2024: Aiyedatiwa seeks workers support, accountability in govt transactions

By Adedotun Ajayi

Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, orchestrated a heartfelt dawn celebration ushering in the new year, weaving together the tapestry of civil servants, top government officials, revered religious leaders, and devoted security forces in a symphony of hope and renewal.

Amidst the bittersweet remembrance of the late Governor Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor Aiyedatiwa illuminated the path forward, inspiring hearts towards a brighter future marked by promise and progress.

Pix: Ayodele Suberu

“While we celebrate the possibilities of the new year, our hearts remain heavy due to the loss of our late governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu. May his soul rest in peace. Let us continue to support his family with our prayers,” Governor Aiyedatiwa solemnly acknowledged.

Amidst the atmosphere of remembrance and hope, the general overseer of the Agape ministry Bishop Felix Adejumo delivered a stirring sermon titled “Our Help Is in the Name of the Lord”, drawing insights from Psalm 46:1-11.

He emphasized the inherent need for divine assistance in life’s journey, urging all to seek godly guidance, form genuine connections, and practice humility in leadership and personal relationships.

Governor Aiyedatiwa, before the sermon, led the assembly in Bible reading from Psalms 95:1-3, highlighting verses that underscored the importance of praise and worship.

Prior to the Governor’s speech, Pastor Kayode Ogundele, the Head of Service for civil servants, took the stage, reflecting on the achievements of the previous year.

He cited accomplishments such as providing palliatives and buses to ease movement for civil servants amidst the fuel subsidy removal, ensuring prompt and full salary payments without the previous percentage-based remuneration.

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In his speech, Governor Aiyedatiwa outlined key plans for the year, assuring citizens of a promising 2024 with the implementation of a budget aimed at improving livelihoods.

He reiterated the commitment to prompt salary payments, promising to clear outstanding salaries sooner than anticipated.

He pledged continued efforts in providing palliatives to ease economic burdens and emphasized the importance of accountability in government transactions.

“Security remains paramount,” the Governor declared, highlighting ongoing efforts to reconfigure the state’s security architecture for lasting peace.

Concluding his address, Governor Aiyedatiwa expressed heartfelt appreciation to all attendees, emphasizing the joint effort required to achieve the outlined goals.

Following the event, civil servants, including Mr. Dele Ogunleye and Mrs. Funmilola Aina, expressed optimism and gratitude for the Governor’s promises. “It’s encouraging to see the government’s commitment to prompt salary payments and their dedication to improving our welfare,” Mr. Ogunleye remarked. Mrs. Aina added, “We are hopeful that the outlined plans will alleviate the economic challenges we’ve been facing. The Governor’s words inspire confidence in a brighter future for us all.”

As the new year unfolds, the collective resolve of Ondo State’s leaders and citizens resonates, echoing a vision for progress, unity, and a shared dedication to the well-being of all residents.

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