story is totally different now. The township roads suffered from acute neglect till we got here in.
Bitumen exploration is at a complicated stage at Irele. The Deep-Sea Port challenge is occurring at an considerable stage. The Araromi-Lekki Road will change into a actuality quickly. The initiatives commenced to ameliorate the parlous state of the economic system will contribute, exponentially, to the event of the area. We hope to play a major position within the success story.
Sectors comparable to training, well being and agriculture acquired considerable enhance from our administration. This administration has renovated, rebuilt or constructed virtually 800 main colleges via the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB). Our objective is to make all public colleges as engaging as potential. We have given approval for the recruitment of lecturers in main colleges within the State. As quickly because the economic system begins to lookup the secondary colleges can have their justifiable share.
Our administration has impacted remarkably on the agricultural sector. Our resolution is to steer the affairs on this sector in the direction of agribusiness. We gave out high-quality tractors at 30% subsidy. We cleared 1,500 hectares of land throughout the State for the advantage of farmers and the youths who’re able to utilise it. We have constructed 100,000 capability poultry pens. We are at present in partnership with a German firm, the Big Dutchman, developing a 50,000 capability pig village.
The planting of Cocoa has resumed at a frenetic area. This money crop has been our id for a very long time. It is deplorable that this cash spinner was relegated for handouts. We have revitalized the trade. The Idanre Chocolate manufacturing facility is now working. We are additionally growing the biggest single Cocoa Estate in Nigeria. Our Igba Otun broiler scheme has been an amazing success. We have empowered our Beekeepers and the Sunshine Honey manufacturing facility has acquired a lift.
The main accountability of any authorities is the safety of lives and property of its residents. Our administration is set to make our State secure for the residents and guests alike. We have had our share of safety challenges since assumption of workplace. We have been in a position to confront these issues headlong. This downside has been one of many principal points militating in opposition to growth within the nation. Apart from the COVID-19 pandemic, the opposite debilitating problem is safety.
We are of the agency perception that it’s excessive time the Police central command turned devolved to the federating items for efficient monitoring. We have been relentless in advocating for the institution of State Police. There could be no different means if we’re certainly critical about securing lives and property. It is that this incongruity which propelled the South West Governors to type a Regional Security Network code-named Amotekun. The final is to persuade others to know that devolution of authority is inexorable. Every State have to be allowed to safe its area.
Amotekun has accomplished very properly of their quick time of existence. It has been in a position to work inside the legislation establishing it. Its operations and successes recorded justify its institution. We have instructed the Commander to recruit extra succesful palms.
We need to reassure guests, residents and residents of the readiness of our authorities to guard lives and property within the State. We should not paying mere lip service to this avowal. It is a precedence. There can’t be prosperity in an insecure surroundings.
KEEPING EYES ON THE GOAL
Distinguished company, women and gents, we have been satisfied, from the outset, that the duty of social re-engineering wouldn’t be straightforward. We got here on the stage with the resolve to confront all challenges with out let. We knew that some governmental insurance policies is likely to be misconstrued and intentions twisted. We remained targeted all via the primary 4 years. Though we’re but to succeed in the set objective, we’re assured that this administration is on the best path.
We won’t depart from the trodden path which has earned us affection and deep reverence from the citizenry. We shall proceed, with extra vigour, to justify the belief earned by our administration. The second time period, for us, isn’t a time for rest. We should not underneath any phantasm that it is going to be straightforward. We are, nevertheless, able to proceed on the journey with renewed enthusiasm and vigour.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a deleterious impact on international economic system. Things could worsen. Loss of jobs has been on a daunting scale. Production of products and providers has plummeted. Our nationwide economic system is in recession. Ingenuity, resourcefulness, braveness and laborious work would be the wanted virtues for survival within the days forward.
Our administration intends to concentrate on agriculture and youth empowerment via entrepreneurship. This has led us to institution of the Ondo State Entrepreneurship Agency (ONDEA). We intend to revolutionise agriculture taking it past concept and anchoring all expectations on practicals. I need to additionally reiterate that the financial fortunes of this State are within the stomach of the South Senatorial District. We have tried within the final 4 years to establish, harness and reorganise the potential of the area.
As a means of rejiging our administration, we have now painstakingly reviewed the next programmes which guided us in our first time period:
J – Job creation via Agriculture, Entrepreneurship
M – Massive Infrastructural Development and Maintenance
P – Promotion of Functional Education and Technological
P – Provision of Accessible and Qualitative Health Care
And Social Service Delivery
R – Rural Development and Community Extension Services
Loads of dynamics have come into play since we took over the reins of governance in 2017. You will all agree with me that the problem of safety has change into extra encompassing than it was once.
The want to put extra emphasis on availability of power for our industrial growth has additionally change into better. This new focus has necessitated the necessity for us to assessment our JMPPR to cater for these areas crucial for our growth.
I want to state that we have now been reviewing these programmes since our victory on the final election with a view to attaining extra enchancment in service supply. Thus within the subsequent 4 years, we will likely be pursuing a very repackaged programmes christened REDEEMED.
R – Rural and Agricultural Development
E – Educational Advancement and Human Capital
D – Development via Massive Infrastructure
E – Efficient Service Delivery, Development and Policy
E – Effective Healthcare and Social Welfare Services
M – Maintenance of Law and Order for Adequate Security
E – Energy, Mining and Sustainable Industries
D – Digital Revolution and Entrepreneurship
I thank the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the unflinching help and the arrogance reposed in us for the reason that graduation of this administration. I thank our National Leaders, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Baba Bisi Akande, Chief Odigie Oyegun, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and different eminent personalities for the sustained curiosity in our programmes of growth. My brother Governors in APC have been no much less supportive. The depth of their curiosity and help can’t be discounted. I thank members of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, particularly South West Governors’ Forum for the continued understanding and cooperation all through the primary time period. I shall be searching for the identical stage of engagement as we transfer into the second half of the mandate given to us by the nice individuals of Ondo State. I thank the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, the principal officers and members of the House of Assembly for being the true representatives of the individuals. Their help isn’t taken with no consideration.
I thank the members of the judiciary for being steadfast. Our administration will proceed to help the third arm of presidency to the very best of its skill.
I thank all leaders of the get together, each previous and current, in any respect ranges, for constructing this political platform to the enviable state which has made it potential for functionaries to take the motive force’s seat on the centre and in a number of states of the federation. I acknowledge their help in the direction of the actualization of our dream to steer the ship of affairs in our pricey State.
I thank our State Chairman and the present Interim Chairman of our nice get together, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, for his doggedness and loyalty. He deserves a particular point out for reward. He stood solidly behind us in our quest to proceed to render patriotic service to the individuals of the State. He spurned all treacherous makes an attempt by the enemies of the State to create disaffection. He is a hero of the success achieved within the first 4 years. I categorical my profound gratitude to all different members of the State Working Committee of the get together for his or her help prior to now 4 years.
Let me seize this second to thank all those that selected to serve the individuals with us within the final 4 years. We have been significantly lucky to have the calibre of women and men within the State Executive Council and normal administration. The modest achievements recorded would have been very tough, if not unattainable, with out the cooperation of those devoted appointees. I congratulate them for being a part of historical past.
May I be permitted to congratulate all of the contestants within the APC primaries carried out in Ondo State earlier than the gubernatorial election final yr for his or her gallantry and dedication to democratic rules. I thank them, profusely, for placing the curiosity of the State above private issues for which they’re entitled. I thank them for taking the train as a contestation amongst brothers keenly desirous of availing their beloved State the very best. All of us participated however the persons are the true winners.
I salute their sense of patriotism for becoming a member of a standard trigger for the advantage of our individuals. It is our fervent hope that this engagement will proceed for optimum service supply to our individuals. The fierce contestations witnessed earlier than the conduct of the primaries have been meant to deepen our alternative of deliberative governance. The system is healthier for it. All those that participated emerged victorious. Brothers contested to present our individuals the very best. We should come collectively to make sure that their pursuits are greatest served.
I congratulate the Deputy Governor, Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, for being thought-about worthy to finish this journey with us.
I thank all get together leaders, patriotic residents, elder statesmen current to witness this historic second.
Ladies and gents, I thanks all on your endurance.