The Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has chided the former Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Ali Olanusi for lying against his administration in his recent interview published in the national dailies
Olanusi, in the interview said the state has been underdeveloped under Akeredolu, adding that those roads claimed to have been constructed by the Governor are not up to one kilometre.
But, the Governor, while reacting to Olanusi’s comment described it has a mere campaign of calumny against his government.
He spoke at the inauguration of Oba Fedrick Obateru Akintuntan, the Olugbo of Ugbo, as the Chairman of the State Council of Obas. The event held at the International Centre for Culture and Events (DOME) was graced by all traditional rulers in the State.
Akeredolu urged the former Deputy Governor to pray for forgiveness of sins, saying if Olanusi cannot see other notable road projects constructed by his administration and that are more than one kilometre, he is, at least, expected to see the four kilometres road constructed by this government in his hometown, Supare-Akoko in Akoko South West local government
The Governor told the monarchs that no amount of fabricated lies by political opponents to sabotage his administration would stop him from spreading the construction of roads to every part of the state in order to improve economic activities and make life easy for the people.
He noted that a good number of roads in the State will be reconstructed as dual carriageways to ease transport and commerce and provide massive employment opportunities for the people.
His words, “I want to say with all sense of modesty that we have not let down the people in fulfilling our promises to impact positively on the State and her people. I want to state that Your Majesties are living witnesses to some of our achievements in the last three years.”
Governor Akeredolu listed some of the roads already constructed by his administration to include: ”Oke Alabojuto Road, Ikare-Akoko; Lennon Jubilee – Solaco Road, Ugbe Road, Ikare-Akoko; Selected Roads in Ifon; Oke Afa Road, Supare-Akoko; failed portions along Iwaro-Oka/Isua Road.
“ Reconstruction as dual carriageway of the road from Emure Junction – AUD and from Ministry of works to Iyere Junction, Owo ; Reconstruction as dual carriageway of ‘A’ Division to Ijoka Road (ongoing); Reconstruction as dual carriageway of Akure to Oda Road (ongoing); Construction of selected Roads in Akure Township; Construction of selected Roads in Idanre; Igbara-Oke – Ibuji Road; Oke-Ogba Community Road
“Reconstruction as dual carriageway of the road from CBN to Bishop’s Court in Alagbaka, Akure; Sabomi – Ajagba Road (2.3km); Construction of Ile-Oluji Township Roads; Construction of flyover across Ore – Benin Expressway (ongoing); and Construction of Okitipupa – Igbokoda Byepass Road (ongoing).”
Arakunrin Akeredolu also disclosed that there have been massive renovation of public primary schools across the 18 Local Government Areas in the State, with the provision of school furniture, ICT facilities, fence to enhance security, amongst others.
He said his administration has implemented these projects, such that no local government area in the state is left out.
The Governor said the resolve of his administration to woo investors to Ondo State is already yielding fruitful results with the Paper Mill Factory, Ethanol Plant,MDF/HDF Wood Plant and the Win-win Textile already established at the Ondo-Linyi Industrial Park in Ore for the rapid economic development of the State.
He stressed that the proposed Seaport is still very much on course, adding that It was gratifying to say that the project implementation plan for the Deep Seaport, spelling out milestones and timelines for the completion of the multibillion dollars projects, has been received.
“The feasibility study of the proposed Port of Ondo has shown that it is economically viable, as it has the deepest natural draught with the longest coastline in the West African Sub-region and capacity to harbour any ship in the world.” Akeredolu said.