Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has been sworn in for a second time period. Southwest Bureau Chief BISI OLADELE examines the challenges that may confront his administration.
The eye of All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders and the nation turned to Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Wednesday February 24, as Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) took the oath for a second time period. Regardless of COVID-19 prevalence, prime get together leaders throughout Southwest and the folks of the state made it to the capital metropolis to be a part of the occasion whereas observing the pandemic’s protocols.
As they arrived town from Tuesday night, sirens blared on main roads. Safety personnel mounted street block at potential darkish spots whereas others had been on patrol of roads to stop any breakdown of regulation and order. The arrival of conventional rulers, members of the Bench and the Bar, politicians, the governor’s kith and kin and well-wishers made town come alive.
For Akeredolu, it was a day of pleasure and a big day in his political profession, given the truth that he was the second progressive governor to control the state twice after 13 years below the Labour Occasion (LP) and Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP). His pleasure was additionally to be significantly understood, contemplating the very bumpy street resulting in his victory on the ballot. The scenario resulting in the APC main was precarious. His erstwhile deputy, Agboola Ajayi, emerged because the lead inner opposition whereas different aspirants remained resolute in difficult him. The decision for energy shift to Ondo South Senatorial District within the 2020 election didn’t assist issues. It buoyed aspirations of gladiators from the district, which emboldened them to problem the governor the extra. Victory Akeredolu’s pleasure palpable.
Decked in whereas agbada with a cap to match, the governor stepped into the corridor of the Worldwide Tradition and Occasion Centre at precisely 10:10am. Accompanied by his spouse, Betty Anyawu, who donned a blue native apparel with a gold head tie, their youngsters and grandchildren, who had been wearing inexperienced apparel, additionally joined them because the governor waved and acknowledged cheers from friends.
His deputy, Fortunate Aiyedatiwa, took his oath of workplace 10:30 am whereas Akeredolu took his at 10:41 am. They had been each sworn in by the Chief Choose Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu.
The arrival of the Nationwide Chief of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki drew particular applause from the friends. The corridor erupted in ecstasy.
In attendance had been Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti). Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello-Masari was represented.
Additionally on the occasion had been the APC Nationwide Chief Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; former Interim Nationwide Chairman Chief Bisi Akande; former Ogun State Governor Sen. Ibikunle Amosun; former Senate President Ken Nnamani; new APC chieftain in Osun State Sen. Iyiola Omisore and former Nationwide Vice Chairman (Southwest), APC Chief Pius Akinyelure.
Others embrace Minister of Mines and Metal Arch. Olamilekan Adegbite; former deputy governor of the state Alh. Alli Olanusi; a former deputy governor of Imo State, Chief Eze Maduemere and Ondo APC chieftain Chief Olusola Oke (SAN)
Members of the Nationwide Meeting from Ondo State had been led by Sen. Ajayi Borrofice whereas members of the Ondo State Home of Meeting had been led by Speaker David Oleyelogun.
Conventional rulers had been led by the Chairman, Ondo State Council of Obas and Chiefs, Oba Frederick Akinruntan, who’s the Olugbo of Ugbo. Different conventional rulers embrace the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye; Osemawe of Ondo Oba Adesimbo Kiladejo; Olukaka of Oka-Akoko, Oba Yusuf Adeleye and Adoji of Ikale, Oba Jimmy Faduyile. The Deji of Akure was represented by Chief Ogunlade Aladelusi. The Oyiboyi of Ebira land was additionally represented.
The occasion was additionally witnessed by spiritual leaders from each the Christians and Muslim communities.
Akeredolu thanked President Mohammadu Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and different get together leaders together with Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in addition to fellow governors for his or her assist in the course of the election.
But, for the folks of Ondo State who put their belief in Akeredolu on October 10, 2020 for the second time, probably the most important was the brand new growth technique unveiled by the governor. The brand new technique with the acronym REDEEMED, he defined, would information his administration’s efforts within the subsequent 4 years.
In response to him, REDEEMED was necessitated by the dynamics that modified the panorama throughout his first time period in workplace. The brand new technique, he mentioned, would cater for the important thing areas essential to speed up the event of the state.
He defined REDEEMED to imply Rural and agricultural growth, Instructional development and human capital growth, Growth via large infrastructure and Environment friendly service supply and coverage implementation.
Others are Efficient healthcare and social welfare companies, Upkeep of regulation and order for satisfactory safety, Vitality, mining and sustainable industries in addition to Digital revolution and entrepreneurship.
His first time period was guided by a method with the acronym JMPPR. It was defined as Job creation via agriculture, entrepreneurship and industrialisation; Large infrastructural growth and upkeep; Promotion of practical schooling and technological progress; Provision of accessible and qualitative well being care and social service supply in addition to Rural growth and neighborhood extension companies.
However, he mentioned instances have modified with dynamics of the final 4 years necessitating a redirection of his administration’s efforts. He recognized COVID-19 and insecurity as two key present challenges that disrupted authorities projections, and that are being tackled with utmost dedication.
He added that paucity of funds additionally militated towards the search to actualise many lofty targets which his administration conceived to ameliorate the deplorable circumstances below which the folks stay.
Within the speech entitled ‘Pathway to Redemption,’ Akeredolu promised to not depart from the redemptive and restorative promise, stressing that he would proceed with keener enthusiasm to justify the renewal of his mandate to serve the folks.
Giving account of his first time period, Akeredolu defined with details and figures how varied sectors resembling schooling, well being, agriculture and infrastructure obtained consideration throughout the three senatorial districts.
In implementing his new technique, Akeredolu might want to instantly start to consolidate on the inspiration he laid within the final 4 years by opening up extra alternatives for the folks of the state to maximise their potentials
One, the APC was fractured within the first three years of his first time period largely because of improper ambition of some political leaders and incapability of gladiators to come back to phrases with Akeredolu’s fashion of politics and management. The cracks within the get together manifested in the course of the build-up to the October 10, 2020 election. Akeredolu is just not a typical Nigerian politician. He needed to stoop and embrace divergent approaches to beat within the election.
To heal wounds, Akeredolu faces the problem of uniting the get together, not principally to win future elections however to offer a conducive setting for implementation of his new developmental technique which is bound to take Ondo State to higher heights. Now that leaders of thought and get together leaders are at dwelling along with his imaginative and prescient and elegance of management, it’s going to be a lot simpler for the governor to grow to be the rallying level for a united, stronger APC in Ondo State.
Two, the governor faces the problem of working an inclusive authorities in an setting the place authorities enterprise is probably the one thriving enterprise. To Nigerian politicians, being in authorities or taking contracts is the one manner they perceive governance and dividends of democracy. Worse nonetheless, they overrate their capability and recognition, therefore they’ve unrealistic expectations. Assembly these expectations could pose a problem to a governor whose precedence is the well-being and prosperity of Ondo State. REDEEMED reveals Akeredolu’s hidden aspiration to open up the state for extra financial actions that may improve residents’ capability to create wealth. If not effectively managed, politicians and different actors who assume they’re disregarded can frustrate the governor’s technique.
Three, after successful a second time period, Akeredolu faces the problem of grooming a successor. For political leaders that govern for eight years, it’s a tough factor to simply depart the workplace and ignore what turns into of their successes and ongoing initiatives, therefore they’re by some means compelled to take curiosity in who succeeds them. Apart from, the governor would want that his get together retains energy within the state for continuity of programmes and initiatives.
It’s thought that the get together will favour energy shift to Ondo South Senatorial District in 2024. There are at present tens of aspirants from the district who’re already ready. A few of them had been prevailed upon to face down for Akeredolu in the course of the get together’s main final 12 months. Agreeing on probably the most appropriate candidate from the district and who is ready to efficiently sq. up with the opposition Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) candidate is a problem the governor will take care of.
4, insecurity is rising in Nigeria with Ondo State experiencing a fare share of the disaster. The governor has initiated some insurance policies that may enhance safety within the state. He faces the duty of constructing on it to make Ondo State residents really feel secure wherever they’re, even in a extremely politically complicated Nigeria.
On this, the governor insisted that the Nigeria Police Pressure have to be devolved to the federating models to allow states safe their house successfully. He mentioned he would proceed to hitch others in calling for state police till different stakeholders additionally perceive that devolution of authority is inexorable.
He defined that the necessity to higher safe the states led to the institution of Amotekun by states in Southwest area, mentioning that the safety outfit has finished effectively since its institution.
He mentioned: “Amotekun has finished very effectively in its brief time of existence. It has been in a position to work inside the regulation establishing it. Its operations and successes recorded justify its institution. We’ve got instructed the commander to recruit extra succesful arms…
“We won’t depart from the trodden path which has earned us affection and deep reverence from the citizenry. We will proceed, with extra vigour, to justify the belief earned by our administration. The second time period, for us, is just not a time for leisure. We aren’t below any phantasm that will probably be simple. We’re, nonetheless, able to proceed on the journey with renewed enthusiasm and vigour…”