By Oluwapelumi Aduragbemi Basehitz.
Globally celebrated leaders are not remembered because of the numerous initiatives inspired by them or infrastructures initiated by them. History only remembers those who invested in human capacity development that makes development and progress possible.
The likes of Obafemi Awolowo, Sir Ahmadu Bello, Tafawa Balewa and a host of others became reference points on the pages of our history books today because of the depth of legacies left behind by these leaders.
Even when they had left for the great beyond, the memories of their herorism in the face of unfathamable conflict still brings us solace and succour. The people they left behind still craves for their touch and impactful contributions to the larger society.
A man who has written his name in gold within three years of leadership is his excellency, the executive governor of Ondo State. Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has become the governor of life in ondo state through his unbeatable community development initiatives and human capacity building development projects, a benevolent style of leadership that has brought many honors and recognitions within and outside the state not only for himself but for the good people of Ondo State.
Since 2017,when he assumed office in Ondo State, Governor Akeredolu’s administration has carried out remarkable interventions in the areas of education, health, agriculture, road construction, manpower development and urban development among others.
While some of these interventions are tangible, unrecognised and unappreciated now, the good news is in many years to come these fathomable interventions would suffice and also become a reference point for posterity.
A known debt ridden state, has become financially stable within the space of two years under the leadership of Governor Akeredolu, topping the internally generated revenue table of the federation with outstanding figures.
Also, a fresh lease of life has been infused into the lives of the civil servants. They no longer have to stretch their necks in endless anticipation that their monthly salaries would be pay as when due.
Proper road network had seen the state boom with economic activities, as roads linking the cities to rural areas has been dualised enabling local farmers to transport their raw materials to the cities with ease. The dualisation of the dreaded Oke Alabojuto road for the people of Ikare is a testimony of Arakunrin Akeredolu’s strong commitment to seeing that our roads are no more death traps for its users. Local communities like Gaga, Idanre Ondo now have a sigh of relief at the sight of the dualised roads in their respective communities.
Accidents on the highways has been drastically reduced to the barest minimum. While Basic education advancement has been taken to the next level, as over 700 primary schools in the state has been renovated with state of the art facilities while teachers morale has been boosted for effective performance. The State government has seen to the conduct of the 2017/ 2018 promotional exercise for all teachers and appointments of teachers as Directors in TESCOM, in all the senatorial districts.
In addition, the high rate of unemployment in the state among youths has been drastically curbed through its massive industrialisation agenda which has led to the establishment of the Ore industrial hub, win win texile alone has created hundreds of jobs for the youths in the state. The realisation of Ore as an industrial hub and as a solid economic base for Ondo State has proven a huge success for the Akeredolu led administration. It would be recalled that Governor Akeredolu since assumptions of office has embarked on several investment tours to China and other parts of the world to bring about the desirable goal of turning ondo state into an economy hub. Some of those tours has given birth to the new industrial park, now called Ondo Linyi Industrial Park, situated at Ore. The park is an offshoot of Linyi Municipal Government of Shandong in China where Akeredolu signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Linyi Municipal Government of Shandong Province of the People’s Republic of China in 2017.
Among the companies in the industrial park is paper mill, textile company, an ethanol plant, a medium-density fiberboard, a high-density fiberboard and plywood factories and a host of other agriculture products-based companies have commenced production at the Ore Industrial Park.
Improved mechanised agricultural system has been employed to draw the youths back to the farms, hence bringing more manpower into the agricultural sector and also providing employment for all. Through the Youth in the Ridges programme, thousand of youths in the state has been empowered.
450,000 cocoa seedlings has been distributed to farmers across the 18 local government. In addition, A sum of Ten million naira has been distributed to farmers in the state. while a sum of fifteen million naira was injected to the proposed farmers’ bank.
In providing drinkable water for all in ondo state, the Kamomi Aketi water scheme has proven to be a success, with an estimate of over 700 boreholes provided for the people across the 18 local government of the state. Worth emulating, the federal government adopted the template of the Kamomi Aketi water scheme to be used at the Federal level.
The dividends of good governance and a pure democratic system has been brought to the doorstep of the good people of Ondo State.
It is safe to conclude that Arakunrin would be rightly celebrated in many years to come not essentially because of roads, education and other infrastructural facilities he has provided for the people, but mostly for the intangible interventions his administration has carried out since 2017 in Ondo State.
Other achievement of the Governor Includes:
1- Construction of Iwalewa Road, Akure.
2- Construction of Sabomi Road, Ese Odo.
3- Construction of Abusoro, Ijoka Road, Akure.
4- Construction of Opasorun road, Bajare/Okemayo
5- Construction of St. Joseph Road in Idanre.
6- Construction of 3 box culverts at Oyinmomo Ishakunmi and Merida Rental Road , Ikare.
7- Construction of Jubilee – Ugbe Road, Ikare.
8- Construction of Oke Alafia Road, Supare.
9- Construction of Ogbomo Ifedara, Ajegunle Streets and Howlet Road, Ifon.
10- Construction of Ilara Mokin /Ikota, otherwise known as Gulf C road, Ilara.
11- Construction of Police Road, Ore.
12- Construction of Virgin road network within GRA to Prison, Owo.
13- Construction of internal and access roads within the Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH) Okitipupa.
14- Ongoing work at the notorious Oke Alabujoto in Ikare Akoko.
15- Rehabilitation of the deadly Iwaro Oka hill.
16- Rehabilitation of Sabo Road, Akure.
17- Rehabilitation of access roads within the state specialist hospital, Akure.
Work is also ongoing on the construction of 50km road linking Araromi seaside, Ondo state to Ibeju Lekki, Lagos State.
On health, the Akeredolu led administration had jst last week, signed into law, a contributory health insurance scheme which woukd afford all classes of people in the state access to affordable health care services.
Apart from this, the Akeredolu led administration in partnership with the world Bank is facilitating $500,000 to enhance primary health care across Ondo state.
Governor Akeredolu also facilitated the presentation of 40 imaging medical items to the state medical village by the People’s Republic Of China.
On Agriculture, the government reactivated the afforestation projects in Ondo state. 10,000 Hectares of the state afforestation projects sited at Omotoso in Okitipupa local government. The projects is worth N20billion and it’s employing over 1,000 youths of Ondo state. It’s a Public Private Partnership with Weewood, a Chinese company.
Under Akeredolu, Over N210, 000, 000 have been disbursed to farmers co-operative societies in the state, under the FADAMA Scheme. Also, 1,000 metrics ton of fertilizers have been distributed to farmers in Ondo state for enhanced farming. The Akeredolu’s administration has also made life easier for the people of Ondo state and this makes him the peoples favorite to win the Polls.