“Vote For Continuity, The Dangote Refinery In Epe Would Have Been In Ondo And Our Deep Sea Port Would Have Been A Reality If Mimiko Had Not Abandoned Agagu Projects” – Akeredolu

…says “it is wrong for a local government to have 20 First Class Kings while Ondo East does not have a Crowned King”

…Urges Youth to embrace entrepreneurship to wage war against poverty, unemployment

Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
12th September 2020

One of the major quagmires militating against the socio-economic progress of Ondo State is political instability and lack of continuity in governance, the state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has said.

Justifying why he should be re-elected for another term, the governor, speaking when his campaign train visited Ondo East Local Government of the State Saturday 12th September 2020, said if the Agagu-led administration had been allowed to complete his tenure, the Olokola Free Trade Zone would have been a dream achieved.

The Governor said his predecessor, Olusegun Mimiko, abandoned the plan of the state to have a deep sea port initiated by the Olusegun Agagu administration because the people of the state got carried away by fake promises made to them by the opposition.

“I urge you to vote for continuity. Lack of continuity is to our detriment. If the people had allowed Agagu, Mimiko would not have an opportunity to abandon Olokola Free Trade Zone.

“If Olokola had not been scuttled by Mimiko, the Dangote refinery in Epe, Lagos State would have been in our State. The Sea Port project we are presently pursuing was started by the Agagu led administration but Mimiko abandoned it.

“Today, our people have no jobs because the avenues to create jobs were abandoned for white elephant projects by Mimiko because he doesn’t like Agagu. A statesman thinks about the overall interest of the people.

Advising the younger generation in the local government to take advantage of their agricultural potentials to wage war against poverty, Akeredolu said the major weapon that can be used to battle unemployment at the moment is entrepreneurship.

“We have created many employment opportunities according to our own capacity. Our administration has employed 500 doctors. We have recruited over 1, 500 youths into Amotekun.

“We have employed over 400 graduates into the State Internal Revenue Service. If not for covid-19, we would have completed over the recruitment of over 2, 000 people into the teaching service.

“However, let me be honest to the younger generation that white-collar jobs are now scarce everywhere. The major panacea to poverty and unemployment is for the younger elements to embrace entrepreneurship.

“A company in Ore goes as far as Taraba State to get cassava. That shouldn’t be happening despite all the potentials we have in Ondo State. Let’s us go back to the farm. As a graduate, you do not need to call yourself a Farmer, you are an Agripreneur. Please package yourself.

“A graduate of mechanical engineering has no business looking for jobs, just set up an automobile clinic, we will assist you. The work of a literate auto-mechanic will always be classic compared to that of a non-educated auto-mechanic.

“Like Asiwaju Tinubu said last Saturday, Ondo is the hidden wealth of Nigeria but we are not maximizing the advantage. We have all the potentials. All parents here should encourage their children to embrace entrepreneurship.

“Despite being a Governor, three of my children are entrepreneurs. One is into Tourism Development and Promotion, One is into Information technology and Digital Media while one is into Data Science. Please, let’s create wealth. The billionaires of this world are not employees, but entrepreneurs’

Responding to the demands of the council of traditional rulers in Ondo East to be recognized as Crowned Kings, Akeredolu said it is alarming that a whole local government does not have a graded king.

In his words, the Governor said “I was in a local government this week to campaign, out of the 27 kings there, 20 are First Class, but Ondo East does not even have a grade C King. That is abnormal. We will look into it in our second term. By the grace of God, Ondo East shall have crowned kings in my second term,” he said.

Akeredolu promised to rehabilitate the major roads in the local government, if re-elected. He said his administration has paid One Billion Naira Counterpart Fund to be able to access the Rural and Market Development Fund of the federal government.

He said six roads in the local government were captured among the roads to benefit from the project.

On the entourage of the Governor was his running mate, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, Director-General of the campaign, Rt. Hon. Victor Olabimtan, Nigerian Ambassador to Togo, Amb. Sola Iji, State Commissioner, Prof. Bayonle Ademodi.

Others on the campaign train was the Special Adviser to the Governor on Investment, Mrs Bunmi Ademosun, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Strategic Communications, Mr. Lulu Faweyinmi, amongst others.

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