The continuous stay of the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital after his return from medical vacation in Germany doesn’t affect governance.
The Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde stated this in a statement on Monday while reacting to the allegation by the Ondo Redemption Front.
The Ondo Redemption Front had in a press conference earlier on Monday alleged, that there is no governance in the State since Governor Akeredolu has decided to stay in Ibadan after his return from medical vacation.
In a swift reaction to the allegation, Mr Olatunde said the location of the Governor has not hindered any form of development in the state.
“In fact, the Governor, upon his return to the country, immediately held meetings with crucial stakeholders to discuss matters of state importance, showcasing his commitment to the state’s development irrespective of his location.
“It is noteworthy to mention that the Governor has recently signed the Local Council Development Area (LCDA) bill into Law. This is a progressive step towards the development of the state, further reinforcing the fact that the government is operational and effectively functioning,” Olatunde said.
The CPS also emphasized the fact that the various Ministries in the State are delivering efficiently on their mandates.
“Specifically, the Ministry of the Budget and Economic Planning recently commenced a series of town hall meetings in preparation for the 2024 budget, demonstrating the government’s dedication to transparent and inclusive governance.
“As of this moment, construction work is in progress at the Onyearubulem-Shagari/Irese flyover, which is a significant landmark as the first flyover in Akure, the state capital, since Ondo State was created. This administration also constructed the first flyover in the state at Ore, further emphasizing its commitment to infrastructural development.
“Just last week, the Governor instructed the Ministry of Infrastructure, Lands & Housing to commence the permanent rehabilitation of the Akure-Owena-Ondo Road. This action was taken to prevent unnecessary hardship and loss of lives on the federal highways located within Ondo State territory,” he added.
According to him, the Governor has continually expressed appreciation to the good people of Ondo State for their unwavering support and prayers during his medical vacation.
“When he returned from medical vacation, he issued a personal press statement, expressing his gratitude towards President Bola Tinubu, GCFR, the good people of Ondo State, and other distinguished Nigerians.”
To alleviate the impact of fuel subsidy removal, Olatunde disclosed that the State Government, through the palliative committee led by the Commissioner for Finance, Wale Akinterinwa, is actively distributing palliatives to the State’s residents.
“Moreover, the state’s free school shuttle buses have resumed operations, providing transportation for children to school. Civil servants are also benefiting from special transportation arrangements to and from work.
“Significant progress is being made in the construction of the ultra-modern University of Medical Sciences Teaching Hospital in Akure. Furthermore, the government ensures the prompt payment of workers’ salaries as and when due.
“The government is not only functional but also actively advancing the state’s development. The location of the Governor, therefore, should not be sensationalised, but rather, the focus should be on the tangible progress being made in the state,” the CPS said.