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Akeredolu advises residents to steer clear of explosion site



Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has urged residents to steer clear of Saturday’s explosion site at Ilu Abo on the Akure-Owo express way.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that a truck laden with dynamites being transported to Edo from Lagos State had developed a fault and exploded around 1am.

The governor, who visited the scene of the explosion on Saturday, said the destruction caused by the explosion could only be imagined, advising residents to allow the bomb squad to do its job.

“I have had thorough briefing from head of our security agencies and the preliminary reports received was that it was an accidental discharge of explosives that was in transit through Ondo state to another state where it was needed.

“We will advise all citizens, all residents of Ondo State, not to come near this place at all, they should vacate and move out of this premises.

“As we are told, the vehicle that was carrying this explosives is buried in the crater it created, so we never know what number of explosives are left.

“Let everybody give the police, the bomb squad, space to do their work and we will know what to do,” he said.

He urged residents not to forget that the coronavirus was still raging, urging residents to avoid crowded areas.

“Right here where we are standing, we are not safe, tell the people to move back and allow police to bring out the vehicle that is buried there,” he said.

No casualty had been reported as at the time of filing this report.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Mufutau Ojo)


COVID-19: Ondo state records 2 new deaths- Gov. Akeredolu



Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State says the state has recorded two new deaths of COVID-19, raising the number of fatalities to four in the state.

Akeredolu confirmed this on Monday on his twitter handle.

According to him, today, we recorded three new cases and unprecedented number of deaths from COVID-19 in Ondo state.

“Two of the new cases passed on at University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital (UNIMED) in Ondo town this morning.

“The 3rd case is currently at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Akure undergoing treatment”Akeredolu said.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the number of cases in the case has increased to 28 in all, as at June 1, 2020.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)


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Gov. Akeredolu gives N47.6m car loan to primary school teachers in Ondo



Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, on Thursday, gave out N47.6 million as car loans to primary school teachers in the state.
While presenting the cheques to the teachers in Akure at the Government House, Akeredolu explained that the same opportunity would be extended to other teachers as soon as the state became buoyant.
The governor, who said that arrangement had been concluded to employ more teachers in the state, urged them to guard against every form of abuse and corrupt practices.
Responding, one of beneficiaries, Mr Willie Famuwagun, thanked the governor for the gesture, which he described as a rare privilege and a demonstration of the value placed on teachers in the state.
Earlier, while appreciating the governor, Mr Sunday Adeleye, state Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said that the gesture was the first of its kind since the creation of the state in 1976.
Also speaking, Mr Victor Amoko, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in the state, gave kudos to the governor, urging the beneficiaries to maximise the money for better economic advantage and educational advancement.

Edited By: Moses Solanke and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Children’s Day: Mrs Akeredolu urges Ondo children to stay safe



The Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, has advised children in the state to stay safe, just as she allayed their fears concerning the novel coronavirus disease.

Akeredolu, who spoke through her media aide, Oluwatobi Fademi on Wednesday in Akure, assure that “it (COVID-19) will soon be history’’.

She decried the discomfort currently being experienced by the children in this period of lockdown, describing it as a deviation from the normal life they have been exposed to.

According to her, this is a message of comfort to Ondo state children.

“No schooling, no playing and socialising with their friends among others, which could be exasperating.

“They should hang in there, we shall overcome,’’ she said.

The governor’s wife described children as the most valuable in society, noting that children are the hopes of a better future.

“As such, their potentials and development must be guided jealously by any government or individual.’’

Mrs Akeredolu maintained that without children, the world would be devoid of happiness, love and innovations.

She added that they must, therefore be guided, protected, loved and cared for.

She urge children in the state not to jettison independent learning and reading during this period, but leverage on the use of information and computer technology (ICT) to engage in e-learning via several digital platforms.

She expressed the belief that this would enable them compete favourably with their counterparts across the globe.

She also wish them well as they commemorate 2020 Children’s Day.

She reminded the children of the need to serve as change agents in the fight against COVID-19, maintain personal hygiene, social distancing, make use of face masks and adhere to other precautionary measures, set up by the government, to prevent them from contracting the virus.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Akeredolu gives palliative to corps members in Ondo



Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Wednesday gave some palliatives to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in the state.

Akeredolu, who was represented by the Chairman, Ondo State Palliative Committee, Pastor Akinola Olotu said that the government would not waver in its responsibility to the scheme.

The items presented include rice, beans, yam, eggs, vegetable oil, beverages, condiments, bread and drinks.

Akeredolu said that the corps members had displayed true meaning of patriotism and nationalism.

“Of a truth, our administration purposed to give palliatives to the poorest of the poor in all the 18 Local Governments that make up the state, but the exemplary services rendered by the members of the service corps to fight the novel virus should not go unrewarded,” he said.

The governor lauded the patriotic service of the corps members to the nation, especially at the challenging times of battling to contain the spread of Coronavirus pandemic.

He acknowledged their production and donation of antiseptic hand sanitisers and face masks to the state government, hospitals, institutions, the vulnerable and indigent people across the state.

According to him,  the present administration in the Sunshine State values the youth and will ensure they are encouraged to remain productive for the overall interest of the state.

The governor said that the state was the first in the nation to visit hospitals and gave succour to patients, especially the pregnant and nursing mothers, as well as the sick and those recuperating.

In her brief remarks, the NYSC State Coordinator, Mrs Grace Akpabio, said that she was not surprised at the kind gesture of the governor.

She said that he had shown himself to be a purposeful and dynamic administrator since he took the mantle of leadership in the state three years ago.

Akpabio  said that the positive disposition of Akeredolu toward NYSC facilitated the construction of perimeter fence round the permanent orientation camp at  Ikare-Akoko, which had warded off those encroaching on the land

“Mr governor also released substantial amount of money to the scheme last year as a state subvention, which had been stopped long before he became the governor.

“Let me thank the chairman and members of the palliative committee for accommodating and factoring in the corps members into their plans,” she said.

A representative of the corps members, Mr Onyenwe Obumnene described Akeredolu as a loving and caring father to the corps members.

He prayed that God would grant Akeredolu wisdom to pilot the affairs of the state and lead the citizens to the promised land.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)



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Akeredolu commiserates with APC chieftain, Oke, over mother’s death



Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has commiserated with Chief Olusola Oke (SAN) over the death of his mother.

Madam Marian Oke died on Tuesday at 91 years during a brief illness.

The governor’s condolence message was issued in Akure by Mr Olusegun Ajiboye, his Chief Press Secretary.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Olusola Oke is one of the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirants in the Oct. 10 governorship election in the state.

Akeredolu described the loss of a loved one, particularly a loving and good mother, as painful.

He, however, called on Oke to take solace in the fact that his mother lived a good and fulfilled life, adding that her memory would forever be etched in the hearts of people.

“It pleased God to call mama to eternal rest at such a time like this. I bring the condolences of all the good people of Ondo State to the Oke family,” he said.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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Sustain spirit of sacrifice, Akeredolu tells Muslims



Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has advised Muslim faithful to sustain the spirit of sacrifice and sanctity practised during the Ramadan.

The governor’s advice was contained in his Eid-el-Fitri message made available to newsmen in Akure on Saturday by Mr Olusegun Ajiboye, hisv Chief Press Secretary.

Akeredolu, in his message, said that although the holy month had ended, Muslims should ensure that they adhered to the spirit of love and sharing they exhibited all through the Ramadan.

“The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, congratulates Muslim faithful in the state on the successful completion of the 2020 Ramadan fasting.

“The governor urges the Muslim community to abide by the lessons learnt from the one-month fasting exercise.

“Akeredolu thanks the Muslim faithful for their unwavering support to his administration, particularly their understanding and support of all government’s actions and directives aimed at containing the Coronavirus pandemic.

“While noting that his administration is committed to the development of the state, which he says is our common heritage, he calls on Muslims to pray for the state and the nation to overcome the challenge of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic,” it said.

Edited By: Vivian (NAN)  Ihechu/Mufutau Ojo)

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Eid-el-Fitr: Akeredolu reopens major, community markets Saturday



Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has directed that all major and community markets throughout the state be reopened for business activities on Saturday, May 23.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Akeredolu had earlier banned daily market activities in the state as part of precautionary measures to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This is contained in a statement signed the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Olusegun Ajiboye, and made available to newsmen in Akure on Friday.

According to the statement, the approval, which subsists for Saturday only, is to enable Muslim faithful in the state engage in shopping activities ahead of the Eid-el-Fitr festivities.

“Meanwhile, it must be noted that the earlier order restricting business and market activities to Tuesdays and Thursdays in the state resume immediately after tomorrow,” he said.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Akeredolu appoints Board members for Passenger Travels Plaza



Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has appointed Board members of Multipurpose Passenger Travels Plaza, under a special purpose company, Ore Liberty Development Company Ltd.

Mr Olusegun Ajiboye, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Akure.

According to Ajiboye, members of the company’s Board of Directors are: Mr Olabanji Akinnibosun as the Chairman; Mr Tobi Ogunleye, Special Adviser to the Governor on Transport, as member and Mr Alaba Eniola Ajipe as member.

He said that it was in fulfillment of Akeredolu-led administration’s desire to develop, industrialise and promote commerce in the state.

Ajiboye said Akeredolu, while congratulating the new appointees, charged them to be conscientious in the discharge of their duties.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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Gov. Akeredolu names 15-member-board for public procurement



Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has nominated 15 persons representing various interest groups as statutory members of the Ondo State Board of Public Procurement.

This information is contained in a press statement made available to journalists on Thursday in Akure by Mr Olusegun Ajiboye, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor.

The statement explained that the nomination of the members was in accordance with the law establishing the bureau.

According to it, the governor is the chairman of the board while Mr Tolu Fadahunsi is the Director General of the Bureau for Public Procurement.

“Other members include Pastor Emmanuel Igbasan, Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget and Mr Adekola Olawoye, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

“Also on the board, are Mr Ifedayo Abegunde, Secretary to the State Government; Mr Oluwadare Aragbaye, Head of Service; and Mr Adewale Akinterinwa, Commissioner for Finance.

“Others are Mr Samuel Adekola, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria; Mr Dele Akinyan, chairman, Nigerian Institute of Building; and Mr Ojo Michael, Nigerian Bar Association.

“Also, on board are Mr Ologun Olorunfunmi, FCA, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria; and Mr Ifeanyi Odili, Coalition of all Civil Society Organisations in Ondo State.

“The board also have Mr Benjamin Idowu, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management of Nigeria; Prof. Ayo Arowojolu, representing tertiary institutions.

Others are Otito Atikase, Ilaje Local Government Chairman, representing the 18 LGA chairmen,” the statement added.

Edited By: Razak Owolabi/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)


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