June 12 Celebration in Ondo: I’m fired by dynamic zeal to serve our people more —Aiyedatiwa

By: Ade Adeleke

The Ondo State Governor, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa has declared that after governing the state for over six months, he is propelled and fired by a dynamic zeal for impactful service delivery.

Aiyedatiwa, stated this in Akure during a public lecture to mark the 2024 June 12 Democracy Day Celebration, where the National Secretary of the APC, Senator Bashiru Ajibola delivered the lecture.

According to the Governor, with  continued cooperation and determination of the people, Nigeria  shall surmount her socioeconomic challenges which tend to submerge the nation’s inherent greatness.

Aiyedtaiwa said “Having been in the saddle, as Governor of Ondo State, for upwards of six months, following the unfortunate demise of my worthy principal and predecessor, the late Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, CON; I am fully aware that I am socially obliged and destined to pragmatically demonstrate unconditional concern for the welfare of the people I govern.

“As your Governor, I am propelled and fired by a dynamic zeal for impactful service delivery and I am poised to sacrificially do everything compatible with my honour and dignity, at ensuring that Ondo State grows and moves forward, manifest in better living standards for our people.

“It is my belief that, with our continued cooperation and determination, we shall surmount our socioeconomic challenges which tend to submerge our inherent greatness.

“Let me at this juncture reassure the good people of Ondo State as part of our social contract, that our administration is irrevocably focused and committed to prioritising the socio-economic welfare, security of life and property and engendering enduring wealth creation in the State as catalyst for statewide prosperity. Through a purpose-driven leadership, we shall remain committed, focused-driven in growing and advancing the frontiers of the State economy to ensure a permanent end to poverty and lack in our State.

“Our transformational strategies and prescriptions shall continue to sit well with the socioeconomic realities of our time as we shall strive hard to ensure that you enjoy the dividends of good governance and assuage the pain of the current economic challenges.

“Because of our irrevocable conviction on safety/security, we shall continue to raise the bar of good governance by frontally addressing the security challenges in Ondo State as this is the primary purpose of government through deliberate policy design to strengthen “Amotekun Corps,” in collaboration with other security agencies in order to guarantee the safety of life and property in the State.

“In line with global best practices, we shall continue to inspire and sustain the template of passionate leadership, pristine credibility and good governance for the good people of Ondo State through massive infrastructural development and reengineering, not only for today, but for the future through provision of impactful, transformational and enduring developmental policies.

“We shall explore all potentially impactful avenues for socioeconomic prosperity for the people of the State. Our plans to develop the Deep Seaport and start exploring our large deposits of Bitumen is still very much on course. We are very much open to offering incentives to attract local and foreign investments into the economy of Ondo State.

“We shall not shy away from tapping into latent treasures in tourism, agriculture, formulate evidence-based Policies and multi-stakeholders Policy review for actionable solutions for economic growth and social welfare of the good people of the State. I, therefore, seek your continued support and understanding for our
programmes and policies, having in mind that we can accomplish much more in our togetherness, all in the best interest of our dear sunshine State.

“I appeal to you, my dear people of Ondo State, not to be bothered or any Challenges disillusioned by any political theatrics, economic challenges and power dynamics. I assure you that this phase in our national life will also pass,” the Governor said.

The Guest Speaker, Senator Bashiru Ajibola said history of Nigeria would remain incomplete without events that surrounded June 12, 1993

Ajibola expressed the hope that the country under his party (APC) would reposition the country for a brighter future.

The Chairman of the occasion, Prof Olu Aderohunmu, a renowned scholar, educationist and politician at the 31st edition of the historic June 12 anniversary, said the day deserves to be celebrated by all Nigerians.

The event was attended by the Deputy Governor, Dr Olayide Adelami; the Speaker, Ondo state House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Olamide Oladiji; the State APC Chairman, Engr Ade Adetimehin; the SSG, Hon. Tayo Oluwatuyi and other top government functionaries and traditional rulers.

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