By Oluwatosin Adesola
The Ondo state Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Engr Ade Adetimehin at the weekend stated that the unprecedented performance of the current administration of Oluwarotimi Akeredolu would earn his party the opportunity to retain the state during the forthcoming 2020 governorship election in the state.
Adetimehin noted that the achievements of Akeredolu’s government in the areas of road construction, renovation of schools’ classrooms, regular payment of workers’ entitlements among others placed the ruling party in good position to win any election in the state.
The APC Chairman stated this at NUJ Press Centre, Akure on Friday during a Dinner & Award Nite ceremony of the 2019 Press Week celebration organised by the Ondo state Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
During the ceremony that attracted political and professional bigwigs from across the state, some prominent Nigerians were honoured by the Union, including an APC governorship Aspirant, Hon Isaacs Kekemeke (Ondo NUJ Patron); Ondo state NLC Chairman, Comrade Sunday Adeleye (Distinguished Labour Leader & Unionist of the year) and the Ondo state Chairman of SUBEB, Princess Oladunni Odu (Distinguished Long-Term Promoter of Education Development).
Other Award Recipients: an Industrialist, Chief Oluremi Alex Ajipe (Award of Excellence in Corporate Services and Industrialization); a former NULGE Deputy President, Barr Wole Ademoyegun (Distinguished Public Administrator of the year); the Deputy Majority Leader of Ondo state House of Assembly, Hon Oladiji Olamide a.k.a Landmark (Distinguished Grassroots Politicians of the Year) as well as the Vice Chancellor of University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Prof Friday Okonofua (Distinguished Administrator & Educationist of the Year).
Speaking at the event which he chaired, Ade Adetimehin expressed optimism that with satisfactory performance of Akeredolu’s administration, the party would not face difficulties in retaining Ondo state and would continue to rule at the federal level in years to come.
“To frank with you, Aketi and APC administration is doing well, talk of roads (construction), school buildings (renovation), payment of salary arrears, good healthcare delivery, I can continue like that, how our administration has impacted on the people positively.
“APC will continue to reign in Ondo state, we will continue to reign in Nigeria, we shall not disappoint the people.”
In an address, the Special Guest of the Occasion, Engr Ife Oyedele who was represented by his wife, Mrs Omobolanle Oyedele, felicitated with NUJ members on the occasion of their 2019 Press Week and urged them to continue to stand for the truth and objectivity in discharging their daily duties.
Oyedele who is also the Executive Director of the Niger-Delta Power Holding Development Company, described the media as the conscience of the society, adding that he would continue to support what would improve journalism profession.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu who was represented by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo, reiterated his administration’s commitment to enhancing welfare of the media and the professionals in the state.
Akeredolu urged journalists to sustain adequate reportage of his government’s giant strides in all sectors.
Earlier, the State NUJ Chairman, Adetona Aderoboye described the Union’s Awards as the most credible which were based strictly on the track records of the Recipients.
Aderoboye however, called on those honoured to redouble their efforts at impacting more on the society and in their various field endeavours.
Responding on behalf of the Award Recipients, Hon Kekemeke and Princess Odu who expressed appreciation to the NUJ for counting them worthy of the honours, pledging to do more for humanity.
Other highlights of the event included the unveiling of an album titled “DARK HORSE” comprises songs by Kayode Animasaun (aka JEJE) and the presentation of gift & certificates to some journalists who had distinguished themselves during the year under review.
They are: Segun Giwa (Best Sports Reporter -Print); Sunmola Olowookere (Best Judicial Reporter- Print); Timilehin Ogunsulire (Best Photojournalist); Charles Fatoki (Best Cameraman); Oluseye Iyiade (Best Crimes Reporter- Print); Ayodeji Moradeyo (Best Investigative Reporter- Broadcast) and Maria Famakinwa (Best Investigative Reporter- Print).
Others are: the NUJ Chairman’s Award of Outstanding Member which went to Omolayo Monehin; Tola Gbadamosi (Best Grassroots Reporter -Print); Adewale Momoh (Best Political Reporter -Print) and Adewumi Adekunle (Best Grassroots Reporter -Broadcast).
The event was attended by some State Commissioners; Lawmakers, some state Permanent Secretaries, Labour leaders, top Politicians, NUJ leadership from the southwest zone and traditional rulers.