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As Akeredolu constitutes Exco

Admin 31 Aug, 2017 Editorial, News

ARAKUNRIN Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, Governor of Ondo state, yesterday conducted the swearing-in of men and women to work in the State Executive Council as Commissioners and Special Advisers to assist in translating his administration’s dream of bringing democratic dividends to the people in line with his  Five- Point Agenda.

The swearing-in of 18  Commissioners and 10 Special Advisers  was  made possible owing to the nod given by the Ondo State House of Assembly.

THE Special Advisers include a former federal commissioner at the Federal Civil Service Commission and a former  Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt Hon. Victor Olabimtan; Mrs Olubunmi  Olubukola Ademosu; and  former Head of Service, Mr Alaba Isijola.

OTHERS include Mr  Jibayo Adeyeye, Engr. Tunji Light Ariyo, Mr Raimi Olayiwola Aminu, Mr Tobi Ogunleye, Mr Tunji Fabiyi, and  Mrs Olawunmi  Juliet Ilawole.

THE Commissioners are: Mr Yemi Olowolabi, from Idanre Local Government Area; Mr Donald Ojogo, Ese-Odo; Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, Ifedore; Mr Funso Esan, Ilaje; Mr Wale Akinterinwa, Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo and  Pastor Emmanuel Igbasan from Irele.

OTHERS include Alhaji Olurimisi Ismaila from Odigbo; Mr Femi Agagu, Okitipupa;  Prof. Bayonle Ademodi, Ondo East; Mrs Lola Fagbemi, Ondo West; Otunba Timilehin Adelegbe, Ose and  Adekola Olawoye Esq from Owo.

THE  rest are Mr Rasheed Badmus, Akoko North-West; Prince Solagbade Amodeni Akoko South-East; Otunba Adegboyega Adefarati Akoko South-West; Mr Saka Yusuf Ogunleye, Akure  North; a two-term member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mrs. Omowumi Olatunji-Edet, Akure South and former Speaker, ODHA, Rt. Hon Taofiq Abdulsalam, Akoko North East.

THE Executive Council members is a blend of both new and old faces in the history of governance in Ondo State. Thus the composition connects the present administration with the old ones. Our expectation is that this administration will rely on the wealth of experiences of the  executive members to boost its  programmes and policies.

THE HOPE welcomes these  great men and women  to steer the ship of this State at this critical moment and charges them to be above board. There is no doubt that the state and most states are facing serious economic challenges due to scarcity of fund. Therefore, the state will need their commitment and dedication to duty.

THEY  should  hit the ground running . This is because  the economic challenges facing the state seem to be posing problems to the actualisation  of Mr. Governor’s lofty plans for the state and thus any time wasted may not be in the interest of the state.

ONE  of the areas government could tap into is the revenue generation drive. The government still goes cap in hand every month to  Abuja for money from the Federation Account. Unfortunately, the drop in the sales of oil at the international market has negatively affected what each state gets  from Abuja.

WE also feel that another veritable avenue for the government is the agricultural sector. God  has blessed this state with  fertile and good arable land that could comfortably power the food security of not only Ondo State but the entire South West Nigeria.

WE implore the government to take a cue from Lagos and some other states in the North that grow rice in large quantity. Today, people of Lagos State enjoy the food while money realised from the sale of the product goes into the purse of Lagos State Government.

WE are of the opinion that Agriculture can not only provide jobs for the teeming unemployed youths, it can also  revitalise internally generated revenue for the government  to implement some of its programmes and thereby bring the dividends of democracy nearer to the people.

WE wish to point out that the period of politicking has passed. This is the time to work for the state. We therefore appeal to the new Commissioners and Special Advisers to suspend the issue of politics for the time being  and face what they are charged to do. There is no doubt that the Governor has assembled people who have excelled in their  various chosen careers. We feel that nature has put a moral burden  upon  them to contribute their quota to the communities in which they came from. They should perform above board in their places of primary assignment.

THEY should realise that they were chosen not because they are the best in their areas but God has made it so. They should therefore not do anything that would  make Mr. Governor regret the confidence he reposed in them by appointing them in the first instance.

WE congratulate them  on their appointment into these exalted offices and pray for  God’s guidance in discharging this harculean task. We also pray for Divine peace for them. This, they and the state need.

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