By Adekola Afolabi
The Ondo state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has dissolved the State Executive Council.
Akeredolu who announced the dissolution of the Council at a special State Executive Council meeting held at the EXCO Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Akure yesterday appreciated the cabinet members for being supportive and their selfless service to the state.
Earlier at the commencement of the EXCO meeting, the Governor announced that the State Executive Council has approved the adoption of an Indigenous Anthem which projects the tradition and culture of the Yoruba tribe.
He disclosed that the anthem would henceforth be sung immediately after the National Anthem at the opening of official and public functions and immediately after the closing of the function to be followed by the national anthem.
The Yoruba Anthem was rendered by the cultural troupe of the state Ministry of Culture and Tourism and sang by all members of the State Executive Council.
The EXCO members also congratulated the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet and Special Services, Mr Gbenga Elewuju who is retiring on March 5 this year, describing him as a loyal and dedicated civil servant.
After the dissolution, all the cabinet members took their time to appreciate the Governor for giving them the opportunity to serve and contribute their quotas to the development of the state.
In their separate valedictory remarks, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale; the Head of Service, Mr Dare Aragbaiye; Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Wale Akinterinwa, his counterpart from the Ministry of Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo; Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Sir Charles Titiloye; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Lola Fagbemi and Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Gboyega Adefarati, among others, described Governor Akeredolu as a man of character and integrity who always sees good in people.
Other speakers including Special Adviser on Rural and Community Development, Babatunde Kolawole; Special Adviser on Political Matters, Victor Olabimtan; Special Adviser on Education, Dr Olawumi Ilawole; among several others, all described Governor Akeredolu as leader per excellence, a brave and courageous governor who always stands by his words.
The ex-cabinet members described Akeredolu as a rare visionary leader, just as they specially applauded him for his doggedness, passion and courage to defend his people at all times.
According to them, they have all made their marks which might be very difficult to surpass in times to come.
The former EXCO members described him as a man of grace and a strong human rights fighter whose administration has brought good governance to the state.
They prayed God to continue to give him the grace and enablement to lead the state to the promised land, saying that his administration has done a lot to develop the state and put smiles on the faces of the people in the last four years.
After listening to various remarks and encomiums showered on him by the outgoing cabinet members, Governor Akeredolu said he is not a perfect human being and appealed to all the former cabinet members to forgive all his shortcomings.
According to him, he never wanted to be Governor of the state, just as he described his emergence as governor as God’s ordained project.
He described whatever achievements his administration has made in all sectors in the last four years as a joint achievements of the former cabinet members.