Jimoh Ahmed, Owo
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has declared that he remained committed to a better Nigeria, even as he described the country as a work in progress which must be strengthened and brought out of the woods.
Akeredolu made this declaration at the grand reception held for him and three other recipients of the National Honours Award conferred on him by President Muhamadu Buhari by the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, at the weekend.
The governor said the conferment of the award on him remained a morale booster for him and other honourees to do more for the people of the country.
Governor Akeredolu, who vowed to always stand for a better Nigeria, described the country as a work in progress.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Olugbenga Ale, Akeredolu assured that he will not depart from the ideals for which he has stood and known for over the years.
Arakunrin Akeredolu noted that he remains an unrepentant advocate of integrity, fairness, commitment to national development, peace and progress, restructuring of the polity, State Police, the Rule of Law, social justice and true federalism.
“I have always and will continue to stand for a better Nigeria and I am happy that this sublime stand is being recognised nationally. This honour, no doubt, inspires us to continue to work for the betterment of Nigeria.
“In spite of her current challenges, I can tell you that Nigeria is a work in progress and our belief to help bring it out of the woods is further strengthened,” he said.
The Governor congratulated other honourees from Owo including: Chief Akinboro Aruwajoye, OON, Ogbeni Oja of Owoland; Chief Rotimi Ibidapo, OON, the Atulunse of Owoland; and rtd. Justice Idris Abdulahi Haroon, OFR for being found worthy and deserving of the honour.
“Let me reassure you that I will not disappoint you as I progressively work for the overall development of our dear state. Our stance on protection of lives and property remains unshaken. We shall ensure that Ondo State is made unsafe for criminals and criminal minded folks.
“Once again, I feel highly honoured by this august reception. There are receptions, but the one organised by one’s kith and kin cannot but be accorded a special place in one’s mind.” He stressed.
The Governor equally thanked Dr. Jimoh Ibrahim, CFR and the Honourable Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye for organising a similar befitting reception for him and other honourees from the state in Abuja on the day of the award.
In his welcome address, the Chairman of the Occasion, Sir. Tayo Aisida noted that Owo community is proud of the great achievements of the honourees.
The host, Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye while congratulating the honourees from Owo, said it was a great privilege for the ancient town to have produced four out of those honoured in the state, and the country at large.