By Chris Chimezie
R-L: Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, Head of Service, Barr. Toyin Akinkuotu and Chief of Staff, Chief Olugbenga Ale during the inauguration of FOWOSO held at the International Culture and Event Centre, Akure last week Photo: Banke Ogundayomi
The week in focus was course another busy one for the Governor of the Sunshine state, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) both within and outside the state.
Activities of the week began with the meeting of the six Governors of the South West states of Nigeria, held in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
The meeting which was the continuation of deliberation on constitution amendment was brought to an end with the Governors agreeing on the need to present a common position.
Arakunrin Akeredolu who spoke on behalf of the Governors after the meeting held behind closed doors for about three hours, said other issues fundamental to the development of the region were also discussed.
He explained that the group also recognized the need to have the state houses of Assembly and other stakeholders in the region on board in achieving the goal.
“All of us here are brothers, so what we are doing is, as one from Oduduwa, we are finding solutions to issues that we believe are of common interest to all of us, and we are doing it together.
“There are many things affecting us as you all know, it is so clear to us that there is move for issue of constitution amendment, and as expected we believe that, we know as a group, as leaders of this zone what should be our interest.
“So we went to present a common position and have our Houses of Assembly and other stakeholders who believe in us to come along with us on issues that we have agreed on and believe are fundamental and common to our interest”, he said.
Akeredolu, stated that the meeting went very well adding that they reached consensus on issues discussed.
The meeting was attended by governors from all the southwest states including Governors Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos and Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state.
Others are Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State represented by his Deputy Yetunde Onanuga and the host, Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
Back home in Akure, the state capital, at the official launching of the Forum For Wives of Ondo State Officials (FOWOSO), Arakunrin Akeredolu appealed to women in the state, to support the Forum for it to achieve the purpose for which it was founded.
FOWOSO is an initiative of the wife of the Governor, Betty, aimed at empowering less privileged women in the state.
The Governor who assured that all the women would benefit immensely from such gesture, noted that every sacrifice they make will be for the advancement of the group tomorrow.
He lauded the group for the empowerment materials distributed to women whom he described as very impactful, saying government cannot do it alone.
“The empowerment materials we are distributing were not purchased with money from government.
“Some of you have been contributing money to buy all these items, with a view to empowering others among you who are less privileged.
“I know FOWOSO will go places with your supports, especially when you have someone who is committed to a cause like my wife, Mrs Betty Anyanwu – Akeredolu, all you need is to give her your total supports.
“She is someone who is totally detribalized and is ever ready to carry all of you along”, he said.
Akeredolu lauded his wife whom he described as women advocate, for her vision aimed at impacting and improving on the lives of women in the state.
Among the empowerment materials distributed were; sewing machines, hair dryer machines, grinding machines among others.
Also in the week under review, Arakunrin Akeredolu emphasised the need for effective coordination and sustained governmental activities, describing such as the most effective way to achieve set objectives for purposeful governance.
The Akeredolu made this known, while declaring open, the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) fourth Quarterly Meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Secretaries to Governments of the State held in Akure.
He explained that real development could only happen when all governments adopt policies as theirs, adapt them to suit local circumstances and implement them for the benefit of the people whom the government exists for.
He said lack of adequate planning has been the bane of development in the country because successive administrations have always struggled to carve a distinctive image for themselves.
The Governor further stressed the need for increasing cooperation among All Progressives Congress (APC) controlled states as essentialfor implementation of the cardinal objectives of the party.
According to Akeredolu, the success of any administration rests largely on the effective and efficient management of state affairs by the office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
“This office of the SSG is the clearing house for government businesses. Implementation of policies of government is the only lasting means through which the people can feel the impact of governance”, he said.