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•Approves Recruitment of 350 Amotekun Personnel

•To Build Amotekun Stations In Farm Areas

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has expressed his administration’s commitment to make the state the largest producer of Palm Oil in the county.

Governor Akeredolu hinted that the state will be on the world map of Palm Oil Production with 70,000 hectares of land that have been allocated to investors for oil palm cultivation and cocoa production.

The Governor spoke on Tuesday at the presentation of Awards to some eminent individuals and organizations for their contributions to the growth and development of agriculture in the state.

The event was held at the Cocoa Conference hall of the Governor’s office, Alagbaka, Akure.

Governor Akeredolu disclosed that the State Government in its benevolence has embarked on an on-line lending of 2.0 Billion Naira to oil palm farmers via the RED GOLD Initiative.

He said the move will launch Ondo State into the world map of palm oil production, adding that he is proud that his administration’s intervention has always been all-rounder and yielding the desired results.

The Governor announced his approval for the recruitment of additional 350 personnel into the state Amotekun Corps to further strengthen and boost the operations of the Corps.

He explained that Amotekun stations will be built in the farms areas to ensure that the farmers are protected, pointing that the abundance natural resources in the state must translate to economic prosperity.

The Governor added that his administration is completely revolutionising Agriculture so as to make it more attractive to the young ones.

Governor Akeredolu particularly congratulated and commended the awardees for weathering the storm with government to achieve milestone.

He said that the modest gains recorded from their various contributions have acted as impetus for government.

“Since February 2017, our government has been striving to put everything in place to ensure the sustainability of the scheme and to inculcate the necessary entrepreneurship skill into our youths with a view to making them employers of labour. The State Government, through OSAEC, has provided all necessary requirements like land clearing and development, machinery and equipment, shelter, basic facilities, technology, training etc to achieve this purpose thereby creating a new generation of agripreneurs that can move into the sector and compete anywhere in the world.

“It is not an overstatement that the task of nation-building is a collective responsibility. Government cannot do it alone. All hands must, therefore, be on deck to take us to our seeming El-dorado. Permit me to say that as awardees, you are an inspiration to our youths. Your various achievements in your chosen fields of agriculture and agribusiness are the testimonies that our vision in the State in the field of agriculture is being realised.

“Recently, there was a training and capacity building for about 400 indigenous and Fulani pastoralists on Feedlot Operational System of Livestock Management at the instance of FAO/ODSG. Arrangement is in the pipeline to facilitate credit facility for the registered members through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)”, He said.

Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agric and Agribusiness, Akin Olotu, who appreciated Governor Akeredolu for his giant strides in agric sector, explained that the awards cut across different sectors, individuals, corporate bodies, young and old ones, aged farmers, and civil servants.

Speaking on behalf of the awardees, Rev Gideon Oluleye who bagged the Distinguished Broiler Producer, 2021 Award, commended the Ondo State Government for giving them great initiative programmes to key into.

The awardees include the Olubaka of Oka-Akoko, Oba Yusuf Adebori Adeleye; ace broadcaster, Ayo Moradeyo; Prof. Josiah Babatola; Obawaya Gbenga; Femi Eniola ; Rev. Gideon Oluleye; Elizabeth Omoseebi; Omoriwo Jacob, among several others.

The event organised by OSAEC had in attendance, the deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, members of the State Executive Council led by the Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu, farmers and other stakeholders.

Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
May 10, 2022.

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PUSH NEWS INTERNATIONAL– : November 17th, 2021

Gov Akeredolu and Son Babajide during a Party activity

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has appointed his son, Babajide Akeredolu, as the Director-General of the state’s Performance and Project Implementation Monitoring Unit (PPIMU).

This appointment is coming at a time when the dust over the alleged financial appropriation of Babajide is yet to settle.

Jide and wife Mary

Agboola Ajayi, immediate past deputy governor of Ondo State, has alleged that Governor Rotimi Akereolu’s son, Babajide, made a whopping sum of N433m from the N4.3bn stashed in a secret account of the state government. These allegations have neither been denied or accepted by the governor’s son but supporters of the incumbents dismissed the allegations as a figment of the imaginations of the erstwhile deputy who lost out with his boss due to his aroggance and insurbordination.

The opposition party in the State has further taken the government to the mud insisting Ondo is about to be reaped-off by a desperate and unpopular government.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo state has described the appointment of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s son Babajide Akeredolu as the DG of Ondo State Performance and Project Implementation Monitoring Unit, as a flagrant abuse of office.

Babajide was appointed as head of the agency on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

Reacting to the development, the PDP in a statement by its spokesperson, Kennedy Peretei on Wednesday said, Babajide’s appointment was part of the grand design to finally empty the state’s treasury.

The statement reads in part, “The recent appointment of Babajide Akeredolu, a biological son of Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN as the Director-General of Performance and Project Implementation Monitoring Unit (PPMIU) is a flagrant abuse of office and affront on the people of Ondo State.

Babajide Ayotola Akeredolu, the last son of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Mary Oghenetega Edwin from Delta State.

“The name Babajide Akeredolu became known in Ondo state when the State’s funds were used to procure a marriage for him in Colorado, USA, after the same marriage was consummated in Owo, his father’s birthplace. He has since assumed authority as part of the triad of the reign of father, wife and son.

“The appointment as DG of PPMIU for Babajide, a young man who carries on as though he was the person voted for as Governor, is part of the grand design to finally empty the treasury of the State before Akeredolu returns to Ibadan.”

The party also said governor Akeredolu and his immediate family are bent on living fat on the lean resources of the people of Ondo state.

“There is no further proof of Akeredolu’s insensitivity to the plight of the people, when within two years of tenure, he organized three lavish weddings for his children, all in foreign lands — In Mauritius, Canada, and Colorado, USA”, the party said.

The party urged the Akeredolus to beware that they’ll account for the “resources they are wasting in this reckless manner” on the day of reckoning.