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PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : November 30th, 2023


Crises have continued to trail the alleged imposition of non-indigenous people as Chairman and Vice Chairman in the newly created Ifesowapo LCDA which is one of the created 33 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) from the 18 local government areas in Ondo State.

Push News 24 International reports that this comes two days after the state government purportedly released a list of Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen appointed to manage the affairs of the LCDAs.

But yesterday, some youths leaders and key stakeholders from Araromi-Obu Kingdom held a press conference and a peaceful procession to drive home their demands for the appointment of indigenous persons to head the newly created Ifesowapo LCDA.

Stakeholders from Araromi-Obu community have expressed dissatisfaction on how non-indigenes are imposed on an indigenous community like Araromi-Obu without any form of consultation or concensus agreement.

The leaders protested at what they described as an alleged systematic marginalisation by the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Ondo State government, which is unfair to the indigenous people of Araromi-Obu Kingdom.

Adenikiju Decendant Union, Gen. Secretary, Pastor Emmanuel Ojo in his own remarks said “While we appreciate our dear Governor His Excellency, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for creating LCDAs so that development can come to grassroot, this insidious moves is anti development, we will be glad if Mr Governor can listen to the yearnings of our people before things go sour”.

Another community leader, Prince George Adenikinju, remarked that ” We are pleading with the Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, not to allow this one to end the way other cases affecting Araromi-Obu Kingdom ended. We are passionate about it. It is a fundamental desire that our children unborn have a sense of belonging, short-changing our people is unjust and unfair ”, he appealed.

Pa Oni stressed that “The proposed appointment of 33 LCDAs Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen across the state had sparked widespread concerns and protests from the indigenous people, cutting across the three senatorial districts.

Many individuals and groups have voiced their discontent, alleging that the alleged appointments into the LCDAs is politically motivated and do not reflect the socio-cultural inclinations of the people”.

Prince Francis Adenikinju laid the blame on the Representatives of Araromi-Obu, who according to him have not justified their essence in effectively representing the people.

Meanwhile, Araromi Obu Youth President under the leadership of Com. Dayo Akinro in a world press conference has Stated that it’s not unacceptable to appointed non indigene Hon Olanrewaju Makinde as Caretaker Chairman.

this situation is a slap, embarrassment and insulting to our sensibility as an indigenous community for indegene not to be appointed as the first caretaker chairman of the newly created LCDA

This act will pose a great danger of the future of the LCDA and the future of the generation yet unborn of Araromi Obu community and it will also deepen the conspiration of our adversaries against us in the future” . Com Akinro stressed.

On Saturday, the speaker of the state House of Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, presented the bill to the governor for his assent.

Push News 24 International had reported that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo has signed into law the bill establishing the 33 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.

Mr Akeredolu’s assent to the bill came after several protests which rocked the creation of the LCDAs.

The speaker of the state House of Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, presented the bill to the governor for his assent.

At the brief ceremony, Mr Akeredolu said the establishment of the LCDAs marked a substantial step towards fulfilling his campaign promises and addressing the people’s aspirations for enhanced grassroots development.

He said the initiative underscored his unwavering commitment to improving public service delivery, as it aims at bringing governance closer to the people, ultimately resulting in more responsive and efficient services.

The governor added that he remained dedicated to delivering impactful projects and innovative initiatives, stressing that he is poised to redouble his efforts in advancing the state’s development.

The 33 LCDAs were created from the statutory 18 local government areas of the state.

The number of local councils in the state will now be 51 by the creation of the new LCDAs.

In July, the government proposed the bill forwarded to the House of Assembly for enactment.

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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.