By Jubril Bada & Victor Akinkuolie
The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, has disclosed the plan of his administration to embark on the massive construction of rural roads across the nooks and crannies of the state in order to ease transportation of farm products to markets.
The Governor, represented by his deputy, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, stated this at the weekend in Ondo city, during the 30th celebration of the annual Ekimogun Day festival held at the Oba Adesanoye Civic Centre, Ondo City.
He explained that the massive construction of one kilometre stretch of road in each local government area of the state recently embarked upon was in line with the “road to market policy” of his administration and aimed towards enabling the downtrodden benefit from the dividends of democracy.
Akeredolu, who reiterated his administration’s commitment to serve the people of the state, affirmed that all uncompleted projects by the immediate past government of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko would not be abandoned but would be completed.
He further assured the readiness of his government to continue from where the former Governor of the state stopped work particularly at the State University of Medical Science, Ondo and ensure that the institution is one of the best in the world.
Speaking on the annual celebration, the Governor congratulated the Osemawe, Oba Dr. Victor Kiladejo, as well as eminent sons and daughters of the city.
The Governor also commended all the traditional rulers in the state over their significant roles towards the security of lives and property in their various domains.
Akeredolu also praised the Osemawe over the recent inauguration of members of the Alternative Peaceful Resolution Committee (APRC) in the area and described the move as a landmark achievement.
While urging the people of Ondo city to continue to sustain the habit of self-development initiatives, which according to the Governor would guarantee more development in the area, he equally appealed to them to continue in supporting his administration in its resolve to continue to improve the lots of the people of Ondo state.
Earlier, a member of the National Assembly, representing Ondo Central Senatorial District, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, who was a Special Guest at the occasion had congratulated the Osemawe and other indigenes of the city for the successful celebration of the 30th edition of the annual socio/cultural festival.
In his address of welcome, the Chairman Ondo Development Committee, (ODC) an apex socio/cultural organisation in the area, Chief Ope Bademosi, described the event as an epic celebration, noting that the annual festival has served as a way of raising funds for several self-help developmental projects in the city since it was introduced in 1988.
He expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Osemawe-in-council and other people of Ondo city to Governor Akeredolu and all other invited guests who have attended the event and their love towards the development of the city.
The ODC Chairman called on those that graced the event to join him and other members to express a minute silence on the demise of the immediate past Chairman of the organisation, Otunba Noah Fadayomi and another notable member of ODC, Olusola Olaniyan.
In his royal message at the occasion, the Osemawe and Paramount ruler of Ondo kingdom, Oba Dr. Victor Kiladejo, described the celebration as a joyous and purposeful annual event.
While congratulating the people of the city, especially those he called the founding fathers of the annual celebration, he commended them for their vision and wisdom. He urged them to sustain it.
The royal father paid glowing tributes to various illustrious sons and daughters of the city for supporting self help projects in the city especially the Ondo city vision which according to the monarch has materialized in establishing several developmental projects in the area.
He urged them to continue to show more love to one another including strangers domiciling in the city. He also urged them to continue to be law abiding and see issues of security as a collective responsibility and equally strive towards participating in communal efforts aimed at enhancing modern and remarkable development in Ondo city.
The annual event was attended by indegenes of the city including the immediate past Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, a member of the House of Representatives, representing Ondo East/West federal constituency, Hon. Iranola Akinlaja, Ondo State Commissioner for Special Duties and Regional Integration, Prof. Bayonle Ademodi, among others.
The event featured fund raising, city parade by clubs and associations, cultural display, march past by secondary schools students as well as homage paying to the Osemawe, among others.